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First off, Rudy is safe.  We have him in a padded room with only marshmallows to eat.  He’s a bit overcome by the absence of color, but it will be a good distraction while Bryce Harper is touch and go.  Before we put Rudy where he wouldn’t hurt himself, Rudy said to me, “If Bryce Harper is hurt, will they cancel the rest of the season?”  That’s a frown question, bro.   Lie down, Rudy.  It’ll be okay.  Actually, could you lie down with your head hanging off the couch?  You’re gonna leave a Soul Glo stain.  I’m sure Rudy isn’t the only one feeling a bit woozy hearing Harper hurt himself last night.  The entire eye black industry hangs in the balance.  He left yesterday’s game with an apparent injury and that turned into an apparent diagnosis of an apparent bad bruise in his apparent side.  Thanks for the apparency.  This sounds like a day-to-day thing rather than a 15-day DL thing.  So the worst thing that may come of this is for the next few days you won’t get as drunk if you take a tequila shot every time someone on Baseball Tonight mentions Harper.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Stephen Strasburg – After being declared “structurally perfect,” the Strasborg has been cleared to start on Saturday.  At the press conference, he said, “I must kill the Queen.”

Jordan Zimmermann – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, Zero Walks, 8 Ks.  For JZ, 99 problems but a pitch ain’t one.

Paul Maholm – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Really matched Zimmermann about as well as you could expect.  Wish I owned Maholm, which is the highest of compliments.  Right after it in the Pantheon of Compliments comes, “Yo, girl, that’s a fine badonkadonk!”

Justin Upton – 1-for-3.  Bum!

Matt Joyce – Hit his 6th homer, the fourth this week.  Just put your password in the comments and I’ll pick him up for you.  If your password is “Greyisadoofus,” that’s not cool; we were friends over the internet!

Luke Scott – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  On this short schedule day, grab him immediately since he faces Ervin Santana.

Coco Crisp – Hit the DL with his hamstring strain.  But a Crisp hammy sounds so good!

Brett Anderson – Placed on the DL with a sprained ankle.  May of 2011 was the last month he got through without an injury.  Cust sayin’.

Johnny Cueto – Rehab start on Friday and set to rejoin the Reds mid-May.  Maybe because he face-kicked Jason LaRue and put him out of baseball or because he pitches for the Reds, but I always think of Ivan Drago with Cueto.  Right now, Cueto is on a fancy treadmill with a heart rate monitor while Cingrani runs up the side of a snowy mountain.  Meanwhile, Mike Leake sits on a toilet reading an Archie comic.

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He now has 26 RBIs, 2nd in NL RBIs behind ‘What the Buck?!’  BP is doing a better job at cleaning up for the Reds than in the Gulf Coast.

Ryan Raburn – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  I’ll grab him for your team too when I log in.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5, 1 run.  As with just about everyone on the Indians, Brantley is also smoking hot.  .370 in the last week and 7 for his last 15.  Mr. Hot Schmotato Head isn’t just a phrase that has Playskool suing for trademark infringements, it’s also Brantley.

Trevor Bauer – 5 IP, 1 Hit, 6 BBs, 5 Ks.  That’s about as ugly as a five inning game you can have while not allowing any earned runs.  Even if the Indians don’t send him back down, which is the plan, I’d be very careful of him.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and 5 for his last 8.  It appeared he was also robbed by Laynce when he Nix’d his homer.

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Jeopardy style, “The Weeknd should do an Unchained Melody remix, and the video can be Clay Buchholz sitting between Hologram Patrick Swayze’s legs.”   “Alex, why I am not in the music industry?”

Mike Napoli – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with his 5th and 6th homer.  He has 31 RBIs on the year.  That leads the major leagues.  How’s that 2nd round Buster Posey pick doing?

Mike Carp – Had a pinch-hit homer.  His 2nd day in a row with a homer, but he’s not playing every day.  Against righties this year, .480 with 2 homers in 23 ABs.  Some of them try to hit righties, but can’t hit righties like this…Some of them try to hit righties, but can’t hit righties like this…Some of them try to hit righties, but can’t hit righties like this… R.I.P. Kriss Kross.

Daniel Nava – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He’s hitting .296 with 17 runs, 18 RBIs.  Let’s just grab a comparison name, shall we?  Jayson Werth is hitting .265 with 4 homers, 10 RBIs and 17 runs.

Tim Lincecum – 5 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  But he pitched so well on 4/20.  Hey, wait a minute!

Hunter Pence – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam & legs.  Both his fifth homer and steal.  Pence is hilarious, in the totally not hilarious way, that it’s like he’s trying to balance his steals and homers.  Get one, you gotta get the other.  <pipe dream>Here’s hoping he gets 30 homers! </pipe dream>

Brandon Belt – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs with his 3rd homer and 2nd in three days.  Playing like that he’s gonna move out of the 8-hole.  Playing in the 8-hole really hurts his value.

Chris Nelson – As first reported here after gleaming shizz from elsewhere, Nelson is now a Yankee.  He feels like a throwback Yankee.  To like the mid-80’s when the Yankees were crap.

Ichiro Suzuki – 2-for-4, 1 run.  He’s hitting close to .400 in the last week, so if anyone in your league got fed up with his slow start, now would be the time to react, unless you’re De Niro in Awkenings, then just have Robin Williams pick him up for you.

Kevin Gausman – There’s some speculation that the 4th overall pick in the last draft might be in Baltimore soon.  Soon is relative here to Uncle Not That Soon.  I think late-June is probably the earliest with early-August more likely.  Why do you care?  Well, with Bundy on the couch, scratching himself and waiting for his elbow to heal, Gausman could be the next arm called up for the 5th spot in the O’s rotation and he’s been utterly dominant in Double-A.  How’s 29 Ks and 1 walk in 28 2/3 IP sound?  Yummo!  He has number one starter upside and should be owned in AL-Only and keeper leagues already.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  I’m wearing a sexy policeman costume and singing Macho Man.

Scott Atchison – 2 IP, 0 ER.  Is this guy 55 years old?  Someone buy him a nose hair trimmer.

Jordany Valdespin – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs with another pinch hit homer.  I get it, the Mets fans loved themselves some pinch-hitting extraordinaire Rusty Staub, but they’ll learn to love the Harry Potter character, Lord Jordany Valdespin.  Is Lagares, who sounds like a disease you don’t want, or Ma. Byrd really that good?  I will shank Byrd!  Did Valdespin sleep with Terry Collins’s wife?  Did he sleep with Terry Collins and not call the next day?  WTB, Mets?!  Valdespin’s not a goddamn teenager’s game where you spin a bottle to make up your lineup card, he’s your 2nd best outfielder!

Dillon Gee – 5 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K vs. the MIA Marlins with the conshellation prize.  You know it’s bad when you can’t even imagine who could’ve got to Gee in this game.  Seriously, take a moment and try to think who might’ve got a hit, let alone score four runs.  Sorry to underestimate you, but you can’t.

John Buck – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.   He leads the NL in RBIs, which is the official sign of the Catcherpocalypse.  Also, Buck’s taken the clean-up spot from Ike Davis.  I wonder if Davis’s 2nd half surge last year simply means he’s drinking the PABST with the Post-All-Star Break Stats.  Or maybe Ike Davis has short-term memory and keeps forgetting what the coaches are saying to him.  Someone needs to tattoo his arm, “Move closer to the plate, you jack-hole!”

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4.  The Ozuna family crest is a windmill with a ball passing, but he could be some temporarily relief in deep leagues where you lost GC.  *crossing myself*

Mark Ellis – Headed to the DL with a strained right quad.  His left quad said, “You’re letting us down, man!”

Josh Beckett – 4 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Barf.  The good news is he’s been pretty unlucky with his homers allowed and his K-rate has been solid.  Unfortunately, unless you play in a Netanyahu league these things don’t really help you.  I’d hold him for now (preferably on my bench).

Eric Young Jr. – 1-for-5, 2 runs.  Started and the Rockies won.  It ain’t brain science!  Or whatever that expression is.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-4 and his 4th homer.  Kyle, Howie, Lamarr… It’s the year of the Kendricks.  Or is that Kendrickii?  Kendrys?  No, not that schmohawk.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2 runs, and a solo homer, his 3rd.  During his home run trot, he drank a protein shake.

Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I wouldn’t be too concerned.  What’s the chances he has two mediocre starts in a row?  That is pretty *pinkie to mouth* unlike Lee.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-4.  Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m rooting for here.  He gets hot and Charlie Manuel benches him or he stays meager and Manuel keeps playing him.  What am I rooting for?  Someone tell me.  Are you there, God?  It’s me, Grey.

Andrew Cashner – 4 IP, 4 ER.  The dreaded Hodgepadre that you can’t feed after midnight, expose to direct sunlight or start in away games.  Obviously that would reduce his value tremendously if he’s strictly a Petco play.  I would hold him for his next start vs. the MIA Marlins in Petco.

Chase Headley – 2-for-4 with his 3rd homer and his 6th RBI.  Not a huge deal…if you’re a lead-off hitter, but he’s the Padres number three hitter.  Why isn’t Alonso batting 2nd?  I mean, I know you’re gonna lose, but have some self-respect and try to win!

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer.  That’s how you do it, Gyorko!  He must get in a ton of fights that are tedious when they start.  “Nah, man, I was really insulting you.”  “Oh, I thought you were just saying my last name.”  “Why, is your last name ‘scumbag?'” “No, the Jerko part.”  “Well, I said ‘You’re a scumbag, Jerko.’  So that’s an insult either way, isn’t it?  Can we just fight?”

Michael Saunders – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  This guy is a house of smoke.  Stop, drop and roll me some hits, Saunders!

Michael Morse – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Beep, boop, boop has done it again.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks and first NL starter to five wins.  It’s like he’s only facing Ike Davis in the first half.  Unfortunately, his 2nd half last year was also like he was only facing a 2nd half Ike Davis.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-4 with his 7th homer.  Probably instead of drafting only upside, I should’ve grabbed one of these safer bets… Nah!  C’mon, Domonic Brown!

R.A. Dickey – His MRI came back clean after a funny mishap where the nurse read his last name, heard he had trouble and sent him to a urologist.

Scott Feldman – 9 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Damn, if only Corey Haim lived to see Feldman’s career game.  As for Scott, he’s a solid number two.  I’m not talking about the number he is in anyone’s rotation.

David DeJesus – 2-for-5.  Still hot.  Still schmotato.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with his 4th steal.  Give Au Shizz back his sneaky speed!

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Why can’t Desmond Jennings be doing this?  God, are you still there?

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  Yeah, he’s out-hitting Mostsuckass.  *walks into traffic*

Jeff Baker – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many days.  Ha, the Rangers found the perfect complement to David Murphy.  Lefty killer and all-around Lothario, Jeff Baker.  For those in daily AL-Only leagues, I’d grab Baker and platoon him.

David Hernandez – 1 IP, 3 ER.  That’s one way to make your Putz feel more secure.  I would’ve went with skin-tight jeans, but both work.

Tommy Milone – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  As his wont — it’s his wont, y’all! — he does well in home games.  That’s a nugget to store in your mental cheek for later, Squirrelly.

Matt Garza – This isn’t old fashioned funny because it’s funny, but I found it hee-larious that Garza is going to make “at least three more rehab starts.”  The Cubs are like, “Just throw an inning or two, we don’t care.  Just please, in the name of Saint Santo, let Garza be healthy enough by July so we can trade him.”

Matt Harrison – Had a setback that required surgery.  He could return in about three months.  On a side note, I want to both punch and touch Nicki Minaj in obscene places.  It’s an odd felling to have.  She’s a daily double on the scale of FMK.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Twins.  Anibal owns the Braves to a tune of 17 Ks and gets beat by the Twinkies…gotta love fantasy baseball…if you’re a masochist.

Pedro Florimon – 2-for-4 with his 2nd steal.  Good to see he can still run after signing that endorsement deal with Florsheim.

Chris Parmelee – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I bet he can’t hit 15 homers over the course of the season.  Prove me wrong.  Or are you chicken, Parmelee?

Neil Walker – Might be headed to the DL, complaining he can’t grip a bat.  Sounds more like a gripe.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Could hit 35 homers and .220.  This is you taking in that information.

Starling Marte – 1-for-5 with his third homer.  Love the power from Marte, but we might need Al Gore, aka Captain Planet, to investigate the air pressure these past few days in Milwaukee.

Yuniesky Betancourt – 1-for-4 with his 7th homer.  Maybe Selig took my advice and added my XFL-inspired idea where each team is given a one player exception to take steroids.  Oh, wait, the Brewers already have one exception.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-4 with his 5th homer.  A dairy farmer by the name of Mildred writes in from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, “I play Go Carts with my two cousins and sometimes they feel on me funny–”  Okay, I’m not sure how that letter made it past our screeners.

Hiram Burgos – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He didn’t show much K-potential in the minors or in his first two starts.  I’d Hiram for parties perhaps (Burgers from Burgos; Meatballs from Axford) but not for my pitching staff.

John Axford – 2/3 IP, 3 ER as he showed his patented Axford Body Spray.  Smells like fourteen boys with bad acne who skateboard.

From Around The Web

  1. Beardcrabs says:
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    i’ve been waiting on that 99 problems reference for a while… did you see the Pence HR, it was a 460 ft line drive… Pence looks like Paul Bunyan on this seasons Real World…

  2. 85True says:
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    Sup Grey,
    I was just offered Josh Hamilton for Beltre. I have Miggy holding down 3rd.
    The league is 6×6 r/hr/rbi/obp/sb/k w/l/k/sv/era/whip
    Yay or Nay El Grey?

    • Joe says:
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      @85True: Sounds like someone in your league listens to Matthew Berry – that very trade was proposed on their show yesterday, “If you have Josh Hamilton, offer him for someone like Adrian Beltre.”

      • 85true says:
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        @Joe: @Joe: HA! That’s hilarious thanks for pointing that out, good to know someone in my league actually listens to ESPN fantasy blowhards.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @85True: It’s fair, I could see taking Hamilton…

  3. Mr. Schmotatohead says:
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    1. Cashner, Kendrick or Corbin?
    2. Smith, Joyce, or Duda?
    C. Ha!
    4. Walker, Infante, Ackley, or Raburn?

  4. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    The MasoStream really got to me yesterday. I love those dreadful Houston Astros, but my fantasy staff needs Ws and Ks. Yesterday I got Ws, however they were immediately followed by Ts and Hs. Cashner had 1 K and 2.5 million walks (that’s a 1:2,500,000 K:BB ratio if you’re keeping tabs at home) and Phelps looked good against my Stros until we got to him for the world’s longest 4th inning. So there goes my ERA for the week (though I appreciate all you did to try to even the score, Mr Beckett).
    /endrant

  5. chunk says:
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    anyone starting peavy at texas?

    • @chunk: SON says it’s a bad play, but because I went with the Grey strategy and didn’t pick up any aces, he and Max Scherzer are my “aces.” And when do you sit your aces? I’m leaning towards starting him. Feel free to discuss, all.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Sherm: aces simply shouldn’t be defined as the best pitcher on an MLB team, but one of two things, the best pitcher on your team, or at least a top 30 SP, one for each total team, but obv not one on each team. Astros wouldn’t have an ace unless there were like, 70 teams.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @chunk: I am. It isn’t that hot yet, the Rangers are a bunch of righties and Sale pitched fine against them last night.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Grey came to me and a dream last night and told me to bench him. (He also told me to yesterday)

        I’m tempted to start him after Bailey and Cashner took respective dumps on my ratios last night. Can’t get much worse, if ya know what I mean.

        And I think ya do.

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        I’m starting him….I don’t have any true aces either. Have C.C. and Peavy as my top two. I’m afraid.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @chunk: I’m starting him

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @chunk: @chunk:

      I’m starting him. Its 47 right now in Denton, gonna be a cold night and the ball won’t carry far.

      • fungus says:
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        @Fireball Feliz: 17 mph wind straight out though too.

    • Evan says:
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      Ya I’m starting him, if anything just for the K’s. I think he’s a good enough pitcher to get around most of the lineup, plus they’re best hitters are slumping at the moment.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @chunk: sitting, his 6+ ERA at Arlington is good enough for me

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) Start or sit: Peavy@TEX, Miller v MIL, Lester @ TEX

    2) Hold Lowrie or drop for A. Cabrera?

  7. costaricanchata says:
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    “Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:”
    you couldn’t possibly have seen all that shizz ,
    unless you’re in like a bazillion leagues .

    ain’t gonna ask you no questions ,
    ‘cuz you got about prolly half a bazillion of those to answer , without me adding to your load .

    now get with it !!
    (meanwhile i’ll catch some zzzz ‘s
    … and maybe have my usual late breakfast of platanos y huevos …
    followed by some warm waves , and maybe another nap) .

    and try not to miss anything today !!

    later .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        have a serious platanos addiction going on .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love dem things…

  8. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    I’ve already lost ERA this week, so I’m streaming for Ws and Ks. That being said, should I go with Guthrie vs CHW or Doubront vs TEX?

  9. @grey, @badonkadonk: this one time i was going to sawatdee with this little chica (or sacajawea, maybe, since she was part indian… feather, ok) and another friend of ours and we were holding hands or something stupind like that so if you saw you had to know that we were together and shit. anyway, pocahontas and my buddy get ahead of me for some reason or another and out of nowhere appears this homeless dude in the rattiest suit you ever saw and he’s just casually walking next to me like he belongs there. hombre doesn’t even look at me and his eyes are all glazed over and i notice hes staring at girlie’s ass. after an unconfortably long pause, like it took him a few minutes to boot up and then process, he just sorta mutter’s to himself “lookit’a waggon on that.” to this day, now four years later, i still can’t think of how i could have responded.

  10. Alan says:
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    Best pickup between Belt, Joyce, Quentin?

  11. Josh says:
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    Is anyone else afraid of starting Peavy in Arlington? I have a slim ratios lead and am worried I may not after that game.

    Is Aoki droppable for EY jr. or a hot schmotato like Joyce? My outfield is strong and bench is mostly injuries right now so Aoki would be the cut. Also Grey, rooting for EY to play means Rutledge hits 8th, which hurts his value. I’m in am OPS league and his avg and OPS are both hard to swallow right now.

    • Evan says:
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      @Josh: it’s not that hot yet so the balls won’t carry, but I think he’s a good enough pitcher to get around most the lineup. You never know though so if you’re worried sit him, or if you could use some Ks help start him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Sit… Aoki isn’t droppable…

  12. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I’m sure you’ll get a bunch of Cashner or _______ questions, so let me start with him or Maholm?

    Thanks!

    • inertiatic says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: I was going to ask the very same. It’s gotta be Maholm, right?

      • Bernie Brewer says:
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        @inertiatic: I would think….Cashner just has a bit more upside (eventually? maybe?). I pulled the trigger this morning and grabbed Maholm before someone else did. Grey, what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: Cashner’s next start is pretty, overall it’s Maholm…

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      Maholm all the way. And that’s me knowing what Grey would say!

  13. hankg says:
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    I have both Cabrera and Lowrie at SS and can only play one. Would you drop Lowrie to pick up one of the following? Whoever I picked up would help fill in for Crisp while he’s out. Thanks.

    Raburn
    Victorino
    Ichiro
    Nava
    Joyce
    Cain
    Stubbs

  14. Grey and others — my SPs in my 14-team redraft roto league are suspect! Well, I like Scherzer and AJ Burnett and I also have Milone, Cashner, and Niese, with Greinke on the DL. And I’m falling behind on innings and, as a result, Ks and Ws.Somehow I’m still in contention, but would you trade out any of the above for Garza (looks like he’ll be back in 20 days … he won’t stick around on waivers long in this league), Jason Hammel, Marcum, or Jarod Parker? Or am I better off just dropping one and streaming?

    I’d like to grab Garza but it’s tough to have that dead spot for so long … and then probably sit him for his first start.

    Also, would you rather have VMart or Perez at C? You rated them about the same in the pre-season and both are starting slow. I have Perez now and was offered VMart for Burnett, but I obviously can’t afford to lose a pitcher for a second catcher. But I was thinking of countering with VMart for Perez. What do you think?

    • Grey

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      @Enrique: I don’t understand how trading out one starter for another will help you get more innings, especially if the other pitcher is on the DL… Hammel over Milone… Perez…

      • @Grey: Thanks … obviously a one-for-one switch isn’t going to make much of a difference, but if I drop a pitcher who I’d have to bench in some circumstances for one I can start more regularly I’d gain innings. Dropping someone for Garza clearly won’t help, but he seems so much better than what’s available … I thought he might be such an upgrade over someone I have that it’d might be worth it.

        Do you project Hammel getting Ks at a faster rate going forward? He looks decent to me except for the K rate, but he was a lot better last season.

        Would you take a healthy Garza over a healthy Hammel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m assuming Hammel’s K-rate will get better, or he will bomb… Yes, a healthy Garza is over him…

  15. Tim says:
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    Grey, Ichiro or Span? Thanks.

  16. ShaggyLamb says:
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    Just added Rayburn for a hurt Crisp and struggling Hamilton.. would you add Ichiro and drop Rayburn as long term backup?

  17. sanfran1966 says:
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    Please order for remaining of season:

    MI/CI options : B Crawford, Moose, M Prado, D Freese, A Cab

    In terms of Malhom, if he a match-up/ streamer type in the Bailey, Cobb, Villan, Cashner type neighborhood?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sanfran1966: Asdrubal, Moose… Maholm is an every start at this point… Homer Bailey’s much better…

  18. Red Barons says:
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    Aoki as FA and Melky as Waiver…

    Long term thinking, do I drop any of these guys for the above?
    Victorino, Ike, Aybar?

    12 team 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Red Barons: Do you need Aoki more than Aybar? An OF more than a MI?

  19. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    I love rotoworld’s comments about the Axman and how giving up 3 ER in 2/3 of an inning really isn’t as bad as it looks :

    “Advice: Axford didn’t get any breaks today. Starling Marte’s game-tying two-run homer came on a 95-mph fastball just above his ankles, and Brandon Inge’s go-ahead single was a soft liner that was placed perfectly in between first and second base (and then kicked into foul territory by Rickie Weeks). Axford has certainly been more bad than good this year, but he wasn’t nearly as bad today as the line suggests. Still, it’s certainly a big setback as far as his hopes of regaining the closer’s role.
    (Rotoworld.com)”

  20. Chad Donaldson says:
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    Keeper league H2H, keep 8 per year. I am rostering Espinosa (ehhhh) and Simmons was just dropped. Is it time to cut bait on Espinosa and add SImmons? Also, who is a better keeper option for this year and the future? Gausman or G Cole?

    Thanks

  21. Sawx10 says:
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    Who should I drop to make room for grandly when he returns: cuddyer or d. Brown? I could also drop a rp like Ryan cook…

  22. Lava says:
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    Would you drop a Hammel, Droubront, Chacin, or Quintana for Raburn?

    How about for Kendrys Morales, who was just dropped?

    My pitching is kind of messy, with Kennedy, Lester, Medlen, Homer Bailey, Beckett, and the others mentioned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lava: Chacin… Quintana for Morales…

  23. AB says:
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    2 Qs for you, Grey (in a 5×5):
    SS: Rutledge, AssCab, or Brandon Crawford (blech)

    Closer (double blech): I can start 2 RP but have Holland, Henderson, Frieri. Which and how many should I hold? Putz, Cishek, and Parnell are all FAs.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: Lose Henderson

  24. JoeC says:
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    Oy, Cashner was way bad. Walking Darwin Barney… who does that? Giving up a double to the opposing pitcher… it was brutal to watch.

    I expected a little bit of a drubbing to my ERA and WHIP, but Cashner is supposed to bring the Ks. Total number of Ks last night: 1. What the Buck indeed.

    Thoughts on Danny Espinosa? He claims the shoulder is fine, but his performance so far this year has not been. Sitting for the Atlanta series in lieu of Lombardoozy, but that doesn’t look to be a threat since Lombo is something like 2 for his last 20.

    I’m currently sporting Boneface in my 2B slot, but after a month of no steals and general putridness, I’m getting impatient (so my patience is about double yours!).

    • JoeC says:
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      @JoeC: Never mind. I know what you’re going to say. It’s like there’s a little bit of you in me. Wait… that came out wrong! Don’t be jealous, cougs!

      I’ll drop Boney for Espy. 2 years of data shows the Espy should give you around 20/20, which is better than 0/40, assuming Boneface earns playing time over the likes of Macier “I can’t hit a lick” Izturis and scrappy-dappy-doo Munenori “What’s ‘Sparky Anklebiter’ in Japanese?” Kawasaki.

      FMFBL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Espinosa is struggling but it’s early… I’d go with him too…

  25. Wake Up says:
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    Don’t fret Rudy…Theo and Denise will help you through this House of Payne…

  26. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    A. I am lacking in saves and Axford was dropped should I stash him?
    B. I can’t believe I’m asking these questions.
    C. There is no c
    D. What about David Hernandez he also was dropped is he still in play for D-backs closer role.
    F. I skipped E but go back to B.
    1. why am I numbering now never mind forget it thanks for all the help and me stealing your jokes.

    • The Dredd Pirate says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate:
      oh and…
      2. Tehran is available I was thinking drop A.J Griffin or Niese for him just cause he has more up side? Which one or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: A. on your bench D. I guess but he was terrible yesterday as I wrote above

  27. Spencer says:
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    Not terrible, but yawning at my 2B position right now. best option from these 3?

    Daniel Murphy
    Betancourt
    Raburn

  28. papasmurf says:
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    How I wish I owned Maholm too (he was undrafted) instead of taking Teheran… Maholm looks 100% legit. Bad fastball but he’s mixing pitches real good with good command. He is a pitcher. Teheran is a … I dunno what he is. Teheranble is what he is. What was I thinking.

    And Segura instead of Simmons. I thought Segura was gonna open the season hitting 8th… wrong.

    David Hernandez looks worse than Putz now. I blame the smurf jinx (first time I’ve ever owned DHer). Bell is no better, so maybe it’s Reynolds or Ziegler or the hot hand du jour. That Dbacks pen went downhill fast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Yeah, Segura’s been fine… Agreed on Hernandez… It’s a mess…

  29. Wake Up says:
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    I’m not a big fan of Cueto’s pitching. But, that was kind of a cheap shot. If you want to blame someone for that, you should start with BP. Then, you could continue with that asshole Carpenter who stirred up the hornets nest right about when it was all over. Cueto was being crushed up against the plexiglass by 20+ players with LaRue coming after him.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Wake Up: No, kicking him in the head was the cheap shot. (I am a Cards’ fan.)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @VinWins: It only takes a few minutes to review the tape if you don’t remember what happened. He was being crushed up against the plexiglass. He wasn’t running around looking for someone to kick in the head!

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Wake Up: Not like he was the only one back there. He was the only one kicking heads.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Wake Up: Also, would have been pretty difficult to raise his legs up to kick if was truly “being crushed up against the plexiglass.”

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @VinWins: carpenter had a point, published in st. louis paper next day, that no matter what goes on in baseball brawl, you don’t use your shoes for the really possbly deadly weapon they are. Quote went something to the effect of “in all my many years of baseball, i’ve never seen such low down, rat-bastard shit from anyone, ever.” He cleaned it up more than that, but only because he slowed down and used different words

  30. El Guapo says:
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    Saunders, Arenado, Raburn, or Joyce?

  31. RaisinGirl says:
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    @Razzball Nation:

    I’ve decided to start dipping my toes in the daily leagues. Can anyone recommend a site? I most often see FanDuel.

  32. willclark says:
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    Sell high on Lynn? How do you rank Lynn to Weaver for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @willclark: I’d want Lynn, but depends what you’re getting for him…

  33. j-bird says:
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    ROS (5×5 roto): Estrada or Kennedy ?

  34. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    5 x 5 head to head league, with obp instead of average. would you trade goldSchmidt and ryu for votto and Quintana? Don’t like losing either guy, but loving votto for the elite obp, among other things.

    • Game of Chones says:
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      @ChiliDavisConCarne:

      I think the OBP angle makes Votto a top 5 player then… I’d do it

  35. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    Gyoko just was released. Why wait till dude’s finally doing well to do that? anyway, please rank Gyorko/Raburn/K.Johnson.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: if Infante just got added, where does he fit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fit in where?

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: in the ranks of the now gyoko/infante/raburn/k.johnson list? If i got it right again just go YEP. See this messed up mid-west weather? it was at least 85 in chicago on tuesday. now it’s 35 with snow in K.C., so I gotta go cut my grass in STL now, as to dodge rain/cold tomorrow/tonight.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yep

  36. RTP says:
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    (1) Pick one bat to fill in this weekend: Kubel, Vernon Wells, Nava, Berkman, Ichiro, or Torii Hunter

    (2) Pick one C for ROY: Buck, Miguel Montero, Jesus Montero, Ruiz, Pierzynski, Russell Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP: 1) Nava 2) Jesus

  37. rafaelpalmeiro says:
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    I never took steroids. Tired of looking at Jon Niese though..drop for Chacin or Villanueva? Looks like the Mets have a lot of Braves/Nats ahead, could be ugly. Speaking of the Mets, I also own Ike Davis. Should I keep waiting on this clown? Moss and Hafner are available and hitting. Leaning towards adding Moss and keeping an eye on Ike on waivers until he hits like last year..or not. Thanks Grey and kids!

    • rafaelpalmeiro says:
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      @rafaelpalmeiro:

      Colon is on waivers as well. Free colon?

  38. timmyk93 says:
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    Would you drop Jo-Fer for any of the following…

    Justin Grimm
    Josh Johnson
    Chris Tillman
    Kevin Correia

    Thanks in advance!

  39. Game of Chones says:
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    Would you rather have…

    Votto & Brandon Moss

    or

    Giancarlo & Josh Hamilton?

    Thanks guys

  40. BoneFace&Harmony says:
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    Please rank ROS: Nava, Saunders, Joyce, Raburn

  41. fungus says:
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    Thoughts on the wisdom of streaming so early in the season? I’m laying off the streaming till more data comes in (thank you capuano, straily, and chen). Almost started Cashner too (whew).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fungus: I tend to agree with you… Streaming isn’t easy with a small sample size…

  42. fri-guy says:
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    so i just flipped medlen+matt carpenter for prado in my h2h points league. except for when zimmerman is hurt, prado will play OF or U. thoughts?

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @fri-guy:

      ouch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fri-guy: I’d want the Medlen side

  43. Grey's Mom says:
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    Whuts rong wit McCarthy

  44. mhfella says:
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    Might’ve been my worst fake baseball day ever. Started Cashner since I didn’t buy into the Scott Feldman hype. Got greedy and picked up Phelps for a one-time start against Houston. Had just added Axford as Henderson handcuff when manager said it wouldn’t take much for him to regain closer role. And just acquired Kenley (infinite WHIP!) as part of a trade.

    Anyway, what’s your take on Kenley? Is he still the heir apparent? Don’t follow LAD too closely; is it unusual for him to come in for the seventh inning? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mhfella: Ouch… There’s no reason Kenley’s going to take the job any time soon… If League got hurt tomorrow, Guerra could steal saves…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @mhfella: feldman hype? this isn’t 198whatever and this being COREY feldman. this is a generally below replacment level pitcher, who no longer should even get the wins he used to get playing for TEX.

  45. paper bag on head (shame) says:
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    Norris or Quintana?

    Al Only (4×4 no Ks)

  46. Buttermaker says:
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    5×5 10 team league, weekly line up. Brandon Belt, Matt Joyce, Daniel Nava, Eric Young Jr. Adam Eaton. Do you think I should own any of these guys over what I got here Denard Span, Jayson Werth , Gerardo Parra, Nick Markakis, Norichika Aoki, Melky Cabrera, Daniel Murphy, Jason Kubel Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buttermaker: Nava over Murphy… Joyce over Melky…

  47. Shake N Bacon says:
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    It’s a sad day for Kris Kross fans around the world. Every batter tonight should switch their walk-up music to their favorite Kris Kross song. Or wear their uniforms backwards.

    Do you think Garza has a good shot at being relevant this year? I just picked him up in my 12-team roto league as a stash.

    Do you like Jordany over Raburn ROS? Raburn is like a Chris Shelton clone, isn’t he?

    • @Shake N Bacon: A sad day indeed, & an excellent idea. Luckily the diversity of the artist would serve many MLBers well. ‘Sailing’ would have a calming influence for the high strung (Lawrie, Harper, etc.). While a ‘Ride Like the Wind’ could get anyone pumped up (Hanley, Dunn, BJ Upton).

      • mc serch says:
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        @zombie: ha! who doesn’t love cheesy early 80’s soft rock? But, for serious, to win Best Album over The Wall is just cray…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Agreed… I think Garza will probably throw 90 innings with good Ks…. He’ll be a’ight… I like Raburn right now since Valdespin isn’t playing every day…

  48. fungus says:
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    Are you telling me the Brewers put Axford in for the save and not Henderson? Henderson’s ranked as the 44th best player overall to this point: 12 ip, 15 ks, 3 bbs, 0.75 era, 0.75 whip. Cmon man!

    • fungus says:
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      @fungus: yahoo 5 x 5 btw

  49. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Kid A, posted this last night, brings up a lot of questions, I always thought it was a radiohead thing

    http://jackedupto11.tumblr.com/

    • Kid A says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: You and your sleuthy ways. I cut those pig tails as soon as I realized they weren’t “cool” anymore. The face tat on the other hand was a HUGE mistake and one I will have to live with for the rest of my life…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Kid A: HA, that’s from my tumblr page, my buddy sent me the pick, it’s on a poster at the BART stop at 12th St. I like the face tat, I did the LA logo on my neck so I would blend in with the rest of the fans at Dodger Stadium.

  50. fungus says:
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    Any thoughts on Castro’s slow start? Almost could start platooning him with Rutledge@home soon…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fungus: Castro hasn’t been slow

      • fungus says:
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        @Grey: He’s the ranked 9th best SS in my league.

  51. Steve D. says:
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    Time to take Axford off the radar? He looked like he was close to getting the gig back, and then last night happened…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Yeah, he’s toast for at least a month…

  52. paper bag on head (shame) says:
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    If Putz fails, is Hernandez next or is ther any chance Bell gets a sniff at saves?

  53. Eric Riptide says:
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    I was hoping to read your blog today, Grey, and get a definitive feeling, one way or another, about your thoughts on Cliff Lee. Your blurb about him left me without a definitive feeling. I remember that 3 weeks ago, he was dueling Arroyo and looking fantastic. He took a hard line drive off his leg in the 7th inning, and ever since then has pitched poorly. In fact, the following batter was issued Lee’s first walk since the Eisenhower administration. He had 2 walks last night. I’m trying to pin you down a little bit here. Should I try to trade him before some people catch on that he’s no longer an ace? Or would I be trading low on a guy that should rebound? What do you think, Grey? Is he on the decline, or is this just a rough patch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric Riptide: His previous start wasn’t poor… I watched his entire game yesterday due to wanting to see Domonic Brown and Raburn… He gave up like 5 infield hits… He’s fine…

  54. chillmodious says:
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    Grey… would you drop Cashner for Maholm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: I’d like to hold him for his next start vs. the Marlins

  55. sanfran1966 says:
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    Was offered Rutledge for Ike Davis.. I like the trade for this team. Do you?

    C Evan Gattis
    1B Allen Craig
    2B Daniel Murphy
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Jean Segura
    OF Desmond Jennings
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    OF Adam Jones
    Util Todd Frazier

    BN Ike Davis
    BN Brandon Moss

    • Gavin says:
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      @sanfran1966: If those are your only two bench spots, yeah, Rutledge’ll give you positional flexibility off the bench. Neither one of them should crack that starting lineup anyway.

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @sanfran1966:

      I did it… busted my cherry for 2013…

      After dropping Murphy, I can pick up another power bat or steals guy for my bench…

  56. tacoBill says:
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    Moving forward as a strictly 4th/5th OF looking for steals only – Pierre or Ichiro?
    Would start Jones, Choo, Fowler everyday with Aoki too.

    • tacoBill says:
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      @tacoBill:

      Oh and Beltran. Brainfart. So Pierre or Ichiro to sub in during slumps or off days just looking for SB.

  57. Gavin says:
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    Seriously, i’m a Mets fan, and fantasy impact aside, I don’t understand why Valdespin isn’t in there every day. He’s got pop, speed, brings genuine energy to a lineup of proper white dudes, and his name is freaking Jordany Valdespin for Christ’s sake. Let the kid play! That is all.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Gavin: ha i just ask Paulie(big mets fan from way back)the same thing last night,not saying he,ll become the next great one but he sure brings alot to the table that they are missing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin: Did you see his homer yesterday? Looked like he just won the World Series…yet it was the 6th inning vs. the Marlins… It’s pretty comical if you didn’t see it, look it up…

      • Gavin says:
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        @Grey: Don’t get the Mets here in Baltimore. I’ll check it out. Lastings Milledge redux?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… not quite, but close… You can see the highlight on MLB.com

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Grey: yeah,reminds me of football players doing flips and dancing agter a good play when thier team is down 20 points,premature excitementation

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  58. HOFEDGE says:
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    I was offered Justin Upton for Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gomez.

    I really want to hold onto Gomez while he’s hot…I countered with Upton for Reynolds and Shin-Soo Choo..

    What say you?

    • Joe says:
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      @HOFEDGE: Why would someone offer Upton for those turds?

    • farcus says:
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      @HOFEDGE: what? why would you want to hold on to gomez over choo? i’d say bring that first offer back to him hat in hand. . .

      go. now.

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      I observed 2 crazy things here:
      1. JUp owner was willing to trade him for Reynolds and Carlos Go AND it didn’t get accepted immediately with maniacal laughter in the background.
      2. The same person that failed to click on accept counted with a better player than Carlos Go in Choo.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

        • tim says:
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          @Joe: if anyone in that league has half a brain both of those trades are getting vetoed. But judging by the actions of these two knuckleheads im betting they do not have half a brain.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @tim: unless there’s reason to think this is being done as collusion no trade should be vetoed. Anything other than that is basically telling someone their opinions aren’t good enough to allow them to act on them, or just bitchy jealously that it wasn’t your team getting the crazy good value. So we have the dilemma between social control/fascism or what’s generally called being a “hater.” Now if the idiot giving Upton has been known to do these trades with the same other person, that’s a whole different type of wormcan and likely collusion.

  59. chillmodious says:
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    Oops, one more… Ignoring positions, pick a doode for the next week (and possibly beyond): Ichiro / Rickie Weeks / Mostsuckass

  60. royce! says:
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    You gotta give Headley (and sort of the Padres) a little more credit because he was injured for the first 15 games of the season. Over 600 AB, his numbers project to 36 HR, 96 R, 72 RBI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: I’m more annoyed with the Padres than Headley… Don’t you think Yonder should be the 2 hitter?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I agree with the annoyance with the Padres, but Headley’s presence has helped them considerably…as far as Alonso at #2 goes, I could see that. It would take jettisoning the conventional wisdom regarding a #2 hitter having some sort of speed, but his contact rates and plate discipline favor batting him there. I think the Padres rarely do anything unconventional, though…I mean, they have the most boring jerseys and Dick Enberg is about the most boring baseball broadcaster ever…Also, I think that the Padres view Alonso as a “heart of the order” power bat and think his 2Bs are gonna turn into HR any day now.

        So, yes, it would be a good idea, and no, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that was what I was venting on in the post… And, ugh, Dick Enberg… They are so conservative…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I watched part of their loss to the Cubs on the 29th and it was the most boring broadcast ever…I think that Mudcat might’ve had some digestive problems and had to disappear frequently, because it was mostly Enberg talking and silence, but much, much more silence. He said absolutely nothing of interest, just deadpanned what anyone watching could see, like, “Amarista grounds out. [silence] […] Strike one. [silence].” It was fascinating in the most horrendous way conceivable.

            The radio broadcasts aren’t that much better.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              San Diego is a pretty conservative city, but they might like a Rex Hudler or a non-jailed Mark Grace…. They should give them a try!

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey: Vasgersian and Mudcat were a pretty interesting combo; Mudcat got to be himself more (read: idiotic, but endearing) and Vasgersian played the straight man…but you’re right, it’s a conservative and often boring place.

                • Goose says:
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                  @royce!: Ha! Didn’t see your comment before mine – indeed, ’tis too true.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bit vanilla… I like the chocolate!

              • Goose says:
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                @royce!:
                @Grey:

                They used to have Matt Vasgersian(?) as their broadcaster a couple years back – he was great, and he and Mark Grant were great as a team. But kinda knew he was meant for bigger, better things.

                Leitner’s ok on the radio in small doses, but his smarmyness gets tiresome. But Enberg is truly the awfullest. It’s like he decided to retire to San Diego and the Pads said, “Oh, that’s fine – just do the broadcast from your living room in your bathrobe.”

  61. Mike says:
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    Should I be dropping Middlebrooks or Span for Rayburn or Joyce?

    Would you rather trade Granderson for Yu Darvish or
    Granderson for Jason Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Span for Joyce if you don’t need speed… Middlebrooks if you do… Depends what you need with Grandy… I’d prefer Yu or Heyward over him…

  62. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams… I offer Delmon Young and Vinnie Pestano, I get Fernando Rodney. Thx

  63. Aero says:
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    Soul Glo, love it!

  64. Gavin says:
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    Aramis and Machado at 3B. Would like to move one for SP. Thoughts on Machado/Willingham for Price? Or should I be worried that Aramis will have a DL-riddled year? Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin: I’d take Price… I’d send Aramis…

  65. Wilsonian says:
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    Keeper league. Who wins?

    Team A – Stanton/Medlen
    Team B – Jennings/Gallardo

    Team A would then DL Stanton and pick up any of the following: Machado, Pagan, De Aza, Willingham, Cain, Joyce, or Raburn.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Wilsonian: team a since you can grab a dozen free agents as fill ins that are decent

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: I made the offer. Looked kinda weak, though, but I’m not sure. The reason I made it was because this guy has Heyward, Stanton, Bourne, Granderson, Motte all on the DL and only two DL slots. Mujica is one of my five closers so I’m thinking of tossing him in there as well to try to sweeten the deal.

        • AL KOHOLIC says:
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          @Wilsonian: yeah i would add him,shallow league you want stanton there

  66. royce! says:
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    Also, “that’s a frown question bro” is brilliant.

    Also also, regarding the badonkadonk compliment, my wife and I once went to a movie with a friend who finds it difficult to resist saying whatever the hell comes into his mind. My wife, who has a fine badonkadonk, got up to get something and as she passed in front of my friend, he exclaimed, “Damn, you have a huge ass!” Seeing our shocked looks, he added, “What? It’s a f**king compliment!” So I now compliment my wife with “Damn, you have a huge ass!” Ah, love…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Thanks ! HA! That’s awesome… If I ever meet Mrs. royce! I’ll be sure to compliment her…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ha! I’m sure she’d really appreciate that….

  67. CL says:
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    Grey, and anyone who would like to comment:

    Here’s my SPs… 10 team Dynasty (we keep everyone year-to-year)… is there anyone here that has you scratching you head as to why I own them? In the past month I have dumped Haren, Hanson, and Garza (someone just scooped Graza up). Have I done some bad, stupid things?!

    1. Shields
    2. Maholm
    3. Estrada
    4. Iwakuma
    5. Cobb
    6. Cashner
    7. Gerrit Cole
    8. Erasmo Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Erasmo in a ten team league seems odd…

  68. Joe says:
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    Keeper league with no restrictions. Trade David Wright + Trevor Bauer for Machado + Austin Jackson? Bauer wouldn’t make my keeper list (we only keep 15).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Machado side

  69. MoneyMike says:
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    When Aramis is back from the DL, would you guys rather keep him or Machado?
    Thanks!

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        Machado over ARam for ROS or did you mean in a keeper league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both…

          • MoneyMike says:
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            @Grey: thanks guys! It is a keeper, but only 5 players.. I doubt he’ll make the cut.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: WOW, that really jacks up from the pre-season rankings. Pretty damn strange that 1 month into season my number 3 3rd baseman (who gets benched near daily) in a deep 10 team league is actually ranked lower than my first 5 round starting 3rd baseman in a 16 teamer.

  70. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 12 team h2h

    Perez
    Votto
    Rutledge
    Machado
    Rollins
    Choo
    Jones
    Markakis
    Hunter
    Seth Smith

    UGHHHHHHHHHHHH- this team really isnt hitting HRs let alone producing much of anything and some how is managing to hit 280 for the week…. where do you think I should look to improve ??
    Catcher
    2b
    SS ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Looks like my team… I have a .280 average and no RBIs or power… I think you should look to upgrade your outfield… None of those guys may hit 17+ homers…

      • Anthony says:
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        @Grey: what about this trade My Hamels for his Zobrist ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

  71. scott says:
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    Correia a good streamer for Saturday vs Indians? If I get him I was then gonna drop him sunday for Liriano expected to pitch vs mets. I’m a pirates fan and a sucker for Lirianos Ks. Any chance he’s worthy of a roster spot for extended period of time?

  72. MD Sparkles says:
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    Trade offer. I give J Zimmerman, I get J Hamilton. Is Hamilton truly cooked? Or is this a buy-low?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MD Sparkles: It’s fair… I’d take Hamilton if I needed a bat…

  73. EK says:
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    Putz was just dropped in my 10team H2H pts league..
    Drop Perez or Bailey for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Andrew Bailey

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        Injury concern with Bailey or you just think Hanrahanhananan wins the job back sooner than later?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Injury concern and Hanrahan

  74. dk says:
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    A-gon/cingrani or prince?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @dk: prince easily

  75. MikeZ says:
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    Grey —

    Do you think Curtis Granderson is enough to lure Matt Cain away from hi owner? Would you trade Granderson for Cain or stand pat. I am last in my league in Ks so far, but I could also use the HRs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ: Might be… Try it…

  76. Chris says:
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    10 team CBS H2H:
    His Cespedes and gallardo for my hamilton?

  77. smegma says:
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    Grey,

    Another team dropped C.Crisp…would you drop J.Beckett or Ethier (bench bat) to claim him? I have A.Ramirez coming off the DL tomorrow so he will be taking up a 2nd bench bat spot if I keep Ethier. I tried to trade Ethier for a SP, but no takers.

    My team:
    C: Jesus
    1: Goldy
    2: Pedroia
    ss: Rutledge
    3: Machado
    IF: Rizzo
    OF: McCutchen/J.Upton/Fowler
    UT: C.Davis
    B: Ethier
    DL: Jeter/A.Ramirez

    SP: Bum/Peavy/Scherzer/Niese
    RP: Cingrani/Iwakuma
    B: A.J. Burnett/Pettitte/J.Beckett/Wilhemsen/Villanueva

  78. Todd25 says:
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    Grey,
    what no reference to Ricky Vaughn with Bauer’s start last night? They are basically the same guy, young hot-handed pitcher who likes to do things his own way with control issues. Maybe Bauer could use some edgy geek-sheik glasses too. I could see Harry Doyle in the press box for that game, perfectly. “Jussssst a bit outside” “ball 8″ “ball 12″

    *David Caruso voice* Trevor Bauer likes to Walk, on the Wild Side… “yeahhhhhhhhhh…”

  79. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    So you’re saying Mike Leake is pretty much Paulie…

  80. Clint says:
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    Pitcher question: at what point, if any, do you start to worry about your innings totals and/or what general combo of SP’s/RP’s do you like to stick with to avoid the limits? My league starts 2 SP’s, 2 RP’s, and 3 P’s with an innings cap of 1400. My current lineup (estimate at +36 innings over) looks as such:

    SP’s: Gallardo, Lester, CJ Wilson, Morrow, Maholm, Hammel, Shelby Miller
    RP’s: Romo, Perkins, Henderson, Veras

    Should I change my combo here somehow (stream one guy maybe?), hang tight until later in season, or what? Colon and Quintana are the best SP’s on waivers but there’s a ton of good middle relievers like Pestano, Brothers, Rosenthal, or Herrera.

    Thanks in advance guys. Love the site and the podcast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: June… Just be careful starting Morrow for now…

  81. Kevin says:
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    I have Jayson Werth and Im getting sick of his injuries, should I dump him for Matt Joyce Or Jason Kubel, both available, or should I stick it out with Werth, thanks in advance Brosetta Stone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin: I wouldn’t dump Werth…. Ha, no problem…

  82. Vohnie says:
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    Among outfield stop gaps, who would you recommend between: Vernon Wells, Garett Jones, Daniel Nava, and Matt Joyce? Thanks.

  83. Kid A says:
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    Are you selling high on Segura or are you riding this wave as far as it will take you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A: Ride the wave, doode

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: Segura is a mini HanRam. Very similar face and goofy expressions. He’s just a squat version of Hanley.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t have his power though…

          • Jacks says:
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            @Grey: Agreed, but I think his power will develop. He’s somewhere between Altuve and Hanley. 15 HRs would not surprise me. His HRs have been deep right center, that’s an indication of true power and his avg FB/HR distance is 292 feet so far (76th in league). Not bad for a little MI.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be…

  84. Ben says:
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    7×7 league OBP+SLg/QS+H

    I have a spare closer and Youk on the DL. Waiver is super thin. Would you move Soriano or Grilli for Maholm and Donaldson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: I’d move Grilli

  85. Kid A says:
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    Asked this last night after you apparently went to bed. Was shocked, as I always just assumed Stache answered on a 24/7/365 cycle without a need for its human host.

    For MI: Didi, Gyorko, Spinenose and his non-rotating cuff?

    Thanks bud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A: Ha! Sorry… Espinosa….

  86. Poo Holes says:
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    Crawford had seemingly cooled off as my Reyes fill in. Should I make a move to any of Aybar, Simmons, Hardy, Scutaro, or Peralta?

  87. FillyP says:
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    I know you have the patience of a saint, but how about dropping Ike for Joyce? My OF is pretty stacked, so I’m just hoping to turn him around in a trade package while he’s a hot schmotato..

    12t H2H 7×7 OBP + XBH

  88. Username says:
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    I need some help.

    12 team 5×5. I currently rank 1st or 2nd in every pitching category while being middle of the road in offensive categories. Currently hold 1st place in the league with a heavy offense team nipping at my heals.

    Been offered McCutchen and Cahill for Matt Moore and Samardzija. Grey, tell me what to do…

    C-Norris
    1B-Ike Davis
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Longoria
    SS-Rutledge
    OF-Braun
    OF-Holliday
    OF-Choo
    Util-Hosmer
    Bench-Gardner
    DL-Eaton

    Pitchers: Moore, Minor, Zimmerman, Scherzer, Samardzija, Ryu, Cingranni, Perkins, Romo, Cishek, Henderson, (Beachy DL)

    Thanks.

    • Username says:
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      @Username:

      As if the first post wasn’t long enough… Could also get Cargo instead of McCutchen. I like McCutchen more. Any reason not to? Also may counter with Moore/Scherzer and Cingranni/Ryu.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Username: I like McCutchen better, I’d hold with your pitching staff, but the trade is fair, even in McCutchen’s favor by a tad, but not for your team….

  89. Nate says:
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    Hughes or Doubront ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  90. goofy balls says:
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    moustakas or arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moustakas

  91. paul says:
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    what kind of pitcher would you expect out of Nelson Cruz in a trade? 12 team mix

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A number 2… Maybe around Peavy?

  92. Ryan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention McLouth’s 0/4 night in Anaheim just to say “I told you so,” to all the believers. This morning, I dropped him for Joyce in my “play-the-hot-hand” slot. Shoulda done that last night… (Wouldashouldacoulda)

    Peace Out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Word

  93. neogonzo mourning says:
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    <<>>

    HAHAHHAH BEST JOKE

    • neogonzo mourning says:
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      @neogonzo mourning: shit…i pasted the BP gulf clean up line and it disappeared. anyhow BEST JOKE!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

  94. ROBHALLA says:
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    SON has Kendrick at $5….that doesnt seem so great..

    Anyone streaming Kendrick vs the MaHLINSS??

    GREY: Stream Kendrick or is it a trap? lol I need a W.
    thanks

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      I’m streaming him so hard that I picked him up on Monday for it.

    • Kid A says:
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      @ROBHALLA: Love me some Kendrick tonight. Have him everywhere/starting him everywhere. So I’d probably stay away since I’m still tainted after running Phelps, Chen, and Cashner out there last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Kendrick…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: streaming Kendrick, is Lamar on Netflix already?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m streaming Kendrick…

  95. RedRox says:
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    Which side:
    King Felix + James Shields, or Freddie Freeman + Jordan Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  96. Kevin says:
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    I have Espinosa at 2B… I don’t need his SS eligibility– Uggla recently dropped- It would seem to be the move. Also– Jerko is available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Espinosa for now…

  97. supra says:
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    Isn’t that a *little* tough on Bauer? Granted he was very wild, but “worst you do in 5 innings” would HAVE to include more than 1 hit, no?

    Of course this comes from a guy who picked him up 4 days ago to stay in my minor league slot till he’s up for good. So, lipstick on a pig…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, I guess he could be worse… Fair enough…

  98. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Markakis, De Aza, or Aoki – pick two to keep in 5×5 roto.

    I am leaning toward Markakis and De Aza.

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: Full disclosure, these are the OFs I have and need to start 5 …

      Alejandro De Aza
      Carl Crawford
      Carlos Beltran
      Jose Bautista
      Norichika Aoki
      Yoenis Cespedes

      … and Markakis is on the wire.

      Thanks…

      Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki, De Aza…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  99. Moscowitz says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you start Peavy vs. TEX?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m sitting him…

    • royce! says:
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      @Moscowitz: He would not

      • royce! says:
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        @royce!: oops, takes me too long to read these things…

    • Swat290 says:
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      @Moscowitz:
      not being a smartass here I promise!

      but this is from an above question

      1) Start or sit: Peavy@TEX, Miller v MIL, Lester @ TEX

      2) Hold Lowrie or drop for A. Cabrera?

      Reply
      Grey says:
      May 2, 2013 at 8:33 am (link)
      @bossmanjunior: Sit, Start, Sit… Go to Asdrubal…

      • Swat290 says:
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        @Swat290:
        guess i should reload the page once i catch up with the questions lol

  100. leftsideoverhere says:
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    Getting frustrated now with Hosmer, Kemp, Prado, Bautista and BJ Upton. Yeah, I thought I did well in the draft… Are we still assuming all of them will turn things around, or can I start sharpening my axe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m most concerned about Kemp, hence the Sell on him a few weeks ago…

      • leftsideoverhere says:
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        @Grey: Damn. Should have got here sooner…. Thanks, dude. I’ll invite him round the back to admire the woodpile.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  101. T Moore says:
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    Dear Rudy: Hoping, you get this post where ever you are…

    First: DON’T EAT THE JELLO… It’s what’s making you feel so drowsy… It’s always the Jello..

    GET OUT OF THERE, NOW!!!…

    If you see anything that has a DHS monogram/logo on it, start looking for unlocked doors or unbarred windows; leave immediately – running if possible; ignore any loud reports of firearms, the klaxons blaring, the searching lights; avoid moving in straight lines always keeping low and don’t look back whatever happens – just keep going….

    Don’t feel too bad as many of others have wound up on the “Lists” for doing far less than you have – if you have done anything at all.. And you probably did as little as giving some bad FBB advice to the wrong commenter – one who was in position to “LIST” you out of spite.. That’s about all it takes these days..

    Don’t linger or waste time on the “not having done anything at all – I’m innocent” logic… As it is DHS policy, the DHS does not make mistakes!!! The institutional “think” of DHS here is, if a certain someone/citizen is on the list early, so what, they would have made it on there sooner or later anyways… KEEP MOVING!!!

    How far are you from the Canadian border??? Always a good first resort for someone on the run…

    For your new identity and life, get a copy of Michael Borton’s, “A Weatherman On The Run”… It is chalk full of ideas and techniques for living a quality lifestyle as a fugitive… Just because you are being hunted down, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy things along the way..

    Note**** Fantasy Soccer in Europe is crying out for good Sabermatricians – that might be something to think about… A life in a small out of the way sun drenched fishing village on the coast of Portugal cranking out assist, clean sheet and goal matchday probabilities for the top Euro Footy leagues – for top dollar (euros) too – doesn’t sound so bad.. Does it???

    I know, you are probably feeling injured, alone (deserted) and empty about now… Just remember that old homily and make it your survival mantra; “When the going gets tough – The tough get going”

    Good luck.to you and Bryce Harper (Really, you don’t need to worry about him as he is not on the LIST – yet)…

    Finally know this: the ones who put you in there were not – repeat, NOT – your friends…

    TRUST NO ONE!!! .. Esp. the RazzBall Staff!!!

    NOW RUN!!!! AND KEEP ON RUNNING!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow… You out did yourself there, T Moore… Nice… Rudy isn’t Brody on the run from the Feds though so not sure if Canada’s gonna help him…

    • Prezii says:
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      @T Moore: toss the bags out the window Rudy! Toss the bag!!

    • JoeC says:
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      @T Moore: This reminds me of the novel “Flashback” by Dan Simmons. In that story, the Department of Homeland Security turns Bronco Stadium into a prison. Islamic radicals are setting off car bombs on major interstate freeways daily. Mexico has taken back everything it lost in the war (except Texas). Texas has declared itself a Republic. It’s a f*&ed-up future, that’s for sure!

      The main storyline is about a washed-up, involuntarily-retired policeman who is addicted to the drug, Flashback, which allows one to relive their memories as if they were truly in the moment again.

      Pretty mind-blowing concept. I’d love to re-live each of my team’s home runs at the end of each season. And some other non-fantasy baseball things too, of course (Hey, I have a life outside of this!). :)

  102. Aero says:
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    Milone (just dropped), Tillman, Jason Hammel, Quintana and Garza on the wire, with other lesser streamer fodder. I figure Cashner is dropable after his next start, but wondered if I should make a move before then?

    SP Lance Lynn, StL SP
    SP Andrew Cashner, SD SP
    SP R.A Dickey
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP Shelby Miller, StL RP PP
    RP Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP
    RP Addison Reed, CWS RP

    Bench Josh Beckett
    Bench Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
    Bench Paul Maholm, Atl SP

    Oh, hehehe, btw, it appears ESPN disagrees with you on Beckett and his luck, though in terms of other categories: “Wednesday’s outing was Beckett’s shortest of the season. His ERA was bumped up to 5.24 after this start, and his .297 BABIP and 5.29 FIP indicate that he hasn’t been a victim of bad luck. His next start comes against Arizona on Monday.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s been ‘unlucky with his homers allowed’… He won’t give up nearly a 20% HR/FB… You don’t have moves to make right now…

  103. ROBHALLA says:
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    whats everyone think about Shelby Miller vs Brew Crew? losses count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  104. John says:
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    Rank in terms of best stash Anderson, Josh Johnson (till performing well) and Beachy ROS? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson, Beachy… Close enough…

  105. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup Grey… If you had a chance to grab one of these pitchers out of a trade who would u pick, Lester, Kershaw or Sherzer? h2h points league. 20 points for a win and 1 point for a K

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Is he considered an ace? Would giving up one of my top batters for him a decent trade or should I try to get another guy with him?? Like maybe an average batter added on

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            Do it it straight up or do I need the extra guy? He’s asking MCcutchen… I still have J Upton< Holliday, Crawford and Ethier in the OF

              • Frank Lynch says:
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                He’s the one that offered and now he’s pulling from kershaw.. Is Sherzer worth it maybe if i grab mark Reynolds or another batter with it??

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not sure what the trade is anymore…

                  • Frank Lynch says:
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                    Sorry… Is Sherzer worth MCcutchen? Even if he added a batter?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d want McCutchen…

                    • Frank Lynch says:
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                      Oh.. He said Kershaw for MCutchen and Shelby Miller.. I have to drop A pitcher anyway cause I have 12 but I really like Miller but If he wants Miller should I tell him I want Mark Reynolds too?? That would be MCcutchen n Miller for Kershaw n Reynolds

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s fair…

  106. JoeG says:
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    pick two for today only:Hundley, Haiston, Ransom, Dyson,Banks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ransom, Dyson

  107. Mr. Blonde says:
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    Grey – I’m looking to tighten up the end of the rotation. 14 team mixed 5×5.

    Jason Hammel is about as good as it gets on the waiver wire. Would you drop or hold on…

    Niese
    Gee
    Doubront
    Estrada

    Thanks for all your hard work here on the site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Him over Gee…

  108. Tommy says:
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    In Head to Head 5×5 I think I can get Price for C. Davis. Should I do this even if I only have Chris Carter or Quentin to replace Davis? I already have Kershaw, Lee and Cain among others and I am weak in HR’s and RBI’s. Do I then turn around and trade Kershaw for a top 10 hitter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need Price… Trade Kershaw for one first… Price for Davis is fair, btw…

  109. Nico says:
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    I’ve gotten so much help from this site, I thought I’d try to give back. I just found the “pickemfirst” app (more like add-on for mozilla or chrome browsers, just search for their name to download it). It basically is an add-on that lets you sync your leagues with them and then when you read about players you can see if they’re free agents or on a team, their stats, etc. It goes really well with Grey’s daily rundowns so I don’t have to keep checking the waiver each time you mention a name to pick up. I’m not associated with it at all, but I hope it helps others!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  110. AP says:
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    Grey,
    Just a random question: in a 10 team roto league would you be benching Peavy @ Tex tonight? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  111. Nico says:
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    Also to ask a question, would you drop Quintana and/or Estrada to pick up Jaime Garcia and/or Jarrod Parker? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana for Garcia

  112. Parker says:
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    12team league…

    green light to drop melky? guys like Joyce, raburn, etc are available. he’s a black hole in one of two bench spots, but for some reason he stays on my team. why-O-why?? what am I holding out for?

    but seriously should I just cut ties wit him forever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce

  113. EK says:
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    Pls rank for UTIL spot H2H pts:

    Pagan
    Aoki
    Markakis
    C. Crawford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford, Aoki, Pagan

  114. birrrdy! says:
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    Wow, this is some of your best work ever. You’re on a roll, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  115. Kid A says:
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    Adios Josh Johnson. A pox on both your triceps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  116. Grey Worm says:
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    It’s May, tried being patient, but in last place currently. Time to shake it up? 12 team 5×5 roto league. Give Braun & David Hernandez (other owner has Putz) and receive Hamilton, Austin Jackson, and Cain. What say you?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Grey Worm: cant hurt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

  117. Crampy says:
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    Jesus Montero or McCann when he’s activated?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

  118. Longotulo says:
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    Add Belt, Rayburn, Joyce or Seff Smiff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce

  119. Mike says:
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    Which DL eligible player would you pick up off the waiver wire.

    Colby Lewis, Jeter, Furcal, Luebke,

    Thank Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis

  120. RTP says:
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    Joyce, Saunders, or Nava in the short term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce

  121. Watson says:
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    Putz was just put on waivers. Drop Cashner, Estrada or Moustakas (bench player) for him? H2H with ERA, WHIP, and K/9 as categories. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  122. FillyP says:
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    1) Hammel or Teheran ROS ?

    2) Is Youk or Matt Adams worth a DL stash? Got an open spot.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @FillyP: im grabbing adams,he comes back tuesday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel…. Youk

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Spanks. Got to wait for Youk to clear waivers on Sat.. def taking a gamble that no one will pick up Hammel in the meantime. Bye Bye Ike!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  123. What do I do with Jay Bruce? Trade him or wait and see?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  124. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    josh johnson to the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well

  125. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I think you might get drunker with the Harper injury watch/updates running every two minutes ” Bryce says he got up and walked to take a pee feeling no pain….he did two shakes” 2 minutes later…”Bryce just ate a sandwich and says his teeth feel 100%” 2 minutes later….”Bryce just changed out of his house slippers and put on sneakers and reports via twitter that it was a little bit of a strain to tie the right shoe” ” Our analyst will be breaking down the daily activities and keep you posted on the future of baseball and how he is recovering from an injury that could result in a trip to the DL or the shifting of the poles and a change in true north”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! True…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I know well what I hate

  126. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Soul Glo….what is that….Velvet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that felt? It is now!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Who Killed Soul Glow? (2012)…..ya’ll let me know how this one is and if I should give it a watch…

  127. EK says:
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    My SPs in a 10 team H2H pts:

    Matt Harvey
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Johnny Cueto
    Kris Medlen
    Jake Peavy
    Mike Minor
    Jaime Garcia

    Think I did OK?
    Drafted all with the exception of Garcia. Drop him for or any of these?

    Niese
    Haren
    Vogelsong
    Best available streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re fine for now…

  128. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto league. need to start two of the following next week. who do you like?

    kendrick – @sf, @ari
    miller – vs col
    cashner – vs mia, @tb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick, Miller

  129. Wake Up says:
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    Forgot to mention while I was up on my soapbox…that Lemur was hilarious!

    Was Awakenings worth the watch? Never ended up watching it yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you fall asleep during Awakenings, cause that would be ironic… It’s an all right movie, haven’t seen it in 15 years…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Just slipped through the cracks I guess….I have seen mostly all of De Niro’s films….and I do like Robin Williams’ joke and the way he tells it and retells it………basic plot recap….It’s better to be a schlemiel than a schlimazel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schlemiel without a question… Not close really…

    • Kid A says:
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      @Wake Up: The whole movie was a little shaky.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Kid A: thats messed up…my buddy thought my left foot was a comedy

        • Kid A says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: You know, if you watch Titanic backwards it is an inspiring story about a boat that rises from the depths of the ocean to save thousands of lives.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Kid A: the mind of Kid A…. Why were all those people in the water in the first place? Does the boat have a mind of its own? Was he on the quest for the necklace the whole time?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Kid A: I watched it backwards once…staring at the guy up in the camera booth the whole movie was pretty depressing…

            • Prezii says:
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              @Wake Up: took me three times to get this.. which makes it that much greater.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Kid A: never actually made it through titanic, actually only watched the second VHS tape, ten minutes in and I wondered who pissed I off to make me watch this…damn 4th personality

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Your left foot is a tragedy….hey!….I heard things….funginail…look into it…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Wake Up: the left and the right, my pinkie toes grow like claws and have planters fascitis in both. so yeah, you heard right….someone reads my blog!

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: HA! I was just joking……..I guess it’s true what they say about a blind dog being right at least twice a day…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Wake Up: It’s a disaster, i went to get a pedicure once and they showed me the door…”you go now, no no no no no, we no work on that, I think i’m going to be sick”

  130. Just in case Giancarlo’s injury is making you :( and you need a change of pace the first Razzball FOOTBALL Podcast of 2013 is up… it’s a draft special baby!

    Please don’t shoot me baseballers.

    http://bit.ly/13PSI2n

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Grey, what is this football I hear tell of?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soccer in Europe…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I love me some grilled spam on white bread

        • royce! says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Have you ever had a fried bologna sandwich? They’re apparently all the rage in Nashville…my friends said that I had to try one while I was there but I declined. They also advocated for eating white BBQ, which is mayo based. I think they want me dead.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @royce!: been eating grilled or fried bologna since I was a kid. Thick sliced turkey bologna sandwich is delicous. When I was a kid, we would eat fried bologna and eggs for breakfast on Sundays, we had bacon maybe every three months. As an adult i realized my mom would just use the left over bologna as our weekend breakfast meat.

          • Prezii says:
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            @royce!: im never hungry until i log on razzball and read the comments…

            • JoeC says:
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              @Prezii: Srssly!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *drool* You ever have Taylor Ham? Probably not since you’re not from Jersey, but it’s wonderful…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: tell me about Taylor Ham, I will eat any pork product at least once

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s like bologna, only more delicious…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m having posting problems

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: or not, maybe they won’t let me post the link to order the jersey pork roll, it’s not porn

                http://jerseyporkroll.com/

    • Kid A says:
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      @Nick the Podcast Host: PHEW, Thank god you included a link!!! Now can you give me some instructions on how to use this plastic thing that goes clicky-clicky?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Nick the Podcast Host: i cant NOT read this without your voice in my head reading it to me…

      Wow that was gay…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezii: that was beyond gay…that was fabulous!

        • Prezii says:
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          @Wake Up: fabuthuth!

      • royce! says:
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        @Prezii: Your comment might not be for all audiences…you have been advised.

        • Prezii says:
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          @royce!: haha! See… I expected guitars after reading that! Let down, once again…

  131. Jay says:
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    Ok how long are you holding on with Hosmer?

    He is riding my bench currently. Wouldn’t mind using the spot for a hot schmotato. or even stashing Gausman at this point.

    Ned Yost says Mous is like Terry Collins’ head after watching Davis bat from the dugout – about to blow up…what say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d hold Hosmer for another couple of weeks… Mostsuckass looks like he’s coming out of his funk, maybe Hosmer next…

  132. chillmodious says:
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    I was shocked–I’m shocked, ya’ll!–to see that Niese and Kendrick have pitched almost the same number of innings (~33 this season), but Kendrick’s numbers have all been much better across the board. Especially the K-rate. So… 1) Niese or Kendrick? and 2) Do you think they’ll have similar numbers by the end of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese, but I think Kendrick should be owned… Kendrick’s numbers could be better, but Niese’s track record is longer…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, but his nose is much shorter. HEY-O!

        Thanks for the insight. I asked because I own Kendrick pretty much everywhere at this point, but in one particularly shallow league (with impatient owners too), I have this pitching roster:

        JZimm, Peavy, Matt Harvey, Samardzija, Cobb, Niese, Kendrick // Holland, Street, Wilhelmsen, Perkins, Parnell.

        I’m pretty happy with it, but Brett Gardner is sitting out there and I am trying to find a way to grab him. Seems like he might be more valuable than a 7th SP, which in the case of this pitching roster means Niese/Kendrick. What would you be doing in such a scenario?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Gardner over Kendrick…

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Grey: Thank you!

  133. Project Merkin says:
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    Greybones, trying my hand at the ol’ daily league thing. It didn’t take long after singing up for me to realize that I’d really rather have someone else pick my team for me. So many variables! When’s the HitterTron-3000 going to be available?

    Do you dabble in daily leagues? Do you have a strategy you go by, or that you’d suggest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy’s hoping in a week… I don’t dabble in them, no…

  134. herschel says:
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    word on the street, dee gordon may be getting the call to replace ellis and could potentially stick long term. SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • JoeC says:
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      @herschel: I’ll believe it when I see it. For whatever reason, the Dodgers seem to hate Dee Gordon.

      Mattingly seems to be cut from the same cloth as Kirk Gibson. He loves his defensive whizzes who have a wet noodle for a bat.

      I’m starting to think that the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks will not make the playoffs with their current set of managers.

  135. Kid A says:
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    Nothing like four high-powered offenses to make afternoon baseball really excitizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Careful, I’m streaming Wood…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Same here. Tap dancing on a land mine.

  136. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    Grey, many thanks as always. Quick question: what do you think the worth of Desmond Jennings pitcher-wise is in a keeper league? Realistically he can be kept in the fifteenth round next year (16 team, 23 round, 7 keeper max) and I’m looking for the best deal I can get for him. Hope they keep Rudy in a padded room for the time being.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d want a top round guy… Jennings could be huge at that value in a keeper…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Say a Wainwright or Moore at worst…

  137. Duke says:
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    I’m in a 10-team OBP league with Aramis coming off the DL tomorrow, who would you drop to make room for him? Reynolds, Konerko, Berkman, Hosmer, McClouth (my team is a bit light on steals and playing him over Hamilton right now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McLouth

  138. Sucka T says:
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    Trade proposal for 5×5 with OPS:
    Team A: BJ Upton, Jordan Zimmerman, and Tommy Milone
    Team B: Tori Hunter, Beltre, and Halladay

    Which would you rather have?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmermann

  139. Prezii says:
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    Ready for a shutout from porcello tonight? I sure am…

    Tomorrow im streamin again…

    Pettibone VsMIA OR Leake @ChC?

    Im torn… Its miami but im not all sold on the bone. On the other hand Leake is pitching for his spot in the rotation. Watchya think?

    I knocked on SONS’s door but i think he was watching a horror movie with a couple girls? And there was alot of loud thumping noises..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pettibone…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: oh and thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, SON put a sock on the door so you wouldn’t bother him…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: thats wat that was for? Thought his doorknob was just being permiscuous…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  140. agarthered says:
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    Drop Espinosa for Howie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine…

  141. Jacks says:
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    Was thinking of adding Matt MayDay Joyce for his binge, but he is facing 4 lefties next week. Think I like Saunders better for the season (limited moves, have 14 left). Saunders, btw, is called The Condor by Seattle announcers. Love it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  142. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Peavy got scratched, dodged that bullet, didn’t want to start him today!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: and if gets pushed to tomorrow he gets KC which is much more appealing.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Kid A: that would be a royal flush

        FYI, not sure if you read my follow up post from the pic, but my buddy took and sent me that pic….he’s in the RCL!

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          @Jack Full of Hate: He’ll lose 2-start status for next week though, which is a bummer.
          Yeah, I usually use 12th or Ashby depending on where I’m coming from. I’m deciding which color sharpie I’m going to use to add something awful about you to that advert. Expect a foto in a couple weeks.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Kid A: I’ll never see it in person, I like going to the Bay about as much as I liked getting a prostate exam from my doctor that has no concept of soft hands. I’ll put my buddy on vandalism watch. I suggest a red sharpie, will really pop against the green and yellow.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Kid A: I won’t be able to sleep in anticipation

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Kid A: you really do care

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Kid A: start’s pushed back to mon, so he will get 2 starts next week. gotta be in better situations than at TEX.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly

  143. Longotulo says:
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    I realize there are a lot of other variables and needs to be considered but do u think C Davis for Cain is fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is…

  144. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey Moustakas over Ethier ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  145. Carnac says:
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    A: A Back Scratch

    Q: Why isn’t Peavy pitching tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  146. booya says:
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    Who would you drop: Ike, Moose, Werth, Arenado, or Starling?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ike

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: woah…did you notice his hands were slow yet?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Wake Up: standing off the plate to not get jammed.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wake Up: Ike looks like hot garbage, but I would try to hold him… I like all the guys that commenters listed better, so there was that…

  147. Duke says:
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    I’m used to Head2Head where you pretty much throw everyone all the time, in roto would you bench Moore @ Coors and Shelby @ Milwaukee tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them in most leagues…

  148. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    what the hell is going on, i can’t post a link for the jersey pork roll. it’s not porn, it’s an unhealthy pork product.

    Hey grey you can order this stuff online, I’m thinking about it, it looks good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a strictly Jersey thing… They can’t ship it out… Like hair spray… Honestly, I have no idea if you can buy it anymore but south and central Jersey…. It’s not even really in north Jersey from what I remember…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: the site won’t let me post the link but look it up, it’s jersey pork roll dot com

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I approved it now… The site thought you were spam… It’s not spam, it’s Taylor Ham!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s wonderful…

              • Hondo says:
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                @Grey:

                You can get it in the DC area.If you want.Maybe I’ll try it one day.And maybe I’ll draft Miguel Tejada as my starting SS next year.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Big fan, huh?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Silver Queen corn. Another thing you can get only in Jersey. I used to live in a town in central Jersey called Bedminster. There was a little roadside stand there where you could get corn just picked that morning. Could eat a dozen ears myself.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Corn and tomatoes might be the best in this country in jersey… That and loose women…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: thats per capita right?

                  • Jay says:
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                    @Grey: Hell yeah Jersey corn rules. eat a dick Nebraska.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jay: classic jersey, throwing insults to someone not even paying attention (nebraska) In so call we have Chino Corn, so sweet and delicous….eat a dick nebraska…thats fun to do!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHAHAHAHA

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Jay: * So Cal

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Jack Full Of Hate: You’re saying that eating a dick is “fun to do”?

                      Oh, Jack… [shaking head]

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: yeah we have it up here too.

  149. Wake Up says:
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    Didn’t mean for it to come out like that….I realize that I’m coming off dickish today…so I’m gonna sign off….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: don’t be a dickey and leave, stay and be like the rest of us

  150. Eric W says:
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    Espn did a little video package the other day about managers “favorite sounds of the game”. In it Dusty Baker says he loves the sound of the crack of the bat, wich is weird because I always thought he loved nothing more than hearing a shoulder/elbow pop followed by the shrieks of a now forner young ace. I like to think Dr james andrews boat is named the S.S Dusty Baker. Anyways Ros machado or jennings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Jennings

  151. herschel says:
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    @Grey: pujols for kemp. weekly roto, non-keeper. which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes… Pujols, barely…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: i know…cant believe its come to this.

  152. gareth says:
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    Just let your sooouuuuul! (Deep african american voice) SOUL GLOW.
    He beat joe lewis’s ass.
    The royal penis is clean.
    TO BE LOVED! (Shouts from apartment) SHUT UP!
    mccdowels resturant.
    Early samuel l. Jackson role as a guy trying to rob that fast food joint.
    When you think of trash, think of akeem!

    Love that movie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… Yup, modern classic…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: it’s a great movie, although personally I liked the Golden Child a bit better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ooh, you had me up until your Nebraska dig…

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: Sorry but on the plus side, this whole thing just sparked a a good 20 minute conversation in which my co=worker and I rehashed so of our favorites from Delirious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t forget 48 Hours… Overrated…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: are you saying 48 hours is over rated?

                what rating is this based on?

                Trading Places is my shizz for favorite EM flick.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Trading Places is amazing… I was Louis for Halloween in black face this past year… 48 Hours is pretty overrated to me…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I can’t even place in words how great that is. Grey’s respect level in my mind is now 11 (out of 10).

                    Was the Coug Ophelia?

                    Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah! Boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, boo-boo yah, hah!….thanks IMDB

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, she was impressed though, which was a good sign… The range of reactions varied widely from awesomeness to disgust…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I would of taken my picture with you and posted it everywhere I could

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that shizz would be viral and haunted me for the rest of my life… Haunted me like Casper in a friendly awesome way…

  153. Jay says:
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    Is there any reason to hold onto Freese? I have Hanley and Segura. Unfortunately I have Heyward, Grienke, and Beachy on the DL and only one DL slot. so the other two are eating up my bench and I would rather hold them as they are ore productive than Freese right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer to hold him in most leagues but if you gotta do what you gotta do…

  154. bossmanjunior says:
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    C Perez 1B Goldschmidt 2B Altuve 3B Longoria SS Rutledge OF Jones OF Choo OF Gardner UTL Frazier

    This is my roster configuration. Rght now I have enough room for one bench bat. Should I carry a middle infielders or a UTL bat? Here are my options:

    MI: Asdrubal, Espinoza, Lowrie

    UTL: Joyce, Hosmer, De Aza, Cain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza

  155. gareth says:
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    Top 10 movies I watched as a kid growing up:

    Star wars trilogy (counts as one), stand by me, ET, Flight of the navigator, never ending story, labyrinth, aliens, the goonies, gremlins, ghostbusters.

    With the exception of the alien sequel, these are ALL original movies, unlike the remakes or retread movies that get released now.

    Anyway, I wanted to ask about josh reddick and marco estrada. Should I be worried about these guys?

    Hitters available are gyorko, morales, dunn, laroche, aybar.
    Pitchers available are maholm, cashner, jaime garcia, huson, ogando, cahill.

    Any upgrades there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Hollywood went green about five years and just recycles crap…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        So what you’re trying to tell us is that you’re full of shit?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @gareth:

      You should be worried about Reddick. He looks terrible.

      When I was a kid we used to watch this show called In Search Of… I was a documentary show hosted by Leonard Nemoy. They had an episode where they searched for historical evidence of Noah’s Ark. Boring stuff. Fast forward to 1981, I was 12, and a friend of mine invited me to go see this movie called Raiders of the Lost Ark. In those days the marketing and advertising for movies wasn’t quite as pervasive (by a long way) as today, so I hadn’t heard anything about the movie. For some reason in my mind, I associated the title with that old In Search Of show and I was thinking I was going to see this dry documentary. Best trip to the movies for me every. Can’t ever be topped. 12 year old boy expects Nemoy quasi-religious documentary, gets Raiders of the Lost Ark.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I remember In Search of, they still show it from time to time, still is the shizz., I was 6 when I saw Raiders, what a great experience for you

      • Kid A says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Raiders was a heavy movie as a kid. I remember the one-two punch of seeing that big bald bastard get knocked into the propeller coupled with that Nazi getting his face melted being serious world benders for me.
        Would be interesting to hear what Mr. Hollywood’s top 3 childhood movie influences were.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Kid A: I’m going to guess Disorderlies, Porky’s and Terms of Endearment

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @gareth: maholm over estrada and i would grab LaRoche over Reddick, that guy is always an early season dud

      I like Alien better than aliens, it’s creepier

  156. Kid A says:
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    Why are these managers spoiling perfectly good starts by letting their starters stay in games? Rot in Hell Sveum!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For serious…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Well goddamnit, now he stands to get the loss. Tap Tap Tap BOOM!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Camp can suck Nebraska corn…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            “Suck Nebraska corn” might have legs, Albright.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dot com? Or just as a rallying cry in Jersey?

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: already championing it…..

            • Kid A says:
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              @OaktownSteve: speaking of which, weren’t you teaching bleacher kids hate speech chants last year in Oakland? Any good ones yet this year?

  157. gareth says:
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    Is cashner the 4 inning mess from his last start or the stud from the previous start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold him for another

    • Prezii says:
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      Hopefully marmol stays far away…

      • Prezii says:
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        Oops… This goes down two comments. Janky ass phone..

  158. gareth says:
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    Hey grey,

    It takes a man to admit when they are wrong. Do you admit you were wrong about marco estrada? I am pretty sure his name is of italian origin. I also base this on the amount of meatballs he is serving up lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not wrong, he was a sixth starter and he has a solid K-rate… Just needs to stop giving up bombs…

      • Prezii says:
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        P.S. its May 2nd…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why you say?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: i say because its still the start of the season! Still room for improvement.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh… Ha… I thought you were saying to prepare for Cinco de Mayo…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: Si Senor!

                *grabs sunbrero and a little shaky raddler thing*

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezii: its sombrero and a maraca

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: thanks google! You do live in LA so im sure you hear a maraca right now? Im pretty non mexican so… Yeah…

                    I thought “brero” meant shield.. get it? No? Fine..

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: I’m kinda mexican

                    • Prezii says:
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                      I meant im not mexican, not im anti mexican. Sounded a tad racist on my part. But living in LA, you transform a little to mexican. Hell, Grey is prolly speakin spanish daily and hes jewish! Okay, now that was racist.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! I’m dressed up in paper maiche to simulate a pinata…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: I’ve accepted this part of you a long time ago and don’t judge that. Its all good. I do own an Impala, is that fulfilling the stereotype?

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Haha if it has daytons and/or pumps in the back… Yes! I have an Imp too.. its a junker but… ’63 SS all orginal except the engine was rebuilt.. if only i had the paper to put into it :( it has bryce harper potential.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You should give it a mohawk paint job…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: nice, not the biggest fan of the 63, grill issues, but still very cool. 2 door hard top?

                      I have a 96, the last year of good cars, nothing like a 4200 lbs car with a corvette motor, I even have aftermarket aluminum heads

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: grey is not a car guy

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Ehh, it needs a lot more than a paintjob. It doesnt run and has been siiting under a tarp for years. You should give your pinata a mohawk paintjob! :) ill help!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Deal!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: ok, I just realized I asked you a really dumb question, of course if it’s an original SS then it has to be a 2 door hardtop. Probably shouldn’t of smoked weed when I got home from work.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: that sound like a sexual proposition

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Yeah grey never seemed like a car guy.. more of a unicycle with no seat kinda guy!

                      But yep 2 door hard top, console shifter (fuck that tree shifter shizz).. its my broken baby. You wouldnt believe the offers i got for it when it was running. Mostly from the, ahem, spanish people. Haha

                      But 96 is a good year for the imp. More of a mobbster type than a lowrider. Im not big on the lowriders. Unless its a skinny chick in jeans.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like my cars old like I like my women…old! Actually, that’s not true… You’re right, I’m not a car guy…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      “Bitch, im Kendrick Lamar.. a benz to Grey, well that shizz is just a car..”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Good God, what you doing that walk for? When I see that thing move, I just wish we would fight less and we would talk more about Giancarlo…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Straight laughed out loud at that… Nice one! You and you KL…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      All day…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: that year is loved by the mexicans, black guys and old whit dudes. Corners like a mother.

                      If you ever want to get rid of that 63, I know people

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Get it Grey!

                      Yeah i know jack, they just want to candy paint it, put daytons and hydros on it and throw a little gold piece in the back that says “Los Tacos” or sum shit.

                      Not with my car buddy! I want mags and fat ass pipes with a chopper cam.. ughh i just got a little boner right there…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hydraulic up that shizz!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: I’d put a 502 crate motor in it

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Grey bouncin down the strip… Hahahaha :D

                      I would definitely consider baggin it tho… I love that little blowout noise when trucks have that shit and they just drop to 2 inches off the ground. Ahhh.. who needs women? Give me fantasy baseball and an old school chevy. Bitch dont kill my vibe, bitch dont kill my vibe!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      With the green neon hitting every time b*tch hits… Damn, prezii, I’m there…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezii: I would do air bags

                  • Prezii says:
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                    Ive got plans man. Since i was like 14… Haha but if i put a 502 in there id kill myself.. Easily. Im good with the 327 with some aftermarket parts like headers and what not.

                    And look at grey! I told you that mexican rubs off on you!! :D

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Maracas!

  159. Prezii says:
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    Quentin hit by pitch…. Double HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only thing Camp did…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: NOOOOOOOO Marmol, go awayyyyyy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, Wood was already out of it for the win so bleh…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: yeah that was tough for wood.. and my opponent! I have Marmeltdown.. remind me again, why i have him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you gotta move on from Marmol… Fujikawa isn’t that far away…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: i knoww.. if Hello Kitty got a closing role id pick him(her) up.. got like 5 saves, if that, all season..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… Probably would be better than Marmol…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: completely agree…

  160. gareth says:
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    If BOTH stanton and harper go on the dl at the same time, do you and rudy then hold a midnight vigil together? “Hey grey, you got the candles?” “Yeah rudy, you got the ouija board? We can try and conjure the ghost that josh hamilton keeps trying to hit.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… It’s a 24/7 vigil with religious hymns…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        A Mighty Stanton Is Our God? Harper, The Harold Angels Sing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA… Is there one for Ike Davis?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            “Sleepers, wake!”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Perfect!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: heard they are holdin one for ike on the waiver wire.. i didnt read the invite tho.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As long as it’s not an Evite, I don’t open those…

  161. gareth says:
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    You didn’t answer my upgrade reddick and estracheese question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Repost please

  162. henncoop says:
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    I am in a Roto league ….tops in HRs & RBIs & 2nd in steals ,,,middle of the pack in Avg.

    Drop Hosmer or Ross for Dunn, G Sanchez, S Smith, C Young, Venable, Reimold, Hicks, or Quentin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross for Smith if you can play him only when he plays…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks …that works as I set daily lineups

  163. Gareth says:
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    This is my Mlb.com Head to Head team:

    C Santana
    1b Goldy
    2b Cano
    3b Longoria
    ss Lowrie
    OF Choo
    OF Cespedes
    OF Trumbo
    OF Ortiz

    Bench:

    OF victorino
    OF Jennings
    C Buck
    1b/3b Frazier
    2b/ss Rutledge

    DUDA and MORSE just became free agents. Are any of these upgrades over my current players. By the way, I considered dropping Buck for Morse, but would be without a catcher back up if Santana went down. Is Victorino going on the DL? If so I can DL him and Add Morse. Or would you suggest a two for one trade? Say I give up 2 outfielders for an elite Shortstop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino for Morse… Though he’s probably going to the DL tomorrow

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: how in the hell does ortiz qualify at OF, that’s more fucked up than anything yahoo does.

  164. Gareth says:
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    I wanted to ask about josh reddick and marco estrada. Should I be worried about these guys?

    Hitters available are gyorko, morales, dunn, laroche, aybar.
    Pitchers available are maholm, cashner, jaime garcia, huson, ogando, cahill.

    Any upgrades there?

    Jack full of hate says Laroche (who’s also sucked) and Maholm (who got shelled in one start).

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maholm didn’t get shelled… You read the above post, right? Lose Estrada for Garcia… I’d keep Reddick for now…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Gareth: i thought Oaktown steve broke it down fairly well..

  165. The badger says:
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    Who you like in order ROS

    Gardner, L Cain, Aoki

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Aoki

  166. Gareth says:
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    I’m gonna rehash my Top 10 movies I watched as a kid growing up:

    Star wars trilogy (counts as one), stand by me, ET, Flight of the navigator, never ending story, labyrinth, aliens, the goonies, gremlins, ghostbusters.

    I will remove Flight of the navigator and add in the Indiana Jones Trilogy (NOT crystal Skull! Belch) instead. Actually make that Indiana Jones 1 and 3. And before anyone critiques my choice of the last crusade i say this in my defense – any movie that I still quote in my everyday life gets top marks for me.

    Shopping trip No. 1:

    Wife: “I got Corn flakes from the store.”

    Me: “You have Chosen Poorly.”

    Shopping trip No.2:

    Wife. “I got Frosted Flakes from the store.”

    Me: “You have chosen Wisely.”

    Works in may other scenarios too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You forgot Can’t Buy Me Love…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey:

        I Don’t see how watching a young Doctor Mcdreamy hamming it up for 90 minutes would be a pleasurable experience.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He rides a lawnmower with a cowboy hat, c’mon…

  167. Bill says:
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    I offered Choo for McCutchen and he countered with Holiday for McCutchen. Jump on it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  168. fungus says:
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    is Fujikawa getting his job back when he returns next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • fungus says:
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        @Grey: thought so, but the new yahoo note says: “He should be back in the Cubs’ bullpen within the next several days to serve as a setup man for new closer Kevin Gregg.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems doubtful, but it could happen…

  169. Fish says:
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    Thoughts on D. Nava’s potential to keep producing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it, but grab him while he is…

  170. Jay says:
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    here’s to hoping Haren gets shelled tonight.

  171. Jon says:
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    If/when Victorino gets back in the lineup at any point, which OF are you sitting? (start 4)

    Reddick, Gardner, BJ, Jennings, Victorino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino

  172. the staff infection says:
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    when do you expect gausman to be up? archie bradley? who do you think projects better? 3 for 1! thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said in the post when I expect him up… Gausman…

  173. Andrew says:
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    Which side you like in a 14 team leauge?

    Ryu/Cingrani or Rollins/Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins

  174. OaktownSteve says:
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    Harper in the starting line up. The power of prayer?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Or not drinking beer.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @SteveNZ: did you go the hard stuff?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @SteveNZ: if I never wear a watch then I don’t know what that means….thats bull, but it is happy hour somewhere in the world right now

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: True that, but I’m also at work, surrounded by about 80 people. Gimme 5 hours and it will be Friday drinks time…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @SteveNZ: ha, you’re living in my tomorrow…. I have a pretty flexible day, so i can work from home and drink if I choose. I forget sometimes that others don’t get that luxury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, gotta be…

  175. herschel says:
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    @Grey: http://vimeo.com/58953915 one week run in la if youre into 70’s polygamist cults and ish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  176. Gareth says:
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    top 10 80’s movies we thought were great but were actually…..Not so much:

    Porky’s, Police Academy, He Man & Masters of the Universe, Garbage Pail Kids, Cannonball Run, Ghoulies, Howard the Duck, The Toxic Avenger, Mannequin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love these movies!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Gareth: Garbage Pail Kids was a terrible movie.

  177. College Bar Prowler says:
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    Cingrani or Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  178. B-rude says:
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    What’s up Grey! I’m commish of my league so I’m looking for an evaluation of a trade. The offer is Marte & Ryu for Minor & Jennings. Do you think it’s fair and which side would you prefer to own?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s completely fair…

  179. SteveNZ says:
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    Ef fthat effing postponement. Lost four hitters from that game (plus Holland and Peralta) out of the 6 of mine that are active today and of course I lose any stats.

    Opponent of course doesn’t have any players in that game. Jesus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, me too… Was really excited for a Luke Scott batty call…

  180. VicVickerson says:
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    Chris Davis/Andrew Bailey for Craig Kimbrel/Matt Carpenter….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, it’s fair…

  181. Steve says:
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    Grey,
    Should I spend my #2 waivers position on Swisher and dump Well’s? They are take up a bench spot for spot starts and also p.t. until BJ Upton starts hitting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…

  182. SteveNZ says:
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    Watached another 30for30 last night – Four Days In October. That comeback seems even more improbable now than it did then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t watched that one yet just cause I don’t want to watch an hour of Bill Simmons and Vartiek…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, there’s a fair bit of Simmons, but not too much Varitek, so there’s that.

        I bet Terry Francona enjoys watching it though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can only imagine… I’ll watch the Marino one first…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: HA!

  183. VicVickerson says:
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    Milone and Andrew Bailey for David Ortiz….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz

  184. BSW says:
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    Taylor ham aka pork roll is thankfully all over northern nj. It is one of the reasons why I am a 34 year old on meds for hypertension. Fake baseball is the other reason.

    • Prezii says:
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      @BSW: share the wealth!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Fair enough… It’s been a while since I’ve been stomping around northern Jersey… Thought it was more exit 120-ish and down…

  185. herschel says:
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    kendrick apparently not getting the “start anyone against mia” either…shaky start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he settles… It’s early…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not like they have a 5 thru 9 hitter…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: i know. still a little antsy from Gee’s start yesterday….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: any way you split it, this certainly isnt pretty to watch…

  186. Coitus Granderson says:
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    I need pitching and was offered the following deal. Strasborg and Ryan Zimmerman for my Beltre, Morse and Teheran. No keeper concerns. Besides Cahill, the rest of my pitching is underperforming: Cain, Medlen, Morrow, Ogando, Lohse, Parker, Fernandez. Pull the trigger? Are the injury risks for Stras and Zim too high? Beltre is a snooze fest this year and Teheran might lose his spot to Beachy, right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  187. JK says:
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    Napoli, Mike
    Goldschmidt, Paul
    Altuve, Jose
    Seager, Kyle
    Lowrie, Jed
    Choo, Shin-Soo
    Davis, Chris
    Upton, Justin
    Fowler, Dexter
    Cuddyer, Michael
    Ramirez, Hanley
    Marte, Starling
    Donaldson, Josh
    Holland, Derek
    Iwakuma, Hisashi
    Masterson, Justin
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin
    Wainwright , Adam
    Grilli, Jason
    Janssen, Casey
    Cingrani, Tony

    DO I HAVE SOMEONE TO DROP FOR ROY OSWALT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  188. Oppo Taco says:
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    Trade cingrani and taveres for asdrubal Cabrera? Am I giving up too much? My current SS is peralta (gross)
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a keeper?

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  189. Mike says:
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    How many more Ks does it take to drop BJ Upton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  190. mhfella says:
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    Estrada, Cashner, Kendrick…make it stop. Seriously losing my confidence. Oh Cecelia, I’m down on my knees….

    • mhfella says:
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      Okay, my pathetic begging may be working. Today’s WHIP down to 2.00 after that fourth inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  191. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Aramis Ramirez-3BBrewers
    When Aramis Ramirez comes off the DL, Ron Roenicke said he won’t play complete game or back to back for awhile.
    This news makes blindly starting Ramirez in weekly leagues next week a bit of a risk as it sounds like the Brewers will slowly integrate their slugger into the lineup. Once healthy, Ramirez should return to being what he always has been – a run producing, power hitting option at the hot corner.
    A I dont own him just a fyi and werth was pulled for a pinch hitter also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  192. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you still take cutch for pujols in redraft leagues? weekly roto…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: given the choice, would you rather have cutch or jones?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cutch

  193. Jacks says:
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    Wow, old man Dan is just dealing … on everyone’s bench I assume (mine for sure). He getting it together or are the Braves simply slumping? Trust Dan next week v DET?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braves had to back off the throttle at some point, I guess… They were insane there for like 3 weeks…

  194. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Cashner or Garcia? I like both, and i know Cashner has more upside. But damn he was crap the other day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia

  195. crock says:
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    Which side you like better: BJ Upton/Matt Cain or Jennings/Peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  196. Long Bawls says:
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    Oof. More like Why Me Peralta…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  197. Drew says:
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    @Grey: 6×6 OPS, Holds, and QS instead of Wins

    What side do you want for ROS?

    Shields and Napoli… or Gallardo and Posey

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey

  198. TheNewGuy says:
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    Finally found a team to play ball here over in the UK. 1st practice session this evening boy it felt good! Been wanting to play for years but never found a local team to play. But now found a team, and there is enough teams around now to make it a fairly competitive league.

    Did better than I expected with the glove and showed a good eye at the plate according to the coach… hey if I cant hit my way on initally at least I maybe able to walk! And there was some good players on the team too …Yanks and Japanese unsuprisingly!

    Seems theres some US army base close to the town which is why these American guys have set up a team. Pretty cool huh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Are you an ex-pat or a Brit?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey:
        Just a typical British lad really. Took holidays over in the US and watched ballgames over there, and got hooked on the sport.

        Least I should have a knowledge advantage over the rest of the team if my skills arent up to theirs yet! Should be fun t, just feels crazy but cool to be playing baseball over here. Ive never seen a baseball team over here before today, seriously.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, cool… Yeah, it’s weird how baseball isn’t big though cause cricket isn’t that far off, is it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When I lived in London, it was a choir getting box scores…. Everything was the next day… Only time I read USA Today religiously… Was in London…. For the box scores… Now with internet, I’m sure it’s better…

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey: you used to live in London? Nice man, will have to talk more soon, hard work on an iphone right now. And yeah I’ll tell you about cricket too.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @TheNewGuy: I’ve tried, how I’ve tried… ;-)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds good!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I lived in London too, how long were you there and what neighborhood did you live in?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Six months, South Kensington…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: me too, six months south ken. lived off of gloucester near the cromwell tube stop. If I walked out of my flat I could see the front of Sainsberry, this was 1997 though, when were you there?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sainsberry! Awesome… Wow, haven’t that in a while… That’s a swanky neighborhood…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: It was interesting, my best friend there was the Persian guy at the hotel across the street from my flat. They had a 24 hour lobby and that was the closest phone. 85 steps to go use the damn phone. did you ever go car hopping?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, car hopping?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Why were you there?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: “school”

                    car hopping is when you start from one end of park cars and run across them, they park so close down the streets that you can easily go from car to car

                    We use to go to this pub that would show American sports for us and let us stay after hours to watch sunday football. It was near Kensington Market and Hyde park. Right in the middle of some residental neighborhood, place was great, they had pound shot night and football and baseball. lets say it was Jack Full of Blackouts in that place.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      This is gonna freak you out…. But I was there for school and I was right by all of that stuff… There were other schools there too… Were you around the corner from a hotel?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: there were hotels all over that neighborhood. I lived on Collingham Road across from the ambassador hotel. Collingham dead ended into sainsberry, I was there from August to December. I could of stayed longer, got offered two jobs as a bouncer at one club and another at a pub. When I was there we met groups from Georgia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Miami, we got into a little scuffle with the Miami kids.

                    Did you ever go to “Church” when you were there?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Church! Oh my God, I feel like I was there right around the same time… Loved the clubs in London, open until 6 AM and absolutely bonkers… Amazing times… I lived on a dead end as well, but I didn’t dead end into Sainsberry… I was around the corner from this fancy hotel that I remember being there the first day and Tupac died… We stayed up until 4 AM playing his songs… Ha, we were so corny…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I still have my church shirt I caught in the crowd cause everyone is so damn short over there. Some of the craziest days ever at the church….oh god the clubs, the drugs, the chicks from everywhere across the globe. The ridiculous calves I got from all that walking. I made friends with a DJ early and that guy hooked us up huge, no cover charges, no need for Time Out, just went where their party rolled.

                    we got there right after princess Diana died. She had no songs for us to listen to.

                    It was a great time, my buddy lived there at the same time, he was on a work visa and lived with this chick who was on some BBC show. That brought some interesting things to the table, she gave me a QP of hash someone left at a party at her house and her best friend was the main chick from the kama sutra movie. funny shit was she lived in East End London

                    I could go on for hours with London stuff, I made a lot of friends there, didn’t care much for the Americans I went with, most,not all were a bunch of spoiled rich kids who went traveling every weekend and stayed home during the week doing homework or renting VCR’s and movies.

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Did you hit that YouTube link I posted at you earlier? You really should…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, another great call…I totally remember my suitemates renting VCRs and movies… What a bunch of tools… I was there with a girl that was hot, good friend of mine, and she got us in everywhere-slash-met British guys we’d roll with… One night we were hanging with the Friends crew and they were all doing copious amounts of coke… Good times!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: the only movies I watched was at this place called the prince charles theatre, its near leicester square and picadilly circus, I met some chick that worked there and the place was awesome, they sold beer, we could smoke spliffs in there, and we would go watch older movies, they played goodfellas, swingers and did rocky horror on the saturday nights. They played all kinds of old shizz, I just looked them up online and they are still there. They have a current special for the Big lebowski, a free beer and a slice of pizza with the purchase of a ticket. why can’t America get that cool!

                    http://www.princecharlescinema.com/events/events.php

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice… All I remember entertainment wise is going to the West End and getting delicious ice cream while I watched crappy plays…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I was in my anti-stage, would of never considered plays….wait, I still wouldn’t go to a play. I did music shows and record stores.

  199. Jon says:
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    Thinking long-term (say next 3 years), which two 3B do you like? Zimmerman, Lawrie, Frazier, Rendon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmerman, Frazier…

  200. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’m watching the Braves game and, this may be the first time I’ve ever actually watched him pitch but, what’s with Walden doing a little hop in the middle of his throwing motion? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone do that before…

  201. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Beckett or Haren?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckett

  202. Tom says:
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    12 team H2H, i’ve got ryan zimmerman, lawrie, and machado

    looking to trade one of them for pitching…is r.zimmerman for scherzer a good place to start? or aim higher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, great place to start… Get him!

  203. SteveNZ says:
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    Terrible effing day’s baseball.

    Still, at least I had yum cha for lunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yum cha? What’s that?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: It’s Chinese. You sit down and the waiting staff are just walking round with different dishes and you choose whichever you want. Deep fried squid, roast duck, spring rolls, steamed dumplings (eg prawn and coriander), steamed pork buns etc.

        It’s absolutely fantastic.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah! We call it dim sum here, it’s wonderful…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh – I see it’s sometimes referred to as dim sum in the US…

  204. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    seriously?

  205. Huge Caulk says:
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    1)Yuni Betacourt or Ryan Raburn at 2b until Aaron Hill comes back?
    2) Are you a Dan Straily fan.? My league uses K and K/9….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuni… Not especially

  206. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    7-37-4 owner was replaced today.

    New guy completes this trade with commissioner-
    new guy gets Cingrani and Berkman

    commissioner gets Molina and Bumgarner

    Ridiculous, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, obnoxious

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, same league I have complained about every week of the season. Last straw with these actions tonight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Up to you… Pretty crappy though…

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Grey: I’ll just keep on going. The entry fee deadline was extended for two reasons. 1. I voiced my concerns. 2. A couple other guys were playing dumb about the entry fee.

            If the deadline comes and the league is still silly, then the commissioner can replace me.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: what do you mean, it looks like a totally fair….I kid I kid, that trade f**king sucks donkey Dickey….this doesn’t happen to be a keeper auction league, is it?

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Nope. Regular snake draft. Keep 15 players and can keep the same player for his entire career.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: As long it ain’t for money, I would walk. I have grown to love keepers because it makes people make some ridiculous deals and justify them by what they might be when they trade them to some idiot for their proven studs. Don’t even get me started on draft pick swaps

  207. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Need a filler for Stanton, 10 team weekly …
    Werth, betancourt, hafner, mclouth?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: McLouth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betancourt

  208. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop arenado for A. Ethier in a 12-team H2H league? This is basically for a bench spot? Who do you feel will have the better season. I have longoria in at third base at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  209. mhfella says:
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    Why no Bailey? Harahan starts the ninth with a 3-1 lead. To face 7, 8, 9.

    Bailey has pitched once since April 24–and that wasn’t even a save situation.

  210. Tony says:
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    GREY-

    I need to choose two of these starters to throw to meet an innings limit in H2H.

    Shelby Miller @ MIL
    matt Moore @ COL
    Pat Corbin @SD

    personally Corbins a given….. do I throw the rook at miller park? or the seemingly elite yet loves to walk batters Moore AT AT AT AT AT AT AT COORS? ughh…. and of course the two I’m debating on go on Friday and corbin goes sat…..

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller, Corbin

  211. Huge Caulk says:
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    Also Just noticed…
    1)Ike Davis has been dropped… I already own Goldy and Konerko for 1B. Do I drop Konerko or an avg schmo pitcher for Ike? I trust your rankings and you have Ike at 8….

    3) ichiro dropped also…. pickup Ichiro for Joyce?

    2) This is a head to head keeper league… Pickup Zach Wheeler for a schmo pitcher and hope for a quick callup?

    Thanks as always…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold on Ike for now… Joyce… Hold on Wheeler for now…

  212. SteveNZ says:
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    10-team keeper, OBP + AVG plus Hitters’ Ks. Votto or Bruce+R-Zimm+Kenley?

    I have Ike to put at 1st (and there are wire options like LaRoche and a gang of other clowns), and Zimm would look good at the corner instead of Cuddyer.

    PointShares finds for Votto 6.3 to 5.5 and like Joe Walsh said, Life’sPoint Shares been good to me so far…

    Whaddaya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… I say go for Zimmer side…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Hmmmm. It’s an Al K chump dump, albeit a quality one.

        Kenley’s not really a factor, right? I don’t have a slot for him anyway…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, Votto’s a beast in an OBP league, but you’re getting two quality guys at other positions…

  213. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh, and I’m highly pissed off that Braun is missing out on all this late-inning fun.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: This time?

  214. VicVickerson says:
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    RYU and Milone for Peavy…..which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  215. Steven says:
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    Grey,

    I was just offered Lowrie for Cingriani….I have Andrus but has been a slow start for him. Also don’t know if Cingriani stays up when Cueto returns….Would you make the trade?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a non-keeper I’d take Lowrie if you need an MI…

  216. Ron says:
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    Would you trade Gordon and Cain for Stanton right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matt Cain? Nope

  217. gareth says:
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    Is dan haren back on your fantasy radar now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  218. gareth says:
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    Hey grey,

    You told me to keep hold of redick earlier. What indicators have you seen that give you the impression he will bounce back? There are some that say he has “adam lind breakout” written all over him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He has a .183 BABIP… That’s insanely low… He should be hitting 50 points higher and he has a 3.6% HR/FB… It’s early… It’s one bad month…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s on accounta he not hit ball hard. 13% LD rate. 23% and 21% in 2012 and 2011. Last year 29.2% GB rate, this year 41%. Feeble ground outs, 17% infield pop ups. But hopefully you’re right. He could start crushing. What bothers me is he’s super high strung. He lives and dies in every at bat. Lot of pressure on himself. Maybe he just needs a couple bloops to fall.

        Why you working Albright? Go get the coug a cocktail. I’m watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the Warriors game. Best line from KKBB, “right over there next to the native American Joe Pesci.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Writing the roundup for tomorrow… His HR/FB and BABIP are insanely low… There’s no way he’s this bad… He hits a groove and you have his May last year… 10 homers…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Hope you’re right. I see your reasoning. But I seriously have not seen him hit but a handful of balls hard all year. I think the thing about BABIP analysis is it presumes all contact is the same. I saw something similar with Jemile last year. His BABIP was .256 and you kept thinking it would normalize, especially considering how fast he is. But man if you want hits you gotta square it up once in awhile.

            Monaghan is the category of a type that doesn’t usually do it for me but for some reason she does.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, she’s hot as dog balls… I always like KKBB’s writer’s script to read better than the movies they become…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: +1. Haven’t seen the movie, but +1.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, plus a zillion right there…