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If you found us from Google due to this title, you might want National Geographic or an African safari forum where discussion quickly turns into a story about how ‘your old lady doesn’t let you watch scary movies.’  Here, when we say our ‘old lady,’ we’re not using a euphemism for a wife.  It’s for my fiancee.  Gio Gonzalez had a throwback to the days of wine and roses.  The wine being anything but Boone’s.  The roses being McGowan.  He went seven innings and didn’t give up a hit past the first inning with only 4 baserunners and 11 Ks vs. the Phils and Kyle Kendrick (7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks).  This was a battle between two teams you think are good offensively, but are not.  The Bryceless Nats couldn’t score for Gonzalez and needed an Ian Desmond grand slam in the eleventh to win.  This no decision was Gio’s 7th in his last 8 starts — c’mon, Gio, make up your mind.  Or console yourself with a QS, Gio!  This was a nice start after I had reservations about his falling K-rate and rising walk rate.  Again, it was the Phils, so I wouldn’t just accept he’s back to last year’s tricks.  It’s an illusion!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Vogelsong – Had pins removed from his hand.  Somewhere, there’s a freaked out old lady because her pin cushion moved.

Marco Scutaro – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, and is now 4-for-8 since his return with mallet finger.  Don’t think Scutaro brings much to the table when healthy, and now he has an ailment that sounds like Julia Child got trying to flatten a piece of veal.

Danny Espinosa – Activated from the DL, but sent to the minors.  If he’s not playing in the majors, maybe he should, I don’t know, rest his broken wrist?

Bryce Harper – Will resume baseball activities in the next day or two.  He’s anxious to spit and adjust his jockstrap again.

David Price – Will make a rehab start on Friday.  Friday morning I will be forming a prayer rectangle with The Cougar and my dog, Ted.

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  Watching him get to 20/20 is like watching 20/20.  Steal a handful of bases, Hugh Downs!

Jeremy Hellickson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Red Sox to lower his ERA to 5.50.  Guess he just needed to be challenged.  Someone drop him in a DeLorean so he can face the 1927 Yankees.

Brandon Morrow – MRI on his arm showed nothing major.  Well, ain’t that fitting with how he’s pitched recently?

Brett Lawrie – Took batting practice and grounders.  Not his own hit grounders, only Billy Hamilton can do that.

Adam Lind – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  It’s Lindsanity!

Jose Reyes – Moving to Triple-A, which would put his arrival in the bigs at about 5-7 days.  It puts his arrival with the Yankees at 787 days.

Jonny Gomes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  How did I miss he hit two homers already this week?  Slacking, Anime Grey, slacking!  Gomes usually gets hot as a Junebug in July or whatever that yokelism is.  Definitely not hurting him that Carp went from “just a cramp” to full-on “I need Midol grounded up so I can snort it.”

Derek Jeter – Yesterday, he took batting practice down in Tampa.  But Matt Moore is supposed to pitch today.

Ichiro Suzuki – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer in the first game.  In the second game, he went 0-for-3 and back to his old tricks.  Well, new old Ichiro tricks.

Hiroki Kuroda – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, 2.78 ERA.  You know when you ask what kind of starter can you get for your 2nd or 3rd outfielder, and I always say in the Fister range?  Kuroda would work there too.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  You know when you ask…Any hoo!  Ryu is in that range too.

Hanley Ramirez – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a home run in the first game; 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs in the second game.  Together, that’s like better than his whole season!  Oh, wait, I was being facetious, but it really is.

Yasiel Puig – 4-for-9, 4 runs and a slam (5) and legs (2), batting .474 in his first game in New York.  Puig couldn’t wait to take bite out of the Big Apple.

Adrian Gonzalez – 4-for-9, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .309 with 8 homers.  Billy Butler, “I wouldn’t mind eating some homers.”

Chris Capuano – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He went against a Yankees lineup that featured Thomas Neal.   I think I know most of the players pretty well.  Hard to find names of guys I have never heard of, but if you were playing “Hitter or Middle Reliever” with Thomas Neal, you would’ve got me.  Did the Yankees confuse doubleheader with split-squad game?  Doesn’t Thomas Neal make paint?

Eric Young – 1-for-4.  You know when you were a kid and you got a new toy and you wanted to play with it forever and ever and then you got sick of it?  Maybe Young is the Mets’ shiny new toy and that’s why he played immediately and hit leadoff.  Obviously, Terry Collins doesn’t like the Harry Potter-inspired Valdespin toy.  I grabbed Young in one league where I needed speed to see if he plays every day.

Jake Westbrook – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks and his ERA is 1.76.  Sure, he was injured for about a month, but what are they feeding Cardinals pitchers?  Dave Duncan’s farm-raised chickens?

Edwin Jackson – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K.  Edwin is definitely not eating those chickens.  It’s like everything you know about regression and luck and stuff you don’t know that you think you do doesn’t apply to Cardinals pitchers or does apply and you think it doesn’t, then Edwin comes along and proves you right/wrong.  Right?  Wrong?  I’m confused.  Let me take a 45-second nap.  *Claps hands*  Back, snitches!  I’d continue to hold Edwin if you can, this obviously wasn’t a great game.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He’s come down to earth so dramatically since the Braves traded Juan Francisco, Johnson hit eighth and was mistaken for a falling bowling ball.  Hopefully, this isn’t the start of something because I dropped him yesterday because someone in the comments said Xander Bogaerts was promoted.  What they meant was he was promoted to Triple-A.  Would’ve been nice for a qualifier there!

Kris Medlen – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  By the by, all the talk about Medlen not being that good this year, uh, he has a 2.96 ERA.  I wish all my pitchers were that bad.  Can Greinke have that crappy of a run?  How about Price?  Can he return and be that awful?  Any chance Kluber has three months of that horrific of an ERA?  I got questions, y’all!

Josh Rutledge – 0-for-4, 2 Ks.  On the bright side, both strikeouts were swinging.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5 and his 21st homer.  Would you bet money that he stays healthy by the time he reaches his 27th homer?

A.J. Burnett – Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Burnett hasn’t been anywhere near a mound since he was DL’d.  Gotta be true unless Burnett went over Hurdle’s head.

Jason Grilli – Grilli tried to put a meatball by the plate and Jay Bruce smoked it, yelling “Hickory dickory that’s clocked!” for Grilli’s first blown save of the year.  Grilli still produces great marks with very little ribbies.

C.J. Wilson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Thanks, Stream-o-Nator, may I have another!

Chris Tillman – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, 3.71 ERA.  He’s flirting with being a usable pitcher for every league, but his walks are a tad high.  Luckily, he’s leaving a lot of men on, which isn’t the best way to succeed.  I could see taking the Tillman flyer, but he’s not a safe bet.

Chris Davis – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and two homers.  Three more homers until 100!

Nate McLouth – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 24th steal.  The Orioles have 5 hitters in the top 100 on our Hitters Player Rater, which is tied for the lead with the Red Sox.  (Statute 7B, subsection 3A in the rulebook of the National Blog Association says every Red Sox blog mention must have an immediate Yankees mention, so the Yankees have one hitter in the top 100.  The NBA also has a mandatory dress code of sweatpants and an ironic t-shirt.)

Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  He looked headed for a ticker tease (0-for-3), then he turned things around late in the game going 2-for-2 with the counting stats.  Glad I didn’t prematurely emoji.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 6th steal.  Macho Machado man!  I wish I still owned Macho Machado man!

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 6 ER.  As Rudy said yesterday, “Condolences on Porcello – a 2-out 3-run HR to Julie Taylor…I mean Taylor Teagarden?”  Orioles just hit Porcello, after killing Verlander.  Porcello probably should’ve been benched for this start, but hindsight allows you to better pat your own back, right?  I’d continue to hold Porcello and look at this like a blip.

Jose Valverde – Brought in for mop-up duty and got mopped (1 IP, 4 ER).  He’s no closer.  He’s now an opener.  As in, “Valverde’s pitching, Leyland’s opening up a new pack of Reds.”  If Benoit is available in your league, I’d stash him.  If he’s not officially the closer already, he will be within a few days.  If Leyland refuses to just move Benoit into the closer role for some unforeseen reason, Rondon has done well in Triple-A, but a bit wild.  My best guess is Benoit gets the job and Valverde gets designated for assignment.  That assignment is to scare kids at haunted houses with his closnarl.

Heath Bell – 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners and got the ugly save.  When you can’t go one-two-walk-to-Stanton-three against the Marlins, you really shouldn’t be closing anything but the door behind you, unless you grew up in a barn.  So, those rules don’t apply for Charlie Manuel.  Putz will return and be the closer again.  That’s not to say he’ll be effective.  An ineffective Putz is about as useless as a Bell that can’t ring up anyone.

Trevor Cahill – Left after one inning because he was hit in the hip.  He said it hurt, but he should be able to make his next start, and hips don’t lie.

Jose Fernandez – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Sailed through 7 innings without giving up any runs, then was kept in past his limit, put two runners on and…Well, let’s just say he was Harvey’d.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  He’s also hitting well in the last week, but has been relegated to a platoon partner with Pierre.  Pierre-Ruggiano smells like wet socks.

Justin Morneau – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Oh, Morneau di’int!

Brian Dozier – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Yes, Brian Dozier has nearly twice as many homers as Morneau.

Ryan Doumit – 2-for-3 and 5 for his last 7.  J.P. Arencibia who?!

Everth Cabrera – Went to the DL with a hamstring strain.  He could be out 15+ days.  Aw, the plus sign giveth, now the plus sign taketh away.

Eric Stults – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  You sitting on my lap, “Grey, your mustache tickles my ear.  Could you tell me again what to make of Eric Stults?”  He’s barely rosterable in 14 team mixed leagues or shallower.  His K-rate is hideous, but he has been thrifty with the walks like future Bigger Loser contestants.  I could see him being usable in home games.  Put all that mess together and you have a Hodgepadre.

Jesus Guzman – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer in as many games.  The spitey sense could be strong with Guzman, but more than likely we’re seeing a guy who just hits lefties well.  Could see him doing something on Saturday vs. Kershaw.  Let’s see what the Hitter-Tron…  Oh, God, I didn’t know you were in there with the humidifier.

Will Venable – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Now his 2nd homer in the last 4 games.  Venable tends to get hot for a week or so at a time.  Yesterday’s homer was particularly interesting because it was Venable’s first this year against a tough lefty.  That’s a hot schmotato about to go up a few degrees in temp.

Krispie Young – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Don’t worry, I’m watching Krispie to see when it’s time to pick him up.  Now is not the time yet.

Lance Berkman – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and a homer.  A Morneau and Berkman homer on the same night?  What is this, 1979?  Is that why ladies are always saying I’m stylish?  Bad girls…Talkin’ ’bout the sad girls…

David Murphy – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  Hitting around .150 in the last week, but I don’t trust Murphy to ever get a three-hit game and not do more for the next few days.  Call it Murphy’s Law.  *intern whispers in my ear*  Turns out Murphy’s Law is already taken.  I call this Morphy’s Law.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his third steal in as many games and fourth in the last five games.  Hot schmotato alert!  Grab him!

Eric Hosmer – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals.  He now has 7 steals on the year.  Him and Alcides have nearly identical stats.  Call them the Sighclones.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-4.  He hasn’t really done anything that exciting, but he is hitting .250 in the last week and 2-for-4 in back-to-back days.  Not sure if everyone is like this, but when I drop a player, I tend to watch them even more closely, because I don’t want to miss anything.  Though, realistically, I can’t imagine myself picking him up until he goes on a 17-for-20-something run.

David Lough – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  He’s been hitting since he’s become a regular, but he’s still giving a silent ugh for SAGNOF.

Chris Perez – Won’t be activated on Friday since he’s been getting hit around pretty hard in the minors.  Put into terms Perez can understand, he’s been taking hits on the gong.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers (3rd and 4th).  Doode done near evaporated in the month of June up until this point — .173 with bupkis and charleys on everything else.  (Bupkis and charleys is my new expression.  Feel free to use it all the time so it catches on.)

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4, 1 run and 3 steals.  Sleepy and Sneezy got nothing on Speedy!

Kyle Lohse – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now has three straight solid starts (one against the Reds; two against bupkis and charleys).  Lohse is similar to Kyle Kendrick.  He’s fine for starts here and there, but in shallower 5×5 leagues, he’s about that of a streamer due to a lack of Ks.

Rickie Weeks – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Like an English tourist in Italy, you put a Scooter behind Weeks, he starts moving.

Francisco Rodriguez – Got the save while Henderson set him up.  As I said last week, the Brewers are going with K-Rod until he gets save number 300.  Why?  I don’t know.  Maybe the Brewers long to be a footnote in history.  If K-rod can be used as a trade chip, he could stay on as the closer until end of July.  If K-Rod threatens physical violence, the Brewers might stick with him longer.  If he gets Nia from The Real World: Portland to call up some of her ‘raw dawgs’ and threaten further violence, he stays on even longer.  Remember, we here at MTV don’t condone violence.  We only show it with a hot track underneath and some flashy graphics.

Norichika Aoki – Out on paternity leave.  I don’t want to start trouble where there isn’t any, but about nine months ago members of the Brewers Sausage Race went to Japan on a peace-finding mission.

  1. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey, please bring back you sexy picture. I was watching the second Dodgers game and Hanley ran first to third on a base hit. Afterwords, Steve Lyons said that Hanley is on strict orders from his coaches not to run at 100%. No wonder Hanley had a day, he is now being ordered to loaf it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooke: Haha interesting…

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Brooke: One of The Four has spoken.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brooke: Ha, I thought you meant commenter Steve at first…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Only if my surname has the silent ‘s’ ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  2. JFK says:
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    Another fine rundown! (I hope Lough and the Royals are taking note)

    C – Lucroy/1B – Freeman/2B – Kinsler/3B – Machado/SS – Rutledge/OFs – AJax, Pence, Stanton/UT – Carpenter/Bench – Myers
    SPs – Verlander, Iwakuma, Masterson, Lester, Porcello, Straily, Wheeler
    RPs – Johnson, Brothers, Pestano
    DL – Beachy, Ogando

    12-team keeper league and I’m up against the transaction limit; I’m pretty happy w/my lineup (w/the exception of Rutledge, master purveyor of bupkis and charleys), but need a lot of SP help.
    Thinking of offering Iwakuma, Masterson, Lester, Porcello and Straily in two-for-one/package deals w/potential targets: #1 – Latos and/or Fister and/or King Felix, or #2 – Bumgarner and/or Lee. If none of the pitching options line up, also open to including Carpenter or Stanton, but would really need to win out.
    Thoughts on fair offers? Open to suggestions from all, thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JFK: Well I’m not too hot on Masterson or Lester, those would be the pitchers I’d deal, but I don’t know what that’d return. Might be able to get Fister for that…

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Ouch, didn’t realize they were both so low…think I need to hold in that case and cross my fingers Lester turns things around a bit, and at least use Masterson for spot starts.

        Thanks, JB; Grey, do you concur, or have add’l/other thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @JFK: Yea that might be selling too low, I didn’t realize Masterson had that many Ks. But I don’t like either too much, Masterson could easily still end at 4.50 ERA and Lester doesn’t look right.

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            @JB Gilpin:

            Yeaaa, trying to figure out how to address this mess, and it’s quite a test.

            I’ve got an open spot that I’ve been endlessly weighing streamer/prospect arms for (400 of whom I’ve run by you and Grey w/o much enthusiasm for any of them), but at this point wondering if I should just stick with what I’ve got and add a Cecil/Crain/Gregerson/Melancon/Smyly type to help with ERA/WHIP until a closer becomes available on the wire (they hold ridiculous value in our league, so not worth trying to trade for one). If that’s the route, which two MR/setup guys are you highest on? The five above are the ones I like most, but pretty much everyone in those roles is available.

            • JB Gilpin

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              @JFK: Crain has been pretty unreal, Melancon too, but Gregerson is interesting as he might get traded to like DET and maybe close. Might go the latter two there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFK: Thanks! I like Masterson…. I’d do a two for combo Lester, Porcello or Straily for any of those pitchers… I wouldn’t include Stanton…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        So, Gregerson > Melancon > Crain > Cecil/Smyly?
        Gregerson’s been getting torn-up lately (though I’ve heard Street is on the blocks) and hearing rumors of Crain or Janssen moving – going w/the theme of most usable and likely to get a closer role, does the above hierarchy still hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SteveNZ: I’m out of the top music discussion…

    • JoeC says:
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      @SteveNZ: Damn, that’s some good stuff. I recognize just about all of them. Apparently, my 9-year-old self was not yet hipster enough to eschew pop music. :)

    • Serch says:
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      @SteveNZ: And no headphones….all that shit blaring out of boomboxes during the summertime at parks, parking lots and beaches….Goddamn that was such a great year!

    • Men-in-Cleats says:
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      @SteveNZ:
      “If you like pina coladas……”

  3. Sticky says:
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    Thanks grey ive gt a trade question. I get david price and josh Johnson I give Hanley Ramirez and gerrit cole. I have Rutledge and nick Franklin for ss, there are three utility spots and three outfield spots for trout, jennings, hayward, a jax, braun, rizzo, myers, and my three ss. My first baseman is goldy, second baseman pedroia, and third baseman longoria. My starting pitchers are Moore, Latos, Corbin, king Felix, Feldman, Parker Maholm scherzer, Vargas and . Thanks for your help

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Sticky: Hmmm, your rotation sounds pretty solid, I don’t know if you need to take on the upside of Price who I’m really worried about still, I might hold there although that might be the uncommon belief

  4. Sticky says:
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    Also another trade question I give rizzo I get hamels and garza, I listed my team above would you do either of these trade or stay put

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sticky: More interested in that one, I think Hamels is fine, might do that one but as I said seems your rotation is pretty solid

  5. HWY71 says:
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    Awesome post, Grey!

    Trade Stanton & Pujols for Miguel Cabrera?

    • Mr. Fister Furbush says:
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      @HWY71:
      I wouldn’t

    • @HWY71: agree with fistyrsister. pujols may be sucking, but he’s not sucking that bad… errm, correction: hopefully won’t suck, like, this bad all year. unless you have some depth to cover the OF+1B hit and really really really need a piece for 3b to fill yr mantle it just aint worth it, bsef.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @HWY71: I like getting Miggy, unless in a very deep league. MIggy + 10 team OFer that is hot beats out Stanton and Pujols to me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HWY71: Thanks! No on trade

  6. if i were a gambling man, which i am, i’d take yr CarGo bet. which means that i do. what are the stakes? say, a 64-inch three-dimensional LG plasma television screen? ok go.

      • @JB Gilpin: i actually did that once. had a guy on the inside working LP–fancy acronym for “loss prevention”–who aimed the cameras away from me and his brother as we walked out the front door with the first-of-the-first lcd teevees of a 50+ inch diagonal measurement. mister buy was congratulating us on our erudite taste on the way out, even; little did he know we were depriving him of a several-thousand dollar profit right in front of his eyes. anyway, good tip for yr hombre-no-blanco so long as he keeps making these absurd teevee bets against the healthiest player in mlb history… CARGO!

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            @Grey: CarGo already has had issues with his knees this year…………..just a matter of time, and the DL will be attached to his status. About the week before All- Star Game break, there will be 6-10 “studs” listed as DL. Cargo + ??

            • Grey

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              Agreed

  7. That's What She Said says:
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    Grey, grey, grey, greytorius!

    SD- Stults vs PHI (Lee) @ Mia (Much love for this hodgepadre)

    PHI- Kendrick @ SD. @ LAD ( Washington State boy like myself and his match ups look legit)

    Which one do you start?

  8. MasterofGrond says:
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    Not to be all 1979 on you, but I owned both Morneau and Berkman tonight.

    Also Benoit, SERIOUSLY LEYLAND

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @MasterofGrond: f’that, go SMYLY, i own him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MasterofGrond: Smyly’s great but they want to be able to extend him and use him when there’s a bunch-a-lefties

  9. ns says:
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    i traded gio for cespedes and shelby miller for markakis (then picked up wheeler and erasmo ramirez). am i going to be kicking myself for giving up early on miller and gio?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ns: Like getting Cespedes, don’t like getting Markakis

  10. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    We’re benching Matt Moore today at Yankee Stadium right?

  11. TJ says:
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    Playing catcher carousel. Please rank for ROS.
    Arencibia
    Saltalalalalmachia
    Miguel Montero
    Russell Martin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TJ: JP, Montero, Martin, Salt

      • ShaunL says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Where would VMart slide in there?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @ShaunL: Ugh, probably above Monteroooooo, but close, maybe after

  12. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    carlos mart or eraser. Who’s better stash?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Probably Erasmo (pretty sure that’s who you mean) as Martinez might be bullpen a lot of his career

  13. bossmanjunior says:
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    At least we know who’s package this is for…
    _________________________________________
    | FedEx© |
    | __________________________________ |
    | | To: Ted Albright. | |
    | |From: Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary | |
    | | Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles CA. | |
    | |_________________________________| |
    |________________________________________|

  14. Yeshcheese says:
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    Anyone got the cojones to start J Zimmerman v COL after his last start? Or have the regression fairies arrived?? Go back to messing with evil lumbering companies destroying your forests, punk ass fairies!!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Yeshcheese: this isn’t in COL. It’s Was at home, so yeah, start d’dart that zimman.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: I think JZ is a start every time out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yeshcheese: There’s no reason to not start him

    • Serch says:
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      @Yeshcheese: I’m starting

  15. Hola,
    i’m a bit concerned with nLongoria a nd the plantarfasciitis. would now be a good time to trade him for ….say Machado?i’ve got Rendon, Gyrko, Prado also eligile at 3B. Im in a 1 teammixed H2H.
    C-Perez and Loboton
    1B-Rizz, Trumbo
    2B-BPhillps, Jerko, Rendon
    3B-Longo,Prado, Rendon, Cruz
    SS-Cozart, Cruz
    OF-Stanton, Holliday, Choo, CCarter, Prado, Makakis, Trumbo, LMartin

    what you say?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Russell: I’d probably hold Longo 1-1. Maybe try to get a closer or SP if you need it with Machado

  16. Mike says:
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    Brewers are using k-rod to 300 so they can move him. Pick a few good spots to say “he can close”!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I didn’t watch, got in my beauty sleep early, but did give up 2 hits and Hendo is about back in the role as soon as this stupid ass milestone is hit. Just shows the Crew are waving a white flag

      • Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sad but true

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @JB Gilpin: The second “hit” on K-Rod should’ve been an error by Segura. If he had played the ball right, it actually should’ve been a double-play. K-Rod looked excellent, and only made one bad pitch to give up the first hit (it was an exact duplicate of the first two pitches he through to the first batter he struck out, so he was asking for it).

        My question is more about Henderson. Is he really more dominant and deserves to close per the manager’s statement? Is he an injury risk, or was his stint on the DL of no concern. I picked up K-Rod for the cheap two saves to get him to 300, but am curious as to whether to hold him after he makes it. Anyone out there willing to give him a closer job in a trade, or is he looking at set-up duty somewhere? THx!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @birrrdy!: Ah yup like I said I didn’t watch and box scores can be misleading. Hendo gave up another homer to an Astro scrub today so I’m a lot more hesitant now. Before it was just the homer to Giancarlo which is understandable, but Corporan… C’mon. I think KRod might keep the gig a little bit longer, might be traded, and maybe DET is a spot, or even BOS so there are some spots where he could close

  17. crazy man says:
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    I’m in a good predicament owning Puig…is now the time to sell high?

    i’ve been offered Granderson and Kipnis for Puig and a throw in. My head says yes but my heart says no! Am i crazy to decline this offer?

    my hitting is pretty stacked, with middle infield being my only semi-weak spot (I’ve got A. Rendon, Bonifacio and D.Gordon stashed).

    Basically, if its close I’d rather just keep Puig as he’s more fun but if this is a ‘ARE YOU CRAZY?!’ type deal then I just gotta reluctantly say yes…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @crazy man: Since you have the MI need I take that, definitely not an are you crazy, seems fair.

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    let’s get this valverde the F-outta DET soon so i can own like 4 Sea RP’s, then i won’t care who closes cause i’ll have wilhelm/perez/medina and I guess furbush comes next.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Oh the joys of save prospecting!

  19. Jason says:
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    Stream-O-Meter has Moore as 7.6 @ NYY. He’s been terrible lately and I’m thinking of benching him. I cannot afford any more crap starts, but I cannot afford missing out on a good start. I got burned yesterday with Porcello and Ryu underwhelmed. I truly feel that whichever way I go it’ll be wrong….!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Yea Porcello was rough, still a believer in both though. Not a believer today with Matty Notnice

    • AJA says:
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      Yankees lineup is brutal against lefties. Start Moore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Less is Moore until he throws a decent start

    • Serch says:
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      @Jason: I’m starting him..seeks like a good spot to start turning it around….not too much thump in Yankee lineup these days and best hitters are from left side…

  20. JoeC says:
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    Speaking of Harvey, what exactly does Terry Collins get paid to do? Manage the Mess, right? And one of the things that constitutes is knowing when your starters are DONE and when to call in the bullpen.

    Now let’s go back in time to Harvey’s start on Tuesday. He’d thrown 108 pitches over 7 shutout innings versus the Bravos. By any standard in today’s modern game, Harvey had done his job and the Mets 4-0 lead should’ve been handed over to the bullpen to preserve. This is how it’s done. If you need any instruction on this, see Cardinals, St. Louis and how they handle their starters and their bullpen. It’s like ballet, while the Mets are just twerkin’.

    But Collins needs to win games to preserve his job and he knows that Harvey is his best option to do that, even a tired Harvey. I mean, what’s his alternative, the ancient mariner, LaTroy Hawkins, or the career minor leaguer, Scott Rice? Yeah, if my goal was to win games THIS YEAR to preserve my job, then I would make the same move Collins did. But 2013 is a lost season and the Mets need to think long-term on how to handle their Harvey jewels. And that means curtailing the temptation to have Harvey regularly throw 120-pitch starts, especially WHEN IT’S NOT WARRANTED BECAUSE YOU HAVE A 4-RUN LEAD WITH 2 INNINGS TO GO!!!!!

    And one last thing: even if you agree with Collins’ decision to throw Harvey out there for another inning because he had been pitching so well (which is definitely true), Collins should still have been on a hair trigger looking for signs that Harvey was done because he already passed that magical 100 pitch barrier. You know how you can tell a pitcher is donezo? When he walks a batter on 4 pitches. That’s usually a sign that a guy is tired and no longer has control of his pitches. And that’s exactly what Harvey did, walking the first batter in the 8th on 4 straight pitches. Collins should have had his bullpen ready to come in at the first sign of trouble, but instead he sat on his cement a** and played frickin’ tiddlywinks while CitiField burned.

    Please, just give me 5 minutes alone with Terry Collins in a sealed room. I will teach him the error of his geriatric, incompetent ways.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeC: I was ranting on Twitter and in texts to friends as well… Was infuriating.

    • Eddy says:
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      @JoeC:

      “It’s like ballet, while the Mets are just twerkin’.”

      Oh my goodness, one of the best analogies I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Wow, great comment

    • t Moore says:
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      @JoeC:

      Joe: Lighten up on us old guys, you bully… Old people are people too..

      • JoeC says:
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        @t Moore: What you talkin’ ’bout, TMoore? I’m old too! :)

  21. The Cow says:
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    In my 16-team league, Tommy Milone is doin’ me no favors when he travels with his gas can for road starts. Do I keep Milone and use him primarily on home starts or do I pick up the following waiver wire guys: Feldman, Stults, Leake, Cashner, Wheeler? I have limited waiver pick-ups so streaming is out for me. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Cow: I like Cashner more

  22. Squidblob says:
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    Grey, I love your witty humor. One joke in particular that I miss is when you say “any the hoo”. I’ve seen a lot of “any hoo”s in there lately but the “the” (stutterer!) really holds the room together.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Squidblob: Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Squidblob: I need to add back in the the!

      • Squidblob says:
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        @Grey: Stutterer!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  23. Bill says:
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    In a vacuum, would you rather have Dexter Fowler or Zack Greinke the rest of the way?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bill: Probably Greinke

  24. Wilsonian says:
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    I think Gio has turned things around. In his last 10 starts he’s given up more than 2 ER all of twice (5 against the smoking hot April Braves on April 30, and 4 against the Bashing O’s on May 27th). And in his last 4 starts, he’s struck out 7, 7, 8, 11.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: Agree, I like Gio too

  25. Allan says:
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    With Cobb and Sanchez sitting on my dl and already down 100 points this week in my weekly h2h points league I cant really afford to sit Matt Moore. Any chance he turns it around against the Yanks?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Allan: Slim but I’m not liking it. Agree your situation kinda dictates you roll him out there

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    All things being considered which rotation would you rather have:

    A) Scherzer, Gio, Minor, Kluber, Porcello, Moore, Wheeler, Mujica, Bailey, Parnell, Gregg – with Pedro as a second bench bat (or Rasmus, Moss, Markakis, Joyce)

    B) Scherzer, Gio, Minor, Kluber, Porcello, Moore, Wheeler, Mujica, Bailey, Parnell, Gregg, Benoit

    C) Scherzer, Gio, Minor, Kluber, Porcello, Moore, Wheeler, Latos, Benoit, Bailey, Parnell, Gregg

    D) Scherzer, Gio, Minor, Kluber, Porcello, Moore, Wheeler, Latos, Bailey, Parnell, Gregg – with Pedro as a second bench bat (or Rasmus, Moss, Markakis, Joyce)

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

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Wilsonian: Probably C

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah, that’s kind of what I was thinking. I’m offering Mujica out to a couple teams, looks like the Latos owner may bite. Then I’d be dropping Pedro to pick up Benoit.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Wilsonian: I know Mujica has been solid, but that’s what it came down to me too probably rather have Latos unless dire saves need, btu since you have other closers and one possible, thought Latos was better for ya

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yeah, that got shot down. Do I stick with what I have (which is A) or drop Pedro for Locke, Leake, Lester, Lyles, or some other SP that starts with “L”?

            • JB Gilpin

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              @Wilsonian: If Pedro’s usually on your bench, I think he’s droppable for the hot pitcher, probably take Lester for upside though

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Lester or JJ? And yeah, Pedro is the odd man out. OF/UTIL/BN goes like this:

                OF: Jones
                OF: Brown
                OF: JUp
                UTIL: Marte
                UTIL: BJUp
                BN: Jennings
                BN: Pedro

                • Wilsonian says:
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                  @Wilsonian: and do you like Benoit over either Parnell or Gregg, whose teams suck donkey balls and get limited save opps?

                  • JB Gilpin

                    JB Gilpin says:
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                    @Wilsonian: Well first I think you hold onto the guys with jobs so Id hold there. Gonna stick with Lester over JJ and hope he gets this going again

  27. 4minB says:
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    “Puig couldn’t wait to take bite out of the Big Apple.”

    Currently filing for a restraining order against Shane Victorino.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @4minB: Hahahaha

  28. Comatose says:
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    Drop Wheeler or GCole for Medlen?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Comatose: Yea I’d lose Wheeler for him or try to trade one, Wheeler’s control concerns me

  29. Cheese says:
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    I know this is gross, but pick 2…

    Cody Ross, Nick Franklin, and Derek Dietrich

    Also, Moustakas or Chisenhall at 3B?

    16 team H2H 8×8 (H, SLG, BB)

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cheese: Leaving out Dietrich, then ugh, upside of Moose I guess haha

  30. Scott says:
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    Shallow league, drop Butler for Lind???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: I don’t think I would, still think Butler has better numbers from this point on

  31. David S says:
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    In 5×5 (w/ OPS) 10-team keeper league. In 1st place in all cats except SB, K, whip, wins. Need to start improving my staff’s k/9 and wins right now.

    C: Perez
    1B: Goldschmidt
    2B: Zobrist
    3B: Miggy
    SS: Hardy
    CI: Machado
    MI: Kendrick
    OF: Trout, Brown, Bruce
    DH: Marte, Reddick
    Bench: Leonys, LaRoche, Nava, Prado

    SP: Strasburg, Zimmermann, Medlen, Porcella, Cashner, Santiago, Fernandez
    RP: Mo, Grilli, Balfour, Benoit
    Rx: Beachy, Morrow, Cobb, Putz, Sanchez

    Would you entertain trading Zobrist and Cobb for Price? I think thats steep. Was willing to give that up for Wainwright (that or Sanchez and Hardy).

    The owner I’m dealing with wants Goldy for Wainwright straight up. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @David S: Wouldn’t give up Goldy for Wainwright 1-1. Don’t like your all Rays trade either, still worried about Price’s arm. Maybe try Nava/Prado for a starter, Nava’s been pretty solid and Prado still has solid trade value and both are on your bench

      • David S says:
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        don’t like any of the offers I’ve gotten. Figure zobrist and cobb or sanchez and hardy should get me wainwright.

        I agree too with goldy.

        Thanks.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @David S: No prob, agree with you hope you get it!

  32. Mike says:
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    In a 14 team mixed league with one catcher I’ve been waiting on McCann to produce since coming off the DL but other than a couple weeks he really hasn’t. I have fine power but could use a bump in average and RBIs. Thinking of dropping him for Lucroy, make sense?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I’d be fine with that, still like McCann a tad more though, but no problem riding the hot bat

  33. Anal Herschiser says:
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    I can get Wainwright and Beltre for my B. Phillips, Ryu and Puig. Right now I have P. Alvarez at 3B so Beltre would be a huge upgrade, and Phillips would be replaced for now with a Rendon/Rutledge combo. Would you pull the trig? Thanks!!!!

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Nah NatGios back. He was blowing 95 by people in the 7th inning. He made Ryan Howard look terrible, actually thats not difficult….ok he made Dom Brown look equally terrible, there!

    Sonuvabench on Big S for the Cubbies the other day.

    Got this conundrum (big word of the day!) in my keeper where my pitching sucked so I traded prospects for a bunch of big arms cos Price and Gallardo were injured/sucking. Now im overloaded with: Latos, NatGio, Hamels, Price, YoGa, Fister, Bailey, J Johnson and Leake.

    With all those starters would you just pitch your aces each time out? So with that said what about middling guys in decent matchups like Bailey and YoGa today. Start em or sit em? Still got 960 innings remaining.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Haha on Howard… Yea I think both guys are must starts

  35. Pager24 says:
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    ROS player rater hates pothead Perez and is ALL in on Pestano! should i be as confident?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pager24: I’d rather have Pestano but I’m not huge on that call

      • Pager24 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        so i guess it should be a given i drop Wilhelm for Pestano? i just can’t get myself to do it. his first couple months were great and now he just sucks!?!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pager24: Yea I think I’d rather have Pestano right now… Seattle is just a mess

          • Pager24 says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            would you take Pestano over Putz ROS? Thanks for all the help!!!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Pager24: Hmmm, I honestly think Bell is better than anyone gives him credit for and has a shot to hold onto the role, I’d narrowly keep Pestano right now as Putz’s arm could fall off any moment

  36. Subs81 says:
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    Think blanks will play regularly here on in? What happens when yonder gets back. Then how often will he play?
    Also is l Morrison the everyday guy ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Subs81: Probably not quite for Blanks but he can go to the OF and will most of the time, I do think Morrison will be closer to every day, even though he got yesterday off

  37. Eddy says:
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    Any worry on JUp? I’m in a 12-team OBP league and wish I found some way to ship him for Trout at the end of April.

    I have a stacked OF and SP in that league, but wondering if Puig and Price is a good return or if I’m selling too low.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eddy: Hah I wish every Upton owner had done that! I think that’s selling too low, still worried about Price’s arm

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @JB Gilpin: But what’s been up with J-Up? Should we be worried?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @L-Boogie: I’m a little worried, but I do think he bounces back enough to be valuable enough.

  38. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Would you add Mitch Moreland and drop Adam Lind (CI) ?
    Or add Moreland and drop Straily, Porcello, Milone ?
    Moreland was in the midst of a breakout season.
    Also, add Krod for Straily, Porcello, or Milone? I currently have Jim Henderson

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas: I’d wait until Moreland is off the DL and see how he looks, Lind is too hit right now, as Mugatu would say. Depends on if you have a spot for him in your lineup, but if he’s gonna ride your bench I wouldn’t drop those SPs. Nah hold Hendo, he’s back in that role when Krod is done getting 300

  39. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Add Leonys Martin and drop Daniel Nava? Milone? Straily?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas: Depends on if he’d be playing or just riding your bench, and steals need.

  40. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Votto/Gardner/Scherzer/Marcum v. Encarnacion/Bourn/Masterson/Cuddyer in a Von Erichs v. Freebirds style tag match, which side do you like in a 14-teamer with MI/CI and 5 OF?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: Hah I think I like Votto side. Best player, I like Gardner, Scherzer is the best pitcher, yea Marcum is bleh, but yea

  41. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team, 5×5. Desperate for RBI and looking to pull off a blockbuster trade.

    1) Bum and Machado for C. Davis?

    2) Votto and Bum for Miggy?

    Would leave me with a pitching staff of (start 5):
    Scherzer
    Garza
    Kluber
    Liriano
    Jo-Fer
    Pineda (DL)
    Burnett (DL)
    E. Ramirez (DL)
    And I would pick up a P after the 2 for 1.

    Thanks dude.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @L-Boogie: Non keeper? I like getting Davis given you can handle losing a 3B. I don’t like the other one as much, but close too

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yes, non-keeper. I have Longo at 3B, Votto at 1B, Goldy at CI, Machado at DH. A little worried about Longo’s injury history but I need RBI bad.

        Thanks man.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @L-Boogie: Yea that makes me like getting Davis, will give you lots of production hitting ahead of McLouth Mach Markak and AJ

  42. Steve D says:
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    Drop bupkis and charley king V Martinez or keep waiting for the bounce back. Also is dropping Chase Headley for Chris Johnson too drastic? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D: Yea I’d keep Headley, Martinez is probably droppable

  43. sanfran1966 says:
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    Masterson with a nice game last PM. How do you compare Masterson & Kluber?

    Are these guys good? Spot starters, streamers?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sanfran1966: I like Kluber more, but I love this guy. I think both are plays every time out right now, Masterson is on his way to 200+ Ks

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB – holding Masterson and will look at Kluber

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @sanfran1966: Sounds like a plan, I think Masterson has K upside, Kluber a little more all around with solid Ks too

  44. Later Tater says:
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    JB/Leisure Suit Grey

    good work guys, as always

    trade q:

    yahoo std 12 team 5×5 H2H league

    offense is napoli, laroche, kinsler, beltre, segura, holliday, bj, a jacks, bautista and aoki

    thinking i need of/power help, and i have extra pitching (rp are rivera holland perez)
    sp’s are lee, cc, scherz, samadj, shelby, wheeler, homer, anibal, kluber, porcello

    few teams trading in this league; i feel i don’t want to lose a 2/3/4 sp for a 2/3/4 of, as it is probably no better than what i have already

    offered my cc and jj putz for adam jones

    other team will prob counter with my adverb for jones

    would you trade lee for jones? too much?

    i have to admit i’m really on the fence about this, which is why i asked the question
    i’m thinking this: if lee stays in phil an doesnt get traded, phil will sell players anyway and while adverbs stats will be ok, w’s will be harder to get at the end of the season when h2h playoffs go; if lee does get traded, same deal if he goes to a nl team, but if he goes to al team (yakees?) stats will take a hit and w’s still might not come

    i know w’s are the toughest stat to predict and is really fluky (see gio gonzalez), but in h2h the ratio stats, which is lee’s biggest advantage, are not as important

    what do you guys think?

    thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Later Tater: Thanks man! I don’t think Lee for Jones is too much at all and seems to fit your need. Jones is fantastic right now, I’d take that counter if offered

  45. Spike Owen says:
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    Gents (and four ladies)

    Team is below. Three teams in my league have packed it in, trading players for draft picks. I’ve managed to turn Puig, 2nd, 3rd and 7th rounders into Lee, Pence, Kipnis and Rios.

    Despite poor returns of late, I’m relatively confident my offense will hold together for the second half, especially if Reyes, Braun and Sandoval stay healthy and non-suspended (plus, my first half was depressed with Ike Davis and Danny Espinosa!). Rutledge and Reddick get released when everyone is back.

    For pitching, I’m low on Ks and my ratios. Would like to pick up a few middle relievers to help me out (Jesse Crain, Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil), but can’t figure out who to drop to make it happen. Anyone from the pitching staff you’d chop now (Bell is an obvious candidate when Putz is back)? I’ve been holding Dickey and sitting him, hoping he turns it around. Have also started sitting Moore until he smartens up.

    Thoughts?

    Yahoo! / 12 Team / Roto Keeper (5 players)

    Standard 5 x 5 (Hitting: R / HR / RBI / SB / AVG Pitching: W / SV / K / ERA / WHIP)

    C – Perez
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Pedroia
    SS – Rutledge
    3B – Frazier
    CI – Laroche
    MI – Kipnis
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Pence
    OF – Rios
    OF – Jennings
    OF – Choo
    Util – Reddick
    BN – Braun
    DL – Sandoval
    DL – Reyes

    SP – Lee / Moore / Zimmerman / Dickey / Ryu / Kluber / Wheeler
    RP – Holland / Mujica / Gregg / Bell

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spike Owen: I like your guys, don’t think anyone is droppable, and despite a bit bumpy I think Bell holds onto the role for a while unless Putz looks lights out and Bells blows a few, with the latter definitely very plausible. If Dickey gets 1-2 more rocked games, I think he’s droppable.

      • Spike Owen says:
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        Thanks JB – I’ll hold tight for now. Am trying to work a deal where I move Bell for a draft pick, only because I’m well up in saves (lead by more than 20) and would still have Holland, Mujica and Gregg. But no dropping anyone just yet.

        @JB Gilpin:

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Spike Owen: Yea that sounds like a plan, if you can move Bell for much I would definitely do that

  46. Allen says:
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    Man, I’m all in your mustard trying to catchup … good post. I’m still getting over the Wrecks n Effect reference you threw in yesterday. Choice.

    So — my outfield is more crowded than a fishing boat leaving Cuba — I have Desmond, Marte, Trout, Heyward (who I picked up on waivers after some bannahead dropped him), Holiday and YaZeal Libre! I’m in first place but its a blood-for steals and HRs league — should I trade someone or sit tight in case someone gets hurt/cools down (I’m looking at you, Holliday)? I just always guess wrong on who to stream and it’s getting aggravating.

    Ohh – 12-team Yahoo roto league.

    Holla!

    Keep up the good work — gents.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allen: Thanks man! Yea I’m fine moving one of those guys for a starter, Holliday or Puig are good choices, but Puig’s got the speed which I think is his best asset.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allen: Thanks! Agree with JB

  47. jamie says:
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    one of the bottom feeders want my Franklin or Gyorko, both 7$ keepers. Which one should I part with?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jamie: I’d prefer holding onto Gyorko

  48. Jalen Rosen says:
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    Grey, should I drop Estrada and stash Erasmo?

  49. Hurling Darvishes says:
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    In a 10 team h2h keeper, which side? Starlin Castro and Carlos Gonzales for Harvey, Kimbrel, Rollins, and wil Myers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hurling Darvishes: Almost definitely the left side, unless dire dire pitcher needs

  50. Bubba says:
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    I friggin’ hate Josh Hamilton…no reply necessary…just venting.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Bubba: I hate Valverde

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bubba: Hah yea brutal. I’m hating injuries right now, let everyone take steroids again!

  51. John says:
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    The scooter may have gotten Weeks but they continue to platoon him. Pick 1 MI to drop with from the time everyone gets off DL – Weeks, Hill, ACab, ECab.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Still gotta be Weeks

  52. Tom says:
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    Pick 1 for a closer ROS Benoit, Bell, Putz, Perez.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Ugh, it’s a dice roll, I just have a feeling Putz gets hurt again, I’ll stay Bell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Yeah, coin flip… I’d say Perez

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Breaking News – from RW – “I’m not naming anybody closer,” Leyland told reporters. “I’m just saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him.”

        What do you think “available right now” means and do you guys still choose Bell or Perez over Benoit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Benoit over Bell

  53. Carnac says:
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    “300″ Starring Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Isringhausen, directed by Zack Snyder.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Carnac: Haha nice. And when Krod blows three in a row at 299, the last one at Miller park will have everyone throwing beer cans at him with him looking up as if they were arrows about to black out the sun

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        krod will probably end up with 307 – 311 saves .

  54. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Well Aoki has been a bit of a disappointment this year. Empty average is all he provides. Would you drop him for someone like Gregor Blanco or Leonys Martin if you needed steals? None of these guys would start for me on a daily basis. Just fill-ins for now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Well that’s what Aoki has always been, not sure what you were expecting. Yea I have no problem making those moves, especially while he’s off being baby daddy

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I just expected close to 30 steals. I don’t know if he’ll even get 20 this year at the rate he is going and how often he is getting caught. I may have been a little bit optimistic on his speed. Usually I’m a glass half empty kind of guy too.

        Thanks for the reply JB.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Hah yea, he’s not that speedy or agile, he has a lot of trouble in the outfield too, which is frustrating and I know doesn’t directly correlate to base stealing, but yea. I would’ve barely taken the over on 20, but he is scoring runs too and a few extra homers than I would’ve expected so I think he’s been doing better than I thought as a Brewers fan, and I’m more a full glass! But since you need steals, no problem losing him

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I forgot you were a brew crewer JB! All Brewer related questions will now be directed at you.

            You’d think he would be really agile? He might weigh like 120 lbs…soaking wet. Weird.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: Haha I mean I thought he was more lightfooted ya know, but he would have trouble with the tire run not just because he’s short

  55. ManuteBologna says:
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    JoFer and Jeff Locke are both available. I’d like to add JoFer but who do I drop? I’d like to drop Moore because he’s been moore infuriating than the others, but I invested in him as an ace so I’d feel butt hurt dropping him too

    I need low whip and low walks. I am going great in K’s and W’s and my ERA is middle of the road

    My staff is: Moore, Samardzija, Medlen, Cobb, Gerritt Cole, Wheeler, Porcello

    Does anyone get the axe or do I stand pat?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ManuteBologna: Since you’re doing fine on Ks, Cole is fine, you gotta hold Moore, I still believe in Porcello, I might Wheeler for JoFer personally despite a nice debut, control bothers me.

  56. Joshua says:
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    Boy Rutledge really sucks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joshua: Agreed I’ve never been too high on him, Grey is holding the faith though! (I think….)

  57. Closer Whore says:
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    If you had to pick one of these incredibly valuable pitchers to drop, which would it be?

    Heath Bell
    Francisco Rodriguez

  58. The Fridge says:
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    Need to drop one of Dempster, Hector Santiago or Milone. Can you rank ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fridge: ROS Dempster still Milone Santiago because he’ll be yo-yoed again, but right now I’m holding Santiago for a great schedule

      • The Fridge says:
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        @JB Gilpin: So who would you drop right now? I’m leaning Dempster.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fridge: I’d go Milone, but wouldn’t fault losing Dempster

  59. sanfran1966 says:
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    That AVI Grey…

    Looks like you are hanging out with Isaac at the bar on the Love Boat or about to embark on a cougar hunt at Fantasy Baseball Island with Ricardo Montalban…

    Thanks for the great reads every AM

  60. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Starring Bailey vs Pirates today? Is he gonna be the shutdown pitcher he can be or the 6 ER in 5 in that he wants to be? Straight poop
    Also Hanson vs Seattle?
    Startin both with confidence or ehhhhh?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Definitely start Bailey, I’m not touching Hanson, I don’t buy him

      • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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        @JB Gilpin: btw. Looks like mccutchen will continue that horrible average vs arroyo…. he has his number I guess. Battin .053 in 19 ABs and mccutch went 0-6 yesterday

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Yea I saw that after we talked about it yesterday… Surprising to say the least…

  61. YouKnowMeAldo says:
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    Grienke or Segura? 12-team mixed redraft.

  62. Sniff Test says:
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    Eric Young Jr. or Bourjous?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Bourjos

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sniff Test:

      leonys over both .

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @costaricanchata: I just love Bourjos, I wish Web Gems was a category. Very close but I narrowly like Bourjos more than Martin

  63. JT says:
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    Gut feeling, points league, ROS: Beachy or Cobb?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JT: Cobb

      • stumanji says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Any word on his return date? I’ve been trying to trade for Cobb for a month and his owner was asking for the world. Now he’s shopping him and I could probably land him for cheap.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @stumanji: Still no timetable, gonna guess its stilla good while but Beachy had a minor setback too. News the time to trade for him tho indeed

  64. RedRox says:
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    Rickie Weeks or Kelly Johnson ROS

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RedRox: Sticking with K Jo

  65. THE SNOZZ says:
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    Think it be smart to drop Vmart for say Russell Martin or JP Arencibia? ? Ive been sticking with VMART maybe too long? Jp avg blows too but at least he has some POP.

    Which if any?

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @THE SNOZZ: Yea I like JP for the pop. I know AVG drain, but hey both other guys kinda are too, I see average dipping for Martin

  66. JoeG says:
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    Is giving up Greinke and Ryan Howard for Adam Jones too much? I need a OF. I still have Moreland , Freeman and Hosmer. 6×6 mixed daily roto .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG: Not at all, Love Jones side

  67. papasmurf says:
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    One of the greatest baseball mysteries is how Jake Westbrook managed to last as long as he has in MLB? Most guys with his career stats would have become marginalized years ago, fading into oblivion eventually. Instead he continues to get innings year after year. I guess being consistently mediocre is a positive?

    I am surprised Davey Johnson didn’t use Rendon’s recent mini-slump to put Espinosa back at 2B. I guess the GM, being Davey’s boss, won out.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Consistently mediocre is better than what Matt Moore is doing lately! Haha yea, GM Rizzo decided he didn’t want Espinosa to keep his wrists broken

  68. Rob says:
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    Longo/Holliday/Zobrist or Stanton/Wright/Kendrick?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rob: Like left side

  69. John says:
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    Best guess – when does Beachy come back how does he do? Stash him or Pineda?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: Stache Beachy, like 3 more weeks maybe less, and mediocre/bottom end fantasy ownable in 10 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I’d stash Pineda at this point, but could change next week

  70. Jimbo says:
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    Flip my Wil Myers for Cespedes in a keeper league? Would have 3 years with Myers at $5, vs 2 years with Cesepedes at $8.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jimbo: I’d take Cespedes

  71. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Hilarious post today my man

  72. Wake Up says:
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    It’s an illusion! Tricks are something rabbits turn for meth…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Or cocaine…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: must be those classy Swedish rabbits in your neck of the woods…

  73. Emily says:
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    I need some pitching help this week – with Sanchez on the DL and not great performances from Corbin and Porcello, I need to catch up a little bit in strikeouts and K/9. I’m debating on picking up Jose Alvarez (either dropping Nolan Arenado or Tom Wihelmsen – I have Mujica and Cishek so I probably don’t need him) for the next two starts…I know he’s pitching against Boston, but do you think it would be worth it? My ERA is already pretty shot, so I’m not concerned too concerned about that getting any worse.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Emily: Wait what? Corbin was great vs. Marlins! A little worried about Boston, but he’s got the upside and Boston obviously has never seen him, like the risk.

      • Emily says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You’re right, he was – I was thinking of last week’s start against the Dodgers

        Do you think I should drop Wilhelmsen or should I hold on to him for now and just keep him on my bench? The blown save definitely didn’t help me this week!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Emily: Ugh yea that sucks, depends on depth and closer options out there, probably a hold in 10 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Emily: Forget Alvarez for now

  74. Bryan says:
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    Need a minimum of 7 more innings to pitch this week.

    please rank my options

    Bailey against Pitt
    Garza against You
    Teheran against Mil

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: I like that order, and like all 3

  75. kidbr9 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like ROS:

    Lind
    Morse
    Reynolds

    I have a hard time believing Lind can keep this up, since he’s bitten me hard in a violent non-sexual way the past couple of years.

    Thanks as always!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kidbr9: Haha, yea I don’t buy Lind either, but I’ll go Reynolds Lind Morse, despite Reynolds tanking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kidbr9: The order you have them, there’s no ROS with these guys unless you’re in a limited moves league

      • Slob on my Cobb says:
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        @Grey:

        No hope for a mini-2009 resurgance from Lind? Dude’s batting .390 over the last month– that’s more than a hot schomoto, no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s a .260 hitter, not a .390 hitter

  76. JoeBoo says:
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    Stopgap second C until Gattis gets back from his walkabout:

    Ruiz or Lobaton?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeBoo: Chooch your pants

  77. WonderBoy says:
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    traded Bryce Harper and Mike Minor for Justin Verlander. I also picked up Puig the day before he was called up to put this into context. My OF also includes, Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, and Coco Crisp. My pitching also includes Yu Darvish, Samardzija, Iwakuma, Cashner, Liriano, Colon.

    I know it was a risk, but I consider Puig and Harper to be pretty much the same player. Except Puig has 2 good knees. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WonderBoy: Harper is well above Puig, but Puig is playing so I like your move

      • WonderBoy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks. I absolutely love Harper, but I had to lose any sentimental attachment.. My thinking was knee injuries don’t just go away.. But then again, he’s only 20 and could heal fast.. but what was considered a minor injury has taken longer for him to come back. since the game he crashed into the wall (i think he actually did it twice: once in ATL and once in LA), he was batting around .190. I had to pull the trigger.

        A guy like Justin Verlander is pretty close to the best possible pitcher I could ever trade for…. I’m just hoping Verlander turns back into Verlander.

        and Viva La Puig! lol Is Harper really “well above” Puig? They pretty much have the same exact tools. Light tower power, speed.. Puig’s even slightly older than Harper. Difference is, Puig wasn’t on SI when he was 16.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @WonderBoy: Haha maybe he was on Cuban SI? Deportes Illustrativo? Anyway, I think Puig has less power and less average and more speed and people are still overrating him. But doesn’t mean I don’t like your deal getting JV

          • WonderBoy says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Thanks thanks. I’m just having second thoughts.. lol It wasn’t an easy decision for me to trade Harper. I just hope this move pays off in the end. Could you tell me what you think of my team? I’m in 2nd out of 14, but losing this week 7-4-1 so far.

            C: Jason Castro
            1B: Paul Goldschmidt
            2B: Omar Infante
            3B: Ryan Zimmerman
            SS: Alcides Escobar
            OF: Yoenis Cespedes
            OF: Allen Craig
            OF: Yasiel Puig
            UTL: Coco Crisp
            Bench: Kyle Seager
            DL: Aaron Hill

            Yu Darvish
            Justin Verlander
            Jeff Samardzija
            Hisashi Iwakuma
            Francisco Liriano
            Andrew Cashner
            Bartolo Colon

            Bobby Parnell
            Ernesto Frieri (Traded Todd Frazier for him a few months ago, I knew Madson would have some trouble…Like my JV trade, went with my gut)
            Trevor Rosenthal
            DL: Chris Perez

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @WonderBoy: Love your staff, a little weak at MI but with Hill back you should be golden. I think you’re solid for the playoffs

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @WonderBoy: Ah how soon we forget how awesome Harper is. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

  78. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    I have Benoit and Tazawa. Saves being a premium, would you drop Tazawa for Rondon to try and corner the market on the Tigers shituation? Or hold Tazawa with Bailey getting shaky?

  79. Heyward is a Freeman says:
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    Grey my man,

    So I’ve been jumping from hot MI to cold MI back to hot MI and somehow along the way picked up some stragglers. Now that my team is healthy again (Philips and HanRam) I want to drop some bench bats that I’ve stockpiled. Guess you can say I’m a hoarder of prospect bats. 5 bench bats is WAYYY too mcuh for me to handle. Now I need to change some into stream pitchers. Right now I have:

    Puig – Now starting and Keeping
    Myers – Maybe Keeping
    Morse
    Frazier
    Franklin
    Rutledge
    Rendon

    1) Out of these guys would you say any are straight drops?
    2) Should I throw together a package for a 3/4/5 starter. If so who do you suggest I part ways with and what pitcher should I target?

    Thanks a lot man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Heyward is a Freeman: 1. I think Rutledge and Franklin are droppable. 2. Either Morse/Frazier and Franklin might get a decent pitcher

  80. malamoney says:
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    What are your thoughts on Oswalt? Should he be owned already in H2H points leagues?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Depends on league depth, 14+ sure worth a flier, lower no

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @malamoney:

      figure oswalt to have 1-3 starts with varying success (?) and
      then a protracted stay on the dl .

  81. hankp101 says:
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    Rank these four for ROS in standard 5×5: Kennedy, Beachy, Kluber, Estrada (I’ll keep one of Beachy/Estrada for sure since i have the DL space). Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hankp101: Kluber, Kennedy, Beachy Estrada

  82. Kimosabi says:
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    10 team roto. 5×5.
    What’s wrong with lester? Drop Lester for kluber who’s on the ww?
    I got him, Strasburg, minor, liriano, dickey and wheeler.

    Thanks, bro, for the advice, laughs and crazy references.

    From fellow valley dude – Canoga Park!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kimosabi: Thanks! I’d hold Lester for now… I’m not in the Valley…

  83. Nathan says:
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    Need some advice here. I’ve got 2 roster spots for 3 very rosterable players.

    The players are Frazier, Marte, and Jennings. All 3 can’t play every day (Goldy at 1B, Beltre at 3B, Encarnacion taking up a Util spot and Cutch and Adam Jones holding down 2 OF spots).

    What’s the move here? Play the hitter-tron every day? Trade one of them? Drop one of them? None of them have great trade value right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nathan: I think you’ve gotta hold, Frazier is the guy out for me, maybe try to sell Marte

  84. kwadjo says:
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    In my keeper league I am currently sitting in 2nd place with great hitting and mediocre pitching. I have an offer on the table to trade Puig for Verlander. I would jump on the deal in a regular league, but am weary about doing it in a keeper league. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kwadjo: Still rather have Verlander

  85. L-Boogie says:
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    Regarding my Bum and Machado for C. Davis trade above:

    I just noticed that the other guy is starting Davis in the OF. He’s all set at 3B with Miggy and D. Wright so he wouldn’t need Machado. What do you think of Choo and Bum for C. Davis (non-keeper)?

    Thanks dude.

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @L-Boogie: I guess its really 2 questions.

      1)Do you like the deal and
      2)is it better or worse for me than than offering Machado/Bum.

      Thanks again.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @L-Boogie: Yea I like that one a lot too, I’d do that. I think I like that one a tad better than Machado

  86. Wake Up says:
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    The dog gave me a sideways head tilt with the ears perked up on the EverCab blurb. Nice!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: js…you made me laugh pretty hard

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, you made me laugh!

  87. mhfella says:
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    For Friday, righty Frazier against lefty Miley or lefty Mclouth against righty Dickey? Need hr and rbi slightly more than r and sb but basicly looking for the most counting stats i can get. Who would you play? Thanks.

  88. Mitch says:
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    ROS who is better: Pence or Heyward? I was offered Cueto/Pence for my Heward/Bailey/Cashner

    Heyward prob has most upside but Pence is solid and Cueto seems on the mend, although somewhat risky. But still better than both Bailey/Cashner.

    Accept or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mitch: Heyward… Hold

      • Mitch says:
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        @Grey: Is Cueto an upgrade over Bailey ROS? Maybe offer something like Cashner/Santiago for Cueto?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Cueto there

  89. Ben says:
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    Can I request a sell high post for Justin Upton? The one on Chris Davis did wonders for my team.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Ben:

      Too late to sell high on Upton.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: He’s saying if Grey says sell he’ll get hot

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Yeah I know, but nobody is going to say it because it would be like saying “time to sell high on AOL.”

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Didn’t say it was funny…

            Kramer is saying AOL is a hold possible bounceback…..

            key of C your fav harp to play then?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Wake Up:

              Depends. Folk rock stuff you play a C harp in C. Blues and some country stuff you play in 2nd position, so like C you play in G, an A you play in E. A lot of blues in E, so end up playing A a lot. I play some songs with an open C chord shape but use the capo so I end up playing my D or F harps. I like the G harp because the tone is low. Thousands of G-C-D three chord songs of course.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @OaktownSteve: s/b Cramer…Mad Money not the scrabble guy…

                G harp is my favorite…for the same reason…like the bass tones…I also like to play acoustics tuned a full step down for the same reason…

                getting a lot of that tiling done then?
                backerboard or plywood?

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Wake Up:

                  Laying it on concrete. The floor is on the slab. Emptied out the rooms except the heavy stuff. On target for the weekend.

                  Didn’t realize you were a musician as well. I’m a hack ass guitar player. Just use it to support the vocal and the harp. Good harmonica player though. Gigged with a band that played the Viper Room recently. Not at the Viper Room tho.

                  • Boomer19 says:
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                    Fellow harp playing fantasy baseballers. Who knew there were so many? I’m mainly a country/blues guy.

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Boomer19:

                      Yeah if you play harp you mostly are in the country blues vibe. Some cool rock harmonica out there. Favorite rock harp is Doobie Brothers Long Train Running.

                      What kind of stuff you like to play? Got a regular gig?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

                    • Boomer19 says:
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                      Play mostly just campfire tunes now. CCR, Dylan, Beatles. What ever the guitarist knows. Used to drive my mom crazy as she is a classical piano teacher. She couldn’t nail me down to the bench.

                      Tinkered some weekend gigs for about a year. But that was a few moons ago…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ben: That ship has sailedl. That train has left the station. That window has closed. In other words, what Oaktown said.

  90. malamoney says:
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    Would you rather be holding Morrow or Gausman? H2H points.

  91. paul says:
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    Segura for Ellsbury. Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paul: It’s fair

  92. t Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: That poor guy in Yahoo who traded me Votto for closers and threw in Benoit to me. as a filler.. Benoit got a save Tuesday before he got one out of the 2 he traded for… Sad..

    My team leaped forward 4 places for a while last night before finally settling at a 3 place gain… I’m convinced, Mr. JayWrong being back, along with that titillating MB MOJO of his, is the reason why..

    Signed: Now Content and Hopelessly Smitten..

    PS: Gio is funny… If his curve is giving him trouble, he goes funky and he is quite ordinary -even below ordinary… When he is on and is one with with his duce, it is one of the best curve balls I have ever seen – bar none!!!

    C-Gon in the late 2nd rounds of 2 Yahoo drafts… He had diminished love this year… The only reason he went higher in mock drafts was the auto-draft feature…. I had him cued drafting a 23 in one draft… He was picked up at 22… I was stunned…

    Here is one Lounge Lizard video = Spitting image of your avatar .. Enjoy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv-ad1uv_Y4

    Can’t find the Gallagher one (where he wearing a huge pompadour .wig).. It is the one of the funniest comedy routines I’ve ever seen…

  93. RudyCorrales says:
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    Boys! I made a trade last night and im feeling realllly good about it but need the final razzball approval.

    I gave up Alex Rios and Bartono Colon for Jason Heyward, then was able to snatch up mile leake off the wire. Someone dropped him, only the fat lady knows why.

    So rios and colon for heyward! Im feeling great. Am i feeling too good or not feeling good enough?!?!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @RudyCorrales: Someone got his trade cherry popped.

  94. Dkohn says:
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    Grey,

    JB says sit.
    SON says 7.6, aka he thinks so.

    What says the mad genius about starting Moore tonight?

    No, not you Grey. The guy in the white coat behind you cackling. You’re not mad!

    HEY Hitter-Tron, GET OFF MY LAWN..mower!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Ha…I’d sit him

  95. Mike says:
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    Lind or Todd Frazier ROS?

  96. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Which closer do you like better rest of season – K.Gregg or T.Wilhelmsen?

    I have a chance to trade my Gregg for his Wilhemsen. I don’t know how much longer Gregg can keep this up and I think Wilhelm gets his job back soon. Thoughts?

    • Josh Freeman says:
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      Grey man:

      should I drop Simmons for Hanley for ROS H2H pts league? Or will I just be IRing Hanley in a couple of weeks and picking Simmons back uo?

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Josh Freeman: Hanley isn’t owned?????????????????? At worst, those 2 weeks should be better than what Simmons will give you

  97. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, have some pretty craptastic options next week for pitchers. Which two would you roll with?

    Ejax – @ mil, @ sea
    Stults – vs phi, @ Mia
    Cashner – @ Mia
    Garza – @ mil
    Parker – vs stl
    Tillman – vs cle, vs nyy

    Thanks.

  98. Big Dog says:
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    Got a huge decision to make……was just offerd Braun for Rios? Lot of stuff going on with Braun obviously, but he was slugging .509 before the hand injury and Rios has cooled off a lot in the last month. What do you think? If not Rios, what about giving up Beltran?

  99. jeramy says:
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    12 team h2h. I have been offered kershaw and ellsbury, or darvish ellsbury and gerrit cole for Jordan Zimmerman Matt holiday and puig. Do I do either of these?

  100. nightpandas says:
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    Rendon & Segura too much to give up for Verlander in a keep 9? Segura for Verlander was declined.

  101. WonderBoy says:
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    Could you tell me what you think of my team? I’m in 2nd out of 14, but losing this week 7-4-1 so far.

    C: Jason Castro
    1B: Paul Goldschmidt
    2B: Omar Infante
    3B: Ryan Zimmerman
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    OF: Yoenis Cespedes
    OF: Allen Craig
    OF: Yasiel Puig
    UTL: Coco Crisp
    Bench: Kyle Seager
    DL: Aaron Hill

    Yu Darvish
    Justin Verlander
    Jeff Samardzija
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Francisco Liriano
    Andrew Cashner
    Bartolo Colon

    Bobby Parnell
    Ernesto Frieri (Traded Todd Frazier for him a few months ago, I knew Madson would have some trouble…Like my JV trade, went with my gut)
    Trevor Rosenthal
    DL: Chris Perez

    • WonderBoy says:
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      @WonderBoy: As I mentioned earlier, I just traded Bryce Harper and Mike Minor for Justin Verlander..

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @WonderBoy: Looks good. Should be enough for 2nd place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WonderBoy: I think you should look to upgrade your middle infield

      • WonderBoy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I have Aaron Hill coming back, but Alcides has been pretty underwhelming so far. I actually dropped him last week for Rutledge. Dropped $6 for him but ended up picking Alcides back up yesterday for $1.. Who do you think I should target? And give up what for him? Many thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know what teams have MIs to trade and what they need…

      • WonderBoy says:
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        @Grey: I know that it’s an impossible question to answer right now… BUT… can I win this league?

        It’s head-to-head, FA auction. I’m also down to $33 with half a season to go. I lost last year in the Championship 6-6-0 because I lost during the regular season to my opponent. Heartbreaking way to lose, but I obviously really want to take it this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

          • WonderBoy says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey! Love the site btw. I check it everyday but only posted my first comment today. Keep up the great work.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  102. Rocky says:
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    Grey –

    Any confidence Rickie Weeks can return to form or can emerge from his current platoon?

    He was cut in my 10 team NL Only and, though I am set at 2nd, I am thinking using my waiver priority to drop Logan Schafer for him. Agreed?

  103. bobby bonilla says:
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    stream-o-nator seems down on Jose Alvarez today, despite facing a red sox line-up that doesn’t hit lefties well. what gives?! could stream-o be broken?

    thoughts on a spot start here for alvarez today?

      • bobby bonilla says:
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        @Grey:
        would you touch it with a 10 foot pole? think i’m doing it:

        Sox hitting .246 vs. lefties in 2013
        Mopped face vs. Cleveland earlier.
        K/9 of 9.3 this year in minors, lifetime 7.3
        whip 1.03, era, 2.78
        he’s from venezuela so… that’s legit.

        see you tomorrow in the funny papers. i’ll bet you a virtual high five he pops some tags tonight, and i collect my virtual high fives.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully it works out, just too many streamers in most league for me to risk that…

  104. Trip Wildhack says:
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    Grey, stream Lincecum vs. MIA (at Pac Bell) Friday?

  105. AJ says:
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    Which 2 streamers should i start, Lackey vs Det, Jose Alvarez vs Boston, Roy Oswalt vs Washington, Pettitte vs TB or Hanson vs Seattle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: None? Hanson, Pettitte

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: yea I know just painful

  106. MattTruss223 says:
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    Got offered Hardy, Craig and Corbin for my Reyes, Puig and Putz today. Don’t really need pitching, I’m top 4 in SBs w/o Reyes, could use some BA/RBI help, but I think I should be able to get that from Puig/Reyes. How do ya’ll feel about this deal? I’m leaning reject, just doing some crowd sourcing.

    My OF is crowded too w/McCutch, J-Up, Fowler, Myers, Puig, Joyce and Frazier vying for 5 spots. Should I go ahead and drop Frazier? Joyce would be the other option, but I’m very much enjoying him so far.

    Thanks for you thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can do better on the trade… Sure on Frazier…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey: Figured so, thanks Grey

  107. Juice_0321 says:
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    I am owed a move from a previous trade and need a guy that will give me some k’s. I need a suggestion for a waiver add of a player whol will fill my void and owned in less than 20% of leagues. Thats how depeleted our wire is.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s on your waivers

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @Grey: Its pretty bad. EJax, Detwiler, Marquis, Jaime Garcia, Harrison, Doubront, Santiago, Turner, Chatwood, Cecil, Danks, Volquez, Davis, Jose Alvarez, Skaggs, Romero, Figaro, Rogers, Chris Carpenter, Oswalt, Axelrod, Deduno, Nicasio. Pick which one you think I can ride out the ROS.

        • Juice_0321 says:
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          @Juice_0321: There is also Wily Peralta, Eovaldi, Kyle Gibson and Morton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why do you need one for the rest of the season?

          • Juice_0321 says:
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            @Grey: Maybe I dont. Should I say F it and grab EY, Jr?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

              • Juice_0321 says:
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                @Grey: What are your thoughts on EY? Reason I ask is because this league I play in has a max 25 moves per sesason and with this free move I need to make it count.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ve gone over my thoughts on him multiple times

                  • Juice_0321 says:
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                    @Grey: You still calling him SAGNOF or upping his value since the trade?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He is and always will be SAGNOF

  108. Wilsonian says:
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    If I need pitching help, and have been unsuccessful in getting a deal done, would you pick up Lester or JJ? Pedro looks to be the odd man out. OF/UTIL/BN goes like this:

    OF: Jones
    OF: Brown
    OF: JUp
    UTIL: Marte
    UTIL: BJUp
    BN: Jennings
    BN: Pedro

    8 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  109. Big Magoo says:
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    Is there room for one more in your prayer rectangle? I guess it would be a pentagon then, or is that too satanic?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bring it in, we’ll fit you…

  110. a1r fann1ng says:
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    pick one replacement for everth: dietrich, dozier, kozma, weeks, lemahieu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dietrich

  111. Closer Carousel says:
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    Grey, which closer do you like better ROS – Chris Perez or Kevin Gregg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  112. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Are you as sanguine on Beachy as the ROS Player Rater ($16.6 in 12-tm yahoo)? Samardzija is my SP3 and is generating some trade interest and my MI is hurting (Gyorko, Tulo and EverCab down), but I can’t really afford to let him go without being able to replace a good chunk of his value (esp K/9 since it’s an IP cap league). Beachy’s available, as are some mid-level streamer types like Dempster, Nolasco, Gee. Make a deal, or hold Samard and wait for Gyorko and Cabrera to come back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait for them to return

  113. Scott says:
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    Were you aware that Moustakas and Dominguez played on the same high school baseball team? Just thought you’d find that interesting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Had no idea… I did hear Bourn, Crawford and Revere (I think) all played on the same high school team…

  114. Kevin says:
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    I’m very quickly losing patience with Cahill. I realize it was shit luck on the come backer but the guy has been pretty bad this year. I see Lackey on the waiver wire (would sit vs. Detroit tonight because I hate the matchup) though would you cut Cahill lose for Lackey? What about Porcello for Lackey (love me some Porcello but Lackey seems to be dealing). I can’t see moving anyone else other than maybe Pettitte…
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Andy Pettitte
    Jim Johnson
    Jose Veras
    Grant Balfour
    Trevor Cahill
    Rick Porcello
    Ricky Nolasco
    Kyle Kendrick
    Kris Medlen
    Cliff Lee
    James Shields
    Francisco Liriano
    Anibal Sanchez

    Thanks in advance as always for the awesome insight/suggestions.

    -Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill for someone is fine, Lackey’s pretty eh, but sure for now…

  115. Vince says:
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    Good morning Grey! Got a few questions for you

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper
    SP: Lee, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Garza, Dempster, Porcello, Teheran, Wheeler
    RP: Henderson, Jansen
    DL: Beachy

    1. Drop Henderson for K-Rod ?

    2. Which SP would you rather own for now : Kluber, Cole or Lyles ?

    4. Moore and Teheran for his Gio … Is it fair and worth doing ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Kluber 4. Gio, yeah

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey: Alright thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Who wins:

    a) Gonzo/Shelby

    b) Prince

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prince, it’s fair

  117. Grizzy Bear says:
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    Matt Harvey for Adam Jones, which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  118. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Do you think the cortizone shot that Nick Swisher received could rejuvenate him like how it seemed to help Ryan Zimmerman last year?

    Do you prefer Venable, Ichiro or Swisher as an everyday 5th outfielder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Possible… Swisher

  119. Abell says:
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    Matt Moore and Rizzo for my goldschmidt?
    Could use getting younger on the staff in my keeper league ( see CC)
    Love goldschmidt but is this too good to pass up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side…

  120. Abell says:
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    Sorry. 12 team h2h points league. 6 keepers

  121. Mike Moustakas' Dad says:
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    Are we holding:

    Porcello
    Straily
    Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues, sure

  122. Sky

    Sky says:
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    How the F’ are the Pirates 42-30? Their offense is downright atrocious…

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Sky: Lowest ERA in MLB since May…that helps

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Oh I know the pitching has been stellar. Still have to score runs, though. Especially 1st and 3rd with only 1 out in the first…this team needs a bat badly. One bad pitching stretch and they’re dead in the water.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Sky: and it will come. Locke won’t have a mid-2 ERA at the end of the season. Liraino? Really? Did we really think they were a contender though? They do this every year and post ASB on go back to being awful. I think they’ll finish over .500 finally, but barely.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I think you need to give up on your Liriano anger from years past. The numbers say your lack of faith is only gonna hurt you, not his owners. That said, the smoke and mirrors of the other non-Burnett guys is impressive and I give credit to the coaching staff.

            I actually think that’s a good team in Pittsburgh if they can get a bat to support McCutch. Pedro is a 5/6 hitter guy and not the cleanup hitter they envisioned.

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @Sky: Eh, I’m comfortable with my stance on Liriano. No hatred, never owned/been burned by the guy in the past. Just don’t buy he’s suddenly an ace again. I bet that ERA is at least a full point higher in the next few months. You grab Liriano, I grab Kluber, tomato, tomahto. I’ll take my guy though, don’t think I’ll get hurt.

              Their bullpen is really impressive though. That helps in keeping that team ERA down.

              They’re not bad. Not a playoff contender though. It’d take a pretty decent bat to get them there I think.

              • Sky

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                His xFIP is 2.97 but his ERA is 2.44 vs Kluber being nearly the same xFIP but his ERA is 3.58. I won’t argue it could be 3.50 in the next few months but that means what after seeing the same line on Kluber? He’s unownable and Kluber is? Does Burnett get the same treatment from you? I think you’re letting history dictate your decision there and not the actual stats/facts. Which is fine, of course. I own Kluber in one league, Liriano in another; I try to allow the stats to do the talking and not history/my bias. Find it saves me the headache of regret.

                Agree about the bullpen; they had the same thing going last year but never got the parts on offense to stay up there. Hopefully after the second straight year of showing this type of competitiveness, ownership tries to go bigger than Gaby Sanchez and Wandy Rodriguez.

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Sky: Kluber is my boyyyyyyyyy you glad I told you to grab him???????

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Ha, yup

                • MattTruss223 says:
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                  @Sky: Meh, different strokes, ya know? I find a balanced approach (some use of numbers / some eyeball test/ biased opinion) works best. Relying on one or the other too heavily doesn’t produce great results in my experience. Like selling Matt Cain all those years because he was outproducing his xFIP, turns out, it’s just what he does. Maybe I haven’t watched enough of the “new Liriano”, but I’ve seen enough of the old Liriano. Maybe that’s wrong, but completely dismissing history is an error in my mind.

                  And no, Burnett’s only bad seasons came in NY. There’s a trend there and his results pass the eyeball test.

                  I don’t think Liriano is unownable, but he’s just not a “must own” in my eyes. There’s a lot less chance of regret letting someone else play with the ticking time bomb then having it explode on my roster. That’s just me though. Maybe it’s wrong, but it’s my own decision to live with.

                  • Sky

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                    Sure, I hear ya. And I have watched Liriano. It really came down to the coaches in Minnesota. They’re morons. Pitch to contact for a guy like Liriano is ridiculous. I agree you can’t ignore history but I think it infects the eyes just as much as the stats. Porcello would be someone in the same fold. Still just 38% owned but the new kid with the 2.00 WHIP (Wheeler) is at 83%.

                    I was just pointing out how your argument could be said the same way for Kluber that it could for Liriano but because Kluber has no definable history he’s being given the benefit of the doubt. I traded Cingrani for Liriano in my keeper league after seeing two of his starts. He’s doing what he needs to do to be an effective pitcher, in no small part because of how Pittsburgh is coaching him. That’s why I mentioned Burnett. No one really bought in least year on him either and even outside of NY, he’s had a shaky history.

                    Anyways, not meaning to bust your balls. Just when I hear someone say ‘I’ll roll with kluber but Liriano? No way’, it makes me question where the actual reasoning is coming from.

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Sky: lucky to get Kluber everywhere and Liriano in a 10 teamer (30 man rosters) like a month ago as someone thought he was just a streamer based on the last 7 or so years of being shitty. Very happy with both now.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, nice. Yeah, I called Liriano on the podcast a few weeks back along with Lind & Alvarez. Nick wasn’t hearing it. I like how things look nearly a month later, though :)

  123. Mike Moustakas' Dad says:
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    So little Dustin can play through a torn ligament but Big Braunzie has to sit out a month? SMH atleast I dumped Matt Moore and Alex Gordon for injured Biogenisis Braun. Heres to healthy and PED filled second half!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully for you

  124. Sal says:
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    thoughts on trading away shelby miller for marte? you think the oblique injury for marte is in the past?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Marte

  125. BTD says:
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    Thomas Neal wasn’t just in the Yankees line up but he was their #5 hitter!

    Tillman’s a Road Scholar. Check out those home/away splits. There aren’t many pitchers that I automatically start against the Tigers though. So no shame in those numbers…

    Is Chris Davis the MVP is the season ends today? Yep.

    Apparently Leyland and Showalter were offering each other condolences on their bullpens. Leyland doesn’t have a closer for the 2 innings a game he needs to tap the bullpen. Showalter doesn’t have enough arms to bridge from the 6th to Johnson…

    Papelbon to Detroit? Sounds like as good a landing pad as any.

    Regarding the Mous complex, I’m like that when I drop someone. Then when he’s picked up, I harass the new owner with cat calls and start rumors of PEDs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could see that on Papelbon… Nice on Moose… Ha…

  126. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. currently have rutledge as a bench bat backing up segura/kinsler. reddick and martin are available on waivers. worth making a switch for one of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  127. Chris says:
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    drop cole or milone to stash esramo ramirez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

  128. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    At the daughters soccer camp and one of the little kids name is slade. I have to wonder if his parents are really big fans of “I’m gonna git you sucka”……f**king white people

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… You gotta ask them…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: white mormons. Don’t think they will be warm to that question

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh. Then ask then about their magical underpants.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I might get attacked by their 50 kids.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You mean, Sister-Wife kids?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @royce!: I thought about the band too but sucka would if been funnier. Really bolan? T rex ain’t that good. Cool first name last name though

        • royce! says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I would never name a kid Bolan, but we’re gonna have to agree to disagree about T Rex. I love that shizz.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @royce!: @royce!: I thought about the band too but sucka would if been funnier. Really bolan? T rex ain’t that good. Cool first name last name though

  129. Smitty says:
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    A) Would you trade Machado for Ian Desmond and Billy Butler in a keeper league? Currently have Rizzo at first, Prado at SS, and Headley and Lawrie (DL) for 3rd along w Machado. Can keep 4, Rizzo, Braun, Cano, and Stanton were my keepers this year. Currently splitting Markakis and Headley at UTIL with Machado at 3rd.

    B) In another league, who wins this deal, keeper cost in ( ): Oscar Taveras ($13) and Gyorko ($10) for Rendon ($10) and Rutledge ($13).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Nope B) Neither side? Prices aren’t cheap…. I’d go Rendon

      • Smitty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Great article as always. Most entertaining and informative blog around!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  130. Aero says:
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    Better DL stache: McCarthy, Pineda, Lewis, or Luebke?

    Worth dropping Wilhelmson (have Soriano & Reed, can only play 2 at a time), Rutledge (don’t really need now that Kinsler is back), or Garza to wait on Erasmo or Colomne?

    Also, Benoit, Rondon, Capps, Pestano available. Worth adding over the above?

    Thanks. Love this place for my morning read, glad I found you this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda… Rutledge for Erasmo… Benoit over Wilhelmsen… No problem…

  131. Ryan says:
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    Currently I have Greinke, Scherzer, Porcello, Wheeler, Peavy(DL), Lester and Kluber as my SPs. Looking to possibly upgrade an SP.

    Thinking about Lester and Aoki for Wainwright. Obviously it’s up the owner in the league but am I aiming too high? If so, around where should I be looking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Waino side, it’s not really close

  132. Carnac says:
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    Is Reynolds droppable for a guy like Moreland? Note: Juggling lots of other disappointment (Willingham, Rizzo, Alex Gordon)

    Maybe wait and see how Mitch looks on Friday, first?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d go with Mitch

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Apropos of whatever, I checked the pitching matchups: Friday Mitch faces a lefty (not very good, but still), Saturday is Shelby Miller, Sunday is Wainwright. Belch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s not pretty, but going forward before someone else grabs Mitch, ya know?

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: Of course. Like when crossing the desert with an aroused camel, you take the long view of things.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  133. costaricanchata says:
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    dozier ….. again !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ridiculous

  134. andrew says:
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    Grey-

    Can you rank ROS?

    Morse
    Frazier
    Franklin
    Rutledge
    Rendon

    Thank!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier, Franklin, Rutledge

  135. Scott says:
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    I looked up the Crawford/Bourn/Revere teammate thing and it’s partially true. Crawford and Bourn were little league teammates in Houston. But Bourn did go to the same high school as rapper Mike Jones and Britney Griner ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I think there was a third one with Crawford…Could be wrong, it was being said in the background on a telecast…

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Did you go to school with any athletes of note? I ran track with Darren Sproles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Scott: You mean, lost track against Darren Sproles… Haha. I went to high school and played hoops against Jamie Skeen who helped lead VCU to that final four run a couple years ago, that’s as good as I can go

          • Prezz says:
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            @JB Gilpin: hehe 4real.. you mean you got your doors blow off by darren sproles..

          • Scott says:
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            @Prezz: @JB Gilpin: That dude was a beast for sure. He scored 49 touchdowns his senior year and he only played in the first half of every game because we were up by so much. And his ypc in high school was 10+. Automatic first down.

            But as for getting smoked by him, I luckily never suffered that embarrassment because I ran distance. He was incredible to watch in practice though.

  136. Chris says:
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    Grey/JB

    Please pick one: Cashner this weekend vs. LA or J. Johnson against Baltimore? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does SON say? Cashner

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Def want Cashner. I’m officially very scared of the Orioles now that they tainted my Porcello love too and some scrub like Taylor Teagarden can hop in on the magic

  137. stonepie says:
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    should i trade stanton for king felix and then shields for matt holliday or allen craig? im worried about stanton staying healthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  138. Tom says:
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    Need K’s and W’s w/o killing rates pick 2 best ROS from time Kennedy gets back – Wheeler, Garza, Kennedy, Kluber.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Kluber, Wheeler

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: Agree love the Klub

  139. OaktownSteve says:
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    Bruce 8 runs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 sb .310 average over his last 15.

    Hot like Jay Bruce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time

  140. Tony says:
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    Grey-

    Pick two to start over the next few days:
    Matt Moore @ NYY (is he startable now? bleh)
    Jose Alvarez (DET) vs BOS
    Dickey vs. BAL (I’m good at benching him for the gems, and throwing him for the Blow ups)
    Shelby vs TEX
    Corbin vs CIN
    Kluber vs. MIN

    SLIM PICKENS AND THE MATCHUPS AINT GREAT! Whatdya think greyski?

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony: Oh and NOLACASO@ SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber, Shelby…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey: thanks Kluber was pretty high on my list…. the rest were frikkin toss ups but shelby has been solid (crossing fingers) i hope that continues….

  141. Sal says:
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    semi deep league where we have 10 owners and each roster is 30 players. 2 players per position, 5 Of, and 3 Utility spots……. would you drop swisher and get clete thomas having another good day and swisher besides being injured and might still hit the DL was not producing at all. seems like a nagging injury that will affect him for a while no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sal: Hold

  142. Hondo says:
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    Single,double,HR,SB from Moss,Bruce and Choo.I think this is already a better day than Monday or Tuesday,when my bats looked like they had been collectively kidnapped by the cousins of the guys who snatched Wilson Ramos.

  143. Jack says:
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    Konerko seems to be turning a corner (including a HR, 2 R’s, 2 RBI’s so far today). Would you pick up him, Willingham (health issue) or Blanks (who also has been hot but may run into a PT issue)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Blanks

  144. Negatto says:
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    An owner in my league is looking to move Cabrera for a pitcher and an outfielder.

    His initial offer was his Cabrera for my Bumgarner & Jones. I think I might be giving up too much, Thoughts?

    I currently have Fielder, Longoria and Goldschmidt as my 1B, 3B and CI. With Cabrera, I would need to use my U as well to play them all.

    My OF’s and SP’s are listed below.

    OF’s
    Choo, Shin-Soo
    Jones, Adam
    Joyce, Matt
    Myers, Wil
    Upton, B.J.
    Frazier, Todd
    Zobrist, Ben

    SP’s
    Bumgarner, Madison
    Kennedy, Ian
    Moore, Matt
    Santiago, Hector
    Zimmermann, Jordan
    Wheeler, Zack

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Negatto: I like the idea but seems a shade too much. Choo and Bum I love maybe counter with that?

      • Negatto says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        He didn’t want Choo. Would Jones/Zimmermann be a bit closer?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Negatto: Ehhhh I dunno about the same… Try a lower tiered SP first

          • Negatto says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            or either Bum/Zimm with Zobrist as the OFer?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Negatto: Yea I like either one of those a lot too

              • Negatto says:
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                @JB Gilpin:
                Ok last one promise :)

                Bumm/Choo/Myers – too much?

                • JB Gilpin

                  JB Gilpin says:
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                  @Negatto: No keeper? I def do it, probably would either way though I’m not as big n Myers as others

  145. Phil says:
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    Can someone tell me what is up with Carp ? Will he play soon?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phil: He forgot he wasn’t on the Dodgers and tweaked his hammy. Not sure when back gotta be today or tomo

  146. Whampwhamp says:
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    Grey in a h2h with ops and quality starts would you do this trade (it’s actually two separate trades but both on table).

    My team is

    Wieters
    Goldschidmt
    Rutledge
    Andrus
    Beltre
    Carlos Gomez
    Choo
    Nelson Cruz
    DL Kemp

    Sale,kuroda,latos,samardjza,Phil Hughes, dempster, jake peavy, Zachary wheeler, Pineda

    Trade is I give Nelson Cruz, Dempster and Phil Hughes and I get Bumgardner and Chase Utley

  147. mauledbypandas says:
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    the A’s sure do have a lot of long haired/bearded players.

    Also, can someone get on base ahead of Jay Bruce for once?

  148. Wilsonian says:
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    So Pedro is doing a mighty fine job of making sure I don’t drop him for Lester. Damn, I can’t cut him loose after this showing today.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: Hah I was just writing about him below. Stay hurt Panda! Stay hurt….

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yeah, he was the odd man out for some SP help, but I think I’m going to have to hang on for a little while longer. Not like JUp, D.Brown, or Jennings are doing shizz these days, anyway.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wilsonian: DJ hit a homer last night! he’s doing enough to be useful… But yea slow going

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @JB Gilpin: he SUCKS in H2H, though. He completely vanishes, then has one good game a week.

  149. Ryan says:
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    In a 12 team redraft h2h league with Obp, ops

    I have Reyes coming back soon, but also have segura, lowrie and profar in mi slots

    What corner infielder or pitcher tier should I be looking at? Or should I hold him in anticipation of lowrie injury/profar playing time issues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Zimmerman(n)-ish?

  150. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    Pedro Alvarez! Picked him up as a Panda replacement, a little surprised he was out there. And then all the sudden schaboing, Is there a glossary for that? You pick up someone with a big name guy going on the DL and all the sudden they go on a tear. This isn’t any good but like lucky band aid but funnier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB Gilpin:No term yet… Sounds a bit like a hitter streamboat…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Grey: Yea that’s close… but it’s still a newer one… I’ll mull it over and shoot you an idea tomo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay

  151. Mitch says:
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    Anybody trying to buy-low on Starlin Castro, or are we giving up on him? The dude who owns him is getting frustrated and needs pitching. I’m currently using Alexei Ramirez at SS, so taking a flyer on Starlin turinng it around couldn’t hurt if I can get him at the right price. My staff is currently Price, Latos, Sherzer, Shields, Homer Bailey, Kluber, Santiago, Erasmo (stash), and Cashner.

    Which pitcher should I offer without insulting him but without overpaying? I’m thinking Bailey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mitch: I’d buy low on him, depends what you can get him for… Sure, try Bailey

      • Mitch says:
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        @Grey: well so much for that, he’s declining bailey. next tier up is shields. too much right? if you recall, i traded reyes for shields/bailey, so it’d be trading reyes for castro/bailey. still a win i guess, but i’d probably rather a-ram w/ shields. agree? or offer shields?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Offer Shields

  152. dirt mcgirt says:
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    Hi, would you drop alfonso or Nava to pick up either Rasmus, Adam Laroche or Profar? in what order of pick up in case someone beats me to it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soriano for LaRoche

  153. Phil says:
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    I need a firstbase guy that will breakout in July or later. Is someone in the ML who plays first that is coming up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: No idea who’s available in your league… Maybe Singleton…

  154. uncdrew says:
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    peace/piece finding mission. ha ha.

    I’m putting Ozuna in my Buy/Sell article. My blog is also read by 4 women. Err…make that read to 4 women. I read it to my girls at bed time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Ha!

  155. Christopher wallace says:
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    who do you like more for ROS? Moreland or Konerko? and how many steals do you project for eric young ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moreland

  156. Kid A says:
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    Leyland: “I’m not naming anybody closer. I’m just saying if Benoit was available right now, I would try to close with him.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brilliant

  157. costaricanchata says:
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    pirates’ save was elementary , my dear .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  158. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Reddick got pinch hit for with the bases loaded….wtf?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Kid A:

        yeah .
        rosales … a .200 hitter … swinging at the 1st two pitches he saw …. bases loaded / no outs .

        • Kid A says:
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          @costaricanchata: yeah that was a boner as well, but krispie for reddick, come the Eff on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure I understand

  159. Jimmy mac says:
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    Guy in my league wants my McCutch. 5×5 OBP not AVG
    My OF:
    McC
    Stanton
    Puig
    Saunders
    Quentin
    Brantley
    Colvin

    His OF:
    J Up
    Pence
    Jennings
    Marte
    Werth
    Kemp
    Granderson

    Thinking 2 for one, with Granderson plus 1. Wise choice? What’s the best deal gettable here you think? I need some hitting…
    Thanks as always, this site is goldust for rookies like me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trade with him

      • Jimmy mac says:
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        @Grey: Fair enough. Other option is this guy with OF overload:
        Zobrist
        A Jones
        Choo
        Cuddyer
        D Brown
        Ozuna
        Willingham
        Hunter

        Zobrist would be a massive upgrade on my mi (ellis). Faab and ww bare so ros. Zo and Willingham enough or aim higher? Or no trade?
        Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aim higher

          • Jimmy mac says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for the reply. Zobrist + who do you think is fair for mcCutch?

            I just got no idea how to weigh it up, half his OF looks too good, the other half too scrubbish…

  160. Birdog says:
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    12 team league. What caliber of pitcher should I try to get in return for Wheleler? Is Fister too high? Homer Bailey? Porcello?

    • Birdog says:
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      @Birdog: Not Wheleler! He’s way too good to trade! I meant Wheeler…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try for Fister… Maybe Bailey…

      • Birdog says:
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        @Grey: Thank you suh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No prablem

  161. JFK says:
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    Rutledge…killing me…

    Grey, I know you keep saying we should give him ’til the weekend, so I’m making contingency plans.
    Drop for Aybar, Alexei Ramirez, Cozart or Aviles?
    OR is it close to offer the fed-up Castro owner who’s leaving him on the bench Lester + Rutledge after he just had Cobb go on the DL (I mean, I know it’s not close, but close enough for him to consider w/o responding w/death threats)?

    • Mike Moustakas' Dad says:
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      @JFK:

      Alexi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Lester there…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Sounds good – hopefully Rutledge will start unsucking and no action shall be required; thanks!

  162. Nathan says:
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    Strange outing for Gallardo this afternoon. 6IP, 6K, with 3 unearned runs.

    2 of those unearned runs came because a passed ball allowed runners to move to 2nd and 3rd, and both scored on consecutive fielders choice grounders.

    Still, I’ll take it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  163. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    alexei ramirez sb success rate is through the roof (for him) this year … 14 for 16 .
    last year he was 20 out of 27
    and the year before that … 7 out of 12 .

    what’s your take ?
    running scared ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, must be getting better reads…

  164. anthony says:
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    @grey: dexter fowler or choo rest of season ??close?

    just traded away choo and zobrist for daniel murphy fowler and jansen – which side ?

    prolly gonna say choo side but i wanted another closer

    my team now
    sal perez
    votto
    d murphy
    alexei ramirez
    machado
    adam jones
    markakis
    fowler
    bautista
    thunter bn
    profar bn
    parra bn

    sp pettitte
    zimmermann
    perkins
    bell
    janssen
    matt moore
    andrew cashner
    kendrick
    cole
    porcello
    peavy dl
    mccallister dl
    erasmo ramirez na

    thoughts ????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo, trade wasn’t great

  165. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    Grey : Would you lose Milone or Dempster for AJ Griffin or just hold tight? Griffin seems pretty solid lately and is sitting on waivers for me to pluck off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dempster

  166. Jason says:
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    Target price? Early reports say he felt great..,

    BJ upton still a good buy low guy?

    Would an offer of grienke and fowler be enough to offer for the pair?
    I could go over the top and offer papelbon with it, just to get it done. Have Perez coming back soon so ok with closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if the Price is right… That trade is too much…

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: too much with Papelbon? thoughts on the offer without Pap?

        Is fowler and Grienke and good offer for Price and BJ?

        It’s just hard to get some of these guys to trade if the trade doesn;t clearly favor them. I realize it is a lot to give up but but think it would sink my team either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, it’s not good

  167. the hungary hippo says:
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    Greinke or Moore ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

      • the hungary hippo says:
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        @Grey: K that’s what I figured. Greinke does come before Steinke

  168. Gareth says:
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    I’m Sweating bullets and Praying that Yovani gets the win here. Dammit! 2 on and Carlos Gomez at the plate and with a 2-0 count and they run themselves out of the inning.

  169. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Any news today regarding the closers in Boston or Detroit? I can pick up Benoit or Tazawa.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I quoted Leyland up above. Looks like Ben Wa Balls for the foreseeable. I jumped off that carousel of misery entirely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up Benoit

      • Fenway Fungus says:
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        @Grey:

        Benoit, Rosenthal, or Crain? Ratios and saves needed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Benoit

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: how is benoit still open in any size league. Even in my 10 teamer he’s been gone since 2 weeks after i dropped him, back when i picked up valverde the day he came up from the minors. I waited like 3 good saves to drop valverde first. Valverde’s velocity is back up from last year, he just can’t not leave the ball up in the zone?

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i’m sorry, should have read i waited 3 good saves before i dropped benoit.

  170. Jason says:
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    Hey Grey. Terse is hateing on Rendon today. How about this trade:

    Fraizer and Rutledge for Rizzo ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Jason: hahaha Jason, did you just rat on me?

  171. Gareth says:
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    “Yoga Pants.”

    A term of exasperation when watching a Yovani Gallardo start.

    I’m panting from holding my breath so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  172. jaw says:
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    drop valverde for benoit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  173. Gareth says:
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    Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Bailey, H 6.0 6 2 2 0 8 1 3.75
    Simon(L, 5-3) 0.1 2 3 3 1 0 0 3.46

    What’s the Razzbal term for what Simon did to Bailey?

  174. Gareth says:
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    My two starters today (Gallardo and Bailey) gave up 5 runs. All of them unearned.

    That’s freakin Awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ticker Shock

    • Prezz says:
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      @Gareth: he doesnt know how to treat a toothpick…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

  175. MattTruss223 says:
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    Puig for Craig…no go? Already got Rizzo and a crowded OF w/McCutch, J-Up, Fowler, Myers, Puig, Joyce. He’s got nowhere to go even if I’m hurting in BA.

    What about Puig/Rizzo for Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Goldy

  176. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you lose Gregg or Parnell for Benoit? Or maybe Bailey who may be on the way out?

    Closers are Mujica, Bailey, Gregg, Parnell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey in your shallow league

  177. Gareth says:
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    Henderson gives up a Dinger. Nice.

    No win for Yoga. Or Bailey. Guess I’ll take the Gift counting stats and continue to curse my WIN Drought.

  178. Kid A says:
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    master of muppets, slave of home runs.

  179. OaktownSteve says:
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    What am I supposed to do with Jim Henderson? And why are there so many songs about rainbows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        But I don’t wanna! I want my closer back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          *sitting Oaktown Steve down* He’s gone. Sorry.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            No. It’s not over. Nothing is over!

            Stage one: Denial

            • Prezz says:
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              @OaktownSteve: bring on the Ax man!

              Stage two: desperation.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Let’s talk when you get to stage 4 or 5

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Screw you, Albright!

                Stage 2

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha…See you soon!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: hahaha the stages of drop

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I prolly should’ve went through a few more before jettisoning Gallardo…Oh well…

  180. Matthew says:
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    I have the following closers

    Whilhelmson
    Holland
    Mujica
    Janseen
    Putz

    Benoit is available

    Should I hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Putz for him

  181. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow – some pretty big balls from Scheppers right there. Was watching on my phone. Way to get out of a jam.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      A’s loaded ‘em with less than two outs in back to back innings and got 1 run home.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Own Reddick and Scheppers. Not so thrilled about the first of those innings. Pretty happy with the second…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: So would love it if the Rangers could take the lead here – especially if Leonys had a hand in it…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agreed there

      • Prezz says:
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        @OaktownSteve: whole game has been a mess.. for both teams!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Prezz:

          Doolittle has looked real hittable. League has seen him a few times. Seeing the ball a lot better. But all that said, the A’s need 7 or 8 on the board.

          • Prezz says:
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            @OaktownSteve: agreed, should be thinking about post game meal right now.. and jaso shoulda just hit one out.. inches my man, inches..

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Prezz: It nearly went out? Just says ‘flew out to right’ on FantasyCast. Sound much more routine and less nerve-wracking ;-)

              • Prezz says:
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                @SteveNZ: wouldnt have went out but it was at the VERY top of the wall.. cruz made a nice grab on it. Easily a double if he misplays it. But an inch or two higher and it was out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You see the first comment today? You’re on the record!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Ha, yeah. Saw it last night.

        My surname must have the silent ‘s’.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I seriously had to do a double take…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: How do you know I’m not making this whole New Zealand thing up?

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @SteveNZ:

              ‘cuz you get pizzy when someone refers to your team as
              the Giant Moa(n) ??

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @costaricanchata: Ha – that’s a pretty good one.

                I’ve never dropped my pants after sliding into first either.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: @Grey: And anyhow, you should keep your trousers on until you get to third base, right?

  182. AJ says:
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    Please rank ROS Garza, Kluber, Porcello, Santiago thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza, Porcello, Kluber

  183. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Benoit, Rosenthal, or Crain? Ratios and saves needed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit

  184. booya says:
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    Would you trade Bruce for Braun in a H2H keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  185. ROBHALLA says:
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    WHERE DA FUCK IS BLLY HAMILTON?

    Xavier Paul blows , Cmon Reds bring up some speed you cant keep up with the Cards Fuckas!!!!

    Any guesses on Hamilton ? I mean Ludwick isn’t coming back anytime soon.

    P.S Cingrani told Dusty FU when Dusty brought him in with bases loaded…lets ruin him too Dusty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In the minors

  186. Long Bawls says:
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    His Verlander for my Choo and Colon? I just worry because I have both Uptons on my team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  187. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow. Leonys has some speed.

    Or is on speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup…

    • Prezz says:
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      @SteveNZ: i thought only trout was capable of beating out a grounder to first…

  188. Captain Kangaroo says:
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    H2H points, 20 Team Dynasty league. Trade Gio (avg 15 points per start/225 total points to date) for Beltre (avg 4.0 per game/282 total points to date?

    I lose 2 points on average when Gio gets 2 starts assuming he’s the “good Gio” but gain avg of 13 points per week if Beltre plays 7 days and Gio starts one.

    It’s really a points grab…so which one would you rather have? I’m playing for Championship this year and am in 1st place overall. I’m not overly concerned with the “who’s a better keeper” aspect of this deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Beltre

  189. Kandeepan says:
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    Who would you drop to pick up Kenley Jansen? (Rex Brothers or Heath Bell or Andrew Bailey)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell

  190. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Carp for Rios? I need speed. 20 teams thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios

  191. costaricanchata says:
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    if i was a rich man , i’d have gotten the mlb premium package
    just so i wouldn’t have to listen to these homers/clowns
    in the rangers’ broadcast booth .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought you did have it…What have you been complaining about for the last week?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        no .
        just got the basic package .
        $99.95 … i believe .

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          other than “choose your broadcast team” ,
          premium package benefits are all about apps and i-phones .

          i have a “my” phone … and it’s hanging on the wall in the kitchen .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @costaricanchata: I just got the premium package for the ROS for 49.95.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @SteveNZ:

        ponzi scheme .
        i should be getting a rebate , any day now .

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @costaricanchata: Maybe, but that’s pretty cheap to me to be able to watch live baseball on any device I want.

  192. costaricanchata says:
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    un-freakin-bearable

  193. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Um…when do I need to submit my resume for the GM job? Should it be in Courier or Courier New?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Like that it’s from Eye on Baseball too… It’s so literal.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ha, nice. There’s a ‘this is why you’re fat’ site. This leads me to think there needs to be a ‘this is why you’re fired’ one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bummer, Donald Trump trademarked fired…

    • Carnac says:
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      @Sky: Zapf Dingbats got Moore the job.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I decided to go with crayola. I drew Dad – Jeff Francouer – and a big boobied mommy – Billy Butler – up in the corner for good measure.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Sky: Hahaha. Maybe if the roster that you helped to assemble could, you know, actually hit, opposing pitchers wouldn’t pound the zone so often. I stuck with the tried-and-true Times New Roman for my application.

      • Sky

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        It’s a $hitshow in KC. Their hitting coach told them ‘they couldn’t hit HRs cuz of their home park’. That’s why they’re slinging more singles than a lonely guy at a strip club right now. Truly a mess from the top down. At least the veteran pitching is helping ease the pain for fans but I’m sure not by much.

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @Sky: Yeah, it’s a big mess out there. I actually didn’t mind the Shields trade because they’ve been dying for a frontline starter for years, but they need some more power. A bunch of singles hitters, like you said.

          • Sky

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            Nah, that’s where I blame the coach/GM. Butler hit 30 out last year, Salvador should be hitting 15 and Alex Gordon should be a 20+ guy himself. They’re coaching them to not hit HRs and to fear their own home park. That is the craziest crap I’ve ever heard.

            • Big Magoo says:
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              @Sky: Agreed on Sal – big guy with terrific power potential. Gordon is a better real-life player than a fantasy player – he hits a ton of doubles, gets on base, and makes things happen. Solid defense too. Overrated as a fantasy asset though, I think. You’re way off on Butler – he only hit 29 out last year.

              • Sky

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                Ha, my bad on Moobs. Don’t know what I was thinking!

                Agree about Gordon, he’s Choo-lite: close to .300 but instead of 20/20 you get 18/13…not quite as enticing.

                And of course they traded away a power asset in Myers. Wonder if they’ll request a move to the NL to play their small ball style.

          • Sky

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            Though I do agree about Shields. Think he’s gonna be a good influence on their young arms over the next couple of years. At least better than the coaches/GMs can…

  194. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh man, I have Jaso and Lowrie but really want this win for Scheppers…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Ok, I guess I have to take that. Along with Cecil, Scheppers has been the MR find of the season.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, been real nice… Would’ve been better off with them than about 2 dozen SPs I’ve gone through

  195. Gareth says:
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    Reynolds, Mark
    (1B,3B) CLE Home: 0
    Away: 7 (@BAL,@CHW)

    vs C. Tillman (R)
    vs TBA
    vs J. Hammel (R)
    vs M. Gonzalez (R)
    vs H. Santiago (L)
    vs D. Axelrod (R)
    .vs C. Sale (L)

    I Was thinking of dropping him but this looks like a pretty nice matchup next week. Especially with lots of players only playing 5 games. Also – Spitey Sense?

    Good call to play him next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matchups look fine, he’s either hot or not, don’t think matchups matter for him

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: True. He’s been moved off Third now, and is manning 1B/Dh in swishers absence. So hopefully this move gets him going again.

  196. SteveNZ says:
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    The Tron nailed it with Jaso today. Third most valuable catcher at $13.8…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  197. Gareth says:
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    vs G. Gonzalez (L)
    vs J. Zimmermann (R)
    .vs S. Strasburg (R)
    .vs J. Teheran (R)
    .vs T. Hudson (R)
    .vs P. Maholm (L)

    Arizona has pretty tough match ups next week.

  198. SteveNZ says:
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    Don’t eff this up, Nathan.

    • Prezz says:
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      @SteveNZ: feelin pretty good about the A’s chances now ;)

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Prezz: You can’t jinx a jinxer ;-)

        • Prezz says:
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          @SteveNZ: well done silent S.. that was a crazy one though! You are lucky you werent watching, you would have been ripping your hair out! Just a crazy game…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Prezz: So I see. Tying run thrown out at the plate.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Prezz:

            Cruddy game. A’s played a lack luster series. Base running, defense, hitting with RISP, starting pitching, ‘pen. Nothing really done well.

            • Prezz says:
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              @OaktownSteve: definitely a mess.. but made for some nail biter moments. Like that last play.. the bobble made for a close play at home, if not for two perfect relays, we’re in extras right now.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: you still going to play football with us, i sent you an e-mail. Sky and wallpaper patterson are in

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: you know it! Will check my email in a bit..

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    #745!

                    • Prezz says:
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                      #919!!

  199. Gareth says:
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    Congrats SteveNZ.

  200. OaktownSteve says:
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    Who was it who said “the Astros aren’t that bad?” One person in the whole universe (Astros employees, friends and family excluded).

    By season’s end Astros may have a better record than:

    Marlins, Mets, Cubs, Brewers, White Sox and could sneak ahead of a couple other stragglers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The cream of the crap

  201. JFK says:
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    The last place guy in my keeper league is looking for moves for next year – offering my Iwakuma (16th)/Lester/Pence (13th) for his King Felix/JUp; Felix and JUp not keeper-eligible, and Lester not worth keeping atm.
    Buying low on JUp and hoping keeper value compensates for the gap – close, or do I need to throw in a draft pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Felix

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Oswalt dealing!
        Does it work if I swap Bruce for JUp?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • JFK says:
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            @Grey:

            Crossed fingers, thx!

  202. J-Lef says:
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    So, with the imminent immolation of Bell’s closing spot, who gets to jump in from this list:

    Cishek
    Benoit
    K-Rod
    Brothers
    Pestano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benoit

  203. OaktownSteve says:
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    What’s up with this? From yesterday.

    “So why did Henderson pitch the eighth inning Wednesday and Rodriguez the ninth? Because it was deemed a “need to pitch” day for Henderson, who had been idle on all but one of the previous seven days. With the Brewers trailing, 1-0, after seven innings, Henderson was already warming in the bullpen when Rickie Weeks hit a go-ahead, two-run home run. Instead of sitting Henderson down and holding him for the ninth, Roenicke opted to pitch Henderson as scheduled and used Rodriguez for the save.

    “I’m hoping we get on some winning streaks and we can have a lot in a row,” Roenicke said. “When you do that, Henderson is going to pitch a lot and is going to need a day. When he needs a day, Frankie is there. But if we just go in a normal game and everybody is rested … we’ll set it up [with Henderson as the closer].”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?c_id=mil&content_id=51235902&notebook_id=51236516&partnerId=as_mlb_20130620_9045454&vkey=notebook_mil&ymd=20130620

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s pretty much the opposite of what he’s doing…

  204. desert_heat says:
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    drop ..Miguel,Montero for either Arencibia, J.P or Carlos Ruiz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  205. zzzzzz says:
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    Martin Perez worth a spot in 10 team H2H mixed?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @zzzzzz: I’d say nay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  206. J-Lef says:
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    Who gets benched of these 3 next week:

    Pujols 3 at DET, 3 at HOU
    A.Gon 3 SF, 4 PHI at home
    Lind 3 at TB, 4 at BOS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  207. Eddy says:
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    Seen a few Verlander questions, thinking of buying in. He’s dropped a full MPH on his fastball from last year (94.7 to 93.5) but has a 2.81. We’re still buying, right? No reason to avoid?

    • Mr. Glass says:
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      @Eddy: if you mean era its at 3.41

      • Eddy says:
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        @Mr. Glass: My bad, meant FIP. So his he’s been unlucky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d buy

  208. zzzzzz says:
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    Why is Desmond Jennings so yawnstipating? Why did I draft that jackass on my team again? It’s better to draft streaky players and plug them in while they are hot. Not this good game every 6 games crap.

    • Eddy says:
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      @zzzzzz:

      He’s Shin Soo Choo in Cleveland without the AVG/OBP

  209. SteveNZ says:
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    A Justin Upton sighting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s alive?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Well, an RBI single could be the last twitch of a dying man, but at least it’s something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: the sighting should’ve started june 10-12 when he finally hit some extra base hits for like the first time in 25 or so days. Had a double and homer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

    • Hondo says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      I take credit for that when I dropped Moss after the Texas series for a MR and got down to a 1 man bench.JuP must play.

      Well,unless I grab LaRoche back,who looks to be heating up.I think he’s 5 for his last 10 and not only almost stole a base after a single,but also has a triple.Speed demon!

  210. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    here’s to hoping the upton wonder twins activate and bj goes from a bucket of crap to a blazing bolt of lightning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  211. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    now rutledge has been benched in 2 of last 4 days. BABIP!!!!!

  212. SteveNZ says:
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    Could do with a double-play here, Pettite.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Oh, Pettite. Jesus.

  213. goodfold2 says:
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    carlos Mart or Eraser for ROS? Niese not looking so good yet today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  214. J-Lef says:
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    Weaver for Nathan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver

      • J-Lef says:
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        @Grey: what about Weaver & Pujols for Fielder?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fielder, it’s fair

  215. mauledbypandas says:
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    How did I miss that the Blue Jays now have a rotation of Dickey, Wang, and Johnson? All they need now is a Peter and Willie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I mentioned it a few times about a week ago

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey: That’s the first thing I said to myself! Grey had to have mentioned this..

        I am sure it was hilarious as usual

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Something like the Blue Jays changing name to BJ’s…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Big Junk?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  216. goodfold2 says:
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    Colvin’s gotta stop K’ing so damn much. Damn!

  217. Big Magoo says:
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    Sky’s post on Dayton Moore made me think of other GMs who are running their teams into the ground, so I thought I’d step into the incompetent shoes of Ruben Amaro and try to help rebuild my (originally) hometown Phillies. Here’s my quick rundown of the roster:

    Untradeable assets: Ryan Howard, with his albatross of a five-year, $125 million contract extension signed in 2010 (but not kicking in until 2012), and Roy Halladay, finishing out this $20 million 2013 campaign with one foot in the retirement home.

    Lukewarm assets: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz – all aging (aged) players who are short-term fixes but won’t bring back top prospects in return

    Untouchables: Cole Hamels and Domonic Brown – maybe not completely untouchable, but you need to have something to build around. Hamels projects as a #1 SP going forward and Brown has just entered his prime years.

    Most desirable (and likely to be moved) assets: Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon – Lee is a frontline starter who could potentially put a contender over the top and Papelbon is still a top-5 closer at a position of constant turnover.

    Here are my potential (but perhaps somewhat unlikely) trade scenarios:

    #1. Papelbon to Boston for Xander Bogaerts – the Phils would get a young MI to replace either Utley or Rollins and Papelbon would return to Boston to solidify the back end of their bullpen (this assumes the inevitable Bailey injury takes place and Boston remains in contention)

    #2. Lee to Texas for Jurickson Profar – with Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, and Alexei Ogando on the mend, the Rangers need an ace to put them over the top. Kinsler and Andrus allow them to move Profar for a shot (or two) at a ring.

    #3. Papelbon and Ruiz to Detroit for Nick Castellanos and Bruce Rondon – Alex Avila has been a huge disappointment this year and Ruiz is known for his ability to handle a pitching staff. Papelbon would allow the Tigers to move on from their Papa Grande clusterf**k.

    #4. Lee to Baltimore for Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop, and Xavier Avery – Bundy isn’t going anywhere, but the Orioles have a window of opportunity to contend and need a frontline starter to do so.

    So there’s me playing armchair GM. If none of these materialize, you can always blame the ballpark, I guess. Thanks, Dayton Moore!

    • Grey

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      You really think Amaro’s incompetent? He had a good run, was in a tough position when guys started getting old and broken down… He tried to piece together one last championship with Halladay and Lee btu couldn’t make it stick…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Incompetent might be a bit harsh, but he has not done a good job. He’s built a reputation as a pushover in negotiations, specifically concerning Howard and Hamels, and has done very little in terms of keeping the team competitive in the coming years. The farm system is wafer thin, and how many players on the current roster are likely to be productive three years from now?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Big Magoo: pushover, look at all the turds he moved that were “good” prospects a couple of years back, it was like he had dirt on all the other GM’s to make those deals

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Check out the farm system now. How many players project as “good” prospects now? Need to replace Utley, Rollins, Young, all 3 OF positions (not due to age, just sub-par talent), Ruiz, Halladay, etc.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Big Magoo: my point was it wasn’t that great in the first place, they sold it like it was, like the Yankees.

              Are you saying Darin Ruf is not good?

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: It was mediocre. Now it’s putrid. Building the team is one of the responsibilities of the GM, no?

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Big Magoo: sort of, scouting directors and player development directors have a big part of that. But when you have a chance to win it, then you do what you have to do, and in all reality, you only need a good staff and pen to win it all, look how many teams have won it all recently with lame ass offenses and how many great offenses lost it to hot pitching.

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: Scouting is a huge part of it, no question. And pitching is certainly a large part of the equation. You need reliable everyday position players to contend though. The Phillies had that when they won the title. They obviously don’t now. The Giants have done it in recent years with timely hitting and clutch pitching. I assume that’s what you’re referring to.

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Big Magoo: and Cardinals

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, the outlook isn’t great with the farm system, but if they trade their big pieces for prospects and hold Lee and Kendrick, they could be okay… I don’t think they’re dire like some teams…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Their only big pieces are Lee and Papelbon, unless they want to move Hamels or Brown, but that would just create another gaping hole on a roster full of them… And Kendrick is just a guy…