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I wanna just throw away this first start by Yunesky Maya.  Just ignore it.  The reason why I’m having a hard time throwing it away, young Razzball reader, is because I watched him pitch.  I’m no scout with fancy scouting degrees from fancy scouting schools where people chew toothpicks and spit chew.  I just know what I see.  And what I saw yesterday was a guy who throws junk.  His stuff didn’t look very overpowering.  Reminded me a bit of El Duque without the Funky Cold Delivery.  Maybe Maya’s start yesterday was due to nerves.  It’s not easy to live up to some recent Cuban raftees.  Maya’s Cuban league numbers tell us he’s a guy who should be owned in keepers and dynasty leagues.  He did, after all, win The Luis Tiant, the Cuban Cy Young award.  And potentially even more enticing with Maya is he’s already 29-years-old, which means he should be in the prime of his career.  In redraft leagues, losing to Dillon Gee, who sounds like a bank robber from the 1890s, isn’t a great confidence boost to recommend him for 2010.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh Hamilton – With me away on vacation for Labor Day, obviously no one took up the slack to pray every 2 hours towards Mecca that Hamilton wouldn’t get injured.  Thanks, guys (and 3 girls)!  (How was my vacation?  Thanks for asking!  It was all right.  You know how when you don’t look at something for a while you come back to it with fresh eyes and see things differently?  It’s the Jigsaw Puzzle Theorem as demonstrated by your 12-year-old nephew who can’t figure out how to complete the 101 Dalmatians jigsaw then, when he revisits it the next day, it all fits into place.  That’s what happened with me.  I had this stain dead center on my monitor for the better part of 3 months then, when I returned yesterday, I realized it was just dried tomato sauce and scratched it off with a fingernail.  Puttanesca, you dirty sauce!)

Elvis Andrus – Will be out until Friday with hammy woes.  I still like Elvis and his bedazzled upside for next year, but you need to find someone who’s producing this year in redraft leagues.  (BTW, I have a fat Elvis picture across from my refrigerator in a room I call my kitsch’n.)

David Murphy – 3-for-4 and hitting .400 over the last week.  Also hitting third with Hamilton out.  He gets a lefty today (bleh) but then some righties.

Alex Rodriguez – The problem is for a lot of these players on contending teams, they’re not needed anymore in the regular season.  And there’s the pickle with H2H leagues.  A-Rod may coast the rest of the season, making sure he doesn’t re-injure himself.  Hamilton’s in this cluster of muckety mucks too.

Jay Bruce – See Alex Rodriguez or 1/8th of an inch above.

Justin Upton – Then you have the opposite side of that same coin.  The Diamondbacks aren’t anywhere near a playoff spot, so they won’t force Upton back into action.

Barry Enright – 6 IP, 6 ER.  Uncle Barry violated my no-no area over and over again.

Vernon Wells – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs and 2 homers.  But I’m pretty sure Bautista actually hit one of those homers.

John Buck – 2-for-4 with his 17th homer.  John Buck has 17 homers?!  Make sure to sign the petition to have a humidor put in the Rogers Centre.

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Gee, that’s great.  Unfortunately, he had a 4.96 ERA in Triple-A this year.  That’s a pass.

Ike Davis – 2-for-3 with his 18th homer.  Now has 3 homers in his last 4 games and hitting .364 over the last week.  Look at Ike smacking that pitch up.

Miguel Cabrera – Left the game with bicep tendinitis.  He sat out last Friday’s game with this shizz so this isn’t a good sign that it reappeared.  It could cost him a few days since the days of numbing the pain by doing body shots out off Miguel Olivo’s navel are in the past.

Billy Butler – According to a Royals’ beat writer, Butler was hurt taking a ground ball off his chest.  Guess he wasn’t wearing his metal cone bra.

Ryan Madson – Got the Win and the blown save.  Lidge wasn’t used because he has a sore elbow.  Sore elbow on a guy who had elbow surgery is bad news.  I’d grab Madson everywhere you need saves.  Just remember, he has Cuddle Boy tendencies.

Shane Victorino – 2-for-5 with the slam & legs.  For what it’s Wuertz, Victorino has 17 homers and 30 steals.  You could argue that his average is a bit down this year, but that’s falling on deaf ears as far as I’m concerned.

Nolan Reimold – Well, lookie-lookie.  If it ain’t the pot calling the kettle, where the hell you been?  A preseason favorite of mine, Reimold hit a homer yesterday.  He hasn’t been playing every day since his recall, but I may just like him again next year.  You’ve been served (with info)!

B.J. Upton – 2-for-3, 3 Runs and a homer and steal.  He has 15 homers and 39 steals.  Again, if you’re crying about his average like it’s a knee scrap, go cry to Rudy because you’re not getting any sympathy from me.

James McDonald – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, e, i, e, i, o.  I do like McDonald in the right matchups, but this start was against the Braves, who right now like they couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with an Adam Dunn-driven tractor.

Brandon Lyon – You know what’s the strongest job approval you can get as a closer?  When the other guy competing for the job says you’re the closer.  That’s what Lindstrom said of Lyon the other day.

Brett Wallace – 1-for-4 with his 1st homer.  He’s hitting .204 in 92 ABs.  Maybe the 7 teams that traded him away might’ve known something.  I’m not writing him off yet, but he’s looked like a White Castle hamburger if you were to replace the hamburger with a turd (assuming White Castle hasn’t done that already).

Jim Thome – He’s showing the young mollywhoppers how the old mollywhoppers used to mollwhop, i.e., he’s hit 4 homers in the last three games.

Josh Johnson – Due to back and side pain, Johnson was scratched from his next start.  The chances of his porn star brother, Gosh Johnson, making the start for him are 50-50 if he can find his pants.

Gordon Beckham – Too bad he’s done so little this year to deserve a hand because he could use one right now.  More than a week after the injury happened and he’s sitting out due to pain?  This is reason to drop him in most leagues.

Trevor Hoffman – Recorded his 600th save.  Here are some fun facts about what the world looked like when Hoffman recorded his first save in 1993.  Sister Act 2:  Back in the Habit had audiences Whoopified, Rick Astley called it quits at the age of 27, saying he won’t play another concert until he becomes an internet meme and Tipper Gore was going through Bill Clinton’s CD collection, removing suggestive titles.  Oh, and Trevor Hoffman was still good.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Mora made a mental error that led to Chacin’s two earned runs.  If not for Mora, Chacin would still be pitching… Well, if the game was still going… And if there was a 12 hour rain delay and Chacin wasn’t officially removed yet.  You get my point, Chacin pitched better than his line indicts.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-3 with his 14th steal in 34 games.  If you don’t love Young, you don’t love yourself.  Find someone to talk to.

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now has three straight starts of two earned runs given up or less.  He gets the Angels again next.  Not without its risk, but if you need to take a gamble, there ya go.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  With the Padres pennant race going down to the wire, Latos is probably going to go way over his innings limit.  Cust kayin’.

Colby Rasmus – Sounds like Pujols hates Rasmus’ stupid face and thinks he should leave the Cards this offseason.  In related Cards news, no word on whether the Cards 2nd best hitter will be attending the annual Israeli event that shares his name — “Challah Day.”

  1. and1mcgee says:
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    “If you don’t love Young, you don’t love yourself. Find someone to talk to.”

    lol

  2. Eric says:
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    grey,

    good to have you back.

    So I’m in a h2h playoffs now and each round is 2 weeks long. I currently have that jerk Justin Upton and like you said, who knows when he’ll be back. So do you think 1. I should drop him, and 2. who of the following should I drop him for:

    Ryan Raburn
    Coco Crisp
    Jason Kubel
    Nick Markakis
    Eric Young Jr.
    Austin Jackson
    Jose Tabata
    Marcus Thames
    Alex Gordon
    Mike Stanton

    Thanks!

  3. Elbert says:
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    as usual, nice round-up Grey!

    if i were to choose 2 among eric young jr., lowrie, & danny espinosa, which 2 would you keep for rest of playoff??

  4. Howard says:
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    Morning Grey! Welcome back! I have to tell you that I watched Maya’s debut with great anticipation (a bag of Doritos) as I own him in two keepers. Oddly enough the Y people haven’t added him yet. Maybe I jinxed him because I was starting Gee as well in the same league. He got off to a rough start but settled down displaying some nasty stuff. I was dissapointed that Riggles gave him an early shower. Gee was the K leader in the intl league so maybe there’s something there. More K’s than Hellickson, Chapman, Carrasco, Nova, Hudson. The ERA is disturbing though. They say he might not start again due to an innings cap. Do you think he’s worth keeping for the future? Thanks!

  5. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Welcome back. Wasn’t Thailand everything I told you it would be? How awesome was the pre-teen boy brothel I recommended? This is a ‘private message’ situation, right?

    RE: BB… 10 Team, H2H, 5×5, first round of the playoffs (2-week matchup)

    Someone dropped Upton to waivers… instinct tells me to not cross my fingers and make a claim. Your rundown, seems to confirm that instinct. Can you confirm the confirmation?

    Also, what’s the crystal ball say about Torres? Finally busted up his 0-fer(ever) the last two games, but with hot sticks like Sparkakis, EYJ, Coco and Logan Morrison(?) wading in the FA pool, is it time to make a move considering H2H playoffs demand instant results?

  6. zombie says:
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    Welcome back Grey. In your absence, in an effort to further confound his owners and extort additional ABs from Napoli, the Sciosciapath recalled Conger (catcher) and Trumbo (first base). We’ve dealt with this maltreatment all season! Then teased with a bogus trade to the Red Sox. & now calling up a couple of carnies like Conger & Trumbo? Are you kidding me?
    Further proof that abusive relationships get worse over time.

  7. Deeeeeez Nuts says:
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    The Brewers should sign Bert Blyleven so they can spend 2011 trying to get him to 300 wins.

  8. Dad says:
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    Now that’s a Maya culpa.

    I’m in a H2H league playoff right now and fighting pitching categories (ERA, WHIP, W’s, L’s (well, i’m not fighting for those), K’s)…

    Would you sit any of the following?
    Garza @ Bos
    Floyd @ Det
    CJ Wilson v. NYY

    Also, love the note on Latos. A run-o’-the-mill hodgepadre he is not:
    “RHP Mat Latos set a major league record: 15 consecutive starts in which he’s allowed two or fewer runs while working at least five innings.” He’s the main reason i’m in the playoffs.

  9. Tom Emanski says:
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    “Look at Ike smacking that pitch up.”

    Classic

  10. big o says:
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    nice ike .
    but you have to admit , that girl had some slammin’ legs .

    drop nunez for madson ? (very close leagues) .
    am thinking that i should have done this last week ,
    but if lyon loses job , am totally screwed .

  11. stynyr says:
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    My closers are: Aardsma, Axford, Marmol and Gregg.

    Do I drop any of those for Madson?

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    what kind of numbers you thinking hellickson delivers next year,i have him in a keeper league

  13. Slam says:
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    I’m in a terrible way right now, round one of the playoffs, one week, and I have A Rod, J Upton, Beckham, and ian Stewart (on my dl at least). I grabbed thome and benched upton for the time being. Should I drop becks? Here are the available MI:
    betancourt, Sean rod, Orlando cab, alcides, Felipe lopez, espinosa, Eric young, etc etc

    any of these guys worth the move? I figure I’ll wait on upton and pray for his soreness to clear up.

  14. Eddy says:
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    Hope you had a good time on vacation Grey!

    In a deep 16 teamer H2H would you prefer Galarraga or Maya?

  15. Eddy says:
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    @Slam:
    I would drop Beckham and pick up EY Jr. It’s the playoffs man, it’s now or never. It’s not like someone is going to go scrambling for an injured Beckham.

  16. Eddy says:
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    @zombie:

    Putting “Conger and Trumbo” next to each other like that sounds like the name of a big shot executive lawyer firm that’s prepared to go into the circus business as soon as the next recession hits.

  17. Lob Ball says:
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    Good maya,

    Who does better with steals and average down the home stretch: Crisp or Brantley??

  18. Tony says:
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    @Slam: i agree with eddy, its now or never, if you have to drop a stud because he’s going to be out for the week you do it, he’s not a stud when he’s hurt.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: Hehe

    @Eric: Good to be back! Young for steals, Stanton for power.

    @Elbert: Thanks! Young, Espinosa…

    @Howard: Thanks! re: Maya — He did settle down, agreed on that. His fastball was more the issue, didn’t really seem to have one. re: Gee — Didn’t actually know he was the K leader, but it’s not completely surprising. His stuff didn’t look bad, but he A) looked raw B) like he didn’t need to be owned yet unless you’re in a 15+ team dynasty.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Shh… Not supposed to say anything. Thai One On was fun though. Didn’t realize you could even ‘tie one on’ prior to the trip. re: Upton = Confirmed. re: Torres — If I needed steals, I’d go with Young. If I needed average/OBP, I’d go with Morrison.

    @zombie: Ha! Yeah, had seen that. Good to see Trumbo’s getting the Brandon Wood treatment that ruined his career.

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: That’s hilarious!

    @Dad: Ha! I’d start all three and will be in some leagues.

    @Tom Emanski: Thanks!

    @big o: Go with Madson.

    @stynyr: Nah

    @AL KOHOLIC: Could be a #2 fantasy starter next year. Will be great. Might not be up until June since the Rays tend to baby prospects.

    @Slam: Lose Beckham for Young.

    @Eddy: Thanks! Maya…

    @Lob Ball: Crisp

  20. stynyr says:
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    @ Grey: thanks

  21. Bob says:
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    @Grey: Welcome back from your VaKay. I hope you had a great time!!!

    EY Jr. or Figgins?

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thanks,and im sure you had a great vacation

  23. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: U startin Jaime Garcia @ MIL? I dont necessarily need his start, but its a toss up in my mind, want ur opinion. Thx dude!

  24. dsimon says:
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    Grey, just wanted to holler at you and say thanks again for the daily wit and wisdoms and the overwhelming accessibility in the comments and in the message boards. While I managed to do horribly in my most expensive league, I’m in contention in two others and put up what I feel like is a semi respectable 5th in an RCL. Cannot say I’d be in the same place with those yahoos over at ESPN or whatever. So thanks again.

  25. Jason M says:
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    Start Dickey @ WAS (L Hernandez)?

    Getting low on IP but this looks like a good start to me, his last crappy appearance vs the Cubs aside.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @stynyr: No problem.

    @Bob: Thanks! Young

    @AL KOHOLIC: I did, thank you.

    @tHe sHiT: I’m starting him in a 13 team league where I need it. I’d bench him in certain leagues.

    @dsimon: No problem.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jason M: I’d start him.

  28. dingo says:
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    ike davis or logan morrison for points league the rest of the way. thinking logan just cause of the OF eligibility

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dingo: Go with Morrison.

  30. royce! says:
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    The tomato sauce/jigsaw puzzle comment was brilliant. Set us up for yoru having some sort of epiphany. And you did. And it involved tomato sauce. Awesome.

    Lost 3 in my h2h this week (Andrus, Beckham and Butler). Add that to the embarrassing fact that I managed to not set my roster before Monday morning (out late with a friend from out of town, and it just felt like Saturday, y’know?), which left 4 2-starters on my bench and an empty SP spot, and I think that my h2h year has come to a close.

    But in the very very off chance that I win (h2h is unpredictable, though it always seems to be unpredictable in a way that costs me), should I drop Andrus/Beckham/Butler? SS options are slim: John McDonald, Ruben Tejada, Jayson Nix, Boneface. 2B options are those same dudes plus Kelly Johnson. Butler I have as my UTIL, so I could grab Kalish, Kila, Thome, yadda yadda yadda.

    Hope your vacation was filled with delicious, hot sammys. Uh… that might have come out wrong. I mean dudes. Hot sammys would be disgusting with the weather we’ve been having.

  31. Commish Cauda says:
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    Might need a replacement next week for Josh Johnson…H2H-5×5 League

    Masterson vsANA (Bell), @KC (Bannister)
    Narveson @HOU (Myers), @SF (Zito)

  32. nick m. says:
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    Getting bit by the injury bug at the wrong time… Best replacement for Justin Upton in H2H? Thome, Kubel, Stubbs, Adam Jones?

  33. Commish Cauda says:
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    Need some starter advice for today/later this week…

    H2H-POINTS Playoffs

    Pick ONE

    Myers @CHC (Randy Wells)
    Cecil vsTB (Shields)
    Pavano @CLE (Carmona)

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Thanks! I’d wait until the weekend with those MIs since you can’t get them in your lineup until next week, right?

    @Commish Cauda: Masterson

    @nick m.: Kubel

    @Commish Cauda: Pavano

  35. big o says:
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    @royce!:

    after following your team , all year , you space it during the 11th hour ?
    very disappointed .
    you had a nice run .

    sorry for your loss .

  36. royce! says:
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    @big o: Yep! I blame the beer. I gotta go to AA now– “My name is royce! and I’m an alcoholic.” “Hi royce!” “I realized that I hit rock bottom when I forgot to set my h2h lineup for the playoffs.”

    Funny thing is that while I missed out on some Ks, forgetting to put Zimmermann, Slowey, and Padilla in my lineup has actually probably helped me this week. They combined for 12 IP, 0 W, 9 K, 4.50 ERA, and a 1.75 WHIP. So if I lose this week, it at least so far will not be attributable to not starting them. Which I’m going to celebrate with some more beer!

  37. Howard says:
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    @Grey Would you start Arroyo @ Coors today? In a playoff situation, have a good lead in ERA/WHIP, need Ws and QS.

  38. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I can wait until the weekend. No guarantee I’ll remember, though. Ha!

  39. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha!

    @Howard: I would if I wasn’t worried about losing ERA/WHIP.

  40. Howard says:
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    Zito…you’re my brother and I love you but you’re dead to me …

  41. John Butte says:
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    Grey, pick one to replace beckham out of Neil Walker, Aaron Hill, Ryan Rayburn. Thanks!

  42. 1st Season Manager says:
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    Welcome back, Grey.
    I have half a week left in this semi-final round.
    I’m looking for a hot 3B to replace J.Nix.
    Slim pickin’s: Don Kelly, Keppinger, Inge, Bonifacio, Mcdonald, Mora, C. Johnson, Vizquel, Cantu, A. Gordon, J. Lopez, or wait for Valencia. I kind of like Keppinger or Johnson for the short day tomorrow.

  43. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: This thread came up in our http://razzball.com/learning-from-a-compadre/#comments discussion:

    ESPN ‘undroppables’ for SP this year were: Halladay, F-Her, Ubaldo, and Wainwright. These guys proved solid this year. Do you take the chance that an undroppable might go down and waste a roster spot the balance of the year?

    Answer any different for hitters?

  44. Carl Spackler says:
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    So Elvis and JUp are both droppable in h2h leagues?

  45. MrHappyTime says:
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    Grey, who do you like to hit the most homeruns the rest of the season between Mike Stanton, Adam Lind, and Mark Reynolds (if he can stay healthy). Thanks

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @simply fred: ESPN changes their undroppables depending on performance. For instance, if Wainwright was bad or got hurt, he wouldn’t be undroppable. And I doubt Ubaldo started as an undroppable. He only became an undroppable after his crazy first half. Same with hitters. CarGo’s an undroppable player, he didn’t start that way

    @Carl Spackler: Yup

    @MrHappyTime: Stanton

  47. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey, hope you had a good vacay. Would you drop Span, Abreu, Manny, or Mini-Donkey for Aaron Hill? I need production across the board, but average is a glaring weakness right now where I can make up some ground.

  48. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I got Beckham as dead weight on my team. Drop him for Espinosa, Ike, Thome, Murphy, Tabata, Branyan?

  49. Tom Emanski says:
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    I hate the Mets so much. Why didn’t they just DL Reyes (that’s not a name)?? I can’t even get another SS because of that.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Art Vandelay: Thanks! If you need average, I could see losing Reynolds for Hill, but Hill’s not exactly an average juggernaut.

    @ThE sHiT: Go with Tabata for steals, Espinosa for position eligibility and upside and Murphy for average and runs, but you’ll need to platoon him.

    @Tom Emanski: Yeah, very frustrating. Think he’s due back soon though (like Friday, last I heard).

  51. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Don’t want to platoon anybody. Is Bruce droppable?

  52. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Thanks, that makes sense.

    What doesn’t make sense is: If they are listed as ‘undroppable’ at start of season, but then ESPN drops them from the undroppable list due to poor performance, what is the point of calling them undroppable? I just don’t get it.

    Bottom line, it seems OK to just ignore the list and draft at will?

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Bruce is supposed to be back today or Friday, so I’d hold him for another day or two.

  54. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gotcha. Any news on Butler and his moob boo-boo?

  55. ThE sHiT says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Nevermind, thought the ball went of his chest, not hand. Sorry!

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @simply fred: You do have a good point, but who said ESPN always makes sense. Can ignore the list, yeah.

    @ThE sHiT: Ha! I heard he might miss a game or two.

  57. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: So instead of dropping Beckham for any of the above guys you mentioned, would Kalish, Bonifacio, Raburn be a better option. No specific position needed, just production.

  58. Carl Spackler says:
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    Leo Nunuez or Juan Guteriez the rest of the way?

  59. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I dropped Storen for Madson, I hope that wasn’t a mistake (I have tons of guys getting saves, this happens in keeper leagues with good teams).

    @Grey I called a rude girl on the A train a Puttanesca once. Did not go well.

  60. royce! says:
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    I read a lot of things claiming that the Cardinals are whiny ‘lil you know whats, and never really took a side, but an ump tossing a fan for heckling Yadier seems to confirm it, at least anecdotally:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/the-umps-ejected-everyone-in-the-cardinals-brewers-game.php

    Maybe the umps will make a habit of such ejections. I’ve always found grown men talking trash to players because the players can’t react to be disturbing. (Though the guys who kept yelling “Melvin Mora!” at the last Padres game I attended were pretty funny.) Players have feelings too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjnJ8xs6ibs

  61. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I figured. Well, I dropped Beckham for Don Kelly for tomorrows game. I will revisit the shituation tomorrow. My h2h opponent has 8 hitters goin tomorrow! I only have 4. Freakin short days suck.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Nice Youtube clip. Yeah, saw that with Yadier. That’s crazy. Wish I knew what the fan was saying. Talking crap about Jose? Bengie? Alfred?

    @ThE sHiT: I just grabbed Kelly too because there was no one available.

  63. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Did I say I grabbed Don Kelly? I meant Kelly….Kapowski….

  64. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: As they say down on the farm, you can’t spell Don Kelly without donkey.

  65. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: LL Donkey?

  66. ThE sHiT says:
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    @ThE sHiT: If he comes up big for us tomorrow, that has to become his official nickname.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Some ladies do, from what I’ve heard.

  68. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: That’s what she said!

  69. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: If I wanted to drop a pitcher for a hitter, who would it be between Jaime Garcia and Brett Anderson? Or are they too valuable to leave on the wire?

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: I wouldn’t drop either.

  71. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Thanks sir.

  72. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: I’ve got Kinsler in my DL spot still, even though he’s healthy and playing again. I’ve got Walker at 2B. Do I drop the Hot Walker to get Kinsler back (even though Kinsler hasn’t done anything since returning)? Or do I drop Abreu? It’s a dynasty and I’ve got a first round bye, so I don’t have to do anything stupid until Sunday.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: No problem.

    @Anonymous: I’d wait until the last moment on Sunday to decide.

  74. weas says:
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    Thanks for another great post Grey. Will we be getting a new Borderline Fantasy Starters post this week since your previous one ends with today’s starters?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @weas: It’s coming tomorrow afternoon.

  76. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: The female Yankees reporter interviewing Swisher was collateral damage when Swisher got pied in the face. Looked like a perfect moneyshot on her, lol!

  77. Elijah says:
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    Won my HtH league regular season btw, yeah me. Home Field both rounds, so far so good. Powerful offense and decent pitching led to a 182-112 Finish. Thanks Grey for the help!

  78. Grey

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    @Elijah: Nice, hopefully you can keep it going.

  79. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: There is a caveat to my DL-Dilemma. I can’t make any roster moves while I’ve got a non-DL player in a DL spot. I also have Wilson Betemit at 3B because I’ve got MMD on the DL. (sad emoticon)

  80. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anonymous: Ah… Then can’t you play Walker at 3rd and drop Betemit?

  81. Anonymous says:
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    @Grey: I have no idea why I didn’t think of that earlier… I don’t know what I’d ever do without you, Grey the Great…

  82. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Jason Hammel or Wade Davis?

    Which 2 of 4 – Logan Morrison, Crisp, Carlos Lee or BJ Upton for the stretch run?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anonymous: Not sure, friend.

    @Fletch: Hammel… Upton and Morrison…

  84. Steve says:
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    @Grey: (Whispers) Ibanez…

  85. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Furcal, Infante or Al-Ram?

  86. vinko says:
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    Rollins left game with some leg issues. prolly knee.

  87. Steve says:
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    Why hello there, Albert. Nice to see you again.

  88. peter says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, no joke.

    Snider or Stubbs in h2h playoffs? Any/all production is valuable.

  89. motorcitykitty says:
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    @Grey….is Young Jr. the everyday 2B over Barmes in Colorado? May pick him up to start in place of Beckham, but lineups are set weekly in this league, so he is only good to me if he plays most everyday….

  90. peter says:
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    @Grey: @peter: Ohhh.. Another question… Just saw EY steal another. Young Jr and Stubbs or Snider and Rajai?

  91. Steve says:
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    Why, Greinke? Why?

  92. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Glad I didn’t start Arroyo, though.

  93. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’m asking myself about that for Garza, Garcia and Danks. Hate when I have a bad pitching day and no hitting to show for it.

  94. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Man, I thought Garcia and Garza would help solidify my pitching for the week. Hope Bills doesn’t crap the bed also. At least Napoli homered and EY2 stole a base…

  95. tall chicks says:
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    Rodney is terrible, but I’m too skiddish to drop him. H2H playoffs that counts losses and he’s already hurt me there, and of course the era and whip have suffered too. Can I just drop his ass? Hanrahan’s on the wire, and I have 4 other closers, so saves aren’t too hard to come by.

  96. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Getting interesting in the RCL this week.

  97. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ouch.

    Have Garza on my H2H team. Hopefully he bounces back for when I get into the playoffs next week.

    Oh – look who just showed up. I’ll-Suck-While-Steve-Owns-me-and-then-go-deep-once-he’s-dropped-me Sanchez.

  98. Grey

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    @ThE sHiT: Yeah, terrible day. Just realized Danks was a ticker shock, but it doesn’t help much.

    @tall chicks: I wouldn’t drop him.

    @Steve: Ha!

  99. Steve says:
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    @BSA: There are some categories where a few guys are real, real close.

    My ERA is destined to be 3.70 it seems. Every time I creep under it, some fool pitcher pulls me back over.

  100. Steve says:
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    Since when did Myers become a WHIP-meister? Al K owns him and I’m chasing him in WHIP…

  101. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Isn’t that a line in the godfather? “Everytime I think I am out….”
    I’m kind of floating along.

  102. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I think I deserved the terrible pitching day because I left work early because I truly am sick. But, I spent some time on Razzball instead of resting.

  103. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Al has been buring up the add/drop lines this week. 10 add/drops since yesterday.

  104. Steve says:
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    @BSA: Whatever it is, Greinke just did it to me again.

  105. Grey

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    @ThE sHiT: What? This is resting.

  106. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I don’t feel very relaxed right now.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: You’re right.

  108. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m prepared to concede, however, that that possibly says more about me than it does about Razzball.

  109. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Kinda, only when I’m not stressing out over playoff time.

  110. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I did a little math, and figured out EY2 is on pace (If he were to have 500 ABs) to get a whopping 62 stolen bases!! Wowsers!!

  111. GopherDay says:
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    @GopherDay: That’s pretty good for a MI….

  112. Grey

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    @Steve: Yup

    @ThE sHiT: Will help you sweat out the sickness.

    @GopherDay: Yeah, not sure why he’s not owned in every league. He’s been my best pickup of the last month.

  113. Steve says:
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    Who’s pitching in Minnesota – Capps or Duensing?

  114. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: If you can afford the slight average hit, he’s been great!! Running practically every time he gets a single!! I get mad at him whenever he gets an extra base hit….Hehe

  115. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I also think I have the names to one of my team’s next year: “The Book of EY”

  116. struggler says:
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    Dear Miguel Cabrera, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Leo Nunez, Ian Stewart, Jay Bruce, Scott Baker, Chris Young, Brad Lidge,
    Get Well Soon!
    Love,
    Struggler

  117. Grey

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    @Steve: Capps came in and lost the game.

    @GopherDay: Nice name!

  118. mr baseball says:
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    Nolan Reimold – Well, lookie-lookie. when I saw his homerun on sportscenter – I was thinking of you grey – I said to myself all is forgiven

    another subject

    I posted in my league – I see the season is over for me

    this was the anwser I got on message board

    Re: I see the season is over for me
    Posted by: (Sons of Lee Marvin)

    look on th bright side Moe. You’ll now have time to redecorate your home. You can put a picture of Adam Lind in every room!

  119. Grey

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    @Steve: Scratch that, ESPN box score was wrong. Capps saved it.

  120. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He got the save didn’t he?

    Just gave up a couple doing it.

    I’m going to cry into a pillow. Just CANNOT make any ERA or WHIP headway in the RCL.

  121. struggler says:
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    Whats up with Scutaro and 2 hrs? Is he one-handing them out of the park? Perhaps I should pick him up to be part of my ensemble of the walking wounded.

  122. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Doesn’t feel like a Save right now.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: Might’ve been throwing them out of the stadium.

    @Steve: Sometimes they hurt so you know you’re still alive.

  124. struggler says:
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    Would you lose Baker, Minor or neither for Peralta?

    I don’t play again until 9/20. Minor would be @Phi that week. A start I wouldn’t use him for. Baker would get Cle, @Det, @KC depending on if/when he pitches again.

    My 3b would be Stewart. Peralta would be Stewart/Reyes insurance.

    The neither option would be to pick up a hot Peralta/Alvarez/Gordon/Kouz when 9/20 comes around. The concern is that Peralta may not be available if he keeps hitting.

  125. Tom Emanski says:
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    Apparently Yahoo changed their H2H playoffs tiebreaker rules to the season series instead of best ERA for the week. It’s stupid. How do you play week by week for a whole year and then have a week decided by an unrelated week?

  126. GopherDay says:
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    @Tom Emanski: Yeah, it pretty much sucks for any underdogs trying to make a playoff run. My playoffs for one league are in round 2 right now with the championship next week. I won’t be facing any teams lower ranked than me, so I can’t tie it. I’m up now though…

  127. GopherDay says:
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    Anyone know why Brandon Phillips was pulled?

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: I’d lose Minor for him.

    @Tom Emanski: Really dumb.

    @GopherDay: The Reds are coasting into October and they want him healthy.

  129. struggler says:
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    I looked into that today. Yahoo now decides by your overall record vs. that team throughout the regular season.

    ESPN decides by which team has a better overall seed for the playoffs.

    I think both are better than ERA. Although ESPN’s seems to be better of the 2 in my opinion. Might as well reward the best team during the regular season somehow.

  130. Steve says:
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    Now Bills hates me too.

  131. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Good answer!!

  132. Gambler says:
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    Luke Scott’s 3 for 18 with no HR’s in the past week.. Is it time to panic and drop him or am I overreacting? Also Jeter has been awful recently (especially average wise and power wise, which is what i need most).
    Should I drop one or both of them for one of the following:

    Sandoval
    Stanton
    Thome
    Kubel
    Miguel Tejada
    Peralta
    Matsui
    Tabata
    Byrd

  133. Elijah says:
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    Go Hudson!

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: Gotcha

    @Steve: What? You’re scaring me.

    @Gambler: In a non-keeper, you can lose Jeter for a hot bat. Say Peralta. Luke Scott you can lose too. Grab Stanton, Kubel or Tabata for steals.

    @Elijah: He looks great.

  135. Steve says:
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    @Grey: As you were, that was a few innings back when it looked like it was all going south, much as it almost did in the bottom of the 5th there.

    Dodgers offence is pathetic though. Pathetic.

  136. GopherDay says:
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    @Steve: I agree, agree soundly.

  137. Steve says:
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    @Grey: @GopherDay: Probably not giving Luebke enough respect, but still…

  138. Steve says:
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    Ugh – he’s really WHIP-ing us now.

  139. Steve says:
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    Oh FFS.

  140. Alex says:
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    Wood a safe start tomorrow @Colorado?

  141. Gambler says:
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    Thanks.. decided to go with Peralta and Kubel..

  142. mookiewilson says:
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    What to do with Andrus, Miggy and J. Johnson? (if the latter 2 are shut down)sitting just outside the moey in a non-keeper 14 team league. These ‘day-to-day’ injuries kill me.

    Possible replacements currently available:
    Desmond-Castro-Peralta
    Reynolds-Robot-Pena
    Kennedy-Matusz-C. Richard-J. Chacin…

    Tough to drop these guys but I can’t afford the blank lines. Obviously I’ll wait for word on Johnson and Miggy, but drop Andrus?

    Thanks!

  143. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Damn

    @Alex: Nope

    @mookiewilson: Lose Andrus for Peralta. Gotta wait on word on Miggy. And I’d wait another day or two for Johnson.

  144. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The really annoying thing is that I’m a little over in IP, but Bills at Petco is a start you’ve gotta take.

    So now I’m more ahead of the IP pace and nothing to show for it – and in fact penalised for the loss.

    Bah.

  145. Grey

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    @Steve: Yeah, wholly frustrating for that reason. You had to start him there and then that. Blah, indeed.

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