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It’s a bittersweet yum-yum fest with Matt Harvey*.  *Line borrowed from a teenaged Asian girl’s diary.  I told you to draft him on every team as a 6th starter.  Unfortunately, he was drafted as a number three in most leagues.  Fortunately if you still drafted him, he’s the boss of the world.  Ask him next time you want to go to the bathroom.  He will permission you.  He’s a benevolent boss.  A benevolent boss that says it’s okay when you forget to wear pants to work.  Or a benevolent boss that doesn’t scold you when you stare at the clock for the last four hours on a Friday.  It was like he was channeling the Spirit of Doc Gooden, but the Spirit had a more responsible sponsor than Keith Hernandez and wasn’t being offered goofballs off some hooker’s chest that Strawberry just brought into the clubhouse.  Ralph Kiner, God Bless his soul if he passes sometime in the next 24 hours, napped through the entire Mets game and still knows how good Harvey was.  That’s how good he was!  And yesterday’s line of 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks could just be the beginning.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Phil Coke – 1/3 IP, 1 ER, blown save.  It wasn’t all Coke’s fault, he was on the bump after Benoit gave away a freebase, but Coke’s speedball isn’t very good, which left a crack for Escobar.  And now the DEA is gonna be keeping tabs on me.   As I’ve said, Coke isn’t necessarily the closer, especially with decent righties behind him.  Honestly, I have no idea where Dotel is.  Someone Carmen Sandiego his ass.  Has Leyland forgotten that he has him or that I drafted him in the final rounds?  As of yesterday, it looked like Benoit was platooning with Coke for saves.  The last time Coke was involved in a RHP/LHP bullpen split was with the “Howe Farr Can They Go?” Yanks of the early 90’s, but after the Twins dropped a Mentos in Coke and watched him implode, I’d say it’s back up in the air.  I’m still holding Dotel with the thought that Leyland may leave Benoit in the 8th, bring Coke in to face tough lefties in the eighth or ninth and bring Dotel in for righties in the ninth.  Or Al Al’etc.  Don’t forget Al Al’etc.  What a mess.

Anibal Sanchez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins.  I’ll believe a line like this from Anibal more once he’s facing major league offenses.

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks and 3 homers allowed.  The Royals broadcast announced that Ervin had the fifth most AL wins since 2005.  Cherry pick stats much?  Or is Tim Kurkjian now producing local baseball games in Kansas City?  “Did you know that every time Adam Dunn hits a home run three hundred ants run out from under each base?”  *voice squeaks, cat dies*  By the by, I’m strongly considering streaming hitters facing Santana.  He could have a job pitching in this year’s Home Run Derby.

Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 1 HR and has power to spare, but Hayzeus Cristo he’s a liability in the outfield.  I know, his nickname is The Tank, but wow.  Besides his one ruled error, there were three balls that he failed to catch that everyone south of Steve Balboni would’ve run down.  It’s something to watch simply because his counting stats might be cut into with the White Sox lifting Viciedo in the 7th for a defensive replacement as they did yesterday with Wise, who didn’t look that smart when he immediately dropped a ball hit to him.  Maybe left field is the problem?  Have the White Sox considering turning the stadium counterclockwise?

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (0 BBs), 6 Ks.  He was dealin’.  That is all.

Tyler Flowers – 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer.  He is gonna be one of the most added players in the first week and he’s gonna be the most dropped player in about 2 weeks.

Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-3 with a solo homer.  Before yesterday his career in April was .223 with 6 homers in 372 ABs, so yesterday could be portending a nice season if I actually know what portending means and I’m not just portending.

Ike Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first home run.  The home run came off Clayton Richard, a lefty.  Last year, Davis only hit six homers off lefty starters (two off lefty relievers).  Cust kayin’.

Lucas Duda – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  Also, a great sign that he hit it off a lefty too (yes, it was just Clayton Richard).  For now, he’s still an NL-Only guy with just under-20 homer pop, but maybe he develops into more.  I’m not hatin’, I’m liberatin’!

Paul Maholm – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  You say to me, “Hey, Grey sweet ‘stache, it’s like you have three eyebrows.  Question, Home Skillet:  Should I pick up Maholm?”  I wouldn’t yet.

Hiroki Kuroda – Took a line drive off his pitching hand and left the game.  You know the movie Throw Momma from a Train (or the inferior, Strangers on a Train)?  Okay, well, if you have someone you want to off just have them put on a Yankees uniform.

Vernon Wells – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a home run.  Also, in this game, Travis Hafner went yard.  At least I think it was this game, ESPN might’ve been rerunning the 2005 All-Star Game.

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I still don’t like him, only mentioning him so no one gets Butthurtz.

David Ortiz – Aiming to return to the Red Sox the third week of April.  Originally he was thinking April 15th, but he filed an extension.

Stephen Drew – Could return for the home opener.  I’m sure all the Red Sox fans who bought J.D. Drew’s jersey won’t regret burning it.

Wandy Rodriguez – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Cubs, otherwise known as, if your last name doesn’t end in O, you can’t hit.

Edwin Jackson – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Pirates.  Admittedly, a weaker match-up, but Edwin’s a guy I’m gonna be watching to see if he can repeat his first two months from last year.

Brandon Phillips – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and a home run as he took over the clean-up spot for Ludwick.  It’d be too much to ask Dusty to move Frazier up in the order, especially after the ol’ incident where Frazier stepped on Dusty’s toothpick and called it a “stupid splinter.”

Shelley Duncan – 1-for-4 with a homer, scoring 3 and scaring 35 with his high-fives.

Fernando Rodney – 1 IP, 1 ER, BS.  I’d love for him to have a hideous year for all the people who drafted him high because of his incomprehensible 2012.  As God is my whiteness!  Damn you, Autocorrect, you’re isolating some of my readers!

Matt Joyce – 2-for-2, 2 runs and the game-winning homer as he entered the game late.  Maybe he bought himself a little bit of a longer rope than one freakin’ game.

Roy Halladay – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  You might only see caution alerts of Red, Orange and Yellow all year from Roy.  G. Biv has left the building.

Kevin Slowey – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He could give ratio help and shouldn’t hurt you too bad in Crayola Canyon.  Wins, well, Loria sold those on eBay.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks as he pitchslapped Slowey.  Something that I didn’t mention but notice this drafting season — I’m a noticer, y’all!  Gio was going much later than I thought he should go.  Was he not completely dominant last year?  Did he not earn your trust?  Do rhetorical questions annoy you?

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer as BJ Upton went 0-for-4 with 4 Ks.  Holidays are gonna be awkward this year!

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4 with his first major league home run.  As I mentioned the other day, Gattis has nice power but is in a platoon with Laird for now.  In two catcher leagues, you should definitely look at him.  Okay, don’t just look, silly, pick him up.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  I must say (after a clunky beginning to a sentence), the Phillies, Yankees and others should look at how the Braves rebuilt their franchise from a 2006-2009 team that looked like it was getting old fast.

Matt Adams – 3-for-6, 1 run as he got the start at first with Beltran sitting.  New idea for All-Star Game festivities:  Matt Adams, Billy Butler, wet t-shirt contest.  Make it happen, Selig.

Mitchell Boggs – 2 IP, 1 ER, BS.  It’s not a full blown Closepocalypse just yet, but obviously there’s some gusts kicking up.  Boggs wouldn’t be out after this first blown save, but Rosenthal or Mujica would be next in line, in that order.

Brandon Belt – Sat again yesterday and needed an IV for A New Hope.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his first home run.  Injury Update 786, “There is no friggin’ injury!”

Tim Lincecum – 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners (7 BBs), 4. If you can find someone in your league who thinks this was a good start, A) Find a better league B) Sell Lincecum C) There’s no C.  Hmm, maybe you wanna reverse A and B, too.

Casey Kotchman – Out with a hamstring strain.  He’s day-to-day unless he pulls a Kotchman just to name-check.

Scott Kazmir – Won’t start this weekend.  His contract rider should come with an MRI machine.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I’d literally have to see another 3 months of starts like this before I picked him up.  And I’m not using literally figuratively.

Chris Perez – 1 IP, 1 ER, BS.  Like his mullet, his leash is gonna be a little longer than one blown save.

Michael Brantley – 4-for-5, and a run and RBI.  Here’s what I said in the rankings, “Brantley hasn’t shown any speed yet in the majors like he did in the minors.  One year in Triple-A, he swiped 46 bases with only 5 times caught.  So how on earth did he only steal 12 bases last year with 9 times caught?  I don’t have a clue, Professor Plum, but it makes me think he could have a big, surprising year.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-8, 2 RBIs and a home run.  AU SHIZZ!

Brandon McCarthy – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Well, he was in the “owning them will feel like having your colon flushed out of your anus” tier, so, uh, if you owned McCarthy, don’t sit down for 3-5 days.

Martin Prado – 3-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a home run.  Diamondbacks’ skipper, Kirk Gibson, prefers Prado in the two hole.  He went on to say, he’d let Aaron Hill blow him.

Gerardo Parra – 3-for-7, 3 runs and a solo homer.  We’ve got our first hot schmotato!

Adam Eaton – Will hit in a cage on Thursday.  He should try and hit in a bear trap next.

Chris Davis – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Somebody’s locked in.  All right, change your shorts, Bill James.

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  My gut is saying that Morrow is going to be in the Cy Young race if he stays healthy.  Granted, that if is the size of Gilbert Grape’s mom.

Maicer Izturis – 1-for-3 and now has only one less home run than my entire RCL team.  Gotta love the first week of fantasy baseball. *shoves head into oven*

Howie Kendrick – 1-for-4 and a solo home run.  Ugh, watch him break out this year instead of when I planned for it last year.  *leaves head in oven*

Eric Young Jr. – 1-for-3, 1 RBI as he got the start and hit leadoff, but was lifted for Cuddyer, who hit a home run, because EYJ can never have anything nice.

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-5 with his 2nd homer.  We should have a glossary term for players who look like string beans that should steal yet they have inexplicable power.  Go ahead and suggest in the comments.

Wily Peralta – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Member how I said yesterday that Estrada’s start was better than it looked on paper?  Yeah, of course you remember, you’re not senile.  Well, Peralta’s start looked as bad on paper as it did in real life.

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a solo homer.  Good thing Rickie checked into Biogenesis under his alias R. Braun.

John Axford – 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners.  Man, he’s lucky there’s no one worthwhile behind him.  The Brewers may go to Henderson to let Axford “clear his head,” but unless they have that machine from The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, they might be out of luck.  I’d grab Henderson in all leagues, just in case a switch happens.

Jed Lowrie – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and a home run.  How is he only owned in 56% of ESPN leagues?  Oh, wait, 50% of ESPN leagues are already abandoned, so he’s owned in 106% of leagues.  That makes more sense.

Mike Morse – Hit his major league leading third homer.  When he gets to 10 homers in April, then you’ll be playing with the house’s money.  Right now, ride the wave.

Matt Kemp – 0-for-4 with 7 LOB.  Maybe Lincecum wore his hair the same as Rihanna.  Too bad for LA that Chris Brown wasn’t in the lineup.

Mitch Moreland – 0-for-11 in the opening series.  Someone’s trying to get traded to the Astros!

Alexi Ogando – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I don’t want to take anything away from Ogando, I do like him this year, but you can stream anyone against the Lastros.  If you can get past their five-foot, three-inch 2nd baseman, you’re golden.  They look like the Twins without the firepower of Pedro Florimon.

Chris Carter – 0-for-11 with 7 Ks so far.  Welcome Back, Mr. K-ter.  No one has been much better on the Astros, including Brett Wallace (1-for-10 with 8 Ks).  Carter-Wallace may be the company behind Trojan condoms, but the Astro bats look like they could go through anything.

From Around The Web

  1. mike says:
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    Which SP to drop… Wily Peralta, Bud Norris or Wei Yin Chen?

  2. Hondo says:
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    I picked up Flowers for a 1 day C before my Wieters trade comes through.Because I’m so smart!!!

    I benched Ike Davis against a lefty I’m so…

  3. Chase says:
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    It’s tough out here for an Astros fan

    • Brick Br says:
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      Yeah the new best thing about being a Mariners fan is that we now get to play the Astros

    • Chris J says:
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      @Chase: Astros should be the highest attendance team because you’ve got a very high chance of witnessing a no-hitter. Or ten.

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Stupid Rosenthal had a blown save last night as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Yeah, it was late…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I was more complaining about the Cards letting one get away, not that you didn’t mention it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But I should have!

  5. Anthony says:
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    Word up Greycarlo, Gotta say the Star Wars reference to Belt was great! Anyhow, I know we’re only a few days in but Harvey was awesome. Exactly where do you see him as far as overall SP rank if he meets his potential this year? Also, K.K. Upton has a -5 through 2 days in my H2H league, how horrible is this guy and should I look to sell him fast after he goes on a hot streak…..assuming he ever gets on a hot streak. Thanks brother

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Thanks! I would hold Upton for now… Harvey has top 20 potential, ten in the future…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Glossary term for a scrawny player with power… how about Muscle Milquetoast?

    Drop Kendrys for Ike?
    Drop Al Al for Henderson?

    Thanks!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: definitely drop kendrys for ike

      • Anthony says:
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        Lol

  7. Fister Furbush says:
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    I’m really glad I get to read this blog every night because A) its hilarious B) People in the league that i’m in don’t know about it because i don’t want to tell them since this gives me an advantage (helped me win my money league outright with Greys great advice) and C) there is no C .

  8. Bruce says:
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    “Strawberries”. Nobody thinner could hit ‘em higher or farther.

    • Rhymenoceros says:
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      @Bruce: This is the clear winner for the string bean power hitter reference. Nice work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bruce: That is good… You’re in the lead!

  9. Tony says:
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    @grey: from an art teaching fantasy baseballer, loving the ROY G. BIV blurb, lol….. I also bought in on Howie everywhere, solid spring, again, as always, and I said “howie you wronged me last year, you’re going so late, I’m gonna take a chance!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: Thanks! Yeah, I actually have Howie in one league too (AL-Only) so hopefully…

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: Hey won my league last year by not dropping Rios amongst other moves. I drafted Howie in all my leagues this year hoping for another Rios. I love your advice but since we are all human we make mistakes, who is your Rios this year? Flowers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a bunch of guys this year.. Frazier… Rutledge… I like Brown a lot and seems to be available everywhere…

  10. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Do you trust any if these guys to stream today?

    Porcello @ Min
    Gee vs SD
    Griffin vs Sea

    • Tom Thumb says:
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      @Tom Thumb: 1800 inning cap so I try not to only use bums…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom Thumb: I’d start Gee and Griffin…

  11. The G says:
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    Stringbean power hitter: Screech Slater from Saved By The Bell

  12. Brain Dead Hurler says:
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    Glossary term for a scrawny player with power…

    Strong bean
    Tater tot

  13. The first thing I think of for the scrawny guy with power would be “George McFly.” He laid Biff out in the parking lot!

    • Raul says:
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      @Your Mom: Oh, I second that. Dexter Fowler is most definitely a George McFly.

    • Bada Bing says:
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      @Your Mom: George McBig-Fly?

  14. chunk says:
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    glossary term… raw noodle

    • chunk says:
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      @chunk: if i need sp… cutch and rivera for cargo and morrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk: Eh… I’d take CarGo and Morrow, sure…

  15. Jim says:
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    Fowler name idea for skinny guys: Kobayashi dog?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ha… I think we have better…

      • Jim says:
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        @Grey:

        After posting it I agree. First comment on here, I’ll work on comment game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t sweat it, Jim… You’ll get it next time…

  16. LA Sound Guy says:
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    I’m going with Diesel Weasel. That’ll be the place holder until somebody wows you with a Justin Bieber pun. (I’m still a little sensi-pants that Klepto Hitsmall didn’t make the glossary). You can’t read inflection, but I assure you that was written as a friendly poke in the ribs and not a passive aggressive, “Whoa – we gotta start seeing other people” kinda vibe.

    Oh, and as always, thanks for being my draft/waiver guru.

    • LA Sound Guy says:
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      @LA Sound Guy: Damn. George McFly is really good.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @LA Sound Guy: Not bad… I think we have better… No problem…

  17. The Strolg says:
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    I think the loser of your in-house ‘expert’ league should have to do a books-on-tape for Matthew Berry’s ‘Fantasy Life’. Then you could send one out to everyone in Razzball Nation. Get you through those cold winters when there’s three feet of snow on the ground, baseball’s months away, and you’re almost out of weed.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @The Strolg: This is a fantastic idea! I’m a big fan of the “boobie prize”. I have one in a couple leagues I run. Love it.

  18. Tigres says:
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    Added Dotel to Benoit and Al Al for a bullpen full of Tigers. Give it a few more days before dropping the first two? (or just give up and drop all three? though I like Al Al for K/9) I’ve got Janssen and Parnell with Madson on DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Sure, hold for now… May as well unless you need the roster room…

  19. kingforaday151 says:
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    “New idea for All-Star Game festivities: Matt Adams, Billy Butler, wet t-shirt contest. Make it happen, Selig.”

    That’s a priceless mental image, might want to consider throwing Juan ‘SugarBear’ Fransisco in there for a bit of diversity. I went light on starters in my 10-team league, fully intending on streaming starters against Houston, Miami, and Minnesota. You say you can stream anyone against the Lastros, Strailey worth a shot tomorrow? The way Houston strikes out he might have 10 k’s of his own…

  20. Ross says:
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    Looks fast, has power = Prostitution Sting

    (you think you’re in for a quick easy ride, but you end up with a free pass to the station)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ross: I think we have better…

  21. Powerslave says:
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    Fowler= Bones B’ Gone………, for All star HR derby they should have the Pierre/Revere/EverCab types “slug” it out , as long as Axford is throwing, it’s fireworks…, jeez

  22. Raul says:
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    Fowler’s got “Olive Oyl power.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raul: I think we have better…

  23. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Clay Buchholz: Career ERA v. the Yankees prior to last night: 7.15. Yes, this isn’t the same Yankees lineup of yore. But it’s a good sign IMO, and I kinda think Buchholz is going to have a good year for a guy off waivers.

  24. IrishArmos says:
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    Glossery term, little guy with power = A Napoleon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IrishArmos: That’s more short than skinny…

  25. nyydj2 says:
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    Tricep Biceps

    Fast enough to stoke the coach
    Strong enough to smoke the roach

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @nyydj2: Nah. Need more coffee.
      Tater Toothpick
      Mighty Mouse
      Pesky Pole
      Boneybino

      Just not feeling it. Tough one. Think tater Tot mentioned above is most fitting so far.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @nyydj2: Tater tot is in the glossary for something else…

  26. Blue says:
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    Skinny Guy Who Hits Home Runs:
    Tallest Yard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: I think we have better…

  27. Eddie says:
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    Stephen Drew or Josh Rutledge in an OBP league?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Eddie: Easily Rutledge.

  28. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey drop Marte for Brantley?

  29. Jash says:
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    rubbah nubbah= string bean power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jash: Made me laugh, but I think we have better…

  30. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : I was hoping/thinking Pestano would be closer but it looks like Perez despite blowing yesterday has the 9th on lock down. Would you lose Vinne for Henderson or hold tight for my 4th closer spot?

  31. BucLover says:
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    Olive’s boyfriend?

    • BucLover says:
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      @BucLover: Toothpuck….I’m really bad at this.

      • BucLover says:
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        @BucLover: Last one (maybe)—baffleblaster

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @BucLover: I think we have better…

  32. Rocky Colavito says:
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    Would you drop Chris Carter to pick up Aaron Hicks? Hicks was just dropped so I’d have to use my waiver priority on him.

    • kalone says:
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      Should people cut bait on Hicks all together? How about deeper leagues?

  33. Clubber Lane says:
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    Wow Greystroke… That was your longest post. I think ‘literally’ every one of my position players was in there except Gyorko. I love it when that happens! Speaking of weird spellings, is that J Chacin guy worth picking up in a none ERA (Wins K’s Innings -Losses) league?

      • Clubber Lane says:
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        I hate going against you… I like his age, offensive support, and the fact he shut down the Brewers. Why couldn’t you just say grab him? You’re the man on pitching gems…I’ll probably regret it. @Grey:

        • Prezii says:
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          @Clubber Lane: we’ve all read this book before Clubber.. just close it and move on.

  34. JT says:
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    A Throw Mama From the Train Reference???? “OWENNNNNNN!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JT: Stupid poop!

  35. Clinton says:
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    Freaky Friday fowler
    Or
    Fowl’d up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clinton: I think we have better…

  36. shibboleth says:
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    The hits just kept coming with this mornings post! As for Gio, I think people hid from his name in those Biogenesis notebooks.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Of course, in the RCL he went just about where you had him ranked.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, seemed to go lower in the expert drafts I was in…

  37. jamiehov says:
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    I’m heavy at SP with a 1400 inning limit. Holds league as well

    Starters:
    Shields
    Peavey
    Scherzer
    Medlen
    Niese
    Estrada
    Samarzdja

    Should I drop Niese or Estrada for Dotel? I’m thinking Estrada??

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jamiehov: Hold for now and bench him for the time being…

  38. J!m Future says:
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    …in fairness to Rodney, watching the game he clearly got squeezed by the ump – the BB should have been a K.

    • JT says:
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      @J!m Future: Completely agree. Ump wasn’t calling it all night.

  39. BigRon says:
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    Would you trade R. Zimmerman for Reyes if you already have Longoria and Rutledge?

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @BigRon:

      I would…

    • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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      @BigRon: Apparently RZimm’s shoulder is still wonky. I’m getting worried about him.

  40. How about “micromensch” for guys like Fowler.

    maybe not specific enough, but i at least give myself a +1 for the Yiddish since I’m not even Jewish.

  41. Luke T says:
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    George McFly is more of a Sparky Anklebiter type if you ask me. Fowler might be more of a Stretch Armstrong type. He can grab the Cheerio that fell way behind the refridgerator without moving it, but man his arms are really strong too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke T: Yeah, I tend to agree… We’ll see what Rudy says…

  42. Eddy says:
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    Better stash with Yahoo’s new NA spot: Wil Myers or Profar?

    I’m in a 12-team H2H league with OBP where we keep a guy for three years with three round inflation per year. Both would be last round guys.

  43. Jim says:
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    Skinny guy with power: Von Hayes wannabes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ha… But I think we have better…

  44. papasmurf says:
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    Don’t forget Parra’s steal too. Slam N’ Legs! He’s got the Parr-wa and he ain’t parra-lyzed on the bases! (Ok that was bad) Seriously, his opposite field HR to the power alley was pretty impressive. He really could be a 15/20 guy full time.

    Due to injuries to my lineup, I picked up Parra as a spot starter vs. Lynn, he of notorious RH/LH splits. Before the game I dropped him for Reimold. I did get his one-game production but that’s it. So, with my luck, I’ll be able to get him back once his waiver time is over only to have him go 0 for the next 17.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Eh, yeah, game was late, missed that steal…

  45. Dan-O says:
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    Don Flamenco – a skinny guy who hits hard.

    Remember how much damage a landed Flamenco uppercut could do on Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out…?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @stoopid: ha, nice link! I still feel like a young buck, but I’m guessing I’m not. I’m still pissed I never beat the Sandman and actually made it to Tyson by myself without using the damn code.

        • gamebreakers says:
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          @Wilsonian: I used the code to get to Tyson. Sandman was easy, once u found his gimp. It was the Macho Man who I never beat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan-O: That’s solid, will put it in the running…

  46. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    As always Grey, great frickin read….

    Quick question, 16 team league, already leading in every pitching catergory. Is there any way in blue hell that you start Brett Myers today @TOR?

    BTW, because of the podcast, I have Eddie Vedder’s marble mush mouth mumblings stuck in my head all day.

  47. Dan Pants

    Blairtch says:
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    “I’m sure all the Red Sox fans who bought J.D. Drew’s jersey won’t regret burning it.”

    Who would do something like that? At the very least I could bring back the “Naaaannnnnncy!” chant from the bleachers.

  48. Ryan says:
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    Would u trade Bryce harper for Stanton and Desmond Jennings?
    10 team standard….

    Is Jennings a huge upgrade over Aoki( who i am starting now)
    Thanks!!

    • Eddy says:
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      @Ryan:

      Yes, definitely. Do that now.

  49. Where Wallace At says:
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    Fowler…”Jack Sprat”

  50. Scott says:
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    Grey, love the site. Thanks for throwing a little humor at us poor, over-worked tax accountants in the David Ortiz blurb. Keep up the excellent work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Ha, no problem… Scott the prospect writer is actually an accountant too… Assuming you’re not him…

  51. Q says:
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    Pierzynski or Saltla-I-have-no-idea-why-I’m-rosterbating-but-I-just-can’t-stop-macchia? I have Pierzynski—it’s a points league, pluses for walks, minuses for K’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Ha… Salty…

  52. Ryan says:
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    Would u trade todd Frazier for hanrahan/reed/or Balfour? Need saves and have moustakas at 3b
    10 team standard
    Thanks!!

  53. Steve Balboni says:
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    Rudy said take Salas (on the podcast), Rosenthal gave up 4 base runners yesterday, and only Mujica looked good. I once drove from Detroit to St Louis in one day to catch Mark McGwire’s debut.

    Congrats on the twitter surge. The podcast was cool, except the stupid suggestions that Axford was iffy and Yu was a good start vs Houston . Can’t find better men then that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Balboni: Thanks! Yeah, Rudy does like Salas, I think it’s still Boggs’s job either way…

  54. Steve Balboni says:
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    Jason Kipnis, 0-9, 4ks. Too soon to run down to the local chthonic temple and sacrifice my dog? He poops Nolan Reimold orange .

  55. c0wfunk says:
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    good news for kuroda owners:
    X-rays and CT scans showed no broken bones or damaged tendons in Kuroda’s hand after he was hit my a line drive Wednesday, but manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees will “take it day by day and see where we are at” in terms of Kuroda making his next start, the New York Post reports.
    (lifted from espn)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Thanks for the heads up!

    • Prezii says:
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      @c0wfunk: Kuroda owners? What are those??

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Prezii: *two thumbs pointing at chest* this guy

        After all, Grey had him at the top of the tier “I like them, but if drafting one causes an erection for longer than four hours, see a doctor.”

        • Prezii says:
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          @c0wfunk: haha! :D hope you went to the doctor then!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Eddy: best post of the year! By far!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I bow to you sir

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Eddy: Wow, that’s incredible

    • Paddyman says:
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      @Eddy:
      Brilliant!

  56. Damien D says:
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    Eric Davis was a very skinny masher, who could fly. Anybody remember when he nearly went 40/50 before Canseco went 40/40? In honor of him, why not add “The Red” to anyone who fits the mold,.eg. Dexter The Red” Fowler or say such a player is “Seeing Red” . Fingers crossed 2013 is the year of Cameron The Red.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Damien D: He was a beast, but I think we have better…

  57. Chris says:
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    Mighty Mouse could work for the Fowler effect.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I think we have better…

  58. John says:
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    Grey-put Steam-o-Nator on your back until the 8th – Please rank starts rest of week – need wins and K’s w/o killing rates. Cobb ( vCle – TBA) , Griffen (vSea – Maurer), Westbrook (@SF Zito), Hammel (vMin-De Vries).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Hammel, Griffin, Cobb…

  59. T Moore says:
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    Mr; Gray: Really like the stuff you are doing in season..

    Annebelle will be fine… Nice place to be for her… If they find a closer…

    Gio .. Is still a victim of the anti drug media hype witch hunt … Just subliminal effects on draft days are showing up

    Wish I had Morse on more teams …

    What are your thoughts on STL SS Kozma … I’m going to give him a spin in RB league play this weekend… He’s hot now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Thanks! Kozma is hot, but he’s really not much in the big picture… Very little of anything…

  60. Ryan says:
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    in a two catcher league would you go with Gattis over Wilson Ramos?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d still want Ramos; pretty sure long term he gets the job for the Nats.

  61. Schlitzy says:
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    Parra or lowrie for my UT spot in a deep league?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Parra for runs/speed/avg, Lowrie for RBIs/power so it depends on needs. In a nutshell, I’d go Lowrie, personally.

  62. Cougar Albright says:
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    a glossary term for players who look like string beans that should steal yet they have inexplicable power = Nucky Thompson

  63. Red Barons says:
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    Somebody just dropped Erick Aybar to waivers and I need a backup SS (currently I have Danny Espino-hit). Should I drop Plouffe or Mark Reynolds? I also have Trumbo for 3B and plenty of 1B and OF and am projected to have sufficient offensive stats except for SB. Or should I just hold onto Plouffe and Reynolds?

  64. Monsieur Bobo says:
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    Worth dropping Broxton for Henderson? I’m in a speculative closers league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Really, you guys only draft speculative closers? I keed, yeah go after Henderson.

  65. Dominic says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Last time I checked 56% +40% = 96% so there is still a chance Lowrie is available in my league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic: Ladies and gentlemen, my math! Ha… My bad…

  66. mhfella says:
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    Okay, so my Fielder, Beltre and Bruce have a combined one rbi and zero homers so far. No prob. But what’s your take on my other slackers: VMart and Kendrys? Did my gut misspeak when it told me those two would put up nice numbers this year? They’re not geezers yet, right? 34 and 29.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mhfella: Season is very early, hold…

  67. Jon says:
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    Better DL stash/chance to matter this year: LoMo, Soria (chance he gets some saves at any point this year?) or Eovaldi? I have 4 spots so plenty of room.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d rank them LoMo, Eovaldi, Soria

      • Jon says:
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        @Sky: Thanks!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          NP!

  68. Willie McGee's Nostrils says:
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    Dexter Fowler-esque players = an oxyno-run

  69. Drew says:
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    @Grey two quick questions- 6×6 (OPS) keep forever… who would you rather have? Profar or B. Hamilton? Part II: Who do we see as an everyday batter first?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drew: Profar… Hamilton…

  70. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Why does this Jed Lowrie guy seem so familiar…oh I know!

    http://razzball.com/discount-double-check-jed-lowrie/

    Looks like he was used in the 2-hole last night – heyo! – against a lefty. If he hits well, that might be his role this year: 5th against righties and 2nd against lefties. Good opportunity to spread the RBI/Runs out over the course of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Booya

  71. LordaMercy says:
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    A Lincoln: big guy, big reach. Skinny guys fight til they’re burger.

  72. Sawx10 says:
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    Kirk GibThins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sawx10: I think we have better… But that made me think of Cleat Thins…

  73. Nathan says:
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    At this point should I just have a spot on my roster for “pitchers pitching agianst the Astros”?

    More specifically, would you steam Straily against them tomorrow?

    I’d have to drop Gee, Fujikawa, or Veras to make it happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nathan: Lose Fujikawa for him…

  74. CDawg says:
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    Anyone sticking out to you as far as week 1 FA’s?

    Vernon Wells
    Justin Masterson
    Gallardo Parra
    Brett Wallace
    Daniel Murphy
    Ricky Nolasco
    Jhoulys Chacin
    Chris Heisey
    Lucas Harrell

    No positional needs, just going on pure value in a dynasty format

  75. pogo says:
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    Skinny guy who hit’s for power? How about a “Pronk-Dexter”…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pogo: I think we have better…

  76. Wake Up says:
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    I was thinking the same thing while watching the game…forget Cano’s dad…everyone’s gonna be fighting over Ervin Santana(I said hold my belt, Ervin)…

  77. Todd says:
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    Grey, what do you think of Josh Rutledge batting seventh last night?

    LOVE YOUR WEBSITE MY MAN!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Thanks! I think it was one game when EYJ was in there, doesn’t mean anything yet…

  78. pogo says:
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    Actually, thant makes no sense because Hafner was huge. But Dave King(kong)man was tall & skinny, so a “Kong-dexter” (as opposed to “poindexter”) would be better…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pogo: I think we have better…Maybe Boingdexter?

  79. sanfran1966 says:
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    Thoughts on Tyler Cloyd?

    CBS Podcast – Nando reference today around the 9:00 mark on their podcast and your ownership…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sanfran1966: And my ownership? What they say? Don’t make me listen… Cloyd’s not worthwhile outside of very deep leagues…

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Grey:

        Talking about Halladay and his name came up as worth a look. They checked a NL league and said your name.

        They brought up Jim Henderson around 24:00 and said they were going to fly out and find the Razzball guys & punch them in the stomach if they owned him too.

        Kinda funny in the context of the show. Not quite as funny as the serious analysis tho…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… nice…

  80. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Punted C in a 14 team, 1 C H2H league with deep benches. It’s a 9×9 OPS league that weights power pretty heavily. Anyway, once the autopickers started grabbing backup Cs, I ended up with Jason Castro. I stashed Grandal in an NA spot, and picked up Gattis on my deep bench for when he gets C eligibility. Another owner has a glut of C and OF but a grim CI situation (Plouffe the only 3B on his roster, 1B options like Teix and Robot Jones, hence playing Mauer at 1B and M Montero at C).

    My current setup:
    C – Castro
    3B – Frazier
    CI – Konerko
    OF3 – Swisher
    Util – one of T. Hunter/C. Carter/Cozart

    When Lawrie gets healthy he’d bump Frazier to CI and Konerko to Util.

    So, would you give Lawrie and Konerko for M. Montero and either Bruce or Adam Jones?

    Trade would leave me at:
    C – Montero
    3B – Frazier
    CI – Swisher
    OF3 – Bruce/Jones
    Util – one of T. Hunter/C. Carter/Cozart

  81. boognish says:
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    RE Fowler – Flower Power, somewhat lame but apt – and fun with anagrams! maybe Fowler Powre??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @boognish: I think we have better…

  82. Jon says:
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    Lose Chris Carter and give Matt Adams a try? Or Brett Wallace?

    • Jon says:
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      Also available: Garrett Jones, Chris Johnson, Mark Reynolds, Josh Donaldson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I’d hold for right now…

  83. Hondo says:
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    What do you know?

    Oh,I meant about Trevor Bauer starting Saturday?

    Worth an add?I always have panic attacks when I hear about people throwing 300 foot balls as a warmup.

    Read that as you will.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo: In some leagues he’s worth it… I’d hold in 12 team or shallower…

  84. Jon says:
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    Probably too early for this, but Brantley over Brett Gardner?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d want Gardner

  85. Wake Up says:
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    Portending- This is that complex whole, that is an all-encompassing result of taking too many me days in a row….”I was trying to hack my way in there but, apparently she’s into Tom’s of Maine and shizz…..eff these hippies and their portending.”

  86. Jon says:
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    Al Al or Henderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Henderson

  87. Time sensitive~

    before the lineups lock at 1230

    drop Edwin Jax for Maurer, Miguel Gonzalez, or Doubront for today, or Straily/Colon also.

    drop him for any of those guys? or just keep him

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Sort of a Big deal:

      It’s raining here…moderate chance they might not play the Oakland game. Most likely is they will play but it’ll be delayed and or sloppy. Might avoid Maurer if you really need the innings.

  88. Dude says:
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    Minoot Bull

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dude: Ha… That’s good, will put in the running, but would call him Minute Bull…

  89. Adam says:
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    Frazier or moustakas ? Have both and need to trade one of them
    10 team standard
    Thanks!

  90. Ryan says:
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    Aoki or Desmond Jennings ? Is it close ?
    10 team standard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Jennings, no…

  91. flanwagon says:
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    Skinny Margarita = thin players that should steal yet they have inexplicable power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @flanwagon: Ha… That’s pretty good, will have Rudy look…

  92. xtremehulk says:
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    12 team, 4 year, 6 player keeper.
    Bauer is on waivers and can be had for $1.

    My staff:
    Greike
    Samardj
    Bailey
    Hammel
    Griffin
    Cahill
    McCarthy
    Fiers
    Gee
    Cashner

    anyone worth dropping to stash Bauer?

  93. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    FYI – Mark Kotsay is batting third for the Pads today. Mark Kotsay. I can’t believe he’s still playing. All of you Dillon Gee owners – you know what to do.

  94. CL says:
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    Hey Grey… Henderson or Coke? Or both, and dump Erasmo Ramirez?

    10 team dynasty, but I don’t totally need to have Ramirez I guess? He is taking up space…

    Did I answer my own question??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Coke…

  95. kaiser soze says:
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    Top o’ the mornin to ya over-the-internet-friend!

    Would you drop Alcides, Gyorko, or Bonifacio for Lowrie? OPS league, starting two of three for 2B / MI.

    • kaiser soze says:
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      @kaiser soze: Well, I plan on starting Gyorko at MI once he gains eligibility….

      • kaiser soze says:
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        @Grey: Ah shart. I need Bonifacio to fill 2B until Gyorko gains eligibility. Looks like he’s been switching btwn 2B and 3B so it should take another week or so of games for a Yahoo league?

        Drop Alcides instead? Or hold…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  96. Howard says:
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    How would we rank the following going forward: Span, Stubbs, Michael Saunders, Joyce, Reimold, Heisey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard: Same as the rankings…

  97. Birdis says:
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    Yahoo 10 Team H2H
    Bat Stats: R, H, RBI, HR, AVG, OBP, SLG, SB

    Morales or Cuddyer for Util Slot?

  98. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Todd Frazier or Michael Young?

  99. royce! says:
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    My daughter loves it when I sing (or at least shuts up and stares at me, which is all I’m really trying to accomplish), and can’t get enough of “Elmo’s Song.” I sing it to her in the morning to keep her occupied so that I can race through your post. A few mornings ago, I began replacing “Elmo” with “Razzball.” Now whenever I visit Razzball, the song pops into my head.

    It goes like this:

    This is the song
    La la la la
    Razzball song.
    La la la la,
    La la la la,
    Razzball song.

    La la la
    La la la la, la
    La la la
    La la la la, la

    We love to sing,
    La la la la,
    Razzball song.
    La la la la,
    La la la la,
    Razzball song.

    We wrote the music.
    We wrote the words.
    That’s Razzball song!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @royce!: When my daughter was younger I would tell her the magical story of the Donkey Corn before bed. Elaborated for duration purposes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA… Nice…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @royce!:

      saw your note from yesterday after I left. yeah I totally wiffed on the A’s last year. Did not see that season coming. Probably dead wrong on the Astros too in the opposite direction. We’ll see. You put opinions out there, you’re going to look stupid sometimes.

      • royce! says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah, that was why I mentioned it. I wasn’t trying to call you out and be all “you’ve been wrong before!” I just meant that your experience with the A’s, who seemed to have been in a comparable position at the start of 2012, may be influencing your perspective on the Astros. I have been thinking about the comparison ever since Opening Day, when the broadcasters were speculating on the saber-heavy perspective (they didn’t use those words, just some techy shizz) that was going on in Houston, and how the Astros were sort of an experiment using this new perspective. My response to this was that it overstated what they were doing this year, because it seems to me that while they may be using more of a stats geek perspective in the long run, this year they are just not spending any money and just fielding a team because they can’t altogether forfeit the season. They cut their salaries by almost 1/3, and their total salary is less than half of the cheapest team in 2012. The A’s, while they seemed to be investing for the future alone, at least seemed to be putting together the semblance of a major league team. All of that said, I agree that the Astros could be better than people think, since they do have a lot of potential, but I don’t see them being any better than a 75 win team if everything goes perfectly.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @royce!:

          I do not see the ‘stros being better than 75 either. I was never saying they are the surprise team this year. I think I was just saying that they may not be as terrible, epically, historically terrible, as is being suggested.

          It’s a good insight to draw parallel between me thinking of last year’s A’s and projecting on the Astros. However, the primary thing for me is that I think they put a good coaching staff in place and added high character guys on and off field. In following them through spring I got the sense that above all they were going to play hard all year and that alone gives them a chance to not be awful.

          • royce! says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Well, then it seems we are in agreement. Baseball will retain its distinction of being the sport in which you have at least a 33% chance of seeing a win, no matter how terrible one team is.

            Wish Carter would start making some contact, though…fortunately, I have him benched this week, but he’s not making me look like the genius I thought I was when I drafted him.

          • royce! says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Oh, and your original point, I believe, was that K’s are up everywhere, not just for pitchers facing HOU. Eric Stults’ start in NY today ends the discussion on that: 4 IP, 6 K so far.

  100. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    baseball is great, your column is great, I ‘m going to Disneyland today for my daughters birthday. What does that mean to you, I will be posting while waiting in long lines. Carter sucks this week, will be a’ight next, Beckett looks old but could be crafty…..She’s crafty….like Jaywrong….here is my hip hop track of the day

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F94S4NyAsMg

    and the shirt I will be wearing today

    http://scene7.zumiez.com/is/image/zumiez/200068-0001?wid=450&hei=450

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is the perfect short for an amusement park… Have fun with the kid!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: THANK YOU! I think I lost half my eye brow last night at the Teppanyaki Steakhouse last night…thats an uncessasry FYI

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Benihana!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Naw dog, I take her to a legit spot by my pad, but same concept, better quality

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They still flip a shrimp tail into a hat? Then it’s all good…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey:

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Huh?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: did I just get called a girl, or old, or even worse, Josh Beckett?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: a feminine man child?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @jaywrong: I kid I kid my korish friend. I just have name envy

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @jaywrong: @jaywrong: a feminine man child?

  101. inertiatic says:
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    Skinny doods with power;

    Stringy Dingers

    Also, Matt Harvey just got his name with a heart on my trapper keeper. Another start like that and I will be in a full blown swoon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, think we have better though… Agreed on Harvey… Schwing!

  102. Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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    Tigers signed Valverde to a minor league deal. That should fix things.

  103. KevinB says:
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    Pete Kozma seems to have continued on from his good ST hitting. Do you see him as a decent/viable MI? I know that it has been only a few regular season games but what is your take on this guy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      While he’s hot, sure…

  104. jesse says:
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    I dropped Tommy Milone for Coke. Now another manager grabbed him. How hard should I be kicking myself?

    • Bourne says:
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      @jesse: Since Valverde just signed with the Tigers… Well oh well. Move on. Milone is replacable too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, it’s okay…

  105. royce! says:
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    I thought there must be something historical about Halladay’s start, but was too lazy/tipsy to do anything about it last night. Now I read elsewhere that it was the most K’s while recording ten outs or less. So while he’ll kill you everywhere else, he at least has some value in a k/9 league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting…

  106. frank grimes says:
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    Grey would you dump cozart for lowrie? I picked cozart last pick in 12 team H2H. I also own three other reds: jay, BPhil with frayfray on da bench so whatever… is it too soon? Guess I will be steaming SS this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • frank grimes says:
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        @Grey: thanks! what bout dropping McCarthy for Travis Wood or Edwin in weekly league to get two starts at home vs Mil & SF? wood looking ok thru 4 so far today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, but you’re gonna go down the streamer path… I’d go Edwin…

  107. Poo Holes says:
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    50 Shades of Grey Albright,

    My glossary term would have been strong bean, but I saw someone else already mentioned that.

    Drafted my first team of the year last night (I have three dynasties and one I had to auto draft). Here’s what I ended up with, in drafting order. Keep in mind, I had the 5th pick out of 7…

    1. Braun
    2. Fielder
    3. Beltre
    4. Kinsler
    5. Heyward
    6. Cespedes
    7. Wainwright
    8. Hanley
    9. A-Gon
    10. Latos
    11. Santana
    12. Freeman
    13. Motte (internet went out and this was an unfortunate auto-pick, wanted Gallardo)
    14. Asdrubal
    15. Peavy
    16. Morrow
    17. Granderson
    18. Ike
    19. Halladay
    20. Hanrahan
    21. CJ Wilson
    22. Chris Davis
    23. Willin
    24. Wilhelmsen

    My offense is loaded and my pitching is suspect, but there are plenty of guys available on waivers. I have two open spots with Grandy and Hanley on the DL. Would you say Morse and Anibal are immediate adds?

    PS – Tried to follow the war room as well as I could, but picks were coming in fast. Great tool!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting does look pretty stacked… Pitching could be an issue, but I doubt it… I like those guys a lot… Overall solid team….

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey: Quick question, where’d the donation tab go? A uhhh….friend of mine wants to know…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s coming back tomorrow I think… Uh, a friend wanted that spot on the site…

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey: Well if I win this league, all credit goes to you, sir!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Naturally!

  108. Vince says:
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    Nice write-up, as always!

    Considering my SP staff of Scherzer, Latos, Peavy, Samardizja, Niese, Estrada, Shelby and Garza on my DL, who would you pick up to round off the staff : Norris, Milone or Chacin ? 12 teams, H2H, 5×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Milone

  109. B.o.B says:
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    My first thought was Strong Bean and saw someone already mentioned it. That’s got my vote

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s solid…

  110. Ciao Grey — How’d you rank the following candidates in terms of getting saves this year and not killing my ratios (the top 3 or 4 is enough — they’re not all available in both my leagues so I’d like to have at least a couple for each league): Pestano, Henderson, Melancon, A. Bailey, Rosenthal, Cook, Benoit.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit, Henderson, Rosenthal

      • @Grey: Grey: does Valverde (I’m still in disbelief about that) break into the top three here?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh… I’d grab him, but he’s a few weeks away at best and wasn’t good last year…

  111. Fungus says:
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    Choo and Frazier both homered. : )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love the world!

      • Fungus says:
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        @Grey: Frazier doubles. Trout throwing error. Trout having a rough start so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Screw Trout, long live Frazier!

  112. Frazier with a dinger!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tadow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  113. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: My pitching staff is in need for another pitcher or two- H2h 14 GM PtS league

    Options:

    Collmenter
    Bedard
    Masterson
    Nolasco
    Slowey
    Correia
    Cashner
    Nicasio
    Bauer

    Do you like any of these guys???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re streamers…

  114. Phil says:
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    Scrawny guys with power: Skin & Bombs

    As always, thanks for the fantasy edutainment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Not bad, think we have better though…

  115. ATL Upton Sandwich says:
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    Skinny Donkey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we have better…

  116. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Thanks for the advice looks like I will just stay put with current pitching staff for now

  117. Todd says:
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    Grey, which side do you like? (4 X4 points)

    Cargo/Reyes or Bautista/Tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s very close though…

  118. Carnac says:
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    I read the Harvey blurb in my Jimmy Stewart voice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wrote it in my James Cagney voice… Weird!

  119. nightpandas says:
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    Slim Dinger…..as in Slim hit a dinger

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we have better…

  120. Q says:
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    CHOO CHOO!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoorah!

  121. Grey or Rudy — Is it difficult and/or would seem like a good idea to number each day’s comments? (The replies to a specific question or comment wouldn’t get a number). When someone else posts a question I’d like to know the answer to, seems like checking back for question 71 (or whatever) would be the easiest way to know the answer.

    Or maybe you could even have a running total that doesn’t reset each day: it’d be cool to know how many comments are posted during the course of a season (or seasons), and if some particularly memorable comment is made the number could make it easier to find.

    What’d’ya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, we’re frantically doing the streamonator and hittertron and one other thing… Once they launch again I’ll ask the web person to look at adding numbers…

  122. EK says:
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    Pls rank to stream:

    Burnett @ LAD
    Hammel vs MIN
    Chacin vs SD
    Bedard vs OAK
    Norris vs OAK

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammel, Burnett, Chacin…

  123. Carnac says:
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    Gee, that’s a nice backend of rotation starter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  124. letsgobravos says:
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    My waiver claim on Curtis Granderson was successful. 6th priority so I’m surprised I got him. I have 2 DL slots so I can stash him without wasting a roster spot. Its a 12 teamer and I already have Braun, Adam Jones, Hamilton, with Choo at utility. We have 2 util slots though, fingers crossed, if Grandy comes back healthy, I can get them all into my lineup. /self congratulatory post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Also have David Ortiz on that team. Being H2H, it could be really dominant lineup if Grandy and big Papi are relatively healthy by June.

        What’s your expectation on Grandy? I looked at you projections for 24 homers. That’s taking into a account missing 6-8 weeks, correct? What’d you have him at before the injury? 35ish homers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My projections for him are in the rankings… I don’t have high hopes…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey: 24 homers from June to September is pretty solid though from a WW pickup though, no? Obviously I didn’t draft him because of the injury, but getting him for free off the WW seems like a win/win.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, definitely…

  125. bauerspeed17 says:
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    Trade Goldsmidt and Addison Reed

    for

    Longoria

    Currently have Ike Davis and Pablo Sandoval.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  126. Carnac says:
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    LOL Tigers just signed Valverde to a minor league deal.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Carnac: Already covered in the comments. My envelope must’ve gotten delayed in the mail.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, ridiculous…

  127. The Strolg says:
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    Urkcules

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s in the lead right now… Very nice…

  128. chillmodious says:
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    Poopy-pants Marte, Brantley, or Stubbs in a 10-teamer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Mar(gh)te! Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  129. herschel says:
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    Glossary suggestions:

    Skinny Genes
    Slim Goodbodies
    Thin It to Win It, Dawg
    SBDs (Skinny But Deadlies)
    Skin and Gone

    Pujols with his first hit. Yippee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skinny Genes is solid too… Will run it by Rudy too…

  130. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team standard 5×5:

    Chris Carter, Cowgill, Reimold, Mayberry, or Joyce?

    Or screw it and just pick up Taveras for a bench spot?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reimold

  131. Grey — this is in regards to a previous question … I realized you might not go back to see replies to your comments. I asked about a bunch of closers in waiting and your top three was:

    Benoit, Henderson, Rosenthal

    Does Valverde break into that trio?

    Does the one game last night really devalue Pestano so much? I figured Perez was a head case and was also potential trade bait if/when the Indians fall out of contention.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d put him at four for now…

  132. J Money says:
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    Thoughts on my Team in a 12 man 6×6(OPS and QS) League.

    C: Salvador Perez
    1B: Prince Fielder
    2B: Danny Espinosa
    3B: Jedd Gyorko
    SS: Josh Rutledge
    OF: Jose Bautista
    OF: Shin-Soo Choo
    OF: Norichika Aoki
    UTIL: Paul Goldschmidt
    UTIL: Ike Davis
    DL: David Freese
    DL: Corey Hart

    SP:Jordan Zimmerman, Cole Hamels, Shelby Miller, Jon Niese, Hyun-Jin Ryu, James Shields
    RP: Glen Perkins, Mitchell Boggs, Steve Cishek, Bobby Parnell, Ryan Cook

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look light on speed and solid on power… Pitching looks solid, maybe more solid than you need…

  133. Saint Taint says:
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    Thin Wheaties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better…

  134. wakeNbake says:
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    Any thoughts on Brandon Maurer Grey? Drop a SP like Wei Yin Chen for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a marginer…

  135. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Glad to see that sterling spring that knocked Smyly out of the rotation paid off for Porcello. So far, 2 K, 1 BB and 3 ER in 4 IP against the flippin Twinkies. How many times do we have to see this before the Tigers wise up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They love their mushrooms…

  136. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Watching the Angels game and Pujols looks dreadful. He can barely make it to first due to bad wheel. His error last night because he couldn’t bend down to field a grounder cost the Halos a game. If I owned Pujols anywhere I’d be trying to get 80 cents on the dollar. If I were the Sciopath, I’d DH Pujols and stick Trumbo on first when they resume AL on AL play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because of stupid blackouts Angels are actually one team I haven’t watched… I should just turn on regular TV but the MLB Package is so wonderful…

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @Grey: Regular TV has its place. The other thing I’m noticing is Trout is even better in real life than in fantasy. He turned a groundball single into a double (thanks to Choo) and scored on Pujols’ sharpish grounder straight to the 3B, which very few others would have even attempted. The 240 pounds doesn’t seem to have an effect on his speed and will probably add to his power.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Choo welcome… Yeah, Trout is crazy fast… Glad to hear his extra poundage hasn’t slowed him down…

  137. Cbass says:
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    Skinny guys with power : Bruce Banner and Joffrey Baratheon. Grey I’m saddened that you really liked Axford this year. I’m gonna get burned two years in a row. Good Septembers mean nothing if you don’t make the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s only two games, let’s hope for the best…

  138. Eric W says:
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    Marmol in for the save, god help us all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

      • Snake Hips says:
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        @Grey: how is he still closing? It’s so ridiculous. Diarrhea sandwich.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yup…

  139. herschel says:
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    Watching Marmol try and close a game is like trying to watch Lazaro answer questions after a performance…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s hilarious…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: Giant beads of sweat dripping off of his face…so uncomfortable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  140. royce! says:
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    Dotel in in the bottom of the 6th with the Tigers down by one run. Leyland is off his rocker.

    • Carnac says:
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      @royce!: [STRANGLES SELF WITH CAPE]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There goes that…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey: Jeez louise. There’s no figuring out the beautiful mind of Jim Leyland.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope…

          • TheBravesWearPrado says:
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            @Grey: I’ve got Al’etc from your previous guess that he’d be the closer so I hope he’s next in line.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’ll see… No one knows… Not even Leyland…

  141. smegma says:
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    3 games and 4 steals for McCutchen! Thanks for the high rank on him and advice to pickup Chris Davis on the ww – hopefully they keep producing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  142. OaktownSteve says:
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    What is up with the strike outs? Jeremy Guthrie and his career 5.4 K/9 rate rings up 7 in 4.2 so far. Stults and his 5.5 K/9 gets 7 in 5. It’s going to take 1400 Ks plus to win an RCL this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cold weather…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Just looked it up. The total number of strike outs in MLB has gone up every season since 2005 and is up 19% total since then.

        • TheBravesWearPrado says:
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          @OaktownSteve: The SI baseball preview issue has a whole article dedicated to the rise of strikeouts in MLB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bring back the juice!

  143. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatBalls says:
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    NL-only points league waiver claim… who do you like more? Heisey (CIN) or Aoki (MIL)

    The Patented Rudy Gamble stream-o-nator seems to pick Aoki, do you agree?

    {Pts = TB+R+RBI+BB+(2*SB)}

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki

  144. royce! says:
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    Dang, Chris Davis strikes again…bet the Rangers are kicking themselves over that genius move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bill James’s fantasy team is doing well…

  145. c0wfunk says:
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    reddickulous’ first hit of the season a HR.. I remember this from last year ;)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      He’s had some really awful at bats to start the year. He’ll hit a mistake fastball though.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @OaktownSteve: yeah – he’s my 5th outfielder (trout, stanton, cespedes, aoki ahead of him) so the only reason he’s even starting today is days off.. Good timing for the first hit .. I seem to remember last year him going on some HR tears and then some big long drouts.

        Got any Oaktown insight on Cespedes? He’s pretty much 1 HR and a single / all his ABs this year so far too – looking OK? Bad luck? Should I panic?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @c0wfunk:

          Cespedes looks fantastic. He’s just missed a couple. Made a great running catch yesterday in the field. Looks sharp. Very confident at bats. A’s best player. With health his numbers are last year’s or better.

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Awesome … traded for him and the other half of the trade so far is bad news. Thanks for the reassurance. I’m hoping he’s a beast this year.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @c0wfunk:

              Right on time. Yardwork.

              • c0wfunk says:
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                @OaktownSteve: yes yes .. Nice to see. And a walk ta boot. 2/4 day for reddick w a hr, 3/3 from zimm and a hr from Frazier and my week is suddenly looking pretty good! B team did pretty well today. Funny how quickly things can turnover like that. If Fernandez and miller workout this weekend I may sweep the week ;) would be a nice way to start out!

  146. Rick Dempsey says:
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    Chris Motherf’n Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  147. Steve says:
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    Plouffed again. And Perkins on the bench. *Sigh*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope you bring Perkins some luck there cause I have him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: As long as some good comes of it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, there goes that save opp… Dah…

  148. Goose says:
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    So:

    – My Miggy, Bruce, Hamilton, Hosmer, Craig core: 9/51 (.176), 5 runs, 8 RBI, O HRs, so far…
    – McGee is a total ratio-ruinator on day one.
    – Jarrod Parker goes and gets wrecked by the M’s, then both my Cook and Balfour follow his lead in the same game (double Kazaam’d, dammit!)
    – Dickey, Morrow, Estrada pitch okay but none of them win.
    – I bench Cuddyer yesterday when he’s not starting and get sonovabenched by his late-game HR.
    – Then, today, my Will Venable stream misses a Grand Slam by about five feet.
    =
    14th place outta 14.

    But hey, at least Starlin Castro has that one steal!

    FMFBBL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Damn… Still early!

  149. Sir Larry says:
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    Grey,

    Is Lowrie worth picking up for Rutledge? (me thinks you’ll be a “no” on that)

    If not, for util/bench is Lowrie a better option than Marte or Hosmer?

    Much thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No and no…

  150. Steve says:
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    My opponent doesn’t have Ruggiano, but you could have been forgiven for thinking that he did.

  151. CodyJorge says:
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    Glossary – Stretch Longstrong!

  152. Nathan says:
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    Aaaaaand the Twins score 3 runs (and counting) to erase the save opp for Perkins. Wah wah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, crap/balls…

  153. Steve says:
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    Of course Al Al is the guy I have active. Don’t really need to see him here…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Getting clobbered. Adam Jones is killing me.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m loving Jones…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve: Sick of Mike Morse too. He can f*** off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  154. Snake Hips says:
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    Whoa, Bauer will make a spot start on Saturday… Who’s got the balls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer, about 70% of them will be balls…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Ha!

      • @Grey:
        Hola Grey:

        14 team, mixed, redraft, 6×6 (ops/holds).

        Are you not biting on Bauer?

        Tempted to pick him up, see how he does, if it’s basura — then I’d drop him as fast as I picked him up. Aware that his pre-season #s were awful, his 2012 cup of coffee was less than desirable and his overall attitude is one of irreverence and arrogance (that, I actually like a lot). He’s got a heavy arsenal and could pile on k’s… as well as walks and completely ruin my WHIP.

        The drop would be at the expense of Griffin, Fiers or Wheeler.

        Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d grab him… Lose Wheeler…

  155. sange_da_man says:
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    Love the site, brother…..2 quick questions…

    Hold on Gattis C, OF in ESPN ponits 12 team league (Sal Perez, 1 catcher league is my starter) or drop for Jackie Bradley Jr? (A. Eaton on my DL and Starling Marte is my other bench OF…..Joey Bats, Rios, A. Jackson starters)

    Trade offered to me —my Longoria for Lawrie(DL) and Wil Myers (ESPN points 12 team keeper league)……nice haul or sit tight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d go to Bradley… Hold Longo…

      • sange_da_man says:
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        @Grey:

        Or……(dramatic pause) drop Marte for Bradley Jr? Or am I an idiot and should stop tinkering on day 4?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  156. OaktownSteve says:
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    Giancarlo 0-0 with two bases empty walks. Over under on Stanton walks this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      120

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        120 BB and 50 homers, 55 runs scored 55 RBIs

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Greg Dobbs is hitting clean up. The Polanco-Dobbs bookend. Formidable.

          • Steve says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Ashamed to say I slotted Polanco into my H2H lineup today…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll take it…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      also, Jed Lowrie is an animal.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Loving him so far… Hope he stays healthy…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I repeat…animal.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s a Sparky Anklebiter, isn’t he?

  157. Scott says:
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    Streamonator’s not up yet, your thoughts on Wade Davis starting against Philly tomorrow? What about Zito against the Cardinals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start either…

  158. Eddy says:
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    That $3 Morse is looking delicious. Think this is a mirage?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  159. Steve says:
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    Is it too much to ask for for Espinosa to get a hit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: He’s useless. Thank goodness I grabbed Lowrie – Espinosa can take a seat for now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

  160. Buge Hoobs says:
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    12 team 5×5, Drop Griffin, Doubront, Fiers, or Hughes for Fernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubront

  161. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey dawg, Gardner or Boneface for my util spot tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Gardner with some ham! Do I smell some eggs? Nice call Greyseff

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah!

  162. Eric W says:
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    Brian Roberts just hobbled off the field after stealing a meaningless base in the 9th…..seems about right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course he’s hurt…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: kinda start to feel bad for the guy..

  163. Vinny says:
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    Skinny Homer = Pesky Beanpole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we’re going Strong Bean…

  164. Nathan says:
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    Do you think a healthy Lowrie can make a real impact this year as a starter? Or is he just a hot schmotato for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, see my rankings… If he can stay healthy…

  165. royce! says:
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    Too early to drop a festering Chris Carter in a 14 team h2h? He and D.Brown occupy my bench; had high upside hopes for both. I would be losing him for a holds and k/bb guy, many of whom are available (I have Bailey and Uehara, Strop. Collins, Crow, Bastardo, Thornton, Belisle, Henderson, yadda yadda are on the wire)…I would hate for Carter to start hitting on someone else’s team, but it seems that his start would likely keep others away for a bit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Carter for now unless you really need, uh, holds…

  166. letsgobravos says:
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    Wish I had Morse on a team. Apparently that dude doesn’t know spring training is over. 4 homers in the first 3 games is pretty ridiculous. I’m sure he’ll fade, but it’s fun for those who grabbed him while it lasts.

    • royce! says:
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      @letsgobravos: Yeah, my brother in law, who lives in the northwest and drafted him in our h2h league, is flipping his shizz. Got me to promise that we’ll go to the playoffs when (not if, when) the Mariners make it. I figured there was little risk in consenting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed…

  167. BKK says:
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    If held at gunpoint to make a decision:

    Arrieta vs MIN or
    Kendrick vs KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

      • BKK says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I really didn’t need to ask, I just really like thought of Arrieta vs MIN. and needed to be talked away from the ledge.

  168. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy how are you!! I’m sorry but this will be alot of players but i don’t know any other way of doing it. This is my baseball lineup. Can you please rate it for me please??
    1st prince fielder
    2nd jose altuve
    3rd Ryan zimmerman
    SS jose reyes
    C matt wieters
    OF Andrew MCcuthen
    OF Matt holliday
    OF carlos Beltran
    Starlin castro
    carl crawford
    bret gardner
    josh reddick
    alfanso soriano
    mark Teixera
    SP Cole Hammels
    SP Mat Latos
    Roy Halladay
    jeff samardzija
    brett anderson
    phil hughes
    Wei-Win Chen
    RP j.j. putz
    RP greg holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks fine, but your hitting looks light on power and heavy on speed…

  169. Frank Lynch says:
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    10 team h2h points league

  170. c0wfunk says:
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    Yo jam master Grey – would you put bartolo colon in your top 100 pitchers? Whereabouts if so? He’s back this weekend… Don’t see him in your 400 list and you’d be surprised how much you use the word colon in other contexts rendering search difficult. Thanks again your patience and humor with the barrage of borderline ridiculous questions you are inundated with daily is truly something to behold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nope, not top 100… Maybe 120th? He’s kinda meh… I’d wait to see him throw a few games first…

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: werd .. Also just a heads up you made the cbssports.com fantasy baseball today podcast a couple times today, give a listen if yer ears are burning. something about you having some bottom of the barrel pitcher one of them wanted to grab in some cool guy expert league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, someone mentioned it above…

          • c0wfunk says:
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            @Grey: ah so.. Hard to keep up round here

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No worries…

  171. Steve says:
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    Kipnis hitting 3rd today. I approve of this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, don’t have him anywhere…

  172. Steve says:
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    Some not-so-pinpoint control from Medlen right there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, watching him… Not getting squeezed really either…

  173. letsgobravos says:
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    I currently have an open slot on both of my teams, but can’t decide on who to pick up.

    In one league, we have a 100 moves cap for the season so I’m forcing myself to be more careful early in the year than I was last year. Almost grabbed Berkman (have him on my other team) before someone else picked him up, but I already have 2 bench hitters (frazier and ruttledge) so I feel like I should go with a 7th SP since I can’t stream with the moves cap. Leading available candidates are Shelby Miller, Chris Tillman, Iwakami, Gee, Doubront and McCarthy. After watching the highlights from the other day, I feel like McCarthy may have issues coming back after the head injury. Miller seems like he might have the most upside, but Tillman might be a better bet based on his 86 innings last year. Doubront is the highest ranked in the top 400 though. Who do you like the most out of this group? I’m tempted to go with Miller because of his potential upside.

    The other team I’m going RP heavy and currently only have 1 bench bat. I already own bonifacio there so I don’t really need a pure speed guy. (although I’m losing SBs 6-1 so far this week) None of the available guys seem appealing…Duda, Brantley, Cowgill, Rajai Davis, among other mediocre options. I guess I should just sit tight and wait for a hot schmotatoe to emerge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Miller and sit tight…

  174. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh and Cutch is running like CRAZY. 4 steals already!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, Dread Pirate!

  175. TheNewGuy says:
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    Seems my first comment disappeared , or didnt work.

    Anywaybit was that Medlens starting to look mortal again. Hopefully its just a case of opening day heebie-jeebies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, too early to say but he has settled down…

  176. GR says:
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    Hey Grey my Mentor…
    Tillman coming off the DL…do I drop McCarthy or Porcello??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

  177. Mike says:
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    Way too late to the party, but Lowrie would be owned in 112% of ESPN leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I failed rudimentary math, I know, someone mentioned above…

  178. Danwise says:
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    Hi Grey,
    12tm Dynasty league with 10 man minor roster. I missed out on 1st last year by 3.5 points. I believe it to be a big fluke and don’t think my team is very good. (Esp. pitching)
    My question for you is should I try and deal for the future or is this squad capable of putting up a fight?

    Mauer C
    AGon 1B
    Hill 2B
    Frazier 3B
    A. Cabrera SS
    Lowrie MI
    Carter CI
    Bautista OF
    BJ Upton OF
    Crawford OF
    Willingham OF
    Crisp UT
    K. Johnson BE
    Arencibia BE
    Carpenter BE
    Granderson DL
    ARod DL
    D Young DL

    Rivera RP
    Betancourt RP
    Marmol RP
    Pestano RP
    Peralta RP
    Medlen SP
    Burnett SP
    McDonald SP
    Milone SP
    Doubront BE
    Phelps BE
    T. Hudson BE
    Hanson BE
    Paulino DL

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can compete with that team… At least try until June…

  179. Steve says:
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    OK, Yanks – a three-run lead is enough. Need me some David Robertson…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Ah crap.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        What happened?

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: Pettite breezed through the 8th inning.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah… The week was contingent on Robertson>?

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey: No, but when Darren freaking Oliver barely escapes a bases-loaded jam to get the crappiest Hold you ever saw, AND YOUR OPPONENT SOMEHOW OWNS HIM, you figure it’s not going to happen for you.

  180. Steve says:
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    That’s it. There’s no way I can win this week. No way.

  181. TheNewGuy says:
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    Please rank these pitchers:
    Yu, Wainy, Dickey, Grienke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re in the rankings…

  182. Derrick says:
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    Garza was just dropped in my 12 man league and I am #1 on the wire. Must add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pick him up and stash him, yeah…

  183. Steve says:
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    Who’s warming up in the Toronto pen?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: OK. Janssen comes in. Don’t f*** it up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You know when you say that he’s gonna!

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: Oh, I’m fully expecting it – don’t worry about that.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha…

  184. Cole says:
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    RCL league. My SPs are F-Her, Cliffly, Weaver, Sheilds, Fister, Kuroda. Obvioulsly my hitting sucks with that rotation. Drop kuroda for Mark Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, give it a shot… Not great though…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey: I meant Reynolds is more of a hot schmotato add, drop him once he cools

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he is at this point…

  185. Payaso Pregunta says:
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    Trim Job

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we’re going with Strong Bean…

  186. Elwood Blues says:
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    Pitching staff NL Only 4×4.. 12 team $260. (I have $146 to spend and need 2b, cr, ut, and 3 OF’s too)
    Help me fill in the blanks for pitchers right now:
    P Gio $17
    P Medlen $1
    P
    P
    P Cashner $3
    P Vizcaino $1
    P D.Hernandez $3
    P Storen $10
    P

    Top Available Starters: Kershaw, Lee, Greinke.. I figure with Gio, I can skip these.
    My best options for 2 starters may be: Haren, Lohse, Neise, E.Jax, T.Hudson.. who do you like?
    I can also spend big on a closer $30-40 for the big available ones: Chapman, Soriano, Papelbon, Motte (maybe a little less since he’s injured) or someone like Fujikawa – who may go for $15 .. there’s also Boggs and Rosenthal.. who will probably go in the low teens.
    What do you think?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese… You need two closers… Boggs and Soriano maybe…

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: With 2 closers would wins be a problem?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be… But there’s no one in Niese’s group other than Niese…

          • Elwood Blues says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: Estrada is also out there.. so is Ryu, Lincecum, Wandy, Beckett, McCarthy, Capuano.. along with what I mentioned above.

  187. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    went to the Reds Angels game today,great game but i missed 2 of the hr,s,damn beer lines,great seats and Chapman was looking great at 99 mph k,ing Josh

    • Steve says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Did you catch Choo’s home run ball for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome! Good stuff… How’s Frazier look?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: great,he should have had a 2nd hr today,looked like it hit the top of the wall,popped straight up in the air and they ruled it a triple,i hate to admit it since i own Albert but he is limping bad,noticably

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, someone else noticed the Albert limp looking bad…

  188. BaltimoreTA says:
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    Guys,

    I’m new and wanted to know what site do you all use to use to look at pitching matchups to sit/start hitters for the best hitting matchups for each week? I hate having to scroll through all of the pages for each day of the week on these MLB pitching probables sites. Is there an easier method that I’m missing out on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This site after this weekend… Stay tuned…

  189. DILinator says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m usually pretty good at ferreting these things out on my own, but this trade offer has me uncertain… It’s a 7×7 ROTO league, with OBP and SLG as the extra 2 categories. It is also a Keeper league.

    I was offered Matt Kemp, Brett Lawrie, Kyle Seager, and Marco Estrada, in exchange for Jose Bautista, Aramis Ramirez, Lance Berkman, and Josh Beckett.

    I like the better categorical production expected from Kemp, and also prefer Lawrie to Ramirez long term. However, Lawrie is hurt, Aramis is still productive, and it appears Berkman is going to have a nice season in Arlington. I am currently off to a nice head start on the league so far, and have won the league three of the past four years. Should I take a chance on the younger players, and hope it doesn’t hurt my chances this year? Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it for you…

  190. Elwood Blues says:
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    Okay, let’s do hitters. Again $146 to spend (while needing 3 pitchers) NL Only 4z4 12 team:
    So far I have:
    C Brantley $10 Castillo $5
    1b Rizzo $15
    2b
    SS Cozart $7
    3B Frazier $10
    MI Cabrera $10
    CR
    UT
    OF McCutchen $15
    OF Marte $5
    OF
    OF
    OF.
    The big hitters available going between $30-40 will be Braun, Bruce, Votto, A.Gonzo, Wright.
    Do I go for one of those or do I fill in the blanks with say.
    2B – Week, Uggla, or Prado for around $18 Gyorko or Espinzo %15
    CR- Prado $25 Hart for around $15-18 or C.Johnson $5
    OF(where I need 3) Choo or Hollida for $25 or Fowler $25
    OF Venable $15ish or Werth or Soriano same price
    OF Heisey $12ish DeJesus, Hariston Ross, Cowgill, or DYoung a little less.
    and then one of the above for UT. (And I guess this all depends on whether I spend $30-40 on at least 1 big closer)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need some of the big bats… You can’t have just a bunch of flyers and McCutchen…

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: So if I spend $30 on a closer, and $35 on Votto.. and say $40 on Bruce.. thats going to leave me with $41 for 6 players.. to fill 2 pitchers, 2B, UT, 2=OF. is that the way to go?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you need some firepower… Your team’s lacking pop…

  191. BKK says:
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    Got offered Axford for Espinosa.

    Would anyone do this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  192. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    if i had anyone to put at ss,like lorie

  193. Came Late to the party says:
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    skinny dudes w/ power = Flavor Flav (sung that classic song “Fight the Power” with Spike Lee)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better…

  194. Bone Doctor says:
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    grey,

    how soon is too soon to make the lucroy-for-arencibia cut? what about jesus montero-for-arencibia?

  195. Matthew says:
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    What up Grey?

    So stoked on the start of a great season.

    So I showed you all 4 of my team including my higher stakes team and you like. I ended up getting Harvey in 2 or 3 out of 4 of my leagues. I seriously love all my teams so I’m having trouble dropping people. I’m gonna show you this team below so maybe you can help make a suggestion.

    Henderson is available and someone just dropped Fujikawa.

    Who should I pick up and who should I drop

    Oh and I drafted Kuroda as my like 4thish in like 3 leagues, should I be nervous? I’m not stressing cause I have guys like Harvey Milone Estrada etc after.

    Bungarner
    Scherzer
    Peavy
    Kuroda
    Estrada
    Milone
    Niese
    Miley
    Boggs
    Holland
    Wilhelmson
    Janseen

    S Perez
    Goldschmidt
    Scutaro
    Zimmerman
    Jose Reyes
    McCutche
    Choo
    Gordon
    Ike Davis
    Todd Frazier
    Bonifacio
    Andrelton Simmons

    Suggestions?

  196. kyle says:
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    Need to pick up a player, Matt Carpenter, Brantley, Rasmus or Viciedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

  197. Brent says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you deal Goldschmidt, who is on a 4 dollar contract through 2015 for Strasburg who is on a 23 dollar contract over the same length. He’s also willing to eat my Dan Haren 25 dollar contract which ends next year. Hate trading Goldie who I love, but it’s a good deal right?

    12 team head-head and I have Pujols at first and my pitching and hitting are both strong.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair…

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