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Kazmir’s career sunk like a lead zeppelin, but get ten Ks against anyone and I sit up and take notice and I’m not just talking above my waist.  Hey now!  Yesterday, Scott Kazmir‘s line was 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners with 10 Ks.  Okay, I have to be a cyclops with a monocle for this guy.  To refresh everyone, a cyclops only has one eye so it’s particularly sharp.  Like how a blind person’s hearing is enhanced.  So you put a monocle on a cyclops and you have creature that sees everything.  That’ll be me.  Let’s see, his fastball speed has returned to his 2008 levels.  The last time he was good.  His walk rate went to atrocious after that year, but that too has returned and he has a 25:6 K:BB ratio.  The only start where he was hit was his first.  Maybe that was nerves — or noive if you’re in Brooklyn.  Everything else from Kazmir has been like butter, so he’s no longer toast?  That’s what I’m seeing.  Okay, now for whether or not you should pick him.  He gets the Yankees, Mariners and Red Sox next.  Two out of three isn’t good.  Sorry, Meatloaf.  I wanted to pick him up so badly, I counted each start of his for the next two months.  It doesn’t get better.  He gets the Reds, Yanks again, Tigers then Nats.  I like him more than I have in five years, but I’m still not picking him up.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Easily the best waiver pickup of the year so far.  On the 2nd day of the season, I said, “Mini Donkey will go ice cold at some point and hit .109, but right now he’s seeing the ball and could have a 10 homer month.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I stand by that while sitting.  His average will evaporate at some point like he’s one of those dork’s water-filled beakers in Mr. Wizard’s living room.  (From 3:00 to 3:30 in the 80’s, I Wok’d with Yan, I didn’t geek out in Mr. Wizard’s World, boi!)

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He now has 4 homers while raising his average almost 40 points in the last ten days.  Kipnis is like any good brisket, takes a good month to get tasty.

Nick Swisher – 1-for-3 with his 5th homer and 2nd in the last two games.  Before Nick hit the home run, he said, “My sideburns are sexy, you have been advised.”

Michael Bourn – Activated from the DL.  In related news, the Indians sound system operator dusted off his, “Born to Run” album.

Jarrod Parker – Bob Melvin said Parker would be fine for his next start.  It wasn’t reported if he put air quotes around fine.

Adam Rosales – 2-for-3, 1 run.  One of his singles was actually a home run.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-3 with his 4th home run.  Weird how jazzed people are about this guy.  I projected him for 16 homers and a .258 average, and I’m more optimistic than ZiPs and Steamer.  I mean, he’s fine, but I wouldn’t adopt him as my 3rd baseman and change my team name to Donalddad’s.  He’s a corner infidel.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  The Royals read Razzball and answered my prayers by moving Gordon to the three hole and Butler to clean up, something he enjoys when at the plate.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in two games.  He’s back you em-effers, he’s back!  I will now retire his nickname, Mostsuckass, until his next 0-for-12 slide.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He must’ve heard all his fantasy owners’ homer cries.  (Grey’s having fun with anagrams and in the third person!)

Jeremy Guthrie – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.28.  Someone asked yesterday if they should bench Guthrie.  I answered truthfully (for a change!) I don’t know how you can sit him against anyone with how he’s currently throwing.

Jeff Locke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 2.95.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  If that doesn’t get you coming back later today, I do not know what will.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, raising his average to .182.  Damn, Gallardo’s blowing higher than that.

Clay Buchholz – Denies using sunscreen to get a better grip on the balls.  That is also an exact quote from Snookie.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I almost streamed him for this start, but I didn’t have the cantaloupes.  However, you have a squishy melon on your shoulders if you think you should own him.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He’s not just a hot Oschmowaldo.  He’s a rookie with big upside.  Yeah, you should grab him, in the non-sexual way.

Jason Heyward – Aiming to return the beginning of next week.  Assuming his appendix doesn’t grow back.

Brian McCann – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He’s now tied with Salvador Perez.  Ron Popeil, give me the strength to set it and forget it.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  From start to start, he is all over the place with what to expect.  Weird cause his last name is such a stable place.

Jonny Venters – Cut his bullpen session short due to elbow soreness.  Fredi Gonzalez said that’s weird, because he usually can go 120-140 pitches per session.

Ryan Vogelsong – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Have no idea what’s wrong with him, but he’s a borderline starter even when he’s going well so it doesn’t pay for me to investigate.  I wouldn’t even stream him until we saw two straight good starts from him.

J.A. Happ – Will miss 4-6 weeks.  For the first month, the Blue Jays have been Happless, so more of the same.

Ricky Romero – Blue Jays sent him back down.  They said he needs to ‘work on some things’ or change his name to Sucky.

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks as he went against David Price.  It was a rare match-up of the previous year’s Cy Young winners.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time that had happened since Colon met Carpenter, but that wasn’t on the baseball diamond.  It was in a one-bedroom shack in Alabama where only the bathroom was carpeted.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-5, 2 runs and 2 steals.  That’s like the Beautiful Girls speech of short schedule day pick-ups.  A one day pick-up that gets you twos steals can make you dizzy, like you been drinking Jack and Coke all morning.  He can make you feel high, full of the single greatest commodity known to man — promise.  Promise of a better day.  Promise of a greater hope.  Promise of a new tomorrow.

David Price – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I just acquired Price in a trade and watched this game totally unsure what I was rooting for because he wasn’t yet on my team.  Ooh, Price looks good…Wait, I don’t own him yet…Oh, nice, he gave up an earned run…But don’t give up too many because I will be getting you tomorrow…Wait, unearned runs?…How am I supposed to feel about that?…Yay, strikeouts…Dah, he’s not on my team yet…What am I rooting for here?!

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .331.  Ranking him 12th overall doesn’t seem nearly as daffy right now, does it?  It’s rhetorical, no need to answer.

Yunel Escobar – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer.  No actual research was done for this.  I was strictly informed by confirmation bias, but I think Yunel is running a close 2nd to Colby Rasmus for the most homers on short schedule days.

Dillon Gee – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and a no decision.  If there was ever a start that elicited a Gee, that’s it.

Erick Aybar – After just returning from the DL last week, he left yesterday’s game with a tight hamstring.  What do you think the Can’t Buy Championships Goblin does all day?  Alter CBGB t-shirts?

Jason Vargas – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. the Astros.  Under the altered CBGB Goblin shirts it reads OMFUGLYANGELSTARTERS.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  Better watch out, Vernon Wells!  On the serious, I never understood the huge push in the last week or so to trade Hamilton for fifty cents on the dollar.  Did I miss a memo that was sent around?  He’s a one week hot streak away from being exactly where he should be.  Yeah, I know the jazz about him striking out too much.  I wrote about that shizz in the preseason.  I invented that effin’ sob story in December.  He was doing it last year, and you still drafted him this year.  A 7 for 14 clip with four homers and he’s hitting .260 with 8 homers.  You remember last April when you were calling for Pujols to retire?  He unretired in May.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t sell Hamilton for some players, but some of the trades I’m seeing are silly.  Is a closer and Segura for Hamilton good?  No, no it is not.

Alex Rodriguez – Had a 40-minute workout in Tampa.  If memory serves from my brief overnight stay in Tampa, that’s $20 for every 5 minutes.  Unless A-Rod also went into the champagne room.

CC Sabathia – 4 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 2 Ks, but his start was rain-shortened.  Damn, A-Rod, stop making it rain!

J.J. Putz – Doesn’t need surgery, but Putz is still out with elbow trouble.  His timetable is “maybe not again this year.”  You gotta be a Putz to think that’s good.

Patrick Corbin – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Moves his record to 5-0 and his ERA to 1.75 to go with a 1.06 WHIP.  He’s pitching nearly identical to last year — K/9, BB/9, xFIP.  The only difference is a slight velocity increase, more men left on base and less homers allowed.  With neutral luck, he looks like a 3.60 ERA pitcher with a 150 Ks on the year.  That’s an ownable, startable pitcher in all leagues.  Obviously, he’s not as good as he’s been.  On your last nickel, you got three strawberries, you didn’t get three 7’s.

Brandon Morrow – Will have his start pushed due to his back.  It seems like every year he’s a new pitcher.  One year, no control, great Ks and a terrible ERA but terrific xFIP.  Next year, less Ks, good control and a terrific ERA with a terrible xFIP.  This year, he’s not K’ing people, is walking people and his ERA and xFIP aren’t good.  Honestly, I have no idea what Morrow holds.

Jayson Werth – Even though he hasn’t played in a week, the MRI on his hamstring came back clean.  His hamstring must’ve drank two quarts of Naturally Klean Detox Tea.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Solid start (for a Padre pitcher in an away game).  I think Haren’s about to turn it around (360 degrees and be exactly back where he is now).

Doug Fister – 3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  In an ironic twist, I’d like to punch Fister.

Omar Infante – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Granted, batting eighth or ninth on the Tigers is probably about the same as batting 1st or 2nd for the Astros, but for a guy like Infante that derives so much value from getting on base and scoring, it does hurt his value.  The preceding was brought to you by the new NBC show, Boring But True.

Zack Greinke – Will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with him on track to return on May 15th.  There is a God, and he hates Carlos Quentin.

Adrian Gonzalez – Won’t play Friday due to a stiff neck.  Mattingly said, “I wish Brandon League’s neck was hurt.”

Brandon Wood – The Orioles received him from the Royals for cash.  Damn, the American dollar has really fallen.

From Around The Web

  1. Anthony says:
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    Great stuff Greycarlo! Can you convince me not to drop BJ Upton? The BJ-K-Ometer is at 44 through 34 games and I feel like if I don’t dump him I may end up in Jail.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Anthony: it would be foolish not to stash him, find a way to hold him

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah if you don’t hold them for awhile after…you won’t get another one…

        • Tio says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Only way you drop him is if league scoring penalizes for K’s.

  2. Dan says:
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    Thanks for the stuff as always Grey.

    On trading Hamilton. How did I do?

    I traded C Davis away to get Hamilton 1 for 1 and then flipped Hamilton, Dom Brown and Janssen for Austin Jackson and Felatio Upton.

    I feel good about the first part but am uncertain about the second part. Some of my thinking was because the keeper rules mean I can only keep 1 that were drafted in the first 4 rounds, whereas I must keep 4 players drafted outside the first 4 rounds. Jackson and Upton were drafted outside the first 4. I know, what you’ll say … it’s too early to be thinking about next year…. Yep, rookie mistakes, still making ‘em

    Dan

    • Gavin says:
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      @Dan: I think the deal is pretty bad for you. But then again, I didn’t read all the keeper fine-print, because ramble.

      • Joe says:
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        @Gavin: Gavin = Too cool for school. Probably a virgin.

        Fantasy baseball, internet bully. FAIL.

        • Gavin says:
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          @Joe: Virgin jokes. Much better.

        • Gavin says:
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          @Joe: And internet bullies are people who don’t show their faces and use fake names *wink wink*. I’d be more than happy to invite you over for a beer and debate about fantasy baseball all day face to face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Sounds fine for keeper purposes…

  3. Rixo13 says:
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    Arcia or Ozuna?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Rixo13: Ozuna is a schmotato. Arcia is not.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Rixo13: alas, i asked this question 2 days too early and then ran out of player pickups for the week the night of arcia’s 3 hit night where i would have dropped ozuna for him. Now he’s gone forever since it’s a 16 team league. Should’ve just stuck with him after his 2nd call up a few weeks ago as bench bat.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: no, the 4 hit night

  4. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Hamilton is going to take off because I traded him yesterday.

    I sent him packing along with Gyorko and Wilhelmsen for Cano and Wells. I’m now a little screwed in terms of closers so it might not work out for me, especially if Hamilton heats up. I liked the deal more when I clicked “accept” than I do now.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Bombo Rivera:

      Well this is not a good deal if you ask me. You basically gave up Hamilton, a talented Gyorko and a good Closer who will give you 30+ saves, for Cano.

      Wells is waiver wire material who is playing over his head and Granderson is about to return so there is no guarantee for him to get so many ABs going forward.

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Moscowitz: @Moscowitz: You might be right, but I would rather have Cano than Hamilton. Sure, I had to give up a closer, so I’ll need to work the wire to find another one. If I can’t pull that off, then maybe I made a mistake. Gyorko wasn’t going to be able to stay on my roster very long with the addition of Cano.

        We’ll see. My team needs an offensive boost, and I’m hoping Cano can give it to me.

  5. Sally Rotten Crotch says:
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    Hey there Grey! In a 12 team keeper league, is JRoll bad enough to drop or is it to early to jump ship? I currently have Segura locked in at SS with Evereth as my backup (SB). Also, would you trade Prince and Adam Jones for Pujols and Cargo in a keeper league?

  6. gareth says:
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    Waiver claim went through. I now own jason heyward. The enigma that is morrow was dropped for him.

    When healthy, my starting 5 outfielders will be bautista, stanton, adam jones, heyward and choo.

    I’m baffled that heyward was not claimed by 8 other owners. Howard and laroche were dropped a few weeks back and were snapped up.

    Thanks for the rankings and advice grey. I know you’re high on all those outfielders.

    • danny says:
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      @gareth: wow that’s ridiculous. Doesn’t say much for your league

    • Gavin says:
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      @gareth: Congrats?

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth: 1 person leagues are the new black.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Kid A: I actually do feel bad and wish I was in a more competitive league. There have been some real doozies from owners making head scratching decisions in the past month in my league. It sucks because it does take away that competitive edge a little when you are in a League like that. My team is Sick, but it is a hollow sick.

        Please don’t take my listing those outfielders I have as bragging. Its more disbelief than anything.

  7. Hondo says:
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    Should I offer Harvey and Frazier for Cutch?Pretty well set at SP with Jzim,Shark,Miller,Hamels,Kendrick,Cashner and Beachy on the DL. I’m losing faith in Frazier.I’ve got Matt Carp to do what Frazier isn’t doing.

    Or should I try Cashner and Frazier?

    Will I be laughed at?

    • centerfieldballhawk says:
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      @Hondo: Harvey and Frazier seems about right since you would be getting a top outfielder in return. Speaking of McCutchen, would Pence and Moore be a reasonable booty to land the Dread Pirate? I have pitching to burn, especially with Greinke due back next week. Thanks in advance.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Hondo:

      You will be laughed at. I for my one, i wouldnt even bother replying to such a request.
      Harvey and Frazier could work but then again, i wouldnt even give you McCutchen for Harvey and Frazier. Its always harder to find a fine batter than a good pitcher on the wire.

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @Hondo: I agree with ballhawk, Harvey Frazier seems fair. Cashner/Frazier is kind of weak, especially given Cashner’s injury problems and the fact that spot start guys like him are out there. That being said, I just traded Harvey for Pedroia in my league and actually had people complaining that I gave up too much. I personally felt like Harvey is the real deal, but there still has to be an adjustment to his numbers. He’s only got 17 MLB starts in his career, and I don’t see his ERA/WHIP numbers for rest of season matching where they’re at now.

  8. Matt Pascale says:
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    Grey,

    Love reading your columns – quick question: Matt Cain -start him or sit him vs. the Braves?

    Thanks!

    PS – I thought the Snooki comment was perfection – it made me literally lol!

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Matt Pascale:

      This. Definitely my favorite joke and also laughed out loud. So much so I was kicked out of the champagne room here in Tampa.

  9. Rixo says:
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    Ozuna or Arcia

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Rixo: great question, Arcia long term, Ozuna short term

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        I like Ozuna better but as Jack said, you never know what happens when their injured players come back and if they send him back down once this happens. Arcia has a better chance to stick around but to be honest i am not convinced of his talent. I like Ozuna better.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Moscowitz: I love Ozuna, I’m going to be drafting the crap out of that kid next year and the year after when they trade him

  10. Topazmagee says:
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    I have a pretty solid outfield And struggling with pitching… Who wins pence for fister ?

    Or dread pirate for verlander?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Topazmagee: You lose on both trades. Offensive players are always more valuable than pitchers by default.

      However, if you must make one of those trades, make the Verlander one. He’s a legit #1 and will give you Ks. Fister is a #3 at best and is miserly with the Ks.

    • Tio says:
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      @Topazmagee:

      I think we are too early in the year to start trading away major pieces. If your pitching is struggling, you need to be extremely active on the waiver wire. Have 3-4 pitchers you own outright… then use 3-4 remaining slots to add guys with favorable matchups: any Hodgepadre at Petco, and starter facing the Marlins, Astros etc. If you use this strategy, you should be competitive at pitching while keeping your studs on the roster. Over the course of a season, you will rarely see top hitting talent available on the waiver wire.

  11. 85True says:
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    Yo Grey,
    I acquired Hamilton for Beltre, thanks for your advice on that. I have some tough decisions in my yahoo h2h league with 25 IP/week minimum. I’m at 13 innings and Friday could make or break my week. I’m starting Scherzer and Samardzija, what do you think about these youngsters?
    Shelby Miller v. Col
    Cingrani v Mil

    • Gavin says:
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      @85True: I’m starting both. But I’m in roto.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @85True:

      Start both.

    • kingforaday151 says:
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      @85True: Start both. Miller and Cingrani have both been solid, and better at home than on the road. Busch plays a lot bigger than Coors, and sounds like Cingrani’s still auditioning. 3 wins out of those 4 starters is quite reasonable.

  12. Willie-O says:
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    Hey Grey, all,

    If trading for Verlander or Kershaw, would you prefer to lose Kinsler or Jones. Trading Kinsler would force Moustakas into my lineup, Jones would push Fowler in.

    Thanks and great work as always-

    • Tio says:
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      @Willie-O:

      The dropoff is greater losing Kinsler… Jones to Fowler is not as steep of a downgrade plus OF talent is usually available on the wire.

  13. nightpandas says:
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    15 team keep 9:

    I get Castro/Fowler/Ethier/Harvey/Lincecum/1st/2nd

    I give Rollins/Kemp/Bruce/Rizzo/Cingrani/3rd/4th

    I don’t think it is enough, thoughts?

  14. ToonTown says:
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    Is Santiago Casilla worth an add in a 12 Team H2H? I’d be dropping Estrada or Neise. It’s worth noting that Estrada does not have RP eligibility in our league, but Casilla does.

    Thanks!

    • ToonTown says:
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      @ToonTown: Meants Hector Santiago… Not Casilla.

      • JoeC says:
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        @ToonTown: God yes, pick up Santiago. I suppose I would drop Niese, since Estrada gives you more Ks, but man, has Estrada been baaaaad!

        • Tio says:
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          @JoeC:

          Niese has more value than Estrada… either way, I might wait another week or two.

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Tio:
            I am not sure about that. Niese is a slightly above average pitcher and his most significant advantage is the ballpark he is pitching in. Estradas stuff are better and his ability to rack up Ks is really great. You just need to bench him for two weeks until he get back on the right track. If you really need Santiago, you better drop Niese.

  15. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) Any concern over these starts in a 10 team h2h league:

    Miller v COL
    Bumgardner v ATL
    Fernandez @ LAD (LA has 2nd worst wOBA v. RHP in MLB…hard to believe)

    2) Who I sit:

    Garder @ Davis (5-10 3BB 0K)
    Frazier v Gallardo (3-6 0K)
    De Aza v Hanson (n/a)

    3)

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Add Lester v. TOR to that

      Thanks!

      • Tio says:
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        @bossmanjunior:

        Start your best players in a 10-team league.

  16. Tony says:
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    GREY-
    shelby vs COL

    or COBB vs.SD at the TROP?

    If it was cobb at SD it’d be an easier decision….. only need one in a h2h match.

    THANKS

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Tony:

      Trop has been one of the biggest pitcher friendly parks the past few year. I might be mistaken, but I think its second behind PETCO. Very deep alleys, tons of foul territory and no wind aided balls are the culprits.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Tony:

      I am starting Miller vs. COL just because my other options are worse and more risky. In your case i would not gamble on Miller.
      COL is a great hitting team regardless of the ballpark. They could get to him.

  17. Moose Out Front says:
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    Thanks Grey for your unique contribution to humanity. Solid advice from you and SON to stream Gee out yesterday.

    Your automatron bro likes it some Straily today @ SEA and I tend to agree. Stream him or not on a H2H week where my ratios are still intact?

  18. G’morning Grey:

    In my 14-team redraft roto league, I grabbed Hosmer off waivers a couple of weeks ago to help me wait out Ike Davis’ cold start. But notwithstanding yesterday’s homer, Hosmer’s only been a little better than Ike. So this morning I picked up Moreland, but Luke Scott was also available. Multi-part question here: Would you rather have Moreland or Scott for the next few weeks? And are Ike and Hosmer both worthy of keeping the faith with for a while longer?

    I know Ike started slow last year, but I didn’t have him on any teams and so didn’t play as close attention. Did Ike look as lost as he does now in April and May last year?

    And a middle infield question: right now my 2 middle infield slots are manned by some combination of Rutledge, Espinosa, and Dee Gordon. But Cozart, Drew, and Ackley are on waivers. Do you think any of those three is a clear upgrade over someone I’ve got?

    Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Enrique: = I would hold Ike and Hosmer for a little while longer, to get an idea about last year go look at the splits by month and the game log.

      I would grab Moreland, his 1B eligibility makes him a little more flexible

      those are not upgrades over what you have, actually its not even close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Ciao, agree with Jack…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: YES! 2 for 2 today with a walk

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          I had a bad day at the plate. 0-2 with a walk

  19. Steve says:
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    14 team H2H, which, if any do you like for tomorrow? Don’t HAVE to start anyone, just trying to stay ahead in Wins, which is a category I don;t count on winning each week…

    Parker @ SEA
    S Johnson @ MIN
    J Williams @ CWS
    Quintana v LAA
    Estrada @ CIN

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Quintana’s the best, I wouldn’t start any…

  20. deebo says:
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    Hi Grey…I need starting pitching man! Is Morse too much for Alex Cobb? I have Kemp, Ad Jones, Marte and Dom Brown.
    Thanks bro. Have a good weekend

    • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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      @deebo: Morse for Cobb sounds about right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @deebo: You too, agree with Brew

  21. c0wfunk says:
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    Know anything about this burch smith kid the padres have going tomorrow? Jumped up from aa after 37 ks in 31 innings. ESPN doesn’t even have him available just yet. Worth a flyer against the rays? After the Webster debacle I’m a little gun shy on first time rookies but that also means my whip and era are so high it’d be tough to make it worse before it resets Monday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Could roofie you, very young… He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell…

  22. John says:
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    Note to self: avoid Moustakas in the draft, trade for him just before Pascha. It’s amazing what meat and cheese can actually do for you!

  23. grif says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in a dynasty roto league and own Tony Cingrani. What is your take on the guy? Part of me doesn’t think his success will last. If Zach Wheeler gets called up, would you drop Cingrani for him? Trying to think long term, focusing on upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @grif: Wheeler’s much better long term…

  24. Tigres says:
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    Start YoGa @ CIN (Cingrani)?

    I dropped Aybar for Arcia – will go with Andrelton @ MI – would rather go for rookie upside than hang onto an extra MI with a bum leg.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Tigres: Yes, start Yogie. You gotta start your aces and it’s no longer April, so…

      RE: Arcia… I love the rookie nookie!

  25. scott says:
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    That snookie line was great. Caught me off guard nearly had coffee out my nose. Is it time to bail on sal perez? Average is decent but everything else is looks like dog shit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: Thanks! I’d look elsewhere on Perez if there’s better options..

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @scott: other than lack of homers he’s been fine, idiot manager puts a high avg/obp player behind such luminous meatholes as mostsuckass/hosmer in lineup, instead of at 5th or so.

  26. JoeC says:
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    RE: Teheran “Weird cause his last name is such a stable place.”

    Actually, Iran is plagued by earthquakes (from Wikipedia):

    “Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines[1] that cover at least 90% of the country.[2] As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.”

    Throwin’ down some knowledge for you, son!

    • Joe says:
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      @JoeC: WTF are you talking about?

      • JoeC says:
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        @Joe: The capital of Iran is “Tehran”, which is close enough to “Teheran” for Grey to make a joke conjoining the two.

        Sheesh, the American educational system! C’mon, Joe, I expect better from one of The Named!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @JoeC: Yeah…earthquakes are the big problem there…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Wake Up: That and being ruled by a fanatical cabal of mullahs. Plus, no baseball. :)

        • Wake Up says:
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          @JoeC: I think you’re on to something…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @JoeC: since there’s no fanatics in baseball…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Wake Up: wink…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @JoeC: Joe C presents “The More You Know”

      Teheran is starting to shake it up with his last two starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: I was being sarcastic in the post.

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: With Joe C comes a vast wealth of wikipedia knowledge while being completely devoid of any ability to detect sarcasm.

        He’s like Sheldon Cooper, if Sheldon Cooper needed wikipedia.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know who Sheldon Cooper is… Where’s Joe C when you need him?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: you mean Joey Cats?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

            • JoeC says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: I kinda like the ring of it… sounds like a Mafia guy who’s a cold-hearted killer, but still very fond of the feline race!

        • JoeC says:
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          @supra: Damn, son. You wanna go to war? Why you come at me like that? I don’t need wikipedia to get my knowledge. It’s already there, but people want you to cite what you know, so it does the job over the Internet.

          You wanna get schooled in person, you let me know, Toyota boy.

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: @JoeC:

        EXACTLY.

        Glad you clarified.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I kind of suspected I was being bamboozled when I thought about it a little more. I made the fatal mistake of getting involved in a debate over the war of land in Asia (or something to that effect).

  27. nyydj2 says:
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    With Hanley gone, AGonz out tonight and Kemp still not Kemp, and the Dodgers sending Mr. Magoo to the mound, do I go against the grain and stream WITH the Marlins giving JoHer a start?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Wake Up: I@nyydj2: Starting Jo-Fer is not going against the grain. You know the answer.

  28. JoeC says:
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    I just picked up Arcia in 3 of my 3 leagues (2 of them RCL leagues). Does this make my fellow owners:

    A) Stupid
    B) Retardo
    C) See A (that’s sort of like not having a “C”!)

    • Scott Nails says:
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      @JoeC:

      They aren’t stupid, they are just sleeping on the young rookie stud

      • JoeC says:
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        @Scott Nails: Scott, that wasn’t an option! ;)

  29. james t work says:
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    need to pickup Kenley Jansen asap, but have to many on the roster. Should I drop Phil hughes, or A.Cashner. Hughes has to pitch today though? I also have McCann, Saunders and Aoki to look at because I have to bring Michael Bourne off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @james t work: McCann, Cashner, Hughes, … Drop in that order…

  30. Troy says:
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    Hey earlier in the week u said to try n trade cingrani for Zimmerman cause I need ci well my league doesn’t really go after players like cingrani in trades but I maybe able to get a Ryan Howard type would u try or stick with Moreland/ carter as my ci?

  31. JoeC says:
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    For Sky:

    “Maine Coons are known as the “gentle giants”[4] and possess above-average intelligence, making them relatively easy to train.[3] They are known for being loyal to their family and cautious—but not mean—around strangers, but are independent and not clingy. The Maine Coon is generally not known for being a “lap cat” but their gentle disposition makes the breed relaxed around dogs, other cats, and children. They are playful throughout their lives, with males tending to be more clownish and females generally possessing more dignity, yet both are equally affectionate.[25] Many Maine Coons have a fascination with water and some theorize that this personality trait comes from their ancestors, who were aboard ships for much of their lives.[5] Maine Coons are also well known for yowling, chattering, chirping, “talking” (especially “talking back” to their owners), and making other loud vocalizations.”

    • Sky

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      Gracie chirps. She’s sure as heck NOT relaxed around dogs. It’s what led to making her an outdoor cat. She was losing her mind having Waldo in the house with her. He’d go out of his way to avoid her and she’d follow him around the house hissing and growling at him. I think she’s moved too many times, she started eating the hair on her back. When we moved her outside she finally calmed down but like it says, definitely not a lap cat.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Sky: I have a Somali cat, who is frickin’ gorgeous and awesome. It’s a shame I got him fixed, cause I’d love to have another just like him when he passes. He’s truly the coolest cat in the world. Maybe I’ll clone him.

        The others are mutts, but friendly as well. It’s actually a bit of a bother sometimes, as they all want attention and there’s 3 of them and 1 of me.

        Kind of like how it is with the ladies (giggity!). :D

        • Sky

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          Ha, JoeC I’m gonna start calling you crazy cat lady! I petted Gracie for about 10 seconds this morning before she gave me ‘ok, enough of that’ look. Fun fact, her previous owner had a bad back and couldn’t pet her with her hands as a kitten. So now my cat has a foot fetish. I’ll occassionally sit on the porch and take my shoes off and let her rub up against my feet. Maybe she’d be happier living with Rex Ryan?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: maybe you have a cat rubbing on your feet fetish…..sounds delightful

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              It’s like that feeling you get walking through a polar bear rug barefoot.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: never done that either….my poor deprived feet.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Sky: I can top that. One of my cats is a straight-up toe-licker (so right up Rex Ryan’s alley). I suppose it’s the salt from my foot sweat (sexy!), but I let him do his thing until he tries to bite my big toe’s nail off.

            It’s all fun and games until someone loses a toe nail (which I have, actually, when a beer keg met my toe in an intimate way).

            • Sky

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              Ha, ouch. I’ve only lost a fingernail. Twice. Once in a car door another time when someone kicked a basketball into it as I was reaching down. Ah Middle School, you’re so cool!

              My dog is a pit/lab mix. He has OCD when it comes to licking. He’ll sit there and just lick the air for 2 minutes. I worry he has a brain tumor or something.

              • JoeC says:
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                @Sky: I’ve lost two fingernails as well: thumb in the car door (seems to be a common theme here!) and ring finger when a transmission casing fell on it (that ruined *that* trip to Oklahoma!).

                The toe nail was a doozy though, as the impact of the keg drove the nail into the bed. After the doc removed the toe nail (this is on my big toe), which was an experience in itself, he had to put stitches in the nail bed. Pretty gross!

                You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to walk without a toe nail! Every step feels *wrong*!

                • Sky

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                  Going to Oklahoma ruins going to Oklahoma!

                  Damn dude, that’s nasty about the toe nail. I can only imagine about the walk afterwards. I’d have to imagine it felt like leaving your zipper down. Always a slight breeze, things just feeling more airy than normal and you can’t quite place the odd feeling. Or maybe that’s just me.

              • JoeC says:
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                @Sky: By the by, I love pit bulls! Such good-looking dogs. And very sweet if you treat ‘em right (just like any dog, except f&*kin’ poodles!).

                Labs are great too. Very friendly.

                Maybe your dog is thirsty? Give ‘em the hose! :D

                • Sky

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                  Poodles are the worst thing ever. I hate yipper dogs which means I usually don’t like the smaller ones. My wife keeps wanting a Chihuahua to which I say ‘ok, Paris Hilton, I don’t want a shivering and nervous dog-rat in my house. Why can’t we get another pit/lab type dog?’.

                  Pits are great dogs with a stupid stigma attached to them. It’s a nature vs nurture argument and people believe it’s in their nature to be aggressive. They obey their masters and how they are trained. Are there aggressive ones naturally? Sure, but you could say that about any breed. Hell, you could say that about humans too but we don’t put them down. Yeah, you hit a nerve. Even some people I highly respect for their intellect tell me not to get a pit because they’re aggressive animals. They’re media fed this tripe that has no basis. It’s like how racism and sexism starts: with nothing based in reality and all conjecture.

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                    @Sky: Completely agree. When my ex-wife and I first moved to Seattle, we wanted to get a few pits, but we pretty soon found out that Seattle is a “pit-free” zone in the neighborhoods we wanted to live in.

                    Sucks that people discriminate like that (and, to bring it back to baseball, it’s what Mark Buerhle just ran into). If you don’t want dogs that can kill you in your neighborhood, then put a weight limit, not a breed limit. Of course, I’m a libertarian and don’t want any limits at all, but at least a weight limit would have a modicum of fairness to it.

                    • Sky

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                      Yeah, I just find it absurd. Like people who’re scared of people because of the color of their skin. Our society invents pointless rules to ‘protect’ people when in reality, it’s all a lie to ourselves to make us feel safer. We have laws against drinking and driving. DUIs still happen. We have rules against what type of guns can be purchased. People still get shot. Rules only get in the way of people who abide by the law and rarely affect the people for whom the law was put in place.

                      Man, that sucks about Seattle; I didn’t know they’d joined the frittata frey. Didn’t know that about Buerhle. People are so dumb…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @JoeC: now we know what the C stands for, “Yo, you better pay up or Joey Cats is going to pay you a visit” *said in greasy brooklyn accent*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Was actually talking about Maine Coons this weekend with my family… My stepfather caught one in his trash… He thought it was a leopard.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: we are all way too inter connected, my mom had a friend whose sister just passed and the lady was a breeder, might be getting a Maine Coon from her stash real cheap.

        Razzball, its not a just a fantasy sports site, it’s a lifestyle, for the food, entertainment and cat lovers in all of us….and 4 ladys

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        maybe you should have a podcast totally dedicated to cats !!

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          that , too , was sarcasm .

          cust .

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Ha! My parents have always had Maine Coon cats. When we lived in Alabama we were playing with our cat at the time and he had climbed a small tree in the front yard. My dad was reaching up to get him down and a guy rode by on his bike saying: “You know, you really shouldn’t touch those wild bobcats!”. We all just laughed. Good times, good times.

  32. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Is it even possible to trade Pujols at this point? I would love to swap him for a 3B but not sure who to target. Maybe it would be better to hold and hope for a good week before making a move but i’m not sure that will happen. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: I don’t think there’s a trade for a 3rd baseman to be made… Unless you want to gamble on Zimmerman… But that’s 6 of one…

  33. Sit or start (way out in front in pitching and don’t want to blow ERA and WHIP):

    Cobb at home vs. Padres

    Scherzererereer at home vs. Cleveland

    • JoeC says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: Start both. You can’t sit on leads in fantasy (unless it’s H2H… if so, then I guess you could sit Cobb if you’re okay in Wins and Ks).

      • @JoeC:

        Yea I totally agree about the not sitting on leads thing, it’s kind of wussy on top of not being strategically sound. That being said, it is H2H, and with Cobb being as shaky as he’s been the last thing I need is for Gyroko and Co. to come in and bomb him in the Trop. Thanks for the advice!

  34. JoeC says:
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    Nice “Beautiful Girls” ref. Loved that movie.

    Between that and “The Professional”, how exactly was I not supposed to develop a crush on Natalie Portman (and an *illegal* Natalie Portman at that!)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Ha… Yeah, great flick…

  35. Jesse Katsopolis says:
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    Hey Grey.. who do you like better for the rest of the season?

    Alex Gordon or Shin Soo Choo?

    Thanks!

  36. Charles says:
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    Started with Jesus Montero at C. Switched to Ruiz once he got back. Zero HRs from Catchers this year. I wish I had Salvador Perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles: Thanks for making me feel better…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Charles: it’s real fun been owning the 4 homer marvel that is avila. currently batting 202 after a GOOD day. And due to K rate he’s actually hitting 300 with balls in play, so this is not a babip problem. Perez could simply be moved to a decent part of the order and he’d have at least 10-14 more rbi’s already.

  37. MrMojoRisin says:
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    I’m prolly late to this party but did you know that Mr. Potatohead over at ESPN (snafu larry?) actually has a supposedly helpful fantasy baseball article that has “Useless information” in it’s description/title?

    I’ve been told by the internet that Irony is misused a lot, but I’m pretty sure that’s webster’s definition there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: Maybe it’s not ironic and he’s actually finally fessing up to what he’s giving…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: that’s the funny part of posting something like that, when if later it’s said thatyou are spewing worthless information, you can just say, “hey, i told you what i was giving you, stop bitching.”

  38. Lob Ball says:
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    SON says no but start Hughes at KC tonight?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Lob Ball: I am

  39. Hey Grey, we need to talk about Cole Hamels. WTF. Sure he only gave up 2 ER in 6 on the road in ARI, but more walks than Ks (the 2nd time in 3 games he’s walked a ton), he was throwing all over the damn place.

    Is he just not locating? Is he hiding an injury? Is he this year’s Cliff Lee? Should I try to trade him and get back one of these pitchers as part of a larger deal: Harvey, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Cain, CC, etc.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      @exactly: Hiding an injury is my guess

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @exactly: he had soreness during spring training, pretty sure he’s pitching through pain…

  40. kc says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I also acquired Price yesterday and hoping for the best now. Btw, who do you think is better ROS, I. Davis, Hart, or Moss. Hart is on waiver and I am.debating weather I should pick him up or not.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kc: Hart

  41. JoeC says:
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    Neat stat: Apparently, Josh Hamilton has hit all his home runs this year against the Astros.

    So I guess Hambone owners should be looking forward to May 31st? (next time they play the ‘Stros)

    Follow-up question to my initial non-question: does that mean that if the Astros hadn’t of been moved to the AL West that Hamilton would be homerless in 2013? Can you imagine that scenario after the Pujols one last year? Arte Moreno would’ve taken a dive off the 3rd deck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Ha… Interesting…

  42. MattH says:
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    Hi, Grey.
    Thank-you for this awesome site. Great stuff and advice, and
    I check in everyday. Is an offering of Votto for Fielder worth considering?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: No problem… I’d want Fielder…

  43. Gator says:
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    Activate Grienke immediately or wait a start? How do you think Colby Lewis will do this year? Who would you compare him to in rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Ask again in two weeks… Probably start immediately… The fractured collarbone was on his non-throwing arm… Lewis is in my rankings…

  44. Bombo Rivera says:
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    By the way, apparently Snafu Larry claims that no one loved Goldy more than he did in the preseason, since he had him at 45 overall. Hmmm.

    I wish I had Goldy at my CI spot, but I’m cursed with Belt and Garrett Jones. I’d like to drop one. Jones has the advantage of OF (stutterer!) eligibility, but I feel like Belt has a little more upside. Which guy do you like more ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: Shows the balls on Snafu and actual balls on me for ranking him 19th… Jones…

  45. Fish says:
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    Moving forward, would you rather have mccutchen or J Upt?

  46. Clint says:
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    Pedro Alvarez or Andre Either? Currently 7th out of 12 in both HR’s and AVG roto categories while waiting for Han-Ram, Heyward, & Hart to return if that makes any difference as Goldy & Marte carry my offense.

  47. Wake Up says:
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    I’m confused….are you saying Rajai has great tits or a nice ass?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Wake Up: Well… those leg muscles…

      • JoeC says:
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        @JoeC: Damn quick click-finger!

        What I meant to say was: “Well, those leg muscles start *somewhere*!”

        • Wake Up says:
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          @JoeC: hahaha

  48. Duff says:
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    Drop M Young for Moustakas?

  49. Mike says:
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    I’m losing patience with Ike Davis – is it time to cut bait?

    On a related note: while Davis rots on my bench, who do you like better at 1B: Moreland, Loney, or Moss.

    14 team OPS league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d hold him… Moreland…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jdf21: Unless you are Matthew Berry I don’t know why you’d give him free pub…

  50. Wake Up says:
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    “I’d like to punch Fister”

    Is there another way?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Wake Up: I believe garroting is also an option.

  51. Joe says:
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    David Price OR Mat Latos, Tony Cingrani and Aaron Hill? I’d be getting Price. Keeper league. 5X5. We keep 15. Neither Cingrani or Hill pencil in as keepers for me today.

    My roster:
    C – Mike Napoli
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt (K)
    2B – Ian Kinsler (K)
    SS – Ben Zobrist (K)
    3B – Manny Machado (K)
    SS/2B – Asdrubal Cabrera (K)
    1B/3B – Chris Davis (K)
    OF – Austin Jackson (K)
    OF – Justin Upton (K)
    OF – Jay Bruce (K)
    OF – Jason Heyward (K)
    OF – Alex Rios (K)
    Utility – Aaron Hill

    SP – Doug Fister
    SP – Madison Bumgarner (K)
    SP – Mat Latos (K)
    SP – Tony Cingrani
    SP – Jordan Zimmermann (K)
    SP – Hiroki Kuroda
    RP – Kris Medlen (K)
    RP – Hisashi Iwakuma
    RP – Alexi Ogando

    (Punting saves)

  52. Allan says:
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    Grey,
    Great writeup as always. Wondering whether I should start Straily ahainst Seattle today. Also someone just dropped Berkman in my league. Im pretty low in the waiver order but should I try to get him? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: Thanks! Start Straily… Sure, try to grab him…

  53. Scott Nails says:
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    Hey Grey Meboy,

    Markakis and Kevin Gregg for Josh Hamilton.. What side do you like?

    • Tio says:
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      @Scott Nails:

      Hamilton… he is starting to hit for power.

      • Joe says:
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        @Tio: Scott HAS to be trolling. That is the exact trade Grey said NOT to do.

  54. Jack says:
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    Arencibia or McCann for ROS?

    If you owned Altuve, would Crawford and Hellickson be enough to depart with him? I’m stashing Konerko, but if things don’t improve by the time Hart comes off the DL he may find himself on the WW.

    My team:
    12 team yahoo redraft league with 6×6 h2h scoring
    C: J.P. Arencibia
    1B: Prince Fielder
    2B: Jedd Gyorko
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Trout, Rios, Willingham
    UTL: Starling Marte, Carl Crawford
    Bench: Paul Konerko
    DL: Corey Hart

    SP: Jered Weaver, Madison Bumgarner, Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Matt Harvey, Mike Minor, Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Kendrick, Patrick Corbin, Chris Tillman
    RP: Edward Mujica, Jose Valverde
    DL: Colby Lewis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: JP…I’d take Altuve, it’s fair…

  55. Joe says:
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    On your David Price remarks, you said you just acquired him via trade,

    Who did you give up to get him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Trade was Machado, Perkins… Price, Nava…

  56. papasmurf says:
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    Grey you missed the two biggest news from yesterday: BJ Upton and Lawrie got RBI hits on the same day! Similar looking groundballs between the SS and the 2nd base bag. Probably the first and possibly the last such occurrence this year. Totally worth a screen capture!

    In other hysterically shocking news, no homers for Goldschmidt! Bring back the Dodgers!

    Hm, I better lay off the caffeine for the rest of the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Ha… For a second I thought you wrote a “sunscreen capture”…

  57. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    In a holds league, I am starving for a little holds action. Am I crazy to want to drop old faithful, Timmy Lincecum for any of the following: Smyly, Thornton, Brothers, Storen or Belisle?

    My SP’s are:
    Wainwright
    Matt Moore
    Samardzjia
    Lohse
    Kennedy
    Cashner
    Tillman
    DL – Anderson
    DL – Beachy

    “Hold” Timmy J or release him to the wild? If you cut the cord, who do you roll with? Thanks!

      • Cutch's Dreads says:
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        @Tio: @Tio:

        Haha! Thought so…tryin to get cute with my mediocre staff.

  58. shibboleth says:
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    Ranki these CI guys ROS? Moose on waivers and the rest are CI/Util/bench guys.. gotta let one of ‘em go… OPS league

    Belt, Alvarez, Morales, Moustakas

  59. Just making sure... says:
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    nolan arenado or lorenzo cain?

  60. hankg says:
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    Would you trade Chris Davis and Medlen for David Ortiz and David Price? Thanks.

    • hankg says:
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      @hankg: As an alternative, would yoffer Davis/Medlen for Fielder or Votto? I’m trying to upgrade at 1B. Thanks.

      • Gavin says:
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        @hankg: The alternative shouldn’t work. I’d rather have Fielder and Votto.

  61. VinnyCora says:
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    Carlos Martinez or Colby Lewis for rest of season. Obviously Car Mart’s ceiling is super high me, but seems like Colby might be the bigger contributor this year. What do you say?

    Also, I dropped Reddick for Ruggiano. That was yesterday. Today I want to drop Ruggiano for Oswaldo. Problem is, I already have Myers, Arenado, Carlos Mart, and Shelby, How many rookies is too many rookies for a first place team to have.

    Can anything bad happen to me when I have guys named Shelby and Colby on my team? My friend’s dog has been very supportive.

    • VinnyCora says:
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      @VinnyCora: I left out many ? It is early in these parts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinnyCora: Lewis… You have too many rookies…

  62. Metzkabob says:
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    H2H auction keeper league 6×6 scoring

    I give :
    Jennings $1
    A. Sanchez $13
    Harvey $1

    I get:
    Lee $23
    Garcia $1
    Hamilton $24

    Do the deal or sit tight?

    • Tio says:
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      @Metzkabob:

      In a redraft league, I would do the deal in a heartbeat… in a keeper league, Matt Harvey at $1 is a huge benefit in future years.

  63. J Money says:
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    Pick 3 of 4 to start today:

    Ike Davis vs Pit
    Danny Espinosa vs ChC
    Rutledge @ Stl
    Kelly Johnson vs SD

    Side note: I seems like any time I bench Davis or Espinosa they have a good game. I should probably start informing everyone when I do so.

    • Tio says:
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      @J Money:

      I wouldn’t start Davis until he shows signs of production. He did this last year. The only thing consistent about his game right now is hitting. .190 and striking out a ton. Unless your fantasy league awards points for that… then leave him on the bench.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sit Ike. He’s facing a lefty in Wandy Rodriguez who he’s 0/7 against for his career.

  64. royce! says:
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    14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH for batters, holds and k/bb for pitchers. I was going to play Kelly Johnson at UTIL, but should I drop him or a bench SP (McCarthy, Niese) for Arcia? Also, Gattis, Salty or Ellis at C?

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: I could also drop one of Pineda, Andrew Bailey, or Colby Lewis, two of whom occupy the 2 DL spots. My other RP, for four spots, are Chapman, Holland, Bell and Cingrani.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @royce!: tell me more about that “drug you’ve never done” poker night, are we talking alcohol, peyote or fun stuff like Dilaudid?

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Depends on what you’ve never done, though I don’t think that prescription pain killers would really count, even if they are delightful, their being technically legal and all…I ended up figuring out that I was going to have to play on ketamine, which would probably help my poker game…I’m not very good at poker. Another there had a less, let’s say, adventurous 20’s, so he might end up on one of the drugs that just make you talk a lot (you know which I mean)…

        (keep in mind that unless I want to get divorced and never see my kid again, there is not a chance in hell that this ever happens, it was just a funny idea)

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!: damn, i wanted in. I was thinking Dilaudid intravenously, which is illegal outside a hospital, but, if you’re going to fly, fly first class….the guy who had the boring 20’s might be hard to read his poker face, or at least his eyes. It would be a short list for me too, oooh I could take hits of ether as I played

          The wife won’t give you an experimental hall pass?

          • royce! says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Hahaha yeah right…I’ll run that by her!

            It does sound fun, assuming that we don’t all choose PCP…you should talk your regular poker game into doing it.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @royce!: pass around the Kool stciks to everyone, being a former tenant of Echo Park you should the sherm game over there

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @royce!: pain killers are only legal if they are your own script, otherwise it’s a felony to possess them. I learned this one the fun way (nice 13 month process that was).

  65. Sanfran says:
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    Players sporting a lot of Physical Graffiti these days. Tatt man, Hamilton, Lawrie….

    Holding Jedd to hedge for Segura and/or Rutledge.

    With Frazier slumping, I was going to look towards Jedd in certain matchups.

    Would you drop Jedd for Arcia in this scenario?

  66. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray, Staff and Commenters: Enjoy!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry8CpIg2fvU..

    And while you suckers are listening, I’m headed down to the basement gate to go see Lola for more of her personal transfiguration lessons at being All Powerful…

    Should have kept Rosales and not flip flopped to Drew… Typical!!

    Infante has been berry berry bueno to me… Sadly, not as bueno as a healthy Hanley woulda been…

    Moosey is hotting up… Now if Hosmer could do the same ( he is making tiny tiny steps)…

    Miguel Cabrera is hurt maybe… O NO!!!

    Off to the basement… Got anything to you want me to relay to the Big Fella???

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      “””Who minds those pop bottles fly’n ..

      The hisses and the boos..

      The team has been consistent..

      Yeah, we always lose….”””

      Love it …. All you have to do is turn the “W” over to become an “M” for MAGPIES

      • T Moore says:
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        @T Moore:

        You ought to pipe this over the speaker system at RazzBall HQ

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @T Moore: What Jack said…. Very nice video…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: 3 for 3!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @T Moore: that was better than my morning cup of coffee

      you might be an odd one T Moore, but like some of my family, we accept and welcome you into our lives regardless of how uncomfortable you make us sometimes

  67. Jon says:
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    Sit/start?

    Hammel @ MIN
    Cobb v SD
    Cashner @ TB

    • Tio says:
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      @Jon:

      Would probably go Hammel and Cobb although, I would consider Cashner… The Twinkies have been putting some runs up lately… just took Boston to the woodshed.

      • Jon says:
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        @Tio: yeah, I wasn’t worried at all about MIN before this last series. I may just run all three out there and hope for the best. I don’t think any are terrible starts.

        • Tio says:
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          @Jon:

          You could do much worse…if you can start all 3, I would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Start all

  68. mauledbypandas says:
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    Is it too early to give up on Middlebrooks and/or Lawrie? Plouffe is on the wire.. ugh

      • Gavin says:
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        @Tio: Too early for Plouffe.

  69. JDawg says:
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    R.O.S. – Rutledge or N. Walker? 6×6 league, OBP instead of AVG and Doubles/Triples is the 6th.

    • Tio says:
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      @JDawg:

      Rutledge… Walker has been horrible and now hurt… I want to see something from him once healthy before I endorse him.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Tio: walkers OBP is actually pretty good, hopefully he rebounds when he gets back…

  70. JDW says:
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    “Denies using sunscreen to get a better grip on the balls. That is also an exact quote from Snookie.”

    I actually did laugh out loud. And so I thank you…for the laughing…for the laughter…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: No problem

  71. James says:
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    Adam laroche hit waivers… My first basemen are Craig, and Ike Davis

    Is he a must own in 10 team leagues? I can drop either Werth, Aoki, Ike, Brandon moss, moose or De Aza for laroche… Or should I stand pat?

    Thanks grey

    • Tio says:
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      @James:

      I wouldn’t call him a “must-own” but you have a veteran with a pretty good track record of power. He is an older version of Ike Davis. Not sure if you want 2 of them on your roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: Lose Moss for him

  72. Ron says:
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    Side A or B

    Side A: Cliff Lee, Rizzo, Alcides
    side B: Cueto, R. Zimmerman, Segura, Cain

    Thanks!

    • Tio says:
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      @Ron:

      Too much value on side b. I expect Cueto to come back and be his old self.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Assuming that is Lorenzo Cain

      • Tio says:
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        @Grey:

        I was thinking Matt Cain… probably should have clarified first!

        • Ron says:
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          @Tio: It is Lorenzo indeed

  73. scott says:
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    Anybody giving Liriano a go tomorrow? My era and whip and F’d already. Need Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: I would in your circumstances

  74. taped says:
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    Castro/Hill for McCutchen

    McCutchen on the block in my lig, Would it be worth it to trade Castro and Hill for McCutchen?

    I would have to stream my SS or deal Chris Davis for one if I made the move…hard to pass up on a top bat.

    Martin, Russell(C) PIT
    Goldschmidt, Paul(1B) ARI
    Betancourt, Yuniesky(1B,2B,3B) MIL
    Longoria, Evan(3B) TB
    Castro, Starlin(SS) CHC
    Davis, Chris(1B,OF) BAL
    Harper, Bryce(OF) WAS
    Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
    Gyorko, Jedd(2B,3B) SD

    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Stanton, Giancarlo(OF) MIA
    Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL

    Bumgarner, Madison(P) SF
    Chapman, Aroldis(P) CIN
    Cingrani, Tony(P) CIN
    Harvey, Matt(P) NYM
    Mujica, Edward(P) STL
    Peavy, Jake(P) CHW
    Zimmermann, Jordan(P) WAS

    Guthrie, Jeremy(P) KC
    Parker, Jarrod(P) OAK

    • Gavin says:
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      @taped: Is that deal on the table? Or are you presupposing that that offer will get accepted? Because I’d much rather have Dread Pirate.

      Guthrie.

      • taped says:
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        @Gavin:
        I am asking if I should make that offer knowing I will have a gap at SS…

        What about Guthrie?

  75. Maestro says:
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    H2H Points League (ERA, K’s W, L, QS) – I’m looking to add a pitcher. Please rank the following ROS: Kazmir, McAllister, Santiago, Tillman, Lackey.

    Thank you.

    • Tio says:
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      @Maestro:

      I am REALLY intrigued by John Lackey.

  76. farcus says:
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    just FYI when I typed razzball.com into my iPhone browser this morning I was redirected to purchase a porn app called badoink. I tried again (after 4 mins 22 sec) and went through.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @farcus: We only have Google ads on our mobile site, so it seems doubtful it’s us… I researched this for about 20 minutes on Google… Only thing I see is maybe you should clean out your web history… Not sure, we get about 10,000 iPhone visitors a day and this is the first I’ve heard of it, so not sure… Will keep my eye out for anything…

  77. Tio says:
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    Brett Gardner – Still high on him? I currently have similar players McLouth & Span.

    Or would you add Arcia at this point?

    Could drop Smyly or Dee Gordon (or the 2 guys above).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: You don’t need 4 of the same players… Lose Gardner for Arcia…

  78. EricB says:
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    With McCann back and Heyward returning next week, Gattis is going to be riding the bench next week right? I’m thinking of cutting him for whoever the best catcher is that I can find on the waiver wire (2 catcher league). I don’t have roster space to bench Gattis. It’s either start or cut.

    • Tio says:
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      @EricB:

      It is safe to drop Gattis… He has not been hitting anyway the past 2 weeks.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @chillmodious: Hahaha…looks like he’s been looking for Jesse in the NM desert…

        • Simply Fred

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          @Grey: Grey, would you weigh in on Gattis? Drop/Hold? On the one hand ATL is giving him OF, but seems nothing left for him once heyward back. likelihood mcann fails and grattis thrives at C?

          • chillmodious says:
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            @simply fred: I kknow you’re looking for Grey, but Gattis’ value could be toast. I’m trying to find an analogy, and the closest I can come up with is Matt Adams… could be decent if he gets playing time, and the team will try to get him as much playing time as possible, but there are just to many obstacles in front of him to find consistent PT. UNLESS, of course, he is absolutely raking–which he isn’t at the moment. Then again, Fredi has no problem sitting a guy who is on a hot streak (see: Johnson, Chris). The arrow is pointing down on Gattis.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Drop

            • Simply Fred

              simply fred says:
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              @Grey: Thanks, guys. And, yes, I have been sitting on M.Adams as well…dropping now.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  79. Spyre says:
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    Drop J. Niese for Hector Santiago?

    • Tio says:
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      @Spyre:

      Not yet.

    • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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      Morning Grey,

      The “Morrow holds” line was brilliant, good stuff as always. A few questions:

      1. No Kevin Slowey love yet from any posts I’ve seen. Are you buying what’s he’s selling?
      2. How long of a leash does Rodney really have? Is he a sell candidate?
      3. Why is owning Brandon Belt such an exhausting struggle? I contemplate dropping him daily. The upside is beautiful/infuriating, kind of like Bochy’s head.

      Have a good weekend and sip a fine brew in the sunshine (at least, we’ve finally been getting some sun here in Portland). My recommendation: Good Life Descender IPA.

      Cheers!
      -Brew

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @BrewFreeOrDie: Morning… Thanks! 1. I’d stream him in some matchups 2. Pretty long… Probably about a month more of crap 3. I don’t think he has power for ATT… You too!

    • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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      @Spyre: Hold for now.

      • Spyre says:
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        @BrewFreeOrDie: Thanks, thats what I thought. Niese is killing me though, he lost me 17 points last week!

        What about dropping Jim Henderson, Mujica, or Joe Nathan for Santiago instead? I have an extra reliever… not a big deal since Aroldis Chapman has SP eligibility, but I can be flexible here.. Do you see Santiago outperforming any of these guys ROS? H2H points league (with holds).

        • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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          @Spyre: Niese is killing me too! But I think he’ll bounce back. I’d still hold for now and wait another start to see how Santiago keeps performing. The win in Texas was nice, but he played the Mets on the road, and lots of average pitchers are able to dominate them…

  80. supra says:
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    “If Yan can cook, so can you! Joi Gin!!”

    …or something like that.

  81. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I have Gallardo@CIN, Hughes@KC and Miller vs. COL.

    I am not gonna start Gallardo nor Hughes but i tend to start Miller at home vs. COL. Would you agree?

    I mean Gallardo would be pitching in a bandbox vs a good hitting team and Hughes while not pitching in a hitters park has an underwhelming record agains KC. Colorado is still a great hitting team but Miller is good too and he is not pitching at coors.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Moscowitz: I’d start them all

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Wake Up:

        You must be the guy i am playing against this week :D

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Moscowitz:
      Grey please… your advice too if you dont mind :)

  82. Big B says:
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    “Denies using sunscreen to get a better grip on the balls. That is also an exact quote from Snookie.” – Bwahahah thats good stuff GREY GRIZZLE

  83. mzyptlk says:
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    Need to replace Aybar…my choices are Drew, Gregorius, or Espinosa. I’ll have to drop either Aybar or Morrow to do it. Please rank the replacements and weigh in on who to drop. Thanks for all you do here…

    • Tio says:
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      @mzyptlk:

      Who is in your DL slot? Of the guys you mentioned, I like Drew the best (until he gets hurt).

  84. Oppo Taco says:
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    trying to move corbin for either Desmond/Prado(to be used at SS)/Andrus. Could you rank these guys going forward for ROS? more interested in obtaining runs and avg. thanks grey

    • Tio says:
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      @Oppo Taco:

      Prado… I don’t think you get the average with others. I like Andrus but his name is worth more than the real value.

  85. Hank says:
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    Lorenzo Cain, morse, hart, or arcia ROS?

    • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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      @Hank: In order: All about equally relevant. If you want upside, go Cain or Arcia, reliability, go Hart or Morse. I’d go Arcia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hank: You ranked them, depends on needs…

  86. Longbeachyo says:
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    Has anyone talked about David price’s drop in velocity? Looks pretty concerning to me…

  87. Be The Ball says:
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    Drop Raburn for Arcia?

  88. Nate says:
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    I know I asked a Hosmer question yesterday… I’m just having separation anxiety with a guy I’ve rostered for his entire mlb career. As I look at the wire though there are decent alternatives…

    So can you rank these guys ROS in a standard 5×5 14 team league?

    E. Hosmer, Y. Alonso, C. Carter, G. Jones, Loney, Moreland

    • BrewFreeOrDie says:
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      @Nate: Really depends on what you’re needing. They’re all pretty simliar in how they can help your team. If you’re looking for average and light power, go Loney or Alonso. If you need straight power and average isn’t an issue, go Carter. Decent average and solid power, go Jones or Moreland. Hosmer is basically an upside hold if you think he’ll turn it around (I’m not sold).

      All in all I’d say rankings go: Alonso, Moreland, Loney, Jones, Hosmer, Carter, but it’s pretty close…

  89. Cheese says:
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    Hmmm was just offered Pujols for Goldschmidt…

    H2H 8×8 (H, SLG, BB)

    Thoughts?

    • Spyre says:
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      @Cheese: Is it a keeper league?

  90. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey… A trade has been proposed to me and don’t worry I’m not trying to get a pitcher. LOL. He wants MCcutchen and Samardzija from me for Melky Cabrera and Josh Hamilton.. Go or no go?

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      And Sky whats up.. No pitcher just giving one away if you like..

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Ok cool thanks. Hey do you think trying to pick up Hamilton is worth it? I know he’s been off to a bad start but You don’t think he’s gonna pop out of it? Also, Is Cutchen more valuable then Hamilton?

        • Sky

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          McCutch is a top 5 player and Hamilton – if he rights the ship – is a top 25 player. You want McCutch there.

        • Spyre says:
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          @Frank Lynch: McCutchen over Hamilton

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            K cool… Everyone tries to trade with me cause people know that I’m down to see the offers..

  91. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Even with your Kazmir outlook at the beginning of the article, do you prefer Kazmir, Tillman or Detwiler for next week?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: and rest of the year?
      thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chris: None of these guys are ROS options yet

  92. kidbr9 says:
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    How would you rank these shortstops ROS in a 10 team roto league (I refer to it as my training wheels league as we start over at the ASB; it’s lame, I know):

    Asdruballs
    Espinosa
    Rutledge
    Simmons
    C-Zart

    • Gavin says:
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      @kidbr9: Asrubal, Simmons, Rutledge

  93. MattTruss223 says:
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    Alright, I need to enlist the help of the audience here so I can stop mumbling my way through the Razzball Podcast theme song. It’s been a year, I think it’s time, fill in the blanks please:

    “You need fantasy help, well you have several choices. Only *mumble mumble mumble something something* voices. You might pee yourself like your name was Moises, it’s the Razzball podcast”

    Thank you.

    As a side, can we relay to Nick that the Razzball Podcast theme should be played to end the podcast like it used to be? It’s a song so good, we should get to hear it twice! It used to start and end the podcast, now it just abruptly ends. There’s no cuddling or spooning, just an uncomfortable silence afterwards.

  94. chillmodious says:
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    Grey… I have a bunch of questions predicated on the following roster, so I’m going to bang them all out and be done for the day on the advice questions:

    C – Sal Popeil
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Josh Rutledge
    3B – Miggy Cabrera
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Jean Segura
    CI – Rizzo
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Norichika Aoki
    OF – Starling Marte
    Util – Kelly Johnson

    DL – Aaron Hill

    SPs – Mad Bum, Matt Moore, Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey, Samardzija, Kyle Kendrick, Cashner

    RPs – Wilhelmsen, Street, Perkins, Janssen, Cishek

    ————————————————

    Philosophically, I am approaching these scenarios more from a ROS perspective than a right-now perspective…

    1. Cashner is the last guy on my roster (essentially a SP7) and I’m happy to cut him for just about anyone. I was thinking of losing him for McCann, who could be picked up in this league any moment now. I’ve been Popeiling Sal all year–haven’t even plugged in another catcher for an off-day batty call–so I’m pretty pot committed at this point. With now being the only time I’ll be able to get McCann (assuming he stays healthy), would it be shrewd/prudent to grab him and keep him on my bench for now?

    2. As an alternative to the McCann scenario just presented, I could lose Cashner for a SP that would hopefully be more than just a streamer. Available: Tillman, Kazmir, Phil Hughes, Locke, Jo-Fer, Hector Santiago, Travis Wood

    3.

    4. ROS: Kazmir or Hughes?

    5. Rank (ROS): Moustakas, Hosmer, Rickie Weeks, Yonder Alonso

    6. I have room for a DL stash and can’t decide between Beachy and Pineda. Hypothetically, if both returned at the same time (let’s just say June 15th) and you HAD to have one, which would you want for the remainder of this season?

    Thank you ever so much, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: 1. Hold 2. Tillman, depends on matchups with these names 4. Kazmir, neither really 5. That order looks fine 6. beachy

  95. OaktownSteve says:
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    The question is not why is everybody so excited about Josh Donaldson. The question is why aren’t you on the train. He’s on pace for 81/18/103/9/.302. You’re getting better from your third base slot? Ok so on pace don’t mean squat. But there’s getting to be enough sample last year through the beginning of this year to feel like it’s for real.

    The last time we did the Donaldson dance you said something along the lines of “he has no upside.” What exactly is upside? Is it based on minor league record? Perception of skill set? The numbers above would make him a top 10 3rd baseman for sure. Is that upside?

    “You people have stood in my way long enough! I’m going to clown college.”

    • royce! says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Oh, man, I was so excited to ask Grey if he was trying to troll you, but I didn’t want to ruin it if he in fact was…That joke aside, thanks in part to you, I picked up Donaldson a few weeks ago in the RCL. Still haven’t got my AVG over .250, but I was around the Mendoza line when I picked him up. So thanks, Oaktown!

    • Gavin says:
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      @OaktownSteve: He’s 27 years old. There’s enough of a sample size that says take away 50 batting avg points and at least 25 RBI’s from your optimistic line. 18 homers maybe. He was “on pace” for that last year too…along with a .250 avg and 65 RBI’s. I know I’m getting better than that from my 3B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Your line would be everything breaking completely right for him, that is his ceiling… If he gets those numbers, he’s going to piss off a lot of people next year when they draft him… He reminds me of Prado, either he will get the counting stats and you’ll be happy he gave you a barely top 100 season, or he doesn’t get counting stats and he’s droppable… Solid corner man, not a 3rd baseman in most mixed leagues…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @OaktownSteve: “i don’t think any of us thought he was going to say that.”

  96. EK says:
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    Would you trade Harvey for Cespedes
    redraft H2Hpts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: It’s fair, sure

  97. Endo says:
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    Would you trade Albert Pujols for James Shields and Jason Grilli?

    Who is getting the better of this deal?

  98. captainpyper says:
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    ok so in my desperation for saves in the RCL champions league I traded Cano and Wells yesterday for Hamilton, Gyorko and Wilhelmsen…you blurb on Hamilton makes me feel a little bit better. “Better watch out Vernon Wells!” OR I am retarded and am going to finish in last for parting with my best player…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @captainpyper: Not sure why you’d trade Cano for Hamilton…

      • captainpyper says:
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        @Grey: ya know the whole retard thing!

  99. Maestro says:
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    Anyone think Kazmir is for real – his velocity is up to where it was during his 3 year run?

    Who wins this trade – Sale + Carter For Hamilton?

  100. Dominic says:
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    Should I cut ties with Seager for Moustakas?

  101. Vottomatic says:
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    Pick up Venable/Arcia? and drop who?
    C-McCann
    1B-Rizzo
    2B-Altuve
    SS-Rutledge
    3B-Longo
    1B/3B-Swish
    2B/SS-Simmons
    OF-Braun, Bautista, Holliday, Jackson, Fowler
    Util-Pierre
    Bench-Perez, Aoki
    P-Bumgarner, Zimmermann, Scherzer, Harvey, WIlson, Cobb, Romo, Street, Perez, Tazawa

  102. exactly says:
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    In my H2H points league, just got offered Harvey, Sale, Russell Martin and Matt Adams for Hamels, Sandoval, Yadier, Perkins

    I have to take that right?

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H. 5 player keeper, although that doesn’t really come into play with this question. Here’s my lineup:

    C – JP
    1B – Frazier
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Machado
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – AJax
    OF – McLouth
    UTIL – Arcia
    UTIL – Cozart
    BN – Espinosa
    BN – Lawrie
    DL – Stanton

    SP – Price
    SP – Moore
    SP – Cingrani
    RP – Wilhelmsen
    RP – Mujica
    P – Veras
    P – Dempster
    BN – Tillman
    BN – Niese
    BN – Bailey (DL)

    I’d like to snag Dee for some steals and even though you say Kazmir has some Shiite matchups, I’d still like to sneak and and grab him as well. Do you see any drops for those guys? I’d theoretically like to drop Niese, but don’t think I can in this league, so I’d like a little advice.

    • Gavin says:
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      @Wilsonian: I don’t see who you could/would drop for Kazmir. You could drop Espinosa or Cozart for Dee. You don’t need 3 backup SS that don’t play well as Utility spots.

  104. costaricanchata says:
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    just going back now to read the rest of the article and the comments ,
    but wanted to take this moment to say ===> nice headline !!

  105. zzzzzz says:
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    Would you grab Arcia over Werth? Werth is my util/OF replacement at best in my 10 team H2H.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sky: wait…what? neither of those guys looks like a pizza bagel nor has a cracking peter brady voice

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        It’s clear they disguised themselves as sad middle-age men to deter any suggestion it could be them.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Sky: this is quite the conspiracy theory you are putting out there

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            They play fantasy sports to look cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: I don’t get it

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Don’t worry, your secret of being sad, middle-aged men who still play with your star wars figurines is safe with me.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Sky: now hold up, I just re- inacted the battle of Hoth last weekend. My daughter wanted in but I told her to go play with her Barbies and to leave daddy alone in his time machine

          Don’t you judge me! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYN74jPCAik

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Ha! Oh that movie is so bad yet so good. One of those weird Adam Sandler people side projects that worked out well.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Sky: very under rated flick

  106. Kyle says:
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    Worth dropping Arenado/Seager for Oswaldo? Arenado hasn’t done much for me.. (yeah its early)

  107. Elwood Blues says:
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    Flipping C.Johnson for Blanks, NL Only 12-team keeper shouldn’t hurt me too much should it if I can land Niese as part of the deal, right?

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: CJohnson and a pitcher for Blanks and Niese.
        I am currently tops in HR, RBI, SB’s.. near the bottom in ERA and WHIP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine for Niese…

  108. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    ” Honestly, I have no idea what Morrow holds.”
    nice line .
    are you now recanting your psychic powers ?

  109. Thrilla says:
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    Hey Grey, this might get long-winded , but I need thou consel…

    12 Team H2h w/ SLG-OBP + QS-K/9. 3 OF, No CI/MI, 1 Util

    C. Santana (C, 1B)
    A. Pujols
    I. Kinsler
    E. Longoria
    J. Rollins
    A. Jones
    H. Pence
    T. Frazier (1B, 3B, OF)
    U: De Aza

    Bench: B. Lawrie, N. Arenado, M. Saunders
    DL: A. Eaton

    J. Zimmerman – M. Scherzer – J. Niese – H. Bailey – H. Ryu – K. Kendrick – T. Milone – C. Tillman – S. Marcum

    T. Wilhelmscream – C. Janssen – J. Henderson – E. Mujica

    DL: Beachy

    Biggest Question: What do you do with Pujols if you’re me? Do I package Pujols + Donkeycorn for a Votto, Harper or other power guy? I can move Frazier to 1B if I deal Pujols for a non-1B. Basically, given my current roster, what’s your gut tell you would be the best course of action with Pujols?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thrilla: I’d take Votto or Harper for Pujols and a Dockeycorn

  110. MattTruss223 says:
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    In one of my H2H points league, I’ve got Hosmer (hey, a HR finally!) taking up space @1B. we have limited add/drops so I’ve been considering making a trade. What do you think of Choo and M.Moore for E5 and Lester? Wins are +7 and Loses are -7 in this league, so that’s really all that matters w/pitching stats (crappy, I know). Marte would move into the OF and I would drop Hosmer to make room for Grienke coming off the DL eventually. Should I hold here? Hosmer is making my head inch closer and closer to the oven…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: I’d take Choo and Moore, but it’s fair…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm, so prolly not worth it just to rid myself of Hosmer?

        Hows about grabbing and stashing Corey Hart on the DL when Grienke comes off and hoping that on June 1st my 1B spot is saved by the boy in the box?

        That gives me time to see if Hosmer picks it up, if he hasn’t by 6/1, drop him to activate Hart…

  111. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    What kind of value should I be getting if I trade Matt Moore in a keeper. I’ve been offered Ellsbury but I feel like that’s paying for steals. We count OBP and XBH and K/BB (why I wanna trade Moore)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom Thumb: Trade is fair… Why do you have to trade him?

      • Tom Thumb says:
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        @Grey:

        Well of course I don’t have to I just see unreal regression coming. His walks and the fact he has the lowest SwStr% of any starter over K/9… Trying to sell high. Not good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends what you can get for him… Obviously he’s not a sub-2 ERA guy, but the person you’re trading him to will know that too, no?

          • Tom Thumb says:
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            @Grey: Right but I see zero progression from last year when his ERA was closer to 4. If I can sell him as a 3.00 ERA guy I think I should. I tried for Goldy to no avail. Are Bruce or Kinsler fair targets? My pitching is deep enough with Gio, Harvey, Scherzer, Greinke, Jaime, Cobb

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They are fair targets…

  112. Kim Jong Un says:
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    Wok the Heck! I’m only 25 and I still love the reference. I think I watched all his old videos on YouTube. Great cooking tips with a sassy sense of humor!

  113. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    @DCameronFG The complete list of starters with a lower contact rate on pitches in the strike zone than Scott Kazmir:

    ….wait for it….

    Yu Darvish.

    That’s it. TIFWIW.

  114. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Looking to trade Brandon Phillips for 1 of the following players who are on very very friendly contacts in a dynasty league. Lets say each are just as needed on my team, which would you prefer? What is your rank from 1st to last?

    Arenado
    Rendon
    Desmond Jennings
    Hosmer

  115. EK says:
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    Would you trade Peavy & A-Gon for Cano?
    I have Chris Davis who I’m also trying to sell but I’m pretty concerned with A-Gon’s health…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Sure, it’s fair

  116. Banana Santana says:
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    I’m hurting for HR/RBIs. Drop Aoki for Arcia in a 5OF format? I am pretty rich in steals/runs between Segura, Marte, and a couple 20-20 candidates in my outfield.

  117. smegma says:
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    Which 2 starter for next week (previously you liked Vargas but Locke has looked good):

    Vargas v. KC, v. CWS
    Locke v. Mil, v. Hou

    • Tio says:
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      @smegma:

      I’ll take Locke with 2 home starts.

    • KCC26 says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: oh god i just saw that…

    • Tio says:
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      @Mr. Rickey:

      I participated in a LOT of drafts and Goldschmidt was gone by round 3. Not there for round 5 or even round 8 which Berry suggests was his ADP.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tio: Ha… I didn’t read it… Shows how out of the loop he is to think Goldy was around in the 8th round….

        • Tio says:
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          @Grey:

          “Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks (Going in the eighth round, I’d pull the trigger in the fifth)” – Matthew Berry.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he’s delusional…

  118. Pager24 says:
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    What are your thoughts on Ian Kennedy? start him tonight? what about long term?

    Also, you see V. Mart turning it around anytime soon?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pager24: I don’t want to start Kennedy anywhere until I see a decent start, but depends on your league size… V-Mart should be okay eventually…

  119. royce! says:
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    Think you missed it so I’m just gonna repost:

    14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH for batters, holds and k/bb for pitchers. I was going to play Kelly Johnson at UTIL, but should I drop him or a bench SP (McCarthy, Niese) for Arcia? Also, Gattis, Salty or Ellis at C?

    I could also drop one of Pineda, Andrew Bailey, or Colby Lewis, two of whom occupy the 2 DL spots. My other RP, for four spots, are Chapman, Holland, Bell and Cingrani.

    Thanks buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: McCarthy…. Ellis… Bailey (not easy choice)…

  120. Tom says:
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    SON doesn’t rate Magill. Pick one: Magill v(MIA) Fernandez or Straily @(SEA) Iwakuma need some K’s w/o killing WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Straily

  121. Roberto says:
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    Cant buy a QS this year. Send Cain(ATL) and/or Cingrani(MIL) out on the mound today or bench them for more favorable matchups?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them but I have no idea what these more favorable matchups are…

  122. Vottomatic says:
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    Whats wrong with Joey Bats? Are we still just waiting for him to heat up or are there maybe some other issues with him going on? I didn’t draft you to go 1 for 4 with nothing else every night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be his wrist…

  123. Rye or the Kaiser Soze says:
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    Yoooooo! Marte or Butler ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler

  124. bees knees says:
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    grey, arcia or berkman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  125. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    in a 14 team , keep 10 players , league ,
    just offered a friend of ours :
    my price and bautista for his trout .

    was this a fair offer ?
    or should i re-tract , before he wakes up ??

    i think it’s a fair offer ,
    especially considering the 10 keeper limit and current rosters ,
    but , then again , i’m no you .

    thanking you in advance .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cy Young winner and a guy that can hit 50 homers? Yeah, it’s fair…

  126. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Use my #1 waiver claim on Brian McCann in a 10 team H2H dynasty? I’d drop VMart, Morse, or Cashner. Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, V-Mart

  127. Sam says:
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    Drop Espinosa or Rutledge for Simmons or Rollins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa for Simmons…

  128. herschel says:
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    @Grey: if Greinke does start on the 15th and they stay on schedule with no rain delays, setbacks, etc, he ends up missing the SD series. I still want to get tickets and go jimmy snooka on quentin. You in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Count me in!

  129. Grey's Mom says:
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    Buck or Carter.. Or Arcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  130. hankg says:
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    Which side do you like more? Fielder/Altuve or Pedroia/C. Davis? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder

  131. the hungary hippo says:
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    thoughts on my Goldschmidt and burnett for his Stanton and Ortiz?

    Current OF is Braun Jones Choo
    Util are Mclouth and Victorino

    10 team mixed league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  132. Bob says:
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    Stick with K. Morales or drop for Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Thanks G.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  133. scott says:
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    Now the question of who to drop for Liriano. Dont wanna touch my pitching. Currently swapping around marte, lo cain, m carpenter in OF as stanton and heyward heal. With heyward back monday I’m gonna have to drop one of them sunday anyway. Might as well do it today. Cain right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain’s the drop for Heyward, I wouldn’t do it for Liriano…

      • scott says:
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        @Grey: yea I know I’m sayin might as well drop cain now cause I need an extra arm for Ks then come tomorrow drop liriano to make room for heyward essentially making Cain the drop for heyward in the long run

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  134. Dan says:
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    Drop Angel Pagan for Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia

  135. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Would you drop Espinosa for Oswaldo if you didn’t absolutely need a 2B/SS? Espinosa has been about as appealing as a wet fart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  136. Jon says:
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    Would you play Arcia right now over any of these guys while he’s on a hot streak?

    Gardner, Brantley, Victorino, Kendrick (at DH)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Gardner

  137. herschel says:
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    @Grey: with anderson’s return imminent, is Straily droppable in 12 team redraft leagues or worth hanging on to? would drop him for a bench bat/shmotato…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can drop him

  138. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    what do you think of fowler, me, for Rutledge, him, got offered weeks for fowler, but I don’t do no weeks. This is my top 5 rcl team, got bettancourt for now, I think it’s fair, no one is over paying and he has a glut of 2B/SS/MI, If it doesn’t go down, I’m not worried, and he needs more OF help than I need MI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Fowler, but it’s fair…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I have him now,but Bettancourt is a going to kill a me later,I have OF options of Jones, Choo, C. Davis, Saunders, Arcia with a Util/CI of Ike, Arrendado, and David as options

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: to be sure you like fowler over rutledge?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but they’re a fair swap… Take followups to my newest post….

  139. stoner says:
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    When does Didi Gregorious come back to earth or is he a legit bat most of us missed on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Within a few days/weeks…

  140. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.******

  141. Eng says:
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    Sorry to bother but could you please rank Arcia, Lorenzo Cain and Juan Francisco for UTIL.?Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Arcia

  142. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.******

  143. Eng says:
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    Please ad Markakis to that list too.

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.*******

  145. Eng says:
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    Got it thanks!

  146. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME.****

  147. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    non-keeper who ya got Grey, Elvis Andrus/Gallardo or Zobrist/Fister?

  148. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    damnitt missed the boat ill repost

  149. Brandon says:
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    no question here. Just have to say that was by far the most entertaining baseball daily recap you have ever done. However many beers you had before writing, duplicate that every day!
    Classic comments today my friend!

    & Roll Tide

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  150. Tyler says:
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    Hey Greay, quick question….
    Someone in my League dropped Ike Davis due to the slow start. I already have Rizzo and Goldy at first and corner infield, but have Berkman as a fail safe on my bench. Drop a .297 BA Berkman for the possible upside power with Davis? THanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Ike over Berkman…

      • Tyler says:
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        Thanks

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