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Every time I hear Nate Eovaldis name I think about the delicious Italian staple the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I also think of Rachel Ray and her sick obsession for the stuff. Seriously, that woman puts it in everything. But thank goodness this isn’t about her and I’ve probably already turned some of you off and you’re heading back over to Grey’s with all the other cool kids….Hi De Nacho Favre! Speaking of De Nacho, in the FCL I was commenting how I’m glad I drove a Honda but I’ll never do it again. It was boring, like listening to Air Supply for the rest of your life. I like power at my feet, I haven’t owned a car that wasn’t a V8 in years. Now why am I telling you this nonsense and how does it relate to EVOO? Dude is not boring! He’s damn exciting to watch, makes playing all this worth it. He went undrafted all over the place back in March but has been one of the best adds all season. The returns on him has given his owners a 2.86 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 8.58 K/9, 1.79 BB/9, a realistic LOB rate, and a very solid 3.16 xFIP. He also throws really friggin’ hard with an average velocity of 95.7 on his four seam and 96.1 on his 2 seam fastballs. I also dropped him in one league a couple of weeks back. I’ll be honest, I thought he was good but I’ve been waiting for the regression fairies to show up. They’re late to the party. I see him as this year’s Patrick Corbin, a great start but will die a slow death after the All Star break. The only saving grace is the velocity. He throws hard and that is always a plus. In case some of you have forgot, he was the centerpiece of the Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers deal. The Marlin’s know their talent. Ok, enough back story blah blah blah. He gets the Giants today at the their nice cushy ballpark. The Giants are the 11th worst team in MLB for K rate and have a couple of their bats banged up. Brandon Belt is on the DL, Pablo Sandoval is hurt and Hunter Pence has been stuck at the light switch all season. Nothing really scary there. We could say Michael Morse is playing and hitting but I say he’s playing and looking ready to hit the DL. I have May 23rd on my Morse injury pool. *crosses fingers* Bottom line is he’s my favorite pitcher of the day and anytime Matt Cain takes the hill the Giants lose. Stream-o-Nator likes Cain better and has Eovaldi 6th on the day. I say Stream has been partying too much with Hitter-Tron. I’m playing him in DraftKings contests today and if you did too then let’s take a moment to hold hands over the internet.

Chase Whitley, SP: $6,500 – Talk about a shot in the dark for me today. It’s slim pickings day and we get a guy who has toiled in AAA the past two seasons as a reliever. Today he gets his chance to shine as a starter for the New York Yankees. To date he has produced a K-rate of 10.94 but his walk rate, 2.39, leaves a lot to be desired. He gets the free swinging Mets, 7th worst K-rate, so it could be a case of they have never seen him before and are in the mood to play windmill. You can also take this another way if you don’t like this play and stack against the kid.

Wie-Yen Chen, SP: $ 7,400 – Hopefully DraftKings updates this one today. As I wrote this he wasn’t listed yet but when they do he should be gobbled up. The Royals have been hitting like the Royals we have known in the past, i.e. not well. Chen has been solid of late not giving up over three runs since 4/8 and with the O’s offense behind him should keep the Royals bats in check. The K’s should be around 5 and a W is a strong possibility.

Yan Gomes, C: $3,700 – a reasonably priced catcher who can park it over the fence in the Rocket Center that gets to face J.A. Happ…..enough said. Do you know what J.A. stands for – Just Awful. Stack Attack!

Juan Francisco, 1B/3B: $4,100 – Juan the Dong Machine has been on absolute fire in May. Blasting 4 HR’s and batting .325 he looks like the next great Blue Jays power hitting reclamation project. The price is nice and Danny Salazar has been not good and not going deep into games.

Yangervis Solarte, 2B/3B: $4,300 – The pool of 2nd baseman looks like the kiddy pool in a suburban backyard. It’s shallow yo. I’m going with the hot hitting Solarte and hoping it carries over today. Ride the Schmotato train as long as it’s chugging along. He hit a home run yesterday, his 3rd in the last week, and has hit safely since May 3rd.

Asdrubal Cabrera, SS: $4,600 – There are cheaper options but it’s a lot of blah. I’m stacking some Indians vs. Happ and this is one I’m paying for. After a slow start he’s started to show some life lately batting .440 with 2 HR’s over the last week.

Collin Cowgill, OF: $3,500 – He faces Eric Bedard who’s actually pretty decent this year. Besides two bad outings, he’s posted zeros or one’s in the rest of his games. So why like this matchup J-Foh? Because Bedard was almost bumped due to a sore pectoral muscle and might be pitching a little hurt. According to Fangraphs ranks, the Angels are the top hitting team in baseball….cust kayin’. The Angels could end up being a sneaky stack today. The game is in SoCal and it was in the high 90′s yesterday so that ball is going to carry. I got a fever and the only prescription is more Cowgill!

Wil Myers, OF: $3,800 – This is my wildcard pick. Never know what Wil the Kill your Expectations will do. He’s got gobs of talent and he’s making me look like a jerk for drafting him high in the writers league. For his low price tag and the off day options I’m buying…Are you?

Adam Jones, OF: $4,600 – Don’t look at the earlier match up versus Yordano Ventura. I give Mr. Jones a free pass for his earlier AB’s vs. Ventura (0-4 with 2 K’s) but as they say: Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. This is the O’s second time facing Ventura and it usually doesn’t go as well the second time around.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

Oh no they have rain in Torono! Wait they have a roof so it’s cool. Continue stacking. St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Minnesota all have some rain in the forecast. Keep watch or ask me in the comments if you can’t find the weather status. If need be we can find you another play. I’m here for you all. There is a strong wind blowing out to right in Milwaukee so if the roof is open then some dongs may drop

Doing Lines in Vegas

CLE @ TOR at 9 1/2 – Vegas agrees with my stack attack. I should be working for them. I can stand around and point out the obvious for the bookmakers. Nice one Vinny, yo Pauly that’s on point, Guido is on fire, no guys Guido is really on fire, get the extinguisher. Why is my cliche of Vegas that the Italian mob still runs it? I think I’ve watched Casino too many times. Speaking of Vegas I need to go book me a room at the Sands.

TB @ LAA at 8 – I have a hunch that this one will go past the over. And when I mention my hunch it really is a hunch and it has a mouth that tells me what to do. The other kids used to make fun of it, but the joke’s on them, I work for Razzball now.

  1. Cram It says:
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    Yes let’s hope it doesn’t go well for Ventura today. You interested in Dom Brown anymore?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: is he still in the bigs?

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: That answers that.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: what’s he done?

          • de nachos says:
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            @J-FOH: .221 average, .282 on-base percentage, .294 slugging percentage, one home run, seven extra-base hits, 26 strikeouts, 136 at-bats

            • J-FOH says:
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              @de nachos: that’s demotion worthy. The geriatrics would not approve.

              • Cram It says:
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                @J-FOH: It’s buying low, if you’re one of those glass half full type of guys.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Your title made me hungry.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Grey: I aim to touch on all the senses

  3. Wake Up says:
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    “if the roof is open then some dongs may drop”

    Wasn’t this the tagline for last year’s AVN/Convertible Car Convention?

    • Grey

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      HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: HAHAHA!
      Maybe I’m writing for the dong industry?

  4. mauledbypandas says:
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    I think I am starting Salazar in a move that only makes sense because I would be crazy to start him in Toronto. That and my ratios are so bad on 3 of my teams I am throwing caution into the wind. So, I hope the Toronto bats are generating their own wind today as unlikely as that seems to be!

    • Cram It says:
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      @mauledbypandas: I was in the same spot with Kluber yesterday. Luckily he got by. I don’t think a Tribe pitcher’s getting by two days in a row against them.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: that makes it all the crazier!! this plan can’t fail

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: I think you’re throwing something else into the wind

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: ugh, I need to take a shot in the dark though. All my teams are slipping and I am chasing K’s and Sv’s like a madman.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @mauledbypandas: tell me about it. Did you see the rangers new arm yesterday. I streamed him in one league.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: Tepesch? He’s not terrible. Been dealing in AAA and has some experience. I should have streamed him but did not have the fortitude to do so. He’s more of a matchups guy or long relief but with Perez and Harrison going down and the futility of Ross and Scheppers he might get a few more looks.

  5. de nachos says:
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    Yes but if I HAD to listen to only one Air Supply song for the rest of my life, Lost in Love all the way. Making Love Out of Nothing At All can suck one of those fancy dongs you’re selling.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: we need to arrange a party if you want to buy one of those dongs.

      How do you feel about getting your first article shout out…..mr kinda farve

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: and thanks, I’ll show this to the little woman. this little brush with celebrity will be what puts me over the top for her forgiveness for getting “sleepy” and missing mother’s day dinner.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: beer is a crazy drug

          • prez says:
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            Hahahaha poor nacho is now known as brett favre… Sorry man! Not the greatest of nicknames… Though, i can see him getting plastered and sending dik pix to an intern..

            • J-FOH says:
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              @prez: hey, I’m an intern

  6. mauledbypandas says:
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    Speaking of guys with names that make me hungry, how bout that Parmalee eh!

  7. de nachos says:
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    an article shout out, i’m back over 40 points in FCL, I am bursting with orgullo, hombre. speaking of bursting, how wedded to Fat Adams are you?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: he’s been sleeping on the couch

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @J-FOH: I have a couple of players like that (the ones who aren’t in traction). I have some interest in Fatt as well. What’s the price tag?

        • de nachos says:
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          @Big Magoo: a bidding war with magoo? crikey. i gotta prep for a (real) game, catch up with this in about three hours. big magoo, you shouldn’t touch your team, don’t mess with perfection…

          • Cram It says:
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            @Big Magoo: @de nachos: Fatt’ll cost ya too much. Buy low on Dom Brown while ya can.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Cram It: you may be able to model a trade in your underwear…if you nam sayin…

              • Cram It says:
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                @Wake Up: I will do a lot of things in my underwear if it means getting a deal done. I’m pretty sure I do most of them already with nothing on the table.

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @Cram It: Sure thing. How’s (checks MR streamer du jour) Tazawa sound?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Big Magoo: Gimme some speed

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            @de nachos: That’s a good one, Nacho. I suppose you haven’t checked out my CIs recently. Nothing embodies perfection like a group that boasts Kyle Seager as it’s crown jewel…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: Wait a second, I’m still interested in Mipples.
        How much?

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Wake Up: You already have Morneau, Lawrie, and Smoak, with Aramis waiting in the wings. Quit driving up the price for the rest of us. I’m on to your ruse….

        • prez says:
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          @Wake Up: 2… One on the left, one on the right… Take them both?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @prez: You are a hot commodity right now!

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: come and get your mipples

              • de nachos says:
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                @J-FOH: mipples will make me laugh for a long time

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

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    J-Foh! What’s up buddy?

    So here’s my issue, I don’t trust Salazar, but as you said it’s slim pickings in the pitching department tonight. I could do a Ventura/ Eovaldi combo but it’s costly and I could see Ventura and Salazar giving me similar numbers. Salazar’s ability to strike guys out certainly plays in draftkings. The question is can he put it all together limit the baserunners, get past the 6th inning, and keep the runs below 3? I feel like I’m asking a lot for him to do that against a good Blue Jay’s lineup.

    I’m also semi-stacking against Happ with Gomes, Santana, Cabrera, and Murphy. The Angels stack tonight is pretty expensive so I have Cowgill in all of my lineups and Pujols in a few. I just can’t spend the $ they want for Howie Kendrick, I much prefer Solarte.

    A couple other guys I’m using in all lineups are Giancarlo, he’s hit Cain in the past with 3 of his 5 hits going for dongs, and Hosmer he’s 6-14 off Chen with 3 xbh two of which were homers.

    It’s a good thing Sandoval is most likely out tonight, Eovaldi’s never gotten him out.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: damn. How many contests you in? Salazar will get the K’s but I think he gives up 5 runs in as many innings

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: 5 between GPP’s, a H2H, and a 50/50. Thanks for putting me in touch with Sky BTW.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: no problem. You seem experienced and now you get a shot. Im pulling for you.

  9. Clint says:
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    2 things re Eovalidi:

    1) Are you saying that he’s likely a sell high candidate around the All Star Break then?

    2) Karabell was in full on panic mode on ESPN’s podcast Tuesday about JoFer’s TJ surgery to the point of saying hard throwers like Ventura & Eovaldi need to make owners worry a little now. Is it me or is this absolutely INSANE?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Clint: its nuckin futs!

      I think EVOO is a sell high in June. Try to track out his schedule and sell around when it gets mucky

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        @J-FOH: I think it got real mucky tonite – SF lit him up and I started him. That is OK 12+ ERA can be absorbed, by a one-hit shutout. The dude has a weird dangling arm delivery but man can he throw high-grade petrol. If he had a split finger pitch, not sure how anyone could hit him. From what I can see he throws two pitches. Though I have only watched a few innings.

  10. prez says:
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    Hi, yes.. Umm im here for the trade talk? Csn you point me in the direction of trades?

    • Cram It says:
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      @prez: Since this is the FCL trade chat room now…you interested in Francisco Rodriguez?

      • prez says:
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        @Cram It: no… But since i have one fuckin save.. Yes..

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Cram It: me too bro

      • prez says:
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        You need speed ? Ill sell evereth…

        • prez says:
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          Not straight up of course but its a start….

    • J-FOH says:
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      @prez: yeah its over there under the bleachers

  11. prez says:
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    On the edge about starting the new guy.. Picked him up last night, but getting cold feet.. Talk me into it!!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @prez: Total Wildcard

      • prez says:
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        @Wake Up: well, i guess that qualifies as talking me into it… Sold!

        But forreally.. Im gonna bench him. The win would be nice, but i cant affford a blowup. I sat kluber yesterday so playing this guy and having him get shelled would be brutal..

    • J-FOH says:
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      @prez: are we talking about fantasy baseball?

      • prez says:
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        @J-FOH: huh?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @prez: Your question could of been taken lots of ways

  12. costaricanchata says:
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    the draft kings of comedy .

    • J-FOH says:
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      @costaricanchata: you originally got a shout out when Lynn was the lead in but he got bumped and so did you

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    Stacking against Happ, I am missing something? What is more likely to happen one player (Happ) does well against a putrid offense or 4 barely-ball players hit well against a worn-out lefty.

    I’m taking my Happ and using that $ for stacking a Toronto O. They might get their Ks with Salzy, but I expect some yard too.

    Whitley is the big play. Got me some extra $$, and got me a O.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jayson: it just boils down to our opinion of Happiness.

      The ny vs ny game is debut vs debut. Its a gamblers nightmare

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        @J-FOH: Just look at the split stats Cleveland has against Lefty’s this year? .209 BA vs 264 BA on righties. Even if Just Awful shows up, I can’t imagine Cleveland doing much here. Seems like a waste of $ on a Cleveland team, but I guess we will see here shortly.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Jayson: with Brantley getting hurt doesn’t help the cause. I have Gomes and Asdrubal on some teams.

  14. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what’s up J-foh – who do you like – Fister, Wheeler or Keuchel in a keeper? sort of need K’s, but interested in overall here.

    thanks!

  15. mauledbypandas says:
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    Wheeler is reminding me of a younger Homer Bailey right now. Good but might always be a little whippy and long ball prone. Still like him over Keuchel though

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @J-FOH: me either. Not for mixed leagues yet. Matchups only. But then again I started Salazar at Toronto tonight also so what do I know.

        Salazar really has no clue how to pitch, just a thrower with a couple good pitches.

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    Hey Smokey good stuff I have some issues, I’m in a 14 team league tied for 2nd right now, this is my team:
    c-Pierzyinski
    1-goldschmidt
    2-Gyorko
    ss-Andrus
    3rd Juan Fransisco-Middlebrooks-Asche (Fransisco in this week)
    CI-Pujols
    MI- E Cabrera
    DH- Hart
    DH-Rizzo
    Soriano
    Seth Smith-Waivers
    Denorfia-Waivers
    Chris Carter
    Khris Davis
    Singleton (M)
    Crisp-Coming off DL soon
    Polanco (m)
    Harper DL-July

    Here’s my staff
    Cobb DL
    Ventura
    Salazar
    Eovaldi
    Lincecum
    Porcello
    archer
    deduno
    Morton
    Roberto Hernandez
    Martin Perez DL-Screwed!
    Tommy Hunter

    So basically my staff is just ok will get better with cobb coming back. I drafted Hunter and Henderson as my closers I’m screwed there. Do I punt the saves cat until someone comes along off waivers my pickups are done for May screwed myself there, I’m thinking of making a trade for a starter and a closer. These are some possible scenarios:

    I give Rizzo and Lincecum for Lester and Papplebon or balfour

    I give Hart for Balfour

    I give Polanco for Papplebon

    I give Polanco for Romo

    Do you like any of those or should I stay put and punt saves and hope for some luck off waivers later?

    Do you think Juan Fransisco will have agood year? He’s hot as hell right now or should I offer him for a mid range closer. He has 1st/3rd eligibility right now.

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @chris: that’s ok. What you smokin smoke. Hart for Balfour. I like Francisco. I think you can lose asche. Is Mejia owned?

      • chris says:
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        Thanks man I appreciate it!! LOL and yes Mejia is owned.

  17. chris says:
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    Sorry didnt mean to call you smokey J-Foh! I’m scum!!!

  18. J-bird says:
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    Hey GREY, If you were in a forever Keeper league would you rather have Fielder or Eric Hosmer? Is Fielder washing out?

    Also please choose a winning side: Starling Marte or Anibal Sanchez?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @J-bird: hosmer…..marte

  19. Matt says:
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    How bad is Zobrist’s dislocates thumb? Could it turn into an all-season issue like Pedroia’s did last year?

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: *dislocated

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Matt: I haven’t looked into it.

  20. ram says:
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    Cheap year 1 Sonny Gray in keeper league trade for Longoria (too $$$ to keep)? Would you trade Gray?

  21. peejer says:
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    A Cabrera or simmons for ROY in an ESPN H2H?

  22. peejer says:
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    bonifacio or wong in a 5×5 NL only rest of year??

  23. Smitty says:
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    Eavoldi trade for you:

    Bautista, Eavoldi for Craig, Teheran, Springer/Eaton.

    14-Team 6×6 league (ops/holds).

    Thoughts?

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