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Terry Collins announced a change at the top of Mets bullpen system on the down, Jose Valverde would concede the job to Kyle Farnsworth.  Valverde handed him the ball, and like a true sportsman said, “You can’t be worse than me, but I know you’ll try.”  Terry Collins, or Mr. C as the players call him, told Valverde to sit on it, Farnsy’s cool.  Some have speculated on Vic Black, Frank’s little brother.  Didja you know when Vic was a young Black he went to his brother Frank and asked if he could play drums in the Pixies and Frank said, “Do drugs for six more years and then we’ll talk.”  Rock ‘n roll, doodes and four doodettes!  Will Farnsworth do a decent enough job as closer to hold it for the whole year?  Seems doubtful, but I like his odds better than Valverde ever had.  Farnsworth could get 25 saves and be a Donkeycorn by September.  Likely, he gets around 12 saves, has a 4-something ERA and the Mets give Gonzalez Germen a little guten tag a’la vater, which is ‘how’s your father’ in Germen from someone who never took Germen.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jenrry Mejia – Was cleared to start on Monday after being bothered by a blister.  This blurb was brought to you by Blistex.  We don’t just remove unsightly blisters, we handle cold sores too.

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks with a 4.63 ERA on the year.  I still think he can have a huge month or two, but as of right now, he’s been pretty yawnstipating.

David Wright – 4-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI; he had the same amount of hits as the rest of the Mets regulars combined over a 14-inning game.  Maybe putting Grandy and Krispie in the same lineup wasn’t completely thought through.  Oh, and would it shock anyone if Wright has a power year comparable to, say, Yunel Escobar?

Lucas Duda – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI will get more at-bats after Ike Davis was run out of town.  By the by, it wasn’t that hard to chase Davis out of town because he was already standing three feet further away than he should’ve been.  As for Duda, I like him a bit more than Ike Davis now that they both should see comparable at bats.

Craig Kimbrel – He got into the game on Saturday and didn’t look right (2/3 IP, 2 ER).  Excuse me, he looked fine for a junky closer like Chad Qualls, but didn’t look right for him.  Kimbrel can say what he wants, but I bet he’s headed for the DL in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.  I’m holding David Carpenter, but it could be Jordan Walden’s job too.  Since Walden got the save on Saturday, I’d go with him first.  It really is a toss up, though.

Mike Minor – Will make his season debut next Saturday.  Finally, his urethra can get some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

Ike Davis – 1-for-6, 1 run and 2-for-3 on Saturday, his first day in the eye patch.  On Friday, Dan Pants reported that Davis had been traded to the Pirates and said he’d pick him up everywhere on the off chance that Davis hits 40 HRs.  Dan Pants does a great job on Friday roundups.  It’s a thankless job doing Friday night roundups, and I love him for it.  Dan “Could Get In My Pants” Pants, you know what I mean?  But 40 HRs from Davis is the talk of a crazy person.  If Davis serves as a solid platoon-mate with Gaby Sanchez, it would be a huge step forward for Ike.  Let’s crawl before we walk, ya know?  With that said, in deep leagues, I’d take a flyer on Davis, but he’s not above guys like, say, Morneau, Teixeira, or other schmohawks that may be available in your leagues.

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I’d hate to be greedy (here’s where I’m greedy), but how about some more Ks and I’m not talking about changing the spelling of your last name.

Neil Walker – 3-for-6 and his 6th homer.  I don’t like Walker, but I wish I had him on every team for the first 3 weeks.  A’la Sting, we could be together…Walker’ing, Walker’ing on the moon.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-5 with his 6th homer after two homers on Saturday.  Hard to take a pee into the wind when guys are hitting, but I’d still be concerned about Braun moving forward.  One tweak of his thumb, which I believe is on the bat when he’s swinging it, i.e., the danger zone, Kenny Loggins, and Braun could be in trouble.

Carlos Gomez – Was ejected for going full WWE on some Pirates, screaming around the infield, “King Kong ain’t got shizz on me!” Until Travis Snider charged him and said, “I’m still a post-post-post-post-hype prospect you mothereffin’ breakout star!” and Snider bumped Gomez over, then the baseball brawl ended like every baseball brawl before it.  Fringe players jawed at each other and players pretended like they were going to do something while 17 players were between them and the one they were jawing with.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  Definitely worth picking up for a corner infidel slot while Min Donkey is hot schmotato’ing around the league.

Khris Davis – 3-for-6 and his 1st homer.  Mazel tov, he’s a man!  He’s the kind of hitter that will get crazy hot for a stretch.  I’d grab him in any leagues he’s available.

Marco Estrada – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator is about as crazy googly-eyed as I’ve ever seen it for Estrada’s next start.  I’d say they should get a room, but the Hitter-Tron and an industrial-sized magnet are occupying the room already.

Marcell Ozuna – Hit a homer on Saturday.  Every time I mention him, Men At Work’s Overkill plays in my head.  Night after night, OZUNA’s name reappears.  I can’t get to sleep, I think about his implications, about diving in too deep, especially at night, beat, beat, beat, don’t know these lyrics, night after night OZUNA reappears.  Come back another day!

Cole Hamels – Will join the Phillies rotation on Wednesday.  Day after day it reappears!  Okay, so that’s still stuck in my head.

Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  After the homer, Ryan Sandberg visited the opposing pitcher on the mound to try to pull him from the start.

Ryan Howard – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  The Phillies were wise to get rid of the team bus for the stretch DeLorean.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and left the game with knee tendinitis.  You can’t expect Tulo and CarGo to both be healthy at the same time.  I mean, c’mon!

Justin Morneau – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Yes, you should own him.  Yes, now.

Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Say what you want about the social consequences of affirmative action, but it’s working out well for Blackmon.

Chase Headley – 1-for-3, 2 RBI as he returned to the lineup after his sore biceps.  Aw, poor baby.  Why do I want Headley to face Fister.  Not Doug, Evander Holyfield.

Matt Harrison – Will take over the rotation spot this week that Tanner Scheppers vacated as he went to the Disgraceful List.  I wouldn’t own Harrison in any leagues outside of AL-Only.   Even Harrison would tell you, “Sweet Lord, my K-rate is terrible.”

Adrian Beltre – Hoping to return next weekend.  That’s T-minus six days until Kouz is the man off.

Robbie Ross – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  No walks, but two badly timed homers did him in.  FIPflash, Robbie Ross has your fantasy team taking a bath.

Hector Noesi – 1 IP, 7 ER.  Damn, he looked worse than when Niese used to go by the nickname Noesi.

Adam Eaton – On Saturday, he injured his hamstring, and could miss a few games.  He jumped the gun a little.  Eater Sunday is the time for the hamstring, Eaton.  Or at least chewing the ham off it.

Erik Johnson – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BBs), 2 Ks and, no, that isn’t a solid start.  BB King said, “Well, I wouldn’t go that far.  Boy’s got promise.”  That’s not B.B. King, the musician, that’s BB King, Carlos Marmol.

Marcus Semien – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.  If you owned Semien yesterday, then you’ll probably need to tell your loved ones that that is just dried glue on your pants.

Jose Abreu – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  The Grande Dolor!  Frank Thomas said, “Wake me up when he’s done it for another 19 years.  I’m Frank Thomas, dammit!”

Dayan Viciedo – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He also had 2-for-3, 2 RBIs game on Saturday.  White Sox seem content with Eaton doing just that to Viciedo’s playing time, but veni vidi Viciedo could carpe diem with short-term appeal.

Mike Moustakas – 0-for-4. Two steps forward, one step onto a backwards-traveling moving sidewalk for twenty minutes.

Yordano Ventura – 4 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Twins.  You take the good, you take the bad, there you have the facts of life with upside pitchers.

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run, hitting .298 on the year.  Since his first week when I dropped him (like an assface), he’s look much better.  Definitely worth looking at with your middle infidel slot.

Sam Fuld – Twins claimed him off waivers.  Too bad, usually the Twins wait until May to Fuld.

Josmil Pinto – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Him as your first rounder instead of Mauer is making more sense.  Where’d the people go that thought I was crazy for saying Mauer was overrated?  Waiting until he hits two games in a row?  That’s fun for you.  I hope you’re also evilly rubbing your hands together.

Kurt Suzuki – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .294.  He’s actually doing better than Mauer too.  Fun times, Mauer owners!

Trevor Plouffe – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hitting .313.  Mostsuckass sucked me in once again, and I dropped Plouffe on Saturday for Mostsuckass.  Mostsuckass, why do you torture me?  Why?  I ask you with profuse sincerity.

Desmond Jennings – Out with groin discomfort.  Hideki Matsui had tens of thousands of visual remedies for that.

Alex Cobb – Aiming to return at the end of May/beginning of June.  Damn, that’s a while.  Oblique, indeed.

Wil Myers – 0-for-5. but two homers on Saturday.  Okay, so this Friday I’ll tell people to buy Taijuan Walker to see if my magical powers can work on injuries too.

James Loney – 2-for-4, 1 run and over .400 in the last week.  Don’t make me go into depth here, let’s just say Loney is hitting and move on.  So, I’ll leave you *pinkie to mouth* a Loney with your thoughts.

Cesar Ramos – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks but the no decision.  Did every game go into extra innings yesterday?  Did DirectTV sponsor yesterday’s slate of games?  Is Cesar’s uniform number written, XXVII?  I got questions, y’all!

Ivan Nova – Likely headed for Tommy John surgery.  Me in the preseason, “I’m not ranking Nova.”  You, “You’re stupid, he’s awesome.”  Me, “Okay, I’ll rank him.”  You, “Sucker!”

Mark Teixeira – 2-for-6 as he returned from the DL.  Finally, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro, Jeter and Beltran have the young Teixeira back so he can help them understand what some of these text acronyms mean from their younger teammates.  “David Robertson texted me BRB.  What’s that mean?”  That’s Alfonso asking Te(i)x.  Then Jeter says, “You’re our ‘Tex’ guru,” then they laugh and Ichiro’s dentures fall out.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – He didn’t play yesterday, but the Red Sox said he will stay the primary center fielder even after Shane Victorino returns.  The Red Sox are lavish in their praise for Bradley’s ability to take a walk.  Sometimes multiple times in a game.  In the preseason, I kept saying I should move Victorino down in my rankings.  I was right to say that, but wrong to not actually do it.  Victorino’s might be barely mixed league ownable.  Sorry, prematurely balding men.

Adam Jones – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Sweet, yum, how about a couple of homers?  Thank you!

Lance Lynn – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Example that Wins are stupid, Lynn and his 3.42 ERA has the most wins in the majors.  I mean, he wasn’t even the best pitcher in Saturday’s game vs. Jordan Zimmermann:  7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 with a steal after being removed from Saturday’s game for lack of hustle.  You’re going down that path?  Really?  Ugh, now he’ll be garbage for three years, ask to be traded, give Matt Williams a mushroom stamp on the way out of town, then he’ll arrive in his new city, say he feels like a new person and finally have a first round-type season.  I don’t have this kind of time!

Danny Espinosa – 3-for-4, 1 run and a homer on Saturday.  I told you on Friday to buy him and now I will say Friday Grey is all right in my book!

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Your window for trading for Strasburg with a bag of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries might be closing.

Shelby Miller – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks.  Yeah, and if you think that was a good start, I have a lousy bridge hand to sell you.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-5, 2 runs with a homer and 3-for-3 on Saturday.  BRUUUUUUCE is back!  About freakin’ time.  Okay, hang on tight for the next week to ten days (please be more like three weeks).

Homer Bailey – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  *lightly pressing fingertips together, chanting* Homer without the HR is a calming ome….

Scott Kazmir – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 1.65 ERA.  Guess his tricepsaurus is old news.  Hopefully some greedy businessman doesn’t extract it from amber.

Jesse Chavez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Asstros and he gets them again.  “C’mon on in!  We got Chavez vs. the Astros!”  That’s a guy yelling to sailors on weekend leave as they walk passed a fantasy club.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Clearly the panic over his first week slump might’ve been overblown.

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  uPig ain’t gonna let the elevator bring him down.  Go crazy!

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4, 1 run and a homer on Saturday as he homers every day that he homers cause he’s the bomb dot gov!  I’m singing Feliz Cumpleanos a Draft-o Him-o En Mi Fantasia League-o’s!  Who else told you to draft him crazy high?  Who?  The people who told you to draft Mauer?  No, not them.  Blow your kisses towards my hair, I wish to shower in them!

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and is 10 for his last 23.  Howie like me now!

Alex Gonzalez – Released by the Tigers a few weeks after the Tigers traded for him.  Guess the Tigers didn’t know what they were getting.  I mean, how could they?  Gonzalez only had about 5700 major league at-bats coming into this season.  Andrew Romine (2-for-2, 2 steals yesterday) and Danny Worth will serve as the Tigers shortstop.  Romine is the only one rosterable for AL-Only leagues due to his speed.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.33.  Putting Lance Lynn’s most wins in majors into perspective, this was Scherzer first win.

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 3.15.  Lucky these guys’ stats don’t carry over from spring training, huh?

Corey Kluber – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Another guy that I liked in the preseason that I’m willing to give up on pretty quickly.  He has absolutely no track record and there’s about six-dozen starters to choose from in most leagues, you don’t need to hold out hope for Kluber, or simply go back to him if he corrects his shizz.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  At the end of the year, this is you looking at Brantley in the top 40 outfielders, “I guess I should’ve owned him for the whole year.”

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 3rd steal as he hits .345, which is ‘She’ on a calculator upside down, which is what my mom calls Spike Jonze’s new film, which stars Scarlett Johansson, a type of red is scarlet, red indicates hot, which Melky is.  Coincidence?  Unlikely.

Brandon Morrow – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  When you’re only good for 75 innings every year, I’d suggest making them count, and not as in going to a 3-2 count on every hitter.

Juan Francisco – 2-for-6 this weekend with an RBI.  The Blue Jays recalled him from the minors with Lind going down.  Nice add in AL-Only leagues as he’ll prolly start 75% of the time while Lind is hurt.  Toronto is the land of wayward 3B from the NL Central:  Bautista, Edwin, Francisco.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and his ERA is now down to 0.64.  In related news, someone by the name of Bark Muehrle is trying to obtain 10,000 signatures to have the Cy Young vote happen on May 1st.

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  1. goodfold2 says:
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    when robertson comes back (in holds/k to bb/double plays/RW/RL/net saves and holds) do i
    1. lose delabar or storen
    2. with the one of them i keep, would i rather have rondon/morris/withrow/kohn/meek/frasor/o’day

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: more a long term question, i thought this was the 2nd league i was in with infinite pickups (it’s roto). i was wrong about that. now i am at 40 out of 100. not cool. a lot of those were simple batty call add/drops too. got to slow down, and now can only average 2.45 or so per week. keep that in mind with answer.

      • EnglishMetsFan says:
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        @goodfold2: I would pick up Ritalin for a week or two.

  2. white sox guy says:
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    would u add davis over mcgehee? mcgehee is pretty blah

  3. NBC says:
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    In RCL… Who is the best short term/speculative Closer? Walden, Brothers or Lindstrom? Or am I better off going with a strong Middle Relief guy. Already have Reed and K-Rod. Thanks!

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @NBC:
      Having both:Lindstrom is the closer and I think Walden is the next in line for the Braves,but i bet theres better set up/ middle RPthat are giving better numbers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NBC: Lindstrom

  4. Allan says:
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    What are your thoughts on Garrett Richards and Tyson Ross?

  5. Ravi Sherrisor says:
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    Just wanted to finally comment after years of lurking and occasionally posting in the forum and thank you guys for running such an awesome site. Consistently top notch, legitimately funny, timely and insightful material.

    I encourage everyone to buy Grey a daiquiri.

    That said, I expect a shoutout on tomorrow’s podcast.

  6. Curt says:
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    I need to sit 1 for the week..6 category(QS)….Porcello @Minny(Correia), Cole @St.Louis(S.Miller) or Y.Ventura @Balt(U.Jimenez)…….Thanks in advance,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt: What does SON say? Ventura

  7. gareth says:
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    If ike davis and gaby Sanchez are the “platoon” era Charlie sheen and carlos marmol is the “wild thing rick vaughn” era charlie sheen, then Lance Lynn must be the “winning” older bloated 2 and a half men era Charlie sheen. The two and a half men signifies the number of baserunners Lynn allows each inning he pitches, yet still ends up “winning.”

    Fun fact: 2 and a half men was originally going to be called 2 men and jose altuve, but jose decided to quit acting and focus on a career in baseball.

  8. gareth says:
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    I have discovered a new service that immediately lets me know of prospective changes in closer roles in mlb.

    Its called kid A’s rcl team.

    I’m pretty sure kid A’s real name is Kyra Sedgwick.

    • Birdmann says:
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      @gareth: Kid A can talk to dead people that’s how he does it.

    • brett says:
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      @gareth: I have that same service but mine works like the high frequency traders on wall street. I place the order for my replacement reliever and while espn is putting him on my team it sends Kid A a message letting him add while mine is still going through the interwebs. Its genius.

  9. gareth says:
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    G3!

  10. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I got Votto for 1B and Alvarez or Abreu for CI (UTIL is Ortiz)

    Am improving OBP and HR/RBI is good.
    Who should be traded? Alvarez or Abreu, thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Whoever you can get more for

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Not sure, just would like to know who is worthier to be kept whether Abreu or Alvarez. Thanks.

        • Wilson says:
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          Hi Grey, apologize to ask again, Who do you think worthier to be kept in team, Abreu or Alvarez? Thanks.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Abreu

  11. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    I now have a sudden urge to watch the Scrubs episode with Colin Hay and the second Becky from Roseanne.

  12. Miles says:
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    so glad I followed your advice to pick up Devin Mesoraco

  13. Norbert says:
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    Morning Grey

    10 team h2h non keeper 5×5 cats with OBP who is the best add? Not sure if I need the extra bench bat or SP.

    D Gotdon, D Mesoraco, C Blackman, M Pineda, J Chavez

    My teeam
    C Santana
    1b Pujols
    2b Altuve
    ss E Cabrera
    3b Miggy
    of Stanton Bautista Marte
    Util Longoria Abreu
    Bn Myers, B Hamilton, Gyorko

    Pitchers: Tehrehan, Wacha, Ventura, Liriano, Masterson, Salazar, S Gray, DL Cobb
    RP Brothers, Allen, C Martinez, S Kelley

  14. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, OF question, 5×5 with OBP

    I got Stanton, Harper, Bruce, Myers, Beltran, B Hamilton, and Springer, but 5 OF spots only.
    Who should be traded? Thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Springer prolly

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Am imaging Springer could be second Puig or even Trout, with power and speed. Not possible in Dr. Grey’s eye? Any comment is appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s a Granderson type player

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey. Got it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

        • Chris says:
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          @Wilson: Definitely NOT Trout. There is only one Trout, and he is Trout. All bow before Him.

  15. ferris says:
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    Ros who do you like the mostest of wheeler, eovaldi or Lincecum presuming you can sit tough matchups?

  16. fausto says:
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    - Sell Springer for a $12 salad/Donkey-corn?

    – J.Johnson/Strop-Veras…Hold/Hold-Drop?

    – Start Erasmo this week?… Or is it another case of “Erasmmy being Erasmmy” and killing ratios?

    -Over/under Royals score 14 runs this week?

    All aboard the Volquez bandwagon…Thanks in advance, yous da shizzz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: Sure…. Hold…. Nope… Over

  17. JBJ says:
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    Do you think Kluber is getting unlucky?

    • Fish says:
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      @JBJ:

      In some ways, yes. In other ways, no.

      The Good: All of his ERA estimators peg him significantly lower than his 5.40 ERA, his walk rate is fairly close to his career average and backed up by his F-Strike%, and he’s giving up fewer line drives this year than last (granted, Line Drive % takes a long time to stabilize) which doesn’t jive with an already absurdly high .390 BABIP.

      The bad: His FBv is down 2 full MPH compared to last year. His K% is at 17.4%, 5 percentage points below last year’s level, and his SwStr% is also down. He’s also passed the stabilization point for K% (and FBv stabilizes early, too) which makes it likely that those rates are here to stay.

      If I were to venture an estimate, I’d say ROS: 4.10 ERA, 7.60 K/9, and 3.5 K/BB.

      • Jonas says:
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        @Fish: I noticed the drop in velocity and was wondering about that.

  18. Joe says:
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    Would you drop Kluber or Wheeler for any of the following guys: Hammel, Niese, Eovaldi, Smyly? Kluber and Wheeler’s peripherals aren’t terrible, but one wonders when that’s going to translate into results.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I’ll thrown in Mejia, Hutchison, and McGowan as options (h/t Streamonator).

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I’ll thrown in Mejia, Hutchison, and McGowan as options (h/t Streamonator).

      • Fish says:
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        @Joe:

        I’d throw a bone (at least short term) to Eovaldi. His velocity is top-notch and his next 2 starts are against the K-happy Braves at power-sucking Crayola Canyon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Eovaldi

  19. Johnson says:
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    12 team mixed roto. 1450 innings.

    I have Jose Fernandez, Kershaw and Zimmermann. I need to drop two of the following. Haren, Hudson, Peavy, Estrada, Chavez.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Johnson: Not Estrada

  20. greybeard says:
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    Grey,
    Is The Shark (samardija) finally putting it all together this season?
    Or should I be looking to trade him?
    He was one of my sleeper picks going into this year, but I’m not sure if this is just some luck or an actual breakout season.

  21. ofmonstersandwomen says:
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    Got offered Puig for my Braun…Do it?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: wow, even after Braun’s homer binges. nice. feeling better about my puig over braun at 7th in NL only

  22. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Owings or Alcides ROS – need some steals from my MI.

  23. Jupton'14 says:
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    Love the blog. I need some 2b help and currently have Brad Miller and Gyorko there. For a 10 man H2H keeper league. I for whatever reason like Gyorko more even between both their miserable starts to the year. Can I drop Miller at this point and pick up a hot bat like Howie Kendrick at this point?

    Thanks.

  24. ADP says:
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    There’s no question how talented you and you’re mustache are. It’s impressive how you can make calls on players like Nova before the season even starts. You have great baseball sense and that’s why I read your articles daily. But . . . there’s a but coming. You lose some of your credibility when you start digging on Mauer. And you keep doing it! The team with Mauer in my NFBC league is in 2nd place. And that team has won in NFBC in the past so it’s not totally a fluke. So I was going to suggest a way to find out how a player impacts other fantasy leagues in NFBC, ESPN, Yahoo etc, but I don’t know if that can be done. So I checked your LABR mixed league league, sorry for the stuttering, and saw that Baseball Prospectus has him. And they’re in 3rd place. Not bad. And by the by, all your upside players in LABR (Gyorko, Arenado, Segura, Puig) are not working out well, at least so far (hopefully they get hot), but no mention of that, we mostly hear about your good calls. Like going crazy after Puig hits his 2nd HR. . . . yawn. [As a quick aside, compliments to the chef for getting Wacha, an upside player who is doing great.] Lastly, did you know Mauer may not have hit many HR’s yet because it’s darn cold in Minnesota. You try gripping a bat in that cold, brrrr!! But even if those HR’s don’t come, now I am curious if a good percentage of teams are succeeding with Mauer on their team. Let me end this mini-rant by saying that yawnstipating players aren’t bad in moderation. In fact, they can be the perfect combination with upside players. Put them together, you might get crazysexycool. Or call it, Moderation Yawnstipation. Mauer serves that point. For every Wacha, there’s a Salazar. Upside players are risky and therefore shouldn’t we be lowering our expectations of them on the whole so we don’t overbuy on draft day (like last year with Matt Harvey). Wouldn’t it be better to miss out on some upside players and get yawnstipation by owning players like Coco Crisp?

    I wish you gave more credence to the yawnstipating players. They’re reliable and help build a balanced team. This is a question, not a statement. I don’t know, I’m asking, I think you know, you have the baseball sense and the experience, I’ve got a middling 6th place team and never won in anything but free leagues . . . . please do tell.

    Signed,
    Lance Lynn (not Lance Lynn)

    • ADP says:
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      @ADP: Just to clarify the Matt Harvey comment, I am referring to the fact that I think you ranked him fairly conservatively last year at 150; so when he worked out, he turned out to be a great value. This is the opposite of paying a premium for an upside player, and then if they succeed, isn’t the upside benefit minimal?

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @ADP: Joe Mauer’s ADP was 63 on ESPN. That’s Cespedes, Teheran, Myers, Pence, Tanaka, RZim, JZimm, BZo, Rizzo, Abreu range.
      Mauer is currently the 11th rated catcher.
      He is injury prone.
      If you don’t understand why you look for value/upside in catchers at the ends of drafts, and don’t draft closers until the last round, 6th is your upside.

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @EnglishMetsFan: in a 10 team league I saved my very last pick for catcher and got Gattis. Been working out pretty well for me so far…

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @ADP: Correlation does not equal causation. Joe Mauer being on a good team does not mean Joe Mauer has anything to do with that team being good. Also, Joe Mauer has been pretty bad other than scoring runs so far, so it seems an odd time to pick up the mantle of Joe Mauer.

      As to your yawnstipating/upside point (and it is a good one), I believe that is one of Grey’s points in his pitcher pairing post that goes up in Spring Training every year.

      • ADP says:
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        @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Understood on correlation point. There might be more to it than that, perhaps Rudy can chime in. As for picking up the mantle for Mauer (and that might be too close together to put those two words, Mantle and Mauer), Mauer is the first yawnstipating pick taken. He is an extreme example of picking yawnstipating players. And I get why many would never draft him early (the team in my NFBC league took him 46th – seems so early; the Baseball Prospectus guys in Grey’s LABR league took him 83rd- I dunno – is that early? – does it depend on your strategy or is it like EnglishMets says, that anyone who does it can kiss their chance of winning goodbye?) But again Mauer is the extreme example. I am asking if there should be more Yawnstipation Moderation. Mauer is the head nerd of the yawnstipating Revenge of the Nerds. So that’s why I use him as the example. The Nerds just may be undervalued, even if they don’t have mustache’s that gracefully blow in the wind.

        Yes, I see how Grey does his pitcher pairings. I think after seeing Harvey do so well, he went even more risky than last year, placing guys in the Gerrit Cole tier up even higher. I think Grey even commented on Harvey impacting his rankings. Grey?

        I’m not saying draft Mauer. I’m also not saying to go with Duda all the Du-Da day. And I’m not saying the next post should be, Angel Pagan, Oy! I’m asking if Grey/you/anyone else think(s) there is credence to getting a little less hard on upside players.

        • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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          @ADP: My point with the pitcher pairing thing is that Grey explicitly says to mitigate risk and not go all upside guys. Maybe that is Rudy though.

          I guess it comes down to what you mean by “yawnstipating.” Albert Pujols has a pretty proven floor, so does Chase Utley. (Big caveat for health for both.) Adrian Gonzalez is another one: Those guys aren’t super crazy upside picks, but they are all looking like good value. They could all be had on a team that used Grey’s rankings. Jose Bautista and Justin Upton are two others off the top of my head.

          • ADP says:
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            @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Good point on the pitcher pairings. But move down the Wacha, Cingrani, Salazar, Cole tier next year. Temper the enthusiasm just a bit.

            Yawnstipating to me is just as you described it, good value guys without super crazy upside. And Pujols, Utley and A-Gon are all great examples. I would just like it if Pujols wasn’t touted as someone who should’ve or could’ve been taken in the 2nd round. Just minor tweaks, without too much overselling. Overall, you make great points.

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @ADP: using Grey’s rankings it was actually not easy to get Cole/Wacha/Salazar this year without reaching. they were ranked relatively higher on yahoo. It was easy to get Teheran/Annabell/Liriano/Cobb for sure (he was higher on them), but that young upside tier was drafted slightly higher than Grey’s rankings in almost every case. And i drafted a LOT of yahoo leagues when I say this.

        • Fish says:
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          @ADP:

          Another fantasy writer likes to use the phrase, “I don’t hate the player, but I hate the price.”

          I think that gets to the gist of ranking differentials. Sure Mauer will be great in AVG and/or OBP, but the rest of the package, especially because of the supporting cast limits the value return for the high draft pick needed to acquire his services.

          While this is a specific example focusing on Mauer, I think it goes to the bigger point about selecting players who are valued fairly for their contribution. Basically it’s the same argument Rudy makes, and using a tool the the “player rater” helps to statistically analyze a player, which is especially useful when the Hype Machine runs wild with enamor for shiny new toys and discards for the yawnstipaters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ADP: Gotcha, thanks… The team only has Mauer? Seems doubtful

      • ADP says:
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        @Grey: Does your team only have Wacha? Seems doubtful.

    • @ADP: The LABR team is 100% Rudy 0% Grey. I drafted/manage that team alone and Grey does the same with the Tout team. My LABR team is getting pummeled right now as my top 4 hitter picks – Chris Davis, Yasiel Puig, Jean Segura, Allen Craig – have all underperformed. And Gyorko has too (Arenado has been fine). I think I admitted in one of my writeups (maybe for KFFL) that, in retrospect, I wish I had drafted w/ a little less risk on the LABR team.

      I think Mauer has less to do w/ BP’s success than the 2nd/4th round picks that we had back-to-back. I took Puig over Stanton (whom they took) and Craig over J-Fer (whom they took). If we had a redraft (2 months after), I’m totally taking Stanton over Puig. Tough call though since Puig is a better complement to Chris Davis and Steamer/Razzball had Puig ranked really high. I just didn’t feel 100% on J-Fer and wanted to err on more offense so took Craig. If Zimmerman/Anibal stay healthy and Craig gets back to normal, I hopefully won’t regret that choice too much by end of season.

      FWIW, I’m fine with yawnstipating players – I draft only on value. I think Mauer is a solid player that was overvalued in 2014 drafts. Banking on elite AVG is tough and I don’t trust guys with his mileage behind the plate to stay healthy no matter what position they play. I agree, though, that Grey is too hard on yawnstipating players which I noted in the Grey vs. Rudy rankings post.

      • ADP says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Rudy, thanks for your comments. Sounds like we agree. I hope those guys come around and give you a great rest of the season. Appreciate all your articles.

        • Thanks. From your fingertips to the fantasy gods’ ears!

    • Gene Parmesan says:
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      @ADP: Correlating a team’s success to owning any one particular player is asinine, especially when your talking about a mediocre catcher. Had you took Mike Trout’s 2013 year and looked at how a large sample size of leagues finished, I’m sure you’d arrive at the conclusion that owning Mike Trout last year led __% if teams to finish in the top third of their league. Well you don’t say? Mike Trout was #1/#2 last year. Joe Mauer is a fringe top-10 catcher. Erroneous suggestion.

      Second, and something that I think every follower of this blog needs to remember, is that amidst Grey’s (Rudy, Sky, Smokey, et al.) fantasy baseball acumen and the plethora of statistical analysis they provide us, their articles are still premised on their opinions at the end of the day. I laugh when people like yourself chastise the slow starts of suggested “upside” players like Gyorko, Segura, Puig and Arenado (who’s actually playing quite well) as if they were automatically supposed to bring your middling 6th place team to fantasy success. It’s a suggestion, not an automatic conclusion. It’s okay to use your own brain/analysis as well.

      Don’t bash the stache broseph. Not cool.

      • ADP says:
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        @Gene Parmesan: Gene, no harm intended. Not automatic that upside guys bring automatic fantasy success. Well understood. Just think the upside guys should be drafted with a bit more moderation.

  25. Lville Jim says:
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    Dave Chappelle should revisit his Rick James sketch with Big Frank playing the James role and Jose in the Charlie Murphy role. “What did the five fingers say to the face? What? SLAP, I’m Frank Thomas bitch.

  26. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I freaking love Andy Capp’s Hot Fries. Been eating them for the last 20 years. They used to be really hard to find. Used to have to go to a Krauzers. Now they’re everywhere, but I think they changed the formula because in the last few years they wreak havoc on my system. And by system I mean toilet. I’ve he to say goodbye to that delicious snack.

    Offered Shelby Miller and Springer for Scherzer, but was rejected.

    Want to get either Scherzer, Bumgarner or Strasburg using the following players. Salazar, Miller, Cespedes and Springer. Possible?

    What’s up with Prado?

    Drop Moss when Singleton arrives?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @malamoney:
      I’d say that’s not possible dude

  27. Its too high says:
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    Grey

    So when is it time to start to worry about Segura?

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Its too high: If he is available, grab and stash Baez. The steals absence is worrying for JS.

  28. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Gardner or Aoki for ROS?

    And how long do we wait on Brad Miller?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Gardner

  29. EK says:
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    Morneau or Belt
    9 team roto streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Belt

  30. BR808 says:
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    Am I crazy to start Springer over Marte this week? I know they both have high K rates but Marte is killing me

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @BR808: Marte also had 4 steals last week. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

  31. scennybear says:
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    10 team h2h 10 cats – someone just dropped wheeler. Use waiver 1 on him? My pitching isn’t exactly strong. Currently have Cobb, Eovaldi, Ventura, teheran, chavez, liriano, gray, masterson.

  32. Its too high says:
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    Grey

    Another manger in my league is trying to sell me his Choo( 3rd round) for my Yelich(20th Round) but he wants top 50 player value for Choo and wants me to only value Yelich as above waiver guy value(late round pick)… So he keeps putting in huge upgrades with the other players that he includes. Am I making the right call by rejecting or should I take the proven Choo?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Its too high:

      You’re being offered Choo for Yelich? Or is it Choo for (( someone really good )) + Yelich? If so, who are the other people involved? It matters.

  33. Travis says:
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    My team is below… I have a fair amount of slumping players (Heyward, Kemp, Brown), so looking to pick up a hot-bat (Dozier, Ozuna, Eric Young, Yelich, Aoki) to get me through the next few weeks (H2H league)… However, not sure who, if anyone, I can drop… Closer seems the obvious option, but hate to drop something like that with trade value just to have it snagged up

    C-Luccroy
    1b-Goldy
    2b-Carpenter
    SS-Reyes
    3b-Wright
    OF-Ellsbury, Myers, Kemp
    UTIL-Trumbo, Lowrie
    BN-Heyward, Brown

    SP-Verlander, Ryu, Archer, Pineda, Porcello, Martin Perez (just picked up yesterday)
    RP-Perkins, Reed, Cishek, Papelbon, Axford, Melancon (holds league)

    NA-Taveras, DL-Derek Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Travis: None of these hitters are getting into your lineup anyway… Can drop Lowrie

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: Well I’d start one of those hot-bat hitters in place of a Kemp with his cold start right now…. Don’t want to drop Lowrie, just got him as a “bonus peice” in a trade for Dee Gordon, and like to keep a backup SS given Reyes’s issues… So I guess I’ll hold.

        None of the SP’s look droppable for any of those bats do they? My 3P’s of the waiver wire (Pineda, Porcello, Perez) are all looking pretty solid…

        • Grey

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          Nope

  34. schtickball says:
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    grey what you thinking about bj’s resurgence lately?

  35. Fish says:
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    Definition of Self-Hatred:

    Running to the waiver wire for Kyle Farnsworth.

  36. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Major props once again on the Pujols advice, fingers crossed he stays healthy. Some schmuck dropped Hunter Pence for David Murphy yesterday. I have first waiver claim but my OF is Jones/Bautista/Bruce/Gordon/Melky. This might be the most talented player someone is dumb enough to drop early though, pick him up?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: dropped pence for a shitty 4th OF. damn that’s stupid.

  37. Kyle says:
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    drop Calhoun for Ozuna or Brantley in points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle: Brantley

  38. Adam says:
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    Rank bench bat options (overall value – no specific cat need) –
    Nolan Arenado
    Everth Cabrera
    Justin Morneau
    Marcell Ozuna
    Michael Brantley
    Trevor Plouffe
    Dayan Viciedo

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam: 10 team (25 man rosters).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Arenado

  39. Josh says:
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    I need to pick one starting pitcher Johnny Cueto , bumgarner or Gerritt cole, I have a weekly lock roster where it will lock for the week starting at first pitch of the redsox game at 11 am

    Also, george springer is still available, is he the real deal?

    Thanks man!

    • My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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      @Josh: Pick up Springer. Even if you don’t need him keep him for a few weeks and deal him. He could be the real deal. Looks good so far

  40. Goose! says:
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    Please help me find a replacement for Avisail Garcia as my backup OF (I have Leonys Martin, Pence, Ellsbury as my main lineup and Swisher as one of my backups):

    I’ve narrowed it down to the following available FAs:
    Viciedo
    Grady Sizemore (who I picked up in the interim because I felt he was onto something then he went 1-for-18)
    Justin Ruggiano
    Josh Reddick
    Abraham Almonte
    Emilio Bonifacio

    Or should I go the wait and see route with Joc Pederson?

    I’m in a 12 team Yahoo keeper league with 9 keepers total (6 bat, 3 pitcher) that is head to head category wins 6×6 (OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, SB, R x W, K, HR Allowed, ERA, WHIP, Net Saves+Holds)

  41. Jay

    Jay says:
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    Buying a copy for both Ike AND Dan.

    • Fish says:
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      @Jay:

      Are you insinuating lending a hand to Ike Davis will result in him blowing up my house and nailing my sister?

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Fish: Maybe…

          • Dan Pants

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            @Grey: In my defense, my Ike Davis blurb was initially longer but when I cut it down I must have lost the sarcasm there. I thought it still sounded snarky when I read it out loud!? I should have used my sarcasm font. Still I like Davis as an add in most leagues, and I will now accept my inevitable fate as the “Ike Davis Guy.” I just purchased my Bucs “Davis” jersey (throwback obvs), and I will wear it proudly and count loudly: only 39 more to go!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You are the Ike Davis guy! Awlays have (maybe not) and always will be (yes). You should hold the Ike jersey three feet from your body so it’s meta-comment on him…

  42. Night pandas says:
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    I was offered Crush Davis/Liriano/Volquez on a partial keeper for Rizzo/Wacha/Shields. I think I am giving up too much pitching.

    Fair counter to go with the same deal but drop Shields and Volquez? (OBp, QS league)

  43. CL says:
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    Grey: Here’s what I did; I just dumped Hardy for Morneau. Miller & Solarte will platoon for me at SS. Would you feel comfortable if this was your team?

    Also, you think Morneau is just hot, or is he on his second life here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Sure

  44. Will says:
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    who to drop for Farnsworth.

    Morneau (just because I don’t really need more hitters), Josh Fields, Fieri, Jim Henderson.

    My team
    C- Rosario
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Bogaoerts
    SS – Segura
    OF – Stanton, Ad Jones, Marte, Harper
    UTIL – Myers, Yelich
    Bench, Morneau, Baez, Machado, Ozuna

    SP – Gray, Tehran, Cole, Salazar, Jesse Chavez
    RP – Henderson, Fieri, Fields, Gregerson

    DL – Cobb

    Thoughts?

  45. Dom says:
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    Good trade or bad trade? (Done over the weekend). 10 team, 5×5 roto

    Gave up Sale & Alex Wood to get Strasburg & Santos

    I am first in my league, but last in saves with Janssen on my bench. Plus had Minor & Wily Peralta on the bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dom: Bad

  46. Ben. says:
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    Brandon Phillips vs Coco Crisp? Who ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben.: Phillips

  47. Brad says:
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    Yahoo! H2H (6*6 w/OBP & QS)

    Alex Gordon & Tyson Ross
    for
    Masahiro Tanaka

    I also need to clear a bench spot for Minor’s return this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brad: Gordon, depends on needs

  48. Ben. says:
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    Coco Crisp vs Brad Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben.: Toss up, depends on position needs

  49. Big Money Matt says:
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    Hey Grey, which 2 of these SP would you be most inclined to try to trade away (ie sell high on)?

    Strasburg, Bailey, Teheran, Wacha, Samardzija, Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, or Archer

    Thanks

  50. LT says:
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    Hey Grey, huge fan and 3rd round obtained of Pujols this year. Thanks. How long is your leash for Danny Salazar? What type of start are we going to need to not drop this fool? Best options on my waivers are Gibson, Hammel, and Simon. Someone dropped Villar, drop brad miller for him?

    • Grey

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      @LT: I’d want Miller… Let’s see what Salazar does

  51. What's In The Bowl, Bitch? says:
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    which side: Encarnacion/Soriano vs. Rios/Donaldson

      • What's In The Bowl, Bitch? says:
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        @Grey: my bad, Alfonso.

        Encarnacion/Alfonso Soriano vs. Rios/Donaldson. Which side?

        • Grey

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          Rios side

          • What's In The Bowl, Bitch? says:
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            @Grey: Agreed, which is why I rejected. He’s now offering Encarnacion and my choice of Adrian Gonzelze or Allen Craig. Either of those make it more worthwhile?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, Gonzalez

              • G-Money says:
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                @Grey: so Edwin/agone for rios/Donaldson is a taker in your book?

                • Grey

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                  Sounds decent

        • Fish says:
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          @What’s In The Bowl, Bitch?:

          I think it’s close and probably depends on need. I’d probably lean slightly in favor of Rios/Donaldson.

  52. The Vaporizers says:
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    Rostering Gryorko and Aaron Hill. My team only has room for one crap 2b. Who would you drop??

  53. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Shelby MIller and Salazar for Bumgarner?

    Would you do it for Strasburg?

    How about Scherzer?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @malamoney: Yes. Yes. Yes.

      That got dirty, real quick….

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @malamoney: Yes, all three. Miller headed south.

    • Hawk says:
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      @malamoney:

      I’d deal Miller and Salazar for any of those three and wouldn’t think twice about it.

  54. Kawasaki MVP! says:
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    David wright for Pedro Alvarez and tanaka?…who wins?

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Kawasaki MVP!: Landslide Tankakakaka

  55. RTP says:
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    1b. Pick one…. Napoli, Adams, Morneau, Morse, Howard, Laroche, or Duda

    2b. Pick one…. Philips, Howie K, Walker, Lowrie, or Wong

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP: Adams, Phillips

  56. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Not sure I can stomach too many more 0-5 days from Phillips (not to mention his crappy stats through 3 weeks)…..would you drop him for Kendrick or Walker in an OBP league?

  57. Joeg414 says:
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    Please rate the following bats : Kubel and Viciedo , Ludwick, Teixeira, Markakis, David Murphy.
    I already have Kubel and Viciedo .
    Mixed daily 6×6 roto.

  58. Pablo Goldberg says:
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    With first baseman like Morneau and Morse available and producing, should I be holding onto Matt Adams or replacing?

  59. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Brandon Phillips was dropped in one of my 12-team roto leagues. We have FAAB for waiver wire adds. Gyorko is my starting 2b right now. What % of total FAAB would you spend on Phillips? At the very least, he could become trade bait after Gyorko heats up. Gyorko WILL heat up.

      • Harris says:
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        @Grey: it means you get 100 bucks to use on FA’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Harris: I have one league with a $500, one with a $1000 and one with a $200

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: $100 FAAB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $11

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Grey: Thank ya kind sir.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  60. philthebluntman says:
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    Nothing about brad miller losing playing time to nick franklin?

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @philthebluntman:
      Franklin is only 1/12 since being called up.

  61. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    having trouble with this trade, he wants chris davis and longoria, has offered me dread pirate, desmond, carlos santana and phillips i currently have wong.
    would you rather have dread pirate desmond phillips santana side when you have abreu and agon as your other 1b and ci?

  62. Harris says:
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    Great stuff as always… I start Craig at 1st base. My of’s are Cargo,Ellsbury,Soriano and Kemp. Do I drop Soriano or Craig for Morneau? 10 teams no DL. H2h. Thx.

    • Harris says:
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      @Harris: btw throw Kemp in that question. I’m hoping he becomes the Kemp of old, but that feels like a bit of a pipe dream.

  63. KillerB says:
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    Dynasty league. Would you drop a $1 unrestricted Will Middlebrooks for a $1 unrestricted Justin Morneau? Upside and keeper potential to be considered…

      • KillerB says:
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        @Grey: okay you like Morneau or middlebrooks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Morneau

          • KillerB says:
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            @Grey: ok last question. Between moose and middlebrooks — any preference? Middlebrooks can be dropped without penalty. Moose comes with a penalty. You think they have equal value/upside or is one the clearly better asset to hold?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Middlebrooks

  64. stevev says:
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    Too early to dump Laurie for the hot Plouffe?

  65. Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Is Kyle Seager a waste of a roster spot (as opposed to being my opending day 3b)? Thanks.

  66. Eric says:
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    Should I drop Middlebrooks for Plouffe? Both have similar lines the past few years but feel like the ceiling is higher with Middlebrooks… although he can’t seem to stay on the field and I don’t want to drop a potential 30hr guy for a player riding a streak.

    • DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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      @Eric: Both will give you bad average and some power, one is healthy and hitting third in a bad lineup versus injured and hitting ninth in a better lineup.

      I guess what I am saying is I dropped Middlebrooks for Plouffe (with a one week stint of Asche in between…yuck) due to not having the DL space.

  67. Game of Throws says:
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    Love the Rollins sandberg jokes all season… Oh and kisses for your pooholes advice

  68. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    You know your team sucks when the only guy you own that gets mentioned above is ONLY mentioned because he’s out with a bad hammy.

  69. Jon says:
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    Add one of these pitchers over Ryan Cook? 5×5

    Morrow, Kennedy, Santiago, Beckett, Keuchel, or a reliever like Bass, Duffy, D. Webb, Putz, McGee, Tazawa, Farq

    Not a lot of options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Webb

  70. Smalls Killer says:
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    I’m not exactly thrilled to get yoga but I made a trade that got me him, Cole & Desmond, although I gave up Rios, Sale & Kluber… Did I do alright there? It’s a weekly league and lineups lock 1st game of the week so I do get Sale for his 2 start week. Also need to make a drop. . Between Owings & Villar… You like Villar better? The waiver wire is scarce with talent

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Smalls Killer: you gave up the two best players in that deal. So no, I don’t like it.

  71. Smalls Killer says:
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    I’m not exactly thrilled to get yoga but I made a trade that got me him, Cole & Desmond, although I gave up Rios, Sale & Kluber… Did I do alright there? It’s a weekly league and lineups lock 1st game of the week so I do get Sale for his 2 start week. Also need to make a drop. . Between Owings & Villar… You like Villar better? The waiver wire is scarce with talent

    • Smalls Killer says:
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      @Smalls Killer: sorry for the double posted question. .. I usually get an error that says duplicate post detected.

  72. Lville Jim says:
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    Moved Kluber for Martin Perez in my dynasty league right before the season started. Right now feeling good about but it’s still early.

  73. Anal Herschiser says:
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    Whatcha think is best trade scenario for me (12 team h2h) –

    A. My Alex rios +kershawfor his trout
    B. My Adrian Gonzo + kershaw for his goldy
    C. There is no C
    D. Hold

    ~Muchos gracias!

  74. Jon says:
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    Which two as bench guys/matchup guys? 5×5 LaRoche, Semien, Frazier, Al Escobar, Rajai Davis, Ozuna

    My roster needs would say MI (since I don’t have a backup there at all), but not required. Team also needs speed, but mainly I want upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Frazier, Ozuna

  75. Jones says:
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    Long time reader, first time commenter.
    Worth adding Brantley by dropping Austin Jackson? Other OF is springer, ozuna, trumbo
    I need some pop in a lineup that lacks it

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jones: Sure, go for it

  76. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Cashner and/or Peralta today? Facing each other @ MIL. I can start both, either, or neither. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Both

  77. MattTruss223 says:
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    Don’t forget the 11 AM start time in Beantown today for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday everyone, rosters lock EARLY!

  78. 740 says:
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    Sup Grey, 10team roto 5x5cat. Wong or Gyroko ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Gyorko

  79. Homer at the Bat says:
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    Hey, does the Hitter-Tron seem broken to anyone else? When I try to load the page, it gives me an error of:

    Notice: load_plugin_textdomain was called with an argument that is deprecated since version 2.7 with no alternative available. in /home/razzball/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3195

    Was it out drinking with the Buysellatops again?

  80. MattTruss223 says:
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    RE: Victorino – Daniel Nava still has options and can’t hit or play the field to save his skin right now (Battin 0.127 w/ 0.225 OBP and leading the team in Errors from Left Field/1B). Word around town is he might be the odd man out when Victorino returns and be sent to AAA. That would leave an OF of Sizemore, JBJ, and the Hawaiian with Carp and Gomes to fill in as needed. I don’t think PT will be Victorino’s issue, it’ll be if he can stay healthy.

  81. dubs says:
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    Love the new mobile format. #thebestgettingbetter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dubs: Thanks!

    • Opal says:
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      @dubs: Is the main menu working properly (you see the “hamburger” menu icon)?

      If so, what device are you using?

      My BlackBerry is being b*tchy about it. (Yeah yeah. Shocking. I know)

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Opal: fwiw on my nexus 7 tablet (using chrome or dolphin browser) I get the mobile menu *sometimes* and sometimes not. I haven’t found a discernible pattern at this point.

        Also the javascript filters on hittertron / streamonator, et al don’t work together well in that platform either. I can get one to work by typing and hitting the search button, but getting two to work together fails.

        Thanks for the awesome tools!

  82. Phil says:
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    Crowded outfield, 6*6 OBP league. Start Venable or Springer for the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Springer

      • Phil says:
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        Thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Np

  83. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey, trying to load Hittertron in my phone but getting this message: “Notice: load_plugin_textdomain was called with an argument that is deprecated since version 2.7 with no alternative available. in /home/razzball/public_html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3195″

    SON is working fine.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy:

      Note, I also get this message running across the top of the home page from time to time.

      • Opal says:
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        @Eddy: Thanks. Just trying to fix things and the site’s being a PITA. As usual.

        • Opal says:
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          @Opal: Or maybe I’m just the PITA. Hard to say. Monday.

          • Eddy says:
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            @Opal:

            Looks like everything is working fine right now!

  84. Amicrazy says:
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    Grey,

    Dynasty keeper league… Arenado or Altuve?

  85. Method says:
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    Grey,

    Dynasty keeper league where you keep 13…

    Long term do you prefer Arenado or Altuve?

  86. Ozuna's Revenge says:
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    Am I missing something with Carlos Torres? He seems like the best option to close out games for the Mets, but I haven’t seen his name come up much. He’s been solid this year and pitched well in relief last year.

  87. Wonder Boy says:
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    Brad Miller, Alcides Escobar, Johnny Peralta, Derek Jeter, Villar, Adeiny Hechavarria or Brandon Crawford?

    Thanks!

      • Wonder Boy says:
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        @Grey: Miller has 21 K’s and 2 walks. I’m dropping for Alcides Escobar, who will come down to Earth, but Miller’s lack of contact is eye popping.

        And if Miller heats up, I’m pretty sure he’ll still be sitting there on waivers still

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: miller had good contact in minors, and then there was last year, in MLB (baseball)

  88. pitching woes says:
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    Ready to ditch c.j.Wilson… too soon? Leake, Vargas, harang, Hutchinson, A.Simon on wire. Flip for any?

  89. Cyr says:
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    Grey,

    Would you deal Rios for M. Carpenter? 12 team h2h obp league. My OF is fairly deep and I’ve been rolling out Wong/Seager at 2b/3b (with your bestie R. Zimmerman on DL).

  90. SDB says:
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    Grey, I took your advice on Pujols. Snagged him in the third round instead of players like Kipinis, Kinsler, Wright (espn rankings). I’m lovin’ it. Royale With Cheese.

    I’m thinking of offering Jesse Chavez for Kris Davis. Good offer?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SDB: Ha… It’s fair

  91. Frank White says:
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    Morning Grey and Opal… I get 4 adds a week and I really need to stream pitchers so I picked up Tommy Milone cause the stream O Nator loves him tomorrow and he plays HOU this week too. So I have 3 adds left. The guys I’m about to ask about the Stream O Nator loves so, 1- Drew Smyly vs CWS?? 2 – Drew Hutchison Vs BAL ( which is a no question cause I know Grey loves him so you don’t have to answer unless minds got changed).. So that’s 3 adds already by WED but I got as my closers Perkins and Valverde, which Valverde is done. When I drop him should I stream another pitcher, wait till Friday for your Buy/ Sell list and keep 1 closer this week or should I grab LaTroy Hawkins NOW?? He has 5 saves and there is nobody else out there. Thanks!!

    • Frank White says:
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      Sorry I thought Opal was answering questions too.. My bad

      • Opal says:
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        @Frank White: *ha* only if you’re experiencing website issues. What I know about baseball fits on the head of a pin.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Frank White: All of the violinists had begun playing at roughly five years of age with similar practice times. However, at age eight, practice times began to diverge.

      • Frank White says:
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        Hold on Hawkins right?? What about Smyly??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Hawkins, eh on Smyly

  92. Bernard Gilkey says:
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    Re: Braun

    get a poncho and rain boots – there’s going to be a lot of peepee flying at you this season

  93. David Niven says:
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    Yo man. Guys trying to send Kemp-Morneau-Grilli for a Bruce package. Still discussin.

    Should I bother?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David Niven: It’s a chump dump, you would be the chump in this scenario

      • David Niven says:
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        @Grey: Thank ye kindly.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  94. Eng says:
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    Guten Morgen! How much do you like Olt in keeper leagues, Grey? With three homers in 37ABs he’s on 50 homer pace over a full season. It seems all the local Chicago press want and reckon he’ll have the starting gig by early May. Can he be a Bautista or Chris Davis….or will he be like mini-mini donkey and not rosterable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: He can be Davis, he needs PT

  95. Cram It says:
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    I’m not panicking about him, mainly because I wasn’t that high on him anyway, but he IS my 1B, so is there anything to Hosmer I should be concerned about? Does he look like a disaster at the plate or something? Is he schmohawk material? I mean 5 RBI in the 3-hole???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: He looks like a ground ball, line drive machine… Doesn’t elevate a whole lot…

    • stonepie says:
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      @Cram It: he’s just starting to hit as is aoki. i’d expect the numbers to improve soon. fwiw, his contact numbers have improved this year so far

    • Jay says:
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      @Cram It: the same thing happened last year with him and I. He wasn’t performing and I dumped him only to watch him pick it up and do it for another team. I regret that move still. I’m holding.

  96. Wilsonian says:
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    Is there anyone on my squad you would lose for any of the following:

    Morneau, Melky, Mesoraco, Ozuna, EYJ, Morse, Khris Davis, Buerhle, Harang, M.Perez, Volquez, Lindstrom

    C – Rosario
    1B – Davis
    2B – Dozier
    3B – Longo
    SS – Hanley
    IF – Fielder
    OF – Jones
    OF – Marte
    OF – Trumbo
    OF – Brantley
    UTIL – Rizzo
    UTIL – Alvarez
    BN – Springer
    BN – Arenado

    SP – Scherzer, Bailey, Teheran, A.Wood, Ventura, Salazar, Archer, Porcello
    RP – Soriano, Rodney, Hawkins, Broxton, Jim Johnson
    DL – Fister, Minor

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

    I feel like I have absolutely no one to drop aside from Jim Johnson or Salazar. I’m waiting to see Danny’s start tomorrow before I do anything with him, but one more 3 inning outing and I may let someone else fall on that sword. And I’m not sure if I should continue holding onto Johnson. I thought he was working his way back into the closer’s role, but that doesn’t appear to be the case just yet.

  97. c0wfunk says:
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    Watched bailey yesterday and he still didn’t look great, the Cubs definitely made it easier than it should have been. He still looked pretty wild. The Reds announcers were speculating that losing the end of spring training has thrown off his command to start, and I’m hoping this boost of confidence + 4 starts will get him rolling into a groove.

    Now for the Inevitable Catcher Question (maybe you need a catchers column writer?)…. been riding Pierzinski but he’s getting more days off than I’d like, but there’s a few interesting guys out there on Waivers. Please to rank:

    Pierzinski
    Flowers
    Zunino
    Pinto

    My team needs avg, obp, and total bases more than anything right now. This is a weekly h2h cats 12 team / 25 man rosters thang.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: much obliged good sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: i think people forgot about catcher rankings pre-season, since so many seem to have d’arnaud or pierzynski while possibly having zunino. unless zunino is getting massively dropped in many leagues. zunino was ranked higher in the first place.

  98. TheShelbySensation says:
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    Trade my Miggy, Justin Upton and Aaron Hill for Goldy and Cano?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        are you sure ?
        i worry about cano’s lack of protection .
        plus , it’s miggy .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not worried about Cano

  99. Eddy says:
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    Is it crazy to start Milone at home vs. TEX? Always has a good home ERA and the guy that kills him the most, Beltre, isn’t in the lineup.

    Side nite: in H2H leagues, when you see your opponent is going to outpitch you by 4-5 starts because his starters line up that way, do you force yourself to stream or sit back, let him take W, K and hope your guys take ERA and WHIP?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Eddy: Not crazy, and if it’s H2H Milone has Hou next.

      I tend to go with the latter strategy in 5×5, but will modify depending on strength of staffs. I’ll generally load up on RP (including MR) and only throw my elite SPs, at least early in the week, to try to nail down the ratios and SV. Will stream later in the week if necessary to fix ratios or if I see a chance to steal Ws.

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Eddy: Early in the season, I just hope it works out. Later on I’ll have more roster flexibility on purpose so that I can stream my a$$ off.

  100. Booty says:
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    Too soon to drop Lawrie for Morneau?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too soon

  101. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, my opponent already has an 8-start advantage on me this week, so with my 5 weekly moves I’m going to be streaming. Today’s options are Maholm v PHI (SON 11.8, but I’m not really feeling that), Roark v LAA (2.3) or Koehler @ ATL (-6.5, but I actually kinda like him). Grab one or two of them, or hold for later in the week? SON-approved options later this week include Milone, Smyly, Odorizzi and Beckett, and M Perez is on waivers too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Koehler

  102. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Streamonator hates Garrett Richards at the Nats but he’s been untouchable in his away starts and I sort of feel like punishing myself for running him out there against the A’s. What do you think, sit or start in a 12 team 5×5 mixer?

    Tanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  103. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    10 team 5×5:
    Brad Miller worth dropping at MI:
    Neil Walker
    Deitrich
    Escobar
    Semen
    Available…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  104. Jon says:
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    Someone just dropped Wheeler – drop any one of Kluber, Quintana or Mejia to pick him up? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  105. Cash Money says:
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    Not too bold to drop Jason Castro for Devin Mesoraco, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  106. Papajeansegura says:
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    Holy Crap good article haha. Teixeria blurb made me lol.
    1.) Bard Miller what’s up dawg? was real high on this kid preseason, looked like I got a steal. Think he comes around or should I look elsewhere? (Have Dee Gordon -SS and 2B eligible) Espinosa? or too soon?
    2.) Billy Butler. Will he come around and be decent? Just nabbed off waivers for Nava.
    3.) Ozuna or EYJ?
    4.) I was one of the Nova supporters preseason, and I’m sorry I was wrong I shall not question thine rankings again. haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Sure 3. Depends on needs… 4. Ha

  107. Booty says:
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    Lawrie or Brad Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  108. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Not that I want to see a guy fail, but, I owned Farnsworth in all 3 of my RCL leagues because I figured at some point Valverde would lose the gig and they’d go with another vet who has closing experience. Unfortunately the day before he was named the closer I needed to make moves in all 3 leagues and Farnsworth was the guy I dropped in all of them. I did manage to get him back in one of the 3 leagues off of waivers, but boy did that timing suck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  109. Joesh says:
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    drop kluber for peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  110. E says:
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    Drop Gyorko for Phillips or D Murphy?
    12 team pts league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  111. Jon says:
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    Any of these guys over Peavy?

    Morrow, Kennedy, Santiago, Beckett, Keuchel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  112. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    I think it’s safe to drop Clay Buchholtz, my goodness he’s terrible. I always hate when I end up with players I don’t want at all. Seems to happen a lot when I do auction drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

  113. The Dynamite, it Plouffes says:
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    How should I fill the pit of despair that is my 3B slot in a standard 5×5 over the next week with J-Z still out? Looking sadly at Kouzmanoff, Plouffe, Solarte, McGehee, and Callaspo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s RZ…. Plouffe

  114. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    And bucholtz gets the hook.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  115. Kevin says:
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    GREY – I LOVE THIS SITE and have told many friends about it.

    Quick question – should I trade Stanton for Braun in my fantasy league?

    My biggest concern is that teams simply stop pitching to Stanton.

    Appreciate the help, thank you, Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hold Stanton

  116. los locos says:
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    someone dropped bailey in our league, trying to claim him tomorrow morning.

    who should i drop
    evoldi
    erlin
    hutchinson
    chavez

    have another question coming up about my current lack of production these past 3 weeks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erlin

  117. Don Majkowski says:
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    Was just offered J-Upside for Abreu…I have Goldy & Hosmer as for 1B & CI gotta take Upton right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it

  118. Swfcdan says:
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    What is wrong with Segura? Hes been horrible so far. Have him dirt cheap in my keeper, wondering should I sell him off while he still has value.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Hoping its just a slow start?

    • Shitty Billy Butler says:
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      Hey Grey,
      Are we selling Jean Segura right now or holding ?@Swfcdan:

      He should bounce back and be better than this currently, don’t sell now I’d hold llonger.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        As with anyone, depends what you can get, right now you would be selling low though so doubtful anything good

  119. Andrew says:
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    Stay away from Koehler today at Atlanta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him in a league — NL-Only

  120. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12-tm 6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, another owner is hot for my Springer. We only start 3 OF, so options like L Martin, K Davis, Venable, EY Jr and Duda are available as FA. My other 3 OF are Myers, Werth and Moss (only start vs RHP). 2 questions:
    1) what level SP would you want? The other owner’s shopping S. Miller, who I know you don’t love, and also has Price;
    2) the other guy’s also floating Trumbo or Craig–my initial thought was to take either, but Steamer and HT love Springer.
    My worst cats will probably be AVG and NSB (which I basically punted, but with EverCab and Springer I could have a fighting chance most weeks).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) I’d take Price 2. I’d take either, Trumbo first

  121. Moose Out Front says:
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    Pre-thanks for being awesome Grey.

    Vargas or Eovaldi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi, no problem

  122. Pete says:
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    Sandoval just dropped and I could use a bench 3B to plug in here and there in a 5×5 with OBP. Plouffe and Moustakas are available too. Would you grab one of them and drop any of the following: Hill, Rajai, Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai if you don’t need steals

      • Pete says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I actually do need steals. So maybe Drop Hill for Sandoval? I have Dee, Castro, and Desmond to fill out 2B, SS, and MI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  123. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, my hitting is a mess sofar specially the MI players are batting below .200 and some those who should steal bags are not doing it as expected…Gyorko, Miller, Villar..what do you think? Be patient or trying to make a change. The alternatives are Walker, Alcides, Simmons, Perralta, Owings, Frazior, …

    Can i expect Villar to get better regarding stealing bags? do i have to take his around .200 batting average over the whole season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be patient

  124. Wake Up says:
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    this just in…

    Patriot’s Day is da bomb!

    Buchholz gets shelled…

    Tex blurb was a blast…

    Stay strong and sloppy…but, mostly sloppy…

    To the 617 SAG… Break a leg (off)!

    cut Kaat’s mic…

    Showalter is underrated…

    I’m meeting Napoli later, outside of Molasses Street Bah…the plan…two cigs, one shirt…just kidding…no shirts…obvi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  125. jim says:
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    just traded solarte for freese. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds needs based

      • jim says:
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        @Grey: actually, it’s a deep league and either one would be a bench stash. not sure solarte will do much this year and was thinking freese, though not great, would be better than solarte over the course of the season. do you agree?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree

  126. Big League Choo says:
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    In a league with TBs and OBP instead of HRs which order do you like these trades

    My Choo/Gray for Puig/Jose Fernandez
    My Holliday/liriano for Both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd trade first

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: you’re getting both the best players in that.

  127. California kid says:
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    I was offered braun for Harper your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  128. Steve says:
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    PIck up speculative Walden for Kelley’s demotion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  129. Kevin says:
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    I’d have gone with Junior Farcity, myself [/nitpicking ass]

    Love the articles, keep my procrastination going!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  130. Nick M says:
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    Would you drop Bucholtz for Morrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  131. Ryn says:
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    Would you drop Venable at this point or be patient?

    Also the Cubs manager mentioned yesterday how he wants Veras back as the closer, does it make sense to hold onto Strop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Patient, I’d hold Strop

  132. scottsteelers says:
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    Is it time to drop Buccoltz in 12 team league? He look like he just crawled out of a meth house and I hate him usually being around 50 putches after 2 innings. Other SPs are j Fernandez, weaver, cain, masterson, simon, chavez, peralta. Robertson coming back from DL and I need to drop someone.thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  133. 2 Giant rings says:
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    JD Martinez just called up. He has 10 hrs in the minors but it seems he’ll just be a bench bat. Pick him up in a 20 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  134. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Grey, if this my team in a 12-tm NFBC league, how many more weeks do you continue to hold onto Chris Swoosh Carter?

    2 C: Grandal and Suzuki
    1B, 3B, CI, UT: Goldy, Votto, Donaldson, Pedro Alvarez
    2B, SS, MI: Rendon, Andrelton, Gyrko
    5 OF: Heyward, Revere, Yelich, Ethier, Duda

    Start 9 P: Starters-Stras, Sale, Cash, Samardzija, Gray, Archer, Quintana
    Relievers-Frieri, Shawn Kelley, Mujica, Cody Allen, Melancon, Daniel Webb

    Bench: Chris Carter, De Aza, Brad Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you are dropping him for

      • Operation Mindcrime says:
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        @Grey:

        If Duda pans out, it’d be just for another speculative closer like Walden or a closer if emerges by next Sunday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it

  135. Big Mike says:
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    Grey,

    For !@#$ and giggles, I thought I’d join an ESPN auction league this year, just to see if they were as bad as I’ve heard. We drafted March 15. Here’s the team I ended up with (not kidding):

    C- Posey
    1B – A. Gonz
    2b – Rendon
    3b – C. Johnson (filling in for Middlebrooks on DL)
    ss – Reyes
    mi – Miller
    ci – Rizzo
    of – Trout
    of – Dread Pirate
    of – Joey Bats
    of – Bruce
    of – J. Upton
    ut – Jose Abreu
    sp – Cueto, Teheran, Liriano, Cingrani, Gray, Alex Wood, Hudson (streamer)
    rp – Cishek, Axford, Street, K-Rod (Chapman on DL)

    My question for you is this – do I need to even to check this team between now and October, or can I simply assume the win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  136. Wilson says:
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    B Hamilton seems better now. Need him to improve R & SB.
    He was on my bench due to terrible performance.

    So should I start him in every game now? How do you rank him overall now? Thoughts appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  137. E says:
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    Pls rank these for pts:

    Mejia vs MIA (18.1)
    Ross @ SEA (13.2)
    Porcello @ MIN (11.8)
    Alvarez @ NYM (2.9?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello, Mejia

  138. Busher says:
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    Who plays at 10:30 AM after a Sunday night game? And why was Bucholz in my P slot? Why is he on my roster?

    ^^Entry in my trapper keeper diary for 4/21/14^^

    Grey,

    In my frustratingly shallow 12-team Y! league with OPS & QS…9 Hitters starting

    Mesoraco – Votto – Miller – Gyorko – Andrus – McCuthen – Bautista – Bruce – Abreu

    Drop Brad Miller for Aaron Hill at 2B? Hill was dropped by a guy who’s going with Dee Gordon…

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d go Hill…

      • Busher says:
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        @Grey: Ok cool. One more question about that same team if you have a minute…it’s a H2H league with OBP + SLG

        Gyorko, Arenado, Frazier or Middlebrooks for 3B? They’re in the same tier with Gyorko at the top…Hold Gyorko?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gyorko, hold

      • Busher says:
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        @Grey: Funny how quickly people forget Hill went 93/26/85/14 in 2012. Top 30 player that year.

  139. Dave says:
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    Can you rank these 3 injured pitchers for next year. NL only league. Corbin, Medlen and Parnell. Had a pretty lousy draft and my team is pretty bad, thinking about starting to fill reserve slots with potential keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin, Medlen

  140. costaricanchata says:
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    combine the up-side power potential
    with the plate discipline and consistency of votto .
    rizz-otto !
    (lunch time) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, I was the one that loved Rizzo

  141. raffffffffffff says:
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    Sorry for this giant question:

    My team (12-team, 5×5 roto):
    C Rosario
    1B Goldy
    2B Altuve
    3B Donaldson
    SS Miller
    OF Stanton, Rios, Brown
    Util Abreu, Brantley
    BN Eaton, Springer

    SP Wainwright, Teheran, Wood, Ventura, Eovaldi, Porcello, Pineda, Peralta (picked up for his 2 starts this week; dropped Jim Johnson for him)
    RP Jansen, Holland, Soria
    DL Walker

    FAs of note:
    Batters: Aoki, Bogaerts, Ozuna, Dozier, Venable
    Pitchers: M. Perez, Broxton, Gregerson, Farnsworth, potentially Jim Johnson if he clears waivers

    a) I feel like Aoki, Ozuna, Bogaerts should be owned, but not sure that I have anyone to drop for any of them. Would you take Bogaerts over Miller? I still believe in Miller… maybe. I’ve been shopping Springer for a pitcher, no bites yet. Maybe try to package him with another OF? Frustrating having to bench one of Brown, Brantley, Eaton.

    b) Do you think any of my pitchers (or batters) is worth dropping for one of those temporary/pseudo-/shitty closers? Maybe Peralta after his two starts this week? Is Perez worth owning over anyone I have?

    c)

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Aoki over Eaton 2. Your league is shallow, just stream the last spot as you are doing

  142. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? Happy late Beaster.

    7×7 12t H2H keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    1) Figure I should get some backup to spell Seager.. who do you like out of this group? C. Johnson, Plouffe, Duda, Loney, Smoak, McGehee, Callaspo, LeMahieu, Espinosa, Schoop..

    2) Another option is trading for a CI. Think I should sell high on Chavez? Looking at guys like Belt, Abreu (probably a stretch) ..

    3) You like Mesoraco over Gattis? (45 acquisition limit on the season, so frugality is key)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Plouffe 2) Sure, Abreu 3) No

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you drop Valverde or Kelley for Plouffe? I’ve got Robertson..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Valverde

  143. Bunny says:
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    Great job Grey.

    Still love Segura? Are you concerned about the shoulder?

    Been offered Segura for Abreu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a solid trade, depends if you need Abreu…

  144. Fish says:
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    Is anyone else confused by Justin Upton? He’s swinging at more pitches this season (4% increase in Swing rate) by increasing his Z-Swing% 74.5% while decreasing his O-Swing, BUT his contact rate is near a career low (68.4%) and his K% is a career high (31.3%).

    So… he has a better feel of the zone but not a f*cking clue where the ball is going over the plate.

    • Fish says:
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      @Fish:

      Oh. AND he has a .319AVG and .400 OBP

  145. Steve D. says:
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    Buy low window is closing fast on Homer Bailey. Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts for him fair or an overpay?

    • Busher says:
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      @Steve D.: Need more information. Depends on the league. How many teams and stuff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not close for Bailey

  146. mike says:
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    Regarding the Player Rater, do the random gray and white backgrounds represent tiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  147. Diamond Powered Zeppelins says:
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    Is it time to Drop Nick Franklin for someone like Escobar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  148. Carnac says:
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    Boston Strong on display as Jackie Bradley, Jr. completes the marathon in 12’13”. Not a fast run, but a great walk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  149. Northern Warm-up says:
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    best guy to help out ratios Vargas, Niese, Leake, Gibson, A.Simon, Gee, lookin at maybe 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Vargas

  150. sul says:
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    Which side do you like?
    A. Bruce and Greinke
    B. Harper and Lester
    10 team, h2h league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  151. agarthered says:
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    Drop Brad Miller for any of the following or hold

    Howie Kendrick
    Neil Walker
    Daniel Murphy
    Espinosa

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: drop wong for neil walker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay

  152. los locos says:
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    10 keeper league, WEEKLY league,
    HR, R, RBI, OBP, SB; QS K/9 SV ERA WHIP

    The team I have right now through 3 weeks, just ain’t getting it done. Lacking in HR and RBI department. Pitching been ok, I dropped closers I had, recently Santos, kills me in WHIP and ERA. I have Kershaw, Machado and Fister on the DL. Losing patience has I am falling out of pretty quickly in a H2H 5×5 category. Already 12 out from 1st and 9 out from 2nd.

    Not much on waivers from a RBI besides Colabello, Murphy, McGehee, Moss, Plouffe Hunter. For HRs on waivers, we have Reynolds, Pinto, LaRouche. SB/R department – Eric Young, any guys below you see to cut for any guys above… going into Week 5?

    C Zunino, Mike(C) SEA
    1B Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    2B Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    3B Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    SS Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    OF Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    OF Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    OF Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    U Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS

    Bench (2B) Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Bench (3B) Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Bench (SS) Miller, Brad(SS) SEA
    Bench (OF) Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE
    Bench (OF) Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Bench (OF) Yelich, Christian(OF) MIA

    Pitchers
    Pos Active Pitchers
    SP Eovaldi, Nate(SP) MIA
    SP Hutchison, Drew(SP) TOR
    SP Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    SP Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    SP Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM
    RP Chavez, Jesse(RP) OAK
    RP Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA

    Bench (SP) Erlin, Robbie(SP) SD
    Bench (SP) Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Bench (SP) Tillman, Chris(SP) BAL
    Injured (SP) Fister, Doug(SP) WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Miller and Yelich for Reynolds and LaRoche, bench Arenado and Napoli

  153. The Dude says:
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    More rotisserie value ROS:
    Koji Uehara or Dee Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  154. makeshiftteam says:
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    Grey-

    1.) Gyorko is killing me. Still in the starting lineup this week for me.
    But do I drop him for: Neil Walker, Siemens, Kelly Johnson, or Aaron Hill…or do I hold?

    2.) Trade: Pujols for Bautista?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Hill 2) It’s fair

  155. Earlycoff says:
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    Cingrani for Gallardo…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani

  156. Sad Keanu says:
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    Smyly over Peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither are prolly ownable in your league

  157. 740 says:
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    one more Grey…. 10team roto 5x5cat….Ryan Zimmerman is on the wire. would u drop Arenado or Sandoval for him?

    also, I have Mauer, Santana…Santana should be eligible for 3B soon. THOUGHTS?

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sandoval…. Thoughts on what?

      • 740 says:
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        @Grey:

        my bad, what i mean is would u consider dropping Santana for Zim since i have Mauer at C and keep Sandoval or u still drop Sandoval for Zim?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t drop Santana

          • 740 says:
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            @Grey:

            Thank u Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  158. birrrdy! says:
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    Is anyone else thinking Gomez is on the roids? Would explain a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally, I almost wrote that… But just wrote it about Tex the other day…

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: Oh and Grey, what do you think of this trade just offered in a 5×5 NL only keeper?

      His Henderson Alvarez and Jean Segura for my Sergio Romo and Pablo Sandoval?

      (Gallardo also an option on his side if I tweak him, and I can try to give less than Panda perhaps – but this guy doesn’t like to fiddle much).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Segura

    • Busher says:
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      @birrrdy!: After his latest ‘roid rage reaction last night…he’s on some kind of upper. He acts like a cornered animal when he gets called out for being a meathead punk. Dude you have 73 HRs in your career. Hasn’t someone hit 73 HRs in one season?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Busher: i agree but exactly why is Cole trying to pick a fight with a crazy asshole? crazy assholes tend to fight when people pick fights with them.

  159. Oppo Taco says:
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    Better trade?
    1. Give Vmart get rendon
    2. Give Chavez/Vmart get shields
    My 3B is gyorko
    Rotation – MadBum, iwakuma, masterson, cole, Salazar, Ross
    Thanks grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Rendon 2. Shields

  160. MattW says:
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    Grey:

    Been offered Segura for Addison Reed in a 5×5 10-team H2H (OBP instead of AVG).

    I currently have Hanley, Altuve and Rollins at 3 MI spots. Closers are Reed and Balfour (Chapman on the DL)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Segura

  161. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team H2H league, who do you like best as my UTL for the rest of the season: Brad Miller, Todd Frazier or Danny Espinosa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier…You going to prison?

      • Smell The Glove says:
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        @Grey:

        :) Remains to be seen…my way of saying for the long term.

  162. k-dawg says:
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    was offered lohse for springer? good deal? my OF/UTIL are bautista, j upton, myers, n.cruz, & hosmer with springer on my bench or starting over hosmer…. take it or leave it? thanks Grey!

    • k-dawg says:
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      @k-dawg: oh and its a 10 team h2h points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Springer

  163. malen says:
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    Any thoughts on trade offer, his Melky for my Dan Straily? It’s a league with a basic baseball lineup for batters, no corner/middle infield or extra OF:
    C- Rosario
    1B- Rizzo
    2B- Zobrist (Phillips is riding the pine this week)
    SS- Tulo
    3B- Frazier (Machado on DL, Reynolds is available)
    OF- CarGonz, JUpton, StarMart
    Util- Morneau
    SP- Ryu, Samardzija, Haren, Lynn, CJ Wilson, Straily, Tillman
    RP- Holland, Cishek, Chapman

    I don’t see much value in adding Melky to my OF, but I also don’t see much value in keeping Straily in my rotation of scrubs… If I take Melky, I could flip one of my then-abundant OF (also include Zobie) for a non-shitty SP (or grab Martin Perez off waivers…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky side

  164. makeshiftteam says:
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    Grey-
    I’m liking the plate discipline from Trevor Plouffe so far this yr..12 walks already
    Is he a sleeper pick ROS? (as in chance he can be a top 6-10 type of 3B)?

    • Fish says:
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      @makeshiftteam:

      Wow, you’re not joking. That O-Swing rate is 6th best in the league. I think he’ll be serviceable, but I don’t he’ll crack the top 10 for 3B. He’ll be more valuable in OBP leagues.

      • Fish says:
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        @Fish:

        don’t *believe* he’ll

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be top 12

  165. SpecialFNK says:
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    12 team non keeper, yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    give- Harper, Gyorko.
    get- Encarnacion, De Aza.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Abreu. 2B- Pedroia. 3B- Frazier. SS- Andrus. CI-Gyorko. MI- Rollins.
    OF- Harper. OF- Bruce. OF- Gardner. OF- Viciedo. OF- Swisher. UT- Reddick
    BN- IDavis, Gillaspie, Parra. NA- Morales.
    SP- Darvish. SP- Shields. RP-Nathan. RP- Janssen (DL).
    P- Allen. P- Fields. P- Kelley. P- Farquhar.
    BN- ESantana, Cashner, Ross, Kennedy. DL- Hamels. DL- Crain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper side

  166. but bryce has herpes says:
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    Got offered the following deals from the same dude this morning:
    A) my Braun for Harper
    B) my Braun and Pujols for Harper and Joey Bats

    Which is better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper… Harper

  167. Jesus, Duda says:
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    Great job as always Guru Grey.

    Trade which side, yahoo standard.
    Longo or Scherzer and Sandoval

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Longo

  168. uncdrew says:
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    Awesome and clever with the upside down calculator joke. I think Devin Mesorasco is hitting about .58008 these days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @uncdrew: BOOBS!

  169. Andrew says:
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    SON has Roark at .2 for today. Do you like him more than that at home vs. Angels today or stay away in a 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stay away

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey:

        You like Richards more? (At Washington). Or stay away as well?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stay away

  170. LT says:
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    Kinsler or grienke? Starting pitching is kinda hurting and I don’t wanna sit through another year of nagging injuries. Just realizing both bring nagging injuries…straight up fair value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler, it’s fair

  171. fausto says:
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    quickie.
    Drop Erasmo for Gee?
    Start Salazar both times this week?

    Thanks,
    Daq. fund will be fed. REALLY diggin the podcasts ANDI have a canadian twitter friend!
    Real life 3, FBB-life 0!
    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Gee…. I wouldn’t start Salazar anywhere until I saw a decent game… Thanks!

  172. pierce says:
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    zunino or pinto ROS; H2H Weekly, OBP, HR R RBI SB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  173. Hodgy Beats says:
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    Who wins. 12 T H2H:

    A: Miggy
    B: Braun, V-Mart, Dee Gordon

  174. but bryce has herpes says:
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    Which deal you like better?
    A.) his CarGo (rockies) + Longoria for my Braun + Pujols
    or
    B.) his Harper + Bautista for my Braun + Pujols

  175. Kandeepan says:
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    Please rank Khris Davis, Corey Hart, Adam Laroche and Michael Morse for 12 team Yahoo roto league. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Hart

  176. mike says:
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    drop Broxton for Farnsworth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay

  177. Pager24 says:
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    what are your thoughts on Beckett the rest of the year? He has looked pretty good so far and i like the K/’s

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Has he gotten out of the 5th inning?

  178. wOBA the Hutt says:
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    NL only OPS league. Who’d you have out of Junior Lake, Ludwick, Heisey, Duda?

    • wOBA the Hutt says:
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      @wOBA the Hutt: Ozuna is there too…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ozuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lake

  179. ANTONIO says:
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    would you drop brad miller in order to pick up alcides escobar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  180. The Flayed Man says:
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    Just offered his

    1. Myers/Archer for my Bogaerts/Archie Bradley/d’Arnaud
    2. His Myers/Hart for my Bogaerts/Bradley

    Thanks

    R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, OPS
    K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, QS, SV+H

    12 team Yahoo roto

    Dynasty league (17 keepers next year, 20 the following)

    C Salvador Perez
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Jedd Gyorko
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Xander Bogaerts
    IF Brandon Belt
    OF Andrew McCutchen
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Shin-Soo Choo
    Util Starling Marte
    Util Marcell Ozuna
    BN Kolten Wong
    BN Manny Machado
    BN Travis d’Arnaud
    DL Jurickson Profar

    P Jordan Zimmermann, Gerrit Cole, Yordano Ventura, Martín Pérez, Danny Salazar, Archie Bradley, DL: Doug Fister

    RP Sergio Santos
    RP Joakim Soria
    RP Matt Lindstrom
    RP Luke Gregerson
    RP Shawn Kelley

    • The Flayed Man says:
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      Would grab Alcides Escobar of waivers if I lose Bogaerts

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers side on both

  181. xonkk says:
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    Blackmon and Ozuna are both available in my league. Grey, whom do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  182. bossmanjunior says:
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    10 team h2h (limited season transaction budget)

    1) Drop Kluber (vKC, @LAA, vMIN, @TB) for

    Porcello (@MIN, @KC, vHOU, @BAL)

    Lackey, Ubaldo, Lincecum, Skaggs, Simon, Richards also available.

    2)
    C Perez
    1B Pujols
    2B Hill
    SS Segura
    3B Encarnacion
    OF Jones
    OF Marte
    OF Myers
    UTL Rizzo
    BN Miller

    Hold Miller as my only bench bat or drop for Butler, Jennings, Lowrie, Martin, Gardner, Aoki, Pagan, Seager, Yelich, Headley.

    3) hold Perez or drop for Castro, Gomes or Mesoraco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello…. Jennings… Hold Perez

  183. Ryan says:
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    Hey just wondering would u deal neil walker for brad miller? Longterm do you see miller picking things up? Walker has been killing it lately, but is this a perfect buy low/sell high opportunity?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d take Miller

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ryan: with some owners you could even add another player and another of yours for a slight upgrade. Razzball is much higher on Miller and much lower on Walker than a lot of people. like one of your shitty closers and walker for a medium closer and miller.

  184. Hodgy Beats says:
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    Looks like I’m gonna be that guy. My question got missed, and I’m on my lunch break.. so

    Who wins. 12 T H2H. I’m in last place and freakin:

    A: Miggy
    B: Braun, V-Mart, Dee Gordon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  185. Jon says:
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    I’m thinking about packaging Chavez with Kemp to trade for a better starting pitcher. What level starter would you be asking for in exchange for those two? An ace too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez? Teheran?

  186. Mike says:
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    Two trades…which sides?

    Pedro Alvarez and tanaka for wright

    Harper for Desmond and masterson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka…. Harper

  187. John says:
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    After reading about 85% of these comments I’d say two things

    Buy Harper low and have fun.
    Harper about to go nuts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  188. Fantegrity says:
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    16 team league – Would you trade Cueto for Anibal and Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal side

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: by rankings anabell alone is enough, great to get even more.

  189. Mike says:
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    how would you rank streaming pitchers for 4/22?

    Milone, Salazar and Erasmo?

    SON ranks Milone quite high but i’m not entire convinced. am i paranoid?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar, Milone… Wouldn’t start any of them

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey,

        what about Odorzzi vs. Twins on 4/23?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s kinda garbage, friend

  190. Artemis says:
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    Trade Longoria and Strasburg for Miggy? Would leave me with a rotation of Liriano/Cobb/Masterson/Alex Wood/Pineda/Tillman/Wheeler/T Walker. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  191. Wilsonian says:
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    Miller is on waivers. Have Dozier at 2nd. Only other options at 2nd are Ackley, Uggla, Espinosa, and Semien. Stand pat with Dozier or pickup Miller? Dozier has obviously been the better of the two so far this season.

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: do you see him maintaining any sort of 20/20 season this year? I’d be more than content with that at 2nd.

  192. McGaffer12 says:
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    Trade question:

    I give Votto, Cashner, Latos

    I get: Strasburg, Bruce, Chapman

    (have Fielder so Votto or Bruce would be used as utility guys)

    Muchos!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg side

      • McGaffer12 says:
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        Thanks as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  193. smegma says:
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    Which trade do you like best and would you hold on any of them:

    1. my belt/liriano/gattis for his myers/teheran/rosario

    2. offer springer instead of belt in above (Springer is my bench bat behind Jones/JUpton/Marte).

    3. My Fielder for his Stanton. I’d still have Rizzo/Belt.

    • Cram It says:
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      @smegma: 1 and 3 are great, though I highly doubt any will work. Why are you trading for a bench bench in 1 and 2?

      • smegma says:
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        @Cram It: Depends on how Myers pans out regarding whether he’d be a bench bat on my team. If he meets expectations he could start over Belt and Springer.

        • Cram It says:
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          @smegma: You said Springer is your bench bat, so Myers would start over him on the bench? Don’t make no sense. Your OF is already full.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do #1

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: yr getting best 3 players in #1. as long as you already have sufficient 1B.

  194. Mike says:
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    Buchholtz imploded again today. I know that Salazar has been bad, but should I dump Buchholtz for him?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  195. SpeedyJohn says:
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    Grey–

    Marco Estrada and Corey Kluber for Francisco Liriano in a QS league. Who wins?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liriano

  196. Heatcheck3 says:
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    Johnny Venters is building up arm-strength for a late May or early June return.
    Jesse Crain is probably back in 3-4 weeks.
    Who gets the most save opps ROS/who is the better dl stash now that Reyes is back and I can stop streaming shortstop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crain

  197. Hi Grey —

    How’d you rank the following 1B in a deep 6×5 redraft roto league? Ryan Howard, Ike Davis, Michael Morse, Corey Hart? I need a backup to Rizzo at 1B and an occasional UTIL appearance.

    Also, who’s a better stash between Polanco and Tavaras in a league where I can keep undrafted players for a 12th round pick next season?

    And in terms of value this season would you rather stash Ryan Zimmerman or Tiajuan Walker in a DL slot?

    Thanks!

    • Heatcheck3 says:
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      @Enrique: A. Howard, Hart, Davis
      B. Tavaras for next year, Polanco this year
      C.
      D. Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hart…Polanco… Zimmerman

  198. Kid A says:
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    Segura dropped to 7th in the batting order, WOO HOO!

    *wanders out into traffic*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • henncoop says:
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      @Kid A: Actually ended up 6th in the order after a late change. He was stroking the ball well …hitting it harder & 2 nice line drives along with a steal & scored a run. He looked better tonight except for one base running gaffe where he made the 3rd out while on 3rd base. He made a step in the right direction overall tonight ….be patient.

  199. Andrew says:
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    You like Maholm at home vs. Phillies tonight in 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  200. Ron says:
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    1) Which side you like in a Points league with -1 for Strikeouts?
    Miggy and Holliday OR Trout and Longoria

    2) If your answer is B, would it matter if Anibal was added to A?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout…No

  201. Tarman Got Him says:
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    12 Team H2H 5X5

    C – Mesoraco
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Miller
    3B – Seagar
    SS – Segura
    OF – CarGo
    OF – J Upton
    OF – Bruce
    UTIL – Cuddyer
    UTIL – Rizzo
    B – Brantley
    B – Springer
    DL – Calhoun

    SP – Darvish
    SP – Cole
    SP – Masterson
    SP – Zimermann
    SP – Porcello
    SP – Smyly
    SP – Kluber
    RP – Balfour
    RP – Street
    RP – Farnsworth
    RP – Chapman

    Would you take Longoria for Cargo?

    I countered w Cargo, Cuddyer, Seagar and Farns for Carlos Gomez and Longo.

    Would you take either deal or would you try getting a SP and Longo fort Cargo and lets say Cuddyer?

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Longo… I’d take Gomez and Longo but I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t….

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @Grey: So you’re saying regardless you’d take Longo for Carlos Gonzalez? Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, it’s fair

    • Tarman Got Him says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: BTW I don’t like more than 2 bench bag max, but I had to snag Springer or upside and I had traded Strasburg Latos Lindstrom Gyorko and Lackey for Bruce Freeman and J Zimmerman haha

  202. michael says:
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    would you buy on liriano and gyorko and sell with Utley?

    i have altuve as a regular 2b. We use have 7 offensive categories and slug and obp are 2 extra along with the 5 main ones.

    My team is
    C – McCann
    1b – Goldy
    2b – Altuve
    3b – Boegarts
    IF – Carlos Santana
    OF – Harper
    OF – Jones
    OF – Ellsbury
    Utility Utley

    Bench is Hart, Granderso,De Aza, Rasmus and Bourn
    SP are Wacha, Cobb (DL), Masterson, Ryu, Burnett, Kluber, Quintana,
    Releif is Santos, Chapman, Farnswerth, MArtinez, Mujica and ogando
    Holds are counted the same as saves. K/BB as well as QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  203. trapperkeeper says:
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    Grey,
    This is a keeper-related question:
    Jose Abreu is currently getting way more love/value than Pujols in my league because: 1-my league has an abnormal affinity for shiny new toys 2-no one in my league is buying into the Pujols Renaissance yet still….so as a result I’ve been getting no bites on Pujols.
    So J. Abreu is riding the pine for now which is a waste.

    I have him for $14 which is cheap in our $265 keeper-league.
    So should I shop Abreu instead or hold just to see if he’s the 2nd coming of Miggy?

    thanks again for your awesome work here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shop Abreu if he gets something great

  204. Ron says:
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    I drafted Miller AND Gyorko and have been shuffling them back and forth trying to get any juice I can muster out of one of these lemons.

    I’m in a H2H points league that counts -1 for K’s. I know that Dozier does not have a pretty average but the other stats look good.

    Should I drop Miller or Gyorko to grab Dozier to start at 2B or Hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: i believe (checking club list…..) yep, you’re the 387th Razzballian that owns both of those and every day has this issue. Many of us in multiple locations.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  205. Jay says:
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    With Beltre coming back from DL soon, who do you let go of Aaron HIll or EYJ?

    Also have Jim Johnson kinda just hanging around if He aint back closing by then I’d assume he’s the drop (I have three other Closers in 10 tm H2H, can stand to lose one).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Johnson

  206. gobiggreen says:
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    the jabroni (the plural of jabroni is pronounced jabron-aye…i believe) over on yahoo brought up an interesting fear i’ve had about Julio Teheran today. his K rate is way low…waaaaay low, and his ERA is much lower than career average. do you think he’s a sell high candidate? his K’s are going to bounce back in the right direction if things normalize, but his ERA is going to as well….in the wrong direction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, something’s gotta give with his stats… He’s obviously not a sub-2 ERA guy, but he should have more Ks too

  207. costaricanchata says:
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    more likely to lose his job with the natinals :
    harper or matt williams ?
    is it even close ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s close

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: would’ve thought williams by a mile.

  208. KarlJ says:
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    Drop Moustakous for Plouffe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  209. Relsh says:
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    There’s something so refreshing about reading your Monday posts knowing that weekend chock full of baseball was just completed.

    I’m in a 6×6 H2H, should I give my Pablo Sandy for Hisashi Iwakuma and Corey Dickerson?

    1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it’s fair

  210. Holey Benzino says:
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    Which 2 of Ozuna, Springer, and Kemp?

  211. SteveNZ says:
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    Have to choose between Heyward and Ozuna for the CF spot in the ol’ H2H. Ozuna gets Teheran and is about 20 bucks behind Heyward on the Tron.

    So Rudy’s cold, pure data says Heyward easily, but can you really sit Ozuna at this stage?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I’m sure glad I never picked him up and had to deal with these decisions *cuts wrist*

  212. Kid A says:
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    Grey, I’ve got a strategy question I hope you can help me with.

    So I’m in this RCL league with Tehol:

    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/leagueoffice?leagueId=8008&seasonId=2014

    And I’ve run into quite a pickle. No matter what I do, I keep shooting into first place ahead of him.

    – I tried not drafting Starting Pitching.
    – I tried giving him a 3 week head start.
    – I tried not grabbing any hot schmotatoes.
    – I tried not streaming.

    None of these things have helped him, so at this point, I’m thinking I need to start benching players to make it easier for him to keep up.

    My question: Should I be sitting Trout, Donaldson, or Freeman at this point? I’m thinking all of them, but I don’t know – that’s why I’m asking.

    I’m just worried he is going to throw one of his tantrums if I don’t make more of an effort to help him.

    Thanks, man. REALLY appreciate it.

  213. Rags says:
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    Deep NL-only roto, weekly league with transaction fees that prevents streaming. I’m dropping Villanueva (I’ve got Kershaw on my DL).

    Would you take Koehler (not counting tonight’s start), Arietta, Lyles, Edwin Jackson.

    OR

    Roll with an extra middle reliever to try and heal my ratios until Kershaw gets back.

    Thanks!

  214. J-FOH says:
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    What is up with Brock Holt? Dude is on fire, was also in AAA, might be a nice SAGNOFer to batty call using the new tool http://razzball.com/sp-sagnof/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brock Holt was in the WCW wasn’t he?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: right! that’s what I thought too, maybe he’s a jr?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know he must have long flowing goldilocks

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: wears lots of tank tops, surfs, drives a pastel colored car

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Carries a surfboard to the ring? Finishing move: the Ollie?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: the hang ten?

  215. ashtray says:
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    Chris Sale not starting tomorrow due to “general soreness”

    Oy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks

  216. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    when K-Rob comes back i’ll have to drop some other RP. cats include holds/k to bb/net saves
    carpenter/kelley (handcuff value, it worked well when K-Rob hurt)/cotts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelley

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: guessing you expect cotts’ k to bb to go up, and possibly for him to reclaim 8th inning from ogando.

  217. Jay says:
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    P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E people, unless of course you are in my league, than yes of course drop those underperforming studs in April, do it.

    Grey your stache is great but there’s nothing like the stashes you get in April when these dogs dump players they have no business dropping.

    Dropping these guys is like dropping a duece, you only really do it if you have to…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s word to Big Bird

  218. Queefs and Sunshines says:
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    Hello Sunshine,

    10 teams 6×6 keepers league:
    Doode wants Tulo and Trumbo I want Votto and Myers.
    I really want to make it happen. Just curious about your opinion on that.
    “What can do??”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  219. Drop frazier or seager with beltre s return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t return for a week

  220. Booty says:
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    Cuddyer or Beltran

    • Al koholic says:
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      @Booty: cuddyer on dl

      • Negatto says:
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        @Al koholic: Love when they wait until Monday to do it. A-holes.

  221. C.O.C says:
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    Which side: Cashner and Perez for Cueto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  222. Kevin says:
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    I give votto/Carpenter for Prince Fielder/Encarnacion

    or

    Votto/ Beltran (NY) for Ortiz/ Verlander

    or stand pat…

    My SP’s are … Jesse Chavez, Cingrani, Tyler Ross, Perlata Cashner

    12 team H2H daily changes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder side…Votto side

  223. scottsteelers says:
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    Bruce is 0-11 lifetime vs Liriano. Would you start Springer vs king felix or give bruce a shot as hes heating up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Bruce

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @scottsteelers: 11 AB is really a small sample size.

  224. kev says:
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    excluding position needs, who will perform better this season in terms of hitting stats: george springer or xander boagerts?

    thanks and good stuff as always grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

      • kev says:
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        @Grey:

        so if you had simmons/andrus/pedroia at the 2b/ss spots, you’d deal boagerts for springer? i can put zimmerman at 3b when he’s back and could use the outfield depth.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • kev says:
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            @Grey:

            thanks man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think I’ve ever read a Yahoo article

  225. Clint Hurdle says:
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    Now that we finally got an injury for Wandy to get DL’d , who should I have step in and take his spot in the rotation? Locke seems like a lock, BUT who am I over looking ? In deep 5×5 NL only Roto , no bench , all active roster , with DL of course , once a week trannys. I want to try and sneak a SP . Any suggestions? Also How long before Polanco comes up ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Locke is prolly the guy… Maybe 6 weeks for Polanco

  226. Rob says:
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    Butler or Crisp for the DH spot? H2H points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp

  227. SteveNZ says:
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    Ozuna (Teheran) or Heyward (Koehler) today?

    tron strongly in favour of Heyward, but OZUNA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        MUST OZUNA!

  228. Rags says:
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    Everybody got their question answered but me. :(
    Why do you hate leagues that force you to start awful pitchers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m a bad person

  229. Scarecrow Greinke says:
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    Trade Puig for Shin Soo Choo or Jose Fernandez? (I like Choo and I need pitching help as well)

    Should i even be selling Puig? I’m worried about him splitting time in the crowded outfield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Theose are fair, depends on needs… Puig has biggest upside…

  230. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Have you ever punted saves? I am in leagues where 1 has IP/QS/K’s and the other just QS/K’s. Seems like some managers are carrying 1 maybe 2 closers and just loading up on starters and are sitting towards the top in H2H league. I got my ass kicked by a guy who had 17 starts to my 10 and can see some value in it. I did take ERA and Whip thankfully but had no chance for IP and k’s.

    Anyhow, have you ever thought about saying no to SAGNOF and yes to SPAGNOF (Starting Pitchers aint got no face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never have…

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: Forgot to add, only reason why I ask is because I only have Cischek and Soria for full-time closers. Going to lose Kelley this week and Broxton in a few and I have lost saves 2 of 3 weeks so far.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And you could win the next two weeks….

        • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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          @Grey: Just a thought on strategy for certain leagues and being that you play 40, guess it’ll never work.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            In preseason posts I go over why I don’t punt… I don’t like the strategy… It can work…

  231. OaktownSteve says:
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    Tommy Hunter had a little bit of a shaky save today. Only a matter of time. Pedroia missed a game tying homer by a couple of feet.

    Damn Billy Hamilton is entertaining. Just went from first to third on a ground out to the pitcher (running on the play).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Hunter’s not safe by any stretch of the imagination… Don’t think Meek’s in the picture either… Yeah, so exciting if he gets on base…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Meek hasn’t given up a run yet. The dream is alive.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True!

  232. OaktownSteve says:
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    Koehler looked pretty good striking out the side in the 1st against the Bravos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looked excellent… The Braves do love themselves some Ks though…

  233. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Thanks to Robin Ventura for trotting Sale out for 127 pitches in a 7 inning start. It’s April. The only time a pitcher should throw 127 pitches in April is for a no-hitter or perfect game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, totally agree…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: shouldn’t be doing 127 pretty much anytime besides playoffs or end of season playoff needing win to make playoffs.

  234. Beardcrabs says:
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    @Grey:

    10 team H2H, i need to drop a bench bat: Blackmon or EYJ…

    man that’s a shit load of brad miller questions today, i also have sieger on this team FMFBBL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey: thanks…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  235. Mike says:
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    Got two trade possibilities in a Yahoo 6*6 (OBP & QS) keeper league:

    Jose Abreu & Kyle Farnsworth for Evan Longoria
    or
    Justin Upton & Kyle Farnsworth for Chris Sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo…. Upton, but both are fair

  236. ANTONIO says:
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    abreu for fielder, wich side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder

  237. Nucking Futz says:
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    Hey Grey – Great stuff every week! Kluber was just dropped in my 10T pts league. Chavez, Skaggs Archer or Peralta worth dropping or hold? thanks my man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold for now

  238. Jason says:
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    Yeah buddy. There’s your Ks from Teheran.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’m talking about!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        He’s no Tom Koehler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why you trying to jinx him? Not cool… Ha…

  239. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey,

    For once someone actually got DROPPED in that brawl though. Did you see? I couldn’t make out who it was.

    Hope this works:

    http://instagram.com/p/nBYgarMHM-/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Are you saying boom?

        • Project Merkin says:
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          I feel like the ambassador to your Lil Dicky viewing.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Did you originally tell me about him? That was good lookin’ out, if so…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I own the album, cuz!

          • Project Merkin says:
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            Haha yep, it was about a year ago. I sent you “white dude” with the disclaimer that he was the hottest new Jewish rapper in the game. I chimed in a few times over the last year when he’d come out with new shiz.

            His album is berzerk though. Favorite song?

            I think my favorite has gotta be the Cypher freestyle….where we got the “scarier than magic johnson near mosquitos” joke. Crazy flow.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw39aCKaop8

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh’sit, haven’t see this… Ha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Love the Cypher! Really like all of his songs, which is rare… Hope I’m not too obvious saying that…

              • Project Merkin says:
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                Yeah his flow is radicalus.

                I might be playing with house money now, but I have another recommendation for you. Have you seen “Reensnackments?” Pretty funny stuff….popular movie scenes acted out with dudes wearing food costumes (okay that doesn’t sound funny but check out the one for Se7en and tell me you didn’t laugh)

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hIpiLx1HKI

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice, will check it out later…

  240. Hasheem says:
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    Need to shakeup my team, my pitching staff is terrible. 10 team 6×6 OPS league (ERA, WHIP, K, BB, S, QS). I’m at 24 starts out of 200 so far which is middle of the pack but all my stats are terrible.

    SP: Teheran, Gray, A.Wood, Gallardo
    Bench: Kluber, Skaggs
    Injured: Latos, Cobb

    Would you trade miggy for longo and cliff lee?
    I’d be trading him to a main competitor who has Trout and is one of the better teams. I need an ace and cliff lee is the best i can get if i still want to get a bat like longo also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That pitching staff is terrible? That Longo trade is decent…

  241. Red Barons says:
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    Y! 5×5 12-team roto
    Which side? Price & Craig / Pujols & Smyly
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price, not a great trade though

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Grey: I know… I don’t want to part with Pujols (I do have Fielder/Rizzo/Moss to take his spot), but my pitching is a little bare with Cobb and Fister on the DL and losing Corbin preseason. I usually prefer to be overloaded offensively and stream pitching but Price is tempting me.

  242. Count de Monetball says:
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    Which side wins? Miggy and werth or votto and j upton and josh donaldson 5×5 redraft

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  243. Jacks says:
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    Wow, Big Wily is looking nasty … but it’s just the Padres. Meija dealing v Cards, that’s pretty damn impressive. Richards building a resume. Which of these three can sustain a breakout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You jinxed Wily pretty quickly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia

  244. SteveNZ says:
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    Arenado!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Finally!

  245. SteveNZ says:
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    Liriano staying in the game. Melancon to close this one perhaps?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: they brought in wilson so maybe. but melancon’s had a lot of innings lately.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i agree they should NOT have left Liriano in (for our sakes) but their late innings guys have had a LOT of late game leads lately. Wilson had been moved into shitty part of bullpen (we see why) this year. Annabell/liriano/peralta looking so good only 20 minutes or so ago. since 6 earned .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why you say that? Grilli unavailable today?

  246. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    annabell was great till about pitch 84 or so. gotta make him a short starter like they had been doing. he had a 6 inning 2 baserunner affair till then.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: a call got overturned too, originally viciedo was out at home.

  247. E says:
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    Drop Gregerson or Farnsworth for Mejia?
    12 team pts H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson, apples and oranges

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @E: gregerson sure, he’s platoon closer and probably very soon back to not even that. also with doolittle’s contract up they’ll have no problem using him more also.

  248. DBo says:
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    @Grey I’ve been offered Hosmer + Minor + Latos for Rizzo + Price + Mesoraco in a dynasty league. Side note: I have Davis at 1B and Posey and C. Are the recent Latos and Minor injuries enough to be concerned about in the long run? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • DBo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  249. J-FOH says:
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    Villar or Rollins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: that’s the move I made saturday, it was tough but I hate it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes sense

  250. Fish says:
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    What the hell was the point in rolling Liriano out there in the 8th?!?!

    It’s not like he was “lights-out” up to that point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great question

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: late inning with leads guys watson/melancon/grilli had been used a LOT lately. Wilson i’m pretty sure hasn’t been used with a small lead all year this year. he screwed over liriano (and coaches)

  251. Amicrazy says:
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    Is it time to move on from Will Venable…

    My worst OF so far… have yelich/jackson/brantley in front of him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could see it

  252. SteveNZ says:
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    Pujols with the steal!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Excitement tempered somewhat by the realisation just now that I left Teheran on the bench in my 10-teamer.

      Sad trombone.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why would you bench him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols!

  253. Small hands make my Cishek look bigger says:
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    Travis Wood with the bat flip pitchslap. Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Small hands make my Cishek look bigger says:
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        @Grey: Now with a HR, double, and 4 RBIs. If he hits Bronson Arroyo any harder, we might get a country album this off-season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  254. goodfold2 says:
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    clippard is screwing over his team now that he knows it won’t affect his era. it is making his whip ugly though.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: we worried about clippard yet? he didn’t look too great against STL a couple of days back either.

  255. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit, liriano gives up 4 earned in the 8th inning to ruin a QS.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @letsgobravos: they left him in too long from bullpen being tired, and the 2 singles he allowed in last inning came in since wilson has been terrible.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: it was 4 earned by the 8th inning, not in it.

  256. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    I’m in the CBS 10 team H2H league i

    This is my team belive it or not i just traded Broxton for Prince Fielder and Drew Smyly for Edwin Emancion.. I need to get a reliver to have a legal lineup after the trade goes through who would you drop? Thanks

    Active Batters
    Lucroy, Jonathan(C) MIL
    Goldschmidt, Paul(1B) ARI
    Utley, Chase(2B) PHI
    Cabrera, Miguel(1B,3B) DET
    Segura, Jean(SS) MIL
    Bautista, Jose(OF) TOR
    Harper, Bryce(OF) WAS
    Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
    Marte, Starling(OF) PIT

    Gyorko, Jedd(2B) SD

    Active Pitchers
    Kuroda, Hiroki(SP) NYY
    Liriano, Francisco(SP) PIT
    Masterson, Justin(SP) CLE
    Salazar, Danny(SP) CLE
    Sanchez, Anibal(SP) DET
    Broxton, Jonathan(RP) CIN
    Romo, Sergio(RP) SF

    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    Hamels, Cole(SP) PHI
    Iwakuma, Hisashi(SP) SEA
    Smyly, Drew(RP) DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuroda

      • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey!

  257. herschel says:
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    @Grey: is it the unveiling of sal p’s abuela or something?? dude is frigid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe it’s the anniversary of it? Sitting shiva redux? Not sure…

  258. goodfold2 says:
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    save wily! i’ve got this dude in like 6 leagues now.

  259. royce! says:
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    Howdy Grey! Just got back from Nashville, where I attended my first minor league game, which was amazing. I wish SD would get rid of the Padres and just have a AAA team…

    Qs re: my 14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH for batters, K/BB and holds for pitchers:

    1. Pick 2: Ike Davis, Junior Lake, Duda, Fowler.

    2. Drop Kluber for Wily or Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! How’s the bar doing? Lake, Ike… Mejia…

  260. coachgonzo says:
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    O.k after tonight , I am done rosterbating! Dropped Ike Davis in one league and regret it, but then I remembered Im in 2 RCL’s and dropped smoak and picked up Ike in the other. If it makes you happy can’t be that bad , right? Nonetheless, A part of me wants to stash polanco and baez badly, because I think they have the goods to succeed right away. is this wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league depth… In an RCL, I wouldn’t bother

  261. goodfold2 says:
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    should we be getting close to dropping asche for stewart (LAA)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  262. herschel says:
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    not that im one to root for kimbrel, but hoping he doesnt blow this win for teheran…

    • herschel says:
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      @herschel: and just like that…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        DAH!

  263. SteveNZ says:
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    Good grief, Maholm. Why?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @SteveNZ: what size league are you running that guy out there in? i am, but only 11 team NL only, and even there he’s my worst pitcher. starting to have to hope Hale loses job for that transaction to not bite me in ass. Of course Hale was really terrible the start I threw hi away.

  264. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    who gets the axe in K/BB and holds league. thornberg/w.davis/frasor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  265. DomMattingly says:
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    Brad miller or Danny Espinosa?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @DomMattingly: miller for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

      • DomMattingly says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

  266. Jacks says:
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    Yelich looked seriously scared after seeing Kimbrel’s slider. He short armed the next pitch down in the dirt in a high high leverage situation (2nd and third, 1 out 9th inning game tied)

    Love the kid, have him on my team, but he has some manning up to do. He does have power, like 10-15 range now, 20 range in a few years, time for him to show some of it! His flyball rate is impossibly low.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What were you doing when you were 12 years old?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it is scary for 12 year olds when balls drop like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  267. dirtyd says:
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    No Bench league so very shallow. Who would you rather have in Util Spot: Billy Butler, Pence, Brantley, Morneau, Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence

  268. frankgrimes says:
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    BMoss vs Yu
    6 for 16 4 HR
    fun!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

  269. G-Money says:
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    Time to pick up walden? Or carpenter? Kimbrel isn’t right…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See the post you’re commenting on

  270. Helter Skelter says:
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    Villar, Hardy or Escobar at MI in 6×6 (ops) league?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Villar

  271. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    16 team h2h keeper…short of it is I prob need a 1B since I have been using Cuddyer there. We use LF/Cf/RF…I have several guys I can use in RF…such has Braun, Puig, Bautista…snagged Vicedo recently. Anyways, would Bautista for Pujols be solid? Also, his cost is $24 and Bautista’s is $36..inflation can be up to $5 per year if kept. Standard $260 budget. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It would be solid

  272. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Starting Salazar against KC tomorrow in a 14 team 5×5 rotisserie? Or sit him for a start to see if he figures it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watch what he does on your bench

  273. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    estrada or kazmir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazmir

  274. MikeZ says:
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    Asdrubal and Kolten Wong were dropped in my league. If I can get them on waivers, I was thinking of picking one of them up to replace kelly johnson at MI in my 5×5, 12 team mixed league with no bench. You’d rank them Asdrubal, Wong, Johnson, right? Not sure with Ellis taking at bats from Wong though..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  275. SteveNZ says:
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    Someone has to go to make room for Robertson to come off the DL in the ol’ H2H. Rajai and Gardner are the leading candidates to go.

    Both are really only back-ups or play when I need some SBs – who’s more expendable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

  276. Fish says:
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    Hmmm… Cubs send Rondon in the 8th with a 4 run lead. Looks like they’re saving Strop for 9th, if needed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  277. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Because someone needs to say it after Corey went yard:

    Deep Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  278. SteveNZ says:
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    Bleurgh, Maholm. Though he was going to just hold it together there. Can’t get anything right, pitching-wise in the RCL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wasn’t pretty…

  279. Ron says:
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    I am “this” FREAKING close to flying out to Seattle for the sole purpose of pissing in Miller’s bowl of Cherrios! He and the mythical 2B known as the Gyorko are maddening right now while guys like Rendon and Dozier are making sweet stat music.

    What gives? Please talk me out of a long flight to SEA that will undoubtedly end with me in jail.

    How long are you prepared to wait on Miller and Gyorko before you label them an early season BUST?

    • frankGrimes says:
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      @Ron: I understand you’re frustration with certain players hell I have rendon and he left five guys on base tonight not only that fucking Bruuuuce left 6! Jup 4 Kd with the bases loaded. If you have room to bench em or shallow enough league to dump em then by all means to for it.

      • frankGrimes says:
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        and Arizona sucks ball bags so badly it’s hardly been any fun so far owning AuShizz

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Ron: “i believe (checking club list…..) yep, you’re the 387th Razzballian that owns both of those and every day has this issue. Many of us in multiple locations.” this same comment made above (more than few inches though). jist is you and many others have gyorko/miller.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Gyorko… I’d look elsewhere on Miller…

  280. John says:
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    Mejia over guys like Eovaldi? T ROss?

    • frankGrimes says:
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      @John: I think Ross is bout to be good for a stretch. mejia has the least control of the three. they all on shitty teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Ross

  281. John says:
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    L.Martin seem to be a interesting comparison to G Polanco in his first year up? I imagine he hits 1-2 or 5-6 tho rather than 8 in texas lineup?