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Jose Veras was traded to the Tigers, which is bad news for Veras and potentially Joaquin Benoit.  It’ll likely only be bad news for Veras’s owners.  My guess is Benoit will hold the job with Veras setting him up, but I would hold Veras until the Tigers confirm that through usage.  It’s also potentially bad news for anyone who picks up the Lastros potential replacement, Jose Cisnero.  Too bad Jose “Set The Table For The Opposing Team” Mesa retired, it sounds like there’s a Jose revival.  “I can get someone to cover for me selling scratch-off tickets.”  That was Jose Mesa, holding a presser at his local 7-11.  Since the newest name to get some fantasy value is Cisnero, let’s be like a cyclops with a monocle and take a closer look.  He’s been awful.  You’d be hard-pressed like overpriced juice to find someone who has been as bad recently that could be getting saves.  Since June 26th (last ten appearances), he’s given up eight runs in 8 2/3 IP.  In that time, he’s allowed nine walks, nine hits and one homer.  Only thing he’s not allowed is a legitimate reason to be the closer other than he’s young and the Asstros might like to try him out for next year.  Another option for saves in Houston is the guys the Astros just called up, Josh Zeid and Chia-Jen Lo.  Both of which sound like background extras in the cantina scene in Star Wars.  Both are unproven, so likely headed for the middle innings or to see Boba Fett.  Finally, there’s Wesley Wright, who sounds like the third Wright brother — the one that was scared of heights.  “We’re gonna need you to put your seat in the upright position.”  “You know what?  You and Wilbur have at it.”  That was Wesley getting off the plane right before that maiden flight.  Wright is more of a lefty specialist, so he might only see a handful of saves.  Then again, this is the Lastros, and there may only be a handful of saves for anyone.  All in all, or whatever clunky intro you want on this sentence, I’m glad someone else beat me to the punch grabbing Cisnero.  I sense a Mitchell Boggs reprise in the works, which isn’t the same as The Mitchell Boggs Reprisal that the Geneva Convention commissioned after Boggs attacked fantasy owners ratios earlier this year.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, just want to quickly announce that our pigskin brethren have started RCLs for football.  To join a fantasy football league, click that linkie-ma-whosie.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Scott Downs – Traded to the Braves.  Of course, Downs isn’t traded to the Astros or Mariners or somewhere he could be inserted into the closer role.  In Atlanta, the Scott Downs’ Syndrome will be alive and well.  O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on for Scott Downs.

Brandon Beachy – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  I watched this game, because I was interested in seeing how Beachy looked.  Or iWatched, if Apple has trademarked all first person singulars already.  Beachy actually looked better than I expected.  As I’ve been saying all along, I don’t have Beachy anywhere and had no interest in getting involved in that sweepstakes.  He looked better than I expected because he wasn’t very wild.  Seemed to just miss on a few pitches that could’ve been called strikes, and then when he moved into the strike zone, he was pounded.  I still wouldn’t want anything to do with him.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  He’s shown signs before this year (maybe for like a day or two) and I don’t want to jinx it so I’ll just say he’s even hitting foul balls on the nose, which is good for baseball players, bad for porn stars.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Another guy that is smoking everything he sees, which is good for both baseball players and porn stars.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hitting near .400 in the last week.  Shown little to no power this year so far, but in over 300 at-bats he’s hitting .339, and he’s leading the NL in hitting.  Next stop, Cray-zee Town.

Jorge de la Rosa – 5 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I almost picked up George of the Roses for this start.  Whew, tragedy and trajectory towards the TV averted.

Carlos Gonzalez – 5-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and 2 steals.   He put on a Mayo clinic yesterday with hits all over the field.  I say Mayo Clinic because I’m being PC about what CarGo’s owners had in their shorts after his performance.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer.  If we could bow our heads for a second.  Well, don’t bow your head too much or you can’t read what I’m about to write.  Also, don’t bow your head near CarGo’s owners.  Okay, heads slightly bowed?  Good.  Now, I’d like to take a minute to pray to whoever you pray to that Arenado gets scorching hot in the final two months.  Okay, raise your head, clap your hands like after a huddle and read on.

Wilin Rosario – 3-for-5 and his 15th homer.  He’s more than happy to help your fantasy team.  In fact, he’s Wilin.

Jake Westbrook – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks with a 3.18 ERA in 93 1/3 IP.  Guess how many Ks he has on the year.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *takes out magazine, cuts out letters, arranges letters to form a threatening message, mails letter to Salvador Perez*  Westbrook only has 34 Ks!  More like Westbroke.  Amiright?!

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Love that the Pirates are seriously contending with the Cardinals and beating them head-to-head.  What a great underdog story!  Did any of that sound sincere?  No?  Crap.  I’m practicing for when I have to write my wedding vows.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer.  According to our Player Rater, he’s the sixth best 3rd basemen.  According to my ulcer, he’s doing what I wanted from Mike Mostsuckass.

John Danks – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, 4.57 ERA.  Member when he was a solid back end fantasy starter?  Oh, well, Danks for the memories.

Zach McAllister – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Does everyone want to call him McAlkaseltzer?  Just me?  Okay.  If “mediocre starter” was in the dictionary, and there were such things as dictionaries and not just Google, McAlkaseltzer’s picture would be next to it.

Dayan Viciedo – 2-for-4.  Has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting near .450 in the last week.  As Julius Caesar said, “Veni, Vidi, Viciedo is a hot schomato.”

Xander Bogaerts – Red Sox are playing him at 3rd base in the minors to prep him for his call-up, which, in the landmark case of sooner vs. later, will come in the next few weeks (days?).  He was the number one prospect in Prospect Scott’s midseason prospect rankings for fantasy baseball and this won’t be the last time you hear his name.  Now is the time to stash him.

Felix Doubront – 5 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, 3.77 ERA on the year.  He was a preseason sleeper, and has done about what I expected.  Sorry, I ate a lot this weekend and needed a new notch in my belt.

Jesse Crain – Rays acquired him for cash.  Not sure how much cash it took since Crain was removed from eBay before I had a chance to look.  He’s currently on the DL with a shoulder strain, so this move is more for the stretch run when he can, uh, stretch.

David Price – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Since I traded Machado for him, his stats are 2.31 ERA/0.79 WHIP with 36 Ks in 50 2/3 IP.  On the podcast later today, I talk about this and say something to the effect it’s not as bad now as it was when Price got hurt, but now that I look at the stats, it’s still not great.  I could’ve got those 50 2/3 innings from two middle relievers and still had Machado.  Win some, lose some, trade’s not so toothsome.  Though, I am obviously glad Price has rebounded nicely.  (Last sentence was so the Fantasy Baseball Gods don’t smite my ass.)

Jeremy Hefner – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  Hefner is officially off the free agent market, and not because he married his 6th blonde that is fifty years his junior, but because he’s looked egregious recently and shouldn’t be considered as a pick-up anywhere.  Stream-o-Nator or not.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th steal, hitting around .400 in the last week with two homers, 11 RBIs, 7 runs and yesterday’s steal.  On the year, he’s been about as good as Brandon Phillips, and is blowing away Altuve’s value.  Murphy is the epitome of not-great-in-anything, decent-in-everything.  Decent-in-everything is good for a used car, great for a pair of slacks, but gives me the mehsberries for fantasy.

Jake Marisnick – 2-for-3, run and his first multi-hit game of his career.  Still too early to give up on 61*nick or Yelich (who’s also struggling) in most redraft leagues.  I’d try to give them until at least Sunday.  Or Sunday Funday, if you’re a girl posting this on Facebook.  Every time I see a guy call Sunday, “Sunday Funday,” they’re unfriended.

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-5 as he was called up to replace Pujols on the roster.  He’s more than earned his time with the Angels, and probably should’ve just been who they went with instead of Hamilton.  In Triple-A this year, Kalhoun had 12 homers, 10 steals and a .354 average.  Prospect Scott had this to say, “The 25-year-old out of Arizona State features an advanced approach and good pop, making him an attractive pinch-hit option for LA in the immediate future, and a potential full-time corner outfielder down the line.  His most attractive attribute is he bears no resemblance to Grey.”  Hey, c’mon!  With Pujols injured, Hamilton could slide into the DH spot and Calhoun could see everyday at-bats.  For now, he’s more of an AL-Only option, but if he shows non-cola pop and speed, I could see changing that to mixed league viable.

Ernesto Frieri – 2/3 IP, 2 ER with 2 homers allowed and the blown save.  Frieri is the Ferrari of closers.  Not the sports car manufacturer, but Carlo Ferrari, the Italian guy whose armpit hair sticks out when he wears a wife-beater, reeks of Drakkar Noir and hits on your girlfriend.

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, 2.84 ERA.  Can’t argue with the results for Weaver because arguing with something like results is the first sign of mental illness, but I still have my popcorn ready for when his ERA regresses towards his xFIP.  Pop Weaver, to add insult to injury.

A.J. Pierzynski - 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Another guy that only seems to hit homers on short schedule days.  If I would’ve listened to Hitter-Tron, I would’ve grabbed Pierzynski, but that horny robot, the Hitter-Tron, creeps me out with his metalrotica.

Geovany Soto – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  He has three homers in the last ten games and…Dah, I can’t build up any enthusiasm for him.  Let me try again.  Soto is hitting near-.350 in the last week with power– Oh, forget it.

Shin-Soo Choo – Day-to-day with an ankle injury.  Ironically, his brother, Ankle-Soo, has a sore shin.

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, 2.59 ERA on the year.  I really thought that was a misprint in the box score.  Can someone Zapruder Leake’s starts to see if he really has a 2.59 ERA?  That Leake ERA would blow a blood vessel in Vizzini’s head.

Carlos Quentin – Out with a tweaked knee.  So, Quentin is sittin’, Kotsay will play, hey hey hey.

Everth Cabrera – 2-for-4.  Since I don’t own him, can he get suspended already?  What’s the hold up here?  Are we waiting for A-Rod to say Everth supplied him?  Everth’s cousin?

Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Here’s what’s gonna happen.  Cespedes is gonna get crazy hot and end the year with 24 homers and a .265 average.  Then next year everyone’s going to draft him in the same place they did this year and completely forget he was kinda miserable for four months.

Adam Lind – 1-for-4 with a solo homer, hitting around .190 in July.  After peaking at .350 on June 16th, he’s down to .290.  Next stop .270.  Then .250.  Then .252.  Then .254.  Then .253.  Well, you get the picture.

Brett Lawrie – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in the last four games as he hits ninth.  Where is Lawrie going to get drafted next year?  150?  175?  Around the same spot as Headley?  Will Headley draft Lawrie or himself?  I got questions, y’all!  Pie-style!

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  The Ks are there all the time, but he’s been one of the most frustrating pitchers to own.  He reminds me of a young Gallardo.  I will call him Girllardo.

Caleb Gindl – 2-for-3, 1 run and 3 straight games with two hits.  Gindl could be the makings of a hot schmotato or a character from J. R. R. Tolkien.

Pedro Strop – 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Geez, you let every guy that comes up score?  More like a Stroppet.  Or a Submarmol.

Brian Wilson – He’s in the Beachy category, as in I don’t want anything to do with him.  He says he’s major-league ready, and I’m sure a team will take a chance on him.  A major league team can afford a middle relief gamble that could pan out.  My best guess is he’d need to throw lights out for at least a month before anyone actually considers him for the ninth.  Unless he finds a team that is especially crummy with crackers and thrusts him into the ninth after only a few appearances.  This seems highly unlikely.  I will quote this when he does sign with a team, so this is me quoting future me!

Joe Mauer – Returned from paternity leave.  They should call that Shawn Kemp leave.

Jason Bay – Mariners designated him for assignment.  We’ll see what happens.  Earlier in the year, they designated him for the assignment to play ten years younger and make management look smart for signing him to a million dollar contract, but he failed that assignment.

Brad Lidge – Inked a one day contract with the Phillies so he could retire.  It’ll be the first time he inked a contract, then immediately retired anyone.

  1. SteveNZ says:
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    As Friend-Of-Razzball Jason Collette pointed out on Twitter earlier today (yesterday for y’all), Price has walked one batter since he came off the disabled list.

    ONE

    Something like 190 batters faced.

    Take your point about his numbers still being a little underwhelming, but I sure as hell hope he keeps this up.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yea that’s pretty unreal… Hopefully the triceps thing doesn’t crop up again but he looks good to go

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah, not underwhelming as much as I could’ve played smart and got his number cheaper… They’re great, either way… That is insane about one walk…

    • Fish says:
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      @SteveNZ: not really a fantasy impact but I just saw that Javier Lopez has faced like 555 guys for the giants and only allowed 1 HR

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey,

    Ready?

    I waivered Strop Sunday. Had no SP Monday.

    My ERA is 135.00 and a WHIP of 12.00, comedic my friend, comedic.

    Anyways, the question: I dropped Strop for Joakim Soria. In this league I’m In 2nd place, no worries, but wouldn’t mind a fourth closer. I own Holland, Perkins, and Mujica. So I am keeping him until Wednesday. IF Nathan gets traded, Soria a good idea? Or should I stash Boegearts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Hah yikes! I think you can stache Soria now then nab Boegearts aftewards if no Nathan trade.

  3. Keith

    tomscuba2004 says:
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    Can keep 4 next year, and have Goldsmith, Cabrera, A. Jones and Longoria. Is Puig making his way into that conversation (to replace Longoria)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @tomscuba2004: Nah, I don’t think so. But that’s a nasty team you got

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @tomscuba2004: May want to consider Puig over this Goldsmith fellow….the guy from the 1-800 infomercials?

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Longo/Santiago for Cespedes/D.Holland? Can slide Frazier in at third. H2H points league.
    Or Jennings instead of Cespedes.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Also, thoughts on Maybin and Estrada coming back. Either worth a look in a deepy.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Got your first one on mine, I think Estrada could do more, kinda like both as very deep stashed.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Thanks. Have a hard time finding the responses when I’m away for a while. (Forget which page I asked it on. Gets buried in the middle of all the other people, etc) Was wondering if you guys could create a tab for ‘your comments’ so it would be easier for everyone to find their questions. Whadaya think, doable?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I can look into it…

  5. inertiatical says:
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    LMAO at the “Shawn Kemp Leave” line…

    12tm Dynasty trade query for you;
    Give: Marte & D. Smyly
    Get: Pence & Profar

    Sets me up at 2b for the future, plus if Pence gets traded to a better shituation, its a bonus for this season. What does your mustachio think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @inertiatical: Haha love Shawn Kemp bashing. I always remember when I was young and I saw Kemp play on the Cavs vs, my Hornets and this dude kept heckling him. “Your butt’s bigger that the stadium!” Anyway… Yea I take that Profar has the brightest future.

  6. Adam says:
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    Would u trade Cargo and Rafael Soriano for will Myers and Strasburg?
    Concerned with Cargo finger and after 5 for 5 trade high?
    Or do I need more?
    Thx

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: If you needed the SP I like it, in a vacuum, I’d probably hold, but close and if it fits that void it’s good

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        will myers ever be a cargo ?
        what’s his up-side ??

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @costaricanchata: No I don’t think so, doesn’t have the speed and I don’t think hits for that kind of AVG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: It’s fair

  7. Eli says:
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    Drop Gyorko for Bogaerts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eli: Sure don’t mind it

  8. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    culberson’s not taking dj lemeheiu’s job, is he?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: good that would suck big time, until miller qualifies at 2b. easy to do in yahoo. 1 more start. c’mon seager need an off day. just one, and not on the same day miller gets one. nobody wants to see brendan ryan.

  9. Manny fresh says:
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    Better ROS: hold Erasmo or stash Bogaerts?
    Good read as always. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Manny fresh: I’d stash Bogaerts, I think Erasmo will be more hurtful than helpful

  10. Boston Mike says:
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    Asdrubal Cabrera or Nick Franklin at SS the rest of the way out? -Thanks

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Would you take Franklin over Rollins as well? I’ve been starring at better options all season, but last year Rollins had a great second half. I’m holding out hope, but he doesn’t look to be turning any corners, literally.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @kingforaday151: I might hold Rollins, close though

  11. Adam says:
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    Cargo for Stanton and Matt carpenter?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: If you needed a MI, sure

  12. choplanta says:
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    scutaro/lake/gyorko/b roberts ros

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @choplanta: Scutaro

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: wow gyorko’s fallen under the scutaro bus. damn that’s the sadest of all.

  13. Jamiehov says:
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    The Gallardo samarzdja comparison hurts! Other than the disastrous Cardinals start, Smarzdjas been pretty good as of late.

    Right now I have Wheeler, Parker and Peavy. Depending on how Peavy and Wheeler do may drop one for Kluber to start tomorrow. Of the 3 who would you drop for Kluber if any?

    More important return to Philly for retirement, Mcnaab or Lidge? Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Yea I’d lose Wheeler for him. I feel like McNabb will always be not quite be in Philly’s heart. Lidge at least won the WS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: I don’t know who McNabb is… Wheeler

  14. Frank White says:
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    Hey.. Why isn’t Straily pitching Sunday?? He’s pitching toda y then 5 days later is Sunday but the Stream Nator says Griffen for Sunday

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Frank White: A’s have Thurs off.

  15. Frank White says:
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    Do u think it might be a mistake cause if not then I’ll drop him today for a good pickup tomorrow

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Oakland has an off day Thursday

  16. timmay says:
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    how much should i like Xander Bogaerts? ive got miggy, machado, kipnis, and nick franklin in an auction keeper league. i’m paying significantly less than value for all except miggy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @timmay: Still think he’s worth a stash if you keep most of your team, but not more past that

  17. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    Yo Big Biscuit! Which side do you like more:

    Bumgarner/Fielder v Cain/Trout

    Thanks bossman

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Stamos: Yo Stamos! Hah. Good one, since I think Cain is decent in the 2nd half, I’ll stick with Trout side, best player in deal. No prob!

      • Nico

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        @JB Gilpin: SWEET! I’m trying to get this trade done, and since I have Goldy as a UTIL player, I’ll be filling 1B with an impact player regardless. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t getting warped into some blind Trout love. Let’s hope for the best…

  18. Charles says:
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    Would you drop any of these for Bogaerts now? What about when he’s called up?

    Alexei Ramirez (current SS)
    Daniel Murphy (2B while Altuve recovers)
    Eaton (UTIL)
    Yelich (UTIL)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Charles: No other UTIL options? None right now, maybe Eaton when called up

      • Charles says:
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        @JB Gilpin: 12-team h2h with Ks and OBP (no AVG). Other UTIL options are:

        Ibanez
        Gattis
        Morneau
        Reddick
        Jester
        EY Jr
        Swisher
        Morse
        Robot Jones
        Leonys
        Lind
        Viciedo
        Saunders
        Joyce

        Would you make a move for any of them?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Charles: Ibanez and Reddick I think I like more than Eaton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Charles: Eaton’s the last man on your team

  19. Adam says:
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    Please rank Strasburg.felix.and weaver ROS??
    Have my choice of one in cargo trade
    Thx

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: That order

  20. papasmurf says:
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    Amazing thing about Simmons, even though it feels like he’s been swinging the bat really well lately, his BA is still under .250!

    My team must keep at least 5 players, and I only have Stanton and Goldy as sure keepers. If Simmons catches fire, sad as it sounds, I’d have to consider him as borderline.

    The silver lining about lawrie and headley is that I won’t have a who-do-I-keep dilemma this year about them. If I had kept Sale, Latos, and Craig instead of Headley, Lawrie, and BJ Upton, my team would be much better…

    Had injury concerns about Sale and Craig and I am Latos intolerant.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Oh papa… The thumb injury for Headley didn’t scare you off? Or was keeper deadline before… You can bring this team back, Razzball supports Smurf nation!

      • papasmurf says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Unfortunately my league starts drafting in mid-Feb and teams have to make keeper choices by early Feb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Yeah, can understand why you did it in March, sucks it worked out the way it did…

  21. Pete says:
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    Please rank in a 12 team h2H points league. No positional concern. Viciedo, Morse, Moreland,Alonso, Gattis, Smoak, Luke Scott.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Morse, Scott, Moreland, Gattis, Smoak, Alonso, Viciedo

  22. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Allen Craig seems to be in a funk. 0-17 last 5. Lota Ks. Double header today but he usually only pkays 1 game anyway. My question is replace him today at UTIL with Franklin hitting vs a righty in Boston? Ballsy smart or ballsy stupid?

  23. Brewerfan says:
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    Drop Erasmo for Dexter Fowler? Just a bench move for me

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brewerfan: Definitely

  24. G says:
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    Drop yellich for Simmons?? Have Castro at SS and was thinking of running Simmons out while he’s hot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G: Yeah I don’t mind that one

  25. AJ says:
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    Mornin all…drop EYJ or Morse to stash Xander? Currently have Simmons manning SS ..thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Nah I wouldn’t

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Morse or Young depending on needs and where they are on your team (bench?)…

  26. Comma says:
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    Zobrist or Aaron Hill?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Comma: Still Zobrist for me

  27. Sean says:
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    Would you drop any of these 3 SS for Bogaerts? Rollins, Jeter or Lowerie? Obviously, SS is my biggest weakness and looking for some upside. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sean: Nah I like your 3 more – but if one is mostly a bench bat, don’t mind going for the upside – all 3 about even

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Hold for right now

  28. Milarky says:
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    What are your thoughts on Minor for the rest of this year, and as a keeper? Is he a legit stud, or is this over his head?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Milarky: Legit decent #2-#3 fantasy SP.

      • Milarky says:
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        @JB Gilpin: How comparable is he to Peavy, Anibal, and Zimmermann?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Milarky: Like him more than the first two, only over Anibal bc shoulder concern, like JZ more

  29. SetPhaserstoDL says:
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    I remember the days when Brad Lidge threw strikes and had 41 saves as a Phillie. Shame I owned him the following year and not that one.

  30. c0wfunk says:
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    Looking like Rienzo goes tonight for cws instead of Peavy. 9 k/9, avg everything else but has been hot lately. You watching with any interest at all?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @c0wfunk: Might see a little, but not buying too much into it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Not in mixed leagues

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Or should say will watch, not for mixed leagues

  31. AJ says:
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    What side you like best Pence/Bourn for Jacoby Ells?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AJ: Good one, in 10 team might take Ellsbury to open up a streaming spot. Tough to lose that depth in say a 5 OF 14+ league

  32. Man Bear Puig says:
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    Grey and JB-

    In a keeper league would you trade Sale (Keep one more year in last rd) and Beachy (Keep 2 years in 17th) for Strasburg and Stanton (not keepers)? I have 7 or 8 keeper to choose from (keep 5) and I’m trying to use some of my extra to bolster my team for a run at the 2 seed and a 1st rd bye in the playoffs. What do ya think? Thank!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Man Bear Puig: Yeah sounds like a good trade for now, love Sale, not big on Beachy being a great value there

  33. Beau says:
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    Looks like I’m focusing on 2014 in my keeper league. Currently in 7th place with 49 pts, 3rd place has 68 pts. Worth trying to acquire Braun as a keeper for next year? Once acquired I would have to offer him up for restricted free agent bidding and could keep him at 20% more than highest bid. Would likely present value vs. auction price but there certainly is risk involved.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Beau: Definitely worth it. I don’t think there’s that much risk starting next year if his price is good at the 20% inflation

      • Z says:
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        @JB Gilpin: (and also @Grey) Assuming top guys like Trout, Miggy, Votto, McCutch can go as high as $60-65 — at what price does Braun become a value? (in other words, what is the most you would be comfortable locking Braun in at right now for the start of next year)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take followups to my newest post, thanks!

  34. Grey, am I right in my theory: velocity is to pitching what cock size is to sex?? It’s all good, but you’d better also have some terrific secondary offerings, and command, to be an elite starter?? If that’s so, then isn’t Jered Weaver the small-dick bad-boy who makes you cumm over and over and over again?? From his demeanor, I’d guess that Jered is also the bad-boy who is a great dirty talker!! (Yeah, I’m a bad-girl, but it’s funnn!! lol.)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mollyleekba: Hahaha well played. Are you secretly Alyssa Milano?

      • @JB Gilpin: Nope, not Alyssa Milano; but I do have tickets to the Nats-Tigers tonight, with a long-held fantasy about what Jayson Werth does to me, alone in the clubhouse. :-) My boyfriend bought the tickets, but says whatever I have to pay to make that fantasy come true tonight will come from my own funds.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @mollyleekba: Would be quite a beard ride! Grey feels inadequate now!

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @mollyleekba: I never thought of Weaver as a small dicked bad boy who could make me cum over and over again. If you can’t find your way into the Nationals clubhouse, just have your boyfriend dress up as a caveman for Halloween! That’s probably close enough to Werth! Ahem. You’re one dirty girl Ms Molly

      • @Shawn of the livid: That’s pretty funny, when I re-read it like that. I sure hope Jered nor any of his friends read Razzball. (I luvvvvv you, Jered!!!) …. As for Jayson Werth, I have already sorta “dressed” my boyfriend up like that. On an everyday basis, in fact, with long hair and facial hair (although he usually wears his hair in a ponytail for business).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mollyleekba: I never thought I had any similarities to Jered Weaver before

      • @Grey: I think you might have something in common with Jered. Not great “velocity” but awesome secondary offerings?? Maybe now you’ll finally show Jered some love?? lol. I’ve read your previous comments about your “velocity”, and I find that a very attractive trait. Sooo much better than arrogance, in my book anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I only have one pitch and no secondary offerings…

          • @Grey: Oh, I doubt that very seriously, as I’m sure your cougar would attest …. Hey, did I ever mention that one of my fantasy teams is named the “Collegetown Cougars”? (Yes, that name was given before you began talking about your cougar.) In retrospect, maybe I should have named the team the “Collegetown Cougar-Cubs” … but not a fan of the Chicago Cubs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think the Cougars are also a college team up in Washington…

              • @Grey: Hmmm, I’ll have to check that out …. My boyfriend’s dynasty fantasy baseball team is the “Grand Rapids Grasshoppers”, and the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor-league team & logo is a great source for extra Christmas/Birthday gifts (i.e. keychains, magnets, hats, bats, mousepads, etc.) They’re probably wondering, who is this woman in Michigan who keeps ordering our stuff?? Must be a big fan. :-)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  35. Jon says:
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    Starting Wood today vs COL? SON doesn’t like.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Nah I wouldn’t touch that

  36. Allen says:
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    Better waiver add- Bogaerts or Morse?

    Thanks Guys

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allen: Not needing a MI Morse, but if needed MI upside, Bog

  37. NoRoidsForMe says:
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    I was offered Encarnacion and Jordan Zimmerman for Pedro Alvarez, Puig, and Shields. yelich is on waiver wires still. Should I take this trade? Thanks! I love the smell of moustache wax in the morning!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @NoRoidsForMe: Yeah I think I take that one, a lot of possible downside with Pedro and Puig

  38. fitz says:
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    I’m pumped to see Bogaerts. I hope it’s soon.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Your sox picture is pumped!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fitz: Yeah, me too

  39. Comma says:
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    Pick one for a stream this week:

    Chen vs Hou
    Kazmir vs CWS
    Kluber vs CSW

    Could do both Indians too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Comma: I’d try to do both Indians

  40. ashtray says:
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    SON giving me a lot of mixed signals for tomorrow:

    -3.5 for Peralta @ Cubs
    -.5 for Mejia @ Marlins
    12.2 for Edwin Jackson vs Brewers (his home ERA is 5.00+)

    Do you agree with these ratings?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ashtray: Nah I like top two most, PEralta the best

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Tough calls… I’d probably skip all three in some leagues and start all three in others…

  41. razzkazz says:
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    Jorge De La Rosa

    You really considered starting this guy @ Atl?

    Atl is top 12 I believe vs LHP in SLG and OPS. That and Jorge is 4-4 3.67 era away oppose to the 6-1 2.65 home record, 5-5 4.17 era night vs 5-0 1.42 day. Away, @ night, vs Atl easy bench. This guy has been one of my fav middle of rotation guys for me this season because hes so easy to stream in.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @razzkazz: The low Ks and high WHIP has me not having him anywhere for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @razzkazz: In a deep mixed league, yeah

  42. Yager says:
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    Streamonator hates it, but I like Eovaldi at home against the Mets, where he has a 2.20 ERA. It is a cavernous park, your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yager: Love it, I like Eovaldi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: Yeah, I like it too

    • Yager says:
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      @Yager:

      Thanks for the reply gents! I was starting him, and this made me a whole lot more confident. I am in a rare league with an innings cap (1250) and innings minimum (1225). You automatically lose ERA and BB if you don’t hit the min, and with twenty teams there aren’t many options for streamers. Eovaldi was the best bet. Thanks again guys, always great advice and reading!

  43. Pope says:
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    Anyone starting wheeler tonight @mia?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pope: I think I might, K upside, depends on how innings limit/H2H is going

      • Pope says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sounds good thanks

  44. Alex says:
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    I give Felix (cannot be kept) and McClouth (25th round)

    I get MadBum (4th round) and Marte (21st round)

    Probably won’t be keeping MadBum anyways, but I’m in 1st place this season…there doesn’t seem to be much in terms of dropoff between Felix and MadBum and McClouth has been pretty brutal lately (no speed whatsoever).

    Good deal? Marte at 21st round is a no brainer to keep next year right? Over guys like Teheran (25th round) and ECab (20th)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: Yea I like that one. Yea over Teheran, probably over ECab too, need to see what this suspension mess does

  45. Shorty says:
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    How much better do you think Kendrick will be over Beckham ROS? Same question, Castro over Avila.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shorty: Not sure how to quantify, a lot better. Castro a little better

  46. Wake Up says:
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    Submarmol…nice!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Haha yea that was awesome, silly Cubs

  47. Ray says:
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    Hamels for Shelby Miller/Nathan in H2H 6×6 QS league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ray: Sure sounds good, I think Miller goes deeper than most

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Please give Jimmy Chitwood my best…Did you go to Deerlick to take in a movie?

    Norman Dale reminds me of Tino, “Oh…hitting coach…so, not…HITTING…coach?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha… Nope, stayed by Cougar’s parents the whole time…

  49. Jason Katnip says:
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    Trade Chris Perez for Jeff Samards?

  50. Peter says:
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    Lynn has trouble on the road. Start him today @ Pitts?

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter: Never been a Lynn guy, I’d bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: I’d start him

  51. ManuteBologna says:
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    Do I drop Pujols if I need the roster spot?

    I am seeing “out for a long time” and “possibly out for the season”.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ManuteBologna: Yea I’d have no problem with it

  52. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Do you like Ryu or Hellicson ROS?

  53. Adam says:
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    Segura or Reyes ROS?
    Got a trade offer
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Segura

  54. Adam says:
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    Verlander or Corbin ROS?
    Fowler or Marte ROS?
    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Corbin and Marte

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Verlander…Marte

  55. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Spit coffee on my keyboard for that Westbrook blurb haha

  56. Spencer says:
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    From these SON options, who do you like best for tomorrow. League counts QS, ERA, IP, WHIP, K/9. Something has me leaning E Jax right now???

    Kluber vs Chi
    E Jax vs Mil
    M Gonzalez vs Hou

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Spencer: My guess is JB tells you Kluber. Just don’t say Kluber 3 times in the dark, in front of a mirror. JB will appear wearing an extra small brewers shirt and pink thong.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: Kluber, Kluber, Klubbbbb – - – ah cut it off before 3

  57. Aero says:
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    anybody trusting Lynn @ the Pirates today? SON loves him, but I’m not so sure. He plays in the early game of the double header and his road ERA is over 5…

    • ashtray says:
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      @Aero: This is just me, and I’m a nobody, but I went ahead and cut ties with Lynn altogether this morning. I know I know, he’s ranked OK by most ‘perts all over the place but I just don’t see it anymore. His Home/Away splits are pretty extreme and, when you guesstimate his remaining schedule, he only has 5 home starts left for the rest of the year. I’m better off streaming (hopefully).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aero: Yea I’d bench

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aero: I’d start him

  58. Adam says:
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    Cargo and Rafael Soriano for either
    Strasburg and will Myers
    Or
    Segura and Corbin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: Iffy on both, think like Stras side better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Depends on needs

  59. Pete says:
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    I have Castro as my SS. Right now I have Morse, Moreland, and Luke Scott to play 1B and UTIL slots. Would you drop one to stash Bogaerts? 12 team H2H points league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Yea I might lose a very bad Moreland for the stash

  60. jerkyboy8 says:
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    ROS Crush Davis or Stanton? Competing for 1st place and it seems Stanton is heating up while Davis is cooling off.

  61. EK says:
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    Rank for H2H pts:

    Kluber vs CWS (13.7)
    Jackson vs MIL (12.2)
    Griffin vs TEX (11.3)
    Cashner vs NYY (10.1)
    Gee vs KC (9.5)
    Porcello vs CWS (8.0)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Klub, Porcello, Gee, Cash, Jackson, Griffin

  62. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hey JB, (or any other razzballers) Ever have this problem in a COMPETITIVE league.

    I just started playing with this guys league last year, I jumped in last second to fill a spot someone left. I’ve been in 1st all year. I cannot trade with anyone. It seems like every trade I prop is rejected and never countered unless is ridiculously in their favor. When Dom Brown went on the DL his owner propped him to me for Cano.
    So are these guys just morons that don’t know how to trade, or is this something that usually happens to the guy that dominates the league all year?
    I’m not sure if I want to buy in to this league next year because these guys seems boring and uninformed.

    • Jason Katnip says:
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      @Shawn of the livid:

      If you’re too good for the league by all means move along. However if it’s for money, I would have no problem with repeatedly taking my league mates money. Also with trade proposals it sometimes takes a few back and forth and even some notes as to what you’re trying to accomplish. I’m sure most leagues have owners that are guilty of proposing terrible trades.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I would keep playing if you’re winning some cash! And just publicly humiliate them and laugh at them

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @JB Gilpin: LOL, ok I like your guys ideas! Its for money, 50 bucks each. I’m going to try to push it to 100 each for next year and try my luck getting into a pro league for better competition..

        As for the other comment. I’ve gone back and forth with these guys ENDLESSLY, they don’t respond to any comments and decline everything. I don’t even bother to try at this point. I was trying to give this guy some pitching in exchange for Cespedes, and he posts smack saying his pitching is solid. For one, nothing is solid if your in 7th place. For two, this douche has Harang, Kennedy, Villanova, on his roster. In a 10team H2H. There are probably 10 pitchers on waivers better than Harang. I guess I’ll take their money, but I would like to have more fun playing

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Shawn of the livid:

      I’m in the same boat in a league this year as well. First time with these guys, and been in the lead all year. Can’t get trades through because it seems no one wants to help the guy in 1st improve, especially in a roto. Honestly, I have a hard time calling a league like this “competitive” because people seem not to understand the concept of a win-win trade. Meh

  63. Tom says:
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    I’m in a 10 team H2H where I have a big lead and am trying to prepare for the playoffs 9/9 – 9/22. Closer questions:
    1) Is it safe to assume that, if he doesn’t implode that Henderson’s closer job will be safe after the trade dealine passes?
    2) What are the chances that Grilli takes the closer job back before 9/22?
    3) Assume Henderson and Melancon have their closer roles at the time the following become closers (if they do). Are either of them worth dropping if any of the following become closers:
    Putz
    Axford (but not in MILW)
    Strop
    Parker
    Gregerson
    Ramos
    Thayer
    Hochevar
    Bastardo
    Capps
    Webb
    B. Wilson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: 1. Safe-ish sure, 2. Not very good 3. Nah I hold

  64. coco krispie says:
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    Grey better SS ROS B. Miller, Profar, Rollins?

  65. poop says:
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    Trade Bum/JUpton for Stanton/A.Craig?

    • poop says:
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      @poop: or could also counter with my Rizzo/JUpton/Bum for his Stanton/Craig/shark.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @poop: If you have good pitching sure, think I like top one better

      • poop says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB…based on his recent reaction, he won’t take the top offer. My SP’s right now are Scherzer/Bum/Peavy/Burnett/Kluber/Cole/Chen/Beachy/Kazmir with Iwakuma at RP spot. Based on that would you make the counter involving the shark?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @poop: Yea I think so, it’s close I like Shark, tough to lose MadBum, but upgrades you offensively

  66. TheNewGuy says:
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    Yelich or Rasmus?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Stick with Rasmus

  67. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Who’s the first drop out of Veras, Gregerson and Bastardo? I’m pretty desperate for SVs but want to stream W. Chen today.

    Would you drop another of the MR to stash Bogaerts? I have Tulo at SS and Alvarez at 3B, so he’d be insurance. Biggest offensive needs are SB and OBP.

    Same league, trade Harvey for Hanley and Jim Johnson?

  68. TheNewGuy says:
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    Need power, he needs speed.

    Trade Rios for Holliday/Trumbone/Ortiz? (OBP league)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Seems fine to fit your needs, might go Ortiz

  69. Alex says:
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    14 team keeper league, keep 12, total of 25 guys on roster… Wright, Torri Hunter n Kazmir or McCutchen, Ethier n Moustakas

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: Probably McCutchen side, would think only he and Wright are kept (maybe Hunter?) rather have McCutchen

  70. T Moore says:
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    Mr Grey or JB: I am suffering a mini latter days closer-geddon … I had Veras and now, that Italian sexy sports car scion has turned into a clunker … Have lost plenty of others this season too… So many, I can’t remember their names any longer – neither will BB history …

    Will Frieri keep the ball??? Please say, yes!!!

    If not, I have found 3 different replacement choices out of 3 sites I have checked on.. It does not bode well for success when faced with a forthcoming closer lottery in Anaheim …

    It’s killing me!!!

    This whole season has been one crisis after another… My poor old heart is withering under the toll… I’ve had to double my nitro dosage just to function… I’m tired of walking up and down that old rock pile that is Tell Megiddo (hey, does that mean Roost of the MAGPIES in Hebrew???)…

    Maybe, it’s time for this old fantasy warrior to hang up his score card , break his pencils and burn his piles of dated fantasy magazines to keep warm at night in the winter of my days…

    On NFL football: Please, keep it off of this part of the site… It is simply moronic as are its fans … I have struggled for years to accept/ignore what MLB has become… I cannot do that with American football anymore.. Basketball – it is as vapid as its sports talk radio show hosts are -FFFF’n scary, that…

    That said, are their any EPL fans on here???… I love the game – not the EPL… Sadly, it has become another corpo globalist force fed Kool-Aid media tool for the enslavement for the masses worldwide… Soon, it to will have flag waving military fly overs and faux moments of silence for jack booted first responders clogging its festivities too…

    We are become a bunch Mildred Montags – overdosed on sleeping pills while watching surround TV … I want to be a Guy Montag and find my guide, a Clarisse of unpolluted local sports or something like that …

    Babbling again, sorry

    Just never let “burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes” become the slogan here at RazzBall Baseball, please, Mr Grey…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: I dunno Frieri looks awful lately, lost his control. Marmol anyone?? Love soccer, just can’t get to as much as I’d like covering other sports. Usually like Arsenal

      • T Moore says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        The Ginners huh..

        I follow local footy, here… The league, I played in as a young man… Out there bothering the players on Sundays… My big day of the week..Smok’n me cigars

        In England, I follow Carlisle United in League One… They are the new coming powerhouse of Euro and World football HAHAHAHA..

        Do you play EPL fantasy … I came in 3rd place one year outta over 1 million players worldwide… (( I was robbed of 2nd by an assist not being credited by that certifiable madman and near criminal – Lee Bowyer)) I was good then – had the advantage of having played years of fantasy sports… They hadn’t got it yet over there … I’m not nearly as competitive today – due to rule changes, old age( hahaha) and the sophistication of the participants there now… It is hard given the time differences and not being immersed in the footy culture there… The blind man and the elephant syndrome applies greatly now to my play now..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Mildred Montags — ha! Magpies will have Frieri when the smoke clears from the burning of the ashes’ ashes…

  71. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Hey JB, I hope you are better at fantasy football than giving baseball advice!

    So JB, with Strop’s blow up does this put Parker back on the Cubs closer watch?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: UH oh what bad baseball advice did I give?! Yeah I think so

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: starting to question yourself….excellent!

  72. chunk says:
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    gave Ryu and a 19th rounder for Smyly and a 9th rounder. have huuge lead over the league and the innings cap puts a premium on an RP I can play in a SP slot. Decent return? I probably should have gotten more but the trade market this year is far from liquid and I literally cannot lose this year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chunk: Yea I like that move fitting your needs

  73. Big AL says:
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    I think I have an idea to solve the power outage in Sal Perez’s game. First we need to send him Fatheads for every wall of his house to show him how big he really is. Next we need to get him bigger heavier bats. I wrote a letter in his Grandma’s handwriting asking him to swing for the fences for grandma. She needs 25 hr’s this year to get her angel wings. It’s ok to hit .270 with lots more HR’s and a few more SO’s. I’m calling this fund “Wings for Sal’s Grandma.” I’m getting all the Razzball owner’s of Sal to chip in. You owe me $12 bucks. It’s for a good cause. “US”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big AL: Tell him to stop using Dusty Baker’s toothpick and a real bat!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big AL: HA! He’s not a small guy but I think Altuve would beat him up easily

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Big AL: Salvy is a line to line hitter. No uppercut in his swing. He’s a guy who hits everything hard, but counting on him for power may be false hope.

      • Big AL says:
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        @Whiskey Diet: Yeah I know, he’s putting up better numbers since they started batting him clean-up. Catching is really thin this year and not much out there. Been thinking ramos for the Nats but he’s a streaky hitter. Perez is boring but steady.

  74. Pete says:
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    What’s the latest news/likelihood on any potential Jose Fernandez shutdown? Trying to evaluate this in a trade for Latos. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Pretty soon, sometime in August

  75. lox says:
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    Lohse or Lackey ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @lox: Lohse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lox: Lackey

      • lox says:
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        @Grey: hmm the experts disagree! so follow up question- pick 3 out of J Parker, Nova, Lackey, Lohse

  76. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? I’m looking to drop A. Escobar from my UTIL. What’s the “safest” pickup here? Arenado, Jones, Walker, Reddick, Cain, Smoak, Martin, Span, Davis, Infante, Upton..

    Only have 6 moves left on the season. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: All pretty much the same, just what you need the safest production of. Reddick?

      • FillyP says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Well.. speed, AVG, and OBP are my 3 weakest categories. I’m hanging onto 1st place by a thread…

  77. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Donaldson or Alvarez ROS at the hot corner?

    They are two completely different players, so this isn’t really clear cut. I don’t need a particular category from them, just more offense in general.

    Donaldson seems to be on his way down now too.

  78. ty says:
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    samarzdja, cole, wheeler or cingrani for myers in a keeper league, Any takers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ty: I’d want Myers

  79. The Fridge says:
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    Beautiful work as always fellas. Have been offered Beltre for Choo in an OBP league where I need power and nervous about losing Nelson Cruz.

    Obviously Choo’s .420 OBP makes him more valuable in that format but I can probably handle Beltre’s .350 OBP if he keeps up the power output. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Fridge: Thanks! I’d take Beltre, and have in my own league for Choo

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Would you replace Choo with Span, Shuck, Lake, Marisnick, Joyce, Kubel or Logan Schafer.

  80. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Hey Grey – I think Junior Lake needs the nickname “Pond” I think it’s awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You hear Frank Ocean has been so impressed he’s thinking of downsizing?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Grey: He can get married to Ricki Lake and take her name

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or marry half of Salt n Pepa and move to Utah…

          • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey:Marry Mike Trout and become a delicious, protein filled Lake Trout

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or marry Dan Mintz and have movie candy…

  81. Sal says:
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    Its a league in which we play two at every position, 4 OF and 3 utilities and arenado is a FA. is it time to pick him up again? especially since the position is somewhat thin. Also thoughts on Viciedo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sal: Wow deep league, yea he should probably be owned. Not a big tank fan

  82. Philsfan76 says:
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    My Phils called up cody Asche. any thoughts on him? CBS says:
    (12:25 pm ET) The Phillies plan to promote third baseman Cody Asche, signaling Michael Young is expected to be traded Tuesday, according to Yahoo! Sports. Asche is considered the Phillies’ seventh-best prospect by MLB.com.
    Asche homered twice Monday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which was his second two-homer game in his last seven appearances. He’s batting .381 (16 for 42) with five home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games. After hitting .264 in April and .267 in May, Asche hit .318 in June and is batting .330 in July.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like Chris Johnson with a bit more speed…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Philsfan76: Interesting, not buying he can be a big help for 10 and 12 team, but deeper worth a flyer

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, fellas!

  83. danny almonte says:
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    Great stuff guys. Best guess?

    When xander is up, ROS he’ll be a top __ SS & top __ 3b
    2014 – same question?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @danny almonte: 11/17 8/12 something like that

      • danny almonte says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks. Knowing my league I can probably wait for the call if I hear it quickly. If he was top 10 already I’d probably get my Grey on and stash

  84. Jon says:
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    If Frieri continues to struggle, would you drop him for a SP like Kendrick or Quintana or hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Hold while he has the job, stuff still there just no control

  85. Vottomatic says:
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    Would it be too early to grab Bogaerts in a 10 team league? They’re playing him at 3rd in the minors now and I read the Sox may be shopping Middlebrooks

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Vottomatic: I think so, not seeing a huge impact in shallow leagues

  86. Sniff Test says:
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    leapin lenny tuiasosopo or darin ruff ryderz?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Hah I’ll go with Manti Teo’s “Gf”

      • Sniff Test says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Roll with her/him over Yelich…or just when facing lefties?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Sniff Test: Just when lefties, and you have to be sure Tuia is playing too

  87. Milton Fried, man says:
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    A). In a 12 team H2H keeper, I gave Andrus for Cespedes, and then followed that up with Torii Hunter for Asdrubal. I think that’s okay, right?

    B) So since I now have Yoenis in the OF with Trout, Puig, Myers, Holliday, Byrd, Aoki, I want to shore up my pitching. Should I try and move Asdrubal and one of those OF if Nick Franklin is available?

    C) There is no C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Yup B) Sure

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Milton Fried, man: A) So it’s Andrus and Hunter for Cesp Asdrubal combining? Love it. B) Yes – I’d try AsCab and Puig, think he has best value relative to ROS production.

      • steve says:
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        @danny almonte:

        Depending on the type of league, Scott – Razzball.com prospect writer – suggested that@JB Gilpin:

        I think Puig can net you more than Nick Franklin

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          @steve:

          Sorry, ignore the first potion of the comment. I was commenting on another string in this thread and then stopped, then commented on your posting.

          If it helps, I traded Puig straight-up in a keeper league for Segura.

  88. Pete says:
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    In a 12 team H2H that I can keep 4 (must be at least 1 Pitcher and 1 Hitter), what are the best options right now? I am very much in the running this year. Looking to potentially move whoever I won’t be able to keep if I can get more value down the stretch/for the playoffs.
    Cano (Round 1)
    Kershaw (Round 2)
    Posey (Round 6)
    Puig (Round 25)
    Dom Brown (Round 23)
    Jose Fernandez (Round 25)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, Kershaw, Posey, Puig

  89. anthony says:
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    @grey h2h pts league drop alexei and stash bogarts ? simmons or lind @ inf spot ? im leaning toward simmons cause he steals bases and does more – thoughts ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure and sure

  90. Al says:
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    All things equal, rank value ROS…Calhoun, Marisnick, Asche, Mejia. Thanks for all your help this season. My team is looking good, mostly thanks to Razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Marisnick, Mejia

  91. anthony says:
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    @grey h2h redraft not sure what to do with this team im ready to throw in towel – what areas would u look to improve in

    sal perez
    craig
    uggla
    machado
    franklin
    jones
    j upton
    bautista
    byrd
    hunter
    fowler
    ……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla and Perez

      • anthony says:
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        @Grey: castro at catcher or hold perez ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Castro

  92. Rocky says:
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    Grey,

    Heading into Week 18 with a nine game winning streak, six out of the last eight weekly high scores and a 12-5 record overall in a 10 Team NL-Only. All but assured of a first round bye and now looking to upgrade for playoff time and give out more coveted pitching starts to those fighting to get in.

    Is my offer of Cuddy/GoGo/Samardzija/Ryu/Jacob Turner for Rizzo/Bryce/Minor/Homer even remotely fair?

    Also, with Pill getting called up and Belt barely producing the last few weeks, is it time to cut the cord? Was thinking of replacing him at U with Cody Asche who is getting the call today and is batting .381 (16 for 42) with five home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it’s fair… Sure, try Asche…

  93. The Fridge says:
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    Replace Choo with Span, Shuck, Lake, Marisnick, Joyce, Kubel or Logan Schafer??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Replace?

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, should have explained. Moving Choo for Beltre above. Who do I replace my OF spot with?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lake for right now

  94. Adam says:
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    Segura or Reyes plus Marte and Verlander for Cargo,Dom Brown, and Rafael Soriano?
    He needs power
    Would u do it?
    Do I take segura or Reyes?
    Big trading day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, take Segura

  95. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Anyone like Arrieta aginst Milwaukee as a sneaky upside play? Brewers have never seen him. Figure that’s to Jake’s advantage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I gambled on him in one very deep mixed league (15+)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

      Plus Brewers couldn’t hit the barnside of a broad right now. Like that one? My second favorite spoonerized saying right after jawing defeat from the snatch of victory.

  96. Rodney says:
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    Kershaw + Rizzo OR Goldschmidt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

  97. OaktownSteve says:
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    I just realized this is the second time there are a Trout and Lake in the league concurrently. Steve Trout and Steve Lake were batterymates for the Cubs in the 80′s. And that is your marginally interesting factoid of the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  98. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Peavy is not pitching today. Anyone know who’s starting in his stead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rienzo

  99. Denis says:
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    rank these hitters ROS for util spot please?

    Morales
    Headley
    Morse

    thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  100. The Thumb says:
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    O’Day or KROD the better play in holds leagues for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      K-Rod

  101. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My OF is Harper, Quentin, Aoki, EYJ, Ruf. We start 5. Any of these guys worth a pick up? H2H points. If so, who do they replace? Maybin, Marisnick, Calhoun. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marisnick over Ruf

  102. the tone ranger says:
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    grey, whats up with anthony rizz? avg. just keeps going downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    is he still what we thought for next year? .280 35/100/10 or is he starting to look like a .260 25-30 HR guy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, just having a tough year, he’ll come around at some point…

  103. Ron says:
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    My SP’s: Sherzer, Lee, A. Sanchez, Moore, Iwakuma, Bailey, Garza, Peavy, Dickey, Beachy
    My RP’s: Henderson and Cisnero

    I don’t have an SS right now and need to pickup one literally right now before games start OR trade for one. Problem is I need to drop 2 pitchers just to pickup an SS.

    1) Which two pitchers should be dropped to pickup an SS? Dickey and Beachy?
    2) Pickup Villar, Miller, Franklin or Aybar?
    3) Does it make more sense to trade Dickey for Peralta, Jeter or Xander?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Beachy 2) Franklin 3) Sure, Jhonny

  104. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Start Locke at home against STL tmrw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  105. JJ says:
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    I have a bit of a logjam at SS. Im currently starting H.Ramirez there with B.Lawrie at 3B. But I also have JJ Hardy and recently grabbed A.Cabrera from the WW. So Ive got 2 SS at Util right now. I am tempted to grab Bogaerts as well but obviously that would be ultimate SS overload.

    Which 2 of these 3 SS would you want for the rest of the season?
    JJ Hardy
    A.Cabrera
    X.Bogaerts

    Or should I try and deal H.Ramirez now while his value is at its peak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A.Cabrera
      X.Bogaerts… Sure, try to deal Hanley

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        What about H.Ramirez for A.Jones?
        OR should I aim higher?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JJ: I’d take Jones

  106. T Moore says:
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    Hey Mr Gray: What do yus reckon on Kazmir today against the Pale Hose????

    Should, I ride the Knock-a-Homa wave???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ride the wave

  107. T Moore says:
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    What’s with this votes thinga-ma-gigger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Trying it out, playing with it still…

  108. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey, wondering your take on this trade that I discussed with JB yesterday. ESPN 12 team 5×5 roto scoring.

    I give: Longoria and Garza
    I get: Donaldson, Hamels, Nathan

    I am in a close race in the power categories, so I am hesitant to give up Longoria, but I stand to make up a fair amount of ground in pitching if I can really improve, so I could use a closer. I feel like Hamels is due for a good finish. Your thoughts?

  109. Tom says:
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    Who would you rather have in a dynasty league and why? Tulo or longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Longo

  110. Adam says:
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    Strasburg or Verlander ROS?
    Will Myers or Segura ROS?
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Stras, Segura

  111. For a Stream Start tomorrow,

    Meija @ Mia
    Lackey vs. M’s
    Chatwood @ Atl
    Kendrick vs SF

    All seem pretty streamable to me, and the order there is what I was leaning towards.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lackey

  112. Grey

    Grey says:
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  113. John says:
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    I have Beachy and Kluber. I know you guys love Kluber, but when I look at his upcoming schedule it makes me wonder. After this Wed vCHW (where I would definitely start him), here is his projected schedule:

    vDET
    vLAA
    @OAK
    @LAA
    @ATL
    vBAL

    Those are some pretty tough starts. So….. in a 10 team league where I have the following pitchers on WW, do I:

    A) keep both
    B) drop one (for whom – see below)
    C) C gave up 7 ER last night too, so there is no C
    D) Drop both (for whom – see below)
    E) Stream from those below

    Wheeler
    Kennedy
    Johnson
    Haren
    Nolasco
    Westbrook
    Cahill
    M. Gonzalez
    Doubront
    Kazmir
    Peralta
    Wandy
    Chen
    Vogelsong
    Stults
    Santiago
    Gee
    Cashner
    Morton
    Straily
    Norris
    McDonald

  114. Grey

    Grey says:
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  115. Manny fresh says:
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    Which side do you prefer?

    McCutchen/Myers/Lohse/Fister or Miguel Cabrera/Ajax/Peavy

    Is trade fair? Thanks.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:
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  117. Clive says:
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    Was offered C Davis (9th rd keeper next year) and C Lee (3rd rd keeper), for my Goldy (9th rd keeper) and S Miller (22nd rd keeper).. Which side do you like? I love the idea of adding Cliff Lee down the stretch this year, but I like Goldy > C Davis. Thanks!

  118. Grey

    Grey says:
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  119. Jason says:
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    Start Roberto Hernandez tonight?

  120. Matt says:
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    eyo! fielding offers for goldy. looking for SP depth. MI/CI, H2H.

    Goldschmidt/Aoki/Lester for Freeman/Heyward/Moore or Goldschmidt for Freeman/Minor.

    In a vacuum, would you: keep goldy, take the 3-player offer, or 2-player offer?

  121. Jason says:
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    Norris scratched…

  122. letsgobravos says:
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    Aoki is running wild. 1 hit today and steals 2 bases. Love it.

  123. Nightpandas says:
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    Keep 9 15 teams:

    Trade Bailey and Rollins for Jose Fer and Bogearts….looking at next year

  124. Juice_0321 says:
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    Jenrry Mejia is on my wire. You bear or bull ROS? I could use a lil pitching.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:
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  126. Ted Striker says:
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    My Kipnis for his Matt Moore in a keeper league. I have Altuve (or Lawrie) to plug in and could always use pitching. Do we see the same production drop-off as last year with J-Kip?

  127. The Louisville Slugger says:
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    Pay attention guys, ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR GREY**** Just had to say, love the Star Wars references here Grey. The force is strong with you.

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