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Francisco Rodriguez was removed from the closer job, because he was being sued by a dumpster fire for trademark infringement.  A portion of the deposition transcript follows:

“Is it true that you were passing an alleyway behind a Subway sandwich shop in late-March when you remarked to your friend, Nicholas Castellanos, that you thought it would be cool to also be a dumpster fire?”

“Leading the witness.”

“I’ll rephrase.  What did you say to Nicholas Castellanos when you saw a dumpster fire?”

“I could be that.”

That dumpster fire?”

“Yes!  It was aglow like E.T.’s finger!  I am the Icarus of refuse!”  So, Francisco Rodriguez is out, and Justin Wilson is in as the Tigers’ closer.  I’d guess the Tigers will try to go back to K-Rod at some point, but I’d also think it won’t turn out any better, and Wilson will end up being a solid closer, maybe even a Donkeycorn.  I’d grab Wilson in all leagues.  Then, there’s the case of Mark Melancon, who was DL’d due to an injury near his forearm.  “But I just learned it’s not a Hard C!”  That’s a Giants fan.  This might be me overreacting, but an injury near a forearm for a closer sounds like trouble.  There’s been some disagreement about who will take over, and I grabbed Hunter Strickland and Derek Law where I could, but I’m also like Pookie for SAGNOF, fiending for saves.  *smacks veins*  Give me more setup men!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners (0 walks), 9 Ks, ERA at 5.44.  Ah, yes, there it is again, the fantasy baseball owners’ cartoon expletive, Samard%#*&@!

Buster Posey – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, and 2nd game in a row with a homer.  Posey’s having a big series in Metco, but, like any visiting Posey, keep him away from Reyes, Familia, Harvey and Mets’ management that stands by while a pernicious culture subsists.

Michael Conforto – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  …going to a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Conforto!

T.J. Rivera – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting over-.350 in the last week with a home run in that time.  He’s been playing every day, and I’m as crazy for him as someone can be about a player with no real speed or power.

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Props to anyone that started Wheeler because the Stream-o-Nator was all about it, but I saw that, and was like, “I yeah yo.”  See, when I talk to myself, I don’t need to form coherent sentences, because I know what I’m saying in my head.

James McCann – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, hitting .157.  Who knows what will happen with his luck, but I just looked at his peripherals and there’s very little to be discouraged about.  Line drives, hard contact, walks and fly balls are up; Ks and BABIP are down.  He could be a .240 hitter with 18 HRs this year, and I’ve changed my opinion about him.  He McCann!

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.14.  Eff you, Regression Fairies.

Aaron Nola – Will make a rehab start today in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Fun fact!  While visiting this Triple-A affiliate, French tourists ask for directions to “The High Valley” thinking their Google translator messed up.

Jerad Eickhoff – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, EAR at 4.76 vs. Ariel Miranda – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.20.  This was a matchup billed as, “Grey doesn’t understand the attraction to either of these pitchers.”  As you can imagine, not that many people call it this.

Aaron Altherr – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .343.  Sure to be benched again, because the Phils really need to get into the lineup…um…hmm…Who do the Phils need to get into the lineup that keeps pushing Altherr to the bench?  Just play him!

Tommy Joseph – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 3rd homer.  Yes, after every one of his homers I’ve said more or less a version of, “This could be his breakout finally,” but, ya know, it could be.  I’m cyclops’ing, yo.

Robinson Cano – Homered, but left the game with a quad strain.  No word yet on a DL stint, so Robinson-may close down for ten days, or we Macy something else.  Department store puns!

Ben Gamel – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .362.  Zoinks!  Hot schmotato alert!

Jake Arrieta – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.35.  My schmohawk posts this year have been slightly less slam dunky as past years (McCutchen, Arrieta and CarGo have been garbage; Yelich and Murphy still need help to suck).  Arrieta, however, needs a good two months to get back to where you thought he’d be, and he looks so far away from the pitcher he once was.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  No jokes, if you don’t own Reynolds for just his home games, you’re not playing this thing the right way.

Javier Baez – 2-for-8, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .260.  Finally moved up to the six hole for the 2nd game of the doubleheader, but, of course, Maddon is still ludicrous, batting a one-day callup as the cleanup hitter (Candelario).

John Lackey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks in Coors, ERA at 4.29.  This sonavabenching was so obvious.  The writing was on the wall, and then the mom from 13 Reasons Why took photos of the writing, showed it to me, and I still didn’t believe it.  In.  Credible.

Antonio Senzatela – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.86.  See what I said 1/8th of an inch above, or 3 inches above if talking to a girl.

Koda Glover – Ready for a rehab assignment, and should be back by this weekend.  Let’s see, Dusty Baker is currently juggling three potential closers (Romero, Albers, Treinen), Kelley is due back on Friday and Glover right after that.  So, Joe Blanton will get the next save, because Dusty.

Enny Romero – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, which caused me to send out my favorite tweet that no one liked.  I’m gonna tell myself it was too highbrow.

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .333.  As mentioned above in the Arrieta blurb on the aforementioned tip, Murphy’s denying me a perfect score so far, or sofa if a couch is reading.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.59.  Member all that nonsense in the preseason about his knuckle?  I’m convinced it’s best to turn out all preseason chatter, aside from players who are out for more than a month.

Zach Britton – Shut down for 45-60 days.  That sounds like “I’m probably done for the season, but will hold out hope.”  Really bums me out that I didn’t grab Brad Brach in a few of my leagues.  Need to take my mind off it.  *reaches into Cougs’ pocketbook for candy, pulls out a Brach’s hard candy*  Dah!

Seth Smith – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .311.  Maybe it’s not Joey Rickard or the Lisper’s Nightmare, but the leadoff slot for the O’s is magical.

Steven Souza – Held out of the lineup due to a thumb injury.  Beginning to think Souza was so last month, and this month it’s all about Colby Rasmus (1-for-3, 2 runs).

Brad Miller – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, hitting .193.  So, what you’re saying is, Brad Miller didn’t retire?  You sure?

Salvador Perez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, as the Royals put back-to-back games together where they actually scored runs, i.e., tell Lorde the Royals weren’t a one-hit wonder.

David Price – Threw a 4-inning simulated game.  The robots were unable to score in the bottom of the third, after filling the bases.

Drew Pomeranz – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.23.  A) I told you not to draft him.  There’s no other letters.

Mookie Betts – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .304.  Mookie Ballgame!

Eric Thames – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .327.  Well, he’s still only hitting homers vs. the Reds, but these Reds have ‘ox.’

Keon Broxton – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (8), hitting .258.  Apparently, I should’ve held longer before dropping Broxton.  Okay, point taken, but I’m still glad to be one ‘xton lighter.

Julio Urias – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.06.  Okay, okay, okay, I have room for you with Severino and McCullers in my BFF circle.  Get in here!

Andrew Toles – Left with what appeared to be a leg injury.  Shucks, I guess Bellinger will have to play two positions.

Yoan MoncadaWhite Sox said he’s not close to promotion.  Yeah, no dur.  Halp and I talked a bit yesterday on the podcast about the arcane Super Two rules; they’re dumb.  Hey!  The rules, not us!

Kennys Vargas – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, two homers in his last two games, and four homers in the last nine games and…Okay, that’s all I got about new Kung Fu Kennys.  Kennys is hot, all of them, but they do not play every day so you need to platoon them.

Carlos Correa – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .263.  Correa’s bomb was off Bartolo, which made me think of something.  Member how Dennis Rodman went to North Korea as a personal guest of Kim Jong?  Doesn’t Bartolo feel like the type that will do the same once he retires?  Korean translator, “His Supreme Highness Command Leader would like you to join him for dinner.”  Colon nods, “Everything at Taco Bell that is Supreme has sour cream, is it the same here?”

Charlie Morton – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks , ERA at 3.63.  I’m the opposite of a Morton truther.  I just don’t get the attraction to him.  Sorry.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .252.  He homered off Colon, likely due to Colon’s unfamiliarity to C-Belt.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  In the right matchups, Reddick is great.  In bad matchups, use a topical.

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, hitting .270.  Drafting a catcher in the first six rounds is really paying off now!

Didi Gregorius – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .313.  Who rock the spot?  Didi.  You know how the schmotatoes go, unbelievable.

Dee Gordon – 1-for-4 as he was moved to the nine hole.  Sigh.  This is the 2nd year in a row this schmohawk is effin’ me in the eff hole.  Can’t believe I went back in on him.  If he stays in the nine hole, he’s about as valuable as Jarrod Dyson.

Dan Straily – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.03.  Definitely has had a few stellar games, but he’s also had some real six-weeks of Odor-ous ones too.  I’d continue to use Stream-o-Nator for him.

Aaron Sanchez – Says he’s on track to start on Sunday.  He’s recovering from a split nail on his finger.  An injury that could only sideline a major league pitcher and Steve Wiebe.

Troy Tulowitzki – Nearing rehab games.  “Rehab games” are Tulo’s Regal Beagle.

Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.86.  See what I said for Scherzer and put that broken record on repeat.

Yan Gomes – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .239.  Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior!

Jharel Cotton – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.68.  Where did he come from and when can he go?  Cotton Eye Jharel.

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and two more homers (10, 11).  Okay, I buy the change in approach and all of that, but I have one small, crazy question:  WHY DIDN’T YOU CHANGE YOUR APPROACH 6 YEARS AGO?!

Yunel Escobar – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 3rd homer in the last three games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Ben Revere – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  Some eyewitnesses said Revere’s home run looked like it went 275 feet, then Denard Span grabbed it and threw it over the fence.

A.J. Griffin – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.45.  Don’t even need to look at the Stream-o-Nator to know this was a good matchup.  Guys and five ladies, it was vs. the Padres.  Their 2nd best hitter is a 45-way tie with players, coaches and the equipment manager.

Delino DeShieldsRangers exploded for 11 runs and Delino didn’t play.  Holy sit!

Joey Gallo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .205.  Somewhere, Adam Dunn is clearing a forest with his blue ox and nodding his head in appreciation of Gallo’s year.

Robinson Chirinos – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .294.  If I would’ve drafted Chirinos, and didn’t touch him all year, I’d be doing better on all of my teams.

Ryan Rua – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .173.  I call him The Asian Lion, because that’s what his last name sounds like.  Rua!

Jered Weaver – 3 IP, 7 ER.  Weaver should retire already and play frisbee golf.  Frisbee Golf Caddy, “You can’t make that shot, Jered.  There’s a tree blocking the way.”  Frisbee Golf Announcer, “This is his only chance of missing wood.”  Weaver pitches so slow, his pitches add an extra ten minutes to every game.  If Weaver was on the Red Sox and Machado hit a HR off him, the pitch plus trot time could be an hour.

   
  1. Rudy Corrales says:
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    ROS.

    Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, McCutchen, Beltre. Reynolds. trumbo.

    who is the odd man out and not worth keeping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rudy Corrales: I’d prolly lose McCutchen, but case could be made for Beltre

  2. Count de Monetball says:
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    Haha! Love the title Rudy! That’s badass! Now to read….

  3. Bryzzo says:
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    dylan bundy or jake odorizzi?
    keon broxton or byron buxton ? who to choose

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Bryzzo:
      Jake and Keon

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Bryzzo: Bundy and Broxton

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, though you are brutally blunt this morning. No ‘b’s or ‘c’s EVEN!! What gives? Don’t answer.

    Got a meeting in 14 minutes and still chowing down on breakfast, so…..

    a. Had to put in at least one comment extra to have at least an ‘a’ comment to go with the ‘b’ quote, right?

    A few years back, John Kruk was recovering from a hospital stay from some intestinal inflammation. He tweeted to his fans to send him his ideal breakfast for recovery.

    I tweeted: ‘A bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit and some freshly-squeezed orange juice.’

    He tweeted back (my heart was fluttering): ‘I would only eat that if I were caught dead. Maybe not even then.’

    Oh, well. Win some, lose some.

    b. John Rambo Quote of the day for May 10

    Sheriff: ‘I wonder why the Pentagon would send a full bird Colonel to handle this?’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘The army thought I might be able to help.’

    Sheriff: ‘I don’t know in what way. Rambo’s a civilian now, he’s my problem.’

    Colonel Samuel Trautman: ‘I don’t think you understand. I didn’t come here to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hi Ante. That’s funny stuff. You’d think Kruk would be eating that daily, given his physique! (I hope you zinged him and tweeted back: “You can’t eat oatmeal (or anything else) when you’re dead, John!”)

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!!!

        CHRISTIAN ARROYO’S BROTHER HAS JUST BEEN CALLED UP. His name…..

        Muslim Arroyo!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Damn Al Gore!!

            It’s bad enough that he had to break the Internet. Now he’s interfering with fantasy baseball. Case in point?

            ‘Member last year around this time how much it rained in Colorado? How about this year? Ring any bells? Ding, ding, ding!!! Al Gore stay out of fantasy baseball!!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              I blame Al Gore for everything

  5. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Good K rate? Check.
    Good B rate? Check.
    Good groundball rate? Check
    Good bullpen/runs support to help get winz? Check.
    Strong velo? Check.

    But no, Grey is too LA cool to find that “attractive”. Only goes for supermodels like Giancarlo. The salt of the earth types like Morton just never do it for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: Meh, seems to be a 3.75 ERA to 4.10 ERA guy, it’s all right in deep enough leagues

  6. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hernan Perez or Keon broxton ? Is this close in your eyes?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Josh-NYC:
      Broxton

  7. AdamH says:
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    Is it time to drop Todd Frazier? I’ve been holding out hope he finally gets healthy and starts hitting bombs. Getting frustrated though. Can add K. Broxton, Altherr, Marwin, Rivera. care to rank those if I should replace Frazier?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @AdamH:
      Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH: Could see going to Broxton

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    And that 1 ER for Urias wasn’t even his fault! He had a no-no going into the 7th, gave up a double to lose it, then immediately was taken out for Romo, who promptly allowed that run and another (credited against him) to score.

  9. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Alex Wood has some sexy fangraphs.. his BABIP is a little low at .260 and that should even out.. but
    11.53 K/9
    3.03 BB/9
    0.30 HR/9
    2.73/1.90/2.47 ERA/FIP/XFIP

    1) Do you like Alex Wood over any of my pitchers?
    2) What about JC Ramirez? Do you like him over any of my pitchers?
    ***If you like Alex Wood and JC Ramirez over a few of my pitchers, let me know which pitchers you’d drop them for so I know how to set waivers. I appreciate it!

    My league is 10 team H2H, standard 5×5 categories
    SP: Maeda
    SP: Archer
    SP: Duffy
    SP: Drew Pomeranz
    SP: Trevor Cahill
    SP: Jake Odorizzi
    SP: Tajuan Walker
    SP: Michael Pineda
    SP: Charlie Morton
    SP: Ian Kennedy
    RP: Giles
    RP: Kimbrel
    RP: Glover
    RP: Ramos
    DL: Cam Bedrosian
    NA: Jose De Leon

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Josh-NYC:
      Add Wood drop Pom.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Agree w/ MP, JC over Kennedy

  10. Bodacious Taters says:
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    Thanks for the Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf) reference – love to play because it’s FREE. How ’bout u ?

  11. Tony C says:
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    Grey thanks for stellar work. In a 12 team H2H, 10×10, daily moves, my roster:
    C-Perez
    1b-Freeman
    2b-Altuve
    3b-Baez
    Ss-Diaz
    OF-K.Davis, Bellinger, Thames
    UT-Bregman
    BN-Trumbo
    DL-Haniger, Dahl
    SP-verlander, Hendricks, Maeda, Duffy, McCullers, Nova
    RP-Herrera, Bush
    BN-Paxton, Leake, JC Ramirez

    Add Alonso, Broxton or Altherr and drop Bregman or Diaz? I know it looks like I should drop a SP but these guys are scarcer on the free agent list in my league.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Diaz for Alonso

  12. mjp says:
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    Would you move McCutch for Broxton?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @mjp:
      hold

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @mjp: If you need speed I would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mjp: I could see it

  13. @grey…. one of the all time great titles today. Fantastic work. Sir, You are a wordsmith extraordinare and fantasy baseball god. Much love from the north side of chicago!

  14. kilkennybrian says:
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    Is Britton droppable in 10 teamers?

  15. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Getting crushed by Encarnacion, Trumbo, and Story’s slow starts in a 12T H2H league. Flip Story/Osuna for Owings/Arrieta? Obviously just buying a struggling starter but at least it lessens the amount of struggling bats? OY, what a sad question haha

  16. Callmejayp says:
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    Would u still try to move Duffy? And do u think Tanaka would be a good guy to move him for or try to shoot for sumone else?
    Manaea is on waivers and should come off the dl soon what do u think about him for the rest of the year?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Callmejayp: If you can get Tanaka for Duffy, definitely take that.

    • Bil Lumbergh says:
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      @Callmejayp: I’ve already sold all my shares of Duffy and haven’t looked back. Tanaka is a good get…

  17. Robert says:
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    Manaea or Samardzija?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Robert:
      Jeff with two F’s

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Robert: Stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Samardzija, Agree w/ F tho

  18. Chucky says:
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    Snell is on my spit list. Picked him up for his two starts Week 6. Well that worked out just fine, yuk. Two start Week 7 guys available are Ryu, Iwakuma and Freeland available. Care to chance a guess?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Chucky:
      Ryu

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @joeg414: exactly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: I’d look at matchups

  19. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Is Altherr boy for real or a schmotato? Over Haniger as a 4-5th OF?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Hanniger is out for a while with the injury. Altherr is real, if he gets to play every day. Even with is playing time now he is producing. If no DL, I would pick up Altherr.

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, fellas. Hey Grey, are we waiting out Odor or would you pick up Schoop?

        P.S. Not too high-brow. I dug it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  20. Cuthbert Allgood says:
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    With Melancon down…I need a replacement. Here are my options…who would you choose?

    Rodney
    Maurer
    Rosenthal
    Law
    Any National closer…(insert name here)
    Any Athletics closer…(insert name here)

    Thanks…

    • William Hung says:
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      @Cuthbert Allgood: Hasn’t Maurer been pretty good?

      • Bil Lumbergh says:
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        @William Hung: Yes, but Padres are crap – save oops are few and far between…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bil Lumbergh: Yes but he’s an actual closer.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Cuthbert Allgood: Rodney is never the answer…….Law has been tabbed the closer, so go there,

  21. E says:
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    can i drop matt moore? I would pick up corey knebel.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @E: You can drop Matt Moore …he sucks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Agree w/ F

  22. Nicky Numbnuts says:
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    Regal Beagle. Hah.

  23. William Hung says:
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    I’m debating on who is doing my team more harm, Rizzo or Deez Nutz – am I better off picking up a bench option for Rizzo or Deez Nutz? It comes down to Yonder or Cesar Hernandez. I play in H2H Roto with OBP and Ks counting for hitters

    In other news, the Cubs are rolling out Kyle Kendrick and the Rockies are rolling out some guy with a 7+ ERA… I better be getting 3 HRs between Rizzo and Story today.

  24. Deerfield Doubledays says:
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    Great shit as always G.

    To you and the rest of the razzballers, just opening up discussion. IF you owned bryant in a keeper league what would you consider trading him for? In a vacuum of course

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Deerfield Doubledays: I would never trade a first round pick that’s 27 or younger unless you are getting another first rounder + something else good. I guess being a bigger fan of another player or player from your favorite team could sway that judgement though.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Deerfield Doubledays: Trout or Harper. Any plethora of players that are good?

  25. lwomack58 says:
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    L. Cain on waviers-drop Kipnis for him. Thanks

    • b the esq. says:
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      @lwomack58: Can do depending on team roster make up.

      • lwomack58 says:
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        It’s either Kipnis, Nunez or Peraza for L. Cain. Have Cesar [email protected] now.

  26. charlie batch says:
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    pujols or alsono?

  27. Mordacious Levator says:
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    man i had no idea how bad yelich can be, i saw his OPS line like 2 days back and i’m like, this guy needs to be stealing like 30 bases to justify where he goes in 5×5’s, much less in OPS leagues (which doesn’t seem lower, but it should be).

    – read somewhere how if schimpf/gallo (both on pace for over .800 OPS, and under .200 AVG) get to 400 or more PA it’ll be first time anybody has ever done this. it’s proof teams are actually learning how AVG is garbage. as long as you BB and HR enough you have value.

    – let’s get a counter going of lackey benches. i’m down with 6.

  28. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey I Lol’d with the paul bunyan reference. Altherr BABIP is in the 400s, puig has already regressed from early start and is now warming up again, ROS who do you like? That HR last night move the needle?

    Puig is not an OPS guy, and Altherr in a nice home park sounds too tasty to ignore. this is for a 6×6 OPS mixed league

  29. Mordacious Levator says:
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    14 team h2h with QS and K/9.
    have lackey/andriese/karns/carmart/wood/shoemaker/duffy/bradley

    drop both of andriese/karns for montgomery/streamer spot or hold one/both of them? SON doesn’t like their upcoming stuff. andriese more so it hates (@BOS). stream options weak in the chavez/garza/cashner/c.anderson/tomlin/kuhl/godley area.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Grey: yeah in spots like this it might be risky to drop guys performing currently regardless of upcoming matchup hate if/when other options are worse. i’d guess if chavez kicks ass today this might change (today he’s a barely negative, next time up like $17)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  30. b the esq. says:
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    Rest of Season rank ’em at 2B – Pedroia, Kinsler, Castro, Lowrie.

    Also, Eichkoff in the middle of a terrible 3 game stretch, after a good 4 game stretch to start the season. What is his outlook rest of season? Drop for any of JC, Karns, Wood, [email protected]$%@#, Cobb or Gausman?

    Thx

  31. lwomack58 says:
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    Sit Hendricks today @ Colo?

  32. John says:
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    Is Gregory Polanco just going to suck all year?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @John:
      Yup

    • Bil Lumbergh says:
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      @John: As an owner in multiple leagues, I sure hope not!!

  33. Oppo Taco says:
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    How concerned are you with Quintana so far? I might be able to get Odor for him in our keeper but my pitching seems somewhat week. Lineup listed below. Thanks! 12 team 5×5 roto keeper

    C – Grandal
    1B – Goldy
    2B – DJL
    SS – Seager
    3B – Bregman
    OF – Upton
    OF – CarGo
    OF – Thames
    Util – Rizzo
    Util – Alonso
    Bench – Buxton, Rhys Hoskins
    DL – Piscotty
    N/A – Moncada
    SP – Cole, Quintana, Verlander, Cobb, McCullers, Wood, Berrios, Devinski
    RP – Jansen, Casilla
    DL – Bumgarner

    Im guessing you’d take Odor over Quitana.

  34. lwomack58 says:
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    Drop Belt-p/u Gamel, Reddick, Drury, Valencia or Rivera. Belt is currently on my bench. Moreland is my 1st baseman.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @lwomack58:
      Belt is still the best player in that group, so being a bench bat I would hold.

  35. John Holden says:
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    Would trading away Boegarts and Bellinger for Correa be too much in a keeper league?

  36. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    5×5 12-team mixer, in a vacuum where I’ve got some bats (and Odor), which do you like more:

    My judge for his Rizzo

    Or

    My judge and kenrdys morales for Rizzo and bedrosian?

    Either one is good right?

    Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Alcesto:
      Judge for Rizzo

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Alcesto: Either

  37. BayOfPuigs says:
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    In a 12 team H2H points league, are you holding Urias? He’s got a ton of talent, I watched his game last night, but will he get enough of a pitch leash to be worth holding? I mean he’s gotten 9.5, 8, and 13 points the last 3 games and his ERA is 1. I can see him being useful in a root or cates league where ratios matter, but even if he pitches a 5 inning no hitter thats almost as many points as a streaming spot for say Odorizzi. Any thoughts?

  38. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work my man, keep up the good work. As a Kelvin Herrera fan, I just wish the Nats would pull the trigger on a trade for him already… I dropped Peraza for Broxton in hopes he is breaking out and since Peraza isn’t stealing or doing much of anything and I he was a bench guy since I have Odor and didi. 12 team h2h category dynasty league, I won’t regret this right? I dropped Mazara since my team has one win and he got snatched up asap. Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: In a Dynasty league i wouldn’t have dropped either, especially Mazara….You should have been able to trade them if you didn’t need/want them.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: my league isn’t huge on stashing prospects and i am already in win now mode and my outfield is stacked.

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: Semantics bro, okay what I obviously meant was young players with huge potential who aren’t doing anything thus far.

  39. Clive says:
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    What kind of FAAB bid ($100 for season) would you put down on Frazier?

    I’ve been stashing Brinson in a keeper league – would you drop him for Broxton?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clive: Frazier who? What is your league?

      • Clive says:
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        @Grey: Todd Frazier, my fault! H2H 10 team OPS league. Thanks!

  40. Ballsinplay says:
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    On a scale of stud to schmohawk where does Mazara fall?

  41. Joh says:
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    Team needs some fine tuning 9×9 league h2h

    C bandy
    1b goldy
    2b odor
    3b rendon
    Ss segura
    If Carlos Santana
    Of Trumbo, Mazara, inciarte, springer
    Util deshields, Moreland
    Bench Hernan Perez, fowler, Hanley

    Sp lackey , McCullers, aj griffin, Pineda, Jc Ramirez, tajuan
    Rp bush, Strickland, Betances, Jansen, Giles
    Dl gray, melancon

    Teams in last play starting to play better of late, which direction should I go lose a hitter for another starter/streamer spot?

    Guys on FA
    Gamel, E-rod, buxton, Chris Taylor, manaea,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joh: Consolidate your team… 3 bench bats is silly… Trade Hanley, Trumbo and Springer for Sale… Things like that

  42. Chin Music says:
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    Time to scoop up Buxton?

    • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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      @Chin Music: I did….I’m okay watching him figure it out while he’s on my bench. He was great down the stretch last year.

  43. Who says:
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    C-b McCann
    1b Freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b Miller
    3b Arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Hanley
    Ut Reynolds
    Bn bruce
    Bn Santana
    Bn just dong

    Trade Freeman, Arenado, Duvall, and Miller for trout, c seager, c Davis, and beltre?

    Fixes my ss problem but leaves me with 3b trouble. Thanks!

  44. Shane Paps says:
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    Drop Souza or Deshields for Broxton? Any chance Broxton gets bumped up in the order?

    • Bil Lumbergh says:
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      @Shane Paps: Do it

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shane Paps: It doesn’t matter, add Broxton. Souza I guess, if you need steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  45. mcmi11ions says:
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    I picked up Toles yesterday morning in my NL only after seeing that HT had him as a top 30 hitter for the next 7 days. I get 2 transactions a week in this league! He’s gonna look awesome next to Cespedes, Syndergaard, Matz, Gray and Desclafani… wait. I dropped Desclaf to get Toles. At least I still have 5 hurt guys on my team…

    The worst part about Toles getting hurt is he did it trying to go all out for a McCutchen liner. It’s not like the Pirates have any offense or McCutchen can still run. Worst case scenario is it falls in, Cutch is at 2nd and gets stranded there. Then Toles isn’t hurt and I have nothing to complain about today.

    Wednesday Hate list:

    McCutchen
    Gutsy Players
    Negative X-rays followed by MRI’s

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Post Script – I just dropped Toles for Pham. No more transactions this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gutsy Players! Haha

  46. Murph says:
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    Morning Grey
    Buxton is batting over .350 over the last two weeks. Also – Trevor Story hitting .300 over the past week – signs of life!

    I grabbed Buxton and Ben Gamel –
    1) Cut either one for Alex Wood, Morton, Karns or a streaming spot – or hold?
    2) Also a prayer hexagon for Trout and Melancon please!
    Thank you sir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Karns 2. Head down, praying hard

  47. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Is Peraza and Nova/Ray too much to give up for Robertson? I just lost Melancon (good luck coming back on May 16) and SP is Degrom, McCullers, Ray, Nova, Maeda, Samardjzia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds it

  48. OaktownSteve says:
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    I saw you called me…

    Charlie Morton is basically at 10k/9. I keep forgetting you play in all those leagues that don’t have a strike out category.

    I have you Alonso pretty early. Did you get him anywhere? Same post I said eyeball Pinder. I think there’s a chance he plays himself into almost everyday AB. Super deep leaguer to keep an eye on. Got a little sock. Not going to be a mixer though.

    • Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Nice work on Alonso. I absolutely remember you mentioning him. Was that three weeks ago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You also told me Delino, which I’m not sitting on… Morton has 45 IP of 10 K/9 and 890 IP of 6 K/9, I’m not convinced he’s anything but a solid matchup streamer… I didn’t get Alonso, but wish I did

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: you need to come talk deep league with Laura, she’s in tune with all that goodness. It’s too shallow over here

  49. mjp says:
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    Looking at my lineup would you trade McCann for Colome straight up?:

    C: Brian McCann ?
    1B: Anthony Rizzo
    2B: José Altuve
    3B: Manny Machado?
    SS: Addison Russell
    ?OF: Mike Trout
    ?OF: Bryce Harper
    ?OF: Cody Bellinger
    UTIL: Brandon Belt ?
    UTIL: Andrew McCutchen
    BN: Keon Broxton
    BN: Hernán Pérez
    BN: Starling Marte
    NA: Lewis Brinson

    SP1: Corey Kluber ?
    SP2: Yu Darvish ?
    SP3: Carlos Carrasco ?
    SP4: Masahiro Tanaka
    SP5: Lance Lynn
    RP1: Aroldis Chapman
    RP2: Kenley Jansen
    RP3: Chris Devenski
    RP4: Héctor Neris
    DL: Aaron Nola
    DL: Jon Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  50. Tweak says:
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    Joe Jimenez struggled in his first time up with Detroit this year and just got DL’d in Toledo, but I would be shocked if he wasn’t closing games by the end of the season. The kid’s stuff is just too good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, maybe in Sept to give him a shot at a few games

  51. The Great Knoche says:
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    Bartolo Colon was reliving his glory years last night as he allowed a player born in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s to homer off him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • LenFuego says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Not bad for a player born n the ’40s!

  52. Who says:
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    C McCann
    1 Hanley
    2 Odor
    Ss B Miller
    3 Arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Freeman
    Ut Reynolds

    Bn Santana
    Bn just dong
    Bn Bruce

    Trade arenado, freeman, Duvall, and Miller for trout, c seager,c davis, and beltre?

  53. Sano it's your birthday says:
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    So I was offered this deal in on the fence…
    Season long 6×6

    My corner infield consist of
    Sano Bregman rizzo encarnacion bellinger pujols and castallenos

    My middle consists of
    Correa lemehieu and beckham

    Outfield is
    JD Martinez renfroe Margot Carlos Gonzalez sano bellinger mancini and joc pedersen

    I was offered schwarber and Baez for Edwin encarnacion and beckham. What’s your opinion on this deal?

  54. KCC26 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I’m sure you’ve covered this before, but how much are you buying into R. Zimmerman? I know we should expect an injury at some point, but in that lineup what kind of bat are we calling him right now? top 50? higher?

    How would you value you him in trades at this point (if you’re selling)? If you could would you exchange him straight up for a guy like K. Seager? Desmond? Jose Ramirez? Just trying to think of guys that might be of a similar value at this point. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t buy into him at all…We’ve been here before with him… I’d take Seager, Desmond or Ramirez

  55. The Great Knoche says:
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    Also, the Mets are benching their hottest hitter against Matt Cain with an off day tomorrow. Pisses me off cause I have many Conforto shares right now, but man I am sure glad I am not a Mets fan right now.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Apparently he’s dealing with a minor hamstring injury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Such BS

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The Great Knoche: The Mets have been winning…i believe 8 out of their last 11 now…could think of worse times to be a Met fan.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @The Great Knoche: As the guy who accidentally FAAB’d Cain this week, I’m very happy about that!

  56. Who says:
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    C McCann
    1b Freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b Miller
    3b arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Hanley
    Ut Reynolds

    Bn Santana
    Bn Bruce
    Bn just dong

    Trade arenado, Freeman, duvall, and Miller for Trout, c seager, c Davis, and Beltre? Thanks!

  57. Mr. Rickey says:
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    How do you rank these 1B’s ROS:

    Reynolds
    Bellinger
    Hanley
    Yonder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley, Bellinger, Yonder

  58. Harry says:
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    Ha! Great opener today!
    Paid $7 for McCutch and not even getting that in return from this guy…so far can’t trade away, do we keep holding? Ugh… Also forced to play either Cutch vs Maeda or Cain vs Archer today..who plays, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on options

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey: True, thanks.
        Also, sorry quick, Cain (vs Archer) or McCutch (vs Maeda) tonight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain

  59. theectocooler says:
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    12 team H2h points league… I give Adam Jones and Teheran and I get Gerritt Cole….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  60. Who says:
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    C McCann
    1b Freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b Miller
    3b arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Hanley
    Ut Reynolds

    Bn Santana
    Bn Bruce
    Bn just dong

    Trade arenado Freeman Duvall and Miller for trout, c seager, c davis, and Beltre?

  61. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Deal EE and Boegarts to get Freddie Freeman?

  62. Who says:
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    C McCann
    1b Freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b Miller
    3b arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Hanley
    Ut Reynolds

    Bn Santana
    Bn Bruce
    Bn just dong

    Trade arenado Freeman Duvall and Miller for trout, c seager, c davis, and Beltre?

    Sorry if u keep getting this. I’ve tried posting numerous times and it doesn’t appear to be working for me. Thanks!

  63. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (Max Acquisitions per Week: 6)

    (3) SP: Carrasco, McCullers, Duffy
    (2) RP: Brach, Johnson
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Severino, Walker
    (6) Bench: Ray, Graveman, Urias, Lynn, Shoemaker

    (2) DL: Bedrosian

    Okay so I only I have 5 more adds for the week and I usually save the moves for streaming SPs but I really want to get my RP right going forward! Considering who is available, is it worth using another add or two to replace any of my RPs? You last advised dropping Johnson for Neris but now with the closer updates in Detroit and SF, I’m not sure what the best move(s) is here? I do have Bedrosian coming back soon, but I guess I really don’t know how to rank all these RPs?!

    Available RPs: Rodney, Neris, Benoit, Wilson, Strickland, Law, Albers, Kelley, Glover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson over Johnson

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks so much man!

  64. Mike says:
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    Drop Kole Calhoun for either Schebler, Altherr, or Deshields?

  65. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Totally sat Lackey everywhere yesterday even though you predicted last week he was going to throw a Gem in Coors and we’d all have him on our bench. Also rolled with Hitter-Tron to address my log jam at 1B, which had Wil Myers and Hosmer ahead of Yonder Alonso…Holy sit, sonavabench, cursewords!

    Do you think Yonder Alonso is just a hot schmotato or should he be in my daily lineup? I have Wil Myers, Hosmer as 1B options, Justin Turner and Franco as 3Bs. League Im concerned about is H2H categories and has C/I and Utility slot.

    Thanks as always brotherman, great read!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, of course Lackey did, that bastard… Alonson should be started every day until further notice

  66. CMUTimmah says:
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    John Lackey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks in Coors, ERA at 4.29. This sonavabenching was so obvious. The writing was on the wall, and then the mom from 13 Reasons Why took photos of the writing, showed it to me, and I still didn’t believe it. In. Credible.

    TOTAL SONAVABENCH! I picked up Wheeler to make the start in his place, so it wasn’t a total loss. Lackey’s numbers where questionable coming in, hopefully he’s turning a corner.

    PS – 13 Reasons Why – Terrible acting overall, however, it was so well written it hid a lot of that. And I’ve got to hand it to Selena Gomez, I’m sure she had help, but it was a very well produced show. I’m not sure how there could be a season two, but to avoid spoilers I think there’s a nugget in the last episode that is foreshadowing of where the story will go… and I’ll likely watch. Tragedies, when done well, leave the viewer to introspection. This show had many moments that made me think about things I’ve thought, said, and done, and isn’t that what used to make a good show?

    But seriously, that chick really was let down by everyone. Holy crap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hated the show, how old was Fonzie, like 40? Did every stereotypical bad thing happen to this girl in the matter of three months? Did Clay have a highlighter mark on his forehead for two weeks?

  67. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Drop Brandon “Pow right in the kisser” Kintzler for Justin Wilson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  68. Synyster says:
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    Conforto DTD w/ hammy tightness. Be like oh no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I want to blame you for telling me this

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        This is the worst news in the world. Hopefully its only wear and tear from starting 17 games in a row.

        The only shining light on my team is the sun reflecting off Giancarlos glistening baby oiled body. Rizzo stinks, Story stinks, Trea Turner stinks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  69. BAC says:
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    5×5 OBP

    Drop Mancini for Gamel, Pham?

    Drop Wood, McCarthy, JC Ramirez for Berrios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gamel….No

  70. DJ says:
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    Great post Grey!

    Which side you got?

    Correa for Story, Quintana and E Santana.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DJ: Correa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I actually traded C.Seager for Story and K.Davis last night

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: So basically I hope you’re right

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Grey: Ha

  71. demribbies says:
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    Never bench your studs, right? But what do you do when you have a bunch of studs?

    Bench Rizz-0-fer @COL vs Marquez
    for Hanley @MIL vs Anderson
    or
    Mark Reynolds @COL v Hendricks
    or
    Take my lumps and send Rizz out there

    I’m hoping Maddon will rest Rizz today and make the decision for me.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @demribbies: speaking as a guy in the same situation, the day you bench rizzo is the day he goes 4-4 with 2 HR and a steal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @demribbies: Ask someone who benched Rendon for his 6-for-6, 3 HR game

  72. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Would you trade Ellsbury for any of Walker, Morton, or Cahill? I have an OF surplus but shaky pitching outside of Yu, Nova, and . . . Leake?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill

  73. Bosox says:
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    Jose peraza or Keon?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Bosox: Keon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree w/ F

  74. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Just a quick question. If I wanted to trade Adam Jones what outfielder could I get back in return?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: Put him on the trade block in your league and find out

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        I did that and no one has responded as of yet

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: That’s probably your answer then…not much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree w/ F

  75. Joe says:
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    H2H…keeper league…..urias for mccullers..which side?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Joe: McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree w/ F

  76. Five-On-One says:
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    Line-ups lock today for the week. Risk starting Rich Hill for his expected start Tuesday against SF? Can’t be sure he will actually start, but SF is a juicy one. Other options (none are any good) for that slot would be 2-start Nelson (vBOS and @SD), 2-start Miley (@WAS and @DET), Cobb (@BOS) Folty (@MIA) or Shawn Kelly (due to be activated Friday).
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are terrible choices…I’d go Kelley

  77. Justin says:
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    Points league: Pedroia + Hanley for Freeman?

    At 1B I currently have W. Myers & Hanley
    At 2B I currently have J. Altuve, J. Ramirez, D. Pedroia

    …just waiting for Donaldson, Cespedes, and Haniger to get back from the DL but my team is falling. Thanks

  78. jbeeler592 says:
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    Grey
    Would you drop Bautista to JB jr for Broxton? H2H 10 team league 6×6 (OBP and QS the extra category)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  79. Thomas says:
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    Aaron Judge and Starling Marte for Max Sherzer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Thomas: I’d want Judge and Marte…and if its a keeper it isn’t close for me.

      • Thomas says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        You and Grey just conflicted me! I’ve got Gardner/Conforto/Dickerson/Joc Pederson to fill in for Judge, just afraid he’s Stanton for free.

        Not a keeper.

        My pitching is basically Greinke, Luis, Robbie Ray, Julio Urias, Michael Wacha with D. Price/Matz/Jon Gray/Felix all on DL.

        So, my pitching has not been too sharp.

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Thomas:
          I’ll break that tie for you. Take Max for this year. Judge will regress Marte is not back until mid July..

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Thomas: Dont listen to him, he’s a liar

  80. Jake says:
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    Do you like…

    Keon Broxton or Aaron Hicks ROS?

    A.J. Griffin or Kyle Freeland ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton…Griffin

  81. Raylansdad says:
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    Hello Grey, great write up as always! I am getting sick of JBJ. Drop him for Altherr, DeShields, Gamel? 14 team roto. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  82. Nico says:
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    Sup Grey? I have Melancon, picked up Law, would you drop Estrada to grab Wilson for insurance? SP’s are in good shape w Archer, Carrasco, McCullers, Nova, Leake, Ray, Cahill, Samardzija. My other closer is a Familia. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  83. jack florida says:
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    would you drop justin turner for hosmer in a 12 team redraft?

    thanks

    • Synyster says:
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      @jack florida:

      No way. Not even close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  84. Cram It says:
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    Joe Maddon is such a hipster. Candelario batting cleanup. Montero 5th. Baez 8th. Tool.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Cram It:
      and other days, said Tool has Schwarber leading off with Zobrist!? batting cleanup..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ridiculous

  85. Who says:
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    C McCann
    1b Freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b Miller
    3b arenado
    Of Springer
    Of Desmond
    Of Duvall
    Ut Hanley
    Ut Reynolds

    Bn Santana
    Bn Bruce
    Bn just dong

    Trade arenado Freeman Duvall and Miller for trout, c seager, c davis, and Beltre? Thanks!

  86. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Marwin G or Yonder for ROS ?

  87. Packers says:
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    Hello, who would you rather have in a 10 team, 5 outfielders,roto, OPS added cat, D.Peralta, O.Herrera or Keon Broxton?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Packers: ODB

    • Cram It says:
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      @Packers: CHeck that, Brox

      • Packers says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton

      • Packers says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  88. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League, (W=7, QS=5, L=-5, SO=1, etc)

    Zack Wheeler or Jordan Montgomery ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

  89. demribbies says:
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    Rizzo on the bench today guys. Bout time Maddon.

    • William Hung says:
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      @demribbies: Such a wasted opportunity – i would’ve preferred if he benched him tomorrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t see how this is good

  90. Who says:
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    C mccann
    1b freeman
    2b odor
    Ss b miller
    3b arenado
    Of springer
    Of desmond
    Of duvall
    Ut hanley
    Ut reynolds
    Bn bruce
    Bn santana
    Bn just dong

    Trade freeman, arenado, duvall, and miller for trout, c seager, c Davis, and beltre? Fixes my ss but gives me some 3b trouble. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  91. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Hey hey Grey,

    Closer speculation is driving me crazy this year. I grabbed Law, I’m still holding Bedrosian, and I have room to roster 2 more RPs, for the time being. Here come the questions:

    1) Keep holding Cam, or is So-So-Scia not going back to him? Or does nobody F’ing know?

    2) Bradley or Hoover next in line in ARI. (And why do managers stick with Rodney for so long?)

    3) Diaz seems to have figured things out lately, time to stop picking up and dropping Vincent?

    Extra Credit) Drop or hold Taillon? Web MD has a cheery outlook:

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/radical-inguinal-orchiectomy-for-testicular-cancer

    Extra extra credit) How messed up am I for WebMD’ing a young man’s cancer treatment so I can figure out if I should roster him or not?

    Love yas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Hoover 3. Drop Vincent — Taillon was dropped in a few of my leagues

    • Sportive Tricks says:
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      @Sportive Tricks:

      4) And should I keep holding out hope with Benoit Balls?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope

        • sportivetricks says:
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          @Grey:

          Thanks. I’ve been thinking about balls too much already today.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  92. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Altherr over Margot? Steals and Runs were a weak spot for me, but I’ve got that ship righted some. Altherr seems a bit more tantalizing than Manuel right now at least.

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  93. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (1) C: Wieters
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Owings
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Harper, Springer, Inciarte
    (2) UT: H. Ramirez, Abreu
    (6) Bench: Longoria

    (2) DL: Haniger

    (3) SP: Carrasco, McCullers, Duffy
    (2) RP: Brach, Wilson
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Severino, Walker
    (6) Bench: Ray, Urias, Lynn, Shoemaker, JC Ramirez

    (2) DL: Bedrosian

    Yo Grey I know you probably hate these hypothetical trade questions but I think I want to try trading for Xander or even Segura to maybe help me in the Runs and Hits dept from the 4th place team below… yes this team is in 4th while I’m in 6th!? So would offering Owings + Longo be too little or too much to get either Xander or Segura? Or do you see a better trade opportunity here?

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Moreland
    (1) 2B: Dee Gordon
    (1) SS: Xander
    (1) 3B: Moustakas
    (3) OF: Stanton, Jones, Cain
    (2) UT: Hosmer, Segura [2B,SS]
    (6) Bench: Fowler, Molina, Ellsbury, Baez, Contreras

    (2) DL: n/a

    (3) SP: Kershaw, Sale, Lackey
    (2) RP: Chapman, K-Rod
    (4) P: Wacha, Leake, Odorizzi, Hellickson
    (6) Bench: Sabathia

    (2) DL: Felix Hernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it, sounds too little

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Yeah I was afraid it might be too little but I’ll try it… figured maybe he’ll bite since he only has Moustakas at 3B and he’s certainly got enough middle infielders… thanks for the advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: So he turned down my original offer of Longo + Owings for Xander but did reply with “need the help bad at 3B but not giving up Bogaerts”

            Is Segura worth trading for instead or should I be getting a better return for Longoria and/or Owings?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Segura for just Longo, but no reason to put in Owings too, Segura’s not that much better than Owings

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: Good stuff man! Yeah just trying to find a way to improve my SS position and consolidate Longo because he’s a bench bat most of the time. Also looking to get better in hitting of course but especially in SBs since I think my team is light on that…

  94. Tom says:
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    Great work Grey, another fantastic article! I’m in a 16 team league and the wire is pretty much picked clean, could you please rank Granderson, Holiday, Yonder Alonso and Starling Marte rest of season?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tom: Alonso should be owned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: Thanks guys!

  95. b the esq. says:
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    Karns, Cobb, Shark, JC Ramirez, Griffin, Wood, Gausman, Cotton, Tillman. How do you rank them moving forward (I realize thats a lot of names and I apologize in advance).

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  96. Big W says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Bruan/Shoemaker

    or

    Cueto/Buxton

    Keeper league, yahoo roto 6×6 with OPS and K/BB

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        What about

        Braun/Shoemaker

        for

        Cueto/Sano

        12 team keeper league, yahoo roto 6×6 with OPS and K/BB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you need an SP, take Cueto

  97. William Hung says:
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    As a Rizzo and Story owner I am worried… I am really tempted to throw out Rizzo trades for guys like Eric Thames or Joey Votto and see what happens. As for Story, if I do decide to keep Rizzo – he’d be the guy I would drop for a 1B like Yonder or Hosmer.

    It’s been a while since I’ve had this many players on my team sucking like this – Deez Nutz, Rizzo, Story – these guys are really putting me in a tight spot.

    Do you think Rizzo is hiding an injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Just form a prayer circle and sacrifice a chicken and see if Rizzo turns things around?

        Do you think we need to throw a virgin into a lava pit to get Story back on track?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worth a shot!

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: We know, you’ve been complaining about them multiple times all week. It’ll make your climb that much easier when they get hot at the same time. Hang in there.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Cram It: I’m hoping that they subconsciously hear me – Rizzo is frustrating cause I know he’s experiencing some extreme bad luck with his BB & K rates being good… it’s that .219 BABIP that’s crushing him.

        • Cram It says:
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          @William Hung: He’s gonna be fine though. There’s nothing you can do about it so no real need to stress over him. I find Story is more frustrating because you don’t know what you’re truly getting. He could potentially sink you all year. He’s more the guy you can do something about, but should you?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @William Hung: Rizzo and Story owner here too. Just gotta trust your guys. Rizzo’s .219 BABIP and Story’s sub-.200 BA in Coors are things that just can’t sustain themselves for long.

  98. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Would you start Maeda at home vs PIT tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Would you drop Kole Calhoun for Ben Gamel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            I just want to hear your reasoning behind not picking him up

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Scott Kimmel: one has a track record of being ownable and usable all season and the other is hot

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                im assuming the first part was about Calhoun and the latter was Gamel

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    thats what i thought. Thanks J-FOH

  99. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hold D’arnaud through injury or spend $1 / 100 faab to grab James McCann, Norris, or Montero as your C2? Now excuse me will I find the barf bag…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCann

  100. knucks says:
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    16 / 5 / 18 / 0
    with an AVG of .305 after 117 PA
    BABIP is .325
    BB % is up and K% is down…

    Schoop is dope. I know MI is deep right now and that he’s projecting out to be right near your projections. But I feel like we don’t talk about him at all around here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He does his thing

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: The only time he gets talked about is when people still ask about dropping him. I don’t know what people want from him. He’ll get 25+ HR’s at MI without killing you in average.

  101. lwomack58 says:
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    Add Broxton drop either-Peraza, Nunez or Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez

  102. Packers says:
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    Ok, guys here is another one different team. 12 team roto OPS, 2 players at each position. I’ve been playing Zobrist as one of my 2nd BM, and Drury at 3B. I have Healy on reserves. I could move Drury to 2B and play Healy at 3B. I think that is the way to go but my question is reserve or waive Zobrist? I would pick up a pitcher with the open roster spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Waive

  103. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think Hendricks will get shelled in Coors Field today?

    • Cram It says:
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      @lwomack58: God willing and the creek don’t rise.

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Cram It:

        I take that as a yes

        • Cram It says:
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          @lwomack58: Yes, I’m not even sure what that expression means.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  104. lwomack58 says:
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    Do you think it’s time to drop Cam Bedrosian. I’ve been holding him but could use the spot now for a starter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  105. Christian Herman says:
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    Since pollock Peraza (when I play him) & odor (if he still runs) are my main source for steals, is Fowler or Deshields a better bench stash? My OF is Pollock Trumbo Schlebler (Peraza if needed there) & hanniger. Pujols won’t leave my utility either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  106. Humm Baby says:
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    Drop Kepler for Broxton? Team is very short on speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  107. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Maddon just likes to feng shui his lineup. Having a sensible cleanup hitter brings negative energy flow and blocks up his Chi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  108. Russell says:
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    Hey Grey,
    12 Team H2H Categories
    who ya got for tomorrow just for a one day streamer
    Broxton v BOS (E. Rodriguez) or Puig @ COL (T. Anderson)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  109. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    good god, it’s like all these managers got together to troll just me. in one league i have all of my underperformers being benched at same time, story/rizzo/franco, meaning i’m starting 3 guys that might not play at all later
    mancini (no lock against righties, although he has lately)
    lamb (no lock against lefties)
    d.peralta (no lock against lefties, esp since he’s been cold lately, with a cold)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks

  110. demribbies says:
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    Grey, you benching Hendricks @ COL in a QS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  111. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto. i know SAGNOF and all, but is jarrod dyson droppable? would drop him for an extra sp (gausman, velazquez or ryu). thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  112. Friar Suck says:
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    Us Padres fans are having a ball watching Alonso, Forsythe, Rizzo, Grandal, etc act like real major leaguers these days. Maybe our talent dev staff just isn’t good at developing hitters – Myers was developed elsewhere. Same with Margot & Solarte. They’re safe. Renfroe & Hedges are SD grown so they will follow the Rizzo path methinks. Terrible avg here, move on to a big market club, turn into studs after an approach change. Oh what a life we lead… Thanks for the write ups that keep me laughing during all the misery. Or maybe it’s the copious amounts of SD Draft Beer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem

  113. Nitro says:
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    10 team HTH points league:
    Please rank ROS
    Altherr, Maraza, D Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta, Maz

  114. Rich says:
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    In a league with only one move per week, so it gets tough to play the Frankencatcher game. Dropped Vogt last week for Kahnle since it looked like Tom Murphy was coming back, but now I’m nervous about going catcherless for an extended period while I wait for Murphy to heal. I don’t want to drop Murphy since he’s a $1 keeper (all FAs are $10, so getting someone cheap in the draft is valuable), but obviously that keeper value doesn’t help if he never gets on the field. Do I drop him for one of Avila, Chirinos, Bandy, or Miguel Montero, or should I just ride it out until he’s healthy? (#1 claim is going for Yonder Alonso, but I imagine he’ll be gone by my spot)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bandy

  115. J-FOH says:
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    Talking up the title is like calling out Betelgeuse three times today. Oh Rudy and those tits titles.

    • you know i do sporadic comment searches for ‘rudy’ and reply :)

  116. Los Putos says:
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    Add Buxton over Renfroe, JBJ or Kepler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  117. Slowmez says:
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    My keepers this year: Rizzo, Odor, Story, Trumbo

    Hold me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • William Hung says:
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      @Slowmez: At least Trumbo looks like he’s snapping out of it

  118. LenFuego says:
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    So glad I played it smart this week in my weekly 5×5 roto by benching Senzatela with games at Coors against the Cubs and Dodgers and inserting Barraclough to “protect” my ERA and WHIP. Sonuvabench!! Sensatela gets an easy win in a solid start, and Barraclough gives up 5 base runners and 4 ER in 1/3 of an inning.

    Now I almost have to root for Senzatela to blow up on Sunday against the Dodgers to make that decision not so tilting. Is there a glossary term for that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, no term yet but in same boat as you

  119. Big league choo says:
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    12 team dynasty

    Is scott schebler worth holding? Gardner and marwin Gonzalez just hit the ww and I was thinking of making a batty call today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Big league choo: Before the season, I projected Schebler for .265/25+HR/10+ SB. I have seen nothing so far that would make me change my mind. But I seem to be the only one that sees that for him.

  120. Cram It says:
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    Did you read further details about Harvey’s night out, i.e. Adriana Lima/Julian Edelman? I kinda feel bad for Harvs now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I haven’t read into it… I like idea of a dildo being the reason

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: He’s a dildo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, plus dildos are funny

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the old dildo in the tailpipe gag

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  121. demribbies says:
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    Posey w/ another HR. 3 days consecutive. Would sure be nice if some guys could get on base ahead of him.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @demribbies: Why would the Mets even throw him a strike? The rest of that lineup is toothless.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah if you own him

  122. lwomack58 says:
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    P/u L. Cain- which to drop Peraza, Nunez or Kipnis?
    Thank you

    • Cram It says:
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      @lwomack58: Didn’t you ask this already above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  123. dtbran says:
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    Thoughts on Ed-Rod, 12 team H2H daily (limited moves). He a streamer or someone to hold for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ralph just went over him

  124. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, curious to get your thoughts on a few trade offers. We start two at each IF position and 6 SPs, and thanks to the Semien injury I’m rolling with Segura and Duffy at SS (we have very limited waivers obviously, and I don’t love the idea of adding Andrelton Simmons). I’ve been offered the following:

    Bogaerts and Dickerson (DH only) for my deGrom and Drury (2B only)
    Addison Russell and Dickerson for deGrom and Drury

    I’d rather not trade Drury if I don’t have to since Miller is my only other starting 2B option, so I’m considering making this a straight SS for SP swap. I wondered if he’d consider Salazar for Russell instead. Thoughts? My current pitching staff has been very inconsistent (Scherzer, deGrom, Salazar, Jon Gray, Nova, Severino, Pomeranz, Shoemaker, Norris) so not sure if this leaves me with enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bogaerts is fair depends what you need

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: I definitely need a SS. Just trying to decide if I can stand to lose one of my top SPs. You like Bogaerts better than Russell? And I’m assuming you’d rather lose Salazar than deGrom?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  125. john coakley says:
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    I have noted that from time to time, your leagues have owners who have to drop out for various reasons. If that happens this year, and you don’t mind an active owner, holler at me. Or point me in the right direction.

    Other leagues that I am in are lacking in, hmm, let’s call it engagement. Need that competitive rush and commitment.

    Many thanks.

  126. E says:
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    what do you think?

    Julio Urias
    Bud Norris
    Yasiel Puig

    For

    Danny Salazar
    Brad Brach

    h2h, 5 x5 with obp and k/b added

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  127. Omar says:
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    AL Only 5×5 standard roto: Gallo or Mazara ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

  128. Alex says:
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    Yesterday I was pondering a trade in an 8 team points league. I’m stacked with SP, and looking to trade for some offense.

    I mentioned trading Stroman / J. Abreu for Daniel Murphy. I’m willing to give up a 1B, since I have Hosmer, Abreu, and Reynolds (also, Moreland is a FA).

    Given all the 1B, is Abreu the right guy to trade in this deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s the best of them

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Okay, I’m going to try with Stroman / Reynolds for Murphy.

        I appreciate it, as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  129. james d says:
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    add B. Gamel over any of the following? J. Bradley, S. Souza, or A. Altherr

    just for my 2nd util slot

    thanks as always for the articles and especially thanks for the comment answers. You’re a national treasure :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Over Souza

  130. Cram It says:
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    The ghost of Taylor Motter lives on as Ben Gamel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: And hopefully Shane Victorino in Altherr!

  131. Doc says:
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    Lol Adam Dunn. I remember around the time when Griffey got traded to the Reds, and watching Peter Gammons on Sports Center say something like, “I think you will look back at this season and remember it as the time when Adam Dunn burst onto the scene.”
    I cannot remember what season that was, but I do miss those 40 HR seasons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  132. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Which side do you prefer ROS:

    Bregman for Salazar

    Any thoughts on Bregman? Popular long-term guy going into the season. Think he has significant value to provide this season despite his slow start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar was above Bregman in preseason, nothing’s changed, they are relatively similar in value, apples/oranges obvi

  133. Chris says:
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    What tier of SP is a fair offer for Cespedes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 20

  134. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Best future closer stash . . . Evil Knebel or Swarzak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knebel

  135. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey,

    I’ll admit I’m a little surprised you’re not on the Morton train. Saw above you cited his previous K/9 but that’s when he averaged about 92 mph on his fastball.

    Starting last year, he started averaging 95+. He’s currently at 95.3, which is 5th fastest in baseball. In fact, his fastball has averaged 97+ in his last three starts according to Brooks.

    FIP is 3.21, SIERA is 3.50, xFIP is 3.41.

    3.18 BB/9 this year, has never been a homer-prone pitcher.

    The two criticisms I have is that last year when this weird transformation of velocity took place, he was backing it up with a 12% SwStr% and 64% GB rate. That’s elite stuff. This year he’s at 9% and 50% . And second, he’s a borderline two-pitch pitcher (fastball, curveball). He has a cutter that he uses 10% of the time, you can convince me that’s enough for a third pitch.

    But those are some strong numbers for a 5th/6th guy in a 12-team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he is a 5th/6th guy in 12 team leagues, which means you’re not starting him in most away games where he has a 7.20 ERA… So I’d go SON for him… Solid stream yesterday, I have no confidence in him in his next away start

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Not sure I’m turning my nose up at the guy for 10 innings of road work (especially when only one of those starts was truly bad). Not when he has a 10 K/9 and 3 BB/9, at least.

        He’s definitely not an auto-start, and for tough road matchups I’d sit, but in competitive leagues I think he’s worth holding onto.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s on waivers in two mixed leagues of mine

          • The JoGarza says:
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            @Grey:

            Let me get in there ;)

  136. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Shout out to Lackeys teeth chomping through a Rox lineup @ a snowy coors bumping me back up to 1st….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  137. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Picking 2 ROS Josh Bell, Y Escobar, M Taylor in a 16er

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Josh Bell, Y Escobar

  138. William Hung says:
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    I hope this weather delay in Colorado somehow turns more serious and prevents the Cubs/Rockies game from being played – If my guys aren’t playing in that game, NOBODY PLAYS!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boo!

  139. bobbo says:
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    10 team 6×6 roto, BB as a 6th category. Drop Pence (my 5th OF/Bench UTIL) for any of Altherr, Marwin, Werth, or Holliday? (Starters are Trout/Betts/Yelich/Desmond with Haniger on DL)

    And which DL pitcher do you give up on (keeper league, potential to keep one of these since my pitching is a dumpster fire right now): Hamels, Taillon, Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr — Taillon

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, maybe Hamels, I’d Google latest news on them

        • bobbo says:
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          @Grey: Yeah really tough for me to gauge their injuries. Taillon much better keeper potential but no clue what the recovery is like for that. Hamels was looking awful this year but maybe pitching injured the whole time.

          And thanks for the advice on the OF. I love me some Gangly Bird Man, but the Giants just seem terrible and his days of 20/20 are long gone. Only thing that hasn prevented me from picking up Altherr already is the fact that I own Franco AND Cesar. That’s a lot of damn Phillies….

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, grab Altherr

  140. Five-On-One says:
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    Still buying shares of Story? Trade a closer for him? Colome?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Five-On-One: Maybe not Colome, but def trade a closer since SAGNOF and all…

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @William Hung: Package Norris and Cam for him? Other closers I own are Wilson, Kelley and Law. Those are easy gives, I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for sure

  141. Mello Yello says:
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    Don’t fight the Law Joe Strummer (RIP)

    Posey with three games in a row with a homer. The unexpected spark my lineup needed.

    So definitely Glover time in DC now right? We found out Treinen sucks even tho he throws hi 90s, and Kelley can’t be trusted health-wise…at least that’s what I hope happens seeing as I have him and all.

    Come and knock on our door
    We’ve been waiting for you
    Where the kisses are hers and hers and his
    Clay Bellinger too haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope it’s Glover

  142. Josj says:
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    Altherr over Travis Shaw or Marwin Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin

  143. Jack says:
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    Altherr or Broxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton

  144. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Are there any catchers you “like” (**gag**) who might be available in a 12-team, one-catcher league?

    I’ve got Bandy, but he’s sitting so much and I don’t have the bench space to platoon him with Pina.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league

      • Shopgurrrl says:
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        @Grey:

        Avila
        Vogt
        Cervelli
        D’Arnaud (DL)
        Castro
        Pina
        Rupp
        J. McCann
        Mesoraco
        Murphy (DL)
        Flowers
        Romine
        Gomes
        Norris
        Zunino
        Vazquez
        Chirinos
        Wolters (DL7)
        Maldonado
        Barnhart

        Or just keep rolling with Bandy 3-4 games a week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d stream catchers until someone sticks… If that’s not possible, I’d go Vogt for now

  145. Sdub88 says:
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    Drop DeShields, Margot, Perez, or Schoop for Broxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShields

  146. Jammer McSlam says:
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    H2H 12 team league.

    I am being offered Machado/Dee Gordon (will basically drop) for Lamb, Abreu, Segura.

    I think I should take…I have Goldy at 1B + Story/Beckham to cover MI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it, don’t drop Gordon

  147. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who’d you start today of the below?

    Phil Hughes @ CWS
    Jason Hammel @ TB
    Koehler vs. STL

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None

  148. Hello Grey: Three quickies for you…

    (I wrote quickie!)

    1. Would you rather have Kelper or Broxton? I need Rs, AVE, and OPS in this league.

    2. In a roto league where I’d love to get some vulture saves but holds count as well, who do you like more between Harris, Strickland, Alex Wilson, Swarzak, and Archie Bradley? I have Harris and Benoit at the moment … normally wouldn’t consider dropping Benoit but I watched him pitch just now. He looked terrible!

    3. And in a 14-team roto league with a *thin* bench, would you take Wood or Morton? Or stream in that spot? Both have tough match ups up next (Wood @COL; Morton @NYY) and I’d rather not have them riding the bench until their starts in 7 or 8 days. But of course I’d also hate to see them snapped up. Usually, I’d want 5-6 SPs to reach the 1350-inning limit and I have five: Carrasco, Maeda, McCullers, Severino, Danny Duffy.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Broxton 2. Strickland 3. Wood

  149. Robert says:
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    Grey, 8 team NL only 5×5 roto I am in third place 14 pòints behind first place. Here is my team.
    C Mesoraco
    1b Votto
    2b Peraza
    SS Story
    3b Franco
    Of Pollock, Polanco, Conforto, Margot Altherr
    UT Zimmerman, Reyes
    B Renfroe Brinson Dahl
    Sp Kershaw Scherzer, Ray Wheeler, Gsellman,Ryu
    Rp Ramos Familia Benoit Edwards Knebel
    DL Matz My question is do you have any advice for things I could do to improve my team or do I stand pat for now? Still waiting on Story, Polanco, Franco Peraza to play better and Ramos and Familia to get some saves.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Robert: While “How do I fix my team” is generally an impossible question to answer, namely because we can’t tell which categories you’re lagging in, I guess trading Kershaw or Scherzer for an offensive upgrade is plausible. Kershaw/Zimm for a top 5 hitter and lesser pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on power, but I don’t know what your standings say… Best advice always is consolidate players — make two for one deals

  150. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    That horrifying moment when you see the Mariners have put up a 5 spot in the seventh, but think you’re safe because McKanin wouldn’t possibly bring in his main setup guy/part-time closer in the 7th. Then discover you’re wrong, and of course crummy Danny Valencia and crappy Carlos Ruiz struck the telling blows. Sigh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear that frustration

  151. The Fridge says:
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    What’s the ceiling for Conforto?

    Do I move him for Severino, Tanaka, Duffy or Paxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      25/10/.280 — Sounds fair

      • The Fridge says:
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        @Grey: Which of those 4 would you target?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Severino, Tanaka, Paxton

  152. Kevin says:
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    In need of saves good on SBs trade Gordon for Diaz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  153. Steve says:
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    WHat do you think of Wainwright? His peripherals look ok but his results have been mediocre at best. Stream or hold?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s garbage

  154. Cram It says:
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    Derek Law LOL. Next!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I mean, shucks, I wish nothing but the best for Truss after he traded garbage for Harper

        • Cram It says:
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          @Grey: Oh Truss has him? Yeah screw that guy. Hi Truss!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he grabbed him after I took Strickland like a bonehead

  155. Jose says:
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    Grey would you trade Kyle Hendricks for Michael Brantley? I need an OF but I have already Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez is it too much Cleveland players for a team roster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can do better

  156. Kevin says:
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    Two more bombs for Altherr. Are these numbers real or is he way over his head right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t hit five homers a week every week

      • Kevin says:
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        @Grey: whats reasonable to expect by years end assuming they play him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          17/20/.245

  157. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Neon Keon leading off. Yay!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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  158. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team holds is a category and saves is a category.

    I have Nerris, Giles, Bush, Benoit, Will Harris, and Bradley. I have held onto Benoit to handcuff Nerris and get holds, but after today I’m debating if I should. Would you cut Benoit for any of the following?

    Kelley, Bowman, Gregorson, Alex Wilson

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelley

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: Putting a claim in for Kelley would you take anyone else over Benoit incase I don’t get him?

        Thanks

  159. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    After that 5 spot in the 7th, safe for us Neris owners to drop Benoit? Neris may be a cuddleboy, but Benoit isn’t good for anything right now other than unsolicited sexts (dropping so many dongs and other hits on your team notifications)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  160. KarlJ says:
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    would you drop Mazara for Altherr in a redraft league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  161. John Lott says:
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    Pillar or Broxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton

  162. joe is a popular name says:
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    Bundy or Nola? is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy, sure

  163. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5 roto 10 team, pineda or fulmer, I’m winning ks but losing in wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

      • Chisoxx_22 says:
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        @<a href="#[email protected]Grey:
        Same league as guy offered rizzo/kintzler/Reyes for chapman/c. Seager.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rizzo side

  164. herschel says:
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    @Grey: need save help. cahill too much to give up for maurer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  165. The Great Knoche says:
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    They’re playing in Coors today right? Wow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  166. Dingbat says:
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    Of course I sat Samard*&#! and Ray last week when they pitched against the Dodgers and Nationals and proceeded to collectively give my bench a combined 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 21 Ks in 14 innings. Sonavabench! And of course I started both of them yesterday when they proceeded to give my actual stats a combined 8.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 17 Ks in 12 innings. Sonavastart!

    At least the Ks are consistent…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know

  167. Dommattingly says:
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    Samardzija just got dropped and I need an SP.
    Would you drop Moustakas or Kipnis for him?
    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Kipnis if bench guy

  168. Greg says:
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    JD means I have to drop someone. Bruce, no, Conforto, Pollack, Alonso, Brantley, DJ Lemaiheau, or a pitcher, Andriese or Cahill. Leaning Andriese, his next start is at Boston.

    I dropped Tehran in 14 team league, no-one picked him up. Wow.

    Brach gonna come back to haunt us both, but remember, you said I could lose him. ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Andriese

  169. web says:
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    Any of these pitchers worth dropping for Altherr?

    Teheren
    Lackey
    Alex Wood
    Or
    Could drop Aaron Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran

  170. Paul says:
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    So I’m believing the whole Gausman pitching better by bringing back the splitter and he decided not to throw it in the beginning of the season and now went back to it thing…

    That said

    Here is my pitching staff
    Should I drop any of these guys for Gausman
    Wheeler
    Wood @COL end of week afraid to start there and afraid he will lose his rotation spot but he has been nasty
    Samarjdzia, great ratios but bad luck?
    Duffy (cadadite for a drop if he pitches poor again on Friday? Or Hold him? He bounced back some last start)
    Griffin (added for his two start this week has been great but if I’m looking at rest of season him or Gausman)

    Basically Idk who to drop out of wheeler, Wood, Samardjiza, Duffy, or Griffin for Gausman

    Should I Hold my guys for now and not make the move?

    What do you think will happen to wood when Ryu and hill comes back, bullpen or rotation?

    Lot of questions here I’m not sure what to do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Griffin

  171. The Great Knoche says:
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    Maeda and Peraza

    for

    Arrieta and Altherr

    Which side you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks fair, Arrieta

  172. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Altherr or Buxton ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  173. Trigg-onometry says:
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    TRiggs put up another good outing today, is he for real or a streamer? 12 team h2h not sure if I should be streaming from his spot. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

  174. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Cutch and Ray or Urias for Verlander and Owings. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander

  175. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Odubel or Altherr ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  176. Mike and Ike says:
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    Grey,

    Is Conforto good return for Bundy?

    Also, where would Polanco rank right now/what would be fair return for him?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure on Conforto — Around top 70

  177. William says:
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    The Gauntlet has been thrown down in my league – nobody wants to trade for Rizzo and one owner is saying Miggy Cabrera will embarrass him this year. Hopefully this will fire Rizzo up ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so

  178. Shark says:
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    Andrew Toles – OF – Dodgers

    An MRI on Andrew Toles’ injured right knee revealed a torn ACL.
    Brutal blow for the Dodgers. Toles will be undergoing surgery in two weeks and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017 season. With Toles likely sidelined for the duration of the campaign, the Dodgers are probably going to have some juggling to do. Chase Utley is filling in for him at first base on Wednesday, but that obviously is not a long-term solution. Kike Hernandez and Austin Barnes could potentially see additional work. A trade for first base help is very much a possibility, too.

    Latest RW blurb. Man, these guys…WTF are they talking about???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  179. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Welp, Bellinger playing time concerns are out the window. Toles out for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  180. Shark says:
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    I’ll pretend to be you Mr. Grey: A) Toles doesn’t play first base; B) Bellinger is a 1B by trade, so they’re fine there; C) there’s no C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  181. BenZo says:
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    What’s up w Zobrist? I mean he’s hitting nearly .200 has he lost it or a good value Buy low candidate?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t go near him

  182. I am the Walrus says:
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    Please rank…Odorizzi, Vargas, R.Ray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray, Odor

  183. John Lettiere says:
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    If you had Kluber and someone offered you Severino for him would you take it?

    also if you had Severino would you trade him for Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kluber

  184. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need save help. salazar/gallo (bench bat) for giles/duffy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: he countered with salazar/gallo for giles/pomeranz. i know your thoughts on pom, but my closers to start the season were melancon/bedrosian/gomez, so im pretty hurting. thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Salazar side

  185. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    b McCann
    goldy
    odor
    correa
    mi schoop
    ci santana
    3b castellanos
    of stanton
    of j upton
    of werth
    of duvall
    u pillar
    b polanco
    sp
    verlander, carrasco, severino, maeda, stroman

    would you trade carrasco, and correa for rizzo and villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  186. Reverend on the Radio says:
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    10 team 5×5 – 10 keeper league

    Would you drop Bautista for Hicks, Alonso, altherr, or Broxton?

    My offense is:
    C posey
    1b votto
    2b Hernandez
    3b rendon
    Ss boegarts
    Of Braun, comforto, Desmond
    Util – schoop, encarcion
    Bench – Bregman, Bautista, odor, peraza, Franco
    Dl – haniger, jd Martinez

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  187. Robert says:
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    Duffy, Chapman, and C. Salazar for Freeman and Quintana : fair offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FReeman

  188. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    was offered
    rizzo, villar, peds, keuchel
    for

    carrasco, correa, odor, maeda

    what would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor side

  189. Eg says:
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    Worth burning top waiver priority (2nd out of 12) to pick up Alex Wood?

    To make room, would drop someone from too large offensive bench–either Lemahieu or Hicks. Happy with offense, but am light on speed, so leaning toward dropping Lemahieu, but Hicks’ playing time has me concerned. Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Hicks, but Wood doesn’t seem worth using a waiver priority over

  190. William Hung says:
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    For one night, Deez Nutz in the 9 hole worked out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sho nuff!

  191. FrankGrimes says:
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    I guess I have to get Kzar again
    Next year for his breakout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s totally 2018!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha!

  192. herschel says:
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    @Grey: after his less than stellar performance today, you still like law > strickland in sf?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @herschel:
      They both will get opportunities…
      If there are any more Giants stink!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Strickland, always did

  193. William Hung says:
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    Brach has been giving up some runs lately – 3 out of his last 4 appearances. Don’t want him turning into a cuddle boy.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @William Hung:
      Sagnof! Peeps gets all wet over some dude
      Only to have him replaced soon after!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab O’Day

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: you really think Showalter is gonna pull Brach this quickly?

  194. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. bellinger/k-zar/gallo for rizzo/giles?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @herschel:
      Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  195. StevieVee says:
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    Roto:
    1) Aaron Hicks or Alonso for UTIL spot? 2) 1B/3B: Miggy, Longoria, Shaw, Josh Harrison, Marwin Gonzalez. Drop any for Alonso? 3) Hosmer and Chris Davis. Drop any for Alonso?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso…. Harrison…. No

  196. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    grey both Cahill and Wood are on waviers which do you like better going forward?

  197. William Hung says:
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    I’m so mad I missed out on Bellinger – dude is absolutely killing it, and actually offered Rizzo for him but was turned down

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @William Hung: Of all the early season strugglers, I have faith in Rizzo. He’s just making softer contact and hitting more pop ups. The contact rates and discipline numbers are nearly the same as all the awesome seasons he has put together recently. Hang in there Hung.

      Now if you’ll excuse I need to continue screaming myself hoarse with rage after seeing what Brach and Benoit have done to my ratios today.

  198. Robert says:
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    Grey, You said I may be low on power. Would you trade Polanco for Duvall?

  199. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    was up boss man?no its late but is hoover worth keeping in a rcl where closers are are worth tons,i sometimes dont say it enough but you and your staff here at razzball are number one by a large amount,thanks for all

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: also,i have tulo coming off DL soon but i have harrison,villar(at 3rd)and machadi,,keep him ,trade him or drop Tulo

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