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Like a good Jewish boy, Brad Ausmus said to his Bubbie, “Bubbie, I love sulfites, nitrates and pig a**holes, but every time I see a Nathan’s, I get the runs.  Bubbie, do you have a remedy?”  His Bubbie lowered her knitting and said, “You need to get a goddamn decent closer!”  And so it was done.  Unfortunately, due to being wracked with guilt (or possibly due to a rather hard knock on the head), Ausmus couldn’t pull the trigger and said Nathan will remain the closer.  Oh.  WHAT?!  The Rangers traded Joakim Soria to the Tigers because Joe Nathan is making Detroit look even lousier.  I can’t imagine Soria remains the set-up man for very long, since Nathan owns a 5.89 ERA and has looked completely lost for the better part of the season.  For now, I’d hold both of them.  Over in Texas, I have a rooting interest in Neal Cotts getting saves, because I own him and not Neftali Feliz.  If I had my druthers, and knew what the hell druthers were — hmm, maybe then I do have druthers — I would grab Neftali first.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Anibal Sanchez – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks, and the conshellation prize.  Maybe he thinks if he pitches terrible he’ll get to sleep with Kate Upton.

Rajai Davis – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 25th steal.  When The King of SAGNOF goes to Washington D.C., Obama gets stuck in his traffic.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .315.  On pace for another Triple Crown.  Oops, I mean another Crown Royal.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  See my last six days of blurbs on him.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (2).  Unbelievable.  Give him the loot, give him the loot.  Time to get paid, blowing up like the shh…

Gerardo Parra – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and a homer two nights ago.  Not a huge sample size of wonderful — that’s what she said!  Huh? — but Parra could be transforming into a hot schmotato.

Ryan Howard – Sandberg announced he would be in a platoon with Darin Ruf.  The next step for the Phils will be releasing a guy that they owe $60 million.  Rubén Amaro, Jr. said, “That’s not a lot of money, when you consider I spent $15 million for Brian Sabean to scout Raul Ibanez for me.”  Sandberg says he wants to see what Ruf can do.  I’ll tell him, he’s a Caucasian Ryan Howard.  I will call him Ryan And/Or Howard.

A.J. Burnett – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he threw 131 pitches, which came after an hour long delay in the 4th inning.  Probably wouldn’t have pitched so long, but from the fifth through the seventh inning, Sandberg was updating his resume with “benched a .224 hitter.”

Jonathan Papelbon – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Now Robin Ventura is gonna want to trade for him.

Brandon Belt – Giants are concerned since Belt is still experiencing concussion symptoms.  They’re flying him back to San Fran for more tests.  Hey, I’m no doctor or anything, but there’s gotta be doctors in Philly and maybe, just maybe, flying isn’t good for Belt.  I don’t know, just spitballing.

Madison Bumgarner – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He could make any breasts man a Bum man.

Bartolo Colon – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Had a perfect game broken up with two outs in the 7th inning.  We were deprived of Colon in a full spread of the NY Post and a series of people’s reaction videos on YouTube as they read the headline, “Perfect.”

Ruben Tejada – Left the game after taking a pitch off his helmet.  The replay looks like it was sponsored by Mets fans.

Taijuan Walker – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 5 Ks.  In additional to the six walks, he hit a batter.  Where can I write a negative Yelp review on the Mariners minor league coaches because his mechanics are definitely not fixed.

Edwin Encarnacion – Ken Rosenthal reported Edwin could return next week.  Ken Rosenthal also reported he is not related to Trevor Rosenthal and if his distant family in St. Louis could stop bothering him for tickets, he’d appreciate it.

Anthony Gose – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and two steals and four steals in two games.  Maverick, what did you say?  Gose, I said, I feel the need…the need for speed!

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  He’s really gone bone dry on power since his big April, but he rarely hits one without following it with another or three, so hopefully you don’t have to rue Joey until he kicks you in the face and tries to stuff himself inside your hoodie pouch.

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  As some of you might know, Dickey’s life is being made into a movie.  So, one day you can go to the theater with your kid and say, “Yes, he was once good.”  I hope Hollywood plans on getting David Spade, and making it a mash-up sequel with Dickie Roberts:  Former Child Star.

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  The matchup of Dickey/Buchholz appropriately led to a bleeding of runs.

David Ortiz – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, and fourth in three games.  Are we sure they’re not counting homers with the metric system?

Daniel Nava – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Straight ahead, all-systems go, we have a full-on hot schmotato.  Do not pass Nava, yo, do not collect $200.

Ryan Zimmerman – Hit the DL with a serious hamstring injury, which is a helluva a lot better than the injury I’m wishing on him.

Denard Span – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 17th steal, hitting near-.400 in the last week, and has been a mainstay at the top of the Nationals lineup all year.  How, or maybe, why he’s not owned in every league is beyond me.  He’s Denard, not The Noid!

Stephen Strasburg – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks.  On one hand, the game was in Coors.  On the other hand, his opponent Jorge De La Rosa went 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks.  On a third hand that is actually Hamburger Helper cut-off its box and pasted onto a pencil, what the effin eff, Strasburg?  You gotta be better than this.  C’mon.

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-5, 1 run.  The odd thing about Strasburg’s start is no one on the Rockies did anything all that terrific either.  Oh, and Rutledge is starting every day with Tulo out and batting in the two-hole.  Yes, please and thank you.

Nate Eovaldi – 7 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Gotta give him credit for battling through seven innings after getting crushed for five runs early, but unless “Giving Credit” is a category in your league, you can’t own him.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 12th steal.  It’s cute how after every time he steals he gets up and says sorry to his mom.

Ervin Santana – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Ervin went through a whirlwind of three months of terrible pitching and getting lashed out at by a bigot.  His peripherals are those of a number four fantasy starter, and he should not only be owned, but I’d consider acquiring him if you can very cheaply, or as a throw-in.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Not saying it’s his fault one of my teams has been absolutely wretched, but I’ll tell ya, owning him isn’t exactly earth-shattering either.  Andrelton, mischievously rubbing his hands together, “Did someone say earth-shattering?”

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 2 homers (15, 16), but left the game after jamming his thumb.  Geez, who gets hurt during the Home Run Derby?

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer.  I keep willing him to get hot, hoping it works for him or Wilin Rosario.  It’s catching in dribs and drabs with Lowrie, but I’d definitely watch him like a cyclops with a monocle.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 3 runs.  Since there’s no one on the A’s that isn’t platooned, I can’t imagine Reddick will play every day unless he gets hot.  Now, I will stop imagining a Reddick doing anything.

Jered Weaver – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.36.  Ugh, where are the FIPing Regression Fairies already?

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Twins.  He was just out-pitched by General Swarzak.  “You’re moving your troops across the desert landscape with this serpentine motion, causing far too many BBs and not enough Ks.  If you streamed Bauer, then…Saddamn!”  That’s General Swarzak.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Member in the not-too-distant past he looked like a 20-homer hitter?  We were younger then, and you had more hair.  On top of your head, not on your back.

Danny Santana – 3-for-3, 2 runs and a caught stealing.  I only mention the caught stealing to show that he’s at least attempting steals, which is a good sign.  Or rather a good steal sign.   He hasn’t done a ton since his return from the DL, but he has 30-steal speed.  Worth a look, if that’s what you desire.  Desiiiiiire!  Great, now I have that stupid U2 song in my head.  I hate U2, but that goes without saying, only girls like U2.

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-3, 1 RBI and his 40th steal.  Right now, Juan Pierre is sitting by a window as the rain beats down.  The rain is running down the window, giving the impression that Juan is crying.  In the background, Matchbox Twenty’s 3 AM is playing.  Juan isn’t singing the words aloud, he’s simply mouthing the lyrics.  Juan looks back at Billy Hamilton’s post-game interview, saying, “That was me.”

Mike Leake – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA up to 3.73.  With 11 baserunners, Leake was lucky it wasn’t a full-blown flood.  Zadow!  *high-fives self*  Ow, too hard.

Kyle Lohse – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.07.  His peripherals look like hot garbage on top of the world’s tallest man in the hottest city in Nairobi.  Tall guy’s name is Willie, by the by.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and two home runs (15, 16).  It’s almost like I’m looking at yesterday’s stat line from Reynolds through the prism of a DeLorean window that is parked in 2009.

Eric Hosmer – Removed early due to pain still in his hand.  I’ve lost Tulo and Zimmerman in two days, c’mon, let’s go for the crapfecta.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-3.  All he does is get hits!  Seriously.  Hit a home run or two, Gordon.  Don’t be bashful.  Or maybe that’s be bashful like Canseco and McGwire.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 13th steal, hitting .296 on the year, and led off yesterday.  Him and Dyson have been doing the tag team back again at the top of the order while Norichika Aoki’s (2-for-3) bumped down to nine.  Good for Cain and Dyson, but it’s a shituation that needs monitoring.

James Shields – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 3.58.  Was a bit touch and go for Shields in May and June like he was on Law & Order: SVU and Ice-T was chasing him, but Shields seems to have righted the ship of late.

Danny Valencia – 0-for-3.  Yost didn’t have to make the gut-wrenching decision yesterday of whether to start Moustakas or Valencia, he went with both.  Who likes orange ambrosia?!

Dayan Viciedo – Scratched with a tight hamstring.  Oddly enough, he scratched it with his nose.

Adam Eaton – 0-for-3.  He announced he was playing with a jammed middle finger.  He says it doesn’t hamper his play that much, but people keep cutting him off on the highway and he feels hopeless.  My enthusiasm for Eaton has died down with this news, and since I just had lunch.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 3.15.  Quintana should be an arbitrary line in the sand like Snafu Larry would come up with.  If Quintana’s not owned in your league, your league is very shallow or you created a 15-team league and signed up with 14 of your email aliases.

Starling Marte – Hit the DL with the concussion woozies.  He hopes to be back in seven days less woozy.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Maybe because I got so burned early in the year, it’s hard for me to trust Liriano.  The shizzton of walks doesn’t help either.  But, and this is a J. Lo-sized but, he has a 2.25 ERA in July (16 IP).

Travis Snider – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  With Marte sidelined, Snider’s started the last two games with multiple hits in each game.  Could be a short-term schmotato, but it’s still early to say that about Snider.  Gotta take it one day at a time.

Josh Harrison – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .291 with five homers on the year.  The Pirates All-Star infielder is hitting– Sorry, I couldn’t get through that sentence.  He was an All-Star?  Really, Seth Myers?

Dan Haren – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.49.  Doesn’t even tell the full picture of how bad he’s been when you consider he had a 2.03 ERA leaving April.  He’s now given up 20 earned runs in his last 19 innings.  Oh, and he’s owned in more leagues than Quintana.  Yup.

Juan Uribe – 2-for-4.  It’ll stop at some point, but he’s now hit in eight of nine games and .387 in that time.  No balloons will drop when you pick him up, unless you work in a Party Factory, but he’s worth a short-term add.

Hanley Ramirez – Hasn’t swung a bat since Sunday, but he did pick one up and “moved it around,” according to Mattingly.  Was he playing the hokey pokey?

Shelby Miller – Back into the rotation for Saturday as Carlos Martinez moves back to the bullpen.  I’m a bit surprised by the Cardinals.  Usually this type of move generates at least an attempt at a, “Shelby’s worked through his mechanics issues and is ready to return,” or my all-time favorite, “He looks like a different pitcher.”  But they didn’t inflate expectations, that’s how little faith they have in him.  Me too.

Lance Lynn – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.05.  So far from economical that he needed 118 pitches to get to the 7th inning, and he might want to ask Shelby to do his taxes.

Alex Cobb – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.77.  Now that’s more like it!  Another two months like that and all is forgotten, my little cherry blossom.

Jake McGee – 1 IP, 0 ER and got the save because Joe Maddon woke up on the “feeling slightly less crazy” side of the bed.

Desmond Jennings – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  Here’s a name you don’t hear often, which is a terrible thing.  I think I’ve mentioned Casey McGehee more this year than Jennings.

George Springer – As first reported here after inferring shizz from other sources, Springer hit the DL.  His value is going down, I’m yelling Springggggger!

Masahiro Tanaka – Cashman said “it’s too early to call” on whether or not Tanaka needs Tommy John surgery.  Aw, isn’t it cute when teams are delusional?

Tsuyoshi Wada – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. the Padres.  It looked so good on paper prior to the game, then it should’ve been on toilet paper.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Waivers for my NL-Only league opens shop on Friday for Solarte, so like Valerie Cherish would say, “I don’t want to see that!”  Yes, it’s sad when you’re battling for Yangervis Solarte.  Leave me alone.

Cameron Maybin – Suspended for 25 games for amphetamines.  On a very special episode of That’s So Maybin, he gets suspended for taking what he believed were Vitamin A Lettuce pills, but were actually greenies.  Can Eddie and Corey tutor him so he returns just in time to pass 9th grade?  Dun-dun-DUN!

Jeff Francoeur – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI as the Padres called him up.  In related news, the Padres are commissioning James Cameron to add an extra anchor to the Titanic.

  1. prez says:
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    First!! Ohh yeahhh, whos da coolest !?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @prez: welcome back oh moob grabbing one

      • prez says:
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        @J-FOH: im truffle shuffling with a mustache right now!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @prez: I truffle shuffled this morning for a cup of coffee……I’m a whore

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @J-FOH: A cup of coffee gave me the truffle shuffles this morning.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha good to see you on here Prez

      • prez says:
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        @Mike: thanks mike!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prez: I miss you! Hope all is well… If you need a place in LA to stay, you’re always welcome, but Cougs might play grabsies with you.

      • prez says:
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        @Grey: hi im an iphone, and i take an hour to load razzball…. Thanks man, ill remember that if i hit the streets with a blanket! Me and cougz can eat popcorn and watch reruns of golden girls all day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, just remember, she’s a fierce Blanche loyalist…

          • prez says:
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            @Grey: crazy talk….. Sophia is the G.O.A.T!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t start!

  2. J-FOH says:
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    You should call him Hyan Roward

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha sounds good to me…how about the Albino Ryno

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: ryno blanco?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          brilliant

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mike: How about Frank Howard?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          what a hitter! and those glasses!

  3. prez says:
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    Im still alive!! I miss yall!! In a non sexual but still kinda sexual but not in the booty type way… Im kinda real life living in a trailer for the past few months.. Life is no bueno right now. Cant keep up with the grind of baseball because of the grind of real life. I just wanted to slide over here and tell all you sexy ppl that i miss you guys and i will hopefully be back to dick and fart jokes soon! I didnt dissappear! Just too tied up in this bullshit to focus on sports in general.. Eventually im going to get myself together and be back in action!

    You have been advised…. :D

    • J-FOH says:
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      @prez: better than being in a van down by the river…which is where I’m going to end up if the baby’s mama wises up.

    • Kid A says:
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      @prez:

      The world is a moobiful place, and worth motorboating for.

      *hubababahubababa*

      Thank you and you’re welcome, you beautiful bastard.

      • prez says:
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        @Kid A: sorry for leaving you alone with jfoh for so long.. Haha you guys are either best buds or hissing at eachother in every comment… Gonna go with the latter. Or “ladder” if tehol was typing…

    • gareth says:
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      @prez: Yay! Prez, J-foh and Kid A together again.

      This Kitty is purring right now.

      Um,

      * Let me just clarify that it’s a happy purr and is not to be misconstrued. *cough*

      ………..Go fantasy baseball!

      • prez says:
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        @gareth: just like old times right?

        *pets gareths head*

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @prez:

      trailer ?
      trying to finance that new melky jersey
      by playing daily sites ??

      get better .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prez: Commented above to you…. You need to get your life together, and drop Verlander already!

      • prez says:
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        @Grey: im tryin grey!! And yes you dont want to see my teams…. Its pretty bad. I call my rcls lindsey lohan and brittney spears…. They had potential for sexy, but after neglect and drugs, they are just big piles of shizz..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… Damn, I miss you…

          • prez says:
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            @Grey: come on man dont get soft on me! Stay strong! Soon, ill be right by your side peeking in Jo-Fer’s window while he rehabs!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thank God… Plus, I have no idea which closers have worked the last 4 days in a row

              • prez says:
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                @Grey: awe yes, Shituational Saves.. How i miss picking up brett cecil every other day!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, exactly!

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @prez:
      Good luck brother!
      I was there once not fun times except for all the crack.

      • prez says:
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        @frankgrimes: haha !! Thanks grimes..

        P. S. Your New avi > old avi

  4. Mordacious Levator says:
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    can’t see joba keeping much value in holds/k to bb/RW/net saves league 14 team roto with only 15 pickups left for year (wasted one yesterday only a few hours before the Cron got recalled, (i wonder if they actually do that in COL now)), with soria, unless they do smart thing and take nathan out of any sort of leverage.
    pick one, (or hold to wait and see if joba keeps getting holds)
    fields/boxberger/miller/storen/jumbo D/morris/sanchez?

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        @Mordacious Levator: same league
        #2. after either holding joba or grabbing another holds guy i’ll have either 14 or 15 adds left. add any of these or just wait to see how some look for next few start/job time shakes out etc.
        liriano/salazar/santiago/hendrick/minor (again, just dropped him to make sure i got feliz). QS and K/BB here.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Fields or Boxberger

      Padres should make Minor look relevant again, but I’d play wait and see. I still don’t trust Lriano beyond a streamer.

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    Grey, my bullpen is a furratio monster with A. Miller, Z. Duke, B. Boxberger, & now K. Siegrist. Who gets the axe? Siegrist right? With his higher ERA & WHIP.

    Holds, K/9, K/BB. Worth nothing I also slot W. Davis & N. Ramirez into SP position so holds stockpile. Thank you!

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @slicke5: nice to see ramirez count as SP, he doesn’t in yahoo. probably duke here.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If Siegrist is hurting your ratios, cut him

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Mike: siegrist just came back from injury yesterday

  6. Bertchr22 says:
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    You basically just created a Wandy Line with Quintana. While it’s actually accurate, unlike the Wandy Line — I’m disappointed to have to relate you to anything associated with Berry.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Bertchr22: from what description says though, they don’t demarcate the same things.

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Dear Grey et al,

    Nice stuff, today. Especially on Anthony ‘Goose me up’ Gose and RA Dickless. Had several options open to stock up on SP (I stock up on SP like squirrels stock up on nuts for the winter).

    Ervin Santana (remember when there were several Santana options and you couldn’t just say Santana at SP?)
    Dickless (because he is not Dickey at all and have not seen anything knuckletastic since he was with the Mess)
    Morton (think he’ll regress overall Ks cannot be for real)
    Bauer (almost same K rate as Morton but one more W over the last 28 days and believe he has more upside for the rest of the season).

    Chose Bauer.

    On General Norman Schwarzkopf, ‘you know the battle in the sand? It’s in the bag, dad!’ Get it, Baghdad! Au shucks!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, sounds good

  8. The Thumb says:
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    MI Pick 3 of Andrus, Alcides, Alcantara, Wong, Rutledge

    Thanks!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @The Thumb: might want to specify timeframe, since Rutledge will be ranked much higher for short term than otherwise with Tulo out and at COL. the other 4 are clearly ahead in even longer than 1 week timeframe.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Andrus, Escobar, Wong

      like Cheese said, Rut is a good short term option, but his playing time will likely evaporate again

  9. tony says:
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    how far is tyson ross from being an ace?

    he has the k’s and even good speed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      to me, an ace is a guy who does it year after year. So I think it’s more about consistent talent than just talent.

      Ross is a talented breakout type, like RIchards, but it will take more time before they reach ace status in my mind

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @tony: he has to win consistently away from petco to even be considered an ace . Part of a season is not an ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tony: Not far, maybe 25 overall

  10. gareth says:
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    I’m getting pretty far back in saves in the rcl. Props to KID A though, who has been a fantastic competitor in the league we are in and has had his closer Monacle on all year. I’ve lost out on the likes of k-rod, Doolittle, Britton, Casilla to name but a few due to his rapid acquisition skills.

    I had bad luck too. For example i picked up joe smith as a spec add then dropped him literally about two days before he was made the closer again.

    A few days ago my luck in regards to closers began to change. I had joquin benoit on my team for about 2 months, so when street was traded last week I gained a closer and the guy who nabbed smith lost one. Hooray!

    2 days later i put a claim in for Jake McGhee after someone had curiosity dropped him (tired of maddon’s shenanigans?). He was added successfully.

    By claiming McGhee I went to the back of the waiver line. The next day someone dropped Joe Nathan. I put a belated claim in but obviously lost out to someone ahead of me in the waiver order. I kicked myself at the time, as the tampa bay situation was still unclear and even though Nathan had struggled, he was the official Closer TM.

    Forward to tonight and I catch the news that joaqin Soria was traded to Detroit. My first thought was – well I guess I shouldn’t have kicked myself with that Nathan claim. Then I thought – oh, there’s a closer opening in Texas. My heart then sank, as I was sure I’d missed the closer boat again.

    I checked the wire and luckily Feliz was still available. He had been owned, but had subsequently been dropped last week. So I quickly added him.

    Sorry for the long post but chasing saves is such a crazy process of luck, timing and research that I thought I’d share a little of my experiences in the rcl this year.

    There was a time last month when I was sending trade offers all over the place for ANY closer, and was willing to give up decent talent for the privilege. I distinctly remember I got one simple piece of advice from Grey at the time; “don’t trade for closers.”

    Thanks Grey. You da Man!

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth:

      You’ve given more than I expected so far this year, but you ain’t out of the woods yet, pussycat.

      Your team is about to start wobbling off its axis, and I’d like to tell you exactly what’s the cause (and how to fix it), but I’d hate to ruin the surprise for you. I’ll let the “would/should/could haves” wash all over you during the off season. Though do try your best to keep up…

      -And by god, if I hadn’t been at the A’s game tonight, I’d have had Feliz (again).

      • gareth says:
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        @Kid A: Glad we got through two paragraphs of trash talk before we got to what you actually wanted to say.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Kid A: Enjoying the mainland? (If that’s what you call it). Or do you prefer parts unknown?

        • Kid A says:
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          @SteveNZ: It’s only for a short bit, then off again for awhile. I prefer the movement.

          Am soaking up as much baseball as possible. Caught 2 at Safeco and both series so far at the Coliseum.

          Last night I got a root beer float from Biz Markie, gave Melvin an earful about shipping Johnson to the Marlins, then swapped my field levels for right field bleachers so I could do the “I Believe in Stephen Vogt!” jig.

          You still coming to the States?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: you must come to the san diego tour stop

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice get!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: No problem… Hope you stocked up on potential closers last week when I said to

  11. gareth says:
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    Does a long post instead of 3 short ones still count as a G3?

  12. Herschel says:
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    Washington confirms feliz will get first crack.

    “We’ll give him a shot, he is the only one with experience,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “It will show if he can or he can’t.”

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Herschel: Doesn’t Washington get the crack?

  13. gareth says:
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    Well, I’ve made a second post so I may as well make a third.

    Because of all my reliever speculating, I’ve got no bench bat and also have some DTD starters not playing (Curtis Granderson- illness, Hanley Ramirez – being Hanley Ramirez).

    Which pitcher on my staff is expendable so I can grab a hot bat?

    Sale
    lester
    price
    archer
    uehara
    mcgee
    Hawkins
    petricka
    Feliz
    benoit
    W. Davis
    neshek

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @gareth: if you only care about saves and not holds drop neshek.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Cheese

  14. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @gareth: Meow

  15. bored says:
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    14 team h2h CATS (Dynasty)

    Drop any for Duffy?

    C. Martinez
    Gallardo
    R. De La Rosa
    Hahn
    J. Nelson

    • bored says:
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      @bored:

      H2H Points* IP/H/ER/BB/HB/K/W/SV/HD

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      CMart

  16. Redlegs says:
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    So what if you (I) have Soria and Nathan already? My third RP is Benoit. I know damn well if I drop one of the Tigers, he’ll run with the job while the other sucks it up. Meanwhile, Neftali is sitting there waiting to be claimed, but as a Soria owner, well there haven’t been a whole lot of save opportunities in Texas.

    Do I hold until Nathan implodes (or gets his shizz together) and hope Feliz is still available? Or do I face the fact that Joe Nathan sucks, drop his ass and grab Feliz? Saves are retarded, if you ask me, but no one did, so I need some.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I agree with the last sentence haha. You hit the nail on the head. How many saves opps will there really be there? I’d hold until you know how this shakes out

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Redlegs: The Nathan/Soria situation is a gamble. I wanna say Soria is obvious to close, but Ausmus already stated different. Though why bother trading for him then? Benoit is likely to be traded as well, so you got that. Honestly, the most saves may come from Feliz ROS so I’d go and dump Benoit if I had to choose right now, though if you have someone other than these 3 to dump, I’d do that first. Deadline is less than a week away, may have a clearer picture shortly.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @SallyCips: The old managers vote of confidence , seems I’ve heard this before.

  17. Punk says:
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    Though I appreciate the shout-out, as a Razzball reader in Nairobi (yes, it’s true!), I will say that the weather here is quite pleasant – LA-like, even. We’re above 5,000 feet, so it doesn’t get very hot here, but one degree south of the equator, so people bust out their Uggs and scarves when it gets down to 55 (okay, maybe not Uggs). Try West Africa or the Middle East, where the heat is positively debilitating. That said, your daily updates rock. Keep on doing what you’re doing!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Punk: We need a virtual map with pins to highlight where Razzball readers are at. Make it happen Grey!

      • Kid A says:
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        @SteveNZ: If we want to include Wake in this, the map will have to be 5th Dimensional.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha!

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Kid A: Where’s that guy been? I used to get annoyed by his random ramblings. Now I miss them.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: I thought he was touring with the 5th dimension

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        that would be really cool

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @SteveNZ: I’ll get Tehol on it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Punk: Ha, thanks! So when you hear “It’s Africa hot here,” do you slyly smile to yourself? Maybe they don’t say that there, hmm…

    • ddmcd1974 says:
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      @Punk: In Nairobi? Thats insane. Are you a former resident of the States?

  18. Guided voices says:
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    Grey….10tm keeper k/9 we keep 10

    Could you rank these guys for impact next yr?

    Gausmann,Bradley,Nelson,Appel.

    Thanks.

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Guided voices: I think Gaus is the closest to being an impact starter, maybe Nelson too. Last I heard Bradley and Appel were having some serious setbacks, I might try and stash someone like Bundy over those guys if he’s available.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you ranked them

  19. Duke says:
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    Haven’t posted in a minute but read erryday…looking at a bye to the playoff semis in our main 10-team h2h keeper (5×5 OBP and QS). We have draft pick trades and I’m wondering if you would mortgage the top of next year before the trade deadline to go for the win this year.

    I think I could give up next year’s first round pick for Miggy and King Felix from a bottom feeder to shore up and go for the win. I could also prolly move a #2 or #3 for other pieces like Altuve, Price, or Darvish who will probably be traded also. Other teams will definitely be offering on these guys but usually a 3rd to 5th rounder is the norm–I have to throw Trout and McCutch back next year and here is my team:

    Pujols, Rizzo, Abreu, Dee Gordon, Wright, Wong, Rendon, J. Harrison, Trout, Cutch, Bautista, Polanco, Alex Gordon, R. Martin
    Sale, Cueto, Hamels, Fister, Gio, A. Wood, Arrieta, Stroman, Wacha, Britton, Doolittle, Rosenthal, Allen

    Feel like this is one of the best teams (and longwinded humblebrag replies) I’ve ever put together, but these moves amount to a two week playoff rental and haven’t necessarily worked out for teams in the past 5 years…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d make the moves you need to win now.

      • Duke says:
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        @Mike: @Grey: This is why we need to make this league roto already, unless I’m in 5th and then h2h is cool

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duke: Agree with Mike

  20. gareth says:
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    C gomes
    1b goldy
    2b kipnis
    3b C. Santana
    ss A. Escobar
    mi infante (extended batty call)
    Ci C. Carter (ditto)
    of Stanton
    of pence
    of granderson
    of revere
    of S. Smith (batty call for today versus Ejax)
    ut H. Ramirez

    In your opinion Grey, where would you improve my offense?

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth:

      I’m in your head. Moving furniture around.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      back half of the OF looks light to me. I’d own Rever, he’s one of my faves, but he’d be OF5 IMO, no higher. A healthy Hanley will help. I own him too and this has been a frustrating week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Agree with Mike… You shouldn’t own two catchers either… Infante? Bleh…. Carter? Eh… Smith? Oy…

  21. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    the first penny had the motto, “Mind your own business”

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…that’s a great motto

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mike: Should be the motto of the the world.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: You sure it wasn’t spelled ‘bidness?’

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha

  22. Bob says:
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    Bench bat/fill in who you like? Or dislike the least I should say.

    CJ Cron
    Denard Span
    Chris Carter
    Chris Coghlan
    Kevin Kiermaier
    Justin Ruggiano
    Chris Johnson
    Daniel Nava

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Span for runs/steals
      Carter for power/RBI

      • Bob says:
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        @Mike: Morse was just dropped. would you pick up morse instead of span/carter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  23. Donald Trump says:
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    As I was watching Bumgarner and Burnett go 8 innings apiece, no runs, I wondered if there was a Razz term for what might happen. I will make an official dictionary suggestion:
    No-sho : when a pitcher throws 9 shutout innings and fails to get a win.
    As in, Bumgarner almost threw a no-sho yesterday.

    • phenomenot says:
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      @Donald Trump: I think that’d be a sho-no

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      cool

  24. bossmanjunior says:
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    Cobb went 7 IP with 10K…even better!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: yeah i noticed that too.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @goodfold2: Yeah, but at that level of the stratosphere who really cares. Plus what’s one K among friends.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Plus it’s like Booker T. Washington said:”We ain’t here to educate!! We here to fornicate!!!” So stop nitpicking.

          Cheers,
          Ante

  25. TJ says:
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    Finally cutting bait on Mike Minor. Could also drop Despagne if two of these guys are worth it.

    Who do I pick up-
    Jorge de la Rosa
    Wily Peralta
    Josh Tomlin
    Tom Koehler
    Hector Santiago
    Ryan Vogelsong
    Brandon McCarthy

    Sorry if this one should be on the forum…

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @TJ: McCarthy, Peralta?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @TJ: I picked McCarthy this morning myself so I’m hoping he’s the best of the lot. Great K/BB this year, better since joining NY.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with others…prefer Peralta over McCarthy

  26. augen says:
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    Could you rank these closers in order that I should pick up to replace Soria?

    McGee, Feliz, Reed, Benoit

    • SallyCips says:
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      @augen: McGee, Reed, Feliz, Benoit.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Reed, McGee, Benoit, Feliz

  27. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Hey Grey, who do you like as a Zimmerman replacement in a weekly h2h 6×6 with OPS:
    Headley, Reylonds, Plouffe, Rutledge
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rutledge

  28. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Pls rank: Quintana, Ervin, deGrom
    Roto 5×5

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Quintana, Santana, deGrom

  29. Trymore says:
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    Donaldson and Scherzer for goldy… Which side?

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Trymore: it’s pretty fair.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Goldy side for me

  30. Jon says:
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    I give Kemp, I get Hammel. Enough of a return?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I guess. I like Kemp though. I’d want more.

  31. goodfold2 says:
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    ok guy will take out russell but says he needs the 1st rounder in there. he could throw in a 3rd, making his
    quintana 6.4 mil till end of 2016
    segura 6.4 mil same term
    3rd round 2015 pick (around 10th in that round)
    for my
    velasquez/jagielo/d.robertson/1st round pick (about 20-22nd overall)
    he’s worried about all those guys being young and some/all of them not panning out.
    should i hold out for the 1st rounder being out of it, or maybe velasquez out of it (and he’d keep his 3rd if so) or is segura/quintana about worth this?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: shit forgot, if i do with i will end up around 24.75 million left for 13 people for next year (about 1.9 per guy)
      roster will look like this
      C D’Arnaud
      CI beltre
      CI
      MI alcides
      MI segura
      OF A-jax
      OF Leonys
      OF
      Util
      SP Sale
      SP Quintana
      SP Estrada
      RP Fien
      RP Melancon
      RP
      P
      P
      P all these pitching slots would be filled up with cheap RP for holds or spec saves (i have rondon doing that this year)
      BN Erasmo
      BN (6 more bench slots)
      i also could have c.gillaspie restricted tagged as 2nd CI, but his bid amount might be like 5 million.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d take Quintana/Segura…don’t think it’s too much

  32. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    Got offered Miggy, Trumbo and Yelich for my Rizzo, Encar, and Springer.
    5X5 with OPS instead of Avg.
    Somewhat enticing with Miggy in it and the injuries to E5 and Springer, but that’s too much, right?

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @ChiliDavisConCarne: E5 is headed back next week, since it’s a quad injury it seems like his power numbers shouldn’t be as affected, if that sways

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, Encarnacion is coming back. Rizzo is doing his Rizzo thing right now. I’d hold

  33. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I have Zimmerman and Springer and one DL spot – safe to drop one at this point? Zimmmerman? Also, could drop one or both and grab Morneau for a DL stash and/or Span, Dyson, Cain, etc. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Zimmerman

  34. de nachos says:
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    Ben Revere was trying for he steal because he cares about my team, True fact: Amaro fired first base coach Davy Lopes for using a stopwatch because ‘numbers are for nerds’ . meanwhile Pap passive aggressively Kazaam’d Ryno for throwing him two innings the day before. They should trade him to Detroit, he can set up Benoit who’s setting up Nathan for a true fuster cluck.

    • Kid A says:
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      @de nachos:

      Sprained thumb?!?!?
      You sold me a lemon, you huckster.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Kid A: hitting two bombs in a game is painful work. Can segura have a three steal game before he sprains his huckleberry?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s a mess

  35. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Maybin couldn’t even deny it once he saw the footage…

    Maybin on speed

  36. Iceman says:
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    Nice Top Gun reference. You can be my wingman any time.

  37. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I wouldn’t waste my time with Feliz… Rangers are probably going to win 12 more game the rest of the season

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: He’s better than a lot of options out there. He’s been a closer and has the mentality for it, plus has been very vocal about reclaiming this role. I dropped Putnam for him last night.

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @SallyCips: me too, stash lindstrom to have WSOX likely locked up

  38. Shelby reference? wow. Stangly attracted to that somewhat road weary pixie. Puts on a very decent show. Thanks for the re-acquaintance on a Thursday. Given Courtney Barnett a whirl yet? Can’t think of any MLB Barnett’s though. So she’s probably of no use to you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: I haven’t… I will though, just gotta download something…

  39. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Rutledge or Valencia

  40. Ben. says:
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    2 questions:

    1) brad miller or josh Rutledge?

    How do you rank? 2) James shields , doug fister, or Jeff smarizddja?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rutledge in the short term
      Shark, Shields, Fister

  41. james says:
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    Wish i realized Nathan was getting more leash. As soon as i saw the trade i dropped him for Feliz. Good thing I have 2 other real closers (and McGee), so i should be fine.

    I know nathan is making about 10m this year, but is that the only reason he is still the closer

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      who knows how long that leash is

  42. costaricanchata says:
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    also , last night ,
    if you stayed up late enough ,
    you got to watch huston street notch his 1st save as an angel .

  43. TacktheKack says:
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    Pick two for the rest of the season…
    Quintana
    Bauer
    Liriano
    Odorizi
    Tillman
    Smyly
    Roark

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Quintana and Odorizzi

  44. Kerry K says:
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    Is it time to cut ties with Ryan Zimmerman?
    What if my league’s championship week ends September 7th?
    Adam Duvall a good replacement (3B Eligible)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d feel ok cutting him. Duvall sounds fine but I don’t know what your other options are

      • Kerry K says:
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        @Mike: Now I’m taking a look at Gyorko–seems to be doing okay for the Chihuahuas even if it is in PCL. Think he’ll be back in a week?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          not sure. I wouldn’t mess with Gyorko

  45. Phil of the Future says:
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    Whattup Grey?
    Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been fighting through my yearly all-star break malaise(anyone else have that?)

    Anyway, i’m back in the swing now, but if my players could stop getting hurt that’d be great.

    Two questions: Gonna have to roll one of these guys out there while Springer’s gone, who would you go with:
    Coghlan, B.J. Upton, Nava, Venable, Arcia
    Currently own Coghlan but could drop for any one of these. Not sure how much schmotatoiness he’s got left

    And also, due to injury i’ve been rolling with Danny Santana and Kike Hernandez. Would you drop either of them for Espinosa, Duvall, or Gregorius? Probably would be over-tinkering, just figued I’d ask. Thx!

    Oh, and great write up, you’re the man, blah, blah…..:)

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Hey, Phil!!! Nice to see you again on the site.

      IMO, I’d go Nava and Espinosa.

      Cheers,
      Ante

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Ante!
        What’s up, man? Thx for the feedback. I tried Espinosa once this year, kinda liking Kike Hernandez lately, but I could see it.

        How’s your team doin?

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @Phil of the Future: Hey, man! Doin’ all right. Plugged in Alcantara for Tulo in two leagues I’m in. With Barney getting DFA’d, even when Boni comes back, Alcantara can move to 2B and the all important 2-hole in the lineup – fastball city!!! Good news about E5 returning, hopefully it is REALLY next week.

          Need to improve on getting the best team to win finals week. Last year I was first in points in both leagues I was in but went out in the semis because I failed to manage my team for hotness as opposed to just going with the tried and true.

          How ’bout you, man?

          Cheers,
          Ante

          PS Don’t be too infatuated with the fact that your mom does not approve of you deploying a Kike on your team as the secret sub-conscious reason behind using him. It’s like Einstein said: ‘The only important thing is the achievement of goals. Everything else and in between is secondary!’

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            Ha!
            My team’s doing all right. Looking like a playoff-caliber squad for now. Getting dinged up though, trying to keep the wheels on the wagon….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      they’re all in the same bag. I prefer Upton and holding Santana

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Thanks, Mike.
        I’m holding Santana.
        Really where i’m torn is between sticking with Kike or giving Espinosa another shot.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure, Espinosa should give you a little of everything except average

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Thx, Grey. Good to be back. I always fight to get my desire/excitement back those few days after the break. Not sure what it is. Maybe the reminder that the season’s more than halfway done and soon enough it’ll be another offseason stuck filling the void left by the greatest game in the world…Or maybe I just ran out of adderall.

        Hear anything new about Cespedes’s thumb? I can’t take another hit to my OF….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… He’ll prolly be out a few days

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            Yeah, hoping it’s not a DL thing….

            at least Puig was able to pinch hit yesterday which tells me he should play Friday.

            Man, if Bruce would just get hot already he could make all this moot!(what kind of word is that, anyway?)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear ya

  46. Charles says:
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    12 team points league. Should I start stroman today vs redsox and De La Rosa?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m starting him

  47. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Also, just lost my Cf with springer going down: any players who won’t cost too much that I should target (like Jackson?)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      AJax and Cain are two decent options

  48. papasmurf says:
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    Nice headline! And I am not joakim!

  49. 740 says:
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    Sup Grey, good thing i didnt cut Soria! should i drop Nathan for Lindstrom? also, Santana or Alcantara? 10team roto 5×5.

    thank u sir!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d wait and see how the Nathan situation shakes out

      Alky

  50. MB says:
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    Amazing title

    In yahoo 7×7 with holds and QS, I have 5 RP spots with Benoit, McGee, H Rondon, Perkins, Walden.

    Considering I lost a holds guy in Benoit, and Mcgee gets more saves than holds, should I wait and see if Benoit gets traded or drop rondon, who hasnt pitched since the 12th and has been shaky, to try to get more holds since i have pretty much have 4 closers now.

    Options are cotts, giles, farquar, fien, romo

    Thanks in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lean cutting Rondon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Thanks! Agree with Mike

  51. SteveThePirate says:
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    Still not sure about this trade. Would you rather keep the Goldy side or Freeman side:

    Freeman, Melancon and Bumgardner

    For

    Goldschmidt and Porcello

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveThePirate: He said Freeman with Bum yesterday. I know you stayed up all night mulling it over. But I doubt he did, so probably still Freeman side.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveThePirate: Ooooh, or maybe he’ll say Goldy this time. Then you’ll really still not be sure.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: Ha ha

      • SteveThePirate says:
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        @Cram It: that’s cute

      • SteveThePirate says:
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        @Cram It: so I shouldn’t trade?

        • Cram It says:
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          @SteveThePirate: Dude, go read your conversation with Grey from yesterday.

          • SteveThePirate says:
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            @Cram It: you realize I’m joking right?

            • Cram It says:
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              @SteveThePirate: No. You lost any benefit of the doubt with your original post.

              • SteveThePirate says:
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                @Cram It: no you didn’t get that? Okay, then let me tell you- I’m joking.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Argh!

  52. Steve D. says:
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    Need saves, just picked up Feliz (and stashed Lindstrom), but also have Nathan and Reed as my other options. Ok to drop Nathan for someone like Cobb, who’s just sitting on the wire?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  53. Spring Blake says:
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    Mike: Nice call on Cron, he’s back up as of yesterday with Grant Green on the dl… now if scosia would just put him back in the lineup….

    • Cram It says:
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      @Spring Blake: Seriously. Big Cron fan. Let the guy play!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Free Cron!

  54. FIPfool says:
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    Can you rank ROS pls
    Span/AJax/Kiermaier/Choo/Polanco/KDavis/Harper
    thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm…

      Harper, Polanco, Davis, AJax, Span, Kiermaier

      I’m probably being a little harsh on Choo, but those ankles…

  55. Moscowitz says:
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    Please rank Cobb, Bailey and Animal ROS.

    Thanks

    • can't fight fate says:
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      @Moscowitz: For me its Sanchez, Cobb, Bailey.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Moscowitz: I’d put Cobb first.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Fate, but Cobb/Sanchez is close like Cram says

  56. Hans says:
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    Move on from Anibal or Bailey for any of the following:

    Hughes
    Bauer
    Miley
    Colon
    Roark

    • can't fight fate says:
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      @Hans: I would rather trade Bailey if you do not trust him, I would not drop him. Those guys are ok, especially Colon, but I am not dropping Bailey or Sanchez for them.

      • Hans says:
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        @can’t fight fate:

        Trade deadline is over. It’s a points league with no bench so it’s so hard to ride these guys when they suck.

        • Spring Blake says:
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          @Hans: I’d hold bailey, he gets AZ Monday

          • Moscowitz says:
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            @Spring Blake: Yeah i had similar smart ideas as i threw out Anibal against them and we all know the fucking result. Bailey -just like Anibal- is not right so he can explode against anyone.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

  57. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Fantasy Pet Peeve:

    When you’re losing to the person who doesn’t look at their team. On top of that they have David Ortiz.

  58. Baezaworldseries says:
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    I think Tillman has had 9 QS in a row. Is he ownable in a league where wins are 10pts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Steamer likes him for 4 more Ws ROS…not sure he’s a great option

  59. Jeff says:
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    His Puig for my C Dickerson & Chavez? I’m stacked with arms.

    Thanks!

    • can't fight fate says:
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      @Jeff: He is insane. Do the deal.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @Jeff: That’s crazeballs. Hit accept now!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sorry, just cleaning up the coffee I just spit all over my computer. Yes, I’d take that.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: Wow

  60. can't fight fate says:
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    Are there any teams left that would want Papelbon? I am thinking of dropping Giles.

    • Cram It says:
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      @can’t fight fate: I’ve heard rumblings of Baltimore looking at him

      • can't fight fate says:
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        @Cram It: ok guess Ill wait some more. Baltimore? Britton has not proven enough? Would be glad if that happens though.

        • Cram It says:
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          @can’t fight fate: Their SP don’t go deep into games and their bullpen isn’t very good. With Britton being a lefty, the belief around here is that they have to make moves to shore up the bullpen if they want to compete post season.

  61. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, drop Segura or Andrus for Alexei?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

  62. Scooter G says:
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    Hey Grey
    Which side do you prefer in 10 team h2h redraft ROS?
    Rizzo for Longoria… Is it close?
    Thanks!

  63. Matt says:
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    Wil Myers apparently shooting for a mid-August return. My DL spot is occupied but is Myers worth a bench spot? He wasn’t mashing earlier and wrist injuries are tough, but still has so much power.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      In keepers he’s a no brainer stash, but for this year, I wouldn’t expect much over that last month or so. Tough layoff to come back from. Who’s in your DL slot now?

      • Matt says:
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        @Mike: Gerrit Cole in my DL slot, so I guess I could just wait until he’s back and then hope Myers is still there. 12 team league but i’m kinda loaded with OF as it is… Brantley, Ellsbury, Joey Bats, Heyward, Ozuna, Chris Davis for 3 OF and 2 UTIL slots.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I wouldn’t sweat him if you’re loaded in OF already

  64. Mike says:
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    Better pickup at SS… Aybar or Rutledge?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      short term Rutledge, long term Aybar

  65. the_hungary_hippo says:
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    Thinking of offering up Rios/Cobb for King Felix… Thoughts?

    Is this a can of corn or am I getting creamed? Thoughts on Cobb-related puns?

  66. Lee says:
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    Would you rather own Hahn or Stroman in 5 x 5 H2H format?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hahn…NL, home park

  67. jaw says:
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    10 team 5×5 h2h keeper. trade yordano ventura (12th round) and taijuan walker (15th rd) for one of shields or cliff lee (both not keepers). im in third and looking to improve my staff and need to free up a roster spot

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure…Lee is riskier but could be better than Shields who is safer IMO

  68. Swaz says:
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    WTF is wrong w/ Choo????

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Swaz: he sucks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he sucks and has bad ankles. Wrong side of the mountain now with him I think

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        He’s also infecting other players with his ankle-itis. He must be stopped.

  69. Paul says:
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    Anibal or Ventura ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anibal

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: Thanks! I feel like I missed an opportunity for an Ace Ventura reference there…

        Last ROS question – McGee or Casilla?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          prefer Casilla

  70. Cub Your Enthusiasm says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I’m #1 in a h2h league by about 15 games. I have 2 DL spots and Votto, Springer, Lawrie, and Myers on the disgraceful. I could use the extra spot to pick up players and grow my lead or should I drop one to help alleviate my roster log jam? If I should drop one, which would you recommend?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Pope…feels like a totally lost year for that guy

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Cub Your Enthusiasm: I dropped votto in both leagues I owned him in. He’s not coming back this year unless they make the playoffs. I don’t see the reds making the playoffs so there’s that. And the other reason is 5 weeks (if he really comes back then) puts him out till the end of Aug/ Early Sept. No point in holding a guy for a week or two of production. I still don’t think he’s touching the field again this season honestly

  71. the pillar & the stones says:
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    How would you rank ROS for pts leagues:
    Rios, Calhoun, A. Gordon, Trumbo, Kemp

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kemp/Trumbo, Calhoun/Gordon, Rios

  72. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    Not Johnny but like Bench i press on like Lee,
    I stan’ like Lee, while you stagger like Lee,
    Most likely i’ll dagger that bull ish I pull ish like a magnet,
    Or Dragnet, I don’t drag, I gets net income,
    Yo, bums I rush like adrenaline,
    I’m royal when I flush, your highest hush’ll get mushed,
    Like a sleigh dog, I slay dogs who are under me,
    I’m over men, call me doberman,
    Cuz i’m a pincher of pennies that’s pretty

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      excellent work Nick

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: G you know this song off Common’s ‘Ressurection’? Great track, great album.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, love that album

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: you’re too damn hip for us all

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup! I didn’t know yesterday’s though

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: ya i try to do an older one then a newer one the next day. Yesterday was kinda undergroundish it was Celph Titled off ‘Nineteen-Ninety Now’ from a few years ago. You’d like that album.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I Googled it… Will have to check it out…

  73. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Scooter or Wong the rest of the season?

  74. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Desmond Jennings or Starling Marte ROS? I think it is Marte, but I am woozy with the amount of damage done to my teams during the past week.

    Also…

    Would you drop Gregory Polanco for Marte?
    Would you drop Gregory Polanco for Leonys Martín?

    … in both cases, I am looking at the steals factor.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Marte over Jennings even with the concussion

      I wouldn’t drop Polanco for them

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike!

  75. can't fight fate says:
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    Would you pick up Ruttlidge who has multi player eligibility in Yahoo or stick with Wong? Only need 2nd base though, because Pedroia is basically a dead carcass.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with JeF. Rutledge more of a short term pickup while Tulo is out. For example, I’m subbing him in for Hanley while that mess is sorted out.

      • can't fight fate says:
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        @Mike: thanks to both, trying to deal a closer to get either Rendon or Kipnis with other pieces involved. Pedroia is killing my team.

    • gareth says:
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      @can’t fight fate: Pedroia stinks this year. His last name should be “the wind.”

      Because that’s all he is, is Dustin The Wind.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha!

  76. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12-tm daily 6×6 H2H (OPS & QS), 6 moves/wk (I have 5 left), I own both Soria and Nathan. Dump Nathan for Feliz?

    Same league, has deGrom graduated from streamer status? His next start’s @MIL. I probably won’t need to use him then, but he’ll get picked up if I drop him. I’d be picking up a batty call and then using the spot to stream.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d wait and see who gets the next save for DET

      yes, deGrom should be owned

  77. Bob says:
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    Pitching is a concern as I wait to hear the Final Nail in the coffin for Tanaka. I cant keep Springer. We only keep 5. Looking to solidify the back of my rotation. With some low whip reasonable ERA guys. I am currently in 1st and trying to ensure I get in the playoffs and keep my whip and Era low, which hasn’t been happening as of late.

    This is a weekly 10 team ML H2h 6×6 Roto categories. Extra Cats being K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers.

    Would you deal WilsonRamos and Ventura and Springer
    For
    Lucroy-Fister- Kuroda

    Follow

    C-Wilson Ramos
    1b-Paul Goldschmidt
    2b-Altuive
    ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Beltre
    OF-Billy Hamilton
    OF-Carlos Gomez
    OF-Adam Jones
    DH-Carlos Santanna
    B-Ryan Braun
    B-George Springer
    B-Kolten Wong
    B-Anthony Rendon (2b,3b)
    B-Nolan Arenado
    B-Kole Calhoun
    DL-Edwin Encarnacion (dh,1b)
    P-Max Scherzer
    P-Madison Bumgardner
    P-Cory Kluber
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-Dillon Gee
    RP-D. Robertson
    RP-Holland
    B-Zimmerman
    B-Yordana Ventura
    B-Francisco Liriano
    DL-Tanaka

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d do it. You have a nice OF and Lucroy is big upgrade at C IMO

  78. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly 9×9 H2H OPS league, 1C, MI/CI, 3OF, 1Util. With Zimm on DL, have a roster spot available for a bench bat.

    My OF is generally stronger–Upton, Harper, OZUNA, Polanco, Springer (DL), Pearce. My 2B/SS/MI mix is Alcantara, Harrison, Rutledge, Bogaerts. 3B/CI are Headley, Cron, Pearce, Bogaerts, Rutledge, Harrison. C is Vogt.

    Who’s the pickup? C–Grandal (also CI), J Castro; MI–D Santana, Solarte (CI), Didi, M Gonzalez (CI), Schoop (CI); OF–Arcia, Gose, Coghlan, Snider.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Santana or Arcia

  79. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey Mike and Grey! Side A or B in 10 team redraft?
    A. Pujols and Calhoun
    B. King Felix and K Davis

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like B

  80. dude says:
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    IN a keeper league would you package Rios and either Russell, Alcantara, or Betts for Bryant?

    If so, how do you rank Russell, Alcantara, and Betts in a keeper league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends how long you can keep them, but in a vacuum I’d rank them Russell, Alky, Betts

      Alky and Betts are very similar IMO

      that said, I’d go after Bryant. If it was my team I’d do Rios and Betts for Bryant

  81. JeF With 1 F says:
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    which side you like in a dynasty
    Miggy and Ozuna
    for
    E5 and Bryce

    Im liking the Bryce side even though hes a bag of suck this year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Bryce in dynasty

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Mike: I feel Bryce is going to have a huge game and jumpstart the rest of the year. I also feel it will be my pitcher he does it against.

  82. Marv says:
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    Now that Springer is hurt, would you trade:
    Springer and Cishek for C.Santana / Kenley / GHolland ?

    I can keep 12 of my guys next year, and if I trade away Springer, then I will probably keep Polanco, do you think they are that far off ? Keeper value wise?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if you can replace him with Polanco

  83. DomMattingly says:
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    Drop Scoots for Rutt? Chisenhall for Headley?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rutledge for the short term, I can get on board with Headley

      • DomMattingly says:
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        @Mike: I have Wong and Walker at 2B. I like Rutledge’s SS eligibility on ESPN. Headley or Chis ROS?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Headley

  84. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Heres another one for ya:

    Miggy, Ozuna and Alcides
    for
    Stanton and Matt Carpenter

    • Cram It says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Miggy. Not close for me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Cram

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: @Mike: Thanks Boys

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Decisions Decisions

        • Cram It says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Grey’s Giancarlo colored glasses are blind him to the truth.

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Cram It: Honestly i kind of liked the deal to start with…its a dynasty league so stanton being 6 years younger than miggy is a factor…Ozuna and Alcides are expendable and id move arenado into CI for miggy and replacing Alcides with carpenter isnt bad either….i think its close.

            • Cram It says:
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              @JeF With 1 F: Keeper kina sorta completely changes everything.

              • Mordacious Levator says:
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                @Cram It: should that have been mentioned at the start, absolutely it should’ve.

  85. Stan the athletic man says:
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    Hi. Your thoughts on starting Garza today vs NYM?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d start

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: thats because you know wet tail will strike him down

  86. Andrew says:
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    Rank?

    Hudson at Phillies ($5.5)
    Ross at Cubs ($8)
    Duffy home vs Indians ($4.5)
    E Jackson home vs Padres ($9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: Ross, Jackson, Hudson

  87. KCC26 says:
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    Pick 2 of Salazar, Liriano, Miley. Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @KCC26: liriano miley

  88. hifi says:
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    In a dynasty league who are you keeping of the following?

    1) Segura or Baez
    2) Yelich or KDavis
    3) Betts or Alcantara

    4) I have a $3 cheap DL stash on Wil Myers. Do you think he’s worth keeping over any of the outcasts from the 3 choices above? basically have to keep 4 of the 7 players named above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hifi: Segura…Davis…Arismendy… 4) Yes over Segura

  89. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Mets recalled Wilmer Flores…hopefully they let him play everyday while tejada is out

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I like Flores…he can hit, i just wish theyd stop snappin his carrot and let him play (see what i did there)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Yeah, I put in a bid for him in NL-Only since I prolly won’t get Yangervis…

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: yea maybe you can get him under the radar

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Covering for Zimmerman and Tulo in NL-Only is not easy

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Def Not easy

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @JeF With 1 F: But you knew what it meant to own those two when you took them lol

  90. OT says:
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    player rater says it’s a close call, how would you rank ROS 6×6 OPS

    Rendon
    Pedroia
    Zobrist

    keeping in mind Rendon will have a higher price tag to trade for in my league relative to the other two. so either Rendon stands out and is worth it or its a question of Pedroia vs. Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OT: Rendon, Pedroia

  91. DomMattingly says:
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    Have Soria and a grip of OFs. Are Marte, Jennings, or Grandy droppable for Feliz?

  92. ichirosan says:
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    My team is dead last in ERA and WHIP, GS are on pace. Trade Melancon for Zimmermann? Not sure how healthy he is.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @ichirosan hard to believe you’d get zimm for melancon, guy must really need saves.

  93. Benson says:
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    Razzballians – I need reassurances. Or I need rotten tomatoes thrown at me.

    I’ve been trying to trade Nelson Cruz for the past week for pitching as my arms have absolutely faltered. Finally landed Cliff Lee after going after basically everyone else. Is Lee enough for Cruz? Or should I have gotten more for a guy who has been solid all year (even if the last 30 days aren’t so great)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benson: Sounds fine, hopefully he’s healthy…

      • Benson says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  94. Oliver says:
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    Sr. Albright, This question is from my new home in Guadalajara, México, home of the Charros de Jalisco!
    Make sure to hit up Medellín when you’re in Colombia.
    Now onto my question. Here is my pitching staff:
    Teheran, Bailey, Salazar, deGrom, Quintana, Chavez, CJ Wilson (DL)
    RPs- Street, LaTroy, Britton, Rondon, Wade Davis

    I just dropped Ervin Santana to get Salazar and some other sicker pounced on him. And despite what I think is a pretty solid bullpen, I seem to lose the saves category most weeks in my H2H league. Damn vultures! I’m sick of winning 8-2 or 9-1. I want it all!

    Should I lose any of these chumps for Neftali or any of these other starters- Morton, Gausman, Skaggs? I kind of want to drop Homeslice out of spite. Sorry. Thanks for your help as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: Buenos dias! I will try to get to Medellin, thanks! I think you can lose Salazar for Feliz

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey: And he’s out of here! Thanks for the advice. I should have mentioned that Liriano is available as well. He burned me this year too, which is why he’s a free agent. Is he worth taking a flyer on in exchange for one of my bozos?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not yet

    • Oliver says:
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      @Oliver: BTW, I met some French girls here the other night who told me they were born in 1991, making me feel a bit aged. The malaise was worth it, however, when a U2 video came on and they had to ask me what band it was. They thought it was The Police.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  95. Jose says:
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    Help me complete this equation. It’s a non keeper standard yahoo 5×5 h2h.

    I get: A-Gone, Cishek

    I give: Pearce, Hammels, and [fill in the blank]

    Available options to fill in the blank are: Rios, Polanco, Gardner. I’m looking for which one of those three is most likely to get the trade done while still being a good deal for me.

    • Jose says:
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      @Jose:

      Hammel*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: A-Gon side…Rios

  96. Wilson says:
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    Segura or Andrus which side? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Andrus, toss up really

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: indeed … toss up …

  97. hifi says:
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    regarding Tanaka

    safe to drop or package in a deal with a hopeful Yankee’s fan? or just hold and hope he’ll miss TJ?

    • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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      @hifi: I personally don’t see the point of the Yankees rolling the dice on Tanaka this year. They should, in my very uneducated opinion, put him under the knife and get it over with. Why test it? It seems foolish with your ace.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @hifi: If its a redraft you should trade him if you can…otherwise id wait for the pending TJ news that we all know is coming

  98. Jack says:
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    ROS – Segura or Alcantara

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jack: Alcantara….i just dropped segura for him in a redraft league

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Arismendy — get on board!

  99. osnam says:
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    Who do you prefer going forward? DeGrom or Odorizzi? Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There is no going forward with these guys… If they don’t do well, you drop them… DeGrom

  100. birrrdy! says:
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    Awesome write-up, Grey. You know when you find yourself cutting and pasting some of your blurbs and sending them in emails to friends, Grey is on fire.

    Still have the image in my head of Eaton in his car on the freeway feeling hopeless, or Bud Black and James Cameron hooking up an anchor. So nice.

    But Brandon Belt flying… astute observation. WTF?! See a Philly doctor for goshsakes! Call it like it is, Sir Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Big trade offer I need your help on Grey. 10 team 5×5 NL only keeper league.

        My G. Stanton/Josh Harrison/Chase Anderson/Heaney for his T.Frazier/A. Hill/Y. Molina (DL spot)/K. Jansen/Rosenthal. Pull the trigger and accept?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

          • birrrdy! says:
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            @Grey: Does your hold answer change if Hill is substituted with either Seth Smith or Domonic Brown? So to make it easy, what would be your rank order of these 4 choices?:

            A – Hold
            B- Stanton/Harrison/Anderson/Heaney for Y.Molina-DL/Frazier/Hill/Jansen/Rosenthal
            C- same for Molina/Frazier/Brown/Jansen/Rosenthal
            D- same for Molina/Frazier/LispersNmare/Jansen/Rosenthal

            THANKS!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @birrrdy!: Why are trying to trade away Stanton? Are you trying to win this year and need saves? if so, trade something besides Stanton for Frazier and relievers…

              • birrrdy! says:
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                @Grey: Frazier seems to be a 30/20 guy and not too far off Stanton. Plus I’m getting a haul when I count Hill and the two relievers, which go for a premium in our league. But if you think Frazier is like Chase Headley 2012, then I would seriously reconsider accepting.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Prolly more 27/12, though I do like him… Stanton is one of the best keepers in the game… He could hit 40 homers for 5 years straight…

          • birrrdy! says:
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            @Grey: FYI, since it’s NL only, a trade to the AL (e.g. Hill) only gets back choice of 1 incoming player.

            • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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              @birrrdy!: yeah, go Conker’s Bad Fur day.

  101. Ceasar says:
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    Need saves. Gio for Casilla and Ervin Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • can't fight fate says:
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        @Grey: I like Casilla I really do, but I do not trust the Giants to make him a permanent closer for the rest of the season. It’s a good trade if he keeps the job.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  102. hifi says:
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    Tanaka + Vogt for Lucroy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucroy

    • Jason E. from Michigan says:
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      @hifi: One year redraft? Or keeper?

  103. Steve Vachon says:
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    Mchugh on waivers. would you drop any if these : Alvarez, Kuroda, Morton, Hahn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuroda

  104. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    SON has Keuchel 12.4 v Mia and Ventura at 4.5 v Cle. Sit Ventura? I was going to sit Keuchel & start Ventura til I saw SON didn’t like it. BTW thanks for the answer on the Miggy/Kershaw trade last night!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both and pray

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: The great MC HAmmer said it best “We got to Pray just to make it today, PRAY!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  105. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Adam Jones or E5 rest of season?

  106. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Gentleman Gray,

    Another exceptional write up. Representing the beautiful city of Portland, OR (well at least it is during this time of year). Fantasy baseball is in full swing and the Oregon Brewer’s Festival goes until this Sunday – life is good! Hope everything is treating you well down in LA.

    It’s that time of the year when I am in the middle of my RCL League and wondering what I need to do to try and make a move. Here’s the current roster:

    C Travis D’Arnaud
    1B Michael Morse
    2B Kolten Wong
    3B Adrian Beltre
    SS Alexei Ramirez
    1B/3B Adam LaRoche
    2B/SS Arismendy Alcantara
    OF Yasiel Puig
    OF Jacoby Ellsbury
    OF Gregory Polanco
    OF Khris Davis
    OF Daniel Nava
    Util Desmond Jennings
    BE Scooter Gennett
    BE Carlos Beltran
    BE Chase Headley
    DL Angel Pagan

    P Felix Hernandez
    P Henderson Alvarez
    P Jake Arrieta
    P Jesse Hahn
    P Trevor Bauer (streaming spot)
    P Craig Kimbrel
    P Pat Neshek
    P Brad Ziegler
    P Ken Giles
    DL Masahiro Tanaka

    Are there any glaring weaknesses that I should be addressing? Or am I too deep/shallow in some areas? The team seems fairly balanced to me (other than a lack of saves), but I’m at that point where I’ve looked at the roster too often to think clearly.

    Anyway, I’ll drink a few brews for you, and any Razzball readers that will be at the beer fest this weekend, cheers to you!

    Prost,
    Brew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice…Thanks! I’m dropping Ziegler, so can stream or look for another possible closer there… You look weak on power, but your standings should point you towards what you need…

  107. jr says:
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    Hey Grey, keeper league question. Been offered my Wainwright and Anibal for ryu, shields and Tanaka. There is a clause that states if Tanaka has tj by the draft I can swap my 1st round pick for his Felix Hernandez. (Average of 15players kept per team). 12 team h2h league with Q’s instead of wins.

    • jr says:
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      @jr: also, I’m sitting in 2nd place. Top 6 make playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, you can swap for F-Her? Then it sounds fine for next year

  108. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey et al!

    So moneyball is not exactly money!!! Crazy just dropping the guy but it must mean that they couldn’t get ANYTHING for him. Too bad Billy Beane sold the rights to the book for Moneyball to pay for JJ’s ridiculous contract!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        I predicted this last night well sort of haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  109. Joe says:
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    Grey rick porcello or jake degrom ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

  110. can't fight fate says:
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    I managed to get Feliz a few weeks back and now trying to trade him for a bargain price. Would you trade him and Pedroia for Kipnis? I have 3 reliable closers as is. Kipnis is still playing hurt which aint great but he at least is putting up numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  111. frankgrimes says:
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    Stroman has 5 run lead and no hits thru 3 (2BB)
    keep it going douche I need a W

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        thru six!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jinx!

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: HA

  112. Pope says:
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    12 Team H2H, Keep 2

    Would you trade Rios, A. Gordon and Longo for Cespedes and C. Davis?

    Figure Longo/Davis is kind of a wash, and Gordon/Rios are just taking up space

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I feel you. Nobody’s biting on the Rios/Gordon/Longo package. Sucks but I guess I’ll just have to ride them out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Pope: i have exactly those 3 in my biggest money league.

  113. Tequila instead of Gatorade! says:
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    Hey grey! Would you drop either Dallas keuchel or Alex wood or Adam Dunn to add Marcus Stroman this would be for the RP spot? & looks like Stroman has two starts next week too; gm1 vs redsox in Fenway vs Rubby de la rosa & gm2 vs Astros in Houston vs Scott Feldman , how is Stroman on the road this season?

    Gracias amigo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keuchel

  114. Chris says:
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    Which starter to keep ROS. Marcus Stroman or Yo Ventura? H2H Points League. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  115. Homerj24 says:
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    ROS: Chris Johnson. Chase Headley or Lonnie Chisehall at CI spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

  116. Charles says:
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    12 team points league. Should I start Kluber @ KC today? And may I add, I have been starting Kluber against anyone including @ Det last week. I only ask about today because SON has him rated so low $4.7. Why is that?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Charles: Start em…DO IT

      • Pope says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Because Alex Gordon is going to hit 3 bombs off him while adding a stolen base or two

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  117. Brian says:
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    Ha! Spreading the love with a hot Reddick…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  118. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    The SON looking pretty darn accurate today I hope it continues right thru the Garza start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

  119. ryanoger says:
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    10 team ML H2H redraft league

    C Mesoraco
    1B A Gone
    2B Cano
    3B T Frazier
    SS Aybar
    OF Puig, Pence, Jones
    Util Melky, K Calhoun
    Bench Polanco, Rosario, Segura

    P- Hudson, Weaver, Zimmerman, Kennedy, Holland, Kimbrel, Reed, Clippard, W Davis

    Drop Rosario or Segura to add a SP or hot bat? I’m weak in walks/stolen bases and feel I could use a spot to stream or add a reliable SP to get W’s/K’s

    Same questions from above apply *Are there any glaring weaknesses that I should be addressing? Or am I too deep/shallow in some areas?

    FA SPs up for grabs:

    Wily Peralta, J Hahn, Colon, deGrom, Rubby, Stroman, AJ Burnett, Yovani

    FA bats up for grabs:

    Shin-Soo Choo, Khris Davis, Allen Craig, Chisenhall, Ozuna, LaRoche, Raji Davis

    any thoughts would be MUCH appreciated

    cheers,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Wilin and Segura… Stroman, Wily… Your pitching looks wonky…Trade Puig or Cano for an ace…

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Wonky with not enough SPs? I tried to swing Puig or Cano straight up for David Price but I think he is willing to trade Price if I gave him Jones? Thoughts?!

        thanks a million man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s the amount you have, it’s who you have… Give him Jones, you need pitching…

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Ok, I’ll see if he goes through with Jones for Price.

            I dropped Wilin and Segura and added Stroman and Wily

            Hold on my RP situation that all looks solid don’t you think?

            *Side note Yordano Ventura is up for grabs missed added his name to the list still like the Stroman add on my end?

            thanks again…long time reader first time poster

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ventura over Wily… RPs look fine for now

              • ryanoger says:
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                @Grey:

                Trade Puig for Kazmir or Kluber? Is that crazy talk? No bites on Jones for Price yet…

                Ventura just got snagged so I’m holding with Wily for now…thoughts on Wade Miley and Yovani Gallardo ROS for my situation? Worth adding or no?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Forget Miley and YoGa, they’re streamers…. Puig for one of those isn’t good either…

                  • ryanoger says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Should I drop Wily if Ervin Santana or Jake Odorizzi become FA for ROS?

                    are you asking yourself will these questions ever end, ha?

                    big help thanks!

  120. Grif says:
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    Grey,
    In 12 team mixed dynasty, I’m looking at stashing a prospect SP for next year. Which pitcher do you like better: Aaron Sanchez or Alex Meyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez

  121. RicoSuave says:
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    Kendrys Morales is going to Seattle! on a trade…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Morales is an upgrade but they don’t really need another 1b/dh type. I was hoping the Mariners landed Byrd just so the crazy Seattle fans would be doing the surfing bird during the pennant run lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  122. Frank says:
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    How do you like Kendrys morales ROS, more or less now that he’s w/ Seattle a team he hit 23 homers for last season & is he someone you’d add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His value doesn’t change

  123. nick the dick says:
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    Stroman puttin in work today! You starting to like mccarthy at all? Threw him today in a 12 team h2h and thinking about holding him for more than a stream. My pitching getting a little sketchy with tanaka and wacha down and out. Also i kept tanaka in my dl spot but obviously he is a non factor now so who that i can dl stash do you think could help me at all for a playoff run, tanaka, wacha, cashner or nobody?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy’s fine, nothing special…Cashner

  124. Drop minor 4 stroman?

    • can't fight fate says:
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      @brewcrew: yes, Stroman should be owned by now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  125. can't fight fate says:
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    Now that I got Kipnis, do you think it’s safe to drop Wong? Can’t really use him anywhere, use him anywhere. Would you add someone like Joe Kelly, B McCarthy, C Young, or Liriano? Vargas also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, McCarthy

  126. Tom says:
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    Should I drop Benoit (next to be traded?) for Feliz (the closer according to Ron Washington)? If someone else picks up Feliz and Benoit gets traded only Quackenbush, Thayer, Cotts, Putnam, Petricka, or Soria would be left on WW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  127. gareth says:
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    I have a question in regards to lineup changes in the espn league in the rcl.

    Its 1.05pm and the fist game has started. I want to drop a guy that I picked up just for today but his game doesn’t start until 8.05 and he’s not locked yet.

    If I drop him before he’s locked, do I lose him for today’s game? Or does he stay on today’s rooster and disappears from tomorrow’s roster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop him once a game starts, doesn’t matter if it’s his game…

  128. de nachos says:
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    YEEAH streaming Rubby today was brilliant. so much for not being afraid of the Bluejays without Edwin (sticks head in oven)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  129. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    I am in a 12 team, pretty deep keeper league and I have the below trade on the table, and would really appreciate your opinion:

    I give: Machado, Ellsbury, Howie Kendrick, Kimbrel
    I get: Rizzo, Cano, Glen Perkins

    This would give me Encarnacion, Rizzo, Cano, Upton, Price or Wacha as my keepers…
    I also think i can replace Ellsbury easily with steals/runs in FA.

    Thanks for your stellar work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good for you

  130. SteveNZ says:
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    Damn. Benched Papelbon. Didn’t think there was any way he’d pitch today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Surprised to see him go too… Phils upping that trade value!

  131. AKSNOW says:
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    Mike Minor hit the WW in my league. Who do I drop to grab him, DeGrom, Stroman, or Odorizzi? Should I even drop anyone to grab him? Gotta love his next matchup against SD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No one

  132. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Ortiz left in 9th holding his back didn’t look good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

  133. Buzzdainer says:
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    Dan Haren has been god-awful, as you point out. I play in a very deep keeper league (20 teams, 28-man rosters), and one of my league mates just dropped Haren. Currently I have some mediocre arms at the back end of my rotation, particularly Chase Anderson and Ryan Vogelsong. Would you drop either of these and pick up Haren?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Vogelsong for him

  134. ferris says:
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    how bad are dan haren and nate eovaldi?

    worth dropping in 10 team nl-only h2h even when only deep save spec adds are on the wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not that bad, bench them until they show something

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @ferris:can you obtain kyle hendricks is the question. i just dropped haren in 10 team NL only when beckett came back but i already have
      beckett/a.wood/hahn/kennedy/gee/bailey/wily p.

  135. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    man, stroman was eating some babies today. stick with feliz over petricka (if we also have lindstrom )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  136. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Looking to 2015 and beyond, who would you keep (three total)?

    Rizzo, Polanco, Bryant, JoFer, Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Polanco, Segura

  137. picleball says:
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    stroman and ervin both on waivers, alcantara is my worst player (have hanley at ss, alcantara refuses to get 2b eligibility). it’s a keeper league, do i drop alcantara for either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  138. costaricanchata says:
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    cardinals’ announcer said (last night) that
    season-ticket holders are well in to the 20 thousands .
    also , waiting list to be an usher … (5 years , i think he said) .

    sending gee out there , tonight , against the brewers
    seems foolish .
    thoughts ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Garza going so I look forward to some friendly rivalry… I would start Gee too though…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        vs brewers :
        0-3 , 6.75 era , 1.62 whip , .310 baa

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s not safe

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @costaricanchata: Gee will be good…nothin but a Gee thing Baby

  139. pickleball says:
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    keeper league: alcantara is worst player on my team, drop him for either stroman or ervin?

    do you think alcantara gets 2b eligibility in ESPN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  140. John E. Depth says:
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    Please rank the suckage in this morass of suckitude
    Mike Minor vs SD this weekend(and at Petco again next week) SON loves it…
    Kyle Hendricks vs STL
    Eovaldi vs WAS next week
    Vogalsong vs LAD
    Keuchel vs MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes… Minor, Hendricks, Keuchel… Bunch of toss ups…

      • John E. Depth says:
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        @Grey:
        Yeah I punted pitching too much this year… Trading Kluber for Billy Butler early this year, and dropping Kazmir after 1 bad start didn’t help either Still in 2nd place but it’s been frustrating… Thanks for your time.

  141. Mordacious Levator says:
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    for first time possibly all year i have a decent lead in wins for week. i’m winning wins/losses by 5 and 1. losing ERA 2.45 (BECKETT!, and my idiot decision to bench him) to 1.87, whip 1.19 to 1.07. winning K’s 65-39. my remaining starts of the week are
    gee @ MIL (today)
    wily p @ NYM
    gray vs TEX
    Miley @ PHI (IF i drop mccarthy, who i picked up today, and he’s been great)

    opp has quite a bit more
    shark vs HOU (right now, he’ll get win so i’ll only be up 7-3 in those)
    ventura vs CLE
    wood vs SD (early no hitter alert here)
    arrieta vs STL
    sale @ MIN (14 K alert right here)
    cueto vs WAS
    archer vs BOS
    1. looking at this i thought i wanted to bench gee, but with all those starts i could even lose K’s (up 25 right now). gee bench or no?
    2. similar issue with mccarthy. drop for miley or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start them all 2. Drop McCarthy

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Grey: regression fairies all over mccarthy right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In the good way?

          • Mordacious Levator says:
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            @Grey: of course, he’s been great since slightly before being shipped to NYY.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  142. John E. Depth says:
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    So Chris Carter hits a HR of the left field foul pole off the Shark today.Next AB he lines it the other way to RF for a noisy out. Heading home tomorrow to face MIa and their shitty pitching…. Is CC own able in a 12 team mixer?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @John E. Depth: CC’s done for the year man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  143. Swfcdan says:
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    Are you sold on GR (Garrett Richards) as a breakthrough ace type pitcher now? He looks legit but I still have inklings that he’s a career year type guy.

    Thinking about selling Richards for some future prospects in a keeper. Just not sure how legit he is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks legit, depends what you’re getting

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Pitchers are pitchers and could get hurt at any minute (or suck like Minor) so I think I’ll go through with the deal. Awesome intro title btw bro, they just come naturally to you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  144. Brett says:
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    Prado or Simmons rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prado

  145. Pat says:
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    Who do you like better ROS Corey Dickerson or JD Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

      • Pat says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  146. costaricanchata says:
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    the other day , while watching a pirates game ,
    i saw cutch get forced out @ 2nd base to end the inning .
    when he took off his helmet , sporting that dew rag of his ,
    i swear that i was looking at the spitting image of omar little .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Omar’s comin’ yo!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: get me a pack o new POUT’s and a box of honey nut cheerios

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  147. costaricanchata says:
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    picked up garrett jones for a batty call @ harang , tonight .
    (no jinx) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, hope it works…

  148. The Great Knoche says:
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    Roto dynasty league. Worried about my Rockies. Tulo cause he’s Tulo, and Dickerson because Cuddyer will be back in a 3 weeks. Wouldn’t be keeping Tulo next year Dickerson maybe.

    Would you move them for Desmond and Werth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Ian

  149. Travis says:
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    paxton, ventura, who you’d rather?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  150. Mike says:
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    Better pickup at SS whole Tulo is out… Danny Santana, Rutledge or Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge short term

  151. slew says:
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    Knoblauch is a MEAN drunk, wtf!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha

  152. gareth says:
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    SON:

    $28.5 price

    $13.2 Lester

    I own both these pitchers and they face off against each other in Tampa tomorrow. With starts at a premium and a win only available for one of these guys, whats the best course of action here – start both, bench lester?

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth:

      I once had a cat that I tried to train to go for walks on a leash.
      He hated it.
      You’d have been the perfect pet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

  153. gareth says:
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    I resisted the urge to drop Chris Carter against a tough stretch of A’s pitching and he’s rewarded me nicely.

    Against Samardzija today, the home plate umpire overheard him whisper “Get Carter, before Carter gets you.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgU1L1z-Zx4

    Cold blooded Hot Schmotato!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  154. Kid A says:
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    Ausmus saying the pecking order will be:

    7th: Soria
    8th: Joba
    9th: Nathan
    10th: Baby Jesus
    11th: Easter Bunny

    Only two of those are fabrications.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy town

  155. Jon says:
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    Which SP are you buying ROS and which would you avoid?

    Keuchel, Stroman, Gausman, Eovaldi, Kuroda, Chavez, Porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ROS: Porcello, Stroman, Gausman…. Others are avoid

  156. bossmanjunior says:
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    Need to drop someone to pick up an OF…

    Shallow 10 team h2h league currently in 1st

    C Perez
    1B Pujols
    2B Kipnis
    3B Seager
    SS Segura
    OF Jones
    OF Werth
    OF
    UTL Rizzo
    DL Encarnacion
    DL Marte
    DL Myers

    SP: Cobb, Bailey, Minor, Samardzija, Kluber, Kazmir, Salazar, Ventura
    RP: Robertson, Krod, Allen, Cishek

    Even as a Rays fan, it saddens me to think Myers might be the obvious drop. Only one DL spot, so two of these guys are taking up a roster spot. Pitcher wise, Salazar or Minor might be the drop. What thinks you, good sir?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Minor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  157. john says:
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    Greinke or cueto ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  158. gareth says:
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    Wow. Dyson just made fantastic play to rob Brantley of a triple.

    SAGNOF defense!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @gareth: of course

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @gareth: Pretty much sums up how my week has been going on offense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s terrible

  159. jef with 1 f says:
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    I’m like a dog in heat, a freak without warning my appetite is Gee cause me so Boring

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @jef with 1 f: I saw a 2 Live Crew (sans Luke) concert in college. It was predictably awful.

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Mr. Tibbs: I could imagine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  160. jef with 1 f says:
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    Homer for Lucroy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I’d take Lucroy

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Ha I meant he hit a homer off gee

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  161. gareth says:
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    I wish the Dodgers would just DL Hanley already.

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @gareth: happy to say I don’t own him at all

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jef with 1 f: never owned him in any league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

  162. Jay says:
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    I don’t have much speed on my team but its h2h and I’m competitive. Looking for an overall production guy for a bench spot

    Torii
    Khris Davis
    Nava
    Gose

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not enough gibberish from Mattingly

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: They should make a travel show with Don Mattingly and Charlie Manuel visiting different countries.

        Obviously subtitles and a voiceover explaining what was going on would be a necessity.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  163. jef with 1 f says:
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    Gee getting lit up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, he is… Hopefully Garza can hold the lead…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Flores 1 for 1…they’ll bench him tomorrow

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: that’s two stinkers in row for gee now. Who is the first Drop, him or Nelson in a 10 tm

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Jay: Nelson..Gee will bounce back

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nelson

  164. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Duffy can start getting lit up anytime now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take that

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @Grey: Lots of solid line drives to outfield, but the Tribe with nary a hit to show for it.

  165. goodfold2 says:
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    how’s rj alvarez (i presume he’s worth less than velasquez)/d-rob MI OAK/jagielo/1st rounder
    for segura/quintana/3rd rounder. he’s not budging on getting rid of the 1st rounder, but if he doesn’t budge on velasquez coming out of it, i could add alvarez and he could add 3rd rounder.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: that should read if he does budge.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: he’s not budging on either 1st rounder or velasquez, but he’ll throw in a 3rd rounder and russell anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s decent

  166. goodfold2 says:
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    jesus, Gee’s awful last two starts, after a this whole season being wonderful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, ugly

  167. costaricanchata says:
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    gee ……. what do you know .
    that was a surprise .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  168. goodfold2 says:
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    why the hell is pearce sitting for a 2nd day in a row? gotta go find another 1b in 20 teamer now. shame i wasn’t aware of extra 3 days early in last h2h week on yahoo and dropped my 1b backup carter for stream pitcher slot to make sure i made the innings i would’ve made anyway, with the extra 3 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He went cold

  169. trigger cut says:
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    I need innings and Ks. The best K arms remaining in the pool are: Wheeler, deGrom, Odorizzi, Bauer.

    Who do you like for the rest of the year? (Wish I could stream, but I’m running out of moves.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

      • trigger cut says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  170. DomMattingly says:
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    Dropped Scooter today for Ruttledge. Maybe not the best move? Hold Ruttledge or swipe Segura?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Rutledge

      • DomMattingly says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  171. Jay says:
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    In a ten team league I have Perkins Casilla and soria. Do I hold soria or add Addison reed?

    I can’t imagine Nathan sticking in 9th or with a long leash., right ? Please tell me I’m right ausmus wouldn’t do that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add Reed

  172. BigFatHippo says:
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    Random Thoughts of a Hippo………….

    The Miami Marlins away uniforms look like Lucky Charms poured into a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.

    This has been the first episode of “Random Thoughts of a Hippo”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Hippo!

  173. nick the dick says:
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    I am a proud member of the corey kluber society, thats all im sayin….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ah well

  174. john says:
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    Im thinking trade Cueto and Janssen for greinke. Id then pickup Mcgee. Sound good?

    Dont think these guys in top 100, about to go check latos or shields….or not huge dfference?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine…Latos…

    • john says:
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      @john: see latos 62 or no shields got that one.

      How about trade?

  175. SteveNZ says:
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    Wade Davis and I could sure use a double play about now.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: You’re welcome. Too bad it was your boy Brantley, but I don’t own him anywhere so there’s that…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: And if the Royals could now take the lead, that would be just swell.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know, Kluber’s dealing…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Gah, could really have done with that vulture W. Still at least it was Santana who scored.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I saw that and I was like, “Damn, Steve’s not gonna be happy”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Jerk…haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Is Keuchel worth a start in a 14-teamer tomorrow v MIA or is that party over?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Risky, I wouldn’t mess with him in most situations…

        • Mordacious Levator says:
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          @SteveNZ: i finally just threw him away in 14 and 16 teamers. santiago has been better. his arm is still messed up, probably from all those 8th and 9th innings porter sent him out for in the same 3 week period back in May-June.

  176. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Buenas noches, senoir Grey. I have an opportunity to trade for Tulo (possibly.)
    A little worried he may not touch the field again. That wouldn’t be cool. Especially in a weekly points league. No guts, no glory though, right? Anyway, here’s the trade.

    Melancon/Alcatraz for Tulo

    I know, looks like a no brainer. The thing is, with our settings, Tulo and Melancon have the same amount of points do date. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold if Melancon has the same points

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  177. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    That has to be some of the luckiest crap I’ve seen from the Royals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @Grey: I decided to church up my description of it. My initial reaction was more along the lines of, “That was a bunch deity-cursed equine excrement.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  178. gareth says:
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    Kluber’s glowstick has evolved into a lightsaber as he clikenues to earn RAVE reviews.

    Dude’s a pitching Jedi.

    Also Yan Gomes hits in the clutch like a boss.

    Glad they came back to send it into extras (even though like steve nz it cost me a wade davis vulture win). Kluber’s performance didn’t deserve a loss from that gift run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, Kluber was money

  179. gareth says:
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    Kluber’s glowstick has evolved into a lightsaber as he clikenues to earn RAVE reviews.

    Dude’s a pitching Jedi.

    Also Yan Gomes hits in the clutch like a boss.

    Glad they came back to send it into extras (even though like steve nz it cost me a wade davis vulture win). Kluber’s performance didn’t deserve a loss from that gift run.

    • Hondo says:
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      @gareth: From his expression he might pose as an anonymous guy named Giancarlo and contact some guy named Guido about Rayburn.

      • gareth says:
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        @Hondo:that run was just plain bizarre.

        • Hondo says:
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          @gareth: I might have to GIF that into an avatar.RW has a hilarious one up under the Kluber thread.

  180. gareth says:
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    Continues not clicknues.

    Also, not sure why it double posted.

  181. Jon says:
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    Add any of Miley, De La Rosa, McCarthy, Phelps, Santiago, Colon, Morton or Vargas over Eovaldi, Kuroda or Chavez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley, McCarthy and keep Chavez for now

  182. goodfold2 says:
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    how long do we hold soria (as he asininally stays in 7th inning) before petricka is grabbable if we also have lindstrom stashed? only have the one pickup left for week, so i’ll likely use it for miley for tomorrow, but don’t want to really ever have only 3 closers in this 10 teamer where i’m usually days or even weeks ahead of these RP situations. neither petricka/putnam nor even mejia when i dropped him for like 4 days a week or two ago has been picked up yet. however, my opp this week did pickup feliz about 10 hours ago (which is way faster than anybody not named me has done on these). i seriously figured i could wait and grab him on sunday night, if i even wanted to.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Soria on Sunday night for Petricka if Mejia is available

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey:he was dropped by me a few weeks ago, and then required last week when smith lost his job. so i now have
        soria/mejia/k-rob/casilla/lindstrom (DL). petricka and most of the left field guys are out there (giles/thayer/ziegler). only 4 of these can play everyday. only a few owners have 4 closers though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: so i’m guessing answer is the same though, to grab petricka over soria when i get more pickups.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @goodfold2:

          how are you doing in that 10 teamer ?
          we used to hear so much about it .
          last i knew , a whole bunch of bad luck
          had you tumbling down into 8th place .
          still a shot at the play-offs ?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @costaricanchata: 6th after ripping the balls off last two opponents (but one of them was absentee owner, which is crazy since he has good team and this isn’t cheap buy in here). i’ll very likely make playoffs. could move up too. this week i’m 5-6-2 against best record team that is also about tied for best in roto stats. but nathan still being the closer might screw my week over, since i have soria, and he has nathan, and picked up feliz. i have no chance at average or hits, but am tied in rbi’s, winning homers and steals. running away with wins, but he has 6 more starts to my 3 for ROW.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: 6th place makes playoffs.

  183. Alex says:
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    Hello, do I keep kendrys or moustakas? 5×5 obp, thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

  184. goodfold2 says:
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    i guess if nathan looks like kimbrel we’ll be able to safely drop soria, anyway. now tied in saves (when 24 hours ago i thought i just stole my opp’s closer in his nathan and my soria). then he picked up feliz too. looking like putting the mortal lock on WSOX saves might be way to go. petrika and lindstrom.

  185. high&tight says:
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    Hi 20TEAM Keeper LEAGUE H2H 6X6 with holds and hits as the extra categories. Where allowed to keep 5 after the 5th round, l have taveras, buxton, Desmond, Daniel Murphy with trade looming l’m stuck with a decision sell Prado and keep Holt or reverse? Rostered Prado for a couple years but l like Holts youth and so far consistency, my gut says Prado will decline. Also Singleton in this setting is a intelligent direction. This is a big LEAGUE and the owners are future investors are roster size is 22players with a na slot to. Any insight is appreciated

  186. high&tight says:
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    Holt over Prado ros?

  187. high&tight says:
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    Holt over Prado ros?

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