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The Closer Look was only six days ago and we’ve already lost a $12 Salad (Mo), a Donkeycorn (Huston Street) and three Brain Freezes (Santiago/Thornton, Bell, Downs).  If you think the Closepocalypse is something created by the media (me) to sell newspapers (no one buys newspapers), then continue to disbelieve.  I’m just back from Costco with a keg of chicken broth, 400 count box of Mallomars and a 17 pound box of Wheat Thins to stock my Closepocalypse shelter.  When the major leagues have run out of all pitchers to close and have exhausted all other athletes in all other sports trying to convert them to closers and they come knocking on my door, I’m going into my Closepocalypse shelter and you won’t see me again.  Street is always a good nose blow away from getting hurt, so it’s no huge shocker.  The Padres don’t think he’ll be back when his DL stint is up, and I’ll go as far to say he won’t be back for about a month and he’s a setback away from missing three months.  For further reading on that see:  His career.  I grabbed Andrew Cashner in one league.  I would’ve grabbed Luke Gregerson too if I had room, but, alas, I did not.  Who could fit anything with this keg of broth?!  And, because as soon as anyone becomes a closer, they get hot in the way a Dutch oven is hot, so Cashner followed every other closer this year and gave up a bunch of runs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Cory Luebke – Probably needs Tommy John surgery.  He said his symptoms point to it.  Now the only thing between him and Tommy John surgery is a visit to Dr. James Andrews.  Thank your deity of choice that Dr. James Andrews didn’t become a dentist.  “I think I have a cavity.”  “Okay, you’re gonna be sidelined 12 to 15 months.”

Heath Bell – Ozzie wrapped a towel around his neck and finally pulled the plug on Bell.  Joey Cora applauded the decision, saying, “No one wears a towel around a neck like Ozzie.”  Was about two weeks coming now that Bell would be rung up, and I’ve been telling you to pick up Cishek for about as long.  He’s been flat-out dominant (0.63 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) so there’s a chance he takes the job and runs with.  He didn’t get the save yesterday because he was used excessively the other day.  There’s also a chance Ozzie lets Bell get saves again after a week or two in the bullpen.  Or Ozzie could just see Mujica get a save and let him run with the job.  What I think happens to Bell is he’s ineffective in a setup role and lands on the Disgraceful List.  It wasn’t like Bell was lost because of confidence.  Not like he’s new to the 9th inning.  Something’s off with him physically.

Jayson Werth – Will miss at least 6 weeks with a broken wrist.  FWIWerth, I think he could miss three months.  I was speculating earlier that Harper might not stay in the bigs, even though they named a cereal after him (Bryce Krispies).  Now Harper’s definitely not going anywhere, except to the store to buy more eye black.

Matt Kemp – Didn’t start yesterday with a tight hamstring.  Dodgers are saying he’ll be fine.  Kemp’s owners are praying he’ll be fine.

Javy Guerra – Blew the save, but, with the current closer situation around the majors, he looked downright awesome!

Jason Bay – Terry Collins said it still hurts when Bay laughs, which makes it hard to play since Bay’s career has become such a joke.

Ruben Tejada – Probably headed to the DL with a quad strain. C’mon, Ruben, it’s nothing a little extra Thousand Island dressing can’t fix.

Lorenzo Cain – Now will be out for at least another month.  Finally, he gets an everyday job handed to him and he can’t stay healthy.  Him and Mat Gamel should take the University of Phoenix online seminar, “Opportunities Knocks Isn’t Just A Dana Carvey Movie.”

Adam Jones – 3-for-8 with his 8th homer.  I’ve been meaning to give Jones a lede in a roundup, but all these stupid closers have monopolized things.   Jones is a guy that can go 30+ homers with 15+ steals.  He’s real and he’s beautiful.

Nolan Reimold – Placed on the DL after two weeks of “Will he?” or “Won’t he?” speculation about his health.  Judge Reimold not by the color of his skin, but by his inability to recognize pain.

Mark Reynolds – The Mini Donkey show is hot, as he hit homers Friday and Saturday.  If someone dropped him, grab him.

J.J. Hardy – 5-for-8, with two solo homers.  Orioles fans are now saying Cal Ripken who?  Though they probably mean, “Are you talking about junior or senior?”

Chris Davis – 0-for-8 with 5 Ks and 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks as he finished out the extra inning game.  Before Davis even entered the locker room, 15 clubs inquired about him to be their closer.

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-7, 4 RBIs as he hit his first homer, which was a grand salami.  (Oh, and welcome, Google Searcher of “Donkey show is hot” + “grand salami.”  We won’t judge you here.)

Chris Sale – I told you the White Sox manager’s hat is like the Mask, where whomever wears it makes the craziest decisions.  Ventura appointed Sale the closer because he has a tender elbow and they want to cut back his innings.  The pitching coach had a classic line regarding the move, “Listen, we’re not making this decision based upon what’s best for the team.” Same could be said about how they put together their entire offense.

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Don’t even really care that it was against the Pirates.  I mean, sure, I would’ve told everyone and their mother’s child to drop him if he pitched poorly here, but he didn’t.  This is why you held him through all the mishegoss. I will now look forward to owning him as he drops his ERA from 4.93 to the mid-3’s.

Drew Stubbs – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs with his 2nd homer in the last three days and a slam & legs yesterday.  He’s on a 15+ homer, 25+ steal pace with a .262 average.  He credits his newfound success with some advice from Dusty that he didn’t pay attention to.

David Robertson – Brace Face says the closer job is still kinda up in the air, but I think Robertson is gonna be the closer and a $12 Salad by June.  I didn’t put him in Friday’s Buy, because I didn’t realize he wasn’t owned in every league.  He should’ve been already.  Doode’s filthy, filthy as in good, not filthy as in bad, and that’s not bad as in good but bad as in bad.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Hey, those smelling salts I used on my Cano voodoo doll worked!

Albert Pujols – Maicer Izutris pinch hit for him and homered… No, wait, that was actually Pujols that homered!

Scott Downs – “Hey, God here, just wanted to give you a heads up that I have a fantasy team this year and I punted saves, so, ya know, gotta do what you gotta do.”  Downs hurt his knee yesterday.  Why?  Because closers can’t have anything nice this year.  It’s actually gotten to the point where a closer will get replaced and I won’t even look for him in all of my leagues because I just assume he too will be replaced in a few days.  LaTroy Hawkins got the save yesterday, but I’d be surprised if Walden didn’t just get the next one because, well, he never really did anything wrong to begin with to lose the job.  Then again, Walden could’ve got the save yesterday and didn’t.  “Hey, Bourjos, you want the top bunk?”  That’s Walden looking at his new digs in the Scioscia Dog House.  Hawkins definitely won’t be getting the next save, because the price he paid for getting yesterday’s was a broken pinkie.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Supposedly, the Indians found a flaw in his delivery prior to this game.  Though, I’m not sure if they fixed it because he still threw five walks in seven innings.  Maybe his flaw was that he was throwing meaty strikes and now he’s throwing meatballs.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3 with a steal and he hit a homer the other day.  I might just be trying to stay positive with this schmohawk because Rudy drafted him on a bunch of our teams, but it feels like Choo is finally coming out of his slump.  Knowing our (and his) luck, he’ll probably get injured this week.

Allen Craig – 2-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBIs.  He has 20 homer power and some speed.  I’d check raise that to the bettor and go Allen.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Before we start reaching around on each other, let’s wash our hands and remember Wainwright was facing the Asstros.

Chris Johnson – Hit two homers on Wednesday and he hit another one on Saturday.  You, “Do you smell something burning?”  Me, “Oh, yeah, that’s a Chris Johnson’s hot schmotato.  It’s okay to put tin foil in the microwave, right?”

Derrek Lee – Sounds like he’s gonna join former teammate Aramis on the Brewers.  Now all the Brewers need to do is cover the 7th inning Racing Bratwurst in yellow mustard, onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices and a dash of celery salt.

Drew Smyly – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 Ks on Friday as Smyly continues to be the happiest man in baseball.  He gets the Mariners in Seattle next time out.  Run.  Don’t walk to the waiver wire and grab Drew Smyly Face Winking Emoticon With Weird Squiggle Coming Out Of His Mouth.

Matt Moore – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Against the A’s?  The A’s actually signed Brandon Inge as an upgrade and are now batting him 6th.  Early last week, the A’s asked their opponent if they minded if the A’s just put a cardboard cutout of Hulk Hogan at-bat for their 2nd baseman since Weeks was sick.  Against the A’s?  On the bright side, if you don’t own him (there’s no bright side if you do own him), this is a good opportunity to buy low.

Desmond Jennings – Left yesterday’s game with a sore knee.  Rays are saying it’s not a big deal, but it always concerns me when a player, whose name I’ve tattooed right above my butt crack, feels sore enough they have to leave in the middle of a game.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-3 with his 6th homer.  Like I tell my girlfriends, you have to ignore a small sample size.  And for the most part, I do that.  Freeman’s power so far is surprising to me, but I don’t think it’s a small sample size thing.  If I were the type to change preseason projections, which I’m not, I’d give Freeman 27-ish homers.

Dayan Viciedo – Was hit on the elbow.  The bad news, he left immediately in what seemed to be a lot of pain.  The good news, he made contact with the baseball.

Brian Dozier – On his radio show, Gardenhire said Dozier would be the starting shortstop.  This is very surprising.  Gardenhire has a radio show?  Does he do call-in’s for who should bat cleanup?  Does he give away a thousand bucks for each time a Twins batter gets a hit, which turned into a terrible promotion?  Is Brad Radke his Baba Booey?  As for Dozier, not that surprising.  Twins need offense something fierce.  Dozier has been hitting in the minors (.276, 1 homer and 2 steals; yes, compared to the other Twins hitters that’s good).  I wouldn’t go near Dozier outside of AL-Only leagues.

Justin Morneau – To the 15-day DL.  If I was Morneau’s agent, I’d make sure there was a clause in his contract saying he gets a bonus every time he hits the DL.

Ryan Doumit – Hit 2 homers yesterday.  I have a confession.  In the RCL, I didn’t “Set it and Forget it.”  I drafted Soto and dropped him.  Then, of course, he hit a homer a few days later while I had A.J. Ellis (don’t ask) and now I have Salty, who I will probably drop too.  I’m a bad ‘pert, son.

Juan Nicasio – 5 IP, 6 ER.  As one of my stunod cousins would say, pitching like that you ain’t gonna Juan nothing!  In most mixed leagues, I’d lose Nicasio like the 80’s calculator watch he sounds like.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-5 with his 3rd steal.  Don’t be stealing Campana’s trademark, “All I do is steal, and you like me because of it.”

Mike Carp – Hit a homer yesterday.  And he’s… Ugh, so hard to get excited about M’s hitters.  He’s got some… Yeah, I’m gonna stop trying.

Chone Figgins – On Friday, I said the M’s should move on from Figgy.  Looks like the Mariners read Razzball because on Friday they said, “Figgy, please… You are no longer an everyday starter.”  Tough break for Figgy; he’s now only gonna earn nine million dollars this year and eight million next year.  If I were him, I’d bring a suitcase of money to every game and count that shizz on the bench.  “Looks like a beautiful day at the ballpark.  There’s a slight wind coming in from the right field– Wait, what’s that Figgy is chasing out into the outfield?  Oh, it’s thousand dollar bills.”

From Around The Web

  1. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Categories are- R,2B,3B,HR,RBI,SB,TB,AVG—W,L,S,CG,K,ERA,WHIP,QS

    Please rank the 4 hitters and 4 Pitchers and is it close?

    Stubbs, De Aza, Reddick, Nieuwenhuis

    Feliz, Westbrook, McCarthy, Buehrle

    Thanks so much

    • Steven says:
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      @Grey,

      Buehrle just got picked up. So only out of the 3 pitchers i listed please and thanks

      • WhineSpritzer says:
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        @Steven, Stubbs, no close. Feliz, Westbrook…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steven, Stubbs… Feliz, McCarthy

  2. Jam405 says:
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    4 quick ones to start the week.
    Drop Samardzija for J. Johnson?
    Drop Downs for Frieri?
    Drop Cashner for Gregorson?
    Is Bell worth stashing?

    Also just wanna say thanks for all you do, taking time to answer questions in addition to everything else on the site.

    • Jam405 says:
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      @Jam405, just to clarify, that’s Josh Johnson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jam405, No problem… Samardzija for J. Johnson…

  3. DrEasy says:
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    Closepocalypse question: would you agree with the following rank of these schmohawks: Cordero, Marmol, Frieri, Gregerson, Strop?

    My rationale:

    – Cordero is still SAGNOF until Santos comes back (which should be soon though).
    – Marmol probably just needs a couple of good outings before being reinstated as closer.
    – I don’t see the Angels going with Walden yet, and Frieri’s been good.
    – Gregerson might still be behind Cashner in the pecking order in San Diego.
    – As for Strop, I’m not entirely sure whether he has lost his closer status since Johnson’s been back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy, Cordero, Gregerson, Frieri…

  4. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    hahahah… astros with two esses. you said ass… or, wait: that was me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Hehe

  5. Penguin says:
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    The one nice thing about the closerpocalypse is that this year, whenever a closer gets hurt and someone beats me to the wire by a couple minutes to pick up his replacement, I don’t even stress.

    Somebody else is gonna get hurt tomorrow. Hell, it’ll probably be the guy that just got picked up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Penguin, Ha… Yup

  6. dan says:
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    steven–

    those players suck. pick what you need out of a hat and move on with your life.

    peace,
    dan.

    • Tony says:
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      @dan, lol some people play in larger leagues man, now he didnt say but what if its a 20 man league…

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Getting killed by Ike at CI in even a 16 team league but there is simply NOTHING out there. Which of these slumping sluggers do you think will bounce-back and be the best buy-low candidate:

    Lind, AuShit, Morneau…or stick with Ike.

    Also, just seen Middlebrooks is actually available still, gamble on him over Ike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, AuShizz

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Ha ok cool, but grab Middlebrooks off the wire and drop Ike for now?

  8. Blue says:
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    start scherzer in oakland his next start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Yes

  9. Steve says:
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    Two things before I post this.

    1. I think Cole Hamels is a great pitcher and for all I know a pretty good guy.

    2. I don’t mind seeing someone throw at Bryce Harper.

    3. I’ve waited so long for this moment.

    “I was trying to hit him. I’m not going to deny it. It’s something I grew up watching. That’s what happened. I’m just trying to continue the old baseball. Some people get away from it. I remember when I was a rookie, the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything. That’s the way baseball is. Sometimes the league is protecting certain players. It’s that old-school prestigious way of baseball.

    Maybe so big fella, but did ‘old baseball’ ever do *this*?

    http://displacedphan.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/pregnant_heidi_and_cole_hamels.jpg

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Hah! That’s three things.

      • chunk says:
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        @Steve, Ha, I’m so used to being told there are three things, only to find out there’s only two. F’in C. Thanks for mixing it up!

    • ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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      @Steve, I had a number of high/low bets at twenty days before he got plunked. i
      went low on all of them…. CHA CHING!

    • mc serch says:
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      @Steve, Is it me or is that pic mildly disturbing? Obviously, when Hamels is going well, Mrs. Hamels takes his balls out of the jar and hands them over ever fifth day….I imagine that one season when he sucked and everyone thought he forgot how to pitch it was just a case of Mrs. Hamels sitting on that jar all year

      • Wake Up says:
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        @mc serch, Mildly?

        • mc serch says:
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          @Wake Up, lol point well taken, but its not like a Manson crime scene photo or something

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, That’s awesome!

  10. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @grey, just lost my favorite hodgepadre(lubeke), and looking for a good add, this list is my available SP FA rankings, any suggestions,
    1. Bass
    2. Arrieta
    3. Vargas
    4. Miley
    5. Jerome Williams
    6. Drabek
    7. Dickey
    8. Blanton
    9. Hughes
    10. My mom

    • @Jack Full of Hate, I’m guessing Grey will pick Drabek or your mom.

      But what about Stauffer? Seems like he should be available in that league, and he’s coming off the DL. Trade one Hodgepadre for another ….

      • chunk says:
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        @Enrique, Do you like Stauffer @home more than, say, E-Jax?

        • @chunk, If you can afford to start Stauffer only when he’s @home plus on the road in pitcher’s parks (SF, LAD, NYM, OAK, SEA, MIA, PIT — SD plays in all those parks this season) or against weaker hitting teams then I’d definitely prefer Stauffer to Jackson (I’d guess you’d sit him 2 or 3 times out of 10). But if you need the innings and can’t afford to sit Stauffer, and neither gets hurt going forward then for me it’s about a tossup.

          • chunk says:
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            @Enrique, thanks! He’s definitely nasty at home. Just a matter of actually following through on when to start/sit him…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Enrique,good point, I forgot about Stauffer, but don’t you think Bass could be just as valuable as a hodgepadre with that nice 9.18 K/9?

        You’re right, I know he is going to say Drabek, but I really hate ever owning an AL East pitcher, I will, but not without some regular self loathing and the paranoia I get everytime they go to Beantown and the Apple

        • @Jack Full of Hate, I don’t think Bass keeps striking out that many batters.

          I wouldn’t fault you for taking Bass or Drabek or even Vargas on that list. But assuming he’s 100% healthy, I’d still pick Stauffer ahead of all of ‘em.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Enrique, I just checked Bass’s career minor league numbers and he is not a strikeout an inning type pitcher. good call, sustainability is not in the numbers

  11. Blue says:
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    Campana or Dyson for steals?

    Matt Moore just dropped, how much would you bid for him ($100 budget, have $92 left).

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Blue, ill sell you my moore on the cheap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Campana… $5

  12. Blue says:
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    What 1st baseman would you target in return for garza or j zimmerman?

    What about Lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Konerko…

  13. Steve says:
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    OK – enough of the funny stuff. H2H streamer for Tuesday – Delgado @ CHC or Duffy v BOS?

    And I know I’ve been bugging you about this, but do you take Craig over Toriii for a Util spot. Don’t feel the need to get rid of Torii at all, just testing the options…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Delgado… I’d take Torii…

  14. C.O.C. says:
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    @Grey: DEEP 16 team H2H league, and there is virtually no pitching available. One name I did see that I know you liked before the season but has struggled mightily to this point is Leake. Do you see him turning it around and being the productive pitcher you forecasted, or has what hes shown changed your mind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C.O.C., Not right now…

  15. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ok name the player game. In my last 5 starts, I have given up just 13 hits and 3 runs in 33 innings with over a K per inning. Ok ive walked a few too many guys over that span (10), but overall I’ve been pretty damn filthy.

    I was drafted on average around 130 in ESPN leagues, so have been a massive bargain so far,and Iam one of Grey’s guys… and how right he has been so far.

    • Bombo Rivera says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Gio Gonzalez

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Bombo Rivera, NatGio baby! Now in the NL he can just walk guys and get to the pitcher whenever he’s in trouble.

        In all seriousness he could really break out and be an ace this year. Nice call Grey, at least most of your target pitchers are working out, if not hitters, so far!

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @TheNewGuy, So true! My pitching staffs of Gio, Anibal, Beachy and Bumgarner (with the FA addition of Lance Lynn) are currently killing my leagues in the pitching cats. Loving every second of that! Grey knows his shizz when it comes to pitchers!

          • @MattTruss223, Yeah, I’ve got three of the first four in both my 14-team league and 16-team league and am strong across the board in pitching despite not taking any pitchers early.

            Kudos to Grey and Rudy!

            • rob says:
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              Grey:
              My SP staff of Gio, Bumgarner, Peavy, Zimmermann, Romero is killing my league. So much so that I am considering trading the guy I drafted to be my ace (Halladay) for a studd hitter even if I get 95 cents on the dollar. Thinking about somebody like McCutchen. At this point Halladay is hurting my K/9 ratio. Nice problem to have.

              Is this something you would consider? Am in a tight battle for first place about 100 points in a 12 team league.

  16. Howard says:
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    I’m going to have to guess the guy with the girl’s name.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Howard, Good try but uh-uh!

      She’s been damn good too though.

  17. ernie says:
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    Hi Grey, should I start Gallardo vs CIN? last outings were not impressive…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ernie, Yes

  18. Derrick says:
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    Matt Moore was dropped in our league. Who should I drop out of of Milone, Drabek, Cahill and McCarthy to pick him up?

    • Balco says:
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      @Derrick, probably Drabek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Milone

  19. Kubrick says:
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    Latos or Gallardo rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kubrick, Gallardo

  20. Roulduke says:
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    Had a great weekend on some advice I got here. Thanks!

    For a Longoria fill in, Middlebrooks over Goldschmidt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roulduke, Goldschmidt

  21. papasmurf says:
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    Speaking of tattoos, what can I do about the Mike Stanton tattoo that I put above the same butt crack area that you have your Des Jennings one?

    From ‘Mike’ to ‘Giancarlo’ raises so many problems. So far I’ve been letting it go. But Giancarlo is starting to hit homers again and get name recognition… and the kiddies won’t know who Mike Stanton is anymore!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha

  22. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Seeing as how Minor donated 15 ER’s to my teams ERA last week is it time to lose him as he looks lost. Ubaldo is sitting on Waivers right now as I’m desperate to clean house after last weeks 0-9-1 loss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Sure, switch it…

  23. weas says:
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    Smyly or Minor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas, Smyly

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @weas, Minor. According to stats Smyly is being lucky and his stuff is actually ordinary. He will start getting hit. Minor though has some real filthy stuff. He will provide the better stats over the course of a whole season.

  24. Werthless says:
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    Ellsbury, Young, now Werth…stop getting biblical on my outfield!!!

    12team H2H points, keeper. I have Gordon, Zobrist, Boesch, Trout, Harper. Add Ross, Sweeney, Tabata, Span? Who am I starting this week? Thanks

    • Werthless says:
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      edit@Werthless, Add Ross, Sweeney, Tabata, Span, Moreland? Thanks!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Werthless, You said it yourself, he’s worthless. Why did you pick him again this year? Couldn’t you see how bad he was last!

      Whenever I get burned by a guy, I say never again.

      • Werthless says:
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        @TheNewGuy, I liked him to bounce back, which he was on the way to doing, as a fourth outfielder behind Ellsbury, Young, and Gordon

  25. Eddie says:
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    16 team H2H points format. The Werth injury puts me in hot water, as Wigginton is now my third OF. Which of the following ‘top available talent’ do you recommend as a stopgap, until I can swing a trade? Brian Bogusevic, Ryan Sweeney, Vernon Wells, David DeJesus, Jonny Gomes.

    On a related note, I would have closed this post with an emoticon but couldn’t find one that looks like a guy vomiting from horror and disgust.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Ha… Sweeney

  26. Bsw says:
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    Hola! 12 team league, 2 dl spots, 4 bench spots. I drafted Ryan Howard because I missed out on a top 1st baseman. In addition, I have Longoria, Daniel Hudson, and Jason Werth. I already had to drop Sergio Santos. Should I continue to carry all of these guys? I feel like I own the NY Mets.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bsw, Ha… Lose Werth…

  27. Beau says:
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    Would you ever consider punting saves this early in the season? I drafted 4 closers thinking Id be more than good and at this point only 1 remains on my roster (Walden) after losing brian wilson, sergio santiago, and kyle farnsworth to injuries and suckiness. Im last place in saves and can only really see scrambling for 1-2 points. With the rest of my roster suffering with injuries to ellsbury, youkilis, zimmerman, etc (yeah, shitty luck so far) perhaps id be best to forget about saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beau, It’s still early enough to shoot up in saves… Acquire some…

  28. Jon says:
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    Would you activate Zimmerman right away for tomorrow’s game (if he does actually come off the DL)? If so, who would you lose: Chris Davis, Ike Davis, or one of these pitchers: Drabek, Capuano, Arriety, Milone? H2H keeper. Thanks!

    • Jon says:
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      …or Luke Scott could be an option to drop, too. The logical choice is Ike, I’m sure, but since I traded Worley straight up for him a few weeks ago, I stubbornly don’t want to give him up. Thanks, as always, for your sage advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yes… Ike

  29. Grey's da man! says:
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    Been fluctuating in the top 4 with my team, but currently in dead last in runs, average and SB. Top 2 in almost every pitching category. What kind of move should I look to make here? Been trying to trade one of my SP but no one seems interested or value them where I think they should be valued. Here is team:

    12 team 5×5 Rotiserrie

    C: C Santana
    1B: Carp
    2B: Uggla
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Alexei
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Cruz
    Util: Tabata
    Util: Span
    Bench, JD Martinez
    DL: Gardner, Longoria

    SP: Bumgarner
    SP: J Zimmerman
    RP: Axford
    RP: H-Rod
    RP: Casilla
    RP: Cishek
    RP: Mujica
    RP: Cook (currently have waiver request for frieri and dropping cook)
    P: A Sanchez, G Gonzalez, M Garza, Cahill, Lynn, Drabek
    DL: D Hudson

    Also making a bid on Campana (and with Gardner coming back, SB should improve). But still need offensive help, which is weird since I focused on hitting in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Last in steals and Campana in on waivers?

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, Someone just dropped him, I am making a bid for him (processes tomorrow)

        • Grey's da man! says:
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          @Grey’s da man!, Got offered J Upton for Lynn, Casilla and Bumgarner. Thoughts?

          • Grey's da man! says:
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            @Grey’s da man!, btw, added campana and dropped j martinez

  30. stoopid says:
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    Is Reimold worth a bench spot in a 14tm deepish mixed league or should I swap for a hot schmotato?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Swap

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    Zobrilla (Zobrist) a good buy-low candidate? Am killing at 2B right now.

    Which of these slingers would you offer for him, straight up:

    Ricky-Ro, Yu, Fister (but I hardly knew her! Sorry your line…), Bud.

    • bronson says:
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      @TheNewGuy,
      If you insist on trying to be cute, it’s “Zorilla”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Fister or Bud…

  32. bronson says:
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    No comment on Adrian Cardenas’ potential callup today????
    At AAA he’s hitting .319 with seven doubles and 17 RBIs in 26 games. Could be a regular soon enough at 2nd or 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bronson, I didn’t see they were calling him up….

  33. William says:
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    @Grey: I am totally lost – I currently have 4 guys on the DL: Youkilis, Daniel Hudson, Werth, and Longoria. Just 1 DL spot to use for Longoria.

    I think Werth is the drop here… but I have no idea who to pick up. The options I am thinking of are: Carlos Pena, Chris Davis, Alex Rios (for the 5 category potential I lose with Werth out), De Aza, Markakis, Geraldo Parra, Cody Ross, Angel Pagan, Mark Trumbo.

    I play in a 5×5 standard roto league. Last week I made a what is now a ill advised trade for A-Rod in which I gave up Adam Jones…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Drop Werth

  34. Charles says:
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    Please solve the following value equation:

    Fellatio Upton + X = McCutchen

    X= Greinke, Bumgarner, Latos, Morrow, A Sanchez, Worley, Smyly, League, Casilla, Cashner, Downs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Downs, Cashner or Worley…

  35. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, are you dropping capuano, vogelsong, volquez or Sherzer to pick up Smyly? Or are you holding?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, I’m dropping Volquez away from home…

  36. Hunter says:
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    I’ve been hit by the injury to Luebke…best replacement of these:

    SP: Ubaldo, Homer Bailey, Anthony Bass, Brian Matusz, Wei Yi Chin, or Wade Miley. (or are these options so terrible I should just play matchups?)

    Also…do you see Kris Medlen or Trevor Bauer starting soon and therefore worthy of a stash?

    De la Rosa worthy of a stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hunter, Ubaldo… Bauer in June… Yes, DlR…

  37. Hunter says:
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    Werth replacement of these options…Moreland, Thames, Garrett Jones, or Andy Dirks?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hunter, Thames

  38. shibboleth says:
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    I’m done with Ike Davis, right? Drop in favor of Tabata?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth, Yes

  39. kyle says:
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    Would you trade away lincecum for cueto?

    Would you do lincecum and trout for cueto or is that too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle, I wouldn’t make that move, but it could work out for you…

  40. chunk says:
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    Seager or chipper? for my CI in RCL. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Seager

  41. Eric C. says:
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    Trade Lester for Dunn?

    • Tony says:
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      @Eric C., no

      • Eric C. says:
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        @Tony, Think Lester is going to turn it around?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Eric C., he hasn’t been THAT bad. He’s had a couple not good outings and couple pretty solid ones. He’s still a good #2 or #3, so you can do better than Dunn.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            He always has bad aprils anyway. He should be fine.

  42. chunk says:
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    Start or sit:

    Lynn @ Zona, Saunders
    Edinson vs COL, Pomeranz
    Samardjzia vs ATL, Tanson

    16 teams, 1500 innings, right on pace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Start all

  43. Charles says:
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    Dealing with serious power outage – Chris Young and Sandoval on the DL. My pitching is dominant, tho. Would you trade Kershaw or King Felix for Carlos Gonzalez? Thanks!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Charles, King Felix in a heartbeat.

  44. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I’m so desperate for saves, I’m going to pick up Cordero. Would you drop Drabek or Colon for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Colon

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    Sometimes the folks who run real baseball are just tough to figure out. Eric Wedge recommits to Ichiro in the 3 spot. He’s hitting .150 with a .5something ops with guys in scoring position. The team needs a lead off hitter and they move Ackley in there who is not hitting and profiles better as a two-holer anythehoo. Seems like an Ichiro Ackley Montero Seager top of the order is a no brainer right now. Plus Wedge says somthing about getting Brendan Ryan going. He’s a career .251 hitter with a .649 lifetime ops. Just how going does Wedge expect him to get.

    Speaking of batting order, Boesch pushed out of the two hole…which seems just about exactly right in a figurative sort of way.

    Final comment…Jerome Williams needs to be owned. Even I might not start him this week in Tejas though.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Eric Wedge sucks as a manager…he must be on borrowed time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Good point, good point, not sure on Jerome…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey, I’m going to convince you on Jerome one of these days. Maybe he’ll give a solid start in the Tejas hornets nest.

  46. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Start Gallardo today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Yes

  47. smegma says:
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    Please pick 1:

    Latos v. WAS (Zimmerman)
    Smyly @ SEA (Vargas)
    Cahill v. SF (Cain)

    Leaning Smyly but Latos did look much better in previous start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Smyly

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Nice Downs blurb…speaking of the top bunk…So, these three doodes stop by on Sunday morning…too early for a Sunday morning…the fact that it was morning is reason enough to be too early, but on a Sunday? c’mon. Really? Anyway, they had the usual white button downs with ties but were carrying ladders and bibles. A rather literal translation of the Ladder Day Saints, I thought…the usual pitch about bringing you closer to God and the like…God this, God that, join our cult and we’ll give you His/Her direct extension(This is where I thought they were going with this)…But, as it turns out they were merely dyslexic dog trainers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Thanks!

  49. L-Boogie says:
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    No idea which pitchers to start this week. 12 team, 5×5, weekly lineups, leading in ERA and WHIP.

    Pretty much have to start these guys, right?
    Bum @ Dbacks
    Garza @ Mil
    Gio @ Cincy

    Need 2 more from:
    Marcum vs Cubs
    Lynn @ Dbacks/Atl
    Peavy @ Cle
    Volquez vs Col/@ Philly (Halladay)

    Better pitchers have 1 start, lesser pitchers have 2. Decisions, decisions.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Yes… Peavy, Lynn…

  50. THERE WAS A BOUNTY PUT ON BRYCE HARPER

    Cole Hamels admitted after Sunday night’s game that he threw at the Nationals’ Bryce Harper on purpose.

    NFL is now investigatiing Jonathan Vilma to see if he had anything to do with Cole Hammels drilling Bryce Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Ha!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Mr Baseball, watched that shish too and you could tell it was on purpose… Or porpoose if theres any dolphins reading.. First pitch plunked em… But then they retaliated and plunked hamels his next AB. Lol gotta love baseball!

  51. Mark says:
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    Why for no Frieri love Grey? He pitched the 8th in a one run game yesterday and the 9th in a four run game the day before. And Scioscia said some nice things about him. He’s also legitimately pitched a bit better this year than Walden, though most of that was against the NL in lower leverage situations. The fact that they went to Hawkins yesterday and not Walden tells suggests Walden is the target of the latest Sciosciopathology anyway. Of all potentially available closers I think Frieriay have the best chance to run away with a job and actually be goodish. I don’t trust the Marlins situation–Cishek’s arm angle and the presence of Bell creates a lot of uncertainty, and Robertson was owned I’m any competitive league already.

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      @Mark, also the difference with Latos last night–31% sliders, up from 17% through that point. He’d been around 23 or 24% the last couple years. Throwing that many sliders is always a bit risky, but it’s the best whiff-pitch there is and particularly for Latos its easily his best pitch and absolutely crucial to his success.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark, Yeah, could be Frieri too…

  52. Shin Soo Been Gone says:
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    Nice Brad Radke reference! I once had a love affair with his WHIP. Those were the days…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin Soo Been Gone, Ah, yeah…

  53. jaw says:
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    which of these of would you grab for werth? 10 team 5×5 h2h

    markakis, torii, pagan, tabata, jon jay, kubel, presley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Jay, Tabata…

      • jaw says:
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        @Grey, someone just dropped boesch, like him over jay or tabata?

  54. HotRod says:
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    Grey –

    Trade my Prince for McCutchen & Rickey Weeks?

    • bean says:
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      @HotRod, Are you collecting guys with similar hair styles?

      If not, then keep Prince.

  55. J-Birdis says:
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    Recommend sticking it out with J.Johnson in an RCL… or is he droppable for….

    McCarthy, Volquez, Garcia (Jamie), Feliz, Floyd, Niese…

    • J-Birdis says:
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      (scratch Feliz from the list… he was just picked up by another team.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Birdis, I’d hold

  56. GTS says:
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    Trade Lincecum for Moore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Eh

  57. Rob says:
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    Grey

    Enjoy the podcast. In a NL league only and punted saves so far. I am in the top 2 but dead last in saves with zero. Got offered Chipper and Henry Rodriguez for Hunter Pence. Thoughts on the trade.

    Thanks.

    • John says:
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      @Rob, you would be selling pence extremely low for a NL only league. Chipper cant stay healthy and henry is not a lock at closer when storen and lidge eventually come back. Way too much risk vs reward for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob, Thanks! Terrible trade

  58. MattTruss223 says:
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    So, I’m just Checking out my H2H match-up for the week and my opponent has Jared Waever going today, against the twins! I did OK for myself this weekend streaming Marginers against the Twins, because, you know, they are awful. They really looked foolish this weekend against Vargas and King Felix. Even Noesi looked great. So, now we have Jared Weaver, coming off a no-no facing this AAAA offense. Anyone think he’s got a shot at tying Johnny Vander Meer w/back to back no-nos?

  59. Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL) says:
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    “And The Heavens Opened And Rained Frogs On All Closers”

    Heh exactly!

    Reminds me of that late night radio show with Art Bell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL), Ha

  60. The Kid says:
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    I gotta pick one for a UTIL slot: Alvarez, Chris Johnson or Harper.

    Normal categories except it has OPS and K’s are bad.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Kid, Harper…

  61. Dom says:
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    One Month check-up on my hitting, any thoughts apprecaited (10-team, keeper, 5 x 5 roto). 28 points out of 50 (6th place overall in hitting). I currently hate Pujols, Reyes and Stanton
    C – Y. Molina
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Chris Johnson (Sanoval on DL)
    SS – Reyes
    MI – Altuve
    CM – Aramis Ramirez
    OF – Jay Bruce, Stanton, Heyward, Tony Campana, Gerardo Parra
    U – Kelly Joshson and Josh Reddick

    Bench – Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes & Adam Lind (playing the hot hand, Harper and Cespedes are in and out of the starting line-up a lot)

    • Charles says:
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      @Dom, C’mon, 5 HRs from Stanton in 7 days didn’t get him off your ‘hate’ list?!?

      • Dom says:
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        @Charles, ok fine, he’s on my I’m really not very happy with you right now list. Which in chick terms means the flowers are really nice so I may let you touch a boob, but you’re not putting THAT any where fun for at least another week.

  62. blunt blazer says:
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    have a trade on the table, i would be gettin A Pujols, pedro alverez and Andrew Cashner i would be giving Mike Moustakas, Jason Heyward, Brandon Beachey and Mike Adams (this is a RAPP and holds league) i dont want to give up on bechey as this is a keeper league, he is willing to swap cueto in for beachey, my top 3 keepers if i pull this would be pujols, jose reyes and josh hamilton (we keep 7 total, but these would be the big 3) should i do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blunt blazer, Seems like a bit much…

  63. Howie says:
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    @Grey: With Werth on the sidelines for significant time, and Harper’s PT almost assuredly increasing as a result, where would he (Harper) now stack up against Krispie the rest of the way in an NL 4×4 Roto? Don’t know if the ability to “pitch around” Harper (if necessary) is increased due to Werth’s absence? From first glance it seems power numbers could be similar, Harper has shown the ability to steal (any) bases, and his BA could be higher than Krispie’s? Thoughts???

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie, I’ve gone over Bryce a bunch of times… Werth’s injury doesn’t give Bryce more power or speed…

      • Howie says:
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        @Grey,

        10-4.

  64. supra says:
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    Got Utley, Morse, Krispie at the clinic, need some offense. Got CC, Halladay, Anibal, Hellboy, J.Garcia, Parker, Duffy, Pomeranz, Lilly in my keeper. Comfortable trading Hellickson for Choo… or is that an injurymare waiting to happen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Sure

  65. Chillmodious says:
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    Got my internet signal up briefly, so I better fire off a question before the Closepocalypse shuts down all lines of communication for good…

    I need a starting pitcher and have to pick one of my shizz-show closers to drop. The uncertainty surrounding Downs and Cashner (two of my closers) is giving me pause, but I have about an hour and a half to drop someone for Samardzija so I can roll him out against the Bravos today. Talk about a close-ulcer.

    Here are my ‘sickly six':

    Chris Perez
    Santiago Casilla
    Rafael Dolis
    Francisco Cordero
    Scott Downs
    Andrew Cashner
    (Santos on DL)

    ————————-

    Because we have yet to hear Downs’ official prognosis, I worry that dropping him may be foolish if he avoids the DL; Walden and Frieri are available, but there’s no certainty there. For Cashner, his meltdown yesterday (in the 8th inning no less) is making me think he’s the drop. But he could just as easily come back in the next one with a dominant showing, and Street is Street, so I’m vexed. Then I move on to Cordero, who has looked like crap and will not keep the job unless Santos has a setback.

    My gut told me to drop Downs for Frieri and Cashner for Samardzija. But then my gut told me I missed breakfast and the espresso I downed was contributing to my close-ulcer, so I don’t know what to think! Help please!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, HA! These moves are fine: Downs for Frieri and Cashner for Samardzija…

  66. peter says:
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    Mock Trail with J. Reimold – featuring William Hung and his Hung Jury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, Ha!

  67. Grey — Would you trade either Tim Hudson or Marcum for Matt Moore? Is it close?

    In this 16-team roto league I’m 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in every pitching category, so maybe I should leave well enough alone. But if you think it’s a slam dunk then I’ll go ahead and offer one of them.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Hudson

  68. crock says:
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    Which side is better: Lawrie/Lilly or Lincecum/Gallardo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Gallardo

  69. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    I’m sorry Alex Rios, we had hopes for a bounce back, but if you don’t come up big in today’s double header, it’s back to the wire for you. Six runs in a hundred at bats doesn’t cut it, and you don’t get the benefit of the doubt like our boy Pujols.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill S. Preston, Esq., Hehe

  70. Turk Wendell says:
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    Great work as always.

    McDonald, Duffy, or J Williams over Nicasio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Thanks! McDonald

  71. Wake Up says:
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    Of course, Rizzo had to fire back…but I really like how he did…He hit the nail right on the frosted tips…There is nothing old school about broadcasting to the world that you were trying to hit someone…Hamels is about as old school as autotune…He’s a faaa-uh-ah-uh-ah-ga-goo-goo-gu-ga-ee-ee-it……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

  72. Abdoozy says:
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    Pick up Craig for JDMartinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abdoozy, Sure

  73. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    Grey

    Giving up Chris Perez for Matt Moore is buying low right? I still have Guerra, Marshall, Robertson and Santos on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie Met Your Mother, I’d take Moore

  74. GTS says:
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    Please rank: Blanton, Parker, Bass, Minor, Norris, Volquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Norris, Volquez at home, Parker, Minor…

  75. Would you trade Ian Desmond and Frank Frank for Starllin Castro?

    My team is weak with SB and rolling in saves; the other guy is last in saves and far and away first in SB (he also has Maybin and Victoriano).

    In addition to Francisco, my other relievers are Henry Rodriguez, Jim Johnson, Cishek, and Cashner. Would one of them make more sense in lieu of Frank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Yes… There’s worse closers there, but you’re trading for Starlin Castro…

      • @Grey, If I were going to low ball it a little in order to counter offer with Desmond-Frank Frank, which closer would I offer first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique, Cashner, Cishek, H-Rod, Frank…

  76. All A’s cardboard cutout lineup:

    1-CF- Superfly Jimmy Snuka (good speed, agility)
    2-SS- Shawn Michaels (decent speed, underrated pop)
    3-2B- Bret “The Hitman” Hart (his game knows no weaknesses)
    4-1B- Hulk Hogan (the prototypical clean-up hitter)
    5-DH- Big John Stud (great protection for the Hulkster)
    6-3B- The Undertaker (25-30 HR guy, average will suffer) **I considered that fucking enormous Ugandan here, shaky glove though
    7-RF- The Hillbilly Jim (unbelievable clubhouse guy)
    8-C- Tatanka (better bats available, but the guy calls a great game)
    9-LF- The Nature Boy, Richard Flair (a lil bottom of the order flash)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns, HA!

  77. Xuan says:
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    Not sure why you need to bag on the Astros, they are 9th in runs, 6th in hits, 9th in RBIs, 7th in avg, And 10th in OPS in the MLB. Not exactly a pushover, I’d say it was a pretty good test for wainwright.

  78. LaTroy Hawkins got the save yesterday, but I’d be surprised if Walden didn’t just get the next one because Hawkins broke his finger.

    Fixed it for you.

    • Xuan says:
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      @Dick Schofield, Really doubt soscia just gives Walden the job without him earning back the trust, Frieri could get a chance here.

  79. frank rizzo says:
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    Is Craig more than a hot schmotato? Should I dump Prado in LF for Craig right now?

    What happens to Craig when Puma comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, I wouldn’t dump Prado for him.

  80. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto, who to start at util this week? Alvarez, Middlebrooks or Cespedes?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, Cespedes

  81. Hallsy says:
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    Trade offered to me, standard 5×5 H2H

    I give Fernando Rodney and Emilio Bonifacio
    I get Adam Jones

    I’m punting saves.

    • The Kid says:
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      @Hallsy, take that trade immediately

  82. mhfella says:
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    Hi Grey,
    1. Starting to lose ground in HR, RBI and SB. Should I be starting G. Parra or C. Davis?
    2. Why can’t those bastards figure out a way to provide Mallomars year-round?
    3.Would you rather have J. McDonald over either Capuano or Smyly, or should I sit tight with those two?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mhfella, Davis… 2. Not sure 3. Nope

  83. Project_badass says:
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    5×5 roto…for my UTIL spot, need help with Runs and HRs…do you like Rasmus or Middlebrook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_badass, Rasmus

  84. Commish Cauda says:
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    Deep 20-team H2H-Points league w/$70 cap

    I need a bat. Have plenty of SP

    Trade Samardzjia $1 for Andino $1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Eh, you could do better…

  85. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey

    Another quick question; if Wilin Rosario was guaranteed 5 starts a week, where would you have him ranked amongs catchers? Top 12? Top 15? Ahead or below Ruiz or Soto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie Met Your Mother, 10

  86. potus says:
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    Please rank:

    Alonso, Thames, Bernadina

    Thanks in advance,

    YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @potus, Thames, Alonso

  87. What a mess all around….

    Who do you see as the top choice in SD between Gregerson and Cashner?

    In Miami between Cisheck and Mujica?

    In LAA between Walden, Hawkins, and Frieri?

    • @Enrique, Your intro above seemed like a tacit endorsement of Cashner over Gregerson, but one of your answers here made me think you might be split 50/50 between the two….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Cashner, Cishek, Walden

  88. MIke says:
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    Parra,Duda,Or Redick ROS
    I have Parra..but Duda and Redick are on waivers
    Standard League

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MIke, Parra

  89. charlie batch says:
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    is campana a lock in the lineup with dempster and wood back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @charlie batch, Huh?

  90. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, drop Thornton for Frieri? You starting volquez at home against the rockies?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Yes… Yes

  91. K76154 says:
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    Angel Pagan is in FA. Drop Markakis or Luke Scott for him, or don’t pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K76154, Markakis

  92. HotRod says:
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    GREY –

    Trade my Prince for McCutchen & Rickey Weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, Answered above

      • HotRod says:
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        @Grey,

        It was not answered by you, who I come here for advice from, not advice from some random schmo about hairstyles, which is why I re-posted it. You dont like the deal for me i assume?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @HotRod, I don’t like it, no…

        • bean says:
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          @HotRod, Sorry for being a random schmo…..you need a nap.

        • Booya says:
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          @HotRod,

          If he agrees with other respondant then he doesn’t reply I believe …

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @HotRod, If he agrees with the commenters who comment, he skips over it. No need for the anger.

      • chata says:
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        @Wilsonian,

        i didn’t interpret that as anger .

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @chata, sounded to me like someone pissed in his cheerios. His response to Grey when he said it was answered above was the type of response that’ll get a red headed stepchild beaten.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Wilsonian, this dude owns werth, longo and panda 4 sureeee

  93. DiscoD says:
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    Should I drop Boesch or LaRoche to pick up Chris Johnson for the next few weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiscoD, LaRoche

  94. Boston Fans Are Stoopid says:
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    Now that our long national nightmare that was Albert Pujols’ beginning of the 2012 season is over is it OK for me to start worrying about the yawnstipating Joe Votto? I’ve never owned him before and I can’t imagine it is supposed to be like this. It seems like I have Alexeiiiiii! over at first base.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boston Fans Are Stoopid, Yeah, I hear ya…

  95. chunk says:
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    Bard or Ejax ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Jackson

  96. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Tulo, J Zimmermann, and Vernon Wells for Hanley, Marcum, and Bourn

    8×8 (H, SLG, BB, QS, K/BB, HLD)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Tulo, it’s fair…

  97. rob says:
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    Grey:
    My SP staff of Gio, Bumgarner, Peavy, Zimmermann, Romero is killing my league. So much so that I am considering trading the guy I drafted to be my ace (Halladay) for a studd hitter even if I get 95 cents on the dollar. Thinking about somebody like McCutchen. At this point Halladay is hurting my K/9 ratio. Nice problem to have.

    Is this something you would consider? Am in a tight battle for first place about 100 points in a 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rob, I’d consider it…

  98. L-Boogie says:
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    Sandoval owner. 12 team, 5×5.

    My Lynn for his Freese or stick with Middlebrooks who I just picked up?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Freese

  99. ABell says:
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    Drop Kelly Johnson for Howie Kendrick right now?

    Looking to buy low on matt moore, would you trade Parker or Cahill for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ABell, Sure… I’d trade either…

  100. ABell says:
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    Also, whats up with Moore? He’s bound to hit the DL soon right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ABell, Why?

  101. Chavo says:
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    Finally going to give up on Ike Davis. Pick up Reynolds or Moreland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chavo, Reynolds

    • Prezii says:
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      @Chavo, drop one whiffer for another!

  102. yossarian says:
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    Drop Trout for Allen Craig? The 2B eligibility in yahoo leagues is nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yossarian, Eh

  103. theevilempire says:
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    @Grey Start Saunders at home vs Cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @theevilempire, If you own him, sure…

  104. The Real McCoy says:
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    Brandon Phillips- What to do?

    No body wants him in my league (10-team)

    1)Bench until he hits and move Craig from OF into 2B
    2)Drop for Aviles
    3)Drop for Hunter and move Craig from OF into 2B
    3)Drop for an equally ugly Goldschmidt and pray for upside
    4) Take another pitcher (current rotation: Bum/F-Her/Gio/Gallardo/Dempster)

    Available pitchers: Loshe, Worley, Scherzer, Detwiler, Bedard, Minor, Samardzija, Arrieta, Milone, Saunders

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, 1

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Have the same issue. No one wants him. Luckily no one wanted Kelly either, so I’m starting him and benching Bijou Phillips until he/she starts hitting.

  105. nycs10011 says:
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    Zambrano@Hou today? Think he might actually preform with some constancy this year, or is he gonna Zamboneme. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nycs10011, I’d start him if I owned him…

  106. Danks for The Memories says:
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    Hola Senior Grey:

    Which side wins in my AL Ten Teamer:

    Shields/League for Danks/Willingham

    Gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danks for The Memories, Shields

  107. jaw says:
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    which of these at MI? 12 team h2h 5×5
    alcides
    walker
    beckham
    ryan roberts
    espinosa
    aybar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Alcides

  108. Eric says:
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    Should i drop Cody Ross for Allen Craig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric, Yup

  109. The Real McCoy says:
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    Tough Schedule for my pitchers this week. Should I go all in and pray for at least Ks and Ws and Ss?

    Gallardo vs Cin
    Dempster vs ATL
    Gio @ Cin
    Bum @ Ari
    F-Her @ NYY

    RP = Putz, Motte, Marshall, H-Rod, D-Robertson, Johnson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Go all in…

  110. Radiohead says:
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    Grey- 10 team NL only H2H 5×5. Drop Presley for Torres, Ankiel, Tyler Moore or Lombardozzi?

    Ike droppable for any of these guys or for D Lee if he signs with Mil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Radiohead, I’d hold

  111. L-Boogie says:
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    Drop Erick Aybar for anyone not named Erick Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha, sure

  112. Booya says:
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    Best option at utility currently…Scott, Hunter, Tabata, Chris Johnson, Hardy?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Scott

  113. ujoh says:
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    12 team league, non keeper.

    My OF is Braun, McCutchen, Stubbs and I have BJUp in my Util spot. Other notable hitters are Wright and Andrus, and my “whatever” players are Carlos Ruiz, Luke Scott, and Aaron Hill.

    SPs are Lee, Lester, Beachy, Capuano, Hammel, Volquez, Lilly, Norris and Samardzija. Lost Luebke.

    Been offered Gallardo for Cutch.

    Feeling like my hitting needs more help than my pitching and I won’t be able to get Cutch’s numbers back, but if I do this, I can find just about anyone to sit in my Util spot (moving BJ to the OF) and my pitching staff would be verrrrrry nice.

    Question really is, how much can I trust Capuano, Hammel, Volquez, Lilly and Samardzija to play like they have been? And can I trust Gallardo to be a top 10 guy like he’s supposed to be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ujoh, I’d want Cutch

  114. stumanji says:
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    Last week I traded Bruce for Sandoval and Luebke. Less than 48 hours later, Pandaval breaks his paw, and now Luebke is needs a new elbow.

    Cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stumanji, Damn

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @stumanji, double damn…

  115. AA says:
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    What’s up with Bautista? Is he reverting back to his .250 career average? Do you think Lincecum and Heyward for Bautista is a legit offer in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA, I’d want Bautista in that trade even if he hits .250…

  116. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    If you had to drop 3 starters to pick up 3 closers who would they be? Lester,bumgarner,gio,marcum,Lewis,Cahill,Parker,Feliz,Latos. Possible closers are Bell,Francisco,Marshall,Jansen,Capps,Dolis,Frieri

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Jansen, Marshall, Capps… Parker, Feliz…

  117. JTR says:
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    Drop Jamie Garcia for Samardzija or Arrietta? Or neither.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, I wouldn’t.

  118. MIke says:
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    allen Craig or Parra ROS?
    Standard league
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MIke, Craig

  119. bats says:
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    Drop C. Lee or LoMo for Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bats, Lee

  120. DrEasy says:
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    Drop Ike for Dexter Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy, Eh

  121. Joan Chen says:
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    Great work Grey. May your Mustache Rule be long and just! Speaking of just, by just going on your gut, how would you rank the following SP that are on waivers rest of season?

    Eric Bedard, Ubaldo Jiminez, Joe Blanton, Bartolo Colon, Jake Westbrook, Wade Miley, Ricky Nolasco, Jake Arietta.

    Catagories are ERA, WHIP, Wins, K, Losses, and K/BB ratio.

    Would be dropping Joe Saunders, Bronson Arroyo, or Daniel Bard. (Or all 3)

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joan Chen, Thanks! Nolasco, Arrieta, Bedard, Ubaldo…

  122. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gregorson or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Cashner

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Thanks dude. Off to have lunch, the best pastrami ever at that deli i told you about last time… i think it will be the 6th or 7th time I’ve eaten there in the past couple weeks. Cust kayin!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ThE sHiT, Nice! Gotta check that out and the pizza place still…

  123. M AND M says:
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    I own sandoval,longoria,howard,and crawford with 1 DL spot in a 12 man league. I am currently hanging on to first place but I am worried about dropping to far before some of these guy come back should I drop crawford or Howard?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @M AND M, Lose Crawford, not close.

  124. TheNewGuy says:
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    Bard a worthwhile streamer @ KC tommorow in a 16 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Sure, it’s okay…

  125. Big Poppy says:
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    Would you trade Rollins for JJ Hardy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t, but it’s fair…

  126. Ferris says:
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    nl-only so closers actually are valuable

    tommy hanson or sean marshall or too close to call?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ferris, Close… Hanson…

  127. Big Poppy says:
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    should i just put carl crawford on waivers or is he worth holding onto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Poppy, Drop

  128. Bats says:
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    Dropped C. Lee for Trout per your advice.

    Goldschmidt also on wire. Drop LoMo for AuSchizz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bats, Hold

  129. bellhorns revenge says:
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    10 team al only…in a vaccum trade Damon for betemit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bellhorns revenge, Betemit

  130. Eric says:
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    Mark Reynolds or Pedro Alvarez……seen your comment on reynolds but already have wieters and hardy. Do you still like Reynolds more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric, Alvarez

  131. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Stauffer or Norris over Minor? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff, Stauffer at home, Norris, Minor…

  132. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Werth reportedly out “at least 12 weeks” after surgery today, per rotoworld.com

    Boesch dropped to 8th in lineup as of yesterday.

    12 team HTH, drop Boesch for Scott, Craig, or Alvarez (at utility)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Pappy, Yup… Scott…

  133. chata says:
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    thus far , hafner was a nice add , across all leagues .

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @chata,

      I mentioned in the comments a couple of weeks ago that I saw him live here in Oakland and he looked gee double oh dee. He had that old acceleration through the hitting zone. Looked locked in on pitch selection.

      • chata says:
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        @OaktownSteve,

        today’s announcers are saying that his shoulder issues have turned him
        into a dead-pull HR hitter only .
        no more bombs to left-center , for him .

        • Marty Funkhouser says:
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          @chata, Case in point: that double off the top of the left-center field wall. Granted, that’s a Mini-Green Monster in left field in Cleveland. Nineteen foot wall all the way out to 390+ feet. Bleh.

          • Marty Funkhouser says:
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            @Marty Funkhouser, Triple*, was paying more attention to De Aza’s misplay than where Hafner ended up. Thought my Pronk stream was going to turn golden when it came off his bat. Damn these offense-snuffing parks and the lack of steroids to overcome them.

  134. Sam says:
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    Drop Minor or Holland for Feliz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, Minor

  135. William says:
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    @Grey: Follow up on my question – who should I pick up of these options?

    Carlos Pena, Chris Davis, Alex Rios (for the 5 category potential I lose with Werth out), De Aza, Markakis, Geraldo Parra, Cody Ross, Angel Pagan, Mark Trumbo.

    I play in a 5×5 standard roto league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios

  136. supra says:
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    drop Bell for Frieri, Mujica or Cishek or just hold for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cishek

  137. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Pick 2 from Jarrod Parker, Ubaldo, Minor, Capuano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ubaldo, Capuano…

  138. JTR says:
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    Drop Schaffer for LoMo (my OF is pretty rough)? Need some RBI and HR help. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  139. William says:
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    @Grey: Dropped Werth for Alex Rios. Can you pray for my team to avoid any more injuries? FYI – I also have Desmond Jennings and Matt Kemp, so by Sunday night I actually had 3 out of my 4 OFs get hurt and not start (kemp) or finish the game (Jennings and Werth).

    I feel like the NY Mets of 2010-2011

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Ha… Damn…

  140. Jack says:
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    Gray,

    Mark Reynolds or Chris Davis (Longoria injured) @ 3B?

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack,

      R, HR, RBI, Steals, AVG, OPS scoring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Reynolds

  141. L-Boogie says:
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    This guy pitched a perfect game? What a fluke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Seriously

  142. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Ubaldo, Feliz, or Willy Fister?

    W, L, SV, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    2) Also, looks like Shin Soo Choo chooses to get over his DUI last year, and might be becoming relevant again. Drop Boneface for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Ha… Fister… Sure, go with Choo…

  143. Big Poppy says:
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    Thanks for all the help! One more question
    would you trade Russell Martin for Carlos Ruiz?
    Martin is batting terrible and Ruiz is starting to get aot of pop.
    My league is all offensive numbers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Poppy, I’d take Ruiz…

  144. Wilsonian says:
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    Would it be wise to try to deal Edwin for Joey Bats? Think Joesph steals his bat back from Edwin? Thinking of packaging Edwin and a lower-level SP (from my team, not like I’m offering him Paul Maholm) for Joey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Sure, I could see that…

  145. Horse says:
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    Small trade but any thoughts on Rios for Lind? They have both been disappointing. 14 team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Horse, I’d prefer Rios, but it’s bleh for blah.

  146. William says:
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    @Grey: I just read that Desmond Jennings could be out a few games, and Kemp is D2D.

    I need your advice, so here’s my team (5×5 standard Roto)-

    C- Posey
    1B – LaHair, Youkilis (DL)
    2B – Ian Kinsler
    3B – A-Rod
    SS – Bonifacio
    OF – Trout, Jennings, Kemp
    UTIL – Rios
    DL – Longoria
    SP – Peavy, Dempster, Latos, Greinke, Daniel Hudson (DL)
    RP – Aceves, Robertson, Marshall, Frank Frank, Jim Johnson, Motte

    I am vulnerable to streamers because I only have 4 healthy SPs. I feel like I am put in a corner with Jennings and Kemp (Nobody puts baby in a corner!), and have no idea how to proceed. Do I just take the hit of playing 2 batters down and hope for the best? Do I drop Daniel Hudson for a streamer? Do I drop a closer for a streamer/position player? Do I need to sacrifice a goat to the baseball gods to stop the injuries to my team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Goat… I’ve been playing a man down for about five days… It sucks, but I’d hold and hope Kemp returns soon.

  147. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team. Would you drop Boesch, Youk, or Reimold for Reynolds, Scott, or Reddick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, All three…

  148. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Trade my Pence for his Pujols or Teixeira? Try for Pujols and settle for Tex?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Pujols

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey,

        Would Pence for Tex be OK too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, it’s fair…

  149. Lil' Saucy says:
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    Hi Grey,

    OK to drop Luebke or wait for an official word that he needs TJ surgery? Also Jarrod Parker or Capuano as his replacement?

    And drop Alvarez, Carp or Belt for Mark Reynolds? Yeah I have a lot of injuries……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lil’ Saucy, Capuano… Wait for official word… Carp…

  150. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Would you rather have Reimold, Morneau or Stauffer as a DL stash in a 12-team roto league? Currently lightest in SBs, RBIs and wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, Stauffer

  151. letsgobravos says:
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    How’s it going guys? Was out of town from Thursday to last night. I see after much shaming by myself and the rest of his owners, Albert finally hit a homer. Yippee. Hit 9 more this week and we can call it even.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Ha…Yup!

  152. Longbeachyo says:
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    FA FA FOOEY!

  153. Doog says:
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    Grey,

    Please don’t stop pleasuring your readers daily. And please don’t stop writing about fantasy baseball, either.

    Seriously, this is my favorite reading of the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doog, Thanks!

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, When did all this pleasuring start? You guys never let me in on anything…………..

        • Steve says:
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          @BigFatHippo, I reckon we’re about to run down the upstart, big fella. Best watch your back, though.

          • BigFatHippo says:
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            @Steve, Hehe, I told him you have to play every day. He thought it was gonna be a cakewalk from the start. Keeps missing starts from Strasburg, Cueto etc., used to kinda coach him now I just let him slide. Live and learn I say………

  154. MikeZ says:
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    What sort of player should I target in a trade using Aaron Hill as bait. I could use steals — is it enough to grab a SAGNOF guy like Maybin? Or should I look for more? 5×5, 12 team Roto league, no bench…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ, Should be enough for Maybin…

  155. 104 years & counting says:
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    Now that I am most likely gunna lose Luebke for the rest of the season who would be the best long term replacement? I was thinking Ross Detwiler, Drew Smyly, Jarrod Parker, or should I just hold out for Trevor Bauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @104 years & counting, Smyly

  156. alex says:
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    grey,

    i whiffed on danny espinosa this year. ackley or beckham to replace him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alex, Beckham

      • alex says:
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        @Grey,

        thanks. follow-up while i’m thinking about it. 16 team obp/slg league, cliff pennington or dozier?

        (i mightve been suckered into the stephen-drew-will-be-back-bymay propaganda)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @alex, Ha… Pennington

  157. Derrick says:
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    Would you trade Konerko for D. Price straight up?

    Here is my team…

    1B – Votto
    2B – Kendrick
    3B – Bautista
    SS – Andrus
    OF – McCutchen, Jennings, Cruz
    Util – Konerko
    B – Reynolds, Boesch

    SP’s – Moore, Wainwright, Annibal, Drabek, Morrow, Peavy, Garcia, Cahill, McCarthy
    RP’s – Cordero, Marshall, Aceves, Dolis
    DL – Storen

    The move would force me to play Boesch or Reynolds in the Util. spot. This is a standard, H2H, 10-man league. Pull the trigger and get Price?

    • Derrick says:
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      Would also have to drop a SP because our league only allows you to carry 9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, I’d take Price…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Lose Drabek

  158. Booya says:
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    Pick 2…Boesch, Rasmus, Ross, Wigginton, Parra

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Rasmus, Boesch

  159. RTP says:
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    Thoughts on Kendry Morales for rest of season hitting behind Pujols?
    Just lost Werth and being offered Kendry for Ted Lilly… staff is suspect already but might be worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP, I’d take Morales there, but you need to sit him when he sits…

  160. Grey's da man! says:
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    How much to bid for frieri? ($100 budget)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3

  161. Wilsonian says:
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    Cardenas got the call today, for what it’s Wuertz…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  162. peter says:
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    ****Gallardo’s start has been pushed to tomorrow. Estrada starts today, instead.

    And, with that, Gallardo’s owners won’t get 2 starts out of him this week. Sorry, weekly leaguers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The way he’s been pitching it might be a blessing…

      • peter says:
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        @Grey, True. Especially since he avoids the matchup against ChC this coming weekend in lieu of facing @NYM and vs Min the following week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @peter, That’s actually great, I didn’t know that when I commented above…

  163. DSimms says:
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    please rank for rest of season… Minor, Smyly, Samardzija

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @DSimms, Samardzija, Minor…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor, Samardzija…

  164. BASH says:
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    Grey -12 team H2H
    was offered Mark Reynolds Chris Sale and Drew Stubbs for my Pablo Sandoval Carl Crawford and Gaby Sanchez. I’m leaning towards accept based on the dl uncertainty factor , what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Accept

  165. Niq Castro says:
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    Is Ike Davis drop-able in a 12 team? Rios and Markakis are rather sucky as well, but not quite ready to lose either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is

  166. TJ says:
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    Lost Longoria and picked up Chipper for 3rd but I just got offered Bautista and Jesus Montero for Jay Bruce and Desmond Jennings. My current catcher is Iannetta so I could use some help there. What do you say? 5×5 Roto 12-teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair…

  167. Turk Wendell says:
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    Ugh! I was leading 10-2, 9-3 ALL week. I was feeling good, heading into my first win of the year. Everything was coming up Turk. My opponent has a stupid day on Sun and I lose 7-4. FMFBBL! …There that feels a little better.

    I wanna grab Campana and run away with steals.

    OF: Rios, Rasmus, Stanton, Craig
    U: Cruz
    Bn: Riemold

    Do I drop Craig or Riemold for Campana? Bench Rios for Campana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Rios

  168. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, drop Worley for Frieri? He is expendable as i am dominating my league in almost all pitching categories but i could need a little help in saves and holds. Its a 10 team league so in case i need SP, i can always find likes of smyly, duffy, floyd.. of waivers…who are more or less of the same caliber as Worley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  169. bean says:
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    Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for banned substance (this time a stimulant). Insert Heath Hembree into the mix while saying adios to Mota.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just say no!

    • Prezii says:
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      @bean, how are you gonna use PEDs and still suck? Then get caught! Wat an idiot…

  170. Derrick says:
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    Morrow for Choo…which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  171. CatchingFlies says:
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    Hi Grey
    Ok so I’m pretty stacked at catcher, having both Wieters at C and using Santana as a utility. However, my 5×5 stinks in terms of steals and could use some improvement in runs as well.
    Considering that both Gardner and Stubbs are availabie in my league, what do you think of dropping a catcher that’s not in the catching slot and replacing him with a speedster that plays regularly ?
    Thanks, ‘stache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t make a trade?

      • CatchingFlies says:
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        Nope, and we’re only allowed to 15 waivers moves the whole season. We gotta pick our spots ! But I know I can’t wait too long for steals (and saves, for that matter, although Sale will help).
        Otherwise, a trade would have been the logical choice. It looks like it makes no sense to drop Santana but, once you put aside the fact he’s a catcher, his numbers become more replaceable. I had him last year and I’m getting a bit impatient with his AVG.

  172. Matt Harrison – start or sit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  173. xopchipili says:
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    It appears spot-starting Humber this afternoon was a poor decision…

    On the plus side, now I don’t have to think about my ratios for the rest of the week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, Hehe

  174. Steve says:
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    Like someone above, I, too am tiring of Rios’ mediocrity. He’s currently in my CF spot. I could however move CarGo from LF into CF, leaving a vacancy at LF.

    That being the case, would you drop Rios for any of these LF guys? 12 team H2H, OBP as well as AVG…

    Jay
    Tabata
    Belt
    Reddick
    Craig
    Sweeney
    Yonder

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Jay

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Actually Boesch is an option too, but he’s been pretty bad lately…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go with Jay for now…

  175. h2h points league.

    give up stanton, rickie weeks, craig, get cuddyer, kendrick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  176. JTR says:
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    Drop Jemile Weeks in favor of JJ Hardy, who is on waivers? $3 bid? Or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, Yes, $6

  177. bean says:
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    Does starting Vogelsong tomorrow depend solely on Kemp in the lineup or start him regardless? Going up against Kershaw there is slim chance he gets a win but that lineup really sucks without Kemp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Start him regardless…

  178. Wilsonian says:
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    Bard was dropped in my 16 Teamer. Do you like him more than Drabek? I’ve got a claim in on him already. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I don’t…

  179. Breaking news Mota just hired Braun, to plead his case.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Well played…

  180. Breaking news Mota hired Braun, to plead his case.

    • bean says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Nice!

      Funny thing is that the union is appealing this while Mota begins his suspension. He is suspended regardless but he may go the same route since the precedent has been set. I think the union is going to challenge any steroid test that comes out and fight along the Braun line.

  181. Tony says:
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    Grey- couldn’t read thru all the comments to see if these were answered, 14 teamer h2h where I need 20 innings on the week, sit or start these guys tonight:

    Lynn @ ARI
    Lilly vs SF
    Wandy vs. MIA

    Thanks man as of now i’m throwing them all out there, but kinda worried about Wandy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Start all of them…

  182. Tony says:
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    Which Side: Lawrie/Bum or Kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Lawrie

  183. Jon says:
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    OK, I’ll take your advice and lose Ike tomorrow (as much of a pride-swallower as that is). After Zimmerman, I have two more almost-healthy players.

    When Berkman comes off the DL, drop Luke Scott, Rasmus, or Chris Davis?

    When Stauffer comes off the DL, drop Drabek, Capuano, Milone, or Arriety… any of those?

    Do you see Stauffer as a usually-start or just a home-start option? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Davis…Stauffer is a start at home guy…

  184. Sam says:
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    Give away Pence and Moustakas to get Bautista? 10 team 5×5 H2H

    Would Tulo be a better target for the same trade? I lost Pablo to injury and drafted Aybar at SS, so I’m equally weak at both (currently starting Alvarez and Lowrie with Trout on the bench).

    Thanks again!

    • Sam says:
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      Never mind about Tulo, didn’t realize his owner has no backup at SS.

      • Sam says:
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        What do you think about Swisher for Rollins?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Sam, It’s fair

  185. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    1) With Sale moving to closer I’m suddenly flush with closers. I have Sale, Marshall, H. Rodriguez, Walden and Santos(DL). Which one should I look to trade and what type of SP could I get in return. My gut says Rodriguez. 10 team standard yahoo.

    2)Dropped

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Yeah, H-Rod or Walden…

  186. Jon says:
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    Grey, what’s your opinion of this trade (keeper league with minor league spots)?

    J.D Martinez, Infante, Archie Bradley and Matt Cain
    for
    David Wright, Adam Jones, Masterson and Broxton

    I think it’s a big win for the Wright/Jones side and borderline objectionable. All of that’s a steal for Matt Cain. Am I off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, It’s not close…

  187. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    1) With Sale moving to closer I’m suddenly flush with closers. I have Sale, Marshall, H. Rodriguez, Walden and Santos(DL). Which one should I look to trade and what type of SP could I get in return. My gut says Rodriguez. 10 team standard yahoo.

    2) Dropped Headley, Ramos (Montero catcher eligible), Lind, Drabek, and Reimold in favor of Alvarez, Reynolds, Smyly, Tabata and Cashner. Disagree with any of those? ESPN 10team 6×6 with xbh, obp (no ba) and k/bb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Nope, they’re fine…

  188. Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL) says:
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    What is everyone’s opinion on adding Manny Ramirez when he comes off suspension?

    • Tony says:
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      @Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL), let him be….

  189. Poo Holes says:
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    “Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Kenley Jansen has replaced Javy Guerra as the team’s closer.”

    YES.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Nice…

  190. a1rfann1ng says:
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    whos this brandon snyder feller? worth a look in any leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @a1rfann1ng, Not outside of AL-Only leagues… He’s not gonna play much…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, He heard you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Ha… I have a way of motivating…

  191. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Cishek or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Cishek

  192. Jim Slim says:
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    Help!!!

    Im in a 5×5 12team keeper league (5 keepers total). My keepers are very weak overall but I drafted Bryce Harper and am loving him so far. I was just offered Jose bautista for cliff lee and Harper. My era+whip are tops in the league and I am in 1st place overall. However, there are no restrictions on keepers so I coul be losing out on 10+ years of Bryce Harper… Do I do the trade? I’m heavily leaning towards NO..

    How about if I offer Harper + 1 of the following Morrow/Beachy/Lilly for Bautista?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim Slim, Hold Harper in keeper leagues…

  193. barker says:
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    12 team league trade question

    i am very short on starters ( drafted liriano and chacin and luebke is hurt )

    my staff mad bum marcum capuano drabek gallardo dl luebke
    my RP walden myers downs jansen capps jim johnson dl santos

    i have been offered my bryce harper and capps for feliz and bartolo colon

    my original offer was harper and capps for feliz and tim hudson

    my OF is set with fellatio holliday heyward kendrick boesch

    should i offer johnson instead of capps to get hudson or will bartolo hold up and i should just take his offer and run with it and be happy i got feliz for harper

    or should i run to another owner for another starter

    what say you grey, fantasy master lothario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @barker, Go to another owner…

      • barker says:
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        @Grey, i can do josh johnson for harper from another is that even worth it??

        so you really don’t like feliz or hudson for those guys huh — kid also owns wandy strasberg colby lewis kennedy and jaime garcia if any of those do it for you

        i was thinking i could try for wandy and /or garcia

        so you don’t like feliz due to innings limit/dead arm and hudson b/c of age and coming off injury — i get i that — glad i didnt rush in and do the deal right away

        and to be even more of a pain what kind of starter ( calibre ) would you be looking for in a harper trade

  194. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Safe to drop Guerra now that he lost closer gig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, Yup

  195. EK says:
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    Bedard or Capuano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Capuano

  196. beardcrabs says:
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    random question:

    so why did Carlos Beltran pay for Niese’s nose job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Cause he was a fan of his on the Real World…

  197. Turk Wendell says:
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    Dubbya Tee Eff!!!

    I was just offered Cano, Mike Leake, and Dillon Gee for my Nat Gio, Anibal, and Kendrick!

    What might be a response to this kind of tomfoolerly. I mean besides going to dude’s house and throwing shizz on his lawn. Acutally, I think I’ll do that instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Control Alt Ignore…

  198. Steve says:
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    Boooo. My opponent doesn’t have Liriano active.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha… Can’t believe the Twins do…

  199. Turk Wendell says:
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    @ Grey

    I’m sorry, but I wasn’t clear on your answer above. Drop Riemold or Craig for Campana?

    Trying to keep tabs on the comments during work is hard… but more interesting

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Reimold

      • Turk Wendell says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  200. Steve says:
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    Holy Will Middlebrooks.

    Grabbed Chris Johnson at 3B in the ol H2H. Should I go Middlebrooks instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Sure

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve, I’d give Will a shot. I had a chance to drop him for Johnson yesterday and passed.

  201. Ryan says:
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    Allen Craig or Kyle Seager ROS?
    Standard league
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Craig

  202. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey. Well, I thought I was in good shape with Luebke. Right.

    Would you drop him for Arrieta, Minor (he killed my other team last week), Scherzer or Capuano.

    10 Team 5×5 Roto League.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Scherzer

  203. Project_Badass says:
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    H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS)

    Out of these rookies, who do you think gets called up 1st? Also, who do you think will have the best overall stats by years end?

    Teheran, Peacock, Skaggs, Garrett Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Teheran — first… Peacock best stats…

      • Project_Badass says:
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        @Grey, I am in need of pitching with a record of 3-1, we have the moves limit at 50 (I’m at 9)…I also have Ross and an available spot with Chacin going to the DL…would you drop Ross and pick both of them up, or just pick one up and hold Ross?

  204. Matt S. says:
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    I need saves (got Santos and Street on DL, only Putz is healthy). Is it worth trading Lahair and Jed Lowrie for Axford and Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt S., I’d try to trade for a lesser closer…

  205. Chris says:
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    His romero for my putz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, Sexy! I mean, yeah, that’s good…

  206. nightpandas says:
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    Guerra replacement: (have 3 other closers already, so saves not a must)

    Milone
    Stauffer (to DL)
    Dickey
    H Alvarez
    Skaggs
    Lowe
    Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Stauffer then Milone…

  207. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, sounds like you were right when you observed after his first start that Chacin wasn’t healthy. Just DL’d with shoulder inflammation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Yeah… They Disgraceful List’d him b/c he wouldn’t report to minor league camp…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Oh really? Wow. What a douche bag. When you are sucking ass like he has, you should welcome a trip to the minors to get things straightened out.

  208. MattTruss223 says:
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    GIANCARLO, I LURVE YOU!!

    Straight Beast!!

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @MattTruss223, Sweet!!!!! I love owning him now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Beast mode.

  209. Jon says:
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    I’m a big fan of ABC, and I have one more closer now with Jansen! Also have Putz, Marshall, Casilla, HanKRod. Who are some starters you’d target for Casilla or Henry?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, A #2 to 3…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, where would that be in your pre-season rankings? Or Player Rater?

  210. Project_Badass says:
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    H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS), moves limit of 50 (I am at 9)

    Do you think it is worth a move to drop Doumit for Lucroy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Eh

  211. Steve says:
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    Anyone know if Aceves is available to pitch tonight? Dude seems to have a rubber arm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Not sure

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Steve, My guess would be yes. He doesn’t give two shits about how his arm feels, guy could go 15 for all he cares.

  212. MattTruss223 says:
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    On another note: If Campana, Schafer and Dyson are already snatched up, do you have any other suggestions for some SB help? Can’t Jackson get called up already?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, No idea who’s available in your league…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey, Lillibridge, Getz, Casilla, EY2, Pierre, Bogusevic, Izturis (think Nyjer Morgan will see more time w/Gomez on the DL?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @MattTruss223, Morgan, yeah…

  213. Steve says:
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    Bruuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Sweet!

  214. Steve says:
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    Just dropped Rios, watch him do something here.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Steve, Dropped him for Middlebrooks tonight, felt good.

      Also, Stanton, Bruce and Cozart w/Jacks tonight, it’s a good night in Razzball nation!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MattTruss223, It’s a great night!

  215. Steve says:
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    Milone been dropped in my H2H league. See a place for him in this rotation?

    Bum
    J-Zimm
    Peav
    Cahill
    McCarthy
    Vargas (streamer)
    D Hudson (DL)

    Yeah, I know, I need more starters…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Vargas after his start…

  216. Jon says:
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    @Grey, following up from above… where does a #2 to 3 starter fall in your pre-season rankings, or on the Player Rater?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal was a preseason number two… Some consider CJ one… I don’t… More of a number 1 to me so you try for him… Moore was a number two but he’s struggled… Some considered Gio a number two (again I don’t)… But maybe you can squeeze from someone who thinks they’re selling high…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, I’d be surprised if I can get any of these guys, but I’ll definitely try.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jon, Well, you gotta start at a high 2 and work down…

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey, works for me.

  217. Steve says:
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    How the effin’ eff did the Phillies not score for Roy there? Sheessh.

  218. Stubbs, Stanton, RWeeks, Sale, teheran for Kendrick/Cuddyer/Parker/Jensen

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @moses,

      Stanton side and its not close…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stubbs side

  219. Todd says:
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    @Grey – 10 team 5×5 H2H league

    Jansen is available, pick him up over any of these?

    Myers,Marshall,Motte?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Myers

  220. letsgobravos says:
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    I tried really hard to trade Stanton a couple of weeks ago. Currently writing thank you notes to the 4 owners who rejected me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Ha… Nice…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @letsgobravos, I like that idea. I toyed with the idea but couldn’t find a deal I liked…I’m feeling like I won that deal or lackthereof.

  221. paulzone says:
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    add smyly drop scherzerbezerker?

    would you take zimmerman for harper/motte? i lost big panda and have chris johnson at 3b for now. my other closers are krob, marshall, myers, dolis, santos (dl). we have 5 rp spots and count saves/holds. holds guys are ogando, clippard, strop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, I’d hold Scherzer… I’d take Zimmerman…

      • paulzone says:
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        @Grey, i so want a smyly on my team…do you like him over worley, detwiler or cahill then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @paulzone, Over Detwiler

  222. Scott says:
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    Drop Guerra for Frieri now that Guerra’s out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott, Yup

  223. Prezii says:
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    Spot started zambrano last week figured id hang on since he went on monday.. guys lookin nasty right now.. run support, pitch count, good stuff… Im probably the ONLY one whos runnin em out there tho lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha… Could be…

  224. Jon says:
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    @Grey, is Daniel Hudson a #2 (or 3) you’d trade a closer for, or has his stock dropped too much with his injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, He’s a #2…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Risky though b/c of his injury…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, would you take the risk, giving up Casilla or Henry Rodriguez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jon, I’d give up H-Rod for him…

  225. Downs syndrome says:
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    Downs is apparently fine. What the heck do we do now?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Downs syndrome, Ha

  226. Turk Wendell says:
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    Maybe Cruz is breaking out of his slow start… 3/4 with 3 Runs

    • Prezii says:
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      @Turk Wendell, like!

  227. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Just traded Hammel for Napoli. Can’t believe I paid for a catcher… just I couldn’t take any more of Mesoraco’s lack of playing time.

    • royce! says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I can’t believe how little you paid for a top catcher…well done!

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @royce!, Eh… Napoli hasn’t been up to anything spectacular lately, especially in a league which counts Ks (like mine does). Hammel has been excellent, especially in a league which counts QS and K/9 (like mine does).

        • royce! says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, Well, despite all of that, you got a huge return on your investment, which I assume was whomever you dropped in order to pick up Hammel.

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @royce!, True… and that player was Bad Lidge.

  228. nightpandas says:
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    are you on the zambrano train now? zombino zambrano…fun to say

    • Prezii says:
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      @nightpandas, cmon fat boyyy!!!! Pressures on i want this CGS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, He’s a fine back end of a staff starter…

    • Prezii says:
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      @nightpandas, 40 Points from a back-ender? Ill take it! No homo

  229. Wake Up says:
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    Papelbomb!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha

  230. Don’t the managers ever learn – NON SAVE SITUATION

    – J. Papelbon relieved A. Bastardo
    – D. Murphy struck out swinging
    – I. Davis walked
    – J. Turner struck out swinging
    – M. Nickeas doubled to left, I. Davis to third
    – J. Valdespin hit for T. Byrdak
    – J. Valdespin homered to deep right, I. Davis and M. Nickeas scored
    – A. Torres flied out to left
    – End of Inning (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, They’ll never learn…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Home team’s closer usually comes in for the top of the 9th if the game is tied.

      • @3FingersBrown, yea but I think they just don’t have the blood flowing unless its a save situation

  231. Steve says:
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    Man, I was so happy when my opponent’s Papelbon gave up that dinger, only to realise she also owns Frank-Frank…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Doh

  232. Wake Up says:
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    The Franks with a clean save. Wow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Nice

  233. Wilsonian says:
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    As a Cubs fan, I’ve found it very hard to ride the Samardzijazijazijazija train, but I think I may purchase a ticket now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Get aboard!

    • Slappy Pappy says:
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      @Wilsonian, Same here. Always had a great arm, just a matter of developing a third pitch and throwing strikes. Seems like he’s got both figured out now.

  234. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Pick up Ubaldo over Drabek or Worley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, Eh… Can take him over Drabek…

  235. Long Bawls says:
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    Hey, Razzperados. In a 6×6 12-team league (OPS, no AVG) I’m thinking of offering my Fielder, Lawrie and random closer (prolly Marshall) for his Heyward, Cruz and Howard. Cagey? Too much? Is trading for Ryan Howard an excessively retro move?

    • chunk says:
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      @Long Bawls, Too much. Keep Prince and Brett

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Long Bawls, that’s an awful idea. Sorry, not trying to be mean, but you’re getting rid of probably the two best players and in return, maybe a guy who might play in the next 2-3 months.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Wilsonian, No offense taken! Yeah, it was kind of bank-shot thinking on my part; stuff has to break properly for this to be any kind of a deal. On the other hand, I’m higher on Nelson Cruz and Heyward than I am on Lawrie; that’s where I felt the meat of the deal was. Wait, how’d the word “meat” get into that sentence? Oh, I see: if you mention Howard and Fielder, you kind of have to. Anyway, thanks; just a passing fancy…

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Long Bawls, ok, good. I like Heyward and Cruz, I just honestly would prefer to have Lawrie over them, especially in a keeper. Heyward burned me last year, so I’d like to see it from him for a longer time period. I like Cruz, too, he just can’t seem to stay on the field. Coming from someone who herniated a disc sneezing, Cruz is always just one bad allergic reaction away from a long DL stint. And then you never know with Howard this year. Will he be any good when he comes back? And when the hell will he be back? Plus he is already 31, maybe 32. Fielder is 27. More good years left in that meat tank than the other.

          • Long Bawls says:
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            @Wilsonian, S’true, s’true. Plus, they keep pretty good records in St. Louis, but they also eat a lot of fried cheese, so maybe Howard’s Midwestern 32 is kind of like a Latin 32. Take care of that disc!

            • Long Bawls says:
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              @Long Bawls, Jeez, I hope Howard is from St. Louis, as I dimly remember.

  236. Steve says:
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    Looks like the regression fairies are paying Joe Saunders a visit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yup

  237. chunk says:
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    Marmol settin up Dolis in the 8th, walked the first 2 batters…

    Pull him. Pull him now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Ha… Yeah…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @chunk, That inning was bonkers. My opponent in H2H has Marmol but I have The Shark so I was hoping he’d get out of that.

      Russell on to try and blow the game now…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @3FingersBrown, He got it…

  238. Steve says:
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    If you just want to carry one Holds guy, it’s gotta be Boggs over Cook, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yes, friend.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Cheers, mate.

  239. a1rfann1ng says:
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    im mad darwin barney isnt having a good year, only because i want to read your blurbs on the purple evolutionist

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @a1rfann1ng, His greatness shows up outside of the box scores…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @a1rfann1ng, Ha! Sorry…

  240. nick m. says:
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    Please pick one of these lousy C’s: Hundley, Doumit, Martin

    • nick m. says:
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      @nick m., or Soto, though I had previously dropped him and no one grabbed him. Just afraid of him sucking again as soon as i grab him

      • chunk says:
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        @nick m., just homered

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @nick m., Soto

  241. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    BnY,

    Samarj or milione going forward in 5×5, H2H?
    Also, zambrano or milione same format. Wiz got caught with marijuana for the third time in 30 days ! BNY :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21, Samard… Z… BnY… I saw Drake in concert this past weekend in a cemetery… Well, he made a surprise appearance…

      • mc serch says:
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        @Grey, drake in concert at a cemetery….really? …sounds amaze…please explain…

  242. Steve says:
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    At the risk of repeating myself, Holy Will Middlebrooks.

    Don’t use it all up before you get active on my roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Seriously…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, he’s been a nice pickup in my 16 team H2H league. Now that I’ve leapfrogged all the way into 15th place, maybe he can help me climp up into 14th!

  243. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non keeper

    Here is my lineup:
    C: Iannetta
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Uggla
    SS: Reyes
    3B: Davis (1B)
    OF: McCutchen, Bruce and BJ Upton
    Util: Mark Reynolds (1B, 3B)
    Bench: Carlos Pena

    SP: Bumgarner, Gio, J-Zim, Anibal, Latos, Marcum, Cahill
    RP: Perez, Broxton, Myers, Rodney

    Now Ive been offered Lawrie and Volquez for my Pena and Bumgarner… Worth it? I love the fact that I could trade my bench player for Lawrie, but is it worth downgrading from Mad-Bum to Volquez ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vince, I’d do it…

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey, thanks !

  244. Jon says:
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    Would you trade Kendrick for Latos? Other owner is looking for a R/RBIs from a MI or OF.

    • Jon says:
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      …or what about Kendrick for Latos + Cozart?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jon, I’d take Latos + Cozart…

  245. Steve says:
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    Nice to see some guys getting aboard ahead of Yonder (picked him up in the RCL). Been hitting pretty well of late, getting some reward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, noticed that… Still Padres hitters… Tough to own…

  246. K76154 says:
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    Chipper Jones and Will Westbrooks are all in FA. I can only pick one up unless I drop Pagan or Joyce, and I don’t think I should. So, which one should I pick up?

    • chunk says:
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      @K76154, After today might as well go with Will

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K76154, Will

  247. L-Boogie says:
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    Hey Grey, remember last week when you told me to grab Middlebrooks instead of getting boring Chris Johnson or making a desperate trade for Mark Reynolds? No? Well, thanks anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Cool

  248. Hey Grey who do you want in a keeper league

    Yu Darvish or

    Matt Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Moore

  249. Cole says:
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    Grey– What do you think of the new Jack White album? I’ve listened to it a few weeks and I think it’s fantastic. Going to lollapalooza which he is closing out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, I loved it, but have only listened once so far…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey, He’s doing very few tour dates as of now. Sasquatch, and 2 shows at the Wiltern in LA in your area. I guess I don’t know if you are a concert dude and interested. I see a lot of mustaches at shows and just assumed.

  250. chunk says:
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    Dirks 2-3 in the 2 hole. I think he likes it there…

    I have a roster spot in my 16 team points league after a trade. My outfield is reddick, kemp, parra, and Jones at UTIL, no bench hitters. Could I add Dirks for depth, or am I better off speculating on one of Mujica, Russel, Gregerson… I have one P spot available…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Mujica

  251. Steve says:
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    C’mon Dbacks! I need a Boggs Hold!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Don’t root against my Lynn win, please… Emoticon.

      • chunk says:
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        @Grey, All three of the guys you told me to start are lookin awesome, thanks! Any idea why Lynn was yanked kinda early?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, No, no, no. Just need a couple more runs. Boggsy won’t let you down.

        Can’t speak for Motte, though…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Yikes.

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, And now I’m pleased that my opponent has Salas benched…

    • chunk says:
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      @Steve, haha only 3 more 2 run homers! Ransom just cruuushed that ball.

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @chunk, Loving Ransom right now. Go Cards! I’d love to see Motte get a save.

        • chunk says:
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          @3FingersBrown, Me too, just traded him away with Cruz for Jones so this is my last day with him, sad face

          • 3FingersBrown says:
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            @chunk, Handshakes all around

  252. JeffFromTallahassee says:
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    Right now I’ve been going without a catcher in my RCL. Would you drop Boesch or Lomo for Ruiz, Doumitt, or Soto? Right now, I am having to keep one on the bench most days because I have too many OF and they have both been worthless so far.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @JeffFromTallahassee, Oh, to be catcher-free! Where every ball goes to the backstop unless it’s stopped by the ump’s face… Kinda hard to drop a potential impact bat for one of those guys. I’d probably drop Boesch–if you’re set on it–because there’s always the dread threat of benching and I doubt anyone would give you anything for him in trade, unlike Slogan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeffFromTallahassee, Boesch for Doumit…

  253. Wilsonian says:
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    Question:

    Is Stu Pomeranz related to Drew Pomeranz? Are they the “Flying Pomeranz Bros.”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Ha!

  254. Steve says:
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    Come on Ted – hang in there.

    I drafted you on my first ever fantasy team in in ’03 if that inspires you to do well for me…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Bollocks.

  255. Steve says:
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    Wow – Craig is off the DL and on fire.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, right?? This dude will kill shit in a permanent starting gig… His time is NOW!

  256. EG says:
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    Trying to make a trade for BJ Upton. Are Anibal or Bumgarner fair offers? If so, who would you rather give up? Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, They’re fair… Think you can get cheaper steals though…

  257. Wilsonian says:
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    Craig or Kelly to fill in while I bench Bijou Phillips so he can think about what he’s done for the last month?

    ***Caveat Alert: this is a league with a TON of STL fans who totally overvalue anyone from the Cardinals, so Craig would have more trade value, if/when Bijou figures it out***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, If they’re fans, why don’t they own Craig? Kelly…

  258. Prezii says:
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    The cards cant possiblyy move my man craig to the bench the way hes smashin.. berkman who? That was soooo last year…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Prezii, Craig’s bat has got to be in the lineup.

      Love this guy. I feel like an evil genius for having stashed him on the DL for a month. Gonna love him even more when he gets his 1B eligibility in Yahoo…

      • Prezii says:
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        @3FingersBrown, REAL DEAL HOLLIFIELD!

  259. chunk says:
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    Dotel is trying to make the end of this game fun to watch…

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @chunk, Night off for Valverde?

      • chunk says:
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        @Poo Holes, pitched the last 2 days…

        Dotels given up 2 BBs, 2 WPs, a double and 2 runs. No outs. Tied 2-2

        • Poo Holes says:
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          @chunk, Stupid question to ask seeing as I own Valverde and I’m watching the game on MLB.tv, ha.

          • chunk says:
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            @Poo Holes, haha yea I had to look it up… at first I’m thinking ‘oh god, another closer…’

            • Poo Holes says:
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              @chunk, No appearance means no earned runs and no blown save. Zero complaints, especially if Kenley picks up a save here.

  260. chunk says:
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    Anyone know if Cashner is available tonight after pitching 2 of last 3 days?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Seems doubtful…

      • chunk says:
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        @Grey, If I add Thayer instead of Mujica can we still be friends?

  261. Prezii says:
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    time to bounce in seattle… Yeah, that just happened! Shake and bake..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha!

  262. Steve says:
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    WTF? Why no Boggs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I went to dinner… Is Lynn still in line for the win?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yup. Motte on to close it out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Cool

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Apart from the no Boggs bit.

  263. CD says:
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    Seager or Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CD, Cozart

  264. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: drop Milone for Bass?

  265. bean says:
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    Have an extra pitchers spot.

    Boggs or Lyon? Either of them worth picking up with Casilla, Cishek and D. Hernandez as my RPs.

    (NL Only Roto 5×5)

  266. K!cks says:
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    Should I hold, or drop Torii Hunter for Maybin or Morrison?

  267. Ryan says:
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    Craig or Seager ROS?
    Thanks
    Need to pick one

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