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Damn, after reading that title, now I want to eat pasta.  Has anyone ever watched The Godfather and not wanted to eat Italian right after?  It’s an American rite of passage.  Once you’re old enough to crave Italian food after The Godfather, then you’re an adult.  That should be the only test to vote or get into the military.  “Listen, maggot, you want to go fight for your country?  Then sit down and watch this three-hour movie and tell me what you want to eat afterwards.  If you want a burger, fries and extra ketchup, you’re a baby.  Go home.”  Adam Duvall homered last night off Clifford Lee, and Duvall had 26 homers in Triple-A this year in 310 ABs.  Of course, they play in the PCL, a league that pumps their baseballs with helium.  He will only fill-in while Brandon Belt is on the concussion DL, but that could be anywhere from a week to a month.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d definitely grab him, and even look at him in deeper mixed leagues, if you’re desperate.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dan Uggla – Signed by Giants to a minor league deal and specifically by Brian Sabean, MLB’s cougar hunter.  In conjunction with this signing, Sabean was awarded the Purple Heart from the US Department of Baseball Veterans Affairs.

Matt Cain – Hit the DL with elbow inflammation.  The years of beating off nerds and their FIP talk has really taken its toll on Cain.

Cliff Lee – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER as he was activated from the DL.  It was reported that after the game Cliff Lee farted emphatically when asked about trade rumors.  Weird, because usually the runs come after that.

Grady Sizemore – 1-for-5, 1 run.  Phils are really committed to batting Sizemore lead-0ff.  Oops, I meant, they should be committed.

Cody Asche – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Hasn’t done much of anything, leading into this game, but you know I have my sparkling emerald eyes watching him like a cyclops with a monocle.

Tommy Milone – He asked the A’s to trade him.  Specifically, he asked to be traded to the Phils for Marlon Byrd.  Also, Milone sounded a lot like Marlon Byrd and Ryne Sandberg could be heard in the background saying, “Marlon, get off the phone while you’re in the dugout.”

Edinson Volquez – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  So glad I took him off my NL-Only bench and into my lineup.  So glad.  I have an urge to have Patrick Dempsey crap into a brown paper bag and throw it at Ray Searage’s house.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 3.39.  I almost ranked Ryu very high in my top 100 for the 2nd half, due to how much our Rest of the Season Player Rater loves him.  I sorta get the love too.  His walk rate is miniscule and his xFIP is 3.29.  He’s probably easier to get in a trade than a lot of guys that are pitching as well as him.

Juan Uribe – 2-for-5, and 5-for-9 in his last two games.  Anyone that knows the Madness of the Mustache knows whenever Uribe gets multiple hits, I look at him as an immediate hot schmotato.

Hanley Ramirez – Didn’t start yesterday after getting beaned on his armus connectushand, which is obviously Latin for wrist.

Yasiel Puig – Also didn’t start yesterday with a bruised hand.  Shame it wasn’t braised, Puig.  Mmm, Pweeg…

Drew Hutchison – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  I’m gonna have one more sip of this Mai Tai, then it’s off to bed…Wait a second, why are these men standing over me?  Hold on, is that my kidney they’re putting in a double-wide Igloo?  Egads!!!  I’ve been roofied!

John Lackey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.66.  Dah, I need to get over my fear of the Blue Jays and stream against them, at least while Encarnacion is out.  Worst should’ve streamed ever!

David Ortiz – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and 2 homers (21, 22).  How is Wrath of Kane not Big Papi’s walk-up music?  For serious.  The live version.  “He has arrived…At the Apollo…Big Papi…” Crowd goes crazy for like seven minutes.  Why is Big Daddy Kane not a guest MC on every rap song?  We really need more Nicki Minaj?  That gets me so angry.  Oh, and hello to Big Daddy Kane, who I’m sure has Google Alerts.  I love you, man!

Mike Napoli – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 12th homer.  He keeps adding on to his record, “Most Home Runs Ever For Someone Whose Mom’s Nip Slip Was On The Internet.”  I wonder if that will one day help him with HOF voters.

Daniel Nava – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  Really hard to say who is hot coming out of yesterday’s game because the Red Sox scored a bazillion runs off Hutchison and Brad “Generally Sucks” Mills.  Nava has been hitting over .400 in the last week and, if you owned him last year pre-All-Star break, you know he can be valuable.

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  Again, everyone got their clobber on yesterday for the Sox.   Well, everyone except Dustin Pedroia (0-for-4), ticker tease!

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  So psyched to see him rock the house after his two most recent drubbings that I now have butterflies in my stomach.  Bee tee dubya, the standard definition of ‘butterflies in stomach’ to indicate nervousness doesn’t make any sense.  Butterflies are beautiful and if they’re in my stomach then I’m experiencing something wonderful.  You messed up, idiom!

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin in ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department says, “Get him in your lineup or else!  Kidding, what am I going to do?  I don’t even have a parking space.”

Tom Koehler – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Krazy Braves.  Stream-o-Nator hated this start, but I’m under the impression anyone is worth streaming against the Braves for Ks.  Seriously, help me, I’m under this impression!

Eric Hosmer – Sat out yesterday with a contusion on his hand.  He has no broken bones, though they do have teeth marks.  Thanks, Billy Butler!

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 2.03.  Scary when I need to look at a player’s page to see if seven innings of one-run ball lowered a guy’s ERA.  It did, barely.  I just thought of something that is tangentially related (unlike the rest of this post), I bet the White Sox reach the postseason in Sale’s last year with the club, and then they lose him to the Yankees and are a terrible team again the following year.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 10th steal, and 2nd in as many games.  He’s finally hot.  Grab him, right now.  For serious.  This will be here when you get back, go!

Jake Petricka – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Ugh, I don’t know.  I’ve had Putnam and Petricka a half dozen times and they haven’t recorded one save on my team.  Robin Ventura just wants to take the road less traveled.  In this scenario, I(nterstate) Won’t Name A Closer, and it’s bottlenecked with save vultures signaling left then right then pulling off the road to have a cigarette.

Michael Wacha – His MRI and CT scan on his shoulder were encouraging, and he might return in September.  SMHSWAAYSPWAT:  Shaking My Head, Still Worried About A Young…  Shoot, that acronym was so long I forgot what it stood for.  Intern, check acronyms dot com!  It’s not there?!  Let me see… You don’t spell out dot com.  Who hired you?

Asdrubal Cabrera – Left yesterday’s game with back spasms.  I.e. Spazdrubal.

Kurt Suzuki – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .311.  The lineup outside of Pee-Wee Herman’s bar of Munenori Kawasaki and Suzuki and Scooter ain’t looking that bad.  Tequila!

Josh Willingham – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .217.  Willingham’s at the point where he’s not even in the lineup every day, ceding to Sam Fuld at times.  So the Twins have figured out you gotta know when to hold them and know when to Fuld them.

Billy Hamilton – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  He has more homers than Ryan Zimmerman, Josh Hamilton, Jason Kipnis, Alex Rios… Okay, I’m gonna stop before I have to pretend that I’m crying because I’m watching a Lifetime movie.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA up to 3.15.  If you own him, it could’ve been worse.  You could’ve been in the same room as his wife while she read her tweets yesterday.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 3.58.  J.B. just gave you his starter ranks, and has Wily in the low 40’s.  That would make Wily around a number three to four in a twelve team league, which feels a bit aggressive for a guy with a 6.7 K/9.  That is quibbling, he’s not far from that.

Mark Teixeira – Will miss 3 to 4 days with a mild lat strain.  Gotta keep your mid-section strong to avoid these, Te(i)x.  That’s why I keep my abs washboard-like.  My abs are so washboard I clean my shirt while I’m wearing it.

Michael Pineda – Will throw BP this week.  Yankees probably could get Joey Cora to do that.  Or a girl that wants to sleep with Jeter.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer.  You better hope my Ellsbury voodoo doll stays in my closet next to my still-in-the-package Cabbage Patch Kids.

Miles Mikolas – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 7.48.  Mikolas is doing is home country, the small island of Mypos, proud.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  And you said he retired in April.

Jake Smolinski – 2-for-3, 1 run, hitting .389.  Hard to take a guy with a name like Smolinski serious.  Harder to take a guy with minor league stats like Smolinski serious.  Smolinski has been hot.  Smolderlinski even.

Ubaldo Jimenez – Scratched from his Wednesday rehab start.  Ubaldo said, “I’m not where I should be to be able to go into a game.”  Try Google Maps, Ubaldo.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (18, 19).  As Tyler Skaggs would sing, Jones, look what you’ve done to me.  Never thought I’d fall again so easily.  Oh, Jones, you wouldn’t lie to me, leading me to feel this way.

Erick Aybar – Didn’t start yesterday with a sore right groin.  His left groin was disappointed, expecting to play since it just got manscaped.

Matt Shoemaker – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Oh.  I mean, hello, there!  I’m getting a tingly sensation in my nethers and I don’t think that’s from too much MSG.  Move over, Arrieta, I got a new crush in town!  Okay, you don’t have to move over so far that you’re no longer in the picture.  I still like you.  Shoemaker has a 9.35 K/9 and a 1.95 BB/9.  You know I love me some strikeout-minus-walk ratio stuff, and that’s it in abundance.  He needs to stop giving up so many homers (unless they’re to Adam Jones; that’s okay), and he seems prone to blow-ups, but I could see grabbing him if you need some strikeout upside.  I’m intrigued, y’all!

Justin Verlander – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 4.84.  He couldn’t shut down one of the worst teams in the NL, with the pitcher batting.  Has he shut down anyone this year?  Great question, Oh Rhetorical One.  He has exactly one game this year where he’s allowed zero runs (it was a 5-inning outing where he walked four), and he’s given up less than two runs in no other games.  Zoinks!

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Eh, he’s only hitting near .500 in the last two weeks and batting lead-off for one the top offenses in the majors.  Why would you want that?  Shoot, sorry, I had the Sarcastic Lock key pressed.

Torii Hunter – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Another day, another home run for the newest Zombino.  Eat that brain custard, Double I!

Mike Zunino – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Who’s Zunino’ing who?

Roenis Elias – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Mess.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start, but I didn’t have big enough berries in my Underoos to start him.  He then left with forearm cramping so he’s advised to take two Midol and you’re advised to be careful of his next start.  You have been advised!

Ian Desmond – 5-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Game was in Coors, but it’s not like the rest of the Nats took advantage of Coors with some beer goggles.  I’m stink-eyeing in your direction Zimmerman.

Troy Tulowitzki – Out again yesterday with his sore quad.  C’mon, get healthy!  That’s me getting on my high horse and Yellin’ at Troy.

Justin Morneau – Hit the DL with a neck strain.  The Rockies called up Ben Paulsen (2-for-4, 1 RBI), who sounds like a morning talk show host.  “Coming up after the break, the latest in designer swimwear…for your pet fish.  That’s right, Susan, little Speedos for your guppy.  I’m Ben Paulsen and we’re here to, ‘Wake Up Your Day!'”  Or you can call him “The Treasurer” since Ben Bernake was the Federal Reserve head and Henry Paulson was head of the Treasury.  Ben Paulsen finally breaks the long Rockie tradition of going with a veteran at first base rather than a rookie.  I sure hope he only plays at night though, otherwise he’s going to get very sunburn.  Paulsen could hit for a little power in Coors, but he didn’t hit for much power in the PCL (15 HRs in 347 ABs), and that league is like hitting with an aluminum bat on the moon.  Paulsen, though, can throw it to commercial with the best of them or get us out of this recession.

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  1. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Nice Perfect Strangers reference in the Mikolas blurb. Well done sir.

  2. gareth says:
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    That headline makes me think of a calzone, then a Cazale – a gracious, generous and minimalistic actor who happily let those other guys shine around him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exULQJRhS6M

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Died way too young too

  3. So … what’s the consensus on starting Salazar tonight? He’s facing the hapless Twins, but he was so bad earlier and even in AAA he’s averaged 1 walk per inning over his last couple of starts and only 2Ks per walk in this last minor-league stint. Is he worth a start tonight?

    Also, would it be better to have 1/2 of the White Sox closing committee (Putnam and Petricka) or to speculate on someone like Thayer, Feliz, Morris, Mujica, Bastardo, Ziegler, or Chamberlin?

    • gareth says:
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      @Enrique: Someone picked up Salazar in my league yesterday for the twins start. Bauer has also been added (then dropped).

      As an Indians fan I’d love to see both succeed. Its crucial to their fate in the second half as kluber can’t do it on his own.

      However like any young pitcher there’s always a chance of being roofied. That upside is so damn enticing though. So are the strikeouts.

      I’d personally proceed with caution and observe a start or two first. I’d like to see him quash his propensity to give up long balls and walks in the majors. I’d get on board If after two starts hes not leaving fat pitches over the plate to be crushed and not walking anyone while getting alot of strikeouts.

      Best case scenario – a burgeoning ace in Kluber, a filthy Salazar, a technically briliant Bauer, a healthy and productive Masterson and Tomlin/McAllister/trade acquisition as a viable 5th starter.

      Not asking for much, right?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha, not too much at all…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take half of the committee that’s getting saves now, as frustrating as that can be.

      I don’t trust Salazar yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: I’d start Salazar, he’s risky… Go White Sox committee

  4. gareth says:
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    To stay on the Italian food theme – I haven’t been to pizza hut in years but i just caught their commercial of the movie tie in Teenage mutant ninja turtle pizzas with the cheezy pull apart end bits. Yum.

    Cowabunga! Radical dude!

    It’d be nice if the pizzas came complete with my 90’s metabolism too.

    • de nachos says:
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      @gareth: :) this may be the first time “Italian food” and “Pizza Hut” were ever used in the same sentence unironically. Mario Batali just had (likely another) heart attack. But I can’t talk, I’m prone to get late night drunkenly obsessed with Domino’s new “watch while we make your pizza” delivery webpage.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

    • Sherm says:
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      @gareth: What I wouldn’t give for my ’90’s metabolism. My best prospect in AAA plus I pay my ’90’s metabolism’s inflated salary. It did get a real plum of a contract, and why not? Having it was sweet.

  5. eli_person says:
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    Streamonator seems surprisingly down on DeGrom. Do you like him today?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I do, but I usually get burned when I disagree with SON.

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: Piggybacking on this – sit Seager (v. deGroom) or Bruce (v. Nelson) today? Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d sit Bruce and start Seager

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Mike: Mike, Bruce or Polanco v Beckett?

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Great call on Polanco over Bruce! Oh btw…. there’s an encore for “It’s soooooo Rizeasy” I was suppose to go to Mötley, G&R and Alice Cooper tomo night at the Shoreline, but the “#effinallstarbreak”, oh wait that doesn’t apply anymore.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: I know Rizzo isn’t on any of your squads, but you ranked him way higher than anyone else did on any platform. He deserves a great nickname!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know! Haha…

  6. gareth says:
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    Salazar often complained in his last stint in the majors that he thought teams had a read on him and he was tipping his pitches.

    Was there ever anything to back that claim up or was it just a bullshit excuse from a struggling rookie?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      possibly. I never read anything more on it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Might’ve been something there, but he needed to get past it, which he didn’t until he went to the minors

  7. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      G3!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: done right

  8. Sean M. Fowler says:
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    First time commenting, have long been reading your shat from afar, I can say I admire. Thanks Grey. I am a 27 y/o male that grew up in Diego, wish we were buds in an alternate reality like a these other freak peeps on here. OK question time….Wade Miley or Marcus Stroman rest of season. Haven’t eye tested either..

    • Sean M. Fowler says:
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      @Sean M. Fowler: Oh, should have mentioned I dropped Mat Latos for Stroman last night….Latos has been worrying me, though I saw he was ranked 23 (stock falling) where Stroman was at 67 and Miley 54 in the SP top 100 going forward. Help? Those rankings aren’t enough for me.

      • Sean M. Fowler says:
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        @Sean M. Fowler: JeF with 1 F maybe? Also on waivers: W. Peralta, Buchholz, Liriano, Dickey, Kennedy, Gee, Morton, Leake…..or should I just treat whatever pitcher I/you decide on like a streamer and dump them for Alcantara after their next start seeing as I have Brian Dozier slotted @ 2B and yahoo seems concerned with his 1-for-whatever start to the second half and miniscule walk totals of late…..again, new to fantasy baseball and commenting here, forgive me for my three part question/comment.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no worries. I’d take Latos personally

      • Sean M. Fowler says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, I just caught the highlights of the game and saw that Latos was in no way responsible for the majority of the 4 “earned” runs allowed. Reds left fielder lost 2 balls in the lights @ Miller Park that accounted for 3 of those runs……..two routine fly balls. Thanks Mike.

        • Sean M. Fowler says:
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          @Sean M. Fowler: Guess I’ll have to wait until waivers on Latos expire on the 24th to pick him back up, which is conveniently synced with Stroman’s start against the BoSox on the 24th. 1st year, second place in 12 team 6×6 mixed league. Made some dumb moves earlier in the season, trading Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Ben Zobrist & Albert Pujols for Jose Bautista & Yasiel Puig in two different deals. 20-20 hindsight, it was a horrible decision, especially so considering Puig and Bautista have combined for 3 HR’s in the past month…..

          Here’s my team, for anybody who cares:

          C)Norris/Jaso
          1B)Moss
          2B)Dozier
          3B)Seager
          SS)Gordon
          OF)Bautista
          OF)J.D.Martinez
          OF)Puig
          UTIL)Rendon
          UTIL)Calhoun

          Bench: Whoever isn’t starting @ catcher in A’s platoon

          SP)Kershaw
          SP)Scherzer
          SP)Kazmir
          SP)Kluber
          SP)Cobb
          SP)Stroman (soon to be Latos again)

          RP)Betances
          RP)Neshek
          RP)Jepsen

          (Holds League)

          CL)Reed
          CL)Casilla
          CL)Hawkins

          Closers have been rough for me, started with Grant Balfour, too….almost considering punting saves so I can use the 3 roster spots to give me an edge in other categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean M. Fowler: Thanks for the kind words! I’d want Latos… Latos, Miley…

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Sean M. Fowler: caffeine much?

  9. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Great write up Grey, effortlessly funny…. So u rather have Taijuan Walker or Kevin Gausman? H2H points league

  10. Bye Felicia says:
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    It was reported that after the game Cliff Lee farted emphatically when asked about trade rumors. Weird, because usually the runs come after that.

    I don’t think there’s anything better than that! Hahaha

  11. Philsfan says:
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    The Adverb’s full name is Clifton, not Clifford. Cust Kayin.
    Nevertheless, great read as always.

  12. Brendan says:
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    15 team points league in the playoffs now. Stephen Drew, Jordy Mercer, Segura or Alcides Escobar?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Escobar or Segura. I prefer Segura

  13. Yescheese says:
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    I guess Adam Eaton has been playing with a broken finger. Damn those sparky ankle biters!

  14. Shawn of The Livid says:
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    *gets on soapbox*

    Yahoo has Ozuna at 50% owned. Is that not surprising at this point? The guy has 46runs 15HRs and 53 RBI’s plus a .276 average. He has helped me out greatly with my case of the Bryce Harpies and with those stats (very similar to Jason Werth who is 85%) how is this guy not owned? He’s a BUY Grey, A BUY I SAY! He’s also a JAM! In a 12 teamer he’s a must own right? Even some 10’s?

    PS
    Thanks for the column today, extremely funny with a dash of wit

        • james says:
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          @JeF With 1 F:

          public leagues have a crazy obsession with ranking. Even a top 100 player preseason that is actively pooping the bed will keep a high ownership rate, Jed Lowry is still over 50% owned (for the season he is the 19th rated ss, and 25th rated 2b, doubt there are many leagues where that players).

          Guys draft and then never check the team again, so a guy with a high enough ranking to be drafted in every league, will be held onto way longer than they shoul

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @james: Yup…i never look at % owned…it means nothing to me.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Marcell Ozuna Razzball

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Sky: I remember this pic…that dog is clearly related to Grey

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Haha, I made it for my Ozuna sleeper post back in March.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Sky: Ozuna Like Picture!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Must Ozuna!

  15. JT says:
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    In a 12 team near dynasty, I’ve got some tough cuts to come in the offseason, keeping 25 of 28.

    Could or should I just ditch Matt Cain and Mike Minor now? They’d be on the bubble for next year.

    My sure fire keepers are:
    Carlos Santana, Goldschmidt, Kipnis, Miggy, Castro, Upton, Ozuna, Stanton, Zimmerman, Rizzo, Rendon, Bruce, Yelich, Votto and Profar, for 15 hitters.

    That leaves me 10 pitchers to keep out of:
    Ventura, Wheeler, Minor, Reed, Kimbrel, Britton, McGee, Scherzer, F Hernandez, Greinke, Cobb, McHugh, Cain, Wacha, Harvey, Corbin

    I have a hard time bellieving Minor and Cain are surviving that purge.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JT: McGee and McHugh would be 2 that Id move on from, dont see them worth keeping long term.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF. I also tend to stay away from closers in keepers

      • james says:
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        @Mike:

        When do you need to make the cuts. At the end of the seaon, McGee is an easier cut. If it is closer to spring training next year, I would hold off until much later.

        One thing I have done in deep keepers with very late keeper deadlines (like midway through spring training) is to grab releviers with the bottom of my roster. If one of 5 becomes a closer over the offseason, I now have an asset. The other 4 make for really easy cuts. releivers are the only players that can go from FA fodder to having value literally over night.

  16. Slim

    Slim says:
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    When I read the name Ben Paulson my first thought was bitch tits and Jared Leto deservedly getting his ass kicked.

    *Chanting*
    “His name is Ben Paulson”
    “His name is Ben Paulson”

    • Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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      @Slim: OR
      *Chanting*
      “His name is Robert Paulson”
      “His name is Robert Paulson”

  17. Will says:
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    Start Beckett tonight vs PIT (SON – $8) or wait and see how his hip is (torn labrum)?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Will: I would

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I was confident in Lee and got burned. I might play the wait and see on that one.

      • Will says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, leaning the same way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I would wait and see

  18. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Wheeler or Odorizzi ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

  19. Matty says:
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    I had my iphone read me the write up today out loud. Made emphatic farting even funnier.

    ROS (H2H, 5×5)- Arrieta, Ventura, Ryu, Hahn, Taijuan, Richards, Stroman, Gee?
    They seem pretty interchangeable, just making sure my read of this wasn’t too far off.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s cool that you can do that with your phone

      I’d put Richards/Ryu and then Ventura/Arrieta in their own tiers…but yes lump the rest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Ha, nice! Agree with Mike

  20. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    11% of people in the world are Left Handed.
    And I’m one of them.

    • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: wow, thought it was a higher percentage than that… Gotta be higher in baseball tho! Great fact Uno F

      • james says:
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        @I Be Teheran It Up!:

        Like everything there are “freak” physical things that help a person become a pro athlete. Handedness is actually pretty normal for that, but it does help.

        Same idea that the average male is 5’10 but in the NBA they are 6’6. the sport attracts them, and will give a 7’0 more time to develop.

        When you look at the bigs, only about 20% of starting pitchers are lefties, so not a huge jump from the average. there are a lot of LOOGYs out there since bullpens are built to get specific outs. It is worth it to most teams to use a roster spot on a LEfty pitcher who only plays matchups, so is lucky to get 30 innings a season. If you look at some of the solid but not great Lefty pitchers and compare them to a Righty with similar stats, and you will normally see less velocity comeing from the lefty (the easiest difference to see, but righties normally have to be better).

        For hitters, My bet is that it is a learned skill over way too many years of playing little league. At least my guess for switch hitters.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      didn’t they used to try to beat that out of people back in the day?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: Ha that explains the scars on the back of my head

  21. de nachos says:
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    Zunino’s Aretha post barely beat out Doug Fister… Are Doing It For Themselves.

  22. Loges says:
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    Start Beckett w/ his bum hip today against the buckos or leave him on the bench?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d watch this one from the bench

  23. Juan says:
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    Who is a better speculative pick up for saves in a redraft: Feliz or Ramirez?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Juan: Feliz…I feel like Rondon’s got a hold of the ChiCubs job, and Soria could be in Detroit by next week

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      flip a coin, I think you’ve got an equal chance of both getting some opportunititties

  24. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league (keep 5). yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    trade Madison Bumgarner to get Xander Bogaerts?

    I’m out of the race this season, 35 points back. this is just a keeper swap for 2015+.
    I could have other players involved, but this is mostly just about the keepers.

    Bumgarner has been a keeper for me. Bogaerts would replace Bumgarnere as a keeper going forward.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Davis. 2B- Walker. 3B- Machado. SS- Kawasaki. IN- Duda
    OF- Cruz. OF- Crisp. OF- Calhoun. OF- Joyce. UT- KHernandez.
    BN-Stubbs, Dyson, Drew, d’Arnaud, Betts, Pederson.
    DL- Cuddyer. DL- ECabrera. DL- Saunders. DL- Gyorko.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Kennedy. RP- Britton. RP- Petricka.
    P- Santana. P- Ross. P- Boxberger.
    BN- Kuroda, Gausman, Nelson.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @SpecialFNK: I would hold off on that. Bum’s a top 50-60 player and he’s young. I would use one of your other pitchers (prob Tyson Ross) and a bench bat (d’Arnaud) maybe to go after X

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Mello Yello:
        the other guy has also been interested in Nelson Cruz. I could try him instead. but he had Bogaerts as a keeper coming into this season, so he’s high on Bogaerts for what he could be in the future. from what I read Bogaerts could be similar to Tulowitzki in the future? Tulo had his first full season with 104/24/99/7/.291 at age 22.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it depends a little on how long you can keep. With only five players kept, you want the best quality players carried over IMO, nbot necessarily just the youngest. Xander has a really bright future, but it depends how long you can afford to watch him grow. Some leagues only keep guys 3-5 years, and then you’re realeasing some of these prospects just as they are starting to get things going…

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Mike:
        no restrictions on players, no contracts or anything like that. you can keep 5 players as long as you want.
        usually sometime in February you have to submit 10 protected players from your team. then if you want teams can make trades involving protected players. the draft is sometime towards the end of March and a week before the draft you have to pick your 5 keepers from your 10 protected players.
        the only rule in this 16 team league is if you finish in the bottom 5 2 years in a row you’re kicked out of the league. I was 9th last season and I’m currently 6th this season, so no concern there.

        coming into this season my 5 keepers were Bumgarner/CDavis/Machado/Gyorko/Rosario.

  25. Flop Sweat says:
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    I have an activated Niese on my DL. To get him in I need to drop one of deGrom, Henderson Alvarez, Porcello.

    Who goes? deG is the natural candidate but his ks are calling me.

    W, K, whip, era are the relevant stats.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Flop Sweat: deGrom

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Flop Sweat: Niese goes.

  26. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Start Beckett today? Or leave on the dl and see how he does today before dropping someone?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Depends on who you have to drop. Obviously you’re inevitably going to have to drop someone to get Beckett back, but I don’t see anything remarkable happening for him today, so if whoever you’re going to drop is helping you now, I’d stick with that. If you’re just dropping some dude, then yeah I’d activate him

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

  27. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Should I pick up Miles Mikolas ?

    Well, of course not, don’t be ridiculous.

  28. Joe Shmoe says:
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    There has to be a term for a must start pitcher who comes off the DL and lays a big smeary crap all over the place. (Lee and Latos combined 7.336 ERA and 1.7185 WHIP + 2 Losses) You have to start them, but in the back of your mind you are thinking: These guys suked before they went on the DL and they are probably going to suk coming off the DL. BUT SON and every other expert are saying you gotta start them.

    I swear it was the alcohol/ friends/ drugs/ lighting made me do it as you look at the girl (you think she was a girl) you just slept with…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Its called Rockin the Hoop…Better known as taking a shit.

      • Don Majkowski says:
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        enema@Grey:

  29. Cram It says:
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    Is there a small flyer on a Beltran uptick or do we think he fell off the cliff?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: I actually pushed him off the cliff…sorry .

      • Cram It says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: You son of a bitch!

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      @Cram It: Hittertron loves him today…1rbi yesterday…one more day and dump

      • Cram It says:
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        @Joe Shmoe: Hittertron can shove a banana up its tailpipe.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Cram It: Ha Ha….i loved beltran in yankee stadium going into the season and had him on most of my teams…dont own him at all now.

          • Cram It says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: Yeah he’s been put out to pasture in a couple of leagues. He’s better than this but maybe he’s just dunzo.

            • Joe Shmoe says:
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              @Cram It: He’s due for a correction?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Joe Shmoe: If you look at his numbers every year, yeah, pretty damn reliable. So not this bad, BUT he’s 37, so fuck if I know.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Cram It: Yea i still keep one eye on him just in case…i agree hard to believe hes this bad.

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: As a STL Fan i loved him play for the Cards. He always had a very nice and smooth swing but he is done now. Do you know who has the smoothest swing nowadays? Corey Dickerson. Go watch and enjoy that kids swing. Great extension.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Moscowitz: Ill check it out…thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Depends who you’re dropping for him, but I don’t trust him to stay healthy/productive

  30. The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Polanco or Eaton ROS?

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Wizard of Oz(una): I’d rather Polanco. I don’t want Eaton brings to the table besides some SAGNOF counting stats.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others

  31. de nachos says:
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    Well, Ben Revere was out of the lineup Sunday with lefty Alex Wood throwing. Oh, Sizemore is a lefty, too? I gotta think the Phils are quixotically featuring him for a trade and Ruben Amaro is convinced he can sell those non-nerd GMs on Grady’s sex appeal and 30/30 ’08 season.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Amaro!

    • james says:
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      @de nachos: @SpecialFNK:

      Amaro is one of the last Non nerd Gms. The smart non-nerds hired nerds a long time ago and listen to them. Amaro is just an idiot at this point. Revere is a solid OF, and his speed may be able to get moved at the deadline (with all that speed, a lot of teams would like him as a 4th OF, or even fit as a leadoff hitter from a weak OF). Sizemore is done. I assumed getting Sizemore was simply a move to have a warm body there when they traded Bryd and Revere. Without trading Revere and Byrd, having sizemore around is just dumb.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: I think they know they can’t get anything for him, just seeing what they have in him

  32. John Aubin says:
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    Joe Nathan was dropped in my league. Should I drop Qualls or Mejia for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think it’s a huge upgrade, especially if the Tigers are shopping for relievers

  33. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    2 questions : is it time to cut bait with steve pearce?? i also picked up putnam expecting he nailed down the closers role, was pissed there doing the committee. I only hv him right now bc of Joe smith. Is smith the closer for the angels or not right now?? im confused bc alot of ppl have dropped him.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Huston Street is the closer now, so you’re kinda SOL with Smith. I would hold Pearce, and yeah, that sucks about Putnam. Figured he pitched well enough to take the job. He’s like Jake McGee but has a manager who is constantly overthinking stuff.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

      • james says:
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        @Mike:

        Smith was kind of upsetting since he was playing so well, and should have been the closer. Street was an unessessary trade. With that, you do not give up the last remnants of your farm system (that is a really bad farm system now), and pay a guy 7m per year to not be your closer.

        In a really deep league (where at least 20=30 non closer releivers are owned), he is worth keeping. Street has an injury past, and I have to beleive Smith would be next in line. But if i were chasing saves he is ranked 40-50th right now (behind all 28 or so closers, all the guys in committees and the heir apparents to the closers that may get dealt- ie Giles, thayer, ect)

  34. 740 says:
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    wsup Grey. hope all is well….10team roto 5×5. i dropped Segura for Alcantara. should i switch back to Segura or hold Alcantara?

    Thanks again

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Right back at ya! I’d go Arismendy

  35. Harris says:
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    Nothing like seeing 14-1 Red Sox, only to see that Pedroia didn’t participate.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Harris: Yeah that was a ticker tease and a half

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes

  36. shibboleth says:
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    I got more enjoyment out of the Treasurer joke than I should care to admit. Yet, admit I do…

  37. Brian says:
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    . 12 team H2H 6×5 with OPS. I have made this offer.

    I give Harper/Morse and in return get Rizzo/Reed/Iwakuma.

    This is my team. Gattis, Ramos, LaRoache, Altuve, Alvarez, Sequra, Zobrist, Jup, Trumbo, Gordon, Polanco, Markakis.
    Pitchers are Porcello, Salazar, Ross, Archer, Kluber, Morton, Duffy, Nathan, Soria, Rondon, Betances.

    Good/Bad/or need more??? Thanks for the great read everyday!!

    BB

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Brian: I like it…I have Rizzo over Harper right now anyway, which means if you further break the trade down, you’re essentially getting Hisashi and Reed for Morse, which is a joke

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Brian: rizzo

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others…like the Rizzo side

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Brian: Take the Rizzo side and don’t look back

  38. JAL says:
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    Eaton or L. Cain for last spot on my 12-team 5×5? Need steals. Thanks!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @JAL: Eaton

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eaton for steals

    • Sherm says:
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      @JAL: Just dropped Cain for Eaton so you have company.

  39. Mello Yello says:
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    So SportsVault is essentially the mafia with a non-mafia sounding name…is that about right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      shhh

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Mello Yello: Yes. And their customer service associates are dicks.

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: @Baezaworldseries: Hey Beaz, I think you might be talking about someone other than SortsVault.net. Their products are free so there’s no charges. Maybe you mean Fantasy Sports Vaulte? If I’m missing something shoot me an email: nick@razzball.com with the details and I’ll look into it personally.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Nick The Podcast Host: @Nick The Podcast Host: I think you nailed it Nick. It was a couple of years ago. I looked through my password book and I had it labeled Sports Vault/LS. I assume the company changed hands mid season to League Safe .It ruined me for those sort of sites. Every time I saw the name Sports Vault I associated it with that bad experience. It never occurred to me they were two different entities.
          If you could relay my deepest apologies to Mr Zuvella. I would greatly appreciate it.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Grey: I had a bad experience with two of them over the same issue.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What issue? Not following…

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Grey: I bought into a league. I won the league. Somehow only my money was left in the pool. I was trying to get an answer how this could happen and trying to get my “service fee” back. The guy I was talking to was being really rude and was implying I was not smart. I asked to speak to someone else and got more of the same.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, I’ll pass along to them and see if we can get any response…

            • @Baezaworldseries:

              Hey Baezaworldseries,

              Matt here, I am one of the founders of SportsVault and wanted to make sure everything was straightened out. As Nick mentioned above, are you sure you used SportsVault.net? There was a site with a similar name that LeagueSafe bought out a couple years back.

              If it was our site please let me know the name of your league/pool and I will get it sorted out within a couple hours. You can reach me at matt at sportsvault.net

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Thanks, Matt!

  40. Bye Felicia says:
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    Harper or Cueto H2H 12 teams. I’ve been comfortably killing it offensively all season without Harper. My pitching is Wood,Richards,Tehran,Cobb,Archer then streaming. Cueto is top 10 on the player rater in this format

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Non-keeper? Do it

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good in a redraft

  41. sniff test says:
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    I’m looking to bolster my pitching a bit. My rotation is currently. King Felix, Hamels, Latos, Ervin Santana, Alex Wood and Odorizzi. I have a spare closer that I would like to offer up for Ryu. The options to trade are. Rosenthal, Soria, Doolittle, Casilla or Mejia. I would like to hold on to Mejia because he has SP eligibility which gives me 4 closers when I only have 3 RP slots. I recently traded Darvish for Abreu so I’m concerned about my pitching being strong enough to win it all…especially with Latos’ struggles.

  42. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    I instantly stopped reading and googled Napolis mom lol….nice nips, looks like she could be his wife…and hes in one of the pics lol!!

  43. Brian says:
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    In an NL Only League (OPS instead of BA), would you drop Cody Ashe for Duvall?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Brian: Eh

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      rather have Asche

  44. Clint says:
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    8 team h2h pts league (10 keepers), which 3B:

    Chisenhall, A-Ram, Prado, Moustakas, Bogaerts, Headley, McGehee, or Gyorko

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Clint: This is close, but I would go Lonnie…ARam in 2nd, McGehee for show

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like A-Ram the most

  45. Lville Jim says:
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    If the baseball thing doesn’t work out for Paulsen maybe he could run for president like his great uncle Pat.

  46. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Egads!! HAHAHA!!! That one word caused a surprise laugh. Which triggered a snot rocket.
    Now I have to change my shirt. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

  47. DookieTwinkles says:
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    Drop Hutchison to pick up Torii Hunter?

    • DookieTwinkles says:
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      @DookieTwinkles: disregard this, missed my chance

  48. Dan says:
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    Stream Petit today versus Philly? No Stream-O-Nator info on him.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Dan: Showing as a 7.6 for me, I’m doing it in a points league where ER don’t matter as much, but also mostly because I want to hold him for his 9.9 on Sunday as well.

      Look what the 14 start week has done to me…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Agree with Mike

  49. ty says:
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    I try to refer to my new bible(trapper keeper with your second half rankings) before asking questions… I know Choo finally managed a couple of hits for the first time in who knows how long but would you hold or drop for a Austin Jackson or Adam Eaton. Im in need of avg, runs and a couple sb’s

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with AJax. Sounds like he’d fit the bill for what you need there.

      • james says:
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        @Mike:

        I miss Trapper Keepers. With the fold over velcro flap. If you had one you were the coolest kid in 1991.

        Sadly, all I have now are poor, boring binders. When did I stop being cool- 1992?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup. I was the tits with my Trapper Keeper and my Starter jacket. Remember Starter jackets?

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Mike: Yes the Pull overs…Did you tight cuff your pants too ha

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha! of course!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ty: Agree with Mike

    • stonepie says:
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      @ty: i mad this move the other day. jackson might be what i was hoping for in choo. dont see the ankle getting much better, so he won’t be stealing bags which kills his value

  50. Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Great stuff as usual. Would you please rank the following meh guys ROS? Thanks.

    Pearce, D. Santana, Aoki & Singleton

  51. Lopes says:
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    In a 10 team h2h keeper help me choose four for of: Byrd, Marte, Rios, Dickerson, Calhoun, Markakis or Duda

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Marte, Rios, Calhoun, Byrd/Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lopes: Agree with Mike

  52. Charles says:
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    12 team points league with big scoring for pitchers (50 pts per win, -15 pts per loss, 2.5 pts per K, -2.5 pts per ER, -1 pts per BB). Should I start Salazar today @ Minn SON $16.8 despite his control issues?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he could get a lot of Ks but it could also be a disaster. I wouldn’t personally just becuase I don’t know which Salazar is going to show up.

  53. Turf says:
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    Batty called Zunino yesterday. It was orgasmic!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    Which Hot Schmotato would you prefer for the rest of their Hot Schmotato-ness:

    Napoli
    Hunter
    Eaton

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Hunter

  55. Joe says:
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    5×5, 12-team, h2h, redraft. I have several black holes in my lineup. Their names are Rosario, A.Hill, Starlin, and Choo (honorable mention to A.Gordon). I’m wondering if I should replace any of them (or all of them). Here are my current options.

    Available C: Ramos, D’Arnaud

    Available SS: Segura, Aybar, Simmons, E.Cabrera

    Available 2B: Gennett, Walker, Infante, LaStella

    Available OF/Util: Hosmer, Cain, Yelich, Viciedo, S.Smith, Span

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ramos,
      stick with Starlin,
      Walker,
      Yelich

    • james says:
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      @Joe:

      gordon should be exactly what you drafted. An all around player that will not be 20hr or 20sb, but about 15 in each. Kid is 30, what you see is what you get with him, and i think he is more or less on the same pace he was last year.

      Castro has also been about as good as advirtised. He is a general player like Gordon with nothing that stands out, but he is playable, and has lived up the rebound a lot of people expected. We have all just finally accepted that what he was 2 years ago, is what he is. The super elite upside is simply not there anymore.

      Actual comments-
      C- just drab whoever you like, and accept they will not be around long. I would hold Rosario until at least the end of this home stand v. the Nats (not sure how long the road stand is, but i know it is at least through today).

      SS- your castro is the safest play, Segura is the highest upside. I know a few people think segura will go nuts with the death of his kid, but i do not think baseball is a sport you can play on pure emotion. I think it kills the rest of this season for him until he can get his head straight (it will take a while, my best friend lost his son almost 10 years ago, and he still struggles with it).

      2b- i would ride Infante for a few days, but none of them are long term solutions

      OF- Yelich by a mile. His BA has been respectable this year, to go along with a 20/20 pace. This is his break out year. I cannot imagine him not being a top 100 pick next year.

  56. los locos says:
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    beckett came off the DL today; who should I drop Duffy, Gausman or Hammels?

  57. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H, W, L and QS count, pick 2 two-starters (it’s a weirdo Tue-Mon week league):

    deGrom @SEA (SON -4.4), @MIL (1.0)
    Peavy @TOR (4.7), @TB (6.5)
    Colon @SEA (-0.4), vPHI (15.5)
    Nelson vCIN (10.0), vNYM (5.4)
    Petit @PHI (7.6), vLAD (9.9)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peavy and Colon

  58. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Will there be a mid season top 50 fantasy prospect list soon?

  59. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’ve never watched the Godfather all the way through but after your intro post, I have a strange hankering for some Monica Bellucci.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Sky: Mmmm…… Monica Bellucci.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        If only they served endless plates of Bellucci at the Olive Garden.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Sky: I would eat that endlessly.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Totally!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You should try an old Sophia Loren

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Since you are the cougar chaser, what do you mean by ‘old’? You talking old school or just 2014 Loren?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2014 Loren… 2015 Loren will be even better!

  60. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm H2H OPS league, BB and K count, who are you starting at Util if Springer misses time: Coghlan, Pearce, Polanco or La Stella?

  61. Barenrewn says:
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    Great read as always. What do y’all think of Brock Holt @ SS? On yahoo he’s only a couple starts aways from gaining eligibility, and while he’s not flashy, he consistently puts up points.

    In my keeper league I was offered Stanton for Abreu. I already have Goldschmidt, so I figured it was a good get. What do y’all think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Holt sounds fine depending on what the other options are

      I like Stanton there too

  62. Scott says:
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    Please rank Lackey, Roark, Morton, Kuroda.

    • Scott says:
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      Al please rank Ryu in that group also. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Roark/Kuroda, Morton/Lackey

      • Scott says:
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        What if I target Ryu? Also do you buy Pearce ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Scott: I don’t buy Pearce ROS; Ryu is the best SP there

  63. ERad says:
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    Thanks for all the great work guys!

    So here’s my sitch – apologize in advance for the essay – need to drop 1 with Beckett coming off the DL.

    Xander Bogaerts or JD Martinez – the catch is that Xman is keeper eligible in the 20th round (10 team, shallow rosters)

    However – we can only keep 2 and I’m certainly keeping Anthony Rizzo (10th). I also have the keeper option for Freddie Freeman (7th) or Jose Altuve (7th). Do you see any reason to hang on to Xander here? Or should I remain loyal to my prospect and cut bait with the waiver wire pickup (who I assume will be picked up).

    P.S. – I’m still in first and trying to put back to back to back 1st place finishes together, all thanks to this site!

    • Cram It says:
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      @ERad: Lose Xander

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no reason to keep him there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: No problem… Agree with Mike/Cram

  64. can't fight fate says:
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    Would you give up S Gray, and C Kluber for C Gomez and J Shields? I still have Kershaw, Cobb, Fister and Hamels left as pitchers.

  65. Schoolboy P says:
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    Trade Pujols and Choo for a $7 Brantley (keeper league)?

    How confident are you that Brantley is for real?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Brantley should earn more than $7. What’s Pujols getting paid?

      • Schoolboy P says:
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        @Mike:

        Heres the whole roster:
        C – Perez
        1B – Goldy
        2B -Altuve
        SS -Reyes
        MI – Desmond
        CI – Pujols
        OF – A. Jones
        OF – Choo
        OF – K. Davis
        Util – D. Ortiz
        DL – Edwin

        As you can see, I will have no place to put Edwin when he comes off the DL, and Choo can be upgraded for sure.

        Pujols was $27, Choo is $17. Neither of those prices inspire keeper when I can only keep 10.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Schoolboy P:

          what happened to 3rd base ?
          have encarnacion bring it back from the dl when he returns .

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Schoolboy P: Id bet Greys mustache hes for real…thats how confident i am.

  66. Qbert says:
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    Mornin grey. After listening to the pod yesterday, I’m thinkin of making a move for Bryce to hopefully wake my offense up. You like rosenthal for Bryce? I’ve got 4 closers currently getting me saves.

    Also, my dumba** just picked up Gattis for some pop, but was wondering who you favor more between Ajax and Eaton..it’s a toss up for me. Could use avg, runs, steals.

    Thanks boss. Good day.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rosie for Bryce sounds good

      prefer AJax

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Qbert: Agree with Mike… Thanks, you too!

  67. Wilson says:
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    Start Holt (vs TOR Happ) or Bruce (vs MIL Nelson) today? Thanks

  68. Jack says:
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    ROS – Polanco or Yelich

    • @Jack: ROS player rater has them basically even for the rest of 2014…I’d go Polanco

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Yelich, but it’s a toss-up

  69. Ron says:
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    Beckett comes off the DL today and I need to drop one to activate him.

    Odorizzi, DeGrom, Keuchel, Koehler, Hughes?

    Thanks.

  70. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    Side A: Miggy
    Side B: Hanley and Joey Bats

  71. Matt says:
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    ROS: J.D Martinez, Kole Calhoun, Gregory Polanco

  72. J-FOH says:
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    Sorry about that intern I sent over. It was a literal mistake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Or lateral as you passed them off… Football reference!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I see that children’s football pop-up picture book I got you for Christmas is paying off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like a charm!

  73. Ante GALIC says:
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    Dearest Grey!!!

    Have been going through some tough times at work and with the family (my parents and my siblings only, NOT with the coug or our 2 kids). You put some extra mustard on your special sauce serving this time, Kahuna! I laughed very hard for most of it, would score you at least 8.5 out of 10 or 4.0 on the GPA scale (that’d be 4.3 on the Canadian GPA scale, by-the-by. We like to be unique from our brothers and sisters from America, if only we could get away from North America!!!!!) Gr8 job, compadre!

    Have dropped Calhoun to pick up Eaton so any fellow RotoBallers out there thinking of adding Eaton because he’s currently a hotschmotato you’ve been forewarned…Fantasy Week 17, Adam EATON gets injured (hamstring) definitely just AFTER lineups lock. At least he won’t need Tommy John surgery for his torn UCL from 2013 – outfielders only need one of those operations for their careers.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sorry to hear that Ante, hope it gets better for you

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Mike: Dearest Mike! This site keeps me sane. Thank you and the team and the entire Razzball community for everything!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • @Ante GALIC: Best of luck to you Ante, keep your head up man, things always work out in the end..cheers

  74. Paul says:
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    ROS:

    Cobb > Anibal > Paxton > Ventura > Stroman?

    Cobb, Paxton, and Stroman are on waivers and I’m wondering if I should think about dropping Anibal or Ventura for any if they have another bad outing (my leaguemates hate trading for pitching).

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Cobb more than Ventura, but it’s not a huge difference IMO

      • Paul says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Thanks. Same here – no one is buying Cobb besides me in my league (no Razzballers, I guess haha), so I’ve been able to let him hang on waivers without issue until he has a real nice outing.

  75. Paz says:
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    trade Britton and Dickerson for Pence?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  76. scott steelers says:
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    Arenado or Holt ROS?

  77. Scott says:
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    Would you trade Pearce and Morton for Roark? I’m trying to sell high on Pearce.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, not sure that’s really selling high. Morton is decent too.

    • Scott says:
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      What if I target Ryu instead of Roark?
      Also what do you think of Pearce ROS?

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Scott: Well not sure if Morton is that much worse than Roark so you actually could end up just giving away pearce for nothing in return. Not that i like pearce, but your plan and the combination of players in that package is not right if you ask me.

  78. Jason says:
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    best keeper option:

    Kipnis
    Matt Carpenter
    Arenado

    any reason behind the choice or just preference?

  79. Mike says:
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    Tsuyoshi Wada worth a stream against the Padres tomorrow?

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: I know, I’m saying that SON has Jackson starting insted of Wada

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… I wouldn’t mess with Wada, but obviously that’s not a terrible stream if you need the risk…

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  80. Big Al says:
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    Grey I think you got it slightly wrong on the Cliff Lee post. He must of farted continuously during the Pre Game interviews , because the runs sure came during the game. Stunk it up good…..

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Big Al: Come on Grey, i shouldnt even have to say it at this point. If someone has a case of the runs they definitely have……………..(you finish the sentence)

  81. Ryan says:
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    In a dynasty league I need to make some drops since gattis and lee are off the dl. Should I drop pomeranz and estrada? I also have dom brown jesse winker or stephen voht i am considering dropping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Drop Estrada and Vogt

  82. jim says:
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    i traded niese and taijuan for anibal. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jim: Sounds fine

  83. Eds says:
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    Puig/Hammel for Rendon/Kluber?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Eds: Puig

  84. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Grey
    I’ve been hanging onto Longoria all year waiting for him to get hot so I can trade him…
    I already have Miggy at 3rd and Abreu at 1st and Pujols at Utility and there are no Corner Infield slots or anything else in my league so he doesnt get many at bats…

    Which side of the trade do you like?

    Longoria and Calhoun for Lester and G Richards

  85. SteveV says:
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    Cole has killed me this year. Do you see better things in 2nd half? Like maybe 3.30/1.20 ERA/Whip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveV: I wouldn’t expect that

      • SteveV says:
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        Damn! Give me your best guess ROS (ERA/WHIP).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          3.75/1.27

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: So would that make Paxton the better guy to keep in my DL slot for now / do either of them beat out Yordano or Anibal for a roster spot?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Lose Paxton

  86. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. pedroia/linceum for ryu? which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: does it matter if pedroia is on my bench (just traded for kinsler)? cant seem to get a bag of funyons for him….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lincecum and Ryu are nearly a push, trade doesn’t really make sense

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: right…wasnt sure if the regression fairies will pay a visit to timmie.

  87. Marv says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H Keeper
    I’ve got 6 OF for 4 spots, been offered this trade:
    My Braun / Ventura / Cishek for His C. Santana / K Jansen / Holland
    My 6 OF (Holliday/Braun/Bruce/McCutch/Springer/Polanco)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  88. K. Loggins says:
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    What to make of Brandon McCarthy? 2.87 xFIP for him is fascinating. Worth a grab? If Salazar does good today, I’ll keep him, but otherwise I’ll probably drop him after his start. In which case I would consider grabbing McCarthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…Into the danger zone!

  89. Scooter G says:
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    Hi Grey/Mike

    Would you trade D Goron for D Wright if you were in my situation?

    10 team h2h categories redraft… I have good hitting everywhere but 3B
    C Lucroy
    1b Freeman
    2B Cano
    SS Reyes
    3B B Holt
    of gomez
    of cutch
    of braun
    util springer
    util d gordon
    bn prado
    bn mesoraco
    bn m adams

    Thanks! Always appreciate your advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  90. Andrew says:
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    Rank?

    Anderson home vs Tigers ($5)
    R Hernandez home vs Giants ($4.5)
    Petit at Phillies ($8)
    Odorizzi at Cards ($6.5)
    Porcello at Dbacks ($4.1)
    Bailey at Brewers ($11)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey, Odorizzi, Anderson

  91. los locos says:
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    Headley to the Yankees… Pick him up? Drop Chisenhall or Hosmer?

  92. Dkohn says:
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    Gr~ey,

    Thoughts on Chase Headly to Yanks?

    Better than Lonnie gonnie?

    • Dkohn says:
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      @Dkohn: ha I see the comment above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over him tomorrow, boost for his value for sure…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: you don’t often see identical questions back to back.

  93. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hello Grey- which of these is the best MI pickup going forward for an h2h categories OBP redraft league?

    Peralta, Wong, Alcantara, A Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcantara

  94. das coffee frau says:
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    just traded miggy/harper for rizzo/brantley in my dynasty. rizzo/brantley cost 10 rounds cheaper each than miggy/harper. good deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  95. can't fight fate says:
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    Headley got traded to the Yanks like everyone thought. Would you drop someone like Wong, N Feliz, or Giles for him? 3rd base is either D Wright or Santana for me. Holding the closers in hopes Soria and Pap get dealt, but do have Chapman, Holland and DooLittle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feliz

  96. Deuces says:
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    Pujols, Kemp, Gray, and Doolittle or C. Davis, Choo, Cueto, J. Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  97. Fish says:
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    need pitching help in my 7×7 with ops/hits and qs/k per 9 H2H league. Got offered Garrett Richards for my Springer. Springer is just a utility for me since I have Harper/Cargo/Adam Jones. should I do this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it in a redraft

  98. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Chase Headley Blows…just because hes on the yanks now doesnt make him good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t make him much worse

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: can’t argue with you there

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: switch hitter with a short porch to left? C’mon, you’re better than this

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @J-FOH: If you cant hit the ball the porch is useless

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: See Brian McCann….did wonders for him.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Headley’s road numbers aren’t terrible for his career

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: I grabbed him where I could, I love the change of scenery and am praying for him to do a Soriano

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yup, me too… Though I didn’t get him anywhere…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: I wonder how Jay is dealing with all this?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Not good

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: owners of makers mark stock will enjoy this bender

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @Grey: Bradley isn’t going to do Jack shit for the yanks..he had a good 4 months in his career and that’s it…Jay is probably celebrating

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @Grey: * headley…Danny it …auto correct

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: somewhere an old lady fell and broke her hip after that move

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought ESPN screwed up at first and placed a pitcher in my hitting bench slot… I need a nap

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Grey: Gay pride weekend took it’s toll on you

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m a mess!

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Your rosterbating flows quite nicely from ‘beating off nerds in the Cain blurb.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Yup!

  99. Matty says:
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    I was just offered Tulo/ Harper/ Jennings/ Odorizi/ Wong/ Boegarts for Donaldson/ Puig/ Kinsler/ Andrus/ Stroman/ Doolittle.
    I have a tough time conceptualizing anything bigger than two for two, but Donaldson side is far better, right? I was hoping to get a slight upgrade at SS from Andrus, but I don’t think this is the one I want.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson side

  100. ashtray says:
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    Any rough projections on Headley’s numbers ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      8 HRs, .260

  101. Jason says:
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    pick a bat
    Eaton
    Ajax
    Tor-eye-eye

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jackson

  102. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    Let me show you exactly how it’s properly done,
    Lights, camera, action,
    A rap pro, do a show, good to go, also,
    Cameo, afro, Virgo, domino,
    I go Rambo, gigolo, Romeo,
    Friday night spend money on a ho-,
    Tel, to get a good night sleep, i’m keeping in step,
    Now do I come off? Yep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: had something else in mind but after the papi blurb it was only right…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where’s Big Daddy Kane?!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: somewhere coolin’ out with chubb rock, tone loc and special ed

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wanna be there, coolin’ out with them…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: dont we all…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: jay z did bring him out at the opening of the barclays center a couple years ago. Friend of mine was there.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s awesome… He should be at every event Hova does

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: he should be at every event eveyone does

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ever, agreed

  103. Five-On-One says:
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    Headley or AssCab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

  104. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    His Miggy or my Hanley and Joey Bats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy, it’s fair

  105. Long Bawls says:
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    Wow, Headley to the Yanks for some lightly chewed gum and a potato chip that looks like Marge Schott. Gotta believe the Yanks sold high on their Rafael with all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hype.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  106. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey: drop Rutledge for Duvall in a 10-team 5×5 NL only keeper? I need power and am leading the league in avg.

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: Carlos Quentin and Mike Olt also available. So I guess best phrasing of the question is Rutledge, Duvall, Quentin or Olt? thx!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Duvall

        • birrrdy! says:
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          @Grey: Thanks for all the help, Grey. Your advice is awesome. Now that the news of Tulu going to the DL has hit, I’m thinking that the answer switches back to holding Rutledge. He’s gonna get at least two weeks of starts at SS, I would think, maybe more. Plus, they are in Coors the rest of this week. On the road next, and then back home against the Cubs the following.

          Do you disagree, or is Rutledge with PT still a drop for Duvall?

          Other drop options include Josh Harrison, Grady Sizemore, Joc Pederson (holding him due to keeper league – especially if traded to AL for Price or to a starting gig in NL in next week), Andre Ethier, or Justin Ruggiano. Duvall for any of those guys make more sense?

          Thanks again!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Go with Rutledge… Hold there…

      • Count de monetball says:
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        @birrrdy!: Olt was just option to the AAA team anyway

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  107. jef with 1 f says:
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    Was just offered Stanton for Gomez and Arenado…dynasty…I have Frazier for third so can afford to move arenado…worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Stanton

    • nick the dick says:
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      @jef with 1 f: if stanton doesnt make your tail a lil wet i dont know who will.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @nick the dick: Ha…oh im very moist…just wanted to get some other opinions.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: ha yup i wouldve asked too

  108. Ben. says:
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    I have to drop one of these guys. Who’s it gonna be?

    Brad Miller
    Marcell Ozuna
    Jacob DeGrom
    Ryan Vogelsong

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Ben.: vogelsong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogelsong

  109. Jiggy Nits says:
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    NL ONLY ROTO 5×5

    ken giles or hector rondon down the stretch. thanks!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Giles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Giles

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marcus? Oh, yeah…

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: Ha

  110. goodfold2 says:
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    in 30 man porn ass deep league after spending most of the season in 11th-16th, (10 make playoffs just like real life, divisions are set up exactly like real life) suddenly i’m in 8th. but still 4 out of last wild card, only 1 ahead of 4th place for last wild card, 5 ahead of 5th place for that. my league (AL) is much better than NL in this league. it’s scored as roto. but for playoffs it’s about how you are doing in your league.
    preseason i extended liriano (11.5/yr till end of 2016), erasmo (6.4 yr end of 2016), estrada (6.4/yr end of 2016), and have 37.55 out of 100 million tied up for next year in 11 players (leaving about 2.68 mil per player for next year average of those i’ll need to acquire).
    trade idea.
    1.opp is willing to trade me
    quintana (.400 mil this year and 6.4 mil per year for next 2) for
    my 1st round pick 2015 + one of these prospects jagielo CI NYY/d.robertson MI OAK/velasquez P HOU
    (since we have at most 20 minor leaguers on roster we are very deep into player pool, only good players drafted next year will be those just drafted in real life/foreign signees etc. and those would of course go in pretty much first two rounds. i have 1 1st rounder and 7 picks after. i did just pick up b.drury (and assorted lesser players) in minor league midseason bidding process)
    this would set a lineup of P for next year of erasmo/liriano/sale/quintana/estrada/fien/melancon.
    i would still have 31.15 mil to use to get 13 players (2.39 per person).
    good idea or no? (i’m assuming velasquez is the asset to be traded as well)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Quintana, Velasquez is fine to move

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: oh yeah, forgot, who do i drop. i have 2 bench bats, recker (own d’arnaud till end of 2017 league minimum) or ludwick (attempting to become other c.dickerson on thur night waivers). gotta be a backup catcher, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, backup catcher

  111. Eh, Steve says:
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    trade Britton for Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  112. Snacks13 says:
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    Tanaka/Cain/Will Myers fill my 2 DL spots in 10 team league… Drop one or hold?

    Don’t want to drop Tanaka until it is official that he is out
    Cain had three good outings before the DL but k/9 looks more like a streamer
    Myers could be a decent option later in the season as my outfield is a lot of blah w N. Cruz, Rios, Springer and A. Gordon

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  113. AKSNOW says:
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    Any idea for ROS ranking? H2H categories mixed. K. Davis, G. Polanco, C. Yelich, and A. Jackson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco, Davis, Jackson

  114. Twhiskey says:
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    The SON seems to like Santiago (8.9) and Hendrickson (8.5) today. Do you take either of them or go with Salazar at (16.8) as a streamer today in a ten team points league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Salazar

  115. SMLV1 says:
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    BENCH 2 –

    (42) Rizzo @Home facing Stults (Lefty)
    (65) Puig @PIT facing Worley
    (100) Springer @OAK facing Kazmir (Lefty)
    (103) Rios @NYY facing Cain
    (146) Polanco @Home facing Beckett
    (165) Moss @Home facing Oberholtzer (Lefty)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, Springer

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: they might not play anyway. minor injuries. rios ruled out already.

  116. rondelio says:
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    Julio Teheran
    Josh Beckett
    Chris Archer
    Jesse Hahn
    Corey Kluber
    Jake Arietta
    Cliff Lee
    Jenrey Mejia
    Chad Qualls
    Joe Smith
    Santiago Casilla
    Zack Putnam

    Drop Any for Degrom? What about Petricka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith for Petricka

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: having both putnam/petricka should work out, for about two or so weeks till lindstrom’s back. grab lindstrom and stash.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Lindstrom stashed already

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: making sure rondelio does it before he adds the 2nd current closer (if he can)

  117. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Looking to flip RZimm for some SP help. Would a straight up trade for Anibal, G. Richards, or A. Wood be a good deal? What order should I try to acquire one of them?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood or Richards

  118. LurveGuru says:
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    I dare you to not make a Billy Butler fat joke in tomorrow’s write up. Double dog dare! If you are successful, Mike will streak naked at the next pro-baseball game he attends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As much as I’d love to see Mike’s twig and berries, I can’t promise you

  119. goodfold2 says:
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    that “brain damaged geek” (this phrase subbed for what would normally be a simple easy to understand single word, yet due to those concerned with having their eyes see a word i’ll do them this favor) in my 20 man league dynasty (keep up to 25 per year forever at no prices) who dropped Jo-Fer (we “only” have 5 DL’s) to be able to keep stashing Boneface can now finally reap the rewards of sane, diligent, strategic planning. Oh my god is the message board having fun at this twit (is this one ok?)’s expense. In related news what was the point of “No Exit” again. hm mm.

  120. Wake Up says:
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    CHC second base ever-evolving…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wake up! Where the hell you been?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Fell asleep…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, understandable

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Was on a very hush, hush mission to free Chief Bromden…how are things?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good, no naps for me, but I’m siesta’ing right now! Is it obvious?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Yep…turns out the Juicy Fruit really IS going to move ya?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  More of a Lucky Stripe man

  121. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    NL only. holds and RW, i know wil smith has been fairly bad lately but it’s silly to even ask to have to drop dunn for him, right? kintzler is like ziegler if he was much shittier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  122. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hello Grey

    Someone just dropped Yordano Ventura in my league. Do you drop anyone for him? I was thinking Polanco if anything.. Paxton is also on the FA list..

    10 team h2h, standard 5×5 cat.

    C: Rosario, 1B: Goldy, 2B: Kipnis, 3B: Longo, SS: Andrus, OF: Jupton, Springer Mccutchen, Util: Matt Adams, Polanco , Bench: Calhoun, K Davis

    SP: Bailey, Wood, Darvish, Gray, Kluber, Anibal, Arrieta,
    RP: Casilla, Krod, Mcgee, Doolittle, Qualls
    N/A: Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should package hitters for a better SP

      • Greys #1 Fan says:
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        @Grey:

        Assuming my league is stingy and won’t trade – what do you do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Overpay

  123. Fish says:
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    Will Howie Kendrick keep up his production rate? My league adds hits and OPS to the normal categories and I was thinking of trying to flip him for Trumbo (position doesn’t matter). Which side would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trumbo

  124. Baggiejohn says:
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    I posted the other day on second half players to target, and have spent a couple of days sending out offers. These are guys I identified :

    Belt
    Moss
    Rosario
    Span
    Werth

    To which I added, from your estimable rankings (genuflecting as I type) :

    Arenado
    Frazier
    Kluber
    Rizzo

    And I looked to lose:

    Wainwright
    Teheran

    Sooooo … this is what I got (across 5 Leagues, mostly Keepers)

    My Wainwright for his Rizzo

    My Kluber for his Rizzo

    My Wainwright for his Kluber (and 4 rounds higher pick too)

    My K-Rod for his Werth

    My Miguel Montero for his Rosario

    Overall, I think all those moves help me going forward. Plus I got Belt off waivers (before his concussion … d’oh!). Taken a flyer on Chase Headley too, as he nearly won me 2 Leagues in 2012, and added Trevor Bauer where I can afford to.

    Thanks for listening!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good!

  125. goodfold2 says:
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    owner from before wants more than velasquez, move jagielo or d.robertson (OAK) for quintana? i have these at C/MI (prospects, so all locked up for many years at minimum)
    CI: jimenez LAA/jagielo NYY/drury ARI/h.morris MIL
    MI: d.robertson OAK/gumbs NYY/lee TB/phelps BAL/rosario MIN/salcedo ATL. i know it’s likely d.robertson is likely my best MI, but with drury being obtained, don’t know if jagielo is as needed. i also have c.gillaspie (WSOX), whom i could tag, and keep. also beltre.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also have kubitza CI ATL as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jagielo

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: thanks, guy likes jagielo (i’ve heard, as you probably have, he may never hit for power, and has upside as gillaspie WSOX this year) enough to do jagielo. good stuff.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: jesus, now guy’s claiming he originally intended jagielo + velasquez+ 1st rounder for quintana; is this still even good for me? he’s clearly obfuscating, but claiming “that’s what he originally meant”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Forget it

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: 25 minutes ago, before i came back with jagielo vs robertson i told him i’m not doing that, sometimes you gotta wonder if these people are all children of date rape, or gasp, date rapists themselves. those guys don’t usually end up well though. i’ll just leave my 2 trade offers (the single player and 1st rounder, see if he’s just bluffing, have a feeling if he doesn’t get what he wants from somebody he’ll settle). here’s what sometimes happens to date rapists though. hehe
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeMeDihwyrg

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Gotcha

  126. goodfold2 says:
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    bench 1 of
    longo @ waino
    alcantara vs stults

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  127. Dez says:
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    12 team h2h points league

    Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp for Shin-Soo Choo and Ian Desmond. Currently have Bogaerts and Segura as my SS’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re paying, but it’s decent…

  128. gareth says:
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    Headley to the Yankees. Immediately thought of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoM-ZC7uNnc

    Joe girardi was actually overheard telling Headley this before tonight’s game: “Now go do, that voodoo, that you do!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  129. Ben. says:
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    In a keeper league..

    Being offered Miguel Sano and Albert Almora for Hanley Ramierez, Gio, and Kimbrell.

    Basically my question is – Are Miguel Sano and Almora going to be great prospects to pick up for future years? Will sano be ready for power hitting in Minnesota next year?

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Ben.: not a good deal..your giving up three proven players for two question marks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe not next year… Always risky to gamble on prospects

  130. Knyock Knyock Knycok, Hey Mo! says:
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    was offered ian desmond, rios, and homer bailey for my puig/andrus. which side?

  131. gareth says:
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    Solarte totally fits the type. He was born to be a Padre’s hitter.

    Him and Alexi Amarista have already agreed that they are going to share a bunk bed and sing songs while wearing matching pyjamas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i’m sure Jaywrong must be happy to finally be in on a solarte party. and not have to root for headley anymore.

        • gareth says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I drafted gyorko and headley. Padres hitters – ugh.

          NEVER FORGET!

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @gareth: i still have gyorko stashed in a 14 teamer, and is being kept in a 20.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I doubt it

  132. jef with 1 f says:
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    So the owner tells me he wants Gomez and arenado for Stanton then last minute switches it to Goldy and Gomez for Stanton…ha ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  133. SteveNZ says:
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    In the last week, Belisario has 4 Holds with a 0.00 ERA and 0.25 WHIP. He was all over the shop as the closer, could it be he’s found his niche as the setup guy?

    I mean he was setting up before, but he seems better at it now…

    • gareth says:
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      @SteveNZ: Same thing happened with Axford in Cleveland. They took him out of the closer role and hes done a good job coming in at different spots with the pressure off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, happened to see him yesterday due to save speculating… He looked fine…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: someone just added lindstrom as a dl stash in my league. The beat goes on.

        The tampa and Chicago situation reminds me of that scene in Cinderella where the mice are chasing crumbs while the chickens gobble them up. The fat mouse (fantasy baseballer) eventually gets a couple of crumbs and is exited to eat (get saves). However the big cat (fantasy baseball overlord) makes it difficult for him and he drops his crumbs. Then picks them up again. Then drops them. Then picks them up again.

        He’s still not eaten anything.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I added him last week

  134. gareth says:
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    You still holding onto hurry k’d Grey or is it time to look elsewhere?

    He’s in Oakland the next three nights facing kazmir, Chavez and that big notre dame guy that they just traded for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him

  135. Pin pong says:
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    Hey grey…

    16 team h2h redraft

    1. How long before we have Baez at 2b

    2 start Zimmerman today at coors son is meh on him and I am playing conservative with whip and era this week and punting. K’s

    Thanks again for everything

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. April 2015 2. I’d sit him

      • Pin pong says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks

        You da man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  136. pickleball says:
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    is there a website or glossary page that explains what all the advanced sabermetrics mean and dumb it down.

    for instance, is xFIP what someones era “should be”?

  137. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Grey , Nice work today. Are either Masterson or Cain worth a dl stash or wait n see. Jackie Bradley starting to rise from the ash. Joel Peralta hit the dl with chikungunya virus from eating bad mosquitoes during the all star break . Is Aaron Sanchez worth a stash or is he a wait till next year. thks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Wait til next year in most leagues for Sanchez…You can stash Cain if you like

    • gareth says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I drafted Cain and Masterson. Fell for the name tag – ugh.

      NEVER FORGET!

  138. Count de monetball says:
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    Poor purple evolutionists DFA’d after having a baby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: soon we’ll get to see just how liberal CHI media is, vs their fandom for CUBS, when he’s begging in streets. just found out some AAA make like 2150 a month or some such shit. yikes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  139. gareth says:
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    Goodbye Darwin Barney.

    Literally the Darwin evolutionary principle in motion. Alcantara, Baez and Russell are literally eating his rotting carcass as we speak.

  140. Jon says:
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    Need a Tulo replacement: Hardy, Mercer, Brandon Crawford, Rutledge

    • gareth says:
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      @Jon: Bane.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t we all? Rutledge while in Coors

  141. gareth says:
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    The Indians should totally sign Darwin Barney and alfonso soriano.

    They never do any business around the trade deadline, so this is doing something, right?

    Ah, Sarcasm. Please don’t be a soothsayer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Careful what you put out in the universe, could happen

  142. The Thumb says:
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    Taveras is droppable in redrafts right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  143. jef with 1 f says:
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    Can’t stand when the mets are on the west coast….no offense Grey…i can’t keep my eyes open and they can’t wake up their bats…I need Wet Tail to do some damage tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks when I’m on the East Coast and I need to watch the late games for the roundup…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: how often are you out here…just every August…is ESPN going to make you move to Bristol when they sign you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ESPN hates us… August and December

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: I’m sure they do..because your not brainwashed by them like everyone else

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, they’ve actually said as much in conversations…

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: oh yea that’s hilarious…I can’t stand them

                • jef with 1 f says:
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                  @jef with 1 f: and micheal Kay..don’t even get me started on that clown

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Weird, with all of their money, the Yankees broadcasters are awful

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Grey: espn has actually said they don’t like you simply due to you not finding them to be a useful source of sporting news? that’s wonderful.

  144. Fish says:
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    So Tulo goes to DL…Is a Hanley for Tulo gamble worth it? I have Segura and then would probably add Rutledge assuming he’s going to play in that hitter’s delight of a park.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade for Tulo with Hanley if that’s what you mean…

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: That is what I meant. As a follow up, would this put Tulo out of your top 100 for second half, or is it too early to know yet because we don’t know much about the injury? Also, should Rutledge be added in all formats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Add Rutledge, yes… For at least when he’s in Coors… Tulo will be out for two weeks… Bumps him down about 40 slots…

  145. Dad coffee Frau says:
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    Grey, I know your mantra is sag nof, but where is billy hammy ranked for next year? Top 40???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably around there, maybe a tad lower… Depends on his 2nd half…

  146. D-mase says:
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    Replacement for Headley (non-keeper) Harrison, Nelson, Valbuena, Amarista or Duvall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

  147. Bunny says:
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    Rosario or Ramos or Zunino ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario

  148. These Ho's aint Loyal says:
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    Help me pick one today:
    Prado vs Porcello
    Longoria vs Waino
    Bruce vs Nelson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

      • These Ho's aint Loyal says:
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        @Grey: I feel like what you really just said was ” Hi my name is Grey Albright, if you dont choose Bruce than F*%K YOU!” I got a little wet and put him in my line up….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice between the lines reading!

  149. Lopes says:
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    We’ve been Tulo’d!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have, dah

  150. King Andrus says:
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    Great write up as usual Grey,

    Traded S Gray & Cody Allen away for CarGo..good deal? I figured there’s going to be some changes at closer before the deadline, already had to replace Smith with Beniot and since it’s only a 10-man h2h mixed league I could probably get away with streaming the back end of my rotation.

    Teheran, Zimmerman, Cobb, Arrieta, Wheeler, Minor, Odorizzi, Doolittle, Soria, Benoit, McGee

    Any thoughts on my staff or guys to target? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade… Your staff looks fine, I’d stream out of Wheeler and Odorizzi’s spots…

      • King Andrus says:
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        @Grey: Ok great, thanks! That’s kinda what I was thinking although I’ve about had it with Minor.

        Someone dropped Cole a few days so I switched out Pagan for him. Any chance you see him closing out the last 2 months of the season strong?

        And lastly(trying to squeeze out as much advice as possible hah) which couple guys do you like the most between…Kuroda Liriano, Stroman, Bauer, Gausman, T Walker, Gee, Morton, Shoemaker, McHugh…any of them more than just a stream based on matchup similiar to Wheeler & Odorizzi?

        Thanks again Grey, and anyone else’s input is more than welcomed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe on Cole, worth a flyer… They’re streamers for now… Look for best matchups and go from there…

  151. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey, we need some add to the glossary action…it’s been a while

    Spot open with Tulo shelved. Which pitcher do you like short term?

    The cobbler (shoemaker), Phelps, Greene, Otis Spunk, Santiago

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: 7×7 with QS, K and K/9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t force the terms… Give Shoemaker a whirl

  152. No Soup for Yu says:
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    SON seems to be on the fence of whether or not to start Bailey and Odorrizi tonight… What do you think start or sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  153. Nightpandas says:
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    Shoemaker or McCarthy? (QS and K/9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoemaker

  154. SteveNZ says:
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    Nice reverse jinx on Ike Davis by the commentators doing the Pirates-Dodgers game…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I almost streamed Snider… Davis wasn’t even on my radar…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And no reason for him to be. And the commentators were right in the middle of explaining why, when…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ain’t that always how it works… UnemployedSteve’s able to watch some baseball!

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: might as well enjoy the time off while you have it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True

  155. the pillar & the stones says:
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    H2H pts:
    G Cole or Minor?
    A Gordon or Rios?

    Agree w SON ranks?
    Hughes v CWS 13.7
    Jackson v SD 8.0
    Peralta v NYM 5.5

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor…rios… Wily, Hughes…

  156. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    at yahoo , duvall has 2nd base eligibility .
    using him at mi until suarez wises up .
    cust .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  157. The Red Mist says:
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    3 questions

    Now that Tulo is shelved, I’m looking for a replacement. Rollins, A Cabrera, Peralta, Crawford, Lowrie and Rutledge (who will get playing time in Tulo’s absence) are some of the names I’m looking at. I picked up Lowrie for now since Hittertron likes him this week. Any of those look reasonable?

    Couple of trading options are available in the league as well, right now a guy has Segura benched, and I’m attempting Chris Davis for him, seem fair? they’ve both struggled so far.

    Also, Carlos Gonzales is on the trading block, my outfield is Harper, Ellsbury, and Pence, Is Gonzalez a big enough upgrade over any of them that you’d trade say, one of them and a closer (thinking Chisek, or Cody Allen) for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge in Coors, then Rollins… Forget Segura there… Just work waivers until Tulo returns… Can trade Harper and a closer for CarGo, sure…

  158. gareth says:
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    Phillies make Ben Revere ride the pine for three days over Sizemore.

    His first at bat back in the starting lineup he gets a single, steal and a run.

    I like to look at this as a nice middle finger to the inept Phillies organization. Dont mess with my SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t EVER mess with SAGNOF

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He just swiped another.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  159. jef with 1 f says:
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    J.Up just went yard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Got him on my first place NL-Only team… One of two teams clicking…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: yea I got him on two teams…on a side note what are your thoughts on miggy vs Stanton..since that owner asked for Goldy I’m thinking miggy and maybe khris Davis for Stanton…not sure it’s worth it..other then the age factor for Stanton in a dynasty…he hasn’t even hit his full potential. At the same time my team can win this year so not sure .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stanton over Miggy in a keeper barely…

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: yea that’s what I thought…I’m holding out hope he takes the first deal..he hasn’t rejected it yet..and I sent that before he sent me that Goldy BS…if he takes it I’d have miggy Stanton Goldy and cutch together which would be nice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha…Wet tail!

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: yeaaa buddy

  160. gareth says:
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    Death, taxes…..Tulo injury.

    Belated excitement for jaywrong! What were the players involved in that trade again?

    Haha – my phone auto corrected “jaywrong” to “jabbering” and I had to change it back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rafael Soriano, Cole, Andrus and Keuchel

  161. costaricanchata says:
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    homer(s) bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  162. gareth says:
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    Salazar. Solid first inning. Just gave up the ground rule double to dozier.

    So far so good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @gareth: @Grey:
        fingers crossed

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @gareth: uh oh walked bases loaded fucker

  163. Goose! says:
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    Chase Headley or Lonnie Chisenhall ROS who ya got?

    Same question Kevin Gausman vs Justin Velander?

    12 team head to head keeper league category wins with the categories being r/hr/rbi/obp/slug sb and w/k/hr allowed/era/whip/nsvh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley…Verlander

  164. Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    Stupid Tulo. Who do u think I should grab to replace him: Simmons, Rutledge, Segura (I’m having trouble picking him up being that he bats 8th and has played poorly), Hardy, Santana, Crawford. I’m leaning Segura but I would be more excited if you said Rutledge…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge at Coors

      • Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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        @Grey: yesssssssssss (said while doing a fist pump)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  165. gareth says:
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    The

  166. gareth says:
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    Ball 4. Ball 8. Ball 12. Walk the bases loaded.

    Salazar just because ricky Vaughan before the glasses.

    Second inning of work not going so well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s totally Ricky Vaughn

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: doesn’t he even have some kind of lightning bolt type of haircut too? if so that’s crazy.

  167. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m sure the rest of youse guys who already had salazar the first time around in more than one league didn’t trust SON and stayed the hell clear. good for you. SON needed to probably double that walk projection. also i really probably should have waited to see beckett look good one time first. oops.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: jesus, gotta be fun to be a MIN fan, huh.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Seriously

  168. gareth says:
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    Wow. He found his change up and got out of it.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @gareth: phew that was difficult to watch

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: MIN’s coach should tell them to simply not swing. he’ll be out of game real soon and won’t have a lead anymore. just walk up there and thumb twiddle.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @goodfold2:
        I’ll be content if he makes it thru five with the lead

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @frankgrimes: ok, beckett just got saved from loss, salazar just got out of ugly scene with 3 run lead and odorizzi is doing ok except for walks. heavy gambling today in big money league. no losses right now though. K’s coming.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, Grimey, you see I held up your handwritten note to me on the last podcast?

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            no way?!
            I’ll have to check it out

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Nick said he couldn’t read it, but I tried to hold it up a few times

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                it was hard to see since you put your finger over the F word

                then it seemed you was going to gimme a shout out but he cut you off that dick! Haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I was about to… Effin’ Nick

  169. gareth says:
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    Dozier again. Lead off bunt.

    Salazar in his familiar position of being in the stretch.

    He’s not boring, I’ll give him that……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely not

  170. Fish says:
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    I’ll take death by 1,000 paper cuts over this…

    Is it finally time to dump Minor? I was looking at these next 2 matchups as a John Connor-style “judgment week” for him given his soft schedule of Marlins and Padres and he can’t even get out of the 4th inning against the first cupcake.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can lose him

  171. costaricanchata says:
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    never played catcher much .
    gotta think that catching a foul tip
    has to be one of the most difficult plays in baseball .
    lucroy just made it look routine .

    • gareth says:
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      @costaricanchata: Lucroy and yaddy are a true class above defensively.

      I personally would hate to be a catcher. All that crouching over so many years. Guaranteed bad knees and piles in old age!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aren’t they all routine? They don’t move the glove, it just goes into it….

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I would have thought. No time or distance for any deviation to have any effect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            so what are you saying ?
            you just open your eyes , when you feel the ball hit the glove ,
            and it’s there … like magic ?

  172. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, my kinsler/posey/rios for bautista/darvish? i would need to start vogt at catcher and pedroia at 2b. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it, but it’s fair

  173. jef with 1 f says:
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    Jesus that Upton homer is my only hit of the night so far…1 for 20..ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m 2-for-17…Is there offense anywhere?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 10/15, 4 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB over here in the ol’ H2H.

        Best day in a month or so.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: But pretty horrible everywhere else.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, you got all the offense

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @SteveNZ: at least someone’s getting some offense

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2-for-18

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: we probably have a lot of the same guys lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly… 3-for-23, 1 run

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: it keeps getting worse…2 for 30

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: 1 for 24

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arismendy!

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: 3 for 33..can’t share your joy in Arismendy..don’t own him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Arismendy! Oh, sorry… 6-for-35, really laying it on now…yay

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: Ha..ha..I just need to survive this night …the week is young

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: 3 for 38

            • jef with 1 f says:
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              @jef with 1 f: Fuck me in the morning and then just walk away

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @jef with 1 f: I had Arenado on the bench to top it off and he homered

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @jef with 1 f: i ended up with 6 hits, but 3 of them homers, but i’m against altuve/trout/a-gon/posey (i get to run into posey in his best day of the year, 8 bases), dude picked up 10 bases on me. rbis’/runs/homers about the same though.

  174. gareth says:
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    Indians radio commentator:

    “And up steps brian dozier, who’s the top power threat for this this twins ballclub.”

    I laughed. Then felt bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  175. gareth says:
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    Same guy also just called Dickerson “knicker son.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  176. The Fridge says:
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    Headley or Choo rest of reason?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

  177. john says:
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    Looking out say 2-3 weeks Pollocks back what top 3 guys should I be looking to own. Own Dickerson hosmer now have 30 out of 70 moves not terrible.
    Hosmer
    Jdmart
    Dickerson
    Pollock
    Kemp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Kemp

  178. Anthony says:
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    @grey: Seager or Rendon @ 3B ? Seager has the better numbers across the board but rendon is on the better hitting team. Thoughts ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager

  179. gareth says:
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    Well, dozier just hit a home run.

    Proving he IS the twins primary power threat.

    Hes also taunting me for drafting kipnis over him.

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @gareth: Ha ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  180. SteveNZ says:
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    Nooooooooo.

    Melancon’s save pop disappears just as Papelbon gives up a bomb to Posey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: yeah, i didn’t like that much. posey got 6 bases and 2 runs (including that homer) from that point on. opp also has panda, so extra run in there too. game would’ve been over.

  181. Manny Aybar says:
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    Evan Gattis or Salvador Perez RoS with R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, Avg, OPS as cats in 10 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis

  182. J-FOH says:
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    Why did I opt to go aaginst playing Rizzo in DFS tonight when I saw a chance for rain in Chicago. FMDFSL…….I need to talk to Sky about making a DFS glossary

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you should…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: It’s a whole different animal of second guessing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m sure, too many options can be debilitating…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: like the buffet at the Rio

  183. jef with 1 f says:
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    Grey you started our day writing about this and I’d like to end it watching it..my team rocked the hoop tonight..Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Cliff Lee FARTS Dur…: http://youtu.be/y6w1CedKBbg

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @jef with 1 f: 3 for 41…not sure I’ve ever had one this bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  184. Pope says:
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    Grey, still trying to work some deals.

    I offered Rios ($22), A. Gordon ($17), Longo ($29) and Richards ($2) for Bumgarner ($20) and Stanton ($26).

    You like?

    12 team H2H, Keep 2

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Pope: good deal for you if you get it

      • Pope says:
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        @jef with 1 f: He’s considering it. Trying to sell it as best I can

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Pope: yea I like that deal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Thanks boys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  185. john says:
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    Janssen killing me don’t think gonna drop but Any these guts targets now or in the future.
    McGee
    Giles??? If paps traded

    Any these guys stud in making must adds when time right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGee

      • john says:
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        @Grey: you add him now over Janssen or try make trade or just keep tabs on Janssen w his blowups. I read he was very sick so. In the end do I want McGee or janssn

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  186. Kenny Powers says:
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    Would you give up JD Martinez for Kemp and Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  187. tony says:
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    perhaps you wrote about this already but, now that headley is in the ney york yankees, how worthy is he?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over it tomorrow

  188. Fungazi says:
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    I need a 7th Sp in a 12m H2H keeper. Would you drop Arenado, Hosmer, K Davis or Granderson for Odorizzi? BB is a cat which makes Granderson a lot more valuable, even though he’s actually been good. I sorta don’t want to drop any of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  189. Tom says:
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    I just read that Mauer hit in a batting cage today. He did some infield on Monday. I know Minnesota won’t rush him back since their out of it, but when do you think he’s back in the MLB lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      August 1st

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