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8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

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Why aren't you posting to the daily threads

Poll ended at Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:20 am

'Cus I suck.
4
19%
'Cus you suck.
4
19%
Recent case of psoriasis on my fingers.
0
No votes
Not enough music.
1
5%
Too much music.
1
5%
Aubrey Huff is a false idol.
5
24%
The threads are boring, and need more stuff.
2
10%
The threads are boring, and need less stuff.
0
No votes
The death of Elijah Dukes has me bummed.
4
19%
 
Total votes : 21

8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby wrveres » Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:05 am

Is it me, or are the daily threads dying? When the season began, they were getting close to 100 replies each, now we are lucky to see 20.
Is it da football? Maybe the 7th place blues? What gives?
Maybe we should do weekly instead of daily from here on out. Personally i like the different personalities of the daily threads ... but hmmppffh!

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Lucas Duda: While the Mets likely weren’t planning on having Duda at first for a large portion of their season, that’s the way things have shaken out in Queens. He struggled to make a mark with the inconsistent playing time he got in the early part of the season, but since the Mets have committed to him being in the lineup nearly everyday on July 28, he has rewarded them with a solid line of .288/.364/.500. While that’s a serviceable line, Duda wasn’t providing the power typically associated with first basemen…until August rolled around.
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Be Like Bullock And Keep Big Mike: Mike Stanton is gonna be a Hall of Famer in 25 years. Me, you and the Mayans may not be around to see it, but if a tree falls in the forest does it not make a sound? It does when Stanton bumps into said tree, picks it up and uses it as a toothpick. Stanton’s Frank Thomas without the stupid walks (no offense to real baseball) and it’s not like he can’t take a walk, but what he does is mollywhop with his pony sticks. He could hit 40 homers with ten steals as early as next year. The average may stay in the .260 to .280 range, but whatever. Next year, he’ll only be 22 years old. For keepers, that’s a slam dunk. Whether it’s 2012 fantasy baseball, 2013 fantasy baseball or 1991 fantasy baseball.
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Waiver Worthy: There was a time that I was a real believer in Mike Pelfrey’s ability to turn it around. Unfortunately, he continues to show that he is simply unable to do so. Sure, he’s had a lot of poor luck in August (.350 BABIP, 59.3% strand rate), but there is no real reason to think that he’s going to show any type of significant improvement. Like Jeff Francis, he offers no upside in the strikeout department. For the year he is at a 4.88 K/9 and since 2008 his best mark is just 5.22. Considering that his groundball rate has regressed over the past three seasons (51.3% to 47.8% to 45.3%), our hope in his ability has got to be quickly diminishing. Maybe one day he will show that he can generate swings and misses (though, his fastball has also been losing zip, down to an average of 91.6 mph) as well as get opposing hitter to bury the ball into the ground. Until that happens he is going to remain a tough play.
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If you need a spot starter for someone like Cole Hamels, Jonathan Sanchez, or Tommy Hanson, Vazquez is palatable in small doses, but recommending him for the rest of the season feels like a game of Russian roulette
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:21 am

It's because the season's winding down, and so is summer, that's all. I will be sorely disappointed if they don't make a return for the 2012 season. You've got a lot of H2H teams in cruise control until their playoffs start, a lot of Roto teams out of reach of 1st Place, and as you pointed out, people are more interested in Pre-Season football than the MLB. It's a reality that baseball junkies don't like to face, but they're miles behind football in terms of allegiance it's scary. Just keep on keepin' on with the threads, they rock. ;-D

WARNING: Chucking Harden today.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby AussieDodger » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:42 am

wrveres wrote:Is it me, or are the daily threads dying? When the season began, they were getting close to 100 replies each, now we are lucky to see 20.
Is it da football? Maybe the 7th place blues? What gives?


That's what happens during this part of the season every year, n00b :-b :-b


wrveres wrote:Personally i like the different personalities of the daily threads


Yeah me too

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wrveres: Gay\


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Was singing this at work all day and this one drives my wife crazy :-b



bigh0rt wrote:WARNING: Chucking Harden today.


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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby ensanimal » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:54 am

Love the daily threads! How else are we going to know who to sit or start based on Hort's decisions?

Loved Minor and Lewis last night, although Adams kept it from being an almost perfect night for me.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:10 am

ensanimal wrote:Love the daily threads! How else are we going to know who to sit or start based on Hort's decisions?

Bah, this week my SPs have been monsters: Lewis, Morrow, Greinke, Holland, Luebke, even Bedard and Latos... What this means is I'm due for a major implosion, thy name is Harden.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:11 am

And it's DOOOOD-DUHHHH like in 'Dude Where's My Car?'.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby kab21 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:03 am

AussieDodger wrote:
wrveres wrote:Personally i like the different personalities of the daily threads


Yeah me too

kimchi: English obviously his 2nd language
Charlantern: Absent
Aussie: Crazy like a fox
kab67: Informative
wrveres: Gay\



I used to be informative but then I got busy which led to laziness. And now I'm merely happy to get the thread posted with a picture and then complain about 2 of my players. but my teams are on a roll although they have been coasting a little lately. It's time to bring home the BACON. And I love bacon.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby m16a » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:04 am

Well, I'm quiet because I couldn't find a league to play fantasy this year. So, I don't have fantasy related woes to speak of, and I figured people would start getting tired of Phillies stuff, since that's what I pay the most attention to with football right around the corner.
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8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby BronXBombers51 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:22 am

What happened to August 19th and 20th?

Usually I'm one of the people done with fantasy baseball season at this point but I did my first serious money league this year and I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to play a free league again. I love the daily threads. I don't always post in them but I come to the cafe everyday to read them. Before them I really had stopped coming here for the most part because there wasn't much discussion going on. I'm going to make an effort to post more in these threads down the stretch.

In first place by 7 points right now but it's really tight. Really need my pitchers to keep my ERA and WHIP down as much as possible. Throwing King Felix today and I suppose I have to keep Kuroda in there based on how great he's been.
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Re: 8/21 Venting, Cheering, Huff's Ding Dongs, and stuff.

Postby bigh0rt » Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:58 am

m16a wrote:Well, I'm quiet because I couldn't find a league to play fantasy this year. So, I don't have fantasy related woes to speak of, and I figured people would start getting tired of Phillies stuff, since that's what I pay the most attention to with football right around the corner.

The Eagles were too busy assembling their Dream Team to worry about silly things like stopping the run, eh? O:-)
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