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Hello, Total Fiasco, it’s nice of you to join us.  Can I just call you Total?  You prefer your full name?  Can I get you anything, Total Fiasco?  Bullpens scrambling?  Real baseball managers pulling their hair out?  Fantasy managers wishing they had hair to pull out?  How about I just give Jim Johnson the ball and step out of the way?  That should be to your liking.  While you’re waiting for a meltdown, here’s a hot towel for your face.  So, the A’s announced they would move to a closer committee.  The only thing ever done better by committee?  Spice in jerk seasoning.  The A’s have the luxury of a few options:  Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle, which makes things harder for fantasy.  Much easier if there’s one great handcuff and then junk behind him.  I’d pick up the A’s relievers in the order I listed them.  Saves could very well be divvied up with a little Gregerson, a little Cook and a little Doo.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Sam Fuld – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  Doesn’t have much power so for Fuld, th-th-th-that’s all folks!

Dan Straily – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now that Colabello seems to have fizzed out, the Twins are once again worth streaming against.  Funny how Gardenhire keeps rearranging the top of his lineup, one day Mastroianni, one day Suzuki, one day Plouffe.  Today, Mauer hit third after hitting 2nd for the majority of the season.  My question is does Gardenhire eat tea leaves, put a picture of Mauer in a toilet, evacuate himself, then read how the tea leaves are around Mauer?

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Prior to this home run, I was going to do a complete reversal from last year and tell you to buy Donaldson in today’s Buy/Sell.  Now that he’s homered, it might be harder, but I would still do it.  He’s not as bad as he’s been.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer as he hits .167.  That tea leaf’s got some pep!

Avisail Garcia – Maybe he doesn’t resemble Miggy Cabrera as much as Carlos Quentin.  Avisail is gone for the year with a torn labrum, an injury that is rampant among female gymnasts.  That’s a gut punch in a few of my deep leagues.  Pardon me, I will now crawl into a ball and have Cougs read to me from EW.  “Cougs, please read me The Shaw Report again.  I missed what was ‘Five Minutes Ago.’”  The White Sox recalled Jordan Danks because Dayan Viciedo grab-and-threw one too many farts into Robin Ventura’s face.  Kidding, kinda.  Viciedo is a fart thrower.  With his hitting.  Let’s go to the next blurb, shall we?

Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-4, 1 run.  He should be the starter now with Danks as the 4th outfielder.  Danks is Noo Yawk for thanks, but it still doesn’t make him worth owning in anything but the deepest AL-Only leagues.  Viciedo hit 14 homers last year in 441 ABs, so we’re not exactly talking the 2nd coming of Jesus Guzman.  This is good news for… Next blurb!

Alejandro De Aza -  0-for-3, 1 run.  There’s no reason he shouldn’t play every day and be owned in every league.  Member I had him ranked around 120 overall and then moved him into the 200′s when he was named the 4th outfielder?  He would now move 100 spots up again.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer.  He looks like a Cuban Frank Thomas.  I will call him The Grande Dolor.

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .421 as he bats in the eight hole.  Ex-catchers — good managers; ex-3rd basemen — idiots.

Michael Bourn – Aiming to return on April 15th.  Well, he better make sure he’s postmarked by then at least.

Danny Salazar – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  As commenter, MikeZ said, “Salazar had a Sandra Bernhardt sort of night.  Ugly, but still kind of sexy.”  I have a gut feeling that Salazar’s tipping his pitches.  He looked totally unhittable on a majority of his pitches – 1st pitcher since 1900 with 10 Ks in less than 4 IP — but then there were a few where it seemed the hitters knew exactly what was coming.  I will bet you five over-the-internet dollars that news comes out that he was tipping.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st home run and just missed a 2nd.  The Indians entire offense has looked bad so far, but that could all change at the drubal of a dime.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4 and his 2nd home run.  Ozuna matata!  I love this guy.  Wanna a breakout player?  Ozuna!  Want a player that will be owned everywhere in three months?  Ozuna!  Want a player that will also be in my afternoon’s Buy?  Ozuna!  Want a player that people will still ask me if I like in four weeks?  Ozuna!

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 2 ER,  7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Has real nice velocity on his fastball, can hit 94 pretty easily, which is odd since last year he had a 5.79 K-rate in 143 IP.  That’s miserable.  Yesterday, was a nice step forward and guess who he gets next?  The Krazy Braves.  Might be a nice K stream.

Doug Fister – Cleared to throw off the mound.  Probably will be back early-May.  At least I’d give Fister a fighting chance.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Now Matt Williams has decided Desmond needs to hit 7th, just in front of ‘Hurricane’ Sandy Leon.  I don’t mind Rendon at the top of the lineup, but McLouth, who is hitting .000, probably doesn’t need to be there too.  Matt Williams is making a strong case to replace Karl Pilkington.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a slam & legs, which included his 2nd home run in as many games.  Werth really proving his worth.  Almost palindrome!

Stephen Strasburg – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks.  It was a special promotion at Nationals Park.  Every Marlin gets a strikeout.

Andrelton Simmons – Scratched with a jammed wrist.  With that jam, we’ll see if he can avoid the DL and dig into his preserves.

Justin Upton – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers, his first two of the season.  He finally remembered it’s April!

David Hale – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Well, definitely wasn’t a light rain.

Krispie Young – Played in an extended spring training game.  Don’t they call them a tie when they get to extra innings?

Eric Young Jr. – 3-for-5, 4 runs, and three steals, now five on the year.  I hate paying for steals, which is why I wish I owned Young on every team.  SAGNOF!

Curtis Granderson – 0-for-3, with his 2nd steal, hitting .125.  That’s only good if you’re talking about Gallardo’s BAC.

Jenrry Mejia – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Mejia’s reaction after Upton’s 2nd homer is the same reaction I have when a telemarketer calls me.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-5, run, RBI and he’s officially my biggest regret so far.  He looks like a top 20 player easily.  I was too low on him in the preseason.  Sure, he won’t hit .400 like he currently is, but a 20/30 season looks well within his reach.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  What’s the over/under for how long The Davii are homerless?  Can I parlay it with picking which K(C)hris Davis hits one first?

Marco Estrada – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  When the C.H.I.P.S. are down, who do you want on the mound?  E S T R A D A ! ! !  I’m kidding, I have absolutely no excitement for Marco Estrada.  I do not know why.  I will now check my pulse.  Nothing there either.  Call a doctor, please.

Mike Adams – Will be activated on Monday.  He might push for Wednesday because it reminds him of his sister.

Cole Hamels – Might need only two more rehab starts.  Hopefully, who else is going to teach rooks how things are done?!

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  It’s scary when Byrd looks like the one real threat in the Phillies lineup.  Well, one real threat under 40 years old.

Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Pretty unremarkable start.  Or too remarkbuehrle.

Randall Delgado – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  I used to enjoy the thought of Randall Delgado, now I look forward to him being bumped from the rotation for Josh Collmenter.  Times change, I suppose.  That was a non-rhyming poem.

Mike Morse – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and hitting .400.  Yes, he should be owned.  Yes, by you.

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I liked him better when he was lathering up for GTL.

Dean Anna – 1-for-3 and a solo homer.  I swear, I saw his name in the box score D Anna and I thought the Yanks signed Kris Benson’s ex-wife.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Either he was reading Gardenhire’s tea leaves or he was using pine tar.  I guess since he was facing Buchholz, it’s one good turn deserving another foreign substance.

David Phelps – 2 1/3 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Okay, but he can’t pitch that many innings that often, so it doesn’t answer who’s the closer while K-Rob is moving his groin in the right direction.  Probably will be some combination of Kelley, Thornton, Warren and Phelps.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Your uncle calling you, “Hey, you know if there’s something wrong with our fantasy sports game website?  It’s now saying Dickey had a bad start.  I had this problem with Lincecum and Sabathia too.”

Colby Rasmus – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st home run.  The best thing about baseball cards going out of vogue?  You didn’t waste a ton of money on Rasmus and Lawrie rookie cards.

Josh Fields – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  I’d say Kazaam, but I don’t even know who the closer is for the Asstros.  Yesterday, Anthony Bass got the save, but Qualls was used already and if pick up Bass, you’re just fishing in the wrong pond.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Another pop quiz, hotshot, who has more fantasy value this year — Jose Reyes or Villar?

Jason Castro – 2-for-4 and his 2nd home run.  Maybe you shouldn’t have dropped him.  Cust kayin’.

Adrian Beltre – Grade 1 quad strain.  He thinks he can avoid the DL, which is the worst news you can hope for.  Now he’ll try to play in five days, have a setback and make things worse.  Bad choice of words, but a 1st grader knows that!

Colby Lewis – Will now join the Rangers rotation early next week.  Ron Washington, you sure you don’t want to make him a middle reliever?  There’s still time.

Travis Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.92 after two starts.  Last year, his ERA was 3.11 with a 4.50 xFIP.  In his career, he pretty consistently outperforms his xFIP.  Unlike previous years, his K-rate is actually well north of his career 6-ish rate.  I don’t buy it, and would sit on my hands for his next starts vs. the Yankees and Diamondbacks, no matter what the Stream-o-Nator says.

Junior Lake – 0-for-3.  The good news is he actually started a game against a righty.  The bad news:  refer back to the 0-for-3.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th home run.  Too bad he can’t hit for a respectable average because he could challenge the top 5 for most homers in baseball.  Granted, we’re not talking about 1998 when middle infielders were hitting 60-plus homers, but still.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 3rd steal.  Unlike a bunch of people, including ones that write for this site, I don’t dislike Marte this year.  10/40 guy sounds a lot like a healthier, younger Ellsbury.

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, but really two runs earned because Castro slid into the ball that was in the catcher’s glove at home plate, but was called safe due to the ‘no collision’ rule.  So, this is the intent of the new ‘no collision’ rule at home plate?  Cause, if so, I’d like to see a ‘no collision’ rule at every base to boost offense.  “Catcher throws down to 2nd base, 2nd baseman puts his glove down to tag out the runner stealing…Ooh, he blocked the bag with his glove.  Sorry, that’s a no collision!  That’s a no collision!  That’s a no collision!  Runner safe!”  How exciting.  By the by, why is this not reviewable by replay?  Isn’t the ‘no collision’ put in to avoid dangerous plays at home plate?  We can review a safe call at first, but you can’t review a rule no one understands how to implement that will definitely be the difference between a run or not?  Bud Selig should’ve left that rule under the dead animal that is perched on top of his bald head.

  1. Wes says:
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    Great commentary, as usual.

    So I’m packing Bogaerts, Brad Miller, Castellanos, and Arenado (and Zobrist). Plenty of 3B’s and SS’s. (H2H, 10 team, 6×6) Should I be cutting someone loose in order to get my stream on? Should I drop Drew Hutchison in order to stream a pitcher before I drop any of those offensive guys? My pitching is strong with S. Gray, Y. Ventura, Lee, Teheran, Cole, Cingrani, and Fister, so I don’t think I should be hanging on to Hutchison, but I thought I’d bring it to the ‘stache’s feet anyway.

  2. frankgrimes says:
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    romo possibly hurt

  3. Party Boy John says:
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    replay is opening a big can of worms, it did make pedro’s jam much more satisfying… if someone was betting on the bucs…. :) between OZUNA! and de aza do you like one alot more than another?

  4. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Two questions:
    -Villar or Young Jr. for steals ROS?

    - Please rank Morse, De Aza, M. Adams, Myers and Napoli. Also ROS

    Thanks in advance

    • schtickball says:
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      @Moscowitz:
      myers, adams, morse, de aza, napoli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz: Villar…. Myers, Adams, Napoli

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks a bunch Grey, exactly my thoughts. I own all three and will stay put.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Tigres says:
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      Not sure that explains 10 Ks in 11 batters, though – seems contrary to reduced velocity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anoraxx: I don’t see how that explains last night

    • Nico says:
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      @Sky: haha, adjusted projections?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Nico: Ha, nah. He’s still 20-25 with a .260 average if he stays in the lineup. Hopefully he starts creeping up closer to the 5th spot over time for more RBI opportunities.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: OZUNA!

  5. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Oy vey what did I do

    One of my league I had missed the first 7 picks so it auto drafted me but it wasn’t as bad as I had thought it could of. So I am doing well the first 2 weeks but need stringed bats, and I was offered

    His: Freeman, Bruce and Tyson Ross

    w
    aFor

    My: Darvish, Street and Lackey

    I countered,

    I made a huge mistake didn’t i? He also said either Strasburg or Darvish (obviously I got auto drafted them but I enjoy owning Darvish.

    My other pitching includes

    Cole
    Strasburg
    Darvish
    Latos
    Porcello
    Masterson
    Kluber
    Lackey
    Street
    Balfour
    Kelley
    Lindstrom
    Chapman

    I obviously would pick and stream SP, but less Strasburg and Lackey, should I reoffer it if he denies the counter?

    My hitting btw is:

    C – Mesaraco
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Saegar
    SS – Segura
    OF – CarGo
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Cuddyer
    UTIL – Miller
    UTIL – Calhoun
    B – Brantley

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: regardless of your mystery counter offer, you want that first offer.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Is this ‘choose your own adventure’?

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @Cram It: I didn’t say my
        Counter offer because the question was basically should I re counter his original offer. But to make a long story short, I think I may be working the following deal
        With this guy

        I get Freeman Bruce and J Zimmerman
        For
        Strasburg Latos Lindstrom Lackey Gyorko

        Thoughts?

        Sorry for confusion.

          • Tarman Got Him says:
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            He accepted it haja. So
            I get the Bruce Side. Did I do well?

            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds good

  6. Rob says:
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    Hey Grey: has anyone ever done an analysis/article on the seemingly disproportionate number of severe injuries in baseball over the more violent, contact sport of football? Are baseball players just softer? What gives? Hamilton, Kershaw, Garcia, Latos, Beachy, Medlen, etc,

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Rob: Football players use more drugs and play less games. Football players play through injury much more frequently because there are such fewer games. Also, it is part of the sport’s culture to play hurt. Baseball not so much.

      While I am here, two spots came open in my dynasty football league. 12 team league, $35 to play, ready made teams that will compete for the 2014 playoffs. Anyone interested can email me at gortexturban at yahoo dot com.

      • James says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson:

        baseball is non contact, but you are doing motions your body should not be able to do. no one should be able to throw 90mph, let alone 100, or the mid 90ies where a lot of these pitchers sit for 120 pitches every 5 days.

    • Brown L says:
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      @Rob: With the exception of Hamilton, all those players you mentioned are pitchers, who get worn down doing one thing as hard as they can day-in-day-out. These are repetitive motion injuries. Baseball at its highest level is a game of precision, where fractions of inches matter, so even fairly minor injuries can greatly effect the level of play. Think of pitcher release points, or minor differences in batting stances. You certainly don’t see the horrific injuries as you do in football, but I wouldn’t call baseball players soft. As Wallpaper pointed out, they’re doing this every day for six months. It’s a grind.

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        @Brown L: even something as “minor” as a bruised nose/eye (affecting vision, even if a slight amount) to a football or hockey player could badly destroy the needed precision needed for pitching or hitting.

  7. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    What to do in a shallow head-to-head league where I inherited Pedroia and Utley and drafted Rendon and have six OFs? I have Heyward, Jupton, Ozuna, Melky Cabrera, Gomez, and Rios.
    No CI or MI slots. Only 3 OF slots.

    It was a keeper league that I was not in last year. Then I missed almost the whole draft. ESPN did not select many pitchers for me. I could not make the draft until the last four rounds when I took Gee, Rendon and two others (since cut). Gee, Rendon, Cabrera, Mejia, Ozuna are my guys because I drafted or added them through free agency. I hate owning Jupton and Utley, but dropping them for Milone types seems crappy. It is not easy to make trades. I can get Homer Bailey for Pedroia.

    Trade excess outfielders for pitchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I don’t see why OFs would have value to trade in your league, but you can try

  8. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I also got saddled with Zimmerman in that league. I had to add Plouffe to take over 3B for a spell.

  9. SteveNZ says:
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    Are we starting Lestah @ NYY in a 10-teamer? SON says ‘eh’ at $7.20…

    • de nachos says:
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      @SteveNZ: Jeter and Ichiro’s stats against him. .333 with a HR and .310 with 2HR, respectively. Except Brian Roberts (40 AB, .200 AVG) the rest of the bunch hasn’t faced him much from what I gather. McCann 2 for 4. Soriano 3 for 10. Kelly Johnson a sweet 0-12. I think you go with the hot pitcher hand here? (question mark indicating extreme hedging and hesitation to make lineup suggestions to the esteemed Sir Kiwi)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: I’d start him if I owned him

  10. Bostondirtdogs says:
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    Shelby miller, Hanley and bogerts for segura and Bryce Harper … Who wins?

      • Pencil says:
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        @Malicious Phenom:

        Shawn Kelley,
        SP Shelby Miller

        SP Cliff Lee

        SP Zack Greinke

        SP Joe Kelly

        RP Grant Balfour

        RP Joakim Soria

        RP Adam Ottavino

        Ivan Nova

        If these are his pitchers…Would any of these guys make the deal winnable for me or am I giving up too much for offense ….Grey/Phenom thoughts?????

        • @Pencil: Pencil, explain the whole deal to me, tell me what you are giving up and what you want in return..thanks, many cheers

  11. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Grey, this is why I love you. A Mike Adams update. No, seriously – in holds leagues the guy was top-notch gold and…I play holds leagues. Many thanks, man.

  12. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Oh – and down on the farm both Baez and Springer went yard last night.

  13. Allen says:
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    I’m in a roto league and need pitching help already — sell high on Pedro (have Donaldson too) for a quality SP or keep him?

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Allen: Keep. Hitting is not deep and homerun guys are needed badly. Search your waiver wire for guys like eovaldi, Chavez, Paxton Porcello Smyly… And Vargas for his next start

  14. Robert says:
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    Ozuna or Calhoun: who has the better season?

  15. FMFBL says:
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    Are you worried bout Hill? Who are some names at 2B to keep an eye on if he doesn’t pan out? Roto OBP 6×6

    Thanks Grey!

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @FMFBL: be patient on hill. I know he has hasn’t be walking, but he will, especially hitting second in front of Goldy they need him on base. Also, he is hitting doubles, which is a good sign. A lot of guys are doing a lot worse than .255 right now.

    • gobiggreen says:
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      @FMFBL: Stay the course; it’s WAY to early to hit the panic button, but get him out of your daily lineup until he can get some momentum in the right direction. I’ve got him riding the pine behind Brad Miller right now and for the near future.

  16. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Stash Baez in a keeper league?

    • drunken first diver says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: he’s stashed everywhere I’ve seen, keepers and redrafts with deep benches.

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: If you’ve got the room – Yup! Too bad Bonafacio is doing so well. Was hoping the Cubs middle infield would be such a disaster that they’d bring him up quick.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Moronymous Lohse: I have stashed him, do you have a NA slot in your league?

        • Birdmann says:
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          @Birdmann: @wallpaper paterson

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Birdmann: no,but I do havesix OFs and this is a league with only 3 OF slots

          • Birdmann says:
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            @Wallpaper Paterson: go for it I feel he could be big at some point this year and great as a keeper depending on your keeper format.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I’m holding him in three redraft leagues. My Darwin Barney/Boneface voodoo dolls look like pin cushions.

  17. Ty Wiggington says:
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    Dynasty league. No restrictions, salaries, etc. Keep forever:

    Bryce Harper

    OR

    Yu Darvish + Justin Upton + James Shields?

    Which side and how close?

  18. Mike says:
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    Villar,dee Gordon,or brad miller ROS
    10 team standard
    Thanks!!

  19. Lville Jim says:
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    I stream Mejia and effin J Up decides to make an appearance. Dick.

  20. Mike says:
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    Tai juan walker is on waivers…would u pick up and stash on DL spot?
    Do u like him better than Skaggs?
    Thanks

  21. Swfcdan says:
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    Pineda looked great, you really need to start getting people on his bandwagon, if he’s still out there in some leagues. I got him as a throw-in in (stutterer!) a trade and he’s been money so far. Stuff looks good too.

    Nice blurb on Pilkington, hes well known over here in England as a total klutz!

    • @Swfcdan: I agree, I have Pineda on 2 of my 3 teams. Gonna be as good as advertised despite all the time missed..Yankees are glad to have him and Tanaka..

  22. drunken first diver says:
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    Harold Reynolds said last night that Castro’s safe call was about the ball not being in the glove, not plate blocking. I don’t buy it; I think it’s spin control. Not a fan of this change nor the replay rules this season. Then childhood hero Michael Jack drops this yesterday:

    “I think the umpire at home plate should not call balls and strikes. I think they should have a force field over home plate and if the pitcher throws and the ball touches the force field a little bell goes off and it’s a strike… — my guess is within the next 10 years – that you’ll see the balls and strikes just like the line calls in tennis.”

    Super. Maybe CBP will be the first to serve those Jetson’s meal pills, too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4fiueMzLeE

    Also, anybody is going to look bad in an 0-4 3K night, but Asche, yucks. Against every righty it was take, foul, fooled bad swing = sit down. Stop taking hitting tips from Ryan Howard!

    I’m hoping annoyed Salazar owners drop in some shallow leagues of mine. One name rhymes with Crack, You’ll Love Mate.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that force field thing is doable right now, i’m assuming only reason it’s not in place already is ump’s have a strong union.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And it’s adverse reaction to Midi-chlorians

  23. hideousmutants says:
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    Got a trade offer where I get Carl Crawford for Steve Cishek. In any other league I would’ve accepted it by now but this league has a weird market for closers. Kimbrel went in the second round and most closers were gone by the 14th. We have a $99 FAAB budget and someone already bid $20 on F-Rod. It’s a 14 team league, standard 5 x 5. Closers are ridiculously scarce and the only reason I see is irrationality of owners. I have 3 OF slots filled now by Puig, Adam Jones and Almonte (Joyce and de Aza on bench)

    Do the trade?

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @hideousmutants: If it was the 2008 Carl Crawford, yes.

  24. papasmurf says:
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    I guess with Bobby gone, Jose has gotta fill the Abreu quota. He looks fantastic. I was all set to draft him as my UTIL until someone else snatched him 2 spots before my pick. And I settled for… Moobs… who has no extra base hits or multihit games yet! Maybe he needs a better bro for support.

    Thank god for Morse. He’s been slamming the offspeed stuff.

    Spot started Derek Norse vs. Pelfrey and sat Jason Castro vs. the knuckleballer. Got that uh oh feeling after Norris’ first AB. 0 for 4 and of course that means Castro has a big game.

    First lineup mistake of the year. If it means the smurf jinx gets Castro rolling, I am all for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Tony Abreu wasn’t cutting it

  25. Nyjacobs says:
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    Grey – asdrubal cabrera on waivers should i drop chris owings for him? My other ss is everth. 12 roto thanks

  26. Fister Furbush says:
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    Better Streamer start next week?

    Eovaldi vs SEA (Chris Young)
    John Lackey vs BAL
    Dan Straily vs LAA

    Thanks

  27. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… What does tipping a pitch mean?? Using something like Vaseline in the hat, sun screen on the chest or if you run out you use a little snot on the ball!! Oh sorry a little Major League Scene but I’m serious about the queston.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Frank White: something about the way you are tilting your glove, or the way you are moving your hand in your glove or how long you are in your glove is giving away your pitch. Like if Frank White is going to grip the ball before he winds up but taking an extra three seconds for every curveball, then I can figure out when the curve is coming

      • Frank White says:
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        You learn something new everyday… Thanks!!!

  28. Yescheese says:
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    Got a nice batty call from Robbie Grossman last night. Might call him again. Maybe in 3 days?

    Estrada very nearly had 6ER

    Does anybody else think Mark Retnolds is trying to look like Jorah Mormont from game of thrones? Sometimes I think he’s going to hit a homer and a dragon will swoop in and steal it midair…

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: Reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: Yeah, Estrada didn’t look great… Ha, nice on Jorah

  29. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Fields actually only had 2 ER but gave up 3……not that it makes it any better being that I picked him up to close and he comes in for middle relief and screws my pitching stats.

  30. Steven says:
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    I was just offered pujols for my abreu. Do you make the deal?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Steven: Tough question. I would say go for it, but I can understand the reticence given Pujols recent injury history.

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Steven: I’d take Pujols

  31. weas says:
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    Standard 12 teamer pick 2: De Aza, Eaton, Venable

    • Birdmann says:
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      @weas: Eaton and De Aza, Padres lineup looks lost

  32. Joeg414 says:
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    Please rate: Erasmo, Morrow, Martin Perez, H.Santiago, Morton. Or pick two. Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Perez, Erasmo…I’d just stream, it’s not deep if these guys are available

  33. KCC26 says:
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    Hey!

    12 team mixed, just lost avisail. Currently playing Blackmon as OF4 and Todd Frazier at utility.

    SP are:
    wainwright
    Salazar
    Liriano
    A. Wood
    Kluber
    Walker
    Mejia
    Estrada

    Another owner offering kole Calhoun for a SP. Enough of an upgrade to part with a decent starter? I’m thinking Estrada for Calhoun as an offer and walk away if rejected. Thanks for the input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: Sure, Estrada

  34. moldyforgoldy says:
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    hey grey – would you drop swisher or smoak for ozuna?

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @moldyforgoldy: I would drop swis in a heartbeat for Ozuna, you know what your gonna get with Swisher and there’s plenty of unknown upside in Ozuna. Ozuna could explode and you wouldnt wanna miss out…Plus Swisher is batting what 171 right now? Just me.

      • moldyforgoldy says:
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        @Greyismyhero:

        thanks fake grey…swish rots on my bench most of the time so why the hell not

  35. jake says:
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    With Colby Lewis getting 2 starts next week is he worth a shot in a weekly league? Or go with a 1 start Eovaldi or 2 start phil hughes? 16team roto.

    also, all hail the grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jake: Eovaldi, but I’d look at SON

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @jake: I’d wait and see if Colbys hip stays in one piece… I’m not too confident in him right now

  36. Wboggs says:
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    Thoughts on giving Pujols straight up for carlos Gomez? I have good amount Of power on my team
    And need some speed. I could also offer Zimmerman and Beltran for Gomez and would have arenado at 3b. Thoughts?

    Also one more quick question. Best pickup for a bench spot since losing avisail: collabello, fowler, wong, or castellanos? Thanks in advance as always.

    • Wboggs says:
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      @Wboggs: to add to m y first question it’s a keeper league. I got Pujols on the 6th and would be 5th round pick next year and so on. His Gomez was taken in the 5th so would be able to have him in 4th next year and possibly two more years max if id like for a round higher each draft year after. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wboggs: Offer Zimmerman, Beltran

  37. Joe says:
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    If I traded Adam Jones for Tanaka and Minor, would I be a failure in life? It’s a keeper league. Jones at $20 the pitchers at $5 each.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Yup

  38. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey,

    I currently have Leonys Martín as my UTIL in a 10-team 6×6 league (HLDS, OBP). I need my UTIL to give me a mix of speed, BA, OBP. My options to replace him are Revere, De Aza, Aoki, Yelich, Jennings, and Gardner. Should I hold with Martín or drop him for one of these fine fellows?

  39. de nachos says:
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    Here’s a trust exercise for you. SON loves Burnett to the tune of $19.2. Same price as Jose Fernandez. Fun fact: the current Marlins lineup owns a 0.361 average against him with a BABIP: 0.542

    Yeesh. I might split it and stream him in points and bench roto.

    • de nachos says:
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      @de nachos: a little more research shows “current Marlins lineup” equates to Dobbs, Mathis, Baker, McGehee, Salty Johnson with three doubles, no HR. I’m treading a touch more confidently.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @de nachos: Anyone against the Marlins is worth it

        • Simply Fred

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          @Grey: Miami ranks #7 in team OPS thus far this season…cust kayin’

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @simply fred: i’m guessing the MIA marlins batting hate comes from the career trajectories of their lineup, not how hot they may have started over less than 15 total games.

            • Simply Fred

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              @goodfold2: only two things can happen…

  40. LaterTater says:
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    Hey Grey, first Q this season. Great work as always (especially the preseason stuff).

    If Valverde is Poopy Grande, does yesterday make Pineda Poopy Hande?

    Anyway, who would you stream tomorrow of this bunch? Chance for the W trumps all other factors. (std Yahoo 12 team H2H league – need W’s)

    Hutchison at Balto ( SON $ 11.1)
    Lackey at NYY (7.5)
    Masterson at WSox (5.5)
    Eovaldi at Phi (3.0)
    Miley home v LAD (3.0)
    Erasmo home v. Oak (2.2)
    Schleppers home v Hou (?)

    Thanks and enjoy the weekend.

  41. Harris says:
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    This home plate situation is a disaster. Seriously, players have no idea what to do as they reach home plate. It’s only going to take one big game winning/losing walkoff play, for this to be figured out. Much more important… Getting to MY team. I am in a league that for no good reason has no dl spots. We carry 21 players. I have Josh Hamilton. I also have Ellsbury,Cargo,Kemp and Craig who can play OF. It’s only a a 10 team league, so there are a ton of quality Of’s available for now. I am not sold on Kemp quite yet. My question is do I waste a roster spot for 2 months on Hamilton, or drop him and grab a guy like.. Coco, Melky,Blackmon,Byrd, the list really goes 15 deep. I’m already stashing MInor, so having 2 spots taken up by injured players sucks. Thanks in advance, and have a nice weekend.

  42. CL says:
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    Pardon my French, but fuck this no collision at home plate bullshit. What is this? Soccer?

    You like Rafael Montero as a bench stash in a Dynasty right now? My NA farm slots are full, as is my DL so I’m running fat… trying to not play too much RP roulette either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Ha, yeah, I’d stash him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Mike: Rudy said in about 2 weeks… You need a decent size sample before they come together

  43. CL says:
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    What’s up with Votto? I picked up Smoak last week but haven’t played him yet. Would you bench Votto for Smoak? Whenever I do this sort of thing I get sonovabenched…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: I’d start Votto

  44. Bob says:
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    Have an offer out there that gives me A. Jones and Masterson for Braun and Sonny. 8 owner 5 keeper H2H 7×7 league. I would love to get rid of Braun bc I think his thumb is a big issue but I hate giving Sonny up for him. I only have 5 other sps – Yu, Anibal, Homer, Cobb, and Salazar. Should I do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I’d take Jones

  45. Snake Hips says:
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    Laroche or Smoak at UTIL in a points league?

  46. Mike says:
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    Frankie Rodriguez or Santos ROS for saves..
    I need one
    Thanks!

  47. Chris says:
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    12-team league, H2H points.

    I’m being offered Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Markakis for Jay Bruce. Do I accept, or do I reject and try to get higher value in return?

    He also has Torii Hunter, Martin Prado, and Matt Carpenter, though I’m uncertain about his willingness to trade any of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d want Bruce

  48. Ghost Face Miller says:
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    Grey, just like everyone else, i need to replace Avisail…. who do you like better?

    McGehee
    Lagares
    Collaspo
    Seth Smith
    L Cain

    Also, do you think Travis Snider could finally do something this season? worth a pick up?

    thanks!

  49. Drew says:
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    12 team mixed roto…prince for rios and beltran? currently last in hr, rbi, 11th in ops

  50. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team non-keeper legue, someone dropped Justin Smoak, would you drop Todd Frazier or Dustin Ackley for him? All of them would just slot into my UTL spot.

  51. Swaz says:
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    Ozuna or Billy Butler H2H points rest of the season?

  52. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey

    ROS, Fister or Pineda in a 7×7 league that counts HRs allowed and K/9 as the extra pitching categories.

    Thanks dude!

  53. Sniff Test says:
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    So are you saying Ozuna is a good replacement for Garcia? Or would you go Bourjos?

  54. QC Baseknocks says:
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    Grey, is it Wong to start Kolten over Howie today?

  55. gareth says:
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    The home plate collision rule and the instant replay have not been popular additions so far. The 2 examples that stick out in my mind watching Indians games this past week:

    - trevor plouffe crossing home plate the other day standing. His foot was about to hit the bag and he suddenly decided to slide. He did this weird contorting motion and almost rolled his ankle. He was clearly in two minds about what to do with this new home plate rule. Indecision in sport can be a dangerous thing.

    - Elliot Johnson clearly catches the ball for an out deep in the outfield. He goes to throw the ball to stop the runner advancing and loses the ball in the transfer. The Umpire calls the play a no catch, and the hitter takes first.
    francona asks for a replay and the guys in new York make the same decision. Which is wrong. There was some explanation about being in motion but this isn’t basketball. The catch, transfer and throw and separate things. After that call Fans booed every time a catch was made in that game, and I know the players and coaches weren’t happy.
    http://www.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2014/04/cleveland_indians_elliot_johns.html

    Let’s also not forget that some of these challenges have taken over 5 minutes to process, slowing an already leisurely game.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @gareth: The Johnson one was truly a joke.

  56. D'arnaudoubt says:
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    Melky, de aza, or ozuna?

    Thanks!

  57. kidbr9 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Awesome stuff as usual.

    Offered the following trade:

    Get:
    Adeiny Hechavarria
    Wei-Yin Chen

    Give Up:
    Nick Franklin
    Yovani

    I am in desperate need of offense. 18 team mixed, no DL. Any player with regular ABs is a premium. Wondering if you think Adeiny still sees regular PT once Furcal comes back. Franklin is tearing it up in the minors and I think Yovani is back to a mix b/t his old self and whatever the hell happened the first half of last year. My gut says no, but wanted your take.

    Thanks for making this site the first thing I check when I wake up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kidbr9: Sounds decent for you

  58. Dom says:
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    10 team, mixed league, 5×5 roto:

    I’m dropping Avisail, who do I pick up? These are the top candidates: Blackmon, Kubel, Owings, Colabello, and Semien.

    I also have Rajai, do I drop him for any of those guys too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dom: Kubel

  59. Curt says:
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    I need an Avisail replacement, 4 to choose from: Blackmon, Ludwick, Kubel or BJ Upton?

      • Pollack says:
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        @Grey:

        Also looking to replace Avisail (12 team, 5×5 H2H league)

        Available players include: Kubel, Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus, Marlon Byrd, and then a slew of upsidey guys (Jackie Bradley Jr., Junior Lake, Bourjos, etc.)

        Who do you like from that bunch?

  60. bossmanjunior says:
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    10 team h2h

    Starting Samardzjfdtgnjigrsdjikha at STL today? SON has him down for $8.9.

  61. Mikey P. says:
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    Should i consider dropping any of these pitchers and pick up Pineda?

    A. Sanchez
    R. Porcello
    F. Liriano
    T. Hudson
    A. Cobb
    J. Masterson

  62. mcBlunty says:
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    with J Hamilton going down in need to fille the void a bit, i picked up LaRoche but C Blackmon is on waivers and comes off tomorrow, should I make a bid on him waivers are auction based, also available is Dozier, Revier, LeMahieu, Jonathan Villar, bunch crap really as its a deep league, its for my util spot so any position reall, whats my best bet

  63. Brendan says:
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    Is it too early to drop any of my pitchers? I just dropped Matt Lindstrom for Tyler Skaggs for his start tonight and if he does well, I will keep him for his next start. Here is my current pitching staff:

    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Matt Cain
    RP Jonathan Papelbon
    RP Tommy Hunter
    P Marco Estrada
    P Clay Buchholz
    P Drew Smyly
    P Rex Brothers
    BN Tyler Skaggs
    BN Hisashi Iwakuma (DL)
    DL Doug Fister

    Buchholz or Estrada seem like the two I could consider dropping, but I don’t want to drop this early unless there really isn’t much hope. I could use the spot for streaming, pick up a saves guy, and I could use a back-up catcher. Thoughts? 12-team 5×5 roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brendan: Don’t see the point of holding Smyly

  64. Joesh says:
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    Danny Salazar worth a waiver bid who would you drop for him if so? Someone dropped him in my 10man H2H 20 categories, I’m position 2 in order and the guy in position 1 dropped him. We start 8 SP slots per week, 7 trans per week.

    pitching cats: IP, QS, W, HLD, SV, K, K/9, K/BB, ERA, WHIP

    My pitching is decent right now but I stream a lot:

    Bumgarner
    Lester
    Gray
    Liriano
    Lynn
    Burnett
    Kluber (2-start stream add for this week – yes he was on FA market lol)
    Ubaldo (2-start stream add for this week)
    E. Ramirez (dunno what to do with him, gonna give him 1 more start)
    C. Morton (2-start stream add for this week)
    Paxton – DL
    Walker – DL

  65. Lville Jim says:
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    Maybe the umps should have had Pineda lay his arm across the plate and measure the pine tar a` la George Brett.

  66. benchland says:
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    Did I translate this correctly? Sociopath – good manager? I need another cup of coffee.

  67. Blue says:
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    Should I drop Swisher for Ozuna or Morse?

  68. Shake N Bacon says:
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    With Jose Abreu mashing, I’m starting to grow a man crush for him (that sounded bad…).

    Obviously trading for him now is not the thing to do, with his value being so high…unless he keeps it up and his value continues to go up. Steamer and Hitter-Tron both like him the entire season.

    I wish I grabbed him with my 7th round pick in my keeper league this year.

    However, I’m thinking the more video this is out there on him, the less success he will have as pitchers learn how to better attack him. I haven’t watched many of his at bats (other than his homeruns). It appears to me that he’s pulling a lot of stuff. Anyone more familiar with his at bats see the same thing? I’d be worried if he’s a little pull happy. Pitchers can exploit that at some point.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      *the more video THAT is out there on him…

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      Nevermind on the pull happy theory. According to a fangraphs article, the dude can punish the ball to the opposite field and doesn’t have a pull tendency.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I drafted him everywhere even reaching as high as 6th round sometimes (I had to have him), come time for my big money keeper draft and I have 9th pick overall and guess what, he was taken right in front of me at 8,,,,I was so pissed…..shake it!

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Greyismyhero: I’d like to trade for him in my keeper league, just don’t think I can get him without severely overpaying right now.

        I’d trade Kipnis for him straight up, but doubt that would get accepted.

        Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. (sad trombone)

  69. Pete says:
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    Smoak vs Gray or Bruce vs Price tonight?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Pete: Gray is probably pitching tomorrow. Situation could change though.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        It’s Tommy Milone tonight

  70. Birdmann says:
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    With the money on the table Jim J. should get the job back, didn’t he do this last year and pitch great after his bad stretch ? An owner dropped him, I waivered him hoping he get it back, might keep him on my bench till he gets things right. I can hold him for about a week, seems right, thoughts or is he done?

    • Bad News Sugarbear says:
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      @Birdmann: as an Orioles fan… he didn’t exactly pitch great after his bad stretch, it was a Gregg-like adventure all year long. but he did stop blowing every game he came into for the most part… i wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the job back but i think it will be more like a month than a week before he’d possibly be back in the 9th.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Bad News Sugarbear: yeah didn’t feel like looking it up knew a knowledgeable Razzballian would get back a solid answer. I can wait awhile as my team is doing well and have no needs to fill as of right now. Now that I said that my whole staff will be visiting Dr. Freeze and will be out the whole season, crap!

  71. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12 tm 6×6 (OPS) H2H league, need a bench OF/Moss platoon-mate. With the extra power cat my lineup’s heavily weighted in that direction (which tends to work in this league) and light on SB and to a lesser extent R. Who are your top 2 out of Ozuna, Pagan, Martin, De Aza, Fowler and Venable?

    Also, in 14 tm weekly H2H with deep benches, Zimmerman is my starting 3B. Already had Moose on bench, and picked up Plouffe to start this week. Drop either for Reynolds?

  72. Wilsonian says:
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    One more OF question…

    I’d like to snag one of these fine gentlemen, who are you picking up:

    De Aza
    Morse
    Ozuna
    The Patriot

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

    Also, of these 6 closers, I’m looking to cut 2 – which two get cut?

    Soriano, Rodney, Veras, Lindstrom, Hawkins, Broxton

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: oops, make that:

      Morse
      De Aza
      Ozuna
      The Patriot
      Melky

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thank you, sir. Think Jim Johnson is worth a waiver claim? Think he gets the gig back in the not so distant future?

        • Grey

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          Yup

  73. Ryan says:
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    5×5 roto; +$5 to keep next year.

    Drop Calhoun for Ozuna?

  74. BERK! says:
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    My first thought when I saw Salzar’s line last night was “I can’t wait to see what Razzball says about this!” And oh man, the Sandra Bernhardt line did not disappoint. Love it. Rec’d for official glossary addition. Emily Bonerface kind of had a Bernhardt line yesterday too — zero hits but 3 SB. Ugly, yet kind of sexy to be sure. I love you guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK!: Ha, totally

  75. Sniff Test says:
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    Do you think Archie Bradley will be called up soon? How excited should that make me if he does?

  76. cubsin2020 says:
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    Maybe MLB should use softball rules. If the ball reaches the catcher before the half way point, it’s an out. They should also ban running into the wall, hit by pitches, and sliding into first. All result in frequent injuries.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: this is what hockey’s gonna do with icing as well.

  77. BERK! says:
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    BTW Alvarez was tied for #3 in MLB in homers last year. His year so far is amazing. His BA is .229 and his slugging is .686. That differential has to be some sort of record. It won’t hold up of course, but he has only 8 hits and 5 HR on the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK!: Yeah, crazy

  78. Andrew says:
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    Drop Khris Davis for Ozuna in a 12-team 12-keeper league?

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Andrew: im no grey but I say hell to the naaaaaaaa on that one.

  79. Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr says:
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    Trade Bautista/Kemp/Morneau/Tillman for Chris Davis/Ryu/Grilli/Leake? 14 team 6×6 roto. what say you guys?

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    10 team H2H with deep benches. this roster. anybody the drop for de aza? 3 OF and 2 utls, no extra IF slots.
    grandal/goldy/miller/long/andrus/jones/beltran/rios/gordon/crisp/pujols/gyorko/arenado/wong/EYJ (steals only slot, probably won them just from yesterday)
    currently rocking 8 SP (one of them Smyly, but also have Walker DL’ed)

    • Grey

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      @goodfold2: Wong if bench but I have no idea… You could just list your droppable players… You’re not dropping Goldy or some of these guys…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: true, but don’t know if whole team gives you better idea of what i’d be more likely to need or not. but de aza is balanced player so yeah got it.

  81. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Sandra Bernhard: The original Butterface. My butterface of choice is Chloe Sevigny. Dude looks like a Lady but played in reverse.

    • de nachos says:
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      @Sky: I…will…not…google Brown Bunny…must resist.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @de nachos: Vincent Gallo really just wanted to be in porn but kept finding himself in art house films by mistake.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: I don’t think Sevigny is a butterface unless you mean something the consistency of melted butter on one’s face

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        It’s that damn Jaw line. Weirds me out. Couple that with the ‘are they bedroom eyes or 5 day meth bender eyes’ thing and there are times I get a confused erection.

        • gareth says:
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          @Sky: i tip my hat – that comment is perfection. Made me laugh so hard (especially the meth/bedroom eyes part).

          What ever happened to her? Last thing I saw her in was big love.

  82. Booty says:
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    Pick one, Hart or Morse

  83. Wake Up says:
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    Scrap everything that we were talking about yesterday…Posey and Au Skidz got tangled up last night at FIRSTBASE…new rule changed on the table this morning…

    You HAVE TO slide into first base next season!

    from Sabean’s lips to a dog’s ears…

  84. Alky Sobrera says:
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    The Grande Dolor is the best nickname ever. Also the name of my maid, you know, if I had a maid…

  85. Great Bambino says:
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    Matt Carpenter and Michael Bourn for David Wright and $2. Which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Great Bambino: Wright, get yourself some Sour Patch Kids with the $2

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

  86. Smell The Glove says:
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    Who would you pick up to replace Avisail Garcia: Colabello, Ozuna or Venable?

  87. Sticks11 says:
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    Need bench bat RBIs and HR ROS?
    Gyorko
    Morse
    Kubel
    Frazier

  88. Chad Donaldson says:
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    Reccomend any post hype SP who may get the call sooner than later. I am in a deep keeper league and all the usual suspects are already owned (Walker, Bradley, etc..). I have my eye on Gausman but not sure when he will crack the roster unless a double header is on the horizon. Thanks for your assistance!

  89. Los Locos says:
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    Grey, lineup is below. Couple guys on the waiver wire hitting/pitching, maybe I should look into… Morse, Moss and Pagan.

    What do I do with Paxton, drop him for Straily, Chavez, Erlin, Richards? 1 DL spot used to Fister.

    Do I drop Paxton, pull Fister from DL spot and put Machado on DL and get offesive guys?

    Rank these closers – frod, valverde, santos, strop and street

    10 team keeper (HR, R, RBI, OBP SB & QS, WHIP ERA, SV K/9)

    Montero, Miguel(C) ARI
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET

    Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Miller, Brad(SS) SEA
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Yelich, Christian(OF) MIA

    Active Pitchers
    Paxton, James(SP) SEA
    Porcello, Rick(SP) DET
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Kelley, Shawn(RP) NYY

    Eovaldi, Nate(SP) MIA
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM
    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS – DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Los Locos: Lose Paxton…Chavez… Strop isn’t a closer

  90. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I like The Grande Dolor, but the Cuban Frank Thomas might be even more awesome haha

  91. Mike says:
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    Trying to trade high..and early
    Would u trade smoak for Kenley Jansen?
    Would u trade Trumbo and Santos for David wright?
    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d take Jansen and Wright

  92. Matzah Ball Soup says:
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    Currently have Aoki as my last Utility player, with Pagan on my bench. Replace either of them with Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  93. Greyismyhero says:
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    Here I go with my stoned out dilemas….Ozuna is on wire, I currently have no, zilch, zero bench bats….Do I drop one of the following pitchers to pick him up from the choices below or hold? I’m leaning towards Johnson or do you think he eventually gets the job back? Thanks

    Cook
    Santos
    Broxton
    J. Johnson
    Z. Wheeler
    Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold unless you need a bench bat

  94. Picard56 says:
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    Is it too early to give up on Tyson Ross? Or will he start to turn it around soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See my rankings, he was a flyer to begin with

  95. OaktownSteve says:
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    Apparently you haven’t read where Frank Thomas lost his mind because people compared Abreu to him. He lashed out at the world. Then when Abreu hit two homers at Coors, Frank started telling everybody that the ball is definitely juiced this year. So just so you know, you’re now on Frank Thomas’ enemy list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah I guess he Twittered out something about “DON’T COMPARE GUY WITH NO MLB ABs TO HOFer” crazy, maniacal LOL

        then some other stuff. Then an apology for the rant.

        Then when Abreu hit his two in Colorado he went bonkers and told everybody that he’s hit a thousand baseballs in April and the ball doesn’t carry like that. Then the interwebs got involved and produced a bunch of stats as to how HRs are down to this point.

        Anythehoo, Thomas apparently has an issue with Abreu. And he seems a little bonkers. He’s suing Rebok currently as well I think.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… Awesome…

  96. Negatto says:
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    Thoughts on where I should be thinking about upgrading throughout the year.

    5×5 Standard Roto

    C: Grandal, Flowers
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Asche
    SS: Everth
    CI: Pujols
    MI: Gordon
    OF: Bautista, Jones, Cuddyer, Rasmus, Brantley
    Util: Gyorko
    BN: Moustakas

    SP: Teheran, Salazar, Liriano, Porcello, Ramirez E, Walker
    RP: Nathan, Balfour, Santos

    DL: Ramos, Janssen, Moore, Garcia A

    • Negatto says:
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      @Negatto:

      Also, Rasmus or Ozuna ROS?

  97. Dan says:
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    Yelich or Ozuna?

    Also, a stupidly impatient owner cut Machado AND the Heyward. $100 fabb # for them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna… $51 for Heyward, $20 for Machado

  98. SMLV1 says:
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    would you rather have Frazier or Bogaerts as a backup 3B to Wright? Also, Would you rather Own Victor Martinez over Rizzo or B. Moss?

    Standard Y! League.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you backing up Wright? Hold

  99. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey! Thanks for yet another great read, quick 3B question:

    Would you drop Asche for Donaldson in a league that penalizes strikeouts? Mostly looking for power and Avg

    • Pope says:
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      @Mike: Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d go with Donaldson

  100. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey
    Would you drop Erasmo for Morse in an 11 Team Roto League? Although my SPs are kinda weak, it may still make sense.

    Thanks much Grey and have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, you too

    • Pope says:
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      @Let ARoid Play!: If you need the bat, sure. Erasmo is streaming material at this point, especially in an 11 teamer

  101. Big W says:
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    In a keeper 12 team Sal based mixed roto 6×6 with OPS… Had J Hamilton and Avisail go down and I dl’d them and picked up Melky and Pagan. Do you think I’ll get similar production from the replacements, less production or more production? Hamilton got off to a great start and Avisail was just starting to heat up… FML

    • Big W says:
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      @Big W: What… you don’t like my tie or something?

  102. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for the post,

    My question:

    Eovaldi or Porcello. The tricky part is its not a 5×5. Pitching categories are W, SV, walks , k’s ERA, WHIP, and K/9. All worth 1 point in this H2H. I feel Porcello is the better pitcher but Eovaldi gives me more K’s and a better K/9. Not sure if there is much of a difference in walks between them. I’m leaning Eovaldi, would love your opinion.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Grey: Voice of reason. Thanks.

  103. Jack says:
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    Pineda and Javier Baez for Anibal Sanchez and Stephen Drew?

    Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  104. Steve says:
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    When Casey Janssen is back does he get the closer gig again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  105. pierce says:
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    Closer – need one – rank’em santos, valverde, frod, kelley street

    hitting – rank’em napoli, morse, moss, pagan, brantley, ozuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Street… Napoli

  106. SpecialFNK says:
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    what do you say to someone in a keeper league when they send you what you think is a bad trade proposal?

    I don’t want to seem mean because it’s a keeper league and risk offending the other person to where they don’t want to deal any more in the future at all.

    I had this offer come on to me.
    give- Chris Davis, Evereth Cabrera, D. LeMahieu,
    get- Justin Morneau, Alfonso Soriano, Manny Parra, Juan Lagares.

    it’s a 16 team keeper league where we keep 5. Davis was one of my keepers, and I drafted Cabrera in the 1st round (6th round).
    Soriano is interesting to me for power, but the rest don’t interest me at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  107. Ernie Johnson says:
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    Going to drop Moore once he decides to go through with the TJS. Who do you like more between Lackey and Eovaldi? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  108. B.J. says:
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    Howdy folks,

    I was offered his Tony Cingrani for my Alex Wood in a 12 team H2H league. I drafted Wood as a late round flyer and I like what I’ve gotten from him thus far but Cingrani is a guy I really like. Make the swap or stick with what I’ve got? I could use a guy who will give me more Ks. My other SPs are Gio, Cobb, Gray, Santana, Kluber, Ventura, Smyly, Porcello with Latos and Fister on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is want Cingrani

  109. Spring Blake says:
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    Ethier worth dropping for Ozuna since he’s not starting everyday? 12tm league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Spring Blake says:
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        @Grey: Word, thanks Grey!

        • Birdmann says:
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          @Spring Blake: I love the video that your Gravatar is from!

  110. MikeZ says:
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    Someone dropped Bogaerts in my league (12 team 5×5 roto, no bench). I have Kelly Johnson as my MI and Frazier as my 3b. I’d need to drop one of them to make room for Bogaerts. Would you drop either of those guys for Bogaerts?

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @MikeZ: I’d drop both – add Xander and then snatch up Luke Gregerson in that empty spot. He should (if talent matters and as Grey pointed out) be closing soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  111. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Billy Hamilton probably isn’t even the fastest guy named Billy in baseball right now. The Billy that led all of the majors in steals during spring training is the A’s Billy Burns (best name for a base thief). I’m a Hamilton owner. Loved seeing Hamilton tag up at 3rd and score on a pop-up in the shallow outfield. But how about Billy Burns tagging up from second base on a deep sacrifice fly? Two bases, Mary Jane. Have no idea why they have third graders filming minor league games – the vid is awful. But the kid took two bags on a caught fly ball. Pretty danged sweet.

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/billy-burns-oakland-athletics-prospect-speed-sacrifice-fly-video/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s insane

  112. Big W says:
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    you missed my question/comment above so here it is:

    In a keeper 12 team Sal based mixed roto 6×6 with OPS… Had J Hamilton and Avisail go down and I dl’d them and picked up Melky and Pagan. Do you think I’ll get similar production from the replacements, less production or more production? Hamilton got off to a great start and Avisail was just starting to heat up… FML

    Thank you for your great work… really appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Less

  113. billy says:
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    should I trade jose Abreu for hosmer and mike minor?

  114. Mr. White says:
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    Add Ozuna for:
    Aoki
    Arenado (Bench)
    Matt Adams (UTL)
    Melk Man (Bench)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  115. Robby D says:
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    I know it seem obvious, but is there something I’m missing on Rosario? He was just dropped in a league with extra bench spots (2nd catcher is kinda necessary to keep up with the number of AB’s. I currently have Castro and Zunino. Is it a no-brainer to drop zunino for Rosario, or is there an injury I don’t know about? I haven’t seen anything but I had him last year and I think he started slow before breaking out last year as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Zunino

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Robby D: i’m in exactly that spot but mine are castro and mesoraco. (hint, answer was mesoraco)

  116. EK says:
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    Rank for 9 team roto:
    Ervin
    Pineda
    Eovaldi
    Porcello
    Lackey
    Streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello, Ervin

  117. C.P. says:
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    Hey grey! would you drop gattis to pick up mesoraco? 12 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  118. EK says:
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    RP who to add for 9 team roto:
    J Johnson
    Broxton
    Gregerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  119. Michael says:
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    Drafted and am currently rostering J Castro as my catcher, but I have Mesoraco as a protected rookie in a dynasty league. Should I shop Castro and slot Mesoraco now that he’s back? Or keep Castro and look to flip Mesoraco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, shop him

  120. ujoh says:
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    This will be the first and last time I post my team looking for a grade (I hope….). I think I’m ok, but I’m a little concerned about my staff….

    C – Gattis
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Good ol’ Brad Miller
    SS – Simmons (dropping him for Alexei to get some speed)
    3B – Seager
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Gordon
    Util – Jose Abreu
    BN – Smoak
    BN – Gardner

    SP – Jose Fernandez
    SP – Anibal
    RP – Cishek
    RP – Street
    P – Salazar
    P – Wacha
    P – Tillman
    BN – Gallardo
    BN – Jesse Chavez

    Salazar’s weird 10k / 3.2 IP day has me sketching out about my staff, so I’m wondering if I should consider trading one of my 1Bs for a more stable starter.

    Fielder would get me the most back, obviously, but Abreu’s been real hot and his stock is going up. Would I be dumb to shop one of them for a guy like Sale or Strasburg (if I can get a high K pitcher), and put Smoak/Gardner in my utility spot?

    Question is, if you had my team and were to shop one of Fielder/Abreu/Smoak, who would you deal, and who would you target in return? I know I should shop them all and find the best return, but I don’t want to give up Fielder for Verlander if I don’t have to (and I wouldn’t). Or should I stay put and ride this pitching staff out?

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    • ujoh says:
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      @ujoh:

      This is a 12 team H2H non-keeper, btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you shopping anyone?

      • ujoh says:
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        @Grey: Because I can’t help it. I’m always looking to improve!

        Let’s say I can get Sale for Abreu. Would you do it?

        I guess you’re saying to hold…. I can live with that (momentarily….).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why do you need Sale?

          • ujoh says:
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            @Grey: Sale is just an example, but I guess I don’t fully trust Salazar or Anibal, and my bench pitchers aren’t very good. With big bats at 1B, I feel like I have an opportunity to make a deal that wouldn’t hurt my hitting, but give me more depth at pitching. I guess that’s all it is for now.

            I’m used to drafting at least one of the previous year Cy Young winners, and this year I drafted using your method of taking no “big name” pitchers. Two weeks into the year it’s giving me nightmares and I think all I might need is a hug telling me it’s gonna be ok! Ha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s gonna be okay *hug*

  121. Spyre says:
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    Start Liriano @ MIL?

    SON says $5.8, and the brews have been mashing lately

    • Robby D says:
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      @Spyre: SON be damned, I’m starting him, although I need the counting stats more than I need to worry about my ratios in H2H.

      I have Teheran, Liriano, Porcello, and streamer McGowan going. I figure one will flame out, but I like the K potential. I’m punting ERA and WHIP this week because of Salazar’s start so I just plan to smother him with volume and take K’s/Wins/QS and hopefully keep my K/9 edge on him (currently at 14+ after Salazar’s weird outing)

  122. JFK says:
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    Got offered Fielder/Cingrani/Gray for my Crush Davis/CarGomez – badly in need of arms, but thinking I need to get more; other players he could potentially mix in are: Kemp, Freeman, Pineda, Archer, Tillman, Paxton. Do you like any of these for Davis/Gomez?

    A) Fielder/Cingrani/Gray/Pineda
    B) Fielder/Kemp/Cingrani
    C)
    D) Freeman/Kemp/Cingrani/Gray (or Archer)/Paxton (or Tillman)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey: Sweet – one more to run by you: my Segura/Arenado/Lindstrom for his Pence (or Holliday)/Tanaka/Cishek.
        Fair, or does one side need to throw in another player?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Segura side

  123. OaktownSteve says:
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    Weather watch @NYY, @Balt and @Philly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  124. Negatto says:
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    Rasmus or Ozuna ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  125. Elias says:
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    I like Gonzalez Germen and Barrett/Storen as dark horses that could get some save opps this year, despite being 3rd or 4th in line on the pecking order. What are some RPs that you are keeping your eye on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Germen’s a good one… Maybe Smith…

      • Simply Fred

        simply fred says:
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        @Grey: i like barrett to close out the year for WAS.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Totally. I can’t seriously be the only one that thinks Chloe has a man’ish face…am I?

  126. Sal says:
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    If you had to pick two of the following three outfielders who would you take:

    Soriano, Ozuna or de aza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not De Aza

  127. AdamH says:
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    14 team, H2h, standard 5 cats plus OPS. Fill in at 2B until Profar gets back: Neil Walker, Jonathan Schoop, Brian Roberts, Scooter Gennett, Stephen Lombardozzi?

    Blech.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  128. el grande says:
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    Hi Grey. Three questions.

    I am in need of closers. I have Veras, Doolittle, Gregerson, Farquhar, and Cody Allen. Which is least likely to become a closer? So yeah I’m in trouble. Which closer do you think will falter next? Which of these should I drop>

    second, I need to drop at least one of these pitchers when Walker comes back for Seattle. Which do you recommend I drop:

    Tillman
    Cuento
    Ryu
    Travis Wood
    Danny Salazar
    Ubaldo
    Kazmir
    Gallardo

    • gareth says:
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      @el grande: I dropped ubaldo the other day. Hes regressed back to his pre all star form from last year and that division is doing him no favors. The k’s are enticing, but hes hittable and gives up a ton of walks. This would make me concerned for my teams era and whip going forward if I started him every time. Let someone else get heartburn.

      • el grande says:
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        @gareth: Thanks Gareth. Any recommendations on the closers/

        • gareth says:
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          @el grande: the closerpocalypse has left any reliever speculation moot at this time. You have been advised.

          Saying that i’d personally choose veras and gregerson.

          • gareth says:
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            @gareth: to clarify – veras (already closing) gregerson (leading candidate of a committee) are the nearest to save opportunities.

            Allen and Farquar are further away as axford and Rodney have relatively long leashes. Doolittle is probably droppable. But who the hell knows. He may get anointed closer next week.

            Crazy year for closers so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Farquhar… Ubaldo

  129. Ron says:
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    In an OBP Roto league Seager AND P. Alverez were dropped after week 1. I had my choice and grabbed Seager off the wire.

    How bad will I regret that decision??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  130. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Since I lost Avisail Garcia I picked up Bonifacio (2B & OF eligible). Who do you think is better
    Bonifacio or Ozuna for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna, different things

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Muchas Gracias Compadre!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  131. Mustachioed Man says:
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    Who do you think would be the best OF pickup? Morse, Pagan, Melky,

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

  132. gareth says:
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    All this talk of ozuna today.

    Can I just point out that Marcel Ozuna sounds like a Las Vegas magician of half Japanese / half French descent.

    His assistant is Marlena (Derek) Dietrich.

  133. Great Bambino says:
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    I think you’re being a little hard on Travis Wood. I really think the dude knows how to pitch.. change speeds with good control. and decent enough velocity to be effective

    In a 14 team H2H quality starts league, I’m really comfortable rolling him out there. Don’t have to agree with me obviously but I’ve looked at a lot of his video and he passes the eye test

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Great Bambino: he picked wood over ubaldo (which i would not have thought)

  134. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Here’s a picture of Steve Avery:

    • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        The likeness is amazing!

        • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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          @Grey: HA! I recently found a folder of drawings of baseball and basketball players from the 1990s, fairly random dudes too…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You’re quite the artist. If you did modern ones, we could put them with our player pages…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Mrs. Featherbottom: Ha! That’s solid! I recently have taken to moving my baseball card collection out of my parents basement. I had all my Braves cards in a binder together and in was some drawings I did of Chipper and Andruw Jones and Greg Maddux when I was about 10. Between us we might have a good chunk of the earl 90s Braves roster, haha.

  135. Joeg414 says:
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    Was offered Calhoun for my Kubel, make the deal ? I need a whole year replacement for A Garcia. Mixed 6×6 Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Calhoun

  136. Mike says:
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    Pick bottom 2 sps from thing group for this yr… 5×5 league.

    Hector Santiago, Taylor Jordan, Martin Perez, Brandon Morrow, Robbie Erlin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez, Santiago

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey: Bottom two ? Do these are the wrost from the list?

  137. Melkman Prophecies says:
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    So I have:
    Arenado
    Fatt Adams
    Melky as a 3 bat rotation for a UTL spot. 2 bench bats. And:

    Fields
    AJ Burnett
    Buchholz

    My question is when should George Springer be stashed in a 10 team 5×5; and should I cut any of these for the stash now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  138. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    Yesterday was a short day right? Rasmus + Short Day = Home Run???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, yeah! Ha! Good call…

  139. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Some sap just dropped De Aza in my 12 team mixer. Are you dropping Pete Bourjos, Todd Frazier, Chris Tillman or Garrett Richards for him? All things being equal, what order?

    Word to your mother.

    • Alcesto says:
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      @Alcesto:

      Also, are you starting Tillman against the Jays today?

      Thanks.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Grey:

        Drop Richards ahead of Jason Hammel?

        I have so many crappy pitchers it’s hard to keep track….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Hammel

  140. Mr. Glass says:
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    Great read man,
    quick question i was gunna drop Santana to third base next week and looking to pick up a catcher i have narrowed the choice down to Gomes, Castro, Flowers, & Mesoraco, i was thinking its mostly between Castro because he put up decent numbers last year & Mesoraco because of upside just lookin for a second opinion more or less thanks
    ( its a H2H points league so i dont really have to worry about avg. )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  141. stonepie says:
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    in talks to trade estrada for wheeler, like taking a chance on wheeler as his xfip is below 3 and he’s throwing strikes. plus estrada always gets hurt.

    then thinking of trading for bruce. is jennings and hosmer too much for bruce?

    • Grey

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      Bit much, but it’s fair

  142. Mr. White says:
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    Add Chad Qualls for Josh Fields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  143. Sticks11 says:
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    Arenado or Gyorko for bench bat?
    Standard 5 categories

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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  145. Tracy says:
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    10 team H2H 5×5. Need a bench bat; how would you rank Orzuna, Morse and Castellanous? Thanks in advance.

  146. doghat666 says:
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    11 team, 10×10 roto, keeper, daily auction league
    Hit categories Std 5 + OPS, D+T, K’s, Hits, Stolen Bases Allowed

    For a Bench/Utility bat: Kubel, Lind, Ozuna

  147. Grey

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  148. Bone Face n Harmony says:
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    Grey, good to be back for another season! Thanks as always. Wanna try n buy low on Salazar and those tasty K’s, offering Tillman straight up because i think he’s maxing out right now in that division. Thoughts?

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