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No surprise that Johan Santana pitched well yesterday.  Everyone pitched well yesterday (except relievers).  Now I know what it was like to play fantasy baseball during the dead ball era.  “Hey, Scoots, I got me a base hit from my second bagger!  I’m so excited, but maybe that excitement is from this Coca-Cola that’s made from cocaine!  I love me some fizzle!  I’m gonna boil this Coca-Cola, then smoke the leftover brown soot.  You want in, Scoots?  Huh?!”  Can’t everyone do the juice and then use FedEx?  I miss the shrunken ball era!  Did anyone even hit a ball out of the infield yesterday?  Someone lower the mound six inches and use aluminum bats.  Please!  I need Justin Masterson looking like Bob Gibson like I need another hole in my head (I already have four; one of my ears closed up after listening to the Cleveland Indian announcers).  Can’t say I wasn’t unpleasantly surprised to see Johan pitching.  It would’ve been straight pleasantly, but I don’t own him anywhere.  He’s not the pitcher he once was.  He’s not going back to that, but he looked like he could be a fairly competent number three fantasy starter if — and this “if” is the size of Gilbert Grape’s mom — he can stay healthy.  Though, after yesterday, every healthy pitcher may be a competent number three.  Now go smoke some Coca-Cola soot!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Frank Francisco – A perfect inning save.  It’s safe to drop Rauch and/or Parnell.  If you want, pretend you’re going catch Rauch in a trust exercise, then let him drop.  It’s more fun that way.

Jason Bay – 0-for-3.  I’m putting the over/under at 24 months for how long until he’s out of baseball.

Andres Torres – Left the 7th inning with a calf strain.  He’s headed to the DL.  Boo.  Or, I guess with an injured calf, it’s moo.  Scott Hairston should now see starts against lefties.  Jerry Hairston Sr., you named the wrong one after you!  (And, really, how do you not name one of your sons, Harry?)

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – He sounds like a piece of furniture at Ikea, but don’t sleep on this guy!  See what I did there?  Yeah, I’m not sure either.  Nieuwenhuis has double digit speed and power and should see the righties in the outfield platoon with Hairston.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d definitely grab him because if he hits, he may push Bay to the bench.

Ian Desmond – 3-for-5 with a steal.  I know he’s not going to hit .600 this year (though he will maintain his 162 steal pace), but can everyone stop putting a mirror up to his nose to see if he’s dead?

Brad Lidge – 1 IP, 0 ER as he got the save yesterday (though it wasn’t pretty.  Though II, The Return of Though:  Lidge hasn’t had a pretty save in three years).  Davey Johnson said he’s going to alternate back and forth between Lidge and Rodriguez for saves.  In other words, he’s doing the highly scientific method of Eeny Meeny Miney Moe.

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Worked through seven innings with only 82 pitches.  He dispatched of the Cubs Thirty Days’ War-quick.  Woot, woot, House of Strasburg, raise your pith helmets!

Tommy Hanson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Saw glimpses of Hommy Tanson yesterday, but also saw glimpses of why I avoided him this year.  He seemed to labor a bit through five innings only throwing in the upper-80′s, then luckily was bailed out by Kris Medlen, the newest flat-billed pitchypus.

Jason Heyward – 0-for-4, as he batted 7th against a lefty.  I imagine he’ll move up to 6th vs. righties, but he needs to hit his way out of the bottom of the order, like, quickfast.

Ryan Dempster – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I don’t think I drafted him anywhere (Grey have too many teams), but I did like him in the preseason (member that phase of our life?  It was seventy-two hours ago, which sounds like a bad action-thriller).

Bryan LaHair – Missed the opener because his back pain was too much to LaBear.

Alfredo Aceves – One game, one inherited runner allowed to score for the Tigers’ walkoff win.  So far, so good!  I thought Bobby Valentine was hitting the sauce when he put Alfredo in as the closer, but he wasn’t creamed yesterday (that was like a triple pun point), so I doubt anything’s changed with the bullpen situation.  If anything, Melancon just made himself look worse.  “Do I have to stand in the corner?  Big Papi farted over there.”  That’s Melancon after being scolded.

Ryan Sweeney – 2-for-4 with a triple.  He’s in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  His sister, Julia, is not.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 1 run.  One B, one R, one C, one E and eleven U’s, what do you get?

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Bu-da-ba-bah-dah!  Bu-da-ba-bah-dah!  That’s Cozart’s Out Of The Minors Concerto played from the two hole.

Chris Heisey – Launched a double in his only at-bat.  Might be the best 4th outfielder in baseball.  Wait, that would mean Ludwick is better than him.  Yeah, Heisey’s the best 3rd outfielder that is currently a 4th outfielder.  Hopefully, Dusty and his toothpick get on the same page and move Ludwick to the pine.  On a real baseball note, the Reds are gonna be tough this year.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He came up against a Miami club that left Crayola Canyon late on Wednesday and had to play again early on Thursday.  I’m not reading too much into Cueto’s start (actually, I guess I am).  I’m still not going in on Cueto.

Ryan Doumit – Slated to start in the outfield on Opening Day.  Guess no one told the Twins Doumit is German for “Without Mitt.”

Scott Baker – It takes a certain kind of mettle to get injured while rehabbing from an injury and Baker’s heavy with that mettle.

Jonathan Broxton – The Royals named Broxton the closer.  Too bad they didn’t also name a closer for the White Sox.  Can go ahead and drop Holland.

Jack Hannahan – Hit a 3-run HR, his 3rd opening day HR.  It’s too bad closing time at Hannahan’s is April 30th.  Enjoy the happy hour specials while you can.

Justin Masterson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, but no win.  Let’s see if you can guess the theme?  Morroccan!  No, Random Italicized Voice.  The theme is great start from the starter followed by hideous relief.

Chris Perez – 2/3 IP, 3 ER and the blown save.  Cleveland isn’t known for BBQ, but their closer sure looks like smoked meat.  He should let Masterson go Brutus Beefcake on his mullet for blowing his awesome start.  Perez owners – if you haven’t done it already – grab Signore Pestano.

Jose Bautista – 3-for-4 with his first home run (since I started believing him — I’ve been backwards dunked in Bautista’s waters!).

J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-7, 3 RBIs and a home run.  Sounds about the going rate for Arencibia — he’s a one spicy catcher!

Brett Lawrie – 0-for-6.  Drop him!

Roy Halladay – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Since Spring Training is still fresh in everyone’s brain, do you remember how ridiculous it was when people were saying Halladay’s lost velocity and getting pounded?  I mean, it’s not like he was going against the 1988 A’s yesterday, but c’mon.  Don’t aggravate Grey.  You disrupt his mustache’s sheen.

Jose Valverde – 1 IP, 2 ER….and there goes the suspense for whether Valverde could go perfect in save opportunities for a 2nd year in a row.  The last guy I remember being perfect was Lidge in 2008 and he had – gulp – 11 blown saves the next year.  Anyway, in summary, Valverde sucked but owners can’t be mad because he got the conshellation prize, Verlander owners can’t be mad because he threw an awesome start, leagues with QS instead of Wins have already programmed out any Blown Save-related anger like a robot who can’t feel emotions.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Of course, he pitched well.  Dan Cortese from Rock ‘n Jock Softball could’ve pitched well yesterday.

Clayton Kershaw – Only pitched three innings because of a stomach flu.  Or maybe Bobby Valentine is managing the Dodgers by satellite and thought Kershaw should be a middle reliever who starts games.

Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 2 ER.  I’m not sure there’s anything more frustrating than a middle reliever you know isn’t going to get saves that you own for ratio and strikeout help that gives up runs.  It’s like you make an arrangement with a girl that it’s strictly a sexual relationship and then you meet her parents.  During sex.

  1. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league i think my team needs more speed. I am thinking of trading ubaldo and wells for maybin and nova. If not, may be i trade lester and wells for maybin and scherzer. Am I underselling ubaldo or is this a solid trade to do? Also which trade do I consider making?

    c jp arencibia
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b evan longoria
    inf prince fielder
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util vernon wells
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    Bn mat gamel
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp ubaldo jiminez
    sp jon lester
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp matt reynolds
    rp matt capps
    p scott downs
    p brad peacock
    bn aaron harang
    bn scott downs
    bn garrett richards
    bn blake beaven
    bn brian matusz

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Ryan, Maybin’s a good get in a dynasty. I like the Ubaldo deal for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Agree with Steve…

  2. pablo says:
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    Colby Rasmus. 0 for 7. Boo.

    • @pablo, Big time … I had him on two teams. That means he was 0 for 14 for me!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @pablo, Can’t say im too symphathetic im afraid, had him last year and he sucked big time. The guy hasnt got the brains to be a successful major leaguer, his pitch recognision for one thing is terrible.

      • PastaMan says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Dropped him already. Pretty sure Noone will pick him up unless he gets hot.

  3. ‘morning Grey (or anyone else who cares to weigh in): I understand the uncertainties of comparing an injured player with a healthy one, but one team in my 16-team roto league has way too many injured players and is looking to trade away one or two … maybe I can upgrade by using my vacant DL slot. So …

    Would you trade either Jair or Cahill for Tim Hudson? Either Jair or Cahill is my sixth starter in a league with a 1250 innings cap. My other SPs: Anibal, Bedard, Gio, Bumgarner.

    Or would you trade Aaron Hill for Utley? I have Kendrick at 2B in the meantime.

    Also, what do you read into the Nationals’ decision to go with Lidge rather than Rodriguez last night? I saw the blub above, but would you still rather own Rodriguez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Jurrjens… I wouldn’t trade for Utley… Nats said they would go with Lidge one night and Rodriguez then next…

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Day one of the fantasy war pitting Grey and my dear friend Simply Fred vs Princess Sparrowhawk, my lovely wife:

    Zack Cozart – 2-4, 1 RS
    Daniel Murphy – 2-4 w a double

    Its usually a big mistake to go against both Grey and Fred, but I stick with the Murph! Like MaBerry, I will make a shocking prediction – the Murph will finish in the top ten in BA, hit 15-20 dingers, score about 80 runs and knock in 75.

    Of course, with full disclosure, I am a die hard original Met fan.
    What I found of interest was that the fans who made the game, given twofers on opening day, which was kinda sad, booed the entire training and medical team when introduced, with the exception of the masseuse.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Ha

      • Simply Fred

        Simply Fred says:
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        @TheNewGuy, M’Lady also got a dinger from Maybin, a W from Halladay, and a SV from Guerra. A one-day jump of +31.5 in RCL to 2nd place.

        Oh yeah, she’s only had TWO moves.

        Bow down to the Princess!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts, Cozart vs. Murphy huh? Think you’re gonna lose that…

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @Grey, Maybe so, but at any rate you have gained another female reader. That should get you up to five and counting! Maybe its a good thing that ESPN hired my 6th grade nun Sister Hildergard to censor our posts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Paulie Allnuts, Ha!

  5. Steve says:
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    Just saw the Bruuuuuce highlight. He got that thing out of there with ease. I said with eeeeeease.

    Some bad ginger dye jobs in that Marlins dugout though.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Steve, He just missed hitting a grand slam against Buehrle earlier too. He looks locked in already. The Marlins deserve to lose with those dye jobs. Yikes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Very sexy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, That’s Bruuuuuuuuuuuce, not the Orange.

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whaatt no save for Santos? He came in with a 3 run lead right? Someones made a stats error, and its always the fantasy teams that suffer!

    • Steve says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Unless the tying run was on deck, he would have had to pitch the full inning to be credited with a Save in that situation.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Steve, Oh yeah I know that, presumed he must’ve pitched the full inning. What the frig was Farrell playing at not starting the inning with him.

        • VinWins

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          @TheNewGuy, The funny thing is, Santos ran in from the pen to start the inning, and was sent back.

  7. Lines says:
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    Hey Grey! Well played on the Lawrie line. That’s just solid comedy.

    Happy Opening Day, everyone!

    PS – Drop Holland, for realsies? Worth it to wait and see?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Lines,

      He avoided giving up runs in his last few spring outings but there were base runners all over the place. I’d probably drop Holland but I’d keep an eye on it…Broxton is FAR from a sure thing.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Lines, Of course it really depends on who you are picking up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lines, Thanks! I’d hold for now…

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    STILL no news on the Chi Sox closer shituation, (Ace) Ventura saying he’ll announce the guy sometime today…he’s causing us fantasy owners to build up a hatred towards him already.

    Do we all expect it to be Thornton? I kinda expect it to be, but I get the feeling he’s delayed it this long to give a chance to one of the other guys (Santiago/Crain?) to snatch it. Doesn’t allude much confidence in Thornton even if he is given the gig to start imo, could be a short leash…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Thornton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, That’s my expectation…

  9. Pat says:
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    Hey Grey–

    Who is the set-up man to own: Mike Adams or Pastano? Which one has the better chance of inheriting the closer job? Or is there someone else likely in FA that you would recommend?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat, Pestano

  10. Buc Lover says:
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    “Missed the opener because his back pain was too much to LaBear.” Hope you didn’t have to LaBor over that line too long, Grey! BTW, I’ve dropped Brett Lawrie and all of my closers. Thanks for the great early morning reading. A definite highlight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buc Lover, Thanks!

  11. Curt says:
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    With Reuben Tejada presumably taking over the lead-off spot with Torres injured, Do you see a big boost in his stats???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt, Nope

  12. Steve says:
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    Grey – we discussed a trade proposal (12 team H2H) in the previous post of my Chacin + Thornton for their Garza.

    Complicating factor in this is that the person with Garza is my sister, who I give a bit of help to in this league. I don’t really want to rip her off and don’t want the league yelling collusion.

    Essentially, I want to boost my starting pitching and have an excess of closers.

    She was autodrafted Verlander, Lester, Gallardo, Hamels and Garza and only has Guerra and Storen as closers.

    The trade’s fair and helps us both, right?

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      @Steve, My take, looks ok to me. Though id wait till the Chi Sox closer announcement is made official…wouldnt look a good trade if they turn round an announce Crain/Santiago/Reed/My Grandma the closer.

      Oh and your sister plays FB? Get her on Razzball to add to our 3 female readers!

      • Gavin says:
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        @TheNewGuy, My take, you’re in a league with your sister who you helped and she autodrafted…Judging by the seemingly uncompetitive nature of this league, I can’t imagine anyone clamoring to call collusion. Have fun with it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Not totally fair…

    • Paulie Allnuts

      Paulie Allnuts says:
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      @Steve, NEVER make a trade with a sister or other family member. Its a lose/lose situation.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Paulie Allnuts, nah, I’m in a league with my Pops. We’ve done a number of deals. He’s totally screwed me a couple of times (because of injuries) and I’ve got him back in the same way. It makes for some entertaining conversations.

  13. Please weigh in:

    Because of position eligibility issues my 18-team roto team has two UTIL players (Jesus Montero and Mat Gamel) but only one UTIL slot. Montero was 0-for-3 against McCarthy in Japan and Gamel has never faced Garcia before but he does better against LHP. Both were hot in spring training.

    Who would you start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Gamel

  14. Jangle says:
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    Safe to drop Melancon or hold my horses?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jangle, I’d hold for a few days with him on my bench…

  15. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, Nice Beefcake shout… Glad we’ll get a chance to see Nieuwenhuis. Bay is toast… That Jensen line is magic.

    Hey, is there a word for a player owned on both regular and razzball teams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Thanks! You’re fingercuffing…

  16. weas says:
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    My Jay Bruce team slogan posted yesterday eleven U’s… Weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas, Hehe

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    across 3 leagues, i’m 1 for 52 thus far in 2012.

    my only hit thus far is bruce’s bomb.

    • Hawk says:
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      @ThePoonTycoon,

      Wow, that’s a tough day! Holy….

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @ThePoonTycoon, Wow thats insanely rough. That said though im only 2/39 in my H2H league so far, got a lot of work to do to beat the dude in AVG this week.

      • ThePoonTycoon says:
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        @TheNewGuy, yeah, never fun to start a roto league 0 for 26 on the season.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @ThePoonTycoon, Bet you’ve got Hanley, Stanton, Lawrie too like me…plenty of time for them to come around though.

          • ThePoonTycoon says:
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            @TheNewGuy, no lawrie, but mccann, boesch, and werth to go along with stanton and hanley.

            i’m just glad rasmus and d young were on the bench (weekly lineups). of course cozart was also on the bench.

  18. Curse of the Goat says:
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    @Grey

    Lovely rundown as always.

    I don’t usually bring my roster questions to your fantasy baseball throne, but I’ve been offered an intriguing offer in my 13 team, 6×6 keeper league (only non-traditional stat is Net Steals rather than steals). We keep 18 players year after year with no cap on how long we can keep them. Slots are C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OF, 2 Util, 1 SP, 1 RP, 6P. 27 deep rosters. Also, we have 2 slots per non-OF position to maximize number of games played at each position (especially catcher).

    I’ve been offered Joe Mauer and Brent Gardner for Carlos Santana and Chris Perez. My hitting is great overall, but mediocre in steals and OBP. Below is my roster. What do you think about the trade?

    Here’s my roster:
    c carlos martinez
    c brian mccann
    1b prince fielder
    2b dan uggla
    3b mark reynolds
    3b anthony rendon
    ss yunel escobar
    of jay bruce
    of curtis granderson
    of andre eithier
    of jacoby elsbury
    of alex presley
    of dominic brown
    util jesus montero
    sp cc sabathia
    sp justin verlander
    sp cole hamels
    sp jordan zimmermann
    sp max scherzer
    sp brett anderson
    sp erik bedard
    sp shelby miller
    rp huston street
    rp rafael betancourt
    rp brandon league
    rp chris perez
    rp david robertson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curse of the Goat, Thanks! I’d take Gardner…

  19. Tito says:
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    Just dropped lawrie for furcal. Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tito, Ha!

  20. ichirosan says:
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    That Kenley Jansen bit killed me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan, Thanks!

  21. Big Nate says:
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    As a Jansen owner, yes, that’s exactly how it feels….

    Still see him taking over the closer role or are we going to hit a point soon that he’s safe to drop?

    Great read as always…You’ve taken this craft to a new level.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Nate, Thanks! I’d hold Jansen for now in everything deeper than 10 team leagues…

  22. Son of a Beachy says:
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    Man, yesterday was awesome, even without the offense. Today will be even better with more teams having their opening days.

    Anywho… What side of this trade do you see as the winner in a dynasty league? Assume that Cuddyer was being used as an OF.

    Cuddyer and Feliz

    or

    Duda and Morrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Son of a Beachy, Morrow… It’s fair…

      • Son of a Beachy says:
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        @Grey, Thanks…and glad to see I’m not the only one who this Desmond can keep his pace of 162 SBs…He’s the next Ricky!…or he’ll just revert to one of the worst leadoff hitters in the game taking no walks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Son of a Beachy, Ha!

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Son of a Beachy, he might be the next Ricky if he gets his hands on some of that old Coca Cola Grey was talking about in the intro… emoticon.

  23. Big Magoo says:
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    No love for Kemp? He would’ve had a slam and legs if Eithier hadn’t watched a fastball go by and then scurried out of Hundley’s throwing lane. Save for Kemp and Bruce, all of mlb’s hitters might suck so far, but you’re in midseason form Grey. Loved the Beefcake shout out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo, Thanks! Beefcake was Rudy’s input…

  24. CL says:
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    Grey:

    Funny stuff today! Made me laugh out loud (LOL?). The Jansen thing… ha! What kind of a name is Kenley anyway?! This coming from a guy with a unique name… Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL, Thanks!

  25. pdubs says:
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    Overall thoughts on this fantasy club? 13 Team Roto
    C-Ramos
    1B-Fielder
    2B-Espinosa
    SS-Hardy/Desmond
    3B-Bautista
    OF-J.Upton
    OF-Bruce
    OF-A.Jones
    OF-Bourjos
    U- Thames until B.J.Upton come back

    SP-Greinke
    SP-Darvish
    SP-Marcum
    SP-Minor
    SP-J.Sanchez
    RP-Marmol
    RP-Capps
    RP-Storen / Cuffed with Lidge
    P- Leake
    P-Bailey
    P-Lohse (had him for opening day)
    P-Lucas Harrell
    P-Melancon
    P-Rauch

    • Curse of the Goat says:
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      @pdubs, Not bad. Hitting looks great with enough speed to be competitive. You may have a slight problem with AVG depending on how well Bruce and Espinosa hit.

      I think you probably need one more, more reliable starting pitcher. Marcum doesn’t look right and you can’t really trust Minor (yet).

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    Wow what a day. 2 for 25 start (team total 2 for 29 including the WED game). Bruce was my only offense. Then on pitching it was 3.1 IP with 3 ER 7 baserunners, 1 SV 1 BS and 1 L.

    I am paranoid about Valverde this year, and for one day I was right. But then again I took Marmol instead. At least V got a win…

    I am so dropping Lawrie for Hanrahan and trading Dee Gordon and Stanton for Ian Desmond right now!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Ha!

  27. Adam says:
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    Speculating on saves – which guy do you think ends up with most saves at end of the year and posts the best overall numbers?

    How would you rank – A.Cashner, S.Downs, J.McGee, M.Adams, V.Pestano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Pestano, McGee, Adams…

  28. KeeblerMN says:
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    72 hours ago does sound like a bad action movie… but if you haven’t yet done so you really should see “The Next Three Days”. Good action movie where Russel Crow tries to break his wife out of jail (I wont spoil if he’s successful or not). It is well worth the watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN, Yeah, I saw it… Wasn’t a fan of it…

  29. Jack says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the all the work you put into this.

    In a 12 team h2h league with yahoo scoring who would you drop for Broxton? Francoeur or Rios?

    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Desmond Jennings, Adam Jones
    UTL: Mark Reynolds, Paul Goldschmidt
    SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    RP: Jim Johnson, Alfredo Aceves
    P: Matt Moore, Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Jamie Garcia
    Bench: Adam Dunn, Jeff Francoeur, Justin Masterson, Alex Rios, Derek Holland
    DL: Chase Utley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Frenchy

  30. Roach says:
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    Why didn’t Sergio Santos get credit for a save yesterday?
    MLB doesn’t have it, Yahoo doesn’t have it, but he came in and earned a save; no?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Roach,
      Saves:
      Rule 10.20 in the Official Rule Book states:
      Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:
      (1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and
      (2) He is not the winning pitcher; and
      (3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
      - (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or
      - (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces; or
      - (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Roach, No, you have to start the inning or have runners on base when you enter with a three run lead. He got two outs with no one on base; I have heard that he was not warmed up to start the inning or that Farrell sent him back for coming out before being called.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught, Read above. We know why he didn’t get the save, the question is why didn’t he enter at the start of the inning…very strange or as Grey would say, things that make you go hmm.

  31. Wake Up says:
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    Hilarious!

  32. Ciao Grey — I just got around to listening to this week’s podcast today. It’s very funny and also informative. It gets better every week.

    But you need to get some better acoustics! Rudy sounds OK, but you sound like you’re speaking from a public bathroom … or maybe you are? Heh.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Ha, thanks! I know, the acoustics were terrible for me… I sound like I’m in Bin Laden’s old cave…

  33. SetPhasersToDL says:
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    Salutations Grey,

    I own Pestano and Cliippard. Do I drop either of them to pick up Joel Peralta? It’s a roto league with a 1400 inning cap if that helps put things into context at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SetPhasersToDL, Clippard

  34. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Any thoughts on Volquez’ start? K-rate looked nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Nice K-rate, terrible WHIP, that’s his thing…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Same as always with him…great stuff, no idea where its going though.

  35. Paul says:
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    Hey Grey–

    Thanks for the great post. I wanted to get your opinion on my team. Yahoo league, 12 teams, H2H, with yahoo scoring + OPS and quality starts,

    C: Geovany Soto (will be Jesus Montero when he gains eligibility
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    2B: Howie Kendrick
    3B: Evan Longoria
    SS: Zack Cozart
    OF: Justin Upton
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Jay Bruce
    Util: Jesus Montero
    BN: Lucas Duda
    BN: Alex Rios

    SP: Zack Greinke
    SP: Gio Gonzalez
    RP: Houston Street
    RP: Kenley Jansen
    P: Adam Wainwright
    P: Anibal Sanchez
    P: Sean Marshall
    P: Alfredo Aceves
    BN: Jordan Zimmerman
    BN: Jaime Garcia
    BN: Edinson Volquez

    I’d rather have Freeman and Cozart coming off the bench, but I couldn’t pass up Bruce at the end of the 5th round. I drafted Montero but picked Soto out of FA to start until he gets catcher eligibility.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul, I like your team a lot… Looks like a solid balance of power, speed and pitching… Only real issue may be saves and QS…

  36. trick dad says:
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    just a general question….when evaluating 2-for-1 trades (or 3-for-1, etc.) would it be appropriate to use action values for comparative purposes?

    ex. Braun ($40) for Lawrie ($27) and Kipnis ($13)

    this doesnt look fair but according to the auction values shouldnt it be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @trick dad, It looks sorta fair… A third rounder and a smaller piece for a 1st rounder… Of course, I’d prefer Braun, but it doesn’t look crazy…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @trick dad, I always wonder that, think using dollar values is about right actually…much better than using round values which can’t be compared.

    • Adam says:
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      @trick dad, think you also need to include the potential player that you would have to drop to create the roster spot. So Braun + X vs. “0-6″ and Kipnis

      • trick dad says:
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        @Adam, good call…that sounds right now

  37. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Starting to think I need to dump Espinosa or Aybar and call up Cozart out of my farm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I’d hold for now…

  38. Doug dwcinces says:
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    My auction starts in 36 minutes at Mandalay. Do I still have time to sleep tonight? Is adderol a banned substance in our game, too? When did I get this tattoo of “Donnie Moore, RIP”. Is their anyone in the cubs bullpen worth grabbing as a speculative play for saves, for when marmol and woods go away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doug dwcinces, Wood is the spec pick…

  39. PrinceRudyNasim says:
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    ” It’s like you make an arrangement with a girl that it’s strictly a sexual relationship and then you meet her parents. During sex”

    hahahcbahchabcahcbhab!!!!!!son your the efing man!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PrinceRudyNasim, Ha, thanks!

  40. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning Grey. Great stuff today. My wife is ready to put me on meds for laughing at my laptop. Can you rank your top four out of this scrap heap of pitchers?
    Arrieta
    Lohse
    E. Jackson
    Baker
    Nicasio
    Porcello
    Milone
    J. Sanchez

    Thanks! Enjoy your weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, Thanks! Nicasio, Milone, Sanchez, Lohse…

  41. Enrico Palazzo says:
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    My SPs in a 12-team mixed roto league: D. Hudson, G. Gonzalez, M. Garza, E. Santana, J. Santana, M. Minor. Can I contend with that staff? Or should I try to package one of those guys with a closer (I have 4, plus Pestano) for a top-tier SP? If the latter, who should I try to trade and who should I target in return? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrico Palazzo, You should be able to contend… I’d hold for now…

  42. JD says:
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    volquez. at first i was all… but then i was all…
    dempster is available in my league (12 team mixed, 5×5). do you like dempster better than volquez or mike minor?

    • Grey

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

  43. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    love the write-up .

    now , for what I saw , yesterday :

    muhammad ali lured to crayola canyon by loria .
    was told the art-strocity had healing powers greater than lourdes .

    what ?
    too soon ??

    well , you ain’t gonna like this , either :
    it’s a GOOD thing mike giancarlo didn’t hit one out .

    that exploding art-strocity may have caused ali to have a heart attack ,
    and today would have been a national day of mourning for a “true” hero .

    carry-on , my wayward sons .

      • PrinceRudyNasim says:
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        @chata, God bless the Great Muhammad. I wish i couldve been there to see him. Sick or not Im sure being the type of man he was he wouldve wanted to have been there

        • chata says:
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          @PrinceRudyNasim,

          ali was sentenced to 5 years in prison , because of his convictions ,
          NOT because he was convicted .

          there’s a real distinction there .

          • PrinceRudyNasim says:
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            @chata, you lost me. Ali and Dundee are probably the greatest thing that ever happen to the city of Miami when it comes to sports and its only fare to invite him to the opening of one of the biggest sport events to happen to that city. This new stadium was huge for the city, its a movement beyond baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Thanks, O.

  44. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: How long are you hanging on to Kenley for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, In how many team leagues? I’d bench him in 12 team leagues if I couldn’t take the early season problems…

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, 12 team mixed league. Bench but don’t drop, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Herschel, I’d bench for now…

  45. DjlanceRauch says:
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    If the Chi Sox do decide to put Santiago in the closers role, should I dump Peralta for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, They went with a closer by committee…

  46. Boomer19 says:
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    Also…Belt over Rasmus now? 0-7 and batting ninth is depressing me already. Hold Rasmus or trade for Belt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, I’d take Belt….

  47. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    I prefer to think of Dan Cortese as “Tony the Mimbo.” Or perhaps one of the other great credits from the prime of his career, “Taco Bell Entertainer” in Demolition Man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Mimbo #9? A little bit of Cortese in my mind…

  48. Pierre says:
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    Sup Grey?

    Do you like Billingsley as a flier today @Petco? 5×5 league with QS replacing W. Going to drop G. Holland to slot him in and then find another reliever tomorrow.. thanks! Also worth noting, I’ve got Stauffer and Jimenez on my team so missing two starts this week..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pierre, Sure…

  49. JoeC says:
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    Ryan Dumpster did not pitch as well as his stats would indicate. Zimmerman alone would’ve had 2 homers, most likely, if the wind hadn’t of been blowing in. And three of Dumpster’s 10 Ks were against Adam LaRoche who looked LaDone. That Nationals lineup in general looked a bit less-than-imposing. LaRoche, DeRosa, Bernadina… that’s pretty craptastic!

    But I do give Dumpster credit for pitching to the conditions and keeping the Cubs in it for nearly 8 innings. I just don’t think he’s to be trusted going forward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, That’s true…

  50. malacoda says:
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    Yesterday was all the proof the rest of you need to switch to QS instead of wins. I had to drag both of my leagues to it kicking and screaming, but it was worth the fight. Spare me your tired arguments, they are as impotent as a Nevada boxing commissioner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malacoda, Ha

    • chata says:
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      @malacoda,

      if they changed the QS requirements to seven (7) IP ,
      i could agree .

      but , as is , a 4.50 e.r.a just doesn’t cut it for me .

      • malacoda says:
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        @chata,

        You are kind of assuming that it is common for pitchers to pitch exactly 6 innings and allow exactly 3 runs. It isn’t. Even though the stock market might average a 9.9% return over 50 years, it never actually returned 9.9% in any given year. Know what I mean?

  51. Wilsonian says:
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    Per Rotoinfo:

    “White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the closer now may not be the guy as season evolves. He also said match-ups may dictate who closes out the game.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Thanks for the heads up!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, no problem…as ambiguous as that was. He’s Ozzie, Jr.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Wilsonian, But what about this?:

      “Pitching coach Don Cooper also told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that they definitely aren’t going with a closer-by-committee approach, saying: “There will be a set closer. Everything is going to be set. Bullpen positions will be set, and guys will know when they are pitching.””

      Ahhh, I hate the White Sox for making me roster Thronton, Reed and Santiago! Killing me, but I can’t afford to lose another closer!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @MattTruss223, Wow. Good to see they’re all on the same page up there on the South Side.

  52. Masterson in r20 looking better!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, After one game, he is…

  53. royce! says:
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    Did you see the Maybin HR? So Maybin! He almost got to the top of the Western Metal Supply building. I was certain that had to be his longest HR, but apparently in 2009 he hit one 458 off Yates. If he can develop some power at home- which likely requires pulling the ball to left- he could be very valuable this season. He must have found a cure for whatever ailed him last season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KYlFFAhrA

    This, however, was not very Maybin: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20394635&c_id=mlb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Yeah, I saw it… Didn’t know hw had the power in him, but when you connect off 95 MPH, ball’s gonna fly… Was definitely a shot…

  54. Gavin says:
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    Pineda is my 5th starter. I took him in the 14th round of a 12 teamer so no real skin off my back to drop him, but would you cut bait for any of these guys…Niese, Worley, Pomerantz, Nicasio? Available SP’s are pretty thin.

    • Grey

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      @Gavin, You can’t trade him? If not, Niese…

  55. Matt says:
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    Man, that sauce-alfredo-cream triple pun was pure genius. You had me laughing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Thanks!

  56. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    i wish i had your ability to increase the pitch of my voice towards
    the end of a sentence , and have everything sound like it’s ending in a question ?
    (for lack of a better term , i’ll call this the ‘valley girl’ accent) .

    because ,
    how is it that kershaw only has the flu , and everyone else has
    valley fever ??

    i’m concerned .
    should i be ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Nah…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        p.s.
        went ahead and read Rudy’s post .

        i’m with you .
        i think gardner was the correct play .
        time will tell , though .
        maybe bourjos’ hip will last the season .

        • chata says:
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          @ Grey :

          p.p.s.
          but if it doesn’t , though ,
          i guess that increases your chances of getting abreu more AB’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @chata, Yeah, that whole draft I was annoyed with… They bid over AOL IM. I didn’t even know AOL was still around… I couldn’t get it to load so I had to listen to Rudy’s play by play…

  57. Chunk says:
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    my betencourt for his belt? Belt would replace brantley at UTIL and also be Lind/Kendrys insurance (currently no bench hitters). I would be left with J Johnson, Motte, and Brox (and reed, santiago, holland, H-rod (holds are 2 pts, saves are 4, outs are .75, Ks are 1 (points league, if that wasn’t obvious))).

    • Grey

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      @Chunk, I’d take Belt…

  58. mike says:
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    how are you not buying cueto? he was lights out yesterday grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was one game…

  59. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I need a new SP to replace Stauffer. My 10 team league uses QS instead of W and also includes K/BB

    Top options:

    Niese
    Bard
    Colon
    Nicasio
    Chacin
    Peavy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese

  60. #1contenda says:
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    yo grey man,
    k/9 league.

    cahill, niese, hughes, capuano. best avail?

    respeckt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @#1contenda, Niese

  61. Grey — After last night’s debacle, is the best policy to sit Rasmus until further notice? I ask because I saw he’s hitting better than .400 against Ubaldo, who is not as good as he used to be and who pitches against Toronto tomorrow.

    • Grey

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      @Enrique, I wouldn’t sit him in most leagues…

  62. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    What is it about Niese that has you putting him ahead of Chacin and Cahill now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill S. Preston, Esq., Nope… These people are asking K/BB and K/9…

  63. Grey

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

  64. SanFran1966 says:
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    12 team Yahoo League w/ specific OF positions (LF,CF,RF) and only 2 total Bench positions.

    Have no position player on the bench and need to add an OF with SPEED to stream

    Streaming my pitchers and can drop Ubaldo or Cueto when Matt Moore gains SP eligibility.

    Need Speed with Crisp, Maybin, Peter B my best candidates.

    Drop Ubaldo and grab Maybin ???

    • Grey

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      Go for it…

  65. Grey

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

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