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This should go down easier than Danny Salazar‘s last start, but it’s still not going to be that easy to digest.  You have a Tums handy?  Good, take like seven of them.  Don’t worry, if they give you kidney stones, it will take your mind off of K-Zar.  Something is wrong.  I hypothesized that he was tipping his pitches last time.  It didn’t make sense that he would strikeout more guys in four innings than anyone has ever while still getting rocked.  Maybe he is, I still have no idea.  I don’t have my degree from the University of Pitch Scouting, which is still in a heated lawsuit with the United Parcel Service.  You should sign the online petition for the United Parcel Service to change to the acronym NBU for Nice Brown Uniforms.  If an online petition can’t get something changed, what can?  Member when people actually protested things and not just clicked a box on an online petition site?  Those in-person protestors were silly!  Any the hoo!  A larger problem with K-Zar is his velocity is down.  Still decent for most mortals, but he could be hiding a larger issue with his arm.  The other day when he K’d ten guys in four innings, it might’ve masked a bigger problem.  Yesterday’s start was a real eye-opener — 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER and only 3 Ks — is terrible.  That’s not tipping pitches, that’s something is wrong.  The final ruling on K-Zar is you should hold him if you can, but I don’t think the short-term is going to be pretty.  Obviously, you can’t start him next time out or until he throws a decent start.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Brantley – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I like him/own him and even I/me will admit that he’s yawnstipating.  No one ever confused a 15 HR, 15 SB guy with Viagra.

Michael Bourn – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal.  Nice, the injury didn’t cause Bourn to forget his identity.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 4-for-4 with the Joey Votto cycle!  Chisenhall will be in this afternoon’s Buy, but you can grab him now.  A’la Ralph Fiennes, “I pardon you.”

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Had some unfortunate luck with an error.  Well, wasn’t all unfortch, Verlander did have one error that resulted in one run.  I’m sorry (not sorry), but he doesn’t look like the same pitcher that we were so used to seeing.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer and third steal for a good ol’ fashioned slam & legs.  Sign that it’s early or the apocalypse, Kinsler has more homers than Miggy.

Clayton Kershaw – Threw a 35-pitch session and is aiming for a mid-May return due to his injured back.  So, no setback?  Or is that he has a set back?  Back set?  Etsay ackbay?  No, that’s just Pig Latin.  Puig, “You called me?”

Hanley Ramirez – Was drilled on the hand by Vogelsong on Wednesday night — I knew you could do something worthwhile, Vogelsong! — and Hanley had to sit out yesterday with a sore hand.  He’s day-to-day.  Puig, “Bench company, yay!  Wanna play Punch Buggy?  Oh, shoot, Mattingly’s got me playing today.  Cheerio!”

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Puig, “When Ryu uppercut punches, does he make that Street Fighter sound?”

Angel Pagan – Didn’t start yesterday with knee soreness.  Bochy told reporters Pagan should be fine today.  In related news, Bochy was wearing a red hat the other night during the lunar eclipse.

Madison Bumgarner – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  More like Madison You’re A Bumgarner!  Right?!  Oh, I need a nap.  *clapping hands*  I’m back!

Hunter Pence – 2-for-3 and his 3rd steal as he only has one homer.  That’s gonna really mess up his OCD.  Someone let him hit two homers quickly before he starts peeing into milk bottles.

Casey Janssen – Shut down after feeling renewed pain in his back.  Kershaw’s owners just bit their nails.  “People have renewed pain in their back?  But Kershaw won’t, right?  Right?  Please tell me right!”  Santos’s hold on the closer job just got at least a month longer.  And then…

Sergio Santos – 0 IP, 3 ER and the blown save in the 2nd game of the doubleheader.  I doubt Sergio is gone without a lot more sucking while blowing games (hey, Santos is like the Mega Maid in Spaceballs).

Brian Dozier – 3-for-8, 4 runs, and a slam and double helping of eggs.  Too bad hitting behind him wasn’t Coffebello.  The power and speed is real from Dozier, but the average won’t be good.  He’s kinda like a middle infield version of Krispie Young.  I will call him Nipsy Hustle.

Chris Colabello – 5-for-7, 1 run, 4 RBIs.  I don’t want to get greedy (here’s where I get greedy), but hit some homers!  Ya know, Colabello show the pop.

Jose Reyes – Weather is iffy on Friday, so he’ll be re-joining the Blue Jays on Saturday.  So, mark Reyes down for a definite start in all domed stadiums!

R.A. Dickey – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Why do you still own him?  Seriously, if you want to get screwed by a Dickey, it’s none of my business, but it shouldn’t be R.A.

Kyle Gibson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I saw his line and I was like, “Nice first start,” then I looked at his 0.93 ERA and it made no sense.  He had to pitch on a Friday and Saturday when I’m not doing roundups, and lo and behold that was exactly what happened.  Wow, Gibson, don’t mind if I do!  *looking up his peripherals*  Oh, he’s been hella lucky and, yes, I still say hella.  He was a decent prospect at one point, and I could see grabbing him, but as the Stream-o-Nator says, his next start isn’t great.

Alex Wood – 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Has a 2-2 record and a 1.67 ERA.  Stupid Braves offense.  To do the pitching, defense and three-run homer Earl Weaver attack, you gotta get the three-run homer.  Once in a while!

A.J. Burnett – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks as he pitched with a hernia.  Today, I wondered, “What is a hernia?” and I Googled it, then went to Wikipedia and BOY WAS THAT A MISTAKE!  Can’t Wikipedia put a warning when there is going to be full frontal, deformed male nudity?  Or at least manscape your subjects.

Tanner Scheppers – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  If you continue to hold him, you are not paying attention, so you’re not reading this.  In that case, I have a confession, I was the one that parked so close to your car that you couldn’t get into your car.  My bad, I thought I left room.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-4, 1 run, 2 steals, his 5th and 6th.  He never gets any love in drafts and I have him on a few teams and I’m okay with that.  As for Prince Fielder, doode looks like Chet when Lisa transformed him into a pile of crap.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5 and his first homer.  When someone yells his name, the proper response is gesundheit.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .414.  No, of course it won’t last, but nothing stopping you from picking him up until it ends.

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  The Rangers are doing what they can to give people options for a corner infidel in leagues where you lost Beltre or Zimmerman.

Corey Hart – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer.  So, you’re telling me I shouldn’t have dropped Hart for Colabello?  *ring, ring*  Yes, this is Grey.  This is the FCC?  What did I do?  Was it my nasally podcast voice?  Oh, you’re Fans of Chris Colabello!  *click*  I don’t want to talk to them.

Erasmo Ramirez – 2 IP, 5 ER.  People got mad at me in the comments for saying you should drop him after his first start.  I was saying it from someone who struggled through owning him last year, and he was simply a flyer in most leagues.  You really need to look elsewhirez.

Taylor Jordan – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Michael Jordan was His Airness; Taylor Jordan is His Can’t Repair-This.  He isn’t really startable in NL-Only leagues.

Mike Napoli – 1-for-3, 1 run as he returned from a dislocated finger.  I wonder if he used that new app, Find My Finger.

Doug Fister – Threw two innings in an extended spring training game.  Next time he’ll throw three innings and then four innings and then…Well, you get the picture.  He’s aiming for a return on May 7th.

Chase Headley – Sat out again with a biceps strain.  Not sure why he doesn’t just go on the DL.  Maybe he figures he can play through it since even when he’s healthy he doesn’t seem to have any biceps.

Ian Kennedy – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Had a no hitter for the first five innings like a half dozen other starters yesterday.  Too bad Kennedy’s daddy had to pay off the mafia for him to pitch well.  Kennedy’s final pitching line looks like it should be in the dictionary next to Hodgepadre, if that was an actual word in the dictionary and not just our glossary.

Chris Denorfia – 2-for-4, hitting .295.  Has been hitting, and I’d point out that he’s been in the two hole, but he has 3 runs on the year.  Haha.  Oh, Padres.  Their number two hitter is on pace for less than 30 runs.  That’ll change, of course, he’ll end up with around 50 runs.  Oy.

Brett Anderson – Underwent surgery on his broken finger.  He had four pins inserted.  Somewhere, there’s a little old lady that can’t find the pins in her sewing kit.  Not cool, Brett.  Not.  Cool.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  Don’t look now but Arenado has a .292 average.  You’re good, I didn’t say Simon says to not look.

Michael Cuddyer – Left yesterday game with a hamstring cramp.  If it’s not one day-to-day scenario with Cuddyer, it’s another.

Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  I hope the Yankees win the pennant just so I can see them celebrate by spraying Milk of Magnesia on each other.  It treats fecal incontinence, don’t waste it!

Brian McCann – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd home run.  More like Braun McCann!  *high-five self*

Yangervis Solarte – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  The Year I Hit Better Than A-Rod Did The Year Before, that’s a chapter title in Solarte’s autobiographical pamphlet.  It’s more just like pages with really long titles.  Solarte should absolutely be owned at this point if you’re hurting at corner infidel.

CC Sabathia -7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Rays had a hard time hitting him because they couldn’t stop thinking they were facing an anorexic Professor Klump.  “It’s just not funny anymore.”  That was Zobrist as he shook his head.

David Price – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.39.  I’m above telling you that I said not to draft him and I won’t say it again when he pitches poorly, though I will point out that I won’t point it out.

Lorenzo Cain – To the DL with a groin strain.  That’s a shame– Wait, that means the Court Jester of SAGNOF, Jarrod Dyson, is going to play.  All hail the Jester!

James Shields – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  I watched this whole game and let’s just say the Astros never really had a chance.  It was like Shields tucked them in at night, woke them up at 7 AM, helped them shower, piled them into a Ford Atlas and dropped them off at school.  Guess I could’ve just said he took them to school.

Billy Butler – 1-for-3, 1 run.  Not much to see there, but he hit the ball hard for the first time all year, and I think he might be coming out of his big, mooby funk.

Norichika Aoki – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a steal.  Aoki-dokie!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 1 RBI.  Sure, it could have something to do with facing Scott Feldman, but Mostsuckass also looked like he was showing signs, a day after hitting a homer.  Baby steps, Bob, baby steps.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (3 BBs), 10 Ks.  That was 127 pitches in 7 innings.  Like it was a going out of business Sale.

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  The White Sox have scored the most runs so far of any team too.  Yes, those Pale Hoses have the most runs.  Either way, Lester’s start was nothing to sneeze at unless you’re allergic to fine pitching performances.

Koji Uehara – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  And you don’t need to worry about Mujica anymore. Buh-bye.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks.  He’s reeling you in.  You know that, right?  You know that, right?  Reel, reel, reel.  He’s doing it, and you’re falling for it.  He’s going to explode old YoGa style, releasing mighty snatch-fire all over your beautiful fantasy team.  I promise you.

Edinson Volquez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (1 BB), 3 Ks.  Granted, the Brewers aren’t a team that takes many walks. (Ryan Braun was one that used to, but his OBP is .288!  It’s early, but wow.)  But still Edinson BBquez with only one walk?  And his walk rate on the year is 1.71.  His walk rate wasn’t that low in tee ball when he used to just stand on the mound while the ball was placed on the tee.  Ray Searage, I believe you and your magic is real!

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Finally!  McCutchen, if you were a much older woman, I would kiss you!

Gaby Sanchez – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer this week.  I won’t flat-out recommend you pick him up, but while you’re picking him up, I will look the other way.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I should’ve wrote for him 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a single, because that’s really the thing to point out with him.  He has 6 homers on the year and 4 singles.  He’s downright donkeyish — Pedro Alvarez, The Burro.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but of course he will, he’s been in every one this year.

Peter Bourjos – 1-for-4, 2 runs.  Oh, that’s Jon Jay’s line, not Bourjos.  Bourjos didn’t play.  Hey, Bourjos, Jon Jay has hit himself in front of you on the depth chart.  Hide your face in shame.  Hide it!

Adam Wainwright – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (2 Hits), 8 Ks.  I’d Tinder him.  By the by, my friend is on Tinder.  Here’s someone they got matched to.

From Around The Web

  1. Party Boy John says:
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    grey if you could trade for either verlander or jose fernandez who would you choose?

      • AdamH says:
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        @J-FOH: JFer all day long

  2. Picard56 says:
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    Weekly head to head league. Team currently looks like this:
    C- Salvador Perez
    1- Prince Fielder
    2- Jedd Gyorko
    3- Pedro Alvarez
    SS- Xander Bogaerts
    OF- Carlos Beltran
    OF- Mark Trumbo
    OF- Nelson Cruz
    BN- Alfonso Soriano
    BN- Javier Baez

    SP- King Felix
    SP- Cliff Lee
    SP- Gio Gonzalez
    SP- Yordano Ventura
    RP- Tony Cingrani
    RP- Alex Wood
    BN- Jesse Chavez, Scott Kazmir, Ervin Santana, Tyson Ross, Carlos Martinez.

    Two trades offered to me. Tell me if I should accept them
    Trade 1:
    Trade Mark Trumbo
    Get Michael Wacha

    Trade 2:
    Trade Alex Wood, Tyson Ross
    Get Cole Hamels

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Picard56: No and No

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Picard56: You don’t need more pitching

  3. Troy says:
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    Wold you add Bauer in a deep 12 team league now? Probably going to get the call soon and have had horrible luck with starters so far.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Troy: Yup

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @J-FOH: I added him in a 10-team league two nights ago (after another good start in the minors).

      • vinodole says:
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        Bauer or Kluber going forward?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kluber

        • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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          @vinodole: when Bauer gets called up then Bauer. Kluber has dropped off a bit

          • Troy says:
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            @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: still like kluber more, Bauer could just as easily have a 1.4 whip in the majors. Gonna add Bauer but have to wait til Monday because of dumb league settings. Hope no one grabs him before then.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Troy: carrasco will have at least one more start sunday. get ready to grab bauer if it goes badly.

  4. Bas says:
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    Hello Sir Grey,

    Teixeira is on waivers. Have Smoak and headley rotating in my corner spot. drop Smoak for Tex?

    Thanks as always and happy to start every day here in Holland with a smile while reading Razzball!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bas: I wouldn’t drop Smoak for Tex

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Bas: Teixeira was horrific in spring training, 3 hits in 35 ABs, don’t get excited about his espn projections, he’ll do more damage than good, aka garbaje, aka freaking Carlos Santana

      • gareth says:
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        @Ra’zball Al Ghul: Santana will come around. Like I stated yesterday hes dealing with a mild groin strain and the position switch is taking its really takin its toll right now. Its pretty rare what hes doing right now – How many guys have been the clean up hitter, starting third basemen and back up catcher on an mlb team?

        Sure its frustrating now, but once he hits his stride in the summer and his average creeps up and hes hitting walk off bombs you’ll be happy. Oh and he’ll do all that in the catcher slot while also being 1b and 3b eligible to fill in when needed.

        Patience.

        • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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          @gareth: totally. But he is flat-out unstartable right now

          • gareth says:
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            @Ra’zball Al Ghul: do you have space for a currently hot fill in catcher whos available to plug In until Santana gets it together? Someone like mesoraco, gomes, Montero, zunino?

            • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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              @gareth: Mesoraco has been my play

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: You’re welcome…. Hold Smoak

  5. gareth says:
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    So that’s what happened to tom green! He became a lumberjack.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @gareth: would anyone be surprised that his ‘friend’ is Nick the Podcast Host? Not I…

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @Jay: jay, I’ve been meaning to ask – what on earth were you thinking including “Chris Carter” and “Keeper” in the same post in February??? In the immortal words of the embarrassingly lame Ben Affleck, “You’re suspect”

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Ra’zball Al Ghul: Not many people can hit 30 home runs nowadays. Maybe Chris Carter can’t now either… ugh.

          • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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            @Jay: ha! Oh the asstros…

      • gareth says:
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        @Jay: Eh?

  6. Natasha says:
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    Hi! (:
    I’d appreciate your input if you could tell me if you see any moves that i could do here that would improve my team.

    C- Molina
    1B- Davis
    2B-Altuve
    3B-Carpenter
    SS-Desmond
    OF-McCutchen
    OF-Holliday
    OF-Craig
    Util-Abreu

    Bench- Wil Myers, Machado, Polanco

    SP-Darvish
    SP-Sale
    SP-Tillman
    SP-Liriano
    SP-Chavez
    RP-Tommy Hunter
    RP-Grant Balfour

    Bench-Walker, Mike Minor

    Top of the free agent pool:
    Cishek
    Perkins
    Simmons
    Bogaerts
    Arenado
    Kouzmanoff
    Gillaspie
    Brantley
    Eric Young Jr.
    Salazar
    Lohse
    Gibson

    thanks!

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Natasha: In a league that shallow I don’t see the point in rostering potential callups like Polanco or walker

    • gareth says:
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      @Natasha: Cue the snippy shallow league rebuke from Cram in 5, 4, 3, 2……………

    • gareth says:
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      @Natasha: drop machado (or dl him if you have a slot), Polanco, Hunter, Chavez, walker.

      Add cishek, Perkins, Simmons, Arenado then one of either Brantley, eric young Jr. Or Salazar depending on needs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Natasha: Perkins over Balfour, Arenado over Polanco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Natasha: Oh, and you should have extra starters, not extra bench bats… The ones listed are a little suspect though

  7. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Which side do you like? Iwakuma and Brad Miller OR Springer and K Wong?? 12 team redraft league and miller and wong are both bench bats. Thanks!

  8. LT says:
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    Can you make the “Who is Grey Albright” shirt??? I need that for the collection.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT: If you promise to only wear that and your loin cloth

  9. J-FOH says:
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    Dyson to the bereavement list….I hope Grandma Hoover doesn’t Sal Perez him.

    • Mike Francesa says:
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      @J-FOH: How dare he bereave! Yaw a baseball playa! You got only 162 games! You play dem.

  10. WachaWacha says:
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    Hey Grey!
    10 team h2h non keeper 5×5 with oBP

    I was offered Bruce and D Gordon
    For Tehrehan and W Myers

    I know you love Bruce but this is too much?

  11. DrEasy says:
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    Who knew there was such a thing as a subtle Fister joke? Grey came through as usual.

  12. Nimrod says:
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    Solarte or Boneface at 2B 12 team 6×6 with OPS? Middle of pack with SB just looking for counting stats.

    • David Niven says:
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      @Nimrod: See Hill question below bro—Boneface came out smokin the last 2 years, if I remember correctly, before finding his usual place on the curb around May. T’s why I’m thinkin of dropping Hill and not him.

      I’m tryin to squeeze what juice I can out of him (14 steals on the season), while hoping he doesnt drown my average and ops in the process.

      Which doesn’t look like it’s workin as he’s hit a middle finger for the last 7 games—but hey. It sounded good last week.

      GL man.

      I’d pick up Bone and drop him in 5 days if he doesn’t hit.

  13. David Niven says:
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    Is it too early to panic and drop Aaron Hill for that Dietrich guy? I got Altuve and Bonifacio as well.

    Lookin at my middle infield, and it aint too pretty.

    • Pope says:
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      @David Niven: Very few fantasy teams have a pretty middle infield

      • gareth says:
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        @Pope: totally agree. My gyorko and alcides in the rcl look pretty fugly right now.

      • David Niven says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. I needed that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. The Dutchman says:
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    Mr. Grey, Thoughts on Wil Myers? He looks lost, can I drop him for the likes of Ozuna or should I give him more time?

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @The Dutchman: Don’t drop him

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @The Dutchman: Myers should not be dropped. It’s still very early. A lot of 30 HR guys have like 1 right now. If you don’t want him then trade him. The return for Myers should still be good.

  15. Jason says:
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    Whoa. Nice new Mobile layout.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Jason: very nice! Thanks razz!

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Yescheese: I mean the Candy Crush link was weird but I’ll survive!

        • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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          @Yescheese: Christian Mingle, it’s where none of my friends are.

    • Gray says:
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      @Jason: Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic…

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Grey: I was genuine

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: no, no sarcasm. Although I do like **strums air guitar** fantasy sports and sarcasm (sang in best high pitch voice possible)

        much easier to navigate with the iphone now instead hoping my fat fingers hit the right spot….

  16. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Watched a bit of the Tigers/Indians game yesterday. I don’t know if Salazar was tipping pitches but he seemed to be having serious control problems – just couldn’t hit his spots. My gut says he might get it together but not sure I want to buy.

    SON doesn’t like the idea but would you consider starting Smyly today at home against the Angels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Not sure I’d buy either, but if the price was right maybe…. I would start Smyly

  17. Matt Pascale says:
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    My wife just asked why I was laughing – and I said “because Grey wrote a pitcher is going to snatch-fire all over me.” (I own Gallardo) To which my wife responded – “Snatch, like pussy?” I continued to laugh and said….let me ask….it’s pussy, right?? I can’t stop laughing….

  18. Verlander has woman troubles, namely that kid he has been dating off and on, named Kate Upton. Making him more like BJ then Justin..LOL

    • Big Al says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: If I dated Kate Upton I’d be dreaming of BJ’s too. He’ll need a intervention for this…. No one’s giving those up including Verlander. Hope she starts dating Kershaw. I think she’s seeing Strasburg on the side too !!!

  19. RambleOn says:
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    I touched down in ’13, knew I’d make men cry by the end of April ’14….I even fucked your ratios that used to be the shit…Y’all don’t drop me just yet, cause I’m the light skinned Pineda….soon I’ll be on a roll like that Ace Ventura….I swear to God I got 99 problems but a fantasy player ain’t one!

    He wasn’t one of my guys, like he wasn’t on my radar for whatever reason but so many experts were gushing over him that he ended up on my team, luckily only 1 of 4. I pray that it’s just mechanics and not some hidden injury cause I’m counting on a big turn around here. Maybe he is a slow starter? The silver lining is I went bigger on Ventura and have him on 3 teams.

    • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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      It’s a ring toss game

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RambleOn: Awesome! Hopefully slow starter…

  20. Yescheese says:
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    Owning Jason Heyward and Wil Myers is getting just brutal. Should I be worried? Talk me off the edge fantasy master Lothario grey!!

    What does the cougar say when you call her Madam Wainwright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yescheese: I wouldn’t worry until May… Haha she’s loves it

    • Mark Robinson says:
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      @Yescheese: @Yescheese: NON TIP OF THE DAY: Owning 3-4 hitters Gyorko, Santana, Fielder, Encarnacion guarantees your team is last in HR, rbi.

  21. EJ says:
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    single catcher roto 14-team league that i’ve been streaming catchers as ramos is still on DL….who do you like best:

    zunio, flowers, iannetta

    will ramos be the best of the four going forward? any other thoughts? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EJ: Zunino…Forget Ramos

      • EJ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! dropped ramos and kept zunino…

        c. hamels was on available so i stashed him in the DL slot vacated by ramos. is hamels worth a “free look”? i have a lot of young arms: Cing, Wood, Eova, Skaggs, and Archer. Archer really bugs me. everytime i see his goofy picture, i think he should be in a cheech n chong movie not pitching for my team….are you still “high” on archer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, of course Hamels is worth a look…

  22. c0wfunk says:
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    That’s nasty Wyatt..
    That’s Chet, Gary :)

    Salazar looked really good yesterday until that 5th inning when he came in with the lead for the second time, needed a shutdown inning, and totally lost the zone. Proceeded to walk #8 and 9 hitters then had to throw a phatty to kinsler on 3-1 and that was that. He can get his head together on someone elses roster, Ain’t nobody got time for that. Dropped him today for Martin Perez. Will I regret it?

    • Nick says:
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      @c0wfunk: Yes.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Nick: :) we shall see. My staff is pretty deep, I”m sure I can cover the loss of a bunch of 5 inning starts.

  23. Jason says:
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    I just noticed that Salvador Perez is available in my league. I picked up Mesoraco last week to replace Ramos. I would have drafted Perez if I had the chance. Which should I run with? Also I see Wong available. I currently have Kinsler, Rendon, Miller, and Gyorko who can fill 2B. Would he be a better option than any of these guys? I’m not sure how my SB are going to be and I think that is were he would help me most. Thoughts..????

    • Joe says:
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      @Jason: Start Salvador. Leave Wong.

    • Jason says:
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      I’m thinking maybe keeping both for a bit. Dropping Byrd since he’s my 4th through 6th OF. Run with Mesoraco’s hot start for awhile longer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Agree with Joe

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Yes! if only my wife did agreed with me too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  24. Joe says:
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    Available starting pitching is scarce in my league. Is it time to drop Dickey to stash Marcus Stroman?

    • CL says:
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      @Joe: I dropped Dickey two weeks ago. I’ve had Stroman on my farm this season and he’s been tearing it up. I’d do that. Stroman next month?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: That sounds very deep, but I wouldn’t start Dickey, prolly drop him, hard to say when you offer only one option

  25. Jason says:
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    I’m in desperate need of saves.

    Ok to move rios for Myers and grilli?

    • Jason says:
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      I think that’s not a bad move. Without knowing what else you’ve got. What other closers and base stealers do you have right now? If you think you can cover the loss of SB with Rios gone and you do not think your current closers can make up the difference. It’s possible a closer could emerge later you could grab off waivers. Seems a bit early yet to me to make moves, but I do not know what your league is like.

    • CL says:
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      @Jason: Do you really want to pay for saves? No nice MR out there? You may get lucky…

    • Jay says:
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      @Jason: here’s my roster. It’s a mess

      C Wilin Rosario
      1B Paul Goldschmidt
      2B Dustin Ackley
      3B Evan Longoria
      SS Elvis Andrus
      OF Álex Ríos
      OF Alex Gordon
      OF Yasiel Puig
      Util Colby Rasmus
      Util Will Venable
      SP Alex Cobb
      SP Justin Masterson
      RP Addison Reed
      RP Edward Mujica
      P Ryan Cook
      P Anibal Sánchez
      P Carlos Martínez
      P Chris Tillman
      BN Marcell Ozuna
      BN Aaron Hill
      BN Anthony Rizzo
      BN Rick Porcello
      BN Wily Peralta
      DL Doug Fister

      I was lucky to grab Reed in the draft. I mad crazy closer run happened right after that. I also had Parnell and missed valverde. The circus of closers in Nouston are available but…

      I like Rios but it seems that I';m getting good value for him in a replacement OFer albeit without the steals. Plus I’d be able to grab grilli to help my Saves situation.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jay: I think you can get a better closer with Myers, it’s not bad, but you should do better

        • Jay says:
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          @Grey: Hehas Papelbon or Robertson coming off DL.

          i could swap grilli for one?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Robertson is better

            • Jay says:
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              @Grey: yeah that’s what I countered with

  26. Max says:
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    Still like Bumgarner over Kershaw?

    • Sherm says:
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      @Max: For anyone who owns Bumgarner and was unhappy about his start yesterday, he was getting major squeezed by the umpire– Buckminster, a rookie– and by the 5th inning he was up to 100 pitches. He was dealing, too, had excellent stuff, was making Dodgers pop up and strike out. Mike Krukow said on the Giants’ broadcast, “As an umpire you have to be looking for strikes. No one likes to see walks.” And Kruk does not complain about umpires.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Sherm: good perspective , thank you

  27. Frank White says:
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    When Lisa turned Chet into a pile of crap!!! It’s from that which movie right..? I’m a dog, I’m a Dog! Lol. Yo Grey that’s a funny throwback

  28. Ian says:
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    Great stuff as always! Grab Kouz or Chisenhall to replace lousy Lawrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian: I’d hold

  29. Wboggs says:
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    For my non-keeper league should I make room for Bauer or Archie Bradley? Assuming Bauer will get call up sooner so leaning to him. Thanks in advance

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Wboggs: Bradley could end up having Matt Moore-ish walkitus meaning major whip-lash to your team(s)… His career milb BB/9 rate is 4.7… that number only tends to get worse in the majors. Moore’s was 3.8…

      • Wboggs says:
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        @Grey: thanks

  30. Max says:
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    12 team keeper league: drop leonys or lake for ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Max: Lake

  31. Robert says:
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    Hold onto Masterson or drop him?

    • Pope says:
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      @Robert: For who?

  32. The Strolg says:
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    Boy, I wouldn’t give a squirt of piss for your ass right now.

  33. K3Z says:
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    Was that Tom Green?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K3Z: Hehe

  34. Matty says:
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    Is there still any faith in Asche in a 6×6 h2h keeper league? Solarte, Johnson, Mostsuckass (sigh) a better option?
    Gave all appearances of punting 3B then got him in the 23rd. I was so smug about that maneuver at the time.
    Thanks dudes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Very little hope right now, I’d go Solarte

  35. BigDeal says:
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    You have a Twitter, Gray? I need 24/7 updates from you on your reactions to every game and who to add from the waiver wire. What’s a man supposed to do on the weekend without you?

    Anyways, what’s up with the struggles of Wil Myers? He’s a buy-low candidate, right? And who do you see as the next 3 closers to lose their jobs due to performance or injury?

    • Jay says:
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      @BigDeal: just because he doesn’t post an article doesn’t mean he isn’t there….

      He answers readers all weekend long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigDeal: I’m on site all weekend… Myers is a buy low, yeah

  36. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    One of the reasons that I didn’t draft Salazar in any league was because of his inability to pitch deep into games. If you had him on your team last year, you’ll remember the plethora of 4.2 inning games, which Cleveland would end up winning, but you’d be stuck with lots of Ks but no QS or Ws. Out of the 10 games he pitched last year, dude had 4 games where he pitched less than 5 innings, and only one game where he made it past the 6th. Now who would like a banger in the mouth?

    • guidedbyvoices says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: he wouldn’t be the first Rookie SP to to crap the bed in multiple outings only to become dominant in his 2nd season.

      it happens all the time….just saying….a few bad rookie starts isnt sufficient to disregard a guy for his second season.he may or may not get his shizz together this yr,but one rookie’s stats could be Bud Norris or Matt Harvey.

  37. Snake Hips says:
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    Solarte over Asche at 3B?

    • de nachos says:
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      @Snake Hips: my prediction for Asche’s ATL series was 0-7 with a sit. He went 0-5 with two sits. Ryno does not have the patience for a 4th lefty bat that’s not hitting. It’s early, but platooning and batting 8th when he plays, yuck. HOWEVER If you want to wait out the weekend, it’s CO plus righties Chatwood Lyles Nicasio. But come Monday short of three cycles I’m probably looking elsewhere.

  38. FMFBL says:
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    too early to drop Hill for Wong, right?

    I’m in 11th place in my 6×6 roto – Crush, Hill, Desmond, Panda, Bruce, Heyward, Harper, Beltran, Kenley, Koji, JoFer, Bailey. Oh and I just traded Cash & Kuma for Votto. Good things to come right? Step away from the ledge…

  39. TheNewLeaf says:
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    Hate to sound like a negative Nelly, but there’s risk in putting all your eggs in the young, upside pitching basket. Guys like Cobb, Salazar, Cole have barely any mlb record to speak of, so you don’t know what he is. Maybe Cobb is going to be the next Josh Johnson, a world of ability but is always hurt. You just don’t know. I’m sure a lot of teams on here are hurt by Cobbs injury and Salazars awful start, especially considering the lack of pitching depth I’ve seen on razzball teams while endorsing the “wait on pitching/upside” strategy. A 10+ k rate doesn’t pair well with a 10+ era. It’s extremely early, but sometimes it’s awfully hard to correct bad ratios. With pitchers, I prefer boring, high floor players. They won’t win the CY young, but they won’t destroy your era/whip before you can even figure out what you have, and what’s out there to grab.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TheNewLeaf: 351.1 innings to you is “barely any mlb record to speak of”?

      • TheNewLeaf says:
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        @Jay: I should’ve said it more clearly. I was talking about the other two having barely any mlb track record. Cobb has pitched a decent amount of mlb innings, while also spending 115 days on the DL…which is where the J.Johnson comment came from. But Cobb has more of a track record for DL days than 200 inning seasons…a risky staff anchor or #2, which he is on a lot of Razzball teams.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @TheNewLeaf: For me the strategy was to get a bunch of these high upside guys so any one faltering doesn’t hurt me. I reached a bit for Cobb but backed him up with Teheran. I got Salazar after Cashner. Yordano Ventura I got in the 20th round and he’s doing great. Guys like Jesse Chavez fall out of a cloud and you can ride them for a while.

      So why invest in Kershaw, Wainwright, etc? One of them goes down and what do you have? Instead I’ll dominate hitting, always win Ks, QS, and W, and sometimes get lucky w/ era and whip.

      My league is weekly h2h categories so the strategy may be different for year long roto where these little explosions don’t just get wiped away on sunday night.

      • TheNewLeaf says:
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        @c0wfunk: H2H is totally different, but in a straight roto you can’t go hit/miss/hit/miss on your starters. The guys who sh*t the bed will cancel out any breakout players and you’ll lose era/whip badly. You can’t just wing two categories and hope to win. Plus you’re assuming winning QS and wins, and I’m not sure how. h2H is different strategies though.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @TheNewLeaf: Yeah it’s been a while since I played a straight roto league..

          I’m assuming QS and W just through sheer quantity. We have 25 man rosters and start 10 offensive players. I have only 1-3 bench players at any time and everyone else in my league keeps more like 5. I look for 2 start guys and then I can stream over the weekend to ensure I overwhelm.

          It has worked really well in the past few seasons, though this year there are 2 other guys streaming to compete with for the good starters. But right now I’ve got 10 starters and lead the league in QS. W is definitely a little trickier, I’ll grant that, but I have won or tied each week thus far. Holding 3 closers makes me competitive in Saves each week too, so as I said, a big pile of top 60 pitchers works really well in my particular idiom. Your mileage may vary.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @c0wfunk: a large chunk of Cobb’s missed time was from getting whacked in the head, which is not a result of any type of chronic recurring injury problem.

            • NewLeaf says:
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              @goodfold2: actually he spent 60 of his 115 days on the DL because of that. Still a big chuck on the DL not related to that injury in a short career.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @NewLeaf: still, that’s over 50% chunk there.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @TheNewLeaf: I would rather go with upside and finish either first or last than stumble around in the middle all year with little hope of winning the league.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Fungazi: depends on whether or not yr playing for money. playing for money the best idea is to draft balanced team that has very good shot at top 3 finish, if you only get 2nd or 3rd (or lower payout spot) you’ll still do pretty well overall, across leagues. A bunch of 2nd’s is better than 1 first and five 10-12 place finishes.

      • NewLeaf says:
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        @Fungazi: you don’t have be on one or the other end of the extremes. Conservative drafting can yield very good results.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @NewLeaf: True, guess I’ve never tried it, I always go upside. Mostly been in keeper+money, so I’m always looking for the new generation of talent.

  40. Moscowitz says:
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    Is Villar going to steal 30 bags over a whole season? Because if this bum doesnt steal bags i simply cant justify keeping him on my roster let alone occupying my MI spot. The guy is constantly hurting my team in OBP, AVG, NSB..

    If i dont get the bags, i can pretty much replace him with someone like Wong, Owings or Walker

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Moscowitz: I think all 3 of those are better options than Villar.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Yescheese:

        Who is gonna steal bags?! I am otherwise very light on speed. The only one who could steal a bag here and there is Puig and he is having more problems with himself than anything else. Right now, he is not hittig nor stealing bags.

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Moscowitz: sorry i have Lenoys Martin too but he is not doing anything either.

          • Yescheese says:
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            @Moscowitz: Owings has been a nice SAGNOF surprise to me. Big owings and Wong are on pace for 20-25bags, they just need to adjust to the bigs. Both are still better options than Villar in my mind.

            • Moscowitz says:
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              @Yescheese:

              My moves are limited so i have to think long term and cant add and drop people at will.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

  41. Casey says:
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    Hi Grey. I just got offered Ellsbury for Bautista. I’m currently leading my 12 team, obp league in HR but am low in steals. I feel like I have enough players to be in the middle of the pack or upper tier in steals, but just haven’t produced yet. Some I’m a little hesitant. Of course I know you’re not high on Ellsbury, but still wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks for your time.

    McCann – C
    Gonzalez – 1B
    Altuve – 2B
    Gyorko – 3B
    Rollins/Owings – SS (platooning)
    Ortiz – CI
    A. Cabrera – MI
    Trumbo – OF
    Holliday – OF
    Bautista – OF
    Trout – OF
    Springer – Util
    Swisher/Martin – Util (platooning)

      • Casey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I appreciate your time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  42. JP says:
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    Scraping the bottom of the barrel to replace Dickey (and maybe Ubaldo) in a dynasty league. Any preference between Milone, Santiago, Cosart, or Oberholzer? Typing this I just realized what my life’s become. Ugh.

    • CL says:
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      @JP: Ouch… how many teams? There’s GOT to be something more on the wire for you… you got NA players in the pool? A nice inning eater, high-K MR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Santiago

  43. Buge hobos says:
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    Of course K-Zar just got dropped in my 12 team 5×5 roto. I have sale, anibel, gray, cingrani, Tillman, porcello, and eovaldi. Drop either of hhe last 3 for him or hold?

  44. Lville Jim says:
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    13 team dynasty points league all keepers no cash values. Received this trade offer my Kershaw for Buxton, Bradley, and Gausman. Will be a few years before I could seriously compete but this would push that time table even further back. It’s a tempting offer but I hate trading a proven commodity for what might be. Any thoughts on the deal?

    • Flunkie says:
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      @Lville Jim: I like it if you’re okay with delaying your success that long. There’s a reason Buxton is and has been the #1 prospect. He could be a Harper/Trout-type impact on your fantasy team as soon as next year. If the rest of my team and pitching could handle the roster space taken on, I like it long term, obviously. Bradley has all the signs of being a stud, and Gausman has Homer Bailey-type pedigree in my opinion.

      I’ve always been known to love prospects though, so that’s just me. Kersh is huuuge to give up, but considering what those 3 guys will be in 3 years…

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Lville Jim: don’t do it. Kersh will pitch well for 8+ More years for you, those guys… Meh

  45. Benny says:
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    In a dynasty league, would you trade Prince for Rizzo and Oscar Taveras?

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @Benny: Taveras side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny: Sounds fair

  46. danny almonte says:
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    drop b.miler for dozier?

  47. CL says:
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    “James Shields – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks. I watched this whole game and let’s just say the Astros never really had a chance. It was like Shields tucked them in at night, woke them up at 7 AM, helped them shower, piled them into a Ford Atlas and dropped them off at school. Guess I could’ve just said he took them to school.”

    Dare I say comment of the season so far??!!

    Plus, I own him. Always have for 7 years.

    Now, is Gallardo waiver fodder / matchup guy? I can’t afford him if he is.

    • CL says:
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      @CL: Maybe I should be owning WIly Peralta in lieu of Gallardo, Year 7 Dynasty? His K-rate isn’t as high though…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Thanks! Gallardo makes a terrible matchup guy cause he explodes without warning

  48. Dylan Bundy worth a stash in a 10 team H2H keeper? What about Mark Appel, Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant?

  49. guidedbyvoices says:
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    i still feel really good about Homer.I own him on three teams and am trying to acquire him in my two other leagues.
    buy low,right?

  50. pierce says:
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    Grey, my team is falling apart at week 3. Injuries, not hitting, not driving in runs, no power.

    10 team keeper

    C – Zunino (dropped Montero this week for him)
    1b – Hosmer – dreadful
    2b – Kinsler
    3b – Arencido
    SS – Hanley
    OF – Heyward – awful
    OF – Rios
    OF – Pence –
    U – Napoli – hurt

    Bench
    Hill – awful
    Cabrera Melky
    Brantley
    Brad Miller – SUCKS
    Yelich
    Machado – HURT

    Guys on my ww Colabello, Plouffe, LaRouche, Moss, Murphy (CLE) Ozuna; what do I do? what players to drop, what to add?

    • Chris says:
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      @pierce: You won’t need Aaron Hill, if you have Ian Kinsler. I’d take Brandon Moss or Marzel Ozuna over Hill. And as of now, Brad Miller is probably unnecessary in only a 10 team league.

      In a 10 team league, no reason tow waste your time with Colabello, Plouffe, LaRoche, or Murphy. Frankly, Ozuna is pushing it, too. But you should definitely replace Hill with Moss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pierce: Agree with Chris

  51. Adam says:
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    Start/sit tonight?

    Masterson v Tor
    Eovaldi v Sea
    Tillman @ Bos

    Yes, Yes, No?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Sit, start, sit

    • Alcesto says:
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      @Adam:

      I’m debating Tilly at Fenway too (12-team 5×5 mixer). The Sox are dinged up, the high is 44 today in Boston and Tilly was ok against the Sox earlier this year (and has been solid against them over his career). I think I just talked myself into running him out there.

  52. Drew says:
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    @Grey

    6×6 OPS league which side do you want?

    JUpton+Frieri or Reyes+Kenley

    I have JUpton with Harper, McCutch, Marte, AGordon, BHam at OF… Segura at SS and Bonifacio at MI. Uehara my only decent closer.

    He’s shallow at OF, good time to buy Reyes?

    • Pope says:
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      @Drew: Nope. Upton side

  53. pierce says:
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    Pitching, Santos killed me again – dropping him. I am totally punting saves, our team doesn’t offer holds, but who is the best at holds, looking for a guy with a great WHIP, ERA and K/9. Any suggestions? Cischek can’t even get into a f’n game cause Marlins either lose big or win big.

    Also, someone dropped Linecum, worth adding? If so who gets dropped?
    Erlin
    Chavez
    Fister

    • Chris says:
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      @pierce: As of now, Erlin, Chavez, and Fister are ALL > Lincecum. Don’t pick up Lincecum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pierce: No idea which middle relievers are available in your league… Agree with Chris

  54. Al says:
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    No question today, just a +1 for you for the Weird Science drop on Elvis/Prince.
    To the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al: Thanks!

  55. Chris says:
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    Good analysis of Salazar. I was thinking the same thing. I got an offer of Billy Butler for Salazar. Two buy lows in my opinion. My current DH is Matt Joyce. I would be replacing Salazar with Zach Wheeler off the wire. Should I accept this offer. H2H points league.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d take Butler

  56. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, I have Janssen on DL. Should I drop Santos and pickup Johnson when he regains closer role in Oakland which should be any day now? Thanks.

  57. seph meier says:
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    Think Dozier can go 20/20?

    Pick 2:
    Chisenhall, Gillapsie, Asche, or Dominguez

  58. JC3Bagger says:
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    My guess is that you’re familiar with the whole $100 waiver budget per year. I have the 3rd waiver slot and I’m wondering if I should just spend the entire $100 to grab Springer off waivers (given the keeper rules, I’d essentially own him for 3-5 years). The waiver budget thing is kind of a sham, because the only guys that are on waivers long enough to make it work are the call-ups. Smart idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC3Bagger: It’s fine if you need him

  59. Mike says:
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    Which side (6×6 w/ OBP & QS): B. Miller & Kluber or Aoki & Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Liriano

  60. Me says:
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    Trade Bruce for springer?

    • RazzmaTazz says:
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      @Me: @Me: no way! Springer will end up being a nice player but this isn’t even close. I wouldn’t even do it in a keeper league (Bruce is only 27) and Springer is 24. Bruce is a proven player and Springer is on the Astros (enough said) and has had a total of 2 hits.

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @RazzmaTazz: ditto, no freakin way

    • Mike says:
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      @Me:

      I’m hoping this was posted ironically. Whatever the hell “ironically means.”

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: classic ironing

  61. Salazar is a 2 start pitcher next week though. Streamer also likes him for his first start…

    you really bench him now? ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poop McGee: Depends on the league I guess and how bad you need it

  62. Sniff Test says:
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    With Hamels scheduled to “come” off the DL next week, which one of these dudes should I “drop”? Eovaldi, Chavez or Porcello?

  63. Sniff Test says:
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    Also, heads or tails. I am in a fantasy coin flipping league?

  64. gareth says:
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    Chet in this clip is a representative of all the excruciating busts on our fantasy teams (especially keepers) “I’m sorry for being a SHIT to you all these years.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIYJpbAK6MY

  65. fallex says:
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    Pickup I.Kennedy or Eovaldi? (dropping Erasmo)

    Thanks

    • Pope says:
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      @fallex: Eovaldi

  66. elipitt says:
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    SON high on Bedard against the Yankees? Worth a shot in daily?

  67. Phil says:
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    Would you drop Semien or Olt to pick up Chisenhall?

    • gareth says:
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      @Phil: I think dropping Semien or sewing your royal olts is a rather extreme measure.

  68. Hawk says:
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    Hey all,

    10 team, 5×5 standard roto. weekly moves

    Next week should I start:
    Jesse Chavez (@Hou)
    Kyle Gibson (@TB, DET)

    Thoughts?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hawk:

      And yes, it’s an either / or decision. No one else on my pitching staff is droppable

      • Chris says:
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        @Hawk: I’d do Chavez vs Houston. Don’t trust Gibson yet, and both of those are tough match-ups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: What does SON say?

  69. Chris says:
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    Of the following, which ones would you consider droppable in order to stash Trevor Bauer?

    Tyler Skaggs
    Danny Salazar
    Charlie Blackmon
    Eric Young, Jr.

    • Pope says:
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      @Chris: Blackmon for me

      • gareth says:
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        @Pope: Pope you racist.

  70. Nipsey Hustle says:
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    As we remember Abbott and Costello
    As Laurel and Hardy can never die
    Dozier and Colabello will not be forgot
    But baby we sure gonna try.

  71. Swfcdan says:
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    Guy’s come back to me saying he’ll accept Donaldson ($5 rental) and Puig ($0, resignable long term) for C Davis ($12, through 2016).

    Now I like the idea just don’t wanna rush into anything. First you any worry about Puig suffering a sophmore slump year? And 2nd, doing this deal would mean I have to move M Adams to 1B long term, you have any worries about his PT when Oscar comes up- who will miss AB’s then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Adams is safe…. I’d take Davis

  72. gareth says:
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    Love the Wierd science reference – such a classic. Its all good, but i think this is my favorite part of the movie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9GBuciv20A

    “On the telephone? “

  73. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5

    1) Carlos Martinez is available. Should I grab him in place of anyone or is he not going to really have a noticeable affect on my team?

    2) Who gets dropped when Kershaw comes back?

    c-lucroy
    1b-rizzo
    2b-utley
    3b-longoria
    ss-segura
    of-braun, cargo, choo
    util-gordon, moss

    sp-wacha, teheran, cingrani, kazmir, skaggs, santiago, wheeler, archer, eovaldi
    rp-perkins, hawkins, rondon (Cubs)
    dl-kershaw, josh johnson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: 1) Hold 2) Archer

  74. RicoSuave says:
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    Hey grey,
    I’m in a 14-team H2H points league, 5SP, 2 RP (closers). And this is my pitching staff.
    T. Cingrani,
    G. Cole,
    S. Gray,
    C. Tillman,
    R. Porcello,
    Y. Ventura, (bench)
    J. Chavez (bench)
    M. Pineda (bench)
    G. Richards ( bench)
    A. Cobb ( DL)
    J. Hellickson ( DL)
    D. Holland ( DL )

    The rest of my team
    W. Rosario
    J. Votto
    J. Gyorko
    N. Arenado
    J. Segura
    A. Jones
    W. Myers
    M. Ozuna
    A. Pujols ( U)
    T. Frazier ( bench)

    I have a pretty young pitching staff, do you think that down the road some of these SP are going to be hurting me because of teams limiting their innings? If so, who do you think I should be targeting to balance my team?

    Gracias

    • RicoSuave says:
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      Forgot to mention my closers,
      A. Reed
      S. Santos.

    • RicoSuave says:
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      Forgot to mention my closers
      A. Reed
      S. Santos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: Maybe in September, let’s get there first

      • RicoSuave says:
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        I got a couple of trade offers
        Would you trade
        Pujols or Votto for Gio G and Fister

        Pujols or Votto and Sunny Gray or Gerit Cole for Tanaka, Gio G and Fister

        is it something worth considering?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These are bad

          • RicoSuave says:
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            thanks!

  75. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I know it’s early, and I like buying low on guys so I got Prince Fielder in a deal. But with the recent write-ups on him, doesn’t sound like he’s looking all that good?

    Would trading him and a third tier closer for someone like Carlos Gonzalez be a good idea? Or should I just ride it out?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: if you have someone else at 1st or wherever you’d be playing Prince, then I’d do that in a heartbeat. If I could get either CarGo for Prince right now, I’d jump on it.

  76. The Thumb says:
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    Wong vs Gio or Gyorko vs Cain?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @The Thumb: I would say Gyorko vs. Cain. Lefty vs. lefty always scares me.

  77. Ron says:
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    12-team Roto league UTIL….Myers or Seager?

    • Pope says:
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      @Ron: Myers

  78. Cmoney says:
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    Gray
    I was offered Strasburg for my Pedroia/Ryu
    Good deal or hold?

  79. fuzzyD says:
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    any thoughts on Asche? Drop him for Chisenhall? thx

    • fuzzyD says:
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      @fuzzyD:

      or Kouz?

  80. Jiggy Nits says:
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    my Matt Adams for his Jayson Heyward… 5×5 NL only

    I need an OF and some steals. Is it fair?

    • Ramos' Horcrux says:
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      yes. and hopefully you’re buying Heyward low.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Yes, I still have supreme confidence in Heyward.

  81. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Out of these RP, who is the best for speculative saves add?

    Rondon
    Allen
    Webb
    Farnsworth
    Germen

  82. Bubba says:
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    Keeper, 5×5, H2H…

    Wong is sitting as a free agent…

    Kolten Wong or Brad Miller?

  83. b-dubya says:
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    Trying to fill a 5th OF spot. Lost A. Garcia and now Calhoun for a bit . Have Polanco in the wings but the Pirates are not excepting my calls. Picked up Kubel and Venable off the wire, Venable the better play for the next 4-6 weeks or so?

    Also, would like to get Bauer on my roster. Better to drop N. Franklin (playing Kipnis at 2B and have Peralta at MI with Owings on the bench) or Kubel ?

    Finally, thanks for pushing Chavez last week, hoping his next two starts against Houston will be spectacular.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @b-dubya: Yes, Venable…. Kubel….No problem

  84. David says:
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    Grey,
    My lackluster pitching staff is really freaking me out and most of them have your stamp of endorsement. I know its early still.

    Anibal, Cobb, Salazar, Cashner, Porcello, Skaggs, Smyly, Erlin, Perez, Griffin. Dropped Erasmo mid-game yesterday for Erlin on Tehol’s recommendations, and picked up Perez earlier in the week.

    My staff was supposed to be golden w/ Anibal, Cobb, Salazar, Cashner as my aces, but what am I left w/ now? I made no investments otherwise. Admittedly, the only guys hurting me right now is Salazar (and Cobb’s injury).

    On the other side, my hitting is so eratic, but still keeping me a stone’s throw away from the pack (currently in 9th place in a 10-team league).

    Roto stats are 5×5 w/ OPS, QS, and K/9.

    C Gomes
    1B Encarnacion
    2b Pedroia
    3b Alvarez
    SS E-Cab
    CI Pujols
    MI Gyorko
    OF McCutcheon, Bruce, Cespedes
    DH Jennings, Springer
    Bench: Belt, Cain (dropping today but waiting for your buy list), Ozuna, Taveras, Franklin, Peralta.
    RP’s: Nathan, Henderson, Soriano, Doolittle

    Seeking advise here. I’m thinking a need for a trade as I have plenty of OF’s and CI’s but usually against my policy to trade in April unless someone blows me away. I do need some SB’s, and I know I’ll be back down to 2 save producers now so I’ll be dropping Doolittle as soon as it becomes official, so saves is a need also. But I do think I have to fix my pitching staff as a priority.

    What do you recommend right now?

    • Cram It says:
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      @David: It’s early yo. Salazar’s the only one hurting your numbers right now.

      • David says:
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        not really only him but got rid of some of the waste. I’ve already turned over 2 pitchers through FA, was late on dropping Erasmo, in hindsight should have jumped on Chavez for him when I had the chance.

        A positive is that these guys don’t really walk hitters. Also, innings limits are new to this league (as am I), and most of my competition is not managing their staff and innings I’m hoping due to inexperience w/ innings limits. Aside from maybe 3 teams, the rest are really out in front on that.

  85. Verlander my Fister says:
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    Roster moves for Gregerson (not many out there):
    Ottovino
    Torres

    Also, at catcher (2 start league) I have Gattis and Grandel. (sounds like a cop show on FOX), is Grandel worth holding or drop for:

    Iannetta
    D Norris

    Thanks, Grey!

  86. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    In a keeper league, would you give Wil Myers for Pujols?

  87. Verlander my Fister says:
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    Sorry Grey, one more.

    Ike Davis is avail, i need another bat. Drop David Murphy for Ike, Lake, Chisenhall?

    Also Red, Green or Blue?

  88. Wboggs says:
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    Thought on trading away my fielder for rizzo and Tillman. It’s. Keeper league where first and second rounders can’t be kept. Rizzo was drafted in the 11th allowing me to keep him each year following drafted in a round earlier, meaning 10th rd next year. Wouldn’t the able to keep fielder as a second rounder. Am I jumping the gun on fielder? He just looks so bad

  89. Griff says:
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    Alright, the $500 question.

    I’m in a keeper league where we keep 6 players and we have a $500 free agent budget. How much would you spend on George Springer? Is he a guy who’s going to jump into the top 10 like a Trout or McCutchen? If so, he’s probably worth at least $250.

  90. Bubba says:
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    Question 2:

    Keeper, 5×5, H2H…

    I have an open OF spot…and I could either pick up a 1B/3B and move Allen Craig to my OF from my 1B/3B slot OR keep him there an pick up an OF.

    My weaknesses are…well…everything right now…but only because it seems my hitters have all decided to get off to the slowest starts in their careers…so I’m just looking for any player that will provide overall upside…

    Our league’s Free Agency list has the following players available:

    1B/3B: Colabello, Lawrie, Corey Hart, Uribe

    OF: Aoki, Corey Hart, Ozuna, Brantley, Morse, C. Crawford, Kubel

    Which one? Thanks.

    • Bubba says:
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      @Bubba: Missed one OFer: Colby Rasmus is also available…not that it matters.

  91. Yager says:
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    Is Masterson dropable in a 20 team league? I really can’t stand having him on my team right now. And do you like the Prince Feilder buy low right now?

    • Pope says:
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      @Yager: No, and yes

  92. ABell says:
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    pick a side, in head to head points league w keepers

    Goldschmidt and Beltre, or Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Abreu

  93. Great Bambino says:
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    being offered David Wright and Doug Fister for my Matt Carpenter and Andrew Cashner.

    Also, Aaron Hill or Brian Dozier?

    Thanks!

  94. TheShelbySensation says:
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    Would you trade Starin Castro and Justin Upton for McCutchen? I already have Tulo at SS. It’s pretty much J Upton for McCutch?

  95. Jon says:
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    Street Fighter and a “Weird Science” reference in the same post? I’m going to Scores tonight!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Ha!

  96. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Tyler Skaggs or Kyle Lohse in 5×5 Roto?

    AJ Burnett is also out there on the wire.

    Skaggs left a bad taste this week.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Burnett

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Just did – thanks!

  97. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    So you are saying steer clear of the three Salazar drops to the wire I have seen in the last three days?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d pick him up

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey!

        Which of these pitchers would I drop (a grouping of the worst pitchers on the three teams)?

        Buchholz
        Wheeler
        Kuroda

        And for those I would drop, is there an order?

        Thanks!

        Mike.

  98. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14 tm weekly H2H, roster restrictions mean I can only carry 7 SP and start 4. Next week I have no 2-start SPs and my opponent’s getting 2 each out of Shields and Tanaka. Categories are slightly skewed toward additional starts (IP, W, QS, K against BBI, ER and L, with a couple neutral). My worst SP are Peavy (who’s been throwing well) and Porcello. Drop either for a 2-start Kennedy, Gibson or Volquez, or hold and try to win with offense and stealing a few pitching cats?

  99. gareth says:
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    David price got the day started nicely for my fantasy team yesterday. I checked the box score for the game around the second inning and saw that he has already given up 4 runs.

    Luckily sale, lester, Hawkins and uehara bailed me out later on.

    I know you are not high on price this year grey. Im hurting at ss and 3b in the rcl (alcides, headley). If I offered Price in a trade, what would be a fair return?

    A) beltre
    B) Alvarez
    C)
    D) andrus

  100. raffffffffffff says:
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    What kind of SP would it be reasonable to offer Springer for?

      • raffffffffffff says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  101. Steve D. says:
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    Drop Valverde for Rex Brothers?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve D.: no. Valverde is still the closer and Hawkins has been solid compared to Rex struggling – so Hawkins isn’t losing the gig just yet.

  102. ****REST OF SEASON PROJECTIONS, PLAYER RATERS, (BOTH ESPN AND YAHOO ROSTER FORMAT), AND BUY/SELL TOOL ARE UP AND RUNNING ***

    All are accessible via the top menu. ROS Projections accessible under ‘Stats’, Player Raters under ‘Player Rater’, Buy/Sell under ‘Tools’

  103. The Big Yabu says:
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    I LIKE LUNCH TOO!!!
    Hooray for lunch!

  104. Sideshow27 says:
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    D. Brown & W Myers for J. Bautista in 16 man mixed? Who u like? Is Crain gonna close for Hou when he comes back?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Sideshow27: this is just my honest opinion about Crain. He will close because he’s the best arm in the ‘pen if he’s healthy. I think he’ll get a week or so worth of getting his strength/mind right and then be the closer there. But it’s Houston and they won’t win much, so take that as you will. But I’m going to be stashing him shortly, once I can get Minor off the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sideshow27: Baustista… Agree with above on Crain

  105. Heff says:
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    What do you think of this trade Teheran and Nova for Bautista?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Heff: I think it’s basically Teheran for Bautista and I’d rather have Bautista.

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: I’m getting my razzball fix now as I will be internet free from 3pm onwards as the Indians are back in town against the jays tonight.

        Unlike 90% of the retail workforce in the States I turn my cellphone off and it stays off while im at work (i admit it helps that I’m at a major league ballpark surrounded by baseball).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What do you do there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait, are you Terry Francona?

          • Carnac says:
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            HA

          • gareth says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: i run the retail stand on the home run porch to the left of the bleachers. .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Terry Francona runs the retail stand when the Indians are on the field?

              • gareth says:
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                @Grey: Terry francona is basically the Indians professor X. he runs everything with his mind.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  106. Wilsonian says:
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    Am I crazy for playing Arenado over Fielder for right now? At least until Fielder rights the ship. He’s in my IF slot and Arenado is on the bench. Fielder is straight up killing me. Arenado isn’t a monster, but he’s producing more than Fielder is.

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Heff says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      I made that decision early this week. Arenado is now in my line up and Prince is on the bench. 10th rounder starting over my 1st rounder pretty much explains why my team sucks so far

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Heff: he’s been so ungodly bad. I was leery of keeping him when I could have kept Tulo instead but I fell for the hype of him playing in Texas and the problems that Tulo has with his health. In hindsight I probably should have kept Tulo, but I hope the summer heat in Texas makes me feel better about my decision.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wilsonian: I’ve been sitting Wil Myers, my 2nd OF. It’s not crazy. It’s called managing.

  107. spm7189 says:
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    In a vacuum, which is the best add right now – Polanco, Bauer or Bradley?

    • gareth says:
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      @spm7189: none. They would all die of asphyxiation.

    • brett says:
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      @spm7189: ha, I recently added all three to my keeper squad. expanded bench and dl 12 team h2h

  108. Picard56 says:
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    Trade Ventura for Cole Hamels, or is that a ‘clown question bro’?

  109. Caesar Tovar says:
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    Which four RPs would you want from this list?
    Valverde
    Santos
    Broxton
    Brothers
    Gregerson
    Rondon

    I need to find another closer or two in my 12 teamer, and these guys have been taking turns killing my team. If I had to guess now, I’d go with Valverde (though it’s tempting to make him someone else’s problem), Santos (he’s benched until he shows he can throw a strike), Brothers, and Broxton.

    Wow, that’s a pretty ugly group.

  110. Steve Stevenson says:
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    If Smyly has a good start tonight, are you holding in a 12-tm 6×6 (QS) league, or is he streamable? Other options to drop if I need a streamer (per SON, that would be Doubront tomorrow or Beckett Sunday) are Kluber, Porcello and Masterson, depending on how they each look this weekend.

  111. zach says:
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    I have an offer to get Axford for Butler. Am I crazy to do that?

    I have Holland for saves but have rolled through Nate Jones, Jim Johnson, and Sergio Santos in my other closer spot. I am leading the league in HR & RBI so Butler seems expendable…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zach: Not crazy

  112. gareth says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I Had vaguely heard of tinder, but after your blurb today I decided to look it up.

    I went onto the website and proceeded to click on the #itstartshere video.

    45 minutes later and my eyes are still bleeding from all the Emo.

    • Cram It says:
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      @gareth: Tinder would be good for you. Might get you a date or at least out of the house and a break from cleaning yourself.

      • gareth says:
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        @Cram It: cleaning myself is a date.

  113. Matt says:
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    So what you’re saying is that i should not have just traded away mike leake for danny salazar??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: I didn’t say that

      • You're Crazy Man, I like you, but you're crazy! says:
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        @Grey: ok good

  114. Seck says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a keeper league- hold onto David Carpentar on my bench until we see Kimbrel pitch or should I pick up Trevor Bauer. Only 4 bench spots.

    Thanks and keep up the great daily updates!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Seck: Hold… No problem

  115. Nico

    Nico says:
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    My Closer situation is awful, and my SP situation is better than awful. Tillman on my bench currently bc I seem to be deciding between him, Gray, and Eovaldi for my weekly lineup changes. I have Segura/Dee/Alexei as potential SS, and Ryan Z just went out. Thoughts on:

    Alexei R/Tillman For
    Axford/Wright

    Not sure how much you believe in what Alexei Ramirez has been doing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico: Wright side, it’s fairish

      • Nico

        Nico says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Thoughts on Adrian Gonzalez, and what he can do RoS, compared to Fielder, let’s say? His SwStr% is up, but his BABIP is lower than the norm, and obviously, his power is up. Then I’m out of your (mustache) hair!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t buy A-Gon

  116. Mikey Boy324 says:
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    Grey is Tyler Lyons worth a spot start vs the Mets next week?

  117. WW says:
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    Would you drop Dickey to pick up Volquez? Can’t believe I’m asking that, but Dickey is looking very hittable these days and Volquez has some pedigree to believe with this new team/coach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  118. Pitcher's Desert says:
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    After Losing Moore and Cobb to injuries, Salazar and Masterson to whatever ails them, I’m trying to piece together a pitching staff. 12 team 5×5. Have Archer, Eovaldi, Porcello, Tillman, Niese, Erlin….and Masterson. Perez and Skaggs are still available on the wire. Add one or both and drop someone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Archer, Niese and Erlin

  119. Pager24 says:
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    would you start Morton tonight vs. Lohse and MIL? SON is pretty Meh (7.6)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  120. vinodole says:
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    Keeper 12-team points league with MI, CI, I only have Gyorko at 2B so I’m targeting Rendon or Jed Lowrie from the guy with 6 MI-eligible guys… I’m deep in pitching…

    Would you do Samardzija thru 2015 for Rendon thru 2016?

    If he doesn’t bite, how much more should I give up? Throw in Peavy/Estrada thru 2014?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Rendon… I’d throw in Peavy

      • vinodole says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir, much appreciated. Hopefully he’ll do it for Fatty McFatterson Colon so I can hold on to Peavy until his arm falls off!

        I’m afraid he’s going to counter asking for one of my 3-yr keepers… would you do Gausman or Carlos Martinez or Ventura thru 2016 straight up for Rendon thru 2016?

        Muchos Gracias

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would do one of those SPs, but it’s just fair

  121. SMLV1 says:
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    Who to start at 2B today?

    B. Miller facing Eovaldi or
    B. Phillips facing Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would look at Hitter-Tron though as that could change my mind

  122. Fungazi says:
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    Xander B.. MoonSHOT!

  123. Pistol Pete says:
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    Ugh. Prince Fielder, Carlos Santana, Adam Jones and Jason Heyward must have formed a secret society to help take down my fantasy team. Heyward in particular looks completely lost at the plate right now, and his struggles vs. lefties seem to be starting to affect him vs. righties as well. Are any of these 4 players more or less likely to rebound (hopefully soon) than the others?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The first three should definitely rebound

  124. Chris says:
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    Salazar, Wheeler or Jesse Chavez? Pick two ROS. H2H points league. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Wheeler

  125. AndrewM says:
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    Grey got a few questions about my lineup and possible WW pickups – might be long post – sorry. It’s a 12 man 27 player keeper/dynasty league- roto 5X5 – (10 keepers) – $260 for keepers and auction. We do the avg. of the previous year and the current next year for keepers. Example: Davis was worth $6 in 2013 and $34 for this year so he cost me $20 to keep him this year. I am always looking for prospects. Lastly, I got second last year so I am looking to win this year again while keeping some young guns.

    Lineup is as follows:
    C: Lucroy
    1B: Chris Davis
    2B: Aaron HIll
    3B: Xander Bogaerts and Beltre (DL)
    SS: Xander and Hanley Ramirez
    OF: Cespedes, Kemp, Torii Hunter, D Jennings, Cuddyer, Pagan (picked up after dropping Calhoun), Castellanos (soon to be 3B eligible on ESPN)
    2 Util spots – Ortiz always takes up a spot

    Pitching:
    We have 2 P spots, 4 SP, and 2 RP starting on a daily basis so I always try and have 4 closer at a time so I can have they playing daily.
    P: Sergio Santos
    P: Matt Lindstrom
    SP: Sonny Gray
    SP: Martin Perez
    SP: Michael Wacha
    SP: Tyson Ross
    RP: Greg Holland
    RP: Luke Gregerson
    Bench: Jose Fernandez, Liriano, Mejia, David Robertson (DL), Hutchingson
    DL: Kershaw

    I loved Calhoun and hated him going down for 6-8 weeks.

    With that said, do you see any holes in my lineup. Pitching WW looks awful.
    Kyle Gipson, Nalasco, Robbie Ross, Jordan Lyles, Robbie Erlin, De La Rosa, Becket, Chen, Hector Santiago, Bud Norris, Roberto Hernandez, Phil Hughes, Felix Doubront, John Danks, Vogelsong, Roark, Elias, Chen, Lewis, Cahill, Torres, Chatwood, Britton, Alvarez, Ogando, Koehler. Pretty pathetic list.
    Of the players on my team should I be dropping anyone and picking up someone on WW or even looking at a prospect to just sit on? Bradley and Noah are already on teams.

    Batting WW:
    Blackmon, Bonifacio, Michael Morse, LInd, Sizemore, Villar, Swisher, Brantley (I know you like him), Venable, Neil Walker, Hart, De Aza, Ackley, BJ “strikeout” Upton, Smoak, Aybar, Teixeira, Peralta, Ramos, REddick, Kelly Johnson, Colabello, Markakis, Uribe, Kubel, Joyce, Carter, Owings, Uggla. Again, pretty weak. Keep my current lineup or look to add someone? Prospects?

    Any advice is appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks fine with what you have, no one on waivers there to grab…. Your hitting looks a little wonky, low on average, but your hitting lineup doesn’t make sense to me… Is it a 6 OF league? Where’s your other UTIL guy? Why not just put your lineup as it actually is?

      • AndrewM says:
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        @Grey:

        My bad. It’s 3 OF with 2 Util spots.

        Lineup is as follows:
        C: Lucroy
        1B: Chris Davis
        2B: Aaron HIll
        3B: Xander Bogaerts
        SS: Hanley Ramirez
        OF: Cespedes,
        OF: Kemp
        OF: Torii Hunter,
        Util: Ortiz
        Util: D Jennings
        Bench: Cuddyer
        Bench: Pagan (picked up after dropping Calhoun)
        Bench: Castellanos (soon to be 3B eligible on ESPN)
        Bench: Beltre

  126. Flava Flav's clock says:
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    my choo for his Alvarez?

    my hitters J castro, Goldy, Phillips, Xander, As Cab, A Jones, Choo, gardner, Jennings, Ozuna, Lemahieu, Chisenhall, Nick franklin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Choo

  127. Long Bawls says:
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    Gather round, people, and hear my early-season (it’s still early, right?) lament:

    6×6 12-team roto:

    C: Mesoraco
    1B: Hosmer
    2b: Gyorko
    3B: Encarnacion
    SS: Miller
    OF: Harper, Rios, Bruce
    Util: Abreu, Rizzo
    BN: Springer, R. Davis, E. Young, A. Escobar

    SP: Gray, Gonzalez, Ventura, Liriano, Hudson
    RP: Cishek, F. Rodeiguez, Hawkins, Santos

    DL: Cobb, Crain

    DRAMATIC REVEAL: This team is in last place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s early, it’ll get better… Don’t panic

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: do you really need 3 SAGNOF bench bats while also only having 5 healthy SP?

  128. Pager24 says:
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    which side do you like better?
    Bailey & Minor for Burnett & Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Homer

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Pager24: I’d take Bailey.

  129. Claw dawg says:
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    Hey grey I have a quick trade question. I’m looking to get encarnacion off my team cuz I have a feeling he’s already peaked. I wanted to get Freddie freeman but the owners being a dick about it so I might settle for hosmer who I know you’re a fan of. Do you think I would have to give more than E5 to get hosmer or should he add more to make it fair. That is unless you think straight up would be fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be enough

  130. Sal says:
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    Which one would you take for tomorrow?

    Doubront vs Orioles
    Ivan Nova @ rays
    Roenis Elias @marlins
    Brett Oberholtzer @ As

    (Listed in order that the streamonator list them) but was wondering what you thought?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Elias, none are great

  131. J-FOH says:
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    what are your thoughts on Dietrich moving forward? I see him and have to wonder why the Marlins would play Furcal over him when Furcal returns.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the link *sarcasm* I guess were both as confused as Matt Adams at a vegetarian buffet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I actually own Furcal in an NL-Only league and don’t own Dietrich and I want Dietrich to start all year… That may not be that surprising…

  132. Jay says:
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    ok to pick up Jim Johnson? he headed back to Closing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  133. los locos says:
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    Grey, dropped Santos, can’t be trusted. Absoutley nothing left worth owning, and my league doesn’t do holds, so every possible middle reliever is available in my 10 team league. I need help with ERA, WHIP and K/9, who do you recommend? Again, every middle relief guy is available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cody Allen

  134. Andrew says:
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    Any of these worth streaming?

    C Young at Marlis
    Lohse at Pitt
    Nolasco at Royals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  135. Zebrahead13 says:
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    Grey, I wish I knew how to quit you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hug me you big goof!

  136. Milby says:
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    Never thought I’d have to ask this, but which 3 would you go with…innings pitched are a category:

    Salazar, Masterson, Skaggs, Erlin, Morton, Hutchison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar, Masterson, Skaggs

  137. Big League Choo says:
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    12 team league OPS/QS
    1)i give Bailey/Kazmir…..get Adam Jones
    2) Wacha/Kluber for him

    Pitching Staff
    Bailey, Liriano, Wacha, Cole, Gray, Kazmir, Nova, Dl’d Fister

    too much?

    • Grey

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      2) This trade for Jones is better

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Grey: Do you think Hart starts tonight theyre playing in Mia so he would have to play the OF and hes 0-7 vs Eovaldi….my only other option would be gardner vs Bedard in TB…Hittertron say Hart, im thinking he doesnt play

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Gardner

  138. Bartolo's Chin says:
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    Love the blog.

    12 Team 10×10 H2H

    What are your thoughts on this trade:
    My: Hanley, Verlander, and Rajai D (or EY2)
    For: Felix, Myers, D. Gordon

    • Bartolo's Chin says:
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      @Bartolo’s Chin: Think he will go for it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Felix side, he might go for it, try him

      • Bartolo's Chin says:
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        @Grey: Doesn’t seem like he’s going for it. What if swapped in alex gordon for rajai to sweeten the deal?

  139. ashtray says:
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    Is Springer basically going to be Venable this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, nice comparison

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Better than praise from my own dad.

  140. Andrew says:
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    Need a win big today. Who to add?

    Eovaldi home vs Mariners
    Morton home vs. Brewers
    Vargas home vs. Twins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas

  141. gareth says:
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    Hey grey,

    You mentioned Terry francona earlier. Im not sure if you’ve seen this clip but i think its great. A meeting years ago of two current baseball greats with mutual baseball legacies. I’m sure having fathers as mlb players and being exposed to that life from an early age must have a huge impact on them both.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX9M_OHPu0E

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  142. Bill_Buckner says:
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    @ Gray: is there anything in Strasburg’s peripherals that leads you to think it would be good to buy low on him at this point? I’ve not seen any of his outings – just saw the miserable box scores – but am being offered what I think is a great deal for him and having trouble passing up.

    Thanks!

    • Bill_Buckner says:
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      @Bill_Buckner: or @ Grey. Whatever works…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d buy him low

  143. Chunk says:
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    my liriano for his bailey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bailey

  144. das coffee frau says:
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    grey, how do you rank these guys for what you think youll get out of them

    bauer, erlin, AJ

    id like to add bauer (its sounds like a bunch of people are speculating he will be called up sooner vs. later)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AJ, Bauer

  145. Carnac says:
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    On that swing/miss strike three, Billy Hamilton’s swing was vertical. Not good.

  146. Druss says:
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    Can’t believe I’m asking about him again. But BEDARD!! what do you think is he going to tease us again and then suck ? If he is gonna tease us should I stream him tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’ll be hurt again soon…

  147. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    Hey Grey – need help,
    10 team 5×5 start/sit:
    Eovaldi vs. SEA
    Wacha @ WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

  148. King of the North says:
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    Traded Braun and Craig FOR Crush Davis so I could make room for Springer. Thoughts? OBP league. Have plenty of steals and Braun’s thumb scared the shizz outta me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  149. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, Drew Stubbs looks buried in the depth chart (and his own April suckiness). Is Josh Rutledge a better roster play than him for my U spot in an NL only 5×5 keeper?

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: I would need to drop Stubbs and add Rutledge, so I can’t keep them both. Also have Ruggiano, so he could be another drop if you think this is not his year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lose Stubbs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  150. Big League Choo says:
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    last one today….thanks for the help.

    would you trade one of Gray/Cole/Wacha to get Strasburg…yes on all 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup Gray, Wacha

  151. agarthered says:
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    Start masterson against jays?

    I’m concerned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  152. Jacks says:
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    Have Kershaw, Latos and Iwakuma warming up my bench. 4X4 weekly league, no Ks. 18 FA moves left. Who do I pick up?
    Wily Peralta (love his SD and CHC matchups, but his peripherals spell regression)
    Kyle Lohse (not a guy I usually think about, but regret not picking him up last week)
    Garrett Richards (he’s gonna be inconsistent)
    AJ Burnett (see Lohse above)
    Masterson
    Dillon Gee
    J Niese

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  153. Funky Tong says:
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    12-team OBP/QS roto league

    I’m near the top in most pitching categories except saves (thanks a lot Jim Henderson), but struggling with my offense. Should I trade from pitching depth, or hang tight and wait it out?

    C. Santana, C. Davis, Pedroia, Aramis Ramirez, Alexei Ramirez, A. Jones, Beltran, Brantley, Myers, Rosario, Pagan, Rajai

    Wainwright, Cashner, Cingrani, Salazar, Ventura, CC, Pineda, Simon, streamer

    Street, Allen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

      • Funky Tong says:
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        @Grey: much obliged

  154. bossmanjunior says:
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    Missed out on Springer but the guy who picked him up also dropped Jennings. Don’t really need him so he would be a bench bat, along with Brad Miller. Would have to drop Gregerson or Porcello for him.

    Also, Porcello or Kazmir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson

  155. Brendan says:
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    I’m in a 12-team 5×5 roto league and I’ve been holding on to the number one waiver priority claim. Dan Haren will get off waivers tomorrow, but the league has a one-day waiting period before Free Agents can be started, so if I want him for his start tomorrow against the Diamondbacks, I need to put out a waiver claim. Stream-O-Nator loves him for his next two starts. Should I pick him up with the waiver claim? My other pitchers are Cliff Lee, Matt Cain, Marco Estrada, Clay Buchholz, Drew Smyly, Jesse Chavez, Doug Fister, Hisashi Iwakuma (in my DL spot), and then my closers are Jonathan Papelbon, Tommy Hunter, and LaTroy Hawkins so I would probably have to drop one of my starting pitchers in order to pick Haren up. I could also drop Matt Joyce, as I’m pretty set in the OF with Starling Marte, Adam Jones, Jay Bruce, and George Springer. I’ve been platooning Joyce to help me with HR. Any recommendations? Thanks.

  156. AndrewM says:
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    My Liriano for his Salazar?

  157. Sky

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

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sky:

      guess this makes you
      sky pilot .

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @costaricanchata: I’ll take it. Better than right hand man. I’ve heard too much about what Grey does with his right hand.

  158. Deck says:
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    ROS Segura or Reyes?

  159. Grey

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

  160. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Arenado, Masterson, Dee Gordon for my Stanton & Cashner. What do you.think guys? Great Deal….Lmfao

  161. Bone Face n Harmony says:
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    Believe the early success of Volquez or drop him for a another hot start dude like Robbie Ross and his start on Sunday?

  162. chris says:
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    Hi Grey Good stuff.

    I have good hitting and Polanco waiting in the wings. I could use some pitching especially with Salaza.ar sucking and Cobb out.

    Should I trade Rizzo for Bumgarner?

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