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Phils decided they wanted to get younger for Friday’s game so they’re bringing up this guy from the minors.  They say he’s got good power, but he’s been playing first base on a foot stool.  At least they could’ve got Ryan Howard one of those giant Rawlings glove bean bags.  So Howard’s Achilles is better, but now the Phillies’ Achilles is they have to play him.  If it’s not one arrow to the heel, it’s another, as they used to say in Ancient Greece.  In weekly leagues, you may as well throw up a white flag with Howard because there’s no way he’s playing every day.  You’re about to go nuts with sonavabenchings.  In daily leagues, your challenge will now be to read Charlie Manuel’s mind when he’ll start him.  I read Charlie Manuel’s mind once, here’s what I got, “Why isn’t there more places that serve raccoon meat?”  For the rest of the season, I see him putting up a line of 25/12/35/.250.  It’s basically Mark Teixeira’s 1st half without the counting stats.  For those of you calling me a hater, I point to a picture of my son. (I hope one day Junior gets to meet his grandpappy.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dustin Pedroia - Something wrong, I hold my head… Dusty gone, his finga dead.  To my surprise, a guy replacing him has ten fingas as the only thing on his resume… Sawx decided on Punto universally… Sawx fans need a restraining order, they wouldn’t let Punto date their daughter…  Their mother, brother, grandmother hate Punto in that Sawx order… Told the Sawx to take Youk back, we’ll be more supportive… I made mistakes, I bumped my head… Wait, my jersey don’t say Morneau under the back of my head… Unemployment line, fantasy trade declined… Did I not mention I was about to lose my mind?

Michael Fiers – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  You couldn’t get Michael Fiers if you were f***ing Michael Fiers!  Actually, you can, you can just pick him up off of waivers.  It’s in your head now though, isn’t it?  You couldn’t get Michael Fiers if you were f***ing Michael Fiers will be on repeat in your head for the rest of your day.  You’re gonna walk into a check cashing place with a $75 check made out to cash forged with your wife’s signature and you’re gonna be singing you couldn’t get Michael Fiers if you were f***ing Michael Fiers!  Since he came up, I’ve been saying he’s the guy to go with for the here and now.  Member, I liked him more than Eovaldi?  Eh, whatever, you don’t need to remember.  Or ‘member, if you wanna sound cool like me.  He had a 9-ish K-rate in the minors and he has decent control.  Fiers will be in this afternoon’s Buy, but you don’t need no stinkin’ Buys!  Pick him up, honkey!

Carlos Lee – 2-for-4 with El Caballo taking his talents to South Beach.  What does Carlos Lee and the ‘taking my talents’ phrase have in common?  They’ve both have been beaten into the ground.  Best case, El Caballo provides 2011 Gaby Sanchez stats.  Worst case, his death provides the necessary adhesion for a fractured Marlins clubhouse.  As for 2012 Gaby Sanchez, he’s a member of AAA once again.  Don’t forget to ask about the discounts, Gaby!

Mark Buehrle – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Over the past 3 1/2 years, Buerhle has skated by with a K-rate below 5 K’s per 9 IP.  In his last 3 starts (TOR, PHI, @MIL), he has struck out 7, 7, and 8.  Did he finally look up ‘burly’ in the dictionary?  Did Ozzie Guillen motivate him by calling him Jamie Moyer Jr.?  We are as K-hungry as the next fantasy owner, but he’s the only Marlin starter with an ERA under 4.00 (3.25) and WHIP under 1.20 (1.13).  Keep him on the radar for spot starts.

Jeff Karstens – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Astros.  At a Fourth of July party, my friend was telling me this story about how he sold all of his stuff, except his nice TV (because really that’s the only thing guys care about) to move in with a girl, and then 18 months later she was out of his life and he was sitting on a milk crate, watching his plasma.  This is gonna be the Astros.  They’re gonna get to the AL and all their gonna have is Altuve and a milk crate.  Maybe Altuve can stand on it when he plays 1st, but… He’s gonna be playing 2nd and throwing to himself.

Bud Norris – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  And here’s the Astros remote control.

Matt Harrison – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, to lower his ERA to 3.10.  On this week’s episode of Breaking the Magician’s Code:  Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed, we will look at Matt Harrison.  “Hello, my voice has been modified so you can’t tell my identity and I’m wearing a Zorro mask and a cape, because I think it’s cool.  Remember, I’m a magician.  Matt Harrison throws in one of the worst ballparks for pitchers and he doesn’t strike out anyone out, so what’s his secret?  Ground balls, and a magician’s best friend — smoke and mirrors.  Well, I guess that’s two best friends.  Oh, who are we kidding?  Magicians don’t have friends.”

Jose Quintana – Dominated the Rangers in Chicago (8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks).  He’s now at a 2.04 ERA in 57 IP and that’s including a start @NYY.  He seemed like AL-only filler given his modest pedigree (hadn’t pitched above single-A in 4 minor league seasons) but he’s worth a flyer in all leagues until the league catches up with him.

Kevin Youkilis – 1-for-3 with his 6th homer.  You’re pretty good looking for a Greek.

Rickie Weeks - 0-for-3.  His AVG now stands at .193.  He has 6 HRs and 99 Ks.  He’d need a BABIP near .320 just to manage a .230 AVG at that current K-rate and HR-rate.  On the positive side, he’s managed to stay healthy.  So he’s got that going for him.  Hey Rickie, ‘Disgraceful List‘ for you on Line 2.

Delmon Young – 2-for-3 with his 7th homer.  Meathook Jr. has managed to have a season where he’s never been hotter than three days at a time while still batting .267.  That ain’t easy to do.  That’s a truckload of 1-for-4′s with a 2-for-3 thrown in once in a blue moon.

Darin Mastroianni – 3-for-4, 3 steals.  How does one get the name Darin with that last name?  Is Darin short for Daringiuseppe?  He stole 45 bases one year in the minor leagues, but he also can’t get everyday playing time.  Can’t get a full-time job on the Twins?  You kiss your mother with that mother?

Brian Dozier – 3-for-4, 2 steals.  Hitting .300 over the last week with 4 steals.  For Brian, it doesn’t get rozier.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Looks like the Dickey ride might be slowing up.  Hopefully, he remembers it’s not the size of the ship, it’s the knuckler motion in the new Shea.

Jeremy Hellickson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.   I’m not a fan because of the pedestrian K-rate and he seems to Magoo his way around balls hit into play.  Once again his ERA (3.41) is way below his xFIP (4.87) after last year’s 2.95 to 4.72, respectively.  Or disrespectively to Fangraphs Database.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s also hitting ~.325 over the last week with a steal.  He’s probably never gonna set the world on fire, but what do you need that for?  You an arsonist?

Justin Christian – 3-for-5, 3 runs and a steal as he played over Blanco.  He’s old for never really having major league time (32).  Maybe Christian is born again.  More likely he’s Justin a platoon, clouding Blanco’s playing time.   Great, more decisions for Bochy to make.

Santiago Casilla – Blew yet another game on Thursday.  He was looking like the cat’s meow there for a while, but now his dander is giving his owners outbreaks.  Romo looks like the stuffy head, fever, can’t rest because Casilla keeps blowing games medicine, but I know in the past Bochy has been hesitant to use Romo in the role, even though he’s given up only 2 earned runs all year while K’ing 30 in 24 innings.  Plus, he looks like the guy who helped train the ginger in Homeland.  If you’re vulturing for saves or trying to handcuff your Casilla investment, you should grab Romo.  The non-scientific reason why Casilla’s getting replaced?  Rudy just traded Casilla for Yu Darvish and Rudy’s having a charmed season.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3 with a slam (15) and legs (9).  According to our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, he’s the number one shortstop on the year.  Just ahead of Starlin Castro.  How you like dem apples?  Delicious!

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  This is neither funny nor illuminating, but if he could cut his Ks… Well, he’s on the edge of stumbling into greatness.  BTW, Stumbling into Greatness would be a great title for Mary Decker’s autobiography.  Or maybe Stumbling into a Trivia Question Answer.

Brian McCann – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs with his 10th homer.  I don’t own him anywhere, but I hope this is the start of something so people stop asking in the comments if they should drop him.

J.P. Arencibia – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  I’m gonna rue this like McNulty rued pissing off Rawls, but when J.P. homers he usually hits them in bunches like Mr. Chiquita Banana.

Salvador Perez – Screw it, if I’m picking the catcher scab, I may as well really open the wound.  Yesterday, Perez went 4-for-5, 2 runs and is now batting .425!  Father, I must confess, I’ve committed a sin in my heart.  I have Yasmani Grandal, but I’m lusting for Salvador Perez.  If it’s any consolation, when I lust for Perez, I’m also thinking about crates of Dippin’ Dots slowly parachuting into Africa.

Jonathan Broxton – The Royals signaled to teams that Broxton’s available in a trade.  Instead of the signal being a bat, for Broxton it was a giant booty.  Holland looks like the speculative grab in case it happens.

Dan Haren – To the DL, saying his back has been sore all season.  Great.  15 days of rest should clear that up.  Maybe one of those hot stone massages will do the trick.  As Rudy mentioned in the risky pitcher post, Haren was a lot riskier going into this season given he didn’t have a MPH to spare on his cutter (85 MPH in 2011) and that he was highly dependent on it for success.  Well, another year older and a bad back doesnn’t help velocity and he’s a MPH lower across the board.  Even with great control and craftiness, it’s hard to be a top 20 starter with an 88 MPH and a 84 MPH cutter.  If you think he can come back in a couple weeks and find his old form, stash him.  But it seems more likely he spends a longer time than the minimum on the DL or doesn’t regain his past speed.  So if your DL is full, it’s not crazy to drop him.

Mike Trout – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 3 steals.  Just another day at the office.  That office’s door’s sign reads, “Mr. Wonderful.”

Tyler Colvin – Another day, another homer.  He will be featured in what I like to call this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  Pretty snappy, huh?

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That should build a little bit of goodwill for any of you hold-outs to trade him.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-1 as he played his first professional game at 2nd base.  Why?  Because the successor doesn’t fall far from the predecessor.

Carlos Peguero – Mariners called him up yesterday.  He showed good power in the minors, but he’s got K’s for days, as the kids say as said by someone who has no idea what the kids say.  He might hit 10 homers the rest of the way with a .210 average.  In AL-Only leagues, I’d take the flyer.  Elsewhere, I’d hold.

Brandon Morrow – Yesterday, he threw from a distance of 150 feet on Thursday.  The oblique pain is mostly gone, though he still feels it when he sneezes.  One more reason to disallow pepper during practice.

  1. Kevin says:
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    I am in a delicate position, on the bubble of the playoffs in a big money weekly league. We start 6 UTL hitters, 3 SP and 1 Closer weekly. I am in need of a hitter with Longoria on the DL and Stanton looking shaky. My hitters are

    N. Cruz
    J. Heyward
    I. Kinsler
    R. Zimmerman
    G. Stanton
    T. Plouffe
    W. Middlebrooks
    E. Longoria

    My pitching is deep, and I have been offered two separate trades:

    Team A offers me J. Upton (ARI) for C. Sale (CWS)
    Team B offers me B. Posey (SF) and C. Lee (PHI) for I. Kinsler (TEX)

    Effectively trading Chris Sale and Ian Kinsler for Upton, Posey, and Lee. I am feeling like I should accept immediately. Is there anything I should be weary about? i.e. Upton’s possible nagging wrist injury?

    Thank you,

    -Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin, Accept both…

    • mhfella says:
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      @Kevin, wooly, wary, weary…..you got sort of a reverse Crash Davis/Nuke Laloosh thing going there.

  2. BH says:
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    Drop Bauer for Fiers? Drop Bauer ’cause he stinks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BH, Go ahead…

  3. Sam says:
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    Pick 2 ROS: Bauer, Jackson, Niese or Parker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, Niese, Edwin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha!

  4. RiffRaff says:
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    Mike Trout, Mike Trout, Malkovich…
    Mike Trout, Mike Trout, Mike Trout!
    I have Mike Trout for $2 – in a keeper league! :)
    Feel free to talk more about Mike Trout.

    • chata says:
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      @RiffRaff,

      i’m buying into him , hook , line , and sinker .
      you’re not fishing for compliments , are you ?

      by next spring , he mayfly off the draft boards .

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @RiffRaff, Stud, stud, stud.

      Traded him, Clippard and Bauer for Cano and Latos recently.

      Hated to give him up but I was getting the hottest hitter on the planet (well equal hottest with Trout), and getting elite power I desperately needed. He’ll do his best to prove me wrong though.

      Ha nice work chata.

  5. KCC26 says:
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    was just offered waino and cody ross for my moobs + franklin morales. interested in possibly buying low on wainwright, but not sure i want to give up butler given the slight chance morales continues to pitch better than wainwright anyway. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26, I’d hold…

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Who’s the odd man out, need power: Belt, JD, Moss.

    16 teamer H2H, Gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, JD

  7. In what universe is it okay to drop Timmy Lincy AND start Hochevar in Toronto?

    In what universe do the Nationals hit a jillion home runs in a three-game series against the Giants pitching staff? And all to right center, BTW.

    In what universe was it wrong in preseason to count on Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, and Roy Halladay as your big number producers?

    In what universe does Mike effin Trout come out of nowhere to be the next incarnation of Roy Hobbs? “He hits whatever wants, triples, homers, anything.” “I just want to be the best there ever was.”

    God, I love (fantasy) baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Miracles, Ha… So true…

  8. BSW says:
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    Just finished the podcast…Great job, as always. 2 notes-It’s hard to picture Grey’s mustache when I hear that cackle, and I’d vote for skinny Jonah Hill to play Rudy in the Razzball Movie. He’s got the ‘fro and the baseball pedigree.

    • chata says:
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      @BSW,

      yep .
      i’m with you on this one .
      why would he shave his entire body and NOT his face ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW, Thanks!

  9. thegreater says:
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    Chris Nelson or Danny Espinosa for my MI spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thegreater, Espinosa

  10. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    In that HUGE league I am in I have Ben Francisco DH/RF and Adam Lind 1B. Lind has one more game at DH before he gains DH eligibility. Should I try to trade Francisco or keep him as a handcuff to Lind assuming Lind gains DH eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Trade Ben if you can get something for him…

  11. BERK says:
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    Thinking about streaming a pitcher today … Would you go with Nolasco @StL, Collmenter v. LAD, Millwood @Oak, or Zito @Pit? None of the above? Some weak offenses in there (besides StL) but I’m not sure if it’s worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK, Nolasco’s good in July historically, but don’t stream unless you have to…

  12. Purewater says:
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    Safe to drop Fister for a speculative arm like Romo or Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Romo

  13. McCoy says:
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    I currently need to drop a player but can’t decide because they will never make it through waivers. My options for drop:

    Willingham, Moustakas, Craig, Kubel, Rizzo

    My other 3B : Beltre, Longoria
    My other 1B: AGon, Encarnacion
    My other OF: Hamilton

    Thanks razzball!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McCoy, Willingham

  14. Johnson says:
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    I’m the commish of the pool.

    A trade is currently pending. First place team is trading R.A. Dickey to 9th place team for J. Hamilton.

    9th place team could use pitching stats, but could use batting stats as well.

    He has J. Upton, Pence, Pierre and Revere left as his OF.

    12 team mixed roto 1xC, 1x1B, 1x2B, 1x3B, 1xSS, 3xOF, 1xUTIL. 1500 Innings cap.

    My initial reaction was that this is bogus. But l looked at Dickey’s numbers. Prior to this year, he’s had decent era and whip. Just very low on K’s.

    With Hamilton being an injury prone player and his super cold June…is this trade actually passable? I think it is barely passable…therefore I should let it go.

    Let the trade go through or reject?

    • chata says:
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      @Johnson,

      everyone’s their own fool .

      j-up for dickey would have been more palatable .
      agree ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnson, Not sure what the problem is…

  15. Johnson says:
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    REPOST accept for third last paragraph.

    I’m the commish of the pool.

    A trade is currently pending. First place team is trading R.A. Dickey to 9th place team for J. Hamilton.

    9th place team could use pitching stats, but could use batting stats as well.

    He has J. Upton, Pence, Pierre and Revere left as his OF.

    12 team mixed roto 1xC, 1x1B, 1x2B, 1x3B, 1xSS, 3xOF, 1xUTIL. 1500 Innings cap.

    My initial reaction was that this is bogus. But l looked at Dickey’s numbers. The 2 years prior to this year, he’s had decent era and whip. Just very low on K’s.

    With Hamilton being an injury prone player and his super cold June…is this trade actually passable? I think it is barely passable…therefore I should let it go.

    Let the trade go through or reject?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnson, Still don’t see why it would be rejected…

  16. JoeC says:
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    Wait, wait, whut? Your friend sold all his stuff to *move in with a girl*? Meaning, move into *her* place? Pray tell what is wrong with your friend? He deserves everything he’s getting!

    This is how it should work: when your girlfriend gets that itchy feeling that she wants to be around you EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY, then she moves into *your* place. Alternatively, if you burn bags of money, you move in TOGETHER to a new, bigger place (one that can fit both of your egos).

    If your girl insists on keeping her “ohmygawd super-awesome” apartment and that you move in with her, then you go and find yourself another girlfriend. Period, end of story.

    Your boy was de-manned (kind of like how you de-vein a shrimp!) and he has only himself to blame. Tell him to eat two bull testicles and one tiger penis and then get back on the horse!

    • chata says:
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      @JoeC,

      i can see that .
      especially if we can equate a shrimp’s vein to a backbone .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, Ha! Yeah, do funny shizz when you’re in love…

  17. neogonzo mourning says:
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    hahahah AAA discount! brilliant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @neogonzo mourning, That was Rudy…

  18. Deadwoods says:
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    Please rank these catchers ROS: Avila, Rosario. M. Montero, Salvador Perez. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Perez, Wilin

  19. CL says:
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    Let me take ya back… it’s May 1st. Spring is in the air… my team is sitting pretty at numero uno in the dynasty league. Mauer is even hitting! Wait, what was that?! That doesn’t sound good…

    Longoria goes down, then Sandoval, Werth, CarGo sits a few. Napoli sits many. Beachy gets hurt. Now Dee Gordon (thankfully I have Streaky JJ Hardy!). Haren should have hit the DL 2 months ago.

    Grey: Is Haren a keeper this year? 10 team dynasty. I have stuck with him for 5 years. No DL spots left, have Starling Marte & Gerrit Cole taking up roster space.

    PS: The Phils are in the basement. I’ve been in a slow circling nose dive now 27 points back in 5th. Just venting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL, Eh, I’d hold him in a dynasty league…. But don’t know who you’d be dropping him for…

  20. mike jones says:
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    Traded casilla last night and I am looking for a replacement, only guy getting saves on the wire is Glenn Perkins. Is he gonna keep the job? Or should I do a speculative add like Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike jones, Holland

  21. Wake Up says:
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    Mastroianni = smoked SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

  22. Ron Swanson's 'Stache says:
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    Please evaluate, Senor Mustachio:

    I give – Victorino, Youk, Hanrahan
    I get – Bourn, Ichiro, Matt Moore

    I currently sit atop the standings in 12team, 5×5, but second to last in BA, Marcum might not pitch again for a while (leaving me with CC, J Zimm, Cain), lead the saves category by 18, my other OF’s include Grandy Rasmus Jay, platooning Moose and Middlebrooks at 3B.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron Swanson’s ‘Stache, Do you need steals? Only reason to do this trade…

      • Ron Swanson's 'Stache says:
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        @Grey, in the middle of the pack for steals so not a premium…team BA is a robust .260 so avg is my main concern withSP depth a secondary issue. Any thougts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Youk could hit for same average as Bourn ROS…

  23. frank rizzo says:
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    Just read now that Big Papi is mad about his contract situation now an stated it is an embarrassment. He’s also been complaining about the atmosphere around the team.

    I see red flags all over this team. Youk out, they all hate their manager, Papi mad, Pedroia hurt and butt hurt. Sounds like it could end badly.

    • bean says:
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      @frank rizzo, Papi mad no chicken in clubhouse, ugh!

      These guys went from idiots to pansies as soon as Epstein brought in the Yankee type FAs. Blow it up and rebuild!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Agree with bean, need start over…

    • chata says:
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      @frank rizzo,

      papi’s just bucking for a 2 year contract .
      if his 2nd half is as strong as this 1st half , he’ll get it .
      he’s upset by the crawford and lackey contracts ,
      but the best thing that he can do , at this point , is just keep
      his mouth shut , and stop whining .
      he’s not making any friends .
      that fiasco last year , where he broke into francona’s post-game
      news conference to bitch about a hit being scored as an error ,
      should have gotten him fired on the spot .
      trying doing that to your boss and see what happens .

  24. OPS & barley says:
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    I give Kyle Seager, get Justin Masterson.

    Both have good keeper value in the 5×5 league.

    My trade partner is losing his only 2B in Pedroia.

    KS rotates into UTIL and will likely stay that way next yr if I keep him (I have Altuve slotted in 2B, he doesnt hold up the hot corner, and he will probably lose SS in the 2013 Yahooniverse)

    Good for me or good for him? (or shoot I shoot for his better arms [Gio & Sale])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OPS & barley, Sounds decent for you…

  25. thegreater says:
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    Have Jesus Montero stinking it up at C. Salty was just dropped, and Norris and Grandal are FAs. Make a switch?

    Also, is Adam Lind back to being a Buy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thegreater, Grab Salty… Yeah, Lind’s a buy…

  26. Atherton32 says:
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    I’m in a keeper league and my team is doing terrible this year. I am losing Votto this year regardless. I am thinking about making a trade to get either Trout or Harper. By doing this I can keep these players for 3 years. Are both these players in your mind great for the next 3 years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Atherton32, Yup… Prefer Trout…

  27. strugz says:
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    OBP/QS leage. I got offered Cain for Ryno.

    This is a daily league where I would rotate him with Hoz and Rizzo AND Berkman when he comes back. I probably have enough power/RBI’s BUT I can keep Ryno for the next 3 years at 16th round value.

    What do you say?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @strugz, Who?

      • strugz says:
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        @Grey, Matt Cain :) I accepted the deal even though trading power for an arm is against my religion. Big Boi ain’t making it through the year on a replaced ankle.

        • strugz says:
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          @strugz, oh and RYNO = RYAN HOWARD

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There ya go…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        sandberg ??

  28. TheNewGuy says:
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    Save chasing, best option of saves due to trades/stinkiness:

    Gregerson, Holland, Cishek, Belisle.

    Please rank best and next best option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Holland, Gregerson

  29. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    Is it time to drop Carlos Santana in my 10 team H2H league? There are so many free agents are who are producing more (Rosario, Perez, Arrencebia). What do you think?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph, Sure… Perez

  30. jaw says:
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    montero was just dropped in my league, grab him for wilin rosario? 10 team h2h mixed 1 catcher.

    • jaw says:
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      @jaw, im referring to jesus, not miguel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Wilin

  31. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    @Grey Missed this last night:

    “…So they haven’t lose faith in Domonic, they just don’t have room?”

    I think it’s more they have lost some faith in him, and they don’t believe his offense is enough to compensate for his defensive shortcomings, yet.

    If they become sellers at the deadline, they may have to re-visit their feelings on his future with the team. He has not shown enough at AAA Lehigh yet to command anything near his worth from a year ago. And with multiple contracts expiring at the end of the year, he may wind up back in their picture out of necessity. I look for them to either deal Victorino before the trade deadline, or let him walk at the end of the season. Next year’s outfield might very well be Brown in left, Mayberry in center, and Pence in right. The Rawlings Company won’t need the zip code for CBP anytime in the near future…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, Ha… Gotcha… Just feel like he deserves a shot, but not clear if he’s earning it…

  32. Chillmodious says:
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    Grey, I object. On behalf of social workers everywhere, I demand that you properly identify your child! The little cherub flossin’ the pipe you linked to on the mainpage? An imposter, I say! I’m no DNA-ologist (see!), but that runt is missing the most important of all Albright (stutterer!) features. Grey… I’m sorry it had to be like this… but you better sit down… and meet… your son:

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4939173018_abb9ec0fdf.jpg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Oh, wow… My other baby! I lost him…. My bad!

  33. Jankees says:
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    wow.. that Pedroia blurb… brilliant! As Chris Rock would say:

    Yeezy taught you well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jankees, Thanks!

  34. Miley Cyrus says:
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    I’m tight in ERA right now. Would you start either/both/none of these two guys tomorrow?

    Hammel @ LAA
    Wandy vs Mil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miley Cyrus, Neither

  35. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Okay, am I the only one noticing all of the negative wife mentions lately? Forging her name, CDs she left you with, schadenfreude when she left… what are you not telling us, Mr. Albright? Was there a Mrs. Albright where there is now only a hole in your heart in the shape of a woman with a moustache?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Maybe you’re the one reading into these… Hmm… I don’t know, my audience is 99.9% male 25-45, you play into what they know…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, How cynical… you’re swimming through sick lullabies, Mr. Albrightside.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can’t handle the truth!

  36. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I could use some OF depth. Anyway I was thinking of trading longoria and sano for kinsler and fowler. Do I consider this or maybe just deal sano str8 up for fowler?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf chris johnson
    lf peter bourjos
    cf tony campana
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util paul goldschmidt
    bn andrelton simmons
    bn travis snider
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl carl crawford
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp jon lester
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p scott downs
    p aaron harang
    bn zack mccalister
    bn barry zito
    bn brad peacock
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, I’d take Kinsler…

  37. shibboleth says:
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    Hey Grey, I am officially toast for the season and want to start planning for next. We can keep 2 outside of round five. Would you pull the trigger on your Gallardo (7) and BJ (5) for his Konerko (6) and Fowler (17)? I think it would give me some interesting choices for the offseason…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth, Sure, go for it…

  38. Joel says:
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    Grey: I only have 2 closers (Chapman and Wilhelmsen) and could really use another in my 6×6 h2h league. I’ve been offered Heath Bell and Reddick for Choo. Should I pull the trigger? THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, Go for it…

  39. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Which two SS get the cut in 14-team AVG and OPS?

    Alcides
    Andrelton
    Marinated Pastrami
    Brian Dozier

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy,

      Also, in a 12-team OBP, which 2B?

      R.Weeks
      Espinosa
      R.Tejada
      H.Kendrick
      Amarista

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Pastrami… Dozier… Kendrick…

  40. Grey's da man! says:
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    1. Please rank:
    clayton richard home vs reds
    bailey at SD
    vargas at Oak

    2. Start F Morales at home vs Yankees in 12 team roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Richards, Vargas… Sit him…

  41. Poop says:
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    Giancarlo is making me cry, this sucks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poop, Let’s form a prayer parallel line…

  42. Trout at $5 for 2 more years in a league where studs go for $75….please keep talking about him, I can’t get enough. For that I thank you. However you ruined my day by reminding me how much I miss The Wire. Since I don’t hold grudges I’ll tell you to read the maxim article about the show, it’s a great read!

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @RambleOn, That’s sweet. I have him for $5 next year, $8 in 2014, and $13 in 2015… also have Harper at those same prices. Studs go for $40-50s range in my league, but I’m still pretty confident in my OF for the next few years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RambleOn, Cool, will check it out…

  43. Chillmodious says:
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    Grey, here’s my roster with a couple interrelated questions to follow:

    C – Ruiz
    1B – Youk
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Joey Bats
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Kipnis
    CI – Jed Lowrie
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruuuuuce
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Howie Kendrick
    OF – Belt
    Util – Rizzo
    Util – Moustakas

    SPs – Greinke, Hanson, Anibal, Lynn, Bauer, Gee, Cahill, Milone
    RPs – Perez, Casilla, Wilhelmsen

    DL – McCarthy
    DL – Cashner

    ——————————–

    1. [straight forward] Would you drop Belt for Ruggiano?

    2. [not so straight forward] Would you hang on to Belt but bench him, and drop a pitcher for Ruggiano? (I picked up Milone for today’s home stream, so I could continue to hold him, drop him for a bat, drop him for another pitcher to stream, make a speculative pickup on Greg Holland, or handcuff Romo to my Casilla. There’s also Cahill, who I own but can’t figure out.)

    3. [straight forward] Do nothing at all?

    Thanks for your time, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, 1. Yes 2. Milone to Romo after the spot start…

  44. Ian Del says:
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    Rest of year, 5×5 Roto, Rasmus, Reddick or Kubel?
    Reddick or Kubel help with position eligibilty in multiple OF slots, but I’m really just looking for best all-around production.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian Del, Rasmus

  45. ferris says:
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    deep nl-only

    for a Util spot (no position benefit)

    geo soto
    todd helton
    alex presley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris, Presley

  46. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey….which side you like better for ROS? Greinke/Duda or MadBum/Ike Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Greinke

  47. BelmarPhil says:
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    Love “The Wire” related comments. I’m currently on season 3. Marlo is no joke!!!!! I want my corners back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BelmarPhil, Ha! Aw, yeah…

  48. Poo Holes says:
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    I hear they’re stretching Feliz out as a starter but that doesn’t mean that’s how they’ll use him. Thoughts there? Add him over Ervin or Oswalt?

    Also, Holland have a better chance at saves over League?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Sure, over Ervin… Yes, over League…

  49. crock says:
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    Would u trade cargo/craig for cano/morales or crawford? And if so crawford or kendry?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, I wouldn’t…

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Colvin over Belt?

    Need help at 1B when my others are the .200 brothers in Pena and Reynolds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Yup

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, thanks Dave Hester. Unfortunately I have to wait for him to clear waivers tomorrow since I’m the genius who dropped him…

  51. harkrider says:
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    How long should I stash both Marcum and Morrow? My current SP’s are Moore, McDonald, Hanson, Masterson and Fiers.

    Should I drop one of these SP’s for Buehrle, Volquez, Ubaldo, Billingsly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Lose Marcum for Volquez at home or Buehrle…

  52. WHIP it good says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve a rather rostering question: would you rather roster Romo or Burton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romo

  53. It makes me so angry every time I read about the Astros moving to the American League. I wonder why Selig hates the Astros so much. Yeah, let’s take the worst team in the NL and move them to the AL West, that seems like a great idea! What, there wasn’t a slot open in the AL East?

    Anyway…

    How does one get the name Darin with that last name?

    His parents loved “Beyond the Sea”

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @ChrisV82, Clever response. And if you were to delve deeper–or, beyond the sea, as it were–you would find that Bobby Darin’s birthname was Walden Robert Cassotto. Robert Cassotto —> Bobby Darin —> Darin Mastroianni. Perhaps your suggestion wasn’t so far off!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Apparently…

  54. Speed Round says:
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    ROS Estrada or Fiers?

    Thanks for all your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  55. BluePulaski says:
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    re: Brian McCann

    (I don’t own him, but just in case he turns the corner for the rest of the year, and if I did own him and)

    if he doesn’t turn the corner, should I drop him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

  56. Joan Chen says:
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    Grey,

    I miss the days when the Astros had the Killer B’s, Burke, Berkman, Beltran, Bagwell, Biggio.

    I’ve got a trade offer of Granderson straight up for my Adrian Gonzalez. It’s a keeper that counts RBI, HR, R, SB, OPS, AVG, K’s, and I’ve got Rizzo, Goldschmidt, and Big Donkey at 1st to play. Would you take the trade? Current OF is Kemp (DL), Adam Jones, Jennings, Dunn, Stubbs, Gonzalez, Krispie Young.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And Bass…. I’d take it…

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Joan Chen, Don’t forget Derek Bell, Sean Berry, Brandon Backe, Eric Bruntlett, Geoff Blum, and Michael Bourn.

      • Joan Chen says:
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        @Chillmodious, I am unworthy! So unworthy.

  57. Dudley says:
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    10-team H2H using Quality Starts instead of Wins. Stream Milone Vs. SEA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  58. Random Collmenter says:
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    Looking for a replacement for Dee… You think Betancourt for Andrelton Simmons is paying too much?

    I’m 3rd in saves. Other closers are Soriano and Casilla. Casilla might get demoted soon but I’m sure I can find someone on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s paying too much…

  59. Mzyptlk says:
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    I’m thinking of offering Adam Jones/Sale for Dread Pirate—too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, too much

  60. quimmy says:
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    My Utley, N.Cruz and Norris
    for
    His M.Holliday and Beckett

    OBP League

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cruz, but it’s fair…

  61. Jared says:
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    Zobrist or Altuve ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  62. Chillmodious says:
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    Would you mind ranking for ROS:

    Ruggiano, Belt, Francoeur, JD Martinez, Starling Marte

    (position doesn’t matter)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frenchy, Belt, JD

  63. nightpandas says:
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    worth trading my 1st round pick next year (8th pick after 7 keepers in a 15 teamer) and JD Mart for Beckett, Colby Lewis & 4th pick to shore up my pitching?

    Current Staff: Lester/Latos/Morrow(DL)/Anibal/Cahill/Niese/Fiers (can start 3 or 4 per day)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can do better…

  64. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    safe to start Beckett against Yankees tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  65. B.o.B says:
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    What’s the outlook on Stanton if he does and does not go through with the knee surgery? I traded the Dread Pirate for him a couple months ago and I’m beginning to really regret it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he can finish up this season… It’s up in the air… Remember he had knee problems in April and did fine for 2 months… Hopefully he can do that again…

  66. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    my friend got offered Felix and Lawrie for the Dread Pirate in a keeper league, I said take it and he is having trouble deciding whether to get off the the pot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it…

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey, off the pot thanks

  67. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Grey I noticed we haven’t heard much recently about Mat Latos’ upturn in form. I’m sure you’re pissed as you cut him in one league before he suddenly turned it on, so don’t blame you if you eradicate him from your blog comments all year long!

    That said, does your head say he’s turned it around (even if you’re heart says screw you Latos!)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brewers were nice, though they were in a funk almost giving Arroyo a perfect game… Then it was the Padres and Giants… Two worst offenses in baseball…

  68. Grey

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

  69. JMAC says:
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    Really like the rap in todays post. Well done

  70. abdoozy says:
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    Have three closers – Cook, Frieri and Myers — but Myers hasn’t done shite for me lately (1 SV in 3 weeks, only 5 appearances) and I suspect if he’s traded he won’t be closing.

    Would you dump Myers for a speculative pickup of Holland?

  71. JMAC says:
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    Really like the rap in today’s post. Well done

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  72. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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    Good stuff as always Grey! NL-only league. Dee Gordon down for 6 weeks… Who should claim to play SS for my squad? (slim pickins) Please rank:

    Andrelton “John” Simmons, Alexei Amarista, Ryan Theriot

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