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It’s nice when your chickens come home to roost.  Sure, chickens coming home to roost is usually used to indicate a negative, but whoever heard of roosted chickens not being delicious.  Lemon pepper, rosemary and roosted chickens is my favorite menu item and this Chinese restaurant has the best #3 in town.  So, now, chickens coming home to roost is a positive and so is Todd Frazier with two jacks yesterday like Nicholson in Mars Attacks!.  Frazier has long been a favorite of mine — we were younger then, and you had more hair.  I hit you with a sleeper post for him in 2013 and again this offseason.  There I said, “(Frazier) dropped his K-rate from 22.2% in 2012 to 20.8% last year.  This was counteracted by a falling line drive rate (22.4% to 18.1%).  Make weak contact and balls get caught and your BABIP falls.  His fly ball rate fell too.  When a fly ball rate falls in a hitters’ park, your power numbers appear less than desirable.  Cause and effin’ effect or effin’ affect or affin’ effect or affin’ affect.   BTW, what’s a humpageddon?  A pornmanteau.  Take it, it’s yours.  The good news is when Frazier did hit a home run, he hit them a long way (average distance was 403 feet).  He was right there at the top of the league for guys who averaged the longest distance per home run.  When he hit six homers (this past) September in only 88 ABs, it showed the player he can be every month.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Still, love Frazier, unlike a lot of you since he’s only owned in 50% of leagues.  I’d absolutely grab him if he were available in my league.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Homer Bailey – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  “Homer Bailey, this is Clarence.  Your angel.  I’m here to show you what life would be like if you didn’t bomb occasionally.  See this?  This is Grey’s scalp.  Notice how there’s no hair getting ripped out?  That’s the difference.”

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  BRUUUUUUUUUCE!

Matt Adams – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  All he does is hit!  Did I say hit?  I meant eat.

Doug Fister – Didn’t resume throwing yesterday as originally planned, but his recovery is moving forward in other ways.  Damn, he sounds so emotionally stable.  Probably because he doesn’t own himself in fantasy!

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-1, 1 run.  Didn’t start yesterday because Matt Williams wants to get Danny Espinosa in there a game or two a week.  In one hand, Williams has a better hitter and a chance to win.  In the other hand, Williams has getting Espinosa at-bats.  In his third hand, Williams has his brain because it’s not in his head.

Ryan Zimmerman – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and a home run.  This big day comes on the heels of an announcement that Jordan Zimmermann would miss Thursday’s start with the flu.  Coincidence?  What if there’s only enough karma in the world for one Zimmerman?  Maybe this is why Bob Dylan now sounds like a dying lawnmower.  Conspiracy?  I don’t know.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Mr. Roark, making fantasies come true for those that picked him up in NL-Only leagues and just need a half-decent starter.

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He gets the Braves, Diamondbacks and Braves for his next three starts, which is less than ideal, then I plan on picking him up off waivers for his late-April start against the Marlins, because I bet his owners will be fed up with him after his first four starts.

Lucas Duda – 0-for-3.  Won the 1st base job over Ike Davis yesterday.  Terry Collins made it official, saying, “Semantics perhaps, but we’re going with Duda over crap.”

Krispie Young – To the DL with a quad strain.  Better than sitting in my UTIL spot looking like you’re gonna do something and never do nothing.  I’m pouting!

Angel Pagan – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Someone commented yesterday that they loved Pagan irrationally and I asked them why, but they didn’t respond, I might’ve scared them off.  I didn’t think anyone loved Pagan who wasn’t related to him.  Could that have been his sister, Angela Pagan?  All of this is not to say Pagan can’t be productive for your fantasy team.  But love him?  Really?  It’s like loving Domino’s pizza.  I mean, it’s okay.  But love?

Brandon Belt – 1-for-5 and his 3rd homer.  I need to post a question on Yahoo! Answers.  “How come whenever I see Brandon Belt’s name I hear a mangled version of the AutoZone jingle?  ‘Get into the Zone, He’s in the Zone.'”

Tim Lincecum – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Not a terrible start by Lincecum, but it says a lot that I now consider a 6 IP, 4 ER start okay for Lincecum.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  Au Shizz!  (I’ll be honest, it’s not as fun now that I don’t own him.)

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  I have a sneaking suspicion that Trumbo is going to have a monster year.  Let’s just say it’s a gut call like when I call up a frenemy, fart into the phone and then hang up.

Chris Owings – 2-for-4 and his 2nd steal.  Give me your password and I’ll go in and pick him up for you.

Aaron Hill – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his first steal.  Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have dropped him for Kolten Wong!  I’m kidding.  You people — yes, you people! — need to seriously stop making rash decisions.  You’re doing damage to your team by looking at what a guy has done in three games vs. what they’ve done over full seasons.  It’s been one series.  If this were a series in August, you wouldn’t even notice, because you’d be playing fantasy football due to the crazy drops you did in April.  Chillax!

Kevin Gausman – Could be called up for Saturday if there’s a doubleheader.  YAY!  Would be a one game type deal and then sent back down.  OH.

Ivan Nova – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners (5 BBs), 1 K.  Is Nova better than CC right now?  Yes.  In yesterday’s game?  Oh, hell no.

Jason Castro – Left game after being hit by an Ivan Nova pitch.  The US government will be awarding Nova with a Purple Heart for taking out Castro.

Yangervis Solarte – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI in his first major league start.  Looks like Yangervis is starting against lefties at 3rd base over Kelly Johnson.  So, who is Yangervis?  Yangervis used to go by Yngervis and play ice hockey for the Croatian National team, for a while he operated a Jewish deli in LA by the name of Yanger’s, and he’s an old prospect who has never shown much of anything.  He looks like an 8-homer, .250 hitting infielder with no speed.

Roenis Elias – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hey, it’s my NFBC Placeholder 9!  Roenis is a solid gamble in AL-Only leagues, but I still wouldn’t bother with him in most mixed leagues.

Jesse Chavez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Chavez, the pitcher, not the Spanish word for the rubbing of a wet bathing suit on inner thighs, looked almost exactly as he should.  Marginal deep mixed league flyer, and a decent gamble in AL-Only leagues.  But — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — he gets the Twins next and that’s a hard start to turn down in any leagues.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a slam & legs.  What a sellout!  Coco Crisp, you’re supposed to be all about the boxed cereal, then you go with the slam & legs?  A shame really.

Casey McGehee – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, and now leading the major leagues in just about every offensive category.  Of course, it’s still very early, but no reason you have to watch a hot schmotato on waivers and not act on it.  If only squid-related erotic anime had as much success as Casey McGehee coming back from Japan.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and continuing to hit every pitch hard.  He’s gonna be in this afternoon’s Buy because Marcell Ozuna is the Grey Crush of the Moment.  That’s Grey, no silent R.  Not that there’s anything wrong with silent R’s.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and hitting .500 through three games, and he could be hitting .200 through five games.  Control, Adeiny, Delete.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a steal.  Don’t worry, Walt Weiss was still able to get Blackmon into the game.  Maybe Weiss is worried if Blackmon doesn’t play, the NAACP will protest Rockie games.

Michael Cuddyer – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his first home run.  This has nothing to do with Cuddyer, because you know what he is anyway.  Instead, while I was writing this blurb I was thinking about how an unintended consequence of so much instant replay is that it now feels a lot less likely that a manager will absolutely lose his shizz.  Can you imagine Lou Piniella arguing with a guy in a headset, looking at a video monitor?  Okay, maybe if he’s in a booth with Chris Berman, but otherwise no.

Wil Myers – Was scratched from yesterday’s game due to the flu.  Givenchy!

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Loved Archer coming into this year, but don’t think I got him on any teams.  I say ‘don’t think’ because I’m not sure; I have too many teams.  I do not say I have too many teams to sound cool.  Not that having too many fantasy teams is cool in any universe.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his first home run.  I skipped over Longoria in my RCL draft to get Pujols with the 2nd pick even though I have them reversed in my rankings.  So, you should know that if I don’t mention Longo again this year, it’s not because I don’t like him, it’s because it hurts too much.

David DeJesus – 2-for-5, 2 runs.  No one’s talking about this guy because he’s boring as dog balls, but he’s hitting leadoff and I could see him surprising into a top 40 outfielder.

Brandon Morrow – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His old MO was to be great but never healthy.  Glad to see he’s shaking that stigma.

Felix Doubront – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Was one of those sneaky picks I drafted in deep leagues, because I like Doubront’s outside chance for lots of Ks.  That hasn’t changed, but I do think in leagues where Doubront is startable, he’s probably owned already.

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .556.  In this week’s podcast, Bogaerts was the hyped prospect I named as a guy that I didn’t think would break out until 2015.  I stand by that, but Bogaerts is trying to prove me wrong.  Anyway, what about Grady Sizemore?!  Hype Machine, give me the lowdown!  Hype Machine, “He didn’t play.  But he could’ve hit four homers if he had.”  Thanks, Hype Machine!

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th steal.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy, but you got a disease I call Matt Williams Brain if you need to wait until then to add him.

Mike Olt – 1-for-3 and his first home run.  Damn, if only there were more lefties… *wavy lines*  “Why are people protesting bear claws, the pastry?”  Omniscient Voice, “Because, Grey, you wondered what it would be like in a world with more lefties.”  “I wondered what it would be like in a world with more left-handers, not more liberals.”  Omniscient Voice, “That is my bad.”

Jason Hammel – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The Pirates look like their bats haven’t made it yet from Spring Training, so while it’s inspirational to think Hammel is back, he was never really somewhere that exciting to return to.  Maybe you were thinking of Jason Heyward, cause he looks back.

Pedro Strop – Got the save yesterday because Jose Veras had blown the game the night before and the Cubs wanted Veras to sit in the bullpen and think about what he had done.  Not a changing of the guard yet, but Strop will be there when the Cubs are ready because he’s a good sport, in a misspelled type of way.

Josmil Pinto – 1-for-5 and a homer.  I don’t know, but it might be worth considering benching Mauer and starting Suzuki at first and Pinto behind the plate.

Chris Colabello – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs.  Fun fact!  In Minnesota, they call him Popbello.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  As said yesterday, Plouffe runs hot and right now he’s hitting .462.  Plouffe goes the hot schmotato!

Jose Quintana – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Twins.  You can go to the Stream-o-Nator, if you want.  Shoot, every page view is 1/180th of a penny in my pocket, but you don’t need SON to tell you to start guys vs. the Twins.

Nate Jones – 0 IP, 2 ER.  Suffered an aggravation of his glute injury.  And here I thought he just had a personal vendetta against weekly set fantasy lineups.

Matt Lindstrom – 1 IP, 2 ER, blown save.  Damn, just when I invested in yellow Lind Strom bracelets.  I know, another blown save, who would’ve guessed it?  Lindstrom’s still the closer…for now (no relation to Morneau).  Though I did grab Daniel Webb in one league.

Tyler Flowers – 4-for-4, 1 run.  Not only did the White Sox get to face the Twins pitching, but they got Phil Hughes.  The Hitter-Tron saw a nice buying opportunity for a bunch of guys in the Twins-White Sox game.  The Hitter-Tron also saw a radiator that it wanted to dress in bloomers.

Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-4 and his 3rd home run in as many games.  Finally, Bud Selig can make things right and schlep Maris’s family around with De Aza!  Of course, you should own De Aza while he’s hitting, but it’ll be interesting to see how he and the entire White Sox team hits when it doesn’t have the Twins pitchers to pick on.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his first home run, was also his first hit.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy, but he could be; it’s just the hundred monkeys who type up my posts checked out already.  I do like him, and think he could make Gordon Beckham irrelevant like the Post Office.  That sounds like one part of the whitest rap lyric ever.   “Yo, lady, I got this great place off Yelp for crawfish, let’s check it out and make your boyfriend irrelevant like the Post Office.”

Adam Dunn – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd home run.  This week’s Creeper strikes again!

Adam Eaton – 1-for-3, 2 runs. Props to the White Sox.  Eaton-Semien is a bold way to start an offense.

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    didn’t Frazier start hot last year only to do shit the whole year til that little outburst in sept? Thanks for steering us towards Nate jones haha JK you fucking rock my love for razz will never die

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      He hit six dongs last April, so yes.

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @frankgrimes: ME TOO

  2. woodz says:
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    No”Billy 0/4 Hamilton”?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @woodz: That would get old quick from the looks of it

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @woodz: Still really early, but he looks lost at the plate. Doesn’t seem like he even belongs in the batters box. Might be seeing the beginning of the biggest bust of 2014

      • Brizant says:
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        @Shawn of the livid:

        I dunno if “biggest” bust makes sense in the literal form OR figurative, but he does look bad.

        Wait, we are talking cleavage, right?

  3. Party Boy John says:
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    would you keep kolten wong if you had Ian Desmond, jedd gyorko, brad miller? if you were going to shop one which would you move?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Party Boy John: how’s that Fugazi lyric go, “it’s not what they’re selling, it’s what you’re buying” All of those could be moved for right price.

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: lol very political response which do you like the most to move? feel good moving desmond and keeping the other 3?

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Party Boy John: I never said that.. oh wait

      • tvators says:
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        “Never mind what’s been selling. It’s what’s you’re buying. And receiving undefiled” applying Fugazi lyrics to fantasy baseball may be the single most reason razzball is the best!!

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Party Boy John:
      Are you trying to move one for the sake of moving one? What are your team needs? Do you even have an identifiable area of need this early? Either way, I expect you’d get nothing too great in return for wong and jerko atm, and given that you read razzball, you probably value miller higher than most potential trading parters.

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: i play in a 6×6 roto OPs/holds added its hard to not have enough good relief pitchers im sure they are worth a good reliever right?

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Party Boy John:
          I’d move wong then, but wait for a hot streak. Or move miller for a solid price.

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Grey: bold grey thats what the fuck im talking about

  4. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    sweet jesus the whole Olt blurb is genius. seems like it should’ve been out of a skit somewhere, like Whitest kids or Kids in the Hall (or something with kids in it). be honest, you’ve had that Strop joke ready to go for a while now. bold way to end a post also. wong is the drop if you have to above guy.

  5. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    Who wins abreu/lindstrom for cole/Rodney???….

    This is what I’ll be left with offensively, post abreu…
    Aj piersk
    Pujols
    Segura
    Frazier and middlebrooks
    Adam jones
    Harper
    Coco crisp
    Reddick
    Hart
    Sizemore

  6. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    Frazier or middlebrooks?

  7. EJ says:
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    I’ve got ian kinsler, brandon phillips, matt carpenter, kolten wong all with 2B eligibility. i was looking at trading jose fernandez for matt carpenter…would you do it? i’ve got cingrani, gee, archer, and alex wood as my starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EJ: Sure

    • J-FOH says:
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      @EJ: yes trade carpenter for jofer

  8. J-FOH says:
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    Pornmanteau!

    New favorite word

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: You’re welcome!

  9. The Dutch says:
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    Who gets more saves this year Broxton or Josh Fields

    Both Frazier and Rendon are on the wire, and I have your kid Asche at 3B. Would you take Rendon over Frazier as backup for duel eligibility ?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @The Dutch:
      Neither broxton nor fields seem likely to keep the job the whole year. Broxton maybe for a month and a half, and crain still profiles to be the favorite in houston. I’d go broxton if I had to choose.
      I don’t know what a gunfight has to do with fantasy baseball so I’d go with frazier. If you’re grabbing a guy off waivers, always play for upside.

  10. JT says:
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    With Darvish coming off DL, do I drop Kluber or Eovaldi?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @JT:
      All Kluber droppers need to be in my leagues. Specifically the 15% of leagues where I don’t own kluber.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JT: Kluber

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Recommending a Kluber drop?! Never thought i’d see the day. Didn’t know you had feelings for Eovaldi like that.

  11. Matt Pascale says:
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    I have Freddie Freeman as my everyday first base player – I also have Jose Abreu and Justin Smoak who I juggle at a Utility/Back-up fist base – who do you like better as a back up? Is Smoak the real deal this year? Love you guys and thanks in advance!

    -Matt

    • Jonas says:
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      @Matt Pascale: from what I heard, they have Smoak purposefully not pulling the ball, but taking it to all sides of the field.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Matt Pascale:
      It’s Dariel, and it ain’t close.

    • Confused Cobb says:
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      @Matt Pascale: Haha, I have the same thing. It was awesome to play Smoak yesterday instead of Abreu.

  12. Nick says:
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    What would you say to Kolten Wong vs Chris Owings at this point for a MI spot? My keague is OBP so I have Wong, and his speed numbers are maybe a tick up from Owings. But I’m really not sure, both look like good young players.

  13. scott says:
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    is it too soon to pick of bonifacio and drop gardner?

  14. Tyler says:
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    Drop middlebrooks for Frazier?

  15. El Famous Burrito says:
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    The worst part is the Krispie Young DL news came out early in the morning, but ESPN waited until after the first game of the day started to update his status. Lame!

  16. jamiehov says:
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    I know it’s early but I’m in full panic mode. My offense has been awful (led by gyorko, pujols mcutch, votto, segura, longo) and my pitching gets shelled daily.

    Staff:
    Bailey
    Liriano
    Cobb
    Kluber
    Porcello
    Ventura

    Are any of these droppable for Gausman, Walker, Paxton or I cant believe i’m going to say this… Scott Kazmir. Someone talk me off the ledge. I’m dead last in a 10 team roto league and 30 ponts out of 9th.

    • Always Happens To Me says:
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      @jamiehov: It’s day 5. Chillax brah!

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Always Happens To Me:

        I know, knee jerk but I’ve been in the basement all year and league mates are starting to call me Big Tigger

        • tvators says:
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          Two good days and you’ll be in third

          • Always Happens To Me says:
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            @tvators: When you say “been in the basement all year,” you mean since Monday. They’ll be calling you a lot worse if you start making panic moves April 4th. And if they won’t, we will.

            • Jamiehov says:
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              @Always Happens To Me:

              Well, not the whole league. Mainly the guy with Plouffe, Brad Miller and Brandon Belt.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Jamiehov: check Hale out , you could drop Cobb for him.

    • Slacker says:
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      Patience

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @jamiehov:
      Is 3 games enough for you to disregard all the research and preseason work you did? Or that of the writers whose rankings you follow? What do you have like 5 starts, 25 IP? You think that’s a representative sample of what your pitching will be like on the year? And what do you have, like 120 at bats? Come on now. Baseball is all about the long game guy, chill out.
      As for your specific question, Gausman isn’t sticking atm, so no. Walker is on the DL, so meh. Paxton and Kazmir, bleh. Just seem like streamers to me. Can drop. Kluber for either of the 3, but I wouldn’t.

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Alky Sobrera:

        I acknowledged it was knee jerk and early but theres always a chance I miscalculated on pitching. I missed on a few targets, Sonny Grey/Salazar/Masterson so was more thinking maybe the mix that I ended up with wasn’t going to work out. I know its early but I fell into a hole last year and maybe stuck to my guys a little too long. I think you’re right on Paxton and Kazmir being blah. Gausman will go quick once he’s up for good, speculation in Balt is that he’s already better than three of their current rotation. I’ll stick it out with Kluber but he and Porcello were expendable for my from the beginning since I anticipate dropping a starter or two by May 1st. Thanks for the help!

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Jamiehov:
          Gausman is probably better than all of their starters, and frankly their relievers too. Just a case of not rostering a guy who doesn’t have a spot yet. Walker is the most interesting of the bunch you mentioned. Grey is high on him as well.
          Anyway, I get the “don’t want to get caught sleeping” thing, but still way too early. Sit back, enjoy some baseball FOR baseball for the first 2 weeks or so, and then get into the grind of hating your team, lol.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Jamiehov:
          And fwiw, your pitching looks really solid.

          • Jamiehov says:
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            @Alky Sobrera:

            Haha, true. Way too early to hate. I think it’s the anticipation of sitting at work waiting all morning for your afternoon starter only to see his whip and era get pounded. Despite this post I’m typically a patient owner,

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: NOt even % starts. Liriano threw a gem and Porcello hasnt thrown yet, Ventura was skipped. So really Kluber and Cobb had bad games. Yeah, you better just quit this season…

    • Oklahoma Jones says:
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      @jamiehov: I think Kluber and Porcello suck and would gladly drop both for Kazmir and Paxton. Switch a shitty K&P sandwich for a much better K&P sandwich.

    • Nick says:
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      @jamiehov: Your team looks great. Would you really rather be the guy in first right now with Belt and De Aza anchoring your offense and Brewers pitchers leading your rotation? Wait at least a month before giving up on anyone. That said, some of the guys you mentioned could have good years, so keep an eye on them and don’t be afraid to let go of a borderline replacement level guy in favor of a Kazmir type.

      • Nick says:
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        @Nick: Apologies, I forgot Bonifacio and Smoak. And many more, but you get the point. Three or four games means very little in the context of a whole season. Cliff Lee isn’t going to have an ERA of 10 this year.

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Nick:

        Thanks Nick. That’s the ledge talking I needed before weekend games start

    • Big Al says:
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      @jamiehov: Seriously ? You have a great team and staff. Chill out and relax for a month. You’ll be fine. If you start moving those guys for the flavor of the day ,you’ll be the idiot of your league. Unless your in one of my leagues then e-mail me I’d like any of those guy’s.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @jamiehov: Liriano most certainly did not get shelled, and Porcello and Ventura didn’t pitch yet. So your question is “I had three bad starts, how much should I change my pitching staff?” If you have three bad starts the week of June 15th will you blow up your team?

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: sorry to pile on; I missed the second round of responses to you

        • Jamiehov says:
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          @DonSlaughtOnslaught:

          Not piling on at all. I appreciate the feed back. Yep, 3 bad starts so not awful but whip and era are so fragile early on so its a real knee jerk.

  17. Jonas says:
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    Gattis available on Waivers, but I am liking Zunino.

    Drop Zunino for Gattis?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Jonas:
      Owl droppings meet duck droppings.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: stick with owl, less smell…

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Nightpandas:
          Also tends to be drier. Filled with bones though, so gotta be careful.

  18. Fungazi says:
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    Doesn’t look like it. Read the Aaron Hill blurb above.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: that was @jamiehov

  19. Bbnr says:
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    Drop villar for owings? Have segura as my starting SS and Baez waiting in the wings (keeper)

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Bbnr:
      Villar more steals. Owings better BA and more pop. When picking between guys at that level, team needs should dictate pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bbnr: If you don’t need speed

  20. Swfcdan says:
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    Anthony Rendon – 1-for-1, 1 run. Didn’t start yesterday because Matt Williams wants to get Danny Espinosa in there a game or two a week. In one hand, Williams has a better hitter and a chance to win. In the other hand, Williams has getting Espinosa at-bats. In his third hand, Williams has his brain because it’s not in his head.

    Looks like Williams is the new Dusty (doofus manager to criticise)!

  21. Tigres says:
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    Thanks grey. Frazier’s HRs took the sting out of Nate Jones kicking me in the balls for a second day in a row. I have since invited Jones to get the hell off my roster. Grabbed Webb, will wait. And Abe Almonte is my new fave -he just a hot shmo-tato or could he put up some real #s this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: He could put up some real #’s

  22. Thrill says:
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    12 team roto 6×6 keeper league. My team is bounce-back central with Cespedes, Lawrie, and Castro, plus running risk of B Hams (get it?!?!). Already makin me sweat. I think my pitching is solid. Should I trade Matt Moore and Tony Cingrani (ouch) for Segura?

    B. Posey C/1B
    P. Goldschmidt 1B
    R. Cano 2B
    S. Castro SS
    B. Lawrie 3B
    J. Upton LF/RF
    Y. Cespedes LF/CF
    B. Hamilton CF
    D. Ortiz DH

    A. Wainwright SP
    S. Miller SP
    H. Kuroda SP
    J. Samardzija SP
    M. Moore SP
    E. Ramirez SP
    T. Cingrani SP
    Y. Ventura SP
    G. Perkins RP
    T. Rosenthal RP
    J. Soria RP
    H. Street RP
    K. Siegrist RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thrill: I’d take Segura

  23. Fmfbl says:
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    I own Macho, drafted Pablo and picked up Frazier earlier this week. Keeper league OBP and one has to go. Do you like the upside of Frazier as a potential cheap keep or the safety of Panda’s ability to get on base? Or is it just dumb to own both these guys once Machado comes back? Not high on Machado this yr but I’ve already invested 2 yrs w the guy- feel like I gotta see what comes from him…

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fmfbl: You don’t need both once Machado returns

  24. Please sir: Drop Nick Castellanos for Josh Donaldson or Chris Owings? Thanks.

    • Slacker says:
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      Donaldson avail?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Fanthed:
      Donaldson. Immediately. Panicking owners who drop guys like Donaldson are a godsend, don’t miss out. Also, send the guy buy low offers out the wazoo.

  25. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, who do you like going forward out of Santos, Rodney, K Rod or Aford? Thanks.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @TacktheKack:
      Santos and Krod won’t have the gig for long. Axford > Rodney

  26. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me that my coolness is not directly proportional to the number of fantasy teams I have?!? If it isn’t increasing my coolness stock, what has this all been about Grey? Does anything matter anymore?
    At least using the word coolness has to be helping my case, so it isn’t a complete wash, right?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      On the real though, time to drop Pujols for Pinto? Pinto has a way higher slg%! Plus position scarcity!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: Ha, I’m not sure there’s a direct correlation

  27. stynyr says:
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    Start Delgado @ COL?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @stynyr:
      Start no one at colorado. Ever.

      • stynyr says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Fine *hands in pockets, kicks rocks*

  28. Fungazi says:
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    A few must-see players today – Salazar @3:00 PM and Tanaka @7:00PM should be good

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Fungazi:
      After watching CC and Nova over the last 3 days, can’t wait for Tanaka time. Though, Kzar against the tiwns, chilllllssss.

  29. Swfcdan says:
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    Corey Dickerson – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a steal. Don’t worry, Walt Weiss was still able to get Blackmon into the game. Maybe Weiss is worried if Blackmon doesn’t play, the NAACP will protest Rockie games.

    Hey my friend is buddies with Blackmon, don’t dis my friend’s friend! Ha

  30. de nachos says:
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    This week I’m an unbelievable three-for-three on batty calls who go yard the day after I drop them: Jesus Guzman, Mike Olt, and Marcus Semien. I can’t even…

    SPOILER ALERT, David Freese could be in for a HUGE weekend.

    Taking requests for pick ups and drops if you need some pop from your garbage bats.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @de nachos: I’d appreciate it if you could get something going for Khris Davis and Kelly Johnson. Thanks.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Principal Blackman: sorry those two are two upscale for my special low-wave reverse mojo. But if you need some quickie Yunel Escobar action, we can talk…

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @de nachos: I guess I’ll have to take what I can get.

  31. Jermo says:
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    Yordono Ventura can’t stand the rain, with his start getting skipped until tues should I stream his spot and hope to pick him back up or hold (I have some caching up to do in pitching categories.)

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Jermo:
      Is it a roto? Because no one has catching up to do there. Either way, if you drop him, you most likely lose him.

    • Pope says:
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      @Jermo: Hold Ventura. I can’t imagine he just sits on your wire. Don’t you have someone else to drop for streaming? Bench bat?

  32. Swfcdan says:
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    Adam Eaton – 1-for-3, 2 runs. Props to the White Sox. Eaton-Semien is a bold way to start an offense.

    HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Swfcdan: ha!

  33. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Abe Almonte thoughts ? Did you see him last night or did you hit the sack early ?

  34. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    In what universe are dog balls boring?

  35. MattH says:
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    Props to you on Frazier. Props to SON on Quitana and other pitchers this week. Despite the closer craziness it’s been a fun opening week.

  36. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Xander is a cool name and all, but what about Jackie Bradley Jr.? Couple of hits yesterday, but no walks. Should we be worried?

  37. Jason says:
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    Would you trade: (Keeper cost for next year in parenthesis)

    SS B Miller (10)
    SP/RP Ogando (10)
    RP K Jansen (25)

    for

    SS J Baez (13)
    SP D Salazar (14)
    RP F Rodney (10)

    Categories are the 5×5 cats plus holds, loses, TB and OBP. I have Segura at SS currently too in addition to B Miller

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      Yes @Jason:

  38. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Decisions, decisions and rapid fire questions comin’ right at ya.

    In NFBC, start 5 OF, I have Heyward, Chris Carter, Revere, Yelich, De Aza, Bourjos, Ethier, Arcia

    Ethier’s roster spot is being used to pick up reliever along with Parnell’s. Is Bourjos droppable for Ozuna, with a back-up bid going on Abe Almonte? I only have Frieri, Cody Allen for relievers. Giving longer leash to Oswaldo, but is his roster spot droppable for reliever as well?

    Twins’ twins of Suzuki and Pinto are only rosterable catchers out there. Start 2 C. Keeping Avila as C1, is it time for Iannetta to be dropped for either of Twins?

    Not dropping any of 7 SP or Rendon/Wong/Moustakas from bench.

    In my other 14 tm league that is OBP and Total bases instead of AVG and HR, QS instead of W, weekly H2H, and min/max of 4-7 starts lineup is:

    C Mauer (1B)
    1B Rizzo
    2B Carpenter (3B)
    3B Boegarts (SS)
    SS Peralta
    OF Billy where’s the wheels Hamilton
    OF Bautista
    OF Jay Bruce
    UT Wil Myers
    UT Willingham

    Bench: Ackley 2B/OF, D’Arnaud C, Moustakas 3B, Dee Gordon SS/2B

    Start 7 SP, 2 RP: Stras, Sale, Kluber, Erasmo (glad I listened to you and kept)
    Closers: Hunter, Street, Santos
    Relievers I can slot into SP (very advantageous in this format): Wade Davis, Ogando, Britton (dumped Ubaldo for him), Yusmeiro Petit (dumping him for Seth Rosin)

    Would you dump Santos for Fields or Strop? Dump D’Arnaud for Ruiz/Zunino? Dump Mostsuckass (think safe to start calling him that again) for Baez/Bonifacio/Owings?

  39. Btdrnks says:
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    Is mostsuckass and his 0 for 8 droppable for Owings or Ozuna?

      • Btdrnks says:
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        @Grey: What say you about Yelich?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh

  40. They've done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time says:
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    Grey, Now I don’t want to be that guys making changes too early, but typically, there are some chances for great value the first 2 weeks out. 10-team H2H cat (9hit, 7 pit stats) My team C -W. Rosario, 1B-E. Encarnation, 2B-M. Prado, 3B-M. Cabrera, SS-I. Desmond, CI-J. Abreu, MI-C. Utley, LF- M. Holldiay, CF – Y. Puig, RF- W. Myers, Util- N. Arenado, BN- B. Dozier
    WIRE – T. Frazier, A. De Aza, D. Fowler, A Lind (kinda want to own that goatee), C. johnson, W. Middlebrooks, N. Castellanos, M. Mouse
    Do you see me switching out Dozier for any of the wire guys? (max moves for the year = 30)
    Thanks buddy

  41. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    This is my team (12 team H2H Mix)
    C-Lucroy
    1b-Encarnacion
    2b-Pedroia
    SS-Andrus
    3b-Arenado
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Cespedes
    OF-Hunter
    UTL-Napoli
    BN-Aoki

    Question: Should I drop Aoki and add Frazier? I always liked him but i’m afraid of his avg.

    Do you think my team will benefic from this move?

    thanks,

  42. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Last night the prophet Matt Harrison took the mound in a rehab start at AA Frisco. Immediately after, softball sized hail and tornados sprang from the sky to rape and pillage the land. What do we take away from this omen?

  43. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    In the same boat with Goldy… my Au Schizz is now my Au Schucks

  44. Jon says:
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    Would I be a chump for activating and starting Kemp today? I’d be sitting Aoki. Lineups lock before the 1:05 games.

    • Nick says:
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      @Jon: No, you wouldn’t be a chump. Kemp is better than Aoki when healthy. Of course Kemp will probably go 0-4 with 4 k’s today. I’d still rather have his power potential.

  45. Todd says:
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    Play marte or kemp?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Todd:
      Check Hitter T.

  46. hairy first basemen says:
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    Please rank these 3rd rest of season

    Fraizer
    boegarts
    Moustakas
    asche

  47. Red Barons says:
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    I totally know what you mean with Au Shizz! I saw his name coming up and was thinking, “Damn, I’m going to miss the Au Shizz! posts this season; this is why I need to join a keeper league.”

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Red Barons: and by miss, I mean have an empty feeling inside of me everyday as I read them.

  48. BringdaRuckus says:
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    Shall I obey the mighty Stream-O-Nator and go with Jenrry Meija today against the Reds?

    • Goose says:
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      @BringdaRuckus:

      Fangraphs likes Mejia, SON likes Mejia, and the other day Rudy said this about the start today:

      “Mostly legit. It is a solid matchup – at home, good pitcher park, eh offense. I don’t fully trust Mejia but it’s a streamable start.”

      And that’s me quoting Rudy!

      Also – SSS, of course, but Mejia did have a mid-2 xFIP and K/9 over 8 in 27 innings last year… The knock on him has always been his health, not his stuff…

  49. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Bonifacio, Brandon Moss or Khris Davis in a H2H points league?

    Pick two.

    • Btdrnks says:
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      @malamoney: Depending on positional needs, Moss and Boneface until he goes cold.

  50. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Who do you like better at SS ROS:
    Alcides Escobar
    Aybar
    Owings

  51. Pager24 says:
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    i think i want in on the possibility of Heyward being back. You got me all hot and bothered about him! time to do some rosterbating and make a trade offer…..hmm i feel dirty!

  52. Principal Blackman says:
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    Should I hang onto Kelly Johnson as my middle infidel despite his losing ABs to this Solarte character? The options to replace him are not at all pretty: Infante, Hechavarria, Crawford, Aviles. Blech.

  53. Marvin says:
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    Todd Frazier or Cody Asche?

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      Frazier. Asche will eventually be replaced by the infinitely better Franco. @Marvin:

  54. Merck Manual says:
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    Interesting that you didn’t mention David Roberston’s smooth save last night, that being the first save for the Yankees without Mariano on the team…..I’d say that warrants much more mention than……Nate Jones.

    Or maybe I’m just a Yankee fan and thinks the world revolves around the Yankees……

    either way…TANAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKKA TIME TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Merck Manual: My current relationship with David Robertson and the Yankees…

      Yup. Pretty much.

      • Merck Manual says:
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        @Jay:

        Jay I don’t understand…..

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Merck Manual: he’s likely mentioning nate jones to make sure people stop holding him with hopes he closes. that is more pertinent info than that a great RP was in fact being himself (i.e. great)

  55. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Nice to see Mike Minor have a set-back free start. He didn’t dominate, but he threw. That’s enough for now. Apparently Mike’s minor is on the mend.

  56. Steve d says:
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    Who gets my utility spot today. Arenado at home vs Delgado or Eaton vs the flame throwing Jeremy Guthrie?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Steve d:
      Hitter T

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Steve d: arenado

  57. Duke says:
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    Are we running Estrada out there this morning at Boston or not so much?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Duke: I’m hesitant to start him, but SON likes him for $7.60, so maybe.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Duke: Also, Estrada’s fly ball tendencies at Fenway scare the crap outta me.

      • Duke says:
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        @Principal Blackman: yeah I was thinking it’s probably not a great idea and I’m winning ERA and WHIP right now… no need in roto either I don’t think. What’s the cutoff on a good SON start? 5$ and up?

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @Duke: I think around 7-8 dollars and up is probably a good cutoff, but ultimately you need to trust your gut.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Duke:
          Depends on league size, but iirc Rudy mentions what the $ value of an avg start is at the bottom of SON page.

          • Duke says:
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            @Alky Sobrera: @Blackman: cheers dudes

        • [will work for saves] says:
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          @Duke: 7 is a little low.. 10 is where you should want to start at.

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @[will work for saves]: this varies by amount of teams in league. a good SON score for 12 teams is even better at 10 team. a good number for 16 teamer is much lower.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Duke:
      I wouldn’t run him out there. Too risky imo.

      • Moronymous Lohse says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Estrada is a guy I’m hoping gets beaten up tonight. His owner is squishy on him and I’d love a chance to panic buy Estrada after a bad start tonight.

        • Alky Sobrera says:
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          @Moronymous Lohse:
          I want him dropped somewhere too. Didn’t care to draft him anywhere this year, but the damned siren is calling to me again.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      Personally no, as I have 6 better options next 3 days. However, if needs must…@Duke:

  58. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey, I already own Yu and Eaton – I’ll be adding Semien and changing my name post-haste. Thank you for your inspiration.

  59. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I could grab Frazier or Moustakas, but would have to drop Khris Davis. Drop ? Hold?

    Thank you

  60. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I could grab Frazier or Moustakas, but would have to drop Khris Davis. Drop ? Hold?

    Thank you

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Principal Blackman: That’s how I’m leaning too. Wish Davis would give me a reason to excited about him.

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: I hear ya. I have him on three teams. Of course if I dropped Davis for Frazier, Frazier would probably immediately go cold, and Khrush would probably hit six homers in two games, so I’m standing pat for at least the first few weeks, which probably means the opposite will happen. Either way, I will likely be drinking my whiskey with a chaser of regret.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: hold. Is this a ten team? There is no one worse to drop?

  61. WGalvinized says:
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    Just closed a deal to send Mostsuckass / Bourjos-juice and get “surf’s up at” Ozuna and Kyle Seager. I am also receiving Bob Seger and the entire Silver Bullet Band. Thinking I won this deal.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @WGalvinized: I think you won too, but you should have held out for the Bob Seger System. They were WAY better than the SBB.

  62. You're Crazy Man, I like you, but you're crazy! says:
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    10 team h2h category keeper league, and i am being offered some craziness right now! My team looks like this:
    Molina, Fielder, Pedroia, Desmond, Aramis, Prado, A jax, Cruz, Votto, Napoli, D Brown, B Miller, Calhoun, Victorino, Gregory polanco on NA.

    Pitching:
    Kershaw, Ryu, Miller, Gray, Cingrani, Leake, porcello, Y. Ventura, T Ross and some shitty closers.

    Here is the offer. I would give up Aramis, Ventura and my first 10 picks for Miguel Cabrera, David Price and his last 10 picks in next years draft. I have no idea why he is trying to throw his season 4 days in but Ive finished 5th,4th,3rd,2nd the last four years in this league. So i would love to win it all this year! Am I crazy to do this trade??

  63. Joe says:
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    Appreciate some feedback, would you replace Tyson Ross or Michael Pineida with Paxton?

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: Add Frazier to the available player list as well. However, i have Longo at third, no CI position, Abreu at my Util and Gyorko sitting on my bench.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      The MLB TV team were worshipping the big lefty last night. Upside probably worth the risk. @Joe:

  64. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Bumblebee Ozuna…your balls are showing.

    So in a 12-team roto keeper league, my OF at the moment is Giancarlo, Harper, Dom Brown/Aoki (these two swap between OF3 and my util spot). Only three OF spots to fill. I have Khris Davis and Ozuna on the bench.

    Was just offered Shin-Soo Choo for Kenley Jansen. That would leave me with D.Holland, Sergio Santos, Josh Fields, Nate Jones, Danny Farquhar as my relief pitchers. If Nate Jones was the closer and starting off well, I would take this trade in a heart beat. But with closerpocalypse in full effect, I’m thinking about holding Kenley for now and trying to accrue some saves. Then reassess the shituation in mid-May.

    Thoughts???

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:
      Didn’t read the rest of it, but I bow to you. Bumblebee tuna *thumbs up*

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Ha, thanks! Just changed one of my RCL team names to that.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: i say take choo now and flip brown or aoki later for a cheeper closer. You gotta take the more valuable player this early and address saves later. You can find saves and they are easy to trade for.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah…this league has deep bench spots, so every backup closer is already owned. Getting saves off the waiver wire is difficult, so I’d be forced to trade for closers. But you are right, I’d be better off trying to trade for saves later on in the season, when a team out of contention is selling closers for upside guys.

        Trade accepted.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks for the friendly nudge brotha!

  65. kingforaday151 says:
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    Only one series in to the season, but curious who you guys think looks more incapable of putting a sensible lineup together, Matt Williams or Freddy Gonzalez? Harper 6th? BJ 2nd? CJ cleanup? Espinosa at all?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @kingforaday151:
      Tough call, but I’m leaning Williams. Fredi ain’t one to go down without a fight though, so watch out.

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @uncle charlie: @Alky Sobrera: I heard quite a bit in ST that made me think Williams would be solid, but he’s already got me back-tracking. Good news for Freddy though, if he falls behind in the lineup card botch, he can always just have Simmons lay down a sacrifice bunt with 2 outs come October. Or maybe let his pitcher walk around the mound shaking his arm in obvious pain for a few pitches before getting off the dugout steps. Oh, wait….

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kingforaday151: Has to be Freddy, he’s been doing it longer. Troll seniority.

      In fact, here’s the software he uses to create his daily lineup’s…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: can you email that to me. I just found my new screen saver.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Jay:
        Spit-your-coffee-put goodness. I defer to your expertise jaywrong.

  66. Eddy says:
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    Lawd Jesus, that Eaton-Semien bit was hilarious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: That was Rudy

  67. Game of Throws says:
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    I don’t LOVE Angel Pagan. And I don’t own him anywhere right now. But i can assure you I will at some point. He’s that guy always on FA being add/dropped by every team at least once. He’s basically Brett Gardner at this point. 10/30 with decent avg. I don’t love him, but I do like him.

  68. KarlJ says:
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    Drop Rollins or Kendrick for Owings?

  69. Birdmann says:
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    I hope Todd can build on this. I remember your sleeper post, I think I wrote he told MLB.com that he wanted to hit 30 jacks and bat north of .270. If anything I hope he starts off hot so I can trade him like I did last year and pick up what I need(Got Cole H and Elvis for him and Gooseman right before Kevin’s call up). Right now rostering three thirds and one has to go Nolan, Todd and Moose. Keeper league with two Util so right now I can play all three(hope Nolan turns into a keeper), Moose has on the bench since my Smoak add. I love baseball, and glad a site like this is around to enjoy it even more!

  70. Birdmann says:
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    When/would you offer Felix for Kershaw.

  71. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Where is HitterTron today? What time does it usually get updated? I’m freakin’ out man!

  72. Brendan says:
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    I’m in trouble already for saves. In a 12-team 5×5 roto league, I have Jonathan Papelbon, Tommy Hunter, and Rex Brothers. Papelbon looks terrible, I don’t know how reliable Hunter Hunter is, and Brothers has good stuff but isn’t the closer at this point. I do have a roster spot available while Iwakuma sits on my DL. Should I pick up a speculative saves guy like Josh Fields or Matt Lindstrom, or would it be better to pick up LaTroy Hawkins since he is currently the closer for the Rockies and then I could dump him when Brothers gets the gig.

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Brendan:
      Lindstrom isn’t a spec add. He’s the closer and could retain the role for a long time. Grab him now.

  73. Derrick says:
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    Move Starling and Matt Moore for J. Upton?

  74. Wake Up says:
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    Should I trade Fister for

    BJ
    with
    Eaton
    Semien

    I’d be dropping Plouffe?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Wake Up:
      It would all seem useless if you don’t have K. Johhson.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: drop Lincecum instead??

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: what about eaton wong?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: no thank you

        • Nightpandas says:
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          @Wake Up: @Wake Up: BJ with Eaton Asche could be an alternative…

        • Nightpandas says:
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          @Wake Up: @Wake Up: BJ with Eaton Asche could be an alternative…

  75. uncle charlie says:
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    Drop Lawrie for Frazier???

  76. Great Bambino says:
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    14 Team H2H League – Auction Draft – Auction Free Agents
    6×6: runs, homeruns, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS — QS, K’s, ERA, WHIP, Saves, K/9

    I won my league last year. Can this team repeat?

    C: Jason Castro
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Aaron Hill
    3B: Matt Carpenter
    SS: Brad Miller
    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: Jose Bautista
    OF: Allen Craig
    UTL: Eric Hosmer
    BN: AJ Pollack
    DL: Michael Bourn

    Francisco Liriano
    Andrew Cashner
    Jon Lester
    Bartolo Colon
    Alex Wood
    Travis Wood
    DL: Derek Holland

    Tommy Hunter
    Rex Brothers
    Jim Henderson
    Francisco Rodriguez

    Last year my final roster included: Goldschmidt, Puig, Ryan Zimmerman, Jed Lowrie, Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Iwakuma, Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander. Did not have Carpenter, Bautista, Freeman, Hosmer last year. But I think for their prices this year, I had to have them.

    Only Regret this year, might have been taking Matt Carpenter for $32 instead of Ryan Zimmerman for $26. But thought with the composition of my team, Carpenter’s Runs and Batting Average was the better fit. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Great Bambino: You look low on power on hitting, pitching looks a little wonky

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: should I have gone for Ryan Zimmerman instead of Matt Carpenter? =/

          • Great Bambino says:
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            @Grey: but you’ve said how much you HATE Ryan Zimmerman..

            I actually had Zimmerman on all of my lists. Carpenter on ZERO. why I chose Carpenter.. I don’t know. Ugh.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey, no Ugh’s, we’re in this thing together, hopefully Carp works out for you…

              • Great Bambino says:
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                @Grey: Yea, you’re right. Thanks Grey. I honestly feel really good about the team I drafted. We all second guess sometimes..

                But with 14 teams, a lot of the teams in my league are actually really unbalanced. I honestly feel like my team is really up there in terms of power/OPS, which is why I think I chose Carp. (I pretty much decided to punt SB’s which I did last year too).

                While I took a bunch of number 3 and 4 hitters, Carp was supposed to solidify my runs and help with AVG and OPS. But like your article states and I totally agree, batting average and runs are very volatile.

                But yea, we shall see.. Thanks again Grey

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: just stashed Josh Johnson.

        My draft strategy was to pay for hitting and then get cheap pitching. I like Lester this year, Cashner had a great second half, and Liriano is probably the cheapest ace (I believe!) out there. Alex Wood is a stud (Chris Sale lite), I had Colon last year and how bad could he be now in the NL? And I firmly believe that Travis Wood knows how to pitch and will give quality this year despite his current ownership %. As far as closers go, SAGNOF.

  77. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-Team, H2H-Points Modified Keeper League, (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., BB=1, SB=3, CS=-1, K=-1; W=7, QS=5, L=-5, INN=1, SO=1, ER=-1, BB=-.3, HA=-.1)

    Kershaw owner here. (Yes, I did not listen Grey…but Chris Davis and Segura were my keepers, so I felt I could go SP early).

    My Staff: (Start 5 SPs):
    Sale, Moore, Erasmo, Peavy and Eovaldi
    Bench: Delgado, Erik Johnson, Maholm. Kershaw (inj)

    I’m thinking I need another arm. Do you agree? There’s not much out there in such a deep league.

    Trade Jean Segura and Delgado/Johnson/Maholm FOR Homer Bailey and Chris Owings?

    *Segura can be kept in the 5th round in 2015
    *Owings can be kept in the 13th round in 2015

    As noted above, SB=3 and CS=-1 in this league.

  78. stynyr says:
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    Hey Grey,

    5×5 where OBP replaces AVG

    I was offered Wieters for W. Ramos.

    What do you think?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @stynyr:
      Ramos is out 4-6 weeks with a hand fracture. He wants ramos?

      • stynyr says:
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        @Alky Sobrera:

        Yeah. Weird.

        Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @stynyr: It’s not close… Wieters

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The fan went to touch his moob first

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            In fairness!

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Wake Up: that’s so awesome good for Phatty! reminds me once scott rolen stepped on my friends hand on purpose after falling over the rail in front of us for a foul ball hahaha

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: @frankgrimes: Wherever he is…Vin is smiling!

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @Wake Up: i dont even hsve to watch to know what it is… He pushed him! Ha

      P.s. I think its time to stop making jokes about madams… I know, its sad… But dude has lost some el bees!

  79. paz says:
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    drop Kole Calhoun for Almonte?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @paz: no

  80. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey.. Should I be worried about Matt Moore and Homer Bailey? The reason why I picked Moore is because at the time of the draft he was before all these pitchers that you talk so highly of like Teharan and more but after his first game you wrote to get rid of him quickly. is there a reason why you ranked him so high knowing that you knew he was gonna suck this year? Cmon Grey you killed me.. Lol Jk but seriously should I already be worried about them two this early and try to trade??

      • Frank White says:
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        I mean not now but if there’s a hot new prospect or new starter that’s hot would you drop him if you couldn’t trade him??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t see why you can’t trade him for something

        • Frank White says:
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          What order would you trade Moore for.. Jake Peavy, Salazar, Burnett and Jared Weaver?? Would you take any one of them??

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Salazar

            • Frank White says:
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              Salazar is the only guy you would trade for him off the list or the best guy??

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yes

  81. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto. Two out of arenado, Frazier and Avisail? Thanks.

  82. chisoxx22 says:
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    What you think about Lackey grey? He had a strong first game of the year think he can keep it up?

    • chisoxx22 says:
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      In a 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chisoxx22: I wouldn’t own him anywhere

  83. Wake Up says:
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    “Nationals manager Mike Rizzo said Friday that Doug Fister (lat) should resume a throwing program “any day now, any day now, Fister shall give release.””(sic)

  84. FilthyRich says:
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    Late draft tonight. I pick 3rd in 5×5 10-team. If Trout/Miggy go 1/2 who would you take there – Goldy or McCutchen? Or another maybe?

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @FilthyRich: Au Shizz for sure!

  85. royce! says:
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    14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH…you earlier opined my lineup is light on speed (only real steals guy I have is Everth)…I drafted Oswaldo Arcia with the hope that he’d hit mid-20s HRs, but am not thrilled with him thus far. Should I drop him for Span or Almonte?

  86. Ciao Grey —

    Sorry about the deep league catcher question, but given what you’ve seen so far, do you prefer d’Arnaud or Zunino?

    In another league I didn’t draft closers figuring I’d take advantage of early season changes, which is how I ended up with Santos, Lindstrom, and Broxton. We need to wait on Broxton, but Santos and especially Lindstom are unimpressive — Lindstrom looked completely lost last night.

    I need saves. Should I be patient and stick with them? Or would you drop either Lindstrom or Santos for any of the following middle relievers who might end up getting saves? FAs are: Webb, Strop, O’Day, Doolittle, Gregerson, Bastardo, Melancon,

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Zunino… Be patient

  87. Waste Sticker says:
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    Lindstrom for Street…which side?

  88. JimSlim says:
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    A trade offered in a weekly league that scores QS & K/9 instead of W’s & K’s. Is Rios, Gray & Sale for his Kemp, Kershaw & Colon (drop for xtra roster space) I did good drafting pitchers and I still have:
    Cobb, Teheran, Sanchez, Salazar, Erasamo & Liriano. High Risk, Could be a great reward. Would you counter either one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JimSlim: You’re giving up a lot

  89. JT says:
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    Sorry Grey, but when you answered my question earlier: “Kluber vs Eovaldi,” were you saying I should “drop Kluber” or “keep Kluber”? Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for all the Fantasy advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JT: Keep Kluber for now, but other factors play in

  90. John says:
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    Trumbo owner loves pujols had him last few years. He offered me few things one was trumbo. I dont want trumbos average to kill me but I wouldnt mind the straight power. Its to early to tell if pujols will be hitting more double than homers but i need 25 hrs from him.

    If i can get more than trumbo from him maybe do SP swap slight upgrade would you do this or be patient with pujols?

  91. J-FOH says:
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    I grabbed belisario in one league as a flyer for the Sox job. He throws hard can get on nice runs also has the ability to strike people out. could be our latin Kevin gregg this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah, could be him too

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @J-FOH: I’m sure his mother has been waiting for the day her son was named “latin Kevin Gregg” bravo sir

  92. Keyser Soze says:
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    Braun’s thumb still an issue according to rotoworld. They say he can’t tell how hard he’s gripping the bat. Took him over Votto in a keeper this year…. Doh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah

  93. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Glad I had Frazier and Bruce in my line-up yesterday… and Olt filling in for Pujols. It shot my team up to 1st in our 12 team keeper…

    Anyway, question is about the 20 team redraft yahoo 5×5 standard roto league. guy wants to give me Zobrist, Delgado and Colby Lewis for my Aoki, Perkins and Mercer

    Zobrist would replace Mercer as my go to 2B.

    My current pitching staff is Cobb, Teheran, Ventura, Eovaldi, Smyly Perkins, Cishek, Broxton, Bastardo, Delabar, Ziegrist

    What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zobrist side

  94. fausto says:
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    weekly h2h 5×5 (lot of teams punted saves.) I have Johnson, Frieri, Veras, Santos.
    SP Lineup
    1.MadBum C. Sal Perez
    2 Salazar 1B Edwin
    3. Erasmo 2B. Phillips
    4. Tillman SS. Castro
    5. Porcello 3B. Alvarez
    6. Nova CI. RIzzo
    7. Hutchison(Streaming Spot) OF. Marte, Gomez, Myers, A-Jax,
    MI. Xander
    BN. Middlebrooks, Brantley
    My questions to you are do i shop for a SP1 OR SP2 with Phillips, Hosmer, Alvarez… or let them play and stream? Im liking what Ackley is doing I could replace Phillips with him, or say eff it and stash Baez.
    I might just be having PTSD because my WHIP is higher than my BA. and my HTML is prob wrong, and will be justifiably made fun of.
    thanks as always, Ill do my best to keep Nick’s working visa on the up and up tonight in St. Louis… sorry this was way too long im on a bender.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let them play for now… Have fun with Nick!

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: yup that didnt work at all i love it when a plan comes together.

      sp- madbum, salazar, erasmo, nova, tillman, porcello, hutchison

      c. perez
      1b. edwin
      2b. phillips
      ss. castro
      3b. alvarez
      mi. bogaerts
      ci . rizzo
      of. marte, gomez, myers, austin,
      bn. middlebrooks, brantley

      Trade phillips/hosmer/alvarez for a SP1 or SP 2, and grab Ackley, or hold and stream or, drop someone and stash baez? im having PTSD bc my whip is higher than my avg. hopefully this makes more sense than my first attempt at HTML.
      Thanks as always and i will keep Nick out of East St. Louis…if youre not familiar google it if youre bored.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can you trade Phillips for a top SP? Who?

        • fausto says:
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          @Grey: id have to package him. I might just hold phillips even though he looks like he aged 5 yrs over the winter. I have a logjam at the corners, rizzo, edwin, hosmer, middlebrooks, alvarez. I grabbed ackley for another option at 2b. I have plenty of power potential. Alvarez could net me a nice sp, don’t want to trade him bc I did the same thing last year. Held him just long enough to kill my avg.I have 2 pirates 2cubs 2 bosox. 2 royals.. Kills me on off days. You trading rizzo, alvarez , or hosmer for a top 20sp?(Your ranks) Or hold?

  95. Ron says:
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    In a 12-team Roto league with OBP. I have Everth, Villar and Aoki as the only real speed on my team with a little speed from A. Soriano too I guess.

    Frazier, P. Alverez, K. Davis, Laroche are all available.

    1) Would you drop Villar to get one of these guys?
    2) Would you drop Aoki to get one of these guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Do you need steals 2) Nope

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Do I “need” steals? I think that’s part of my question to you. This is my first time doing a Roto league.

        1) Will Everth, Aoki and Soriano give me enough to at least be in the middle of the field with SB if I drop Villar?

        2) If the answer is yes, then is Frazier, P. Alverez, K. Davis, Laroche worth more than Villar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1) Maybe, impossible to say… Don’t know what other teams have or depth of league

  96. Lemmingness says:
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    Drop Middlebrooks for Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s tomato-tomahto

  97. OaktownSteve says:
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    More important baseball rehab term of the last two years: functional running program or sub-maximal throwing program? Amazing how baseball continues to churn out more amusing medical jargon every year. The comdedic equivalent of drug side-effect lists.

    Almonte is kind of a crack up. Last night he rounded first after an error on Callaspo and drew a wild throw from Punto that lead to their first run. He also took off running from second to third with second and third and one out on a routine grounder to first and ended up standing there with Seager for a double play. Then he misplayed Fuld’s liner into a near inside-the-park homer. He also drilled an RBI single up the middle, went two for four and stole a base. The guy is a one man show. Very entertaining.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Fuld on the As is another beane move no one will talk about

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @frankgrimes:

        Gonna be tough when Gentry comes back. I heard a scout call Gentry the best 4th outfielder in baseball last year. He was one of Texas’ best players down the stretch. Fuld is out of options I think. A’s would be carrying 5 outfielders plus Moss can play out there. Will be interesting to see what happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup… Damn, missed Almonte’s shenanigans, but will look for it now… Gotta love guys who are getting their first chance and are playing out of their minds on enthusiasm

  98. frankgrimes says:
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    **stop picking on matt williams!**

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  99. azj says:
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    Hitters

    Lucroy
    Moss
    Altuve
    Zimmerman
    Segura
    Myers
    Bruce
    A. Jones
    Arenado
    Bonifacio
    Morneau
    K. Johnson
    Aybar
    Yelich

    Pitchers

    Sale
    Gray
    Salazar
    Peavy
    F. Rodney
    Street
    Bailey
    Masterson
    Nolasco
    Fister

    1- Should I drop Aybar for Peralta?
    2- Should I drop anybody for a RP

    Here’s some available:

    Watson
    Mujica
    O’Day
    Cecil
    Harris
    Ross
    Paulino (has RP eligibility)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Hold

      • azj says:
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        @Grey: Would be 4th of 4 adds for the week, worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh

          • azj says:
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            @Grey: Sooo…. Wait?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  100. Mike says:
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    Ha! Someone in my league is already fed up with Gattis and sent me a trade offer:
    (My) Rosario
    for
    (His) Cobb

    6*6 with OBP & QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  101. Pager24 says:
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    what do you think about this trade?

    M. Moore, Xander, A. Gordon for Heyward and Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward side

  102. Goose says:
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    Light rain and cold in NY – are they (CIN and NYM) gonna play tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, I’m in LA

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: So you “misplaced” your teleportation device?

        It vexes me when the early games affect my ability to my lineup with the night games. I am vexed, terribly vexed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can tell!

  103. Bobby's world says:
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    Hey there, I have a short stop question; which one of this four would you keep or would you keep an additional one as a backup: Andrelton Simmons, Chris owings , Alexi Ramirez & brad miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at my rankings

  104. Mostsuckass says:
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    Me or a brown bag full of goat crap?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Goat crap can actually be used as fertilizer…I’m leaning towards the bag…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  105. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    question from yesterday answered:

    “Thursday’s rainout forced the Tigers to adjust their rotation for the next stretch of games. Drew Smyly will have a turn skipped as a result, while Porcello was pushed back one day.”
    (from ESPN player)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah, and Yordano

  106. Hoog says:
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    Son of a bench! (Frazier)…

    In a vacuum, Lee and Butler or chris Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah…. Davis

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: Would swapping wainwright and Lee change anything? Or you still take Davis?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis

  107. Jon says:
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    Trade any of these guys for Rosenthal in a 5×5 H2H keeper?

    Jennings, Arenado, Gausman

    All would be keepers for me if I had to decide tomorrow (we keep 18)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  108. Waste Sticker says:
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    Drop Lindstrom for Eovaldi or Haren?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • Waste Sticker says:
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        @Grey: Should have phrased differently…
        Drop Lindstrom for Eovaldi or Haren or hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

  109. Principal Blackman says:
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    For me the most impressive thing about Lincecum’s outing last night is that he didn’t walk a single batter. Still 8 hits and 2 homers is turrible. I’m glad I don’t own him anywhere not that there was ever really a chance of that happening.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though I do own him (NL-Only)

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Grey: That’s a whole nuther ball o wax.

        And FYI, one of the advertisements on this page is loudly giving me tips about what to do in Portugal the next time I’m vacationing there. As far as I can tell, I didn’t click on anything to make this happen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crap, where is that ad? Give me location so I can remove

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Grey: I looked for it and couldn’t see it. But according to Chrome it was definitely coming from this page. All I can tell you is that it was about traveling to Portugal, and there was an advertisement for Gillette razors mixed in. After I reloaded the page it stopped.

  110. Eddy says:
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    SON likes Milone v. Sea a bit more than Carrasco v. MIN ($2 difference).

    Milone faces Felix, Carrasco faces Gibson.

    Leaning Carrasco for a chance at a win, what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

  111. Jason says:
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    looking to add some offense. Two Choices here are Owings or Arenado.

    My bats are:
    Rosario, Votto, Kipnis, Beltre, Andrus, Hosmer (rostered at IF), Stanton, Gordon, Dickerson, Hill

    who do i grab – Arenado or Owings
    Who do i bench – Hill Andrus or Hosmer

    Hittertron has andrus with the lowest value for next 7 days.

    Only caveat is if i bench Andrus I can only pick-up Owings as i would need a SS. This is how I am leaning, but Arenado looks so tempting….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though I don’t know why you’re benching anyone

      • Jason says:
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        I’m trying to play some match-ups here. according to Hittertron there are guys with much better match ups through next week. Trying to take advantage of that without abandoning the hitters I drafted.

        Andrus for one is off to a slow start and I have room to add a hitter. logically picking up Owings for some starts in Coors looked good, but then I saw Arenado was available as well. With Andrus as he is, he seemed like the logical “bench” while I try to get some stats early in the week.

        Im trying not to over-react but still grab some hot bats.

        I left out Gyorko before, he is on my bench. I’d be dropping Dunn, to grab one of Owings or Arenado. but is it insane to drop dunn and Gyorko and add both owings and Arenado? I have Hill to back up 2B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, but benching Andrus isn’t necessary… I would lose Dunn for Arenado

          • Jason says:
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            @Grey:

            AHHHHHH that’s what I get for dicking around….Arenado snatched right out from under me!!!! Why cant I have anything nice!

            so now’s there’s names like Owings, Frazier, Crisp, Ozuna, Fowler

  112. LastPlace says:
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    Vogelsong. Worth a flier in deep NL Only?
    Or is 2011 and 2012 a fluke of the past…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own him in a deep NL-Only league… Everyone’s worth it there

  113. Big Al says:
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    This is Longo !!! Didn’t I cuddle and give you love and was trustworthy and true to you ? I gave you all the home runs you wanted. And now you dump me for Albert because you could never have him before and just couldn’t help yourself. You could have had me instead, but no… So we need to do this now. Longo 2 HR’s 33 more to go. Old Albert 0 HR’s 35 more to go. This makes me feel better. I’ll be bringing these little reminders of my neglect to you from time to time. Longing for you Longo………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  114. Mr. Glass says:
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    You think flipping Zobrist for Bogaerts is a good move if it’s doable, or maybe for Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @Grey: I got giddy about xman I just had to take my redsox off and get a second opinion

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  115. Steve d says:
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    What in the damn do I do w Braun. He was a bupkis and Charlie after he hurt the thumb last year. (Trying to bring it back) Sit him? Or keep starting him?

    • Steve d says:
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      @Steve d: try to dump him? Damn waste of fine internet auction Monopoly money.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you follow my rankings with where you drafted him?

      • Steve d says:
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        @Grey I made the mistake in only one league. I’m in 5. I just heard the universe laugh at me. I spent $45 on the bum. He was the second best available at the draft (14 team keeper with a 12 player minor league spots) Miggy went for $63. I know I’m probably stuck with him. But do you still start him or should I leave him on my bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start

  116. OaktownSteve says:
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    Lincecum. He seems like he’s almost but not quite there. The fastball is topping out at 90 but the location is definitely better. He threw a lot of strike one’s and when he did get ahead he used the off speed stuff very effectively. The problem he had yesterday was balls up. When he was up, he got drilled. When he was down, he was effective. I think that’ll be the toughest part for him. He’s always worked up. It’s different mindset to pound the bottom of the zone. And you have to do it and do it and do it. When you work up it has to be count specific and above the letters. Did show some promise I thought and the fact that he mixed 7 ks with all those strikes was encouraging.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so cause I do own him in one NL-Only league, but I don’t have much faith for an ERA below 3.90

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Like I said, I kind of liked what I saw. I’ll take the under on 3.90.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would work for that team of mine… It’s K/BB so hopefully he doesn’t kill me there

  117. Brendan says:
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    Start or sit:

    Marco Estrada @ Boston (today)
    Clay Buchholz vs Milwaukee (tomorrow)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look at the SON?

  118. royce! says:
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    Ugh, I hope you didn’t end up with Braun anywhere…I don’t like the sound of “can’t tell how hard he’s gripping the ball & has developed bad blisters.” On the bright side, I’m already in 12th so it can’t hurt me too much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t have owned him with where I ranked him

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I thought that in ESPN he was ranked right where you had him (15), and I was drafting 12th in our RCL, so I thought I was being smart in pairing him with Votto…didn’t want to wait until 36 for my 1st OF…should’ve gone Harper, I suppose, but Braun’s spring numbers swayed me (1.306 OPS compared to .731 for Harper)…not that Harper is tearing it up yet, but crap crap crap crap crap. Crap. Still early!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t fault you for taking him there… He was right around a 12-15 guy for me… It’s worth the chance there, I think he should still be able to get to 25 HRs, just wouldn’t expect a huge year

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Fair enough…just waiting for the vulture trade offers now. Still thrilled to get Votto at 13!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s solid

  119. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey, would love your feedback on a new setting my commish put into our league this year. He set our waiver process to Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Essentially every FA hits the waiver every two days, every week. His reasoning is “to prevent people that work on a computer all day from scooping up FA’s that are thrust into a starting spot and what not. Gives everyone a chance.”

    Can you tell me why this works, or why it’s fucking retarded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does make things a bit more interesting if you have FAAB dollars, if you don’t then it’s dumb…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: No FAAB. Daily transaction league!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then it’s dumb

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Mike: Simple answer its retarded, Ive had this same issue/argument in my leagues and my response was “if you are committed to your team you would find ways to be active and beat everyone to the wire”..That excuse about not being able to be active cause of other committments is out the door these days with technology, i.e. smart phones etc…RETARDED

      • Mike says:
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        @Greyismyhero: EXACTLY Greyismyhero. Who gives a fuck if you’re at a computer all day. Everyone has one in their fucking pocket anyways.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: we don’t ALL have one in our pockets. maybe you’d like to chip in an extra 50 a month for a data plan.

  120. Principal Blackman says:
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    Joe Angel just referred to Anibal Sanchez as “Annabelle Sanchez” and Comerica Park as “Comerica Pork.” This is already shaping up to be an interesting broadcast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: he’s probably taking a hint from us, who always call him annabell.

  121. Greyismyhero says:
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    Good day to you Grey, last night was better for me thank goodness with Bruuuuuce & Longo going deep and my other hitters decided to wake up a tad….Only if Bailey & Lindstrommy would had pitched better it would had been the shiznit….Us razzers need to get Jerk going now….My supply is still good, didn’t have to hit it as much….

    Best guess for tonight….Do you think Will Myers plays tonight? I havent seen a lineup release yet… Have a good one! SMOKE THE GREEN!

  122. MattTruss223 says:
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    Oh Yahoo Pro Leagues…Just traded Sergio Romo for Anthony Rizzo, SAGNOF baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      Yea, we’ll see if it actually goes through though. Everytime I’ve made a nice deal in one of these Yahoo Pro Leagues it’s been vetoed. Lame. Someone will complain about it I’m sure. My saving grace is the Y! O-Rank for Romo is 102 and Rizzo is 118. So it looks “Fair” by Y! rankings

  123. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    JUST got my internet connection up-speeded
    since i’ve been down here .
    now , i can see games , rather than just listen to them !!
    on a related note ,
    bj upton still swinging like a rusty gate .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, good stuff! Upton and Uggla are a bad combo in any lineup

  124. Whatever says:
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    Grey,

    Funny you speak about weird drops ppl do in the beginning of the season. An owner in my mixed league 10 team OBP just dropped Derek Jeter for Emilio Bonifacio. And he spent 75% of his FAAB dollars to do it ( whatever is left over from a $350 draft budget is your FAAB for the season).

    Crazy!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Bonifacio prolly, but not for that much FAAB

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        spent 14 out of 20 faab dollars remaining. I know bonifacio has the speed over jeter but bonifacio is way too inconsistent for my tastes. anyhoo, have a good weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  125. Travis says:
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    I have Trout, Bruce, Beltran, Fowler, Bourn in a 3 OF league…with choice of Wright, Longoria, Abreu, Hosmer to use at UTIL… Buddy is hurting at OF, and really needs speed/avg/runs… He’s deep at SP, and I’m eyeing Price… He’s willing to consider Fowler + a closer for Price (totally ignoring SAGNOF)… What you think of Fowler going forward, good breakout year, or perfect case of sell high? Will this hurt my OF too much?

    My SP are: Sale, Shields, Tanaka, Dickey, Wilson, Hamels, Fister–but we are a low inning cap so trying to get quality vs quantity. Closers are Lindstrom, Hoover, or Axford–so no major losses there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Price for Fowler

  126. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    I built a monster offense that only has Will Middlebrooks as a question mark. So know I feel like I am Will’s relative, getting super excited when he gets singles and doubles and breaks O-fers. “Come on Will, you can do it, don’t get benched and make me play hot schmotato with waiver third basemen!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya, I have him too

  127. Commish Cauda says:
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    Trade Pedro Alvarez for Gyorko in a deep H2H-points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  128. Principal Blackman says:
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    Sanchez is continuing the brand new tradition of my pitchers crapping all over my ratios.

  129. OaktownSteve says:
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    Sanchez is going to be this year’s Jane Mansfield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        really, really don’t like him this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope you’re right

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Are you saying he’s gonna be Playboy sexy or die in a fiery car crash?

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Sky: Why not both?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          True….but then I’m totes confused on what he’s alluding too. It’s either sexy or death in fantasy!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        To use my favorite Police Squad joke:

        Stacked woman caught in raid: Is this some sort of a bust?
        Drebbin: Yes…very impressive.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! Why can’t we get this type of humor nowadays? Reminds me of Stinkfist by Tool. Go read the lyrics, I think you’ll appreciate.

  130. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    asking a favor .

    not really sure where it’s located ,
    but can you have “your guy”
    remove the hair-trigger
    on the League of Angels advertisement ?

    not only do i get connected to it
    EVERY single time that i enter the site
    (or click on comments , etc)
    but it also has that annoying feature
    of asking me if i am really sure
    if i want to leave their page,
    whenever i click the close button .

    thanks , for whatever you can do .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where is it located on site? Top right? 2nd down?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        not sure where it’s located .
        for sure , near the top of the page ,
        ‘cuz i get it when 1st entering the site
        and again when i click to the numerical comments link .
        BUT , i also get it after i hit the “post comment” button .

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:
          except this last time …haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, will have someone look into it…

  131. Alan says:
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    How far down your top 400 would you go before you would trade Braun for them in keep forever league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 25

  132. MB says:
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    Someone dropped JJ Hardy. I have andrus and lowrie for SS. Drop one for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie if you need power

  133. OaktownSteve says:
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    Puig benched for showing up late to batting practice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This is gonna be an ongoing thing all year, unfortch

    • Goose says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Pui-ugh.

      It’s also the first day of Kemp off the DL. Mattingly: “Wanted to get Matt back in the mix but not throw him into the fire, but not not not not NOT not not throw Ethier out with the bathwater.”

      This drama has only just begun.

      Stupid four-outfielder outfield is stupid.

  134. Greyismyhero says:
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    Is anyone else having probs with hitter tron not loading? Im unable to access thru main page link or tools link…Page comes up but no data is showing..maybe this pc at work..not sure. Thanks

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Greyismyhero:
      it’s working for me

      on an unrelated note ,
      am curious as to why you’re
      not jumping on the smoak(em) bandwagon .

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @costaricanchata: lol…I have jumped on him in a few leagues but his streakennnessss is not good for my health and I don’t think he’s changing this yr……I only picked him up in leagues where I had a dl slot avail….Peace!!

  135. OaktownSteve says:
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    Don’t love A Sanchez. Do love Austin Jackson. Think he’s going to be really valuable.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      What’s with the no love for Anibal? Curious where this is coming from.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        I didn’t like the workload last year. He’s had two shoulder surgeries and had a balky shoulder last year and again this spring. He looked gassed in the playoff game with the A’s. Couple that with some likely regression and it looks like a serious over draft. What was he like a 15th rounder going into 2013?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He was. But he’s been going after the 8th in most drafts. I got him after guys like Salazar and Wacha. Don’t think he’s that overpriced on draft day.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha about the injury issue, though.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Sky:

            He was 14th SP off the board in NFBC. 80th over all. I could probably point to 20 sps I like better.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Interesting. Well, we’ll see. I’ll write off players with nagging injuries like a Grady Sizemore who’s proven they can’t play through it but I have a hard time doing that with a pitcher who’s done what Anibal has done over the last few years.

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Sky:

                  From 2010-2012 he was about a 3.70 era guy pitching in the NL. Hard not to see regression coming.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    ERA is fluky. Coming into 2013, Scherzer’s lowest ERA was 3.50 in a given season. We can predict regression on just about any pitcher who has a sub-3 ERA and be right 70% of the time. Don’t think it’s the best reference point when considering the worth of a given pitcher.

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Sky:

                      For some reason he’s always underperformed FIP. I wonder about FiP a lot. He’s tricky. Has several seasons with K rate under 7.5 and two over 9. I just read him as a guy whose shoulder is unreliable and I see him being closer to mid 3’s with a drop in Ks.

                    • Sky

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                      That’s fair, definitely not disregarding the shoulder thing. xFIP/FIP I use as a barometer for a roundabout expectation and to see if guys are lucky/unlucky. You show me you have 3.5 xFIP ability, I’m in. Could be shoddy defense that’s hurt his ERA a bit. He’s had reasonable GB/FB rates the last 3 years. He had a 5.4% HR/FB rate last year and a 78% LOB. There’ll definitely be regression, just don’t think with where I’ve seen him go he’s overpriced.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He needs to steal 20+

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t think he does because he’s going to drive in a lot more runs out of the five hole and I think he’ll push .300. But I also think he’ll be around 20. His career steal % is actually pretty good and the Tigers are committed to running more.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t see them running more, committed or not, too many station to station guys

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I think Jackson will run more. Takes less than a steal a week to get to 20. He’ll be encouraged to go and be on a lot.

  136. Ron says:
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    Leonys Martin just hit the wire!!! 12-team H2H Points that deducts points for Strikeouts.

    Is there anyone on this team you would consider dropping for him?

    C: Perez
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Gyorko
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Miller
    OF: Trout, J. Upton, Werth
    Util: A-Gon, Pujols
    BN: Moss, R. Zimmerman, Everth

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: To dove tail off of my previous question (what does that even mean…dove tail?)…anyways, I keep thinking that I need another bench OF since I only have Moss if one of my 3 starting OFs sit or get injured.

        Am I over thinking this or am I on to something?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Overthinking

  137. MB says:
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    Drop brothers for fields in holds/saves league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wake Up mentioned it above

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: Ahh my bad… them videos got removed before I saw what that was about.

    • atgreat says:
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      @Goose:
      Seems more like a “ya got me there” love tap than a shove.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @atgreat: true, as if somebody as large as fat adams wanted to shove you, you would move, a LOT. Still shouldn’t be making any kind of contact with fans though.

  138. Long Bawls says:
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    Dropped yesterday in my league:
    Kyle Seager
    Todd Frazier
    Khris Davis
    CALM DOWN PEOPLE! If you want the Peking duck or the chocolate souffle, sometimes you have to wait 30 minutes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  139. SMLV1 says:
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    My Moustakas for his Frazier? H2H Y! Standard league.

  140. Carns says:
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    Yangervis, Yorvit, Yadier, Yasmani…what’s with all these weird latin names? Are these like the latin versions of names like Dontavious and Da’Quell?

  141. nick the dick says:
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    So Puig benched today for tardiness? After Ventura skipped, Smyly skipped. God Damnit…

  142. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Bonifacio or Wong?

  143. Alex says:
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    Braun or Puig, which side you want now?

  144. Greyismyhero says:
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    Hamilton out of lineup for Reds, lol…wonder why? That’s great since I have him in ZERO leagues.

  145. Dstroemer says:
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    I lost Ramos, who do you like more to fill in? H2H dynasty league……. Zunino, Grandal, Pinto, Messoraco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  146. Eric says:
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    I have to say, Grey, I am quite disappointed with your Marcus Semien write-up. When I saw that he made the roster out of ST, I was waiting for him to do something of note so I could read something hilarious. Yes, you almost made up for it with “Eaton-Semien, ” but it was lackluster!

    Haven’t thought it out completely, but something along the lines of “Semien gripped his bat and used brute force to squirt out the I and deliver a real shot over Josh Willingham’s head” would’ve been nice.

    Or: “Marcus schooled fans sitting in the left-field bleachers on A Tribe Called Quest by busting a home run and turning their seats into Semien’s furniture”

    The possibilities are endless, I tell you!!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Eric:

      So you were hoping for something that would induce a spit take?

  147. Sky

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

    • [will work for saves] says:
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      @Sky: carry me there… Im lazy..

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        • [will work for saves] says:
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          @Sky: lol!! Wow….. Day = made.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            It’s probably the best and most underused GIF on the interwebs.

  148. jb says:
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    Grey,
    For each of Valverde, Lindstrom, KRod, and Fields, how many saves do you think he’ll get over the next month? (Trying to figure out how much FAAB to bid for each of them.)

  149. goodfold2 says:
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    looks like we got our first 1st rounder on the fritz (borderline 1st rounder) in Braun. only good news is in the spring he was tearing off ass. Why didn’t he just get that surgery the day he took the suspension?

  150. Jason says:
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    Ok so this happened Harvey was dropped in my keeper league where we keep 5. Someone scooped him up from waivers and then a day later is trading Harvey for a first rd pick

    There seems to be some discontent amongst league members over this.

    Is this a BS trade or a smart mgr?

  151. Jason says:
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    ok who had april 4th in the Teix pool?

  152. GFY250 says:
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    Fraizer over Seager?

  153. rich the maniac says:
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    In a hth pts league which player do you like more, Anthony Rendon or Chris Owings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  154. Adam says:
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    Pick up Pagan or Laroche? Roto with standard 5 hitting plus OPS
    Also available are Brantley, Swisher, Rasmus, Frazier & Blackmon

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