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Yesterday, Yovani Gallardo was arrested for a DUI.  So that explains why his pitches are all over the place!  He blew a 0.22.  That’s six-plus runs better than his ERA.  Gallardo’s mugshot looks like a still from a PSA.  “More than 79% of Americans feel the most significant social problem facing America is the physical absence of a decent 1st baseman.” “I’m Yovani, and our 1st baseman is Alex Gonzalez some days.  Other days, it’s Yuniesky Betancourt.  Please stop this needless crime against run support.”  I wonder if he was driving home from the Miller Brewery tour, because it’s awesome, but, man, you should not drive after that.  “If I draw a mouth on my forehead and stand upside down, then I’d have two mustaches.”  That’s me towards the tail end of the Miller tour.  Well, Yovani does pitch for the Brewers.  What did you expect?  Guess we should be happy he doesn’t pitch for the Crack Rockies.  For fantasy baseball, this doesn’t mean much.  Pray Gallardo returns from a DUI as successfully as Miguel Cabrera.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Braun – 0-for-5 with 4 strikeouts.  Here’s a picture of Braun on his final K.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his first home run.  Looks like my Sell lit a fire under him.  Well, hot dog it!  Now he has value for you to sell him.

Wily Peralta – 4 IP, 5 ER.  Well, he did remind us of a young Gallardo.  Maybe he was drunk.

Joel Hanrahan – As was originally announced here after inferring shizz from other places, Hanrahananananananan was placed on the DL  Andrew Bailey should be owned, or put in a pithier fashion, A.B.? Sí. Dial DEF?  He could be butter, Ghi.  Aw, c’mon, JK.

Felix Doubront – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 7 Ks.  His command isn’t taking a step forward, which ironic because he sure knows how to walk others.

Aaron Hill – Out for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.  Aaron Hill is being paid $5.5 million this year by the Diamondbacks.  Three days ago, the Diamondbacks said Aaron Hill had a bone bruise and let him pinch hit for two more days.  Say you had $5.5 million to buy, I don’t know, a baseball player.  Would you just let him continue to go on the field or would you check for, I don’t know, a broken hand?  We’re not talking about checking for the African Gong-Gong Disease which has no known symptoms and isn’t even listed in the Oxford Medical Journal.  How do you not check for a broken hand prior to people setting their weekly fantasy lineups?!

Didi Gregorius – With the Hill injury, the Diamondbacks recalled Gregorius.  He sure does sound like a happy guy, doesn’t he?  You never catch that Gregorius guy sitting by himself, looking sullen.  “Hey, Gregorius, what are you up to?”  “I’m just being myself, man.  Talking to people and stuff.”  First, let’s look at what Scott, our prospect writer, said about him while he was still in the Reds system (Didi, not Scott), “Gregorious isn’t touted quite so highly as Hamilton, but he’s ahead of him developmentally and he probably has a better shot of sticking at shortstop.  He projects a little better at the plate than Cozart, and with a good year in Triple-A, Gregorius could challenge for the regular SS role in 2013.  He’s known for his trademark chant, ‘Grey can suck a big fat one.’”  I don’t see that ‘trademark chant’ mentioned on any other site.  Gregorius was the piece the D-Backs received for Bauer.  He could be Cozart with a slightly better average.  He is a defense-first-type guy that limits his fantasy appeal.  If you’re struggling at MI, I could see taking a flyer.  I’d expect a 12-homer, 12-steal guy with a .270 average, if he sticks in the majors.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4.  How many Pollocks does it take to go 2-for-4?  One apparently.

Michael Bourn – Hit the DL.  For 15 days, he’ll be the Bourn Nonentity.

Kevin Gregg – Cubs brought him up from the minors.  Gregg says he wants to be the closer.  I wonder if he wanted to be the closer those other times he sucked in the role.  Kevin Gregg, you have save goggles.

Darwin Barney – 0-for-4.  The Purple Evolutionist was activated from the DL, so he can return to his Galapagos-for-4′s.

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs, 2nd homer while hitting .345.  Before it’s too late in the season and you can’t remember all the way back to March, think about how torn you were with who you should draft first.  Yup.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal.  In front of Miggy and Fielder, how many runs does he score?  110?  120?  Do I hear 125?

Michael Morse – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he returned from his fractured pinkie.  His Blinky, Inky and Clyde were fine.

Nolan Reimold – 0-for-3.  I stood below Reimold’s window and sang, “I tried to do handstands for you, I tried to do handstands for you…”  But I can’t carry a tune or a nine-hole hitter.  I’m sure I’ll pick him up again at some point, but I just thought I’d let you know.  Me and Nolan and no mo’ fo’ now.

Joe Mauer – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and 8 for his last 10.  There’s some Norwegian women in Minnesota, sucking their teeth, wishing he was their pop.  I don’t even know how I mean that.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer, hitting .209.  Sure would be nice to see him get hot for an extended period of time.  Or at least two days in a row.

Freddie Freeman – Said he felt fine after taking 30 swings yesterday.  I imagine Freddie Freeman moonwalks everywhere he goes when he feels fine.

Juan Francisco – 2-for-3 and two solo homers.  Don’t moonwalk so fast, Freeman!

Justin Upton – 1-for-4 with guess what?  A suspected liver spot that was dried chocolate?  What, Random Italicized Voice?  No!  He hit another homer.  His 8th.  My bad!

Jason Heyward – 1-for-4 with his 2nd home run.  That noise?  Could be the window to buy him low closing.

Carlos Gonzalez – 5-for-9, 5 runs, 2 RBIs, a steal and he he hit his fourth home run in the first game.  Not four homers in one game.  Though that wouldn’t have been a record.  Mark Whiten, “Damn skippy!”

Eric Young Jr. – 4-for-11, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a steal as he led off in both games of the doubleheader.  I like the way you think, Walt Weiss!  If Young becomes the everyday lead-off guy, let me just say, I told the Rockies to do this four years ago!  They’re a Mile High and a Mile Thick.  If you’re looking for some delicious SAGNOF, here ya go.

David Wright – 3-for-8, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and two home runs in the 1st game, his first ones of the season.  They both came off Juan just Nicasio you didn’t know.

Ike Davis – 0-for-4 and didn’t start in the 2nd game.  He looks five miles off the plate and gets bad calls off the plate because of it.  He can’t generate any power off the tip of his bat.  If he doesn’t change, then he’s just a mistake hitter when the ball creeps back far enough for him to get a piece.  He’s gonna get pitched away all year; he needs to move closer to the plate.  Is this brain surgery?  Then I’m a motherfu**in’ brain surgeon!  Move closer to the G-D plate, you buffoon!

Derek Holland – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Cubs.  His ERA is now at 1.64 on the year.  That translates to a 4.25 ERA in Arlington in the summer.

Chris Capuano – Left in the third inning with a hamstring injury.  Damn you, Quentin!

Jeremy Affeldt – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  Well, at least Affeldt has insurance.

Bryce Harper – Sat out yesterday with the flu that he contracted from Denard Span.  I don’t think they were sharing eye black.

Dan Haren – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER (7 unearned runs), 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  That smell you’re getting is the pickled Haren.  Not really sure what the Stream-o-Nator was thinking recommending this start.  SON, “Purple drank made me do it.”

Steve Lombardozzi – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and 4 for his last 9.  Hey, it’s the guy with the jobber’s name!  He’s temping for Espinosa.  In most leagues, I’d let him answer someone else’s calls.

Hanley Ramirez – Reported that he would return “way sooner” than mid-May.  It wasn’t reported if he also said “Baberaham Lincoln” and “Schwing.”

Adeiny Hechavarria – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs as he hit his first home run.  Spiny Echidna, or whatever his name is, isn’t worth your time yet outside of NL-Only leagues.

Juan Pierre – 3-for-4, 2 Runs, 2 steals.  That’s one steal for each apostle he’s named after.

Alex Sanabia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Only starters I wouldn’t spot start against the Marlins pitch for the Marlins.

Barry Zito – 2 2/3 IP, 9 ER.  That Zito popped and oozed runs.

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his second steal.  Love to see some of that power he was displaying in the spring.  C’mon, don’t make me wait until the Giants are playing in Arizona with 6th string journeymen relievers throwing.

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His velocity must look better in kilometers.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-2 with his 4th homer, hitting .262.  Not playing every day because the Blue Jays have, like, 17 outfielders, but if he keeps hitting they’re gonna have a difficult time coming up with excuses to sit him.  “You know that movie, Speed?  Okay, imagine that was a person?  Rajai Davis can’t sit!”  That’s the Blue Jays coming up with bad excuses.

J.P. Arencibia – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, and second in as many games.  Yeah, you should’ve just waited and drafted him in the last round.

Brett Lawrie – 0-for-3 with 1 RBI as he returned.  He was initially expected to play 2nd base when he returned, but season tickets by the 3rd base bag were sold with the caveat, “Due to Lawrie’s exuberant play, he could fly into the 3rd base stands at any time,” and no such unbridled enthusiasm clause was made for the 1st base side tickets.

Homer Bailey – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks, as the Most Frustrating Fantasy Starter To Own reminded you why you put up with his occasional drubbings.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I liked Kendrick in the preseason as long as he stayed in the rotation.  With starts like this, Charlie Manuel can only say, “That junebug wears overalls in July!”  Okay, so no one knows what Manuel is ever talking about, but Kendrick is a solid back end fantasy option.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  Indians should scalp Ubaldo.

Kelvin Herrera – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, giving up back-to-back-to-back homers.  Or fack-to-fack-to-fack, as was heard in my house.  In 84 1/3 IP last year, he gave up 4 homers.  Three yesterday.  That’s not Kelvin.  That’s absolute zero.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, 3.20 ERA, 0.97 WHIP on the year.  Okay, I’ve seen enough.  I’m not starting him every time out with confidence, but he has a 17:3 K:BB.  In most match-ups, he should have fantasy value.  I’d go ahead and grab him.

Kyle Blanks – 2-for-4, 1 run as he temporarily replaces Quentin.  Stinks for everyone who bought left field seats without knowing they would be obstructed.  “How was the game?”  “Good, it looked a lot like an afro.”

Chris Denorfia – 3-for-6, 2 runs and his 2nd steal, batting .405 on the year.  Denorfia’s a role player for the most part.  His role is to make other Padres look less bad.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs.  Only 34 more to go.  Can we get this as a ticker in Times Square?  I want to see tourists posing in front of it, thinking it’s how many quinceañeras Eva Longoria has been invited to on Twitter in the last 24 hours.

Eric Sogard – 3-for-3 and his second steal.  Be interesting to see what he does against major league pitching.

Derek Jeter – No longer expected to return on May 1st.  Hope he sends a gift basket to all the fantasy owners he screwed.

Ivan Nova – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Little known fact alert!  Apple is coming out with an iVan for soccer moms.

Luis Jimenez – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  And here we go around the hot schmotato merry-go-round, where it stops nobody– Well, I know.  It stops right here for today.  Jimenez is hitting .438 and has started every game since he was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake.  Do they have good salt water taffy there?  I wonder.  Jimenez has 20-homer pop and could chip in some steals.  In Triple-A in 2012, his line was 16 homers, 17 steals and .309.  Sure, it was in the PCL, where it’s like hitting on the moon with an aluminum bat, but I’d grab Jimenez for some upside in deeper leagues.

Ryan Madson – Expects to be ready by May 1st.  He said this was the “closest I’ve felt to normal.”  That sounds like voiceover from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  BTW, I was so bummed that movie wasn’t about the groupies Jakob Dylan used to bang.  False advertising!

  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    First!

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I draft Matt Wieters in multiple leagues every year, and every year he makes me want to slit my wrists. I simply don’t understand how he hasn’t developed into the monster I expected. One of this earth’s great mysteries

      • Prezii says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: thats Ike Davis for me.. why do i do it? I dont understand.. im just slow, i guess.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: haha!! Classic… Watch out man! They’re gonna throw darts at you!

      • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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        @Prezii: because there is a tendency in fantasy sports to draft talent over production, or to draft excellent small sample sizes over good large sample sizes.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Prezii: No, Tehol has free license. Besides, we know he was doing it ironically, which is the key to all Razzball humor (with a side of sarcasm, a bit of CRT-induced epilepsy, and “posting naked” jokes).

        • chillmodious says:
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          @JoeC: Interesting. I was reading this naked, then decided to throw on some pants to reply and say as much.

          • JoeC says:
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            @chillmodious: See, instant hilarity. Watch and LEARN, Razzball Nation!

            • Prezii says:
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              @JoeC: watch out man, if you suck too hard ya might choke!

              395!

              • JoeC says:
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                @Prezii: Now, now… don’t be jealous.

                • Prezii says:
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                  @JoeC: hey man, i just took the bowl off my head and my haircuts finished! Yea dude!

                  • JoeC says:
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                    @Prezii: “Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”

  2. RyKo says:
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    I think Jp mashes for another week or two, very favorable matchups/hitters parks. Also as one of those exact guys you mentioned, boy do I feel good passing on 15 other guys. For now..

    First question – Does the Ubaldo start up Bauers value at all or is Kazmir going to get the first shot.

    Second – I was offered Stanton (7th rd) for Castro (14th rd) in a keeper league. I might stay put even with Hanley on my bench. Right choice? I could use some power when he’s healthy (also Ike owner)

    Finally – We love our Brewers drunk or not. Braun was HAMMERED tonight. Team put up 9. Opposite effect of Boston

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RyKo: 1) There’s plenty of guys to bump in the Indians rotation, don’t need Ubaldo to pitch poorly to up any one else 2)I’d take Stanton

  3. a1r fann1ng says:
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    pick two ROS: pierzynski, gattis, john buck

  4. slacks says:
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    I thought the same thing watching Ike today. He needs to take a half step in or he’ll be doing the hokey pokey all season. Are you all over Colon against the ‘stros?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @slacks: yes

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @slacks:

      I wouldn’t. Bartolo was lucky in his start against the Tigers. Ball was ripped around but a lot atem balls. Astros throwing their best out there. A’s no Moss and no Cespedes. Bartolo is a pitch to contact guy. For what it’s worth, Vegas only likes the A’s +115 at home. Not much of a favorite. Respect Vegas.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Oh yeah…he gave up 8 hits and K’d 2 in 6 innings in his start @ Houston and that was while the Astros were in the deeps of the strikeout pit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @slacks: Depends on league size… I’m not starting Colon anywhere…

  5. chunk says:
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    Guthrie or Kendrick?

  6. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Drop Cingrani for Morrow?

    • Greg says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo:

      WHAT THE??? You really have no pitcher worse than Morrow to drop for an unknown, unproven rookie who might only remain in the majors for a month?

  7. troy says:
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    is this a fair deal? beltre victorino melky cabrera and niese for miggy and pence? is this enough of a return for miggy

    • Tehol Beddict says:
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      @troy: you cant be serious

      • troy says:
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        @Tehol Beddict: yea i am is that a problem?

        • C.O.C. says:
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          @troy: You are definitely getting fleeced if you give up Miggy and Pence for that. Those four players wouldn’t pry Miggy alone from me….forget the fact that you might be giving the best OF of said trade.

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            @C.O.C.: lol really u wouldn’t give miggy for a top 20 player and 2 top 100 ofs n a pretty solid starter I was just checking ill see what grey says based off projections in leagues stats its actually very close also it’s a 5 of league

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              @Troy: HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE deal. If you are even considering it, you need to quit fantasy baseball for life.

              You are giving up the best player in the deal BY FAR and the 3rd best. Niese and Melky are trash.

              Clueless.

            • JoeC says:
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              @Troy: I’ll give you a hint: Grey won’t like it.

        • Kim Jong Un says:
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          @troy: In DPRK this trade would considered glorious redistribution of statistics… For benefit of all workers I assess you to agree

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @troy: do yourself a favor and keep Swiggy…

    • AdamH says:
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      @troy: I wouldn’t do it either.

    • Steve says:
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      @troy: @troy: Do it man championships are won in April

      • MattDamonFace says:
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        @Steve: lulz

  8. Al Dumars says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Bone Face at 2nd? Hill is down and my only other options are Scutaro, everth, Ackley, or Bone Face. Or, moving Rutledge to 2nd and starting Didi, Andrelton, or Marwin a t SS. Also, would love to know your thoughts on Place Beyond The Pines.

      • Al Dumars says:
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        @Grey: how about Cozart? He’s there too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like him…

  9. clem says:
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    Would you drop Victorino for E Young?

    • Trailblazin says:
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      @clem: wtf. no

      • JoeC says:
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        @Trailblazin: Is there something in the air today? Two “highly-dubious” questions already and this is like the 10th comment!

        • jesse says:
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          @JoeC: I was offered Mike Stanton for Votto and Justin Upton. I am seriously considering pulling the trigger. Thoughts?

          • JoeC says:
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            @jesse: Ve con Dios, hijo mio.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @clem: haha no

  10. oaktown a's says:
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    Would you trade Benoit for A Bailey?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @oaktown a’s: no, but it’s pointless anyway. Both could close all year, could not. Who really knows?

  11. Eric W says:
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    couple of questions

    A. yay or nay on sending Jennings ( probably my weakest OF) and Harvey for Stanton?
    B. Drop Montero for one of the usual suspects of catchers on the wire?
    C. Move Wainwright for Stanton? near the bottom of my league in hrs and rbis
    wow that was as easy as 1 2 3

    Thanks for the help

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      @Eric W:
      A: Nay
      B: Jesus = Yay. Miguel = Nay.
      C: I assume you’re doing well in pitching stats. I’d still say Nay but to grab a guy like Wil Myers.

      I’m not a big Stanton guy this year. Too little hitting around him. I bet he leads MLB in walks.

      • Jeff says:
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        @BTD:

        Joey Votto has more walks than the White Sox. He’s on pace for 250+

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Eric W: nay nay nay..also easy as 1 2 3

  12. Matt says:
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    My team sucks (BJ, Mous, Pedro, Braun, Ike)

    Should I drop Gattis for Jesus or Doumit?

    How about reddick, moss or morneau for alonso?

    Thanks for the help as always

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      @Matt:
      Doumit > Jesus.
      Tough call on Alonso. Personally, I’d drop Morneau.

      Pedro has wholes in his swing, I’d consider dropping him. Or packaging him and taking a loss on him. And sink/swim Mous for the ROS. Pedro was dropped in by someone in my 12 teamer and no one has touched him. YMMV in leagues though.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Matt: drop Reddick or Morneau? It’s April 17.

  13. Gabe says:
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    HELP! I got offered rizzo and victor Martinez for Jordan Zimmerman…

    I have goldschmit and montero already and my pitching staff is Moore, Scherzer and a whole bunch of ehh maybe they will be good…

    I’m a rizzo believer and not really a victor believer but this deal could be to good to pass up… What do you think? Do it or not?!

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Gabe: looks like you followed Greys pitching strategy to a tee

    • RedRox says:
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      Since you already have Goldschloger, I don’t see how adding Rizzo and subtracting Zimmerman will help your team. I don’t see V-mart as a significant enough upgrade over Montero to justify the swap (and Montero could easily outperform V-mart ROS).

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    Another good article, Grey! Loved the remarks “the Bourne Nonentity” and “the Indians should’ve scalped Ubaldo.” Quite humorous.

    Btw, drafted Belt but impatiently dropped him last week. If I pick him back up, whom should I drop? Likewise for Guthrie. In a 12 team, 6×6, H2H league.
    Pierzynski
    Rizzo
    Gyorko
    Castro
    Machado
    Braun, Hamilton, Holliday, Ethier
    BN – Segura, Gardner, Ichiro, & Freese
    SP – Price, Iwakuma, Miller, Morrow, Pettite, Detweiler & Greinke (DL)
    RP – Nathan, Paplebon & Romo

    Please advise.

    Thanks,
    LadyScorpio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LadyScorpio: Thanks, LS! Guthrie over Detwiler after Detwiler’s next start… You have no one to drop for Belt…

  15. Brownie says:
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    Rasmus is starting full-time….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brownie: Yes, but they have a lot of guys who could replace him from time to time…

  16. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Kelvin Hererra. Sigh. I feel ya on those facks, Greymaker.

    Who would you rather have: Bailey, Parnell or Mujica?
    Or Valverde? (Ha!)

    Thanks guy!

    • Karl says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: After yesterday’s meltdown, I have distilled the following. The key to fake baseball success is to bench any pitcher who is facing the Braves lineup. (After Halladay and Parker, combined with Herrera yesterday, it will be August before I might hope for a 2 in ERA or WHIP).

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @Karl:Yikes! I wish I’d have made a move to get Doc after those first two disasters. I salute your patience. Boggs got me last week, Hererra this week and if you have Parnell and I manage to snag him: bench him next week because he’ll probably get blown the heck up.
        My poor WHIP. I’m changing it’s name to BEAT.

  17. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Michael Morse was dropped in a 10-team league this morning. Same league saw Carlos Santana dropped last week.

  18. Steve says:
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    With both Longoria and Zimmerman, should I trade one for help at SS? I’m kinda in love with Starlin Castro, in forever. Please tell me if I should just forget about love and think more about business. Maybe it is business to lose one of my 3B but that, I don’t know, because I’m no businessman.

    10T, H2H
    C: S.Perez
    1B: Goldschmidt, I.Davis
    2B: D.Murphy
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Rutledge
    CI: Zimmerman
    MI: Segura
    LF: Marte, T. Frazier
    CF: Kemp
    RF: J.Upton
    OF: Choo, Torii Hunter
    UT: Morales

    P: Moore, Minor, Scherzer, Niese, Shields, Milone

    Thanks!

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Steve: your MI is fine. Trading just to trade is not smart. You’ll be sorry you did when longoria and/or Zimmerman gets hurt. At least now they probably combine for 162

  19. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Please rank Ellis, R. Weeks, Nelson, Getz, Kip is rest of season.

  20. centerfieldballhawk says:
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    It was reported by a KC beat writer that Kelvin Herrera was tipping his pitches last night.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @centerfieldballhawk: It was a freak occurrence, so that stuff makes sense. I have kept him in the leagues where he hurt my team real bad last night.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: he was used the day after in the 8th, k, I guy on base, no runs. Then Holland pulled a Kimbrel directly after.

  21. c0wfunk says:
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    Ay mon (say like rasta).. Frieris been fine but the angels aren’t giving him many chances, and wilhelmsen is my other guy. Andrew bailey is still setting there temping me. Now, this guy screwed me over last year, but every other possible save guy is nabbed in my league cuz for some reason everyone else has an unhealthy obsession (mine of course is perfectly healthy.. What are you trying to say? I’m fine.. I can quit whenever I want…uhm where was I? Oh, they also love catchers too. Anyway…) We have 2rp spots this season so I think that’s driving demand. Last season we had 5 open pitching slots and I could have won each week with Erik bedard.. Now I see Madsen may be back in a few weeks so I’m starting to get a bit anxious. So the moment you’ve been waiting for (dude, cut to the chase , I’ve got 300 more of these ridiculous scenarios to scan and respond, I can hear you thinking)… (1)Who do you like ROS? Andrew bailey or frieri? (2)Do you think frieri keeps his job?

    And instead of omitting 3 I add it as a bonus. Take that, running inside joke I don’t actually get because I’m a razz newb.. (3) aj griffins’s start seems to have evaded your watchful eye. Both last nights (against the woeful Astros) which was good, and his overall season beginning, which has been good, albeit with few ks not against stros.. I grabbed him as a streamer and already have moved on for the next bugs bunny in line against the Houston “ball club”.. But where do you classify griffin? Any interest if he keeps this up a few more weeks? Thanks for humoring me.. Perhaps I offered you some humor as well. Or perhaps my overwrought witticisms come off as pretentious. You get to decide! Anyway.. 1,2,3 … Your turn

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @c0wfunk: too convoluted to read. It doesn’t work when you do it.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: fwiw all of my writing is this convoluted, I didn’t pick it up from these guys ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: 1) Frieri 2) For a while, yeah 3) I ranked Griffin in the rankings…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: come on, 2 weeks in, it should have completely changed? seriously though; you’ve got him between estrada and harvey, mui interesante..

  22. c0wfunk says:
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    Oh I gots a 4… Wut up wit reddick? You hanging on to hope for a while? He’s got as many hits as he has stolen bases (4 for 39)..

    Any of these names you’d take over reddick, cutting him loose to the masses in the process? Chris carter, Nate schierholtz, yonder Alonso, Dominic brown, Luis Jimenez, Cody Ross, Brandon belt, or Matt Adams..

    My biggest need is power, as I wait for the awakening of cespedes and stanton, and for Frazier to come back around. 12 team h2h mixed where I have to deal with obp as well as tb with the regular stuff. A thousand thank yous good sir.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: oh, Seth smith is out there too. I might as well own every A’s of that’s not crisp, I guess

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @c0wfunk: stanton, cespedes…ahhhh life as razzballian

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: Stanton fell to pick 22.. woulda picked him up regardless of Grey’s mancrush.

  23. hankg says:
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    Would you drop Ike Davis for Jed Lowrie? I’m currently playing CHris Davis at 1st and have the slumping Asdrubal Cabrera at SS. Another option would be to pick up Lowrie and drop one of my closers. Currently, I have Street, Wilhelmson, Henderson, Cishek and Veras. This is a 10 team league. Thanks.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @hankg: either way id grab lowrie

      • hankg says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks. I ended up dropping Veras. I want to wait and see if Davis rebounds.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @hankg: it’s April 17. Look at Ike’s second half…started way in June.

  24. BSW says:
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    Montero or Arencibia?

    • Kingslayer says:
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      @BSW:

      Montero for me.

    • JoeC says:
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      @BSW: JP. It’s not even close.

      • JoeC says:
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        @JoeC: Oh, I see. You meant Miguel Montero, not Jesus Montero. :)

        This is an interesting question and I think the answer depends on what you need and where you can afford to be hurt. Is your team BA solid? Can it take the hit of JP possibly/probably batting .230? If so, then I think JP is the man for you.

        If your BA is in the crapper, then you can’t add JP to mix. That would be like grabbing an anchor as a life vest when the boat’s goin’ down.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @BSW: why does everyone hate Jazzy Phizzle? Sure dude is gonna hit .220 over the course of the year, but he’s also one of a few catchers that can hit 25+ bombs. I couldn’t care less if my catcher hits that low as long as he’s hitting HRs. He hit 18 last year and missed a good chunk of time. If he’s healthy 25+ is easy for him. I’m taking him all day over a good majority of catchers out there.

  25. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    “Derek Jeter – Hope he sends a gift basket to all the fantasy owners he screwed.”

    That’s a shit ton of gift baskets….Little known fact here in Tampa that Jeter is a talk in the 3rd person while bumping nasties kinda guy. My wife’s friend had a rendezvous with him one night a few years back and we couldn’t stop laughing when she told us his go to line was “How do you like Derek Jeter’s C+B’s baby”?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: Jeter is a toolbar, like many of these uneducated overpaid &@%#*^

  26. stynyr says:
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    Any concern over Braun? Not to overreact or anything but those four K’s ARE FREAKING ME THE FUCK OUT!

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @stynyr: are you serious? Trade him for Buck.

      • stynyr says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: Too late. Already dropped him.

  27. Kingslayer says:
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    In a 5×5 h2h NL only league:

    Would you trade Giancarlo Stanton for BJ Upton, Anthony Rizzo(replaces Brandon Belt as my starter) and Craig Kimbrel? He’s also giving me a 2nd round pick(we allow that) in next years draft.

    Also, this is a keepers league and I WON’T be keeping ANY of the players I’m trading for(Unless something crazy happens)

    • Trailblazin says:
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      @Kingslayer: if you’re not keeping them, no. Even if you are, I’d want more.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Kingslayer: Grey, you got a lot of damage control to do here on Stanton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kingslayer: I’d want Stanton… Nice username…

  28. Aaron says:
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    Should I hang on to Herrera, hoping he closes, or should I snag A.Bailey? Thanks!

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Aaron: how is bailey not owned in all these leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron: Grab Bailey

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: I was encouraged that Herrera was brought in to face the meat of the Braves lineup in the 8th, obviously disappointed with the result. Looks like Holland may have figured things out.

        But anyway, should I drop Herrera for Valverde, who is available in my league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it…

  29. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    Buenos beef Grey,

    12team, yahoo!, standard H2H.

    Was offered his Braun for my Adam Jones and Beltran

    My other OFs are Choo and JUp. Thanks!

      • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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        @Grey: 3 OF, 2 UTIL

  30. Carns says:
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    I have Ike Davis and don’t really need him at all, but could use another arm right now. I’ve been offered either Cobb or Lohse. I’m not too high on either one, but it’s Ike “0-fer” Davis. Would you pull the trigger on either one of those guys or tough it out til he hits a couple bombs, then try to deal.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Carns: those kinda pitching stats you could stream….30 hrs in half a season on the other hand…

  31. Gavin says:
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    If Madson does come back when he says he will, and if he stays healthy, and if Frieri doesn’t shit the bed anytime soon….that’s a lot of ‘ifs’. Madson’s not getting the closer gig back is he?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      Nolan Arenado is getting pretty good at this debut thing.

      Related Content

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      Arenado’s player page
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      The Rockies’ No. 2 prospect hit .310 last April while making his Double-A debut in Tulsa. As an encore, the third baseman is dominating the Pacific Coast League in his Triple-A premiere, putting up numbers he hasn’t seen since he was a high school senior.

      Arenado went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Tuesday, giving him doubles in seven straight games as Colorado Springs fell to Reno, 5-2.

      His two-bagger Tuesday was on a line drive to left field that plated Charlie Blackmon to put the Sky Sox on the board in the seventh inning. During the streak, he’s peppered in a pair of two-double games, and has racked up 11 RBIs and a .480 batting average.

      For the season, Arenado is batting .463, his highest average since hitting .517 as a senior at El Toro (Calif.) High School. His 11 doubles through 11 games put him on pace to shatter the PCL’s modern doubles record of 54, established by Walt Williams with Tulsa in 1966 and tied by Delwyn Young with Las Vegas in 2007. Paul Waner holds the all-time mark with 75 in 1925.

      Arenado’s Triple-A numbers follow an impressive power performance in Major League Spring Training. The third baseman played 19 games with the Rockies this spring, posting a .278 average with four homers in 54 at-bats. He didn’t have any walks, but with four free passes at Colorado Springs, MLB.com’s No. 62 prospect is quickly answering questions about his preparedness for Major League action. Chris Nelson is effectively holding down third base for the Rockies right now, hitting .297 through 37 at-bats.

      Arizona’s No. 4 prospect — No. 77th overall — Matt Davidson, paced the Aces with a homer and a double, while Taylor Harbin added two doubles as part of a 3-for-4 effort. D-backs’ No. 20 prospect Chase Anderson picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.

      Jake Seiner is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Gavin: your guess is as good as anyones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin: Not at first…

  32. JREwing says:
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    If Hill’s hand has hairline fractures, it could take a couple days to show up on x-rays. If they took one immediately after the injury it could have look like he just bruised it. I’m not a doctor, but I did hairline fracture my leg at a Holiday Inn one time.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @JREwing: this is an example of fantasy baseball people reaching out of their depth to talk about how team doctors handled player X, or how a teams coaches handle player Y’s position in the batting box. Fantasy “‘perts” need to stick to sabermetrics and box scores. Let the medical ‘perts and the coaching ‘perts handle that stuff.

  33. CL says:
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    Haren is this close >< to being cut… $14.50, Stream 'O Nator? Nice pickled herring reference. I do like me some pickled herring.

    Hanson is only at $0.50 today?! Stream 'O Nator….?!?! Anyone starting him?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @CL: he couldn’t handle the Astros last time out….so no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: I wouldn’t start Hanson…

      • AJA says:
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        @Grey: For what it’s worth, I think the streamonator relies on season to date statistics for both the starting pitcher and the opponent. This means that there is a lot more uncertainty around its april predictions than its august predictions for the same reason that you are not dropping ryan braun to pick up chris davis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree, streamers early on are risky…

          • stynyr says:
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            @Grey: Word. I normally roll confetti only for the first month or so.

  34. TJ says:
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    Dumping Mike Fiers now that he has been booted to the bullpen.

    Who do I pick up:

    Patrick Corbin
    Ervin Santana (scares the shit out of me)
    Zach McAllister
    Carlos Villanueva
    JA Happ
    Kyle Kendrick
    Travis Wood

    • Hooverville says:
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      @TJ: I like Travis Wood a lot.. been very consistent if you look over his last 20 starts, W’s are going to be tough to come by though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Kendrick

  35. stoopid says:
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    Whats the opnion on Posey? Is he a good buy low? I have Norris as the hot hand for my Catcher right now in a 10 team 1 catcher league. Nothing to be proud of. Guy has Santana & Posey. Posey worth the shot or should I just play the waivers trying to find a breakout?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @stoopid: well, if he knows it’s April 17 (like apparently most do not) he’ll hold on posey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid: Depends what you’re trading for him.

  36. Cole says:
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    Gregorious D.I.D.(I)!

    • Cole says:
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      @Cole: also, if you have any cubs or rangers, might want to pick up an extra bat for the day. about a 1% chance they play that one tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole: HA… Nice…

  37. Bobby Nice says:
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    Which of these guys would you drop for Lawrie coming off DL?
    Jed Lowrie
    Kendrick
    Rutledge
    Gattis (Util)

    I’m leaning Gattis, McCann is about back.

  38. Schizer says:
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    N Cruz & Rizzo for Stanton?

  39. scott says:
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    Who has more value to me rest of year. Possibly future years as well. Segura 11th rd keeper next year. Simmons 17th rd keeper next year. I’d like to not have 2 SS but I can’t decide who to let go

  40. Mr. Rickey says:
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    SON says start Villanueva and sit Vogelsong tonight. Agree?

  41. Bigwormsherm says:
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    Kyle Kendrick or Chad Billingsley?

    • Trailblazin says:
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      @Bigwormsherm: bills short-term. Elbow worries me.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Bigwormsherm: bills sucks when it’s not the padres

  42. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: A list of my Razzball team’s wounded or whatever and/or returning now from being wounded last week..

    Add the weather PPDed games to above…

    Just to prove I was not exaggerating what has been going on…

    LaRoche Da bum
    Moss… Maturity leave!!!! Can you believe it???
    Morse … Expected.. He is Morse after all … Stop
    Cespedes Should be short one… hopa hopa
    Hosmer.. Hate lingering back issues…
    ((H Ram DL – longterm))
    Hanrahan… Cut???? What are your thoughts on his getting his job back??
    Fujikawa – That was a flash in the pan…
    Pettitte Back lingering again – cut him – had to

    Will cut (probs) Moss today… I don’t tweet and missed his injury note was a late post up…

    Back to our interesting discussion from yesterday – regarding Past Life Regression and my long march back from Moscow feelings I’m having about my team…

    PLR is a Big NoNo huh???… Is that why I’m always smelling brimestone when PLRing … Had always thought, it was just some of my chronic gas problems popping up returning to this life’s tired body…

    Being a devout Druid, I knew next to nothing about the Kabbalah – until yesterday..

    So being a solid Razzball devotee, I went to the bookstore right after your last answer yesterday had stopped me in my tracks.. Where I bought a copy of Kabbalah for Dummies and Madonna’s new best seller, How To Understand Kabbalah Like Me …

    It will be a few days before I’m up to speed.- for sure… Making immediate headway though.. Right now, I prefer the Madonna one better … It has lots of pictures of her being enlightened, is less wordy and the words are shorter too… If she can do it, it must mean anyone can -even an old gas bag like me…

    Great comeback win for the A’s last night… GO A’s

    I’m sorry, if I’m seeming a little skittish and distracted today.. I’m just worried that bully, The Kid is going to come around today again to kick more cyber sand in my face .. The big tough brute!… Why doesn’t he go do his jumping jacks, push ups and pull ups somewhere else !?!? No, its got to be on my patch of sand…

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @T Moore: way too long

      • JoeC says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: Are you going to critique every post?

        TMoore gets a pass. His Hunter S. Thompsom-style posts are one of the main reasons to read the comments section every day. That and to chortle at the “drop Trout for Gattis?”-type questions.

        • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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          @JoeC: I answer good questions seriously and give my best opinion. When someone says “which of these crap guys should I drop…..to pick up which of these crap guys,” basically cutting and pasting their waiver wire, or ask a “what’s wrong with Braun question….I mock.

          • JoeC says:
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            @*^%#€£¥#%*: And that’s all fine… just lay off TMoore. He’s our “special” child. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Madonna’s book was mindless drivel, but I did like the pictures and the free red bracelet…

  43. Tom says:
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    You are so self-hating and anti-semitic. Make all your derogatory comments about Braun and Ike Davis, ignore Marquis. Shame on you. I can imagine what you were thinking decades ago about Elliot Maddox.

  44. Jon says:
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    Should I ditch Gee or Cashner for Kendrick, Peralta, Leake or Worley? I’ve got room to stash Gee/Cashner if they’ll contribute later on so I don’t need to act out of desperation or anything. Unless you’d definitely make a switch, I’d prefer to hold upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Kendrick, Worley…

  45. harkrider says:
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    Juan Pierre, Everth Cabrera, Denard Span or Soriano. I really have more of a spot for an OF, but I could use them at UTIL. Which is the best option for SB’s long term?

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider: or with Soriano, some HR’s. I also want a decent AVG too

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @harkrider: 6 in one

      • Paul C. says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: The expression is ‘six of one, half-dozen of the other’ (because half of a dozen is 6!). Not sure what 6 in one is

  46. Matt says:
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    I just offered a trade for R. Soriano and getting Fowler. My existing OF / CL are:

    Choo
    Gardner
    Harper

    and my closers are:

    Papelbon
    Holland
    Putz
    Soriano
    Rodney

    I know I can afford a closer, but is Fowler the right person to trade one for? Other than my 3 OF spots, I have 2 Utility spots but those generally have either Sandoval, Wieters, Altuve or Ike Davis. Thoughts?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Matt: no, it’s April 17. Get a legit OF with a track record, especially for Soriano. The guy may save 50 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Trade is fair… I’d try to get more, or move a different closer…

  47. which side in a H2H points league:

    masterson/cingrani or heyward/hanson?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @exactly: haha heyward. Have you seen cingrani pitch? Me either

    • Jef says:
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      @exactly: take heyward

  48. papasmurf says:
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    Two more hits from Chris Johnson who continues to swing a big stick… but he’s going getting to 1st base. Batting over .400 but only 3 XBHs and one walk. 30% LD rate though. I was surprised to see that his career LD rate is around 23% generally and has a league-average HR/FB ratio. Could be a .290 20 HR guy one of these years.

    I was gonna wait and see on Lawrie but then read some Lawrie-love forum messages somewhere and went against my gut. Activated Lawrie and started him just before the lineup deadline and regretted it right away. Literally 5 seconds after the lineup deadline passed.

    It’s not easy to be a self-doubting smurf.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Sometimes you gotta move out from under the mushroom quicker…

  49. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Who names their son Didi? Seriously, sounds like one of the lost Golden Girls for crying out loud.

    So any thoughts on Jesus Montero? In the podcast this week you said that that there are 6-7 catchers that you don’t drop, then the remaining you can pick up and drop as they get hot and go cold. Does Jesus Montero fall into that latter category now? He has started to sit more games given his tendency to let the little white ball go past him when someone is on 3rd base.

    Some possible replacements in my league are:
    Francisco Cervelli
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Derek Norris
    Alex Avila
    Jordan Pacheco (yahoo league)

    Would you drop Hayzeus for any of those catchers?

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: What’s so funny? Maybe Jesus’ stats up to this point. Have you seen his line?

        I don’t like any of those guys but my league has a max number of games for catcher and I always fall short, which means I’m losing out on counting stats. With Montero getting sat every other day and Zunino probably getting called up in June, I see Montero’s full season value dropping quite a bit.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: I’m kind of feeling Salty.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @JoeC: That’s what she said…?

            Ya know, I’d consider picking him up just for his hair. That white boy afro is crazy.

            • JoeC says:
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              @Shake N Bacon:
              She asks me why
              I’m just a hairy guy
              I’m hairy noon and night
              Hair that’s a fright
              I’m hairy high and low
              Don’t ask me why
              Don’t know
              It’s not for lack of bread
              Like the Grateful Dead
              Darling

              Gimme head with hair
              Long beautiful hair
              Shining, gleaming,
              Streaming, flaxen, waxen

              Give me down to there hair
              Shoulder length or longer
              Here baby, there mama
              Everywhere daddy daddy

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Gracias. Eventually Smoak, Bay or Ibanez will start to suck worse or get hurt, which should open up DH time for Montero as well. A man can dream.

        • Grey

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          Agreed…

  50. Pete says:
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    My pitching is horrendous and the waiver wire has nothing worth adding. To give perspective, my top 2 are Gio Gonzalez and Ogandi and I’m rostering pitchers like Garrett Richards (i got a weak spot for mid 90s fastball throwers).

    I have been offered Josh Johnson for Carl Crawford. Do I make the move or wait for call ups?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Pete: Crawford has been great, and has a long history of being awesome; josh Johnson has sucked (last night aside) and has a long history of getting hurt.

  51. Troy says:
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    Ok after some comments what about beltre victorino bailey and niese for miggy and masterson 12 team league 8 by 8 and 5 of spots instead of normal 3/4 I’d be giving miggy. I no because its miggy it seems unfair for me but I’d like to know purely based off numbers thanks

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Troy: one question per day on the best hitter in baseball.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Part of this game is played with numbers. The other part of it is played with consistency. You put Miggy in your lineup and forget it all day every day. You don’t get that from anyone you’re trading for in that deal. Niese is good but replaceable, Bailey isn’t a FT closer if Hanrahan comes back healthy and Beltre/Victorino are what they are. The reality is you don’t need to make that trade and it won’t improve your team. Grab a hot OF if you need OF help. Keep your eye on waivers for good matchups to exploit for streaming pitching and for closers losing their roles.

      • jesse says:
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        @Sky: my philosophy is that, if both managers are good, offense for offense trades should happen rarely. Unless the swap involves two different positions where each owner has an excess/weakness, offense-for-offense trades imply that one owner is taking advantage of another. If both owners are skilled this should not happen often

      • Troy says:
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        @Sky: it was homer bailey not the closer… And ok point was looking for overall team depth in a very deep leagues that makes u start 5 of a ci and mi to go along with every other starting spot that’s all but Ty for the input everyone

        • Sky

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          Gotcha. I play in a 12 team where we start 2 at every IF position, 2 UTIL and 5 OF so I understand depth but I also understand what’s replaceable and what’s not. I think that’s the key thing to keep in mind. Miggy’s gonna play 160 games and you won’t wanna remove him from your lineup. There’ll be plenty of OF5 guys that you can ride for brief periods. You just don’t need it and pitching depth isn’t necessary. There’s always an arm that comes up/gets hot/exploitable matchups.

  52. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Need a streamer tonight after Chris Capuanooooo! ruined my week. Who do you like?

    Colon v. Hou
    Happ v. CWS
    Tillman v. Tampa

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Dan Pants: of that group…colon, easily

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dan Pants: Colon feels safest but I don’t trust him with a second go at the Astros. I’d go Happ for K’s or Tillman for the Win Opp

    • JoeC says:
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      @Dan Pants: I’m streaming Happ. Not scurred of the CWS offense.

  53. OaktownSteve says:
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    After seeing the Astros up close, I’m going back to what I said originally a couple weeks ago. The Astros just aren’t that bad. They are definitely a work in progress, but they are not the worst team in baseball this year. Their manager is going to be a good one. The team plays hard and competes for 27 outs. They have 5 plus defenders (Castro, Dominguez, Altuve, Pena and Maxwell) and when you throw in Gonzalez who is solid they are very good up the middle which means a lot in real baseball. Altuve is legit, by the way. Just a really good fundamental ballplayer. They have just enough in their rotation to stay in some games. Peacock (more on him in a second), Harrell and Bud are all acceptable. Their bullpen has been terrible, but that’s a piece that can be fixed. Some of the arms down there are not bad if unpolished and I would expect one or two of them to step forward by the end of the year. I think they are on the right track compared to some of the other moribund franchise out there.

    A quick scouting report on Peacock. Not a big guy. Listed 6’1” 175 and looks smaller than that. Like his delivery from the wind up. Keeps his hands at the belt buckle and that keeps the motion quiet and repeatable. The fastball is no more than 93, usually 91-92 and it has a lot of tilt. He comes right over the top with it so it’s on a hard downward plane with some late dart into right-handers. Like a lot of young pitchers, he doesn’t command it well. The curve and the change are both MLB ready pitches with the curve having a chance to be an outpitch for him. It’s on a tight axis with late downward movement. The one thing I did see with him is that he was much better out of the wind up. Not being a really big guy, he’s relying on a pretty big hip turn to generate power. He coils a little and then unwinds. From the stretch it didn’t look like he had the same momentum to home and he seemed like he was having a tendency to have to put more effort to generate the same velocity with command breaking down further. So far this year with men on he’s got a 1 K/BB rate and with the bases empty it’s 5 K/BB. Part of that is just a young guy needing to learn how to work out of jams but I do think that there some improvement to the mechanics that might help. He also seemed strangely reluctant to throw that good curveball out of the stretch, which it seems like he could have used. I don’t know if he just doesn’t have the feel for it out of the stretch or what. All together though, a guy to have on your radar probably for next year. The kind of guy who might post a 4+ ERA with a decent K rate this year, just enough to stay off the sleeper hype press and then who will take a big step forward and return some value.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @OaktownSteve: after seeing them up close? Did you play 3rd one game? Dude, they’re bad. Watching one or two games where they hit a tad doesn’t make them “not bad”…they’re 100 loss team.

      • JoeC says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: Here are two buckets. In one is your cred, in the other, the cred of OaktownSteve. Guess which bucket runneth over? (hint: not yours)

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*:

        I get where you’re coming from. You’re probably right that they lose 100. But they are not as potentially historically bad as is being reported or as would be implied by their payroll. Their pen is an issue for sure, which translates to a lot of losses late in games where they were otherwise competetive. But over a 162 game season, you get a lot of milage out of playing hard and I tell you what, I guarantee they are going to play hard. That’s what you can see out there.

        A’s season ticket holder here. I’m right behind home, field level which is still miles away but as close as you can get at the O.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I’ve only seen them on TV. They do seem well coached, something that’ll get you farther than what is normally expected given the talent they’re throwing out there.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Sky:

            They just look like they have their heads in the game. I don’t know how much you know about Carlos Pena, but he’s easily one of the 5 or 10 most articulate athletes I’ve ever heard. Very well spoken and just a complete mensch. During this series he’s been to the mound to talk to young pitchers like 30 times. Just basically a player manager out there. The fact that he hangs in and hits an opp-o HR against one of the toughest left handers out there late in the game just further evidence of how these guys keep competing until out 27.

            • Sky

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              I didn’t know that but I do know smart teams love having him around (read: Tampa Bay) even when he’s not hitting well. That in and of itself speaks volumes. The fact he’s doing that makes me understand it all the more.

              Haven’t been able to catch an Oakland game yet this year because the MLB.tv package hates Oregonians. We belong to the bay area market and the Washington market because we don’t have a team of our own but I’ve seen Houston and like what they’re doing with what they’ve got.

        • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I’m jealous…I’m in NY and hate it here. Must be nice to never wonder about the weather lol

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Box Score watching tells you this, not actually watching the games which Oakland A’s fan OaktownSteve has done and I’ve watched the Astros a bit myself. Matt Dominguez was known for his defense in the minors and Pena has always been a plus defender at first. It’s how he gets away with hitting .200 and still stays employed. Overall, it’s not a terrible club, just one that’s not exciting to watch overall. The year started with them 1-5 and nearly getting no-no’ed by Yu. Comparison point of them being not as bad a club as people call them is valid.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Sky: do tha Bernie lean Sky!! :)

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Prezii: I did plus a brush off of my left shoulder and then my right shoulder in a rhythmic fashion.

            • Prezii says:
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              You are so friggin hip sometimes it scares me….

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Prezii: I scare myself with it sometimes.

  54. Charlie Hustler says:
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    Stanton/Medlen for Hamilton/J.Fernandez? keeper league

  55. Otaku91 says:
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    Bench Vogelsong against the Brewers today?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Otaku91: He hasn’t pitched well early-on. I would bench him until he puts a few good starts together.

  56. BERK says:
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    Please weigh in on this trade, Grey & other fantasy baseballers:
    GIVE: Ryan Howard, Jose Bautista, Starling Marte,
    GET: Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz.

    Good for me? Thanks! It is a keeper league, with standard offensive categories except for we do OBP instead of AVG.

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @BERK: why would anyone give up Cabrera in a keeper league?

      • BERK says:
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        @*^%#€£¥#%*: He’s pretty expensive to begin with and we have inflation each year. So next year if I want to keep him I’d have to spend around $60 to hold on to him (out of my starting $270 budget).

        • Paul C. says:
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          @BERK: Run to the computer to accept, unless Bautista is dirt-cheap and you have a good 3B currently. Bautista is good in OBP leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK: Take Miggy…

  57. Charles says:
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    12-team 6×6 w/ OBP and Ks (no AVG) for batters and Losses and K/9 (no Ks) for pitchers:

    Would trade Matt Harvey for Joe Mauer?

    I’ve currently got Avila at Catcher and my SPs are Hamels, Moore, Peavy, Ryu, Cingrani, and Harvey.

    Thanks!

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Charles: no, roll with what you have at catcher. Mauer is good, but 10hr/~120 games played is what you’re getting. Harvey is special…what a month and you’ll be able to trade him for a big bat.

  58. Ron says:
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    Is this the right time to trade FOR Stanton? Should I trade C. Davis for him?

    • *^%#€£¥#%* says:
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      @Ron: it depends. How stupid is the guy who owns him?

  59. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Peacock was great for 3 innings then his control deserted him ( a problem) There is something there when he can throw strikes… 7Ks

    AJ Griffin struggled to throw strikes for 3 innings (worrisome that is his game)… Was only saved a monster inning by a great and lucky play against Ankiel’s would be double with bases loaded to end inning… He righted himself to finish strong..

    ***** Ankiel 20 Ks and 0 walks in 27 ABs / 148 BA!!!!!… He is not long for MLB …

    Prob with Sogard he does not start all the time…. Hitting near 300 though

    ****Note the A’s seemed willing to run on Castro…. He might turn out to be a target for speedster plug ons…

    Sure Oakland Steve will add something here…

    Carlos Pena is worth watching for a run too – as he went yard for the first time

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @T Moore:

      Thanks for using my formal name “Oakland Steve” but my friends can use the more familiar “Oaktown”. The A’s stole all those bases on the pitchers. Some of the most ridiculous jumps you’ll ever see. Doesn’t mean teams won’t run on Astros pitchers, but after that embarrassment last night, Porter and Brocail are going to be talking to their young guys about holding runners. I’d expect them to improve. Castro is a solid backstop.

      Those huge A’s jumps? That’s the Rickey Henderson influence. He shows up from time to time and gurus the base running. A’s lead MLB in steals this year and are 3rd in homers.

      You coming around on my guy Josh Donaldson? Kid can play, T Moore.

      By the way, do you know you show up in the Washington Nationals box score from time to time?

      • JoeC says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Based on his RCL performance, that boxscore should show a solid 0 for 4. ;)

      • T Moore says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Oaktown: Good input… I might make my first game today – don’t live close..

        Great start for the A’s…

        They have done what they needed to do against the Stros = win…

        The rest of the West has games in hand with them on us… So our very good record is tarnished a bit IMO

        Thanks for the update on Castro and setting me straight… Still It is nice to follow the catchers for C/S % for SB starts…… Harder to follow pitchers in this regard – a numbers thing and much more work..

        Donnie was huge last night off field … That’s a couple in a few days with the bat..

        The disturbing thing for me was a ball he let go through his position at a crucial moment (again – happens too much – should have been scored an error on someone) allowing Maxwell to go to 3rd in the 3rd for a chance at sacrifice (didn’t happen – lucky)… We had angels in the OF that innings to shut it down… They were ready to blow us out..

        I’m rooting for his success… Just have my doubts on his D…

        Jaso getting nipped at the plate almost cost us in the end and shut down a knockout inning for us too – maybe… Was it worth trying it in your opinion??.. Did he go on his own??? Hate mental errors… Except my own that is

        GO A’s

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          @T Moore:

          Off field Triple ( should have read)

          3 triples in a game too for the A’s wow!!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @T Moore:

          I think Jaso’s trying to score was just one of those split second decisions. I can see why he went. He had a really good secondary lead and the ball was not well hit. Philosophically the A’s are “aggressive” on the bases and in general that serves them well. Not every play will work out and of course given hindsight he shouldn’t have gone but I understood it and didn’t have a problem with it.

          When you’re watching Donaldson, watch his feet and his arm. The footwork is excellent and that is the foundation of playing infield. The arm is possibly the best at 3RD in the AL. He’s only been charged with one error this year and I think he’s played every game. He’s still learning the nuances of the position but there’s a lot to like there.

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            @OaktownSteve:

            His arm strength is awesome agreed – with him Accuracy has been the prob…

            His booting plays at the bag has been somewhat chronic… (receiving thrown balls on tag play… A big deal for a 3rd Baseman – be sure safety a must there ))

            I understand he is still learning the pos. I’m just not willing to sell the farm for him yet.. But feeling better about him…

            On Jaso going home… I was radioing it – Don’t watch much TV .. So I do question things – as the Comms tend to be a bit “homer” at times..

            Understand that the A’s push it … I like that way… Was just curious… As the BC team focused on the close play rather than the wisdom of the attempt in their coverage…

            Love BB on the radio… It takes me away…

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              @T Moore:

              Ken Korach does phenomenal job on A’s radio. Not a huge fan of Vince Cotroneo. He has some annoying tendencies. One of which is calling key pitches as follows: “OVER!….but low…ball four.”

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                @OaktownSteve:

                Oaktown: They are just OK to me..Not bad either of them… They are smart no doubt…

                King and Simmons will never be replaced. IMO. They were perfection together….

                Fosse has them doing the Joe Garagiola, Sr.goosestep coverage a bit to often for my tastes…

    • Erik Behard says:
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      @T Moore: The A’s were running on Peacock more than Castro. Eric Young was nearly rounding 2nd on a steal by the time Peacock delivered the pitch.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Erik Behard: You mean Crispie Young? Grey put Eric Young in yo’ head!

  60. AA says:
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    I own Herrera and Holland. I also own Rivera and Grilli. I can only start 3 RP’s. So, do I drop Herrera, Holland or both and let someone else deal with this shituation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Lose Herrera

  61. Charles says:
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    SON worries about @BAL matchups (at least for LHP). Would you sit either Moore or Ryu @BAL this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: I’d sit Ryu in some leagues

  62. Jackie says:
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    I have Ichiro and Big Donkey on my bench: 12-team mixed. Is either worth holding? Looking to keep Chris Johnson when Headley is activated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jackie: Can lose whichever one you need less on your team…

  63. malamoney says:
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    What hell am I supposed to do about Jesus Montero and Jason Kipnis. These chumps are killing me. Would love to replace them with Terry Stienbach and Lou Whitiker, but for some reason they are not in the CBS database!

    I’ve Gyorko, who is climbing is way to 2nd base eligibility, but he blows right now too.

    Here are the guys on our wire:

    C: Arrencibia, Norris, Hundley, Suzuki and Cervelli
    2B: Uggla, Infante, Walker, Getz, Ackley and Johnson

    Hold tight? Try and make a move? Throw in the towel???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: I’d hold tight for now…

  64. dsg says:
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    Drop Halladay for Josh Johnson? thx in advance!

  65. Ralph says:
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    @Grey….

    I was offered Jason Heyward & Kris Medlan for Mike Trout…yes or no?

      • The other side of that trade says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey, couldn’t have not answered just once right!

  66. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: When will the player rater be up ? My infield is poo in my pts league and need help filling it holes! aHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Anthony: Is that “poo in your pants league” or “poo in your points league”? The abbreviation could really go either way.

      • Prezii says:
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        @chillmodious: hahaha!!! Well played chill…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Think another week or so…

  67. RedRox says:
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    Moustakas has been sitting on my bench all year as I let Frasier run away with the 3B job. Should I just cut bait on Moustakas and add a hot schmotato? Or do you actually see him turning around and becoming a positive asset

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RedRox: Sure, if it’s a ten team league…

      • RedRox says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s a 12-team league

  68. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hahaha had a mega sonovabench yesterday in Homer, yet the game was suspended.

    Oh wait suspended not abandoned….damn!!!

    Hosmer or Freeze for CI spot right now?

  69. SenoreRossi says:
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    Another great Post Grey!

    Maybe you have a suggestion for my team, have the feeling I need to improve on some positions. Griffin/Bailey are streaming spots, though I’m thinking bout keeping Bailey. League is quiet inactive, no trades as of now. H2H/10T/5×5 standard/7 move per week.

    Was hit hard by Cespedes, Reyes and Fujikawa injuries.

    Waiver includes Willingham, V. Martinez, Brandon Moss, Aybar,

    Thank you!

    C Miguel Montero, Ari C
    1B Albert Pujols, LAA 1B, DH
    2B Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B
    3B Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B
    SS Jean Segura, Mil SS
    2B/SS Elvis Andrus, Tex SS
    1B/3B Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B
    OF Josh Hamilton, LAA OF
    OF Matt Holliday, StL OF
    OF Hunter Pence, SF OF
    OF Norichika Aoki, Mil OF
    OF Evan Gattis, Atl C, OF
    UTIL Ryan Howard, Phi 1B
    P Mat Latos, Cin SP
    P Ian Kennedy, Ari SP
    P Tim Lincecum, SF SP
    P Chris Perez, Cle RP
    P Jason Grilli, Pit RP
    P Shelby Miller, StL RP PP
    P Bobby Parnell, NYM RP
    P Paul Maholm, Atl SP
    P Homer Bailey, Cin SP
    Bench Jose Reyes*, Tor SS  DL15
    Bench Yu Darvish, Tex SP  DTD
    Bench A.J. Griffin, Oak SP
    DL Yoenis Cespedes*, Oak OF, DH  DL15

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SenoreRossi: Thanks! Gattis isn’t an outfielder, he’s a catcher, you shouldn’t have two catchers on your team… Trade Pujols, Goldschmidt or Howard for the best OF you can get for the value… Your pitching looks okay, Lincecum is a mess…

  70. Remy says:
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    drop ike for matt adams?

    Owned Ike last year so I know just how bad owning Ike can be, and Adams is an injury away from everyday time?

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Remy: Adams doesn’t play…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: neither does Ike! Well physically he does but….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          424!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: 435!

            Thats wat i got A Jax run total at! Ah sookie sookie nah!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

  71. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    mlb shows arcia recalled today (under transactions). he getting an extended look with mastro to dl?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @simply fred: dah, knew I should’ve held onto him…

      • Hooverville says:
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        @Grey: Jon Jay the Federalist or roll the dice on Arcia? Hard to tell Arcia’s upside/playing time situation

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jay

          • Simply Fred

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            @Grey: Interesting:
            You added Arcia–even though Jay is available as an FA. You advise ‘Jay’ to Hooverville. You thinking you willing to take the risk but not wanting to throw readers in that situation? Else?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m just taking a flyer… Hoping to start Lind…

              • Simply Fred

                simply fred says:
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                @Grey: Thanks. I take ‘em, but when they go against your advice and then go bad, well… Hope this one goes well!

  72. chillmodious says:
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    Morning, Grey.

    I have room for a one-day rental if I make the move before the 9am Pacific game lock today. I could stream Carlos Villanueva in Wrigley against the Rangers (SON kinda likes him with a $10.7 value) or go batty call with any of the following:

    Ike Davis (@ Colorado)
    Ichiro (vs. Arizona)
    Brett Gardner (vs. Arizona)
    Dom Brown (@ Cincinnati)
    Chris Carter (@ Oakland)
    JP Arencibia (vs. ChiSox)

    ———————-

    I’m actually leaning towards Jazzy Phizzle, who’s hot and faces a lefty in Quintana today. Would love your call on this one, though. Thank you!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @chillmodious: Shizz! Add Eric Young Jr. to the list of potential batty calls.

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Well, early game or not, who would your choice have been? (I went with EY Jr., for the record) Just curious as to what you would’ve done. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gardner

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Grey: Dah! Thank you.

            By the way, I switched out Moustakas for Hosmer last night before realizing Hos would probably sit against the lefty Minor today. Double-dah!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dah indeed…

  73. Whatever says:
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    Grey,

    Would you start Burnett at home versus the Cards? I know he had crappy numbers last year versus STL but that came mostly from a 2.2 inning 12ER blowup.

    Thanks.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Sky: Classic.

      If I ever get an opportunity at a perp shot (been quite lucky, so far!), I will stare straight into the camera and put on my “convict face”. You only get one shot! (unless you recidivate, of course)

      And of course I will kick someone’s ass on the first day in.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @JoeC: I still like Miggy’s from last year. It’s clear that mutha had no idea where he was at.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Sky: “This isn’t Tigers stadium? Is it my turn to bat?”

  74. Chupacabra says:
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    Drop Haren and pick up Jose Fernandez? Or give Haren some more time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chupacabra: Go for it in a ten team league…

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Sky: hah one of my favorite quotes. Actually just watched this weekend with my wife who’d only seen it once before.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @c0wfunk: A movie everyone should see…total classic.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Sky: Now you’ve got that song stuck in my head! Damn you (and Kajagoogoo too!)!

        • JoeC says:
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          @Sky: Truly, your evil knows no bounds.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I like to think of myself as an unhelpful person who likes to help people.

            • JoeC says:
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              @Sky: Or an ass with a hat. :D

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @JoeC: It’s a sombrero!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Sky: the urban sombrero?

  75. Pops says:
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    What is SON?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Pops: It’s what happens when the bi*%h don’t use birth control, yo!

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JoeC: Yes, but you only find out about it on Montel.

        • JoeC says:
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          @chillmodious: I hate when that shizz happens to me. However, it is glorious when two hoochie mamas get in a big, knock-down, dragged-out, hair-pullin’ fight over me. Quite flattering.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pops: Pops, it’s me SON…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Pops: 1/2 man…1/2 duck fart….

  76. TheNewGuy says:
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    Scott wasn’t in favour but thought I’d hear the Greyt one’s views.

    Very keeperish trade. Need quality pitching right now and been offered for Jo-Fer for Profar (both who are on our farms). Gotta be tempting right? The way Jo-Fers pitching I could call him up right now if I think he’s gonna stick in the rotation, but is Profar too good to lose long-term?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Thats I get Jo-Fer for Profar.

  77. Descartes before the Horse says:
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    The Ike Davis blurb made me laugh out loud. Not exactly the best thing to do in a public restroom, but it made my day.

    Yeah, Moose Tacos has been terrible so far, but his BB and K rates are fine, it’s just his FB% that’s all out of whack. Are you willing to give him some time to get his rhythm back, ala Hosmer way back in 2012, or should I drop him for some hot-schomoto? (EYJr, Lisper, Jimenez, Schierholtz)

    Thanks!

  78. DiscoD says:
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    Trade was sent to me today. Sould I trade Jed Lowrie and Shelby for Scherzer? I had Grienke as my ace and here is what my team looks like:

    10-Team Yahoo H2H Points
    C – Matt Wieters
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jed Lowrie
    SS – Ben Zobrist
    3B – Evan Longoria
    LF – Matt Holliday
    CF – Andrew McCutchen
    RF – Justin Upton
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    UTIL – Desmond Jennings
    UTIL – Starling Marte
    UTIL – Daniel Murphy

    SP – Homer Bailey
    SP – Jake Peavy
    SP – Jonathan Niese
    RP – Joe Nathan
    RP – Janoathan Papelbon
    BN – Shelby Miller
    BN – A.J. Burnett
    BN – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    BN – Tommy Milone
    DL – Zach Greinke

  79. Wake Up says:
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    Just tried to buy a Polanco Fathead on Amazon…they cancelled my account…

    • JoeC says:
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      @Wake Up: Haters!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Try for a Billy Butler Fathead…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: something about the time/space continuim…

        • JoeC says:
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          @Wake Up: Yes. Not enough space in the Uni for a BB fathead.

  80. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    13-team 5×5 OBP – Hill to DL, have Kelly Johnson, Jhonny Peralta, and Bonafacio in MI slots. Avila and Buck at C. Trade McCann for Jedd Gyorko? Will have to solve C later, then. If we drafted today, they both would sell for about $7, right? I say make the deal. Agree?

  81. Charlie says:
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    Drop Henderson for Bailey?

  82. c0wfunk says:
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    Looks like my convolutedness got this lost in the shuffle:

    Any of these names you’d take over reddick, cutting him loose to the masses in the process? He no do so well right now.

    Chris carter, Nate schierholtz, yonder Alonso, Dominic brown, Luis Jimenez, Cody Ross, Brandon belt, or Matt Adams..

    • JoeC says:
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      @c0wfunk: Pretty sure the rec would be DomBrown over Reddick.

      • JoeC says:
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        @JoeC: Pretty sure I am now proven 100% wrong. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: I’d hold Reddick…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Reddick not look good, Albright. Hope he comes around. Was worried starting the season. Not much to ease the fears.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s still early to be giving up on him though….

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: yeah absolutely; and when he starts it seems to come in big batch corrections, which is why I fear him as a bench rider. More likely than not to sonofabench me.. Gonna stand for now, give him at least til May 1 perhaps while keeping a close eye on those magic stat stabilization thresholds jaywrong posted a week or two ago.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I’m all for some patience, but as Yogi once said, “it’s getting late early.” I really want the guy to get it together but right now I got a vision problem…just can’t see it. Really hope he gets it going though. Love the glove and the spark.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya… Hopefully something clicks…

            • c0wfunk says:
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              @OaktownSteve: so far this year his walk rate is up 5%, k rate down 5% from his career ave and his babip is a mere .091 .. that can’t possibly continue? Is he just hitting the ball *that* weakly?

              • c0wfunk says:
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                @c0wfunk: (.097, not .091 .. still paltry)

              • c0wfunk says:
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                @c0wfunk: line drives down to 6.3 % and iffb up to 26.7% .. that is weak eh?

  83. Bill says:
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    Stephen Drew or Gregorius? (Deep league$

  84. scott says:
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    Stl seems to rock Burnett around pretty good. Era and whip lookin solid for week so far. Let burnett ride the bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: I’d start in most leagues…

  85. bees knees says:
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    grey,
    kendrick, gee, wood

    please rank sir.. please.

    thanks

  86. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league trade, which side wins?… Round value is next to each player. Kipnis(9), Middlebrooks(27), Jaime Garcia(25) for Pedroia(2), Chris Davis(10), Brett Anderson(24).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia

  87. Joseph Doe says:
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    12team roto/redraft/5×5.
    Does A or B make out best
    A: Ad.gonzalez, Ev.Cabrera, J.Fernandez
    B: Tulowitzski, Howard

    cherrioos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  88. Ray says:
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    Trade Hunter Pence for Lorenzo Cain and Jim Henderson? Desperate for saves and have Axford if he gets job back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  89. Ryan says:
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    Matt carpenter will be 2b eligible soon…
    Carpenter or weeks ROS?
    Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks

    • TOFU STRANGLER says:
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      @Ryan:ROTO: Carpenter , Weeks is an ass@#$ who k’s too much ..PICK WEEKS BACK UP IN JUNE 10 team.

  90. AA says:
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    Bud Norris, Guthrie, or Kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  91. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team roto. Wish Espinosa would hit the DL already. I don’t have a backup SS and don’t have anyone to drop.

    1) Hold or drop Espinosa?

    2) Please rank the following: Jhonny, Didi (Hey, it’s the Ramones!), Andrelton, JJ Hardy, Marwin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Hold 2) Simmons…

  92. Wake Up says:
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    Been staring at an Ike Davis candid with John Hiatt singing “Have a little faith in me” playing on repeat in the background…

    (I’m hoping he’s not stepping back from the plate to avoid getting jammed because his hands are so slow right now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s standing in the bucket.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: my bucket full of tears…

  93. Matt says:
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    How far has Stanton’s value fallen? At this point, is he even worth .75 cents on the dollar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade for him…

      • Matt says:
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        At full preseason value?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, at 75 cents on the dollar…

          • Matt says:
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            Thanks. About what I figured. The stubborn ahole in me would rather bench him all year then trade him for 75 cent on the dollar, but then again, he might not even be worth 50 cents on the dollar when all is said and done.

  94. Chris says:
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    Second Base question:

    How would you rank these three for the rest of the year?

    Josh Rutledge
    Matt Carpenter (he’ll qualify soon on ESPN)
    Howard Kendrick

    As you can see, I punted a bit on 2B in the draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge, Kendrick

    • TOFU STRANGLER says:
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      @Chris: CARPENTER if you just want production and avg….Rutledge if you ant power/speed and crap ops avg etc..

  95. Joe says:
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    You worried about Heyward, E5 or B.J. Upton?

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: OR should I be worried?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  96. Goose says:
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    Are we starting Moore today @ BAL?

    To wit:
    - Moore career at Camden: 0-2, 9.2 IP, 4.66 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 7/12 BB/K.
    - In 21 IP overall, Baltimore bats .306 against him as a team.
    - SON has him as $6.1 (while his opponent, Tillman, is at -$1.8…)

    Hmm…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Moore…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: I’m kinda feeling the sit here. I’m last in ERA/WHIP and maybe I’m fighting the fantasy yips. But seems like, with his walks, this one could be a liaison dangeureuse…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Goose: Sit him if you’re not feeling it, it’s early and it’s not a slam dunk…

          • mc serch says:
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            @Grey: hopefully he’ll pitch carefully to Jones and take it to the lefties Davis and Weiters….I’m starting him, but not sure about Ryu in Balt on Friday…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’m waiting until Ryu is back in the NL…

  97. Ben says:
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    @Grey – Is it time to drop Wily Peralta and Gee in deep leagues? Other options are Jackson, Worley, Tillman, Quintana, Maurer, and Arrieta. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman, Worley…

  98. TOFU STANGLER says:
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    Start Shelby Miller tonight vs Burnett cha cha cha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  99. Seth says:
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    Thank you for making me draft Ike Davis everywhere

    This is going to be last year all over again…

    • steve says:
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      @Seth: @Seth:

      Making you? Funny choice of words.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You in a two week league?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: ZING! GET EM GREY!

  100. c0wfunk says:
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    corey hart just got dropped in my league; not eligible back until May 30… Cespedes on my DL slot right now but not for long. Seems I’d be remiss to not put in a waiver claim, eh?

    You think he’s worth enough to stash for a month+? I’d be filling my streamer spot for now that Cespedes vacated until he returns.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, stash him…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: now I gotta decide whether to spend my 5/12 waiver spot or wait to see if he gets through on Saturday. More 1st world problems, how will I cope?

  101. cmoore says:
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    J.Upton & Latos for Goldie, N. Cruz & Beltre? We happy to part with Cruz & Beltre (OF I have Bruce, Soo, Jennings, Matre, Hunter. Miggy at 3B). Hate to give up Goldie though, but in want of SP (damn you Quentin!!). Might be able to get Butler thrown in if I offer better OF option than Cruz.

    Not a lot of good 1B options on waivers: C. Johnson, Brandon Moss, C. Carter. If only Matt Adams was playing every day…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldie side… If you want a SP, trade for one and not the most expensive OF…

  102. TheNewGuy says:
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    Lucroy over AJ (Pierz)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss up

  103. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    You think there is a good buy low chance on Kemp or do you think because of his shoulder he is shaky plus just isn’t going to steal as many bases anymore? Side note does Brandon Phillips have more value hitting in the 4 whole now he’s been on a terror for me and thought it might be while hitting between bruce and votto helps alot. People have been offering trades that’s why I ask.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought he was shaky in the preseason b/c of the shoulder that hasn’t changed… BP has more value for RBIs and less for runs in the 4 hole…

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @Grey:
        Guy In my league lost aaron hill thought maybe I could trade him phillips or E5 straight up I would have rutledge for 2b and segura at ss or maybe big package for his E5 and CarGO I give Bruce Phillips and Latos ironically all reds I liked the reds this year I guess. I know my team is good I just have serious issues with liking to trade but I do try to get buy lows its how you stay good and improve your team.

  104. TOFU STRANGLER says:
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    ARENCIBIA ON WAIVERS …stick with VMART? or make a switch? Detroit offense is tasty . 10 team roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  105. am i crazy for benching AJackson today against Felix?

    other options… middlebrooks, frazier, crisp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit crazy

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @gbaked:

      Jackson has been on fire. He smoked the A’s. Laser Show! Line drives everywhere. Nothing cheap. From the looks of the box he’s still going in SEA. I’d let it ride with him.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @gbaked: Can’t be benching A-Jax right now. He could hit .315 this year with 120 runs. Just hoping he, well runs more.

  106. Gatorwade says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton for J. Zimmerman, Chris davis, Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan?

    Standard yahoo 5 X 5 roto league with daily unlimited pickups so Pagan and Cabrera are completely replaceable by playing favorable match ups with guys like Seth Smith and Michael brantley. Do i pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason to give 4 players… Zimmermann and Davis is enough…

  107. TheNewGuy says:
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    Should I be worried about Kemp? Not watched much of him but heard he’s swinging at everything right now, never even owned him before but does sound strange. Would you try and offer him up for another first rounder:

    Cargo, J-Up, even Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I had Upton and CarGo above him in my rankings, so I would take them…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @TheNewGuy:

      LoCain 2-3 with his first steal. Thanks Albright, you magnificent bastard. (Patton reference)

  108. Aero says:
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    About to run in to a problem with guys coming off the DL (Ortiz & Freeman in a week or 2). Not sure who to drop. 12-team redraft w/ ops, QS. Also, Jose Fernandez is on the wire. Advice is appreciated!

    A.J. Pierzynski
    Todd Frazier
    Ian Kinsler
    Miguel Cabrera
    Jose Reyes*
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Chris Davis
    Starling Marte
    Nelson Cruz
    Mark Trumbo
    Marwin Gonzalez
    Freddie Freeman*
    David Ortiz*
    R.A. Dickey
    Lance Lynn
    Josh Beckett
    Paul Maholm
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Rafael Soriano
    Addison Reed
    Tom Wilhelmsen
    Chris Tillman
    Shelby Miller
    AJ Griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin, Griffin…

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Marwin is by far my weak link, but I was using that as my Reyes hot-SS-bat-fill-in spot. Does that change anything? I’m new to roto, but trying to learn fast.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have no idea what your bench looks like with how you listed your team…

          • Aero says:
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            @Grey: Sorry, I hope this is better. I’ve been shuffling RP’s around until Shelby Miller gets SP qual by ESPN:
            C A.J. Pierzynski
            1B Mark Trumbo
            2B Ian Kinsler
            3B Miguel Cabrera
            SS Marwin Gonzalez
            OF Nelson Cruz
            OF Chris Davis
            OF Starling Marte
            UTIL Todd Frazier

            Bench Jose Reyes* DL15
            Bench Yoenis Cespedes* DL15
            DL Freddie Freeman* DL15
            DL David Ortiz* DL15

            PITCHERS
            SP Lance Lynn, StL SP
            SP A.J. Griffin, Oak SP
            SP R.A Dickey
            SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
            SP Josh Beckett
            RP Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP
            RP Shelby Miller, StL RP PP

            Bench Addison Reed, CWS RP
            Bench Tom Wilhelmsen, Sea RP
            Bench Chris Tillman, Bal SP PP
            Bench Paul Maholm, Atl SP

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tillman, Maholm… Move the other two to the DL… Then go from there…

              • Aero says:
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                @Grey: Thanks a ton Grey. Would you drop Griffin, too, in favor of Jose Fernandez? Or is he still a little too unproven?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d go with Fernandez…

  109. gareth says:
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    Pitching makes me sad.

    My rotation is felix. Gio. Aj burnett. Lynn. I like those guys.

    Then it gets ugly.

    Lincecum. Ouch.

    Gallardo. Belch.

    What do I do grey?

    Haren is probably the most droppable right?

    Haren. Oof.

  110. gareth says:
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    Pitching makes me sad.

    My rotation is felix. Gio. Aj burnett. Lynn. I like those guys.

    Then it gets ugly.

    Lincecum. Ouch.

    Gallardo. Belch.

    What do I do grey?

    Haren is probably the most droppable right?

    Haren. Oof.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren would be…

  111. Panti Jose says:
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    Gattis or Doumit, ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis

  112. gareth says:
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    Drop any of haren. Timmy and gallardo for the following guys – alcides escobar, jaime garcia, marco estrada, kyle loshe, adam laroche, andrew bailey, trevor cahill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren for Estrada

  113. gareth says:
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    Alex cobb and ryan vogelsong are also available.

  114. JB says:
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    Grey – The almighty SON says Masterson is a slightly above average play at Boston tonight – would you start him if you didn’t have to?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him…

  115. OaktownSteve says:
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    LoCain 2-3 with his first steal. Thanks Albright, you magnificent bastard. (Patton reference)

    sorry meant to put this down here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anything I can do!

  116. gareth says:
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    Think I might drop haren. Hes got a two start at home against cincinatti and st loius. I’m no way going to start him. He gets shelled against a stantonless marlins for petes sake!

    Was going to grab wade miley from the wire last night as he has 2 sweet starts next week but someone beat me to the punch.

    The most intriguing options are 2 starts from loshe and vogelsong. Both have good match ups. Who would you go with for week 4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lohse

  117. gareth says:
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    Vogelsong – ari home. Sd away.

    Loshe. Sd away. Dodgers away.

  118. Cory says:
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    Guys have stanton and heyward on the trading block. Should I try to trade Pence or Choo for one of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  119. royce! says:
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    Herrera pitching in the 8th today, so looks like Holland still is the closer, for now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Be careful what you wish for. He still has to actually pitch the 9th. Guess who leads off? Big Ups!

        By the way, Cain with another hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Booya!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Nice work Holland. Musta been a man on a mission.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Glad I held Herrera too… Like those two back to back… I have so many Royals on my teams, feels weird but hard to argue…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I have so many Royals I have Chris Getz (deepish league but still).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I have so many Royals I have Queen Elizabeth.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @royce!: Man I hate holding these closer of the future types! If Holland gets it done im dropping Herrera.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @royce!: Well that was pretty filthy. Bye-bye Herrera.

      • chillmodious says:
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        @TheNewGuy: Ah, 3 Ks and a save for the block. Circle (Sir Kelvin) gets the square!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @royce!: Holland looks like he got his mind right against the heart of the ATL order. He better have hung on to his job at least for the next little while.

  120. Jason says:
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    my mouth is still watering with the salt water taffy reference.

    What do you think about Gallardo for Bailey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d take Gallardo…

  121. charlie batch says:
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    to rudy and grey: get OaktownSteve a writing job on this site. I read the blog every morning, then skim the comments for Oaktown’s contributions. He always has something interesting to write. sign him up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s more than welcome to write for the site….

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        finishing your sentence

        “…just like anybody else who wants to send some samples, pitch an idea, face deadlines, do re-writes, bust his/her ass and who wants to be paid in verbal praise and Domino’s coupons.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Taco Bell coupons.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            That does sweeten the deal.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @charlie batch:

      Thanks man. Someday I’d love to make a go at it but it’s one thing to waste time at my desk job and dash stuff off and another to hit deadlines and do re-writes. I really appreciate the nice words.

      Anyway, Razzball gets my content for free now. Reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer gets a fake job and the boss has to fire him.

      Kramer: “But I don’t really work here.”

      Boss: “That’s what makes this so hard…”

  122. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    Holland with the Kimbrel! Finally.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… That was what we signed up for in March…

  123. Yorkie says:
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    what do you think of this trade in terms of fairness:
    Kemp and Hanely for Werth, Adrian Gonzalez, and Pablo Sandoval

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon side, it’s fair…

  124. Dusty B says:
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    Hey @Grey

    I got Uggla on my bench just taking up space but MI is just ugly, and I’m in a shallow league. Crawford, Peralta, Valdespin, Getz, Cozart are all out there. You like any of those guys way more than the others?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  125. mc serch says:
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    Nice Chairlift ref in the Reimold blurb….love that song….I’m guessing we start Moore in Balt tonight but not Niese in Col tmro? How about Ryu in Balt on Fri? Is Niese and N. Cruz for Heyward too much? Maybe Ryu and Cruz? I will stop asking questions now…..thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’m starting Moore, not Niese or Ryu… It’s not too much for Heyward… Ryu is even better, but not totally fair…

  126. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Great column as always.

    Is Josh Johnson worth a waiver wire pickup if these are you pitchers?

    Anibal Sanchez
    Brandon Morrow
    Doug Fister
    Jon Lester
    Jose Fernandez
    Matt Harvey

    If yes, who would you drop?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You have no one to drop…

  127. jesse says:
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    What do you think about Ervin Santana’s chances of a resurgence?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slim to anorexic….

  128. Mr. April says:
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    @Grey

    12 Team Standard H2H Keeper

    Was offered McCutchen/Stanton/Axford for Fielder/Heyward/Papelbon. Your Thoughts?

    Stanton/Heyward can both be kept for the same price. The other four cannot be kept by either team.

    Thanks for all your helpful insight and hard work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do you need a 1st baseman? Then I’d take Fielder… Trade’s fair…

  129. Trailblazin says:
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    Didi or Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  130. VitVo says:
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    Would you trade Matt Harvey for Greinke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably not…

  131. Anthony says:
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    Yo Greycarlo, I justed traded away Harvey and got Hanley in return….I know you love Harvey and Hate Hanley but I don’t buy into this contuning for Harvey. Also, I have the L_wrie brothers, Jed and Brett as my SS & 3B. Not the picture of Health there so Hanley will Provide help. Also, going to pick up Shelby after the trade goes through in 2 days….Shelby is just as Harvey to me . Objectivley what do ya think? Thanks brother!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s fair… Don’t see where this comes from… Not the picture of health so Hanley will provide that? Hanley was hurt in 2011 and this year…

      • Anthony says:
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        3 injury prone guys are better than 2, Giddy up!

  132. bossmanjunior says:
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    Gardner v. Miley or Marte v. Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

  133. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Teheran over Herrera, Hughes or Burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Herrera

  134. Gatorwade says:
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    pick up Jeff Locke against Teheran and the Braves tomorrow? Love that minor league record

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  135. OaktownSteve says:
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    It should come as no surprise, but Bud is getting smoked in Oaksterdam.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      This Bud’s for you, OaktownSteve.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: How has Krispie looked so far this year?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        He sulked a little to start the year. Didn’t seem like he was on the Melvin all for one plan. I think he had to adjust to not being the everyday CF. He looked uncomfortable playing RF. With Cespedes out and Coco nicked up, he looks like he’s got some fire back in him. He’s been spotty defensively. Couple of dropped balls. The swing has looked a little rusty. He’s definitely not in one of those locked in modes he can get into. One thing that’s encouraging from a fantasy perspective is he is definitely looking to run. If he backs into a full time gig he’s a real threat for 40. But I think he’s going to remain a time share unless somebody has a season ender and I’m a little worried about the body language I saw when he wasn’t an every day guy.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Oh, I see what you did there…I haven’t had my coffee yet…well, I had some coffee….but not a coffee coffee…..what I’m trying to say is that I haven’t had any Bourbon yet, OK…..don’t judge me

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up:

        I’m going to judge you and I’m going to give you full thumbs up. Bourbon in coffee is terrific. And old school. Have it with piece of pie for breakfast at 1:30 in the afternoon and you’re practically Sam Spade.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Haha…”People lose teeth talking like that. If you want to hang around, you’ll be polite.”

  136. Boomer19 says:
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    Grab Arcia over Stubbs? Already have bj and Jennings so Stubbs is kinda redundant. Just for a bench bat. Do you think he might stick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  137. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    fragu,krispey duda in the right order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie, Duda

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: thanks

  138. hankp says:
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    Shelby Miller and Herrera or Chad Billingsley and Balfour?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  139. Rob says:
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    May be a knee jerk, but time to drop Salvador Perez for JP? Yes, Perez will hit for better average, but he’s really not contributing anywhere yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  140. ulysses says:
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    Drop either Teheran or Jansen for Cingrani? my closers are perkins bailey and Holland with mujica on waivers still. I am strongly considering dropping jansen for cingrani in this 12 team roto redraft league…

    • ulysses says:
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      @ulysses:

      OH! and Quintana is still out there too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran

      • ulysses says:
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        @Grey:

        You like cingrani over Quintana (sp?)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  141. Big Magoo says:
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    Holland looked really solid today. Hung a two strike slider to J-Up but got away with it. Dialed it up to 97 and everything looked to have wicked movement. K’ed the heart of the Braves’ order.

    I should note that the home plate ump, Doug Eddings, had a very generous strike zone today. Uggla looked ready to rip his head off after most of his ABs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on both counts…

  142. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Should i pick up Seth Smith for Vernon Wells – the guy is consistent for an 800 ops but sits vs leftys or rights? so he doesnt get everyday playing time… is he worth the pickup? Dunno if should waste a move – Max Adds is 50 for this league im at 8 already … pts league 14 man h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  143. chillmodious says:
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    Speaking of Uggla (not me, but you, right above here!)…

    With the following roster, would you grab Uggla or Asdrubal for middle infidel?:

    (yes, this is one of those shallow leagues that is throwing me off because I’m not used to seeing names like Asdrubal/Uggla hit the wire)

    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Josh Rutledge
    3B – Manny Machado
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    MI – ???????
    CI – Goldschmidt
    OF – Giancarlo
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Jay Bruce
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    Util – Hosmer

    DL – Aybar

    ——————————

    Thanks doode!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm…. Andrelton Simmons just hit the wire too, but I’d imagine Asdrubal still gets the nod, yes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  144. Carnac says:
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    Colon vs. Altuve reminds me of Fat Bastard vs. Mini Me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get in my belly!

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Austin Powers 3 was as bad as Bud Norris’ start today. Except Norris’ start was a lot short. Grandpa Carnac, “Terrible food, and such small portions!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grumpy today!

  145. The Thumb says:
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    Greycarlo,

    Whom should I try to trade away for Ajax? 10 team 5×5 roto

    Konerko, Rizzo, Chris Davis?

    Call it early season love but I feel like 40 homers for Davis isn’t a stretch…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Konerko

  146. Long Bawls says:
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    Pujols/Betancourt/Shields for Heyward/McCutchen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  147. Eddy says:
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    These postponed Rockies-Mets games are killing me.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Eddy:

      Called off again tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was today’s postponed too?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Yup. ESPN has the “PPD” going in the box score. The day I batty call EY Jr., too! That makes my roster management for today a Triple-Dah!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks…

        • Eddy says:
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          @chillmodious: On the bright side there should be another DH. Hopefully EY starts both like yesterday.

  148. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    What the hell is going on in here today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why? What happened? How was your concert last night?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: it’s tonight, thanks for asking

        seems like a lot of hate flowing through the veins of Razz today

        Speaking of the concert, I won’t be able to bring your donuts and leave them in the bed of my truck for you, trucks in the shop and got to drive my impala, which I’m not happy about.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, well… Yeah, people are angry because it’s 2 weeks in and some players aren’t performing and aren’t sure if they ever will… It’s valid anguish…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            They lack intestinal fortitude.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re bleeding fantasy points and losing Ike Davis looks like their tourniquet…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: their bleeding out of their fantasy rectums like a long weekend at county

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s what Ike’s doing to them…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I’v been violated by Ike, and he doesn’t even know it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s violated us all…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: we will look back on April in June and laugh when he has 15 knocks and is hitting .250

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hopefully… (Actually, I don’t own him… That I know of, but I could be wrong, damn, too many teams…)

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: “Hi, my name is gray, and I have a fantasy baseball managing addicition” “Hi Grey”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where’s the donuts?!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: HA and two levels so I guess it would be HA HA

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: the %$#@&^%* or whatever it was, was throwing the hate around, but thats my job! actually I’m generally nice in here, sometimes a dick, but nice for the most part. I really, seriously, need to think of a name change, it worked for Sky.

            If you and the coug want to hear some tunes to inspire some sweet sweet lovin tonight, you should come on over to the Troubador, of course a hot streak by Giancarlo would have the same effect…..I like to make jokes, you know what I’m saying jokes. I hate that this show will be filled with a bunch of hipsters tonight and I am purposely going to wear a plain black Tee and see how many think I’m security…..self hehe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Wednesdays are tough for me with a full slate of games… I’m usually writing these roundups from 9-11… You don’t want to go to the Troubadour when there’s no hipsters there, then it’s closed…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m just messing, I was trying to set up Kid A-hole, guy is a little obsessed with my relationship to the razz and its writers. I know about the wed schedule, we have gone over that in the past and I forget almost nothing.

                but seriously, how hard is it to write your entertainment stuff if you are always writing this?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Between comments from morning until 5…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: isn’t that hard to keep on track?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      INT. COMMENTS – DAY — Wait, what?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: oh is this getting in the way?

            • Kid A says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: He is marrying a woman, Jack. Your ship has sailed.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Kid A: hahaha, you are so easy to set up, I knew you would appear with those lines. get a life bro and stop obsessing with me until I get my own site. then feel free to post on it all day

                • Kid A says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: Hard to read posts with your slobber all over the place.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Kid A: then that would be sky’s articles Kid Uppity

  149. Justin says:
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    Alexei Ramirez, Denard Span, Rosenthal and Corbin were just dropped in my 14 tem league. Any worth killing my first born to pick up?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Justin: I like Span a lot this year, drafted him everywhere on the cheap, dude is on pace for 100 runs and 25 bags, do those sound like things you would be interested in? sorry that is a yes get Span, by first born do you mean you have the #1 waiver?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Jack though… Span is solid for what he is… No idea about first born though….

  150. Howie says:
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    @Grey- Assuming Aaron Hill is out five weeks…once he returns would his HRs and RBIs over the remainder of the season surpass those of Matt Carpenter from this point onward? I’m trying to decide whether to replace Hill or ride it out (my league is funky in that owners lose the rights to DL’d players if they are replaced). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Replace Hill…

  151. SteveNZ says:
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    I’ll take that Colon start. Thanks, SON.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  152. Justin says:
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    Thanks for the advice on Span Grey and Jack Full of Hate

    Should I drop Gyorko, Domonic Brown, Doubront or Herrera to pick up Span?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko if he’s a bench player…

  153. SteveNZ says:
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    Cub-Rangers PPD too, apparently…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone earlier mentioned it was a longshot at best…

  154. Boomer19 says:
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    F-rod signing with the Brewers. He worth an add for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In NL-Only leagues, sure…

  155. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Aaron Hill for Jason Kipnis?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I didn’t have a DL slot, and was in a shallow league, sure…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  156. Can Harvey outproduce Gio Gonzalez from this point forward, heard something about Gio and velocity dip and man I loved watching Harvey the other night. Will it burn me if I trade Gio straight up for Harvey, will he have an innings limit which will affect my Fanball playoff push ?but hey it is a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very doubtful…

  157. Drive says:
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    Kemp, Billingsley for Price Trumbo

    Rosario
    Konerko/Berkman
    Weeks
    Reynolds/Aramis DL
    Ian Desmond
    A Jones
    J Upton
    Kemp/Cespedes
    Open Util for 4th OF or Berkman

    Darvish
    Shields
    Estrada
    Ogando
    Parker
    Halladay
    Billingsley
    Cingrani
    Garza stashed

    Rodney/Mujica/Rosenthal

    Yay or Nay

    12team OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair… Kemp side, you don’t need Price…

      • Drive says:
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        @Grey: I see I guess I’m just worried about Kemp and my offense is dominating while my pitching is killing me early on.

  158. royce! says:
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    Probably won’t matter for my h2h, but I noticed that yahoo hasn’t figured out how to properly score Chapman’s participation in the game that was delayed until today. Yesterday, Chapman pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, the game was put off until today, and the Reds promptly scored a run for the walk off. Chapman’s line from yesterday should therefore reflect the win, but it does not. Hopefully they’ll figure it out before it becomes an issue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bet it will be added across in ESPN and Yahoo leagues tomorrow…

  159. Jason says:
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    Hosmer or belt. Holding Hos right now but belt was dropped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  160. Kid A says:
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    Masterson. Yuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap…

  161. letsgobravos says:
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    Goldy with a 2 run smash off CC…hooray!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AU SHIZZ!

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @letsgobravos: Hells to the yeah!

  162. c0wfunk says:
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    Au schizzle with the first ab big fly! Very nice. And a w n qs from the SON approved colon.. Very nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice indeed…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Mike: @Grey: double vision over here.. Matte starts his night with a 3bagger. Stanton back tomorrow. Ain’t no stoppin us now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully with a shoulder that is a-okay…

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: yeah fingers crossed. But maybe he waits til the 7th and 9th for his first 2 hr so as not to mess w my cingrani start too much. This here fantasizing about baseball sure does make rooting complicated.

            The other night I was complaining that the yanks couldn’t score one more run to ruin my opponent’s qs and earn me another point for the week. My wife turns to me (a life long mets fan and Yankees hater) and says “I barely even known who you are”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

  163. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, Tillman. Come on. Shoulda sat you I guess, but it’s the Rays, dammit.

  164. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I have a quick one here, i know you have the next made for tv movie to write, Ink Sack, is it tw restaurants or is it a sandwich stop and a foodie spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! No, Ink is an expensive foodie restaurant… Ink Sack is what you want… $5 sandwiches…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: they are just affiliated then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Same owner/chef, yeah…

  165. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Looking to unload Buck in H2H while he still has value. Am aiming first for Greinke, but what’s the lowest level SP you’d take in a 14 team mixer? W, L and QS count. Here are some midlevel starters on catcher-needy teams: Iwakuma, T Hudson, Ryu, Ogando, Holland, Cobb, Vogelsong, Dempster. Any you wouldn’t take for Buck? Who would you target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try for Ogando or Holland… None I wouldn’t take for Buck… He doesn’t really have any value…

  166. c0wfunk says:
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    Just realized cingrani’s first start is against Fernandez. What’re the odds? The fantasy upside world may collapse on itself with that much statistical possibility. Hope the ump has his punch out move down naked gun style.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  167. The badger says:
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    5 OF League…11 team

    Would you trade Bautista and R Zimmerman for Trout

    oF is Bautista, McCutch, Gordon, Gardner and Aoki.

    Frazier would go to 3B

    Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit much…

  168. c0wfunk says:
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    Frazier just mashed an opposite field hr too. Nice to see

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, saw that… Looking good…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: leake just hit a triple that barely evaded Superman’s glove in cf. Gonna be a long night in cinci by the looks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m watching… He tried to top his last catch…

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: werd.. Forgot this was the ESPN game tonight. I’m in cinci cable reach (in wnc we get braves and reds, though everyone arounds here is really just counting the days til college football starts ) so I’m on the homer broadcast

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m watching the Philly broadcast on MLB package…

              • c0wfunk says:
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                @Grey: ah so. Likely a much different tenor coming from that broadcast. Cheers.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Watching the Rays game now… Reds game is pretty much done…

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: Manuel decided 100 pitches was too many for one inning I guess. Love that Frazier’s intro song is fly me to the moon. I’ve been working on that song on the piano recently, such a great tune and a welcome change from the usual intro stylings

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Seriously… About time…

  169. Eric W says:
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    Adam Jones double is under review looked like a HR to me…. maybe that’s just because I own him everywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Praying for a homer…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Homer! Pretty obvious that it rattled off the railing/wall supports and back into play when they showed the closeup on MLB network.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup… Awesome!

      • Eric W says:
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        @Grey: He got it love instant replay! Also longo just missed a HR by about 3 feet to the left he has been locked in they last few days.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice…

  170. SteveNZ says:
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    Eff that. Bad day to have Tillman and Moore, albeit on different teams…

  171. letsgobravos says:
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    AJ Burnett perfect through 4 v the cards. 6ks, 0ERs. Also have Shelby Miller going and he’s settled down after giving up a run in the first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, wish I had Apricot Juice…

  172. kisses says:
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    in need of a 2B (looking kinda uggla at the moment). this was pitched to me this morning:

    b. phillips + w. miley for cc and m. holliday.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CC side

  173. SteveNZ says:
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    Pity that Choo isn’t getting to take part in this game of tee-ball that’s going on in Philly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know… Holy sit!

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Holy Sit with a Joey V Ticker Tease. Not kewl.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he didn’t sit though… just a ticker tease…

          • Project Merkin says:
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            Yep, I have both Choo (Holy Sit) and Votto (Ticker Tease). Come on Grey, just because I had a little trouble with Kazaam the other day doesn’t mean I’m confused by all glossary terms.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Just making sure!

  174. Huge Caulk says:
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    Aaron Hill out… Best option on wire?
    1Mark Ellis
    2 Chris Nelson
    3 Donovan Solano
    4 Chris Getz
    5 Maicer Isturiz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson

  175. c0wfunk says:
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    How you feeling about niese tomorrow afternoon in col on an extra day of rest? My Spidey sense is tingling on this. Also it is super cool that android recognized Spidey and knew to capitalize it for me. May set him to sit tonight .. What’re you thinking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m sitting him…

  176. letsgobravos says:
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    C’mon Miller, one more out for the QS….

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: …and gets his 6th K to get out of the inning. Gave up a hit that became a double on an error. Runner scored but should be unearned.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Gotta love QS leagues…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @letsgobravos: Ah, nvm. Its earned bc Miller walked a guy with 1B open after the error before Cutch scored. Still a solid line for him tonight. 6IP, 2 ER, 6ks.

  177. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Morrow or Burnett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrow

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: Douchier – Burnett or Beckett?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Beckett, close though!

  178. letsgobravos says:
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    Burnett’s no no bid broken up in the 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…

  179. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s the take on Quintana? For real, or just a hot schmotato of an SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not for real

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, I just looked at him a little bit deeper… And I like him… I’d go ahead and grab him…

  180. joeg414 says:
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    You should turn it around:Matt Joyce,David Murphy or Drew Stubbs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  181. joeg414 says:
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    That should be Whom

  182. Matt says:
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    My waiver wire currently has:
    Gallardo
    Ike Davis
    Rizzo
    Teheran
    Zito.

    I have Wade Miley and Jarrod Parker to drop. That’s the order my selections are in. Agree or would you rework?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallardo, Rizzo…

  183. Nico says:
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    12 team, roto, would you trade Trumbo and Homer Bailey for BJ Upton? I’m near the top in all the hitting categories except steals, and have Felix Hernandez, Scherzer, Peavy, Niese, Estrada, and Greinke left. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  184. herschel says:
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    @Grey: gyorko or cashner – which one should i drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  185. C.O.C. says:
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    So, 16 team league, and I’m stashing as many yet-to-be-called-up SP as possible. I have Straily, Bauer and Garrit Cole. I have room for a couple more. With the order of priority going 1. Shortest guestimated time to call-up, and then 2. Potential production, what other pitchers arrival are imminent that you would recommend? And if you don’t mind, in what order would the pitchers I already named fall into that list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily, Bauer…

  186. MikeZ says:
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    The Jays sat Bonifacio tonight, and I’m starting to get worried.. for my MI spot in a 12 team mixed league, what order would you put these guys in? Bonifacio, Michael Young, Kelly Johnson, Ruben Tejada, Marwin Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JOhnson, Young

  187. c0wfunk says:
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    Amazing how fast a 4/8 night turns into 5/26

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @c0wfunk: ha,i was thinking the same thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seriously… It’s like we have the same team…

  188. SteveNZ says:
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    If my relievers-only H2H team is any indication, elite MRs have had a pretty shitty start to the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always seems like relievers stats get magnified… Only get a few innings a week to make it look decent…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: To be fair, it was Hernandez’s first earned run of the season, but a rather inopportune time for it to happen…

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @SteveNZ: Feel you there. My reliever heavy team was lights out the first week and total shit last week. Herrera got me off to a lovely start yesterday.

  189. Fister Furbush says:
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    In a points league, would you accept a trade where you’d get Giancarlo Stanton for Matin Prado straight up? Prado will have eligability at 2nd 3rd and OF in my league. I already have Altuve and Beltre/Headley, so i dont really need those eligabilites from him.

    Stanton is returning tomorrow for Miami from his shoulder injury…His power would make for a great number 2 OF for me behind Cargo.

    Is his health too questionable, and is being on the Marlins and hitting in that theme park too much of a con to trade for him?

    Thanks ,
    FF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  190. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Boggs or Herrera for SAGNOF going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boggs

  191. Eric W says:
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    Need some production from Prince and Austin Jackson otherwise going to be a real disappointing night (not holding my breath against the king)

    • Eric W says:
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      @Eric W: 3hrs tonight well going 4/32 Doh!

  192. Mike says:
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    After His game tonight, would you drop AJ Burnett for Ian Kennedy?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem….

  193. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    For MI in a 10 team with AVG/OBP, please rank Jhonny, Kelly Johnson, Valdespin, Chris Nelson, Bonifacio, Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly, Gyorko…

  194. Cole says:
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    So my ratios are a mess, i have Cishek, Soriano, and am holding Axford. My OF is Joey bats, BJ Upton, Jennings, Pence and Aoki. Would you trade Upton for Chapman? RCL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  195. letsgobravos says:
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    V-Mart with warning track power…damnit.

  196. Matt says:
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    Is Pedro a better option than moustakas? I have both and need to dump one in 7×7 with obp and slg.

    Alex Gordon and Romo too much for stanton in keeper? dead last in avg, slg and obp so far

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedro who’s batting .089? No… It’s not enough for Stanton, but you can try it…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I meant A Gordon and Romo for Stanton.

        Was trying to also decide between pedro or mous

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Stanton, it’s not close….

  197. letsgobravos says:
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    Crazy eyes Max has it working so far tonight. Just K’d the side in the 3rd. Perfect through 3 with 5ks.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Scherzer with 7 ks through 5. 2 hits, 1BB, 0ER.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @letsgobravos: 10ks and a shutout through 6. Go crazy eyes, go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Golem!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: 12ks through 8, 1ER…tasty! Got the QS now I just need the Tigers could only push across a run for the W…

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @letsgobravos: A dinger from V Mart would have been way too much to ask for. Had Miller, Scherzer and Burnett going tonight. 1 win, 3QS, 26ks, 1.29/.71. I’ll take that.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wow, I would take that too… Very nice…

  198. nightpandas says:
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    15 team league, keep 9

    Would you trade Segura for Machado? I also have Rollins at SS and Middlebrooks at 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  199. nightpandas says:
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    Is Motte worth a DL stash, does he have an impact this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really worth it in most leagues…

  200. SteveNZ says:
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    What The Ev?

    Ever-Cab with a donk off Kershaw…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn you, Quentin!

  201. Jack Napier says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I got Harvey, as you suggested, but missed Frazier. Guy has both him and Headley and I am stuck with Moustakas at 3b. Again. I also have Strasburg… Says he wants Harvey for Frazier or Headley straight up, but I might rather deal Strasburg.

    First off, who would you rather have, Frazier or Headley?
    Second, is Harvey straight up for either of those guys a bad deal for me?

    I know that’s two questions, but I won’t bug ya for a while. Thanks!!

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Jack Napier: DO NOT DEAL STRASBURG for just Frazier. Harvey for Frazier is more concievable.

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @ThE sHiT: conceivable* same shit, fuck it, im drunk :)

        • Jack Napier says:
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          @ThE sHiT: No, man, that was part of an original note I sent to Grey before posting it here. I’d never trade Strasburg for either of those two. I was considering Strasburg for Samardzija and Fraizer/Headley, but probably wouldn’t even do that. Don’t worry.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Jack Napier: You’re on crack if you would trade Strasburg straight up for Frazier…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier… I’d do Harvey…

      • Jack Napier says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! When can we get some more Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Balki from Perfect Strangers tied into your great Razzball writing??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Will do!

  202. nightpandas says:
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    Who is a better stash for this year? (and a potential keeper)

    Arcia
    Hultzen
    B Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  203. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: two start options for next week – which two do you like best?

    Corbin @ sf, vs col
    Quintana vs cle, vs tb
    Tillman vs tor, @ oak
    Aceves vs oak, vs hou

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Aceves

  204. BrewerFan says:
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    @Grey. Thinking of offering Todd Frazier and Matt Harvey for Beltre and Samardzija. Good trade for me? I love Harvey so far, but the combo of Sam&Beltre feels safer then Harvey and Frazier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

  205. Alex says:
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    Okay to trade Ike for Gallardo? have freeman coming off DL soon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  206. letsgobravos says:
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    Massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas. Apparently it took out dozens of homes and leveled an apartment complex. Guy I know who lives near there said they are afraid there are 70+ dead…

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Just showed a video taken from a few hundred yards away at the time of the blast. Looks like a nuke going off, blows the guy down and camera goes flying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, that’s a terrible… Hope your friend is okay…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: He lives in a different town, but said it rocked their house. A nursing home with 133 people was leveled along with 50+ unit apartment building and dozens of homes. Really hope it isn’t the case, but by the looks of the damage there could be a lot of people dead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, man, that’s a shame…

  207. Eddy says:
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    Couple random thoughts.

    I really hope tomorrow’s Cingrani-Fernandez matchup is similar to tonight’s Felix-Scherzer one considering all the shares I have of each rookie.

    In a league I’m facing a guy who had both Burnett and Quintana today. He surpassed me in both ERA and WHIP toward the end of each of their starts. I saw he had Kershaw and I thought to myself “Great, Kershaw vs Padres. Icing on the cake for him.” I’ll be damned.

  208. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, I lead 38-13 on Ks for the week and also have relatively narrow leads on ERA and WHIP. Tied 1-1 on wis and I lead 4-1 on QS. My opp only has 4 more starters this week while I have Neise, Fernandez, Bailey and Peavy. I’m leaning towards sitting Ferndandez since a W isn’t really likely and I’ve got a nice cushion on Ks. Concur? Would you start Neise at Coors? I feel pretty good about Peavy v Minn and Bailey v the MAAArlins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit them both…

  209. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    did I miss anything good tonight in mlb?

  210. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    did I miss anything good tonight in mlb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      F-Her and Scherzer… How was the concert?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: here now. opening act. saw e cab went slam and legs. had aj on bench in one league. self inflicted nut shot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… Sonavabench! Enjoy the show!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: thanks g man.

  211. Darkness says:
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    dang prince has 5 ks tonight, surprising from someone who walks as much as they K

  212. Cheerio says:
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    12 team.

    Drop 1:

    Masterson / Quintana / Billingsley / Hughes

    Thanks.

  213. james says:
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    Would you trade Ryan Howard for Cuddyer?

  214. khoh says:
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    Cingrani and Jordan Zimmerman for Cole Hamels

    What side do you like better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

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