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Yasiel Puig‘s been lighting up the mainframe on the giant computer out of a bad 1950′s sci-fi movie, but he’s not the only Cuban.  Leonys Martin also hails from our neighbor to the south that took up residence in Miami.  Last night, he hit two homers, is hitting .417 in the last week and has a hit in each of his last ten games with 4 steals during that time.  It’s the year of the Cubans, y’all!  In all of their pressed hammy, mustardy, cheesy, pickley goodness.  Side note:  Do pickles seem like something Cubans would put in their food?  Maybe Hyman Roth, but he’s not really Cuban or real, for that matter.  Somewhere, ex-Cuban pitcher, El Duque, has a little extra hop in his exaggerated leg-kick that he still does, only now he does it before he cleans up tables at Chipotle.  “You’re not going to finish your guac?” *leg kick*  Leonys Martin should be owned in all leagues while he’s going well, and is the type of player that could have value all year if you’re patient since he could hit 12-15 homers and get 25-ish steals.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yu Darvish – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. Yankees.  Yu looked human yesterday, like when you comb your hair and change your sweatpants.

Mark Teixeira – Will see a doctor about the pain in his wrist.  Girardi said, “I’m concerned.”  Geez, news travels fast to Girardi, huh?  No one better spoil The Sixth Sense for him.

Hiroki Kuroda – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he won the battle of Japanese imports, much like Toyota beat Honda, Nissan, Dodge, Chrysler…Are there any cars not made in Japan?

Travis Hafner – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .223.  Headed for his best season since 2007.  Hafner’s years 2008-2011 should hang their head in shame.

Ichiro Suzuki – 2-for-5 and his 4th homer, hitting .270.  The entire Yankees team should go to the stadium on the casino bus.

Zoilo Almonte – 0-for-4 with a steal, hitting .438 in his short time up with the team.  The Yankees seem content with giving him some at-bats as they send Vernon Wells to get plastic cups for their slot machine winnings.  No one tell Vernon that slots stopped giving coins out about ten years ago.  Almonte is very aggressive at the plate, which means he’s the type that can get off to a great start until pitchers start reading the book on him.  That book’s titled, “Throw Zoilo Breaking Balls In The Dirt.”  Luckily, Jim Bouton was the last pitcher that could read.  Almonte is legitimately the first upsidey player on the Yankees since Jesus Montero was traded.  He has speed, pop, might hit .220 and could be back in the minors in two weeks, where he’ll lead his team to a Little League championship with a fake ID.  I’d give him a whirl in deeper leagues, just don’t expect him to cure the common head cold.

Will Middlebrooks – Demoted to Triple-A.  Hopefully, he can figure out a way to get something besides homers.  You’d think it wouldn’t be that hard for him to find some middle ground.

David Ross – Due to his concussion, he was moved from the 7-day DL to the 60-day DL.  How am I the only one that sees a problem with the amount of time for a concussion DL?  I’m smart enough to know I’m not that smart, so someone else has to have thought of this.

Clay Buchholz – Played catch yesterday to strengthen his trapezius.  That’s a good way to break an ankle, you jumping-up-and-down fool.

Ryan Dempster – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  See, when JB called him a sleeper in the preseason, he meant for this game.  He just said the caveat really fast like he was reading the side effects for Cialis.

Dustin Pedroia – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th steal.  Pedroia took advantage of a lowly Rockie pitcher, which put them at eye level.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3-for-5, 3 runs.  Everyone who doesn’t own Ellsbury is holding their breath for 2015 when they can own him again after he crashes and burns in 2014.

Jose Iglesias – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .434.  Since I gave Zoilo the not-a-Kansas City Royal treatment, it’s only fair I say Iglesias is not only not this good, but he’s actually pretty awful with the bat.  While he’s hitting, you can own him, but he hit .202 in Triple-A this year in 119 ABs.  You know, the league that is actually easier than the majors.

Zack Wheeler – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K. When you only strike out one White Sox hitter, it’s obvious most of his pitches weren’t even close to the strike zone.  It’s like he’s an environmentalist farmer and he refuses to hit the broadside of the barn.  I’m giving him one more start — in Metco vs. the Nats — then I’m calling it quits until he can figure out his command.

Eric Young – 1-for-3, 1 run and his first steal as a Met, and ninth on the year.  It’s the golden age of SAGNOF right now for steals.  Seems like everywhere you look there’s new guys with everyday jobs that could steal 30+ bases.

Andrew Brown – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer in the last five games, though he’s usually used as a pinch-hitter.  Or maybe that’s *pinkie to mouth* add punch hitter.  Rusty Staub would approve.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks.  Hopefully, Wheeler was watching Sale cause that’s where I want Wheeler in two years.  I’m the boss of you, Wheeler!

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal.  Alejandro’s hot like Mexico!

Carlos Gomez – Sat out yesterday due to his shoulder sprain, but told reporters that he should play Wednesday.  Gomez then started kissing up and down the French reporter’s arm.

Corey Hart – His right knee hasn’t healed yet, and now he’s having problems with his left knee.  Luckily he only has two knees!  This sounds like it’s headed to Hart not being worth anything this year.

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  Damn, Scotter Gennett is Weeks’s Barbara Hersey.

Rafael Betancourt – Expected to return on Friday.  That’ll move Rex back in the 8th inning role, but I’m not your Brothers’ keeper.

Juan Nicasio – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 14 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Rockies obviously didn’t break the Nicasio of emergency quick enough.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Pokes his head out of your fantasy baseball team’s vagina, “Still not ready.”

Wilin Rosario – 3-for-4 and his 12th homer.  Everyone who wants to drop Wilin should be made to hold Salvador Perez for a month.

Justin Masterson – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Orioles.  Learned the hard way about the portmanteau that’s been circulating among major league pitchers where they combine O’s hit.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  It’ll be interesting to see if he disappoints in the 2nd half of this year like last year.  And by interesting I mean, I hope he does because I don’t own him.

Chris Tillman – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He was in last Friday’s Buy column as a tentative buy, and that tentativeness doesn’t get untentativer as he goes against the Yankees in his next two starts.

Chris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and yet another homer.  Roger Maris’s family says the MLB better pick up the tab for their accommodations after that last fiasco.

Rick Porcello – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  DAH!  He Kali Ma’d me!  Why do you Kali Ma me?!  Why?!  I hate you, Porcello.  From my pedicured feet to the top of my feathered hair.  In most leagues, I’d look elsewhere.  Obviously, Porcello only appeared to turn a corner to bit me in the ass.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and 5 emails he’s ignored from me.  I just wanna be friends!

Martin Prado – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  You know why he hit this homer, right?  You know why, right?  Cause he felt you either thinking about dropping him or actually doing it.

Aaron Hill – 2-for-4, 2 runs in his first game back after a ten week absence.  Took a whole lot of tryin’ just to get back for Hill.

Trevor Cahill – 5 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Nats (i.e., a weak offensive team).  Cahill looked fine for the first few couple of innings, then it all went Cahill after that.  *balloons falling from the ceiling*  What did I win?!  Back-to-back hill puns gets me 5% off a dragon claw walking cane?  Awesome!

Miguel Montero – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .224.  Still doing a whole lot of nothing, but he has to get hot at some point.  He’s not a .225-ish hitter with only 4 HRs, but more like a .260 guy with 15 HRs.

Joe Saunders – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Bring on Erasmo!  He’s a roofie that only extracts the memory of Joe Saunders.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  2nd homer this week and hitting near .275.  Sadly, that’s really good for Smoak.

Adam LaRoche – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .259.  I’m a little surprised by the people asking if they should pick him up, though I guess there’s all different sizes of leagues.  As I tell my Cougar, size doesn’t matter; it’s the LaRoche’ing in the ocean.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-2, 2 runs, RBI as he returned from one of his various ailments.  Hey, Werth, what are you chewing on?  After-dinner ailments.

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 13th save with a 3.34 ERA.  Wasn’t it like a month ago he pitched himself out of the closer job?  Oh, SAGNOF, you wily shapeshifter.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .200.  Coming up from the minors, he seemed like a sure bet to hit .275 with no power.  Now you know how Mel Hall felt with the minors lying.

Allen Craig – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  There was so much offense yesterday.  Across every game.  Writing this roundup must’ve been what was like in the steroids era.  *wavy lines*  Hello, welcome to my Geocities site.  This is my weblog.  Today, Mark McGwire hit his 17th homer of the week and we’re only through Tuesday.  He has almost as many homers as zits on his back.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs as the Cards exploded for 13 runs against the Astros.  Good thing the Astros are out of the NL Central!

David Freese – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Looked like he was in a deep funk again, so I dropped him.  But, whatever, I don’t sweat him, I have Arenado.

Matt Dominguez – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer.  He was this week’s Creeper by your fantasy football consigliere, Sky.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4, hitting near .350 in the last week.  Fair to say he’s officially a hot schmotato now.  Go ahead and pick Oswaldo up.  If you can find him.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners (6 BBs), 11 Ks.  He’s like a cross-eyed Annie Oakley after a long night of carousing with a bunch of her lesbian friends.  Moore’s firing bullets, but I’ll be damned if he has any idea where they’re headed.  Gotta love the upside of 10+ Ks nights that could happen often, but there’s just as much a chance of blow-ups.

James Loney – 3-for-5, 1 run and a steal.  Obviously took offense to me saying he was Blah-Loney.  Wrath is a deadly sin, Loney.  Careful before you find Sam Fuld’s head in a box.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-5, run and his 1st steal.  Maybe because there was an Escobar running drugs for the better part of a decade, but I always think Yunel has speed.  He doesn’t.  Don’t fall for that boobie trap.  Hehe, I said boobie.

Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-4 and his 9th steal and his 4th in the last five games.  I grabbed him in one league where I needed steals.  I suggest the same while Dyson’s running around like a chicken without its head.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .216.  I promise not to curse if you go on a two-month hot streak.  Not even fargin’ or icehole.

Jordan Schafer – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 steal, hitting near .400 in the last week.  After a 4-for-5 on Sunday, I’m obliged to say Schafer is officially hot.  Hot Schafer schmotato before his next schlump.  This was brought to you by the letter combination Sch-.

Kyle Kendrick – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks in Petco.  He’d actually make a really good Hodgepadre.  I could totally see that.  In like 8 years.

Domonic Brown – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Whew, came close to benching him, but then I saw Marquis de Shat and it was too perfect for a Brown smear job.

Pedro Ciriaco – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  EverCab could return next week, which gives Ciriaco a week to get ten more steals.  Run, Pedro, run!

Jason Vargas – Will have a blood clot removed from under his armpit.  Sounds like it’s a fairly simple procedure, assuming it is a blood cot and not a miniature Jamaican living in his armpit yelling, “Blood clot.”

C.J. Wilson – 5 IP, 5 ER, but got a free room at the W when the Angels exploded for 14 runs.  Maybe Wilson should stop worrying so much about his dandruff.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI as he returned to the lineup.  Making it a race now between him and Vernon Wells for most fantasy value!  (Which is like the race between the overpaid tortoise and the overpaid/overhyped tortoise.)

J.B. Shuck – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs as he filled in for Bourjos.  Right now, Bourjos is wiping whipped cream out of a pie tin, yelling, “Those stats are my piece of the Angels 14-run pie!”

Erick Aybar – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 3rd steal, now has 2 steals in the last week with a near .350 average.  Ay-Aybar!

Tommy Milone – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks.  You were lucky if you had no pitchers go yesterday.  The Stream-o-Nator going to a matinee of This is the End was obviously an omen.  We won’t talk about what movie Hitter-Tron went to see.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Three more homers and I’ll write a Donaldsonnet.

Brandon Phillips – Out on paternity leave.  That’s what happens when Brandon gives his wife the ol’ Phillips screwdriver.

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 with his 14th homer.  But only one walk?  That’s just not lazy enough!

Derrek Robinson – 4-for-5, 1 run.  I almost feel like between Robinson, the newly-returned Heisey and Xavier Paul that Dusty isn’t mixing and matching his lineup as much as thinking about who he wants to talk to on the bench.

Michael Kickham – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  As Sandoval will tell you, what a waste of a perfectly good pork product.

Brandon Belt – 2-for-3 and a homer, his 8th.  He’s now past his 7-homer Spring Training total.  Wow, this spring numbers are so illustrative.

Carl Crawford – Even though he still hasn’t begun to run at full speed, he’s expected to return before the All-Star break.  This sounds like bunk, not Moreland.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  You know how you can tell you can sell him for a lot?  Take a look at the comments when I don’t mention him.  “Grey, your mustache is the ninth wonder of the world, yes.  But how could you not mention Hanley?  He’s doing the mashed potato out there!”  Yeah, Hanley’s looked good.  He also has a 30+% HR/FB after having a 13.6% in his career, and this isn’t even considering the average will drop and he could get injured again.

James McDonald – Headed to see Dr. Freeze.  Dr. James Andrews told his receptionist, “McDonald’s makes a filet mignon burger for me and a Cabriolet for my wife.  I got ducats!”

Jeff Locke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, 2.06 ERA.  Open your mouth really wide, now slowly say, “Wow.”  You now have Locke-jaw.

Starling Marte – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and 2 homers (8).  The Gerund can’t be stopped, because it’s a verb in motion.

Starlin Castro – Sat out yesterday for the first time in 269 games.  In related news, Cal Ripken just farted for the 2,990th straight day.  That guy!

Edwin Jackson – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  His xFIP is now nearly 2 runs better than his ERA.  What does this mean?  He must’ve pissed off the Fangraphs Database.

Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  3rd homer in his last 10 games and hitting .325-ish in the last week.  Speaking of which, he’s hot schmotato-ish, too.

Ian Stewart – Was released by the Cubs after taking to Twitter to complain about his treatment with the club.  It was one thing when he questioned why he didn’t get called up, but the Cubs reached their breaking point when Stewart questioned why Jim Belushi gets to throw out 20 first pitches a year and why are “According To Jim” reruns on five times a day on WGN.

Carlos Marmol – Designated for assignment.  He took the news pretty poorly, throwing insults around to the first seven guys he saw.  Missing the mark on all of them, which led them to say, “You putting me on?”

859 Responses

  1. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Is there a funnier baseball book than Ball Four?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: The Baseball Hall of Shame books

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: Some of my favorite stories from those books-
        Fats Fothergill biting an umpire because he was hungry
        Some dude on the Blue Jays in the late 1970s who made it a goal to urinate in the outfield of every AL ballpark
        Gates Brown sliding into second base with a ketchup and mustard covered hot dog in his pocket

    • Hondo says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo:

      Nope.I haven’t read it in years,but I’ll never forget that Bouton said every time Jim Rice would come up to bat,Sal Maglie would holler”What comes out of a Chinamans ass?”

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Hondo: Huh? The book was written in ’71. Do not have baseball reference.com opened or have paper encyclopedia in front of me but pretty sure 1971 or 1973 was Rice’s rookie season.
        Is it possible you read this Rice thing in one of Bouton’s later books? I ask this because the only book I read of his was “Ball Four”.

        • Hondo says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson:

          I think Maglie wasn’t a coach anymore,but still got good tickets.

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Angels not sucking = Betty Childs

  3. Abdoozy says:
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    Do you have a term for a player like Porcello who you thought had turned a corner, but wound up just as bad as you originally expected? Turned that corner right into a dead end?

    If not, I vote for “cul-de-suck.”

    • OGRE says:
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      @Abdoozy: That’s really good. Probably won’t get used much though- like a motorcycle after you have kids.

    • ROBHALLA says:
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      @Abdoozy: KALI MA’D TEMPLE OF DOOM REFERENCE….MEANS GETTING YOUR HEART RIPPED OUT BY PORCELLO…..

      PORCELLO BLOWS , NEXT

      • Maglia Rosa says:
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        @ROBHALLA: How about “Razzball’s lowest moment”?

        • Maglia Rosa says:
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          @Maglia Rosa: Just referring to the “love, love, love” recommendations. Don’t think I’ve seen a commentator get clobbered so decisively as JB recenlty. Poor guy. Where is he today?

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Maglia Rosa:

            think he’s down in new awlins :

            ” Busted, down on bourbon street, set up, like a bowlin pin.
            Knocked down, it gets to wearin thin. they just wont let you be, oh no “

  4. letsgobravos says:
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    SONOFABENCH!!! Definitely left Dom Brown on my bench. From so cold to white hot in the blink of an eye.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @letsgobravos: doesn’t mean he’s white hot. He just hit a HR. Doubt he goes on a HUGE tear like he did earlier in the season, but he’s much better than he has been for the past two weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos: Yeah, 1-for-4 with a homer isn’t exactly white hot

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Haha, yeah I know. I was trying for humor through exaggeration.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Gotcha

  5. lox says:
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    Rendon or Gyorko ROS? AVG/OPS most important as I need to make up ground in those cats.

    • BTD says:
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      @lox: I’d go with Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lox: Gyorko

  6. MasterofGrond says:
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    Glad, I left Masterson on the pine today. Less glad about starting Wheeler and his 1K.

    Also really shocked I gained ground last week in the Master Standings. Pretty sure my team hit like .150. Guess it was an Adam Dunn .150, though.

      • MasterofGrond says:
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        @Grey: #2 as of the 25th. Closer to 10th than 1st, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, still amazing…

          • MasterofGrond says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I’m not complaining, haha.

  7. bossmanjunior says:
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    Altuve v. Lynn or Hill v. J. Zimmerman?

  8. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, Lincecum dropped in my league and cleared waivers. I have 6 starters and 5 closers with 1 bench bat. Would you take Lincecum or pick up Leonys as a bench bat?

  9. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    +1 for “The Wire” reference.

  10. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : 10 team OBP league…Would you lose T Milone for someone like Keuchel or DGee?

  11. fantasyvultures says:
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    Which side wins in a AuShizz Puig for Trout AGon trade? Non keeper.

  12. HeyEckhardt...ThinkAboutTheFuture says:
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    I asked about Dom Brown vs. Puig over the next 3 years in a keeper H2H points league….with Leonys Martin showing some pop last night, how do you think he ranks compared to the other 2?

  13. HEADDOWNGOLF says:
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    Todd…what kind of name is Todd for a baseball player? I’d like to dump Frazier who looks like he’s straight out of Deliverance. If he did a little jig at the play it would complete the look. I can’t take this guy on my team anymore. Can drop for E Chavez, Arenado, hell Mostsuckazz would be better…at least I wouldn’t start him.

    What do you think?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @HEADDOWNGOLF: What kind of name is Todd in general? I’d hold Frazier if you could, but use Arenado in the meantime. Forget Chavez and Mousse.

    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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      @HEADDOWNGOLF: I’d grab Arenado w/ that summer heat rollin through Coors

    • Maglia Rosa says:
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      @HEADDOWNGOLF: LOL at the jig image!

  14. HEADDOWNGOLF says:
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    One more thing…I’ve got Rendon, but he doesn’t provide much pop for the position.

    thank you…really enjoy reading your stuff

  15. joe says:
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    Been offered Hanley for j. Upton in h2h keeper league? I’m currently sporting Castro at ss.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @joe: Hold

  16. Peter says:
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    Strong outfield, weak pitching- last place in a weekly H2H league, so I need to take some chances.
    Thinking of offering Cespedes for Cain.
    Crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: It’s fair, I’d prefer a cheaper hitter for a cheaper pitcher…

      • Peter says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. Fungazi says:
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    Good for Stewart! Now he can go live out his lifelong dream of being that weird high school janitor that’s always making up stories about how he was a sports superstar when he was young.

  18. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Reddick or leonys?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: Reddick

  19. I'm Keith Hernande z says:
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    Blanco or Leonys Martin?

  20. Rabbit says:
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    Nice Gomez Addams reference. I had to stare at it for a couple seconds before I got it. Well done.

  21. gonefishing says:
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    how would you rank these guys for the rest of the season in an ops league: reddick, frazier, blanks, arenado, ozuna. it’s also a keeper league and even though my keepers are set (limit of three), i was thinking if arenado/ozuna get hot i could use them as trade chips. thanks!

  22. SteveNZ says:
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    Crazy to start Arenado (Lackey) ahead of Panda (Kershaw)?

    The Tron likes Arenado but only just – both are negative $…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Bit of a nothing day for Arenado. Now watch Panda go off.

        Or blow up, which, given the size of him, is not entirely out of the question…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Yeah, I hear ya… Arenado isn’t quite out of the FBV yet…

  23. Gbu says:
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    Drop wheeler for erasmo?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Gbu: @Gbu: Wheeler

    • Birdog says:
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      @Gbu: I just dropped him for Stultz. Let Wheeler barf all over someone else’s ratios, I say. But, I’m not very patient either.

      • Birdog says:
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        @Birdog: Stultz, Stults, Schmults, Schmuck. Whatever. Doesn’t really matter.

  24. Dubs says:
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    Need some advice. 12 team 6×6 keeper. Im 12s in HR and RBI, solid in the rest of offense, 1s in ERA WHIP QS and Ks.

    Want to deal Stanton in the 1st for Scherzer in the 7th and Minor in the 12th. But also considering dealing CarGo in the 2nd for Scherzer in the 7th and Segura in the 23rd.

    Arggg! I need pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubs: I’d take Scherzer and Segura

  25. Frank says:
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    I’ve been offered Matt Kemp for either Choo or Marte. I’m inclined to stay away from Kemp and his perpetually bum hamstrings. Does anybody out there feel otherwise?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank: It’s fair, don’t see the point

  26. Wake Up says:
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    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva
    om nam shiva

    (what I was chanting last night while being lowered into my pitching ratios)

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: oh and hello to the Bollywood hopefuls who googled “Pitching om nam shiva”…(yes, I did try to restart it already…yes, the power is on)

  27. mUshi says:
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    got offered rios and janssen for uehara and holliday. which side is better?

  28. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Rendon or Weeks the ROS?

  29. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey. Would it be worth stashing Erasmo Ramirez for his potential call up to Seattle for the likes of say Wheeler or Milone? I realize I am probably being impatient with Wheeler, but I don’t have a great feeling about him. Plus, I am impatient with all of my players.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teblow!: Can lose Wheeler for him if you like but then you just have to be patient with Erasmo for 2 weeks

      • Teblow! says:
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        @Grey: True enough, but at least he won’t be destrying my numbers while I wait…

        Is that when you see Erasmo getting called up?

        Thanks again Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Probably, yeah… It’s all guesswork at this point

  30. Wake Up says:
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    Loney’s reply, “People will barely be able to comprehend it, but they won’t be able to deny it.”

  31. Tigres says:
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    “The Gerund can’t be stopped, because it’s a verb in motion.” this makes me smile!

    Thoughts on Nick Castellanos? I’ve been holding him for 3 weeks in a keeper, after reading the Tigers were considering a call up. But nothing yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Thanks! Depends on how deep, Tigers don’t seem in any sorta rush to call him up…

  32. MattH says:
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    A lot of offense last night. Of course Yahoo’s showing no stats this morning on probably the best night I’ve had across the board. I’m swapping out my Bonifacio/Carter hunch for Schierholtz/shcafer. I’m soooo patient, ha. Good write up. Thanks, Grey!

    • Birdog says:
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      @MattH: it seems like that happens a lot with yahoo.

  33. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Chatwood tomorrow at home vs Mets?? I’m debating on the pick up…

  34. Jangles says:
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    I’m always impressed with how much great writing you do night in and night out. Keep up the great work, and thanks for making summer mornings tolerable much better!

  35. roth's hyman says:
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    We’re bigger than U.S. steel

  36. Peter says:
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    Do you see Cahill & Delgado staying in the AZ rotation? Or, do you see one of them losing the job to Collmeter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: Delgado could

  37. Leo says:
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    In H2H, i need to drop one. Wheeler or kluber?
    Thanks!

    • Willy says:
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      @Leo: drop wheeler… he will be a non-factor in September

    • Birdog says:
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      @Leo: agree

  38. Allan says:
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    Time to cut bait on porcello or hold him for his start against tampa bay? Seems like a no brainer but the best options to pick up are deduno vs kc or gonzalez vs cleveland. Pitching options are thin in my league. Thanks Grey.

  39. AB says:
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    What do you think of Hamels for Hanley in a 5×5 H2H
    I have Alcides as SS now, and SPs are strong
    Thanks

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @AB: I’d roll the dice with Hanley if your SP is strong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: It’s fair

  40. MrMojoRisin says:
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    I watched the Met game last night and Terry Collins/Dan Warthen are f’n retarded. They inexplicably had Wheeler throw more breaking balls last night even though nobody could hit his fastball in either game.
    They pulled the same shenanigans on Harvey last year, making him throw less fastballs in his second start.
    Good call! Let’s see less of your 96mph speedball!
    Maybe the Mets misunderstand what Super 2 means?

    • Willy says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: yeah… i hate how they manage the team. I’m a Harvey owner so i understand

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: I hear ya, be nice if he could get it over once in a while

  41. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Machado for Segura?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @JoshO: segura

  42. Doorstop says:
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    Terrible pitching day :(

    Did anyone see EYJR score on a sac fly to what was a ball hit barely over the dirt behind 1B?

    Wow. Thats all i have to say. That man is fast. Black guy fast.

  43. Gbu says:
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    Hi Grey. Wondering if I should go with offer giving up choo for kinsler. My remaining three OF starting would be jones, cargo, and marte. And since carpenter is at 2nd for me now I could slot him at utility. I also have Lind and leonys on bench who I could stream at utility spot also. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gbu: Sounds solid

  44. Yager says:
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    What do you think of a Cliff Lee for Elsbury deal. I do need steals, but I just snagged a SAGNOF’er off the wire, Jarrod Dyson. Would you role with Dyson, or pull the trigger on a trade? This is a twenty team, so there aren’t many steals left on waivers.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Yager: It’s fair.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yager: I’d want Lee

  45. TheNewGuy says:
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    Pick one OF to package with Zimm to upgrade to Longo (got too many OFs now):

    Puig
    Myers
    D Brown
    A Jax
    Kemp

    Tempted to offer Puig but something crazy inside me says he’ll continue to outproduce Kemp, is that possible? Otherwise Id be willing to lose any but Jones and probably Brown.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d do any of them except Kemp

  46. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    JB, I’m just gonna let the Porcello thing slide without a ‘told you so’….mainly because I wound up benching him, got a not-so-meh start out of Jo-Fer, coupled with a Cishek save. I feel like I escaped pretty clean with all the craptacular SP’s last night. Let’s move on to greener pastures with Kluber yeah? Who, btw, I’m also not starting, but hoping to see good things out of.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Grey: Did we confirm he has a girlfriend? Because people retreat into the woods for some crazy shizz. Like writing songs about Corey Kluber a la Bon Iver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… He’s wearing sad clown face makeup writing Porcello’s name multiple times in cursive on his walls…

  47. Kraftster says:
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    Pick a pack of prospects to own (possible returns on trade).
    R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP // QS, ERA, WHIP, K, Sv

    No preference for next year. Best long-term upside.

    Option 1: Byron Buxton + Jake Odorizzi
    Option 2: Matt Adams + Matt Barnes + Trevor Rosenthal
    Option 3: Nolan Arenado + Michael Wacha/Randall Delgado + Avisail Garcia/Alen Hanson

    • BTD says:
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      @Kraftster: Option 1.

    • Wheeler in the sky says:
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      @Kraftster:
      Arenado, Wacha, Hanson is pretty solid, but man, Buxton is far and away the best prospect of all these guys. Depends on how many keepers you can have. If you can keep like 20 guys then 3 might be slightly better, if not then take Buxton.

  48. Bubba says:
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    Standard 5×5, 12 team keeper…

    C Rosario
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Franklin
    3B Longoria
    SS Cozart (but Asdrubal is returning)
    MI Segura
    CI Trumbo
    OF Bautista
    OF Hamilton
    OF Craig
    OF Gardner
    UT Ortiz

    SP Latos, Gio, Leake, Cashner, Kluber, Griffin, Miguel Gonzalez, Wheeler, Buehrle, (Wandy on the DL)…if Lester had worked out this staff was kicking ass as of late…I had to pick up Buerhrle this week and of course he immediately lays an egg for me as does Wheeler…”love” 5.00 ERAs

    RP Perkins, Brothers

    I lead the league in HRs, RBI, and Runs…middle of the road in SBs and a bit weaker in AVG….

    I have Wheeler but he’s a rookie and I’d like to deal him for a reliever. LEAGUE QUIRK: My league sucks up EVERY RP…so there are none on the waiver wire and teams in my league just will not give them up…I’ve tried.

    Yes, I’ve offered Wheeler for even a weaker, reasonable RP…and as per usual…no deal.

    Longer story longer…my thought is to bolster offense and try to bolster my staff later…

    Trade???…my Bautista and Wheeler for his Jay Bruce. Thoughts??

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Bubba: If you lead the league in the power categories, I don’t see the point of the trade.

      • Bubba says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: My thought as well I guess…just putting it out there…I don’t like to sit idle as an owner…but pointless moves make no sense as well.

        I need to improve my saves and bolstering my pitching staff with Lester falling off a cliff.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Bubba: Well get your sh*t together man! ;) Go trade some offense for what you need…pitching.

  49. Piranhaman says:
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    hi Grey,
    if you must lose one of these guys, who’s your choice?
    (this is needed because i have to make a room for Ass Cab.)

    C – Castro
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Hill
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Zobrist
    IF – Ortiz
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Ellsbury
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Crisp
    UT – Lind
    UT – Wil Myers
    BN – Kemp
    BN – Frazier
    BN – Rasmus
    BN – Moreland
    DL – Gattis
    DL – Ass Cab

    anyway, today’s also great job Grey!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Piranhaman: Rasmus

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Piranhaman: probably Rasmus as you’re good enough at OF.

  50. Tommy Gunn says:
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    Taijuan Walker hype/buzz is building. With Saunders implosion and guys like Bonderman/Harang, I would think Erasmo/Walker could be called up soon. I’m already stashing Erasmo, but who is worth another roster stash: Walker or Beachy? Both are available on ww and would like to grab 1.

    Of the 3, please rank ROS (erasmo, walker, beachy). Thanks!

    • BTD says:
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      @Tommy Gunn: For this year, Beachy, Erasmo, Walker. Long term, probably Walker, Beachy, Erasmo.

      • Tommy Gunn says:
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        @BTD: Thanks.

        Grey, appreciate your input here!

  51. Wake Up says:
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    So, am I the only one who really liked season 1 of The Wire…and then thought the rest was just whatever?

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Wake Up: Probably. I would rank it 3/4/1/2/5, but all of them are pretty awesome other than some bizarre/unnecessary stuff in season 5.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: fair enough… seemed like I figured out the formula in S1…and they kept re-hashing it…formulaic and predictable…not my speed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought we were me? Damn…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: even De La Soul disagreed at times…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Plug 1 and 3 feuded bitterly… Poor Plug 2 stuck in the middle…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: almost missed this one…well played!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’re welcome!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: My zodiac is commonly known as the proudest…So even when I whisper… it still sounds the loudest…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is that a sonnet?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn… Look at Pos, he can see peace…

  52. EK says:
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    Start Feldman @ MIL today?
    10 team H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Nope

  53. Triple Play says:
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    10 team, NL only, 5×5, $260 keeper. Been offered $17 Pence for my $10 Arenado and $2 Motte. My OF rotation is Ozuna, Soriano, Kubel, J. Upton, and Sweeney. My 1B, 3B, CI and U rotation is Aram, Rizzo, Frazier, Votto and Arenado. Fighting for 1st and am thinking of making trade to help out my OF. What do you think?

  54. subs81 says:
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    should I dump either Gordon or mclouth for martin in an espn H2H ?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @subs81: I wouldn’t

  55. shibboleth says:
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    There should be a term for that gut instinct you have when a bunch of bloggers promote a player who “figured it out” and should be picked owned. But you know, deep down inside, that it doesn’t feel right… the guy came out of the blue, small sample, whatever. Porcellwoah? Porcellwoe? Maybe I’ll leave the clever to those with actual talent…

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but Blanton and Harang have had decent SIERA and xfip lately… any objections to them rounding out the bottom of a 12 team rotation that scores QS?

    • BTD says:
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      @shibboleth: Not sure I buy that Porcello came out of no where considering his age and little minor league experience, but I get what you’re saying.

      I wouldn’t touch Harang. But I suppose a case could be made for Blanton. I’ve been streaming him in a 16 teamer when he’s available, the match up is decent, and I need the extra starts… Not sure if I’d want him in a 12 teamer, but can see the attraction/upside.

      • shibboleth says:
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        @BTD: Many thanks, BTD. I’m not giving up on Porcello but I’m sick of my fresh pickups doing hurtful things to my team lol.

        As for Blanton/Harang, this was just me trying to discover something useful that nobody else knows about. Stock trader I am not, but fangraph’s SIERA has intrigued me of late, which is how I got to those two names. Cheers

    • Grey

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      @shibboleth: I wouldn’t go near those guys except in extreme matchups… Just as it seemed like he figured it out, Porcello still can… He had like 8 starts in his favor and two against…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yep, just really hurts when over those starts one gets a 2/1 shit to gold ratio.

        • Grey

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          Agreed

  56. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts if you disagree with the SON:

    Blanton @ HOU ($14.6)
    Capuano vs PHI ($11.2)
    Nolasco vs SD ($8.6)
    Feldman @ MIL ($4.6)
    Santiago vs CLE ($4.1)
    Masterson @ CHW ($2.5)

    Thanks

    • EK says:
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      @EK: I like the matchups for Masterson and Feldman.. I might put them in the top 3

      • BTD says:
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        @EK: I could see lowering Capuano (prolly between Santiage/Masterson). Anecdotally (ie I don’t have proof otherbelieving I’ve heard more about Philly hitters lately), Philly bats seem to be waking up a bit. Maybe flip Feldman and Nolasco. But I agree with the ranking otherwise.

    • Grey

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      @EK: Masterson, Santiago, Nolasco

  57. Garth Algar says:
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    6×6 OPS league, Hamilton and Romo for Hamels. Then I would pick up Arcia. This is a keeper league as will

  58. Bubba says:
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    …another option…

    What type of quality starting pitcher would be a fair trade for Trumbo??

  59. AB says:
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    SON really likes Gee vs the Nats ($13.8). Are you making that start?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @AB: Yes

  60. Spencer says:
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    What do you think of Miguel Gonzalez start tomorrow vs Cle? Worth a stream?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Spencer: It’s solid

  61. Huge Caulk says:
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    12 team keeper…6×6 HR R RBI SB AVG OBP, K/9 QS K ERA WHIP SV

    Who wins this trade
    Goldy, Veras for Rizzo, Gordon, Burnett, Romo

  62. LastPlace says:
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    When do you think Wacha might be back up?

  63. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Moreland or konerko ROS?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Bitchesbeshoppach: Moreland

  64. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Starting Bailey vs Athletics today in Oak?

  65. Jim says:
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    Nice working in a Roman Moronie quote from Johnny Dangerously. I do believe Marilu Henner’s sweater puppies got a co starring credit in that flick.

  66. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade Mike Napoli for any of these pitchers: Mat Latos, Yovani Gallardo, Jake Peavy, Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Andrew: If you can get Latos for him, do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: What Cram said or Samardzija

  67. Dingbat says:
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    I hate the Effin Angels! They sonovabenched me with Cole and Liriano, only to give me a gobsmacking sonovastart with Porcello. I guess it’s time for me to look elsewhere as well.

  68. liz says:
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    hosmer is too hot. shoulda drop Billy butler for him?? im still butler believer but its so painful keeping him in ma bench.

    thanks guys

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @liz: For the short term, sure. But I’d rather have Butler ROS.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @liz: hold Butler…he’s more than a handful…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @liz: I wouldn’t drop Butler

  69. MattTruss223 says:
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    Beware the 12:10 (EST) start time today, it can sneak up on ya!

    Oddly, ESPN doesn’t have a Reyes update telling me to get him into my lineup…whatever shall I do?

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @MattTruss223: Rajai in the lineup today too. 7/15 with a SB lifetime vs. the pitcher formerly known as Fausto. Mike tells us that TB has allowed the 2nd most SBs to date also. Helpful tidbits for those SANGOFers out there.

      • MattH says:
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        @MattTruss223: Thanks for the heads up. I might be able to snag him in few spots.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @MattH: No prob, anything for a fellow Matt!

          If you can stash him on the bench, he gets the Red Sox later on who have allowed the 4th most SBs. Worth holding for the week if you’re hard up for SBs. Definitely check out Mike’s articles if you’re scrounging for SBs like most of teams tend to be.

  70. Jaw says:
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    Drop Kelly Johnson for rickie weeks? 10 team h2h. Thanks

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jaw: Sure

  71. Pete says:
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    Drop De Aza to pick up Martin in a 12 team H2H points league?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Pete: Hold

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Pete: Yes, do that instead.

  72. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Looking to move Mujica for an SP. What tier/who would you target?

    2) Which side:

    A. Kemp/Greinke/Cishek
    B. Fielder/Wheeler/Mujica

    *I’m the Fielder side and have Davis I could put at 1st

    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP – 8 Team H2H

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Wilsonian: I like A. I hope that’s Chris Davis and not Ike Davis.

  73. Wilsonian says:
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    Picked up Aybar to take over for Rutledge who I picked up when Tulo went down. Should I dump Rut for a stash of Mr. I can hit now that I stand a little closer to the plate Davis?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Wilsonian: Aybar’s doo-doo. But if Rut’s just a bench bat, I’d take a flyer on Ike.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: I concur on Aybar, but he’s been better than Rutledge. It’s just a fill-in until (hopefully) Tulo comes back. It’s a 16 team league, too, so the options are very limited.

  74. Neon Dullsum says:
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    Very funny! Of course accept for the Amish bashing.

  75. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Is Gilpin hiding this morning because of Porcello? Tell him it’s okay Grey, it’s tame in here.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: I sort of hope so. Lots of love for JB, but he needs a 7-day-concussion trip to the Disgraceful List after going so hard on Porcello. Admittedly, it’s my own fault for choosing the wrong door and I can’t blame Morpheus–to mix metaphors–but here are some guys I passed over for Ricky P: Teheran, Cole, Parker, Gallardo, Kendrick, Kluber. For shame!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @chillmodious: I passed on Masterson, Parker, and Homer Bailey for Porcello. Talk about looking like a dumbass now.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wilsonian: passing on Masterson and Bailey, did you ask that question in here?

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: no, I just made the dumbass decision myself. I saw a couple of his starts and just KNEW he had turned the corner. So far that is the worst baseball decision I’ve made all year.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @chillmodious: Yeah, that’s on you…Teheran or Gallardo for starters would have been safe. Unless JB said he’d still rather have Porcello, in which case, maybe he does need a AAA rehab stint.

        • chillmodious says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Oh yeah, he said it big time. I’m too lazy to go back through last week’s posts and find the thread(s), but it was definitive. I mean, I was so skeptical that I asked the same question about 3 different ways, and everything kept coming up Porcello. Which is very different from everything coming up Milhouse.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @chillmodious: Ha. Funny. And twisted.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @chillmodious: what did your gut tell you about the guys you passed on? I always say this about players like porcello or ervin santana, they can go do that on someone elses team. I don’t trust him long term, live and learn.

  76. Cam says:
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    Leonys, Dyson, Reddick or Nava. Could use some AVG and SB.

    Also for SP, should I add Eric Stults, Hector Santiago, or Dillon Gee for Rick Porcello?

    Thnx.

    • Cam says:
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      Or Peter Bourjos or Kyle Blanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cam: Leonys… Santiago

  77. chillmodious says:
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    Good morning, Grey…

    1. Re: Prado… I was THIS close to dropping him yesterday morning for Aaron Hill. THIS close, I tell ya! But I decided to wait and see how Hill looked in his return. After the game, I saw Hill’s 2-for-4 with 2 runs and was about to make the move… I was “Oh Yeah”ing it like the Kool-Aid Guy… until I noticed Prado’s HR and line in the box score. Dah! This morning? I still own Prado, Hill is still available on the wire, and all I can think of is an old Michael Corleone, uttering something about getting pulled back in. Welcome to Yawnstipation County, population: me, where the local motto is, “We’re downright afraid of success!”

    2. This is a question… For today only, who is your stream of choice (keeping in mind that I have room to gamble this week due to what Porcello/Wheeler did to my ratios yesterday):

    - Dickey @TB (SON $8.6)
    - Roberto Hernandez vs. TOR (SON $9.0)
    - Jose Alvarez vs. LAA (SON -$5.7)
    - AJ Griffin vs. CIN (SON $11.1)

    Thank you.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @chillmodious: If you’re gambling, I’m going Dickey. Best chance for a CG shutout with K’s.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @chillmodious: Hey whattaya know….CG shutout.

  78. WantsToGetFunkedUp says:
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    OPS league, Votto/Blanco/Medlen for Rizzo/Ellsbury/Strasburg? Fair?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @WantsToGetFunkedUp: Eh, I’d much rather have the Rizzo side

  79. Hotrod says:
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    Who will be the next (Porcello) pitcher you proclaim your love for only to f*&% fantasy owners across razzball nation? Should there be a term for this? Hot Flash?

    • Prezz says:
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      @Hotrod: just another Razz Spazz…

  80. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Martin has been funny problem for the MAGPIES this season..

    I really liked him for AL only.. He was stolen for $5 in my old league AL ultra league I keep in touch with…

    He would have been a target player for me and I would have taken him into the low teens… He probably got lost in the late auction money shuffle, is my guess…

    I have tracked and targeted him all season in Razzball… But, he has done nothing for me on the 3 times I picked him up..

    Earlier before Gentry’s slump, Gentry would steal his time too much to make him worthy … Or he would do nothing if playing for me if rostered = NADA!!!.. Or he would get hurt… Or be Washed … Or something…

    I looked at him this week and said, Naw…

    I need to develop my NAW sensitivity … Sometimes, NAW is good for us and we just don’t get or feel or see it…

    I realize, being One with ones NAWness can be a frightening and dangerous place to delve into as a FBB team owner… However, when we do achieve perfection through opening up to our NAWness, it can be a wondrous place to be… Seasons can be one through NAWness alone..

    How do you deal with your NAWness, Mr Gray??? Expertly, I would think – as you are, after all a FBB God…

    And of course, Martin was scooped this morning by one of your slavish devotee teams – Joe Como’s… Our league’s commish’s squad…

    A big NAW from me on The Dead, Joe C and Martin… That ought to do it for him.. Screw good sportsmanship!!!

    PS **** It should be pointed out for the other readers here = this NAW and NAWness should never be confused with the vapid and so stupid “naw naw naw” filler lyrics found in most Rock & Roll songs…

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore

      Are you ready for another Knotty Call problem???:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: NAW’s a tough chew though when a player keeps NAWing at you…

  81. Kyle says:
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    Should I drop Bj Upton for Arenado? There’s no positional needs on my team it would be for a bench spot with occasional starts.

  82. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    12-team H2H

    I have andrus at SS and he’s been pathetic thus far. Would you trade Jose Fernandez for Jean Segura?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Tggq21: In a heartbeat

    • Cam says:
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      @Tggq21:

      In the blink of an eye!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Cam: In a New York minute

  83. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Stop The Presses!!!! MAGPIES to start the loathed Erik Badard today against the Cards in Houston.. Has he come back…

    Is his velocity back???

    Whatever is back, has been good for his last 3 starts…

    Would you dare do it???

    Signed: Another of your slavish devotees

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: He has been good, but you trust him with your fantasy life? I don’t

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        The MAGPIES in RazzBall have been the living dead all year…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Zombinos?

  84. rod davis says:
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    12 team (15 keepers) league. strasburg for d. holland, h. bailey and puig. both sides fill needs. who wins?

  85. Trevor

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    Also, I have Putz coming back this week. Would you drop K-Rod to activate him or continue to hold to see if he become the closer for rest of season. I could always drop porcello

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Tggq21: Lose Porcello. You could always pick him back up later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21: I’d lose K-Rod

  86. The Thumb says:
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    Catcher question (sorry). Who does Razzball Nation like for the next few weeks or ROS.

    Options include: Chooch, Miggy Montero, J Castro, Russell Martin, Doumit.

    The Tron says Doumit but i also caught it seductively coddling my AC, so i have my doubts.

  87. AA says:
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    Is it time to cut bait with Porcello in favor of stashing Erasmo?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @AA: It’s time to cut Porcello period.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Sure

  88. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Gooooooood Day Grey

    My Of is currently McCutchen, J Upton, Cespedes, Myers, Schieroltz, DL Harper, DL Granderson in a deep 14 team redraft league.

    Which OF should I trade for Joey Votto?

    And if I successfully get Votto….would you trade Billy Butler for Puig?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Dynamite Dan: redraft, go with JUp for Votto. And yes, by all means, trade Moobs for Pweeeeg.

  89. Dingbat says:
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    Drop Aoki for Leonys?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Dingbat: Sure

  90. Fish says:
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    Hey Grey, hoping you can help me make a decision here. In a standard Yahoo H2H league and just got offered alex gordon/chapman/hamels/matt cain for my carlos gomez/liriano/minor/shelby, which side are you liking better with the added thought that I’m in dire need of saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Gordon side

  91. Dubbs says:
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    Are machado and j Upton enough for cargo and Francisco Liriano? After multiple cargo injury scares this season I think it’s just a matter of time, I need to deal him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubbs: It is enough

  92. Dolemite says:
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    12 team 5×5

    Have leonis on my bench and mcclouth djennings adamjones and fowler as my 4 OF
    have absolute garbage at SS and MI in the form of rutledge and mike young

    i am trying to deal jennings or fowler for a MI
    I got a bite on trying to get Matt Carpenter, but he wants fowler and grinkie.
    I have stras zim ryu and some good spot starters like cashner so my pitching is fairly good

    is this worth it for me or is grink and fowler too much to give up for matty carpenter?

    Thanks in advance

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Dolemite: Too much

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Dolemite: Yes, moreso Greinke is too much. It should only take one of those guys. Carpenter’s a two category guy.

          • Dolemite says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

            right on,
            i guess im desprete to turn fowler or jennings into a MI since I am certainly a believer in Leonis martin rest of year and hate to see him ride the bench

            thanks for the advice

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Dolemite: You should be able to flip one for a MI, but Greinke also is too much for a Carpenter type.

  93. Cam says:
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    Drop Nava or hold.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cam: Depends who you’re dropping him for.

  94. BERK says:
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    Who do you like ROS at SS amongst: Gregorius, Dozier, Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK: Rutledge

  95. Kevin says:
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    Kluber or Erasmo, once Erasmo is up?

  96. mrobs says:
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    Laroche’ing in the ocean! haahhahahahahahaah

  97. Clint says:
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    Should I wait Corey Hart out? I don’t really need to ditch him since I’m currently in first place in my roto league despite waiting for the return of Braun AND Harper, but Brantley, Bourgos, EYJ, Rutledge, Leonys Martin, Chris Carter, Belt and Gregor Blanco are all available in my league & with the news he’s now got issues w/his OTHER knee, I’m wondering if I should cash out.

  98. Tbone says:
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    Deal Matt Moore (can be kept next year in 14th round) for Verlander?
    Verlander hasn’t been great, but I shouldn’t have to watch him with baited breath like I do with Moore.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Tbone: Yes

      • Tbone says:
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        Miguel Montero or Matt Wieters ROS if “KO-BB” is a category along with the standard other 5?
        Deal Miggy or Aramis for Wieters?…6 of one, 1/2 dozen of another?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wieters… 6 of one

  99. HeatCheck3 says:
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    I love hittertron more than hittertron loves pleasuring itself to transformer movies. Last night I saw Matt Joyce wasn’t getting the start. I went to hittertron, typed in the date and <100% owned and Shierholtz was the add.
    Also, glad I sold Wheeler after his first start. He couldn't even strike out Dunn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HeatCheck3: Haha, Hitter-Tron approves of crashing metal.

  100. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Lester on waivers. Would you cut one of the following for him: Cashner (next 3: @MIA, @ BOS, vCOL), Santiago (vCLE, vBAL, vCHC), or Parker (vSTL, vCHC, @PIT)? 14-tm H2H, W, L and QS count.

  101. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Just googled “fantasy baseball team vagina” and found this site…its wonderful!

  102. booya says:
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    How would you rank Rendon, Gyroko, and Profar ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Gyroko, Rendon

  103. LongoTulo says:
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    Drop Aoki for Leonys or Arcia?

    Thanks!

  104. nate says:
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    what kind of batter should i look to trade for if i’m willing to give away Brandon Phillips.. in a 12 team 10 cat h2h league..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nate: What kind of batter do you need?

      • nate says:
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        @Grey: i’d like to get someone that’ll give me runs & steals… but i know people are less willing to give them up. … i also need help at catcher…. if you owned Y molina would you trade him for Phillips?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Phillips… Can try for Reyes, but there’s some risk involved

  105. quimmy says:
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    OBP League:

    Shelby Miller and Joey Bats for Joey Votto and Assdribble?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy: It’s fair…Votto

  106. Brian Cashman says:
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    are Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, or Matt Harrison worth stashing? 14 team H2H league. Free agent auction.

  107. chisox22 says:
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    Head 2 head (10team) 45 transactions limit.. hey Grey I have jose reyes coming back and have peralta now. Which should I sell?

  108. Silvainia's mother says:
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    if you were to drop one of these guys then who would it be? Gyorko, Nick Franklin, Rendon, aoki?

  109. chillmodious says:
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    Dickey or Kyle Kendrick?

      • nate says:
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        @Grey: i am sorry i didn’t mean to put aoki in there. i was thinking of a diff league… who’d you drop gyorko, rendon, or franklin… thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rendon

  110. OaktownSteve says:
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    Masterson was like a guy trying to escape prison. He got out of the cell, slipped past the guards, avoided the dogs, made it across the compound without getting caught in the search lights, was cutting the barbed wire and starts figuring he’s home free and bam…sniper got him. Shot him right in the 7th inning.

    As a side note, that 7th started with Masterson hitting Adam Jones. When you watch a ton of baseball you kind of get that cognitive illusion that you can see the future as you’re watching games. Lots of time when a starter is deep into a game and starts of an inning with a walk or a HBP, you just know, you know runs are coming.

    Mrs. Oaktown went to Cuba. She said it’s the hardest place she’s ever been to find food. Even if you have money, there’s just no food on that island. Everybody lives on three foods: rice, beans, sheet cake. No pickles.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Cougar’s parents just got back from Cuba, I’ll have to ask them about the pickles thing too…. Your wife also saw a lot of antique cars?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, we have framed picture of a red what looks to be a ’52 Ford Sunliner in cherry condition with the top down. Mrs. Oak said it’s all about the music. Music everywhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sunliner’s pretty sweet ride, I had to Google it… So I can just put my face real close to Buena Vista Social Club?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I think Mrs. Oak met Ruben Gonzalez in the lobby of a hotel there and got her picture taken with him. One of my favorite Jazz guys, Roy Hargrove, spent some time in Cuba and I heard him in an interview saying that like the 50 best trumpet players in the world all live in Cuba and you’ve never heard of them of course. Kind of like with baseball. Think of the flood of talent coming into baseball if Cuba opens up. It’ll make the DR look paltry.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, definitely… Someone should do a Buena Vista-type doc about Cuban baseball… What was she doing there? Vacay?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Yeah…just always wanted to go. Was a few years back now. She’s a travel gal. Flew in and out from Mexico City.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  But you didn’t go?

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Nope. Girl power travel club trip.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      First we say they can pick out whatever iron they want to use then this… Geez…

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      Mrs. Oaktown rules. She picked up a male prostitute at the airport on the way in and got him to show her every little club with great music and drinks in Cuba. A most intrepid woman.

                    • Grey

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                      I think that’s how Jose Tabata found his way into the country.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: If memory serves me well the Cuban Sandwhich is really an invention of Cuban American blending ingredients from home with ones they picked up in America. Kind of like how the burrito is an american invention and not something that comes from Mexico…..traditionally

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it is (per Wikipedia)…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I answered that no look….I really love food….and FBB

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, had my suspicions with the pickle in there…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m not an afficianado, I just insure a guy that owns a pickle company and he gives me cases of pickles…..they are delicious, yeah I love pickles

                I love food too much, like your love for G I A N C A R L O

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate:

                  I like pickle-ing stuff. Apparently, eating naturally fermented foods is like the greatest thing you can do for you body. No vinegar. Has to be the lactobacillus and other friendly critters.

                  I do kraut and I make this: http://thenourishingcook.com/how-to-make-fermented-beet-kvass/

                  ….which, given some other components of my lifestyle, may be the only thing keeping me alive.

                  Is there anything better than the out of the crock half-sour pickles the put on your table at a classic NYC deli?

                  Get the breasts you’ve always wanted!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: yeah, Ive heard that too. I have a german Pickle Mfg as a client and then give me cases of Pickles, Kraut, and Beets all the time. Nothing like some good german sausages and properly done kraut with fried potatoes and hot german mustard

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate:

                      One of my all time favorite poems:

                      “F**k me like fried potatoes on the most beautifully hungry morning of my God-damn life.”

                      Richard Brautigan

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: crispy?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I gotta get me some pickles!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: when do you want to meet up?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m off the market during the week due to roundups…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: weekends it is, nothing weird though

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No Korean day spa?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I think it’s a date…uhh I mean business relaxation session

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t forget to bring your own towels…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I’m not even going to ask why

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

    • chillmodious says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Masterson is Tom Sizemore, sitting in the back of a Lincoln, waiting for Val Kilmer to get in the effing car after the final robbery scene in Heat. We did it, we did it, we–um–are getting shot at by the LAPD?!?!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @chillmodious:

        Exactly. Chris Davis is the sharpest of shooters right now.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @chillmodious: Iron Shiek says ptooey on Heat

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: But Ashley Judd has a GREEAAAATT ASSSS!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @chillmodious: Iron Sheik says still photos on internet to rub one out

  111. nyjacobs says:
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    grey – 10 team roto would you rather own aybar or starlin? grandal or salvador?

    i’d be cutting starlin and perez…. thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  112. ALLEN says:
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    I have been asking for trade advice on here a couple times and finally got someone in my league to bite. Been trying to ditch a SP or two for a bat. Here is how it went down.

    I give Harvey and Cueto (I grabbed Cueto off waivers, two weeks ago)

    I get Joey Votto

    Leaves me with rotation of: Wainwright, Felix, Samardijza, Lynn, Teheran, Cole

    So basically it was Harvey for Votto as Cueto was a free trade chip. I will take that all day!!!!!

    What do you think???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Votto

  113. Red Barons says:
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    Lose Wilhelmsen for Putz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    I scrolled up and down and must keep missing my bailey question. You starting him vs Oak in Oakland today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  115. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Drop Cain..Sugar! for Weeks in a 12 T H2H redraft? I have Cano but he could be a useful UTIL while hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  116. bobbo says:
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    Choose two for ROS (OBP): Lowrie, Rendon, Weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Weeks

      • bobbo says:
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        @Grey: Graci, One With the Magnificent Mustache. He had been heating up and I was getting an itchy trigger finger (similar to how your upper lip must feel).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grazie to you

  117. Nick nice says:
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    Leonys or Eric young

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Nick nice: leonys

  118. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I saw the car comments above, being that all their cars are from the 50′s would that make cars from the 60′s new to them? When they players first come to America are new cars like looking at Deloreans in 1955?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis doesn’t like the compacts, can’t kidnap people in the trunk…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: he only buys vans

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Chapman drives a Mercedes S63 with a license plate that says “102 MPH”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  119. OaktownSteve says:
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    Damn early roster lock caught me with my pants down. But I can’t be mad at you, daytime baseball. You’re the greatest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I wouldn’t mind a little later though for PST’ers…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: It’s Wednesday and in using a classic term, it’s the businessman’s special

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        It’s going to be beautiful in Oaktown for the game today. I really should sneak out.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Oaktown Sneak

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Bummer man, I posted a warning earlier hoping to save a few people. Those early games catch me off guard sometimes on the east coast. Nevermind PST…9 AM baseball is pretty crazy

  120. Endo says:
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    Is it worth holding onto Brothers now that Betancourt is coming off the DL?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Endo: if not in immediate need, i would hold for a few days to be sure bettancourt is OK

      • Endo says:
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        Thank you Mr. Iron Sheik.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Endo: Besides, a strikeout an inning an 0.28 ERA play just about anywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Until Betancourt returns, yes

  121. fitz says:
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    Gio Gonz for B. Phillips fair if I need the pitching?

    Have Rendon/Weeks to fill in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • fitz says:
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      @fitz: He just rejected it and countered with Kipnis, R. Howard, Harper, Gio Gonz, Tim Hudson for Braun, Phillips, Dom Brown, Chris Sale and Holland.

      • Grey

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        Gio side

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @fitz:

        if he wants that many of your guys ,
        tell him to wait until next year’s draft .

        • fitz says:
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          @costaricanchata: I agree. Wasn’t expecting such a big counter for a 1 for 1 offer. Anyway, I countered his deal replacing Sale with Shelby in a H2H league with an eye towards a potential shutdown.

  122. Lob Ball says:
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    Is Lind’s schmato-ness over? Should I drop for Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Lob Ball: I’d find a way to own both

    • Cam says:
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      @Lob Ball:

      The Schmotato lives!

  123. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Shelby/Belt for A.jones.

    Too much or go for it?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jones

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: Think I could get more?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Maybe, have no idea what the other person thinks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  124. Archibald says:
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    OBP league, we use LF, CF, RF. Need to fill CF position.

    ROS Leonys or Oswaldo Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  125. costaricanchata says:
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    could someone who actually knows something about baseball explain to me what it is that
    masterson has done this year to improve upon his success rate vs left-hand hitters .
    (his baa , this year ,has dropped .050 vs lefties … since 2008) .
    has he added a pitch ?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      He’s throwing his slider like 30% of the time this year. By far most in his career. Saw that and then stumbled on this twitterer thingy from Gammons from the beginning of this year:

      “LHH vs. Justin Masterson(3-0, 0.41):.146, .417 OPS, slider–backdoor and back foot–command impeccable ”

      The back foot slider is an under appreciated weapon. Basically what Gammons is saying is that he’s using the slider effectively to work both sides against lefties. Can get guys to give up and get back door strikes taking and get swing strikes on the backfoot that looks like a strike, then has a late break and burries down and in.

      I feel like two seam pitcher often have split issues with R/L almost like side armers. The two seam sinker is so hard for armside hitters not to roll over on it. Glove side hitters seem to get a much better look.

      • Birdog says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I’m not quite smart enough to understand what all you just said. I’m gonna take a break and re-read it a few times later because I know that there’s some serious knowledge in there!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Birdog:

          Talking points:

          He changed his pitch mix to include more sliders. Might have done that to specifically address problem getting lefties out.

          At least early in the season he was throwing the slider right where he wanted it against left handers.

          He’s using it two ways against lefties. First to sneak it on to the outside corner and get called strikes. Second to throw it so it breaks late and down and inside to get swinging strikes.

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            thanks for the response , OS .

            sounds an awful lot like what bedard was doing while he was with baltimore .
            against righties , of course .
            watching him pitch back then was a thing of beauty …. lots of “holes” near that back foot .

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @costaricanchata:

              It’s a really effective pitch. You see it a lot more from lefties to righties I feel like. There’s that old thing about lefties like to hit balls in the golf zone down and in so if a right handed pitcher is going to go back foot he does really have to bury it.

  126. LongoTulo says:
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    Frazier or Rendon at 3B? 5×5 h2h. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  127. TRJFT says:
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    Do you trade Matt Kemp and Edward Mujica for Carlos Gonzalez?

    I’m 2nd in saves with no chance of catching first and lead the 3rd place by 16. My pitching without Mujica would be:

    Wainwright
    Scherzer
    Teheran
    Erasmo
    Kluber
    Gee
    (Streamer)
    Chapman
    Kenley Jansen
    Uehara

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  128. Finkle says:
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    Moreland or Martin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  129. joe says:
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    in h2h, points, keeper league, miggy, j. upton, cole hamels or machado, encarnacion, yu, and hanley ramirez? pitchers are worth the same as batters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy side

  130. Giac says:
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    Trying to get votto. Would giving up choo/Napoli/cole be too much? I would be able to pickup Perez or arencibia off waivers.

    I could also offer choo and the shark? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much… Could see doing the Shark deal as well…

  131. Juice_0321 says:
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    Leonys or Duffy ROS dropping Milone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  132. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    ROS…Martin or Werth? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth

  133. kyak says:
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    drop Andrus for Jose Iglesias/Aybar/Alexi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  134. Eddie says:
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    So instead of Edwin Jackson’s surface stats regressing to his peripherals, his peripherals have just gotten worse. What the hell you guys?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But he gets the Mariners next

  135. subs81 says:
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    L martin or Gordon or McLouth for the remainder in a H2H espn league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @subs81:

      i like mclouth for the runs and stolen bases he produces at the top of
      that orioles line-up .

  136. Shawn of the mostly living says:
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    pick up arenado or leonys? Bench bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  137. wookiesmom says:
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    is Joe Kelly..SP Cards a good stash for my rotation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends how deep your league is…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @wookiesmom:

      kelly’s turn in the rotation will get skipped during short weeks ,
      like this one .

  138. Lubey says:
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    Yoo Grey

    So Im looking to fill my utility spot with the best player avaialble

    Frazier and Montero both just dropped. Also have Martin, Blanco, Carter, Willingham, and Swisher on the wire

    Im leaning Frazier but I’d like your opinion

    Thanks!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  139. Maglia Rosa says:
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    We like Gallardo at home vs Cubs tonight right? Do we love him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, hard to love him…

  140. Joel says:
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    Grey, my team is out of the running this year. I’ve been offered the following trade: I would be getting Rendon (a four year keeper) and Miguel Gonzalez in exchange for Matt Carpenter (a four year keeper). Thoughts? Who would you rather have for the next four years at 2B, Rendon or carp? THX!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  141. Andrew says:
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    Would you trade Napoli for any/all of these guys?: Garza, Shields, Kuroda, or Freddie Freeman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FReeman, Shields, Kuroda

  142. Joel says:
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    Another question: I’ve been offered Leonys for Gerrit (no last names necessary!). Given that Gerrit might get sent back down, is this a fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it if I needed what Martin brings…

  143. Tom says:
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    I’m in a 10 team H2H 5×5 cat league. For SP’s I have:

    Kershaw
    Lee
    Cain
    Garza
    Wheeler
    Beachy on DL

    With this crew plus decent closers I should win ERA, WHIP and Saves every week because most other teams have a bunch of on average above average SP’s where they easily take K’s and W’s from me. I have an average offense that probably averages 2.5 cat wins/week. To keep my division lead (and get a 1st round bye) I think I need more help pitching and I’ll have 2 roster spots to play with.

    Here are the top relevant available pitchers ranked in order of Razzball ROS value. There are 2 in my league who do stream, so this list can change quickly.

    Kennedy 14.6
    Jackson 8.7
    Pettitte 5.0
    Hughes 4.6
    Griffin 4.0
    Hellickson 4.0
    Nolasco 2.6
    Doubront 2.6
    Blanton -.5
    Ubaldo -2.1
    Porcello -4.6
    Gee -4.6
    Lackey -7.5
    Phelps -12.4

    Question is…with this availability if I’m trying to pick up W’s and K’s without losing my ERA/WHIP advantage do I:
    a) Stream both slots every week
    b) Pick up one of these pitchers (which one?) and stream the other slot
    c) There is never any c
    d) Pick up 2 of these pitchers (which two?) and stream the other

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

  144. Jacks says:
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    Damn Dickey! Sonufabenched, like many I presume.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Surprised you didn’t start him

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: It’s a weekly set up and I actually asked you! I had two spots left and we both chose Latos and Parker over Dickey and Moore.

        • Jacks says:
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          @Jacks: My other starters are MadBum, Kershaw, Sale and Hamels … so those weren’t in question. Given his recent history, sitting Dickey for Latos and Parker was the right rational move. It just didn’t pay off this week.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gotcha

  145. EricB says:
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    Someone in my roto 10-team league just dropped Carl Crawford. I’m in 1st place in the league, but my weakest category is steals where I’m around 7th-8th.

    Here’s the roster:
    C – Jason Castro
    C – Yasmani Grandal
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez
    2B – Brandon Phillips
    SS – Ben Zobrist
    3B – Evan Longoria
    MI – Nick Franklin
    CI – Ryan Zimmerman
    OF – Mike Trout
    OF – Mike Stanton
    OF – Carlos Beltran
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Mark Trumbo
    U – Anthony Rendon

    RES – Matt Kemp
    RES – Jedd Gyorko

    Kemp will be back soon and I planned on benching Rendon next week. Who should I cut for Crawford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Rendon

      • EricB says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I was leaning that way. Just wanted some confirmation. It’s hard to cut someone hitting over .300

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  146. Rosey Palm says:
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    Hey Grey, love ya love your show! Big fan of everything you and the rest of the Razzball gang does on a daily basis.

    Got an issue at the 2B/SS positions on my squad. With Reyes having just come off the DL, who should I give the heave ho to: Cozart or Rutledge?

    Also, how do you rank these guys ROS?

    Asdrubal, Elcides, Cozart, Gyorko, Rutledge

    Much thx and keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Cozart… Gyorko, Alcides, Rutledge

      • Rosey Palm says:
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        @Grey: Figured you’d elect to bounce Cozart due to your love of Rutledge. Not sure why Weiss has such a bone to pick with him. Let the kid play…. every day!

        Forgot to add Simmons into that 2B/SS ROS rank mix. Does he supersede anyone in that trio?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Simmons is last

  147. john says:
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    Drop Melky for Hosmer? Hosmer is getting hot and Melky looks like he’s going to be hitting 5th now instead of 2nd now that Reyes is back which I think hurts his value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @john:

      my 2 cents .
      melky batting 5th increases his value , by giving him more rbi opportunities .
      at the top of the order , his injuries have really negated his value .
      for the past few weeks raja davis had become melky’s personal pinch-runner
      in late-game situations .

  148. malamoney says:
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    Was just offered Justin Masterson for my Starling Marte in a H2H points league. While I could use another starter, I’m not sure about this one. Do you think I can get a better starter for Marte?

    He’s also got Sabathia, Lester, Price and Iwakuma. I offered him AJAX for Masterson and he said no. I’d also be willing to work Billy “up your” Butler into the deal. What kind of pitcher should he be able to fetch?

    OF: Braun, Gordon, Marte, AJAX, Leonys, Myers and Morse (start 4)
    SP: Felix, Miller, Medlen, Teheran, Lincecum, Cole, Morrow, Cingrani and Wacha (start 4)

    Suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get a better starter, he doesn’t have a better one though…

  149. chillmodious says:
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    I rolled the dice on a Dickey stream (pun intended) and everything came out pristine (rhyme not intended, but there anyway). I can’t help it, but I feel myself getting sucked back in. Dah! Is there any reason I should hang on to him, or do I just put today past me and move on to a guy like Kyle Kendrick? I need someone to guide me through the fog on this one. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold him

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: He does get DET next tho, fyi…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: I will, but the worst part of doing so is that his next start comes at the beginning of next week. Which means I’ll have fresh ratios to potentially destroy when I throw Dickey (being the dice-roll that he is). The only reason I was ok using him today was because of what Porcello/Wheeler did to me last night. I still consider Dickey a shaky streamer (he’s a Streamboat now, since I’m holding him after today), and I hate throwing shaky streamers at the beginning of the week in a H2H.

        To go SATs on you…

        Dickey : Me :: Gallardo : Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…Yup

  150. Goose says:
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    DICKEY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boom!

  151. sanfran1966 says:
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    Ogando is expected back in 10 days.

    Is he worth dropping Alex Cobb or Heath “I need saves so this fat loser is on my team until Putz shows he is healthy” Bell for???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Cobb

  152. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    i had no problem starting kluber vs the tigers (on which we disagreed), @ boston , and @ texas ,
    however , am troubled by his up-coming start in camden yards .

    i know what rudy’s artificial intelligence machine has to say on the subject ,
    but i’ve always trusted your opinion , on pitchers , over rudy’s … with or without his
    fancy gizmo … in fact , your pitcher evaluation has always been the under-lying strength of this
    site .

    so , talk to me .
    because unlike some of those other starts , this one has me worried .

    appreciate your response .

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I second that. I mostly stay away from anyone in Camden Yards

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        is that because you agree with the stream-machine’s assessment that
        gonzalez is the 8th best starter tomorrow ($7.1) vs kluber’s $1.2 evaluation ?

        personally , i’m afraid that it might become one of those 7-5 games … or worse .

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @costaricanchata: I hardly use stream, I use me gut

      • Birdog says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I’m sitting him. No question in my little mind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m worried too, and wish it would get rained out so he could face the White Sox… I’m starting him, but don’t feel good about it…

  153. Negatto says:
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    Better Bench stash, Erasmo or Cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  154. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. pujols/wilhelmsen/ollie perez for cutch. which side? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cutch

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: if it was pujols/kenley, would you still take cutch?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends if I really need a 1st baseman and closer…

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: i would be getting cutch. have rizzo at 1b and closers would be holland and wilhelmsen/perez. no ci, just a dh which can be any position.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds fine then

  155. Wilsonian says:
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    Pick three out of this list for the ROS:

    Kluber, Wheeler, Dickey, Kennedy, Lester, Hellickson, Ogando, Dempster, Leake, Kendrick, Lackey, Cashner

    W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP – 8 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber, Dickey, Lester

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thank you, sir. I need some help at SP and Dickey was hanging out there like a drunken bum, so I had to snag him hoping he picks it up and maybe gets a little bit of his form from last year back. I think I’m giving Wheeler his start on Sunday before cutting him for Lester (also have him out in a pending offer, so can’t dump him without canceling the offer) but I don’t have a good feeling about him. Now, Wheeler in 2015, that’s a different story.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed…

  156. Yankee Doodle says:
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    So my OF is loaded. McCutchen, Upton, Bautista, Stanton, Cespedes at OF/Util slots, with Heyward on my bench. Heyward is too good to ride bench, but not playable over these other guys. Also, I can’t trade Heyward for anything in my league since his stats are so low. So do I:
    1) Trade one of the other OFs for an ACE (current top pitchers are scherzer, latos and price). If so, which OF should I trade and what pitcher tier to target?
    2) Trade one of them for a SS (current is Alexei Ramirez, although I traded Reyes to get Cespedes)
    3) Sit tight and just keep Heyward on my bench and plug him into the lineup when one of the other guys gets hurt/rests?

    • Yankee Doodle says:
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      @Yankee Doodle: I should say my other offensive guys are Napoli, Goldschmidt, Cano, Alexei-Ramirez, Headley. So if I don’t upgrade pitcher, SS and 3B would be the next possible upgrade spots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Yes… Whichever one gets the best SP

  157. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Aaron hill or Kung Fu Panda rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Panda

  158. John says:
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    Prince Fielder and Headley for Machado and Wainwright. Keeper league. Which side wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, it’s fair

      • John says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  159. Mike says:
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    Somebody dropped Asdrubal Cabrera in my league

    Should I drop Nick Franklin to pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  160. Wilsonian says:
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    Is Benoit still the guy to own in DET or would you prefer either Henderson or Cishek over him?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: FYI – Cishek with his 14th save and 9th in a row today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit is the guy…Nope

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: word to your mother.

  161. Scott says:
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    Porcello is getting bashed on here and after 2 awful starts, it’s well deserved. To be fair though, it was against 2 top 10 offenses. He was just dropped in my AL keeper and I was wondering if you think this is more of a (major) blip or if the fun ride is over. I’m not even particularly concerned about how he performs ROS but more so if he can develop towards next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should be owned in every Al-Only league, not even close to droppable there…

  162. Cam says:
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    Pick up Derrick Robinson for a SAGNOF? Would drop Daniel Nava and gonna need steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  163. Vince says:
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    Hi Grey!! Drop Porcello, Dempster or Wheeler for Erasmo ? Complete staff is Lee, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Garza, Teheran, Kluber, Dempster, Porcello and Wheeler (12 teams, H2H)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dempster

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey: thanks !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  164. Hondo says:
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    My Reyes and Bruce for Chris Davis?Kinda a follow up to yesterdays inquiry about JUP/Bruce for Davis.

    Or JUP/Reyes?

    Still no likee?

    Be brutally honest please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t like it

  165. AJ says:
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    Kershaw or Waino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

  166. Hondo says:
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    I’ve been burned by Bruce 2 many times,JUP sucks right now and I’ve never owned Reyes before and think I prefer Franklin.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Hondo:

      Jay Bruce is the 28th rated player overall. What’s the problem?

      • Hondo says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        I keep being tempted to get a homeboy (davis)over common sense.

        I never make this kind of mistake,but I keep hearing the Sirens song on this for some reason.

  167. stumanji says:
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    Dylan Bundy to have TJ surgery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @stumanji:

      Might as well get it out of the way when young. They almost do those things preventatively now.

  168. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Hey Grey, rank these pitchers ROS: Liriano, Corbin, Lester

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin, Liriano

  169. Jacks says:
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    Cishek has been a top 5 closer this month, maybe the best gun past 10 days … what a turnaround, patience rewarded! Was so tempted to just dump his azz straight up. Even came close to trading him for papa grande.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  170. FillyP says:
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    All I have to say is: Porcellololol!

    With Straily being optioned, my staff is in shambles again. Once Burnett is back he’s going to take Porcello’s spot. Who should I drop Straily for? Blanton, Norris, Oswalt, Chacin, Wang (Dang Doodle), Harang, Correia…

    Also, would you trade Gordon for Hill? I need MI like a crackhead needs crack. Owner might want pitching though..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those are all streamers… I’d take Hill

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @FillyP:

      Is Wang Dang Doodle a Howlin’ Wolf song? aka Chester Burnett?

      • FillyP says:
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        Pablo/Bailey for Desmond/Greinke ?

        • FillyP says:
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          @FillyP:

          Whoops. Wrong thread. Yes, that’s right although Willie Dixon wrote it. The Dead covered it among a million others.. great song!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Greinke

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @FillyP: Those choices are so bad, I’d drop him for a MI. Boom, kill two birds with one stone.

  171. Negatto says:
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    Who wins this trade?

    Longoria vs. Matt Cain

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Negatto: Longo

      • Negatto says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        By a lot? I’m looking to trade Longoria for pitching and trying to get a feel for the level I should be shooting for.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Negatto: top 7 pitchers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longoria

  172. OaktownSteve says:
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    Josh Son Of Donald. Captain of the anti-Grey all-stars. Yardwork.

    Let’s go Oakland…clap clap clapclapclap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Two until my Donaldsonnet…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Petrarchian or Shakespearean?

        My mistress’ eye are not like Donaldson…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither Albrightian

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            the rhyme scheme is

            ABBA ABBA ABBA ABBA ABBA ABBA

            There was something in the air that night, the stars were Albright…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My middle name is Bubba, I ain’t no Gump.
              My favorite gum is Hubba Bubba, my Cougar got it stuck on her pump.

              Bubba, Hubba, Gump, pump… (That’s the chorus.)

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Josh Son of Donald
                If he was a clown he would be Ronald
                If he was a gov he would be Ahnold
                If not for ball he woulda modeled

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          “eyes” not “eye”

          Not to say I’m opposed to a one-eyed mistress. It’s just that I am a firm believer in noun-verb agreement.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            What about a patch?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Nah…I think I’ll just keep smoking.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha!

  173. George says:
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    12 team h2h, points, keeper league – trade Verlander for Votto? Just looking for the most points ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  174. chisox22 says:
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    Who should I start tonight.. 10team h2h.. Panda (vs kershaw) or carpenter (vs bedard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp

  175. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Better thing to HATE ROS? People asking about ROS or fringe catcher decisions?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      I love the arbitrary “Neil Walker for Michael Saunders, which side wins?”

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Gordon Beckham or Betancourt ROS?

        shizz drives me bananas!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          I also like “McCutchen just dropped in my league. Worth a number 1 waiver pick up?”

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: hahahaha….I just want to tell them to leave now. God, we sound like such elitists…..I love it kinda

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate:

              I love the NATO phonetic alphabet.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: what about the lopsided trade offer ” I give Justin Masterson for Adam Jones”

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Here’s my team: Fix it.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Not enough or too much?

        • stumanji says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: The best is when there’s a qualifier to further emphasize the ridiculousness. “Which side: my Masterson for his Adam Jones? I’m worried with my pitching I’m giving up too much. I have Masterson, Bonderman, Lannan, Johan (DL), and stashing Roger Clemens in case he comes out of retirement.”

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Here are 5 low-ball hypothetical offers I’m only thinking about making, and will certainly get rejected by anyone with half a brain, but please rank them anyway.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Catcher’s gotta be worse, though not THE worst. I have a list for that.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: How so? My feeling are in my handle, and that’s that. I just ignore them.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: at this point, it seems hard to say you ignore much of anything. at least ask that aussie clevelander before refuting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably ROS…

  176. Salinas says:
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    duffy or paulino a better stash in a dynasty lg?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Salinas: honestly, i would ask Scott these type of questions

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

  177. MasterofGrond says:
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    Damn it, Homer! My pitching, ugh.

    Never thought I’d see the day when I was praying for the return of AJ Burnett.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

    • Prezz says:
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      @MasterofGrond: Chata warned you, you’d would be sa-sa-sa-sorry!

  178. OaktownSteve says:
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    I could see Smoak being useful from here to eternity or October whichever comes first.

  179. THE SNOZZ says:
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    Hey Rutledge !

    Nice fucking model!

    honk honk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  180. Cam says:
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    Is John Lackey back 8 K’s through 4 in Boston right now, add him instead of Hector Santiago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Santiago

  181. AJ says:
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    Grey which side you like Kershaw or Puig/Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

    • Cam says:
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      @AJ:

      Is it keeper

    • Cam says:
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      @AJ:

      Is it keeper

      • AJ says:
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        @Cam: nope redraft

  182. Scott says:
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    What are your thoughts on Kipnis vs Franklin over the next few seasons? I enjoyed your take on Kipnis in the last podcast. I think you made a great point about Kipnis being pretty much at his ceiling now. Does Franklin come anywhere close to Kipnis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin by next year… I think Kipnis’s gonna come down to earth…

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Really? Even if he only finishes the season 15/30, wouldn’t that be about Nick Franklin’s ultimate upside?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think 15/30 is a realistic projection for him moving forward…

          • Scott says:
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            @Grey: What would you say is realistic? His second half fade last year does worry me…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For next year? 17/20

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Kipnis is on the anti-Grey All Stars too. Not sure why you’re down on the kid. Every time I’ve seen him he looks like a baller. Love the swing. Some speed power mix. The make up is excellent by all accounts.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BABIP is high, don’t buy the 30 steal speed or the power…

  183. Birdog says:
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    ROS…. Should I try to trade away Porcello for Adam jones or Kluber for Kershaw? This is a redraft 6 team mixed league. Verrrrrry competitive. I’m in first, BTW. My nana is close behind, tho.

    • Birdog says:
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      @Birdog: forgot to ask, better catcher ROS, lucroy or salty?

    • Scott says:
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      @Birdog: Is that a joke? You are trying to get Adam Jones with Rick Porcello? Better question is why he’s even owned in a 6 team mixed league.

      • Birdog says:
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        @Scott: I have five bench spots and have them all filled with catchers just so no one else in my league can have them. Good strategy, right?

      • Birdog says:
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        @Scott: I have five bench spots and have them all filled with catchers just so no one else in my league can have them. Good strategy, right?

        • Scott says:
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          @Birdog: It’s an interesting strategy, that’s for sure. Which ones do you have?

          • Birdog says:
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            @Scott: lucroy, salty, Navarro, Katz and berra

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Birdog: If it’s not a keeper…I wouldn’t carry more than 4 catchers…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Wake Up:

            My tile came out really good.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @OaktownSteve: That’s awesome. Did you go with a diamond layout?

            • Wake Up says:
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              @OaktownSteve: I did mine over the winter. Hardest part was cutting the corner pieces on the water saw. Second hardest part, limiting the amount of porter consumption during drying times.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Wake Up:

                Had trouble with A and B myself. Only B was Anchor Steam.

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: That’s funny…mine was the Anchor Porter…must be something with the first microbrewery and DIY…

          • Birdog says:
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            @Wake Up: probably good advice. Thanks. See, you guys aren’t elitist at all! You’re willing to help out even a novice fantasy baseballer like me (even tho I’d probably beat all you guys (and four girls, I mean five girls) if we were all in the same league. Peace out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  184. costaricanchata says:
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    shades of the big red machine ….

    GO A ‘s !!

  185. Brent says:
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    I’m dead freaking last in homeruns in my 16 team keeper league. I’m middle of the pack though in RBI and Runs while Average and SB I’m top four. I think Segura ($13) and Iwakuma ($6) are my best pieces to move. Which power hitter can these guys possibly bring in return realistically ? I was thinking Segura for Bruce straight up.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Brent:

      had a better chance of that …. 10 days ago .

      • Brent says:
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        @costaricanchata: the guy that has Bruce, his season is in the tank. I’m hoping he’s in keeper mode.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d move Iwakuma before Segura… Try for #2-ish outfielder, or maybe a Zimmerman and hope he has a huge 2nd half…

  186. Carnac says:
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    Rotoworld: “Jake Peavy played catch for 7 minutes today.”

    Looks like it’s ok to drop Peavy; apparently he’s rehabbing to be a blogger.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Carnac:

      Instead of those big league fantasy camps they have with old timers, they should have big league rehab fantasy camps. Wake up late, pop vicodin, get a massage, sit in a hot tub, play catch for 7 minutes, sit on the bench eating sunflower seeds watching others play, more vicodin, repeat.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        light functional running of course

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          The camp ends when you get to go on your rehab “assignment” which is an ego boosting exercise where you DH in a game with a bunch of 11 year olds.

  187. SteveNZ says:
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    Rutledge is so depressing to own.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Wow, had no idea the ROS Player rater was so down on him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We had such high hopes…Sigh…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Sounds like you’ve moved on…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I know what The Machine thinks, but who do you like best for, and this will bring the ROS Police down on me, the ROS?

        E Aybar, Scutaro or Simmons? This is for SS, in the 14 team H2H where we count OBP and AVG. Obviously I could try and trade for a SS, but these are guys that are avilable right now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          AYbar

  188. Wilsonian says:
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    Does Lackey have the clap or something? Why is everyone afraid to touch him? He’s looked pretty legit for awhile. Much more so than his teammate Lester.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His peripherals look fine…

  189. goodfold2 says:
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    dickey, finally great. still getting benched until this is at least semi-routine thing. Sort of glad i didn’t trade him. Rutledge stopped striking out, now it’s ONLY up to BABIP. Due to Tazawa, we’re finally gonna (likely) get a Uehera save opp.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @goodfold2:

      you’re going to wait until the guy throws 2 or 3 more good games
      and THEN bet on him ?
      that’s a losing strategy .
      he’s only has 14-15 more starts , and you’re going to take a no-play on the next 3 or 4 ??
      think about it .

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @costaricanchata: @costaricanchata: he’s also had 1 or 2 total good ones since i traded for him (not as good as this last one, to be fair); but after each decent one, it’s been pure shit right after, so i’m just attempting to follow the pattern. I traded for him by giving up fujikawa, who came off DL, many assumed he’d get closer job after that, but he immediately got hurt for year, and the guy i traded to him for both had gregg (so higher value to that guy) and wanted to simply drop dickey, but couldn’t, due to yahoo’s non-droppable list, likely due to his last year cy young. i’ve been trying to trade him as just a piece since then in multi player deal including say dom brown and/or rollins to guy(s) who are weak at SS. Seems like best idea. Grey’s told me his roster spot is worth less than a stream spot but i’m already going to make playoffs in this h2h league, so it seems more valuable to hold at this point. If he’s still terrible on average by august he’s simply dropped. Obv. You probably won’t see this late reply.

  190. mhfella says:
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    I traded for Frazier about a month into the season; I sub him for Choo or McLouth when they go against a lefty. Would you recommend dropping Frazier and replacing him with L. Martin at this point? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  191. herschel says:
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    Melancon with the save in Pitt. Grilli hasnt pitched since Sunday. Extended rest or possible injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m guessing it that they took the lead late and Melancon was already warmed up…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: of these options, who do you like for possible sagnof? melancon, d hernandez, medina or rondon? thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Melancon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melancon should be owned in almost all leagues anyway

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scratch that, I just read Grilli was benched for this series due to Sunday…

  192. Andrew says:
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    Looking to pick up a 3B. Who would you go with?

    Dominguez, Gyorko, Arenado, Young, Plouffe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  193. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m gonna keep a running total just in case he stays good. Wilhelmsen, last night in useless situation pulled a Kimbrel, today 2 outs. 5 straight outs.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @goodfold2: plus Furbush and Medina both gave up runs…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @goodfold2:

      he’s been breaking out his curve ball again .
      he shelved it during his bad spell , for some non-apparent reason .

  194. goodfold2 says:
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    eh, when grey’s right, he’s probably right. Melancon got the 2 run lead save today.Grilli was NOT tired. Maybe Grilli is injured? Doesn’t help me where i need it in 16 teamer, as Melancon’s been owned for a while.

  195. Eric W says:
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    If I have space on my roster in a 12 team 10 player keeper league any value to holding Profar on my bench waiting for next year? I have a very weak middle infield and just can’t bring myself to throw him back.

    Thanks for the help as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold him

  196. Chris says:
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    drop milone, kluber, cole, joyce or henderson for franklin?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Chris: probably milone, unless grey is pretty sure cole’s going down soon, but even then, probably milone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

  197. Elwood Blues says:
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    I got two ways to go here.. add Stanton, Gallardo, and Ruiz.. for EverCab and W.Castillo from a team that’s dumping.. or trade McCutchen (free agent, Gio ($17) , Medlen (free agent), Linecum ($5) for Harper $5, Pierre $9, E.Jax $4, Fife $1, and Melancon $1.

    The second trade would leave me with a pitching staff oF Cashner, Cole, EJax, Fife, Nicasio, T.Wood, Melancon, D.Hern., and Dunn.
    I am 6th in my 12-team NL Only 4×4 Keeper League – top 4 spots win money, but right now
    I am already buried in pitching — last in saves, middle of the pack in wins, 8th in whip and ERA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton trade

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Grey: yeah, leaning that way. The only reason to consider the Harper trade is that the only real keeper I am given up for him is Gio.. I would get Harper for cheap over the next 3 years (he’d be $15 after this year) but the rest of that return is junk. And will give me no chance at a money spot.. Though 1st and 2nd may be out of reach.

  198. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Frazier GTFO!
    Grey just tell us to drop him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Natural Born Champs says:
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        @Grey:
        Just dropped him for Leonys M.

        Thank You for your co-operation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  199. FillyP says:
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    Pablo/Bailey for Desmond/Greinke ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

  200. Pops says:
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    Hi Grey, I need big time advice on this one, so I came to the best. Yea, go ahead take a bow.
    10 team keeper, keep 10 for next year no penalties, keep forever. 8by8 r-h-hr-rbi-sb-tb-ave-ops ip-w-l-k-era-whip-qs-nsvh. I am in 8th place. 2nd place team wants to know what I want for Braun or Longoria Last year I won championship. Here’s the teams.
    Pops=
    c-castro
    1b-cuddyer
    2b-altuve
    3b-longoria
    ss-aybar
    of-cargo
    of-marte
    of-myers
    ut-hamilton
    ut-willingham
    ut-kendrick
    bn-carp
    bn-i. davis
    dl-braun
    sp-bumgarner
    sp-zimmerman
    sp-latos
    sp-samardzija
    sp-gallardo
    sp-ryu
    sp-maholm
    sp-santiago
    sp-erasmo
    dl-beachy
    rp-holland
    rp-scheppers
    rp-avilan

    Hambino=
    c-lucroy
    1b-blanks
    2b-pedroia
    3b-machado
    ss-desmond
    of-a. jones
    of-parra
    of-mcclouth
    ut-donaldson
    ut-choo
    ut-butler
    bn-aoki
    bn-perez
    dl-a eaton
    dl-gattis
    sp-verlander
    sp-gio
    sp-darvish
    sp-iwakuma
    sp-hammell
    sp-liriano
    sp-stults
    sp-colon
    sp-m. perez
    rp-grilli
    rp-romo
    rp-robertson

    4 moves per week.
    What would Grey do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First, this guy doesn’t need Longo, but you do, so he’s off the table… Braun (can throw in a small piece here too) for Jones? Desmond and Butler and send him Ike with Braun?

  201. AJ says:
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    Good streamer for tomarrow Tyler Chatwood vs NYM or Miguel Gonzalez vs Cleveland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither…Chatwood

  202. Andrew says:
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    Which side?

    Butler, Altuve, Beltre, Sergio romo vs Cano, Hanley l, Dunn, Jose Iglesias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Butler, but it’s fair, depends if you need depth…

  203. SteveNZ says:
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    Feeling of impending doom that Schierholtz will make a fool of me for dropping him for Ruggiano for today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seems like a hot schmotato right now

  204. nightpandas says:
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    Sir Grayness,

    Trade off in my 15 team keep 9

    Give: Segura/Kinsler/Medlen
    Receive: Utley/Arenado/Verlander

    1. Is this a decent deal?

    2. Thinking about removing Utley & Kinsler so it is Segura/Medlen for Arenado/Verlander. Better now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Not good 2. Still not

  205. Weeza says:
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    Shocked Brian Cashman didn’t get his own blurb, told A-Rod to ‘Shut the f*ck up’!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hadn’t heard that until now… Hilarious…

  206. Dan says:
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    There is another manager in my league who is a huge Yankees fan and he really wants Cano. He has the following players I would be interested in: Yadier Molina, Carlos Santana, Aaron Hill, and Freddie Freeman. He doesn’t need pitching and neither do I. Would you deal Cano and if so what kind of a deal would you recommend?

    My team:

    C: Castro
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Cano
    3B: Zim
    SS: Asdrubal (He also has interest in him)
    2B/SS: Kipnis
    1B/3B: Lind
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Heyward
    OF: Puig
    OF: Ajax
    Util: Hamilton
    Bench: Franklin
    Bench: Hosmer
    DL: Lawrie

    SP: Felix, J-Z, Bumgarner, Greinke, Latos, Cole, Kluber
    RP: Perkins, Parnell, Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t deal Cano for any combination of those players that he’d be interested in…

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: What about Cano and Greinke/Latos for Yadier, Hill, and Scherzer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cano and Greinke for Yadi, Hill and Scherzer is fair, I wouldn’t do it…

  207. Jack Full of Hates ROS ?'s says:
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    It feels right, thanks Grey!

    Now I’m curious why i bring my own towels to the Korean Day Spa, is it the same thing as bringing your own sheets to the cheap motel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, and your own handiwipes to a peepshow…

      • Jack Full of Hates ROS ?'s says:
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        @Grey: before the coug you were livin the dream

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like a dream out of Darren Aronofsky’s brain…

          • Jack Full of Hates ROS ?'s says:
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            @Grey: A requiem of grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly! Except more Jennifer Connelly…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Jennifer Connelly from Career Opportunities?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, it’s only her most famousest movie…

                  • Birdog says:
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                    @Grey: she shows her boobs in The Hot Spot and they’re spectacular!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *Googling* Mmm…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: in Mulholland Falls, you see the boobs and her f**king

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I really liked that movie, and not just for that reason… About the only Lynch film I liked…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you’re thinking of Mulholland Dr. not Mullholland Falls, Mulholland Falls, is the 1950′s LAPD flick with Nolte, Palmanterri, and Malchovic

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh! Right, my bad…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You topped yesterday’s gif…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: jack’s a hot schomato

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      For gifs?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: sure, why not

              • Hondo says:
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                @Grey:

                My favorite(not the itself movie,it sucked) that she was in was The Hot Spot,cause we got to see her boobies.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Hondo: Mulholland Falls we get to see her f**k

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Never seen the whole thing… Seems popular though from all the clips I can find online….

                • Hondo says:
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                  @Hondo:

                  Oops,did’nt notice someone has a quicker mind than mine when it comes(haha) to Jennifer’s boobs.

                  Some things are just memorable,like 9/11,JFK’s head disappearing,Lindberger baby kidnapping, etc.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HA!

  208. Jvh4 says:
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    Which side? Konerko and Kyle Kendrick or Sandova andl AJ Griffin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo

  209. SteveNZ says:
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    What little spirit I have left due to owning Rutledge is slowly being sapped by Justin Upton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early!

  210. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    bout damn time aramis! what’s with the low ass average on this guy. His knee’s finally mostly fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks old out there…

  211. Cory says:
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    Got a bit of a logjam coming up at 2b/3b. As of now its rendon and pablo with uggla coming in every once in awhile and rutledge begging to be dropped. But I have gyorko and lawrie set to come back relatively soon. I need starting pitching. Who would you suggest trying to push for what range of pitcher? Ideally I’d like to really tidy it up and get rid of 3- I can throw one of them in a UTIL spot- but I know that’s a pipe dream. Couldn’t be much vaguer of a question. Really just vomiting my 1st world problem on you but any guidance on my next course of action would be appreciated. 14 team mixed. I guess basically who’s value ROS do you see falling the most from where it is now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When Gyorko returns, lose Rutledge, when Lawrie returns, can lose Uggla if Rendon is still hitting by then…

      • Cory says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! If you were going to try and trade one of my top 4 (rendon, pablo, gyorko, lawrie) based on current value vs. your projected value who would it be?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rendon, Lawrie, Gyorko…But I don’t think you can get anything worthwhile for them… Maybe a Brain Freeze…

  212. SteveNZ says:
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    F*** off Allen Craig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We need the Steve-o-Nator with your opponents players…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Craig, Belt, Longo, Zobrist, Dunn, Revere, Howard, Salty.

        His pitching is getting torched though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought offense was yesterday, bats seem dead today…

  213. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    awhile back a made a comment to one of my weekly opponents about how he’s getting really lucky (hitting .414 on the week with 40 bases, 13 runs/10 rbis’s this week already); at that point i said, hey why doesn’t aybar homer? Hahahahahaha!. Aybar really is becoming useful lately. Glad you told me to trade for him a month or so ago.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it was made in reference to the torri hunter homer.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  214. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    right when i gloat (being down in every offensive cat besides steals) craig blasts another one. him and hunter are batting .714 this week.

  215. Wilsonian says:
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    Think Alfredo Jettucine can keep his sterling ERA, WHIP, and decent Ks/9 going? Like him more than Lester from here on out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, at home… I wouldn’t start him in all starts away…

  216. Tom says:
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    alex gordon and jarrod parker for justin upton….which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  217. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thoughts on taveras? think he sees the bigs at any point this year? if not, is he starting for the cardinals next year? have him in th 26th round as a possible keeper in a league where we only keep two players per year selected after the 4th round. worth hanging on to or set him free?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know who else you could keep so I don’t know if he’s worth keeping…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: best options are zimmermann (6), pence (9), miller (15), teheran (18), kenley (22), rizzo (24). rizzo is an obvious one, but after that, nothing amazing. maybe miller?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miller’s solid there…Taveras may not be an impact until this time next year, you can find a better keeper…

  218. chris says:
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    Why does the steamer like Rios so much ROS?

    So someone offered me Rios and Kluber for Seager and Beachy? Do I accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios side there, it’s not that close

      • chris says:
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        @Grey: So the guy offering Rios is making out?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Rios

  219. AJ says:
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    Grey what do you think about buying low on Hamels and Shields? Second half success?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shields is a buy low? I worry about Hamels…

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: so shield is not a buy low even tho no wins?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t play for wins…

          • AJ says:
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            @Grey: true he does have really good stats I just noticed his K’s have also been trending downward lately …so who do you think would be a fair trade for him from these players A.Jones, Pence, Puig, Beltran, D. Brown, And Myers?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Brown for him works…

              • AJ says:
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                @Grey: Nice thanks ill offer it up..by the way love the site!!! It’s like AA for Fantasy addicts!! Haaa!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  220. David says:
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    In a keeper league 10-team, 5×5. Its a deep league with 28 roster spots and 4 DL/ML slots. Need to have keeper value in mind because my potential trade partner is amongst my competition. Currently in 1st and he’s in 3rd right now. Don’t want to trade away a player to him that he can flip into a dump deal netting him a goldmine. I need wins and k/9.

    Trade Brown and Sanchez to him for Scherzer?

    Brown can be kept next year with an 18th round pick and Scherzer with a 7th round pick. In our league, you can keep 5 players, but only 1 can have a keeper value within the first 5 rounds (top 50 draft pick). Don’t see Sanchez’ value (15) as a concern, he won’t be kept most likely.

    Was thinking I can try and offer a lower value pitcher like cobb, cashner, or even putz (since he has bell).

    I’m certain I can have wainwright instead (5th round keeper).

    My healthy staff is zimm, strasburg, medlen, fernandez, cashner, santiago, mo, grilli, balfour, benoit.
    My reinforcements are: sanchez, beachy, cobb, morrow, putz

    My replacement hitters are choice betwn laroche, nava, reddick, prado, waiver
    Remaining hitters: perez, goldy, zobrist, miggy, hardy, kendrick, machado, trout, bruce, marte, leonys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Scherzer there… Try to trade Brown and Cobb, Cashner or Putz first though…

      • David says:
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        How about Zobrist and Sanchez for Wainwright?

        Better or worse than Brown deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Wainwright, it’s not close… Less risk than Brown deal…

          • David says:
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            I agree, just making sure. Only I need to get this m-f’er to take it and like it.

  221. The Marte Partay says:
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    16 team standard league, would you deal Marte for Price?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  222. Jon says:
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    Man, I have pitchers I want to drop (Milone, EJax, Tazawa…) but no one to drop them for.

    Doubront? Quintana?

    This sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck

  223. goodfold2 says:
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    that would’ve been a good shot to look good today smyly, with portabello looking barbequed the last 2 times out. bailey was great today….. except for the 4th INNING.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  224. chris says:
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    Why does the steamer like Rios so much ROS?

    So someone offered me Rios and Kluber for Seager and Beachy? Do I accept?

    Reply

    Grey
    Grey says:
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    Rios side there, it’s not that close

    Reply

    chris says:
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    @Grey: So the guy offering Rios is making out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios is a top 20 OF last year and this year, it’s not just Steamer…

  225. malamoney says:
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    Would you give up Marte for Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • malamoney says:
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        @Grey: How about Wil Myers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  226. SteveNZ says:
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    Bases loaded for Upton…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, too bad he couldn’t face Chen…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still did something!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Probably his most productive AB for weeks.

  227. chris says:
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    10 Team Keeper

    We can keep either 4 offensive players or 4 pitchers, either way we keep 7 overall.

    I am .5 out of first… Do I have enough or should I just trade Beachy and Seager for Rios and Kluber.

    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Altuve, Jose(2B) HOU
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL

    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Lind, Adam(1B) TOR
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Seager, Kyle(3B) SEA
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL

    Active Pitchers
    Cole, Gerrit(SP) PIT
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Miller, Shelby(RP,SP) STL
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Cashner, Andrew(RP,SP) SD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Romo, Sergio(RP) SF
    Beachy, Brandon(SP) ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take the trade for Rios

  228. Mrobs says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Encarnacion/Kendrick/Weaver for Giancarlo / Latos

    which side you like? Thanks!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Mrobs: Kyle or Howie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo

      • Mrobs says:
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        @Grey: Howie…
        what if it was just Edwin/Howie for Giancarlo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair, I’d hold there

          • Mrobs says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  229. The Thumb says:
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    Leonys Martin just fouled one off his ‘nads. Stayed in the game though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough as balls!

  230. goodfold2 says:
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    in 10 team with 30 man rosters gyorko just had a setback. had picked up wandy to DL stash (already have Cole, who’s spot he or Burnett, who i also have, will take eventually) when gyorko was to come back fri, and then with that spot pickup gee or eovaldi. When all of these guys come back i was going to have to drop one of headley/rollins anyway. everyday the 2 util spots alternate between brown/rollins/headley/choo/machado/myers already. Gyorko was doing a lot better than Headley before injury. Have been trying to trade rollins and brown to somebody for either 1 good starter like latos or zimmerman (not flying with that one yet) or just 1 decent SP and another piece like gordon and medlen. Do need steals usually in this league, except yesterday i got the as many as the entirety of last week (4). Should i
    1. drop wandy till gyorko comes off DL, or when wandy’s healthy, for 1 of capuano/eovaldi/gee/lyles/turner. could stream all 3 of cap/gee/eovaldi, but in this league i’m doing good enough to not have to stream, would rather just own best pitcher going forward, so probably eovaldi or gee or even keep wandy.
    2. drop one/more of rollins (who’s now backup SS to Franklin)/headley for Leonys/borgos/dominguez/arcia/blanco/brantley/moss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Drop Wandy for Gyorko 2. Hold

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: already have gyorko, was asking which of those pitchers to drop wandy for since the DL spot i was going to give him was contingent on gyorko coming back fri, which won’t happen now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capuano

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: in the sense of keeping cap, or streaming him then either gee or eovaldi, or both?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Both

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: wish any (i already have gee) of those guys were open in 16 teamer. Nope.

  231. MattH says:
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    Martin, Bonifacio, and Segura with steals. Oh, and Holliday too, but that was totally expected.

  232. Bob says:
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    drop cahill for anyone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  233. los locos says:
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    who gets better deal?

    Beltran Verlander or Wainwright for Zobrist, Altuve Shelby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright

  234. Carnac says:
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    ROS, general production: Joyce, Moreland, Willingham, Leonys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not easy call… Moreland, Joyce