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Matt Kemp is headed back to the DL.  He needs Chris Brown to slap some health into him.  Obviously, this a terrible sign for Kemp since it’s his shoulder that he had surgery on that is bothering him.  Prior to last week, I stayed away from him all year.  Teach me to waffle.  Billy Butler, “Who’s making waffles?!”  On the bright side, Andre Ethier (3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI yesterday) should see everyday playing time.  I’m not sure who that’s a bright side for outside of Ethier and his close relatives.  Maybe in some leagues where you’re struggling to find a fifth outfielder, you give Ethier a bit of how’s your father.  There’s no bright side for Kemp.  I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole or touch a ten-foot Pole named Stanislaw.  He’s the Pole I’ve been seeing in my dreams.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Mazel tov!

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Puig takes offense at that mazel tov comment.  See, Puig’s not kosher.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .419, which is better than Puig and they’ve played the same amount of games.  Papelbon also doesn’t think Hanley is an All-Star.

Trevor Cahill – Hurt his shoulder playing catch.  Kirk Gibson said, “I have no idea why it happened, but I know it wasn’t right.”  Context clues point to him playing catch as the why, but I’m just a silly, handsome man.  What do I know?

Jeremy Bonderman – Designated for assignment.  That assignment is to make room for Erasmo Ramirez.  Boo to the ya, Snoops upside your head!  I just went over my Erasmo Ramirez fantasy.  I wrote it in scratch and sniff stickers that smell like rainbows and unicorns.  Yes, grab him in all leagues.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .260.  The 41-year-old now has the 4th most homers by someone that old.  What can stop a Zombino?  A silver bullet?  A necklace of garlic?  A formidable challenger in shuffleboard?

Justin Smoak – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hitting near .400 in the last week.  Where there’s Smoak, there’s a burning hot schmotato.

Brad Miller – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Hasn’t done a whole lot since his call-up, but it’s only ten days.  Give him at least a fortnight.  (No, I have no idea what a fortnight is either, but let’s assume it’s more than ten days.)

Jacoby Ellsbury – Sat out yesterday with a sore wrist.  He’s day-to-day.  Or day-o-to-day-o, if you’re Jamaican.

Andrew Miller – Needs season-ending surgery on his foot.  I kid you not (I kid you some?); Miller looked terrific all year, and on Saturday I picked him up.  On Saturday, he injured himself.  Keep your women and children away from me!  I got bad juju coming out of my pores!

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 5 ER.  I’m you.  “I’m done with Lester.  He can go fly a kite that reads, “Eff the Jong-ils” in North Korea for all I care…. Well, on second thought, he is in Safeco.”  Oops.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Pretty mediocre start for what we’ve come to expect from him, which illustrates how awesome he is.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 9th steal.  Damn, I should’ve held him.  Stand close to the waiver wire when I’m dropping players and it’s like following Ted DiBiase as he throws money on the ground.

Homer Bailey – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Johnny Vander Meer’s great-great-grandniece-once-removed can breath a little easier.

Aramis Ramirez – To the DL.  Aramis has the stench of an old man.  In deeper leagues, you’re kinda stuck, but I wouldn’t expect much from him this year.

Ryan Braun – Activated from the DL but didn’t play.  So, he’s picking up right where he left off?  I’ve already said about three dozen times how I think it would be smart to look to trade Braun.  For the 37th time– No, you know what?  You figure it out.  Look at July Grey taking a stand!

Jean Segura – 3-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal.  Full house!  Speaking of which, you know what goes over really well?  When you’re at a poker table in a casino and someone gets a full house to beat you, you do the Dave Coulier ‘cut it out.’

Juan Francisco – 2-for-3, 1 run.  People in the comments yesterday seemed like they couldn’t wait to get rid of him, but he looks like he’s still hot.

Francisco Rodriguez – Notched his 9th save.  Guess he’s going for the coveted 304th save of his career.  Kidding, he’s closing until he’s traded, then Henderson will get the job back.

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd straight game with a homer.  Catcher questions commence in… 3, 2, 1…

Kyle Lohse – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 0 Ks.  Should be Cyle Lohse then.

Joshua Phegley – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer in two games.  Okay, I’ve seen enough to recommend him in mixed leagues.  I wouldn’t go dropping anyone in the top 14 catchers for him, but in deep mixed leagues or two-catcher ones, he’s a definite pick up.  BTW, didja you know Josh has a father and brother both named Ed and they drive an electric car?  Ed Phegley Jr.’s a real activist, too.

Matt Garza – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Not a bad start for the first day his services were live on eBay.

Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 1 RBI and a slam (13) and leges (legii?) with his 9th and 10th steal.  I don’t know what world we live in, but Alfonso Soriano and Raul Ibanez are blowing away Josh Hamilton on our Player Rater.

Dave Sappelt – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Sometimes even a blind squirrel gets a nut or four.

Alex Cobb – Threw a bullpen session on Monday.  Let’s break it to you nice and simple like Minnie Pearl.  If Cobb goes for a rehab assignment next week (which seems doable), he’ll come back the first week of August if there’s no setbacks.  Cobb solid?  Sure, as long as there’s no hard-boiled eggs; those things are nasty.

Roberto Hernandez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I streamed him per the Stream-o-Nator‘s request and I find it laughable that this was considered a Quality Start.  Mr. Arbitrary Stat, this was no Quality Start.  This was about as Quality Start-ish as a motel that has quality in its name.  I feel like this is a Seinfeld bit that I’m plagiarizing, but you ever notice the lower the adjective on the scale from good to bad the worst the motel?  Choice Hotels?  Pretty solid.  Best Western?  I’ve seen better.  Quality Inn?  Bad.  If you ever see a Not-The-Worst Motel, don’t stop.

Luke Scott – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Scott usually gets as hot as anyone for an extended time, and our fantasy football ‘pert, Sky, just wrote this week’s Creeper about him.  In one league, I dropped Cody Ross for Luke Scott and not because I had to have one player with two first names.

Ben Zobrist – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  He’s way overdue to get scorching hot, cause so far owning him has been like watching the Drew Barrymore movie, Never Been Kissed, only it’s running through my head as Never Ben Zobrist.

Aaron Hicks – 4-for-4, 2 runs and came a homer short of the cycle.  Since I was watching Roberto Hernandez pitch my stats sideways yesterday, I also got to watch Hicks for a few at-bats.  Kinda surprising that he only has 6 steals and a .205 average.  He’s fast, y’all!  With his speed alone, he would have an above average BABIP and a decent average if he just stopped striking out so much.  I already can feel a January Grey busting out an Aaron Hicks sleeper post.

Justin Morneau – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer.  He has 4 homers in the last ten days.  He also has only four hits.  No lie.  I had to look at it twice to make sure I wasn’t looking at Adam Dunn’s player page.

Wei-Yin Chen – Will return on Wednesday.  Here’s what I’ve said previously, “I stashed Chen in one league where we need pitching (assuming Rudy hasn’t dropped him as of this writing).  He’s pretty marginal in mixed leagues (as you’ll see from his projections on his player page), but he could be a back end starter in deeper mixed leagues.  Think high-6 K/9 and low 2 BB/9.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Scott Feldman – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Ironldman pressed then folded fairly quickly.  Now has a 7.15 ERA with the Orioles.  O’s well.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  He’s also hitting around .200 in the last week.  Are we far enough from his hype machine that generated buzz to an ungodly amount when he was drafted to realize he’s a bust?  People said he had Joe Mauer power when that meant around 30 homers, but they also didn’t think he’d struggle to hit .240.  I’ll tell you what, Chuck Norris never disappointed this much.

Manny Machado – 3-for-5, 1 RBI.  I love you, MaMa.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 6th caught stealing and he only has 4 steals on the year.  Um, that sucks.  And not in the good way like a crazy straw.

David Murphy – 2-for-5, 1 run and hitting near .300 in the last week with two homers.  You know what time it is.  No, not 8:34 AM.  Ugh, forget it.

Derek Jeter – Joe Girardi said, “There’s a chance (Jeter) returns this weekend.”  Be interesting to see if Jeter can mesh with the youngsters the Yanks brought in like Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner.

Billy Butler – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer off of Hughes.  The mild-mannered Butler got enraged when a Yankee fan screamed Hughes’ name, mispronouncing it.  Butler stomped around the bases, “Who’s the hugest?!”

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Wow, Mostsuckass’s average is up to .217.  That actually wasn’t sarcastic.  I remember when he was hitting around .170, and my memory doesn’t go back that far.

Jon Niese – Was cleared to begin rehab.  Must’ve been a wide berth to clear him and his nose.

Tim Lincecum – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks.  His ERA is still ugly at 4.61, but it should be much lower and his Ks have been great.  He did have a favorable strike zone in yesterday’s game, but maybe the ump bought Lincecum low in his fantasy league.  Wouldn’t be the dumbest move.

Buster Posey – 5-for-8, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .318.  Buster tried to get his homer into the McCovey Cove so it could be near a loose seal.

Neil Walker – Out again after an MRI on his side.  The Pirates aren’t sure when he’s going to return.  Geez, this sounds all so oblique.

Jeff Locke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, 2.15 ERA.  Well, no regression there.  He has a barely 6 K-rate and a 3.88 BB/9 so a change to his ERA gonna come, Sam Cooke.

Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his record to 12-3 and his ERA to 2.69.  Here’s a factual tidbit, “This was Colon’s 11th straight start of at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs.  That’s tied for the second-longest such streak for the A’s in the live ball era.”  Here’s a non-factual tidbit, “Lance Armstrong tells ladies they’ve just entered the ‘one live ball era.'”

Ryan Howard – Out for two months with surgery on his knee.  I just told you to sell him last Friday, but that’s now a pipe dream like Pookie had in New Jack City.  I’d go ahead and drop him if I didn’t have DL room.

John Lannan – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His opening bid on eBay still hasn’t been reached.

Ben Revere – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 21st steal.  Hitting north of .350 in the last week is what Ben has done, not “has Ben —  done.”   Almost palindrome!

Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 9th steal.  I’ve been working in the Razzbatory (hmm, that sounds weird) on the top 100 2nd half rankings that will be published next week and I spent a bit of time trying to figure out if Rollins would make it.  He didn’t (yet, maybe I’ll change that still), but I could see him putting together a solid 2nd half.  He looked done last year too, and he had 15 homers and 16 steals after the break.

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks as he returned from the DL.  I wouldn’t rush out to pick him up.  I wouldn’t even saunter out to get him.  Not even a meander, accidentally bumping into him on the waiver wire because then I’d have to make up an excuse why I never return his phone calls.

Mike Minor – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, 3.05 ERA vs. the MIA Marlins.  Minor B-sharp yesterday.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-6, 1 RBI. Why he’s hitting 8th, I have no idea, but Johnson is still maintaining his hot hitting.  OWH!  (Own While Hot; acronyms aren’t so great when you have to explain them.)

Justin Upton – 2-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  I’m going to reserve my excitement for when he does it for a week straight.  So, lowercase yay.

Justin Ruggiano – 1-for-5 and 2 steals.  Damn, Rudy beat me to the Hitter-Tron punch yesterday and grabbed Ruggiano before I had a chance.  Rudy also streams about five hitters every day, so it’s not that surprising.  Our very own Mr. Gamble could pass my 192 waiver wire moves within two weeks.  I never thought I’d see the day.

Yasmani Grandal – Will miss about a year with ACL surgery.  He’ll be a nice DL stash next year in 10-team leagues that only use Padre hitters who have been busted for PEDs.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Nothing like Petco to arouse Chatwood.

Roy Oswalt – To the DL with a strained hamstring.  The Rockies replaced him on the roster with Charlie Blackmon.  I don’t even want to know what Paula Deen would call him.

Carlos Gonzalez – Didn’t start yesterday due to a sore wrist and all this time I thought he had some kind of doctorate that was abbreviated DTD.

From Around The Web

  1. RyKo says:
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    How great is it watching live baseball while posting this late night article! 2 AM here, top of 16. Don’t even know why I’m still up.

    Suppose I need a question huh…Since Erasmo is RP eligible & I like being a bastard & start no closers from time to time (Quality Starts is a category) give me a 1B/OF name I could target for a possible Mariano trade. Holland is my backup with a few low end options as FA’s if need be.

    Best offer I got so far is Weiters – And that would pretty much let me dump Montero & Arencibia.

    As always, great read. Thanks Grey

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RyKo: Hosmer? He’s been on fire lately and I buy it. Don’t hate the Wieters move though either, as it’d open up a spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RyKo: Thanks! Sure, take it

  2. Dominican Power says:
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    I traded Ibanez for Peralta because my SS position is dire(Scutaro).

      • Dominican Power says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        You don’t think Ibanez isn’t going to fall off the face of the earth? He literally just hits bombs and I play in 6×6 league that counts OBP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’ll show down at some point, but own him while he’s going well…Go tot eh podcast post for followups

  3. Kyle says:
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    Great article. Hey quick question, I’m buying into the erasmo hype and I’m trying to find a pitcher to drop for him. Is it time to give up on medlen for erasmo after medlens brutal month and the fact he might go bullpen with beachys arrival? If you think to hold medlen my other bottom pitcher is G. Cole. Or hold on erasmo all together?

    • Alky Sobrera says:
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      @Kyle:
      Way too early to give up on medlen, and braves will likely use beachy out of the pen initially, a la medlen of 2012.
      Cole meanwhile might not stick when wandy returns (last I heard). Either way, with his lack of Ks, I dropped cole for erasmo for more of that sweet rookie nookie! Hope that helps.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kyle: Yea Cole would be the drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle: Agree with JB

  4. Wallie says:
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    A little early, but are we starting Erasmo at home vs BOS?

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Wallie: I’m not, I’ll let him ride pine and hope he inspires my confidence

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wallie: I actually think I might since at Safeco

  5. DrEasy says:
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    Choices, choices:

    – David Murphy or Mitch Moreland?
    – DL stash: Jeter or Ogando?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DrEasy: ROS? Still Moreland. Then depends on need, prob Jeter as Ogando might move the bullpen

  6. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Lol’d on loose seal, season 5 please! With you on hernandez btw, saw the stats to start a h2h…”I’ve made a huge mistake.”
    Thanks for the great 4am insomniac read, and can’t wait for midseason rankings.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: I’m halfway through season 4 and not digging it… I know I need to put my head down, power through…

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I definitely have not been enjoying season 4 on a level anywhere near that of the first 3 season.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I ended up being mad at 4. The format just didn’t do it for me, because I felt like I didn’t see some of the characters forever. Honestly preferred the end of 3 than most of 4, as rushed as that was. Read that 4 is more of a bridge season though, with hopes for a 5 out there, so fingers crossed!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Alky Sobrera: Lets hope so, just had a totally different air to it. At least so far for me, I watched the first 5-6 right away and haven’t finished.

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @JB Gilpin: 4 was good, just have to give it time. The first couple of sodes are boring but necessary so you know what is going on. The Tony Wonder and Gob thing might be the funniest and most uncomfortable thing ever filmed…

  7. Yeshcheese says:
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    Ugh, Omar get got by the little hopper and looking at the DL and now I’m looking at MI FA for the first time this season and WTF?? Quintinilla, hechavarria, DJ Glowstick and Forsythia??

    Calling in the jittery tron (iphone spell check) let’s see what this stream of crap can produce!!

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Yeshcheese: guess I should clarify, Omar infante to DL.

      And can I just write my ode sonnet to the steady contributions of Infante and M Carpenter this year? I don’t miss the Ugglas or Weeks or Zobrists of the world. I don’t care if they’re boring.

      Also what’s up with Andrleton did he get abducted by Aliens?? I wish better things for his 2nd half

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Hah, I’d probably go DJ right now

  8. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Do I start either Nolasco or Kennedy? Neither? Or both? 12 team, h2h, and it’s fairly deep since we have 26 roster spots.

    • blinkldhc says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache:

      Ha, I’ve got Nolasco and Kennedy in my 12-team H2H, 26-player roster…. and I’ve been starting both. It depends on your overall quality of your rotation, although I think Kennedy is a must-start on most teams right now, and Nolasco is a 50/50 start on a good team.

      In Kennedy’s last 23.2 IP, he has 3 quality starts, a 24:9 K:BB ratio, and a 3.42/1.18/9.13 ERA/WHIP/K/9 split.

      Nolasco has regressed a little bit, but he’s still a decent bet for a 2-3ER, 7 IP, 5K sort of start. Depending on your starting rotation, I think that’s a startable pitcher.

      For me, my rotation has been terrible/unlucky (I drafted 7 pitchers, all 7 have been DL’d at one point, including guys like Brandon Morrow). Right now, my staff is led by AJ Burnett, Garza, Lincecum, E. Santana, Dempster, Hellickson, and Nolasco and Kennedy. So, that’s why I’m starting those two.

      • blinkldhc says:
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        @blinkldhc:

        I should add that I drafted 7 SP, and all 7 hit the DL, and I have since dropped 6 of the 7 (Burnett is the only one who made the cut).

        I picked up Ervin Santana, Ian Kennedy, Garza, Hellickson, Dempster, Jacob Turner, Lincecum, Nolasco off of the FA/waiver-wire. It”s probably as good of a rotation as you can get without drafting any of them.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: I like to start both, gives you the best shot at a W, the hardest stat to get in standard cats

  9. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Stanislaw or Frazier rest of the way?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: Is that Grey’s reference to Ethier? That’s what I gathered! I’d go Frazier for the eligibilty, and read “His Master’s Voice” for some great philosophic sci-fi

      • Natural Born Champs says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lol maybe he ment aj pollock? U never know with him except for he has got a woodie for Todd :]

  10. bossmanjunior says:
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    Gee or Hellickson ROS?

  11. Willie-O says:
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    Hey Grey/all,

    Great write up as always…and a steady diet of it, too. In a 7×7 (OBP and hits are extra) 12 team. Tops with runs. Could use RBI’s and homers.

    Would you trade Votto and Choo for Rizzo and Braun. I’m hesitant to lose two OBP monsters but my only LF is Frazier and I could jettison him and slot in Fowler.

    Thanks in advance!

    • blinkldhc says:
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      @Willie-O:

      I’d definitely stick with Votto/Choo in an OBP league. Votto seems like he’s yet to have a true, vintage power hot streak, so when he does, he’ll be back to being an elite overall hitter (as opposed to an elite BA/OBP machine).

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Willie-O: Votto didn’t have a homer last night, woooooo! At least some things are nice for Brewers fans. I’d hold as well, want to see Braun is healthy with that thumb for a little while

  12. Derrick says:
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    Got offered Addison Reed for Cole in a re-draft. Who would you rather have?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Derrick: Depends on saves/starter needs, probably Addison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick: Reed, it’s not close

  13. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I drafted Matt Kemp in three leagues this year. The only other year I drafted him was the Rihanna year. Kemp now goes on my “never draft again” list.

    • fungazi says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: The never draft again list is probably a guarantee that he’ll go 40/40 next year.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @fungazi: I agree.

        I will be sure to tell everyone here to draft Kemp next year solely because I will not be drafting him.

        I am simply not going to allow Kemp to ruin my chances in a third year by me drafting him and him being bad.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Haha yea shoot me a head up next year if he’s not on any of your teams :)

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: you have been in here long enough to know better…..shameful…..I hope you draft this bad in football!

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: A good rule of thumb is to not spend a premium pick (think top 25-30) on a player coming off of a significant injury or offseason surgery. I also try to avoid the guys in the early rounds who are on the downside and could fall off a cliff at any time (age 33+). Getting stuck with a Kemp or a Pujols really makes it tough to win.

  14. blinkldhc says:
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    Btw, if you’re in need of a 2B, I’d buy Dan Uggla low ASAP. He got new contact lenses about a month ago, and in the last 30 days he’s hit .247/.340/.490 in 89 ABs, with 13 R, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 11 XBH.

    And he’s always been a better 2nd-half hitter, .245/.336/.462 1st half, .257/.350/.472 in the 2nd half. So, you take that with the improved vision, and I think Uggla should be a top-5 2B the rest of the way.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @blinkldhc: Thanks for the info! I do buy he can improve, but dunno about being a top-5 2B

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @blinkldhc: Yup. bought low a couple weeks ago. He now has one more HR and 3 less RBI than Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blinkldhc: Interesting… Thanks for the heads up!

  15. Double Middles says:
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    Need Kemp advice. 5×5 OBP redraft league. Can get Pedroia, Headley and Schierholz/Ichiro for my Utley, Arenado and Kemp. Basically giving Kemp away in that deal but he could be out for a while and I’m getting upgrades on the other pieces. Do it?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Double Middles: I like the upgrade at 2B, buying low on Headley, don’t think it’s giving him away, I like it

  16. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams. I was offered Belt and Reed for Goldschmidt. Thx

  17. Peter says:
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    Riding a little high on R and SB, a lot low on HR/RBI in a 10 team H2H.
    ROS thoughts on:

    Ichiro
    Aoki
    Eaton

    Will need to drop one when Eaton comes off the DL, in order to try and secure some power.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Peter: Gotta be Ichiro, but in 10 team both are droppable since you need power

      • Peter says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, much help, as I think I’m being blinded by Ichiro’s recent successes….

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Peter: Yeah he’s been better lately, still only 5 homers, will go like 9/22 or something and hit .270, very meh esp. since you need power

  18. El Famous Burrito says:
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    How about the hotels that don’t even try to come up with a decent name, they just tell you what you could have figured out by looking at it, i.e. Red Roof Inn.

  19. mcBlunty says:
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    jeter or peralta ros?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mcBlunty: Peralta

  20. griff says:
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    Grey,
    Are you comfortable plugging in Erasmo and starting him Thursday or should we wait a couple of starts?

    • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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      @griff: Its definitely not a great idea.. which is why I’m doing it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @griff: Haha agree with above, don’t feel great about it, but I think he’s a start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @griff: Agree with others

  21. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Can’t find Erasmos pitch speeds or how many pitches he has. Any insight? Kid in my league has kemp and needed a hitter so he dropped erasmo 1 day too early in 2 ways. Bonderman sent down and kemp to DL opened up roster spot. Haha. Anywho. I have first waiver claim as he comes off tomorrow. Got porcello or nova to drop. Whatcha think?? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: I’d drop Nova for him, last year avg fastball 92.8, usually change-up, then slider and curve as well

  22. John says:
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    I may be late to the party on this one, but is it time to drop Lind?

    • lonestar says:
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      @John:

      Grey said droppable yesterday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Yup with the back issue, droppable

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @John:

      i don’t think lind should be dropped, if you have the bench room.

      OMG he’s only had 1 hr in the past 10 games and his ops is all the way down to .889!!

      he also had a back strain. i wouldn’t drop him just yet.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Byron from Austin: 13 Ks and only 1 BB last ten, a 6-1 220 lbs guy doesnt have a back strain just go away, although great timing for ASB.

  23. EK says:
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    Pls rank for h2h pts:
    Blanton @ SEA (17.8)
    Doubront @ SEA (17.6)
    Porcello v CWS (10.3)
    Gaudin @ SD (5.2)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Id prob go Doubront Porcello Gaudin Blantom

  24. papasmurf says:
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    I also finally gave up on Lester, for Skaggs. He can Mo-Lester someone else’s stats.

    I should also get rid of Simmons. I’ve been literally one click away on the ‘confirm’ drop page so many times with him. Yet he is still on my roster. Had him bench for a few wks now. Finally spot start him against the lowly Slowey and he’s 0 for 7. Andrelton is French for out-machine.

    BJ Upton’s still on my roster too. I guess I am still holding out hope that a Soriano-esque streak is still on the way. But even if he has a big two week stretch, is it worth it to carry dead weight for the rest of the year? Looks like a historically bad season.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Tough yea for Smurf Nation! Sorry man… I would still Lester, but don’t fault that move at all. I still like Simmons, still scoring runs. BJ I’m less a believer in, think he’s more droppable for ya

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Ha! Yeah, think it’s time to move on from Upton

  25. Jimbo says:
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    Keeper league: Should I trade Beachy and Desmond for Matt Cain? I have Tulo coming off the DL soon (I hope!).

    Also who would you prefer, Matt Cain or Gio Gonzalez???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jimbo: Rather Gio in keeper, I would probably hold

  26. Scottie O. says:
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    Awesome daily again Grey. Which leads me to my question (yes it has to do with a catcher):

    I need to make room to pick up Erasmo & have been carrying 2x C’s in Perez (drafted) & Lucroy (picked up when he heated up a few weeks back). I’m in a single catcher league & having 2 catchers is usually one of my no-no rules…but here I am.

    So, which catcher should I drop for Erasmo?

    Cheers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scottie O.: UH oh look out for Cram… I’d rather have Lucroy, power stroke, average a little lower but beating in all other stats

  27. The Wickler says:
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    Lester can burn in hell at this point…I finally decide to trust him again and he treats me like a french hooker that he just finished with.

    On a different note, time to go ahead and drop Aramis? Own Rendon and could use the roster spot to pick up Erasmo. Thoughts?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @The Wickler:
      Another player father time is finally catching up to. First Konerko then Rollins now A-Ram.

      Gonna look out for the guys who could reach that stage next year.

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @The Wickler:

      don’t drop aramis, just put him on the dl.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Wickler: Agree, if you have the DL spot throw him there, but if a better player is on there, I’d still probably try to stash, he’s just going DL to get extended rest over ASB, will be back in 15

      • The Wickler says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Already have Grandy and Cobb on the DL. Worth burning a roster spot on him still? I get the feeling that he just isn’t going to be healthy all year.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Wickler: I’d throw out Cobb, scared of his mental state returning

  28. John Olerud says:
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    Someone dropped BJ Upton…worth picking up? What about dropping Ike Davis for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Olerud: Hmmm, if not using Ike for CI, I might, but not stammering to the wire for him if a waiver needs to be used

  29. TheNewGuy says:
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    Offered Jo-Fer for Buchholtz in my non-keeper H2H needing someone who will be pitching come my playoffs. Thought Buchholtz was right about to come back but seems he’s still a little way off.

    Anyway the offers just been accepted, did I make a major boo-boo? Buchholtz has burned me in the past but he seems legit this year, his K rate has gone through the roof.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Well if you’re near the top you’ll have someone for the playoffs. Like it

  30. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Should I drop Josh Johnson for Erasmo Ramirez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Man JJ has been brutal. I bought in a little too, but I’m off, Erasmo

  31. ROBHALLA says:
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    Rank Em – ROS

    Medlen Fister (Fuckahhhh!!) J.Fernandez, Erasmo.

    I own Fister and Medlen , just not sure if Fernandez should be on waivers over either of them.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ROBHALLA: Yea even with limit, gotta take JoFer first, then the order you have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ROBHALLA: Lose Fister for Fernandez…

  32. Kc says:
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    I am thinking about offering my Pedroia and Jackson for Ellsebury and Kendrick to make up for steals. Which side wins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kc: Like left side better, but it does fit your need. That said AJax should give you some speed in the 2nd half

  33. Ian says:
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    Is Erasmo a decent start in Seattle vs. the Red Sox?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ian: I’d play

  34. MPC says:
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    Hey Grey– am I just being a typical fantasy baseballer (as your mom would say) and being slightly underwhelmed with Myers first 20 games? Thanks for the great post and the heads up on Erasmo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MPC: I was lower on him than most, always thought the average would be the knock. Doing about what I expected to this point

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MPC: It’s just 20 games… Thanks!

  35. Morgan says:
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    I need to drop two players with Braun coming off the DL and I would like to pick up Erasmo,, who do you think I should drop out of these players? Ike Davis, Rajai Davis, JJ Hardy, Gee, Hefner, De La Rosa, D Holland and Nick Franklin.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Morgan: De La Rosa and probably Ike

      • Morgan says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what about Wil Myers or Cingrani with Braun coming off the DL?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Morgan: Still probably those other two, Cingrani is close though, worried he is regressing and will lose SP spot at some point

          • Morgan says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yeah I have Ike in my IF spot, the only other guy I can plug in there is JJ Hardy so I will start Cingrani today and activate Braun tomorrow

            • Morgan says:
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              @Morgan: and drop Cingrani I mean

  36. Sanfran says:
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    Picked up Timmy and streamed him and FAT Bart last night. I grabbed Colon for ratio help 3 starts ago.

    Doubrant looks tempting at Seattle on Thursday

    Would you hold drop Lincecum (next start at SD) or Colon for Doubront?

    Remaining SPs are Wainwright, Strass, Shark, A Sanchez….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sanfran: Hold Lincecum.

  37. KevinK says:
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    Own Cashner— Drop for Erasmo or Nova…

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @KevinK:

      i’ve thought about dropping cashner for nova as well, but ehhhhh it’s tough.

      both have disappointing k rates, cash has the better home park… can’t honestly say nova has a better lineup behind him. much tougher division for nova to pitch in, too…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KevinK: Rather Erasmo of the 3

  38. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    Weiters or Salvador Perez ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kobayashi Maru: Depends on need, power Wieters AVG Perez

  39. Byron from Austin says:
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    so ummmmm… brett wallace or justin smoak?

    real question, right there.

  40. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hi the Greyt one, my rotation has underperformed all year, and wondering if you could help me out.

    Heres my arms:
    Bailey, Price, Gio, Hamels, Latos, Leake, Fister, Turner, Kluber, Peavy.

    I always seem to pitch some mid tier guys for their stinkers, and miss their dominant ones (like Bailey…yup missed the no-no). Should I just pick my best 6/7 guys and start them every time out? Or maybe pitch my top guys every time out but pick matchups for the rest of them, if so who’s the cutoff point?. It’s really starting to pee me off! I have the starters to be competitive just cant get the results outta them.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Depends on innings limit, but I’d play those guys pretty much every time out, but I am benching Fister v. TEX

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Im going nowhere near Fister vs Tex, hes been getting rocked recently vs everyone. Bailey’s just so god damn inconsistent!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Yea Fister has been “fisting” a lot of pitches (overthrowing them) and even though walks still aren’t terrible, control isn’t there

  41. Casey says:
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    Hi Grey. A guy in my league wants homers and saves and wants to trade me Aoki and Ryu for Adrian Gonzalez and Mujica. Any thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Casey: If you need the SP help and can afford to lose RBIs, sure, but dont love it

      • Casey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. I appreciate the advice.

      • Casey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the advice.

  42. Jason says:
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    I just did a trade where I got Kershaw for Greinke & Mujica.

    I currently sit first in saves by 19 and wins by 2 but and dead last in ERA, but it has gotten much better as of late and I could get out of the cellar with a few more good days.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Wow, robbery!

      • Jason says:
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        I was surprised he accepted. He is last in saves so I thought this had a small chance to go through.

  43. Johnny says:
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    Grey, can you rank these SP rest of season?

    Loshe
    Hellickson
    Cueto

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johnny: Lohse, Cueto (injury question marks), Hell

  44. dave says:
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    In 12 team, h2h, keeper league I’ve been offered Carlos Santana, Hanley Ramirez, and Carl Crawford for Posey, Sstarlin Castro, and Kemp? Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dave: Hold

  45. Kap says:
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    Getting a lot of offers for Teheran in a keeper. I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the proposals, but do you think Teheran can turn into a decent fantasy #1 arm or good #2 in the next year or two? He certainly has had some dominant outings, but far more “meh” ones. I could use the hitting help (last in HR and RBI), but I also want to hold onto Teheran if he’s going to get better. The only other potential pitching keepers I have are Sabathia and Shields, so not too great for a 12-teamer.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kap: IN a year or two? Bottom end #2 is best case in my eyes. Hah nice use of “meh” I use that a lot. I’d keep holding until blown away

  46. Chris says:
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    JB/Grey,

    Start Nolasco/Cingrani tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I would Nolasco, depending on start/innings limit leaning towards no for Cingrani, just have a bad feeling. Brewers seen him once before.

  47. Jason Katnip says:
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    Picked up Eric Young. He has 5 steals in last 5 games. SAGNOF!

  48. Mjh says:
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    ROS: Ike or BJ? Been snagging disgraced name brands off the waiver wire, but eventually one runs out of space and patience and needs to win now to make the playoffs for which said buns had been stashed.

    • Mjh says:
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      @Mjh:
      Where “buns” = “bums”

      Though that Ike Davis, fine buns.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mjh: Ugh, BJ I guess, he at least has a little speed upside too

  49. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Once upon a time, I saw the John Popper Project (screw Blues Traveler but that album with DJ Logic is dope) at a small club and Dave Coulier came out to jam on harmonica for the encore. Dude can jam.

  50. Spencer says:
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    Trying to work a trade to replace Aramis at 3B. In the meantime, what 2B/3B combination do you like better with Seager being one half of the combo? League counts R,SB,HR,RBI,OBP,SLG.

    N Franklin
    Rendon
    Dozier
    Beckham
    K Johnson
    J Francisco
    Freese
    C Johnson

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: Meh, Freese still, but tough to bench Franklin who is staying a lot hotter than I thought

  51. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Have been in desperate need of 3B all season (been playing Moustakas and Gyorko)…

    Being offered M. Cabrera for A. Jones, G. Holland, and either A. Wainwright or D. Price

    Pull the trigger? If so, which pitcher is the better ROS pick between Price and Wainwright?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gonzo_The_Great: Whew, a lot to give up, but don’t hate it. Price would be my pick pretty easy, would do that for ya

  52. Jon says:
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    Starting any of these guys?

    Quintana @ DET
    Milone @ PIT
    Porcello vs CHW
    Cashner vs COL
    EJax vs STL
    Erasmo vs BOS

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: I like Erasmo and Porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Cashner at home is a start always, Erasmo, Porcello

  53. Sniff Test says:
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    I’m curious about Felix Doubrant’s high ranking this week per SON. It’s Dave Chapelle high. He seems much safer at home than away and Lester just got Mo-Lestered at Safeco. Would you recommend dropping Maholm to stream this start?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Sure, not a big Maholm guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sniff Test: SON questions are for Rudy and should be posted on the SON page… I like him better than Maholm

  54. dave says:
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    12 team, H2H, keeper league – I’ve been offered Carlos Santana, HanRam, and Carl Crawford for Kemp, Posey and Starlin Castro? Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dave: I’d hold

      • dave says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what about either HanRam, Machado, Encarnacion, or Darvish straight-up for Kemp?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @dave: I’d take all 3 of the guys besides HanRam for him right now

  55. Steve D. says:
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    Nolasco or Era-smo “small” Ramirez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D.: Prefer Nolasco, narrowly

  56. Sal says:
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    Looking for pitching in a league where we have two positional players in every spot, 4 Of and 3 untility spots. Positional players are all set and I have Marte aoki and beckham in the util plus Seth smith Cain and yunel on my bench and gyorko on the DL.

    Would you trade aoki and yunel for matt Moore or gyorko and yunel. Guy needs serious help in the MI position. I like aoki because of his hit hit totals as that is a category? Thoughts on gyorko when he comes back?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sal: Since Aoki and Gyorko take position out of it, I’d rather trade Gyorko and Yunel, and love it

  57. Jon says:
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    Who would you drop if Tulo comes back later this week?

    BJ, Reddick, Leonys, Lind, Frazier

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Lind

  58. Hans says:
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    Drop Cingrani for Erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hans: Yea I would

      • Pope says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Would you drop cingrani for nolasco?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pope: Man tough one. I’ll say yea in redraft

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Pope: Yup, like the move

  59. Manutebologna says:
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    I just picked up Oliver Perez to help with my terrible ratios and maybe get a vulture save or two, so what does he do? Shats all over my ratios like a Safeco seagull.

    At least I get some of that fresh rookie nookie with Erasmo now

  60. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Thoughts on Pineda? I have him and he would be a 14th rd keeper next year but odds are unless he comes out lights out he’s not making the keeper list over my top 5 guys. Someone you would hang onto or cut lose?

    • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: or atleast wait til after trade deadline and see if a rotation spot opens up for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: I’m not big on Pineda succeeding this year. Cuttable if you need the spot

  61. ALLEN says:
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    I can’t keep rolling with two catchers.

    Who you guys like better ROS- Mccann or Wieters

    I think Wieters’ ceiling is higher obviously but its still a coin flip to me.

    I wanted to grab Kluber, Gee, or Porcello

    I’ve got Felix, Waino, Latos, Samardizja, Lynn, Teheran, Erasmo, Cole, Griffin, Peavy.

    Maybe I should just hold, now I am confusing myself, I guess that is why I am asking.

    • ALLEN says:
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      @ALLEN: Wanted to clarify…should I drop Mccann or Wieters to grab Kluber, Gee, or Porcello?

    • chillmodious says:
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      @ALLEN: Don’t carry two catchers. Popeil McCann, pick up Kluber, then stream the shizz out of that spot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ALLEN: Agree with above, but it’d be Wieters for Kluber for me

  62. chillmodious says:
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    Morning Grey… Got some streamer questions for you…

    1. For today, and of these three shmos, who would be your #1 and #2 choices to stream?:

    Cingrani @ Mil (SON $10.5)
    Nolasco @ Ari (SON $0.9)
    Straily @ Pit (SON $9.5)

    2. For tomorrow only, stream Jacob Turner vs. Atl (SON $1.8) or Zack Wheeler @ SF (SON -$0.8), or neither?

    C.

    4. [ADVANCE NOTE: JB, please do not answer this question!] Do I dare trust Porcello tomorrow against the White Sox? SON approves, but I’m still cleaning up the Cleveland Steamer he dropped on my ratios the last time I owned him. [Thanks, JB!]

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: Nolaso and Straily. Turner. C – blank D- I didn’t see anything

  63. Swaz says:
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    14 team H2H points league ROS: Andrus or R Weeks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Swaz: Ugh, Andrus

      • Swaz says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I second the ugh.

  64. Steve Stevenson says:
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    3B start this week: Francisco, who’s hot but faces 3 lefties, whom he’s awful against; or Frazier, who’s on the road all week, where he’s awful?

    12-team IP cap roto, OK to dump Lester? I’m carrying 5 SP and am just barely ahead of IP pace. Need wins most, but there are viable streamers out there: Kluber, Tillman, etc, though the immediate add would be Erasmo.

    Same OBP roto league, in 1st but could add pts in saves, where I’m mid-pack. League is crazy for closers, so getting one in trade is tough, but another decent one would probably add 6-8 pts for me. I know it’s not great in a vacuum, but should I offer Upton for Kimbrel? I have Harper, Gomez, Bruce, both Uptons and Rizzo for 4 spots.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Hah, I’d go Frazier still. Yea, droppable nowadays. Not crazy, maybe offer Rizzo first?

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks. I’ve asked the other owner what he thinks of Rizzo, who has some keeper value in our format, but that didn’t get a reply. I know he’s interested in Upton.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: Maybe formally throw out the trade anyway and see if ya get lucky

  65. Benny says:
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    What are your thoughts on Carlos Gomez? In a vaccuum, would you look to aquire him in a dynasty league? Do you think he can keep up what he’s done for the past year and a half? Or do you think the bottom might fall out?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Benny: Love him for dynasty. Team friendly deal, love playing for the Brewers and will be our CF for a while, still not that old

  66. Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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    Lose Hefner for Erasmo in 16 team H2H? Feel like Erasmo has a pretty good chance of being shut down for the only playoffs that matter to a Mariners fan.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado: Tough to drop Hefner right now the way he’s pitching, but yea like Erasmo narrowly more

  67. AB says:
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    Is Nelson Cruz a sell high right now, or ride out the roid year? What kind of SP would you want for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AB: Yea with injury concerns, I would sell. mid-tier #2 SP or so.

  68. B.J. says:
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    Hey fellas,

    At this point what are you guys doing with Lester? Is he a put on the bench and wait out option or are folks tossing him to the wire? I’m sure it’s dependent on league size but he’s been brutal for the last month plus.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @B.J.: Yea standard 10-team, lose him. Past that bench

      • B.J. says:
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        @JB Gilpin: That’s what I was thinking. I’m in a 12 team H2H with a 6 man bench so I guess it’s a wait and see for me based off the arms on the wire.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @B.J.: Yea I’d hold there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.J.: Depends who you can drop him for

  69. AB says:
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    ROS: Rollins or Peralta?
    Thanks JB

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AB: Still Rollins this point on for me

  70. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Yesterday was a stinker for me across the board in Yahoo And RazzBall… Just one of those days… Ho hum…

    It got me to thinking about the differences between my teams… It is like they have their own personalities..

    One team is outstanding… No matter what I do, everything is set right – by something, that I have little control over and can take little to no credit for.. It just manages all on its own to score more points than the rest of the league over and over.. It is injury free… It is like some FBB God like you or Rudy owns and runs it..

    Another Yahoo, is not a bad team – excepting getting players to play… I will never be able to fill out my positional “games allowed” in Yahoo with it for numerous position …. At one point, I was 20 games behind in the OF… I have not missed a day trying to fill out that position – even adding OFers to repair it on slow days… The players just don’t play… It is simply a bunch of lumpen turants – and they are training room queens to boot.. If there is a rain out in MLB, these players will be there… They all carry umbrellas.. It coulda shoulda woulda been a winner…

    My last Yahoo team is a mistake in progress… It is loaded and under performing … It has suffered badly from the Off-Season-Itus for SPs this year in MLB… I have many IP to make up – so it may improve and finish in 1st… It will be close… Injuries and off days have factored big here too… Chris Davis leads an otherwise under performing lineup… A frustrating team.. It should have been my best… The teams refuses to move forward… It’s like they are all laying around at the beach drinking Long Island Ice Teas instead of play ball.. It has not been injury free either… ((Yahoo is not so bad for injuries as the puddle is so much deeper))…

    My RazzBall team has been a headache all year… I have lived on the edge with it… It demands far to much attention… I may rename it, the Squeaky Wheels.. Last night, it stunk it up… But at least, it is on the rise… Even a 2nd place finish would be a victory for this group… Massive early injuries and the resulting loss of ABs will prevent final victory here…

    In general, this has been an off year for the forecasters of top SPs in FBB and the pitchers themselves…

    Also, it has been another year of many new players stepping forward as the older stalwarts of the game decline…

    This site has been a good place to follow this season… However, I probably should have been studying more than goofing off on here… But, it’s too much fun on here..

    Thanks RazzBall

    Look out your window, Mr. Gray… There is a bunch of demonstrators out there…

    FREE MR. WRONG!!!!

    FREE THE RAZZBALL ONE!!!!

    OCCUPY!!!!

    FREE JAY OR PAY!!!!

    LA RAZZA!!!

    SHUT IT DOWN!!!

    FREE MR WRONG!!!

    JAY IS THE WAY!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: Studying? Pssshhh overrated! Jay will only be let free when he gives me the trophy for winning our cage match

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: cage match, that was more of a pillow fight

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: got taken out by a goose down?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: It was very forceful, he needs facial reconstruction surgery

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @JB Gilpin: sounds like you hit him with a sock full of nickles

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: And with my size 17 foot, twas a lot of nickles

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @JB Gilpin: dude, you’re like 5’7″

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Those aren’t demonstrators, they’re a moving company for picket signs…

  71. Queso Grande says:
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    Drop Pineda for Erasmo?

  72. Queso Grande says:
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    Kluber, Porcello, Doubront also available.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Queso Grande: Like Kluber the best still

  73. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Do you guys collect stats on the accuracy/results of both the Steam-o-Nator and Hitter-Tron?

    They both provide dollar amounts for players based on projections/predictions, but it would be great to be able to look back at what a player was projected at and what they ended up being valued at after their performance. This would go a long way to determining how useful these tools really are. I think the concept of them is great and you guys are my go-to source for fantasy baseball advice, but it seems it wouldn’t be a far stretch to collect this data.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Not sure, I’ll have to ask Rudy about that

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Please do. Seems like a great way to easily prove how awesome they are. Or on the flip-side, how not-so-awesome. But either way, it’s probably a must add if you really want people to take them seriously. Anyone can throw out predictions. Cust saying…

        I’m a software architect and die-hard fantasy baseball enthusiast so the Stream-o-Nator and Hitter-Tron fall into my “this is effin awesome” category. Be happy to lend a hand if you jabronies ever needed…

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @malamoney:

          sounds like they should take you up on your offer .
          i’d certainly like to see those stats .

        • @malamoney: I shared SoN accuracy at the bottom of the page: razzball.com/streamers

          “What Is Your Expected Accuracy? – A test using a sample of 700 GS in May resulted in the following correlations between the projections and actuals: Wins (13%), Losses (12%), IP (29%), H (22%), ER (17%), K (40%), BB (18%), ERA (13%), WHIP (16%), $ (28%).”

          I wanted to wait until I had 30 days of historical Hitter-tron projectons available. Had started archiving on May 29th so just hit the mark a week or so ago. I’m swamped with other projects but will get around to this in the next couple of weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: You can ask Rudy on the SON or HT pages…

  74. Steve D. says:
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    My rotation is very average for a 10 team league:

    Mat Latos, Cin
    Jeff Locke, Pit
    Hiroki Kuroda, NYY
    Kris Medlen, Atl
    Tony Cingrani, Cin
    Ricky Nolasco, LAD
    Jon Lester, Bos

    I drafted heavy on bats and figured I’d always find the hot arm on the wire; I picked up Locke, Kuroda, Cingrani and Nolasco (just yesterday) from the wire. But Lincecum is still there on waivers free and clear.

    Drop any one of these guys for him?

    People keep telling me to have patience with Lester, that he’ll be better in the second half, but I’m starting to lose patience/faith…

    • AB says:
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      @Steve D.: JB said he’d drop Lester in a standard 10-team, but I wouldn’t want Lincecum either

      • Steve D. says:
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        @AB:

        I usually don’t stream until late-August/September based on where I’m at in starts (200 max), but I wouldn’t be against cutting Lester and streaming out of that spot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D.: Yea Lincecum is a good spot start against SD coming up, then stream from there

  75. Blue says:
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    Drop Cashner or Cingrani for Erasmo?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Blue: Cingrani, but it’s close

    • black & white says:
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      @Blue:

      I’d lean the other way, barely. What does the rest of your lineup look like?

      • Blue says:
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        @black & white:

        I have a beast pitching staff.

        Rest of my SP:
        Zimmerman
        Harvey
        Lynn
        S. Miller

        RP:
        Kimbrel
        Holland
        Benoit

        I also have Cobb on the DL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Blue: Agree with Jack, Cingrani would be my drop

  76. EK says:
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    Start Nova vs KC?
    10 team H2H pts

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Depends on any innings limits, but probably

  77. Bubba says:
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    Brantley or Gardner going forward?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bubba: Gardner

  78. Steve D. says:
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    Sell Hanley Ramirez high? Thinking of going after Longo for him, or putting together a bigger package including some other pieces for Mi Cab. I’m assuming he can’t possibly keep this up.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D.: If I could get Longo I’d be stoked, if not giving up the farm with HanRam, would love getting Cabrera, agree a big sell high

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Steve D.:

      still don’t understand why someone would want to trade away the best hitter in baseball .

      • Steve D. says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        You’d have to ask the guy who has him – he sent out a message saying he’s looking to move him. He has some specific needs (closer, 2B, starter) that he’s looking to fill.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Steve D.:

      let’s suppose you were to package han-ram with some other pieces .
      those other pieces would have to be better than the pieces that i already have .

      further , those pieces that i already have (and use) would have enough value , where
      i wouldn’t want to just out-right drop them .
      that would necessitate another trade … and then it get’s more complicated .

      the hell with it .
      i’ll just keep miggy .

      but , i’ll also listen to your offer .

  79. black & white says:
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    Was considering offering Rios for Masterson. Am I giving up too much. Should I am for something a little higher? In a 10 teamer and nobody is giving up pitching.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @black & white: That considered, I’d do it, Rios is regressing

      • black & white says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks a ton. You guys do some great work!

  80. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty I am looking to shake things up a bit. Should I trade wheeler soler walker for brandon philips and kyle loshe.

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

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

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yea I’d do that, losing some youth upside, but good players you’re getting

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ryan: Question is…will you actually do it?

  81. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    A team in my league is trading Jose Reyes for Homer Bailey straight up. Can this be vetoed? I mean team in 7th is giving up Reyes to the team in 2nd. Bailey for Reyes to me, IMO is no where near equal value. it’s a 5×5 10 team league. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Theodore Donald Kerabatsos: I’d rather Reyes, but you can’t veto that. Maybe bottom team loves no-hitter pitchers, maybe they think Reyes is about to get hurt again.

      • Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: ‘

        Thanks

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @JB Gilpin: baileys peripherals suggest he’s due for a streak of dominance, and it’s hard to get a pitcher who strikes out a batter per inning, and wins games. He could be a top 20 pitcher

  82. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    should I add Lucroy or stream Webster @ SEA…..thanks, great job as usual!

  83. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    I just looked it up and a fortnight is 2 weeks. The more you know…

      • Aero says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Score = 20 years. Four-Score = 80 years. Thank you, Abraham Lincoln and American history class! haha

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Aero: Ohhh yea that’s what I meant. I need to watch Daniel Day Lewis do it (haven’t seen Lincoln yet)

  84. Jon says:
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    Could I get some general advice? The only questionable spots in my lineup are CI and OF, really.

    CI: Frazier (with Lawrie on the DL)
    OF: Victorino, Jennings, Gardner, BJ, Leonys, Reddick – 6 guys for 3 spots and I’ve been doing a lot of platooning (I have Kemp on the DL, too, but it looks like I can’t rely on him at all for the year)

    Rest of my lineup is more than solid but I’m still looking for an upgrade. Would you try to deal for an OF first to avoid platooning or would you look for a solid 1B/3B to play in my corner spot?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Well if your positional guys are giving you enough power, the OF is giving ya speed, Frazier is most necessary move.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Jon:

      yeah .
      i have some general advice concerning frazier .
      since he’s been pizzing me off since the draft ,
      i think you should go over to his house and defecate on his lawn .
      or maybe , steal his dog .
      or both , since if you steal his dog , he’s going to need some fertilizer .

      if you could leave my name out of it , that would be nice .

  85. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    reading with one eye open and I only saw the rankings and missed the intro, how bad this could of been, huge fan of norm and Dirty Work, my buddy and I have been quoting that one since the 90’s, yeah we never grow up. My favorite scene

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud71mm2TxP4

  86. Brooklyn Bomber says:
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    Would you drop Turner for Erasmo? Who do you think holds a bigger upside going forward?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooklyn Bomber: Probably, Erasmo a little more K and W upside

  87. Wake Up says:
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    Fortnight: The number of nights it takes one to assemble their fort…they’re different for everybody, just like fingerprints or B-holes…also, this why Lincoln walked with a limp…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Took me 30 minutes with Lincoln Logs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: There’s the right answer, ha!

  88. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Hoping get the jump on next week. Is it too early to know what pitchers will be pitching during next week’s post All Star Game shortened week?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Yea there will be a lot of shuffling like the Patrick Corbin shift, Harvey will get moved a tad, I bet Shelby Miller moved back a little too, to conserve innings.

  89. Wake Up says:
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    Shout out JB!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: YYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  90. The Marte Partay says:
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    10 team 6 by 6 including OBP. I have depth at MI with Pedroia, Segura, Reyes and Utley. I currently am in first in runs by a large margin, and lead in HR’s, SB’s and RBI’s by a small margin. Another guy in my league is desperate for MI help and offered Stanton for Reyes. Thoughts? He’s absolutely loaded in the OF, should I target Harper, Bautista, or Carlos Gomez instead? I could include Revere or Fowler as a sweetener. Sorry for the long question, thanks for any input!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Marte Partay: I’d rather all three of those OF for Reyes, a lot of people seem to not totally buy in on the REAL CarGO, I’d start straight up for him and see what happens

  91. Josh says:
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    Is Buster Posey’s home run landing near a loose seal an “Arrested Development” reference?

    If so, my heart will skip a beat, and I will stop being in love with Lucile 2 for you.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Josh: (did you burn down the banana stand?) “Oh Most Definitely!” RIP Patrice

      • AB says:
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        @JB Gilpin: THERE’S ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND

      • Josh says:
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        @JB Gilpin: So glad that Netflix has those for me.

        “I blue myself earlier today, so I could be relaxed at dinner.”

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Josh: He just looks dead, he’s covered in blue paint or something

  92. Wake Up says:
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    …and a BB King song was playing…as Buster’s homer almost splashed loose seal…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: This beanie baby was for going 3-3 against Harvey…

  93. Boomer19 says:
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    Just got offered Ibanez for Gregg in my 14 team roto. I’m solid in saves and power already so Ibanez would be a utility bench bat. Or I could try to flip him. Should I make the switch? I m a little worried Gregg might be traded and become a set up man. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boomer19: If Ibanez isn’t gonna be playing much I’d hold until closer until the deadline

    • Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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      @Boomer19:

      You should trade Gregg for something better than Ibanez. Also, 90% chance Gregg is traded and not closing after deadline. Trade him now.

  94. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Domonic Brown or Tom Wilhelmson?

  95. Wake Up says:
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    But it was just heating up Ryan Howard. It was just heating up!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: As was the ebola virus in his MCL

  96. Jack says:
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    Greinke Anibal rest of season?

  97. Ben says:
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    Dom Brown and Napoli for Mauer and Jennings.

    Am I crazy to do this if I can use the speed and average and have Giancarlo, Cespedes and Harper for power?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Not crazy

  98. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Dom Brown or Madbum?

  99. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Dom or Wainwright?

  100. Rixo13 says:
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    ROS
    S.perez or Mccann
    Espn 12 team mix h2h

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rixo13: Prob McCan, Perez just puts up no counting stats

  101. dan says:
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    Drop Kluber, Cashner, or Hefner for Erasmo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dan: Cashner

  102. Boomer19 says:
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    ROS…Brantley or Werth? Coinflip?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boomer19: Yea pretty close, I’ll go Brantley, a lot less injury risk

  103. booya says:
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    Would you give hanley straight up for felix or bumgarner?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @booya: Yup

  104. EK says:
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    which of these do you like best for a pts league:

    Nova vs KC
    Porcello vs CWS
    Cashner vs COL

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Porcello

  105. Chris says:
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    Team of

    C – JP
    1b – freeman
    2b – Hill
    3b – longoria
    ss- segura
    OF – Gordon
    OF- Gomez
    OF-Puig
    util – Encarnacion
    Util- J. Upton

    Bench – howie Kendrick, torri hunter, lowrie, and now Braun

    I feel all players are too good to just simply drop as they will be scooped up instantly i would imagine. However Need help in the pitching department so thoughts on the trade of Encarnacion hunter and Straily for Machado Grienke and Nolasco?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I love that deal for ya

  106. paul says:
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    i’ve got a wealth of SS (reyes, segura, franklin, stashed jeter from the DL). is segura for domonic brown a fair trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @paul: I’d try to get more

  107. Jason says:
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    Do you think it’s time to cut bait on Lind? I was able to pick up Eaton and would activate him instead when he is ready.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Yea, back issue, not walking like he was early in the year

  108. Jack says:
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    Greinke or Anibal rest of season, and is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: It’s close

  109. Buhner says:
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    Is it worth holding Big Mike Pinieda now that he is in triple A? Will have to drop Edwin Jackson and I need all te pitching I can get with Peavy and Niese on the DL.

    Also what catcher would you go with for the 2nd half :
    A.J., M. Montero or Arencibia.

    Thank ya

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Buhner: Not big on Pineda, but not on Jackson either, might hold Pineda for upside. Ugh probably Arencibia for the power, Montero for all-around

  110. Jack says:
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    Lester/Andrus for Teheran/S. Castro. Which side are you on?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: Teheran side

  111. Chris says:
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    Grey/JB, would you recommend starting Erasmo against Boston? I’ve been waiting to pick him up ever since Grey’s recommendation and finally pulled the trigger today. Thanks.

    • black & white says:
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      @Chris:

      Already been asked a few times. Not necessarily a “recommended” start, but JB said he’s doing it anyway.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Chris: I’m not starting him. Like to see what he’s got first before throwing him to the wolves.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Chris: if it’s roto THEN WHO GIVES A F**K, it’s one start and makes the day more fun, especially a Thursday when there are less games.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Chris: I’m indeed starting @Jack Full of Hate: That’s probably what Aaron Hernandez said about going to the club with that dude he was hating lately…

  112. chillmodious says:
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    A variation of a question already asked… Nolasco or Ian Kennedy for today only?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @chillmodious: like Brewsters Millions I say none of the above

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: Hah, I’d play Nolasco

  113. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Your artist-formerly-known-as-Fausto rant got me thinking about the quality start criteria. Who considers a 6IP 3ER line a quality outing? That’s a cool 4.50 ERA. It would be like a GM saying, “We could really use a #2 starter for the stretch run. I wonder if Jeff Francis is available?”

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Big Magoo: it’s a tough one, you would think 2 runs would make more sense, but nope, it’s like how dumb are the parameters of a save, yeah a 3 run lead really seems like a “save”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: A lot of stats are just weird and malleable. What because with the bases clear a guy got on first bc an error then the pitcher gives up 19 straight homers none of them are earned?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, that’s another quirky rule that doesn’t make any sense. I just look the other way when it applies to a pitcher that’s in my fantasy lineup though…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: *with two outs

  114. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    David Wright and Michael Cuddyer are on the NL’s Home Run Derby squad. Huh?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Big Magoo: seriously, they need a Met and Cuddyear is having a really nice year, it’s not like the derby means anything, or let alone any of the All Star festivities, they don’t even have the best players out there.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I know the derby doesn’t mean anything, and I like Cuddyer as a player, but he’s topped 20 homers once in the previous six seasons and isn’t known for hitting long ones anyway. Same for Wright, although he makes some sense based on the location. Goldy? Bruce? Even Alvarez? Passed up some good options.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Big Magoo: yeah the value would be better with those three, but as a Goldy owner and observer I never want guys on my fantasy teams in the derby

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: I agree in terms of fantasy ramifications. Remember what the derby did to A-Gon a couple of years ago? It messes with some players’ swings and can make them tired too. I was just thinking about the quality of the event itself.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: I say put Gallardo out there

      • Alcesto says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Cuddy has the longest average home run distance this year…..

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Alcesto: Because he hits on the moon Coors

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @JB Gilpin: moon Coors

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Dammit can’t get the crossout right!

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @JB Gilpin: It’s all good. And accurate too. The crossout hate you!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Alcesto: Only six homers on the road. The ball flies at Coors but what about the distance on those six?

  115. Rachet77 says:
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    I have Perez & Pierz… Would you drop either for phegley?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Rachet77: nope

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rachet77: Nah

  116. For ROS does Erasmo, Minor, Nolasco, Kluber look to be a correct order? Or are they real close? Weird but before i even try, I think that Minor, may be lower, yet return the most in trade as a recognizable Brave.
    Fantastic recap, by the way. Million Dollar Man was so underrated.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zombie: Well I’d want Minor first. Then Kluber, Erasmo, Nolasco

  117. danny almonte says:
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    Just moved some extra pitching to acquire Evercab… He’s off to a slow start since his DL return. What do you expect ROS for SB and BA?

  118. Jon says:
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    Rank ROS for me at CI? Pablo, Frazier, Lind

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: LIke that order

  119. Stan F says:
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    What can I get for Jeff Locke and Bartolo Colon? Is it time to sell high on these guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stan F: I don’t think you can get anything, but try

  120. Wilsonian says:
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    With Tulo probably coming back this weekend, who would you drop: Aybar or Stubbs?

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

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: Prob Stubbs

  121. Wake Up says:
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    btw…CarGo sprained his finger on a swing…it was his middle finger, I believe…actually as a CarGo FBB owner, I’m sure it was the middle one…and I believe it was pointed in your general direction due to the goating and jinxing…but mostly for the goading…(can’t really blame someone for owning goats)…(well you can if they are male goats, if you know what I’m saying…right? anyone? No. Nobody plays FBB and owns goats anymore? WTF! (where’s the farmers)…Well, male goats smell like…ah, forget it…this is actually why the terrorists are winning…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Yikes that took me on a consistent spiral to hating my life. Did you write Requiem For A Dream?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hahaha…

  122. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    12 team 5×5 mixer (no keepers), I’m in second place and doing pretty good and I’m 75 innings over pace.

    A guy wants to deal me Matt Harvey for Marte and Latos, what do you think?

    If that’s too much, which of these pitchers would you deal along with Marte for Harvey:

    Bailey
    Moore
    Minor
    Samardzjia
    Teheran

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alcesto: Seems pretty even, but only marginally helps your IP, I’d start with Bailey and hope the no-hitter magic helps the move

  123. joe says:
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    Thoughts on trading away gyorko for nolasco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: It’s fair, I wouldn’t in most leagues

  124. FillyP says:
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    Ah, Fife Dawg.. I hardly knew ya.

    Drop Fife for – Chen, Chacin, Delgado, Porcello again (ugh!), Straily, Guthrie, Gorzelanny (if he sticks), Saunders..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: Hah yea, was good while it lasted. I’m still a Porcello man, I’m nothing if not steadfast!

      • FillyP says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Excuse me while I go throw up in my mouth. Fuckin’ Rick.. he shits all over my ratios 3 games in a row, then drops a gem on the Indians. Don’t know if I have the stomach for him again!

        Leaning Straily for today’s start. What are the chances he sticks in the rotation?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @FillyP: Yea Straily is probably option #2 there. I know Rick has been, well, awful at times, but a lot of single-inning damage against good teams. LIke him for a solid 2nd half

    • FillyP says:
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      @FillyP:

      Also.. what do you think about Jeter’s potential? I’ve got Miller, Cozart, and Escobar all lingering at SS.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @FillyP: Meh, not too excited, but will be semi-useful. Think he could be better than all those guys

        • FillyP says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Which one would you drop for Jeter? Keep in mind moves are at a premium right now.. only have 9 left on the year. Might just hold. Thanks for the feedback!

  125. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Drop Hell Boi for Erasmo? He’s been on fire last 4-5 starts and he’s got the Twins next

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Man tough not to buy Hellickson. But I’m not, I’d want Erasmo think the wheels fall off Hellboy

  126. EK says:
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    Would you rather own Braun or Cruz for ROS in H2H pts

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Braun

  127. Deck says:
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    Allen Craig and Scherzer for A jones Garza and Lohse.

    Strictly trying to gain value in all trade no matter needs.

    Who wins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Deck: Jones side

      • Deck says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Close or no?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Deck: Definitely close. not a big Scherzer guy, take out 4-5 wins and he’s not a top-10 pitcher I don’t think. Also think the WHIP goes up. Others might like that side, but Jones is elite to me

  128. Mike says:
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    Gyorko looks to be back this weekend
    Do u like him over Headley and Arenado?
    Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Kinda on needs, Arenado power, Gyorko anything else

  129. TKilla says:
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    1. Would you trade Kipnis, Greinke and Homer Bailey for Pedroia and Darvish? I am stashing Ogando and could just stream until he comes off of the DL. Am I giving up too much?

    2, Do you think Garza will be a guy to sell high on if he gets traded to a better team or would you hang on to him if he gets traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TKilla: 1. Yes 2. Sell high for what?

  130. subs says:
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    who will be better in a 6×6 rest of the season weighing these stats in order of importance? AVE OBP R SB RBI HR
    Peralta Green S Castro dozier

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @subs: Peralta, Castro, Dozier Green

  131. Los Locos says:
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    Drop kubler for ersmo kept Hefner, right move?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Los Locos: I like Kluber the most still. Kluber, Erasmo, Hefner for me, even though Hefner has been unreal

  132. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    So given porcello, nova, pineda…. pineda gets the drop for erasmo? And is it close?

  133. So cg says:
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    Hey Jay-bels, someone dropped BJ Upton. Do you think he’s even worth a low risk add? What type of Of would you drop for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @So cg: Yo! Yea worth it depends on who to drop obviously, say like Gregor Blanco who hasn’t gotten the steals or someone really down there though, wouldn’t lose anyone too big

  134. Scott says:
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    Would you trade Braun and Tulo for Miggy? Franklin would start at SS for me, but Miggy could replace Francisco.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Yea I’d do that in a heartbeat, lots of injury question marks

  135. Long Bawls says:
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    How aggressively would you target Giancarlo? I think the upside’s still intact though he hasn’t done all that much…wanna lowball a leaguemate but not so much that he refuses.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Long Bawls: Mediocre, agree a good buy low, send an offer and put a note saying “if this isn’t enough I’m willing to up it a tad”

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! Just what I was thinking.

  136. Keith says:
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    Just traded CarGo and MadBum for Verlander M. Cain and Nava.

    Outfield is now: Trout, Choo, Stanton, Nava, Marte

    I feel like I came out on top….thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Keith: Which CarGo? If Gomez like it, Gonzalez, iffy

  137. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    who you got ROS, Beltre or Longoria? If we are talking a keeper league and you can keep either for 2 or 3 years, does your answer change drastically?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI: Longoria for keeper, tossup for this season.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI: Not drastically, Longo

  138. Mariner Mike says:
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    Drop Rodriquez or Cole for Erasmo? Have Butler and Cespedes do you see any kind of turnaround second half or get what I can get situation. SP is strong have Kershaw,Harvey,Corbin,Sherzer,Cole,Hefner,Samardja, and Rodriquez. OF is Ellesbury,D.Brown Batista,and Marte. IF Encarcion,Hill,Asdrubal,and Longo,and Machado as ultility. In a position where I am LOST. Do you think a trade or suggest one for me is warrented stay pat. In 10 team league and doing pretty well but think could do better. Looking for ideas mind is frozen. Thank you for the thoughts.

  139. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey.

    Who would you rather have for the ROS – Milone or Cashner. Already dropped Cash on Sunday to make roster space and also because he was kinda sucky lately, but l would be willing to reconsider assuming he’s still available.

    Fingers crosss for Erasmo. I could really, really use him to work out.

    Thanks much Grey.

  140. SBF says:
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    Been offered Kershaw for Trout. What do you think?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @SBF: Do you need the best pitcher going?

  141. Sal says:
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    Drop Heath Bell for Erasmo? would put me at one closer maybe trade for one. Figure bell will lose job anyways as they will probably trade for a closer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sal: Hold

  142. JK says:
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    Brad Miller or Grant Green for MI in a deep league… coin fip? Miller seems more locked in for regular at bats. Any reason to think Green will outperform?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JK: Miller

  143. anthony says:
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    @grey someone just dropped toronto closer janssen in my points league. closers are more valuable than 8th inning guys so should i drop jesse crain or drobertson ?

  144. TJ says:
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    Would you drop Wheeler or Myers for Erasmo? Pretty much my only options available to drop…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Wheeler

  145. Ron says:
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    I currently have Yunel Escobar at SS while Alcides, Brad Miller, Simmons and Green are available on the wire.

    My only RP are Putz and Henderson.

    1) Would you trade away Matt Holliday for Holland(RP) and Franklin?
    2) Rank em ROS: Franklin, Alcides, Simmons, Yunel

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: 1) Sure 2) You did

  146. JoeG says:
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    Ros:Matt Wieters or Miguel Montero ?
    and
    Born To Run or Jungleland?

    • JoeG says:
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      @JoeG:
      Can also add Jonathan Lucroy to the first list.

      • @JoeG:
        Lucroy and Jungleland

        But every thing asked is so close…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Wieters…Jungleland

  147. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, Rank ‘em if you please, ROS:

    Latos
    Minor
    Bailey
    Samarzjia
    Teheran
    Moore

    Thanks, you’re the Grey-test!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto: Latos, Minor, Samardzija

  148. Frank White says:
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    It says on Joe Kelly’s notes that he’s going to the bullpen.. Does that mean Carlos Martinez will get the start this week? Any word?

      • Frank White says:
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        10 team mixed h2h points

  149. Frank White says:
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    Who do you like better for a stream on Sat.,, Hughes or Kazmir? It’s Hughes vs Deduno MIN or Kazmir vs Guthrie KC ?? Or neither?

  150. Scott says:
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    I’m still holding Taveras in a keeper league, but I’d love to free up that roster space. How would you compare him with Dom Brown and Cespedes? I can only keep 1 of the 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Cespedes is the easy keep

  151. nathan says:
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    Hi, i have Granderson on the DL, and made a bad trade for kemp/garza and sent wainwright. . now that kemp is on the DL, Would you drop grandy to move kemp to the DL and then pick up erasmo to try and stablize my lineup after i gave away my ace. thanks for your help!!

  152. JJ says:
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    I am debating whether or not to grab erasmo. I was looking to make a 2 for 1 deal to upgrade my outfield and clear a spot to pick him up but couldnt make it happen.
    12 Team H2H 5X5 KEEPER league(we keep 10)

    Here is my squad. Who would you drop? or would you stand pat?

    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    3B-H.RAMIREZ
    SS-JJ HARDY
    OF-C.CRISP
    OF-J.WERTH
    OF-
    UTIL-A.LIND, A.LAROCHE
    DL-M.KEMP, D.FOWLER, J.GYORKO, C.GRANDERSON, B.LAWRIE

    SP-C.HAMELS
    SP-M.HARVEY
    SP-M.BUMGARNER
    RP-A.CHAPMAN
    RP-C.JANSSEN
    P-K.UEHARA
    P-J.BENOIT
    BENCH-J.FERNANDEZ, M.GARZA, G.COLE, Z.WHEELER, K.MEDLEN

    Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Lose Lind

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        That would leave me in a pretty big hole until thursday with 2 empty roster spots. I have been killed by injuries all season.

        • JJ says:
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          @JJ:
          Fowler should return thursday. Ian Kennedy is also available. Is he an upgrade on any of my SPs

  153. W1ldfire says:
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    I’m not exactly sure how high Eaton’s ceiling is this year..would you trade Eaton & Cole for Rizzo if HRs and RBIs are probably my weakest categories?

    Also, how would you rank these SPs ROS in a redraft league: Erasmo, Gee, Kluber, Cole, Norris, Chen

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @W1ldfire: I’d take Rizzo… Gee, Erasmo, Klluber

  154. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: I’m sure you’ve heard of all the teams that are interested in Matt Garza…..Which would you say would be the biggest boon from a fantasy perspective?

  155. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    I hate that I perfectly bought low on kemp right as he finally got healthy even before you saying he was a great buy low and now DL FMFBBL. Oh well…

  156. Tom says:
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    Erasmomania! I’d love an opinion from JB and Grey if possible. In H2H 5×5 10 team w/daily changes up to 7/week. I have 2 bench spots to make a decision on. I have no offensive players on my bench. The top 4 available pitchers (with my comments) are:
    Nolasco – going to be on a winning team with a great offense, but not so great defense

    Kluber – been inconsistent, but on a winning team that has the easiest schedule ROS and especially during my playoffs

    Erasmo – you guys say he’s going to be good, but he’ll be on a team without much offense or defense, with one of the toughest schedules ROS

    Kennedy – not been good to this point, but plays on a team with above average offense and defense when healthy

    Do I:

    1) Pick up one of these guys (which one?) and use the other position for streaming offense and pitching as needed
    2) Pick up 1 of these guys (which one?) and Gyorko for my offensive bench
    3) Pick up 2 of these guys (which 2?).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Kluber, Erasmo

  157. Grey

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

  158. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Debating Shields today @yanks. SON is pretty much for the start, but the last 3 starts (chisox at home, minny on the road, and injuns at home) have been pretty awful for a #2ish starter.

    Hate to ask specific start Qs, but shields has been killing me in my midseason draft teams. Haven’t got a good start out of him yet running him out every time.

    So, Start or Sit?

  159. Grey

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

  160. Doc Wolf says:
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    I love you MaMa you sweet – Lucinda Williams.

  161. Lando87 says:
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    I’ve got a guy begging me for Marte. It’s a Keeper League. The trade he offered me is Bourn, Mauer and Buchholz for Marte, J. Castro and Jed Lowrie. My brain tells me it’s a steal but my gut cannot stand to lose Marte.

  162. bossmanjunior says:
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    Stanton v. Teheran or Arenado @ Stults?

  163. Luke says:
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    Hi Grey. Should I drop Medlen or Santiago to activate Fowler from DL. Keeper league. Wins aren’t counted. Only QS. In fact, out of these SP which should I drop:

    Hamels
    Cain
    Ryu
    Gio
    Grienke
    Medlen
    Santiago (Hector)

  164. Mike says:
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    Help?
    I need to drop 2 guys to activate Tulo and Gyorko off the DL who of these guys gets the axe?

    Here is my lineup
    C/1B Napoli
    1B Goldschmidt (Hell no)
    2B /SS Jed Lowrie
    3B/2B Kyle Seager
    SS Nick Franklin
    OF Chris Davis (Hell no)
    OF Mike Trout (Hell no)
    OF Leonys Martin
    Util Eric Hosmer
    Util Adam Eaton
    BN Cespedes
    BN 2B Brandon Phillips
    DL SS Tulowitzki
    DL 2B/3B Gyorko

    SP King Felix
    SP Darvish
    SP Scherzer
    SP Iwakuma
    SP Shelby Miller
    BN Hyun Jin Ryu
    Closers
    RP Chapman keeper
    RP Nathan
    P Glen Perkins
    P Jansen
    Who do I drop??????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to my newest post with questions

  165. SpecialFNK says:
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    who is better for the rest of this season..
    Shin Soo Choo or Alex Rios?

    I’m looking for SB more so than HR. I have Choo, but the person with Rios said he could trade me Rios straight up for Choo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in the wrong post…Rios

  166. drop prado or cain (SUGAR!) for erasmo?! keeper league

  167. Paul says:
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    In a 12 team mixed keeper league w/ OBP and k/9: is Pedro Alvarez + Wilhemson for Machado a fair offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. What about Pedro straight up for Machado? sounds like “my shaddow”… which makes me wonder, is Machado going to be a solid keeper for next year? Or am I constantly going to wonder what he could have been instead? I’ve grown a little attached to Pedro’s power.

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