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Do you hear that?  Grrrrrrrr.  Is that a bear?  Grumble, grumble. Is that Grey complaining about how he traded away Manny Machado for David Price while picking up every rookie pitcher known to man?  The sound you make while pronouncing Prince’s weird symbol name.  Ah, I know what that is.  That’s my gut.  Not only does it tell me when I’m hungry, it speaks fluent crazy musician.  True fact: it once explained G’n’R’s Estranged video to me.  It’s quite simple really: Axl Rose is nuttier than a bukkake video.  Hrm, maybe I didn’t need my gut to tell me that…anywho, my gut is now trying to tell me something about fantasy baseball for this week and it’s telling me this Oakland guy named Brandon Moss will be a good play this week and is only 31% owned in ESPN leagues and 21% in Yahoo.  Ok, it didn’t tell me the last part, my eyes did cuz I looked him up.  But I can tell you’re not convinced so let’s see why Moss should be a good play for week 12 of the 2013 fantasy baseball season…

When examining Moss, it’s important to take a look at his good side.  No, I’m not talking about his profile, silly, though with a mug like this I think the answer to which side is better would be ‘either’.  Handsome bastard.  No wonder why Josh Reddick hides his face behind a homeless guy’s body hair.  Moss puts all of us to shame.  No, the important thing about Moss is that he’s a left-handed hitter and like many left-handed hitters, he don’t hit no balls against LHP.  Though he hit .293 against southpaws last year, he only got 58 ABs against them and his slugging percentage was 20 points less (.431 vs .643) than it was against righties last year.  Now of course, none of these stats matter and anyone who drafted him this year could tell you that he’s been a bust so far with a .225/.321/.444 slashline heading into Saturday’s game.  But the big thing to note about Moss for this week can be defined by two numbers: 7 and 0.  That 7 is the amount of games the Athletics play this week and the zero would be the amount of lefties he’ll have to face in that time as long as the Seattle & Texas rotations stay true.  Now for another number: 4.  That’s the number of games Moss gets to play in Texas.  I don’t know if you know this or not, but it’s June.  Ok, you did know that so you also know that’s the time for hitter’s parks to start shining cuz Summer is on like Donkey Kong and we all know the Rangers ballpark is good for that.  When you factor in the schedule in Texas has guys like Nick Tepesch, Josh Lindblom, and Justin Grimm on tap, it’s hard not to recognize the potential for a couple of dingers to start the week.  Though he does have two tough righties on the schedule in Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakumait’s rounded out with the aforementioned Texas trio and most likely Harang and Bonderman.  Of those 5, only one has a sub-4 ERA – Bonderman has a 3.86 in three starts – and none of them are really intimidating for matchup purposes.  Again, this is a gut call.  I don’t have the stats to tell you he’s the best play this week but the matchups are enticing and Moss proved last year he can be useful in spurts and this week just might be one of them.  So if he does well this week and you nabbed him, you can thank me.  Grrr, grumble, grrr!!!!  Oh, and my gut.  I’m sorry, gut, you know how much I care about you.  You hungry?  Want a hot pocket?

  1. Sara says:
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    Dom Brown or EverCab? Keeper league where Brown is on my bench due to J-Up, Adam Jones, Ellsbury, AJax, Chris Davis and Rios as OFs.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      In a keeper, I like Dom more.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Aoki’s missing three games this week. Who’s my plug in?

    Ibanez
    Pierre
    Byrd
    S. Smith (no lefties)

    Points league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Good matchups for Smith as well just like Moss. I’d give him a shot.

  3. JT says:
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    Sky, nice column. Points league, rank the SPs for ROS Wacha, Cingrani, Ramirez, Bauer,& Gausman. Thanks for your help.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks JT. I’d rank them Wacha/Ramirez/Cingrani/Gausman/Bauer.

  4. mike says:
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    Wacha to the minors.
    these who are my choices:
    Jason Marquis
    Jason Turner
    Edwin Jackson
    Dillion Gee
    NL only 4X4
    Will stach Wacha for down the future.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like Gee there

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    what’s up skydog?

    Been doing the salt experiment lately, it just keeps getting better and better. My buddy I have the deepest craziest conversations with thanks you for sharing that with me so I can pass it on to him.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Ah, was cleaning up some top 20s for the football side so I stepped away from my baseball brain for a bit. Rankings season is upon us.

      I’m glad that phrase is catching on! When it hits urban dictionary we can put it in as creator: ‘Sky from Razzball’s Dad’. I’m sure everyone will understand.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky:Getting excited, starting to hit the summer wall lag for baseball. I go through it every year.

        it’s a thing man, you are helping me seem wiser than I really am…..nah, I do a good job of faking people out. I laid some shizz out to my buddy the other day, In the road of life you can be either driving a car with others in it, riding in someone else’s car and letting them have the wheel, cruising on a motorcycle, or riding a motorcycle naked with no helmet…..I have no pants

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha yeah, no doubt the football traffic will start rising here next week and beyond.

          When in doubt, go pants-less. That’s what I always say to the cops. It’s true, though. Are you the driver or is someone else driving you? And then further ask, are you enjoying the ride along the way? Very deep, Jack Full of Meta.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: I like riding through life naked, when they all look and wonder, why doesn’t he wear pants? while never wondering why they have never tried riding around with out pants.

            I was watching this classic albums series on VHI Classic. They did the Doors first album. Was pretty cool. I always appreciated their body of work, more for how different it was and how crazy some of those songs are, but also because you can’t really put it in any classification. Such a real LA band, lots of latin influence in the drums, and the no bass thing was always a trip. In the show the producer would play all the song parts separately, really cool stuff. In it they talk about the signing with Electra records and how their producer was the same producer for Love, which was always classified as an LA band with so many different musical styles taking hold in their music. *this is important to me for my senior thesis dealt with some of these things but 40-50 years prior*

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I can’t remember the Pixar short but it was about a sheep that had just been sheared and was basically butt naked. It was all set to rhyme, of course, and it was about how the sheep was made fun of for being pink and the response from the…uh, I’ll just say rabbit cuz I don’t remember was ‘pink! Pink? What’s wrong with pink? Seems like you’ve got a pink kink in your think’. Anyways, that’s what I think of when you talk about being naked…I mean…well you know what I mean.

              It’s amazing that the Doors were ever as influential as they were. There was so much Jazz background there but of course the back roads blues is what pulled them into the spotlight. What I find funny is no band who says they were an influence is actually referring to the band but Jim Morrison. Either his writings or his vocal style are often mentioned but the music is rarely brought to the table, which is crazy when you consider how much is going on there. I like to think some prog rock bands see them as some form of inspiration.

              • Paulie Allnuts

                Paulie Allnuts says:
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                @Sky: Hey, Many moons ago my band, the Optic Nerve, played a number of Doors tunes, and back in those days I played the Farfisa min-compact, doing a perfect rendition of Ray Manzerek (May he rest in peace) version of Light My fire. Which tells you a bit about how ancient I am. The Optic Nerve did the intro on one occasion for Vanilla Fudge; I also could play the keyboards to their Boston Sound rendition of Keep Me Hangin’ On. But all of that is Pie in the Sky. Tell Grey to stop his whining; early in the season I traded Votto for Ike Davis and Hamilton. Which could be one of the reasons I now reside in 9th place. But then again, I Commish the ECFBL, the Beast of RCL. At any rate, a nice column, but are you sure you are not Grey incognito? After all, he never has revealed his true identity…Paulie

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Paulie Allnuts: Damn Paulie, that’s awesome! I never got the band thing going, always wanted to. I’m a pretty big music buff and there are some bands that I appreciate that I can’t always listen to. The Doors are definitely in the opposite spectrum. They always make me wanna crank it.

                  Ha, Grey is just a roster churner of gigantic proportions. I can promise I’m not him because I actually sat on BJ Upton/Moustakas/Ike/Espinosa in the league I’m currently 10th in (though I’m turning the corner and I’m praying for a moral victory of a top 5 finish). I keep hovering in 5th in the writers’ league. Just need a few hot weeks and I could push myself up the charts. I’m way behind in starts in that one, playing the matchups a bit too much.

                  • Paulie Allnuts

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                    @Sky: Well a friend of mine has an awesome Yamaha Organ from the ’80’s, and allows me to jam with him. So maybe I can do a Jake and Elwood, practice up my rifts in my old age, and get the band together. BTW, the writers league sounds interesting, so if there is a slot open next season, I would like to give it a shot. I don’t write fantasy, but technically I think that I qualify.

                    • Sky

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                      Nice. I played a coffee shop with a friend and a bar in South Korea. Acoustic sets for both, of course, but still threw in some Foo Fighters, Alice ‘n’ Chains and Audioslave. My favorite thing I did was going straight from ‘Pretty Woman’ to ‘Hash Pipe’ by Weezer since they both end/start on a hard downward strummed ‘A’. Friends liked that.

                      I’m actually surprised by how many non-writers we got in that league! Well, they wrote but not much. One of the guys is in third and wrote three pieces. If he wins, I think he gets an asterisk next to his name. Tehol put the project together this year but next year I’ll probably take on less pre-season projects – the team previews was a bear – and get the league of extraordinary writing gentlemens assembled myself so there’s none of that tomfoolery.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: With being all so unique, it’s a wonder there weren’t more people influenced by Robby Kreiger or Densmore, Manzerek was on such a musical island I don’t think any kids would take a risk to play organs and pianos at the same time.

                There were a lot of people influenced by morrison, or so they say, My favorite though was Iggy Pop, in a oral history of LA punk rock, Iggy laid out how influential Morrison was to him, going as far as the leather pants that he still wears on stage to this day. The link there, is Iggy is considered the godfather of punk rock and he was just trying to mimic Jim on stage, so therefore Morrison is the real original punk rocker. Speaking of Iggy, I saw him and the Stooges last weekend play with the Dead Kennedy’s, it was amazing!

                So what you’re saying is since I’m faceless you think of me as a pink shaven sheep that likes to dance all day….I can live with that

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PycP3pJTM3s

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: Influenced by the leather pants…that’s interesting because I only think of Iggy when I think of leather pants like that, not Jim.

                  Iggy & The Stooges background is very punk and quite enjoyable. Iggy wanted to sing and he wanted his friends to be in the band. Only they didn’t know how to play. So they played to learn in front of people. Not exactly orthodox. I can only imagine the show was slamming.

                  Yes, that’s vid only of course in English. Bound & Rebound. Great short.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: no no no, he was really inspired by what a maniac Morrison was on stage and from that tried to mimic him in his early days, including the pants.

                    That whole learn as you go thing you touched on is exactly the punk rock thing, a bunch of guys that barely knew how to play using the medium to express their angst and anger. The LA scene that started in the mid 70’s was really an art movement inspired by Iggy, mid 60’s garage bands (that were really unsuccessfully trying to be psychodelic), they all loved the Seeds ‘Pushin to Hard’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNZwCNSSWlI

                    The concert was at a tattoo convention, lots of fun….and cleavage!

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Well he definitely got that part down pat…ha!

                      Nice, always fun to hear/see influences. Can actually hear some vocal stylings of Iggy in there.

                      Concert cleavage is some of the best cleavage in the world.

                    • Sky

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                      Last vid, around the 0:55 second mark. It’s Ben Stiller playing his younger self from ‘There’s Something About Mary':

                      http://youtu.be/TOWOdKs6KUo

                      I now have to go buy some ‘Love’ albums. That’s some damn fine stuff. The attitude in the second song was a huge part of the sound, makes sense it was influential in the punk scene.

                    • Sky

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                      When I said I was all over Love, it was this track that I went sidebar browsing and found:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpOqF3Oa47Y

                      But really, their sound is extremely diverse and rich. That might’ve been their ‘downfall’. They were too varied to get pigeon-holed into ‘that sounds like Love’.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: nice catch on stiller

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha, he looks like he got the beans above the frank!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: thats cool, I assume you are like everyone else and can’t handle the massive variations….but I should of known better because it’s you….they are awesome

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: you’re welcome, try the nuggets box set for a larger collection of 60’s garage rock

  6. One Man Crusade says:
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    Going into the next scoring period at MI….Hammy Ramirez, Profar or Beckham? All three scare me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @One Man Crusade: Understand the fear but Hanley is still top 25 talent when he’s playing right. I’d go with him. Beckham/Profar are just a lot of empty hits.

  7. Justin says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I’m thinking about dropping Wacha since the news he was demoted to the minors. Would you recommend adding & starting Zach Wheeler? Im in an 8 team standard h2h league with rosters locking for the week at the first game on monday.

    I have Matt Harvey, do you think he will still make his tues game 2 start or will he be pushed back like it was talked about a few days ago? My other two starters are Jordan Zimmerman who faces Colorado in Washington, and Cole Hamels vs Mets in Philly. would you start both zimmerman & hamels or sit one of them, drop ike davis & pick up either one of these- Dillion Gee, Jose Quintana, Mike Leake, Jason Vargas, Travis Wood, Jacob Turner, or lastly the A’s Parker.

    Thanks & keep up with the great columns!

    -justin

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Justin: No prob, Justin, thanks for reading

      Hamels & J-Zimm are locks. I wouldn’t go rookie diving in an 8 team league. I haven’t heard any more on Harvey since last injury and all reports say he’s part of the doubleheader on Tuesday. I say start him.

      • Justin says:
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        @Sky:

        So you wouldn’t drop wacha for wheeler? I was starting wacha in the RP pitcher spot because he is RP/SP eligible & there aren’t a lot Starting pitchers with the RP eligibility tag left my other RP is Craig Kimbrel who is just a RP, just trying to find any advantage over my next opponent he has cliff lee, Jeremy Guthrie , Justin masterson then his RP are Shelby miller & Scott Feldman with Jon Lester, kuroda on his bench with bats in russel Martin, prince fielder, pedroia, Adrian beltre, Jedd lowrie, howie Kendrick , s. choo, torii hunter, coco crisp, joe mauer, Jose altuve, bench Kyle seager & g. Parra (Arizona)

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha. Yeah, that’s fine if its a positional issue. Sounds good

  8. Cheese says:
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    Do you keep track of how all your creepers do every week? I’d be interested to see compiled stats for the entire year.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Cheese: I haven’t. Probably not evident but doing the research in and of itself is pretty exhausting as it is and I also write on the football side (which is ramping up). I called Lind last week and he went 9/26 with 5 runs, 2 HRs and 6 RBI and JB filled in for me and called Lucroy the week prior whom I believe had a solid end line.

      • Cheese says:
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        @Sky: I roll with most, if not all of your creepers each week (if available), and based on experience, they perform very well and I’ll definitely be doing it for the rest of the year. Thanks for the hard work!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah cool man, thanks! Hopefully that keeps trending the right way for us both then.

  9. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Rizzo to pick up will Myers?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Oops, that ‘I wouldn’t’ was meant for here.

  10. GMoney says:
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    Roll morneau or moss in UT spot? And that doesnt stand for urinary tract. Just picked him up and I like where your heading with the righty pitcher thing. He’s like Joyce but prettier if you like thank grizzly man beard thing. Wait what? (blushing) my ADD is kicking in.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha! I’d put Moss in my urinary…I mean utility spot. Good match ups, and he seems to be getting into a power groove

      • GMoney says:
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        @Sky: thanks. One more quick question regarding the A’s and lefty situation. What are your thoughts about Seth Smith? Exact same situation as Moss, he’s hitting .800OPS and the A’s play 16 straight right handed pitchers. Would you consider putting moss at CI position in place of rizzo and putting smith in my UT. (my OF is cargo, mccutch, a Jones, Gardner) I love rizzo but he’s been lackluster lately other than walks and runs. I love him long term and yes underrated but slow in June right now. Appreciate your advice! Razz is still the shizzy as always.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I think Moss has a better chance to produce by comparison. He’s gotten way better lineup situations than Smith has. I’d rather roll Rizzo there for the upside potential.

  11. FillyP says:
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    Yo Sky. Moss doesn’t clear waivers until Wed.. is he a good pick-up over J. Will? Other options are Dunn, Carter, Quentin, Arenado..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Willingham probably better there.

  12. Bret says:
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    10 Team League
    Should I trade Josh Hamilton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Kris Medlen
    For: Carlos Beltran, Torii Hunter, AJ Pierzynski, and Jordan Zimmerman
    My team:
    C: Lucroy 1B: Rizzo 2b: Pedroia 3b: Miguel/Josh Donaldson SS: Starlin Castro OF: Dom Brown, Yasiel Puig, Choo, Nori Aoki, Cespedes, Hamilton
    Current pitchers: Cliff Lee, Matt Latos, Hyun Jin Ryu, Hiroki Kuroda, Kris Medlen, Tony Cingrani, Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Bartolo Colon
    Hitting stats: Runs, Hits, 2B, 3B HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, TB, AVG
    Pitching Stats: IP, W, L, CG, SV, BB, K, ERA, QS

    Am currently in 2nd Place by a very slim margin

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t like that trade for you.

  13. low walk high k says:
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    Moss, Joyce or Seth smith this week? Thanks

  14. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky!!! I’m about to go on waivers to pickup another RP and pick up Kevin Gregg. Do you think I should go through with it or should I grab Oliver Perez? I saw him on Grey’s blog and now I’m questioning Gregg

  15. Frank White says:
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    Also I tried to trade Donaldson and I got no bites. I already have Lind and picked up Rios today from that trade so I don’t have room for Donaldson. Should I just drop him? The F’d up part is that I just made that trade for Rios and Donaldson has better numbers then him. What would you do?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: As always, depends who you’re dropping him for.

      • Frank White says:
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        Well after this next start for Cahill then I’m dropping him for a streamer spot so I’ll drop Donaldson for Gregg cause I lost Corbin in the trade and Wacha. So I picked up Erasma Ramirez and Kluber. I have Mujica and Heath Bell but I want a 3rd RP

        • Frank White says:
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          If I want a streamer I can’t have two guys on the bench for my hitters and I never do. So Rios will start over Starlin Castro and that’ll leave Donaldson also on my bench. Donaldson would have to go for Gregg if you like that?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Gotcha. Not really crazy about either guy but think Donaldson is worth more than a drop for the Cubs closer, especially Gregg. I’d hold, personally.

            • Frank White says:
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              I hear ya but my lineup is
              Wieters
              Fielder
              Altuve
              Peralta/ Castro bench/ Reyes DL
              Zimmerman
              Justin Upton
              MCcutchen
              Holliday
              Lind
              Donaldson/ bench
              There’s not a day I can bench any of those guys to add Donaldson, you know what I mean? Maybe once in a blue, so He’s just Rotting on the bench when I can get an extra pitcher.

              • Frank White says:
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                Do you agree with me now that you see my lineup? Oh also… Would you trade Gerrit Cole for Wil Myers? He’s thinking about it but I’m actually thinking of adding Donaldson

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  @Frank White: I’d take Myers there. Try throwing in Donaldson to see if he bites.

                  If not, drop him for Gregg.

  16. Frank White says:
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    Are you around buddy?

  17. Frank White says:
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    Now that I’m waiting on waivers to get Gregg, I feel like I should drop Heath Bell cause there might be better out there. I wanted 3 RP’s so if I get rid of Bell then that would leave me with 2 RP’s… Do you think I should drop Bell for Houston Street, Parnell or Putz? They’re all available. Or keep Bell?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Bell was filling in as closer for Putz and Street is his team’s closer so it would make sense to drop the backup for Street.

      • Frank White says:
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        Hey buddy… I’m so mad cause I just went to the Dr’s and got back to find Street already picked up.. I grabbed Henderson. So that means I got Mujica, Henderson and Gregg coming soon.. What do you think about the Henderson move??

  18. Frank White says:
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    Also Edinson Volquez and Tim Hudson are available. If you don’t like the other ones then I can grab one of these guys.. Even if I grab a reliever, I still would have room for one of these players and I can drop Cahill. What would u do?

  19. Jason says:
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    Creeper of the Week nominee: Mike Carp ? Faces 5 righties next week. I’m debating over him and Pena.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jason: Though I like Carp more due to his lineup/home park, I’d have to say Pena over him for known playing time. I haven’t yet looked into next week, it might be one of these guys I go with. We’ll see.

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