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As they say in a Jewelery District of any major city, Johnny Cueto pitched a gem.  Well, any major city except Detroit.  There they call a gem, “Slowly remove it from your finger, and no funny business!”  Against the Pirates yesterday — 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Pretty much across the board for Cueto’s career, I haven’t been a fan.  His xFIP has always been much worse than his ERA, and his K-rate has never been close to an elite starter.  Well, a weird thing happened on the way to his fifth start of the year, he looks like an ace.  His xFIP is down to 2.55, his K-rate is 10.50 and his walk rate is 2.40.  Those are fantasy ace numbers.  Last year through April, he had a 2.80 xFIP, 9.35 K-rate and 3.12 walk rate.  Those numbers aren’t that different.  Hey, random italicized letters are my shtick.  Not right now, Random Italicized Voice.  Whoa, snippy!  There is one fairly significant difference between Cueto this year and last.  About a mile per hour on his fastball.  In some instances, his fastball is averaging two extra miles per hour from last April, and he’s cut out his, uh, cutter, and his ground balls have remained.  He’s pitching slightly different, slightly better, and, for the first time I can remember, I’m really liking what Cueto is showing.  Ain’t that a kick in Jason LaRue’s head?  His ERA won’t stay at 1.50, but I also wouldn’t be looking to sell him high.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nick Franklin – 1-for-4, 1 run as he was recalled to play some outfield and DH while Logan Morrison figures out why he can’t stay healthy.  “Is it because I cut in front of that Native American shaman at a Subway?  I thought he ordered already.”  That’s Morrison soul-searching.  Franklin has pounded the ball in the minors in the first two weeks — hitting close to .400 with 4 homers.  He’s hit well in the minors before and still hit .225 for Seattle last year, though with power and some speed.  The Mariners are a better team with Franklin playing over Morrison even if the latter is healthy and latter means Morrison.  I was gonna write a sleeper post about Franklin in the preseason if he had a starting job.  Had my iCal reminder set in my mind.  See that?  I upgraded from a brain to a Mac product just that easily.  Steve Jobs, you were a pioneer in consumerism!  Speaking of revolutionary products, I just bought a white desk, and now I can see every smudge I make, so how about a can of dust spray?  Never again do you have to obsess about one little smudge; you can now cover your brand new desk in dust rather than wait for it to naturally accumulate.  Good idea, right?  Thank me.  I could see Franklin giving 50/15/60/.290/10 in 400 ABs.  Does he get 400 ABs?  Highly unlikely, but worth picking up if you have room and can platoon him because he’s not assured playing time.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. Yu Darvish (7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks).  F-Her and Yu, a dream fantasy matchup in every way.

Taijuan Walker – Shutdown for the next two weeks.  At this point, we’ll probably be lucky to see him sometime late-May.  That guy getting tear tattoos under his eye isn’t an ex-con trying to show his loyalty to the tear-tattoo ex-con mafia, it’s me.  To show all passers-by my true feelings on Walker.   Why do you hurt me, Fantasy Baseball Overlord?  Why?  I’m seriously curious.

Jose Tabata – Collided with a fence and left the game with a concussion.  At first I read the headline and thought it said he collided with a face.  Then I was like, “Was he hang gliding over Mt. Rushmore?”  Then I reread it and had a good laugh!  This is good news for Travis Snider’s playing time.  He does have some pop, but won’t hit for much of an average.  Oh, and he was a post-post-post-hype prospect while Lawrie was still only a post-post-hype prospect.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  At the start, he looked like he had no control of the crap he was throwing, then settled in nicely, then pooped the bed on the way out.  Sounds like the human life cycle.

Joey Votto – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Votto has come alive with pleasure like a good Newport cigarette.

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-3, 2 runs and two steals, raising his average to .170.  I think there’s 2 to 1 odds that he hits under .220 this year.  3 to 1 odds that he gets pulled over for doing 55 MPH in a school zone, while he’s out walking his dog.

Chase Headley – Out with a biceps strain.  He says it hurts when he swings a bat.  Funny, it hurts his fantasy owners when he swings a bat too.

Andrew Cashner – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  When it goes in my favor, like last night since I own Cashner, I’m all for it, but doesn’t it seem odd to someone that a pitcher makes an error and a run is unearned?  I mean, they are completely at fault for that.  More so than if, say, a fielder doesn’t get to a grounder in time, that they should’ve got to, and the runner is safe.

Justin Morneau – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in four games.  See, playing for the Rockies is paying off!  Oh, these games were on the road.  Well, The Concusstador doesn’t know the difference.  On the fo’really, Morneau is only owned in 30% of ESPN leagues.  Huh?  Yeah, that makes no sense.  He’s not what he once was, but he’s hitting .354.  He’s that much worse than, say, Ryan Howard?

Mike Moustakas – Didn’t start yesterday but did homer.  I fear we’re not gonna have Mostsuckass to kick around much longer.  He looks like he’s slowly losing his job to Valencia.  Probably too slow, since he’s batting .119.  Yesterday, might’ve bought him another week.

Jason Castro – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a home run, his third.  3, 2, 1… Yes, he should be owned!

George Springer – 1-for-5 and a run as he hit 2nd.  People were impressed he was in the two hole in the lineup.  Those same people haven’t taken a moment to look at the Astros lineup.  Where’s he going to hit?  Below Marc Krauss?  I liked Krauss’s song on the O Brother soundtrack, but that’s about it.

Curtis Granderson – Missed yesterday’s start, but is expected back on Saturday.  By then, Krispie Young will have returned too so the Mets will begin providing donuts for all opposing pitchers.

Jose Valverde – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Why are you bringing in Valverde with a five-run lead?  Kazaam!

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Reliable but not flashy with Ks.  This was brought to you by the letter Gee.

Eric Young Jr. – 1-for-4, 1 run and two steals, now up to nine.  Something about cheap steals and saves that just makes it that much more exhilarating.  It doesn’t go away either, if a guy has the opportunity.  If they’re pitching in the 9th, they’ll get saves.  If a guy is starting that is fast, he will get steals.  You can’t say the same about starters or power hitters.  The starters could have good starts, but lots of factors go into that.  Power hitters could get hot, but they will cool off.  Speed guys don’t lose their speed from one day to the next.  SAGNOF until I die!

John Danks – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and a 3.32 ERA vs. Red Sox.  You look up ‘streamer’ in the definition, you don’t find Danks’s name.  He’s down under ‘will drop a steamer.’

Maikel Cleto – 1/3 IP, 3 BBs, and had an opportunity to close for the White Sox, but he can’t throw strikes, so Robin Ventura went to old unfaithful, Matt Lindstrom, who of course blew the save.  At some point, the gooftard that is Robin Ventura will realize Daniel Webb should be the closer.  Yes, the Webb who also gave up a run yesterday (c’mon, it was in three innings).  He’s got much better stuff than Lindstrom.  They might wait until the trade deadline, pass off Lindstrom on someone for a prospect then put Webb in the job.

Edward Mujica – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Pretty much every reliever in the Red/White Sox game blew a save yesterday.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  Au shucks!

Aaron Hill – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Good to see it was more of a hump than a Hill.  My little lady humps!  Nobody knows what it means, but it’s provocative!

Luke Gregerson – 2 IP, 1 ER.  Blown save last night might’ve did more good for Johnson than Johnson’s done all year.  This is a fluid situation and Gregerson’s headed up the river.

Kole Calhoun – Hits the DL after rolling his ankle, and will miss four to six weeks.  Still haven’t heard of one person hurting a cankle.  God, you messed up!

Tyler Skaggs – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  The big blow was a three-run homer by Moss, then he settled down for two more innings.  I’d give him another start to make it up to you.

David Robertson – Hoping to return on April 22nd, the first day he’s eligible.  So, that puts the kids of closers currently at Gregerson, Johnson and Robertson.  Sorry, Jansen.

Masahiro Tanaka – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks.  If he keeps pitching like this, there’s going to be a serious shortage of emojis in Japan.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  You know how you zoom out your grandparent’s iPhone font size so it’s really small and you tell them they must be going blind?  Maybe if they go take a nap it’ll be better when they wake, then while they’re napping you rob their wallet.  The Yankees pitching yesterday zoomed out the Cubs font.

Carlos Beltran – 3-for-5 and his 4th homer.  Late in the 1st game of the doubleheader, the 36-year-old Beltran was replaced defensively to keep his legs fresh by the 40-year-old Ichiro, then he was replaced by Jesse Barfield.

Jason Hammel – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, 3.05 ERA on the year.  Don’t have overwhelming faith in Hammel, but the Stream-o-Nator puts his next start at decent with a chance for tasty.

Craig Kimbrel – Declared himself ready.  That’s nice, still waiting until he throws in a game.

Julio Teheran – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Cliff Lee (9 IP, 1 ER, 12 baserunners, 13 Ks).  I felt like The Iron Sheik yesterday chanting, “Teheran number one.”  The Adverb wasn’t too shabby either.  -ly had the advantage for fantasy with the Ks, but also in real-life because he was facing the Krazy Braves.  I mean, Jason Heyward struck out once from the dugout.  Teheran number one!  Teheran number one!  Teheran number one!

Evan Gattis – 4-for-4 and a solo homer, his 4th.  This was his best day since he was living in a dumpster with his homeless buddy, Norm, who told him he had crabs.  After a panicked moment, Norm revealed discarded stone crabs.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Odorizzi came into the season with very little fanfare and has lived up to that spectacularly.

Zach McAllister – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks and a 2.04 ERA.  He’s been getting lucky with balls batted into play and home runs, accounting for a 4.32 xFIP.  In English, he’s getting lucky with balls batted… Well, that was English.  Just an arcane, nerdilect.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 2-for-4 and a steal, hitting .421 in very limited duty.  Hehe, I said doodie.  Chisenhall has played a few games in a row, but the longer Santana hits under .200, the Indians may feel it’ll help Santana’s bat to get on the field.  That is hogwash, of course, but this is how clubs think.

Zach Walters – 1-for-1 with his 2nd pinch hit homer in as many games.  Rusty Staub called, he wants his pinch-hitting ability back!  Two homers in back-to-back games had me curious who Zach Wawa was so I looked up his stats and he hit 29 homers last year!  Wawa indeed.  Forget interviewing Gabourey Sidibe at a Stuckey’s, you should be in the majors!  ZiPS has his projections at 18 homers and 3 steals.  Well, Howdy Dowdy to you too!  He is somewhat stuck behind Desmond with his natural position of short, but he’s played some 3rd base.  Maybe the Nats will play Rendon at 2nd base and Walters at 3rd.  *thinking*  Damn Matt Williams!

Doug Fister – Headed to extended spring training.  Watch out, ladies of Florida, a Fister is coming to town!

Bryce Harper – Scratched due to quad tightness.  When your injury updates outnumber your ‘good game’ updates four to one, you might want to beef up less with the weights, and get on the field more, Harper.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer as he bats .286.  The Marlins went out and got Furcal to read bedtime stories to Yelich, right?  I mean, they’re not actually gonna bench Dietrich, are they?

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Is he the top starter taken off draft boards next year?  Okay, too far into the future.  How many Braves does he strike out next time?  15?  The Uptons are at an over/under of 6?

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, hitting .339.  Oh-Swoona.

Paul Maholm – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Try to say Maholm without yawning.  You can’t.  I saw a documentary about that by Errol Morris.

Joe Kelly – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury and is headed to the DL.  Can I get a hashtag with Carlos Martinez’s name on it up in here, up in here?!  Oh, wait, the Cards consider him a reliever and Tyler Lyons a starter.  Dammit, that’s a total waste of a hashtag!

Jon Jay – 2-for-4 and a steal.  Uh-oh, The Federalist has been stealing time from Bourjos and hasn’t made the Cards look stupid (homer on Tuesday, steal on Wednesday; three hits.)  This doesn’t bode well for Bourjos since his hitting hasn’t been boding well for anyone.

Wily Peralta – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 1.96.  Obviously, he’s pitched great thus far.  He’s still giving up homers (3 in 3 starts) and not getting Ks, considering how high his velocity is, which still leaves him as a streamer in shallower leagues.  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and rightfully so.

Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .377 on the year.  Fun fact!  His ordering in a Jewish deli always confuses the waitress when he pronounces multiple pastrami sandwiches like he’s saying his name.  “I want PAH-STRAH-MISS!”

  1. Julian says:
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    Which set up looks better? H2H standard Points—-saves and wins=7 points

    MI–
    Jose Altuve
    Matt Carpenter
    RP—
    Tommy Hunter
    Grant Balfour

    Or

    MI—
    Arenado
    Carpenter
    RP—
    Grant Balfour
    Jesse Chavez

    Also, if you had to bet one thousand dollars on what month Gregory Polanco comes up, what month would you out your bet on?

    Thanks Grey

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Julian: June 2nd at 11:30 am eastern time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Julian: June…. Altuve

    • Nico

      Nico says:
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      @Julian: Get Grey hammered in Vegas and he might put some really money on that… or so I’ve heard…

  2. frankgrimes says:
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    the site acting whack on the iPad

    • Bada Bing says:
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      @frankgrimes: I’m having the same problems. I have had my iPad open up the app store and direct me to a dating app the last 3 times on the site over the past few days. I am not on the market, I already have Cueto, the love of my life on my RCL team. Although I have a feeling our relationship will end with one of us getting hurt.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        I’ve had the same problem with this site opening some game or something in the app store when it loads on my iPad for quite a while now. I think its one of the banners down the right side of the page.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Bada Bing: I have had the exact same problem on my iPad. I thought my thumb was accidentally brushing some dumb ad at first.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: there is no option for mobile anymore
        unless it moved or the ol wake n bake screwed me again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @frankgrimes: You can’t just open the site on your iPad?

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Grey: You can, but it then redirects to the App store.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Principal Blackman: Still? I have my iPad open and I removed what I thought was the offending ad

              • Carnac says:
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                Oh yeah, that ad… Mrs. Carnac, “Carnac, why are you looking at a dating app on the app store?? You’re going to get catfished again.”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Carnac: It’s still there?

                  • Carnac says:
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                    Just checked – I don’t think it’s there. Happened last night.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Please let me know if it happens again, merci

  3. Zar says:
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    I picked up Ian Kennedy cause the Stream-O-Nator loves him. But it’s loving him in Arizona, against the Rockies? Do I listen to the SON or ditch him? And Erasmo is an emphatic no at texas right?

    • Bada Bing says:
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      @Zar: It seems unlikely that the Padres would be playing the Rockies in Arizona.

      • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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        @Bada Bing: damn, i wanted first crack at this one. where’s Greyismyhero, he could hang out with this guy. SMOKE IT!

        • Greyismyhero says:
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          @Balmy Tundrastein: Reporting for duty as requested sir!

          • Zar says:
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            @Greyismyhero: ha sorry. Forgot Kennedy got exiled. Thanks.

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Bada Bing: Ha! It’s a 3-way! NL showdown, 9-out innings, Kennedy is all-time pitcher, Goldschmidt is all-time quarterback, ghost runners, ghost gyorko

        • Bada Bing says:
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          @Ra’zball Al Ghul: hahaha. Ghost runners were always a tough out.

  4. Juliana says:
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    “I don’t want FOP damn it, I’m a Dapper Dan man!”

  5. Sky

    Sky says:
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    MUST OZUNA!

  6. Marc says:
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    Yes, the Cubs are awful, but dismiss Tanaka and Pineda at your own fantasy peril.

    Having too much patience in fantasy baseball can be a sin or a virtue. It really comes down to whether the proper judgment is made.

    Now, obviously in the real world Tanaka’s trade value is astronomical at this particular moment in time (because whoever liked Tanaka enough to draft him certainly won’t want to part with him now).

    But this doesn’t excuse the act of being too slow to adjust your expectations.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Marc: I traded M. Moore for him before season started…thank god!

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Greyismyhero: I inherited him in a keeper league and dropped him after his first start

  7. slicke5 says:
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    Fielder/Kershaw/Lynn or Pujols/MadBum/Hamels?

    • Just Make Pitch says:
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      @slicke5: I’d take the Pujols/MadBum/Hamels side. Given his protracted slump, Fielder has just as many questions as Pujols and about the same upside this year. Kershaw’s better than MadBum but the difference isn’t that drastic and I’d discount his value given his injury issues. A healthy Hamels is much better than Lynn in my opinion so I guess it’d come down to what you think about Hamels’ health. I don’t think there’s enough there to discount him to Lynn’s level.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Just Make Pitch:

        By “protracted” I assume you’re implying “long” right?

        If that’s the case can you have a “protracted” slump on April 17th?

        If that’s not the case forget this post :: wavy scooby doo lines :::

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @slicke5: It seems like a fair deal, but I’d want the Pooholes/angrybutt side.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Principal Blackman: I’ve heard Hamels in your Pujols can give you a mad bum

  8. The Theory says:
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    I’ve been stewing about this all day, and need a place to commiserate. Lucky, lucky you, I’m picking here to do so.

    Guess who signed into their fantasy league at 12:45pm yesterday?
    Guess who realized at that point that there was a 12:35pm game yesterday?
    Guess who was still sitting on his bench at 12:45 and, thus, unmovable as a mountain?
    And guess whose league is h2h and counts complete games and shutouts?

    Ick. I stared wrathfully with every K, every inning, and that complete game shutout rack up all of those delicious little stats on my bench.

    Totallllly my fault. And these things happen from time to time in daily lineup move leagues. But this one is going to sting for a while.

    • Gravey Monster says:
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      I have him in a Dynasty points league. It was such an early start I didn’t set my lineup in time. He racked up 132 points. It has, and continues to, ruin my entire week/life.

  9. Hi Grey …… I’ve now got two DL players (Calhoun and Latos) and one DL spot with a very thin bench. I know you don’t know my roster, but who would you drop between these two? I was thinking Latos because it’s starting to look like he’ll be out for a long while, and, chances are I could probably grab him for the spot when Calhoun comes off the DL. What do you think??

    Anyone else with an opinion??

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Arnie S.: Id drop Calhoun

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I’ll second this.

    • @Arnie S.: I don’t think either is a great DL stash, to be honest. But, yes, Calhoun.

      • Looks like Mesoroco now, but once he’s off the DL is Ramos a better bet over the whole season than Mesorocco?

  10. Dave says:
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    Trevor Bauer with a solid 9 K 0BB solid performance in minors last night. Maybe you were right about him not being sent down for too long

    • schtickball says:
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      @Dave:
      i guess that depends on how long is carrascos leash is. grey??

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dave: I picked up Bauer last night when I put Calhoun on my DL. He looks like he might have figured things out. At least I hope…

  11. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, trend my Bruce for Abreu? Fair or No. Thanks.

    • Wilson says:
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      Typo, trade my Bruce for Abreu? Fair or No. thanks.

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Wilson: I’m no Grey, but Bruce is the obvious ‘safer’ play given some MLB history. And looking at the past few seasons of Bruce, I wouldn’t peg Abreu to finish with better stats in any category, except maybe a few points in AVG. I’d hold on to Bruce.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Wilson:

        Thirded. I wouldn’t make this deal.

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Wilson: Trend lightly

  12. Balmy Tundrastein says:
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    SON actually for some reason doesn’t like Peralta’s next start, but he has so far badly outplayed SON. great CUBS got fonted joke.

  13. Moscowitz says:
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    Hunter, Axford or Frieri ROS?

    Thanks

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Moscowitz: depends who wins the most games lol

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: Well this is just one factor. Its about the ratios and job security too. To me Hunter seems like the most reliable although the other two have more K potential. Frieri and Axford however have a higher blowup potential too. I really would like to know what Grey thinks about this issue.

        • @Moscowitz: For what it’s worth, I’d rank ‘em Frieri, Hunter, Axford.

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Enrique: Frieris job ist the most secure. Behind him is Joe Smith and his K potential is great but his blowups are epic. The guy either strikes out the side or gives up two homers in less than an inning in a H2H, he can kill your whole weekly pitching cathegory all by himself.

            • @Moscowitz: All those guys have flaws … the closer spots are fickle. But among those choices that’s how I’d rank ‘em (and I have lots of experience with marginal closers).

  14. jacob says:
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    Thanks for telling me to not draft cueto dick.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @jacob:

      in my leagues ,
      we draft the whole player .

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @jacob: who told you to jump off a cliff? At least you survived it to play fantasy this year. (Without Cueto)

    • Party Boy John says:
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      @jacob: hes going to get hurt…

  15. RazzmaTazz says:
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    I am not a fan of carrying two Catchers but Carlos Santana Ana’s .170 BA and 1 RBI for the year is not doing me any favors. Should I pick up Mesoraco and drop Bonifacio or Raja?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @RazzmaTazz: Mesaroco was the top hitting catcher prospect when he came up if im correct? I own him in 2 leagues, and would own him in more if he wasn’t owned

  16. Ray Liotta's Dermatologist says:
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    I am also perplexed at that pitcher error/unearned rule..and it was CarGo on base so even if he had stayed at first on that play, he had potential to steal second, which would have made the run earned. Cashner essentially freed himself from an earned run by making that error. Doesnt make sense at all to me…maybe it’s because I’m against a team with Andy Money this week though..

    • Bobbo says:
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      @Ray Liotta’s Dermatologist: The only argument that makes sense to me is that the pitcher is a fielder when he makes an error and therefore is not charged with an earned run for what he does (or doesn’t do) as a fielder. It’s almost like he is a different player when the ball is in play versus when he is pitching.

      Does that make sense?

  17. Greyismyhero says:
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    Can we get a main page countdown or something to the greatest day of the year “up in here, up in here”? 420 is near…GET READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Bi-Felicia says:
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    And I decided last min to bench Cueto for Lirano… SONOFABENCH!!!

  19. Jason says:
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    Debating on whether to grab Masterson (v. Huthinson) or Kluber (v. Buehrle) going against TOR at home. I’m hoping either/both turn a corner and start pitching better. Any thoughts? Maybe pick up a TOR starter instead..???

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Jason: grab masterson vs Detroit. Everyone needs a decent sweat once a week ;)

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: Nvmd, I meant Toronto

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Jason: I wouldn’t touch any of the guys you listed to start those games. Toronto can put up 10 runs @ home. That’s a gamble and a half

      • Jason says:
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        I was sort of thinking that to. Thanks.

  20. kingforaday151 says:
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    Grey, I almost never oppose trades, but this one seems worthy of veto to me. Guy in my league is trading Miggy and Wainwright to get Stanton and Aramis Ramirez. Am I just bitter, or is this trade worth a veto? This guy paid $60 for Miggy and $35 for Wainwright three weeks ago in our auction, I don’t get it.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @kingforaday151: I wouldn’t veto but I’d tell him that he’s an idiot for trading the greatest hitter in baseball in almost 35 years & a top 5 pitcher for Stantons hot start, and aramis (who’ll probably be on the DL next month. I’m playing in a league guy dropped, not traded. Desmond, Hill, Lynn, Aramis, Edwin, Seager, Allen Craig. Needless to say I told him id like to punch him in the face!

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: Haha, the term idiot has been flying all over the league message board. I hate to veto trades because I can’t see in to the future, but this one seems clearly unfair.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Bi-Felicia:

        I almost never say trades are veto worthy but this one is. Miggy for Stanton and Ramirez is fair. Miggy AND Wainwright? No.

    • @kingforaday151: Is there any reason to think these two managers would collude?

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @Enrique: Collusion, if it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, is the only valid reason to ever veto a trade. You shouldn’t really penalize stupidity if he’s just a moron. Just content yourselves to making him feel bad for being a bad fantasy manager.

        • kingforaday151 says:
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          @Principal Blackman: Understood, I’m also not a big fan of a trade veto. I guess I just find it frustrating to see someone seemingly throw in the towel before the end of April. And the dude works in sales! You’d think he could identify a low ball offer when it slaps him in the face.

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Enrique: I do not feel there is any collusion, not even sure the two managers are familiar with each other. I just prefer leagues in which all teams are trying to win, and the purpose of any trade is to help both teams. I can’t find any reason to believe this move helps the team forking Miggy over. His pitchers aside from Waino are Buerlhe, Haren, Tillman, Nolasco, Lackey, Kazmir, Ross, Colon, Griffin (he really needs Wainwright to anchor that crap heap of starters).

        • nick the dick says:
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          @kingforaday151: I feel your pain for I have seen worse in the past 2 days. 10 team h2h with no CI/MI so free agent pool is always fairly deep. Kid trades braun/castro for kazmir/pierzynski. Kazmir and aj were both undrafted and grabbed off FA a few days before they were flipped for braun and castro. I told the braun giver how stupid it was and every manager in the league knows its awful except him. Now we are all friends in the keague and one is simply taking advantage of anothers lack of experience. My friend the league commish agreed most of all that it was unfair trade. Then whadaya know last night another trade accepted and its with the same kid who gave away braun and now the commish. Rios/peavy, so his next best OF a 5 category guy, for vmart(no position, no knees), morse(FA), hudson(38, FA), broxton(FA). Its two weeks in and now he’s traded his top 2 OF (2nd&6th rd picks) and a solid catcher and pitcher for all the scraps he could’ve gotten for free a few days ago. And guess who has chapman? The guy trading broxton. Useless fill in. Why did you draft these guys if you didn’t want them?!

          • kingforaday151 says:
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            @nick the dick: That was my biggest argument against it. He just paid $60 for Miggy in the pre-season auction. Two bad weeks and you’re giving up on the guy you wanted so badly that you spent almost 25% of your budget on?! The worst part of the deal is that after I spoke up the guy getting Miggy and Wainwright posted a message to the league trying to explain how he’s the one taking all of the risk and if anything it’s unfair for him. Extremely frustrating.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kingforaday151: Is Stanton a keeper? Sounds pretty terrible, but you have to let others manage their teams

      • kingforaday151 says:
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        @Grey: Non-keeper league. I appreciate the feedback, and I understand that each owner does what they’d like with their team. I really try to stay out of spats like this one, I just couldn’t understand it. Oh, my white people problems….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  21. Nelson says:
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    Ortiz, Ajax for Cespedes, Morneau , Peavy? Who wins?

  22. Fungazi says:
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    Heyward struck out? Maybe his Robocop mask was fogged up.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Fungazi: He’s a transformer, let’s hope that it’s not into BJ Upton

  23. Bi-Felicia says:
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    The Headley write up is great stuff Grey. It hurts…Almost as much as when My Dickey gets pounded hard!

  24. Justin says:
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    You know why the mets brought valverde in? Because Collins is a tard. I recall watching a met vame last year where Clllins let Harvey throw 130 pluspitches in four plus innings. Collins is the reason harvey got hurt and it explains valverde

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Justin: No way dude. Dr. James Andrews has voodoo dolls of the players who need Tommy John. I just seen the preview for the.upcoming 60 mins expose. You didn’t hear about it? They caught him on camera masturbating with a Grienke Doll last week!

      • Sam Sneed says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: All pitchers should just be forced to get TJ surgery when they are signed. ITS GOING TO HAPPEN ANYWAY MUHAHAHAH

  25. Steve says:
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    Trying to trade Trumbo…no one wants him!!
    Would to try to trade him for a saves guy like romo or Jansen?
    Not even sure I could get that
    Thanks!!

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Steve: you could trade him to this lowballer in my league. He tries giving you Ubaldo & The ghost of Johnny Damon flee Trumbo & Giancarlo. (Seriously that’s how close his offers are) LOL

      • Rubik's Pube says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: there is a wierdo like that in my league. Once a week I’ll get a ridiculous trade offer from him. Last week it was Wacha and T. Hunter (who he just got off the wire that day) for my Trout and Iwakuma. Straight tard

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Steve: He tried Dee Gordon & Ubaldo for my Scherzer & Trumbo. No BS. I slut shamed him in the league comments :-)

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: Slut shame is no joking matter

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Steve: Don’t trade Trumbo for Saves. He is being undervalued.

  26. RickyRomero'sContract says:
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    i need steals in my 12 team roto, I’m wondering if i should drop soriano for eyj or rajai davis? Is there anyone you would drop for eyj/rajai other than soriano? Or should i just hold? Thanks Grey!

    C-Wilin
    1b – Pujols
    2b – Hill
    3b – E5
    ss – andrelton
    LF – Cespedes
    CF – Djennings
    RF – Bruce
    Util – Beltran

    BN – Alfonso Soriano
    BN – Daniel Murphy
    BN – JJ Hardy

    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Strasburg
    SP – Iwakuma
    SP – Gio
    SP – Eovaldi
    SP – Chavez
    SP – Drew Smyly
    RP – Huston Street
    RP – Sergio Santos

  27. G-Money says:
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    Phillips or Gyorko ROS?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @SteveNZ: Probably do a better job than Linscummmm hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Ha…. Surprised he didn’t hurt his hamate bone…

  28. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Santos, Janssen is about to come back. That’s me though, I dropped him to pick up Lawrie when Zimmerman went down. No DL spots

  29. Joesh says:
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    Paxton worth stashing now for some starts now that Walker isn’t coming back for a long time?

  30. papasmurf says:
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    Brandon Moss really looks good so far this year. The HR came on a badly located FB but a HR vs. a lefty is a big deal.

    Too bad I benched him when I saw he got dropped to 8th. I started Fowler (0 for 6) instead and also had Skaggs pitching.

    Couldn’t have worked out worse for me. Sonnuvabench!

  31. KCC26 says:
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    Hey! What’s going on with Seager? Anyone been watching seattle? Really sucking the life out of my CI spot…. With his crappy 2013 second half, is he starting to look droppable in a 12 team mixer?

    • Cram It says:
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      @KCC26: I’d relax. But depends who you’re dropping him for.

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @KCC26: Last season seager started out just as slow. I dropped him and regretted it later in the year. He’ll heat up eventually but maybe bench him until he does

  32. EK says:
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    Mesoroco Gomes or Castro for pts leagues
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Castro

  33. Granpa Munster says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Would you drop Castellanos for EYJ right now?

    Thanks!

  34. Korey says:
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    Valencia had good splits last year for the O’s and hit a HR in Mustakas place last night. If we start seeing the lefty/righty platoon at 3B in KC is Valencia worth a look in AL only?

  35. EK says:
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    Roto 9 teams start Salazar today at DET?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Nope

  36. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    I’d take Jesse Barfield’s arm again any day of the week.

  37. Hi Grey — A few quick questions (all in a 14-team redraft roto league):

    –Would you start Salazar @DET? SoN has him at 12.6, which says yes. But his recent performances make me wonder, and Detroit is tough at home.

    –Who’d you drop between Melky, Aoki, and Leonys to make a waiver claim on Springer?

    –I have Hart as a backup 1B (Rizzo’s the starter). Is Moreland, Carter, or Dunn a better bet? Or do I go with only Rizzo at 1B and drop Hart for Springer? Seems to make sense based on value alone but with a small bench I’m not sure of the wisdom of having six OF (for 3 OF slots + UTIL) and only one 1B.

    Why does spell check try to turn “roto” into “root” every time? Anything you can do? Heh.

    All except the last question is for the same 14-team redraft roto league where so far my offensive needs (by far) are HR and RBI.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: I’d start him in a 14 team league…. Melky… Hold Hart…Ha…

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Enrique: I’m starting him in a 12T. Wildness be damned, he’s getting a quality start today! Detroit is not tough at anywhere this year.

  38. KilgoreTrout says:
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    Was offered Pagan and Gallardo for Springer. Been burned by YoGa in the past, but should I do this trade?

  39. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    Just traded away
    Bogerts, abreu, and segura for cano, Wacha and cole… Who won this trade? I didn’t like the fact that I gave up all this potential but I feel like I solidified my pitching while getting a top 5 player … Your thoughts?

    Also

    14 team league – any holes?

    Aj pier
    Pujols
    Cano
    Hanley
    Fraz
    A jones
    Crisp
    Hart
    Sizemore
    Gyorko
    Middlebrooks

    Wacha
    Verlander
    Sanchez
    Cole
    Grey
    Liriano
    Fister
    Smyly
    Hudson
    Limdstrom
    Benoit

  40. The Strolg says:
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    Dear Cueto’s Latisimus Dorsi Muscle,

    Hope you are enjoying your vacation. Everything is cool here at home, so no need to hurry back. If you need money, I can wire it to you. If you start getting bored, you can always go see Uncle Tulo.

    See you in October
    JC owner

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Mr. Gatti’s is a cheap and delicious way to get a bitchin stomach ache! I used to go to the one on MLK when I went to UT

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        Hell ya, I know that one. I miss living in Austin, I’m working in Fort Worth now

  41. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Eovaldi vs SEA (SON only $1.9) or Kuroda @ TB ($5.7) on Friday?

    • Jon says:
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      And also Porcello vs LAA ($3.8)? Thanks!

      • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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        @Jon: From what I remember Porcello got lit up by LAA all last year. My opinion would be Evo vs Mariners.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jon:

      You have to choose one or the other? I’d probably start both.

      • Jon says:
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        @Hawk: nope, don’t have to choose. I can start all or none.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jon: Oh, then start all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Kuroda

  42. What's In The Bowl, Bitch? says:
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    Love you guys. Great post as always. This is how my roster has shaped out after some trades and ww pickups.

    C- Mesoraco
    1B- Fielder
    2B- Gyorko
    3b- Donaldson
    SS- Andrus
    OF- Trout, Bautista, Rios
    Util- Springer, B.Phillips
    BN- E.Young
    SP- Cobb, Bailey, Cingrani, Gray, Ventura, Chavez, Eovaldi, Masterson
    RP- Perkins, Hawkins, Broxton, Strop

    Thoughts? Any suggestions of who to try to move for an upgrade elsewhere? Was thinking of moving Phillips & Masterson for an upgrade bat or pitcher. Who might be a good target and where do I need to upgrade? Thanks Grey!

      • G-Money says:
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        @Grey: the guy that has Myers also has puig. Which one should I target? Thinking maybe puig first then fallback on Myers??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends which is cheaper in his eyes

          • G-Money says:
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            @Grey: fuck what he prefers. What do YOU prefer!!! Puig or Myers ROS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, he’s the one doing the trade and I like both so I’d take the cheaper one

              • G-Money says:
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                @Grey: he likes puig over Myers. So you approve Phillips/masterson for Myers?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I do, yeah

  43. Cram It says:
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    Re: Cashner, I was having that exact conversation with my buddy on the drive home from a Kadavar show (sick band btw) last night. The pitcher is solely responsible for making an error that costs him a run. How does he get off the hook for that? It’s almost like, if he fears a guy on third is going to score anyway…’oh let me just throw this comebacker away and that run won’t count against me.’ Say whaaaa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, I really can’t figure it out

  44. JK Smiles says:
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    Anyone have insight into Myers’s struggles at the plate? Just a slump, or is there something more here?

    • @JK Smiles: I think Meyers is just another Royals prospect with huge upside turned bust!!

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @EK:@Malicious Phenom: man, I hope you are wrong, I have him everywhere this year.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @JK Smiles: Hope he breaks out of it today, picked him up as free agent last night.

    • Hawk says:
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      @JK Smiles:

      It’s been two weeks. He’s really good. Don’t panic (unless you happen to be in my league…then by all means, panic. :) )

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Hawk: I concur with this assessment. If you are in any of my leagues, Myers is a bum, drop him ASAP!

        • Bi-Felicia says:
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          Yup, Agreed..he’s washed up and probably headed to see Dr. Freeze. You should trade him to me for Marmol :-)

  45. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey… I’ve had nothing but bad luck on my pitching squad. Lol. But seriously with injuries and pitchers playing so horrible I had to drop but I had to pickup about 5 pitchers off the wire to add to my squad and not stream. Moore is out for the season, ( Which is a blessing in disguise) and Cobb on my DL. This is my whole lineup, 10 team mixed h2h points…
    Wieters
    Fielder
    Gyorko
    Elvis Andrus
    Adam Jones
    Jay Bruce
    Alex Gordon
    Cuddyer
    Desmond Jennings
    George Springer

    Alex Wood
    Jason Vargas
    Masterson
    Robbie Erlin
    Bumgarner
    Samardzija
    Homer Bailey
    Eovaldi
    Jesse Chavez
    Erasmo ( I’m giving him 1 more chance before I drop Him)
    Cobb DL
    Paxton DL ( Only reason why I’m keeping him is because I get 2 DL spots and I’m gonna Replace him with 1 Seth’s grab n stash guys)
    Glen Perkins
    Jose Valverde
    So after picking the guys up off waivers, which are pretty clear who they are, Lol.. 1 – Do you think I have a good squad or do you think I’m heading for more disaster?? I’ll pickup prospects like I always have done but I got a while for that. On top of my injuries I got Masterson and Bailey pitching like crap and some other pitchers doing great but can’t get a win cause batters and bullpen killing them. 2 – Any advise for me?? I’m 0-2 right now with close scores in both but not getting wins are killing me cause it’s 20 points per win an a point per K and inning. Oh and I just picked all these pitchers recently and they haven’t pitched yet so I’m 0-2 without those new guys. Sorry If I was rambling but I just wanted to give you all the details. LOL.. Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank White: Fielder has one home run, Gyorko, Gordon, etc… They’re just starting slow, it’s 2 weeks

      • Frank White says:
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        Well I was talking more about my pitching.. What do you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fine for now, let your guys roll for a week…

          • Frank White says:
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            Thanks!!

  46. skinny tires says:
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    Dropping Valverde or Santos to pick up Jim Johnson?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @skinny tires: that’s a triumvirate of suckitude. I’d hold for the time being as Valverde still has the job though

  47. The Thumb says:
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    Greycarlo,

    I have Cobb and Beltre sucking up my two DL spots right now. Would you keep Calhoun on the bench (5 total spots) or drop him for some other hot shmotatoes (Ozuna?)

  48. SexyCraig says:
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    Was offered Teheran & Crisp for Springer and Chavez. I like Teheran but not sure I want to give up Chavez (is he just a steamer? ) and I’m nota big fan of the cereal when EY Jr is on the wire still (I have no room) your thought, oh wise one

    • Hawk says:
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      @SexyCraig:

      You’re getting Teheran and Crisp? Run, do not walk, RUN, to accept that trade.

    • @SexyCraig: Go get the cereal man and Julio down by the school yard, you will not be sorry you did! cheers

  49. Boston Mike says:
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    I’m looking to add some pitching…

    I was offered Archer and Kluber for Wil Myers.

    I have plenty of bats, would I be selling too low or is this a solid offer?

  50. Derrick says:
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    Start McGowan today @Minn. in a 12 teamer?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Derrick:

      I would. He’s looked good and Minnesota can’t hit.

  51. Eric Riptide says:
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    @ Grey,

    I need trade advice. I’m in a head to head league that is points based. The points break down like this:

    At bats -2
    Walks 5
    Single 7
    Double 12
    Triple 17
    HR 22
    Strikeout -1
    Steal 10
    Caught Stealing N/A
    GIDP -2

    It’s a weekly league, so stat accumulations from earlier mean nothing. I am being offered Billy Butler and my opponent wants Billy Hamilton. The trade has been dubbed “Fat Billy for Fast Billy.” I’m leaning towards taking Fat Billy in the trade based on past performance, but what is YOUR opinion? Position eligibility is not an issue here because we use two utility spots and I have tons of OFs already. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    • Eric Riptide says:
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      @Eric Riptide:

      I neglected to mention Runs and RBI; they are also each worth 5 points. Thanks.

  52. Harris says:
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    I always wondered if the Sheik was shouting Iran or Teheran. Either way Bob Backlund just finished his step ups… If you remember that deep cut I’ll be really impressed. My question today is about Joe Kelly. I am in a league with no DL. I like having Kelly as a RP, but if he ends up going on the DL, I am thinking about dropping him. Someone dropped Smyly today, so I’ll have to hope he makes it to me on the waiver list. Not likely since I’m 8th out of 10. If I can’t get Smiles, do you suggest hanging on to Kelly? Next week he was slated for 2 starts. I could pick up Tyler Lyons and hope they give him those 2 starts. Odorizzi is available and one of his starts is home against the Twins. I don’t want to start dropping good players to hopefully get an extra start from a mediocre pitcher this early unless I’m putting too much value on Kelly. If you can understand this post please give me your thoughts. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris: Yeah, totally! Ha! He’s on the DL, drop him

  53. Reds Rule!!! says:
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    Look, I’m from Cincinnati so I may be a little(lot) biased when it comes to my Reds. I will admit to picking up Todd Frazier & Zach Cozart & praying. I also have Devin Mesoraco on all of my teams. The guy is batting somewhere around .500 right now!! The crazys are screaming things that get them punched in the mouth by the old timers…I’m talking about comparing Mesoraco to Johnny Bench. HAHAHAHA I mean, i did just say i have him on every one of my many fantasy teams but PU-LEASE!!! For one thing Bench won something like 100 strait gold gloves. Devin calls a decent game but he’s never going to win a gold glove. Secondly, he’s 11 for 22. I’d be happy with 7-22 & if he can produce something like that for the next 15 years then we can start up with the Bench comparisons.

    Joey Votto has his power back!! Last season was his first full one after a somewhat injury plauged season in 2012. You could tell, last season, that Votto wasn’t quite right. He looks like he did in 2010 & 2011 this season. The power is back where it was & he’s hitting homeruns using his normal approach. He doesnot have to sacrifice OBP & AVG for power. That’s one of the reasons he’s been moved up into the 2 hole in our line up.

    As good as Votto has looked Bruce has been the exact opposite. We’re used to it by now, in Cincy. He’s 7-46 right now. His next 46 at bats he could be 25-46 & hit 11 bombs.

    Billy Hamilton has started slow. He’s also had flashes that made me drop what i was doing and just stare in awe! Votto has gone on record to say that Billy Hamilton is the only person that has ever, EVER provided him with any kind of protection. He has said that he’s seeing pitches he’s never seen before(fastballs that are splitting the plate) because pitchers are trying to give their back stops a teensie tiny chance of throwing Hamilton out. 2 of Votto’s 4 homers have come off fastballs that he got when Hamilton was on base. All we need out of Billy is something around a .300-.350 OBP. He can steal 80-100 bags with an OBP like that.

    Cueto has been being Cueto. In the bits & pieces that he pitched last season he was awesome. Think about the ballpark that he pitches in & look at his ERA. 2.31, 2.78, 2.82. That’s in GABP!!! The man is a stud! Now, if we can get Sean Marshall, Aroldis Chapman & Mat Latos back we will be in good shape.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reds Rule!!!: Ha, nice breakdown… Hoping on Bruce…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Reds Rule!!!:

      Johnny Bench was the only player ,
      that i ever saw , who struck out
      in an intentional walk situation during the world series .
      what made it even sweeter was that he never
      took the bat off of his shoulder .

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      Its too bad they’ll finish behind the Cardinals & Brewers this year. Whomp Whomp #RALLYSQUIRRELNATION!!!

  54. ElBoss says:
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    Morning Grey, your opinion/projections for Jon Singleton?? Do you think he gets the call soon, and what’s his power really like?? Astro are looking decent on offense for the first four hitters, I might have to start watching the first inning of their games now!!

  55. The Fridge says:
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    Drop Hart or De Aza for Ozuna?

  56. Dileo says:
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    Rest of the year SP:

    Bud Norris/ wei-yin chen/ mike leake

    Would be a throw in for a larger trade…..Thanks!!

      • Dileo says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: the deal is:

        Springer/tanaka for Braun and one of those bums….

        I can also stand pat….

        Cant stream in this league, so all SP have some value ..

        • Bi-Felicia says:
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          Id want Braun

  57. The Big Stank says:
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    When does Gregory Polanco get the call? worth stashing now?

  58. Eliezer Vergara says:
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    @Grey

    I don’t want to drop Wong, but I need a back up to play for him – I’m looking at Dietrich or Callaspo and I’m willing to drop Kubel for one of those guys – who do you like better between the two? Should I drop Kubes for one of them?

    Thanks

  59. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    When Dillon had a 1-hitter going, I was like OMGee.

    Who do you like most Bonafacio, Blackmon or Rajai Davis?

    Miller is my SS. Batting .200 now with a 19/1 K/BB. Best SS available are Rollins, Ownings, Villar, Crawford. Thinking I should just hold because of that, but curious on what you think?

    Thanks Grey

  60. comanche says:
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    Should I drop Alex Gordon for Ozuna in a 5×5 roto league?

  61. Principal Blackman says:
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    I was listening to that White Sox/Red Sox marathon last night, and in all fairness to Lindstrom, he looked better than the BS would suggest. The one baserunner he allowed was on extremely weak contact—a Gomes swinging bunt back to the pitcher—and the sacfly to Sizemore was really the only major mistake he made—a 94MPH slider that stayed right in the middle of the zone. Ventura’s major mistake was in bringing Cleto back out to start the 9th when he could barely find the zone in the 8th. All that said, Webb should be closing, and I’m just being a bitter fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principal Blackman: I saw him too… He looked okay, nothing great…Webb’s overpowering…

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        Ugh, yeah. Typical White Sox. The Pale Horse is looking pretty sickly these days.

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey: I haven’t been redirected today but I still can’t switch to the mobile side. Slow night for baseball means too much Guinness and some night shift vape tonight nice!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks for the heads up! We disabled Mobile, so no one would be redirected anymore, but you should be able to get onto the site with any mobile device, can you not?

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey: no I can its just cleaner the other way tu sabes buey
                gracias

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha… De nada

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Grey: It is all fixed now. Thanks for the swift and iron-fisted response.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, good, sometimes it’s hard to know which one is the problem…

  62. Ty Wiggington says:
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    I like to buy guys “high”. I did so with Chris Davis and Jean Segura last year; I traded Ike Davis for Chris Davis 2 weeks into the season.

    I’m considering trading Allen Craig for Dee Gordon right now while the seller THINKS he’s selling Gordon high. Should I do this trade?

  63. chisoxx22 says:
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    Tijuana Walker is available in my roto league, is he worth stashing away or is this shoulder seem to be a nagging season long injury?

    • @chisoxx22: I’d stash him if you have the room, but do not give up too much if you have to cut someone, he could be out awhile..

  64. mike says:
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    Made a blockbuster last night Grey. What do you think?

    I gave up Tulo, Tanaka, Gallardo, Rodney for Trout and Villar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: Sounds okay, depends on league size

      • mike says:
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        @Grey: 12 teams….standard 5×5 roto

  65. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Tigers fan from way back and I love Rusty Staub in a manly sort of way. In his honor, I have put together an all ginger team:

    C Brian McCann (beard anyway)
    1B Mark McGwire
    2B Red Schoendienst
    3B Justin Turner
    SS Dave Stapleton
    OF Rusty Staub
    OF Jay Gibbons
    OF Rusty Greer
    P Ryan Dempster
    RP Vic Black

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Kenny Rogers’ Perfect Game called in to say that Rusty Greer is A-OK in his book!

  66. Dude says:
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    Been a while since I’ve thought of Jesse Barfield! Hilarious post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dude: Thanks!

  67. Roman says:
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    Grey, I know you love catcher questions! Mesoraco or Castro?

    thanks

  68. Lville Jim says:
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    Thanks Mr. Miller for making a craptastic under hand toss to second and costing me a bsv/loss with Rodney last night. I guess he thought Manute Bol was covering the bag instead of Cano.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Lville Jim: that was one of the worst plays I’ve seen a professional baseball player make in a long time. Tell me another shortstop that has underhand tossed the ball to second base from 30 feet away. You’re taught in little league how to make that play. I’m really getting annoyed with Mr. Miller. I’m also a Rodney owner on that team, so he doubly effed me in one game.

      • @Wilsonian: On a Miller not, I think Franklin will take the job away from Miller..Miller looked good in fake spring games, but he is not ready for prime time..

  69. Jack says:
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    In 10 team H2H league. I’d like to propose my Pujols, Melky and R. Soriano for his Goldschmidt. My other closers are Soria, Santos and Lindstrom so this trade could make this a real weakness for me. However the following closers/potential closers are on the waiver wire: Janssen, Fields, Crain, Gregorson, Rondon, D. Webb, O’Day.

    1) Do I propose the trade?
    2) If he accepts which closer/potential closer do I pick up if any

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: I’d take Goldy…Janssen

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Janssen even after the set back?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope… Gregerson for now

        • Jack says:
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          @Jack: Add Farnsworth and Germen to the list of consideration too.

  70. chisoxx22 says:
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    Also rendon is raking right now is he worth the add?

    • Cram It says:
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      @chisoxx22: Why not?

  71. I mistakenly posted the comment below as a reply up above. I met to ask a new question …….

    Looks like Mesoroco now, but once he’s off the DL is Ramos a better bet over the whole season than Mesorocco?

  72. Eddy says:
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    Surprised you didn’t gloss over the sickliest guy in all of baseball – Dyson!

    Lorenzo Cain had a grade 1 hamstring strain so Dyson took over for him.

    SAGNOF!

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy: thanks, autocorrect. Meant to say “suckiest”. Sickliest sounds terrible, almost as if he’s out there stealing bases with cancer or something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Oh, wow, missed that news… SAGNOF indeed

  73. Rondell Sheppard says:
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    Looking at streaming either McGowan or Hutchinson in the next two days. McGowan has the tastier matchup against the Twinkies, but Hutchinson has been getting more swinging strikes this season. Anyone want to help swing me towards one side over the other?

  74. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Small thing to note – Springer was caught stealing (picked off really) early in the game. The good news is he is going to be running as we all knew he would. The bad news is he was caught. Hamilton and Springer are a combined 4 for 7 in the steals department. This aint 3-A ball boys.

  75. patlaff says:
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    Some guy drafted two catchers in a one-catcher league and now Salvador Perez is on waivers. I got Jason Castro. I usually set-it-and-forget-it when it comes to catchers, but… Worth the effort of putting in a request? I’m 11th out of 14, so it’s no big deal sliding back another three slots. Castro hitting 3rd or 4th vs. Perez hitting 5th or 6th; power vs. average; pancetta vs. bacon; prosciutto vs. ham.

    • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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      @patlaff:

      The rule here is, no catcher questions. To answer your question, set it and forget it! I think I prefer Perez here though, KC O should be improved, he’s been batting 3rd some games.

  76. Heff says:
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    Would you trade Nova or Masterson for Dee Gordon?

    • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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      @Heff:

      Nova, yeah in an instant.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Heff:

      I’d deal either of them for Gordon If I needed speed.

  77. Spencer says:
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    So my waiver claims all fell through yesterday. Trigger happy manager dropped Homer Bailey but another manager had a higher waiver pick than me this week and scooped him up. Help with SP advice, 10 team H2H counting IP, ERA, WHIP, QS, K/9. I have Cobb on the DL. Keep streaming his spot or pick up Gerrit Cole and hold for a while?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Spencer: Cole and Bailey are/were not owned. Is the name of your league “2 Managers and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag”?

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: zing

        • Cram It says:
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          @mauledbypandas: Not bad right? The product of being drunk at 11 a.m. I’m pulling a Hes.

      • Spencer says:
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        @Cram It: Read again smart guy. Bailey was owned and dropped by his manager after his slow start, same for Cole. Just a couple trigger happy/frustrated managers. Stay off the koolaid while reading please.

        • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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          @Spencer: in fairness, he said “are/were not owned,” and players who were dropped are most certainly “not owned.” Don’t be so defensive about the morons in your league.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Spencer: No I read it right. They were dropped, therefore not owned. I don’t see where the reading comprehension breakdown is. They’re friggin’ aces. You don’t drop them after 2 1/2 weeks. Well, unless you’re in some bush league fantasy league, which is what I was implying. And the fact that you’re asking if you should pick up Cole makes you the 9th head. Smiley face.

  78. EK says:
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    Who would you drop first in pts leagues, Henderson or Mujica

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Henderson

  79. Wake Up says:
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    T Hunter = 4
    The Field = 0

  80. Nico

    Nico says:
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    “Thu, Apr 17

    Edward Mujica took a blown save after giving up a run in the 10th inning Wednesday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Last year, Mujica took his first loss and blown save of the season on July 4. By that time, he had already pitched 34 1/3 innings. This year, he already has one of each. One wonders how much longer he’ll be trusted as Koji Uehara’s fallback.”
    (Rotoworld.com)

    That last sentence… Really Rotoworld?

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Nico: I don’t get it? Is the word “fallback” offensive to Latinos or the Japanese or something?

      • Hawk says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught:

        I think he’s complaining about the passive / aggressive, non-analytical analysis provided by the statement “One wonders how long he’ll be trusted as Koji Uehara’s fallback”.

        Writers need to say what they mean. Clearly.
        Analysts need to analyze what they see, draw conclusions and state them. Clearly.

        That last sentence was neither of those things.

    • gareth says:
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      @Nico: it would have been more amusing if they said “mujica to take a backseat to uehara once he returns.” There’s an Asian driver joke in there somewhere.

  81. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    Jose Veras just dropped in my 10 team 5×5. I have Frieri, Hunter, and Webb for relief pitchers, drop bench bat Melky Cabrera, bench bat Arenado, Eovaldi, Buccholtz for him? I would think long term he’ll be reinstated and get another shot at closing…

  82. Charlie says:
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    Drop Wong for Eric Young or Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charlie: Depends on needs, either

  83. Game of Throws says:
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    Loved the Krauss line. Haha

    What do you think abuot

    Desmond/Cueto for Cargo/Balfour/Snygaard ?

    I have a crowded OF so i’m trying to move one for a SS and SP
    My OF: Cargo, Bautista, A. Gordon, Trumbo, Myers, Springer

    Thanks!

  84. Al koholic says:
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    Casey Janssen – R – Blue Jays
    Casey Janssen has been shut down temporarily with renewed discomfort in his lower back.
    Janssen threw a scoreless rehab inning on Tuesday but woke up the next day with a sore back. He has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a strained muscle in his lower back and abdomen. Sergio Santos remains the Blue Jays’ closer.
    Related: Sergio Santos
    Sou

  85. @Grey and everyone else

    I have Yan Gomes at Catcher.

    Would you drop Revere or W.Ramos for Springer?

    • Nico

      Nico says:
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      @Jimmy two bits: DL Ramos, drop Revere for Springer.

    • Nico

      Nico says:
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      @Jimmy two bits: DL Ramos, drop Revere for Springer.

  86. Kevin says:
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    Hey Greybeard

    Zimmerman was just dropped in my 10 H2H League is worth claiming if I have MCab already and would likely have to drop V-Mart (I have Hosmer & Abreu), Melky or Chavez ?

    I have Iwakuma coming off the DL soon and I could slot him there?

    • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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      @Kevin:

      Do you have an open DL spot? Otherwise I would part with any of the 3 for Rzimm in a couple weeks.

      • Kevin says:
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        @Shitty Billy Butler:

        I get one DL spot that Iwakuma is in but will be freed up in 2 weeks. So Zimm would burn a roster spot for 2 weeks and then slot into my DL.

        I likely end up dropping on of these 3 when Iwakuma came back anyway. Other possible drops Venutra

  87. Tallow says:
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    Got Cueto for 1 buck at the end of my auction draft.

    BAZINGA!

  88. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    I literally drafted a team full of busts:
    Dustin Pedroia
    Eric Hosmer
    Evan Longoria
    Jean Segura
    Brad Miller
    Jason Heyward
    Cespedes
    Sin Soo Choo
    I guess there’s no where to go but up! though the hole may be too deep now…

      • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, needed that reminder. It’s tough not to panic when your sitting at the bottom of standings.

  89. Wake Up says:
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    Oh, and thanks for not telling me to not draft Blackmon, butthole!

    My team:

    1st round- Alexei
    2nd round- Utley
    3rd round- EYJ
    4th round- Neil Walker
    5th round- Pagan

    Killing it! Glad I waited on pitching!

    (If you thought that the flat-billed pitchapuss was funny…you should see this dude…3 foot high pointy hat, and dude’s wearing a dress…gotta run…he wants to wash my feet too)

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      I love waking up to WAKE UP!!! I dropped Billy tha Kid Hamilton . I mean…he went ZERO for 42 to start the season. Soon as I dropped him he stole 11 bases against Yadi, he stole my girlfriend, he ruined my fantasy season, ….he even beat me home and stole my refrigerator before I could get home from work! Oh well, I guess I’ll just drop all my other 1st & 2nd round guys who haven’t homered yet & replace em with schmotoes! LOL

  90. FillyP says:
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    12t 5×5 H2H

    Pick one to drop – Erlin or Perez? Thanks.

  91. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    10 team 5×5:
    Aoki or Melky ROS?

  92. Furious says:
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    Valencia got the start over Moustakas since they were facing a lefty and Yost decided to actually use a platoon advantage. As long as a righty is starting Mousse (because he is soft) will get the start at 3B and will continue to look lost.

    • @Furious: Mostsuckass is doing his best early career Alex Gordon impression..lol

      • Furious says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Gordon’s first two years were much better than Mousse and then Gordon was injured and had 2 rough seasons. Mousse was god awful in year 3 and is looking to repeat that this year. I still can’t believe Mousse has never been sent down to AAA.

  93. smegma says:
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    Drop Fernando Rodney for David Robertson or Santos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robertson

  94. Oppo Taco says:
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    Go against SON and sit Salazar@DET in a 12 team roto mixer? ratios are already half hurtin.Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  95. Greyismyhero says:
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    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:14:00 AM
    Casey Janssen has been temporarily shutdown because of his sore lower back. He’ll take at least a few days off from throwing.

    Looks like your prediction Grey is getting closer……..

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Greyismyhero: disregard, just now seen posted above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  96. Pete says:
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    Hitter Tron hates Dee Gordon today against Bumgarner @ SF (-$14.2). Is this a definite sit in a 5×5 OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of who else you’re starting

      • Pete says:
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        @Grey: That’s meant as an “in general.” I have room for him. Better rephrased, with a value that low does the possible detriment done to OBP outweigh the counting stat upside which would mean bench him and leave an open spot?

        Thanks.

        • Pete says:
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          @Pete: He’s actually 3-6 and a walk “lifetime” vs Bumgarner. I may have answered my own question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s worth starting him, no harm no foul

  97. Bubba says:
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    “Gooftard” and Ventura…so true, so sadly true.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  98. Chris r says:
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    is it crazy for me to offer Tanaka for Kershaw at this point? is my dodger’s homer-ism going too far?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

    • Hawk says:
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      @Chris r:

      Let me know if you get Kershaw for Tanaka. I’ll want to invite the guy giving up Tanaka to my money leagues next year.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Hawk:

        That should say “Giving up KERSHAW to my money leagues”

        Damn gremlins. Damn you, Spike!

  99. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    What up Grey, just wanted to ask a closer question……12 team league, standard cats, and on most days I can start 5 RP’s.

    I have Rodney, Holland, Balfour, Soria and Valverde. Based on Valverde being Valverde, should I punt him now and pick up Feliz to cover Soria, or pick up Webb as a speculative add?

    Also, better DL stash for speculative saves, Crain or Nate Jones? Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold… Crain

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  100. peejer says:
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    I could use some power so would u take franklin and drop wong or bonifacio in a 5×5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Grey has barely aged from that time.

  101. Brown L says:
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    Trouble with weekly leagues, you pick up hot schmotatoes, then can’t play them for five days. It’s like finding where your parents hid your Christmas presents on December 4.

    That said, I have 2 Util spots in this weekly league, and have to choose between Smoak, Melky, Ozuna, Brantley, and Rendon to fill them. Any no-brainers, or should I play the matchups?

    Weekly 6×6 roto (AVG, OPS)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Matchups

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Brown L: yeah but all the good stuff in weekly leagues makes up for….. wait there is nothing good about weekly leagues, unless you live 6 days a week in a cave and only can get to a computer one day a week.

  102. Great Bambino says:
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    I was really close to dropping Brad Miller for Brandon Crawford at the 12 noon auction today.. But I stopped myself, took a breather, and remembered that it’s only April 17th.

    Sometimes the best move is no move. Patience is sometimes the best game plan.

    #MillerTime #Believe

    • Great Bambino says:
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      @Great Bambino: Players are like the stock market. A stock could be unstable at first, but eventually pick up, and stabilize at a healthy rate. It’s too early to drop Miller. he’s got a very good minor league pedigree and excellent contact skills.

      My theory is, he’s a singles/doubles hitter who’s now trying to hit homeruns. I think he’ll go back to slapping the ball and hitting on base and being more patient. His walk rate might be down because he wants to be more aggressive hitting in front of Cano. I obviously can’t be certain, but I think he’ll be okay.

  103. Dirt dogs says:
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    Saves and holds both categories… Who to drop?
    Lindstrom
    Valverde
    Santos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valverde

  104. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14 team weekly H2H league w/ OPS, BB and K. Starting Kelly Johnson at 2B and he’s been more or less fine, with Bogaerts at MI and Profar on the DL. Have Plouffe filling in for Zimm at 3B, could shift Bogaerts there. Would you drop either or both of Espinosa and Moustakas (bench bats) for Dietrich or Franklin, or will the latter two not get enough run in a weekly league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, both

  105. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey,

    I know you know about it but I was wondering if you play MLBs Beat the Streak?

    It’s a lot less work with a higher payout than that block buster screenplay I’ve been putting off for a decade now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      the odds are a little higher though… I did it for two days, but haven’t gone back, just forgot about it

  106. Jimmy says:
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    Trade Anibal Sanchez and Jimmy Rollins for Homer Bailey and Dee Gordon?

    C Lucroy
    1B Rizzo
    2B Gyorko
    3B Encarnacion
    SS Rollins
    OF A. Jones
    OF Pence
    OF Werth
    UTIL Laroche
    UTIL Jed Lowrie
    Bench:
    Seager
    Ozuna
    Starting Pitchers:
    Fernandez
    Verlander
    Wacha
    Teheran
    Anibal Sanchez
    Smyly
    M. Perez
    A. Simon
    RP:
    F. Rodriguez
    L. Hawkins
    DL:
    M. Latos
    J. Profar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  107. Greyismyhero says:
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    Are we still in a holding pattern with Mujica until U gets a save?

    3rd is a wasteland, Go hot schomato K. Kouz? I have Solarte right now. There is nothing on wire.

    Picked up Frazier in a few leagues today for my util, I’m trying to make you proud Grey ….After he burned me to a crisp last year I really dont know why, I’m guess it’s because I’m taking my frustrations out for not drafting Stanton anywhere this year.

    Bong is prepared and ready…Thursday baseball..Lets get it.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d hold… Smoke it!

  108. E says:
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    Pls rank top 3 for pts leagues:

    Hutchinson @ CLE (10.5)
    Garza @ PIT (9.8)
    R. Ross vs CHW (9.7)
    McGowan @ MIN (9.5)
    Ryu @ SF (6.0)
    Nova @ TB (4.2)
    Porcello vs LAA (3.8)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGowan, Hutch, Ryu

  109. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    I can’t tell if this is a dumb question, so I guess that makes me a big dummy.

    16-teamer, H2H, 7×6 (OPS, Total Bases, K/9)

    Coco Crisp and Francisco Liriano (or Iwakuma) for Carlos Gomez? Pitching staff left would be:

    F-Her (keeper)
    Julio Teheran
    Danny Salazar
    Rick Porcello
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Jenrry Mejia
    Jesse Chavez
    (whoever’s left between Liriano/Iwakuma)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez side

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: I knew it! Have a daiquiri!

        Now that you’ve had your daiquiri, would you rather have Liriano or Iwakuma in a league that counts Ks and K/9 (why two cats so similar, for the love of god, I dunno)? Once Iwakuma comes back, does he become an obviously better pitcher than Liriano? Seems like Francisco’s starts so far have been a little teetering.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, Liriano…

  110. AJ says:
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    Drop Vargas for Mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  111. J-FOH says:
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    Bosch getting called up by the Angels!….wait nothing to see here….sorry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  112. Swagger Jackers says:
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    With a $1000 FAAB, how much would you throw at Springer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $50-ish

      • Swagger Jackers says:
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        @Grey: I bid $106 and was outbid by someone who spent $250.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Swagger Jackers says:
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            @Grey: I should have mentioned it’s a keeper league though.

            His price starts at $4 and goes up by $3 each season.

            How much does that impact what he’s worth?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It makes him a lot more valuable, he could be a Granderson type for years to come

              • Swagger Jackers says:
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                @Grey: Sooooooooooooo he was worth about $106? :)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, guess so

  113. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Trade Rendon for Kluber then pick up Wong in a 6v5 (I know its weird) h2h league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    @Grey

    Do I start AJ Burnett vs. ATL today 10 team 5×5 ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  115. Poo says:
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    Which side, Abreu or Pence/Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  116. Big League Choo says:
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    The Blue Jays are actively trying to wreck my fantasy season…put the milk man in CF not Bautista…if Bautista gets hurt im going to be pissed..he looks like hes going to have another 40+hr >1.000 OPS season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  117. Hank says:
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    Cuddyer + anibal for jofer and Pedro Alvarez. Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose

  118. Jay says:
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    Is there an issue with the player pages? I’m trying to get you 1/18th of cent here by clicking through SON and Hittertron but none of the player pages are loading. I keep getting an error stating that what I’m looking cannot be found.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, we’re looking into it

  119. Andrew says:
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    Feldman a good streamer at home vs Royals today? SON only has 1.8 but seems like a decent spot for him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him in most leagues

  120. Mr. Glass says:
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    Is straily worth holding on to I was thinking of dropping him for Trevor Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  121. costaricanchata says:
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    picked up kubel for a batty call ,
    but worried about the cold weather .

  122. puigleague choo says:
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    Do you think Mustang Salazar will slow that mustang down… today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully

  123. Dingbat says:
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    This just in – Danny Salazar has retired three Tigers in order, and none of them via strikeout!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  124. Tom says:
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    I know its early and I’m probably not trading them now but…I’m worried about having too many young guns with innings limits for my H2H playoffs. Which of the following am I probably not going to have the last 3 weeks of Septmeber: Wacha, Salazar, Gray, Cingrani?

    • Big League Choo says:
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      @Tom: Salazaar and cingrani will not pitch over 160innings this yr…gray and wacha could throw 200….just take what they throw the past yr and add 30 innings roughly….noone wants to have their young gun go down like harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani, Salazar

  125. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    re : pitcher’s error
    so , dozier induces a wild pick-off throw from dickey .
    should dozier be credited with a sb ?
    i think so .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too subjective

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        ok then .
        should YOU be credited with the stolen base ?

  126. steve says:
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    Nice work (as always) man!

    10 team, h2h, 6×6 (includes OPS & quality starts)…

    I’m lacking power & thus also OPS; reasonably strong in pitching (JoFer, Scherzer, MadBum, Ventura, Chavez, Eovaldi, Skaggs, TWalker, Bauer), although it hasn’t really shown through the first 2 weeks

    Would you make this trade?

    MadBum and Alex Gordon
    for
    Carlos Gomez & Bruce

    I assume that you say YES

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

    • jal179 says:
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      @steve:

      hells yes

  127. JFK says:
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    Seems like a lot to give up, but I’m not high on Crush – was offered Miggy/Adverb/Straily for Crush Davis/Adam Jones/Segura…going to counter swapping Gio for Straily, is that enough to get back? Could also try swapping Carlos Santana for Straily.
    Or Davis/Segura for Miggy/Gio and throw in one of these guys from my end: Arenado, Colon, Nova, Martin Perez, Lindstrom? Or does it need to be more along the lines of: Kluber, Chavez, Fister?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is a lot

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Figured as much.
        Which side do you like here: Davis/Segura/Werth for Miggy/Gio/Flyin’ Hawaiian?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis

  128. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Hey Grey, with two UTIL slots and no specific stat need who would you be rolling with between Springer Smoak Ozuna? Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  129. Hodgy Beats says:
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    Ben Revere or EYJ for current king of SAGNOF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young

  130. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Would you drop E Cab or Altuve for Aaron Hill in H2H Standard scoring? I also own Alexi Ramirez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        Thank you sir, I was hoping you’d say no.

  131. Kid A says:
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    Interesting factoid:

    The martian has now gone 12 straight games without a K.

    The record?

    Joe Sewell with 115 games in 1929 without one. Lifetime rate of 63 AB/K.

    Safe money says Andrelton gets beamed back to his home planet before he even gets close to breaking it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  132. J-FOH says:
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    Watched Gung Ho last night while I wrote my Draftkings article. Which brought two questions to mind, what happened to Michael Keaton? and would that movie be considered too racist in today’s world. You can watch a trailer for it in my article.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raycess? Never! I used to love that movie, haven’t seen it in forever…. Damn, Michael Keaton was great… Too bad he was a dick to work with (heard from people; it’s why he stopped working)…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: here’s the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8odnFywwp6Q

        It’s in my DVD collection, got it in the 5 dollar bin at Walmart. I went over his 80′s rundown with Kid A: Night Shift, Johnny Dangerously, Mr. Mom, Gung Ho, Clean and Sober, the Dream Team, and Batman. Where have you gone Michael Keaton, our nation’s youth tuned our eyes on to you. a boo hoo hoo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I told you where he went, he was a total ass… He was supposed to be in Kingpin but the Farrelly Brothers got rid of him after a day because he was such an ass…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I know, I was making a parody of Simon and Garfunkel. What role in Kingpin?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Woody’s

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: good change on that one. He would of been a bad fit

                Did you watch Blood In Blood Out?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, haven’t watched it yet, but it’s on my list… I will soon

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: Have you seen the Thin Red Line?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, love it, why?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I was listening to a podcast with Dash Mihok being interviewed yesterday. It was interesting hearing about how Malick goes about filming his movies. I think I saw it once back when it came out but was probably loaded when I saw it so I can’t remember it all. I need to go back and re-watch it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think you have to be loaded when you see his films for them to make any sense… Nah, that one in particular is my favorite by him… Tree of Life was dreadful

  133. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a keeper league, would you trade Ryan Zimmerman and Sonny Gray for Jean Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura side

  134. gareth says:
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    Carlos Santana is dealing with a groin injury which coupled with his position switch and bouncing between catcher and third is a major contributor to his slow start at the plate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  135. stoopid says:
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    Got offered Ortiz & Gyorko for Abreu. 10 team 5×5 roto 7 keepers.

    My 1B is Fielder. I’d move Cuddyer to CI in place of Abreu.
    Cano is 2b, Rendon is MI.

    Rasmus or Rendon would be dropped.

    I have high hopes for Abreu, but I gotta make that move right?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      Man..I don’t know? I think im riding the Cuban Raft until it sinks. Lol That dude knocked the cover off the ball last week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid: It’s fair, I’d hold

  136. Marky Mark says:
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    Who gets the better end of Santos + Henderson for Perkins?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      I want perkins all day. Glenn Perkins correct? His K rate is obscene

      • Marky Mark says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: I like Perkins, but his velo loss concerns me. Just exploring my options.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Marky Mark: it’s really concerning ann perkins (rashida jones)

  137. Principal Blackman says:
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    Anybody else having troubles with the mlb.tv’s audio overlay/nextdef plugin? I generally prefer radio announcers to television announcers (unless you are talking about WhiteSox boradcasts, then I prefer to watch on mute), and it usually works for an inning or to, but at some point, typically between innings, it always defaults back to the television broadcast, and the audio overlay option disappears, forcing me to refresh. I guess it’s not too big of a deal. I’m just griping in the general direction of MLBtv.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Their product is terrible 75% of the time, it’s rare when it works flawlessly

  138. Principal Blackman says:
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    Verlander is seriously tying me to the WHIPing post right now.

  139. Eng says:
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    Further to your comment (that I’ve always wondered myself) re unearned runs after a pitcher’s error, I’d like to point out the idiocy of runs not counting but WHIP still mounting up when the third out should’ve been made by a fielder. Verlander’s game today highlights this.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Eng: Yeah that throwing error was garbage. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE THROWING TO, DUDE. Did he think Keith Hernandez came out of retirement to field that garbage throw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: I hear that

  140. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jason Heyward hitting a robust .138. That’s nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: He looked so good in the first few games too… Ugh…

  141. Bob says:
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    10 team standard h2h categories

    I give belt, cuddyer and Quintana and in return I get marte, shields and uehara.

    Do the deal or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Do it

  142. Chauncy B says:
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    10 Standard roto keeper league:

    Last in every hitting category, should I make a move or wait it out?

    C- Sal Perez
    1- Prince
    2 – Kinsler
    3 – EE
    ss – Segura
    O- Mccutch
    O – A. Gordon
    O – Castellanos (rd 18)
    U – LKouzmanoff
    U – Eric Young JR
    B – Taveras (rd 13)
    B – Adrian Beltre
    B – Billy Hamilton (rd23)
    B – Calhoun (rd 11)

    Sp – Price
    Sp – Cole
    P – Kimbrel
    P – Soriano
    P – Valverde
    RP – Nathan
    RP – Joe Smith
    B – Cingrani
    B – Cain
    B – Chavez
    B – Germen Gonzalez
    DL – Cobb
    DL – Nate Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chauncy B: I doubt Kouzmanoff is the best guy for your team, but you shouldn’t panic, it’s early

  143. 8008 says:
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    r,davis, d.brown and ciushek enough for choo? (standard 5×5 roto)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @8008: Should be

  144. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    Erhmagerd! Sin Soo-Choo homered!

  145. Danny Salazar says:
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    I’m terrible

  146. Kid A says:
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    Oh danny boy…

  147. gareth says:
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    Salazar was looking sharp then just lost it this inning. 2 walks then a three run homer to ian kinsler.

    Quickly turned a 3-1 lead into a 4-3 deficit.

    And it appears more trouble to follow this inning. Oh my.

  148. Brett says:
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    Tell me to keep the faith with mr Salazar . . . he has can’t make it through 5 innings

  149. Wilsonian says:
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    Salazar is reaching the end of the rope for me… Not sure how much longer I can hang on for that wild ride.

  150. gareth says:
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    The Indians have a pitcher from Taiwan called CC LEE coming in from the bullpen to replace Salazar.

    CC and Lee. Where have I heard those names before?

  151. Sam Sneed says:
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    Juan Uribe worth picking up for 3B coverage while Ryan Zimmer becomes a Zimmerman?

    Or Dyson for steals? I already have Rajai, but they could be twice as nice

    thoughts?

    • gareth says:
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      @Sam Sneed: uribe is hot so I’d grab the hot schmotato. I noticed him and plouffe have already been taken off waivers this week in my rcl.

      Unfortunately im now looking for a guy to put at 3b too as headley is my primary guy there and has been awful. Sadly only tumbleweed now remain as replacements.

  152. Marshall Mathers says:
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    grey, just listened to your podcast. it’s tov! would you dump shady sizemore for ozuna or junior lake?

    have an extra bench spot. stroman and bauer looked good in their last outings. since baez is on dl and off to slow start, would you drop baez for one of those two? who do you like more in any regard?

    thanky

  153. gareth says:
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    Salazar was very hyped in drafts this year.

    I was on the verge of taking him in the 14th round in the RCL but he was taken one pick before my turn so I picked John Lester instead. The guy after me too Ventura.

    Lester was the meat in an upside sandwich!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Even you’re giving up on him?

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: hes great. I just think hes an unfinished product with growing pains.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @gareth: Yeah, painful growing pains

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @gareth: I tried to warn ya all same as last year yo!

  154. Eng says:
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    Forgot to plug Bastard(o) in today for my closers who aren’t playing….and he gets the vulture win. F me, 3 wins all year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: Damn

  155. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    Is Corey Hart worth a flier? I know you’re high on the M’s…

  156. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    E5 – YOU SUCK ASS!!

    ASS I SAY!!!

    • gareth says:
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      @Moronymous Lohse: it appears people ignored the news of wrist surgery in the off season and just drooled at his stats from last year while grabbing him in the first round.

  157. Adam says:
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    I won the Springer sweepstakes last night and I immediately got a trade offer this AM.

    Springer for Teheran… I do need pitching and my OF is stocked as it is…

    Fair shake? Or should I wait and (hopefully, after Springer has a good night or two at the plate) trade him after his stock has risen a bit?

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Adam: It’s always tough to trade away the shiny new toy before you have even had a chance to see what it can do. For me if I needed pitching and had a stout outfield I’d make that trade. Springer could go 4-30 with 14 Ks and then you likely won’t get such an offer.

      Of course, he could go 12-30 with a couple homers and a few steals and someone will probably then make you a good trade offer…like Teheran for Springer.

      • Adam says:
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        @Moronymous Lohse: Thanks for the reply… sounds like you think Springer’s value may already be at a peak considering this offer.

        I guess I’m worried about Teheran’s 13 k’s through 28 IP.

        • The Thumb says:
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          @Adam: Pair him with a reliever with an high K/9 (Cody Allen?) and you should be fine

        • Moronymous Lohse says:
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          @Adam: I grabbed Springer off the wire too a few days back. Just got VERY luck with his sudden call-up. If someone offered me Julio for Springer right now I’d probably be hesitant too. Maybe try to ask around. If you are considering trading for Teheran that means you aren’t yet too attached. So, test the waters for a Verlander. He got hit pretty good today. Maybe his owner makes a frustration move and agrees while all the chatter is about Springer.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Adam: i’d take that

  158. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    So do I drop Eras-no-mo for Skaggs, Cosart, or Bauer?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: Skaggs? I hate this guy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grimey!

  159. The Thumb says:
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    I can see Salazar having a year like Julio Teheran last year where his April ERA is atrocious as he tries to figure his shizz out and then he rewards you with 4 months of #1 production. Only question is whether the Indians will have that type of patience…

    • gareth says:
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      @The Thumb:Purely as an indians fan (i dont have salazar on any teams – he went too high because of all the hype) I hope you’re right.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @gareth: As someone who fell into the hype trap, I hope I’m right too

  160. gareth says:
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    Lonnie chisenhall with the joey votto cycle!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @gareth: 4 walks?

  161. rvde says:
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    In a 14 team Keeper league where we keep 3 players each year:

    Xander Bogaerts and Yasiel Puig
    for
    Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt

    Which side do you want to be on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  162. King of the North says:
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    Bautista and A. Craig for Goldschmidt? If not, what about Bautista and Seager for Miggy? Got 1 too many guys in my OF w/Cargo, Bautista, Braun, Puig, and Springer on the bench.

    • King of the North says:
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      @King of the North: OBP instead of average league by the way

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @King of the North:

      wait for puig to get a hit .
      deal him .

  163. gareth says:
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    Even those we are losing by a run I feel this is the most entertaining game the Indians have played in so far this season.

    Hopefully Nathan shits the bed in the 9th!

  164. jal179 says:
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    What to do with Prince… 12 team nk h2h yahoo
    C- Wilin
    1B- Prince FML…
    2B- Dee
    3B- Donaldson
    SS- Desmond
    CI- Freddie Freeman
    MI- Hill or Wong
    OF- Adam Jones, Rios, Beltran, Morse, Yelich, Aoki(bench)
    SP- Madbum, Gio, Teheran, Sonny, Ventura, Archer, Eovaldi, Porcello
    RP- Reed, Hunter, Krod

    What is Prince’s value at the moment? Crap I assume.
    I’m middle of the pack right now (each week my pitching has been good but have been unlucky with matchups) but based on my above roster, what woul yu do with Prince?

    Stand pat? Drop Aoki for Colabello or Morneau as my 1b until Prince warms up? Quit fantasy baseball? Wrap myself in bacon and enter the octagon with Fat Matt Adams and die?

    HELP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Aoki for Morneau for right now and pray Prince warms up

      • jal179 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Master Grey.

        I’m so gutted right now with Prince. Im the ultimate floor guy in the early rounds and felt Rpince at #15 overall was super safe.

        Just read that his OPS has dropped for like 4 straight seaons (or something like this that)…in other words is Prince flawed long term despite the friendly confines of Texas or just a slump?

        3 of my first 4 have been poo-ish with Jones, Prince, and Madbum…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hope for Prince to come out of it, still very early…

  165. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Erasmo is just a streamer at this point, right? Am I just riding the big red caboose on this train?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amazing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  166. OaktownSteve says:
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    After having seen a couple of Skaggs starts, I’m not real high on him. He’s a low 90′s two seam guy that’s going to pitch to a lot of contact. K upside is limited. Could get a bit whippy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he could be a decent number 3 in mixed leagues… Decent park, nice team, high 7 K-rate, decent control…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        From what I’ve seen there’s no way he comes close to a high 7 k rate. He’s sitting at 4.71 right now. The projections and the track record say he will be mid-7s but I am not buying it at all. Haven’t seen him miss bats at all.

        He dipped his BB rate to 1.17 so far this year where it’s been 3+ in the past. It’s only three starts, but the eyeball test right now pegs him as maybe a Charlie Morton at best.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mid-7, 3ish… Leaves him around Patrick Corbin… Inexact and all…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Like I said, I don’t think he’s coming near mid-7. I’ll give him highish 3′s ERA and 6 k/9.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If 6, then you’re right he’s Morton and a streamer in most leagues…

  167. Busher says:
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    I have Granderson, De Aza & Shuck in RCL. Do you like any of Cain, David Murphy, BJ Upton, Hart better than what I have?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy over Shuck

  168. Churrbadurr says:
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    Give Iwakuma + H. Street, get H. Bailey + Valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent… Nice avatar

  169. danny almonte says:
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    Time to cut lose tanner scheppers? He’s been horrible. If he turns in to a SP eligible holds guy he’ll be pretty valuable (holds league ala drew smyly last year)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah lose him

    • The Thumb says:
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      @danny almonte: As someone who is also in a holds league, pick up Wade Davis as an SP eligible reliever

  170. skinny tires says:
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    Someone dropped Nathan.

    Drop Valverde for him right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  171. jal179 says:
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    ROS pick 2 of 3… 5X5 (+ OPS)

    Morse, Yelich, Aoki

    What type of starter tier could I target with the odd man out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morse… A flyer, maybe buy low on Salazar

    • The Thumb says:
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      @jal179: a streamer

      • jal179 says:
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        @The Thumb:

        Am I overvaluing those 3 OF? I’m always guilty of that lol.

        Sell highish on Morse?? Like the sounds of that. Thanks team…

  172. bossmanjunior says:
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    Drop Gregerson for Springer?

    I have Robertson coming back in a few days and already have Cishek and Krod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  173. anarchy burger says:
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    yo- grey is puig a good target??? i have excess starters and could probably get him pretty cheap. u still like him??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d go after him for the right price

  174. herschel says:
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    @Grey: the triumverate of prince, bruce and heyward are taking a collective deuce on my avg and as previously mentioned, prince has been flat out awful. in a 12 team weekly roto, how long do i give before i have to consider benching these guys or do i just ride em out through april and reevaluate then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try to wait out April… Depends on options though, obviously

  175. tomthebod says:
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    @Grey I got drunk last night and woke up to see that my trade offer (which was also made during said drunkenness) was accepted: I’m giving up George Springer and Yovani Gallardo for Homer Bailey. Did I just get screwed? I really don’t have room for Springer in my lineup and I need pitching after Cobb went down. I figure I’m selling high on Gallardo and buying low on Bailey. I just picked up Springer off the waiver wire 2 days ago, so the cost wasn’t much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, sounds fine…You should drink more!

      • tomthebod says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Tell that to my g/f.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Put her on, I’ll tell her…

          • Theodore Donald Kerobotsos says:
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            @Grey:

            Sorry that would put the site over it’s quota of 4 female readers

  176. fitz says:
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    C. Santana
    M. Adams
    D. Gordon
    J. Segura
    E. Longoria
    R. Braun
    M. Kemp
    A. Rios
    A. Rizzo
    G. Springer

    Liriano, Ventura, Lester, J. Chavez, Garza, Kazmir, Masterson
    Broxton, Axford, Frieri, Jim Johnson, Nate Jones

    Does this look like a 12th place team in a 12 team league? :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, not at all…You do look a little light on power… I could see moving Rios for Abreu, Pujols or a bigger 1st base bat

      • fitz says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  177. fitz says:
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    Someone dropped Pablo. Way to bail on your 3B on April 17… Should I drop Arenado or Lawrie for him? Leaning towards Lawrie despite having dual eligibility at 2B in Yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  178. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Lenoys or Eric Young ROS. The main point of interest are the steals.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young

  179. ANTONIO says:
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    someone dropped mike minor, who i drop for him?

    anibal
    iwakuma
    eovaldi
    salazar
    hudson
    wacha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson

  180. SpeedyJohn says:
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    Thoughts on a trade? I give up Rios for Greinke and Gallardo — head to head 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG and QS instead of wins.

    Current pitching staff is Perez, Lester, Liriano, Feldman, Masterson, Porcello with Cobb on the DL

    Rios would be replaced by either Upton (the bad one) or Rollins, depending on match ups (at least, until Middlebrooks and Zimmerman come back).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rios, get cheaper pitching

      • SpeedyJohn says:
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        @Grey: Quick followup. And by followup I mean unrelated question about a different league:

        Would you drop Hector Santiago, Tim Hudson or Drew Smyly for Fowler? I need pitching, but Fowler hitting waivers seems too good to pass up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hudson

  181. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo 10 team H2h. Standard. What do you think about this team? What’s my weak link?
    Gonna drop a bench bat when Cobb returns.

    C- J Lucroy
    1b- Freeman
    2b- Utley
    3b- Gyorko
    OF- McCutchen, Bruce, Rios
    Util- Trumbo, Moss
    Bench- Soriano, Springer, Butler
    DL- Beltre

    SP- Bailey, Grey, Archer, Eovaldi, Chavez, Estrada, Cobb (DL)
    RP- Reed, Street, Soria, Frieri

    Thanks!

    • Carlos says:
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      @Carlos:

      Forgot Gin Andrus is my SS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like a mess for average and low on steals, and your pitching looks a little wonky… I think the pitching should come around though…

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Should I add a SAGNOF guy like E. Young?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, lose Butler

  182. Jacks says:
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    It’s only the 4th inning, and I don’t want to jinx it but look at the line in San Diego …

    • Jacks says:
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      @Jacks: Figure I don’t jinx him if I don’t say his name :) So few owners so it might be a one man party on this board if he continues …

      • Jacks says:
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        @Jacks: And bad luck ruins Kennedy’s bid in the 6th. Ball bounces high off the third base bag for a hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Way to jinx it!

  183. Nightpandas says:
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    Earl Of Grey,

    Offered Phillips and a 3rd for my Dozier and a. 4th

    No brainer?

    I grabbed Dozier off waivers and moved the Jerk to 3rd with Bummerman on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  184. James says:
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    asking this in 2 threads….

    Was offered Harper for my Strasburg and Wright.

    league is 5×5 daily roster moves, deep bench, dynasty (keep everyone forever)

    Deep in SP and OF already (OF is McCutchen, Bruan, Stanton, Upton and Heyward, start 3 and 1 util), and SP is madbum, price, miller, kuroda, kershaw and walker. 3rd base would be filled in by Bogearts and Seager, with prospects of bryant and baez.

    Should i pull the trigger… it is harper, or am i giving up too much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit much for Harper…

      • James says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, I countered asking for a few young spare part types (martin perez, julio tehrean, and jedd gyorko). The pitching depth is how i built this team over the years (grab young solid arms on the cheap in throw ins on other deals)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • James says:
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            @Grey:

            Got a counter of Harper and Martin Perez for Wright and Kuroda.

            i am leaning to yes, even if it means having Bogearts at thrid until Baez or Bryant take over 3rd for teh Cubs

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Harper side

            • James says:
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              @James:

              Also add more info….
              Most exciting FA
              3b: Semien, middlebrooks, mostsuckass, McGehee, Plouffe
              OF: Ozuna, Brantley, Swisher
              SP: Ross, McAllister, Elias,

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I don’t know what this is regarding… Your trade?

  185. Derrick says:
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    Someone in our 12 teamer dropped Salazar.

    As terrifying as it is, I have to add him right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d add him

  186. mike says:
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    better pickup Bonifacio or Revere? 5x5league, 1o teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bonifacio

  187. Matt says:
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    Can I trade A Gordon for Victorino in redraft? Have power but need some speed power combo with speed more, OPS+AVG thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  188. Chris says:
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    Great stuff Grey. So what are your thoughts on Walters is he worth picking up or is he stuck and not going to get any AB’s? I just picked up Delmon Young. would you drop Young and pick up Walters? I’m all about taking chances but is he worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not sure how he’s going to get at-bats, but I grabbed him in an NL-Only league in case… I’d hold Young…

  189. Big Magoo says:
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    Sale and Lester are looking really good. Sale especially. Straight up nasty. Sometimes a pitchers duel can be a good thing.

    Any thoughts on Jansen? Haven’t seen him much this season. Velocity is up, K-rate is solid, but BB-rate is up and he seems to be giving up solid contact. Buy low or buy no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah on Sale and Lester? I’m watching mostly the Royals… Depends what you’re buying low on Jansen with, but I don’t mind him…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Sale’s location has been a bit off at times, but he’s gotten away with it due to his awesome stuff. Just made a mistake to Bogaerts who hit it a mile. Lester has had pinpoint control. Very impressive.

        Not really asking about a true buy low on Jansen (cause he’s still valuable, and perceived as such), but just wondering if it’s worth sniffing around to acquire him at a slight discount. I figure that you see a good deal of him out there in CA.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I actually watch next to no LA teams… They’re blacked out here and I just watch MLB.tv, so out of town games… Yeah, Sale’s had a ton of pitches for the 7th so he must’ve been a bit off…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: LA teams are blacked out out there? Wasn’t aware of that. That’s pretty ridiculous.

            Any observations from the Royals game (that aren’t spoilers for tomorrow’s post)?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, local teams are always blacked out… Butler and Mostsuckass looked better than they have all year… Shields rocks teams to sleep

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Don’t you get Sox x2 on your coverage? Good stuff. Uehara is up now. He’s fun to watch, for those who haven’t seen him and are skeptical of him based on velocity. Short answer: he’s awesome.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I did get it, but I was writing the roundup…

  190. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Dozier the Twinkie, you likee? Is this power and speed for real?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but the average is gonna be terrible…

  191. Alex says:
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    This dude dropped Leonys, who do I drop for him? Pagan or yelich?

    OPS league

    Thanks dude!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, you’re welcome dude…

  192. pager24 says:
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    FMFBL!!! I couldn’t buy a win if my life depended on it. Every time one of my starters actually throws a good game they always get the no decision. only have 5 wins on the year HA- god i hate that category!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, such a crappy category, but I don’t like quality starts either, so there’s that

  193. Party Boy John says:
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    are you benching jay bruce for ozuna until he starts boppin?

      • Party Boy John says:
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        @Party Boy John: kazmir and dan haren are free agents you like Kaz?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Kazmir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  194. SteveNZ says:
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    Got the relievers-only mojo this week:

    12 IP, 2 Wins, 5 Saves, 6 Holds, 0.00 ERA, .83 WHIP.

    Might be time to bench ‘em all.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Uh oh. Could all change with Davis coming in for KC. Don’t want to see him here.

      At all.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: Double play, please.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: *Exhales*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I figured since I hadn’t heard much from you about random middle relievers…Winky emoticon…

  195. MB says:
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    I am short one closer. Try to trade for Jim Johnson?

    • James says:
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      @MB:

      with the huge salary, i think he gets the job back sooner rather than later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  196. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Can I hurl anti-gay slurs in Santos’ direction? You know, better idea. Let’s just assume this entire post is full of them right now. That way your site isn’t riddled with them, and I can vent frustration over Santos spraying diarrhea all 5 of my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  197. Bryan says:
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    Would you trade Rosario and Shelby Miller to get Prince?

    My catcher would then be Mesoraco

    Remaining Starting pitchers
    Cingrani
    Pineada
    Ervin Santana
    Yordano
    Kershaw eventually

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: thanks, what about just Rosario to get Allen Craig?

        Have Preference between the two?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Allen

  198. Whitgnt says:
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    6×6 league (OPS and Holds added). Trade Edwin and Pujols for C Davis and AGon?

    • Party Boy John says:
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      @Whitgnt: id do it if i was him wouldn’t you grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  199. johnny2k says:
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    dare i say its time to add kevin kouzmanoff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d add him

  200. The Muppet Maniac says:
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    Ugh, Belfour screwed my ERA. Why would you bring in your closer when you are losing 8-2?

    • Whitgnt says:
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      @The Muppet Maniac: Could be worse. I had Price AND Balfour

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazaam!

  201. Alan says:
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    you want Rajai or Leonys for steals? I have one point in steals and need a bunch. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  202. gareth says:
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    Sit or start masterson at home against Toronto tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: agreed. what did you call him, passive aggressive? He’ll probably pitch a complete game shutout from my bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, totally…

    • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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      @gareth:

      Start. Toronto was shut out by Kyle Gibson, have to think Masterson’s stuff is better. Plus because he’s a roller-coaster it’s time for him to go up.

  203. anchovies says:
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    was offered dominic brown and desmond jennings for MY heyward, jablome OR marte (no).

    i have plenty off outfielders (venable, crawford, ozuna).

    could you rank those in a H2H 12 teamer that counts hr, rbi, hits, runs, steals and ops.

    and the trade.

    thanks!

    and is leonys martin worth grabbing over anyone i have, too. trifecta!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take both for Heyward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on Martin too

      • anchovies says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks, man.
        i forogt to mention e-young is atop the wire, too. change anything?

        smoke it! = makes me thing of the murphys law song – quest for herb.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Young over Ozuna if you need steals… Smoke it! Not familiar with that song, any good?

  204. Robert says:
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    is anyone else worried about Gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s early

  205. Party Boy John says:
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    grey if you had the choice of trading for verlander or jose fernandez who would you choose?

  206. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    When should I stash Greg Polanco on my bench? 10 team 5×5, have a few bench bats I could discard.

  207. tbone2917 says:
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    12 team H2H

    I had Mujica because I though Uehera was dead, but now that he’s alive I want another pitcher. I have Uehera, Rodney and Santos in the pen, but closers are thin on the market. Pitcher wise I’m thinking of picking up Doolittle, Harang, Volquez, Bauer, Brothers, Henderson, Veras, Rondon, Fields, Qualls.

    My staff: Liriano, Santos, Rodney, Uehera, Verlander, Salazar, Gray, Kluber, Evoladi, Skaggs, Richards DL: Cobb, Harvey

  208. EK says:
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    Gregorson or Mujica for pts leagues?

  209. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Tyler Skaggs or Kyle Lohse in 5×5 Roto?

    AJ Burnett is also out there on the wire.

    Skaggs left a bad taste this week.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  210. swinging3.0 says:
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    Great job with tehran in preseason ranks. Great job with pujols as well. Gota say tho how drunk were you when u ranked peter bourjos 127 overall? He doesnt and never had regular playing time even close to confirmed with stl, jay was still on the team. Even if peter bourjos was the best peter bourjos he could be and there was no such thing as jon jay he prob doesnt live up to a 10th round pick. Good thing yahoo had him 800 overall(whis is a lot closer to right than 127 overall) so i didnt need to take him until the late rounds. I never cut players this soon into the season after a slow start but platoon peter bourjos is about as useful as platoon billy olson, and thats me making fun of me! Added almonte for him last week. Gl us. On the real tho great job ur the man, i criticize with much love.

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