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The Reds manager Bryan Price, who I thought was their catcher, has a long way to go to catch up to ex-manager, Dusty Baker, on the Crazy-Meter, but naming Jonathan Broxton the closer a week before he’s even healthy, is a great start.  Now Price needs to throw Latos 147 pitches in his first game back and he’ll be running a dead heat.  Apparently, Broxton can’t only fill pants, he can fill shoes too.  Dumpster Pants isn’t safe by any means, but when a crazy-as-a-fox manager names someone the closer, and he could be the closer for the next two months, I’d pick him up.  Not literally, no one can pick up Broxton literally.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Wacha – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks matched testes against Tony Cingrani (7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks).  On the for really tip, it’s an old way of thinking to feel you need a pitcher like a Kershaw or Darvish or Wainwright when there’s guys like Cingrani, Wacha, Cole, Salazar, etc.  However, not as old or perverse as when someone thinks to draft CC or Lincecum.  I shudder.

Cody Asche – 1-for-4.  Sandberg said he’s going to ease Asche into starting against lefties.  I say take a cue from a mother fish and shoot the baby fish out of your fish vagina and let them swim!

Jimmy Rollins – The news said, “Rollins (baby) not in lineup.”  So, Sandberg is writing the news blurbs now?

Cole Hamels – Will make a rehab start on Sunday in Clearwater.  I wonder if people who live there are constantly saying, “Hey, I can see my feet!”

Scott Kazmir – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  *sitting up right*  Oh, okay.  That’s pretty.  Here’s what I said in the rankings, “(Kazmir) could be a 200+ K pitcher with a low-3 ERA.  But put ‘could’ in one hand and ‘is’ in the other hand and you have nothing in either hands.  They’re words, why would they be in your hand?  I imagine Kazmir will be drafted prior to me getting off the fence on him, but if not, I could see grabbing him late.  He could be anywhere from a 2.75 ERA, 220 K guy to a 5+ ERA guy who is bumped from the rotation by June.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I’d definitely give Kazmir a little looksie, if you need starter help.

Jim Johnson – 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  It’s a closepocalypse!  No one’s safe!  Though, I do think Johnson will be safe for a few more blown saves.

Odrisamer Despaigne – Padres close to signing the 95-MPH-throwing Cuban.  It’s not clear if he’ll be a starter, reliever or if I spelled his name right.

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his first home run.  Okay, that’s fine, but what about Grady Sizemore?!  The hype is worth it, isn’t it?  Please don’t disappoint me, hype.

Dustin Pedroia – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  He came within one hit of hitting his height.

Aaron Harang – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Matt Garza (8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks) as both pitchers went into the 7th inning without giving up a hit.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time since 1912 that two opposing pitchers had gone that deep into a game without a hit, but in that game there were only three hitters for either side due to a bout of the grip that affected the clubhouses.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He looked as dominant as ever until he switched jerseys in the dugout with Joe Nathan.  Then he looked god-awful.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  Hey, Team Albright is off the schneid!  By the by, schneid is my new favorite word.  Before I was married, sex was my favorite word.

Jason Vargas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If the Royals knew he were going to pitch that well, they would’ve traded their top prospect for him!

Norichika Aoki – 0-for-4.  Almost had an infield hit, but it was overturned by replay.  How long until fantasy leagues have an Overturned Hits category?

Mike Moustakas – 0-for-4.  Way to keep the spring momentum, Mostsuckass.

Matt Moore – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  “Looked really solid, came within seven pitches of striking out a dozen guys.  A dozen Ks!!!”  That’s what you should be emailing your leaguemates to see if you can trade Moore away, because he, in fact, did not look solid.

Mark Buehrle – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  You know who owns him?!  This guy with two thumbs, a stupid goofy smile and bad BO!  That hideous team with no players over $20?  It’s in first place.  Yes, hashtag it’s early, but still.  Oh, and there’s just as much chance Buehrle throws two innings next time out and gives up eight earned.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3 and two home runs.  One homer for each month his owners hope he doesn’t miss.

Sergio Santos – Came in with two outs in the ninth, threw a six-pitch walk and was pulled for Brett Cecil.  I don’t even keep my gimp on that short of a leash.  Santos was quickly named the closer replacement in Toronto, but the saves guest list is obviously Santos-plus one.  For our porpoises — hey, dolphins! — it may as well be a committee.

Nate Jones – 0 IP, 2 ER.  Jeez, insult to injury.  Outside of AL-Only leagues, I’d drop Jones like a bad habit, which means putting on a ton of nicotine patches and biting your fingernails.

Adam Dunn – 1-for-5 and a home run.  Hey, it’s this week’s much maligned Creeper!

Felipe Paulino – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. Twins.  Don’t even think you need the Stream-o-Nator to know anyone vs. the Twins is a good matchup.

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs and 2 steals.  He’s officially out-stolen all of my fantasy teams thus far.  God, I hate small sample sizes and the panic it induces.  IS IT TOO EARLY TO DROP ADAM JONES?!

Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  How are the Twins only on their 2nd game but already throwing out their fifth starter?  Oh, wait, that’s right.

Kurt Suzuki – 3-for-6, 1 RBI, and five for his first ten.  Damn, if he had first base eligible some people would’ve drafted him in the 1st round.

Trevor Plouffe – 3-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Tends to get hot for stretches like Bikram yoga so worth keeping an eye on.

Glen Perkins – 1 IP, 2 ER.  With Perkins and Nathan’s blown saves, it was a bad day to be a chain restaurant closer.  Luckily, J in the Brox isn’t closing yet.

Doug Fister – Will start playing catch on Thursday.  I hope it’s with his son while his Labradoodle watches on.  That would be touching.

Bryce Harper – 0-for-4.  Before the game, he was tested for concussion symptoms.  He gets those every day for s’s and g’s.  They should’ve tested Matt Williams too for batting Harper sixth again without his supposed reason, Ramos, in the lineup.  Matt Williams never struck me as a dumb jock, until about two days ago.  Hopefully, the fact that the Nats won doesn’t help Williams justify his own stupidity.

Ian Desmond – 1-for-4 and a solo home run.  And he’s batting 7th!  Is Matt Williams squishy in the melon?!

Jayson Werth – 4-for-5, 1 run.  Don’t encourage Williams!

Jose Veras – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Of course he blew a save.  Do you even need to ask?  If you have a closer who hasn’t blown a save, he hasn’t had any opportunities either.

Edwin Jackson – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Charlie Morton (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks).  In a game billed as The Salt Man vs. Not Worth His Weight In Salt, Man.  Today, table salt won, but if you pick him up, your blood pressure will go up.

Emilio Bonifacio – 5-for-7, 1 run, 2 steals.  I’ve already told you to pick up Bonifacio about four times in three roundups.  Be gone, Littlefinger!

Jason Grilli – 1 IP, 1 ER.  More chain restaurant blown saves!  Well, it’s Jason’s Deli, but still.  Melancon also gave up a run in the 8th, so there’s no reason to panic yet.  As George Orwell wrote, “The winds of change blow prominently in the future, but you want the winds blowing on your back in Pissburgh.”  Actually, that might’ve just been a quote from a friend’s Facebook feed.

Hector Santiago – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Seriously, don’t mess with the Mariners.  They’re carrying around bats made from Coors Field.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  When he looks at you, in the crowd, don’t shirk away from eye contact.  He’s not a magician or even a God.  He’s simply Justin Smoak.

Corey Hart – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st home run.  Give me all the Mariners, wench!  And more mead.  And maybe a napkin, I dropped some giblets on my frilly shirt.

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run.  Oh, no, he dint!  Don’t even get Zunino involved.  Don’t do it.

James Paxton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He only pitched three shutout innings.  Justin Smoak pitched the other four.

Taijuan Walker – Will start a rehab assignment on Friday.  Yes, please and be careful!

Tim Lincecum – Could be scratched due to food poisoning.  I guess the late night Cheetos, Hostess apple pie and gas station burrito didn’t agree with him.

Tim Hudson – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I see yesterday’s start from Buehrle, Haren and Hudson, and I wonder if there’s anything to vets being better in the early season months because they’re not tired yet.  Sure, Sabathia goes against that, but his arm is just destroyed.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a home run.  Member the other day when I said historically Fowler hits most of his homers in April?  Yup.

Jarred Cosart – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, as the hideous Astros pitchers continue to tame the Yankees.  Steinbrenner is rolling over in his grave…and now looking at a picture of Big Dave Winfield!  Who put that in there?

Josh Fields – 1 IP, 0 ER and his first save.  There’s your Astros closer.  It looks like it’s now Fields and the field.

Paul Maholm – Threw a bullpen session yesterday and will return to the Dodgers rotation on Saturday.  Decent pick up for those that lost Kershaw and can only use Dodger starters.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  There were seriously like ten games yesterday where the pitchers gave up less than two hits total.  One of those games was not…

Corey Kluber – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  I think the Indians pitched Hans Kluber, Corey’s evil twin.  He’s the wurst!

John Axford – 1 IP, 0 ER.  That’s a clean save from Josh Fields and John Axford.  SAGNOF has never looked so right.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run.  Since this worked so well last year for Longoria, I’m going back to it for Stanton.  Only 35 more homers to reach my projections.  Stay healthy, my novio!

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI but left the game with dizziness.  He kept seeing Charlie Blackmon, thinking it was Nick Cannon doing white face and CarGo needed to take a seat.  It was all a bit much.

LaTroy Hawkins – 1 IP, 1 ER, but he converted the save.  You can’t stop LaTroy (from giving up runs), you can only pray he doesn’t!

Ryan Howard – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a home run off a lefty.  So much for him being finished!  I’m actually kidding.  It’s too early to tell anything.  He got into one and also struckout twice.  Even a fat squirrel gets a cinnamon-toasted almond if it sits under a Mixed Nuts booth long enough.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Kendrick’s the epitome of a pitcher I wouldn’t go near in mixed leagues, but would absolutely own in NL-Only leagues.  Nothing exciting, but usually around a 4.00 ERA.

Jonathan Papelbon – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and another chain restaurant blown save, Papa John’s–I mean Papel Bon’s!  (He used to have) Better stuff!  (He used to be a) Better closer!  Papel Bon’s!  Lots of closers look like hot garbage left on the surface of the sun, but Papelbon looks headed for the DL with some mysterious ailment.  I’ve already grabbed Bastardo in one league, you should look to do the same.

Yu Darvish – Will make his debut on Saturday in Tampa Bay, aka The City That Can Say, ‘At Least We’re Not St. Pete.’  Tampa Bay is pithier.

Derek Holland – Threw his first bullpen session.  It was the first time he stood on a mound since his knee surgery.  I wonder if he recognized it or if he felt like he was standing on a giant dirt boob.

Robbie Ross – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Do you think a Federal Agent took Robbie Grossman, made him into a pitcher, and, then when the G-man left, he became Robbie Ross?

  1. Fister Furbush says:
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    Your 12 team AL-Only teams pitching staff reminds me of my ex wife..cheap and filled with hispanics and a bunch of white guys that I’ve never met.

  2. MikeG says:
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    I’m stuck with CC and Lincecum in 2 leagues: one because of autodraft and one because of trade. I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on dropping them because they are so universally owned and I want to be able to take back the decision to drop them if they don’t suck this year. Overthinking it? (12 team standard Yahoo roto)

    • Jason says:
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      @MikeG: Every league has a team that takes last place

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @MikeG: Lincecum at home, 2013:

      103 IP, 36 BB (3.15 per 9), 107 K (9.35 per 9), 1.19 WHIP, 4.28 ERA

      His FIP/xFIP at home was 3.47/3.26, and he actually allowed more homers at home than on the road. AT&T Park is one of the most HR-suppressing parks in baseball, so I’d expect him to allow fewer HR at home, which would drop his WHIP a couple points and his ERA by half a run or so. I can definitely see starting Lincecum at home in a 12 team league. For another point of reference, batters made contact on only 74.4% of swings in 2013. In 2009, that number was 74.9%. A little luck and he’s elite. At home. If you’re forced to start him on the road, only do it against a right handed heavy team, and not in a hitter’s park.

      Don’t see a silver lining for CC though.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @MikeG:
      Second Lincecum as a useful streamer, but man, dump CC. There’s more life in Larry King’s banana hammock than in that arm.

    • Baron Von Vulturewins

      Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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      @MikeG: Hold CC until he reels off two straight good starts (which he will) then trade at 50 cents on the dollar.

        • phorts says:
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          @Fungazi: Hmmm. that would be more than .50 on the $1. :)

          • MikeG says:
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            @phorts: LOL. Point taken. Drop CC for pocket lint.

    • Jerk Store says:
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      @MikeG: I have both too. My hope for Lincecum is that he’s still (barely) in his 20s. I admit that’s not much — heck, some guys wash out earlier than others.

      My hope for CC is that he’s a lefty. All lefties have the potential to become “crafty.” I wish the Yankees would hire Frank Tanana as his personal assistant.

  3. Druss says:
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    ” How are the Twins only on their 2nd game but already throwing out their fifth starter?”
    hahahahahha

    In my draft I punted saves because my league also has Holds. Now my Holds guys are turning into Save guys. So I’m punting Holds now? :s
    With a mix and match of holds and saves guys I can’t win either of those categories because I don’t have too many pitchers who do both. Should I just trade away Guys like F.Rod now or stay put.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Druss: Stay put for now

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Grey: grey, you seriously would drop nasty nate jones just cause of a strained ass? i had high hopes for this clown tell me you were just kidding and to hold him alittle…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s given up 4 earned in 0 IP

  4. Mike says:
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    14 team mixed with deep bench. Dump Nate jones for Bastardo?

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Mike: i just did in a 15 teamer…

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mike: @Mike:

      Dump Nate Jones for (x)== yes

  5. Snafu Larry says:
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    IS IT TO EARLY TO DROP ADAM JONES? Scott Van Slyke is available in my league, make the move?

    • ashtray says:
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      @Snafu Larry: These questions pop up so often it’s hard to figure out if it’s a joke or not.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Snafu Larry:

      Last year, someone, somewhere (maybe even several someone’s) were derided for trading Matt Kemp for Chris Davis after the first week.

      For that reason, I strongly recommend overreacting. You should immediately drop Jones for Van Slyke, De Aza or another hot starter. It worked once, why wouldn’t it again?

      (Note: I’m only partly kidding. Someone, somewhere actually believes this is the best course of action)

  6. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus Christ, if I’ve had a worse day’s relief pitching, then I don’t remember it. Across my five teams:

    Johnson
    Gregerson
    Veras
    Grilli
    Melancon
    Papelbon
    Santos

    Not to mention I drafted Parnell on a couple of teams…

    • @SteveNZ: Don’t panic. Crack open a Steinlager, roll up some silver ferns and call me in the morning.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @SteveNZ:
      Just needed Nate Jones to bury you for good. Like next to Hoffa.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @SteveNZ: All our teams closers are a mess so far, I haven’t had a save on ANY team yet and lots of BS’s.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      “Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run. Since this worked so well last year for Longoria, I’m going back to it for Stanton. Only 35 more homers to reach my projections. Stay healthy, my novi”

      Ha! Worked great for me with Longo gotta thank you for that, not got Stanton on any teams though this year…bummer!

    • royce! says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah, it’s been a shizz show for my teams as well…my RCL team, which is in the comfortably familiar 12th place, has an OF that is a combined 6 for 50. Braun, J. Upton, Holliday, Gordon, Venable and Rajai sure looked good on paper…

  7. bossmanjunior says:
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    Hey buddy, I live in Clearwater! Also, Tampa Bay isn’t a city, it’s a region that includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.

    Are we starting Ventura today @DET? SON isn’t a fan (0.0). 10 team h2h.

    • Sherm says:
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      @bossmanjunior: What’s going on with people dropping him in ESPN leagues? Last I saw he was down to 37 percent owned from over 50.

      • Big W says:
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        @Sherm: game has been postponed and bastard royals are skipping Yordano so he won’t get his fist start till Wednesday.

    • Jamiehov says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      I’m wondering the same. 10 team roto with a brutal ERA and Whip from Kluber and Cobb!

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    In my RCL league, I had a lot of bad luck post draft in terms of injuries (Corbin, Griffin, Fister) and have been working the waiver to beef it up. Hows it looking?

    SP: Bailey, Fister, Gray, Masterson, Smyly, Erasmo, Skaggs, Paxton
    RP: Robertson, Balfour, Hawkins, Hunter

  9. Greyismyhero says:
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    Soooooooo I log in to check all my teams tonight or this morning and see every team with the same theme…..below .100 in batting avg, 1 or 2 runs, no sb, 0-1 hrs….not to mention I had Kluber everywhere….that’s three days in a row now that my batting has stunk!!! …Gyroko, A. Jones, and the likes are stinking up the place….stop the bleeding….Please console me Grey and tell me this isnt gonna continue…My weed supply is dwindling….Plus thought: PONIES ARE RUNNING!!!! Oh yeah!

    • MikeG says:
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      @Greyismyhero: Dude, you just took off some of the edge of my bad start:)

    • The Theory says:
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      @Greyismyhero:
      I’m in a similar boat. I’m just consoling myself that my teams always start off ridiculously slow, but usually turn out ok in the end.

      Except when they don’t. Yikes.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Greyismyhero: Same, bro. The team in first already has like 5x as many runs/RBI/homers as me. Not having Chris Davis to slug 16 RBI in the first 3 games of the season is kind of a bummer.

    • Bombo Rivera says:
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      @Greyismyhero: My team is the only one in my RCL without a HR. Plus, the guys I picked up for the three games before the real opening day (Ethier, Dee Gordon, Chris Denorfia) have more RBIs than the rest of my team combined.

      Oh, and I have Kluber.

      Blech.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Greyismyhero: this from the guy who had (by far) the most moves in all of RCL last year. my team avg = .191. ‘haven’t dropped a single drafted hitter–yet’. .. save those words for my tombstone… :-)

      pass the brownies…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greyismyhero: Yeah, my teams are hitting around .180 so I’m right there with you

  10. Swfcdan says:
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    Utter…friggin…madness.

    Im not even going to worry about closers right now cos everyones blowing them, EVERYONE. Had about 3 BS just last night, thats what it is BS.

    Who’s your drop if you need to make room for a player (OBP league):
    Crawford, Venable, Lind, M Perez, T Ross, Porcello, Kazmir.

  11. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    FISH VAGINA!

  12. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Hehe… Looks like Labradoodle is going to be a glossary term in basketball. When a guy is taking, and missing, terrible shot after terrible shot we decided we needed an S&M style safe word due to the extreme pain it causes our… umm… fantasy team. That word became labradoodle, and every possible variation there of.

  13. Charles says:
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    Would you trade Liriano and Uehara to get Anibal Sanchez? 6×6 with Losses. 12-team h2h.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Charles: no

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Charles:
      x3

      • Charles says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: always a pleasant surprise when people on the Internet agree with each other.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Charles:
          Haha

  14. The Thumb says:
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    Anyone else streaming Wandy today? Anyone want to attempt to form a prayer tetrahedron?

    • Eddy says:
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      @The Thumb: I kid you not that I had a dream that I saw someone touting Wandy for today, and at the end of it all be had 19 Ks. Do what you want with that info.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Eddy: I think I just popped a half chub

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @The Thumb: I am. And I’m a Cubs fan!

  15. Big League Wood says:
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    So when I dropped Arcia for Moustsuckass I said to myself “give it a week”….

  16. Beastman says:
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    Can we just do away with saves as a fantasy category? Please? We’ll all sleep so much easier.

  17. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    dumpster pants good stuff. pretty messed up if you spelled Odrisamer Despaigne right. lots of good blurbs today.

  18. The Dread Pirate says:
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    I think Jim Johnson is destined to lose the job, and soon. Who is the grab Gregorson or Doolittle? I think Doolittle may have the outside track on becoming closer.

    • @The Dread Pirate: Don’t think JJ loses his job but I’d grab Cool Hand Luke. Also looks like the A’s are going to move Drew Pomeranz to the rotation, he’s ‘watch-list’ worthy.

  19. DP says:
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    Donaldson with the old 0/10 yesterday. That was fun!

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @DP:
      Swisher with the 0/8 iirc. Fun day in that doubleheader.

  20. Rabbit says:
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    I curse the Stream-O-Nator for listing Tim Hudson so far down this week (like at minus-$5 or something) that I put him on my bench (weekly league). I call that Black Hole SONovabench!

  21. Mike says:
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    Are there anyone better to stream on 4/4 other than Leake for a h2h category with QS instead of W?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d check the SON

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: yeah, the SON values Tommy Milone vs sea waaaayyyyy more than leake… ami crazy in doubting milone?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not crazy

  22. Joeg414 says:
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    Who do we like more: D.Span or L.Cain ? Deep Mixed 6×6 Roto.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Joeg414: I love me some Cain but he has burned me the last two years. So I would have to go Span.

  23. Jon says:
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    Didn’t see any of the Cle/Oak game, but Kluber’s line looked god-awful. Dump him now for Erasmo or Eovaldi, or hold tight for a few?

    Thanks!

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Jon:
      Kluber did look awful. Command was nowhere to be found, but that wasn’t an issue for him in spring (k/bb being the least useless of the useless spring stats). Given what he did last year, and his potential this year, I just don’t see the need to make these drops so early. It’s 1 start, against a good team, on the road, in a game that was delayed. Cobb had a terrible start, but you wouldn’t consider dropping him right? One start shouldn’t make you throw out all the work you put in during the off season with player valuations.

      • Jon says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: thanks, and I hear you – seems like every year my teams get off to terrible starts and I have to be reminded not to make fantasy football like knee-jerk reactions. That said, I’m not really sure that Kluber is any better than Erasmo or Eovaldi, so just looking for some Greysdom.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Jon:
          No worries, we’ve all been there. And to be fair, my love of Kluber far exceeds Grey’s feelings. I’m basically in Sky territory, or higher, hah.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Jon: Hold

  24. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey,

    What do you think about dropping Kluber for Brox? Klub is my 7th starter…

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Project Merkin:
      Without a look at your team, I’m almost entirely sure he’s not your 7th starter. That aside, if you need the saves, and it’s a shallow league, no need to carry 7 starters. Grab broxton.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Well, I consider Yordano as my 6th, but I have

        Sale
        Gio
        Teheran
        Moore
        Wacha Flacka
        Yordano
        Kluber

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Project Merkin:
          Holy crap. Nice rotation dude. I’d drop Kluber as the least likely to be picked up of the group then. Any DL slots?
          Or trade moore if he can get a bit of a better start next time out. I’m stuck with him in one league because I got over-aggressive trying to price enforce. Trying to dump him at any cost. He still looks like he has no idea where his pitches are going. Might throw someone out at 2nd one day just by accident.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Project Merkin: Seems like you should be able to trade Kluber for more value than Brox will give you.

  25. papasmurf says:
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    Stanton’s homerun was ridiculous. Off the bat for most hitters, it’d be one just short of the warning track. His carried well over the fence the other way. Farther than most hitters can pull a ball on a line. If he played in a normal park, 45+ dingers is fair game if he gets 600 PA.

    Completely different looking than Fowler’s, which was a high fly that seem to barely make it over the wall. Clear power hitter vs. non-power hitter ball trajectory.

    Not sure what to think about Tyson Ross. Poor control all spring, but clearly the stuff is still there so he’s probably not hurt and just a mechanical issue. But if it is easy to fix he would have fixed it by now. Glad I sat him.

    If my league’s draft occurred later I would have taken Kazmir instead. Had the two of them on top of my list and opted for the NL guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Yeah, Giancarlo is a monster… Fowler, not so much

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        GIANCARLO…He’s grown from man-child to MAN.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  26. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Dropped Santos for Bastardo, ain’t no one got time for that committee b.s.! I’m digging my Milla/Cano/Smoak fisherman trifecta of jawsome-ness so far. Did you notice Milla bats without gloves? Does that make him the Vanilla Vladimir Guerrero? freshhhhh

    • Pax Romana says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: I think Santos is still the closer, I just don’t think John Gibbons wanted to pitch him against Matt Joyce, so he brought a lefty out instead.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Pax Romana: I’ll second this. It was strictly Gibbons wanting a lefty to go against Joyce. Nothing to see here.

        It was funny though that within 5 minutes of the game ending that Cecil was owned in 2/3 of my RCL leagues, lol. Probably the only save he gets all year.

      • ScottyM says:
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        @Pax Romana: Yes, this ^. Joyce is a total platoon hitter and Gibbons wanted a LHP for that matchup with the game on the line. Santos is still the man.

        • Fireball Feliz says:
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          @ScottyM:

          Doesn’t Bastardo have the chance to stay closer the whole year with Papelbon looking so bad? I have Janssen on the DL so I think Bastardo is the better option for now

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Fireball Feliz: If, and that’s a giant IF, Bastardo actually becomes the closer than I suppose he has the chance to be the closer the whole year if everything goes his way. But, and this is also a giant BUT, Santos IS already the closer, for now at least. Also, with Janssen and his injuries who knows how much time Santos spends as the closer.

            A bird in the hand is worth two hands in the bush, or something like that!

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @ScottyM:
          This is what I’ve been telling myself since I saw the box score. Seriously hope it’s the case. Plausible enough. On the other hand, 2 games and Santos has been wild in both. I feel like if he hadn’t walked a guy, maybe Gibbons might not have played the matchup. I dunno.

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Alky Sobrera: I was watching the game so I’ll say this. If Santos hadn’t walked the guy the game would be over, so there would be no conversation about any of this. Actually, if Lawrie hadn’t made what should have been called an error on a liner with 2 out the game would have ended with a complete game for Buehrle.

            Joyce is a big splits guy, and the Jays were watching a complete game shutout start to turn into a potential loss. Gibbons was scared and wanted to make sure he ended it right then and there by bringing in a very good lefty to get Joyce out.

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              @A Hill O’ Beans:
              I meant if it was a hit rather than a walk. Obviously if he’d gotten the out, game over. That being said, I agree with you abouy Joyce and wanting to take advantage of his splits. As someone who didn’t watch, I defer to you and hope you’re right for the sake of many of my teams.

              • A Hill O' Beans says:
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                @Alky Sobrera: Yeah I think either hit or walk there and Cecil was coming in because that inning was starting to snowball.

                Joyce had a 160 point difference in OBP last year between lefties and righties, so I don’t think Gibbons was gonna mess around at that point with the way the inning was going.

                Just my opinion, but hopefully for the sake of both our teams its correct, lol.

  27. Nightpandas says:
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    For a future post title if he stays hot…..

    “Smoak em if you got em”

    Would you look to trade Rizzo for an upgrade elsewhere if you had Cuddyer and Smoak at 1b?
    (15 teams, keep 11)

    • Wudaben says:
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      @Nightpandas: That should be the title of tomorrow’s Buy column!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Depends what you need or can get, I do like Rizzo a lot in a keeper though

  28. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Is Bastardo the clear next in line in philly despite last year’s nonsense? I know he was next in line last year, and he looked fine in his only appearance this year, but I’ve yet to see him discussed as the guy to handcuff Papsmear with.

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: He’s the only guy on the team outside of Papelblow that has closer experience.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Red Barons:
        Isn’t Adams on that staff? Plus bastardo coming off that 50 game absence. I see the case for him, just a bit wary of grabbing a backup, who might not be the backup, to take up a spot on the roster.

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          @Alky Sobrera: I didn’t realize Adams closed before. Bastardo did a couple years ago when Lidge and Madson went down. Also, Adams is on the DL more than he’s off it.

          I see what you are saying about not wanting to grab somebody yet, but unless Paps gets some movement and/or speed on his pitches, he’s not going to last long, especially seeing from the small sampling of how Ryno is managing. I don’t see anybody else in the pen that could step up other than Bastardo and maybe Diekman. The Phils have no money or prospects to throw at another established reliever. I took the chance and picked him up. If nothing happens at least I’ll get some nice K action.

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            @Red Barons:
            Fair point on adams. Definitely not a paragon of health that guy. Haven’t watched Paps pitch this year either, but I don’t doubt that he looks like garbage after seeing his lines and recalling games from last year. Let’s see what kind of leash 13mil buys eh?
            As for bastardo, another fair point. There are worse speculative save adds given his Ks.

  29. los locos says:
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    Grey

    Paxton, Hudson and Morton looked great last night, picked up Paxton greatest upside, great ballpark. I dropped yet another closer Santos because can’t trust there situation in Toronto with Cecil. WTF with these closers. Can Axford be trusted?

    Drop Rizzo for Smoak?
    Drop Yelich for Ackley or Fowler?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @los locos:
      Don’t be el loco. Grey isn’t going to tell you to drop a guy he ranked in the top 75 after 2 days. If you like smoak, drop someone else for him. You shouldn’t be dropping anyone that high for the “hot” bat after a few days. Come on now.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      No on Rizzo @los locos:

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @los locos: No way you should be dropping Rizzo after 2 days for Smoak. That is loco!

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @los locos: No to both of those

  30. GusPike says:
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    I’m doing the SAGNOF dance.

    Bastardo was recommended above. I already have speculative shares in Melancon, O’Day and Farquhar.

    I have 2 DL spots, so two of my injured pitchers are taking up active roster spots.

    1) Who to drop from this pitching staff to add Bastardo? I’m thinking O’Day or Farquhar or maybe Fister?
    2) Is Doolittle worth a pickup? I figure Johnson is still safe for a bit longer…

    SP: Teheran / Gray / Salazar / Cole / Latos (DL) / Fister (DL) / Minor (DL)
    RP: Rosenthal / Lindstrom / Broxton (DL) / Melancon / O’Day / Farquhar

    Thanks,
    GP

    • Wake Up says:
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      @GusPike: Bastardo over O’Day…

  31. Small hands make my Cishek look bigger says:
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    Trying to pick two out of De Aza, Fowler, and Gardner. Looking more at SB and R than HR, but then again, I’m always looking at HR! Already checked the rankings and they are all fairly close, but wasn’t sure if playing time projections or batting order had changed anything yet?

    Additionally, are We (royally) all in on Smoak? Over the Colorado Concusstador?

  32. SpottieOttieDopaliscious says:
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    First time, long time… Standard points league… I’m being offered Freddie Freeman for Altuve & Soria.

    Already have The Hoz and Rizzo at 1b and CI, so FF would be booting Morneau from the Util spot. I’d be sliding Wong to 2b and probably picking up Owings to play MI. Still would have Jansen and Street as closers.

    Should I do the deal? I’m reaching out cause my ATL-love for FF is blinding me.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @SpottieOttieDopaliscious: I think Freeman is clearly the most valuable player in that trade. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over giving up Soria. So I say go for it!

  33. Jermo says:
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    What’s the outlook on James Paxton, Is that a guy your keeping an eye on or just a one off 7 ip 9k performance?

    Also I can’t wait for razzballl to make a stop in St. Louis!

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Jermo: I know you are not asking me, but I caught the first inning before going to bed (east coast) and I thought – man, this guy is gonna get hit hard tonight. Surprised to wake up and see the night he had. If you didn’t get to see him throw here’s an MLB recap. Throwing 98mph in the sixth inning from the left hand side is no joke. 6’4″ long stride, southpaw with empathic and sad puppy dog eyes.

      http://m.mlb.com/video/v31782977/sealaa-paxton-strikes-out-nine-over-seven-scoreless/?query=paxton

      • Jermo says:
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        @Moronymous Lohse: thanks for the link, dude looks nasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jermo: Yeah, I’d keep my eye on him, even pick him up in some leagues

    • Orphaned-Danny says:
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      @Jermo: y@Jermo: only a day away

  34. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Somehow (and not wisely) I managed buying Middlebrooks, Arenado, Bogaerts, and Alvarez at auction. I just couldn’t say no when each came up for bid. These four jokers cost me a combined $50, are hitting a combined 4 for 35, and left me with an undesirable glut at 3B. Also, surprise! No one is interested in trading for 3B.

    Lesson for all of you? DO NOT DRINK TOO MUCH GUNNIESS AT YOUR DRAFT!!!

      • Moronymous Lohse says:
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        @Fungazi: Heh. I’m not panicking. I agree. It is early. I’m just thinking – what the hell am I doing with four third basemen??:) At least Bogaerts will soon qualify for short. Still – not my best draft. Example – Wong starting at 2b. Yeah…Guinness.

        • D-Baggington says:
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          @Moronymous Lohse:

          Guiness low alcohol … I say better beer would solve :)

          Newcastle
          Bodd’s
          Duvel

  35. Wake Up says:
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    “Odrisamer Despaigne”

    thought this is what the Frenchies said when they opened a bottle of bad champagne…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that’s good stuff.

  36. ashtray says:
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    Punting saves has never been more appealing to me than it is right now. Does Santos still have a chance to steal the job ROS or did he piss that oppurtunity away?

    • Red Barons says:
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      @ashtray: I didn’t have the intention to punt saves, but the way everybody was drafting closers I said, “forget this.” Picked up Melancon and Brothers at the end of the draft hoping they will take over at some point. If not, they’ll help with K, WHIP, and ERA with some vulture Ws and SVs.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @ashtray: I don’t think Santos was ever going to be “stealing the job for the rest of the season”. I do think he’s still going to be closing until Janssen comes back, this was strictly a lefty/lefty matchup thing last night. Janssen is pretty injury prone though, so who knows when he comes back and how long he stays healthy for.

      On a side note, I can’t believe how many people are talking about dropping Santos (or actually already have) after last night.

  37. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Would you drop Avisail Garcia to pick up either Bourjos, Bonifacio or Fowler? Those 3 are available in my league…
    Thanks man!

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @RicoSuave: Depends on your needs, but I certainly wouldn’t drop for Bourjos or Fowler. Maybe Bonifacio if you need SB and the position flexibility.

  38. Fungazi says:
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    Will Razzball Radio podcasts go to itunes shop like the old podcasts did?

  39. Swfcdan says:
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    “Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run. Since this worked so well last year for Longoria, I’m going back to it for Stanton. Only 35 more homers to reach my projections. Stay healthy, my novi”

    Ha! Worked great for me with Longo gotta thank you for that, not got Stanton on any teams though this year…bummer!

  40. Eric says:
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    What in the H is Matt Williams thinking in Washington?

    Talk about a lineup shuffle up and deal

  41. Jim says:
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    I seem to be a jinx for whoever I pick in the first 2 rounds. I should probably start letting everyone here know that before I draft. Last year it was Pujols and Stanton. The year before it was Upton and Longoria. This years lucky losers are Jones and Fielder.

    I’d like to pick up Bonifacio but who do I drop then:
    Asche
    Garcia
    Bourjos
    De Aza
    Gyorko
    Or some pitcher like Robbie Ross or Rick Porcello

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Jim: I’d drop Bourjos. I don’t see him moving from the bottom of the order and he’s already had leg issues in Spring Training. Don’t see him getting the 40 SBs he prophesied.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Jim: Bourjos

  42. Wake Up says:
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    The Rhyme of the Recent Mariner…

    Smoak, Smoak, everywhere,
    And all the hopes he’d snatch;
    Smoak, Smoak, everywhere,
    Nor any lighted match.

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Wake Up: Nice riff, be he a batter or albatross this year.

  43. Wake Up says:
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    For some reason…fish vaginas and Asche remind me of Jamaica…

  44. NatsFan says:
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    2013 April stats

    John Buck: .269/9HR/25RBI/15R

    Yasiel Puig: 0 AB

    Relax. Its early.

  45. arevus says:
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    Would you drop ubaldo for paxton

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @arevus: I would strongly consider it

  46. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    So I didn’t listen to SON yesterday and started Kluber in one league, it’s telling me not to start Ventura today. Should I listen to that whacky robot or does Uncle Grey support my ” But I love Ventura and want to start him” stance…?

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: My lowly self is sitting him in my most important league. Road start and the fact the Tigers have only scored six runs in two games. Waiting for them to explode. There’s also a chance of rain in the 40s – cold and wet and the kids first start against the Central champs? Nah…I can wait until his next start at home versus Tampa or maybe even @ Houston two starts from now. Not sure if it’s the 7AM two-day old fish tacos or intuition but something in the gut says sit on the toilet. I take “sit” to be a sign.

  47. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Ryan Howard comment – sheer genius.

    Is Teixeira worth dropping for a closer-to-be candidate? He’s just a bench/UTIL player for me (standard head-to-head 12 team league)

    Between him and the 4 players on the DL already, I don’t have much wiggle room!

  48. Pencil says:
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    His Wacha, Moore or Cole for my Abreu? Does this make any sense for me if I’m alittle low on pitching or am I undervaluing Abreu?

      • Pencil says:
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        @Grey: which one (Wacha or cole) is the better option? Abreu is filling my ult spot and I already have Pujols at first

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cole

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Pencil: Depends on your replacement options for Abreu. I would tend to keep Abreu though.

      • Pencil says:
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        @Castro’s Revolution: Pencil says:
        which one (Wacha or cole) is the better option? Abreu is filling my ult spot and I already have Pujols at first

        Reply

  49. smegma says:
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    Autodrafted part of my draft so I have 4 1b and can only start 3 of them in a daily h2h points league that gives -1 for strikeouts. I have Prince/EE/Pujols/Hosmer. Have 5OF spots with AJones/Heyward/Eaton/Aoki/Span. Trying to trade 1b for an OF. Please rank the best offers to make (if any) or just hold and plug the extra 1b in when one of the other 3 sits for a day:

    1. Hosmer for JUpton (hosmer projected 30 higher points).
    2. Pujols for Bautista (pujols projected 45 more points).
    3. Pujols for Stanton (pujols projected 55 more points).

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Would you rather give Pujols for Rios or Stanton in this type of league (pertinent settings: -1 for k’s, 1 pt per SB, 4 pts per HR)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rios

  50. Eddy says:
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    That CarGo blurb was fantastic.

    What’d you think of Paxton? Worth picking up or maybe a bit fluky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Thanks! Sure, he’s worth grabbing in some leagues

  51. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Just wanted to say thanks Grey for touching on Paxton a couple times in the treads a few days ago! I picked him up before his start and he looked awesome. Struck out the side and struck out 5 of 6 at one point. Hit 96 on the radar gun with ease and topped at 98. Being a young arm and in that div he seems like a solid upside “buy” candidate.

  52. Peter says:
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    Hi Grey! I have Wong at 2B and would like to upgrade, but I’m having trouble evaluating his upside. Would you trade Rizzo for Gyorko to replace Wong? Does the gap between Wong and Gyorko justify that? Avisail Garcia is on my bench and would replace Rizzo as the regular UTIL. So I would go from Wong-Rizzo (and Garcia on the bench) to Gyorko-Garcia (and drop Wong for a new bench player).

    It’s a 12-team H2H league, and the stats are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS. Thanks!

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Peter: Hold

  53. Carnac says:
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    I can assure you, no resident of Clearwater has seen their feet in years.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Carnac: Ha!
      I either just found a cheese doodle that I dropped last week or I finally found my penis…
      win-win!

      • Moronymous Lohse says:
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        @Wake Up: hahahahaha

      • Big Al says:
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        @Greyismyhero@Wake Up: Funny !!! That also means you have one orange palm.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Wake Up: whether it’s a win or not depends on what happens if/when you get it in your mouth.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Carnac: need to clean that river up

  54. stumanji says:
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    Drop Hoover for Brox? That seems ridiculous considering Hoover is the 9th inning guy right now and JB isn’t even healthy yet, but some Managers be cray.

  55. Harris says:
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    Very funny stuff today! … I think it might be time to have someone from a major network ask… “How to I get into the Grey business?” Quick one for you, do I drop Brandon Phillips or Coco for Billy Butler or Curtis Granderson. My guess is no, but just figured I’d ask.

    • ashtray says:
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      @Harris: Billy Butler is a FA in your league?

      • Harris says:
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        @ashtray: 10 team league and no DL Someone dropped Butler for Smoak.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris: Thanks! Phillips for Butler if you don’t need a 2B

  56. Birdmann says:
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    Wait what is wrong with a gas station burrito, should I be worried? Live in the Bay and had that last night, I use the Cheetos in the burrito (to take it to the next level) and the pie is for dessert.

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Birdmann: oh forgot wash it all down with one of those buckets of soda.

    • ashtray says:
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      @Birdmann: Is this gas station burrito a west coast thing? Here on the east coast you are limited to pizza and “hot dogs”.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @ashtray: haha. midwest has both. but also tornadoes right now. yelp.

  57. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Are Jim Johnson or Pap going to lose their jobs? If so who do I pickup now?

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Grey: My gut tells me a Disgraceful List stint coming for Pap in the next month or so, but it may also just be gas…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Big Al says:
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            @Grey: Could be a long Disgraceful List this year. The line is going around the block and we’re only 4 days into the season.

            • Grey

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              Ha

  58. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Catcher question! Too early to give up on Travis d’Arnaud?

    Personal question! How many burgers a week is too many burgers? Five? Four?

    • ashtray says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken: As long as there’s a pickle on them I’m pretty sure it becomes “health food”

  59. stynyr says:
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    5×5 league with OBP instead ov AVG.

    Been offered Wieters for W. Ramos.

    Do it?

    • Mike says:
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      @stynyr: I would do it in a heartbeat. Love Ramos for his potential, but he is always hurt.

  60. Mike says:
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    I have been only playing this game for five years, but I have never seen such a mess at closer since I have started. I have learned here and elsewhere, don’t pay for saves, but the carnage and fallout is driving me a little nuts.

    When I am looking at this list, trying to determine some sort of order:

    Francisco Rodriguez
    J.J. Hoover
    LaTroy Hawkins
    Matt Lindstrom
    Jonathan Broxton
    Jose Valverde
    Sergio Santos

    … and I am leaning toward the guy on the DL, there is a problem.

    Mike.

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    Do I play Arenado over Rizzo or Alvarez today? Looks like some nasty weather coming to Pittsburgh and with only an hour and a half until game time, I gotta make a decision now.

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yeah – I have the same conundrum. I hate conundrums. Similar issue with Tigers v. Royals, Reds v. Cards… was really looking forward to these early starts today too. Sucks.

  62. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Do you think Carlos Martinez will be starting by some point in the season?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Grey: Who would you rather have? Martinez or Heaney?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Martinez

  63. Tire Pumper says:
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    No questions for ya today.. Fairly new to the site and just want to say your writing is hilarious.. Keep it comin!

  64. I'm a Nerd Too says:
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    Is it too much of a knee jerk reaction to bail on Khris Davis already in favor of Bonifacio?

      • I'm a Nerd Too says:
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        @ashtray:

        not sure yet. if i’m to believe projections, I’m projected to total ~230 HRs and ~140 steals, but its a H2H league and our league’s stat distributions are far from determined. So I’m just looking for long-term upside.

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @I’m a Nerd Too: I have Davis and am holding.

  65. Jeff P says:
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    Would you sit Rizzo against lefties at this point?

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @Jeff P: depends on the alternative but it isn’t a bad idea

  66. ashtray says:
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    Are any of these pitchers worthy of holding on to as opposed to just being a stream candidate?
    12 team H2H

    Buehrle
    T Hudson
    Paxton
    Erasmo
    Vargas
    Gee
    Eovaldi
    Morton
    Martin Perez
    Hutchinson
    Porcello

    • Castro's Revolution says:
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      @ashtray: they all look like streamers to me

  67. Sky

    Sky says:
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    As a Mariners fan, I think this first series says a lot more about LAA’s pitching (starters and bullpen) than it does the M’s hitters (though I do think improvement is clearly established and I won’t argue against it). We all knew the Angels weren’t the best staff but they look like one to pick on right now.

    • ashtray says:
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      @Sky: Dang. Just picked Smoak off of waivers and was penciling in 450 RBIs.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Your snarkasm is noted. Me, I’m just enjoying my 0/season from Aoki that I’m sure to get.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You sound damaged, hurt, like you can’t even accept they might be good

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha, every M’s fan after Bavasi squated and dropped one on us is damaged. I do think they’re going to be an improved team. I also think that beating this year’s ‘the only team we’re gonna beat in our division is the Astros’ Angels isn’t something to be be pounding our chests over. OAK series will be a good testing point for how improved.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Angels aren’t bad, their lineup is better than the M’s…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Smoak wasn’t hitting HRs off of their lineup…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Their pitching held them pretty easily though

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Oh sure but pitching has never really been the problem. I think Lloyd has improved the mindset of the younger hitters dramatically and the results show that. But I’d like to see them face a good team and how they respond to a bullpen that wasn’t 5th worst last year and off to a poor start this year.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Sky: I like how you argue against your team when they actually look like a team. Good teams pounce on opportunities and your team did that

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    I like how no one reads what I actually said and creates arguments that weren’t there…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, we’ll see

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    You’re just having Vegas dreams of your $50 drop. I’d love it if you made some money!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, just don’t feel like defending a team to a fan of that team…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, didn’t think you were; was simply making a comment on LAA and their pitching. It went somewhere else I wasn’t aiming for.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You just have to accept the Mariners aren’t a laughingstock…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      *Looks back up at original statement, walks away from Grey/JFOH confused*

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: @Sky: sky, acceptance is the the first step. I know you’re a wounded animal, but it’s ok, the mariners will not beat you with a stick anymore.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I accept you both equally: as jerks. I’m taking my keyboard and going home!

        • Big Al says:
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          @Sky: Was talking to my buddy up in Seattle last night. Long time Mariner fan. He said to tell you not to worry if anyone is doing really good this year they will trade them for older more experienced players at the trade dead line. And you can always look forward to the relief pitching imploding.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Ha, now THAT’s a bitter M’s fan. I do believe Lloyd is having a good influence on the young guys as hitters. I could see them challenging for second (assuming health all around to all teams). Texas’ SP is messy right now, LAA’s is worse and HOU will be interesting in a year or two once the young pups start getting their feet wet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s a fan of a team that only likes them when they’re going bad? Bad weather fan?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I said they look improved, though. Merely pointed out that LAA is gonna have to win a lot of games 9-8 because their staff isn’t that good and look forward to the M’s facing a better staff. I don’t see how people are taking it as me saying they’re bad.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They’ve hurt you in the past, and now you’re scared of being hurt again… It’s fine…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Are you trolling me on your own site? Is that a thing?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You sound hurt, and I want to help you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      How I feel about you and JFOH right now

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: how did you know I have lederhosen?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I went through your luggage when you were trimming your undercarriage when you came up for the Ducks game

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: that’s why you denied my ask for help

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Among other reasons

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Ha, I just said the same thing above. Great minds think alike

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: i never saw Ren and Stimpy. That’s weird that they let children watch that. I would let children watch that (but then again I ain’t having no children), but i was watching slasher films all the time at like age 7 or so. Ever since Evil Dead 2.

  68. ashtray says:
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    I’m seeing a lot of panic over Rizzo in the comment section. I know it’s early but would it be a good move to try and buy low already?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: BTW, he homered yesterday, he’s on pace for 45 HRs

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Grey: And De Aza’s now on pace for 162 long balls. Do you think Trout + Votto is enough to pry De Aza away from his owner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i love using small sample size wonderment to combat small sample size fear.

  69. kwadjo says:
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    So do I drop Villar for Bonifacio?

  70. Longbeachyo says:
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    Here I am thinking to myself, “glad I picked up Rendon instead of ache!”
    *looks at morning headlines* DOH! Rendon is not in the starting lineup! That’s just my luck.

  71. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick 1 in H2H that counts W, L and QS. My opponent has a 2-start advantage on me this week regardless of who I choose, but I’m up 1W, 1QS and 2L so far:

    Bailey v STL (Lynn) – SON 9.9
    Nova @ HOU (Oberholtzer) – 9.5
    Porcello v BAL (Gonzalez) – 11.3
    Cole v StL (Miller) – 6.8

    Basically looking for best chance of W/QS. SON has Bailey as highest odds for QS, Porcello best for W, and Nova 2nd for both.

  72. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Being that I just lost Parnell and KRod, Valverde and Lindstrom were all taken above me in waivers last night, what would be your order of preference from the following guys available on the wire? I you can rank them great because I’m going to have to put in 4 requests so I don’t miss out again.

    Jonathan Broxton
    Brett Cecil
    Josh Fields
    Bastardo

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:
        Holds count in my league. Wouldnt -in this case-bastardo be the best pitcher in this group because of his K potential?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  73. allen says:
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    Sup razzers.

    You guys like zunino or montero better in a standard 12 teamer????

    What about paxton or smyly???? Leaning smyly there.

    Drop santos or lindstrom for broxton?? Or hold??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @allen: See my rankings… Hold on closers…

  74. nick the dick says:
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    yo G,
    in my 10 team h2h 6×6 with batter k’s and L, 3OF, 3UTIL, no MI/CI
    someone dropped rizzo after only 2 days, to stream wandy nonetheless. Waivers til saturday.Used my 5 moves this week already but if he’s still there sunday drop simmons (util, have desmond) or gattis (util, have santana) for him? Easy breezy right? League so shallow theres always alot of guys to grab. de aza, gardner, daniel murphy, veneble, yelich, k davis, good ol brad milla, wong all grabbable but seems rizzo is a bat i shouldnt let slide by to have simmons at util. Have 5 closers, could drop poopie g too. Thoughts?

  75. Sniff Test says:
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    I need a reality check. How far gone is CC? Drop him for a Paxton or Eovoldi type starter? Other options on the wire..Feldman, Jackson, Vargas or Buehrle or just wait and see? My other pitchers are YU, Hamels, Ervin Santana, Erasmo, Porcello, Odorizzi. I wasn’t very aggressive with pitcher in the draft (yu was a keeper)…and due to early injuries and CC’s bad performance, I feel pressed.

      • sanfranciscosliders says:
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        @Grey:
        People are bashing CC, but his defense was terrible that game (I watched it). Its gonna take the yanks a little to get it together. There is only one regular from last year (brett gardner). Not promoting CC, but I am not taking very much from his 1st start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Defense looked okay on his gopher ball to Hoes…

  76. fielder's fatties says:
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    Drop Kluber for Paxton? Paxton gets two starts next week (LAA/Oak) and Kluber doesn’t (and didn’t look real good yesterday).

  77. John says:
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    looking out to say mid season who do I want on my roster and who is still suspect?

    Pineda, eovaldi, paxton, Tross, hutchinson, erasmo

    • John says:
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      @John: Im starting him but bit spooked about Venturas first start against DET?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi, Erasmo

      • Spyre says:
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        @Grey: Drop Pineda for Eovaldi?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  78. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey grey,
    Rajai, villar, alexei, escobar or venable for SB?
    I tend to add rajai. He doesnt play evey day but at the end of the day he will end up stealing the Most bags right? I am very light on speed…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

  79. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    “Anthony Rendon is not in the Nationals’ starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Mets. It’s just a day of rest for Rendon”
    ~ Rotoworld

    This is the third game of the season, so how in the world could anybody, let alone a 23 year old kid who’s in his second big league season, need a rest already??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: @Snafu Larry:
        It’s a religious thing. They moved the Sabbath to Thursday for sports reasons. Thursday avoids most football teams, and is a travel day in baseball.

        Shomer Shabbos!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shomer Shabbos!

  80. Fish says:
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    I’ve got a guy in my league offering up Kershaw for “a top 50 o-rank player”. Do you think Kershaw warrants a top 50 guy if he’s missing a month? H2H yahoo 7×7 with QS and k/9 added to pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  81. Joe G says:
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    Grey should i start Zack wheeler vs the nationals today or should sit him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at SON

      • Joe G says:
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        @Grey: ?

  82. Dani says:
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    Thoughts on Lincecum tonight? SON hates him, is he really that bad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My feelings on Lincecum are clear

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: I thought they were a lil smokey

  83. Wilsonian says:
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    Erasmo, Kasmir, Paxton, Porcello, Ventura. Who get the last two rotation spots for now?

    Hawkins, Veras, Fields, Broxton. Who get the last two closer spots for now?

    H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: make that Hawkins, Veras, Lindstrom, Fields, Broxton. Who get the last three closer spots for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura, Porcello…. Hawkins, Veras, Lindstrom

  84. Adam says:
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    13 team roto, 5×5, weekly lineups

    I’ve got a catcher shituation now that Ramos went and got hurt like usual….who would be your replacement pick in a limited transactions league?

    Russell Martin
    Mike Zunino
    JP Arencibia
    Dioner Navarro
    Travis D’Arnaud

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: zunino over montero as well?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh… Grimey!

  85. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Adam Jones is scaring the crap out of me. He looked lost last night against Lackey

    • John says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: It wil be fine look at Braun J Upton Davis the list goes on some guys starting cold thats all. Add Edwin in there.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @John: it’s gets scary when upton goes cold. don’t worry about jones though.

  86. Eric W says:
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    Castro looks like garbage at the plate do not think he has hit a ball out of the infield. Never rooted against a player so hard before, come onnnnnnn Baez!

    Anyway Strop has to be the guy to own in Chicago right?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  87. Jon says:
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    Strop over Qualls? I also own Veras.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  88. Zar says:
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    Hey Grey, looks like Schoop is going to be platooning the 2b job now. Dozier and Neil Walker are both available. Should I drop schoop for one of them? Also out there, Alberto Callaspo, with better stats than them all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  89. AJ says:
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    Should I drop any of the following to pick up Wandy Rodriguez with my last player add for the week:

    Arenado
    Yelich
    Aybar
    K. Johnson

    Peavy
    Nolasco
    Fister

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  90. Andrew says:
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    Any input on Elias tonight for Seattle? Oakland a good place to pitch, worth a shot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, in some leagues

  91. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    Aoki is my bench bat right now, drop him for Bonifacio? Standard cat league on ESPN so the latter has 2B/OF eligibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  92. Bazzrall says:
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    drop santos for broxton if I can DL him and pick up a spot starter for the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  93. Wake Up says:
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    “A Wood was not in my initial rankings, but I now have him ahead of Tony Cingrani”

    got another great email from ESPN today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  94. Spyre says:
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    Can anyone confirm if Sonny Gray’s start this weekend is on Saturday or Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at SON

  95. Brian says:
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    I have to make a choice between Belt or Smoak today – can’t start them both. Both are hot, but Smoak seems hotter on a hotter team. Smoak?

    Thanks in advance – love the site!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brian: belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Belt has a line of 4/2/4/.385 and gets hitter friendly Arizona tonight vs. Smoak at the O.Co

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: Oooh, I’m sorry, the correct answer was Belt. Thanks for playing though… LOL

  96. supra says:
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    Nobody who lives in western Florida can ever see their feet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  97. Jason says:
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    10 tm H2H

    YOu have Cain and Shields with very close projections. Does the NL pitcher get the nod here?

    I have been offered Cain for Romo. I have romo plus Reed, Soria and Perkins.

    Feel I could use another SP.

    Current staff is Strasburg, Teheran, Lester, Porcello, Tillman, Erasmo
    with Walker and Harvey on DL

    1. who you like more Cain or Shields?
    2. move Romo for one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, 2. Sure

  98. Wake Up says:
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    Royals PPD fyi…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just dropped Alcides for Boneface…. Boneface!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nice!

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey:
        Would that make Yadier Molina the Boneface Killa?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Wake Up: Not sure if I should be happy Yordano gets to skip and away start in Detroit or if I am annoyed he wont be getting me stats today… or for a few days it seems since they are skipping his rotation spot.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @mauledbypandas: I’m guessing we know how Cram feels…

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wake Up: Goddammit! I was so looking for a Yordano fail. I spent all morning with my one-man prayer circle.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Cram It: You are cracking me up with this!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: I only have him on 1/4 teams so I think I am rooting for failure as well.

      • mattH says:
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        @Cram It: just reading comments now. Thought this was funny.

  99. Pager24 says:
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    i saw that fister was unable to start his throwing program today. I’m officially concerned long term. is he droppable at this point?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Pager24: DL

      • Pager24 says:
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        @J-FOH: no DL spots

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Pager24: are they filled or does your league have none?

          • Pager24 says:
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            @J-FOH: no dl spots for the league

  100. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You’ve recommended LaTroy and Santos over Broxton above. Does that change if I’m holding Chapman on the DL? Because of roster restrictions, none of these guys go in my starting lineup, though Chapman will when he’s back. Should I secure CIN saves, or hold Santos and LaTroy?

  101. J-FOH says:
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    I fill my gas station burritos with flaming hot fritos then cover them in the free nacho cheese. It tastes better than any of my teams right now.

  102. Swagger Jackers says:
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    The Rollins line was pretty good.

    Bonerface’s stats are better than 5-for-7, 1 run, 2 steals. He’s 9-12 with 3 steals. Don’t undersell the man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just got another steal from him!

  103. Clint says:
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    Guys in my 12 team, 5×5, 5 keeper roto league are already getting itchy trigger fingers. One dropped Machado already and another’s talking about dropping Moustakas. I’m #1 in waiver wire priority and have a 1 bench spot available. Should I snag Machado, wait for Moustakas, or save the waiver priority for later? Here’s how my team looks right now:

    C: M. Montero
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Desmond
    OF: Adam Jones, Gordon, Crisp
    Utility 1 & 2: Adams, Rizzo
    Bench Hitters: Fowler, D. Gordon, Aoki, Rajai, BJ Upton
    NA spot (prospect): G. Polanco
    SP’s: Liriano, Teheran
    RP’s: Axford, Rodney
    P’s: Kluber, Cingrani, Masterson, Peavy
    Bench P’s: Porcello, K-Rod
    DL 1 & 2: Broxton, J. Crain
    NA spot (prospect): Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  104. Rixo13 says:
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    What do you think?
    8 man rotisserie league
    (5 pitching, 5 batting categories)

    C Wilin Rosario, Col

    1B Freddie Freeman, Atl

    2B Robinson Cano, Sea

    3B David Wright, NYM

    SS Jean Segura, Mil

    OF Adam Jones, Bal

    OF Jose Bautista, Tor

    OF Alex Gordon, KC

    UTIL Starling Marte, Pit

    P Anibal Sanchez, Det SP

    P Homer Bailey, Cin SP

    P Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP

    P Alex Cobb, TB SP

    RP Jason Grilli, Pit RP

    Bench Alex Rios, Tex OF

    Bench Julio Teheran, Atl SP

    Bench Francisco Liriano, Pit SP

  105. Mustachioed Man says:
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    While going through the waiver wire, considering trades, and pleading for assistance on your message boards, I often think to myself WWGD (What Would Grey Do). Which inevitably leads me to second guess myself and yell FMFBBL! Maybe I should go get a decal in the form of a thick well groomed mustache as a reminder of proper FBB strategy. It would probably make all those people with a Jesus Fish jealous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  106. Waste Sticker says:
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    Harper and Street for Kenley Jansen and Rosenthal…which side?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Waste Sticker: you mean, Bryce Harper? The guy who could be a top 15 player? Or two good closers? I think you have your answer there…

  107. The Marte Partay says:
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    #FreeChrisDickerson

    • The Marte Partay says:
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      @The Marte Partay: Ugh, #FreeCoreyDickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For serious

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: #FreeCoreyHaim

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Free everyone named Corey

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey:
            Everyone except Corey Feldman

            He needs the street cred.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Of course!

  108. Always Happens To Me says:
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    2 days ago I trade Ortiz/Kinsler for Fielder/Lawrie. Losing my H2H matchup because of it. I know it’s only day 4, but still stings to see a guy I trade hit HR, let alone both of them on the same day. Someone give Prince a cheeseburger.

  109. c0wfunk says:
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    With Cobb and Kluber screwing over my ERA and WHIP for the week I’m heading to streamerville for the weekend to see if I can at least keep ahead in the Ks, QS and W cats.

    Who you like better tomorrow: Mejia vs Cin / Leake or Odorizzi v Tex / Saunders. (SON gives the nod to Mejia). Either one worth considering holding on to? (you have Odorizzi higher ranked)

    I’ll be dropping Owens who I have in my streaming spot / filling in for Segura’s day off. Head to head 12 team mixed where streamer options are limited. Thanks as always.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: hm just noticed milone there too for $16.7 but I fear the Mariners right now.
      So:
      Mejia or Odorizzi or Milone
      a) tomorrow
      b) any worth a ROS hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with SON

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: o7

  110. gareth says:
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    Hey guys,

    I’m now on Twitter @garethharris34

    Suivez-moi s’il vous plais.

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @Grey: @gareth: followed! No cat posts…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        of course your avi is a cat … Why wouldnt it be??

        • gareth says:
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          Not A kitty. Its my kitty.

          I will try and put some entertaining content into my Twitter account. Cat pictures, funny anecdotes, baseball stuff.

          I’d love to follow the razzball writers and frequent commentators so be sure to follow me and I’ll follow back.

          Hopefully my Twitter account won’t cause controversy and get banned like Sky’s!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @gareth: famous last words

            • gareth says:
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              @J-FOH: I am now following you j-foh.
              That terminology sounds wrong. And slightly creepy.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @gareth: it’s offiically weird

  111. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Pedro Alvarez might be getting locked in earlier than he typically does this year; missed a HR by a couple of feet. Would be scary if he came to play in April/May. Most of his work has been done in Jun/July/Aug months the last two years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olt killed that pitch

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        He hit it a mile up; he’s really ruining my Kris Bryant up this summer jive. I’m calling a Pedro HR next time up!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pedro won’t hit a home run until April 17th

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Who peed in your Keurig this morning (hint: it was me).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is the MLB.TV thing working for you?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Sadly no.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  So lame

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Alright now you’re just being mean…oh wait, you meant MLB.com. Yeah, was enjoying listening to Prezi’s Wandy streamer get gutted by that Cubs lineup.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      mlb.com back up and running!

                    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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                      @Sky: you tweeted it last night! It was youuuu! :D i refuse to take credit for such z great pick you made..

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Mine was a DFS call where Wins aren’t that important. He’s still doing well in my world. How bad is he goatse’ing you today?

                    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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                      @Sky: not terrible… Not kluber bad or anything.. But in the fcl where i hit dead last in era yesterday, this start was not wat id hoped for…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, I don’t even know where I’m ranked on anything right now. It was still reasonable but yeah, not a win or the start I was expecting overall.

  112. Jason says:
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    would you go with Asche or Boneface?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on need

  113. Fish says:
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    Jordan Zimmerman for Kershaw and stream while Kershaw on DL? H2h Yahoo with std + QS and k/9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. Fish says:
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    10 team

  115. Bazzrall says:
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    i dropped kluber for broxton (dl’d) and eovaldi

    i have a very short patience with SPs this year, don’t screw me, I don’t drop you

  116. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    H2H Roto league:

    Paxton or Smyly?

    Or, same league I already have Rosenthal, Soria and Jannsen (hopefully back soon).
    I grabbed K-Rod the other day. Would you rather hold K-Rod or snag Paxton.
    Sounds like K-Rod could be giving way to Jim Henderson soon.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly…Paxton

  117. Alan says:
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    This made me laugh out loud a number of times, nice job

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  118. anthony says:
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    I have Moustakas in a deep league, can flip him for Pineda..time to give up on Moose once and for all?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  119. AA says:
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    Is Josh Fields the legit option for saves in Houston? I need saves badly…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @AA: we all do…

  120. Benny says:
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    For dynasty purposes, would you trade Cargo for guys like Harper or Heyward (obviously getting an extra player as well)? Having Cargo in my dynasty league for the last 5 years has been fun when he’s actually playing, but he’s always getting hurt or missing time. Maybe the same song and dance from him regarding missed time each year has made me impatient and I shouldn’t be looking to move him, but I wanted to see what you thought.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  121. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    That idiot sky said to stream wandy!

    What!? That was not me! It was sky!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Let us share in our idiocy together.

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        @Sky: i sat wheeler too.. Pushing all the wrong buttons so far today…

        Still early!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s never too early for a consolation drink or three though!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            By the way, Yordano went from vs. Tigers to White Sox… Bam!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              That is a much improved set up, especially at home. Wherever I own him right now, I like it!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I know, but now there’s nothing to blame if he does poorly…

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I’ll say it’s first game jitters. There’s always an excuse, we know this.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yes, and wear your Mariners hat in pride!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I wear it like the Kid, yo!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You wear it like Brad Miller, yo! C’mon, embrace the now…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Cougs got you feelin forever young, I see. Just like Rod Stewart sang…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m trying to heal your wounded soul

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Like a wild baby bird with a broken wing, you have nurtured me back to health already. Now it’s just getting awkward and I feel more like Paul Sheldon. Release me!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I may have nurtured you back to health, but I feel like it’s to soon to let you out into the world…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Not the sledgehammer!

  122. jacks says:
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    Just read Matt Williams saying that he wants to get Espinosa in the lineup frequently which means Rendon will sit sometimes, I guess once or twice a week. And Rendon is raking to start the season. Damn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy town: Population, Williams

      • Hawk says:
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        @Grey:

        Can someone check Williams DNA? Maybe he’s related to Dusty Baker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  123. Wake Up says:
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    please let Weiss notice what is happening…

    start Dickerson…lead him off…

    great AB…work a walk…steal 2B, make it to third…and score…you’re winning now…

    another hit…another run scored…

    The whole universe is not random Walter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha!

  124. Wil says:
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    Hi Grey, Who in below do you think to lose (get) their closer job in near future? Kindly rank possibility from high to low. Thanks.

    Jim Johnson (Ryan Cook), Papelbon (Bastardo), Axford (Cody Allen)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papelbon

      • Wil says:
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        @Grey: Should I hold Cody Allen or Ryan Cook for now? (SV league, no HD) Thanks as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Allen

          • Wil says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  125. Kumquat Man says:
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    Am I overpaying for some SPs, in a deep mixed roto (OBP/QS) league?

    J-Fer, D Jennings, I Nova and J Donaldson for
    Beltre, McCutchen and Abreu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Kumquat Man says:
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        @Grey: Okay, thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. gareth says:
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    Which streamers delight do you like best out of these guys?

    Travis wood at home versus the Phillies and Roberto Hernandez (SON $8.4)

    Mike Leake @ the mets versus jenry meija (SON $6.5)

    Nate eovaldi at home versus ian Kennedy (SON 3.5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia, Eovaldi

  127. steve says:
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    Drop Jiminez for Paxton? Shallow 10 team roto league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  128. D Rich says:
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    Grey,

    We are going deep down my bench and roster but wanted to know your thoughts moving forward for Dee Gordon….He is playing 2nd and already has SS eligibility…I wouldn’t mind using a last spot on the bench for a guy who can play both MI spots. I know what Dee Gordon is statistically speaking but will he get enough at bats and playing time to make it worth while?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: have bench 2nd or ss for games when he plays lefties.

  129. costaricanchata says:
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    wasn’t it just last night that
    Jfoh , Prezii and Rudy (Son)
    were saying to grab wandy for today’s game ?
    guess i gotta choose my prayer circles/circle jerks
    more carefully .
    yeah , it’s early still ,
    but the next time those 3 agree on something ,
    i hope to remember that their standards
    might be lower than mine .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Stream-o-nator predicted Wandy at $11 with 6 IP, 7 baserunners, 2.4 ER, 4.4 K.

      Wandy actually got: 6 IP, 6 baserunners, 3 ER, 5 Ks.

      Every day will bring several cases where a guy under/over performs SoN (see Santiago and Paxton from last night). Wandy’s line today wasn’t one of them…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: nice response to exactly what an 11 dollar start actually means.

  130. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Someone needs to Ro-Sham-Bo Bryce Harper. Forget the knee to the head. Dude needs a KNEE – to the HEAD! 1/10 with six K’s!? Surely he was facing the Cardinals staff. Oh wait – the freakin’ front line starters of the Mets! Big chinned, floppy haired, muscle bound whiff machine. I pass gas at you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early

  131. Big Al says:
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    Is it just me, or is Chicken Little running wild throughout the comment section today !!!

  132. Squeeze Blunt says:
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    Deep 2 catcher 6×6 OPS league. Drop Arencibia for Zunino, Ruiz or Suzuki? I feel dirty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  133. Ron says:
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    Erasmo, Kazmir and Estrada are all on the wire.

    12 team points league that gives a negative points for Earned Runs and Blown Saves. Positive points for W, QS, K, SV, HLD. Here is my pitching staff:

    SP: Shields, Cobb, Gray, Liriano, Masterson, Porcello
    RP: Balfour, Frieri, Veras, Valverde

    Should I drop someone on my staff to pickup one or more of these guys? If so, who to drop and who to pickup?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop

  134. Lopes says:
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    I don’t need an outfielder, I’m just a poor mets fan. But do you think Juan Legares is for real? Granted we’re three games in so you can’t really judge too much but it’s going to be hard when Young comes back to not give the kid playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not an All-Star, but he’s a serviceable 3rd OF

  135. Alan says:
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    I hate Fowler and love Pagan. But I need to think rationally right? Pagan’s average and speed is just better. You are will others in loving fowler over him right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You love Pagan?

  136. Al koholic says:
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    De Aza is juicing,great post once again El Capiton,thanks for everything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Al!

  137. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    10 team OBP league where my team is light on steals…would you drop Dom Brown for someone like Bonifacio or Dexter Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  138. Al koholic says:
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    yeah,or your worst sp,10 team should have plenty on waivers

  139. 8008 says:
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    is baustista/simmons for seager/D.Brown/Frieri , fair?

    • Al koholic says:
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      @8008: i want bautista

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista side

  140. Dead Head says:
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    No one was talking about Paxton as a young pitcher who could blow up this season, but he’s been lights out with a lot of K’s since his cup of coffee at the end of last season. I would keep an eye on him in mixed leagues, I own him in 2 deep leagues but might be picking him up in shallower leagues pretty soon. I think he’s better than Ian Kennedy and some of these other guys. Definitely CC Sabathia and guys like that. Just throwin’ it out there.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dead Head: it’s because he’s not very young as “prospects” go.

  141. Wilsonian says:
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    Strop in for the save in Chicago. Don’t think it’s the Closepocalypse yet, but definitely something to watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  142. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Enough of my 3B buffalo shite. I shall add McGehee in all leagues!!!

    • Slacker says:
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      Mcgehee with another 2 RBI’s….picked him up in a weekly league last week but could not start him being in the middle of Week 1. Like him hitting behind Stanton!

  143. Eric W says:
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    Strop just delivered me my first save of the season! It is a brand new day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  144. C.O.C says:
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    @Grey What’s the word on Paxton? Didn’t see him your preseason rankings, and don’t remember him in any of the prospect reports.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  145. ashtray says:
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    a/s/l?

  146. Game of Throws says:
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    ***FROM ROTOWORLD BEFORE THE GAME:

    Jose Veras is not available to pitch on Thursday. Veras threw 38 pitches in his blown save Wednesday.

    Don’t go dropping anybody too valuable for strop just yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Game of Throws: I dropped Nate Jones for him in one league. The move felt pretty lateral, but if nothing else, I got one save out of it.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Game of Throws: Just about to ask whether another closer had become Zombified. Not yet it seems.

      #Closerpocalypse

  147. FrankGrimes says:
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    belt belts another!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  148. FrankGrimes says:
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    Aushizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Au Shizz!

  149. Sad Keanu says:
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    Pick up Colon over Lincecum?

    • Robby D says:
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      @Sad Keanu:
      I personally don’t like Lincecum over my Colon. But to each his own. Times they are a-changin’.

  150. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey i think papelbon is done. Drop him for axford? I mean axford might struggle here and there but he is Not completely done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop him

  151. J-FOH says:
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    belt goes yard! I hope Smoak doesn’t let anyone down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Creeper!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Dunn goes yard. Jay tweeted me. Best day ever….for this season….because all my teams suck….and why the he’ll did I draft matt moore. ….and drop fields in some leagues because I had to rosterbate

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, but in RCLs, dropping Moore is the kind of move you can get away with

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: i could of had brad miller instead. *grabs noose*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              DAH!

  152. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    looks like smyly gets skipped in rotation for the next week due to today’s rainout. that look right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  153. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Smyly, Porcello, Paxton: pick 2. great read again, i love the daily notes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Not Paxton

  154. Principal Blackman says:
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    BRUUUUUUUUCE!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: sweet!!!

  155. Principal Blackman says:
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    Is Nate Jones trying not to get any outs?

  156. Carlos says:
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    Frazier and Bruce going yard makes me so happy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So happy!

  157. Dumbmutt says:
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    RCL league. Someone dropped Alexei. If I get him I need SB/Runs at Util. Escobar or Young Jr. rest of year. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexei

  158. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    16-team league that counts Saves+Holds and K/9, what do you think about dropping Nate Jones and Jose Veras for Drew Storen and Jean Machi? Or maybe Al Al?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones for Storen

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: Goddamn Nate Jones just don’t give a F.

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: And thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  159. Adam says:
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    My 10 team (40 man roster, no waiver wire) CBS dynasty team is killin’ it right now (thanks Grey!) but, as I expected I am woefully slow. In acts of not so quiet desperation I’ve been trying to convince someone to trade me someone, anyone that can swipe bags. No avail. So today I offered de Aza for Bonifacio and got a bite. Am I going to cry in my beer in three weeks when the real BonerFace returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably not

  160. ThE sHiT says:
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    Is it worth it to drop Aoki for De Aza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Im going to Opening Day 2moro. Field seats right at the right field foul pole. Ill tell Puig you said hi!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, awesome!

  161. gareth says:
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    I Streamed Jose Quintana today and got quite the ticker shock. Yay for UNEARNED runs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m with you on that

  162. Jason says:
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    10 tm h2h

    C- Rosario
    1b- votto
    2b-kipnis
    3b-beltre
    ss-andrus
    IF-hosmer
    OF Stanton, Gordon, Moss
    Util- gyorko
    BN- Aaron Hill, dunn (streamer)
    NA – Springer
    SP – Strasburg, Teheran, Lester, Cain, Tillman, Erasmo, Porcello
    RP- Perkins, Reed, Soria
    DL – walker, Harvey

    Just got an offer to move Kipnis and get back Heyward and Uehara

    Have hill and/or Gyorko to fill in. would drop Dunn. Still not sure if I like it better than what I already have.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: cool, that’s how I was leaning.

        thanks for this…and by this I mean everything that you guys churn out at Razzball. Really appreciate what you guys have got going on here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  163. Em says:
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    Who should I be starting at third, Matt Carpenter or Todd Frasier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carpenter

  164. Game of Throws says:
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    “Kevin Gausman has been scratched from his start with Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
    It’s not injury-related, as the Orioles are looking ahead to the possibility of bad weather in Detroit on Friday. Gausman could be called up to start if there’s a doubleheader on Saturday. ”

    I imagine this would just be a spot start and not for the long haul

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, spot start

  165. JFK says:
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    12-team H2H 7×7 keeper, was fiending for a deal and made this questionable trade today: my DomBrown/Rosenthal/Valverde for his Reyes/Fister/Nova, leaving my team looking like:

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Crush Davis
    2B – Matty Carp
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Xander
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – CarGomez
    OF – Werth
    Util – Villar
    Bench – Castellanos
    Bench – Reyes (probably back in May…hopefully of 2014)
    Bench – Machado (probably back in May)
    SP – Cueto
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Smyly
    RP – Kenley
    RP – Lindstrom
    RP – Henderson
    P – Santos
    P – Gee
    P – Nova
    Bench – Kluber
    Bench – Leake
    Bench – Erasmo
    Bench – Martin Perez
    Bench – Fister (probably back in June)
    Bench – Crain (probably back in May)
    DL – Derek Holland (probably back after the break)
    DL – Hamels (probably back in May)

    Any hope for this team?
    With nine bench spots, the wire’s pretty thin, but a few usable pieces like Chris Johnson, Avisail, Venable, Hart, Bastardo, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick still available – any of those guys an upgrade to what I’ve got, and if so, who would you drop for them?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not if you keep making moves for guys that are injured… Avisail over Castellanos, Bastardo over Leake

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Haha, yes…running high on stress, low on sleep lately, so not even sure how that happened when I look at it now.
        Thanks for the tips – just received an offer of Segura for Kenley, which I feel like I need to take. Green light?

  166. Carlos says:
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    Bad Bailey showed up today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great Bailey, no

  167. pager24 says:
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    hey grey,
    I saw that Fister wasn’t able to start his throwing program today. I’m starting to get more concern. In a league w/ no DL spot would you drop Fister? i just have a gut feeling this is leading to a bad outcome later this year.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  168. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Grey all my teams blow. Question – I’ve got Arenado manning 3rd until Machado’s back (& I can plug bogaerts in there too; it’s CBS) – should I jettison him for the likes of Ryan Howard, Frazier, Lind, LaRoche, Asche?

    Tis a keeper league and I was hoping for a hot start to move him but I need stats like ronnie washington needs his med’cine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • @Grey: thanks – and someone dropped Ramos in our 2 catcher league. I’ve got Perez (and the heart and soul of his Abuelita), along with Pierzynski who is not going to be fun to own — should I grab Ramos and stash him? keeper league.

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  169. AdamH says:
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    ROS for flex: Belt or Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  170. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    g perkins or t hunter at rp? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perkins

  171. OaktownSteve says:
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    In the first 125 years of recorded baseball statistical history no team struck out more time than it had hits in a season. Happened for the first time in 2001. Last year there were 5 teams with more k’s than hits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No team names?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Heard it without the names. We could probably guess them. Astros, Twins, Mets, padres marlins maybe

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think Atlanta would be in there and I’d toss the Twinkies out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Adam Jpnes had reverse splits last year. Didn’t realize that. .251 vs left handers. .300 vs right handers.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        I might have been wrong about Cingrani. And a lot if other stuff but Cingrani is the one that jumps to mind.

        You should rethink Paxton. I think he’ll stick all year. I talked him up all off season and then somehow own him nowhere. I hate that.

        I drafted an awful RCL team this year.

        • Kid A says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          One game and you’re already changing your tune on Cingrani?

          Did he look that good today?

          Break it down, homeboy.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Kid A:

            Just saw the highlights. We’ll see. That’s why I said maybe was wrong.

            This happens to me every year. The freshness of the drafts still in mind, all the second guessing., self-recrimination.

            • Kid A says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Steve, do you believe in the teachings Cathol and everything it stands for?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Cingrani’s nasty, think he could be a 200+ K guy… It’s still early to know how awful your RCL team is (hoping since I’m in last place)

        • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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          @OaktownSteve: i was so hyped about paxton like two years ago. I think everyone forgot about him when walker got talked up.. Including myself.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

  172. Kid A says:
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    What kind of royalties are you collecting on the, “take a cue from a mother fish and shoot the baby fish out of your fish vagina and let them swim! ” line?

    Because I’ve already used it twice today, in two languages, so I need to know what kind of debt I’m accruing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You owe me a nickel per use

  173. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Billy Hamilton reached base. I REPEAT: Billy Hamilton reached base. 3 steals imminent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And he ran and BP fouled it off…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Well, BP doesn’t take BBs so yeah…why the hell is he batting 2nd exactly?

        • Grey

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          No real spot for him, maybe sixth, but then who goes 2nd

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I hear ya. Sounds crazy on the surface but move Votto to 2nd. He doesn’t like to hit with a lot of power anyways and then put the impatient BP behind him. I’d squinch the lineup.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Sky:

      I like a good bust as much as the next guy, but sweet mother mary…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I compared him to Dee Gordon with a few friends. I said they were the same player separated by about 20 rounds. Verdict is still out but I wasn’t buying Billy where he was going in drafts.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Sky: Gordon’s a good comp, but I think he’s more like Willy Taveras. Crazy fast outfielder with shaky plate discipline and a questionable hit tool. I thought that he was way overdrafted as well.

          Ended up with Ben Revere in six leagues, who I think will outperform Hamilton this year in fantasy. Went about 15 rounds later on draft day too.

          • Sky

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            Yeah Billy was an SS last year, that’s why I used the comp. Taveras is fair. So maddening when speedsters can’t get on base to use it. I liked Revere coming into the year as well but I was being greedy. Wanted all my speed coming from my IF. Viva la Escobar/Villar/Gordon!

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @Sky: Oh, I love speed from the MIs. Escobar/Villar/Gordon are all just fine. They came cheaply on draft day, if not off of the WW. That’s the difference between them and Hamilton.

              • Sky

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                Exactly. That was my main comparison point overall: Hamilton’s speed is extraordinary but it could be found later, i.e. less risk and at positions that wouldn’t take a 20 HR bopper out of my lineup.

                • Big Magoo says:
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                  @Sky: 20 HRs qualifies as a bopper these days? Probably true. So sad.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Yeah, totally lowered expectations over here. Hopefully some of these young pups like Ozuna and Arcia wake up and turn the juice on (but not that kind).

                    • Wake Up! says:
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                      @Sky:

                      You rang?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It was more of a call for RATM…but you’ll do.

                  • Kid A says:
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                    @Big Magoo:

                    Is this all just a very thinly veiled criticism of Hateful Jack taking Billy Hamilton in the 2nd round?

                    • Big Magoo says:
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                      @Kid A: Nah, Hamilton went at #95 overall in our league. Not such a bad risk/reward play at that spot. I’m more bearish on him as a top 60 pick, which he’s been in many leagues.

  174. Long Bawls says:
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    Guy in my league who’s definitely playing to win dropped Todd Frazier before today’s game. Oh, and he benched him too.

    As for Hamilton, yeah, wildly overdrafted, I think, but then again, Encarnacion’s only had 1 hit so far (but hes also had a steal).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, people are being rash this time of year

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: What do you mean? I shouldn’t drop Pujols for Smoak? Did you even watch that Halo’s/M’s series? C’mon, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, that I could see

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Not related to anything at all, but I miss pork roll. Can you still get it out there on the west coast?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Still? I don’t think you can ever get it out here… Someone needs to send it from Dirty Jerz.

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, it’s great shizz. Funny how you miss the little things. Like a good pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich after a night at the bar. And there are no friggin diners up here. Wtf? All IHOPs and other chains. No legit cheesesteaks. Just “steak sandwiches.” Dah!

                I have a few beers in me, and haven’t eaten much today, in case you were wondering…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Where are you?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, and disco fries!

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: I’m in New Hampshire right now. No diners with pork roll or cheesesteaks up here. Just stuff like poutine, which isn’t in my wheelhouse. Never thought that I’d miss the Philly food so much…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      New Hampshire? What are you doing there? Besides smoking weed and hunting…

  175. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Asche or Mousetakas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asche

  176. J-FOH says:
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    I would think I should be concerned like many others in their evaluations of players but it’s day 4 of the season.

    • Kid A says:
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      @J-FOH:

      sometimes your writing style reminds me of a drunken Yoda.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: it’s my way to say things that need to be said

  177. J-FOH says:
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    I’m having a hard time following gareth back on Twitter? Any thoughts? There is a picture of two cats and a roll of toilet paper he posted.

    • gareth says:
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      @J-FOH: I just started Twitter in earnest today and was feeling my way around the Site. I added a few random cat pictures and sent a few tweets.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @gareth: sounds about right.

      • [will work for saves] says:
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        @gareth: it was great, gareth….

  178. Ernie Johnson says:
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    Grey,

    Somebody in my league got tired of Mostsuckass real quick and dropped him already. Is it worth picking him up and dropping either Freese or Middlebrooks while I wait for Macho Man to come off the DL? Or just stand pat? God bless your ‘stache.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Freese

  179. fielder's fatties says:
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    Trade B.Miller for Rosario or Lucroy or just hold? I have Segura starting at SS and B.Miller is my bench bat. I dropped Ramos and picked up Salty and other team lost Reyes and has 2 catchers in a 1 catcher league for some reason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario

  180. S P says:
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    I was offered Profar and Altuve for Miller Time and Romo? Should I pull the trigger? Altuve can’t be kept beyond this year, but everyone else can be kept two years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  181. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Speculative save question. Drop Brett Cecil for Pedro Strop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  182. ThE sHiT says:
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    Longo!!! He absolutely crushed that one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  183. The Flayed Man says:
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    His Ventura for my Owings?

    Thanks.

    12 team dynasty. 6×6 roto OPS and BB and QS K/9

    C Travis d’Arnaud
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Alcides Escobar
    IF Brandon Belt
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    Util Starling Marte
    Util Avisail García
    BN Kolten Wong
    BN Xander Bogaerts
    BN Chris Owings
    BN Manny Machado
    DL Jurickson Profar

    SP Gerrit Cole
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    RP Josh Fields
    RP Matt Linstrom
    RP Sergio Santos
    RP J.J. Hoover
    P Danny Salazar
    P Shelby Miller
    BN Rick Porcello
    BN Archie Bradley
    DL Doug Fister

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Ventura

  184. MattTruss223 says:
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    Just saw Jason Castro got subbed out, anyone watching that know why? Did we lose another catcher?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @MattTruss223: Astros announcers said Castro left the game because he had “discomfort in his right foot, which was hit twice by a foul ball”.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @ThE sHiT: Thanks man. If I lose my 2 primary catchers in leagues this year to broken extremities, that’d be a bummer.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @MattTruss223: he was also hit by 2 pitches

  185. Tarman Got Him says:
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    I picked up De Aza for Khris Davis. Smart nice? Does Viciedo have an affect on him?

    I just think regardless off the good start that De Aza is gonna be all around solid. Besides it’s 1 of 2 bench bats .

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds okay, De Aza will cool off once he’s not facing crappy Twins pitchers

  186. Trymore says:
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    Belt for Salvador Perez…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  187. goodfold2 says:
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    what youse think about nunez possibly going to DET or TEX. this is only relavant at ALL since i’ll be trying to waiver these schlubs tonight in this order and was wondering if grabbing nunez for a week to see if he gets released/traded (cause i know he’s worth more than these guys if he starts)
    a.gonzalez
    tonkin (he’s not a schlub and can stash in minors)
    furcal
    j.diaz
    izturis
    if you agree he’s got a decent shot at making a roster where would you slot him. i have 2 spots in active roster (furcal and tonkin go str to minors/injury reserved)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt it with Nunez, but he’s better than these schmos… Gonzalez, Nunez, Diaz

  188. ThE sHiT says:
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    Pagan someone to grab asap or a hot schmotato to leave on the wire?

  189. FillyP says:
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    7×7 (OBP/XBH + IP/QS) 12t H2H

    How do you feel about Cruz for J. Abreu? I’m deep at OF and looking for CI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Id want Abreu

  190. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    about to be K-Rob’s first appearance of the year. (please no closepocalypse). Kelley looked good.

  191. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    kelley and K-Rob likely first 8th inning/9th inning guys to go 6 str outs in 8th-9th.i handcuffed in every league i had room

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  192. J-FOH says:
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    what do you make of Lagares? Hechevarria?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J-FOH: legares>hechavarria

      • J-FOH says:
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        @goodfold2: that wasnt my question

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @J-FOH: hecheverria is hot garbage..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I go over them in about an hour

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Bah Bam!

  193. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    Frazier !

    My name in the fcl is “pitching is sooo deep”…. I have 0 wins and 0 saves…

    Haha, irony…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  194. gareth says:
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    Lindblom. Another day another closer meltdown.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: did he become a closer too! what what what! kidding, i know you meant lindstrom. i laughed and laughed as perkins got his though.

  195. goodfold2 says:
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    due to being 2nd best team (as of end of Wed night) i missed out on a.gonzalez and furcal. was able to get Tonkin (probably best RP free agent), and Diaz. Also everyone forgot Wilson 2B TEX is also a starter. So i just picked him up too. It’ll be another 7 or so games till Diaz even qualifies at MI. which of those schomohawks should i start when they both qualify? Could’ve just benched whole roster till wed and gotten alex gonzalez instead.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: sizemore was highest waivered guy.

  196. Curtis says:
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    12 team keeper, standard 5×5, 25 player roster/23 starters with 2C. My hitters are fine, and my 4/5/6th OFers (6th typically on the bench cause I have VMart at UTIL) are Brantley, Avisail and Bourjos. My pitching has been really rough – went cheap and lost a couple to injury and Kluber, ugh. Have Homer Bailey, Gio, Teheran (ok, I didn’t go that cheap at the top end), Kluber and Randall Delgado at SP. Won 2 “closers” today in the FAAB auction, so have Jansen, Soriano, Hunter, Lindstrom and Valverde.

    Have a chance to trade Jansen + Brantley + Hunter for Greinke + Wheeler. I know you weren’t a huge Greinke fan this year, but he’s still solid. Wheeler is close to what is available on the wire (Skaggs, Perez, that type), but he won’t do just Jansen + Brantley for Greinke, so the 2nd closer on my side and Wheeler on his side is the best I can do. I’d still have 3 “closers” and will have shored up my rotation big time.

    I tried a few one closer for one starter offers (Salazar was my goal), but got shot down. Thoughts?

    Thanks as always,
    Curtis

    • Curtis says:
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      @Curtis: On a related note, how many razzballers had Nate Jones, who still hasn’t recorded an out, and then experienced Lindstrom today? Closerpocalypse indeed.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Curtis says:
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      @Curtis: Not sure I can edit the above. He just offered me Greinke for Jansen + Brantley. I like that one better than the 3 for 2 discussed above.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sounds better, yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  197. Booty says:
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    Should I drop Moustakas just to teach him a lesson?

  198. Jonas says:
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    I picked up Zunino for my primary catcher and someone has dropped Gattis. Zunino for Gattis? Or just let Zunino ride?

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