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You ever go to a flea market and you have no interest in buying anything?  You see some little old lady wearing a sweater, even though it’s 95 degrees, selling a collection of hummels and they’re priced like they’re gold bullion. You pass.  You walk further and see a man with mutton chops selling corn cob pipes, but you already have one.  You’re only at the flea market because your lady friend dragged you there.  You kinda just want to go home — but then!  — then you see someone selling an original Derek and the Dominos vinyl.  It’s a limited edition Layla record from the former republic of Yugoslavia.  There’s scratches all over it and it barely plays, but it’s from 1970 and it says Layla in some weird language and it’s priced at $3.  You buy it.  That’s Chris Johnson, a scratchy Yugoslavian Layla record.  The Diamondbacks aren’t buying, but the Astros are selling so aggressively that they’ll make a buyer out of everyone.  So, you make the small sacrifice to carry something the rest of the day, even though you enjoyed being unencumbered, and now you got Chris Johnson.  When Johnson gets back to Arizona, he’s going to hit .270 with light power just like he’s a broken record.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Brett Wallace – Recalled to replace Chris Johnson.  Our prospect writer, Scott, just went over his Brett Wallace fantasy yesterday.  Click that linkie-ma-whosie or scroll down.  The choice is yours, Black Sheep.

Lucas Harrell – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and the Win and somehow the Stream-o-Nator was right on telling you to do this stream.  As you pass it in a bar, the Stream-o-Nator nods in your general direction, too involved with a group of females.

Brandon Allen – The Rays sold his rights to Japan.  I believe CBS tried to do the same with Byron Allen.

Francisco Liriano – Liriano used to have a lot of stuff.  He had stuff that blew away hitters.  Then he had surgery and he lost some of his stuff.  The second version of his stuff.  Then he pitched for a few years and seemed to lose stuff each time he took the mound.  His third, fourth and fifth versions of his stuff.  Now he takes what little stuff he has left in an overnight bag to the White Sox.  Sometimes you see hitters or pitchers moved to teams that kill them just so they don’t have to face them anymore.  The White Sox actually are gonna lose two games with this trade just because they won’t be able to face Liriano anymore.  He had a near-7 ERA against the White Sox just this year and 5.34 ERA in July against everyone.  The Padres would’ve had a nice reclamation project with Liriano. The Marlins could’ve done something with him.  The White Sox?  You have exactly the same pitcher in an “extreme hitter’s park.”

Clayton Kershaw – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks as he recorded his second shutout of the year.  You know how Jim Leyland’s cigarette-stained teeth make him look like one of those clown head’s at a carnival that has water sprayed into its mouth but instead of water it’s urine?  Now the exact opposite of that image is Kershaw.

Logan Morrison – To the 15-day DL with knee inflammation and could be out the rest of the season.  Backdate this news to March.

Josh Johnson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 4 Ks.  That’s a lot of balls for one Johnson.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 2 runs and a steal, and he homered yesterday as he now bats 3rd.  Every player who puts together a crazy contract season and/or a player that sits out the last day of games so he can win the batting title should get sent to the Marlins and one of their patented sell-offs.  It’s like Burgess Meredith breaking his glasses.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-4 with a steal, after hitting a homer on Saturday.  He’s hitting .359 with 8 homers in 131 ABs.  Meanwhile, his brother Pecorino went 0-for-3 getting his mom to cut him some slack already about finding a job.

Kris Medlen – Set to start on Tuesday unless the Braves trade for someone.  It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Medlen.  A Medfan, if you will.  Though, you probably shouldn’t.  I will be peddlin’ Medlen!  Yeah, not much better.  He will only throw about 70 pitches on Tuesday, so don’t go too crazy for him in his first start.

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  Grumblings of “about fhucking time” for those that have had him since draft day.

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks as Fister brought the punch outs against the Jays.  He’s now lowered his ERA almost one full run since the beginning of July.

Colby Rasmus – Hit a homer on Saturday.  He was hot for about two months then went ice cold.  And I say what’s cooler than bein’ cool?  Ice cold!  Rasmus may be heating up again.  Hey ya!

Brian Roberts – Having season-ending hip surgery.  Not sure how long he’ll be out, but Gertude Brodsky had a similar surgery and was out of the World Shuffleboard Circuit for 18 months.

Wei-Yin Chen – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Now that’s some Choice Chen.  Move over Blake DeWitt, there’s a new man in town with a mother named Joyce.

Omar Quintanilla – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a homer.  Omar’s coming yo!  I talked to Rudy yesterday on the phone and he was pumped about our AL-Only pick up Omar Quintanilla.  Ah, the joys of AL-Only.  In the last week, Quintanilla is hitting near .370, and doesn’t have much speed or power.  In the big picture, he’s a background extra that keeps smiling into the camera and needs to be replaced.

Mat Latos – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks in Coors.  I’ll say it for you…Sonavabench!  And if you started him here, well, you could make your testicles into one of those coconut monkey banks and start saving for your kid’s college tuition.

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (21).  This was also his 2nd game in a row with a homer.  That’s the Stubb-bubb.

Yonder Alonso – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He goes to Cincy for a 4 game set, starting today.  Yoda’s got 10 words for you.  Payback for trading him to the Padres, he will get.

Chase Headley – 2-for-4 with a steal.  T-minus one more day and we find out if Chase Headley’s birthday wish is gonna come true.

Ben Revere – 2-for-4 with two steals.  He now has 24 steals and a .315 average.  As Revere screamed, the SAGNOF is coming!  The SAGNOF is coming!  Then, as our country’s history tells us, Revere stopped in a bakery in Boston, took Margaret Peabody into a churner and originated the phrase, “Butter face.”

Justin Morneau – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Full disclosure:  The Twins asked me to point out Morneau’s last three day exploits in case any playoff-bound teams were reading.

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, now hitting .379.  The Rockies are going to be in Coors until next week.  Own Rutledge now!

James McDonald – 5 IP, 5 ER vs. the Lastros.  Has now given up 20 earned runs in his last 20 2/3 innings.  E, I, E, I, E, I, Oh, crap.  McDonald sends his condolences to good.  That’s not a regression… THIS IS A REGRESSION.  I wouldn’t drop McDonald in all leagues, but he can’t be started anywhere at this point.  You need to see at least a quality start first.  You can try to sell him, but it’s hard to sell a guy when the player is obviously, dramatically, adverbially regressing.

Kevin Correia – Asked the Pirates to trade him.  This is huge news if said aloud and out of context.  Seriously, turn to the guy in the cubicle next to you and tell them, “Corriea lifted the trade embargo.”

Starling Marte – 2-for-5 with a steal.  The Pirates have made good on their promise to start him every day, and have also hit him lead off.  He’s also hitting .222 and has a caught stealing, but that’s no surprise.  As soon as he gets on base, they should play Been Caught Stealing.

Shane Victorino – 3-for-4 and a slam (9) and legs (24).  In 2008, I could’ve asked you, “In four years, who will be the most valuable Phillie:  Howard, Rollins, Utley or Victorino?”  You would’ve got it wrong.  If I would’ve asked you before the 2012 season which Phillie hitter from those 4 would be the most valuable, you would’ve got it wrong too.  Don’t sweat it, I would’ve too.

Neftali Feliz – Scratched from his rehab start with discomfort in his elbow.  My best guess is he’ll be out for another month.  My moderately good guess is he’s done for the season.  My worst guess is he’ll retire from baseball, open up a sunglass kiosk in my bathroom and try to sell back to me my own sunglasses.

John Axford – 1 2/3 IP, 3 ER and Dor-K went 1/3 IP with 3 ER.  Someone should check the Brewers bullpen for Montezuma’s Revenge because they are hemorrhaging runs.

Corey Hart – 4-for-5, 3 runs and a slam (19) and legs (4).  It would be kinda cool if Corey Hart bought sunglasses from my bathroom.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and another homer.  Okay, if you pick him up, I promise to tell you when to drop him.

Rickie Weeks – 1-for-4 with his 11th homer.  Now hitting around .400 in the last week and hitting near .300 for the month of July.  If someone dropped him because he was playing about as well as the Kristin Cavallari years of The Hills, I’d give him a shot.  He’s not quite Bobby Bonds and Jeff Kent’s adopted son that they raised in secret because the public wasn’t as tolerant at the time, but Weeks is also not a .150 hitter.

Steve Lombardozzi – 3-for-5 and a homer and has hit in 7 of last ten games while taking over for the injured Desmond.  (Hitting in 7 of ten games isn’t much of a compliment, but Lombardozzi is worth a shot in deep leagues.)

Paul Maholm – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  No idea who he is.  Never heard of him before.  Pretty sure I haven’t mentioned him after each of his last four starts.  I mean, technically it would be impossible since I’ve never heard of him.

Mike Trout – Scratched before yesterday’s game.  I was in LA and he was Anaheim, so who the hell was scratching him?! *reading synonyms for scratching*  Oh.  Word out of Bobby Grichville is Trout will be fine.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks as he started his first game for the Angels.  Arte Moreno is definitely sparing no expense, but Rita’s gonna be pissed when she finds out he spent all her West Side money.  At this point, the Angels could take on the 1992 Dream Team and win.  But they didn’t play baseball, and it’s 20 years later, so they might not be in the best shape.  Speaking of the Olympics, I’ve figured out a way to make them better, or at least more relatable.  You know how you’re sitting there watching eight swimmers do the 400 meter relay in a minute thirty? (Bear with me, I know no one is actually watching it or if a minute thirty is how fast 400 meters takes.)  Well, while you watch it, it seems impressive, but you can’t fully appreciate it because everyone in the pool is more or less the same level swimmer, give or take a half second.  Enter my idea:  Have a normal person in the pool with them!  In fact, put a normal person in every event.  You didn’t think they were that fast in the 100 meter dash?  Wait, until you drop a slightly out-of-shape guy in the mix.  Now it’s clear how fast they are actually going.  You’re welcome, Olympics, I fixed you.

From Around The Web

  1. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    Ruggiano or Lorenzo Cain rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, Cain

  2. OaktownA's says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks as always. Cuz ur the bleeping man. Whats ur take, gut feelin or whatev on Shaun Marcum? Cut loose n dont sweat it? Or hold cuz hes valuable when huckin a baseball? NL only league drop question here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownA’s, Thanks! I’d hold him…

      • Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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        @Grey, Feel the same about Marcum in a 12 team H2H points league if you’ve already got McCarthy and Garcia in your DL slots.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do…

  3. Giancrowave says:
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    Johnson rosterable in a 16 team roto league? There’s no healthy 3bs anywhere with ARod, Panda and Longo gone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giancrowave, Yup

  4. Kershaw Shank Redemption says:
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    Picked Aaron harang vs. Dbacks tomorrow for a stream and A.J Griffin vs. Rays what do you think?

      • Kershaw Shank Redemption says:
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        @Grey, I know that just was curious the last phase of streaming is always trust grey…wierd, I know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Kershaw Shank Redemption, I’d start Griffin…

  5. jack says:
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    Ah Revere. Had him on the bench for his career best two weeks. Oh yeah had the Shark benched too for his recent career days. So this week (4X4 league, no Rs or Ks) do I start

    Revere or Crawford?

    Shark @LAD or Haren @ Tex?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Revere… Shark

  6. Steve says:
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    By the time Chris Johnson gets to Phoenix, I’ll be rising.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Nice!

  7. Simple Jack says:
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    He ain’t no Gold Medlen…sorry bad Olympics pun.

    Your 4 year old questions made me think……… Pence is their best hitter and yet they want to trade him like the Astros so geniously did. Do I sense this guy has a case of the Rasmus’s where you have five tools with tons of upside and you keep getting shown the door? but the Phillies want to hold onto Ty Wiggington, that makes a lot of sense. Also how the hell did Amaro make those trades, the guy must have a cache of incrimnating evidense on half the GM’s in baseball. He must really know what he’s doing when he has 65 million committed to three pitchers next year…you can tell I hate the Phillies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Yeah, not sure why they want to unload Pence…

      • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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        @Grey,

        One of the worst defensive outfielders I have ever seen in MLB.
        Decent enough arm, always makes bad decisions on when to break for the ball. Goes to the ground when he shouldn’t, stays up on balls when he should go to the ground and block. I have seen enough of him in the past year to say, gimme back Skeets (Lonnie) Smith.

        Swings out of the strike zone all the time. Pitchers now throw high on pupose knowing he will swing. Been a total disappointment.

        He may produce decent enough Fantasy numbers, but he isn’t a “winning type” of ballplayer IMO. Just not solid enough in the fundamentals of the game to be a building block of a team. His stat line is like the siren of the sea, you get lured in, then crash on the rocks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya… My eyes are looking through fantasy-colored glasses, I suppose…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Cahhhhh-stanza, I didn’t think he is that bad of an outfielder, but his plate approach reminds me of a Latin player at times. Its just with the shift to pitching dominance that I figure any bat that can hit .300 is worth having on your team.

          • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate, I can’t believe with the approach he has the plate that he ever hit .300. His rookie season he did (2007), then 2008-2010 his highest average was .282, then 2011 between Houston and Philly, he did it again. So only twice in 6 seasons. Always in double digits in outfield assists, I think that helps to cover some of his defensive warts. This year his fielding % is .971, lowest of any year with over 100 starts. And they didn’t credit him with errors on balls he didn’t get to that he should have! It may not be fair to compare him the the previous Phillies RF, Jason Werth, who was a very good defensive RF. He reminds me more of the guy in RF before Werth, Bobby Abreu. Again, his outfield assists covered up his defensive liabilities. Bobby stopped trying once he hit the warning track!

            Pence has been a bust to say the least. And I favored the trade when it happened. With the core of the lineup out for almost 3 months, he looked like a guy who was trying way too hard. No one would have guessed the Chooch would be the 2012 MVP, it was all setup for Pence to be the MVP. Instead, he has become trade bait. Watch him play for more then a game and you will see it for yourself. Fantasy glasses is the only way to admire his career.

            • Simple Jack says:
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              @Cahhhhh-stanza, I never was one to rely on outfield assists. But its hard to find a good hitter/fielder combo these days. Ive watched him probably a half dozen times this year and compared to watching Abreau and Rivera this year for the Dodgers, anything looks good. I don’t think I have been looking through fantasy goggles, more like AARP goggles when it comes to those two.

              • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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                @Simple Jack, Abreu’s best days as an outfielder were done in 2006 when the Phils shipped him to the Yanks. There are quite a few

              • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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                @Simple Jack, Abreu’s best days as an outfielder were done in 2006 when the Phils shipped him to the Yanks. There are quite a few baseball people who think that the clubhouse attitude also turned around to a winning attitude the day he was traded. The Phils then went on to win 5 division crowns. Abreu and Lieberthal were just not good clubhouse guys, very interested in their own numbers rather then the team numbers.

                Rivera is another guy who has career is close to done. Maybe the Phils can send back that Rule 5 player they got from the Dodgers, Shane Victorino, or as I like to refer to him, the “stupidest player in MLB”. Shane has incredible amount of God-given talent, but doesn’t have a lick of baseball sense. I think the Phils are done with his nonsense as well. He will be somewhere else to start the 2013 season, unless they can get him to return as a FA for half of his salary in 2012. Can’t see that happening, Pride will always get in the way. The Phillies will look to make a major retooling in the off-season; 2 OF spots, 3rd base, bullpen. They are better then they are playing right now, but the hole they dug from April to July is just too damn deep, and the pressure is getting to everyone.

                • Simple Jack says:
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                  @Cahhhhh-stanza, wow, and I thought Jimmy Rollins was the dumbest player in baseball. He looks so lost in the eyes and when he talks I just want to mute it. Nice heads up on Victorino, if he comes here I will be watching. I wonder if you have to fail a wonderlick test to be a position player in Philly. It must be a relatable thing with the local fan base. hehe

                  • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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                    @Simple Jack, Not sure about the Wonderlick, but Rollins does have an outstanding baseball savvy to him. Along with Utley, Polanco, Ruiz, they have some really smart baseball players on the current roster. And the current crop of major leaguers do love to play in front of 45000 fans a night. A sellout for almost 2 years! One of the top 5 stadiums in baseball.

                    I remember John Smoltz saying you would have to be crazy to want to go pitch half of your games in that Bandbox they call Citizens Bank Park. Well John, Halladay, and Lee both opted to pitch there and have had success. Maybe John lacked confidence in his ability. Sometimes, players shrivel up when they get in front of the Big Lights. Atlanta has never been a great sports city. Not much pressure to be great when the top sports in your town are college sports.

                    As for the local fanbase (myself included), can’t imagine the Dodger fanbase is really proud about how they treated that San Fran fan on opening day. I know , I know, a couple of bad fans are representative of the whole fanbase. But that broad brush you use does work both ways….

                    • Simple Jack says:
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                      @Cahhhhh-stanza, My fellow Dodger fans are a generl embarassment for both their behavior and their very very low baseball IQ. I’m a fan of the game first, team 2nd. I know alot of Philly and Pennsylvania transplants and we have very differing ideas on what it means to be a fan.

                      If Brian Stow wouldn’t of been white we never would have heard too much about that. They had a Latino on Latino stabbing that led to death at Angel game a couple years back and they made no big deal about it.

  8. Simple Jack says:
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    I’m sorry one of your old prospect crushes has to learn Japanese. Don’t worry Brandon, Kila Kahlua and Gaby Sanchez will join you soon. Bret Wallace is not far off either, maybe the Astros will trade for a bag of fish.

    You should have a list of players on the verge of Japanese stardom. Think some power hitting 1st base types that kill AAA, which is similar to Japan on average, that just can’t put it together in the big leagues. You know the type they “have nothing left to prove” in the minors and do nothing but hit .200 with the occasional HR when they come to the show. You can make it a pool, like a death pool…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Ha

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, We should start a small Japan pool, I want Kila first

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll take Kotchman

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, Nice…my back up would probably be Smoak

  9. Mike says:
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    Traded freese and cook for Strasburg
    U agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Sounds solid

  10. Tim says:
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    Doumit or lucoy to pick up for catcher?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim, Doumit

  11. Ryan says:
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    Need saves…Perkins or burton???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Neither? Burton

  12. Dingbat says:
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    I’ve been DL stashing Cashner and Hammel, but Sandoval just moved ahead of them on my DL queue. Griffin and McAllister are available. Should I drop Hammel and/or Cashner for one or both of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dingbat, Both

      • dingbat says:
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        @Grey, Thanks! But I should’ve phrased my question differently:

        I’ve got room on my DL to keep stashing one of them, so which is the better hold — Cashner or Hammel, and which is the better pickup, Griffin or McAllister?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hammel probably won’t be back this year and Cashner has started one game this year without injury…

  13. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Instead of just a “normal person,” how about you make it somebody who was “awesome” at that event back in high school?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I like it… I’m open to suggestions!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, In weightlifting, they should have to lift people as well as iron. For example, I was watching some this morning (it’s awesome BTW). There are these guys who are, like, 130 pounds lifting 3 times their own bodyweight (which is pretty incredible).

        So, let’s see what that looks like!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love that idea! Lift three people instead of a bunch of weight… So much more interesting!

  14. TheNewGuy says:
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    10 team keeper, rotation is Bum, NatGio, Cain, Adverb, Garza, Sheets, E-Jax.

    Currently top but more due to my hitting than pitching. Looking for a deal to consolidate my staff and win the league this year. Would be trading N Castellanos (minors team) for Mat(t) Latos. Not worried about losing a prospect but is Latos enough or should I be aiming higher?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, And again to subscribe to the post!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, It sounds fair… Could try to aim higher at first…

  15. Lob Ball says:
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    Assuming they are all healthy, please pick 2 for CI:
    Lind, Carp, Moustakis, Frazier, Belt

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lob Ball, Moose, Lind, Frazier

  16. Poo Holes says:
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    Neil Walker and Peavy for Bone Face and Capuano? Then drop Seager and scoop up any of Buehrle, Cahill, Wei-Yin Chen, or Jason Vargas? No brainer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Peavy side….Chen…

  17. Hondo says:
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    Picked up Bedard to stream at Chicago,starting to rethink.Mistake?

  18. Heisenberg says:
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    Desmond down. Can you pick one of the following SS:

    Seager, Escobar, Scutaro, Tejada, Valdespin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Heisenberg, Seager

  19. All Braun No Brains says:
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    would you trade hamilton and chris perez for wright, hanley and cespedis? or maybe switch in geancarlo if you think he will actually come back on the Aug 10th? or any combo of those four? 10×10 leauge i need tripples bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @All Braun No Brains, I’d take Hanley and Wright

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    J-Upside still a good buy-low? Or would you rather have Rizzo amazingly for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d prefer Upton…

  21. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    So something awesome went down in my league last week. I traded Rizzo for Bone Face, and then the player I made the deal with had DL problems and had to drop Rizzo. I had a high waiver claim, scooped him back up on Friday, and the dude is going off, BYAHH!

    So now I got Pujols, Butler, and Rizzo with only one 1B and one UTIL. Trying to trade Butler and Zobrist for Cano. Idk if he’ll go for it, but would be pretty sweet after all that went down.

    • Hot Sauce says:
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      @BoneFace n Harmony, Not a chance that Cano deal gets accepted, but that Rizzo thing was pretty cool. Intrigues me because I have been doing that kind of thing for a few years now in shallower leagues with 2 or 3 DL spots, and I was wondering if other people put that much thought and time into benches as I do. If a guy is using all of his DL’s and some of the guys are close to returning, I usually look to deal a fringe rosterable player on my team (who I obviuosly have rostered for a reason) for a fringe rosterable player with upside on the other guy’s team, and see if the guy that he drops when the DL players come off is the guy I traded away but still has value to me. It works out more often than I thought, and just this season I have traded away Jon Niese and Kyle Lohse only to scoop them back up a week later. Ended up reeling in Ryan Cook and Ernesto Frieri in exchange for nothing.

      Of course, I have no one to blame but myself for not being the first to scoop up those 2 guys in the first place when they were universally unowned, but the league has very competitive save vultures. I digress.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Hot Sauce, I think it’s pretty lame that you play with such a short sighted group that could not know their guys are coming off the DL, esepecially for fringe starters in a shallow league. maybe you should try playing against some tougher competition one of these days

        • Hot Sauce says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, This happening on only two occasions and we are almost in the fifth month of the season, you make it sound like it’s a regularity. I made sure to make this sound like it doesn’t happen all that often but fun when it does. You certainly are full of hate there.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Hot Sauce, yes, yes I am!

  22. Turk Wendell says:
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    Morning Grey, great stuff as always.

    At CI: M. Young, G. Jones, or Morneau?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Thanks! Morneau

  23. kg says:
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    Please rank:
    Anibal Sanchez, Nova, Floyd, Holland.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kg, Anibal, Nova

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha great suggestion for the Olympics!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Thanks!

  25. joey greco says:
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    howard or cain ros,i know they are different ,thanks ,great post again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joey greco, Cain

  26. smegma says:
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    Which RP this week:

    Valverde: 6 games (3@Bos, 3v.Cle)
    Aceves: 7 games (3v.Det, 4v.Min) pitched last 2 nights

    Which 2 SP this week:

    Latos v PIT (Rodriguez)
    Kuroda v SEA (F-Her)
    Gallardo v HOU (Keuchel)
    Sheets v MIA (Zambrano)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Valverde… Kuroda, Gallardo

  27. ManuteBologna says:
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    Traded Ryan Howard and Aniballz for Vogelsong on Friday night, how much did I kill it?

    I now have an open roster spot. Pick up Chris Johnson to platoon with Alvarez at 3b? I need OPS, R, and SB more than anything. There are OF like Snider, Ross, Ruggiano, Gomez, or Rajai that I could mix in to my current starting 5 of Braun, McCutchen, Bruce, Cain, and Boesch

    Chris Davis (looks like he may be starting another run) and Todd Frazier are also possible platoon partners with Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ManuteBologna, Nice… Yeah, grab Johnson…

  28. Ryan says:
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    Start Parker or millone against rays this week?
    Have to pick one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Milone

  29. CT Old School says:
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    A couple things.

    Outstanding Twilight Zone reference. (Jose Reyes)

    Great historical fiction. (Ben Revere)

    Lastly, “Missed it by…that much” on the Dream Team. 1988 is when John Thompson II took a bunch of crap to Seoul and lost to the Soviet Union in the semis but then beat Australia for the Bronze. Largely because of that loss, the Dream Team was created in 1992 for the Barcelona games (which I attended. Bee Tee Dubya, Spain was awesome…lots of killer ‘staches).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT Old School, Thanks! Ah, my bad… You see how much research I did for that…

  30. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch says:
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    Is Chris Carter worth a pick up? 8 hr in 59 ab and 3 hr in his last 5 games has me speculatin’. He’s kinda sucked in the past but is there any chance he’s turned a corner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, Yeah, worth the pickup for power…

  31. Chris says:
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    Hello!

    What can of pitcher could you expect in return for Beltran?
    What about Jay Bruce?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, A #1

  32. Frank says:
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    What are realistic 2013 expectations for Lance Lynn? Just don’t think I can trust him as a centerpiece of a keeper trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank, 3.75 ERA… He’s not this good…

  33. Chillmodious says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    Is it time to drop Boesch yet, or will doing that induce a 10-day hot streak/homer binge? I like to tell myself he’s got more potential/upside/fairydust than your average hot schmotato, but it’s looking more and more like that’s all he is at best. And as hot schmotatoes go, Ruggiano is out there and available. Make the switch, or hold the line?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Morning! Sure, go with Ruggiano…

  34. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I Am currently the 7th seed right now. I was offered sandoval pence bourn billingsley for longoria profar sano and wheeler. I think this is good value in return but feel I should make a counter. Some other players on his team to note are braun, billy butler, mat moore, mcann and jordan zimmerman. What do y think I should do?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf michael morse
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util travis snider
    bn jordany valdespin
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p brandon lyon
    p jared hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Sounds solid, could end up screwing you…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, Do u see a counter I should make? I was thinking like longoria profar sano wheeler for braun jordan zimmerman bourn. Is that something that won’t screw me over long term.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Braun…

  35. Chillmodious says:
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    Also, Stream-o-nator is telling me Harang (home vs. Ari) over Cahill (@ Dodgers) today. Would you start either of them and, if so, which makes for the better stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, I wouldn’t start either in most leagues… But I’d go Harang…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, If it were Wednesday with me behind or close in my pitching stats, I might risk it. Too rich for my Monday morning blood, though. Thank you!

  36. Curtis says:
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    12 team league, I’m down to 4 starting pitchers with McDonald being one of them. I have 5 current closers, with Holland waiting in the wings, but Parnell maybe losing his spot. Do I trade Jansen for Tim Hudson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis, It’s fine in a non-keeper…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You should do better, Curtis…

        • Curtis says:
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          @Grey,

          It is a keeper. I’ll push for Wainwright instead. He also has Cliffly and Cueto.

        • Curtis says:
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          @Grey,

          What about Street for Huddy instead? I tried for Jansen for Wainwright but didn’t get there.

          Thanks,
          Curtis

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d do that deal….

  37. papasmurf says:
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    Sat both Latos and Maholm: double sonnuvabench! And I kept KROD on my team (holds league)… smurfin mistake. Anyway he’s gone.

    If Headley goes to the Yanks, I am doing a cartwheel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, I hear ya…

  38. jaw says:
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    which 3b should i grab while pablo is on the DL? 12 team 5×5 h2h

    chris johnson
    ryan roberts
    inge
    mark reynolds
    todd frazier
    rolen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Frazier

  39. Nico says:
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    I’ve been offered Braun, Lawrie, and Kipnis for McCutchen and Hanley. If I accepted I’d start Kipnis over a putrid Uggla (and my team could use SB and avg help). Should I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Sounds good…

  40. Mike says:
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    My bench is full of DL’ed players (Votto, Sandoval, De Aza, Plouffe) in a league with 3 bench spots/1 DL spot and I’ve got a big playoffesque match this week

    I’m fine for not starting a batter in my util position cause there isn’t a full schedule of games today but tomorrow is another story.

    Would you drop any of Plouffe, De Aza, Berkman, or Casilla if you had to.

    Which order would you drop them in…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, De Aza, Plouffe, Casilla

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey, Thats exactly what I was thinking.

        Thanks for the advice Grey…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  41. jaw says:
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    which of these OF should i grab in a 10 team 5×5 h2h

    boesch
    delmon
    coco
    brantley
    chris davis
    cody ross
    bernadina
    ludwick
    revere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Crisp

      • jaw says:
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        @Grey, crisp might be out a few with a tight hammy, who’s next?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jaw, Boesch

  42. Deadwoods says:
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    Please rank 3B:

    Chase Headley, Chipper Jones, Pedro Alvarez, Kyle Seager, Daniel Murphy. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, You ranked them

  43. Purewater says:
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    If I have to replace Pierzynski this week, who is the better option: Rosario or Martin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Wilin

  44. Jon says:
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    Start Fowler or Boesch right now?

    • Jon says:
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      Actually, maybe this is a better question: is Fowler a Coors-only guy? And are there any particular splits I should know about for BB? My league has a daily lineup so I can pay attention if I know what to look for…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, I’d start Fowler at home…

  45. WHIP it good says:
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    Which 3b to replace Panda for a while now?

    Headley
    Seager
    Chris Davis
    Daniel Murphy
    Aviles
    Middlebrooks
    Chris Johnson (new home help?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WHIP it good, Headley for today, Middlebrooks

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    Alcides or Espinosa for SS for right now? Shallow league. Just looking for hotness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Espinosa

  47. Matt says:
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    Not sure how to take the Feliz news. I’ve been stashing him in a league where pitching is very thin on the wire, hoping for some impact in the fantasy playoffs. Do I drop him now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Not sure who you’re dropping him for…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey, kris medlen? more valuable in the long run?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Medlen

  48. Djlancerauch says:
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    Looking like Lind might hit the DL. Should I dump him for Morneau?
    Who is the better option for my infield? Espinosa or R Weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Morneau…Weeks…

  49. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Got a roster spot I can use for spec saves: Storen (I own Clippard), Pestano, Myers, Holland, Romo or Parnell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen

  50. Chillmodious says:
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    Romo. What to do with him…

    I picked him up as a Casilla handcuff and enjoyed a vulture win with some ok ratio help, but that also came with the HR he gave up to Hanley the other night (his 4th HR allowed in two years, zoinks!). Am I safe in cutting him for a starter (Bailey, Maholm [who?], Detwiler available, to name a few), or perhaps an extra bat for today’s short schedule?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…. Detwiler…

  51. Justin says:
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    Rutledge or Marte.

    1. For this week.

    2. ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge…Marte…

  52. Chillmodious says:
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    Brewers just fired their bullpen coach. I promise I’m not a sociopath that follows every strange move Doug Melvin makes (hell, I live on the west coast and haven’t had a Schlitz in 8 years), but his recent quotes are like a car wreck I just can’t peel my eyes away from. Today:

    “It is important that we make every effort to try to improve our bullpen performance,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. “While Stan is not solely responsible, I felt that this change was the first step and was necessary.”

    That’s actually the second step. The first step should be dressing dor-K and Axford in matching gorilla suits and sending them to Tanzania. Kameron Loe can fly the plane.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Yeah, not even sure that’s the second step… That’s just the innocent crossfire….

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, You’re right. The second step should be a team press release: “Brewers GM Doug Melvin announced this morning that he has fired team GM Doug Melvin. When reached for comment, former GM Doug Melvin said, “d’oh!””

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Exactly…

  53. EG says:
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    Do you see Cliff Lee returning to form (at all) and contributing down the stretch in a H2H format? Or should I use him as trade bait (in our league, he does have value to other teams as a potential keeper) to acquire a better SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think he can return to form and contribute…

  54. mike says:
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    so kemp or j-up master grey? also what is the word regressing? isnt mcdonald just not pitching well but as seen he can pitch very well? just a thought

  55. jack says:
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    Revere and Shark it is, thanks! Did a little deadline trade that’s more like a drop/add … shed Lind (knew he was DL bound), Anibal and Duda for Mourneau (Votto sub), H Bailey and Minor. Minor seems to have figured it out as has Mourneau. H Bailey will be a hope and pray type thing this week. Matchups are too good, tho they are at home where he has had trouble ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a solid deal…

  56. Nico says:
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    Are you starting Scherzer tonight at Boston? 12 team, 1500 IP limit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  57. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Better start for the week:

    Derek Holland or Roy Oswalt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  58. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Detwiler or Minor ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, Just got Minor and did the matchup work so might as well share. He is slated: MIA, @PHI, SD and LAD 2 start, @SF, @SD, COL and @NYM 2 start, WAS, @MIA, MIA, @PIT

        So, great matchups down the stretch! He should be able to turn that 5.5 ERA to 4.00 and get that whip down towards 1.25. Go get ATL pitchers, lots of NL West ahead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for the heads up!

  59. Rick Grimes says:
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    Rank A Escobar, Plouffe, Rutledge in an OPS League where steals are slightly devalued…

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge, Espinosa

  60. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    Now that Lucroy is back, should I pick him up and drop God Montero?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  61. Simple Jack says:
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    Pciked up Cargo -2.0, would you rather have him or Morenope?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morneau

  62. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Who is the weak link here in a 12-team, H2H, 5×5 for Rest of season.

    I need to cut one
    Desmond Jennings
    B.J. Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  63. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Medlen Tuesday? I’m thinking of starting Leake tonight v SD, then dropping him for Medlen v MIA tomorrow. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid, but I think Medlen may only go 4 innings…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, who do you like more ROS? Leake or Medlen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Medlen if he’s in the rotation…

  64. MikeZ says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto league with weekly lineups — drop parnell or 2 start Mike Leake (SD, PIT both in CIN)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parnell

  65. Simple Jack says:
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    I’m still fighting the urge to drop McDonald. With my offense anchored with gonzo and Jupton, I have been playing from behind all year and have no patience for dead weight. In the last 30 days he has given up 23 earned runs in 34 innings with 36 hits and 24 walks….Frustipating!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice portmanteau…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, did you run Polybigbatamist by the Rudy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s on vacay until Saturday, I will…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, I had to look up what a portmanteau meant, it sounds like some kind of Canadien insult for the well insulated.

            Frustipating – getting bored of his mediocrity and pissed with his poor performance all at the same time. That came from Jack Full of Hate.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Yeah, it does…

  66. herschel says:
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    @Grey: start medlen over arnoldis at rp in a roto league where i am 10 up in saves and need wins? already starting fiers over jensen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Aroldis…

  67. Mike Jones says:
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    H2H league… start of the new week. Tommy Hanson has been out of my circle of trust for weeks now. Im a little weary of Estrada too. Would you start both these guys today?

    Hanson vs Mia
    (just played them and moon walked more guys than MJ in a thriller music video)

    Estrada vs Hou
    (will the real Estrada please stand up)

    Thanks for all your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d start both in most leagues…

  68. Jon says:
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    Oh wise Grey, Leake or Medlen ROS?

  69. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Please rank for util spot in 10 teamer: Cain, Crawford, ruggiano, Gomez.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruggiano, Cain

    • Ronkonkoma says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Add Marte in there too please

  70. Dynamite Dan says:
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    If Bronxton gets traded tonight. Who becomes the closer?

    Holland, Crow or other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland….

  71. Niq Castro says:
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    ROS – Ike over Ryan Howard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, yeah…

  72. Delawhere? says:
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    I’m half embarassed that it hasn’t been mentioned yet, but great job with the George Carlin bit. Well played, sir. Well played.

    Would you sell now on Pence going on the assumption he ends up in a weaker SF lineup or hold out hope someone like LA can put a package together?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Depends what you’re getting for Pence, but I wouldn’t sell him for fifty cents on the dollar…

  73. mc serch says:
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    G’day! I’ve displayed a yogi’s patience and understanding with Howie K, but there are limits and I’ve reached it. Do you suggest trading Matt Harvey straight up for Uggla, in the hopes of a reprise of last year’s second half? Maybe simply dropping Kendrick for Seager? Maybe both?
    Much obliged…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both… I’d grab Seager now…

  74. mc serch says:
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    gotcha….thanks!

  75. kratos says:
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    Seager or frazier to replace Panda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  76. Sam says:
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    Rank ROS: Stubbs, Berkman, Krispie, Jennings, A Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berkman, Stubbs

  77. nightpandas says:
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    Rizzo vs Pit(Bedard) or AJax @ Bos(Bucholz) – who starts at util tonight? (Kemp & Pujols have CF and 1B)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jackson

  78. Matt says:
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    Grey- drop Uggla or Kendrick for Weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  79. Booya says:
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    Rank these SP please…Blanton, Griffin, Maholm, Bedard.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bedard, Griffin

      • Booya says:
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        @Grey,

        Ok, then who would you want between Blanton, Maholm and Medlen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Medlen

  80. L-Boogie says:
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    Better start this week:

    Minor vs Marlins or
    Samarjardzjirjdizia @ Dodgers

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor….

  81. HKevo says:
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    @Grey,

    Cain or Moreland ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you deal Jennings for Stubbs in a keeper (where you most likely won’t keep Jennings) but also have Phillips and Bruce? It’s an H2H league. Jennings is really bringing me down. Especially since I dealt Kemp for him and Strasburg when Kemp was on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Jennings…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, I kind of do, but at the same time when he’s not producing and I already feel like a complete dumbass for dealing Kemp for him and Strasburg, I kind of have this reactionary thing to get rid of him.

  83. Mets Mess says:
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    Do you think Tulo is coming back at all this year? If so when do you think he’ll be back and what do you think are realistic numbers for him to put up?

  84. Horse says:
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    14 team, keeper.

    Lester / Bauer for Cueto

    Which side? Lester & Cueto cannot be kept next year. Bauer in the 12th round.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  85. Jon says:
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    Assuming no one loses their job in the next couple of days, how would you rank these closers ROS?

    Cishek, Casilla, Frieri, Cook, Putz

    Any one of those 5 you feel especially unsure about?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cook, Frieri, Putz, Cishek

  86. Jon says:
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    Are there other closers besides Broxton being rumored to go somewhere in a trade? I guess I’ve heard League’s name, too – though who knows if he would close (or if Broxton would). Is Holland the best name to keep an eye on for somebody who might start seeing saves this week? Any others to have in mind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Putz

  87. Prezii says:
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    Trumbo has a dislocated rib and is out for… Wait… day to day?? How the hell do you dislocate a rib? Not to mention, only be day to day..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… He’s a robot…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, The report was actually that Trumbo MIS-located a rib. He’s day to day while he empties out the clubhouse fridge.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Carnac, damn that made me laugh out loud!! Its probably because i imagined it happening..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! You just found your way into the roundup…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, well deserved!

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, Nice! Now I can end my week early.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Go for back to back shots!

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Carnac, haha, we need to keep that boy out of them there BBQ restaraunts

  88. Simple Jack says:
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    since we are always looking for new terms all the time, I saw something on MLB trade rumors that got me thinking.

    “The team has discussed 15-20 players in the Marco Scutaro, Jamey Carroll, Nick Punto mold”

    I love the Punto types, how does one explain that

    Gardenvarieties – in honor of Ron Gardenhire that builds his teams with these types of players. Any suggestions?

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Simple Jack,

      Gardo’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardenvarieties is awesome… There are a bunch of Punto type of terms already, but that’s solid too…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, are they in the glossary? I’ve been bad about knowing the razzball dictionary, waiting for the paperback so I can put it next to my thesarus on my desk.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schmohawk, blahtoon, Sparky Anklebiter, Kama schmotra… There’s literally dozens… But I think yours could still play…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, Sa-weeeeet. It just seemed so obvious. Gardenhire loves to make playoff appearances with utility journeymen types. Minnesota always has the most position flexible players in fantasy every year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed… If a guy can play SS, 2nd and 3rd, he can play on the Twins for a decade…

              • Simple Jack says:
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                @Grey, Plouffe is the new Punto but with power in Yahoo. Gardy probably goes home and has sex with his wife thinking about all the possibilities with Plouffe

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He’s plouffing her, so to speak…

                  • Simple Jack says:
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                    @Grey, hehe. I hope to see Gardenvariety(ies) used at least once before the year is out.

  89. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Minor over Anibal right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, sir…

  90. jack says:
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    Just reported that Garza’s bullpen session went well. If he starts this week it’ll be @LAD (I still suspect LAD get him tomorrow) … but assuming things stay as they are … start him instead of Shark?

    Worried about Shark, it’s likely either a gem or a disaster, and he seems primed for a letdown. Garza will be coming off the birth of his kid as well. Stupid to play Garza instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Garza….

    • Howard says:
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      @jack, I thought I knew all the nickmames but who is ‘Shark”?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Samardzija, though someone tried to do it with Bernadina…

  91. Prezii says:
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    S.O.N. has another mancrush.. this time its blake beaven VS toronto. Harrell was ballsy, beaven would just be stupid, i think. Not really much out there this week in the stream department. How do you feel about Eovaldi@ATL? lookin a little tasty, eh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi’s not bad, but he only goes 5 innings… Yeah, I can’t get behind the SON on Beavan, but it’s proved me wrong before…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, think im gonna play it safe and roll with eovaldi since i have an empty spot.. ill stream the weekend if i need to. Thanks for the input tho and have a good monday!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too, Prezii!

  92. Razztastic says:
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    5×5 roto re-draft league

    Fielder and Josh Johnson for Hamilton and Latos…who ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  93. smegma says:
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    Braun is out today and listed as DTD with hand blisters. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!…

  94. kaiser soze says:
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    Greyman! the new Christopher Nolan flick about a clan of big leaguers on a mission to sabotage fantasy baseball teams across the country. But not if Greyman has something to say about it! Starring Eric Hosmer, Ryan Zimmerman, Grey Albright, and Rudy Gamble (as Robin).

    But seriously… what are your thoughts on starting SPs at the beginning of the week in H2H?

    For example, I saw that you recommended sitting Scherzer @Bos today in a Roto league. Should he also be benched in a 10-team H2H? Or is his K potential worth the risk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d bench him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really masculine… I like him.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, If you do a Google image search for ‘great olympic mustaches’ Spitz features prominently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, Jean-Pierre Egger is a bit of a machismo king.

  95. blaster says:
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    would you trade Jay Bruce and Danny Espinosa for Hanley Ramirez?
    12 team H2H standard categories

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  96. Steve says:
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    Both Cahill and Norris have pretty awful matchups today, but Cahill’s is the least crappy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  97. The Talented Mr. Dope man says:
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    ROS: travis snider or Carl crawford?
    Is it crazy to compare? CC HASN’T Looked that good…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t think Crawford would look good…

  98. Jon says:
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    Rank ROS?

    Capuano, Minor, Oswalt, Milone, Anibal, Lester, Leake, Hughes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capuano, Minor, Milone…

  99. Jon says:
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    Lose Casilla to add Medlen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  100. farcus says:
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    keep 5 league, i’m pretty well out of playoff contention,

    trade greinke and jeter for tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair….

  101. Steve says:
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    Hamilton with a hit. Incredible though it may seem, this is worth mentioning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, definitely ain’t April or May anymore…

  102. Simple Jack says:
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    I got bono about to be 2nd base eligile and I have Howie Kendrick pissing me off weekly. Would you let Howie go to be someone else mediocre 2nd baseman? The guy is seriously turned into James Loney at 2nd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barter Kings is awesome… Just watched it, makes me want to trade some crap I have lying around my house… You have any use for a pimp cup?

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, Those guys have a store. The only use for the pimp cup I could think of is PIMPING….or a place to put my fantasy tears.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, they obviously have a huge supply of crap to choose from depending on what their barter buddy needs… Good show, though…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, Did you catch the teurets stuff yet? I get Bah Bam stuck in my head for the last month

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, just saw the guitar one where it was bugging him out…

              • Simple Jack says:
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                @Grey, the one when he gets the advertising blimp cracks me up.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that was a good one too… I watched 3 today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and… Yeah, you can lose Kendrick…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, that’s what I thought, outside of the two hole he is worthless.

  103. Howard says:
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    @Grey, Waiting for Votto! Berkman, AuSchizz, Alonzo or Frazier? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… He’s alive again… Enjoy the next week…

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Steve, As soon as I got the box score update I came here looking for your comment. Good stuff. It’s definitely binge time.

  104. Steve says:
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    Yonder time again? The last episode was so short, I wasn’t sure I was going to watch again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was just looking at picking him up for Boesch…

  105. Jack says:
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    Grey,

    Regarding JMac, is it worth dropping him for McAllister? Or how about Anibal, McCarthy, Doubront, Villanueva, or Maholm?

    I mean, 5 runs in 5 innings against the Astros means is time to cut him loose, right?

    And is Joba worth picking up to help shave down ERA & WHIP?

    great stuff as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! McAllister would be my pick up from them, though I’d probably hold for another start…

  106. Jon says:
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    Man, Oswalt getting bombed again. Lose him for Maholm, Blanton, Doubront, Estrada…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maholm

  107. Howard says:
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    I needed a night like tonight with Bruce, Trout, AJ. I’d lost 8 pts over the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout!

  108. Chillmodious says:
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    Wtf, Krispie sitting again. I bet Gibson gave him the elbow-pump and everything when signaling him to the bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie should’ve probably missed the rest of this season…

  109. herschel says:
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    @Grey: hanrahan for scherzer? 12 team weely roto. need sp help and have a 10 save lead with arnoldis and jensen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair…

  110. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Things just got Bedarded at Wrigley. 7 ER through 4 IP.

  111. Turk Wendell says:
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    Rizzo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, Bedard got rocked…

  112. Turk Wendell says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Stupid Adam Lind and his stupid smiling Yahoo picture have me thinking about G Jones or Chris Carter. Preference?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smugshot! Jones…

  113. Steve says:
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    Get Aceves in there!

  114. VL says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Should I trade Vogelsong and Jesus Montero for Gio? 12 team H2H. I could use a small boost in K’s. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would……

  115. Wilsonian says:
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    Goldy or Ikey for UTIL? I keep flip flopping. Every time I do so, the other blows up. I have Ike right now, which is why Goldy went yahd tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy….

  116. Steve says:
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    Norris just made me cry. It was going so well.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Looks like it’s Cordero’s fault. Asshole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could’ve been worse… See Bedard….

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I know. It was H2H, so the win is a little more important. Really thought Norris was going to moon the S-O-N. Guess we can call that one a draw.

        Surprised they sent him back out, actually – but I suppose I would too, knowing I had Cordero lurking in the bullpen.

        Wasn’t going to start him, but we was real good against them last time out and his career numbers against them are decent – and no Braun blah, blah blah…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya… No Braun doesn’t hurt…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Started Cahill too. Been good away from home…

  117. Wilsonian says:
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    Reed Johnson and Soto traded. No clue where or for whom. The only thing is that Brett Jackson could be on the way to the Bigs. He was pulled from his AAA game tonight.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, Soto to the Rangers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting… Thanks for the heads up!

  118. Simple Jack says:
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    Is Kendry Morales even worth owning in a 12 team…I’m hearing the siren song of a two homer day and think do we have a Hot Schmotato on the way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be… Worth trying out…

  119. Turk Wendell says:
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    What do you think about this deal?

    My Kinsler for his Middlebrooks and Fowler?

    Also Soto to Rangers.

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Turk Wendell, forgot to mention 12tm mixed can keep 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kinsler…

  120. Steve says:
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    Are the two worst bullpens in baseball going toe-to-toe right now in Milwaukee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! They are!

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, what do you mean Wilton Lopez has been great

  121. Steve says:
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    Braves getting Maholm and Johnson from the Cubs.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, what does this do to my recently acquired Medlen?!?

      • Steve says:
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        @Wilsonian, Renders him surplus to starting rotation requirements?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Steve, Kinda my thought, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And there goes Medlen’s value…

  122. SuchAHosmer says:
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    Grey do you think Rizzo can become a 30 HR guy next year or should I take another owner’s offer of Bruce for my Morse and Rizzo combo that is on fire right now? Yeah I’m taking Bruce before I talk myself out of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rizzo in a keeper, but I don’t know the specifics…

      • SuchAHosmer says:
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        @Grey,

        My bad thought I mentioned it was a 5×5 H2H keeper league with 10 keepers. I value Rizzo less since 1B is deeper in a shallow league (have Goldschmidt and Ike is available in FA) although my OF does already have CarGo, Cruz, Willingham and Reddick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Well, if you’ve got your heart set on Bruce, I like him more than Rizzo, so get him, you’re paying retail though…

  123. Steve says:
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    What do you think of trying to trade Bruce, Ethier or A-Ram for Bautista? 12-team H2H, OBP counts as well as AVG…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade any of them but Bruce…

  124. Steve says:
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    Cedeno, Mad-Bum? Really?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Good time for a hit, Mad-Bum.

  125. Steve says:
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    Reds talking to the Cubs about Garza…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that… Wouldn’t be the greatest place for him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Flyball tendencies + GABP?

  126. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: good call earlier today starting chapman over Medlen in my weekly league, although does this reveal a weakness in the stream-o-nator??

    • Steve says:
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      @Herschel, If I’m reading between the lines correctly here, this is from Rudy over at the other post…

      Converted relievers (like Medlen) and pitchers with minimal IP (Germano) are more volatile. I like Medlen but his score is overrated because his FIP was from relief which usually leads to a FIP a run lower than as a starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think the Streamonator can see the future for trades…

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey, Like I said, a weakness!

  127. Tweedle Dumbest says:
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    With Brett Jackson apparently coming up, I was looking at potential deep league impact bats to speculate on that could come up due to a deadline trade. I got:

    Ryan Lavarnaway if Boston trades a catcher or for a pitcher.
    Domonic Brown would seem likely though I’m dubious he’d make an impact
    Jimmy Paredes if Houston keeps up its liquidation

    anyone I missed?

  128. Steve says:
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    Holy Chris Johnson. Not so good for my Harang stream. And yet I have Cahill on another team…

  129. Awesomus Maximus

    Hashtag Humblebrag says:
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    Wowee… should have never let that Bedarded Harangutan near my ratios. It’s gonna’ take at least a month to get the smell off poop out of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup….

  130. Jr says:
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    You had weaver as a sell the other day, but I’m curious if he’s worth going after in a keeper. Would you trade cliff lee to get weaver? Ita a QS league, so the 1 win doesn’t hurt too bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer Weaver in a keeper…

  131. Steve says:
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    Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman are the players going the other way in the Maholm/Reed trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not much there for now…

  132. Steve says:
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    Not sure how I feel about Bum being relieved by Brad Penny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t believe Penny is still playing…

  133. Howard says:
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    It seems that Travis Snider has been traded. Not sure where though but he was pulled from the game and said his goodbyes. Funny, I just picked him up today.

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Howard, I saw that too, I thought Rajai Davis would of got dealt.

      • Howard says:
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        @Simple Jack, He’s been traded to Pitt for Brad Lincoln.

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Simple Jack, he went to the Pirates

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Simple Jack, that may not be a good thing if he platoons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just about to…

  134. Matt says:
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    Which RP should I trade for Headley?

    I have Jansen, Jannsen, Betancourt, Clippard, D Hernandez, Marshall (holds + Saves league, 5 RP spots).

    Thanks

    Would pick up g holland or r brothers or someone like that to replace them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The way you have them listed in reverse order… Not Jansen…

  135. Steve says:
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    Holy Iwakuma. What an outing. Blue Jays don’t mind having a swing or two, but still.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, where did that come from?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Don’t you and Rudy have him somewhere?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We actually do, good memory!

  136. Steve says:
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    Snider to the Pirates. Brad Lincoln going the other way.

    Kind of a deep-league trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit surprising…

  137. Steve says:
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    I suppose these guys have to expect it ant any time, but must be really unsettling to be up and traded just like that.

    One minute you’re with your teammates and your friends, the next minute you’re in Pittsburgh. Like a kid starting a new school.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… yeah, daddy’s moving — right now. Grab your stuff.

  138. Steve says:
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    Fuck you Romo.

  139. Herschel says:
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    F’ing Romo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DAMMIT!

  140. Steve says:
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    C’mon A’s. Walk it off! Want that vulture win!

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Grrrrrr.

  141. Steve says:
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    League to the Dodgers.

    Delabar to the Jays for Eric Thames.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think Broxton’s gonna get moved…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Hmmm. Wilton Lopez or Perkins?

  142. Steve says:
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    I’m really hoping Betancourt and Broxton don’t get traded to teams who will use them as setup men…

  143. Turk Wendell says:
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    What do you think about my Votto and Kinsler for his Pujols and Ellsbury?

  144. Tweedle Dumbest says:
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    If Santiago Casilla blows this I’m quitting fantasy baseball. Bumgarner in line for the win and its all smooth sailing then Romo comes in a give up 4 and blows his win and destorys my ratios for the night, but wait, not all is lost because Parnell might be able to at least salvage a save out of it for me, but wait there he blows it, and now Casilla….

    • Sam says:
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      @Tweedle Dumbest, And he was never heard from again…

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