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Francisco Rodriguez got the save yesterday, then K-Rod told the reflection in his mirror I’m nobody’s dork.  He’s been Marmolesque (1.42 WHIP, 4+ BB/9), but saves plus a solid K rate has its value.  If you really need saves, you could do worse.  John Axford, for instance, he was worse, which came after such a great 2011.  He reminds me of The Hangover II.  Looks exactly the same as the first one, but somehow they managed to make all the good parts of the first terrible.  And why was Zach Samardzija (or whatever his name is) a bratty kid?  He wasn’t that in the first one.  And Bartha has so much else going on he can’t even be in the movie or they just didn’t feel like coming up with a character for him?  And you should kinda react when you wake up with a tattoo on your face.  As Ken Jeong would say about Axford, you so lame.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Braun – Irritated his previously strained groin.  Used to happen to me all the time in high school.  Just gotta give it a day or two.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks with the win.   Murray Chass tweeted, “Dudley Moore gets the wind… What?  No…. Shoot…  Martha, I’m using this voice to text gizmo and it’s messing up my tits… No, don’t send!”

Garrett Richards – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  This was one of those games where the other team was out of it so quickly Richards just cruised.  There should be a glossary term for a pitcher who coasts because of an early lead.  Please suggest in the comments.  Thank you.

Mike Trout – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Can someone please make one of those Christian fish symbols but with it saying Trout in the middle?

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Imma let you finish, but Mike Trout’s the best of all time!

Albert Pujols – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  I call this song, “The Best of All-Time (Mike Trout)” and it goes like this:  It’s quarter after four and Mike Trout is the best of that time, because he’s the best of all time… If Mike Trout were singing this song it would rhyme… Or wouldn’t rhyme if he doesn’t want it to…. Then the chorus repeats for infinity.

Stephen Fife – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  You wanna diss the Fife, but you still don’t know the half.  He showed pretty mediocre stuff in the minors.  Okay, now you know the half.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks as he returned from the DL.  His ERA is 3.27, WHIP is 1.25 and he’s top 20 in Ks with 11 wins.  Not sure why this just occurred to me, but he’s a Hall of Famer.  First ballot.  Unless it’s revealed he was taking HGH, but, even then, if he said he had some beef pumped full of artificial hormones, you’d give him the benefit of the doubt.

Jose Bautista – MRI showed no damage in his wrist, then the MRI dropped its pants and wiggled its butt.  Wait, what?  Bautista will probably be out for the minimum time, but whenever a hitter has a wrist injury… Well, we talk about it more in this afternoon’s podcast.

Anthony Gose – I went over him yesterday when I said he sounds like the name a drunk person would call Anthony Edwards if he ran into him in a bar restroom.  Yesterday, I added a bunch of probably’s and maybe’s because Bautista wasn’t definitely on the DL yet.  Now, he is.  Remove the hedges and you have, “Great speed for Gose, bad Ks which could lead to a poor average, SAGNOF me now or lose me forever!”  And that’s me condensing me!  So, of course, the Blue Jays don’t start Gose yesterday.  Might be they plan on sitting him against tough lefties due to his .187 against lefties in the minors this year.  Because of the nature of SAGNOF, if you need steals, he’s an add everywhere, but if you don’t need steals, he’s an add nowhere.  Anthony Gose, you can be my wing man anytime!

Jair Jurrjens – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  In America, everyone gets a 2nd chance — John Travolta, Michael Vick and the police officer from The Village People.  Maybe people get 2nd chances in Kathmandu.  I don’t know.  I’ve never heard anyone say, “Everyone gets a 2nd chance in Kathmandu.”  But how many chances are the Braves going to give Jurrjens?!  And Delgado was sent down?  And Medlen’s in middle relief?  Ridiculous.

Buster Posey – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs, pushing his average to .302.  Has 11 homers on the year and solid counting stats.  Thinking he’s going to be the consensus number one catcher off draft boards next year.  Sorry, Chooch.

Roy Halladay – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  It would’ve been better to buy him before this start like when I ranked him high in the top 100 for the 2nd half, but if you can still get him, I could see a great 2nd half.

Ross Ohlendorf – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If you pick him up, you’re teetering between brilliance and insanity like an abstract painter or an MMA fighter.

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-4 with his 2nd steal in as many games, hitting .309 since his call up.  Not a whole lot to see here, but he does have playing time for deeper leagues.

Jed Lowrie – If you set your watch by his DL stints, take off your watch for 6 weeks, you won’t be needing it because that’s how long he’s gone.

Jon Lester – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.80.  Totally floored that he still hasn’t turned his season around.  At this point, I’d expect a Disgraceful List stint and he’s unstartable in all leagues until he throws a decent game.

David Ortiz – Out at least a week with a sore Achilles.  Sounds like a great Abbott-Costello routine with Ortiz and the trainer.  “How’s your heel?”  “It no heal, my foot still hurts.”

Carl Crawford – 3-for-4, 3 steals.  You know, playing like you want to make up for a forgotten three months is one way to go.  Not a bad way to go for his owners, either.  I’d still be adverbly concerned that he’s going to throw one into the infield and it’s gonna look like a Johnny Damon throw because he’s hurt his elbow.

Adam Dunn – 1-for-4 with a steal as the Red Sox let him get a 89 foot lead off first.

Kevin Youkilis – Hit a three-run homer in his old stomping grounds.  Looks like the Red Sox figured out how to motivate him.

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.58.  Niese as a preseason sleeper was a good call by Sky, the doode who is now over at our fantasy football site.  In today’s podcast, I called Niese to be my 2nd half Cy Young.  Like you thought Dickey would be the 1st half Cy Young.  (Though, I was slightly kidding on the 2nd half Cy Young for Niese.  Though, Part II:  They Just Keep Making Thoughs, I do like Niese.)

Jordany Valdespin – The master Quidditch player hit a homer yesterday as he replaced Jason Bay, who returned from the DL.  The Mets are damn fools for not playing Valdespin every day, because nothing says a weak attempt at spicing up a lineup like a little old Bay.  Member last year when the Mets were trying to trade Bay by saying he could play center field?  Ha!

Trevor Bauer – 3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks.  I told just about anyone who asked yesterday that you should sit him, and now you either sit him again in his next start or drop him.  There’s no way you can start him in roto leagues.  In H2H, the gamble depends on how your current week is going.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last two games.  It’s not too late for him.  Or said again in a bad Nicholas Sparks-based movie, “It’s not too late for HIM!  But it is for me, now touch the side of my face slowly while this maudlin music plays.”

Carlos Lee – 2-for-4 with a grand slam.  Okay, but we’ll all go blind if I flagellate on Carlos Lee.

Jonathan Sanchez – The Royals cut Filthy Sanchez aka Smellie Fingers.  Next up for Sanchez, doing a handheld video with Dustin Diamond.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4 with another homer.  That’s not being in a zone.  This is being in a zone!

Josh Rutledge – 1-for-4 with an RBI.  With Chris Nelson to the DL and Scutaro moving to 2nd base, Rutledge is seeing time at short.  Doesn’t have more than 10 homer, 10 speed over the course of a season, so, in the course of a few weeks, you’re not going to get much.  Basically, picking up Josh Rutledge and an orangutan couldn’t even get Jane Goodall’s nipples hard.

Brett Anderson – Cleared for a rehab assignment as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.  When Tommy John had Tommy John surgery, did they call it His Surgery?  Cust queryin’.

Joe Kelly – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Why do I get the sense if Trevor Bauer was a rookie on the Cards he’d have a 2.50 ERA?  Kelly’s been solid with his ERA, but everything else is kinda belchtastic.  I’d continue to ignore outside of deeper leagues.

Justin Smoak – I almost mentioned him yesterday when he homered on Monday, but, well, he homered again so here he is now.  He has 10 homers on the road (3 at home).  I owned him for one of his road trips and got a cheap homer from him.  Where there’s Smoak there’s… A quagmire of crappy corner men on waivers but he’s hot.

Nick Markakis – 3-for-4 and 6 for his last 9, and around .400 over the last week.  In some shallower leagues, Markakis might be sitting out on waivers.  He’s doing nothing but hitting (everything but homers), so if you need that sorta thing, do what you do and I’ll do what I do and we’ll see each at family functions.  I’m your weird uncle.

Matt Capps – Just returned from the DL, but still has shoulder soreness and is headed back to the DL.  The Twins said, “Capps will be fine in 15 days and we’re still open to trade him.”  When asked why his jersey is littered with phrases such as “No Returns,” “As Is,” and “Handle With Care,” the Twins claim they are just inspirational phrases.   If you’re hurting for saves, Burton and Perkins would be the grabs, in that order.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-1 with a homer.  No, he didn’t walk three times in his other at-bats.  The Royals didn’t start him.  Do they get a special price on chicken if they play Dyson?  Seriously, dubya the eff?

Jonathan Broxton – Reports are saying the Mets are paying close attention to Broxton.  When I read that, I picture the Mets were like the Shifty-Eyed Dog on The Simpsons.  I’d handcuff or stash Holland, which sounds similar to a bumper sticker I bought in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

From Around The Web

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    cruise control

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, I think we can do better.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, there was no thought in it, first thing that popped in and trying to see if it would stick.

        I’m still waiting on the verdict for bichetter from Rudy.

  2. JR says:
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    I love that this comes up right now. Gotta be up for work in 5 hours but there’s no way in hell i’m going to bed now.

    Got a quick question for you. In a 10 team keeper league and I have been offered Votto @ $26 for next year for my Longoria for $27. Who would you take if you were trying to win it this year? I have Zim and Lawrie for 3rd and am currently playing dunn at my Infield position. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JR, Votto

  3. Mdgross says:
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    Man, I’ll never forget my one time in Amsterdam’s RLD. A woman who looked like one of the chicks from Evil Dead came out from her roadside apartment and said s*ck and f*ck, $100. I wasn’t carrying a BOOMSTICK with me, so I ducked into the nearest hash bar.

    Anyway, if my bullpen is Aceves, Frieri, Burton, and Purnell, how would you expect me to perform in saves for the second half in a 12 team league? What if I said I am holding Matt Belisle and Wilton Lopez until the trade deadline?

    • TualatinTwoStep says:
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      @Mdgross, An older Belgian cat told me when I was staying in Amsterdam that the whores in the windows in the RLD “are all men”. LMAO!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @TualatinTwoStep, that makes sense now, I thought that was the old banana in the cooch trick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mdgross, Nice… I’d say your bullpen will be a bit rocky, and not just b/c of Belise.

  4. Adam says:
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    The Detroit offense was lead poisoned? Brutal, but best I got…

    Also, just traded Howard, A. Gordon and C. Perez for Jackson and CJ Wilson…you likey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, I think we can do better…. Nice trade!

  5. Pigeon Pants says:
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    Better bet: Colvin, Lind, Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pigeon Pants, Lind

  6. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Glossary definition for pitcher coasting on an early lead:

    Head Start Program

    • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, Usage: “The offense scored 6 in the 1st, so their pitcher was Head Start Programmed.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, Not bad, but we can do better…

  7. DevilDoc says:
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    Otto-Pitch

    Named after Dave Otto. First, Otto is a Palindrome so points there. Second, and probably most importantly, his career 5.06 ERA really didn’t mean much with Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Walt Weiss on the Offensive side, and “Eck” Closing out games… He most certainly was on Otto-Pitch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DevilDoc, Wow, I think you knocked that outta the park… I like it…

      • DevilDoc says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  8. BlinkULDHC says:
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    This 3-4 month wait for Ellsbury and Crawford to get off the DL has been nothing short of Tantric, and if Crawford & Ellsbury continue to play like this, I’m gonna spill a 4-month long tantric roto-load.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BlinkULDHC, Ha!

  9. Steve says:
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    Aw crap. Franklin Morales has been moved back to the bullpen.

    You think he gets to pitch in the 7th and 8th with the lead? Pretty sweet to have an MR with SP eligibility…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah… But mostly longer middle relief…

  10. stoopid says:
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    phife diggy dawg at 6am is exactly what i needed to compliment this coffee in waking me up. kudos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Thanks!

  11. Grey's da man! says:
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    Please rank at 2B: Kendrick, R Weeks, K Johnson.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Johnson

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Only 1-4 last night with a ribeye but more importantly, 1B eligability for Moobs!!! Finally Yost…thank you.

    Gregerson (Gregorson?) or Holland? Chasing saves…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Ah, there ya go… Holland

  13. nightpandas says:
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    Lester you no talent ass clown…..

    Pitcher coasting on an early lead is an: O Rider (O for offence)

    “O Rider” Richards had an easy game last night.

    or

    Richards was “riding the O train” last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, I like Otto-Pitch better.

  14. Mike says:
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    Need 2 starters to stream tonight
    Richard vs Astros
    Liriano vs Balt
    Samardzia vs Miami
    Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Richard, Liriano

  15. Tim says:
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    If u need saves would u pick up up chisek or K-rod now that Axford benched?
    Or burton?
    Can u rank all 3
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim, K-Rod

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        K-Rod, Cishek…

  16. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Would you replace Votto with Rizzo or Lind? Rizzo is on my bench so would not cost $1 if that makes any difference.

    Also, now that I have a roster spot, would you add McAllister or Leake?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Rizzo… McAllister

  17. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whats your thoughts on Stanton and Tulo when they get back, think they can perform to their usual stud levels? Holding onto both in my H2H hoping for a lasershow in my playoffs, but kinda hurting at power right now so wondering if I should shop one.

    You more confident on one than the other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, More confident on Stanton

  18. NewbieRazz says:
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    Offensive breeze

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NewbieRazz, I like Otto-Pitch better.

  19. Trevor

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    Grey, great roundup! I just dropped Cischek for K-Rod. I have Pedroia coming off the DL tomorrow, should I drop Axford to Activate him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21, Thanks! Go for it

  20. The Wickler says:
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    Rank ROS:
    SP: B McCarthy, J Parker and Edwinning
    OF: Jennings, Colvin, Cain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Wickler, Parker, Edwin…. Jennings, Cain

  21. G’mornin’ Grey.

    In a 16-team redraft roto league I’ve got Ruggiano, who seems to be slowing down. Would you drop him for Boesch, Span, or Frazier? My weakest hitting categories are AVE, followed by R and SB.

    Also, I dropped Jesus Montero a while back for Wilin Rosario and have been satisfied with the move so far. But Jesus is still on waivers and starting to hit again. Should I consider switching back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Morning! Boesch…. Sure, switch back…

  22. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Hey Grey I need your opinion.
    I was offered David Freese 3B for Allen Craig OF/1B
    here is my lineup, I love flexibility and thus I need to post my whole lineup. lol
    C A.J. Pierzynski, CWS C
    1B Prince Fielder, Det 1B
    2B Alexi Amarista, SD 2B
    3B Aramis Ramirez, Mil 3B
    SS Pedro Ciriaco, Bos SS
    2B/SS Robinson Cano, NYY 2B
    1B/3B Garrett Jones, Pit 1B, OF
    OF Michael Cuddyer, Col 1B, OF
    OF Josh Reddick, Oak OF
    OF Cody Ross, Bos OF
    OF Justin Ruggiano, Mia OF
    OF Matt Joyce, TB OF
    UTIL Buster Posey, SF C, 1B
    Bench Allen Craig, StL OF, 1B
    Bench Brandon Belt, SF 1B, OF
    Bench Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B
    DL Jed Lowrie*, Hou SS, 3B

    • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy,
      an update
      I dropped Brandon Belt for Adam Lind 1B/DH
      I dropped Pedro Ciriaco for Emilio Bonifacio SS, 3B, OF
      I dropped Rickie Weeks, Mil for Rafael Furcal SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, I’d take Freese

  23. Anyone starting Ian Kennedy tonight vs. the Reds at Great America? Could be a rollercoaster ride with fireworks at the end, or the beginning. People are starting to drop Kennedy. I am sick and tired of him, but I’ve kept Lincecum the whole time too.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @The Miracles, Run, run like the wind……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Miracles, I’d be careful

  24. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey grey, is it time to ax the axman or hold him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Depends on league and needs and who you’re picking up

  25. Garrett Richards: “Mercy-ruled”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @feltbot, Not bad, I like Otto-Pitch better.

  26. frank rizzo says:
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    Is Buehrle a strong start against the Cubs at Wrigley tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Sure, if the wind’s blowing in…

  27. Breby Lawmus says:
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    Grey,

    What would you trade Miguel Cabrera for?
    Offer so far is Albert and a 2nd,
    ive got Lawrie at third, i just don’t see Miggy getting 4 more games at first the 2nd half to be eligable next season.

    Any musings on the matter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Breby Lawmus, I’d want more…

  28. YoureOnPoint says:
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    yo Grey you remember that routine, where we all ask you questions about our fantasy teams?

  29. Francona's Towel says:
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    @Grey

    Starters for today, who gets the nod: Vogelsong, Lewis (Back from DL), Samardjza, Clayton Richard

    I have plenty of space to start all 4, just wondering on match ups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Francona’s Towel, Not Samardzija in some leagues

  30. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Jonathan Broxton – Reports are saying the Mets are paying close attention to Broxton.

    Remakes usually aren’t as good as the originals, so if I were a Metco loyal patron, I would not be looking forward to “El Cid II – The Return.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, Ha

  31. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    If you Google ‘pitcher with a big lead’, the first item up mentions “Nailing that ‘thug chic'”.

    I don’t know why, but I find this both oddly apropo and hillarious.

    Alternatively, how about ‘One fingered’ or ‘Middle fingered’…..double meaning, as thats all the catcher is gonna be showing for the rest of the game + the usual finger salutation….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan, Ha… That’s kinda odd… I like Otto-Pitch better…

  32. Chillmodious says:
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    Re: Cain, I mentioned this late yesterday, but could we call that a “pinchslap”?

    Usage: “I thought he was out for the night, but my ‘daddy’ showed up out of nowhere and pinchslapped me way hard until I learned my lesson.”

    And that’s me copy/pasting me!

    (And that’s me mimicking Grey’s style!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, That’s good!

  33. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Bauer a good buy low at this point for a keeper league? How much has his stock fallen?

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Yep, gobble that baby up, and spit out the placenta.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, A lot…

  34. Mark says:
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     “I told just about anyone who asked yesterday that you should sit him, and now you either sit him again in his next start or drop him”

    You also said to sell Trumbo so don’t blame us for not listening.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark, And I still think he’s going to cool off in a big way…

  35. KayCee says:
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    Won Sheets, Gose, & Frazier last night. $6 over my cap. Drop $3 Bourjous & $4 Capps to make room for them?

    6×6 (obp+apps), 13 teams w/10 man benches. All spec plays, will be on bench for now.

    • KayCee says:
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      @KayCee,

      Or I could drop Campana ($5) plus one of them, who has all of 20 ab’s and 2 steals last 31 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KayCee, Campana, Bourjos

      • KayCee says:
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        @Grey,

        Thanks. I am in 1st in steals & 12 up on next guy. Just dealt away speed for power (Trout my main source of SB’s now), trying to make my push. Even though he’s on my bench, hopefully Gose will get PT and SB’s in case it gets to the point where I need to start him.

        Capps though? Hold onto him? Really?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @KayCee, Hold Campana over Capps if you need steals, but Sveum’s never playing him as you said…

          • KayCee says:
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            @Grey,

            I need saves & apps more than steals at THIS point (not that Capps is going to help much at this point), but I have moved speed for power so unless Trout keeps owning the world I might have a point or two to lose there. Still- if Gose could be a nice SAGNOF play, why hold Campana?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I was the one that said lose Campana…

              • KayCee says:
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                @Grey,

                I know! Just seeking affirmation that Campana’s wheels can be dropped. I hate having him eat a spot, but I’d hate cutting him loose and seeing him get PT after a trade or injury then going apeshizz all over the basepaths. And it’s not like Capps seems like he’s going to come back blazing anytime soon.

                F it: bye bye Bourjous, bye bye Campana!

  36. Rob says:
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    11 team OBP mixed keeper league

    Do I trade jay Bruce ($21 for 2 more years)
    for
    David Wright ($43 for 2 more years)

    Given our league inflation both are good dollar values.. But is the $22 gap enough to make it worth keeping Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob, I’d hold

  37. nightpandas says:
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    trying to improve my pitching for a title run:

    Does this deal make any sense?

    I lose:

    Lester
    Oswalt or Cahill
    2nd pick (9th round after keepers next year)

    for

    Colby Lewis
    Beckett or Buerle
    4th pick (11th round after keepers next year)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, I’d take Lewis and Beckett

  38. Mornin’,
    I want to pick up Holland but I just stashed Storen. Should I drop Bell or Cishek to grab him or should I just stand pat?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave the Barber, Lose Storen

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  39. nightpandas says:
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    Do you see Jennings turning it around in the second half? Significant upgrade over Boneface in LF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, I do see him turning it around…

  40. Hi Grey — In my 14-teamer (roto, redraft) where Votto’s injury suddenly makes my hold on first seem tenuous, I moved Encarnacion to 1B and picked up Glass Chipper for third. I’m trying to make a trade for a better 1B or 3B, but in the meantime would I be better off with Frazier or Morneau (both on waivers) than Chipper?

    Also, with the speculation that Broxton’s on the way to the Mets, is it worth grabbing Holland in lieu of Parnell or Cishek?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Hold

      • @Grey, Thanks, Grey … do you mean hold on both? I mean, hold Glass Chipper over Frazier or Morneau *and* hold Parnell or Chisek over Holland?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold on both

  41. Adam says:
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    @Grey, and anyone else who wants to chime in

    H2H league….my ERA/WHIP are already screwed on the week (thanks for piling on, Travis Wood!) so I’m just gunning for W/QS at this point.

    Which 1 of these schmos would you start? And I will be starting 1 of them.

    Minor vs SF
    Blackley vs TEX
    Young @ WAS
    Chen vs SEA (been getting blown up lately, but the matchup seems to deserve at least a mention)

    • @Adam, Don’t start Chen, The M’s have a good road offense. If it was in Seattle it would be a different story. Check the splits.

      • Adam says:
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        @Dave the Barber,

        Thanks, I’ll cross him off the mental list.

        Any suggestion on the final 3 candidates? Blackley is pitching the best, but he’s also facing the toughest offense.

        • @Adam, I wouldn’t want to start anybody against Texas especially when they’re hot (won 5 of the last 6). Chris Young got rocked in his last outing giving up 5 runs in 3 innings and that leaves Mike Minor, who gives up more runs than anyone in the league. Considering all factors I would say that Minor has the best match up but he’s the worst pitcher. If I had to pick one of these options I would rank them 1.) Blackley 2.) Minor 3.) Chen 4.)Young

          • Adam says:
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            @Dave the Barber,

            Couldn’t convince myself to go with Blackley, and decided to go with Minor instead.

            Thanks for the input, we’ll see how it goes.

            • @Adam,
              I see the logic in that choice bc Atlanta probably has a pretty good chance to win so the W factor is there but I doubt you get a QS.

  42. JustMatt says:
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    Need a stop gap at SS until Tulo gets back. Really need a boost in SBs.

    Rutledge, Marwin or EverCab

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JustMatt, Marwin

  43. Call a pitcher cruising after his team jumps out to a huge lead a Philadelphia Freeway cause he would always start every song with the obligatory: “EARRRLLY!!” then he’d be all … “I aint talmbout Chicken and Gravy mang.” and “If my kids hungry snatch the dishes out ya kitchen.”
    Fun Fact: The term EARRRLLY was originated in the Philadelphia City Prison redundantly named CFCF. Whenever one inmate was asked what he was gonna do today he would always tell the C.O., “same thing I do every day all day EARRRLLY!!!” It then caught on and everyone started sayin: “All day … EARLY” when ever they were asked about their future plans, for instance:
    Yasim: Yo Haneef, whatchu gonna do when you get out fam?
    Haneef: My main jawn (girlfriend) … all day EARRRLLY!!!!

    The expression was just shortened to “EARRRLLYY!!!” later on down the road due to the tendency of human beings to be lazy (I remember that was the strategy used to apprehend the D.C. snipers: Newscaster, “Authorities have determined that the culprits must be camped out at one of 8 rest stops in a 10 mile radius do to the laziness of human nature.” The jawn (female newscaster) really said that. (I may or may not be making all of this ish up.)

    Anyways when a pitcher gets out to a ridiculous early lead you should just be like EARRRLLY!!! And stroke your beard and talk real fast and high pitched for the next 3 minutes. Or you can call it an Early Cuyler … cause Squidbillies is dope son.

    • DooDOO!
      … I do’d when i should due’d

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave the Barber, Love the enthusiasm… That’s awesome, but I like Otto-Pitch better.

  44. Chillmodious says:
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    You ok with dropping Bauer to stream Samardzija today? (12tm, H2H, redraft… and my ERA is already in the toilet for the week)

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Chillmodious, Also, who is the better start on Friday: Marco Estrada @ Cincy / Bud Norris @ Arizona

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Chillmodious, I’m not recommending Samardzija. Good matchup, but he’s had 4 crappy starts in his last 6, not to mention getting lit up by MIA (5 ER in 3.2 IP) earlier this year.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Awesomus Maximus, Thanks. I know those details all too well, as I owned him through his 9ER disaster (when I finally ditched him) which came before the past two decent starts. I even went on a crazy rant in the comments the next day about how I wouldn’t piss on him if he were on fire, etc. Howeva!, here I am with a sky-high ERA for the week, in need of a W, somewhat in need of Ks, and Mike Minor/Kevin Milwood as the only other stream options in my league. If I go with Samardzija, the minute games lock I’m dropping him for either Estrada/Norris, who go Friday.

  45. Eddy says:
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    Bauer’s next start is at home v. HOU. Houston is 10-36 in road games. If he doesn’t dominate that, then you’re spot on, Grey, it’s time to cut him loose.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yup

  46. Oh yeah one more thing … should I bench Mickey Deez @ Colorado today (You should call that a Ryan Clark … you know because of the whole sickle cell thing)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave the Barber, I’d sit him

  47. JTR says:
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    What do you think about streaming Buchholz at home against the White Sox tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, It’s okay in some leagues…

  48. Chupacabra says:
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    Glossary term for pitcher that gets early lead:

    Cruise missile

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chupacabra, I like Otto-Pitch better…

  49. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I know you’ve been promoting Lind for awhile so no need to do it again today, BUT it might be worth noting he managed two hits off Sabathia last night when he usually does NOTHING against lefties. So… good sign.

    Matt Moore hit the wire last night — worth dropping Bauer (currently benchridden) for Moore? Or leave them both to ache someone else’s head?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, Yeah, agreed…. I’d go with Moore over Bauer…

  50. Clinton says:
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    Walk in the ballpark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clinton, I like Otto-Pitch better…

  51. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – I suppose the “Trout” symbol beats the “Darwin” symbol anyday since it must refer to Barney (and not Danny who’s long since retired). Stash Storen or BAnderson? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff, Anderson

  52. Furious says:
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    Cain is only going to play 5 of 7 days to keep him from getting hurt again because the Royals are the WORST run franchise of the last 20 years. Have to get Dyson and his 249/312/315 line in there as much as you can. I hate that I am a fan of this clown organization.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Furious, Ha… Yup…

  53. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Garret Richards pulled a Smokey Robinson.

    Why? I’m glad you asked.

    The music is played for love.
    Crusin’ is made for love.
    I love it when we’re crusin’ together…

    I have that on repeat when I shave my thighs and apply vasoline to my chestal region. That should be reason enough, but adding Smokey to the list is like watching Charles Bronson lather himself with musky oily Japanese cologne.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaywrong, Pretty funny, but I like Otto-Pitch better.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Grey, I think I do too, but if I have a chance to bring up Smokey, Bronson, and my chestal region, I’m going to do it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you have to…

  54. DiscoD says:
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    Grey,

    1. Should I drop Bauer to add Shields or Milone?

    2. Would you rather have Street or K-Rod? Our league is 8pts per save

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiscoD, Milone…. Street

  55. Dan Pants

    blairtch says:
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    Can someone please make one of those Christian fish symbols but with it saying Trout in the middle?

    #tattooideas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blairtch, Nice

  56. Jon says:
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    Sit/start:

    Leake vs ARI Thu
    Milone vs NYY Fri
    Hughes @ OAK Sat

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Start them…

  57. Todd25 says:
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    term for Garrett Richards:
    He went “SuperNova”, all last year (almost 9 in 2011!) and this year Ivan Nova has had uber run support, therein making his pitching look a lot better since the other teams start pressing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Otto-Pitch better…

  58. William says:
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    @Grey:
    Goldschmidt, Allen Craig, or Rizzo? Also, Josh Willingham or Colby Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Rizzo… Rasmus

  59. Herschel says:
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    @grey: cishek or krod for saves? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, K-Rod

  60. HotRod says:
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    please rank these dl stashes…unfortunately can only keep 2 of the 3….

    Bailey
    Capps
    McCarthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, Bailey, McCarthy

  61. scott says:
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    grey what happened to the lineup thing on the right that we could just mouse over?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rotoinfo is redesigning the next few days and it’s down…

  62. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s your rank of these five SPs over the remainder of the season:

    Lester, Anibal, Hughes, Niese, Moore

    I’m really struggling as to who to add and drop. I’ve got Lester, Moore and Niese. Kinda want to hang on to Niese, not sure what to do with Moore and Lester. They’ve both been so blech and Lester has been utterly useless this season.

    Anibal is on waivers and Hughes is an FA. Hughes has been much better than Lester and Moore, and marginally better than Anibal. Lester is just useless, and in an 8 Team league, I think it’s time to move on.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal, Niese, Hughes, Moore

  63. EK says:
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    Start any of these?
    12 team H2H points:

    Estrada @ CIN
    Blackley vs TEX
    McDonald @ COL
    Millwood @ KC
    Young @ WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackley

  64. royce! says:
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    I just saw the Dunn steal- had you already seen it when you wrote yesterday that Salty “does the old fetch with a doggie trick where you go to throw and throw it behind you”? Because that didn’t happen, but it was close- Salty bobbled the transfer and never made a throw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Makes sense…

  65. Deadwoods says:
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    Butler or Rizzo ROS?

    Phillips or Butler, ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo… Butler…

  66. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, Which of the following guys would you NOT deal along with Capuano for Bryce Harper (I get Harper):

    Logan Morrison
    Luke Scott
    Krispie Young
    Ichiro
    Lorenzo Cain

    Also, there’s no way you’re sending Vogelsong out there at Atlanta, right?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting The Songbird… I’d send any of them with Cap…

  67. Shidesthelimit says:
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    I was just offered CarGo for Posey and Ian Desmond. I have Salvador Perez and Hanley to slide into those spots. Should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it…

  68. mjd123 says:
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    Garrett Richards forted all over his big lead after the first inning (as in held down the fort)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad at all… But I like Otto-Pitch better…

  69. Watson says:
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    Hey Grey just got offered Joey Bats for my Cain H2H redraft. My pitching staff is anchored by Cain, Greinke and Gio. Thanks a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  70. Hector Luna says:
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    Alright Grey, is Marco Estrada for real? I’d expect a little regression with WHIP and K/9, as long as the ERA hovers around what it’s at. Is he worth picking up by dropping Edwin Jackson or Nova? Or will he turn out mostly to be a fluke? I might drop one of those guys in 3 weeks anyways, when Cashner returns. Your thoughts….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take a flyer on him over Edwin in shallow enough leagues…

  71. Wake Up says:
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    Marmoles, simply Marmoles (Ron) Darling…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  72. Hunter says:
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    I got an offer of Adam Jones for Longoria…should I take? Ive heard Longoria could come back end of this month or not at all this year so I’m torn…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jones

  73. Wake Up says:
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    Agreed that the Hangover II (return of the Hangover) was quite a disappointment.

    Agree that CC is a 1st ballot stud for the HOF. (CC is also a big fan of late night cheeseburgers, lying down on the floor).

    Trevor Bauer should add, as a part of his 3 1/2 hour pregame warm-ups, “Losing his temper with himself in the mirror!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Agreed with Bauer…

  74. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Start or sit?

    McDonald @ COL
    Wainwright @ MIL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, start

  75. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey…10 team roto, I need hitting badly, specifically runs. I have been offered Pedroia and Victorino for my Hanrahan and Rios. Although I dont want to give up a rock solid Hanrahan, I do have the depth to deal him with Marmol sitting on my bench and have really solid ERA/WHIP team totals. Im hung up on Rios/Victorino. Rios has been incredible, Victorino the opposite. If I need hitting, am I crazy to trade Rios right now? Will Victorino heat up at all? The main question,,,with my need for hitting and specifically runs, shoul I take this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it for you…

  76. Sawx10 says:
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    @Grey

    Would you trade CC for Pujols with a team that is hurting offensively with both Votto and Longoria on the DL? My pitching is pretty stacked…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would

  77. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Pick 2 to roster ROS:
    Parker, Feliz, Fiers, Marcum

    Pick 1:
    Stubbs, Cain, Maybin

    Pick 1:
    Ichiro or Cain (different league)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons, Fiers, Parker… Maybin… Cain…

  78. Random Collmenter says:
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    Was offered Jarrod Parker for Rasmus.

    I would normally reject this, but my OF is stacked – also have Grandy, Ethier, Cruz, Stanton, Cespedes, Hunter, Ichiro, Moss, Ibanez…

    Thoughts?

    Should I try to get him to throw in Lorenzo Cain maybe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reject…

    • Being that guy says:
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      @Random Collmenter, Why on earth do you have 9 outfielders?

  79. EK says:
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    Pick one for tomorrow?
    Garcia @ OAK
    Maholm vs MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia

  80. mc serch says:
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    any pitcher staked to a lead is gonna throw lots of fastballs and lots of strikes….just like a pitching machine….so how about Iron Mike?….as in, Garrett Richards was staked to an early seven run lead so he Iron Mike’d it the rest of the way…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Otto-Pitch better…..

  81. KayCee says:
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    Who do you pick: Frazier with of/3b elig, or Ludwick, who seems to be smoking some balls over fence and hit 4th last night? Their power metrics and xBA’s are pretty close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can go with Ludwick…

      • KayCee says:
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        @Grey,

        Why’d you have to say that! How bout this, what if I said I have Chipper and mini-Donkey at 3B?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Frazier

          • KayCee says:
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            @Grey,

            Love ya, babe. Amazing work you do here. Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, friend.

  82. EK says:
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    Pls rank these starts?
    12 team H2H pts:

    Estrada @ CIN
    Blanton vs SF
    Harang @ NYM
    Westbrook vs CHC
    Detwiler vs ATL

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blanton, Detwiler, Estrada

  83. mhfella says:
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    Hi Grey,

    For some average and possible steals, Amarista or Marwin at SS? Hey, thanks for that Fribble reference the other day. Had forgotten about those; found one nearby. Awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Marwin

  84. HKevo says:
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    Grey-
    Lost Lowrie, just offered Matt Cain for Starlin, sound good? Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent…

  85. Should I start Berkman over the rookie today or go with Austin Jackson against C.J.? I’m leaning toward Lance and I got 5 minutes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave the Barber, Jackson

      • @Grey,
        Just got it in by a second, purshate it. Would waiting for Puma to trend up probably be the way to go before I start playing match-ups?

  86. FuzzyD says:
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    Nice Tribe reference!

  87. Grey

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

  88. DaddyAoki says:
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    Buehrle @ Cubbies or Buchholz vs White Sox? Or both? Thanks.

  89. nightpandas says:
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    keeper league and ROS:

    Kemp & AJax

    for

    Hamilton & Jennings

  90. Love’Otto-Pitch’

    All I can come up with is ‘Pitch’n refrain’ (bitch n complain)…to pitch and hold back…get it get it? ehhhhhhhhhhhhh

  91. BluePulaski says:
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    Re: term for pitcher who coasts after the opponent has left the building:

    I like Free Coaster… the kind you get in a case of beer…the king you might buy for a dime at a yard/garage sale because you’d never buy it in a store but like the funny saying on it…or the kind of roller coaster you might get to ride at an amusement park on a busy day because everyone else is lining up to ride the cool, better ones

    …Free Coaster… a lousy, unproven, and/or mediocre pitcher that cruises in a game after being spotted a big lead, facing a lineup who have left their (real) bats in the dugout after an early offensive display that makes any counter attack frivelous to even think about (If you were Roy Hobbs, would you leave your Wonderboy bat in the dugout if you thought there was a chance it would crack facing a 13-0 defecit…I know I would)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Otto-Pitch better……

  92. BluePulaski says:
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    You’re the boss! ;o)

  93. BluePulaski says:
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    I actually didn’t read the Otto-Pitch…and you are right…but don’t I win anything?… like a free Razzball coaster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nope…

  94. Vottomattic says:
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    Lost Votto thought he was an android and never got hurt now he only has one knee I’m with you grey I would give up a knee for him.
    So sense I lost the big bat I just traded hosmer, steven drew, longoria, cueto, and Rafeal Soriano. For Braun, Aceves, and Storen. Its a 10×10 rotto league. How do you think I made out. All those hitter were reserve and dl for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks decent… Take followups to the newest post…

      • Vottomattic says:
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        @Grey, would you trade goldschmidt, and yadier molina, for teixeira and roy halladay I have perez to take molina’s spot.

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