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Now, if Clay wants to be called Buchholz, Imma call him Cassius.  Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the 8th inning and ended with the line 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks vs. Tampa.  The Jewish Journal’s headline read, “Clay Spins Rays Like A Dreidel.”  You know why he’s pitching this well, right?  Cause I had nothing positive to say about him in the preseason.  That’s spiteful, Clay.  Spite is one of the seven deadliest sins.  Right after that soup the fat guy ate in Se7en and Paltrow’s career after she stopped sleeping with Harvey Weinstein.  “Sleep with the gross, sweaty producer, win an Oscar.  Sleep with that guy from Coldplay, do movies with Huey Lewis.”  Okay, this is a big step for me, but I’m willing to buy into the new and improved Buchholz with his splitter that he learned at the tail-end of last year.  I’m not going out and trading for him, but if you went against my wishes and drafted him, you did good.  It looks like you might’ve stole a pitcher late that has number two fantasy starter upside.  Though I can’t say that I won’t be rooting against him every step of the way, since I don’t own him.  My will vs. your will in a steel cage.  My will will rake your will’s eyes.   My will fights dirty.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joel Hanrahan – Out a few days with a hammy problem.  It sounds like Hanrahanananananan’ll only be out a few days.  Yeah, and my dog, Ted, doesn’t have herpes.  He does.  (I told Ted to stop sniffing other dog’s butts or he was going to contract an STD, but he doesn’t listen.)  The hamstring is supposedly altering Hanrahanananananan’s mechanics, so if he’s feeling it at all, he’s going on the DL.  That means all Bailey has to do is convert a save or two cleanly and he’s gonna replace Hanrahanananananan.  Look at this way, would you go back to the guy struggling with a hamstring issue or just have the closer, who you originally went out to get to close games, be the closer?  Grab Bailey now!

Tony CingraniJohnny Cueto left Saturday’s game with a lat strain and will hit the DL.  That’s a real shame.  I won’t bother to say I told everyone to avoid him in the preseason.  What good would that be?  It would be like being a Monday morning quarterback only I was quarterbacking about four months ago and just recapping how I quarterbacked.  That does no one any good!  I know all of you read every single post, and there’s no reason I should quote what I said just three days ago about Tony Cingrani, but for the one or two of you who are reading this while wearing a Montreal Royals hat covered in aluminum and banging on the side of your Commodore 64, here it is, “Let’s look at what Scott, our prospect writer, had to say about Cingrani, “Cingrani was thoroughly impressive in 25 starts between High- and Double-A:  1.73 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 10.6 K/9.  The 23-year-old lefty rode that success to a late-season call-up, during which he whiffed 9 big league hitters in just 5 IP out of the ‘pen.  For now, he’s primarily a fastball-changeup kind of guy, but his curveball is coming around.  A deeper arsenal would be better for his long-term projection, but in any case, Cingrani’s stuff as-is should suffice to rack up plenty of K’s, which reminds me of the time I built a rack in my dungeon and tried to lure Grey in there with a high-K prospect.”  Whoa, didn’t remember that last part.  Scott also placed Cingrani on his latest prospect power rankings.  Cingrani has something like a 13+ K-rate in his minor league career, so, yeah, I’m drooling.  I could see him being as good as Shelby or Harvey (first you take over the media, now rookie prospects?  Geez, Jews!).”  And that’s me quoting me!  I already grabbed Cingrani in all leagues where I could, and suggest you do that same. 

Jonathan Broxton – 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Broxton, unbreak my ERA/WHIP.

Michael McKenry – 2-for-4, 2 run, 3 RBIs and two home runs.  Wasn’t he on The Kids in the Hall?

Starling Marte – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Fly away, Starling, fly away with your upside.

Oswaldo ArciaWilkin Ramirez’s wife (girlfriend? mistress? Elizabeth McGovern?) is having a baby, and he left the team.  They should name their kids Talken and Singen, so when they introduce themselves they can sing Wilco’s Walken.  “I’m Wilkin.”  “I’m Talken”  “I’m Singen.”  I should just hang out in maternity wards and name people’s kids for them.  The time between Wilkin’s wife’s contractions shouldn’t/wouldn’t mean much, except the Twins are saying they are promoting Oswaldo Arcia to replace him.  This is bizzonkers.  Arcia is a top prospect.  He was 24th on the top 25 fantasy baseball prospect list.  He shouldn’t be called up for a paternity leave absence unless Wilkin’s wife (girlfriend? mistress? Elizabeth McGovern?) has some great job and Wilkin is gonna have to stay home with Talken until he is talkin’ and walkin’.  Would the Twins really call up a top prospect for only three days?  Seems unlikely.  The only other possibility would be Arcia staying with the club.  So, why should we care?  Thanks, clunky transitional question!  Arcia has big time power.  Between A and Double-A, he hit 36 homers.  In nine games in Triple-A this year, he has 3 homers, and is hitting .414.  He profiles as a three hitter in the lineup.  For those slow on the uptake or just massively hungover, a three-hole hitter is good.  If Arcia’s 3-day audition goes better than Lohan’s 3-day audition with Paul Schrader, the Twins could keep him in the majors because, really, what do they have to lose?  I’d absolutely grab him in deeper leagues for the chance of some sweet, sweet upside.

Roy Halladay – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  Halladay will face the Cardinals next time out.  For Halladay’s sake, hopefully the Cards trade away their entire team to the Blue Jays and have their best hitter sitting out with a sore shoulder.

Ben Revere – 2-for-5 with his 5th steal as Revere screams, “The SAGNOF is coming!  The SAGNOF is coming!”

Wilson Ramos – To the DL with a hamstring strain.  This is a coup for Suzuki’s playing time.  Unfortunately, I’m not that coup-coup for Suzuki’s bat.

Danny Espinosa – After being hit by a pitch, he left the game with a sore hand.  Sounds like he’ll be day-to-day.  Or Day2Day, if you prefer the R&B shorthand.

Gio Gonzalez – 5 IP, 7 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Not much to say, obviously not a good start as the Nationals got beat up by the Braves.  All the patriotic fervor with team names did get me thinking.  I wonder if Al Jazeera sports news translates this game as the Infidels vs. the Infidels.

Paul Maholm – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yes, you should own him.  Yes, now.

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  Meanwhile, B.J. Upton went 3-for-5, raising his average to .163, and he called his mom to wish her an early birthday that’s not for another five months.  “Nah, Justin’s probably out hitting homers, he doesn’t care about what’s important — family.”

Chris Johnson – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, now hitting .405.  Braves are gonna have to play Johnson when Freeman returns if he keeps hitting like this or I’ll need to start chanting, “Free my Johnson,” and that’s gonna be awkward for everyone involved.

Kelvin Herrera – Got the vulture win as he entered a tie game.  You’re prolly thinking, “Yeah, your mustache is hella dope and your eyes are piercing like Aaron Burr’s sword, but so what on Herrera entering a tie game?”  Well, the game was at home.  Usually a manager brings in his closer in the 9th inning at home in a tie game.  Point for Herrera.

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Blue Jays.  Ervin hasn’t turned down that many BJ’s since… Okay, I’ll stop.  I will also stop short of recommending Santana.  He’s nothing but a match-ups guy.  Hello, Stream-o-Nator.

Kevin Gregg – Cubs signed him.  Why?  Because their bullpen is a shambles and Joe Borowski said he didn’t want to un-retire.    Here’s a scenario:  Gregg blows hitters away in extended spring training, returns to the Cubs and has the kind of success in the majors that he hasn’t had in about three years, then, when he closes the door on his 30th save, a pig flies over Wrigley and says, “I knew you could do it, let’s go get coffee.”  Or Gregg returns for the 7th and 8th inning of games and gives up multiple runs and is released.  Either scenario is possible.  The latter maybe slightly more so.  Like 99.99999999999999999999% to .00000000000000000001%.  But I’m not an oddsmaker, and I’m sure Al Gore is working on getting pigs to fly and drink coffee now that his Internet was such a success, so you never know.  With Kyuji Fujikawa on the DL, someone needs to close Cubs games and Jim Belushi hasn’t looked great.  I would grab James Russell and Shawn Camp, in that order.  The reason why I put Russell first was because John Waters wouldn’t even be able to defend Camp’s performance yesterday.  Either of them could run away with the job because of a lack of better options.  More than likely, neither will be very good and Fujikawa will return and regain the closer job.

Matt Harrison – Unlikely to return when eligible because he just received another epidural.  Hey, maybe he’s birthing Talken Ramirez.

Austin Jackson – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his first homer.  Rudy corrected me the other day, we do own Jackson on our LABR team.  I forgot about that league Tony Blair invited us into.

Hiroki Kuroda – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Not bad, George would’ve traded him to Tyler Chicken in Arkansas.  Hey, it is alcoholic chicken.

Jarrod Parker – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  I’ve told anyone who’s asked to drop Parker.  He doesn’t look right at all.  Same goes for Fiers.  Unless your league is very deep, there has to be better options.

Chase Headley – After originally saying he was gonna be out six weeks, he now is aiming to return on Tuesday.  Boy, he really *pinkie to mouth* cuts to the Chase.

Carlos Quentin – Suspended for 8 games for ruining my fantasy teams.  He dropped his suspension appeal because he wanted to avoid the Dodgers upcoming 3-game series.  Brave move, Quentin.  Maybe when you return, you can wear a four-inch elbow pad and lean out over the plate.  Oh, wait, you already do that.  My bad!

Aramis Ramirez – His brother and manager, Drakkar, said Aramis won’t be ready to return when his DL stint is up on April 21st.  My guess is Aramis will return about two weeks after, look downright fragrant for about a month, then get hurt again.

Burke Badenhop – Just flew in from doing “Wild on! Milwaukee” and got the save.  Wouldn’t read too much into it, Henderson was used earlier in the game.  It does show how far Axford has fallen in Brewtown.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, but watched his win get audited by Rosenthal and Boggs.  There’s one out for me, nineteen runs for you, cause I’m the Taxman.  The Closepocalypse, a destructive phenomenon that wreaks all fantasy ratios in its path, appears to be contained to the Midwest.  Fantasy owners should remain on the east and west coasts until it passes.  I’d even stock up on Santiago Casilla, just in case the storm heads westward.  Also, I’d continue to hold Boggs (because I’m a masochist) until the Cardinals officially remove him, then I’d try Mujica because everyone else looks unable to get three outs.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4 with his third homer.  That’s three straight games for him with a home run.  Unfortunately, it’s not three straight Cardinal games.  Someone needs to Gillooly Allen Craig.

Tim Lincecum – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Don’t worry, Lincecum, the Giants face the Marlins in June.

Hunter Pence – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and a slam (4) & legs (3).  I’m sure glad Hunter Pence was about as unsexy a draft pick you could find, which made him very appealing to Rudy.

Matt Harvey – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks as he took a no hitter into the 7th on Saturday.  All Mets fans and staff were holding their breath that he would not get the no-hitter.

Josh Beckett – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, now has a 3.26 ERA on the year.  Keep that in mind when people ask if they should pick him up.

Trevor Cahill – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Cahill’s solid for a middle of a fantasy rotation.  About average.  Neither here nor there.  Tolerable.  Passable.  Sorry, I just paid $9.95 for a thesaurus subscription.  I know, I could’ve bought the Astros instead.

Michael Bourn – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer, but left yesterday’s game with a hand laceration.  Bourn could be sidelined for a week.  Can’t wait to see how Paul Greengrass makes that exciting.

Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Terrific to see that after his ishkabibble last start.

Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer.  I wrote something in the preseason about how I was willing to take a flyer on someone like Lorenzo Cain instead of paying the premium for De Aza.  Yeah, I wish I paid the premium, as I dropped Cain yesterday in a 12-team mixed league.  Cain…Sugar! will now go on a torrid streak.  Mark my words.  Don’t mark your actual computer screen, doode.  C’mon.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his first home run.  Okay, I don’t feel as bad about putting this on my neighbor’s Lamborghini.  Besides, it helps block the sun where I situated it on the windshield.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  He showed the Astros what they could have if they sold all of their players, their stadium and took out a loan on the city of Houston to pay for him.  Maybe Loria can take over the Astros and show them how it’s done.

Philip Humber – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Now has a 2.89 ERA through three games.  That’s nice.  I’d prefer Phillip from Stealth R Us.

Brett Lawrie – With Reyes out for three months due to the Curse of Trying to Buy Championships that the Jays acquired from the Marlins, the Jays will play Lawrie at 2nd base with Bautista over at 3rd.  Meanwhile, Jay’s GM, Anthopoulos was seen spraying Windex on Reyes’s ankle, muttering, “Moustakas oopa ouza tzatziki girl with mustache,” which is all Greek to me.

  1. a1r fann1ng says:
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    first

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @a1r fann1ng: since when did Razzball become a douche-fest like a blog on how to repair your hard-drive or like something posted on Yahoo? This “first” business gots to go…

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Sky: Dammit, Sky! You always have to be the first to second something, don’t you?!

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Sky: THIRD!! Wait, can I actually “third” myself? Man, that sounds wrong…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Wilsonian: 399th!!

  2. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Where can I get one of those Trout stickers for my Kia?

  3. longbeachyo says:
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    Could it be that when Ramirez comes back they send Hicks down and leave Arcia? Well, maybe. Hicks DID have a pretty good day yesterday… he didn’t strike out!

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @longbeachyo: that’s the first thing i thought when i heard arcia was coming up… Hicks needs some to be optioned before he becomes damaged goods…

  4. Fister Furbush says:
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    Great use of the Survivor reference

    Who would you start in a points league:

    Hyun Jin-Ryu @ Bal (Hammel)

    Hisashi Iwakuma vs Det (Verlander…)

    Brandon Morrow vs NYY (Pettitte)

    Josh Beckett @ Bal (Chen)

    thanks

    FF

  5. blinkuldhc says:
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    Um, Jose Reyes just got dropped, I’ve got the #2 waiver position and Rutledge at SS.

    This will be as interested in waiver-wiring as I’ll ever get, which still isn’t much. But isn’t the Reyes release a bit of an over-reaction?

    Also, I got mocked for picking up Granderson in the 10th w/ crap like “Gee, you must not follow spring training”…..so if I get Reyes and Grando comes back in a month, as scheduled, I’m gonna start buying into the whole patience is a virtue thing.

  6. Vottomatic says:
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    Leonys Martin or Oswaldo Arcia? I drafted Leonys this year and could be a potential keeper if he got his shizz together. But I’m seeing a lot of Dexter Fowler in Leonys. What are your thoughts?

  7. chunk says:
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    would you give reynolds and donkeycorn for d murphy and zito? would you give a salad instead of a dcorn?

    thanks as always

  8. a1r fann1ng says:
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    cingrani or barry zito?

    • Phillip says:
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      @a1r fann1ng: take the chance on cingrani. Zito is zito….crapo

      • Hawk says:
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        @Phillip:

        Cingrani is the unblemished. He’s great because you haven’t seen him fail yet. The intoxicating “what-if”. What if he comes up and has Francisco Liriano’s 12-3 half?

        Zito, on the other hand, is the completely known. At this point, he’s a serviceable 4th or 5th starter with potential to be better.

        If it’s a keeper league, I’d go Cingrani. If it’s a redraft league, I’d go Zito

        • BTD says:
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          @Hawk: I’d go Cingrani either way. Zito is replaceable in either format.

  9. Matthew says:
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    12 team h2h 5X5
    My pitching

    Bumgarner
    Harvey
    Kuroda
    Peavy
    Niese
    Miley
    Scherzer
    Holland
    Perkins
    Boggs
    League

    Drop Detwiler for Cingrani? I have Cueto in ONE league, I’m waiting til they DL him to pick up Cingrani and have him in another. Lemme know before someone snags. Thanks Grey son!!

    • Phillip says:
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      @Matthew: if he’s not snagged already, time for a new league.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Phillip: so because he might not be taken in a 12 team league, he needs a new league? Seems a bit ridiiculous, don’t you think? If he said 20 team, then yeah, he’s gotta be snagged. But the dude hasn’t even “officially” gotten the call yet.

        And yes, cut Detwiler ASAP for Tony.

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          @Wilsonian: I’d drop Boggs before Detwiler. And I agree, perhaps it’s a league with few BE spots. You’d take a hope & prayer flyer on Cingrani before you’d stream an extra hot schmotato bat like Gattis? You need some DEEP IMPACT porno action and leave us kids alone to play with Grey’s mustache

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @yeshcheese: after reading the most recent Mujica signs I’d probably cut Boggs, too. Looks like he’s going back to setup man.

  10. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Just a heads up, very early game this morning, so get your lineups set.

  11. Wudaben says:
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    I’m kinda surprised you didn’t have a Straily comment given the Parker implosion. Is he a speculative add now or you think it’ll take another Parker dud first?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wudaben: Parker is getting dropped by the A’s just yet… Straily’s not that good anyway…

  12. 2 Giant rings says:
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    H2h. My opponent and I each have one two-start pitchers this week. Unfortunately his two-start pitcher is Matt Moore while mine is Homer Bailey. Should I start Homer this week or go with one start from Samardjza?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @2 Giant rings: @JTR: @JTR: @2 Giant rings: i don’t think moore starts till wed, making him a non-2 starter,unless yr league goes differently than mon-sun. Bailey does have 2 starts though. tue/sun

  13. LadyScorpio says:
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    Hi Grey!

    It’s been a while, huh? Another great article, by the way. Was wondering if I could get your feedback on my squad. I am playing in a 12 team H2H
    league. Currently a bottom feeder in the standings…I am concerned
    that that’s gonna be my home this season…due to my pitching. My
    squad consists of…

    C – Pierzynski
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Gyorko
    SS – Castro
    3B – Machado
    OF – Braun, Hamilton, Holliday
    U – Ethier
    BN – Gardner, Ichiro, Ackley & Segura
    SP – Price, Miller, Morrow, Pettite, Iwakuma & Greinke (Sigh)
    RP – Nathan, Paplebon & Romo

    Current SPs available are: Hughes, Dempster, McDonald, Wandy, Yin
    Chen, Marcum, Hanson, Teheran, Gee, Cashner, Doubront, Detwiler,
    Norris, Bedard and Corbin. Should I add any of these guys? Should I upgrade my offense? Please advise.

    Thanks,
    LadyScorpio

    • Phillip says:
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      @LadyScorpio: grey loves Hughes, but he’s terrible

      • Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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        @Phillip: And at the very least, Hughes’ topline numbers are so bad that you’ll probably be able to scoop him up later if you start seeing some green shoots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LadyScorpio: Hey, LS, team looks solid… You look a little light on power as of right now, but it should come around… Your pitching should be fine without Greinke… You still have Price, and lots of guys on waivers…

  14. jamiehov says:
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    Drop Estrada or Medlen for Cingrani??

    Thanks grey!

    • Adam Wainwright, III says:
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      @jamiehov: no

    • AdamH says:
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      @jamiehov: absolutely not.

    • Phillip says:
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    • Prezii says:
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      @jamiehov: trade me Medlen!!

  15. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    So here’s the deal: I want to drop Carlos Gomez.
    I was all set to do it this morning and welcome Denard Span to the squad, when I came across an article that mentioned his BABIP is something like .200? Is it worth it to hang onto Gomez (albeit on my bench while I ride the hot bat of Evan Gattis)? Or should I pull the trigger and pretend he doesn’t exist if he starts dominating the waiver wire?
    Thanks, folks.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost:

      Seriously….if you drafted a hitter for their full season stats, it’s waaaaayy too early to drop him. Gotta give it at least until mid-May, even Memorial Day before doing that.

    • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: Thanks for talking me down from the ledge, razzballers. I knew I could count on you for the cure to my pre-coffee irrationality.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: It’s too early to drop a guy that you (presumably) drafted fairly high. It’s obviously tempting though, since a guy who drafted him in the 8th round of my RCL dropped him already.

      • Paddyman says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: I dropped his ass. Ha! He’s so boring and strikes out alot. Got me some coco crisp and starlin marte instead.

  16. Ryan says:
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    Detweiller vs Miami or
    Ryu vs Balt ? Need to start one
    Also detweiller or Ryu ROS?
    Have only a spot for one of them
    Thanks!

    • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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      @Ryan: Detwiler vs MIA, but Ryu ROS.

  17. JTR says:
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    Would you drop Shelby Miller or Jose Fernandez for Beckett?

    Thanks

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @JTR: i’m guessing grey says no to this.

    • Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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      @JTR: Maybe if your league counts wins double, I could see taking Cingrani over JoFer, but at least we know the Marlins are committed to 150 more innings or so. Who knows what the Reds will do if and when Cueto comes back.

    • Hawk says:
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      @JTR:

      I wouldn’t drop either of them for Beckett.

  18. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 12 team 5×5 Keeper and we only have 2 RP slots. Currently only have 1 save since i own Street and Cishek (Always advocated that bad teams still have useful closers but their teams are on pace to go like 12-150) Should I drop Cishek for Andrew Bailey? I could also drop someone like Ogando but my weak arms are in the pen…….such a fun problem sdfjsjdnfjsdnfcsjdf

  19. Fungazi says:
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    Would you take Bailey over Cishek, Boggs, Henderson or Herrera?

  20. adam says:
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    jason heyward was just dropped onto waivers..should i pick him up and drop somone like Aoki?
    should we be concerned with how bad he has been playing?
    Thx!

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @adam: Pick up heyward yes….he should never be on waivers. You probably have a better drop option than Aoki but if not do it anyway

    • Phillip says:
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      @adam: first thing to do: join another league (they have late signup ones); second thing: don’t go back to the first one

    • Hawk says:
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      @adam:

      I think Heyward’s playing hurt again. Not 100% sure though. If he’s on waivers you kinda have to take the chance he gets healthy. He’s got tons of potential.

    • Prezii says:
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      @adam: WOW what is wrong with people?

  21. SmokeTNT says:
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    Ike Davis, MooseTacos, and Josh Willingham have all hit the wire in my 12 team 8×8 H2H.

    I have Panda and Machado at 3B, with Hosmer and Belt 1B eligible, and Upton here, Upton here, and the Korean Soul Train in the outfield with 2 utility spots and 5 bench.

    Can probably toss Belt, D Gee, or whatever my 2 holds guys names are. Any worth picking up?

    • Phillip says:
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      @SmokeTNT: they’re all worth picking up. It’s April 15.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @SmokeTNT: Drop Belt and one of the pitchers, and grab Ike and Willingham. You don’t need Moose with Panda and Machado on the roster.

  22. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy!!! So far allof my pitchers pitch 6-8 innings and do great but the batters never step up for them or they do when they take themout!! Typical! LOL Anyway I read your blog and I know you want me to get jean Segura but should I drop Santana, I’m in a h2h points league (matchups) league. Does it matter or drop Holland cause Herrera obviously has the job?

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      I was thinking O’Flaherty or Bud Norris for Holland? and Segura for Santana cause it semms Santana is good but the team can’t hit. Should i pull the trigger?

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        or andrew bailey

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            What, Keep Ervin cause I was gonna grab Jean Segura. What about one of those pitchers for Holland?

            • Thrilla says:
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              @Frank Lynch: What’s the question Frank?

  23. mcBlunty says:
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    in a bit of a rough spot with jose reyes going on the DL, put in a waiver claim on rutledge but did not get him, options at SS are mighty thin, who would you roll with until i can swing a trade

    espinosa
    cozart
    peralta
    Marwin Gonzalez
    Brandon Crawford

    yeah basically a bunch of crap, but who stinks the least

    • Phillip says:
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      @mcBlunty: that’s actually ok compared to deep, competitive leagues

    • AdamH says:
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      @mcBlunty: Espinosa

    • @mcBlunty: Yeah, Espinosa. If you lose him as well, then maybe Cozart.

  24. Phillip says:
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    Grey, you will now be known as “the Jester.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phillip: Ha, thanks! Stop throwing challenges…

  25. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Grey,
    Should I drop Teheran or is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Pettite, Norris,de la rosa, and detwiler are available.

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: Teheran on the waiver in a keeper. Same question different context. It’s a punky reggae partay!!!

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: I mean I’m watching the young don Julio T here and I see Homer Bailey, all the stuff, with an abyssmal randomly creeping floor that keeps his ERA at 4…

  26. Eric K says:
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    Shouldn’t it be a goat flying over Wrigley after Gregg gets save #30?

    • The Strolg says:
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      …or Barry Foote

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    Have Hanrahan and Holland. Drop Holland for Bailey? Other options areBenoit, Veras, Cishek.

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      I have holland too.. There’s no way he should be kept now right? especially when they could’ve put him in for the W yesterday

    • Phillip says:
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      @Wilsonian: veras. The bad pitcher isn’t worth the 11 saves

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Phillip: sorry, don’t have Veras. He’s available, along with Cishek and Benoit.

        Guess the question should be this:

        Have Hanrahan, Holland, Parnell, Henderson. Bailey, Benoit, Cishek, Veras are available. Obviously I’d like the handcuff to Hanrahan in Bailey. Do I cut Holland for any of them? Actually found a drop for Bailey anyway because I didn’t want to get beat to the punch, so do I drop Holland for Benoit, Cishek, or Veras.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d try to grab Bailey, but probably not at the expense of Holland. He’s worth hanging on to until any change is official.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Big Magoo: actually found a way to snag Bailey and Mujica with some bench bats until I can see how things play out. Thanks for the input. I kind of thought the same about Holland. Gotta see what’s up with his role for sure before going all buckwild on the drop trigger.

  28. Kyle H says:
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    Who should I drop to pick up Cingrani: Kyle Segar (2B and 3B) or Mark Reynolds (1B and 3B) or Andrleton Simmons? All these guys are on my bench. Segura, Kendrick, and Zimmerman are my starting SS, 2B, and 3B. OBP league 12team H2H

  29. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Is your boy Volquez going to get it together, or is he a drop? Is he better than K Kendrick?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jack the Ripper: grey will have kendrick higher overall, but i’d bet some of volquez’s home games get rated higher on stream0nator. Bascially never play Volquez on road.

    • Phillip says:
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      @Jack the Ripper: have to see how petco plays now. Volquez is crap to begin with, so if he loses any edge from that stadium..he’s useless

  30. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop Estrada or Jose Fernandez for Cingrani??

    • Phillip says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez: it’s April 15. If you liked Estrada enough to draft him, you should like enough to hold longer

  31. The staff infection says:
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    Carter, Alonso, gyorko, Arcia. Which 2 would you take? Thanks

  32. Dirt says:
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    Is Hosmer worth a #2 waiver spot?… 14 team league… 1B currently Morales, Howard, Dunn? Is Edwin Jackson worth keeping at this point?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Dirt: in that deep of a league, he’s absolutely worth it. Depending on the rest of your rotation, I’d lose Jackson.

  33. atl, son says:
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    8 team H2H NL only–so things are tight
    I stashed Beachy in the DL spot, and I drafted Greinke. Don’t want to hang on to both, but should I? Would you drop either for Cingrani? I could use another good pitcher, like if Greinke had pulled a Nolan Ryan instead of, well…whatever that was.

    • Phillip says:
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      @atl, son: don’t wait on beachy. He’s likely to struggle when he gets back: see Wainwrights 2012 first half

      • CT Old School says:
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        @Phillip: It’s not my biggest issue, just the one I’d like help with.@Phillip: Phillip’s right…don’t wait on Beachy.

        • atl, son says:
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          @CT Old School:
          Thanks to both of you. Dropping Beachy in 3…2….1..

  34. giant-eer says:
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    Blew my waiver on Jarrod Parker, and he pitched like poop again. Drop Parker for Josh Beckett?

    • Hawk says:
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      @giant-eer:

      Grey didn’t think he looked right. If that’s the case then yes, I’d make that move.

  35. Chris says:
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    I need help: drop/ hold which of the following:
    Wade miley
    Brett anderson
    Barry zito
    Benoit
    Wilhelmsen
    Bentacourt
    Rosenthal
    W. chen
    Chris perez

    Thank you

    • chunk says:
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      @Chris: impossible to answer without knowing who you drop them for.

      • Chris says:
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        @chunk: my fault… The top starters available are
        Fiers
        Colby lewis (dl)
        Straily
        M gonzalez
        B colon
        Stults

        Relievers: ryan cook and casilla are out there too

        Thank you

        • chunk says:
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          @Chris: keep an eye on straily, if he gets called up id add him for maybe rosenthal. otherwise id hold for now

          • Chris says:
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            @chunk: ok thank you

  36. Jon says:
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    Russell or Mujica more likely for saves?

    • George says:
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      @Jon:

      Russell is likely to be replaced when Fujikawa comes back from the DL in two weeks while Mujica has a chance to run away with the job if he succeeds. It comes down to figuring out if you need saves now (Russell) or if gambling on a long-term payoff (Mujica) is more beneficial?

      Personally, I’m gamlbin’ man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Mujica

  37. Mike says:
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    Domonic Brown was just released. I have De Aza as my 4th OF. Would you hold De Aza or drop him for Brown? FWIW my starting OF is Braun, A Jones and Reddick.

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Mike: Keep De Aza. He is a surefire OF4 and I love him

  38. Phillip says:
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    I don’t see Hughes getting lit up again on here. Wasn’t he a favorite coming into the season?

    • chunk says:
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      @Phillip: Today’s date is April 15th and you should probably get a new league.

      hope this helps.

      • chunk says:
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        @chunk: also, Hughes was in a tier called “Some are excited by these guys. Even some writers on this site. Not I (or is it me?).” I’d hardly call that a favorite.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @chunk: ZING!!

      • Snake Hips says:
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        @chunk: hahahaha

  39. CT Old School says:
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    I’ve had a carousel at C: Russell Martin, then Flowers, then I got Gattis. Lucroy was just dropped. Do I grab Lucroy (in the non-sexual way) so I can SI&FI or hold Gattis (in a very sexual way) and see what the Braves do once McCann comes back? Or, there is no third or…it just makes the boat go in circles.

    • Phillip says:
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      @CT Old School: your teams in good shape if which crappy Catcher to play is the biggest issue

  40. Schizer says:
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    Rizzo is starting to look like this years Hosmer…

    • Phillip says:
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      @Schizer: it’s April 15

  41. plasmaj says:
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    drop Teheran for Cingrani? please say yes

    • plasmaj says:
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      @plasmaj:
      too late. done!

    • Hawk says:
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      @plasmaj:

      Yes.

  42. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Grey+,

    Glad to see you coming around on Cassius Clay. I’ve added him in quite a few leagues at this point. Not only the development of the splitter and Buchholz’s nice 2nd half last year, but the return of John Farrell stood out to me as reasons to roll the bones on the Claydog.

    Now, would you put your $2 down on Bailey or Mujica for saves at this point?

    Cheers.

  43. Jeff says:
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    Who at IF this week – LaRoche or Middlebrooks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Middlebrooks

  44. Kingslayer says:
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    I’m in a weekly h2h league and I was wondering if I should risk starting Kipnis or go safe and desperate and start Sogard?

    Please tell me you don’t think Kipnis’ injury is serious… I obviously am not excited about Sogard.

  45. Watson says:
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    Drop Bonifacio for Arcia in my bench spot in case he sticks (or Giancarlo is in trouble)? Thanks.

  46. Project Merkin says:
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    Word on the street is that Mujica could get a crack at saves. Think I’m going to drop Boggs for him. Good riddance!

  47. Schizer says:
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    Both Lincecum & Capuano have a start at home vs SD this week. Who do you like more?

    • Phillip says:
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      @Schizer: anyone @ San Diego. Coin flip.

  48. Dirtyd says:
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    Drop Holland for Mujica?

  49. shibboleth says:
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    Grey, this is my first season with a FAAB budget so I’m hoping you can help. I want to pick up Cingrani. What’s a good bid? Our budget is 100 for the season and i’m at $91 now. It’s a 12 team, pretty competitive, QS+Solds

    Is $5 too much for a guy who might get returned to the minors after Cueto recovers? Any bid you recommend? As always, thanks!

  50. JG_ism says:
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    @ Grey
    Thanks fo dropping Lo’Cain…hopefully it’ll help my need fer speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JG_ism: Fingers crossed for you!

  51. Back at the Barn Yard says:
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    Mujica or Benoit? love the site!

  52. The Wickler says:
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    Grey,

    Cingrani is sitting on my wire and I want to add him, however, not sure if it is worth dropping one of Jose Fernandez, Iwakuma or Cobb. My bench offense players are Moose and Wil Myers. Should I just wait it out?

    • Phillip says:
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      @The Wickler: one in the hand is worth two in the bush…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Wickler: Doesn’t look you have anyone to drop…

  53. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Do I risk it and start Cingrani this week over Linecum?

    And when I say risk, I am wondering if he will definitely pitch.

    Damn lineups look early today because of the dumb Patriots Day game. Bad enough I live in this area and have deal with Red Sox nation. Yankees fans since the days of Big Dave Winfield!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Given how Lincy is pitching I’d fear him pitching for you than Cingrani not. Give Tony a whirl.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Sky: Tim seems to having 1 bad inning and then settling down. Actually almost walked away with the win yesterday. Not getting that +10 for the win cost me the win. Lost by 3!!!

        What are the chances Tony gets a start? He’s got to, right?

  54. stynyr says:
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    5×5, H2H

    sp: Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, H. Bailey, Jose Fernandez, Cahill, Ryu, Teheran
    rp: Janssen, Holland, Soriano
    dl: Garza

    Drop Teheran, Fernandez or H. Bailey for A. Bailey?

  55. smgema says:
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    2 questions:

    1. Which 2 for RP spot this week. League settings only give 5 pts per save/win/quality start, -5 for loss, -2 for blown save, 1 pt per IP, K and -1 pt per ER. Quality starts obviously help SP’s with RP eligibility:

    Iwakuma: vs. Det (Verlander) Iwakuma has been great, but can he get another W here?
    Kendrick: @Cin (Bailey) and StL (Westbrook) two starts are very nice and pitched ok last start
    Wilhelmsen: 3 v Det, 3@Cin: haven’t rolled him out yet, but he is 13th best RP despite league settings.

    Leaning on keeping Iwakuma/Kendrick due to Kendrick’s 2 start week but maybe swap Iwakuma for Wilhelmsen due to Verlander. What do you think?

    2. Drop Kendrick for Cingrani for my other RP spot (after this week’s roster locks)? Both are owned in less less than 3% of ESPN leagues but Cingrani appears to have more upside. I have Arroyo for my 2 start streamer spot but I’d like to drop him for next week’s 2 starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smgema: Not Iwakuma… 2. Sure

  56. Jon says:
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    Which side? (5×5 H2H keep 18) Medlen + Frazier or Morrow + Berkman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Medlen

  57. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I have a dog named Ted too! I don’t think he has herpes though.

    I love me some Cingrani! I picked him up yesterday. I also picked up Mujica while watching Rosenthal, Boggs and Salas serve up hit after hit.

    However, someone offered me Domonic Brown for Mujica last night and I did the trade. Do you think that was a wise move on my part? Domonic will slide into my Util spot on good matchups (not against lefties).

    • FuzzyD says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: not sure i would have done that trade…

  58. joeg414 says:
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    Lost out on Oswaldo Arcia , but Luis Jimenez is there. Worth at least a back up/spot start in a 13 team deep mixed 6×6 roto daily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joeg414: Sure, give him a whirl…

  59. FuzzyD says:
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    Picked up Arcia, question is, do we start him this week in a deep weekly league? Would prob sit Stubbs even though I need steals. I also need HRs..

    • FuzzyD says:
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      @FuzzyD: pulled the trigger on starting Arcia…go big or stubb ur toe i guess.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @FuzzyD: isn’t Bourn out this week with finger stiches? Stubbs might have been sneaky.

        • FuzzyD says:
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          @yeshcheese: ugh, didn’t catch that…but stubbs has been getting at bats and not doing much with them…knowing my luck, this is the week stubbs goes nuts..

  60. Nate says:
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    Still like Hughes? His mechanics look all a mess and he can’t seem to keep the ball down… that worries me in the parks he plays in.

    I need to drop him or Fiers for Cingrani..

    Also, stick with Boggs? drop him for Ros? Salas? Gregg (lol)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Fiers… Boggs…

  61. Grilled Cheese Please says:
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    Need some Middle Infielder advice. Would anyone drop J.J. Hardy for Altuve? I’d be losing out on HR and RBI, but picking up in AVG and SB. 6 of one, half dozen of another I guess. H2H 5×5 league. Thanks.

  62. KO says:
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    Just a friendly reminder.

    KO says:
    February 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm (link)
    Your missing Buchholz. Now healthy with the pitching coach that made him a star. He is a breakout waiting to happen. His stats were skewed last year by his injury riddled start. Breakout out his splits, factor in his talent, and he is money in the bank to be a Top 40 option never mind top 60. Please refer back this around the All-star break and feel free to email me. P.S. The inside on Tommy Hanson’s should probably resembles rotting ground beef. Get Dr. Andrews on speed dial.

    Grey says:
    February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm (link)
    Ha… Yeah, I’m not a fan of Buchholz… I’ll let him do his thing on someone else’s team…

    KO says:
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    Good luck with Hanson. Yikes.

    • JoeC says:
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      @KO: That’s great. Now tell us all the players you’ve been wrong about. It’s kind of a cheap shot to skewer Grey for his misses when you don’t expose yours.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @JoeC: Grey’s mustache is too thick of a tickler for Clay’s Buchholz, bow before his majesty!

      • KO says:
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        I am wrong all the time, but I have only commented on this site maybe twice if I thought something was way off. Not liking Buchholz is fine, but having him outside of the top 100 starters was toooooo much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks like you’re right…

          • KO says:
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            Your site is great by the way. I agree with most of what you post.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @KO: Hey, I’m the Hanson-hater round these parts…

    • Thrilla says:
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      @KO: The hard part isn’t being right once. The key to successful gambling (fake baseball, stock market, etc) is getting it right more times than you get it wrong. That’s what Grey does.

      Anyway, looks like you were on to something with Bucholz…

  63. joeg414 says:
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    But is it going to snow again in Minn.?

  64. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Frazier and Maholm too much to give up to try to get Stanton?

    Thanks!

    • chunk says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: no way thats solid if you get stanton id say. depends on league size i guess but youd be dealing away 2 guys whose values are peaking for someone whos prcieved value is down. youre clearly getting the best player

    • chunk says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: no way thats solid if you get stanton id say. depends on league size i guess but youd be dealing away 2 guys whose values are peaking for someone whos prcieved value is down. youre clearly getting the best player

  65. Wake Up says:
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    My will punches to the groin, repeatedly…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: My will put on a protective cup prior.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: My will’s favorite player was Chris Sabo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your will enjoys hustle… My will enjoys Chianti…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: My will has Bukowski-sized zits that could drink your will under the table…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My will is The Great Khali.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: My will is the great Khalil Gibran…”It is only possible to punch the groin, once you have climbed down off of the groin and view the groin from the meadow whilst sipping Pinot Noir…no closed quote

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! Your will wins.

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Please…my will concedes….to your will’s greatness….but, my beard challenges your stache!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You will go down in a ball of hair…

  66. Frank Lynch says:
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    Grey whats happening!!! I know I sent you questions earlier and you haven’t probly woke up yet… LOL but You know that trade I was telling you about with Cole Hamels n Teix and I would be getting Justin Upton. Well he thinks he’s getting the better deal so when he sent the Proposal he added Marco Scutaro, as you know Scutaro plays 2nd 3rd n ss, so maybe thats a plus. What You think?? Just to remind you here’s my pitchers cause I wanna make sure you think I can afford losing Hamels
    Hamels
    Latos
    Ervin Santana
    Iwakuma
    Brett Anderson
    AJ Griffen
    Samardzija
    JJ putx
    Greg Holland
    Shelby Miller
    Jim Henderson
    And if you agree to the question I asked befor then I will be replacing Holland and maybe Erving..Thank You my Jers Brotha! Think on that while eating A Fat Cat from the grease trucks from New Brunswick. LOL

    • Reginald Denny says:
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      @Frank Lynch: You’re trying too hard bro.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        I just got confused…Let it be!!

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      Now he’s saying he has no room for Teix.. If you think giving up Hamels won’t ruin my Pitching squad then maybe Cole Upton straight up? Or he said Hamel and Castro For Upton n someone else and I proposed giving me Beckett too. IDK what u yhink?

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        He just said Hamel-Upton str8 up. cool? Then i should keep Ervin right and drop Holland for one of those pitchers I put up there, O Fleherty or Norris? Or Holland for Jean Segura?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Upton… Segura… Norris…

        • Frank Lynch says:
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          I’m sorry bro, or Baily? for holland

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Holland

            • Frank Lynch says:
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              Thanks Grey! I’m sorry for all the confusion. I’m catching on and I’m gonna try doing my own moves. It’s just I got alot of time on my hands here cause I have a spinal disease which keeps me from walking. I’m about to turn 33 and this just happened out of nowhere 3 weeks after my twins were born. I’m here with the wife and kids but i’m home almost all day cause I’m on permenant didability so when people maske comments about all my uestions it’s just I have alot of time onmy hands and I try to take as much knowledge as I can from you so i won’t have to need you so much. You’ve been realnice and I appreciate your patience.. I’m going with the trade and dropping Holland forNorris and keeping Santana. I just have to find someone to drop for Segura cause I gotta do something with my DL situation cause I got Teix n Reyes. Thanks again for the advice

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem…

                • Frank Lynch says:
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                  Lol I’m sorry. haha.. I can’t grab Jean S unless I drop Santana cause I got nobody else to drop. He gets off Waivers tomorrow so I don’t have enough time to move Teix. unkless I drop Teix

          • Beardcrabs says:
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            @Frank Lynch: you’re needy…

            • Frank Lynch says:
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              your more likely needy at home!!! mind your buis

  67. Derrick says:
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    Got offered Cutch for Goldy, Lester and Choo.

    Accept it?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Derrick: I love Cutch…but that’s a bit much

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @Wake Up: Agreed, that is a steep price. Choo is on pace for a career year.

  68. chillmodious says:
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    A DL-enabled roster spot just opened up in my 10-teamer. Do I grab Cingrani, AJ Griffin, or Andrew Bailey? I’m leaning Cingrani, but here’s my current pitching roster:

    SP – Mad Bum
    SP – Matt Moore
    SP – Max Scherzer
    SP – Samardzija
    SP – Matt Harvey
    SP – Marco Estrada
    RP – Huston Street
    RP – Tom Wilhelmsen
    RP – Glen Perkins
    RP – Casey Janssen
    RP – Steve Cishek

    DL – Fujikawa

    —————————-

    Thank you!

  69. sul says:
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    Can I drop Boggs for Mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sul: In some leagues, sure…

  70. Charles says:
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    Capuano or Cingrani?

  71. Nathan says:
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    I’m holding on to Cishek, Boggs, and Veras (because I’m a masochist), but Bailey, Russel, and Gregg are allavailable.

    Lose Boggs/Veras for Bailey or hold?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Nathan: I think Russell is the best bet

      • Nathan says:
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        @Wake Up: Perhaps, but who to drop? Feels strange dropping a dude who is getting save opps for one who only might.

        But my god, Veras and Boggs have been awful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nathan: Veras for Bailey…

  72. gary says:
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    12 team H2H most categories with OPS and QS added, which side would you rather have…

    Michael Young and Jarrod Parker or Anibal Sanchez?

  73. MattW says:
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    Grey,

    Great Monday update!

    Which side in a 12 team 5×5 (w/ OBP) H2H league:

    Kemp or Panda and J. Zimmerman

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW: Thanks! Kemp

      • MattW says:
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        @Grey:

        Maholm or Cingrani?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maholm

  74. Mrobs says:
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    Good Morning Grey! with parker stinking it up and cueto hitting the DL. I’m looking at these guys:

    Jhoulys, Bud Norris, Ervin Santana, Travis Wood.

    Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrobs: They’re matchups guys… Chacin in away games, Norris, Wood…

      • Mrobs says:
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        @Grey:

        ok thanks… no one for the long term. i’m in low max move leagues so streaming isn’t much of an option. i’ll just go down a SP for the time being.

        • Beardcrabs says:
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          @Mrobs: norris…

  75. AA says:
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    Are the Mets going to limit Harvey’s innings? Is he worth trading Verlander for? I’m thinking of offering Verlander for Harvey and Estrada.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Not good trade

    • Spyre says:
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      @AA: He pitched 135 innings in 2011, and 170 innings last year. I’d guess he’ll be up to ~200 or so this year.

  76. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Would you drop Estrada for Benoit? 12team H2H. Pitchers: Gio, Morrow, Ryu, Minor, Bailey, Detweiler, Estrada, Cingrani.
    RP: Soriano, Holland, Fieri. Cats: ERA, WHIP, Ks, W, L, CG, S, BS

    Thanks!

  77. Jack Burton says:
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    Anyone happen to know how starts Carpenter has at 2b this year? I’d look myself, but my Internet isn’t accessing hardly anything. Thanks

  78. AA says:
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    Miguel Gonzalez, Tillman, or Gee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Tillman

  79. Aero says:
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    What do you guys thing of Westbrook’s start to the season? Worth dropping Tillman for him?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Aero:

      Last year he was 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA and a 1.029 Whip in April. Maybe April is his thing. He’s got no K upside. 106 in 174.2 innings. If you’re in a deep league and you’re grifting for wins he’s not a terrible option. Just not a whole lot to get excited about.

  80. LordaMercy says:
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    Rank for most saves ROS please: Bailey, Boggs, and Kenley. Thanks!

  81. Luis says:
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    Ok to drop Mike Fiers for Cingrani in an 11 team roto league? Not feeling great about Fiers right now.

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Luis: @Derrick: Definitely. If Cingrani doesn’t get the call, I’m guessing you have better options on the waiver wire than Fiers too, including Wily Peralta, Fiers’ SP3 brew crew counterpart.

  82. mhfella says:
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    For just runs, steals and average should I continue to play Revere over Marte? I know you projected much higher numbers in those cats for Revere, but has Marte’s hot start changed your outlook going forward? Ha, Just two weeks in. Maybe there is such thing as a stupid question. Thanks.

  83. OaktownSteve says:
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    That’s a quick hook on LoCain. He hasn’t been putrid or anything. Royals have only hit 4 home runs as a team this year. At some point they’ll heat up.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Forgot to mention I had the same Kids in the Hall response. McKinney was their unfunny guy.

      Best KITH sketch: Eradicator!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @OaktownSteve: They had so many good sketches… I remember one of them dressed up as the devil used to kill me…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          I liked the crushing your head guy.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh man, brilliant… Damn it’s been too long…

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Bruce McCulloch was particularly funny. Kind of a freak. “These are the Daves I Know.”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I think Kevin McDonald was my favorite… King of Empty Promises… “Will do…”

                • SeanMcD says:
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                  @Grey: Love me some KITH, The “Daddy Drank” sketch was always a favorite of mine.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    They were so brilliant… Hopefully, Mike Trout isn’t the baseball equivalent…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @Grey: cabbage head.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @OaktownSteve: they’re hitting extremely well, just not homers.

  84. Hawk says:
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    Jonathan Broxton – 2/3 IP, 6 ER. Broxton, unbreak my ERA/WHIP.

    God damned brilliant. LMAO!

  85. inertiatic says:
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    Grey,

    When you love a guy in the rankings, I love that guy. The glorious moustachio aside, you do have an excellent track record of awesomeness to go on. That said, how good is Rutledge as a long term option at 2b/ss for my dynasty league? Is there a good comparison you can see him living up to this year/ in the future?

    Thanks your Greyness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @inertiatic: He’s a 17/17 guy with .270 and solid counting stats… With upside…

  86. Big Magoo says:
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    Re: Herrera – Unless there’s an injury that’s gone unpublicized, the writing’s pretty much on the wall in the Royals’ pen. Holland hasn’t pitched since April 9th, and Herrera keeps coming in during the “closing” situations.

    Also, anyone looking for a buy-low might want to look in Konerko’s direction. He’s on a six-game hitting streak including 2 HRs and 7 RBIs since the 9th, but his slow start leaves his numbers looking pretty mediocre thus far.

    Looking at the length of your Cingrani and Arcia blurbs compared to guys like Pence and Kuroda, I’d never think that you’d go for a cougar. Rookie nookie!

  87. RedRox says:
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    Moose or Torri Hunter?

  88. kaiser soze says:
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    Trade Fowler+Longoria for Matt Kemp? Have Frazier and Machado at 3B.

  89. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi fellas,
    H2h keepers league.
    Any sense to add Neftali Feliz and wait on him?
    Thanx

  90. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    ROS Berkman or Howard?

    Trying to get Lawrie and the guy who has him has Belt manning the CI

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      Prolly Howard except for avg. Berkman sitting all week in Chicago. He’s going to get some days off for interleague and just to keep him fresh and that’ll keep his numbers down a little. I do like him though.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: was thinking with either I will have to sweeten the deal to get Lawrie anyway. One element I forgot to add is that I have Ortiz stashed on the DL, so I really need to move one or the other.

        Mini-rant – the f**king stros keep DH-ing Carter and I am growing really agitated while I wait for outfield eligibility in E$PN. What the hell JD Martinez, can this guy stop messing with my life and go strike out 25 times in his next 25 ab’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… The guys in front of him are so terrible it’s a matter of time…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: mini-rant part II: return of the ulcer. to quote my favorite little balding guy from the folk genre,
            ” where have you gone Giancarlo, a roster turns it’s lonely eyes to you (boo, boo, boo)
            Whats that you say Mr. Loria, Joltin Giancarlo is playing his way away
            (hey hey hey hey, trade him away……please, now please!

            I think that says it all

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya… Giancarlo can hit 15 homers in 3 weeks, so gotta stay patient…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I know, I keep telling everyone that it’s early don’t worry but with that shoulder issue he has and the direction of the club, I have to wonder if they are treating him with extra soft kids gloves, or his he going to be this years J Upton

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Eh, he lost a month last year to surgery and still gave big power without anyone in the lineup…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          It might get worse. They have to be considering Carter to take some days at 1st with Wallace being Wallace over there.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: its already raining, why you trying to make it pour?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Yes get Lawrie! Berkman for the short term…with a fade out…………Howard for the long haul.

  91. Wake Up says:
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    two hundred seventeenth

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Wait, you mean like that crappy band?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: replying in amber font….doh, shizz….just….admitted….to…..knowing that song…

  92. Vottomatic says:
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    Halladay safe to start vs the Cards?

  93. scott says:
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    Moose is testin my patients. I have carpenter as a bench player already slid in his place. Moose is on bench. Too early to drop him and scopp Mujica? Other closers holland, balfour, casey jenson… thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early

  94. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    “Goddammit. If a man wants to call himself Muhammad Ali, I say Muhammad Ali” Love the coming to America reference!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  95. zzzzzz says:
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    Drop Hughes for Cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  96. The Wickler says:
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    Some people in my league are being dumb…Rank these RP’s Putz, Mariano, Addison Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mariano, Reed

  97. Big Magoo says:
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    Longo and Salty have already gone deep. Drew just hit one off of the monster. Fenway looks like the set of a Ron Jeremy flick – balls are flying everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  98. Jeff says:
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    Danny Espinosa or JJ hardy rest of the year 6×6 with walks. i dont really need the stolen bases from espinosa I have plenty elsewhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

  99. scott says:
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    Could also drop teheran for mujica. Although I feel he kinda turned a corner after the 2nd inning friday…. hold or make a move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do that before Moose…

  100. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Not being a big movie goer (now that the K-Kid movies have stopped) or an avid reader of People magazine (or other checkout stand fan-zines/tabloids), I am not surprised a bit about Paltrow’s casting couch revelations disclosed here for the first time on a FBB site… Her drippy and unadulterated privileged yuppie Spanish food/travelogue show with that fat sweaty ginger toe-tapping Italian chef had already cooked her off in my mind… This seemingly sweet once young woman is now categorized with the Paris Hilton’s of the world IMO…

    On the 7D sins… My focused specialties have always been and still are in the realm of wrath and lust….

    My Wrath side is really being piqued here… Having been cajoled in playing in a Razzball League this season in the first place – only to watch seemingly one 1/3 of my team go down to injury last week and that added onto an already horrible start…. RAGE!!!! SMASH!!! CRASH!!!! BREAK!!! I WANT TO HURT THINGS – BADLY!!!.. I HATE FFB!!!! ……………………………..
    Small neighborhood pets are really in danger now… HE/IT’S BACK!!!

    Lust… Well, you know all about my online porn addiction already… And I’ve made no secret of my powerful yearnings for Mr. JayWrong…. He is SO hot!!!…

    On pitching … It is still early April… We all know every year many pitchers never get it into gear until after the start of May… Patience and an astute benching here and there can work wonders in wiping away your April pitching problem showers…

    Back to Lust for a second… BoomBoom was wondering where you have been recently… She mentioned you not haven’t been in her new Online porn video chat room in days.. She both misses and is worried about you… She wanted me to give you a discreet/discrete shout about it…

    Given my Wrath Gauge Rating, this is about as discreet/discrete as I can be right now with Razzball and you, Mr. Gray…

    Speaking of Gauges… I have to update the Closer Meter… I think, its glass faceplate cover is about to be shattered… Ugly…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! We’re the TMZ of FBB… Wrath and Lust are solid ones… Not used together, hopefully…. JayWrong is AllRight… Be kind to your Closer Meter, it’s early…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Mr JayWrong is safe… I would never hurt him — much…

  101. Tom says:
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    Looking for a player for my DL off WW. Do you think Beachy will be significantly better than Luebke? Are there any concerns with either of them getting into the rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…Yes, they had major surgeries…

  102. Oppo Taco says:
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    Cahill, Marcum, Ogando, Haren ROS? which is your preference. Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Oppo Taco: its too early for an ROS with those names

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando

  103. Jon says:
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    Would you trade Frazier + Gee for Morrow or Minor?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jon: I wouldn’t

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I needed starters, sure…

  104. Jon says:
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    I mis-managed my roster and ended up with Pronk instead of Chris Carter last week (not that Pronk was terrible, Carter was just better), and someone grabbed Carter yesterday. Doh! I was really looking forward to owning him this year… who knows, maybe he’ll cool down and he’ll end up back on waivers.

  105. chunk says:
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    jennings or c davis at LF in a points league where ops is king?

    lucroy or jesus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis…. Jesus…

  106. papasmurf says:
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    Somehow with both Lawrie and Headley out, and my OF coming out of the draft of Stanton BJ Upton combining for 1 HR and 1 RBI, my team is in 3rd of 16 only 6 pts behind. Smoke and mirrors so far but I will have both of the 3bs coming back soon.

    (I hope LAD doesn’t retaliate vs. Headley, he had nothing to do with Quentin’s blowup. That would suck)

    Johnson is swinging so good now I dunno whether to let him give Headley 3B or not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: By the way what I wrote didn’t really make sense. I forgot to mention Chris Johnson is my 3B now and Headley will come back… Johnson gives Head-ley… whatever.

        Rough day at work today. Market down, gold down huge. Not seeing or thinking straight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Blue Horseshoe loves Endicott Steel…

  107. Vince says:
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    More saves rest of season – Bailey or Herrera?

    • Vince says:
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      @Vince: or Mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Herrera

  108. stumanji says:
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    10 tm H2H, was offered his Kemp & Gallardo for my Wainwright, BJ Upton, and Rutledge. On paper I like it for me despite Kemp’s early struggles, but it leaves me a bit short in the SP department (Price, Medlen, Homer Bailey, JoFer, Cingrani, C-Bills, AJ Griffin, Garza). Rutledge is more or less a bench bat for me (SS: Rollins, Hanley on DL). FWIW, my other OFers are (start 5) Adam Jones, Holliday, Fowler, and Cruz.

    Are we worried about Kemp’s shoulder injury sapping his power?

    What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was worried about Kemp in the preseason, that hasn’t changed… I’d take Kemp side anyway…

      • stumanji says:
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        @Grey: Would you rather trade away BJ Upton or Holliday? I like Upton for his power-speed potential in H2H, but he’s been crizzap so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Toss up… Holliday probably…

  109. Eric B. sans Rakim says:
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    Best 5th OF option in a 6×6 weekly roto league (AVG & OPS): G. Parra, Venable, or Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Venable

  110. Doc Pounder says:
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    SP’s are Latos, Zimm, Bailey, Miller, Estrada, Gallardo, and Milone. 10 team 5×5. Are any worth dropping for Cingrani? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  111. Riker says:
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    sorry I can be a little slow sometimes but when you say ‘fly fly away’ are you saying trade starling marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Riker says:
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        @Grey:

        would you trade marte and zito for posey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  112. johnny drama says:
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    12 team espn 5×5 keeper league $5 inflation

    Cingrani ($1) or Bundy($1)?

    I currently have Bundy stashed, if he is coming up in September he isn’t worth the roster spot in this league. I’m willing to hold him till June.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani

  113. Thrilla says:
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    12 Team H2H league…

    Who do i lose for Mujica…

    B. Moss
    I. Davis
    D. Bundy
    J. Henderson
    C. Billingsly
    C. Tillman

    I’m holding Bundy in this league and RCL…am I grasping for straws or is he worth the stash?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy doesn’t need to be held in the RCL…

  114. Fungus says:
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    better As pitcher: Milone or Griffin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

  115. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I need a bench bat and would like to roll the dice on Arcia, which RP should I dump to get him?

    RP’s – Romo, Grilli, Janssen, Holland, Herrera, Benoit, Henderson, Mujica

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep:

      that’s a nice bullpen

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: yeah like 6 closers with a possible.

  116. AA says:
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    When do you think Myers and Taveras will be up? I am holding onto both of them in a keeper league and I wondering if I should continue to hold or cut bait. My OF is Trout, AJax, and Choo so its not like I have room for either of them anyways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June/July

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where’s my neck? I got no neck…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Who does Lilly he think he is, Bill Irwin?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I was thinking Fire Marshall Bill…

  117. Comatose says:
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    Drop Gyorko or Ike for Dom Brown? Shallow daily league, so it’s a bench spot but it matters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ike

      • Comatose says:
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        @Grey: Follow up. With Ortiz coming off the DL soon, what would my play be with a team of:

        C-Perez
        1B- Adrian G
        2B- B Phillips
        3B- Longo/Gyorko
        SS- Espinosa/Rutledge
        OF-J Upton/Braun/Cruz/Pence/D Brown (we play 4 slots)
        Util- Panda

        SP- Latos/Zimmerman/Bumgarner/Burnett/Shelby/Fenandez/Ryu/Cingrani (punting saves, going for upside).

        I’m anticipating you’ll say drop Cingrani, but I’ll get to see a start before making the call. I think Gyorko or Brown is the cut here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brown….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Actually Gyorko… I see Panda in your UTIL…

          • Comatose says:
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            @Grey: Much appreciated as always.

  118. kisses says:
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    Would love some help with moves to make in a 10 man roto:

    C Posey
    1b Prince
    2b Uggla
    3b Panda
    SS Rollins
    IF Howard, LaRoche
    OF Ellsbury, Holliday, Cruz, Morse
    Bench Starling, Carpenter, Chris Carter, Markakis, Chris Davis
    DL Lawrie

    My pitching staff:
    SP: Felix, Price, CC, Halladay, JoFer, Zito
    RP: Soriano, Romo, League

    I’m not too concerned with my bats but there are pitchers sitting on the waiver wire who I could have instead: Holland, Miller, Chacin, Bailey, Griffin, Cingrani

    Any suggestions for moves I should make?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller over Zito…

      • kisses says:
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        @Grey: miller was just grabbed by a guy who i swear has way to check my watchlist… anyhoo, should I make a move elsewhere or stay put?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Griffin for Zito…

  119. Grey — Are you still weighing in on more complex questions asked in the forums as in the past? Or has that morphed into a help each other situation? I haven’t been monitoring that closely, but when I have stopped by I haven’t see as much of you.

    If the purpose of the forums have changed, I’ll boil down the key parts of my question and ask here.

    P.S. I like the new format for the Stream-0-nator …. the dollar system makes it easier to understand the relative value of potential streamers. Bravo!

    Thanks ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t answer all comments and forums… Forums are more help each other… I check in a few times a day to make sure there’s no spam…

      • @Grey: Gotcha. Thanks.

        So what’s the best day to post spam there?? Heh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…

  120. Big AL says:
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    First off it’s not Ted’s fault he has herpe’s. I heard Rudy threw a poodle over the fence.
    If Cingrani goes lights out in his starts up in the big’s. Any chance he bumps Leake down to relief ?Or when Cueto comes back Cingrani goes back down. Over all the Red’s starter’s have been so-so starting the season. Maybe they get jealous of the Cardinals and Millertime and give him chance to stick. And then we have Dusty. Me and Dusty are tight. I’m making the Dustman custom tooth picks on my lathe and as soon as he sends me his address we’ll be hanging out and we’ll be able to talk about keeping Cingrani up in the big’s. Me and Dusty be tight. I’m just worried about Rusty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Rudy! Yes, Cingrani could bump Leake…

  121. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, Espinosa just got dropped in my league. Would you drop Uggla duckling for him? Both are annoyingly frustrating,. Espinosa has his injury concerns. Uggla has his suckiness concerns. Wait Espinosa has those too. Hm.

    Right now I have Weeks at 2B, Rutledge at SS, and Uggs at MI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Espinosa over Uggla…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Than so shall I.

  122. mzyptlk says:
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    The name Jackie Bradley Jr. is bugging me. I think there was a ventriloquist’s dummy in the 60’s or possibly it was the name of a Martin Short character. Another ?–Mujica, Bailey, Herrera and Benoit on the WW in my league (yes I know drop the league) Who would you grab?

  123. steve says:
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    Grey –

    Nice work with today’s blog.

    10 team, H2H, 5×5 with deep waivers (lots of players avail) and 1 DL spot…
    I lost both Greinke and Reyes last week.

    Sal Perez, AuShizz, Phillips, Longo, EvCab (SS), Trout, aJones, Jennings, Choo [Reyes]
    Greinke (DL), MMoore, Scherzer, Harvey, SMiller, JoFer, Ryu, Niese, Frieri/Wilhelmson/League

    Is Reyes droppable so that I can stream pitchers? Drop Niese (100% ownership in ESPN)?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lose Reyes…

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: thanks

    • inertiatic says:
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      @AA: Can’t you get more than a streamer for Reyes via trade? Plenty of people would likely take a shot on Reyes, at a discounted price of course.

      • inertiatic says:
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        @inertiatic: I guess not.

      • steve says:
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        @inertiatic: Thanks for the comments. I believe that because the WW is deep in this league (rather small rosters and only 10 owners), most owners do not look to trade. Also, 1 DL spot limits the ability for owners to hold players that are out for extended DL trips.

  124. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Morning Sir. Great stuff as always. Particularly enjoyed the Aaron Burr line. Reminds me of that Samberg SNL skit: “You can call me Aaron Burr by the way I’m droppin’ Hamiltons.”

    Few questions/notes for you. RCL league “Sultans of Swat”:

    1. Plouffe worth a regular starting spot at 3B? Lost Aramis to the DL for awhile (and am scared he might only play ~100 games this year) and I can take the avg hit if the power is there but I’m not convinced he’ll hit more than 15-16.

    2. Thoughts on Kozma at MI position? Trying to utilize that position for solid avg with light pop/light speed but not sure who the best option is. Pretty slim pickens (Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff!) with Drew, Nelson, Ackley, Crawford, and Johnson available. Hold tight for now?

    3. In the Util spot if you’re just trying to get any kind of useful counting stats, would you rather have Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Hafner, or Duda?

    4. Few interesting tidbits: Middlebrooks only has 5 hits and 4 of them are homers, 3 coming in one game. Longoria finally got his first extra base hit this morning. Miami as a team is batting .204 with 2 HR’s and 20 runs through 12 games. If I threw out 100 losses for them this year, would you take the over or under?

    Keep up the great work, every day’s the Super Bowl.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Sure 2. Ha! I’d go Ackley… 3. Duda 4. Over

  125. Ms Swan says:
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    BJ Upton/Raf Soriano for Bourn/Ogando. what side are you on board with? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  126. Slappy says:
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    And Andrew Bailey blows his 1st save opp. Bring on Junichi-san!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

    • Eric W says:
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      @Slappy: For what it is worth Bailey was not hit very hard 2 light singles and a stolen base. Also Uehara would probably get saves before Tazawa

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Eric W:

        and Bailey struck out two.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          and he didn’t walk anybody or go meltdown and blow the lead.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            ..or fall behind is what I should say

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              and there’s the vulture win

              • Eric W says:
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                @OaktownSteve: Ha yeah. I would be surprised if this changes anything with Bailey getting saves until Hanarhan gets back

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Eric W:

                  I think Bailey is going to lock that job down.

                  • Eric W says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: If Han ends up on the DL I agree. But if he is back sooner then that I bet he gets atleast one more shot

      • Slappy says:
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        I am not suggesting that Bailey will lose the job any time soon. I was simply poking some fun at Red Sox Nation. Kinda like how I continually remind them how well Crawford and AGon are doing. Oh, and did I mention that since his time with the Dodgers, Nick Punto has turned himself into a .300 hitter? And since I almost forgot, don’t know if it is sustainable, but Beckett was more like vintage Beckett yesterday as he was at 92-94 all day, to include the 9th. As I said, who can say whether that’s sustainable, but if it is, he’ll be a different pitcher than he’s been over the last 2 years or so (he’s been doing some work with Koufax).

        Lastly, the Tazawa versus Uehara thing wouldn’t otherwise matter to me, since the only teams wherein I have either of them, I have both of them, as the leagues are SV and HLD and I can fit 7 RPs on the active roster and have both. So Bailey making his usual DL trip and Hanrahan showing himself up for what he is wouldn’t exactly be displeasing and it wouldn’t matter who closed and setup. I will never understand baseball managers and GMs, by the way, well, I do understand them. They aren’t that bright. Junichi-san was good for 1.43, 0.955 with a K/BB ratio of 8.0. Koji was good for 1.75, 0.639, with a K/BB ratio of 14.33. So why fool around with DL Bump Bailey and Hanrahan? Bailey’s never had an ERA, WHIP, K/9 any better, and his season high K/.BB has never even reached 4.0 (for how not great he is, he’s rather upped his usual 9.0 K/9 to 14.5, but his K/BB is but a mere 3.5 since his BB/9 is sitting at 4.2).

  127. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Probably already been asked but hold Boggs or drop for Mujica?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  128. Brendan says:
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    What do you think of these moves?

    -Drop Josh Reddick add Chris Carter
    -Drop Ryan Madson add either James Russel, Ervin Santana, Tony Cingrani, or use spot for streaming (probably start with Jake Westbrook)
    -Drop Erick Aybar add Marwin Gonzalez

    I’m also in need of SB if you can think of any other guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eh 2. Cingrani 3. Eh

      • Brendan says:
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        @Grey:

        Are Josh Reddick and Erick Aybar even worth holding onto? Both of my SS are on the DL and I suppose I could try trading Reddick for Starling Marte or something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They are

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Brendan:

          I’d look into seeing if anybody else is buying Reddick. Love him as an A, but he’s looked lost since August. The strikeouts are an issue. He dropped to 6th yesterday against a right hander. If Coco weren’t hurt, Reddick would be seeing some extra time on the pine.

          • Brendan says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            Trying to trade Reddick for Betancourt. Was that a good idea?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Brendan:

              Hard to say. He is a closer but also a Rockie. Who would replace Reddick in your OF?

              • Brendan says:
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                @OaktownSteve:

                I have Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Trumbo, Matt Kemp, Josh Hamilton, Matt Carpenter, and Franklin Gutierrez eligible at OF. I plan on moving Gonzalez from 1B to OF when David Ortiz gets back. The direct replacement to Reddick right now would be Travis Hafner or Gutierrez for my second Util spot.

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Brendan:

                  So when Papi comes back you have a choice between Gutierrez and Reddick in the OF if you stand?

                  If that’s the case and you could use the closer it’s not terrible.

                  I could be wrong though. I am kind of bias about Reddick watching him very regularly. Others might feel like he’s still going to be solid. Me not so much.

  129. who is the better drop for Arcia:

    Murphy, David
    Gonzalez, Marwin
    Grandal, Yasmani (have s.perez and lucroy starting)
    Francisco, Juan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

      • @Grey: thanks

        also, I have kipnis that i want to unload. Got an offer of Travis d’Arnod and Kenley Jansen for him. Kipnis is at 8$ (will be in the 20s next year and Kenley is at $6. TdA is at $8, which kills his keeper value, but as a Met fan I really want him for when he comes up…)

        Thanks! Hopefully my trading partner doesnt look at this.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds decent…

  130. Ben says:
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    Meant to bench Hellickson today but with the early start, didn’t have time. Best mistake ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like Sheryl Crow…

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey:
        Your friends act sorry for me
        They watch you pretend to adore me
        But I am no fool to this game

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feels a little off for a haiku…

          • Ben says:
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            @Grey:
            Did you see me walking by, did it ever make you cry?
            Now you’re my favorite mistake

            Sheryl Crow is an American American- she eats haikus with her freedom fries.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sheryl Crow is so American she dumps Tom Petty and Eric Clapton.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Ben: i hope you are googling these lyrics, Ben!

          • Ben says:
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            @Prezii: LOL I had to figure out why I sounded like Sheryl Crowd and was just so moved, I had to share.

            The real question is, how long has Grey been sleeping with Sheryl Crow?

            • Prezii says:
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              @Ben, Cougz is really sheryl Crow! Seems like Greys type..

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That would be wonderful.

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Grey: haha! Better not let her read this! Cougz that is… Wouldnt mind Sheryl coming over and reading..

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    We have an open relationship… I can fantasize about anyone that I have no chance in hell of sleeping with and it’s fine…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey: same… I get three im allowed to sleep with if it ever happens and so does she… So if you see jessica alba, kate upton or matt adams let me know…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! Adams has the biggest breasts of those 3…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Wait, that last one was a typo, i swear!!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey: this is very true! Not sayin much since Alba is flat as a board.. but id wife that broad! Forreal…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not if my mustache gets there first…

                    • Ben says:
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                      @Grey: Glad to have started such a productive conversation guys.

                      I suppose when you put it that way, I have an open marriage. Hollywood, look out…there’s a new mustache in town.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Whoa, there’s no room for another besides me and Selleck.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: I read somewhere that she only uses one sheet of toilet paper per bathroom trip (in order to be more environmentally-friendly). I’ve also read that she was making a joke when she said that.

        Still, that would give me pause to “go downtown” upon one, Sheryl Crowe, dontchyathink? I want my girl to be a full-on Earth Destroyer when it comes to toilet paper use.

        Of course, I’d do anything to make her stop singing (please).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d bidet her.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: ewwwyy..

            • Ben says:
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              @Prezii: dude, bidets are where its at. if only you were so lucky to have a bidet’d lady.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Ben: nah man im all for the bidet!

                I got the feeling grey was saying HE was going to be the bidet on her.. maybe he wasnt.

        • Ben says:
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          @JoeC: You must like the little bits of white lint that get stuck.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Ben: Better that than “other” bits that might get stuck. :)

            • Prezii says:
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              @JoeC: well said..

  131. mzyptlk says:
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    Very doubtful the Rockies play tonight. 70% chance of snow at game
    time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Eric W says:
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      @mzyptlk: I live in Denver looking out my office window I can see Coors, they are not going to be playing tonight.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Eric W: damnit! Have to wait for an Ike bomb i guess… Thanks for the update, though, Eric!

  132. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered trout for upton. Do I consider this offer? I am currently in 1st place and I am just worried Upton might outperform Trout this year.

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn Chris young
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, no reason to take it…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered trout for upton. Do I consider this offer? I am currently in 1st place and I am just worried Upton might outperform Trout this year.

        c jp arencibia
        1b prince fielder
        2b neil walker
        ss yunel Escobar
        3b miguel cabrera
        inf evan longoria
        lf michael morse
        cf norichika aoki
        rf justin upton
        of carl crawford
        util desmond jennings
        bn Chris young
        bn evan gattis
        bn jurickson profar
        bn peter bourjos

        sp clayton kershaw
        sp cliff lee
        sp yu darvish
        sp daniel straily
        rp sean doolittle
        rp mat belisle
        rp Jose veras
        rp Scott Kashmir
        p mat thorton
        p Jason motte
        p ja happe
        p Barry zito
        bn zack wheeler

        So stick with Upton then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, I’d hold…

        • Dingbat says:
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          @Ryan: For what it’s worth, the ZiPS updated projections that take season-to-date stats into account still project the following ROS stats:

          Trout – .280/112/26/74/42
          J.Upton – .269/89/24/74/18

          ZiPS had much weaker preseason projections for Upton than other projections, though, so it might not be the most authoritative source.

  133. Principle Blackman says:
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    And a good day to you, sir!

    Would you drop one of these guys for Tony Cingrani in a 12-team, 6×6, roto league (K/9, and QS replacing W)? Pitching maxes out at 1300 innings.
    Teheran
    K Jansen

    My other Pitchers:
    Bumgarner, Shields, A Sanchez, Minor, J Hammel, H Bailey, Street, Perkins, Perez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran…

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Principle Blackman: I should add that I will probably have to make a FAA bid to add Cingrani ($100 budget). How much is too much to pay to get it done, $15? $25? $30?

      Muito obrigado, senhor.

  134. T Moore says:
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    Closer Casualty Meter is currently on 41..

    KC is as yet not counted in total..
    Is Houston moving towards a committee approach??

    This is based on the projected closers from ESPNs Closer Chart at the beginning of ST and what the changes were as of Opening Day and going forward…

    Announced Closer by committee have been counted…
    ST injuries were ignored
    Dled Closers induced changes counted..

    Both the Tiggers and Cubs are at 3 each

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houston’s a mess for saves… I dropped Veras in a 12 team mixed and just looked to see what he’s given his new owner… 10+ ERA, no saves…

  135. cubjet says:
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    Would you drop Dan Haren for Cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  136. herschel says:
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    @Grey: Have an open spot with Greinke going on the DL (F Carlos Quentin). Any of these bats worth rostering in a 12 team weekly roto league? 3 OFs, 1 DH/util. Carter, C Johnson, Arcia, Parra, Wells, M Adams, or Venable. Currently starting Rizzo at DH, so could potentially switch him out for someone…

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  137. cool hand luke says:
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    grey ole buddy,is josh johnson droppable 12 teams,there are cahill,becket typesavailable to stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  138. Jon says:
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    Sit/start?

    Bailey v PHI 8.5 SON
    Gee v WAS 10.9
    Milone @ TB 7.9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, Start, Sit…

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: You’d seriously start Gee after his had a 81 ERA in his last outing?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, Gee… SON says so, who are we to doubt it…

          • Ben says:
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            @Grey:

            I dunno … independent, critically thinking fantasy baseball fans that don’t blindly follow the advice of a blogger and his tools?

            Wait no, you’re right. ALL HAIL SON.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Careful… SON has ears…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Jon: Yeah SON might have got into my stash again.. id only start Bailey. But thats just me.

  139. Prezii says:
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    Hey grey… Drop kershaw for cingrani? Geezus! Cmon people..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      440!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: haha! :D grey, stop that! Thats only for Yahoo!

        450! I forgot about my 1000 comment mark this weekend… Darnit..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You need to step up your game, Prezii…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: you aint lyin!

  140. Cartman 4evs says:
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    H2h, 10 team, OPS and AVG. I was offered Strasburg for McCutchen straight up. I am not sure this makes sense for my team though, I have good pitching and am lacking power/OPS. But I could flip Strasburg for Harper. Is Harper an upgrade over McCutchen, or is it still too early and should I just hold? Thanks!

    OF: McCutchen, Choo, Jones, Jennings and Brown.
    SP: Bumgarner, Gio, Gallardo, Estrada, Bailey, Moore and Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Cartman 4evs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I have an itchy fantasy trigger finger, but am trying to exercise restraint this year…

  141. Alan says:
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    Start everyday with Razzball!! Hilarious!!!!! I’m trying to find software or a web based application that I can put our cbs league into and see what the projected totals would be for Home runs, RBIs, etc. so I know what areas I need to work on for trades. Is there a site you would recommend?? Fantasypros had one but it won’t let you edit out those players not starting, etc, it does the whole team.

      • Alan says:
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        @Grey: THANKS!!!

        • Alan says:
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          @Alan: I have a potential trade in a roto dynasty league of trading away BJ Upton, Ian Kennedy and Tony Cingrani for Jay Bruce and Starlin Castro. It seems like a no brainer that I should take it to improve my offense but I could use Cingrani as RP rest of year and would hate to weaken my staff to improve offense and have no net positive effect. Staff has Kershaw, Latos, Niese, Kennedy and Chacin starting with Travis Wood and Cashner on the bench What do you think??

          • Comatose says:
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            @Alan: Do it a hundred times over.

  142. fri-guy says:
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    Dear Kyuji FukaJawa, Thanks for a great week together. You feel like the crazy pill addict chick that got a job at my office and showed up for work just long enough to qualify for disability or unemployment and that’s the last we’ll see of you. I hope you get taken down by a Tuskin Raider in your sleep.

    Love, Fri

    PS, Razzball readers, be forewarned, I added Andrew Bailey last night (my other recent hookups included Greg Holland, Mitch Boggs, and the aforementioned FukaJawa), so expect him to blow his first save tomorrow, more to follow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! He already blew a save… Today…

    • Prezii says:
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      @fri-guy: Tuskan raiders were my fav…

    • Prezii says:
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      @fri-guy: and yeah, he already did! Hahaha please notify me of your pick ups from here on out. Thanks.

      • fri-guy says:
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        @Prezii: that’s a new record, even for me. he blew a save within 12 hours of adding him. nice.

        • Prezii says:
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          @fri-guy: you’re on point!

      • fry-guy says:
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        @Prezii: added Mujica man and T. Rosenthal today. i should warn that the rosenthal add was preemptive since I’ll be on my honeymoon next week+ and I’ll have the next guy in line for the cards already on my roster. maybe i shoulda dug deeper (3rd/4th guy in line…)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Congrats! On the wedding, not the reliever pick ups…

          • fry-guy says:
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            @Grey: thank you sir!

  143. Watson says:
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    Drop Baily or Benoit to put in claim for Street?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  144. Charles says:
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    Reds called up RHP Justin Freeman. Please tell me this is just bullpen filler until Cingrani gets called up on Thursday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, probably…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Charles: just ‘pen depth until Cueto’s spot in the rotation comes up and Tony gets the nod.

  145. Jason says:
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    Grey – great update as usual. I apologize for not discovering this blog earlier in my fantasy career. It has become my go to site.

    In my 10 tm 5 keeper h2h have a staff of verlander strasburg Moore minor iwakuma homer bailey and Jo-Fer.
    Was offered Felix for Moore and Jo-Fer. I kinda like my two a little Moore (!)
    But Fernandez won’t help come September and I probably don’t keep him over my other keepers.

    So basically would be Moore/Jo-Fer or Felix and a flex spot for adding the hot schomato of the week? WWGD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: holy crap this guy must really want Moore and jo-Fer. He just offered me Felix AND heyward for them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta take it…

  146. Jason says:
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    10 teams. non keeper. no DL spots.
    ok to drop Reyes for Eaton or Cingrani?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani

  147. Enrique says:
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    Hey Grey having a tough time with my pitching staff, would you drop any of these guys Burnett, Vogelsong, J. Johnson, B. Anderson for Cingrani, Hammel, Dempster, E. Santana, thanks For the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogelsong for Hammel…

  148. Banders says:
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    With Matt Kemp struggling mightily, would Adam Jones be a good offer for buy-low/sell-high?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d want Jones…

  149. cubjet says:
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    My closers are grilli and Holland. Just picked up
    Mujica. Would you dump mujica for cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for a day in most leagues…

  150. roose says:
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    Drop Boggs for Cingrani?

    Got Nathan and Perkins as closers.

    SP – Hamels, Gio, Shark, Minor, Milone, Homer, Ryu, Beckett

    Is Cingrani necessary (those K’s!)? Can one have too many starters?

    12 team H2H btw. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

      • roose says:
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        @Grey: I was thinking you’d say that. Please stop sucking Mitchell. Thanks again though Grey. Fantastic work you guys do here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  151. jared says:
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    12 team h2h categories league. r,hr,xbh,obp,sb,rbi. Who do you grab to replace cain? chris young, martre or duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  152. Thurman says:
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    which side of a halladay / marco estrada trade would you rather be on ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada

  153. Jon says:
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    I have Tillman stashed right now (deep bench with room to do that)… what encouraging (or discouraging) signs should I be looking for from him over his next few starts?

    Also, when do you think Cashner is in the rotation?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman had an encouraging last start as I said last time he pitched… Cashner is in the rotation by mid-May…

  154. TARGARYAN says:
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    Always look forward to your posts, Grey. I noticed Car-gomez got dropped in my 10 team h2h league. I would drop Aybar but I would still have to choose another drop this week for Ortiz…. Jennings or Gardner or hold? Gardner has looked good so far. In my 14 team league Jennings got dropped. Pick up for B.Moss or Reimold (the other gets dropped when Cespedes returns…., I think)

    Thanks sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold for now…

      • TARGARYAN says:
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        @Grey: Hold in both leagues? What kind of value is Halladay worth right now? Anybody on your team you’d give up for. Would you rather have Scutaro than him. I have him in my 10 team league, being offered in my 14 team league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t have drafted Halladay, and wouldn’t trade for him… Trade him for the best you can get after his good game… Maybe Sandoval-ish? Pence-ish?

          • Targaryan says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I wish I hadn’t drafted him. Found your site after my draft. Had your Android App a few years ago but lost it. Stumbled back to you through Fantasy Pros. So, Reimold over Jennings (14 Team)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope…

  155. T Moore says:
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    Hey kiddo, I forgot… Cespedes’s first SB attempt = DLed… Like I said, the guy slides horribly…

    He should not steal bases given his current head-first sliding technique … He needs instruction here big time…

    All this talk of 40 plus is FBB curls-for-the-girls stuff…

    The value of SB is very much in question in real MLB IMO … When outs created and injuries are tossed in vs the runs created from it… Think, they do much of it for the fans and at the moment team motivation…

    Plays at the bag are dangerous… Ask Cespedes!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like an A’s fan…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, true… But also, one who responded to your Cespedes speed projection comments warning of this danger…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, that is true…

    • Ben says:
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      @T Moore: I think MLBers just don’t learn how to slide properly anymore. Injuries at the bag seem way up.

      • T Moore says:
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        @Ben:

        Ben There are a lot of basics longer learned in BB… Watch today’s HS quality (supposed) first baseman (and other infielders) locking up with a foot on the bag before the ball is even thrown to them… YIKES!!! This was a common knowledge NO NO when I was just 10 years old… These kids today are products of the parental involvement in all youth activities… That kids learn well from their older peers has been lost…

        Basics are not taught through peer groups and the sport has been diluted by other sport options…

        I’m not saying today’s players are not better players – I think, they are… They just are not as indoctrinated in the basics is all..

        We played pickle for hours on end as kids… Almost never see kids working on these basic skills today anymore…

        When is the last pepper game you came across??? Years and years for me…

        Played indian ball for hours with only three guys until the ball fell apart…

        You saved to buy BBs.. Scourged bottles and the like…

        There was the dragging in of the little kids in and making them play to fill out the teams or else… There were real learning opportunities in this, for the older players to teach and younger ones to learn at a higher level of play – these are not found today…

        Ranting

  156. Jon says:
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    Best 3 OF keepers from this group (as of today, any way)? Gardner, Marte, Victorino, B.J., Jennings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BJ, Jennings, Victorino…

  157. Giacomo says:
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    I lost Reyes over the weekend, and wondering if you think that it makes sense to trade Goldschmidt for Hosmer, Andrus and Hammel (I also lost Cueto and could use the extra arm). 12 team, Head to Head with OBP instead of Average Yahoo league.

    I have Espinosa and planned to slide him over to SS, but now he is going to miss a few days. I also have Bonifacio and Kendrick for 2nd base. I picked Simmons for the time being at Shortstop and am not sure if I should just wait and use Espinosa / Bonifacio (who should hopefully become eligible soon) at SS and then backfill 2B with either one of those guys or Kendrick. I hate to move Goldschmidt but it might make sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t take that trade… You’ll be fine with hot waiver wire guys…

  158. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Drop Boubront, Gee, Griffin, or Tillman for Hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubront

  159. OaktownSteve says:
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    The end of this season is going to be crazy with the rain and snow out. I’m sure this was the Mets only scheduled visit to Minn. and the same for Denver. The Yankees don’t have another schedule trip to Cleveland to make up 2 games. A couple more weeks of spotty weather and it’s going to get really ugly trying to get all the games during the season. Lot of teams will have days off turned into 1 day road trips. Or teams originally scheduled at home are going to have to play make ups as road game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never thought of that… Great point with this new interleague…

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Mets-
      August 18- at San Diego
      August 19- at Minnesota
      August 20- in New York

      Twins-
      August 18- in Minnesota
      August 19- in Minnesota
      August 20- at Detroit

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @OaktownSteve: September 5 is an open date for the Mets and Rockies. I would rather the Mets play a doubleheader this week than have to go to Colorado on 9/5.

      Mets-
      On road from 8/30 to 9/8 with 9/5 being the only open date on trip

      Rockies-
      At home on 9/4; play at San Diego on 9/6

  160. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    A) Anyone droppable for Cingrani or Mujica /Russell/Camp:

    10 team h2h…

    C Perez 1B Goldschmidt 2B Hill 3B Longoria SS Lowrie OF Stanton OF Jones OF Choo UTL Frazier BN Rutledge BN Altuve BN Gardner

    SP Bumgardner, Zimmerman, Peavy, Lester, Harvey, Miller, Buchholz RP Street, Perkins, Boggs

    Normally, I would just drop a bench bat but Stanton and Hill are DTD so I need those bats.

    2) Two shows I grew up on: Kids in the Hall or In Living Color?

    3) Should I be concerned Gardner hadn’t attempted a stolen base yet? The two homers are nice though.

    4) If Cingrani gets Cueto’s spot in the rotation, should get Marlins and Cubs first two starts. Cust sayin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop… 2) Yup and yup 3) Nope 4) Nice!

  161. Ben says:
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    Well, Hellickson no longer gave up the biggest bomb in Boston today.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Ben: haha! That was pretty mean… Funny none the less.. were going to hell!

  162. chillmodious says:
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    Grey,

    Reading some of your posts regarding Cingrani left me a bit confused. To cut to the chase: pick up Hammel or Cingrani?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Hammel…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Grey: @chillmodious: i dropped hammel for him in my 10 teamer… *flips grey the bird*

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Dayum!

        • Prezii says:
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          @Grey: :D

  163. SeanMcD says:
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    Thoughts on James McDonald this week? He has 2 starts but both seem scary (St Luis today and Atlanta 4/20). I’m in a 6×6 H2H league and my opponent has 8 starters to my 7. I could use the starts from McDonald but If he’s likely to hurt my WHIP, ERA and Ls Maybe it’s better to leave him benched rather then chase the Ks and Ws.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit him…

      • SeanMcD says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, that’s the way I was leaning. I feel better about it now.

  164. chillmodious says:
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    One more… Gyorko or Segura for MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Is it close?

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Grey: Well, I own Gyorko and Segura is available. But I like that Gyorko has 2B/3B eligibility. So, if it’s close, I’d probably hold and let someone else scoop Segura. The most annoying part is that Brett Gardner and Hosmer (someone just dropped him) are available in the same league, but I have nowhere to play them because Moustakas is also on my roster at Util. Seeing how I own Moose pretty much everywhere this year, he’s kind of killing me.

  165. Username says:
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    Drop Ike Davis for Chris Carter? Heart says “yes,” head says “no.” Stupid head…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  166. Jon says:
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    Is Lawrie a must-start as soon as he’s off the DL or would you give him some time? Fortunately I can keep guys in my DL spot as long as I want. I’d be cutting Pronk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

  167. Steve says:
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    Hope Razzballers and theirs are all OK.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, what a terrible thing… I used to live down the street from there…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: wow really? do you have family/friends there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Friends, but I think everyone’s okay… My friends aren’t the type to go watch a marathon…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: thats good to hear. Yeah, this shit is crazy. I just dont see how someone would try to do that…

  168. Jon says:
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    Also, bummer that AA is saying he’ll only play 3B now. Was hoping he might get some sneaky 2B eligibility…

  169. Hotrod says:
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    Would you give Holiday for Kemp? Trying to buy low…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  170. Frank Lynch says:
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    So the trade is pending, Hamels, Upton str8 up. At least I et to keep Teix. I don’t think I can pick up Segura cause I don’t have anybody to drop. He’s not better to grab then Teix is he?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They give different things…

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Well I’ll be down an extra player till he comes back and I know I need more power but I’m getting Justin Upton bso If it were your team what call would u make? The reason why I would like help with this decision is because I never heard of Jean S. before.. lol but seriously

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Segura can hit 7 homers and steal 30 bases… Tex is old and injured…

  171. Budman says:
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    Do I drop Kendrys Morales or David Ortiz next week once Ortiz comes back from DL? This is a weekly lineup points league with only two bench spots. I could also cut Milone, Bailey, or Jose Fernandez but I like having my two bench spots for SP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

  172. Booya says:
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    Who you give Bruce and Halladay for Scherzer and either Brett Anderson or Jaime Garcia?

    I’m considering this because Chis Carter, De Aza, and Cuddyer are all FAs that I could pick up to replace Bruce…

    • Booya says:
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      @Booya: *Would you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…

  173. B.o.B says:
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    With Greinke now joining Aramis and Marcum on the DL on my team (2 DL’s allowed), is Marcum worth holding onto in 10 team league? Reports are saying that he COULD rejoin the rotation on April 21. You expect anything from him once he’s back, or should I move on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Marcum…

  174. Luis says:
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    Has anyone seen Clippard this year? Do you think his heavy workload is catching up to him this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, why?

      • Luis says:
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        @Grey: I have him in a league im in that uses holds/saves as a category. I also like to use relievers to help with my ratios. Do you think its safe to drop him? I was asking if anyone has seen him pitch to see what you thought of how he looked more than just his numbers would indicate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Luis: It’s safe to drop him…

  175. C.O.C. says:
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    So my OF/DH in my 10 team H2H points league consists of Braun, Gordon, Holliday and Chris Davis with Panda at DH. I have Texeira and was thinking of packaging the soon-to-return Yank with one of the previously mentioned for a pitcher, as currently one of those guys has to sit on my bench. I was wondering A. What to think of Davis long-term, B. which guy I should try to trade with Tex. and C. What kind of starter I should ask for in return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C.O.C.: Tex and Davis for a #1? Maybe Gio… Bum?

  176. OaktownSteve says:
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    Looks like Giancarlo out awhile longer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? Something new? Serious?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: hahahaha, the panic in that comment… Priceless.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know…. Is this something wrong with him more so? I don’t see anything… I just offered Choo in a trade for him…

  177. herschel says:
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    @Grey: can you rank these guys in order of dropability in a 12 team mixed roto league (no dl spot)? Garza, Parker, Cashner, Doubront and Peralta (or at least top 3 i can drop)? Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner, Parker, Doubront…

  178. Be The Ball says:
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    Keeper league: Jackie Bradley Jr. or Domonic Brown? Also, Teheran or Cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown…Teheran…

  179. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo 10 team H2h, standard 5×5 shallow league.
    C- Vmart
    1b- Fielder
    2b-Kinsler
    3b- Beltre
    OF- Holliday, Choo, Jennings
    Util- Pence, Ike Davis
    Bench- Youk, Reddick
    DL- Hart
    SP- Harvey, Estrada, Niese, Samardzija, Zimmerman, Fister
    RP- Boggs, Street, League, Perkins
    DL- Grienke

    What are your thoughts on how I can improve this team? I have some jabronis in my line up off to slow starts. Hitters on the waiver wire include Adam Dunn, K. Morales, and C. Carter.
    Should I drop Reddick or anyone else for them?

    My bullpen has a “land of misfit toys” feel to it. I never added a starter when Grienke went on the DL but claimed Street off waivers. Should I drop Boggs for a starter/streamer?
    Pitchers on waivers are Cingrani, Chacin, Ryu, Wood, Hammel, Detwiler, Mujica, and Milone.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dropping a bench bat isn’t gonna help much… Could lose Reddick for Morales or Dunn… You should go on hot hitters rather than names in your league since it’s shallow… Bench Ike… You have 6 starters, that’s about right… I’d bench Boggs for now…

  180. teker says:
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    with regards to Cigrani,
    would you drop ryu, b. anderson, jose fernadez, or either of the braves M&M (medlin or minor) for him?

    right now i have garza and motte on the DL, if i want to store someone else on DL, which one would you drop (note: 10 team, shallow 5×5 league – other starter, not listed above is kershaw and have kimbral, benoit, and bailey as RP)

    thanks – love this site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold for now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… “A hard hit grounder…And it stops just short of the pitcher’s mound…”

  181. Steady says:
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    Hey grey couple quick ones..

    Estrada or Cingrani keeper league… im thinkin ill wait for a call up and pounce after first start depending on how he does and try and deal estrada to pick him up. Im not in desperate need of pitching just wanted your insight on it. (Cain, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Minor, Lynn, Estrada, Maholm, Kimbrel, Reed)

    I asked you last week and I know its early but are there any signs as to why Heyward cannot hit or is it just a real slow start for him.

    I have Kinsler, Rutledge, Segura with Kipnis on my bench… should I try and get whatever I can for Kipnis or will his numbers bounce back and be better than Rut/Seg

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada… Heyward will be fine or he’s injured… I haven’t heard on the latter so I guess he’s just starting slow… It’s still very early… Feel free to trade Kipnis…

      • Steady says:
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        @Grey: Yea i got J Up to which i thought would be a killer one two combo… it will once he turns it around but imagine the RBI’s J Up would have right now if the two guy batting infront of him were batting above .170 haha

        I also read somewhere that even though Votto hit his first homer the other day that his knee looks like its bothering him and he doesnt have the same power even in BP that he used to.. have you heard anything about this at all?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t heard anything about Votto, just watched him hit and he looks fine…

          • Steady says:
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            @Grey: Thanks grey

  182. J Money says:
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    Would you drop Boggs, Cishek, or Parnell for Bailey?

    I’d assume Boggs if any of the three, just want to be sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now…

  183. mc serch says:
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    s’up y’all….any educated guesses on when W. Myers gets callup? I read somewhere that after 11 days they can call him up and not lose a year of free agency eligibility (which is different than the Super 2 deal)….given the rays’ offensive shituation, could he be called up, like, now?
    Also would you trade R. Betancourt for S. Marte? I would still be holding two closers and will dumpster dive for a third…
    Gracias muchachos!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Marte if I needed hitting… Myers won’t be up until end of June…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: …and he’s not exactly hitting ethier…

        • mc serch says:
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          @Wake Up: I’m a little light on speed, figure Marte will give me that with a little potential upside to boot…other option is just pickup Maybin, R. Davis, LoCain or Dyson from waivers and hold the closer…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @mc serch: No, I was talking about Myers…I’m holding him too….Late June at the earliest….but I hope he stops K’ing so much

  184. bossmanjunior says:
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    C Perez 1B Goldschmidt 2B Hill (DTD) 3B Longoria SS Lowrie OF Stanton (DTD) OF Jones OF Choo UTL Frazier BN Gardner BN Altuve BN Rutledge

    Hold Gardner or drop for Marte?

    My team looks a little light in steals so I don’t know if that gives Gardner an advantage .

    Thanks Grey! #shallowleagueproblems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Gardner…

  185. Hi Grey — This is in relation to a 14-team redraft 6×5 roto league with a 1300-inning cap.

    1) I have 6 RPs: Rafael Soriano, Glen Perkins, Jose Veras, Joaquin Benoit, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica … I’m only interested in the possibility of getting some saves without hurting my ratios (I’m fine on saves but if I have extra closers they’re super easy to trade in this league). I can only start 5 on any given day; which should I drop? And of the five remaining ones, are Russell, Pestano, or Melancon an upgrade?

    2) How to use the open spot? For 2B and SS I have only Rutledge, Espinosa, and Bonifacio. Is that OK for a 14-team league? I was thinking of adding Nelson, the new creeper, with the extra roster space. Other MI possibilities are Sogard, Valdespin, Izturis, Tyler Green, Getz, Ellis, Brandon Crawford, Cozart — are any of them an upgrade over the trio I’ve got?

    3) If none of those M.I. possibilities are worthwhile, do you like anyone between M. Adams, Nava, Schilerholtz, Venable, Josh Donaldson, Yadier Alonso, or Oswaldo Arcia?

    4) My SPs are Max Scherzer, Jonathon Niese, Tommy Milone, AJ Griffin, and Chad Billingsley — is Bud Norris or Villanueva an upgrade?

    Many thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Can drop Gregerson… Nope… 2) I don’t see why you need another MI… 3) Adams, play him when he plays… 4) Nope

  186. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    In a 2 catcher H2H league with limited moves and OBP/AVG…

    Drop Jesus Montero for Avila?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, watched it live… Pretty incredible…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was bummed though b/c Rudy has Lee…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        In RCL, then again, we own him together in other leagues…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey: Boo! Yay!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Exactly!

  187. Steve says:
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    Arcia in the Twins lineup, hitting 7th. Grabbed him in my 14 team keeper. Where I am dead last, BTW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good grab… Hoping he starts hot and the Twins have to send down Hicks…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: He’s on pace for a career AVG of 1.000!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I’m talking about!

  188. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: Looking to buy low on Giancarlo… Trade my Kinsler for his Stanton in a dynasty league? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  189. fry-guy says:
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    drop BJ Upton for Ike Davis in my h2h league? i have 3 MUCH better OFs, so BJ’s sucking it at my UTIL spot.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @fry-guy: Ha! Great minds…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  190. Wake Up says:
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    Thoughts on Ike? Buy low?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like, um, Ike… He’s just struggling as of right now… Could still hit 30+ homers…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Ha! Thanks, I’ll see if I can get him. What would be a ~pitcher to give for him? Thoughts on the Military Industrial Complex?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Probably could get away with giving a three to four… Maybe Maholm-ish? Maybe Estrada-ish?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: sounds good…thanks!

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Wake Up: this boston shizz really pissed me off! trying to distract myself

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: the M.I.C. was an Ike quote

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha! Nice…

  191. Phillip says:
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    LAST!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last!

  192. Snake Hips says:
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    Are Teheren and Hammel pretty much only matchup guys in a 10team H2H pts league? Looking to stream in their places…
    My staff is:
    Wainwright, Moore, Scherzer, Lester, Chapman, Wilhelmsen, Ryu, Halladay, j. Fernandez, Herrera, Hammel, Teheran

  193. Project Merkin says:
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    Hoping any Boston Razzbabies are safe and sound. What a crappy day.

    Grey, I think I speak for everyone when I say, please share some poetry with us.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If there’s a time you’re hurtin’, remember Grey’s wearing a merkin…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Haaa. That was beautiful.

  194. Wake Up says:
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    657.

  195. DJStaple says:
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    So, I drafted Hughes. I forgot that I hate phil hughes.But I already burned my 15th pick.

    Any value here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a lot of season left… But I have no idea who’s on your waivers…

      • DJStaple says:
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        @Grey: I guess the real question is, should I worry about extended health issues, or are your pre-season projections still in affect (ignoring his starts so far)

        Also, will the stock market go up?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @DJStaple: market’s already up 11.5% YTD…still a ton of cash on the sideline…oh, you weren’t serious?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d still go by my preseason projections… It’s been less than two weeks…

          • DJStaple says:
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            @Grey: Ok. Thanks.

            Some guys I just have irrational prejudices against, like rickey weeks and Tulo and E. Encarnation. And stupid Phil Hughes.

            I would have avoided him, but he was next on the board. Can’t ignore the board.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…

  196. Ms Swan says:
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    Hey Grey, a team in my league is missing several infielders so i offered up Haren/Everith Cabrera/Nolan Arenado for Bossman Junior Upton and Rafael Soriano. This move would leave me without a starting SS but Segura is somehow still on the wire. Is the difference between Jean and Ever cab near negligible? Or am I losing value. I know Everith is a one trick pony, but its a pretty cool trick. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura is much better… The trade’s not close, in favor of you…

  197. Matt says:
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    Have Moustakas and Pedro for 3B. Gattis at C. Prado at SS.

    Someone dropped Jesus Montero. Do I drop Pedro for Montero, add chris johnson, add johnny peralta or stay with stupid pedro?

    7×7 with slg and obp

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold… Or drop Gattis for Jesus…

  198. Snake Hips says:
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    Are Teheren and Hammel pretty much only matchup guys in a 10team H2H pts league? Looking to stream in their places…
    My staff is:
    Wainwright, Moore, Scherzer, Lester, Chapman, Wilhelmsen, Ryu, Halladay, j. Fernandez, Herrera, Hammel, Teheran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They are… Yeah…

  199. crock says:
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    Would you burn a number 4 waiver claim on Beckett in a 14 team league.
    Heres my staff: Gio, Peavy, Burnett, Milone, Estrada, Gee, Doubront, Guthrie (streamer spot), Greinke (DL), Luebke (DL).
    If so drop Doubront or Guthrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…Guthrie…

  200. Carl Spackler says:
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    5×5 H2h
    Segura o Rutlege ?

    I know the Cards closing situation changes by the minute, but how do you rank them at the moment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge… Boggs, Mujica…

      • Carl Spackler says:
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        @Grey:

        I guess Mujica was warming up. Still feel Boggs is te lead guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For now… Barely…

  201. Steve says:
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    How is it even possible that my opponent owns Neil Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steve’s Law…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve: I would ask the question another way: is it even possible that your opponent would not have Neil Walker? The pure logic of stevametrics dictates negative response.

  202. Descarte Before The Horse says:
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    Grey,

    Couple quick ones for a 12 team league:
    1.) Valverde or Marmol? (SAGNOF!)
    2.) Span or Aybar (SAGNOF?), but for like two weeks from now when EA comes off the DL.
    3.)
    4.) Moose Tacos or Gyorko? (Moose’s K and BB rates are fine, but his IFFB rate is like 40%, so I’m thinking it’s a mechanical issue that will be fixed. Maybe shortly, maybe Hosmer.

    Thanks

    And also, the last time I closed my eyes and trusted Clay, he bent me over and made my Buchholz hurt.

  203. Project Merkin says:
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    Boggs in with a 4 run lead and walks the first batter. So glad I dropped him today. Bring on Mooheeca!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Man, he’s lost…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Double play, Boggs’s best friend!

  204. Project Merkin says:
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    Never shoulda dropped him!

    • Project Merkin says:
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      Ah rats. At least that wasn’t a confidence boosting inning.

      How did anyone sneak a Vuvuzela into the game?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Under their shirt?

        • Project Merkin says:
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          That’s plausible.

          That damn vuvu was almost as annoying as the hardo ump who keeps workin the games I want to watch (tonight it was the Reds/Philly game). You know the one, with the outrageously over the top called-strike calls? He’s definitely an apprentice of this guy (try to watch this without laughing, not possible)

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oT5UNJ8YWg

  205. royce! says:
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    Tried to out clever you all by spot starting Bedard! Looking good so far! Walks the first three to face Lowrie…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: Steve’s Law intervenes and he strikes out looking.

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!: Yikes.

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve: yikes is right. I think someone’s trying to tell me I should have retired on top…damn h2h dragged me back in!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @royce!: with you on streaming Bedard…who the hell was that Freddie’s giant cousin?

          • royce! says:
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            @Wake Up: don’t know, I went to give the kid a bath and cane back to this mess…now I need a long bath in something highly caustic. Out damn spot!

            • Wake Up says:
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              @royce!: Ha! Try some Jack it seems to be working…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      And his strikeout of Lowrie was BS on a third call strike way inside…yeah I’m not bitter as a Lowrie owner. As a Mariners fan I do relish seeing Bedard fail, though.

      • Steve says:
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        @Sky: Lowrie owner here too. Did find it odd that he got caught looking on an 0-2 pitch. It was 0-2 wasn’t it?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah he let a ball that was off the plate inside go by. Gift strikeout for a struggling pitcher. In other news, Bills just got pitch slapped by Stultz with a three run bomb.

          • Steve says:
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            @Sky: Saw that. Pitch slapped and (ahem) stultzified.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I just put on my Horacio shades and screamed YEAAAAH for you

          • royce! says:
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            @Sky: ha! It was between Bills and Bedard for the spot start. Cursed him by just considering him

  206. Wake Up says:
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    ahhh…curling up with some Taylor Ham and a bottle of Jack….

  207. Jon says:
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    I know Pryor’s currently on the DL, but is he a possibility for saves at some point this season?

    • Jon says:
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      I’ll ask this a different way – better DL stash: Pryor or Santos?

      (I know stashing DL’d RPs is kind of pathetic, but I gotta do what I gotta do. Haha)

  208. Steve says:
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    Damn, there goes the save opp for Perkins. Which probably means that (my) Duensing will come in and get Kazaamed…

  209. knighttown says:
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    Got Papi coming of the DL and no place to play him. On the other hand I’m starting Marwin and Crawford at MI.

    Thinking of offering my Konerko for his Altuve. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  210. Hoog says:
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    I’m looking to upgrade my pitching. I’m thinking of offering Jennings and Morrow for Price. Is that too much? I have Cargo, Choo, Marte, and Granderson to use 3 OF spots if I deal Jennings. It’s a 12 teamer, h2h league that counts QS instead of wins. I’m I giving too much or would the guy be crazy to take this deal?

    • Grey

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      It’s fair… I wouldn’t pay for a #1 like that though…

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! What pitcher would you rather do? I have Cobb, Hanson, Colon, McCarthy, and W. Davis. (It’s a really deep league…) Any of those be a decent offer without insulting the guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cobb

  211. zzzzzz says:
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    Anyone starting Niese @ COL? I’m in 10 team H2H.

    • Project Merkin says:
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      @zzzzzz: I’ll be leaving him on the bench for that one in my 10 teamer. Watched his start last week, didn’t love what I saw. Hoping he pitches well though….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  212. nightpandas says:
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    Drop D Robertson for Arcia in a 15 team keep 9?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, he was sent down… Hold if it’s not too late…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: played one game and put all 3 into the outfield, so there’s that.

  213. Ryan says:
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    After a trade of Ben Zobrist & AJ Griffin for Madison Bumgarner, my team is looking pretty decent in my 15-team yahoo 5×5 roto league (keep 6).

    C – S. Perez
    1B – A. Gonzalez
    2B – O. Infante (in the next few days, M. Carpenter will take this over)
    3B – E. Longoria
    SS – J. Rutledge
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – A. Craig
    OF – A. Jackson
    U – B. Gardner
    Bench – K. Morales
    Bench – M. Machado
    Bench – M. Carpenter
    Bench – M. Adams

    SP – M. Bumgarner
    SP – J. Samardzija
    RP – J. Henderson
    RP – B. Parnell
    P – S. Cishek
    P – J. Niese
    P – M. Minor
    P – C. Tillman
    DL – J. Weaver

    T. Rosenthal & M. Boggs were both dropped…should I pick one up even though Mujica looks to be in line for the next shot (and has already been picked up)? If so, who, and who should I drop? Also, I’ve been trying to trade my bench bats, but to no avail. Knowing Craig’s injury history, I picked up Adams. M. Fiers is also available in my leagues’ FA pool…should I pick him up? Who should I drop to do so?

    Also available as FA – A. Eaton, B. Belt, T. Cingrani. Pick up? If so, who to drop?

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: Doubront is out there in FA land, too.

  214. Steve says:
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    Wow, Belisario. Awesome relief pitching there.

  215. Scott says:
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    Ike Davis is in a double header against the Rockies tomorrow facing Nicasio (R) and Francis (L). Worth starting him over Hunter Pence of Austin Jackson? You think he even plays both games of the double header?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Pence…

  216. Steve says:
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    Who would you start in a 10-teamer tomorrow? Griffin (v HOU), Capuano (v SD) or neither?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capuano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, actually…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Don’t really have the roster flexibility to start both, so Capuano?

        That’s what SON says, but it just feels like the Astros are crappier than the Padres, but the SON has no feelings. so there’s that…

  217. Steve says:
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    Let’s have a happy ending from Lowrie…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Wait, that didn’t come out right…

  218. Yumi says:
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    I got bitch slapped by my batters week 2 by having 3 days of sub par .200 avg.
    My pitchers got slammed 5.216 ERA.

    So I decided to do some early spring cleaning
    Assigned Cueto to DR and dropped Ludwick for Brandon Morrow
    Dropped Pedro Alvarez for Evan Gattis.
    Dropped Josh Reddick for Starling Marte
    Dropped Jarrod Parker for Ervin Santana.

    My WW pool is large because shallow.
    I don’t know my values for fantasy baseball for my first year so I avoid streaming.
    I have for “streamable” batters: Michael Cuddyer
    For pitchers: Kyle Lohse, Brandon League, Casey Janssen.

    • Yumi says:
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      @Yumi:
      ESPN 10 team 5×5 standard. 9 Pitchers (no SP/RP positions)

      I have Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Ian Kinsler, and Jacoby Ellsbury for big name batters.
      For slightly big named pitchers I have R.A. Dickey and Gio Gonzalez.

  219. Doorstop says:
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    Moustakas and Gallardo for my Longoria?

    I also have Machado.

    • Ryan Ruff says:
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      @Doorstop: I wouldn’t do that.

  220. SteveNZ says:
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    Even in a 14-teamer, is there any point hanging on to Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

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