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Here’s me yesterday looking to pick up the new Yankee closer…. *types Kelly into waivers box, presses Enter* Inner monologue, “Joe Kelly?!  No, I don’t want him!  Casey Kelly?!  Blech!  C’mon, this is a 15 team mixed league, I’m not in an NL-Only keeper!  Someone beat me to the waiver wire?  Really?  For the first time in three years, I’m watching a Yankees game because nothing else is on and serendipitously David Robertson is announced with a groin strain, so there’s no way anyone beat me to the waiver wire… I’m here first, I have to be!  So where’s Kelly?!   Fine, I’ll click the button that shows the players that are owned too.  Wait, he’s not even listed there.  What in the holy name of Christ Colabello–”  And that was around the time I realized his name was spelled Kelley, not Kelly and while I was misspelling it someone else swooped in and grabbed him.  This has been the latest installment of Grey Albright:  Are You Sure You Want To Listen To This Man?  So, Robertson is out for a few weeks with a groin strain — easy on the noodes, doode! — and Shawn Kelley is your new closer in New York, and, even though yesterday was Kelley’s first career save, it doesn’t mean he can’t be successful for the next three weeks.  Or unsuccessful, but I’d pick him up either way in any league.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Hiroki Kuroda – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Amazing how easy he throws with such solid results.  He looks like he could throw with his eyes closed while listening to Baby’s First White Noise CD.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and a caught stealing as he moved into the three hole.  No real fantasy production change for him with this move to the three hole.  He’ll get some more RBIs, some less runs but he’ll try to steal still, because he do what he do.  As long as he’s not D’Ellsburied, you’re happy.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks.  More like Uballdoh.  If you own Ubaldo, and he keeps going with all of those BBs, you will shoot your eye out.

J.J. Hardy – Sat out yesterday with back stiffness.  He should go to a Relax, The Back Store.  I recommend The Lumbardi.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and hitting .391.  Nice Tony Gwynn impersonation, Wieters, but you don’t eat enough donuts.  Come back to me after twelve hundred Krispy Kremes.

Matt Moore –  Left his start with elbow soreness.  Rays don’t believe it’s serious, but I don’t believe the Rays.  He grimaced pretty badly after his last pitch.  If you ignored my advice and drafted Moore, the best thing that could’ve happened was an injury.  And, in all his wisdom, The Fantasy Overlord smiled down on you and did you a solid before Moore did any solids on your team.  Now you can DL him until the news comes out with how long he’s going to be sidelined.  I’m guessing longer than 15 days, but shorter than back-to-back Tommy John surgeries a’la Brandon Beachy.

Ben Zobrist – 2-for-4 and a solo homer.  Great if you own him, terrible if you had to watch the Bucks on the Pond commercial after his homer.  Can they at least do baseball questions?  Steve Yeager!  Sound barrier!  We know!  Give it a rest!

Jason Vargas – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Another dynamite start from Vargas vs. the Rays, after holding the Tigers to one run in seven innings in his first start.  According to the Stream-o-Nator, he gets the Twins next and that looks like a yes, please and thank you.

Omar Infante – Left the game after being hit in the jaw by a pitch.  What kind of man hits an Infante?!  Oh, Heath Bell.  Every time a Bell flings, a Royal gets hit in the face.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-5, 1 run.  I will be standing outside the Angels clubhouse with a boombox, playing Chi Ali’s Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number to try and psychologically empower Pujols.  By the by, Chi Ali was featured on America’s Most Wanted — twice!

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-3, 3 runs and his 2nd home run.  I dropped some sleeper buzz on him in the preseason, and, while he is hitting .179, I still like him a lot. You, “Oh, the Fantasy Master Lothario suggests I get Calhoun just like he suggested I draft Pujols.  FML, indeed.”

Ian Stewart – 1-for-5, 1 run as he got the start at 3rd over Freese.  To pithy that up, that’s the Angels going from Freese to permafrost.

C.J. Wilson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Asstros.  I’m sure glad he bombed out in his first start so I’d drop him and not reap these benefits.  I want my just desserts!  Oh, and Wilson gets the Mets next, which the Stream-o-Nator is rightfully crazy about.  Dah!

Yasiel Puig – His MRI showed a strained thumb ligament.  I guess that’s a luigament.  Mattingly said that hyPuigchondriac could still be in the lineup on Tuesday, but I get the sense Mattingly is so fed up with Puig that he wants him hurt worse.  This will be an ongoing soap opera all year — As the Puig Turns.

A.J. Ellis – Will have arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear and will be out for six weeks.  Ellis’s value is now less than zero.  For a while, Ellis kept trying to tell someone he had a problem, but every time he opened his mouth, Puig called a medic.   Drew Butera, Miguel Olivo and Tim Federowicz will take over behind the plate.  Not all at once.  That would be illegal.

Jordan Lyles – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks in Coors Field.  It’s thin air and Lyle love it.  Harmony, chorus, Usher turns his chair around, Blake points at his head.  And scene!

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-3, 2 runs and a solo homer.  So a Blackmon and Pollock walk into a bar…

Ryan Roberts – Signed by the Red Sox to act in after-dark Showtime movies and as 3rd base depth while Middlebrooks is on the DL.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Has a 1.38 ERA so far, i.e., Lackey’s been Luckey.

Grady Sizemore – 2-for-4.  Hype Machine, “One of those was a hard hit double!”

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  A walk’s as good as a hit JBJ, don’t get greedy!

Mike Napoli – 3-for-5.  Hard to go three-for-five with no counting stats in the middle of a lineup that scores five runs.  Hype Machine, “Not with JBJ and Sizemore doing work!  I’m dancing right now!  Hey, stop touching my butt, Hitter-Tron!”

Tanner Scheppers – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  He looked a whole lot better when he was Schepper’ing in his stuff for one inning late.

Seth Rosin – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Perfect last name for a pitcher getting manhandled on the mound.  Joe Saunders is looking to change his name to Jose Piñata.

Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Tony Cingrani (4 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks).  This matchup was rated NC-17, and fantasy baseballers thought it was due to the likelihood of multiple fantasy baseball orgasms from the two pitchers upsides, but it turned out that it was from profanity used during Cingrani’s start.

Trevor Rosenthal – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Kazaam!

Kolten Wong – 1-for-3 and his first steal.  Fun fact!  Due to a typesetting error, an Academy Award winning movie was released in China as How the West Was Wong.

Peter Bourjos – 2-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .111.  A big thank you goes to the TSA for finally letting his bats through customs!

Ryan Ludwick – 2-for-3, 1 run, hitting .364, and five for his last eleven with a home run.  And you thought getting in a cold pool was the only way to make an already small sample size smaller.

Joel Hanrahan – Mets will attend a showcase in a few weeks to watch Hanrahan throw.  I think I saw this movie.  Doesn’t Dennis Quaid play Hanrahan?

Tommy Hanson – Signed by the White Sox.  This came after they saw Hanson in a showcase titled, Mmmflop.

Kevin Correia – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Kim Jong-il just rolled over in his pink velvet, glass-enclosed tomb.

Eduardo Nunez – The Twins acquired him to provide infield depth, and I could see him stealing at-bats away from The Jamaican Shoe Store, Florimon.  This is a standard small market move of ‘throw enough crizzap against the clubhouse wall and something eventually sticks.’  In fact, that’s kinda how the entire Twins team is built.

A.J. Griffin – Doing strengthening work and is still about a month away.  If only we could get Merry Clayton to sing “about a month away.”

Ryan Cook – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  Don’t see the A’s replacing Jim Johnson any time soon, so Cook is merely a middle relief ratio helper.  Just thought of something, we need a glossary term for a middle reliever who is just rock solid in ratios/Ks, and you own for that purpose, without even caring if he gets into the save picture.  Like the $12 Salad of middle relievers.  Please suggest in the comments.

Coco Crisp – Sat out yesterday due to wrist inflammation, but received a cortisone shot and will return on Wednesday to hit 17 homers in his first at-bat back.  I’m only half kidding.  The Lily Tomlin half.

Craig Gentry – Expected to rejoin the A’s this week to work as a 4th outfielder.  Gentry has some nice speed, but you’ll need to platoon him.  Though he makes it difficult because he doesn’t have a strong side as seen on the Platoony Tunes chart.

Scott Kazmir – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks vs. the Twins.  Not a terrific start, but he escaped relatively okay against a Twins team that was swinging hot bats.  Watch out for Colabello, he will fizz-spray sucrose and phony caramel flavoring in yo’ face!  “Plouffe is the Mentos in our Colabello!”  That’s Gardenhire firing up the Twins fans who wear leg sweaters.

Jed Lowrie – Left yesterday’s game after getting hit in the foot by a pitch.  When the pitch was coming in, his kinfolk said, ‘Jed, move away from there!’ but he didn’t in time.

Alberto Callaspo – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .444 on the year.  He’s regularly Callaspoo, but does get hot occasionally and it looks like now is one of those times.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 2 runs.  Josh Donald Jr. is hitting .161 so far and I say drop him!  I’m kidding; it’s early.  The panic in some people’s comments is good comic relief, like Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi shticking it up and making you want to commit third degree manslaughter like the owner of Pinkberry.

Derek Norris – 2-for-4 and a solo homer.  Not much to see here.  Though there’s is a lot to see with John Norris becoming the Single White Female version of Kevin Bacon.  “If you don’t want to watch The Notebook, I will call up John Norris!”  That’s Kyra Sedgwick threatening Kevin.

  1. Joe G says:
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    Grey would you trade fransisco liriano for mat latos? Do you think latos would comeback strong?

    • Zander says:
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      @Joe G: Liriano and what? There’s no way you can get him straight up, and I think Latos is fine the rest of season.

      • Ty Wiggington says:
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        @Zander: “No way?” Calm down with the hyperbole. I could easily see that trade going down in some places. Yes, do it.

        • kingforaday151 says:
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          @Ty Wiggington: Agree, when I read Liriano for Latos the thought of that being unfair didn’t cross my mind. They are not that much different…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe G: Trade sounds fair, don’t see any point in it

  2. Anson Wells says:
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    4th year into my dynasty league as an expansion team.
    3rd year following you….I’m ready for a championship.
    Today is my birthday, so I’m hoping I can get a nice little break down of what Grey would do with my roster. A roster that Grey basically built…

    Points heavily weighted towards pitching. Head 2 Head.
    C-Montero
    1B-Chris Davis
    2B-Utley
    3B-Arenado
    SS-Brad Miller
    OF-CarGo
    OF-Adam Jones
    OF-Josh Hamilton
    OF-Starlin Marte
    Util-Matt Adams
    B-Bonifacio
    B-Travis d’Arnaud

    SP’s – Darvish, Strasburg, Zimmermann, Minor, Bailey, Taijaun Walker, Erasmo Ramirez, Pineda, Jenrry Mejia, Lincecum, Scheppers, Niese, Taillon, Martinez
    RP’s – Nathan, Soriano, Santos, Hawkins, Nate Jones

    Who would u hold on to at all costs, who would you love to trade, you would you trade for Jason Bay? …give me birthday love my man. And thanks for the success you have brought me so far

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anson Wells: Happy birthday! Your team looks fine, don’t see what the problem is…

  3. Lord Black Beard, Head of the the House of Beard says:
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    Lord Albright, Head of the House of Stache:

    I’m regretting not drafting Tulowitski over McCutchen…But I have faith that McClutchen will give me a 20/20 season with 100 runs and idk, 70 rbi’s and throw in a hadski. That would be enough in exchange for the 4th pick in the first sentence.

    In other news, here is my team in a 10 man H2H standard points league. On a scale from 1 to 10, what is sayeth your rating good sir!

    C. Yadier Molina
    1B. Chris Davis
    2B. Jose Altuve
    3B. Matt Carpenter/ Ryan Zimmerman/ Manny Machado
    SS. Ian Desmond
    OF. Andrew McCutchen
    OF. Matt Holliday
    OF. WIl Myers/Allen Craig
    Util. Jose Abreu

    SP. Yu Darvish
    SP. Chris Sale
    SP. Francisco Liriano
    SP. Chris TIllman
    SP. Mike Minor/ Doug Fister/ Taijuan Walker

    RP. Tommy Hunter
    RP. Grant Balfour

    Thank you Lord Albright, Head of the House of Stache.

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Lord Black Beard, Head of the the House of Beard: I guarantee you won’t regret it when Tulo misses half the year and he always has and will do. Mcuch will put up better than a 20/20 year it’s early.

      • Robby D says:
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        @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: Actually he’s only missed more than “half a year” once in his career, and he’s still a top 2-3 SS when he’s missed a quarter of the year in the past. Who else is getting you 25-30 Homers at a .290 average in 500 ABs? If he even hits 140 games he’s the top SS in baseball by a wide margin unless HanRam tears it up. In Roto that’s still valuable, and as long as that injury doesn’t come right at the end of the year, he’s still crazy valuable in H2H.

        Injury mythology is starting to get a little silly. If you take it as a given that he’ll only play 125-130 games, you are still getting potentially the best power-avg option at Short for 3/4 of the year. Pair that with Brad Miller for MI and to take SS if Tulo sees time on the DL and you have the best SS stats in the league at a lower price than HanRam went for in the draft. If he plays 140+ games, you are killing your league at a rebate.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Robby D: what happens when he gets really injured (as he is aging) and misses more than 35-40 games?

  4. marcus allen was good al says:
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    How about in honor of Ryan Cook we call em a… prep cook?? Lol. Eh ok maybe not…or maybe!!

  5. Squiggly Line says:
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    Ratio furniture? Eh.

    • Nimrod says:
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      @Squiggly Line: How about MR ratio guys as bloody mary with the carrot,pickle and olive representing ratios.

    • KC says:
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      Lol….@Squiggly Line:

      LOL… This is actually pretty awesome…

      I was thinking…

      Middle ‘s cooler, or… MRI(don’t care of they close), neither of which is good. Nice work.

      • tvators says:
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        “Night at the Roxburies”….baby don’t hurt me!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  6. Zander says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Yangervis Solarte?

    Thanks!

    • Adam Jonesin says:
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      @Zander: He looks like an 8-homer, .250 hitting infielder with no speed. And that’s me quoting Grey!

      • Asst2RegionalMgr says:
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        @Adam Jonesin: What edition of the Razzball style guide are you using?

  7. Andrew says:
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    Would you pick up any of these for 12 teamer? I can pick up to 3 if good options.

    Paxton home (Seattle) vs. Angels
    Lohse at Phillies
    Morales home (Colorado) vs. White Sox
    Kendrick home (Phillies) vs. Brewers
    Doubront home (Red Sox) vs. Rangers
    E Jackson home (Cubs) vs. Pirates
    Morton away at Cubs
    Santiago away at Seattle

    Thanks!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Andrew: Paxton…

      • Robby D says:
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        @Wake Up: I picked up Paxton for a stream even if SON does not like him. I don’t know why given he smoked the Angels in LA the first time around. Now he gets to do it at home with an even friendlier pitcher park. SON you are a fickle bitch.

  8. Dbalz says:
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    Just throwing this out there for middle relief, you can throw it right back

    MiRK Rock -> (MiDDLE relief Ratio/Strikeout Rock or MiDDLE Relief Strikeout Rock )
    MiRK Master ->(see above, but a “master” instead of a “rock”)

    • Dbalz says:
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      @Dbalz: Upon further thought, I think I like K-Rock better. Plus if the middle reliever craps out they could turn out to be a Krock of shi…crap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dbalz: I think we can do better

  9. longbeachyo says:
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    Seriously though. Other than more pictures (or GIFs!) of your mustache, you need to have J.B. do pitcher profiles twice a week! He’s giving us sacks full of candy, while tehol hands out dum dums. Trim the fat, let’s do this! This could be pretty lucrative with more of the good stuff…

  10. Giant Gigantes says:
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    $12 1/8ths

      • JP says:
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        @Giant Gigantes:
        Nice. I challenge anyone to top ferratio. (I rike ferratio a rot.)

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Giant Gigantes: that’s funny I was trying to work in Iron somewhere, all I could come up with was Ferrevier which sounds a lot like an exotic dog

  11. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Was thinking about picking up Colabello just because of his sweet batting gloves!

  12. Snag says:
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    Mmmflop.

    Best. Name. Ever.

  13. Leifer maddness says:
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    so some in my league droped billy butler, a carrer 290 hitter i couldnt let sit on the wire so i had to drop kole calhoun to get. did i make a mistake? should i pick him pack up after re passes waviers?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Leifer maddness:

      No, not a mistake. Butler should be owned in pretty much every league.

  14. DrEasy says:
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    Nice Brett Easton Ellis ref in there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: That was Rudy, though I did used to love Ellis

  15. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Malcolm

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Alky Sobrera:
      Stealers Wheel

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Alky Sobrera:
        These have no creativity. That 4am brain…

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Alky Sobrera:
        Blondie/Mr. Blonde

      • Lville Jim says:
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        @Alky Sobrera: Stuck in the middle with you, now that’s one I like

        • Lville Jim says:
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          @Lville Jim: Or maybe a little Jimmy Eats World “The Middle”.

  16. MadDog says:
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    Maybe the middle relievers can have a theme like the current M/F/K closers: Loud and Proud, SBD, Shart

    OK, that was nothing like M/F/K, but it was what I wrote while brainstorming this masterpiss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MadDog: I like Ferratio better

  17. Druss says:
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    Hey Gry ( I’m assuming that’s how you would be called in scottish)

    I got offered a trade where I give up Edwin Encarnacion and I get back Sandoval , Eaton and Clay Buchholz. Its a one year only league which has Total Bases and OBP as extra categories.
    I do have Wright at 3B already.
    But I will have a problem dropping a players . I will need to drop Smoak and Jenrry Mejia.
    What should I do Grey??

    • AdamH says:
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      @Druss: What you should do is not accept that trade.

      • Mike says:
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        @AdamH: I agree – no trade.

      • Druss says:
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        @AdamH:

        Done rejected it. Thanks!

    • Andrew A says:
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      @Druss:

      yeah if you’re giving up a first/second rounder, the least you could do is get at least one 8th round player

      • Druss says:
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        @Andrew A:
        Thanks andrew rejected it!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Druss:

      Unless you had a horrendous draft, you shouldn’t be trading 1st round / 2nd round talent for a bunch of mid-late round guys.

      Just say no.

      • Druss says:
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        @Hawk:

        I couldn’t make it to the draft so was autopicked. Yahoo did a very bad job picking my team. But still rejected this trade thanks!

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    “We need a glossary term for a middle reliever who is just rock solid in ratios/Ks, and you own for that purpose, without even caring if he gets into the save picture.”

    Bridge to K’sville
    Setup Man to the Stars
    Whipper Fapper

    • Adele Dazeem says:
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      CMP (Command Module Pilot like Michael Collins who just did his very important job well while guys like Aldrin and Armstrong got to walk on the moon.)

  19. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    stream-o-nater is on the fritz !!

    buerhle seems like a strong start vs houston .
    if this works out ,
    i’ll be 2-0 vs your mechanical prodigy ,
    even though wade davis dip-shitted
    my chen start last saturday .

    MR suggestion … cream of cheese .

  20. Nimrod says:
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    The Jed line was great. I lost out on Kelley in both big money leagues. What time do you post this EST. I checked at 4AM they got there man at midnite. What alerts on a phone do people have? Thanks razzballers

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Nimrod: I first heard about the Kelley news at 4:45 pm eastern. I might have heard about it earlier if I wasn’t working.

    • longbeachyo says:
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      @Nimrod: everyone that I know uses the ESPN app. Or you can try “score”. Be to turn on notifications in settings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nimrod: It goes up 12:05 AM PST

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Grey: What a great site. All the blogs are informative. thank you and your staff for all the hard work and fun.

    • Nation says:
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      @Nimrod: i have mobile alerts from closernews twitter account (Tim dierkes?) which had RT’d the original Yanks beat writers 1:27pm EST tweet at around 1:29pm EST.

      ABout as closer you’re going to get unless you set up a google alert for EVERY closer, which some people might be interested in. Closer news is pretty johnny on the spot tho IMO

  21. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    what’s up with yr tainted love for lyles? forget about his 3/3 performance with 2RBI and a double? d00de had some serious wood tonight; like megan fox. tomorrow i’m selling all my rapala shallow divers and adding lyles as my 4th outfielder, assignment be damned! and next week me and my pal wesley snipes are going on a man-cation to siberia with only ninja stars. he always gets the yips when we’re bear hunting… oh, wesley!

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    In a 20 team league would you trade RP Casilla for 2b Espinosa? the Nats could move Zimmerman to first base this year (Rendon to 3rd, Espinosa to 2nd). That would displace LaRoche and I can’t see them sitting LaRoche but it’s possible Zimmerman can’t remain at 3rd any longer. Thx!

  23. Jimbo says:
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    Had to look up if Chi Ali really got arrested. Then realized I’m the same age as him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimbo: Age is just a #

  24. Joel says:
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    The firm up your ratios and are rock solid relievers? Sounds like a “fluffer” to me.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Joel:

      This has my vote. Hysterical!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Not bad, I like Ferratio better

  25. Votto voom says:
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    Gray, or whoever has vast knowledge,

    Who is most likely to close for the reds until broxton’s return??…..Hoover…. Lecure????

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      @Votto voom:

      Total coin flip but I think Marshall might get the first opp. What a mess.

    • Defending Champ says:
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      @Votto voom: I believe Broxton is back today.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Votto voom: isnt Brox returning tonight?

  26. Ten Cent Millionaire says:
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    Too long but my first thought was “Ugly friend at a bar” makes everyone look better and gets none of the glory

  27. bossmanjunior says:
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    Missed out on Kelly and Kelley, but someone dropped Veras and Brothers. Which one do I pick up?

  28. Sherm says:
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    Grey and all Razzballers, I think you will get a kick out of this team I had to autodraft this weekend when an emergency called me out of town. I learned 2 things: 1) you can’t draft on a iPhone 2) In order to pre-set your draft list, you need to be logged in as the owner of the team, not as someone just observing who’s logged in as the owner of another team in another league. I feel your Kelley pain!

    The computers decided to wait until Round 20 to begin selecting my last 5 pitchers, and gave me 3 sweet catchers. I still love this wackified team.

    Any the who, 10 team standard ESPN roto:

    C Mauer
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B D Murphy
    3B Donaldson
    SS Tulowitzki
    CI Votto
    MI Andrus
    OF Rios
    OF Victorino
    OF Jennings
    OF N Cruz
    OF Kemp
    UTIL Headley
    BE W Ramos
    BE J Castro
    BE Dozier

    SP Shields
    SP Fister
    SP Nova
    SP Lincecum
    SP Smyly
    SP Cashner
    RP Papelpon
    RP Hunter
    RP Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: You look weak on pitching and speed

  29. guidedbyvoices says:
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    so before the season started I had Nathan,Qualls and Hawkins as my closers.someone offered me Gio for Nathan so I had to take it.I figured I would have plenty of opportunities to grab a couple random guys.and now Ive missed out on KRod,Linstrom,Valverde,Soria ,Hoover and now Kelley,all by less than an hr.
    anyway,its a 5×5 league.I have Abreu,Trumbo,Jones,Bruce,Crawford,Eaton and Crawford at 1B/OF.It w ould be bad to trade Cuddyer for an Axford/ Soria type clser,right?

    • James says:
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      @guidedbyvoices:

      This is actually the new trend. so many skimp on saves at the draft, the competition gets crazy.

      In all 3 leagues i am in, Kelley was picked up before the end of the Yankees game. Most set up men with a good chance to close at some point are owned in 2 of those leagues (broxton, allen, henderson, ect).

      Also— 12 salads, and 1 dollar cookies

      • Nimrod says:
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        @Grey: You wouldn’t reserve potential closers? Always hitters or starting pitchers?

  30. TheNewGuy says:
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    Start Perez today in Beantown in a 10 teamer?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: SON(uvapitch) hates it howcome?

      • Jonas says:
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        @TheNewGuy: It likes Doubront more…I am also wondering whether to start Perez in my 12 teamer…?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’m leaving him on the bench in the one league where I own him. I’d like to see at least one more good start before I go starting him against teams that look like they could pwnson him.

  31. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Its early, so not my best work- middle beast

  32. Nightpandas says:
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    Who needs saves? I got me some “sweet relief”….

  33. Racehorse says:
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    Grey

    Now that Peter Bourjos is off the schneid, do I drop Aaron Hicks for him?

    (16 team, H2H dynasty mixer)

    Thanks!

  34. Stantonovation says:
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    Rate Watcher…

  35. Zimmer says:
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    Pad Ty.
    “Pads” your stats like “Ty”ler Clippard. Might as well roster Ryan Cook for some Pad Ty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zimmer: I don’t mind that for Clippard, but in general I like Ferratio better

  36. aaron says:
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    Grey, I think you called the middle reliever ratio helpers toilet bowl scrubbers, or something to that effect, in a column a few years ago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aaron: Eh, I like Ferratio better

  37. Jason says:
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    How bout butterfaces..
    You know MRs have really good features, nice curves, tig ol’ bitties, but then you see they get you no saves.
    You’ll hook up with one be ause you know you get that sweet finish but you have to do it doggy.

    Or mopeds…
    Like fat chicks. Fun to ride but you don’t want your friends to see them on your roster.

    • njs says:
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      @Jason:

      I like mopeds; nice work sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: I like Ferratio better

  38. slicke5 says:
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    Middle Relievers… Rolaids

    • PK says:
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      @slicke5: Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @slicke5: I like Ferratio better

  39. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Here was my update in the ECFBL on the Robertson/Kelly saga..,
    “The drama started a bit before 5:00 PM EST, when Shawn Kelley garnered the close. I didn’t think much of this, Fred picked him up as a flier, and soon dropped him, I was not thinking much of this either, both of us believing that Robertson didn’t get the save because he needed a day off. We were both off the mark, not having access to the Closer Tweet that would have told us to pick up Kelley, as Nate was placed on the DL. And I did not watch the Michael Kay show because my wife can’t stand him – I’m not a big fan either – but I would have found out that Nate was on the DL, and picked up Kelley. But our Kelly noticed, and Kelly picked up first Thornton as a back up to the back up, but he went bug-eye when he saw Fred then drop Kelley, then Kelly picked up Kellye, but late this evening, meaning to drop Webb, Kelly dropped Kelley, and stone cold sober was he, and within 6 minutes Fred picked again picked him up. There, I think that I have it right!.” And that’s me quoting me!

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: its still burning my butt,im the stupid Kelly

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Al koholic: We all make at least one bone-head play during the season, Kelly. I wouldn’t worry too much, you are too good a fantasy player to get hurt by this. Just pray for Robertson’s groin.

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Wake Up: Kinda Alphonse-Gastonish

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: Yankees fan at my work comes over to me at around 5PM EST telling me Robertson was hurt and I should grab Kelley. I had a really busy day and couldn’t keep my eye on things, but I told him no chance in hell he will be there in my leagues. Little did I know he had been picked up and dropped and picked up again!

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @mauledbypandas: My EVIL nephew Jason has a twitter devoted to closers that didn’t give him the info in time either. Pandas, such is life in the ECFBL

  40. Bruce says:
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    How about a Jan Brady. They’re never going to be Marcia, but you’ll take them every time over Cindy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bruce: Not bad, I like Ferratio better

  41. kingforaday151 says:
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    What say you to Ryan Cook in a league that counts Holds + Saves? Love the ratios, he’s gotta be the 7th or 8th inning guy along with Doolittle, right?

  42. scottsteelers says:
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    Guy offers me Weaver for Calhoun… drops Weaver 2 days later. Got a roster spot opening with Robertson DL. Although I hate Weaver I feel like I should use my number 1 waiver on him… If it were you would you use it or wait for other people to get sick of better pitchers?

    • Andrew A says:
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      @scottsteelers:

      even in a 10 team league, Weaver has to be the best players that will be dropped. But you know your league and every league is different…

    • Hawk says:
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      @scottsteelers:

      Weaver WAS a must-be-owned pitcher. I’m not sure he’s still in that category. He doesn’t pass the eye test either. I’d avoid it – let someone else flip that coin.

  43. John says:
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    “Just thought of something, we need a glossary term for a middle reliever who is just rock solid in ratios/Ks, and you own for that purpose, without even caring if he gets into the save picture. Like the $12 Salad of middle relievers. Please suggest in the comments.”

    A $6 Crouton.

    • Fooch says:
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      @John: Ha! That’s perfect.

    • 2 Giant rings says:
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      @John: yes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Haha, I like that, will put it in the running

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @John:

      much better .

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @John: $6 Crouton gets my vote so far.

      • Nick says:
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        @A Hill O’ Beans: Me too, more staying power than “ferratio” for me.

  44. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 16 team keeper league (keep 5), roto, 5×5.

    give- Khris Davis, Emilio Bonifacio.
    get- Nelson Cruz, DJ LeMahieu.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Davis. 2B- Gyorko. 3B- Machad0 (DL). SS- ECabrera. IN- Colabello.
    OF- Crisp. OF- KDavis. OF- Calhoun. OF- Yelich. UT- Bonifacio.
    BN- Moustakas, Asche, Solarte, Moreland, Lough. DL- CYoung.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Shields. RP- Papelbon. RP- Fields.
    P- O’Day. P- Albers. P- Cecil.
    BN- Herrera, Santana, Ross, Kennedy, Odorizzi

  45. Chris says:
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    Grey, should I be worried about Bailey’s start today in STL?

  46. Donald Trump says:
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    “I’ll click the button that shows the players that are owned too”… Why would you play on espn when the yahoo format is so much better?

  47. aaron says:
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    Re: Craig Gentry
    I was trying to figure out how the A’s were going to platoon Gentry as well, and while looking at his stats I noticed something interesting-he steals more bases against LHP vs RHP (30 vs . 26).
    Most base stealers steal 3x as many bases again RHP.

    Love the platoony tunes thing. I actually have an unusual “tritoon” I am trying this year with Morneau, Neil Walker, and Jeff Baker.

    • aaron says:
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      @aaron:
      For example
      Jacoby Ellsbury has LHP vs. RHP (61 vs. 183).
      Michael Bourn LHP vs RHP (69 vs. 230)
      Mike Trout LHP vs RHP (13 vs 73)
      Jose Reyes LHP vs. RHP (106 vs 319)
      Evereth Cabrera LHP vs. RHP (29 vs 89)
      Craig Gentry LHP vs. RHP (30 vs 26)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aaron: Yeah, I hear ya

    • mraccoe says:
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      @aaron:

      I just saw this and thought it was interesting so I looked up Gentry’s career splits.

      381 AB vs RHP — .334 OBP
      382 AB vs LHP — .376 OBP

      I think simply he gets on base more often against lefties.

  48. Frank Own uh.. says:
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    We could call them MEN OF HONOR
    -for some reason as soon as grey asked I pictured Robert DeNiro as Masterchief Billy Sunday

    “The Middle Reliever is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it’s bases loaded in the 7th he K’s hitters . If the ship look sunk, he brings it up. If it’s in the way, he moves it. If he’s lucky, he will die young, after striking out the side, 60 feet 6 inches from the plate, and owned by almost 13% of Yahoo! Users, for that is the closest he’ll ever get to being a hero.” “I WANT MY 12!!! (K/9 that is)

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Frank Own uh..: I like the $6 Crouton better, but you get large bonus points for coming up with the backstory. Ha!

  49. the big lipowski says:
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    Which of these two would you value over the other for upside…my outfield is weaker than my middle infield.
    Rendon or Castellenos?

    Also, do you think mejia finds some semblance of control to be an intriguing pickup or is he just a mini-ubaldo type of pitcher?

    • Big League Choo says:
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      @the big lipowski: Mejia is a former top prospect with good K numbers when he was healthy, not so great control. he pitches in metco so that at least makes his home starts streamable…but his next starts are @ ATL, @Ari, STL, Mia, @Col…youre better off streaming starts unless its 14 teams or deeper, hes pretty likely to have a couple bad starts coming up.

  50. aaron says:
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    The Beverly Hillbillies reference in the post almost slipped by me.

  51. Yescheese says:
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    ($12) Salad forks. Sure, they are there. You can use one. What’s the point?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Yescheese: $12 spork?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: silver salad fork perhaps. Either way, they set up your salad!

    • njs says:
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      @Yescheese:
      shrimp salads?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: I like that, will put it in the running

  52. MisterMister says:
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    For the glossary, I suggest calling a ratio-helping MR who should stay on your roster…

    …a “Hold Steady.” You’re not looking to drop this RP off on the corner after just one drama-free night with a couple of Ks, Xs, and Os… you don’t want to share those numbers with some other pick-up artist in a couple of days… you want to keep that arm around (you) awhile.

    Plus, even though Razzball leagues don’t use holds (which I hate in fantasy leagues – whole ‘nother rant, ‘nother time), most folks know what RP qualities that term implies, so working that into the term means less ‘splaining to do, Lucy!

    Finally, it’ll get more people listening to these guys:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QHMsP4DkUA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MisterMister: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  53. The Strolg says:
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    Raymond K. Showhelper Jr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Strolg: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  54. Los locos says:
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    No love for a Garcia today? What’s up with that what’s up with that, ohhhh what’s up with that!!! Droppable now?

      • Los locos says:
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        @Grey: melky?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  55. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 12-team 5×5 H2h with 7 SP slots and 3 RP slots. I could use a streamer roster spot, who should I drop?
    Bench Bats: Eaton, Sizemore
    SPs: MadBum, Gio, Cueto, Liriano,Kluber, Estrada, Kazmir, Lincecum, Volquez, Iwakuma (DL)
    RPs: Grilli, Soriano, Strop, Lindstrom, Janssen (DL)
    Thanks!

  56. Abell says:
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    Brad miller or Calhoun in a h2h points keeper league?

  57. Titan says:
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    Random thoughts….I dropped Moustakas and rolling with Gyorko as my only 3B due to needs elsewhere…c’mon Jerko get a hit soon I want to see you in Grey’s update tomorrow with something good to say about me. No you!

  58. Jon says:
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    Cook is one of the 12 Disciples: Jesus saves, but these guys still do miracles.

    Along those same lines, could also go with Ratio Saint, or Televangelist.

    • njs says:
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      ratiovangelist?
      @Jon:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: ha! I vote $6 crouton

  59. Brendan says:
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    Traded Pujols and Matt Moore for AJackson and Shelby Miller on Saturday. My leaguemate accused me of being a “witchdoctor” needless to say I put a needle into my Clayton Kershaw voodoo doll’s back just for my leaguemate.

    Any the who! It’s a points league valuing pitchers pretty heavy with a +8 QS. I picked up Chris Owings and Paxton and another leaguemate wanted to trade Brad Miller for Paxton. Thoughts? I can still pick up Nate Eovaldi!!

    Thank you as always Grey!

  60. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    So many great match ups for my hitters today… Problem with two elite 1b and 3b is only 1util slot so someone gets benched… Who would you sit: abreu, hosmer, longoria, wright… Leaning towards Hosmer, hittertron seems to say Longoria, but he’s been good lately…

  61. Nico

    Nico says:
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    Middle relievers with high K’s could be called Chiquita Bananas… High in potassium (K), super nutritious… Bananas are the middle relievers of my work day when I need to get to 5 pm successfully!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Ha, I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  62. Frank White says:
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    Morning Grey.. I was gonna pickup Vargas so I have him for his next start cause the stream o netor says he’s playing on Sunday vs MIN but I counted the games and the 5th game is next week on the 15th vs HOU. I just wanted to know if you see the same as me cause you don’t count days you count games right..? If you counted days then they would have to skip a pitcher to get him on Sunday. I just don’t want to grab him if he’s not pitching this week

  63. patlaff says:
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    $3 Soup – Cheap, filling and good for you but just not enough

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @patlaff: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  64. serch says:
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    If I may crowdsource on an issue that’s plaguing my conscience….I traded Moore on Sunday as part of a 5-player deal…should I veto or rescind it?
    What say you, my fellow fantasy baseballers?

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @serch: If you both reached a trade agreement and the trade was accepted by both parties and is processing you should let it ride. I’d have a bigger problem with an owner who vetoed his own trade then with any actual trade two players might make. That’s my two farthings.

      • serch says:
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        @Moronymous Lohse: Interesting take on vetoing own trade…I had not thought of that…thanks for the input

        • Moronymous Lohse says:
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          @serch: If you were the one who traded Moore away it simply shows you have heart. :) I’m like that too. I’ve made trades where the guy I traded away got hurt a day or two later and I have offered to undo the trade or to trade the players back. We just hate to feel like we screwed someone over even though there was no guile or malice intended. You certainly aren’t obligated to do that – at all! Other guys in the same situation love to gloat that they got over on a trade. It depends on who you are. Most fantasy players would probably just say too bad for the other guy but the trade stands because you can’t predict the future. And if it’s a public league where you don’t know the people personally? Meh – count your lucky stars.

          • serch says:
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            @Moronymous Lohse: yeah I traded Moore to a lady friend who I introduced into the league…I’m chivalrous but conflicted…how much are you charging me for this therapy session?

            • Hawk says:
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              @serch: @serch:

              I’ll be blunt

              If rescinding the trade helps your chances of being with your lady friend in the biblical sense, I’d rescind or re-do the trade in reverse. If that’s the reason, I find that totally acceptable.

            • Fungazi says:
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              @serch: That’s not your player any more. It’s not your problem as soon as they hit the accept button. Forget about it.

              • serch says:
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                @Hawk:
                @Fungazi:
                Thanks for weighing in guys

                • njs says:
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                  @serch:

                  I agree w/ the undoing it or biblical knowledge comment. Otherwise, try asking her if she feels aggrieved (you look good but don’t have to do anything substantive right away).

    • Hawk says:
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      @serch:

      I wouldn’t feel bad about it at all as long as you both agreed to it before the injury. It could just as easily been a guy you received back as part of the deal that got hurt.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Hawk:

        Posted this before I saw that it was for a lady friend. Disregard!

      • serch says:
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        @Hawk: thanks Hawk…that was my initial reaction when i heard the news on Moore… I would certainly never ask that a trade be undone if a guy I received happened to get hurt…but still, these pangs of conscience are getting stronger…

        • Hawk says:
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          @serch:

          See my other post. I didn’t see that it was for a lady friend. Your status with her could certainly change my opinion. There are some things a guy just has to do, ifyaknowwhatImean

  65. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    FMy team is posted below, what do you see as it’s biggest gaps? I have a free slot now, my options are:
    another bat–Owing, Wong, or someone dropped Rosario–but it’d be a backup and complicate my UTIL slot
    Another starter– Eovaldi or Pineda–but as much as I love both, my SP doesn’t seem to need help
    Biggest gap seems closers, but options are weak: Kelley, Broxton, Santos, Fields…

    C-Lucroy
    1-Hosmer
    2-Kinsler
    SS-Alexi Ramirez
    3-Wright
    OF- trout, Bruce, Beltran
    UTIL/Bench-Longoria, Abreu, Fowler

    SP-Sale, Price, Shields, Tanaka, Tillman, Hamels, Fister
    RP-Street, Frieri, Axford

    • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers: porcello is also out there….

      You seem to love Fister and Pineda, JB not so much… I’m torn on whether to drop fister for Porcello…

        • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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          @Grey: yeah, I’m holding fin Fister–but that doesn’t solve original post of who to add (got a free slot right now)… Owings, porcello, Pineda, eovaldi, or weak closer

  66. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Here’s more information about Kolten Wong because no one else gives a crap but me.

    He was moved to eighth in the order again. Much of his appeal is that he was hitting second in the Cards lineup. This has been the third time this year he’s batted eighth but each time has been against a lefty who Wong has lesser splits against.

    If he continues to bat second against righties I’ll stick with him. If he starts batting eighth against everyone then it HAS to be drop city if an Ackley or even an Uggla is out there. I hate saying such things.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Moronymous Lohse:

      never understood the hype .
      cards are happy if he hits .260

      • [will work for saves] says:
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        @costaricanchata: hey! Lay off my wong… And im streaming buerhle… Prolly should bench him now.

  67. Phil says:
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    Rotisserie Roncos (you set ‘em and forget e’m)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  68. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Rosenthalllll darn your kazaam!!

    I’m rolling with Rendon/Arenado/Smoak on the bench with Miller/Abreu/Pujols/Frazier usually starting. My question, I wanna drop one for some SAGNOF Santos or Broxton, but who do I drop? I feel most solid at 1B, but im not sure if Smoak is a hot schmotatoe or too legit to drop

    • Hawk says:
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      @Fireball Feliz:

      If it’s a keeper league, I’d hold. If it’s a one year league, I’d drop Rendon for Santos but it’s close.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Hawk: It’s not a keeper, but I have Miller at SS and like the insurance of Rendon on the bench just incase he doesn’t pan out. Might just stand pat, I have Rosenthal/Perky Perkins/Krod/Balfour already

  69. chisoxx22 says:
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    10 team roto.
    Wieters
    encarnancion
    Pedroia
    Beltre
    ramirez
    Choo
    Bruce
    Cruz
    Sandoval
    Santana
    butler
    hill
    bench- a. Ramirez, Marte, Prado

    Verlander
    Lee
    Cain
    Gonzalez
    Teheran
    Masterson
    cobb
    Jansen
    Grilli
    rodney
    valverde
    dl- Robertson
    I know its early but where should I look to upgrade? I know a few of these guys will get going soon enough but looking at the long haul where should I strengthen? Thanks grey!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @chisoxx22: closers

  70. Duke says:
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    I got offered Johnny Cueto for Bonifacio in a 10-team mixed h2h. I own Villar, Dee Gordon, Wong, and Rendon, so my bench hitters are two of these mid-infidels every day. My SPs are Sale, Wacha, Gio, Alex Wood, Estrada, Erasmo, Yordano, and Eovaldi (Fister and Hamels on the DL). Should I make the move and is it irrational to think Boni is the best of that MI bunch? +Cueto’s injuries concerns…

    • Hawk says:
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      @Duke:

      Do that trade immediately, if not sooner. Bonifacio is a classic hot schmotato. You’re trading him at the peak of his worth. Don’t overthink this.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Duke: people be high on nitrous in that league.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Duke: Make the trade you lucky dog

  71. serch says:
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    Glossary term for a killer MR who steadily goes about servicing your team? How about a MR Roboto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @serch: Ha, not bad… I think I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  72. Mike says:
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    Hi – I am keeping two of the followmg three:

    Kyle Seager
    Todd Frazier
    Chase Headley – on the wire

    I think I know the answer – Seager and Frazier – but what is up with Seager? I expected solid but unexciting – and I am getting unexciting.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: The season is barely over a week old….chill

  73. AP says:
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    /sees Razzball article listing about 50 guys
    //scans article for the mere mention of someone, anyone on his last place team like Gyorko, Fielder, Marte, Frieri, Votto, etc
    ///only guy he has is Puig
    ////slowly closes laptop
    /////cries

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: It’s early

      • AP says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I know…..I’ll be there in the end. I’ve won 3 years in a row, thanks to Razzball, so I’m not worried. Was trying to be funny. I’ll leave that to you.

  74. Jason says:
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    Any chance the Hittertron and Streamonator will get an option to lock in a roster or sync with your leagues so you don’t have to enter the players manually? I love the tool, would love it even more if I didn’t have to enter players each day. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Maybe one day

  75. Oz says:
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    If Moore is TJ’d (sounds like something that’d happen to u im Tijuana)who’s replaces him in the lineup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: Ramos maybe, Enny Romero maybe

  76. SpottieOttieDopaliscious says:
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    You could always call ‘em “ratial harmony”

    Someone in my league just jettisoned T-Rex Brothers… worth dropping Skaggs/Mejia/Perez for him?

  77. Lob Ball says:
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    The Stream-o-nator is predicting a dribbling flow tonight for these 3 of my SPs: Paxton, Y Ventura, and Hudson. Do I dare start any of them?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Lob Ball:

      i’m also running Paxton and Ventura out there tonight in a league where there is no bench. Crossing my fingers.

      If I had the option, I’d bench Paxton and start Ventura.

  78. papasmurf says:
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    Love the 2 for 4 update (with no counting stats) on Sizemore. It’s like when Special Smurf finally learned to take the special bus by himself.

    Until Fowler finishes pooping out all of his fouler smells, Sizemore is in there for me…

    • papasmurf says:
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      Btw I am saying Sizemore bar is set lowwwwwww.

      In case there’s a misunderstanding.

  79. Principal Blackman says:
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    Ratio Hornblower

  80. troy says:
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    Since Ramos left my team like Wilson left Tom hanks on that vacation in the south Pacific, I have been stuck searching for coconuts with Yasmani Grandal as my backstop. Would I be better off standing on the shoulders of Mesoraco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: Hold for now

  81. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    I just looked up The Wikipedias in webcrawler on my intertubes. It seems Tommy John surgery is relegated to mostly white dudes from the US. Yeah – I know Soria had it twice, A. Sanchez had it, I think Rafael Soriano had it. But, what the hell? There is a veritable….rash of TJs? Beachy, Medlen, Parnell, Jarrod Parker, now maybe Matt Moore. Smoltzy had it. Matt Harvey. Stras. AJ Burnett. Whatever we are doing to our kids in the US system isn’t working. Or is this surgery all over the place in Latin America too but they call it “Anibal Sanchez” surgery? Or “did you hear? Miguel Sano needs “the dirty sanchez”?

  82. Joe says:
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    League: 12 man, 2C, mixed 5×5 (OBP) league.
    Currently have Grandal rostered, but someone just dropped Ruiz. Worth swapping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Hold

  83. Kc says:
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    I am being offered Moss for my Miller. If I have Everth and Hill as SS and 2B, do I pull the trigger on this? With OF of Rios, Heyward, and Gordon, maybe it’s good to add another power hitter to the team? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Kc:

      Miller has power for a MI guy. I think he’s projected to hit 15 HR. Moss is projected for 28.

      Over the course of the season, you’re really dealing for 12 HR while losing out on 40 points (or more) on Batting Average. I wouldn’t do that trade. If Miller was a keeper for me, there’s no way I would do that trade.

  84. Wake Up says:
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    Lyles also had three big hits…which Julia Roberts approved of…

    Lyles in his postgame interview…”If I had a pony I’d ride him on my boat
    And we could all together
    Go out on the ocean
    Me upon my pony on my boat”

    (CarGo abruptly left the press conference)

  85. Wake Up says:
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    mmmSnarl!

  86. Hawk says:
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    There’s a guy in my 10 team mixed league who’s on a two year run of “Everything I touch turns to gold”. He drafted Alberto Callaspo so of course, Callaspo is off to a roaring start.

    I hate him.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hawk:

      And by “him” I mean the guy in my league. I can’t see anyone getting that worked up about Alberto Callaspo.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Hawk: You’d be surprised. I’m sure there’s a “Should I drop E5 for Callaspo?” question around somewhere.

        • Hawk says:
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          @Cram It:

          While true, I think it’s safe to ignore people asking questions like that. They’ll stop paying attention to their last place teams by mid-May.

  87. the big lipowski says:
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    Trade offer…your thoughts?

    Miggy for Kershaw and Freeman

    • Hawk says:
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      @the big lipowski:

      Pre-season, Kershaw side

      Now that we know Kershaw is hurt? Miggy.

      By the end of the season? Probably Kershaw side but it assumes a lot of risk, risk that you don’t have with Miggy.

      If you have other risky players (ie, perennial injury risks, a bunch of young guys you’re hoping for upside etc..) on your team, I’d stick with Miggy.

      If you have a team mostly full of solid players (i.e. the Adam LaRoche / Howie Kendricks of the world where you know pretty much what you’re gonna get), then I’d take the risk.

      • the big lipowski says:
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        I’d hate to equate it this way…but the difference in miggy and freeman this year could be 15/12/35/0/.040…..is that worth gambling on kershaw right now? Because if we find out that kershaw is back may 1st with no issues than the deal gets shut down.

        • Hawk says:
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          @the big lipowski:

          That’s why I put the part in about your current team makeup.

          If you have a lot of other risky guys (all rookies fall in this category to me), I wouldn’t do the deal. If you have a team full of reasonably predictable guys, I’d do the deal.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @the big lipowski: Kershaw side, but i like those kind of risks

      • the big lipowski says:
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        Agree. It’s a fun gamble

  88. Grey – Would you trade away Joe Nathan for Danny Salazar, straight up?

    My SP’s are kind of weak, and my other closers include Greg Holland, Valverde, and Qualls.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @patrick: SAGNOF doctrine says do the trade.

  89. ichirosan says:
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    20-man league, who would you want as part of a platoon? Lucas Duda, David DeJesús or Jason Kubel?

  90. Bryan says:
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    Trade Puig for Stanton or deal with the soap opera?

    • Ty Wiggington says:
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      @Bryan: Stanton. All day.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Ty Wiggington:

        Stanton all day, every day.

    • Moronymous Lohse says:
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      @Bryan: I don’t think the Stanton side would do that deal.

  91. rapscallion13 says:
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    RAGNOF

    ratios ain’t got no face

    too easy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rapscallion13: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  92. Marc says:
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    Where was your advice not to draft Matt Moore? You had him ranked 3rd highest out of the 73 experts on fantasypros.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Marc: If you read the blurbs associated with the rankings, Moore is in a tier called “loved them last year, not so much this year,” and that’s me quoting Grey.

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Right…Also just to add…Grey has repeatedly said to stay away from him to commenters this year and said he wasn’t draftng him…I traded him for Tanaka based off his advice and JB’s b4 season started once he was auto picked for me…I feel pretty good now.

      • Marc says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Right, so obviously don’t reach for that tier. But Grey had him ranked so much higher than ADP and other pros, that in the 10th round of many drafts, Grey’s 17th ranked pitcher is still available.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Marc: i noticed that myself, he was pretty much the only big injury case that we could’ve actually had (if we religiously followed rankings), braun was barely possible, kershaw completely impossible.

  93. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Hitter-tron used to bang the hype machine but he got sick of pillow talk involving Wayne Housie, Brian Rose, Scott Cooper, and the time JBJ walked multiple times in a game.

  94. Mr. Zimmer says:
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    Robertson down…I can pick up Jason Vargas or Kelley. Waddaya Think?

  95. Fungazi says:
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    Mustard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I like Ferratio or $6 crouton or salad fork better

  96. Jay says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Which OF prospect would you rather be holding: Taveras or Springer?

    Thanks!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jay:

      Depends on your plan. If you need a guy this year, Springer has the clearest path to the majors. If your plan is to hold for next year and beyond, Tavares is the more talented.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Hawk: Disagree. Springer is best bet for this year and next. More power, more speed, and if his swing gets a bit better he won’t be such a K risk.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jay: Springer, Taveras has been unable to stay healthy

  97. Game of Throws says:
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    I went all in on Pujols this year… drafting him in multiple leagues. I also went in on JHamilton and thats working out a lot better so far. All I can say is bjhgsfdiu27yhbdp0a.sjfiujfss… oh sorry I was crossing my fingers. All i can say is at least he seems healthy. Lets all h$%pbikdbsldun97 and EFGYI&G*&GRo9jncnaas he turns it around.

  98. Sal says:
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    Would you start Tyson Ross with any confidence today versus the Indians?

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Sal: I am not. But I’m wary of starting a Hodgepodre away from Petco. I’ve seen Gremlins.

  99. Principal Blackman says:
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    After one week I am in 12th place in 4 out of 4 12-team leagues. I feel like this could actually be a good omen for all of my teams. Last year, in one league I was in 12th place for most of April. By May 7th or 8th I was in first place, a position I did not relinquish until early September, when I fell to second, where I finished. AAGNOF (April Ain’t Got No Face)

  100. FMFBL says:
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    Lackey was top 15 K/BB last year. Not that I expect that again this year, some decline is probably happening, just think he’s underrated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Could be a bit

  101. AJ says:
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    Who should I drop for Vargas:

    Nolasco
    Peavy

    R. Zimmerman
    Yelich
    B. Moss

    • J-FOH says:
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      @AJ: Nolasco

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @AJ:

      Nolasco is probably an ok swap, but just to provide a moment of sanity….Jason Vargas has a career 4.62 xFIP, a 5.85 k/9 rate, and a career WHIP of 1.31. We’re not exactly talking fantasy gold. It’s highly likely that this is his high watermark for the year and you’re going to get the regression back to his career norms.

      • AJ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Gotcha, would you say that even with said regression back to normal that he’s a better candidate than Nolasco?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @AJ:

          He’s probably a tick better.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @OaktownSteve: KC has something in the pitching water, Guthrie started hot last year and Ervin looked ridiculous for them last year, an AL Pirates dare i say?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          There’s probably a little something to that. Good park, solid defensively. They were first in the AL last year in starter runs allowed per game and second in starter innings per game behind Det. One thing you hear from people inside and out of Royals locker room is the unbelievable influence of James Shields on the whole team and the pitching staff in general. He’s credited with an almost single-handed culture change in KC and that could not have been an easy thing to do. Big Game James.

          They’ve gotten pretty nice work out of Bruce Chen too. So we’ll keep an eye on it but it’s a fair point JFOH.

  102. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    In a H2H points league where the scoring is tilted towards pitching, who wins in this trade?

    Goldschmidt and Shelby Miller for Strasburg and Rizzo

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @malamoney: Gold side.

  103. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I swear, every year, no matter who I pick, all my closers go down or have bad years. I owned Parnell, Jones, Robertson, and Henderson. W.T.F. Looks like I’ll be punting saves again this year in both leagues! Took 1st last year punting saves so what ev.

    Hey Grey (and Razz people) how early is it? Shin Soo Choo is hitting lefties better than righties as of today! Now THAT’S early!

    Thanks for the post Grey, fun read as usual.

  104. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Kelley or K-rod?

  105. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Wow. John Norris has Phil Specter eyes.

  106. Reliable middle relief help: Middle Sages?

    A few deep league either/or questions based on what we’ve seen so far:

    Ruiz or Zunino?
    Blackmon or Melky?
    Lindstrom or Shawn Kelley?
    Skaggs or Eovaldi?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Eh on term… Take Zunino, Melky, Lindstrom, Eovaldi

  107. popgreatpimp says:
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    Cingrani for Salazar…which side?

  108. shark week says:
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    MRkin – to cover up the ugly ratios of your 5th and 6th starters.

    • serch says:
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      @shark week: thats pretty good!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shark week: Wow, nice, might be my new favorite

      • Dolemite says:
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        @Grey:
        GIVE THIS MAN THE PRIZE!!!

  109. Steve Stevenson says:
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    O/U on when Zimmerman is back in the lineup for the Nats?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      agree with Grey .

      and then , again , right before the asb .
      and once more … around sept 1st .

  110. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Hey Grey! Would you keep Avisail on the bench or play Avisail for the series against the Rockies in the UTIL spot over Rizzo or Smoak? Thanks man

  111. Joeg414 says:
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    Who is a better DL stash : Gavin Floyd or Derek Holland?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joeg414: Holland

  112. gladIdidn'tdraftapitcher says:
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    The Other Woman. You keep her around for that one(or two) things your wife can’t get right.

  113. Fish says:
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    In an RCL do I give Harper to get Braun?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Fish: NO

  114. EK says:
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    Would you go with SON for these for H2H pts?
    I actually like lowest 3-4 rated guys better than the top ones:

    McGowan vs HOU 16.0
    Roark vs MIA 12.0
    Skaggs vs NYM 12.0
    Morrow vs HOU 9.5
    Morales vs CHN 8.1
    Santiago @ SEA 5.6
    Jackson vs PIT 3.5

    • EK says:
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      @EK: Also where would you put Morton @ CHC (-0.7)
      Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Skaggs, Roark, Santiago would be my call

  115. J-FOH says:
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    I know these aren’t very good but I’ll throw some things out there

    The classic Fireman of yesterday is like our $12 MR, but Fireman is just not fun enough so in honor of nick moving to the US I say call them the Hoser!

    Any chance I can plug the awesome Harvey Keitel I will and will call them the PenWolf…..WolfPen….ReliefWolf….anythehoo, I just wanted to use the Wolf character from Pulp Fiction because like those great MR’s we need a fixer.

    I think the most solid MR over the years has been Luke Gregerson, an awesome MR who most of us never thought had a serious chance at closing because when he did he was awful, but always brought great ratio assistance. I can’t come up with a play on words with his name yet…need coffee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: I like MRkin better

  116. Em says:
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    I got a trade offer of (my) Braun for Jose Bautista? What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Em: Bautista

  117. mauledbypandas says:
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    All i got is Rati-BRO (like the Bro from Seinfeld cause they support your ratios…)

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @OaktownSteve:
        “Bro’s no good. Too ethnic.”
        “You got something better?”
        “How about the Mansiere?”
        “Mansiere.”
        “That’s right. A brassiere for a man.”

        “I lived with him for forty years, I never saw him trying on my underwear. As soon as he leaves the house he turns into J. Edgar Hoover!”

        Good stuff

  118. OaktownSteve says:
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    Holden Relievers. Loyal, reliable, unselfish like the dogs.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I actually quite like Golden Relievers

      • [will work for saves] says:
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        @mauledbypandas: golden relievers was what i was going to say after reading thr comments… Think of the potential dog jokes!

        “Alex torres, hes just mans best friend”
        “Siegrist with 1Ip and 3ks.. Which proves dogs are better than kratz”

        I mean, cmon!

  119. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    The BJ Upton-Frustrate-O-Alarm went off early in my league this year — he just got dropped.

    Worth dropping any of Adam Eaton, Jim Henderson, or Chase Headley for a speculative add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: He was dropped in 2 of my leagues too and I looked at grabbing him, but I couldn’t, and I had lesser guys than you

  120. Great Bambino says:
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    Travis Wood, Bartolo Colon, Josh Johnson, Derek Holland. Bear or Bull? Quality Starts instead of Wins.

    Why Travis Wood is only 5% owned, I don’t know. I’ve watched the video and I really believe he knows how to pitch (Mike Minor Lite or Diet Cliff Lee). And only 27 years old.

    Colon is now in the NL. If he can thrive in the AL, he can be solid in the NL.

    I thought Holland and Johnson were the best DL stashes I could find. Thoughts? Please and thank you lol

      • Great Bambino says:
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        @Grey: 14 team H2H league. the pickings are reallyyyy slim. I have no choice but to roll with them =/

  121. Andrew says:
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    Would you prefer Lohse at Phillies or Kendrick home vs brewers today?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: Kendrick, but I’d look at the SON

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        but don’t stare .
        you’ll go blind .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too late!

  122. Andrew says:
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    Would you prefer Lohse at Phillies or Kendrick home vs brewers today?

    Thanks

  123. Andrew says:
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    Like Santiago at Seattle today for 12 teamer?

  124. 740 says:
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    Hey Guys, u would drop Eaton for Billy Hamilton? 10team roto 5x5cat

    Thanks!

  125. Pope says:
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    So I’ve got an interesting proposal on the table. I give Heyward and I receive De Aza and Teheran. My team is zunino, pujols, Hill, Longoria, segura, a. Escobar, rizzo, a. Gordon, Heyward, Rios, Bruce, puig, Myers.
    Pitching is Cobb, Salazar, jo-fer, kluber, porcello, E. Ramirez, t. Walker, Soria, Rodney, Valverde, Broxton, Lindstrom.
    12 team espn standard 5×5
    Keeper, auction
    Heyward $17
    De Aza $1
    Teheran $9
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pope: I’d take Heyward

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Well its a good thing I consulted you. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  126. Scott says:
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    Was just offered Allen Craig for Brandon Belt straight up. Any hesitation? It seems too good to be true despite their respective starts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I’d take Craig

  127. J-FOH says:
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    In honor of the great Luke Gregerson, Gregorian Reform which had to deal with changes to correct the Calender year introduced by pope Gregory to correct the celebration of Easter as it coincides….oh forget it, this is boring ass stuff. Gregorian Reform is my last pitiful attempt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: I like MRkin better

  128. Ron says:
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    I have Ryan Zimmerman on my bench and the news isn’t great about the shoulder.

    Rizzo, A. Soriano, Arenado, Villar, Laroche are all on the wire. Do I just stick with Zimmerman and let it all play out, try to get a trade going or pickup one of the available players?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Try to trade

  129. MB says:
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    In a league size where fowler, rajai etc are available 6×6 with ops, which side is better?

    Choo/Lawrie or Belt/A Gordon?

    Already have Seager and would use lawrie at util and to maximize 3B slots

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Gordon side

  130. mpc says:
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    Was offered Linecum for my Axford. My only other two closers are Kimbrel (rd 7 keeper) and KROD. I’m tempted to accept banking on an eventual Axford demotion. Dickey, Gallardo, Fister, Huddy, Straily, M. Perez are my other Sps. Eovaldi and Skaggs available via FA. 14 team head to head. THoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  131. GREY! – Any thoughts on Kalish. Will he get more playing time in Chicago, or just a LHB for Lake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Platoon player

  132. joe says:
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    Who should I drop in an H2H points, Ubaldo or Tyson Ross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ubaldo

  133. How about calling them a “Fuzzy Handcuff?” I mean, yeah you could lock down ur RP position with one of them, but they are a little too much frill and not enough function…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I like MRkin better

  134. Raz Paz says:
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    At this point would you rather have Morse or Sizemore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Morse

  135. Joeg414 says:
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    Real Quick; Who gets the Save today for the Yanks: Warren or Betances?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Warren

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Joeg414:

      neither .
      baltimore wins .

  136. EK says:
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    Farquhar worth owning in 12 team H2H pts or stream the spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  137. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I don’t understand why some of you even play fantasy when you have to ask who should I bench, who should I play, should I drop him, pick him up? No wonder the divorce rate is skyrocketing! Cue October, some guy will show up blaming razz for losing hehe :-)

    • The Doctah says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: It’s a symptom of the availability of information coupled with the idea that if someone appears to know what the hell they’re doing, many people (readers) will assume that they (the reader and advice-seeker) are somehow in the dark w/r/t this information. Add to that the fact that there is such a wealth of FB advice columns, the fantasy baseball player (and reader) becomes more disposed to cases of neurosis, anxiety, and rosterbating.

      “Wow, player A looks really promising! Oh, wait, but so does player B! So much upside…”

      “Player C is vastly underperforming, and Player D just got bumped up to the 2-hole, but I really need a closer and setup man A looks like he’s about to pounce”

      It can overwhelm…

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Bi-Felicia: do you know who we should blame for marrying people in the first place. Fantasy baseballers are probably less likely to be responsble than average person for that.

  138. Sad Keanu says:
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    Which side? Ryan Zimmerman and Andrus for Tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo

  139. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Would you give CarGo, J Upton as Chapman and Brantley or Gyorko to get a trio of lets say, Pedroia, McCutchen an Rios?

  140. Carnac says:
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    Good Comic Relief… oy. Did you ever see the post-Katrina comic relief special? Billy Crystal basically did a bit in black face. It was stupefying. Tom Scharpling gloriously nailed it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJ53t7Pgag

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s hilarious! HAHAHA

      • Carnac says:
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        “Can you dig it? I knew that you could…”

        It’s so terrible. I can’t believe no one was like, “Hey Billy, maybe this isn’t a good idea. Also, the jokes (?) are garbage.” And of course now I can’t stop listening.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s the best train wreck!

          • Carnac says:
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            The Official Soundtrack for Ubaldo Jimenez Starts

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Yes!

            • Kid A says:
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              @Carnac:

              The germans have a word for the feeling this gives you: Fremdscham.

              So good Carnac. Brilliant.

              • Carnac says:
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                Fremdscham is an excellent term.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Carnac:

      if scharpling is the commenter ,
      he should just STFU .
      let me make up my own mind .
      i bailed after 4 mins .

      • Kid A says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        I enjoyed his pure contempt and loathing of Crystal.

        Also, pretty prescient on all your Melky hype so far.

        You ticos: always ahead of the curve.

        Pura Vida, Mae.

      • Carnac says:
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        It’s a terrible routine.

  141. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    How bout the following trade? Cruz, KJ, and Tillman for Liriano and Lowrie? I also have Burnett, Kluber, Perez, and Porcello but not sure if any of those will get it done. Maybe AJ..

    Owner was receptive to Cruz for Liriano, but wanted some pitching back. Hence the trade. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz side

  142. MattTruss223 says:
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    9 pitches, 3 runs for Ivan Nova…that’s bad right thur

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JONES!

  143. Ken Plane says:
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    $12 Salad , $6 Crouton beautiful, Are you listening Smokeman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  144. Mike says:
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    Adam Jones homers! And all of us, followers of Grey, are happy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two more today and I’ll be so happy

  145. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Razzballers, I have an offer on the table and really want some opinions.

    I would get:
    Aramis Ramirez
    Alex Rios
    Jason Heyward

    I would give:
    Adrian Beltre
    Jonathan Lucroy
    Abraham Almonte

    My lineup:
    C – Carlos Santana
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Jose Altuve
    3B – Adrian Beltre
    SS – Ian Desmond
    OF – Wil Myers
    OF – Jay Bruce
    OF – Ben Zobrist
    UTIL – Abraham Almonte
    UTIL – Jonathan Lucroy
    Bench – Chris Blackmon

    THANKS!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  146. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Scratch that. Would you take Pedroia Cespedes and Alex Gordon for CarGo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I needed depth

  147. Swfcdan says:
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    Need to start Paxton today right? And keep faith with Homer vs the Cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on both

  148. Joeg414 says:
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    Is Jesse Chavez worth a start @Min on Wednesday?

  149. Bosmosis says:
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    When you need to bring down swollen ratios…fast, you call in a:

    “Preparation H”

    You also have the H alluding to “hold”, the “preparation” alluding to the fact that he’s some kind of set-up guy, and the fact that you need anal medicine at all suggests that you are being bent over the sink by your the rest of your pitching staff. I’m resonating on at least three or four levels here. Whaddaya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like MRkin better

  150. Snake Hips says:
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    Mister MR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like MRkin better

  151. Swfcdan says:
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    Want to hear something ridiculous, Cervelli is playing 1B in the Yankees home opener. CERVELLI!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not the home opener, but yes crazy

  152. Ken Plane says:
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    Thoughts on Matt Cain, he is on waivers, but he has looked awful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own him

  153. OaktownSteve says:
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    Schoop is going to be a good hitter. He’s got excellent wrists. Tracks the ball well and has shown me already that he can handle MLB breaking stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, liked what I saw yesterday from him when he roped a double

  154. @CaliforniaJag says:
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    “We need a glossary term for a middle reliever who is just rock solid in ratios/Ks, and you own for that purpose, without even caring if he gets into the save picture.”

    Pizza Cutter. It’s a tool you own for one specific purpose, but it’s damn great at that purpose and you don’t care if it can’t do anything else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like MRkin better

  155. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Question about how much you trust to Hittertron. Would you bench Wil Myers for Asche today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  156. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Someone dropped Panda and Cespedes.. Would you drop Yelich for either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Cespedes

  157. Greyismyhero says:
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    Melky available, would you drop Wong to pick him up or still hold? Wong is a bench bat for me. Also Porcello or Evoldai? Drop A. Garcia for Colabello? Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Melky, Porcello… Eh, hold Garcia… Smoke it!

  158. EK says:
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    Pls rank for 5×5 roto:
    Pagan
    Melky
    K. Davis
    Belt
    Blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt, Melky, Davis

  159. MB says:
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    Do I still go off your rankings when deciding between eovaldi, kazmir and dickey?

    I need an open roster spot for broxton in shallow league and wanna drop kazmir but dont want to regret it but guys like tillman, dickey, and eovaldi are out there.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazmir, Eovaldi

  160. popgreatpimp says:
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    I have Belt, Gold and Pujlos…looking to trade 1 for a SP.

    Who should I be trying to move and what kind of pitcher should I target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for a #1 with Pujols, like J-Fer range

  161. Wilsonian says:
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    Latos scratched from his minor league start today. Manager to address the media later on what happened.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  162. gareth says:
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    Someone get a zimmer frame for ryan Zimmerman. Arthritis is not to be taken lightly.

  163. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    am liking thayer for possible save tomorrow .
    you ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        double – header

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then yeah maybe as a spec one day add…

  164. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    10 team 5×5.
    Start
    Kluber vs. SD
    Yordano vs. TB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, don’t think we needed the clarify with Wikipedia to get your meaning

      • [will work for saves] says:
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        @Grey: lol!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  165. costaricanchata says:
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    adam jones draws a walk !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy town!

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @costaricanchata: In a game of Pictionary, right?

  166. MattTruss223 says:
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    Man, what is with some of these managers this year? You’ve got a guy that’s hit a HR in 4 straight games and you’re batting him 6th so Martin freaking Prado can hit clean-up? Clearly stupidity knows no bounds. We need to get on e-mailing all managers your “How to Fill Out a Lineup Card” ASAP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  167. EK says:
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    Looks like Bauer will be up for a start tomorrow at home vs SD.. you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  168. Wilsonian says:
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    So now that Adam Jones remembered that it’s good for his team when he hits that little ball over the fence, think we can get a prayer octagon going so that his teammate Mr. Davis can join in the fun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  169. Long Bawls says:
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    The Yahoo rework is killing me. Yangervis Solarte keeps on coming up in the player list as “DirtyName Sun-Tea.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  170. Boomer19 says:
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    Was offered Marte and Rodney for Puig and Cmart. Roto 5×5. Pull the trigger? Thanks. Enjoy the day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine if you need saves

  171. Jason says:
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    Colby Lewis worth adding over Hutchison or Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  172. Alan says:
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    Belt and Seager too much to give up for Adrian Beltre in shallow league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  173. Grey

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

  174. Mr. Glass says:
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    would you drop ubaldo or Kennedy to pick up and stash AJ Griffin on the DL or should i just stand pat with those two schmoes

    • Streaming Leake says:
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      @Marc: @Mr. Glass: Why rank a “don’t draft” one behind Greinke?

  175. Zar says:
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    Grey! I’m sorry for not listening to you and drafting Matt Moore!

    Here’s an acronym, SPAM, that food in a can that has some strange appeal but you never want to touch it. They’re solid pitchers and only get noticed when they screw up.
    Solid Pitchers, Always Maligned.

  176. Party Boy John says:
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    Grey would you hold your Wong or drop your Wong for Dee Gordan?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Party Boy John: he’s said before (like today) to not drop wong for gordon

  177. KillerB says:
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    How about a Sweatup Man or a Middle Believer?

  178. nick the dick says:
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    En Vogues. Sexy, for the ratios, but the saves? Never gonna get it…

  179. JC3Bagger says:
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    I know there’s the whole “be patient” thing, but I feel like I’m wasting my time with guys like Carl Crawford and/or Avisail Garcia. What’s your thoughts on guys currently on my waiver wire, like Blackmon or Ackley?

  180. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Are Owings and Solarte the real deal. Who thus far after 1 1/2 weeks do you see as a major add Hitter and
    Pitcher.

    Example: adding Trout 2 years ago and adding Corbin last year for how good he was in drafted.

    Thank you.

  181. brett says:
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    Cut Vargas for Fields? 12 team roto

  182. Grey

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

  183. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Braun, I stood pat, 3 jacks, 7 ribbies….makes me a happy boy :-)

  184. Snake Hips says:
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    Need to start 2 of these:

    Kemp vs mad max
    Butler vs archer
    A. Garcia @ Coors field

  185. Jay One says:
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    Hi Gray, I need to drop one for a pitcher, Dexter Fowler, Leoyns Martin, or Grady Sizemore. Your thoughts. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sizemore

  186. S P says:
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    Wait, did you rank Moore in the same range as Greinke and Price… basically advising us to actually draft him since he went way later than those guys?

  187. Grey

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

  188. Alex says:
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    I’ve been offered Brandon Belt for Leonys Martín. I’ve already got Goldschmidt and Fielder, and trading away Martin would put me short on OF, but I’m still tempted to pull the trigger given Belt’s promise.

    What do you think?

  189. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Love the show, man! On Monday, I was offered Braun for Bailey. I accepted immediately but regretted it immediately and sent a message to my league’s commissioner to try to cancel the trade. Of course, around about midnight last night the trade went through (only 2 objections). Now, of course, the former owner of Braun wants me to trade Braun back to him. Asking for advice. My ideas to resolve the issue are as follows.

    1. Do nothing (finder’s keeper’s).
    2. Trade him back Braun but for an upgrade since his value has ‘literally’ gone up over night.
    3. Trade him back Braun for Bailey (least preferred for me, doesn’t seem right now.).

    He has Stanton (have Pence, Gomez and Bautista in OF), AuSchitt (have Davis), Scherzer (would be a serious upgrade in SP) and Kimbrel (he can’t give up Kimbrel and most likely never will – drafted in the 5th round) as the only bonafide Tier 1 players, Liriano, Desmond (have Tulo, do not need SS) and Santana (have Rosario not interested in adding Santana) in Tier 2.

    Scherzer would be ideal IMO.

    Best regards,
    Ante

  190. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    You know how the Chinese steal everything from us (I say from us as a proud Canadian who watched helplessly as the government allowed a Chinese ‘student’ to intern and then steal the blackberry (a Canadian invention) and then re-sell it as the redberry in China for 1/1000000th of the cost of a blackberry)? How about this steal? The new hollywood rom-com…The Right Kind of Wong!!!

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