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Finally, an injury to an Angel that can clear up the awful logjam between OF/DH/3B.  Oh wait, it’s to their catcher – Chris Iannetta – where their ‘depth’ involves Bobby Wilson, an injured Hank Conger and sub-Mathis scrubs.  Maybe they should try Mark Trumbo at catcher.  He’s gotta be better there than at 3B.  Chris Iannetta anagrams to Neat Christian – how fitting for an Angel.  I guess someone had to be the martyr to save Pujols’s soul from the fiery pits of replacement-level.  For those of you in deep enough leagues to warrant a roster spot for Iannetta, just pick up whatever schmohawk catcher is on the waiver wire with the most ABs in the last 2 weeks.  Nothing’s sweeter than a random HR from a FA scrub (shoutout to Cesar Izturis’s HR for our NL-only team).   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 13 Ks.  “Wait until he hits twenty-seven years old and he can barely lift his arm to pack his bowl.”  That’s Lincecum watching the Strasburg highlights.

Roger Bernadina – He hit a homer out of the two hole yesterday.  Sounds like a constipated guy reporting success to his gastroenterologist.  Probably too early to get excited about Bernadina, but he’s definitely someone to put on your radars.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs with his 6th homer as he bats .327.  Yeah, at this point, it would’ve been better to go with LaRoche over Pujols.

Colby Lewis – Not to get all Jayson Stark but here’s Colby Lewis’s bizarre box score:  HR, HR, HR, 18 straight outs (11 K’s), HR, BB, HR, HBP, Double Play, E6, K.  So that’s 5 hits and 5 HRs.  7 baserunners and 6 runs.  12 Ks and only one walk.  So, um, awesome start for those of you in xFIP leagues!

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs as he hits .323 with 5 steals in 6 attempts on the year.  6 attempts was by far the lowest steal attempt total in any month last year.  He’s stood on 1st 23 times so far this year.  It makes sense when you have Josh Homerton behind you, but it’s disconcerting from a fantasy standpoint for Elvis.

Andy Dirks – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 3rd homer.  Leyland doesn’t like to change his lineup (he writes it on rolling paper and each changed lineup is one less cigarette).  So Leyland’s put Dirks in the two hole in the lineup, where he could stay for a while, and he’s doing with the bat what was expected of Boesch.  In the big picture, he has pretty modest power (which doesn’t mean he blushes after homers) and slightly better speed, but not a burner.  14/18 would be my expectations over a full season.  Right now, he’s a hot schmotato.

Bartolo Colon – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Oh no, the dreaded Colon cleanse.

Brett Gardner – His DL stint is going to be a little longer (maybe another month) after a setback with his right elbow.  No word on whether Joba Chamberlain’s kid or a trampoline are at fault.

Mark Teixeira – Diagnosed with ‘severely inflamed’ airways.  Unlike with the ill-fated Hindenburg Blimplines, it’s treatable.

Rafael Soriano – Got the save yesterday and, because he was a closer, he gave up a run.  I don’t think this means Soriano gets the next save over Robertson (K-Rob had thrown two days previous, so he was unavailable), but I do think Robertson could Mr. Bungle the gig, and Soriano is worth owning.

Eduardo Nunez – Decent SAGNOF who’s likely to keep getting playing time with Gardner out.  But, man, is he an awful fielder.  Is Nunez Spanish for Scissorhands?

Josh Willingham – 1-for-3 with his 7th homer.  I feel like the rest of the Twins, who are more familiar with the no-scoring environment of Minnesota baseball, are gonna pull Willingham aside and be like, “Hey, man, those homers… Yeah, we don’t do those here.”

Josh Beckett – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER. Don’t worry, Josh, there’s at least a dozen wannabe country singers that’ll still sleep with you.  Maybe you dial up RaeLynn.  “Can you write a song about fried chicken, beer and having a 5.97 ERA?  I got the blues, y’all.”  That’s Josh hanging out with his harem of D-list country singers.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI with his 6th homer.  Kipnis may sound like a Jewish delicatessen appetizer, but he’s going H.A.M.

Jack Hannahan – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  I guess he didn’t get along with his father’s side of the family and skipped the Hannahananananananananananana wake.

Michael Brantley – 4-for-5, 1 run and 2 RBIs.  If you’re wondering where this came from, Rudy and I just dropped him yesterday because HE WAS DOING NOTHING (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics).

Vladimir Guerrero – Signs a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.  Just picturing Guerrero running on the Toronto turf makes my knees hurt. Guess it’s all worth it for those extra 11 seats per game that will be filled by nostalgic Expos fans.  Vive Vladimir!

Wilson Betemit – Hit his 5th homer in the first game of the doubleheader.  I’d say he’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but he won’t.  He’s here now and he’s hot.  Here’s Eddie Vedder going to his waiver wire, “Can’t find a Betemit…”

Robert Andino – 0-for-8 in the doubleheader.  Rudy told me over IM yesterday that we have Andino filling in for our injured Longoria.  Luckily, my office is on the first floor so when I jumped out the window it didn’t hurt too much.

Wei-Yin Chen – Very impressive start (7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks) vs. the dangerous Texas Ranger lineup.  He’s now at a 2.68 ERA over 37 innings with a decent 28 Ks.  Wouldn’t trust him just yet in anything outside of AL-only leagues, but at least Taiwanese fans can stop polluting karaoke bars with, “So take this Broken Wang and learn to pitch again….”

229 Responses

  1. Yu-Tang Clan says:
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    Gotta feel good about the Darvish start tomorrow correct? Also what are your expectations on Willingham ROS? Avg will regress but think 25+ hrs possible? Thanks from the Shaolin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yu-Tang Clan, Yeah, I’d feel good… 25-30 HRs, and not that great of an average…

  2. Jam405 says:
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    Thank you, due to their close proximity in the post, my brain is now trying to imagine Pearl Jam covering Mr. Mister. No bueno.

    While I’m here, would you drop Downs for a speculative Reed add?
    Also, who would you take from Arencibia, Ruiz, Doumit, or Pierzynski?
    Thanks for your input.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jam405, Yes…Pierzynski.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jam405, Ha! Yes… JP…

  3. Kevin says:
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    What?!?! You didn’t talk about Josh Hamilton! How else will I know what he did this yesterday… ;)

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Kevin, well, he did hit a building with a baseball. So, there’s that

      • chata says:
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        @mauledbypandas,

        only one player has ever hit that building on the fly .
        k griffey jr , i believe , during an all-star game …. it may even have
        occurred during batting practice .
        so there’s that .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin, Hehe

  4. jsp2014 says:
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    Thought I had to be the only one singing “can’t find a Betemit” to myself. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jsp2014, Ha… Sorry.

  5. OaktownA's says:
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    Brian Dozier? is there any reason i should have intrigue in a keep 25 dynasty format? i mean, i like mi with a lil pop n a lil speed jus like the next guy and four female readers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownA’s, Yeah, I’d look at him there…

  6. Blue says:
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    Ransom, Betemit, Alvarez, mini-donkey or polanco at 3B?

    Last place in average and runs..

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      None of these guys are going to help you in either of those categories. Reynolds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Alvarez

  7. Barry Waves says:
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    Rasmus or Duda, ..or Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Barry Waves, Davis

  8. OaktownA's says:
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    also, whats ur take on brett gardner? worth waitin on in leagues of 10-12 teams?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @OaktownA’s, I take it you don’t have the DL room? Droppable in 10 teamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownA’s, Yeah, droppable in some leagues…

  9. Jordan73 says:
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    Teixeira, Longoria, and Putz for Dunn, Zimmerman, and Storen. This seem like a fair swap?

    • Jermo says:
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      @Jordan73, Tex side is way better

      • Jordan73 says:
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        @Jermo, so I take it you have no concerns about Longoria’s hammy?

        • Jermo says:
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          @Jordan73, not really. I’d be concerned how many times Zimmerman is gonna hit the DL this year. Longoria isn’t a pillar of health but at least he’s not zimmerman

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jordan73, Not fair, Tex side is way better.

  10. jrock says:
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    Gentlemen…

    Do I trade pujols or hold? He’s killing me!

    • Jermo says:
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      @jrock, I dont think you’ll be able to get fair value for him now

  11. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Cishek or Downs?

    Seems like Cishek has the higher ceiling (Bell heads to the disgraceful list and Cishek keeps the job) and the lower floor (Cishek doesn’t get another save chance).

    Downs should be good for a save or two short-term, but I imagine the Angels would like to get Walden back in that role relatively soon.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, I think you nailed it

  12. Steve says:
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    What’s the thinking on starting Milone v DET at home in a 14-teamer?

    • Tony says:
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      @Steve, i dont think I would.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Steve, Abort!

    • vinko says:
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      @Steve, Oh, go ahead and start him!

  13. JTR says:
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    Grey,

    Start Brandon Beachy @STL on Saturday?

    Thanks!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @JTR, yes, start Beachy always. He’s borderline ace material, you don’t bench him unless the actual ’27 Yankess come back as zombies/a team full of zombinos.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @JTR, Agreed. That said, it’s not going to be his best outing. 4 ER over 6 IP maybe?

  14. Ned Shakeshaft says:
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    Sub-Mathis, lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ned Shakeshaft, That was Rudy…

  15. junglemike says:
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    I need to pick two out of these four in a six team roto league – Kipnis, Altuve, Hendrick, or Phillips. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @junglemike, Kipnis, Altuve

  16. crock says:
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    Which side looks better: Pujols/Alexei/Cj Wilson or Cruz/Reyes/Halladay?

    • Tony says:
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      @crock, cruz/reyes/halladay for sure….

      • crock says:
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        @Tony, I worry about reyes and cruz’s injury history.

        • WhineSpritzer says:
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          @crock, The right side. I’d worry more about Pujols and Ramirez sucking than the injury potential.

          • crock says:
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            @WhineSpritzer, But hasnt cruz and reyes sucked just as much as pujols?

            • WhineSpritzer says:
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              @crock, Yes but I’m not worried about both of them sucking the whole season. I AM worried about Pujols and Ramirez is blah. And Halladay gets the edge.

  17. Hunter says:
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    Uhm, I don’t start either Ubaldo against the Sox or Minor against the Cards today, right?

    And yes, my pitching staff does kinda suck.

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Hunter, I’m not starting Minor in either league I own him in, just for reference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hunter, I’d bench them…

  18. schlitzy says:
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    Dirks or Belt in a league with OPS as an extra category?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Dirks

  19. AdamH says:
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    Logan Ondrusek worth rostering at all after cleaning up Marshall’s mess?

    Also, ROS, Niese or McCarthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Sure… McCarthy

  20. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, 12 team mixer, 1450 ip limit, I’ve got Bumgarner at Arizona and gio at cincinatti that are easy starts (although I’m concerned about the reds in great America), but are you starting capuano at home against the rockies too?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Yeah…

  21. MrHappytime says:
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    Ike Davis, Mark Reynolds, or Duda the rest of the year? Need power!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappytime, Reynolds

  22. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey – What to do with Beckett – drop him, bench him; no one in my league wants to trade for him.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Why did you draft him? Depends what else is out there…

  23. J-Birdis says:
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    Rest of year: Ike Davis or Lomo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Birdis, Davis

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @J-Birdis, Davis

  24. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Any word on sale?

    • Tony says:
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      @paddytwotimes, i havent heard anything, but i will say, he’s got a tender arm, they move him to the bullpen, now they’re getting an MRI (right?)…. thats not good. He’s going to go from one of my favorite picks to the wire I think pretty soon.

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Tony, Yeah MRI yesterday. After that he just vanished.

    • Hondo says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Evidently he’s been sent to Guantanamo Bay for further questioning.No further information is available at this time.

      Geez,as secretive as they’re being you’d think the guy had a microchip with the launch codes implanted in his elbow.

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Hondo, Ha. No doubt. That is what I am saying. He just vanished. One would think, that if it was good news we would know. Shit is getting weird. Wonder who is next to disappear? Hopefully Pooholes.

      • Hondo says:
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        @paddytwotimes, But right under the article you linked to are 2 articles that say it was already done on Thursday.Very confusing.

        I think Homeland Security is on it.

        • paddytwotimes says:
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          @Hondo, Sale is probably the secret agent who foiled the underwear bomber. Gotta keep that shit under wraps.

  25. Charles says:
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    Would you give Mauer to get Matt Moore? I have J Montero too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Yup

  26. Blue says:
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    How much would you bid on R Soriano? ($100 budget, don’t have 1 closer with secure job..)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, $7

  27. harkrider says:
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    a couple of questions this morning.

    1) drop Pedro Alvarez for Dirks?

    2) a guy wants to trade Matt Moore, should I trade Alvarez, Chris Davis, or Youk for him? Also, if I get Moore, should I drop James McDonald, Marcum, or Sale and then pick up Dirks?

    • dingbat says:
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      @harkrider, Definitely trade Alvarez and Davis for Moore. Maybe even Youk if that’s what it takes.

      • harkrider says:
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        @dingbat, he is now trying to get Posey or Uggla talent for Moore. Seems a little high price IMO, right?

        • dingbat says:
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          @harkrider, It’s all about the risk/reward. He’s shown flashes of brilliance, but his walks this season are troubling. If you can handle the risk and are giving up in areas where you have a surplus, I could see making that trade, but I’d want to target someone safer.

          • harkrider says:
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            @dingbat, ok, well he says he might do Youk for Moore. I’m also trying to trade him Youk or Rios and Dolis for Gio instead of Moore.

            Any thoughts on which SP to drop if I get Moore or Gio? – Marcum, McDonald, or Sale?

            • dingbat says:
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              @harkrider, I like Gio rather than Moore, for what it’s worth — definitely enough to justify adding Dolis to the deal, unless you’re desperate for saves. I say drop McDonald out of those three.

            • Hondo says:
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              @harkrider, I’ve got all 3 and if there isn’t any word by today I’ll probably drop Sale in my H2H league just to get rid of the aggravation.

              If Sale goes back to the rotation I’d drop McDonald first,but the season may be over before they make up their friggin’ minds.

              Some team have managers I really try to avoid- the former TLR Cards,Leyland,Boche to name a few.Now the White Sox have made the list.The selfish bastids worry about their own real life teams and job security instead of my fantasy teams.

            • beardcrabs says:
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              @harkrider, keep marcum out of those 3 for sure… sale’s injury status will dictate who you drop…

              and if you want gio you’re going to have to give up someone you actually don’t want to give up…

  28. L-Boogie says:
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    Better SP for rest of season (12 team, 5×5).

    Lynn or Marcum.

    Based on that answer I’ll hit you up with some trades I’m considering.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Marcum

  29. Ferris says:
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    betancourt or cueto or too close to call

    nl-only so closers actually are rare and matter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ferris, Cueto…Nope

  30. Matt says:
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    Traded Jake Peavy for Adam Wainwright. Did it because I’m high on Wainwright and figure will spend some time on the DL. ESPN Standard 10-team Roto. Thoughts?

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt, *Peavy will spend some time on the DL

      • dingbat says:
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        @Matt, Personally, I think you made a great trade. In terms of raw stats, the main difference between Wainwright and Peavy so far this year is that Wainwright’s allowed 7 HRs out of 25 fly balls (28%) while Peavy has allowed 2 HRs out of 71 fly balls (2.8%). There’s no way that difference is going to hold up. Even if it is a lateral move on the pure pitching performance side, Wainwright has a much better offense behind him (especially once Berkman gets back), and I like him a lot more for wins going forward.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Matt, just my humble opinion, but you could’ve gotten much more than that at this point. He’s been essentially the best pitcher in the game so far. Yes he’s injury prone, but that’s selling him a little short.

      • Hunter says:
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        @Wilsonian, Who do you think he realistically could have gotten? Peavy’s one of those guys you have to sit on as an owner, because no one else believes in him. His injury history is high, and while he’s had flashes of brilliance, his last overall good season was what, 2009?

        I’m amazed the guy got Wainwright. That’s doing well. You’re telling me that realistically you think he should be able to trade him straight up for an ace? Not in my leagues, you couldn’t.

        I own Santana. Santana has been one of the best pitchers in the NL, and owns a completely sick K/9 ratio. But if I tried to trade him, I wouldn’t get squat. I’d be lucky to get Colby Lewis. People just don’t believe in pitchers coming back from serious injuries, especially if they have an injury history.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Hunter, I don’t know for sure, but I’m not trading the best pitcher in the game (at present, I do not think he is the best pitcher) for a guy who’s had what: 1 or 2 good starts? If in a keeper league, I’d say it’s fair because Wainwright has the obvious better long term value. I would just prefer to get a little more for him.

          What if he stays healthy and continues on this click? Then you got a lateral move, at best. Sell high. If you can’t, then sit on him and let him continue to kick ass on your team. I don’t agree with making a trade just because you THINK someone may get hurt down the road. It’s simply making a trade to make a trade. I don’t believe that made him any better at this point in time. MAYBE in a couple months it will be a genius move, but at present it is not.

          If I’m not mistaken, Wainwright is coming off some serious surgery, as well. At this point in the game, I do believe he could have gotten more. And if that’s the best he could do, I woulda stuck it out a little longer. Two more good starts and people would have no choice but to believe.

          And like I said, just my humble opinion, obviously there will be people who agree and disagree. But I’m not swapping him for Waino straight up.

          • Hunter says:
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            @Wilsonian, I don’t know that I would’ve swapped him either. But like I said, these guys you pretty much have to keep if you draft them because of the injuries and the history. The trade market is going to undervalue them. You’re not getting fair value for Peavy or Santana.

            The hardest thing to get fair value for on the trade market is a pitcher with injury history.

            And the difference between Waino and Peavy/Santana is that Waino had TJ, which is pretty much accepted as standard anymore. The other guys had shoulder problems. Peavy also had a muscle rip completely off, which is a pretty unprecedented injury.

            Guys see that and they see a lot of risk, and not a sure thing, which significantly cuts into his trade value.

            I agree that I wouldn’t have traded him, but having chosen to trade him, I don’t think the commenter could do much better than Waino.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Hunter, I agree 110% that they’re severely undervalued and agree on your injury assessment. The one thing that I, personally, believe about TJ surgery is that it takes about 8+ months after your surgery to get back to form. Meaning, I don’t think this is Waino’s year. I think next year he’ll be Cy Young quality. This year, the best I see (barring injuries) is a lateral move. And I try not to do lateral moves unless it has future keeper implications. I love trading, but hate doing it just to do it. Due to the presumed injury risk, he probably couldn’t do much better than Waino, but I wouldn’t do it as of now and would have held out for more.

  31. jaw says:
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    whats the best way to get instant alert on closer news? i find rotoworld lags a bit and my league mates constantly beat me to the wire, is there some sort of alert service or good way to set up alerts on twitter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Comments here

      • Turk Wendell says:
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        @Grey, No Doubt. *Tips cap to Nick Capozzi*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…

  32. JG_ism says:
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    Trade my Weaver & Rios for Hamilton & J. Parker?

    Rest of rotation is Gallardo,Zimmerman,Beachy,Hammel with bench Sale, McDonald, Milone and Luebke whom I havent dropped yet….

    If done, can that rotation hold up?

    • Tony says:
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      @JG_ism, i think you can roll with that, im doing with less in a couple lgs.

    • dingbat says:
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      @JG_ism, I say make that trade. Gallardo, Zimmermann, and Beachy will be a solid top 3, and you could maybe trade an excess SS for a high-upside guy off to a slow start.

    • Grey

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      @JG_ism, I’d take Hamilton

  33. Tony says:
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    GREY-

    1) are you concerned with drabek? He’s got 28Ks but walked 20. Im still starting him vs MIN but going forward he’s got a 5 walk game and a 6 walk game, he’s gotta cut that down…..

    2) would you consider jordan zimmerman for corey hart even? which side would you want?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, 1) Yes 2) Yup… Depends on needs…

  34. JG_ism says:
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    or stand pat and let my bats warm up???

    in first now but its still early..
    Napoli, Morse, LA hair, Phillips, Mousse, Stanton, Pence, Castro/Gordon, Melky, Alex Gordon, de Azz a ??

    thanks

  35. Dan says:
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    Just made a trade and I want to pick up some Closers of the future.

    Do I pick up Santos, Reed, Soriano? (Pick 2)

    and do I drop Balfour or Hank-Rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan, Reed, Santos… Balfour

  36. dingbat says:
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    Dear Pedro Alvarez,

    I’m not sure exactly what went wrong with us. Maybe we got off to a bad start. I’m sure you thought I only picked you up because Panda got hurt, and I admit there’s some truth to that. But I want you to know that I’d had my eye on you for some time. I really believed in you too — I even made up a cheer to say every time you hit a home run: “another ball PAlvarized!!!” Get it? It’s a play on how your name shows up as P. Alvarez in the box score. Pretty cute, huh? Sadly, I never got to use that cheer for the week that you were on my roster, because you hit your last home run on the day I picked you up. I’m not going to tell you that you’re not the problem in this relationship, because that would be ridiculous. You only managed a single hit over the past six games, which is, quite frankly, pathetic. I know it’s not all your fault — you “only” struck out six times during that period — but it’s just not healthy for me to sit around waiting for you to return my affection. I need to move on with my life, I need a 3B who will get a hit more than once in 24 at-bats, and I’ve found someone who I think can give me what I need. Chase Headley is about to start a five-day road trip, and you know what that means! I hope that you can be as excited about my future as I am about yours, and I promise not to curse your name if you hit a home run the day after I’ve dropped you. Scratch that — there’s no way I’m keeping that promise.

    Your friend,

    dingbat

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @dingbat, Am I crazy or did everyone have sad violin music playing in their head when reading that?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @dingbat, I’ve been posting that he’s was about to go ice cold…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, Ha!

  37. Blue says:
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    Please rank: Tabata, Jay, dirks

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Jay, Dirks

  38. nycs10011 says:
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    Grey,
    Redraft short term fill in for a little speed.
    Eduardo Nunez or Jemile Weeks?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nycs10011, Weeks

  39. harkrider says:
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    in closer speculation on guys who at least have a high K rate.

    any thoughts on Pestano and Ryan Cook? Does one have a better chance to close while still providing value with K’s and low ERA, WHIP?

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider, * or Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Pestano

  40. LJ says:
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    Can you rank these schmohawk OFs ROS? Thanks!

    Alex Rios
    LoMo
    Carlos Lee
    Jeff Francoeur
    Colby Rasmus
    Carlos Quentin (when he gets back, should be soon)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LJ, LoMo, Rios, Rasmus, Frenchy

  41. Alvin says:
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    Need to add to OF depth with a pickup. 7×7 (standard 5 plus BBs and Ks) where I have my biggest needs being power (HR/RBI).

    Available:
    Jay
    Parra
    Ross
    Pagan
    Scott
    Duda
    Rios
    Fowler

    • chunk says:
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      @Alvin, Scotts your best bet for power I think

  42. elwood blues says:
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    NL Only 4×4 Jordan Shafer of Alex Presley — as a replacement for Werth?

    And would you give up Niese for either of them.. it would leave me with a SP rotation of Gio, Latos, Anibal, Bass, Leake.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Schafer…Yup…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @elwood blues, Shafer. Give up Niese as opposed to who?

      • elwood blues says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, The other guy wants a starter.. I am not trading one of my big 3

        • WhineSpritzer says:
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          @elwood blues, Oh trade Niese. Thought you meant dropping a player.

  43. Trade Bandit says:
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    Verlander and Reyes for

    Strasburg and AGon

    Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trade Bandit, Verlander, depends on needs….

  44. Mike says:
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    Never done this before, but hoping someone can give me a little advice. Why is my team in 9th out of 15? I think this is a solid squad:
    C – Mauer
    1B – A. Gonzalez
    2B – Phillips
    SS – Gordon
    3B – Beltre
    OF – Bruce, BJ Upton, Cruz
    Util – LaRoche
    Bench – Tabata, J. Lowrie
    DL – Morse

    SP – Lester, Darvish, Garza, Hellickson, Zimmermann
    RP – Aceves, Cishek, H. Rodriguez, Thayer, Walden

    What am I missing? Stay the course? Make some upgrades (where?)

    THANKS!!

    • dingbat says:
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      @Mike, I’ll take a shot:

      1) Some of your main power sources have been hitting singles (Gonzo), missing time (Beltre, Phillips), or injured (Morse)

      2) Your starting rotation has some AL-East Risk (Lester, Hellickson) and some High-BB risk (Lester, Darvish)

      3) Your closers are a bit shaky, but at least you have a ton of them.

      Overall, I agree that your team is very solid for a 15-team league. Once your power hitters return from injury and start producing, you should be fine. Yu, Garza, and Zimmermann look like a solid top of your rotation. I’m not a fan of Lester going forward, but I doubt you’ll be able to find anyone willing to take him on. I think you’re probably fine staying the course.

      • Mike says:
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        @dingbat, Thanks so much!

        I actually traded FOR Lester a few weeks back, hoping to buy low, but he’s pretty much just stayed low.

        I have attempted to upgrade from Gordon at SS with no success, but I think I’ll sit tight, as he is the majority of my SB numbers.

        Thanks again!

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Mike, it’s still early…hopefully Agone and Cruz wake up…

  45. mike says:
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    G floyd or Mcdonald today to start?
    Help!

    • chunk says:
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      @mike, matchups?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike, McDonald

  46. shibboleth says:
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    Happy Friday, everyone. Lincecum for two of Axford/Marshall/Francisco? Leaves me hurting for saves but… its Lincecum.

    my pitchers: Gallardo, Latos, Garza, Morrow, Lewis, Garcia, Samardjiza. Axford, Marshall, Francisco, Chapman, KRod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth, I’d take Tim

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @shibboleth, so thats going to leave you with one closer? maybe zero…

      How about a closer + Garcia/Samardijza…

      Timmy is getting better, but still pretty difficult to watch right now…

  47. John L says:
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    What do I do with Jimmy Rollins? Seager, cozart, pastornicky available as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John L, Bench him?

  48. GTS says:
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    Norris coming off a great start against STL. Should I start him @PIT today? 10-team mixed H2H league. I’m winning ERA and WHIP, and need wins without too much damage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Yup

  49. EK says:
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    Pls rank these stashables:

    OF – Werth, Quentin, Reimold
    SP – Luebke, Sanchez, DLR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Quentin, dlR

  50. MattTruss223 says:
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    Any thoughts on Torres’ hot (and lighter apparently) bat back from the DL? Hot schmotato or worth owning for awhile? He’s hitting leadoff, playing daily and done more in a week then Logan Morrison has all year. Would you own him over the likes of Lomo and/or say, Alex Rios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, I just picked him up… Over Lomo and Rios…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @MattTruss223, Torres ain’t getting the love. He should be owned in most formats.

  51. AA says:
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    Bench Minor tonight @ St. Louis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, I am

      • dingbat says:
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        @Grey, How about Beachy tomorrow?

  52. EK says:
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    Walden or Reed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Reed

  53. Manimal says:
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    Treading water waiting for EvaLong… Betemit or Middlebrooks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manimal, Betemit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Basically a wash…

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. May become moot anyways when Krispie comes back. I hope he is the same player he was before the injury.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  54. xopchipili says:
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    hah, I named one of my teams Can’t Find A Betemit last season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  55. Turk Wendell says:
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    Is it time to part ways with Rasmus? Currently running Stanton, Rios, Curz, Scott, and Campana out there.

    Drop Rasmus for Torres?

    Also, I was hearing a buzz around Peacock coming up last week. Have you heard any inside industry information about when that may be? Worth Stashing Peacock in 12 team H2H leagues?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Torres and stash Peacock…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Every time I think about cutting Rasmus, he get two hit’s and an RBI. Just enough to tease you. That said, I have both Rasmus and Torres and if I had to, I’d cut Rasmus first.

  56. Hunter says:
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    So anyone know WTH is up with Luebke? Just holding on till I get final word but it’s been like two weeks. Is there a legit chance he might be healthy or are the Pads dragging their feet? Or did I miss the news?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last I heard they were going to another doctor…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, yesterday. But they haven’t said anything. He and Sale must be hanging out.

  57. chunk says:
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    Potential Parra replacements…

    Abreu, Ankiel, Saunders, Pierre, Campana…..

    Or just hold tight and wait for the next Andy Dirks? (missed him by minutes)

    16 team points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold with those options…

      • chunk says:
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        @Grey, Bernadina vs Parra?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can try Bernadina…

  58. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Which trade do you feel is more plausible?
    Peavy for Freeman
    Lynn for Victorino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re both fair…

  59. WhineSpritzer says:
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    Both are legit.

  60. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    Need help at 1B (have Trumbo, Goldschmidt). Was offered Ryan Howard (still a month away and 33 years old, but I really need HRs and RBIs…) for Brandon Morrow. Do I consider it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tchaikovsky08, Not crazy about it…

  61. Still feeling the love for Cozart? How would you rank him ROS with Infante and Yunel? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, I’d take him first…

  62. Tom C says:
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    @Grey, ROS: Uggla, Kendrick, Craig, Kipnis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom C, Uggla, Kendrick, Kipnis

  63. Turk Wendell says:
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    Dirks over Torres?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Yup

  64. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, drop Espinosa for Seager?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, Yup

  65. WallyCleaver says:
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    Miggy for Halladay? Good deal. I’d still have Longo eventually…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WallyCleaver, I’d take Miggy

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    Parker or Detwiler?

    Cishek or Ondrusek?

    Dirks, Betemit, Reddick, or Torres?

    Mini thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Parker, Cishek, Dirks…

  67. harkrider says:
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    Dirks, torres or LoMo ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Morrison

      • peter says:
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        @Grey, Oops, just dropped LoMo for Dirks in a 12 team. But, whatever, I’ll grab him when/if he starts hitting. I doubt anyone else will be gunning for him right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @peter, I’d take Dirks for right now, this question was for ROS… Though I’m not always sure if people mean ROS when they ask it…

  68. chunk says:
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    Whats the worst outfielder you would trade Lynn away for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Ethier-ish, maybe BJ… Depends on needs…

  69. harrrr says:
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    (standard 12 team roto)
    a or b?
    a-butler/craig
    b jennings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harrrr, B, it’s fair…

  70. Derrick says:
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    Morrow for Choo a good deal? Or should I try and shoot higher for Morrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, I’d try and shoot a little higher, but it’ll probably end up fair with Choo.

  71. bill says:
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    beckett,mcdonal and sale, what order you like them today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bill, Sale, Beckett… Though after the MRI, that could change…

  72. AA says:
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    Would you drop Miley to stash Peacock?

    • peter says:
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      @AA, This sounds like a Disney vs. NBC question. I’ll defer to a card-holding member of the WGA.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peter, HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, I would

  73. royce! says:
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    What’s the deal with Justin Upton? I now have Pedroia and Cuddyer in a yahoo league, so I was thinking of moving Pedroia to Ackley’s owner for Upton, but Upton’s been crap. His FB and GB percentages seem to have flipped, he’s K’ing a ton, and he has no power. Worth buying low? If I could talk the guy into it, I’d have an OF of Braun, Bruce, Upton and Torres (hot schmotato of the week).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, I’d buy Upton but for less than Pedroia…

  74. Doug Ault says:
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    Signing Vlady is low risk high reward, but I don’t like this Billy Beane’ish small market mentality.Next we’ll be signing Kent Tekulve.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doug Ault, Ha! What, no Rick Rhoden?

      • Doug Ault says:
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        @Grey, At least Rhoden could also pinch hit on an off day ;-)

  75. Grey — My team in a 16-team league has strong pitching, including saves (all Donkeycorns and Brain Freezes: Frank Frank, Cishek, Johnson, H-Rod, Cashner) and with decent power but hurting for SBs. A guy with Victorino in his OF is last in saves. Are both of these offers OK for Victorino? Which do you like more?

    Luke Scott + Cishek for Victorino
    H-Rod + Cashner for Victorino

    Also, I saw a question above about starting Beachy @ STL/Wainwright. I know Beachy’s an ace, but with a 1250-inning limit already about 25 innings over pace as of today with Bumgarner and Gio going tonight and Fister on tab for tomorrow … under those circumstances would you sit Beachy for that one game? Or is he a must-start no matter what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I’d do the 2nd deal for Victorino… I wouldn’t sit Beachy…

  76. beardcrabs says:
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    ian desmond or alcides escobar…

    middlebrooks or one of those two for Utility…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Desmond, Middlebrooks…

  77. Turk Wendell says:
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    @Grey

    Dude, the Hot hitters/pitchers on the Player Rater is really super cool. Nice work!

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Turk Wendell,

      and thanks for all the work you guys do!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Turk Wendell, No problem…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, That was all Rudy, should tell him…

  78. blunt blazer says:
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    rickie weeks just became available on waivers, i own the # waiver spot, my second baseman is currentlydan uggla, not looking to replace him, but we do have 2 utitlity spots, my question revolves around rickie and mark reynolds, currently i am riding the hot will middlebrooks and have reynolds as a fill in for when needed, i actually just picked in up in the last day or so, so do you think rickie will pick it up and grab and stash him for a utility spot or potential trade bait or should i hold on to reynolds as insurance because middlebrooks may go back down when youk comes back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blunt blazer, I’d lose Reynolds there and hold Weeks…

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

    • chunk says:
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      @Grey, nice

  80. Chavo says:
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    Imagine you are the manager of my team. Someone just offered you kinsler/ervin santana for your rickie weeks/weaver. Accept or spit in his face?

    • Kinsler is a five tool stud and rickie wishes he was. You could do worse than santana. I would take it for sure, I value hitting over all.

  81. Schmotato says:
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    Drop Boesch for Dirks or Torres?

  82. Looking for some help. Struggling with who to play between K.Morales, M.Trout or S.Choo. I keep taking turns playing them and whoever is on the bench has the best night. I want to stick with the best option and just let him play. I really like Choo’s 20/20 track record and I don’t know enough about Trout to feel confident. I also know what kind of a power bat Morales has. I have a good speed/power team so i don’t need one more than the other but I am hurting in runs and avg. Any thoughts people? Also is Smyly for real and would you drop Chris Sale for him.

    • chunk says:
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      @Cody O’Dea, trout

  83. Adam says:
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    Rank John Jay,trumbo,or Seager ROS?
    Need to pick one
    Standard league
    Thanks!

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