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Back in June, about six weeks ago, the Twins were liking their chances this year.  They went out and spent money on Kendrys Morales, just to put them over the hump.  Then about five weeks and six days ago, they realized their chances for the playoffs were slim to anorexic, and regretted their move.  They had buyer’s remorse quicker than Betty Draper’s new husband.  “How could Don not appreciate this blonde beauty?”  Dot, dot, dot.  “Oh, that’s why.”   I personally thought trading for a complement to Willingham, Arcia, Plouffe and Colabello was a good idea.  I mean, who among those guys is a power, lousy average and no speed threat?  Oh, wait, they all are.  Now back to the Mariners, yeah, they need another 1B/DH-type.  We’ll assume Kendrys plays every day (which he should).  In the 2nd half of last year, he hit 9 homers and a .274 average.  I don’t see much more from him this year.  If anything, maybe a few less homers since he’s been struggling.  Basically, what you can get off waivers in most mixed leagues.  Or what the Mariners already had in Coreygan Smoakison, their Frankenstein 1B/DH.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Taylor – 1-for-3.  Mariners called up their latest sexy middle infielder.  Can one team have so many sexy middle infielders?  Well, the answer is yes, I guess.  Or until they trade Nick Franklin, Brad Miller and Chris Taylor for Erik Bedard.  What?  Too soon?  Our Deep League Scout/Prospector Guy, Dano, already went over Taylor where he said, “Taylor worked his way from the rookie league to AA (last year) with a sense of urgency and success (building contact and discipline along the way) with a 43:7 Stolen Base ratio at a premium position (SS).  I’m a fan and would roster this guy in uber deep dynasty leagues despite the 80 point PCL inflation – still, that would be a .360 BABIP and a .290+ AVG.  Brad Miller and Nick Franklin are no locks.  Especially no locks like you’d find on Grey’s upper lip.  I wonder if he’s taken.”  I am, Dano, but thanks for asking!  I agree with Dano (that’s why I quoted him).   In Triple-A this year, Chris Taylor-Stiller had five homers and 14 steals with a .328 average.  Taylor has solid enough discipline and could hit .290 with some speed.  I have no idea how playing time will shake out, but Taylor played yesterday and Miller looks effed in the eff hole, but he brought that on himself.  You self effer!  I’d look at Taylor in AL-Only leagues for now until he’s guaranteed playing time.

Kevin Gausman – It was reported that the Rockies were willing to trade Jorge De La Rosa for Gausman.  I can relate, I bought one of those Star Maps and drove to Penelope Cruz’s house with Cougs and beeped for like twenty minutes until the cops showed up.  I explained to them, I just wanted to talk trade.

Delmon Young – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  The eight years it took this guy to bloom was worth it!  Assuming he hits another 300 homers in the last two months.  Doable though.  Totes!

Wei-Yin Chen – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Wei-Yin?  155 pounds of pure unadulterated bliss.  Okay, fine.  Weigh in on Wei-Yin?  He’s a streamer.

CC Sabathia – Had season-ending knee surgery.  Sure, I bet.  We know he’s just in Brazil having his loose skin tightened from his weight loss.

Chris Capuano – The Yankees acquired him for cash from the Rockies.  No word on how much was exchanged.  I’m gonna guess under twenty dollars plus his plane ticket if he had at least 20,000 frequent flyer miles to cut the ticket price in half.  Anything more and the Yankees got ripped off.

Mark Teixeira – DL stint is possible.  For as much money as the Yankees have you think they would’ve had someone research about signing players that were once on steroids.  This, of course, has nothing to do with Te(i)x.  I’m sure he was healthy for 145 games a year for eight years in a row and now is just having an unlucky run.  I’m sure.

Brandon McCarthy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, and a 1.45 ERA with the Yankees after having a 5.01 ERA with the D-Backs.  When the xFIP meets the road, get on the rubber, you got pitching to do!  Was that pithy?  I can’t tell.  For a while now, I’ve been saying McCarthy’s peripherals are way better than his shizzy ERA.  Since he’s been with the Yanks, that’s bore fruit.  Mmm, pluots.

Neftali Feliz – The Rangers announced Feliz would be the closer.  Put a team announcing their closer in one hand and whether or not that guy will close in the other hand and you have nothing in either hand.  How can you put a team’s announcement in a hand?  I’m holding Neal Cotts for a week or until Feliz gets a clean save or two.

J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, and 2nd in 3 games.  Doesn’t give a whole lot other than the occasional homer, which is Just Peachy.

Billy Butler – Yost announced that Butler would lose playing time at DH.  Butler said, “Great, even less standing!”

Danny Duffy – 7 IP, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.47.  Well, it’s that time again when I check Duffy’s peripherals and see if I’m missing something.  K/9 is up to 6.96 (meh), his BB/9 is 3.11 (eh), his BABIP is .232 (red flag!), his LOB% is 80% (eh), and his xFIP is 4.39 (burp).  He’s inducing weak contact with a 20% line drive rate and a 14% IFFB and throwing fast enough (93.5 MPH fastball).  Altogether, it’s a streamer that I can’t get behind right now for every start.

Corey Kluber – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (0 walks), 10 Ks, ERA down to 2.77.  If every Kluber was like this, I’d move the couch out of my living room, put a pacifier in my dog’s mouth and a glow stick around his neck, throw a Skrillex t-shirt on Cougs and get rid of the almond milk in the fridge and stock up on Red Bull.  Who wants some herbal ecstasy?!

Phil Hughes – Day-to-day after taking an Adam Dunn comebacker off his shin.  Doing his best Ivan Drago, Dunn said, “If he dies, he dies,” then went off script with, “Let me measure him to see if he’ll fit in my basement freezer.”

Danny Santana – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Has now hit in every game since he returned from the DL, except for one.  Don’t really see huge upside here, but if you’re really struggling with your middle infidel, you do what you do, I’ll do what I do and we’ll see each other at family get-togethers.

Zach Putnam – Hit the DL with shoulder inflammation.  It happened when he was yanked back and forth from the ninth inning.  It’s Petricka to rock around to rock around it’s Petricka, who is the man for saves, and he got one last night.

Hector Noesi – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  The Twins were kept off balance all game with Hector’s subpar pitching and constant barrage of questions.  That’s just Noesi.

Adam Eaton – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  He’s doing more with a jammed finger than even The Barefoot Contessa could dream up in her lovely country kitchen.

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Hot Schmotato Alert!

David Ortiz – Day-to-day with back spasms.  The Red Sox expected offense just went from 4 runs per game to negative one.

Rubby De La Rosa – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Hey, could you watch my drink while I go for a swim?  Well, I’m back, and that was refreshing, just like my nice rum cool-lah-da…. *five hours later*  Hey, why are my legs tied to the bed posts with leis?  Is that a piece of bamboo holding my stomach wound open?  Oh, no, I’ve been roofied!

Brandon Morrow – Threw off the mound.  That it happened without incident is truly amazing.

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He only allowed one hit to the Red Sox in seven sparklers.  His ERA is now down to 3.21.  Like a Brisk Iced Tea commercial, it was a bit rocky at first, but let me go back to May 2nd and my Buy post on Stroman.  Okay, I’m back and I loved him then!  (I also said to sell Verlander and Blackmon in that post.  You win some, you win some others.  I am the Fantasy Master Lothario — don’t abbreviate it.)  Stroman could still have bumps, like any rookie, but he’s worth looking at in all leagues, though I, like the Stream-o-Nator, would be cautious of his next start.

Melky Cabrera – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .311.  Racist!  I don’t care what Snopes says.  311, racist, we’re done.

Juan Francisco – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer.  I wish I drafted Juan Francisco instead of Ryan Zimmerman, I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her, I wish I had a something-something something-something Impala.

Ryan Howard – The Phils announced Howard is on the trade block.  A word of wisdom from my mustache to yours.  If you’re trying to sell someone, then don’t bench them the day before due to poor performance.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Hey, look at me, playoff contenders, I’m Marlon Byrd, I’m playing well!  Oh, get over yourself already, Byrd.  Someone will trade for you when they’re good and ready!

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA down to 2.72.  He does that for the GP — that’s the general public — that’s what he calls you and me.  Hamels stays grounded and doesn’t come across as the bad guy in every 80s movie.  Not at all.

Tim Hudson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 2.65.  I wonder if Jonah Hill and Billy Beane are trying to trade for him only to leave him out of the final cut.

Aaron Harang – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  For Razznoobs, the MIA is the city code for Miami International Airport, but sometime in May, the team’s bats didn’t get to the players because a baggage handler thought they were labeled for Missing In Action.  In April and May, the Marlins looked decent, but since then they’ve been among the worst in the league.  It’s on again streaming against them.

Chris Johnson – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Dating back to pre-All-Star break, Johnson has 5 homers in the last nine games.  Is it sad that I’m between him and Gillaspie for my Zimmerman fill-in?  Yes, yes it is.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 3-for-4, 1 run 1 RBI.  I was thisclose to putting him in this afternoon’s Buy, but I was like, “Grey, do you really want more catcher questions?  Even mentioning that you were considering him for the Buy will open yourself up to it.”  Doh!

Henderson Alvarez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 2.62.  Hendo is a Quality Start machine.  For serious, he just churns ‘em out.  “Pitch, ground ball, lazy fly ball, don’t want to waste any pitches on Ks, eighth inning, I’m done.”  That’s him.

Tyson Ross – 6 Ip, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  “You’ll never get to the 8th inning with all of those Ks.”  Okay, Henderson Alvarez, we got it!

Rene Rivera – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Rudy and I are rocking him in our NL-Only league that is two catchers.  There, he’s a thing of beauty.  Anywhere else, he’s the backup catcher on the Padres.  Yikes.

Will Venable – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Will “The Thrill Has Been Gone For The Entire Season” Venable, besides having an unwieldy nickname, is also about as overdue as the parking ticket I found recently that was from my college days in Boston.  True story, I’m guessing I’m not going back to Boston any time soon!

Seth Smith – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Love The Lisper’s Nightmare, but it’s pretty scary that he’s the Padres three-hole hitter, when he wasn’t even an everyday player at any point in his career.  Bud Selig might want to stop touting how he leveled the playing field for all teams and worry about leveling his toupee.

Edwin Jackson – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 5.68.  The Cubs said they’d be open to trading Edwin.  And I am still honking outside of Penelope Cruz’s house.  Hello!  Anyone there?

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks.  When I saw he was relieved by Joba, I remembered how when Scherzer first came up I used to call him, “Jobacum” because he was as filthy as Joba and Lincecum, and at the time I didn’t mean filthy like in the need of a bath.  Ah, salad days.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  And he’s finally over 50% owned.  Well done, old chap (and four old ladies)!

Dillon Gee – 5 IP, 6 ER.  I believe his owners stopped one letter short when they were shouting at him pitching.  He’s now been hit two games in a row, but he still has a 2.85 Home ERA and that’s exactly where he’ll be for his next start vs. the Ain’t Young Enough To Be Called Phillies.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-3 and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games, and third homer in the last ten games.  He’s also hitting over .300 in the last week.  Pop quiz, hot shot:  Who will be more valuable this year, Duda or Holliday?  Tough call actually.  Right now on our Player Rater, Duda has him edged by a few spots as a top 30 outfielder.  I could see it going either way.  Oh, but Duda is only owned in 60% of leagues.  Things that make you go hmm…

Scooter Gennett – Still out with tightness.  Scooter should try my mechanic.  He’s great, and it’s fun to go and get bad news from him because his name is Sy.  “You can’t fix my carburetor? Sy….”

Khris Davis – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  He’s making it seem like Chris spelled with a C is the wrong spelling.

Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer and third in three games, hitting .314.  Lucroy is doing the best case scenario for what you could’ve hoped for from Mauer.  With that said, I won’t like Lucroy next year either.  There’s always five Devin Mesoracos where Lucroy came from.  Which is a scary thought because Mesoraco is one freaky looking dude.  Uncle Fester anyone?

Matt Garza – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  It’s an extravaGarza!  To me, he’s a streamer (which I streamed — booya!), and I dropped him before yesterday’s start was over when I looked at the Stream-o-Nator for his next start.  You have to be that vicious with your streamers.  Don’t get attached.

Yoenis Cespedes – Diagnosed with a thumb sprain and will miss a few days.  Too bad he doesn’t have a thumb to go with each of his hundred legs.

Jim Johnson – Cut by the A’s.  Billy Beane said, “I worry about a flurry of Lorena Bobbitt jokes on Twitter, but I have to cut Johnson.”

Jed Lowrie – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  You know what’s good on a hot schmotato?  Some of Lowrie’s seasonings.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Won’t be long before he’s moved up in the lineup.  Fun fact!  When his ancestors passed through Ellis Island, their last name was Redrichard, but it was shortened and made more crass for America.

Brandon Moss – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, 19 of those homers have come against righties, and displays little power with lefties.  He’s like the Rush Limbaugh of sluggers.

Derek Norris – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  I have a theory:  the A’s could play anyone and get something from them offensively.  And they even own Nick Punto to test the theory!

Jeff Samardzija – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA on the A’s is 2.70.  If you look at his last name long enough, it looks like there’s an umlaut over the I and J.  Now I see dolphins coming out of his name.  Cool!

Chad Qualls – Astros GM, Jeff Luhnow, said they are unlikely to trade him.  Luhnow said, “We need more Chad Qualls.  We don’t need less.”  Considering four of their top five hitters yesterday were hitting below .215 on the year, I’d suggest the number of Chad Quallses they have isn’t entirely the problem.

Chris Carter – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you don’t need to sit on your hands farting like you’re Cliff Lee, grab him now if you need power.

Dexter Fowler – Not close to returning.  That’s sorta like me the last two days if I wandered two blocks from my house.  Live with me for a second — not literally, stop unpacking your suitcase — Barack Obama was camped in the hotel that is 500 feet from my house and they closed down my street for 24 hours.  Seriously.  The only thing worse would be if Chris Berman was standing outside the hotel yelling, “BARACKBARACKBARACKBARACKBARACKBARACK!”

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    lol
    chris Berman is puke

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    drop which of skaggs/hutchison/santiago for kyle hendricks, in QS and OBPA league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Santiago

  3. Ante GALIC says:
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    Hey, Grey, Mike, MP et al!

    Gr8 write up, maestro! You da man! Glad you didn’t add to my misery by commenting that Delmon’s HR was against my Hisashi his dashi.

    I think this was Hisashi’s thought process (with translation from English to Japanese and then the same Japanese translation back into English):

    ‘First question: Who is this guy again? Ah, only Delmon.

    ?????? ?????????????????????

    ‘First question: who is this guy again? Oh, only the Delmont.’

    Second question: Didn’t he have a brother who played with Detroit? Yes!

    2 ?????? ????????????????????????? ??

    ‘The second question: he had played with the Detroit brothers? Yes!’

    Third question: Did he insult Jews in Brooklyn? Yes?

    3 ??? ???????????????????????????

    ‘Question 3: he had insulted Brooklyn Jew? Yes do you? ‘

    Fourth question: Is he any good? No. Okay then throw him a meatball on 0-0.

    4 ??? ????????????????????????????? 0- 0?

    ‘Question 4: is he any good? Issue now and then his throwing meatballs 0-0.’

    Now you see why he screwed up throwing that meatball to Delmon – too much assimilation. (Emphasis on ASS).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ahhhhhh! Japanese script not accepted in the land of Grey!!!! Even more confusion!!!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • prez says:
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      @Ante GALIC: what… The.. Fuck… Shit just hurt my brain..

      T-moore, that you??

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @prez: No, Prez. Welcome btw. I’m new to the site. Stumbled upon it, just like stumbled upon Alice in Chains for the first time in 2011 (No jokes, did not live under a rock, did live in Canada, does that count? Good!)

        Cheers,
        Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @prez: Ha Ha

      • de nachos says:
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        @prez: prez I thought the same thing! I know an RCL he’s in, I’m gonna check if he’s made moves lately. He’s been mia too We could have started whispers that you and he were in hiding together.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      Ha.
      Ante, when Hisashi gave up that bomb I was staring at my computer in disbelief. I restarted my computer because I was sure it was wrong. But it wasn’t. I needed that QS too! At least he settled in and gave us a good WHIP.

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Ante GALIC: no more caffeine for you…step away from your device.

  4. de nachos says:
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    Penelope … You ever catch her first film Jamón Jamón? Wow. If you’re not up for 2 hours of subtitles you can probably Mr. Skin the important plot points <– googled to see 'he' still exists, that's gotta be the Ask Jeeves of Internet nakes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Ha! Mr. Skin! Nah, never seen it, hello afternoon delight!

  5. David Niven says:
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    Hey man, as always appreciate the good work.

    Am I dumb to package Soria and Petricka for K Jansen, Allen, Robertsen, Holland or Perkins?

    I’d have one of Soria/Petrik on the bench so looking to maximize the roster spot. Or should I hold tight and see how things play out. I got 4 points in saves and 5-8 are about 10 saves ahead of me, so I gotta start making ground. Also need the ratio help.

    Thanks for your time man.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure. If one is on your bench you might as well updgrade to a better closer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Jansen or Holland would be the two I’d target

      • David Niven says:
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        @Mike: Very much appreciate your time Mike. And love your posts man. Always straitforward and helpful.

        Have a great weekend bud.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          thanks! you too!

  6. prez says:
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    Garza yesterday, gallardo today! How lucky do you feel?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prez: Against the Mets? I’m feeling lucky…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Hey take it easy on my Mets

  7. de nachos says:
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    And have a grayte weekend. I’m heading to Citi Field on Monday. Sandberg’s Giardia told me to avoid Shake Shack. Speaking of colon, it’s Bartolo vs Burnett AKA San Fran vs Baltimore game 3 starters.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @de nachos: Go to the Shake shack…just get there early….The Mets, Eh….Citi Field, Love it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      have fun man. watch out for those Philly fans

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @de nachos: Nice, have a good time! You have to go to Shake Shack, don’t you? Rite of passage… Like watching Penelope’s first film

  8. de nachos says:
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    Minnesota canceled Chuck Knobloch’s Hall of Fame induction after he was arrested for assaulting his ex wife. That’s a shame the twins could use some punch this year. Hey oh!

    • tvators says:
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      @de nachos:
      He repeatedly rammed her head into the wall, then threw a humidifier at her but it sailed 8ft over her head into the other room.

      • de nachos says:
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        @tvators: yeesh just read the wall thing. Now I’ve sleeved myself out with my poor taste domestic abuse joke. -1 to me.

        • de nachos says:
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          @de nachos: skeeved out…eh I’m gonna put the internet away now.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        @de nachos:

        What do you tell Knoblochs’ ex wife after he gives her two black eyes?

        Nothing he already told her twice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, ouch

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: If he was throwing baseballs at her she would of be safe. I had to do some research real quick because my buddee’s sister is his previous ex wife……. and I came up on his booking photo, Damn!!!!! Chucky looks rough these days, dude always did love to party though!!!

  9. Redlegs says:
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    My Puig for his Segura and Marte?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Redlegs: Not good

      • tvators says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: when will people realize Segura is not good? I thinkhe has another terrible season in him before people realize he just had two great months in 2013

        • gareth says:
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          @tvators: there my be mitigating circumstances with segura. Its possible his downturn in production could have coincided with his child becoming ill. Who’s to say?

          Look what the stress of infidelity and divorce did to Prince Fielder. An extended illness to a child and then the kid passing away is so much worse.

          People sometimes forget that athletes are human beings who deal with a host of different issues outside the game just like we do.

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            Very interesting point, G333!

            That could very well be largely responsible.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @gareth: well said G-dog.

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @gareth: that’s why we have beet to make us laugh

          • tvators says:
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            @gareth: @JeF With 1 F:
            Nope. While what happen to Segura is truly awful , his struggles predate the birth of his child he had two incredible months in 2013 and has been barely rosterable
            since

            • Teddy Heater says:
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              @tvators: I think he bounces back and plays harder for his Son & his memory. Super Sad what happened RIP little man.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Puig

  10. Steve says:
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    Would u drop Wong to pick up Rutledge??
    Thx

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Steve: Nope

      • tvators says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: only if in 2 wks u want to come back and ask should I drop rutledge for wong?

        • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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          @tvators: haha!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Detroit has the greatest number of registered bowlers in the U.S.
    (thats a fact that will help you out in life, your welcome)

    • tvators says:
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      @JeF With 1 Fanother little known fact: Detroit is the only city in the world that requires it’s bowlers to register:

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @tvators: then that would be why they have the most registered bowlers ha

        • George Zip says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Detroit bowlers are required to notify their neighbors when they move into town.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if I have your permission, I’m putting these on the chalkboard in my classroom every morning

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: Ha then ill keep them clean for you

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha…why is my kid coming home talking about the world’s largest vagina?

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Mike: ha ha

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Mike: Do not google that unless you have a strong stomach. Guy puts his entire head in to the neck . I should learn not to be so curious.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha! gross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I went to a bowling alley in Detroit for an engagement party… Seriously…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: thats hilarious…did you have to register?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, and it was a ‘fancy’ for Detroit wedding… Quite the city, and I grew up near Newark

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Id hate to see one that wasnt fancy…are they at the shelter with Future and B rabbit

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too… I went to 8 Mile to check it out, yikes…

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: your a brave man

  12. Jay says:
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    Drop garza over Nelson to activate Hahn right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Garza over Nelson

  13. Jason E. from Michigan says:
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    So based off several comments, do you value Petricka more than Feliz?

    • gareth says:
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      @Jason E. from Michigan: they both currently have the job.

      Sporadic save chances on non contending ballclubs – tomato / tomatoe.

      Potato / potatoe.

      Let’s call the whole thing off!

      • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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        @gareth: haha yeah true. I hate being in this situation of deciding between two people who at most have 8-10 saves in them for the rest of the way. But, I am not going to overdraft RP to accrue one stat.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you could flip a coin IMO

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Mike: feliz will only not close if he screws up, petricka will only close if
        1. he doesn’t screw up
        2. lindstrom doesn’t come back
        3. lindstrom comes back somehow worse than he was.

  14. Kas says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    So just read Taveras might be sent back down to Memphis. Is it safe to give up on this kid for 2014? Who do you like better overall for the remainder of the season and beyond between Taveras and Pederson? To be more succinct, who would you rather stash RIGHT NOW? Thanks for the help!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Kas: Taveras

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF. Even with the yo-yo ing, Taveras has a clearer path than Joc

  15. Jim says:
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    Drop Sergio Romo for Petricka?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jim: DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  16. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Happy Friday my brotha… Started my weekend off right with a lil Grey in the mornin, great post my friend!!!…Herbal ecstacy?? Sign me up grey

  17. JeF With 1 F says:
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    DUUUUUUUDDDDDDAAAAAAA!!!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      somewhere Ike Davis is crying

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: I cant believe the mets got it right

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          what do they call that…a win by subtraction?

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Mike: I guess….i just figured when they traded IKE he would hit 25 plus homers for the pirates and Duda would wind up getting sent down…Glad i was wrong

            • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: Duda looks Marlon Byrdish and that’s not bad.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Btw, i added Duda and not Napoli! Strage world i tell you..i agreed with Grey (who put Napoli over Duda) and still and for some unexplainable reason i added Duda…

  18. Shifty says:
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    I wanted to get some razzballer’s thoughts on this but what happens when Matt Lindstrom returns?

    That situation has been a pristine example of instability and with a non-arm related injury I can see him sliding back into the closer role beginning of august, no?

    • gareth says:
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      @Shifty: I think its up to petricka. If he excels in the role, he’ll likely keep it. If he’s mediocre or worse (think belisario) then lindstrom gets it back.

      It’s not like Lindstrom is Mariano Rivera. He’s a middling veteran. A white sox team looking to the future probably would want to give extended trials to the young guys and see what they have.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Gareth..if Petricka can handle the gig, they’ll prolly just leave him there

  19. Superfan says:
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    In a dynasty league, would anyone trade Myers for Yelich straight up? And if so, why?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      NO.
      They are both good players but Myers has the upside edge. If your team is desperate for speed and runs I suppose it’s not the worst deal in history. But Myers is the more attractive Dynasty player even with this lost year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you’d get votes for Myers in 7 out of 10. I love Yelich, but I’d rather have Myers in dynasty.

  20. Natty Boh says:
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    Was offered Craig Kimbrel and Juan Lagares for Zach Britton and Alex Gordon. Dont like Largares, but love Kimbrel. What do you think?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Natty Boh: I dont like trading for closers but i also dont like Alex Gordon…so i would do that deal if you dont need gordon

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      big upgrade at closer, agree with JeF

  21. J says:
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    Thoughts on Beckett going forward?

    Got dropped in my deep 12 teamer. Worth a flier?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m not touching him because of the injury. I know you use your arm to throw the ball, but I can’t imagine he can be as effective with a bad hip.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Mike: true, but he didn’t just all of a sudden get that hip thing either. he’s likely had it either all year or close to it, so he could be fine at some point.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I wouldn’t put m money on an injury getting better by playing through it

  22. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Currently trying to better my team to get a shot at the tittle. H2h league, Mix. 3 keepers.
    Currently in 4th, but only 10 games from 1st place. From 1st to 6th is tight.

    Have the following trade porposal:
    Stanton and Lee for Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Hamels.

    If so, my keepers for next year would be: Edwin, YU, and Pujols.

    Should I make the trade? I currently need offense with Edwin on DL, and Arenado slowly getting back into form, but have Andrus, Chisenall at 1b, Pedroia sucking, and Pedro Alvarez and Cespedes hurt a little bit.

    Thanks…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Chris: Id keep stanton

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with JeF. I’d hold and Stanton is a better keepr than Pujols IMO

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Chris: Edwin’s back next week, hold tight

  23. Jon says:
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    Sit/start?

    Gausman @ SEA (SON says 0.3)
    Porcello @ LAA (SON 1.9)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d start Gausman. LAA gives me the shakes though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Neither are good

  24. Carter says:
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    SON likes Minor (19.3) vs. SD on Sunday. Is there anyway you are actually starting him after he crapped the bed for the last eternity?

    Or should I use that start for Dallas Keuchel (12.4) vs. MIAMI tonight.

    Thanks chug king and fellow chosen one.

    • Carter says:
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      @Carter: coug king* though I’m sure you can chug, just dont know if I’d consider you a king of that

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hah…I’d start anybody that has a pulse against SD

      • Carter says:
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        @Mike: the meatballs minor was tossing made me doubt he had one of those.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carter: If I had to, I’d start Minor… I wouldn’t want to though

  25. Chris says:
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    Morning…

    Let’s play the always fun fantasy game of, would you rather…

    would you rather have:
    Neftali feliz or Hawkins

    would you rather…
    Pedro Alvarez or Chris Carter

    Thanks!

    • gareth says:
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      @Chris: Feliz, Alvarez.

      Latroy has started to wobble recently and Carter will cool off soon.

      Feliz has upside and Alvarez is better than this.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with Gareth on Feliz. Both are kind of meh IMO

      something’s up with Alvarez. I’d go with Carter

      • Greth says:
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        @Mike: Now you mention it, I think there is something a little off about Pedro this year.

        Earlier in the season, I kept pestering a guy in my rcl to trade away his Heyward and Alvarez for whatever I was offering. I thought that Heyward would break out, and Alvarez would be great source of Power at third.

        I’m now glad the guy didn’t trade them to me. Both have been disappointing and it really would have sucked seeing their underwhelming stats day in and day out on my roster.

        Guess it’s sometimes the trades you DON’T make are the ones that end up working out.

  26. Harris says:
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    Need a SS to replace Tulo next week.. . which one of these gentleman do you suggest…
    A.Cabrera Has some nagging injury
    A.Escobar
    B.Crawford
    J.Segura
    JJ Hardy
    Drew
    Arismendy
    Or just plug in Rutledge.

    Thank you in advance and have a nice weekend.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      Segura, Hardy

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Harris: Alcides, JJ, Segura in that order

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Harris: Arismendy

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      see how crazy middle infield is?

      just plug in Rutledge until Tulo is back

      • Harris says:
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        @Mike: Well that was helpful. lol

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Harris: I guess just see what Mr. Mustache says at this point ha

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: how does alcantara have SS in espn? has he even played SS in the minors?

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: it would be one thing if he played SS in AAA or was expected to up here, but i’m pretty sure neither is the case.

              • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: Because espn lets idiots run their fantasy site.

                  • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: They have Mookie Betts as an outfielder I really believe they just don’t care

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @JeF With 1 F: there’s many more ways yahoo f’s up worse than espn. but yes, in this case it’s run by “brain damaged geeks” (phrase used to sub for much more terse, well known phrase)

    • theone says:
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      @Harris: Arismendy and

  27. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    and next year you’ll find Kluber’s ESPN auction value set around $2.

  28. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      G3!

  29. gareth says:
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    I like to think the guy commenting as Mrs Featherbottom is actually David Cross.

    Razzball inception!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: He was in my fantasy league 15 years ago (seriously)

  30. Eds says:
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    Miggy Cabrera for McCutchen/Wheeler?

    Puig for Rendon?

    Kinsler for Kluber?

    Lineup for the stretch would be:
    C: Perez
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Aybar
    MI: Alcantara
    CI: Alvarez
    OF: Puig, Harper, Ellsbury, Kh Davis, Polanco
    Utl: Calhoun
    Bench: Beltran
    DL: Mauer, Votto
    SP: Felix, Wainwright, Strasburg, Kennedy, Quintana
    RP: Kimbrel, Uehara, Roberston
    3 bench spots to stream SP, MR

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Eds: Miggy/Puig/Kinsler

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

  31. Joe says:
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    Each can be kept at their draft round value for the next two seasons, who would you go with. Teheran (10th) or Kluber (24th)?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Joe: Teheran

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Kluber

  32. Phil of the Future says:
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    Grey, what’s good….

    Interesting day for my offense. On the short day they decided to go 2 for 21. Yup. Those two hits, though? Carter and Santana going deep. Makin’ ‘em count like the old days!

    Two thoughts/questions:

    1. As of yesterday, I, at your behest, was leaning toward replacing Springer with B.J. Upton, who I grabbed. But I can’t help thinking of picking Venable back up as I drafted him and dropped him a while ago. I just keep remembering that second half last year. I mean, where did that go? It’s still him, right? Does he have a twin?

    Anyway, I’m sure you’ll consider them somewhat interchangeable and in many ways the same player, but for the next two weeks, you’d still prefer Upton, or take a shot on Venable?

    2. I’ve been rostering and mostly starting Billy Butler this year. It’s a deep league so i’ve stayed with him. Given my injury situation right now I have to either keep starting him or drop him for someone else to go with rest of the way. Or at least make it a hot schmotato rotating door. Question is, has he become droppable in even deep leagues?
    Here are some names of CIs that I’d replace him with next week and going forward(until Adam Lind gets back who I have on the bench) :

    Coghlan
    Grandal(eligible at 1b now, was my catcher earlier in the year. Bit of a wiseguy play)
    Nava
    Duvall. (I’m hearing Belt might be out a while, and I’m thinking maybe Duvall can be last year’s Darin Ruf?)

    So, is it nuts to drop someone with the pedigree of Moobs for one of these guys? Or just pull the trigger and don’t look back?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. prefer Upton
      2. I’d go with the hot schmotatos

  33. MooseOutFront says:
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    Great write-up Grey. I lold several times.

    Oh and I also traded RZimm and Aniba(i)l for Greinke about a week ago with your blessing. Feels goodman.

  34. Sherwood says:
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    Great reading as usual. Looking for a opinion or two, who gets the better deal.

    Vargas, Yan Gomes and Sardinas for Willin Rosario, A.Meadows and D.Straily.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Sherwood: Vargas

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m guessing this is some kind of dynasty? I’d go with the Meadows side

  35. eric the red says:
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    Grey,

    It’s good to know that outside of all the craziness around the world, we have a G-spot to keep us content and smiley. Can a Nobel Peace Prize go out to a Fantasy expert?

    It should. I salute you, sir.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agreed. nice break from reality

  36. Landru says:
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    Been offered Giancarlo for Aroldis and Billy Hamilton.

    12 team points league, 6 keepers. I’m playing for next year.

    Thoughts?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Landru: Wow good question…probably Giancarlo because as scary as this sounds, I’m pretty sure he hasn’t hit his peak yet

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Landru: Giancarlo …not close

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others

    • Landru says:
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      Thanks everyone. The hive mind rules!

  37. What's a ZJ? says:
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    Hey Grey, I know this trade seems like a no brainer but would like some advice. I send Shields; I get Cargo and his 10th round pick next season. My pitching is (Shields), Kluber, Samardzjia, Cobb, deGrom, and Ventura; Uehara, Robertson, and Cishek. My hitting is Lucroy, Abreu, Gennett, Miggy, Desmond, Braun, Bruce, Pence and Rizzo. So does my pitching become too weak? And I’d have to sit/trade one of my OFs in order to get him in my line up.. So is it worth it to take the hit in pitching to get Cargo and to have a strong hitter sit on my bench for the time being?
    Thanks, Grey!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think your pitching becomes too weak. I’m guessing he’d take Bruce’s slot? I like the trade.

      • What's a ZJ? says:
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        Thanks guys!

  38. Paul says:
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    Great write up. Streaming a catcher for next week – SON seems to favor jaso/Vogt over yan – do you agree with either of those guys?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Paul: Yan…love him

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      any of those three are good. I like Yan too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Thanks! Agree with Mike

  39. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Lost springer to the DL… Have five OF: Braun Cole Bautista Polanco and Gordon, but need someone in CF next week: would Danny Santana or Ackley suffice until springer is back?

    Also.. Trade Moss for Rizzo?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Kyle Kendrick: Santana…and agree with Mello if someone will do that ….DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes to the trade. Agree with Santana. I’m using Santana as an injury plug-in myself

  40. Mello Yello says:
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    Yeah…I would prefer Santana

    If someone is dumb enough to do that trade, then by all means

  41. Ollie says:
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    Pick 2 RoS, Rubby, McCarthy, Buchholz

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rubby and McCarthy…they are all wifty

  42. Randy BoBandy says:
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    My pitching screams meh – drop T. Walker for Hahn? Is it going to be a case of both of these guys yo-yo-ing the rest of the season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Hahn. not sure what their plan is with Walker

  43. goodfold2 says:
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    ok to admitting when yahoo does something good (which is nice on the ego, since it ain’t all that often). they just added player clip videos for each player, just to the left of the colored box (that’s when she says she’s offended because she’s a PC thug)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s pretty cool

  44. Nucking Futz says:
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    Need power for 2nd half. Losing patience with Hosmer. Drop him for Carter ROS? or is he just still a schmotato? Also have Morneau (DL) and Napoli

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      do what you gotta do to win. Hosmer doesn’t seem to help any of us out with homers

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Nucking Futz: you’ve been benching napoli for hosmer this entire time?

  45. Steve D. says:
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    Salazar or Cobb ROS?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Steve D.: Cobb

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  46. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    I have Scotter at MI in a weekly league. Drop him for Alcantara? I like Scooter more but I’m afraid to wait longer about his injury and someone else will grab Alcantara and I’ll be stuck with some other schmohawk.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, I’d swap those two

  47. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Son has Vidal Sassoon Nunos at 13.1 vs the Phil’s on Sunday. Is that crazy? Would you stream him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Phils are pretty lousy. I’d stream against them, yes.

  48. Ryan741 says:
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    Trade deadline is today in my H2H points league. I was offered Pujols/Hamilton/Minor for Matt Adams/Bruce/Arrieta. Not sure I completely buy Arrieta, so I’m debating it. And it seems like the shift is killing Bruce. What are your thoughts?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Ryan741: I would DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Is it Josh or Billy? I’d still do it either way.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: I was assuming Billy

  49. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Is it time to give up on Allen Craig?

    In various leagues…

    Do I drop him for Trumbo?
    Do I drop him for Leonys Martin?
    Do I drop him for Staring Marte?

    I am ok at first base in all cases – so this is an OF swap.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Yes , yes and yes

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Oh and yes….DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, agree with JeF

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike: Thanks JeF and Mike!

  50. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    deep 20 man league
    1. if for pearce doesn’t play yet again (and today he gets King H (which i hear rules the streets)) which of these 1B guys to pick up.
    duvall/parmelee/his name was paulsen? looking like his name was paulsen, he’s only played three days but he’s been the best of those
    2. which 3 of these play today?
    ozuna @ keuchel
    rios/choo/leonys vs hammel
    kike vs hand
    tron says to play all of the TEX guys, but ozuna is usually better than all of them. kike has been good with no homers/steals, and i could use some steals. that speaks to not benching rios/leonys.

  51. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Buenos Dias Grey

    Who do you like better ROS in 10 team h2h redraft?

    Pujols and Calhoun or Strasburg and Panda

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  52. Funkytown says:
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    Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike… yeah i know it’s not Wednesday. Anyway, I waited just a bit too long to sell Howard in a package – now he’s dead wait. Is he droppable? (10 team AL/NL)

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Funkytown: Yup

      • FunkyTown says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Drop dayyyyyyyyyy! WHoop! – thanks brother

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @FunkyTown: Ha

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…poor Howard. At least he’ll have all those 50% Subway coupons he earned to get him through this…

  53. Razzball junkie says:
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    Drop Minor for Odorizzi or Keuchel or hold to see how he does vs SD? 12 team h2h. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if he looks bad against the Padres, he’s toast. I’d consider adding Odorizzi even before then.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: if all of a sudden minor looks good he’ll still be out there. grab odorizzi now.

        • Razzball junkie says:
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          @goodfold2: Done. Thanks :)

  54. Knuckleballz says:
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    Haven’t gotten to watch any of Keuchel’s starts recently- was it just the injury messing him up?

    Either way, I’m thinking MIA is a safe start tonight, but I’d love to hear something about this guy. He was the shizz not too long ago.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      heard that the injury was causing problems with his pitches but that he’s back to normal. He’s a little risky, but MIA is a safer start to take him for a test drive

      • Knuckleballz says:
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        @Mike: OK, Thanks.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: where did you hear he’s back to normal.?i would actually require him in many places if this were true. he shouldn’t have been playing through this at all anyway. it’s not like HOU is in some playoff hunt and need all hands aboard like a hockey playoff run where the whole team is playing hurt.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: reaquire him.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @goodfold2: “Talked to him. Grips piece monday. No, he admitted the different usage was due to his injury. Said he had a golf ball sized swelling in his wrist, it’s gone now. Last game was normal usage.” -Eno Sarris

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Mike: boom, i’ll now reaquire in a 16 teamer, and get ready to in a 14 in case he looks good today. funny i was able to drop him and get him back in that 16 teamer. WTF with a manager playing a guy with golfball sized thing in his wrist?!

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Mike: Very nice info Mike.

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

    I’m 30 games out and looking to build better keepers for next year. talking players with the guy in 1st where I can do a dump trade to give him players to win while getting players that could help me 2015 plus.

    giving up- Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, Neil Walker, Tyson Ross, Everth Cabrera, Drew Stubbs, Brad Boxberger.
    getting- Robinson Cano, Corey Dickerson, Derek Jeter.

    the only players that really matter are Davis/Cruz and Cano/Dickerson, as Cano/Dickerson would be keeper replacements over Davis/Cruz.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Davis. 2B- Walker. 3B- Machado. SS- Rutledge. IN- Duda.
    OF- Cruz. OF- Crisp. OF- Calhoun. OF- Joyce. UT- Stubbs.
    BN- d’Arnaud, Dyson, Nava, Betts, Pederson.
    DL- Cuddyer. DL- ECabrera. DL- Saunders. DL- Gyorko.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Kennedy. RP- Britton. RP- Petricka.
    P- Boxberger. P- Ross. P- Santana.
    BN- Gausman, Nelson.

    right now I think my 5 keepers would be- Bumgarner, Machado, Davis, Cruz, Calhoun. (unless Pederson came up soon and dominated)
    if I make this trade my keepers would be- Bumgarner, Cano, Machado, Dickerson, Calhoun.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the set of keepers you have now, personally.

  56. The Vaporizers says:
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    Good morning,

    I have to start using one of these roster spots to stream, who’s your drop?

    Jesse Chavez
    Danny Duffy
    Homer Baily?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Chavez if you have to drop one

  57. Circa says:
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    Two trades I’d love to run by you. I’m a contender in a dynasty league and I’ve been offered:

    Justin Verlander for Matt Moore
    Jose Bautista for Eric Hosmer + Josh Bell

    Thoughts on those?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Circa: Id take Verlander and Bautista and its not close

    • Maxi says:
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      @Circa: Verlander for sure, unless Kate Upton puts him in a pussy coma.

      Bautista as well

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with the others

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Circa: Agree with Jef

  58. George Zip says:
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    Start Hahn vs ATL or Nelson vs Mets?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hahn

  59. LaStellllaaaaaaa says:
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    Great post per usual.
    Thoughts
    Side A: Hanley, Joey Bats, Minor
    Side B: Felix, Segura, Alex Wood

    Who ya got?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Hanley side. I usually lean towards the bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LaStellllaaaaaaa: Thanks! I’d take Felix, it’s fair, could see either side being better

  60. Maxi says:
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    I was offered Hanley and Strasburg for my Cole, Stroman and Pedroia.

    My 2B are Wong/Alcantara/Pedroia (Y! league doesn’t have Alcantara SS elgible) and my starting SS is Rutledge. It’s a keeper league, but going hard to win it this year because we have a league reset after 2015 and I can’t keep both Cole and Stroman as I already have Gray.

    Is Strasburg is a big upgrade on Cole/Stroman to end this season? Will Hanley ever find his cajones and play béisbol again in 2014?

    gracias carnal

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I really like the Hanley side there. I know he’s banged up and could hit the DL, but I’d take Hanley for the stretch run all day.

      • Maxi says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, I’m in pretty good shape to make the playoffs, so even if the Doyers DL him, I’m happy as long as he’s in the lineup in September.

        You like Strasburg more than Stroman/Cole? I’m a UCLA guy, so trading Cole is tough but I don’t wanna get all emotional over a guy on the DL haha

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha, yeah I’d take Strasburg over those two if I’m in it this year

  61. Bunny says:
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    Drop Rosario for Norris?

    Strohman, Roark, or Kennedy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, feels like a wash

      Stroman

  62. Charles says:
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    12 team points league with big scoring for pitchers. As always I’m a strong follower of SON. Stream Miley (SON $14.8) today at Philly?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup. definitely

  63. Todd says:
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    Should I trade Kluber for Bautista? I could use another bat (especially with Tulo on the DL).

    My staff is:

    Kershaw
    Felix
    Kluber
    Teheran
    Kazmir
    Gray

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes, I’d do that

      • Todd says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike.

  64. joe says:
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    Yelich or Eaton?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yelich

  65. Clint says:
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    Who has more hope ROS in a 12 team 5×5 roto format? Mike Minor or Clay Buchholz?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean Minor, just cause NL.

  66. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 12-team 5×5 roto:
    John Jaso or Jason Castro ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Castro

  67. Nucking Futz says:
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    G. Holland or V. Martinez ?
    Thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on needs. I usually lean the bat

  68. J-FOH says:
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    Can I call you F-MALO?

  69. Eds says:
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    Castro or Alcantara ROS?

    Wainwright/Alcantara for Kinsler/Castro?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Castro

      depends on your staff. I’d take the Kinsler side in a vacuum

      • Eds says:
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        @Mike: @Mike:
        I’d be rolling with:

        Felix, Strasburg, Kluber, Kennedy, Quintana going forward

        so that sounds like a go. Although, I may try to swap Waino and Kluber to see if he bites.

  70. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Looking for some feedback, I basically have a logjam at CI in a dynasty league. Goldy, Miggy, Frazier, Arenado… Im thinking of moving one of these guys to try and upgrade MI…to me Arenado is the odd man out and i have an offer of Dozier and Avisail Garcia (who i would be stashing on my DL for next year)for Arenado….would this be selling short in order to just gain a MI…Im not desperate to move arenado…he can sit in my utility spot….If not Dozier is there a MI you think is fair for Arenado. I have Dee and Wong on my roster.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Honestly, I’d let Arenado cook in your UTIL spot. He should only gain value and then you could get a better return than what you’d get right now.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: thanks…yea my gut was telling me its not good…im not a big fan of dozier

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I had a similar dillemma in a keeper league where I had both Machado and Arenado. I ended up moving a $10 Manny in favor of keeping a $1 Arenado. To be honest, I don’t think the two players are that far apart in value besides their age, but that’s just me.

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Mike: Funny i had the same thing and moved macho earlier in the year for frazier and brantley

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: It doesnt excite me

  71. rondelio says:
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    Add Stroman for Beckett?
    Starting Hahn today?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Stroman

      starting Hahn

  72. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Is Latos becoming a streamer? Any thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he’s more than a streamer. I’d be patient with him

  73. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm limited moves H2H 7×7, with HLD and Net SV as cats. I’m comfortably in 1st and have 12 moves left for the year. That’s more than most of my competitors but I like to hoard moves for the playoffs.

    With Soria possibly a setup guy now, I only have Allen getting me SV, which is not enough to win the cat most weeks, though I should still be in good shape to win overall matchups. So I now have Soria, W. Davis and T. Watson for HLD. Use a move to drop Watson for Britton, McGee or Casilla, or hold and pick up SV closer to the playoffs?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go after Casilla or McGee

  74. The Big Yabu says:
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    Two questions, oh mustachioed ones:
    (1) Is it time to cut Pearce? (or pierce Pearce? – nah, that doesn’t work)
    (2) I’ve got Lawrie, Cuddyer, and Ryan Zimmerman but only 2 DL spots. Is it worth using a bench-spot to keep all three, or should I drop one? (That bench spot would be used to stream MRs on full-schedule days and batters on short-schedule days.)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m fine with cutting Pearce
      I’d lose Cuddyer of those three

  75. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so it turns out this team i inherited just under a month ago isn’t good. thinking i need to drop a bat for a 7th pitcher (kyle hendricks, bad schedule or not). 20 team h2h with slug/BB/hits/total bases/OPS as extra categories to the normal ones. 3 OF’s, 1 util, no CI/MI
    d’arnaud
    butler/cron
    infante/e.escobar (MIN)
    asche/coglan
    marwin/escobar
    de aza/kemp/other c.dickerson/coglan/fuld
    zimmerman/saunders (DL)
    -fuld has been hot (and gets steals which this team lacks) and i need 4 OF’ers for anybody’s off days
    -escobar has been hot and i need backup at 2b/SS and he does both
    -cron’s back but i dont’ know if he’ll play everyday.
    1. drop butler for nava/grandal? grandal could also be backup C for d’arnaud off days.
    2. drop asche (have 2 other 3B in coglan/escobar) for pitcher slot? or somebody else?
    6 SP in h2h is terrible idea, but i do have 5 RP (rodney/melancon/giles/walden/janssen) holds in this league.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: 3. replace fuld with blanco, he’s playing everyday and producing better overall than fuld, with more steals in last 2 weeks.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        1. I’d hold Butler
        2. If you don’t need Asche, then cut him for an arm
        3. sure, Blanco

  76. Pete says:
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    Please rank for ROS: Cody Allen, Rondon, Mejia, Feliz

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Allen, Mejia, Feliz, Rondon

  77. Brian says:
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    Are you Starting Arrieta at home against STL?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Brian: i’d start arrieta against anybody.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Start amongst anyone until further notice

  78. Aero says:
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    Rajai just became available in my league. I know that Detroit has a crowded outfield right now, so is there a pattern of when he plays?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure of a pattern. He was losing time to JD, but JD is hurt now I think. He’s rosterable regardless. I’d grab him.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: i agree, but in net steals league his value will fall if he stops hitting as well as he is, since he gets caught a LOT. for next year i’ll be adding steals total along with net steals to my leagues i comission, since net steals is true steals value, but a guy who tries all the time like rajai will still get steals, which should be worth something. same thing with net saves and total saves. if a team wants to shove really bad closers out there and a lot of them, they will often lose net saves, but still should get total saves sometimes simply from volume of saves opportunities.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @goodfold2:

          that’s putting a lot of value on speed and one inning pitchers .
          will you , as commissioner , balance that off with the addition of
          any other categories ?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @costaricanchata: i’ll have tons of categories. on both hitting/pitching. total steals is really not representative of good baseball. any idiot can try to steal every time he’s on first, if he gets caught a lot he’s hurting his real life team. see dexter fowler last year. rios this year. andrus to a lesser extent. venable almost all year. to regular steals league owners, it’s just a “oh well” he won’t score this time when a guy gets caught (and maybe a positive in that he’s trying to steal). in real life it’s “oh there goes 1/27th of our outs”. but being new to these leagues it’s hard just to find which “steals guys” really are steals guys, and not just guys that try to steal a lot.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @goodfold2:

              i think every major site has data on ‘caught stealing’ .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aero: He should be owned, working him into your lineup when he plays

  79. Sherlock says:
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    Was offered Trout for my King Felix in a league scoring obp, ops, k, k/9, k/bb, whip, w, qs.
    OF is Puig,Holliday, Polanco, Calhoun (3 of 4)
    SP includes Fister, Gray, Archer, Stroman, DeGrom. Not a whole lot of SP help on the wire, 12 team league where guys hold 6 or more SPs all season.

    The idea of Trout has me dancing with no pants on, but yet I am hesitant to pull the figurative trigger. I love King and his ratio calming powers.
    However, I can’t help but feel am I CRAZY?!

  80. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    SON was spot on yesterday . That just shows what a handy tool it is. Well done Rudy Salute . It did call that Gee start too . Sorry Gee starters.

  81. Bunny says:
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    Stroman or Odorizzi?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bunny: Stroman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bunny: It’s a coin flip, I’d lean Odorizzi

  82. Josh says:
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    Who would you rather….
    Roark or McCarthy?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Josh: roark

  83. Marv says:
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    Hey,
    10-tm H2H Keeper (only keep 12)
    N. Arenado does not factor into my keeper selection and a team has offered a trade:
    His Ortiz for My Arenado. As I won’t keep him and currently have Seager in my 3rd base slot, is Ortiz worth it? Basically who do you expect bigger things from second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: No, hold… Hard to believe Arenado isn’t a keeper

  84. Just Make Pitch says:
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    Drop Hosmer for Alcantara or AJax? Hosmer’s hand situation seems to be getting worse and not sure I want to wait around if he’s just going to be marginally better than those two ROS anyways.

    • Just Make Pitch says:
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      @Just Make Pitch: Have my 2B, SS, and MI covered with Kinsler, Desmond, and Altuve but my thinking is that Alcantara might allow me trade away Kinsler for an upgrade if he can keep it up.

  85. Marv says:
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    Everyone,
    Is this stupid… Trade My Springer/Mauer(DL) for Carlos Santana/Kenley/Holland ?
    I have McCutch/Bruce/Holliday/Braun as my OF with Polanco and Springer on the bench anyways.
    This way I will have a power catcher, and I could only keep one of Polanco or Springer, Polanco isn’t a bad runner up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Not stupid

  86. phenomenot says:
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    Despaigne legit, or is he a streamer?

    Thoughts on Adam Eaton in a keeper? Does his power come back around (like, 10 hr?) or is he just another slappy chappy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phenomenot: Eaton can hit 10 HRs, I’ve gone over Odrisamer a few times, search the top right of the site

      • phenomenot says:
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        @Grey: gracias

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  87. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Random thought…Prince Fielder = Professor Sherman Klump

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey:
        who took a dump
        Made me look like a chump
        A first round wasted
        No championship tasted
        Thrown in the oven like a turkey basted
        Now my team is cut and pasted

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: at legoland day 2 and I’m more bored than matt adams at a vegetarian buffet

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seems like a one day a lifetime type of place… Hoping you’re not there alone…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: we stayed at a hotel and got second day for free.

  88. Fish says:
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    What side would you take in a Cargo/Garrett Richards for Pence/Price deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence

  89. Phil says:
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    What do you think of Duffy?

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Phil: You should really take the time to read this mans work before you ask a question already answered.

  90. jr says:
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    What three would you rather have ROS in a Net Saves league? Krod, casilla, janssen or McGee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Janssen

  91. Jiggy Nits says:
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    4$ wellington castillo or 10$ d’arnaud

    5×5 NL ONLY KEEPERONI LEAGUE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      D’Arnaud

  92. Andrew says:
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    Rank? K’s don’t mean anything for this week. Just ERA and W’s. Thanks

    Miley at Phillies ($14)
    Lincecum home vs Dodgers ($10.7)
    Kuroda home vs Blue Jays ($8)
    Danks at Twins ($5.5)
    Yordano home vs Indians ($4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON would rank for that too… Lincecum, Miley, Danks

      • OT says:
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        @Grey: how do you get SON to ignore K’s?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can sort for wins and ERA

  93. OT says:
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    Thanks Grey. Bench 2 next week: need wins/ERA/whip roto

    Porcello v. COL
    Kennedy @ATL v. ATL
    Ross v. STL v. ATL
    Bailey v. ARI @MIA
    Lee @WAS

    I’m leaning towards benching Lee and then either Kennedy/Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at SON… Lee and Porcello

  94. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    My flow reminiscent of a prime Grand Puba,
    My tongue’s sharper than the swords of the Japanese Yakuza,
    Beats always slammin like Dilla, like Ali was the man in Manilla,
    Man or gorilla, i’m a nicer striker than Anderson Silva,
    I’m conquering like Hannibal on the back of an elephant,
    I’m the best even if i’m pink and pale and i’m lacking in melanin,
    Been a problem since my first birthday,
    In the delivery room my dick hit the ground and it caused an earthquake,
    The school hallways I was pissin in, as a kid I was lacking in discipline,
    Ignoring authorities and never listening,
    I come from the slummiest of Slum Villages, killin evil,
    You come from a village of disco dancin Village People

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I miss the Grand Puba… I don’t recognize this flow… Who is it?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ya Puba was great, he is actually on a track on that Celph Titled album I told you about yesterday which is cool cuz the whole album is unreleased beats by Buckwild from the early 90’s, thus the title ‘1990 Now’….this verse though is RA the Rugged Man off ‘Legends Never Die’, solid album from last year. Next line of the day will be something old school you’re sure to know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, nice… I’ll have to check it out then…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: yup only if you wanna square yourself away…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice

  95. Tracy says:
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    10 team H2H 5×5 using OBP and QS. Roster is currently 1 over and E5 will be coming off the DL soon, so need to drop/move 2.

    Batters: Rosario, Rizzo, C Davis, Cano, Segura, Beltre, A Jones, Braun, Bautista, M Cabraera, B Hamiliton and Polanco
    SP: Gio, Iwakuma, C Lee, A Sanchez, T Lincecum, Cueto and Salazar
    RP: Kimbrel, Casilla, Melancon, Cishek and Qualls

    Clearly [at least to me] one of them to go is Salazar. I would like to hear thoughts on the team structure and who else should go. The other owners are leery of this team, so 2 for 1 trades are unlikely.

    Appreciate the advice and have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar…Do you have any hitting bench?

      • Tracy says:
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        @Grey: Polanco and C Davis currently spend most of their time on the bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agree then you should do a lopsided trade…Or lose Melky and start Polanco

          • Tracy says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for responding again. Have a great one!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, you too!

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Tracy: Try a 3 for 1 better to do a slight overpay than just drop guys. Think of it as the 1 guy you would keep for the upgrade because the other 2 were being dropped anyway.

  96. Ted says:
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    I’m in a 5×5 NL-only keeper league, looking to fill an empty slot for next year. Who would you pick up just for next year: Kris Medlen, Nick Kingham, Lucas Giolito? What about total value over the next three years? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen

  97. goodfold2 says:
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    top two teams appear to have gotten their shit together somewhat with top team i’m playing right now having grabbed feliz about 8 hours after i could have but didn’t (thinking soria was gonna close, as he should), and 2nd place team with only 2 closers and romo (i did scoop him to casilla of course) just grabbed petricka (and only 8 minutes into 3 AM eastern, earliest he could without dropping a benched guy) . now i really gotta hope lindstrom gets that job back (or ziegler/giles/thayer/somebody at TOR/somebody at MIA (jim johnson maybe)/ gets new closer job(s)), or i’ll be left with only 3 closers and hope that soria does eventually get saves at DET town.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  98. goodfold2 says:
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    bench two of
    gordon vs tomlin
    rios vs hammel
    a.jones @ king H (hard to bench jones)
    calhoun vs smyly (he might not even play)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also longo vs lester. still only two of those.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, Calhoun

  99. ashtray says:
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    Can’t believe I’m asking this. Cut Choo for Kiermaier? Ruggiano? De Aza?

    12 team H2H 7×7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiermaier

  100. Paul says:
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    Someone just dropped Wacha in my H2H redraft league. I have Gerrit Cole coming off the DL soon – is Wacha worth the stash for a possible championship round hail mary appearance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  101. SpeedyJohn says:
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    Derek Jeter and Nick Castellanos for Jimmy Rollins in a dynasty league. Which side you taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: the castellanos side shouldn’t be the one giving a 2nd player.

  102. royce! says:
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    Do you like Venable over David Peralta or JD Martinez for h2h? The league counts OBP, and Venable has one walk in July, but since he’s hitting so well his OBP is .349…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over either right now, unless Martinez hits the DL

  103. das coffee frau says:
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    hey grey, where do you have Xander and Dee Gords next year? both like top 75? or is one way better than another to own in keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander is nowhere near that… Gordon is…

  104. the grate one says:
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    yo greyman,
    wong is still legit or toss him for lucaz dooda
    respeckt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Duda

  105. Grey

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

  106. Moscowitz says:
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    Dodgers are starting to shop Kemp. Time to seriously keep an eye on Pederson.

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