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At least one of you is reading this with a bandaged thumb from a fireworks mishap.  I had a Cousin Pete (Italian side of the family) who lost the tip of his thumb on the 4th, but rather than stop the festivities, he taped the tip of a hot dog on his thumb to act as a tourniquet for the rest of the 4th, so we could all go about our fun-having business.  I suggested my Cugino make a PSA about hot dog tourniquets, but I was turned away by NBC Cares.  Let us bow our heads and pray that if anyone loses a finger, may there be a proper-sized hot dog nearby.  Robinson Cano hasn’t been bad.  Let’s put that misconception behind our ears like the baby ounce of Drakkar you do every morning.  Not bad.  Low on homers?  Yes.  Not bad though.  The perception is he’s struggling.  Having a real hard time of it in Safeco.  He’s on pace for better numbers than last year, except for power.  So, where did all the power go? (I sang that like Paula Cole.)  He’s insanely off for homers per fly ball, and down in the fly ball department, in general.  Those aren’t great things, but — what are you gonna do with that big fat but? —  his April/May are dragging down the homers per fly ball.  He had four homers in June and looked relatively the same as he’s always looked.  There’s no way he makes it to 25 homers on the year (he’s at 6), but four homers per month is doable and about what you always got from Cano.  As already pointed out, he’s still doing everything else that made him a top 12 player in March, so if someone is down on Cano, in the non-sexual way, I’d look to see if I could buy him a little cheaper than he’s actually worth.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Mike Zunino – Hold on a second, honey, I will play with the kids, flip the burgers and resuscitate grandma, I just have to read what catchers to pickup this week.  Shut up, woman, I’m sick of Yan Gomes!

Wilson Ramos – How about you set and forget your face and stop with the Botox?!

C.J. Cron – I was hesitant to list him, because I will probably drop him due to The Sciosciapath benching Cron vs. some righties.  Especially when he’s better vs. righties!  Okay, I’m gonna move on before I get an ulcer on July 4th.

Lucas Duda – Duda or Kemp?  Is it close?  This was your daily, “Holy crap, Kemp has been bad” check-in.

Logan Morrison – He hit .262 with 4 homers in June and is hitting .300 in July.  Sure, he hit like a soggy diaper in April (.176), but it was only in 17 ABs and he was injured.  When healthy, he really hasn’t been that bad and yes I wrote ‘really’ to try to persuade you on a guy I know you won’t ever pick up.  Sad kazoo.  (I don’t sad trombone anymore.  Nothing sad about a trombone.  Ever see anyone playing a kazoo?  Now that’s sad.)

Logan Forsythe – You don’t know what kind of restraint it took to not make the lede about Forsythe.  If you thought I would, you might want to have your Forsythe checked!  I CAN’T STAND IT; I’M TOO CLEVER!  HEY, HOW DO I GET THE CAPS LOCK OFF?  PRESS IT AGAIN?  THANKS, INTERN!

Enrique Hernandez – Or as David Dinkins would call him:  Kike.  Hernandez had eight homers, 6 steals and hit .337 in Triple-A this year.  He’s also fairly young, so it’s not like he’s been withering away on the prospect vine for a long time.  I don’t want to be too stingy with my praise about a guy named Kike, for fear of the Anti-Defamation League breathing down my neck.  If you’re struggling for a middle infielder and are too cheap to trade for one, I’d go with Kike.  What?

Chris Johnson – He’s as boring as mom jeans, but if you need average, here ya go.

Eugenio Suarez – He was this week’s Creeper.  Not as in he stares at you while you sleep, but as in he’s supposed to be good this week.

Brad Miller – See what I said about Forsythe, then cover yourself in Marshmallow Fluff, run into an arcade and yell, “Who ya gonna call?  Ghostbusters!”

Arismendy Alcantara – His time is nigh, and that only sounds like a negative.  This won’t be the last time I mention the Greek God of Middle Infield, Arismendy.  Now is the time to start stashing in very deep leagues.  Still probably three weeks away.

Oscar TaverasMike Matheny drives around a brand-new Chrysler, only he bought it in 1989 and let it sit in his garage for 25 years.  We’ve finally figured out what it takes to get the sheen off a prospect.  Let the Cardinals handle him.  Guess the Cards should’ve handled Charlie Sheen’s Two and Half Men negotiations.

Andre Ethier - I saw that the Hitter-Tron was crazy for Ethier this weekend, and I was like, “Did Ethier fall into a vat of motor oil and emerge like some oil-slicked honey that the Hitter-Tron dreams about or is he at Coors?”  The Dodgers are at Coors.

Matt Joyce – “I got a forty cents off coupon for Stouffer’s Salisbury Steak dinners and will donate it to a person who looks hungry!”  And that’s how you continue to hit third on the Rays.

James Jones – I’m glad James Earl Jones is alive, but wouldn’t it be awesome if they accidentally put someone in the Dead Actor montage at the Oscars that was still alive?  That would make my life.  Life complete, Cougs, roll out the hearse!

Nate Schierholtz – Wikipedia tells me he’s nicknamed “Nate the Great.”  Their quotes, but I’m assuming the quotes signify sarcasm.  Like Grey “The Sexier Than Tom Cruise-iest” Albright.  Someone should write Schierholtz a letter to see if it’s meant sarcastically.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he reads that!  Assuming he doesn’t read it in Africa, you don’t want to be one of those flies!  Oh, and Schierholtz has barely any homers and will get a lot more, so grab him for power.

Jesse Hahn – He’s more than a streamer at this point, but his next start on the Stream-o-Nator is a hot-dog-thumbs up, so he should be owned anyway.

Odrisamer Despaigne – The more I learn how to spell this guy’s name the more I like him.  Watch out if I ever figure out how to pronounce it!

Taijuan Walker – He should be owned in every league.  Even if he doesn’t have a great start on Sunday.  Yes, the reverse jinx!

Jenrry Mejia – He’s only here because he’s owned in 40% of ESPN leagues.  He’s been the closer for a month-plus, so I’m not sure why he’s not owned.  Maybe because he only got two saves in the last month.  Damn, I’m talking myself out of owning him.  No, a closer should be owned — SAGNOF!

Jake McGee – I think we could settle the Rays bullpen questions once and for all if McGee would walk Grant Balfour’s grandmother around a hallway.

Santiago Casilla – Bochy didn’t hire a forklift to come and get his head out of bed every morning so you can question his decisions!  He said Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt will share saves, so there’s how it will be.

Brad Ziegler – I just went over Ziegler this morning.  It was a real humdinger!  Or make that Addison Reed gives up dingers.  Something along those lines.

Zach Putnam – Or for the White Sox saves it could be Jake Petricka, Javy Guerra, Eric Van de Surkamp’s Tartar Sauce, or simply Javich Petnamerra’s Tartar Sauce.

SELL

Jose Altuve – I love Altuve like Willy Wonka loved Oompa Loompas and that comparison isn’t that different.  Here’s Altuve pregaming.  See, they’re very similar.  If Altuve’s car broke down and I saw him struggling on the side of the road, I’d throw his car in my trunk, toss him in my glove compartment and drive him to the nearest gas station.  Do you see that?  In a hypothetical situation, I’d do Altuve favors.  So, don’t question my love for that little pesky pester!  On the other hand, ESPN’s Player Rater overrates steals, so Altuve’s ranked number one for all players.  All players in the major leagues!  Yes, that’s how bad their Player Rater is.  Altuve has been valuable, but our Player Rater that is better weighted, shows how valuable.  Now obviously even ESPN ‘perts in all their wisdom wouldn’t believe Altuve is the most valuable player so far (yes, they don’t even believe their own tools).  No one buys that he’s the most valuable.  But he is more valuable right now than he will be in, say, a month or two.  Also, a lot of his value is coming from steals.  He already has more steals than he’s ever stolen in a full season, so we’re in uncharted territory, but I highly doubt he steals anywhere near as many steals in the 2nd half of the year as he did in the first.  Now, I wouldn’t trade Altuve for hot dog prosthetics, but I would explore offers.

From Around The Web

  1. I Be Teheran It Up says:
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    Happy 4th Grey! Good shizz my brotha,
    Should I start/bench Stroman or Eovaldi?
    Enjoy the holiday, lookin ugly over here on the East Coast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man! You too! I’d bench both in most mixed leagues… Definitely Eovaldi… Stay dry!

  2. happy4th says:
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    you’re great as always. i asked awhile back if you’d be down with alex gordon for daniel murphy (i need a 2b and dont need agordon)… and i’m too cheap to offer anything more for another 2nd sacker.

    so roll with kike as you say? or would you still do the old platoon with scooter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d platoon with Scooter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  3. Charles says:
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    Great write-ups as always Grey! 12 team points league with heavy scoring for pitchers (50 pts per win, -15 per loss, +2.5 per strikeout, -2.5 per ER, -1 per walk. Which two pitchers should I pickup for RoS? Sorry for the long waiver list.

    Salazar
    Burnett
    Leake
    Bucholtz
    C. Mart
    Quintana
    Shoemaker
    Stroman
    Skaggs
    Wheeler
    Niese
    Eovaldi
    Hutchinson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Niese, Hutch… But kinda depends on matchups…

  4. sammy says:
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    Excellent Article! I need a catcher, have Jason Castro and he’s killing me, should I drop him for Ramos? its a 14 man competitive league. I can use upticks in avg considering what castro has provided (or lack thereof) thus far…or should I hold and hope for a magical second half…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Drop him for Ramos

  5. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Cron or Morrison?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  6. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    You said you’re starting Cobb today? Help convince me to do the same please haha. Happy Fourth of July you hoser, from Canada.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! If we get enough people together, we can form a prayer hexagon for Cobb…

      • slew says:
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        @Grey: I’m in!
        Just noticed Kh Davis is still out of the starting lineup – Balls.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dah!

  7. SteveNZ says:
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    I am starting to think that Gardner knows he’s sonavabenching me, and actually takes pleasure in it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… He’s got it out for you…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He’s a hard guy to start ahead of the likes of J-Up, Heyward and Springer, y’know?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could see that… Heyward might be benched for him though

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I know. I can’t help myself – going back to the Heyward well today. The Tron loves him so much.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  8. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Who do you like ROS in 10 team h2h redraft Altuve or Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, but kinda depends on needs

  9. jef with 1 f says:
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    You Da Man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, you

  10. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Colabello back and hits a dong first ab . Get the monocle out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  11. sul says:
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    I have cishek amd smith as closers, plus 2 others. Which one should I put in a deal? And is my Kipnis, Beckett, and 1 of those 2 closers for Aramis and Zobrist a deal in my favor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith, but don’t love that deal

      • sul says:
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        @Grey: okay, hows about Kipnis and Beckett for Starlin Castro and Minor ( hope for a bounce back from minor)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Castro

  12. Sal says:
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    Hey grey, would you:

    1) drop utley for hosmer (utility spot)
    2)Cain for Austin Jackson
    3) put a waiver claim for Blackmon and drop Taveras if successful.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) sure 2) okay ) sure

  13. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    I keep thinking I should be trying to find a better option on 2nd that H. Kendrick (Jerko’s replacement for now). Should I go for any of the above mentioned? 12 team h2h. Thanks for the sweetest fantasy baseball site around Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! How about Brad Miller?

  14. Paz says:
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    happy fourth

    is it time to take craig to drop city?

    sitting again today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Yeah, gotta start looking elsewhere

      • Paz says:
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        @Grey: honestly, I’m kind of relieved

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  15. Jack says:
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    Thanks for answering my question on the 4th!

    Pick 2 for my H2H. Need k’s and whip (SON $/ERA/WHIP/K given):

    Sat.
    Santiago vHou(Feldman) 12.9 3.68 1.29 6.0
    Quintana vSEA(Fernandez) 10.0 3.59 1.26 5.3
    Colon vTex(Saunders) 12.1 3.60 1.13 4.5

    Sun.
    Lincecum @SD(Hahn) 11.2 3.85 1.29 6.3
    Hahn vSF(Lincecum) 12.7 3.58 1.21 5.5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! Santiago…Lincecum

  16. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    How many homers do you think Jose Bautista will finish with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      35

  17. goodfold2 says:
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    got stroman and milone going in big money league, so far so good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: now 10 baserunners after 6, 13 K’s, no runs. ERA/whip falling (like Tehol says) like a bad bag of drugs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: get him out, young dude at around 110 and he’s at risk for a loss if gentry (soon to be on 2nd) scores.

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    owner in 16 teamer is in on my wright and porcello for his j.zimm, whenever wright is healthy. good news for me either way, since i can DL his ass soon if not. i told him that unless he would rather verbally commit to sale for wright and porcello i’d entertain other offers (if i liked them better, which is unlikely of course) till wright comes back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    arenado vs kershaw or
    longo @ Smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  20. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    For my temporary Gattis replacement I have D. Norris. Should I grab Zunino and his garbage average instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Zunino

  21. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    Uh-oh. The dreaded vote of confidence:

    Arizona manager Kirk Gibson offered a vote-of-confidence to Addison Reed, completely dismissing the suggestion that closer change could be on the horizon.

    “I think he’s been pretty good,” Gibson said of Reed. “He’s done a pretty good job for us. We’ve had no discussions about removing him. You might feel differently, but we don’t.”

    Who’s the stash Grey, quick!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just went over that this morning

  22. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Yo Grey, fo’ the real…Just curious, do you like commenters commenting on other commenters posts? (C3!) I could see where it could get annoying seeing this is your shizz. Just wanted to ask.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I appreciate it, makes things easier…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop:

      sometimes it difficult to discern which advice to follow .
      we know Grey’s qualifications .
      we recognize his pedigree .

      but , just because someone comes on here , every day ,
      and answers a bunch of questions , doesn’t mean that we really
      listen to them or follow their advice .
      on the other hand , apparently , it’s a good avenue for
      auditioning to write a column .

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @costaricanchata: I agree CRC. Just wanted to ask as I’ve been following Razzball for two-and-a-half years, just haven’t posted a whole lot (until the past two months) and was wondering if it was annoying considering all posts are the creative work of the original author.

        Cheers to summer break, I suppose! Good luck tomorrow my friend against the Netherlands (can we be cyber-friends again?)

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Peter Nincompoop:

          absolutely .
          never harbored any ill-feelings .
          just felt that you were way off-base about huston street ,
          and told you my opinion .
          as a frequent commenter , you should expect some disagreement ,
          i would think .

  23. Tom says:
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    From when Alcantara comes up drop either Aybar or A. Escobar for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: dude, really, aybar is ranked 96th overall out of all players in my big money league. only reason i don’t grab him is i have andrus (and i’ve thought many times about still doing it), but aybar gets a lot less steals.

  24. Abdoozy says:
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    Dustin Pedroia = Sparky Anklebiter

    Jose Altuve Sparky Anklebiter? At 5’5″? Is this because nobody hates him like Pedroia or Eckstein?

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @Abdoozy: there’s supposed to be a =/= sign in the 2nd line there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t follow

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: never mind, i was hung over, i’m sure i had some kind of point.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Abdoozy: If Altuve vs. Pedroia is your question, I would go Altuve.

  25. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    benching keuchel today in most leagues (even a 14 roto where i’m right at innings projections) a decent idea to see if he’s still having trouble with elbow? i am playing him in 16 team H2H and a 12 that i have good size era/whip lead but need QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him to see how he does

  26. Ty says:
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    What up 4th of July Grey.. I’m buying your James Jones because I’m in need of steals and runs for the 2nd half run but Do you like him more than EY and Revere ROS? …. Damn Stroman is pretty damn good right now I’m not even going to ask you if I should pick him up ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I’d want Jones

      • KillerB says:
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        @Grey: hey grey — happy 4th — pls rank ROS: Jones, Bourn, Span

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too! Jones, Span

  27. Tony D says:
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    Grey — would you drop Heaney for Stroman, non-keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  28. Oliver says:
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    Happy 4th, O Wise One.

    A pesky catcher question- Zunino, Ramos, or Rosario. I have the latter and Zunino is on the wire.

    Thank you kindly, good sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! Rosario

  29. goodfold2 says:
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    cole’s doing very well so far too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  30. Jubu_Needs_A_Refill says:
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    I keep wanting to believe in Miller, but batting 8th/9th in a weak lineup and only going 1-fer and 0-fer keeps me on the sidelines. Think they ever move him back up higher in the order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At some point maybe but doesn’t seem likely that soon

  31. Joeg414 says:
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    Reyes or Blackman ;ros ? I need a middle bad, and I have Cargo coming back. 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  32. happy4th says:
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    grey, doubt you remember but i’m the guy with only about 320 innings left in my pitching categories. Trying to be more selective with my starts here on out… problem is what’s the definition of being selective? top 5 on the stream-o-nator, top 10?

    these are some upcoming starts that i’d have to think are starts, even after being ‘selective’.

    Bailey vs Mil
    alex wood vs ARZ
    kluber vs KC
    alex wood vs CHC
    Bailey vs CHC
    kluber vs CHW
    lester vs CHW

    whereas the following would be sits:
    lester vs BAL
    Grienke vs Det
    shields vs TB and Det, shields vs anyone right now

    anything youd change? thanks and sorry for the long post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey’s not safe there, I’d start Greinke everywhere

      • happy4th says:
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        @Grey: thanks. agree with the else?

        what about bailey at the cubs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bailey vs Cubs is fine, agree on others…

  33. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    wow, i had no idea (not owning him anywhere) that dozier hadn’t homered since june 15th! he was starting to make me seem smart feeling that he wasn’t that good (had no minor league track record), and brad miller really is better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Miller was touted in the pre-season rankings and is finally starting to heat up, so it doesn’t surprise me. Dozier was just a molding hot schomato.

  34. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Why was Cole pulled after 5? One hit, one walk, no runs, 80 pitches. I literally don’t understand.

    The reliever they brought in walks the first two batters then gives up a hit to Utley.

    Good job, Pirates. Assholes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, not sure

      • Dusty Baker says:
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        @Grey: Cole had pain in Latts- so they pulled him for precautionary reasons.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I heard

  35. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Thanks for the baseball swag. You make it easier to make the gut vs. the head decisions.
    Have two questions:
    1. Pitching fell apart…streaming for my life…Let cashner swim away?
    2. Trade polanco, rios, kemp, bruce, brantly or cruz for h. ramirez?
    Thanks for the time,
    Peace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let loose Cash… Polanco for Hanley

      • Joe Shmoe says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Mike says:
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    Cron or Pearce in my CI spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

      • KillerB says:
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        @Grey: what about Pearce vs Laroche in util spot? Curious ROS and if answer is different if it’s a dynasty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pearce, neither matter for dynasty

  37. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    there’s some dude on KC named Clense Colon. WTF

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Oh yeah, he’s Escobar’s handcuff at SS, but really he’s just a spokesman for Billy Butler’s new community outreach program promoting colonoscopies. I believe his BBQ sauce is part of the bowel prep!

  38. Mike says:
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    I have la Stella and Wong after trading Kinsler away…don’t ask.

    Got offered any one of these 3 for an OF: Philips, d Murphy, zobrist.

    12team H2H. Should I go for the trade or hold?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Mike: Difficult to give you any advice. What OF are you giving up in return?

  39. goodfold2 says:
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    even though i now have darvish in 2 leagues, i’m against him in most important league, ho boy.

  40. grif says:
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    Grey,
    do you think the cubs will keep Alcantara as a 2b or is he heading to the OF?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @grif: where are you reading that he’s up now? unless you only meant at the time he comes up (that not being now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2B

      • grif says:
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        @Grey: in a dynasty league, do you like him better than Wong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  41. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in a league where none of WSOX guys or casilla is owned, although one smart owner did grab grilli a few days ago, and i have j.smith/mejia/robertson/soria, should i wait till exactly the first save grilli gets (or first time smith blows one) to grab casilla? or should i just grab him over mejia anyway? only have 2 RP slots and 2 P slots so owning 5 closers (other than for trade bait) isn’t smart. this is H2H league.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also, with arenado back i could stash lindstrom if i ever found an instance of not wanting to use all of my 5 pickups per week on streamers or backup 2nd base spot to scooter.

      • Al koholic says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: casilla will get more saves but could move back to setup if Romo comes around,i wouldnt waste time with lindstrom,

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Sounds like another owner already has Grilli, so not sure what you’re “waiting for” with regards to him. Although I think Romo will get his closing job back at some point in the near future, I’d pick up Casilla over Mejia.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: waiting to drop smith when he loses his job to grilli, is what, since grilli would get smith’s job if he became closer. they both play for LAA.

  42. Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    I don’t have a specific need: drop Willingham for Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  43. SteveNZ says:
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    .214 yesterday, .133 the day before that and 1/12 so far today. H2H team is driving me effing mad.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 1/13

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @SteveNZ: take over extra teams. keeps mind busy.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: And Heyward joins the list of those to have left the bases loaded this week. FFS.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @SteveNZ: what size league is this that you still start heyward in?

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @SteveNZ: does he walk enough to make him startable (he might), but i’m in OPS leagues and i would’ve dropped him (if 12 team league) for dickerson or somebody i while ago. just saw that you are right, he’s 45th in one of my OBP’s. huh. just ahead of robot jones.

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: in razzball player rater he’s 40th OF in OBP leagues, so playable if you start more than 3 OF (which you probably do) and/or util

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’m not happy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I imagine not…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Stupid Ventura would pick today to regain his control. Need him to get clobbered.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, no, I have Yordano…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: That is no concern of mine. Jk. Even Forsyth has stopped hittong now I have him .179 today.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Forsythe was so hot prior too… Dah…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Make that .156. If I could get a good day’s hitting I can win this week easily. No sign of it happening though.

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @SteveNZ: Springer! Finally something.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Pujols! I ended up having a decent day, can’t complain, 3 HRs, Pujols slam and legs…

  44. goodfold2 says:
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    very good call Grey on getting arenado vs kershaw out for longo today. 6 bases in 2 at bats.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also longo on base 5 out of 5 times.

  45. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    On this July 4th, I’m fortunate enough to have gained independence from all of my usual responsibilities to watch baseball, drink beer, and spam your buy/sell column. Lucky you!

    Last time I did this, here were my thoughts on a few players: http://razzball.com/see-prince-will-fielder/#comment-2216161

    This time around, my focus is on a few starting pitchers who should be able to provide positive contributions in particular categories and may be undervalued by their owners. At this point in the season, fantasy owners should be aware of their teams’ needs and look to strengthen those areas of need, even if one has to give up value in a deal to do so. Basic stuff.

    Here are some pitchers to target or look to add off of the waiver wire if available:

    Era, Whip, and Win assets: Jordan Zimmermann and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Both of these pitchers have insane K/BB ratios (4.79 for Zimm and 4.26 for Ryu) with strikeout and walk percentages trending in the right direction. Good pitchers’ parks, solid run support, and above average bullpens to hold leads all contribute to solid win potential as well.

    Strikeout artists: David Price and Corey Kluber. Price is viewed as a borderline top 10 starter in many areas, but some will look at his .500 record and 3.5 Era and be unimpressed. His incredible control (1.17 BB/9, 3.2% BB%) combined with his ability to miss bats (10.51 K/9, 28.6% K%, 11.0% SwStr%) is a very good combination. Kluber has been equally as impressive (26.1 K%, 6.0% BB%, 11.0% SwStr%) while being let down by his team’s poor defense and mediocre bullpen on more than one occasion. The numbers suggest that he can maintain or perhaps even improve upon his season-to-date performance. Solid #2 SP.

    Bargain bin options: Tyson Ross and Jose Quintana. Grey recently touched on Ross’ home/road splits, but his wipeout slider is one of the best in the game, and has resulted in almost a strikeout per inning since joining the Padres last season. Quintana has had a tough time earning victories due to the below average run support that he’s received, but he’s been good for a mid-threes Era and and solid K/BB ratio over the past year and a half.

    Go get Matt Kemp (I still recommend him as a buy), Starling Marte, Kyle Seager, Kole Calhoun, Curtis Granderson, Buster Posey, and Salvador Perez on the hitting side as well. I’ll provide explanations on any of these players if requested. I have some time to kill after all.

    I told you that I’d be bugging you this weekend, Grey. Enjoy your night out, if that’s still in the cards. Happy 4th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great stuff! Hope you’re enjoying your 4th too, thanks! Let’s hear on Kemp, cause I have my doubts…

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: My 4th has been just great, thanks! I hope you enjoy your night out on the town.

        Regarding Kemp, here’s his triple slash across 112 June PAs: .317/.375/.525. Roughly 30 percent of his batted balls were line drives, and he cut his K% to 22.3%, which is below his career average. The only real concern for me is his lack of steals (0 for 2 in June), but he’s more of a 12-15 steal player at this point anyway. He’s playing pretty much everyday, and he’s getting better and seemingly healthier as the season advances. Should be able to get him for a reasonable price via trade too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good stuff… Yeah, seems kinda crazy that Kemp’s been this boring offensively, could see him getting blazing hot, just needs to do it already…

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Big Magoo:
      nice work!
      someone above was saying are other comments besides greys annoying
      this is precisely why they are not
      having multiple opinions and viewpoints all within the razz nation is very helpful to aid in our fake baseball decisions not that I have ever contributed anything worthy
      I like to hear more often from oaktown and yourself etc maybe not so much from jef with one f tho haha jk bro

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @frankgrimes: Thanks man. I appreciate the kind words.

        I can’t speak for others who decide to comment, but when I get a chance to contribute to the content on this site in some way, shape, or form, I’m more than happy to provide my opinions and analyses. I just enjoy talking baseball. Mine is certainly not an expert’s opinion, but I enjoy giving it from time to time, and appreciate the opportunity to do so on this site.

    • cubsin2020 says:
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      @Big Magoo: none of those guys are available in any league I am in. Even your “bargain bin” players are long gone. You’re not getting any of these guys for a bag of chips either. Hard to buy a guy who is already coveted by others.

      • Big Magoo

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        @cubsin2020: This list represents some starting pitchers to look to acquire via trade rather than off of the waiver wire, as they are pretty much universally owned (though Ross and Quintana have been available on the wire on more than one occasion during the season in the RCLs that I’m in). If you’re looking for streaming options, check out the Stream-O-Nator tool on the drop-down menu.

  46. Fister asche says:
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    Pujols, moss, Harper for ROS? How would you guys order them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss, Pujols

  47. matlock says:
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    my betts for segura…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

      • matlock says:
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        @Grey: thx! happy 4th as well!

  48. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    you agree with above, to drop mejia for casilla in league where i have mejia/smith/k-rob/soria and grilli is owned, but none of WSOX guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  49. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    damn, Cobb was doing so well for 5 innings too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not terrific…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: was till the 6th, with hitting a 2nd guy and 2 walks.

  50. Matt says:
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    Joey Bats, Quintana, and Trevor Bauer for Cueto, Samardzija, and Craig…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bats side

  51. john says:
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    Now that was some good Ventura pitchin, looove that. Man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah

  52. john says:
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    One of top Cole outing’s of the year and then he tweaks lat?? Dang

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

      • john says:
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        @Grey: Sounds like its not too bad but we will see tomo. Probably overcompensating some caused tightness, he said wasnt pain.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  53. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in that league where grilli is gone and i have mejia/smith, i’m guessing wait till smith blows a few/grilli gets save/there’s an announcement to jump off smith’s ship? turns out gareth was wrong about van slyke getting benched today. jurrjens is a good bet for any hitter, platooning or not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wait until Smith blows a save

  54. frankgrimes says:
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    I hope they let Ventura go for the shut out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t, I’ll take what we got… BTW, today I got strawberry milk vape…It’s soooooo good!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: haha your boy just ruined it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, still a good game, kinda crazy they’re letting him throw so many pitches…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: that’s a coincidence I just got a flavor called mothers milk by suicide bunny it’s a strawberry cream that’s delicious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I may have to go with that when this runs out b/c the place I got it from today doesn’t mail (I know, crazy)…

          • john says:
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            @Grey: Damn royals kid did good take his ass out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For serious

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: I also got some space jam astro a fruity apple both from giant vapes free shipping I believe.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, yeah, I have some Space Jam ones, they’re good… I forget which ones I have and their names are so wacky…

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            btw if your really going to upgrade your vape you should really check out the Reo. there’s a juice bottle in the bottom and squeeze and vape all day long
            it has become an absolute fav vape of mine in just two weeks
            http://is.gd/T2ZggB

            • john says:
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              @frankgrimes: Thats milk vape looks clear? or that just the bottle?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice! Yeah, I really gotta upgrade… I was looking today at the shop where I bought the strawberry milk…

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                you can’t go wrong with a Reo
                small learning curve setting up then nothing but easy vaping tasteville all day

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s what I want, easy

  55. john says:
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    PUIG homer was good sign cause hes been a bit meh lately….kinda like first few weeks of season. Hopefully he goes off again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  56. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Hernandez, Suarez, or Miller in an OBP league ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  57. Abdoozy says:
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    WTH is with Jay Bruce.. He teased us for a couple of weeks, now he’s back riding the train to suckville.

    Can’t blame 0/18 this time on being rusty coming off the DL… #$#(&*#$^!@

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @Abdoozy: so frustrating!
      here is a list of dudes I chose skipping over jose abreu (I do have AuShizz as a keeper tho)
      Bruce
      Rios
      Kipnis
      Cobb
      Cole
      Kill me…

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @frankgrimes: all those were ranked higher. in every league i had 2 of hosmer/pujols/goldy/rizzo so i didn’t get abreu anywhere, even though my rankings (here’s) said he was highest. i’d see him sit there for sometimes 6-8 rounds. i guess i could’ve grabbed 3 1B’s to have one as trade bait but who drafts non-needed positions for trade bait.

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: I got Abreu everywhere I could, including my $$$$ league, the lineup of which I’d be totally happy with now if it wasn’t for Bruce who I drafted in the 4th, Abreu in 8th.

    • Grey

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      I bet he’s hurt

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: Well he’s hurting my $$$$ team. RUB SOME DIRT ON IT.

  58. goodfold2 says:
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    keuchel’s getting porcello’d. lot bunch of singles.

  59. gareth says:
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    Haha. I guess van slyke started after all. Yay for a 4th of July Batty call bomb!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @gareth: good thing i had no choice but to play him today, didn’t want to drop him when he still had 2 more days after today against lefties in COL. 2 day waiver in my NL only where i picked him up instead of campbell.

    • Grey

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      Nice!

  60. john says:
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    Trying to trade harper but i keep flipping SP, been fun but gotta keep some. Here who I have which guy/guys to pair with Harper to get C Gomez?

    Cueto Lester gCole Kazmir Shields Ventura AWood CMart….Wacha DL

    Who to give, can i handle dumping another arm? Not ton on wire but i can figure something out if I can make it work.

    • Grey

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      Gomez and Harper are about equal, no sense to trade an arm with him for Gomez

  61. gareth says:
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    Danny Salazar pitched well at progressive field tonight.

    Oops. My mistake. It was the Royals version of Salazar that dominated with his 100 mph heaters.

    Credit where its due. Ventura was electric tonight.

    :-(

    • Grey

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      Ha

  62. goodfold2 says:
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    still enough time to lose some of these, but for first time since maybe week 2, i’m beating a team with a winning record, badly. up 12-0-1. yeah everyone of my hitters today except a.gordon.
    1. is mchugh still the drop over keuchel after this, or (likely) this wrist thing to blame here?

    • Grey

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      Could be

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i just heard from a huge HOU fan (in real life, but he’s also HOU in my 30 man league) that keuchel may only have not been put on DL due to them wanting to allow him to make all star team, but that sounds stupid (and not likely) to me.

  63. ebudz says:
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    Intrigued by two guys on this buy list: Hahn and keeping an eye on Ziegler now.. is Hahn worth owning over anyone on my staff right now?

    12 Team H2H Yahoo Standard:
    (2) SP: MadBum, Homer Bailey
    (2) RP: K-Rod, McGee
    (4) P: Betances, Cobb, Kluber, A. Wood
    Bench: (Chavez, T. Walker, Stroman)
    Bench Total: (5)

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @ebudz:

      hahn will have his innings limited .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try him over Chavez

  64. frankgrimes says:
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    where’s oaktown now? haha
    Hammel and Samardzija damn!

    • Hondo says:
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      @frankgrimes: @frankgrimes

      I’m gonna love me some Shark @ Oakland!

      I can actually forecast a win or 2 ROS.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @frankgrimes: think mills and chavez lose jobs or mills/milone. hope it’s not milone, he’s so good and can be streamed even in 16 teamers (some)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  65. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey pick two best starters on 7/6 (W & QS league), Thanks

    Zimmermann vs CHC Arrieta (SON $20)
    Wood vs ARI Miley (SON $15)
    Richards vs HOU McHough (SON $15)
    Kluber vs KC Duffy (SON $12,2)
    Lincecum vs SD Hahn (SON $11.2)
    Arrieta vs WSH Zimmermann (SON $6)
    Procello vs TB Price (SON $2.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, Kluber

  66. Ron says:
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    Why do I even continue to play FBB when I have a week like this with my pitchers?!?!?!?!?!

    Hughes – 7 ER
    Workman – 6 ER (streamed at the advice of SON)
    McHugh – 5 ER
    Beckett – 5 ER
    Chavez – 5 ER
    Smyly – 5 ER (streamed at the advice of SON)
    Keuchel – 5ER

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Ron: some of those you probably only played though since you were losing so bad from the first few, right? like keuchel with wrist injury. I’m sticking to my story that Smyly is just a loogy, even though his ERA says otherwise. i drafted that punk in a few spots (and had some decent starts this year), but i think i have selective memory since i can only remember like 1 good start and at least 3 or 4 that caused me to lose era/whip/losses or at least some mix of those. dropped him over a month ago before his recent streak of being good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

    • Rabbiyidkid says:
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      because you could have a week like my pitchers in NL only
      Grienke 1er
      Simon 2er
      cole

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Rabbiyidkid: you’ve only had 3 starts in an NL only this week (is it like a 20 team NL only). i’ve had ok week in mine, but many more starts than 3. (hahn/haren/wood/kennedy/beckett (not good)/wily (not good)/carmart)

  67. Ping pong says:
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    Happy 4th. Season is flying buy

    16team h2h.

    Redraft

    Ros

    Cmart or scooter or singleton

    How should I rank the three.

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy 4th! They’re apples and oranges… Scooter, Martinez

      • Ping pong says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks this is helpful…

        Just looking for the best fruit

        Your the best

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Tom says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Hammel on OAK makes him a top ___ pitcher.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      30

  69. Bob says:
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    Drop Heaney for Hahn in a 6×6 with QS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  70. goodfold2 says:
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    if a guy only scores due to a passed ball that’s not an earned run, right? (Mejia’s run just now, so far called earned)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: nevermind, yahoo had it right, before espn does.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: now winning 13-0 against non-terrible team for first time all year. now HOLD!

  71. Bob says:
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    6×6 with QS
    ROS, who you like best?
    Gee, lincecum, Hahn, Heaney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn

  72. fausto says:
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    this is a repost bc i posted it on an old thread,
    CLOSEUR – “Walden is just a CLOSEUR, Kimbrel had thrown 3 straight gms”. Alternate version: PLOSER/PLOSEUR – “Walden is just a PLOSER, Kimbrel needed a day off.

    I know you are smart enough to connect the dots and understand the POSER reference, just clarifying for the rest of the readers.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @fausto:
      so you’re saying I’m not smart?
      If you have to explain it maybe just not post then repost it cust sayin
      haha

      • fausto says:
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        @frankgrimes: sorry frank no insult to your intelligence quotient intended. if i was smart i would comment way less haha.

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: HAPPY 4th! My beverage is from Belgium, Cigarettes are Turkish, Shirt is made in china as are shoes. Drugs originated in Afghanistan( id assume), Underwear is for girls, at least for today, Cheers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha! Happy 4th!

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @fausto: not sure exactly what drug you speak of, but i’ve heard (from people who use the hell out of it) that certain stuff (since Katrina) has been mostly Chinese. Used to be Mexican, mostly. assuming of course you have STL connect.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vulture shock better

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: waaaay better than mine….kudos to whomever thought of that one, solid.

  73. MR.T says:
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    who’d you prefer? harper or marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  74. SteveNZ says:
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    And a Pujols sonavabench! Jesus Christ. He’d been so terrible for so long.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 5 bench spots are 7/20 with 4 Runs, 1 HR, 42 RBI and a stolen base.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        42 RBIs?!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Ha! 2.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: And my opponent’s Howie Kendrik – Howie Kendrick! – is 4-4. Eff baseball.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ:me also playing against kendrick, but myself have pujols/springer/longo/andrus/stroman/milone. so no bitching from me (this week, probably). and 2 vulture wins with only 4 RP slots in smith/mejia.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @SteveNZ: this is why I hate bench bats..

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Abdoozy: I do bring it on myself. We only have 10 adds a week in this league, so I deliberately drafted a big bench so I could keep my lineup as full as possible on short schedule days, and not use up too many moves.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @SteveNZ: wow, i’ve played in season move limits (usually 100, so 3.84 per week), weekly set limits (5-7) but never a high weekly limit (10 is high to me). i have some that are no limit (which rule), like RCL’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and a legs

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Leading SBs 5-0 so Im kinda sanguine about that one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  75. Jay says:
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    Need some advice… I’m last in saves by 7 and 22 out of first, also I am close to the top in wins and k’s and I think its gonna be a tight race all year, is it too early to give up on saves and try and lock up wins and k’s? Should I add mejia to my perkins and soria or bail on them all and get the extra starts (only 100 adds)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add Mejia

  76. Andrew says:
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    Drop Estrada for keuchel?

    • Andrew says:
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      @Andrew: it’s a 12 team keeper where I am in first with heavy emphasis on pitching…it would cost me my no.2 spot in the waiver rotation…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey: thanks…been hemming and hawing all night….also trying to figure a trade for samardzija….guy needs OF help and I have Brantley Dickerson Harper Braun Moss yelich…was looking to offer maybe Dickerson of those and maybe Cobb for the shark…is that too much? I could also do a Cobb/ Archie Bradley for Samardzija and a droppable player (where then I would add straily)

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @Andrew: might be careful about trading for Shark now that he’s in the AL.. sometimes league jumping in that direction doesn’t work out very well.

          • Andrew says:
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            @Abdoozy: touché…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too much

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey: lain cecum over Estrada right?

        • Andrew says:
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          @Andrew: lincecum

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  77. Abdoozy says:
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    Woah.. Cubs just traded Samazxcdxjkazja and Hammel to the A’s for Straily, Addison Russell and someone else and PTBNL.

    Methinks this hurts Scrabble’s fantasy value a bit?

    • Andrew says:
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      @Abdoozy: I would think it would be a huge boost for scrabble

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Andrew: u sure?

        he’s going from a pitcher’s park to.. not as much of a pitcher’s park. kind of a wash.
        he’ll be seeing 11% or so more ABs from actual hitters in the AL. that’s a negative.
        but hitters in the AL W have a higher K rate than the NL C. So, maybe a positive.

        not seeing a *huge* boost..

        • Andrew says:
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          @Abdoozy: i just always thought of O.Co as a real pitchers park…up there with Petco….

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @Andrew: look at the park factors. Wrigley is worse for HR and runs. Worse as in “fewer allowed.”

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Abdoozy: you’ve either got that backwards or aren’t reading properly

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: BA’s park factors have CUBS at
                above average (100) at runs and homers, esp homers for righties, at 115.
                OAK is under average, in some ways a LOT (homers for righties at 89, for lefties 78). only thing OAK is remotley not below average at for hitting is runs for righties at average (100).
                this trade is GREAT for Hammel/Shark and very very bad for fans of cheap, good streamers (bye bye roster spots for pomeranz when he’s back, and either milone or chavez (PLEASE PLEASE BE Chavez losing job), unless chuck newtown counts as good streamer (which he doesn’t). also bad for STL fans as CUBS suck up even more top 100 prospects.

                • costaricanchata says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

                  nice comment .

                  i wonder if russell is more seriously injured than has been disclosed …. though i’m quite sure that’s not possible in this day and age .
                  still , this seems like a bad move for the A ‘s .
                  even if russell’s leg was to fall off ,
                  at 20 years of age , he’d prolly have time to grow back a new one .
                  beane 0 … theo 1

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @costaricanchata: Beane probably figures he can win the AL West even without Russell – and it’s no given that he’ll be a star at the top level, whereas the two Cub pitchers can be a very real help right away – which makes it a bit early to call a winner IMHO.

                    After all, the majors (and minors for that matter) are strewn with ‘can’t miss’ prospects who haven’t done much.

                    I know you don’t like Beane all that much, even though he’s built a pretty good team for you for the last couple of seasons ;-)

                    Disclaimer: I don’t know much about actual baseball.

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @SteveNZ: clearly that trade is great for Beane to try to win a championship right now.

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Abdoozy: espn’s park factors just count runs/homers. they don’t factor out what those players average away from those parks, also BA does running 3 year factors (or longer). If my roster had 5 abreu’s on it, i could play in any park i wanted and my park would appear to be a “homer park”, but really, until we see how many homer’s it’s home team players (and road teams’ players also) get in every place they go and compare them we’re just counting.
                    another metaphor: if i was the only man left on earth i guarantee you i’d be neck deep in c#*t, but would i be called a “ladies man” for that? no. but if we were doing espn park factors style i would be, since my sex acts count would be huge. CUBS have a lot of terrible hitters, so i’d bet counting homers hit at Wrigley this year only would get a very low average. OAK is one of best hitting teams in baseball this year, so again, i’d bet O.Co somehow appears to be a good park for runs (using only this year’s run count).
                    i read that list on espn, it has CLE as a “homer park” which simply isn’t the case. it also has STL as a runs scoring place, even though STL is 3rd lowest run scoring offense (since we’re going by this year’s stats here) in NL.
                    even if most everything i said above there is a point of disagreement what should be agreed is that what’s needed is way more than half a season of this stuff for the numbers to be anything but noise. One of those Prospects books (not the yearlies, Baseball by the Numbers maybe) has a chapter on park factors showing the math of 3 years being smallest minimum amount of data for it to be meaningful or something to that effect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          O.co is one of the biggest parks in the majors, Wrigley is not good for pitchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, not really

  78. Fish says:
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    ROS (6*6 w/ OBP & QS):

    Jason Heyward
    or
    Ian Kennedy

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fish: Heyward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  79. joeg414 says:
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    This kid Enrique Hernandez from Houston seems to be a hitter; I hope he has staying power.

    • happy4th says:
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      @joeg414: i’m also intrigued. i thought the same thing about a lot of other hot starts (that theyed go away) and some did, but some did not… dont want to miss out on another one of those.

  80. Mike says:
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    Cano, uehara and H Alvarez

    For

    Gordon, shields and anibal

    Who wins?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Mike: Cano side by a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  81. The Great Zombino says:
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    Happy 4th Grey!

    Should I offer Scott Kazmir and Tyson Ross for Carlos Gonzalez

    the rest of my staff looks like this w/o kaz and ross:
    King Felix, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Jake Arrieta, Alex Wood, Carlos Martinez and
    Garrett Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Sure

  82. pull the trigger?? says:
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    in second place and i have been hurting at 2B all year I need runs and SB and Alcanterra looks like he might be alot better than LaStella, ( plus I have oft injured H ramirez). So I feel he is worth the wait—

    Question is since i am holding Bryant for $6 in ’15 and $9 in ’16 or trade him soon to win—For now I need to cut either
    LIND(he is on the bench over M Betts & Chisenhall)
    Eovaldi
    Loshe
    Nelson
    Duffy
    C Martinez

    IN THIS 5×5 12 team I always start Tanaka-Bumgrdner-Zimmerman-THEN 3 OF THE ABOVE STARTERs and use closers of Rosenthal Rodney and now S Casilla….So who do I cut among lind and the 5 pitchers listed below him?

    • pull the trigger?? says:
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      PS if its a close call who would the cut be and who would remain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  83. joeg414 says:
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    Scott Van Slyke : a Hot Schmotato, for at least the next two games in Coors vs two lefties

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @joeg414: he’ll end up with 4 in a row against lefties at COL (how rare is that?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey: So Donnie sits him on Sat? After the last few days he has had?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  84. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    I’ve been hurting for a 1B since (and before) Prince went down. Is Ian Desmond for Brandon Belt a smart move? I’m currently marching Cron out there every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Desmond, get a better 1B

  85. goodfold2 says:
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    kike or alcantara in 20 teamer, i have 5 NA slots filled with long term guys, but i’m dropping Beckham for one of these 2, and already have Mercer/Gyorko/Andrus at 2b/SS. surprised alcantara was still around in this league. some managers not too prospect savvy (same league i was able to trade cecchini for gallo str up)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: 2. in different 20 teamer if you think kike takes marwin’s job i can grab kike (maybe) when he comes off waivers.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @goodfold2: Alcantara because if he gets the call, he’ll be an everydayer, and he’s got the bigger upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kike

  86. happy4th says:
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    i always find it interesting when there’s all these reports with sore calf (hanley) or swollen lymph node (pujols) or whatever impacting a players ability to run, then they both go out and swipe bags a couple days later. ya never know in this fantasy baseball world. ya never know

  87. Puig's Poutines says:
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    brock holt or michael morse ros?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: Brock…unless you really REALLY need power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holt, they’re different things

  88. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I know that Matt Holliday has not been looking great lately, but he hit the wire in one of my leagues.

    The team in that CBS league is:

    C – Yadier Molina, Carlos Santana
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Eric Hosmer
    2B – Jason Kipnis, Ben Zobrist, Martin Prado
    SS – Ian Desmond, Jean Segura
    3B – Adrian Beltre, David Wright, Pablo Sandoval
    OF – Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton
    SP – Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Gerrit Cole, Mike Minor, Doug Fister, Jeff Samardzija, Corey Kluber
    RP – Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Casey Janssen

    These are the options I see:

    1. Hold
    2. Drop Martin Prado for him
    3. Drop Gerrit Cole for him

    There may be other better options, what do you recommend?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Fish says:
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      @Mike:

      Drop Prado. His batting profile has been in a multi-year trend in the wrong direction, and his upside, even from his ATL heyday (1/2 point for a Heyward pun), is far more limited than Holliday. Losing Prado even if Holliday doesn’t pay off is still worth the gamble.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

  89. goodfold2 says:
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    gotta bench 2 of these
    rios @ Colon
    gordon @ House
    longo @ Anabelle (might be waking up, got on base 5/5 yesterday)
    arenado vs Haren
    . thinking i agree with Hitter T and go gordon/rios

    2. if i have these starts for ROW
    heaney @ STL
    odrisamer vs SF (streamer)
    anabelle vs TB
    santiago vs HOU (streamer)
    walker @ WSOX
    locke vs PHI (streamer)
    and opp has
    haren @ COL (he may bench, i hope not)
    buerhle @ OAK
    harang vs ARI
    and i’m winning wins 5-3, losses 2-3, era by .53 and whip by .14, K’s by more than enough should i bench (or not aquire in case of locke) any of these. SON hates Heaney @ STL but STL is bottom 3 NL offense and has been terrible at lefties for at least last 2 or 3 years. this opp could realize he should add streamers but having made only 5 adds all year likely won’t.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @goodfold2: I would sit Heaney. I like the matchup, but he’s been a tad erratic. Wait until he pus something together…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, Rios… Heaney

  90. HMAN says:
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    Who would you rather have James Jones or Ben Revere for steals rest of season?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @HMAN: JJ but it’s close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revere

  91. stynyr says:
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    Start or bench McHugh at LAA and Heaney @ STL?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @stynyr: i’m on fence like you with heaney (STL third worst NL offense, and bad for last 2-3 years against lefties), but LAA are scary as shit. this is even with hamilton being a schlub (esp if pujols woke up again, which he might’ve)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench them

  92. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey.. I got Kipnis at utility and Gordon Beckham at 2nd. Do you think I should drop one or both of them for any of your BUY COLUMN guys?? Kipnis has been horrible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckham for Miller

      • Frank White says:
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        thnx

  93. Derrick says:
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    Polanco for Arenado.

    Which side?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Derrick: Depends on positional needs and category needs. I have em both right on the same level

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  94. Chris says:
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    What do you think trading Edwin Encarnacion for Kyle Seager and Adrian Gonzalez?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Chris: Sounds fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin side

  95. Jay says:
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    Howdy grey! With Fourth of July being a wash out here in Boston area now the sun is out & not a cloud in the sky!

    Any the hoo, I’m an owner of gattis & w/ the league being a weekly lock I’ve been stuck , for week 15 & maybe beyond who would you add for a catcher, Wilson Ramos, yan Gomes, Derek Norris , or mike zunino.

    Secondly- have you heard anything regarding David wright? Should he be hitting the DL? I’m fine at 3b I slottedd Carlos Santana in at 3b for this week

    Another scenario, if wright does go on DL move Santana to catcher then look to add one of these 3b’s; aramis Ramirez, josh Harrison (eligible at 3rd), Martin prado, David freese

    Thanks grey as always have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Wait to hear on Wright, Aramis

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey:

        Hey grey about wright, just read he’s in the starting line up & will avoid the DL, would you look to start wright at 3b for this week & move Carlos Santana to C where I had gattis ? Or continue to sit wright & keep Santana @ 3b & look for a catcher off free agency? I was looking into Wilson Ramos, mike zunino, yan Gomes or Derek Norris

        Thanks again grey!

        Also for DH do u like cron who I currently have or these Adam Lind, Adam Dunn, or Mark Reynolds

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Move Carlos to third…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Cron

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks grey ! Since you like Santana at third which catcher did you prefer atleast for this upcoming week since gattis is dl’d

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ramos

  96. Moose Out Front says:
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    my Pujos for his Cano?

    I have Miller at 2B and Rizzo at 1B.

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @Mello Yello: ha. yeah that’s a no brainer. the more reasonable one would probably be Rizzo plus a closer for his Cano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano side

  97. Moscowitz says:
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    1. In Cobb droppable for Arrieta in an 8 teamer H2H?
    2. Drop Zimmerman for Seager?

    Thanks

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Moscowitz: For both, are those the absolute best options to drop? If so, then yeah to both

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Mello Yello: This one is a shallow league…my other pitchers are wacha, gray, teheran, bailey, anibal, kazmir, wood. so yes, cobb seems to be best one to drop. his team sucks and he himself is struggling…i am just not sure if those struggles continue or if arrieta comes back down to earth at some point. I have to think long term due to movement limitations.

        In case of zimmerman, well, i also own likes of dickerson but if he sticks around even with cargo back, then i wouldnt drop him as he is a heck of a talented hitter. Zimmerman is not doing anything and his next shoulder issue is just around the corner so this is why i am really ready to drop him for a guy like seager.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Sure

  98. Puig's Poutines says:
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    grey did i misread earlier? did you say bailey is not a safe start today? stream has him #3

  99. William says:
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    @Grey – Is it time to give up on Jean Segura and go with the hot hand at the MI position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  100. Jay says:
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    Who is the better keeper option going into 2015 considering five are kept and would add to freeman Stanton polanco and Felix:

    Votto beltre kipnis arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: I was leaning a little towards looking for a younger keeper. I can get arenado for the cost if a 10 round pick. I could most likely get more back for beltre when someone is looking for that bat to take into the playoffs. The chances of me making the playoffs are slim. Still beltre? Thanks and happy 5th

        • Jay says:
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          @Jay: sorry also ranking beltre Votto kipnis? Arenado?
          Or swap the order?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Beltre, Votto, Areanado

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it if you want to get younger

  101. Crock says:
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    I’ve been trying to move Chris Davis ever since you put him on the sale list but no takers. Thoughts on these two deals
    Davis/arenado for longo/werth
    Davis/Dickerson for longo/werth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Dickerson one is fine

  102. SMLV1 says:
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    Bad call on Springer yesterday….Redeem yourself, BENCH 2

    (16) Polanco @Home facing Buchanan
    (32) Springer @LAA facing Santiago (Lefty)
    (153) Moss @Home facing Buehrle (Lefty) *Moss hurt his ankle last night, not sure if he will start tonight
    (184) Rios @NYM facing Colon
    (195) Rizzo @WAS facing Gio Gonzalez

    Still trying to get rid of 2 of these OF’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by the Hitter-Tron

  103. Oliver says:
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    How about his Teheran and CJ Wilson for my Springer and Ervin Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran side

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey: My sentiments exactly. Thank you, sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  104. Horchatas! says:
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    Should I be selling CJ Wilson at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • whomikejones says:
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        @Grey:
        good luck. dont know what you can get for him. i dropped him after the twins game, no one picked him up until yesterday for the astros game, and they found out why i dropped him.

        dont know what you can get for him

  105. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    yesterday mattingly still plays van slyke even though a righty was subbed in, but today he gets day off against lefty for ethier? WTF!

  106. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    I offered Beltre, Khrush, Mauer, and Latos for M. Montero, JD Martinez, Wright, and Tanaka in my H2H 10-teamer. He countered asking instead for Beltre, Mauer, Springer, and Betts. I told him my man-crush for Springer wouldn’t let me do that deal. I just felt like that was a tad too much to give. Am I a fool? I just told him we could just do Beltre and Latos for Eright and Tanaka, but his offer is still available to me. He also has Ramos who I could probably get instead of Montero…or should I just stream catcher til Gattis/Mauer return? Sheesh! So many questions. Sorry Grey!

    Here’s my roster if you like:

    Ianetta – C (stream)
    Cabrera – 1B, 3B
    Canó – 2B
    Béltre – 3B
    Andrus – SS
    Céspedes – LF, CF
    Marte – LF, CF
    Springer – CF,RF
    Pedroia Bos – 2B (Util)

    Bench
    Choo – LF,CF
    K. Davis – LF
    Ramírez – SS
    Bogaerts – 3B,SS
    Betts – SS
    Seager – 3B
    Arenado – 3B

    DL
    Gattis – C,LF
    Mauer – C,1B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You were right to turn it down, stream catcher

  107. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Update: He just told me he’d do Beltre and Andrus or Hanley for Wright, Tanaka, Martinez, and either of his catchers. That seems pretty good, but I have no idea who I’d drop. I guess I could remove Martinez from his side and still be pretty good. I dunno. Any general thoughts would be much appreciated.

    By the way, hotdog thumb? Nasty, man. Seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre side, it’s not that close

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Grey: Yes well, I get that Beltre is a lot to give, but I’ve been trying to shorten my roster of batsmen and add another pitcher. Losing Harvey hurt my unbeatable rotation. I’ve still got Kershaw, Waino, Zimm, Latos, Stroman, Cole, Keichel, and Cashner, but Tanaka would just be awesome. I offered Belts because he’s getting old, and I have Arenado and Seager to fill the void. You don’t like it at all. Do you?

  108. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. We start 3 OFs plus a DH. Was offered MadBum and either Lohse or Lynn for Brantley and Allen. My OF is Brantley, Bruce, Polanco, Rios, Heyward and Dickerson. SPs are Teheran, Zimm, Kluber, Cole, Lincecum, Keuchel, Heaney and Eovaldi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bum, it’s fair…With Lynn…

  109. Fish says:
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    I forgot to share this earlier in the week when you blurbed (new verb… it’ll catch on) about Julio Tehran and how people would have been stupid to sell him earlier in the year.

    Here’s the thing… I did sell him, and it was/is awesome.
    Shin-Soo Choo & Julio Teherán
    for
    Adrián Béltre & Madison Bumgarner

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwVDDxoKBk4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  110. Eric Nosebar says:
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    Happy Independence Grey!

    I was offered Marte and Joe Smith for Rosario – 14 Tm wkly h2h points league.
    I can afford to trade Rosario bc I have Meso. My OF is Puig/JD Mart/Dickerson so Marte could help if one loses playing time.

    Smith won’t help too much. In fact I’d have to drop Chavez or Shoemaker from an RP slot. In our format saves are not essential though Smith has put up digits similar to Shoe of late.

    Pull trigger or try to sweeten since Smith won’t help me much at all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too! I’d want Marte side

  111. Oppo Taco says:
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    Was Offered a huge trade in our keeper league. In second but ratios are bad. Trade away Gregory Polanco, a 1st, 3rd and 7th round pick for votto, hanram, minor, chapman? I can only keep 8 players for next season and votto/hanram have been hurt more than healthy. Hold or trade? Thanks
    C yadi
    1b goldy
    2b hill
    3b Frazier
    Ss segura
    Of – cutch Joey bats j up
    Util – rizzo Polanco
    Bench – vmart
    Sp bum, price, iwakuma, cole, j Chavez, gausman a wood
    rp – mejia Jansen Allen reed (only two slots)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold, do better

  112. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    To continue from above, how bout if he’d take Beltre and Betts for Wright and Tanaka? Do you like that okay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tanaka if I needed pitching

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir! Hope you had a great 4th!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…. You too!

          • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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            @Grey: Went Andrus and Ianetta for Tanaka and M Montero. Turns out when you ask the right questions you find out good info, and I decided I’d rather have Belts than Wright.

  113. LASTELLLLLAAAAAAAA says:
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    Would you rather have:
    1) Altuve and Bautista
    2) Kinsler and Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve side

  114. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    check rotoworld right now, they’re having this weird malfunction where they’re ONLY showing (on the first page anyway) mookie updates, from the whole season.

  115. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    archer enough better than verlander such that i should do this in 6 keeper league 10 team with QS
    my verlander and round 6 for opp’s archer and round 8 (opp appears to think archer is better, since i sent offer as verlander and my round 6 for archer and his round 4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: glad i asked.

  116. SteveNZ says:
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    Why the fuck do you even bring Surkamp in there if you’re not going to let him carry on? That might cost me ERA for the week. My own stupid fault for having him, but seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  117. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    putnam got screwed on that 2nd “single”, bounced off two guys’ gloves. should’ve been end of game.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: he may lose his job to guerra though, that third single was for real.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ugh

  118. Jay says:
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    I don’t get it with van slyke? HR last night, and then benched against a lefty?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Jay: when he for some reason played against a righty yesterday, and got that homer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mattingly

  119. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Thanks again! Betts or Andrus over the next three years? Betts or Xander? Do you think either or both will maintain SS eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts…Betts

  120. goodfold2 says:
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    definitely don’t want guerra to excel here.

  121. goodfold2 says:
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    anabelle about to give away my era. man that guy’s had problems with K’s for a while now.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: pretty gross when i’m playing against harangatuan and he’s out pitching him.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: my aces spend serious amounts of time sucking in this league. anabelle/gray/cobb. not necessarily all at the same time, but they do.

  122. goodfold2 says:
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    milone went down, yep sad sad day last night for streamers. chuck newtown is NOT a good streamer, and he’s supposed to be our replacement? thanks mom, thanks god.

  123. goodfold2 says:
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    at least molina just gave away heaney’s loss.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: what’s not so cool is that molina’s misplay just gave rosie a loss now. due to mcgehee getting to 2nd (and next pitcher allowing hit)

  124. MadDog says:
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    You lucked out, Grey. Was going to do some celebrity staking at The Parker, but wife wouldn’t go for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No can do, say no go

  125. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, choose two best starters on 7/7 (W & QS league)

    Iwakuma vs MIN Correia (SON $25.1)
    Minor vs NYM Masta (SON $15.2)
    Anderson vs MIA Koehler (SON $13.5)
    Estrada vs PHI Hamels (SON $13.5)
    Leake vs CHC Jackson (SON $13.1)
    Hamels vs MIL Estrada (SON $10.1)
    Odorizzi vs KC Shields (SON $8.9)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma, Minor

  126. Jay says:
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    Pick a bat, pick an arm. Need to add one of each.

    Bats – revere hosmer betts Ajax
    Arms -odorizzi cmart Tomlin Vargas Hutchinson Skaggs Chris young

    Would need to hang on to the SP for done starts as we have limited moves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, Martinez

  127. goodfold2 says:
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    at least anabelle took the decision to play odrisamer/santiago/locke/walker out of my hands, i absolutely have to. era lead of .53 gone away, now losing .02, about to be tied in losses. had he done well and gotten win i may have been able to shut down all pitching tomorrow and tonight and lock up 6/13 of categories. instead only saves/K’s guaranteed and whip lead likely, down to .08

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  128. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    hey belisario, now that there’s no pressure he’s back to being decent, weak contact all around. not even close to like when it mattered.

  129. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Costa Rica!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  130. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    buchanon or kennedy in NL only since heaney just got sent down.

  131. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, pick three better OF hitters for ROS (OBP league)

    J Upton, Bruce, Melky, Moss, Brantley, Cruz, Pence, K Davis, Cespedes, Kemp

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton, Brantley, Moss

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for your reply.

        How about Bruce? Picked him in early round but less expectation now? Thoughts appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s 4th there

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Hi Grey , Moss is DTD now but I’s want him.

        Is it risky to trade for him now? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends what you’re sending

  132. goodfold2 says:
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    in sort of a helping, maybe not so (i did need to drop somebody to make trade, espn makes you activate non-DL players before a trade, even if the trade you are doing makes room for them) event, my 16 team espn h2h team just lost heaney/milone to AAA in same few hours. trying to grab santiago.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: worth holding heaney here (liriano back soon anyway) over bauer. or just grab santiago now. i’m thinking grab.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: won’t get his today stats, but would get him in case he’s good. plus it’s not like there’s good SP out there in 16 teamer anyway.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Grab Santiago

  133. Fish says:
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    Sigh… I need a streamer for tomorrow. Here are my poisons, I mean choices.

    Wade Miley Ari – SP
    Nick Tepesch Tex – SP
    Yohan Flande Col – SP
    Jake Peavy Bos – SP
    Héctor Noesí CWS – SP,RP
    Ricky Nolasco Min – SP
    Marco Gonzales StL – SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at SON or at least matchups

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey:

        The SON complicated the decision. It ranks Marco Gonzales vs. Miami, who gotten hammering in his 2 MLB stats, highest, and Jake Peavy vs. Balt. second highest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good, obviously… I’d go Miley…

  134. Puig's Poutines says:
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    neil walker or omar infante ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  135. Pager24 says:
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    i pulled off this trade today. Let me know what you guys think.

    my Altuve Ozuna Beckett for Marte Phillips and Cliff Lee

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte side

  136. Hot dog race says:
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    Hey grey , drop Matt Holliday to add kole Calhoun? It’s a ROS add/drop either keep Holliday or drop to add Calhoun. Others I was looking @, Mookie betts, Christian Yelich, jayson werth & oscar taveras. I’m currently deep @ OF , we start 4 & here’s who I have; Harper, pence, Brantley, jay Bruce , polanco at utility & springer on bench.

    Thanks grey! Speaking of betts I’m going to the sox game tomowrow vs Baltimore & hopefully get to see betts play live, I’ve seen him at single A Lowell spinners before.

    Good day sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Holliday… Enjoy the game!

  137. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Need to drop one to make room for arenado. Drop Leake or Heaney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

  138. frankgrimes says:
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    that Alex Torres hat is pretty fucking funny looking

    I’m so close to dropping Bruce unable to trade him to 11 other teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  139. Joeg414 says:
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    Which had a better chance: Soria gets traded, N. Perez Closes. Or Reed loses his job and Ziegler Closes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria gets traded…

  140. henncoop says:
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    1 ) Attempt to bid on the likes of Moustackas, Asche, DeAza, Peralta, Ruggiano, or Schierholtz??
    Needing to drop either Rasmus or Arcia? or hold?

    2) same league …attempt to bid on Garza, C Mart, or Linececum
    drop would be Keuchel or Odrisamer? or just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Arcia for Schierholtz…. Lincecum over Odrisamer

  141. ebudz says:
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    Hey Grey, trying to plan ahead and would like your advice on who to stream on 7/7? I can only play one of them in my H2H Standard 5×5 Yahoo league so which one is best?

    ($13.5) C. Anderson vs. MIA (Koehler)
    ($13.5 ) Estrada vs. PHI (C. Hamels)
    ($13.1) Leake vs. ChC (E. Jackson)
    ($8.9) Odorizzi vs. KC (J. Shields)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like any of them… Anderson…

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Ha well then, maybe I won’t be streaming anyone on 7/7 … Leake burned me last time too and I suppose you just don’t trust Odorizzi? Thanks for saving me from myself!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  142. Bob says:
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    Chris Davis. WTF?
    What do you realistically see him producing ROS?
    Do I bench him until he heats up(he’s my utility position)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench him

  143. Jay says:
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    Ok to drop Addison reed for joe smith?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jay: That’s ehhh teritory for me…anyone worse to drop for Smith (cause you gotta get him)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  144. rondelio says:
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    Add Putnam for James Jones?
    I have Mejia, Qualls, Casillas, and Joe Smith at Closers. I have Arenado/James Jones as bench bats with Matt Adams also.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @rondelio: Not anymore…please Ventura, Danirl Webb please…clearly no one’s worth a shizz…might as well go with the guy with the beat stuff (talking to you too Maddon)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Jones

  145. bossmanjunior says:
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    Shallow 10.team league

    Need to replace Encarnacion assuming he is out a few days or needs a trip to the DL.

    1) Drop K. Davis or Werth? Im assuming Davis since there is a minor injury concern and Werth has been hot as balls.

    2) Pick up Seager or Aramis? Both have been hitting well lately with Seager slightly better.

    Thanks

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @bossmanjunior: You got #1 pegged…totally go Seager

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure 2) Seager

  146. Bob says:
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    ROS, 6x6with QS, who ya got?

    Wily peralta or Jesse Hahn?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bob: HAAAHHHNNNN!!! (as the camera circles around and around)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn

  147. Scott says:
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    Grey, quick question. Nolan Arenado was just dropped in my league. Should I pick him up? Would you drop Pearce or Matt Adams?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  148. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Sandoval or Rendon ROS….Sandoval Just got hurt.

    2. Torii Hunter over any of these – Rios, Polanco, Springer, Moss or Rizzo

    3. Im starting A. Wood @Home facing ARI and Arietta @WAS. He is starting Kuroda @Home facing MIN.

    My Pitching stats – Wins – 6, Ks – 59, ERA – 2.83, Whip – 1.04
    His Pitching stats – Wins – 2, Ks – 39, ERA – 2.63, Whip – 1.24

    What should I do? Start em, Sit em, Start one or the other? Im ok with losing ERA but trying to catch him. Rosenthal, Papelbon and Joe Smith are my RPs.

    4. Bench 2 – Looking for HRs, RBIs and SBs.

    (43) Moss @Home facing Hutchison….If Moss starts
    (62) Polanco @Home facing Burnett
    (66) Rizzo @WAS facing Zimmermann
    (82) Springer @LAA facing G. Richards
    (172) Rios @NYM facing Z. Wheeler

    Thanks Grey, Hope you had a great 4th Weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon…2. No 3. Start them 4. Rios, Springer….Thanks!

  149. SteveNZ says:
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    Thinking about making an offer of Votto + Springer for McCutchen. The ol’ 12 team h2h so it’s OBP as well as AVG.

    loos like a lot on the surface, but Votto is hurt and Springer is a hacker (albeit a pretty good one), and Cutch would look real good at CF where I’m rotating Springer/Gardner/Heyward. I have Pujols to man 1B and a bunch of clowns to man Util where Votto has been.

    Would you want the Pirate side?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: damn sat night is slow on comments (not talking about you, just volume), i would want cutch. pujols looking good all of a sudden, huh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Cutch

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: You’d take Puig over Votto + Springer too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  150. goodfold2 says:
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    rios coming around lately, bench 1, Hitter T says Rios, but he’s doing well most of this week, and moved up in lineup even before he was. don’t need steals (first time ever i can say that on a sunday, even getting them from longo and pujols), also up 4 homers. runs are pretty much me for sure.
    rios @ wheeler
    arenado vs beckett (1-12 since back, but it’s only 12)
    springer @ richards

  151. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team QS league to replace milone. carrasco/phelps/buchanon/mccarthy/stults/bolsinger/house/santiago/delgado/e-jax/colby/fausto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  152. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… I’m winning as of now by 56 points and I have 1 pitcher ( Porcello) going and the other guy has 5 pitchers ( Alverez, Beckett, Burnett, Gallardo and McHugh). Its one of thse leagues where don’t get 20 points a win. It’s 7 points then -5 per loss, 6 pts per QS, 3 pts per inning and -1 point per hit, BB and ER. oh +.05 per K. Anyway there’s nobody left to stream except Yohan Flande (COL) vs Beckett in Colorado. Would you grab him to hopefully squeeze some points out of him considering he has 4 more pitchers then me by not that huge of a point margin?? I can also get negative points too but the risk might be worth it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  153. Derrick says:
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    Arenado for Sonny Gray.

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, it’s fair

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Derrick: Arenado, but that might be the “good hitter always over a good pitcher” in me coming out

  154. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    over 6 starts , hahn has gone 27.2 innings .
    figuring 6 innings/start , that leaves him with
    only 10-11 more starts , before reaching 90 innings .

    do you think the padres extend him beyond 90 innings , this year ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very unlikely

  155. Brett says:
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    Grey

    You starting Beckett in Colorado today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  156. hankg says:
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    I need help in power categories including OPS. Which3 of the following would you go with? Thanks.

    Hosmer
    Rios
    Napoli
    Blackmon
    A. Ramirez
    K. Davis
    Dickerson
    Dunn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Napoli, Khris, Rios

  157. Ryan Balch says:
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    Howdy! Would you trade Dee Gordon for Wil Myers? Myers is a 23rd round keeper, but likely not be kept in a 5 keeper league over Harper (24th), Springer (21st), Strasburg (7th), Tanaka (12th), or Goldschmidt (4th). Head to head league and I’m about. 500 in steals. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, trade for someone you can actually use or keep

  158. Mike says:
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    ROS in a 6*6 league w/OBP & QS:

    Jason Heyward or Jeff Samardzija?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija

  159. Nightpandas says:
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    Back from my New Hampshire White Mountains vacation, love that Place!

    Looking for an upside flier for ROS in a QS and K/9 league….Haren out and who in?

    Champaigne Supernova
    Locke (meh)
    Straily (good opportunity?)
    Morton (meh)
    Young (meh)
    Eovaldi (where did he go?)
    Colon (fat)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Nightpandas: Morton, despite your meh

  160. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I need to add an RP closer if I can and Joakim Soria hit the wire.

    This is my team:

    C – Carlos Santana, Wilin Rosario
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu
    2B – Jose Altuve
    SS – Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes
    3B – Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval
    OF – Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, Hunter Pence, Billy Hamilton, Alex Gordon, Starling Marte

    SP – Hisashi Iwakuma, Anibal Sanchez, Homer Bailey, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson
    RP – Glen Perkins, Jonathan Papelbon

    Do I drop Pablo Sandoval or somebody else?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I hope your 4th was fun and uneventful at the same time. Mike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! You too!

  161. bigwormsherm says:
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    Struggling in OBP & middle of the pack in homers…is this a fair deal or should I ask for more?

    I give up Wainwright & Marte
    Receive Bautista & Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  162. Joeg414 says:
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    Been offered Kipnis and Hammel for my Blackman and Chavez. Yes or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d prolly take it if I needed a MI

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Joeg414: Yup

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mello Yello: i’d take that even if i didn’t need a MI.

  163. Mello Yello says:
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    Grey how are ya this morning brother?

    Can’t wait to see the five-headed starting monster of Hahn, Arrieta, AWood, G-Unit, and Miley light it up for bench today! (crushing pitching categories this week, so it’s Rinco set it and forget it time!)

  164. Mello Yello says:
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    Oh and I think I’m taking the plunge on Andrew Miller too…just added Wade Davis…my K/9 is gonna be like 13 a week. Yeahhhh buddy!!

  165. SoSayethI says:
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    I think I posted this already, but last week I traded Altuve and a 2nd round pick for Cano, Kazmir, and Anibal Sanchez. First time I’ve had a trade vindicated by Grey in buy/sell, normally it’s been the other way around. WOO!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  166. Jay says:
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    McGee or reed for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  167. Puig's Poutines says:
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    neil walker or gennett ros

      • Puig's Poutines says:
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        @Grey: does he platoon with weeks alot still?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sits against lefties

  168. frankgrimes says:
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    AuShizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wish it wasn’t against Wood…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I have wood too hehe
        have they said anything about E5 going on DL yet?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, seems forgone at this point though

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            replacement: Holt Harrison mcgehee or juan fransico?
            (limited move league)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Holt, depends on needs though

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @frankgrimes: Au Shizz!! Mr. Everything!!

  169. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Traded Andrus and Iannetta for Tanaka and M Montero. Also rostered are Hanley, Mookie, and Xander. So, I felt ok with the deal.

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Mello Yello: He really needed a SS, and we’re both pretty strong at SP. He thinks Little E will return. I tend to agree, but I still felt I had enough behind Hanley to do the deal.

  170. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: is Gausman staying up after today’s start? What should I bid on him in 250 FAAB in a redraft roto league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unlikely

  171. Mello Yello says:
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    So I grabbed Miley to kinda play keep away with the guy I’m playing…and at least for the moment, I’m looking like the smartest man alive…that I know…and I have like no friends…when does this turn into a pity party again?

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Mello Yello: You’re the one who pointed it out. Maybe you should start drinking alone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  172. J-FOH says:
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    stupid Valbuena, i really needed the win

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m so close to moving up to the top half in the FCL, I caught Kid A and have my sites set on SKY, i needed this dammnit

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep fighting the good fight!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: with blood running down my face

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  173. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    jump ship to petricka, yes? completely clean save.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: wow, noticed it was 2 innings, same as putnam got on the first tryout. at least ventura gives these guys room to shine every so often. of course it was SEA.

  174. Jon says:
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    Another owner said he is looking for closers and listed these players as available:

    Donaldson, Singleton, Gallardo, Hammel, Minor, Peralta

    I’ve got Jansen, Doolittle, Allen, and Neil Ramirez. 5×5 keep-18 league. What do you think I should offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen for Donaldson

  175. Bob says:
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    With Encarnacion on the shelf I need a 1B until Chris Davis stops sucking.

    Pick up Logan Morrison, Lucas duda, or james loney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrison

  176. goodfold2 says:
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    wong/miller/harrison now that wong homered (single too), and harrison besides those two days has played almost everyday (at many many positions,but just keeps producing). this is backup to scooter, so doesn’t matter that wong and miller will get benched vs lefties.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @goodfold2: Safe to say he’s going all Brock Holt on it

  177. goodfold2 says:
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    in NL only leagues, grab pena again, votto going out yet again (shouldn’t have came back at all, yet). did anybody see a quote by votto (like a few days ago) about how if he’s playing he’s “100% healthy” and the only time he’s not is if he’s on DL. Either he’s as snarky with media vampires as i would be, or he doesn’t understand that “100%” isn’t about effort, but ability based on health.

  178. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    best stream tomorrow (16 team league where i lost milone/heaney in around 3 hours yesterday to AAA)
    dice K vs ATL
    tillman @ WAS
    happ @ LAA
    nuno @ CLE (he’s better on road)
    e-jax @ CIN
    correia @ SEA (can’t believe i’m thinking about this guy, not terrible lately)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them… Dice-K

  179. john says:
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    Trade harper for beltre…? Not cause Edwin but fills in for Edwin then Edwin goes to util.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @john: Can’t lose either way unless it’s a keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  180. Jonesy says:
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    Does Dee Gordon fall off a cliff in the second half, or is he still valuable for ROS? I’m considering giving up Chris Archer for him (we start two at each IF position, and I’m rolling with Lowrie and Segura). I could use some steals, but I’m worried Gordon’s best work is well behind him.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jonesy: Love Archer. Dee will be good, but a top 20 player like he has been? I don’t see it

      • Jonesy says:
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        @Mello Yello: True. I’m trying to decide if Archer is expendable. My staff is now Price, Scherzer, Lee, Cobb, Archer, Minor, Wheeler and Liriano (also Skaggs, Tillman, Pineda). We start 5, so there will be weeks where Archer is stapled to my bench. This would be easy if Minor wasn’t sucking so bad. Still think this is an iffy deal to make?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Do agree he’s not a top 20 player, not completely garbage either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should be valuable

  181. SteveNZ says:
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    Hey now – what do we think of O’Flaherty? Got the Hold for the A’s today and was nails for the Braves before he got hurt.

    Should see plenty of opps (albeit situational) – is he worth a grab in a Holds league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, grab him

  182. Elwood Blues says:
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    I need to pick up a pitcher.. maybe someone that could get me saves in the 2nd half.. how would you rank ‘em — nl only 4×4

    Ottavino, Bastardo (or will it be Giles now? someone already has Giles), Marshall(ARZ), Parker,

    I need someone who won’t blow up my whip and era.. so I should probably stay away from these available starters right: TWood and Estrada??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bastardo, Ottavino

  183. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, need HRs and SBs. Which 4 of the following do you start? HT numbers in parentheses.

    Bruce (13.3) – 4 vs chc, 3 vs pit
    Brantley (15.9) – 4 vs nyy, 3 vs cws
    Calhoun (30.4) – 3 vs tor, 4 @ tex (6 scheduled righties)
    Dickerson (24.6) – 3 vs sd, 3 vs min
    Heyward (17.9) – 4 @ nym, 3 @ chc
    Polanco (13.3) – 4 @ stl, 3 @ cin
    Rios (23.3) – 3 vs hou, 4 vs laa

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce, Brantley, Dickerson, Rios

  184. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, weekly roto, like any of these two starters for next week? SN numbers in parentheses.

    Leake (20.0) – vs chc, vs pit
    Koehler (-3.7) – @ari, @nym
    deGrom (18.1) – vs atl, vs Mia

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake one is okay, I don’t trust him though

  185. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    dynasty league, if i have too many RF (werth/rios are the older ones), just lost E5, needed a 1b or 3b guy anyway (only have morneau/E5). worth trading one of them for zimmerman or aramis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  186. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    1. Deal Shields and a high pick for Homer and D Norris?

    2. Drop Qualls for Joyce? Is Joyce going to keep this up?

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: limited moves league, also have Chapman and Soria

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        In a limited moves league, I’d hold prolly but have no idea if Joyce will be playing on your team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eh 2. If you don’t need saves, sure… They’re apples and oranges…

  187. DomMattingly says:
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    Do I drop L. Martin for Wong? I have too many OFs and stolen bases covered. I also have Granderson who I could move, but I kinda need the power…MI is a biyatch!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • DomMattingly says:
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        @Grey: thanks, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  188. Matt says:
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    Hello, in dynasty do I keep Joba or Frieri?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joba

  189. Alex says:
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    How would you rank these SP? Clay B, Worley, Chavez, Chris Young

    5×5 roto

    Thank you in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez, Worley

  190. goodfold2 says:
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    yep, i’ll go 11-2 this week in big money league due to anabelle. lost era by. 29, was winning by .53 before him, also his loss lost me losses instead of tied. would’ve been 12-0-1. either way best week yet, moved up into worst playoff spot (6th). goldy hit .500 this week with 20 bases, pujols also with 20 bases. next week i’ll be playing absentee owner (and this is for a few hundred buy in), so won’t need to stream. which of these should i just own for now.
    locke/odrisamer/quintana/mchugh (did he get hurt today)/odorizzi/gausman/carmart. pick 2 if carmart is one of them, since i’ll have to waiver him in an STL league (which means i likely won’t get him). right now i have lock/odrisamer but i’m turning one of those into 2B backup for scooter tonight.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also morton in that list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: is carmart over quintana (in case i can waiver him, but probably like 4% chance of that)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  191. SteveNZ says:
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    Eff baseball. Tied 6-6 with the bottom team in the league. I guess it’s too much to ask for that clown Forsyth to come around and score.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: i just picked up that clown in 20 team league for backup to infante and possible starter over that dude named marwin.

  192. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Staff of Homer, Teheran, Bauer, A Wood, Keuchel, Casilla, Janssen, K Rod , Heaney

    Now that Heaney is back in the Minors, who do I grab? I’m below average in K, ERA, and WHIP with limited moves in this league, so I grant more weight to those that can go the distance…

    Hahn, Porcello, Stroman, Archer, H Alvarez, Despaigne, Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  193. SteveNZ says:
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    Zobrist and Calhoun have killed me today.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: pretty gross too since zobrist has been terrible all year.

  194. Oppo Taco says:
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    Chavez or odorizzi ros??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: would you rather odorizzi or gausman ros in a keeper? Thanks. I could also drop Mookie betts. Have segura at SS

        • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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          @Oppo Taco: gausman

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Odorizzi

  195. goodfold2 says:
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    my porcello and wright trade was agreed to hours ago, hahahaha. however, i still get his today stats, but was already losing losses/era/whip anyway in that espn league. zimmerman (now with K’s for fiber) here we come!

  196. Zeus says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have OF to spare and can use (but don’t really need) some SP.

    Would you trade away Harper for Cliff Lee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  197. rondelio says:
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    Who should I trade:
    Jason Heyward
    Shin soo Choo
    Melky
    Matt Adams
    Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need

  198. rondelio says:
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    Pedroia for Altuve straight up? need SB

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @rondelio: do that even if altuve stopped getting 2/3 of his steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  199. Kid A says:
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    Trying to get a gauge on some MI’s.

    Does Segura, Walker, Gennett, Miller, Wong, Forsythe, Lowrie, Hill, Andrelton look like an accurate ordering?

    Much appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That ranking looks fine… Maybe Miller over Scooter but that’s quibbling…

  200. Larry says:
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    Encarnacion going on the DL. Can pick up Pearce, Morrison, Betts, Vogt or Rutledge. Please rank them for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  201. john says:
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    Well harper beltre not happening. Anyhow shld I try trade dickerson for 3b then edwin goes to util when hes back. What 3b range/players you think i could get with a dickerson?
    OR
    Pick up
    Chisenahll Harrison ummmmm freese…..this sucks!

    If i trade dickerson for 3b then I have to pick up an OF. Like byrd i guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe someone thinking they’re selling high on Frazier? I’d go with Chis

  202. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Do I drop Mookie Betts for Brett Lawrie?

    Betts is just riding my bench and Lawrie – when he returns – buys me some coverage at 2B,3B,MI,CI.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  203. bossmanjunior says:
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    Hopefully you’re still able to answer a question this late haha…

    Hold Kuechel or drop for Chavez? Chavez has two nice starts against the Giants and Mariners while Kuechel has one start before the allstar break aa Texas. H2H shallow 10 team league. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go Chavez

  204. SteveNZ says:
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    Dropped Forsyth in a fit of annoyance after his 0-5 when just one run would have given me a win this week.

    Al-Ram has been sucking so chose Simmons over Ass-Dribble for the next few. The Tron is way more bullish on The Dribble for the next week, but Simmons has been hitting and Dribble most assuredly has not.

    Right choice?

    • Kid A says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      If you ask me, and you didn’t, I like a warming Simmons in the two-hole in that lineup over Asdrubal in his. Andrelton seems to have found some speed, and if he can dial in a little power I think he is better set up for success – at least in the short term.

      Forsythe seems like the quintessential schmotato (trending steadily downward for the last 12 months – then molten for the last few weeks). If you’re only looking for a short term bridge leading into the break, it might be best to just evaluate the upcoming matchups and make a choice from there:

      Forsythe = Shields, Vargas, Ventura, Beurhle, Htchison, Happ.

      Asdrubal = Greene, Tanaka, Mccarthy, Phelps, Noesi, Carrol, Danks.

      Andrelton = Matsuzaka, deGrom, Gee, Colon, Arrieta, Jackson, Wood.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: Thanks, man – really appreciate the research. Have to admit I’m a bit lazy when it comes to that – I tend to just look at their last couple of weeks and then mix in a little Hitter-Tron.

        The Dribble’s schedule doesn’t look terrible (all those RHP means he has some real high values on the Tron from day to day), but Simmons just seems to be in better form, which is really why I went with him.

        Of course this means that The Dribble will start raking henceforth.

        • Kid A says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          Yep Yep. Agree on the Simmons play.

          One thing to consider though – I’m currently holding him in the FCL so it’s with about 99% certainty that his legs will snap off at the knees in the very near future.

          Being overtaken by Jack has thrown me into an existential crisis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine to go with Simmons…

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