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Yesterday, the Astros had a scare when Jose Altuve was hit hard on the hand by a pitch and he immediately left the game.  Because of the nature of Altuve’s hand, a broken bone would’ve been devastating.  You know those tiny boats that people use tweezers to put into little bottles?  Those people are called tinyshoremen.  Tinyshoremen are the only ones capable of working on a hand as petite as Altuve’s.  Finding a doctor who is also a tinyshoreman?  Good luck with that!  Thankfully, X-rays came back negative and he’s day-to-day.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark Trumbo – Diamondbacks announced he’s at least three weeks away, assuming no setbacks.  He deserves to have 50 Cent steal his chain.  In all the time I’ve been following Trumbo’s exploits, I don’t remember him ever using his feet.  Take a Barcalounger to the plate, recline it forward and swing the bat!  You were supposed to be my 1st baseman in two deep leagues, and I got nothing without you!  Was that the voicemail’s beep?  Or am I writing this and not leaving it as a voicemail for Trumbo?  Crap.

David Peralta – 3-for-4, 1 run.  He’s a herbathrowdite that is playing nearly every day in left field while Trumbo and Pollock mend their broken parts.  Peralta probably won’t start vs. lefties, and he doesn’t do anything really well, but a little of everything just okay.  He is batting .372 in the week-plus since his call-up, so hot schmotato that.

Chris Owings – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, but hitting pretty miserably for average in the last week.  He looks like he’s going to get to 14/14 on the year, which would mean…Hello, 2015 sleeper!

Jonathan Singleton – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Gon Homerton!

Chris Carter – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer and 3rd in two games.  It took until extra innings, but my batty call for a homer worked.  Thank you, Hurry K’d Carter, now get off my team before you go oh for your next twenty.

Jesus Montero – Recalled from the minors to play some 1B and DH while Justin Smoak is out.  Montero had 8 homers and a .270 average in Triple-A, which comes out to around 4 homers and .215 average in the major leagues, so if you find yourself saying ‘Jesus, my team is bad’ and you want it to have multiple meanings, there ya go.

Michael Saunders – Hit the DL with a shoulder injury.  Tough break since he was really starting to pick things up.  Like toilet paper from the store and other nonsense I’m now being told to pick up while I’m out cruising around because my wife won’t leave me alone!  What I’ve learned about married life is you can’t ever ask your wife where she’s going or where she’s been because chances are she’s told you already and this will only trigger, “You never listen to me.”  Your main goal in life is to avoid ever hearing “You never listen to me,” while never actually listening to her.

Roenis Elias – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Elias Sports Bureau said we are not related to this guy at all.

Chase Whitley – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners (0 walks), 6 Ks, ERA down to 2.41.  Okay, it’s time to take another look at him.  All right, I’m back!  Miss me?  Oh, you want me to relay what I just saw?  Pretty yawnstipating K-rate and insanely good control — under 1 walk per nine.  I’d still look at him as a streamer and he gets the I-don’t-know-what-to-make-of-them Blue Jays next time and I wouldn’t risk it in most mixed leagues.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Well, Yankee Stadium is paying off for his power!  Oh, this was in Safeco.  He left with a tight hip late in the game after slamming into the outfield wall.  He’s day-to-day, and should avoid being D’Ellsburied.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Guess he didn’t like my disparaging comments yesterday.  Shows you that you don’t mess with an angry Blackmon.

Justin Morneau – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Do the Rockies really have to go on a road trip?  Please.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-3, 1 run.  A commenter pointed out a good point on Dickerson, his road OPS is 1.070 and he’s batting .321 with 5 homers in 56 at-bats.  My pants called, they want a new inseam!

B.J. Upton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Nothing sweeter than a BJ for the batty call.

Ervin Santana – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Good thing I was too chicken to start him in Coors.  The French call that coq Ervin.

Matt Adams – Expected to be activated today, so Oscar Taveras better start washing Matheny’s Buick sedan in a hurry.

Gerrit Cole – Threw a bullpen session on Thursday and said he felt grrrrrrrreat!  But he’s also trying to land a cereal commercial.

Russell Martin – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal and 2nd in as many games.  Damn, he’s running like he suddenly has crabs.  Alyssa from Los Angeles is on the line for Dr. Drew.

Edinson Volquez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Ah, I see, now you’re just saying we’re gullible?  Not cool, Edinson!

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Doesn’t his last name sound like when someone says something they don’t want you to hear so they cover their mouth?  With that in mind, I’m covering my mouth as I say he’s allowed 14 runs in the 16 innings since I told you to sell him.

Colby Rasmus – No, wait, let me guess!  Is he nearing rehab games?  He’s been nearing them for a week and half now.  Someone call this guy Uber!

Mark Buehrle – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, raising his ERA to 2.28.  Incredibly, this was his worst start of the year.  What I’d like to know, who sells their soul to the devil, but tells the devil that he only wants to pitch like Cy Young until June 11th?

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.71 vs. the Doug Ault-led Blue Jays.  This Gausman start was pretty streamish, but he is better than a start like this.  Listen to me, I sound like his mother.  Kevin’s a good boy!  He throws regularly 96 MPH.  That’s a guy who should be knocking down eight Ks a game, at least.  Still like him a lot, and would hold if you have the room.

Delmon Young – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Member when he was the Oscar Taveras of his day?  Ah, good times.

Brandon Phillips – Left yesterday’s game with a sore finger.  “Quick, check it for octopuses!”  That’s CarGo reading Razzball.

Alfredo Simon – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s beating hitters this year better than he’s beating murder charges.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Been outstanding this year in what has been a pretty terrible year for 3rd basemen so far.  Only three players on our Player Rater have given more than $20 in value:  Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera and Frazier.  Not really that many have even given $10 worth.  Meaning if you spent more than $15 in your auction on a 3rd baseman, you almost surely lost value.

Hanley Ramirez – Out still with shoulder issues and may not be ready today.  Can’t believe Hanley, the guy that made percentages rethink things because he always gives 110%, isn’t fighting harder to get on the field.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Greinke got the quick hook yesterday because he came up to bat with a man on 1st and 3rd with two outs.  Mattingly frantically tried to call Joe Torre to ask him what to do, but Paul Sorvino picked up the phone (they were slicing garlic for lunch) and said that Joe was busy and to figure it out himself.  Mattingly then went to stroke his mustache for confidence, felt a bare upper lip and freaked out.

Justin Turner – 2-for-3, 1 run.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Justin Turner in a post?  If that doesn’t have you running back here to read it, I don’t know what will!

Tim Hudson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 1.81.  Dare I say it, but his peripherals look downright Greg Maddux-like.  A Hudson hasn’t seen such a surge in value since Eddie Murphy passed on a role in Ghostbusters.  Better still!  Since Kate Hudson dropped out of Goldie’s vagina.

Jean Machi – 1 IP, 0 ER, his ERA is down to 0.31, but his WHIP went up to 0.76.  Jean Claude Van Damme’s got some competition for the most masculine guy with the name Jean.  Not to mention, Machi is short for Machismo.

Michael Morse – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .287 as he keeps bebop-dot-dot-slashing along.  I wonder when the bottom will drop out.  I’m guessing around 17 homers and he’s at 13.  Not at all saying that because I don’t own him and I’m trying to jinx him.  Not at all.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI.  I debated putting him in this afternoon’s Buy column, but I figured one mention of him and how he’s hitting over .400 in the last week was enough.  He’s no Justin Turner, I’ll tell ya that!

Emilio Bonifacio – Left yesterday’s game with a rib cage injury.  Guess that’s deciding it for me between Bonifacio and Rutledge.  Wish Rutledge was headed for a home stand.  Oh, well, gotta fight the good fight as fighters say.  Sayonara, Emily Boneface, which is also the title for my Young Adult novel.

Curtis Granderson – Missed yesterday with a sore calf, which is an Italian anagram for al fresco because they overmilk their calves.

Jon Niese – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Probably a streamer in most leagues, which I ain’t hatin’, I’m libertain’.  But to play devil’s advocate — hooah! — he has a 1.13 WHIP, 2.54 ERA and hasn’t even been that bad in Ks.  With that said (reversal time!), the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start and I agree.

Jenrry Mejia – Left yesterday’s game with lower back stiffness.  That answers my question.  See, I always wondered if people who lived with zero gravity had back pain.  You know, because Mejia is always moonwalkingJeurys Familia would probably fill-in for Mejia if he needs to miss extended time, but it sounds like a day-to-day issue.  (That doesn’t mean I didn’t add Familia where he was available.)

Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-5 and his 7th homer.  When your woman demands the strongest musk, won’t you try Aramis?  Damn, I could write copy!  Let’s try another, do you know where your child is?  Well, maybe Christian Yelich knows, he’s 14 years old.  Hmm, not as snappy.

Jean Segura – 2-for-6 and his 13th steal, batting in the eight hole, as Rickie Weeks hit leadoff (0-for-5, 1 RBI).  I just wrote that because I like to get my blood pressure up.  Let’s move on.

Kyle Lohse – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.00.  Deserved to win, but a costly error put a runner on third and Bobby Abreu scored him on a sac fly.  Fun fact!  In Africa, a sac fly means something totally different, and can be very dangerous.

Max Scherzer – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.05.  He’s pitching essentially the same as last year when he ended the year with 240 Ks and a 2.90 ERA.  Verlander might think about wearing one colored contact.  It might make all the difference.

Victor Martinez – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .329.  For those of you with a photographic memory, this is old news, but I drafted V-Mart on one team — my AL-Only team.  The team where I spent more on Brad Miller than any other player.  That team is in 2nd place within striking distance.  I don’t say this to say how great I am.  I say this to prove that William Goldman’s adage about no one knowing anything holds true for fantasy too.  All I knew was I wanted players with secure jobs and hope for the best.  My Tout Wars team is the exact opposite scenario.  I had Prince Fielder, Jedd Gyorko, Alex Wood, Alex Cobb, Avisail Garcia, Jim Johnson, Wieters, Hosmer, Taijuan, Arenado, Cingrani and just about everyone that has bombed or injured.  It happens.  Don’t say that last sentence in a library, by the way.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.97.  You know a guy is pitching well when I have no idea if his ERA went up or down after seven innings of one-run ball.  It went down, for you completists.

Stephen Drew – Has missed four straight games and may go for an MRI today.  The only thing that has held up the process is an MRI is like $3500 and the Red Sox have already enough sunk costs in Drew.

Brock Holt – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  He’s hitting .336 after a month of games.  What are you waiting for to pick him up?  You waiting for a Facebook invite that is sent out to 700 people that everyone comments on and you get non-stop notifications until your phone battery dies?

Daniel Nava – 3-for-4, but hitting .192 and not even starting every day.  Like a prudish Native American girl, that’s a Nava no.

Jon Lester – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  ERA is only at 3.33, but his peripherals are still prettttttay, prettttttay good — 9.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9.  Due to the ERA and 7-7 record, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could acquire him a tad cheaper than some other pitchers.  By the by, Tad Cheaper sounds like a comic book character that is a WASPy Jew.

Josh Tomlin – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, raising his ERA to 3.33.  Must’ve been a cold night there in Boston that felt like October, because Tomlin turned to a pumpkin and then the Sox carved him up.

Nick Swisher – o-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Picking up right where he left off!

Kyle Kendrick – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Kyle Kendrick Lamarr made the Padres his bish.  But he only has two wins on the year and a 4.09 ERA.  Random Italicized Voice, don’t kill my vibe!

John Mayberry – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He’s now officially past Domonic Brown in power, but that’s about as complimentary as being called a less-racist version of Paula Dean.

From Around The Web

  1. Adan says:
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    Scherzer finally got a shutout!! Thank you Fantasy Baseball Overlord!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adan: You’re welcome

  2. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Assuming he’s not badly hurt.. any love for Ender Inciarte in a deep NL only league as a SAGNOF?

    Seemed like he hit for average in the minors and certainly has speed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      swiped 2 last night, right? in that format, sure

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Grey: cheers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ta

  3. way too *#^% for this says:
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    10 team roto standard+ MI CI 5 OF 2 U

    In a vacuum my Gardner for his Wacha + Kendry Morales

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @way too *#^% for this: if you don’t need the speed, I’d do the trade.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  4. Mookiewilson says:
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    Trade Rios for Grienke or Sale?

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Mookiewilson: if you’re ballsy enough not to be afraid of injury, Sale. If not, Greinke is good value too

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Sale if you can spare Rios

  5. Eric says:
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    Who would you replace Ramos with?

    Russel Martin
    Carlos Ruiz
    Jason Jaso
    Kurt Suzuki

    Man this is making me sad.

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Eric: I would say Martin because the Pirates offense is starting to pick up….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Heatcheck…either him of Ruiz

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      I’m in the same boat, dude.
      I chose Martin for what it’s worth, but if they were available I might have considered Ruiz or Jaso.
      But I still think Martin. He’s playing like he’s got something to prove right now.

    • ddmcd1974 says:
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      @Eric: The Twins sent Pinto down so Suzuki is the man. Just an FYI.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @ddmcd1974: im losing patience with mccan. my batting avg is th eonly part of my offense that is killing me. would it be crazy to drop mccan for suzuki?? i kno i must sound like an idiot, but his 220 avg and very inconsistent power is killing me.

  6. Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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    hi Grey… nice write up once again I thought it was a mistake when I first saw it but no. Endy Chavez and his .195 obp is leading off for the Mariners. Your Mariner wager looks like easy money now. How do you feel about Quintanas start against the Royals The SON has it at 4.1. I thought it would be higher as Hosmer ,Gordan, and moobs don’t hit him well thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d feel safe with Quintana there

    • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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      @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Endy Chavez leading off makes me wonder if Fredi Gonzales has a secret school for poor managing

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Toe Nee Arm Ass: hey Toe wheres your K today?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @nick the dick: it seems to have disappeared ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Toe Nee Arm Ass: I know, crazy… Endy Chavez shouldn’t be leading off in the minors…

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice write up. Shout out to my friend Phil from the Future for Chris Carter’s continuing hot streak!!! A walk-off, no less!! Also, I think we are now witnessing the full-blown 2014 re-make of….Ferris ‘Mark’ Buehrle’s Day Off. There is no way a junkball pitcher like Ferris can get away with a 2.04 ERA can he?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

      Buerhle’s been fun to watch.

    • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I would let Tim Hudson explain it for you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! Yeah, don’t trust Carter long term though

  8. geegee says:
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    swap lohse for lester?

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @geegee: I would do it for Lester’s better k-rate

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @geegee: DO IT

  9. Commissioner of the Fantasy Overlord Defamation League says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great article. I agree on never messing with an angry Blackmon haha. Quick question today. 6 offensive cat league (R, HR, RBI, SB, BA, OPS). Corey Dickerson is available. I currently have both Ryan Zimmerman and Seager at 3rd, and an outfield of Adam Jones, Cespedes, Springer, Marte and Trumbo. I don’t think it’s worth dropping any of my OF’s but is Seager worth the drop? Pretty weird to think the FBO might actually be aiding my team by injurys to Rockie outfielders… Now that I think about it this feels so wrong. The FBO goes against everything I stand for. Ahhhh but a fantasy championship is forever. Let me know Grey!!!

    Thanks again,
    Da Commish

  10. ram says:
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    Were you joking about Hanley and 110%?
    I wish I listened to yer advice the other day about benching Teheran at Coors. I refuse to bench him against anyone, but may do it next time he starts at Coors.
    Would you start Morneau on the road in 12X5 league?

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @ram: depends on how deep the league is… Probably. Check out hittertron for weekly matchups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ram: I was joking… I’d start Morneau, but don’t know your options

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    Start 2

    ($0.8) Werth @ Lynn (2-7)
    ($11.3) Marte @ Eovaldi (n/a)
    ($8.2) K. Davis v Bailey (5-11 2HR)

  12. ram says:
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    Paulie had that system of slicing the garlic so thin it liquified in the pan. He also liked drinking J&B in the joint.
    I have Bonifacio along with the following:
    Danny Santana
    Lowrie
    Villar
    Alcides Escobar
    I have been platooning 2B and SS a LOT (almost as much as John Farrell in Sox OF). Need to drop one but have a hard time dropping Bonifacio due to # of positions he plays. How would you rank the above, in a 3 yr keeper leauge – all $7? I was actually going to ditch Lowrie but he is so good in Runs category even when he can’t hit.

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @ram: get of Santana after he cools off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ram: Drop Boneface

  13. Clint says:
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    Was thinking of picking up Gausman if you see anyone you’d drop for him in a 12 team roto keeper league off my staff and I don’t need to lose a pitcher or so considering my innings are creeping up rather quickly:

    SP’s: Ervin, Wheeler
    RP’s: F-Rod, Britton
    P’s: Belisario, Chamberlain, Shark, Stroman
    Bench: Bailey, Kluber, Cingrani (I can put him in my 2nd prospect spot IF he goes to the minors as expected, opening a spot for Gausman also)
    Prospects (2): Salazar, open
    DL: Harrvey
    Innings: 662/1400

    Thanks as always guys. Kickin’ names and takin’ asses again thanks to your help like last season!

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Clint: hold, unless there’s a bench bat you can drop

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, you could wait on Cingrani.

      Do you really need Chamberlain? I know he’s a good spec, but you already have 3 closers…just a thought

      • Clint says:
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        @Mike:

        Don’t really need Chamberlain but he was helping my ERA/WHIP get better that Belisario frequently destroys. Here’s my bats:

        C: McCann
        1B: Pujols
        2B: D. Gordon
        SS: Desmond
        3B: Longoria
        OF (3): Rajai, A. Jones, Crisp
        Util (2): Rizzo, Singleton
        Bench: G. Polanco, Machado, Arcia, K. Davis, M. Adams
        DL: Trumbo

        Reason I didn’t wanna add another starter outright w/Chamberlain or a bench bat is because I presume (falsely?) that my innings are being chewed through pretty quick so I should stick around 5-6 SP’s. And when Trumbo returns I’ll have to drop someone as it is.

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    Fatt coming back today so of course I had to get some more injuries in Mejia and Ellsbury to replace him. After all it would feel strange to actually have an open DL spot in the year of the injury!

    Save chasing, can you rank these next in line closers for possible saves:
    Putnam (yeah never heard of him either), Petricka (ditto),Putz, Ottavino (Puttavino?), Familia

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Familia and Ottavino

      amazing how the DL works out like that

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Bellisario’s been pretty medioacre too, would one of Putnam/Petricka be next in line? Lindstrom’s out till August so thinking the closer in Chi town should have the gig a good while, and im not sure Belli will hold it.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Belli with 3 straight saves, tho. He could hold it IMO

          • Spring Blake says:
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            @Mike: @Mike: @Mike: Think Chicago is looking to get him saves and then sell him at the deadline?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              it’s possible, but they also might be trying to save some cash by not allowing the younger guys to rack up saves

              • Spring Blake says:
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                @Mike: Very True

              • Spring Blake says:
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                @Mike: Could also be why Vic Black won’t get many SV chances this year too right?

  15. FilthyRich says:
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    Trade offer in 10-team 5×5. I get J Abreu, Cueto, Singleton, Jaso. I give up Goldy, C Santana, Cobb. Other owner is in 1st, I’m in 5th carried by my hitting (43/50) and getting killed by my pitching (16/50). I’d like to improve my pitching even more, but it seems too good to pass up. Am I being a sucker by buying high and selling two guys who are bound to improve? Would you make the trade?

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @FilthyRich: I would hold. You shouldn’t have to give up more than Goldy for that haul, unless this is a keeper

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @FilthyRich: Id want Goldy Side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FilthyRich: In a ten team league, you can fix your pitching without trading away Goldy

  16. Luke T says:
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    Hey Grey, Who would you start this week at utility, 2 spots? Tex, Khris Davis, Corey Dickerson. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated.

    • Luke T says:
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      Week runs from this Friday to next Thursday@Luke T:

      • Heatcheck3 says:
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        @Luke T: Davis

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Luke T: Davis and Dickerson

  17. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    *crash* Tad Cheaper kicks down the door haggles Nordstrom sales man on price of Vineyard Vines plaid shirt.

  18. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    The worlds termites outweigh the worlds humans 10 to 1

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s incredible

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: you think Maines termites outweigh the Maineians? (Or whatever people from maine are called)

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @nick the dick: Ha im staying away from Maine for a while

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @nick the dick: Ha, pretty cold up here for termites, not sure…and it’s Mainers, FYI (Mainahs if you use the appropriate accent).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Even prior to the long running show, The Biggest Loser?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Maybe not…ill look into it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanking you in advance

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: It was only 4 to 1 pre biggest loser

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I figured there would be a discrepancy…

  19. Knighttown says:
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    Please rank Wacha, Lester, Hudson.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s the order, IMO

  20. John Rubino says:
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    “In Africa, a sac fly means something totally different, and can be very dangerous.”

    I’ve gotta ask, did you see The Book of Mormon? That line reminds me of one of the running jokes. (p.s. if you haven’t – you should!)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  21. jonas says:
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    Grey, way to represent your hood

  22. Jamiehov says:
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    I have four starters today, Cobb – Bailey – McHugh – Eovaldi. Oddly enough the two I drafted to be my aces are the two I’m most worried about. Should I start all of these guys? I have a giddy feeling and am excited to watch MLB network and @Bat all night but have a sneaky suspicion that if things go all red wedding for me and my ERA /WHIP take a dive I’ll turn to the bottle along with Shark Tank and House Hunters International. I really don’t feel like watching Barbara invest in another cupcake business or two rich assholes bitch to their real estate agent that the home in Belize overlooking the ocean within their budget doesn’t have his and her sinks in the guest bathroom. should any of those four be on my bench?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d start them

      Betty and Bob only have a $500K budget? They’ll be in my prayers…

  23. Mike says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Hosmer,Morse,Lind
    Thx!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hosmer, Morse

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike!

        They and the poor victims of The Property Brothers who completely redo a home at an insane discount but fall behind 2 days due to structure issues

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha

  24. Mike says:
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    Price or Kluber ROS?

  25. Steve says:
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    Would u trade dee Gordon and Morse for David price and kensley Jansen ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if you really need the pitching

  26. Sherm says:
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    “Sayonara, Emily Boneface” would sell. Except it wouldn’t be about a girl named Emily, it would be about the one girl who plays FBB in her circle of friends and how she pushes the envelope of femininity and nerddom and on the side has to choose between the best ballplayer at school (who’s Japanese) and the supersmart stats guy. By the way, they’re both hot. Don’t laugh, there’s no way it would fail! “I don’t like baseball, and I loved it.” –Goodreads reviewer.

  27. Au Shizzzzo my Rizzo says:
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    In 10-teamer and need Ks. Was offered Ian Kennedy for Kyle Seager. (Seager normally isn’t in my lineup as I have the 1b trio of Moss, Goldie and Rizzo) Worth it?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if he’s a bench guy, sure

  28. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 12-team 5×5 roto
    Holt over Rajai or Alcides? I need to hold steady on SB.
    Thanks!

    • kyle kendrick says:
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      @Red Barons: Davis. Would say Alcides, but worried his BABIP normalizes out.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Keep both if you need steals. Holt isn’t a burner.

  29. Wadeboggs says:
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    Hey Grey. I’m a commish in a 12 team h2h first year keeper league (4 keepers). I wanted to get your opinion on dealing with vetoing trades. As I asked you yesterday I was offered kershaw for segura and marte. I had to take it. The uproar in the league by two guys was out of control and I was getting texts and emails how I can’t allow this to happen. Our veto process is 6 votes against to overturn. So my question is, is this a fair veto process? Also this is not the first time people made a big deal About what they perceived was an unfair trade this year and I am concerned a couple people wOnt return to league next year based on this process and few small issues….how do you handle filling a keeper league after a team drops out unexpectedly the next year? Any incentive for someone filling the slot for preexising team? I know next year i am going to ask teams for a non refundable deposit to go with regular league fee which would do towards the following league dues to deter dropout but didn’t think to do it this year. Also if this trade gets vetoed would adding Khris Davis or singleton to the trade still be worth it for me? Sorry for the long comment and multi questions but this has been a frustrating year to run a league and feel I’m in an annoying position as commish who people think is benefiting from a lopsided trade. Thanks in advance as always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if you don’t mind me chiming in…

      -It’s not a vetoable trade and I hate vetos
      -I used to be a commish and wrote up a separate document with info about league dues, deadlines, trades, etc. These are really important in keeper leagues so everyone is on the same page. You can even write in there what the league will do if someone drops out. I used to let people vote on league rules changes in the offseason.
      -If guys are going to stomp their feet and pout you don’t want them in the league anyway…it will only continue. Just ask around and you’ll always find replacements.
      -People forget to be nice to each other. Fantasy baseball isn’t worth burning bridges over.
      -I’d walk away if the thing gets vetoed.

      • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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        @Mike: on same page mike

      • Wadeboggs says:
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        @Mike: thanks for the response. yeah unfortunately I cannot walk out as the commish (unless you meant walking away from adding to that trade if vetoed – wasn’t sure). It has been a long standing league for about 6 years with about 8 of the same guys and added 4 solid guys who wanted a keeper. I didn’t anticipate this hostility from a few after running a smooth league years before. I should have added some Info about veto process in more detail ahead of season (although it was clear) and if people drop out but didn’t anticipate it. We have had a veto process for years. I have explained to the league that rules for trades and everything else can be voted upon at end of season as you said, and cannot be changed mid season. But your right about not needing these guys anyway if they are going to do this crap – gonna start looking for replacements now just in case.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha, yeah I meant walk away from the trade :)

    • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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      @Wadeboggs: As a LM in a money league 1st rule get the $ up front. I have it where only LM vetoes and I push all trades thru. Its faster and I tell people up front im not here to stop dumb deals only to protect from collusion. It happened once (collusion I mean). As for the 2 start the replacement now some think they are league cops and criticize everyone elses deals and bitch if theirs gets vetoed sell at a discount first year if teams are real bad and move on good luck

      • Wadeboggs says:
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        @Toe Nee Arm Ass: thanks man. Luckily I have collected all the moneyp

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Wadeboggs: I run a dynasty league and made it known that all trades would be approved…the only job you should have to do as far as trades go is what TOE NEE stated. If you make that clear it eliminates a lot of headaches. Most trades are subjective, I traded machado in the begining of the season for Frazier and Brantley…people may have thought i was nuts at the time….but hows that trade look now?
      To be honest the segura, Marte for Kershaw isnt even that bad.

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @Wadeboggs: I’ve been league commish for a H2H keeper league for the past eleven years. We pay all league dues up front, including our weekly category skins money. First couple of years I went about collecting dues based on the honor system but that doesn’t work. Simply adopted a deadline a week before our draft and if dues were not paid by then, they lost a draft pick for everyday it was late. No problems since. We’ve never had anyone leave the league, but we’ve kicked out two owners for lack of participation (e.g., leaving injured players in lineup, not rotating in starters, etc). Replacement has always been easy and usually other owners have a guy they know. As far as vetoing trades, simply put, no trades should be vetoed in a paying league. The league will police itself.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Wadeboggs: pretty sure nobody would veto machado for frazier/brantley.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: at the time it would’ve looked like a depth move, even if we assume brantley is a lot worse than he’s doing and machado better.

  30. BERK! says:
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    Drop Lind for Adams when the big guy is off the DL? I need more power!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  31. stonepie says:
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    my choo for his price?

  32. DancinHomer says:
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    With Gausman throwing 2 decent games vs. good teams; thinkin it might be time to add him. Is he worth a roster spot over someone currently rostered (12-team 6×6 H2H redraft league):

    C: Gomes
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Gordon
    SS: Segura
    3B: Longo
    IF: Pujols
    OF: Trout, Bautista, Springer
    UTL: Singleton
    BN: Polanco, Taveras, R. Davis

    SP: Tanaka, Cobb, Gray, Bailey, Wheeler, Ventura, Peralta, Bauer, Taijuan, Heaney
    RP: Perkins, Allen, Belisario
    DL: Liriano

    Also, anyone worth dropping for Brandon Crawford?

    Cheers & thanks in advance!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @DancinHomer: Taveras could be sent down any day, so I would say he’s def a drop possibility. Big Wily style is droppable for Gausman

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Mello Yello:
        thanks Mello. I was actually between Willy & Bauer for Gausman. To confuse things more; I can pick up Roberto Hernandez vs. the Cubs to stream today too…

        My only hesitation is IF Taveras doesn’t get sent down (yes, I know it’s a big IF), would he be a better hold than say Rajai Davis?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Wily or Bauer…prefer Bauer

          Don’t think you have room for Crawford

          • DancinHomer says:
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            @Mike:

            forgive my ignorance, but do you prefer to keep or drop Bauer vs. Wily?

            thanks

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Gausman might not keep his spot now…I’d hold

              news changes fast…

              • DancinHomer says:
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                @Mike:
                just read that…man, he keeps getting the shaft, huh?

                with that news, would you drop either Wily or Bauer to stream Roberto Hernandez today?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  sure… I’d stream Bauer’s slot

                  • DancinHomer says:
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                    @Mike:

                    looks like Taveras was optioned…guess that makes my decision easier.

  33. kyle kendrick says:
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    Drop Marte for DIckerson?

  34. Tim says:
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    Jed Lowrie or Chris Owings for the rest of the season?

  35. Jobin says:
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    Two deals that I need help with on separate teams…

    Rizzo for Iwakuma? (I have both Votto and AuShizz) Or should I move Votto instead?

    Pedroia for Samardzija? (Aaron hill is my current 2b)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m not a big fan of either. Could you package the two together to get more?

  36. Eddie the mush says:
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    I can trade for Posey ($25 with a 2 year contract) but I have to give up Montero (only $3) and a third round pick in next year’s draft. If this trade fair? I know that Posey is great and he would be on my team for this season and next, but currently Montero is the better catcher. Thoughts?

    Also…if I were to pick up Gausman, who should I drop…Garza, Chavez, or Haren?

    Thanks in advance…

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Eddie the mush: I’d stay away. You can argue Montero is almost at the same value as Posey (even with his C/1B eligibility).

      Gausman for Chavez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        looks like Gausman won’t stay up or will go to the pen. I’d hold

  37. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Niese is also a quality start machine (10 in 13 games).

    So, so glad I turned down a Todd Frazier for my Wil Myers trade early this year. Yuck

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: That’s how it happen living life by the drop

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Frazier cleared frickin waivers in my league and it just caught me at a particularly inflexible moment in time with my roster so I didn’t even grab him FA. Thank goodness I stuck to my guns at the time and remained patient on Gyorko!

  38. BlameItOnHoffman says:
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    Hey Grey, with Latos coming off the DL tomorrow, who would you drop from this list to make room for him? Gavin Floyd, Heaney, Alfredo Simon and Travis Wood

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Simon

  39. Miz says:
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    Sup Grey, good stuff as always….
    Who would u start today?
    Eovaldi vs. PIT or
    Arrieta @ PHI
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eovaldi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miz: Thanks! Eovaldi

  40. Mike says:
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    Melancon or McGee ROS?
    Thx!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Mike: Melancon…it seems like TB has no real desire to get McGee involved in high-lev situations. Melancon gets the ratios done like Jake the Snake, but can get those rogue saves here and there…and evvveeerrryyyywhere!

  41. What the bleep is with the Elsbury dough boy, another injury, maybe, just maybe, the Yankees should have given the truck load of cash to Cano..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  42. Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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    It was accepted I just traded my B Butler, N Markakis and B Lawrie for his K Davis, D Gordon and J Willingham. I just feel better to be rid of Butler who I mistakenly traded for. Any opinions on this trade bad or good hit me with them thanks

  43. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey,
    Won’t you join me in a celebratory dance in honor of Chris Carter’s walk-off? Don’t worry about looking silly just let the music move you.
    And remember, HRAGNOF!

    P.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Phil of the Future: I will dance the jig for ya, Phil! Looks like some of the love is rubbing off. 13 HRs x 2.5 = 33 HRs.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Oh, man if he ends up with 33 bombs this year I will dance the jig until my legs break off.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Thx, Grey.
        Unrelated question real quick. I’m sitting with Gyrko on my DL, and I might need the space to DL Ramos and pick up the Ulcer, Hector Santiago for a two start week next week. Have you heard anything on his prospects of playing again this year? Gyrko that is. Its a very deep league and I think he’ll get scooped up if I drop.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he will play again

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          I had the schedule wrong. Santiago doesn’t get two starts. So same scenario but replaced with Wei Yin Chen. Thx, Grey.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I don’t trust Chen, but I also don’t know his starts

            • Phil of the Future says:
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              He’s at Tampa, and then at Yankees.
              I don’t trust him either, but my weekly strategy requires that I stockpile starts and he’s the best wire option for that. Either way I’ll probably hold off. I think i’d lose a bit of my identity if Gyrko wasn’t on my roster.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, hold

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Grey: like michael j fox’s siblings in back to the future in the picture?

  44. AMolnar says:
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    Sit or start Drew Hutch tonight?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @AMolnar: 2.03 ERA on the road…a bazillion ERA at Skydome…start him up (doing the Mick Jagger rooster…also that move when he holds his hip and flares his hand…yeah I’ve been doing my homework)

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @Mello Yello: disgagree. @BAL is a convenient locale for the regression ferries to swing by to help correct that oddball low road ERA.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @AMolnar: Sit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AMolnar: I don’t trust him, but in a deep enough league I’d start him

  45. chris says:
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    10 team keeper league.

    someone offered me albert pujols for jon singleton, do I take that offer in a keeper league.. I feel like singleton has more upside. also, I could land beltre for a 3rd rd pick.

    Starters
    McCann, Brian(C) NYY
    Chisenhall, Lonnie(1B,3B) CLE
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Bench
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Singleton, Jon(1B) HOU
    Arcia, Oswaldo(OF) MIN
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Taveras, Oscar(OF) STL
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL

    Active Pitchers
    Beckett, Josh(SP) LAD
    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Doolittle, Sean(RP) OAK

    Bench
    Eovaldi, Nathan(SP) MIA
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Gausman, Kevin(RP,SP) BAL

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @chris: I would snag Beltre and hold Singleton

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @chris: Hold Pujols….take Beltre

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: I’d take Beltre and hold Pujols

  46. halliday says:
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    I need a C.I badly..

    Can I trade kemp for singleton and pick up markakis or willingham to fill in. I have jones, puig and waiting for cargo (DL)….

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @halliday: Yeah bud

  47. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey… I’ve been holding onto Heaney for a week now and I remember u said that he might pitch on the 16th and in his notes it says he’s gonna ppitch sometime this summer. I’m losing this week and I already have a bad record but I have room for him causeI dropped my other RP for him but he sucked anyway but I don’t know if I can hold onto him for too long. What would you do if you were in my position?? thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if you held this long already, keep holding…as soon as you drop him he will come up. It’s how the FBO rolls…

      • Frank White says:
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        Lol thanks… very true

  48. Corey says:
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    I’ve been in a long term relationship with Joe Mauer since March. We met at my fantasy draft. Obviously things haven’t been perfect but he shows up, you know? He plays every day, which I like in H2H leagues, and he’s a career .800 hitter or something so I figured we’d just ride this thing out… That our love was strong enough.

    Except… I had a bit of an indiscretion. This past week, while Joe was in Toronto playing baseball, if you can call it that, I went on a trip with Evan Gattis. It wasn’t supposed to be a big thing – he was going to Colorado and I figured, hey, I’ll pick him up and see what some of that thin air can do for my fantasy team.

    Now I don’t know what to do. I have them both on my roster and this can’t continue. I know Evan isn’t right for me. He doesn’t play every day, he’s bad for my AVG, and since he’s more janitor than athlete I expect him to be on the DL soon enough. He just won’t be around! But his bat is so… Big… And when he is around, he gives me the kind of excitement that Joe never has.

    I won’t get anything on the trade market for Joe now and there’s a chance that Evan will just return to the FA pool unclaimed, carrying on his roguish, ball-crushing ways – there waiting for me if I ever need a little fun in my life again. But am I doing myself a disservice by going the safe route with Mauer?

    • @Corey: I feel your pain man, I also was going with Joe and then I saw Sal just sitting on my waiver wire, I asked my therapist Grey about this last night and he said to say sayonara to Joe and keep it real and go with just Sal…It might hurt for awhile as it always does when all relationships come to an end, but in the long ru7n your team will be better without Joe dragging it down..lol..cheers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      this right here is why I love the Razzball community

      • @Mike: Mike, razzball is the GREATEST thing to ever happen to fantasy baseball..

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Corey: lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: HA… Awesome… I’d want Gattis, be bold, dump Mauer…

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Like many of my real life LTRs, I can see letting this drag on way past its expiration date. I wish I knew how to quit Joe.

  49. Steve says:
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    Wong has just dumped to the waiver wire in my 14-team h2h keeper league. Do you think he’s worth a pick up for ROS over Santana?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Danny? yes

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Steve: I say yes, but here and now (I promise to love faithfully!), Santana’s gonna beat him for the rest of the month…so Wong ROS, Santana ROM

  50. 740 says:
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    Hey Guys, 10team roto 5×5. Please pick 2 ROS. Santana, Eovaldi, Kennedy.

    Thanks! Have a great wkend and Happy Fathers Day’s for all you dads out there!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @740: Eovaldi, Kennedy…you too man!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! you too

      Kennedy, Santana

  51. GG says:
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    does Bonifacio going down make Alcantara more stash-worthy?

    • GG says:
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      @GG: and if so, would you rank him over Rutledge or Odor in a dynasty format?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would think he’d already be stash-worthy in a dynasty… I prefer Odor though

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @GG: I mean it certainly doesn’t hurt his value, but I dunno if Alcantara is “stash-worthy” just yet (unless you have major bench space)

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Mello Yello: And sorry, I was referring to re-draft leagues. I agree with Mike about dynasties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GG: It helps Darwin Barney

      • Carnac says:
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        Nothing helps Darwin Barney.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Except for hugs and dodo birds.

  52. Mang says:
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    hey grey, please advise….
    i’m in a twelve team points, redraft league

    which 3 middle infidels DON’T make your cut?
    –Asdrubal Cabrera, Odor, Gyorko , Castellanos, Zobrist, Holt

    also, need to drop an arm as Siegrist is coming back to help my bullpen (holds league).
    Who doesn’t make the cut…….Bauer, Heaney or Mchugh?

    is Gausman better than any of the above pitchers?

    Thanks Grey, your advice has been essential to me kicking ass this season (happy face).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gyorko, Casty, Holt

      Bauer

      apparently Gausman won’t stay in the rotation

  53. Mike says:
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    Hosmer or Arcia(minn) ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hosmer

  54. Steve D. says:
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    Carlos Santana sitting on the wire. I’m looking at my Salvador Perez and wondering… everywhere I look they have Santana rated higher, but the average scares me. Hold or grab Santana and put Perez out to pasture?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Santana, and he’s starting to hit.

  55. FirstDerivative says:
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    Was offered a trade right now, debating.

    Giving up: Hanley Ramirez
    In return: Asudrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria

    Relevance: I have tons of speed, could use power (My lineup: Gattis, Casey McGhee [damn you prince fielder], kipnis, hanley kyle seager, McCutch, Hamilton, Marte, Yellich, Bruce)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s fair

  56. Hello everyone, and Mike.

    These questions are across two deepish (14 and 16 teams) redraft roto leagues.

    (1) Who’s the best choice between Martin, Navarro, and Norris at catcher? And (1a) if Ramos is still available when he comes off the DL, would you drop whichever of those three for Ramos?

    (2) Which of the following (could be more than one since it’s two leagues) would you drop for Gaussman between Eovaldi, Alex Wood, and Keuchel?

    (3) I’m holding both McGee and Peralta in the league where I badly need saves, waiting to see how things shake out in Tampa. Should I hold for another coupe of days, or drop one for Joba, Ziegler, Familia, or Black?

    (4) Why can’t I have nice things?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) Martin or Norris…prefer Norris.
      2) If I had to pick, Eovaldi, but I’m not sure Gausman over any of those in a redraft…
      3) If Mejia is hurt, Familia
      4) ha! you already do…just have an attitude of gratitude

  57. NOT good news from rotoworld:

    Kevin Gausman is expected to be removed from the Orioles’ rotation when Miguel Gonzalez (oblique) returns from the disabled list.
    Gonzalez could replace Gausman as soon as early next week, or he could make another rehab start. Gausman has been terrific in both of his starts since his recall — against the A’s and Blue Jays, no less — but he’s still going to be either sent to the bullpen or to Triple-A. Manager Buck Showalter previously brought up the possibility of a six-man rotation, but he ruled that out Thursday.

  58. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    I have an NA spot where I can put an MiLB player (had Polanco there). Who do you see as a more valuable stash who can give value this year: Alex Wood or Danny Salazar? Wood is being stretched out as a starter in AAA, and who the hell knows with Salazar. Thanks!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @ChiliCheeseConey: It’s the Wood that makes it good

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      definitely Wood

  59. papasmurf says:
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    Dodged a bullet on Altuve. It would have left me with Dee and ECab in the middle IF. Yikes.

    Since I didn’t know if Altuve was playing yesterday, I had to start both of those dudes (day games) and they went 1 for 8… Meanwhile Altuve 2 for 3, 3x on base.

    Pretty much what I can expect everyday if Altuve was out for a long time.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @papasmurf: ECab has been wildly underwhelming

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Mello Yello: He’s been lousy since the spring. I was very worried after 1 week even though he was hitting an empty .300+.

        Starting from the spring, he didn’t run, and he was striking out a ton. He will have trouble even cracking 70 runs in that pathetic lineup. If he doesn’t steal at least 35, he is a huge liability.

        That SOB (while on another team) single handedly cost my team the title in 2012 with an amazing finish. Now he is on my team and he is garbage. Hate him.

        Altuve come back soon!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @papasmurf: Altuve is Smurf, on his mother’s side

  60. George Zip says:
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    See that Mike? You were right about streaming Tomlin in Boston… Good call!

    Ok, i’m going to drop him now.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Tomlin in general, @BOS just gives me the willies for streaming

  61. Bye Felicia says:
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    Greychismo,
    Votto & Mad Bum for my Stanton?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Stanton

  62. Nico

    XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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    Grey! Happy Friday! I hope you stocked up on canned goods at the bunker. You can never be too safe.

    Are there any players you perennially target in the second half for trades, hitters or pitchers? I used the last two years to TRY and evaluate it, and guys like Freeman, Crisp, Swisher, McCutchen, Dozier, Lind, Sal Perez, N Walker, and about 3-4 guys I already own popped up. Trade market has been active in my league!

    Also, I know in your write-up a few days back, you were meh on Stroman, but he has RP eligibility, and I could use him to make up some innings (Weekly league, bad luck with missed starts and DL stints). xFIP/SIERA look good if you just evaluate his starts. 55% GB rate too! What’s your feeling RoS?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Stroman ROS, especially with the flex RP/SP

      I think LaRoche might be one of those 2nd half guys

      • Nico

        XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike! I’ll explore!

    • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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      @XxAznBayBeexX Nico: Ryan Zimmerman seem to always hit at the end of season last year he hit 9 hrs in the first 2 week playoff matchup

      • Nico

        XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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        @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Own him! Thanks, and nice name!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @XxAznBayBeexX Nico: Happy Friday! Don’t worry about perennial 2nd half players, worry about players who aren’t performing this year that should be… Stroman’s solid in 75% of matchups… Don’t trust him fully

      • Nico

        XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough. Been searching for those too. Right now, I feel like Bruce/Jones/Zimmerman/Poo-holes/Bailey/JZ could all have great second halves, and I own them all.

        Do you like Holliday RoS? LaRoche (27% LD%), as Mike mentioned above?

        Thanks as usual!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t like Holliday anymore now than I did in February…

          • Nico

            XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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            @Grey: Alrighty. Thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  63. Sam says:
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    Should I drop Nathan for Qualls, Britton or Allen? Or hang on to see if he can get over his struggles?

    Also keep Chisenhall, Adams or Singleton for the rest of the year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold on Nathan and see how it plays out.
      ROS Adams

  64. theBIGstank says:
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    GREY-

    Tim Hudson still not ownable??

    k thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d own Hudson

      • theBIGstank says:
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        @Mike:

        Well yeah he’s a top 10 pitching as of right now. GREY told me at one point to drop him

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          We’re human beings. I’m sure he was trying to help you.

          • theBIGstank says:
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            @Mike:

            IALTO

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @theBIGstank: did he tell you to drop him lately? probably not.

  65. Holey Benzino says:
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    Danny Santana or Alcides Escobar in a H2H, 5×5, 10 team league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  66. Rags says:
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    NL-Only roto keeper, no bench and weekly lineups so you get every start a pitcher makes. Transaction fees limit streaming and it’s deep enough that I was happy to get Locke last week to replace my injured Lyles.

    I’m in the middle of the pack and undecided as to whether I should go for it or play it safe and try and retool for next year. I have Ian Kennedy who I can keep for $6 next year. I know I’m going to be shy on runs and SB. Is Kennedy @6 plus Cody Ross too much to give up for an unkeepable Ben Revere (also OBP instead of AVG, so he’ll hurt me there) and Chase Anderson? Should I ask for more?

    That team is the only one who expressed an interest in my pitching. Otherwise I’m going to have to trade one of my boppers (Adrian Gonzalez, Allen Craig or Holliday) for speed, but given their slow starts, I’m also behind in HRs.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t trade for an unkeepable Revere that will hurt you in a category. That makes him a one-hit wonder for steals. Hold Kennedy

      • Rags says:
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        @Mike: If I don’t get steals somewhere, I’m pretty much giving up on this season. Of the three guys I mentioned (Gonzo @27, Craig (unkeepable) and Holliday @30), which would you feel most comfortable giving up?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I usually prefer to trade away the guys who aren’t keepable first, that way I still have some options in the offseason to trade from. With Craig, I’d aim higher than Revere though. Is a guy like Marte available?

          • Rags says:
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            @Mike: Possibly. I’m mostly concerned with ROS performance. You think the three are close enough that keepability is the tiebreaker?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yup, I actually like Craig the least anyway

              • Rags says:
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                @Mike: Great. Thanks for the advice.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  no problem

  67. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Special 2nd FACT OF THE DAY:
    FATHERS DAY EDITION:
    The first fathers day happened on June 17th 1910
    Fathers day became an official national holiday in 1972, by this time mothers day had already been a holiday for 58 years.
    HAPPY FATHERS DAY BOYS.
    On sunday you should only say two words all day……..DO IT!

  68. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings,

    12 team roto 6 keeper.

    My Marte for his Ventura?

    Thank you.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Marte

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        What about Marte for Fister?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d hold onto Marte in a keeper or aim higher for the arm

  69. The Thumb says:
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    Is EverCab droppable? I need to activate Fatt and I have elvis and alcides at SS and MI.

    EverCab can’t hit worth shit (also cant score runs) and hes only 12 for 18 on the bases.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds like you have SS covered…bombs away

    • Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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      @The Thumb: I dropped him this week, and feel like I held on too long…

  70. hankg says:
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    Still weighing options on potential Teheran deal. Trade for either Kipnis or Pedroia? Which deal is preferred? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Kipnis

  71. Oz says:
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    Do you think Jimmy Nelson will get another shot to start for Mil without an injury ahead of him? His AAA numbers this year are pretty rosterbateable: 9.97 K/9, 2.67 BB/9, 0.12 HR/9 for a 1.51 ERA and 2.56 FIP. My league is so pitching heavy there’s NEVER a starter available who’s owned in more than 4% of ESPN leagues so I gotta follow minor league guys and jump on them like a cougar at an X-men premiere.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I know they were talking about Estrada having a short leash. If it’s that competitive a market for arms in your league, he’s worth a look for sure.

  72. Pope says:
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    12 Team Std 5×5 H2H Keeper (2)

    Give Longo and Rodney for Sale and Arenado?

    I’ve got Pujols, Rizzo, Frazier, Singleton
    My best pitcher is probably Cobb, I’ve got Rodney, Rondon, Soria and Doolittle closing

    • Pope says:
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      @Pope: Also,
      Longo $29
      Rodney $1

      Sale $16
      Arenado $1

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like that a lot. I’d be all over Arenado for a buck.

      • Pope says:
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        @Mike: That’s what I’m thinking too. Thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  73. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Drop Segura for Assdrubal?
    12 teamer

    • the pillar & the stones says:
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      points league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would not

      • Playgrounder says:
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        @Mike: but why?

        • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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          @Playgrounder: asscab sucks.

  74. me00up says:
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    Edwin for Donaldson + Keuchel, I need pitching. Do it?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Edwin side

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @me00up: Youd need to get a better pitcher to do that deal

  75. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Would you stream Milone for 2 home starts vs TEX & BOS?
    12 team weekly H2H pts

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup

  76. Knuckleballz says:
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    Is Wilin Rosario going to get good?

    I can pick up Gattis, Martin, or Ruiz. Also Suzuki, but he’s boring.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it’s going to get better for Rosario, yes, but I’d grab Gattis.

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Mike: what the hell kind of league where gattis is unowned?

  77. Phenoms first ever fact of the day, nothing personal JeF without 2 F’s..hehe

    Razzball is the finest, coolest fantasy baseball site AND BEST source of fantasy baseball info you will find on the web.

  78. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Hey there! What’s your thoughts on Dozier to continue producing HRs and SBs all season long or will he flame out completely at some point?
    Which side would you prefer on these two offers?
    My Sonny Gray and Aaron Hill for Dozier
    My Alex Gordon and Aaron Hill for Dozier

    Thanks man! Your daily advice/ write-ups are climbing me into first place

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Steamer has him slowing down a little bit, but not much with 10 HR and 11 SB ROS

      I’m not big on either trade tho

  79. George Zip says:
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    MIke, what do you think about De Aza? He worth picking up off the wire?

    Seems to be getting hot again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      playing time is the concern, but he’s worth a pickup, sure

  80. Negatto says:
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    I need to drop 2 from this list, who needs to go?

    Archer, Kennedy, McHugh, Stroman, Wheeler or Walker

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d say McWho and Stroman…but I bet Grey says Wheeler ;)

  81. TJ says:
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    Who wins?

    Segura/Verlander for Alcides Escobar/Braun (or JHamilton, Alex Rios)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Braun

  82. SteveThePirate says:
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    Drop Emily Boneface for Turner? Or should I try dealing him first..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough to say what you’d get for him with the injury…can’t DL him?

      • SteveThePirate says:
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        @Mike: I’ve got Myers, Walker and Paxton all on the DL

  83. bro jackson says:
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    I need steals. I want to move Heyward. Who would be a good trade target?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hate to move Heyward for steals…Ellsbury?

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Mike: nobody is giving ellsbury for heyward

  84. Snacks13 says:
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    Angry Blackmon line was great…

    Couple questions:

    1. N/A spot currently filled by stretched out Wood… If Tavares gets sent down do I drop him or wait until Wood is fully elongated and ready to be called up?

    2. Hosmer is on waivers… Trade A-Gon for a pitcher and pick up Hosmer for my UTIL? Which range of pitcher could A-Gon bring back? Teheran, Sanchez, Wacha range?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. ha, yes, I’d use theN/A spot for Wood
      2. that’s a good plan. I’d like any of those three

      • Snacks13 says:
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        @Mike: I worded that poorly. What I’m trying to ask is what are the odds Tavares can be a strong contributor in a 10 team league at some point this season? Is it worth killing roster space instead of streaming or a match-ups bench bat?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no worries. In a 10-team redraft it’s not worth it for Taveras IMO. I’d rather have the spot for streaming or playing match-ups like you mentioned

  85. Josh says:
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    What’s the deal with Chris Davis – hitting like crap. If you could do your rest of season rankings right now where would he be?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks like his FB% dipped back down to what it was before last year

      I’d expect something similar to what he did in ’12 when it’s all said and done, which is still 30+ homers

  86. Whodat says:
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    Considering overall stats and the fact that I just lost neil walker and bonafacio. Would marte for pedroia be reasonable?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

      • Whodat says:
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        What if I didn’t lose both my starting 2nd basemen?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I would have been fine with those two guys as my 2B

  87. Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve commented, been busy with things but still read everyday. I made this trade in hopes of adding some speed…

    I traded my Adrian Beltre for Carlos Gomez and Brock Holt.

    I dunno if Holt is sustainable but… Did I do OK here?

    Have a great weekend!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure…I love Gomez

  88. smegma says:
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    September WTF? Should we continue to hold Heaney or move on?

    “We decided a few weeks ago we were going to skip a start here and there (with Heaney),” said Marty Scott, the Marlins’ vice president of player development. “This is the first of several. We’ll probably do this again in July and one more time in August.”

    There has been growing speculation about when the Marlins will call up their top pitching prospect, who is continuing to dominate in the minors. But Scott said the decision to scratch Heaney from his scheduled start Thursday had nothing to do with a pending call-up.

    “Don’t read too much into it,” he said.

    Rather, Scott said the Marlins want to make sure Heaney is still available to pitch for them in September, especially if the team is still in playoff contention.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes. they could still bring him up and skip starts while he’s with the big club.

      hopefully.

      I’ve got this guy stashed away everywhere thinking June

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @smegma: Uggghhh…wow, between Gausman and this, it’s just like a parade of bad news…expecting the “Marcus Stroman to the bullpen” headline shortly…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: I don’t see how a skipped start has anything to do with him not coming up

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Grey: in fact it’s better for us when he does come up in H2H leagues, since he will actually be used in our playoffs.

  89. Commish Cauda says:
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    Deep H2H points league

    Rank ‘em ROS:

    Garza
    Cobb
    Jamie Garcia

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Cobb, Garza

  90. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Cobb, Garcia and Garza

  91. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Quick question…I’m registered but my avatar continues not to show up when I make a comment. Any suggestions?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sometimes it just takes a little while

    • @Peter Nincompoop: Is your avatar a cartoon-like white form of the head and shoulders, absent of any features and on a grey background? If it is, it’s already showing.

  92. The Red Mist says:
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    Looking for a fifth starting pitcher and a third outfielder. For my starters I have Greinke, Hernandez, Iwakuma, ad Eovaldi. Choices are:
    Beckett, Hughs, Roark, CJ Wilson, Lackey, and Kennedy

    Also looking for a third outfielder. I have Pence and Polanco, and I also have Harper off the DL, so he’ll be back in a few weeks. Also, runs scored isn’t a stat in this league, so leadoff type guys are meh. choices are Ozuna, Yelich, Pagan, Markakis, Davis, Fowler, Byrd, Dickerson, Jones, Hunter, Crisp, and Ellsbury.

  93. Tyler says:
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    Huge thanks on the sell Samardzija advice as iI was able to him in a trade for Trout. Any pitching prospects worth a stash (besides Heaney)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      wow, nice!

      Meyer for the Twins

  94. Beastman says:
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    “You never listen to me” blurb was comedy gold because it’s so firmly rooted in 100%, undeniable truth. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that this year alone. Probably because I wasn’t listening.

    In an RCL, give up Brantley for Polanco + Matt Adams? My CI is currently Loney, so Adams would take that spot while Polanco slots in at OF.

  95. Which 6 do you guys think I should start next week.
    10 team H2H points weekly league.
    Already checked Hittertron, now looking for some human input.
    cheers

    Stanton, Giancarlo
    Jones, Adam
    Votto, Joey
    Brantley, Michael
    Davis, Khris
    Yelich, Christian
    Hamilton, Billy
    Kemp, Matt
    Morales, Kendrys

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Stanton, Ad-Rock, Votto, KDavis, Hamilton, Morales…close between Yelich and Morales

  96. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey & Mike, I need HR & RbI, he needs SB

    Trade my B Hamilton for his Polanco? thanks.

    • @Wilson: I’d rather have Hamilton. Polanco’s still a question mark … does he have another trade target?

      Are you sure you’ll be OK on SBs without Hamilton?

      • Wilson says:
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        @Enrique: Indeed … with both Myers and Harper (package traded for Rizzo) got injury so am looking for OF who can contributes HR/RBI.

        Seems I should wait for Polanco is a real deal. thanks.

  97. rafi says:
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    2 catcher al-only… offer SP-needing team avila and chase whitley for aj pierzynski? or stay put?

  98. Cram It says:
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    Traded Nelson Cruz and Chisenhall for Goldschmidt. Can I get a butt slap for that?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Cram It: Ill use both hands to make sure i get both cheeks….nice deal

      • Cram It says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: A two handed butt slap? Well now that’s just gay…

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Cram It: And offering another man a perm isnt?

          • Cram It says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: Ummm, nooooo. It’s on par with the single handed butt slap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Wow, that’s like a perfect sell high

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Right? Textbook. Now Cruz just needs to get hurt and Chisenhall bat .200 over the next month and it’ll be just like it was drawn up on the blackboard.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which is the opposite of what happens and Chisenhall will hit .399 on September 29th…

          • Mello Yello says:
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            @Grey: Yes, that

  99. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Still starting (83) Chisenhall vs. Lackey over (79) Polanco vs. Eovaldi?

    2. Does Eovaldi @Home get the Win over the Pirates today?

    3. BENCH 3 for tomorrow.

    (5) Rizzo @PHI facing Buchanan
    (9) Springer @Home facing Archer
    (44) Choo @SEA facing E. Ramirez
    (57) Rios @SEA facing E. Ramirez
    (62) Chisenhall @BOS facing Peavy
    (78) Moss @Home facing Kuroda
    (161) Polanco @MIA facing Wolf (Lefty)

    Thanks, Mike and Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMLV1: 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Choo, Rios, Polanco

    • @SMLV1: FYI: Lefties are hitting over .300 against Eovaldi, and Chineshall have never hit well against Lackey. I’d still go with Chisenhall’s hot bat, but don’t be surprised if it works out better the other way.

  100. P-bird says:
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    Which deal is better for me in a dynasty?

    A. My Longoria for his Yu
    B. My Braun for his Yu

  101. Andrew says:
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    Would you sit Cobb until he figures it out? At Astros tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: I’m starting him

  102. Kevin says:
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    Which side is preferred in this trade:

    A: L. Chisenhall & R.A. Dickey
    B: B. Butler & Y. Ventura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura, it’s fair, depends on needs

  103. Andrew says:
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    Can you rank for today:

    McHugh home vs Rays ($2)
    Eovaldi home vs Pirates ($7.8)
    Quintana home vs Royals ($4.1)
    Locke at Marlins ($1.8)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by SON

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey:

        so not a lot of faith in McHugh at home vs Rays as a streamer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s okay, he had a blister last start, not sure his status completely

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            BTW, you just saw the finest work MS Paint can provide the world. I hope you enjoyed it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              JayWrong created MS Paint in his spare time in middle school… You should let him do your pics…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I take pride in my crap…I mean craft, Grey. Don’t try and take it away from me!

  104. Oh Cano You Don't says:
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    Generally speaking, good idea or bad idea? I’m in a 12-team H2H league, 5×5 with OPS.

    I give: Taveras (can be kept next year only, for 18th round pick)

    I get: CarGo (the injured one; can’t keep) and Machado (can keep for 2 years, for 9th round pick)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  105. Jack says:
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    Bautista/Pomeranz for Pujols/Sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols side

  106. Dom says:
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    10 team, AL only, auction keeper league:

    Do I do this trade?

    I give David Ortiz ($9, one year left on contract)
    I get Darvish and Hosmer (both last year of contract)

    I’m in 3rd with 56 points (32 H, 24 P). I need 62+ to win. The loss of HR could drop me 2 points, the gain in Wins, WHIP & ERA could get 6 points.

  107. Dom says:
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    10 team, AL only, auction keeper league:

    Do I do this trade?

    I give David Ortiz ($9, one year left on contract)
    I get Darvish and Hosmer (both last year of contract)

    I’m in 3rd with 56 points (32 H, 24 P). I need 62+ to win. The loss of HR could drop me 2 points, the gain in Wins, WHIP & ERA could get 6 points.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  108. Someone on here was asking about Worely yesterday, well here is an up to the minute update:

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Vance Worley “is a possibility” to be called up to start Sunday versus the Cubs.
    The Pirates need a fill-in for the injured Francisco Liriano (oblique). Worley had been scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday but has been scratched, indicating that he’s the guy the big club will summon. The former Phillie and Twin has posted a 4.30 ERA but a 1.11 WHIP and an outstanding 43/4 K/BB ratio across 46 Triple-A frames this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s not good though

  109. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    What kind of numbers do you think Danny Santana will put up once he cools off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No power or average, but steals

  110. I know, damn shame, I could really use another good SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aren’t you in a ten team league? There’s gotta be available guys

      • @Grey:
        Yes 10 team, big rosters..34 players each..
        We each start ten pitchers and almost all of us have 10 SP’s with a few more on the bench/DL, hence the reason I was able to get Soria to fill Skaggs spot..Just nothing in SP’s on waivers of quality left..

        • Grey

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          I find that surprising

          • @Grey:

            here is the first page of FA pitchers from my league:
            Watson, Tony RP PIT
            Collmenter, Josh RP ARI
            Davis, Wade SP KC
            Colon, Bartolo SP NYM
            Reed, Addison RP ARI
            Melancon, Mark RP PIT
            Britton, Zach SP BAL
            Papelbon, Jonathan RP PHI
            Perez, Martin SP TEX
            Clippard, Tyler RP WAS
            De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL
            Allen, Cody RP CLE
            Otero, Dan RP OAK
            Duke, Zach RP MIL
            Jackson, Edwin SP CHC Probable Start
            Carpenter, David RP ATL
            Koehler, Tom SP MIA
            Volquez, Edinson SP PIT
            Benoit, Joaquin RP SD
            Cosart, Jarred SP HOU
            Nolasco, Ricky SP MIN
            Hawkins, LaTroy RP COL
            Frieri, Ernesto RP LAA
            Dunn, Mike RP MIA
            Smith, Joe RP LAA
            Shaw, Bryan RP CLE
            Gibson, Kyle SP MIN
            Nathan, Joe RP DET
            Belisario, Ronald RP CHW
            Fien, Casey RP MIN

            • Grey

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              Why are closers available?

              • @Grey:

                No one likes to use them, we just run out 10 SP’s each week. Its a H2H points league as follows for pitching:

                Scoring for Pitching Categories
                BBI Walks Issued (Pitchers) -1 point
                BS Blown Saves -2 points
                CG Complete Games 6 points
                ER Earned Runs -1 point
                HB Hit Batsmen -1 point
                HD Holds 2 points
                INN Innings 1 point
                K Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
                L Losses -3 points
                S Saves 5 points
                SO Shutouts 13 points
                W Wins 10 points

                • Grey

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                  A three save week is 15 points, that’s better than a one start starter who gets 4 Ks and a no decision…

                  • @Grey: I agree, but my history with closers in this league has been awful. Closers seem to always implode on me on Sunday and cost me the wins in close games..

                    here is my pitching staff..
                    starters:
                    Eovaldi, Nathan
                    Fister, Doug
                    Gallardo, Yovani
                    Kennedy, Ian
                    Smyly, Drew
                    Soria, Joakim
                    Tanaka, Masahiro
                    Ventura, Yordano
                    Verlander, Justin
                    Wilson, C.J.

                    Bundy, Dylan B
                    Skaggs, Tyler DL
                    Paxton, James DL
                    Pineda, Michael DL

                    • Grey

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                      Is this a keeper? Why do you have Bundy? Smyly and Kennedy in away starts isn’t better than a closer earning points… Britton this week will outearn half your starters…

                    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                      @Malicious Phenom: not meaning to be a dick, but going against sound decisions due to superstitions isn’t good decision making. I’m guessing you might fold pocket kings in hold em if/since you lost with them numerous times and likely remember how horrible that felt.

  111. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have one team that is just going nowhere, so I tried to breath new life into by blowing it up.

    I traded:

    Eric Hosmer, Aaron Hill, Kyle Seager, Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester

    … for …

    Allen Craig, Brett Lawrie, Pedro Alvarez, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister

    Assuming the trade is not vetoed, is there a winner?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Side you got is better

  112. Sean says:
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    I’m trying to trade away Votto for pretty much any position. Who are some players that would be good targets? What about Pujols? I would like to get a power bat or a stud starter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols works for me, maybe Bautista if someone thinks they’re selling high, maybe Longo or Bruce to buy low…

  113. MarkedMan says:
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    Would you drop any of these guys for Dickerson? I really want him but roster is tight. Keeper league with no year restrictions
    C – Mesoraco
    1b – Abreu
    2b – Solarte
    ss – Evereth
    3b – Miggy
    of – Rios
    of – Springer
    of – Blackmon
    util – Longo
    bn- Taveras

    P’s- Price, Bailey, Cobb, Ventura, Teheran, Stroman, Alvarez, Archer, C. Anderson, W. Peralta, Doolittle, Kenley, K Rod, Britton.

    Leaning Taveras but the keeper is too juicy. I could drop a SP but then would have to bench another guy for him. Dont really like having bench guys either. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • MarkedMan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Would you drop Evereth for Owings/Rutledge/Crawford?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • MarkedMan says:
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            @Grey: Great thanks again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  114. Rutledge or Beckham, next week..H2H 10 team weekly..cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge

  115. joe says:
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    Is CarGomez worth Tulo one for one? throw in something on the CarGo side like a closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, throw in a closer

  116. The Fridge says:
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    Pick up Rutledge over Wong over Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  117. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft where i need rbi/hr/avg (in that order). plouffe or mcgehee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plouffe

  118. Matt says:
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    Some owner in my auction keeper league dropped Rutledge and he is available for $2. Arenado will be out for a while and I’m sure we can all put our money on Tulo facing a DL stint at some point this year. Seemingly given an opportunity for full-time AB’s, what do you expect from Rutledge ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 30/6/35/.260/5

  119. Jacks says:
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    Facing my moment of truth for the season. 10 team keeper 4×4. Went into season with best set of keepers but have just gotten destroyed by injuries: Fielder, Votto, Kershaw, Sale, N Jones, Beltran, Latos, Cuddyer, Ramos etc. The latter two are down for the count again and Beltran is likely to follow. Kemp was one of my biggest auction purchases :(

    I traded some young keeper guys like Yelich, Ventura and Xander to get Bautista, Braun and Nathan (who fell off the cliff the next day and is still falling). I’m like 25 points from where I need to be to have a shot. I feel that I could gain 15-20, but 25 is likely too much, particularly with my shaky closers (Nathan, Mejia, Rondon, Cishek).

    I would not dump for the sake of dumping, but right now I have an opportunity to get Harper ($16 next year) and Lawrie ($6) for a $55 Braun and Taxi Frazier ($300 budget). Might not have that opp next week as Harper gets closer to returning.

    Very tempted to get Harper. His price will go up $5 a year, but he would go for $40-60 in auction depending on his health, so he’s a 5 year plus keeper. Do we still think Harper is a top 10 talent, worth a re-org to nab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harper

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, deal is done. So for the year I sent out 3 keepers, $6 Yelich, $2 Ventura, $12 Bogaerts and got these three keepers in return, $11 Harper, $6 Lawrie and $30 Bautista. Not bad. Have Tulo and Hanley at keeper prices for SS anyways, so no room for Xander. I like Ventura, but already have these guys as keepers for the future: Kershaw, Sale, Bum, Iwakuma, Harvey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  120. Q says:
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    In a Saves + Holds league, would you drop Joba or Mejia for any of these?

    Nathan
    Familia
    D. Carpenter
    Bellisario

    Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joba for Belisario

  121. Don says:
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    If Prince Fielder went for $50 in a keeper league draft this year,what should be his value next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $25

  122. das coffee frau says:
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    can you rank these bums at SS? thanks

    crawford/jjhardy/aybar/turner

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar, Crawford

  123. gareth says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You asked about Italy and the world cup the other day. They play England tomorrow in a HUGE match for both teams.

    Italy probably has my favorite World cup story so far – In a desperate bid to make the italy world cup squad, Antonio Cassano gave up Focaccia in order to lose weight. Did he make the final cut?

    Check out the Italy section:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27388351

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s hilarious

  124. Jay says:
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    Would you move kipnis for kinsler and cole in a keeper?

    Kipnis is currently a keeper of mine but I’m not sure i would keep either of the players I’d get back. We only keep 5 and 10 tm h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  125. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    I am offically the hot schamato (did i spell that right) killer!!!! No lie i am serious…here is a list of players that were hot when i picked them up and totally just got freezing cold when inserted into my lineup..
    De la rosa
    Arcia
    Kendrick
    Mejia
    Khris Davis
    Escobar
    Smyly
    Niese
    Ross
    Viciedo
    Plouffe
    Ruiz
    Bonifacio
    Morton
    Hardly the Midas Touch…everything i touch turns to cold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Please leave Justin Turner alone

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Grey: lol will do….but just a heads up i might pick up danny santana

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @my sisters friend boyfriend: niese has been good all year. morton is as good as he’s ever been right now.

  126. Carnac says:
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    Methany toally drives a Buick. Mattingly totally drives a Dodge Stratus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ausmus has a Lexus with no engine…

      • Carnac says:
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        Haha… Terry Collins can never remember where he parked his PT Cruiser.

        • Carnac says:
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          Bruce Bochy borrows Nick’s van when he’s in Phoenix. Bochy, “I like the headroom.”

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA! Either that or Bochy has a sun roof and all you see is a cantaloupe sticking out the top

  127. Charles says:
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    Thank you for all of your help and write ups. I’m in a 12 team points league and I lost Prince Fielder. I continue to struggle with production from my 1B spot. These 1B are on the waivers. Who should I pickup?
    Hosmer
    Texiera
    Morales
    Napoli
    Lind

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Hosmer

  128. LurveGuru says:
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    I drafted Frazier for $1. Toot Toot! (That’s my and my own horn)

    Although I also drafted Avisail for about $20. Sad trombone. Fantasy baseball: mind-numbingly frustrating! Join the fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice… And not nice…

  129. Grey

    Grey says:
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  130. Playgrounder says:
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    Rank:

    Wood
    Heany
    Stroman
    Walker

  131. Grey

    Grey says:
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  132. Charles says:
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    Is this for real? A fantasy baseball site with quick response to my questions? How awesome is that! Admittingly I stumbled across Razzball.com because I googled for fantasy sites to help me with my 12 team points league. I like this one the best!

    This is my first time in a points league (pitching wins the league, 50 points per win and -15 per loss) and I have been sitting in 2nd place for the longest time. My team has really regressed in the last two weeks and now I’m in 5th. In a points league, is it a matter of just riding it out? I tried to stream a couple of pitchers this week and totally blew up in my face (Estrada, ouch). What’s your advice to a rookie fantasy baseball such as myself. Please note! I am a long time baseball fan. Just a rookie to fantasy baseball. And what do you think of my team?
    C: Mauer
    1B: Hosmer (just picked up from waivers thanks for the advice!)
    2B: Prado
    3B: Seager
    SS: Hanram (injured), A. Escobar
    OF: Puig, Carlos Gomez, Brantley, Marte (depth)
    Util: Werth
    SP: Strasberg, Wacha, Kluber, Cole, Archer, Eovaldi, A. Wood, Wheeler, Jaimie Garcia
    RP: KRod, Belisario, Balfour, Axford

  133. Grey

    Grey says:
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  134. JustanUncle says:
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    Polanco for Fister…this is in a 12 team keeper league thoughts?

  135. Grey

    Grey says:
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  136. Halkster says:
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    Need to cut two to stream… Need to start streaming
    Possible cuts
    Hector rondon
    Eovaldi
    Aramis (bogaerts 3b, Castro ss)
    Betances

    Leaning towards cutting rondon and eovaldi
    To add Santiago for tmw pm
    Then I can add Alex wood c Anderson stroman heaney
    Whatcha think
    Thanks

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Halkster: wood and heaney aren’t streamers, just the opposite, they’re stashers. streamers you grab then drop, like a one night stand. stashers are like the girl you pine after for 8-10 years, making damn sure you’re friends so as to stay in her life over the entirety of that time.

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