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Last week, Jack Morris said Clay Buchholz was cheating.  Not surprising that something doesn’t smell right with the fingers of a guy named Buchholz.  Morris is probably mad because Clay’s not pitching to the score.  I don’t usually subscribe to rumors, innuendos and urban legend…though a Three Wolf Moon t-shirt will get you laid more.  However, it did look like he was cheating vs. the Blue Jays.  His balls were dancing more than a Chippendale after an eight ball of coke and five Monster Energy drinks.  It looked like Gaylord Perry was his personal spitting fountain.  Then yesterday vs. the Twins, Buchholz looked human for the first time all season (6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks).  Maybe the Red Sox told him to lay off the Vaseline and if he wants to do something heroic, squirt some ketchup on his ankle between innings.  Curt Schilling:  The Catsup’d Ankle That Bankrupted The State Of Rhode Island.  If Buchholz is filing his balls like Mike Scott and not like an anal retentive dog neuterer, I’d be careful of Clay moving forward.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joel Hanrahan – Bailey went to the DL with “I can’t stay healthy”itis, then Hanrahanananananan blew the save yesterday and said he felt ‘a little pull’ in his forearm.  Pinocchio used to complain of the same thing.  Next up on the Red Sox depth chart, Koji Uehara.  Koji won’t give you indigestion.*  *Message approved by Chef Roy Choi.  If anything, Uehara could take the job and run with it.  Look at his career stats:  2.88 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 248 Ks in 225 1/3 IP.  I love you, Koji!  Okay, I’m just a little giddy because I snagged Koji in the RCL early yesterday for no reason other than I’m psychic, snitches!  Or take what I know, wrap it in a Moo Shu Pancake and you’ll be confused again in an hour.  UPDATE:  I’m the worst psychic in the world since the Red Sox manager said he’d like to use Tazawa.

Shane Victorino – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Slow start for him, but I wouldn’t count him out of another 12 homer, 25+ steal season.  Those things don’t grow on trees.  No, seriously, you’re thinking of bananas.

Stephen Drew – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last 5 days.  Looks like he’s a hot schmotato.  Probably will end with another Drew that the Red Sox fans hope to find walking alone in the Combat Zone, but I’d grab him for now.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-6 with his first homer.  Dozier is French for sleep and that’s what he’ll do to you if you hold him too long.

Jason Heyward – Yesterday, he took batting practice, then he went on the bumper cars and won a giant SpongeBob for Juan Francisco.  All around good day at Fun City.

Brian McCann – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  McCann has it in him to be a number one catcher.  Shoot, for about three years, I ranked him number one overall, even if he never reached those heights.  Maybe he has acrophobia.   He’s probably a bit rusty now like your Impala, so I wouldn’t expect the second coming of Darrell Porter.  If he wore his glasses though, it would be awesome.  Yes, I’d grab him, if I were hurting at catcher.  Commence catcher questions in 5, 4, 3, 2…

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4, 1 RBI as he played left field to keep his bat in the lineup with McCann’s return.  Gattis should have some value for a couple of weeks until Heyward returns.  But Gattis’s is just happy to no longer be sleeping on used Domino’s pizza boxes.  “It’s amazing how much cheese people leave behind.”  That’s Gattis.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers, his 3rd and 4th.  From a galaxy far, far away, Andrelton is inhabited by rebel forces with a power explosion.  But he should forget the light speed and take it to lightspeed.

Dayan Viciedo – Ready to play in rehab games.  When you read a lot, do you say you’re ‘all ready?’  I do.  I’m smart, huh?

Alex Rodriguez – Will start baseball drills down in the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa.  Doesn’t Tampa seem like a good city to meet a Hooters’ waitress that was once a man?  It’s how A-Rod enjoys them, “Delightfully tacky, yet undefined gender roles.”

Jeremy Hellickson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Had a huge early lead, then flew to the Ivictory Coast for a free room at the W only he drank too many bottles that weren’t complimentary and walked away with a no decision.

Fernando Rodney – 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  I’d grab Peralta if I were speculating here, but, after his previous season, Fernando’s got more rope than this; Rodney’s earned the respect.  *pulls collar, sweats, bugs out eyes*

Evan Longoria – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 7th homer.  I feel like I should get a half a homer for every one he hits this year after being so pot committed to him last year.

Luke Scott – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I told you to grab him in last Friday’s Buy.  Nothing’s changed, except that pimple you keep picking at.

Kelly Johnson – 3-for-5, run, RBI and hitting over .300 in the last week.  I.e., Kelly Kaownski.

Frank Francisco – Threw a scoreless inning in rehab.  Since Parnell is throwing scoreless innings in the majors, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Ellis – Placed on the DL yesterday after the Dodgers said they would on April 27th.  Remind me not to show up early for dinner with the Dodgers.

Chris Capuano – 4 IP, 5 ER as he returned from the DL.  Well, he did, his pitching may still be on the DL.

Jake Peavy – Cleared to make his next start vs. the Mets, which moved his start from the .278 BA at home Royals to the .215 BA at home Mets.  At least someone is looking out for my fantasy interests.  I’m evil-eying in your direction, Jonathan Niese.

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  The Adverb is modifying your face with kisses.

Domonic Brown – 1-for-4 with his 6th homer.  It’s weird to practice patience with a player and be rewarded with some stats.  I don’t know how to act.  Actually, I do.  I complain.  Brown, you could steal some bases, ya know?

Hunter Pence – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 6th homer.  Five dollars (of non-legal tender) says he steals his 6th base within the next two days.  Who wants some of that (non)action?!

Johnny Cueto – Threw a bullpen session on Monday and reported no issues.  The Reds trainer said, “Just wait until Dusty gets a hold of him.  I’m powerless!”

Bronson Arroyo – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  How on earth did his 77 MPH fastball strikeout seven… Oh, wait, B.J. Upton.  Of course.  You’re the worst B.J. since the girl nicknamed Mauly in high school!

B.J. Upton – 4 Ks and a one BB.  Glad BJ was able to get rid of that pesky third outcome.  If you drafted B.J., it’s been a tough one to swallow.

James Shields – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the White Sox.  Not saying Shields is a streamer, but I got nothing to say on Shields so I will say I’d stream a lot of guys vs. the White Sox.  I.e., I’m looking at Hefner for later in this week, and the Stream-o-Nator vaguely agrees.  SON, “Um, well, yeah.”  See?

Mike Moustakas – 0-for-4.  I did it, y’all!  I traded Choo for Beltre and now can drop Mostsuckass.  So, why am I having such a hard time dropping him?  Is it the fear of a 2012 Zimmerman type reversal?  A fear of success?  Am I enjoying spraying Windex on my fantasy team as I try to fix it?  I gotta book a session with my shrink, Dr. Jewstein.

Greg Holland – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  I was watching the recap on my iPad when I got interrupted by a notification that RudyGamble played me in Words With Friends, so I wouldn’t be too worried about Holland, but why is ‘ahi’ a word but not arigato?  No domo arigato, WWF.  No domo!

Chris Sale – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He’s been perfectly acceptable so far, but I still don’t trust him.  Poet Grey says, “I got preseason predilections, you take an island vacay in the Aleutians, worried about no 2nd half Sale contributions, your big below the waist for a Lilliputian.”

Vinnie Pestano – To the DL with elbow tenderness.  C’mon, Pestano, that’s elbow al dente.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Considering Ubaldo’s looked like a Chinese Crested dog for the last few years, I’m not buying.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homers.  A’la Cher from Clueless, “AS-drubal!”

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-2 and his 10th homer.  Even though I don’t own him, I just can’t hate Mini Donkey.  I hope he hits 40 homers this year for everyone that snagged him off waivers… That’s actually not true at all; I hope he swings, blows out his back and lets go of the bat and it hits Carlos Quentin in the head.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-5 with his 1st steal.  He has 30+ steal speed.  I’m partially pointing that out because I grabbed him in a league where I need speed.  It’s the power of The Secret.

Josh Johnson – MRI came back negative.  The true test will be if his MRI picks him up in his fantasy league.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I remember I had picked him up for a homer on a short schedule day earlier this year.  That would be a pretty nifty trick if he hit every homer on a short schedule day.  It’s like a drunk-dial booty call when you reach the wrong number and still get laid.  Without catching charges.

J.P. Arencibia – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 9th homer.  Because someone will ask (they invariably do), I’ll break it down to you nice and simple like Minnie Pearl would’ve wanted it.  Arencibia has nine homers, McCann has zero.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Now batting .262 on the year.  A week ago, I said, “When he’s hitting .260 with 14 homers by May 15th, you’re gonna feel silly for harboring so much ill will towards A.R. RBIsandstuff.”  Yup.

Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-4, RBI and his 4th steal.  Wow, guess his legs aren’t trusting his real birth certificate that lists him at 57 years old.  He’s got Birther legs!

Andrew Cashner – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks in Petco.  Around these parts we call that a Hodgepadre.

Everth Cabrera – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 1 RBI and 2 steals.  That’s a full house, SAGNOF over aces.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer.  That’s homers in back-to-back home games.  Last Padre to do that was Nate Colbert and there’s still some that speculate he hid that 2nd homer in his sideburns.

Jarrod Parker – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Left early because he’s dealing with a strained neck.  It’s not easy watching each pitch go back over his head.

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  His nickname is La Potencia, but that means nothing to me.  Since I took 13 years of Spanish, I will now call him The Yo Form of Cespedes.

Paul Goldschmidt – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and a homer.  Au Shizz!

Cody Ross – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  He’s done a whole lot of yawnstipating so far, but Cody has 25-homer potential.  At least that’s what Kathie Lee keeps bragging about.

Trevor Cahill – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA is now 2.80 on the year.  Above average pitcher + NL West = Method Man.  Hmm, math is wrong there, was supposed to equal fantasy success.

Jimmy Paredes – Called up by the Astros.  Welcome to the Black Hole of the MLB, Paredes, My Chemical Romance.  Rudy said he really liked him.  Paredes could win the 3rd base job and hit lead-off.  Yes, excitement for an Astros hitter.  We’re in Crazytown now, folks.  Population:  you, me and Rudy.  In Triple-A, Paredes had 3 homers and 7 steals in 124 plate appearances.  Last year, he had 37 steals, but he’s allergic to a walk.  Definitely worth a flyer for speed.

Rick Ankiel – Astros DFA’d Ankiel and Martinez.  Getting designated for assignment by the Astros is like being discharged by the Salvation Army.

From Around The Web

  1. Ron says:
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    I have Longoria, R. Zimmerman and Frazier able to play 3B and was offered Cliff Lee for Longoria.

    Would you take Lee or keep Longo instead?

    Thanks!

    • AdamH says:
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      @Ron: Keep Longo.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Ron: as a zimm and Frazier owner who does not have longo.. Keep longo! Pitchers rise and fall but a steady bat is hard to find.

    • Paul Wilson says:
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      @Ron: Counter with ZImmerman + change?

  2. Brave or Dumb? says:
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    Start zimmerman tomorrow VS detroit?

    i had cashner and shields go today so I’m not desperate to start zimmerman…

    • Twinkling Starling says:
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      @Brave or Dumb?:

      No reason to take that risk imo. Better starts on the wire even if you were desperate.

  3. Steven says:
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    Grey,
    Do you drop Millone and Beckett for any of the following pitchers Lohse,Pettite,Garza,B.Anderson,Tillman,Vargas for ROS or just hold?
    12 team mixed Redraft

    Thanks so much

  4. Fister Furbush says:
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    I can tell from the video vs the Blue Jays that Clay Bucholtz had more Vaseline on his hand than a 12 year old watching re runs of Golden Girls.

    SHALLOW H2H Points
    Add Simmons and drop Willingham?

    Willingham has Prado and Dom Brown ahead of him in my OF while I have Tulo at SS, who I have a man crush on, but i think he’ll break my heart and get injured eventually.

    Thanks,
    FF

  5. Kyle H says:
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    Really need some help here Grey..

    I am in a 12 team H2H league. Have Bailey, Henderson, Holland, and League as closers. I have Josh Johnson, Cashner, Anibal Sanchez, Cain, Cingrani, Kennedy, and Shelby Miller as starters..

    Should I drop Bailey or Cashner to pick up Uehara?

    Also I have Segura at SS and my 2B/3B consist of Seagar, Zimmerman, and Kendrick/Arenando on my bench. Should I drop Kendrick or Arenando to pick up what appears to be a hot bat in Simmons which has possibly turned a corner? Thanks Grey

    • Kyle H says:
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      @Kyle H: @Kyle H: @Kyle H: Also, do you think I should stream Hector Santiago tomorrow? Possibly drop Cashner for him?

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Kyle H: I do not think Santiago will get a W vs the Mets because they resemble a pennant contender when Harvey pitches. I see something like 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 base runners, 4 Ks for Santiago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle H: Drop both for both… Drop Seager for Arenado

  6. Snag says:
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    Cespedes and Seth Smith in the same outfield, lispers don’t know where they are.

    If they sign a free agent right fielder next year, everything will be ethier.

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Snag:

      Lol

      Thweet comment

    • Twinkling Starling says:
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      @Snag:
      Lol’d. Awethome

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      Cespedes and Seth Smith with a lisp is like the same word.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Imagine if it was interleague and Thayer was pitching…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Windshield wipers on the inside of the commentary box.

  7. Piranhaman says:
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    Grey.. it’s time to drop Middlebrooks?

    he’s swinging horrible balls out of strikezone every games.

    i’m really starting to hate him.

    i have other 3B (Zimm, Frazier), so should i drop him for WW SP?

    available targets are Jaime Garcia, Slowey, and Jose Fernandez.

    i had asked same question to Rudy yesterday, and he told me ” drop Middle, and grab Garcia or J-Fer.”

    i think that’s good advice.

    today, one more target is added. he’s Uehara.

    please rank it.

    1) Garcia 2) Fernandez 3) Uehara 4) hold Middlebrooks

    and this is my 10 teamer roto roster.

    C – Gattis
    1B – Goldy
    2B – Zobrist
    3B – Zimm
    SS – Ass Cab
    IF – Ortiz
    OF – Kemp, Ellsbury, Gordon, Lorenzo Cain
    UT – Frazier, Kubel

    BN – Ike, Rutledge, Middlebrooks, Ozuna (hot schmo’s spot)

    SP – Latos, Cain, Samardjiza, Medlen, Minor
    RP – Wilhelmsen, Grilli, Casey Janssen

    BN – Cobb, Hughes

    DL – Stanton, Hill, Beachy

    thanks :)

    • AdamH says:
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      @Piranhaman: Non keeper right? 3,1,2,4

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @AdamH: oh.. aha..

  8. Twinkling Starling says:
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    Got offered phillips in return for my darling marte. Standard yahoo 12 team redraft league. My MI options are zobrist and espinosa, with raburn in for espinosa while I wait for him to start playing baseball. In the outfield I have brauny, pacman jones, the choo choo train, and marte, with a gardener on my bench.
    Am I crazy for hesitating on this, or should I just play for starling’s upside (10-20-.270 the rest of the way) and hope espinosa recovers? Thanks!

  9. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Morning!
    Drop M. Joyce for D. Brown?
    H2H keepers league.
    Dziekuje :]

  10. Topazmagee says:
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    14 team team league is doc Halladay worth #5 waiver to sit on the Dl?

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Topazmagee: He couldn’t get it together last season after his DL stint and he’s off to a worse start this season. I’d let him go to FA before thinking of picking him up. Even then I don’t see him working any miracles. He’s having growing (shrinking?) pains of becoming a low velocity pitcher.

  11. Brain Dead Hurler says:
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    10 team AL only with one AB position eligibility. I have Yunel at MI (don’t ask) but can move Raburn there if need be (currently OF).
    Do I replace Yunel with Paredes? Or see how his playing time plays out?
    Your standard bleh security vs upside question.
    Appreciate it

  12. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Daniel Murphy or Kelly Johnson rest of season? Thanks.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Murphy, but be aware he will have cases of the slumpees

  13. Flipper Anderson says:
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    I was so excited to snag a returning Kubel last week. I have Pedro Alvarez and Bupton stinking up my OF and Util so I was glad to have some bland name production to fill in. Seems like kubel is playing every other day at best….what gives? Do I even bother rostering him anymore?

    • Joe says:
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      @Flipper Anderson: As a Dbacks fan (and Kubel owner) who watches every Dback AB of every game, I wouldn’t own any of their OFs. I’m dropping Kubel.

      Pollock is raking, Parra is playing great, Ross is Ross, and Eaton is coming back. 5 good OFs. Not to mention Prado can play OF when Hill is back and Alfredo Marte looked really good earlier this year.

      Too many options and Kubel can’t hit lefties.

  14. Jim says:
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    Would you drop Milone, Jo-Fer, or Estrada for Chacin? ROS

  15. Rob says:
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    Roto League would you trade Samardjia for Shizz? Fair?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Rob: I’d want Goldy. He’s a borderline top 5 first baseman. Not particularly fair but try it.

      • AdamH says:
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        @The Thumb: Yep, Goldy

  16. SpecialFNK says:
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    I was reading some on the twitter machine, and some people were saying some stuff, stuff like Uehara can’t or might not be used on back to back days. even though he just pitched 4th and 5th, so whatevers. but maybe Junichi Tazawa could also be an option to close? 14.1 IP with 18 K. 2.51 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.

    when Curtis Granderson comes back, does Vernon Wells become a bench player? or can the Yankees still try to get Wells into the lineup on a regular/semi regular basis? Wells has been producing. it’s also not like he’s been lucky this season. he only has .286 BABIP, compared to bad luck the last 2 seasons of .226 BABIP and .214 BABIP.

    • Tigres says:
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      FWIW, I heard Red Sox announcers saying the same thing last night on the radio broadcast, after Hanrahan came out of the game – Tazawa mentioned as next in line for saves.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @SpecialFNK: tazawa has just 1 career save. Seems the general tendency in mlb is to try the guy who’s closed before, if available. I guess we’ll see..

      • boognish says:
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        @c0wfunk: IIRC Tazawa was closing some games at AAA in 2012. Also Koji pitched more than 60 IP twice, once as a starter in 2009. Given the injuries, I think they might play it safe with Koji’s IP, but who the hell knows.

        FWIW, I added Tazawa b/c I didn’t want to lose WW position on pure speculation (Koji was dropped a couple days ago)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK: Hoping for Uehara, could be either… Wells should play…

  17. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Gyorko or Rutledge? Dom Brown or Lorenzo Cain?

    Thanks,

  18. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Would you drop Lowrie and/or Moustakas for any of the following? Stephen Drew, Juan Pierre, or Michael Brantley?

  19. Nick says:
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    What do you think of Quintana vs the mets today?
    Also, what do you think of Brandon Crawford going forward? I have Reyes but an overload of OF in trout, Crawford, choo, fowler, and Carlos Gonzalez.. Which one should I try trading?

    Thanks! Have a Grey day!

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Nick: i think Crawford has a highest balue for now. trade your injury prone while he’s hot.

      • boognish says:
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        @Piranhaman: Agree with this, I just got Beltre for Crawford. Has the name recognition as a former first rd pick. Problem is his value was tied to mild pop & lofty SB #’s…. not sure he gets back to 40+ SB.

        • Piranhaman says:
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          @boognish: the matter is how many games he will play.. i don’t believe his health to play a whole season. i’d accept Beltre and try to grab a Rajai Davis style guy to replace Crawford’s legs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: I wouldn’t own Quintana and not start him against the Mets…

  20. The Thumb says:
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    Drop Cashner for Hughes, Guthrie, Feldman? Or hold him for @TB?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @The Thumb: Hughes, right away, guy has a real favorable schedule til the first week of June…..hurry go grab him

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        um ,
        you might be reading his schedule incorrectly .
        he faces king felix on the 14th … on short rest .

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @costaricanchata: not sure what the opposing pitcher has to do with how he performs, but if you like to look at it that way, go for it

  21. Oppo Taco says:
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    I offered cingrani/bourn for Gio Gonzalez in our 12 team keeper, he countered with Jordan Zimmerman for the pair. Too much to give for zim or should I pull the trigger? Have a grey day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: It’s fair, depends on needs… I’d take Zimmermann in some leagues…

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: he offered to huck in de Aza, but I want eaton. Span is also on the waiver wire. Trading bourn may leave me a little lighter in avg, runs, and steals. Could you give me your preference on eaton/de aza/span for ROS. Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De Aza

  22. sanfran1966 says:
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    ugghhh. picked up the wrong closer when Hanrahan was hurt _ went with Tazawa when I saw the injury based on MLB.com last night… are the Marlins hiring?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @sanfran1966: this is now confirmed to be the right closer. i got lucky in one league where uehera was drafted and got tazawa by default. 2 greatest words in english language, right there. default. Would dropped eyj and benoit to pick up both if i could’ve.

  23. Fungazi says:
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    Get Koji and dump Cishek?

  24. hankg says:
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    Drop Crisp to pick up Victorino? I could also drop Cain. Thanks.

    • hankg says:
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      @hankg: As an update, I could also pick up Moss, Reddick, Ichiro or Domonic Brown. Thanks.

      • supra says:
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        @hankg: yes, crisp for hawaiian

  25. Clint says:
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    What do you think about Phil Hughes, Grey? Your previous posts are unusually cryptic about whether you believe in his start or not. Dude’s leading my waiver wire in K’s and near tops in ERA/Whip right now so I’m curious if you think he turned a corner or is just a hot schmotato.

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Clint: I’m a believer. He was hurt during Spring training, so it’s not surprising that he needed a couple of starts to warm up.

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @Clint: Take away his first couple of starts and his numbers are awesome. I think his first few starts were rusty because of missing a big chunk of spring training to a back issue. He’s also playing for a free agent contact coming up after this year.

      • Gavin says:
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        @nyydj2: That makes 4 of us. I’m picking him up everywhere. I don’t think Grey is as much of a believer.

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Clint:
      Shandler had his updside as 200k. The stars need to align, but that kind of upside is worth a gamble I think!

  26. Tigres says:
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    Grey – thanks as always for getting the morning off to a good start. I feel you on Longoria, I closed my eyes and drafted him in early 2nd rd this year, now just need to keep fingers crossed that he keeps it up.

    What to do with Cashner – hold for another couple starts, to see if he’s more than a hodgepadre? Drop for Hughes and then just stream the spot going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: No problem… Stream the spot for now

  27. BrewerFan says:
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    @Grey

    Traded Mccann & Arenado for Greinke. I have Miggy at 3rd and Wieters at Catcher and I picked both of them up off waivers. Decent deal for me?

    • BrewerFan says:
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      @BrewerFan:

      Picked Arenado & Mccann off waivers that is

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @BrewerFan: i like that deal :)

  28. papasmurf says:
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    I was kinda hoping BJ would blow job his way to a 5th K. I mean, why not? If you’re gonna suck it like he sucks it, might as well suck it all the way. ATL moved him up to leadoff to let him challenge 300K on the year I suppose.

    I switched him into the lineup over Pierre last second. Brain freeze!

    Goldy Schmidt continues to wield his magic stick mushroom though. My infield had 13 hits; my OF + UTIL had 1.

    Stanton and BJ were two of my keepers. And now Raburn is my best hitting OF. LOL. You defyou don’t wanna get a Raburn when you have a BJ.

  29. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Is it time to drop Mr. BJ Upton?

    • Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: Dropping Alex Rios this time last year will probably force me to hold BJ at least until August.

    • papasmurf says:
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      Unless you play in a 10 team league or less or unless you have no bench spots, I would hold on.

  30. KB says:
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    Which side do you like: J. Shields/M. Rivera for A. Craig/B. Beachy? Thank you.

    • supra says:
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      @KB: Decide whether you need a SP or a batter more. That’s the answer there.

      • KB says:
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        @supra: I’m never comfortable w/ giving up a hitter. Doesn’t mean you can completely ignore pitching though. Which is what got me into the position of considering this trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB: Shields side

      • KB says:
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        @Grey: Thank you! Shocked by all the comments you get to each day. Very cool.

  31. Powerslave says:
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    i need some guidance.., can’t understand how a team with Hamilton/Stanton/KingFelix/Cain, in first 4 rounds is in first place…, granted I have Carlos Gomez, Phillips, Rizzo and Fowler and Berkman carrying the offense, also have Avila/Mousesuckass/jennings/Willingham/Asdrubal torpedoing my batting average leaving tons of men on base and not getting steals and not scoring runs…., is this a lost year for hamilton and Giancarlo???? is hamilton, Dunn circa 2011???, when a team like this underachieves as much but is still in first place is that a good sign??, had to get it off my chest, thanks for listening…, also please drop mousesuckass ala Zimm/Ike 2012 so he can take off.., please…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Powerslave: Wish we could all have your problems and be in 1st place man. I’ve got Hamilton and currently in 8th place in my roto, and got Dickey and Stras in my H2H…

      • Powerslave says:
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        @TheNewGuy: yeah I know, I’m just frustrated cause i was expecting 65-70 hrs, 200 ribies, .272 BA, 175 R, combined from my first 2 picks, plus enjoy the other while one was sucking or DLing, kind like Cain(sucking)/KingF(balling) deal, also sooo frustrated with Mousuckass, not like his contac rate sucks, only 14 Ks in 91 ABs, is he hitting with a hollow bat??, did he drill the holes and forgot to put the cork???, the Royals need to hire Sammy Sosa as hitting coach, any “misunderstanding” , Tejada can “translate”……

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Powerslave: go check stanton’s last week of stats before injury and feel better about him. Yeah, Hamilton’s true shitte.

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    “Domonic Brown – 1-for-4 with his 6th homer. It’s weird to practice patience with a player and be rewarded with some stats. I don’t know how to act. Actually, I do. I complain. Brown, you could steal some bases, ya know?”

    Exactly man, exactly! We always want more.

    Gonna keep an eye out on Mostsuckass now you’ve dropped him after the Zimmerman episode last year (sorry man).

  33. shibboleth says:
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    Grey, I moustache you a question: are you starting Sanchez @ Washington and Kendrick @ SF? (Also, I started American Tabloid… it’s awesome!)

  34. Ackbarr says:
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    10 team 5×5 – Andrelton SImmons on WW, would you prefer him or Zack Cozart for RoS?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Ackbarr: Yes, by a lot.

    • supra says:
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      @Ackbarr: Simmons. No one should own Cozart in less than a 14 team league.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @supra: even some of us in 16 team leagues gave up, when dee gordon showed up.

  35. Hi Grey, Razzball friends: a couple of deep league questions here:

    Are any of Haren, Anderson (when healthy), Vargas, Quintana, Pettite, or Griffin an upgrade over any of Niese, Hammel, or Cashner? (This question is for a combination of two teams, but they’re both weak-ish in all the SP categories)

    And with a starting OF of Adam Jones, Choo, and Pence and backups Ben Revere, Reddick, and Dominic Brown, who’s the first to go if I need roster space? (this is one team that curiously needs help in both HR and SB, but is OK elsewhere).

    Thanks!

    • @Enrique: On the pitchers, if there’s no clear upgrade (I’m guessing there isn’t, unless Haren’s “fixed”), please say so. I think I’d hold rather than make a more or less lateral move. It burns me a lot more to see a guy I dropped do well than it does to see a guy I chose not to pick up succeed.

      • Gavin says:
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        @Enrique: Revere, Brown

        • yeshcheese says:
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          @Gavin: On the 2nd Q – Agree w/Gavin, in that order. Can’t steal a base if you aren’t on base. Revere is lost.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Enrique: Haren has a nice schedule coming up and Cashners sucks. When in doubt between pitchers compare schedules to give you the best guy to take a chance with.

      I’ve already moved on from Revere everywhere and grabbed Saunders before he came of the DL, out of curiosity, what is available in the FA pool?

      • @Jack Full of Hate: Jack: there are some OK options on waivers (well, by deep 14-team standards): Pollock, Schierholtz, Jon Jay, Seth Smith, Duda, Venable, David Murphy. But with Adam Jones, Choo, and Pence, plus AGon who is OF eligible (I usually play BButler at 1B), and the backups Dominic Brown, Reddick, and Revere, I’ve got 7 guys for 3 OF slots and 1 UTIl slot. I’m thinking I should just drop one.

        So I did — I just dropped Revere for Haren, but will sit Haren @DET. If he gets shelled, then I’ll drop him again and use the spot for streamers. If not, then maybe I made a nice move. I agree about Cashner’s schedule, though the SON seems to like him @TAM. I just think something’s going to click into place for that guy and he’ll go Medlen2012 for a while.

        Do you prefer Niese and Hammel to Cashner?

        Thanks for the advice.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Enrique: I like Niese, Hammel is a wash. besides what SON says, I almost never pitch my NL guys in AL ballparks. It usually ends badly for them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Hold on the pitchers, what others said on hitters

  36. Jon says:
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    Which struggling players would be riding the pine for you? (choose a 3B and an OF to sit)

    BJ, Reddick, Lawrie, Frazier

  37. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    League is 12-tm 2 catcher/5 OF/CI/MI/UTL and 9 P slots. Have Napoli in one of 2 catcher slots (Lucroy in other), Morneau at 1B, Matt Adams on bench in hope of him becoming next Craig and getting regular ABs, Headley at 3B, Seager/Middlebrooks for CI spot. Both Loney and Moreland are 2 full-time players on wire ranked ahead of Morneau. Jason Castro and Nick Hundley (ranked ahead of Lucroy but know of Yasmani Grandal situation) are only realistic catcher options available. Would you hold or move Napoli into 1B and make two pickups for C and 1B?

    I’d drop Morneau in an instant if I was sure from whatever day forward Adams was getting regular ABs and pick up another speculative closer.

    • Operation Mindcrime says:
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      @Operation Mindcrime: Forgot to mention Plouffe is also available. I start Hafner in my utility spot and know him getting 10 games at first is a pipe dream.

  38. Wendell Smith says:
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    Come on Greystroke…You skipped over Scott Feldman. He struck out 12 two starts ago, then a shut out last night through 7? I like him as a dark…pitch black cy young candidate and No…I have not been drinking a Daiqurri this morning!

  39. vohnie says:
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    I read somewhere that Bailey’s DL stint is retroactive to April 29th. Would Bailey be a hold in case Tazawa or Uehara don’t pan out? Is it an own both Bailey and Tazawa situation? Is Rodney a hold for now? Also, Cashner just dropped into waivers, so would you pick him up or Kendrick? Thanks, Grey.

  40. Gavin says:
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    Is Machado/Adrian Gonzalez for an ace of Verlander/F-Her caliber fair?

    • AdamH says:
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      @Gavin: @Gavin: It is too much, IMO

  41. Jon says:
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    Add one until Giancarlo returns:

    Ruggiano, Stubbs, Pollock, Kelly Johnson, Raburn, Joyce, Brantley

    I’m leaning Brantley since I think he would have the best chance to stick…

  42. yeshcheese says:
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    Rosterable P rank ROS? Or just streamers? 12rotoStandard.

    Maholm, Griffin, Hughes, Marcum, Colon

    Thanks grey and razz community!

    • AdamH says:
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      @yeshcheese: Hughes has looked filthy lately. I’ve got him straight up rostered on a number of teams.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @AdamH: Yeah I grabbed Hughes (dropped Marcum) shortly after posting this, he’s been flying under my radar. Thanks man! I still think Maholm and possibly Griffin have some rosterable value. Griffin looked untouchable in his last start after having a couple awful/not-so-good starts.

    • supra says:
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      @yeshcheese: Maholm and Hughes are the only non-streamers

  43. Mark says:
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    Being Offered Ortiz Cingrani Victor Martinez for Price or Wainright.. should I accept or not? Here is my lineup 14 team league

    C: M. Montero
    1B. Goldschmidt
    2B: Phillips
    3B: Wright
    SS: Rutledge
    OF: Jennings
    OF: Victorino
    OF: Cain
    UTIL: D. Brown
    Bench: Parra
    Bench: Moss
    Bench : Ozuna

    SP: Price
    SP: Waino
    RP: Cashner
    RP: Stults
    P: Bumgarner
    P: Ryu
    P: Pettittte
    Bench: Haren
    DL: Greinke

    • supra says:
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      @Mark: Hold

  44. AdamH says:
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    ROS – Carlos Ruiz or Jesus Montero (5×5 stats plus OPS)

    • AdamH says:
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      @AdamH: Actually, while we are at it, who are the top 2 option ROS: C Ruiz, J Montero, J Buck, J Pacheco, AJ Pierz.

  45. Al Bundy says:
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    Tough decision when two of my guys face each other.

    One will probably get the loss which is -5 points in my H2H league. On the other hand, one will likely get the W and that part cancels out.

    Question: Start Lincecum at home if I also own Kendrick?

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        Same boat tomorrow with Fister/Haren.

        I figure Fister is a must start, sit Haren?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  46. RyKo says:
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    Like I wanna hear your joy for getting rid of Moose. I have both he & middlebrooks. And Longoria, so its not all bad. Where’s that longo hr tally!

    In all seriousness tho which of the first two would you dump. At this point I actually like Moose more but idk why. There’s also not a lot of good FA out there. Laroche, Alvarez & Ackley probably…Yikes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RyKo: I didn’t drop him yet… I’d lose Middlebrooks first…

    • JoeC says:
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      @RyKo: I had both Middlebrooks and Mousuckass (that’s what they call “bad drafting”) in one of my RCL leagues and I dropped them both. I think it’s worked out for me, because anything’s better than a black hole (or two) in your lineup.

  47. Drew Chainz says:
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    Please rank r. Weeks, raburn, and gyorko

  48. Joe says:
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    After B.J.’s 3rd K last night, I had enough. I sent David Wright and B.J. for Machado, Austin Jackson and Cingrani. Dynasty league. Horribly stupid?

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Joe: I think that’s a very fair trade, you did well.

    • supra says:
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      @Joe: You did fine in a dynasty. BJ looks lost.

      • Joe says:
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        @supra: Thanks guys!

  49. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Buddy!! Gattis, Alonso, Nava, Lowrie, Lorenzo Cain, Gerardo Parra and Hafner are all available on the wire… I got Donaldson, Jansen or MAYBE Ethier to drop if any of these guys are worth it. Do you like any of these guys to pickup and if so then who for???

  50. Mike Mustachio says:
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    Thoughts on trading Hamilton to get Cain?

    I’m stacked in the outfield and need pitching. Hamilton seems a little higher value to me, but close enough to pull the trigger.

    Thanks all
    (standard 5×5, 10-team Yahooligans roto league)

    • J!m Future says:
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      @Mike Mustachio: If you can get Matt Cain for Hamilton, do it; unfortunately that window may have slammed shut. I managed to make the same trade in my H2H 12-teamer last week and felt like I’d gotten away with robbery, considering I couldn’t even get Scherzer/Fowler for Hamilton from another guy. Hamilton’sa penny stock right now.

  51. Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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    A-Ram…is this the end?

  52. Fecal Matters says:
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    BAHAhahahahahahah……”Last week, Jack Morris said Clay Buchholz was cheating. Not surprising that something doesn’t smell right with the fingers of a guy named Buchholz.”

    Funniest thing I’ve ever read on Dan Quayle’s internet potato…e.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fecal Matters: That was Rudy’s line… He picks out his afro on your compliments…

  53. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Just picked up Paredes. Sounds like a greek god of some sort. Thanks for the heads up. I need the greek god of speed on my team.

  54. Swat290 says:
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    Gattis
    Goldschmidt
    Kipnis
    Machado
    Rollins
    CarGo
    Cutch
    Crawford
    Beltran
    B.J. Upton Chris Davis

    DL McCann

    Lynn
    Bailey
    Cashner
    Cahill
    Niese
    Verlander
    Scherzer
    Dickey
    Cingrani
    Miley

    I’m full but need to make room for McCann. I’ve been RBI starved this season so far and Gattis has been great in that department so I really can’t justify dropping him. With that said I’m looking at a pitcher to cut loose but I don’t know which one I should let go. I’m leaning towards Niese right now…

    • supra says:
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      @Swat290: Why not give McCann a couple days in the DL spot to get warmed up? Gattis is still in the lineup at the moment, and maybe the drop choice will be easier in a few days.

      • Swat290 says:
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        @supra: @Jack Full of Hate:
        McCann is still there (DLed) as I type this and I plan on leaving him there for as long as I can till I can get this figured out.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Swat290: you lucky non-yahoo’ers. If a player is even eligible to come off of DL they make you do it or you can’t do any other roster changes.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Swat290: drop Cashner or Miley, Cash has a bad schedule coming up and Miley’s K/BB is horrible.

      • Swat290 says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:
        Cash was considered but I’m warming up to the NL West pitcher in a pitchers park deal he’s got going on. I’ll give more thought to Miley though. I drafted him and would like to stay with him but my offense needs more help then my pitching so far this season.

        Thanks for the help guys!

  55. Project Merkin says:
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    Nice write up Greybones, though I don’t understand the Shields hate. Or is it just Shields nothingness. Dood has been prettayyyy good.

    Anywho, couple questions:

    1) Would you start H Bailey vs ATL today? The strikeout potential is there, but the 5 HR’s surrendered potential is also lurking.

    2) Shouild I start Gardner (v De La Rosa) or Arenado (v Kuroda) in my UTIL spot today…

    Thanks braj.

  56. El Guapo says:
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    1. Pitch Bailey in ATL?
    2. Keep Cashner for his 2nd start this week?
    3. Arenado over Seager tonight?

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @El Guapo: Bailey pitches vs. ATL in CIN tonight.

  57. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Choo straight up for Beltre? Or did you have to sweeten it a little?

    Either way though, Beltre hasn’t even really got it going yet and he’s already at 18R/6HR/16RBI. I have him on all of my teams so I hope joining your team gets him really going!

    • supra says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: I’d take Beltre, but it’s close enough to go with position need.

  58. supra says:
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    My 12 team keeper team:
    C – Wieters
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Aramis Ramirez
    SS – Aybar
    IF – Rizzo
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    OF – AGon
    UTIL – Arenado
    UTIL – D.Gordon
    BJ Upton
    Weeks
    DL – Eaton
    DL – Hart

    SP – Medlen
    SP – Bumgarner
    P – Fister
    P – Gallardo
    P – League
    RP – Wilhemsen
    RP – Janssen
    Haren
    Cingrani
    S.Miller
    Beachy
    Bauer

    Should I make this offer:
    Give – Ar. Ramirez (rd 2), BJ Upton (1), R.Weeks (24), Gallardo (8)
    Get – Fielder (6), Holliday (5), Moustakas (18) -OR- Frazier (3)

    Guy needs a SP and a 2B… but once Upton starts hitting am I giving up too much, or does better keeper cost offset that enough?

  59. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Use #1 waiver on Andrelton in 14-tm H2H with deep benches? My MI depth is decent (Zobrist-Espinosa-Cozart-Gyorko-Gordon, with Profar and Franklin on the farm), but Simmons could turn into my starting SS out of that group, or trade bait, as the wire is thin. Leaning against the move, but waiver priority isn’t that big a deal to me.

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Swat290: I’d drop Cashner.@Steve Stevenson: If waiver priority isn’t huge to you, I think Andrelton is a significant upgrade over Cozart. Ignore the power, just the R/SB potential alone. Andrelton will find his way back to lead-off … Cozart won’t, now that Choo is slugging. I’d pick Andrelton up.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @yeshcheese: Reply fail. The 2nd reply still applies! Pick up Andrelton!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @yeshcheese: choo’s been lead off all year, they had no intention of making cozart lead off this year.

  60. Dave says:
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    Think I should pickup Buck or McCann, or hold Victor Martinez?

  61. Eddy says:
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    Grey, thinking of packaging Pujols and Morse is a deal for Posey/C.Santana and Cuddyer.

    What do you think? Like the trade? Which catcher would you prefer in return?

    12-team roto OBP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Pujols side

  62. jan says:
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    Asdrubal cabrera and kipnis for ian desmond howie kendrick and jason werth. Who wins? Roto league.. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jan: Desmond

  63. Matt says:
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    Better SS to own? Simmons, Peralta, Lowrie?

    Thanks

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Matt: Simmons, Lowrie, Peralta. Lowrie on top if he can stay healthy all season. He won’t.

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @yeshcheese: I’m obviously very down on Peralta. It’d be fair to suggest he’d have the best value by opportunity alone.

  64. The Thumb says:
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    Scherzer or Gio ROS?

  65. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Michael Saunders or Ruggiano?

  66. chris says:
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    been offer L Cain for Cingrani, I am already loaded at pitching. What kind of player should I try for Cingrani? What do you see as projection ROS season for Cain. Also, Aaron Hill was dropped is he worth a stash and drop Lucroy?

    • Grey

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      @chris: I’d stash Hill over a 2nd catcher… I projected Cain in the preseason… Cain seems reasonable for Cingrani… Could try for a struggling better hitter like Bruce maybe… Hard to say what someone will give up when you don’t know who needs Cingrani in your league…

  67. Aero says:
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    SON has Beckett hosting Arizona at a 13.8. Yiippee!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Aero: and kendrick’s a -1.1. guess which one’s getting benched? Don’t let the number fool ya.

  68. Birdog says:
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    Here’s who’s available: P. Maholm, C. Villanueva, J. Werth, D. Nava, J. Ruggiano, M. Joyce. Below is my team. Make any moves? Thanks!!!

    12 Team Yahoo Heah to Head
    9×6 (R,AVE,HR,RBI,SB,BB,K,H,OPS)(W,SV,K,ERA,WHIP,SHO)

    C: C. Santana
    1B: D. Ortiz
    2B: J. Altuve
    3B: A. Beltre
    SS: J. Segura
    OF: A. Gonzalez, A. Jones, A. Rios
    UT: J. Lowrie
    BN: C. Crisp, N. Schierholtz
    DL: G. Stanton

    SP: M. Bumgarner, J. Peavy, J. Samardzija, R. Dempster,
    RP: S. Romo, G. Perkins
    BN: T. Cahill, P. Hughes, A. Cashner, T. Milone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdog: Joyce over Schierholtz

  69. Comatose says:
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    Kevin Gregg or Uehara?

  70. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    10Team Dynasty I have Frazier as my starting 3B. Michael Young just hit waivers, do you think hes worth using the #1 waiver claim on? Nothing that great has been dropped so far but I guess you never know with a full keeper. Would probably drop Matt Carpenter.

    Also, Starling Marte will end the year as a Top ___ OF

    Awesome post as always Sir Grey Beard!

  71. Mike says:
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    Good day to you sir Grey!

    I lead my league in power but am middle in the road in steals

    Who should I have at SS.

    Deeeeee Gordon, Andrelton SImmons, DiDi Gregorious

    Thanks dude

  72. MPC says:
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    Vogelsong, Tillman, Griffin, or Beachy. All available in my 14 team mixed. How would you rank them for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MPC: Tillman, Griffin

  73. MC says:
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    So I picked up Arencibia to start this week in my weekly league with Victor Martinez only having 5 games (and no DH in 2 of them)… and I’m thinking I should just roll with JP and cut Victor? Don’t have the roster space to keep both of them going forward, so Victor or JP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MC: JP

  74. NyjerInParis says:
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    Good stuff Grey!

    BJ Upton for Shane Victorino & Jim Henderson, which side do you like?

  75. Sparky8 says:
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    I currently have JRoll, ASimmons, and Dee for SS. I am also a little light on SP. Should I trade Simmons for one of Pettitte, Teheran, or Estrada? Or should I hold out for something better? 7×7 w/ KBB-HLDs and BB/TB. Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sparky8: Trade Rollins for better, play Simmons…

  76. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Not getting enough holds, who is best pick up for ROS: Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Koji Uehara or James Russell? Is any SP (Quintana?) outright droppable for one of these guys? Or should I keep the advantage of 8 SPs and outright punt Holds?

    10 team, h2h, 9×9 (K, CG, QS, W, L, ERA, WHIP, Sv, Hd). In the top 3 for 8 categories and bottom 3 for Holds, but one more guy should push me to top 3.

    MadBum
    Moore
    Gio
    Bailey
    Ryu
    Gallardo
    Corbin
    Quintana

    Thank you

  77. Tom says:
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    HUGE SSS ALERT. Going all in on Arenado? Can he be good outside of the PCL and Denver? Drop Middlebrooks for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Drop Middlebrooks

  78. 5×5 roto and I need pitching. You think R. Zimmerman for Latos would be fair?

  79. Wilsonian says:
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    Better start tomorrow:

    Arenado over Frazier
    Arenado over Jennings
    Gyrk Store over Frazier
    Gyrk Store over Jennings
    Assdribble over Frazier
    Assdribble over Jennings

    OR

    Blanton @ HOU
    Haren v. DET
    Doubront v. MIN
    Westbrook @ CUBS
    Masterson v. OAK
    Miley @ Doyers
    Tillman v. KC

    I know, completely different things, but I can lose Santiago and play any of those options. I was planning on using it for a streamer, but my two UTIL guys (Frazier and Jennings) are pretty turrible right now. Not to mention my only other bench bat is BJ Friggin Upton. Glad he was my 6th round pick, after the first 5 rounds were keepers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: I don’t really understand what you’re asking…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: I have Santiago that I was streaming for today. I can drop him for any of the above guys. Meaning, I can drop him for one of those bats or one of those arms. Who would you pick up? If I’m picking up a bat they would have to play over one of Frazier or Jennings – who have both been bottled up hot garbage lately. If not, I would pick up an arm, and those are the best for tomorrow based on the SON.

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          @Wilsonian:

          take your best shot .

  80. Brave Soul says:
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    Hi Grey, McCann is available for me to pick up. Would you drop Miguel Montero, off to a horrible start, for McCann, or wait longer on Montero to be good. Montero plays so many games, while I’m a bit worried about McCann playing enough and bouncing back. But McCann has potential to be a huge add if he comes back to his old self.

  81. Ralph says:
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    @Grey….

    Dee Gordon or Jimmy Paredes for steals?

    Is it too early to drop Ike Davis?

    Thanks

  82. Jon says:
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    Doubront or Quintana ROS?

  83. Cougs says:
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    “Arencibia has nine homers, McCann has zero.”

    I am in the unfortunate position of having drafted McCann (auction draft, got him at severe discount, couldn’t pass it up), and then picking up Arencibia to “fill in.”

    I hate it when a solution to a problem works better than you expected, and because of this it creates an even worse problem than the one you had in the first place.

    Kind of like how I seduced Grey as a “fill in.”

    Cougs, out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cougs: Drop McCann, he’s 20% owned in some leagues, no one cares…

  84. Michael says:
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    Would you trade Kemp, Donaldson, and Pence for J Upton, J Heyward, and Carlos Quentin? I have Seager and Sandoval as well, and would just drop Quentin for someone better I think

    • Joe says:
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      @Michael: @RyKo: DUH!!!! J-Up is best player in deal and Heyward is close to same value as Kemp ROS.

  85. Barry Heanbag says:
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    How do you feel about Straily going forward? 12 team 5×5 roto, a couple of weakspots on my pitching staff, is he worth stashing and benching? How do you feel about his upcoming start @Sea?

    I have Matt Adams returning today and wondering if I should drop Straily, Gregorious or Cozart to make room. I currently am rostering Escobar, Cozart, Gordon and Gregorious

    Thanks Grey!

  86. Gavin says:
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    Have the #1 WW priority and have been holding it for a closer opp. Uehara’s gotta be the play, right, not this Tazawa whatsa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin: Hard to say, hoping Koji…

  87. Gavin says:
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    Hughes or Kennedy ROS?

  88. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Medlen @Cin or Kendrick @SF tonight?

  89. Brewerfan says:
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    kris Medlen or Matt Harvey rest of the year?

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        @Grey: Grey the Unbeliever!

        I say Harvey, just from the Ks alone. The only thing that worries me is if the Mets start to think they actually know something about baseball and decide to limit Harvey’s innings.

        I’m assuming that doesn’t happen, because Harvey puts butts in seats and the Mets have a balance sheet like California, so they need all the cold, hard cash they can get.

        I’m all-in on High and Hard Harvey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Him against the White Sox is like watching Nolan Ryan vs. Little Leaguers… No actual hitters in this White Sox lineup that care…

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: The question is: would Nolan Ryan bean a Little Leaguer? I have a strong suspicion that he would!

            Follow-up question: would the Little Leaguer charge the mound?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes and yes

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          Baxter drives in run with pinch hit. Mets win 1-0.

          Does anyone here know why J.A. Happy pronounces “J.A.” as “Jay”?

          I mean, R.A. Dickey doesn’t call himself Ray. R.J. Reynolds didn’t insist people call him Ridge. I don’t get it.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA, true…

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Grey: Ha. “Happy”. Darn phone and its guessing.

  90. Pete says:
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    Is it safe to drop Alexei Ramirez if I have Dee Gordon for SS in a h2h points league? The ROS numbers/points looks close to me. I’m very weak at the position.

    • Pete says:
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      @Pete: i.e. worth dropping Alexei to pick up one of the Boston closer guys. Could use another RP for save pts, etc.

  91. Roy Munson says:
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    Ahi is the Hawaiian word for “fire.” The yellow fin tuna would run the line out against their wooden canoes so fast that it would create smoke. “Ahi Tuna.” I guess because it is accepted American nomenclature?

    Arigato is Japanese. I don’t know any Japanese words that are used in Words With Friends.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roy Munson: Ahi isn’t a straight English word, arigato isn’t either… WWF should allow every word I know…

      • yeshcheese says:
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        @Grey: Even the spanish ones!

  92. Drunkguy says:
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    Brian McCann or Sal Perez in a H2H league with daily moves? The kicker being I also have Evan Gattis.

    I know what your take was pre-season, but Perez has been striking out a ton and is batting 8th, and McCann is healthy now. So I just don’t know which way to go with it.

    Also, if it matters, Perez is $1 cheaper for keeper value next year ($10 to McCann’s $11)

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      Also worth noting, this is a 1 catcher league. I already had McCann and Gattis, and am being offered Sal Perez in a trade.

  93. Drunkguy says:
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    Brian McCann or Sal Perez in a H2H league with daily moves? The kicker being I also have Evan Gattis.

    I know what your take was pre-season, but Perez has been striking out a ton and is batting 8th, and McCann is healthy now. So I just don’t know which way to go with it.

    Also, if it matters, Perez is $1 cheaper for keeper value next year ($10 to McCann’s $11)

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      @Drunkguy:

      Whoops. I only hit post comment once. No idea how/why it double posted.

  94. Q says:
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    So, I’ve been rolling with J-Roll in my weekly H2H pts league. Been watching him not be good.

    Been benching Segura. Been watching him be really good.

    Should I make the switch for next week, ASS–U–MING trend continues? Or am I just reverse regressing (yes, I am bendy flexible) and as soon as I do that, J Roll regresses to mean of being mean to pitchers and Segura regresses to the mean of being Dee Gordon Plus.

    Sorry, sometimes I feel pressure to be entertaining. I’ll sum up. Should I start Segura instead of J Roll next week, if he keeps outplaying him, or do I keep going with J Roll because the numbers are bound to come?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Surprised you didn’t switch weeks ago…

      • Q says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, I guess. Always try to be patient, usually pays off eventually. But in the meantime, I guess “eventually” ain’t here yet.

        Thanks!

  95. royce! says:
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    Kavalier and Clay was brilliant, but have you read Telegraph Avenue? I had to stop more than half way through (and it took forever to slog that far).

    Noticed earlier you were recommending some crime novel…have you read any Gene Kerrigan? I finished The Rage recently and recommend it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Nah, never read either… Never heard of either, honestly…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Telegraph Avenue is Chabon’s newest…he was writing something as a TV drama screenplay and turned it into a novel, but it still reads more like a screenplay, one which I could understand turning down…Kerrigan is an Irish dude who writes really solid current noir. If you’re into that sort of thing, you will dig it.

        Enjoyed the writeup…the Heyward blurb was hilarious. I always find it funny when I read an update about a player that says something like “X played catch today.” It’s like their detailing a dog’s life. “Bowser went to the park today, where he smelled a decent amount of asses.”

        • Grey

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          HA! Totally think the same thing… It’s like, X felt better was able to go for a jog… Terrific, pick me up a coffee… I like Chabon a lot, but it sounds like I don’t have to rush out to get that one…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @royce!:

      What’s up Royce. Razzball book club now in session? I can’t abide Chabon, to be honest. He’s one of these precious man children (I put Eggers and Franzen in the boat with him), earnest to a fault, oozing flawless, effusive prose until it makes one sick. Must every head of hair be the color of burnished copper, reminiscent of the pots hanging above grandmother’s stove. Might it once be just a head of hair and no more?

      I can’t do much better in explaining my dislike of Chabon than to direct you to this short piece he did on Wes Anderson: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/jan/31/wes-anderson-worlds/. Both stuck in a fairy world with nothing better to do than document their own gauzy, nostalgic interior lives and spin it out as artistic meh.

      • royce! says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Ha! I enjoy Eggers, have read most of Franzen but am not enamored with him, and haven’t really enjoyed anything by Chabon since Kavalier and Clay…What about Lethem? Can you abide him? And what do you like, besides crapping all over successful writers? I’m only kidding about the meanness, but am interested in what you’re digging…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @royce!:

          You’re right to call me out. Such a hater. But there’s a lot in prose today that bugs me, man. Just so precious, and cute. Vomit. Seriously. No balls.

          I haven’t read any Lethem. Should I? What do I like that’s contemporary? I’m fascinated by DFW. I pin no labels on him though, good or bad. The guy just interests me. I’ve gone through Pale King twice (which is not easy to do with a giant book that has close to zero narrative propulsion). Another train wreck is Denis Johnson. Tree of Smoke was such a crazy hot mess. Another one with a distinct lack of narrative satisfaction. Which is kind of what I like these days to tell you the truth. I like abstract art too. I the experience to to be operating on different parts of me than just scratching the plot-climax arc.

          I’m kind of into some Bolivian writers that are part of what they’re calling the McOndo movment. Read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McOndo. Check out Turing’s Delirium by Edmundo Paz Soldan. Again, not a perfect book. Kind of all over the place. But new. Different. Sticks with you. Takes you somewhere.

          • royce! says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I love both DFW and Johnson, but have not read Pale King out of fear that it wasn’t what he intended…I take it I should revisit that ruling. I have no idea what happened in Tree of Smoke…something about Vietnam? I read it a while back, but don’t think I had any better idea of what happened right after I finished it…

            If you’re interested in Lethem, I’d say read Motherless Brooklyn, which is about a detective with Tourette’s. Fortress of Solitude might be a little precious for you, seeing as how it’s about young people, and Chronic City is long and weird, which you might dig, but Motherless Brooklyn is probably his most famous…

            I’ll check out some of that McOndo shizz, as I can dig on magical realism.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @royce!:

              Be forewarned that the McOndo-ites are anti-magical realism. It’s more like South American urban cyber punk. If you want to check out some American magical realism, give Steve Erickson a look. Rubicon Beach is a good start. I dig that post-apocalyptic thing he’s doing.

              • royce! says:
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                @OaktownSteve: Ah, I just quickly glanced at wikipedia and got that wrong…I can understand why they’d want to break from magical realism; it’s so prevalent around there. I don’t know if I’m into any cyber punk stuff, though I have never really given it a go.

                BTW, when I googled Erickson, google told me that people also search for Lethem, so there’s that…

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                  @royce!:

                  I’ll have to check it out. Definitely seen the name. Remember reading a very so-so review of the pot trip in New York book in The Grey Lady.

    • Big Magoo

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      @royce!: I noticed your crime novel recommendation (not familiar with Kerrigan, but I’ll look out for his work), and if anyone else is looking for a recommendation in the detective novel/crime fiction genre, pretty much anything from Michael Connelly (specifically the Bosch novels), Harlan Coben (Myron/Win novels), David Baldacci, and Dennis Lehane are worthwhile reads.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Nice recommends, Magoo. I like Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder novels.

        Did you know Belgian detective fiction master Georges Simenon (who I also enjoy) was the Wilt Chamberlain of the writing world? Said to have slept with 10,000 different women. Still found time to write 300 novels. I suddenly feel as if I’ve wasted a lot of time in life.

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: Thanks, OS. The Scudder character sounds a lot like the interpretation of the Sherlock Holmes character on the show “Elementary” (the recovering addict storyline w/ sponsor). I’ll have to check out one of the novels.

          It sounds like Simenon only had time for two things in life. I wonder how exaggerated that number is for him and Wilt. Must have been pretty busy either way. He probably preferred to write with a clear mind.

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          @OaktownSteve: 10,000 is a lot, but that just means that he slept with a LOT of ugly women. Almost anybody could do that, if they put their mind to it. There are a ton of lonely women out there (many of whom are themselves a ton!).

          For me, quality trumps quantity, but then again I’m not a wine-besotted author (I only hope to be one!).

      • royce! says:
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        @Big Magoo: Excellent, thanks!

  96. mikey boy324 says:
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    Grey I traded bucholz for Sandoval good trade?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @mikey boy324: you scored huge

  97. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In a K/9 league, rank for spec saves/overall value: Benoit, Crow (given Holland and Herrera last night), Rosenthal.

  98. diaperman says:
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    Hey Grey – starting SS rest of season A. Simmons or S. Drew? (R, HR, , TB, RBI, SB, E, OBP)

    Thanks in advance

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @diaperman: Simmons.

  99. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I really love the trade offers I have been getting, they are so cute thinking they are going to f**k me over, yesterday I got offered their Konerko for my Szmardja, which is funny cause I have absolutely no place to play him and my back up 1B/CI is better than Konerko. This is from the same guy that bought low on Josh Hamilton for Cingrani and Reed…. awe, he thinks I’m as dumb as the other guy, I wonder if it’s SanFran 1966, he only makes trades that screw the other guy over, or so he says thats the point. I know I have said this before but it’s still really early in the season. You all need to realize we have a long way to go. Stop asking about ROS for 6th starters, they won’t be on your team come June, and if they are then you got lucky. There are maybe 15 guys on your team that will be there August 1st, and thats a conservative take. This might explain all the abandoned leagues every year because if you’re not in the top three of your league on June 1st then you might as well quit.

    • Grey

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      @Jack Full of Hate: Hahaha… Not a terrible trade if you needed a CI, but if you don’t the trade is obviously trying to pull a fast one on you…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: If it was something helpful i might of considered it, but I’m in first, by a lot, and don’t see the need to make major changes yet. I have Berkman and Andrus wasting away on my bench and can’t find any takers. Oh well, I guess the guys who need bags and have .250 team BA can go rot

        • Grey

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          Yeah, looks like your team is doing insanely well so far in the RCL rankings… Did you go out of your way to not prep at all? Ha!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: that team was my last draft so I was pretty tuned up at that point. You can tell when I drafted my teams, the first draft is ok and it just kept getting better, or so I think

            • Grey

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              Nice start at least… Can’t take that from you…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Kid A wants to, he thinks I am inhabiting leagues with fake aliases disguised as these other teams. Guy is trying to go all Oliver Stone on me. I have two teams in 1st in my RCL’s, 5 and 34 in overall. As my dad always says it’s better to be lucky than good, and in this case luck is what decides it all.

                I swear there was not draft prep sheets, no war room, just the sweet words of the razz and my memory. Ive been this long enough to know what type of guys to stay away from. Next year, I plan on prepping, I enjoy the challenge, but damnit I want me a members only jacket!

                • Grey

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                  Yeah, takes a whole mess of luck and it’s still very early… Hopefully you can get that tight-fitting, superbly retro MO jacket…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: It’s going to probably be too small and it will end in a Tommy Boy fat guy in a little coat thing. If I win it all, I’m getting my own T-Shirts made and sending out Christmas cards to all the regular commentors, including Kid A….he also gets the fruit cake.

                    I think I have a good solid base, my #5 team has Greinke on the DL, so that will be nice when he returns and in spite of my self, dropping Marte and Carpenter before the season started, I should be alright. I burn an injury free candle every night

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, these things always seem a lot better when things are going well… When luck turns and everyone starts sucking donkey balls it becomes harder to remain patient…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: If i win the jacket then you are getting a sweet wedding present….the jacket

                    • Grey

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                      Ha!

    • Jay says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: those type of offers are the best. I find myself wanting to blast the person offering, but then I think, what about if this dude really thinks this offer is fair? Blasting him may just shut down a potential trade partner. So I politely explain that “I can’t move fielder, my only 1B, for a borderline 3rd OFer when I already have Adam jones, McCutchen and Cargo starting, and Choo on the bench.” And hopefully they understand. I usually feel pretty good about myself at that point…that is until I get a different offer for the guy that proves some people do not even take my team needs into consideration when offering. and at that point i just want to counter back a totally lopsided deal in my favor to see if it sinks in, but then I get blasted on the league message boards…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Jay: I probably shoot my self in the foot more than I would like, I have this hope that it will sink in that this kind of dealing is not cool. I have to wonder if they hope I accidently hit accept and they get one over on me. I rarely make deals because I look to make mutually beneficial deals and have a grounded reality of players value. I try to be fair and have actually gone back and re-did a deal when someone sends me one that kills them and helps me. It’s a Karma thing, I figure if I make it fair now, then they will keep my first on their list later when they are ready to make move again…..like future considerations

    • royce! says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I agree with Jay’s take…I can’t recall all the details, but prior to opening day last year I was offered someone that I passed on drafting for someone I did draft about 4 rounds earlier than the guy he was trying to trade me…I wanted to reply, why the hell would I even consider a guy that I very recently showed I was not interest in, but in more explicit terms…Instead, I told him that the only guy on his team that I was interested in was Fielder, and that I’d be happy to part with Haren and Berkman, both of whom have surprising value in the league due to it counting k/bb and OBP…he then offered me Fielder for Haren and Berkman, I accepted, Berkman got hurt, Haren sucked, and I whistled and hurried away…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @royce!: I would of had a hard time sleeping at night after taking that one. But it’s what it is. I think it depends on the league. If it’s for money then that sucks, if it’s for a sweet members only jacket then those are fighting words and I will hunt you down. but if it’s just for shit and giggles then it doesnt matter to me. I have lost leagues after people have taken advantage of idiots by dangling draft picks and very very questionable keepers to idiots that never compete anyway.

        i understand that teams have needs, if you are going to make an offer make sure it helps tht person out and don’t offer me a bench bat for the guy that is second in the NL in K’s and has a 1.17 WHIP. Funny, the guy had players that would of helped me but noooooooooo, why would he send an offer that any sane semi advanced player would accept. Besides those in the know, you guys know who you are, most in here are at novice level and my brutality will help them get better, think Gny. Sgt. Hartman from Full metal Jakcet

        • royce! says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I slept like a baby after accepting that trade…of course, now my brother in law is the only guy in the league that will trade with me.

          I agree about the frustration with offers that do not consider your team’s needs, or lack thereof…I think it’s probably more attributable to stupidity or laziness than anything insulting on the part of the offeror, but it is annoying.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @royce!: been there, I could never get a trade in my old league because they always wondered what inside info i knew and therefore figured that anyone I wanted was going to be huge.

            • royce! says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Exactly…the ridiculous thing is that I’ve never won this league…freaking h2h…

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @royce!: so nobody trades with YOU since HE was stupid enough to give away a top 2 round or better guy for a mediocre option pitcher and an old man coming off barely believable season the year after he was near completely worthless/out of shape/injured for 2 years. This makes you some sort of shyster in the minds of these twits.

            • royce! says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: All’s fair in love, war, and FBB…but if someone else landed Fielder for those schmoes, I’d probably think they were a shyster, too.

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @royce!: doesn’t it seem a little more likely that the guy who got fielder isn’t such a good salesman/trickster rather that the previous fielder owner who gave him away is just real dumb.

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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      I honestly sometimes wonder how much people are crafty and how much of it is just that people are morons. It’s like the call in sports radio where Pete from Petaluma calls (first time long time) and suggests the A’s should trade Sogard, Rosales, Blevins, Parker, Reddick and Anderson for Mike Trout and doesn’t that seem like a good idea.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: hahahaha, that is exactly it, it’s a fine line between the morons and the scumbags. They both don’t respect the game and they both hurt the game. Nothing is worse than being in a league where one asshole takes constant advantage of the idiots. I have never been sure how that equates to being better at fantasy, but some people feel its the only way to play. i have actually boned out of two leagues this year over shady trades/vetoes that made it not worth playing with them. Both involved the commishes

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: anything that would make your team better, by definition would make the owner of that team have better team(s), thus more likely to win in that league. If there’s some definition of being “good at fantasy” that doesn’t have to do with winning, or at least competing to win, i’m ignorant of it.
          I’m not saying i go out of my way to hustle morons, but that’s mostly because i don’t know their weaknesses. If I did though, it wouldn’t be making my teams any worse. This fantasy sports really is just like poker, but in live poker you often get some knowledge of opponent weaknesses, more so than in fantasy where you may never know more than how much the guy is willing to bench someone while cold/lose patience with pitcher(s) etc.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @sanfran1966: call it like it is, you said it

        • sanfran1966 says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          I try to win trades. That’s the game.

          De-value a player with a first offer is smart trading… The day you were so “appalled” at my offer another guy in the same thread acquired Bautista for Linecum…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @sanfran1966: the guy that took Lincecum is an idiot. Your picture tells me everything I needed to know before I ever engaged, you can play mind games, but maybe it’s just the caliber of players you like to play with. I don’t like playing basketball with 3rd graders for the same reason…..where’s the challenge

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @sanfran1966: I get bored and like to poke at guys like you

                • sanfran1966 says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate:

                  so hateful. good luck with your teams

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @sanfran1966: I appreciate the sarcasm

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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Always nice to see how the bourgeoisie interact.

  100. Warren says:
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    Guy in our league is desperate for pitching. Underperforming and injured guys all over his staff; Offensive guys he has that would be true upgrades are:

    Mauer (to replace my Perez, but I have Perez at a good price)
    Fielder (over Goldy, but I think I will stick with Goldy in a keeper, have him for cheap)
    Rutledge (to replace my Kipnis at 2B)

    I’m thinking Kipnis+Ryu for Rutledge is my best bet. Thoughts? I am pretty deep pitching wise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Warren: I have no idea what you can give up but I’d take Prince Fielder, sure… Who wouldn’t?

  101. Nico says:
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    5×5 roto, Hellickson or Niese ROS? Thanks!

  102. CAMERON says:
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    My catcher is VMART. Would you drop Brandon Moss, Yonder Alonso, Jon Jay, Josh Donaldson, Ruggiano for Arencibia???

      • CAMERON says:
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        @Grey:

        You would drop VMART for John Paul Arenciba?

        • Grey

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          Nope

  103. ernie says:
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    Brandon McCathy @ LAD – What do you think – start or sit?

    • Tio says:
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      @ernie:

      If you need a start, why not? LAD has been struggling to score runs and Beckett will give up 2-3 taters per start.

  104. uncdrew says:
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    Miraculously (and temporarily?) leading my league in ERA and WHIP. Which of my “studs” caves first:

    Cobb, Cashner, Villanueva, Corbin?

  105. booya says:
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    Would start either or both of Beckett and Bailey today?

    Thanks

  106. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Would you still buy low on Dickey? Say Beltran for him or too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: I never would’ve bought low on him so there’s no still…

    • Tio says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate:

      I am concerned about Dickey… poor command, too many walks and giving up HRs far too often. Combine that with health issues and that the Jays are horrible and it is not looking good for R.A. this year. Most of us expected a regression… I do think he will pitch better ROS but nowhere near last year’s totals.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Tio: if you’re really looking i would think you could get him for less than beltran. I just got him for kujikawa, and i already have 4 closers and bypassed tazawa yesterday. That’s pretty low, but i’m betting less than beltran is doable.

  107. Oz says:
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    2 quick Questions Grey.
    1) I have Carlos Martinez on my dynasty h2h points team and he hit 99 mph FIVE times on Sunday and from what I hear, he has a ton of upside with an array of pitches to be a front-line starter. When do you think he will either close or start? I can’t believe STL would start his arbitration clock early only to have him pitch mop-up duty when he’s gushing (no homo) with #2-3 starter potential.

    2) Someone in my league is obsessed with Hellickson, but he’s had a poor start so far so I’d be selling low. Should I sell or hold? I could def use some help with hitting. Thx Captain!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: 1. He’s not closing… He’s not starting this year 2) No idea what you’re selling him for but can try

  108. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Grey, I’m in need of some power and am thinking about dealing A. Gonzalez for a hitter. Any names that would be good to grab for A-Gon? Chris Davis? Thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @ChiliCheeseConey: you don’t call a guy with a near 900 ops a “hitter”. also hitting in the 4 hole with a ton of rbi’s and high average.

  109. AdamH says:
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    5×5 (plus OPS) H2H – Can you rank the top 2 C options ROS: C Ruiz, J Montero, J Buck, J Pacheco, AJ Pierz.

  110. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Start Beckett vs. ARZ? I tend to sit him

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Moscowitz:

      And: I really need to cut Moustakas.
      Saunders, Ethier, Ruggiano, Ozuna, Brown, Duda are available. What would you do?

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. Thank god you told me what i wanted to hear

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  111. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Not sure if you saw this on the recap, but Yost decided to intentionally walk Gillaspie with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the top of the ninth with two outs to load the bases for Ramirez. I guess it’s important to have that force out in play with one out to go in the game.

  112. stynyr says:
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    Grey Goose,

    10-team. 5×5, H2H

    c-Perez
    1b-Ike Davis
    2b-Rutledge
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Lowrie
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Cahill, Ryu, Jose Fernandez
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland, Cishek
    dl-Garza, Reyes

    Looking to put together a little package for Goldschmidt. I’ve been wanting to try and get some younger keepers as well. The guy wants starting pitching (which doesn’t make sense since he just traded Bruce and Bumgarner for Ryan Zimmerman and A-Gon).

    Would you send Harvey or Moore + Reyes for Goldschmidt? If so which? Is that not even? Am I giving up too much?

    I’m pretty bad at judging evenness of trades. I hate the idea of having to worry about a shortstop every year but: A) Reyes is getting up there and is injury prone and B) I’m kind of sick of worrying a bout a first baseman every year! I’ve had Luke Scott, Adam Lind, Morneau, Hosmer and now Icky Davis. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: Trade’s fair for Goldy… Harvey…

      • stynyr says:
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        @Grey: Fool shot Reyes for Harvey down. Countered with Reynolds for Harvey. Would have to drop someone. Namely, Ike Davis.

        What do you say?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Harvey over Reynolds…

          • stynyr says:
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            @Grey: Me too. Is Reynolds even worth pursuing? Would you send any of those pitchers for him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t pursue him…

              • stynyr says:
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                @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

  113. Brendan says:
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    Drop Ryan Madson and pick up Uehara?

  114. moe says:
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    Drop Fujikowa or Andrew Bailey for Koji Uehara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moe: Bailey

  115. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Pujols/Alex Gordon for Bryce Harper/Gio Gonzo. Which side to you like?

  116. Jay says:
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    EY Jr or Joyce?

  117. THE_FREAK says:
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    Better ‘stash for save speculating, Junichi Tazawa, Kelvin Herrera, Grey Albright?

      • THE_FREAK says:
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        @Grey: I tried searching for you but apparently you’re not in the espn player pool. Thanks as always

  118. Joe says:
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    Gray’s pre-season OF rankings: “Alejandro De Aza – Seriously, you won’t be able to throw a rock next year without hitting a guy that could give you 7-15 homers and 20-30 steals.” Now, regarding the Flying Hawaiian, “Slow start for him, but I wouldn’t count him out of another 12 homer, 25+ steal season. Those things don’t grow on trees. No, seriously.”

    Did something change in how you view such players or is it just that you see Victorino as so much of a safer bet for the high end of that range (15hr, 30 steals)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Victorino’s safe…

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough. You sir, are a man with far more faith in the Hawaiian fantasy gods than I.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…Tiki Gods…

  119. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    I’m trying to pry Dom Brown away in a dynasty. I’ve got a Fraulein in The Toy obsession with him: “Are you brown all over Mr. Brown?” Would you trade B Phillips for Brown in a no limit dynasty keeper if you were already set at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I think you can do better than Brown with Phillips (or pay less), but if you really want him, take him…

  120. Fungazi says:
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    You had Gordon one spot ahead of Pence on pre-season ranks. Both are doing well, which would you hang onto if trading the other based on what you’ve seen so far? BB & TB are extra 2 but they both seem pretty close in that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Gordon…

  121. Carnac says:
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    Ike Davis, B.J. Upton and only one bench spot. It’s the fantasy baseball equivalent of Two Girls, One Cup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  122. Ryan says:
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    beckett or hellickson? thanks

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: decided to go with chris tillman, luckily still available

      • Ryan says:
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        @Ryan: 4.54 xFIP is a little scary though..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      beckett

  123. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Using good old greater than / less than logic please choose one of the following:

    A) Phil Hughes > Andrew Cashner > Dan Haren > Josh Johnson
    B) Josh Johnson > Dan Haren > Andrew Cashner > Phil Hughes
    C)
    D) Andrew Cashner > Phil Hughes > Josh Johnson > Dan Haren

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren, Hughes…

  124. Ryan741 says:
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    What side of this deal do you prefer in a H2H points league: Kershaw/Pujols or Braun/Prince? I’d be giving up Kershaw. Still have Darvish, Strasburg, Fister, Cobb, Bailey, Bucholz and Cashner with Garza stashed on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  125. booya says:
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    Would you give Harvey for R Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  126. OaktownSteve says:
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    Sure seems like Parker’s whiplash is bogus. Good excuse to put him on the unable list and then down on the farm for rehab/get your stuff together starts. Whispers that paradoxically named Sonny Gray will be called up. Stellar 2.61 in the aluminum bat on the moon league, as I believe you call the PCL. He’s got a modest 7.26 K/9 rate and profiles more as a three pitch guy who is going to get by with location and some deception as opposed to a classic power arm. Worth keeping an eye out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  127. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    I know he is typically a homeschooler, but any reason to start Milone at the Cleve today? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit in road games

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: is this the same for beckett?

  128. Brendan says:
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    Should I drop Rickie Weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For who?

  129. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: I had an epiphany Sunday about 7;30 AM… I decided, it was a “HELP MR. Wizard!!!” – “Drizzle drazzle druzzle drome – time for this one to come home” moment..

    Yes, time to go #2 on my own throne for a change -((( It’s one of those really highfalutin “just sit there” “no paper needed ” “Green” bowls – when finished, its “steam- 0- jetstream” hoses you down, provides a thorough long lasting deep suction cleansing and it has the most sought after industry exclusive – buff the bums and fourth eye -massage feature – my favorite feature!!!)))

    Yeah, I tossed that Kabbalah crap and the photo of Madonna over the neighbor’s fence and climbed down… No FBB pole-sitting record attempts for me … No more inner clarity and higher levels of whatever… No more splinters in my arse from that cheap NPSA regulation pallet (in fairness, I do think, the nudity added to the splinters) .. Screw it!!!

    I’m tired of this season of Sisyphus of mine (not to be confused with syphilis – that’s treatable)… I’d been moving slowly back up the table… Pushing the MAGPIE pile of rocks up that hill … Then Hanley “the big boulder” rolls down the hill -Again!!!!… So what… I could have handled that…

    But, trying to kick start this rock pile of a team of mine, I had decided earlier in the week to cut Joel Hanrahan after keeping him for weeks in a much needed bench slot through DLed and his return – waiting a time in patience for his shot at the ball in the 9th again in beantown—

    Let’m go and then WHAM!!! &$%*#$@ BINGO!!!!! Bailey hits the DL out of the blue and JOEL is not on my roster… CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!! That tore it for me…

    I’ll never own a player named Joel again – ever… They only Joel, I ever knew was some nerd in freshman statistics lab class at Berkeley … He was a wanker of the first order… Assured in his own mind, that he was headed to academic greatest… I delighted in getting more perfect answers and quicker solutions in our quiz-s than he did… He didn’t like that at all…. I used the statistical gimmicks and he didn’t – the long handed bastard… ****Maybe, that is where I started going wrong in life… Naw!!!… It is everyone else’s and Joel’s fault not my personal shortcuts….

    Sunday and yesterday were nice… Moving about … Not having to look over at that hippy, love-beaded, shit stained, pelvic pumping, St. Simeon whoop’n it up on his pole 5 backyards down anymore … I’ve got future bad plans for him.. I’ll QT them on here – as he might read Razzball…. Doubt it though – as he has winning teams…

    So in the evening on Sunday, I had noticed Stevie Drew was starting to take off … SO, NO… I pick up a hot Rosales instead on a feeling .. Drew 4 – 5 -++ = Rosales 1-2 -00 … If I didn’t have bad feelings – I wouldn’t have feelings at all … Dylan??? (hate him too)

    I can do nothing right… Drew is now on my team so expect his nego-normal #s to return…

    OK not one to quit and give up, I’ve got an one idea left… It is a desperate move … But, these are desperate times… I won’t go on about it now … Let it suffice to say, it does include oodles of skull piles and dark dark places and a nocturnal trip to see my new master-manager in Pandemonium…

    Hint!

    “What ever Lola wants- ARUMMMPP!!! – Lola gets””

    “I always get what I aim for
    And you heart’n soul is what I came for
    …Lola wants
    …Lola gets
    …You’ll never win
    I’m irresistible, you fool,
    Give in…Give in…Give in”” === Sarah Vaughn

    Catch this… The ($#@)(& Pole-Sitting company wants more to remove to pole than it cost to install it… Some crapola about health codes and high disposal and decontamination costs – yada yada yada… Can you scream, SCAM!!!… I can, SCAM!!!

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      Please, don’t patronize and attempt to calm me down with a, “You gotta have heart.. Miles and miles heart” rendition

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nego-normal… Ha!

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: I thought he said “negro-normal”. I was like, what, TMoore racist?

        TMoore, your team is now in 10th place in our league. I believe I was in 10th place about a week ago and now I’m in 4th, so have faith, you can recover!

        Although… looking at your actual team, which now has Stephen Drew on it… hmmm… that’s pretty bad… Omar Infante at 2B? Eeek! Are you two related?

        Oh, I see part of your problem… you only have 3 starters (well, 3 starters and Justin Grimm, whose stats will probably live down to his name) and one of those starters is David Price. So things will get better!

        Glad you came off the pole. Hmm… that sounded a little gay, but I did not mean it in that way (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I know you’re all about the snatch n’ sniff!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All I’m saying is I wouldn’t want to be a player on T Moore’s team not performing…

          • JoeC says:
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            @Grey: Ha! (omg… I got to “Ha” Grey!)

  130. Carnac says:
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    Run to the waiver wire, everyone: it’s Tazawa over Uehara for saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  131. SeanMcD says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 league.

    I’m thinking of adding A Simmons or Dee Gordon for SS depth. Who on my team is most expendable? I’m leaning towards Middlebrooks or Kubel since I have other options at both their positions. Middlebrooks is having a rough year and Kubel isn’t getting much play time.

    Also, I own Bailey. Red Sox say they are going to give Tazawa first crack at closer while Hanrahan and Baily are on the DL. Would Tazawa be a better add for me then Simmons or Gordon. I don’t want to drop Bailey outright just yet because I think he gets the closer job back if he comes back from the DL when first eligible (but Bailey returning from injuries on time and with no setbacks is a big IF in my mind.)

    C – Carlos Santana
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Daniel Murphy
    3B – Kyle Seager
    SS – Erick Aybar
    IF – Nolan Arenaldo
    CF – Jacoby Elsebury
    LF – Chris Davis
    RF – Sin Soo Choo
    OF – Lorenzo Cain
    UTIL – Michael Saunders
    BN – Melky Cabrera, Jason Kubel, Will Middlebrooks
    DL – Aaron Hill, Jose Reyes

    SP: Cole Hamels, John Lester, Anibal Sanchez, AJ Burnett, Jonathon Niese, Phil Hughes and Jose Quintana

    RP: Huston Street, Jose Valverde and Andrew Bailey

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons is not necessary with Aybar… Lose Middlebrooks for Tazawa

  132. Hondo says:
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    Drop Lowrie for Simmons?Also have Rutledge and Reyes on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  133. Oscar says:
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    Loved the comments on Ankiel. my thoughts exactly! thanks for the laughs and good advice. Speaking of which. Should I drop Estrada for one of these waiver guys? Wood, Beckett, W. Chen, Colon or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ankiel comment was Rudy… For Wood, but they are streamers so whoever has the best matchup…

  134. Descartes Before the Horse says:
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    Love the BJ Upton blurb. Luckily though, like most married men, I haven’t had a BJ on my team in years.

    So, Simmons, Jerk Store, or stash Hill for MI?

    Hold Cashner for his start @ TB or drop for Santiago’s start today ($11.6 @ NYM)?

    Starting H.Bailey @ home against the Braves or J-Zimm ($5.7 @ DET) today?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Gyorko… Go to Santiago… I’d start Zimmermann…

    • Hondo says:
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      @Descartes Before the Horse:

      Watch the weather,50% chance of rain in DC-Baltimore.I think it’s not gonna play.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo:
        Nats-Tigers rained out.

  135. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Ok so i want to trade Frazier.
    I do have Lawrie/Arenado on 3rd
    Goldie on 1st
    Bruce/Gordon/Cespedes/Pierre/Braun on OF.

    Ogando or Cobb seems fair? If not who would you target?
    Keepers league.
    Thanx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more than those pitchers…

  136. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Looks like I picked the wrong day to drop Uehara. That day being yesterday before the end of the Boston game.

    On a completely unrelated note, here’s hoping that Boston decides to go with Tazawa as the closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tazawa is the closer…Red Sox announced it…

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Grey: In that case I meant to drop Uehara prior to the end of the game and pick up Tazawa earlier today……because I knew this would happen….yeah, thats it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  137. steven says:
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    Grey,
    I have Frazier at 3b would u consider trading peavy or samardzija for Ryan Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  138. Wake Up says:
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    Do you like Blanton @ HOU?

    Which 2 out of
    B Crawford
    Cozart
    Simmons?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t stream Blanton anywhere (Sorry, SON)… Simmons, Cozart

  139. pipa says:
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    Would you trade Joey Bats and Gallardo for Bumgarner and and Hammy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  140. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, we’re going to try this again.

    I have Santiago that I was streaming for today. I can drop him for any of the guys below. Meaning, I can drop him for one of those bats or one of those arms. Who would you pick up? If I’m picking up a bat they would have to play over one of Frazier or Jennings – who have both been bottled up hot garbage lately. If not, I would pick up an arm, and those are the best for tomorrow based on the SON.

    Better start tomorrow:

    Arenado over Frazier
    Arenado over Jennings
    Gyrk Store over Frazier
    Gyrk Store over Jennings
    Assdribble over Frazier
    Assdribble over Jennings

    OR

    Blanton @ HOU
    Haren v. DET
    Doubront v. MIN
    Westbrook @ CUBS
    Masterson v. OAK
    Miley @ Doyers
    Tillman v. KC

    I know, completely different things, but I can lose Santiago and play any of those options. I was planning on using it for a streamer SP, but my two UTIL guys (Frazier and Jennings) are pretty turrible right now. Not to mention my only other bench bat is BJ Friggin Upton. Glad he was my 6th round pick, after the first 5 rounds were keepers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal over Frazier for now…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir. I’ll give the Dribble a whirl. And my apologies for the cluster funk of a question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries, prolly a brain fart on my part…

  141. RedRox says:
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    Jed Lowrie or Torii Hunter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hunter

  142. Yonni Bee Guud says:
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    Hi Guys,

    If there’s a possibility to confirm if I’m right or wrong.

    Yesterday I received a Trade Request where a fellow team owner asked me to give away Cliff Lee for Chris Johnson and Michael Morse.

    I felt guilty by rejecting the trade, but when I saw the results of last nite game… I felt that it was not a bad decision.

    Please illuminate my soul… I need the approval from someone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Lee, it’s not close…

  143. potus says:
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    ROS rank please: Stanton, Kinsler, Bautista

    TIA

    site has been awesome lately – keep ”er up

    -YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Kinsler, Bautista, Stanton…

  144. Moscowitz says:
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    Cashner or Beckett ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckett

  145. Steady says:
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    Good afternoon grey

    Yay or Nay on these exchanges

    Cain Mclouth and Bruce for Latos and Jones
    Zimmerman and Ryu for Machado
    Agon and Donaldson for Goldschmidt

    Thanks have a good one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos… Zimmerman… Goldy

      • Steady says:
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        @Grey: how do you feel about Ryu compared to guys on in FA like Corbin, Slowey, Wood, Villanueava, Maholm, Kendrick, Guthrie, Jo-Fer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s above them…

  146. stoner says:
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    Need advise. I can aquire one of the following in a trade. Keeper league. Each is $1 and I could keep each for 2 years beyond this one:
    Taillon
    T. Walker
    Zunino

    Which one do you think has the better long term value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

      • stoner says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Thanks

  147. FantasyPhil says:
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    5×5, mixed 10 tm. Offered Cargo and Tillman for Felix and BJ Upton? Do it? My thinking was Upton still has some upside so I would counter by offering Reddick and Felix for Cargo and Tillman. Or hold out for more for Upton, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Felix… Try with Reddick…

  148. taped says:
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    harvey/davis for medlen/yadier molina….which side?

    • taped says:
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      @taped:

      *Chris Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  149. ashtray says:
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    I might have a trade offer from someone in the league. Need thoughts

    12 team H2H 7×7 (includes Ks & OBP and Ls & QS)

    Dude wants to send me Kemp (+ PTBNL)

    for my Allen Craig and Jim Johnson.

    My current roster is

    C-Ruiz
    1-Goldschmidt
    2-Rutledge
    3-Wright
    S-Prado
    O-Braun
    O-Choo
    O-Craig
    U-Alonso
    U-Dee Gordon
    B-Konerko
    B-Heyward DL
    B-Stanton DL
    DL-Hill DL
    DL-Eaton DL
    NA-Taveras NA
    NA-Hamilton NA

    Cliff Lee
    Matt Harvey
    Shelby Miller
    Lance Lynn
    Hector Santiago

    Sergio Romo
    Jim Johnson
    Ernesto Frieri
    Jim Henderson
    Tazawa

    Worth taking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kemp

  150. RedRox says:
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    What do you think the chances are that TAZAWA is the closer long-term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slim

  151. J-Lef says:
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    Would you try to deal Prado + Shark or A.J. Burnett for M.Cain? Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prado and Burnett

  152. herschel says:
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    @Grey: would you drop teheran, quintana or straily for garza or hold? weekly roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  153. yeshcheese says:
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    SP rank ROS?

    Tillman, Hammel, Griffin, Kennedy, Feldman, Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy, Hammel, Tillman

  154. fd says:
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    Brian McCann or J.P. Arencibia?

    How long can Tazawa get saves?

    thanks,
    fd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP… 2 weeks…

  155. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey, i have Frieri, Putz, Mujica and Henderson as my closers. I just dropped Hanrahan and put Bailey on DL. Now Tazawa is the new closer and he is a good pitcher with superb control and great strikeout potential. What i am trying to say is, not Uehara but Tazawa could be the guy running with the job.

    Would you drop Beckett for Tazawa in a shallow 10 team, 8×8 league?

    On the wire there are guys like Cashner, Hughes, Tillman, Estrada, Anderson, McCarthy, Hammel, Milone…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tazawa, agreed… Sure, lose him for Tazawa…

  156. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: What does Luke Scott offer? He has a career 260 avg ? Is he worth a pick up over any of these guys: Markakis Torii Hunter Seth Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over them

  157. herschel says:
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    @Grey: has crow passed herrera as holland’s ball and chain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks that way…

  158. jaw says:
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    rickie weeks or kelly johnson ROS? 10 team h2h with MI. have espinosa at 2b, tulo at SS and reyes on DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks

  159. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s the word on Hanrahan? Is he out long term? I’ve got Bailey on the DL already. If Hanrahan is gone long term I’ve gotta cut him and snag Tazawa.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Wilsonian: I have Baily on DL and dropped Hanrahan a few mintes ago for Tazawa. Farell is not revealig anything regarding his injury but from what he himself described, it didnt sound good. He said he had a whole lot of pain and felt like his forearm would go with the ball…i think if at all, Bailey has a better chance to be the closer once he comes back than Hanrahan. The other things is, Tazawa is a great pitcher who could easily run with the closer job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No word yet…

  160. VEEP says:
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    Looking to trade Asdrubal once Aaron Hill is back and want to target a pitcher. Looking at Samardzija, but not sure if Asdrubal is enough for a 1 on 1. Who would you target in a K/9 league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not enough… Peavy? Miller? Anibal?

  161. parker says:
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    I’ve got a surplus of hitters (short on pitching) and a lot of them might be considered ‘sell high’ candidates…

    let’s see we’ve got Starling Marte, Lorenzo Cain, Nate McClouth, James Loney, and Nolan Arenado

    also have Shelby Miller

    should I try and move some of these guys for some underperforming players (david price style)? or just ride out their current streak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try and get Price with Marte, Cain and Arenado…

  162. chris says:
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    i was just offered jay bruce and lance lynn for shelby miller? Do I accept this offer, who has a better ROS?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @chris: You get Bruce for Shelby?? Do it!

      • chris says:
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        @TheNewGuy: even in a keeper league, my pitching is deep with aces.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bruce

      • chris says:
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        @Grey: My Team, now I’m going ask should i trade Miller for Bruce and Lynn? Also, been offered Lorenzo Cain and Carlos Villeanova for Tony Cingrini… WOW

        Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
        Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
        Altuve, Jose(2B) HOU
        Headley, Chase(3B) SD
        Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
        Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
        Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
        Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
        Seager, Kyle(3B) SEA

        Lucroy, Jonathan(C) MIL
        Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
        Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
        Pagan, Angel(OF) SF
        Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL
        Swisher, Nick(1B,OF) CLE

        Active Pitchers
        Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
        Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
        Moore, Matt(SP) TB
        Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
        Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
        Henderson, Jim(RP) MIL
        Romo, Sergio(RP) SF

        Miller, Shelby(RP,SP) STL
        Morrow, Brandon(SP) TOR
        Cingrani, Tony(RP) CIN
        Beachy, Brandon(SP) ATL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Bruce and Lynn…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “So, the guy takes off his suit and drowns?”

    • JoeC says:
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      @Kid A: Sacrilege!

      Of course, they have to show Don fail some of the time, in order to provide dramatic arcs. If it was nothing but success after success, the audience would get bored. And part of the theme of the recent seasons has been how Don has unplugged himself a bit from the ad-making business and is uninspired and adrift (esp. with Megan leaving the agency).

      Can you tell I’m a Mad Men fan?! :)

  163. TheNewGuy says:
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    House of Strasburg or Price?

    Buy low central, yet I own both these guys in different leagues…crap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg

  164. EK says:
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    Tazawa or Putz? Both available for H2H pts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Putz

  165. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    I’ve got a hot outfield, but I have to sit 2 tonight?

    Bench 2 of these 6:

    Carlos Gonzalez vs. Kuroda
    Carlos Gomez vs. Grimm
    Starling Marte vs. Harang
    Adrian Gonzalez vs. McCarthy (I have Headley at 1B)
    Hunter Pence vs. Kendrick
    Alex Gordon vs. WY Chen

    Thanks!

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Kid A: Different league – but to your point, it smells really bad with Greinke, Zimmerman, Freeman, Axford (ugh) on it. But like any good race horse, I realize the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. Talk to me in August Kid A. Good day… I said good day sir!

        • Kid A says:
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          @Drexel Hill Dragons: Oh, I will be talking to you in August. And it won’t be pretty whether I’m in first or last.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Kid A: I’m glad i’m not the only one, now that you know Claycord Ding is one of my best friends, is he next on your target list?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Kid A: bourgeoisie? Are you leading the proletariat in Peru?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon, Pence

  166. TheNewGuy says:
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    Kevin Slowey….bonified or bonifacio?

    Oops sorry this isnt ESPN! I mean legit, home scholar or hot schmotato?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schmotato

  167. EK says:
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    Pick 2?

    Minor @ CIN
    Garcia vs COL
    Cashner @ TB

    • Gavin says:
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      @EK: Not Minor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia, Minor…

  168. team x says:
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    hahahahah the yo form of Cespedes! thats gold!
    Should I trade James Shields for Mark Trumbo?

  169. Jack Burton says:
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    C Ross, D Brown, S Smith ROS?

  170. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? You feeling Santiago tonight against the Mutts? I would be dropping Koji..

    Dude can throw some heat. Does he have any long-term appeal? QS and IP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting Hector… He has appeal as long as he stays in the rotation….

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        And Koji has no appeal right now, unless Tazawa struggles.. no use speculating that, right? My closers right now are Wilhelmsen, Perkins, League – the latter being the most concerning. Jansen not available as a handcuff.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Correct

  171. Gavin says:
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    Pick one please
    Willingham @ Dempster
    Altuve vs CJ Wilson
    Aramis vs Grimm
    Prado @ Beckett

  172. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you start today in your Utility Spot: Desmond Jennings, Brett Lawrie, or Nolan Arenado?

    Oh, btw, if you can get audio of Mike Franseca crying about Mickey Mantle today and his cork bat, its definetly worth your time.

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado… Cool, will try to locate it…

  173. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey

    I am in a 4 waiver per week league and have all ready used 2 of my waivers this week. (1 picking up uehara this morning)

    I currently own Bailey and Uehara.

    1. Should I use my 3rd waive of the week and pick up Tazawa?
    2. What are the chances he owns the job ROS (It will be a waste if he is only closing for 1 week)
    3. If so, who do i drop? A Bailey (no dl spots) Uehara, Tepesh.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Fairly slim 3. Uehara

  174. Metzkabob says:
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    10 team H2H 6×6 keeper league.

    I give Desmond Jennings and Matt Harvey and get Cliff Lee and Josh Hamilton.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee side

  175. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Start Medlen and/or Minor @ CIN tonight and tomorrow in a H2H 12 team mixed? Don’t particularly need the starts this week.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you don’t need the starts, sit them…

  176. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Rutledge Rollins or Didi @ SS ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rollins

  177. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper…

    C: Perez
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Zobrist (SS)
    SS: Rutledge (2B)
    3B: Longoria
    OF: Adam Jones
    OF: BJ Upton
    OF: Pence
    Util: Arenado
    Bench: Carpenter (super-sub 1B, 2B, 3B, OF)
    Bench: Ike Davis

    SP: Scherzer, Latos, Samardzija, Peavy, Miller, Niese, Cashner, Tillman
    RP: Henderson, Cishek
    DL: Garza

    Would you pick up Lorenzo Cain or Domonic Brown over Ike, Arenado or Carpenter? Or would you just hold for now?

    Also… Jo-Fer, Hammel, Kendrick, Estrada or Uehara worth picking up over Cashner and/or Tillman and/or Niese ?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold on the hitters… Kendrick over Cashner…

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Keep up the awesome work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  178. Snake Hips says:
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    Hey everyone I am benching Pujols tonight, so he will probably go off and hit a home run and a double with 3 RBI’s tonight. .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks for the heads up!

  179. Gavin says:
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    Hamels/Andrus or Tulo
    Hamels/Rutledge or Tulo
    Hamels/Machado or Tulo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Andrus for Tulo

      • Gavin says:
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        @Grey: Straight up? Sure, he’ll go for that!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Gavin: I didn’t mean straight up… You gave three trades with Hamels… Take Tulo with the Andrus one…

          • Gavin says:
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            @Grey: Sometimes I’m slow to your shorthand. I’m learning.

  180. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Sox recalled Allen Webster. Stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  181. Matthew says:
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    I’m sure by the time I get an answer, which is quick, he will be snagged. But I have Bailey in 2 leagues and around 4-5 closers in 4.

    In a league I have Bailey, should I drop Estrada, fall to 6 pitchers which includes Cueto to pick up Tazawa or drop Eaybar? I have Lowrie at SS or drop Kendrick, I have Phillips at 2B? I have 1-2 bench sports for hitters per league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, grab him and lose Estrada…

  182. Buge Hoobs says:
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    A) Tonight : Ike or Kendrys
    B) Short Term : Jay, DeJesus, Pollock or Alonso
    C) Actually got a good chuckle today accidentally telling my students that there was no “C”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Kendrys B) DeJesus C) HA!

    • Carnac says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: FYI re: A) Kendrys isn’t starting tonight

  183. costaricanchata says:
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    am expecting kuroda to get rocked tonight in coors .

    also , bryce is slumping , so , for tonight , he sits , and garrett jones feasts on harang’s offerings .

    cust kayin’ .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope Arenado is a part of that Coors plummeting…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        and wilin ,
        and ey jr ,
        and pacheco ,
        and cargo .

        though , for some of that to happen , i think helton had to go to jail .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHAHAHA

  184. Matthew says:
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    I also have Kuroda in 3 leagues, I already have Bum and he got rocked so should I punt ERA and WHIP for the most part this week in taking the chance of starting Kuroda at Coors?

    All I could as for is a gem aside from big games from Rutlidge and Cuddyer haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  185. Jon says:
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    Webster up, Doubront to the bullpen. Drop Doubront for Webster in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubront is being bumped one start

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: oh ok. Hardball Times (Aaron Gleeman) is making it sound like it’s a permanent move.

      • SeanMcD says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team 6×6 H2H league

        Would you drop Quintana for Alan Webster?

        SP: Cole Hamels, John Lester, Anibal Sanchez, AJ Burnett, Jonathon Niese, Phil Hughes and Jose Quintana

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  186. Jon Jay says:
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    Drop Yadier Alonso for Tazaway?

    Other closers are:
    Big Jim Henderson
    Chris Perez
    Casey Janssen
    Kevin Gregg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  187. EK says:
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    Harvey & Chris Davis for Prince Fielder?
    H2H pts.. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder

  188. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Which pitcher would you roll with in a h2h 10 team league

    Hold Cashner (@TB, vWAS, @ARI, vSEA)

    Or drop for one of:

    Miley (@LAD, vATL, @MIA, vSD, @CHC)
    Niese (vPIT, @STL, vCIN, vNYY)
    J. Fernandez. (@LAD, vCIN, vPHI, @CWS, VNYM)
    Tillman (vKC, vSD, vNYY, @TOR, vWAS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        Those last 3 starts for Miley look tastey, but the first two concerned me, especially the ATL start. Would you say Tillman is the best option for the first couple starts and hope Miley is still around after that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  189. JJ says:
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    Im thinking of selling high with Reynolds. Who are some good buy low candidates? I need help in the OF/1B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce? Upton? Frazier?

  190. herschel says:
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    Doubront to the Sawx bullpen. Webster to replace him in the rotation. Swap Doubront for Webster in 12 team leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can swap them but it’s only one start according to the Sox…

  191. LosPadre says:
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    Either of these offers worth giving up Austin Jackson and Grienke, if not are they close? thanks a bunch

    offer 1 – Kimbrel, Sabathia, Werth
    offer 2 – Todd Frazier, Sabathia, Janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1 is fair…

  192. BeesKnees says:
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    Thanks for your help, Grey! Please rank for ROS: Francisco Liriano, Hector Santiago, Allen Webster, A.J. Griffin.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of these guys are ROS options… Griffin…

  193. RedRox says:
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    I’m glad to see you finally dropped Moustakas, so he can start hitting for my team!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t drop him yet… Close….

  194. costaricanchata says:
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    dang .
    tigers /nats ppd .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      lose miggy , bryce , desmond and span in one espn league …. until thursday , that is .

  195. Rob says:
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    Dynasty league. I am a first year player in an established league and my team is meh. So my priority is the future.

    Would you trader Josh Hamilton (who I inherited) for Wil Myers. No keeper penalty..just at the beginning of the year you choose 15 you want to keep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Myers

  196. Q says:
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    Ike Davis dropped in my league. Have Prince @ 1B with Belt as my backup (backup @ every position required.) Should I drop Belt for Ike, or hold until Ike gets hot and hope I can get him when it happens?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lo0se Belt for him…

  197. herschel says:
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    RE: Doubront:

    Sean McAdam ?@Sean_McAdam22m
    Farrell stresses that Webster here for short-term and move of Doubront to bullpen is short-term

  198. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Time for your boy Sonny Gray? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks pretty whatever in the minors…

  199. costaricanchata says:
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    why are the rockies , invariably , the last team to announce their daily line-up ?
    are they still using the pony express out there ??

    • Hondo says:
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      @costaricanchata:
      Yeah, that always ticks me off.Every year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Notice that before too…

  200. Hondo says:
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    Nats-Tigers rained out.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Hondo:

      Anybody else feel like it’s been forever since their RCL team fielded a full 13 in a day? Between rain outs, days off, DTD guys and guys getting a rest, I can’t remember a day when everybody played for me.

  201. LordaMercy says:
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    Which would you drop: AJ Pollock or D Nava? I could use the steals from AJ, but I’m not sure about the playing time. Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @LordaMercy: pollock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  202. OaktownSteve says:
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    Luke Hochevar in the mix for saves tonight with Holland unavailable. .84 ERA, .84 WHIP. Don’t sleep on Luke…he’s lumpy.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: what about Crow or Collins?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        Crow or LUKE I AM YOUR CLOSER is what Toast of the Yost says.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I like Luke, I like former top prospects that turn closer, I like Matusz in B-More for 2014!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate:

            I feel the same way. Wade Davis woulda made a good closer. Matusz could definitely close. Hochevar has been downright nasty in the pen since spring. His average fastball velocity is up almost 2 full mph. It’s so much easier pitching out of the pen.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @OaktownSteve: when i played i was always a finisher, couldn’t start a ball game to save my life, but damn i could always finish them. It really is a mind thing. Even at a young age I played with kids that were the same way

              • JoeC says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: I assume you were good at Mortal Kombat then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  203. Ron says:
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    Would you trade R.Zimmerman and L. Cain for Cliff Lee if you already have Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  204. zzzzzz says:
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    SON likes Beckett tonight. But you said earlier you’d bench him? His last time out against ARZ he was dominate. Also, would you drop Estrada for Kyle Kendrick?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @zzzzzz: take kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Kendrick… In some leagues, I could see starting Beckett, but he’s been a mess recently…

  205. costaricanchata says:
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    line-up just announced .

    cargo in (of course)
    as are arenado and rutledge .

    wilin , ey jr , and pacheco …. all out .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah

  206. fungus says:
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    Keep one: Joyce, Wells, Nava

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joyce

  207. stynyr says:
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    Alex Gordon + Harvey for Goldschmidt?

    Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, it’s fair

  208. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Did you talk to the coug about giancarlo, here is a link to his booking company

    http://www.athletepromotions.com/speaker/giancarlo-stanton.php

    *note the Danny Tartabull link on the side*

    I don’t know about you but I’m loving the fantasy baseball camp/wedding combo idea, get them to play ball and golf with you.

    also saw a billboard advertising Huey Lewis at Morongo on the 17th, grab the Coug and go, you can always stay at mama cougs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw the Huey thing this weekend too (went to Palm Springs)… Can’t believe Morongo is paying them that much… Eff you, Huey! I love the idea of the baseball camp/wedding… I wonder if Ginacarlo can play a harmonica… Who am I kidding, of course he can!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: Can he juggle? Of course he can….Can he do magic tricks….of course he can? Can he install my new 5 stage sprinkler system and set up all the timers……of course he can!

        Its a real who’s who in the baseball celebrities section….I thought Dykstra was in jail?

        I wonder if i can get Don Sutton and Steve Garvey, get them drunk and see if they fight each other.

        Huey is all about the money, I’d still go see him if I got free tickets.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rickey Henderson can give the best man speech and replace I with Grey.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I forgot about that, I want that as a T-Shirt

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Done!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: XXL?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Like you’re fitting into that…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: really? Gray Mother F**king Albright, are you spying on me?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ve got my ways…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you were at that Troubador show weren’t you. I saw a lot of cougars there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was standing at Pinches with binoculars… Looking for a sombrero with a mustache…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: damn the urban sombrero! it looks cool but they can see you a mile away

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      1250 feet, to be exact…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Surely you need Bronson Arroyo there playing guitar?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Bronson, no more effin’ Pearl Jam!”

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: you can join in on better man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Happily!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Maybe some Barry Zito for some hippy, dippy shit?

            Looks like Ben Broussard might really be the man though…

            http://www.benbroussard.com/

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That brown jacket on Ben is so cool, bet he can do a mean Fogerty cover…

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @SteveNZ: hahahahaha. my brain just exploded a little bit

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Surprised Sean Casey doesn’t do spoken word recordings….

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @SteveNZ:

              Betcha Ozzie Smith is smooooth on that Sam Cooke track.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: The deadpan guitar smash is a tough thing to beat.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @SteveNZ: always a classic, did you catch the star trek clip after?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: Actually liked the Star Trek clip better.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @SteveNZ: it came in randomly

  209. costaricanchata says:
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    espn’s 30 for 30 for tonight focuses on Bo Jackson
    9pm pennsylvania time
    (don’t ask) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saw it already, was one of their better ones…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Agreed. Watched the part of it I recorded last night. What an athlete. Never get tired of watching him run up that wall like a cartoon character.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Liked the back story about how he got his name, never knew that before… Love the story about why he turned down the Bucs, hadn’t heard that either (or forgot it)…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Oh, must have missed that bit. Hopefully it will be on again and I can record the whole lot this time.

            I always remember a team mate of his on the Raiders saying that when you were on the sideline and Bo ran past with the ball, it was like standing on the sidewalk when a big truck went racing past. Probably bullshit of course, but a cool simile.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed… I was at the ASG when he hit the lead-off bomb…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: my mom passed on the tickets because we were suppose to go camping….my dad was so pissed

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s some cold shizz!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: she’s a cold ass woman….but makes great cookies

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Well that makes up for a lot…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you have no idea, woman would treat my like shit but love all my friends. Do I get cookies for my birthday..NO!. Does everyone else in the free world get cookies for their birthday..YES!.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They should…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I hope she doesn’t read this, you’ll be on her list

  210. zzzzzz says:
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    I need a catcher. Would you give up Seager, Frazier, or Escobar for Mauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager, yes

      • zzzzzz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – if the next guy asked you if he should trade Mauer for Seager then say yes to him. ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Okay…

  211. goodfold2 says:
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    raburn or ozuna tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raburn

  212. B.o.B says:
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    Tulo sitting tonight, you touching Kuroda in Coors even with Rudy’s 10 ft pole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  213. SteveNZ says:
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    Start Medlen @ CIN in a 10 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  214. bossmanjunior says:
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    Which start do you like better: J. Fernandez @LAD or Tillman vKC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman

  215. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    just traded for ruiz. he’s 1-20 since coming off suspension and possibly having to get off speed. bench for avila till at least some hitting shows up? roster counts for tomorrow, not today, yet another avila missed game, this time to rain.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: besides last year Ruiz has always been a so so catcher, he’s a 45/8/50/2/.300 guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  216. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Give Marte/K Jansen/Fujikawa for Kimbrel/Chris Perez/Juan Pierre? 12T H2H non-keeper, and I just picked up Coco Crisp for my DL spot. Does this seem like a solid sell high opportunity?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

      • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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        @Grey: hmmm is it close? I have an abundance of OF now after scooping Cain, Saunders, and a DL’d Crisp. Is he much better than those guys ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s very close… If you need saves, take Kimbrel/Perez…

  217. Frank Grimes says:
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    podcast today? did I miss something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was pushed until tomorrow for Nick scheduling conflicts…

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Grey: cool thanks! how bouts a movie recommendation for after ball tonight? Lately I’ve watched zero dark thirty (meh) django (liked first half) and moonrise kingdom (real good)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moonrise was my favorite movie of last year… I liked The Campaign more than I thought… Really enjoyed Argo…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, but Ben Affleck made New Zealand look bad!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He made America look bad from 2001 through 2011… Don’t worry, he’ll do you right in ten years…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, he’ll think he’s making it up to us when he makes that movie about Newfoundland that he’s always wanted to make.

                The whole Argo thing caused a bit of a ruckus here. Kind of embarrassing, really.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not as embarrassing as Gigli….

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: That’s for sure.

                    Was a real small-country moment on our part, though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If it’s any consolation, the US didn’t even hear about New Zealand being dissed by Argo…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @SteveNZ: what part was that?

  218. Tom says:
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    Allen Webster called up for a start vs the twins tomorrow. Doubront to the bullpen…sox say he’ll only miss this one start. Thoughts on Webster? Think he has the stuff to stay in the rotation?

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: sorry, just saw this was addressed earlier…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He does have the stuff to stay in the rotation… Taking Sox at their word, he won’t this time… Worth a flyer though…

  219. chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey…

    Who is my best option to try and stabilize a Util spot that’s been in constant flux?: Kendrys Morales, Rickie Weeks, Kelly Johnson, Ichiro

    (Position doesn’t matter, obviously.)

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Coco’s nasty on the mic!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Not bad, right? Broussard beatboxing apparently…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I shut off Kendrick Lamarr to listen, so there’s that… Then again, I went right back to Lamarr…

  220. SteveNZ says:
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    Would anyone start McLouth over Jennings today?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @SteveNZ: what do the splits say? Batter vs. pitcher?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Not much in it. Jennings 2/3 vs Happ, McLouth 0/3 vs Erv.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @SteveNZ: what about the pens?

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @SteveNZ: I wank out sometimes on the decision, will spend 10 minutes doing analysis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

  221. mzyptlk says:
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    Now Tulo can’t play because of “leg tightness.” Any suggestions on a good trade for this guy? I think another hitter would be preferable to trading him for an SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon?

  222. costaricanchata says:
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    last May 11th , in my dynasty league , i proposed a trade of my :
    heyward , maybin , and bedard
    for his : stanton .

    he declined , but immediately sent of a counter-proposal that was an exact duplicate ,
    except ,
    i had to take his josh beckett along with stanton .

    pleasantly surprised , i immediately accepted his trade offer ,
    since my entire SP staff was : kershaw , darvish , vargas , villaneuve , and bauer .

    not only was i the victim of , perhaps , one of the greatest “poison pill” ploys of all time ,
    but ,
    if that smug pos loses tonight vs arizona …..
    well , am not sure what i’d do .

    any ideas ?
    p.s. up until 5 minutes ago , i had decided not to pitch him tonight (or ever , for that matter) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold on tight and hope for the best…

  223. Oppo Taco says:
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    hey grey, i have jhonny peralta at SS. someone dropped Lowrie a few days ago and i’ve already put in a claim. Stephen Drew is also on waivers. out of these 3 stooges, which would you prefer going forward? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie

  224. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    David Price a buy-low or stay away? Would you trade Goldy for him? I need pitching bad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buy low, no way would I give Goldy…

  225. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: To you who has more value? Cishek or Gregg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cishek

  226. chillmodious says:
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    Maholm or Cashner?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @chillmodious: seriously? maholm

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Dah! I knew I rushed that out there. I meant for Saturday. (Maholm @ SF; Cashner @ Tampa, BTW)

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @chillmodious: I’m sorry, having one of those days, but you are a pretty frequent guy in here. Cash has great upside, but right now he doesn’t look great, has some bad starts coming up and Maholm could give up 6 runs and still get the W

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: No worries at all…I’m always full of love for Jack Full of Hate! Frankly, that comment deserved a “seriously?” …I didn’t describe properly, which obviously changed the question completely.

        For the record, Cash is pretty much a Hodgepadre only to me…but his start at pitcher-friendly Tampa is enticing.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @chillmodious: I have learned from going all in on NL arms that interleague @ AL parks is a no no in my book. They still have to face real hitters for all 9 batters and instead of a pitcher you get a professional hitter, with that being said, it is Tampa, so there is no real professional hitter in their DH spot……damnit, Luke Scott is back and his chops of fury. I would sit him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maholm

  227. Butch Coolidge says:
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    My DL is full (Beachy, Pineda), should I still hang onto Andrew Bailey? I have Mujica, Cishek, and Perkins – Also, Chris Tillman, Justin Grimm, Brett Anderson, and Dom Brown are all waiver / free agents.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Butch Coolidge: drop Pineda, put Bailey on DL, and grab Grimm if you need an arm or Brown if you need a bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Pineda before Bailey…

  228. Mike says:
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    Which side:

    Pujols & Cingrani
    or
    Strasburg & Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, it’s fair…

  229. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Happ hit in the head by a line drive. Ball ricocheted down the RF line to Rays’ bullpen. Left on a stretcher, but did give a wave.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, just watched the replay… Figures, first hard hit ball by Jennings all year…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @VinWins: I blame Cueto…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wake Up: I blame Quentin

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Wake Up: Now we’re on the same page!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @VinWins: Ha!

  230. SteveNZ says:
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    Jack – haven’t seen the film myself, but there is a part where, in the interests of moving the story along, the NZ embassy staff are seen to be refusing to help the diplomats get out of Tehran.

    In actual fact the NZ embassy staff gave them a place to hide if needed and, at considerable personal risk, drove some of them to the airport.

    There was a bit of outrage here that our role had been misrepresented – “Affleck mislead the world” etc etc – as if the film puported to be a strict historical account.

    Bit silly really. Most right-thinking people didn’t give too much of a shit and found the whole thing a bit cringe-making.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canadians were PO’d too… That was the only country I remembered being pissed…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SteveNZ: Just got around to watching Argo (Netflix) didn’t really see what all the hype was about…I can see why it was hard for any embassy to put their whole staff at risk…didn’t really enjoy the film as much as I thought I would…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wake Up: I liked all the mustahces….is that gay?….not that there is anything wrong with it

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @SteveNZ: people need to chill out, it’s a dramatization of a covert op from a book, that I own, that is not the most well written thing out there.

  231. JTR says:
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    Do you like Allen Webster more than Cingrani going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  232. SteveNZ says:
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    Yu-Bet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Choo Choo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just traded him for Beltre…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, that’s a nice upgrade. I have Moose in the RCL too, though have been able to bench him for Arenado of late…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I needed RBIs more than runs…

              • @Grey:

                sure but did ya really need 3 3b?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: have them both on one team….I write this while making humping motions on my laptop

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  233. chunk says:
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    lucroy or avila going forward?

    As a Santiago streamer, I’d like to point out that Harvey is perfect through 6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucroy…. Nice jinx!

  234. Roy says:
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    A guy offered me Giancarlo for Frazier and Ernesto. Frazier is usually on my bench and my other relievers are Jansen,Henderson,Gregg,mujica, and tazam. We get one keeper per year so I was thinking Stanton for next year. Should I take it?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @Roy: Do it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Stanton

  235. B.o.B says:
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    I have a strong hatred for Elvis Andrus and it’s growing by the day. 10 team, H2H league with R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP. His .280 OBP is an absolute drain on my team and soul. Below are some available SS…

    Jed Lowrie
    Everth Cabrera
    Josh Rutledge
    Dee Gordon
    Brandon Crawford
    Andrelton Simmons

    You like any of those cats to replace Andrus?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @B.o.B: all of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: I am not happy about this answer Mr. Albright…however IF you had to pick one on that list, who would you pick? Keeping in mind it’s an OBP league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lowrie

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: is Rutledge OBP that bad?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s hideous

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: but in proper fantasy baseball (5×5 roto) he’s a sexy beast

  236. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Harvey perfect through six. He’s struck out everyone on the pale hose except Keppinger and Dunn. Go figure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just jinxed him real good…

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Rios finally got a knock. I figured that’s why everyone was silent…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wasn’t a knock as much as a squibbler to short…