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The answer to the pregunta, “Que es CarGo?” no longer requires an obligatory snail reference as he ended his 15 game homerless streak to start 2012 with 2 HRs against the Pirates, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs. He’s never going to hit .336 again like he did in 2010 (doubt he’ll ever hit .300 with his K-rate) but he is one of the few players that has legitimate 30 HR/20 SB potential. He had a similarly slow start last year before a great May/June (11 HR, 10 SB, .300+ AVG). If you can get a CarGo owner to sell low for a 3rd round or later OF like Jay Bruce or Adam Jones, sign that waybill or stick your hand in one of their many pockets or some other strained metaphor. Other fantasy baseball news….

Yu Darvish - Darvish out-samurai’d Kuroda with an 8 1/3 IP, 10K, 9 baserunner, 119 pitch effort against the Yankees. That’s 3-0 now for Darvish with wins against the Tigers and Yankees. Even better, he had only 2 BBs after entering the game with 14 walks in his first 3 outings. He has the stuff to put up 20 wins and 200 Ks but I’m not sold just yet that he’ll be able to maintain his control or hair color.

Johan Santana – Great start by Johan – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks – that didn’t net a win because the Mets have yet to score for him in 4 starts. It’s hard to jump on board the Santanawagon based on his velocity to date (88 MPH on the fastball) but even a return of 2008-2009 Santana (8 K/9 and near 3.00 ERA) would be a nice return given his draft slot. Maybe they’d have more money to build around Santana if they paid him in Madoff shares.

Shin-Soo Choo - Left the game with left hamstring tightness – which was a relief (as a multi-team owner) as he was pinch-hit for with Jason Donald with the bases loaded. If he wasn’t physically hurt, that kind of thing would have to mentally hurt. He might miss a game but the Shin-Soo Choo train should be running again in no time.

Jair Jurrjens – Demoted to AAA after a ghastly first 4 starts – 16 IP, 30 Hits, 17 ER, 10 BB(!), 8 Ks. He’s not a great pitcher but he’s managed two very good ERA seasons (despite poor FIP) in 2009 (2.60 ERA vs. 3.68 FIP) and 2011 (2.96 ERA vs. 3.99 FIP). Or maybe he is just the living proof of Saberhagenmetrics and you should stash him for next year.

Josh Johnson – The Mets seem to be running a Slumpbuster service for aces – one day after giving Lincecum his first win in a WHIP-filled 5 innings, Josh Johnson threw a 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 K gem. He’s had a rough start in his first couple of starts (16 IP, 8 K) but his performance should be fine as long as he stays healthy. And a guy who jumps from the roof of a skyscraper should be fine as long as he remains airborne.

Andrew McCutchen – Finally some RBIs for the Dread Pirate! 17 singles and 3 doubles in 15 games resulted in only 2 RBIs to start the year but he got 3 RBIs last night on a groundout and 2-run double. I think the braiding session between him, Presley, and Tabata really paid dividends.

Tom Milone – Earned a win with an 8 IP, 3 hits, 5 K, 0 BB gem against the White Sox. He’s never going to be a dominant K guy but he’s turning into a must-start at least for home starts – even if his name reminds me of a loser’s MySpace friend list (yes, I know…what non-loser has MySpace….it’s creative license).

David PriceComplete game shutout against the Angels. He must’ve been mad at Arte Moreno for saying he wasn’t an object during the Pujols negotiations.

Mike Aviles - 4 for 5 with 2 doubles, a HR, 2 runs and 3 RBI against Nick Hackburn and the Twins. Aviles now has 3 HRs and is hitting well over .300. Not to mention the trifecta in position eligibilty (2B/SS/3B). Definite sell high candidate as he seems to have a meteoric streak like this every year and then falls down to Earth.

David OrtizBig Papi is hitting .444 with 3 HRs so far. He really seems to be physically and emotionally into the game.

Rex Brothers – The Rex Brothers tag-teamed on a few of our teams’ ERA/WHIPs with a disastrous 4 batters – double, single, double, walk – against the season-long slumping Pirates. That’s now two straight outings where he got no outs (so two straight ings?). Love his K potential and he might have an outside chance at the closer gig at some point….but he’s unownable in mixed leagues right now and near unplayable in NL-only leagues.

Hunter Pence - Put his owners and Phillie fans through the ringer the last couple days. Hurt his shoulder over the weekend, sat on Monday, had an MRI during the day on Tuesday, was twurmered (tweet murmur) to be sitting today, and then hit a 2-run HR at night. Way to put the Pence in suspense, Hunter.

Matt Wieters – HR #6. Take note – next time there’s a hyped catcher, just wait a couple years before drafting them high.

Tony CampanaSecond straight 2 SB game for Campana – even if the 2nd was an AWFUL call. Cuz safe ain’t got no face either.

Max ScherzerNot cool, Max. It’s one thing to get blasted by the Red Sox in your first start of the season but giving up 5 ER and 12 baserunners in 5 innings at home against Seattle is like a surprise nut punch.

Gerardo Parra - 3rd SB in 6 games for Parra. SAGNOF!

Chris Perez - That’s 7 straight converted saves for Chris Perez with only 1 ER. He’s anything but a sure bet this year (5 K / 4 BB in 10 IP this year) but, if I was Pestano, I’d pull a Delilah and cut his mullet in his sleep.

Vance WorleyA very impressive start (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks) on a night where the ball was carrying at Chase Field (5 HRs in the game). He’s now at about 163 MLB IP with 150 Ks and a 1.22 WHIP. I think I’m catching the VW bug.

Craig KimbrelGot the save after giving up 1 Hit, 1 BB, and, of course, getting 3 strikeouts. Can we start calling a 3 K inning for a save a ‘Kimbrel’?

Jose Altuve - The slam and legs for Altuve. That’s 3 SBs in the past 5 games. The .350 AVG is inflated by a lucky BABIP but Altuve’s showing an improved eye (same amount of BBs this year as he did in 3x the PAs last year) which should only help his runs and SBs. If only his last name didn’t make him sound like a terrorist.

Mike Pelfrey – There are murmurs that Pelfrey may have a partially torn UCL and be sent to Dr. Freeze for Tommy John surgery – or at least Sandy Alderson can’t ‘rule this out’. He’s like bizarro-Minaya – overreporting possible injuries vs. underreport confirmed injuries. “You know, Mr. Met may very well be a man in costume who drank too much nerve tonic and suffered the same ill effects as Ken Griffey Jr. in the Simpsons ‘Homer at the Bat’ episode.”

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  1. Critter Nagurski says:
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    can’t believe the Sonavabench wasn’t used in the darvish blurb. that stung…

    • @Critter Nagurski, Don’t own Yu in any leagues….but NYY is always a tough matchup. I empathize.

      • bronson says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, I haven’t done any official research, but I’ve always been one to start pitchers that the Yankees have never faced before, and have been rewarded more times than naught.

  2. Trick dad says:
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    Dump laroche for parra or campana? Need runs & steals.

    • @Trick dad, I’d dump him for either — LaRoche’s hot streak is over.

      I think Parra’s the safer choice, and he’s got some power as well. But I had the same two options for a waiver pickup and decided to go with the high-upside of Campana. Unless he gets benched he’s going to get a ton of SBs … if you don’t have a better option you can leave him in your lineup even on days he doesn’t start and he’ll likely pinch run and steal a base or two.

    • @Trick dad, If those are the stats you need, sure. I think LaRoche will have more value by end of year but I like Parra and Campana for value in the next 2 weeks.

  3. Abell says:
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    When can I cut bait on marmol? Or have I waited to long already? As a cardinals fan I kicked myself on draft day anyway

    • @Abell, Can’t you trade him? Unless you’re in a shallow league there’s got to be some team near the bottom in saves who’ll go for Marmol. Talk up his strike out potential and the fact that he had rough patches last year. I traded him in a 16-team league for Marcum two or three days ago.

    • @Abell, Yeah, Marmol is awful to watch when you own him. He should still have trade value b/c he’s the closer but he’s not going to bring as much as he should in return.

    • Chunk says:
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      @Abell, I packaged marmol and youk for kenley and rollins. He still has value if you don’t need the saves.

    • Gavin says:
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      @Abell, What’s all this Marmol talk? Is there a set up guy that’s going to take over? If so, who?

      • bronson says:
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        @Gavin, Dolis maybe?

  4. Dingbat says:
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    I’m sick of suffering FIPlash (eh? eh?) against crappy teams. First GreinkenGainst the Cubs, then E-Jax against the Astros, and now Scherzer against the Mariners. Stop being so damn hittable, pitchers! Or better yet, stop pitching in front of crappy defenses!

    On a related note, what are the chances that we’re witnessing a Garza-like transformation/breakout from E-Jax this year? In his first 3 starts, he’s showing an unprecedented combo of whiffs, control, and groundballs. He gets the Padres next, so we probably won’t know if he’s for real for another week, but I’m curious why nobody’s talking about him yet.

    • @Dingbat, I like FIBlash. No, one sec. I don’t like FIPlash itself. At least not on my teams. I mean I like the term.

    • @Dingbat, Eh indeed on FIPlash :) The Greinke Cub start was painful. He must’ve gotten to 2 strikes on every hitter in that inning. Very good points on E-Jax – his peripherals (9.5 K rate, 1.5 BB rate, 51% GBs) are fantastic so far. I’d lean toward this being flukey and he’ll regress back to the E-Jax of the last couple years but worth rolling the dice on in any league format right now.

  5. schlitzy says:
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    Milone or Worley in a league where Ks don’t count?

  6. Dirty Jersey says:
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    A “Simpsons ‘Homer at the Bat’ episode” reference! I love it!

    Burns: Strawberry! Good effort today, take a lap & hit the showers… I am putting in a right handed bat to hit for you

    Straw: But Ive got 9 home runs today! You’re pinch hitting for me!?!

    Burns: You see, you’re a left hander and so is the pitcher. If I send up a right-handed batter its called playing the percentages. Its what good managers do to win ball games — HILARIOUS

    • Dirty Jersey says:
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      @Dirty Jersey, ah, when the simpsons were good….

    • @Dirty Jersey, Yup, a classic.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Dirty Jersey, Wait, was that Mr. Burns or Dusty Baker you were quoting?

  7. Tony V says:
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    I need some help with my NL only H2H lineup today. I am split down the middle of who to start today. Jose Tabata (Recently heated up and playing a double header today) or Nate Shierholtz ( .429 career BA against Arroyo)

    • @Tony V, I’d go with Schierholtz unless you hear confirmation that Tabata will start both games.

  8. kangaroo hops says:
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    Hosmer and Masterson (his) for my Heyward and Luebke in a keeper league. I’m deep in pitching and OF (JUpton, Bruce, and Dread Pirate), but I’m not giddy about this one. Heyward + steals > Hosmer, I think. Am I crazy or do I take it?

    • Ben says:
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      @kangaroo hops, whats your current 1B and CI situation look like?

    • @kangaroo hops, I don’t like this trade from your side. Heyward and Hosmer are a wash and Luebke is much better right now than Masterson.

    • Thrilla says:
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      @kangaroo hops, If you’re deep in OF, keep Hosmer. He’s the better hitter already.

      • Thrilla says:
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        @Thrilla, whoops, read post wrong. Ignore that…

        I like the Luebke side.

  9. kangaroo hops says:
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    Oh, but I desperately need a 1B!

    • @kangaroo hops, I’d renegotiate the pitcher part of it then.

      • Sour Stilton says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Thanks. I kind of hate to get rid of heyward, but playing wiggy at 1b is killing me.

  10. Oz.J. says:
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    Which side wins on this deal (12 team roto)?

    Adrian Gonz. + Kinsler for Bautista + Dread Pirate

    • AdamH says:
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      @Oz.J., looks like a team needs thing to me.

    • @Oz.J., I’d say the A-Gonz, Kinsler side but very close.

  11. Ray says:
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    In a deep league tailspin and need pitching help wherever I can get it. Dump Kuroda for: Gavin Floyd? Drew Smyly? Arroyo? Chen? Those names make me ill.

    • @Ray, I’d hold onto Kuroda vs. those alternatives.

  12. TimSTi says:
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    Rudy my man.. I have Uggla at 2B Andrus at SS and Cozart at MI leaving Altuve benched most days.. I lost Santos to DL and have Lidge in his spot.. Guy offers me Cordero for Altuve.. Its a moderately shallow 10 team 5×5 so bench depth for batters isn’t a huge issue.. Should I make the move to lock up Toronto’s closer in case Santos is out for a while or Cordero keeps the job?

    Asked Grey yesterday but his answer was along the “meh” lines lol..

    • @TimSTi, See if he’ll take Cozart for Cordero. If not, I probably make the trade as you have no room in your lineup.

      • TimSTi says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Interesting, you rank Altuve above Cozart? I know he’s the hotter schmotato right now but thought Cozart had the brighter upside?

        • Thrilla says:
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          @TimSTi, Altuve has the brighter upside. He’s only 21 and after 300 ABs since coming up, he’s hitting .291 with 11 SBs, 3 HRs and 14 doubles. He could be a 10/20 + AVG-guy with upside. Tough call.

          • beardcrabs says:
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            @Thrilla, they have probably about equal upside with counting stats but Altuve will be way closer to hitting .300 if not higher…

  13. Scottie O. says:
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    Drop Bourjos for Campana? My other OF’ers are:
    JUpton
    Bruce
    Parra
    Kendrys

    Already getting steals from Dee Gordon, BTW?

    Other options are:
    Schierholtz
    Cody Ross

    • Scottie O. says:
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      @Scottie O., Oh & Nieuwenhuis is still available too

    • @Scottie O., I think it’s safe to drop Bourjos now in 12 team leagues – his upside for 2012 isn’t high enough right now to weather the storm. I’d grab Campana for now given his hot streak but having Gordon means you can drop him as soon as there’s a bad sign.

    • Dan-o says:
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      @Scottie O., This is my exact same question. I have Ike Davis and Peter B in my utility slots.

      I’m gonna cut Davis some slack, but want to know if Peter B is drop worthy yet.

      I lost some steals with Krispie Young on the DL.

  14. Mike says:
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    I’ve got both Rodriguez and Lidge in place of Storen on my roster. Is Lidge worth keeping around any longer or can we safely say H-Rod is the closer until Storen gets back?

    • @Mike, Can’t safely say that H-Rod is the closer. But Lidge definitely isn’t looking good.

    • Blue says:
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      @Mike, I dumped Lidge for Joe Wieland in an NL league. The concrete’s not set on him, but its poured.

  15. quimmy says:
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    CBSSports Blurb of the Day:

    In regards to Gavin Floyd

    “The right-hander was pulled with one out in the seventh inning after issuing a leadoff walk to Daric Barton.”

    A leadoff walk with one out? Interesting….

  16. Eddie says:
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    Better player RoS, E-5 or Mini Donkey? 16 team H2H points format.

    • @Eddie, I feel dumb but who is RoS? I like E-5 more than Mini Donkey.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble,

        I’ll raise you a RoS= Rest of season and ask who is E-5?

        • slew says:
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          @Eddy, Edwin Encarnacion

          • Eddy says:
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            @slew, Ah, gotcha.

      • Eddie says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Sorry Rudy, RoS means “Rest of Season”. And thanks, I was worried you were gonna say that.

        • beardcrabs says:
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          @Eddie, i got confused with the two eddy/ie’s for second…

  17. mapwheel says:
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    Samardzija with a great line last night: 6.2IP, 5 base runners, 0 ER, 9K. Samardzija stills sounds like an Arabic member of the Wu Tang Clan. The Samard-JZA.

    • Chris says:
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      @mapwheel, Nice

    • @mapwheel, Nice. Yeah, missed that line. He’s been a real surprise so far.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @mapwheel, Did you or anybody actually see that game? I own Samardzjia and had him on the bench last night. He’s tough to figure out. Kind of goes a little mental and loses focus. Had a superb k/bb in spring and in his good starts he’s locked. Then he loses fastball command all of a sudden and he’s trash. Curious on thoughts of others on guesses for the near term with him.

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @OaktownSteve, He threw a lot more off-speed the first time through the lineup this time, then brought out the fastball the next time around. The cards looked off balance. Seemed to work. He did this a bit in his other starts as well. His babip is high and his lob% is low, if those go back to normal, he’ll do well. oh, and his fip/xfip is very nice.

        If you exclude the Miami start, he’s got 22 K and 3 BB in 20.1 innings. His first start vs the Cards was great through four innings, then in the fifth gave up a plethora of singles before carpenter tripled. A very BAD inning, but no walks. I’ll take that k:bb ratio. Basically, one real bad start and one bad inning, the rest is excellent.

        Excluding Miami game, where he gave up on his Two Seamer (18%) and threw a ton of Sliders (29%) and Cutters (18%), here are his averages:

        Two Seam – 35.38% 94.5 mph
        Four Seam – 20.94% 94.6
        Slider – 19.86% 85.5
        Cutter – 8.66% 91.3
        Splitter 8.30% 86.1
        Changeup – 6.86% 86.8

        This post is already too long, so to sum up, when he locates his fastballs, he is very good. (duh) It looks like his off speed stuff may be in the strike zone WAY too much when the fastballs are not on target. Another problem is the cubs don’t score at all, so he may be pressing a bit to try and be perfect….

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @mapwheel, HA! So good.

  18. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Is Gallardo/BPhillips too much to give up for Kinsler?

    My other SPs are Gio, MadBum, Anibal, Lynn, CBills. And I need an offensive upgrade.

    • @Baron Von Vulturewins, My take: I do think it’s too much. Try Phillips + Lynn or (if the other manager didn’t see his last box score), Bills.

    • @Baron Von Vulturewins, Yes, it’s too much. Based on 12 team PS, I have Gallardo/Phillips worth $37 and Kinsler worth about $30. You should be able to package in a worse starter than Gallardo for the upgrade.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, In a shallow league, I’d take Kinsler. Deep league, it’s pretty even. Though I must mention that I’m not very bullish on Gallardo. That’s probably the most that I’d be comfortable giving up though, so I’d use that as a final offer rather than a starting point.

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

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        @Big Magoo, Thanks for the input — I feel kind of the same on Gallardo; i.e. he’s my “best” starter, but I actually feel he could finish the season behind Gio and MadBum. So trying to get ace value for a 3 SP. But still, it’s probably an overpay — especially for Glass Kinsler.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Baron Von Vulturewins, I’m a big fan of Kinsler, but his injury history makes him a little risky (although I think that’s a bit exaggerated by most people – 30-30 in two out of the last three years). I like the deal but maybe try to get a low-whip starter in return, like J. Zimm or Marcum, to offset some of your high-whip guys.

  19. Poo Holes says:
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    Although he got me a quality start last night, I have to ditch Kuroda. This is my 12 teams holds league in which I picked up Jon Rauch to get me some holds, but he’s gotten me 2 wins in 2.1 innings. My question to you, Sir Rudy, is who do you think gets more holds out of this group: Kerry Wood, Koji Uehara, Jesse Crain, Edward Mujica, Tony Sipp, or David Phelps? Not the cream of the crop by any stretch of the imagination, but these are the best RP available. Thanks, and continue being awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Crain

  20. Matt says:
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    Are J. Weeks, Lind, Goldschmidt, or bud norris droppable at this point? I doubt I can get much in trade for them now. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

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      @Matt, In some leagues, yeah…

  21. potus says:
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    Please rank these 2 start pitchers:

    Doubront- @CWS(Humber) /OAK
    Smyly- @NYY(CC) /KC
    Delgado- PIT(Bedard) /PHI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @potus, Smyly, Delgado

  22. TheNewGuy says:
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    Managed to snag Trout off waivers in my 16 team H2H thanks to Grey’s advice. Now Bauer is still unowned too, and with Collmenters awfulness the call could come anytime soon right? Worth stashing now?

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Due to the congestion in the Halos OF, I don’t see Trout up until rosters expand…and, unless the Angels are out of it AND have dealt Abreau and/or Hunter (or injuries), even then he won’t have a full time job.

      • Grey

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        @RandomItalicizedVoice, I said Rudy liked Trout to come up in May, so I’ll let him weigh in…

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Grey, Yo Rudy, would appreciate your take man.

  23. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Rudy – Do you see a rebound in the cards for Matt Moore or should I sell low on him and get what I can? I was offered Santiago Casilla is a 16 teamer where I am desperate for saves, and saves are tough to come by in general in this league (pretty much every closer and their handcuff are owned). Other owner also owns Papelbon…should I reject and go for Paps (doubt other owner takes it…elite closers are all but untouchable in this league), or just be”happy” with getting Casilla? I’m quickly falling completely out of the race in SVs, and in a 16 team league if you finish with a 1 in any cat…it’s tough to finish in the money.

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice, Of course…the SP situation on the wire in such a league is pretty bleak….

    • Grey

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      @RandomItalicizedVoice, We go over Moore in today’s podcast… Stay tuned… There’s a special guest too… No, not some other schmohawk ‘pert…

      • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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        @Grey, Cool.

  24. FD says:
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    Matchup for Buchholz seems very favorable (@Min) … to start or not to start? I’m still scared…

    I used this same matchup logic last night with Scherzer and…yeah it didn’t end well.

    thx

    • Grey

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      @FD, I wouldn’t own him.

  25. moses says:
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    any of these trades worth a damn?

    giving up stanton and mike young for granderson
    3rd rounder and a 5th rounder for 1st rounder

    parker the prospect starting today on oakland for my chase headley or mike aviles – your call

    • Grey

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      @moses, I’d take hold on both.

  26. Hi there Rudy — How good do you feel about Latos’ start last night? I was kind of surprised not to see him in the roundup today. I didn’t see the game but he seemed to pitch well. But are you worried about the lack of Ks? Is he turning the corner?

    I’m sitting on Bourjos in a deep redraft roto league where I’m weak on SBs. But I picked up Campana two days ago and already have 4 SBs to show for it, and my roster also includes Desmond, Stubbs, and Aaron Hill, who I hope will start stealing soon. Do I need to hold on to Bourjos with my speed situation? Or would you drop him for Parra or Schierholtz, who are still on waivers?

    And my last question: would you start Cahill tonight vs. Philly? I’m head says I should (Philly’s only hitting .225 over the last week and there a lot of Philadelphia starters who are 0-fer against Cahill). But I still worry about it.

    Thanks!

    • Chunk says:
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      @Enrique, I’d drop him for parra or Schierholtz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Latos looked decent even when he was getting pounded (velocity wise); I like him… Schierholtz… I’d start Cahill…

    • @Slappy, Sorry slappy. MLB didn’t pick us to be in the MLB cave so we can’t catch every inning of every game. But good link as that Pitch F/X data does seem to indicate that Darvish was getting squeezed a bit in his first starts.

  27. bryank says:
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    Hey all, Scherzer was a thorn in my side last year, but still I came back this year. Is it time to cut him, or ride it out and hope he turns things around soon?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @bryank, I am very anti-Scherzer for the simple reason that he doesn’t have fastball command. He walks guys and he also he leaves balls in the middle of the plate pitching from behind in counts. There are nights when he controls it better than others, but he will never have any kind of consistency until he can consistently throw the fastball for strikes. He’ll tease you and there will be some Ks, but he will not finish with a sub-4 ERA and he will continue to be tough on your WHIP.

      • bryank says:
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        @OaktownSteve, Thanks Steve! At this point my pitching staff is incredibly deep (albeit with a lot of FA pickups), so it’s time to make the switch and snag some hitters. Appreciate your thoughts!

  28. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    I needed to take a chance to improve my staff in a 16 team league. I can see you aren’t totally sold on Darvish, but how did I do?

    I get Darvish and ARod
    I gave Danks and Adrian Gonzalez

    • Chunk says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, Ouch. Was your pitching that bad?

      • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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        @Chunk, I have Hamels, Marcum and DHudson…but after that it gets ugly with Danks (traded), Masterson, HAlverez, Pomeranz, JParker and Bauer. DHudson going down hurts a bunch, maybe it was an overreaction, but only time will tell. AGonz is nice, but he doesn’t have the power he had before and he isn’t going to hit for an absurdly high average again.

        • stumanji says:
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          @PublicEnemy#1, I think your staff was fine w/o Darvish. I hate that trade for you and think you’re very wrong about A-Gon. Sorry man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, Not great…

  29. Eddy says:
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    Still OK to go near Porcello for his start v. SEA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, I’d start him.

  30. Matt says:
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    Which side do you prefer:

    Joey Votto/Johan Santana

    or

    Albert Pujols/Ervin Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Votto…

  31. PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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    Thoughts on Torii Hunter? I’m in no rush to drop him, but I just don’t want my expectations to blind me from him sucking. He’s due for another .280, 20 HR, 80 RBI season, right?

    His strikeouts are what worry me. Could it be that the whole Angels team is under performing and once they get going Torii will heat back up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PunxsutawneyPhils, I think Hunter will be fine…

  32. Charles says:
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    Today only, standard 5×5 h2h league. Pick one:

    J Montero (@ DET – Wilk)
    K Youkilis (@ MIN – Hendriks)
    N Schierholtz (@ CIN – Arroyo)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Nate

  33. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Rudy, Alex Gordon just hit the wires in my 12 team mixer. Is he going to do anything this year? Are you reaching into your free agent wallet for this guy?

    Are you dropping beltran, ichiro, Luke Scott, Adam Lind or coco crisp for Gordon?

    Thanks

    • Sambo Jenkins says:
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      @Alcesto, crisp

  34. Damn fine wrap Rudy. thanks! I was planning on dropping Milone for waivered Chacin once he seemed to have worked his shizz out. But have grown more comfortable with Malone; agreed? Could still use a pitcher though and am presently rostering an extra 2b/ss in Cozart & the drafted Espinosa (along with Alexei & Howie). Would you drop either Espinosa, Cozart, or neither for Chacin (& cringe at every home start)? Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, I like Milone… Espinosa…

  35. Switch Hitter says:
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    After Scherzer got cut up last night against the Marginers, would you guys hold off streaming Adam Wilk tongiht?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Switch Hitter, Yes

  36. Switch Hitter says:
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    After Scherzer got cut up last night against the Marginers, would you guys hold off streaming Adam Wilk tonight?

    • @Switch Hitter, Nah, I’d still stream him.

      • @Rudy Gamble, Ha – see, Grey and I don’t always agree..

  37. princerudynasim says:
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    what up fellow Rudy lol….great read….in a h2h which awards holds 7pts, sv 10, ks 2, what order would you have the following…sean burnett, Frierri, brothers( smh)???

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @princerudynasim, Burnett Brothers Frieri. The padres collectively have 1 hold as a team

      • PrinceRudyNasim says:
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        @Smokey, thansk Smokes. I was leaning in that direction as well. I just think the holds will come with SD and i think Frierri is going to edge out Cashner as set man

    • @princerudynasim, Burnett, Frieri, Brothers for me. Gun shy on Brothers until he turns it around.

  38. OaktownSteve says:
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    Could really see the Glavine in Milone right now. Stature, mechanics he looks a lot like him. The approach is almost identical. Will bring the fastball in off the plate against right handers. That is the key. It turns the change up into a swing and miss pitch. He had 5 k’s last night and like Glavine, I think he has 140-150 K potential if he pitches like that. Sox are free swingers of course. The change up turns over nicely and has that classic circle change screwball action. The curve is more like a slurve and it’s got enough horizontal to freeze lefties and enough bite to catch righties off guard. The did a nice job of mixing about 10 of the breaking balls last night. Looked really good. Yay A’s.

    Now about the offense… I’d sell Cespedes. The holes in the swing are being exploited already. Hard breaking stuff away is going to ruin him. I could see him hitting sub-.240. Might still go 20/20 but the average is going to be brutal. Fun to watch though.

    Enjoyed watching Gavin Floyd last night. I haven’t seen him that much. He kind of reminds me of Matt Cain. Throws a two seam, a four seam and a cutter and mixes in a pretty good overhand curveball and an effective change. What reminds me of Cain is that no one pitch really stands out but he throws them all for strikes and he really works all the quadrants in and out high to low. If he were in the NL in a good park you’d hear a lot more about the guy.

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Great analysis of Milone

    • Chunk says:
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      @OaktownSteve, I’m selling Cespedes but for a totally different reason.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Chunk, What’s the reason? Hideous A’s line up around him?

        • Chunk says:
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          @OaktownSteve, I’m trying to build an offense of players on red teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Nice rundown…

    • @OaktownSteve, Almost made a Glavine analogy for Milone in the roundup….

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Nice one on Milone/Glavine.

  39. Chunk says:
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    yahoo standard 5×5 12 teamer, currently my lineup is:

    Iannetta
    Votto
    Phillips
    Zimmerman
    Rollins
    OF: Bruce, Werth, (Cespedes)
    UTIL: (Butler), Cozart

    The players in () are the only ones that aren’t red. I’d like to make this an all-red lineup so I can start making jokes about equally distributing the stats to the teams in need. I’d be willing to lose close 1-1’s or a 2-2 of Butler and Cespedes, in order to ensure getting these trades done.

    What are some red players to target? I’m below average in everything but SB, where I am average.

    My pitching is very solid so we’ll see if it can carry me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Not sure what you mean.

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Uniform color. Looking for underperforming players in red uniforms to trade butler and cespedes for.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chunk, You hitting the bottle at 8 in the morning?

          • Chunk says:
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            @Grey, Haha naw it’s a public yahoo league I drafted just for fun and I’ve been disregarding it for the most part until recently. Just thought it’d be something fun to try.

            Now that you mention it, a bloody mary doesn’t sound too bad right now…

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Chunk, cespedes for stubbs…

  40. M AND M says:
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    WHO SHOULD I KEEP? SCHERZER OR MINOR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M AND M, Minor

  41. Pops says:
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    Is anyone starting Parker against the Sox or Nicascio against the Pirates tonight?

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Pops, I’m streaming Nicasio. Kinda want to hang on to him… we’ll see.

  42. TheNewGuy says:
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    Please rank these 2nd sackers (getting totally sick of Ackley):
    Altuve, Ackley, B Phillips, Kipnis.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Add J Weeks to that too.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Phillips, Kipnis, Altuve, Ackley. I know, my name isn’t Grey or Rudy but I’m pretty sure this is the ranking.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, Yup

  43. xopchipili says:
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    Is it too soon to cut bait on JJ Hardy in a ten team mix? Guy’s been absolutely abysmal so far, could use the roster space to grab a hot maybe-not-schmotato like Rios

    • Chunk says:
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      @xopchipili, Rios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, Yes

  44. aj says:
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    should i start lynn today at cubs? 5×5 roto 13 team

    • Sambo Jenkins says:
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      @aj, yes

  45. Turk Wendell says:
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    I need me some runs. Drop Espinosa for Ellis?

    Allen Craig is coming off the DL soon. Could he be a solution to my MI woes? I’m not sure what to think of him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Eh

  46. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Is Gio a classic sell high right now or can he keep this up ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, See my rankings.

  47. golfnut says:
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    In a 16 team league, roto…..would you trade Jesus Montero for Mike Adams and Johan Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @golfnut, It’s fair.

  48. brett says:
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    RCL start or sit,

    Joulys @Pit
    Drabek @Bal

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett, Start, Start

  49. Joe says:
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    2K’s and a S is actually a Kimbrel.

    if it is 3 K’s I call that a Kimbrel Deluxe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe, Ha

  50. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Here is a little detective work I’ve been doing for the readers over here at Razzbal regarding Trevor Bauer’s call up…

    I watched Collmenter get plastered again last night by the light hitting Phillies and thought “Bauer can’t be far away from a callup, can he?” Anyways, I have a hunch that some D-Backs official notified him last night that he would be called up to replace J-Coll. He was blowing up his twitter with all these sentimental things last night, and oddly enough, they all came within the next 30 minutes of the dbacks game ending… (Bauer isn’t a guy that tweets nonstop all day like some other athletes) Here is what he said…

    -Trevor Bauer ? @BauerOutage

    “Those countless lonely nights at glen park long tossing by myself..working out by myself…getting laughed at the whole time…fond memories”

    “I still remember how it felt when I didn’t make the A tournament team because I didn’t throw hard enough…amazing where hard work leads us”

    “Thanks to sarina coutin and Kelsey kraskian for telling me I couldn’t play soccer with the sixth graders. Taught me how to persevere”

    “And thanks to my best friend @connorgarelick for always being there for me. #introspection how did you get to where you’re at now??”

    “He who laughs last laughs loudest.”

    So i took it upon myself to ask him if, indeed, he had been notified that he would be called up, and this was his way of breaking the news since he couldnt actually say anything until the team made the official annoucement.

    -Joe Abruzzo ? @bruzzzz

    @BauerOutage “your tweets tonight sound like u just got called up.. Any truth to my hunch? lord knows AZ could use u! Good luck this year!”

    His response seemed like he took a step back and realized oh crap i don’t want to get myself in trouble…

    -Trevor Bauer ? @BauerOutage

    @bruzzzz “no. i just get in introspective moods sometimes. and tonight, I’m in one.”

    Take what you want from all of this, but I added him in my league immediately after this. He should be worth the stash even if I am wrong about him being called up. Hope this helps!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, That’s awesome!

    • Chunk says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Agreed, very nice work. Kid sounds a little bitter, no?

      • joe from point pleasant says:
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        @Chunk,

        Yea seriously, that’s what i was thinking to myself.

        Either way, it’s pretty cool that he actually responded to me, most athletes don’t take the time to do that.

  51. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Also, I finally found someone who would give me a decent return for Liriano, and swapped him for Moustakas last night…

    How do you feel about that trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Wow, nice…

  52. Grandy Man Can says:
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    Hey God,

    Good to be back! Oh how I enjoy reading your posts!

    Have a quick matchup question for you. I have 4 SP’s going today and am looking for some good, QS’s, W’s, and K’s… here’s my options… who should I bench? (I don’t HAVE to bench anyone unless they’re a threat obviously).

    –Jarrod Parker vs CWS (Sale)
    –Jhouyls Chacin @ Pit (McDonald)
    –R.A. Dickey vs Miami (Buehrle)
    –Lance Lynn @ ChC (Volstad)

    Best,

    Grandy Man

    • Grandy Man Can says:
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      @Grandy Man Can,

      Sorry, looked at some previous posts:

      Lance Lynn – Start
      Jhouyls Chacin – Start

      What about Dickey or Parker?

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grandy Man Can, Start Parker… Don’t own Dickey…

        • Grandy Man Can says:
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          @Grey,

          Haha, was gonna ask if I should even be owning Dickey. I know how you don’t like those types of pitchers!

  53. Gavin says:
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    What’s with all the wishy-washiness towards Marmol about? Is he on the outs? If so, who’s the closer to be to grab in that pen? Or is it just that the Cubs suck so everyone’s down on Marmols saves value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin, Unless he’s hurt or injured, he’s getting saves (and Ks) so SAGNOF.

  54. bean says:
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    Starting Buehrle today vs. the Mets?

    Leading in WHIP and ERA by a decent margin (12 team NL Only Roto) but some wins and Ks would be nice. Not sure I trust Buehrle on the road but Dickey Thong is opposing so a W is possible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, I’d start him there… Bit risky though…

  55. LobBall says:
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    Who should I snag for OF (I’m weak in these offensive categories -Runs,HRs, RBIs, Ave., &OPS)?:

    Scott
    Cain
    Nieuwenwho

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LobBall, Scott

  56. Ken Plane says:
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    Grey -Another Owner wants Balfour and Motte , Which of Kinsler or Young is a fair asking price. 10 team 5×5 mixed.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken Plane, Try Kinsler, but probably just get Young.

    • Chunk says:
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      @Ken Plane, Young is fair-er…. I’m assuming Michael or do you mean Krispie?

  57. Ken Plane says:
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    That is Michael Young

  58. BERK says:
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    I have too many closers & need SP fierce so put Valverde on the block. Not a lot of offers so far — just Niese or Nolasco. I can get better, right? Or, if I have bite the bullet due to my epic need for SP, which is better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK, Yes, do better…

      • BERK says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. Any examples of SP that would be a fair swap straight up for Valverde? Or maybe I should counter with a lesser closer for Niese? Maybe offer Hanrahan?

        • BERK says:
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          I should note that our league counts outs as a category (in addition to w, sv, k, era & whip). I have too many closers so have not much chance to win W, K, or outs.

  59. Carlos says:
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    Grey:

    I love the site. Keep up the good work.

    Would you rather own Chris Sale or Tim Hudson moving forward?

    I have a roster decision to make with Hudson coming of the DL.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sale…

  60. moses says:
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    Edwin and Grandy for Young/Cuddyer. Which side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandy

      • moses says:
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        @Grey, I shoulda mentioned the Young was Michael Young. Still like the Grandy side?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @moses, I figured that.

  61. Jason says:
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    Grey –
    In a 12 team Roto, is Nelson Cruz for Posey a fair deal? I have an abundance of OF but have Soto at C who is killing me. What do you think?

    • Jason says:
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      One other option is to try and deal Werth and get Avila. So Werth for Avila or Cruz for Posey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give a different OF for a different catcher, or a lesser OF for Posey…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey,
        One other thing I can add in is a SP upgrade like include Latos and get Cain. Makes it doable?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jason, It’s okay.

  62. Danger Zone says:
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    Which side: J. Montero for Worley?

    I’m currently starting Iannetta at C, and the rest of my rotation are FHer, Hamels, Darvish, Scherzer, Norris, Milone, and just picked up Samardzija yesterday.

    14 team H2H

    Thanks, and love the work you guys do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danger Zone, Montero… Thanks!

  63. Chunk says:
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    What kind of RP can I expect to get in return for Youk? More interested in WHIP, ERA, and Ks than Saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Putz-ish?

  64. ryan says:
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    would u trade Arod and billingsley/lohse for adam Jones?
    standard league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan, Sure

  65. LordMetz says:
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    @Grey

    Worley or Scherzer for the rest of the year?

    Also..

    Dunn or Schierholtz for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LordMetz, Scherzer… Schierholtz…

  66. Wake Up says:
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    I made my Lind rope bed. But, I will not lie in it. I cut the line and threw him back in. Hopefully, one day soon someone else will reel in his 12 HR month.(But maybe they won’t have the right permit and the govt will swoop in and seize him only to sell him off for a bloop single and a dead quail).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha… Let’s use the rope to make a prayer circle…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, I don’t wanta pray fo ya no mo’….I’m not a prayer I just crush alot…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a big pun…

  67. moses says:
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    trade mike young, get posey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, It’s okay

  68. crock says:
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    Need 2 guys for my utl spot. 14 team h2h. How would you rank these 4 ros?
    Scott, Cain, Reynolds, Lind

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Lind, Reynolds, Cain… No idea why it’s ROS.

      • crock says:
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        @Grey, So would you rank them differently if it was just for the short term?

      • crock says:
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        @Grey, I own Lind and Scott but Reynolds and Cain are fa so didnt know if I should swap one or both out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @crock, Hold

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @crock, For now

  69. Boomer19 says:
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    Would you trade Scherzer for Aaron Hill or Jimenez? What order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, Hill

  70. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    ruh roh….Crawford headed to Dr. Freeze. Did he become a pitcher?

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com is reporting that Carl Crawford’s lingering elbow trouble means he is not close to returning. He has the pain only when he throws. He is going to see Dr. Andrews.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yikes

  71. TheNewGuy says:
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    Need to drop one of these guys to pick up streamers this week in my 16 team H2H, who would you cut:
    Bard (don’t know what to do/ make of him), Lidge (Hank-Rod looking filthier by the day), or drop Parker (after todays start).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Can you wait until we see Parker?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Sure, good point.

  72. Phil Brickma says:
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    As a Braves fan and Heyward owner I need to vent. For some reason, Fredi Gonzalez feels the need to bounce him all over the lineup (from 3rd, to 6th, to 7th, to bench last week). This guy is the future of the team and he’s been hitting lefties this year so that’s no excuse. On a related note, these pictures are fantastic (and probably true).

    http://i.imgur.com/eQN3m.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/RV9Am.jpg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil Brickma, Agreed on Heyward… Those pics are fantastic, may steal them at some point…

    • stumanji says:
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      @Phil Brickma, Hahahaha amazing.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @stumanji, Haha nice.

  73. ryan says:
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    one more
    Freese and lohse/billingsley for Carlo Gonzalez(colorado)?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan, CarGo

  74. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Gio G/Montero for Wieters/Brennan Boesch. Which side you got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, Gio/Jesus

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

        Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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        @Grey, Sorry, actually meant Miguel Montero, but I assume the ansser is the same.

        This is a trick questions b/c this is the offer I turned down (I have Gio etc.). Naturally Wieters hit another donk last night, but C’EST LA VIE.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, same answer…

  75. Chillmodious says:
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    SCHERZER. Effing Scherzer! He’s is the Corleone Family to my career as a politician–pulls me back in every time.

    My starting pitching is ok-to-good with Greinke, Hanson, Anibal, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn and Detwiler…. plus the aforementioned ratio-killer. Is Scherzer droppable in a 12-team mixed/H2H/5×5/ESPN league? If so, would any of the following be considered an upgrade?:

    Trevor Bauer
    Jarrod Parker
    Joe Saunders

    …OR…

    I have no bench offense and Mat Gamel is out today (plus maybe a few more), so if the above pitchers aren’t worth the exchange for Scherzer, how about dropping him for a batter:

    Bryan LaHair
    Tony Campana
    Nate Schierholtz
    Alex Presley
    Carlos Gomez

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Schierholtz… But prefer to bench him until he figures his shizz out…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thank you. I worry about benching him because I know, once I do, he’ll be a sonavabench. However, if I continue to roll him out there I’m just asking for trouble. Further, assuming I go bench, what’s the point of owning a middling guy that I will only use once over the course of two weeks if lucky (rhetorical)? I thought I was free of this type of drama when I jettisoned Edwin Jackson last weekend, but lo, Scherzer is becoming Edwin Jackson 2.0. Or Scherwin Maxson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Nice name…

  76. HotRod says:
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    Lester N Health Bell for Giancarlo.. Fair? Which side you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester… It’s fair…

  77. BLW says:
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    Just got offered Pujols for Konerko and Hamels. I kind of have to take this, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  78. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Hey Grey

    Given who’s on the free agent list of my 12 team HTH keeper league:

    Colon, Nova, Liriano, J Hammel, J Sanchez and of course a guy like Milone

    I don’t really have to care about B McCarthy do I?

    I have Hamels, Weaver, Gallardo, Zimmermann, A Sanchez, Garza to anchor my staff with S Santos, Waldon, Bard and McCarthy as kind of back ups.

    McCarthy’s totally dumpable, right?

    And on Bard – are you holding? or dumping?

    Thanks!
    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dump and dump…

  79. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Reimold or Choo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  80. Jared says:
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    Thanks as always for the sarcastic yet ultra informative info!

    Do you like dealing Zobrist/Worley for Dee Gordon/Marcum? I picked up Altuve and could use swipes at SS while Hardy figures his shiz out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Jared says:
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        @Grey, Appreciate it. Do you like Carp, Bauer, or Milone as a bench option ROS? (not thinking team needs just possible value)

  81. Grey –

    Nat Gio project alive and well. Its early, but hes keeping the walks down and looks muy fantastico!

    Questions –

    1. Holds league, is Antonio Bastardo or Greg Holland worth rostering right now? I would be dumping Bryan Shaw or Jesse Crain for the move.

    2. Any inclination what happens with Ryan Zimmerman? Hearing all sorts of different things, namely DL stint. If he does get DLd, my 3B replacement possibilities are: Valencia, Ian Stewart, Chone Figgins (who I loathe). 6×6 with OPS

    Gracias

    • Grey

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      Yup… Hold and DL…

      • @Grey,

        Thanks — assuming you mean hold Shaw and Crain rather than make a move for Bastardo or Holland.

        Regarding Zimmerman’s potential DL stint — which of these available 3rd Baseman do you prefer?

        Danny Valencia – leaning this way.
        Ian Stewart – still cant figure out lefties> gave him a test run last week in my UTIL slot over Lind and he failed miserably.

        sorta wishing Middlebrooks was gonna get a sneaky call up for the Sox (who promote their young at a very slow pace) and become my short term salvation.

        Gio and Garza highlight my 14 team league staff, so banking heavy on the kid, and hes delivering. I know you loved him too, so hip hop hooray for us (assuming you own a few shares)!

    • Grey

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      BTW, can’t believe, more people aren’t excited about Gio… Assuming people didn’t listen to me… For shame!

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, I’m very psyched about Gio, owned him when you loved him last year and I own him everywhere again this year. So yea, thank you for that! No one has any questions about the guys they own that look stellar. I still owe you for Matt Kemp in my keeper league, when you shrugged off his poor 2010.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, more people should be psyched… I want excitement!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey, Im psyched too! Gio baby!

  82. Ethan Stein says:
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    Adam Lind was just dropped. I have Youk producing the same stats. Do I drop Youk for Lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  83. What does it mean when a questioner’s photo appears next to their comment? Does it mean they’re in one of the commentator leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It means they signed up at gravatar.com

  84. bean says:
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    Buehrle/Barmes for Cozart?

    He needs pitching in a bad way and I need a SS not named Clint Barmes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  85. B.o.B says:
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    Been offered A Gon for my Pujols…what you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  86. Pete Rock says:
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    Which side would you take?

    E5, Jesus Montero, and B McCarthy or

    Aviles, Rus Martin, and Beachy.

    Has to be the first, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  87. Van Hammersly says:
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    Which side do you prefer, Grey: Dread Pirate OR Adam Jones plus a brain freeze (think Balfour or Capps)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call… McCutchen… Could go the other way…

  88. TheNewGuy says:
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    Not heard Rudy’s take above, so I’ll repost it:

    Managed to snag Trout off waivers in my 16 team H2H thanks to Grey’s advice. Now Bauer is still unowned too, and with Collmenters awfulness the call could come anytime soon right? Worth stashing now?

    What im meaning is should I drop someone else and stash Bauer now. Trout’s more valuable than Bauer right?

    • stumanji says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Keeper league? I’d own Trout over Bauer, but I’m not sure how Bauer isn’t already owned in a 16 team league at this point. I’d drop your last SP to stash him.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @stumanji, Nah redraft. Just looking ahead, Trout and Bauer could be real valuable come the playoffs in this deep a league. But can’t decide should I stash one now, or both?

  89. charlie batch says:
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    yoenis or hosmer for util spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  90. Chunk says:
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    Humber or Mcarthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy

  91. jack says:
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    So Grey, we’re gonna start calling Altuve Casper from now on? Pretty Please? question about campana … he’s a lefty in the CF platoon which means he should see the majority of the action. I have to set my lineup weekly tho. Is he worth a pickup? I have 6 left for the year and my last grab was Schafer. I wouldn’t play Campana all that much, just when I need a hot speed injection. If I grab him that would really be the last SAGNOF (steals variety) pickup I can afford for rest of season. Thx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned Casper in the podcast…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and I’d hold my moves…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, man I was itching to pick him up, but you are right, with limited moves, weekly lineups and Schafer already onboard (and a pretty packed OF) I should hold my horses. Where’s the podcast? It’s usually on front page, no?

        • Grey

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          Podcast is coming at 11AM PST… Big guest on today’s show… BIG…

  92. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    How long do I leave Reynolds at 3B in my league? Best available 3B eligibles in my league are Seager and Daniel Murphy.
    I have Hosmer, Votto, Reyes, Aybar, M. Montero, Zobrist, Kendrick, Hamilton, Markakis, De Aza, Stubbs, and Krispie Young. One would think I could trade for a 3B, but the best offers I received thus far are as follows-

    Cliff Lee for Josh Hamilton
    Rios, Gaby Sanchez and Jamie Garcia for Hamilton and Hosmer

    So, yeah, I am dealing with people who do not want to trade.

    • Grey

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      I’d hold for at least a few if those were my choices…

  93. xrayxtals says:
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    OPS-based league, where I have an abudance of SV and need SB.

    Trade Altuve/Axford FOR Jose Reyes?

    Altuve is currently sitting in my MI spot (Kinsler/Tulo in 2B and SS slots), thanks for the help!

    • Grey

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      I’d take Reyes…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @xrayxtals, I love that deal for you.

  94. Turk Wendell says:
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    Drop Ubaldo for Detwiler going forward?

    I work in a kitchen and all the homies loved the food and wine references in yesterday’s post. Especially the San Fran – merlot line.

    Thanks again Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Detwiler…

      • @Grey,
        I own both; loving Detwiler’s command and stuff. By far the better SP early on… Think Ubaldo has regressed.

  95. herschel says:
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    @Grey: for util purposes, altuve or rios ROS?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios

  96. Jimmy Kickers says:
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    Going forward: Scherzer or Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda depends what you need, but I’d hold Scherzer…

      • mc serch says:
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        @Grey, I have both Scherzer and Ubaldo and they have me tied to the whipping post….would you drop one for Milone? Would you drop both for Milone and Samardzija?

      • Jimmy Kickers says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. My Scherzer is testing my faith. My ERA-fu is weak.

  97. Chunk says:
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    Both Nicasio and Mcdonald looking good, drop Burnett for either one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicasio

    • Chunk says:
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      Same answer if Mcdonald no hits the rox?

  98. jerky says:
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    In a 5*5 Roto my batting blows I have
    Pujols
    Motte
    Mike Adams or Henry Rodriguez

    Trade that for

    Hanley
    Encarnacion
    Peavy

    Do I make the trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

  99. nick m. says:
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    Jose Altuve or Dustin Ackley in a 10-team H2H points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick m., Altuve

  100. drew says:
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    Which side of this trade would you take?
    A: Kinsler and Adam jones
    B: Howie kendrick and Car Go

    • Grey

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      @drew, B… Close though

  101. L-Boogie says:
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    Marcum 47 pitches through 2 innings with 4 hits, 3 walks, 3ER. Blech…

    Cancelling out my Gio start from yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech, indeed…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey, Opps. make it 4ER

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @L-Boogie, And a hit-by-pitch… and a wild pitch. Someone’s having control issues today…

  102. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME****

  103. bobbo says:
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    Scherzer or Detwiler? Could use some WHIP help with Matt Moore and Gallardo already putting up crooked numbers in that category for me.

  104. bean says:
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    Here is an interesting one………..(12 Team NL-Only Roto – 2 C 5×5)

    Rickie Weeks/Buehrle for Cozart/Lincecum

    My Pitchers:
    Cain, Gio, Lohse, Buehrle, Vogelsong, Cishek, Casilla, Westbrook, Hernandez

    Hitters:
    (C) Ruiz/H. Sanchez (1B) Carlos Lee (2B) Weeks (3B) Pandaval (SS) Clint Barmes (2B/SS) Manny Burriss (3B/1B) Juan Francisco (OF) Giancarlo, Bruce, Ethier, Nieuwenhuis, Parra (UTIL) Campana

    (DL) Freddy Sanchez and Torres

    What do you think? Is there a remote chance Weaks turns this around and hits 20HR? Too much to ask him to add Daniel Murphy to this deal?

    *Also, what the heck is going on with Juan Francisco? No trust in him at all while Glass Chipper is gone?

  105. Miley Cyrus says:
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    trade JD martinez for adam laroche? I could use laroche for my 1b/3b slot.

  106. airweino says:
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    Sorry, this is a repeat question from yesterday, but I wanted to clarify your thoughts…should I deal Matt Moore for Julio Teheran, Brandon Belt, and Logan Morrison in an 18 team mixed dynasty league?

    All of them can be team controlled for the next 2-3 years.

  107. Hi guys: Have your opinions on Doumit changed much since the pre-season? You had him down for a projected line of 45/14/55/.260.

    He’s my catcher in a 14-team 6×6 roto league, which makes him by far my weakest starter. I’ve tried hard to upgrade to someone with more power, but haven’t found any takers no matter how hard I push. Do I need to keep trying? Is there a bigger hole to fill?

    (I know I have plenty of speed and need power, pitching’s OK except I need holds. I was hoping I could answer the power need with a slugger like McCann but it’s not to be)

    My roster is
    C, OF Doumit
    1B Votto, Gamel
    2B Aaron Hill
    SS Elvis
    3B Zimmerman
    2B/3B/SS Aviles
    1B/2B/OF Kendrick
    OK McCutchen, Rasmus Bourn, Boesch

    SP Beachy, Cahill, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Anibal, Latos
    RP Casilla, Balfour, Aceves, Shaw, Marmol

    DL Chris Young, Fister

    Many thanks!

  108. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    VW bug… heheh…

    Darvish had excellent control last night pitching out of the stretch full-time (didn’t see any of his other starts where he pitched from the wind up). He’s got this quick “wrist flip” in his delivery to go along with nice speed and eye level changes that had the Yankees looking silly most of the night. Not only that, he pitched into the 6th without throwing any real heat, and then he started rolling off 95-97 mph fastballs to Jeter out of nowhere. In summary, he looked legit to me.

    Grey mentioned that you think Trout will be up sooner rather than later. Made me wonder where you stand on Trout vs. Harper as a “stash as a keeper, but it’d also be nice to get some stats this year.”

    • Slappy says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Everybody also seems to forget that he’s 6’5″, and has that long stride to home, meaning that he adds some velocity and shortens the distance to home plate, hence the 95-97 out of the stretch and some made to look silly.

      As I related in post no. 27 above, Yu’s been getting squeezed. For how bad for both him and some other Rangers SPs, see:

      http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2012/04/yu-darvish-texas-rangers-strike-zone/1

      Lastly, here’s that long stride, and some words on the difference between Derek Holland and Yu Darvish:

      http://www.bbtia.com/home/2012/4/25/the-arrogance-minus-the-fear.html

      Speaking of knowing he’s going to dominate, in a blog post by the one fellow on ESPN NY trying to excuse and/or exculpate the New York Money Is No Object Yankees for not making a serious run at Darvish, well, we get treated to an after Irabu and Igawa meme…. But no one dominated the NPB like Darvish, not even Matsuzaka:

      http://www.japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=ydarvish
      http://www.japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=matsuzaka

      For a bonus freebie, for Grey, my g-rated turning Japanese motif took another hit, what with Wada coming down with ligament damage there in the elbow, but at least our man up there in Seattle has started his own campaign re another relevant soul:

      http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/thehotstoneleague/2018008342_never_mind_john_jaso_free_hasa.html

      Dice-K was surely the better pitcher in Japan than Iwakuma, but at least Hisashi put up a 1.87 ERA there in 08 (and then went on lead the way for Team Nippon in the 09 WBC, topping both Darvish and Dice-K, and so starting the championship game and ending the tournament with 20 IP and a 1.35 ERA. But instead of seeing if ole Hisashi can transfer his groundball machine game to the US of A, Eric Wedge, lost soul that he is, treats us to Kevin Millwood surrendering lead after lead. Perhaps after a few more starts and Millwood’s ERA ballooning to some number over 10.00, we might see Hisashi in the M’s rotation.

      For another bonus freebie, for Grey, there was that discussion we had re Lind, Freeman, Kipnis and Mets Murphy. I dumped Murph though he’s since been recalled, what with Zim deciding that healthy is a status he’d rather not be, but Lind is simply stinking up the joint. And if Freeman keeps it up, you’re going to owe him one heckuva an apology. The good news is that despite the stench of Lind and Zim deciding to fall in love with injury, well, not that team but 5 other teams are off to a rousing pitching start this week, what with Bumgarner, Darvish, Johnson, Gio, Kuroda and Worley doing their thing. Now back to Lind, can’t recall the soul’s name, but there was that Copperhead Democrat that Lincoln banished to the Confederacy during the US Civil War (how’s that for extraordinary rendition). Wondering whether Obama can do something similar to Lind, say banish him to the Great White North, as then I’d have to drop his putrid fantasy self….Oh, and did I mention that on those 5 teams, starter no. 7 is Grey’s favorite fantasy pitcher, Mr. Ugh, Yei-Win Chen? How do you not draft a guy with “Win” in his name? I translate his name as You Win Chen, and that’s good, ’cause I like winning, and I like You Win Chen telling me that I’m going to win.

  109. ryan says:
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    would u trade AROD and Lohse for Justin Upton?
    Standard league!

  110. rvde says:
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    Altuve, K Johnson, A Hill or Espinosa at 2B in OPS league?

  111. Scott says:
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    Any thoughts on why the Cubs would use Marmol in a non-save situation when he pitched yesterday? Think they’re just trying to take the pressure off him and let him get his rhythm?

    I know Sveum said he’s not making any changes but managers have been known to say things like than and then send players down to triple-A the next day.

    Presumably now is great time to stash Wood in one of my open DL spots.

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