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That sound you hear is my heart going a pitter patter for Brandon Belt.  That sound you might also hear is Bruce Springsteen on my iTunes.  He’s singing the September 11th Telethon version of My City Of Ruins.  It gives me chills eleven years later.  Now to completely sully that beautiful image, I keep hearing, “Now the sweet veils of fantasy… Drift through the evening news…  Young men at my corner…Like scattered leaves… The boarded up closers… I can’t believe one of the injured closers wasn’t Huston Street… The hustlers and base thieves… My pants are down below my knees… Where’s my Belt?  My team’s in ruins!  My team’s in ruins!  Come on rise up!  I need a Belt.  Come on rise up!  I need my Belt!”  At this point, I don’t care if Belt plays every day, he should be owned IN CASE (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) he plays every day.  He’s capable of great things.  Trust me, if you drop, say, Jason Kubel, you won’t regret it, but if you don’t pick up Belt you may.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Alfredo Aceves – How about we get SAGNOF out of the way right off the bat this week?

Joel Peralta – I just hope this doesn’t turn into a closer Frankenstein named Joel P. HowGeeney.

Matt Thornton – Know what Robin Ventura needs?  A good Nolan Ryan noogie.  I hope Matt Thornton walks away with this job, even if I don’t trust him at all, but for now it’s a closer by committee.  I’d grab Thornton, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago, in that order.  Actually, I’d only grab Thornton.  I’m not speculating on four closers on a terrible team, but your straits may be more dire than mine.  Saves for nothing and the chicks for free.

Jim Johnson – As expected, Johnson was named the Orioles closer.  On a related note, my johnson is named, “The closer.”

Brad Lidge – I went over Lidge and HanK-Rod this morning.  It went something like this, “Yadda yadda eeny meeny miney yadda yadda.”  Riveting stuff.  If they gave out Pulitzers for fantasy baseball blogs, I’d be wearing a bunch of those puppies around my neck.  I’d be like the Flavor Flav of blog Pulitzers.

Henry Rodriguez – See 1/8th of an inch above or like 48 inches below to the other post.  Choose your own adventure!

Sean Rodriguez – At shortstop, he could be like Ben Zobrist but as a batting average risk and who doesn’t sound Jewish.  Or Low-BA Nobris.

Rafael Furcal – Looks like your standard Early Bird Special, which is fine for April, but if you show up too late you may have to pay full price for the egg salad sandwich.

Freddy Galvis – Haven’t talked much (if it all) about Galvis.  He’s the Phillie fill-in (kinda stutterer!) for Utley while he recovers from Glass Chipperitis.  Never one to shy away from telling you to pick up a guy about three weeks before everyone else and looking like a complete ass while doing it, I bring you Freddy Galvis.  Last year in Double-A, he had 19 steals in 104 games and 4 more in Triple-A in 33 games.  For a fast guy, he’s pretty egregious at getting on base and might hit under .220, which is, as a bowling alley that doesn’t cater to little people will tell you, no small feat.  If you’re crunched for speed and in a deep league, I’d take a look at him.

Lorenzo Cain – Lo-Cain will get you high without the teeth grinding and you don’t need long fingernails like you’re an old Asian man.

Ryan Sweeney – I baited you this morning to come back to read about Sweeney, and — surprise! — I’m kinda lukewarm on him.  He doesn’t have a ton of power or speed, but he can get you some average over the next month while Crawford is out.  He reminds me of Omar Infante.  Let’s call him, Omar ByMayImmaFinished.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – Just went over him this morning.  Use your scrolly finger.

Juan Nicasio – Ma nish ta nitcher.  That’s, “How is this pitcher different than all other pitchers?” for those that don’t know Hebrew.  Nicasio can give 140 Ks and a three and a half ERA over the course of the season, that’s how.

Tommy Milone – Let’s get down to brass tacks!  Or is it brass tactics?  (And while we’re clarifying shizz, is it Tom or Tommy Milone?  What yo’ momma name you, fool?!  You say Tommy?  I say you full of Milone!)  Never the hoo!  You can’t get WHIP help off waivers and every team needs WHIP help unless you drafted Halladay, but then you need hitting help and that’s a whole nutter can of beans.  Yeah, I’m saying nutter instead of another.  Go with it.

Edinson Volquez – Okay, you can get strikeout help late.  Tis is true.  But you can’t get 200 K strikeout help later.  So there’s a nutter thing.

Chris Johnson – Won the Astros’ starting 3rd base gig.  That’s a lower case yay.  He had a huge spring with 5 homers.  That’s a medium case yay that doesn’t really matter anymore.  In deep leagues, you might catch lightning in a bottle out of the gate.  Plus, if you shout his name while in a urinal, you sound like you have a prostate problem.

Juan Francisco – As adults who are trying to sound like teenagers might say, dawg’s got pop for days.  I’d pick him up for a minute until Daddy Hurt Legs returns.

SELL

Jonathan Broxton – He was just named the Royals closer.  You know what?  That’s hella awesome, and I got a tip from Hella Awesome:  SAGNOF!  A basic tenet of SAGNOF! is that closers come and go and some go quicker than others.  Broxton could be fine, and don’t drop him if you lucked out into grabbing him, but, if you need any other piece, Broxton’s value will never get higher.  As soon as he pitches, his value will probably fall.  Act fast, young, premature balding man!

Michael Pineda – You knew better than Grey.  You said, “Grey’s an effin’ jerk with feathered hair, but a really cool mustache.”  I know, you did.  I don’t hate you for it.  But when you drafted Pineda, you done messed up.  You know that, right?  He’s reporting he can play catch.  That’s great news…That you tell the trade partner in your league why he should trade you something for Pineda, before he’s mysteriously shut down again.

Jason Heyward – I know it’s one game.  But I’m scared, y’all.  I think Fredi Gonzalez hates Heyward about as much as he likes to throw Venters.  And Heyward’s been striking out a lot.  He might need a change of venue.  I actually hope I’m wrong here.  I hope I’m reading too much into one game, but something’s up.  He’s far too talented to be hitting 7th, then if Chipper returns and Prado moves to the outfield and Diaz plays, Heyward could sit vs. lefties.   That’s death for his fantasy and potential trade value.  I wouldn’t trade him for a VHS of Mama’s Family blooper reels, but I would explore options.

From Around The Web

  1. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think that’s the wrong call on Broxton. He’s been really nasty this spring. 97+ on the fastball. Yost has been raving about him all spring. He has the potential to not only give you 40 saves, but he’s also got 100K potential. None of the other speculative plays are going to give you that. Sure he’s far from a lock, but he’s got stuff and track record and a job right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Guess we’ll see…

  2. Amigo Miguel says:
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    In an AL-only league and I need more pitchers. Can only start 3 OF and I have 6, the least of which is the river Thames. Can he be dropped for Milone? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Amigo Miguel, Sure

  3. dsimon says:
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    Hold Scott Baker (no DL slot) or pick up Nicasio? RCL league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dsimon, Go with Nicasio…

    • dsimon says:
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      And by no DL slot I mean that Ryan Howard is entrenched therein.

  4. fitz says:
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    Odd question but is anybody else not seeing Adam Dunn in the stat tracker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fitz, Weird… Maybe Yahoo can’t believe he’s batting third…

    • Kazmere says:
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      @fitz, I see him. And his 0-1 and K.

  5. Hi Grey — A waiver pickup question here. Please rank a couple of options.

    I’ve got an open roster spot and am leaning toward a utility infielder type player (esp. if Desmond goes cold). Or do I need another SP? Or something else? This is a 16-team roto league with a 1250-inning limit.

    The utility types available are Ruben Tejada, Robert Andino, Eduardo Nunez, Daniel Descalso, and, from your buy recommendation above, Galvis.

    Waiver wire pitchers: Josh Collmenter, Tommy Hunter, Dustin Mosely, and Milone, mentioned above.

    Other guys on my watch list: Denard Span, Garrett Jones, Chris Parmelee, and buy recommendation Sweeney.

    Here’s the roster:

    C Ryan Doumit
    1B Miguel Cabrera
    2B Aaron Hill
    1B/2B/OF Howie Kendrick
    3B David Wright
    SS Ian Desmond
    OF Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Peter Bourjos, Colby Rasmus
    UTL Jesus Montero, Mat Gamel
    SP Madison Bumgarner, Gio Gonzales, Anibel Sanchez, Trevor Cahill, Erik Bedard
    RP Carlos Marmol, Frank Francisco, Jim Johnson, Henry Rodriguez
    DL Tim Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Milone, Span, Galvis…

  6. elwood blues says:
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    Eovaldi, T.Wheeler, Harvey or Taylor Green?? NL Only MiL draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Wheeler, Eovaldi, Green…

      • elwood blues says:
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        @Grey, what about J.Baez, or Taveras , are they too far away

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @elwood blues, Yup

          • elwood blues says:
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            @Grey, thanks. I wanted S.Marte or BJackson, they both went RIGHT before my pick.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @elwood blues, That sucks…

  7. Chunk says:
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    You still like Doumit more than Pierzynski?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, I do, especially if he sees time in the OF.

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Looking good so far…

  8. FD says:
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    Streaming a SP on Sunday, Nicasio @ HOU or Harang @ SD?

    ty

    • FD says:
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      @FD, While I’m here, you favor Homer Bailey or Nicasio over the course of the entire season?

      ty again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nicasio for now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicasio

  9. Okie, I had already added Milone last week, now I have Nicasio taking Hudson’s place for the moment (Starting at Houston? yes please.) The way things are going this year I might do OK with this staff in the RCL.

    SP C Lee
    SP S Marcum
    SP J Garcia
    SP J Masterson
    SP T Milone
    SP J Nicasio

    RP J Axford
    RP J Valverde
    RP F Frank
    RP K Jansen
    RP S Romo

    DL T Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Staff doesn’t look bad at all…

      • @Grey,

        Yeah I wasn’t a fan of either Hudson or Masterson but no one else was either and they were still around in r20 and 21. The team has solid hitting and is roaring out of the gate with 3 dingers already.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t three dingers were hit in the majors yet…

          • @Grey, I got em all! One was from last week with Cepedes.

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Grey, Shockingly I actually got 4 HRs in one day yesterday on one of my teams (Bruce, Maybin, Bautista & Arencibia)!! Which would be more than all my other teams combined so far this season…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s pretty impressive…

  10. TheNewGuy says:
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    Grey, Freddy Galvis or the O-Dog for my MI (yes it is a deeeeep league)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Galvis

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    League counts W, L, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, Whip.

    I have Doc (didn’t draft him, acquired him in a deal of Lincecum/Krispie/Walden for Doc/BJ/Balfour), and since we count Ks/9 Volquez is seducing me. With this roster, do you pick up the Volquez and who do you drop, if so:

    SP – Doc
    SP – Lester
    SP – MadBum
    RP – Marmol
    RP – Hanrahan
    P – Marshall
    P – Balfour
    P – Myers
    BN – Luebke
    BN – Scherzer
    BN – Hellickson
    DL – Storen

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Hellickson…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, many thanks, sir! And happy opening day 1C to everyone!!

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wilsonian, I guess it should be 1D.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, thanks!

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Crazy Lou back with the Yankees on the YES Network, well, well, well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet Lou!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Out of interest why is he known as Sweet Lou? He always seems crazy to me! Bear in mind I’m English, in case its something most baseball fans should know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Not sure… Probably meant sarcastically…

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @TheNewGuy, His nickname came back when he was playing. Lou had a sweet swing. He’s always been nuts though.

  13. Adam says:
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    Holy F – Jeff Keppinger is batting clean up for TB. Career OPS less than .725. Madden is crazy…like a fucking fox who is crazy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s madness…

    • Goose says:
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      @Adam,

      He’s career .429 against Sabathia (16 ABs). But yeah, Maddon and his army of evil sabre-rattling genii must’ve been cooking up some crazy-ass metrics in the offseason…

      BTW, these are the 4-9 hitters for TB today:

      Jennings (ok)
      Zobrist (sure)
      Longoria (here’s where it gets good…)
      Keppinger (clean up!)
      Sean-Rod (solid protection for Keppinger)
      Pena (whiff)
      E. Johnson (who?)
      J. Molina (who?)
      M. Joyce (best #9 hitter in the game)

  14. Kazmere says:
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    Sparkakis! Not that I drafted him, but nice to see a pulse.

    • @Kazmere, I have him as my #4 OF in my friends league. Woohoo! And that was a nice leadoff walk by Jennings. I probably have him on more teams than any other player.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Elijah, You know you’re desperate for offense when you’re talking about a leadoff walk ;)

        • @TheNewGuy,

          Eh, looking more at the big picture…its a good sign as a young hitter that he’s showing some plate discipline: getting on base will the key to his success.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • xopchipili says:
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      @Kazmere, now I feel a little better about getting stuck with him for $1 after I nominated him in my auction and nobody bit

  15. Steve says:
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    This is ridiculous. My opponent is now following up Lohse and Masterson with Colby effing Lewis. And Arrieta just got run support. Sheesh.

    Grey – I’m starting to think this Closer + Chacin for Garza trade we’ve been discussing might not be such a good idea. My next best starter is J-Zimm – including him instead of Chacin is giving up too much, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would be too much…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, How about Valverde and Chacin for Latos? Dreaming?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can try it, but probably dreaming… Would’ve had a better shot before yesterday…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Well Big Donkey and chums have got to Colby now..2-2

  16. fitz says:
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    There you go Dunn. Absolute bomb.

  17. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, how would you rank these free agent pitchers in a 5×5 NL only?

    Lucas Harrell, Happ, Weiland, Samardzija, Volstad, Zito, Saunders, Moyer, Delgado, Gee, Detwiler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samard, Volstad…

  18. birrrdy! says:
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    forgot to add in Cashner, D. Hernandez, S. Marshall, K. Wood, Lidge, and H. Rodriguez to the list above… thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lidge, Rodriguez, Samardzija…

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    The Big Donkey is BACK! That was a Dunn blast of old!

    Got him cheap in my OBP league, could be a steal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goddamn, Dunn making Ventura seem sane…

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    Great job Girardi, putting S-Rod on to face Pena…friggin hell…

    For you that didnt see, Pena killed it….grand salami. Geez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bonkers…

  21. Wow great AB by Pena!

  22. royce! says:
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    Dunn seems to be such an easygoing guy, maybe last year he thought he’d make it easier for everyone and just be a two true outcome hitter. I sure hope that he decided this year to bring back the missing outcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only hope he doesn’t so he doesn’t prove me wrong… Really hate being wrong…

  23. Long Bawls says:
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    Dunn: 3 PA, 1BB, 1K, 1HR. 3 outcomes, baby! The Donkey Show’s run has been extended!
    (note: non-Ks may not be available on all dates)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  24. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    WOW, amazing intro paragraph on this post

    Bruce @ MSG tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  25. xopchipili says:
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    Less than an inning into the season, and I’m already ready to be placed on the DL with a vomiting injury

    thanks Girardi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  26. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Espinoza or S-Rod for 2B? S-Rod is eligible at 2B, SS, 3B in Yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

  27. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Through the first inning-and-a-half of a game started by Sabathia and Shields, there’s already more runs scored than in the entire Braves-Mets, Phillies-Pirates, and Nats-Cubs games combined yesterday. This season’s giving me agita already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously…

  28. TheNewGuy says:
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    1 candidate down guys: Reed pitching the 7th for the Sawx.

    Can see them losing this and us not finding out the closer till tommorow (or when they actually win a game).

    Oh a side note though, 97 from Reed…this kid can bring it.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Thornton warming up for the 8th. Seeing as they’re down 3-2, thats a sign he could be the guy right?

      • Charles says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Isn’t this a bad sign? Usually road teams save their closer for the bottom of the 9th.

      • PastaMan says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Thorton in 8th. That is not a good sign for us Thornton owners.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @PastaMan, Hmm true actually…crazy how they are making us play detective over this situation…just tell us and get it over Ventura!

      • Steve says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Well, it wouldn’t be unusual to use your best reliever in that situation to keep the game close. And theoretically it was the last chance to get him in there…

  29. RK says:
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    Wow, Brent Morel is awful…and batting second. Yikes.

  30. mikeZ says:
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    Grey — would you rather have kipnis or Hill for your MI spot? Also, Edwin Jackson or Matusz for last SP spot? No bench so I’d have to start Matusz against the Yankees, etc. …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis, Jackson…

  31. Breambino says:
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    @Grey, would you trade Worley or Cahill + Jansen for Morrow + Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, either…

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    RAUUUUUULLLLL

  33. Wake Up says:
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    You’re on fire today! That is a great version of “My City of Ruins.” (check out EdVed doing that song at the Kennedy Center) The other highlight on that one is “Long Road” with Neil on the organ.

    Heyward’s swing is not back. I might take the tape of Conway trying to make everyone crack a smile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, friend!

  34. Thrilla says:
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    Is there reason to own Addison Reed yet in a 12 team roto, 5×5 league (or do you see him as the ‘imminent closer’ he’s been dubbed?) or do I lose him for T. Milone, I. Nova, H. Bailey?

    Oh. And is adding I. Desmond and losing A. Escobar worth a waiver claim in same league (or Pastornicky is a FA)…?

    Thanks amigo,

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Milone… Hold Alcides for now…

  35. Thrilla says:
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    Crain is available too for that first question too, by the way. Missed him in the post the first time through.

  36. Wake Up says:
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    Longo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Longo!

  37. Wilsonian says:
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    Welcome to the party, Mr. Longoria…

  38. TheNewGuy says:
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    HR Derby at the Trop…Greys boy Longo goes deep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    Dunn is making me think twice about Lind and his wonky back in my UTIL spot. Can someone make the voices in my head stop?

  40. mrobs says:
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    Thornton in the 8th…. hmmmm

    • fitz says:
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      @mrobs, Just waiting for him to give up a bomb.

      • mrobs says:
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        @fitz, perfect inning… (with an error)

        • fitz says:
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          @mrobs, Good!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @mrobs, Might be time to grab *checks Greys earlier post* Crain then guys…

      • mrobs says:
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        @TheNewGuy, This is tricky becuase it’s not actually a save situation.. but i still think it sheds a lot of light on where he is pitching these guys. If crain comes out next inning i’m grabbing him everywhere. (not in the sexual way)

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @mrobs, Good thinking, although it looks doubtful theres gonna be another inning…

          • mrobs says:
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            @TheNewGuy, right… game over. I’m holding off. Thornton could def be the guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friggin A…

      • PastaMan says:
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        @Grey, I’d put my money on Santiago right now, and of course he is taken in ALL my leagues… And guess who owns Thornton in ALL those leagues? This guy.
        On a brighter note, The White Sox may go 0-162 so no need to speculate.

  41. TheNewGuy says:
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    94 on the black, goodnight Irene…looks like our agita will be prolonged to another night…

  42. Eddy says:
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    Looks like Santiago may be the closer.

    Reed pitched seventh inning, Thornton pitched the 8th.

    Combine that with a stellar spring straining from Santiago while Crain battled an oblique injury, and Santiago looks like he could be the closer for now.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, Whoops, saw the previous thread was just about this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or it’s a committee… Hard to say right now…

  43. Long Bawls says:
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    Sparkakis! He’s going sparkakke all over his detractors’ faces!

    Thus begins episode 4172 of False Hopes Theater.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice-akakis!

  44. fitz says:
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    Gallardo not looking too good…

    • @fitz,

      Crapping up my WHIP early in the season seems to be a favorite activity of his.

      • fitz says:
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        @Elijah, God, this is painful to watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh

      • @Grey,
        I blame Grey!

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @Elijah, Yeah, I’m frustrated that Grey ranked Lester below Gallardo right now. I remember looking at those two on with my pick and thinking, “Well Grey has Gallardo ranked higher” >:(

          • @SwaggerJackers,

            Well its just one start. That being said, he’ll probably sit next week, as I said, I remember last year.

          • stumanji says:
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            @SwaggerJackers, DAMN YOU GREY FOR YOUR 100% FREE RANKINGS AND PROJECTIONS *shakes fist at the sky*

          • B.o.B says:
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            @SwaggerJackers, career 1-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 starts now vs. the Cards…it was expected

  45. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey, drop Melancon or Holland for Pestano in a 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey, thanks man, I’ve also got a 16 team league where I have Holland handcuffed to Broxton and I also own Thornton. Should I drop Holland or Thornton for Santiago or hold in that one?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Holland…

  46. Long Bawls says:
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    Hoo boy. Gallardo’s my ace. So far today, to call YoGa an ace is…a bit of a stretch.

    • @Long Bawls,

      Ouch. Im already thinking of benching him next time out, I recall last year all too well. He was terrible for 3-4 weeks.

  47. TheNewGuy says:
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    Cards teeing off on poor Yoga

  48. mc serch says:
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    Egads man! You already getting the heebie jeebies about Heyward (is that pc? How about gypped? Irish flu? Can I say those anymore?). Would you trade him for a Belt/Minor package? How about Heyward/Ubaldo for Morse?
    Thank you kindly my liege.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Either Belt or Morse package sounds good…

  49. jac says:
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    Pretty sure Ventura is starting out with Hector Santiago. He gave him the last chance in spring, and he was closer today (doubt he was saving crain). Dropped Lindstrom for him, but did not drop Thornton, easy decision IMO. Agree?

    • RK says:
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      @jac, How do you know he was the closer today?

      • jac says:
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        @RK, ran out reed in 7th, thornton in 8th when they were down 2-3. he was saving either crain or santiago, and this past week all signs were pointing to Santiago. i expect a very short leach tho, and he will have to earn it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree…

  50. Emporersmonkey says:
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    I hope Gallardo dies in his fucking sleep tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Emporersmonkey, sounds like someone should do some YoGa and find their center…

    • PastaMan says:
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      @Emporersmonkey, Buy low if u don’t own him.

    • At least they pulled Gallardo before he could wreak more havoc.

    • B.o.B says:
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      @Emporersmonkey, if there was a “Like” button here, I’d be all over it on this comment

    • chata says:
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      @Emporersmonkey,

      on opening day ???

  51. Steve says:
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    The Twins really are shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah…

    • chata says:
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      @Steve,

      but , liriano’s going tomorrow .

  52. mrobs says:
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    From the Chicago Tribune: Ventura said…. “I just don’t feel the need to have to announce it,” Ventura repeated. “At some point, it’s not going to be the same guy all the time. And not necessarily you think ahead as a committee of bullpen, but a guy coming in the ninth, it will end up being different at some points of the season.”

    “Depending on how guys do versus certain teams and matchups,” Ventura said. “If we had Mariano Rivera, I’d be able to tell everyone I have a closer.”

    I’m staying away from this closer shituation for now.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-soxs-ventura-hints-of-using-several-closers-20120406,0,5952607.story

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @mrobs, Definition of a shituation…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s a mess…

  53. beardcrabs says:
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    10 team h2h: I’m currently winning W, ERA, and WHIP… I have 9 SP’s going for the rest of the week to his 5, not including the SP’s I’m going to stream if necessary… So the question is, should I sit Wandy vs. COL tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit him…

  54. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey DJ beat the throw!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Well least we get the hit…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yes, he did.

  55. Viagra Falls says:
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    Drop Worley for Colby Lewis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  56. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Hey, remember how you spent a few weeks/months preparing for your draft, deciding who to pick, analyzing players, etc.?

    Now’s the perfect time to discard all that and react to what’s happening on the first day of the season.

    To Do List:

    1) Drop Gallardo immediately. Pick up Colby Lewis.

    2) Pick up Matt Thornton. Drop him. Pick up Holland. Drop him. Pick up Pestano. Wait, he’s gone. Crap.

    3) Make trade offer of Sabathia for Justin Masterson. Throw in Valverde if necessary.

    4) Offer Bret Lawrie for Carlos Pena.

    5) Weep at the horrible ruin that is your fantasy team, completely sunk after just two days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Nice…

    • chata says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins,

      well said , Baron .

  57. TheNewGuy says:
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    Drop Crain and claim Melancon? Still get the feeling Melancon’s gonna be the guy in Boston sooner or later…he is the better pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try it…

    • chata says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      absolutely

  58. Wake Up says:
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    It’s not even like Thornton came in to face lefties. Andrus, Hamilton, Beltre, Young.
    What’s the rule? Bring in your closer at home in a tied game in the ninth and on the road, bring in the closer in the 8th when your down one?
    As a follow up…I have Wilson, drop Romo for Santiago or Crain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago…

    • stumanji says:
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      @Wake Up, I don’t think Ventura is playing by the “rules”

  59. jeffjam says:
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    I think Ventura and Cooper are together in a fantasy league, both in need of saves, and are just trying to outsmart each other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Probably…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, hehe

  60. letsgobravos says:
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    Peralta relieved McGee in the 8th with 2 outs, trailing 6-5. Damn, chasing saves is getting pretty ridiculous with all these fluid shituations.

  61. jeffjam says:
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    Same shit happening in Tampa, Peralta in in the eight, jeez what a clusterfuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ridiculous…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @jeffjam, Looks like Rodney would get it if they came back to take the lead.

  62. letsgobravos says:
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    Perlata walks ARod and then a 10 pitch AB with Tex ends in a walk also…fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

  63. Steve says:
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    White Sox closing situation is obviously a bit – er – fluid, but Thornton still has some value as a Holds guy, right? This relates to my 12-team H2H where we count Holds.

    I probably have enough closers so’s I don’t need to go chasing after Santiago…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, If you don’t need closers, there’s probably better Holds guys than Thornton…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, You’re probably right. Gotta wait for something definitive before dropping him, no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  64. elwood blues says:
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    Here’s your phrase – for ‘senior’ baseball players who get off to a good start in the spring and then fade (Furcal, Soriano) — Early Bird Special.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, That was already added to the glossary…

  65. Garcia managed a solid outing after that bad 1st inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not bad…

  66. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Am I crazy for not freaking out as a Thornton owner? The meat of the Rangers order was up, including super lefty Hamilton.

    I am guessing Ventura realized that his “offense” (13 Ks! 1 BB!) had no chance of winning the game if they didn’t shut down the Rangers in the eighth. Thornton comes in, looks good against some good righties in addition to Hamilton, more confidence in Thornton.

    Or just wishful thinking.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught, In other words, Ventura was more worried about the game not getting completely away than who was going to save a hypothetical lead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught, I think that’s a fair assessment. I’d also say there’s no definite clarity on the situation. Still anyone’s job, probably won’t know for a week or so… Need someone to get a save or three…

  67. So far so good on my ‘all in with Desmond’ strategy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Ian?!

      • @Grey,

        Nonono, I have Jennings on like every team. He looked confident and was getting on base. If he’s getting on base, he should steal 40 bases. If he steals 40 bases, hits 15 hrs, and hits .275, he’ll be a stud. (insert Steve’s emoticon)

  68. Viagra Falls says:
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    Would you play Francoeur or Melky Cabrera tonight? And do you think Kendrys plays tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Viagra Falls, Sorry, bit late to answer, would’ve said Frenchy…

  69. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    WHO IS NEXT UP FOR YANKEES SAVES??? WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE WORLD???

    • @DonSlaughtOnslaught,

      Breathe in, breathe out…

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        Just funny that after all of this speculation on junk closers, the Automatic One drops that turd.

        • Chunk says:
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          @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Owning Jim Johnson has never felt this good.

          • @Chunk,

            heh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Yikes, that’s ugly…

  70. Marty Funkhouser says:
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    @Grey: Was very out of it after getting too much sun doing yard work this morning and grabbed Santiago and Crain, accidentally dropping Thornton in the process. Honestly not even beating myself up over it either. If neither of them gets saves in the next week, I’ll drop them both and wash my hands of the whole shituation. Maybe it’s being a Spurs fan and becoming way too used to Popovich constantly jerking his players and their fantasy owners around, but I quickly get tired of those types of managers/coaches/whatevs when it comes to my fantasy teams. Don’t they know that me getting my imaginary numbers is more important than their teams functioning properly?

  71. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Krispie in the two hole against Lincecum, interesting. Seems to me they buried him against good righties in the past.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Krispie BOMB, I can’t quit that average-killin’ countin’-stat accumulatin’ machine.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Think I own Timmy somewhere that Rudy drafted, nice bomb by Krispie though…

    • Feeding the Abscess

      Feeding the Abscess says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Took Timmy deep. Apparently Timmy’s velocity is down again this year, and he’s shelved his slider. Hope nobody drafted him in the third round this year.

      As an aside, Felix was barely able to scrape 91 in his first start against Oakland. Glad I stayed away, his velocity dropped some last year and the results weren’t pretty.

  72. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team mixed league roto. swap Peacock for Tom “May Day” Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, Yup

  73. letsgobravos says:
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    Krispie Young getting the season started off right….2 run jack of the freak in the bottom of the 1st.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @letsgobravos, and Goldy! Go D-Snakes! I’ve got Kennedy going, looking for my first W…

      Nice AB for Altuve, working a BB from behind in the count… comes around to score. Thanks Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @3FingersBrown, You’re welcome…

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @Grey, His career BB% has been lousy. If he shows that kind of patience, he could do some damage this year.

  74. letsgobravos says:
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    Timmy’s getting pounded. Goldschmitt just murdered one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Wish I had AuSchmidt somewhere…

      • Chunk says:
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        @Grey, Me too. Belt or AuSchmidt??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Chunk, Paul

      • Feeding the Abscess

        Feeding the Abscess says:
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        @Grey, Arizona just needs someone that has Water in their last name, the Goldwater movement could be revived!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Feeding the Abscess, Ha!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, My H2H opponent in one league has him. Put a little damper on Krispie’s 2 run jack. I’m already pissed because the guy must not realize the season started because he isn’t even setting his lineup…but yet he’s still beating me at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @letsgobravos, He already abandoned his team?

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, I doubt he’s abandoned it because its a money league, but he hasn’t changed his lineup yet this week. Left Utley at Util and several guys on the bench who have had games. He probably doesn’t realize the season starts this week or something. I don’t know the guy, but he’s a friend of my buddy who’s the commish.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha

  75. zzzzzz says:
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    Lincecum will be on next week’s Sell list…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz, Nah, Buy if anything…

  76. letsgobravos says:
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    Krispie leading off in the 3rd. Time to get on base and complete the slam and legs.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos, ….or not.

  77. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, 10×10 (adds: Holds, K/9, Inn, BAA, W-L and D+T, Hits, Ks, OPS, SBA) daily roto auction keeper league, active roster 23, 6 bench, 6 DL
    C1 Ramos
    C2 Lucroy
    1B Votto
    2B Kinsler
    3B Sandoval
    SS Hanley
    MI Espinosa
    CI Lawrie
    OF Kemp
    OF JUpton
    OF Stanton
    OF Boesch
    OF Cain
    DH KMorales
    SP Halladay
    SP Greinke
    SP McCarthy
    SP Liriano
    SP Minor
    SP JSanchez
    RP Motte
    RP Guerra
    RP Peralta
    Bench
    RP Thornton
    RP Chapman
    RP Venters
    RP Jansen
    2B KJohnson
    C Mesoraco
    DL
    SP Carpenter
    SP THudson
    RP Farnsworth

    Would you do this trade:
    I give: Stanton, Chapman, McCarthy, Mesoraco
    I get: Bruce, Strasburg, Morse (and can pick up Nicasio, or Pestano as a FA).
    What do you think of my team?
    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat666, I’d do that trade, but your pitching looks ridiculous… Like too good ridiculous…

      • doghat666 says:
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        @Grey, we just changed our scoring to add Holds this year and its seems like none of the other owners get it. They grabbed all the good closers, but are ignoring the setup guys even though now holds have the same values as saves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Better for you…

  78. Chunk says:
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    Carlos goin deep! Another EBS perhaps….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Nice…

  79. letsgobravos says:
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    Melk-man picking up where he left off last year. 2b and a 2 run jack already through 3ABs. Where in the hell was this shit when he was sucking so bad 2 years ago for the braves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that’s a bit surprising…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, It will be interesting to see if he can carry last year over into this one…

  80. Steve says:
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    Fuck you Melky. That bastard is the bane of my fantasy baseball existence.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha!

  81. letsgobravos says:
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    Jesus…timmy just completely lost a ball hit back to the mound and then somehow finds it and makes a crazy back handed throw in time to get Krispie out at first…fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… I missed it…

  82. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    In a 9 team 5×5, drop Heyward for Freese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey, How about a trade of my Heyward for his Boesch? In a LA/CF/RF league, I like Boesch’s LF/RF flexibility, so there’s also that.

  83. B.o.B says:
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    Who you like between Pestano and Santiago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  84. letsgobravos says:
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    Tatman just ripped a 2 run double on timmy. freak is really getting kicked around today. 5 ER in 5 1/3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

  85. TheNewGuy says:
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    Freaks knocked out in the 5th…3-2 changeups? Who is this guy?

    Not the fearless flamethrowing righty I remember, glad I stayed away from him this year. Crazy how much his velocities dropped already, he’s still young…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, it’s still early in the year…

    • chata says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      maybe he just has one of those streaks going .
      like getting high every opening day since he was 13 years old .

  86. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, question: I have 5 RPs (aceves, thornton, peralta, myers, francisco) I don’t currently have a catcher. Would you drop thornton or peralta at this point in favor or Ianetta (that’s who you suggested I pick up the other day) or would you suggest I remain without a catcher for a few days and wait to see how the Rays/chiSox closer shituations shake out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, I don’t think you need 5 RPs, sounds like your league is shallow, I’d lose Thornton…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, I agree I don’t need 5, but I’d like to have 4 who have jobs. League really isn’t shallow, its a 12 teamer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then hold a few days… Season’s still very young…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, Ok, thanks man. I drafted Madson and Farnsy in this league as my top two closers so its been a scramble to try and gather guys off the wire the last few days.

  87. Wilsonian says:
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    16 team H2Her. Thornton, Marmol, Jim Johnson, and Holland are my RPs. Do I lose Holland for Santiago in a Ks and Ks/9 league? I’d like to make sure I have the closer shituation somewhat covered, but I still think Holland ends up the closer in KC.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, Nevermind…burned a bench bat for him.

  88. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : I think Pablo is this years Butler as those 2 could win a wet t-shirt contest. All that weight lost last year for Pablo found its way back into his sweater kittens….dude looks fat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, He’s plus-sized.

  89. JeffFromTallahassee says:
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    Drop Alvarez and/ or Worley for Nicasio or Milone. I really like all 4 pitchers. If it makes a difference, K/BB is a 6th category.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @JeffFromTallahassee, I have Alvarez and Nicasio in one league, Milone in another. I’d drop Worley for Nicasio.

      Not sure if Grey would agree but I’d go Nicasio, Alvarez, Milone, Worley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeffFromTallahassee, Nicasio, Milone…

  90. letsgobravos says:
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    Alright Pujols, time to feast on some mediocre pitching…

  91. Howard says:
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    @Grey Would you trade Heyward for Belt? or is that too much to give up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Yeah…

  92. nightpandas says:
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    Like either of these?

    Give Jim Johnson and Boneface and get Alex Gordon

    Give Jim Johnson and get Jesus Montero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Either are fine… Depends on need…

  93. letsgobravos says:
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    Shittttttttttttt…all the anticipation of Pujols first AB and he lines into a DP.

  94. royce! says:
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    Luebke seems to be getting really unlucky tonight…I’d trade for him, if I didn’t already own him everywhere. In the immortal words of Steve, “[emoticon].”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Ha! Where is Steve?!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Dunno…Melky’s good day might have sent him off the deep end. Come back, Steve! It’s too deep over there!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Do you think it’s just Steve or maybe Kiwis have something against men named Melky?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, @royce!, I’m here boys. Been run off my feet cursing my H2H opponent’s good fortune.

            Melky’s a prick. Ethier too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why does Melky hates you?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Excessive mocking? But who isn’t guilty of that?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe… Not I!

  95. royce! says:
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    And in the immortal words of Cathy, “Ack!!!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Did you just quote Cathy?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Just wanted to make my fundamental influences known: Steve and Cathy. I’m full of emoticons and acks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Or emoticocks. Well, that sounded better in my head.

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Yeah, it did. Although I could imagine a line of expressive “adult” toys…kinda like madballs? Freaky fun for everyone!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, all with smiley faces on the important parts…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Oh, and also Ackley is one of the few batters I’m enjoying owning right now. Him and yo-anus.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, I fell with Longo today.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Grey, Love, dude. You fell in love. Too much Manschiweticz tonight.

            • royce! says:
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              @Grey, Ugh, happy Passover! Is there no way to have a Seder and avoid that terrible drink? Am I supposed to be learning about suffering by literally suffering???

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It was hideous… No good comes from terrible brisket and geftile fish…

  96. royce! says:
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    Damn! Another donk for Yoenis!

    [this could be a lot funnier if his name wasn’t pronounced Yenn-niss. Adrubal would have just faded away…]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, I’m starting to love Yenn-niss.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, I’ve got a feeling he’s going to be all or nothing. It’s either 475 foot bombs, or Ks where he does one of those twister looking things that cartoons do when they strike out and get stuck in the dirt. I’m pretty sure no one swings as hard as he does. That being said, I kinda have a man-crush.

  97. Oxford Comma says:
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    Grey, you’re the only one I’d ask:

    I have Youk, Panda, and Hanley. I play Panda at first, Youk at third, and Hanley at short. So 3 potential 3rd basemen, no strong 1st basemen, and weak OF:

    1 panda
    2 Kinsler
    3 Youk
    SS Hanley
    OF Braun, Chris Young, Melky

    I’ve been offered Pence for Panda. Would you make this trade? OPS instead of avg.

    • Oxford Comma says:
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      @Oxford Comma, Grrr, also have for 1B: Ike Davis and Lind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oxford Comma, I’d take Pence…

  98. Oxford Comma says:
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    Oops, forgot to add that Cain and Belt are FAs. Drop Montero or Lind for one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oxford Comma, Hold for now…

  99. Long Bawls says:
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    Wow. Crow putting away Angels like they’re pieces of dead squirrel on the highway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Long Bawls, HA! Wow, I might have to steal that…

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey, Nice!

  100. Cepedes!!!

    • @Elijah, +s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Another?

  101. B.o.B says:
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    Jansen worth holding onto right now in a 10 team league? Already have Putz, Marmol, and picked up Aceves. Drop him for Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go ahead…

  102. Black Beard says:
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    Wow, Billz mowed down the Padres tonight. Anyone catch the game? Did he look as good as the stat line suggests?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Black Beard, Didnt see the game, but had thought of him as a bounceback candidate during the offseason but got kinda put off by few ‘experts’ being high on a bounceback, so never ended up drafting him…really hoping this doesnt continue.

    • strugz says:
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      @Black Beard, Billz looked better than his line. Got the ball up to 94mph and curve had bite. None of that Gavin Floyd loopy shit. No hard hit balls until the 9th inning when he was gassed and sweating like the pig that he is. I’d pick him up wherever not owned.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @strugz, I concur. Watched much of the game. He looked great except for the one ball he left up in the zone to Maybin in the 9th. If he was available, that start would make me jump on the bandwagon just to see if he can maintain it.

  103. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, Gaby Sanchez or Eric Thames?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, Gaby

  104. chata says:
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    a fluid shituation = runs , runs , runs .

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @chata, ewww heh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha!

  105. kg says:
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    AL-only 10 teams h2h, A.Escobar,Pennington or S-Rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kg, Alcides

  106. TheNewGuy says:
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    MadBum over Cain for the Gigantes no2 starter today?

    Not that I mind as I own both in leagues, seems a bit disrespectful to McCain though.

    • Al Swedgin says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yeah, I’m sure Cain feels real disrespected by the team. I guess he’ll have to go and spend some of that $120+ Million to cheer himself up.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Al Swedgin, ok true but you know what I mean, strange decision not to start him today.

        • Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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          @TheNewGuy, well, as chata points out below, it’s just a matter of wanting to mix in a lefty in between the right-handers. Cain isn’t getting dissed.

    • chata says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      r – l – r

  107. Steve says:
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    H2H, I’m toast as far as wins and (more than likely) Ks are concerned. Ratios are close though. Probably have to bench The Peav in Texas, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I am…

  108. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : 10 team 5×5 OBP/QS

    Thinking about bundling two offensive players for a strong pitcher.

    Would you trade Espinosa(24th round keeper)/Youk(15th round keeper) for someone like Kennedy or Bumgarner? Don’t have anything offer yet just trying to mock up something.

    Reason why I’m trying to unload those guys is that I have Wright/Bautista at 3rd and Kendrick for 2nd so they are just rotting on my bench. Plus I have a bad feeling about Youk this year and having any value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I’d offer it, doubt it happens.

  109. Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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    Belt @ D.Hudson, Duda v Jurrjens, or Encarnacion @ Ubaldo?

    • Grey

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

  110. @Grey: Whats the story with Roy Oswalt, should I drop him? Is he really still planning on comming back in June?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicago Mike, I wouldn’t hold him…

  111. Boomer19 says:
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    @ Grey, @ everyone,
    Thinking about running Milone out there next week for two starts (mendoza@kc) and (noesi@seattle). Is he worth the risk over either masterson (against humber), Zimmerman (against arroyo) or scherzer (facing floyd)? Maybe I am overthinking this but I do like his matchups.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Boomer19, If you are saying that Scherzer is facing Gavin Floyd of the White Sox then you have to start him. They made Colby Lewis look Jake Peavy in his prime today.

      • Boomer19 says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught,
        True. I usually find myself chasing wins and K’s while holding my breath hoping not to get whammied. One of my many vices.

  112. Boomer19 says:
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    oops…14 team standard 5×5 roto (above)

  113. Blue says:
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    Best chance to get the most saves this season: K. Wood, A. Reed or J.P. Howell? (or none of the above)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Wood

  114. BucLover says:
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    One of my three teams is a Yahoo Roto 12-team. I have Votto, Adrian Beltre, McCutchen, Adam Jones, Werth, Rios and Cozart as a few of my hitters. After yesterday, I’m 5 of 44, no dingers, 2 runs, 1 rbi. If this were a one week season, I think I’d seriously consider picking up Mc Louth and Barajas to beef up my lineup. Here’s my entire line-up, Grey. Would you mind giving me a grade and letting me know my biggest weakness. I like my team and think I can win the whole thing as I get my share of timely pickups. Thanks much!
    Yahoo standard 20 dollar pro/roto 12 team:
    C Soto
    1B Votto
    2B Kendrick
    3B Beltre
    SS Andrus
    OF McCutchen
    OF Ad Jones
    OF Werth
    UT Rios
    UT Cozart

    BN Espinosa
    BN Rasmus

    SP MadBum
    SP Lester
    P Latos
    P J Zimmerman
    P Scherzer
    P Capuano
    RP Marmol
    RP S Marshall

    BN Jim Johnson
    BN Henry Rodriguez
    DL Lily
    DL Farnsworth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BucLover, It’s a few games… The team looks fine…

  115. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Think there’s any chance Craig gets playing time at 2B for the Cards? He’d be a useful MI for me in a deeper league if he gets eligibility, but he’s not there yet in CBS. Seems like Descalso and Greene haven’t done much to seize the job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, He’ll get playing time, won’t be a regular there though…

  116. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    I’ve got Belt, Cain and Pena as the last 3 hitters on my team. I also have Morse on the DL. Assuming I have to drop one of those hitters when Morse is back who would it be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheBravesWearPrado, Cain… Depends on needs…

  117. chata says:
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    though i don’t own either one ,
    am keeping a “close eye” on the gio vs garza match-up .

    especially the gio part .
    i want to see how he gets along with the NL umps .

    • chata says:
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      @chata,

      well , on a day when the wind was blowing straight in at wrigley ,
      gio fails to get out of the 4th against the weak hitting cubbies .
      he did strike out 6 , and only walked 3 , however , while giving up
      7 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 and 2/3 innings .
      could have been worse , i guess .

      • RichC says:
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        @chata, Kerwin Danley behind the plate, and he was not giving the low strike to either Gio or Garza. Pitch trax showed multiple low pitches inside the strike zone called balls. I guess Dantley was too damn fat to bend over and give an accurate strike zone.

  118. Matt says:
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    My question is, I’m in a 10 team league, with all of the regular positions and 2 Utility spots. Brandon Belt is available. Who if anyone do I drop to pick him up. And if you say Morneau (which I assume you will), then let me know if he is the only one or if there is another. Thanks.

    Miguel Montero
    (Ari – C)

    Prince Fielder
    (Det – 1B)

    Brandon Phillips
    (Cin – 2B)

    David Wright
    (NYM – 3B)

    Elvis Andrus
    (Tex – SS)

    Nelson Cruz
    (Tex – OF)

    Michael Bourn
    (Atl – OF)

    Howie Kendrick
    (LAA – 1B,2B,OF)

    Paul Goldschmidt
    (Ari – 1B)

    Erick Aybar
    (LAA – SS)

    Justin Morneau
    (Min – 1B)

    Jemile Weeks
    (Oak – 2B)

    Drew Stubbs
    (Cin – OF)

    Ryan Howard
    (Phi – 1B)DL

    C.J. Wilson
    (LAA – SP)

    Brandon Beachy
    (Atl – SP)

    Huston Street
    (SD – RP)

    Sean Marshall
    (Cin – RP)

    Javy Guerra
    (LAD – RP)

    Daniel Hudson
    (Ari – SP)

    Joel Peralta
    (TB – RP)

    Max Scherzer
    (Det – SP)

    James Shields
    (TB – SP)

    Tommy Hanson
    (Atl – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming you have no hitters on the bench, Morneau…

  119. Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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    yo grey, when are you gonna embrace your ridiculous popularity and start opening new comment containment posts over the weekends? I hate that I have to scroll down through 400 comments to get to where I last was. (So I’m lazy, so what?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honestly, never considered it… Are you saying like a post just for weekend comments?

      • Omar Comin', Yo! says:
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        @Grey, yeah, basically. The comments are often amusing to read, and since you are so good about responding to everyone, I know people check in often just to hear your advice, so you could do what some other blogs do and oen new posts with little to no content just for the sake of housing new comments.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s a good idea, will talk to Rudy about it…

          • Schlitzy says:
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            @Grey, That is a great idea. I read all the posts to get little nuggets of fantasy baseball knowledge from the fantastic razzball community.

  120. letsgobravos says:
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    Gio is pitching like shit today. 7 hits, 3 walks, 4ER through 3 2/3. Already at 72 pitches so he may not make it 5 innings. On the bright side, facing so many batters has helped with ks (6).

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos, …and he gets pulled after 3 2/3. Only threw 74 pitches…really hope he was just off today and there’s not an injury involved.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hasn’t looked good…

  121. rob says:
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    10 TM h2h weekly set league where I really need pitching plus low whip. Picked up milone now deciding between Worley, Dempster, or Belt who I don’t have room to start but I could stash…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Worley or Milone…

      • rob says:
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        @Grey, I worded poorly. Have Milone, and I also have one extra roster spot. Deciding between worley dempster or belt

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Belt…

  122. fitz says:
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    Werth looks like the worst player in baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe…

  123. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Just had the Santos situation on opening day cleared up. The reason Santos wasn’t brought in to start the 9th is Perez ran on to the mound from the dugout, not hearing he was being lifted. Apparently, a new rule says if the pitcher crosses the foul line, he must face a hitter.

    And, now Santos blows the save today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  124. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    It looks like Aaron Hill thinks it’s still ’09. Off of a bum, indeed. Man, “opening” weekend has been screwy. Thank goodness for a stocked beer fridge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It has been a screwy weekend…

  125. Steve says:
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    You have to get the damn pitcher out, you idiot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who stayed in too long?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey, I assume Bum giving up a hit to Hudson. He’s having a rough one today.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Big Magoo, Yeah, he and Marmol really hooking up my ERA and Whip today. Guh…

  126. nick m. says:
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    H2H points: please pick two for season – Delmon Young, Morneau, K. Morales, Duda, Carlos Pena

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young, Duda…

  127. Wilsonian says:
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    Anybody on the east coast getting the Detroit game? What does Mr. Fister look like? Is he dealing or getting lucky? I’m getting the STL/MIL game here. Stupid FOX…

    • Eddy says:
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      @Wilsonian, He got injured and left. Didn’t catch the game though.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Eddy, damn. That sucks. Just saw he was up 2-0 with a couple of Ks.

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Wilsonian, He looked sharp, then grabbed his side after a pitch in the dirt. It looks like it might be one of those mysterious oblique injuries…

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @Big Magoo, I was really hoping it was just his blister acting up. I had those oblique injuries.

  128. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    What happened to Fister? I heard he grabbed his side and got taken out of the game.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob, see above comment – looked good early, but grabbed his side and was pulled. Looked more precautionary than anything, but who knows…

  129. Eddy says:
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    Grey, I think the Fister blurb wrote itself what with his injury being to a finger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Had one blurb recently about Fister and his finger…

  130. #1contenda says:
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    grey man

    pick up a. hill???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  131. Steve says:
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    So I guess that pitchers duel between Hudson and Bum that I so desperately needed isn’t going to eventuate.

  132. the grate one says:
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    hey grey,
    can you please rank a. hill, melancon, gamel, arrieta, henderson alvarez

    no particular need…just in terns of who youd want on your team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the grate one, Hill, Gamel…

  133. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Game 2 this season and Bourjos is already being sociopathed for an early bird special? Freaking ridiculous

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Jeez…

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey, If this starts to develop into a platoon position and cutting his games back, is he even worth holding on to as I’d like to grab a SP off waivers if so?

  134. elwood blues says:
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    So Wood is terrible, Marmol worse.
    I wonder if Dolis ends up being the closer in Chicago?
    Do they move Shark back to the pen? (Too bad they traded Marshall instead of Marmol last year. I’m okay with trading away Cashner for Rizzo)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Or they give it more than two games…

  135. elwood blues says:
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    So here’s my team.

    C-Soto
    C-Hanigan
    1B- Goldschmidt
    2b-Ellis
    SS-Desmond
    3B- Headley
    CR-LaRoche
    MI-Al. Gonzalez
    UT- Schierholtz
    OF-Werth
    OF-Fowler
    OF-Alonso
    Of-DeJesus
    OF-Heisey
    SP- Gio Gonzalez, Latos, A.Sanchez, Chacin, Leake, Niese
    RP-Cashner, Brothers, Storen (one of my keepers at $10)

    I would have liked a 2nd closer- but Papelbon went for $42, Street $32, H.Bell $35, Marmol $22, even Frank Frank $18..(got outbid on H-Rod so went with Brothers-hoping he’ll close in COL later)
    I wish I had a better OF, too.. counting on a better year from Werth.
    But I picked up my top 3 pitchers at good prices.

    It’s an NL Only 4×4 keeper league.
    Strengths? Weaknesses?
    Which hitting and pitching categories do you see problems?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, No idea how many teams…

      • Elwood blues says:
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        @Grey, 12

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, I think the pitching looks solid, obviously you didn’t have a great start to the season, but the hitting average and steals look like they could be issues…

  136. ruah says:
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    Who do you like more for tomorrow start?

    Worley vs Pit, Hammel vs Min, Harang vs SD or Nicasio vs Hou?

    • Brian says:
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      @ruah, From a Pirates season ticket holder, take Worley vs. Pit. Amazing that this team even scored 2 runs tonight.

  137. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Pick one please:
    Minor @ NYM
    Niese v ATL
    Nicasio @ HOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tHe sHiT, Minor

  138. letsgobravos says:
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    Peralta comes with 2 inherited base runners in the 9th and gives up a 3 run jack. Not a great sign. Freaking rays pen better not blow Price’s W for me.

  139. letsgobravos says:
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    FYI, MLB.tv just said Fister to the DL…

  140. letsgobravos says:
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    Thornton pitched well in the 8th and is in line for the W after the ChiSox took the lead in the top of the 9th. Interested to see who comes out for the save.

  141. Terrence Mann says:
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    Cozart needs a nickname.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, !!!

  142. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey’s baby Zach Cozart is making him look pretty smart so far. 2-4 with a 2b thursday and 3-4 today with a dinger, 2rs and an RBI

  143. letsgobravos says:
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    Santiago with the save for the ChiSox. Really wish they could have a lead beyond the 7th inning to see if Thornton is really the 8th inning guy or if they just trust him to hold the lead in a tough spot.

  144. Eddy says:
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    Knew Santiago was the guy!

    White Sox beat writer, “When Santiago talked about finding his entrance music on Thursday, I should have realized.”

    Santiago was even tipping us off!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Eddy, Not sure if we can say he’s def the guy or not yet. He may be the closer, but I think we need to see them in a game where it isn’t tied in the 8th inning before its a done deal.

  145. letsgobravos says:
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    Human cespedes with another jack. Wish I had picked him up on one of my teams now.

    • Eddy says:
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      @letsgobravos, Ditto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wish I had him one every team, but we do have them on a bunch…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        they should move him to left
        and put crips back in center .

        cust kayin’

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @letsgobravos, Wish I had drafted him on one of mine, got put off by the ballpark and lineup…could be a steal.

  146. Long Bawls says:
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    Man, Passover is killing me. What’s the point of celebrating freedom from oppression if you have to do it with family and away from baseball?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up the wine, put down the wine…Pick up the wine, put down the wine… Pick up the wine, put down the wine…

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey, Do unto the wine as you do unto Jason Kubel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Long Bawls, HA!

  147. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    ParkFactors.com says that Oakland Coliseum “is an extreme pitcher’s park.” So I guess an “extreme pitcher” like Dan Cortese, former host of MTV Sports, would have fared better than F-Her. “Should’ve skydived into the ball park, pussy!”

    It would be great if we found a way to work Dan Cortese into at least one Razzball post per week this season. Cust kayin’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will do my best!

  148. chata says:
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    guerra doesn’t seem to be in any rush to relinquish the closer’s role .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, he doesn’t…

  149. royce! says:
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    The Padres are 0-3, and basically lost the game because they got too excited when one of them actually got a hit, in my h2h I’m losing to my friend’s girlfriend’s team (“The Pickles”), and 9 of my RCL starters are batting .000.

    Despite all this, I can’t tell you how happy I am that baseball has started. I’m thinking there’s some Stockholm/battered wife syndrome thing going on here, but I’m just gonna roll with it for now. That’s the proper way of dealing with punches.

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!, Sorry, just read that and realized it came off as sexist…didn’t mean any disrespect to women, but I know that her involvement was based on rounding us up from an odd number and she is otherwise not engaged in the game.

  150. JashFath says:
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    Cozart or Raburn?

    • tHe sHiT says:
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      @JashFath, Cozart.

  151. TheNewGuy says:
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    Liriano’s living up to his tier already…drop him for this Tommy Milone kid? Deep 16 teamer H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yup

  152. TheNewGuy says:
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    What a screwy start to the season, down in the basement in my money roto and H2H leagues. At least im killing my RCL league so far…yabuddy

  153. anarchy burger says:
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    hey guys- i need to pick up a reliever and i’m wondering if h santiago or j peralta or f rodney would be the guy to pick up. i have farnsworth so i’d like to get a guy from tb but santiago looks like the guy in chicago. looking over my roster i have 2 guys to drop ( peacock and g beckham) what 2 relievers would you grab???

    • royce! says:
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      @anarchy burger, Santiago and Rodney

  154. TheNewGuy says:
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    Rodney the guy for saves in Tampa then till Farnsworth back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Nope

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, According to ESPNs fantasys site he is, that shizz then? Peralta still the man you reckon?

  155. paulzone says:
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    he’s having a great spring! maybe he is back to ace form! great value where he is being drafted! blah, blah, blah.

    Liriano = Poop

    (Of course, he will throw a one-hitter next time out while he is on your bench.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, Ha!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @paulzone, Totally…guy should’ve been DTM (dead to me) a year ago but for some reason I keep going back.

  156. Joel says:
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    grey: if you were me, in a 6×6 h2h league, would u trade Bautista and bourjos to get Panda and Jennings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, Nope

  157. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Wind to right at 18 MPH at Wrigley today.
    Out at Cincy at 20.
    Out at MIL at 18.
    Out at Det at 21.

    Hitters get even today?

    • Simply Fred

      Simply Fred says:
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      @Simply Fred, I streamed Laroche. 4 for 5 with a dinger yesterday vs. Cubs. Faces righty Samardzija today…old hopeful fred. :-)

      • Simply Fred

        Simply Fred says:
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        @Simply Fred, Dirks another option with wind out at DET and facing a righty.

        • Simply Fred

          Simply Fred says:
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          @Simply Fred, Ludwick in the lineup today. wind out at cincy. 2 HR/.375 avg vs. Zambrano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred, re: LaRoche — Love that!

  158. B.o.B says:
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    Harrison vs. ChW or Nicasio @ Hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Nicasio

  159. Wilsonian says:
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    Cozart or Tulo? I mean seriously…Tulo has only two hits this season. Ha!

  160. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 2 of these 3 for next week. 12 team mixed roto. A Jones, Cespeses and Cozart?

    Dayeinu.

  161. TheNewGuy says:
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    Dang Minor the next razzball favourite to start slowly, 4ER now…oh well still early folks, and at least got us some K’s.

    Would’ve been nice to see him mow down the shizzy Mets though.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Scherzer looked INCREDIBLE today. Don’t forget about him…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Wilsonian, Oh right nice, haven’t seen that game.

        Just checked Minor’s splits from last year, 3.10ERA at home, 5.14 on the road. Pretty significant…might be worth just a home play for now?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @TheNewGuy, I didn’t see it. But I noticed his 23 ERA for the day. Luckily Worley and Hellickson are keeping my ratios somewhat respectable for the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah…

  162. Mrobs says:
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    so at this point… who is the safer drop Pestano or Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrobs, Holland…

      • Mrobs says:
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        @Grey, thanks… agreed. I already made that move before the reply!

  163. Letsgobravos says:
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    Just realized my opponent in one of my leagues has no chance to meet the minimum innings pitched this week. The guy apparently forgot the season started this week bc he hasn’t set his lineups yet and left 2 pitchers on his bench for starts. I was going to be pissed if he lucked into beating me or I only narrowly won (currently up 7-5). I should win 10 or 11-3 now with all the pitching cats. Guess I’ll chalk this up as a stroke of good fortune and run with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as you win…

  164. chata says:
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    padres are wearing their camo fatigue shirts today .

    does anyone find it ironic that a team named the padres are
    the most visible/vocal supporters of military involvement/aggression ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Never thought of it…

    • Letsgobravos says:
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      @chata, Eh, I think the padres have made a smart business decision by trying to get the military folks out to their games. There are tens of thousands of military personal based within an hour of San Diego. Also, supporting the troops isn’t really the same as being in favor of military agression, IMO.

      • chata says:
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        @Letsgobravos,

        for the 8th largest city in the u.s. , their attendance is pretty poor .
        always surprised when they’re referred to as a small market team .

  165. Mrobs says:
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    also, was offered Belt for my Fister (already on DL) … take it??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it…

    • Mrobs says:
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      @Mrobs, oh here is my team:
      Batters:
      A.j pierzynski
      Votto
      Cuddyer
      Sandoval
      Rollins
      McCutchen
      Pence
      Gardner
      Ortiz
      Jesus Montero
      Vernon Wells

      SPs:
      Haren
      Gio
      Beachy
      Fister
      McCarthy
      Kuroda
      Jhoulys

      RPs:
      Myers
      Marmol
      Marshall
      Hrod
      Rodney
      Pestano

  166. Letsgobravos says:
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    Hell boy with 8 scoreless against the yanks. Wonder if he’ll luck his way into another solid year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bad first week of starting for me…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Letsgobravos, I accidentally ended up with him and tossed him out there today. Luckily. I hope he does well this season, since it seems like everyone doesn’t expect him to. I’m still not sure why everyone is against him. Yeah, his numbers last year were highly due to luck. But it’s not like he came out of nowhere. He was a top rated prospect two years ago. And he does play for a solid team.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Wilsonian, Thing about Hell boy is you can’t fail to be impressed when watching him, yet his stats never show that. The guy induces a ton of weak contact as his pitches move all over the place = good pitcher. Not a great fantasy pitcher though due to the lack of K’s but doesn’t mean you can’t be successful, I think he’ll have a decent year.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @TheNewGuy, That’s a very good analysis. I’ll take a decent ERA and Whip with some wins from him. He’s got a solid defense behind him, too. That’s been my thing with him, I never got why people LOVED him coming up when he was a top prospect, but the he has a solid year and no one likes him.

  167. anarchy burger says:
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    i have to make my acquire by 6:00 eastern time. joel peralta or rodney????? i don’t know what to do ughhhh

    • chata says:
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      @anarchy burger,

      not rodney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodney…

      • sal says:
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        @Grey, @all: Santiago or Broxton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Broxton

  168. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: how would you rank these closers?

    -Fernando Rodney
    -Joel Peralta
    -Frank Francisco
    -Alfredo Aceves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frank, Rodney, Peralta…

  169. Mrobs says:
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    Aceves just blew another save… all the commentators can talk about is how the sox need Bard in the pen to close out games. Hope Bobby V will realize sooner vs. later.

  170. Steve says:
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    Rodney gets a one-out save for the second day running? F*** that.

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, F*** yeah!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, F**king hell..

  171. Letsgobravos says:
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    Aceves looks like he’s a disaster. Is there a good grab at this point, grey? Melancon has sucked also so I doubt they turn to him.

    • Mrobs says:
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      Melancon is pitching right now. in a save-like situation (two run lead in the bottom of 12th). I think if he looks good here, he could get the next look at a save.

      • anarchy burger says:
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        @Mrobs, bahahaha

        • Mrobs says:
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          @anarchy burger, hahaha well forget that

      • Letsgobravos says:
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        @Mrobs, Ha, so I guess melancon eliminated himself also. Next?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Mrobs, Theyve gotta go to Bard now surely and give him the job. Gonna see if he’s available in my leagues.

  172. anarchy burger says:
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    i live in boston. can’t wait to read the papers and listen to sports talk tommorow. hilarious

      • anarchy burger says:
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        @chata, they have some guy that calls in and does the best robert kraft impersonation. i’ll be driving by myself laughing hoping nobody drives up next to me and thinks i’m nuts.

  173. chata says:
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    moustakas …. ticker tease

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @chata, Puh-leeze… how about Prince Fielder? 13 runs and he didn’t drive in any of them. He’s done being a vegetarian, but apparently rib-eyes still weren’t on the menu today.

  174. Awesomus Maximus

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    When I took Melancon, Thornton, and Peralta, I didn’t think the only save I’d have at this point would be a blown one. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, I don’t know which is higher… their ERA or my blood pressure.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, At least you don’t have Aceves too man, I had both tonight in some leagues…trust me we’re all suffering on here…what a mess the Red Sox shituation is.

      Really wanna cut all those guys already.

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @TheNewGuy, I cut Melancon after tonight… Thornton as well. Replaced them with Rodney (to go with Peralta) and Henry Rodriguez (to go with Lidge, whom I also have). Four RP from two teams and still no guarantee that they’ll get a save opp. should it come up. Ridiculous…

        “Bottom of the 9th” and “Closer Look” should be interesting reads this season!

  175. Boomer19 says:
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    Who do you like going forward between Scherzer and ubaldo? Thanks

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      Talk about a razztastic start to the season for my fantasy staff. Minor x2, Liri, Mad-Bum, Gio, Ricky-Ro, Luebke, and Cain ALL cained…and my ERA is 8.8 and WHIP 1.8 compared to my H2H opponents 3.1 and 1.2. Brutal…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, was an ugly weekend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  176. Joel says:
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    Grey: we’re in the first year of an h2h 6×6 keeper. Brett lawrie is a one year keeper. I’ve been offered him and wainright or hellickson for bautista, who’s not a keeper. what do you think? lawrie for 2 years, or Jose for one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey, one follow up: would u do it for lawrie and matt Moore, who’s also a keeper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Joel, No

  177. Fletch says:
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    Drop Storen for Santiago?

    Cozart or Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope… Cozart…

  178. Eddy says:
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    Damn it, Grey, so much action over the weekend. I need your player round up already to figure out what to do with my teams!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Hehe

  179. paulzone says:
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    drop balfour for santiago?

    drop aybar for cozart, furcal or aviles?

    i surprised you answered cozart above…so wanted to check with the other available SS in my league. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, No… Cozart…

  180. Wilsonian says:
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    I’ve got Marmol, Johnson, Thornton, Santiago, Holland for 4 spots. Would like to pick up Milone or Lynn to bolster the rotation. Who you picking up and who you dropping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Milone for Holland…

  181. Trevor

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    Hi Grey,
    Here’s the team in a 12 -team, H2H, 5×5

    C: Weiters
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Espinosa
    3B: Pablo San doval
    SS: Hanley
    OFs: Desmond Jennings, Jay Bruce, Belt
    Bench: Thames
    DL: Upton
    I know my outfielders are weak would you drop thames or even Belt for any of the following OFs?

    Francoeur
    Bourjos
    Carlos Lee
    Boesch
    Fowler Rasmus

    Much Thanks (BnY all day, errrrry day)

  182. Trevor

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    Oops. I have Lind in my Utility spot. I guess i can even get Cozart for my Utility and throw Lind in one of the OFs? what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, BnY! Can grab Cozart…

  183. Wilsonian says:
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    Also, where you putting Bard in your closer rankings if he takes over the role (which I’m thinking he has to)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Brain Freezes…

  184. letsgobravos says:
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    Broxton with the save and Ks the side…grey’s tough weekend rolls on…haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, I don’t think he’s not going to save games…

  185. Steve says:
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    If we’re talking about Saves, Aceves is probably a hold and Thornton is a drop, correct?

    And if we’re talking about Holds, who do you go with out of:

    Thornton
    Raunch
    Crow
    Brothers
    Crain

    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah… Crain…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, That said, with Valverde, Betancourt, Johnson and Broxton, do I even need to hang on to Aceves? His SP eligibility is about the only thing that excites me right now.
        This 12 team H2H BTW.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can’t bench him for a week?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Oh for sure. Was just looking as an opportunity to open a spot for streamers etc.
            Or I could drop Rasmus from my bench but that’s probably a bit premature…

            • Grey

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              I’d give them both a week…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Okey dokey.

                Elsewhere, what’s your take on Nolasco? Rudy likes him for some WHIP help and someone dropped him in my h2h league. Worth a pickup or is he just a streamer?

                • Steve says:
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                  @Steve, Apart from the fact you hate his guts (emoticon). Is he a guy you and Rudy are miles apart on?

  186. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 2 of these 3 for next week. 12 team mixed roto. A Jones, Cespeses and Cozart?

  187. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: following up on an earlier post. Need to pick 2 of these 3 for next week. 12 team mixed roto. A Jones, Cespeses and Cozart?

    Thanks.

    • royce! says:
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      @Herschel, Jones and Cespedes.

    • Herschel says:
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      @Grey: sorry for the double post. Damn janky 3G….

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