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For all of today’s news and lineup notes, all with a Canadian/Arizonian accent (if that’s such a thing, I’m assuming it is unless they already deported it) here’s Nick the Podcast Radio Host with today’s HotSheet!

To be fair, Johnny Cueto is good, but that’s not the name of the song. Pitching a complete game, three hit shut-out with eight strikeouts is quite an impressive start, until you realize it was against the Padres. You gave up three hits against them? What is this? Kevin Correia hour? Even though those nine innings struck me as quite pedestrian, his last 63.0 IP have been quite impressive. And seeing as how he’s one of the eighteen pitchers who has survived so far without a tendon exploding, he could be well on his way for a Cy Young caliber year. And while the red flags are few and far between, I would be remiss not to mention them. First, his LOB% is insane at 99.5%. Yes, he’s really great at holding runners, but the league average is 72.8% and his career average 76.6%. Second, his BB% is unchanged, but his K/9 is 9.71, compared to a career number of 7.19, and there’s really no reason why. The velocity has remained the same. There’s been an uptick of two-seamers with less sliders and change-ups… but if it was sequencing, we’d need a bigger sample. If it’s a case of getting called third strikes at a higher rate, that would demand regression. And, of course, there’s always injury-risk. But in the year of the Tommy John, I’ll feel relieved if someone’s arm doesn’t literally just fall off during a game this season. But hey, pitchers have career years. And when good pitchers have career years, well, ahem, they have career years? Uhh… I was in trouble like six words in…

Here’s what else I saw on Thursday (besides yo momma):

**BREAKING** Joey Votto — Thanks to commentator Malicious Phenom, it’s being reported by that one goofy guy who wears bow-ties (NOT Bill Nye, which is the only person allowed to wear bow-ties… which seems obvious), that this morning Votto will be getting an MRI on his knee and a DL-stint is likely. Apparenlty, he felt left out from all of his baseball buddies visiting the DL, and he wanted to check it out and see for himself what kind of party it is. Trust me bro, it’s not a party, it’s a slaughter house.

Yonder Alonso — 2-for-7, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 2 RBI (9). Yonder Alonso’s number of home runs in the last calender year: 1. Yasmani Grandal’s number of games started: 120 in three years. Yup, this trade has totally worked out… Sarcasm alert: RED LIKE THE BLOOD OF ALL THAT IS UNHOLY.

Grant Balfour — 0.0 IP, 1 H, 0-2 K/BB, 3 ER. I’m looking at the box score and can’t figure out which is more perplexing. Balfour being a closer with a 6.46 ERA, or that he’s only blown two saves so far. Both seem equally astounding. Well, in this case, Balfourian.

Kyle Blanks — Kyle got blanked by the Padres (it makes sense, shut up) and traded to Oakland for something called Goebbert, which I’m pretty sure is a Harry Potter character. As the resident Padres homer, I always believed that if he stayed healthy, Blanks could have had a “Lucus Duda” type of impact, which is to say, no impact at all. But whatever they are drinking down in Oakland (besides bail bonds and stabbings) seems to be working… So I’ll change my previous ceiling of Lucus Duda to Mike Trout.

Emilio Bonifacio — 0-for-5. He might have gone 0-5 in baseball, but in our hearts, he went EmiliOOOOH for five. Just a reminder, this is free content.

Zach Britton — 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0-0 K/BB, 0 ER, S (1). The money was on Darren O’day, or Ryan Webb, or on Troy Patton even, or, in fact, pretty much anyone else but Zach Britton to get the next save opportunity. So who gets it? Yep… and he’s a must-add right now, seeing as how he actually could be effective in that role. CRAZY, I know.

Clay Buchholz — 6.0 IP, 10 H, 6-3 K/BB, 3 ER, (ND). Doing very Clay Buchholz things! Or, as translated into the BAWHSTON dialect: “DAT FACKIN’ BUCHHOLZ, HE SOUNDS QUEAH! YOU FREELOADIN’ FACK!”

Matt Cain — 7.2 IP, 6 H, 7-3 K/BB, 4 ER, W (1-3).  More like Matt Lame… yup, took me like seven seconds. High-five on that one. (Although, I did consider Mattiocre Cain, but that sounds like some kind of pudding.)

Mike Carp — 2-for-4, 1 RBI (3). Ah, yes, the other fish. Quite the shadow you’re living in, almost as if you really shouldn’t be called a Carp, more like a anoplogaster cornuta… HAHA. Oh yeah, I got ichthyologist jokes bro.

Matt Carpenter — 1-for-4, 1 RBI (15). Hey, cool story, his OBP is .356 while his SLG is .319. Well, pretty cool story for non-Matt Carpenter owners at least.

Starlin Castro — 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (6), 2 RBI (21). Trust is like a mirror. You can fix it if it’s broken, but you can still see the cracks in the reflection. See that crack right there, yeah, the one the size of Neptune? That’s 2013…

Bruce Chen — Because of a bulging disk, Chen has been limited to playing catch. There’s still no timetable for his return, devastating no one but me, I guess.

Chris Colabello — 0-for-5. The downward spiral continues. Really, this is terrible news for all the cheese fans out there. What are we supposed to do here? Hang our crackers on Justin Ruggiano?

Nelson Cruz — 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (12), 2 RBI (35). Bless his heart, still able to be a productive fantasy outfielder at the ripe old age of 83.

Khris Davis — 1-for-4, 2 RBI (12). Coincidence that both Davis’ are struggling this year? Probably! Is this the point where I get to say that I’ve always thought Khris Davis is a fourth outfielder? And the part where you never mention what I’ve said about R.A. Dickey?

Jacob deGrom — 7.0 IP, 4 H, 6-2 K/BB, 1 ER, L (0-1). Jacob sure deGrom’d the Yankees, amiright? In a game that featured two no-names, one has to ask, since, you know, this is his blurb, who is Jacob deGrom? IMDB had nothing on him, so I was forced to actually do my own research. Apparently, he has an amazing head of hair. That, in-of-itself, would have been enough to convince me of impending stardom, until I learned that he’s a groundball, strike-throwing pitcher with good control. These guys are underrated to an extent. Look at Doug Fister. I mean, not now, the DL will blind you with tears and the burnt embers of our dreams… but as a general statement. While he could have trouble against lefties, it’s not like the Mets have anything to lose, besides plenty of games. If you are in a similar situation, maybe keep an eye on him?

Edwin Encarnacion — 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI (30). Yeah, move along. Nothing to see here. Everything’s just fine and dandy…

Nate Eovaldi – 4.1 IP, 9 H, 2-2 K/BB, 6 ER, L (2-2). I’ll admit, could have gone better. But hey, at least he gave a (Brad) Hand job (0.2 IP) to end his night. That’s a winner right there.

Juan Francisco — 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR (7), 1 RBI (18). If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen them all. What? This might be my last chance to use that…

Yovani Gallardo — 6.1 IP, 5 H, 6-2 K/BB, 3 ER, (ND). Going into this season, I had thought that both Gallardo and Sabathia represented some great buy-low opportunities. Moral of the story? Don’t include a guy that could eat the other one whole.

Jedd Gyorko — 0-7. Chase Headley found a way not to get over-hyped… (probably because he’s not very good), but nope. Not Gyorko. I couldn’t nab him in any league this year. So, I guess what I’m trying to say here is… thanks everyone!

J.A. Happ — 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4-2 K/BB, 1 ER, W (2-1). I had this adding a ‘y’ to his last name joke, but it never really came to fruition. Probably because the real joke is that I’m typing something about J.A. Happ.

Aaron Hicks — 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (8). “If anyone needed a game-winning hit in extra innings, it was Aaron Hicks.” Really? I’ll just take a hit at this point…

Phil Hughes — 6.0 IP, 5 H, 8-0 K/BB, 1 ER, (ND). Was very un-Phil Hughes like with more strikeouts than innings pitched. The Twins promptly fined him.

Casey Janssen — 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0-0 K/BB, 0 ER, S (2). “Oh, not giving up a sh*t-ton of runs is how you get saves. Who woulda thunk it?” - Sergio Santos

Reed Johnson — 2-for-4, 1 R. Yes, I was as surprised at you that Reed Johnson still plays baseball.

Ian Kennedy — 6.0 IP, 11 H, 4-1 K/BB, 5 ER, L (2-5). The line looks worse than he pitched… but not really. You know things are going bad for you when you give up one hit to Billy Hamilton. ICE BURN.

Mat Latos — Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and is still at least three week away. In other news, I’ve started a petition for Latos to correctly place the ‘T’s’ in his full name. So far, I have one signature including me. So it’s a start.

Nick Markakis — 3-for-4. For an unlimited time only, straight to your fantasy roster, free over-night delivery for the most amazing empty stats ever!

Mark Melancon — 0.0 IP, 2 H, 0-2 K/BB, 2 ER, BS (2). Meh, I prefer honeydew anyways.

Yadier Molina — 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI (20). Probably an overall number one pick in the all-Molina fantasy league, which is saying a lot. There’s like 400 of those guys.

Mike Morse — 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI (28). Probably the main beneficiary of Brandon Belt’s injury, if only because you can’t really chase down balls in the outfield by carrying around 245 lbs. of injury prone material. That’s my point of view at least.

Mike Moustakas — Ned Yost and Dayton Moore both stated that the Moose would remain the teams starter at third base, leading me to suspect some kind of blackmail is going on. And why would you even want a Moose at third base? At least choose an animal that has opposable thumbs…

Wil Myers — 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Some pointed to two weeks ago as the last chance to buy-low on Myers. The point is to not tell Myers…

Chris Parmelee — 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR (2), 2 RBI (4). Hitting .350 the last seven days, and does have some pop, but is really only deep league relevant. Though, I could see a possible Jack’s Hit of the Week appearance, hint-hint, wink-wink. No, stop looking at me like that J-FOH. I’m not hitting on you…

Glen Perkins — 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3-0 K/BB, 2 ER, BS (2). Blew his second save of the season, because even closers who have some how managed to keep their jobs admist Closermageddon can’t have nice things.

Gregory Polanco – I just put him here so I could pretend he was in the major leagues. Can you blame me?

Anthony Rizzo — 2-for-3, 2 R. Finally made the change to Wu-Tang Financial and taking the their advice to heart.

Trevor Rosenthal — 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1-1 K/BB, 0 ER, S (11). Kevin Siegrist went a third of an inning, immediately walking two batters along with giving up a hit and earned run, cementing the fact that no one cares about closing for the Cardinals. With a 4.74 ERA, I doubt Rosenthal cares either.

Tyson Ross — 7.0 IP, 3 H, 8-5 K/BB, 1 ER, W (5-3). The WHIP ain’t pretty, but the ERA, do you love it? I love it. I got it at Ross. (Sorry.)

CC Sabathia – Dr. James Andrews, really antsy to do something to Sabathia (when does dieting enter into the conversation?), found a “degenerative change” in his right knee. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure high cholesterol is degenerative. Sabathia will receive a cortisone and stem cell shot to aid the tissue, as his previous regime of injecting brown gravy gave mixed results with a side of diabetes.

Danny Salazar — 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3-2 K/BB, 2 ER, L (1-4). Welp, Salazar appears to be taking the two steps forward, three steps back, one step forward, nine steps back, half-step forward, stand still for a while, and then just lay down approach. Not really a winning strategy, but hey, to each his own. If a pitcher can’t pitch past the fifth inning, they have for a name that in baseball. Gah, what it is it, right on the tip of my tongue… Right fielder? No, that’s not it. Rumpelstiltskin? GAH, KILL IT WITH FIRE. Rheumatoid arthritis? Eh…, that doesn’t sound right. Oh! I know! Relievers! That’s it, relievers…

Jonathan Singleton — Astros GM Jeff Lunhow said yesterday that Singleton is “on deck”. Uh, yeah, no he isn’t. I checked. Since the Astros didn’t even play yesterday, all I saw were several grounds-keeper’s and a whole bunch of empty. Also, in totally unrelated news, Jonathan Singleton seems close to being called up. I’d recommend him as a pick-up for your starting line-up, except when playing away games in Seattle or Denver.

Kurt Suzuki — 3-for-5, 2 R. Hitting .312/.386/.404 with 25 RBI’s so far this season. I just… I don’t know anymore.

Mike Trout — 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (8), 3 RBI (27). What did Trout say when he hit a concrete wall? “Dam!”. HUURRRRRRR.

Will Venable — 1-for-3. Venable didn’t start taking off last season until I filled-in for the Saturday Round-Up and starting talking him up, so let’s just say that today’s hit and walk might be the start of something. It better be, since the alternative at this point might be defenstration.

Yordano Ventura – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 9-1 K/BB, 2 ER, L (2-3) He’s not Yordano Ventura with the season he’s had so far, nope. He’s Mydano Ventura. Get it? Get it? You’ll get there. Just be patient.

Michael Wacha — 7.0 IP, 7 H, 5-0 K/BB, 2 ER, W (3-3). Writing a Michael Wacha blurb is probably the hardest thing known to man, because all that you hear in your head when trying to think of something clever is WACHA-WACHA-WACHA. Try it out for yourself. Seriously. Tell me I’m wrong. I just snapped out of a thirty minute WACHA-fest because my nose started to bleed.

Rickie Weeks — 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI (5). Whoa, slow down there buddy. You might pull something… trying to be fantasy relevant and all.

Chase Whitley — 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4-2 K/BB, (ND). In the epic showdown between two players no one has ever heard of, only one earned run was shed between Whitley and the opposing pitcher, Jacob deGrom. Which begs the question: Can we haz PEDs back?

Asher Wojciechowski — About 1-2 weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. Not that it’s a forgone conclusion he gets added to the big league roster, or that anyone should care, but I wanted to include him in the notes because I’ve gotten so good at spelling Samardzija, that I’m looking for the next challenge.

Kolten Wong — Was hitting .344 with 5 steals before getting promoted, and then promptly gets the flu and goes straight to the bench. You’re doing it Wong bro.

 

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  1. Leeroy Jenkins says:
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    I Juant to add Juan Francisco…but I’d have to drop Cuddyer. 10′team H2H points…

    Juan is 2-20 against lefties…that’s like my only worry
    Cuddyer might get platooned with Justin More?NO! at first and Dickerson in the outfield
    Juan is only 26 and this feels like this could potentially be another E-5 in the making.

    what do you think? Which Juan should I Juant more?

    • @Leeroy Jenkins: Id rather have Cuddyer, though I’ve never played in a points league and don’t know if that makes him worth less. I just can’t see Francisco keeping this up, and, yes, if you have him you’d have to sit him against lefties if at all possible.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Enrique: did you claim Trumbo Enrique?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Leeroy Jenkins: Leaning Cuddyer. Still in SSS with Juan… though he’s good to ride while hot…

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Leeroy Jenkins: Keep Cuddy… John Frank ain’t nothing special.

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: He will come back down to earth soon – his bAbIP is .395 for a .293 AVG, with a lot of K’s

  2. Maddog says:
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    The Mighty Duck man, I swear to God, I was there..

    Would it be a fortuitous situation to have accidentally accepted a trade offer of their Rizzo for my best closer, David Robertson? I have 2 or 3 other closers, I think.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Maddog: rizzo easily imo

    • @Maddog: I’d rather have Rizzo. But how can you not know exactly how many closers you have not counting Robertson?

      • MadDog says:
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        @Enrique: Because some of the “closers” are in a committee

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Maddog: Yeah, have to go Rizzo… it’s not close.

  3. troy says:
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    “I just put him here so I could pretend he was in the major leagues. Can you blame me?” lol this made me laugh… Not as much as the Pirates organization…. but still a good chuckle.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @troy: It’s funny because it’s true!

  4. Alex says:
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    got me so excited with polanco but then…..

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alex: I’m a tease!

  5. MB says:
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    Nothing about Mejia? Was hoping to know if he is an add over Oviedo? Balfour is toast

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @MB: I would add him over Oviedo. Of course, I already have him.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @MB: loop
      Balfour isn’t toast. Maddoning has an itchy trigger finger. GBal is vet enough to get out of that situation himself. Hate Maddon.

      • Travis says:
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        @SallyCips: I think the issue is there is no one chomping to replace him… Peralta is the likely candidate. 5.36 ERA, 7.36 over the last week… Boxberger? Looks decent with 2.53, but he served up the HR last night, and while talented, he has little consistent MLB experience and has never closed.

        • Travis says:
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          @Travis: sorry, iphone posted before done… Oviedo is on par with Box, little MLB experience, never closed, and Joe seems to be favoring Boxberger more than Oviedo anyhow (though last night might change that)…. Maybe McGee?

          • Steve says:
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            @Travis:
            Oviedo is/was Leo Nunez and closed umpteen games for the fish.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Travis: Concur… but if someone ‘deserves’ it, has to be McGee.

          • Nick The Podcast Host

            Nick The Podcast Host says:
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            @Jay: Agree.

          • Travis says:
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            @Jay: agree, but not sure Joe is ready to pull that trigger…. Though I still have no idea why we went out and got Balfour, of all the options. Second year in a row the bullpen kills us.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Travis: Probably more about value than anything…

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @SallyCips: I’m leaning this way…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MB: I think he is. I don’t know on Balfour… the Rays usually like to sit on things like this. Though I would add McGee if I was a Balfour owner.

  6. Sea says:
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    No Denver because of the legal marijuana in the state?

  7. bossmanjunior says:
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    Jay my man!

    Help me pick a streamer if you please…

    Elias @MIN
    Koehler @SF
    Ubaldo @KC
    Wood vMIL
    Peralta @CHC
    Vogelsong vMIA

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Elias, yup. Though, I’d find a way to get Ubaldo in there… been riding a nice little streak.

  8. costaricanchata says:
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    get with the melocotón .

  9. Frank says:
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    Somebody’s had to have mentioned this already, but Yordano is definitely sitting on the best untapped nickname in sports: the Pet Detective.

    That being said, should I be looking to trade him before he becomes the newest canvas for Dr. Andrews? Guys who consistently throw 99 mph for 2 hours a week seem like they’d be at a higher risk to end up in his office.

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Frank: And the rest of the royals offense can sit on a fat dick. New name for Must Suck Ass – AAA Bat Boy

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Bi-Felicia: I think I just walked into the wrong conversation, I’ll see myself to the door.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Frank: I think he’d rather be called ACE Ventura than the Pet Detective

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Frank: I’m more worried about his secondary stuff… but I’ve seen pitchers succeed with less.

      At this point, any pitcher is at a profound risk. We’re losing everybody.

    • UncleLarryWalker says:
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      @Frank: From what I read- it’s surprisingly not about how hard you throw, but the torque used on the ligaments. So guys who throw sliders, or 12-6 curves are much more likely to get TJ. That being said- guys who throw that breaking stuff also usually come equipped with a hi-90s fast ball, so it’s not exactly mutually exclusive…

  10. booty says:
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    Nice writeup

  11. J-FOH says:
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    You like my sexy eyes….I’ll cook for you. We can have eggplant parmalee

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-FOH: This is actually tempting…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Jay: reeling you in

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @J-FOH: It’s really not that hard.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Jay: A bottle of makers mark and…nope just the bottle

  12. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I live 7 blocks from the Indy Indians stadium. And have gone to a few games this month. Gentlemen, Let me tell you how excited I am about Mr. Manbeast Greg Polanco! I just jizzed a bit…Anyways All field power, speed, Excellent coordination, the swing from this lumberjack. Holy Fking Shizz. ( more pre jizz) I watched him rake curves, splitters, 2 seamer away landed like 2 miles down on Meridian St. Lol Get ready boys. The beast is coming!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: That’s a lot of jizz. Seems warranted though…

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Jay: LoL… ewwww

  13. costaricanchata says:
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    wait .
    have been waiting up ,
    for Grey’s daily (almost) article .
    checked the date a couple of times (to make sure it’s not saturday) .
    started getting worried that he might be sick , or worse .
    thought that i’d check in one last time , before going off to bed ,
    and just now realized that you’re pinch-hitting for him .
    Good Lord … save us now .

    wait .
    this isn’t some elaborate ruse to entice
    that guy who likes to impale himself on flagpoles
    to return , is it ?
    i mean , how weird is that ?
    yeah , we get it .
    he’s got the hots for you .
    (not that there’s anything wrong with that … is there ?)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @costaricanchata: To be honest, I’m not sure Grey even knows who I am or how I have access to this site…

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @J-FOH:@costaricanchata: We’ve let the Malibu PD know Grey is missing.

  14. John says:
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    Too funny. Thanks for the (way too early) Friday morning laugh. It made swallowing Jerk-Ofer7′s stats that much easier to swallow.

    Who would you cut ties with sooner, him or Ozuna?

    • SonnyD says:
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      @John: @John:
      You shouldn’t swallow that early in the morning. Or, maybe you should.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @SonnyD: Ultimate coin-flip scenario.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @John: Ozuna

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @John: Thanks! Eh, I’m still sticking with Gyorko. I feel like giving up on him now, at this point, means someone is going to get his regression… and all that pain was for nothing. He simply can’t be *this* bad.

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

    The watermelon seed spitting world record is 70 feet

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Jay: If Snapple says its true ….then it has to be true

  16. ashtray says:
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    Does Grey know you’re disparaging Gyorko while he’s not around?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ashtray: As a Padres homer, I have a protection amulet to protect me from such things.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Jay: why no Seth Smith write up. I picked him up last week been raking for me.

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Jay: It also let’s you speak to animals and coerce podcast hosts into bringing you on a 32 day roadtrip with them.

  17. Wilson says:
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    Balfour is struggling … for next in line .. Peralta or McGee?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilson: McGee… but I still think they stick with Balfour unless he totally starts to fade. I will say, he hasn’t looked right all season… teams passed up on him for a reason.

      • Travis says:
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        @Jay: remember these are the same rays that stick with Rodney all last season.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Travis: Yup, totally.

  18. Plumbing4 says:
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    I have Shaw, Familia, joe smith, wil smith, and motte

    Should I drop one of these guys for Britton or someone to possibly replace Balfour?

    Thoughts or suggestions?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Plumbing4: for pure save spec, Wil smith is currently droppable.

    • @Plumbing4: If you only need eaves drop WSmith for Britton. If you also needs holds or ratio help, I’d still grab Britton and drop Familia.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Plumbing4: Yeah, Will Smith is expendable here.

  19. sul says:
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    I dont know why i am asking this but, i was offered my gardner for his kinsler, take the deal?

    • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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      @sul: Insert Nike tagline here.

    • @sul: Yes, yes, take it!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @sul: Yeah, you have to. No doubter.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @sul: Does your league need any new members? I’ve taken a financial hit this year playing in all these ‘pert leagues.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @sul: Good god…I dont know whats worse, the offer or the fact you didn’t hit accept the second you saw it.

  20. FilthyRich says:
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    Need a MI fill-in for Zobrist in 10-team 5×5. Deciding between Asdrubal, Beckham, Phillips or Wong. Who do you like?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @FilthyRich: Asdrupal is super hot.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @FilthyRich: Just play the hot hand. Go Adrub, and then keep an eye on Wong once the flu passes.

  21. DP says:
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    Great roundup

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DP: Thanks!

  22. Rauser says:
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    No suprise around Baltimore that Zach Britton got the save opportunity. He’s been the popular choice by Orioles beat writers and on radio sports talk shows to replace Tommy Hunter. His groundball pitching style and ability to get LHH and RHH out is key. Much like Jim Johnson in 2012. Took a chance and picked Britton up a few days ago as a handcuff to Hunter.

    Great work as usual!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Rauser: Agreed. I live in DC and figured he was next in line. Problem was, most RCL’s I’m in, including RCL #1, he was scooped up ages ago.

  23. Dan says:
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    Thoughts on current crop of prospects Stroman, Heaney, Montero, Degrom, etc….I’ve had all at one point on my team but due to impatience only have Montero on my current roster….who’s got the most short term and long term potential of those guys or others I’m missing (even had Pomeranz for about a day). Thanks as always

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dan: I’d rank them Montero, Heaney, Stroman (if he stops exploding) and deGrom for this season.

      • Nick The Podcast Host

        Nick The Podcast Host says:
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        @Jay: Stro’s numbers were bad this week but he wasn’t hit that hard. He’s also adjusting to being in the pen, he’s got 4 pitches, if he cracks the rotation (likely soon) he could be interesting.

  24. Lville Jim says:
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    Scooped up Britton in a couple leagues as he finished off the save. Hope Buck wasn’t yanking our cranks with this move and goes back to someone else for the next one.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Lville Jim: Yeah, Buck can be… uh, interesting sometimes. Hard to peg, but the rest of the bullpen is just so bad…

  25. kyle says:
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    1. Pick up Wong while Gyorko continues to suck?
    2. Drop Cain for Venable?
    3. Instead of stashing Polanco should I get Singleton?

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @kyle: Why wouldn’t you stash polanco? He’s still on the wire? If so runnnnnn NOW!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kyle: 1. Yes, but don’t drop Jerk-o. 2. Ehhh…sure. Gotta put money where my mouth is. Venable’s always been a streaky player. 3. No, Polanco will have the bigger impact.

  26. kyle says:
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    Drop Hart for Juan Francisco? Need some IF help

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kyle: Yeah, ride the hot hand.

  27. E says:
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    Britton or Mejia for saves?

    Give up Madbum to get Kinsler?
    Roto 5×5 have Rendon now and plenty SP depth.

    Thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @E: Britton, I wouldnt trade Bum for Kinsler

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @E: Britton. I’d ride Rendon and hold.

  28. Barker says:
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    14 team keeper league

    Trade accepted wanted to ask how i did

    I give fielder pence seager verlander joe smith i get stanton yelich strasburg adam laroache

    Lineup after trade
    C santana 1b abreu 2b hill 3b longoria ss reyes lf marte cf jennings rf stanton util yelich bn gyorko bogaerts rajai dl laroache mesoraco
    Sp strasburg ventura lester eovaldi richards liriano
    Rp jansen rosenthal rondon shaw mejia mcgee
    Dl holland walker paxton

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Barker: Yeah… I like that trade for you, despite LaRoche.

  29. LaterTater says:
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    Albright…Albright…Albright…

    anyway, 12 team yahoo std h2h league

    homer for my sonny gray (i must admit i’m thinking about homer’s annual no-no and sonny’s limit at the end of season)

    do it?

    thx and enjoy the weekend

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @LaterTater: Very McConaughey, I can dig.

      I’m sticking with Gray here, despite those concerns.

  30. Travis says:
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    Chasing saves, whose a better bet going forward now: Shaw or Britton? No indication BAL is a committee is there? As opposed to CLE which have openly said so?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Travis: I’d go Britton… but it’s real close.

  31. Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!!! says:
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    I was offered Marte for my Cespedes. I’m fairly balanced in power/speed so just a matter of who is the better overall player ROS. Who would you rather have?

  32. Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!!! says:
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    Who would you rather have: Marte or Cespedes. Really no need for add’l power or speed, so it’s just a matter of which player should have the better overall season.

  33. Fungazi says:
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    Salazar seems like he’s destined to be a reliever.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fungazi: Which is a shame… but that’s what it’s looking like.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Fungazi: He’s still 77% owned. #WasteOfSpace

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: You would drop him at this point? Even in a keeper (only keep 6)?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Fungazi: Not a keeper, not yet.

          • Nick The Podcast Host

            Nick The Podcast Host says:
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            @Jay: True Jay. True.

  34. Jay says:
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    Who to drop for kuechel:
    Tillman R montero or Addison reed

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jay: Tillman.

  35. Czernobog says:
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    I’m pretty sure Sabathia will return with a UCL transplanted into his knee, and he’ll be the first pitcher to throw not from the full wind-up, not from the stretch, but from the handstand. His numbers won’t be any worse than they’ve been for the last 12 months.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Czernobog: All while probably eating a sammich.

  36. Bob says:
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    who’sthe better streaming option:

    wade miley against the dodgers or alfredo simon against the phillies?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bob: Simon.

  37. Eric says:
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    I’m in a bit if conundrum. I have Jose Fernandez as a 25th round keeper and I need to replace him. At the same time I have Tommy Hunter with Zach Britton getting the save last night. Britton is on the waiver wire but I really don’t have a good drop option besides hunter and Fernandez. Is hunter worth dripping for Britton and should I hold Fernandez on my DL all year for keeper purposes next year?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Eric: Yes, drop Hunter. Hold onto Fernandez in all keepers. Just too much talent there.

      • Eric says:
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        @Jay:

        Do you think it’s too early to drop hunter for Britton? Or do you think Britton will have a good shot to stay the closer?

        I just don’t want to give up hunter if there’s a shot he could come back to be the closer.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Eric: Not too early at all I think.

          • Eric says:
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            @Jay:

            You think, or you know?

            I need you to know Jay!!!

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Eric: I think I know…

              • Eric says:
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                @Jay:

                I waited too long and somebody scooped up Britton. I hate myself for not listening to the things you think you know…

                • Jay

                  Jay says:
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                  I don’t think I know that much, so don’t feel too bad!

  38. Bunny says:
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    Guess who had Melancon, Balfour, Perkins, Eovaldi, and Kennedy pitch yesterday in a roto league? WHIP dropped from 1.16 to 1.26 in one night. Team ERA dropped .50 and is well over 4 now. My razzball approved staff has been awful this year (shakes fist at Grey).

    Is this a good staff or not? Teheran, Cobb, Eovaldi, Kennedy, Bailey, and Cingrani? Kluber, Liriano, Keohler, Keuchle are out there.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bunny: I think it’s certainly good enough, just gotta suck it up.

  39. Streaming Leake says:
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    One of the nice things about owning Trout is checking the results from the coast in the morning and finding the team is in better shape than it was when you finally dozed off. Trouty Treats for breakfast!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Streaming Leake: As an east coaster… I agree, but games to end earlier. My drinking regime demands it!

  40. Charlie says:
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    Grey, I’ve about had it with Gyorko. When is it safe to drop? At what point does this become his season vs a slow start/slump where he breaks out?

    How do you rank these players for 2nd base in a league that counts obp?

    Brandon Phillips, Rickie Weeks, Scooter Gennett, Neil Walker, Aviles, Hicks, Wong.

    • Jay

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      @Charlie: Not Grey, but I think at this point, you have to stick with him. Someone is going to benefit from the regression… as he’s not this bad.

      Phillips, Wong, Weeks, Walker, Aviles, Gennett, Aviles… but they are kinda bunched up after Weeks.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Jay:

        I have both Phillips and Walker rostered as I’m trying to figure out 2nd base. Picked up Phillips yesterday since he had a double header and tried to double up on stats.

        You think I should ditch Walker for Wong?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Charlie: Yeah, I’m okay with that.

  41. King Trout says:
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    Thanks for another great writeup.

  42. J Boy says:
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    Jay awesome round-up, the Carp part killed me.

    Saw a few comments on Balfour and next in line – I’m a Balfour owner and agree with you,something’s off this year. I picked up Oviedo last night (Peralta/McGee both available too). I feel like Maddon doesn’t want Peralta closing for years now and most managers are so hesitant to stick a lefty in there. Oviedo signed on the cheap, former closer and has been pretty lights out since coming back – if there’s a change, doesn’t that make too much sense?

    With all that said, I think they stick with Balfour unless he’s hurt – they did the same with Rodney last year and Tampa put unicorn juice in the clubhouse so he should be fine.

    Long-winded, wow I’m tired but thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J Boy: Thanks!

      Yeah, Peralta’s always been a ‘stealth’ option that never materialized, usually from his own ineffectiveness. I sorta agree, I think Maddon understands how to utilize what he has, and while I still would have McGee here, I think they stick with Balfour as long as they can.

  43. Mike says:
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    Drop Cody Allen for Britton?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike: Risky, but I think so.

  44. Chicagifornia says:
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    What the hell do I do with Balfour? He’s driving me nuts

  45. Oppo Taco says:
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    Ok to trade Vmart/Chavez for wacha in a keeper? I have heyward on my bench who I’d have to use at my util after losing Vmart. Anyone at all think heyward can be useful this year?
    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Yeah, I think that’s fair in a keeper. I’d want Wacha.

  46. papasmurf says:
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    The stage was set for another smurf blunder.

    Morse on bench, Eovaldi starting.

    Last second though, switched Morse in and avoided the double-whammy.

    Hopefully it’s just one of those “deadarm periods” for pitchers.

    His command hasn’t been there the last two times out, to say the least. Back to the East coast! East Sidaz!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @papasmurf: I think Eovaldi was pitching a bit over his head. He’s got a fastball… and okay slider… but that’s about it.

  47. chisoxx22 says:
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    What do you think it would take to get Puig in a non keeper 5×5 roto?

    • chisoxx22 says:
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      @chisoxx22:

      His team is in last in damn near every category

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @chisoxx22: More than you’d want to pay.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @chisoxx22: I’d say a top-25 starter, or maybe a Kipnis, something like that. Hambone and change?

  48. stynyr says:
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    That gif is of GZA. Not RZA.

    Christ.

    Can’t take this site seriously.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @stynyr: Happens, fixed.

  49. Birdis says:
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    How would you rank the following starters going forward:

    Pitcher Stats: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, HLD

    Eovaldi, Haren, Ross, Lincecum, Estrada, Burnett

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Birdis: There’s not much separation, but probably Haren, Burnett, Eovaldi, Estrada, Ross, Lincecum.

  50. LanceB says:
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    Thoughts on this trade?

    Donaldson, Garret Richards, and Rendon for Felix?

    Too much? Just Right? Do you like rendon, richards, or donaldson down the road?

    Thanks!

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @LanceB: Depends on your team needs but I think Rendon is a legit breakout. He was the top prospect his draft year but there were injury concerns.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @LanceB: I’d want Felix if I need pitching, but it’s close.

  51. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    chris davis for matt kemp? you trust kemp?

  52. Plumbing4 says:
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    I was offered Reyes and Glen Perkins for Adam Jones and Sonny Gray. I quickly declined, but as much as I fear the injury bug always taking reyes out, would this be fair or should I just pass.

    Ozuna, Yelich, Morneau or Bogaerts and Gray for Reyes and Perkins?

    thoughts? which one of the 4 with Gray would be good? My other SP’s are Salazar, Tehran, Cobb, and Cole

    Maybe I could trade Salazar instead of Gray. Thoughts? This is a 10 team league with 150 starts limit

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Plumbing4: If someone will give you anything for Salazar do it. Gray+Ozuna/Bogarts. I think Morneau is back.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Plumbing4: I’d want Jones.

      I’d sell on Ozuna first, then Morneau. I might try to trade Salazar… but his value is pretty low.

  53. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5 5-keeper

    Braun, Longoria, and Moss OR Gordon

    for

    Goldschmidt and McCutchen

    I would be getting Goldy side.Fair? Would you do?

    • chisoxx22 says:
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      @stynyr:

      Thought ya couldn’t take this site seriously?

      • stynyr says:
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        @chisoxx22: T’was merely a joke.

        • chisoxx22 says:
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          @stynyr:
          ha.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @stynyr: Braun+Longo+Moss for Goldy+McCutch= You win. Hold Gordo.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @stynyr: I think whoever gets Goldy/McCutch is getting a steal.

  54. Nico says:
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    Yo Grey or Jay! I got Marte for Gray yesterday, which I mentioned in here, and now I’m looking to get a solid SP for Dee Gordon. Thoughts on Dee/Yordano for Ervin/Kinsler? Only on a first name basis with 3 of them.. Thanks in advance!

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Nico: I’d keep Dee/Yordano. I wouldn’t move Dee right now for anything short of Max/Adam/Zack. Kept it on a first name basis for you.

      • Nico says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: Ha! Nice. I don’t think people are viewing as Dee being fo’ real. He’s ranked as the 9th overall player! I know his history but periphs are saying it’s sustainable. C’mon man!

        • John says:
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          @Nico: And Ventura is No throw in!

          • Nico says:
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            @John: Hey John! You’re famous now! I can’t argue your point. I’m an idiot for sitting him this week!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nico: I’d sell Dee if you can get a bunch, I don’t trust him… I could be in the minority though. I think you can get more than Ervin and Kins with Yordano.

      • Nico says:
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        @Jay: I think I’m somewhere in the middle of this thread. I feel like I’ll never get a Scherzer for a trade centered around Dee, but I really NEED the pitching help, and I can use any upgrade I can get. However, I think my original trade was too much, even if Ervin has “reinvented” himself. Thanks! And I think Korish only puts you in the half minority…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Nico: Haha, thanks!

  55. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Excellent post. The only thing more excruciating than being a Padre homer, is being both a Padre and a Mariner (aka “The Best Inter-league rivalry in all of baseball) homer. Uggghhh Magugggghhh. Anythehoo, I have a deplorable record and sit in last place of my 10-team keeper league and rebuilding with a youth movement. Hitting will be fine, pitching could be another story. I currently have Teheran, Minor, Salazar, Eovaldi, Peralta, Montero, Tillman, Lackey, Pomeranz, Ross with Bauer and Walker stashed away. What 6-t0-7 guys would you want to rebuild around going forward?

    Hope you don’t live in No. County. It’s a mess down there. Thanks Jay.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: Teheran/Minor/EVOO/Tillman/Bauer.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gene Parmesan: Yeah, I lived in Seattle for almost ten years, so I know that exact combination. I’m over in DC.

      Out of that list… Teheran, Montero, Pomeranz, Minor, and I’d try to trade Bauer and Walker for more stable players. I don’t trust them or their situations.

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    My team is severely struggling. Hitting sucks. Pitching sucks. And it’s a shallow league, so a lot of teams are stacked. I’m currently losing this week 12-1. Yes, that’s right. It’s an ass kicking of epic proportions. Would you deal Davis from this lineup for a front end SP? Or would you rather package Morneau and Arenado for a slightly below top tier SP? And why do I keep hanging on to Salazar and missing out on the likes of Kluber and Fister? Here’s the roster:

    C – Norris
    1B – Davis
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Longo
    SS – Hanley
    IF – VMart
    OF – Jones
    OF – Myers
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Marte
    UTIL – Arenado
    UTIL – Morneau
    BN – Pedro
    BN – Dozier
    BN – Springer
    DL – Rosario
    DL – Trumbo
    N/A – Singleton

    SP – Scherzer, Bailey, Teheran, Minor, Ventura, Salazar, Kennedy, Cingrani (DL), Stream Spot
    RP – Soriano, Rodney, Hawkins

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

    5 Player keeper (keep 4 for 2 years, 1 FOREVER). 9 transactions per week.

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yes why are you holding onto Salazar? I’d try to move Long and move Arenado to 3rd.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: I also have Pedro, so there’s that. Anyway, I have no clue. His damn K’s had me all in love. And he had a couple of decent starts so I thought he was progressing in the right direction. I could try that Longoria biznass. I bet he’d garner some offers. You think he should get a top 5 or 10 SP?

        • Nick The Podcast Host

          Nick The Podcast Host says:
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          @Wilsonian: You could get Greinke+ for Longo. I once dated a girl with great K’s but she was nuts. Sometimes you have to let go.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Nick The Podcast Host: offered him up for Felix to a guy who needs a 3B. We’ll see where that goes. Who would you pick up for Salazar? Pomeranz is leading the charge, but maybe Bald Jim, too.

            What do you think about Jef’s idea. Deal Morneau/Ventura for a more established SP?

            • Nick The Podcast Host

              Nick The Podcast Host says:
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              @Wilsonian: I actually kinda like your team. My logic is Longo’s name is worth more than his stats.

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Nick The Podcast Host: yeah, I offered him for Felix and Strasburg. Doubt I’d get either. If I can’t move him, I’d try the Morneau/Arenado combo for someone more stable. I think Salazar is going the way of the Dodo for Pomeranianzagranate. But first, Bald Jim for a stream on Sunday!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Nick The Podcast Host: would you lose Salazar for the Pomeranian(anz), Bald Jim, Hughes, or Estrada?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Wilsonian: Your team looks a lot better then they are performing …Id wait on Davis and i think your pitching should be fine….dump Salazar and maybe try to trade Ventura and Morneau for a more established starter to solidify your pitching.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: would you lose Salazar for any of the guys I listed above: Pomeranz, Bald Jim, Hughes, Estrada?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Wilsonian: Id do pomeranz….or maybe someone in your league would take salazar with ventura instead of Morneau

        • Nick The Podcast Host

          Nick The Podcast Host says:
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          @Wilsonian: I’m on an island here but I love Pomegranate.

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Nick The Podcast Host: Im just a little off shore of that island…i like him but am sceptical

            • Nick The Podcast Host

              Nick The Podcast Host says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: His curveball can hit your dingy from the island. Cust kayin’!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wilsonian: Your pitching is okay, Yeah, I actually might try to move Morneau and Arenado for a stable guy.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Jay: I offered up Longo for either Felix or Stras. If that doesn’t fly, I’m going to try the Arenado/Morneau combo. Hopefully they have a big weekend and can get me something pretty and shiny.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wilsonian: I’d rather have Felix in that scenario, but I’d rather trade A/M like you said.

  57. TR says:
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    Would you drop Hardy & Profar for Singleton & Polanco before they get snatched up? Profar obviously has a ways to go and hardy just sits on my bench all the time

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TR: Yes, and I wouldn’t hesitate. (I’m assuming these are guys on your bench, or your SS replacement isn’t Nick Punto.)

  58. Nick The Podcast Host

    Nick The Podcast Host says:
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    Depends on league but I like Profar/Polanco.

  59. Plumbing4 says:
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    Arroyo, Salazar, Chavez, Lincecum, Pomeranz, or Erlin ROS

    • Plumbing4 says:
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      @Plumbing4: Tyson Ross is also available

    • Jay

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      @Plumbing4: Chavez and then Pomeranz. Hard to argue what Oakland has done thus far.

      • John says:
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        @Jay: Pomeranz will but on innings limit this year keep that in mind.

  60. stonepie says:
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    jennings is so meh but i like the steals.
    would you trade cobb for werth (to replace jennings) or trade lucroy and cobb for posey? posey should have a much better line given his batted ball profile…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @stonepie: No on werth but the posey offer is fair

    • Jay

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      @stonepie: I’d hold in both instances.

  61. Brett says:
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    Cut Gyrko for Calhoun? I have Prado to play second.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Brett: No

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brett: I’d find a way to be patient with Gyorko. Though, I love Calhoun. Is there another way to get him on your roster?

      • Brett says:
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        Jay,

        Only other play I can cut is Baez in a 12 team keeper where we keep 5. keepers are kept for 2 years then can be given a contract where there price rises 5 each year of the contract.

        I am already keeping Harper, Strasberg and Gomez. My options for my last 2 keepers are Profar 9, Belt 12, Baez 1, Machado 13, Gray 7, smyly 1, Tyson ross 1. Would you hold Baez or cut him?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Brett: Can you try and trade him? I don’t like the profile… the contact issues really concern me.

  62. Ryan says:
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    In my dynasty league should I trade gattis dom brown fielder frazier victorino for bautista nelson cruz Brantley and miguel montero.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ryan: I would do it

      • Ryan says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: forgot to mention that I’m dealing clint frazier, not Todd Frazier

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ryan: Doesn’t matter, I’d want JoeyBats.

  63. Millenball says:
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    chapman for abreu in a vacuum

    which side?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Millenball: Abreu

    • Nick The Podcast Host

      Nick The Podcast Host says:
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      @Millenball: Abreu just broke your vacuum with his last jack.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Millenball: Yeah, like they said, Abreu, it’s not really close.

  64. Matt says:
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    Jay; like the Cueto bit. A nice follow up from Jeremy’s comment on his post yesterday.

    With Mcgowan in the bullpen and Stroman struggling, fair to say Happ can run with this thing?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Matt: Nothing would make him Happ-ier. WOOOOOOO I DID IT.

      Anyways, I think they are committed to Stroman and Happ is on borrowed time.

  65. chilicheeseconey says:
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    2 Questions:

    1. With Anibal Sanchez coming off of the DL, I will need to release someone in my 14 team 5×5 Roto. Who am I dropping out of these pitchers: Wheeler, Kuroda, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Tommy Hunter, Jenrry Mejia, or Salazar? Thanks!

    2. Jason Castro or Derek Norris rest of season as catcher?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @chilicheeseconey: Hunter.

      I just dropped Castro for Norris in the RCL #1, that should be all you need to know.

  66. Jammer McSlam says:
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    I just pulled of a Cashner + Frazier for Votto deal in a h2h 6×6 league with OBP. Feeling prettttttyyy prerttttyyy good about it.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: Yea thats a nice deal

      • Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!!! says:
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        @Jay: Hate to bear bad news, but Votto did not travel with the team and is getting an MRI on his knee… same knee as surgery last yr. I think you just got Fuuuuuuked.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: Watch out, breaking injury news on Votto. HOLD.

  67. Paul B says:
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    Cueto’s strikeout rate can be tied to one big stat — his first pitch strike percentage is incredibly high. Higher than it’s ever been.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Paul B: Agreed, and that should regress. I say that his called strikes across the board were higher as well. We are still in small-sample size territory, but he’s a good pitcher, and there are years that just fall into place as well… can’t be discounted.

  68. scott says:
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    which side in a 5×5 roto league that combines runs and rbi as one cat and total bases as the 5th
    bautista/ozuna for yadi/adam jones

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @scott: For total bases, you’d probably want the JoeyBats side.

  69. royce! says:
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    Great write up! I swear to god I was just thinking the same thing about Wojciechowski the other day…and then I started counting the letters in his name to see if it was longer than Saltalamacchia but I got distracted and never completed my very important work.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @royce!: Thanks! And yeah, sounds like a seizure waiting to happen.

  70. Paul B says:
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    Danny Salazar is the reincarnation of a young Ricky Nolasco.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Paul B: Or Oliver Perez

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Paul B: Definitely higher ceiling, but their floors are similar, and they seem to like napping on the ground…

  71. Spyre says:
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    H2H points league with saves and holds.

    My RPs are a mess. Drop Balfour for ______

    Britton
    O’Day
    Frieri / Smith
    Will Smith
    Lindstrom
    Al Al
    Doolittle

    Also, how long until Carlos Martinez jumps into the rotation. Is Jaime Garcia actually gonna stick around?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Spyre: I might hold… but I’d want to try and grab Britton and Smith out of that group.

      I think the Cardinals will try their hardest to keep things status quo.

  72. blindnuts says:
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    Was offered Marte for my Pomeranz…which side?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @blindnuts: Starling Marte? If it’s Damaso Marte or Andy Marte, then no. Any other Marte, do it now.

  73. kyle says:
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    Hold onto Liriano or drop him for Cole/Leake/Niese?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @kyle: Cole probably. Not a fan of the lost velocity…

  74. Tom says:
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    Need a stream to try to get lucky with some R’s for my H2H league. Denorfia or Stubbs both playing at Coors tonight. Both should be playing against LHP. I like Stubbs better but they’ve been switching him between batting 2nd and 7th whereas Denorfia will almost certainly bat 1st. I need to choose before the Cubs game starts in a couple of hours. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: Denorfia, he’s been hitting well lately.

  75. Tracy says:
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    Trying to upgrade my pitching staff in a 10 team H2H QS league. I have been offered C Lee for my J Zimmerman and my worst SP. Should I do the trade and who do I toss in from Salazar, Lincecum, Montero, Lackey and Niese? I can also pick up one of the following from the waiver wire as a replacement, Buchholz, Vargas, C Young, Danks, Ray, Hale, Bedard and Quintana. I would appreciate any help.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tracy: I’d do it, yeah. I’d throw him Lincecum and pick up Quintana… they are basically the same thing.

      • Tracy says:
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        Thanks!@Jay:

  76. I am so sick of injuries, taking all the fun out of this game

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Joey Votto did not travel with the Reds to Philadelphia and is likely to be placed on the disabled list due to a sore left knee.
    A decision on his status won’t officially be made until after the Reds get the results of an MRI back, but it’s not looking good for Votto. It’s the same knee that Votto had operated on in 2012, which cost him nearly two months of action. It’s not clear at this point if he has a meniscus issue again or if it’s something else in the knee that’s bothering him. An update on Votto’s status will be available later Friday.
    Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
    May 16 – 11:49 AM

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Ugh, I just told a guy who traded for him it was a great move. BLAST!

      • @Jay: LOL Jay, I saw that and it was a good trade for him..In all fairness his commish should veto and reverse that trade. I am sure the other owner knew of Votto’s injury.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: Agreed, but it can be a cut-throat game and, in a vacuum, I’d assume the trade would hold.

  77. Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!!! says:
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    Just saw that Votto is getting an MRI and did not travel with the team. Beware of receiving trade offers where you would receive Votto. Such sheisty people out there…

    Have 1 roster spot available. Pickup Calhoun to plug him in now (over my starter seth smith), or stash Polanco.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Hey, It’s Enrico Pallazzo!!!: Yeah, just updated the notes to help some peeps out.

      Yeah, I’d want Calhoun over Smith, but keep stashing Polanco.

  78. E says:
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    Drop A Soriano for J Francisco?
    Roto DH spot

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @E: Ehhhh, I’d hold. Tough one though.

  79. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Can anyone talk me out of trading A-Jax for Grégory Polanco? I doubt it..

  80. Ron says:
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    Redraft H2H points league, got two open spots on my roster. Which two do I grab from the list below?

    Pomeranz , Kuechel, Koehler, Kuroda, Ubaldo, Gallardo, Smyly, Quintana, Skaggs

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: Pomeranz, Kuroda. Maybe stream him and Ubaldo/Gallardo.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: No love for Kuechel huh? HE seems to be the flavor of the week. What you say about that guy?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ron: I like him… but I’d rather have those guys first.

  81. Heff says:
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    Drop Rafael Monetero for McGee to hedge against Balfour or hold and hope the Rays don’t make a change and Balfour gets it together. Rodney had similar stretches last year and he didn’t lose his closer role

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Heff: In that instance, I would hold and hope for the best.

  82. gareth says:
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    Is xander bogaerts and khris davis too much to give up for Elvis Andrus?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @gareth: If you need speed, I don’t think so. Ever since the video, every time I read you, I have your accent on it, so I can safely say all of your comments are now charming and eccentric to me.

      • gareth says:
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        @Jay: Haha. Thanks jay.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @gareth: Totally the truth man. Better than assuming you just make cat noises.

  83. Jack says:
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    I’ve heard great things about Mookie Betts. I know this may sound foolish but if an injury happens and he’s brought up should I pick him up and try to trade Hill?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jack: Yes, but he’s still far away I think, and might end up in the outfield or as trade bait. Probably for Stanton.

  84. Diddy says:
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    Someone dropped lirano do I drop Tillman?

    Lirano gets Balt and wash next week or do I drop Tillman for Beckett vs nym and philly?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Diddy: I think Liriano’s lost velocity is concerning… and I’m starting everyone against Philly.

  85. Dr Chym says:
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    Which side…

    mesoraco/gordon/wainwright for stanton/posey

    6×6 – OPS and QS league

      • Dr Chym says:
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        @Jay: thank you sir.

  86. Tom says:
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    If Baez comes up this year does he play 3rd? Will he be OK defensively there? I know this isn’t going to happen for a while but would you drop Peralta for Baez when he comes up in a H2H league that counts errors?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: I had always figured that spot was for Bryant and that Castro would move to the outfield to make room. I’d be okay with that, yeah, though I’d be more worried about the K issues.

  87. Jay says:
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    votto for Bautista?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jay: I feel like I’m asking myself this. With today’s news… I’m tempted. The calculated side wants me to see how the MRI turns out, but the risky side would do that trade.

      Eh… I’m holding for now.

  88. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Is Rickie Weeks gonna push Gennet to the bench? I need a MI BADLY.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I’m sure Brewers would love Weeks to show them something… and he seems to be hitting right now.

      • @Jay: Weeks is actually hitting .365..nice, but it is in 52 at bats…

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: It’s a weekly league. Hate having someone who is benched 2-3 times a week.

  89. Clive says:
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    Is it time for me to move on from Salazar? Could add guys like Porcello, Heaney (keeper league), etc. Or should is I wait it out a bit longer to see if Salazar can figure it out?

    Thanks!

  90. Chris r says:
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    My infield is filled pretty well (except shortstop) with goldy, kinsler and wright.

    but at my IF flex spot I’ve got Matt Adams and Gyorko cycling based on the hittertron.

    I’ve got Singleton looming in my NA spot, am I pretty set once he comes up? should I be moving adams/gyorko to waivers, or to other teams for any value they might have left?

  91. Anybody remember this guy. I always keep him in mind when the next GREAT, can’t miss prospects comes up..

    Matt LaPorta granted release from Mexican League team
    by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
    (01:00 pm ET) The disappointing career of former top power-hitting prospect Matt LaPorta has taken another twist. He has requested and been granted his release from the Mexican League Campeche Pirates, sources have told ESPN. LaPorta was batting .282.

    LaPorta, who was released by Baltimore with more than a week remaining in spring training, failed to show enough in Cleveland to keep his job after he had been the key piece in the trade that sent C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee.

  92. puigleague choo says:
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    h2h points.
    My Braun for his Chris Davis?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @puigleague choo: yeah, I think Braun fades as the season progresses.

  93. gareth says:
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    One more game and Victor Martinez is free!

    In espn leagues, he’s a dh only player. However he’s at 2 games played at catcher and because he’s spotting Miggy alot he’s already at 9 games played at FIRST BASE! Once he meets the 10 games played marker he suddenly gains a little value.

    So combine his zombino like rise to fantasy prominence in 2014 with his new found 1b/ci/ut eligibility and the fact he hits clean up behind Miguel freaking Cabrera – you have either a valuable trade chip on your team or just a rock solid piece contributing nicely in your fantasy lineup.

    Cynics may say “its just a hot start” but the fact is Victor has always been a great hitter. Injuries slowed him down the last few years but now he looks healthy and in for a nice year.

    This was the “bullish” report brought to you by meow mix and Gareth’s home made catnip.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @gareth: I agree. I thought he was dead a few years back… but he’s shown there’s still some left.

  94. J Boy says:
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    Jay which side you got?

    Rios/Andrus/Betances for Holliday/Niese/O’Day

    The likely replacement for Niese would be Colby Lewis.

    14 team roto

    Thanks Boss

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J Boy: Rios side, no probs yo.

  95. MarkedMan says:
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    Would you drop Salazar or Rondon for Britton in saves only?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MarkedMan: Salazar… I think Rondon holds the job.

      • MarkedMan says:
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        @Jay: Is Salazar 100% droppable? I have Cingrani and Cobb coming off next week too.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @MarkedMan: for those two… probably.

  96. Will says:
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    Rios for Bumgarner too much? 6 x 6 (OPS and L) roto

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Will: I don’t think so.

  97. Jay says:
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    I’m just about ready to toss this season aside…

    Votto to the DL now?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jay: yeah, sucks to hear.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Jay:

        the common perception is that it’s ok to talk to yourself .
        it’s when you start to answer … that’s when you’re in trouble !

  98. Eddy says:
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    So my standard 12-team roto league is in danger. My team is dead last and falling, despite having Trout, Pujols, Longo.

    I’m bottomed out in HR/RBI/AVG and last in ERA/Ks (thanks, Sale and Cobb) and recently someone sent me an offer of D.Ortiz/Cespedes/Utley/Pineda for Trout/Ackley/Joel Peralta.

    Ackley and Peralta are fodder for all I care. I have no 2B, and am seriously thinking of trading away Pujols for some strong SP, which Ortiz would replace. I think that’s actually a fair trade, right? Am I crazy for wanting to trade away Trout the first year I own him?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Eddy: I wouldn’t do it. Dangle Pujols out there, see what happens.

  99. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    chris davis for ellsbury?

  100. Ron says:
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    H2H Points league with -1 for strikeouts, here is my squad:

    C: Perez
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Everth
    OF: Trout, Cargo(COL), A. Jones
    UTIL: A-Gon, Arenado
    BN: Rizzo, B. Moss, Gyorko
    DL: R. Zimmerman, Harper, Beltran
    NA: Baez

    SP: Shields, Liriano, Gray, Chavez, Beckett, Kluber
    RP: Balfour, Melancon
    DL: Cobb

    With all these bats, should I drop Beltran to pickup a pitcher off the wire? Or should I hold tight on him?

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: I guess I should have thrown out the option of dropping Gyorko too….Should Beltran and/or Gyorko be dropped or held?

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Ron: I think you can drop both. How many teams, and what P are available?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ron: depends on who is out there.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: These are the SP out there: Gallardo, Pomeranz , Kuechel, Kuroda, Ubaldo, Smyly, Skaggs, Vargas, Dickey, Mejia

        The RP available are: Shaw, Doolittle, Britton, Familia

        1) Should I drop Gyorko and/or Beltran based on the team I have and the pitchers available?

        2) Which pitcher(s) to grab IF I do drop one or both of these guys?

        Thanks for all your help!

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ron: Yeah, I would drop Beltran for most of those guys… I would actually stream if that’s possible. If not, I might go with either Dickey or Britton if you need saves.

          Try to hold on Gyorko.

  101. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14 tm H2H OPS league, we can only carry 7 SP. My staff is about to be Gio, Anibal, Bailey, Cole, Porcello, Cingrani, and whichever one I don’t drop out of Keuchel, Beckett and Roark. So there are decent options available on the wire, but I also have enough depth to deal. Looking for MI/CI, targeting a team with depth there and a SP deficiency.

    Trying to get Rizzo (his CI), Lowrie (MI) and Machado (bench). Looking to offer Fielder (my CI; also he’s a Rangers homer), SP, Beckham and maybe Reed. Which SP gets it done?

  102. Brendan says:
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    Would you drop Cain, Eovaldi, or Haren at this point? Cain appears to be nowhere near the elite pitcher he once was, Eovaldi got lit up last night (along with Cain), and Haren has been going downhill. The only reason I’ve kept Haren is because I need Wins BADLY. 12-team 5×5 roto and my weakest pitching category is wins, followed by strikeouts.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brendan: I would drop Eovaldi probably. Its close with Haren.

      • Brendan says:
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        @Jay: What would you do with the spot? I’m also really lacking in HR, so I could either start streaming hitters, streaming pitchers to get me a win (I like Duffy tomorrow and Vargas on Monday to get a Win), or pick up a pitching replacement.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Brendan: Hard to stream with home runs. I’d concentrate on your pitching, and honestly, I’d stream with that Eovaldi spot.

  103. doghat666 says:
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    11 team 10×10 daily roto keeper league. 23 active, 6 bench 6 DL, makes the league somewhat deep.
    My Frieri, JSmith, Alcides & GRichards for his VMart and Castro. My team is currently 1st in saves and steals and my Votto is headed to the DL. What say you?

    Thanks

  104. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    trade andrus and tehern for hanley?

  105. Big W says:
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    Hey everyone… We’re not taking a chance on Archer @ LAA tonight are we?

  106. Ryan says:
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    Moss or heyward ROS?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Ryan: Ugh. Heyward, by a hair.

      • Ron says:
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        @Jay: You saying “ugh” cause of Heyward right? I think Moss is playing very well actually…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ron: ros emphasis. It’s close for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss

      • Ron says:
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        @Grey: Hey look who joined us! Welcome back!

  107. Filkarri says:
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    SoN really doesn’t like Sonny Gray against Cleveland, should I really be sitting him even though he didn’t give up any runs to them earlier in the season? Granted he did have to work out of a few jams and seemed to get lucky. I think I just talked myself into benching him.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Filkarri: I’d start him there.

  108. Sange76 says:
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    12 team head to head weekly points keeper league

    One, none or both deals?

    My Adam jones for verlander or gerrit cole plus Yelich
    My cano for scherzer or Felix plus dozier

    Went bat heavy during draft since Jose Fernandez was my keeper. Votto, jones, cano, Reyes, Mauer, prado, Craig, Morneau, pence, Alex Gordon, bogaerts, Polanco stashed
    Staff without Jose is Matt Cain, Masterson, Ian Kennedy, Garrett Richards, josh Beckett.

    Can I do more with cano and jones and that staff or verlander/cole and scherzer/ Felix and the rest if the offense?

    Points league.
    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sange76: I’d do Cano for Max or Felix plus Doz.

  109. Smitty says:
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    Trade request for you:

    Bautista, Eavoldi

    For

    Craig, Teheran, and either Springer or Eaton

    14-Team 6×6 league (ops/holds). I’d be replacing Springer/Eaton in my lineup with Lind Kh Davis or Josmil Pinto. Have decent, not great speed w/ Leonys Starlin Heyward and some lower end guys like Lucroy Votto Lawrie. Joey Bats is killing it tho and him and Craig have similar injury risk.

    Thoughts? Preference on Springer/Eaton ROS? Leaning towards Eaton bc he can’t seem to stay healthy.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Smitty says:
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      @Smitty: Wanted to add that it would suck to sell Craig at such a low point and buy Bats at what could be a high water mark on AVG but he’s looked every bit like a guy that can hit 290+ no? Walking a ton, pretty normal BABIB (.308).

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