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Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter, and it was the first time a player who looked identical to Christian Bale has thrown the last two no-hitters in the major leagues.  Johnny Vander Meer’s family is currently drawing bat ears on old photos of Johnny to try and contest that record.  Nolan Ryan was the last non-Balehead to throw the majors back-to-back no-hitters in 1974 and ’75, but the coincidences don’t end there!  Back then the only live action Batman was Adam West, and Nolan was pitching as far West as you can go in California and Joe West called Ryan’s fifth no-hitter and Kanye West wasn’t born yet but Jesus was and that’s who Kanye thinks he is.  It’s a small word after all, which is played at Disneyland and that’s in Anaheim where Nolan played.  My brain is bugging out!  Bailey seems like he’s a one-game-a-year pitcher, but he’s been terrific all year.  He’s in the top ten for FIP and has the 4th best K-rate in that group.  That’s not a 2nd or third fantasy starter; that’s an ace, over-the-internet friend.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Feldman – Acquired by the Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and $388,100.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard the exact amount of money before (granted, I’ve never looked for it either).  I wonder if they quibbled over the last hundred bucks.  “$388,087 or we walk.”  “I can’t go below $388,200.  C’mon, Arrieta has a great sense of direction if you’re ever lost.”  “Fine, $388,100, but that’s it.”  “Deal!”  Feldman is a just-about-a-four-ERA-pitcher-without-great-Ks-no-matter-where-he-plays-that-either-has-a-5-something-ERA-or-a-3-something-ERA-depending-on-luck.  Whew, what a mouthful!  Or did you cheat and take a breath?  If you can’t not cheat while reading a fantasy baseball blog, where can you not not cheat?  Feldman’s much more valuable in real baseball, which is played with a lot more spitting than fantasy baseball, but the same amount of scratching and swearing.  On the other hand, Jake Arrieta isn’t good in real or fantasy baseball.  There is no third hand, freak!

Nolan Reimold – 1-for-3.  O’s activated him from the DL and he should work into a platoon at DH.  From “DL to DH and Vice Versa” is also the title of his autobiography.  I’ve liked Reimold for as long as you’ve called your mother, ‘Mommy,” but even I need to see him hit in a few games before picking him up.

Brian Roberts – 1-for-4 and a homer.  Hopefully everyone greeted him after his homer with a jellyfish hug so he wouldn’t get hurt.

Carlos Villanueva – Cubs are moving him back into the rotation.  He’s been pretty unremarkable as a starter thus far in his career, but I could see grabbing him in NL-Only leagues due to his decent K-rate (which also has been far from terrific while a starter).  If you’re relying on Chuck Newtown to save your season, you might consider fantasy football, Sky’s rolling out his rankings.

Dioner Navarro – 3-for-4, 1 run and has two homers in his last two starts.  Yes, he’s hot garbage, but he’s currently hitting.

Tim Lincecum – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His peripherals tell us that there’s some value here.  His K-rate is over 9 and his xFIP is more than a run under where his ERA is, which means he’s been getting a tad unlucky.  His BABIP and men left on is a bit low.  He’s actually much closer to the pitcher who had a 2.74 ERA in 2011 than the guy who was taking hits off the gong last year with a 5.18 ERA.  Where does that leave us?  Or leaf us, if you’re a tree hugger.  Nowhere really, but I could see taking a flyer on him if someone dropped him in a shallower league.

Joba Chamberlain – It’s being reported that the Braves and Giants are interested in Joba.  What’s not being reported is why.

Hiroki Kuroda – Will miss his next start due to his hip flexor, but he’s likely to avoid the DL.  He’s just too hip to be impaired.

Mark Teixeira – Underwent wrist surgery, and wrote on Twitter that it “coodnt haf g0ne beter.”  He will have to get used to typing with one hand.

Phil Hughes – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Twins.  Hughes is about that of a batting practice pitcher and the Twins can’t hit homers in batting practice so this made sense.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  This millionaire is turning it on in his contract year when he has a chance to become an uber-millionaire.  It’s all about the uber, baby!

Josh Willingham – Having arthroscopic knee surgery on a knee injury that should’ve landed him on the DL about a month ago.  For a guy named Willingham, he was pretty stubborn there for a while about declaring he’s injured.  He could come back sometime in August.  I’ll be sure to set my iCal.

John Danks – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  “A guy that has been terrible all year does this against the Orioles.” “Alex, what is the reason I don’t bet on baseball games?” The Stream-o-Nator thinks his next start vs. the Rays is a $5, but I wouldn’t trust him.

Anibal Sanchez – After having his last rehab game cut short due to a liner off his calf, he’s now scheduled to return to the Tigers rotation on Sunday.  Never thought of the name Anibal as butchy, but he’s proving me wrong.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Chien Ming Mang (1 2/3 IP, 6 ER).  Fister vs. Wang, or as the media dubbed it, Sack Tap Bowl I.  It lived up to its billing as the first inning was like both ERAs were given a Fister in the Wang.

Torii Hunter – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal, 1 cushy spot in the lineup, 2 I’s.

Edwin Encarnacion – Sat out again with hamstring soreness.  C’mon, Not Juan Encarnacion, we need you back!

Brandon Morrow – Played catch yesterday and felt no pain at all.  Granted, it was with a toddler and he was rolling the ball so it stopped between the toddler’s legs, but it’s progress.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Close battle going on between him and Raul Ibanez for guys that sit at the top of your waivers that make you say, “I should pick him up…Or should I?”

Dexter Fowler – Hit the DL with wrist soreness.  Gonna have a hard time clapping his wrists together for the Kool G. Rap “Talk Like Sex” chorus.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  He also dressed up like Bruce Wayne and threw a no-hitter in Cincy.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Pretty surprising to me that his power has evaporated this dramatically.  There’s gotta be a 5-homer week in that bat of his, right?

Clayton Kershaw – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, 1.93 ERA.  Meanwhile, Greinke was in the dugout MMA training for tomorrow’s game which will somehow turn into a bench-clearing brawl.

Jedd Gyorko – As reported here after hearing the wrong thing elsewhere, Gyorko’s at least a week away, not back by the end of this week.  Mea culpa, for our readers in Latin America.

Everth Cabrera – Could return this Thursday, which is also Rudy’s birthday.  Can’t wait to see what his creation the Hitter-Tron got him for his birthday.  I’m guessing a solar calculator that has been defiled and is now afraid of bright lights.

Robbie Erlin – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER in Fenway.  Last night, the Masshole pronunciation worked for Robbie with Era-lin.

John Lackey – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, 2.81 ERA.  Technically, I told you to pick him up about a month ago, so don’t look at me… Okay, you can look at me with those baby blues–Hey, I didn’t say sit on my lap.  Weirdo!

Jose Iglesias – 2-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .415.  He hit .202 in Triple-A this year.  Middlebrooks is currently hitting .289 in Triple-A after hitting .192 in the bigs.  Get Garry Marshall on the horn, I smell a Vice Versa remake in the works.

Jesse Crain – Dealing with shoulder tightness.  I polluted his womb.  He had a string of 31 scoreless appearances, then I picked him up and he gave up a run on Saturday and now he’s hurt.  Sorry, Crain.  My bad!

B.J. Upton – Left yesterday’s game with forearm cramping after he struck out.  With B.J., I would have expected less forearm cramping and more of a TMJ cramp.

Kris Medlen – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 1 K.  Here’s one to scratch your head to.  Looking at simply K-rate and xFIP and Lincecum is having a better season than Medlen.  Granted, most of you play in “normal” leagues where you use “old-fashioned” “things” like ERA and WHIP.  Those were air quotes, I didn’t copy that from Zagat’s.

Justin Upton – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI.  All right, another month of games like this and we’ll be copacetic.

Brian McCann – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2RBI.  Solid bounce back season so far.  Could McCann be hinting at another presidential run.

Chris Johnson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting near .375 in the last week.  Hasn’t shown much power recently or this season, but he’s continuing his hot schmotato ways after being in last week’s Buy.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 3-for-3.  Yeah, he’s five for his last seven, but I can’t recommend him in good conscience.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Now, I can recommend Morrison even though I just know as soon as I do he’s going to get hurt and miss 18 months.  Whatever, my conscience is clean!

Matt Holliday – Scratched with a neck problem.  About a day premature for a Holliday leave of absence.

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, 3.75 ERA.  He’s like the two steps forward, one big step back hurler.  Great start, great start, terrible start and his ERA just bounces between 3.40 and 3.90 all year.

A.J. Burnett – Aiming for a return around the 7th of July.  Ah, the day our country celebrates leftover hot dogs and fireworks that you found in the garage that you thought were used on the 4th.

Jonathan Pettibone – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he outdueled Brandon Cumpton (5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks).  Pettibone vs. Cumpton was also a landmark case in the 18oos that forced women to show under their petticoats after afternoon tea to make sure they weren’t stealing crumpets.

Garrett Jones – 1-for-3 with his 8th homer.  He now has two homers in the last three days.  He sits vs. lefties, but if you can platoon him into your lineup, he usually gets hot for ten days to two (stutterer!) weeks.

Corey Kluber – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Kluber isn’t a rookie, but I feel like he gave me a roofie anyway.  Whatever, I’m done with him.   It wasn’t fun while it lasted and now we bid adieu.  I hate you, Corey.  Good bye.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4 with a grand slam.  Yeah, but if he were hitting cleanup, he would’ve had 8 RBIs on that homer.

David Price – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks.  THANK YOU, KANYE!  Or Yeezus!  Or Jesus!  Or whoever runs the fantasy baseball Make-a-Wish foundation.  I’m guessing it’s Ron Shandler dressed as a fairy.  “Okay, Lawr, there’s a guy whose girlfriend just left him and he needs a closer real bad.  Let’s knock out his leaguemates’ internet next time a closer blows a save.”

Desmond Jennings – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (10) and legs (10).  Hey, him and Pence can take turns counting the cracks in the sidewalk.  I tried to trade Jennings yesterday for Grilli, and nearly traded him for Uehara.  Yes, I’m willing to overpay.  Hey, saves are saves are saves, and I need them.  I’m about to offer Greinke for a closer now that Price has returned.  Wish me luck.

J.J. Putz – Out as the Diamondbacks closer.  To put another way.  D-Backs jerk Putz…That’s what Heath said!  Somewhere, there’s Siamese Twins, who co-own a fantasy team, saying, “Having one Putz is too much trouble.”  The name of their fantasy team is Torsonados.  You know the Siamese Twins are torn on dropping B.J. Upton.  Luckily, it’s not a literal tear.  So, Heath Bell is back in as Arizona’s closer.  Yes, the same Heath Bell who looked like he couldn’t close the door on a dollhouse.  What?  It’s a very tiny door that a grown man should be able to close.  I don’t think this is anywhere near the end of this shituation.  David Hernandez, who hasn’t been good recently, could enter the picture at some point too.  We got a closerousel, y’all!  Right now, I’d own them Bell, Putz, Hernandez, but that order could change by tomorrow.

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, to raise his ERA to 2.49.  Damn, I wanted the Shandler Fairy not the Regression Fairy.

Martin Prado – 3-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting over .350 in the last week with two homers.  He’s also…yawn… Sorry, I fell asleep, what happened?  Prado, right!  He’s great…yawn… Sorry, Prado’s my turkey.

Jeremy Hefner – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, 3.54 ERA and six straight games where he hasn’t given up more than two earned runs.  I’m in a very fragile place, so let’s not point out I would’ve been better off picking up Hefner than Wheeler.

Ryan Braun – Won’t return until after the All-Star break.  When he’d get pickled in steroids during every season, he sure used to return from these nagging injuries a l0t quicker.  Sorry, I wanted to take the highroad, but like Braun I took the HiGHroad.

Wily Peralta – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Still trust him about as far as I can throw him, and while it’s true I can bench press five times my body weight, Peralta’s a blubbermush and can’t be thrown very far by anyone.

Juan Francisco – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs.  Pinky swear, once he cools off I’ll stop mentioning him.

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Has he had any outstanding starts this year?  I feel like he hasn’t yet he still has an ERA of 2.24.  Is that possible?

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4 and his 17th steal.  I picked him up around the time I told you to.  On my team for about a week, his line is 7/2/2/.394/5.  Yup.

Kendrys Morales – 3-for-5, 6 RBIs and two homers (10, 11).  I expected more from Kendrys this year, but there’s still plenty of time.  The Morales of the story is the baseball season is long.

Raul Ibanez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  The Zombino lives!

Tom Wilhelmsen – 1 IP, 0 ER.  Don’t you wanna call him Womb Tilhelmsen?  No?  Maybe it’s me.  The Mariners said Wilhelmsen will return to the closer role.  They added, “Have you seen our other options?  The only Furbush I wanna see close is in a Woodstock documentary.”

Alfredo Griffin – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Cubs in O.co, the Home of MediOAKers.  What’s worse, he was coming off a complete game shutout.  That’s some serious passive aggressive shizz right there.  Why not just kick my dog?  Or defecate on my 1988 World Series program?  Friggin’ schmohawk.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Here goes…

“My Donaldsonnet”
I still don’t think Josh can keep this up — seeing every pitch is meat,
Maybe he’s an A’sception to the rule?
I should’ve seen Donaldson from Jump Street?
Fat Jonah could’ve told me, while Skinny Jonah Triple Lindy’d undercover back to school.

346 Responses

  1. Simply Fred

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    come on. gotta give rudy creds. hittertron was touting leonys two weeks before he started seeing consistent playing time.

    grey, you get creds for jumping on the bandtron wagon.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @simply fred: Hitter tron humped that wagon first

    • Thanks SF! Yeah, I had Leonys prior to Grey during a homestand where he went 6-for-13 / 3 Runs / 1 RBI / 3 SBs in 4 games.

      I dropped him when he went on the road I think. Clearly that might not have been the right decision but still hard to save a spot for a 9th place hitter w/ limited power.

      And I did end up snagging Rajai the day he began his SB run.

  2. MasterofGrond says:
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    Getting a weird feeling about MadMax. Pretty sure he’s either throwing a shutout or giving up 8ER, tomorrow.

    At least he’ll have 10Ks either way…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @MasterofGrond: 3ER and 9K’s

      • MasterofGrond says:
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        @Grey: Never!

        That’s why I’m worried!

  3. Troy says:
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    Traded victorino and strasburg for beltre and bailey how did I do? Needed a corner infield pretty bad really hurt trading strasburg but got to do what you got to do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: You did well

  4. Sideshow says:
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    U see Strop possibly working himself into the closer role after Gregg is traded?

    What do u think of W Myers for Bourn in a league I need SBs. Bourn has not been Bourn but a good buy low?

    • BTD says:
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      @Sideshow: I don’t. Strop did well in stretches last year, but has been up and down this year.

      Myers for Bourn seems legit depending on need. I’d probably favor Myers, but he’s still unproven and you need SBs. Don’t forget to SAGNOF on the waivers first…

  5. DrEasy says:
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    Not that anyone cares, but I feel like sharing: still in (mom’s) basement in WHIP and ERA after A.J. Griffin happened, and I got too busy at work to activate David Price from the DL (in my defense I was waiting till today to see if Lind would be DL’d or if I needed to drop somebody). FMFBBL.

    Anyway… someone dropped Scutaro. Worth dropping Brad Miller for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: I’d hold MIller

  6. MJ says:
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    ROS, 5×5 roto, Rollins or Ass-dribble

    • MJ says:
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      @MJ: and btw, that donaldsonnet was worth the wait

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MJ: Asdrubal…Thanks!

  7. matt says:
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    Haha. .. Nice Christian Bale Reference

  8. gareth says:
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    You like tyler chatwood as a streamer @ lad and @ sd next week?

    Also, do you see aj burnett picking up where he left off this season or will he be mediocre?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Sure… Have to see if he’s fully healthy

  9. Fister Furbush says:
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    PUIG will become part of the new vernacular. As in, that chick is so hot, she’s PUIG. Or that car is so fast, it’s PUIG. PUIG is the new black.

    Glossary term idea:

    Puiging-A zero to hero player who gets called up and starts playing out if his mind.
    Example- “Man, Charlie sure is puiging so hard right now.”

    • Josh Freeman says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Yes, he’s certainly in a Puig of his own.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Josh Freeman:

        There’s no flying in Cuban baseball,rafts only.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  10. gareth says:
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    Had a case of jekyl and hyde with my pitchers last 2 days.

    Jose fernandez. Yay! Yovani gallardo. Wtb!

    Next day.

    Homer bailey. No hitter? Awesome. Lance lynn 5 earned runs. Really?

    Baseball giveth and baseball taketh away.

    • Tigres says:
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      Coulda been worse… I had Gallardo and Griffin back to back. ERA went up by 0.13 in two days.

      Speaking of which – I finally dropped Gallardo and went to look for a streamer. Who is the best available SP (in my league, anyway) for the next week, according to SON? Gallardo at $14. Home vs the Mets. I’m pretty sure he’ll clear waivers but I can’t bring myself to add him again.

      • Allen says:
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        @Tigres: I tell ya what really sucks is going against matt moore and homer bailey this week. Needless to say its gonna be a streamin good time for me this week. Kazmir, Bud, Martin Perez, Dillon Gee….ewww

  11. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I hate BJ so bad I’m going to drop him for McCann and platoon B Mac with Salva P so at least I know my bench bats might actually get an AB on my team

  12. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I know this guy won’t be a closer but we do have a lot of readers that either play Holds or like to use middle relief to help with ratios, what are your thoughts on Jose Dominguez. Guy throws crazy smoke with a 99-103 mph fastball and an 83-85 mph change up.

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: interested too… I’m in a holds league. I’m interested if he gets into holds situations

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: He’s wild as a firecracker… Looks like he could get Ks though…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: did you actually watch him pitch or basing the wild on what others say, looks like a young Pedro….not the one from Pittsburgh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Basing on his minor league numbers, I haven’t seen him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If he’s a young Pedro, then the Dodgers will trade him… He really does look like him though… There’s a new post…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: like all flame throwers he could be a wild thing, but dude looked solid the first time around. The change up is going to be one to watch as it develops

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You saw him pitch? Go to the newest post…

  13. Jake says:
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    “Fister in the wang”

  14. costaricanchata says:
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    ” … not not cheat ?”
    not not cheat who ??
    not not cheat cheat …

  15. bossmanjunior says:
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    Martryptophan Prado?

    Watched Price’s start last night and for once he actually looked like the CY Young version. Broadcasters were all talking about how good the velocity and fastball command was, two things that have eluded him this season. I lost count, but he was frequently at 95+ mph throughout the game. Very, very encouraging start.

  16. Mike says:
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    Would u trade Dominic brown and Rafael Soriano for Strasburg?
    Thanks!

  17. bossmanjunior says:
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    Which two of these am I starting:

    Hill @ Harvey (1-3 K)
    Altuve v. R.F Faustandez
    Choo v. Zito (garbage against lhp)
    Arenado v. Grienke (2-3 2B)

    #shallowleagueproblems

    • The Thumb says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Arenado and Altuve. Choo couldn’t hit 84 year old Whitey Ford or an ’84 white Ford if it threw lefty.

  18. costaricanchata says:
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    12 fbb ‘perts , dressed as fairies , sitting in a room , participating in a live draft .
    how do you know which one is ron shandler ?

  19. Jake says:
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    Im in a keeper league, rebuilding this year. Got offered JUpton and two picks for Chris Sale and Shin Soo Choo. Good buy low on Upton/sell high on Sale? Or keep Sale as he’s destined for great things and Upton’s struggles are concerning? Thanks.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Jake: I would definitely want Justin Upton for his age 26-29 seasons. Sale still looks like he’s one slider away from an 18 month vacation.

  20. future says:
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    2 quickies

    1) Rank ROS= Asdrubal, Starlin Castro, Ian Desmond.. I gotta move one

    2) Rank ROS= Wilhelmsen, Betancourt, Koji= any of them worth dropping for prado?? I have Jim Johnson, Kenley already + whichever 2 of those I keep.. Edwin Encarnacion is my only 3b and is a little nicked up

    KEEP UP THE KICK ASS WORK THIS SITE RULES!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @future: 1. Desmond, Starlin, Asdrubal
      2. Wilhelmsen is droppable at this point, you can always pick him back up in a month or two when he figures his shizz out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @future: Thanks! Castro, Asdrubal 2. Betancourt, Koji… Sure

    • Nate says:
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      @future: Wilhelmsen is getting the ninth back (or so yahoo news blurb informs me)

  21. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    kluber questions in both 10 and 16 team leagues, since i would’ve been benching him for his next start anyway against DET at home.
    1. 10 team: does dropping kluber for 1 of these three, and then pickup later in week Hefner (SON doesn’t like him yet, but his last 6 or 7 starts are great, as you said) sound smart? which of these 3 is best.
    Blanton vs STL
    Gee vs ARI
    Perez vs SEA
    2. 16 team where i already own gee and m.perez. Just dropped Porcello for Ollie Perez and will hopefully be soon dropping Ollie for C-Mart upon Kaiser resharpening the point on his helmet.
    I guess grabbing Hefner now, and dropping Perez for somebody after his start, even if it’s good due to him playing at BAL in his next start after that is a good idea. Currently doing ok in ERA in both of these leagues (had bailey in both too), so don’t really want to put Porcello out there on FRI, but I guess if M.Perez gets completely lit up then I could do that too.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

      start kluber on sunday , at home , vs the tigers (fister) .

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @costaricanchata: isn’t playing against the tigers a bad idea for streaming? in any event, i could use both gee then later kluber if i drop kluber today anyway.

  22. BSW says:
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    Anybody starting Greinke today @ Colorado? My strategy with a start like this is to bench the pitcher then second guess myself (and SON)and put him in the lineup at the last possible minute then regret it.

    • danny almonte says:
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      @BSW: Haha

    • The Thumb says:
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      @BSW: That was me with Fister yesterday. I’m benching Zack so he’ll probably put up 7 shutout innings with double digit K’s, only to give up 5 runs when I start him next time out in Arizona.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW: Benched for me

  23. Charles says:
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    Which SS do you want going forward?

    Alexei Ramirez
    Rutledge
    Simmons
    Cozart

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Charles: this year, Alexei for steals. Next couple years probably Simmons. Rutledge is an enigma but will be the best if he figured out how to hit consistently.

      • Charles says:
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        @The Thumb: Thanks. I’m just thinking for the rest of the season. I guess I’ll go with Alexei and hope he can keep stealing bases, because he isn’t doing much else.

  24. Hankg says:
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    I need to drop one of the following to pick up an extra bat: WIlhelmson, K-Rod, Henderson or Fister. Thanks.

    • Hankg says:
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      @Hankg: Also hitting options would include Frazier, Dunn, LaRoche or McLouth. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hankg: Henderson…Frazier

  25. Dgalda87 says:
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    10 team H2H
    Got offered Hamilton and Garza for Gomez and Cole

    Thoughts?

  26. Mile says:
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    Dominic brown for Aaron hill and marte?
    I have rendon at 2b
    Would u do it??

  27. Clint says:
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    Last 2 days my Yahoo league updates reminded me that a majority of Yahoo users dropped Gallardo and Griffin. Always nice to see 2/5 of your rotation being drop-worthy as you nip at the heels of the league’s leader. Suddenly that Sergio Romo for Bumgarner trade seems plausible…..

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Clint:

      yep .
      get those trades in quickly , before they all leave for fantasy football .

  28. FMFBL says:
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    Ugh, just traded Prado for Headley…bad move??

    • Tommy Gunn says:
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      @FMFBL: as a Headley owner i’m dropping him tonight. He’s terrible.

      • Dan says:
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        @Tommy Gunn: I’m getting dangerously close to doing the same thing. Might give him another week, but only because I don’t want to see him turn it around on someone else’s team really

        • Maglia Rosa says:
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          @Dan: Dropped him weeks ago and it was the best moment of my season. I see he’s just gone downhill since then. Drop him and breathe the fresh air!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Fairly lateral right now

  29. Kraftster says:
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    Brandon Beachy this year and next 3 years or Kevin Gausman this year and next 4 years?

  30. Tony says:
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    CORBIN- was in trouble, bases loaded I believe when the game went into a rain delay, they don’t send him back out and stupid effing Zigler whoever the eff comes in and of course with no real care for those runners just lets them in giving up 3 hits…. awesome.

    corbin & kluber were both cruising (for me which is of course why im complaining) then gordon got a 3-0 fastball and mashed it, dude can’t hit for power up til this point then goes HAM for a granny and like I said above about Corbin…..

    stupid rain and stupid indians.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: I hear ya on Corbin, really bad call… re: Kluber wish he would’ve walked him and went to the next hitter

  31. Fungazi says:
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    Hellickson, Doubront, M Perez for medium-term help? Or stash Ogando?

    #firstworldproblems

  32. BTD says:
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    Not sure I’m buying SON’s rankings. I’ve done well trusting the machine in the past, but it’s not sitting well with me this go around…

    Who to stream?
    Blanton vs StL at $12.8
    Archer @ Hou at $2.3
    Martin Perez vs Sea at -$3.2

    I’m leaning toward Archer, Perez, then Blanton. Why is Blanton ranked so much higher against a compitent StL offense and Wainwright going against him? I can understand Archer and Perez being under $10, but would have thought they would be in the $4-6 range against those weaker offenses… Lucy, you have some splainin to do.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @BTD: I didn’t like those rankings either. Archer in Houston would be my pick, not sure why its only $2. Then it had Gibson at $8 or $12 at the Yankees. Maybe a glitch today

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: Although the SON has Wheeler at -$3.4, so maybe its working just fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BTD: These are questions for Rudy on the SON page… I wouldn’t touch any of these…

  33. Turf says:
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    Yo yo yo homie, that southern sticky is startin’ to smell right! Any chance that Bud’s ready? He’s used his last 8 starts to go 2.42 / 1.21 / 6.58.
    Unfortunately, his parents are inept waste toys prone to disappear for days on tweak-a-thons. They make him wear second-hand church sale clothes and play with cast-off toys. His toothbrush isn’t even electric!
    How long before Family Services intervenes and he gets promoted from the Lastros to the big leagues?

    In other news, the Dodgers acquire Carlos Marmol from the Cubs in exchange for an actual major league pitcher. That Theo is a magician!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turf: Yeah, he looks like he could be usable for everything but wins…

  34. Lopes says:
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    In the same boat with Hefner, I’m in a bad losing stream so I said “Let me scoop Hefner, I’m sure he’ll do something next week.” I though that was me being influenced by my losing streak and thought he’d burn me so I dropped him…fantasy baseball is a cruel cruel game.

  35. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Anyone see the Twins gift to Mariano? A rocking chair made out of broken twins bats! HA! Good one, they called it the “chair of broken dreams”

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: I saw that! Best part was Mariano actually seemed to enjoy it unlike that stupid surfboard that the A’s gave him.

  36. mwmoose152 says:
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    Thoughts for this in a 10-team DYNASTY.

    I just pulled the trigger on Freeman and Ramirez to get back Homer Bailey, George Springer, Mark Trumbo.

    Another owner wants to trade me Javier Baez and Mike Minor for Eric Hosmer and Danny Hultzen.

    What say you, fantasy genius?

      • mwmoose152 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry…Erasmo Ramirez.

  37. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Grey Carlo Martin –

    Drop Kluber, Jacob Turner, and or Jesse Crain for:

    Johnny Peralta
    Blake Parker (potential SAGNOF if Gregg is traded)
    Michael Brantley
    Oswaldo Arcia
    Scott Kazmir (2 consecutive stud outings)
    Jhoulys Chacin (3 consecutive stud outings) 3.11 FIP
    Miguel Gonzalez Orioles (has a better K rate than other 2 but a 4.00 FIP)

    I am leaning towards Jhoulys and Gonzalez for Kluber and Crain. 10 team 5×5

  38. Ian says:
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    Should I start Hector Santiago vs. the Orioles tonight? I had Homer go last night which started off my week quite splendidly and have Minor vs. Marlins and Scherzer @ Toronto starting tonight as well.. can’t decide if it’s worth tossing Santiago or not..

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Ian: I wouldn’t, but if you’re a gambling man go for it.

    • @Ian: That’s why I love this site: sooner or later you come to someone in your same boat. I benched Santiago last start vs. KC, got nailed for it, but I’m still benching him v. Baltimore. Hope not to get sonuvabenched.

      • Tommy Gunn says:
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        @Sherm: Not worth it. A lot more harm can come than good. I’ve gotten killed streaming against the O’s. Sit and live to stream another day!

  39. Kevin Gausman needs 3 more relief appearances to gain RP eligibility for both this year and next in my league. What are your thoughts on his value in 2014?

  40. L-Boogie says:
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    5×5, desperate for RBI.

    Jhonny Peralta and Liriano for Ian Desmond.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie: So you’re trading for a guy that has 13 more total RBIs?

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: I said I was desperate. Plus I don’t think Peralta is as good as his stats say. I think I read somewhere that his BABIP was insanely high. He’s already started trailing off.

  41. GrandMaMa says:
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    I only have an outside chance of contending for my league title (comfortably in third, but quite a ways back), but there’s lots of time left – would you consider trading McCutchen for Rizzo and Anibal Sanchez? I know you love Rizzo, but losing McCutchen would mean that instead of keeping Cutch/Longo/Bruce/Cano, it would be JUpton/Longo/Bruce/Cano. I can replace Cutch with Blanks off the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GrandMaMa: Trade is fair, depends what you need

  42. supra says:
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    12 team Keeper League
    A-Gon rd 4, Gallardo 9 – too much to give for Puig 14?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @supra: no, but I doubt the owner accepts it, especially in a keeper. A-Gon’s power situation isn’t looking like it’s improving and owning YoGa is just about as nerve-racking as walking across the Grand Canyon on a 2 inch think wire.

  43. Bri-Guy says:
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    2nd place, 10 team 5×5 standard espn…dying for power….offering Machado and Shelby for Stanton…too much? or worth the gamble?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bri-Guy: Bit much, worth the gamble

  44. The Thumb says:
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    I think Kinsler is just gonna stay in massive 0-for _ until his average reaches about .250 where he’ll feel right at home. Yeezus!

    Anywhore, how would you rank Fister, Lackey, and Erasmo from here on out?

  45. Mike Adamson says:
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    I happily dropped Bell last week and I’m thrilled to pick him up again today. I really like fantasy baseball.

  46. Ryan says:
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    Would u trade fielder and soler for freeman and choo in a dynasty league?

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: going forward do u think fielder and freeman would produce similar numbers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  47. Tiger Woods' Daddy says:
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    It’s a keeper league; pitching dire.

    Drop Trevor Cahill for Steven Fife? Or does Cahill have enough upside to hold here?

  48. Jon says:
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    Marte+Street or Rios+Ryu in a keeper? H2H 5×5

  49. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Ha, and I thought I was the only one who thought Homer Bailey looked a lot like Christian Bale.

    Did you see his post game interview on live tv? He nonchalantly dropped the F bomb. It was great!

    Sveum said that Blake Parker is a likely candidate to replace Gregg if he gets traded. Would you stash him over Russell?

    • black & white says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:

      I’d love an answer on this 2nd part as well. Trying to figure out who to replace Kluber with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Ha, nah, missed that… I’d stash Parker, sure… Don’t think it’s a done deal for Parker though…

  50. MattH says:
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    Hey, Grey. I still have the fantasy blues after the Capuano stream last week. Oh, and pretty much everyone else. Thanks for the write-ups. It’s about the only thing keeping me going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Ha, no problem

  51. Dan says:
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    Is it time to drop Chase Headley? I’m really getting tired of him eating up a roster spot on my team.

  52. Neil Patrick Harris says:
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    Just wondering.. Which team is better?

    My 2012 fantasy team made it to the championship (12 team mixed single-season auction league) and lost on a 6-6-0 tie because my opponent beat me in the regular season. My 2013 team is 2nd out of 14 teams so far this year..

    2012

    C Buster Posey
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B Jason Kipnis
    3B Evan Longoria (Traded Wainwright and Trumbo for Longoria and Cain in mid-August, right before Longo came off the DL)
    SS Derek Jeter
    OF Carlos Gonzalez
    OF Jay Bruce
    OF Coco Crisp
    UTL Chipper Jones
    UTL Rajai Davis
    No Bench

    Darvish, Matt Cain, Mike Minor, Derek Holland, Paul Maholm, Alex Cobb, Jaime Garcia, Patrick Corbin
    Chris Perez, Rafael Soriano, Addison Reed

    2013

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

    Yu Darvish, Verlander (Traded Harper and Minor for him), Samardzija, Iwakuma, Liriano, Cashner, Colon
    Chris Perez, Parnell, Frieri

  53. AA says:
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    Which side do you prefer in a keeper league:

    Pujols and Verlander

    for

    Goldy, Shields, Lincecum

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Goldy

  54. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    @Neil Patrick Harris: Whichever team finishes better.

  55. AB says:
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    What do you think of this in a 5×5 H2H?
    VMart, Zimm, Kemp for Posey and Wright?
    Hamilton would replace Kemp in my OF
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: Don’t know what Zimm is

      • AB says:
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        @Grey: Zimmerman

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @AB: there’s 2 zimmerman’s.

  56. Eddie says:
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    Roy Oswalt has an ERA of 7.88 and a FIP of 2.44. I christen thee Edwin Jackson Jr.

  57. Dkohn says:
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    Do we know who the closer is in Milwaukee?

    Did I smoke too much last night or did I see Henderson pitched the 8th and Dorky(what’s his name again?) the 9th?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @AA: FOR-EV-ER? Then Goldy side.

    • brick says:
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      @Dkohn: From what I can gather, K-Rod is named closer with Henderson named set-up, consensus seems to be the brewers are trying to raise K-Rod’s value so they can move him. I, for one, miss pre-DL henderson a ton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: That is the closer for right now

  58. brick says:
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    Brandon Morrow – Played catch yesterday and felt no pain at all. Granted, it was with a toddler and he was rolling the ball so it stopped between the toddler’s legs, but it’s progress.

    haha BURN! I would say he’s been the worst to deal with this year, but I also had Marco Estrada…

    In a points league with a start limit, have to bench one to start Moore and Fernandez on Saturday. Would you rather drop Gee v Ari, Blanton v StL, or Turner v StL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brick: Ha, yup… Turner

  59. Wake Up says:
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    @MasterofGrond: shutout+…admittedly, I am no master…

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m beginning to hate Altuve. I have Utley already, and no one will trade for Altuve. I have Crawford hopefully coming off the DL on Friday. Dump Altuve for him when he does?

    8 Team H2H, so if Altuve gets snagged, I’m not going to shed a tear.

  61. Chris says:
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    Start Greinke today @ Colorado?

  62. Wake Up says:
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    @MasterofGrond: shutout+…admittedly, I am no master…

  63. Wake Up says:
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    @Wilsonian: @MasterofGrond: shutout+…admittedly, I am no master…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Hey, Mr. Up, I think it should be fixed now, try again…

  64. Wake Up says:
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    What the funke? I forgot how to use this site! Reply right? I’m losing it over here!

  65. chillmodious says:
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    @Wake Up: Yeah, something is up with the comment replies this morning.

  66. Vottomatic says:
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    Gomez/Bumgarner for Trumbo/Darvish ?

  67. Wake Up says:
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    I was going to say something about the Giants…looking at Joba…he’s fat…blah…blah…George Lucas…blah, blah…San Fran…belch…Jaba…etc…..Yoda stretches…it would have been glorious! Dog Gammit!

  68. Rodney says:
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    Should I trade Headley for Dunn and Teheran?

    It is an OBP/Keeper league. I need help in HRs and ratios. I would not be keeping Dunn and Teheran whereas I still see Headley as a keeper. If I did the deal, I’d be keeping someone like CC Sabathia (or Teheran depending on how good he is going forward) instead of Headley. Basically I’d be trading Headley for help this year. E5 is my other 3B; I realize he likely won’t have eligibility next year.

    • Tommy Gunn says:
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      @Rodney: I would in a heartbeat! Tejeran looks great. I have Headley and am dropping him tonight. He’s awful and shows no signs of anything good to come.

  69. Vottomatic says:
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    Gomez/Bumgarner for Trumbo/Darvish?

  70. Wilsonian says:
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    Yup, something crazy going on with the replies here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Web person was working on something from 730 to 830…

  71. Matt says:
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    What do you think profar is going to be next year? Is he going to be an everyday player with ss eligibility? I have tulo and I’m trying to get rid of him for some picks or a couple solid players. Is it smart to get rid of tulo and replacing him in a keeper league with profar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Yup and depends what you get for Tulo

  72. Ethan Stein says:
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    Did you notice a Puig arrived in Wimbledon this year? All of a sudden, we have 2 after never hearing of that name.

  73. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    Grey : Whats your take on Henderson right now? They roll him out in the 7th last night. Are the Brewers trying to build up Axford and KRod for the trade or is he looking to be out as the Brewers closer? Bell is available but that’s a tough wagon to jump on.

  74. malamoney says:
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    Sorry to re-ask a question, but would like the stache’s opinion:

    In what rounds do you see the following players being drafted in a 10 team H2H points league that favors pitching?

    Shelby Miller, Jason Kipnis, Starling Marte, Wil Myers and Julio Teheran

    • malamoney says:
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      @malamoney: One thing to add. We keep 5 players. I will not be keeping any of the guys listed above, but an entertaining a trade offers for draft picks. But with 5 keepers, the first round of picks is really like the 6th round…

      • malamoney says:
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        @Grey: For next season. I would be giving up those players now for draft picks in our 2014 season. I am wondering what a good value draft pick (round) is for each of the players listed.

        Thanks Grey!

  75. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a league that counts QS rather than wins, and that counts K/BB, how would you rank the following ROS:

    Ryan Dempster
    Joe Blanton
    Jake Westbrook
    Shaun Marcum
    Ross Detwiler
    Dillon Gee
    John Lackey
    Bud Norris
    Felix Doubront

  76. B says:
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    Hey Grey, Bring me the head of Alfredo Griffin!

    Taijuan just got stashed in my league. So did Buxton. Bogaerts, Taveras, C-Mart, Bundy, D’Arnaud, Yelich, Castellanos are all gone. Which hitter would you stash: Singleton, Olt, Springer, Sano, Soler, Lindor, Baez, Correa, Russell? I’m leaning toward Singleton or Sano. You think either gets called up this year and who do you think is the bigger impact player?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B: Ha! Singleton

  77. Project Merkin says:
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    Here’s Bale droppin the F in the postgame for those who missed it. And I thought I couldn’t love him any more than I already did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbq2ymf3pQo

  78. Nathan says:
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    Are we starting Greinke in Coors tonight? The SON hates it, and it makes me uber nervous.

    • I want nothing to do with that start. Greinke seems to find the middle of the plate too often.

  79. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Been looking for a back of the rotation guy. Porcello, Kluber, Santiago and Griffin all failed their try-outs. Gonna give Leake the next shot. I know you’re off the Porcello, Kluber train. Any faith in Griffin going forward?

  80. booya says:
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    Please rank for ROS: Ian Kennedy, Hefner, Blanton, Doubront

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Hefner, Doubront

  81. malamoney says:
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    @malamoney: One thing to add. We keep 5 players. I will not be keeping any of the guys listed above, but an entertaining a trade offers for draft picks. But with 5 keepers, the first round of picks is really like the 6th round…

  82. jaw says:
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    rank these keepers, 12 team h2h, 20% inflation, no max # of years kept

    rizzo $15, kipnis $15, adam jones $18, carlos gomez $11, puig $10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw: Jones, Rizzo, Puig

  83. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Corbin vs Kimbrel, who do you like more. NL only Roto 5×5

  84. McCutchen vs. Lannan or Puig in Coors?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: who are your other OF’s to have to make such a horrible decision

  85. Nick says:
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    Puig for Gio?

    9×9 (XBH, BBs, Ks against, OPS////Ls, HRs allowed, K/BB, OBA) 10-team roto keep up to 8 (I already have 8 definitive keepers outside of Puig). I could use some pitching to get me stabilized and hitting is nearly acing the board.

    Should I pull the trigger or go for more?

  86. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hey man,
    Been offered rizzo and sale for goldy in a keepers league.
    No brainer? My heart gonna be broken tho lol.

  87. Walter White says:
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    Brad Miller over Alcides Escobar?

  88. Tom says:
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    I’ve ranked the following start this week in the order that SON gives ($ rating given). Do you agree? In particular, given recent performance do you think the Arroyo matchup is just as good as the Kennedy matchup?
    Kennedy a NYM (Gee) $16.5
    Jackson v PIT (Morton) $11.6
    R. Hernandez a HOU(Norris) 8.0
    Arroyo v SEA (Bonderman) $7.8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I agree

      • John says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I wasn’t clear. Do you agree that Arroyo = Kennedy or agree with how SON has them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          SON

  89. Whizzer55 says:
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    S. Marte for A. Reed or G. Holland? I need steals/runs and am pretty set with saves.

  90. The Thumb says:
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    Podcast is today right? Thanks!

  91. Ryan says:
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    Ops league, Qs Just traded my reyes, cole and archer for scherzer, Myers and rendon….good deal?

    Already have segura, lowrie and profar in my MI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Sounds solid

  92. JFK says:
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    With Madson throwing again, thoughts on whether we’ll see him w/any relevance this season?
    Frieri’s been good enough, so probably no reason for a speculative grab, right?

    Conversely, even w/Benoit doing well in the closer role, how soon before the Tigers start giving Rondon some looks in the 9th?
    Seems like they prefer Benoit as their setup man, hence the Rondon call-up and recent late-inning opps; worth holding for saves, or better to drop for Melancon, Gregerson or Parker (Cubs)?

    Finally, with Mujica playing lights-out on a 1-year contract, any chance he’s pricing himself out of the Cardinals’ reach and opening the door for Rosenthal to get some save opps?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFK: Forget Madson… Rondon isn’t not closing if Benoit is doing well… Sure, could be Rosenthal

  93. Mike says:
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    Dominic brown and Rafael Soriano for Reyes?
    Need MI….just concerned Reyes won’t steal with his ankle…
    Would u do it?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: It’s fair, sure

  94. ashtray says:
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    We get two NA spots in my Yahoo league to stash minor leaguers. Who are the top impact guys that I should be holding on to in my 12 team H2H league?

    Erasmo
    Castellanos
    Hamilton
    Taveras
    Carlos Martinez
    Walker
    Hultzen
    Ike Davis
    Espinosa
    Jesus Montero
    Bradley Jr
    Bogaerts
    Yelich
    Straily
    Skaggs
    Bauer
    Odorizzi
    Billy Hamilton

    Thanks

    • B says:
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      @ashtray: depends on whether you can hold them into next season. Assuming yes, I would hold taveras and walker. If you need guys who will come up this year maybe boegarts/yelich and c-mart/erasmo.

  95. ashtray says:
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    Brad Miller, Prado or Franklin in 12 team H2H with OBP & Ks?

    Thanks

  96. Alky Sobrera says:
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    The amount of money $338,100 is actually the exact value of the international player signing pool allocation that the cubbies got from the Os. Using it to sign the top 2 international prospects as per fangraphs.

    Anywho, is Rios for Madbum fair? Or is Rios too valuable, yawnstipating as he is (needs aside)? Thanks.

  97. hmmm says:
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    would you give up prince fielder for iwakama and puig?

    i already have rizzo and goldy

    • hmmm says:
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      @hmmm: or do you like give: prince, benoit, wheeler, get puig, gio, balfour?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hmmm: I’d take Puig, Gio and Balfour

  98. Zeke says:
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    Hey Grey.

    I’m in a 12 team points league and got offered his Wright for my Strasburg. I could use another bat, but I’m not desperate. I have 5 other decent starters in Mad Bum, Moore, Samarz…., Bailey and Kuroda. I’ve been alternating the fifth spot, so I can definitely spare a pitcher, but is Strasburg too much to give up? Thanks for all you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke: It’s not too much

  99. Greyismyhero says:
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    I have Revere, I’m assuming your gonna say drop for L. Martin right? Limited moves league, I cant go worth the hot hand every week…I need this move to count. Thanks!

  100. Big AL says:
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    Talked to Dusty right after the no-hitter( not). He said Homes is giving him credit for the no-no. Seems the Dust Man was trying to signal the bull pen to get Chapman up for the save in the 9th inning. Dusty had to take a dump and got reading a article about what a great manager he was, so Dusty II took over. He had his index finger up and pointing towards the bullpen, but no one except the catcher saw the finger pointing . Something called a no-hitter was going on. So the catcher thinks Dusty is signaling fastball on every pitch, but in reality, Chapman buy’s Dusty a steak after every save. The Dust Man is hungry and is wagging that finger and Homes is bringing the fastball and the Giants will have none and like it. After the game Homes bought Dusty his steak and they talked about RAZZBALL ( never heard of it, or us ) Than Dusty ask Homes to tell him again about how brilliant he was calling the heater on every pitch in the 9th inning. The Dust Man knows his no-no’s.

  101. Jail says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Who wins the last spot in my rotation? Josh Johnson or Dillon Gee?

    Merci!

      • Jail says:
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        @Grey: Alright!

  102. David says:
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    looking to trade benoit

    targeing lincecum or teheran.

    or you think I’m aiming low on his value?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @David: too low

    • Eddy says:
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      @David:

      I want no part of Lincecum this year, but I’d gladly take Teheran who’s been great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: What Jack said

      • David says:
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        valuing him based on my fear in Leyland. Don’t trust him being the closer past the month.

        OK, new set of options:
        samardzjia, bumgarner, latos, gio, cain

        too high?

        • Grey

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          @David: Too high probably, but can try

  103. Eddy says:
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    Grey!

    Thank God I’m not the only one who feels like that about Strasburg. I was telling this to my friend a few days ago and he looked at me crazy.

    Every time I tune into his games I feel like he’s laboring. I think it has to do with his “pedestrian” 8.79 K/9 and his lack of wins.

    And a hat tip to Ryan Zimmerman, who has committed four errors during Strasburg starts so far and made them worse.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Yeah, it’s odd for sure… His numbers look great but I don’t remember once wondering if I should make him the lede (as the top story)…

  104. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Ive got Arenado on 3rd and picked juan francisco up this morning.
    Should i roll with these 2 or trade bumgarner for longo? Keepers league.
    Thank you

  105. Wake Up says:
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    Dear Razzball,

    Frequent reader here. Even frequenter commenter. It is my belief that my coffee mug was mistreated this morning, it was needlessly, and violently, shattered through no fault of its own, or more importantly, my own. Due to circumstances beyond my control, a sweet vessel of awakedness was sent to meet its maker, literally, since it was made on Staten Island. At your earliest convenience, please send new mug to the enclosed address.

    Slightly embarrassed, though, no more than usual,

    Wake Up’s onesie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Enclose address please.

  106. xtremehulk says:
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    What are your thoughts on the Henderson vs K-rod thing going on in MIL?
    Henderson pitched the 8th last night for a vulture W. But K-Rod pitched the ninth in a non-save situation and allowed some runners.

    • Grey

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      K-Rod is the closer for now

  107. Tommy Gunn says:
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    Made owners aware I wanted to upgrade my 3b (headley). was sent 2 offers. Matt Carpenter for Heyward, and Arenado for Heyward.

    So who is better ROS, matty carp or arenado? Heyward is on my bench so I can afford to lose him, and will drop Headley like a bad habit for a streamer/stash.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp

  108. Jail says:
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    SS woes while Tulo is away. Alexei is on waivers, I currently have Franklin there. Would Alexei be more productive?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  109. Spencer says:
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    Trying to get all my SP set up for the rest of the week since I am going out of town. Who do you like in the following match ups. League counts QS, K/9, WHIP, ERA, IP

    Cole vs Phi or Blanton vs StL or Archer vs Hou
    Liriano vs Cubs or Hellickson vs White Sox
    E Jax vs Pit or J Kelly vs Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None (Cole), Liriano, Kelly…

  110. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Would you try to buy lincecum right now you think his second half could be good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  111. Brewerfan says:
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    Elvis Andrus just got dropped in my league. I have been saving my #1 Waiver spot all year. Is he worth giving up #1? My current SS is Asdrubal Cabrera. Wait for a better waiver pick or add Elvis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add Andrus

  112. AB says:
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    Grey, in 5×5 H2H
    VMart, Zimmerman, Kemp for Posey and DWright?
    Hamilton would replace Kemp in my OF
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright

  113. John says:
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    Do you agree with Hittertron ROS $ rank for MI if I don’t need steals (assume from time Gyorko gets back which could be the biggest reason why Hittertron ranks Gyorko last Weeks PA = 289 Gyorko= 238):

    Hill 13.9,
    Asdrubal Cabrera 10.1
    Prado 8.9
    Weeks 2.2
    Gyorko -1.1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes first two, Gyorko, Weeks…

  114. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: A short note from a cool secret place.

    Donnie’s athleticism is raved about by his teammates… He is for real… Or so it seems..

    Great A’s Win Yesterday!!!

    HANDS OFF THE A’S!!!

    GO A’s!!!..

    A thought about one of those players not mentioned on here much anymore and the importance of that..

    To me, the silence is a roaring indictment about his decline = Albert Pujols….

    Is this a permanent condition IYO ???

    He is in a huge midseason 2 week slump… His numbers while decent for the year, certainly don’t reflect his paid for role on his MLB squad..

    Watching him move about his position and running the bases has become painful to behold…

    What are your feelings about him??… Am I overreacting??

    I almost benched him today… I just couldn’t do it… Am I not being one with my NAWness here???..

    Signed: Confused..

    PS: Please, let Mr Jay Wrong know, I have a life sized blown up cardboard photo of him as Ethel Merman under my beach umbrella with me everyday at the beach.. Tell him, I keep him well lotioned too…

    His cardboard likeness is getting a bunch of interest and positive comments from beachcombers that stroll by..

    It is surprising, the number of them, that recognize him and go on, “Hey, isn’t that JayWrong the real star of RazzBall – I just love that guy’s stuff on there.. He has changed my FBB life”

    Of course, there is also many that go on, ” It’s amazing how much he looks like an older Ethel Merman”… Many adding, “You know, he has always been the Liberace of FBB to me “..

    Amazing Huh??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on Pujols… He looks like he’s in decline… Probably a 3rd round pick next year… JayWrong hurt himself, you might want to send him that cardboard to cheer him up…

  115. Ron says:
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    Rank em ROS: Franklin, Miller, Lowrie, Alcides

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie, Franklin

  116. Hondo says:
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    “It’s being reported that the Braves and Giants are interested in Joba. What’s not being reported is why.”

    With the Yank’s payroll,they need to cut costs with the pre and post game buffets.

    They should be able to pick up Pujols with the savings.

    • Grey

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      Ha

  117. Dani says:
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    Ethier, Mayberry, Blanco, Leonys Martin or Berkman ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  118. Ken Plane says:
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    So Dodgers DFA Marmol already, they evidently traded for him in order to receive additional international signing bonus money. Wow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Procedural move…

  119. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Pettibone vs. Cumpton and “the only Furbush I wanna see close is in a Woodstock documentary.” Good stuff Grey…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  120. chillmodious says:
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    Grey,

    I think you talked about this the other day, but what kind of value does Nolasco have IF he lands on the Doyers? (10-team mixed league viable? Must-grab? Solid streamer?)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

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      Becomes a solid #4

  121. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Do you like Edwin Jackson vs PIT or Fife @ SF? I’m going for QS and Wins. Stream-o-nator thinks I’m stupid for even asking the question (Jackson $11.6 vs Fife $0.2) but the Pirates keep winning and should beat the Cubs on paper and SF’s offense has looked limp, especially last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Jackson…

  122. Ceasar says:
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    Give Desmond for Bumgarner in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  123. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    Start Shelby Miller tonight @LAA?

    What about Cain @Cin tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup and yup

  124. dropping Kluber

    Lincecum or Erasmo ROS Roto 12 teamer

    Obrigado!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  125. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    John Lackey or Puig?

  126. Grey

    Grey says:
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  127. FillyP says:
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    Who should I drop to stash Ogando? Kluber, Porcello, Santiago.. they have all been pretty meh-tastic over their last few starts. I’m leaning Pretty Ricky.

    Pineda is also an option, but it sounds like he could go the minors. Ogando is the better stash right now, yeah?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, lose Porcello

  128. Grey

    Grey says:
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  129. Fungazi says:
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    That DJ comment gave me an idea. What RP could I target with Alex Gordon? Got one out for Johnson right now, probably too high.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aim for the best, take what you can get

  130. Grey

    Grey says:
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  131. joeproblems says:
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    If you had to drop one: Moreland or Rendon?

    I’m 1st-2nd in power numbers and middle of the pack for OBP and runs but Rendon’s been batting 7th in front of Suziki and pitchers lately.

    Smyly’s been on waivers since he blew up last week and I’m salivating at the idea of more holds from another dual eligible pitcher.

  132. HighHome says:
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    In reference to celeb’s separated at birth… Though you yourself may not be a “BaleHead”, if your profile picture is actually you, and NOT really Dickie Thon, you do have the right to call yourself a DickieHead! Peace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  133. Psychedelic says:
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    I traded Matt Joyce for Homer bailey right after Joyce’s hit month of may/early June. Feeling pretty Fricken smart right about now! I saw the same indicators as you, his xFIP is almost 1.25 runs lower then his ERA and he has a great K/9. He’s also gone 7 innings or more in 6 of his last 10 starts, with only 1 that was less then 6, and 2 complete games. He’s pretty underrated right now I would BUY BUY BUY!

  134. Grey

    Grey says:
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  135. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Would you pull the trigger on either of these trades?

    Longo for Verlander

    Longo for Hamels/B.Moss

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’m just wary of getting Evan DLongoria.

  136. Grey

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  137. douglas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have Kendrys and Pujols, but Kendrys has been riding the bench for the majority of the year. What do you think of a Pujols for Sabathia trade straight up? I could really use the SP, I’ve struggled with injuries and inconsistency all year and am thinking CC will have a better second half. Thoughts?

    12 team H2H: R, HR, RBI, OBP, NSB — K, ERA, WHIP, QS, NSV

  138. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    @Josh Freeman: Bell is sitting on waivers-drop Cashner for em? Could use short term saves and not a fan of his @Was match-up coming up anyways–12 team H2H

  139. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Greinke @ Coors tonight? Sit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a new post for me… I’m sitting Greinke

  140. Grey

    Grey says:
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  141. ChooChoo says:
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    To be fair Corbin was pitching in a monsoon and he couldn’t get a grip on his breaking pitches that last inning. He was cruising up until then and the umps noticed he couldn’t pitch in it after he loaded the bases and gave up his second run.

  142. DJK says:
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    Lackey is still available in my league (probably because everyone, including myself, has been burned before). I was thinking of dropping Milone or Loshe for Lackey because of the lack of Ks, but Milone is in a better park and division, and Loshe has been good of late.

  143. anthony says:
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    @grey crain to dl. 14 man h2h pts league who do i replace him with drobertson or scheppers?

  144. Ryan says:
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    In a dynasty league should I trade longoria and bourjos for machado and ryu?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

  145. CP says:
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    The amount of money in the Cubs deal is slot value… hence the weird number.

  146. Eye says:
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    16-team mixed, offense an A, pitching an F other than Iwakuma and Papelbon (Burnett hurt). Posey and Pedroia for Strasburg, Kimbrel and Russell Martin to replace Posey?

    • Paul says:
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      @Eye: Kinda interested in this question too… how do you like Martin?

  147. griff says:
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    Grey,
    Start or sit Shelby Miller tonight v. Angels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in the wrong post… I’d start him

  148. very boring question, but would you take michael young or prado ROS..? chances young is dealt and sees a boost? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go tot eh newest post… Prado

  149. abax says:
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    Feldman or Gerrit Cole ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole

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