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I watched Mat Latos yesterday.   Now I want an eye transplant with someone that watched Jamie Moyer pitch (not when he was first called up because that eye transplant would have cataracts).  I wish I could pinpoint what the problem is with Latos, besides looking terrible.  He was hitting 95 MPH on the maybe-a-tad-Reds-friendly radar gun for three straight pitches to Beltran.  Unfortunately, he threw all three friggin’ pitches in the exact same spot, so, of course, Beltran turned on one.  Then he made the next hitter, Holliday, look terrible with offspeed stuff.  Like a bachelorette order form, is there somewhere I can check for him to mix in the junk?  Does Mesoraco only have one finger on his pitch-calling hand?  Is Latos giving up early runs so Dusty can’t throw him into the 11th inning?  How do you even give up 5 earned runs in the first two innings on only 6 baserunners?  Is that even mathematically possible with only one two-run homer?  Why are you making me wrack my brain?  And why are you giving up a two out triples to the opposing pitcher?!  Latos gets the Giants next.  If he can’t make them look like a team that has only three hitters, and one of which they bench, then Latos is going to my bench for the foreseeable future.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Krispie Young – The MRI revealed a ligament tear and who wins this year’s Biggest Loser.  Damn you, MRI, and your spoilers!  Krispie’s headed to the 15-day DL and the Diamondbacks say he should be fine after a couple of weeks of rest.  With a ligament tear in his shoulder?  Sounds like they have a ligament tear in their silver lining.  This sounds like something that won’t only sideline Krispie for longer than 15 days but also leave him at less than 100% for the rest of the season until an offseason of rest.  It’s pretty terrible news.  Rico Suave should see the majority of the time in the outfield while Krispie gets himself right.  Parra’s pretty yawnstipating from a fantasy perspective for mixed leagues.  In NL-Only leagues, he should get you some counting stats.   (Wanna hear something that says so much?  I added yawnstipating to my computer dictionary.  It’s right there in my virtual dictionary next to dork.)

Justin Upton – Where is thumbkin?  Back from the MRI to say Upton needs a few days of rest with a bone bruise on his thumb.  He did get into yesterday’s game as a pinch runner.  Would be just wonderful if he had to slide head first.  Hope Kirk Gibson didn’t slo-mo arm pump that in-game move.

A.J. Pollock – 0-for-3 with a caught stealing.  How many players does it take to fill-in Krispie’s roster spot?  One Pollock.  He has good speed (36 SBs last year in the minors), but it’s not clear how much he’ll actually play.  Might just be a bat for a few days until Justin’s thumb stops being Upton no good.

Brett Gardner – To the DL with a strained elbow.  Huh?  What’s he running on his hands like Encino Man?  You don’t need an elbow to bunt and run.  Put your elbow in a sling and call it macaroni!  This kills my RCL team (well, Krispie’s loss kinda hurt that too), but how is there only one DL spot in the RCLs?  What were we thinking?  Guys (and 4 girls), talk some sense into me Charlotte sometimes, would cha please?

Hiroki Kuroda – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Starts like these in The House They Built Across The Street From The House Ruth Built is the reason why I told people to not draft him.

Lance Berkman – Puma reaggravated his calf injury and might hit the DL.  Coincidentally, my Cougar’s out for a day or two with shingles.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs.  That’s 5 homers and 3 steals.  Maybe he’s this year’s old player who comes out of nowhere and has a renaissance year.  How do we not have a term for this in the glossary?  Please suggest in the comments.  Thank you.

Brad Lidge – Davey Johnson revealed that Lidge suffers from vertigo.  Still waiting for Davey to choose a closer, or more accurately, to explain The Trouble With Henry.

Ivan Rodriguez – Announced his retirement.  Let’s remember the days when his nickname Pudge wasn’t ironic due to the banning of illegal substances that caused him to lose all muscle mass.  Pour some andro out for him.

Cliff Lee – 10 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I feel like a ten inning game is more rare than a no hitter. (I probably could find out if that was true at the ol’ Google.)  Through 10 innings, he threw 102 pitches and 81 of those were strikes.  Let’s just say, The Adverb was more than suffixient.

Bartolo Colon – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Lincecum who?

Matt Cain – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Bartolo Colon who?

Brian Wilson – Undergoing Tommy John surgery today.  They’re still evaluating whether they hairnet his beard or if they have to shave it.  If they shave it, the surgery is due to end on Sunday and the homeless family of Lilliputians will need to be relocated.

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Walks really got him in this game…and the hits…and the runs…and the lack of Ks.

Mark Buehrle – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Of course he pitched a gem.  Why wouldn’t he?!  Why would I want this kind of start from Latos?!  I must be crazy!  Yeah, still a little annoyed at Latos.  And another thing, if Latos didn’t seem so detestable of a personality, I might be able to let it go!

Joel Hanrahan – Tweaked his Hanrahammy.  Should be good to go by the weekend.  In his place…

Juan Cruz – Guess who has more saves than Jordan Walden and Heath Bell combined?  I grabbed Cruz in one league, then dropped him when I had to fill in for Gardner.  Cruz may not see another save all year.  If you’re very desperate, then specloselate.  (On a related note, I thought of what we can call a top closer’s set-up man, a side salad.)

Grady Sizemore – Cleared for baseball activities.  He’ll probably pull his groin scratching himself.  I’m only half-punning.

Juan Francisco – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  The Braves are committed to Glass Chipper like Aguilera should be committed for eliminating Jesse Campbell, but Francisco’s a good name to watch in deep leagues in case he can get more playing time.

Jair Jurrjens – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Can the editor who recut Star Wars take Jar-Jar out of the Braves rotation too?

Dan Uggla – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his first homer.  Still wanna sell him for Skip Schumaker and a bag of Fritos?

Luke Scott – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Member I said last week to pick him up?  Yeah, nothing’s changed yet.

Matt Joyce – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 2nd game in a row with a homer.  If he’s gonna hit, it will be in the first half.  It’s Joyce to wit.

Justin Morneau – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs with his 3rd and 4th homers.  Only cussword his fantasy owners are hearing this year is refocused.

Matt Capps – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save.  Could he save a game without giving up a run?  Just a question.

Kevin Youkilis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his first homer.  Youuuuuuuk, speaking through his agent, said, “Tell Valentine there’s his motivation.  And Sugarhill Gang invented the rap.  So there!”

Lucas Harrell – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Anyone with a rotation spot, you own in NL- or AL-Only leagues, so I grabbed Harrell in an NL-Only league.  Never looked at his stats.  Just grabbed him.  Then he pitched well yesterday for the second time in three starts and I was like, “Hey, this guy’s awesome!  I wanna see his minor league stats.”  So I Googled his name to see his minor league stats, and Googled asked me, “Are you sure you want to see his minor league stats?”  Yes, Google!  Give ‘em to me!  “Oh.”  That was my reaction after seeing his stats.  Um, yeah, I wouldn’t touch him in mixed leagues.

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-4 with his first homer.  He’s alive!  I think.

Omar Infante – Out until Friday with a groin strain.  It happened when he was running away from Hanley carrying a bottle of hair dye.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer.  He’s batting .074 on the year.  To get results from Alvarez, the Pirates threatened him with a demotion to Triple-A or worse a trade to the Orioles.

Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Yes, you should own him.  No, I’m not joking.

A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  When I say hot, you say schmotato.

Doug Fister – Felt renewed discomfort in his abdomen.  For Fister owners, that’s a punch to the gut.

Prince Fielder – 2-f0r-4, 2 RBIs and a steal as Major League Baseball tried to increase offense by moving 2nd base five feet from 1st.

Chase Headley – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and TWO HOMERS?  He had two homers the entire 1st half last year, and two homers the entire 2nd half for four (stutterer!) total.

Michael Cuddyer – Homered then left Wednesday’s game with a bruised toe.  If Cuddyer needs to miss time, guess who gets some time?  No, not Eric Young Jr.  Tyler Colvin.  Could be some pop there.  Keep your eyes peeled in deep leagues.

Juan Nicasio – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Eh, I’ve seen better starts.  Buehrle, for instance, that was better, but I’d continue to roll with Nicasio in most leagues.

Derek Holland – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Kinda wish I had Holland instead of Latos right now.  Okay, I’ll let it go.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and a steal.  I’ve seen some people in the comments ask if they should pick up Kirk.  Don’t cheat, Razzballers.  Ask if you should pick up Nieuwenhuis.  If I gotta spell that shizz, so do you.  And, yeah, you should pick him up.  Kinda like how I’ve been saying that in the last two weeks of Buys.  Yesterday, he hit leadoff.  That probably won’t hold, but Bay’s name is short for Sickbay, as in he hasn’t been good in years, and Duda hasn’t had much zippity, doo or dah recently.

R.A. Dickey – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  More like U.R.A. Dickey.

From Around The Web

  1. thatonekid343 says:
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    Good article as always…Speaking of Latos, thoughts on this Grey?
    I get: Mat Latos
    I give: Melky Cabrera

    12 team, H2H, 7×7 (QS, L, TB, OPS)
    My team:
    C. Buster Posey
    1B. Albert Pujols
    2B. Dan Uggla
    3B. Evan Longoria
    SS. Elvis Andrus
    OF. Gianny Stanton, Jay Bruce, Desmond Jennings
    UTIL. Melky Cabrera
    BN. Zack Cozart

    P. Anibal Sanchez, Santiago Casilla
    SP. Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Beachy
    RP. Jason Motte, Huston Street
    BN. Cory Luebke, Dan Hudson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thatonekid343, I’d do that.

  2. Chris J says:
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    Morneau you SONOFABENCH!

    • Whole Camels says:
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      I’ll second that

  3. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    No speculation of Frank-Franc losing his job after giving up 2 earned in 1 IP?

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @Simply Fred, I certainly hope so! Both as a fan of the Mets, and a recent owner of Bobby P. Although as you astutely point out, my good friend, picking up Bobby P. may well ruin his career, and he has a family to care for and kids to feed:)

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @Paulie Allnuts, As further evidence of my growing reputation as a career-destroyer, here are Bartolo Colon’s four starts.

        4/18 @LAA 8.0 4 0 0 5 W
        4/13 @Sea 7.0 3 0 1 5 W
        4/7 Sea 4.1 10 7 0 3 L
        3/29 Sea 8.0 3 1 1 6 W

        Three were :, one was;

        Guess which one I streamed him in?

        Of course, Bobby V was correct in stating that Yoooooouk was not emotionally and physically playing as he had in the past. He found out that he was playing on my fantasy team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred, Kazaam!

  4. Catz says:
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    Grey, have you watched Morrow pitch this year (I haven’t)? Has he changed his approach. While he’s been more effective his K rate is half what it was last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Catz, It’s early.

  5. DrEasy says:
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    Nieuwenhuis or Coco Crisp? Dude is cereally hurting my RCL team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy, Nieuwenhuis

  6. Grey's da man! says:
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    LoMo or Goldschmidt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Morrison

  7. Grey's da man! says:
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    Pierre worth a pickup for SAGNOF? Need to fill a spot now that Gardner is out..there is Pierre, Nieuwenhuis, V wells..

    • Tony says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, ive been rostering pierre since the draft in my rcl, pierre will get you 40 steals, playing times his only downside, but he’ll get his PT one way or another….

  8. I don’t like to roll with any offensive bench players in a h2h and I’ve got BJ Upton coming back. Who’s gotta go to make room?

    Victorinio,
    Kendrys,
    Reimold,
    Schafer
    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vinnie, Schafer

  9. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    My GF watches The Voice while I watch baseball, so I typically don’t watch it. Weren’t any games that caught my eye Monday night, so I watched that Jesse guy and Aguilera’s reaction afterward. She looked like he ran up and crapped in her lap after eating nothing but 24 months-aged cheddar for a week. I was wondering what was up… and then I saw her performance.

    She was just mad that he’s better than she is.

    While I’d bork her eighty ways to Sunday, she has zero business wearing that outfit, even having lost some weight (as far as I can tell). I dig that body type, but c’mon… she’s made tens of millions of dollars in her career, and has hours every day to work out and eat zero sugar, high protein meals that taste like heaven. Standard’s a bit different for her than it is for some gal who lives in reality.

    Also, Grey, why am I such an intractable asshole? You answer all of our fantasy problems for free, please also become an armchair psychiatrist and fix all of my other problems.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, Ha! Nice rant… I watch every episode by choice — the voice! It’s terrible but I enjoice! Jesse was really good, got robbed, I think it has to do with the show wanting to cause buzz/controversy.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess,
      Completely agree with this. Any celeb should hold themselves to a higher standard. You got the cash, you got the adoration (deservedly or not)… now put down the pork rinds and slip into that thong bikini!

      Ah, we are terrible.

  10. Paulie Allnuts

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    Grey, of course Beltran is on a roll. He no longer is on the Mets, under the medical team supervised by reknowned veternarian Hugo Z. Hackenbush. Expect him and Reyes to play 140-150 games this year.

    Nieuwenhuis is a breath of fresh air for Mets fans, but don’t expect it to last very long, as for some reason the Mets brass has decided to start the increasingly decrepit Andres Torres when he gets off the DL. The management needs to accept the fact that they are a rebuilding club, and destined to finish last this season. What purpose is it to play Torres, Frank-Frank, and Bay, for that matter? BTW, cut and paste works just nicely when talking ’bout Nieuwenhuis. No need to spell.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, I fully endorse this message to Mets management.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Hackenbush — HA!

  11. Danwise says:
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    For the Beltran thing, It’s a shame because before today you could call it a Dick Clark, but…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danwise, Seacrest killed him for his career ten years ago.

  12. Howard says:
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    @Grey Holland SONOFABENCH! I know it’s painfully obvious but ‘Renaissance Man’? Picked up Coco to replace Krispie. Do you think Nieuwen)%# would be a better play?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Howard, Coco is a dud right now and usually heats up later, He’s sat a little already this year and is throwing a little bitch fit cause the cuban yo-yo jacked his spot in CF. I would look elsewhere to get replacement numbers. I get the feeling that if coco is available in your league then there has to be some decent outfield depth for you in the FA pool.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Howard, Hear ya on the sonovabench. Benched Holland, rolled out Latos, ugh.

  13. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    8 team league. Drop Delmon Young or Stubbs for Dunn or Joyce? I need AVG/OBP more than steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, Young…Joyce

  14. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @Grey, another solid outing, that pod cast is tight. loved the side salad comment. Is a closer by committee a tossed salad? Chef’salad? Salad bar? Anyways…

    name idea for the beltran and puma types, Gerryswan = a geriatric having his swan song before he exits.

    I need to stop wirting these after coming home from the local dives. covina you kill my liver!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Ha… Not bad. Under consideration…

  15. Storminator says:
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    KnightsReborn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Storminator, Not crazy about it.

  16. Steve says:
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    Effing Pedro Alvarez. Screwed me when I owned him now that I own Dan Hudson he’s still screwing me.

    • paddyman says:
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      @Steve, Man he’s the one that hit that fly ball that Krispie got injured on too. He’s the fantasy jinx I tells ya!

  17. Steve says:
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    Oh (and don’t judge me) but another content provider told me that Cliffy (my nickname, incidentally – again, don’t judge) was the first pitcher to throw 10 scoreless innings since Mulder in ’05.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, saw that…

  18. Tony says:
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    the headley 2 HR’s 1st half of last yr and 2 HR’s 2nd half make me sick, i play him in a league, and he hits 2 last night, what a joke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Ha

  19. jimbo says:
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    Beltran could be an Early Bird Special, no?

    If not, then he’ll be a…

    Deals on Wheels
    Hungry Man
    Blue Light Special

    Nothin wrong with renaissance man…conveys what needs conveyed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jimbo, He could be… But Early Bird Specials don’t go on all year…

  20. RussB says:
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    Grey – Is AJ Pierzinsky better than Soto in the long run this year? Thinking about dropping Soto for him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RussB, Not in the long run

  21. HighUpside says:
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    The old player that is suddenly good again could be called a Comebacker, you didnt really expect it and you just hope it doesnt end up smacking you in the face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HighUpside, Not crazy about it.

      • The Real McCoy says:
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        @Grey,

        Old player who suddenly gets “hot.” = Cougar

        MILF: (Mature Infielder with Late career Fantasy resurgence)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I like MILF (I bet you do!) for what I’ve used it for in the past (hey-now!) MI I’d like to take a flyer on…

  22. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Great….another day and another player on my team likely to the DL. Yesterday Krispie, today Big Puma. Wonder who tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun… I keed.

  23. Bada Bing says:
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    Beltran and his kind seem like Cialis Users to me. You draft them and at any given time, they are ready to turn into the stud of years past.

    • Tony says:
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      @Bada Bing, yes but at any time they can go limp…..

      • Tony says:
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        @Tony, pull up limp? ……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bada Bing, Not crazy about it.

  24. 2qbn says:
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    Buehrle or Drabek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2qbn, Drabek

  25. bronson says:
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    12 team mixed…Gabby Sanchez or Chase Headley going forward for a CI spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bronson, Gaby

  26. JT says:
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    For the random old guy who performs well out of the blue, long past their expiry dates……

    PILFs.

    Players I’d Like to Fornicate around with starting on my team.

    Grey, baby, this finally feels like JT’s made the Razzball glossary #bucketlistforthecoolkids (unless this line ruined it like mentioning a no-hitter)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JT, Not crazy about it…

  27. EmporersMonkey says:
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    What do you guys think about me throwing Edwin Jackson out there for a spot start against Houston? Seems like a good matchup but for some reason my heart is telling me no, no, no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EmporersMonkey, Yeah, it’s fine…

  28. nightpandas says:
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    Blast from the past? (for Beltran and co.)

    What do think of this trade (15 team league). I give DHudson, Niese, Choo and get Lester, Swisher, Aviles. My offence is decent but pitching sucks (Latos, DHudson, Morrow, Cahill, Niese, BAnderson (DL)). Pretty slim pickings on the WW (Nicasio, Westbrook, Danks, Floyd, JSanchez, Bedard). Overpaying probably but feel I need an ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Not crazy about it…. Or the trade…

    • Feeding the Abscess

      Feeding the Abscess says:
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      @nightpandas, If your pitching is bad you should keep Hudson and Niese. Niese’s peripherals last season suggested a low to mid 3 ERA (better than Lester), and he’s pitching even better so far this season. Also, in 15 team leagues, Floyd, Bedard, Danks, and Nicasio should all be at least worth a spot start.

      I actually really like your staff for a 15 team league, I back Grey on the no deal recommendation.

      • nightpandas says:
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        @Feeding the Abscess, thanks for the reply. I’m on the fence, the K, L and K/9 stats are killing me. Also I only have 31 moves left for the year so I can’t do too much streaming. Who do you think is best for the above stats, leaning towards Nicasio.

        • Feeding the Abscess

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          @nightpandas, Yeah, Nicasio has the best chance of helping you in the K/9 with the backing of a good offense to keep losses at bay. Maybe trade Hudson and Choo for Doc, Kershaw, Verlander or Greinke or something? Or Hudson and Choo for Anibal Sanchez and Gio? I’m not the greatest at valuing trades, Grey would be better for that.

  29. papasmurf says:
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    If you are Latos intolerant, it’s best not to watch him pitch on a full stomach because it kinda sucks to have to eat twice after you throw up what you just had. The guy is a mental midget. I think he’ll be fine when all’s said and done, but right now I don’t trust him. I benched him and am glad I did.

    Both of Headley’s homers were fence scrapers. Coors products. Still, a homer’s a homer. I started him over Bruce at UTIL and if he keeps it going and if one of my regs is struggling, I’ll keep starting him when he’s on the road.

    What’s this? Papasmurf making moves that work out??? Maybe 2012 is the end of the world.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha! P.S. changing his luck!

    • JoeC says:
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      @papasmurf,
      True, they weren’t Stanton moon shots for sure (I still remember the time when Stanton actually hit home runs), but they were opposite field home runs, which means they were hit more solidly than pulled home runs.

      Add to that the fact that it’s still early Spring and it’s not very warm yet and those were 2 very legitimate home runs. Nicasio just left the fastball up and on the plate. Bad pitches, bad results (unless you’re a Headley owner, natch).

  30. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Pierzynski or Ianetta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Iannetta

  31. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Bad news about Krispie: He’s a player I love and have owned before (but not this year) so I was rooting for him even though I don’t have him. Though there should be a word for the player who breaks out when you finally break up with him.

    Justin Morneau fun fact: He now has 7 career homers in 12 games at the new Yankee Stadium. He has 5 career homers in 80 lifetime games at Target Field.

    So if you have him: Sit him at home. And definitely play him at Yankees Stadium.

    And if you are Brian Cashman: Think about trading for Justin Morneau.

    If you didn’t see that last out in that Yanks/Twins game, it was a to-the-wall flyball by Teixeira; this right after Capps served up a long home run to Derek Jeter.

    Which is to say: Oh boy oh boy oh boy Capps is done. If you own him and can unload him for anything of value, do it now. I’d almost trade him for Mark Melancon. (Joke.) (Kind of.)

    In a related story, my top 3 picks, Pujols, Dread Pirate and Giancarlo still have 0 HRs between them, which is 3 fewer homers than Pujols hit in one game in the World Series. GOOD TIMES.

    There should also be a word for when you are actively rooting for someone on your team to fail, because you dislike owning him so much? My personal word for this is “Brad Lidge.”

    Related: When can I jettison Rios? Now? Tomorrow? He’s next in to be dropped for a shiny penny. Almost dropped him last night for Luke Scott. Not only is he my personal Exendable, he’s not even a fancy Expendable like Statham. He’s my Randy Couture.

    • and1mcgee says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins wtf? you just lost all credibility with me. Capps is done? Jeter is hot and hit a homer. Capps’ new splitter was working well. One mistake to Jeter and he’s done? wow.

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

        Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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        @and1mcgee, You are either a rabid Twins fan, a Matt Capps owner, or Matt Capps.

        Tex’s ball was about 4 feet from being a game-tying HR. Capps looked like he’d already crapped his pants when the ball landed in the fielder’s glove.

        I do appreciate that Capps always lets the other team get within 1 run before nailing down the save. Adds a lot of excitement to the Twins season.

        • and1mcgee says:
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          @Baron Von Vulturewins, I’m a capps owner and I thought he looked fine. He’s Mark Texeira. He hits a lot of warning track flies.

          • Baron Von Vulturewins

            Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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            @and1mcgee, If that was the new splitter working, I’d hate to see what it looks like when it’s not working.

            As a former Capps owner (and scarred-for-life Dan Kolb owner), I feell your pain/denial.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, I have Votto and Longoria haven’t been much better so far…

  32. Boston Fans Are Stoopid says:
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    Ahhh Peavy. This is when it happens. He looks dominant for a few starts when nobody cares about him. Now he has a great matchup on Monday against Oakland to start a two-start week and everyone will jump on the ol’ Peavy bandwagon and faithfully start him and then…………..whack! You get Peavy’d. Still, I own is sorry ass so leggo Peavy, you stiff!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Boston Fans Are Stoopid,

      I nicknamed that term “Liriano’ed” last week but “Peavy’d” works as well.

      • Boston Fans Are Stoopid says:
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        @Hawk, There is an outside chance they could actually be the same guy so either way it works.

  33. Schlitzy says:
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    14 team league. Dump tabata for Ryan Sweeney, nieUwenhuis! Vern wells or Luke Scott?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schlitzy, Kirk, Scott…

  34. RTP says:
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    Platoon btwn Ike Davis and Adam Dunn has been killing me thus far.
    Safe to cut bait on Dunn and say he wont regain his pre-last-year form, and go with Ike full time now at 1b that it looks like he is getting over early season struggles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP, Yes

  35. RK says:
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    It’s painful to wake up this morning, being a Phillies fan that owns Cliff Lee and Matt Cain on one team, and doesn’t get the win. What masterful performances…

    • Tony says:
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      @RK, ya but you got two stellar stat lines…. whether you got a “W” or not….. i’d take it.

  36. A Kotter and Grease rough start to the career as they find holes in his swing. Then Carrie & SN Fever as a progressively productive player with tremendous upside. Then goes into a plastic bubble for a long period. Only to have that old player have a Pulp Fiction renaissance absolutely out of nowhere. For the glossary I humbly submit an all too common instance of a player going through a “Travolta.”
    Great wrap Grey. Wonderful Charolotte Sometimes reference and of course, any Janet Wood really gets mine going on a Thursday.

    • mc serch says:
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      @zombie, methinks Travolta has got a shot….nice work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, I like it… It’s in the running…

  37. Matt says:
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    Should I trade Johan Santana for Ervin Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Ervin

  38. Chunk says:
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    Starting Edinson home vs Phils? 1500 innings

    Also, Brantley sat yesterday, scheduled day off or something more?

    And just out of curiosity, KJ or Hill for the rest of 2012?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Start… Not sure… Hill…

  39. Cole says:
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    Old Player with a good year: Super Senior

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, Not crazy about it….

    • potus says:
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      @Cole, Somewhere Jamie Moyer is upset with your attempt @ stealing his name. Guys going to go straight from playing to picking out his favorite colored walker.

      • Cole says:
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        @potus, Is that what they call Moyer? If so, that’s awesome. I would love for Jamie Moyer to tell me to get off his lawn Clint Eastwood/Gran Torino style

  40. jamiehov says:
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    Should I drop Ubaldo for Peavy??

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jamiehov, Peavy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jamiehov, Sorry, meant keep Peavy.

      • jamiehov says:
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        @Grey, Thanks grey!!

  41. Purewater says:
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    Old guy who makes a comeback: Travolta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Yeah, that’s my favorite so far…

  42. RK says:
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    What a weird line from Tommy Hunter, a starting pitcher for the O’s (yeah, never heard of him, doubt I will waste the brain space on remembering him in the future): 8 ER, 8 K in 5.2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RK, Pitched for the Rangers before this year… He looks like a cherub… You never heard of him?

      • RK says:
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        @Grey, must be the Baltimore effect. Just looked him up nice 2010 with Texas, then got moved to the bullpen. Looks like he’s still young enough; to me, I see the O’s throw a RP/SP out there because they are just trying anything.

  43. wctip says:
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    How would you rank these players from 2012-2014?

    Fielder, Cabrera, Votto, Cano, Reyes, Bautista, Tulo, Braun

    I have to make some trades this year due to our keeper league rules and I am trying to figure out who to go after as a future keeper. We can keep the player for 3 years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wctip, Nothing’s changed from two weeks ago…

  44. jabroni says:
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    In a points league, any of these players so ownable that it’s offensive that they’re sitting on the waiver wire? (Have some guys like Arencibia, Trumbo and Brantley that need to be cut for them):

    J. Smoak
    L. Scott
    A. Presley
    T. Helton
    P. Bourjos
    I. Stewart
    D. Viciedo
    A. Rios
    A. Huff
    Or at catcher: J. Buck/W. Ramos/N. Hundley???

    Thanks for help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jabroni, Maybe

  45. dingbat says:
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    I feel your pain on Latos, Grey. At least Greinke and Scherzer gave me quality starts yesterday, and Scherzer even managed to win a game.

    Dustin Ackley was just dropped in my league. Do I drop Altuve for him? They seem like similar players — high-AVG guys on crappy teams, with Ackley having a higher power potential and Altuve having more speed. Phillips is my primary 2B, so we’re talking about backups here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, Ackley over him…

  46. malacoda says:
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    Headley is showing a ton of patience this year. He could pull off a 15-15 season if he remains patient.

    I say we call guys like Beltran “Baby Boomerangs”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malacoda, Not crazy about it…

  47. Ryan says:
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    I dumped Boesch for Headley in two leagues last night. The fact that Boesch hits in front of Cabrera and Fielder is moot if he can’t take a walk, something Headley has no trouble doing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Nice move for yesterday…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, To me, the homers are beside the point. I tend to value a guy who’s proving he can get one base and showing the potential for added pop more than a guy who’s in a really good situation that can’t seem to capitalize on it.

  48. The “TWO HOMERS?” in the Headley blurb sounds funnier in my head after having listened to the podcasts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @centralohguy, Ha!

  49. Lobster cola says:
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    Mickey Rourke. A player starts career nicely, vanishes for a significant time, then enjoys a late career renaissance, by pulling a “Mickey Rourke” or simply a “Mickey” or “a Mick”. “sin city” and “domino” had great performances that came from nowhere.

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Lobster cola, love it!

    • mc serch says:
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      @Lobster cola, this is pretty good too…maybe “Wrestler” though? As in “Carlos Beltran is this year’s Wrestler”

      • Blood Visions says:
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        @mc serch, I like this, because Beltran might go on to “slip you a mickey”…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lobster cola, I kinda like Travolta better…

  50. Matt says:
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    Would you drop any of this team for Peavy? 10 team league. Thanks

    R
    HR
    RBI
    SB
    AVG
    OPS

    C
    Miguel Montero
    (Ari – C)

    1B
    Prince Fielder
    (Det – 1B)

    2B
    Brandon Phillips
    (Cin – 2B)

    3B
    David Wright
    (NYM – 3B)

    SS
    Elvis Andrus
    (Tex – SS)

    OF
    Howie Kendrick
    (LAA – 1B,2B,OF)

    OF
    Nelson Cruz
    (Tex – OF)

    OF
    Michael Bourn
    (Atl – OF)

    Util
    Justin Morneau
    (Min – 1B)

    Util
    Jemile Weeks
    (Oak – 2B)

    BN
    Erick Aybar
    (LAA – SS)

    BN
    Paul Goldschmidt
    (Ari – 1B)

    BN
    Drew Stubbs
    (Cin – OF)

    DL
    Ryan Howard
    (Phi – 1B)DL

    IP*
    W
    SV
    K
    ERA
    WHIP
    K/BB

    Max Scherzer
    (Det – SP)

    C.J. Wilson
    (LAA – SP)

    Huston Street
    (SD – RP)

    Sean Marshall
    (Cin – RP)

    Brandon Beachy
    (Atl – SP)

    Javy Guerra
    (LAD – RP)

    Héctor Santiago
    (CWS – RP)

    Daniel Hudson
    (Ari – SP)

    Tommy Hanson
    (Atl – SP)

    James Shields
    (TB – SP)

    • dingbat says:
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      @Matt, First off, I would drop the excessive use of the Enter key. Post’s too tall to read!

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Matt, Stubbs is horrendous, but I would drop him. Also, does Aybar get in your lineup at all? Your pitching is solid without Peavy…

      • Matt says:
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        @Niq Castro, Aybar I got for SB as well in an auction draft cheap. I guess I could probably do without him but was hoping he might get trade value from someone.

    • Kaiser Soze says:
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      @Matt, I was considering dropping Scherzer for Peavy as my #6 SP in a 10 team.. don’t expect to keep him all season but need more roster flexibility.

      Anyone want to justify this?

  51. Ari says:
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    So I think I’ve picked up every outfielder you’ve said to for the last week and now I have a logjam and I’m wondering if I should also grab Kirk Nieuwenhuis (spelled that just for you).
    Right now I have:

    Lorenzo Cain (DL)
    BJ Upton (DL)
    Bret Gardner (need to move him to DL)
    Coco Crisp
    Alejandro De Aza
    Jordan Schafer
    Carlos Beltran
    Nelson Cruz
    JD Martinez

    Should I drop any of them to get Kirk Nieuwenhuis?
    Should I hold to Gardner and Cain or drop one and keep the other on DL?

    Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ari, Lose Cain…

      • Ari says:
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        @Grey, Thanks! And who should I drop on Friday when Upton returns?

  52. nick m. says:
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    Have 2 moves left for the week in a points league. Please pick the top 2 streaming options left this week. Thanks!
    Samardzija (@MIA)
    Alvarez (vs. TB)
    Harrison (@Det)
    Duffy (vs. Toronto)
    Gee (vs. SF)
    Vogelsong (@NYM)
    Noesi (vs. CWS)
    Niemann vs. Minn)
    Hochevar (vs. TOR)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nick m., Samardzija, Vogelsong…

  53. LobBall says:
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    Beltran: Colossal fossil?

    I have an open spot for the next 15 days on my Roto team. Chris Davis or Luke Scott for all hitting categories?

    • mc serch says:
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      @LobBall, call me crazy, but I’m kinda feeling C. Davis could break out….seems like he may have figured something out at end of last year….with Beej coming soon (!) L. Scott’s pt not a sure thing

      • JoeC says:
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        @mc serch,
        You’re crazy, Bill James!

        The only thing Chris Davis is gonna do is break out the strikeouts! :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LobBall, I like Travolta better… Scott…

  54. Zwei says:
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    Old players having renaissance year: Betty Whites (or Golden Girls).

    • Sour Stilton says:
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      @Zwei, Love golden girls!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zwei, Not bad at all… I’ll put it under consideration with the other two above…

  55. Andy says:
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    @Grey

    Very active 11-team 5×5 OBP league and I’m in an ERA/WHIP pitching rut to start the season. Thinking of spot starting Edwin Jackson…is it too early in the season to be taking on that risk, or would you roll him out there vs the ‘Stros?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andy, Sure, go for it…

  56. Griff says:
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    Delmon or Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Griff, Cespedes

  57. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Ditch J. Chacin for Drabek?

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, I would

  58. Jack says:
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    Grey,

    h2h 12 team with yahoo scoring
    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Desmond Jennings, Adam Jones
    UTL: Adam LaRoche, Ike Davis
    Bench: Mark Reynolds, Paul Goldschmidt
    SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    RP: Carlos Marmol, Jim Johnson
    P: Matt Moore, Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Jamie Garcia, Justin Masterson, Derek Holland, Hector Santiagio
    DL: Chase Utley

    Is Goldschmidt droppable? Struggling is one thing, but not even playing sucks even worse.

    Also, would you drop Santiago for Ervin Santana? Thanks!

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack,

      we start 2 SP, 2 RP, and 4 P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, I wouldn’t drop either right now… Only cause I don’t know who you’re dropping them for…

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey,

        Valid response.

        I would drop Santiago for Ervin. And then Goldy for Aviles or Nieuwenhuis (yes I copied and pasted).

  59. Ed Nugent says:
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    Starting Cahill tomorrow vs Atlanta?
    Chacin vs Brewers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ed Nugent, Yes and no…

  60. ScottyM says:
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    They already have a term for that Beltran thing on Wall Street. It’s called a “Dead Cat Bounce”. Even dead cats bounce when dropped from high enough.
    We could adjust that to “Dead Puma Bounce” in honor of Berkman’s 2011 resurgence before his real decline.

    • bean says:
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      @ScottyM, I love it. Catchy and doesn’t immediately reference an actor I can’t stand to think about.

      Don’t tell PETA or they will start protesting the Razzball site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ScottyM, I like that a lot… In the lead right now…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, Dead Cat Bounce tho is a short term thing. Stock bounces high in one last ephemeral gasp, then dies forever.

  61. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    thinking about dropping LoMo for Reimold… Am i crazy as hell?

    I just think theyre similar players, but reimold is actually doing what hes supposed to do, and lomo isn;t.

    • RK says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, just happened in my 10-team.

    • jaw says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, i wouldnt. small sample size, lomo will have better #s at seasons end imo

  62. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    I wouldn’t be too worried about Latos… His fastball velocity is a tad higher than last year, i think it is just a matter of running into the wrong teams at the wrong time, and not hitting his spots.

    He said that he started to just throw and trust his stuff in the middle innings of yesterdays game, and it helped him a lot in the middle part of the game until Dusty left him out there to throw 112 pitches (weird) and he tired out.

    I have a very good feeling that he throws a gem in his next outing. Remember, at this time last year he was pitching terrible too. Maybe it’s just him pulling an April fools on us, that silly Mat Latos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, He’s not pitching… He’s throwing… Would be my guess. He was throwing fast, but didn’t have a grasp on where it was going…

  63. jaw says:
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    which catcher? 10 team h2h 5×5 league, 1 C league

    iannetta, pierzynski, lucroy, arencibia, rmart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, pierzynski

  64. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Could Headley be breaking out like I expected him to 3 years ago lol? Is he worth picking up in a 12 team H2H points league where i start Mat Gamel as my utility guy?

    • Feeding the Abscess

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      @joe from point pleasant, He’s blowing up at Coors. Like my man crush, Road Venable, Headley has a monstrous home/road split. It’s like the bizarro Dante Bichette split; immortal on the road, human at home.

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @joe from point pleasant, Headly has a few good weeks per year. I wouldn’t get too excited just yet…

  65. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Random stat of the day…Red Sox have a team ERA of 6.20 thus far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, Ha

  66. and1mcgee says:
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    Luke Scott didn’t just hit a homer. He hit a grand slam in the 9th inning. I hate him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @and1mcgee, Ha

  67. Clinton says:
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    Snowballing off what Cole said earlier, I think “Senior Discount” on old player performing well…. Beltran is giving his owners a “Senior Discount” this year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clinton, It’s okay, I like the dead cat bounce…

  68. K-Fav says:
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    how bout renaissaur for old (dinosaur) player having a renaisance year?

    also who do u like more, gaby sanchez or adam lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K-Fav, Lind… It’s okay, I like the dead cat bounce…

  69. EK says:
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    Pls rank for 5×5 roto:

    Holland
    Niese
    Drabek
    Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, See rankings…

  70. HotRod says:
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    Am I wrong to veto this trade?

    Felix & Adam Jones for MoRivera & Joel Hanrahan???

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @HotRod, VETO!

    • Simply Fred

      Simply Fred says:
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      @HotRod, Yes, you would be wrong to veto. Manager could easily be in a spot where saves will bring more value than giving up SP and OF.

    • Sour Stilton says:
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      @HotRod, agree with simply Fred. None of yer damn bidness.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @HotRod, Never veto absent obvious collusion. Could be he’s just stupid and thought the two closers were worth more and that he had enough OFers or SPs to suffer the loss.

      • HotRod says:
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        You guys are nutz. THis is one of the worst trades Ive ever seen…it was more of a rhetorical question…just kind of wanted some ammunition

        • Simply Fred

          Simply Fred says:
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          @HotRod, well, rhetorically, the consensus seems to be that the Veto bar needs to be VERY HIGH.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @HotRod, Exactly what A Hill said. It’s a terrible trade and I would never make it. But if that’s what he thinks helps his team, then so be it. You don’t veto without collusion. Simple as that. If you think there is some collusion, then it’s a different story. A bad trade does not necessarily equal collusion. And Grey would tell you the same.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @HotRod, Would I make that trade? No!

      Would I veto that trade? Also no. If the guy wants closers so bad then that’s his business. You aren’t here to manage his team for him. Unless you have some reason to think there is collusion between the 2 owners, then let it be.

    • Big Nate says:
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      @HotRod, You should veto if you can prove collusion…Otherwise, you should only be kicking yourself for not getting to that owner sooner.

  71. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, 12 team keeper h2h 6×6 AVG & OBP

    Thames and Tabata are doing nuthin. Sadly I dumped De Aza and JD for them before the season began, so I suppose I’m even more disappointed.

    Dump Thames and/or Tabata for any of these illustrious names?

    Great Scott, Schafer, Nieuwenhuis, Federalist, Rico Suave, Robot, Venable

    I’m leaning towards dumping Thames for Scott – he’s on waivers and I have 8th claim, so I may not get him anyway.

    I was hoping either of my guys could develop into cheap keepers but so far, so bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, I grabbed Scott last week for dumping Thames…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, But Thames has such sweet chops! I’m hoping he leads a renaissance of awesome black facial hair in baseball… Limited FA moves (80 for the season) makes me a little hesitant but it’s probably for the best.

  72. Chupacabra says:
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    What is wrong with Jay Bruce? Not saying I’m going to drop him, just wondering if anyone out there has seen enough of him lately to form an opinion of why he is hitting so poorly out of the gate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chupacabra, It’s early.

  73. supra says:
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    Leonardo di Pinchmi… a dreamy renaissance man

    AARPickup

    AARPlaya!

    Grey, Krispie out, Crisp be in? Or is Coco droppable at this point for someone like a Headley or time to prospect for Rizzo in a 9×9 keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Coco’s droppable… I like the first one a lot but like the dead cat better…

      • supra says:
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        @Grey, eh, a regurgitated stock term for a player? pass

  74. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Would you sell on Peavy? Offers are rolling in although nothing compelling (Henry Rodriguez or Lohse). However, I am hurting for saves having lost Brian Wilson – I have Lidge so Rodriguez makes some sense – also, I could ask for Betancourt instead?

    Also, you still like Logan Morrison more than Reimold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Betancourt is fair… Reimold’s moving above him…

  75. Lava says:
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    Drop Bourjos or Boesch for Reimold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lava, Boesch

  76. dsimon says:
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    The one DL spot in my RCL league has Ryan Howard in it. With Gardner on the DL and now Berkman ailing some more (I wish I could have bet money on ‘will aggravate calf by trying to return too soon’) … is it time to drop Howard? He’s still not even jogging.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dsimon, Yup

  77. nightpandas says:
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    How about Beltran is a “silver fox”, He’s old but the ladies still like…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, It’s okay, I like the dead cat bounce…

    • Sour Stilton says:
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      @nightpandas, I like that one a lot!

  78. J-Bird says:
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    Yahoo H2H 1yr League (10 teams)
    Pitcher Stats: W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, HLD

    Current Starters: Felix Hernandez, CJ Wilson, Gio Gonzalez, Anibal Sanchez, Ubaldo Jimenez, Derek Holland, Jonathon Niese

    Who do you like more… Niese or Peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Bird, Peavy

    • Feeding the Abscess

      Feeding the Abscess says:
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      @J-Bird, To complement what Grey said, I like Niese more than Jimenez, too. Fewer walks, more Ks, more groundballs, pitches against a pitcher instead of a DH. Maybe try to flip Ubaldo and something else for a better bat and keep Niese?

  79. STRAWberry says:
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    For an oldie but goodie who rejuvenated:

    Viagraed

    OR

    Cocooned

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @STRAWberry, It’s okay, I like the dead cat bounce…

  80. J-Bird says:
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    RCL League…

    Please Rank: E.Santana, Niese, Harrison, Volquez, Floyd, Nolasco, Buchholz, Chacin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Bird, Niese, Volquez, don’t own…

  81. STRAWberry says:
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    Or even better, although it is a phrase and not a term:

    Took a swim in the pool from Cocoon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @STRAWberry, It’s okay, still the other…

  82. Gavin says:
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    I grabbed Nieuwenhooser yesterday as a 4th OF because Rasmus is killing me. Used an open roster spot. But someone dropped Tabata last night. Would you swap him for Newensomething? Note, I already have McCutchen so the thought of two Buccos hitters in my OF is not appetizing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin, I’d hold for now…

  83. mauledbypandas says:
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    dear Giancarlo. Today is your day. HR please???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mauledbypandas, I will forward your note to him.

  84. Sour Stilton says:
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    Was offered the adverb for Giancarlo & vance Worley in NL only. I’m not loving it. Should I?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sour Stilton, I’d take Lee, but it’s close and depends on needs…

  85. Sour Stilton says:
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    Was offered the adverb for Giancarlo & vance Worley in NL only. I’m not loving it. Should I?

    And if Dutch is too much, just call him K Newhouse.

  86. Tom says:
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    Grey (and others),

    Start Wainwright today or bench and see how he does?

    Roto 1500 IP limit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, Bench

  87. Sour Stilton says:
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    Sorry about duplicate post. iPad/sangria issues. I suspect more iPad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sour Stilton, No worries

  88. TheNewGuy says:
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    What a duel between my Cain and the adverb last night.

    Lee going 10 innings! I can’t remember ever seeing that happen before, anyone know the last time it happened?

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @TheNewGuy, i’m pretty sure jack morris went 10 in a playoff game for the twins like 20 years ago. i don’t remember anyone since.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @anarchy burger, Thats a rare feat for ya, even more rare than the precious no-nos and PG.

    • bean says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Craziest thing was Cain had 91 pitches through 9 and they pulled him. Post game interview they asked Belt about it and he seemed stunned by the move by Bochy. It was Dustyesque!

      I know Cliff Lee went 10 but Cain was amazing last night too and could have done the same.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, 2005 — Mulder

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey, Not Duchovny

  89. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Somebody please shoot me, but Liriano averaged 93 MPH on his fastball against the Yankees. I dropped him after the first week, but if he gets it up to 94, we may have a 2011 Vazquez situation on our hands.

    Something to look at. Don’t pick him up in the hopes he does it, though. Wait for it to actually happen first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, I’ll watch it, but I’m not picking him up right now…

  90. Alex says:
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    12 team league where I’m 11th is really frustrating me. Considering dropping one or more of the following: Soto, Stubbs, Brantley. Also getting pretty sick of Morrow, Clippard, and Marmol’s collective shizzz.

    Scott, De Aza, Parra, Iannetta are all available, as are Samardzija and Hank Rodriguez.

    @Grey or anyone else,
    am I being too impatient? Or do any of these options make sense?

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Alex, Hard to justify Clippard in a 12 team (I just dropped him in my 12 team). I’d grab Henry over Clippard.

      Morrow over Samardzija.
      Iannetta over Soto.
      Hold on Stubbs…

      Also, you can do better than Brantley for steals, I’m sure. (pick up Scott? depending on your steal situation, I guess) I don’t really have an opinion on de Aza yet but I’d take him over Brantley, too.

      Marmol – I don’t know what to tell you. Try to trade him to some poor sap who thinks he’s better than he actually is? Can’t outright drop him, methinks.

      • Alex says:
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        @Niq Castro, got Henry and Scott, lost Clippard and Brantley. Might also consider getting rid of Espinosa at IF and replacing him with Seager or some other, slightly less offensive schmohawk.

        • Niq Castro says:
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          @Alex, 12 team, I like Espinosa. I dropped him early last year and regretted it very quickly. This all depends on who else ya got….

    • bean says:
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      @Alex, Don’t give up on Stubbs. He isn’t stealing cause he isnt getting on base but it is still early to give up on him.

      Curious about the Clevenger situation with Soto myself.

      @Grey, What gives with Steve Clevenger?

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @bean, Clevenger can hit pretty good, just not out of the park…. and Soto is looking really bad.

  91. Niq Castro says:
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    With Gardner on DL, I currently have Reimold, Markakis, and Pence as my three OF, with Frenchy and Tabata on the bench. Util is Butler and Ike usually. (12 team)

    Nieuwenhuis/Federalist/Rios worth a pick up?

    Also, hold on Tabata….?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, Rios over Tabata…

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Grey, I’m holding onto Tabata (at least for now), so I can add another with Gardner DL spot.

        Short term, Nieuwenhuis worth a pick up? Or still Rios? (I hate that guy, haha)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Niq Castro, Worth a short term pick up…

          • Niq Castro says:
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            @Grey, thx, as usual.

            (Mickey Rourke over Dead Cat Bounce!)

  92. anarchy burger says:
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    hey guys i have a trade question. 5×5 15 team mixed league. my pitching is pretty strong. i was offered votto and wainwright for kershaw and carlos pena. is this a no brainer???? what do you guys think???????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anarchy burger, Sounds solid…

  93. TheNewGuy says:
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    Someones dropped Brox and his fat ass in my league, worth a claim right?. Very rare closers are available in this league so might try and claim him, question is who to drop:

    Torii (now a bench bat cos of Reimold), C Perez, Lidge, or 7th starter in Minor (I know shouldnt be going there really).

    Already got 4 closers but you can never really have enough saves (can always trade em).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yup… Minor…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Was kinda hoping you didnt say him as he’s my promoted prospect so have a little attachment to him, plus im kinda playing the matchups with my starters so far (minor at home, Holland vs weaker lineups etc), so I think I could still use him around.

        Reckon Hank-rods gonna get the gig full-time so I can drop Lidge? Or even drop Torii as replacement level players like Scott/Wells are available on the wire?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @TheNewGuy, Sure, drop Lidge…

  94. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey,

    Start Soriano vs Nolasco, Boesch vs Darvish, or Bourjos vs Milone in my UTIL spot today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, Boesch

  95. El Gato says:
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    Worried about Lester….

    Would you trade Lester/Colby Lewis for Haren/Colon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Gato, Nope

  96. skinny malinky says:
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    Beltran might be an Old Man on the C(omeback)

    Or he might be a candidate for AARP – Above Average Refractory Period. It takes him a while to come back strong.

    Or I should just be happy I own him and stop typing now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @skinny malinky, Ha… Yeah…

  97. Wilsonian says:
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    Bottom of the lineup:

    OF: Reimold
    UTIL: Youk
    UTIL: Boneface
    BN: Lind
    BN: JUp
    DL: BJ

    Gotta activate the BJ. Who you dropping? I thought it would be easier to drop Reimold than it is.

    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, Avg., OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Kinda wanna say Bonifacio… Upton is steals… Don’t need both… Have you had those virus warnings again?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Yeah it’s a tough call. He’s been valuable for speed, and he’s really the only guy other than BJ that’s a full time speedster. Plus he’s got triple position eligibility. Think I might have to wait to see how the day goes.

        And no, but I’ve been only on my phone today as I was on the road going to my back doctor. Hopefully it’s done, but I’ll keep an eye out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Yeah, I hear ya… Then Reimold… Should be done… Good luck with the back shizz.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. It’s healing slowly. Looks like Boneface swiped me a couple more today trying to stay on the roster.

  98. Pierre says:
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    Sup Grey,
    Whatcha think about dropping Mayberry for Nieuwenheis (so annoying to spell) or Scott? Gamel also available, but I’m stacked at 3B: Lawrie, Wright, Moose and Hanley now.

    Also, why has Arencibia been so putrid? Not too many FA options but I could add Kottaras, Thole, Hundley or Chooch as a stopgap for that slumping schmohawk.. .118OBP, really?

    Mayberry and maybe Volquez are my only two drops.

    Danks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pierre, Scott… Hold Arencibia… No problem…

  99. Joe Buck Yourself says:
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    Love the articles, love the podcast.

    Just thought you should know that the podcast rss feed (http://razzball.com/feed/podcast) hasn’t been updated in a while. Feel the love.

    In a 12-teamer, am I giving up too much in going after Latos: offering Willingham + Soto, for Latos + Y. Molina; or Billy Butler + Soto, for Latos + Y. Molina.

    Thanks,
    Joe B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe Buck Yourself, That’s weird… I wish I knew computers better, not sure why that is… Maybe I can find someone to look into it… Willingham trade for Latos…

  100. charlie batch says:
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    just gave up matt cain for greinke. good swap? points league, Ks and QS main source of pitcher points.

    • charlie batch says:
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      @charlie batch, poor ERA and WHIP detrimental as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @charlie batch, Sure

  101. HotRod says:
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    Grey,

    Would you veto?

    F-Her & Adam Jones for MoRivera & Joel Hanrahan

    • AdamH says:
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      @HotRod, If its not collusion it shouldn’t be vetoed.

    • Simply Fred

      Simply Fred says:
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      @HotRod, he means, rhetorically…

    • ETMcgee says:
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      @HotRod, i’d take f-her and adam jones all day every day. As far as vetos go, i typically don’t veto anything outside of blatant collusion (if commissioner veto), but I would certainly say that trade is not balanced and maybe post the razzball “mad libs” trade post.

      If it is a league vote for trades, i’d probably cast a veto vote in hopes that they amend the trade so that 1 team doesn’t get the 2 best players

  102. nightpandas says:
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    Stubbs over Gamel or JD Martinez, strikeouts and OPS are why this is not a no brainer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Over JD

  103. Intentional Balk says:
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    Looking for thoughts:

    10×10 HTH – Y! rosters – stats favor OPS and TB-type players

    Currently have:
    1B: Fielder, Butler
    3B Youk, Moustakas
    OF: Bruce, Holliday, Morrison, Swisher, Berkman

    Who, if anyone, gets dropped to snag Morneau?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Intentional Balk, You can’t wait until Berkman is DL’d? Swisher…

  104. AdamH says:
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    yahoo 12 team roto, 1450 max. innings

    Need to lose someone from this staff to pick up a replacement OF for Krispie. Can’t decide whether to go starter or drop a closer. Who’s it gonna be?

    SP Mad Bum
    SP Anibal
    RP Frank2
    RP Grant Balfour
    P Guerra
    P Street
    P Santiago
    B Max
    B Wandy
    B Niese
    B Cahill
    B Chacin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Chacin

  105. Bindy says:
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    “Maybe he’s this year’s old player who comes out of nowhere and has a renaissance year. How do we not have a term for this in the glossary? Please suggest in the comments. Thank you”

    echoing the AARP theme, the more fitting way to describe this kind of player might be as an “MVaarP”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bindy, Ha, I like that a lot… Okay, in consideration with above…

  106. Rusty Rimrounder says:
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    Are we still to hold Ramos in H2H or is it time to move to A.J.

    Also can I officially Drop Aybar (SS) in a 10 team H2H league? I have Cozart and Aybar is in my only bench spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rusty Rimrounder, Can do both moves…

  107. Rusty Rimrounder says:
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    Drop Moustakas for Headley??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rusty Rimrounder, Eh

  108. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Start Wainwright or bench him today vs the Reds? 10 team mixed roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Bench

  109. FD says:
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    Yahoo 12 team h2h/roto league, Please rank these free agents thank you:

    Rasmus, Jemile Weeks, Figgins, Luke Scott

    FD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Rasmus, Scott…

  110. My My My MY Kuroda says:
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    I was killing it yesterday in the freeroll – then I remembered that it was Thursday instead of Weds. Should prob change Headley and Morneau now because they can’t do that 2 days in a row!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, HA

  111. ETMcgee says:
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    While it doesn’t really apply across the board, in st louis we have a term for old guys (or crappy guys) who come in and have 1-2 good years. we call it having a “cardinal year” for batters, which goes back to guys like will clark (who came in for one great 1/2 season) up through berkman last year. We like to think that players going from a bad situation/team get re-energized when they come to the best baseball city in the world.

    For pitchers, we used to call the “Dunc specials”, as tribute to the fact that dave duncan could turn any chump like kent bottenfield into a 15+ game winner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ETMcgee, Think we have better ones above…

  112. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey,

    Repeat question from yesterday:

    Question 1: How would you rate these 1B as best buy low opportunities in a trade: Goldschmidt, Davis, Freeman, Morales, Morneau, and Duda.

    I’m working on trading for a 1B to replace Morse

    Question 2: Is Belt still rosterable on a 10 team mixed? I’m afraid ill lose him if I drop him but I need help at SS with Aybar struggling and Aviles on the waiver. Thoughts?

    Question 3: Aviles or Cozart right now?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Morneau, Morales… 2. Lose him 3. Cozart

  113. L-Boogie says:
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    If this were a discussion about aging hockey players making a comeback I would suggest the term “Gerihattrick.” But its not… and hockey sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha!

  114. Marc G. says:
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    About Beltran coming back from the dead, can we say he’s mickeyrourking ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer others below…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey, Above that is…

  115. STRAWberry says:
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    Dead Cat Bounce is solid. Is there a term for someone when they go on a tear their first year after a divorce? Perhaps that could be applicable as well. Nothing says resurgence like a nice divorce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @STRAWberry, HA! Back in the game? Is there a pithier saying for that?

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @STRAWberry, Beyonceback?

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @nyydj2, That’s hot… but wasn’t Kemp with Rianna the year before last? They weren’t married but maybe there’s something there about players breaking up with celebs.

        Didn’t Jete and Minka Kelly break up? He’s been great!

        • JoeC says:
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          @3FingersBrown,
          I heard they’re back together, thus ruining my evil plan to have my own Mink(a) coat(ing).

  116. nyydj2 says:
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    Viagra Balls?

    Recovering Suckaholic?

    Lind or Ike?
    Lind or Duda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nyydj2, Eh… Ike…Lind…

  117. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Is Noesi a decent stream against the Pale Hose (Sale) tomorrow? How about longer term with all those home games? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AnotherFalstaff, I wouldn’t in most leagues…

  118. LT says:
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    Somebody just dropped Ervin Santana – would you drop John Danks or Ryan Vogelsong for him — thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT, Danks

      • LT says:
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        @Grey, Sorry Grey – phrased the question wrong. If you had to pick one of these pitchers long term H2H league which one

        Danks, Vogelsong or Ervin Santana

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ervin

  119. KeeblerMN says:
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    I’m sure I’m a little late to the glossary party, I like Travolta and “Dead Cat Bounce” but how about something dirtier?

    Herpes – just when you think they are gone, they flare up again… and can easily last a year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN, Not crazy about it, in many ways…

    • Chunk says:
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      @KeeblerMN, Unlike Berkman’s solid 2011 numbers, herpes never goes away.

      Trust me.

      • KeeblerMN says:
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        @Chunk, HA!!

  120. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team roto. Here’s my staff.
    Weaver
    Gonzalez
    Jimenez
    Peavy
    Wainwright
    Fister
    Lynn

    Would you dump anyone for one of these?
    Minor
    Samarzdija
    Cahill
    Harrison
    Niese
    Drabek
    Bedard
    Colon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Fister’s dumped w/out a DL spot… Cahill…

  121. alaugh says:
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    Which of these 2 should I add…

    Lucas Duda
    Dexter Fowler
    Luke Scott
    Mat Gamel
    Aaron Hill
    David Murphy
    A.J. Pierzynski

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alaugh, Scott, Gamel

  122. Chunk says:
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    which side: Kemp/Morales for Verlander/J upton…. Assume a healthy Justin for clarity

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Verlander

  123. JoeC says:
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    For the glossary term for “old player who comes out of nowhere and has a renaissance year”, how about Tomny Bennejones? It combines the names of two playahs (Tony Bennett and Tom Jones) who’ve pretty much always sucked but the kids these days, they love the schlock factor, so they’ve experienced inexplicable returns to semi-ironic glory. You know you want that pair of Tom Jones’ briefs he throws into the crowd at every show (I don’t know if this is actually true… perhaps it’s just one of my fever dreams)!

    As to actual baseball, how frustrating is it that Jordan Zimmerman cannot buy, steal or otherwise acquire a Win? Holding the ‘Stros to 1 run in 7 innings is no great shakes, I guess (especially with JD Martinez on le benche), but Adam LaRoche decides THIS is the day he doesn’t hit 5 home runs and knock in 30 runs? As you said so well, Grey, FMFBL!

    I drafted Nicasio practically everywhere and, after suffering through his last start, I was hopeful that a does of Padre was exactly what he needed, since they can’t, you know, hit. Well apparently they can, with Chase Headley serving two meatballs into the left field seats. Two opposite field home runs! In one game! You know, he’s never done that? (Not just to the opposite field… he’s never had two homers in one game, period) Ridiculous.

    Still, in line for the QS as Nicasio only gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, but they trot him out there for the 7th and he gives up a leadoff single. They take him out and the retard that comes in gives up some walks and then lets the inherited runner score on a wild pitch! WTF?!!! Bye-bye quality start and any semblance of an acceptable ERA. FMFBL!

    And we haven’t even talked about Morrow. 9 Ks in 20 IPs? Are you kidding me? It used to be that his ERA and WHIP kinda sucked but he was pretty much guaranteed to K a batter per inning. Now he can’t K anybody. Boo that man!

    Alright, venting over. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, Ha… Nice rant… Yeah, boo him, indeed… So far. Think we have better old man options above…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @JoeC, I feel the Nicasio pain. I really could have used a QS last night.

  124. nyydj2 says:
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    Hey Grey,
    In your 3/29 Experts League RCL post, I posted the horrendously embarrassing RCL draft that I had a few nights earlier. It ellicited a reply from you I have not seen in the two years i have read every comment and answer you have given, lol.

    “@nyydj2, Ugh, Cuddyer, Murphy, Freese, Peralta and Kipnis are in your infield? Kubel, Craig and Ortiz? Whatcha doing, homey?”

    Improving your team is a difficult sea to navigate in the shark infested waters of an RCL but little by little…..

    Have a comfortable lead in first place, (yes, it’s only 2 weeks I know), but the team is leading in rbi by 20 and batting .300 with power and speed, and my strength in pitching has not really jived yet. Also have 3 spots with the dread red DL next to them.

    Anyways, I just officially renamed the team, “Whatcha Doing Homey?”, look for it soon in an RCL standings update near you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nyydj2, Ha… Hope it works out, but I have my concerns for those guys…

    • JoeC says:
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      @nyydj2,
      Oh. A 20 rbi lead. 12 games in. Yeah, that’s probably safe. ;)

  125. Wake Up says:
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    Suffixient…nice!

    on Latos…isn’t he trying to work out a changeup and throw it more…I didn’t catch the game…how did his changeup look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So much better than his no-movement fastball…

  126. KeeblerMN says:
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    The term Dead Cat Bounce implies a small recovery from a massive drop… I don’t think it fits what we are looking for … Travolta is better…. but I still think we can do better.

    How about something Vampire related? Such as:

    Champire – former champ you thought was dead back from the grave for a career year

    or

    Dracuvet – same idea

    OH, you could even add that “they could also suck the life out of your fantasy team at any moment!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Might be able to do better… But not loving these…

  127. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, I see your Juan Francisco and I raise you Todd Frazier. Frazier has had nice MiLB numbers in the past (one might call them Cozart-esque). Do you like him over Francisco, Jesus Guzman or Parmalee in a deep league that counts OBP instead of AVG?

    Rolen has been awful. Thinks Dusty ever forsakes his veteraness in favor of a young guy who can play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no way Dusty benches Rolen… He needs to get hurt…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, Rolen’s always a sneeze away from the DL… Frazier can play a lot of positions too. Think he gets enough playing time to be useful? I’m tempted to take him in place of Juan Franc or Guzman.

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @3FingersBrown, To quote Bill O’Reilly, “fuck it, I’ll do it live.”

          I just dumped Galvis for Frazier. I forgot he was sitting on my bench.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over Galvis is fine…

  128. Joan Chen says:
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    Do you see Drew Stubbs rebounding? He’s got a crazy swinging strike rate on low and outside pitches, but minus the AVG concerns, he could look like a Desmond Jennings type by year’s end. Do you think he starts putting it together, or is he Dunn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I believe he’ll come around…

  129. peter says:
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    For what it’s worth, I like Travolta and Dead Cat Bounce more. But I look at Beltran and see Hologram Tupac.

    • peter says:
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      @peter, I also see Ricky from My So Called Life. But that’s unique to Beltran.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peter, Hologram Tupac that is…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s pretty awesome too…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @peter, Hologram Tupac wins IMO.

      • peter says:
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        @3FingersBrown, Ha – thanks!

  130. Eddy says:
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    Lance Lynn>Chacin>Westbrook??

    Correct ranking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

  131. Frank Stallone says:
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    Any thoughts on Jordan Zimmermann? His 1.29 ERA makes me think I can flip him for a lot more than he’s actually worth. I love him, but the 10 Ks in 21 innings worry me tremendously.

    What’s Zimmermann’s current value? Who would you try targeting in a trade? Really in need of some help without DLsbury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try and get Stanton from a panicking owner? Might be a different set of fleas though… Could get Bourn from me, but maybe not anyone else… Around a #2 OF would be my goal…

      • Frank Stallone says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. A little hesitant to try and move him considering he’s been such a relief from my Yu Darvish and Jonathan Sanchez based WHIP sodomization. But, a pitcher that doesn’t strike anyone out will eventually have their own problems.

  132. Ross says:
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    GEEZER PLEASER – resurgent elderly players of value, haha (i.e. Beltran).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ross, Not bad, I think there’s some better above…

      • Ross says:
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        @Grey, it also fefers to chicks who please old dudes…i likex the double meaning. Both are kinda gross, but it helps someone desperate (desperate enough to draft and old broken down heap).

  133. wahhh says:
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    grey,

    what do you think about this trade? any of these for Wainy/Lomo?

    Weeks/Bedard for Wainwright/LoMo

    or

    Kendrick/Bedard for Wainwright/LoMo

    or

    Weeks/Norris for Wainwright/LoMo

    or

    Kendrick/Norris for Wainwright/LoMo

    do any of those? if so, which do you prefer? or just stick with Kendrick and Weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None

  134. Kevin says:
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    Maybe Beltran and Berkman last year both took a dip in the Antarean pool in the movie Cocoon. Call it an Antarean Pool Party perhaps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin, It’s okay, think we have better above…

    • STRAWberry says:
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      @Kevin, My thoughts were along the same line, comments # 71 & 73ish.

      I’m a fan of that reference…maybe a mutiny is in line?

      Did anyone say Lazarus yet?

      • Kevin says:
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        @STRAWberry, I thought the reference was perfect too. Maybe it’s the name he doesn’t like?

        • STRAWberry says:
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          @Kevin, I think Grey had a traumatic childhood experience with Wilford Brimley, oatmeal, or both.

          • Feeding the Abscess

            Feeding the Abscess says:
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            @STRAWberry, Wilford Brimley YouTube poops are the greatest things ever.

  135. Quick Question, with Berkman down is Matt Carpenter worth owning over Chris Davis? have OPS as a category.

    And a statement: I love mlb.tv, and it is important investment for fantasy baseball. If I had just seen Ervin Santana’s line I would have been pissed, I watched the game and saw he had at least 8 or 9 guys at 0-2 and just couldn’t put them away…SO I AM DOUBLY PISSED!!!!

    Actually he threw well, nothing like Colon, Lee or Cain, but respectable, will fire him out there again next time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Davis for now…

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, I’d go Davis. I’m also hoping Carpenter fails so Matt Adams can get called up. Adams looks ligit.

  136. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Morning dude! A guy in my league has Uptown and Pence. Im trying to snag away one of those guys. I have Stanton, CarGo, Bruce, and BJ. Who should i offer of Bum, Gio, Zimm, Beachy, or Anibal? Stanton would ride my bench until he figures shit out or something.

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Stupid Mac autocorrect. It is supposed to say Upton.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @ThE sHiT, Way off the subject, but does ANYONE actually think autocorrect is helpful? I see the phrase “stupid autocorrect” at least 15 times a day.

        Sincerely,

        The Guy Who Refuses to Upgrade His Flip-phone

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @L-Boogie, You can shut off autocorrecy…

          • L-Boogie says:
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            @Grey, Now THAT’s funny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wasn’t that long ago you were loving your Mac… Gio or Beachy for Pence… Not sure how you’re getting Justin Upton with those guys, can try Bum or Gio I guess…

      • tHe sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Im going to try to add Ike to the deal to get Upton. Who would you rather deal, Gio or Bum?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @tHe sHiT, Gio

  137. higgins42 says:
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    Berkman heading to the DL. Backup first baseman is Carlos Lee. Would you trade Greinke for Konerko? My other starters are Halladay, Lester, Strasburg, Shields and Hansen. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  138. jack says:
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    For the Beltran/Berkman renaissance man nickname, how about some play on Rip van Winkle? Ie, There goes Beltran, RippingWinkles in his minivan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Not crazy about it…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, Guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when Funny or Die rejected my application.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jack, Ha

  139. Pierre says:
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    Wow, someone dropped Latos for…. Colon. Should I jump all over this shizz and claim him? I’d be dropping Volquez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pierre, Yup

  140. Chris says:
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    Need to drop one for BJ Upton’s return:

    Torii
    Markakis
    Lomo
    Dunn
    Clippard
    Matt Harrison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris, Clippard

  141. peter says:
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    Harang could really use 9 consecutive Ks right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, Ha!

  142. wilsoniam says:
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    grey,

    which side

    dan hudson/mccutch vs. bumgarner/alex.gordon

    tanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wilsoniam, Hudson in most leagues…

  143. Todd says:
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    @Grey – Drop Stubbs for any of the following (10 Team H2H 5×5)

    Reimold,L. Scott, JD Martinez,Jay.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd, Nope

  144. herschel says:
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    @Grey: for old players who are experiencing a career resurgence, how about “ninja turtles” (who were all named after renaissance artists)? plus it comes with its own tagline. Beltran with another slam n eggs…cowabunga!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, I think there’s better above…

  145. bats says:
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    This ranking look right?

    Joyce, Scott, Reimold, Morrison, JD Martinez, Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bats, Scott, Reimold, Joyce…

  146. Niq Castro says:
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    Nice job out there Samardzjia….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, What, bad? I haven’t been watching…

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Grey, Real bad! 3.2IP, 8 H, 5ER, 5BB, 3K…. SamarBB is easier to spell. bonifacio two more sb.. shesh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch… Damn…

  147. L-Boogie says:
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    Erick Aybar gets a 4 year, $35 million deal and he’s getting outhit by Macier Izturis. Blech.

    PS: One guess who my starting SS is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Hehe

  148. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Anyone else notice that Yahoo’s been wrong about starting lineups a lot so far this season? They had Bruce out today and he’s in. The same with Duda on Sunday… not cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, That’s the most annoying thing about Yahoo…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for the tip. It seems like Yahoo is even worse so far this year.

        @Peter, yeah I often notice scoring errors too. Those are usually fixed before the game is over.

    • peter says:
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      @3FingersBrown, And Y! also just scored an RBI for Logan Morrison on a play that didn’t score a run.

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Yes, very frustrating. They have had Freese wrong a few times. Same with Gardner, Tabata and several others. In the past they have been VERY good about this.

      Maybe in Yahoo’s big service cut recently, they cut the x/^ guy.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Niq Castro, HA!

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Niq Castro, nice!

  149. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points league with -1 for strikeouts

    I need a OF. Trade Mark Reynolds for Stubbs? Both are sucking wind in this format.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Sure

  150. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ack…Wieters not in the lineup.

    Can’t they DH him?! Doods been on fire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yeah, I hear ya…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, You’d think he’s better than friggin Johnson at DH (whichever one it is).

        He’s getting a day off from catching, just let him get his hacks…they need him in there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed…

  151. Soft Serve Santorums says:
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    Re: Beltran/Glossary

    How about: Gold Timer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better ones…

  152. Drkness says:
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    For the Beltran thing:

    Fountain of Ruth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s pretty good… I’ll put it with Hologram Tupac and Dead Cat for Rudy’s perusal…

  153. Scotty says:
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    Can’t we just call him Captain Kirk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scotty, Eh…

  154. Griff says:
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    Do I hear 50 SB for Goodface? Do I hear 60?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Certainly could…

  155. Derrick says:
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    Need to pick a SP out of Drabek, Volquez, Duffy, Harrison, Leake or Hughes.

    Who should I go with?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Volquez at home, Drabek…

  156. LJ says:
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    All – Thoughts on this trade?

    I give – Halladay and Danny Espinosa

    I get – Pedroia and A-Rod

    Should I ask for a starter like Marcum instead of A-Rod? My other starters are

    CJ Wilson
    D Hudson
    Latos
    Cueto
    Peavy
    Volquez
    Danny Duffy
    Juan Nicasio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade looks good if you need a 3B…

      • LJ says:
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        @Grey, I actually don’t .. I have Bautista and Freese… but would put A-Rod in Util … would upgrade Stubbs or whoever is sucking the most.

  157. letsgobravos says:
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    Stanton w/ an RBI…hooray! #5 on the year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Make it rain!

  158. letsgobravos says:
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    Fuck…puma officially to the DL. I have Krispie, Gardner, and puma all on the same team. Talk about shitty fucking luck.

    HardballTalk: Cardinals to put Lance Berkman on disabled list, activate Skip Schumaker http://t.co/YYZdvsef #mlb #hbt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s some tough breaks…

  159. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H League

    Trade Votto straight-up for Braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  160. Wilsonian says:
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    Brandon Allen claimed by the Rays. If that matters to anyone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Probably not…

  161. bean says:
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    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce! 2/4 today with a Run scored.

    When you are starving a tic tac is delicious.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @bean, for reals. baby steps.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @bean, Ha, yeah!

  162. letsgobravos says:
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    Stubbs with a homer…on my bench of course, but maybe this will get him rolling.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @letsgobravos, can you bench Stanton, Hosmer, Votto and Andrus for me too? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  163. jack says:
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    Wrote this above but as a reply to a old comment … Dead Cat Bounce on wall street means a short term spike followed by final death. A dead stock shocks you by suddenly bouncing higher for a few days. Then it dies forever. It’s more of a flash in the pan thing and everyone knows it’s a final gasp. So it fits guys like Luke Scott, not Berkman. Dead Cats bounce usually because short interest is covering and/or some arbitrageurs manufacture it, knowing they can pull suckers in one last time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a fair point… Hologram Tupac might work better then…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, I learned some things during my 10 plus years in hedge funds. Most are things you really don’t want to know lest all that seems solid to you about the economy melts into air.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jack, Hologram Tupac is just as funny anyway… Thanks for lending your expertise!

  164. Wake Up says:
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    Wow…picked up the federalist to replace Krispie…not sure who I’m picking up next…put I am sure that they will have some sorta shoulder issue…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Why you hurtin’ people?

  165. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @grey, Travolta would be good if he ever was in the first place, besides he made old dogs and thats like playing baseball in some country you can’t even pronounce. If were going for sweet old guys who made comebacks in the 90’s in awesome movies, then I think Burt Reynolds makes a far better case. He was the Bandit and in the longest yard (the good one). Revived his career in Boogie Nights.

    I suggest calling them a “Burt”……….and he has one of the all time staches

    I still like my first attempt with Gerryswan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, I like gerryswan too but Hologram Tupac beats it in my estimation…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, anything with Tupac is good

  166. Cutch in Locks says:
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    @Grey, pick 4 for the rest of 2012: Broxton, Jansen, Marshall, Casilla, HanKRod. Basically, who’s at the bottom of that list? Not a holds league or anything, so I need saves. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen right now…

      • Cutch in Locks says:
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        @Grey, yeah. Guerra’s been lights out so it’s hard to know if Jansen will take over as closer at all. Still love his strikeouts, though. Think I should try to deal him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, try it…

          • Cutch in Locks says:
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            @Grey, I’ll try the Guerra owner. Ask for Volquez, Lynn, Ian Desmond, Travis d’Arnaud…? (it’s a keeper league)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Cutch in Locks, Who do you need? Desmond, Lynn…

              • Cutch in Locks says:
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                @Grey, I probably need pitching more. Jansen for Lynn a good swap for me?

  167. Kratos says:
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    shallow 10t roto Gamel, Morales, Goldschmidt or Scott for CI and/or U. Also, is it me or does Kemp seem like he’s coming up to bat every fourth hitter for LA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re sneaking Kemp in there… Gamel, Scott for right now…

  168. Steve says:
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    Come on Jimmy J – don’t fail me now. I need this Hammel win…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, I’ll even take an out from my Konerko…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Kinda funny who you’re rooting for at this point in the week… Goes from c’mon Greinke! to c’mon, Hammel!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Now that he’s out of Coors, Hammel is turning into a real nice matchup guy. Nice Ks – didn’t realise he threw so hard.

        Come on Jim! I own Rios too and I’d take an out again right now…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Ah, Rios. Never lets you down in the big spots. Fanned looking with the sacks full.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Steve, Damn you, Rios… Did you change your footwear?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, Not bad… I was expecting more (worst).

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, True. Like his 70s blaxploitation look though.

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, Eagles day today (emoticon).

              • TheNewGuy says:
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                @Steve, Ha! Quality…

      • peter says:
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        @Grey, Ha!

  169. Big Nate says:
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    Awesome job guys…I need to drop one of these schmohawk OF’s to activate BJ Upton tomorrow:

    V Wells
    P Bourjos
    A Presley
    D Murphy

    Also – I’m in dire need of power (see list above) and have an abundance of speed. Would you trade Bonifacio + Dropped Guy Above for Carlos Santana in a 2 catcher league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Nate, Wells… Sure, I’d take Santana…

    • peter says:
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      @bean, Carlos Beltran’s life goes on! Hail, Hologram Tupac!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @peter, It’s the resurrection of the Hologram Tupac!

        • peter says:
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          @Grey, pUma’s Still Down, Holliday’s seen Better Dayz… All Eyez on Hologram Tupac!

  170. Chris says:
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    I started Latos, Garza, Kuroda, and Dickey in 1 league yesterday. The result was 41 base runners and 28 earned runs, in 19.1 innings pitched.

    Console me?

    • bean says:
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      @Chris, Silver lining…….at least all of them didn’t score; or at least officially.

    • peter says:
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      @Chris, That’s phenomenal. Close your eyes and rest your sweet little head on the ‘stache…

  171. Doh Kay says:
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    Schafer or Nieuwenhuis to replace Gardner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schafer

  172. ScottyM says:
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    The dead cat bounce will make sense in 10 years. Hologram Tupac won’t even be recognizable at this time next year.

    No rule saying the bounce can’t last a year before the innevitable decline. It’s just the dying gasp of a stock/talented ballplayer. You know like Mantle in ’64, Mays in ’70 or Vlad in 2010 & Berkman in 2011.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ScottyM, You sound like a Biggie fan.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @ScottyM, Konerko the last couple of years, he is like the godfather dead cat bouncer

  173. Eric says:
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    I’m not convinced Beltran will stay hot. Back from a long sleep only for a moment, or a Blip Van Winkle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda funny but that treads into Early Bird Special territory…

  174. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @grey, I forgot to ask my baseball related question. Is duffy the real deal, could he be the breakout guy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could be a breakout guy… I talked about him in-depth after his last start…

  175. jack says:
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    Alright, one more try. this might only work with the 40 plus crowd, but how about something derived from the movie Cocoon, “a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens”? The aliens from Atlantis actually are called Antareans. Some great iconic elderly clowns who are reborn: Beltran is a Ben Luckett or a Artie Selwyn or a Artarean. An old guy who refuses to be reborn, like let’s say Arod, is a Bernie Lefkowitz. Might be too dated and obscure, but maybe Lefkowitz for the anti-Beltran sticks ….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m familiar with the movie but I think Hologram Tupac is funnier…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey,
        Damn, what’s with all these Cocoon fans coming out of their… cocoons? That movie really wasn’t that good. [ducks]

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I know, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Oh, Bernie…

  176. tom says:
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    @Grey sean marshall was dropped in my shallow league…pick him up and drop j.johnson, r.betancourt or aceves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tom, Johnson

  177. Sling Bade staring Jon Jay

    B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest notes that Jon Jay left the clubhouse Thursday with his right arm in a sling.- Reckon you make me some biscuits. Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Ha

      • Bean says:
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        @Grey, Officially proclaiming this the year of the shoulder. Can we get a running count……Jon Jay, Krispie, Ellsbury, Freddy Sanchez……..

    • Bean says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Heres to you, Shane Robinson…….Worth a shot over Tyler Colvin and Parra?

      Where would they rank as adds?

  178. james d says:
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    Does Hanley look good/safe to you yet Grey? Is he still worth less than Agonz?

    I have Agonz/Konerko/Laroche as 1b options in my 12man h2h league and am having a hard time not chasing after Hanley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @james d, Looks solid so far, yeah… If you have too many 1B, then go for it… They’re close…

  179. HighUpside says:
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    What are your thoughts on Andrus having no steals so far? Not even a damn attempt! Obviously he wont go the whole year without a steal, but are you adjusting his projections based off this slow start? Instead of 40-50 steals maybe 25-30?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HighUpside, We’re two weeks in…

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @HighUpside, Were you expecting him to have 15 to 20 steals at this point in the season, is that why you want to drop his projections by that much?

    • HighUpside says:
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      Well he stole a base tonight! @A Hill O’ Beans, Was expecting at least a few by now. Was just disturbed that he had’t even attempted a steal after like 50 plate appearances or 1/12 of a season. Sitting in last place in steals was begining to annoy me… that and watching Castro going crazy with the swipes!

  180. Block Island 58ers says:
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    Beltran is the man and he is experiencing the “Fountain of Ruth”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Block Island 58ers, Ha, got that one above too…

    • Steve says:
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      @Block Island 58ers, Ooohh – I like that one.

  181. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Espinosa, Aviles, Furcal, or Altuve the rest of the way? Have Reyes and Kendrick in my other infield spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Espinosa

  182. Real McCoy says:
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    Ramos, AJ, or Iannetta rest of season??

    Cozart, Aybar, or Furcal rest of season??

    Also have Berkman who is out AGAIN!! Options to add (Reimold, Schafer, Scott, D. Young, JD Martinez, Jon Jay, Shane Roberson, Bourjos, Rios, Wells, Torii Hunter)

    Which 2 would you immediately plug into your starting lineup?

    • Bean says:
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      @Real McCoy, Not Jon Jay…….he has a booboo

      • Real McCoy says:
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        @Bean, Cardinals OF is hurting right now (Jay, Berkman, Craig)

        • Bean says:
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          @Real McCoy, Its that damn squirrell!

          That or a World Series curse is a brewin…..giants and now cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Real McCoy, Ramos, Cozart… Reimold, Scott…

  183. HotRod says:
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    You see any reson to hold Jurjens in a 12 team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, You shouldn’t have drafted him.

  184. Steve says:
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    Even though I have decent leads in ERA and WHIP, I’m scared starting Henderson Alvarez. Real scared.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Yeah me too kinda. Don’t know much about the guy but picked him up in my H2H too…not the best start.

  185. Chunk says:
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    Wow, and now I remember why I hate owning Ejax. The ‘Stros are looking like they have a legit shot at not finishing in the MLB basement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Seems doubtful on that last part…

  186. jabroni says:
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    CBS points league– with the top waiver spot tonight do I go Luke Scott or Justin Smoak?

    Also, which catcher: Ramos, Thole, Lucroy, Hundley, or Suzuki?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jabroni, Scott…Ramos…

  187. Cutch in Locks says:
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    I just dealt Worley for Ike Davis (who will fill in for Berkman on my roster). Who won that swap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cutch in Locks, Nice!

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Cutch in Locks, Are you being sarcastic?

      • Cutch in Locks says:
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        @3FingersBrown, yeah, I was trying to be. Didn’t quite come off.

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @Cutch in Locks, I was hoping so… I’ve been trying to pry Ike away in one league for a lot more.

  188. Scott says:
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    Drop Reynolds for Reimold in H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott, Eh

  189. Tony says:
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    500+ comments, you’ve come a long way razzball…. use to be a good day when there was 50+…. lol

    nice work grey, rudy, and others who contribute.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Thanks!

  190. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Awful play by JP on Joey Bats throw… would have been the third out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Missed it… As well as I suppose…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, JP gave a perfect throw the matador treatment. Alvarez backing up the play was hit in the colar bone – surprised the ball wasn’t caught.

        Ugh… and now a Jennings HR off Alvarez. Can’t catch a break…

        • Steve says:
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          @3FingersBrown, *Sobs*

        • Steve says:
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          @3FingersBrown, An unlikely rally perhaps? I own Longo, but I’d have preferred he’d waited til Alvarez had left the game before pulling that stunt.

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, WTF? He’s still out there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @3FingersBrown, How’s Alvarez look?

          • 3FingersBrown says:
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            @Grey, Decent velocity but very very hittable. Needs to get his pitches down. You know what happens when sinkerballers leave their shizz up…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @3FingersBrown, Yeah, makes sense…

  191. Cutch in Locks says:
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    @Grey, follow up from above: Jansen for Lynn a good deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cutch in Locks, Is this a real deal?

  192. Steve says:
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    Holy Curtis Granderson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yup, he’s making me look dopey…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, he made you look like Nostradamus until tonight…

  193. Steve says:
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    Was up against Kemp last week, Hamilton this week (.692 OBP!).

    It’s wearing me out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Damn…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, My opponent has Cruz too. Seems every time him and Hamilton come up, there are guys aboard. Crazy.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, And the bases are loaded for Hamilton again! F***!

          I don’t care that I own him in the RCL right now…

  194. Steve says:
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    Grandy is dandy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Did he hit a third?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Aye.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Damn, tomorrow’s gonna be tough with I told ya so’s.

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Well you did tell me to keep him (which I did) so there’s that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Nice…

  195. Wilsomiam says:
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    re the Carlos Beltran phenomenon – how about a Bernie Lomax – after the Weekend at Bernie’s movies. A guy who by all rights should be dead but somehow manages to be the life of the party (and for two movies!).

    Especially nice since the Weekend at Bernie’s II is magically part of pop culture again with kids movin’ like bernie.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s pretty funny… I like Hologram Tupac better, but will run them by Rudy…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsomiam, now I’m confused, which one of us is which?

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Wilsonian, Ha!

  196. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Altuve just missed a grand salami. I’m feeling the little guy… not in that way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, He’s got some pop for a little guy…

  197. Steve says:
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    Come on Jays!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Who do you have that you’re rooting for the Jays?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I streamed Alvarez on my H2H team, and I somehow ended up with FOUR Jays on my RCL team – K-Jo, Bautista, Lind and Arencibia.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Gotcha…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Good lord – he’s back for more. Henderson Alvarez is the Energizer Bunny.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Cano just hit into a bases loaded DP. I think my teams lead in LOB.

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Gah – I own him in the Hippo keeper (same one where I have Grandy).

            What the heffing hey is it with managers that send a guy out again and then pull him after one out?

            Either leave him there, or don’t send him out in the first place!

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Of course if this leads to a Longo/Scott grand slam, I’m OK with it. Alvarez’ runner reached on an error.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, Longo’s finally come alive…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, C’mon, Scott!

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, Maybe one more chance in the 9th…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Steve, C’mon Lukey!

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, Atta boy!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Steve, So many men left on base… Geez…

  198. letsgobravos says:
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    Lost Krispie, Gardner and Young this week so I picked up Jon Jay last night. What happened to Jay today? He fucked up his GD shoulder and was reportedly walking around with his arm in a sling after the game. I’m going to pick up Luke Scott now so you guys can kiss his ass goodbye. He’ll probably get hit by an meteorite walking to the team’s bus tonight after the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Ha! Don’t hurt Scott, please… Thank you…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey,

        Just realized Rios is also available. Would you take him over Scott?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @letsgobravos, Sure…

  199. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…Ike Davis was dropped and cleared waivers in one league. Would you:

    1) dump Reynolds for him?

    2) dump 1 of my 4 closers? (santiago, aceves, meyers, frank frank) I have Farnsy on the DL so when he returns, I would have a 4th closer again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, 1

    • JoeC says:
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      @letsgobravos,
      I highly doubt Farnsworth gets his job back. Rays’ broadcasters said that the coaches *lurve* Rodney’s velocity.

      I think he keeps the job from her on out, barring major suckitude.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @JoeC,

        Saying Rodney avoids sucktitude is similar to saying that a bear could avoid shitting in the woods though. Dude had a 1.69 WHIP last year…

        • JoeC says:
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          @letsgobravos,
          Sure, but is Farnsworth any better? There have been many terrible pitchers who successfully closed (Kevin Gregg, Joe Borowski, Francisco Cordero). Rodney looks good so far this year (SSS-warning) and, like I said, the coaching staff likes him, so he may have a longer leash than people might think. There’s no doubt he’s going to spectacularly blow a few saves, but if he can convert 80%, it will be a successful season.

          Saves Ain’t Got NO Face and that most definitely applies to Rodney.

  200. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I’ve seen some posts with a lot of comments on here, but WOW! 563 comments, holy crap!

    Oh yeah, GO JAYS! ……. But if your gonna lose, you could give up a grand slam to Luke Scott right here since he’s on my RCL team…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans, this one makes 572…

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans, I don’t know whether to be happy or not now. Scott flies out to the wall with the bases loaded, but at least the Jays are still in the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans, Yeah, I wish… Fly out…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Just short, wasn’t it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Against the wall…

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Grey, Hey I almost willed it out, but I guess my heart wasn’t in it since I’m a Jays fan.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @A Hill O’ Beans, Thanks for trying…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Bah. Do you fancy any of these clowns for Saturday? Pick more than one if you like…

            The Pelf v SF
            Humber @ SEA
            Beavan v CWS
            Saunders v ATL
            Arrieta @ LAA

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Humber, Arrieta, Pelfrey…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Thanks. Could you now please pick three (that’s the number of moves I have left this week) from:

                Humber
                Arrieta
                Pelfrey
                Gee v SF (Lincecum)
                Niemann v MIN (Liriano)
                Duffy v TOR (Romero)
                Ross v CLE
                Bass v PHI
                Delgado @ ARI (Kennedy)

                Thanks again!

            • royce! says:
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              @Steve, You get a new pair of New Balances, Steve?

              • Steve says:
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                @royce!, You know it.

                • royce! says:
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                  @Steve, Classy. Keep avoiding that narrow path!

                  • Steve says:
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                    @royce!, I see what you did there (thanks, Google).

  201. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : In watching my Rays dominate tonight I have realized why you have been pushing Luke Scott all these days. Its because of his 70’s style chops he has running down the sides of his face. Do you deep down hate your stache and wish you grow a patch-less rug that covers from burn to burn with the exception of your kernel angus areas? I think you are starting to hate the flavor savor and have a yearning for something out of a Harley Davidson bike week look.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I was noticing a solid bit of facial hair on Scott… He’d fit right in at Biketoberfest.

      • Goosta says:
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        @Grey,

        Hey Grey, a quick one…

        Which of these are screwed–J.J., Latos, or Morrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Goosta, Worried most about Morrow…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Or a rendition of “A Christmas Carol”…

    • JoeC says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun,
      Luke Scott stole my beard style (I’m not kidding!)!

  202. Poo Holes says:
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    I just got offered Henderson Alvarez for my Huston Street in a 10 team keeper league. I have Valverde, Aceves, and Jansen. This is clearly a joke trade, right?

    While we’re discussing glossary terms, is there any term for a player who is playing well but starts underperforming once you start him in your lineups? I picked up Cozart who was killing it and he’s 1 for 16 with a run, a single, and an RBI in my lineup. He’s just a doucher, right?

    Also pissed about The Federalist. Picked him up last week and dropped Torii Hunter, now he’s hurt. Nieuwenhuis (damn that’s annoying to spell) is available but that’s basically it. I don’t dare go back to Hunter, right?

    Tupac lives.

    End rant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, It’s a joke… I’d hold for now… Tupac!

  203. Steve says:
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    FFS, I’m .291/.373 in AVG and OBP so far this week, and I’m losing BOTH categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Wow… Damn…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, He has four guys hitting .400 or above. And Pierre 2-2 with a walk today. FMFBBL.

        Anyhoo…

        Could you now please pick three (that’s the number of moves I have left this week) from:

        Humber
        Arrieta
        Pelfrey
        Gee v SF (Lincecum)
        Niemann v MIN (Liriano)
        Duffy v TOR (Romero)
        Ross v CLE
        Bass v PHI
        Delgado @ ARI (Kennedy)

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, First three…

  204. Wilsonian says:
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    Fab Five Freddie with 2 more HRs tonight…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty surprising…

  205. Danwise says:
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    Grey, Luebke for Lind? Thanks

    • Grey

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

  206. Letsgobravos says:
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    Alright CJ, need a clean 6th inning for the QS. It’s the fucking A’s, make it happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Letsgobravos, Doesn’t anyone own Minor?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Me! royce! drafted him for me in my 14-team keeper and I got him in that 16-team mock-and-lock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Nice!

      • Letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, I’ve go him going on the same team as CJ tonight and I have a waiver claim in to get him tomorrow morning in my other league. I’ve watched the whole braves game tonight…he’s looked filthy for most of it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Letsgobravos, Yeah, he looks so nasty… I think people don’t watch him and that’s why they don;t get excited by his stuff.

          • Letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, Agree totally. He showed glimpses last year but he just couldn’t quite put it all together. Now he has some confidence so it could be a huge year if he stays healthy. Esp in the Ws column if this braves offense keeps hitting. (how crazy is it that they are leading the NL in runs now after how bad they looked the first week?) Beachy should have had 15-17 wins last year but the offense was so anemic that it killed him there.

      • Letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey,

        Can’t believe they ran minor back out there for the 8th w/ an 8 run lead and 101 pitches but he got thought it in only 11 pitches w/ a k. Just nasty. Kid is def looking like this year’s beachy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Letsgobravos, I know, that was scary…

          • Letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey,

            Fredi Gonzalez is a fucking idiot. I don’t care if the braves win all their remaining games, he should still be canned. He makes at least 1-2 terrible decisions every game like sending Minor back out tonight.

  207. Steve says:
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    Someone tell Murray Chass to tune in and watch Felix winning a game for his team.

    Unlike that clown Cliff Lee.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Steve, Spoke too soon.

      • Steve says:
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        @Eddy, Murray just sent me a TXT. Said Felix doesn’t know how to win games for his team.

  208. royce! says:
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    I was reading something today and was reminded that I never saw Inception. Should I, or is it the sort of thing that anyone slightly aware of pop culture has heard enough about that seeing it is unnecessary? These are the thing you think about when your home team IS A FREAKING EMBARRASSMENT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, I’d see it… Quality stuff…

    • JoeC says:
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      @royce!,
      I’ll be the lone negative voice (most people I’ve talked to liked it). I thought it was boring, unnecessarily convoluted in an attempt to be “deep” (sort of like The Matrix), and some of the casting bugged me (DiCaprio’s wife, Ellen Page). Thought the plot was stupidly ridiculous… with these kinds of movies, you give the movie a lot of rope because you’re anticipating it taking you on a mind-blowing journey, but this movie gave you conventional when you were expecting spectacular.

      I will say that the scene where Gordon-Levitt fights the guy in the rotating hallway was pretty neat, but ultimately pointless. What did this movie have to say? What was its point? Who the hell cares? Not me!

      But like I said, I’m in the distinct minority here (93% favorable rating on rottentomatoes.com), so take what I say with a grain of salt (per usual!).

  209. Wake Up says:
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    Joyce it is, for the new pickup…expect to read about Joyce hurting his shoulder crashing into a wall Fri. night…

  210. Viagra Falls says:
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    As good as Braun is, do you think he is going to come around soon enough or do you think this has the makings of an off year for him without his fast acting testosterone to make it all better? If not, and if I can even get the other manager to do the trade, who would you package with Braun to grab Kemp?

    C McCaan
    1B Freeman, Kendrys
    2B Brandon Phillips, Infante
    3B Freese
    SS Hanley
    Util David Ortiz
    OF Desmond Jennings
    OF Braun
    OF Melky Cabrera
    BN Francoeur
    BN Trumbo

    SP Weaver
    SP Josh Johnson
    SP Beckett
    RP Kimbrel
    RP Jim Johnson (replacement for Wilson)
    RP Marmol
    P Jaime Garcia
    P Colby Lewis

    I’ll hold Braun for a while longer to see if he starts getting back to what he normally does, but if you think it looks like this is going to be a down year, who would you try and package together with him to attempt to trade for Kemp?

  211. Shakey The Moyle says:
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    My submission for old guys having a Renaissance year:

    Ponce De Leon-g Balls

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