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Josh Rutledge did not play for the third time since last Friday because Walt Weiss is crummy with crackers, then thinking he was a real Weiss guy, Rutledge was sent down to Triple-A.  This is the same Rutledge that went into yesterday’s game hitting .259 with a homer, 3 runs and 3 RBIs in the last week.  He’d be leading the entire Marlins team with those numbers!  On our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, he was above Starlin Castro, Alcides, Alexei, Rollins, Asdrubal for the year… Seriously.  He was doing better than all but 8 shortstops.  Yes, I’m on the River Denial and my boat is called, “Dubya Tee Eff?!” and I’m stopping at the Sphinx to riddle him with, “What are the Rockies doing?”  Are you seriously going with DJ LeMahieu because he had hits the last two days?!  Why not just go with David Guetta?  At least he’s had hits I’ve heard of!  The problem seems to be that the Rockies are holding Rutledge’s fielding against him.  Luckily, Weiss wasn’t managing the Yankees in 1996 or Jeter would’ve been sent down for Luis Sojo.  I know, The Art of Fielding, I know Dan Fielding, I do not know of sending Rutledge down for fielding.  Stop the madness and bring back Rutledge!  I’ll admit when I’m wrong with drafting guys, but Rutledge was not a mistake.  It’s stupid teams, playing for stupid things that don’t matter in 5×5 roto.  STUPID!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yasiel Puig – Mattingly said he’s fed up with how the Dodgers are performing and is about to do drastic things.  Like shave your mustache?  Speculation is he could call up Puig and/or Joc Pederson.  Mattingly also recently said he doesn’t know who his closer is, “It’s the guy who takes the mound in the 9th,” so if Mattingly’s trying to make it seem like he knows what he’s doing, he’s going for the long con as he lowers expectations first.  Maybe he should put his least competent reliever in the 9th and try to steal third with Kemp at bat.  Oh, wait, he does these things already.  He actually looks like a decent manager…When Kershaw is pitching!  LA Times prepare your headline, “Done Mattingly” because it’s probably not too long now.  Puig is the bigger name due to his Spring Training, but Pederson has looked just as good.  Both have solid power, speed and won’t hurt you on average (Puig is hitting .314 with 6 homers and 10 homers in 32 games; Pederson is hitting .327 with 8 homers and 13 steals).  They’re basically everything you want in fantasy baseball.  Unfortunately, I really don’t see where they play without an injury or something drastic like making Ethier a bench player.  I don’t like Ethier, and I’d do the move, but that’s a big move for a major league team to make.  The Dodgers are obviously tiring of Ethier since he didn’t start yesterday and Mattingly said he wanted the team that would “fight the hardest.”  They should call up Kimbo Slice.  In deep leagues, I’d stash Puig as a lottery ticket, but I wouldn’t expect a million dollar payoff.

Scott Van Slyke – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs as he was the immediate benefactor of Ethier not fighting.  Not sure how this is a surprise to anyone.  Do they see how Ethier arrives to the park?  The guy isn’t fighting, he’s clashing purple and pink!

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The Korean consulate contacted me yesterday to tell me that I should not pronounce his name, H-Young-Jin Are You, but I was having a hard time with what it should be so we settled on Young JR.  His name is Young JR., so stop your booing, the Dodgers are hoping their team will make a U-ing… This isn’t a dream, cous, but they wish the signing of Bobby Abreu was.  (I swear the preceding sounded good in my head.)

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 7th steal.  Thank God they got that anchor Ethier out of their lineup.  He’s cramping everyone!

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th steal.  You did well with the Crawford gamble at your draft, and, as long as he stays healthy, you will continue to reap the player with bennies.

Kyle Lohse – Scratched from his next start due to an elbow something-or-other, which means Mike Fiers will get his Saturday start vs. the Pirates.  I imagine you could get Michael Fiers if you were f**king Michael Fiers.  You could also get him if you were to go to your waivers and grab him.  Whether you should is a whole ‘nother ball of matzoh.    If you’re desperate, I could see grabbing him, but I don’t feel confident in him at all and Lohse could return soon.

Wily Peralta – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  In the preseason, Sky compared Wily to a young YoGa.  He’s more like young yogurt, which is just a bowl of curds and crap.

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-4 with a steal  How do you do it Hitter-Tron?  Hitter-Tron, “I knock the boots on the daily.  With appliances.  I’m a horny robot.”

Matt Harvey – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I’m not gonna bother pointing out how I told you to sell him two weeks ago.  I’m just gonna casually point it out by saying I’m not going to point it out.

Bobby Parnell – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Blown save was due to this being called a hit.  That’s the closest I’ve seen Davis come to making contact this year.  Are we sure he’s not wearing The Opti-Grab glasses?

Rick Ankiel – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .323 on the Mets.  He also has 7 homers on the year.  Yeah, I know, it makes no sense, but I’d grab him for a little hot schmotato action.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Elsewhere, David Murphy went 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 6th homer.  This week we’re having ourselves a Murphy’s romance.  Thankfully, I have never seen that movie so I have nothing to say on it.

Zack Cozart – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Even after this game, he’s only hitting .224, and he’s had hits in 7 of his last ten games.  Unfortunately, a bunch of those games he was 1-for-5 and 1-for-6.  Also, I don’t love that he hasn’t even attempted a steal this year.  Somehow, I still like him.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  At this point, I see no reason not to pick him up, but I trust him as far as I can throw him, which is pretty far because I bench-press 360 lbs. on the reg.

Mark Melancon – Earned the save due to Grilli’s long outing on Tuesday.  Nothing here other than clarifying who the set-up man is and Grilli’s gotta operate on gas.

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Samardzija is short for Samardzijalovesme.  You jealous?  A little jell?  Yeah, you are.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4 IP, 6 ER.  This is Exhibit A through Z why I don’t trust Liriano.  They look fine, then they defecate on your pizza and tell you it’s poopieroni.

Andy Pettitte – Will resume throwing on Thursday.  He better update his LinkedIn profile too!

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-3, 2 runs, and his 1st homer as he played center and hit leadoff.  If Girardi sticks with this like gum sticks in his braces, it could be trouble for Gardner.

David Adams – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer in three games.  Ugh, I don’t even want to say it about this guy because he’s such a futility man, but it does seem like he’s hot.

Kevin Youkilis – Played in a simulated game on Tuesday.  Sims is so 2003.  Youuuuuuuuuk could return soon, but the Yankees have no timetable.  Girardi said, “I put my alarm clock on a folding chair.”

Hiroki Kuroda – Left the start with a bruised calf.  He needs a trip to a Kobe beef massage parlor.

Kevin Slowey – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks but left with a strained lat muscle.  Those are usually good with white wine and lemon.

Jaime Garcia – To undergo shoulder surgery.  Considering he came into the year needing shoulder surgery, this should surprise no one, except the World’s Easiest To Surprise Man who is currently amusing himself with the ‘pulling your thumb off’ trick.

David Freese – Will miss his third straight game with swelling around his thumb.  Member when saying something was swell was a good thing?  Simpler times.

Jake Westbrook – Had to stop his throwing session due to pain in his elbow.  That’s code for ‘call Dr. James Andrews and Michael Wacha.’

Tyler Lyons – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Great start!  Was in Petco and he had a 4.47 ERA in Triple-A.  Oh.

Yadier Molina – 4-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .333 with 2 homers on the year.  On his player page, it shows that he should be hitting closer to .275.  If that happens with less than his current pace 10 homers, Yadier, Yadier, Yadier…

C.J. Wilson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks vs. the Mariners.  Arte Moreno’s found his Washington Generals.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Cool, now take a four day nap.

Chris Davis – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  I wish all my players regressed this badly.  Mostsuckass can’t even get to a level where he can regress.

Jonathon Schoop – Stress fracture in his back and will miss 6-8 weeks.  Schoop said, “I hit the DL for the hell of it, just for the yell I get…Mmm, mmm, mmm, for the smell of it.”

Gio Gonzalez – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks vs. Madison Bumgarner and his 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 2 BBs, 5 Ks.  That’s right, both pitchers came within a third of an inning of having identical pitching lines.  If Gio hadn’t thrown the extra third of an inning, Tim Kurkjian’s head would’ve exploded.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 12th homer.  To think the people on The Real World: Portland are older than him…and drunker and more STDy and more racially sensitive while being wildly ignorant.  Okay, they’re older than him, we know that for a fact.

Pablo Sandoval – Sat out yesterday due to illness.  Biggie Sands is the illest!

Carlos Quentin – Out again with a sore knee.  Shouldn’t he save the BS excuses for when they’re playing the Dodgers?

Adam Eaton – Has renewed elbow soreness and will probably be shut down for a couple of weeks at best, at worst could need Tommy John surgery.  Not as bad for hitters, but would knock him out for the year.  On the bright side for Eaton, the organizers for the annual Tommy John Surgery Convention allocate the same amount of donuts for hitters as pitchers.

Trevor Cahill – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  He was in Coors, so I wouldn’t make a mountain out of this Cahill start.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4.  With Eaton’s setback, Pollock should get plenty of time to spread his very-light power, very-light speed wings.  Fun fact!  Didja you know when A.J. Pierzynski was in grade school his nickname was A.J. Pollock?

Rafael Betancourt – His MRI turned up scar tissue that I wish you saw.  No idea how he has scar tissue in his groin, but I’m gonna guess penis enlargement surgery.  Betancourt says he should be able to go by Friday, if he can get on his pants.  I’d continue to hold Rex Brothers, the player not the furniture store.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I’d be worried if he gets to 25 homers by the end of July, he will then get hurt for a month.  I’m only 17% joking.

Jorge de la Rosa – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  ERA is at 3.40 on the year.  He’s been excellent in Coors (sub-3 ERA), but I ask you this as a person who has grown to know you as only someone can know someone they have never met, would you really start him in home games?

Hector Santiago – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Red Sox.  Real nice game from this guy.  I’m liking what I’m seeing so far.  He has been getting a tad lucky, but his K-rate is solid and, well, that’s all I need.  Definitely own him.

John Danks – Will make his season debut on Friday.  He has 15/13 K/BB in his rehab and lost velocity.  Danks, but no Danks.

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Didn’t have his best stuff, but he gutted it out.  In related news, his gut was lathered in suntan lotion.

David Ortiz – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and a steal.  Somehow he was able to get a 89 foot lead off first.

Nick Swisher – Will return on Friday from paternity leave.  Nick said he was so happy to be there for the birth of his baby girl, “When she first popped her head out, it looked like she had sideburns.”

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4 and a solo homer.  I know this makes no sense, but he has catcher eligibility and is playing a decent amount and now has 5 homers and I want him.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  With Swisher birthing baby burns, Brantley has been hitting clean-up.  Love to see it stick, don’t think it does, but, according to the Player Rater, he’s been better than Morse, Swisher, Saunders, Victorino, The Lisper’s Nightmare and Kemp, to name a few outfielders.  (Quick tip on the Player Rater, type in OF in the box under Pos and it will sort by outfielders.  Can do that for any position.)

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Um, you should have a few more years in ya, big guy, before you go the way of the Halladay.

Andy Dirks – 2-for-5, 2 runs and this 5th steal.  Again, while he’s batting lead-off, decent pick up.  2nd verse same as the first.

Brayan Pena – 3-for-5, run, RBI.  With a name like Brayan, he sounds like he should be a donkey, but if you own Avila, Brayan might just be the jackass stealing time from him.

Ross Wolf – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Score one for Team Jacob.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-3 with his 11th homer.  This was his fourth homer in the last 11 days.  I should’ve stopped at trading Choo for Beltre and not upset the Fantasy Baseball Overlord by trading Machado for Price.  Cust lamentin’.

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Seems to have turned things around and he gets the Giants in O.co next.  I’d start him there in most leagues.

Chase Utley – Will undergo an MRI on Thursday.  A DL stint seems forthcoming.  Howard and Rollins were holding tickets with the numbers 1 and 2, but the DL bakery called 3 first.  I’m sure they’ll come back around for them.

Cliff Lee – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  The Marlins should’ve invoked Wiffle Ball rules where the inferior kids get three runs to start the game.  Especially since Loria sold all of their equipment and the Phils had to leave their gloves on the bases when they left the field.

Delmon Young – 2-for-4 and his 2nd day in a row with a homer.  You can wait until Friday’s Buy/Sell or you can grab him now.  Your call, prematurely balding man!

Matt Dominguez – Out of the Astros lineup with quad tightness.  I feel bad for the Astro fan at the game wearing the “Not Altuve” jersey.

Jose Bautista – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a steal and two homers (10 and 11).  I’ve been going on about whether Edwin or Bautista will have more fantasy value this year, but, brucely, I don’t care.  I need Bautista to hit 50 homers and have a .460 OBP so we can win our Tout Wars league.  And that’s me getting down to brass tacks/tactics/tax/whatever the cliche is!

Jeremy Hellickson – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, which brings his ERA down to 5.37.  He’s not as good as his name value.  Jeremy Hellickson Name Value, “I hired a PR firm.  I’m in spin mode, yo!”

Fernando Rodney – 1/3 IP, 1 ER.  Another day, another blown save.  He really needs to be pulled from the role.  He’s lost all control of his pitches.  I’d grab Peralta, sin un momento aviso.

Trevor Plouffe – Placed on the 7-day concussion DL.  Morneau said Plouffe should be fine in less time.  Then Mauer told Morneau that it took him nearly 18 months to return.  Morneau just blankly stared at Mauer finally saying, “Really?”

Vance Worley – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER as the Braves gave Worley a swirlie.  After the game, Worley was sent down.  Kyle Gibson might want to extend a thumb while he’s pumping his arm.  I’m kidding, he shouldn’t hitchhike.  It’s not safe.  Jimi Hendrix used to hitchhike and now he’s dead.

Aaron Hicks – 3-for-4 with his 4th homer.  I really want to get excited about him, but he’s still a hacking mess.  He’s hitting .157 and just on Tuesday he went 0-for-5 with 3 Ks.  On the serious, I think the Twins might be messing him up for the long-term.  I’d send him back down and let him return when he can identify a fastball from a curve.

Paul Maholm – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Made the Twins look like the Tlosers.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Also, it was his 2nd game in a row with a homer.  Two homers would be nice from Salvador Perez for the entire year.  Why do the Royals vex me so much?  I’m throwing out all of my tea.

B.J. Upton – 1-for-4 with his 4th homer, and now has a two-game hitting streak!  Man, owning him has been like dating a Catholic School girl in high school.  B.J.!…two month drought…B.J.!…two month drought…Maybe that Dominican girl, Starling Marte, will put out…two months later and my car’s keyed and her brother’s going to beat me up…

 

941 Responses

  1. ThE sHiT says:
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    I give my Shelby, i get his Segura. 14 team h2h redraft league, what say you?

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: Fair offer if im giving Shelby?

  2. Matthew says:
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    Grey,

    I an in 4 leagues. I need yo post an AV so you remember me haha.

    Anyhow, I couldn’t of thanked you more for the pre season Rutlidge hype. He was the perfect 2B or SS late round pick. Now Walk Weiss, who I’m a big fan of from the 1 Marlins season I believe in 1996 when he played for us (fan obviously) and now I kinda am hating on him cause I don’t necessarily get the move.

    With that being said, do you think this is for long?

    • MattDamonFace says:
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      @Matthew: Do you even English?

      • Matthew says:
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        @MattDamonFace: Do you have a life? I’m typing from iPhone. I’m not writing a business proposal here sick.

        Grey, rid of clowns like this.

        • Matt Damon's Other Cheek says:
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          @Matthew: I’m not sure what you’re writing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: Maybe a couple of weeks…

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Matthew: Weiss was known for his defense. He stands there and watches Josh make routine mistakes in the field everyday it’s gotta piss him off. Rockies somehow think they can contend in the west. He will be back eventually.

  3. NyjerInParis says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff. A few questions…

    1.) I have Rutledge, Segura, and Profar (playing MI). Does this demotion mean I drop Rutledge to play Profar every day?

    2.) Do you like grabbing Peralta or Brothers for a Rodney drop. Does Brothers ERA/WHIP outweigh his lack of saves over a Peralta who may get the closer role?

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @NyjerInParis: except they aren’t playing profar everyday.

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would you buy low on Heyward? Looking at the underlined metrics, his walk rate is good, k rate is good, line drive rate is career high, and hitting fly balls 44% of the time. However his BABIP is in the crapper and his HR/fb ratio is under 10%.

    Would attempt to trade one of Lester/Peavy for Heyward

    • Jay says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yes buy him if you can. But if I had Heyward now, I’m nort so sure Lester or Peavy would get it done unless I desperately needed pitching.

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    Don’t look now, but Veras is starting to look sneaky good right now. Notched his 8th save and has his era in the low 3′s.

  6. Prezii says:
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    Randy Wolf…. wait, why cant i pick this guy up!?!? :D

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: it wasnt randy… It was ross! Randys in Bmore recovering from tommy john..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rick Ross the Boss?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh my God, he’s faceless! Wolf is a shapeshifter!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: Its ROSS!!! HAHAHA urghhh

                *storms out with TP stuck to shoe*

            • Prezii says:
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              Is he the same person? Did you just put Randy to see how many questions you could get about him? Were you planning on answering them “HA! Got you snitches, Randys trash!”? I got questions, Grey!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA! Nah, I totally brainfarted out Randy… Corrected, y’all!

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Grey: hahaha whoops! I was really starting to think Randall changed his name to Ross.

                  “Rick Ross the boss?”… Hahahaha

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ross Wolf is not the boss, he’s Randy’s baby wolf.

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey: protect baby wolf at all times. Good thing i wasnt trying to warn you about a bus barreling down the road when you were crossing the street..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’d be dead right now…Or would I?!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Orrrr wouldd youu? If you did die, you better come back as Ike Davis reincarnated and stand closer to the plate… For all of our sake..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I will come back as Mike Davis and look exactly like Ike Davis but with a mole behind my ear…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Mike Davis.. hmm, sounds like a name i could get use to drafting every year.. based on nothing…

  7. goodfold2 says:
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    so rutledge goes into the same territory as colvin (i.e. we wait and watch and hope and get ready to pickup in case of coming up)? Since i just dropped dee gordon’s terrible ass for brothers, and lost cozart a while back (i think grabbing gordon) which is better.
    they both start now.
    y.escobar or florimon. in 16 teamer these really are best ss options, unless punto counts.
    my team needs homers/rbi’s more than steals/runs. This will be last pickup of week.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i got him, so he gets hurt today, i likely don’t have a ss or really a catcher (avila) for rest of week and out of pickups. if i win any counting stats i really beat my opponent. Looks like Pena is the catcher to have here, he just keeps hitting, and more importantly, playing.

  8. Troy says:
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    Think it’s kind of comical Harvey has 1 start where numbers aren’t great n it’s told u to deal him, all the damage before the 7th was a 3-0 green light homer and he shouldn’t of been out there in the 7th had 99 pitches n worked ass off all game. Dumb managing guy was pretty good besides that not time for the I told u sos…. Just saying

    • Troy says:
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      @Troy: pretty poor sentence structure so I apologize for that just read it over… Also as a Rutledge owner I just don’t understand Rockies WHY!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Troy:

      The Harvey sell high thing is one of those things. I think the underlying point is that he’s not going to pitch to 1.12 ERA a sub 1 WHIP all year. It gets phrased as sell high, but in reality, unless you’re in a chimp or retarded brother-in-law nobody is going to buy Harvey as though he were going to pitch to those numbers. The sell high thing just doesn’t work in the real game.

      • troy says:
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        @OaktownSteve: agreed getting offered freeman for him at the most no point.

  9. Chris says:
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    Love the Collumm Grey. Especially the Catholics School girl reference lmao. Question. What do you see from Teixeira when he comes back? I scooped him up off waiver since I’m having a Lil dilemma with Pujols

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Thanks! Maybe 17 homers, .245 average-ish

  10. Feely Dan says:
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    As a streamer next week

    David Pelps vs NYM(J.Hefner)

    Andrew Cashner vs SEA (Felix)

    Kyle Kendrick vs BOS (Lester)

  11. Seth says:
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    Losing Rutledge just screwed me like a cork. I picked up Profar when he got called up but it looks like he’s splitting time

    Help me Grey I’m cold and alone…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Seth: C’mon into my blanket teepee…

  12. Piranhaman says:
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    i had been offered his Corbin and Segura for my Frazier and Rutledge a month ago.

    but i rejected it because i was still believing Rutledge’s bright future.

    awful.. what should i do, Grey? holding ‘NA’ guy is very blooming and boring.

    drop him and grab a replacement like Kelly Johnson? phew.. i also think Kelly could be cooled off soon.

  13. stynyr says:
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    Which do you like for 2B to replace Rutledge?

    Murphy
    Infante
    Scutaro
    Gyorko
    Rayburn
    Michael Young
    Rickie Weeks
    Valdespin
    Descalso

      • stynyr says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok. Gotta take Garza off the DL first. Who gets dropped for Garza to come back? I almost dropped Wheeler but do I take the chance of not being able to pick him back up?

        Cahill
        Ryu
        Minor
        Jose Fernandez
        H. Bailey
        Zack Wheeler

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cahill

  14. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    For the first time in his career, Ortiz stole third.

    • Sully says:
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      @VinWins: Ya, and it had to be against me! There must be something in that mango salsa…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Wow, hadn’t realized that…

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @VinWins: they should have scored it defensive indifference

      • Jay says:
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        @FrankGrimes: or laughing to hard to actually attempt a throw

  15. Steven says:
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    Grey,

    If I were to trade Shelby Miller and A-Gon would you rather get Hamilton,Beltran, Cespedes or Rizzo in return?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven: Cespedes, it’s a lot for him…

    • Black & White says:
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      @Steven:

      Hamilton, Rizzo, Cespedes, Beltran

  16. Steven says:
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    I’m tired of Perez’s avg only help. Would you rather have Castro,Gomes,Salty,Martin or am I stuck with him?

    Thanks

  17. Justin says:
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    The damn rockies ars stupid next thing you know they will go to a four man rotation…. oh wait….. anywho….

    12 team h2h ops and quality starts keep 7 at years end.. which side

    Headley jennings iwakuma

    Holliday victorino fraizer

    Thanms for the great work! I never miss an article

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Ha… Thanks! Headley

  18. kel says:
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    Some of my OFs are really underperforming this year by far, I m thinking of making some changes here. Can you rate the following OFs ROS

    Ichiro
    S.Marte
    M.Morse
    B.Revere
    T.Hunter
    M.Brantley

    Appreciate it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kel: Marte, Hunter, Brantley…

  19. Ryan says:
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    span or leonys martin for a 5th OF spot in a 12 teamer.. my team badly needs BA/R/SB

  20. giant-eer says:
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    Jarrod Parker or Hector Santiago ROS?

    • Sully says:
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      @giant-eer: Are we even sure if Santiago is staying in the rotation after this week due to Danks’ return?

      • Nelson Santovenia says:
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        @Sully: Thats the only thing holding me back from adding him too. Unless Sale is hurt worse than is being reported

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @giant-eer: Parker… Santiago is up in the air, but I think he’s more valuable if he does stick…

  21. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    Rutledge’s domotion puts me in a pickle in my 12 team league . What would you do I have 2 options:
    1. Replace Rutledge with: Weeks, Espinosa, Ellis, Rayburn

    2. I have Jed Lowrie who in 2 more games will get 2b eligibility. I could wait for this and then I could pick up Gordon.

    Also, would you stash Rutledge? Do you think he is back up soon? As you can see the depth in MI is very dry.

    Thanks

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Brett:

      i’m gonna piggyback onto this question, sorry (not sorry)!

      yeah grey, DO we stash rutledge? i’m in a deep mixed league. picked up lemahieu (barf), and the only other options are like elliot johnson and darwin barney. i could be dropping rutledge tonight on a waiver claim for joel peralta, or i could just let him sit on my bench. you think he’s down for more than a few days “punishment” or whatever?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Byron from Austin: If it’s deep, sure… Probably about 3 weeks away from returning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: 1. Weeks 2. Sure… I wouldn’t stash Rutledge

  22. I feel like Lisa in “The Room” by saying “should I drop Rutledge? I already dropped Rutledge” (http://youtu.be/rpfPmvG6CHI) but who are you replacing him with? Most of the good options, especially 2B/SS guys are gone. It’s really for backup at either spot so looking at:

    Cozart
    Uggla
    Simmons
    Aybar
    Ackley
    Espinosa
    Bettencourt
    Rayburn
    Escobar

    Help! Are there any pseudo answers in there? or others?
    Thanks

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: Depends what you need. Runs and SBs, I’d go Aybar. Eventually that Angels offense will get going. If you want HRs and RBIs, maybe Cozart?

    • Gareth says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: “You Thenk Ov Evereetheng.” “I Saved them Bondles.” Thanks for the upload. It had me in tears.

  23. JB says:
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    You’re still holding Santiago in spite of the speculation that he’ll be the odd man out with the return of Danks? Also, in a deep 2-catcher league – Grandal or Gomes? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: I’m holding him for now, Sale isn’t healthy, Danks is a mess, Gomes

  24. grif says:
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    CJ Wilson is on the wire in my league. Would you drop morrow to pick him up?

  25. Joe says:
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    We still selling Chris Davis? Dude is really seeming like the next Bautista or E5 and he’s only 27.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Joe:

      I heard a really interesting interview with Buck Showalter on the A’s pregame a few weeks back. First of all, could not be more impressed with Buck. Articulate. Gets it. He said a couple of things that caught my ear. One was that he’s a defense first guy. Defense, defense, defense. And he said that Davis is one of the more improved defenders. I think you put that together with a huge improvement in his BB/K rate and you are looking at a guy who has made a commitment to being a ballplayer. I think the Rutledge thing is instructive for fantasy players in that we of course have to understand that there is correspondence between real world success and fantasy success despite the outliers that provide good fantasy stats and no real world success (usually guys on lousy teams).

      The other thing Buck said about Davis is that he’s just kind of a free spirited guy. He said they’ve created an environment for him where he’s just real comfortable being himself and it shows in his play.

      There will for sure be a correction to the batting average just because the BABIP is so high, but from what I saw when the O’s were out here, he looked real real good. I am 100% buying him to continue to be productive+ all year.

      • Shibboleth says:
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        Yeah Buck is a cool dude for sure. There was a great scene from the O’s victory into the postseason… All the players going wild on the field and Buck hanging back by the dugout, soaking in their enjoyment. H definitely gets it and understands that a manager doesn’t have to be a dictator.

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        Hittertron wants to make sweet love to Crash over the next 7 days.

        I think we’re at the point now to where I can actually flip him for value, but I can’t bring myslef to do it.

      • Joe says:
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        @OaktownSteve: wow! Thanks for all the great info. I’m holding onto him!

      • mc serch says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I’m a big Showalter fan and have been since he set the Yanks on the right path…like T. Coughlin with the NY Giants, i think Buck’s player management style has evolved a bit since his early coaching days (remember when he called out Griffey for wearing his cap backwards during ASG batting practice?)…. as for C. Davis, I had him for his coming out party last season and was sure to draft him this season (11th Round!)…he hit for average in the minors, I believe, so to my mind there’s no reason he can’t do so in the bigs now that he seems to have figured shit out…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @mc serch:

          Excellent pick up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Looks like 35 homer guy, but the batting average will fall hard at some point…

  26. Chris J says:
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    2nd consecutive start of Gio that Drew Storen has blown the save. Did Gio make a joke about Storen’ mother?

  27. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… I talked to Rudy about the stream o nator and he said even in a 10 team that the $ is the most important.. I was wondering, What is the least amount of money that’s considered good enough??

      • Frank White says:
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        I thought yesterday on his page that you said for me to take my questions to your new post??

    • Eddy says:
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      @Frank White: $8 is an average start for a 12-team league, so something around $9-10 is the cutoff for a decent start in a 10-team league

  28. Dani says:
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    With Rutledge gone, need a replacement. Limited to 25 moves so need best player ROS:

    Cozart
    S Drew
    Aviles
    Florimon
    Sogard
    Barmes
    Rosales

    Also, same league, pick up Gausman? It’s a waste if hes up for only a couple starts..Wheeler also available (would be dropping Gee)

    • Dani says:
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      @Dani: 16 team league

      • Dani says:
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        @Dani: scratch 2nd question, Gausman was snagged. Hopefully he isn’t up for long! Stash Wheeler now?

        • Wudaben says:
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          @Dani:

          Yes, stash Wheeler. I’ve got Wheeler & Gausman stashed and only get 19 pickups! Scouts claim Wheeler has better stuff than Harvey and Gausman’s stuff is elite and he can control it unlike the other guys.

    • @Dani:

      You can see from my post that we are about in the same boat. I’m thinking Cozart…you? And what about Ackley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dani: Cozart… Hold off on Gausman for now…

  29. Beastman says:
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    A sad day for Razzballers everywhere. RIP Rutledge fantasy.

    Keeper question: Shelby ($7) and Machado ($19) for McCutcheon ($(53)? I have SP and 3B depth but wondering if it is too much to give up for Cutch, especially in a keeper league.

  30. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Grey, I love the new features on Razztastic Ball! Thank you guys! Hey I was looking at my pitching yesterday and noticed that two of my pitchers, Shark and Shields had great games and their respective teams gave them no run support and they each were tagged with a loss. I think these types of players that pitch a gem without procuring the win need a “glossary term”. Recognizing that Felix Hernandez is the ultimate gem with no win guy, I thought a good term would be that a guy that pitches a great game with no win should be noted as having given a good F-Her-t (pronounced effort). Watcha think?

  31. Frank White says:
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    I’m looking to grab a pitcher for a game on Sunday and here’s the 2 options I like –
    Shaun Marcum vs. ATL $13.2, ERA 2.4. K 5.4 or Doubront vs CLE $7.8 era 2.4, K 5.8
    They both have a higher Win % but Doubront has better..
    Who do u like better?

  32. Dirtyd says:
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    Do I drop Rutledge for JJ Hardy or Scutaro or Cosart?

    • Dirtyd says:
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      @Dirtyd: doh. Cozart

    • Jef says:
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      @Dirtyd: I hated picking up Hardy. Owning him just doesn’t scream “championship team.” But that’s who I went with over Cozart (Scutaro was owned).

      • Jef says:
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        @Jef: And now I see that Cozart is heating up, so prob DirtyD is right. I’m a little PTSD’ed from this move. But the Hitter-tron does give both a 16+ for the next week, so there’s that…

        • @Jef:

          Hardy’s not that bad. He’ll give you close to 30 dongs, score some runs in that lineup and hit between .260-.270. You could do worse at SS.

  33. BrewerFan says:
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    Grey,
    Who to add at SS now that Rutledge is in AAA?

    Available: Aybar, Simmons, Cozart, Alexi Ramirez, Brandon Crawford, Dee Gordon, Florimon,
    Escobar. And is Rutledge an immediate drop or hold for now in case of a re-call?

  34. papasmurf says:
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    Is that Ethier pic taken during rookie hazing or something? LOL

    BJ Upton does seem to be hitting a bit better. Started him yesterday. 1 for 4 with a solo jack for him is like 4 for 4 with 5 RBI for most ppl.

    I kinda wish TOR sends down Lawrie so I can drop his tattooed ass. He has more tats that basehits.

    Cahill was decent. Two flyballs to start the 1st and I was like uh oh. Sure enough Carlgo takes him deep next and he gives up 3 str. extra basehits in a row before he gets Old Man Helton on a grounder. After that he battled and ended up with a surprisingly ok line, except for the Ks, but you don’t own him for Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Ha, yeah, I think it was for Ethier…

  35. ashtray says:
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    I picked up Rutledge to replace Hill and now I need someone to replace Rutledge. The available options in my league are putrid:

    12 team H2H 7×7 (includes Ks & OBP, Ls & QS)

    Available 2B & SS are

    Descalso
    Amarista
    Barney
    Florimon
    Yunel
    Didi
    Raburn
    Kozma
    Drew
    Gordon
    Espinosa
    Young
    Cozart

    Maybe the fantasy gods will smile on my team and call up Nick Franklin?

  36. Longbeachyo says:
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    I see it now. SO badass… Sorry for doubting you.

  37. AdamH says:
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    Points league-B Lawrie or Delmon Young in Util?

  38. Sanfran says:
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    Felt good when I traded Ike for Rutledge…. not so much now… Hate Jake may be right about that Karma thing ;)
    Fortunate I picked up Lowrie as a hedge for Segura and Rut.
    Lowrie is 2nd base eligible and Segura is the best Razzball sleeper I drafted.
    My catcher is Lucroy and was gonna stash Grandal this week.
    Is Rutledge a better stash (Lowrie) or Grandal (Lucroy) ???

  39. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Middlebrooks or Hafner for Utility for Fri-Sun?

  40. david says:
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    I feel your pain. I drafted Rutledge thinking it was a good pick. I still think he is. What is not-so-Weiss thinking?? Now I need to scramble for a SS at a very thin position. You got any suggestions?? Didi, alexi ramirez, yunel escobar, s. Drew. Or should I stick with my backup SS Jed Lowrie?
    Later brother! Keep up the great posts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @david: Yeah, no idea… Lowrie Thanks!

  41. Have Either on my team, pretty much looking to dump anyone on the Dodgers. Did you read the story in the LA Times, sounds like he is trying to get himself fired. Just looking for some call ups or someone under the radar, thanks fellas.

    • Junior Ortiz says:
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      @mc serch: @Ryan Flynn: Will Venable is the under-the-radar OF I most can’t believe hasn’t been picked up by lots of people. If I didn’t have a stacked OF in both of my leagues, I’d be all over that.

      • mc serch says:
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        @Junior Ortiz: after I dropped Rutledge, my choice for replacement came down to David Murphy and Venable….I went with Murph mostly because I think he is in a much better environment and will ultimately provide more of everything ROS except steals….I am seriously considering dropping LoCain for Veneble though…

  42. TheNewGuy says:
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    Mini-Mini-Mini Donkey is on fire right now, think I gotta try and ressurrect this deal if I can right?

    Fister and Henderson

    For

    C Davis

    Henderson has been very solid with the few chances hes had and I do need saves, also have Price on the shelf but thinking this is too good too pass up with Hosmer/Freeze stinking up my CI/Util spots.

  43. malacoda says:
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    Walt Weiss career numbers: over 14 years: .258 avg/3 hr/10 sb When he won r.o.y. it was with .250 avg/3hr/4sb. He would have sent himself down, I guess.

  44. TheNewGuy says:
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    Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks. Samardzija is short for Samardzijalovesme. You jealous? A little jell? Yeah, you are.

    Taking about jell, Id love to know what stuff he puts in his hair. That is one rock solid mullet, it never moves an inch!

  45. Bravehater says:
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    Keep pierzinski or p/u gattis?

  46. Black Wing says:
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    My Phillips/ Niese for his Matt Moore/Frazier. 12 team 6 keeper. I have Altuve already but light on SP. I could ask for Fowler instead of Frazier. Thanks.

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Black Wing: ansolutely, Moore side.

  47. scott says:
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    Gomes has better numbers than Sal Perez with 90 less at bats…. if Gomes becomes everyday player should I drop perez for him?

  48. dk says:
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    in a deep, weird league where free agency/waivers are only done every two weeks, can you rank the following pickups? I’m about to trade away some power, and may lose Utley to the DL for a while.

    1) Yelich, Nick Franklin, Rendon, Elliot Johnson
    2) Kluber, Gausman, Gibson, Wacha, Martin Perez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dk: Rendon, , Yelich… Gausman, Wacha

  49. Roberto says:
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    DIDI, HARDY, SIMMONS, or PROFAR as a MI replacement for rut row?

  50. Jamiehov says:
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    I’m not sure what’s worse, Rutledge being sent down or Yahoo not having an updated note on it yet a note pops up for Hamilton each at bat he goes without a K.

    I’m circling the FAs for his replacement now and it’s not looking good

  51. Tony Starks says:
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    Re: Harvey
    I don’t think you can toot your own horn when you said to sell him after his 9 INN 12 K performance and since then he’s thrown three QS’s with the worst of the three performances coming yesterday against the Reds who are known to beat up SP’s on the regular. Cmon man! Keep these kind of charades up and I’m going to think of you as more of a dishonest politician/banker then the great man with fabulous fantasy insight that you usually are

    * you did somewhat redeem yourself however with the “Biggy Sands is the illest” comment

  52. CT Old School says:
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    The Opti-Grab…it’d look awesome on Tyler Clippard.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @CT Old School:

      And that’s the only thing I need is *this*. I don’t need this or this. Just this ashtray… And this paddle game. – The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all I need… And this remote control. – The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that’s all I need… And these matches. – The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball… And this lamp. – The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that’s all *I* need. And that’s *all* I need too. I don’t need one other thing, not one… I need this. – The paddle game and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches for sure. Well what are you looking at? What do you think I’m some kind of a jerk or something!

  53. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Drop Teheran for Brandon McCarthy’s start tomorrow?

  54. Charles says:
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    Hold Eaton or Madson in my DL slot? I’ve got 4 closers plus Kenley already, btw.

  55. Greg says:
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    I saw one random KFFL report that Adam Eaton was experiencing an issue with muscle tissue and NOT the ligaments/tendons in his arm. That would mean a few days of stretching and aspercreme, at best. Then again, I’m also starting to wonder if someone at KFFL had a trade on the board with Eaton involved….

  56. Lob Ball says:
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    Which CI to drop?

    Arenado
    Gyorko
    Konerko

    Thanko!

  57. MattH says:
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    Nice bench press numbers, Grey.

    Yahoo has Rutledge ranked in the #104 spot for all batters.
    Right below him is Cespedes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Ha, and there’s that

  58. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Marte for his kipnis? Marte has cooled off and I need someone to fill in for utley.

  59. AP says:
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    I am a little jelly, yeah. Grey, I need a Middle Infidel replacement for Rutledge. (I agree with what you said about the Rockies being dumb, by the way.) Here are the top waiver options for me, pick one for ROS please?

    Prado
    Infante
    Profar
    Didi G
    Emilio Boneface
    Neil Walker

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Prado

      • AP says:
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        @Grey: Done, thanks. Just realized Prado has more positional eligibility as well, and that will come in handy, so double thanks!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    Need a 2B replacement in a H2H league:

    Murphy, Seager, Gyrko, Scutaro

    H, R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    I almost want to give the Jerk Store a try. I saw that moon shot he hit last night to dead center. That was a Swiggy-esque bomb. But what’s the consensus?

  61. Fecal Matters says:
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    “Man, owning him has been like dating a Catholic School girl in high school. B.J.!…two month drought…B.J.!…two month drought…Maybe that Dominican girl, Starling Marte, will put out…two months later and my car’s keyed and her brother’s going to beat me up…” Haha……Bien chistoso!!!

  62. OldCrow says:
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    I give David Wright and I get Omar Infante/Cliff Lee/David Freese.

    What does everyone think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OldCrow: It’s fair, depends if you need pitching…

  63. Greg Nettles says:
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    Loved the Ike Davis gif. He just watches it go by so calmly… Oh well, there it goes. Like my career.

    Dumping him off my team is like finally getting to poop. I feel lighter and relieved.

    Now I think I have to take an Espinosa.

    • Uncdrew says:
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      @Greg Nettles:

      Greg Nettles? Stupid iPad. I wrote that.

      “one dollar and NINE cents!”

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      I took an Espinosa in April and it has felt good every day since. Pour some Segura on meee!

  64. Blue says:
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    Peralta or Bailey for saves?

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    12 team roto league, daily lineups.

    gausman came off the ML spot today, so i gotta drop someone.

    we can only start 3 RPs and i have parnell, balfour, bailey, and bell. bell’s ratios will be fine if his K and BB rates stay like this and he’s on a team that should win some games, but anyone know what putz’s time table looks like? none of parnell, balfour, or bailey have pitched bad enough to deserve a drop.

    or do i drop cashner, santana, or fisher.

    the rest of my SPs are bumgarner, zimmermann, peavey, and miller.

    maybe i just drop gausman? i like him but can i reasonably expect him to be better than what i got?

    trying to swing miller and one of the RPs for a 2B with utley injured, but the guy isn’t responding after approaching me about pitching earlier in the week.

    • ThePoonTycoon says:
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      @ThePoonTycoon: *fister, not fisher

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @ThePoonTycoon: TPT, good to see you around the comments again. You’ve been absent for quite awhile. Your comments and help was usually just a shade below Grey’s.

      • Wudaben says:
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        @ThePoonTycoon:
        I was trying to avoid giving you another Rutledge replacement questions but here goes…

        H2H Points league, Cozart or Aybar?

        • Wudaben says:
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          @Wudaben:

          Oops, how did that end up there?

  66. Cory says:
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    Thanks for all your insight and early information. Even if your analysis wasn’t as good as it is, it would be worth it to come solely for the reason that I read things on this site before I see them anywhere else. Gausman call up and fiers start in just past 2 days. Always been a big fiers fan and gonna take a shot. Some dropped lawrie yesterday and I picked him up. So that leaves me with 3 earlier round picks hitting well below Mendoza line (Ike Davis, Dan uggla). I am thinking ab cutting bait on one of them for fiers. It would be solely for a util purpose (goldshmidt, gyorko, Sandoval) currently fill their spots. Also have been rotating Alonso and belt in and out of my second util spot. So I know it’s a lot to ask but I would like your opinion on how you see those 5 players.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cory: Thanks! Lose Ike Davis…

  67. Frank White says:
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    How do you feel about Michael Brantley?

    • Frank White says:
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      I’m sorry I meant do you like him over Donaldson?

      • Frank White says:
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        Or maybe Gattis so I can play him for the 4 days after his good game?? Lol

  68. Jack says:
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    I was offered Cespedes for Marte/Corbin. I need the power, but I don’t think that is enough. Thoughts? What would be enough?

    Or should I wait for Harte and pick up Willingham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Sounds like enough…

  69. RedRox says:
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    Aramis Ramírez or Frazier?

  70. mc serch says:
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    Nice rant on Rutledge….feel better?
    Good kid, M.A.A.D. manager?
    Defense is a pretty important part of real baseball, esp. with some of the groundball pitchers the Rocks are trotting out…The kid came up as a SS though, how bad can his D be at 2B?
    Hopefully he works his way out of whatever J-Rut he is in and is back in Denver soon….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch: Yeah, agreed… Probably a few weeks away from returning…

  71. Dkohn says:
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    It’s not your fault…It’s not your fault…It’s not your fault!!!

    Greycarlo we all know you were right about JR, just a sad day.

    Anywhoo, you know we all got questions now…
    1. Kinsler on DL, now Rutledge sent down, who you want for 2B? Infante, Rickie Weeks, Elliot Johnson, Bonifacio, Darwin, Speculate on Rendon, Nooo not DJ LeGayhieu!!
    2. You getting excited at all about Leonys Martin?
    3. Leonys Martin or Will Venable?
    4. You think Hitter-Tron has a shot with the Stream-o-Nator?

    P.S. I’m sure this has made its way to you but just in case it hasn’t, did you happen to hear about Buck Showalter’s press conference after the Yankee game two nights ago. According to my friend who is a huge O’s fan, he has a lot of “Buckisms”, and he used one in the press conference that I think should be added to the Razzball glossary.

    The act of getting relievers warmed up, but not bringing them in, he called “dry humping” or as Dusty calls it “dry raping”.

    “…and you know I just hate dry humping O’Day.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Ha! 1. Weeks 2. A bit 3. Venable 4. Yes Ha… Fredi Gonzalez loved to dry hump Venters…

  72. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I’m ashamed….I got your Twilight reference. How many lashings do I get?

    Any chance Farnsworth gets a chance to close in TB? He has “experience” which some coaches tend to go with, even if it was a bad “experience”.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: me too. Silly wife and her love for those damn movies…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Ha… Yeah, he could see a shot, but not before Peralta…

  73. booya says:
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    Would you want Santiago, Niese or Grimm?

    Thanks G

    • booya says:
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      @booya: Make that Santiago, Gast or Grimm…Niese is unavailable

  74. Fungazi says:
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    So in conflict to most of the questions about dropping Rutledge, I plan to pick him up once he clears waivers because I think the team is more sending him a message about work ethic than that he isn’t ready to compete in the bigs. Am I way off?

  75. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Rollins and Cashner a good swap if I’m trying to land Scherzer? (Scherzer’s owner just lost Rutledge and our waiver wire is pretty scarce…)

    Thanks!

    • supra says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: Sounds like you don’t need Rollins, so good move!

  76. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Is there any scientific explanation as to why closers tend to suck in non-save situations??

    I’m looking at you Mujica!

    PS, was it worth trading Corbin for A. Gordon? Time will tell.

  77. mauledbypandas says:
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    I came away from this roundup with two revelations.

    1. The player pages are bleeping awesome (observation really, but whatever)
    2. The Royals are really good at producing quad-A players who do nothing but give you fantasy blue balls when they get called up.

    Moustaskas, Hosmer, Perez, Gordon

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @mauledbypandas: It’s taken a while but Gordon can finish you off these days.

  78. Obmij76 says:
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    Grey would you drop Arencibia for Gattis in a 1C, H2H league?

  79. Nick nice says:
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    Drop niese for McCarthy???

  80. fri-guy says:
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    who’s a better speculative add, gibson or wacha? probably only have room for 1 until i have few guys back off the DL (reyes and stanton).

  81. shibboleth says:
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    Rutledge news was deflating; he was the only 2b on my roster. I have to believe this is one of those demotions where something clicks, he starts raking and getscalled back up soon. In the meanwhile, GDI where am I going to find a replacement 2b .

  82. Dingbat says:
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    I’m ready to drop Rutledge. Who’s a better pickup for HR/RBI/OPS help:

    D Viciedo, D Brown, or G Jones?

  83. Josh says:
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    Great call on Rutledge. Now 90% of the razzball community is searching for a MI, one of the hardest to fill right now. But despite this collossial blunder, you still managed to squeeze in an “I told you do” into this article. But I do admire the cover up, which is that you know more than a Major League Baseball organization.

    • Junior Ortiz says:
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      @Josh: Pfffffft.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Josh: I understand your pain, but seriously, his numbers weren’t bad. He was ranked almost in the top 100 on Yahoo, which is right around where Grey had him ranked. How can Grey be wrong about his call? The Rockies gave up on him, it looks like. His glove might not be all there, but he was a better hitter this year than he was last. I, like many others, would assume that a SS would be able to convert pretty easily to 2B.

      • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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        @Wilsonian: His .298 OPB doesn’t show up in the player rater, and his runs were a product of hitting 2nd most of the early season.

        • Shake N Bacon says:
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          I don’t think Rutledge was being touted for an OBP league. It was made clear that he doesn’t walk much.

          His playing time was a little inconsistent with the Jon Herrera experiment still taking place. Walt’s lineup changes daily. Rutledge was never given a fair shake. I think he comes back up in a month and reclaims the 2B job once DJ LeMaheiu gets booed off the stage.

          • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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            @Shake N Bacon: I am not at all talking about what he was “touted” for, simply saying that what Walt Weiss wants from a player and what we want on a ROTO team aren’t always synonymous.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Last time I checked, a guy doing exactly what someone said they would do is actually a great call. You can’t predict a kid can’t figure out defense any more than you can predict a good Michael Bay movie.

    • Shibboleth says:
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      @Josh: bafff the Rutledge reco was and still is a good one. He’s made an immediate impact at the big league level, and shouldn’t be down for long.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Josh: You can always go back to taking Matthew Berry’s advice. Good luck with that.

  84. tim says:
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    dealt shelby miller and starling marte for holiday and scherzer.

    who did better?

    • Dingbat says:
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      @tim: You did. Easily.

  85. Mike says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H. Been offered my Weiters & Zobrist for Pedroia & Lucroy. Which side do you like?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike:

      Also, AJ Pierzynski is on waivers. Do you make the trade and then grab him and drop Lucroy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Pedroia… I’d stay with Lucroy for a week… See how he does

  86. Jesse Katsopolis says:
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    Nice write-up as usual!!

    I’m debating on if I need to trade an OF for pitching. I really like my offense at this point… and Craig and Cespedes aren’t the best at staying healthy :)

    12 Team, H2H
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, TB, AVG, OBP
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, OBPA, QS

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Neil Walker
    3B – Beltre
    SS – E. Cabrera
    MI- Prado
    OF – J. Upton
    OF – A. Gordon
    OF – Choo
    UT – Votto
    UT – Cespedes
    Bench – Allen Craig
    Bench – Span
    Bench – Profar
    Bench – Jeter
    Bench – Hanley Ramirez

    P – Price
    P – Samardzija
    P – Cliff Lee
    P – Cashner
    P – Niese
    P – Gausman
    P – Mujica
    P – Cishek
    Bench – Arroyo
    Bench – Brett Anderson
    DL – Beachy
    DL – Madson

    I am close to trading Profar (for a closer) and Jeter (would be included in a larger deal for a frontline pitcher). I have Arroyo at the moment (picked him up for a spot start last week).. and debating on whether to cut bait on Brett Anderson or see if I can find someone to take him.

    He wants Gordon, Samardzija and Jeter… I think I can get Hamels, Kenley Jansen and one of: CC, Latos, Scherzer, Shields. Given my depth on offense, is that something you would do? That’d leave me with Price, Lee, Hamels, Niese, Cashner, Gausman and Latos/Scherzer/Shields. Again, Craig and Cespedes seem likely to get hurt at some point. Not sure if I should do that or not.

    If so, can you please rank these 4… Scherzer, Latos, CC, Shields?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jesse Katsopolis: Thanks!I’d keep Samardzija… Trade Jeter for Kenley… You ranked the pitchers

  87. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    Shoop ba doop friend Grey shoop ba doop. Which side of this trade needs more seasoning in a no limit dynasty:

    Chris Davis for Lawrie, Odorizzi

  88. Ron says:
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    When Stanton comes back (lets say mid-June) who has a better season from that point forward, him or Holliday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Stanton

  89. Birdis says:
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    Pick 2 going forward: Haren, Parker, Griffin, Milone, Johnson

    • Birdis says:
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      @Birdis: Throw Tillman on that list, too….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdis: Milone, Griffin, Tillman

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Actually Milone, Griffin, Parker, Tillman

  90. Junior Ortiz says:
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    I have Cole Hamels, Jeff Samardzija, and Yovani Gallardo as my two putative rotation anchors (it’s 5×5 H2H, so I’ve streamed some).

    Can I expect enough regression to the good that I shouldn’t need to trade for an ace, but maybe a 2-3? Or should I sell high on, say, Shin-Soo Choo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Junior Ortiz: You’ll be fine, hopefully… I wouldn’t trade for an ace if I could avoid it…

      • Junior Ortiz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Maybe I’ll see if I can land an Alex Cobb or similar on the cheap.

  91. Jesse Katsopolis says:
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    Also.. who do you like more the rest of the season… Gausman or Ryu?

  92. Howard says:
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    @Grey Thanks for making me laugh this morning. Like Larry David on rye! Would you own Gomes over Pacheco or Mesoraco in a two catcher league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard: Thanks! Over Mesoraco

  93. JJ says:
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    who do you like as a Rutledge replacement
    JJ HARDY
    J.PERALTA
    Z.COZART
    A.RAMIREZ
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Alexei

  94. Mitch says:
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    Which 2 bats do you like best: Hosmer, Viciedo, Venable, Alonso, Orenado, Brantley, Delmon, Revere

    Stanton T-minus 3 weeks. Thanks boys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mitch: Venable, Viciedo

  95. jaw says:
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    would you trade marte and cishek for CC in a 10 team h2h 5×5 keeper? marte is a 23rd rd keeper, CC probably not a keeper given the rest of my team. could use the SP help and have 5 closers so cishek is expendable. can replace marte with one of brantley, alonso, morneau, venable

  96. FillyP says:
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    My team was already slumping.. the Rutledge news is definitely NOT welcome. My dreaded MI has just got a whole lot worse. I dropped Espinosa for Weeks (bleh) this week. I now have Weeks, KJ, and nobody to man SS. Sweet.

    Rutledge is a drop, right? I’m assuming this minor stint will at least be a few weeks.. I also have Brothers to drop, but I’d like to shed him for another pitcher. Anyway, who should I scoop up: Cozart, Florimon, Escobar, Aviles, LeMahieu, Dietrich, Kozma, scrub, scrub, scrub, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FillyP: I’d lose him in some leagues with those options, I’d hold him most likely… Cozart

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Yup. Already dropped Brothers for Cozart. Was going to pounce on Peralta for saves, but going to take the wait-and-see approach. Thanks.

        • FillyP says:
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          @FillyP:

          Also throwing Willingham/League out there for an MI. Offered them up for DiDi. At this point I’ll take anything. lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  97. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Oh sure, tout my Wily Peralta talk up. Ignore the Jed Lowrie, J.P. Arencibia, Chris Carter, Alex Cobb, Carlos Gomez and Lorenzo Cain talk and go straight to the WHIP whale. Don’t expect any season’s greetings from THIS guy this year!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sky: Just start lobbing Ike and Hosmer at Grey and see if that shuts him up….oh and that kid that just got sent to AAA, what was his name…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’m gonna start lobbing other things at him here soon

        @Grey: You have offended me sir, I demand a duel!

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Ha! Grey has some sweet tats.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Sky: and he claims bench press numbers….I’m thinking the only thing he presses is the send button

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Oh no…he presses my buttons too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: You’re claiming JP and Carter? And Lowrie’s about another week from entering comment hell of “Should I drop Lowrie for Cozart?”

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: oooohh, sick burn. jab back Sky…stick and move…stick and move

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        20 HRs and I already said they wouldn’t hit above .250? Yeah, I’ll claim them. You’re such a chronic rosterbator, you’d drop Lowrie for Yunel Escobar after a 2/4 day! To quote South Park ‘You racka disaprine!’:

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  98. Stan Steamer says:
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    Who you like more in a keeper leauge? Puig or Cole?

    • supra says:
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      @Stan Steamer: Cole will prob be up sooner, unless the LAD have Ethier kipnapped. But Puig long term.

  99. George says:
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    Struggling at C ….drop J.Montero for either R.Hannigan, E.Kratz or Y.Gomes? It’s a 2 C keeper points league and Montero is killing me and getting worse by the day.

    • supra says:
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      @George: Montero in AAA, drop for Gomes.

  100. Didn’t seem true when I woke up to find Rutledge had been demoted. That leaves me with only Dee Gordon at SS in one league and no 2B in another. Waivers in these leagues are even worse than those described in earlier comments. And do think I didn’t grab Profar because I figured I was happy with Rutledge.

    While I’m waiting to craft a trade offer, any chance LeMahieu can get me through the next week with at least a decent average? Cozart? Escobar? Bonifacio? Florimon? I need a SS in one league and both a SS and 2B in the other (I was already mulling trade offers because Espinosa and Dee Gordon weren’t getting the job done).

    What a blow.

  101. Mr. Rickey says:
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    SON loves Gausman today – start him?

  102. OaktownSteve says:
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    Stat of the day. Arencibia has 55 Ks and 2 walks this year. That is insane.

    The Rutledge intro had a kind of Bill Bixby about to become Ferigno seething rage feel to it. Go to a happy place, man.

  103. moe says:
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    Do you like Howie Kendrick or Gyroko more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moe: Kendrick

  104. Jay says:
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    Is Asdrubal Cabrera droppable for Frazier in a 10 TM league? Have Zobrist at SS

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: yeah it’s a shame that’s Asdrubal is the guy that I would have to drop to get Frazier. now I have to watch as Frazier sits out there and then get mad someone else picks him up….

  105. Leon says:
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    Harvey, Corbin and Gausman or Wainwright and Samardzija?

    • supra says:
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      @Leon: Close, give me Wainy & The Shark. Debuting this Fall on NBC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Leon: Wainwright

  106. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Rutledge has a .298 OPB and a .655 OPS. That is absolute garbage. Cool that he has scored a lot of runs, but Yorvit Torrealba could hit second for the Rockies and score a lot of runs. I know that some of what you were saying was in jest (the team caring about more than 5 x 5 stats), but some of you guys need to chill. Managers don’t like playing guys who get out 7 out of ten times unless they are super gritty or an old catcher.

  107. Shauntell says:
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    Would you start Dempster vs the Tribe? he got rocked his last 2 starts.

  108. Eddy says:
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    Regarding Danks– it’s the Marlins. Are they the exception?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Oh… Yeah, I’d stream him…

  109. Scandalous Bob says:
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    On one team, I had starts from Gio, Bumgarner, & Samardzija yesterday. Combined pitching line: 21.1 IP, 16 baserunners, 18 K, ZERO WINS. I am cursed by wins this year!

    Also, is it safe to drop Rutledge or do you think he’ll be back soon?

  110. Charlie says:
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    Rutledge had been so clutch this year. Thanks for the heads up before season. Too bad the Rockies are retarded.

    I’m picking up Gyorko in one league and Everth in another, but gotta wait til Monday as I’ve used all my moves for the week : /

  111. Alex In SoCal says:
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    ARGH Rutledge :( So of the following WW MIs, who do you like the best for a 5×5 weekly roto league??? … THANK YOU in advance!

    Michael Young
    Zack Cozart
    Derek Dietrich
    Didi Gregorius
    Bonifacio

  112. RedRox says:
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    12team, H2H, OBP/QS league
    Here’s my problem. I’ve been offered Rios + Ian Kennedy for my Shields. I like the deal from a value perspective, but I’m not sure it works on my team.

    There are 3 OF spots, and I have CarGo, Hamilton, and Fowler in them now, with Hart coming off the DL at some point and Cuddy also returning. My pitching is deep with FHer, Wainwright, Shields, Smardj, Miller, Ryu, Liriano, Gausman… Morrow.

    Is it better for my team to take the deal and try and deal an outfielder, or just keep my outfield and pitching depth where it is (easily the best SP team at the moment). I’m doing OK in the infield with Everth at SS, Frazier at 3B, Freeman at 1B, and lowrie/johnson at 2B, but there is room for improvement there.

    Do you think I’d get more in a trade for a 3B if I were offering Rios or Shields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RedRox: You don’t need Rios, you don’t need an OF…

  113. supra says:
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    Grey, Happy Rutledge Day! He was just dropped in my keeper (after I’ve tried unsuccessfully in trading for him all year). If I grab him he could be 24th rd potential keeper.

    More to the point, SS has been a revolving door filled with poop for me this year. Currently got A.Simmons and D.Gordon. Should I dump Gordon for J.R. in hopes he’ll be back up in a few weeks? Summer in Coors??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: I’d hold for now, maybe in ten days…

  114. Razz says:
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    In a 12 team 6×6 w/ OBP and QS, which side do you like better?

    Edwin Encarnacion + Homer Bailey for Madison Bumgarner + Allen Craig

  115. Muddy Waters says:
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    In a holds league keeper, would you rather have Jesse Crain or Sean Doolittle ROS?

    • JoeG says:
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      @Muddy Waters:
      Wow, both are great. If its a keeper; then Doolittle.

  116. Vottomatic says:
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    How does this trade sound:

    Give: Bautista, Aoki, Simmons
    Get: Beltre, Bourn, Lowrie

    • supra says:
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      @Vottomatic: Pass, unless you are seriously desperate to fill 3B.

  117. danny says:
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    Would you move Pujols for C.Davis in a keeper? Have Pujols and would be open to moving him, if not Davis , what are other options to try?

  118. chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This Rutledge garbage caught me completely unprepared. Terrible news since I own him everywhere. I’ve already replaced him in a few leagues, but I’m stuck with crap options in two of my leagues. Would you identify the best 2B in each of these two pools of replacement options?:

    League 1:

    Rickie Weeks
    Espinosa
    Neil Walker
    Jeff Keppinger
    Yuniesky Betancourt
    Bonifacio
    Alexei Amarista
    DJ LeMahieu
    Elliot Johnson
    Mark Ellis

    League 2:

    Neil Walker
    Jeff Keppinger
    Yuniesky Betancourt
    Alexei Amarista
    DJ LeMahieu
    Elliot Johnson
    Mark Ellis

    ———————-
    Ugh. Those lists make me so sad.

    Thank you for the help!

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Just to make sure, that was Elliott Johnson, not Kelly Johnson, on the list for league 2. You were recommending Elliott, correct?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  119. Jay says:
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    Can Shelby Miller and Chase Headley Get Grienke and Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Try it

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Oh I did…I was just wondering if it was fair enough to offer

  120. Concussed Morneau says:
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    Markakis and Matt Moore for Andrew McCutchen…side? 10team 5×5. 5 OF positions.

  121. Jay says:
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    And SON has Gausman as the highest $ ranking for tonight’s starters, but @TOR isn’t the best place to make a debut. I think i could probably hit one out there…granted it would have to my Gams pitching to me. Don’t laugh she’s got a nasty cutter.

    What are you expectations on tonight’s final line for Gausman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks

  122. Jack says:
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    I’ve about had it with the catcher position….Perez, Arencibia, and Montero’s have all been tried.

    I hate doing this, but I’m thinking of picking up Gattis and platooning him with…Yan Gomes. Due to their multiple positions I can move them around and they have been hitting well. Which is more than I can say for everybody else at catcher.

    Have I lost my marble?

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack:

      nevermind, I had lost my marble but I found it.

  123. Kid A says:
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    Would you trade Alex Gordon for Panda straight up. I’d put crawford into my LF slot. Currently starting arenado at 3b

  124. Chris says:
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    12-team roto, Pujos for my Adam Jones? I currently have Hosmer at 1B.

  125. Wel says:
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    someone in my league dropped konerko, is he worth dropping belt or loney for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wel: Loney

  126. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: “I wish my team regressed this badly” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    How true… How true…

    !!!! OAKLAND STEVE !!!! Did you see the videos I posted just for you along with my hazy mini bio – yesterday????

    Tear jerking stuff that – Right??? — The videos – not my mini bio

    And hey, get a load of this…. Grey was pot-shotting at the A’s fans on here, again, yesterday… The temerity of that man!!!…

    Beginning to think, he is an NLer type… You know the ones – the”NO” DH in BB purists and those relishing – (the higher educational degree needed to comprehend) – the bordering on the mystical, intricacies of the “Double Switch”… I’m kowtowing as I write that special word…

    OOOOOooooooooooo Neener, Neener, Neener… Wow, the Double Switch!!!!… That is some heavy advanced BB there… I don’t believe, I could ever grasp something THAT advanced… Uh-huh???…

    Steve, don’t you love those white wine drinking, latter-day self-proclaimed lifetime West Bay NL team BB bandwagon supporters, who want to be perceived both as Yuppie and BB fans at the same time (who often know nothing about baseball in general or let alone, the team they supposedly support) telling you, what is wrong with the A’s and AL baseball in general…

    These types are almost always, the new breed of car backer-uppers into parking stalls in car parks everywhere – more often than not, taking up 2 spaces – as being more “Signed, Entitled”
    yet… Why???? Is this cool and important??? Still working on getting to the bottom of this last Yuppie want-to-be-phenomena… WHY??? Alls I know, there is an inordinate of new Giant’s decal coated Yuppie-mobiles doing it and the backer-uppers pop out those cars covered in newly purchased Orange and Black logo-wear attire… Ugly FFFF’n colors!!!!… Makes everyday look like Halloween anymore in the Bay Area…

    I’m starting to think, our Gray is a backer-upper with his Yuppie-mobile into parking stalls too, Steve….

    Wait a minute, you don’t think… Naw…. Not even Gray could sink that low and be a newly minted lifetime Giant’s fan..

    Gray, you do better than fine as our interlocutor for FBB here.. But, keep your paws off the A’s..

    GO A’s…

    Some great “D” by the Rangers yesterday – by the way…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @T Moore:

      Go A’s! I forgot to read all the way through the comments yesterday and this morning I said to myself…hey TMoore was going to put some stuff on. Just finished it all and was on my way back here to say thanks and hope that you’d be around and here you are. We A’s fans do need to stick together (all 10,000 of us).

      I am sad that the Giants on field success has taken some of the sting out of my “wifi, garlic fries and a giant Coke bottle barbs.”

      Good defense by the Rangers yesterday. The key was Andrus’ over the shoulder catch on that little Texas Leaguer. Still a good series. I think 3-3 vs the Rangers on the season. Very good to see the SPs hold together in Arlington.

      As for Mr. Albright, I am quite sure he is primarily if not exclusively a fan of T his 37 annual FBB teams. A I do know he seem to harbor a slept-with-my-mother-and-sister intensity grudge against Josh Donaldson.

      • T Moore says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        The KSFO theme song is a classic… “The Sounds of the City”.. Beautiful too!!!

        Bye Bye Baby was a classic as well… Even if, it was the Giant’s theme (who I never rooted for as a kid – far too West Bay for me even then – The ENEMY!!! – the 49ers – the same thing – I was dragged over there ( to Kiezar sp) to every game for years until 1960 – loathed going to Candlestick too – FFFF’n Giants)

        KSFO was truly the radio station of the entire region – in a different time…

        Did you grow up in Oakland – I did??

        On Donnie… I was wrong too ..He has surprised me in a wonderful way… . I horrifically bashed him all off season… But, always with the caveat of wishing him success if he was not replaced – as he is one of the good guys in Green and Gold…

        Hope you enjoy, Casey and the 9 Old Men… One of the best film docs on BB I’ve ever seen.. Yes, I am prejudiced and proud to be in this case..

        OAKLAND, I’M FOR YOU-U-U oooo And don’t forget the tube to Alameda…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @T Moore:

          I’m an Oakland transplant but a current resident of Oakland proper. I love Oakland the way you love your friends in different way than your family. It’s not where I’m from but it’s where I want to be.

  127. chisox22 says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m trying to trade for votto in a espn 10 team roto. I have adrian gonz but my team is 8th in homers, and 8th in rbi but I lead the league in k’s wins era and whip. What should I give up to get votto? He needs a reliable starter. My pitchers are.. kershaw, cueto, gio gonz, bucholtz, ryu, corbin, ogando, and wandy… and what should I expect to get in return for A gon? Thanks man

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @chisox22: I just traded A-Gon and Hamels for Votto if that helps as a gauge.

  128. ryan says:
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    Need one OF: Jay, BJ, Dirks, Melky, Victorino, De Aza. Priority is runs, hits, BA.
    Saves + Holds league: Holland, Clippard, or David Hernandez?

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: Holland… De Aza

  129. Jack Burton says:
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    I hope you feel my pain Weiss, you ****tard, you’ll always live in Carney Lansford’s shadow. Question…ROS, Y. Gomes or Ianetta?

  130. sean says:
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    Anyone know what’s up with Braun on the basepaths this year? I just pulled his stats, and I see 2SB: 5CS in 155ABs. Yikes. I know that at 29 he’s probably in the gaining HRs and losing SBs trajectory, but Braun minus 25 steals is a second round player, not a top 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sean: Yikes, that is bad… Didn’t realize that…

  131. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Day 5 of I still can’t make a trade, I have gotten one rational response and everyone else has been like trying to trade lunch items with a 6 year old ” No, I don’t want your M&M’s because my mommy made this cheese sandwich….for me”

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      I posted this on another site. I regret having done so (sorry Razzball!) but it’s where the topic was raised. FWIW there wasn’t much response there so, with my own permission, I reprint it here:

      “I like to concoct some theories around fantasy baseball. One that I’ve been working on for a while is the idea that trading in FBB is really hard primarily because of the Endowment Effect. Read here for a good introduction: http://www.economist.com/node/11579107. In a nutshell, the idea is that people tend to overvalue something they already own and it’s a hard-wired cognitive effect not easy to overcome. Essentially it’s tough because either side of a trade will overvalue their own asset so that what is objectively even will be viewed as uneven by both parties.

      What I’ve found observationally is that it’s much easier to execute trades that involve 3 or more teams. What I believe happens is that the addition of extra teams has the cognitive effect of creating a marketplace and that helps owners view their players as currency rather than possessions. The endowment effect does not work on currency. Nobody values their physical dollar bill at more than a dollar’s worth of goods or service and nobody is reluctant to part with their dollar for something that is perceived as being worth a dollar. Though I haven’t looked it up, I would bet that there is some research out there to support the idea that fungible currency was created to help lubricate economies by overcoming the endowment effect that hinders barter.

      I think what happens is that when a deal involves multiple parties, each looks at the totality of the trade to try to create a mental ledger to figure out whether each of the parties involved is getting fair value and the process of calculating the benefit to each helps create a cognitive shift from wherever the endowment effect is located in the mental map to wherever the brain processes the abstraction that is a marketplace and allows players to more easily part with this currency to receive the benefit.”

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Thank you professor Oaktown Steve, now I’m going to go slit my wrists….I kid I kid. I remember something like this from college. It’s like when someone tells me the value of something they bought 10 years ago and only depreciate it 5% because it is “like new” or when people tell you the value of something because they saw it for sale on E-Bay at said price. I always take the philosophy that my father gave me, “something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it”

        When it comes to trades I always try to use what I call “relative value”, where if I have a glut of closers and have a huge saves lead then i can sell them below their value to get a piece I need that will help boost me in the standings. An example of that would be trading Gregg and Henderson for McCloth, because I need bags and have 5 closer left….

        loved your jerk line above and posted the Jerk Song, I will re-post again because you are of the age to know the awesome effect this movie had on people from our generation

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_QWAHjs6nU

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Aero:

            chick nailed it. Love her glasses. Nice picking pattern. Like a C-F-G progression with a cool walk down? She played it sweetly.

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @OaktownSteve: is there anything you don’t know about or are we always hitting your wheel house?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Juan Lleno de Odio:

                I play guitar, harmonica and write songs. I know some stuff.

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: nice, i can assemble an engine from the bearings up and turn on a radio….that has nobs!

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Juan Lleno de Odio:

                    Cool. Don’t run into a lot of engine builders. I built a 12′ redwood planter for my garden. And I’m working on book shelves for the kids room. Not very handy with machines though.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              She brought in a friend to sing harmony on the minor key lament “Everything’s Coming Up Millhouse.” Pretty funny.

              Funny how these kids have so fully absorbed the indie coffee house sound these days.

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        @OaktownSteve: Completely agree. I’m guilty of overvaluing my own players sometimes as well. I think a big part of it is the fact that neither trade partner wants to “lose” the deal and come off looking bad. The 3+ team deal is an interesting idea, but it usually involves a an element of trust that is generally absent amongst FBB league members, particularly when they’re strangers.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          I think it only works among those players in a league who are still actively managing. In public leagues there is generally at least 50% of the people who are paying attention at least until the all star break. I actually think 3 or more team trades help to overcome the mistrust factor. If it’s one on one there’s a tendency to think, is this guy screwing me? But if there are multiple parties involved there’s a little bit of a check and balance that comes into play. It’s definitely worth a shot. I’ve had success with it in the past. You kind of have to put your work in to structure it right.

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I understand what you’re trying to say. I was referring to the fact that the majority of sites don’t allow for deals involving more than two teams in a single transaction. Therefore, a deal involving 3+ teams would have to be broken up into several smaller deals. You’d then be depending on the other owners to hold up their end of the bargain and send their players to the appropriate teams. Trust can be an issue under those circumstances.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Big Magoo:

              ah! Yes of course. Need to inform the commish before you execute and get a written aok on the message board from the parties.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Big Magoo: @OaktownSteve: Does anyone find that they ending up with the same guy all the time. I’ve only made a handful of trades in my H2H league the last couple of years and I think they’ve always been with the same team on the other side.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @SteveNZ:

              Yeah, I’ve had that.

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @SteveNZ: Yeah, same here. When you find a fair owner who evaluates players in a similar manner, that tends to happen.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: You’re not alone, Jack. I just got scolded the other day for referring to Hamels as a #2 SP during negotiations.

        • mc serch says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I dont really know anything about the guy, except for his dick move with Bryce Harper last year (yeah you can just tell from that pic that Hamels is real old school), but Hamels seems like a supreme douche

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @mc serch: he’s a douche wrap supreme with extra cheese

  132. Flanwagon says:
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    Just offered Harvey for my Bumgardner. Should I take it or hold? We can keep 5 players each year so most likely a keeper trade…

  133. abe says:
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    hey grey,
    first off i want to acknowledge your pitcher projecting prowess. you are the reason i have drafted kimbrel, kenley, jzim, mike minor and others for dirt cheap at my auctions over the last few years. props
    secondly, would you trade jay bruce for alex gordon + gyorko? it’s an OPS league
    i had rutledge at second (just picked up daniel murphy). don’t have pressing needs for any specific offensive category – i’m in first in almost all of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @abe: Nice… I’d take Gordon and Gyorko…

  134. Josh Rutledge is a solid roto player but he’s not particularly good in real life at all.

    His (lack of) defense and sub-par on-base skills were evident last year when things were going great so this can’t be a HUGE surprise, especially given that both have regressed thus far in 2013.

  135. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the great read today. Deal Mostsuckass for a brown bag full of horse shit and be more than happy about what i get in return? Am i ripping the other guy off?

    Next question is: Would you start Morrow vs. Orioles? I tend to sit him, i dont trust this guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz: I’d take the bag… I’d sit him until I saw a solid start

  136. Joe LoPiccolo says:
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    Hey grey, I am not tryin to cause a frucus over here but….. You just sank my battle ship. Fowler and weeks for Rutledge and utley. Utley injured Rutledge to the minors. Don’t do me like that! Will he be back up? Whisper something in my ear or slip me a viagra that trade is making me flaccid!

  137. chillmodious says:
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    Jazzy Phizzle or Sal Perizzle, ROS?

  138. Keith says:
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    If/when Utley goes to DL, who do you like at 2b that could be available on the waiver wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Keith: No idea who’s on your waiver wire

      • Keith says:
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        @Grey: Murphy, Uggla, Ruteledge, Gyorko, Walker, R. Weeks, Yunni, Ellis….I was thinking Uggla just for possible pop

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go with Uggla

  139. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In a 12team H2H keeper league with OBP as a stat would you pick up Grandal and drop A.J. Pierz?

    Thanks!

  140. Old Joe says:
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    I got offered Trout for Longoria + Markakis. I have Headley at third base as well. 12 team mixed league that used OBP and total bases. Your thoughts?

      • Old Joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. Just pulled the trigger- and don’t worry, I don’t mean that literally.

    • Jason says:
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      @Old Joe: Trout

  141. mzyptlk says:
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    Jesus Montero sent to triple A –Jesus Sucre promoted.

    Jesus! replaced by Sweet Jesus! Is this the second coming?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @mzyptlk:

      Nice.

    • Gareth says:
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      @mzyptlk: Mariners Fans have been unconsciously calling for the kid for years. Or were they Lamentations?

  142. JD says:
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    Rutlegde owner here… i offered Alex Gordon and Kris Medlen for Segura and the other owner laughed at the offer. Am I missing something on Gordon? He seems to have no trade value.

    A Simmons, B Crawford, Sexual Alexual Ramirez or Cozart the better replacement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JD: Alexei

    • Dingbat says:
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      @JD: I’d call that rookie love on behalf of the other owner. Gordon’s a solid player, but Segura is playing like a superstar in a limited sample size so far.

  143. EG says:
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    Which side in a Yahoo 5×5 12-team H2H league: Trout vs. Segura and Greinke?

    Is that a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG: Sure

  144. EK says:
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    McCann or Perez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: McCann

  145. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, can start two of these three, who do you like?

    Greinke – vs laa, @ col
    Odorizzi – vs mia, @ cle
    Straily – vs sf, vs chw

    thanks.

  146. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered Braun Moreland for longoria gattis morse. Do I consider this trade?

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

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: is offering gattis too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: Btw he wants aoki. What if I trade longo aoki and gattis for Braun Moreland and either Cobb/anibal? Is this better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Braun, Anibal side…

          • Ryan says:
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            @Grey: so if he agrees to deal anibal Braun moreland, do I take it or still hold?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take it…

  147. Pete says:
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    Brantley>Dom Brown>Saunders in a H2H points league ROS?

    Drop Dee Gordon and pickup Cozart or Aybar?

    Keep Moreland or pickup Gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: Brantley… Aybar for steals, Cozart for power… Keep Moreland

  148. Moose Out Front says:
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    Need to open up a roster spot for streaming / speculating on bullpenis. Drop McCarthy or Miley?

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        I appreciate your help.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  149. Oppo Taco says:
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    Start or sit Gausman against the jays?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Oppo Taco:

      I’m starting.

  150. Brewerfan says:
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    Grey,
    What do you think about Reyes for Harvey?

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      @Brewerfan:
      Considering that there are no good SS options on waivers and that my pitching is deep. Hoping for the potential top 5 returns at SS when Reyes returns

  151. Lil'Saucy says:
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    Thinking about offering shleby miller for cespedes. Deep in pitching and could use some power. Thoughts grey? Thanks!!

  152. Duke says:
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    Can I still buy you a daquiri oh mustachio’d one? Start Gausman at the homer dome today in roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can if you like… I’d start him…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Duke: are your balls feeling big today? because mine are and I’m starting him!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: My balls feel like BBs and im still starting him… So theres that..

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Prezii: massage them with icy hot and they will grom

          • Prezii says:
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            @Juan Lleno de Odio: ill be sure to run some enchilada sauce over them Juan…

  153. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    my Gonzo/Panda for Joey bats, Alonso and pedro got rejected :( ….. would Bruce, Alonso, and pedro for Gonzo/Panda bee too little to take or is the stab in the dark worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it… What about Gonzo/Panda for Bats and Pedro? Bats and Alonso? More than fair deals…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: He wants to keep Joey B, Joey b is the deal breaker and i’m not even going to try and get CarGo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • Gareth says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Thats understandable about Joey bats. He won a game on his own last night!

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Gareth: everyone is for sale….except Miggy

            • Gareth says:
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              @Juan Lleno de Odio: Chris Sale even has it in his name! Miggy is amazing. Killed my Tribe last 2 days.

  154. Wudaben says:
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    I was trying to avoid giving you another Rutledge replacement question but here goes…

    H2H Points league, Cozart or Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar for steals…

  155. Mike says:
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    Morning Grey!

    In a 14 team league I have been trying to trade Beltre/Granderson for top tier player with little to no luck.

    My biggest rival got wind of this and offered me Strasburg/Minor/Berkman for my Beltre/Granderson?

    Should I take the deal? Or should I hold because he trying to swindle me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  156. jfields55 says:
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    trade lawrie and get beachy? My 3B’s are Freese and Zman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  157. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Belt or Moss?

    • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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      Upon hearing news of Jesus Montero’s demotion, here’s a headline for fans of the movie – He Got Game…

      “Jesus being shuttled to the minors. Now fantasy worthless”

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Drexel Hill Dragons: makes that trade with the Yanks even now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  158. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto redraft. pujols/didi for tulo/arenado? which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo

  159. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Gausman or Guthrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  160. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    I’m going with my name in Spanish. Being treated like a second class citizen in trades lately makes this more fitting….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: I am the trust representation of SoCal…Viva los Juanito!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice username, HA!

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: Gracias Senor Gris

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              De nada

  161. goodfold2 says:
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    gonna pickup florimon for rutledge at ss. would it be terrible idea to play mercer/amarista ahead of him on days they play. 2.also, it appears avila only plays 4 days a week anymore. terrible idea to own pena and MAKE SURE i have catcher every day? these 2 roster spots could be filled by 1.stream spot and 2.smyly’s spot. only problem is amarista plays on damn west coast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t own two catchers

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: what about the ss platoon of florimon and either mercer/amarista and play the 2nd when he plays. Or are these 3 people so bad that i should go out to trade odorizzi and someone else for aybar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Non-keeper? Trade Odorizzi for Aybar

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i’m guessing you expect aybar to eventually actually hit some rbi’s and get some runs while hitting better than .260, if you’re saying aybar is better than the florimon/amarista/mercer group. since owner of aybar only has aybar at ss, i likely won’t get him just str up for odorizzi. I could try to give like florimon and odorizzi and brothers (guy doesn’t have more than 1 closer, and doesn’t need a.j. ellis) for aybar and ellis. I probably try to see if he’d give up arenado for odorizzi and brothers first, right. I also have span (which i don’t think he’d want, as he has revere)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do expect Aybar to do what he does, yeah

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: what i mostly was surprised about was his 8 rbi’s in 96 at bats. this is likely just bad luck. his overall hitting is normal.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The entire Angels team was bad for 6 weeks…

  162. Wilsonian says:
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    Still like Cobb over Garza for this year?

    W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Wilsonian: I do and then some, I can’t trust garza and his weekness for DL stints

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza won’t stay healthy

  163. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    @Grey

    Lost Rutledge. Would you try and deal Shelby Miller for a 2B–maybe zobrist, altuve, or possibly Kinsler? Or roll with Weeks/Infante and hope Rutledge is back soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler or Altuve

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Slob on my Cobb:

      Might be shooting a little high for Altuve or Kinsler or Ben Zo for Miller. I wouldn’t do that deal.

      • Slob on my Cobb says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Think so? I thought Kinsler might be a reach but was hoping I could pull of Altuve or Zobrist. I’ll put out some feelers. Thanks guys.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Slob on my Cobb:

          Maybe Zobrist, but you are talking about 3 guys who will probably be in the top 10 for 2nd base value and maybe top 5 with Cano and Kipnis. Filling the MI spots is one of the toughest things to do in FBB. You can always rassle up some starting pitching except in the deepest of leagues.

  164. herschel says:
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    think wacha flacha flame has a chance of a june call up? lost out on gausman on a tiebreaker bid and am angsty for upside…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  165. Negatto says:
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    Please rank for ROS:

    Brantley, Venable, Joyce, Murphy

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Negatto: depends what you need, Joyce for Power, Venable for 5 tools when he does play, Brantley for Blah counting stats with little HR’s and SB’s, and Murphy for a streaky guy that platoons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Venable, Joyce

      • Negatto says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m using Frazier in my OF, Brantley or Murphy over him ROS?

        Also, Frazier or Moustakous ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold… Frazier…

  166. Mike says:
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    A dude offered me Brandon Morrow straight up for my newly picked up Gausman.

    I personally love upside but that seems like a a lot of value for somebody who has never pitched in the majors.

    Take the deal or Hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  167. Schizer says:
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    At this point, is it worth dealing Machado for Price if I need SP help in a weekly H2H? Thanks!

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        This Schizer guy’s just rubbing it in.

  168. JackInTheBox says:
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    If I start McAllister tonight @Bos, do I have cojones the size of Jupiter or am I just an idiot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… I wouldn’t start him…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I wouldn’t have started Santiago yesterday either. I’d start McCallister but only in deeper leagues where you need innings. Not in the 4 team league where you play against a goldfish, a soft cushion and Jim J Bullock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I always thought it was Jm J.

        • JackInTheBox says:
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          @OaktownSteve: 12 team h2h. I’m down 5 ip and we both have 4 pitchers to go..so I think I’ll start him. Worst case is I continue to suck in my league, haha….Thanks to you both!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @JackInTheBox:

            Cross your fingers. He’s been pretty good. I own him in a league.

  169. Jay says:
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    Would you rather have Justin Upton or Beltre?

    Was offered J-Up for Beltre, but I’m leaning towards holding.

  170. Man of Steel says:
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    Derek Holland or Kevin gausman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  171. TacoBill says:
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    Marte/Castro/Frazier for Longoria/Beltran/Hill

    No SS now that Rutledge is gone, Jeter on DL.
    First in HR, low in SB, RBI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Casto side, it’s fair

  172. 3dollarcraps says:
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    Points league. Please rank Prado, Cozart, Profar, Hardy. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  173. agarthered says:
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    Have a major dilemma going forward.

    Have Zimmerman and Machado at third base and util at the moment, with Stanton on the DL.

    When Stanton comes back will have to bench one of these 3 players (have gordon,choo,j.upton in of)

    I am thinking of trading Zimmerman for a 2b/ss (had rutledge, now have infante/hardy..yuck)

    Right now the only sniff i’ve got is Zimmerman for Hanley, would you do that? If not who should I be targetting for SS/2B?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Phillips? Zobrist? I’d go lower for a healthy player…

  174. Havey says:
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    Better ROS, Gyorko or Brantley? And would you drop Loney for them? Belt would take Loney’s 1B spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko… Yes…

  175. Brian says:
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    Trade question?? 12 team H2H 6×5(OPS) categories. Was offered his Segura for my Moore. Just lost Rutledge!!!! Seems like to much for him??

    My other starters are Samardzija, Milone, Ryu, Cash, Scherzer, Miller, J. Williams, Wheeler, Beachy (DL).. Rp Romo, Valverde, Perkins.

    I am thinking that Moore for Segura is too much..Should i hold with Cozart. My hitters are Perez,Goldy,Cabrera, Choo, Trumbo, Cruz,Jones.. Bench Frazier, Aoki, k. Johnson for Kinsler(DL) Cozart. Drop Rutledge for Aybar OR pick up Gomes while Perez is DTD??

    Thanks again!!!

    BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d trade for a cheaper SS…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and Aybar

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey I always can count on you for great advice..

        BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  176. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey would you drop Morrow for Phelps if he gets shelled again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  177. Mike says:
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    Need an MI replacement for Rutldedge, Crawford? Beckham all set to come off the DL? Alexei? Hardy? Cozart? Amarista? Betancourt? Keppinger? Drew? Aybar? Weeks? A few options out there I think, I mostly need avg and SBs

    What say you Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexei

  178. Man of Steel says:
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    What do you think of k gausman in a 10 team mixed league? He has very good minor league stats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab him

      • Man of Steel says:
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        @Grey:
        Who should I drop to grab gausmanm: I have bucholz, s miller, d Holland, t wood
        Also have hamels and price but can’t drop them. Thanks

  179. Blake says:
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    I had Rutledge as my SS in my 10 team pts league – here are my options, Who should I snag?

    Brandon Crawford
    J peralta
    JJ Hardy
    A Simmons
    Y Betancourt
    alcides escobar
    Y escobar
    Alexi Ramirez

    and a host of others.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

      • Blake says:
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        @Grey:
        hmm – seems like he is just singles and steals. Pts league I am in needs doubles, etc.. U sure about him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  180. Ron says:
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    Bruce, Holliday, Gordon, Stanton, Cespedes, Fowler

    I know this is close for some of them but how would you rank em ROS in 12-team H2H?

  181. agarthered says:
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    Machado or Zimmerman for Zobrist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t take Zobrist there for either…

      • agarthered says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it’s just my dilemma of having machado/zimmerman and stanton and only 2 spots (cause i have choo/gordon/j.upton)

        In need a 2nd baseman or SS as I have infante and hardy there right now.

        Any ideas?

  182. Kid A says:
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    Who wins:

    A) Gordon, J-Upside, Buchholz

    B) Bautista, Sandoval, Cliff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  183. FillyP says:
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    Pulled the trigger on dropping Arencibia for Pierzynski. Who do you think will be better ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP

  184. OaktownSteve says:
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    I just noticed that the “Get The Breasts You’ve Always Wanted” ad in the banner includes the incentive “Fit Better In Your Clothes”. They clearly are not understanding fully the breasts that I have always wanted, which would not fit comfortably in clothes at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! No more loose fitting blouses for Oaktown Steve!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Two words: tube tops.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          ‘ello!

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: You could always just stop exercising and increase your food/beer intake to “Get the Moobs You’ve Always Wanted.” Not quite as catchy, though…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Point of order: I don’t think it’s humanly possible for me to increase my beer intake.

        Otra cosa para Juan Lleno de Odio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqspbP-3at4

        That indie chick. There are like 100 super sly Simpsons references packed into this song. I’m kinda impressed. Her phrasing is good.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Same here on the beer. In fact, tonight’s a beer night for me, so I’ll be amongst the “underrazz” tonight (JFOH’s term). Take notes, Grey – you’ll need to schedule these types of things in advance with Cougs in the near future.

          That chick has a kind of Lisa Loeb thing going on looks-wise, and a Norah Jones-esque sound. Nice subject matter. Clever phrasing too – when in doubt, make up your own words (“you’ve sqozen your supply” – ha!)

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            Tongue in cheek song about not being judgmental:

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

            “so if they don’t what In Bruges is/or if they prefer The Three Stooges/to Chico, Harpo and Groucho Marx”

            It’s a pretty good line. She plays the piano too.

  185. Tack The Kack says:
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    Hey Grey,I picked up Gyorko to replace rutledge. However, Ive been offered Pedroia for A Jones. Would you let go of Jones for Pedroia?

    Weekly H2H 11 category league (R, H, TB, RBI, 2B, 3B, HR, SB, K, BB, AVG)
    Perez/Napoli
    A Gonz
    Gyorko
    Segura
    Longoria
    Jones
    Choo
    McCutch
    BJ Upton/Vernon Wells/Arcia

    Thanks for all the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold… Thanks!

  186. Man of Steel says:
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    Who should I pick up for my last utility spot: belt, Frazier, aoki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki

  187. polczek5 says:
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    I’m looking to upgrade at 2B after the loss of Rutledge. Do you think this gets it done?

    I give Marte and Street, get Pedroia and Parker

    or do you think I need to upgrade Street to Chapman (I also have Grilli, Perkins, Bailey, Peralta and Brothers – yeah, I’m looking to move some SV)

    -Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It should, try it…

  188. LongoTulo says:
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    I failed to listen to you and I am looking to sell Harvey maybe…would Choo be fair? Or should I go for more? We can trade picks as well. A Gordon? A. Rios? I could use a good OF bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Choo… Gordon or Rios…

  189. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Wow, streaming EJax didn’t really work out too well. 3 IP / 6 H / 1 BB / 4 ER / 6 K and then the game is delayed and of course they go with Dolis after the delay so Jackson never gets a chance to salvage the day with a couple decent innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, ugly…

  190. KoolAidMan says:
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    I traded Stanton, Heyward, and Pedroia for J-Up, King Felix, and Rios yesterday in a 10 team keeper where you keep 5 per yr. I have Kipnis taking over 2B with the loss of Sparky. My current OF is CarGo, Jennings, Heyward and Beltran.

    But 5 league members have already vetoed it because they think I was getting too much. Then I found out the commissioner was going around telling other league members to veto. First of all, is this trade unfair enough to veto? Second, if it does get vetoed should I add Shelby Miller, or take out Rios from his side, to make it more palatable for everyone, or just hold tight? Thanks for all the info.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not unfair… Don’t add Miller…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @KoolAidMan: I hate to be “that guy” but find a new league. If the commish is going around telling people to veto a trade, then you shouldn’t have any part in it. That’s a fair trade all the way around. It’s basically trading keepers for keepers. Stanton could be back in a few weeks and still hit 30 HRs this season, who knows.

  191. Dani says:
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    crawford, scutaro, or cozart at SS?

    And not jesus montero is gone too, ugh.

    Gomes, Soto, Hundley, or Avila?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford… Gomes

  192. Pineda Pineda Pineda says:
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    What are your thoughs on Pineda? Someone to pick up soon. What will his numbers look like the ROS. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His projections are in my rankings… I’ve also talked about him a bunch of times… I don’t have much faith, stash him if you have room…

  193. JoeC says:
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    I haven’t watched any of this season’s Real World. Am I missing anything?

    I saw the previews… something about one of the girls being in Playboy (thankfully, a hot one, not one like Trishelle who, in the darkness of a club or a hotel room, you might think is hot, but then in the light of day you want to kill it with fire).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Playboy girl lasted about two episodes… Not a great season thus far… Pretty lame cast…

  194. Be The Ball says:
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    Need a replacement for Rutledge, who would you go with? Aybar, Crawford, Cozart, Gregorius, Dee Gordon or Elliot Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar for speed, Crawford for counting stats, Cozart for power

  195. ritzer says:
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    I know you hate these cather questions but drop Miguel Montero for Yan Gomes?
    If I do I’ll probably end up streaming the hottest C for the rest of the year. The best available cathers are Doumit, Avila, Pacheco, AJ Ellis.
    Boring??
    In unrelated news I declined an offer of Garza for my Ruthlege last week. This morning I got an email from the same owner asking ‘Still interested in Garza?’ Does this deserve a reply?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @ritzer: yes, tell him he’s a dick

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @ritzer: What is this Real Housewives of Razzball? You need to consult on whether or not to reply to a love note?

      • RudyCorrales says:
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        @Evil Grey:

        AHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Montero… Ha, he gotcha there…

  196. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    @Grey

    Would you rather have Kipnis or Altuve at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis, coin flip…

  197. Just A Bit Outside says:
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    Well, after weeks of “sell high” advice, I’m just about to sell my Hunter Pence for Joe Mauer. If Talk me off the ledge if I’m just throwing it all away!

    • Just A Bit Outside says:
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      Should have mentioned: It’s Yahoo, 12-team, 5×5, H2H, I have a deep outfield and a crappy catcher.

  198. RTP says:
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    Uggla, Lowrie, or Raburn to fill in for Glass Joe Utley?

    Lucroy, Buck, M Montero?

  199. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Marte for Cobb a good deal if I’m looking to improve SP?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, it’s fair, sure…

  200. MattTruss223 says:
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    Sal Perez back in the lineup tonight…and he staves off Yan Gomes for another week or so….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @MattTruss223: I’d wait to see what Gomes does tonight before saying Sal has held him off. Emoticon…

  201. Black & White says:
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    Sorry, I know you’ve answered this Rutledge question a billion times already, but…got SS replacement options as

    Alexi
    Cozart
    Hardy
    Lowrie

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie

      • Black & White says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir. You’ve stayed very devoted to the Rutledge fallout thread.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… It was my doing!

          • RudyCorrales says:
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            @Grey:

            YOU DA MAN GREY

  202. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great job boss,went to see the sequoia trees while we were in california,awesome, werth ,dee brown and luke scott,ranked right when healthy?thanks,enjoy palm springs,we were all talking about how we missed it this last trip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! You’re such a tree hugger! Werth, Scott… You just missed lots of heat really…

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: yeah thats what we heard,we flew over the oklahoma tornados on the way home

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes, that must’ve added some serious turbulence…

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @Grey: yeah,nothing a few bloodymarrys couldnt cure,great trip though

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Where did you go? SoCal and NoCal?

  203. agarthered says:
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    Aybar or Hardy?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @agarthered: Hardy for the HR’s, if you’re into that sorta thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

  204. harkrider says:
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    Obviously everyone listened to @Grey and drafted Rutledge. My 2B options are Profar and Matt Carpenter now that Rutledge is out. Should I drop Rutledge and pick up Gyorko or just wait it out? I have space to sit both Profar and Rutledge. Only as long as Heyward and Venable produce and still play Carpenter, since I have Stanton and Eaton taking up a bench and DL spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Gyorko

      • harkrider says:
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        @Grey: drop Rutledge, profar or eaton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eaton and Rutledge

  205. C.O.C. says:
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    So somehow in a sixteen team league I still have Ike Davis, but I am going to drop him for the next (or best)SP yet to be called up. I already have Odorizzi, Gausman, and Wheeler. Other than those 3 and G. Cole (who is owned elsewhwere), who is the best guy to pick up? Wacha and Bauer are available, but anyone better?

  206. LongoTulo says:
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    how about this deal: harvey and jennings for minor, moreland and wheeler. 12 team h2h

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey side

  207. Wilsonian says:
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    Another option to Gyorko would be to try to trade for Kipnis. Who wins this deal:

    Give – Marte/Mujica
    Get – Latos/Kipnis

    I still have Henderson, Bailey, Parnell, and Holland in the ‘pen. And Marte would be replaced by Jennings/Beej in the OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos side

  208. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Any thoughts on Martin Perez? Maybe up next week. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The guy with a 5+ ERA last year? He could be fine in spot starts outside of Arlington, but I think you can do better in most leagues…

  209. Hondo says:
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    Anyone know if the roof is closed tonight in Toronto? My usual source hasn’t mentioned anything(I guess cause it’s a short day) and I’ve got 4 guys in that game with ~ 20 MPH winds blowing straight in.

    Good for Gausman, my WW (C’ya after tonight ) batters not so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure, let me know if you find out though…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: Will do.

        • Hondo says:
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          @Hondo:
          Still can’t locate any hard info,but the rain chance is up to 70%,as of 2 hours ago.They were calling for a 40% chance yesterday(for tonight’s game.).

          Hopefully McLouth and Dickerson will enjoy their brief, shining moment of glory on my roster.

          I’ve ready kicked them to the curb anyway,but really want to see Gausman pitch in neutral weather the first time out.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks for the heads up!

            • Hondo says:
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              @Grey:

              No prob,happy to add a drop of water to the vast Razzball ocean.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha

  210. WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as usual.

    I was offered Zobrist for Greinke, would you accept?

    16-team H2H non-keeper 6×6 (OBP, QS)

    My team:
    C- Salty
    1B- Butler
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Sandoval
    SS- Espinosa
    OFx3- J-Upton, Harper, Marte
    UTILx2- Frazier, Ichiro
    BN- Brendon Crawford

    SP- Verlander, Greinke, Medlen, Niese, Griffin, Garza, Tillman, Jose Fernandez, Leake, Gee,
    RP- Street, Janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold…

      • WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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        @Grey: Would you trade Greinke for Zobrist and McCarthy or Morrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah… Can’t you trade for a cheaper SS?

          • WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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            @Grey: He has Alexei Ramirez and Did Gregorius, maybe Niese, Tillman, or Fernandez for one of them?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Alexei, but I wouldn’t give much… Say Tillman or Fernandez…

  211. Gareth says:
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    Trade Lawrie for Prado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  212. Gareth says:
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    Trade Gardner for Prado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs…

      • gareth says:
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        @G@Grey: gardner is my main steals guy, but his playing time may be reduced noe the grandyman is back.

        I have weeks and utley and with prado having 2b 3b and of eligibility, I’d slot him at second then use him as a bench guy if weeks gets hot or when utley returns.

        I’m behind on steals, and am worried gardner steals a ton if I trade him.

        Who you liking ros?

  213. boston strong says:
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    my Segura or Shelby Miller for Harper is obviously a reach right

    plus i was offered Adrian Gonzalez for segura i do have Zobrist and reyes on the DL i said no was i right i thinks its to little

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

      • boston strong says:
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        @Grey: yup on both

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, can try if you like

  214. SteveNZ says:
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    Kelvin Herrera sent down. Louis Coleman called up.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Hochevar now the CIW there? Wild.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Wonder if Crow might be ahead of him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Crow

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Just checked. Crow came in to set up Holland the other day when they beat the Astros.

        Not to say that Hochevar might not be the better closer but that tiny sample size suggests Crow might be the 8th-inning guy of choice right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  215. Wilsonian says:
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    Anyone heard any news on Utley yet? I’ve been checking but haven’t seen anything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t yet…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      I have been trying to read the tea leaves as to whether no news is good news or not. I’m sure they have results by now. I tend to think it’s not good that they haven’t said anything.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I’m kind of thinking the same thing. And I’m surprised they haven’t said anything yet. Most teams are all over announcing things these days.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Wilsonian: @OaktownSteve: Just saw on the Twitter that he’s off to the DL…

  216. Principle Blackman says:
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    Someone just dropped Starlin Castro in my 12-team, 6×6 (OPS & K9, QS instead of Ws) league. I am rocking Segura pretty hard at SS right now. On the one hand, I’m worried about who I’m going to replace him with when he finally comes crashing down to earth, but on the other hand, I also really like my team right now. I am in first place by a considerable margin, and I am not really sure who, if anybody, to drop for him. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.

    My team:
    C Sal Perez
    1b Goldschmidt
    2b Pedroia
    3b Beltre
    SS Segura
    Of Adam Jones
    Of Cespedes
    Of Aoki
    Ut Rizzo
    Ut Frazier
    Bn Moreland
    DL Reddick

    Sp Bumgarner
    Sp Shields
    Rp Perkins
    Rp Chris Perez
    P Street
    P Kenley
    P Anibal
    Bn Minor
    Bn Bailey
    Bn Masterson
    Bn Cashner

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Principle Blackman: also this league has an innings pitched limit of 1300 if that makes a difference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Moreland for him

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. What kind of FAA bid would you make? I have most of my money left, but not nearly the most left in the league. I should bid extremely aggressively, shouldn’t I?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have how much to spend?

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Grey: 77 dollars left out of 100.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              $16

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Praise the Mets!

  217. SteveNZ says:
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    FFS. Dirks out of the lineup. Don’t have much to sweep up after DeJesus’ and Jones’ short-schedule day crappiness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Of course Dirks gets to pinch-hit with two guys on and strikes out. FFS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn!

  218. Pipa says:
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    What should I do with Haren?!?! I wanna throw him off a cliff soon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t have drafted him

      • Pipa says:
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        @Grey: No?! Oh that’s right, you were too busy gobbling up Rutledge!!!

        • chunk says:
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          You must be new here

          • Pipa says:
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            @chunk: not hardly! u must!

  219. agarthered says:
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    Wheeler or Parker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

  220. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Stream Willingham vs Porcello, Brantley vs Dempster, or Hunter vs Diamond? WInd blowing out in all cases. Willy 6/10 vs Porcello but hitting 200.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does the Hitter-tron say? I’d go Hunter…

      • Fenway Fungus says:
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        @Grey: The Tron does pick Hunter. But Willy not far behind. Hunter only 1/6 vs Diamond so I went with the colder Willy. WHo knows?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

          • Fenway Fungus says:
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            @Grey: 2 kongs for Willingham. Grand slam too I think. Trust your instincts sometimes.

            • Fenway Fungus says:
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              @Fenway Fungus: no, the grand slam on my team was Edwin’s. willy had a solo shot and a 3 runner.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, nice since I have Willingham….

  221. HWY71 says:
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    Weekly 5×5

    Luke Scott or Brandon Belt for Utility ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

      • HWY71 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.

        As a fellow Rutledge owner, reading the exasperated comments has been like primal scream therapy.

        Shades of Tom Green in that one movie: “Unleash the fury, Mitch…”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  222. Drew says:
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    @Grey: so that whole Rutledge thing…

    6×6 OPS just was offered Castro + Stanton for Goldschmidt.

    Moreland or LaRoche would be my CI… Alexei is now my SS. Have DL room for Stanton and a healthy 1st place lead in H2H each category keeper.

    • Drew says:
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      @Drew: Same league follow-up question… who do you want ROS LaRoche or Hosmer?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        LaRoche

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, but there’s obviously risk involved… Alexei has been better than Castro so far, so I’d probably pass and pray Alexei holds up…

  223. Bob says:
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    Got a trade offer: I get McCutchen and Cashner, and I give him Bumgarner and Desmond Jennings. Is the offensive upgrade worth the pitching downgrade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  224. Mike says:
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    Good Afternoon Grey

    Would you trade Beltre/Chapman for Trout/Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  225. Big Magoo says:
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    Predicted Gausman debut line: 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 2BB, 7K

    Hoping for more, but expecting something like this. Over/under?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was the line I said above wasn’t it?

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Oops, sorry. Don’t remember seeing a blurb on Gausman today. Great minds think alike! How’s he look?

        • Grey

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          He looked real nice for the first three innings…

  226. Bill says:
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    Cashner, Gausman, or Wheeler rest of the year?

    And once they’re all up, do you think any are up for good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

    • Dynamite Dan says:
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      @Dynamite Dan:

      If he is a must pick up, who should I drop to pick him up?

      Rex Brothers, Arenado, or Leake?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Leake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I picked him up already

  227. zzzzzz says:
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    Gausman throwing gas, man. 98 MPH with good change. I saw 82. He can locate. This guy is going to be good.

    • Hondo says:
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      @zzzzzz:

      And he got a bad rookie call on the paint.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks awesome…

  228. Hondo says:
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    Gausman 2 K’s and a cheap single in the first on 18 pitches.

  229. dk says:
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    Just traded Cruz for Bum (with a couple of throw-ins each way). Considering selling one of my other pitchers high to get some power back and trying to decide who & their value. Is J-Z top 10 ROS? Are Kuma & Fister top 25 or closer to 35? Also have Waino, but plan on keeping him.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JZ is top 15, Fister is top 35

  230. Hondo says:
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    Gausman gave up a looooong single to Rasmus,turned around and smiled then K’d Bonface to end the inning.

    This guy has unreal movement on his ball. Toronto’s dugout looks like they’re freaking out,but it’s only 2 innings.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Hondo: Nice. I know he has a killer fastball and change-up. What’s he using as his out-pitch?

      • Hondo says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Doesn’t look like he’s really going for the K’s.He’s trusting his fielders.It looks like the stuff he’s missing with is intentional.

        I think he wants to go at least 7 innings.

        His intelligence and composure appear to be exceptionally strong for a rookie.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Hondo:

      You guys on MLB package? Reg MLB network has Tribe/Sawks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meltdown in process…

  231. OaktownSteve says:
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    Now we’re cookin’ with Gaus!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You jinxed him… I got the package… That’s what she said!

  232. Wilsonian says:
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    This deal just went down in my 16 team H2H league (5 player keeper):

    Team A gets: Butler, M. Cain, Grilli
    Team B gets: C. Davis, Cueto

    Just wondering opinions from everyone. We don’t have a veto, nor would I use one anyway. Just seems like A killed the deal.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Could argue that team B did a little better the first two players but it’s tough to figure how Grilli ends up in there. Even if you think he’s done his best work this season already, a closer is a closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks fair, not sure why Grilli was thrown in but it’s fine…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Wilsonian: Deal looks pretty even. Slight edge to B if they can afford to give up saves.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @OaktownSteve: @Grey: @Big Magoo: yeah, I guess at first glance (just saw it on my phone) it seems to be one sided. I just don’t think Cueto is all that good, and look at Cain as being MUCH better than him. I don’t take too much stock into closers, but still, Grilli has been solid. And I know Davis has been otherworldly, but for some reason I just don’t see this holding up. He may hit 35 HRs, but I have a feeling his average will end up closer to .250, which means a lot of down time for him. And I think Moobs will definitely pick it up and will probably end up with a much higher average than Davis with similar RBIs, and only be behind in HRs.

        This guy also offered me Butler and Grilli for Adam Jones right before this went down. I was declining that anyway.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I agree with you, but some people trust Cueto and Davis… The trade he sent you for Jones wasn’t good…

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Wilsonian: It could go either way. Depends on needs. Cain and Cueto have both been regression candidates for years, but both guys know how to pitch and can get Ks when necessary – Cain just has a much better home park to work with. Butler will hit for a better average, but Davis’ power is real. The average will come down some, but he looks good. A bunch of his homers have been oppos, and he looks to have a solid approach. Power=B, saves and BA=A.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: @Big Magoo: thanks for the discussion, guys. And yeah, I fully trust Davis’ power. Just think the rest of his offense is due for a ton of regression. And I really don’t like Cueto, not to mention he’s already been hurt this year.

  233. boston strong says:
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    im back lol now i was just offered either Chris Davis or Joey Bats for Segura should i move him for one of the 2, im thinking Joey Bats is a no brainier right… i can move Zobrist to SS until Reyes returns plus i have Stanton on the DL to

    Im in a H2H points league that doesnt give -1 for a batter striking out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bautista

      • boston strong says:
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        @Grey: my line up would be
        if i do the trade for Bats
        Sal Perez
        Goldy
        Pedroia
        Zobrist
        Panda
        A. Gordon
        Joey Bats
        Para
        Rizzo (UTIL)
        Morneau (Util)
        with stanton and reyes on DL… should i worry about SB’s (2 Points) i see 15-20 SB out of a couple

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t look bad at all…

  234. Hondo says:
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    Uh oh.2 doubles in a row,then a roller down the first base line that Davis let go because it was looking foul..Now we’ll see what the kids made of.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, still looks fine, just a bit of bad luck…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey:
        Oh yeah.Worked his way out of that bases loaded mess like a vet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If that’s having balls hit on the nose at fielders, then yeah… They were hitting balls real hard, but he looks decent still…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Didn’t see it (obviously) but there’s talk on the Twitter that he got pretty lucky on the bases-loaded 3-0 pitch…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he walked Bonifacio on a pitch outside that was called a strike…

        • Hondo says:
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          @Hondo:

          Might have been only 2 guys on,I had to step out to check on my Dad for a minute and lost focus,but when I got back I liked what I saw.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, was two guys on, but turned out same…

          • Hondo says:
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            @Hondo:

            Sheeeeit-Clay Davis

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Yup

  235. Junior Ortiz says:
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    To get Justin Masterson, would you trade:

    Norichika Aoki?
    Shin-Soo Choo?
    neither?

    It’s H2h, OBP, 12 teams Y!. My 30man OF would still have Harper and CarGo plus the Pacific Rim-intensive OF I don’t swap.

    • Junior Ortiz says:
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      @Junior Ortiz: (uh,. 3-,man OF)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

      • Junior Ortiz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I’ll see if can get Iwakuma or Cobb or something.

  236. Jon says:
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    Sit/start?

    Tillman @ TOR
    Cashner @ ARI
    Cobb vs NYY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, Start, Start

  237. herschel says:
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    Today’s Tampa Tribune:

    Manager Joe Maddon still gives Rodney a show of support, saying, “There’s no other options.”

    Really, Seth Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  238. SteveNZ says:
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    F*** off, Miggy. Just f*** off.

    • MasterofGrond says:
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      @SteveNZ: Man he must just be straight up ruining some H2H matches this week, damn.

  239. Big Magoo says:
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    Miggy is unreal. Dude has a legitimate shot at back-to-back Triple Crowns if he stays healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  240. goodfold2 says:
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    yeehaw perez’s back at C tonight. shame i sat mcallister, he’s doing real well since i picked him up.

  241. Daniel says:
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    How does Allen Craig at 1 more year for $11 sound for Latos at $27 or Minor at $12 for 2 years plus Eaton at $6 for two more years. Is that even? Or should I be shooting for more for Craig? 14 team league with obp and 6 OF slots. I’d have BJ upton, Austin Jackson, Stanton, Pence, T. Snider, Arcia, and Stubbs to still play in OF. To be clear I’m getting pitcher + Eaton. Struggling in pitching due to Doubrount, Parker, Gee not working out very well. Still have Cueto, Bumgardner, Gio Gonzolez, Miley. 10 Pitching slots with Holds catergory as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos is fine if you need an SP for this year, he’s not really a keeper at that price and Craig is…

      • Daniel says:
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        Does a counter of Pence at 15 for Minor at 12 seem reasonable?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  242. SteveNZ says:
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    Hate short-schedule days. HATE them. 1/10 in the h2h.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      0/4 with a run… In one league, we were sonavabenched by Marte… No idea why he was on our bench…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Of course I could have picked Stubbs up, but oh no…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Nothing going right. NOTHING. Not even a save opp for Jansen now.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @SteveNZ: I’m lovin short schedule days. My two RCL teams so far today are:
      10/20 – 6 R – 1 Hr – 8 RBI – 1 SB
      8/19 – 4 R – 1 HR – 5 RBI

  243. goodfold2 says:
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    what was that method of control +something to find your comments? i usually read all the comments but i’m a few days back and it takes a while. machado’s back to blasting doubles again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Control F

  244. OaktownSteve says:
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    I totally did jinx Gausman. Wish I had that kind of control over other segments of the universe.

    Morris broke it down on Jays radio. Arencibia the best first ball fastball hitter around and Lind same approach. Kid is nasty but a two pitch pitcher right now. Need more in the MLB, and you can’t leave stuff in the middle. Play by play guy dropped a “welcome to the majors” on the kid.

    • Hondo says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      I’m gonna hang with him for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d still hold him though… Looked real solid… Though he was reliant on his fastball…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m for sure holding.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey:

        He looked confidant,hopefully he’ll adjust,rather than being scouted out for possible flaws.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, his stuff looked fine, lot more impressed with him than Odorizzi, not that the latter was bad…

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: I’m hoping to find my leagues Dr. Short Eyes and his windowless van to trade him to

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Creepy!

  245. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Just got offered Profar for Peavy, of course I’m going to sat no, but I have to share the comedy. Earlier i got offered Milk man and weeks for Crash

    I like that Oaktown Steve has got a liking for coffee house girl….Hey grey, can she do the podcast theme song?

    • boston strong says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: i was offered Santana Kipnis & Ortiz for Verlander and Stanton at one point

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @boston strong: thats not bad if it’s carlos santana and non keeper

    • Grey

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      HA! That deal is dreadful

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: I need a 2nd baseman and he has Infante and Weeks, I told him if he wants Peavy then it will cost one of them plus another player.

        BTW my staff is Greinke, Moore, Samardjza, Peavy, Burnett, Corbin, Shelby, and Gausman. I find it hard to make a good deal becasue they are all either 1′s, 2′s or pitching like one….IMO

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