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In the preseason, I said Adam Lind could contend for the MVP.  Wow.  It’s almost like Matthew Berry put that thought in my head.  In a litany of dopey things I’ve said, that might take the cake, frost it and smush it into my face.  The Berry feeds the Grey (bad advice), the Berry feeds the Grey (bad advice)… Hi-ho, the marry-o… What was I thinking?!  In my defense, he didn’t have an ailing back when I said that flimflammery and I told you to drop him outright a few weeks ago.  Oh, well, that’s what you get sometimes from crazy predictions.  Just flat-out crazy.  Like I should be walking into traffic in a burlap sack crazy.  So the Jays added a third A to Lind’s first name, sending him to the minors.  Since he was hitting like an infant, it makes sense.  In his place, the Jays called up Yan Gomes.  What’s with people and the last name Gomes unable to spell John?  Yanny was hitting .359 with 5 dingers in Triple-A.  Whatever, right?  Well, he’s a catcher, so those are like MVP (dah!) numbers.  In AL-Only leagues, I could see grabbing him.  Right now, he’s behind J.P., Mathis, Lawrie and Encarnacion, but Lawrie’s got a suspension and Edwin just made an error and the Jays game doesn’t even start for 12 hours, so Yanny could see time all over the field.  Yesterday, he played third and went 2-for-3.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brett Lawrie – Unable to decide on the shadow coat rack or just bad calls, he dropped his appeal.  He is also practicing counting to ten before blowing his top.  As soon as he figures out what comes after 6 it should be a breeze.

J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  I think he leads my RCL team in homers.  Now I will cry.

Mat Latos – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks which equals a pretty mediocre start in Metco.  This was his chance to string three quality starts together.  At best, that chance only comes around once every three starts!

Lucas Duda – I didn’t mention it yesterday when he had a 3-for-4 day because I wasn’t sure if it would be a 3-for-4 day followed by a 1-for-4 day or a 3-for-4 day followed by a 3-for-4 day or a 2-for-5 day.  It turns out that 3-for-4 day became a 2-for-5 day and now he looks like he’s a hot schmotato again.  And, sorry, I think my 3-for-4 day record is scratched; it keeps repeating.

Ike Davis – 0-for-2 to lower his average to .164.  He’ll be fine.  He has his family’s support.  You know who I really worry about?  That poor soul who drafted Hosmer and Ike Davis.

David Wright – 2-for-2 with his 4th steal.  I pledged a nickel to Jerry Lewis’s Kids for every time I mention Wright.  We’re up to fifteen cents.

Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-4 with his 6th homer and 3rd in the last 4 games, and hitting .381 in the last week.  As we know, Viciedo is Latin for I Swing Therefore I Am, and he’s living up to that.  In 118 ABs, he has 32 Ks and 3 walks, but if he’s swinging a hot bat, what do you care?

Chris Sale – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks as the White Sox let him throw 102 pitches.  Could someone help the White Sox tie their shoes because they’re wearing kid gloves?

Josh Reddick – 2-for-5 with his 10th homer.  I wouldn’t use Reddick’s towel to dry my hands, but I’m sure enjoying him on our teams.

Adam Wainwright – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Far from a beautiful outing vs. the Melky-led Giants.  “Yo, Giants fans, you got Melky in your three hole.  Y’all is spoiled!”  That’s a Padres fan talking.  If you heard this week’s podcast, Rudy and I discussed Wainwright with some favorable mentions and whatnot.

Allen Craig – Out for a few days with a tight hammy.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see him hit the DL.  Poor guy, can’t have nothing nice with his health around.  It’s like Chipper Jones is his mentor. “Now, when you get out of bed, you’re gonna feel your quad tighten up.  That’s totally natural.”

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-5, 2 runs as he got the start in right field with Berkman back in the lineup.  He should continue to see starts with Craig pulling a Craig.  I’m also convinced that the Cards could put anyone in their lineup and they’d hit.

Charlie Culberson – The Charlie Culberson Era has officially begun!  That’s almost as electrifying as TBS’s George Lopez Era.  Charlie Culberson sounds like he has grit and other intangibles, but for s’s and g’s let’s see what tangibles he has.  This year in Triple-A, he hit 5 homers with a steal.  The year before in Double-A, 10 homers, 14 steals.  His glove’s a bit sloppy, i.e., Charlie Culberson makes fielding grounders cumbersome (say that fast 117 times!).  Sounds nice for fantasy, right?  Yeah, he might also hit .210.  Charlie Culberson not only has a name that only sounds right if you say the whole thing, but he also hasn’t seen too many pitches he doesn’t like.  In NL-Only leagues, you can find worse — like the other schmohawks the Giants were playing at 2nd.  In mixed leagues, let’s see how ol’ Charlie Culberson plays out.

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!

Justin Morneau – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Don’t sleep on Morneau!  Seriously, because if you guys knock heads while laying on top of him, you may seriously hurt him.  If you really need a corner infidel, I’d go ahead and grab him.  Of ghrabi him, if you like things spelled to look like they’re in the Middle East.

Matt Capps – Perfect inning to notch his 8th save.  I’m totally jinxing him by even talking about him, but I remember distinctly during our RCL draft (after ending up with Cano instead of Votto!), Rudy saying to me how Storen and Valverde were the solid closers that I drafted, but how I’m gonna regret Capps.  This year more than most, it just proves SAGNOF!  Draft three closers, pray they work out and don’t overpay for them.

Mark Trumbo – 4-for-4 with a steal (hitting .370) while Pujols hit his 3rd homer and 2nd in as many games.  It only took Scioscia 39 games to figure out a lineup!  Don’t worry, it’ll take the Sciosciapath only a day to forget.   Oh, and good luck on buying low on Pujols now.  Oh, Part II:  The Return Of Oh:  This Pujols turnaround all started with the firing of the hitting coach.

C.J. Wilson – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners (6 BBs), 3 Ks.  Fire the pitching coach!

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 jacks.  Don’t you despise people who call homers jacks?  It’s not as bad as people who use the word uber, but it’s not far off.

Ryan Roberts – 3-for-5 yesterday, and, since his Creeper of the Week post on Monday, he’s 7-for-18 with a steal and two new tats.

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer to raise his average to .224.  If you had thoughts of buying low, time could be slipping, slipping, slipping into the frontal suture.  Damn you, Autocorrect!

Trevor Bauer – Was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A yesterday as he slowly makes his way to the majors.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  Bob Sugar read it and gave me a thumbs up.

Orlando Hudson – Was released by the Padres.  You know who’s ears are perking up?  Brian Sabean.  He likes his meat aged, jerky!  I wish Orlando Hudson the best; I always loved his mom, Florida Evans.

Carlos Ruiz – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and a steal.  He’s doing better than my Utility man in the RCL.  It’s sad, because it’s true.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  That’s his first homer since April 27th.  That’s a long delay on the snooze button.

Brandon Beachy – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks to lower his ERA to 1.33.  Pretttay, pretttay good.  He could be a top ten starter this year, and that guy that has an ERA around 2.50 in September.  With Beachy, it’s no shore thing, but ride the wave.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he was beat by a Barajas homer.  Or as J-Z would say B*****s.

Dee Gordon – 0-for-3, lowering his average to .207.  If he doesn’t turn it around, we’re about ten days away from him being demoted.

James McDonald – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Five and two-thirds and only 5 baserunners with 11 Ks but 3 earned?  That doesn’t even seem possible.  Raw deal, J-Mac.  A’ight, real talk, guys and 4 girls, McDonald used to be a top prospect.  It was a while ago now, but maybe he’s putting his shizz on lock.  You feel me?  Okay, you’re just touching the computer screen; you’re not actually feeling me.  McDonald has around a 8 K/9, a strong FIP (2.88), and his walks are in check.  If Mickey D’s is out there, I’d absolutely grab him.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 2 homers.  He’s going for the record of most homers with the least amount of RBIs.  The Pirates are doing all they can to support that record-setting goal.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Red Sox.  I’m sure this was a bit of a sonavabench for a bunch of you, but I’d much rather have a struggling starter do well on my bench than continue to stink up the joint.

Ricky Nolasco – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Aw, how sad, he was Rudy’s streamboat in the RCL.  Oh, wait, he benched him.  Sonavawishhewasn’tbenched!

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5 and his 8th steal.  I asked Rudy the other day if he thought Altuve should start being dropped in 12 team leagues.  His words were something like, “He’s a .300 hitter with 25 steal speed at the top of a lineup, what do people want from an MI?”

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks and took the loss as he ran into the hot-hitting Twins.  I’m not completely joking either.  They actually have scored some runs of late.  Though, Mauer, who’s hitting .265, sure hasn’t been involved.

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his first homer.  You think he gets this a lot, “Where’s the beef, Welington?”  Probably not.  I’m not going to say he’s a better option than Geovany Soto.  That’s obvious.  Soto has a bad case of can’t-hit-to-save-his-life-itis and a sore knee.  Welington had 15 homers last year in Triple-A.  Right now, he’s just for two catcher leagues, but I could see him stealing more time from Soto even when the latter gets healthy.

Johnny Giavotella – 1-for-4 to raise his average to .176 as the Guido played over Hosmer.  Sadly, it makes sense.

Brian Matusz – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. Luke Hochevar – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  That sounds like a tailor-made matchup for some fingercuffing that didn’t work out great for either finger.

Dustin Ackley – 1-for-5 with a steal.  Hey, his cleats arrived from Japan!

Brandon League – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  And on the fourth day, God said only Fernando Rodney and Jim Johnson can close with ERAs under 3.

Ichiro Suzuki – 0-for-6 to lower his average to .278.  Doode got old fast, right?  It’s my Morita Law of Asian Ages.  Pat Morita was young and spry on Happy Days, then five years later as Mr. Miyagi he looked ancient.

Hector Noesi – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks to lower his ERA to 5.61.  On a side note, I wonder if Carlos Beltran would pay for Jon Niese to have his last name changed to Noesi.

  1. Slappy says:
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    Grey, you still awake? Stats:

    W, L, SV, BB, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, QS

    I’ve got Darvish, MadBum, Anibal, Chen, Moore, Detwiler and Parker.

    Kuroda, Vogelsong, Dickey, Buehrle and McDonald are available. And don’t say drop Chen, ’cause I’m keeping Chen (we’ll see if his BABIP regresses and just what happens if it does). So of Moore, Detwiler and Parker, who gets dropped and who gets picked up. Wondering whether Moore is going to continue to struggle throughout the season with no real progress (got a 3 ER over 6 IP this last time out but surrendered yet more HR). Also wondering whether Kuroda will find some consistency, since if he would, he’d be a good add. And Vogelsong surely has to be worth something, despite the low K rate and subject to getting an L even though pitching well, what with the Gnats rather poor hitting. Thanks in advance. Oh, and do you think that Dickey can keep it up? ERA’s not great at 3.75 but he’s already at 7 QS. And if it helps, my RPs are: Kimbre, Jansen, Hanrahan, Adams, Hernandez and Thornton (looking to drop Thornton, as soon as I decide between the likes of Pedro Strop, Jason Grilli, and Joel Peralta). By the way, given the closer thing this year, well, relatedly, Thornton has never been the same pitcher since the idea of him closing was floated back in ’10. The other option for RP, given his ERA, WHIP and K/BB is Uehara, who appears to have righted his ship, what with his 1.35, 0.60, with a K/BB of 15 (15K to the lone BB). Again, thanks in advance.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Slappy, Add McDonald.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy, Ha, I picture the first line with you nudging me while I lay in bed sleeping… Lose Detwiler for McDonald…

  2. Blue says:
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    Schafer, Campana or Viciedo? Could use help in basically every hitting category except HR’s..

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Blue, Since Viciedo will kill you in all categories except the one you don’t need….Schafer.

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Which slinger would you a deal for Heyward in a league where I could use more offense:

    Ricky-Ro, Yu, Fister (optimistic?)

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @TheNewGuy, No way Fister will work. Romero probably won’t either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Can try Romero, but agree above…

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Also Howie Kendrick worth a buy low in an OBP league where I only have Ackley at 2B?

    Dude’s not even playing him right now. Despite his low walk tendancies turning his good AVG into a league-average OBP, he should still be better overall this season than Ackley right. Worth a shot if I can get him cheap?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Sure, why not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yup

  5. Top o’ the mornin’ to you, Grey —

    I gave Jed Lowrie one more game before dropping him for a hotter bat and he hit an uber-jack (I have no idea if it was really uber, but I heard somewhere you liked that term). Unfortunately, he was on my bench but maybe he’s flipped the switch again, right? Last time he ended a cold streak with a homer, April 23, he raised his average 110 points and his OPS 330 points over the next two weeks. Obviously, that’s easier to do earlier in the season but I’m assuming you would not advise dropping him in a deep 16-team league, correct?

    Yet I still want to pick up a hot hitter to help with my struggling offense. The most likely candidate to drop is Cishek. I like having him around for ratios and the odd vulture win, but what are the odds he ended up taking over for Bell? I don’t need vulture saves but he’d have good trade value for me if he became the closer at some point.

    If the chances of that are slim and you think he is droppable, then would you drop him for any of the following (I am lagging in R, HR, SB, and OPS, though I just traded for Victorino, so some of this may take care of itself):

    Campana
    Gregor Blanco
    Viciedo
    Nava (who went hitless for the first time last night)
    Lind (kidding!)

    Summary: Lowrie’s a hold now, correct? And if I don’t need saves but would love to have a closer to trade away, is it better to hold onto Cishek or drop him for one of the bats listed 1/4-inch above this?

    Many thanks!

    • Tom says:
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      @Enrique, facing the same situation with Lowrie, waited it out and i think we will be rewarding us for the next few weeks, so i would hold.

      I would also drop Chisek and try to find a hot hitter you can ride.

      This H2H or Roto?

      • @Tom, It’s roto. I’m leaning that way as well. But which hitter? It’s not like there’s a lot to pick from (see the list I made).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Ha… Hold Lowrie… Lose Cishek… Blanco

  6. stoopid says:
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    Mr. Albright,

    My leash on the Scherzernator has grown extremely short. Jimmy MacDonald is out on the wire. I’m also rostering Capuano & Volquez. It’s a 10 team roto 1500ip max. Drop any of those 3 for Jimmy Mac?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Volquez for him…

  7. stoopid says:
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    Also,

    Time to cut bait on Rios? Maybe i’m a few weeks too late. I’m looking at Viciedo on the wire and he’s very enticing. Its the same 10 team as above but its fairly deep with 5 OF & 2 UT. I’m top 3 in all offensive stats but my offense is slowing down..

    Also other hot schmo’s that are available are:

    Carpenter
    Blanco
    Nava
    Bernadina
    Roberts

    • stoopid says:
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      @stoopid, Or should I ditch Tabata for one of those fellas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Lose Rios for Bernadina…

  8. nightpandas says:
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    short term HR’s Soriano or Viciedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Viciedo

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @nightpandas, Viciedo.

  9. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    For even further proof of SAGNOF, I didn’t draft a single closer. I drafted Thornton thinking he would be a closer, but it didn’t happen. I am now in 1st place in saves with 34… the guy in 2nd place has 26. “From whom?” Thanks for asking, my proper English speaking friend:

    HanK Rod, Casilla, Dolis, Janssen (and a bunch of other Dolis/Janssen types over the weeks), and of course Fernando Rodney.

    And there you have it… my blueprint for spending zero auction dollars for closers and getting to 1st place regardless (or maybe because) of it!

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, yeah, crazy. In my most competitive league I drafted Sergio Santos in the 17th round, Chris Perez in the 19th, and Vinnie Pestano in the final round (25 rounds total). I had little faith in Perez, figuring I’d ride him until Pestano took over, and thought Santos/Pestano would be my “reliable closers.” HA, CLOSEPOCALYPSE! Now Perez is my closing ace, Pestano was dropped week 2, Santos has given me a turdburger with a side of DL, and I roster Casilla, Downs, Dolis, and Thayer (after previously owning and dropping Cordero, Cashner, Cishek (twice), and Hector Santiago). In my inexorable scramble for closer help, think I may have even owned Kyra Sedgwick at one point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Yeah, you were better off… If you had a ‘good’ closer you wouldn’t have wanted to drop him and he would’ve shat your bed…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, to be fair, the guy in second place didn’t break the bank either, aside from $10 for Axford.

      to be honest though, I think you benefitted more from no FAAB setting, and being fast on picking up backups when closers went down.

      Kudos on working the system though, that’s what it’s all about. If the rules were different you would/could just adapt. I had basically the same philosophy as you except I wanted one guy who I thought was semi safe (Axford)

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @mauledbypandas, No doubt. There have been a few of us battling for the “First to the Wire” prize. I’ve won a bunch, but I’ve lost a bunch, too. Just seems that (at this point) my wins have been the right guess more often than not, and my losses were the wrong guess more often than not.

        We’ll be playing this crazy closer game all season, though, so we should have ample opportunity to put my guessing prowess to the test.

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          @Awesomus Maximus,

          yep .
          same in my 1st rcl experience .

          fantasy baseball should be about more than being the 1st one to
          push their i-pad button .
          i’ll know better , next time .
          ain’t buying the gadgets , though .

  10. papasmurf says:
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    I have my concerns about Bauer because his control is not so great. I think the Ks will be there but he is not gonna be great off the bat. I can see a high WHIP and strings of great and short outings randomly slapped together.

    But the good thing is that he faces SD and SF a bunch of times.

    • Tom says:
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      @papasmurf, agree, def will nto have a whip over 1.25

      picked him up yesterday, going to see how he fares in AAA before i make a decision on him.

  11. Jordan73 says:
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    Who do you like better for tomorrow – Smyly vs. the Bucs, or Friedrich vs. the Mariners? Getting slaughtered in my HtH matchup this week in hitting, so I’m trying to make it up in pitching; so far, I’ve had seven starters go, and one QS to show for it. Yay!

    • Tony says:
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      @Jordan73, id go with both.

      • Tom says:
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        @Tony, i actually have both of them, and im pitching both

      • Jordan73 says:
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        @Tony, Sorry, guess I should have stated I’d be picking up one or the other.

      • Jordan73 says:
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        @Tony, Nevermind. Allen Craig’s getting DL’d and I don’t have a slot to stow him, so I will grab both.

  12. Joe says:
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    I am one of those poor souls with Hosmer and Ike Davis. Hosmer was a keeper and I drafted Davis thinking if one started out cold or was a bust then the other would make up for it. Nope.

    I haven’t dropped Davis yet but I was about to do it yesterday to grab Morneau to play at 1B until Morneau gets hurt, Hosmer starts hitting or Davis stops being terrible. Still thinking about that one, it’s a 10 team keeper.

    • Jordan73 says:
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      @Joe, I’m right there with you. Dropped Davis a while ago, and have gone through about 6 players at 1B. Got lucky for a little while when I grabbed Allen Craig, but now he’s out, so I’m back to starting Howie Kendrick at first. Still holding Hosmer, but he’s unplayable right now.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Joe, I don’t have Davis, but I do have Hosmer (.174), Bautista (.207) and D.Gordon (.207) absolutely destroying my AVG on one team. The rest of my team isn’t helping matters either, Zobrist (.227), Hanley (.230), Harper (.227), Heyward (.246).

      If at the beginning of the season you told me that Bruce and Stanton would be my saviors when it came to AVG….Stanton and Bruce!! I would have either laughed in your face, or cried quietly in the corner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe, I’d lose Davis for Morneau…

  13. Blue says:
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    Please rank ROS: Lynn, Wainwright, Johan

    • stoopid says:
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      @Blue, I like that order..

    • chunk says:
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      @Blue, Wainright first…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Wainwright, Johan…

  14. Aaron says:
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    Yes, I own Hosmer and Ike Davis. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aaron, Stay well!

  15. Ben says:
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    Before the season started, I asked if Hosmer and Lind as keepers were enough to skip drafting a 1B “stud”. Glad I drafted Miggy now!

  16. Ghost of the Purple Porpoise says:
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    Grey,

    Was offered Andrus and Kendrick for Kinsler in 12-team 5×5 (OBP). Yay or Nay?

    C-AJ Ellis
    1B-Konerko
    2B-Kinsler
    3B-Zimm
    SS-Lowrie
    OF-Bruce
    OF-J Upton
    OF-Reddick
    Util-Allen Craig
    DL-Werth
    DL-Doumit
    BN-LoMo
    BN-Hafner
    BN-Morneau

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ghost of the Purple Porpoise, I’d hold, but it’s fair…

  17. Peking Duck says:
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    20 team roto 5×5
    Would you drop Nicasio to spot start Estrada against the Twins today?

    P.S. You forgot to mention Everth Cabrera’s callup. SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peking Duck, Everth will be in the Buy… I’d drop Nicasio…

  18. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Not only did I draft Hosmer and Ike, But I have Joey Bats as well. As of two days ago I owned the bottom three in BABIP!
    Now if I could just make bad luck a category in my league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin, Ha!

  19. Booya says:
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    Start Delgado @ TB tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Not in most leagues

  20. nyydj2 says:
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    And right on time as you predicted, Craig goes DL. Morrison, Boesch, Delmon or should I just create my own Zwinky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nyydj2, Zwinky

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    Ike Davis – 0-for-2 to lower his average to .164. He’ll be fine. He has his family’s support. You know who I really worry about? That poor soul who drafted Hosmer and Ike Davis.
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    this guy over here. deeper keeper league, kept hosmer, drafted davis for util spot at what i thought was good value.

    hosmer has to be the most unlucky player in 2012. .165 BABIP, only a 11.5% K rate (compared to a reasonable 7.7% BB rate), only a 31.2% FB rate, and only a 5.1% IFFB rate. it just makes no sense.

    at least davis has a K rate of 27+% and a IFFB rate of 13+% to help explain his issues. and bautista has a IFFB rate of 17.9% and a FB rate of 47.9% to help explain his BABIP. but i look at everything in hosmer’s sabermetrics and peripherals and i see nothing that explains it. at all.

  22. bv says:
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    Is Nolasco droppable for someone like Delgado or Friedrich for a spot start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bv, Friedrich

  23. frank rizzo says:
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    Well this sucks…..Allen Craig (hamstring) is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday’s game against the Dodgers.

    Craig had believed only yesterday that his hamstring injury would sideline him merely on a day-to-day basis. But after being examined by team orthopedist Dr. Lyndon Gross, the hot-hitting outfielder-first baseman was sent back to St. Louis, as the Cardinals appear ready to give Craig’s hamstring a couple more weeks to heal.

    Who is the best power add for me now between Matt Carpentar, Todd Frazier, or Chris Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Frazier

  24. A quick pitching question: who’d you rather stream tomorrow between Friedrich (vs. SEA/Vargas) or Smyly (vs. PIT/Burnett)? (Similar question asked above).

    And with their K potential is either a long-term upgrade over Matt Moore or Stauffer (the two weakest pitchers on my current staff)?

    This is in a 16-team one-year 5×5 roto league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Smyly… Doubtful over Stauffer, no over Moore…

  25. L-Boogie says:
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    12-team, 5×5

    Pastornicky, Elliot Johnson, Sean Rod, Dozier, Pennington, E-Cab, or keep Aybar (blech) at SS?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Dozier, Johnson

  26. nightpandas says:
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    Is Minor a lost cause this year? Just dropped in my 15 teamer, the bottom of my rotation is Niese, Cahill, Delgado, Stauffer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, I’d lose him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, For now…

  27. Gern Blanston says:
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    ROS – Chris Davis or David Freese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gern Blanston, Freese

  28. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    The Lind thing was bad. Maybe you should have touted: Wright, Granderson or Hamilton instead. Ha.

    5 x 5 roto: Drop any of these guys for McDonald

    Hammel, Aceves, Dolis, Reed, Fuentes. Have Valverde and Marshall. Been snatching up all closers this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Hammel

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @paddytwotimes, De nada

  29. Jake says:
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    H2H Points league and I am desperate for a catcher while Doumit is in DL limbo. It’s a 16-team league, so there are no full-time catchers available. Who do you think would score the most points/see the most playing times in the next two weeks: Yan Gomes or Wellington Castillo?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, Gomes

  30. Jewmaica Me Crazy says:
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    Hey God,

    Do you like either of these starters tonight?

    J. Parker @ SF (Zito)
    L. Lynn @ LAD (Lilly)

    Seems like 2 tough matchups, but it’s all I got and I need some W’s!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jewmaica Me Crazy, Seem like two easy matchups…

      • Jewmaica Me Crazy says:
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        @Grey, I figured Lilly is 5-0, and Zito is no slouch either.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Jewmaica Me Crazy, Play both

  31. Wild Thing says:
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    I’m trying to sell high on Carlos Beltran. Who are a few batters and pitchers I should be targeting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wild Thing, A #1/2 SP or a top bat… Gio, Bum, etc…. Beltre, Uggla, etc…

  32. Moscowitz says:
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    There is not much love for Morneau nowadays and i can understand it to a certain extent. However, what could i lose by playing him when he is in the lineup? I got him off waivers right after the draft and actually he rewarded me with some decent numbers considering the limited number of ABs. Well if he goes down, stash him on a DL spot and wait for him to come back but to be honest, he has given me better numbers than a lot of those so called talented guys who we are desperately waiting to see them break out or “turn the corner”. Sometimes i feel like even a half dead Morneau has more value than likes of Lind, Wells, Rasmus,…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, You could lose by playing him if he’s terrible..

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey, Yeah but he is not been all that terrible. I have had more terrible guys on my roster this year. Lind, Wells, Rasmus…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Moscowitz, Nah, he’s shown the ability to be quite terrible though…

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Grey, haha…ok pal :)

  33. Turk Wendell says:
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    Hamilton and Beckett for Cruz and Anibal.

    Which side?

    12 team H2H

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Hamilton

    • BobbyVCard says:
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      @Turk Wendell, I strongly prefer Hamilton and Beckett

      • Turk Wendell says:
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        @BobbyVCard, @Moscowitz

        Thanks guys. My thinking too

  34. WhineSpritzer says:
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    With Lind down, Rasmus blowing chunks and Thames being meh, any projected date for a Snider call up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Should’ve been up already, but the Blue Jays like messing with him…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, he had a “wrist” injury. Which could just be them messing with him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Yeah, totally…

  35. BobbyVCard says:
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    Viciedo or Bernadina?
    Alvarez, Chipper or Moreland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BobbyVCard, Bernadina… Moreland

  36. Blue says:
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    Schafer, Campana or Viciedo? Could use help in basically every hitting category except HR’s..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue, Schafer

    • BobbyVCard says:
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      @Blue, If you don’t need power, I think you can rule out Viciedo.

  37. Timbuktu says:
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    Dropped Lowrie for Elliot Johnson and he does that to me. Undoing that right away, as EJ’s hitting streak came to a close the moment I touched him. Now you know who to blame. Though, would you rather drop Aybar or him to pick Lowrie back up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timbuktu, That was you? Lowrie…

  38. Chillmodious says:
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    After only 3 days, I’m saying bye-bye-Bernadina. I dropped Jed Lowrie to pick him up, and am probably going to drop him for Lowrie now. Question for you before I do that:

    12tm H2H with 1 Catcher spot… I own Carlos Ruiz and he’s actually raking to the point that I’m considering him for my utility spot over Bernadina (and/or Lowrie). Arencibia is available and in addition to the recent power, his average looks–*gulp*–decent over the past 10 days. Would you drop Bernadina for Arencibia and then move Ruiz to a Util spot? Or am I over-thinking and should just drop Bernadina for Lowrie? I can’t believe I’m even asking about rostering two catchers after I punted the category on draft day and wound up with Lucroy. What a long, strange trip it’s been, indeed.

    Thanks, and happy Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Drop Bernadina for Lowrie… You too…

  39. Jacob says:
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    Dozier,lowrie or Elliot Johnson ?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jacob, Lowrie

  40. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    a) nice write-up .
    b) don’t beat yourself up over the occasional mathew berry thing ,
    at least you’ve avoided the tar-pit that is bill james .
    c)
    d) “veni , vidi , viciedo” …. “i came , i saw , i swung” … nice .
    e) wanna give you props for the reference to j.j.’s mom , but anticipate that
    your answer would be ==> ” I Knooooow” .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, A) Thanks! B) Thanks! C) Ha! E) I know!

  41. Ryan says:
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    Schaefer,pagan or Harper ?
    Standard league
    Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Harper

  42. rvde says:
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    Betemit, R Roberts or Pedro A at 3B whilst Longoria convalesces?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rvde, Betemit

    • bean says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Can he take Soriano with him, please?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @bean, HA!

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Can you come back since Wood is leaving?

  43. Wake Up says:
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    The answer is Lind blows…in the Lind…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up, I mean the answer my friend is Lind blows…in the Lind…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Wake Up, but any friend of Lind is no friend of mine…we’re are talking Morneau/Vernon Wells territory at this point…Canadians are supposed to be very friendly too…but I’ve had a lot of trouble with players who are from Canada or have played in Canada…no offense Brett Laurie…ha, Laurie is a girl’s name…what the…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Wake Up, oh, cuz of the helmet thing…good one…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Wake Up, thanks…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Wake Up, you/me are the best!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Wake Up, (remember not to mention anything about that embarrassing nocturnal admission)…

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Wake Up, i think you mean emission…and why would I even bring that up on a FBB site?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    @Wake Up, HA! This might be a nocturnal admission, Wake Up.

  44. L-Boogie says:
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    If Youk doesn’t hurt himself during rehab p(lease let Youk hurt himself during rehab) who should I get to replace Middlebrooks? Can you rank top 2 or 3 please?

    Ryan Roberts, Betemit, S-Rod, Fraizer, Polanco

    I need help in all offensive cats but avg and runs most of all.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Betemit, Frazier

  45. L-Boogie says:
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    According to the Rotoinfo thingy at the top of the page: The MRI taken on Geovany Soto’s knee revealed a slight tear in meniscus. He will likely be placed on the disabled list after Friday’s game.

    Castillo worth anything now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Worth a lot more…

  46. jaw says:
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    hey grey – 10 team h2h 5×5, which one of these guys for utility

    dirks, alonso, soriano, chipper, daniel murphy, mitch moreland, lomo, rasmus, kubel, belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Dirks

  47. JTR says:
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    Grey,

    I am currently platooning Dunn and JJ Hardy at UTIL — benching Dunn against LHP and then looking at matchups when both face RHP. This is a good problem to have, but I am looking to deal one. Who do you like better in the long run?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, Dunn

  48. EG says:
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    With Krispie coming off the DL, will have an open DL spot. Who of the following (if any) is worth stashing away? I don’t mind waiting a while to see any return.

    Werth, Carpenter, Marmol, Robertson (have Soriano now, so might be a nice hedge), Quentin, Jay.

    Thanks…

    • bean says:
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      @EG, I say Carpenter if you really want to hold out until July for pitching but Jon Jay would be the best option out of the bunch. Nothing I have heard about Quentin sounds promising. He seems like the next Mark DeRosa.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, Robertson

  49. Wilsonian says:
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    Gotta lose Soto. Who is the add:

    Welington
    AJ Ellis
    Flores
    Rosario Dawson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Welington

  50. elwood blues says:
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    True Story — Sewage leak in rightfield of pnc park.

    Pirates fans are used to seeing crap on the field.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @elwood blues,

      Are you sure that broken pipe was a “sewage leak” and not Nate McLousy trying to escape from Shawshank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Ha

  51. Commish Cauda says:
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    need an extra bat…H2H-Points League (OBP leaning)

    Trade BJ Upton FOR Trumbo & Boesch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, It’s fair

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Commish Cauda, I would

  52. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning. Would you trade away either Casilla or Frank Francisco for Matt Moore (for an rp spot)? Thanks. Enjoy the weekend!

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Boomer19, I wouldn’t. Well, maybe Frank Frank.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, Morning… I would trade either… Frank first…

  53. Hola grey

    Feliz Friday.

    Short term, how would you rank the bats out of this group… Deep 14 team, mixed, non keeper league 6×6 league (ops). Looking for overall stats and need 3 of these clowns:

    Frazier
    Bernadina
    Carpenter
    Blanco
    Thames

    Gracias…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @El Burro, Bernadina, Thames, Carpenter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Burro, You too… First three…

  54. L-Boogie says:
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    Last one of the day. I hope Rasmus dies a slow, painful AAA death… right after he whiffs so hard the force of his swing travels up the 3B line and strains Youk’s back. When do the Jays and Sox play again?

    To replace Rasmus at DH: Colvin, Blanco, Moreland, Pierre, Brantley, or Viciendo?

    I need avg and runs.

    Thanks… again…. and again… and again…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @L-Boogie, Funny I just dropped Rasmus today…for Colvin. Playing everyday, Coors, middle of the lineup. Opp is there.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, Unfortunately, I also have Fowler too. Between Panda, Fowler, Rasmus, Aybar, and Lind, how the hell am I in first place?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Viciendo

  55. JK says:
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    Who do you like until Longo gets back?
    Matt Carpenter
    Kyle Seager
    Todd Frazier
    Pedro Alvarez
    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JK, Frazier for now…

  56. BSW says:
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    I traded my Bruce and Morrow for J. Upton a few weeks back. Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW, A bit, but it’s a’ight…

  57. RTP says:
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    (1) Craig to the DL… drop for Morneau or Kendry Morales, who is best rest of year?

    (2) Headley, Roberts, or Chris Davis to fill in for Lawrie this weekend?

    (3) Spot start for Sat: Detwiler, Vargas, or Delgado?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP, Morneau 2) Davis 3) Vargas

  58. Eddy says:
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    Would you stash George of the Rose considering he’s targeting a return in two weeks? What are you expecting out of him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, I would…

  59. J. Corzo says:
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    Geovany Soto to the DL with a slight meniscus tear. Is Wellington Castillo still an NL-only or two catcher league pickup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J. Corzo, Nah, he’s worth more now…

  60. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    In a vacuum, which player do you value more for the rest of the season? (I realize they play different positions and have different strengths):

    Shane Victorino
    Mark Teixeira

    Also, is it silly for me to continue to hold onto Goldschmidt?

    As always, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tchaikovsky08, Teixeira… Can lose Goldy…

  61. Art Vandelay says:
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    What do you think about offering Morrow for Hosmer (12 team mixed league with a 180 start cap)? I’ve got a solid staff (F-Her, Mad Bum, Anibal, Morrow, Latos, Romero, Zambrano), although my lack of wins and wonky ratios due to my shitty relievers and Latos has me about average in pitching right now. I think my pitching stats will recover, but I lost Kung Fu Panda and have been trying to fill my CI slot, so I need the boost to my offense.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Art Vandelay, I’d want more than Hosmer with Morrow, but it’s fair…

  62. Niq Castro says:
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    Any reason to hold on to cold schmotatos like Seager or Chris Johnson? (12 team) Or just drop for some currently hot ones?

    Also, Bass worth owning? Hodgepadre plus great Ks is appealing. (Sadly I have yet to see him pitch, damn you west coast game times!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, Lose them… Yeah, he’s worth owning…

  63. PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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    Better add, Viciedo or Cody Ross? I saw Viciedo won’t play in inter league games cause of Dunn in the OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PunxsutawneyPhils, Ross if you know he won’t play…

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey, Konerko just got plunked in the head by Samdijashjeba… Dunn will move to 1B and Viciedo to LF… It looked pretty bad should be out for a few day at least…

        • PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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          @beardcrabs, Thanks for the update, got Viciedo.

  64. EG says:
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    Lose which of these schmosers to make room on the roster? Janssen or Benoit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, No idea the question…

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey, lose Benoit… Janssen currently has the job and who knows how Santos will be after he gets back in two weeks… Valverde should be back soon…

  65. Kyle says:
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    When do you think Nolan Arenado will be called up?
    Before/After June 21?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kyle, Before

      • EG says:
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        @Grey, Need to drop one of Janssen or Benoit. Who gets the ax?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @EG, Benoit

  66. Ken Plane says:
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    Do you think a trade of Lynn and Jansen could net a CC or a pitcher of that caliber. 10 team 5×5, mixed.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken Plane, It could…

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Ken Plane, Not in my league (non-RCL). NOBODY wants Lynn.

  67. Last question of the day, I promise! Well, unless there’s something I have to ask about in the buy/sell.

    If Krispie comes off the DL this weekend as expected, who do I drop in this 14-team redraft 6×6 roto league (incl. holds)? I assume it’s gotta be Elliot Johnson, Stauffer, or Scherzer (I’m already 40+ innings over pace with a 1250-inning limit so it’s tempting to drop a pitcher, though I like both of them long term). Here’s the roster:

    C McCann
    1B Votto
    2B Pedroia
    3B Zimmerman
    SS Andrus
    1B/3B Encarnacion
    1B/2B/OF Kendrick
    2B/SS Elliot Johnson
    OF McCutchen, Bourn, Boesch
    SP Beachy, Fister, Bumgarner, Garza, Scherzer, Anibal, Stauffer
    RP Casilla, Aceves, Cook, Frieri, H-Rod
    DL Krispie, Morse

    Also, I’d probably pick up another DL player to stash in Krispie’s DL spot. Not a lot to pick from, but the best candidates available are: Jayson Werth, Coco Crisp, Stephen Drew, Marmol, Chacin. Who’d you suggest?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Who are you playing at MI if you lose Johnson? If you have someone, then lose him… Drew

      • @Grey, Thanks, Grey. I always forget to mention this, but we don’t have CI and MI slots, just 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, etc., so Johnson is basically the backup for Pedroia and Andrus with maybe a UTIL slot now and then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique, Lose Johnson

  68. pubscout says:
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    Morneau, Trumbo, CJohnson or LaRoche to replace Lind at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pubscout, Trumbo

  69. Commish Cauda says:
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    sell high on Lynn for buy low Wainright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Yeah

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Yes

  70. moses says:
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    Drop Bedard for Scott Diamond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Hold

  71. and1mcgee says:
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    rest of the year for a h2h league:

    lahair or adam laroche?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @and1mcgee, LaRoche

      • and1mcgee says:
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        @Grey, dude wants Craig, who just hit the DL. I was going to offer Craig for LaRoche… do I have Grey’s blessing with this?

  72. ucbsharkbait says:
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    12-team mixed league – Which 3B do you think will be least terrible at hitting a baseball over the next few weeks? Lowrie, Frazier, Betemit, or Matt Carpenter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ucbsharkbait, Lowrie

  73. herschel says:
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    @Grey: JDL worth a stash in 12 team mixed leagues. word is he will be returning June 2nd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, DlR? Yeah, he is…

  74. Grey

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

  75. Ronkonkoma says:
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    In my H2H points matchup this week, i am currently losing to a guy who has been starting the following in his lineup all week long:

    Torrii Hunter, who has been NA,
    No one at 3rd base,
    And James fucking Loney at Utility.

    Also, he didnt start Lincey, Greinke, or Beckett earlier this week.

    I could punch a smiling baby directly in the face right now..

  76. I had to laugh at the Hosmer/Ike comment because in our league, the guy who wins more than anyone else — drafted both Ike and Hosmer, and he’s currently 8th out of 9. Meanwhile, I usually finish in the middle of the pack, but this year I’m in first place, largely because of Grey-approved SPs like Gio, Anibal, and Beachy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wovenstrap, Yeah, my pitching’s been solid… My hitting’s a bunch of underperforming guys…

      • Hmm. My hitters are just as Grey-approved as the pitchers, and they’re doing fine…. Braun, Bautista, Pedroia, Bruce, Cruz, Konerko, Avila, Kipnis, Castro, then some waiver picks like De Ava and Reddick. I’ve been a little bit lucky, yes, but I guess I’m trying to say, I don’t do a damn thing without checking here first, and it’s working out great, on both sides of the ball.

  77. Grey

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

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