Ryan Franklin was replaced yesterday, but it came so begrudgingly, La Russa wouldn’t even announce who would replace him.  GM Mozeliak held a knife to a squirrel’s neck to try and get La Russa to tell us who would be the closer and still nothing.  “There’s only two things in this world I hold dear — my Mom and my word and I’m mum on both.”  That was what I imagine La Russa said.  Mitchell Boggs, CPA seems most likely to see the first chances.  Behind him, Motte, then MLB’s poet laureate, Miguel Batista.  Keep in mind, Franklin isn’t out of the picture completely either.  La Russa is way too loyal to his guys.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Skip Schumaker – Headed to the DL with a hyperextended elbow.  Somewhere, Shawn Michaels’ elbow says, “Pfft.”

Ian Stewart – Sent to Triple-A.  Pretty sad move for me to hear.  Mini-Mini Donkey was a one-time favorite.  I was thinking how this is one of those moves that if you don’t play fantasy, you’re probably like whatevs.  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright, I suppose.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he returned from the DL.  I didn’t see the game, but just looking at the baserunners and earned runs, I’m gonna guess he had some bad luck with when he gave up some hits.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Yeah, sparkling but don’t forget the Twins are dealing with The Infieluenza Breakout of 2011.

Victor Martinez – To the DL.  Has anything ever good come from not punting your catcher slot?  Rhetorical!

Phil Coke – Holy crap, I just saw Coke’s line!  I mean, Phil got WHIPped around (10 baserunners in 3 2/3 IP) by Seattle like a fish at Pike’s Place.  It was mostly his own doing – a 4 BB first inning as well as an error by him led to 4 first inning runs (all unearned).  He didn’t even get a strikeout, which is tough since he faced Jack Cust three times.  He had average control in the minors so this was probably just a bad night – maybe someone shook him up before the game and put a couple Mentos in his mouth.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Ride, Wandwagon, ride!

James Shields – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, 3.07 ERA on the year.  I didn’t put my money where my mouth was by drafting Shields, but I did think he’d bounce back from last year.

Randy Wolf – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  We own him in our most important league (NL LABR).  I say it’s important because I’m nearly positive if we don’t win, we’re not getting invited back.  In fact, if we do win, we still may not get invited back.

Frank FranciscoBlue Jays activated him and now they have the difficult decision to go with the crappy closer that they feel obligated to go with or just stick with Rauch, who’s done nothing wrong.  Knowing how major league teams operate, Frank2 will be blowing saves by the weekend.

Aaron Hill – Stole his 6th base then left because 0f moans over his hammy.  Sounds like he might miss 15 days, maybe he can find his upside while he’s out.  You effin’ schmohawk!

Doug Fister – A very disappointing night for the Tiger hitters as Doug Fister limited them to two runs.  The most disappointed was Miggy because when he saw D. Fister as the opposing pitcher, he thought it stood for Double Fister.

Jake Peavy – Hurt himself coming back from hurting himself.  That’s such a Bennis Carpensheeter move.

John Danks – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA.  Seriously, I can’t buy a win.

Brad Emaus – Designated for assignment.  Mets like Roberto Duran say, “No Emaus!”

Justin Turner – Overdrive!  He will platoon with Daniel Murphy at 2nd base.  He’s on the weak side of the platoon and his minor league numbers are yawnstipating at best, blehtastic at worst.

Brandon Beachy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  As frequent commenter, Dad, said, “On only his 2nd day in the majors, Sands faced Beachy in LA.  I wonder if Pauly Shore was there.”  That made me giggle.

Pablo Sandoval – Hit his 4th homer this week.  He’s blaming his power drought last year on The Twinkie Defense.

Justin Morneau – Out again with the flu.  Minnesota Twins fever, catch it!

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  His brother, Gosh Johnson, “Okay, but let’s not forget the seven AVN awards I’ve won.”

Logan Morrison – Hurt his foot during the game but they put him in a protective boot – aka the Logan Moccasin – and they think he’ll only miss a game or two.

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-2 as he declares himself The King of the Slam & Legs.

Pedro Alvarez – 0-for-3, batting .183 on the year and now batting in the 6 hole.  I’m legitimately concerned Alvarez might get sent down to figure his shizz out.

Alex Gordon – 2 steals.  Billy Butler, one steal.  Wilson Betemit, one steal… Either they were getting 89 foot leads or Lou Marson was actually the Indians CEO and they were filming an episode of Undercover Boss.

Mark Trumbo – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  I don’t see how they can send him back down when Kendrys return.  Wait, is it still a plural verb?

Peter Bourjos – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs and his 2nd homer as he declares to the world he wants to challenge Drew Stubbs’ title.

Bobby Abreu – 0-for-4 as the Angels scored 15.  Ticker tease!

Mike Napoli – Did not play, but Ron Washington let him bring the lineup card out to the umps so Scioscia could laugh at him.

Armando Galarraga – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks and a 6.00 ERA with his third win.  I have only one win for my entire staff in one league.  Who’s coming with me to Nepal to fix this Win Karma?

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-5 with his 2nd homer.  You can book it that he’s gonna bet getter, if you’re into spoonerisms.

Melvin Mora – Out with a jammed foot.  Too bad everything points to him being toast.  Afternoon tea humor!

Ryan Roberts – Hit 2 homers yesterday and threw in a legs free of charge.  I love the questions about whether or not I think Roberts is fo reals.  He’s hitting .382 and two homers a game.  He’s not that real.  Can he stick at third base because the rest of the D-Bags candidates are tizz-errible?  Yup.  Should you pick him up?  Definitely, while he’s hitting.  BTW, Member my brilliant idea to allow one position a year to take steroids but not tell anyone… A little fun subplot trying to figure out which position it is each year.  Well, MLB decided to go with the more niche marketing plan, “All Roberts On ‘Roids.”  If Bip Roberts comes out of retirement, I called this sucker.

 
  1. and1mcgee says:
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    i hate LaRussa…. kinda not worth dealing with

  2. muchacho says:
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    Grey, I hate to ask but can you rank these starters for me. muchas gracias!

    Carlos Zambrano
    Javier Vazquez
    Chris Narveson
    Charlie Morton
    James McDonald
    Clayton Richard

  3. Tony tone says:
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    I asked the king this but would appreciate your perspective too Grey. I’ve been shopping one of my Starlin/Elvis SS combo since no need to keep both and to stickout while the irons hot. I have been offered Hunter Pence for Starlin, should I take this or work this guy to try and take Elvis and a throw in, or turn it down? I like either deal a lot, but you’re whe wiz so would appreciate it. Thanks!

  4. Tony tone says:
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    Sorry, forgot to mention that it’s a keeper, which is relevant if you think Starlin is gonna be A GODDAM STAR I TELLS YOU

  5. chata says:
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    btw
    frank2 and morrow , both coming off dl at same time .
    both did re-hab with dunedin (florida) , and ,
    both posted era’s of 10+ while there .

  6. matt says:
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    so how long until i drop ryan roberts? over/under 1 week?

  7. Tony says:
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    like i mentioned last night and by 90% of this post being taken up by it… Pitching is DOMINATING again this year… it’s making me sick, bring back steroids….

    @Grey: so do you think trumbo does get sent down? I’ve got a guy interested. He needs a 1B, I have Howard, I dont know what to ask for….? He’s got a slumping RIOS, Bruce, maybe even try a 2 for 2 and throw some other pieces in…

  8. Michael Bourne says:
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    I don’t want no day-to-day. DL or man up. I am talking to you the third of my roster named ARod, JMorneau, and AHill.

  9. Evan says:
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    Hey I have a trade question!
    Who wins this trade?

    Grady Sizemore, Jaime Garcia, Chris Perez
    for
    The Dread Pirate, Wade Davis, and Brian Fuentes
    Thanks!

  10. Dan says:
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    Forget Abreu, Kendrick went 0-6! Talk about ticker tantalization.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    GREY-yeah on the win front,i have danks and c.c 0-1 2.52 and zimmerman 1-2 2.45,i hate wins

  12. theevilempire says:
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    Anyone throwing Gio out there tonight against the Bosox?

    Narveson @ Philly (vs. Lee)?

    Masterson @ KC? Normally I would but KC has been overachieving.

  13. Wilsonian says:
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    ESPN put up a stat last night…Josh Johnson has only allowed 10 hits this year! Gosh is very impressed…

  14. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Howie Kendrick – 0-for-6 as the Angels scored 15. Ticker tease!

  15. Tony says:
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    How about every player having at least 1 hit and most having 2 hits in the ATL game but Heyward goes 0-5? He’s killing me….

  16. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Picked up Boggs and already had Gregg and Frank2 (on the DL). Now that Frank2 is active, I need to drop one or possibly two of them. How would you rank them?

    Also, who do you like to fill in for Hill:

    Polanco, Espinosa, Johnson, Callaspo or Theriot?

  17. timSTi says:
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    10tm 5×5 1500ip.

    Gio vs BOS
    DLR vs SF
    JZimm @ STL

    Start none of them, all of them, one of them?

  18. pubscout says:
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    Grey-pick a schmohawk, any schmohawk. I gotta nab one of these guys and won’t be able to drop him until Dustin Ackley gets called up: Maicer Izturis, SRod, Aviles, Ellis, OHudson, Rhymes, Herrera.

    I hope you say SRod. He does the least to initiate my gag reflex.

  19. Eddy says:
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    @Grey

    Napoli and Grey blurb– Ha!

    I come this morning bearing questions.

    1. I’m running with 5 “closers” in a league. Out of Frank Frank, Burnett, C.Perez, Jose Contreras and Farnsworth, who is most likely to get the least saves (and overall suck less)?

    2. I’m looking to hitch a ride on the Wandwagon, but Narveson and Kennedy are being asses don’t want to make space. Who do I kick out of the wagon?

  20. Eddie says:
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    A team that got out to a 12-5 start without his bat can’t let MMD work things out in the bigs?!?! Thanx a lot, Rox.

    @Grey: I have Chipper Jones holding down the fort at 3B for now. It’s a deep, 16 team league with 23 roster slots. Should I sit on Stewart for now and hope he comes back fixed? Or drop him for someone to fill in for when Glass Chipper goes on the DL with a papercut?

  21. PepeSilvia says:
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    Double Fister?

    Tremendous.

    That was so funny it temporarily assauged my pain from having spot-started Coke last night.

  22. O Oracle of Harangutan…
    Can I trust the big ugly in Chicago tonight? A QS would do.

  23. mauledbypandas says:
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    poor Weiters, what does he have to do to get a mention. :sad face:

  24. MD says:
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    you had me at “Logan Moccasin”, but the icing on the cake was the undercover boss comment, that is priceless… Really starting to look forward to your daily rants man, this shite is epic…

    Quick question, joe Nathan couldn’t buy an out from a $2 hooker on the vegas strip right now, my closer situation is in a bad way on my AL only 12 team league (also have Andrew Bailey and Brandon League… poop). I’m thinking of offering Nathan straight up for Matt Thornton and see if i can take advantage of this poor sap. Who do you think i’m better off having at this point, Nathan or Thorton.

  25. Carns says:
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    Anderson dominates.

  26. papasmurf says:
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    I have both Hill and B Roberts. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the two had swapped bodies. Hill has the speed numbers while Roberts has the power numbers. Gotta love April…

    I have 0 homers combined out of 1B and LF, yet 5 homers out of 2B and C. 10 total homers, last in league… on pace to hit 100 homers this year LOL. I wish it was late September already so I can just fuhget about it. Even if Kendrys comes back and Jennings is up, my team will be so far behind already.

  27. Jeff says:
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    Polanco is my Utility guy. Would you trade him for Hafner?

    I think Polanco can go 80/8/60/.300.

    Hafner could be done next week or hit 25 HR.

  28. Euroalien says:
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    5 x 5 12 Team Roto……. My pitchers are B. Anderson, Beachy, Bell, Broxton, Kuroda, Masterson, Oswalt, Walden – with Capps, Ogando, Storen, Volquez and Cueto on the bench.

    Should I drop Ogando or maybe Volquez to try and get Lackey off waivers or Wolf?

  29. Lawless says:
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    This morning on my league message board I read a joke about Lou Marson and an episode of Undercover Boss. It looks like someone else has found Razzball. If you’re reading this comment, Glenn… the gig is up.

  30. Learn Teixiera says:
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    Is anybody starting Ian Kennedy tonight? I’ve had the worst luck this year benching starters in unfavorable matchups and having them do well, and then starting them during a favorable matchup and they get crushed (see Kennedy’s last two starts). Is there a glossary term for this?

    Trade Choo for Gardener (or Pierre) and Oswalt (or Cahill or Hanson)? What’s the best combination here?

  31. trick dad says:
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    Should I trade Halladay for Longoria?

    current 3B is Reynolds
    current SP’s are Halladay, Lester, Liriano, Chacin, Wood, Bumgarner, Beachy

    H2H points 12 team keeper league

  32. Pooch says:
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    Boggs or Thornton?

  33. brad says:
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    How good is Dickey against steals? Im thinking about putting Bourn in my lineup expecting him to steal bases against a knuckleballer.

  34. Sir says:
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    Are people worried about Hanley? He hasn’t been hitting, but he’ll be fine, right?
    And I should want to give up Kemp + Britton for Hanley, right?

  35. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    This Hill injury really puts my team in the Bunker. (Revolutionary War humor)…

    What do you think the possibilities are of Brett Lawrie getting called up to replace him?

    Here are my other options in my standard mixed 12 team h2h league:
    -Orlando Cabrera
    -Jonathan Herrera
    -Daniel Murphy

  36. Salty Balty says:
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    Which one do I sit?

    A. Jones v. Blackburn

    Granderson v. Cecil (lefty, but Grandy already gots 3 hrs off lefties)

    Willingham v. Buchholz (Willingham has looked like poo lately)

    Espinosa in a doubleheader (which is also the name of Peter North’s new film about a South American poolboy – two porn jokes in as many posts, yeah, I hang out with Matsui when comes to Baltimore . . . it gets weird)

    Thanks.

    You recommended sitting Jones last night in favor of Espinosa, Jones had a good night, while Espinosa’s game was rained out. What, Razzball can’t predict the weather?

  37. pubscout says:
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    @brad: i spent the greater portion of last night scouring the digital world for information regarding ackley. people seem a bit divided around his upside. there is agreement that it does not include great power. but while he has plus speed, he has not necessarily shown he will be a prodigious base stealer. the comparison i saw the most was to howie kendrick with better obp. a bit of power, above average speed. professional hitter but not a fantasy stud.

  38. Carns says:
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    @Sir:

    F*** no. Kemp is going to burn the majors to the ground this year. Hell, he’s already begun!

  39. charlie batch says:
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    Drop Vazquez, Beachy, or Bumgarner for dropped Latos in 16-team league. I set waiver claim for Vazquez

  40. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Someone just dropped Hill. Assuming Hill does not go to the DL, drop Beckham for him? Thanks!

  41. Francis says:
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    Napoli or Iannetta in 14 team mixed league (standard 5 cats + OPS)?

  42. Grey, once again you slay me! Happy 4:20 today brother.

    Anyways, I’m still 100% in on Snider. Have you lowered your expectation yet based on his poor start?

    Finally, to the Razzers—Hell yes I’m starting Gio tonight. This kid is for real!

  43. Beardawg says:
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    Grey, if you think Alvarez may get sent down, surely you’d trade him for Jordan Walden now, if you needed closer help. Right?

  44. Eng says:
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    Grey, Sandoval has 5 jacks on the year. Other than that, a typically enjoyable piece from you. I’m now going back to praying for Hill’s hammy. Have a good one.

  45. @Sir:
    I’m with Carns. Now that his no longer under her Umbrella Kemp looks like a man on a mission. Lopes has worked wonders. I still think he’s a goofus. But Kemp, the goof, really could go 35/35 this year. If you really want Hanley (who is no slouch) ask for more then Britton. I would request at least a number 2 starter as well. Cheers!

  46. Chinaski says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I am not gonna drop Beachy, i have a soft spot for him but would you drop Wood for Nolasco?

  47. Steve B says:
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    Who do I go with at MI? I have Maicer Izturis because I traded away Brain Roberts, the guy I traded Roberts to dropped him; who should I have?

  48. bobbo says:
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    Was just offered Gallardo for Rasmus in a keeper. We use OBP instead of AVG and offensive K’s are also a category.

    Current SP (we keep 3): Felix, Sabathia, Liriano, Colby Lewis
    Current OF (we keep 2): CarGo, Heyward, Stanton, Rasmus, Sizemore

    Which side do you like?

  49. Sir says:
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    @Carns @Dr. Stats Wow, some strong pro-Kemp feelings here. Thanks for the responses.

  50. MrHappyTime says:
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    Ok Grey,

    Keep Pedro Alvarez or roll the dice on Ryan Roberts assuming he gains 3rd base eligibility here soon?

    Also who do you like for the time being between Russell Martin and Wieters? Just lost Victor Martinez..

    Thanks

  51. Mzyptlk says:
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    Grey, I have Freese and Chipper filling in for Zimm, however K. Johnson is on waivers and I need to backup Beckham. Drop Freese or Chipper ? that is the question. Thanks.

  52. Wake Up says:
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    Alvarez came up for a cup of coffee last year and ended up eating the whole cake. I’ve been saying since Spring Training he looks out-of-shape. In the off-season he’ll lose 15 lbs and come back hitting. Just like Sandoval. It’s hard not to believe that you have arrived and can now relax when everyone around you keeps telling you how great you are. And how great you still look, speaking of the queen of soul.

  53. Future Man says:
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    In a points league where strikeouts are negative.

    Would you trade Bruce for Ellsbury?

  54. theevilempire says:
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    Volquez, Masterson, Narveson, and Cueto are my current expendable pitchers. I’m also sitting on Gregg and Storen (my only other RP is Bell).

    Carmona, Zambrano, Correia, Shields, McCarthy, Lindstrom are free agents.

    Should I be dropping any of my guys to pick up any of those available?

  55. Seven says:
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    @Grey Would you pick up Jerry Sands and drop Coco Crisp or David Murphy?

  56. Johnny Drama says:
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    Who do you like most going forward?

    Smoak, Trumbo, Freeman, Sands

    Thanks

  57. Chinaski says:
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    Thanks Grey but now i have another question. Would you please give me a short explanation as for why you wouldnt drop Wood for Nolasco? I really hope i am not asking for too much, i just want to understand the reason behind your opinion.

    I dont play in a keeper league, so my own reasons in favour of Nolasco would be his experience, the ballpark and the fact that he actually and factually belongs to the better SPs in majors with a constantly good WHIP, alot of Ks and close to 200 IP. Wood is a good young and gutsy pitcher but he is not there yet. That damn ballpark in Cincinnati is not helping either. Am i wrong?

    Thanks again

  58. Wilson's Beard says:
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    Grey, do you still have faith in Liriano? Where would he be in your SP rankings if you re-ranked today?

  59. Wilsonian says:
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    Just was offered his Quentin/McCarthy for my Frenchy/J-Z. Is this a deny?

  60. Eng says:
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    @Grey…my apologies for the Panda misread, posting before 8 am is clearly beyond me. I’ll be reading the answer to Chinaski keenly, Wood looks a little lost to me and I’ve cut him before his next two tough starts. I don’t usually bail on pitchers early (Dempster for instance I’ll run out all year) but Wood has looked too hittable for my liking and with only one year behind him it can’t be said with confidence he’ll bounce back.

  61. Lines says:
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    I was at last night’s Rockies/SanFranciscoBaseballGiants game. Ubaldo didn’t look all that strong. He wasn’t missing many bats at all between strikeouts, and left a lot of balls up in the zone. I assume he’ll be fine going forward, but that’s what I saw last night.

    Also, Panda!

    And I’m trying to figure out who to lose when Morrow comes off the DL. I have a big ol’ pile of OF’ers including Gardner, Grady, and Gordon; and a few spare pitching parts: Kennedy, Storen, Thornton (okay not so much ‘spare’ as ‘useless to this point’). Someone’s getting the boot unless I work out a trade, doubletime.

    Thanks in advance.

  62. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    drop wells for roberts?

  63. Lines says:
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    Re: Previous comment: Yes, I know the obvious answer is probably Sizemore.

  64. Aaron says:
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    I could use some steals, but I’m not desperate. I like Bourjos. Would you drop Adam Jones for Bourjos?

  65. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:
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    Dunn is killing me, should I release him for Trumbo. Actually anyone would be better than Dunn. Freeze has helped replacing Zimmerman. Boesch is looking good but for how long. Beachy finally had a good night.

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thats what i feared,wells is actually starting to hit and at 17 mill. his leash is johnny long

  67. FrodoBoBo says:
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    I got first waiver priority on Sands – drop Lind, Freese, or David Murphy? Keep 6 Dynasty. Also got Bud Norris, budd wouldn’t feel right dropping him on 420

  68. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you lose Snider for Trumbo? What about Burnett for Trumbo if out have Kimbrel, Walden, and Hanrahan for closers, too?

  69. Dough Boy says:
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    Grey,

    At this point would you go C. Pena or Trumbo for a CI spot and

    Would B. Roberts and A Ramirez (picked up on waivers after dropped and I have H. Ramirez) be too much for Kinsler? If so what would you offer with A Ram?

  70. You up in Smoak yet for 4:20 Grey?

  71. Lines says:
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    Thanks, that’s what I was hoping you’d say. And may I say, your moustaches are looking especially thick and shiny today.

  72. Last Place says:
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    Is this a fair trade offer?

    Weaver, Elvis Andrus, and Broxton for Hanley, Daniel Hudson, and Brandon Lyon.

    Who wins without taking needs into account?

  73. CL says:
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    Garza today?

  74. Chunk says:
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    Who do you like for the rest of the year, Mcdonald everywhere or Stauffer at home?

  75. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Would you lose Masterson for Uehara?I know it’s speculative, but Masterson is what he is…

    14 Team, H2H. All I have at RP is Kimbrel and Sale right now.

    Current SP if I lose him:

    Hanson
    Scherzer
    B. Anderson
    Chacin
    Kuroda
    Volquez
    Pineda
    Narveson
    Kennedy
    Morton
    Stauffer

  76. Chunk says:
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    Need help at LF. Ben Francisco, Milton Bradley, or Matt Laporta for the next month or two? I have a waiver out on sands but don’t think I’ll get him.

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yeah,st.louis will probably be as big a mess as this,i only own santos from either team in all my leagues ,trying to avoid the drama

  78. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Burnett or Uehara the rest of the way for saves? Uehara was impressive in the second half last season and we keep hearing Burnett is a temporary fix in Washington.

  79. mwgris says:
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    Is it worth trying to get Fielder for Youk and Jeter?

  80. dingbat says:
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    Drop Carlos Lee for Sands?

  81. Alex says:
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    yo grey dawg…. quick trade question.

    picked up Martin a couple weeks back, so napoli is expendable now. Vmart’s owner just offered me M Young for Kendrick and Napoli. How do you like Kendrick vs. Young rest of the year….?

    Thanks dude!

    Alex

  82. MD says:
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    how about this brandon belt shizz… they gonna make a move or what? “the suspense is killin’ me” haha. Ross has been activated and is hittin cleanup today, with Sandoval hitting 8th (what a joke)

  83. dja says:
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    would you trade bjupton for any of: scherzer, verlander, or matt cain?

  84. Wake Up says:
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    What is up with Broxton? I haven’t seen him pitch this year.

    Braun can’t do anything wrong so far.

  85. MD says:
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    Grey and Al Koholics,

    With that being said (convo between you and Al), would your trade Nathan for Thornton, or Nathan for Santos.

    Weird i’m asking this, I’m a die hard white sox fan, and go to shit ton of games (got season tix, im a baller, i know…). Anyway, Thornton looks nothing like he did last year. He is only throwing fastballs, which he can’t locate, and he can’t throw his slider to save his f’n life. Santos def has the closer mentality, but he’s only been pitching for 2 years (used to play short stop i believe), and not sure he can handle that much pressure yet. thornton has the most talent in the bullpen (atleast until Chris Sale takes his head out of Rosie O’Donnels A$$ (no idea…), but Sale’s future role is in the rotation)). Overall, it should be Thornton’s job to lose, but with his blown saves this

  86. @dja:
    You didn’t ask me but…Verlander all day long brother!!

  87. MD says:
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    last few weeks, its a dam crapshoot

  88. Dad says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop Snider or Wells for Boesch? (16-team, 8×6 H2H, w/ K’s, OBP & TB). I can’t stand Wells, but I’m hesistant to drop him.

    Also, trade was accepted for my A Gordon for his Marcum. I tried for CC, but “settled” for Marcum. Win/lose on the trade?

  89. chata says:
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    what a nice double play !

  90. Jake says:
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    Morneau is starting to worry me. Time to panic and sell for .75 on the dollar, or hold and pray for better days?

  91. bogbert says:
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    Grey, I’m curious — how much longer would you keep Alvarez in the lineup assuming his current level of production?

    I don’t have another 1B/3B to slot in there, so I’d have to drop him or a benched OF (Jones/Markakis probably) to get another one, maybe Moreland, EE, Smoak, or Trumbo. Thanks…

  92. Chunk says:
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    What Jake said

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    mayberry breaks up the no-no,wasnt going to jinx him since i own the narv dog,didnt start him though

  94. MD says:
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    Officially starting the “Banish Bruce Bochy from the face of this Earth” fanclub… Dude just cost me Jerry Sands, since he wants to take his sweet time announcing Belt is going to get sent down (so i can replace him). now some douche in my leage picked up Sands. And there is absolutely no one to replace Belt with…. POOP. Best options are Eric Hinske, Giambi, Blake Dewitt, and Mark Kotsay…

  95. Mark says:
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    Jerry sands or garret Jones as a replacement for belt?

  96. @mwgris:
    If you have another solid ss on your roster I Think Fielder is worth Youk and Jeter. In fact, he’ll have to drop a player, so why not start off with asking for Fielder and solid #3 starter.

  97. Tom Emanski says:
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    I passed on picking up Trumbo in my league. Where the eff are they going to play him when Kendrysss gets back? He has 0 experience at 3B. Unless they do something drastic and bench Wells, there’s no room for him.

  98. royce! says:
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    This afternoon could test my marriage because I will likely have to excuse myself from my mother-in-law’s Passover seder to figure out who’s warming up in the bullpen late in the game for STL.

    Speaking of seders, did you know that the dipping of vegetables into salt water is done because dipping is a sign of royalty and freedom? I remind myself of this every time I consume a 20 pc. box of McNuggets. Freedom!

    Oh crap, I just recalled the Elijah Dukes Passover joke! Yet another way my marriage will be tested this afternoon!

    Wish me luck!

  99. Wake Up says:
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    Polanco! Is it bobble-head day?

  100. BS says:
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    Should I drop Franklin for the speculative Boggs?

  101. Mike says:
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    Which side would you want in a trade: Jason Bay or Matt Garza?

  102. charlie batch says:
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    If you dont have a DL slot, is andres torres droppable for streaming SPs in deep h2h leagues?

  103. trick dad says:
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    Belt just got sent down to AAA

  104. charlie batch says:
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    Why wont you get asked back to LABR?

  105. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I have been offered David Wright and Jed Lowrie for Hanley. I have Reynolds at 3B. I’m inclined to reject – thoughts?

  106. Urban Achievers says:
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    +1 on the undercover boss ref!

    who should I grab to replace that sack of misery Aaron Hill? In a smart 10-team league.

  107. Kyle Drabek's Dad says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I think my son’s been overachieving. What do you think if I trade him and Raburn for Liriano and the Big Fragu?

    its an AL only 10 team.

    Thanks.

  108. Wake Up says:
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    Hanley isn’t seeing any strikes right now. If Gaby and LoMo continue to hit, this might change. Thoughts?

  109. Black Beard says:
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    Wow Soto batting 8th today…has this been a regular occurrence?

  110. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @royce: Hilarious. Except in my case, why would this night be different than any other night. I’m always excusing myself to check my team(s).

  111. royce! says:
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    For those in AL-only and deep leagues, M’s called up Carlos Peguero, who could be worth a flyer if they decide to give him some playing time. With Bradley ahead of him, it’s only a meltdown away!

  112. Ryan says:
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    Grey help me bro! I lost Belt so do I go with Tumbo or LaPorta? 16 team h2h keeper league and don’t have time for belt to rot on short bench.

    What does ANA do with Trumbo when Kendry(s) comes back?
    THX

  113. the grate one says:
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    grey 3 questions for hump day:

    1. abreu or lomo as a 3rd OF
    2. fielder or kemp in a keeper league
    3. how secure is broxtons job?

  114. Chase says:
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    Just accepted a proposal to get hunter pence for pedro alvarez. I’m happy

  115. Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates’ starting lineup Wednesday against the Marlins

  116. BSA says:
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    Garza’s pitching a nice line today. I hope CL threw him out there.

    Chase, Don’t ya wish Mike was in the RCL with Dunn on his roster?!

  117. trick dad says:
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    just traded markakis and capps for choo. I won here right?

  118. Steve says:
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    Jesus. Raburn.
    Of course I dropped him yesterday.

  119. The Good The Vlad The Utley says:
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    Anyone expecting Justin Morneau to the DL with the flu at this rate?

  120. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @royce: Westbrook lasted one start on my roster. Where’s the Duncan magic?

  121. BSA says:
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    Nothing like having a Garza pitching line offset by Cain. Didn’t realize the second inning was so tough.

  122. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    ok, so weekly h2h lineups. starting pitching slots break as such: 3 SP, 2 P, 2 RP.

    i have 4 usable RPs in contreras, putz, cordero, and nunez, but will rarely if ever need to start more than 2 of them. will hill sucking and now hurt, i wouldn’t mind getting a 2B.

    (1) which of those RPs is the most expendable?
    (2) am i selling myself short going for a neil walker/danny espinosa type? another team has beckham, raburn, and zorilla and a need for a RP. someone from those groups looks like my best trade partner (multiple 2B options + RP needs).

  123. Tom Emanski says:
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    What should it be called when a hitter has less than 3x as many RBI as HR? Like Jack Cust’s 33/77 season or Fielder last year.

    Rasmus is headed for that kind of season. He has 3 HR but only 6 RBI.

  124. BSA says:
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    Geez, no wonder I can’t scoop anyone this year – 4:00 EST and look who is here – Steve, Bob, Chase, Al, almost a quorum. Anything we should be voting on? Like who in our RCL looks like Josh Johnson?

  125. Flunkie says:
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    Stupid question, but drop Seth Smith for Sands, right?

  126. VinWins

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    Sandoval tweaked something in BP. Available to pinch hit from the left side only.

  127. Tom Emanski says:
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    Gio’s curve is absolute death on lefties

  128. Flunkie says:
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    Should probably phrase it more like this: Who would you drop first for Sands?

    Chone Figgins (would put me short on IF positions), David Murphy, Seth Smith

  129. slam says:
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    should I pick up Wandy or Shields to replace Franklin? (I have plenty of closers)

    also

    would you drop swisher for berkman?

  130. GTS says:
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    Dump Herrera or Raburn for Wiggington?

  131. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    lowrie,lowrie,lowrie,love it while its hot

  132. lowrie just hit a no-doubt homer off gio in the oakland coliseum in the middle of a rainstorm. he’s getting more than 10. 15 is the baseline. i think he can get 25. (that’s assuming full playing time.)

    the out he made today was a leaping catch by dejesus in the RF corner.

  133. Steve says:
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    Motte in for the Cards…

  134. WDE05 says:
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    Lineup questions for Grey and anyone else who wants to comment…

    Would you guys sit HanRam against Morton today? He’s in a serious rut and he’s 0-10 for his career against Morton. My alternative would be Asrubal who has a more favorable pitching matchup(Hochevar).

    At utility, Kelly Johnson (Arroyo) or Ike Davis (Norris)? KJ had a good game yesterday and he’s hit Arroyo well in his career so I’m inclined to go with him, but Norris has been pretty bad thus far.

    Thanks guys.

  135. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Javier Vazquez – dump or hold?

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  136. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Carlos Pena is a complete turd. I still can’t just drop him though right?

  137. Tony says:
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    Herraararaea (col) or O-Dog?

  138. Steve says:
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    Hill and Morneau are out of their respective lineups tonight.

  139. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    dammit grey, jsut cause i tend to answer more than i ask doesn’t mean you can skip my Q

    ::shakes fists at the computer screen::

    C&P’s from above:

    ok, so weekly h2h lineups. starting pitching slots break as such: 3 SP, 2 P, 2 RP.

    i have 4 usable RPs in contreras, putz, cordero, and nunez, but will rarely if ever need to start more than 2 of them. will hill sucking and now hurt, i wouldn’t mind getting a 2B.

    (1) which of those RPs is the most expendable?
    (2) am i selling myself short going for a neil walker/danny espinosa type? another team has beckham, raburn, and zorilla and a need for a RP. someone from those groups looks like my best trade partner (multiple 2B options + RP needs).

  140. BryanK says:
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    Is it worth cutting Ryan Raburn for Brennan Boesch? Brett Gardner is killing me in my LF spot right now.

    Thanks!

  141. GTS says:
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    Start Travis Wood @ STL on Saturday in 10 team H2H?

  142. chata says:
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    cutch … away for a while

  143. McBainus says:
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    This trade offer was just accepted in a very competitive money league with no trade vetoes (12-team, 30 roster spot, standard 5×5 roto):

    I gave up:
    Lance Berkman
    Drew Storen
    Jered Weaver

    I got:
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Brett Gardner

    A double buy-low!! I am psyched about it.

    I assume you agree I made out like a bandit?
    (btw, I am loaded on pitching and need steals badly…and I am starting Carlos Pena at 1B)

  144. McBainus says:
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    @Nuke LaDouche: I seem to have Pena on every team this year and I am languishing with you. Also, my team name on one of those leagues is “Nuke LaDouche” – HA!

  145. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: I have Frank Frank off the DL and need to roster him. This is my pitching staff
    J. Johnson
    S. Marcum
    D. Hudson
    J. Sanchez
    R. Dempster
    I. Kennedy
    J. Broxton
    J. Rauch
    S. Burnett
    M. Thornton
    C. Sale

    I have no extra hitters at the moment. Which pitcher do I drop to make room for Frank Frank? I am thinking Dempster or Kennedy…maybe Sale. You?

  146. McBainus says:
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    @Grey: 2 catcher league…someone just dropped Arencibia. I have Saltalamacchia and Avila as my two catchers right now. Based on your answer to MattW, I know you would drop Avila – but how about Avila vs. Salty?

  147. chata says:
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    no cutch owners expressing dismay .
    i am an island .

  148. chata says:
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    if rios gets a hit today , it’s because
    i finally benched his sorry azz .

  149. Flunkie says:
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    Non-player related question: Razzball as a whole has been extremely slow for me lately. Are you guys getting a lot more hits lately or what? I can’t be the only one experiencing this.

  150. genghis chone says:
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    Ditch E-Jax or Gordon Beckham for Mitch Moreland? At SP I’ve got Wood, Hellickson, Dempster, J-Zimm, Cueto, Hanson, Daniel Hudson and Cain, so I can afford to get rid of someone there, and I’ve got Pedroia, Lowrie and Stephen Drew so I’m deep at MI too. Could use a solid UTIL though.

  151. genghis chone says:
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    Could also snag Trumbo or Sands. H2H points league, so steals don’t matter that much.

  152. chata says:
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    hoping for some fireworks in cinncinnati , tonight .

  153. radiohead says:
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    @grey 10-team, NL-only … drop Wiggington for Sands?

  154. Dave says:
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    grey

    was just offered Phillips-Victorino for Mo and Uggla

    my closers are Kimbrel, Contreras, Rauch, Mo and Burnett

    good trade?

  155. Steve says:
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    Morton walks the pitcher?

    Come on!

  156. JohnnyFive says:
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    12 team mixed: I’ve been offered Aubrey Huff and Hiroki Kuroda for Mitch Moreland and V-Mart. Take it or not enough? Seems a bit light to me.

  157. Tony tone says:
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    Is Thornton (CWS) worth picking up, or is he done? Also, would me trading Elvis for Tabbata be a good idea?

  158. Wake Up says:
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    Do you think Hanley’s struggles are due to him not seeing that many strikes? Do you think that will change if Gaby and LoMo continue to hit? Do you think Polish Sausage would taste good with Rosemary? I’m making 25 lbs right now.

  159. Tony tone says:
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    Also, Swish, Gardner, and Adam Jones are all on wavers. Any worth dropping Snider to pick up in my keep?

  160. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey, just got a trade offer in my 18 team Dynasty League just looking for a second opinion on what to do:

    I get:
    Ichiro, Dominic Brown, Arrieta, J. Zimmerman and Grienke

    I give up:
    Tabata, Chacin, Marmol, and Teheran

    I’m reluctant to give up all three of my better youngsters. Any advice?

  161. ichirosan says:
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    Derrek Lee got dropped in one of my leagues… drop one of Willingham, Brantley or Boesch for him?

  162. Tom Emanski says:
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    Wieties!

  163. Joel says:
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    Grey:

    in my 6×6 h2h league, I’ve been offered Marcum and Bumgartner for Ian Kennedy and Drabek. I have to do that, right?

  164. I guess this was a good week to pick up Hochevar on every team.

  165. Quinn says:
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    Hey Grey, your thoughts:

    Keep Getz at MI or pick up Herrera?

    Thanks!

  166. JJHardon says:
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    5×5 8 team h2h league

    Trade away Jose Tabata and Francisco Cordero for Adam Dunn?

  167. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    For 5th OF spot, 8×8 16 team league (SLG, BB, H) who do you want…

    Joyce or Sands?

  168. Quinn says:
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    Just FYI 12 team 5×5 Roto

  169. Cheese

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    Also same league, 8×8 16 team league (SLG, BB, H)

    Choo and Beltre or Wright and Werth?

  170. nyydj2 says:
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    Grandy takes Frank2’s first pitch of the season into the seats.

  171. Bob says:
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    @VinWins: Excellent point. I just don’t like to dig myself in a hole at the start of the year. I call it “getting Wanged”, and I’m thinking of the year Wang was so horrible at the start of the year, he literally killed one of my teams before I ejected him.

  172. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @VinWins: Still trying to change my screenname on all my computers and clearly not all the way there yet. Early season slump, a little like Westbrook.

  173. royce! says:
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    Nice of Zimmermann to help us fantasy baseballers [<-Grey's mom's term!] find out who's going to be closing in STL.

    Would've been a little nicer if I wasn't starting him in my h2h. Though my opponent has an ERA of .72 and a WHIP of .60, thanks to Dice-K and Zambrano. Sigh…

  174. royce! says:
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    Well, it ain’t Eduardo Sanchez.

  175. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    big vernon finally

  176. strugz says:
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    Any worries about mini-donkey? In a H2H OBP league I got an offer sending Huff and Hanrahan for him. I got too many closers. What do you think?

  177. yankees2011 says:
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    Hey Grey. So do you pick up Beachy and if so, who do I drop for him out of the following:

    J. Damon
    A. Cabrera
    S. Burnett (he blew a Save today and Storen nailed it down – I would think it’s only a matter of time)
    J. Vasquez

    Thanks Grey!

  178. nyydj2 says:
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    Testing.

  179. nyydj2 says:
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    Weird, tried to post a comment 3 times and no show, hmm. Wonder which word i used that did that, none were vulgar.

  180. nyydj2 says:
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    #236 Flunkie: You should consult with your doctor before trying multiple Greygasms and if Wood(travis) lasts for more than four innings, seek medical attention immediately.

  181. royce! says:
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    Boggs it is! You’re a winner, Schmohawks Bob!

  182. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey,my yahoo keeper league,can only play 4 rp a day,last minute drop outs so only 8 teams,which closer do i drop,kimbrel(no),walden,valverde or francisco rodriquez,thanks

  183. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey or street

  184. Steve says:
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    Is it too much to ask the Royals to score so Perez gets a save opp?

  185. charlie batch says:
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    Boggs in for save.

  186. royce! says:
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    Boggs one out away from his first career save and the broadcasters announce that the player of the game is Eduardo Sanchez. Unfortunately, that’s not a fantasy category in the RCL, where I own Sanchez.

  187. JJHardon says:
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    He just said he would add Ellsbury.

    so i would give tabata and francisco cordero for dunn and ellsbury.

    I should do this?

  188. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    @royce: Better to be lucky than good.

  189. mookiewilson says:
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    Drop Ogando for Bumgarner? or Beachy, Jair?

  190. Steve says:
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    FFS. Does Heyward look as bad as his atrocious recent form suggests?

  191. Steve says:
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    @Wake Up: Indeed. And I also own Francoeur so it worked out most satisfactorily.

  192. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Current infidels: 2B Raburn SS A. Escobar

    Drop either of them for:

    Scutaro
    Barney
    Felipe Lopez

    14 Team H2H.

    Thanks Grey

  193. WDE05 says:
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    I can’t get a save this week to…uh…save my life.

    My closers are Kimbrell and Walden. Both team’s offenses screwed me out of save opps with late offensive outbursts already this week. Today, Kimbrell finally gets his first opp. this week and he blows it. Angels just had a leadoff extra base hit with the game tied in the 8th and Aybar stupidly gets throwing out at 3rd with no one out. So frustrating.

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