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Heath Bell is giving out two run innings like he’s Daryl Hannah giving out crazy vibes. Yesterday, was the fourth time in 8 appearances this year he’s allowed 2 runs.  His WHIP (2.70) looks like an ERA, his ERA looks a perfect score from a corrupt figure skater judge (10.80) and the Red Sox are wondering if he can be their closer.  At some point, Bell should be replaced as closer, and, with the way he’s been pitching, that point was about three weeks ago.  Astute Razzball reader, “Is Cishek or Mujica the replacement?”  I thought you were the astute one.  Mujica looks to be the set-up man, but I think Cishek gets first crack.  It’s called a hunch, like how Guy Fieri eats a sandwich.  As of right now, I wouldn’t drop Bell, but I also wouldn’t put him in my active roster.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Juan Carlos Oviedo – MLB suspended Juan Carlos Ovideo (Leo Nunez) for eight weeks for using a fake identity.  No plan to suspend Heath Bell for impersonating Kevin Gregg.  In his time off, Leo the Lyin’ plans on snorkeling through Atlantis, talking to his giant rabbit Harvey and hunting Sasquatch.

Yu Darvish – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Looking like a true sterling Darvish.

Evan Longoria – Left yesterday’s game with a knee injury after trying to steal 2nd.  The Rays are calling it “knee soreness.”  I’m calling it “it better be just soreness.”

Miguel Olivo – Homered, but whatever he also left yesterday’s game because his groin got injury duty, leaving the M’s summonsing Montero (who also homered)!  Olivo’s headed to the 15-day DL, so guess who will get 10 games played at catcher just a tad quicker now?  Hey, I’m smiling.  That feels weird.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-3 with his 8th homer and 4th game in a row with one.  His hot hitting has my heart stopped…. captured…. arrested… It’s a case of Edwin Incarceration.

Allen Craig – Look at Allen Craig strutting around with two first names while R. Kelly’s only got an initial.  Craig is set to return from the DL.  Probably won’t play 2nd base, but whatever, that’s real baseball talk.  He’s eligible there in most fantasy leagues.  He could get teen homers and a handful of steals with everyday playing time, which he should have.

Kyle Drabek – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, as he lowers his ERA to 2.40 while striking out nearly a batter per inning.  I’ve told just about anyone who’s asked in the comments that they should pick up Drabek, friend.

Brad Lidge – He’s gonna miss May with hernia surgery.  So he went from Vertigo to Nads on a Strain.

Tom Milone – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER in Fenway.  Eh, even in our deep leagues we benched Milone here.  Don’t hate the playa (not Spanish for beach), hate the game.

Kevin Youkilis – Was scratched with a sore back.  Weird, that usually happens to me with an itchy back.

David Ortiz – 2-for-3 with his 5th and 6th homers as he bats .405 with 20 RBIs.  Of course I should’ve just drafted Ortiz in the 2nd round instead of Giancarlo Stanton.  I will now lock myself in my cry closet.

Jason Hammel – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA is now at 1.97.  Good thing Matusz was the Orioles starter to watch coming out of Spring Training.  Sideways emoticon with an elbow nudge.

Ryan Braun – 3 homers in Petco with the 2nd one being airmailed, but it still counted.

David Robertson – 1 IP, 3 Ks.  K-Rob’s ERA is 0.00 and WHIP is 0.91, having allowed 7 baserunners in 11 IP to go with his 18 Ks.  He’s owned in 12% of ESPN leagues and he’s headed for a better year than probably at least two of the starters on your fantasy team.

Patrick Corbin – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Isn’t this Patrick Corbin guy the one Carrie bides her time with while she waits for Mr. Big to come to his senses?  She looks like a horse; horses are hot; what else do you need, Mr. Big?  Any the hoo!  In mixed leagues, wake me when Trevor Bauer’s called up.  Or even Tyler Skaggs.  Or Boz Scaggs.

Justin Upton – 2-for-5 with his 2nd homer and the Desmond Jennings Special, a slam & legs.  Call a fireplace cause Upton looks like he’s starting to swing some hot lumber!  Can someone give me an AM radio-style bassoon, triangle, horn?

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3 with a steal as he bats .193 and hit cleanup. Pretty appropriate since he’s been dirtying fantasy lineups all year.

Justin Morneau – Left yesterday’s game with a sore wrist.  This Justin, Morneau’s an injury waiting to happen.

Bryan LaHair – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  For those who are like, “LaWhere did this come from?”  He hit 38 homers last year in the PCL.  Granted the PCL fills their baseballs with helium, but he’s still got power to spare.

Tony Campana – 0-for-4 with a run and a steal.  When he’s in the dugout, the Cubs hang him from a coat hanger and his legs continue to run.

Matt Kemp – Hit his 12th homer yesterday.  The Padres collectively have 11, Cubs have 8 and Infante has 5.

Juan Nicasio – 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  That looks about right for the line you can expect from Nicasio.  Maybe a touch more K and a tad less LOB.

Vance Worley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as he was done wrong by his bullpen that gave up his win.  He’s probably suffering from Münchausen Syndrome because of the rest of the starters in the majors.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-4 with his 5th homer.  Fine, I picked him up.  I had a gaping hole left by Zimmerman, so, with a heavy heart, I went back to the Pedro Alvarez well.  The worst thing that could’ve happened was I ended up ignoring Alvarez this year because of how burnt I got last year.  The 2nd worst thing that could happen is I get burnt again this year.  Yay.

James McDonald – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks.  There’s the old (once-hyped) McDonald.  Has now strung together back-to-back solid starts with excellent Ks.  I don’t think he’s going to be without his hiccups.

Mike Minor – 6 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 11 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Speaking of hiccups, looking at Minor’s start would cure his owners of them.  I’m guessing with 11 baserunners, seven earned and 9 Ks through 6 and a third, he was pretty unlucky.  Too bad I don’t play in any FIPpin’ leagues that care about luck.

Delmon Young – Suspended for 7 days after an incident where he was allegedly yelling anti-Semitic remarks.  Delmon said he was just playing Words With Friends.

315 Responses

  1. Good morning, Grey.

    I also benched Milone last night in my 16-team one-year roto league, so there was no immediate harm done. But does his getting roughed up like that — along with the fact that his next games are @TAM, DET, and then @TEX — make him droppable? If so, would a good performance from Parker (his upcoming sked is a little better than Milone’s: TOR, DET, @SF) or Aroyo (@PIT, WASH, @NYM) make them a better pickup?

    Other pickup candidates: Smyly (CHW, @OAK, @CWS), Westbrook (PIT, @ARI, CHC), the aforementioned Drabek (@LAA, @MIN, NYY), Detwiler (ARI, @PIT, SD), Bedard (@STL, WASH, @MIA).

    Should I sit tight with Milone? Switch to one of the above? Or just use that spot for streaming?

    We have a 1250-inning cap. I’m about 12 innings over pace, so maybe I don’t need a sixth starter. Weakest pitching categories: WHIP and Ws.

    The rest of my staff: Bumgarner, Gio, Anibel, Marcum, Tim Hudson.

    (You always say to include as much info as possible when asking a question!)

    Grazie!

    • @Enrique, Another idea for the same roster spot: roll the dice with Mujica (Cishek is taken). I’m in first in saves with a bunch of junk relievers but is Mujica earns the closer job I could trade away one. Lot of save-deprived owners in the league.

    • Grey

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      @Enrique, Morning! Go with Drabek…

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Enrique, looking at the match ups, i’d definitely go with Detwiler. He can pitch. Westbrook will be fine aswell but i dont like pitchers who cant help in k/9 category. Smyly and Drabek could be ok too.

  2. Poo Holes says:
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    I think it’s time to sell, sell, sell on Lohse. Baffles me that he’s owned in 85% of Yahoo! leagues. What is the trade value for this guy? My rotation is Gallardo, Beckett, Shields, Romero, Drabek, Minor, and Milone with closers of Valverde, Rodney, and Jansen. 10 team keeper, just for reference.

    • bean says:
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      @Poo Holes, have to find someone who doesnt know that Lohse is great in April but sucks in any other month that doesn’t start with A and end in L. I wish Autumnal was a month!

      If you find a person who doesnt know, please let me know because I have a bag of Lohse ready.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @bean, I’m sure he’ll just be thrown in as a kicker in some trade so I can free up a roster spot. Like a freebie with the emphasis on free, cause I don’t want him anymore.

        • bean says:
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          @Poo Holes, It is the exact same thing I am trying to do with no luck. Part of me is hoping this is some crazy turn around year for him and he is in a state of permanent April. If I can’t trade him…….abuse him like a rented mule until he breaks.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Poo Holes, The only thing I find baffling about why he’s owned in 85% of Yahoo leagues is, why is he only owned in 85%? He’s owned in 100% of ESPN leagues.

      Of course he’s going to fall off and be droppable at some point, but why would you not own him now while he’s hot (like he always seems to be in April). The guy is the #4 SP on ESPN’s and Yahoo’s player raters, and he’s the #8 OVERALL player on Razzball’s own player rater.

      Own him. Trade him for value if you can (which more than likely you can’t). Drop him when he starts sucking, which may be soon, but enjoy it while it lasts.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans, I’ve had him for a few starts. Thing is, it’s technically not April anymore. Just trying to get value while I can, especially knowing that he won’t be able to keep it up for much longer. As you can see from the rest of my staff, my team ERA is last in the league by far. I’m sure he’ll just be a throw in in some deal I pull off.

  3. thatonekid343 says:
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    Yup, got burnt by Minor…Not a good start to the fantasy week, and the Longo injury to boot.

    12-tm, H2H, 7×7 (OPS, TB, L, QS)

    Question, Grey: Drop Stubbs for Torii, Rios, or Scott? Also Smyly, Saunders, McCarthy all FA’s (do I add one considering my current pitching depth?) AND Marcum just got dropped, do I put waiver claim on him, and who do I drop?

    C. Posey
    1B. Pujols
    2B. Uggla
    3B. Longoria
    SS. Andrus
    OF. Stanton, Bruce, Jennings
    UTIL. Trout
    BN. Stubbs
    P. Jansen, Casilla
    SP. Bumgarner, Latos
    RP. Motte, Street
    BN. Luebke, Minor, Beachy, Anibal
    DL. Dan Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thatonekid343, Hold Stubbs… Marcum over Minor…

  4. bean says:
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    For those who were actually working yesterday, let me let you in on something the broadcast showed during the Miami game. Heath Bell is warming up in the pen and angrily yelling at himself after his pitches. Something was weird but nothing was said during the broadcast because the announcers were so enthused by the intense rain outside. It looked like he was having control issues warming up.

    Heath Bell is not right and he can’t even get right in the bullpen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Thanks for the heads up! Not a good sign…

    • Chunk says:
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      @chata, Boz Skaggs is white?! Who knew.

  5. Grey —

    I don’t think I’ve seen your take on Mat Gamel lately. I was really expecting him to come alive now that he has almost guaranteed at-bats. But he hasn’t shown much so far, though I know that’s partly because he tweaked his sholder. Do we need to have patience?

    I have him in two roto leagues where he’s in the UTIL spot when he plays at all.

    In the 16-teamer, the most likely replacement candidates are: Brandon Belt, Eric Thames, Parra.

    In the 14-teamer, Belt and Thames are also available (Parra is not), plus Jon Jay, and Nieuwenhuis.

    Would you sit tight? Or would you drop Gamel for any of the above names? Or maybe I should hold tight in one league but not the other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I’d sit tight for now in both…

  6. ruah says:
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    Need SBs: Dyson, Torres or Tabata?

    • STRAWberry says:
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      @ruah, Tony Cam-pana if he is available, but Torres otherwise

    • chata says:
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      uncanny resemblance at the 1:45 mark .

  7. feliz says:
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    What do you expect from Pujols for the rest of the year? a guy in my league traded Pujols for Ortiz and Neftali Feliz. I cant decide if he gave up too much or stole Pujols. Thought?

    • @feliz, I’d take the Pujols side easily.

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @feliz, I just got an offer of F-Her for my Pujols and Billy Hamilton (deep 12 team keeper with 8 space minor league roster).

      • AdamH says:
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        @Poo Holes, Pujols

  8. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Couple Questions

    A.J Pierzynski or Carlos Ruiz over Wilson Ramos?(I own 2 other Nats in Werth and Harper)

    Finally gave up on Mark Reynolds. Is it time to do the same with Adam Lind?

    Pick two SP’s
    Cahill,Bass,Smyly,Drabek,Bard,Bauer,McDonald

    Thanks a bunch

    • @Steven, I think I’d rater have Ramos. Is Doumit on waivers in our league? He’s available in a lot of leagues and isn’t THAT hard to own.

      • @Enrique, I meant “in YOUR league…”

      • Steven says:
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        @Enrique, Yes Doumit is available

        • @Steven, I’m no ‘pert, but I’d take Doumit over all those guys. Sine he plays some in the OF and occasionally at 1B he’ll get a lot of ABs, which I think tilts things in his direction.

          I’ll be curious to see Grey’s reply.

    • Steven says:
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      @Grey-

      Post #10 please. I think you answered everyone except for me.

      Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Ramos… Drabek, Cahill…

  9. Tony says:
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    im waiting for a deal to go thru and i receive Braun and Pedro alvarez, collectively they hit 4 HR’s and had 8 rbi’s… lol get on my team now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Ha!

  10. Side says:
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    In a deep league any intrigue for Eldred (Det) or Dyson (Kc). I need both power & speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Side, Eldred

  11. Lubey says:
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    Mark “I love striking out and forgot how to hit homeruns” Reynolds

    How long would you wait for him to turn it around?

    • prezii says:
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      @Lubey, i stopped waiting 2 years ago

      • Jack says:
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        @prezii,

        I dropped him for LaHair earlier, but at this point I don’t think he is rosterable in 12 team leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey, He was in Friday’s Sell…

  12. Oakland Schmokland says:
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    Drop McCarthy for Drabek in a QS + k/9 & k/w league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oakland Schmokland, Sure

  13. Bash says:
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    Hey Grey
    should I sell high on cueto? Should I buy low on wainwright? In other words, cueto for wainwright ?

    • prezii says:
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      @Bash, sounds yummy if u can get that deal id do it

    • Tony says:
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      @Bash, i doubt anyone who took wainy is letting him go, maybe after his first 3 starts, not after his last start…. you shoulda tried that deal 6 days ago.

  14. Emporers Monkey says:
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    Just traded Adrian Gonzalez/Minor/Reimold for Pujols. A few days ago I dealt Votto/Haren/Casilla for Miguel Cabrera. Was able to snag Marcum off of waivers, so that kinda makes up for losing Haren, I am still very rich in the SP department and saves. You guys think I made the right decision making those moves?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Emporers Monkey, I think you overpaid on both, but not TOO much. It could work out for you, though.

    • stumanji says:
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      @Emporers Monkey, The Pujols deal is fine. You gave up a lot for Cabrera, though.

  15. Paulie Allnuts

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    Grey, I’m thinking that this is the first time in the history of fantasy sports that there was a mention of Münchausen Syndrome. Perhaps Dusty Baker suffers from Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy…

    Should Strop be dropped now that Johnson is back and apparently healthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Ha… Probably is… Lose Strop…

  16. Mike says:
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    Pick up lahair or trumbo for ROS!
    Thanks

    • STRAWberry says:
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      @Mike, I think Trumbo has 3b eligibility in some leagues and at some point the Cubs are going to bring up their farm players. LaHair (not so young) could lose AB’s ROS

      • BigUps says:
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        @STRAWberry, even if the cubs call up Jackson and Rizzo LaHair will still play everyday. The cubs will sit Campana and Dejesus. LaHair will move to RF, Jackson to CF and Rizzo to 1B.

        LaHair could win the 2012 “Mike Morse” award.

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        @STRAWberry, That’s certainly possible, but as he is the only big stick with the Cubs I think they’re gonna move him to the OF when Rizzo comes up. I still think he has more ABs than Trumbo all season b/c the Angels are still a little blocked up.

  17. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey. I would like your opinion on the following trade in our 12 Team 6×6 H2H League with OPS and Holds:

    Teixera, Jeter and Shields
    for
    Greinke, Haren and Perralta

    You should know that the owner who traded Greinke drafted a lot of pitching and desperately needed offense. It just seems to me that if you trade both of those quality SPs, you should get something more than an aging SS who is hot right now and an underachieving IB whose numbers seem to be declining every year.

    Anyhoo, thanks much Grey.

    • Jack says:
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      @yankees2012,

      its not a trade a commish should revoke if that is what you are asking, IMO.

      • HotRod says:
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        @Jack,

        I think I would actually want the Tex side…

  18. John says:
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    Assuming like Milone youre also benching Parker in today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Yup

    • Tom says:
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      @John, wondering this also….hmmmm

  19. TimSTi says:
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    Deep 14 team 5×5 and I need two of these schmohawks for 2B & MI

    Espinosa
    Pastornicky
    Barney
    O-Hudson
    Carroll
    Bloomquist
    Pennington
    Barmes
    Ransom
    E-Nunez
    Pukefest ( exciting list eh?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TimSTi, Espinosa, Ransom

  20. Scottie O. says:
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    So, is it time to cut bait on Mark Reynolds (I know, it was prob time before I drafted him)? I get the bad BA, but 150 is Sub-Donkey level. Not to mention, the only reason his BA is palatable is b/c of his power…which has yet to make an appearance. 

    He’s currently occupying my IF slot, so I was thinking of picking up Alvarez since he’s wielding a hot bat. Other IF-ers available are:

    Alexi Casilla
    Jed Lowrie
    Ruben Tejada
    Alex Gonzalez

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O., Alvarez

  21. schlitzy says:
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    I’m burning 3 roster spots on my shitty 3b shituation- drop chipper, carpenter or reynolds for cishek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Carp

  22. Jon says:
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    @Grey, would you start Cahill tonight at Washington?

    • Jon says:
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      …and how about Lilly at Colorado?

      • Tony says:
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        @Jon, im benching lilly…. I mean lets be real out of his 3 starts two of them came vs HOU and SD, the other vs. ATL. He had 6 BB in the one start. He’s bound to come back to earth, and he could come back really quick at coors stadium. It’s risky, which is why i’m just gonna sit him and be sonovabenched if he throws another good one.

        • Jon says:
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          @Tony, makes sense. Would you rather start Lilly or Cahill if you needed one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Start Cahill

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, Lilly?

  23. yankees2012 says:
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    One more thing Grey if you don’t mind.

    Great call on benching Milone. I too decided Boston and Tampa were too much for the youngster and benched him as well. Although, it would have been great to see him outduel Buchholz even if I hadn’t started him.

    Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

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      @yankees2012, No problem…

  24. STRAWberry says:
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    Not a doctor (unless you are one of the 4 female readers) but Longo’s slide looks to be a hamstring pull. I tweaked my hamstring pretty well trying to steal second and was back in a week. Longo will sit for two as a precaution, but he should be OK.

    • JoeC says:
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      @STRAWberry, If this is true, I will name my firstborn “Strawberry”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @STRAWberry, Hope so

      • STRAWberry says:
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        @Grey, Lind was sucking up a bench spot and this injury to Longo forced me to drop him for C Davis. What do you think of A-Rod as a long term replacement for Longo? I think I can get him for Butler & Axford.

        Either way, let’s hope Evan’s prognosis is NEG-A-TIVE

  25. Alex says:
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    @Grey
    Is there any reason I should not drop Ackley for Chris Davis?

    • Eddie says:
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      @Alex, Ackley is going to be way better going forward this season.

      • Alex says:
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        @Eddie, I also have Phillips and Altuve at 2B. Not having Morse, Krispie and Zimmerman is killing my power. Still feel the same way? Suppose I could drop Schierholtz, Span or Tabata, but I’m not sure how that would help.

        • Eddie says:
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          @Alex, Well that puts things in context anyway. I’d rather trade Ackley than drop him. Assuming Scheirholtz isn’t starting for you, I’d drop him. Those kind of guys (power, middling average, and playing time issues) are bountiful on waivers.

        • Eddie says:
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          @Alex, Or drop Span if power is your most pressing concern. I’d rather have him long term than Scheirholtz though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex, No

  26. Eddie says:
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    The Padres collectively have 11, Cubs have 8 and Infante has 5.

    And my team has 11.

    F*** you (points at Reynolds). F*** you (points at Votto). F*** you (points at Neil Walker). CarGo, you’re cool. F*** you Reyes, I’m out!

    • Grey

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      @Eddie, Ha!

  27. schlitzy says:
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    Now that montero has catcher eligibility I can cut one of ianetta and aj pierz. Which one should get the ax, friend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, AJ

  28. Hallsy says:
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    Thoughts on this trade: I’d be trading Dustin Pedroia for Gio Gonzalez and Josh Willingham. I have Emilio Bonifacio for my new 2b and I have a weakish pitching staff. Drafted a bunch of #2 and #3 starters. Is this a deal I should do?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hallsy,

      You’re not getting enough back. Willingham’s off to a nice start but has a pretty well established track record that says at the end of the year, he’ll be kinda meh….

  29. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Who is the best option at my CI spot (10 team, H2H points league)?
    Gamel, c. Davis, alvarez, laroche, luke scott

    • Hawk says:
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      @Ronkonkoma,

      IMO – Laroche, Scott, Davis, Alvarez, Gamel in that order

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Scott, Davis…

  30. AJ says:
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    Looking to trade Aybar, Juan Rivera and Matt Harrison for Harper and Carlos Lee. This is assuming Harper will have an extended stay in the big leagues. Is that wishful thinking or does he have a shot at it?

    • Grey

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      @AJ, Anyone would make that trade, not sure who would accept it.

  31. Jimmy 2-Times says:
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    I have an offer to trade Heyward for Ethier. They are so similar. Any thoughts?

    • Randy BoBandy says:
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      @Jimmy 2-Times, I would keep Heyward, Heyward.

  32. Peking Duck says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know you’re a big fan of Brothers, but would you drop him for Wilhelmsen? It looks like he’s behind Belisle and Betancourt.

    • Grey

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      @Peking Duck, Sure

  33. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    My Scott Downs for his Tommy Milone in a 12 team keeper, like or dislike?

    Staff is as follows:

    SP: Greinke, MadBum, D Hudson (DL), Morrow, Vargas, Samardzija
    RP: Casilla, Storen (DL), Marshall, J Johnson, Broxton, HRod, Downs, D Robertson

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

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      @TualatinTwoStep, Like

  34. Guy keeps offering me Tex for Beltre…I already have Longoria and do need a 1b, but at the same time, I’m thinking position aside, is Tex really going to hit better than Beltre this year?

    • artie says:
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      @Elijah, Not too mention Longoria possibly missing time with his knee… You may need Beltre – wonking hammy and all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, I’d take Tex if you have Longoria…

  35. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Who gets roughed up the Pirates?!?

    In my two leagues, my first round picks were Bautista & Pujols. Both had dreadful April’s, I’m officially worried and think it’s the baseball gods evening things out from last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, Hope not

  36. Miley Cyrus says:
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    I’m looking to trade an outfielder for a 1b/3b in my league. At outfield, I currently have:

    Braun
    Cargo
    Pence
    Jennigns
    JD Martinez
    Swisher
    Niewenhius
    and soon to be Craig Allen Craig

    at 1b/3b I have:

    Alex Liddi
    and soon to be Todd Helton (when I drop Liddi later today)

    In my shoes would you trade Pence for Freese? Is there a better equivelant for me to go after?

    Thanks

    • Hawk says:
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      @Miley Cyrus,

      Pence is worth more than Freese regardless of your relative wealth at the position, imo.

  37. wctip says:
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    Closers are more valuable in our league since we have a starts limit. So I’m looking at moving Downs and Reed for an SP (I also have Thornton, Broxton, Henry Rod, and Casilla). Which SP should I try to get.

    Zimmerman, Kennedy, Hellickson, Luebke, Colby Lewis, Jaime Garcia, or Harrison.

    These guys are all on 2 different teams (1-4 on 1 team; 5-7 on the other) that have an abundance of SP’s and need some closers. Any thoughts on a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wctip, Zimmermann, Luebke, Garcia, Lewis….

  38. Holmes says:
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    Drabek or Mike Minor? Thanks in advance.

    • Billy says:
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      @Holmes, I would say Minor because playing in NL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Minor

  39. frank rizzo says:
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    I’m also in my cry closet holding my Longoria Bobblehead. If that guy goes out for an extended time, it’s going to hurt me.

    I’ve got daily lineup issues now, and tough decisions. In my Yahoo League we start OF’s position specific. In the draft I kept J Upton and added Bruce knowing one of them would be my utility. But when some idiot dropped Big Papi to the wire, I grabbed him. Now I’ve got to decide which hot hitter sits each day. (I’m trying to trade Ortiz but haven’t found a deal yet)

    J Upton faces Zimmermann today.
    Ortiz faces J Parker.
    Bruce faces Zamardzija.

    Who sits?

    • Hawk says:
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      @frank rizzo,

      Ortiz and Bruce are hitting everything they see 500 feet. I know Upton homered yesterday and is the stud of that group but for today only? I probably sit him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, ^Agree

  40. Matt says:
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    Please rank the following on what order each should be picked up on waivers, thanks.

    Capuano
    Norris
    Drabek
    Parker
    Bauer
    Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Norris, Drabek, Hammel…

  41. Jake says:
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    I’m in a 5×5 roto league. Which pitcher, either J. Garcia or Minor, would be the better choice to drop for Drabek? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, Neither

  42. Turk Wendell says:
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    Great Stuff Grey!

    Need to cover Longo’s spot while he sits.

    Drop Jordan Schafer or Mark Reynolds for Pedro Alverez?

    Was trying to keep Reynolds on my bench until he hit a few to trade him. But my patience is thin. OF looks like: Rasmus Stanton, Riemold, Rios, Cruz.

    Also, Stream Homer Bailey v CHC or Tomlin v CWS tomorrow

    Thanks and Happy May Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Reynolds… Neither? Tomlin… You too!

  43. Jack says:
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    My starting pitching sucks in my 12 team, h2h, yahoo league, and I think I need to move an OF for some help. Who would you move and what would you expect back in return?

    My OF: McCutchen, Jennings, Adam Jones, Brett Gardner, and Trout
    My SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Moore, Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Jamie Garcia, Justin Masterson, Derek Holland, Jarrod Parker, and Trevor Bauer

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack,

      The best options on the waiver wire are Norris, McDonald, Ervin, and Niemann.

      • Jack says:
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        @Jack,

        And Arrieta.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Don’t pitch Scherzer until he fixes himself and your pitching is fine… Can try and trade Gardner for a #2

  44. scott says:
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    boesch or reimold RoS?

    • Hawk says:
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      @scott,

      Boesch

  45. 6WeekPlan says:
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    Trying to plan ahead a few weeks with my pitching:

    For next week: Bass vs COL or Happ 2x vsMIA and @PIT?

    For the next 6 weeks: Bass, Colon, or Parker? or possibly Colon and Parker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @6WeekPlan, Bass… I don’t know 6 weeks from today.

  46. Adam says:
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    Grey, working on a trade. In need of some speed and runs.

    I’m giving up Lester, Willingham and Betancourt to get Jennings,Luebke, and Myers.

    Would you pull the trigger on that? I leaning towards yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Looks solid…

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey,

        sounds good. that’s what I thought. Willingham could turn pretty average pretty quick and while Lester is a stud, I like Luebke. I think the other manager is a little blinded by the bright shiny closer. I love Jennings power speed combo. He greatly boosts my steals potential without giving too much less power than Willingham.

  47. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, I know you love Volquez at home, but Braun is getting biblical on some old testament shizz. Are you tempting a vengeful god and starting volquez?

    Time to drop Luke Scott?

    • MrHappyTime says:
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      @Alcesto, I agree that I’m tempted to start Volquez tonight but after Braun’s performance last night I’m not as confident. I just don’t know who is the best option between Volquez, Cahill, Nolasco, and Doubront. Any suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, I’d start Volquez at home… Scott’s homered twice in the last week, that’s bad?

  48. Dominic says:
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    Should I drop Scherzer for Drabek or hold off until blue eye Scherzer starts pitching again…

    • Hawk says:
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      @Dominic,

      Scherzer has been all hype and stuff but he’s a mess. I’d go Drabek.

  49. OaktownSteve says:
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    Re: Ortiz. It seems like there’s always that one team in your league this time of year where you look at them and you say “how the hell am I getting beat by this guy?” And you look at his team and, of course he’s got David Ortiz…oh and Encarnacion…and look there’s Nick Swisher and on down the line. Yes of course your team is going to hit .307 for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, That’s awesome…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey,
        “The Adult-film star: ‘The blackness and density of that mustache helped him achieve greatness,’ suggests Aaron Perlut, chairman of the American Mustache Institute.”

        You should really consider running for chairman of the American Mustache Institute, if it’s the sort of thing for which one can run.

  50. Grey's da man! says:
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    Worried about N Cruz? Hasn’t really done much of anything and is hitting 6th in the lineup..for ROS is his value lower than original ranking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Not worried

  51. Jamiehov says:
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    Wanted to comment yesterday but was late to the party, loved the line about Pierre’s family following Pujols

    Question, replaced Zimmerman with Mous. Should I have Pedro Alvaraz at 3rd instead of Mous? I haven’t fielded a Pirate over 240 lbs since Mike Lavaillere so am a tad gun shy on this

    Thanks!!!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jamiehov,

      Alvarez is hot but still has a hefty K:BB rate. I’d keep Moustakas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov, Thanks! Hold Moose.

  52. Jamiehov says:
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    Thanks Hawk. Will do!

  53. The Real McCoy says:
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    More Quality Starts through All-Star break (Pick 2)?

    Lohse, Minor, Bedard, E-Jax, Worley, Saunders, Milone, Hammel, Drabek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Worley, Hammel…

  54. Ari says:
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    Josh Reddick or Alejandro De Aza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ari, Reddick

  55. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 Team 5X5 Roto – these are my OFs:
    McCutchen
    Stubbs
    Vernon Wells
    Parra
    Scheirholtz
    Heyward
    John Jay

    Also have Carlos Quentin DL’d. I’m sitting dead last in HRs and RBIs. Would you drop any of those for Saunders, Byrd, Fowler, Reddick, Thames, Sweeney, Tabata?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Reddick over Schierholtz

  56. poet says:
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    Lind or Laroche?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @poet, LaRoche

  57. theevilempire says:
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    Best 2 MI out of this lot?

    Danny Espinosa
    Alexei Ramirez
    Jed Lowrie
    Alexi Casilla
    Alex Gonzalez
    Cody Ransom
    Neil Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @theevilempire, Lowrie, Alexei

  58. Jon says:
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    @Grey do you agree with Tony above? Sit Lilly tonight @ Colorado? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yes

  59. Zeke says:
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    Hey Grey. Capuano or Milone? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke, Milone

  60. bean says:
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    @Grey, Start 3 of these today (assuming they all start):

    Nieuwenhuis, Parra, Torres, Campana?

    And…..drop Manny Burriss for Lombardozzi or Ransom?

    (NL Only 12-Team Roto 5×5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Not Torres… Lombardozzi…

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***Longoria out 6-8 weeks.

    • bean says:
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      @Grey, Giancarlo reportedly called Longoria a sissy

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @bean, Ha

  62. Smalls, you wanna s'more? Some more what? says:
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    Sup God,

    Couple starter questions:
    Should I start?
    –Parker @ BOS (Doubront)
    –Chacin vs. LAD (Lilly)
    –Cain vs. MIA (Nolasco)

    Also, my team has a HOLD category. I only have one pitcher (Chapman) that gets holds.

    Here are my SP/RPs that may or may not be drop worth in favor of a hold candidate:
    –Brandon Morrow
    –Jhoulys Chacin
    –Lance Lynn
    –Henry Rodriguez
    –Jarrod Parker
    –Ryan Dempster (DL)
    –Ivan Nova
    –Tim Stauffer (DL)

    …and here are the top Hold candidates on the FA pool (listed from lowest to highest ERA):
    –Joel Peralta
    –Octavio Dotel
    –Jared Burton
    –Aaron Crow
    –Wade Davis
    –Tony Sipp
    –Darren Oliver
    –Jason Grilli
    –Tom Wilhelmsen

    Lastly, would you drop any of the above for Chris Capuano?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smalls, you wanna s’more? Some more what?, Cain…
      lose Chacin for Dotel…

    • @Smalls, you wanna s’more? Some more what?,
      Personally, I’d roster Wilhelmsen. Stuff is legit, spot is unquestioned and racks up a ton of ks. Respectfully disagree with Grey here. Dotel can implode at any minute….

      I’ve played in deep holds leagues last several years so I track religiously. You can also check with Smokey to get his take.

  63. Eddy says:
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    Rays beat writer says he’s hearing it’s a hamstring issue with Longoria.

    And, well, he may be out 6-8 weeks.

    This sucks. Hard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yup

    • bean says:
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      @Eddy, Not a knee then huh? Where do you see them calling it a hammy?

      • PastaMan says:
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        @bean, that about does it for me. Gotta pack up shop. See you guys in 2013

  64. L-Boogie says:
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    Aybar sucks. Drop him for Alex Gonzalez, Ruben Tejada, Casilla, Bloomquist, Ransom, Pastornicky or Andino? Not the cream of the crop but all that’s left.

    Thanks dude.

    By the way… during my LA trip we accidentally stumbled upon the Serving Spoon in Inglewood. Awesome. Waffles with cinnamon. Fried chicken. Buttered grits. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Best chicken and waffles! Hold Aybar with those choices…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey, Heh… I just dropped Aybar for AGone (well, the lesser version of AGone). I know it’s only been one month, but the guy’s been HORRIBLE. And only 1 stolen base!

        He’s already losing playing time and that will likely continue. Besides, I’ve already picked up Campana, so I think I’m solid in SBs.

        Now I just need the, what, 37-year-old AGone to have a resurrection and knock out 20 home runs this year! That is SO happening because the baseball gods owe me after that Longoria shizz.

  65. ryan says:
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    Would u trade eithier,cuddyer,and lohse for Hanley?
    Trying to trade eithier high..
    Standard league
    I have plenty of starters
    THanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan, Yes

  66. Chillmodious says:
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    1.
    All this talk about Pedro Alvarez is making me dizzy. But making me utterly nauseated? The realization that I may actually pick him up today.

    Gamel and Jemile Weeks are the only guys I could see dropping for him, as I have decent 3B and 2B depth. Problem is, Lind is my only 1B and Gamel’s 1B eligibility is making me hold on a bit tighter. I refuse to give up on Lind, so is it worth dropping Gamel/Jemile for Alvarez? (keeping in mind that this is a league where a dropped player will almost certainly be picked up and held–so once I drop, “he gone,” as The Hawk would say)

    2.
    Have Lucroy, but his sporadic playing time is annoying. Seriously, why is Roenicke giving him a Sunday off when he’s scheduled to sit the following day with Randy Wolf on the hill?! He might as well be catching the vapors. Drop him for Ruiz or Nick Hundley? (again keeping in mind he will probably be gone by week’s end if I drop).

    3.
    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, 1. Weeks 2. Ruiz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, 3. You’re welcome.

  67. Jack says:
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    Local TB writers are saying Longo will be out 6-8 weeks.

    Alvarez or C Davis to replace him?

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack,

      Also available are carpenter, Wiggington, and Lowrie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Davis

  68. artie says:
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    Topkin at TB Times is saying hammy injury for Longoria. 6-8 weeks, but MRI still to come

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @artie, Not good

  69. LJ says:
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    Drop any of these for Reddick?

    Lind, Reimold, LoMo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LJ, Hold

  70. artie says:
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    Is there an emoticon that represents me waving goodbye to my season?

    In a really deep league my only 3B options are Valencia, Ian Stewart, McGahee and Chone Figgins… Ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @artie, Valencia

  71. joe from point pleasant says:
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    What kind of numbers do you see Lo-Mo putting up from here on out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, 20-ish homers…

  72. Wake Up says:
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    It’s not just soreness…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  73. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Hey friend. In 5 x 5 roto, 5 bench spots and 1 DL what do you have on your bench? All P’s, all hitters, a smattering of both?

    Thanks friendo. Good shizz as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, One hitter is fine…

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for the response guy.

        Leads to next question when you have time. Keep 1 bat 5 x 5 roto Cozart, Lind, and L. Scott.

        SS is J. Reyes (who stinks!), 1B is Pujols (who stinks!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @paddytwotimes, Scott

  74. Ari says:
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    How about JJ Hardy or Ruben Tejada?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ari, Hardy

  75. Bang Biscuit says:
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    Grey,

    This is my worst nightmare… 14 team, 25 man dynasty league… year 1… #1 pick was longoria (11th overall). Now here are my options…. I own Seager… but he blows right now. Top FA 3Bs are: Wiggington, Glass Chipper, Carpenter, Chris Johnson, Jed Lowrie and Pedro Freaking Alvarez. I am thinking of rolling with Alvarez and hoping he catches fire… and because those other guys are bums (except Carp, but his PT is about to go way down with Craig coming back…) WTF should I do?

  76. bobbo says:
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    Who do you like for the rest of the season (6×6 roto with holds):

    Scherzer, Lilly, Drabek, Wandy, Detwiler, Smyly, AJ Burnett

    My k-rate is quite good but ERA/WHIP leaves something to be desired…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo, Drabek

      • bobbo says:
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        @Grey, That’s who I was leaning towards too… but that AL East is scurrry. In Grey I Trust, though. Gracias friend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @bobbo, No worries…

  77. JashFath says:
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    I have a theory, Giancarlo Stanton is really the weaker twin of the Stanton brothers, and the REAL Mike Stanton and the REAL Leo Nunez are sippin’ margaritas on the coast of Cabo. Come back Mike!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JashFath, I want Mike back, too!

  78. GTS says:
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    What stats should we expect from Tyler Moore? Worth watching in 10 team leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Not a 10 team league.

  79. dingbat says:
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    Walden was just dropped in my league. Should I drop Hector Santiago for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, Sure

  80. Smalls, you wanna s'more? Some more what? says:
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    God,

    Please pick 4:
    –Yonder Alonso vs. Marcum
    –Tabata @ Wainwright
    –Campana @ Arroyo
    –Luke Scott vs Noesi
    –Schierholtz vs. Nolasco
    –De Aza vs. Jiminez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smalls, you wanna s’more? Some more what?, Campana, Scott, Schierholtz, De Aza…

  81. DasPeck says:
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    Grey,

    Should I start parker tonight at fenway or not?
    I made the mistake if leaving poor tommy milone out there last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DasPeck, Nope

  82. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Grey please rank OF/util player for 10team H2H points…whos your top 3 of these?
    Presley, nieuwenhuis, parra, L. Scott, Rasmus, reddick, markakis, span
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Scott, Rasmus, Markakis

  83. Charles says:
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    Pick 1 for today only, 12-team h2h 5×5:

    Youk – if he plays (v OAK – Parker)
    J Montero (@ TB – Moore)
    Harper (v ARI – Cahill)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Jesus

  84. Jon says:
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    @Grey, Rank these 8 pitchers for the rest of the season for me:

    Hanson, Cahill, Lilly, Drabek
    Niese, Scherzer, Stauffer, Minor

    Also, when do you see Skaggs getting called up? Does he make an impact in ’12? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, You ranked them pretty close…. Maybe in the next month…

  85. ASAOK says:
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    Would you rather have Maybin or Rasmus? No need in particular (besides everything)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ASAOK, Rasmus

  86. Eddy says:
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    From Tomkin:

    “#Rays Friedman says “premature” to say anything on Longoria, they’ll see how he feels today + decide if DL is needed. No roster move pre game”

    Decide if DL is needed? Is the injury less severe than reported?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Hmm

    • AbNormal says:
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      @Eddy, Pretty sure I saw a a blurb update already this afternoon that Longo’s lookin’ at 6 to 8 weeks of being out, so I think the DL is incoming.

    • bean says:
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      @Eddy, Jumping the gun on reporting the DL time and now backtracking. He doesnt have a clue as to what this injury is yet and everyone is waiting for the MRI later today.

      Ignore Topkin and all other weathermen.

  87. ruah says:
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    Would you drop Trumbo for Reddick?

    Also, Furcal or Casilla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ruah, Nope… Furcal…

  88. dirtyd says:
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    Danny Espinosa doing nothing for me in my 16 teamer, best waiver options are Alexi Casilla and Ruben Tejada. Either worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dirtyd, Nope

  89. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, great work once again, thanks.

    However i need a little advice. I intentionally dont have any offensive bat on my bench. I used all the bench spots for pitching. I always play it out until someone gets hurt. I cant stand starting the wrong position player while the one on bench starts mashing. Now Mark Reynolds got dropped in one of my leagues and i intend to give up on Escobars steals or Morneaus injury plagues wrist to claim him. A wise decision? I know he will ruin my avg. but i think he is a slow starter and will eventually end up jacking the long balls in bunches in may and june. Especially in Baltimore when the weather heats up. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, Thanks! Can lose Alcides…

  90. J-Bird says:
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    H2H League (10 Teams)
    Bat Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    Need a Longoria replacement. Don’t like my options even in a 10 team league. Ugh. Who do I grab?

    C.Davis, Alvarez, Valencia, Lowrie…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Bird, Davis

  91. Mike says:
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    Billingsley,eithier ,and Cuddyer for cano?
    Would u do it…trying to get cano at the bottom…
    Is that too much?
    Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Cano side

  92. john says:
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    Moose or C Davis to fill in for Longoria while he nurses his booboo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @john, Moose

  93. amscalone says:
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    @grey:

    You can have two:
    chacin, edwin jackson, hammel, scherzer, milone, mcdonald.

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @amscalone, Hammel. Milone

  94. offered Jered Weaver and Mike Young for my Stanton, Headley, Cain, and CJ Wilson.

    Am I giving up too much? or should i pull the trigger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gooch, Too much

  95. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Anyone starting Jarrod Parker tonight at Fenway? After sitting Hammel @NYY last night, my heart wants to have faith. However, despite how busted the Sawx lineup may seem, they rank 1st in MLB with 127 runs scored, and 2nd in both AVG and SLG. They’re the only last place team with a positive differential between runs scored and runs allowed (127/124), so even though they’re not winning, they’re still slapping pitchers around.

    I think I’d rather be sonovabench’d two days in a row than slammed into the Green Mahnstah.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Yeah aside from the top ten pitchers, i would pretty much sit everyone else against them at this point. There is no benefit to gain out of a 8-7 victory of your pitchers team when at the end of the day he ends up getting charged with 6 or 7 earned runs.

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Moscowitz, Exactly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I’d sit him.

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, Nested convos are nice, but I do sometimes miss the ability to reply to more than one person at a time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, Yeah, I hear ya…

  96. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Hi Grey – keep up the good work on the pod – and can we get 2 a week please?

    Rank the following SPs for me please (12 team, standard category HTH league):

    B Colon
    J Hammel
    C Capuano
    B McCarthy
    D Bard

    Thanks!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bermuda Triangles, Thanks! Hammel, Capuano, McCarthy

      • Bermuda Triangles says:
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        @Grey,

        Wait… did we miss Colon? Or did you leave him off?

        I asked you to rank: B Colon, J Hammel, C Capuano, B McCarthy, D Bard

        Is Colon in the nix, or not?

        Thanks for the clarification!

        Bermuda Triangles
        Get Lost!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Bermuda Triangles, Hammel, Capuano, Colon…

  97. Steve Stevenson says:
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    ROS, Youk or EE? Extremely shallow H2H league with limited moves (20/yr). BB, K and TB count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, EE

  98. I was just about to propose the Beltre for Tex trade when I saw Longoria may miss up to two months?! Crap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Oh well

  99. Wake Up says:
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    “Vertigo to Nads on a Strain”….I just spit my coffee out onto my secretary…because she makes terrible coffee and she was giving me a bit of a tude this morning…somehow it’s my fault that she can’t figure out to make coffee? Anyway, it was really hot too, it almost burned my mouth a little…but I’m OK…my feelings were hurt more than anything…

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Wake Up, “Vertigo to Nads on a Strain” made me laugh, too… your post made me laugh harder, though. Well played.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

  100. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    Hi Grey – one more

    Can we discuss my outfield?

    I have:
    $27 B Gardner
    $24 Adam Jones
    $20 J Werth
    $16 Y Cespedes
    $9 D Stubbs
    $1 Coco Crisp

    I’m doing great with steals (Castro is my SS) but could use a little more pop so I’m thinking about Bryan LaHair (as an OF – my 1B are $3 Hosmer/$16 Kendrys), hoping to get him for a buck.

    Can you give me your thoughts on whether Crisp is totally expendable (I was psyched to get him at a$1) or is he totally interchangable with Stubbs and I can free up a little money by making the move?

    What would Grey do?

    Thanks!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bermuda Triangles, Lose Crisp for LaHair…

  101. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey

    Just hit with a spat of Longorrhea… Bailey or S. Santos, who’s more deserving of my last DL spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie Met Your Mother, Santos

  102. In my dynasty league, someone dropped Ubaldo. I was the 6th waiver pick and I actually got him. I had one too many people on the DL which meant Carpenter was taking up a useful roster spot and has no timetable to return. Was it a good move to drop Carp for Ubaldo? I am hoping he can turn it around this year and find that magic. I didn’t want to drop Capuano, Detwiller or Worely which are my flyer picks/FAs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, Sounds fine…

  103. Grey's da man! says:
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    Carp just activated from DL..pick him up over Ike?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Sure

  104. GTS says:
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    Anyone know when last night’s DET/KC game was rescheduled for? I hate losing ABs in H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Not sure

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @GTS, June, I think. They aren’t doing a double header this week, that’s all I really know.

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @GTS, Sept. 24

  105. fyodor says:
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    Grey, hey.

    Drabek or Worley; what do you think?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fyodor, Drabek

  106. anarchy burger says:
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    trade question
    5×5 12 team keeper
    i’m trying to get justin upton. the guy wants b harper, casilla, niese for upton, aj burnett, and lilly. all 3 of my guys are keepable. harper round 13 next year and round 6 the following year. niese has a round 17 next year and a 10 the following year. casilla would have a 12 next year. i’d slide k jansen in for casilla and j upton would go in for v wells. hope this isnt to confusing. do you guys think i’m giving up to much???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anarchy burger, Sounds fair…

  107. Spirit In the Sky says:
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    Im in a 16 man keeper league. I was offered Justin Upton, Jemile Weeks and 3 starters (that I will get too later) for Felix Hernandez, Ellsbury and bunch of guys that I would drop. Do you think there is any way Weeks can turn it around? But anyways here are the starters I could be getting back Jarrod Parker, Colon, James McDonald, Jake Arrieta, Tim Hudson, Homer Bailey and AJ Burnett. Is that a trade that is worth doing and are there three serviceable starters out of that group of guys? If that is a trade that would be worth it could you rank those guy also?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spirit In the Sky, I’d take Upton, Parker, McDonald, Arrieta…

  108. Mike says:
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    One more..
    Billingsley,Cuddyer,and eithier for Hanley??
    Trying to get Hanley at the bottom?
    Help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Hanley

  109. El Gato says:
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    H2H Keeper League – need 1B help –

    would you do Lester or Gallardo for Eric Hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Gato, Yup

  110. nick m. says:
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    Please pick 2 for the rest of the year in 12-team H2H (5×5 cats): Milone, Smyly, Buchholz, Masterson, Scherzer, Hochevar, Nicasio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick m., Milone, Scherzer….

  111. Grey's da man! says:
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    In need of a closer, Pence for Gardner+Axford. thoughts?

    • Grey's da man! says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, nvmd. Just traded for Cordero..hopefully him and Aceves are enough to keep me out of last place in saves lol

  112. Poo Holes says:
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    So it looks like there are some solid bats on waivers in one of my leagues. JD Martinez, Scott, Parra, Kubel, Reddick, and Niewynhooey all availble. Drop any of Alcides, Campana, Presley, Morrison, Cozart for one of those bros in a 10 team keeper? Lomo and Cozart would likely be scooped up immediately. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, JD for Presley…

  113. beardcrabs says:
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    how do you feel about Anthony Bass vs. MIA on Firday @ Petco…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, I like

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey, me like too, thanks yo…

  114. AdamH says:
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    In RCL, start both, one or neither:

    Cahill @ Wash
    Volquez v. Mil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Both

      • AdamH says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  115. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team roto. Near bottom in steals. Gordon just got dropped. Should I pick him up? Do you see him losing playing time or being sent down due to his slow start? Who do I drop if I decide to get him?
    I Davis
    Rios
    Boesch
    Aviles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Davis for him…

  116. Long Bawls says:
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    My bench is now known as “The Waiting Room.” Crawford and Krispie on the DL, Longo and Berkman eager to get in. This is the ugly face of Obamacare, people.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Long Bawls, HA!

  117. Wilsonian says:
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    Pretty stacked SP with Doc, Bum, Lester, Luebke, Peavy, Sale, and then there’s Scherzer. Do I lose him for Drabek, Hammel, Volquez, Worley?

    W, L, Sv, Era, Whip, Ks, Ks/9

    I’m thinking it’s time to take a chance on some post-hype sleeper and see if he summons his inner 1990 Doug Drabek…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Drabek

  118. cockyphoenix says:
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    My Italian Euro with Julius’s mug on it told me not to start Jhoulys today?

    hail Caesar yes/no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cockyphoenix, No

  119. Jack says:
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    Deep in pitching in a 12 team 5×5 dynasty league. Lincecum, Haren, Garza, Darvish, Latos, Moore, Lilly, Lynn, Colon

    What do you think of getting less than draft day value for Lincecum? Heyward enough? McCann/Zobrist? (2 Catcher league) He also has Cano and Konerko…

    Thought my offense was stacked with Pujols, Bautista, Pedrioa, Braun and McCutchen but was dead last as recently as last week. I don’t feel panicky but I’m getting nervous about Timmy and would like to get name value while I can…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Either trade works… I’d take McCann first…

  120. Dad says:
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    Grey,

    My 1B is really struggling in my 16-team, H2H, Keeper with Ike & Mini Donkey. I was just offered my Ike & Kinsler for Votto & Brian “Why was I included in this trade?” Roberts. Reject button?

    At this point, would you trade Kinsler for Votto straight up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dad, Sure

  121. Grey

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

  122. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    I am in a 10 team head to head league and the following players were just dropped: Mat Latos, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon League & Carlos Marmol.

    My starters are: Matt Cain, Chad Billingsley, Brandon McCarthy, Jake Westbrook, Max Scherzer, Wade Miley, Jason Vargas and Derek Holland.

    My closers are Jason Motte, Brett Myers, Fernando Rodney and Hector Santiago.

    Should I drop any of my starters for Latos or Gallardo?

    Should I drop any of my closers for League or Marmol?

    Thanks.

  123. Big B says:
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    Grey -

    Do they hang Campana up like a nice dress shirt or like a pair or slacks?

    Just wondering hah~!

    B

  124. Sam says:
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    5×5 roto. Pick two ROS: Reimold, Trout, JD Martinez, L Scott, Boesch, Rios, Ross

  125. jaw says:
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    hey grey – would you drop reimold for any of these guys with news hes out a few more days (i have 0 bench hitters) – reddick, saunders, jon jay, presley, tabata, schierholtz

    also, i have longo which of these 3b shld i grab for him? – pedro, lowrie, chipper, ryan roberts, liddi

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