Was talking to some friends the other day and one of them thought Ichiro Suzuki was the best all around player he had ever seen.  No, he wasn’t Asian or wearing a Buhner jersey.  He made his case — defense, cannon arm, can hit any pitch to any field, speed, etc.  I countered Rickey Henderson was better.  Then somehow it dissolved into how did Bud Selig let steroids ruin baseball.  But when he said Ichiro, it wasn’t a slam dunk, “We’re only on our second pitcher of Molson.  How are you already drunk?”  It was a point to consider.  I guess in fantasy baseball sometimes we forget about how great players were or are and only concern ourselves with the numbers.  Ah… Nostalgia, I remember you!  Well, the numbers say Ichiro is currently ranked 56th for Runs for all outfielders.  Behind some stalwarts as Fukudome, Teahen and Skip Schumaker.  He’s currently ranked 100th in RBIs just behind Joe Thurston.  Hey, he’s got speed though, right?  He has 12 steals.  The same as Vernon Wells.  Ichiro is terrific for average, but that’s only getting you so far.  He’s extremely valuable for average.  If you need a boost there, then by all means trade for him.  But if you’re fine on average or hurting elsewhere, I’d look to trade away Ichiro.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Chad GaudinNL West starter?  Oh, Grey must own him. I do, random italicized voice.  But get a load of this, he has an over 9 K/9.  Sure, he could flipping walk Alfonso Soriano and Chris Davis on four pitches.  But so what?  He’s a 5th to 6th fantasy starter.  You’re not relying on him to anchor your staff. (But if you do find your staff is anchored.  Try Viagra.)  Right now he has a 4.04 FIP and a 5.60 ERA, so he can and should be better going forward.  He’ll do you no favors on WHIP, but even if you’re only starting him at home — go for it!

Kevin Correia – I smell a theme coming on, son.  A theme coming on.  Honestly, if Livan Hernandez pitched for the Padres, I’d probably own him in one league.  Correia has a 2.90 ERA in June, about a 8 K/9 and an under 1.00 WHIP.

Joe Blanton – What, no Josh Geer?  Blanton was a 5 K/9 coming into this year.  He’s over 8 so far this year.  Don’t wait for answers, just take your chances.  Don’t ask me why.

Everth Cabrera – SAGNOF!

Scott Hairston – Really hasn’t earned all the pub I’ve been giving him, but he’s batting third yadda yadda yadda.  Okay, now I really have to abandon the Padres theme.

Pat Burrell – Member how hot Luke Scott was a month ago?  Burrell can do the same.

Mike Cuddyer – Could get 2nd base eligibility this weekend in some leagues that only need a few starts.

Leo Nunez – Should get the majority of the saves for the ‘lins.

Dan Meyer – SAGNOF, but he might be just a quality middle reliever.  So those in Holds leagues, HAGNOF!  Actually, Holds do have a face.  And they look like Tackleberry.

LaTroy Hawkins – Valgreen’s may get traded before the deadline, so this could give Hawkins a chance to further shake his Cuddle Boy label.  I’d grab him if you have room.

Wladimir Balentien – With vampires being the zeitgeist right now, it’s only natural that Wlad the Lunchpailer would be a popular add.  Yum, a 4th outfielder and cheese sandwich.  (BTW, isn’t it odd how dated the word zeitgeist is?)

Jordan Zimmermann – You’re showing Jordan Zimmermann, the dealer’s showing John Lannan.  You win.

Homer Bailey – Picture this, Homer’s given up 3 runs, but he’s in line for the win.  You’re ecstatic.  You call your estranged Auntie Marie in Pensacola and tell her you want her at the family reunion.  Then Dusty runs Bailey out there for the sixth inning where he gives up 17 runs.  In archaic words, caveat emptor.

SELL

Grady Sizemore – With the Indians treading water in the AL Central, the smallest setback to Grady’s elbow could shut him down.  He just hit a homer and he looks to be back.  Terrific!  Last week, we said, “If you can trade him for 80 cents on the dollar (say, Alexis Rios, Granderson, Holliday, etc.), do it in a heartbeat…..Crazy that the most Grady player on the Indians might be Shin-Soo Choo.”  And that’s me quoting us!  Now don’t sell him for a can of Coke Zero and a pufferfish, no one said to do that.

Nick Blackburn – More of a hold than a Sell, but I just can’t get behind a pitcher who has 41 Ks in over 100 innings.  He could be great for the rest of the season, but I’m not buying into it.

Scott Rolen – Hitting .330 so maybe some of youse are thinking Rolen’s, um, rolling.  But he has 5 homers and 3 steals.  Who is he?  Crapolanco?  His career average is 50 points below where he is now.  Regression right ahead!

George Sherrill – But he’s practically a donkey-corn!  The Orioles may trade Sherrill and his new destination may not include saving games.

Johnny Cueto – Pimple-faced teenager runs in front of your car, “Watch out, Mister!  Johnny Cueto is falling back to earth!” You stop short and Johnny Cueto falls in front of your car.

Matt Palmer – Thud!  That was Matt Palmer falling on top of Cueto.

 
  1. Jonny says:
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    Anyone starting Ricky Romero against the Phils? Thinking of sitting him.

  2. Drop randy wolf for Hawkins?

    only need 32 innings a week pitching pretty much, thats the min, and i have Johan, beckett, wainwright, shields, jurjjens, and slowey, plus wolf….

    kinda save hungry, too early to do that?

  3. Joel says:
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    Ok, Grey, conundrum time:

    I’ve got Mark Reynolds and Ian Stewart. Oh, and Ian Kinsler.

    I want to sell high on Reynolds but he’s a classic example of your can’t trade clause.. I feel like Stewart is due for a huge second half.

    I need pitching and average, and I’m fairly certain that we’ll be seeing the ~.240 hitting Reynolds as opposed to the ~.260 hitting version.

    Another option is trying to move Kinsler, maybe for an ace. I feel a little nervous with the prospect of a Stewart/Reynolds infield, however.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jonny: I’d sit him.

    @Tony Y: I could see you making that move.

    @Joel: I could see moving Reynolds for a top pitcher, but it would depend on who you’re getting.

  5. G says:
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    Should I drop K. Matsui and get Blanton. I have him, Church and Franklin Gutierrez. Even though Matsui’s been hot he’s not getting thatmuch runs and I already have 5 .300 hitters. Which bench player should I drop for Blanton?

  6. Need to pick up one pitcher, please rank:
    Gaudin, Blanton, Richmond, Washburn, Cahill, Romero

  7. Joel says:
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    @Grey: Right now, all I’ve got on the table is an offer of Broxton (toe injury?) for Reynolds and Dan Meyer. I was effectively pitching this trade earlier this week but now I’m leaning away from it.

    I thought about Kinsler for Lincecum but that guy has Brandon Phillips. Another possibility is Cole Hamels, I guess, and Johan Santana is held by one of my top competitors.

  8. airlifting says:
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    my bruce & soriano for his nathan? giving too much?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @G: I’d lose FraGu for Blanton.

    @kR Expres: Blanton, Gaudin, Cahill… But Gaudin above Blanton if you have the luxury of only starting him at home.

    @Joel: I’d want more for Reynolds than Broxton.

  10. airlifting says:
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    @airlifting: OF of j. upton, kemp, mccutchen, krispie on bench. really only have one closer in b. wilson. 14t league. 1st place by 11 points.

  11. airlifting says:
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    @Grey: bruce & zumaya/madson?

  12. Dom says:
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    Thoughts on Marrow as a SP?

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Holy crap, that Cueto blurb was the funniest thing I’ve read in about six weeks. I mean, anywhere.

  14. Dom says:
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    Who gets the save in B-more if Sherrill goes away?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @airlifting: Bruce & Zumaya/Madson? What does that mean? Trade Bruce for Zumaya/Madson? If so, eh. You can get one better closer than two potential MRs.

    @Dom: Think he’s due to get 5 innings next time out, so I like him.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks!

    @Dom: It’s murky. Right now, I’d say Johnson.

  16. airlifting says:
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    no…bruce and zumaya or madson for nathan. sorry.

  17. @Grey: Yeah i like to be the guy who’s doing the “WTF are you doing moves” then a week later everyones like “WOW i see”. LOL

    My favorite is the guy who won’t trade an adam jones or whatever, they think he’s gonna hit .400 all year, gonna be the next big thing, then boom he gets hurt, he slumps, and now you can’t get as much as you could have…

    ITS CALLED THINKING AHEAD…

    I’M DROPPING WOLFMAN, MY PITCHING IS STACKED.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @airlifting: I don’t pay for saves unless absolutely necessary. So I wouldn’t do that deal, but it’s fair.

    @Tony Y: True.

  19. @Grey: @airlifting:

    I’D DO BRUCE/CRAP MR FOR NATHAN…. zumaya before madsen

    Bruce kills you watching him go 1-5 every other night and he hits HR’s only when you bench him. But one hot half in the second half and watch out, you might regret doing it haha.

    As a Bruce owner i feel your pain.

  20. Steve says:
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    If you’re grabbing one right now for regular use, is it Blanton, Correia or Gaudin?

  21. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Blanton, Gaudin, Correia…

  22. and1mcgee says:
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    grey (and everyone)

    if i could get kinsler for sizemore, do i do it?

    something like:
    give…
    sizemore/wandy/asdrubal
    get…
    kinsler/wainwright/shields

  23. webb MAY have season ending surgery, note on YAHOO

  24. and1mcgee says:
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    who is better? wainwright or shields? i want to take one out and insert Ethier…

  25. airlifting says:
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    @Grey: someone’s essentially breathing down my neck in what’s proving to be a 2 team race. i traded n. johnson, rios, & garza for adrian gonzo and bruce a couple days ago to make up in HR where i only have 6 points. i can conceivably make up ground in saves where i’m at 7.5 with 10 points not too far away, but that’s difficult to make up when zumaya looks no closer to getting the job, madson was bad while he was in it making lidge’s leash even longer regardless of whether he struggles initially, and a soriano save is 50/50 every night.

  26. @and1mcgee: id do it, but in trading a “might go down grady” you’re getting a “never played a full season kinsler”

    I doubt the guy does it unless he’s got another SOLID 2B, and you won’t get those two SP’s either, IMO….

  27. @and1mcgee: wainwright is better IMO

    Shields can be nasty but is a little inconsistent, or you can just pitch him at home where he’s usually stellar.

  28. and1mcgee says:
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    he’s hot for grady and i’m way leery about his elbow… he likes asdrubal, too, so… if i can turn Ass-droobal into a SP, i want to, ya know?

  29. and1mcgee says:
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    i kinda want to wait and see if Cuddyer (just picked him up) gets 2B eligibility in Yahoo! this weekend. If so, I can move Sizemore for another need.

  30. and1mcgee says:
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    grey, where you at?!?! jk

  31. @and1mcgee: if you can get kinsler/wainy/ something for grady/assDRIBBLE/something….. i’d do it….

    2B is more valuable, kinsler is healthy’er, as of now, and wainy is money…

  32. big o says:
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    perhaps the 2nd dumbest thing i’ve done all year is burn up a DL spot on quentin ….. the guy’s just not coming back … not in fantasy relevance terms , anyway . should have just flat-out dropped him 6 weeks ago … like i did liriano .
    trouble is ==> he won’t damage another team until he comes off the DL .
    liriano = poison pill .

  33. and1mcgee says:
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    @Tony Y: yea, i agree. ass DRIBBLE lol!

    i’m trying for kinsler/ethier/wainwright/shields for sizemore/wandy/asshole dribble/pierre

  34. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. You see Correia as a homeschooler too?

  35. and1mcgee says:
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    @big o: LOL @ “Liriano = poison pill” !!

  36. BSA says:
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    @Tony Y: Gee, Pork just offered him to me in the RCL along with Posada for……the 39th ranked player according to Razzball Projected Point Share System (12 team).

    I told him I expect offers like that in an anonymous CBS league, not the People’s Champ (self dubbed).

  37. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. You see Correia as a use-at-home guy too?

  38. @Grey: They’re gonna have to get the giant hook out to end Rickey’s HOF acceptance speech. & Ichiro shouldn’t be safe, nor should Brock, Cobb, Joe Morgan, Barry & Bobby B., Juan Pierre, Juan Samuel and anyone who’s ever stolen a base worse than He. Not much more exciting baseball then when Rickey was on base. And we’re guaranteed to hear about it in great detail; and all in the third person. Bound to be classic.
    Are you still dealing Grady in a Keeper? Who wins Grady & Hanson or Price (which rook pitcher would you favor, or are they pretty much equal?) for Bruce & A-Rod? Thanks!

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @and1mcgee: according to yahoo ,cuddyer hasnt played 2nd base only 1st base and still needs either 6 games playing at 1st or 4 games started to gane 1b status

  40. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for piquing my interest with Everth.

    Still sitting on Reyes and moved Hudson which moves Alexei to 2nd.

    In the past 24 hours I have add/dropped Santiago, Callaspo, and now picked up Everth to go for the ride.

  41. Scott Stewart says:
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    You guys on twitter yet? Podcast?

    Ever listen to fantasy focus espn podcast? Someone wrote in a couple days ago, mentioned FIP & those guys never heard of it. It’s entertaining none the less, but if anyone can recommend a good fant-zee oriented podcast I would appreciate it.

  42. big o says:
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    a couple of rants , while waiting for the cubs/pale hose game :

    1) for chrissakes , can the home-plate umps actually stand BEHIND the catcher ? this chicken-shit , side-ways stuff is driving me crazy .
    2) too many teams wearing red and white .
    cincy ok … redbirds ok … everyone else (maybe i missed one or 2 at the MOST) take a hike … smoke a joint , if you have to , but get creative !!! …. even the sawx st loo … your team is red and white , every fan is red and white …. do the seats have to be red ??
    what are you , a bunch of commies ??
    and bring back AMERICAN beer .

    thank you .

  43. big o says:
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    edit * even the sawx <== more traditional is maroon .*

  44. Steve says:
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    Sorry for the repeat question.

    BlackBerry and Opera Mini does not always produce the expected result. Or sometime it does.

    When I don’t expect it.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No worries.

  46. Sucklingduck says:
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    I just traded Matt Cain for Alex Rios but still need offense as I’m the lucky owner of Jose Reyes and Carlos Quentin. I tried getting more for Cain but no one was biting.

    My pitching is stellar so far but I fear I can’t trade anyone away now since I just ousted Cain. I’ve got Haren, C-bills, Shields, Lackey, Ubaldo, Meche, J-Zimm. Is that enough depth in a 10 team 5×5 roto league for the rest of the season? If so, whom should I trade?

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on Grady. Going on the DL will only mean that he’ll have more time to focus on his infomercial career alongside Chuck F-ing Norris. You seen those spots? Seriously Grady, ur a superstar and can get laid on a dime. You don’t need to be doing that!

  47. black love says:
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    anybody know if Clay Buchholz is gonna get called up at some point?

  48. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: You are correct in that there is no listing of Cuddyer playing 2nd base at Yahoo. But you misread the stats at 1st base. The number given is a countdown. Thus, Cuddyer only needs one more start at 1st for eligibility

    [email protected]Grey: Wlad the Lunchpailer! – Great stuff! You would be worth reading even if your fantasy expertise were equivelant to Karabell.

    BTW, Livan plays at the Petco Doppelganger, that we at Razzball call Metco. And he is doing surprisingly well. Sadly, after Johan, he is our most consistent pitcher. I’m not saying that I’d own him, but I have thought about it in my 14 team league. He’s not that bad for a 6th starter, pitching at home.

    Ichiro would be of much more value if he played in the Bosox or Yankee lineup. Seattle has no one to drive him in. And no, he doesn’t seem to steal anymore. He has helped me get the 3rd best BA in my league, but runs are my second worst cat. Yeah, you were right, shouldn’t have drafted him. But my excuse was I had only been introduced to Razzball several weeks previously, by Ashley, of all people, who recommended you in a basketball blog. So my mind was still poisoned with ESPN “experts”. Next year I’ll draft better.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sucklingduck: I wouldn’t trade anymore starters away right now.

    @black love: Not sure, lots of unknown factors with the Sawx staff.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks for the kind words. Where’s Ashley, she was like our 2nd female out of three?

  51. jp says:
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    Drop Jurjens or Randy Wolf for Zimmermann (or neither)?

    The ks/9 that Zimmermann is racking up are so tempting.

  52. Sucklingduck says:
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    Thx Grey. another query, Andrus or Everth Cabrera? and what the hell kinda name is Everth?

  53. s221506 says:
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    Should I trade Cueto for Lester + anything else?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @jp: I’d hold tight.

    @Sucklingduck: Andrus. Weird name, right? Not sure. Nottinghamish?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: I’d take Lester there.

  56. BSA says:
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    @Grey: As to Buchholz-he is 7th on their list – basically two starters have to get hurt for him to get a sniff.

    Who knows how long they will stash DiceK and Smoltz will settle in nicely.

    Then again in about a month or so Beckett and Lester are due to miss a a start or two, unless a dead arm or blister pops up.

    Word out of Pawtucket is that he is bored but begrudgingly accepts his current status.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Thanks for the insight!

  58. s221506 says:
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    Also Zimm or Blanton.

    Thank you for the help.

  59. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I wanted to find how often you wrote about Everth so I used the search box and then used my “find” option in the browser and typed “everth” – Do you realize how often you use “Nevertheless”?

  60. @Grey: Thanks for the outstanding Rickey HOF Game reminder, the sound advise, and for keeping this stuff in its proper perspective. With anticipated additional popularity, I don’t know how your going to manage to scare off toxicant dopes that don’t get it, and keep this the most wonderfullest site that there is; but so far so good. Thanks again and a well deserved daiquiri donation is on the way…

  61. BSA says:
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    Here’s a rollercoaster of a night ahead – I have Romero, Hamels, Millwood, and Beckett pitching. Ugh!

  62. SRM says:
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    @Grey: @All: Speaking of position eligibility (Cuddyear), Jake Fox started at 3B again today and only needs 2 more starts according to Yahoo to be eligible there. That could change attractiveness like a 6-pack of Schlitz Gay.

    Am i crazy to drop Reimold for Fox in a 12-team non-keeper 6×6 with OPS in hopes he gets 3B? I’m currently sporting a Kouzmanoff/C Davis 3B that’s not ideal.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @s221506: Zimm, but it’s a tossup.

    @zombie: Thanks!

    @BSA: Don’t eat right before first pitch.

    @SRM: I don’t think Fox will see enough time outside of interleague and when Aramis returns. I’d want Reimold.

  64. BSA says:
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    Just read the MLB wire and laughed as opened up the notes on Reyes. “He will jog tonight.”

    Man sometimes it is painfully obvious it is a slow afternoon in the press room.

  65. BSA says:
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    @Grey: On a comment #68 note – I am going home to grill up some steak tips well before first pitch.

    Checking their (Romero and Hamels) numbers from last week I should at least get some nice K’s out of tonight and even though it looks like Hamels had a tough night pitching out of trouble I just can’t sit him.

    I’m sure I will either be crowing about catching Hippo in the RCL tonight or asking for bandages as I fall backwards again due to pitching implosion.

  66. s221506 says:
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    The Cubs gotta let Fox play! When should we consider him a 10-12 team mixed pick up?

  67. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Hmmm. Fox just homered again. Worth dropping Reimold for him? Maggs?

    @Grey: I see you have preemptively answered me here.

    Also, with Miggy at 1B, Wright at 3B, and Votto at Util I have nowhere to put Fox.

    Still — those donks!

  68. Grey

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    @s221506: You can take a flier and hope for the best, but I don’t think he gets more than 2 starts a week after Aramis gets back.

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: More Fox Trotting:

    Couldn’t he conceivably edge out Fukmeslowly in the OF? Or Bradley?

  70. peter says:
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    @s221506: I’ve got Fox in deep 14 team league, and I’d love to have him in a particular 12 team.

    Grey doesn’t think there will be room for him when Aramis comes back. BUT: I think that’s still going to be +/- 2 weeks away. And I think Grey is overlooking the fact that Milton Bradley will probably be on the DL by then and they’ll need an OF.

  71. @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yo Baron – i’m the biggest fan of Jake Fox…finally paying the dividends in my NL-only for stashing him a month or so ago….that said, playing time worries me once interleague stops and A-Ram returns (in 2 weeks).

    Fox could conceivably play 1B, 3B, and OF. Soriano starts if he’s healthy. Fukudome is CF and Fox certainly can’t play there. Bradley could shift to CF since he’s played there before….but this guy is so fragile that the Rangers risked Josh Hamilton in CF vs. play Bradley there….considering you’ve got Hoffpauir also battling for corner OF time, it’s hard to see Fox getting more than 2 starts a week UNLESS Soriano or Bradley get hurt.

    As for 1B and 3B, A-Ram will play 6 games a week if healthy so maybe Fox gets a 3rd start there. D-Lee and Hoffpauir will get all the 1B starts. Fox figures to get pinch-hitting appearance in most other games.

    So from now until A-Ram is back, he’s ownable in all league formats (since they need offense and he’s delivering it). After that, he’s likely worthy of ownership on an NL-only squad or a league with a super deep bench….

  72. SRM says:
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    @Grey: 12-team non-keeper, could you please rank my SP going forward: Santana, Greinke, Haren, Gallardo, Kuroda, Scherzer, Hanson. (I have them in my order and i’m looking to move one – would you say Haren has the greatest discrepancy between true value and perceived value?)

    @Grey: Ha. Fox just got picked up since I asked you 10 minutes ago. Owner changed his name to Knee Jerks (he’s bed ridden from patella rupture surgery and notorious homer who is known to pick up Chicago area players after good game.) Damn, I really hope you’re right cuz with the Cubs offense, I think Fox finds a semi-regular gig with the Cubs of ends up on an AL team.

  73. Steve says:
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    Starting Hammel in Oaktown tonight. Have I gone mad?

  74. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Fuggit! Just picked up Fox. If only for the pleasure of knowing 11 other owners will run to pick him up and see I got there first.

    It’s called MENTAL WARFARE, snitches! YOU ARE DEFEATED!*

    *Not including the 4 teams currently ahead of me in the standings.

  75. Jpm says:
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    Anyone want to weigh in on this trade offer? Someone offered me J. Reyes and Loney for Youklis. Anyone know how long Reyes is expected to be out and what to expect out of him once he’s back? I was thinking of countering and asking for Porcello or McCutchen instead of Loney. I could give up Youk because I have Longoria at 3b and Morneau at 1b. Would I be getting enough for him?

  76. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: I just offered: Sizemore,Pierre and Barmes for Halladay and Choo

    good move?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SRM: That order makes sense.

    Knee Jerks – ha!

    @Steve: Nah, not entirely.

    @Jpm: I’d want Youk.

    @Doug Ault: Good move.

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Jpm: any trade for reyes is a gamble,he is a theriot if he cant get you 40 50 steals,his leg is hurt and isnt healing very well,when he comes back,will he be scared to run?will the mets risk running him?id rather have youk there and get steals elsewhere

  79. Steve says:
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    Soto!

    Smokin’!

  80. cubbies299 says:
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    is it safe to drop Chris Perez for the hot hand in a holds league? He straight up blows and I see no way he closes this year

  81. RIP Harry says:
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    I know theres been some Jake Fox talk on here already, but anyone think I’ll regret dropping Huff for Fox? I have stewart and sandoval I use at 3b as well. Its a keeper league. I feel like the window for picking up Fox is just about closed.

  82. Prince says:
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    Given that I’ve fallen pretty far behind (i.e. 6th to 7th out of 10), is it time to start taking more chances with guys I have (in addition to trying to pickup those I don’t)? I’m thinking, for instance, of Jurrjens or Wandy today. They COULD be OK, and I really need that, and if they’re bad I’m not that much worse off. Just trying to figure out how to approach the second half of the season given my ranking. Thanks

  83. penpen says:
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    Anyone else’s head asplode after seeing that David Wright’s BABIP is with half a year done, still at .474?

    I mean seriously, he’s 80 points ahead of Upton for the overwhelming league lead.

    Even stranger, his GB LD FB % stats are nevertheless identical to last year’s. I guess that means… something?

    /nerdy stat rhapsodizing.

  84. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha!

    @cubbies299: I’d lose him.

    @RIP Harry: I wouldn’t make that move.

    @Prince: Well, you don’t want to dig yourself a bigger hole, still a lot of time left, but I’d start those two.

  85. Grey

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    @penpen: Yeah, I saw that yesterday when it was (I believe) .490. Pretty insane.

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    bradleys out of the game?anyone know why?(besides the fact that he sucks and i own him)

  87. G says:
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    Can only start 3 of these 4 tonight..please help. The help I need most in are the K’s but I am up in the other pitching categories. Who do you like out of them.. Jurrjens vs. Bos, Shields vs Fla, Beckett @ Atl, Kershaw vs. Seattle.

  88. Grey

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    @AL KOHOLIC: He dove for a ball then left the next inning. Not sure.

    @G: I’d sit Jurrjens.

  89. G says:
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    What do you think about giving up either Buehrle, Jurrjens or Branyan to try to get Aubrey Huff..are they all fair? and which one would you do to maximize value

  90. s221506 says:
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    Don’t know why Bradley is out, but they just said that Bradley and Lou had a less than pleasant exchange and Bradley was seen in street clothes leaving the stadium.

  91. Grey

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    @G: I like any of those for Huff. I’d try for Buehrle, Branyan then Jurrjens, in that order.

  92. Grey

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    @s221506: Ha, makes perfect sense. He dove for a ball then was lifted, not sure yet.

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @s221506: espn leagues have his update of bradley,doesnt look good,,i might be cutting him loose

  94. cubbies299 says:
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    Tulo or Rios?

  95. big o says:
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    ganjavany soto starting to light up … 2-4 with a HR , today .

    observation ==> i thought it was the “tools” of ignorance … and referred to the equipment .
    a.j.’s pinch-hit AB with sacks full and only one out , in the last of the 8th , makes him the tool .

  96. vinko says:
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    Should I drop Tally Young for Hawkins? Read somewhere that Young had a setback and he prolly wouldn’t be back until after the all-star break. Btw, Molson is good- thanks

  97. Grey

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    @vinko: Lose Tally for him.

  98. Steve says:
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    Votto batting cleanup. Gomes behind him.

  99. SRM says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: @s221506: @Grey: Bradley left after fighting with Lou about god knows what in the hallway leading out of the dugout. He was seen leaving the park in street clothes. Lou already said he’d pencil him in tomorrow’s line-up. Some things never change.

  100. big o says:
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    @ b.f. Hippo
    if you’re still on vacay , maybe this trivia question can win you a free drink at the bar ===> name the only H.O.F. battery to play for the mets .
    prolly should have brought this up , earlier .
    don’t know why i remember things , when i do .
    hope you’re having fun .
    work still sucks .

  101. SRM says:
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    @SRM: *edit: seen leaving the park, *mid-game*.

    I think it’s just a blip. Hopefully, it lights a fire under Milton’s arse.

  102. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @SRM: yeah,i about dropped him,then i said to myself,self milton doesnt play till he`s pissed off,he just cant get right till he`s pissed,so im going to give it a week and see

  103. MDS says:
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    stop short!?! thats my move!

  104. SRM says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: That’s what I’m hoping. A Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained kinda thing.

    [ducks incoming tomatoes]

  105. Aaron Pil says:
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    I love pufferfish, but its only eaten in the winter.

  106. john says:
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    @MDS: lolol, nothin like a good seinfeld quote

  107. big o says:
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    @ HIPPO
    further investigation into my favorite trick trivia question reveals that yogi berra only pinch-hit on 5-5-65 against the phils , and did NOT , in fact , don the “tools” .
    damn , i hate the internet .
    the SP , of course , was warren spahn .

  108. Anon says:
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    Should I drop CJ Wilson for LaTroy?

  109. Grey

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    @Anon: Not yet. Wait until Francisco resumes closer duties.

  110. paulzone says:
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    barmes or assdruballs?

  111. john says:
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    I got Haranged again tonight

  112. s221506 says:
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    Romero shutting down the Phils. No hits through 6!

  113. BSA says:
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    @Grey: Well my pitching roller coaster has me faring pretty well. Go figure it would be Hamels gone after 4.2.

    Numbers so far: 16K, 2.45 ERA, and1.15 WHIP

    We’ll see – Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself.

  114. Gareth says:
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    A leaguemate has just offered me Brad Lidge for Felix Hernandez. Razzballers, what, pray, is the appropriate way to respond?