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You wrote a letter to your leaguemates, but before you sent it to them, you asked me to proofread it but not share it.  Too bad, here it is, “Yo, what’s up, snitches?!  I have six closers and am sticking it to the rest of the league in their whole bum, then acting that out like Knight from MTV’s The Challenge.  I don’t need no one!  All I need is Huston Street, Kevin Gregg, Ernesto Frieri, Joaquin Benoit, Brad Ziegler and this chair, I need this chair.  I got saves for days!  Open up your ‘kitten-playing-with-motherf**king-yarn’ calendar and mark September 28th down for the day when you concede the championship to me.  Use your rainbow-colored pencil.  Is it okay to use that word?  Any the hoo!  Rather than recount all of that SAGNOF g’dness, let me take this time to instead ask you if you watched the most recent Top Chef Masters.  I’m lonely and looking for friends.”  Solid letter, I probably wouldn’t put single quote marks around kitten-playing-with-motherf**king-yarn but it’s fine to send it off as is.  The only other problem is you might also lose more than half of your closers in less than a week.  This is also the last week when you and your opponents can gain major saves if you’re hurting in that category.  On July 31st there could be as many as 10 new closers.  At no point from now until October do you have a chance for this much turn over.  Guys that could move into the closer role in under a week includes, but is not limited to:  Luke GregersonBlake Parker, Ryan Webb, James Russell, Antonio Bastardo, Carter Capps, Dale Thayer, John Axford (still even with Henderson taking over the job), Jose Cisnero, Pedro Strop and Antonio Alfonseca, because he has six fingers on each hand and you can’t ever count him out, at least not without removing your pants and a shoe.  Granted, guys like Huston Street or Tom Wilhelmsen or Glen Perkins might be traded and stay in the closer role on their new team, but that means someone else would lose their job.  Or maybe Huston Street will go to the Yankees and become the 8th inning man and Robertson moves to the 7th.  Or maybe Jonathan Papelbon goes to the Tigers and Benoit owners have to call the Ben-wambulance.  A lot could happen in the next few days or nothing, but I’d absolutely stash as many middle relievers as I could right now.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Christian Yelich – The Marlins are like the famous line from Dazed & Confused.  The older the Marlins franchise gets, their everyday players stay the same age.  If the Marlins organization is around in ten years (which I highly doubt), they’ll still be replacing 23-year-old players with 22-year-old ones.  Dietrich and Ozuna got replaced by Yelich and Marisnick this week, and next week Marisnick and Yelich will be replaced by the bat boy and foul line ball girl.  Marlins players when they first come up are like, “Oh, man, this is great, I’m with the big league team,” then within a few months they’re like, “The Marlins make me pay for my own laundry and why do they keep massaging olive oil into my skin and sprinkling me with paprika, are they going to eat me?”

Jake Marisnick – The other half of the new-NEW-new look Marlins.  61*nick is also young, dumb and full of power and the ability to run.  He’s probably still too raw, but worth the gamble in just about all leagues for upside.

Luke Scott – Moving past the barely-old-enough-to-shave Marlin players and onto a guy that will probably retire in a few years, move into a log cabin in the woods and shoot pheasants while imaging peasants.

Henry Urrutia – Here’s what I said previously about him, “Urrutia pounds balls up the middle, and coincidentally his name translates to urethra.  He looks like a solid average guy with some pop and little to no speed.  Think 20-23 homers, .300 average and 3 steals over the course of a season.  The problem is the O’s want to sit him vs. lefties (even though he is a natural righty!).  I like him, but you need to platoon him in and out of your fantasy lineup.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Michael Saunders – Took him a long time to get it started, but he’s finally looking more like a poor man’s Michael Brantley than Michael Flatley.

Cody Ross – I’m not even looking at his last week worth of stats for this recommendation.  I’m going strictly on the Hitter-Tron.  If Ross comes through this weekend, I’m going to buy the Hitter-Tron a 1,000 count box of paper clips and let him roll around in it.  No judgements!

Logan Schafer – I passed over Schafer for Khris Davis in a keeper — ma nishtanah — because I like the latter’s upside more, if latter indicates Davis, but Schafer has more immediate value taking over for Braun.  Not much, but more.

Jonny Gomes – Gomes gets crazy hot for about two weeks at a time, then falls into oblivion.  If God were Ty Wigginton, he made Gomes in his image.

Brandon Moss – You clearly know when he’s going to sit and, when he does play, he has power.  According to our Player Rater, he has the 7th most value for 1st basemen when isolating for power.  More than Fielder, Pujols, Votto, Posey, A-Gon, et al (which isn’t the Israeli airline).

Garrett Jones – If you were platooning Moss and Jones all year, you’d have 27 homers (probably not) and be winning your league (maybe, but wouldn’t necessarily be because of Jones and Moss).

Justin Smoak – On our 30-day Player Rater, Smoak has been more valuable than Votto.  Smoak also reminds me of stale feces when he’s doing poorly, so only use when hot.

Yonder Alonso – He’s been at the heart of the Padres offense– Ha!  Sorry, I tried to say that with a straight face.  Okay, let me try to think of my childhood dog, Lollipops, that was murdered right in front of me, and try to say it again.  Yonder’s been at the heart of the– Oh, forget it.  I can’t do it.

Brad Miller – In fifty at-bats for Rudy, Miller has a line of 7/2/12/.240.  Shoot, was hoping that would make the case for picking Miller up.  Well, I’d still grab him.

Adeiny Hechavarria – He’s usually a glove-first guy but he’s been swinging a Hecha-very hot bat lately.

Jonathan Villar – Will strikeout more than you in a lesbian bar trying out your tried-and-true speed dating techniques.  Though, he has speed to burn like Michael Madsen cooking a spoon.

Junior Lake – I’ll save the superlatives for what he’s done since he was called up because I don’t really know what a superlative is.  With that said, Lake has been the greatest player in the history of mankind and makes Frank Ocean wanna downsize.

Dayan Viciedo – I love him when he gets hot, and I hate him when he gets cold.  I’m fickle, y’all!

Evan Gattis – I liked him so much yesterday, I put him in my outfield, then I dropped him for Viciedo.  (I did just say I was fickle.)   I would grab Gattis again though, if I wasn’t so stupidly staying loyal to Salvador Perez.  Freakin’ Perez better attend my funeral one day.

Miguel Montero – Prior to Salvador Perez burying his fantasy value with his grandmother, I never would’ve said this, but Montero will probably be better than him too.

Wei-Yin Chen – He shouldn’t be in every single Buy column for the last month; he should just be owned.  Don’t make me come back there!

Brandon Beachy – I just went over my Beachy fantasy.  I wrote it while wondering if George Zimmerman rescued off-duty stuntmen from that flipped SUV.  Was that the craziest thing?  Am I being cynical here or was that more staged than the moon landing?

Randall Delgado – The Stream-o-Nator says Delgado will nom-nom-nom the Padres’ heart out of their chest.  Cover your love muscle Yonder!

Edwin Jackson – At the beginning of July, I said something like, Jackson is due to have a major correction to his stats and be much better than he’s been.  In July, his ERA is 1.83.  And that’s me paraphrasing me and adding proof!

Tommy Milone – His home ERA is at 3.20.  Guess where he’s pitching his next two games?  You’re smart!

Wily Peralta – Skip today’s start vs. the Rockies in Coors, then he gets a bunch of good matchups for another couple of weeks.  Beyond that little nugget to store in your head like you’re a squirrel, Peralta’s been lights out for a while now.  Not the bad lights out either, like when your lady asks you to turn the lights out after you take off your pants.  “Who’s got a treat for Lady Cougar?!”  That’s me hitting the lights at night.

SELL

Nelson Cruz – Can you feed some line of BS to your leaguemate that Cruz says he’s going to appeal his suspension and keep playing?  No?  Okay, can you hire a hypnotist to put your leaguemate under a trance and have them trade you someone for Cruz?  Unethical?  How ethical is it that Cruz is shooting ‘roids up before every at-bat?

Bryce Harper – Your emoticon is flipping around in a circle and you hear the Pac-Man dying sound.  Whomp-whomp-whomp.  (BTW, you know how they have sites with sound bites of famous sounds?  There should be a sound library of how to spell sounds phonetically.  A Phonetic library.  The top header of that site could be a librarian with her finger to her lips and it reads shush.  Or not.  Whatevs!)  So, I’m concerned about Harper’s knees.  If he is still dealing with bursitis and needing treatment months later, I think it could be a problem for the entire year.  I wouldn’t sell him in keepers, and I wouldn’t sell him in redraft leagues for a cassette single of Mellow Man Ace’s Mentirosa, but I’d look to see what I could get.

From Around The Web

  1. ManuteBologna says:
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    How are you feeling about Medlen? Does he turn it around? I’m 9th place in ERA / WHIP. I’ve recently revamped my pitching with some additions and currently stand with

    SP: Yu, Moore, Hamels, Samardzija, Peavy, JoFer, Cingrani, Medlen
    RP: Chapman, Parnell, Frieri, Brothers

    I’ve got no bench (stashed Granderson on DL) since I’ve stacked up so many pitchers to try and catch up. Would be nice to have a bench bat, is Medlen droppable though?

    Waiver bats would be guys like Gattis, Quentin, Frazier or a streamer spot for the likes of Kluber, Erasmo, Milone, Griffin (or Cobb when he gets back)

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @Grey:

        I hate him right now but I’ll listen to your mustache of reason

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @ManuteBologna:

      I know with Huddy going down, Medlen’s starting job has seemed safe, but apparently the Braves are pretty intent on getting another arm. Couple that with the fact that Medlen has added a (highly ineffective) cutter that he’s throwing a lot more often now, and it doesn’t seem like Med’s value is trending in the right direction. (Pitch preference info courtesy of fangraphs).

      That said, I’m holding out hope for Medlen, because hell, he has no trade value, and I can’t imagine dropping the dude.

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I just watched the Next Food Dud, and yeah that Bitch walked all over the Donut Man, that was f**ked up…..I’m leaving now to go grab some donuts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: she was so phony about it too, kinda sickening, don’t step on the donut man!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: he is such a super nice guy, he’s been there forever and always super chill. Is that pizza place really good?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: forty years? Yeah, that’s a lot of donuts… It’s solid, yeah, Joe’s on Sunset is better… I used to date this one girl who ate at Vito’s every day so I might be slightly bias against it…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: that’s a lot of pizza. Yeah, I’m not even 40 either. Funny it use to be called Fosters Donuts. What makes Joe’s better?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Joe’s is from New York, very pizza place there, and they opened a few pizza places here… Vito’s is a legit pizza place by a guy who never had to make pizza for New Yorkers…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: yo bada bing!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Vito is kinda douchey too…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: it is in West Hollywood

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m illegitimately biased because this girl went the every day and it drove me nuts…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: not a fan of people that like the same thing over and over again, I have friends that eat at three different restaurants, always order the same thing and the food is terrible

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, and this drove me ultra crazy because I’d be like I want to go out to dinner, and shed be like I had pizza… Literally, weeks straight!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: did she carry it well?

  3. poop says:
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    Trade CDavis for Bautista/Wainwright?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @poop: yes

  4. JDW says:
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    Just hit the rewind machine and pulled up Mentirosa – twenty seconds later I punched a co-worker in the face. The only Ace from back in the day is Master Ace and his partially grown ego.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: today you tell me something, y mañana otra cosa…

  5. Derek says:
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    Shin soo choo and kelly johnson for matt kemp and brett lawrie? I have aramis ramirez and rendon at 2nd and 3rd right now w johnson filling in for ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derek: I’d take Choo there

  6. Please rank the following, ROS, AL-only H2H standard scoring:

    Hellickson, Griffin, Kluber, Santiago, Erasmo

  7. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Thoughts on Kluber-Lang today (at home against the Rangers) Grey? His home era rocks, and apparently his bullpen session went well, so I’m guessing he’s healthy despite leaving his last outing early. Ahh, probably rolling him out, screw it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Grey:

        Ya, figured that’d be it. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  8. Tom says:
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    So I’m in a win now situation in a dynasty league. I’m planning of trading profar soler wheeler urrutia for tulo and fister. What do you think about this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should get more

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: if I try and get ryu instead of fister, is this better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Coin flip…. Go NL…

  9. Joseph says:
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    Hey there grey, have chris davis have a feeling this to good to be true story is going to be nearing its inevidable end…so here’s my question looking to move him just not sure what to shoot for. Have 2nd best record in league but each week have been consistently losing in Runs-Stolen Bases (12 team h2h BA-H-HR-RBI-R–W-WHIP-K-S-ERA)here’s my roster 2 catcher league
    Alex avila
    Carlos ruiz
    James loney
    Neil walker
    Andrelton simmons
    M.i.Kelly johnson
    Josh donaldson
    C.i.Craig allan
    Chris davis
    Andrew mcclutchen
    Michael brantley
    Michael saunders
    Larenzo cain
    U. Torii hunter
    Reserve
    Matt dominguez
    Matt kemp ahhhhhh!!!!! Damn tease
    B.j. upton ahhh even worse

    Pitchers
    Homer bailey
    Matt latos
    Patrik corbin
    Chris sale
    Anibal sanchez
    Cashner
    Relievers
    Chapman
    Jim johnson
    Paplbon
    Looking for a move that would strenghthen the best while chris davis has the value to move him for the most thanks again grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get cheaper steals than with Davis

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: this roster should give hope to all of us in one catcher leagues who punt catcher every year. you’ve got 2 guys i’ve thrown away multiple times in a 16 teamer and are still doing well.

        • Joseph says:
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          @goodfold2:
          Thanks goodfold2 I’ve def gotten lucky with some of the matchups I’ve been fortunate enough to go up against @GREY not just for steals or runs but to strengthen up a bit there’s a guy in my league that has prince fielder and king felix and is middle to lower of the pack in terms of wins in the league what do you think about offering up davis and say homer bailey for fielder and the king???

  10. Dan says:
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    I am the commissioner of my league and we just vetoed a trade that sent Mauer and Machado from the last place team to the second place team for Napoli and Panda. What are your thoughts on that? That should have been vetoed right?

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @Dan:

      close enough, IMO, to pass…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not close to vetoable

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @Dan: That trade is fine, especially in a re daft.

    • Don Mattingly III says:
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      @Dan: Ridiculously lame veto. Abuse of power, yo.

  11. sanfran1966 says:
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    SON likes CC @ $20 home v the Rays & Ryu @ $17 home v the Reds

    Would you starting both fat lefties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @sanfran1966: Ryu should be fine. I wouldn’t start CC if you’re risk averse though – he’s given up 17 ER in 21 IP vs the Rays this year and allowed 21 baserunners and 10 ER over his last two starts (9 IP).

  12. Bryan says:
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    Who would you rather have — Votto or McCutchen? Total points ESPN league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen

  13. Uggla Dickey says:
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    Whose a better back up for when (and if) Byrd stops fllying high at CF this year: Eaton, Yelich, or Lake? Loving the razzball lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yelich

  14. Q says:
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    Gotta sit 1 next week. Its a points league, so that’s why Garza is in this group of better pitchers

    Darvish home v AZ
    Moore home v SF
    Garza Home to LAA and @ Oak
    J Zimm @ MIL
    Greinke home v NYY
    C Lee home v AZ

    Thanks Greycarlo Stache-ton!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  15. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    If you owned Edwin E in a keeper league with a FA value what round pick with Frazier would you require to bite if you were in sell mode? Was thinking Frazier who is a round 24 and 8th rounder next year? 10 team OBP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You want to sell Edwin who’s a FA?

      • 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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        @Grey: Want to buy. I have Frazier or Rizzo and picks for next year to offer. He would also bite on good MiLB picks which are

        Travis D’Arnaud
        Brad Peacock
        Danny Hultzen –
        Xander Bogaerts
        Jackie Bradley

        In summary, just trying to figure out a package that someone would bite on for E5 where I can get a 1B upgrade but not give up too much.

        I could also hold tight and do nothing hoping Rizzo/Fraizer stay hot for my 1B platoon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Any of those prospects except Xander plus Frazier would be decent for Edwin…

  16. Trade Ya says:
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    In a 12-team mixed keeper (5×5) who would you rather have?

    Cano in the 4th, then 1st round, 1st round

    OR

    Segura in the 12th, 12th, 12th with Rizzo in the 11th,11th,11th

    Don’t see any reason to go more than 3 years out because I have a trading problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura

  17. abdoozy says:
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    That Brandon Beachy fantasy doesn’t exactly read like a Buy recommendation. Is this a mere reflection of the duality of man, or are there missing lines I could not see to read between?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Well, I’d grab him in NL-Only leagues and very very deep mixed leagues… But yeah I’m not excited for him

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that walk rate in the minors is scary…but I gotta roll with him, at least for now, in my 16 teamer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’ll settle in, probably not until next year, hopefully sooner for you…

  18. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Did you catch this week’s MasterChef? I’m lonely and looking for friends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I did, I want two hours every week!

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I know, that’s show’s like crack. Speaking of crack, did Krissi really think that she was saved from the pressure test because she would’ve won anyway? If so, she’s just as crazy as this chick:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhky9RGjzwc

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, she was just lying to herself, not that convincingly either… I thought they should’ve saved Brie though because the judges wouldn’t have ever kicked off Krissi because she’s good TV…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: Yeah, I agree about Brie. She’s good but not a top contender. If they made Krissi compete, it would’ve guaranteed that either a major threat (Jordan, Jesse) or a major annoyance (Krissi) was sent packing. Krissi is good TV though, can’t deny that…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, and for that reason the judges wouldn’t have sent Krissi home… She’s there until the top 3 or 4 because of the TV factor

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: You think? I’d assume that the ratings stay pretty consistent throughout the course of a full season. People would tune out if Krissi’s eliminated? It would make the show more watchable to me…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, but you don’t strain out the beans after the chili is done… No reason to risk losing flavor…

  19. OK, so how long did you carry two catchers before switching to Viciedo? Been praying for you since you broke the Commandment. Cust’kayin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only went one day with Gattis and Perez… I dropped Gattis for Viciedo before the braves game finished….

      • @Grey: Still a sin. Hope it was worth it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t make me feel guilty!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: he said he had used a catcher eligible guy at OF, because he’s also eligible at OF. Would you be telling the truth when you tell your friends (homophobe friends) you had a threesome with 2 girls the previous night even if one of them was a hermaphrodite?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  20. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Yelich, Saunders, Villar, Reddick, Urrutia, Lake,

    • JASON KATNIP says:
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      or Quentin

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        What’s the question?

        • JASON KATNIP says:
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          @Grey:

          Yelich, Saunders, Villar, Reddick, Urrutia, Lake, Quentin to fill in for Domonic Brown on DL.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yelich

            • B says:
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              @Grey: can you rank those guys as $1 keepers?

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @B: now i don’t feel so bad having dropped quentin a few weeks ago, but now have yelich as 4th OF. actually now upton is the 4th OF.

  21. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    So, since May, Zimmermann has a k/9 of around 8…is that more indicative of his skills? I would like to think so. Not too worried about his regression with ERA and WHIP lately…he is more of a 3.40/1.15 pitcher in my eyes anyways. Which is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that is about what he is… Not the sub-3 ERA he was doing though when I said to sell him

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, just was curious…I wasn’t buying into his early season low k rate. I debated selling him, but I have him for a fairly nice price in a deep keeper. In a re draft pretty sure I would have sold.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  22. jaw says:
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    would you trade fielder for jupton in a dynasty? 10 team 5×5 h2h, same cost to keep, no limit on years kept

    Keepers
    Longo
    Kemp
    Tulo
    Reyes
    Goldie
    Fielder
    Bruce

    • jaw says:
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      @jaw: rosters have 3 OF, 2 util, CI/MI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  23. The Strolg says:
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    Can anyone explain why Cargo played in the All Star Game with his sprained finger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great question

  24. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Start or sit

    Lackey @ Balt
    Hamels @ Det
    Kluber vs. Texas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start, Sit, start

  25. dk says:
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    Pick two:
    Straily vs TOR
    Cingrani @LAD
    Nova vs TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani, Nova

  26. Clint says:
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    Grey, if you had to bet your mustache one which guy ends up closing once Gregg DOES get shipped out of town, which guy would it be? Sveum seems to lean Strop, whatsayyou?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  27. JASON KATNIP says:
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    @Grey:

    Yelich, Saunders, Villar, Reddick, Urrutia, Lake, Quentin to fill in for Domonic Brown on DL.

    • JASON KATNIP says:
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      @grey got it thanks, Yelich over all

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

  28. SteveNZ says:
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    Why the effing eff didn’t I trust Meija? Just the start I was looking for. Jerome Williams has some work to do…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry about that

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Nah, it’s on me. You recommended him. Shoukd have listened!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I you didn’t listen, oh, yeah, that was your bad… Oh well, shake it off…let’s goes Jerome Williams!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Fuck you Williams.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, little ugly so far, hopefully he can patch together a decent start

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: If I’d started Meija, I’d be pretty much home and dry for the week. Not dwelling on it or anything…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, no, I hear ya…Frustrating…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: So pissed off. From that list of guys I gave you, I could have picked almost anyone OTHER than Williams and been better off.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I’ve been there…

  29. Travis says:
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    Sit/start, Bailey @LAD, Minor vs ATL? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: vs STL, but you got the meaning. Thanks!

  30. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    What the fuck is Davey Johnson doing running Ziimmerman out ther ein the 7th after he was up to 110 pitchers after the 6th? That dickhead just cost me a QS and now 2 more ER….fucking asshole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that sucks…

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Grey: If you smell fried chicken it means you’re having a stroke.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  31. Cubbie lovie says:
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    Porcello or Wei Yen Chen ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  32. Cashmoney says:
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    Grey what side do you like 12 team league
    Adam Jones/Alvarez for Machado/Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  33. flanwagon says:
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    Every week counts now if i’m going to sneak into the playoffs. Here are my pitchers… which guys should I look to drop first (in order) if I need to stream…

    Kershaw, Bumgarner, Moore, Samardzija, Lirano, T.Wood, Griffin, Colon, WYChen, Wheeler, Cingrani, Beachy

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beachy or Wheeler

  34. WWGD? says:
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    Doode, i told you not to read my email to anyone…

  35. Mr. Glass says:
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    who would you drop Sal Perez for Montero or Castro his grandmother must of been his hitting coach or something because hes been eh ever since he came back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montero

  36. Fish says:
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    Grey, standard Yahoo H2H, I have an excess of OF: Jones, Mccutch, De Aza, Cruz, and J-Upt. What can I expect to get in return for Cruz, or a Cruz-DeAza package if I don’t need to concern myself with positions?

    Thanks!
    P.S. Great line about New York vs. Holland earlier today, my favorite in some time for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Maybe Edwin? Depends what the team that needs those two has and can sell?

  37. Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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    Grilli out 4-8 weeks with a strained flexor tendon.

  38. Dave the Barber says:
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    Should I trade Longo for Wainwright? I’m hurting in hitting more than pitching but we’re talmbout Wainwright. Also I can’t break free from the middle of the pack. Maybe the pitching will give me a boost.

  39. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Chris Perez or Cole hamels to start today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  40. Andrew says:
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    Rank these SPs.

    Wei-Yei Chen, Josh Johnson, Ryan Dempster, Mark Buerlhe, Wade Miley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen, Dempster

  41. Andrew says:
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    Is Derek Jeter worth a grab and store?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure if you have an empty DL slot

  42. flanwagon says:
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    By the way, Vito’s pizza was way better when in was on Vermont back in the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But the yeast is 50 years old! See I didn’t know it on Vermont

  43. Charles says:
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    Please rank with the following categories most important: Losses, ERA, WHIP:

    Ryu (v CIN Arroyo) – $17 SoN
    Hamels (@DET Fister) – $12.5
    Moore (@NYY Hughes) – $9.6
    Erasmo (v MIN Gibson) – $9.6
    G Cole (@MIA Fernandez) – $2.8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu, Cole

      • Charles says:
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        @Grey: No Miggy, no Torii; still No Camels?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  44. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    It looks like my chances of acquiring a closer are done, damn this league over values closers. I usually play SAGNOF, but this year it didn’t work out. I might want to re-think closer draft strategy next year. I got offered Uehara for my Scherzer, that sums up this leagues value on closers, or the way they like to trade, f**king me while I blow them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a terrible trade… You gotta stash some MRs now…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: oh I have, but it might be too little too late. what’s our term for the closer hoarders, those that over value closers, those that try to win saves by 30, the closer nuts, the guys that want top talent for some schmo they got off waivers two weeks ago?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          MR. B’s middle reliever believers…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I think that’s more fitting for Steve MR approach, the closer guys a e like the guys on pawn stars that walk in with something old and worthless and want $100,000 for it just because it’s old. Dellusional Over Used Closers High-priced Evaluation or D.O.U.C.H.E for short

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Yeah, there’s always one of those… “This has been in the family some 1952.” “Sir, it’s an empty box of Tide. Throw it away.”

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m going to throw D.O.U.C.H.E. into my comments.

                “I found this brick in the house I moved into and it has 1945 scratched into it”….. “yeah it’s a brick that a kid with a nail got a hold of and scratched”

                “This is the actual shirt that Carrot Top wore in the movie Chairman of the Board……Sir, Get out of my shop”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Carrot Top! “This is the same inclinator that Mr. Top rides on his way to work.” Overheard at the Luxor…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I have never seen a comedian, or even a show a Vegas, but I would love to see that inclinator

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You never rode it? It’s hilarious… An elevator that goes diagonal… You’re like, “Cool, this is awesome, I feel woozy.” In the span of five seconds.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: ah, that reminds me of a girl I banged once….once!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I went back for about two months…

  45. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Juan Lagares! 10team NL only ROTO… D brown on the DL need to grab an OF to replace. What do you think of him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try him, but when young returns there’s gonna be a PT squeeze for him…

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense. Do you have any believe in Nate Eovaldi? I’m so fracking sick of Gallardo and Eovaldi is on waviers tonight. Right now I’m ready to make the swap… Talk me out of it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Switch them up…

          • Jiggy Nits says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for helping me sleep a little better at night.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  46. Andrew says:
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    Tyler Chatwood or Marlon Byrd for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

  47. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Perez and Nolasco for Homer bailey, side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  48. Art Vandelay says:
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    What do you think about dealing Garza for a top-end closer (e.g. Nathan)? I have an abundance of starters and looking to make up ground on saves and ratios. Fair or should I ask for more for Garza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent, if you need saves, go for it…

  49. JASON KATNIP says:
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    juan lagares gonna take EYJR spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  50. sanfran1966 says:
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    Grey – You still like Segura (24) over Hanley (36) for the rest of the season?

    HanRam seems to be playing at another level…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Segura… It’s apples and apples…

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m trying to package Segura & a starter for a legit closer and a comparable player to Segura.

        Thanks for the insight and enjoy the games this weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  51. Dingbat says:
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    Been offered Pedro Alvarez for Mujica. I do need HR/RBI, but I think that’s a pretty meh return. I’ve got 5 closers (Nathan, Holland, Parnell, Perez, and the Chief) and Zimmerman/Machado in 3B/Util. Reject?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, reject

  52. Mike says:
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    Any chance Mejia stick in the Mets rotation after todays start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, no real room… I’ll say maybe, but doubtful…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Just a little fyi.. just read on rotoworld that Terry Collins hinted at a six man roto to keep Mejia in it.

        • Mike says:
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          @Mike: Im going to pick him up to see how things shake out… who would u drop for him Erasmo, Edwin Jackson or Josh Johnson?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Josh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That wouldn’t be bad for all involved…

  53. Pappy says:
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    Rebuilding time.

    12 team h2h points, linear weights contract league(+$4 per year) 10 keepers.

    What are your thoughts on sending my Prince ($36, contract due for 2014) for his Tavares ($1, contract due for 2014) and Wheeler ($3, contract due for 2015).

    Enough? Fair? Should I throw in Apricot Juice ($1, contract due for 2015)? Rizzo will take over first for me next year.

    Muchas gracias!

    P.S. I still constantly sing “CANT FIND A BETIMET” Thanks for that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent, can throw in Juice if you like; he’s supposedly retiring ..

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    I need to know how to respond to this trade offer in my 16 Team H2H Keeper. We keep 5, I’m in 14th out of 16 and had made it known that my lesser players (that could be beneficial to others) might be available. So I get this offer:

    Get: Ibanez/Melky/Reynolds
    Give: Stanton/Machado

    I have my 5 keepers basically set: Goldy, Tulo, Stanton, Jones, JUpton. Machado is a fringe that I’m hoping to tank the rest of the season to get first pick and take him back. There’s obviously no way in f***ing hell that I’m taking that deal. How do I respond? That’s one of the worst deals I’ve ever had offered to me. Do I just decline? Decline with a smartass comment? Basically call this guy everything under the sun? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ignore it…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: I think I’m just going to leave it open and not do anything. That’s just friggin insulting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s a pretty miserable offer…

  55. nathan says:
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    would you drop rendon for david freese? if so would you use a #4 ww priority on him?

    thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  56. Charles says:
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    Both guys not in the real starting lineups, but I have to start one. Who has the better chance of adding any value?

    Eaton v SD
    JUpton v STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  57. PaulR says:
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    H2H points league, I can get Cain and Rosario for Posey and Teheran. Feels worth it, especially since Teheran might hit a wall and be unusable for the playoffs. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  58. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1.all of scott/yelich/choo/miller are facing lefty’s today. which two play. at least 1 has to be an OF.
    2. of these guys who’s top 2 for ROS save opps.
    fear the beard
    thayer
    cisnero
    clippard
    storen
    3. out of willy p./kazmir/c.torres who gets pickup up first. likely dropping erasmo after his next start, unless he’s GREAT. Actually, even if he is great he’s still getting dropped, those other guys have way better matchups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo 2. Cisnero, Thayer 3. Wily

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: 1.which other one out of scott/miller/yelich plays today as well
        2. good to know soriano’s job is safer than i was reading about yesterday
        3. sorry, just noticed willy’s gone. kazmir or c.torres first pickup? guessing kazmir due to short term matchups coming.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Scott’s out of the lineup… Already announced… 3. Kazmir

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: so they just plain bench him against lefties then. except for the 64 or however at bats he’s had total this year against lefties. Miller or Yelich at util then.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: nevermind, i’ll have to replace upton with yelich anyway.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yelich

  59. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    what the hell happened to murphy on the mets? i’m playing against him in a 10 teamer and he’s being started, and the owner is actually correct to do this. didn’t this guy used to be like the ho hum 18-25th best 2b, with pretty much no homers or steals. pretty much a weaker last year’s keppinger, with more doubles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just a hot bat right now…

  60. goodfold2 says:
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    i love the level of stupidity and/or lying going on with managers. They could just say they don’t know when asked about these things. Yesterday SEA manager says Zunino’s hand is just a bruise and likely would be back today, but now it’s a broken bone on to DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s ridiculous… Like this for every team and every player… Espinosa was day-to-day with a broken wrist… Oh-kay…

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        @Grey:

        Maybe we should start worrying about Miggy, Cargo..

        • Jason Katnip says:
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          @Jason Katnip:

          Bryce, Dom…

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Jason Katnip: you should always worry about cargo.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: out 6 weeks, glad i got his last really useful day back on monday when i dropped him for zunino but still got the monday stats.
      asked JB about this earlier but now that i’ve dropped Wandy (not looking ready to come back yet) and put Dom in DL have room in 10 teamer for another decent SP or RP. Already have Bastardo/both Jans(s)ens/Uehera/Wilhelmsen and these are open
      gregerson
      cisnero
      strop
      parker
      f-rod
      fear the beard
      downs
      Or could grab one of these SP
      kazmir (2 good starts coming up)
      nicasio (probably not)
      willy P
      santiago
      miley
      carlos torres
      eovaldi
      mejia

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: i mean, dropped zunino for phegley, may go over to Mesoraco soon, but wanna see if they start hanigan 40% of the time again, like before. can’t own a C who plays 40-60% of the time. Unless you want to own 2 catchers, which i do not.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Do you need some stats specifically? These guys are all over the place… Go Gregerson until July 31st for saves…Kazmir otherwise

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: really more long term outlook in case dom’s concussion lasts a while. those things sometimes do. see morneau, that was the most pussy looking hit to the head and it still cost him 1.5 years. People’s skull strength varies a LOT. i’ve wacked my head on all sorts of stuff and have never exhibited concussion symptoms. And due to hockey/football i’ve read a lot about those.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            John McDonald barely hit him and he missed three years…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: was it that long. I remember watching the play, he barely got forearmed to the head, with not that much force at all. It definitely affected his performance forever since. Or he just seriously aged in those 3 years.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @goodfold2: sad thing is, whatever ability your skull/brain has to sustain hits, that stuff can’t be learned or trained. Not like watching that arm get bigger from pullups.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It was about two years…

  61. Jason Katnip says:
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    Luke Scott and Chris Perez for Eric Hosmer, side ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer side

  62. 7/2/12/.240 in 50 AB = 70/24/120 in 500 ABs. Hitting leadoff, he’ll be lucky to hit at a 60 RBI pace but there’s still some value at MI…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have a Google Alert set up for when I mention you? Yeah, it’s not bad, that’s why I’m saying to pick him up, I did think he was doing better though… Skewed by the fact that you picked him up for his 2 homer game and that’s really all he’s done…

  63. yeshcheese says:
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    So ive been rolling with Hechavarria for the last couple weeks with Omar I on the DL, and I have to say, for a hot schmotato, he gets a bad Rep. Far from yawnstippating!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, cause you haven’t owned him all year when he was batting 8th for the Marlins…

      • Yeshcheese says:
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        @Grey: true! But maybe Rudy is on to something with streaming positions where you lack strong talent. C, MI most likely.

        Grab a box of paper clips hitter tron! Lets DO IT

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  64. Rye or the Kaiser Soze says:
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    JZimm or Latos ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  65. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    And this chair. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, and this magazine, and the chair. And that’s all I need!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  66. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade Josh Donaldson for any of these closers?

    Balfour, Melancon, Soriano, Jansen?

    • Andrew says:
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      @Andrew:

      Kenley Jansen*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soriano, Jansen

  67. goodfold2 says:
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    ok ohlendork/delgado/chatwood, it’s time for the evil curse eye to maim all of your stats for the sake of my team.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: yeah sure mets you can beat the crap out of good pitchers like zimm, but ohlendork gets you guys out easy. GET HIM METS!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: how is he out K’ing Kluber by this much? WTF!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ridiculous

  68. jared says:
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    I was hoping lawrie could take over second base from Rickie weeks soon. Since that won’t happen will any of these players provide more value then weeks ros? Brian roberts,mark Ellis, Anthony rendon, Gordon beckham, Neil walker, Dustin ackley. Please put them in order of preference.
    Thanks

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @jared: rendon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ellis for a few days then reevaluate…

  69. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    per yesterdays conversation, i’m going to hold on Lake, but I’m thinking of dropping Villar and continue playing Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s probably the safer move…

  70. Mike says:
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    Better pickup for my UTIL spot (no specific categories needed)… Villar, Matt Adams, Michael Saunders or Smoak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  71. Jason says:
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    Grey! You going to the Little League WS in my hometown of Livermore? Let’s setup a fantasy league! BTW check out Japan’s sweet uni’s… ‘FU-CHI’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Will do!

  72. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Odds of CC hitting the Disgraceful List before his next start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      40%

  73. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Don’t forget to buy the paddle game

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Btw, Featherbottom that sponsor icon is for the forums, you in there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m being somebody in Indiana until Sunday… Help me…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: ah ha. Visiting papa cougs and mama cougs. Be sUre to wear you hoosier

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Yeah, so far I’ve seen their house and a Hampton Inn, where I am now…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: be on the lookout for the taco bell/kfc/pizza hut combotraunt.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think that’s where today’s bridal shower is…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: oooh, taco’s and chicken wings!

                Every time I think of Indiana I think of the movie Breaking Away

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… Yeah, that’s one of Cougs favorite movies and at least three people who know I’m from LA keep saying to go see where it was filmed… Yay!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: the Univerity of Indiana in Bloomington……that movie was a childhood staple, Kelly Leak was a rebel in everything! There is also Hoosiers, that’s a bad ass sports flick

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We just drove by Peyton’s house… Wake me when I’m back in LA…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: is it the humidity or the boredum?…..maybe you can find an old rock quarry to jump into

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Boredom… Look up the lyrics for bottle rockets song Indianapolis, it captures it…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Heroin must be big there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      There’s no other way to survive for longer than a week…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: please come back before next friday

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I return tomorrow, thankfully…

  74. Andy says:
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    Hey, love the site.

    Quick thoughts…16 team keeper. Would you condone trading Altuve for Adam Jones.
    2B is weak and short, even though Jones is better hitter

    yeh or neh?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take jones…

  75. goodfold2 says:
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    as bad as capps has been you really think he’ll have any chance at closing, even if wilhelmsen gets moved? it would have to take kaiser and perez getting moved, maybe even medina too for that, i would think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bet medina…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: you mentioned capps in the post as possibly being a closer due to trade deadline stuff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he could be… It’s a mess in Seattle…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is a mess though free Wilhelmsen

  76. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i really shouldn’t have stuck with arcia over quentin when quentin had that home stand a few weeks ago, before arcia forgot how to hit. Quentin had been on waivers long enough i thought even if i wanted him i could get him back. His OPS is so bad at home vs road.

  77. goodfold2 says:
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    there’s daniel F’ing murphy giving away harvey’s lead. i really would like an ohlendork loss here, probably more than harvey owners would like a harvey win. either way it sucks for both types.

  78. goodfold2 says:
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    now weeks leads off. Why? Somebody played darts to fill out the lineup card tonight.

  79. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think I am just about out of leash for Adam LaRoche. The Nationals were pretty much everybody’s preseason pick, yeah? The Harper thing is going to be aggravating rest of season trying to manage around his days off.

    Mutts don’t score much for Harvey much, do they? Enjoying my Tilman stream so far tho.

    Aloha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aloha! I’m in Indiana right now, switch?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Kauai. Snorkeled a beautiful reef all morning. And that’s not a euphism for anything.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I’m going to Steak ‘n Shake tomorrow… Booya!

  80. jason batteiger says:
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    here goes kluber imploding.

  81. Nick Swishersweet says:
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    Would you add Chris Tillman for nolasco, lackey, brothers, Ziegler, Henderson, Perez, melancon, I have 7 closers now, I should trade them right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For nolasco

  82. goodfold2 says:
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    if i would’ve known that my opponent’s staff (this is usually a 4 era team) of chatwood/buerhle/ohlendork/lohse/hudson/lynn would’ve been this good at K’s and beating my ERA I wouldn’t have benched Milone/Cole/Peavy. Hadn’t Lynn been terrible for like a month and Buerle like most of year. I really am a magic tonic for these bums.
    1. Will be dropping Eraser for Kazmir
    2. Hefner dropped for Milone or C.Torres good idea?
    Most weeks Chatwood has just over 1 K in 2 innings. 5 today. God damn MIL sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. For Milone

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: gotta hope nobody picks up Milone by 12:30 am central or so, i only have 1 pickup left for week, need to save it in case of trades. So kee p Hefner for his monday start @MIA or just steer clear of that one too? I’ll drop Hef early on Mon morning anyway (when pickups reload) but i’ll still have him for Mon’s stats.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, that start is fine on Monday

  83. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    “Turner and Brown converged trying to chase down Denard Span’s popup leading off the bottom of the first. Turner somehow managed to make the catch, but both players smashed heads together during the scary exchange. Though shaken, both players remained in the game.” Wow, Mets could lose some good players here.Might want to be careful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yikes

  84. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    apparently cliff lee’s gonna miss his next start due to neck problem. Wonder if that explains his last 2 starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Geez

  85. Stantonovation says:
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    Gee @ Washington
    Or
    Nova @ tb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

  86. ferris says:
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    nl only – stacked team

    medlen or g cole ROS?

    medlen or t Rosenthal ROS?

    what do you think of attempting to trade medlen for bj up?

    what about medlen and belt for the injured kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen on all of those… I’d gamble on Kemp there…

  87. The Red Cyclones says:
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    Offered Cliff Lee and Segura for McCutchen, guy countered by also asking for Fowler. I’m in 1st in a 10-team h2h and Lee isn’t even my best starter, I pulled the trigger and the commish approved it an hour before Lee was scratched for a “stiff neck.” I felt the Adverb is due for some heavy regression, who won this trade?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: his last 2 starts don’t qualify him enough for this regression you speak of? He isn’t like chatwood or marquis or gropper Gaudin, one of those guys who haven’t been great pitchers for years all of a sudden having good era’s. He’s been an ace for years now. Isn’t it a bit more likely that neck thing is why he’s allowed more homers last 2 starts than probably any 2 starts of his career than say, i don’t know, the neck thing. Peavy’s ERA would be 3.18 if not for the 2 starts where he played injured, and knew it.
      Not saying I know Lee was injured during those 2 bad starts, but he sure could’ve been. People gotta figure out this isn’t like hockey, where being able to only give 70% or so still helps the team if you are a good player. With pitchers it certainly does not, really it hurts the team probably almost all of the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You paid a lot for McCutchen

      • The Red Cyclones says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I guess all I can do is hang on and hope that he’s enough of an upgrade at CF. FWIW Segura was my third SS.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i’m not saying you definitely lost, but anybody with the balls to ask for fowler too should be told to shut up, in a nice way. If Lee comes back from whatever this neck thing is (and he may not), there’s no reason he won’t perform at a very high level for rest of season. And you’ve seen Segura be the top 3 SS of the season.

  88. Whoops says:
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    starting Kluber was a mistake. Streaming sux……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  89. Last Place Larry says:
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    Keeper league. Need to trade one of these 3 to get yelich. They all are $1 this year. Wondering which 2 are most likely to be closers come next year.

    Dave Robertson
    Drew Smyly
    Justin Wilson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Wilson

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Last Place Larry: it’s almost a fact robertson is a closer next year. This ain’t the old let’s go triple somebody’s contract to steal the biggest free agent at every position. Well it is if it was the bigger free agents from 7 years ago.

  90. WakeNbake says:
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    Who’s the best pickup ROS?.. Viciedo, Marisnick, Leonys Martin, Mike Saunders.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viciedo

  91. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Longoria and Yu for Cargo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo side

  92. Al Bundy says:
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    Josh Johnson vs Houston tomorrow. SON loves it: 16.7
    Already set to stream Gee @ Washington: 1.2

    Can you see dropping Gee for Johnson? Just seems wrong.

    Heads up. Cliff Lee scratched from tomorrow’s start with a stiff neck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Johnson… Thanks on the heads up!

  93. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    what’s worse than getting beat by a 2nd worst team. When that team really doesn’t have the effort to pick up people to improve his 4 ERA team (6 pickups over 15 weeks); but now that he’s beating the crap outta me decides to stream delgado/ohlendorf/morton; and along with insanely good starts out of lohse/chatwood/buerle/lynn, i’m now behind in wins/k’s/era/whip even with a pretty decent era/whip of 2.37/1.07 so it’s working.

  94. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    thanks allen/smith for blowing up a 4 run kluber lead. that could be the week in wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Allen crapped on my ratios…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: jesus, so you own kluber and had allen double F you. ECK.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I dropped Kluber after his last start, didn’t want any part of tonight

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: wasn’t terrible, actually pretty ok till last inning (6th?) Just no K’s though like those K machines chatwood/buehrle/ohlendork.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  95. goodfold2 says:
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    just as Hill looks great again (3 doubles and a homer since yesterday) he’s out again with i don’t know what.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: Apparently tight hamstring. we may be lucky.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  96. goodfold2 says:
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    about 5 weeks or so ago i was like in 4th almost 3rd in 16 teamer. now with these guys being terrible,
    gyorko (looks like babip type problems since returning from injury, was great before it)
    catchers phegley 1-11 with a single this week (avila/ruiz/zunino/hanigan/mesoraco/ earlier versions)
    upton (other than april 1-27th)
    aramis aging about 10 years since last year
    rutledge (who also kept me from picking up franklin, obv not on team now)
    i have a real chance to not even get 8th out of 16, even with a top 3 pitching staff in this league (and did not draft early pitchers either). If teams are like children, this one’s either the genius who looks like a circus freak, or the dumb as rocks beauty. I need to adapt another one to let this one take a long nap.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: hitting lines from mon to today
      .343
      .273
      .242
      .208
      .080
      like that guy in pit and pendulum.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, blade’s getting closer…

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Grey: tomorrow’s 1-32
          sun’s 0-37

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: won’t be that many sun at bats, phegley’s last day on my team (probably) will be another off day, even though he was off today. watch, it’s the way i’m rolling. now with bailey i’ll be tied in losses too. I probably won’t get swept but only winning saves now. 1-11-1. falling into a 1 game lead for 8th and last playoff spot. not set in stone as i’m only down 1 run/4 rbi’s/1 homer/2 wins/barely losing era/tied in losses. Goldy now 3 k’s 0-5 today to make me 2-30.

  97. Alex says:
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    14 team keeper league, keep 12, draft a total of 25, D Jennings or W Myers ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

  98. Brandon says:
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    Grey, when Beachy comes off the DL Monday, I have to drop a pitcher. I either drop him or one of the following options. Thoughts? 1st choice? 2nd choice? Thanks!

    Cingrani
    Medlen
    Hefner
    Lynn
    Porcello
    Erasmo (his start Sunday could force the decision after the first two)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

      • Brandon says:
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        @Grey: But you said he was the second coming? LMAO!

  99. Kyle says:
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    Hey Grey I’m looking to pick up 2 Starting pitchers (redraft league) I was hoping you could rank Archer, Nova, Chens (both), Peralta, Griffin (at home). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wei-Yin Chen, Griffin at home…

  100. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – I’m originally from Indiana. Where you at?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It all looks the same to me…. Carmel, I’m told…

  101. cheerio says:
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    Miggy

    Or

    Cespedes & Machado

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This year? I’d gamble on Machado side if I needed an OF

  102. SteveNZ says:
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    Truly terrible effort from Goldy today.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @SteveNZ: He can’t hit 3 run bombs every night man.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Iknow, I know. Be nice if he got at least 1 of the 17 hits though.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: i don’t care if he’s having good at bats, eventually that’ just babip. but the 3 k’s aren’t praiseworthy.

          • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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            @goodfold2: It happens…I don’t really complain much with bad games here and there when players are being a boss like him. He’s human…I think.

            • Terse

              Terse says:
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              @JoeMorgan’sMustache: every so very very slightly, Goldschmidt’s gotten a little frustrating. 0/5ers are murderers in weekly leagues

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ticker tease!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: part of my now 2-31 day with the mvp being dj lemeheiu 0-4, but he got 2 rbi’s and a run, my only counting stats. i’m set up real nice to go anywhere from 0-11-1 anywhere to 5-8. If I keep hitting like this and get 1 more save i’ll go at best 3-10. Worst episode ever….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My middle relief corps (Medina and Cody Allen) killed my spirit…

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    So Indiana, huh? I’m about an hour from the southern part of Indiana. If you aren’t close to Indianapolis or Evansville, then it’s a pretty miserable state. And Evansville is pushing it only because they have a shitty casino where you can play $5 blackjack all night long.

    Anyway, I’m fighting for the last playoff spot in my shallow league. Wondering if there are any FA moves that need to be had (or lineup changes). Gonna toss the whole roster out there just for clarity’s sake. My apologies in advance.

    C – McCann
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Utley
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – Davis
    OF – Jennings
    UTIL – Marte
    UTIL – Hanley
    BN – Pedro

    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Minor
    SP – Gio
    RP – Mujica
    RP – Benoit
    P – Parnell
    P – Melancon
    P – Henderson
    BN – Moore
    BN – Hellickson
    BN – Kluber
    BN – Bailey

    Available bats: Franklin, Hosmer, Lawrie (who now has 2nd base eligibility in Yahoo), C.Crawford, Reddick, D.Murphy

    Available arms: Dickey, Lester, EJax, Straily, Griffin, Leake, Kazmir, Wheeler, Hefner, Cishek

    ***or is there one of my SPs that you’d dump for a streamer spot to play the hot arm/bat?

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    Thanks man. Haven’t been on much lately with some family stuff, so figured I’d lump it into one gigantic question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know if it’s north or south, to be honest… I’m in Carmel, told I’m near ‘polis… Murphy over Utley… Kazmir over Hellickson…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: ha, you’re not north or south. You’re central. That’s the rich ‘burbs of Indianapolis. Although it probably looks like Skid Row compared to some of the shizz you see in SoCal.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Yeah, it’s boring as shizz…. Now I know why they call it Naptown…

  104. SteveNZ says:
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    SON likes Capuano v CIN ($11.3) over Porcello v PHI ($6.8) for Sunday.

    Does Grey concur?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t… I’d flip them…

  105. SteveNZ says:
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    Done already Williams? Thanks a lot. *gives self an uppercut*

  106. Jason Katnip says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Tillman, EJax, or Chatwood:

    Drop Nolasco, Lackey ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chatwood…Nolasco

  107. Jason Katnip says:
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    Dang, EJax moving into FIP don’t kill vibe territory. May have to add him.

    • Jason Katnip says:
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      @Grey or Kazmir

      I have:
      Scherzer
      Weaver
      Hamels
      Kluber
      Lackey
      Nolasco

      My utl is open because dom DL, should I add Ejax or Yelich. I am trying to trade some of my 7 closers in a 2/1 to open up a roster spot which makes me think of grabbing a SP now is better

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jason Katnip: show which closers, so grey/others can advise on which, if any, to trade.

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        Balfour, Ziegler, Melancon, Henderson, Perez, Janssen, Brothers,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is this a question?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        @Grey:

        So add Ejax instead of Yelich for now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Apples and oranges… Sure, if that’s what you need

  108. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Grey, dude you read my mind with that George Zimmerman shit. I don’t believe it. That has got to be media trying to counter react the uproar of the verdict. But on to more important real shit, fantasy baseball.

    I’ve got Brian Wilson, John Axford, Luke Gregerson, Pedro Strop, and JJ Putz. The only real closer I posses is Mujica that I acquired from a Puig trade I just did two weeks ago. (Puig for Scherzer and Mujica) Should I bail on SVs and trade Mujica now for something?

    If you want me to post my roster I will, just didn’t wanna flood you
    -Love the articles man, greatest things to blaze to and read at the end of watching some baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!… Thanks! Yeah, trade Mujica for something if you can’t come close to the next guy in saves…

      • Jayrod Ceol says:
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        @Grey: Thank you mate. One quick one, who would you rather have in 14team H2H utility. Swisher/Alonso/Vicideo/Michael Saunders.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vicideo

          • Jayrod Ceol says:
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            @Grey: Mucho gracias senor!

            You and myself share the same love for Giancarlo, I told the guy in my league, name his price on him and I’ll pay it.

            You think Alex Gordon, Jason Heyward, and Mujica is too much for Giancarlo or too litte, or just right? I was also considering Rios in a move for him but I love Rios ever since his Blue Jay days and hes been outright amazing besides the past couple weeks. I was also trying to snipe Yu Darvish off of him, but pretty sure he’d be all like, “Sniper! No sniping!” and just end all talks completely ha.

            Let me know your input and what you think is reasonable.

            Roster
            c-Roasrio
            1-Goldy
            2-Lawrie/Walker
            3-Frazier
            s-Tulo
            o-Gordon
            o-CarGo (COL)
            o-Heyward
            u-Rios
            u-Urrutia/Vicideo

            p-Kershaw
            p-Scherzer
            p-Samardzja
            p-Cobb
            p-Beachy
            p-Wheeler

            Much love Grey <3

  109. Sharky says:
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    Harper for Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  110. letsgobravos says:
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    So much for winning any offensive cats other than steals this week. Opponent has Murphy and Encarnacion. 6 runs, 4 homers and 10 fucking RBIs from those two today. ridiculous.

  111. EK says:
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    Rank:

    W. Chen vs HOU, vs SEA

    Kazmir vs CWS, @ MIA

    Griffin vs TOR, vs TEX

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did…

  112. Paul says:
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    Hey G,

    drop Eaton, Quentin, or Alonso in 12 team H2H?
    7×7 Hits Ops

    need the spot with Holliday coming back

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Paul: quentin, though I don’t think many would agree

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  113. Matt says:
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    My O needs a shot in the arm

    Currently have laroche and fat adams

    would you replace either of them with schierholts (vs Righties) or yonder?

    7×7 with ops and slg

    gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz for Adams…

  114. Larry says:
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    Yo, greetings. Thanks for the site.

    Drop Weeks for any of these fellas at MI?

    Ackley, B Rob, beckham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d hold there…

  115. liz says:
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    hey, thx for the great posts.

    got offered matt holiday for my cespedes.

    cespedes is really frustrating to own lately and im thinkin about pulling the trigger.

    what ur thoughts?

    thanks.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @liz: I’d definitely do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Sounds fair, I wouldn’t….

  116. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    Miller – those are actually really good counting stats for a 240 hitter. and a homer every 25 at bats from a ss isn’t anything to sneeze at either, without pollen added.

    16 team league. some geezer just dropped jeff baker. I know you can only use against lefties, but good god is this guy good against those. anyway, should i use the 6th waiver claim, the guy at #1 claim can’t get him ahead of me since he dropped him for alex torres. I would have to drop one of Miller/scott/smyly/robertson. Or I could try waiting the extra 3 days till end of trade deadline then drop bastardo for him, assuming he doesn’t become closer and that way wouldn’t have to use claim.
    also check this out: other than “looking good” this may be more concrete “The Pirates, Diamondbacks, A’s, Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies and Cardinals were among the teams who scouted his throwing session on Thursday, but there are other teams rumored to be interested as well. Those who are speculating for saves in deeper mixed leagues could want to stash Wilson now in case he winds up in a situation where he could close.”

    1. Would this be enough to grab him now. Could drop Robertson or Smyly or even Hefner (but if i drop Hefner I’d not only be losing his good monday start, but not getting Milone back without droping one of Smyly/Robertson). Robertson is semi-replaceable as Clippard/Fien are also out there. somewhat worried one of the other 5 watchful members of this league pounce by like noon or just before. It is last pickup of week, so if any big closer trade was made before Sun night i’d miss it.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: make the baker question number 2. i forgot to specify.

  117. goodfold2 says:
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    I’m coming around to the idea that 3.5-5 days a week of mesoraco may be worth more than 6-6.5 days a week of phegley/avila/ruiz.
    any of these good ideas to pursue?
    1. an upgrade of the type of catcher I could trade Upton for be better. what level of C would that even be if so? Waiver OF’ers like Saunders etc are better than Upton now.
    2. Upton for Rios?
    3.This owner did want closer upgrade. Upton/Perkins for Rios/Janssen? Or could wait to see if I can pick up one or 2 new closers over next five days and package 1 of them with Upton for good OF.
    4 None and just wait to see what shakes out by deadline.
    Non-keeper league obv. Not trading upton like this in keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Rios 3. Rios

  118. cheese and mustard; it's not just for dinner anymore says:
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    i’m guessing since aybar is playing a lefty today, miller is better start if you need runs particularly. Even though Miller hasn’t been good lately. Getting killed in most everything but only by 1 in runs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  119. harkrider says:
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    I just traded Frieri for Marte in a keeper league. My other closers are Wilhelmsen, Romo, Holland, Melancon. Which possible closer on your list should I add:

    I picked up Gregerson to replace Frieri, but would you recommend one of the other ones over him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade… I’d hold Gregerson for now…

      • harkrider says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  120. mUshi says:
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    coco crisp and casey janssen too much for austin jackson? i have kimbrel, melancon, henderson and ziegler as my other closers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably a tad too much…

      • mUshi says:
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        @Grey: thanks! how about cargo, lee for king felix, puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair…

  121. Jason says:
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    Need a streamer for today.

    SON seems to like haren or josh Johnson more than milone and by a decent $ amount.

    I have a hard time picking either up.
    Who is your recommendation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Milone

  122. Joseph says:
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    Hey grey what do you think about offering up chris davis and homer bailey for prince fielder and felix hernandez Idoubt he’ll bite but worth a shot???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it…

  123. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. baker worthy of pickup in 16 teamer
    2. M.A. Gonzalez signed by PHI,not L.A. Worthy of grab. you mentioned him a few days back.
    3.i’m guessing we still shouldn’t care about fear the beard, even with news he’s “getting offers today”?
    4. if original plan was to drop erasmo and hefner on mon morning (keeping hefner’s mon stats) for Kazmir and Milone, but now Kazmir’s gone, would it be better to hold one of hefner/erasmo or replace with Mcallister? he looked bad but was coming off injury and has 2 cake matchups in wsox/mia. also C.Torres and Jordan available here. Or could use spot for another pre-closer opp.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: depending on the answers, the answer to 2 could be the one to 4 as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold on all of these…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: so the one to keep at this point is hefner, (erasmo dropped for milone) since erasmo’s next couple of starts are terrible matchups. Of course Milone’s next (not today) is vs TEX.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  124. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    ruiz still has 0 homers. last year sure was some kind of blip, huh?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: even brantly and jose molina have more than that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  125. Doc says:
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    I give Harvey and I get tulo, is this as fair as it sounds? Part of me almost feels like I should get more for Harvey. Whatdya think?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Doc: guessing your opponent hasn’t heard of innings cap. of course maybe you haven’t heard about tulo’s body. He hit his funny bone on a table last night….. Just kidding.

      • Doc says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: hah exactly we are both banking on something. I’d rather take the chance tulo stays healthy because I follow the mets pretty closely and they’ve made it very known Harvey’s innings are capped. I’m first in era whip and ks and 3rd in wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tulo

  126. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My Longo/Koji his Trout? H2H points.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Same league. Belt or Peavy. Arenado would slide into MI spot.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Peavy, it’s fair depending on needs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  127. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    Luke Scott is having that cool off period we were expecting but it’s not as much from bad hitting, i think only 6 at bats this week, what with left handeds and rain/ but UPDATE “Scott is day-to-day with back/shoulder stiffness, out of very good matchup today.” Damn I needed those stats. Now I’ll be running 2 SS’s out there.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: he appears to have injured his back from being bored. 3 days off out of 5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he had to face a few lefties this week…

  128. Harbinger says:
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    drop gyorko 4 moustakas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  129. Knighttown says:
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    This is the post I’ve been waiting for as I need to scavenge closers! Which few of the names listed in the opening blurb would you recommend speculating on if you need saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson… Depends who’s available in your league…

  130. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    My Util spots need some work so I was wondering what you thought of this trade.

    I give Kinsler + Hanley Ramirez + Garza

    I get Carlos Gomez + Pedroia + Ian Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  131. AJ says:
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    Which SS would you target via trade.. Tulo or Rollins? Willing to part with Puig, Myers or Soriano…or would you rather hit the wire ?…Miller, Simmons, Villar available…

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: oh and that’s Rafael Soriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d just grab Miller

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: coo thanks..and then if Xander gets called up by the sox that’s another option!!! Hahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem…

  132. Knighttown says:
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    Getting offered a temporary closer only for Jeter. I do need saves. Would you agree to either Brothers or Melancon?

    Once Jeter is activated I’d be dropping Miller or Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melancon

  133. Jason Katnip says:
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    Wheeler, Chatwood, Kazmir, De la rosa, TIllman, or EJax. Have to choose one to add now.

    • Jason Katnip says:
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      @grey

      or Chris ARcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        @Grey:

        Or Ivan Nova?.

  134. Eddy says:
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    Josh Johnson. What in the world happened to you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The AL, and injuries

  135. Fa Fa Flunky says:
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    Out of the MRs you mention in the piece, Russell, Cisnero, Parker, Strop, Webb and Capps are available in my league. Any ideas on the relative likelihood of these scrubs getting a job? Dartboard approach? Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our inane questions.

    p.s. I live in an even more boring part of IN, you have my sympathy. Carmel is as good as it gets.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks… Danny Roundfield is next door to us, whoever that is… Cisnero, Parker, Strop

  136. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Is Headley droppable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  137. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Trying to speculate on SVs and also play defense against the Street owner–grab Gregerson or Thayer? Is it uncertain enough that I should grab both at the expense of Axford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson, Axford

  138. Jon says:
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    I have Bastardo on my team already. Drop him or Alex Wood for Gregerson, Parker, Webb, Russell, Capps, Thayer or Cisnero?

    If they get the closer job soon, awesome, if not I can use those spots for streamers or whatever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood for Gregerson…

  139. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    With Holliday coming off the DL i have to drop someone to activate him. Who should I drop: Nova, Doubront, AHill, Kendrys Morales, Locke, De Aza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

  140. Jon says:
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    EJax, Delgado or Peralta over Tillman, Cashner, Kendrick, Medlen or Porcello?

    It’s a keep-18 league but I don’t think any of these guys make the cut (barring a breakout).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  141. Long Bawls says:
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    Ivan Nova looking shockingly good. Like, Sabathia a few years ago good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: not as good as archer looked. which sucks cause he was so bad the first 2 or more starts that i just threw him away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya….

  142. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Currently in first in a QS 10 team league and my arms have been struggling (cough cough Zimmerman). A guy has offered me his 24th round Liriano for my 10th pick next year and Brad Peacock who is in my farm. Would you pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey: Would you drop Dempster or Bruce Chen to make room?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chen

  143. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Cuddyer or Soriano ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cuddyer

  144. danny almonte says:
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    In a keeper would you rather have a 2 quasi aces, bumgarner & Hamels, or a guy like Kershaw or Stras or Felix?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum is a number one…

  145. AJ says:
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    Check out Villar 2 SB today..is he a better option then Miller if steals needed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  146. UhOh says:
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    rank ros PLEASE:

    J Parker, Doubront, Smarrrsdzzijas, AJ Burnett, Chen, Kluber, Cashner, Dickey and Porcello.

    • UhOh says:
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      @UhOh: Is this the best list of frindgey-maybes you have ever seen???

      • UhOh says:
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        @UhOh: I guess you went out for tacos. I want tacos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Samardzija, Burnett

  147. Jason Katnip says:
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    Nova, Ejax or Archer?

    Villar, Junior Lake, Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova, Yelich

  148. SteveNZ says:
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    At least you won’t get wet, because it don’t rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.
    Re: Porcello v Capuano, Porc got nabbed, so Cap it is. Need some Ks from Harang today though otherwise I’ll be the one with the long face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If it rained it would be the most excitement to hit this place

  149. Jason Katnip says:
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    Eric Young SAGNOF JR!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  150. SteveNZ says:
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    Justin Upton. What an asshole.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: They load the bases to pitch to him and he goes after the first pitch? Fucking idiot.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, that’s terrible…

  151. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, start one of the following:

    Peavy – @ cle, @ det (may get traded)
    Ejax – vs mil, vs lad
    Miller – @ cin
    Jz – @ mil
    Teheran – vs col

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  152. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    What’s up with Eaton at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty droppable right now in most leagues

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: my options are Lagares, schierholtz, lough, cain and schuck

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schierholtz

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I need runs and bags, if that changes anything

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Shuck

  153. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: if I can swap Pujols and Parker for Gio and Frazier in a redraft should I? Any concern Al could miss an extended amount of time if he goes on the dl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you really need pitching, sure… Don’t love it though… Pujols is headed to the DL by accounts, yeah… That’s why it’s in Gio’s favor…

  154. Jason Katnip says:
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    Ervin Santana or Chris Perez?
    Mark Melenacon or AJ Burnett?
    Lackey + Perez for Matt Cain ?
    Lackey + Perez for Homer?

    Fair/side?

    • Jason Katnip says:
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      @Grey he has offered me Ryan Dempster for Melancon or Chris Perez. Although I have 7 closers now, I really see no value in Dempster.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        There is no value in Dempster….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It depends on needs for these… Perez, Melancon… Lackey side for both…

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        @Grey:

        Scherzer
        Hamels
        Weaver
        Kluber
        Lackey
        Nolasco

        Balfour
        Perez
        Janssen
        Melancon
        Henderson
        Ziegler
        Brothers

        This is my pitching staff and am thinking of upgrading a starter 2/1, so I could add Ivan Nova or Chris Archer too. OR I could just hold. I just feel my SP is kinda weak.

        • Jason Katnip says:
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          @Grey

          Weaver + Perez for Kersh? Prob not fair right

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Jason Katnip: it’s fair for you. I wouldn’t do that if I was Kershaw owner though.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d take Kershaw, not exactly fair, no

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nova over Nolasco

  155. Shorty says:
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    Which prospect do you see making the biggest impact next year out of Marisnick, Bubba Starling, Jorge Soler? Is the answer different in 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough question… Marisnick

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: What about this – which of the three do you think makes the LEAST impact in 2014?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soler

  156. Milarky says:
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    Which 4 starters would you sit this week? I am leading in wins, but could use some Ks – but not at the expense of blown ratios: Sabathia (@SD), Greinke (NYY), Zimmermann (@MIL), Minor (COL), Peavy (@CLE, @DET), Griffin (TOR, TEX), Anibal Sanchez (WAS), Doubront (TB, ARI), Leake (STL, @SD), Gee (@MIA)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor, Griffin, Leake, Doubront

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: Interesting – so the only 2-starter you’d go with is Peavy? And you’re trusting Sabathia this week after 3 straight starts allowing 7 earned runs? I’m really struggling with this week.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Milarky: sabathia’s playing SD, bad hitting team on average in bad hitting park. I’m guessing most of the SAB’s problems are homer driven? Hard to get those in SD.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m trusting him, but from those options…

  157. goodfold2 says:
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    if i’m starting to get past the smart idea of looking at the things that should matter about pitchers K/walk rates, homers allowed, pedigree; due to almost falling out of the playoffs and just going with those who are pitching above their heads like C.Torres/Deduno/Richards/Alvarez/Delgado while at the same time next week going up against someone who not only has more starts than me but also often streams, rank these for starter effectiveness. Hefner’s spot is about to become a streaming one. what’s the best 2 or 3 of these. Pick only one per day or less
    MON-
    -McAllister vs WSOX
    -Rogers @OAK
    TUE
    -Arrieta (when did he get on the CUBS) vs MIL
    WED
    -Alvarez vs NYM
    Thur
    -Diamond vs KC
    FRI
    -Deduno vs HOU
    Sat
    -Torres vs KC
    -Rogers @LAA
    SUN
    -Hefner vs KC
    I know these options aren’t good, this really shows why in deeper leagues (16 teams with 26 man rosters) you need to hoard SP if they are any good. Missed Kazmir a few hours ago, by pickup dearth. I could just keep Hefner after Mon for his Sun start. But i could also jump from 1-3 of the other guys before Sun and then come back to him as well. I’m thinking Deduno and Torres are the guys in between.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deduno, Torres

  158. goodfold2 says:
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    after noticing that i’m gonna go either from 1-12 all the way up to 3-10 while noticing that my 3 closest competitors in h2h league are winning by at least 7 to their competitors, but against each of them individually i’d be winning 6,7 or 8 cats this week (worst timing i’ve ever seen, it’s what happens when a terrible pitching team has best week of it’s life and edges out my great pitching team, while my medium hitting team runs into 2nd best week of bad team’s season) I realized the league i REALLY want to play in, but can’t remember the name. Here’s what happens. I’m betting a lot of other H2H people would be interested in these
    1. scoring is done weekly (like h2h, so the immediacy/rush/clash with opponents like football fantasy is still there)
    2. each team’s stats are played against ALL the other teams each week, so the luck is cut down and is actually indicative of how good your team was (that week) against the other teams
    3. this also would probably keep some interest from the bottom teams, that in roto may be completely dead by late July but in this format could still have the ability to actually crush people who are going into playoffs in the later weeks.
    Does anybody know what that kind of league is called?

  159. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Man, Miggy is just a machine..hr in first at bat back. He just makes it look so easy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  160. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    time to dump Ibanez? I need a streamer spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, in some leagues

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: he was last spotted as good around two weeks ago, right when he was playing against me.

  161. WWGD? says:
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    SON lovin Ryu tonight.. was gonna sit him but cant go against SON when he has that look in his eye.. prayer pentagon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’d start him…

      • WWGD? says:
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        @Grey: Mad daps for SON, yo..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Skaggs killed me, yo… I mean, killed…

          • WWGaudinD? says:
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            @Grey: I know, real ugly.. pick him up so you can drop his ass again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Really hurt… Had Deduno, Morton and Skaggs… Figured I couldn’t in a sane state of mind start Deduno and Morton, so dropped them and only started Skaggs…

  162. SteveNZ says:
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    Sal Perez is fucking useless too. Contributing to a 3/22 day so far…

    • WWGD? says:
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      @SteveNZ: im 3/22 in the RCL as well.. 4 steals with a .136 average. Nice..

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And my opponent, who isn’t even managing her fucking team has an avg and obp of .556 with 2 homers, 7 runs and 8 rbi. Stupid h2h team us driving me crazy.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: .571 now.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Me? .125

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: .120. Thanks Votto.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: .115

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I had Morton, Deduno and Skaggs…Dropped two before their game and held, yup, Skaggs…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: at first in that game i was pissed i had let skaggs go a few weeks ago in 16 teamer. I can’t believe i’m gonna trust deduno next week. my opp had morton, that start could’ve even gone worse for him too.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I wish I was as smart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What else is new?

  163. goodfold2 says:
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    pendulum time, charlie morton has a higher K rate than scherzer today. great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Skaggs screwed me…

  164. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    anybody have any idea what happened to gyorko while injured? This guy used to hit a bunch of line drives, and take walks. He had good at bats even when he wasn’t getting hits. He has no extra bases hits or walks in the 11 games since coming back from injury.

  165. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    gorzelanny has been ridiculously good this year. I thought he had some bad games, but man overall stats are sick good.

  166. AJ says:
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    So I have EYJ for steals..looks like Aoki is starting to steal more..drop EYJ for him, hold, or is it a toss up?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @AJ: i don’t know why aoki wasn’t doing it all year like last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Aoki

  167. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Segura HBP in forearm…tried to stay in…but taken out an inning later. Great, just what I need.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Update is tightness in forearm. Hope he is in tomorrow.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, worried me for a bit. Wouldn’t surprise me if he sits tomorrow though. Now I gotta find some POS SS in a 16 team league to start tomorrow…oh joy..ha.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @JoeMorgan’sMustache: mercer’s been kinda hot lately, probably open

            • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, he is there and thought about him…down 1 in steals though…doubt I can catch him in hr. May grab Hechavarria and hope for a steal. We shall see. Daily/Today moves so got a couple hours to decide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap

  168. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    oh shit! does anybody have any info as to why scherzer was yanked after 75 pitches with only 1 baserunner and 6 innings? this can’t be good.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: maybe we’re lucky and marlboro man just wanted to give al al some innings with a 10 run lead. But this isn’t usually done unless pitcher is injured. There goes that season if so. Team’s got enough problems without co-MVP (Goldy) going down.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: only good news is it’s been almost an hour and no updates nor indications on box score that he’s messed up.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Haven’t seen anything on twitter. With a 10 run lead, they prob just wanted to make it a short outing for him. Sucks for me because I’m down by .02 in WHIP. I needed 1 more clean inning from him.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @letsgobravos: i’m down .07 with a LOT of starters tomorrow, also down a LOT in K’s. .43 in era, already losing losses by 1 and wins by 2. so i gotta go all out and start
        medlen (not good matchup but cardinals have hit like bums for 3 str days)
        cole (great matchup)
        erasmo (great matchup)
        porcello (great matchup)
        and i might use last pickup on CarTor the K machine.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @letsgobravos: have no twitter account but rototimes.com gets this stuff a little later after it’s already on twitter.

  169. SteveNZ says:
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    Panda, Jesus. Why is it that all my guys make such feeble outs?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Gone from being 20 points up in avg to 30 behind. Votto, Panda, Goldy, J Up, Perez. Just shouldn’t be happening.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @letsgobravos: would’ve been funnier if he just took pedroia, lifted him up in the air and threw him over the dugout rail for his insouciance. Like a troll might do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @letsgobravos:

      the guy is still roid-ed out .

  170. goodfold2 says:
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    Ryu’s looking better than he has in a long time, against a good hitting team too.

  171. goodfold2 says:
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    first day in a long time in 10 teamer where benching headley for machado looked bad.

  172. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh look. There’s Hernandez fucking me over in the RCL. Awesome.

    • WWGD? says:
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      @SteveNZ: You and I have been singing the same tune tonight… hernandez screwin my ryu start all up..

  173. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Chris Sale has a 2.88 ERA over this last 10 starts. His record is 1-8. Just another reason for me to hate the Wins cat.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: he’s pretty much the new kershaw. Kershaw 2 or more years ago was just like this back when LAD used to have a whole roster of Ellis x 7.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @goodfold2: Yeah, he has. The Sox are embarrassing. Also, while I do think the qualifications for QS should be better…I find so many reason why Wins is an awful cat that I can live with the sub par qualifications for QS, if need be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s ridiculous

  174. SteveNZ says:
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    Well that effing sums it up. Bases loaded and Goldy hits a screamer that’s caught by a diving Ever Cab. Jesus.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And now Panda does nothing with ‘em loaded. Except swing at the first pitch, that is. Why?

  175. poop says:
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    JUpton for Stanton straight up or ask for another marginal player from his side? ESPN’s ROS ranks Stanton at 60 and Upton is 35.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @poop: in a redraft don’t give stanton here. Keeper’s a whole different question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Stanton, as my rest of the season ranks show

  176. letsgobravos says:
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    FMFBBL. Trailing by .02 in WHIP and leading 2-3 in HRs allowed for the week. Need a clean inning from Romo. Instead he gives up a fucking homer to double fuck me.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @letsgobravos: did you see how bad the giants are that they had bases loaded to take his loss away with one out and can’t get even one run.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @goodfold2: Nah, didn’t see it. We don’t score losses and I’ve locked up W’s for the week so didn’t check back.

      • WWGD? says:
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        @goodfold2: seriously was pathetic… And i called that homer as SOON as romo came on… Bases loaded, ZERO outs at one point.. cmon!

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @WWGD?: no, frenchy grounded out to start the inning. it was loaded with 1 out to start.

          • WWGaudinD? says:
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            @jason batteiger: bases were loaded with no outs in the 8th..

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @WWGaudinD?: i thought we were talking about the 9th. damn that’s really terrible.

  177. goodfold2 says:
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    thanks upton/phegley/gyorko (4 K’s today, WTF, this guy WAS good hitter before groin strain) they’re 5-52 this week with 1 rbi and no runs.
    anyway earlier i asked which are the best streamers from this list
    MON-
    -McAllister vs WSOX
    -Rogers @OAK
    TUE
    -Arrieta (when did he get on the CUBS) vs MIL
    WED
    -Alvarez vs NYM
    Thur
    -Diamond vs KC
    FRI
    -Deduno vs HOU
    Sat
    -Torres vs KC
    -Rogers @LAA
    and you said CarTor and Deduno. I was thinking about using last pickup of week on Torres for tomorrow but my weekly opp (up 19 K’s, .43 era,.07 whip, 1 loss ahead/2 wins ahead) beat me to him since I couldn’t decide, and really didn’t want to use last pick when closer trade could easily happen between now and tomorrow night. i already have 4 starters tomorrow anyway in porcello/erasmo/cole/medlen anyway. in case this opp holds CarTor
    2. who is the 2nd best streamer start other than Deduno for next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them… Arrieta

  178. goodfold2 says:
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    earlier i mentioned a league type that scores in overall roto stats, but it’s done on a weekly basis, so it would have the same immediacy/gambling type rush of short term impact that so many H2H players both love/hate. But also attempts to stick with the true real objective of measuring the best team and not just the team better than 1 arbitrary played against team in each week, since your teams stats get compared to all the other teams in the league each week. Basically it’s roto, that starts and ends each week. According to 2013 Baseball Forecaster: And Encyclopedia of Fanalytics (one of the better yearly fantasy baseball books) these leagues are called
    Hybrid H2H-Roto leagues. Does anybody know where these leagues are at ?

  179. jason batteiger says:
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    @goodfold2: better streamer for tomorrow if already losing era by around .5, whip by like .1 wins by 2, K’s by a lot (but have 2 more starts tomorrow than opp already)
    redmond
    jordan.
    capuano
    hammel
    SON likes Redmond better at 9.1.

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      @jason batteiger: actually have 3 more starters than opp tomorrow and am down K’s by 19 so yet another guy might be enough to take over wins/K’s. With some luck Torres gets lit and my guys do either ok/some pretty well could even win era.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @jason batteiger: SON actually likes Redmond a lot more than most of these others, including C. Torres, who’s actually looked really good lately. I think SON has WAS valued pretty highly at home.

  180. WWGaudinD? says:
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    Late night middle reliever grabs in the rcl.. i feel dirty!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  181. WWGaudinD? says:
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    .200 AVG with 6 steals, 1 RBI.. Are all my players EYJ? Perhaps…

  182. Doc says:
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    What are your expectations for hosmer ROS? He seems to have straitened things out .Was offered a deal that essentially boils down to my Poo-holes for his hosmer… I should take this right? The guy must be banking on the fact that Albert will come back and hit? Am I missing something? My gut is telling me he could be out a month or even more. Angels may want to shut him down if they continue to slide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Hosmer if Pujols is placed on the DL…

  183. goodfold2 says:
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    if i’m about to adopt this 12 H2H team with 4 keepers, who are the keepers?
    just peachy/morales/kendrick/macho/rutledge (yeah, it’s been an orphan for a while apparently)/texiera/braun/ellsbury/upton (semi-good upton)/rasmus/joyce/assdrubal(DL)/lawrie(DL) for hitters
    pitchers Jofer/Shields/Kendrick/F-Her/Latos/Rivera/Chapman/G.Holland/Wilhelm/Jansen/Frieri/Dickey/Josh Johnson/Fister/Greinke/W.Chen(DL)
    1.i’m guessing the 4 keepers here are Machado/Braun/Ellsbury/ 1 of F-Her,Jofer,Latos,Greinke or maybe Upton instead of the 1 pitcher?
    2. also i suppose i should immediately need to throw away Rutledge/Texiera/Dickey/Josh Johnson and possibly try to trade some closers for better hitters? Maybe could move Ells to steals need team? I guess due to pitching strength this team is in 4th place. 11 hitter spots with IF,RF,LF,CF,OF and all other positions once. this league has 3 DLs. 5 SP, 5 RP, and 2 Any P slots. So you really could go full on middle relievers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ells, Upton, F-Her, Machado 2. Yup

  184. Mike says:
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    Who do I drop from my rotoation Grey?
    Milone, Cashner, Santiago, Porcello, Doubront, Edwin Jackson, Cashner, Erasmo?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mike: either erasmo after tomorrow or one of those 2 cashners. Probably erasmo as 2 cashner’s are better than one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See Erasmo does today

  185. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    some geezer’s got 3 open teams in a 15 team roto league that may become a keeper later, don’t know yet. which team is best? it’s a damn 2 catcher league. All positions with MI,CI,LF,RF,CF,OF, 2 NA spots. 3 DL spots. 30 person rosters including NA spots. 5 SP, 5 RP, 2 any P
    1. hitters santana/perez/votto/seager/rendon/cozart/beltre/lowrie/victorino/fowler/bruce/s.smith/arenado/soriano/rasmus/rizzo
    pitchers: gallardo/samardzija/hanson/richards/lackey/guthrie/colon (this team’s SP is terrible)/G.holland/Frieri/parnell/veras/simon/Bundy NA/T.Walker NA. this league not being keeper yet bundy should have been thrown away for someone who may play this year.
    looks like worst pitching, best hitting here. easier decisions if keeper.

    2. hitters: castillo/jaso (somebody really punted C here, even more than me)/ike/pedroia/mostsuckass/rollins/morales/n.walker/suzuki/kemp/moss/other cargo/heyward (DL)/puig NA (nice)/speedy hamilton NA
    pitchers: waino/C.C./peavy/miley/m.gonzalez (bal)/arroyo/buerhle/b.myers (DL)/grilli/nathan/burton/belisario/mujica
    pitching is better here, at least

    3. hitters: montero/castro (another decent C team)/pujols (oops)/infante/alvarez/crawford/c.johnson(atl)/zobrist/marte/upton (bad upton)/beltran/pierre/Mclouth/texiera (DL)
    pitchers: hamels/greinke/nolasco/garza/lynn/locke/phelps/wacha/porcello/ogando(DL)/price(DL)/papelbon/gregg/jansen/balfour/henderson
    this team has best pitching, probably worst offense, not good offensive keepers if it becomes a keeper league, as i know it’s not good strategy to keep too many pitchers. At worst I get to play in pretty much a league similar to RCL. with 15 person roto. Anyway, which team is best to pick? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: hitting is that much better on that one eh.

  186. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    some geezer’s got 3 open teams in a 15 team roto league that may become a keeper later, don’t know yet. which team is best? it’s a damn 2 catcher league. All positions with MI,CI,LF,RF,CF,OF, 2 NA spots. 3 DL spots. 30 person rosters including NA spots. 5 SP, 5 RP, 2 any P
    1. hitters santana/perez/votto/seager/rendon/cozart/beltre/lowrie/victorino/fowler/bruce/s.smith/arenado/soriano/rasmus/rizzo
    pitchers: gallardo/samardzija/hanson/richards/lackey/guthrie/colon (this team’s SP is terrible)/G.holland/Frieri/parnell/veras/simon/Bundy NA/T.Walker NA. this league not being keeper yet bundy should have been thrown away for someone who may play this year.
    looks like worst pitching, best hitting here. easier decisions if keeper.

    2. hitters: castillo/jaso (somebody really punted C here, even more than me)/ike/pedroia/mostsuckass/rollins/morales/n.walker/suzuki/kemp/moss/other cargo/heyward (DL)/puig NA (nice)/speedy hamilton NA
    pitchers: waino/C.C./peavy/miley/m.gonzalez (bal)/arroyo/buerhle/b.myers (DL)/grilli/nathan/burton/belisario/mujica
    pitching is better here, at least

    3. hitters: montero/castro (another decent C team)/pujols (oops)/infante/alvarez/crawford/c.johnson(atl)/zobrist/marte/upton (bad upton)/beltran/pierre/Mclouth/texiera (DL)
    pitchers: hamels/greinke/nolasco/garza/lynn/locke/phelps/wacha/porcello/ogando(DL)/price(DL)/papelbon/gregg/jansen/balfour/henderson
    this team has best pitching, probably worst offense, not good offensive keepers if it becomes a keeper league, as i know it’s not good strategy to keep too many pitchers. At worst I get to play in pretty much a league similar to RCL. with 15 person roto. Anyway, which team is best to pick? Thanks.

  187. Wheeler in the sky says:
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    Hey man, Killing it in my NL only 4×4, up 17 pts and all but one team (down 18) has conceded (2nd place team just dumped to the 3rd place team). Thanks for a couple of opinions on trades I’ve made.

    In 2nd in Svs, up 3 on 3rd and down 27 on first in the cat and the 1st and 3rd place team have 2 closers each. So I’m basically locked in for this year. I have Kenley, Romo, Mujica and Melancon. (Parker and AJ Ramos/Qualls as spec plays too). Mujica can’t be kept but Romo $15 can be kept for 2 more years, Kenley $15 can be kept for 3 more years and Melancon $7 can be kept for 3 more years (though he’s only a keeper if Grilli needs TJ). Closers go for round $40 – Soriano $44, Papelbon $40 last year, even League went $32 – so Romo/Kenley are great keepers.

    The 2 categories I can easily improve on are SB’s and HR’s. 7 HR’s would net me 2 points. 5 SB’s would get me 2.5 and 15 SB’s would get me 3.5. Been trending better in both categories after deals made and EYjr’s resurgence.

    I just offered Romo for Carlos Gomez $16 who can be kept for 3 more yrs. Figure he’d be a good combo source of speed power to help me this year and I’d still be ok w/ Jansen/Melancon for next. Although I was skeptical like you w/ mini cargo I’m starting to covet him.

    1. You’d deal Romo for Gomez right?
    2. Would you deal Jansen for Gomez too if he counters w/ Kenley?

    Thanks and sorry for long question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yup 2. Yup

  188. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    rank em Raoid Ibanez, Schierholtz, Rasmus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz, Rasmus

  189. EK says:
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    Drop Cruz for Cespedes?
    H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  190. Ole Yellich says:
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    Porcello or Chen?

    • Ole Yellich says:
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      @Ole Yellich: Wei-Yen Chen*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  191. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I have never seen you answer questions this early, friggin time change. Did papa cougs talk you up about Snafu Larry again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, people have talked about him… I have a good story for the podcast…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: Is it about some magical deep fried concoction that no one else has ever heard of before….”It’s a tempura battered deep fried shrimp wrapped in bacon wrapped in milk fed veal wrapped in Proscuitto”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, I wish…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: 4 layers of meat under one great batter

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Pretty much

  192. royce! says:
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    14 team h2h, 5×5 plus OBP, XBH, K/BB and holds. Which side do you like better- Trumbo and Fister or Puig?

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: The trade would allow the team receiving Puig to activate Granderson when available, for an OF of J Up, Puig, Marte, Granderson and UTIL of Byrd or Sandoval.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, I see you’re consolidating… It’s fine then in a redraft league

        • royce! says:
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          @Grey: It’s my brother in law’s team…he could also drop Middlebrooks, so it’s not really necessary in order to get Granderson off the DL. When he initially asked me I told him to keep Fister and Trumbo, so I’m just going to stick with that. Thanks for the input.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gotcha… Drop Middlebrooks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  193. dk says:
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    Mauer/Leonys/Perkins or Choo/Yan Gomes/Straily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer

  194. Jason says:
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    Grey, you starting Jeff Samardzija in all leagues this week? vrs MIL and vrs LAD

    Jeff has been giving me the Homer Baileys lately. Hey… there’s a new glossary term!

    The Baileys: A condition onset by excessive brain-strain when deciding to sit or start an inconsistent starting pitcher with a seemingly “good” match-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice… Yeah, I’d start him…

  195. Jason Katnip says:
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    Would you add Yonder Alonso for Luke Scott at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  196. chillmodious says:
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    Jeter with the home run in his 1st AB. Pretty sure Suzyn Waldman just died. Can’t confirm though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  197. Jason Katnip says:
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    Villar, Alonso, or Urrutia for a pick up at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Villar

  198. Jason says:
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    Who am i stashing? Yonder or Adams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  199. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Miggy ejected in the middle of his at bat with bases loaded….not what I need on a Sunday in a close 6-6 match up.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: And I just saw the of it..wow should not have been tossed. What a crock.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: esp with needing wins as porcello owner.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Opps meant saw video..posting from phone. And yep..I have Porcello going in that Miggy league and another one.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @JoeMorgan’sMustache: we’re at least back in it now, DET finally realized who they were, and who they were playing against, in that last inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  200. MasterofGrond says:
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    The King of SAGNOF has seen fit to grace us mere peasants with his benevolence yet again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a king of the people…

  201. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    Bye Bye Milone

    freaking out over being 2-10-1 against the 2nd worst team this week (and trade deadline move suspending) has led me to losing milone. and missing out on kazmir/torres. But it turns out Torres is getting what you thought he might. Meanwhile I picked up Redmond, using last pickup due to SON liking him a lot more than Torres today. So now instead of Hefner/Milone I have Redmond/Erasmo. Redmond does get K’s. it appears, even with porcello/cole not looking too good, that my opp thinking it wise to stream Torres in order to keep up his lead in K’s may just lose him era and whip. Nice. I probably gotta give up K’s by benching Medlen. I’ll probably not get Milone back (unless maybe suddenly weak ass hitting TEX lights him right up); i had lost faith in him since 4 of his last 7 starts (vs STL,vsCIN,@TEX,@PIT) his whip was str terrible. His last 2 have been good though. He really has allowed a LOT of homers on the year too. Hope I don’t miss him too much. It’s weird too, as most of the time teams in this league don’t pick up pitchers that many days before starts. Playoffs coming near makes teams play better, or worse, as Torres showed my opp.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: what’s even better is this opp had only used 5 pickups all year, but due to streaming morton/ohlendork/delgado, his first time all year actually attempting to make in week roster choices, he was winning (and will likely win wins); till Torres! hahaha. the joy of an addict reveling in the pain of a neophyte getting his first taste of the retch coming up of some intoxicant having been overdone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Such an effin mess

  202. goodfold2 says:
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    holy jesus, i wish on draft day our commissioner would have actually alerted us to the fact that our roster’s went up to 26 this year (he didn’t); i found out when the 25th round started up. Had i known, i would’ve owned WIL MYERS in my bigger money than my 10 teamer 16 team league. I do have him in the 10 team. I didn’t think hoarding a guy i knew wouldn’t play till june at earliest was a good idea with a 24 roster team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  203. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    you likely about all of these teams waiting up till last minute on the closer deals. without milone now these moves late tonight when pickups resume in 16 teamer
    1. drop phegley’s 1-14 with a single all week ass for mesoraco (hanigan still hurt, very nice)
    2. grab deduno by dropping either erasmo/redmond, it’s early but i’ve seen milone/kazmir being stolen from my arms in last day or so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Redmond

  204. goodfold2 says:
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    if medlen goes to the pen, and I find myself weak as shit at third base (aramis/gyorko (he might get demoted soon,hope not, hope his groin finally wakes up from injury) dj lemeh) should i stash bogaerts (i’ve heard he may at some point qualify at 3rd, or even replacing aybar/miller). Or would that M.A.P. cuban guy you mentioned be a better grab?

  205. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Currently in 4th about 5-8 pts out of 1st depending on the day. Saves in our league is an extremely close category. I’m tied for 3rd in saves but only about 5 saves up from 8th place. Just traded holland for shields so remaining closers are kenley, Wilhelmsen and Ziegler (with bastardo on the bench). The team in first needs help with closers and asked if i would part with kenley or bartender. I just had Pujols go on the dl so I could use an extra bat.. Options are as follows:

    1) trade Wilhelmsen for either werth or hosmer
    2) try to package Wilhelmsen and jz for someone like bruce

    Thoughts? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Hosmer 2) sure if you can

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: he only offered werth. Shiuld i swap werth for the bartender. Would leave me with kenley and Ziegler plus waivers for ROS. Go for it? Sagnof?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  206. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    here’s a brain teaser. If i’m now losing K’s by 1 (just why did scheppers come in with run deficit? that’s the 1); up .01 (assuming Rodney doesn’t have good inning, if he plays at all, CMON yankees) in whip, .26 in era, down 1 win, losing losses by 1, should i just bench erasmo/medlen or take the silly gamble (and would def win K’s if I did that). Era is 2.75 whip 1.01. I can probably kiss those goodbye if play either/both. but could win or tie wins and most def would win K’s that way.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: add Perkins to the list of benches or not. I’ve got saves locked up.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i also have Rivera so a hit by this yankee here would look pretty good towards getting Rodney out of game.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: so rivera now helped tie wins, lock up era and whip. would’ve been nice if rodney was pitching instead of mcgee there, then i’d be tied in losses too. Also Rivera couldn’t have gotten 1 K to tie me for K’s for the week. I’ll lose by 1 now.

  207. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, as mentioned above, lost Pujols and reports are he could be out for the season. How do you rank these available bats to pick up (or top 3)? Frazier, Villar, Viciedo, Brantley, Francisco, Schierholtz, Joyce, carter and keljo? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz, Brantley

  208. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Looks like Pujols is “most likely” done for the year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that sucks

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: glad I read Razzball and drafted him NOWHERE….wait I drafted BJ Upton….I missed that day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: notes and the war room for sure next year

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Always

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: that experiment had mixed results for me

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Me too!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you tried it with no notes, or war, or any enhancements?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well, since I wrote all the preseason stuff, I did it all on memory for the most part

  209. goodfold2 says:
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    @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: might be early, but is this the luke scott going cold moment you mentioned is clearly visible when it’s in progress. This week was rough though, hard to get momentum when today is only his 3rd day playing this week.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: holy shit, span now has 2 homers in 2 days (first in year of those) and 3 other hits today. drop scott for him?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: gotta get lucky and hope nobody notices his last 2 days for the next 9.5 hours or so.

  210. GrandMaMa says:
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    Thoughts on Minor for ROS and as a keeper? I’m really exposed at C and 2B, and I’ve got an offer to get Jason Castro, Howie Kendrick and Joakim Benoit for Avila, Beckham, Balfour and Minor. It seem like that’s too much, but curious as to your thoughts. Also not sure if Detroit is going to replace Benoit as closer before the deadline.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good trade

      • GrandMaMa says:
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        @Grey: Kinda figured. What about Avila and Balfour for Benoit and Castro?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair, I wouldn’t

          • GrandMaMa says:
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            @Grey: It has gotten to Avila, Beckham, Minor, and Bubba Starling for Castro and Kendrick. I don’t think Starling is one of the prospects I would keep, and my SP is pretty deep. We start 6, and I have Greinke, Sabathia, Minor Anibal, Peavy, Zimmermann, Griffin, Doubront, Gee, Leake, Kennedy. Given that list of SPs, is it worth giving up Minor for the upgrade at C and 2B?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not good

  211. MasterofGrond says:
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    Man, I love Aoki hot streaks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  212. goodfold2 says:
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    now gotta hope goldy/miller/upton can hold a 3 run lead over alonso/holliday/vicidieo/ross/a.escobar/ethier and tied in homers with those guys too. I’ll end up fairly respectable considering my worst or 2nd worst offensive week of the year.

  213. goodfold2 says:
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    PLEASE let Peavy go to the A’s instead of TEX.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  214. Mike says:
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    start Hefner vs MIA tom? MIchael Saunders or Viciedo ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viciedo

  215. jason batteiger says:
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    are the reds asleep last few days, or is capuano again becoming someone to look at?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not someone to look at outside of right matchups

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: completely ac/dc that guy, either 5 or 6 earned, or really good.

  216. SteveNZ says:
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    So Prince goes 0-5. He came to bat with the bases loaded THREE times.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: yelich had first bad day today too. phegley now 1-15 this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oy

  217. goodfold2 says:
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    drop scott for span’s hot hitting? 2 homers (first 2 of year) and 3 other hits today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  218. letsgobravos says:
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    How is it that every week I run into a team having one of their best weeks of the year? My team allowed 3 HRs this week and has 2.50/1.08 ratios and that got me a tie and 2 Ls.

    So much luck involved in H2H. Won 9 weeks in a row in the first half and now I’ve lost 4 in a row. Was 12 games up on 2nd place at one point. I’ll be clinging to a 1 or 2 game lead for 2nd place after this week. Definitely can’t keep losing or else I’m going to go from leading the league for 2 months to missing the damned playoffs.

    /vent.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @letsgobravos: you ever heard of Hybrid H2H-Roto leagues? Your team’s stats play each week against all the other teams. So it’s recorded as roto, but compiled weekly, it’s like 20 something small seasons leading up to playoff weeks all put together. the thrill of h2h with the objective truth of roto. I just don’t know where these leagues are commonly spread.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: i think us luck spurned h2h-ites would really like these hybrid leagues. It would cut down on our self-serving masochism due to bad luck but still have the gambling rush of the importance of every at bat as sunday nears it’s end every week.

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @goodfold2: Hmm, that does sound interesting. I wonder if yahoo offers those settings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just hope your team gets hot again in September…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it’s weird too, because in fantasy football (which is usually way more luck based); other than half of my starters getting badly injured in same year i’ve never even been close to missing playoffs. Been in super bowls 3/4 of all years. Thing is, in football every decision you make in pickups, much more time and research gets to go into it. 6 days a week nothing happens at all, other than injury updates.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, hopefully they will.

        The good news: My pitchers were good this week and Garza looked strong in his first start for Texas. My offense was terrible, but set a season record for SBs which I rarely ever won in the first half. I picked up EYJ and Aoki this week after losing Braun and Brown. Don’t think I can keep both though when Brown come back. Who do you prefer going forward now that Aoki is on fire? (hit his 2nd homer this week today)

        The bad news: My team has gone from dominating in HRs and RBIs to struggling on both. Goldy has been solid, but Phillips has been fairly cold, JUP has been awful, and now Brown is hurt. If Phillips, JUP and Brown would all just play decently, I would be in good shape.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @letsgobravos: I’m in the same hitting boat. Need J Up and Phillips to come round a bit. Perez hitting a bit wouldn’t hurt either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, all of those hitters could be fine in a month though…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey: Who’s your preference between Aoki and EYJ? I probably have to drop one of the two when Brown comes back off the DL.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Aoki

  219. SteveNZ says:
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    Yeah, that careful weighing up of numbers that led me to start Lowrie ahead of Franklin worked out pretty well.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: i was worried hill wouldn’t play again (it said he would last night, but we all know how often missing 2 days, but not the third, becomes exactly that, at least the third); and not wanting empty roster spot left rollins in (early game) in case hill didn’t play franklin would, but then hill does, so he’s in instead of franklin. Miller is plating enough runs for me though to keep that stat in different league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: got franklin in the 10 team. if not for rutledge still doing well when franklin came up i’d have him in the 16 teamer where i really need him .Lesson learned. when some high(ish) prospect comes up at weak as position (c,ss,2b) stash even if you don’t think you need it. make room by dropping some rent-a-pitcher. thank god franklin’s benching in 10 teamer to play hill doesn’t matter, as i already have OPS/homers/rbis/runs in that league.

  220. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Well, good bye Erasmo…today was your last chance. Held him in my 16 team league…can’t even justify holding onto him in there anymore.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: now that i lost Milone by using last pick of week on Redmond to win K’s, then losing K’s/likely wins (assuming erasmo gets one) by benching erasmo/medlen because of having era/whip now locked up (whip only by .02) due to Opp getting absolutely ripped up by CarTor i feel sort of connected to keeping him (erasmo); but i think this feeling will pass after rereading this last inning’s box score. Then noticing f’ing CAPUANO donkey punching the Reds.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @goodfold2: I hear ya, but no way you can hold Erasmo after this game. Beachy has been sitting on my DL, and I was not sure what to do with him…walk rate worries me. But, this Erasmo start just made it easy. I’ll take my chances with Beachy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, pfft

  221. Jason says:
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    Are we keeping Erasmo?
    106 PC, 6 INN, 7 HA, 2 BBI, 6 K, 4 ER, 6.000 ERA, 1.500 WHIP
    against MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  222. SteveNZ says:
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    Just get on base here, Reddick. A walk is fine…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: wow, your relying on that guy to get on base is like my hoping upton can get one rbi with bases loaded. or phegley to get 3 whole hits a week.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @goodfold2: I know, right? I’ve just this minute established a narrow lead in OBP and would like to hang on to it…

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          @SteveNZ: Sad trombone.

  223. Dan says:
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    I am in 1st place by 12 points in my 10 team 8×8 league. The second place team is my only competition. He just traded for Mauer, Machado, and Freddy Freeman. He gave up talent, but definitely won all his trades. Now his middle infield sucks. His MI is:

    2B: Scutaro
    SS: Brandon Crawford
    2B/SS: Alexei Ramirez

    He wants a MI, particularly a 2B. I have plenty at that position. I could trade Kipnis or Franklin or even Asdrubal. Right now Franklin is on my bench and so is Lawrie, who will probably have 2B eligibility soon in my league. Should I make a trade with him involving any of my middle infielders? Players on his team that I would be interested in include: Freddy Freeman, Cuddyer, Mauer, Machado, Sale, Strasburg, and Waino. Do you see any deal that can be made? Thanks!

    C: McCann
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Cano
    3B: Zim
    SS: Asdrubal
    1B/3B: Hosmer
    2B/SS: Kipnis
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Ajax
    OF: Puig
    OF: Heyward
    Util: Hamilton
    Bench: Lawrie
    Bench: Franklin
    Bench: Yelich

    SP: Felix, Bumgarner, J-Z, Latos, Greinke, Medlen
    RP: Reed, Perkins, Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see the point of making his team better…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: you improving isn’t as important as not improving his terrible weakness. that’s a really bad infield for a 10 team league. it’s believable for 16 teamers, or maybe 14 teamer.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Well, there are more 3 more starting roster spots than a standard league. So, it’s not quite as bad as it looks, even though it’s still bad.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @JoeMorgan’sMustache: there appears to be 1 extra middle infield roster spot, just the 2b/ss. the other 2 are the 4th OF and single spot of 1st/3rd, but those aren’t where his opp is weak. just at the starting 2b, ss and 2b/ss.

  224. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Goldy, let’s have a hit. Any hit.

  225. SteveNZ says:
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    This Franklin sonavabench is really starting to sting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Eh, it’s really more about the margin of victory at this stage. I’m against a team that’s not being managed, but I’d like my team to still be doing well y’know?

        Margin of victory is convincing mainly because I abandoned relievers-only for the week and managed to win Wins, Ks and ERA (assuming Medlen doesn’t throw a no-no) as well as Saves and Holds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: That said, things would be a lot sweeter if I’d started Franklin ahead of Phillips.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could see that

  226. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’m going to be watching to make sure the Nick Franklin sleeper post for next year is not a cut and paste of the Rutledge from this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  227. SteveNZ says:
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    This time, Reddick?

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      @SteveNZ: What an asshole.

  228. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    good thing i’m not competitive at all in total bases, or that aybar bench for miller to get more runs (which is working) would hurt. team is now averaging 8 total bases a day since monday (it’s last good day, when it hit .343 with 27 total bases). hitting .218 for week, worst offensive week ever. Upton’s till going, but we know how many bases he’ll get. 1, maybe.
    goldy (gotta be worst or 2nd worst week in average all year)
    mccutchen (2 great days, 1 single total the other 4)
    aybar (fine)
    dj lemehieu(fine, needs steals)
    gyorko (utter trash)
    phegley (what trash drops on the street)
    scott (1 hit, 3 days)
    yelich (fine)
    choo (great, played too many lefties)

  229. Jason Katnip says:
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    SO Grey are you drafting Franklin everywhere next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Long way off from there, maybe…

      • Jason Katnip says:
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        @Grey:

        ……….

  230. SteveNZ says:
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    I know what the Rater says, but does Grey think there’s enough of a difference between the two ROS to try and trade J-Up for Joey Bats?

    Same guy also has Stanton, but think he might be out of my price range.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: This is 14 team H2H where we count OBP as well as AVG…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Is Panda + J Up too much for Stanton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit, but who do you have for Panda’s spot when you lose him?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I could ask him for Headley as well, or Chris Johnson and a bunch of other schmohawks are on the wire. I guess the Tron would be my friend…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Headley to Panda isn’t a huge dropoff as of right now… I could see the Stanton side winning, it’s a bit risky, but no guts no glory…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: I’m pretty solidly in the playoffs as of now. Just worried that J-Up won’t turn it round – he seems to be slipping down the ROS Rater.

                Do you prefer trying to trade him straight up for Bautista to taking a shot at Stanton?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Straight up for Bautista

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Cool. Might try Upton for Stanton straight up first…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      May as well

  231. wee says:
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    Granderson or Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  232. TheNewGuy says:
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    Cole finally brings the K’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  233. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    PUIG!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sizzle, sizzle, fry!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: Boom Bap, Boom BABIP, Boom BOOM Bap, BOOM BABIP BABIP…..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  234. Wilsonian says:
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    Franklin or Utley at 2nd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin

  235. Jason says:
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    Ok so I have machado in hand. And I have a subsequent deal but I’m not sure it makes sense.
    I move stras for machado and a lower SP TBD (could be either jose fernandez, cingrani or corbin)then move longo and nova for Moore and peavy. But looking at my team I’m not sure it’s the best thing to do for this year. It does keep me competitive and makes my core stronger for longer. But this season scares me. I think I should be able to make the playoffs with my team so I guess it’s a crap shoot from there. Looking at my team what do you think. Move longo stras and nova for machado peavy Moore and another SP?

    Would make keeper group Votto Stanton machado Moore and them one of cespedes heyward jofer or greinke
    Versus current group of Votto Stanton longo stras and one of greinke cespedes or heyward.

    My current offense in addition to the keepers is solid have yadi, Altuve, zobrist, acab, aoki soriano.
    Pitching wise ok too. Lee hamels minor bailey and three closers.

    Thoughts on making the deals and whether it would still be a competitive team. Thanks for time.

    • Grey

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      It’s not good trades

  236. costaricanchata says:
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    been without internet for almost a week .
    just skimming through the important stuff .

    @ kiwi :
    are you losing to your sister again this year ?

    also ,
    @ kiwi :
    said this once before .
    seems your worserer (<== shaq term) luck coincided
    with your change of avatar .

    cust .

    @ Grey :
    watched miggy get thrown out .
    if this shizz keeps up , there will be
    snipers in the stands , before long .

    going to camden yards for thurs/fri games .
    astros and mariners .
    yay !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, that’s awesome… Never been there… Would love to one day… And Wrigley…And, well, just about every park except for Fenway, California ones and NY ones…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @costaricanchata: Well, she gave me a 10-1 shellacking earlier in the year, but no, I’m up against the other female member of the league this week, though she seems to have stopped managing her team.

      And yeah, might have to do something about the avatar. Bart hasn’t quite given me the level of smooth steady performance that might have been expected. He probably doesn’t like all my swearing either.

  237. SteveNZ says:
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    Sounds like Mike Morse was pulled from BP ahead of his AAA start. Wonder if he’s been traded?

    Hope it’s somewhere nice as I have him stashed on my DL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May not be such a bad stashee for power…

  238. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to drop one. Ejax, Parker Or Straily? Based on schedule, probably wouldn’t start Parker for at least 3-4 weeks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

  239. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so giddy. that 12 team roto league team i just inherited; it’s got cool stats like K/BB, net steals and net saves, OPS, holds. stuff that really makes sense. But other stupid stuff like errors/triples/grand slams. a team is being disbanded tonight and the other 11 are picking through the scraps. Please put these in order for draft purposes. my team is esp weak at pitching, as i am about to throw away at least 3 guys.
    1.freeman/cargo/gordon/longo/desmond/jones/gio/moore/latos/kuroda/bailey
    im thinking
    jones/desmond(do need ss)/cargo(injury)/moore/latos/gio/kuroda/bailey/freeman

    also i’d have to order which guys to drop off my team so what is the drop order
    2. smith/simon/richards/hanson/gallardo//victorino/rendon/arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, CarGo, Desmond… Simon, Smith, Richards

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: forgot to rank gordon. probably after the pitcher’s since i need that so bad? I’ll probably be soon waivering willy peralta/deduno dropping gallardo/hanson/richards
      simon to be replaced by fien/strop/cook