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I hate guys that are injured before the season even starts.  I should’ve emphasized that more in the preseason.  I should’ve followed my gut on that with Stanton too.  At least Stanton can play through the nagging pain (hopefully), on the other hand, Mike Morse is shut down for 6 weeks and he has a history of injuries.  (Can you tell I’m still reeling a bit on the Stanton news?  It’s like a teenage love…Don’t…Don’t hurt me again…) As for Morse, he was a former roider (RIP, Lyle Alzado, I don’t know football, but I enjoyed your random guest spots on bad 80’s TV shows) and they say that tends to break down a player’s body.  It’s all very sad (actually, I’m still thinking about Stanton; don’t worry, I’ll move on by Monday).  I don’t think this moves up Bryce Harper’s ETA. (Doesn’t ETA always make you think of business-speak by people who do jobs that you don’t understand even after they explain them?  “I’m a marketing consultant for our foreign sales team.”  You’re making up a job and you hide in a cubicle.  Why don’t I have one of those jobs?)  I think you should lower your expectations for Morse to 17 homers and 90 games played.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Sike!  Before we get into the roundup, just wanted to say you should sign up for the Draft Day freeroll.  What’s a freeroll?  Honestly, I have no clue.  I think it’s, like, a season of fantasy baseball in one day.  “But I want players to annoy me for 162 games!”  I know, but it’s free and Rudy did it last week and had fun, so I guess there’s no harm in it.  You can win some cold hard cash and get yourself a $12 salad!  The cut off is Saturday at 1:05 PM EST.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Mat Latos – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K.  He didn’t pitch incredibly well (1 K — belch), but he only had one bad inning, which was because Ryan Ludwick is playing the outfield instead of Heisey.  Ludwick barely moved over to get a Gio Gonzalez blooper that started the inning where Latos gave up two earned.  Get Ludwick out of there and play The Juice Box (Heisey — Hi-C — The Juice Box — what?).  Juice Box!  Juice Box!  Juice Box!

Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Why is he playing?  He’s batting .133.  We need to see more? Okay, .240 and 18 homers, that’s more if he plays the whole season.  Who cares?  Dusty, take the toothpick out of your mouth and bench him!  (I’m only slightly annoyed at him because he drove in the two runs that cost me my Gio win, which was a whole nutter shizz show.  Zimmerman should’ve had that Ludwick grounder.  Get off your heels and dive!  How do I not get the win from Gio…Wait, not even there yet…)

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, no walks, 7 Ks.  How do you not get this win?  Pick a closer — or just pick Henry Rodriguez — and let him close games!  Dive, Zimmerman!  Juice Box!  Juice Box!  Juice– Okay, Grey, breath… Being completely objective, the home plate ump had a nice strike zone and the Reds get pretty neutralized by lefties.  Gio still pitched a great game.  Though the no walks thing will be a rarity.

Anthony Rendon – Nats prospect fractured his left ankle and will miss a few months.  He was fitted for a walking boot, which Bryce Harper signed in pine tar, writing “wuz” instead of “was.”

David Wright – Was cleared to return to game action (if his finger doesn’t hurt him).  I put that second part in parentheses because that’s the part you leave off when you try to sell Wright to someone in your league.  It’s April.  If you’re the Mets, do you let your star 3rd baseman play with a broken finger or do you sit him for a month?  Okay, try and think about that again, but this time don’t pretend you’re the Mets.  Still same answer?  I had a different one.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Great game from the Bum, but why was he brought back out for the 8th inning?  He was over 100 pitches and he hit 3rd the previous inning.  He needed to face Tyler Colvin for 13 foul tips?  Colvin — singer/songwriter/fouler.  You’d think if anyone would be a fouler on that team, it’d be Dexter.

Brian Wilson – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Was far uglier than that, and I’m not talking about the beard.  Wilson loaded the bases, walked in a run, needed the trainer to come out because it looked like his arm was bothering him (was hard to see around Bochy’s head) and could barely find the plate even when he was getting hitters out.  I grabbed Casilla while the trainer was still on the mound.  Romo is the better arm, but Bochy seems to favor Casilla for saves.  Looking for the next big closer to go down, here ya go.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Giving up 10 baserunners in 5 innings is bad enough, but the Liriano-Mauer battery ended up giving up 5 SBs in 5 innings to the Angels (whose team speed is not to be confused with the ’85 Cardinals).  In 134 IP last year, Liriano only was stolen on 9 times.  Is there any other part of his game that Liriano can regress for us — maybe bite his tongue when chewing on sunflower seeds?

Matt Capps – 1 IP, 2 ER and the save.  Almost had a Cappsizing.

Denard Span – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and a steal.  Here’s a fun thing for Topps baseball cards.  They should do one of those novelty dual cards with Span and Billy Butler.  Have it titled, “Spanning the Globes,” and Span stands behind Butler cupping his moobs.

Joe Mauer/Justin Morneau – The M&M boys both homered in yesterday’s game against the Angels in Target Field.  The odds on that exacta were so tiny that, if anyone bought it, Scott Downs would’ve been bankrupted.  Just in case Downs got any ideas, someone made sure he couldn’t walk off the field.

Josh Willingham – 3-for-5 with his 4th homer of the year.  The Other White Meat is red hot.  That is all.

Lance Berkman – Has a small tear in his left calf.  A small tear on a calf?  That sounds like a Guatemalan harbinger of doom.  Berkman says he can return on Tuesday.  Not sure how someone of his age is going to be playing in less than a week with a muscle tear in his calf, and I don’t mean that like, “Hey, he’s going to be playing next Tuesday at 100% and I’m gonna be surprised.”  No, I meant it like, “He’s going to be at 75% and then need the DL at some point.”

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 7 Ks against the Twinkies in Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome with all the runs scoring on a 3-run HR by Mauer.  As Rudy mentioned on the Risky Pitcher post, Haren was heavily dependent on his cutter last year — wouldn’t be surprised if his April struggles (6.97 ERA) are a harbinger of Haren’s first non-borderline ace year in a long time.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 with a slam & legs.  He’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  It’s gonna be a doozie to end all doozies!

Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with his 3rd homer.  Remember, he won’t stop hitting homers until around Monday, when he’ll go so ice cold you’ll be looking to chuck Pena.

Jeff Keppinger – 0-for-5 batting cleanup yet again for the Rays.  The Rays are so against giving Longoria any protection that they’ve disabled his home alarm system and are poking holes in his condoms.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4, and a homer.  He’ll also be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  I told you it’s got doozie written all over it.

Matt Garza – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  It’s an ExtravaGarza!

Drew Smyly –  4 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He has very little experience as a professional, which doesn’t seem to stand in the way of the Tigers (see Porcello).  He looks like he has strikeout stuff, but as I tell my girlfriends, beware the small sample size.  I wouldn’t go near him outside of AL-Only leagues for the time being.  For now, Drew’s a consolation prize SP on his dad Guy’s game show.

Jed Lowrie – Should return from the DL on Friday.  Watch out rusty Astros lineup, here comes your booster shot!

Zack Greinke – 3.2 IP, 8 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  We love Greinke, but this gave us bad flashbacks to his infamous “Greink’d” moments prior to his Cy Young year.  Hopefully next outing he’ll be able to put away batters when he gets to 2 strikes.  If I were the type to calculate xFIP and not just read it at other sites, I’d say Greinke was hella unlucky yesterday.  Then I’d fist bump someone and explode my fist, or something equally douchey that is done by people that say hella.

Jamie Moyer – The last remaining Leftosaurus threw about as good a start as you can hope for him @COL (5.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners).  Pitching Moyer in the mile high air is like pitching Justin Verlander on the moon.

From Around The Web

  1. Will says:
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    Should I drop Romo or Clippard for Casilla?

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Will, clippard…

      • Will says:
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        @beardcrabs, Holland or Casilla? Both are available. So which 2 RP’s out of these 3 – Romo, Holland, or Casilla?

        • beardcrabs says:
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          @Will, thats a tough one… for what its weurtz, i have holland on all my teams waiting for broxton to implode… it’s not a for sure thing who’s going to get saves if the beard goes down, but bochy doesn’t like romo for some reason…

          • beardcrabs says:
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            @beardcrabs, watching the Giants game and they reported Wilson has the day off due to “work load issues”… he’s hurt but he’s going to pitch until his arm falls off…

  2. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    H2H league with limited moves. Need saves but I’m liking Chapman’s upside. Drop Kenley for Aroldis or Casilla, or hold?

    • Chunk says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, any way to hold Kenley and Aroldis?

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Chunk, Not unless I dump Valverde, Marmol or Milone, who I just picked up.

  3. ruah says:
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    I have Raburn in 2 leagues but have never been much of a fan. Took him late for some MI power. Each line below shows the people I am looking at in the respective leagues. Would you drop Raburn for any of them:

    Guzman, Andino, Nieuwenhuis, Hafner, Schierholtz, Moreland, Damon

    Nieuwenhuis, Moreland, Aviles, Ibanez, Schierholtz, Damon

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ruah, Nieuwenhuis…Nieuwenhuis

  4. hodgedodger says:
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    Ouch bout rendon. I have him in a deep keeper. What do u think this does to his long term value other than the obvious….lower it lol. But is his bat polished enough ta think to hold onto him thru an injury @ the big lge level now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hodgedodger, Nothing, he was coming up for a while anyway…

  5. Piranhaman says:
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    oh, my.. Greinke and Haren strikes me.

    besides, i benched Bumgarner yesterday. ha ha ha.. i’m going craaaaaazy!

    • stumanji says:
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      @Piranhaman, Yikes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman, Ouch

  6. beardcrabs says:
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    everyone under the age of thirty in Cali says “hella”… come on bwo…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Hella no

  7. letsgobravos says:
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    Krispie Young is really playing well thus far. Went out to the bar before the game started, but I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled up my teams on my phone and saw a 2/4 night from Krispie with another homer…which helped set things to get my first save from JJ Putz who I lucked into today off waivers. Add to the mix a 3/3 night with a bb from McCutchen with a 2b and steal and apparently I need to go to the bar every night instead of trying to track most of my players ABs…haha.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @letsgobravos, The other morning I woke up to watch Quick Pitch before going to work. It got to the D’Backs-Padres game, and as the highlights went into extra innings, I thought it would be cool Krispie hit a home run to win…and he did.

      Cool story brah, but Krispie is a benevolent hacker.

  8. Chris says:
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    I’m 40 and I say ‘hella.’ I was brought up saying the word. It’s part of my Oakland heritage. I remember the day in fifth grade when, on the playground, someone told me that ‘hella’ was an Oakland-only word. That was before it spread. Such pride, I have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, Keep it real.

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey, Ah, but I don’t say ‘keep it real.’ Kinda’ douchey. I’m not sure where it originates but it’s probably some douchey place like New Jersey or Orange County. At any rate, it’s a phrase, whereas ‘hella’ can be used as either an adverb or adjective. That makes “hella’ hella more versatile than ‘keep it real.’

        • Chris says:
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          @Chris, Word

  9. Hi Grey — a couple of deep league/holds league questions ths morning:

    In waiting for Jesus M to gain catcher eligibility, I have Doumit but have been tempted by Pierzynski and Ruiz. Is it with making the switch for either one?

    Also, I lost Downs, my main holds guy, yesterday. How’d you rank the following for locking down holds, with a secondary glance at ratios/Ks (I don’t need vulture saves): Perkins, Rauch, Cashner.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Nope…Cashner…

  10. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    I’m also reeling about Giancarlo. I coveted him all winter. One of the reasons, perhaps, why my RCL team presently has 22 (Count ‘em!) points, which may be close to an all-time record. Shooting for 12 points – is that actually possible?
    Two days ago, benched Heyward for possible injury, Gets more production then the rest of my team combined. That same day, dropped Casilla, and Simply Fred swipes him up at 4:30 AM – and he lives on the West Coast!

    At any case, thats my rant for the day. The question I have – start Peavy? Keep Peavy? Drop Peavy? Or go with the slogan, It Burnetts when I Peavy?

    Thanks, Grey

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, well played. They have medicine to take care of that, in case you’re having issues…

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Wilsonian, Yeah, if this continues, may need a heavy dose of psychotropics. The ridiculous thing is that I still like my team. As I mentioned in my league, I think that someone has put a Voodoo-Hoodoo curse on my squad.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts, Ha…I think that happened to my team, too. It was a team that hit 11 home runs last week in a short week. This week I have ZERO. This is a team with Fielder, Kemp, and JUp, too.

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Wilsonian, Im at number 11 just above paulie,7 hrs with a power oriented draft,26 runs and 27 rbi

            • Paulie Allnuts

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              @AL KOHOLIC, Hey Kelly, maybe we will play the side bet this year, for the second division wonders. That was the only thing that I won last season.

              • dog chapman says:
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                @Paulie Allnuts, i hope come the all star game that im not eligible but if i am then im in

    • The gargantua says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, It’s early, but I’ve never liked Stanton at his adp. No speed, no average, no position scarcity, no prior seasons at the level needed to justify his adp. Pass. Pass. Pass.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @The gargantua, You could be correct, but its a bit too late for me, at least for this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Ouch… Shake it off… And Peavy, well, eh… We’ll see…

  11. Blue says:
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    Pick up Samardjiza (or however you spell it) or D. Lowe for a spot start in a H2H league? League counts losses as a stat in addition to the standard 5.

    I am currently dominating in whip and era – but losing in K’s, tied in wins and have 2 less losses.

    • Dan-o says:
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      @Blue, alphabet soup

  12. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey – to carry on our conversation from yesterday, can you suggest one of these clowns to start on Saturday please?

    Jhoulys v ARI
    Bailey @ WAS
    Hughes v LAA
    Noesi v OAK
    Hammel @ TOR
    Morton @ SF

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, None… Bailey, Jhoulys, Hughes…

  13. Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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    Q: How many NorCal hipsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    A: Hella.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Omar Comin’, Yo!, HA!

  14. Muchacho says:
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    This is a question for anyone (not just Grey): Who would you rather own for potential saves – Reed or Melancon?

    Thanks

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Muchacho, Reed’s name is saying. “ADDison”.

    • Dan-o says:
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      @Muchacho, I had melancon for a while. Dropped him wicked (take that hella) quick. I don’t think he gets saves. I think Bard is next in line behind Aceves.

      Boston fans won’t tolerate a closer dysfunction for the next 3 months.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Dan-o, Oh so very true. I’m wickid pisst Bailey got hurt. Shoulda kept Bahhhd out in the bullpen. Go Sawx.

        Yeah, I’d go with Reed.

    • The gargantua says:
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      @Muchacho, Rivera and Kimbrel, hold the antacid

  15. zhirsch5 says:
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    Grey,

    Would you start Santana against the Yanks today?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zhirsch5, Nope

  16. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    I really wish the cards and Mets would shit or get off the pot with Berkman and Wright. Of course these dbags have been day-to-day riding the pine and players like the Hebrew Hammer are getting scooped off the wire. Im going to be stuck with a Molina brother if they don’t hurry the hell up and DL someone.

    • The gargantua says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yeah it’s too bad real teams don’t care about your fantasy team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Braun was on the wire? You mean, figuratively?

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey, The other Hammer, Willingham

  17. nightpandas says:
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    Pastornicky or A Escobar over Sean Rodriguez? (12 team 5×5)

    • @nightpandas, I think either’d be an upgrade. I guess it depends on whether you need speed (Escobar) or power (Pastornicky) more. But if those needs where about equal, I’d take Escobar.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Enrique, I don’t think you’ll be getting any power out of Pastornicky, despite the HR the other day. Rodriguez on the other hand…

        • @A Hill O’ Beans, I thought about that, and you’re probably right. I was referring to power compared to Escobar. Regarding Rodriguez, I just can’t deal with that .200 average on my roster. There are only so many 0-for-4 days I can put up with…!

  18. Dan-o says:
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    I cringed as I drafted Berkman this year.

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @Dan-o, The Big Puma will be back….no need to cringe as it was freak tear in him digging out a triple.

  19. Jangles says:
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    Should I drop Ike Davis or Duda for Casilla or Romo? Or just hold. How did I get stuck with two Met bums? Oh I am a dummy

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Jangles, Ike Davis currently has a reserved seat on my bench until he gets more than a single a week.

    • stumanji says:
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      @Jangles, I would hold unless you’re in a super shallow league. Davis and Duda both have value.

    • The gargantua says:
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      @Jangles, You’re a dummy

  20. exactly says:
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    Grey, 12 team mix points league with Holds and Saves: pestano romo or casilla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @exactly, Casilla

  21. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    “the Liriano-Mauer battery ended up giving up 5 SBs in 5 innings to the Angels (whose team speed is not to be confused with the ’85 Cardinals).”

    Although an inside the parker and a steal in two days for Bourjos means I don’t have to worry about his old lady hip or whatever the hell is wrong with him.

  22. K!cks says:
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    Better for my utility spot … pick up Trumbo for Delmon Young?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @K!cks, probably young since he will be getting everyday ab,s if trumbo could get the ab,s then him but i cant see it right now

    • The gargantua says:
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      @K!cks, Whoever is hotter at the moment will be the better play at your util

  23. Wilsonian says:
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    I can’t confirm or deny that Treach is doing a, er, stretch in the ‘pen. Not sure where I heard that. I actually thought it was a little Al Capone-esque for tax evasion or something like that. I probably heard it from one of my drunken buddies the last time I heard O.P.P. in a bar, which surprisingly still gets played a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, It would be in the Google, I don’t see it…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, the Google don’t lie…drunk friends do…

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Grey am sick of Liriano now and really thinking of cutting him, even in my deep 16 teamer. Is Danny Duffy’s upside worth an add in place of him?

    Can just imagine Liriano becoming the strikeout machine as soon as all us fantasy owners drop him…that would be sooo Liriano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Sure…

  25. junker23 says:
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    That Greinke start is real similar to the beginning of his 2011. 5 Ks and 1 BB in less than 4 innings, awesome! Ugh, 8 runs? Womp womp.

    • zk says:
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      @junker23, Greinke has always been bad on the road as a Brewer. He’s also (somehow) been REALLY bad at Wrigley.

  26. Ian says:
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    With Peralta giving up a couple runs yesterday, the chances of him getting any saves looks slim. Drop him for Casilla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian, Yup

  27. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Gray,

    Gio looked great against the Reds, do you think Zimmerman is a must start against them (1450 ip limit)? How about Sherzer at the white sox? I heard he’s getting over a cold/flu, but the white sox still mostly stink. Let me know your take and thanks for all the advice.

    • Alcesto says:
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      @Alcesto, Nice misspelling of your fake name. How long have I been reading this blog (that’s me asking me a rhetorical question!)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Ha… I’d start both…

  28. Jim says:
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    10 team 5×5 roto league. Would you start Scherzer today vs White Sox or hold out to see how this start goes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim, Start

  29. Wudaben says:
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    For as friendly as the ump’s strike zone was to Gio it was equally unfriendly to Latos! The kept showing the pitch trax and Latos was painting the upper, outer and lower edges of the zone but continually wasn’t get the calls whereas Gio was throwing the same shizzz and getting all the calls.

    • Grey

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      @Wudaben, Latos was missing close on some pitches… Hard for me to put missing in quotes…

  30. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I have Berkman, Lind and Kendrick with 1B eligibility on one team. Not a great situation. I also have Morrison and Cozart on the bench. I could pick up Laroche, Lee, Morneau, Trumbo or Gamel – would you make any moves?

    Also, starting Scherzer and/or Peavy today?

    • The gargantua says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Drop lind, berkman, Kendrick and pick up those guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, LaRoche…and Scherzer…

      • Mr. Rickey says:
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        @Grey, Who would you drop for Laroche? Lind or Morrison? I’m inclined to drop Lind since I already have a gimpy 1B in Berkman and I have more faith in him. On the other hand, I don’t like what I’ve seen so far from Morrison . . .

  31. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    For a 14-team AVG and OPS root league:

    Doumit, Olivo or Buck?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Doumit

  32. FartSponge says:
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    Grey – First time, long time. Love your work and banking on your pitching prediction prowess again this year. Can I just get a ‘keep it up’ uncomfortably-slow-and-cupped pat on the butt for my 12-team yahoo dynasty squad that’s lame out of the gate? And if you’ve got any suggestions for moving pieces, throw em out there. After watching Orange Yu-lius pitch on Monday, I fear he has SP3/4 ceiling even if you completely forget about his 1st inning…was really banking on him being a 1/2 this year or selling high after a strong start.

    C – Ramos
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Murphy
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – Choo
    OF – Gardner
    U – Zimmerman
    U – Jesus
    B – Duda
    B – Trout
    SP – D. Hudson
    SP – Zimmermann
    SP – Yu Can’t Do It
    P – Luebke
    P – Anibal
    RP – Marshall
    RP – JJohnson
    BN – Scherzer
    BN – Masterson
    BN – Melancon (dropping, considering Aroldis or waiting to see if Nats closer situation shakes out)

    • The gargantua says:
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      @FartSponge, Moves pujols & slongoria for legit closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FartSponge, Thanks! HA! Great nickname for Yu with Orange… While I didn’t tell people to draft Yu, Masterson or Johnson (weren’t they authors?), your pitching looks okay… Lose Melancon…

      • FartSponge says:
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        @Grey, Thanks, thought it was more appropriate than “Yellow Yu-lius”

  33. MrHappyTime says:
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    @Grey, who do you like better between Trumbo and Kendrys Morales?

    • dog chapman says:
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      @MrHappyTime, kendry is getting majority of abs so him

  34. MattTruss223 says:
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    anyone else having trouble w/the DraftDay freeroll? I can’t get any players to show up to add to my roster. Am I doing something wrong here?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @MattTruss223, same issue for me, and I signed up for another game today that did show the players to choose from. Must be a problem with this game….

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @nightpandas, I couldn’t see the players either, until I logged in that is, and then they showed up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Did what A Hill say, help?

  35. J-Birdis says:
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    Yo Grey. Start E.Santana @ NYY today? Start Peavy vs. El Tigres?

    (RCL League)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Birdis, I wouldn’t…

  36. dog chapman says:
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    grey,12 team rcl league ive got cain,morse,farnsworth and wright hurt,who would you cut loose farns or morse or both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dog chapman, I’d wait to hear Wright’s DL status…

  37. royce! says:
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    Another small sample size situation, but Neil Walker, like Rasmus, seems to be getting unlucky: 10% K rate, 43.8 LD%, and a BABIP of .063. My team is going to be sooo good when everyone’s luck normalizes!

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @royce!, Those Neil Walker singles that move the Dread Pirate to third before the third out of the inning will be pouring in soon.

      Raise the Jolly Roger!

      • royce! says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Ha!

    • stumanji says:
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      @royce!, Rasmus has been getting unlucky? I thought he just stinks. (And he’s batting 9th).

      • royce! says:
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        @stumanji, Yeah, well, I’m hoping that it’s luck- his peripherals look good.

  38. moses says:
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    Mornin there Grey,

    what you think of this?

    Getting Stanton/Laroche/Montero, for my Ramos/Cuddyer/Kendrick.

    I guess I’d be upgrading at OF and C, while downgrading Kendrick to Laroche right? What do you think?

    • The gargantua says:
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      @moses, Stanton’s overrated. His banged up and his home park plays like Yellowstone. Pass.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Looks fine…

    • Hawk says:
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      @moses,

      If it’s a keeper league click yes before the other owner changes his mind. If it’s a non-keeper league…I probably still do it but it’s close.

  39. Kane says:
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    Best pick up long term: Sale, Volquez, or Samardzija? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kane, Sale

    • Chunk says:
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      @Kane, Sale if innings cap, Volquez if not

  40. stumanji says:
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    Re: Wilson/Casilla/Romo…Casilla got the saves last year when The Beard went down, but wasn’t Romo on the DL at the time? Otherwise, Romo might have gotten those chances, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stumanji, I believe Bochy mentioned this preseason Casilla would get saves if Wilson couldn’t go…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stumanji, It could still totally be Romo, btw.

  41. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Your mention of the ’85 Cards made me smile…then I remembered how it ended. Thanks for nothing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Ha

  42. Will says:
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    Maybin was just dropped in my league. Is he worth picking up and using my #1 waiver priority on him? I would drop either Rasmus or Goldschmidt for him. They are both on my bench and filling in. My other OF are Heyward, Bruce, CarGo, Werth, and Bonifacio. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will, Rasmus

  43. xopchipili says:
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    Rolling Hudson out @COL today? I got the yips with MadBum yesterday and took the sonuvabench, but I can’t say I really minded that much. I’m still wary…

    1250IP cap for what it’s wuertz, so I don’t mind sitting good Ps in bad matchups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, I’d start him…

  44. Jeff says:
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    Drop any of these guys and pick up Casilla for saves speculation?

    -David Hernandez, Lidge, Perkins, Pestano, Rodney

    Or are these guys all better for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff, Hernandez

  45. jsp2014 says:
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    Do you watch Shark Tank? Mark Cuban always does the fist bump explosion thing when he closes a deal. It makes me feel so awkward for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jsp2014, Love that show…

  46. EK says:
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    Lind, Daniel Murphy or LaRoche at 1B?

    • Gavin says:
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      @EK, Lind

  47. MrHappyTime says:
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    Would you start Samardzija today against the Cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Yes

  48. Gavin says:
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    Grey, I drafted Saltalacrappia with my last pick and now he’s not even getting everyday AB’s. Who would you pick up just for counting stats: Pierzynski, Miguel Olivo, Josh Thole, Carlos Ruiz, Crappy Crapperton, or some other crap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin, Pierzynski

  49. Eng says:
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    Sonovabenched by Boesch. That is all. Oh, and big thanks for these daily updates Grey- they remain the only essential reading over breakfast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Thanks!

  50. paddytwotimes says:
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    @Grey
    @ anyone

    Who do you thinks stays relevant this (full year): Span, Schafer, J. Rivera, Schierholtz? Thanks

    • The gargantua says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Crystal ball says span

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Span

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, Thanks Grey. Cain did not live up to expectations

  51. Ethan Stein says:
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    Got an offer of D Jennings, Bumgardner and Votto for my Kemp, J Zimmermann, and Yoenis Cespedes. Should I take it?

    • Eng says:
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      @Ethan Stein, I would.

      • Ethan Stein says:
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        @Eng, Thanks. I pulled the trigger on this one.

    • Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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      @Ethan Stein, hell yea

  52. Eng says:
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    I’m thinking Jarrod Dyson over Bourgeois…..agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Looks like it…

  53. Zeke says:
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    Grey,

    In a points league, how would you rank the following…Stubbs, Fowler, Presley and Bourjos? Hella appreciate it, Brah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Stubbs, Bourjos, Presley…

  54. Chunk says:
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    Cashner’s first 4 fastballs were identical: 98 mph, and juuuust low. Then he threw one 97 mph and not so low… Just gotta recalibrate!

    I can start 7 RPs at most, right now my bullpen is Motte, Brox, Johnson, Santiago, H rod, Cashner, Reed. Would you replace anyone with Holland, Casilla? Is it worth dropping an upside SP (Porcello, Lynn, Dirty, Jackson) to stash a Holland or Casilla and rotate my bullpen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, I’d hold for now…

  55. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Pick up LaRoche, Willingham, Schafer, JD Martinez, or LaHair?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Grey: or Boesch or Murphy?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @ThE sHiT, Boesch

  56. TheNewGuy says:
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    You starting Minor tommorow Grey? He’s normally better at home, but the Crew are pretty righty heavy with Braun, A-Ram, Weeks, Hart. Go with him in a 10 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’m starting him…

  57. HotRod says:
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    Grey,

    What do you make of Strasburg this year (figuring in Innings Limit). Should I trade him while his value is high for someone struggling early like Giancarlo? I think his owner might do it..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, I’d take Stanton… Nothing’s changed about Strasburg since I did my rankings…

    • bean says:
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      @HotRod, As a Giancarlo sufferer myself, I wouldn’t take this right now. Strasburg has as many injury ????? as Gian does right now. The deal would have to be much sweeter.

  58. EK says:
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    Pls rank for today:

    Nolasco v HOU
    Harang v SD
    Hochevar v CLE
    Nicasio v ARI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Nicasio, Harang…

  59. J. Corzo says:
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    Hello. I’m a new reader in part due to discovering the podcast. Quick waiver wire question.

    Cory Luebke was recently dropped in my 10 team keeper head to head 5X5 mixed league. My waiver priority might not go through since it’s 7/10, but if you had the chance to pick up Luebke to drop which of the following starting pitchers, who would you drop?

    Bud Norris, Chad Billingsley, or Brandon McCarthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bills…

      • J. Corzo says:
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        @Grey, I would have thought McCarthy since his K rate isn’t that good but his low WHIP is nice to have. Billingsley has gotten off to a really good start but I might be on a wild goose chase trying to catch his K’s.

  60. Ishrogh says:
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    I need to trade one of these guys to get a decent pitcher. Who should I keep: Brandon Phillips or Billy Butler?

    • Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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      @Ishrogh, there’s no way to really answer that without knowing who your rePlacements would be.

  61. chata says:
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    @ ALL Razzballers :

    glossary term suggestions for the rip-off artists that reneged on
    giving Grey and Rudy their “cut” of the tee-shirt business ,
    and ruined our chances of ordering more Sparky Anklebiter t-shirts :

    a) garment varmints

    b) stitch snitches

    c)

    any other suggestions ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha!

  62. bean says:
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    2B/SS for me is rough……Rickie Weeks is holding down the starting 2B spot but Util and 2B/SS is sorely in need of some hope.

    12-Team Roto (NL) with no bench and only DL spots as options.

    Lombardozzi, Rizzo and Nieuwenhuis are my hopes of hitting the lotto. Have Torres and Fragile Fred on the DL but they will be coming back.

    What are your thoughts on my trio of $1 scratchers? Ranking longer term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Nieuwenhuis, Rizzo…

  63. norbs says:
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    Scherzer was dropped in my 12 team H2H league. Which of these three (if any) should I drop from my bench to pick him up? J Sanchez, Lilly, or Nicasio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @norbs, Lilly

  64. BooBird says:
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    Drop Holland for Casilla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  65. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How worried are you about Logan Morrison’s playing time this year due to his knees?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit worried he could miss games here and there…

  66. wilsoniam says:
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    grey, news on NEW VENDOR for tshirts?
    the people want them.

    DO IT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, looking into it…

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey, yeah im in

  67. William says:
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    @Grey: Is Goldschmidt waiver wire fodder if he’s only playing 4-5 games per week in 10 team leagues?

    I am leaning towards dropping him and riding the hot hand at 1B off the wire with Youk being my only other option at 1B on the team. My current UTIL player is Werth as my OF is Adam Jones, Matt Kemp, and Des Jennings.

    I play in a 10 team H2H standard 5×5 ROTO league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dropping him for who? Someone like LaRoche? Eh…

  68. jeffjam says:
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    Belt again out of the lineup. I think Bochy has some personal issues with Belt. I don’t think there is any other reasonable explanation. I mean you say you give a long leash to a player, than you play him for 3 games during which the players sucks, no doubr about it, than you sit him for 5 days. That’s some kind of a patience.
    Had Teixeira played for SanFran, he would have been sent to Single A after two at bats right in the middle of a game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You might be right, he might have some personal issues with him or something… Makes no sense…

  69. King of Nothing says:
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    Weekly H2H, who do you like for my last OF slot and my U for this coming week out of Stubbs, Cuddyer, Bourjos, Schafer, Lind, Billy Butler?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler, Stubbs…

  70. My My MY Kuroda says:
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    Keppenger a #4 hitter REALLY! Nice crack about Longoria’s tainted condoms.

    Someone dropped Alex Gordon in my 16-team mixed league H2H. Should I drop Delmon Young/Coco Crisp or stick with what I have (Pence also). I have J. Lucroy that I could drop and go without a C until Jesus M. is eligible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Young… Nice username…

  71. letsgobravos says:
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    When am I allowed to start complaining about Big Albert’s slow start? 5/24 w/ 2 2bs and 2 RBIs. I really hope I don’t have to suffer through a bad month or two before he remembers he’s one of the greatest hitters of all time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May

  72. Grey

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

  73. Big B says:
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    @Greg

    More importantly concerning Ryan Ludwick, Hi-C was the POTY in the minors a few years back, has lead-off man potential and is a clutch hitter. Ludwick is a guy who has never been good (minus a year in St Louis), and is an uglier Adam Dunn. Can we just have an Right Fielder that can play some defense?

  74. Danville says:
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    Who would you dump either Ruben Tejada or Brandon Crawford for Nieuwenhuis? and Why?

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