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So nice to see Yu.  Saludos, my Darvish.  Come on, let’s mingle.  You know, my dear, my father used to say to me, Grey, don’t be a schnook.  It’s not how Yu feel.  It’s how Yu look.  And you, Darvish, you look absolutely marvishlous.   Cole Hamels — bleh.  R.A. Dickey — eh.  Yu Darvish — absolutely marvishlous!  When a beautiful girl passes or when you see something you know you may never see again, what do you say?  I say, oohbeekadoobie like I’m Billy Crystal impersonating Sammy Davis Jr.  Nothing else can express the start Darvish had last night.  Oohbeekadoobie, baby, oohbeekadoobie.  That’s all I have.  Sure, it’s a nonsensical word that’s origin of meaning is bupkis, but when one comes face-to-face with wonder, one is left with nothing but oohbeekadoobie.   Just like Darvish pulled up just short of a perfect game, I’ll pull up short of saying he’s a number one/top ten starter off of one start in April vs. the Astros.  The Astros, mind you, who are put together as a team the same way you used to put together pick up games.  If you have a glove and bat, you can play for them.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  After the Blue Jays paid Dickey $25 million, they should’ve took seventy bucks, went to Home Depot, bought some wood, grabbed a couple of laborers and made a new backstop behind home plate that was three feet behind Arencibia.  Or asked how much San Fran wants for the 26-foot high mitt in their outfield and placed that thing behind home.  Just Peachy is so not with the ol’ knuckleball.  I’m putting the over/under for passed balls for J.P. at 50.

Lucas Harrell – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Got pretty lost in Darvish’s performance last night.  The Astros playing second fiddle — <sarcastic>crazy!</sarcastic>  Harrell is one of those starters that I can’t imagine eliciting any enthusiasm in mixed leagues, but could be sneaky valuable at the back end of an AL-Only staff.  He’s just under a 7 K-rate with a chance for a hair under four ERA.  Like I said, AL-Only only (stutterer!).

Jonny Venters – Dr. Freeze shut him down for 4 weeks.  Yesterday, Venters received an injection of platelet-rich plasma.  I recently got a plasma from Best Buy.  Me and Venters can be friends now.

Marco Estrada – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners (0 walks), 8 Ks.  As I said in the preseason, the death of Estrada is gonna be due to the long ball.  He gave up a few cheap hits to run up his WHIP, but no walks, plenty of Ks and the only balls hit on the nose (no offense, Niese) went over the fence.  I’m holding tight for now.

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with a homer.  Here’s what he tweeted after the game.

Troy Tulowitzki – Two games, two homers.  CarGo — the same.  Could they live in a bubble when they’re not on the field to avoid injuries?  Does one have to dust if they live in a bubble?  I got questions, y’all!

Carl Crawford – Sat yesterday as Don Mattingly said he wants to wean Crawford back into being an everyday player.  Why is it when I hear the word wean I think of Billy Butler?  Hmm.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Ryu marvishlous?  No, but solid nevertheless.  It wasn’t just the pear-shaped comparisons to David Wells last night that looked accurate in Jaywrong’s Ryu sleeper, his control looked impeccable.

Lance Berkman – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs as he stays in the three hole.  I hope Rudy is right about Berkman being this year’s Zombino.

Ryan Sweeney – Signed with the Cubs.  Sweeney wins the coveted prize of “I have absolutely nothing to say about him either positively or negatively.”  Show him what he wins!  A brand new 2013 Ellipsis! …

Justin Masterson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The end result looks a lot better than he pitched.  Estrada, for instance, looked better.  So if your league has an Appearances category, and it’s not the usual baseball meaning of Appearances, Estrada’s still better than Masterson.

Shaun Marcum – Scratched from his weekend start.  Aaron Laffey is expected to start in his place.  Since fantasy is no Laffey matter, I’d avoid him.  As I mentioned in the podcast, in very deep leagues, I’d keep an eye on Jewess Familia.  He’s a pizza bagel after my own heart!

Ryan Ludwick – Will miss three months with a dislocated shoulder.  That’s really scary.  Next time I’m at the doctor I’m gonna get the shoulder upgrade with GPS.

Chris Heisey – Will get the majority of the at-bats with the Reds Ludwickless.  We’ll see how long until that burns out and the Reds are left waxing for Hamilton.

Paul Goldschmidt – Moved up to clean up — happy trombone!  0-for-3 — sad trombone.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Could be a great end of the rotation ratio helper, which isn’t as smiley as Hamburger Helper, but just as nourishing.

Michael Morse – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homers after his torrid spring.  To keep Morse in the groove, the Mariners simulated Arizona by putting cactus in the locker room and paying for Kendrys’ boob job.

Scott Kazmir – Already has injury concerns.  If he can’t throw today, he might miss his scheduled start and hit the DL.  The DL has a “Welcome Home” banner hanging over its door.

Jaime Garcia – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  Jaime was also Lowme, Offtheoutsidecornerme and Inthedirtme in his final inning as he walked the bases loaded.  Luckily, Mujica bailed him out as any good Mujica would do.

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-9 in his first two games with two runs.  Somewhere, a fantasy owner of Daniel Murphy had to adjust his pants.

Brandon Belt – Sat with a stomach bug.  I hope it’s not a tapeworm.  I saw a video once… Well, just don’t Google “disgusting video of 25-foot tapeworm coming out of someone’s butt.”

Madison Bumgarner – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks as he blanked the Dodgers.  Well, sure, the Dodgers best hitter is out of the lineup for 4 days.

Andres Torres – 1-for-4, 1 run.  Will split time in left field with Gregor Blanco.  Bochy said, “I’ll go with whichever is the hottest bat.”  Then Bochy should go with Cowgill!

Brett Lawrie – Expected to miss two more weeks.  He’s just waiting on his ribs.  Somebody get this man a pressure cooker.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a homer.  Overheard at MattWietersFacts.com HQ, “Hey, ‘member that site we started about Wieters three years ago?  We’re getting traffic again!”

Nolan Reimold – 2-for-4.  For anyone that’s read this site for a minute (an Urbandictionary minute, which is actually a long time) knows that my Reimold love runs deep and I bleed orange for him like I’ve only eaten Cheetos and drank Tang for the last four years.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and a homer.  If you’ve invested in CD, this is the kind of dividend I’d expect on a good day.  This blurb was sponsored by Wall Street.  Come back, we’re fine!

Jason Hammel – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks.  You’re on the phone with your best fantasy baseballer buddy.  He asks you who you drafted this year for pitching because he cares and I guess he doesn’t have internet to just look at it or is too lazy (hey, he’s your friend, not mine).  You name all of your guys, but there’s one guy you own that you can’t remember.  You look at your team to refresh your memory and it’s Hammel.  Solid backend fantasy starter that is an afterthought.

Robinson Cano – Signed with Jay-Z’s new sports agency.  Just in time for him to release his first single, Can to the Izz-O.  “For shizzle my Canizzle you can’t quibble with my BA… Can to the izz-O, Yanks to the Izz-A… That’s the national anthem, get your damn ass up and take off your hat!  Can to the izz-O, Yanks to the Izz-A… Not wearing braces, y’all got to see Girardi!  Was servin’ em in the House that Ruth built, got me dirt cheap for my first seven years now Jay-Z’s gonna put your wallet on tilt… Plus if they was short with cheese, I would work with them… Not really!  Can to the izz-O, Yanks to the Izz-A… For sheezy I’m Caneezy, keep my arms so freezy… Can’t leave baseball alone, the game needs me… Haters want me clapped in steroid talk, it ain’t easy…  Bloggers want to knock me, MLB wants to box me in… But somehow I beat them charges like Rocky… Can to the izz-O, Yanks to the Izz-A… That’s the national anthem, get your damn ass up and take off your hat!  Can to the izz-O, Yanks to the Izz-A… Not wearing braces, y’all got to see Girardi!”

  1. Eric W says:
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    I would like to think some where Johan Santana was watching Darvish get pulled from the game and thinking “Who-ah! I cant believe the Rangers are taking this guy out when he has a chance for a no hitter!”

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Eric W: When did Johan start sounding like Al Pacino…..Who ah!

      • Eric W says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: After his 2011 surgery his arm was to weak to lift the remote so he got stuck watching Spiketv all year. They pretty much had Scarface and Heat on a perpetual loop by that point.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Eric W: Thats got to suck, a goodish movie followed by a tird….

          He was really watching Frankie and Johnny and Scent of a Woman on Lifetime

          • JoeC says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Heat did suck, especially that “performance” by Ashley Judd as the whiny wife of the super-bloated, Val Kilmer (I think her and Charlize Theron’s whiny cry-all-the-time work-widowed wife in Keanu’s horrendous movie, The Devil’s Advocate, are my two least favorite female characters of all time.). B*&ch turned him in! What a drag.

            However, that shootout when they leave the bank was friggin’ awesome! Might be the best shootout I’ve ever seen in a movie. Also, Al Pacino’s girlfriend sort of looked like a man. I hate when girls get those short pixie cuts. You’re a woman! Grow your hair long.

            Alright, I’m done with offending half the damn world today! Please remove yourself from my lawn.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @JoeC: good call, great shootout, movie sucked, such a predictable tird blah.

              We only have 4 girl readers, so I think you are off the hook for offending half the world. Feeling you on the hair thing, just not as rigid.

    • @Eric W: the no-hitter was not the reason he is hurt. Stop the lies!

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        @gbaked:

        It’s an amazing coincidence that he got hurt after his no-hitter but it’s the Mets. When it comes to amazing injury coincidences, they are the kings (i.e. Mo Vaughn on opening day)

        • @Hawk: he didnt get hurt after his no hitter.

          (note – I am copying most of this from another commenter at a mets blog where we have had this discussion many times)

          If you look at Santana’s 5 starts after the no-hitter, including the one versus the Yankees, on the whole he was very good. 30 IP (6/GS), 3.60 ERA, 25 K, 12 BB. Not great, but still very good. Drop the Yankees game and he’s at 25 IP, 2.17 ERA, 20 K, 11 BB, which is as good if not better in some regards than his pre-no no works.

          On July 6 — his 6th start after the no-hitter — Santana got spiked in the ankle by Reed Johnson while covering first.In the first four innings of that game, Johan gave up two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none. After the ankle injury, he gave up another single, a homer, stuck out Soriano, gave up another homer, and then three more singles before Collins pulled him.

          He’d make four more stats for the Mets, going a total of 14.1 IP, giving up 30 hits and sporting a 16.33 ERA.

          so yeah… there are facts… but LOLMets… AMIRIGHT???

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Hawk: I thought Mo Vaughn got injured on opening day when he played for the Angels?

          • Didn’t Carp get hurt for the Mariners on opening day last year – maybe the 2nd. Man, his name sure was prophetic last year for dyslexics.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: HAHAHAHAHAHA. Brilliant!

      • Eric W says:
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        @gbaked: The joke was that Johan threw a no hiter while giving up a hit so in his mind Darvish still had a chance at a no no after the single. Nothing to do with his injury maybe I did not word it correctly

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Yu, Yu got what I need, but Yu say he’s just a friend and Yu say he’s just a friend, oh baby…..

    I want to get all friendly with this little darvling….I wish i drafted him, but nnnnooooooooo!, I refuse to draft texas arms…..Edward Norton Fight Club punch to the face.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Meh. It was against the Triple A ‘Stros. I have a feeling his match-up on Sunday night against the Angels in Texas won’t go nearly as smoothly. Yu is good, no doubt, but he ain’t no Esteban Loaiza.

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JoeC: No Esteban Yan, either!

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @chillmodious: Or Yan Can Cook for that matter

  3. ThE sHiT says:
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    You are in mid-season form Grey. You should sing the Cano blurb during the next podcast, he is your better man!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Book him…Cano!

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Better yet, do a Harlem Shake video with all the Razz writers. To conceal your true identity, wear a Giancarlo mask and jersey while you twirl some lumber during the video.

        • ThE sHiT says:
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          @ThE sHiT: I meant for Grey to wear the Giancarlo gear. But you should make an appearance too JFOH.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @ThE sHiT: I hope i can get a Samoan, sorry, Pacific islander mask so I can look like Jose Molina, i already have the build.

            • ThE sHiT says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: If you have the build already, then a catchers mask will be enough.

  4. Anthony says:
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    Good stuff Greycarlo! Show some love for my 15th round Morse, dude rakes when on the field….yeah, yeah I know that’s the problem. Stop hanging him with Kendrys Manzier. What are the chances of Billy Hamiliton coming up in the next few weeks Chris Heisey proves to be Chris Heisey?? Thanks

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Anthony: heisey can play some D, and thats real world reality!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Thanks! Yeah, don’t think we see Hamilton before July at the earliest…

  5. oaktown a's says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a keep 25 out of 36 h2h dynasty format. I feel I’m pretty stocked w upper tier minor league talent and have a pretty competitive team, so neither player projects as a keeper but I’m wavering over dropping Chris carter for reimold. Yea? No? Wash? I could also drop one of my horrible closers but they’re all I got…motte, marmol, al al etc or coke? Like you , I really like reimold and wanna find room. Also have cowgill vs reimold? Sorry for the run on but also wanted to know if u had an arrieta opinion? Thx Grey. U da friggneezin man, man.

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      @oaktown a’s: i was just about to ask about the arrieta situation. is he better or worse than these guys: 16 team h2h with losses as cat. 26 roster spots with 2 dls. I’m using 3 bench spots on hitters, one solely for Gyorko to get 4 more starts or 9 more appearances at 2B
      scherzer
      peavy
      niese
      bailey
      gee
      milone
      fiers
      happ
      on DL Luebke
      RP’s are
      Rivera
      Robertson
      Cook (terrible yesterday 3 Walks and hit batter)
      Peralta
      Perkins
      Benoit (Coke just got waivered an hour ago)
      Soria on DL

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: just did the same thing!

  6. Rich Garces says:
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    16 team 5×5 mixed roto, desperate for saves. Drop Rondon and pick up a handcuff? Problem is most handcuffs are owned. Best out there are Herrera or rosenthal or rauch

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Rich Garces: even Melancon? If you got Dl room stash Soria.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: grab rosenthal for sure, as he completely destroyed everyone last playoffs with that 100 mph stuff, and yesterday made fools out of aushizz and montero in back to back ab’s. Meanwhile Salas got roughed big time and Boggs is solid, but i’d either rosenthal/mujica soon becomes 8th inning man and from there it’s just a Boggs hot seat/injury from full on close time for rosenthal. All of this could take till like mid July, but in meantime you will get tons of K’s.

        • JoeC says:
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          @goodfold2: Good advice.

          • Rich Garces says:
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            @JoeC: thanks for the advice guys!

  7. Mike G says:
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    I forgot over the long, chilly winter how much I enjoy these, Grey.

  8. joe says:
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    Beltre is 0/9 . Haven’t heard any experts talk about him. If he goes hitless for 1 more game will you be worried about him? my team is kind of reliant on his average because I have 3 guys who will likely hit .245 to .250

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      @joe:

      My power is based on him and Cano.

      I’m going to panic and trade them both for Marte and Schierholtz.I might hold out for Marmol as a throw in to shore up my bullpen.

    • JoeC says:
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      @joe: C’mon, Joe… you’re sullying the name! Unless this is all a sarcastic plot. If so, kudos! If not, buck up!

    • Whatever says:
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      @joe: @Steve:

      what? Beltre will be fine. Geez, its only two-three games. I would love to be in your league for you to trade Beltre to me for some Schmohawk.

  9. Chunk says:
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    Chacin or Phelps?

  10. Steve says:
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    If you were to bench one of Wilhelmsen, Janssen, Perkins or G Holland on the reg, it has to be Perkins, no?

    Speaking of Perkins, he tweeted yesterday, that he was leaving his agent and was going to be represented by Dwight Yoakam. Hehe.

    And your opening line reminded me of this, though The New Guy may be the only other person it means anything to…

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

    • Whatever says:
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      @Steve:

      If I had to bench one, it would be Perkins.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve: that means nothing to me, but i liked the price is right knock off I found on there, what a weird wheel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Wow, that video is a throwback… Hilarious on Perkins! I’d bench Perkins, yeah…

  11. Bourne says:
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    Is MadBum expectations that high? He pitched dominate. He probably deserved more than two lines that referenced the guy he should have played yesterday, but Bochy played his Queen vs the Dodgers Ace and only matching cards go to war.

    Carpenter was nice, but imagine Matt Adams with 3 for 9 with 2 ^ runs (insert home prior to runs)

    Stomach worms at 5 am is pretty much the best start of the day ever. /sarcasm This is especially true since my stomach hurts from laughing at all the puns and quips! great post as always. The daily humor makes those last 40 games still interest me in fantasy land. 2 days down!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Bourne: tell that to the somehow healthy a.craig. He’s got a single now, so there’s that.

  12. Bonzo the Clown says:
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    Funny, I take a year or so off of fantasy baseball and I’m back here like the degenerate fantasy junkie that I’ve always been. I guess maybe I’m just a sucker for Jewish comedy. It must be fun to have ‘getting really high and writing fantasy baseball blurbs’ on your resume.

    Anyway,did my first auction this year. 7×7 league (OBP SLG / HLD, WS). 2 catchers, I got me Pujols, Votto and Santana/Mauer/Napoli. My rotation has no ace so I’d like to move an extra catcher for a starter. Trading a hitter means filling my CI/Util spot with a waiver pickup until Jeter is off the DL (yeah, they call me no bench Johnny).

    Given the scoring, what tier of starters is appropriate for Mauer (Darvish?) I’was already offered Verlander for Votto – is that worth taking? I feel like i’d be overpaying and leaving a hole in my offense…and we should listen to our feelings, right? (CI on the waiver is shallow…)

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @Bonzo the Clown:

      try to get 2-1 and also fill your CI/Util…

      • Bonzo the Clown says:
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        @sanfran1966: @sanfran1966: Good idea. Might push it to 3 vs 2 so I can come up with something fair.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bonzo the Clown: Ha! As long as I present said resumes to other stoned people, I’m good! I’d take Darvish for Mauer…. I’d try for a tier higher… Maybe if Greinke has a bad first start? (I hope I didn’t jinx him)….

  13. JTR says:
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    Start Beckett and CJ Wilson tonight?

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @JTR: isn’t a major reason to draft beckett for NL west home games against offenses the likes of SF’s. Wilson’s not so easy.

    • Grey

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      @JTR: I’d start Beckett, I wouldn’t have drafted Wilson…

  14. c0wfunk says:
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    Enjoyed the podcast and all your ‘can’t find a betamit’ shenanigans.. Way to show real commitment to a bit.

  15. jamiehov says:
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    Grey, I thought we’d get a long Madbum blurb!

    I’d be thrilled if Estradas start were on Colo. either way, no walks is encouraging.

    Does Jim Kaat follow the site? Numerous Wells references for Ryu last night

    Nothing like great starts from Samarzdja, Niese and Shields to get off set by your holds guy….McGee was shelled and sunk me for spots in my rotisserie league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jamiehov: Jim Kaat writes for the site!

  16. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Next week can you sing, “Yu can’t always get what Yu want”?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @The Guru: “But if Yu try sometime well Yu might find
      Yu get what Yu need”

  17. Tigres says:
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    Estrada just dropped in my league. Somebody has an quick trigger finger. Pick him up in place of Tommy Milone?

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Tigres: With haste. Why do you hate K’s?? Lean into them and they will love you.

  18. Brownie says:
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    Why do people ask so many questions about their rosters in the article comments? Go to the forums people (arrgggg).

    I’ll take the under on JP’s pass balls b/c that’s the last game he’ll catch Dickey this year. Blanco’s there to catch Dickey, but they didn’t want to hurt JP’s feelings by sitting him on opening day.

    JP has trouble catching conventional pitchers – he has no chance with Dickey – he’s awful.

    • Bonzo the Clown says:
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      @Brownie: Good point. Old habit I guess, didn’t used to be forums.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Brownie: just skip them if you don’t like to read them. Grey doesn’t care, so I don’t see the big deal. Some people don’t really know about the forums, or are new here, so they post the questions here. Does it get cluttered? Sure. But if you don’t want to read them, don’t.

      And I agree, JP won’t be catching the ole knuckleball anymore. Not that he was catching it last night…

  19. sanfran1966 says:
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    Thoughts on picking up Berkman in a 10 team 5×5 weekly roster set?

    Set with Goldy (1b), E5 (CI), & Ike Davis (Util) OF is Braun, A Jones, J Upton, Choo, & Bonifacio.

    Bench is M Carpenter & Werth. Waiver wire (OF) is thin offering younger guys/prospects.

    Lose Werth or hold?

      • sanfran says:
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        @Grey:
        Like Carp as a hedge for Bonifacio (sux batting 9th) and Longo with multiple eligibility…

        Werth v Berkman ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Berkman

  20. yeshcheese says:
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    give me some of that Iwakuma Stroganoff!!!! I fear the ghost of goldhosmer past… “being now a thing with one arm, now with one leg, now with twenty legs, now a pair of legs without a head, now a head without a body: of which dissolving parts, no outline would be visible in the dense gloom wherein they melted away.” Sad Xmas trombone courtesy of Daron Ebenezer Sutton.

    Which hot blown glass Carlos schmotater lasts longest until DL? Carlos Quentin or Carl(os) Crawford?

  21. The Strolg says:
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    When my buddy sees a hot chick walk by he says ‘I’m a believer!’

  22. Jef says:
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    Everybody needs to click on the “zombino” link just to hear the Pronunciation Key. Whose kid is that? Brilliant! Another of a gajillion reasons I love this site. Last night was my first evening of mlb.tv on the apple TV so I watched the whole Yu game. I miss the local commercials that the Extra Innings cable broadcast plays, but the between-innings blackouts are good for cat naps. I’m going to enjoy watching Darvish this year, it looks like he could give some California cool lessons to Hollywood Hamels. As the owner of both, I may need to get them in a room together…for the good of my season.

    Sidenote: Rutledge 2 game hit streak!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Jef: I believe that is Oaktown Steve’s kid. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        Nice. My kid is a nut. One of them anyway. The other one is semi-normal.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Jef: how much does the MLB.tv doo-hickey cost for your Apple TV? I have it on Directv but could be looking to change if it is considerably cheaper on there.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Sky: thanks brosef. That is quite a bit cheaper than the Directv option, which doesn’t have an app to watch stuff on my phone.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            No prob, my second year of having it. Nice to watch the game on my PS3 while box score watching on my iPad and looking over my teams on my phone…on second thought, don’t get it. No one will see you for months! Keep in mind you still get blacked out games for your market area and any nationally purchased games but if you still have a cable package, that probably doesn’t mean anything to you.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Sky: yeah, the Mrs. already hates the Directv package. I go ADD and watch the 8 games at once or flip back and forth constantly, all the while on my phone checking Yahoo and ScoreMobile to see my teams and what the hell happened in a game I wasn’t watching. Not sure the MLB.tv one will change much. Besides when we’re on the road or not home I’ll be watching games on my phone. Which may be bad for business…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Everywhere I go, I have baseball. It’s both a blessing and a curse. My boss walks in yesterday as I was firing up the MILvsCOL game to listen to in the background and jokingly says ‘baseball?!?’ They’re gonna be saying that joke through September since I work until 6 PST. I ain’t paying for this and not at least listening to the action!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jef: It’s Awesomus Maximus’s kid… Rutledge!

  23. BKK says:
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    “R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 ER” did Yu mean to be redundant or did Yu mean the second 3ER to be passed balls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BKK: Typo

  24. stynyr says:
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    Howdy Grey,

    Morse is available. Do I grab him for anyone? Other manager interested in an OF for Wainwright. Would you explore that offer? Who would you suggest offering for Wainwright? Or, do I sit tight?

    Thanks, Grey.

    10-team, H2H, 5×5
    c-Perez
    1b-Ike Davis
    2b-Rutledge
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Reyes
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Cahill, Ryu, Teheran, Gee
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland
    dl-Garza

  25. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Since the SON isn’t up and running quite yet, I’ll have to go right to the boss to ask: you starting Morrow and/or Maholm today (15-team mixed roto)? I’m leaning toward yes, but just looking for another opinion.

    Thanks!

  26. johnrocker says:
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    “I’m putting the over/under for passed balls for J.P. at 50.”
    I’ll take the under considering that the Jays brought in three guys (!) in Blanco, Thole, and Nickeas who are experienced catching Dickey. I think after last night’s sorry performance by JPA, they’ll go with a personal catcher for the Dickster. I guess I understand throwing JPA a bone since it was their home opener and all, but Dickey has said Blanco’s the best knuckleball catcher he’s had – forget JPA’s ego, and put him on the bench for Dickey starts.

    • BTD says:
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      @johnrocker: More like throwing JPA under the bus… He looked like a community college catcher.

  27. Clint says:
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    My 90’s TV memory just went into overdrive hearing Nolam Reimold’s name: In Living Color’s skit w/the “Ya’ Mon” crew where every family member also worked as some liason for Judge Reinhold.

  28. Frank Lynch says:
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    whats up!!! So I havemy draft tonight and a little nervous cause it’smy first fantasy baseball.. I’m draft #7 and I need advise? I read your process of what to do and what not too. I was thinking, If in 1st round I grab aMccutchen or Votto or anyone else available, When I’m looking at my Yahoo top 250 I see in the 2nd round I would have A chance for a Stanton, Tulawitzski or a Buatista.. Is it Ok to skip down like 5-10 notches and grab Posey?? or should I allways grab the best avail;able from what the top 250 says????

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Frank Lynch: ‘Is it Ok to skip down like 5-10 notches and grab Posey?’

      No!

  29. JP says:
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    Grey – thoughts on this early season trade: Me getting Miguel Montero giving up Jarrod Parker. 10 team mixed league, h2h 5×5 categories. anyone else you would give up if not, maybe Cahill or Milone?
    thx!

    C- S Perez
    1B – Pujols
    2B – rutledge
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Espinosa
    OF – A Jones
    OF: D Jennings
    OF: Pence
    Util: Goldschmidt
    Bench: Bonifacio

    SP: Greinke
    SP: C Lee
    SP: Scherzer
    SP: Niese
    SP: Ryu
    SP: Milone
    SP: Estrada
    SP: J Parker
    RP: Papelbon
    RP: Wilhelmsen
    RP: Perkins

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      @JP: Would rather have Parker than Montero in a vacuum anyway, but why would you entertain this trade? For days when Perez is off and you want to make sure your ratio-destroying catcher’s spot remains occupado?

  30. BTD says:
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    Someone just put Matt Carpenter on The Wire and I could use a knife. Who to cut ties with: Kubel or Marte?

    Other bats: A-Gon, A-Ram, Braun, J. Upton, Beltre, Howard
    Other wheels: E-Cab, Revere, Gardner

    Oh yeah, I have Alexei Ramirez and AJ Pierzynski too…

    • I would cut Kubel all day. The fact that Kubel is sitting vs. lefties, is not encouraging. I would be interested to see what Grey thinks, but I think Marte has way too much upside.

  31. Joe says:
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    Still waiting for Grey’s opinion in my trading Harper for Kemp, Darvish and Gio yesterday. Looks better after Darvish’s performance yesterday! (Dynasty league with no restrictions.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: It’s not close, Kemp side…

  32. Q says:
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    Belt or Alonso? Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Q: Alonso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Belt

    • Prezii says:
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      @Q: Neither!

  33. relsh says:
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    That H to the Izzo rendition was outstanding I’m showing it to all my coworkers. Gotta love estrada’s K rate, I’m hoping he has another shaky start so I can make a buy low push.

  34. Gavin says:
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    Can you give me a conservative season’s line for Ryu? I have an extra P slot and was gonna go with a diesel MR option to help my ratio’s and K rate, but if Ryu isn’t going to get kill my ratio’s and post 15+ wins, I’ll take that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin: It’s in the rankings…

      • Gavin says:
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        @Grey: MR it is. Thanks.

  35. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Hey Grey – Would you mind ranking these players in order from goodness to suckiness?

    Jackie Bradley Jr., Reimold, Pierre, Stubbs, Cowgill, AJ Pollock

    Also, would you trade Yonder Alonso for the rights to Wil Myers when he’s called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Barry Heanbag: Reimold, Cowgill, Bradley… I’d take Myers…

  36. Gavin says:
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    Speaking of ratio’s, I’ve always wondered about the real effect of rostering a 4th or 5th SP that finishes with something like 15 W/3.75/1.25/160 K over 200 IP vs. a big time MR with a 5 W/-2.00/-1.00/80 K line in say 70 IP. Aside from the wins, wouldn’t you rather have the MR who helps significantly in 3 cats vs the SP who only helps in 1 and could negatively affect the other 3 cats? Assuming that you hit the seasons IP limit in any scenario…

    • @Gavin: That’s an easy one to answer with the player rater (http://razzball.com/playerrater-preseason-espnmlb12/).

      Let’s use K-Rob as the MR as he’s unlikely to get saves (I credited Janzen with some saves). I’ve got him valued at $2.

      Steamer has Estrada projected at 161 IP, 12 W, 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 148 Ks. I’ve got him worth $7.

      So if you have to choose between the two, you take the SP because they deliver more on the counting stats (Wins, Ks).

      The ‘en vogue’ thing around these parts in shallow leagues is to rely on the waiver wire to pick up SPs based on game matchups and fill-in with MRs. When successful, you can get the best of both worlds – e.g., if you went with 30 GS and 150 game relieved, you’d end up with $8.67 ($7 for the GS + 5/6th of the $2).

      • Gavin says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Wow that was easy to answer. Thanks Rudy

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Rudy Gamble:

            Rudy you drank the KoolAid. Nice work. That’s a solid stable of MRs.

            • Once I get Stream-o-nator up and running, I’ll probably drop one. Al-Al looks good but he’s likely gone if he doesn’t get a save in the near future. Sure looks like Benoit and Coke will be tag-teaming.

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Or you can pick up McGee for the day and erase all of the good work that Verlander, Cueto, and Kennedy did for your team the day before. Hypothetically speaking, of course…

  37. CL says:
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    Grey:

    Congrats on getting picked up by Bleacher Report. Hard work shows here and now it pays off. Good luck moving forward!

    I know it’s early… Kozma is up on my radar. Would you rock Rutledge for a bit, or get on this Kozmatrain?

    Thanks.

    • CL says:
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      @CL:

      That BR thing was an April fools thing wasn’t it?!

    • Mike says:
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      @CL: I love Kozma, St.Louis knows talent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Rutledge, it’s not close…

  38. cashmoney says:
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    Grey

    12 teams 6×6 offensive K’s QS and Losses

    I have Votto Rizzo and Goldschmidt at 1B….Rutledge at SS. Was offered Sale and Castro for Votto. pull the trigger or hold?

  39. Grey and Rudy — Entertaining and information-packed webcast … well done!

    I want to ask a question about the closers part of the podcast, but I want to relisten to that section to make sure I didn’t miss any names.

    In the meantime, which are the top three names to stash on the DL (not taking into account position or needs — just who is most likely to have some value this season): Luebke, Soria, Beachy, ARod, Madson, and Billingsly.

    How’s the avatar look? That’s me in the place of Gregory Peck, giving a ride to Audrey Hepburn on a Vespa from the 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’.

    • Billingsley is the only guy on the DL list that I think will pay dividends in standard mixed leagues. We have Luebke on a few deep league DLs (15-team). I think he MAYBE comes back in July. I think Beachy is best case August. Madson would probably be my #2 as he has a chance to get saves because the Sciosciapath might undermine Frieri.

    • 1) Roman Holiday wouldn’t have been the first movie I’d have thought for an avatar but not bad. You didn’t want to touch cheeks with Ingmar Bergman on the Casablanca poster or put your face on the robot from the Metropolis picture?

      2) Roman Holiday is one of only two chick flick titles that could’ve worked as gay porn titles. The other one is You’ve Got Male.

      • @Rudy Gamble: Many thanks Rudy … I should have mentioned I’m in two 14-team leagues, so it’s semi deep. One’s got two DL slots — I now have Bills and Beachy, but I’ll try to switch Beachy for Madson if he’s still available next time I make a roster change. The other has one DL slot and I already have Bills. So I’m not far off.

        I like the chick flick/gay porn sub category. Couldn’t ‘Titanic’ work as well?

        I live in Rome, which is why I picked ‘Roman Holiday.’ The photo is actually from a label of a wine I make in very limited quantities. Otherwise I’d have picked ‘Casablanca’ for sure. One of my favorite films.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:
        An Officer and a Gentleman?

  40. Razz says:
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    Hi Grey

    Deep 6×6 league (w/ OBP), with limited FA acquisitions for the season.

    Who do you like better for the season, Kelly Johnson or Stephen Drew? When Drew comes off the DL, 1 of em is gonna have to go.

  41. Dwayne Buice says:
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    Great stuff, or as Vic the Bric might say, Feeling Yu! or maybe, Feeling Ryu!.

    But I’m writing with some advice, if you want to poop orange for Reimold have a coupla those frozen chile relleno burritos from Smart n Final (I used to call it “second sunrise”, but now I’m going to say, “good morning, Nolan”.) And that nugget’s more valuable than a “sneaky valuable at the back end of an AL-Only staff”.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Dwayne Buice: VTB would refer to the “good morning, Nolan” (aka “second sunrise”) as “El Luminario”

  42. BigRon says:
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    Please rank these Pitching DL Stashes. I have one spot and I don’t know who to add.

    C. Tillman, F. Francisco, S. Baker, C. Lewis, C. Luebke, Lilly, Billingsly, Venters

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @BigRon: Luebeke or Lewis if you need a starter or Frank Frank for saves

      • BigRon says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I just saw another guys post where Rudy picks Billingsly over Luebke. I’m fine with you not agreeing. It happens. Why not Bills for you?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @BigRon: upside, Bills will be back sooner and I’m a jaded Dodger fan, so I don’t trust him. I like my stashes to be for a while. On the flip side the Padres may not even throw him in the rotation this year so Bills might be better.

          What does your league covet? If there is starters equivallent to Bills, then stash Frank Frank

        • I’d like Billingsley to net $2 this year so I can call him Dollar Dollar Bills Yawl

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Chad Rules Everything Around Me

          • Odibe McDowell says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Billingsley gives up so many taters, I call him Hanging Chad.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy only likes Bills now because I don’t…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: the duality of Razzball.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m the yin, baby!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I like Rudy’s Wu Tang drop

                    Chad rules everything around
                    S.T.R.E.A.M. get the money
                    Dollar, dollar Bills y’all

                    • Grey

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                      Definitely not Top Bills’in…

              • You go from love to hate. You skip like.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You have to earn my like! Too many injury concerns besides even his current finger issue… Prefer Tillman…

  43. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Would you start Beltre (against Humber) or Frazier(against Wilson) at 3rd today? Not sure I can stomach any more 0-5’s from Beltre this week seeing as how my OBP is barely above the Mendoza line.

  44. Riff Raff says:
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    Any thoughts on starting Ubaldo and Tim tonight?

  45. John says:
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    Grey – Granderson question: I need a HR/RBI’s guy in my 5×5 H2H each cat. league. He would be sucking up 1 of only have 3 bench spots I need for streaming and have Beachy taking up only DL. I can spare trading Papelbon for him, should I? I’m concerned about his spot in the lineup when he gets back – Teixeira and Jeter will be back too and they had him hitting 6-7th at end of last year.

  46. Eddy says:
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    Colon worth a pickup v the Yuston Astros this weekend?

  47. Frank Lynch says:
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    I’m a big baseball fan but they’re too many players that I know nothing about.. I thought I knew more.. I got the booknext to me so when I pick n when it’s my time I can read up on the couple of players that are the best left in the area of my pick ya know? Is that good or is there a btter strategy??

    • Sky

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      This is a really broad/not very answerable question. Not sure what book you mean. It sounds like you need to read over some rankings and create your own convictions based on some research. Here, start with the Razzball rankings:

      http://razzball.com/2013-fantasy-baseball-rankings/

  48. OaktownSteve says:
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    Fun factoid: there was only one SB in all of major league baseball yesterday. Thank you Des Jennings.

    8 of the 12 teams in my RCL are currently hitting .225 or worse. MLB party like it’s 1968?

    Iwakuma has some wiffleball stuff. Ton of movement and one of those funky Japanese hesitations. His K/9 as a starter last year was 7.3. He looks like he’ll be perhaps a tick over useful supported by a better Marinerds offense. Mariners look pretty solid.

    Cargo’s ceiling is magnificent. Sistine Chapel magnificent. Here’s hoping he plays 150 this one time.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Michael Saunders/yahoo disagree with your steals statement

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Sky:

        Dammit. I even saw that happen. Stupid memory erasing beverages.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, I’m in an H2H league against a guy who has him or else I probably wouldn’t have said anything. And even then, you made me doublecheck the box score hoping it wasn’t true.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: weed tea?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate:

            as a sidebar, the edible choices in Oaktown are insane right now. Lollypops. Ice cream. Truffles. Every kind of cookie.

        • Dingbat says:
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          He stole it against former Mariner Jaso, too!

  49. Eddy says:
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    Also, Peacock v OAK on Friday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I would in some leagues…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

  50. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Three pretty nice starts from my Razzball-Approved ™ starting staff: Samardzija, Niese and MadBum. High hopes for Latos and Kuroda today. (Sure, Kuroda isn’t official Razzball-Approved ™ but I have to feel like I’m doing some of the driving here.)

    If you could apply your prowess for picking pitchers to, say, picking stocks, you’d be Scrooge McDuck right now, sitting on piles of gold, rather than Screwball McBackdoorslider, sitting on piles of pitchers okay I lost control of that metaphor somewhere.

    • Dingbat says:
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      That metaphor decided it had to do some driving too.

      Nice to see you back, Baron!

  51. kaiser soze says:
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    For shizzle my Canizzle you can’t quibble with my BA… LOL, you are on point man! Love it.

  52. Monsieur Bobo says:
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    If my preseason team name was Samardzija Pants (not great, whatever) and someone else in my league reached for him, is that guy now morally obligated to accept my pistols-at-dawn challenge after that first start?

  53. scott says:
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    Choice between Porcello, Gee, Burnett. What order do you like them in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: Burnett, Gee

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: I WAS having a good morning, thanks turbin

  54. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Having reached up early to grab K-YUD in all my drafts yesterday was rewarding….

    I had Darvish in my top 6 SP – at least… The beauty of this year was one was able to wait until at least the 4th RD or later to grab him… – Won’t be the case next year….

    I would have paid up in Auction for him..

    Yes, his results have to be tempered by them coming against Hous…. I accept that…

    However, I believe his RAT/ERA will be great all year… Even with the Dallas jet stream in left field factored in… 250 plus Ks seems in the bag…

    The man knows the Zone now and there will be no stopping him IMO…

    Morse was a force yesterday as well as K-YUD’s counterpart from Japan Iwakuma- He took off where the King had left the A’s to day before – deers in the headlights….

    Iwakawa was going SO late in drafts… In Yahoo he often remained unselected … He was my West Coast Estrada. (who has not gotten going yet????)….

    Luckily, only had Estrada one on team… Being done with my SP by the time his name comes up…

    Getting nervous about Latos and Hamels… Are they going to start slow???… Find out today on Latos (who had a spotty spring)…

    Keep up the good work….

    I have been engaged in telepathic communication with Mr. Jaywrong – ((( Hush hush – yes you could call it dating ))- …

    Some disturbing stuff is coming out…

    At first, I thought he was just a little kinky… Well let me tell you, that man has a most dirty dirty deviant mind…

    He should be in a 24 hr.monitored ankle braclet or at the least, forced to carry and display a card proclaiming his proclivities as a warning to all… Hope, he does not or worse yet, is not allowed to act out these filty dreams of his around the Razzball office suites – it would not be very professional…

    Signed: Frightened and Drawn-in at the same time…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: No more E S T R A D A ! ! ! already?

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Naw… I’m still in on Estrada…

  55. jesse says:
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    “wean” Crawford back into the lineup? What the hell does that mean? Is he healthy or not? I need to wean some friggin SBs into my fantasy team

  56. Schizer says:
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    Maurer worth a pickup over Fiers, Lohse, or Fernandez? Or possibly Morneau or Swisher?

    Thanks!

  57. joe bob says:
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    Who do you take first — Puig or Soler?

  58. Hyppie says:
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    Would you trade away longoria for Harper if it meant using Gyorko at third? If not, then would you try Kemp for Reyes/Harper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hyppie: I don’t mind the Kemp trade…

      • Hyppie says:
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        @Grey: but no on longoria?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair… Prefer the other…

  59. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Trevor Rosenthal or David Robertson?

  60. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Here is a complaint regarding ESPN…

    Having owned an injured Hanley Ram. I was forced to wait while other teams in my league were replacing the DL listed players with gems.. He was not ESPN DLed until late Sunday…(to others – I KNOW, LA Dodgers were late.. not the issue here)…

    I do believe, the DL should be a kickoff Waiver wire event – all at once after the season starts… Yahoo use to to do this… Not certain if they still are…

    It is not fair to all teams… Had I benefited from the current format – I would still agree with this kickoff waiver method..

    The DLing players by the fantasy game should be left until all teams in MLB have played one game … Leveling the playing field is important.. And it would be simple too….

    Signed: Disgruntled!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ESPN doesn’t choose when to DL players, they wait for the teams themselves to DL them…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        I realize that and spoke to that…

        It is a game thing … Not a MLB thing

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @T Moore: we need a source to find out which teams wait until the last minute with DLing people. SD also waited till sunday on luebke, at least according to yahoo.

  61. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Question: Who do you like better? The guy you rated highly in the off-season rankings? Or the guy who went 2-for-5 yesterday with a SB? He’s available in my league. That second guy.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: [Carnac rises from his chair to give a standing ovation, trips on cape, falls over backward.]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… 2nd guy, always…

  62. Eddy says:
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    Rudy,

    April 8th can’t come soon enough, I needs me some Stream-O-Nator!

    I was wondering how you’re planning on basing the score of each pitcher. Last year you had about half a season worth of starts to go off on. WIll you just be using all of last season?

    Can I trust the SON full on from day 1 or will its scores be a bit more shaky in April as opposed to, say, July’s scores?

    • Carnac says:
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      @Eddy: My understanding of the algorithm is that it won’t reach peak efficiency until it has a couple weeks of stats under its belt.

    • I’m moving away from scores and using $ projections based on multiplying the projected IP/W/K/ERA/WHIP across a full season of starts. Using the RCL format (12-team ESPN format).

      Will leverage in-season performance of both the pitcher and, if possible, opposing offenses but I don’t expect much too much in-season improvement.

  63. stumanji says:
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    Are we starting Dillon Gee vs SD in a 12 tm roto QS league? He’s my 6th/7th SP along with Felix, Bum, Morrow, Niese, Minor, and Porcello.

    • Carnac says:
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      @stumanji: Yes, I would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  64. Jay says:
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    Great stuff! now I have that Cano verse stuck in my head all day.

    You think the that move benefits the yankees for resigning him?

    Drop Tim Hudson for Iwakuma?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Iwakuma… It doesn’t benefit them, but they’ll overpay for him…

  65. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    I would imagine Goldy will hit 5 vs righties and clean-up vs lefties, I don’t think that was a shift in the everyday line-up–Montero has looked good.

    Hoping those were some opening day jitters for Jarrod Parker, because he couldn’t throw a strike to save his life. Not sure the Mariners will be as streamable am opponent this year. Trevor Cahill looked mighty good until his sixth inning against a good offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be…

  66. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Grey,

    What are your thoughts on how Texas will handle Profar this season? In my one league he was dropped the other day. With a pretty deep bench is he worth stashing until he’s back in the bigs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      September call up, or Kinsler is traded or moved in July…

  67. DiscoD says:
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    Should I pick up Berkman or Reimold in a 10-team H2H points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berkman

  68. Principle Blackman says:
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    Grey,

    I have a keeper question for you. 15 team, points league (1C, No MI/CI, 1CF, 2OF, 1UTIL). 27-man rosters. Owners choose their lineup retroactively, every two weeks. We are drafting this Sunday. I am keeping McCutchen and Upton with my first two picks. Should I keep Jay Bruce with my third round pick or throw him back and try for a corner man? Also I can keep Moustakas and J Montero with my 10th and 9th round picks, but I’m wondering if that might not be a bit of a reach for both players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Bruce, Montero and Moose…

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, good sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  69. Molly Lee says:
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    I’m in a deep 24-team, 9×9 “dynasty” league, and need to cut a pitcher …. Daniel Hudson, John Lannan, or Wily Peralta? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lannan

  70. CP says:
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    Would you drop Ryu and Parra for Teheran and Reimold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra for Reimold…

      • CP says:
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        Ok thanks how about Reimold or Hicks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reimold, but different things…

          • CP says:
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            Ok Gotcha, one last question which C would be best to use until Mcann comes back Castro,Flowers,Ellis,Iannetta orSaltalamacchia?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Iannetta

  71. Dingbat says:
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    Looks like Estrada’s a candidate for regular FIPlashing (or xFIPlashing) this season. Oh joy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, he has great control and as I said in the post he was unlucky with everything that wasn’t hit out of the park…

  72. Doc Pounder says:
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    Ryu or Shelby?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  73. Carlos says:
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    Grey! Thoughts on dropping Reddick for Berkman in a Yahoo 10 team 5×5?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  74. JashFath

    Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    Did you happen to catch Ryu’s run down the first base line? Made Benjie Molina look like Emilio Bonafacio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA

  75. DiscoD says:
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    Ryu or Iwakuma ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “I just farted.”

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        He must fart euphoriants. I think his pupils are dilated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He farts MDMA. Yes.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Wherever Ankiel goes, a sweet rave party ensues…

  76. Trigger Cut says:
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    I suddenly hate Jake McGee. Drop for Rosenthal?

    Also, Milone v. SEA at home tonight in 1250 IP league? Too early to worry about IP limits?

    I probably shouldn’t even look at my roster until May 1…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, drop him fro Rosenthal… I’d start Milone…

      • Trigger Cut says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  77. Hondo says:
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    Reimold or Dom for da bench spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown

  78. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Grey, Rudy, Sky, anyone, i’m going to let razzball decide today

    must start 2, choose between:

    Markakis
    Reimold
    Span
    Cowgill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reimold, Cowgill…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        special request, prayer circle for the Mets today, it’s a special thing….seriously

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I love Peavy right now… It’s like Ankiel is farting in my room….

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Ankiel gave you the tingles for Peavy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s wafting farts directly into my nose and it’s wonderful…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: careful though, too much Ankiel could lead to you loving Billingsley, Gaby Sanchez and Ian Stewart

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, I used to love them… I’m hating now…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Yeah I know, but on MDMA you love EVERYONE!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Fair enough, I love everyone (that I own)…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: never done E have you?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nope

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: when you do E you love everyone and lose all your inhabitions, emphasis on love everyone!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’ve heard…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Cowgill/Reimold for me. Small sample size, but Collin has hit lefties well.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: thank you

        special request, prayer circle for the Mets today, it’s a special thing….seriously

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m riding Cowgill myself today and benching Duda/Davis because they can’t hit lefties for shizz. My prayers are with both of us, though I really wanna put Ike is soooooo badly…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: play him, the bullpen can throw him a righty and then boom

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Alright, if I miss a slam and legs from Heisey today, it’s on your head. Or your ass. Or wherever you want it to go, actually, your choice.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: is that a proposition?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  It was a premonition: walks Plouffe :)

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Didn’t even need the righty from the bullpen. Of course I didn’t listen to you. Had Duda & Ike on the pine for Cowgill & Heisey…it hurts to sit down right now.

  79. Project Merkin says:
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    I bought the MLBTV premium package last night and I must say it’s the tits mcgillicuddy. I probably shouldn’t be watching games while at work though. Is anyone watching Peavy pitch right now? How’s he lookin?

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Project Merkin: Not watching but he’s got 2 Ks in the first!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He’s dealing.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @Grey: no doubt. Another 3ks in inning 2.. At least my catcher perez got a hit :)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I should’ve benched Cain… I have Perez too, was a weak single but a hit nevertheless…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bought it too and I concur, it’s amazing… He looks great…

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Project Merkin: Peavy was dealing in the first inning, overmatched both Gordon and Alcides. Moobs battled him and ended up grounding out hard to second. Peavy looks great.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @ThE sHiT: Good to hear. Down goes Moose Tacos!

  80. herschel says:
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    Parker losing his two start week this week with Colon coming back. Gets two starts next week against DET and LAA. Love weekly leagues…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  81. a1r fann1ng says:
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    can we refer to al alburquerque as “et Al” from now on?

    • a1r fann1ng says:
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      @a1r fann1ng:

      so when talking about the detroit bullpen its: coke, benoit, et al

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I just went over it two days ago…

        • a1r fann1ng says:
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          @Grey: im talking about the nickname not the order

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah… Ha! Gotcha…. Yeah, I like Et Al… Al’etc too…

  82. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Houston Astros LF name change request: Kris Karter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And jump around?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        He missed the ball, oh
        He missed the ball
        He missed the ball, oh
        And that is something he will probably do a lot all year…

  83. Long Bawls says:
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    Donkey dinger! (Not that kind of donkey dinger)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Long Bawls:

      Santana has given up at least one home run in 15 of his last 17 starts. 39 in total last year. He’s garbage.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah, no kidding. And he has just enough of a skill set to make him tempting once or twice a year–margin ail ya, I guess…

        I wonder if some quantum condition has been satisfied now that Adam Dunn has walked, homered and struck out.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        3 HRs today. That’s some hot steaming garbage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s so hittable…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            There should be a line of Ervin Santana pinatas on the market.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There is… At Cellular… On the mound…

          • Long Bawls says:
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            @Grey: Don’t let Myers hear that…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…

    • Nathan says:
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      @Long Bawls: Which is much different from a dinky donger.

  84. Snake Hips says:
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    I have open spot on my roster… I have 1 bench bat now so I could probably use another pitcher. Who would you take? (10 teamer, custom pts – BB’s and ER’s count negative)
    Hughes, Tillman, Iwakuma, Gee, McDonald, Cashner, Fuji, Veras, Robertson, rosenthal, pestano?

    My staff: MadMax, Halladay, Niese, Lester, Hammel, Parker, Ryu, Teheren
    Chapman, Wilhelmsen, Marmol, DL Motte

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robertson

  85. Grey, buddy, wondering what you think of this….giving up RyZimm (not to be confused with wwe superstar Ryback) and getting Allen Craig in return. My team has a ton of 3b options, and lacks the 1b superstar so this could work?

    It’s a 14 team H2H Points league by the way (no cats)
    C: SalPerez
    1B: Chris Davis
    2b: Zobrist
    SS: Evreth Cab
    3b: RyZimm
    OF: Harper
    OF: Melky
    OF: Choo
    U: CarGomez
    Bench: Gyorko, Carpenter, Middlebrooks, Marte
    Minors: Wil Myers

    SP: Darvish, Morrow, Cahill, Minor, Cobb, EJax, Teheran
    RP: Street, Jansen
    Minors: Jose Fernandez
    DL: Beachy, Scott Diamond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d prefer Zimmerman…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Sort of a Big deal:

      Who is your current 1st baseman and who is the 3rd base option. Zimm and Craig are pretty close, so the calculus is really the difference between who you’re currently starting at 1st versus who you would be starting at 3rd.

      • @OaktownSteve:

        I posted my lineup buddy…

        My normal 1b so far is either Davis or Carpenter
        my 3b elig guys are: Zimmerman, Carpenter, Gyorko, Middlebrooks

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Sort of a Big deal:

          I’m forced to agree with Albright. You’re a little power light and AVG+ so you can afford to roll with Davis. Craig + Middlebrooks or Jerko an AVG uptick most likely and maybe a few xtra runs. But that’s not where it looks like your need is.

  86. Jason says:
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    been offered a trade: … Reyes and S. Marte for Kemp and Rutledge. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp side

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Jason: Kemp/Rut; not super-close.

  87. Charles says:
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    Hey Streamers! Houston looks terrible and especially vulnerable to the strikeout. Would you feel comfortable with either (or both) Straily (Fri) or Colon (Sat) this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

  88. Prezii says:
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    Of course, out of my 16 white sox i drafted, i bench Dunn.. damnit..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      310!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: i knoww man, i dont know how i ended up with 310 white s…. Oh wait thats not wat you meant..

        312!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Viciedo is so bad in the field… Jesus…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: haha hes a tank!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Literally…

    • Prezii says:
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      Played vicedo though! Im better now ….

  89. royce! says:
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    Berkman is a perfect zombino- he’s the walking dead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Give me a cold beer and first base and I’m fine…

  90. Long Bawls says:
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    KC lineup: Moobs and Moose, Hoss and Butler, Cain and unable. Sounds like a buncha sitcoms that didn’t get past the pilot.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Long Bawls: Whoops, doubedipped on Butler. Maybe that’s double d’ed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A Tejada sighting, ha!

  91. Steve says:
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    That was pathetic from the Royals. I badly need a Holland save here…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Think you’re gonna just have to settle for me getting a Reed save instead. I know it’s a small consolation, but I’m sure you’re happy for me nonetheless.

      • Steve says:
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        @Sky: Far from it. My opponent has him.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Sounds like you and I just can’t be friends today, then.

          • Steve says:
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            @Sky: Oops. That came out kind of wrong. We can always be friends.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha, I keed. I’m stuck in a keeper H2H with friends. The Commish – both his team name and what he is for the league – always play week 1 against eachother and always give one or the other a sour note to begin the year with. We say we’re sworn enemies for 7 days.

          • Steve says:
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            @Sky: And if the last two innings are any indication, Reed is destined to get a save opp anyway ;-)

  92. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points Keeper League

    Trade Jon Singleton for Yonder Alonzo?

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ha,did you see carter muff another right at him

    • Carnac says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Terrible. And then Cedeno blows the double play. This is hard to watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a hacking mess…

  94. Carnac says:
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    The bottom of the 7th marked the Astos’ first inning this year where no one struck out. That’s 24 consecutive innings.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Carnac: wow,and they have a defense to match,streamer city

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They can get another streak going, don’t worry…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: They ended the game with 5 consecutive strikeouts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right back on the biKe!

  95. Would you drop Marte for Cowgill (h2h points league – no categories)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet…

  96. B.o.B says:
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    Berkman has looked pretty good so far on the young season. Batting 3rd in that lineup in that ballpark could turn good profit for him. Would you drop LaRoche for him?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @B.o.B: yeah and i have him in an obp league to

      • B.o.B says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: mine so happens to be an obp league as well, which was part of me wanting him over LaRoche

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  97. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Grey,
    Am I missing something. Buddy in my league wants me to trade him Frazier and a late draft pick 8-10, for beltre. I mean I’m high but am I that high??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Beltre….

  98. Steve says:
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    Stupid H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… It only took 3 days…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Trailing in 4 offensive categories to a guy who drafted Strasburg and Kershaw with his first two picks and losing saves when he drafted 2 closers (one of whom is Veras!) where I drafted 4.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve: still early?

          • Steve says:
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            @Prezii: So they say ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… Yeah, I have Veras, and that seems like a waste of roster space at this point…

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Grey: trade ya Marmol for him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Deal!

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: I got some high hopes for this Tigers game though. *cough* AlAl *cough* *cough* Dotel *cough*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Praying for some Dotel action…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Annabel up to 80+ pitches in the 5th. Looking good for a bunch of bullpen guys to get involved…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, we’re in it…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: My match-up is getting too annoying for words. I’ve been Plouffed, if you can believe that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ugh, that’s the worst…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey: And no sign of AlAl or Dotel. Sad trombone. A couple of reliever spots wasted…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No sign yet… I’m still holding out hope…

        • AL KOHOLIC says:
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          @Steve: ouch

  99. royce! says:
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    Astros performance today really emphasizes how Darvish’s night might not have been that surprising… Should’ve not drafted a SP and just streamed anyone pitching against em.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $1 for you to stream Bartolo Colon vs. them…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I would but I don’t have a pitcher to drop..thought I was buying low on top pitchers bc people in the RCL are using the streaming strategy and I have to use what space I have for closer speculation…but I totally would have, even though I think Colon is going to blow it this season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… Yeah, I wouldn’t go as far to stream him…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @royce!:

      You may or may not have noticed, but it’s not just the Astros. Nobody can hit. Swervin Ervin threw up (and I mean that) 8 ks. In spite of mounting evidence, I really don’t think the Astros will be that bad. I’m sticking by it. I will say that there’s going to be a Carter Wallace platoon at 1b before too long. They’ll stick JD Martinez out there.

      • royce! says:
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        @OaktownSteve: 8 k but 4 ER, and 7 of those Ks were probably Dunn…seems that batters that are facing my pitchers are doing just fine, thanks…seriously, though, what was your take on the 2012 A’s last preseason? I remember you we discussed it, and I recall that you were more pessimistic about them than you seem to be about the Astros this year. I could be misremembering though.

  100. Prezii says:
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    Grey, some guy just dropped melky in my 10 teamer. Im thinking about waivering him and dropping ike.. good idea? Or i can drop simmons but i kinda wanna hold him to see what he can do.. at least another week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer to drop Simmons… I like Ike much more than Melky…It’s not close…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: alright cool.. its only a ten teamer so simmons wont even get picked up most likely. It just gives me a slight ball tickle thinking about him setting the table in ATL.. thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          381!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oops, meant 380… Doh!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: 422!

            If i woulda commented here first instead of there first two…. 420!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              427!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: 457!

  101. Huge Caulk says:
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    Start Wei Yen Chen at Rays tonight? H2h era, whip, K, QS, K/9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey:reimold, maybin , cowgill in that order?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks about right… Switch the last two if you wanna take a gamble…

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Grey: cool thanks

  102. Howard says:
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    Lots of quality streaming options on my wire for tomorrow in a 10-team, quality starts league, 200 max starts. Should I go get McDonald, Porcello, Griffin or Gee? I could pick up two by dropping Ryu and a backup catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee…Not sure why why you’d drop Ryu….

  103. Howard says:
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    Fair enough, thanks Grey

  104. Aero says:
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    can you guys help me pick 4 starts for the rest of the week? My pen is pretty weak (obviously) and I need to nail a couple of these to get the win. FYI, scoring cats are: H,BB,K,QS,W,L,SV,ERA,WHIP
    Lynn @ AZ
    Beckett @ SF
    Maholm @ PHI
    McDonald @ CHC
    Miller @ SF
    Fiers @ AZ
    Tillman @ MIN (on my DL, requires a drop)
    Ryu @ Pit
    Dickey @ Bos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn, Beckett, Miller, Ryu…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ryu, Beckett, Miller, Dickey is how I’d go there.

  105. Steve says:
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    One out from Al and a couple from Dotel would do me. Don’t want to see no Coke.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Benoit Balls

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Eff that. Coke warming up apparently.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Unfortunately I think we need to see Coke implode prior to Dotel…

        • royce! says:
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          @Grey: And Coke implodes! Someone must’ve left it in the freezer!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Awesome!

            • royce! says:
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              @Grey: Hey wait, I own Coke…not awesome.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh, oops.

                • royce! says:
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                  @Grey: Eh, it’s on me for drafting him…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Look at that line of Coke: 4/3 @Min .1 2 1 0 0 L, BS

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        BAM!

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: How does Leyland not know what I have known all along? Every time I’ve grabbed Coke for Saves, he has been SHIT.

          And of course I miss out on the Perkins win.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I got the vulture too, best day of my life!

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve: I mean I’ve pretty much punted Wins anyway, but would have been nice to get one.

  106. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I just got busted with coke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I think chris davis is trying to BAIL me out

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    NOW THAT WAS A BAD LINE OF COKE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA

  108. royce! says:
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    Coke is (sh)It!

    So is my RCL team…up to 3 R for the season. Should’ve retired on top!

  109. royce! says:
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    Padres were all about talking up Maybin and how he’s primed to break out in 2013 and then they bat him 8th? Must be because they have so much other offense they need to accomodate…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figure pitcher protecting him isn’t bad in that lineup…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Hopefully it will just result in more walks than usual, then a bunch of steals.

  110. Eddy says:
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    Aw shizz, I just dropped Al Al’etc in a league.

  111. Steve says:
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    J-Up cheering me up.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve: busted out the high tops i see.. not bad.

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii: Yup – they just got delivered today. Brown suede – pretty sweet.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve: nice! Stay away from any puddles…

  112. Prezii says:
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    I got Chris Davis everywhere! April fools..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  113. letsgobravos says:
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    J UP with a 2 run blast off Halladay to get things started tonight for both my fantasy team and my bravos! Pitch was low and he had to sort of golf it and still knocked it out to right center into a steady breeze. BEAST. Lotta happy Razzballers on that one after Grey’s heavy endorsement of J UP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it!

  114. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Matt Harvey The Wonder Hamster: 4 K in 2 IP

  115. letsgobravos says:
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    Halladay looks like shit warmed over. Amazing how quickly pitchers can go from dominant to a hot mess in such a short time. In the first, gave up a hit to JHey, the blast to J UP, now has 2 base runners after a couple of walks.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Juan Francisco with a 2 out RBI single. Gattis making his MLB debut with runners on the corners now.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @letsgobravos: Hallday got Gattis, but needed 40 pitches to get through the first. The Phils appear to be royally screwed paying $20 million/year for this guy. He better quickly reinvent himself into a location/off speed guy because he has nothing on his fastball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he looked terrible all last year, I didn’t envision a turnaround this late in his career… As you said, he needs to reinvent himself…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey: Haha, apparently Roy heard us dogging him. He’s either giving up a hit/walk or getting a K as he’s already up to 8 K’s through 3 and hasn’t allowed another run despite having several baserunners in the 2nd and 3rd.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d need to see a month of solid pitching from him before I buy into a bounce back…

  116. 3FingersBrown says:
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    So does the consensus say that Dotel gets the next save opp. for Detroit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so…

  117. Steve says:
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    I know it’s early, but I already feel the cold chill of an Espinosa slump in my heart. Can I afford to take the power hit (and will I have too much speed) if I swap him out for Simmons? 14 team H2H, OBP and AVG, rest of lineup below…

    C Perez
    1B Goldy
    2B Rutledge
    3B Panda
    SS Espinosa
    LF Braun
    CF Jennings
    RF J Upton
    Util Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now…

  118. c0wfunk says:
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    Kuroda out after 1.1 after he tried to stop a line drive with his finger nail. Boo. Gave up samardjzjzjjaiza for him in a multiplayer Grey approved deal. Double boo. Do I get my money back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doh

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: sofar morrows picking up the slack. Imagine kurodas fine but I’m also counting on Fernandez doc goodening the league (too high?) And miller gonna put ona show So I’m good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope he does Doc Gooden the league cause I have him too…

  119. royce! says:
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    Damn, it’s only a few days in and I want to just quit my h2h…don’t get me wrong, I’m winning 7-6, but the managers in this league–a 1 C league, mind you–think it’s a good idea to roster multiple Cs. I know, this should benefit me, but it just aggravates me because I still haven’t won this league. The guy with Posey just picked up Wilson Ramos, and Pierzynski’s owner picked up Flowers (the latter seems somewhat reasonable, but still)…by opponent this week has M.Montero in his UTIL spot and drafted Mauer in the 5th round. Lucroy’s owner recently picked up Arencibia. Carlos Santana’s owner drafted McCann. Weiter’s owner has Doumit in the UTIL slot. And Yadier’s owner also drafted Ruiz.

    Anyhoo, I’ve got Ellis (its an OBP league)…think he’s better than Iannetta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Ellis better, yeah…

  120. Steve says:
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    EYJ leading off for the Rox…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  121. letsgobravos says:
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    Brandon Phillips with a 3 run bomb off of Grey’s frequent punching bag, CJ Wilson. Love it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Not for everyone. *slumps in chair*

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: at least when you slump in your chair you can admire your new shoes!

  122. letsgobravos says:
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    Get this BS…

    A manager in one of my leagues dropped Rizzo (his 6th round pick the day before opening day) in favor of a closer. Then he drops Granderson (his 10th round pick) in favor of Rajai Davis despite the fact that we have 2 DL slots and neither of his are occupied. I have #6 waiver priority so I’m sure I’ll miss out on Grandy just like I did Rizzo unfortunately. How can anyone be that stupid?

  123. GR says:
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    Hi Grey
    I have Bonafacio in a 12 Team 5×5 and have pretty balanced line up with good speed. Would you drop Bonafacio to pick up Denard Span?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I could see it…

  124. letsgobravos says:
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    Wow, braves broadcast was doing an interview with Gattis’ family and he hits a homer to left center. Talk about crazy timing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Saw that with the sound off though…

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Gattis has an interesting story. He signed with Texas A&M out of high school but had drug/anxiety problems so his parents took him to rehab and he never enrolled. Played 1 year of JUCO ball and then got injured and quit. Then he “wandered” for several years. Here’s the blurb on wikipedia about this period…

      Gattis visited his sister in Boulder, Colorado, and decided to reside there. He sold his truck and worked in a pizza parlor and for a resort as a ski-lift operator at the Eldora Mountain Resort.[2]
      He then moved to Dallas with his brother, where they worked as janitors for Datamatics Global Services. He met a spiritual advisor there, who he followed to Taos, New Mexico, where he lived in a hostel and worked at a ski resort. Gattis also moved to Wyoming, where he worked at Yellowstone National Park.[1] He then traveled through California, meeting with spiritual guides to find out what he should do.

      After that, he went back to baseball, played a year of JUCO and was drafted in the 23rd round. Cool to see someone turn their life around and end up in the majors with a HR in their first game to boot.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wow, totally off the grid there…

  125. Prezii says:
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    damn, finally Ike… He read Razzball before the game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There ya go!

  126. Steve says:
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    Just assume that every home run is hit by a player owned by my opponent. FFS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does your opponent have Jennings? I hope so…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: No. I do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s hitting the ball on the nails at least…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: I suppose he just missed a home run?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just hit a bullet line drive…

  127. letsgobravos says:
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    Braves are en fuego. Freeman with a bases loaded gapper to score 3. I may regret not being more of a braves homer. Only own 1 brave (J UP) on any of my teams this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like their offense this year, can’t wait to see Teheran…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not the city…

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @Grey: LMAO…I hear its beautiful in the spring time.

  128. letsgobravos says:
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    On one team, I’m heavy on Rays…Jennings, Zobrist, and Longo. In this inning, Jennings doubled, Zobrist drove him in, then Longo singled to advance Zobrist to 3rd. Hopefully that trio will have many innings like that this season.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: …and then both scored on a Shelly Duncan dinger. MOAR RUNZ.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, the Rays and O’s look good… Offensively…

  129. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: In my 10 team QS instead of W league, this is my SP staff:

    F-Her
    Bum
    Scherzer
    Samard
    Medlen
    Morrow
    Estrada

    1) Pretty sick, right?
    2) Should I drop Estrada for Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice staff… I’d hold for now…

  130. Project Merkin says:
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    Had Peavy get the W earlier. Latos is dealing. Getting nervous that senor McCarthy is going to ruin a nice pitching day. Thoughts on his start against St Louis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

  131. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…Brandon Phillips is moving from the 2 hold back to cleanup after the Ludwick injury. Should be a nice bump in his RBIs. 3 run blast today is hopefully a preview of that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

  132. Steve says:
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    I guess this means that Cashner isn’t seen as a guy to bring in with the lead? That is, he’s not going to get many Holds?

    • herschel says:
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      @Steve: assuming they want to give him opps to throw a couple of innings per appearance to get him ready to move into rotation…

  133. Steve says:
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    I’d like to see Choo pad this a little for Latos…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too…

  134. Triple-D says:
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    Lat minute advice requested. Should I start Milone? I’m already sporting a nice 37 IP, 39K, 0.48 ERA, 0.64 WHIP in my H2H matchup. Go fer it? Thanks in advance, Grey.

    –DDD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

      • Triple-D says:
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        Thanks! You’re one hardworking dude–gonna have to buy you another daiquiri this season.

        –DDD

      • Triple-D says:
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        One other Q: start Beckett? Should I even hold on to Beckett? What to do…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like him as I’ve been saying all preseason…

          • Triple-D says:
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            Thx.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Triple-D: Yes, start Milone. The Anabolics should win tonight.

  135. Steve says:
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    Aww, man. Guess who benched Joel Peralta? #holdoppcomingup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stevabermetrics!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: The downside of drafting all those MRs. Really hard choosing which ones to have active. This’ll be the second Hold I’ve burned this week, along with the Perkins win…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I could see that…

  136. Steve says:
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    Stupid, stupid Broxton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know the most of your agony every year comes from MRs and now that’s all you have….

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Hehe – don’t own Broxton. Have Latos in the Hippo/Al K keeper though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…

  137. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Chris Perez blown save after Pestano goes 1, 2, 3 for the hold. Stupid Perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t say I mind that much…

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: I own Pestano and Bautista so I didn’t mind either (for fantasy).

        But I’m also an Indians fan sooooooooooooooo at least Mark Reynolds saved the day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mini Donkey!

  138. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    after reading Wrong Way Jay would you go Venable or Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: just checking your head, thought you might had inhaled too much Ankiel Ecstacy Farts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Imbibing Au Shizz farts now…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: careful there, too much and you will want to love everyone in your neighborhood, and well thats probably not a good idea….

            Oh and the Dodgers suck ass tonight, on the flip side one of my RCL’s had an offensive stat line of 11/5/14/0/.340

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, had a good RCL night too… About time! Wait, it’s only been 3 days…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: good days are good days, its better to have them than not, I didn’t hit 5 in a day all last year

  139. ROLFAMLO says:
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    Startin Lince tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own him, but if I did I’d start him….

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i love early season closers

  141. oaktown a's says:
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    yo Grey, whats your feelins on arrieta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garbage for now…

  142. Steve says:
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    Mike Effing Morse. Jesus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: You watch. His Coco Crisp will be the next to homer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t be a fan of that…

  143. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    yes,morse my man

  144. L-Boogie says:
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    Better SP waiver wire pickup for the season: Dubrount or Cashner?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubront

  145. Steve says:
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    Hehe. Alfredo Aceves up to his old tricks.

  146. letsgobravos says:
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    WTF are the Phils doing bringing Papplebon into a game trailing 7-2. Braves are absolutely crushing the ball with another 3 homer game tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly needed work…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: It was pouring rain and 50 degrees. Surely he could have thrown a session in the pen instead. Or at least J UP could have homered on him so I could have benefited from it, haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…

  147. Steve says:
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    Run Goldy, run!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d really like to see a home run from him… My RCL team still hasn’t hit one…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: It has now!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          GOLDY!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Steve: Saw this and thought he stole a bag. Much disappointment when I checked my team and he had not. Don’t tease me like this in the future.

      • Steve says:
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        @letsgobravos: Sorry. I was exhorting him to do so.

  148. Steve says:
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    Panda!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  149. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    OG – Rey

    Anything on this Nate Frieman kid in OAK? Seems like he might get some ABs vs LHP… He’s freaking HUGE . 6’8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s on the lefty side of a platoon… Has power, not much else…

  150. Steve says:
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    What’s the basis on which Johnson and Francisco are platooning at 3rd for the Braves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip? There is no basis really…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Ah. So I guess you wouldn’t really want Johnson facing The Adverb anyway…

  151. Darkness says:
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    rutledge batting 7th tonight, hopefully not a sign of things to come

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope not….

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i think it was just because originally cuddyer was out and young jr was in for his speed, likely.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be

  152. Steve says:
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    Bleurgh, Axford.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Make it stop!

      • Eric W says:
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        @Steve: Axford just got me free tacos at Taco bell tomorrow! ( Every time the rockies get 7 or more runs) and I think he is the only reliever that got blown up tonight that I don’t own in at least one league

        • Steve says:
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          @Eric W: Everything that happens in baseball makes somebody happy :-)

  153. Eddy says:
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    Gotta grab someone in place of Axford, right? Who’s the grab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No one really… Henderson…

  154. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn axford has already given up 3 jacks this year. Thankful I don’t own him.

  155. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey asketh and grey recieveth! Goldy with a 2 run jack!!!! BOOM!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Au Shizz!

  156. Terrence Mann says:
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    Obviously, Fowler had an Ax to grind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: Damn, hard to post via. phone. If we’re giving the IT guys Steinbrenner money, we expect. Yankee results. Also, I damn near named a $ team Albright Scholars

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Um, why didn’t you name them that?

  157. Steve says:
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    C’mon Rutledge…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Gah.

  158. Chunk says:
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    I’m already sick of Beckham in my MI slot… is there anything to this Jose Iglesias guy? Never heard of him but he is starting off hot… deep league with 15 teams so not a lot of FA options… make the switch or stick with Beckham for now? (Kozma was added yesterday so hot MIs are probably going to get snatched up quick)

    • Eric W says:
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      @Chunk: No he really can not hit at all. I think all his hits this season went about 20 feet total.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stick with Beckham for now…

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey: ugh, fine. thanks!

  159. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    7 walks already for lince,but getting out of his jams,me not like those odds

  160. Huge Caulk says:
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    Damn,
    Axford shat in my boot and made me eat it…

    C’mon Goldy go Mujica on his azz…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Huge Caulk: that third strike simply wasn’t. pitch tracker proves me right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  161. Carnac says:
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    Is it weird that a team as old as the Yankees is managed my a guy with braces? How does that play out in the clubhouse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Not well judging by recent results…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: how serious are you going to take a grown ass man in braces?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t imagine very seriously…

  162. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit…Cards already ruined the save opp for Boggs and let the dbacks tie the game up. Goldy comes up with runners on 2nd and 3rd and Ks on 3 pitches.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @letsgobravos: that’s 2 ab’s in 2 days where aushizz looks like normal shizz against rosenthal. rosenthal knows he can’t swing fast enough to hit his right down the middle speed so he just throws it 3 times. similar to last night’s ab. should have a weaker, faster swing for those kind of ab’s.

  163. Steve says:
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    I don’t want to be too hard on the guy as he’s had a great day, but with reference to the last two innings where he has stranded 3 runners, Goldy might want to try taking a look at more than 3 fucking pitches per inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, easy on Goldy!

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Steve: the last k was simply terrible as the last 2 pitches were not swingable. he had to’ve simply gone up to the plate thinking either win this game right here or look like an ahole. but now with bogg’s f’up he’ll have a chance to help win it again. just swing at good pitches and/or get on base.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @jason batteiger: i own him everywhere cause of you grey, i was loving it at 3 for 3. I just want him to have good at bats. He feels inferior cause of rosenthal being simply too fast for him. Gotta realize the rest of the card’s pen are ENTIRELY hittable.

  164. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit Boggs, blows his first save opp of the year…

    • Jose says:
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      @letsgobravos:
      Damnitt. I was coming to post the same thing. Best I can hope for is a cheap win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

  165. Steve says:
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    It’s all aligning for a Goldy walk-off…

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Steve: that was the 8th str contact-less swing. cmon’man.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jason batteiger: NOW Boggs looks good. 2nd inning only.

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