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The Royals physician diagnosed Danny Duffy with a torn UCL, which would mean Tommy John surgery.  In related news, Dr. James Andrews is filing a trademark lawsuit, saying he’s the only doctor that can shut down pitchers for longer than 60 days.  In sorta related news, Francisco Liriano is still waiting to come back.  In unrelated news, when Dr. James Andrews opens his milk, it goes bad immediately, then is good again in 280 to 360 days.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dee Gordon – 1-for-4 as he hits .212.  I’m not pointing any fingers, but the ‘perts over at Yahoo owe some of you an apology for how high they ranked Gordon.  Tell them Grey, the ‘pert who told you to avoid Grandy and the .400 hitting Wright, sent you for an apology.  Write it in blood, Pianowski!  Elian Herrera was called up to replace the recently DL’d Juan Uribe.  In the minors, Elian was returned to Cuba to live with his father and now he feeds Castro grapes.  *checking notes*  Totally wrong Elian, mea culpa, my Latin American friends!  Herrera has crazy speed (33 steals in Double-A last year; 9 steals in 28 games this year).  He just ran into your room, tied your shoes together and ran out without you knowing.  Look down.  See?  For now, Herrera will play all around the field, but there’s rumors that he will take some playing time away from Gordon.  Mattingly said he doesn’t think Gordon needs to be sent down to the minors.  Okay, but it’s not good when it’s being discussed that a player might be sent down.  For now, I’d only grab Elian in NL-Only leagues, but it’s worth monitoring.  I’d continue to hold Gordon, but you might have to start figuring out a contingency plan.  Like standing outside of Dale Sveum’s house reciting reasons why Campana should get shortstop eligibility.  That would be one contingency plan.  Here’s your thinking.  Here’s the box.  Your thinking is not in the box, is it?

Matt Kemp – Headed to the DL with a hamstring strain.  Here’s some shorthand for, y’all.  When a player says under no uncertain terms that he will not land on the DL, petition your league manager to make him DL-eligible.  Kemp shouldn’t miss more than 15 days.  Yesterday, Bobby Abreu hit 3rd for the Dodgers in Kemp’s absence.  Lineups don’t get much ethier than that.  Lisper!

Desmond Jennings – On May 6th, he left a game with knee soreness.  The Rays said it wasn’t a big deal.  On May 7th, I said it was a big deal when a player needed to be lifted mid-game.  Now, over a week later, the Rays are putting Jennings on the DL after using him as a pinch hitter on Friday.  So he’ll be out another two weeks.  Is it too much to ask a team to not pinch hit a guy when he might need to go on the DL?  How is this ever a good idea?   Rhetorical!

Jeff Niemann – He’ll be out a few months after a comebacker fractured his fibula.  No lie.

Miguel Batista – 7 shutout innings against the Brewers.  Look who learned something at Dave Duncan sleepaway camp!

Brad Lincoln – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks with his third win as he outpitched Anibal Sanchez (7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks).  FMFBBL!  Lincoln hasn’t been good for ellipse ever.   His K-rate is inflated because he was working in the bullpen and he’s on the Pirates.  Outside of NL-Only leagues, I wouldn’t go near him.

Daniel Nava – 1-for-2 with a homer.  He’s now 5 for his last 10 with 5 runs, 5 RBIs and a steal.  Here’s a short refresher about Nava.  He didn’t make his college team, worked as their equipment manager, finally played college ball, going undrafted in the major league draft then was cut by the Chico Outlaws, which I believe is the minor league affiliate for Chico’s Bail Bonds.  Maybe it’s all a ruse and Nava is a great prospect, who’s in the Witness Protection Program.  Just to be safe, he should have Marlon Byrd start his car for him.  For now, I’d grab him because he’s swinging a hot bat, but I wouldn’t expect much, even if that would make the perfect Nava script.

Brandon Morrow – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks and 5 unearned runs.  Holy ticker shock!

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 as he hit his first homer.  After the homer, the Padres skipper tried to get it reversed, arguing there was too much pine tar under Harper’s eyes.

Ross Detwiler – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Padres.  Ross, I would’ve been impressed with less runs.  I don’t know why the pitchers I stream can’t put on their big boy pants.  I should’ve went with Brad Lincoln.  It’s all about the Lincolns!

Henry Rodriguez – 1/3 IP, 3 BBs.  Before yesterday’s game, Davey Johnson said HanK-Rod is still the Nats closer.  After the game, Davey didn’t have to say anything.  Clippard could see some saves, Burnett might see a situational save or two, and Rodriguez, well, it was an okay run.

Bryan LaHair – 3-for-4 with a slam (#9) and legs (#1).  Shhh, don’t tell him that this is all a dream.  Just glad someone benefited from the movie, Inception.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-4 with his 9th homer, and 5th homer in the last ten games.  His last name sounds like an STD and he’s burning hot.

Elliot Johnson – 1-for-2 with his 6th steal.  Member how we were all excited about Jed Lowrie a few weeks ago?  Well, here’s your newest MI hot schmotato.

Allen Craig – 2-for-4 as he hit cleanup.  Can we just assume he gets two hits in every game so I don’t have to keep writing about him?  Thank you.

Tim Stauffer – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Returned from the DL after a month plus of a sore elbow.  Someone forgot to read the explicit directions on his elbows.  Don’t feed after midnight.  Don’t get wet and don’t, under any circumstances, pitch in away games.

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-4 to raise his average to .300.  He’s hitting cleanup and he has 7 runs and 10 RBIs and 1 homer on the year, so the average is pretty empty.  At least the average is good though, I’m farting in your general direction Aramis Ramirez.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs with his 9th homer.  From the comments, I noticed something about Hardy.  People can’t wait for him to cool off so they can drop him.  To the point where they’ll drop him even if he’s still hot.  Just get J.J. off people’s teams!  Sigh.  I wish I had him on all my teams.

David Robertson – Missed out on the save because of sore ribs that have lingered since Friday.  When Fred Flintstone had ‘saur ribs, he was only out of commission for a day (after uprighting his car).

Christian Friedrich – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Okay, it was against the Ain’ts in San Fran, but that would be a great start even against the Mariners.  Speaking of which, he gets them next.  Don’t mind if I do!

Troy TulowitzkiDexter Fowler hit a line drive that nailed Tulo in the leg.  Wait until Tulo finds out Dexter was using one of Ubaldo’s old bats.  Tulo stayed in the game, but then was lifted when he seemed to be favoring his leg.  As of this writing, it’s not known how long Tulo will be out.  Once someone tells me in the comments, I will let you all know.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hang on, Cruz owners, because he’s about to go into turbo and hit 10 homers over the next 12 days and then pull a hamstring.

Eric Hosmer – 0-for-4 to lower his average to .174.  I’ll be organizing a pray circle for Hosmer’s owners at 4 PM at the Reseda Kiwanis Club.  After we meet there, we will be tracking down all Adam Dunn owners demanding they give us his stats.

Freddie Freeman – Threw in the towel in the 7th with blurred vision in his right eye.  He needed Bobby Cox in his corner to tell him to piss lightning and crap thunder.

Randall Delgado – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  A few solid starts ago, I said monitor him.  Then a couple of solid starts ago, I said I’d pick him up in deeper mixed leagues.  Now, no more quantifying.  Pick him up.

Drew Smyly – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Uh-oh, this might be the beginning of the end for his fantasy usefulness.  Sad emoticon.

Addison Reed – He got the save yesterday because it was getting too predictable the other way around.

Frank Francisco – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save.  The Mets decided to stick with their beleaguered closer and he rewarded their generosity by closing the door (after allowing a run).  Let’s see if you can guess what owning closers are similar to getting checked for:  Closers are completely nuts and after you grab them, they cough up runs.

David Wright – 1-for-3 with a run.  His average just dipped down below .400.  He’s a very good baseball player and I apologize I didn’t appropriately tout him during draft season.  May your piss and vinegar rain on my head.  Or if you looked at my slightly old draft sheet where I did tout him prior to his injury concerns, you’re welcome.

Yovani Gallardo – Still in the running for the most frustrating SP in the world.  Gives up only 2 hits in 6 IP vs the Mets and loses.  6 BB don’t help.  His ERA is still above 5, but it’ll be down sooner than his owners’ blood pressure.  Stay thirsty, Yovani.

Torii Hunter – Out for an unspecified amount of time as he deals with his son’s alleged sexual assault charges.  His son hopes to get this all cleared up and attend Penn State in the fall.

  1. Giant JJ says:
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    I can get Miggy for Kemp right now. would you do it?

    • @Giant JJ, I’d prefer Miggy.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Giant JJ, I’d also do it.

  2. Virinder says:
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    Who’s the pickup in Washington now?? Burnett, Clippard, or stay with Hank-Rod?? Also, Frank Frank is on waivers….pick him up over all others??

    Also, thanks for the vote of confidence in Wright, I’m breathing a little better about him now….but, now I’m hoping you didn’t just jinx him! D’oh!!

    • @Virinder, I’ll be curious to see Grey’s response. But I think Rodriguez is still the best bet in the Nationals’ bullpen, with the possible exception of stashing Storen in an empty DL slot.

      Frank Frank vs. H-Rod. That seems like a tossup, but I think I’d still lean slightly toward H-Rod.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Virinder, Frank Frank over H-Rod

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey, agree with Grey. HRod is still not a pitcher, he is a thrower. He has tremendous power and can generate a nasty heat but his pitches are flat, either he overpowers you with that fastball or he is in trouble. As soon as he has to mix in some off speed and finesse pitches, he starts hitting dirt or doesnt hit the strike zone at all. As i said, he is a thrower, not a pitcher. At least not yet.

  3. Blue says:
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    As a followup to the guy above, just picked up Burnett (nats), clippard on waivers, how much would you bid for him? Only only closer is Aceves and last in saves..

    And who would you drop between: Mujica, D Hernandez, Cashner and Burnett.

    Thanks!

    • Blue says:
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      @Blue, nevermind

  4. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Any word on Howie Kendrick? Another day off but no word as to why and no reason has been disclosed.

    • @Melvin Emanuel, Doesn’t seem like he’s hurt, or at least I couldn’t find anything. He was 0-for-9 career against Tyson Ross, yesterday’s starter against the Angels and Micky Hatcher said a few days earlier that Kendrick might be pressing too much. So maybe they just figured a day off would do him some good.

      But attention: Kendrick’s also just 1-for-13 in his career against Bartolo Colon, tonight’s Oakland starter, though it would be worrying if he sat again tonight. Fortunately, his record is better against Floyd, tomorrow night’s starter.

  5. thatonekid343 says:
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    12-team mixed. 3 DL Spots. I had 5 on DL. I dropped Luebke for Friedrich, since that “second opinion” for Luebke is taking weeks to get in. I had to have Friedrich, his curve is one of the nastiest I have seen. He worked with Cliff Lee in the offseason, this kid could be the NL ROTY.

    Grey, do you think Friedrich could become a reliable fantasy pitcher this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thatonekid343, I’d pick him up for his next matchup and then go for there…

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @thatonekid343, just be prepared for the occasional melt down at coors. Dont expect consistent numbers down the road.

  6. Barry Waves says:
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    Start either Minor v. Miami and/or Ubaldo v. Seattle on Wed. or not worth the risk?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Barry Waves, Minor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Barry Waves, I wouldn’t risk it…

  7. Blue says:
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    Start Scherzer at the White Sox in a head to head league that counts losses as well?

    • stoopid says:
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      @Blue, I’m closing my eyes and starting him today..

    • bobbo says:
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      @Blue, For as shaky as he’s been lately he has a really good history against CWS so I’m rolling with him. Can’t possibly destroy my stats any more than Addison Reed and HRod have in the past 3 days.

  8. Paulie Allnuts

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    “Elian was returned to Cuba to live with his father and now he feeds Castro grapes.” Either that one, or Torrii’s son attending Penn State. Don’t know which one had me laughing harder.

    Somebody dropped Altuve in my H2H. Drop weeks and go for it?

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Probably not worth a hill of beans, but I would.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, As in my view is probably not worth…

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Steve, Hey there now, no need to drag me into this!

        On a side note, I was offered Weeks for Altuve the other day and turned it down. So you can guess my view on it.

        • Paulie Allnuts

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          @A Hill O’ Beans, Should specify that this is Ricky and not Jemile

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Paulie Allnuts, Yeah, I figured as much. I was talking about Rickie, he of the .157 AVG, as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Thanks! I’d prefer Weeks…

  9. Blue says:
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    pick 2 for saves: D hernandez, cashner, cook

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Not Cook

  10. Madman says:
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    I have Trevor Bauer on my bench and have been offered any one of the following: Altuve, Kelly Johnson, Allen Craig or Seagar. Do any of these make sense? I have Weeks at 2B.

    Madman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Madman, Johnson

  11. malacoda says:
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    Please put LaHair in your sell column every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malacoda, You’re welcome

  12. Jermo says:
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    Henry Rodriguez, Addison Reed, Rafael soriano, or Matt Capps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jermo, Capps

  13. ThomasR says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Pick two of these four potential closers to use:

    1. Addison Reed (on waivers)
    2. Dale Thayer (Free agent)
    3. Sean Marshall (free agent)
    4. Cishek (on waivers)

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      @ThomasR, Since Marshall actually has the job right now, hasn’t blown any saves recently, and because Dusty tends to be loyal to his guys, Marshall is pretty much a no brainier.

      Plus, Marshall isn’t some schlub. His peripherals, plus the last two years of work, indicate he’s a pretty decent pitcher.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @ThomasR, easily Marshall and Reed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThomasR, Marshall, Reed

  14. Ryan says:
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    Worley ,samardzia ,or Gavin Floyd ROS?
    Standard league
    Thanks!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Ryan, Samardjia

  15. Blue says:
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    12 team 5×5 Rotiserrie

    C: C Santana
    1B: Ike Davis
    2B: Uggla
    3B: Seager
    SS: Cozart
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Cruz
    Util: Dirks
    Util: Campana
    Bench, Gardner, espinoza
    DL: Longo

    SP: Bumgarner
    SP: J Zimmerman
    RP: Axford
    RP: H-Rod
    RP: Casilla
    RP: Cishek
    RP: Janssen
    RP: Walden
    P: A Sanchez, G Gonzalez, M Garza, Cahill, Lynn
    DL: D Hudson

    Been offered J Upton and Moustakas for Bum, Casilla and Lynn. Thoughts? Giving up too much considering how Upton has been playing?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Blue, No. I’m always a fan of trading SP for offense, assuming that’s what you need.

  16. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Is it just me or does ESPN make you want to punch Bryce Harper in the face? Its incomprehensible that he makes a highlight for doing practically nothing every game. Goes 1/4 with a single and he is on the ticker. Throws a bat into the wall and hits himself in the face, top 5 play for that hit.

    Should have known his homer yesterday would make the intro and undoubtedly make the top 10 today….looks like I’m going to have to burn my morning watching Maury, Ax Men reruns, Wicked Tuna and the Colbert Report.

    • nightpandas says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun,

      They want him to be the face of MLB.

      If Harper crashed his car into a tree outside his house after his girlfriend chased him with a bat after catching him cheating do you think it would be a bigger story than you know who?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Because he’s the Lebron James of baseball. Stop watching ESPN.

    • Far Beyond Driven says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, as @WhineSpritzer says, it’s why you need to stop watching ESPN. As a result, I love Harper, don’t mind Tebowtime that much, am only bored and not in full-out hate of Yankees-Red Sox, etc. Harper’s good enough you want to watch him without hating him because ESPN drives a story into the ground with hyperbole and over-exposure.

      Remember, all ESPN management and on-air personalities must club 5 baby seals to death to be initiated. The other league networks only require charity work.

  17. Salty Balty says:
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    Tulo day-to-day with deep fibula bruize. Doesn’t sound good considering he’s had hip problems before. F***.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Salty Balty, Thanks for the heads up!

  18. Eddie says:
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    I haven’t seen video of Harper’s home run yet, so I’m going to assume he hit it 550 feet, and then rode his bat around the bases like a pony.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Eddie, Ha. Actually he sprinted around the bases in about 12 seconds. I love how every one’s bashing his cockiness based on what ESPN hyped, but he’s hustled more and played harder than any one I’ve ever seen in recent memory.

      • VinWins

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        @WhineSpritzer, I haven’t seen much of Harper, but he sounds like Brett Lawrie, who is always hustling and working.

        • WhineSpritzer says:
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          @VinWins, I get all Nats games. He’s fun to watch. He plays with a palpable intensity you only see on a basketball court. I can see how some of the vets wouldn’t take to it/be jealous of it.

          • Tony says:
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            @WhineSpritzer, he plays like the game is supposed to be played, i will say it comes off as cocky sometimes though.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Tony, I agree 110% with you here. He plays how I wish everyone plays. He hit the HR and ran the bases. I hate how some guys sit there and stare at it for awhile even when they hit a solo shot down 8-1. I can appreciate the hustle, but can also see how it comes off cocky.

              @VinWins, he is very similar to Lawrie, he just didn’t have the cred coming in like Harper due to ESPN and that video of him hitting 475 ft. bombs in the Trop when he was 16.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Ha!

  19. Hunter says:
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    Thanks for the advice to stream Friedrich for his two start week! Never heard of him before. Have to cross my fingers to see how it goes against the Mariners, but so far, so good!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hunter, No problem…

  20. nightpandas says:
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    need a Kemp fill in: (looking for power more than speed)

    The slim pickings are:

    Ibanez
    Blanco
    Bernadina
    Torres
    Espinosa
    Alvarez

    or play Boneface & Rollins everyday and pickup:

    Delgado or Maholm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Delgado

  21. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    12-team H2H OBP. Worth dropping Cozart to pick up Elliot Johnson?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Eddy, Probably not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Hold

  22. Mystery Meat says:
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    Is Javy Guerra worth holding onto in my holds league? Trying to figure out whether I should drop Guerra or Rios to open up a roster slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mystery Meat, Lose him

  23. Moneybrawl says:
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    Grey, any thoughts on Maholm and if he’s worth a pick-up?

    Thanks in advance and cheers.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Moneybrawl, Most likely not, but depends on you league size/settings/situation.

  24. Jay says:
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    What’s your take on Matt Moore the rest of the way? I’m in a keeper league and current owner wants to sell low to get some offense as he’s been hit with injuries throughout lineup. I have a decent staff and not sure what to make of Moore’s troubles here in the early going. I was thinking of offering up Hosmer for him but not sure… Any advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay, I’d prefer Hosmer, but I could see trying to buy him low…

  25. Shibboleth says:
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    Would you start Colby Lewis at home vs KC? Career #s against KC are terrible, but he only seems to suck in away starts this year… cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shibboleth, I would and am.

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    Two Things:

    1) You’re a shitty ‘pert. You told us all to avoid David Wright and his injuries, then when he jammed his pinky you gave us the ole “I told ya so!” And then no mention of him until he finally ends his chase of Teddy Ballgame and dips below .400. Geez, dubya tee eff?!?***

    ***Disclaimer: this is just to get it out of the way, so Douchey McDoucherson can’t be the first. Although calling these people “douches” would imply that they’ve been close to a vagina before.

    2) No offense to Kiwi Steve, because I actually enjoy his rantings on here, but I think I’m going to change my name to American Steve. Emoticon.

    First Longo, now Kemp, and then Tulo gets beat up by his teammate… My keepers which seemed so badass at the start of the season now are leaving me scrambling. Now if Prince and JUp figure out how to hit that little white leather ball with that big wooden club, they might be able to pick up the slack for me. But that’s probably asking too much of them.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, Edit:

      If we’re going by our country’s birds, I guess I should be Bald Eagle Steve. Emoticon.

      • Dude says:
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        @Wilsonian, nicely done on 1. Me, I would like to publicly apologize to D. McBogar for not drafting his beloved Wright; I only threw his name out to incinerate other people’s money. I can only blame myself for this foolish decision. McBogar is a genius.

  27. Booya says:
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    A few question for you…

    1) Best option at utility, Scott, Chris Johnson, Hardy, or Hunter?
    2) Best option for MI spot right now, Elliot Johnson, Neil Walker, Espinosa, Beckman? ROS?
    3) Drop Milone for Nolasco?
    4) Try to deal Haren right now? What bats would you target for him?

    Thanks a bunch

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Booya,
      Hardy
      Espinosa
      Meh
      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, ^Agree except I’d lose Milone for Nolasco

      • Booya says:
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        @Grey,

        Any ideas for guys I should target in return for Haren?

        Thanks again

  28. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    tell the truth , if you were terry collins , would you tell frank2 to take a seat ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, To where?

  29. Tommy C says:
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    ROS Francisco or Thayer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tommy C, Francisco

  30. Swisher Sweets says:
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    I have Trevor Bauer on my bench and have been offered any one of the following: Altuve, Kelly Johnson, Allen Craig or Seagar. Do any of these make sense? I have Jemile Weeks at 2B.

    Thanks

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Swisher Sweets, Craig!!! Actually they all make sense except Seagar. But…Craig!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swisher Sweets, Johnson

  31. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Razzball Nation: Trade my Weaver & Reddick for his Verlander in a 12 team keeper? Thanks for the perspective!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh, No.

    • chunk says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh, At first I was like, yea! But then I was like, eh…

  32. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I have Frank Francisco and HanK-Rod – Drop HanK-Rod for Dolis? Or Frankx2?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Yes, get Dolis

  33. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Need a utility bat in H2H 10-teamer…. middlebrooks, c. Johnson, or c. Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Middlebrooks

  34. FD says:
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    Love the Wright comment! Screw the haters. This is the most entertaining and informative fantasy baseball site. Period.

    Not to mention the fact that you personally respond to almost every question thrown your way.

    Keep up the great work Grey Rudy et al.

    FD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Thanks!

  35. alejandro says:
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    I need to pick 2 of 3 starts

    H. Alvarez today vs. Tampa Bay (Price)

    P. Hughes @ Toronto (Hutchison)

    H. Alvarez (sunday) vs. NY Mets (Gee)

    Thank you

    • Tom says:
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      @alejandro, hughes & Alvarez (v mets)

      • Tony says:
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        @Tom, wow i looked at alvarez vs TB and said eh i’ll throw alvarez, but vs PRICE, thats not a good play at all unless you dont care about getting a win…. might have to go sit him down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alejandro, Not the first

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @alejandro, I wouldn’t start Hughes, I know that much.

  36. Doofus says:
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    Thanks for the gremlins reference. Pooholes is 2011 big donkey or big dung-ky. if by some miracle i can trade Pooholes for Hosmer and Moore (in a dynasty roto league – keep everybody as long as you want).. how fast would you pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doofus, Hosmer’s been miserable too… I’d prefer Pujols.

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    “Don’t let them bury me, I’m not dead.”

    -Bryan LaHair as seen in “The Serpent And The Rainbow”

    “Reports of my death have been greatly exagerated.”

    -Bryan LaHair as seen in Hal Holbrook Presents! Mark Twain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Ha!

  38. OaktownSteve says:
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    The Halos are terrible and nothing confirms this more than their performance against Tyson Ross last night. Ross did make an adjustment to his delivery after the savage beatings he took a couple weeks ago, but he should not be shutting anybody down with that stuff.

    Not sure if you mentioned it here or not but Tyler Colvin is pretty close to locking up the starting CF job in Denver. At minimum it’s a split and with a decent run over the next week or so he might just go full time with it. Very interesting.

    Also, Bruce Bochy seems in love with Gregor Blanco. Blanco seems like a guy that is finally getting a shot at playing and is holding on like a pitbull. If you really need steals blah blah.

    • chunk says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Nice supplement. With Hunter and Kemp I’ve been at the OF bargain bin, rollin’ out Nava and ‘Dina. I’ll have to keep an eye on Colvin…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @chunk, Colvin could be a difference maker. Just as a little kicker I heard Jim Tracy quoted as saying he thinks Colvin can and should run a little from the top of the line up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Agreed, they looked miserable.

  39. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey, Everyone:

    Does anyone find it funny that the guy who hit Tulo with a Foul ball is named Fowler. Lmao.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Fowler?!? I barely know ‘er…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Ha

  40. John says:
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    Better replacement for Ramos ROS:
    Doumit
    Ellis
    Salty
    Lucroy

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Doumit

  41. CT Old School says:
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    Penn State, huh? Ouch.

  42. JT says:
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    In a dynasty, do I trade

    Cahill and Machado

    for

    Weaver and Lindor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JT, Weaver side

      • JT says:
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        @Grey, Thank you!

  43. jaw says:
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    hey grey how would you rank these options at utility, 10 team 5×5 h2h

    chipper
    tabata
    alonso
    boesch
    lomo
    rasmus
    kubel
    delmon
    pagan
    cody ross
    jon jay
    campana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Jay, LoMo

  44. El Gato says:
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    Beltran’s knee starting to worry me – am I panicking by making either trade:

    Tulowitzki for Beltran and Aviles

    Jose Reyes for Beltran

    Gracias.

    • HotRod says:
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      @El Gato,

      Absolutely not panicking, I would do either of these trades if I were you…all day!!

  45. HotRod says:
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    In need of steals, feel like i can give up some power…have Kendrick & Rickie Weeks as well at second.

    Trade Uggla for Castro?? Who wins??

      • WhineSpritzer says:
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        @Shea Sera Sera, Castro, easily.

  46. So with Krispie Young hopefully coming off the DL this week I need to do something with this glut of MR’s I am holding onto. While things are so fluid it is hard to know which one will get bombed on any given night. We have an innings cap so I am going to hold onto most, but need to drop one.

    Romo, He-Rod, Bell, Addison, Pestano, Soriano, and Jansen.

    Leaning towards dropping Pestano, but if He-Rod is out in Washington, he would be the one to go as Pestano’s K/9 is pretty sick. Thoughts?

    Or I could drop Alfonso Soriano and let the MR cycle play out 1 more week…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, I’d wait a couple of days until Krispie is actually off the DL.

      • @Grey, I got ya…do you think things will clean up in a few days? Got a feeling they will just get worse….

        Could use the Krispie from the beginning of the season though…

  47. MikeY says:
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    Not Yovani’s fault he gets no run support (2.94 runs per 9 IP this year). He’s actually been good this year unless he faces the Cardinals.

    In 2 starts against St. Louis he’s 0-2 with an 22.24 ERA/3.88 WHIP in 5.2 innings. In his other 6 starts he’s 2-2 with an 2.54 ERA/1.18 WHIP with 39Ks in 39 innings.

    Go get him from whoever he’s “frustrating” in your league and start him against everyone except the Cards.

  48. G Money says:
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    Grey…I’m back. Ok same trade from yesterday but he threw in somebody else. Thanks again and love the site more than your man crush on Giancarlo.

    Bruce
    Aceves

    for

    Pence
    Ortiz

    -G-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G Money, Thanks! I’d take Pence

  49. scott says:
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    i have both dee gordon and tori hunter in one league.
    goddamnit.
    that is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott, Yup

  50. smkuchta says:
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    Cliff Lee for David Ortiz…Standard Yahoo 12 team Roto…best side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smkuchta, Lee

  51. Turk Wendell says:
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    Is Michael Young worth going after? 3B is looking pretty weak on my team with Longo going down and the Alvarez/Betemit show uninspiring.

    Trade my Craig for his M. Young?

    Thanks again Grey and Razzball nation!

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Turk Wendell, 12 H2H

      • chunk says:
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        @Turk Wendell, you’ll probably need to throw in a sweetener

        • Turk Wendell says:
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          @chunk,

          Wish I had some sweetner!

  52. T.J. says:
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    11-team $260 NL-only 4×4 Roto. I’m in first. Also-ran offering Tulo (assuming he is healthy) for any one of Zimmermann ($6, 2), Beachy ($5, 2), or Lynn ($4, 1). Which one would you be most comfortable giving up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T.J., Lynn

  53. Jon says:
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    So it sounds like I should drop HanKRod and pick up Delgado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, If you don’t need saves…

  54. Grey's da man! says:
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    12 team 5×5 Rotiserrie

    C: C Santana
    1B: Ike Davis
    2B: Uggla
    3B: Seager
    SS: Cozart
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Cruz
    Util: Dirks
    Util: Campana
    Bench, Gardner, espinoza
    DL: Longo

    SP: Bumgarner
    SP: J Zimmerman
    RP: Axford
    RP: Casilla
    RP: Cishek
    RP: Janssen
    RP: Walden
    P: A Sanchez, G Gonzalez, M Garza, Cahill, Lynn
    DL: D Hudson

    Been offered J Upton and Moustakas for Bum, Casilla and Lynn. Thoughts? Giving up too much considering how Upton has been playing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d take Upton usually, but do you really need another OF?

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, Love my outfielders! lol. Just got offered this tho:

        Receive R Zimmerman
        Give J Zimmerman and Cishek

        That one better?

  55. Jack says:
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    Will Middlebrooks or Chris Johnson (until Longoria gets off the DL)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Middlebrooks

  56. J-Birdis says:
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    RCL League…

    I need to pick up a bat now that Kemp hit the DL (Big Panda already owns that slot on my team.)

    I own Kimbrel, Valverde, Casilla, and Aceves as my closers and am leading the league in saves. Only offensive category that could use a little boost is steals…

    Offering up Aceves for Trout in a deal… good trade? OR should I target a different OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Birdis, I’d take Trout

  57. Booya says:
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    Pick 2…Ubaldo, Stauffer, Delagado, Niemann, Milone, H2H league uses K/9 as 6th cat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Niemann’s out, read the post…

      • Booya says:
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        @Grey,

        So Delgado and Stauffer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Booya, Stauffer (at home), Milone, Delgado…

    • Booya says:
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      @Booya,

      Just realized Niemann is out 4 weeks min, so can remove him from list

  58. Mike says:
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    @Grey

    Do you think Aroldis Chapman will get the closer job or possibly a starting spot in the rotation in the near future????

    • bill says:
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      @Mike, yes i do,might be another month or so but he will be probably starting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Nope

  59. Booya says:
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    Yep short term memory loss…

  60. Chillmodious says:
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    @Grey,

    1.
    Another day, another episode of As The Hot-Schmotato Turns….

    I picked up Espinosa yesterday and think he’ll continue to produce at least in the short term. I have Schafer, who appears to be cooling off, but I’m pretty committed to him and his ability to go 0-3 with 1 BB, 1HBP, 2 SB and a run. And I also have Jed Lowrie, who… well, I don’t know what to make of him.

    Do I drop a lukewarm schmotato (Lowrie) for one of the following, or am I too impatient and need to hold longer:

    Roger Bernadina, Elliot Johnson, Pedro Alvarez, Elian Herrera.

    2.
    I think I saw a similar question in the comments yesterday, so a preemptive mea culpa if I’m being redundant… Jaime Garcia has been meh for me, but I’m always scared to drop a guy I drafted in the mid-rounds to be a #4 starter. I cut bait with Scherzer and seeing someone scoop him up recently to enjoy the recent success is frustrating. Bud Norris, Randall Delgado, and Jarrod Parker are all available FAs. Do I drop Jaime for any of them? Or Dale Thayer for any of them?

    3.
    Dear Desmond Jennings,

    Please get well soon. I need you close to me.

    xoxoxo,
    Chillmodious

    P.S.: <3 <3 S.W.A.K. <3 <3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Ha! Grab Bernadina…Thayer for saves, Norris otherwise…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Glad we’re on the same page–I dropped Lowrie for Bernadina before checking your reply. Regarding pitchers, I just want to make sure I follow what you’re saying. Quick background:

        SPs are: Greinke / Anibal / Hanson / Lynn / Jaime Garcia / Samardzija

        RPs are: Chris Perez, Santiago Casilla, Dolis, Downs, Thayer, (Santos on DL)

        Norris is available. I’m wobbly on Thayer because of Street (obviously), and Jaime I just can’t decide. Hold, or drop someone for Norris?

        (sorry if overkill, but thanks all the same)

  61. GTS says:
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    Is Torii donee? Please rank: Hunter, Boesch, Dirks, Ibanez, Tabata

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Dirks, Hunter…

  62. Viagra Falls says:
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    Start Melky or Bryce Harper today?

    • bean says:
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      @Viagra Falls, Melky is a start until he cools off. Guy is hot and with Blanco getting on base in front of him there are RBI chances.

      Melky also gets Jeremy Guthrie fresh off the DL today.

  63. artie says:
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    Still looking for my Longoria replacement…
    Any thoughts on the following?

    Bautista for Pence/Vogelsong

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @artie, do it. Now.

  64. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    Grey do not worry about the hatters talking about not drafting D. Wright. Dude is just Matt Berry. Also, he drafted 3 straight outfielders.

    I will however, point out the Ubaldo, Jhoulys touts. Ha.

    Reason SmileyFace sucked is b/c I finally picked him up. You like Smyly or McDonald for remainder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Ha… Thanks! McDonald…

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, Thanks man. Became moot because I picked up Soriano with the MRI shizz going on with Robertson and dropped SmileyFace

  65. harkrider says:
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    any thoughts on what the Angels will do with Morales, Pujols and Trumbo? Yesterday Trumbo played RF, but he seems like a liability anywhere but 1B or DH, however they definitely need his bat right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Looks like Trumbo’ll play in the OF.

  66. Prezii says:
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    Greyski… Morrowski… Sell highski??

  67. Mike says:
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    What are everyone’s thought on the middlebrooks and Youkilis dilemma?? I have middlebrooks on my team and hope hes staying around!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, They’re not going to drop Youk.

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey, You think theyll split time or Middlebrooks is going back down to AAA? If he is do you think hes worth holding on to in a keeper league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mike, I think he’ll probably be shipped down… Depends on other factors whether he’s worth holding…

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey, So then should i just sit on him until more information comes out? Or should i drop him for a hot pitcher or another hot batter? Also can this kid play any other positions possibly that they would consider putting him at? And lastly is there a website that i can go to that tracks this situation fairly well? Thanks.

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @Mike, Twitter and Boston beat writers, or just read all the comments here.

  68. Mrhappytime says:
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    Altuve or Espinosa for the rest of the season?

    • Mrhappytime says:
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      Are you trusting Beckett today against SEA?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mrhappytime, Espinosa… Yup…

  69. Grey's da man! says:
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    10 team H2H league, Offense counts hits and TB as well.
    C: JP
    1B: Dunn
    2B: Craig
    3B: B Lawrie
    SS: Hanley
    OF: Braun
    OF: Bruce
    OF: J Upton
    Util: Choo
    Util: Hardy
    Bench: E Hosmer

    Been offered Prince and H Kendrick for Braun. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, It’s fair, hold…

  70. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whats your price tag on R Weeks outta these pitchers:

    Peav, Marcum, Holland, Minor.

    Which you dealin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Minor…

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Minor isn’t worth anything at this point. I’m planning on holding Peavy since everyone predicts he’ll fall off a cliff and doesn’t have the trade value he deserves. That leaves you with Holland or Marcum.

  71. Wilsonian says:
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    Choose dos:

    Smyly, Parker, Friederich.

    W, L, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian, Parker is legit. The thing about Friedrich is he looks good now but how good are his prospects for later this year when things are getting warm in Colorado and the league is getting a second look at him? I haven’t seen Smyly enough to say.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @OaktownSteve, I like Parker the most of the bunch. I have him and Smyly, just looking to see if I should lose him for Friedrich, really. I haven’t seen enough of him to really make a valid opinion, I just know his numbers have been good until last night.

  72. Viagra Falls says:
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    Does anyone think Freddie Freeman is going to go today after the dizziness yesterday, some say from contact issues…not that I totally buy that? Or do you think he sits for a game or two for Hinske?

    • digers says:
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      @Viagra Falls, day to day with a corneal abrasion

    • dingers says:
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      @Viagra Falls, day to day with corneal abrasion

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @dingers, I bet he sits. He’s also been slumping so he’s kind of due for a day off anythehoo.

  73. Grey's da man! says:
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    1. Volquez at home vs. dodgers?

    or

    Friedrich at home vs mariners?

    2. D Murphy, Inge or Betemit at 3B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Volquez… Betemit…

  74. jr_wall says:
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    So i have on the table a “sell-high” situation for LeHair.

    LeHair for Marcum straight up.

    I lost Luebke so could use an innings cruncher with a decent WHIP.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jr_wall, Sounds good for you…

  75. Po says:
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    Grey, I tried to warn Razzballers about Hosmer’s girlfriend sucking the life out of him… Might want to invite her to the prayer circle tonight…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Po, Ugh, that’s right…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Po, I have mixed feelings about Hosmer. On the one hand, I was a dissenting voice saying I would not own him this year at the beginning of the year and thinking he would go way too high, so I feel somewhat vindicated.

      On the other hand, I think it’s pretty much been bad luck with Hosmer. He’s got a putrid .165 BABIP. His FB% and his HR/FB ratio are virtually identical to last year. He’s hitting a few less line drives and a few more ground outs, but not enough to create the BABIP void he’s in. He’s striking out less, walking more. He still looks like he’s going to struggle a bit against left handers but overall he looks like a serious buy low candidate to me on paper.

      I haven’t seen him play much and sometimes the fangraph numbers lie a bit in the LD/FB breakdown. Impossible to tell if they are hard line drive atem balls or weak contact broken bat liners so it’s possible that he’s just not hitting the ball hard, but even still, with his contact rates he’s due for some bloops, bleeders, flairs, Texas Leaguers, parachutes, dinks, and swinging bunts.

      • princerudynasim says:
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        @OaktownSteve, this kid Hosmer is suppose to be good blah, blah blah but can some one please point me to the stats in which lead some of you guys to draft this KID so high???!! I don’t feel bad one bit for the people who spent high draft picks on this guy

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @princerudynasim, He is definitely fo’ reals, yo…as the kids might still be saying.

          He’s a number 3 overall out of high school, and though being a high draft is not a guarantee of course, having pedigre does matter.

          He destroyed multiple levels of the minors and put of very good numbers over 563 MLB plate appearances last year. He is good and has a chance to be among the leagues best hitters in time. I basically did not like him this year because of his splits and his walk rates and plate discpline. I saw this as being a learning year but there’s no doubt the talent is there.

          The thing is, as I said above, right now it appears that he’s just hitting with terrible, terrible luck. He’s the anti-LaHair.

  76. G Money says:
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    Grey…I’m back again…last time I promise. Ok same trade from earlier but he wont part with big papai so now its…

    Bruce
    Aceves

    for

    Pence
    Berkman

    -G-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G Money, Pence

  77. Just had to comment that I love the commentary! It’s hard to pick a favorite… but Freeman notes takes the award! Tulo and Yonder notes were also great! ;)

    Keep up the great work! Hoping to steal Elian away in FAAB faster than it took INS to get him out of South Florida and back to Fidel! Same Elian right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NLFantasyBB, Ha! Thanks!

  78. Grey's da man! says:
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    R Zimmerman for J Zimmerman/Cishek.

    Which side? Close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Zimmerman, it’s close…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, So I asked you about another trade earlier as well. Should I do either trade?

        1. Get R Zimmerman and give J Zimmerman and Cishek
        2. Get J Upton and Moustakas and give Bumgarner, Casilla and Lynn.

        I am leading in most pitching categories and behind in hitting, weak at 1B and 3B. can try and get Upton and then Trumbo instead of Moustakas if thats better. Hold or make a move? Here is my team again..

        12 team 5×5 Rotiserrie

        C: C Santana
        1B: Ike Davis
        2B: Uggla
        3B: Seager
        SS: Cozart
        OF: Braun
        OF: Bruce
        OF: Cruz
        Util: Dirks
        Util: Campana
        Bench, Gardner, espinoza
        DL: Longo

        SP: Bumgarner
        SP: J Zimmerman
        RP: Axford
        RP: H-Rod
        RP: Casilla
        RP: Cishek
        RP: Janssen
        RP: Walden
        P: A Sanchez, G Gonzalez, M Garza, Cahill, Lynn
        DL: D Hudson

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey’s da man!, 1. Take Zimmerman… Or trade Bum for a 1st baseman and not an OF.

          • Grey's da man! says:
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            @Grey, Better for the team if I just do something simple like Lynn for Trumbo?

            • Grey

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

              • Grey's da man! says:
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                @Grey, Cool, thanks!

  79. bean says:
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    Need to express my hatred for the “Won’t start against LH” label.

    Campana, Nieuwenhuis and Parra all suffering under this duck and hide douche managerial strategy. F-You Gibson, F-You Collins and F-You Sveum!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Ha, yup…

  80. AP says:
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    I traded dee gordon for gallardo about 2 weeks ago…no question, I just wanted to shout it from the nearest mountaintop. Keep up the great work, Grey.

    • princerudynasim says:
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      @AP, wow that’s horrile. sorry to hear about your loss guy lol

      • AP says:
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        @princerudynasim, I may have left that a little confusing, but to clarify I was on the good end.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Nice!

  81. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey….who would you rather have?

    Zobrist or Kendrick?

    and

    J Weeks or Bonifacio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Zobrist… Bonifacio…

  82. Zeke says:
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    Grey, I need to drop 1 off my bench. Not in my rotation, so I can chance it a bit. Minor, Delgado or Vogelsong? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke, Delgado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke, Actually, Vogelsong…

  83. BadAzzMofo says:
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    Im trying to grab CarGo….. what do u think of King Felix and Ellsbury for CarGo and Posey? Having a hard time figuring out what Ellsburys fair value is…any thought?

    • BadAzzMofo says:
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      PS – Im in a head to head points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BadAzzMofo, That sounds about right… I’d try to give a bit less than Posey…

  84. princerudynasim says:
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    any thoughts on who will be the next fantasy worthy arms to come up from the minor in the next few weeks or so??

    • HustlinOwl says:
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      @princerudynasim, Jake Odorizzi (SP, KC)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @princerudynasim, Bauer

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        that would be nice .
        used a 20th round pick in my dynasty draft (inaugural year) .
        been waiting .
        frankly , i can’t believe that saunders has lasted this long .

      • HustlinOwl says:
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        @Grey, Odorizzi got the call, Bauer should be gone by now in most formats

  85. Random Collmenter says:
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    who should i pick up as dee’s backup – lowrie or elian herrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Random Collmenter, Lowrie

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Grey,

      Further to one of my above replies regarding pitchers, I just want to make sure I follow what you’re saying. Quick background:

      SPs are: Greinke / Anibal / Hanson / Lynn / Jaime Garcia / Samardzija

      RPs are: Chris Perez, Santiago Casilla, Dolis, Downs, Thayer, (Santos on DL)

      Norris is available. I’m wobbly on Thayer because of Street (obviously), and Jaime I just can’t decide. Hold, or drop someone for Norris?

      (sorry if overkill, but thanks all the same)

  86. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey… I streamed Lincoln last night against Anibal. Yay me! Does Razzball have a glossary term when you are desperate for pitching stats and stream start an inferior pitcher against a superior opponent, yet somehow still get lucky and pull the W and the better stats out of your arse?

    Oh, and boo the haters. I traded Lahair based on your article, and don’t regret a thing. Just wish I had waited one more day for the trade, but the end is nigh with the guy…. Plus, despite your humility, you also had everyone drafting Wright (or Beltre) with your “don’t take two 1B” strategy, so we all got him (and Hanley) anyway. I would hazard to guess that many of Grey’s loyal readers took 1B (Votto or Adrian) first round, Hanley in the second, and Wright in the third. I kept Hanley and Wright in my keeper league just to stay with the club. I hope Lahair wasn’t to be my first baseman of the future tho!!

    We’ll give you a mulligan on your advice re: Johan Santana (I ignored it and kept him), and I’ll prove my words prophetic on Chris Young pitching for the Mets before the All-Star Break (you called that downright crazy)! Keep up the good fight, Grey!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!, Nice for you… Dah for me… Nah, no term… Yeah, just about everyone probably took Wright or Beltre if they followed my 1B in the 1st round, but whatever… Haters gonna hate… Thanks!

      • birrrdy! says:
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        Or was it Wright/Beltre in the second and Hanley in the third? It seems like draft day was soo long ago… ;^)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @birrrdy!, The LaHair thing is a typical over reaction swinging pedulum kind of thingy deal. He’s definitely going to cool off, but he’s also not going to fall off a cliff. Look at his trajectory and he’s very very Mike Morse like. There’s no reason to think he can’t put up solid numbers over a whole season. And he passes the eyeball test too. I’m telling you the guy can hit MLB pitching. He’s going to give you 25 homers and hit clean up and probably bat around .265-.275 which means that there will be a slump in there and then a leveling off. Unless you’re in a league full of window lickers, just about everybody is going to know you want to lose LaHair high and they’re going to buy lower than he’s actually going to be worth.

      I lived though the Chris Shelton experience and this guy is no Chris Shelton.

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @OaktownSteve, I agree with your assessment. I think I got a fair (high) price tho. In my NL only 5×5 10 team keeper auction league, received Gio Gonzalez, Jason Kubel and Rubby de la Rosa (on an unlimited DL spot) for Lahair and Delgado.

        Would’ve like yesterday’s stats for both, but I think I did well overall, especially since my team is getting killed in pitching right now. Thoughts?

  87. chilidavis says:
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    Pujols or Lee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chilidavis, Pujols

  88. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Drop Guerra for Clippard, Burnett, Santiago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Santiago for saves…

  89. mrobs says:
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    and a good afternoon grey… lose smyly for delgado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs, I could see it in some leagues…

      • mrobs says:
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        @Grey, yea. i’m just afraid that Smyly will not be as effective against teams that are seeing his stuff for the second time.. a ‘la the ChiSox last night.

  90. Sam says:
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    Who should I pick up to replace Kemp? Tabata, Boesch, Nava, Bernadina, Nieuwenhuis, or Torres?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, Bernadina

  91. LordMetz says:
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    Ibanez, Smoak, or Abreu for the rest of this week?
    also…
    Casey Janssen or Santiago Casilla for the next month?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LordMetz, Ibanez… Casilla…

  92. I like baseball says:
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    Grey, great stuff as usual. Who do I drop, if anyone, for Delgado: Jaime Garcia, Ubaldo, Jarrod Parker, Vogelsong, Worley, or Capoeira (can we please make that Capuano’s nickname?)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I like baseball, Thanks! Ha… Ubaldo…

  93. HotRod says:
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    Grey –

    Would you prefer Castro or Uggla ROS in an OBP 5×5…I dont need to fill either position, as I have great MI depth: Reyes, Uggla or Castro, Kendrick, Rickie Weeks.

    I feel like I need steals, so I think Castro would be a good get for Uggla….

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, Castro

  94. LobBall says:
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    Jay now on the DL. Slim OF pickings available. Nava, Campana, D Young or Pierre as a replacement? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LobBall, Campana

  95. Ferris says:
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    i need to pick up a crappy bat

    do you like chris heisey at all in nl only?

    also, drop which one of nicasio, stauffer and burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ferris, I’d hold those pitchers over him, but if you have to pick him up then lose Nicasio…

  96. Holmes says:
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    Grey, you kind of went into this in your post, but currently I have Hardy at SS, and was wondering if he would be better to have moving forward than some of the options in my league for free agency between: Ian Desmond, Elliot Johnson, and Alcides Escobar? Thanks.

    Also wondering if you would rather have Nava, Markakis, Joyce, or Tony Campana>? Thanks. For some reason, I don’t think I can accept the advice of the yahoo ‘perts these days.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Holmes, Hardy is better than those guys you listed and it’s not even close…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Hardy, Joyce

  97. Grey's da man! says:
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    Delgado, Vargas or Friedrich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, In most leagues, Vargas…

  98. Holmes says:
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    Also, any word on what the deal is with Howie Kendrick>? I have been checking all media outlets, and have heard no word of injury or why he was scratched yesterday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Was he scratched or just rested?

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Angels beat writer (Mike DiGiovanna) said he just sat out. Did not use the word “rest” or “scratch.” I think it’s nothing–just tinkering by Crazy Mike–but if he’s in Sciossiapath’s doghouse, this could get bumpy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chillmodious, Yeah, that’s what I thought…

  99. Chillmodious says:
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    Aargh, sorry for reply-bombing the comments section, Grey. This is a copy/paste of an above out-of-place comment:

    ——————-
    Further to one of my above replies regarding pitchers, I just want to make sure I follow what you’re saying. Quick background:

    SPs are: Greinke / Anibal / Hanson / Lynn / Jaime Garcia / Samardzija

    RPs are: Chris Perez, Santiago Casilla, Dolis, Downs, Thayer, (Santos on DL)

    Norris is available. I’m wobbly on Thayer because of Street (obviously), and Jaime I just can’t decide. Hold, or drop someone for Norris?

    (sorry if overkill, but thanks all the same)
    ———————–

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Norris over Thayer if you don’t need saves, which it looks like you don’t…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thanks a billion… You are a titan amongst giants. But not amongst the Giants, because that would be the opposite of a compliment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chillmodious, Ha, thanks!

  100. Wilsonian says:
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    Rotoinfo reporting that Middlebrooks will be sent down when Youk rejoins the team. Hopefully that will be short-lived…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Thanks for the heads up!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, no problem…

  101. Prezii says:
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    Bryce mania is starting… Watch out! Two jacks in as many days..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Oh boy…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, can we start calling this Wrestle Mania for his Ultimate Warrior-esque eye black?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Hehe

        • Prezii says:
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          @Wilsonian, guess the “nat bat attack” isnt as funny anymore that hes bombin now.. good for him!

  102. letsgobravos says:
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    Berkman scratched just before the game today…ugh.

    Shin Soo Choo with a big game thus far, 2/3 w/ a 2b and a homer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, About time with Choo…

  103. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    I was offered Soriano (Is he even officially named the closer?) and Omar Infante for Milione.

    this is 5×5, and H2H, 12- Team

    I currently have Espinosa as my 2nd baseman and a ton of injuries hurting my offense.

    My pitching is…

    CJ Wilson
    MadBum
    Anibal
    Morrow
    Dempster
    Milione*
    and Zimmerman
    Closers: Capps, Axford, and Putz

    Would you do this trade, BnY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, BnY… I’d take Soriano… It’s not official, but Milone’s not worth much in your league…

  104. hawks101 says:
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    Standard 5×5, 14 team league. I’m in 1st with very good pitching and slightly above average but well balanced offense so far. I just got offered Pujols and Kendrick for Butler and Pedoria. I also have Morales, so that’d give me 3 Angels in my lineup most days. Do I pull the trigger? Thanks, love the site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hawks101, Thanks! I’d take Pujols, though the offer is just fair…

  105. Mike says:
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    For anyone wondering about Will Middlebrook’s situation Boston has decided to send him back to AAA because they dont want to move him to the outfield. Youkilis is starting a rehab assignment on Wednesday and whenever he is ready to return goodbye Middlebrooks. Stupid Management!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Yup

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey, So now that hes going down do you think I should just stash him away or go pick someone up for my DH spot? I got Infante in one of the two spots and i have Boesch and Aaron Hill on the bench. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mike, I’d drop him in most leagues…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mike, That’s drop him after he’s sent down, not now.

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            i still think youk will take over for rolen , before the asb .
            hopefully sooner .

  106. supra says:
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    Friedrich, McDonald, Pettitte, or Delgado?

    • supra says:
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      oh Vargas available too… 9×9 league: IP, W, SV, H, HR, BB, K, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Vargas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Vargas (at home), McDonald…

  107. Hi Grey — I just traded away Aviles in a 14-team redraft roto league with slim bench space (inflating the value of backups with multiple position eligibility). The overall deal was good for me, but it leaves me without a backup at SS or 2B. Which multiple position hitter would you recommend?

    (My biggest offensive needs, in order, are: OPS, R, HR)

    M. Izturis
    S. Rodriguez
    Elliot Johnson
    Tyler Greene

    And a couple of non-related questions: are you still urging confidence on Scherzer? I’m watching the Tigers’ game and he looks lost. In the same 14-team league, my other SPs are Anibal, Bumgarner, Beachy, Fister, Garza, Stauffer. I can use Ks, but is it worth holding onto Scherzer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Johnson… I don’t know your other options off waivers for Scherzer, but I’d prefer to hold…

      • @Grey, If I dropped Scherzer, it’d just be to use that spot to stream pitchers or pick up a hot hitter on a short-schedule day. The league’s got an inning limit, and so six starters is usually enough, but with seven I can be selective on my starts.

        I’m kicking myself for starting Scherzer tonight. But he was coming off back-to-back strong starts (18 Ks in 13.1 IP, just 3 ER and 2 BB) and has good numbers against the Sox. Assuming I hold onto him, what do I need to look for before I can start him with confidence?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique, He’s pretty flaky… Hard to look for anything… I could see dropping him in 12 team or shallower, hard to in a 14 team league…

          • @Grey, Thanks, Grey.

  108. MattTruss223 says:
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    EFF Chad Qualls and his soiling of Cliffly’s win!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Quarghlls

  109. DP says:
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    @Grey

    Doumit or Pierzynski?

    Morneau or Utley?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DP, Doumit… Morneau

  110. Viagra Falls says:
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    Need to collect the innings and K’s this week with one start pitchers going, but would you start Beckett today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Viagra Falls, I would

  111. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Wow, Rzepczynski’s mug…. “WHY SO SERIOUS? LETS PUT A SMILE ON THAT FACE!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, Ha!

  112. chata says:
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    i wanna see selig , hawk harrelson , and mccarver in the broadcast booth
    for the world series this year .

    just the kind of day it is .

    • Prezii says:
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      @chata, he goneeeeeeeee

  113. mhfella says:
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    Hi Grey,

    As bad as it was watching Lee robbed of a W again, I think it was worse watching Altuve go O for 5 again. Last ten games he has O RBI, 2 R, 1 SB, and hitting .167

    Is he back to the same weakling he was in 2011 and now droppable for E. Johnson? Or wait him out? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mhfella, I’d wait a few more days…

  114. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    Peavy is having a meltdown! Get him out of there!

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Bill S. Preston, Esq., Seriously. What the hell just happened? He was cruising along up 6-0, I stopped paying attention for a few minutes and the Tigers 6th went something like this:

      Single
      Homer
      Double
      Out
      HBP
      HR
      Walk

      Now it 6-5. Wow.

  115. L-Boogie says:
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    Oh yeah, and Motte just blew the save too. Just when I thought I was immune to all the closer issues everyone was having…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, You weren’t having any issues? Who’d you have Motte, Broxton and Rodney?

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey, Motte, Axford, and Myers. Not too many problems there although Axford has blown a few in non-save situations. Now they’ve all had a BS this week, and it’s only Tuesday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @L-Boogie, Ha… Yup

  116. Joel says:
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    Grey: is there any way you’d cut either Kubel or LoMo for Bernadina in a 12 team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, Kubel

  117. Wilsonian says:
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    Probably shoulda benched Peavy and Scherzer today. Oops…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Yup

  118. C.O.C. says:
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    @Grey: Give: Bret Lawrie and Bard, Get: Ryan Zimmerman and Jason Vargas…do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C.O.C., Lawrie side

  119. Wilsonian says:
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    I need offense with Kemp and Longo on the DL. Gonna drop Robertson after he hit the DL (dammit, really shoulda dealt him for Jansen). Who’s the pickup truck:

    Choo, Hart, Markakis, Ike, or cross my fingers that Reddick doesn’t get picked up and I can claim him tomorrow morning (I dropped him, so I can’t put a claim in on him)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Hart, Choo…

  120. letsgobravos says:
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    Son of a bitch. Had Peavy going for one team and Scherzer for the other. Scherzer was sucking as per usual but Peavy pitched the first 5 scoreless. I check back 20 mins later and see that Peavy was bombed for 6 runs in the 6th. Sherzer with an 11+ ERA and Peavy at 10+…fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Peavy got a bad deal from his manager…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, How so?

    • chata says:
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      @letsgobravos,

      scherzer’s never been more than a sack of horse-shit , disguised as mulch .

  121. Eric Riptide says:
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    @Grey, thanks for the “reel” good advice to start Bass over Holland in my weekly league. Your kind advice “netted” a win for Bass, while Strasburg was left dangling on the “hook”. I invited my buddy over since he owns Strasburg and told him it was a Stras vs. Bass party.

    I don’t think it was much of a party for him.

    Thanks again.

    • peter says:
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      @Eric Riptide, Bass-O-Matic! That’s delicious Bass!

      • Eric Riptide says:
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        @peter, It WAS delicious Bass. It was even tastier watching Strasburg “flounder.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric Riptide, Can’t tell if this is sacastic, but no problem if it’s sincere…

      • Eric Riptide says:
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        @Grey, No, not sarcastic at all. Yesterday I asked if you’d start a two-start Bass over a one-start Holland in a weekly league.

        Your answer was only one word: Bass.

        Bass went 8 innings with one earned run and 7 K’s and he got a win.

        It was totally sincere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Eric Riptide, Nice!

  122. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Should i pull the trade offer of giving up BJ for Kendrick? All this Kendrick talk is starting to worry me..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, I’d want BJ

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey, Hehe

  123. wowfactor says:
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    Trade Anibal Sanchez for Josh Johnson and Jamie Garcia. Crazy not to accept right?

    • chunk says:
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      @wowfactor, I’d want Anibal in most leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wowfactor, I’d want Anibal

  124. ichirosan says:
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    Robertson officially DL’d… you can’t escape the Closepocalypse!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan, No, you cannot…

  125. chunk says:
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    Raburn now 5 for last 12 with a homer today…

    Can you rank

    Raburn, Blanco, Nava, ‘Dina, Venable, Carp

    as far as short term schmotatoes? I’ll need to play 2 of them for the next week or two.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Raburn, Nava

  126. schlitzy says:
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    when do you thin we’ll see Rizzo jerky? Worth it to drop one of these bench bats to grab him now?

    Rasmus, Boesch, Rios, Kubel, Dirks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Ha… I’d lose Boesch for him…

  127. Steve says:
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    C’mon White Sox. How about a run so Valverde gets a save opp. Need to salvage something out of this Peavy mess.

    That said, who started Lowe? This guy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Agreed!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Sigh.

        Also – what was the deal with The Peav? You said above his manager gave him a ‘bad deal’.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Well, that could hardly have gone worse.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Seriously… Peavy should’ve been pulled quicker… He was laboring…

  128. EK says:
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    Pls rank these SP going fwd (H2H pts):

    J. Garcia
    McDonald
    Lilly
    Vogelsong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, McDonald, Vogelsong…

  129. Jaybo says:
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    Would you rather own Bell or Cishek going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell

  130. EK says:
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    Pls rank for a spot start:

    Vogelsong v OAK
    Friedrich @ SEA
    Bass v LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, You did

  131. GTS says:
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    Two words: AJ and Popeil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Ha!

  132. GTS says:
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    Please rank: Rios, Dirks, Hunter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Dirks, Rios

  133. Steve says:
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    Ruh roh. Valverde leaves with an injury apparently…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I grabbed Dotel… (After grabbing Benoit)

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Benoit is the grab if i only have one spot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ThE sHiT, I’d grab Dotel…

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey, Frieri or Benoit?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @ThE sHiT, Benoit

              • ThE sHiT says:
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                @Grey, Gotcha. I grabbed both Dotel and Benoit. Fuck it. That leaves me with Johnson, Casilla and those two above for saves. I had Guerra, but dropped him already. Im 4th in saves so far. Thanks Grey!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem…

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey, For saves speculation on Frieri or Benoit.

          • peter says:
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            @Grey, FWIW (not much!), it looks like Benoit has been the 8th inning guy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @peter, Yeah, just going on Dotel having a bit more closer experience… Total crapshoot. Quite literally…

  134. mr dude says:
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    grey, as always, love the site

    2 questions:

    #1 C – have Mauer, J. Montero is FA – get him, even as backup?

    #2 what to do with beckett? (good today vs sea, tomorrow????)

    mucho thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mr dude, Thanks! Just play Montero… It was vs. the M’s.

  135. Wilsonian says:
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    Girardi said that Soriano is the closer while Robertson is out. Think that eludes to Robertson having the gig when he’s healthy? Or is this just another ambiguous statement in the ever changing world of the Closepocolypse?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I don’t think Robertson slides into the role when he returns if Soriano is good…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, I don’t really either. It was kind of an ambiguous comment, and for a second I didn’t want to drop Robertson. But alas, I changed my mind. Good thing I grabbed Soriano last night…

  136. Steve says:
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    Good grief. On a day I started Derek Lowe, I have a 4.80 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

    Grey – I know you’re not a big fan of Daniel Murphy, but in my 12 team H2H league (where we count OBP as well as AVG), he has to be better at Util than Ike’s suckitude, doesn’t he?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Gotta be someone better than him in a 12 team league…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey,

        Bernadina
        Goldschmidt
        Nava
        E Johnson
        Ibanez
        Hart
        Lind
        Duda
        Rasmus
        Rios

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Bernadina

  137. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Harper over any of these?
    Heyward, Rasmus, Scott, Boesch, Middlebrooks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, Boesch

  138. chunk says:
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    Drop H-Rod for any of Dotel or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        davey johnson holds his breath every time h-rod throws a pitch .

  139. chata says:
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    freakin’ alko and chum …. you guys are all over this closer shizz .
    what ? do you live on this site ??
    i know that you guys ain’t watching tuesday afternoon games .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha

    • rentz says:
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      @chata, you’re right, I’ve been listening on the radio.

    • Steve says:
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      @chata, Would’ve beaten you all to in in the RCL but didn’t have anyone to drop. In our keeper, I didn’t even look – I just assumed he’d be owned already.

    • bill says:
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      @chata, working a bunch,came in and checked rotoworld ,assumed theyd be gone but grabbed him in both leagues

  140. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Still holding onto Cozart over the likes of Elliot, Dozier, and Desmond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Can go to Desmond…

  141. Yer Yang says:
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    Traded my Lynn for his Trumbo. Did the trade work on value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yer Yang, It’s fair…

  142. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just got proposed his Konerko and Prado for my Heyward and Kendrick.

    7×7 with OPS and K’s.

    My gut says pull the trigger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, I’d want Heyward…

  143. Viagra Falls says:
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    Brandon Phillips is my normal second baseman, but I do have Infante as a back-up. And with Phillips having a batting history of around .118 against Tim Hudson, would you slide Infante in today (who faces a tough pitcher in Correia, too)?

    Infante has that frustrating habit of going yard, getting a couple runs and decides to steal a base when I least expect it when I can’t slide him in somewhere.

    Still go with Phillips against Hudson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Viagra Falls, Go with Infante…

  144. Oxford Comma says:
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    Hi Grey, gotta drop one closer:

    Aceves, Marshall, Johnson, HRod, Capps, Reed, Fuentes

    Yes I know that’s too many. It’s clogging me up and not helping the ratios either. Lose 2? I’ve tried trading them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oxford Comma, H-Rod, Fuentes

  145. peter says:
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    Already in the season, my fantasy teams have had much to endure.

    Madson, Wilson, Pineda, Ventura, Lind, Reynolds, Gordon…

    But none continue to frustrate me as much as Adrian Gonzalez and his 4.4% HR/FB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, Yeah, try Hosmer on for sizmer…

  146. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    If Valverde goes on the DL, who has the job in Detroit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, I’m guessing Dotel, could be Benoit…

  147. Poo Holes says:
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    Rotoworld is saying Strasburg was bothered by “stray Hot Stuff in his groin” and I just can’t believe it. Only in baseball….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, HA!

  148. fitz says:
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    Tulo/J. Upton or Bruce/LaHair/Sale

    Is this even remotely fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fitz, Tulo side… Not really…

  149. Oz.J. says:
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    @ Grey

    Just got offered A Gonz & Nelson Cruz for my Joey Bats & Victorino.

    Getting Gonzalez would mean I can take Scott off 1b duty and I can slot Zimmerman in at 3rd. I think it’s probably a fair deal, just not crazy about giving up on Bautista after wearing the first month and a bit of his stats. Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz.J., I’d take A-Gon…

  150. Yer Yang says:
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    So I just finished reading McBogar’s daily blog……oh that’s Wright(pun intended) he doesn’t have the stones to put his ‘pert advice out for everyone’s reading pleasure.

    All jokes aside, how would my Gio & A. Jackson for his D. Wright sound? Giving too much? I offered Gio-LaHair and he turned it down. It was worth a shot

    • Yer Yang says:
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      @Yer Yang, oh yeah and by the way, great work as usual and thanks for spending your time and answering stupid questions like mine!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Yer Yang, Ha… No problem… It’s a fair deal… No better or worse than the LaHair one… Just power instead of speed…

  151. BigFatHippo says:
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    Bench spot:

    Ian Desmond or Altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, thought so, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, friend…

  152. BigFatHippo says:
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    OF bench spot:

    Jordan Schafer or random sagnof?………….name top 3 please

    • BigFatHippo says:
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      @BigFatHippo, Fugghetaboutit……….

      answered my own question, I’m in Tony’s CAMPana, capiche?*

      * i hate pickin up cubbies!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @BigFatHippo, Kapeesh!

  153. Wake Up says:
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    Apropos of nothing Bill Hall was only one day early for his annual Mother’s Day HR…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, What a sweet boy!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, This year his pink bat was a fugazi…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He corks his pink bat… Hmm… That sounds weird…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, Not for nothing but, you saying his pink bat is mezza fanook?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It might be full on fanook.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey, dollahs to donuts, you’re right

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey, Who do you like for 2 spots outta: Benoit, Dotel, Cook, Ondrusek, Cashner?

  154. Steve says:
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    Come on Howie – this is your time…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, F*** me – how many guys has he stranded in the last few games?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Wow, Pujols is hitting…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Don’t remind me (see below).

          Anyway, Hippo is but a speck in my rear-view mirror.

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Steve, Howie Mandel never could hit a cutter……….

  155. BigFatHippo says:
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    Pujols, 3 for 3, can it be??????????????

    (how long can a 36 year old guy keep this up? cust kayin…….)

    • Steve says:
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      @BigFatHippo, Don’t bring up that nonsense trade again…

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Steve, You missed your chance to post Grey’s protest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigFatHippo, It’s a Latin 32, c’mon…

  156. EK says:
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    which side:
    Greinke & Sean Marshall / Bautista & Lynn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Bautista

  157. EK says:
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    Greinke or Bautista?
    10 team H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Bautista…

  158. chata says:
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    mazzaro is one-hitting the rangers .
    i gotta go see .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, The Hackensack Hope!

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        how much sleep did this kid get last night ?
        last time up , he got consistently torched .
        and now , to have to go into arlington .

        hosmer hitting out of the 2 slot … does that mean they think
        he can bunt ??
        that would be a start .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, I hate Hosmer.

    • chata says:
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      oops .
      mistook kc’s score for the inning .

      • chata says:
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        moustakas … i like you .
        r. zimmerman … not so much .

  159. knighttown says:
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    How high up the closer list would you offer to a guy who told me “want Harper for a closer”? I have them ranked Kenley, Marshall, Reed, Cishek and Benoit.

    Is the rank right? How high would you offer?

    • knighttown says:
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      @knighttown,

      Or should I offer a higher tiered closer for Trumbo?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @knighttown, That rank is right… I’d offer Reed…

  160. Prezii says:
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    Slam and legs for trout.. u sure hes not the rainbow trout ive been fishin for? Coliseum aint no bathtub…

    • Prezii says:
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      im trippin they werent even in oakland.. duhh.. but still, dead center in LA aint no cheap shot either

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Prezii, Yeah, he’s got power and speed… Me likey…

  161. Poo Holes says:
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    Let’s play a game. It’s called…which number is bigger?! Today’s contestants, my team ERA and my team K/9. If you guessed K/9…you’re WRONG. If you guessed ERA…you’re also WRONG. They are exactly the same, at 7.25. That’s definitely not good, right?

    • chata says:
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      @Poo Holes,

      run out and get some scratchies

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @chata, Too bad I had to miss poker night with the guys due to lack of transportation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Ouch

  162. Wake Up says:
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    Who do you like for 2 spots outta: Benoit, Dotel, Cook, Ondrusek, Cashner?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up, I could go any of the 5 and I have 2 spots avail.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, First two…

  163. bill says:
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    did lawrie really just slam his helmet on a one hop off the ump,terrible call but he is in trouble

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bill, What, wait?

  164. Poo Holes says:
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    Did anyone just see Lawrie go Hulk on the umpire? In the words of Hawk Harrelson…HE GONE!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, What did he do?

    • PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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      @Poo Holes, Such a bosss. Looks like I’ll slide Mike Young in for a few days…

    • chata says:
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      @Poo Holes,

      why am i the last to know ?

      • chata says:
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        this should be the lead story on mlbtv .

        • chata says:
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          wow !
          there it is .

        • PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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          @chata, Already talking about it on Baseball Tonight. The call was ridiculous.

        • chata says:
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          @Grey,

          very UN-professional .

          and here i was worried you were going to give frank2 a seat .

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey, (please pee clear…please pee clear)…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wake Up, Ha!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Wake Up, roidsssss!! Yoked like a god, temper tantrums, hes on toronto (encarnacion-joey bats)… Hes definitely roidin!! Lol

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Grey, shit…that’s gonna be a 20 gamer. Anyone remember when Alomar tried to give the ump the HIV by spitting on him? What did he get?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wilsonian, Ha… Ouch… Oh, man, that’s bad… But funny…

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Grey, Emoticon…

  165. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    1) Dotel or Cishek?

    2) Drop Lohse for Dotel or Benoit, if so, which one? The rest of my staff is C.J , Strasburg, Beachy, Lynn, Fister, Sale, Marshall, Myers, Broxton, Janssen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans, Dotel… 2. Sure…

  166. chata says:
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    any of you rich guys ever go to the ballpark and get lexus club tickets ?
    tell me what i’ve missed out on , please ,
    if you have the time .

    • royce! says:
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      @chata, Never got Lexus Club seats, but I have been given dugout seats for the Padres before, and for free it’s awesome, but it’s definitely not worth shelling out anything near their face value (and that includes free alcohol). For 250 dollars less you can usually get seats within 50 feet of the dugout seats, and I doubt I could consume that value in buffet food and booze.

      • chata says:
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        @royce!,

        what ?
        for 45-55$$ you can get seats six rows behind the dugout @ camden
        (and pnc) …. unless the yanks or sawx are in town .
        next to dugout is like $85 .

        still , i’ve seen people going in through those lexus club rooms .
        i think you might have to know somebody that sells cars .

  167. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    BnY, Are you starting Milone tomorrow against Texas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, Aw, heck’s no…

  168. Joel says:
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    Grey: in my 12 team H2H league, I have Kubel and LoMo as my LFs. i was gonna drop Kubes for Bernadina, as u advised earlier…BUT, Q: what about grabbing Nava instead? What do u think? Too crazy to drop Kubes for Nava?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, I wouldn’t go with Nava…

  169. Wake Up says:
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    Would you drop K-Rob if you had no DL room?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up, I know you don’t know the context but, just in general…

  170. Wilsonian says:
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    What kind of bat is Peavy worth? Does today’s start change a thing?

    And still hanging onto Scherzer after today, or going with THudson, Feliz, Volquez, Norris, Wandy, McCarthy, Sale, McDonald, Big Z?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, It shouldn’t change anything… Maybe a #2 OF… Maybe Krispie now that he’s returning… Go to Norris if you need Ks… Sale if you need upside… McCarthy for ratios….

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, And if you want the guy with the hottest wife – probably McCarthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yes, exactly…

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Steve, HA! Unfortunately, my league doesn’t count that.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, based off this rotation: Doc, Lester, MadBum, Latos, Peavy, Scherzer, Fister, Hanrahan, Soriano, Marshall, Reed

        With these categories: W, L, SV, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

        Who do you think rounds it out the best?

  171. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey. Would you lose Milone for Delgado?

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Yup

  172. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News: Tigers closer Jose Valverde left Tuesday’s game against the White Sox in the ninth inning with what manager Jim Leyland called lower back tightness. He could be seen wincing after throwing a 2-1 pitch to Alex Rios and was removed after being checked out by a trainer. Octavio Dotel replaced Valverde on the mound. Valverde gave up two hits with one strikeout and a walk over two-thirds of an inning before the early exit. Dotel allowed two of his inherited runners to score, raising Valverde’s ERA to 5.51. “His lower back just tightened up, that’s why we had to get him out of there,” Leyland said. “Right now it’s lower back tightness. Just got to keep our fingers crossed on Jose. I think it’s all right.”
    Analysis: Valverde appears to avoided a serious injury but owners will definitely want to keep an eye on his status going forward to see if he will miss any time. The right-hander has converted 56 of 58 save chances dating back to last season and should be considered a solid option in Fantasy when healthy. Dotel and Joaquin Benoit will likely see saves chances if Valverde misses an extended period of time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Thanks for the heads up!

  173. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Not sure this has been shared yet,
    looks like the Vanimal (Worley) will miss his next
    start due to “arm soreness”.

    He was having a really nice start to the season.
    These things usually don’t end well…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, Yeah, I hear ya…

  174. royce! says:
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    Torres or Dyson? Also, I have to drop a closer for an OF to fill in for Hunter- which should I lose: Janssen, Reed, or Fuentes? Or drop Hunter? I have no idea how long he’s going to be out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Lose Hunter… Torres… Or Dyson for straight steals…

  175. Steve says:
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    I don’t want to jinx anything, but Vin Mazzaro should feel pretty pleased with himself for what he’s done today.

    I’m certainly pleased for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, You started him in that game? Wow…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, No way Jose.

        I’m just pleased for him, that after that awful shelling he got last season, he’s still got something in him that he can go into Arlington at short notice, pitch well, and get a win.

        Did I mention that I started Lowe, though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowe was a good call… Seems obvious in hindsight, but it wasn’t… Well played… He’s the Hackensack Hope! (Mazzaro)

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Every sunbeam has a dark lining though – he didn’t get a single strikeout – not a one.

  176. chata says:
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    props due to vin massaro . i would have bet against it .

    hosmer got 2 hits .
    it’s like Christmas .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Yeah, seriously…

    • @chata, I think you had to wait till the ninth inning for the 2nd hit

  177. yankees2012 says:
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    One more question – is it time to pick up Alcides for Cozart?

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Yeah, switch them…

  178. Wilsonian says:
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    One more thing. Moose is on the table and I need offense. Would you deal any of these pitchers for him (I’m listing all of my arms for clarity’s sake):

    Doc, Lester, MadBum, Peavy, Scherzer, Latos, Fister

    In which order would you give them and who is fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Scherzer, Fister…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Guess you could send Peavy too… But depends on needs…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, you don’t think the Peav is too much for Moose? It’s really just for a UTIL bat. Damn Longo and Kemp have left me in shambles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, It’s fair…

  179. Jax Jacks Hindenburg Disaster
    TRADE OFFER – I would be getting in a keeper league

    Ian Kinsler

    [ View Trade ]

    I would be giving up
    Jesus Montero
    Matt Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Eh… I’d hold

  180. Poo Holes says:
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    Thought on offering Pujols for Hosmer in a 12 team keeper? Give more? Get more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, I’d want more…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I figured. Trumbo? Reddick? I don’t know man, she (yes, a female fantasy baseballer (<– Grey's mom's term!)) is pretty light on offense and my pitching is more than set.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Poo Holes, That’s still not enough…

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey, Soooo you’re indirectly saying I should hold on to Prince Albert?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Poo Holes, Yeah, hold…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Poo Holes, Unless you wanna sleep with this girl, then, well…

              • Poo Holes says:
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                @Grey, HA! Well if her Yahoo! avatar is anything close to a fair representation of her, I’d go for it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Poo Holes, Hehe

  181. yankees2012 says:
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    …or Desmond for Cozart?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Desmond

  182. who is pitching the 8th inning for the yanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rapada or Wade, in the reverse order, depends on matchups…

  183. Mookie wilson says:
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    If you were forced to roll with 4 SP’s from this group for the rest of the year who do you pick?

    Samardzija
    Delgado
    Smyly
    Scherzer
    Friedrich
    Parker
    Stauffer

    Staff is in shambles. Sadly traded Anibal early and have Luebke and Hudson on the DL. 15 team, loses count as 6th category.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mookie wilson, Samardzija, Delgado, Smyly, Stauffer (at home), Scherzer…

  184. Steve says:
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    Bills is having all sorts of trouble getting the opposing pitcher out.

  185. chunk says:
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    Any word on how long Hunter is out yet? Can I drop him for Delgado? While Kemp and Hunter are out, my 4 OFs are Raburn, Nava, Reddick, Jones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, No word that I’ve heard… I wouldn’t drop him there…

  186. Short Round says:
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    Cahill, Latos, Billingsley, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz….5×5 roto….no keepers…. who duh yuh drop? (For Capuano or Dempster)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Short Round, Bills

  187. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Drop Parker or Detwiler for Stauffer if I can afford to only pitch him at home?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nuke LaDouche, Detwiler

  188. Steve says:
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    Can I have a recommendation for Thursday, please? 12 team H2H. Not great choices obviously, but two of my three pitchers are Cahill @ COL and McCarthy @ TEX – neither of which are great starts…

    Matusz @ KC
    Nicasio v ARI (already have Cahill starting – possibly)
    Dubront @ TB
    Happ v MIL
    Volstad v PHI (Halladay)
    Harang @ SD
    McAllister v SEA

    Thanks!

    • chata says:
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      @Steve,

      don’t harangue me , if this doesn’t work out .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Harang, McAllister

  189. papasmurf says:
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    Craig Allen got 3 hits today so I guess you will have to talk about him tomorrow.

    And someone else got 2 hits that you have to mention too cuz it’s like winning the lottery on back to back weeks! Eric Hosmer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha

  190. Short Round says:
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    Cahill, Billingsley, Latos, Neftali, Colby Lewis ….. 5×5 roto ….. no keepers ….. who to drop ….. ?

  191. Steven says:
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    I know you love Cozart, but he’s not been too great lately. He was just dropped in our league, and I have Lowrie starting and Aybar on the bench in a 14-team keeper. I’m thinking about using a waiver on Cozart, dropping Aybar. I also have Downs. So to simplify and make it an easily answerable question: Pick up Cozart, dropping Lowrie, Aybar, or Downs? (based on rest of reason stats)

    • Steven says:
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      @Steven, Or should I pick up Elliot Johnson over Cozart?

      • Steven says:
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        @Steven, Or Sean Rodriguez?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steven, Johnson

        • Steven says:
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          @Grey, Dropping Aybar?

  192. Sam says:
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    Drop Middlebrooks or Downs for Pena?

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