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What’s the mood, doode?  How ya’ feelin’?  Why is it all real G’s drop their G’s on their gerunds?  G-dropping as non-G’s call it.  That keeps me up at night.  Failing to rank at first Tyson Ross in my top 100 starters doesn’t.  It was a mistake on my part, and I corrected it before we got out of February.  I ranked him.  Snafu less afu’d than it could’ve been.  I still probably didn’t rank him high enough.  They have no award for that.  Trophies, trophies.  This is like Gangsta Deep Thoughts on Def Poetry Jam.  Stop me from going up like a crescendo.  This is not a love song.  This is “What Tyson Ross has done so far this year” song.  That is not as catchy.  They don’t play that on KDay.  His ERA is at 2.93 after a complete game shutout where he struck out 9 and only allowed 3 baserunners.  His K-rate is 8.6, walk rate is 3.2 and xFIP is 3.16.  Clap, pause for a sip of Olde E, clap.  I paused for a sip of the brew on his walk rate, if you’re uptake is slow.  His away ERA is 4.18.  Well, you had me convinced you were more than a Hodgepadre there for a moment.  Nice trick, Copperfield.  Ross is owned in 51% of ESPN leagues, which is stoopid, but since I only own 12,000 ESPN teams to collect some software.  Virtual trophies, virtual trophies.  I can only do so much.  Yes, he should be owned, but he’s a lot safer in Petco.  No dur.  And I bow.  And I just hit my head on my desk.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Everth Cabrera – To the DL.  Guess the Padres didn’t want to waste any time calling up Nadir Bupkis.  He’s got a solid bat when compared to other Padres prospects, but he’s also 34 years old.  On a serious note, I know Rudy doesn’t harbor all wrongs that other people do to him like I do, but little does he or you know that I harbor wrongs done to him too.  There was a crackerjack assortment of voices in the preseason badmouthing his projections and ranking of Everth.  They kept saying it was way too low.  Those people *fingers to mouth like Keyser Soze* poof, gone.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, and first for the Royals.  Well, first homer for the Royals in eleven years.  Last time Ibanez hit a home run for the Royals I sent a text from my Motorola flip phone to Rudy saying, “Ibanez sounds like an Apple product that lets you listen to music from a Mexican restaurant’s bathroom.”

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 13th steal.  The Court Jester of SAGNOF!  Don’t let his raggedy old, oversized jacket and painted on sad face fool you, Dyson brings join everywhere he goes.  As long as you’re not waiting on him to pick up his hat.  Stop kicking it already!

Jason Vargas – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins, lowering his ERA to 3.32.  Solid matchup to stream Vargas yesterday, but the Stream-o-Nator‘s kinda meh on his next start vs. the Rays.  But I’d raise that meh to an ‘it’s okay’ and go for it if I needed it.

Joe Mauer – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  It’s fair to say no outspoken critics from this post are saying much now.

Victor Martinez – Out again Wednesday.  Damn, the Zombino is having trouble getting out of his dirt casket in the morning.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the A’s.  Not bad, but just about as boring of a start you can get for a win.  I’ll say he got the Yawin.  Portmanteau, ftw!

Austin Jackson – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  “Okay, so I was watching sports highlights in my room, as I’m wont to do, and I just saw the season started.”  That was Austin Jackson prior to this game.

Torii Hunter – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs.  First multi-hit game since he battled hamstring issues.  He’s been pretty middling this year, but maybe with V-Mart sidelined, there was some extra brain custard in the fridge for Torii to chomp on and get his Zombino going.

Jesse Chavez – 5 IP, 5 ER.  I could’ve sworn the Regression Fairies already had a go at Chavez.  You know if you experiment with the Regression Fairies enough, you’re not really experimenting anymore.  Cust kayin’.

Coco Crisp – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, then he was replaced late in the game by Gentry and I had a serious visit from DLzebub.  That’s a new glossary term, by the by.  Use it with your mates.

Brandon Moss – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s sandwiched between Adam Jones and Yasiel Puig, i.e., Brandon Moss is underrated.

Khris Davis – Expected back Friday.  I didn’t win the $435 million Powerball, but this is a close second on the prayer scale.

Wily Peralta – 6 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks, raising his ERA to 3.35.  Don’t really love Peralta.  His K-rate is pretty Porcelloian and his walk rate isn’t as purdy, then throw in the long balls he coughs up like he’s a nurse in an old age home that is on hernia duty, and it’s not great.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer.  You’ve heard of Beast Mode.   Bautista goes into Joey Bats Mode.  See ball, hit homer, help old lady cross street, save game for Rays, hit another homer.

Juan Francisco – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  It’s been an Urban Dictionary minute (which is actually a long time) since Francisco hit a homer, but he usually gets them in bunches like Mr. Chiquita Banana so there’s that.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer.  I went over a really too far in advance 2015 top 10 on yesterday’s TV on the Radio.  His Truly was mentioned.  His Truly is Edwin.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He makes me drool a little every time I write his name, then again, I’m typing with my tongue.  What, weird?

Jordy Mercer – 3-for-3, 1 run.  He cooled off pretty dramatically since his hot schmotato run about ten days ago, and he’s batting eighth in front of the pitcher.  Take two and pass.

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.30.  Stream-o-Nator called this as a nice delicate flower to stream, but says Morton isn’t worth his salt in the next one.

Mike Olt – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Real shame that he can’t get everyday playing time.  I mean, it’s the Cubs.  You’d think they’d give him a shot.  I get that he’s a llama, but he’s young and do the Cubs really need to see what Luis Valbuena can do?  A shame, isn’t it?  Not a shame, a problem, Ghetto Bastard.

Justin Ruggiano – 3-for-6, 5 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Cubs ain’t gonna get a lot of hot schmotato love as long as they’re platooning their entire team.  A’s platooning makes sense, they’re contending.  Cubs platooning is just baffling.  Never gonna get any feel for their players if they bench them every other game.  Okay, I’m getting a nose bleed being up on this soap box, gonna get down now.

Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Member how I said two days that he still had a lot of homers left in his bat for the year?  Okay, you don’t need to remember.  Just grab him.

Darwin Barney – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  The Purple Evolutionist!  Yeah, basically everyone on the Cubs had multiple hits.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Aw sookie Mookie now!  I said aw sookie Mookie now!  We really should have a video clip of Dusty Baker, sucking on his toothpick, then removing it to say, “Aw, sookie Mookie now!”  That would make my life.  Wrap up this party, Cougs, my life is complete!

Brock Holt – 3-for-6, 2 runs, hitting .322 on the year.  He’s not walking multiple times in a game but he’s been prettttay prettttay good.

Brad Boxberger – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and the save.  Got the save yesterday for the Rays because he showed an elderly person how to turn their iPhone camera around so they could take a selfie.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, also with the Yawin, raising his ERA to 4.18.  He would’ve stayed in for the Quality Start but Maddon didn’t like how Odorizzi sent an email to his entire team and didn’t BCC everyone.  Don’t Reply All unless you want the wrath of Grey!

Ben Zobrist – 3-for-5, 1 run.  Seems like Zo is having a hard time putting together an extended hot streak, but maybe if we form a prayer hexagon we can change that.

Logan Forsythe – 2-for-5, 2 runs.  Two words:  Hot schmotato.  Three words:  He is hot.  Four words:  For serious, doode, c’mon.  Five words:  What, you don’t like hot?  Six words:  Hump me while playing R. Kelly.  Seven words:  I thought last one was “Sex words.”

Brett Gardner – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .288 and 15 steals on the year.  Okay, so I love him.  Leave me alone.  He’s having a quietly productive season!  What can I say?  I like modesty in my ballplayers.  And I say ballplayers like I’m an 85-year-old man.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .224, which is as bleh as it sounds.  I just wanted to point out that he hit third with Ellsbury out of the lineup for being “beat up.”  Talk about a team’s lineup collapsing when one guy is out.  Yikes.  In this game, McCann and Guyer were the two three-hole hitters.  Together, they couldn’t even McGuyer a Swiss Army knife out of two blades and a can opener.

Chris Tillman – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Had it been three starts since Tillman did a Little Doo Doo Man start?  Must’ve been.

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Pacman making it rain!

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  He’s been so yawnstipating to own this year.  Oh well, Siri, set an iCal reminder for a Leonys sleeper post for 2015.  “Sorry, Grey, there are no Linus sleeping posters in your area.”

Adam Wainwright – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K.  One strikeout?  Did Porcello sneeze on him?

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.29.  Aren’t you glad you didn’t sell him high in April?  You did?  Oh, poo.

Jordan Walden – 1 IP, 0 ER.  Got the save because Kimbrel had gone three days in a row.  There should be a glossary term for that panic that washes over you when your closer doesn’t come in for the save, only to realize he had gone three days in a row.  Please suggest in the comments.

Chris Johnson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs.  Hasn’t done a whole lot power or speed-wise and won’t, but he has been swinging a bit of a hot bat recently.  Lukewarm schmotato!

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 22nd steal.  He was finally moved up to the leadoff spot.  Scary how long that took.  Not even kidding scary.  Like your woman when you say she doesn’t look good in any outfit scary.

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.48.  I own him and that ERA is shocking to me.  Every time I go to the bathroom and I see the name of my toilet, I think of Koehler.  He’s one of those guys that is solid for NL-Only leagues where you start just about everyone (where I own him), but in mixed leagues I wouldn’t trust him.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Pardon the Salty language, but it’s been effin’ miserable owning him this year.  He does have two homers in the last four games, and has been known to binge.

Adrian Gonzalez – Didn’t start yesterday with a neck injury.   He’s day-to-day.  Clint Robinson (0-for-3) started in his place, and he might be the baseball player with the most basketball-sounding name.   Maybe he’ll mistakenly hit a few between the right and center fielders for the alley oops.

Hanley Ramirez – Sat out again and the Dodgers said they will make a decision on Thursday to DL him.  Hanley, never one to pass up a nice extended break, probably goes to the DL.  You read it here first!  (Assuming you didn’t read it anywhere else prior.)

Scott Van Slyke – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Only one less homer than Matt Kemp!  Oy.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 3.08.  He hopes to continue this lorr he’s on next time against the Tigers.

Jhoulys Chacin – Diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff.  He’s got serious fraying in there, which is different than Mark Reynolds and Adam Dunn in a barn doing serious braying.

Nolan Arenado – Will be activated from the DL today.  All hail Caesar!  Caesar’s the little manchild at my car wash that said he’d grant me one wish.

Carlos Gonzalez – Ready to take batting practice.  Unless he’s using an obscure definition of batting practice.  Why is he ready to take it and not just taking it?  Can’t find a batting cage nearby?

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Ooh, boy (and four girls), somebody’s getting hot.  About time Werth went on a rampage like his wooly mammoth beard would connote.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  *rereading Werth’s blurb*  Okay, lousy Rockies pitching doesn’t hurt, but whatever it takes to get guys going.  You feel me?  Figuratively, don’t touch me.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  And if you insist on knowing the Fist, I’ll tell you this.  (Because your Fist) your Fist is on my list.  Because your Fist is what I miss when I turn out the light.  You know the Fist, the Fist, I can’t resist.

Tyler Skaggs – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he returned from the DL.  His peripherals look similar to Koehler, so now when I go to the bathroom I’ll think of him too.

Josh Hamilton – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many days.  He’s so overdue it’s as if he mailed it in two years ago.  Only he mailed it like when you send someone a letter without postage, but put their address in the return address area so it’s ‘returned’ to them.

John Danks – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Oh.  That’s nice.  How about a little further down my back?  Danks is usually than, no thans as he lacks Ks, and this game aside, he’s still been like that for the majority of the year.  “Why can’t the year be a minority?!”  Sorry, Sister Souljah.

Chris Young – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, and a 3.11 ERA.  That’s nice, I don’t buy it at all.  We’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop and because Chris Young is seven-feet tall it’s taking longer.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-4.  Now has back-to-back games of three hits.  This year, he’s been off the charts egregious, Jackie Chiles, and had been 0-for-20 prior to two games ago, but he shouldn’t be this awful, so I’d be a cyclops with a monocle on him.

Logan Morrison – 1-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  After his two-homer game on June 23rd, I said something like guys rarely hit two homers and don’t get hot.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  He’s now hit in every game since then, except for one.  I nearly picked him up, but I have Hosmer, Cron and a bunch of other corner infidel crizzap, so I didn’t, but I could see it if you’re struggling.

Dallas Keuchel – Expects to make his start on Friday.  Houston, we don’t have a problem!  See what I did there?

Jose Altuve – 0-for-4 with 2 Ks vs. Chris Young.  Guess Altuve forgot his slingshot.

Marwin Gonzalez – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer and 2nd homer in the last three games, and batting over .300 in the last week.  Four homers is the most homers, Marwin has hit in a professional season, dating back to 2006, so while Marwin sounds fun, almost like Elmer Fudd is calling him, there’s not much here.

Enrique Hernandez – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Or Kike Hernandez as he prefers to be called.  Yes, his nickname is Kike.  His nickname comes from his father who suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome.  Beats being his brother, Goddammitcockdoodyhead Hernandez.

  1. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    Happy day before the 4th

  2. geegee says:
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    chiquita banana chiquita banana obaaama

  3. troy says:
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    Could Forsythe going to actually be useful in a deep 12 team look with MI spot? Guy is eligible at every position if he can be decent ros he can have sneaky value.

    • Grey

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      @troy: A 12 team league is where I own him

      • troy says:
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        @Grey: dropped valbuena to own him.. that’s the kind of mi I’m having to start lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  4. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    why do I want to hear Seinfeld do the play by play of a fight between Dallas Keuchel and Enrique “Kike” Hernandez?

    • Donald Trump says:
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      @J-FOH: its amazing that they print his name as Kike and there is no press on it. If his nickname was the N word, or even the S word (Sp_c), there would be all sorts of ESPN national outrage. Who says Jews control da media?

  5. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    sorry for this repeat post ,
    but didn’t want nincompoop to continue to be misinformed ,
    and i prolly posted it after his bedtime .

    @Peter Nincompoop:

    costa rica has made it into the final 8 of the world cup .
    you can watch them play on july 5th vs the netherlands .

    ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE that Street ends up in a set-up role this year .

    if you check the history , i think that you’ll find that Huston Street
    has the highest Saves /conversion percentage since 2012 .
    2012 … 95.8 %
    2013 … 94.3 %
    2014 … 100 %

    @ Grey :
    thanks for your patience ,
    as i return to yesterday’s comments .
    will “catch-up” to you later .

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @J-FOH: You just made me a fan

      • Jimbo says:
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        @J-FOH: bewbs!

        • Birdmann says:
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          @Jimbo: god bless curvy Latinas, my weakness.

      • Furious says:
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        @J-FOH: Not to burst the Costa Rican bubble, but she is from Paraguay. Larissa Riquelme.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @costaricanchata: I’ll raise my left hand and admit my mistake. I fell asleep during the 8′ minute of their match with Greece on Sunday trying to pronounce all of the “andopapopolus’s” and just assumed they lost. Congrats. Anythehoo, if you really like Street that much then trade for him (I believe that was your initial question). Nice pic J-FOH.

      • gareth says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: I’m looking at the padres situation with interest at the moment as I have Benoit. I’m hoping street gets traded to a contender and Benoit closes for the Padres the rest of the year.

        Knowing my luck, they both get traded and Benoit keeps his same job on another team as the go to set up guy.

  6. gareth says:
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    Haha. I noticed I was the first commenter in that link to the Joe Mauer “schmotato” article.

    I’d like to revise my comment about joe Mauer being a “one stat guy – average.” I was wrong. He has clearly become a O stat guy, and has been found wanting in every stat this season. I stand corrected.

    Also – can’t believe I dissed Giancarlo! I ended up drafting him in the third round of my rcl and he’s been a golden god this year. I think my reasoning behind him being overrated and slightly one dimensional was due to the putrid offense around him and all the niggling injuries he seem to get last season.

    If you see him Grey, please break your restraining order and apologize to him for me. Thanks.

  7. Sal says:
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    Who would you rather have going forward Hosmer or Utley? Seems like an obvious answer, but with both sputtering to get anything going of late, it is possible that one would not want anything to do with either of them.

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    In regards to the glossary term for the type of save jordan Walden got: close encounter?

    Too alien? Its probably because Walden plays for the braves and Aldrelton was in the back of my kind.

  9. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: you G3 after the third

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks for the clarification. I remember you mentioned scott van slyke a few weeks ago as a good batty call candidate. I decided to grab him for the Dodgers series @ Corrs against all lefties (now Chacin is injured). No Brainer, right?

        By the way, I typed Chacin and my smartphone auto corrected it to “chafing” which is kind of ironic, considering his fraying rotator cuff.

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          @gareth: van Slyke is in my draftkings article today.

          • gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: Wow! Great minds think alike!

            • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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              @gareth: your view of time is funny.

  10. Tyson Ross or Minor..5×5 roto daily…I could just use Ross at Petco..

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I’d try to hold onto Minor and start Ross at Petco.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I dumped minor last night in a shallow league 10 teamer

  11. gareth says:
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    My recent Victor Martinez for Hanley Ramirez trade is starting to resemble the movie “crash.”

    • @gareth: Hanely will rake in the 2nd half after his extended holiday..no worries

  12. Dan says:
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    In a redraft I need to drop 1 between ozuna Byrd or khris Davis?

  13. here is another: Desperately seeking Kimbrel

  14. Dominican Power says:
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    Mesoraco/Gray for Bumgarner?

    • Miles says:
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      @Dominican Power: Gumbarner is a true ace. Mesoraco and Gray are nice but Mesoraco is so stinking streaky. I would prefer Bum

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Dominican Power: Bumgarner has a better K/9, but all the other peripherals between the two are extremely comparable. If you need Mesoraco’s bat then I’d do it, but temper your expectations on him going forward.

    • Grey

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      @Dominican Power: Bum, but it’s fair, depends more on who’s replacing Mesoraco

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    I hear ya on Wily Peralta, have had him on team past two years. I am a heat addict and Wily brings the heat. I have trouble dropping guys that throw gas…or “Gas Mastersons” as the Eck would say. Guess that is why I have Eovaldi, Peralta, Verlander (who has lost about 3 or 4 mph and am not sure if he has heat anymore, but he seems to get stronger as seasons progress) and my favorite pitcher in baseball, Rubby DeLaRosa (Pawsox for now…how do they keep him there for long with Peavy, Buchholz and Workman in the rotation?). I start them all the time no matter who they are playing – heat addict.

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      @ram: only heat I have been able to resist is Edwin Jackson. his heat is a “hot shot”

    • Grey

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      @ram: Ha, I hear ya

  16. Pinchers of Loaf says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman or Marte ROS?
    Singleton or Betts?

  17. JP says:
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    Glossary term-Ménage à trois (also pays tribute to your 3 French readers). Walden got the save the night after Kimbrels Ménage à trois.

    • Grey

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      @JP: I think we can do better

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    “Glossary term for that panic that washes over you when your closer doesn’t come in for the save, only to realize he had gone three days in a row:”

    Hat Sit
    Three Day Weekend
    Triple Nyet

  19. bossmanjunior says:
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    I was worried when Robertson didn’t come out for the save but it turns out Kelley was just a Sub-Fearo. Luckily Robertson was just put on ice and not a fatality. Next save opportuniy, he should be able to Finish em!

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        @Grey:

        Like SubZero from Mortal Combat. Sorry, bit of a stretch…it was 4 am

        • Grey

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          Ah…Ha, gotcha

  20. bossmanjunior says:
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    Should be called the ” I don’t check Closer News daily”

  21. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m old enough to know what you did in the Fister blurb. Nice work.

    *Looks it up* Was it really that long ago?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @SteveNZ: My dad listened to two bands. H&O and the Eagles. “I hate the f*cking Eagles, man”.

  22. MadDog says:
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    Beswitched?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MadDog: I think we can do better

  23. JWray says:
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    Need to activate Arenado. I can either drop Sandoval, Mesoraco, K. Davis or L. Martin for him. Thoughts..??

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @JWray: Martin

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    play arenado today over any of
    rios @ Chen (lefty, but rios is hitting again, and is actually really good at lefties)
    polanco vs mccarthy
    pujols vs oberholtzer
    longo @scherzer
    springer @ shoemaker
    arenado vs greinke
    guessing bench longo.

  25. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Glossary Term: Wet Tail……when my daughter was around 3 she had a hampster that died of wet tail (yes that is a sickness that hampsters die from). Ever since then when ive gotten that queezy feeling, like a bout of soupy poopie was coming on,I have referred to it as Wet Tail….for obvious reasons.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: EX: Anybody else have Wet Tail last night when Walden came in for Kimbrel

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: Ha!…nice

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: You have my vote.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Nice one…my vote goes to you.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: get on board brotha…your in the minority.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Grey: DO IT!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  26. BSW says:
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    Hypercloseriac

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BSW: I think we can do better

  27. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Hawaii is the only U.S. State that grows coffee.

  28. Pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    Chavez just a streamer? I’m asking bc I’m thinking of dumping him to stream Locke vs PHI $12.2…

  29. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Enrique Hernanadez blurb was great

  30. jay says:
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    12 team mixed….Pedro Alvarez for Kazmir?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @jay: Pretty fair…depends on need(s)

  31. Mikey B says:
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    Kimbrel comment: One-x (see 3 Days Grace), Kryptonite (3 doors down) or my favorite E-wok.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mikey B: I think we can do better

  32. BringDaRuckus says:
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    Please rank since I have to drop one. Brad Miller, Alcides Escobar, Jean Segura? Miller and Escoboar have been hot and Segura cold lately. Do I keep the hot hands or give Segura more time?

    Thanks

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @BringDaRuckus: Don’t drop Segura. I’d base your decision on need. If you need speed then keep Escobar. If you need power then I’d hold onto Miller.

  33. Mikey B says:
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    Staying on a Star Wars theme- C-3PO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mikey B: I think we can do better

  34. Shaggy says:
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    It’s good to see that all the cool people still drink Olde E.

  35. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Hey Grey good stuff as always…
    Yovani Gallardo was recently dropped in my H2H pts. league. Should I add him over any of my other mediocre pitchers? I have Heaney, Wheeler, Eovaldi, Gausman, Stroman, Leake and Duffy. Thanks

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @I Be Teheran It Up!: Ugh Magugh…that’s a lot of mediocrity. Maybe Leake or Gausman?

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: Its not all mediocre, also have Kershaw, (king) Felix, & Teheran keeping me in 1st…. I still have hope for Heaney and I think Gausman will be good long term and Leake has an inticing 2 start week coming up so I’m a bit CONFUSED!
        I am Ron Burgundy??

  36. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Taiwan must own in a 10 team roto league?

  37. Bob says:
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    If you had to drop one from this group. Who would it be? I have Arenado coming off Dl

    Heaney, Ventura, Tijuan Walker

    C-Ramos
    1b-Goldschmdt
    2b-altuvie
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Beltre
    Of-Braun
    Of-Carlos Gomez
    Of-billy Hamilton
    Dh-Edwin Encarnacion
    B-George Springer
    B-Anthony Renton (2b,3b)
    B-Carlos Santanna (c,1b,3b,dh)
    B-Kole Calhoun
    Dl-Arenado
    P-Bumgardner
    P-tanka
    P-scherzer
    P-Zimmerman
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    RP-holland
    RP-Robertson
    B-sonny gray
    B-Cory kluber
    B-yordana Ventura
    B-Tijuan walker
    B-Heaney

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Bob: Heaney

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Bob: If one of the pitchers has to go then Heaney. I’d actually cut Carlos Santana.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: by your roster I would assume this is a keeper. I would dump santana

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @J-FOH: cut ramos, santana at C. he plays more anyway, in addition to being ranked higher.

  38. John Rubino says:
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    Here’s one: The Semisonic Shock!

  39. joe gaynes says:
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    Activating Arenado off the DL today…

    Who do I drop?

    -Heaney
    -Niese
    -Chavez

    Gracias

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @joe gaynes: Flip a coin but i guess Niese

      • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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        @Shaggy: chavez

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @joe gaynes: Gracias

  40. Strolg says:
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    Vulture Shock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: I like that a lot, I’ll put it on the list

  41. AP says:
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    July Grey! I’ve been rocking Singleton in my UTIL spot for a while now, and he is in fact terrible. Would Arenado be maybe worth a speculative grab now to fill in that spot upon his return? Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @AP: Not speculative ….GRAB HIM! DO IT

    • Yescheese says:
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      @AP: wow

  42. Broke says:
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    There should be a glossary term for that panic that washes over you when your closer doesn’t come in for the save, only to realize he had gone three days in a row. Please suggest in the comments.

    – Tripped up
    – Panic at the tripsco
    – Trip-idation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Broke: I like vulture shock better

  43. Hurling Darvishes says:
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    Glossary term: Three Day High and Resting. Gotta give De La some love!

  44. your mom says:
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    Can seager maintain his rbi pace? Should i give cueto away for him in a keeper? Im not sure if cueto’s going to stay healthy. Thanks!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @your mom: I don’t think he’ll keep up the pace he’s been on the past two weeks, but Seager is a top-5 third basemen so far this year and will be in the keeper discussion depending on how many your league allows you to hold onto. If you need the bat, I’d go with your gut and deal away Cueto.

      • your mom says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: It’s a 20 team h2h league (keep 8). my keepers would be tulo, j. up, bruce, gardner, cueto, ryu, rosenthal, heaney(?). currently rolling with castellanos/freese at 3b and seager would be an obvious upgrade there. Thanks for the help.

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @your mom: Your league dynamics change things a little bit…IN THE SAME DIRECTION. 20-Teamer? Go trade for Seager…

      • your mom says:
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        @Grey: copy that. how bout chisenhall/skaggs for ryu/cron?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chis side, but it’s fair, depends on needs

  45. Mike says:
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    Is there any reason or gimmer of hope in holding on to Martin Prado? Im in a 10 team and he is clearly my weakest link. I see he is about 98 percent owned still. So I tell myself they know something I dont.
    Help!

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Mike: He is a handy back up player. Shortens your bench with multi position eligibility but really not a starter. He is marginal at 2b only as a starter.

  46. Just Busted says:
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    I LOVE THE SMELL OF MOUSTACHE WAX IN THE MORNING!!!!

    Was offered Blackmon for Polanco AND Marte. I do have Yelich stranded on the DL, so I am wondering if it is worth the price? I also have Bruce and K. Davis in OF so really don’t want to drop anyone. OF would be Blackmon, Yelich, Davis and Bruce after the trade. Worth it?

    Thanks!

  47. Andrew says:
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    I realize it’s impossible to know what goes through Joe Maddon’s head, but do I want to own McGee or Boxburger. Or none of the above and use the roster spot on a hot schmotato?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Andrew: I’d go the schmotato route, but if you need vulture saves I’d pick McGee out of the two.

  48. Mr. Softee says:
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    Regarding the dictionary definition:

    Could Jordan Walden be considered a Closer Poser in this instance?

  49. Birdis says:
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    1 Year Yahoo! Head To Head League (10 Teams)
    Bat Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    Who do you like more for the rest of this season as a 5th Outfielder… Rajai Davis or Mookie? (Mookie should have OF eligibility after one more start.)

    And can you rank ROS (based on above stats): Granderson, Jennings, R.Davis, Betts, Beltran, Cain

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Birdis: Rajai, Granderson, Beltran, Jennings, Betts

    • gareth says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: if you mean like expired milk, then yes he is.

  50. GusPike says:
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    I got questions y’all! Soliciting (not that kind) views from the intelligentsia at Razzball…

    12 team 5 x 5 roto league, 5 keepers

    Team is listed below the questions. I’ve got Soul-Crushing Davis killing me (he was sadly one of my five keepers for this year) and Mike Minor and Gerrit Cole beating up on my ratios…

    1) Minor or Cole worth hanging onto or dump for streamers? Getting painful watching them undo me…

    2) What to do with Chris Davis? Would love to move him for SS help – keeping in mind the league (5 keepers), would you offer him, Chisenhall and Bogaerts for Segura and James Jones?

    3) Who’s the drop for Arenado (assuming I can’t pull of any 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 trades)?

    4) Who will be the drop for Santana?

    5) Anyone starting Sonny Gray vs Toronto today? Seems dicey….

    Many thanks!
    Gus

    C – Rosario
    1B – Crush Davis
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Holt
    SS – Bogaerts
    CI – Goldschmidt
    MI – Betts
    OF – Braun
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Dickerson
    OF – Cabrera
    OF – Gardner
    Util – Rizzo
    BN – Chisenhall
    DL – Danny Santana
    DL – Arenado

    SP – Fister
    SP – Cole
    SP – Teheran
    SP – Latos
    SP – Minor
    SP – Gray
    RP – Rosenthal
    RP – Britton
    RP – Doolittle
    RP – Allen
    RP – Rondon

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @GusPike:
      1. Nope
      2. Don’t do that trade, ever.
      3. Tough call…Brock Holt
      4. Mookie Betts (assuming this is a redraft league)
      5. Gray is a must-start

      • GusPike says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop:

        Thanks for the input.

        Working hard to trade someone quick, but league is not active enough…grr…

        re: #4 – it is a keeper league, but we only keep 5 and I don’t see Betts being one of my top 5 guys – but you are saying Betts is not as valuable as Danny Santana then?

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @GusPike: I’d call it a tie with no extra time. I’d lean towards Betts > Santana.

  51. 740 says:
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    Sup Grey, as always great read. i also messed up by dropping Ross. smh. anywayz, would u start Gray today?

    thanks and happy 4th! enjoy

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @740: Yep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Thanks! I’d start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Oh, and you too!

  52. booya says:
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    Please rank for ROS: Howie Kendrick, Zobrist, Brad Miller.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Zobrist, Miller

  53. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    I went through Marine Boot Camp with Goddammitcockdoodyhead Hernandez. A fine young man. Had like a 33 inch vertical. We called him “The Stain”. A good dude if a bit buck-toothed. I heard he married his high school sweetheart, Angie.

  54. FMFBL says:
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    Sir Greyskull,

    I own Crush in a keeper, really cheaply. I can’t really trade him and it seems crazy to drop him(right?). Should I try and make a move for a more expensive Adams?
    Cron and Teix are both available. Would you add either or just hold w Davis for ROS? Any upside over Davis w those 3?

    Thanks and enjoy the ‘works this weekend. Wear your safety glasses!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @FMFBL: Hold and hope for the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Agree with Nincompoop… Thanks, you too!

  55. Anustart says:
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    It’s reached that time where I have to drop someone…. arenado, chisenhall…

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Anustart: Chisenhall

  56. Since the term has to do with the fear you have, I like tri-pidation, but how about just “Tri-pping”? As in, “What’s this, Clippard’s coming into the ninth with Nats up 3-2? Where’s Soriano? What happened?” “Dude, calm down. You’re tri-pping.” “Oh, I get you. Thanks for the heads up.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: I like vulture shock better

  57. Fister asche says:
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    Pujols or moss ROS? I have Pujols and wondering if should trade for moss?

  58. Punk says:
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    I have a choice between two trades in a 12-team mixed 5×5 keeper league. I’d be keeping either Donaldson or Rizzo from these trades, and I’m currently in fourth. Details:

    * I’m first in saves in the league by about 15 right now, and I have four guys getting saves (Britton, Allen, Robertson, Putnam, plus Grilli).
    * My CI guys are Napoli, Morneau, P. Alvarez, and A. Craig (he’s been OF for me). We have 1B, 3B, UT, and IF spots in my league.
    * Two trade options: my Morneau, Britton, and Putnam for his Rizzo and Benoit OR my Alvarez and Britton for his Donaldson and Gregerson (could push for Duke or Watson instead).

    Which side of each trade, and which trade is better for me? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Punk: Donaldson one is better…Rizzo side

  59. Bob says:
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    6×6 with QS
    Would you hold or drop Wily Peralta for any of these?
    Eovaldi
    Koehler
    Hahn
    Odorizzi
    Stroman
    Duffy

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Bob: I’d exchange Wily Peralta for any of them at this point.

    • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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      @Bob: drop for eovaldi or hahn or stroman only.

  60. Fister asche says:
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    Other thought was trading away segura, pierce, and Jesse Chavez for moss? I have alcides at SS and pierce has been filling my utility spot.

  61. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Cobb or Arrieta ?
    Roto 5×5

  62. J-MoneyIV says:
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    Glossary term suggestions:

    “Not the face I was looking for”

    “SAGNOF-struck!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: Ha, not bad, I like vulture shock better

  63. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Funniest headline ever, anywhere. If I weren’t a fantasy baseballer, I’d STILL read Razzball. Styx is on the radio so I gotta go.

  64. LA Sound Guy says:
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    I have a dreaded catcher question. As far as anybody knows, is Wilin Rosario healthy and capable of being his 2013 self in the 2nd half? I’m being offered Wilin and LaRoche (Mr. 2nd Half himself) for Mesoraco. Feels like a great sell high to me, as long as Rosario rebounds a bit. Thoughts?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @LA Sound Guy: I like that trade for you, especially if you have a need for LaRoche.

  65. Scolli says:
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    How about just a “Close call”
    Loved the L.Martin blurb!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scolli: Thanks! I like vulture shock better

  66. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , pick three best starters on 7/4, thanks.

    Lynn vs MIA (SON $20.2)
    Cole vs PHI (SON $16.2)
    CJ Wilson vs HOU (SON $15.4)
    Lester vs BAL (SON $13.6)
    Cain vs SD (SON $12.1)
    Hammel vs WSH (SON $6.1)
    Simon vs MIL (SON $6.2)
    Stroman vs OAK (SON$5.7)
    Lohse vs CIN ($4.9)

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Wilson: SON already did it for you.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: But Lynn & Cold had a lousy start few days ago. Go for them or choose Lester & Cain? Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:

            Lynn loss 6ER vs LAD last start, and ERA 6.75 vs MIA last year.
            Cole loss 5ER vs NYM last start, and ERA 5.06 vs PHI last year.

            And,
            Lester win NYY with 0ER last start, and ERA 2.57 vs BAL this year.
            Cain win CON with 0ER last start, and ERA 2.57 vs SD last year.

            If so, Start Lynn & Cole or Lester & Cain on 7/4, which side? thanks.
            (Should start Lynn & Cole if follw SON, but..)
            ==================================
            Lynn vs MIA (SON $20.2)
            Cole vs PHI (SON $16.2)
            Lester vs BAL (SON $13.6)
            Cain vs SD (SON $12.1)

              • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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                @Grey: lynn had blister.

  67. Is Cole Hamels a solid option for the second half?
    Or does he worry you?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LastPlace: Nah, I’m no longer worried about him

  68. Jay says:
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    Rios or billy ham

    Overall better ROS stats

    • Jason from Michigan says:
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      @Jay: That’s a great question. I have Rios, and I think that’s who i’d prefer, but I think it’s closer than I think!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jay: I got a ticket in coach (i.e., 37E) right next to the bathroom, but I’m officially on the Billy Hamilton bandwagon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Hamilton

  69. Bob says:
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    I hate dropping high draft picks but I took Bruce in the 6th. Would you drop him for Moss in an 8 man H2H?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Bob: I would drop Bruce.

  70. gareth says:
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    I’m liking “closer poser” so far……..

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @gareth: He asked for a term to describe the feeling you get ….not a term for the fill in closer

  71. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points league

    Just lost Mauer, after I lost weiters. I hate catchers.

    Just said no thanks to this deal
    My cano, Mauer, Hamels for Kipnis, mesoraco, minor.
    Right call, correct?
    If I Gotta ride the wire for a C now, Zunino? darnaud? Any other not owned guys?

    Thanks my man!

  72. George Zip says:
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    Since i put Gattis on the DL, I have to drop either Reddick or Smoak. Or both?

    Now you may ask youself, why would i have them at all?
    and you may ask yourself if your league THAT deep?

    I’ll just tell you This is not my beautiful house
    This is not my beautiful wife

    should i just drop them both and pick up another huge embarrassing failure?

    • George Zip says:
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      Also, add Oswaldo to that list, whats his deal?

      • gareth says:
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        @George Zip: Also, where’s oswaldo? Likely heading back to the minors.

    • gareth says:
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      @George Zip: Both. Smoak and reddick in the same sentence says it all really. They blow.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @George Zip: I agree with Gareth.

  73. gareth says:
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    SAGSOFF:

    Save ain’t gonna start opportunity for fill-in.

  74. Hans says:
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    Premature kimbraculation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans: I like vulture shock better

  75. AA says:
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    Matt Holliday for Nolan Arenado…thought?

    • Hans says:
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      @AA: In a heartbeat if you’re getting Arenado.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @AA: Arenado

  76. Paz says:
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    would you take forsythe over hill? my MI infield is a mess with hill segura and gennett…

    think trading Brantley for a guy like dee gordon is fair?

    my OF is Bruce Brantley Bautista B-ham J-Up Dickerson and JD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paz: I’d take Forsythe…For Gordon, it’s fair….

  77. K. Loggins says:
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    I’m pretty of behind in pitching, (bottom 3 in Ks and wins) so I’m trying to grab any and all starters I can. I already have MadBum, Fister, Cashner (DL), Shields, Arrieta, Kazmir, Wood, Samardzija and Keuchel. Would you drop one of Rajai or Taveras for Ross or should they make a Hoarders episode on me with pitchers?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @K. Loggins: You don’t need Ross. Hold.

  78. Similar to the inclenation of spouses to cheat on eachother after a 7 year period, then often return to faithfulness after the brief transgression, The Braves merely had a “three game itch” with their overused, tired, familiar closer. He’ll be back getting saves for our clubs and often the relationship can grow even stronger. No need to panic over an all too common “3 Game Itch”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: I like vulture shock better

  79. Carnac says:
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    Money Ball II: Don’t Clog Up The Bases, starring Herman Cain as Dusty Baker.

  80. james says:
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    I need pitching depth on my team. Not that I do not have good SP (Lee, zimmermann, Lester, Samadja, Beckett, Hughes and Walker), but the other teams that look like they are playoff bound have better SP (not by a huge margin, but better).

    I should easiy slide in as a 3 or 4th place team in the regular season (so make the 6 team playoffs). So i am eyeing up prduction down the strech. Should I stashe and potentially play any of the following guys:

    Liriano, Cingrani, Kuroda, Masterson, Colon, Tomlin, Desppainge, Worley, McCarthy, guthrie.

    Liriano looks like he has the most upsie, but Kuroda was lost to start the season and looks like he is back in form (well historical form for him minus a small step back in aging), Masterson is a mess half the time and a beast the othe half, Colon is fat and old but still pitching well, Worley could be the next guy fixed by pittsburg and he had an amazing half season with philly when he first added the cutter, Tomlin has the best raw stats there this season, McCarthy is historically unlucky, and guthrie has been a fringe own guy all season.

    Some middle pack SP prospects are available too- Zimmer, Ranudona, Barnes, Cole, Harvey…. there likely are a few around that level i did not notice, but the guys clearly obove that are long gone (Bradley, Snydergaard, ect). So i could stashe one if they are likely to make the rotation later this season.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @james: I think you summed up your own decision(s) on the veteran SP’s. I’d give a look to Cole though, assuming I read that right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @james: Agree with NIncompoop

  81. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    Very hot Schmotato alert: Kole Calhoun’s last 97 at bats – .351/.414/.577.

    Note to Scosciopath: Calhoun vs lefties in minors since 2011 (341 PAs) .319/.385/.535. Calhoun vs lefties in majors .287/.320/.447. Maybe you should scrap that BS platoon and let this guy develop as an everyday player? He’s probably already there.

      • Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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        @Wilsonian: Acknowledges with Michelle Wie’s trademark wave that she blatantly stole from Kenny of Southpark.

  82. gareth says:
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    So when Tyson Ross gets a punch out, do we call it a video game or assault and battery?

  83. J Boy says:
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    Grey, awesome write up – if you can pull together the Dusty/Mookie montage, I will submit you for a Pulitzer.

    14 team roto keeper – been offered Keuchel/Koji for Wacha. I’m in the hunt, already have Felix, Strasburg, Lee and thinking Wacha is going to be an issue the rest of the year and possibly go forward. Which side do you like?

    Thanks man – keep up the good work!

    • james says:
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      @J Boy: @Shoe Gum Reynolds:

      I still do not truely trust eithe rKeuchel or Koji, but i would take it.

      Koji is SAGNOF…. he is old and really still not used to much more than 40-45 innings per season. Combined, i see when things go bad, i think he will totally blow up, and i think it will happen this season, but still an elite closer until that day.

      Keuchel has been great, and would slide in as your 4th SP, and would be money for a 4th SP.

      I would veiw it as spreading risk from one guy to two since they are both not far off in value to wacha.

      • Moronymous Lohse says:
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        @james: Dusty/Mookie sounds like something you’d contract after a bender in a bad part of Baltimore.

      • J Boy says:
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        @james: thanks for the feedback guys, I’m thinking it’s a good move to accept it as well.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @J Boy: I agree with James.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Boy: Ha, thanks…. Agree with James

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Sky: Allow yourself to congratulate, yourself. I saw that early on and drafted Ross in the 23rd because of it. Good call.

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Sky: Jerk off on your own time Sky!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: how did your Villar and Reddick deep league profiles go?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @J-FOH: about as good as your early Wil Myers pick in the FCL

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I didn’t draft him in FCL, that was writers league. The FCL screw up was everyone

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Haha, my bad! Not like I’m doing great there either. Only leagues I’m doing well in are my auction leagues. Tells me a lot…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: I’m kicking ass and taking names in the writers league and wasted my 3rd and 4th on Myers and Hosmer

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @J-FOH: I don’t even know where I’m at there. 6th or 7th I’m guessing. Which is just ahead of the people who aren’t paying attention which means I’m essentially in last.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: I like vulture shock better

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: I googled ‘vulture shock’ and I got a buncha stuff about the Lion King. There’s not even an urban dictionary definition for it and there’s one for EVERYTHING.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, there will be soon… JayWrong, edit the UrbanDictionary dot com, please!

    • Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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      @Sky: He’s been a joy to own. I’ve lovingly dubbed him “Road Kill”.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Shoe Gum Reynolds: Haha, at least he still K’s even when on the road but yeah, the start in Seattle was a sealing point for me to never let the HodgePadre out on the road.

  84. Barenrewn says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as always. I’d like your take on the long term viability of a player. I’ve had Goldschmidt and Jose Abreu on my team all season. I’m in a keeper league that allows 6 keepers. I feel the time might be now to move one for another piece. Who do you like better long term (I.e. Years)?
    Our league is also considering adding a UTIL spot next season. Would you suggest simply holding Abreu for that added spot?

    Thanks, and have a happy 4th of July!

    • james says:
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      @Barenrewn:

      I like them about equal long term, but Goldy more right now.

      Abreu has more raw power, but no speed to speak of. Abreu also carries the risk that teams will figure out how to pitch him, or shift to defeat his swing. If that happens, we are looking at Chris Carter.

      goldy- the speed and sb are not going to be there much longer. He was never a true speedster, more an above average runner with good instincts. the instincts will not go away, but if he loses half a step he will not be able to snag bases anymore. There is also the risk that the team will stop giving him the green light to keep him healthy. Take away the sb, and he is still a top 2 1b, but not a top 5 overall anymore (i would take him sans the sb at the mid to late 1st round instead of 3-5th overall last season).

      I think they are both the same age, and with Goldy you simply have a more proven commodity.

      i would look to swap abreu for another 1st or 2nd round talent that is about the same age. Basically McCutchen would be my first target, but i would settle for Adam Jones.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Barenrewn: Hold onto both

  85. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey:

    As always, thanks for the column. Good Stuff!

    H2H, Mix, 12 teams.

    With Arenado back, trying to trade for a SP either Arenado, P. Alvarez, Chisenhall, Marte or Torii Hunter.
    At the moment, I have no takers, and this means I will carry 2 bench spots, which I normally don’t like.
    Should I continue to offer the trade to someone and carry 2 bench spot, or drop one of the mentioned players?
    One trade I am pushing is: Hunter + Melancon for Wilson + Qualls. I would drop a low tier SP. What you think? Thanks for your input.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Thanks! Drop Hunter, trade Alvarez for Wilson if you want him

  86. stealsonstealsonsteals says:
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    hello.

    how do you like B-ham vs dee gordon ROS. i think i’m most worried of dee dropping off but really either could.

    i ask because of this trade: jon lester/billy hamilton for chris sale/dee gordon… gordon owner needs outfielders (not 2b/ss) and hamilton owner has too many OF’s.

    one more. what if i made it jon lester/billy hamilton/alex gordon for chris sale/dee gordon.

    thnank you

  87. Oliver says:
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    Are we dropping Jesse Chavez now? Is that what you are telling me? I am an A’s fan and this is hurting my feelings. haha

    Smyly and Stroman are available. I’d like to try to trade JC, but my league won’t bite on even quality offers. Ho-hum. So do I jump ship for one of these other guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: Ha, I’d hold there

  88. Some guy says:
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    Please help me by picking a side in these deals. 10 team keeper auction league league. All guys keepable through 2016 unless noted. Thank you.

    Heyward ($24), Rendon ($10), Rizzo ($16), Springer ($7), and Harper ($15 ) for Pujols ($30), Ellsbury ($27), Blackmon ($1) and Tulo ($38)?

    Springer ($7), Latos ($15 2015), and Heyward ($24) for Ellsbury ($27), Blackmon ($1) and Wily Peralta ($1)?

    • james says:
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      @Some guy:

      heyward- in a 10 team league with 3 OF slots, he is only a boarderline start. So let him walk.
      Rizzo- depends. He would be a boardline start at 1b, but if you have any util slots, he gains more value. I would keep at 16.
      Springer- 7 is a steal, even if he does not progress much more, you have a top 25 OF for under 10 bucks. That plays, and sets you up to have extra cash to spread around.
      Rendon- depends on bench depth and FA available. He is another boarderline starter in a 10 team league. the deeper the bench the more value a $10 starter has. you have to remember coming out of Rice he was viewed as a beast, and i think he still has more power upside to come.
      Harper- steal at that price.
      Blackmon- gamble to keep, but for a buck yes please. He was another elite prospect that just took way longer to really develop, so i do not think this season is all smoke and mirrors, just a late bloomer, and maybe a little luck. If he keeps this up next year, you have a really cheap OF1/2 if not, it is only a buck.
      Pujols- 30 is high, and if you keep rizzo (a better player at this point), he is cuttable unless you love the price.
      Ellsbury- already have 3 OF i would keep, but 27 is about right for him, so if you are afraid of inflation on his price, i would entertain keeping.
      Latos- depends on the love of pitching, 15 for a SP2 is about right, but inflation if a lot of SP gets kept could be big. Same boat as ellsbury, it depends on what is kept by others. If there are a lot of elite young SP kept for next to nothing (like your blackmon keep), the value of older 2nd SP will sky rocket.
      Peralta- I do not beleive in what he is doing this season, but if he keeps it together all season, a buck is a good price for a SP5 type.
      Tulo- this is the real wild card. Injury history says sell sell sell, the numbers this year says that that is 20 bucks too cheap (assuming standard 260). I think this becomes a keep simply from a value angle. at 38 it is a real steal.

      i think that was everyone- harper, springer, rizzo, tulo, blackmon are keeps, rendon, ellsbury, latos and peralta are maybe, and heyward and pujols are dumps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Some guy: Don’t trade so many pieces…Rizzo side…Springer side

  89. crammin von Moncho says:
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    Martin Prado??? im lost with this guy? Any ideas for a replacement?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @crammin von Moncho: Wee Willy Bloomquist? Seriously, anyone out on the waiver wire could be better. Especially if you’re rolling Prado out in the OF.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @crammin von Moncho: where are you playing him and who is available?

  90. Boomer19 says:
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    Great write up. Rizzo or Beltre the rest of the year at corner? Next year? Thanks.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Boomer19: Au Rizz

  91. Digger Phelps says:
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    Good work, sir. A couple quick questions:

    1) pretty eary to decide this but as of right now, which 2 would you keep for next year: Myers, polanco, arenado?

    2) as good as Dickerson has been for Colorado this year, do you see him struggling for playing time once cargo (and eventually cuddyer) return from injury?

    Cheers.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Digger Phelps: 1. Myers, Arenado although its close between Myers and Polanco….2. Unfortunately Yes

  92. Dan says:
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    Cole Hamels straight up for Chris Davis.. who wins?

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Dan: Davis

  93. Bye Felicia says:
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    Should I trade Polanco & Segura for T. Frazier.
    H2H 12 teams. I can plug Hardy off waivers at SS

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: here’s my team
      Willin
      Freeman
      Miggy
      Longo
      Alexi
      Segura
      Harrison
      Bruce
      Springer
      Zimmerman
      Polanco
      Calhoun
      Votto

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Bye Felicia: I forgot R.Braun

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @Bye Felicia: Last post, apologize. Just noticed Betts & Tavares are still on waivers. Would you swap either for Kole? Thanks in advance Boss…

  94. booya says:
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    Please rank these SP for ROS:
    Liriano
    McHugh
    Chavez
    Kuroda
    Haren

    Thanks

    • booya says:
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      @booya: add Chris Young to that list too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Chavez, Haren, McHugh

  95. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:
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    Maddoning

  96. Oh Cano You Don't says:
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    No questions yet. YET.

    For the glossary term: tic-tac-whoa

  97. jvillan says:
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    Which side you like
    Jose Abreu & Arenado or Evan Longoria & Teheran

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @jvillan: Jose Arenado

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @jvillan: Abreu side..by a good amount

  98. Chris says:
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    I just heard that hall n Oates song on the radio today! Love the reference.

    Is it worth trading my Jose Reyes for Gio Gonzalez? Do you think gio is “back”?

    I have Desmond playing short right now while Reyes mans the Utility spot. 10 team mixed league roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Thanks! I’d want a better/different SP

  99. SMLV1 says:
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    Well my Rios, Polanco for Cabrera got vetoed…..BENCH 1

    (27) Moss @Home facing Dickey
    (30) Springer @LAA facing Shoemaker
    (35) Rios @BAL facing Chen (Lefty)
    (42) Polanco @Home facing McCarthy

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @SMLV1: That is bullshit that you got vetoed on that. I bench G Spring there, or Polanco (coin flip)

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @SMLV1: springer

  100. Erik says:
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    How about “turtle head” as in almost crapping one’s self. “Pull back the turtle head on Walden’s save, Kimbrel went the last three nights in a row and just needed some rest.” Or, ” I turtle headed when I saw Walden’s save.”

    I had a buddy in college who would use the term in such a context.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Erik: Turtlehead is funny, but I like vulture shock better

  101. SMLV1 says:
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    My Team -

    Molina – C
    Goldy – 1B
    Dozier – 2B
    Sandoval – 3B
    Andrus – SS
    Stanton – OF
    Puig – OF
    Rios – OF
    Springer – OF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Moss – 1B,OF
    Polanco – OF

    E. Santana
    Cueto
    Shields
    Fister
    Arrieta
    Gio Gonzalez
    Ventura
    A. Wood
    Rosenthal
    Papelbon
    Joe Smith

    Was offered Miguel Cabrera for Goldy and Rosenthal? I think im giving to much. What do you think?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @SMLV1: Hold

  102. Bay of Puigs says:
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    Jordy Mercer or Ass-dribble Cabrera as backup for Gordon and Andrus ROS?

  103. Jason says:
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    1. would you take Arenado over Kipnis straight up? have matt carpenter to slot in at 2B and Arenado would be my IF and possible replacemetn keeper for Beltre

    2. mookie BEtts over Zobrist?

    3. Addison redd droppable in a 10 tm H2H league to grab skaggs? Have Soria and Perkins for closers. about half the other teams have three closers half have two closers and there are several cloasers on the wire.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Jason: 1. yes 2. not yet 3. not for skaggs

  104. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I have Cargo and Wacha on the DL and need to decide what to do with Gattis as he’s currently eating a bench spot. Should I simply cut him and pick up either Ramos, Norris, McCann or Castro? Or, hold for a week and then exchange him with Cargo on the DL when he gets off? Thanks in advance…

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Ha! Thanks guys. Have a great holiday weekend.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You too!

  105. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    KDAY!!!! Love it, I’ve been calling Khris Davis Kday ’cause I have him and the Not so much anymore”Crush” on a few teams together. Kday clearly winning at this point, especially considering he was undrafted in almost every league. It’s like jacking a guy for his Dayton’s and getting a burger “WITH CHEESE” !

  106. Corey says:
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    I want to pick up Lincecum for his Sunday start against the Padres but don’t know who to drop between Charlie Morton and Kevin Gausman. Morton would be the obvious candidate, but I don’t like how the news on Gausman is he “could” be recalled and is “available” to start Sunday. Is this kid in the rotation or is he just taking up a spot on my roster?

    • Bay of Puigs says:
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      @Corey: Gausman is a spot starter for now and taking up space. you can likely pick him up after Freak’s start.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Corey: Morton is a streamer

  107. Barry Badrinath says:
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    I picked up Carrasco a week ago for ratio help from a SP eligible reliever and he hasn’t pitched since. Anything to see here, or just coincidence?

  108. Greyismyhero says:
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    Good stuff Grey, Have a great 4th…….

    “Joe Mauer – Hit the DL with a strained oblique. It’s fair to say no outspoken critics from this post are saying much now.”

    I would also like to add that they are now in full fantasy football mode as they are out of it cause they drafted Mauer in the 1st 3 rounds. Peace SUCKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SMOKE THE GREEN!!!

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I drafted Mauer in the 13th round at pick 100. If he duplicated last years stats even in the 113 games I would consider it value. The league I am in also counts walks/obp/slg. I would never draft him in first 3 rounds.Posey was the first catcher taken and he went in round 8 . 8team h2h each cat.

      • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: should’ve been grabbing your 2nd pitcher at that slot.

  109. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Kinda of cliché but i’ll throw it out anyway. ” Tied to the tripping post ” for Kimbral.

  110. Big W says:
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    Nice write up as always Grey!

    In a 20 team redraft yahoo standard 5×5…

    been offered Cueto and S Drew for my segura and porcello

    Drew is useless so it’s basically a 2 for 1. If i lose segura I have Betts and Zobrist to cover.

    Take Cueto and sell high on porcello? (I may be buying high on Cueto)… Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Big W: I think in a 20 Teamer it’d be Segura side. Interested to hear Grey’s take…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big W: Thanks! Cueto side

      • Big W says:
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        @Grey: was hoping you’d say Cueto side… wanted him badly! Need K’s big time.

        Thanks again Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  111. Wilsonian says:
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    Zobrist, Hardy, or Betts for a Hanley replacement if he hits the DL?

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

  112. Philbo Baggins says:
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    Looking to boost my HR and RBI categories. Have been platooning OF spots between Marte and Pence. Looking at a trade of V-Mart for Pence + Marte. I’m in a 12 team H2H league w/ standard 5×5 except OBP. I’m inclined to do this considering I have Altuve, Andrus, and Polanco, and that Todd Frazier has been getting steals too. I win R and SB almost every week.

    Is this paying too much?

  113. J-FOH says:
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    Consterbation!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Prolly good for something else… I like vulture shock better

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I do to, I just wanted to share my Portmanteau. Consterbation – when you make a panic roster move based on bad or breaking news?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or someone making an unsubstantiated comment on Razzball

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: i have a term for that but i don’t want the commenter to be offended by me Portmanteauing him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  114. Ken says:
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    Grey,

    I don’t comment much, but have a question today…10 Team Roto 5×5 $260 Keeper, Auction Leauge. I have an embarrassment of riches in the outfield and could use some help, please. I put the $ amount next to players I will keep, or have to consider keeping.

    My question is, who should i look to trade this season, as 2 of these guys end up being bench bats, and I would rather add reliever(s). So far, I’ve been unsuccessful trading Springer, but am wary to just drop him.

    Appreciate the help. Thank you.

    Giancarlo @ $1
    Bryce @ 1
    Alex Gordon
    Adam Jones
    James Jones
    Gregory Polanco @ $1
    George Springer @ $1
    Oscar Taveras @ $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ken: Trade Oscar and Gordon

  115. Marv says:
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    Grey,
    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12) (9hit/8pit stats)
    HIS C. Santana / Y. Cespedes for MY Braun/Holiday
    I have Mauer, hes on the DL and I have 6 OF (McCutch/Bruce/Braun/Holiday/Springer/Polanco)
    thanks bud

      • Marv says:
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        @Grey:
        Sorry, got a trade offer: HIS C. Santana / Y. Cespedes for MY Braun/Holiday but he also offered a monster: HIS C. Santana / Y. Cespedes / G. Richards / G Holland / K Jansen for MY Braun/ Holiday / Mauer / Dickey / Cishek / Ventura

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  116. Jason says:
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    moving Kipnis…would you take heyward and an 8th rd pick

    or just move kipnis for a 7th rd pick and then pick up Betts with open roster spot?

    we keep 5 so the the pick are within the first three rds of avialable players.

  117. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    A little help if you please for a replacement for E. Cabrera at SS in our 11 Team 5×5 Roto League:

    Jeter
    Forsythe
    Aybar
    Nunez
    Rollins
    B. Miller

    Not great, but it’s all we got. Thanks much Grey.

      • Let ARoid Play! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey and enjoy the Fourth!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  118. Baezaworldseries says:
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    You know the feeling you get when you wake up early to read Razzball and the first writer isn’t Gray? My first reaction is “On no Gray finally got to big for us!!!” Only to realize…. It’s Saturday. SatuRazz is my submission.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baezaworldseries: Ha… Dan Pants does a solid job! I like vulture shock better

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Grey: Love me Some Dan Pants! It’s just something that’s happened to me more than once. I worry about losing you Gray. Don’t ever leave me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I’m here for you, hold my hand (figuratively)

  119. Reid says:
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    With Belt being activated tomorrow, I need to drop someone. I have 6 OF’s: Trout/Springer/Dickerson/Holliday/Ozuna and James Jones.

    *separate question*Hosmer will move to the bench or one of two utility spots right?

    Pitching I have Kluber/King Felix/T Ross/Cole/Carlos Martinez/Eovaldi/Duffy/Wood/McHugh. Between the outfielders, Hosmer, and my starting pitchers, who would you drop to make room for Belt?

    ¡Muchas Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Reid: Jones or Ozuna depending on needs

  120. gareth says:
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    I get it. Vulture shock – Culture shock. Nice one.

    I always imagine certain players (most likely the redneck ones) getting culture shock when they go play in Japan. I feel this will not be case with jose altuve when he plays over there towards the end of his career.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @gareth: @Grey: A la Casey Mcgehee, what was going through that guys head when he got over there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I got one second in and shut it off, how did it end?

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: I got 2 seconds in, but the ending is Casey crashing through the wall with a pitcher of Sapporo saying “OH YEAH”! Happy 4th to all you guys at Razzball!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

  121. The Big Yabu says:
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    Greinke @ COL – start or bench?

  122. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 keeper (OBP + XBH / QS + IP)

    Starting to really loathe my fantasy league. It’s tough at the top, man. Offered Machado + Doolittle for Longo.. dude says he wants picks, then goes behind my back and moves Longo for VICTORINO and a 6 for 10 round swap. Seriously? And people wonder why they suck at fantaasy baseball.. /rant

    Original offer: Rizzo + Porcello + Round 5 for Freeman + Latos + Round 12
    Counter: Same deal, but Round 3 for Round 15 swap

    I think that’s a little too steep, but would you come back with a Round 4 for a 13? Is that deal still worth it? Thanks.

  123. RS says:
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    How soon before we see Salazar again in the majors? Saw he threw a good game in AAA recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RS: End of July/August

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems scientific enough for me!

  124. Cheese says:
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    I have a plethora of 3B (Seager, Aramis, Arenado) and need some OF help.

    I was thinking of offering for Marte as I need some speed help. How would you rank Seager, Aramis and Arenado ROS, and are any of them worth trading for Marte?

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Aramis

  125. Whirlaway says:
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    For glossary…False al’armed or false al ‘arm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I like vulture shock better

  126. Moosebiscuit says:
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    Chris Davis…..Drop or drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • gareth says:
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      Everyone remember that time when we laughed and called khris davis a Chris davis wanabee?

      Davis 1: .206 ave , 35 runs , 41 rbi’s , 13 hrs , 2 sb’s .
      Davis 2: .260 ave , 49 runs , 44 rbi’s , 14 hrs , 3 sb’s .

      Ouch.

      The silver lining for ORIGINAL davis owners is that khris has had 45 more at bats.

      Lowercase yay.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

  127. DomMattingly says:
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    Do I drop Wacha and start streaming?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  128. Birdmann says:
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    I need power Cano and Craig for Crush and Dustin(better second half career numbers)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: yeah keeper league my A Jones, Felix and a 6th round pick (our second round after keepers) for Trout, E5 and a 10th got rejected (he loses both after this year). So I am back to the drawing board.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Birdmann: he’s a big pussy, f**k that scum bag owner.

  129. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Kimbrelevant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  130. LurveGuru says:
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    Yankees just called up a guy named Zelous Wheeler. Please tell me I’m not the only one who wants to hear an announcer snarkily exclaim “…and he hits one over Zelous for a double!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  131. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    Who is Scooter Gennet? He’s almost the exact same guy this year as last year.

    2013
    69/213 29R 6HR 21RBI 2SB .324AVG .834OPS 10BB 42K
    76/244 35R 6HR 27RBI 4SB .311AVG .835OPS 16BB 43K
    2014

    He’s apparently trustworthy and ownable if he can get playing time. I would have already dropped Xander for him if not for it being a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not better in a keeper?

      • Moronymous Lohse says:
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        @Grey: It’s that darn platoon with Weeks that bothers me as Gennett sits against lefties and so far its worked of Milwaukee. Still, even in 2/3rds time play he has been better than Xander. I just know XB will be snatched up soon after being dropped or will decide to hit and steal bases once I cut him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Platooned guys are more frustrating in the small picture, big picture a start or two a week missed isn’t killer

  132. Ben R says:
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    Just a mild case of “Reliever fever” nothing to be concerned about.

    • gareth says:
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      @Ben R: Thats nice and all but it reminds of Justin bieber for some reason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vulture shock better

  133. Clint says:
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    Morneau, Moss, Crisp, or Taveras in a H2H Pts league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss

  134. JP says:
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    For glossary…..Using the Joe Maddon method. Walking with Grandma. Kimbrel didn’t get the save Walden must have been “walking with Grandma”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, doesn’t apply though

  135. BDubs says:
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    Boxberger, Walden, or Affeldt? Need holds and saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Affeldt

  136. Jarrad says:
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    Trade Taijuan for Napoli? I’m currently in 1st in a 14-team keeper, but I’m falling behind in in HR & RBI. Here is my current roster…

    C: Gomes
    1B: A-Gon
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Alvarez
    SS: Reyes
    OF: Heyward, Dread Pirate, Puig, Zobrist
    DH: Span, Ozuna
    Bench: Gillaspie, Neil Walker, Dunn

    SP: Cueto, Hammel, Kennedy, Kluber, Price, G. Richards, Taijuan, W-Y Chen, Gee, D. Holland
    RP: Reed, Soria, Motte

    As always, your opinion is appreciated, Grey. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Jarrad says:
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        @Grey: Cool. Thanks, man. Enjoy the 4th!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, homey!

  137. JWray says:
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    I’m up in the air about starting Gray today. Stream-o-meter has it as a so-so start. Thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know I have a special place in my heart for anything De La, but vulture shock is better

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Agreed!

  138. Moosebiscuit says:
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    Price, Polanco, Minor or Adam Jones. …Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  139. royce! says:
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    I’m thinking about dropping Everth in my 14 team h2h. I don’t have DL room for him. I have an opening in the OF and Betts at SS; since Betts will gain OF eligibility before next week I can either pick up an OF or SS. In the long term, I should get Wil Myers back eventually, though that might not be a positive.

    Wire options are Forsythe, Saunders, Ethier, Schierholtz and Ruggiano…I could also lose Lawrie, Gausman, or Ervin Santana. Whaddya think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz, I’d lose Gausman prolly

  140. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. need to drop one to clear space for arenado. eovaldi, leake, heaney or mcgehee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake

  141. smokedatkike says:
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    grey you know anything about this hernandez guy for the astros? i see he’s 2nd base eligible, which is a black hole for me… yet again i’ve never, ever heard of him.

    also. who would you pick up for a han-ram replacement. jimmy rollins or andrelton simmons (at the top of the line-up now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Little power/speed… Simmons

  142. Cheese says:
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    I’ve been offered two trades…

    My Harper for his Donaldson and Ventura
    My Harper, Alex Wood and Cishek for his Donaldson, Cole and Melancon

    Are both deals good, and is one better than the other?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re both decent… I’d take Donaldson/Ventura

  143. Charles says:
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    Had to place Mauer on the DL. Which of these catchers should I pick up to replace him? 12 team points league. Strikeouts suck.

    Zuzino, D. Norris, Jaso, Vogt, Salty, Yan Gomes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  144. herschel says:
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    @Grey: in roto redraft, better dl stash – paxton, gee, wil myers or gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  145. gareth says:
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    Who’s a better DL stash – Carl Crawford or Corey Hart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

  146. Matt says:
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    Hello Grey, hows it going? You like Vogt or Ellis as ruiz replacement in 2C 5×5

    Thanks

    Great headline!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and headline was Rudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Shoemaker

  147. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Gray nice write as per usual. Want to stream a hitter today I wanted torii hunter HOT has it 20.7 Bedard , but after reading Jay Fo he is loving van slyke at HOT26.7 morales I,m still leaning hunter what do you think ty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hunter

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: hr Hunter right on first instinct thx again

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I give up on this glossary stuff way over think it

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  148. ebudz says:
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    Ha the Fister and Skaggs blurbs made me chuckle… just two July 4th Start or Sit questions for my H2H Yahoo Standard 5X5 league:

    1. Stroman ($5.7) @OAK (Milone)
    2. Cobb ($3.6) @DET (Smyly)

    Start both? Sit both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Start both, and pray

  149. Wilsonian says:
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    Need to clear some space with too many bats, would you deal Longoria and Dozier for Kinsler?

    I have Pedro, Arenado, and Machado to play third.

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  150. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h weekly points

    Better deal for me

    My Hamels, pence, Mauer, Matt Harvey for
    Minor, votto, mesoraco

    Or

    Hamels, pence, Craig for
    Strasburg, carpenter or wright, Napoli

    Or

    Neither

    Thanks again. Big fan. Big. Fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, thought that was and Wright… Neither deal is great

  151. Bob says:
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    I have an offer standing that would net me Altuve for Polanco. This is a 5 player keeper H2H 10 man league. I locked in Trout, Goldschmidt, and Cutch as 3 of my 5 keepers. Tanaka, Scherzer, Davis, Lucroy, and Polanco are options for the last 2 slots. I don’t think I’d keep Altuve if I traded for him. I currently have Dozier as 2B and he’s awful. Would you make the trade? Roster is C- Lucroy, 1- Goldy, 2- Dozier, 3-Zman, s-Elvis, O-Trout, Cutch, Polanco (Moss and Calhoun backup), U – Davis S (Start 5)-Scherzer, Tanaka, Iwakuma, Latos, Lackey, Cashner, Bailey, Burnett, R- Chapman, Chishek.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Altuve

  152. Pope says:
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    Alright Grey, after reading today’s post and all the comments, I’m trying to make a deal.
    12 team, std 5×5, H2H, we can keep 2

    I’ve got:
    Zunino, Pujols ($23), Hill ($9), Longoria ($29), Segura ($19), Alcides, Rizzo ($10), Gordon ($17), Heyward ($17), Rios ($22), Puig ($24), Bruce ($24), Frazier ($3), Myers DL ($15)

    Cobb ($10), Richards ($2), Walker, Stroman, Heaney, Roark, Wood, Rodney ($1), Smith, Soria, Doolittle

    He’s got:
    Suzuki, Cron, Kendrick, Callaspo, Lowrie, Hanley ($33), G. Jones, Soriano, A. Jackson, Moss ($9), Brantley ($1), Donaldson ($20), Gomez ($32), Butler

    Lee ($25), Scherzer ($22), Gio ($14), Weaver, Gray ($5), Kazmir, Vargas, Jansen, Smyly.

    The offer on the table from him is Moss and Gomez for my Puig, Frazier, Rodney, Richards.
    What do you think? I’m not crazy about giving up Puig or Frazier. Would you try another deal with him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget that deal

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: For sure, thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  153. Sal says:
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    Have two offers on the table where if both were accepted I would trade away Starlin Castro and Rodney for moss and Kenley. Who wins?

    Also Blackmon was dropped in one of my leagues, would you drop Cain or Taveras for him?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss side… Cain for Blackmon…

  154. henncoop says:
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    Thanks for all your help Grey ….Have a fantastic 4th!!!
    Looking to upgrade my MI’s if possible

    Team 1 has Odor, Segura, & A Escobar in a 12 team roto
    with Jeter, Callaspo, Infante, La Stella, Bogaerts, Ackley & Forsythe available

    Team 2 has Mecer, Segura, & Suarez in a 14 team troto
    with Beckham. Roberts, LaStella, Tejada, Espinoza or Forsythe available

    any suggestions?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! Forsythe over Odor… Same over Mercer…La Stella over Suarez

  155. MikeZ says:
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    Grey — what do you think about trading Marte for Bruce? I’m first in steals in my 12 team mixed roto league — 15 ahead of the number 2 guy and 38 ahead of the number 3 guy. I’d like some more power — Bruce seems like someone who could turn it on in the second half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  156. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 keeper (OBP + XBH / QS + IP)

    I give:
    Machado
    Desmond Jennings
    Porcello
    5th Round pick

    I get:
    E5
    Strasburg
    12th Round pick

    Too much? If so, what’s a good deal for E5/Stras if I’m giving up Machado (who I still think is an excellent keeper). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good for you

  157. Jay says:
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    Is it too early to dump kipnis in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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      @Jay: jesus

  158. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Wouldn’t vulture shock be more when you see your pitchers team won 5 -0.Then you look and your pitcher threw 7.2 and all 5 runs were scored were scored after your guy was pulled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A vulture save is when a random reliever besides the closer gets the save, not sure what the 5-0 game scenario relates to…

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: I was thinking a different take on a vulture win

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah

  159. XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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    Grey blowin up the spot! Quick one, 10 team 6×5: Heyward/Street for JZ. Which side? Shorter than usual today! (That’s what she said? Never! Always.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JZ

      • XxAznBayBeexX Nico says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir. Happy 4th!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, you too!

  160. ashtray says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7 (pitchers include L & QS)
    Pick 6 to roster out of this group:

    Sonny Gray
    Alex Wood
    Gerritt Cole
    Yordano Ventura
    Chris Archer
    Hiroki Kuroda
    RA Dickey
    Zack Wheeler
    Mike Leake
    Henderson Alavarez
    Jose Quintana

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sonny Gray
      Alex Wood
      Gerritt Cole
      Yordano Ventura
      Chris Archer
      Hiroki Kuroda

  161. henncoop says:
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    Arenado is returning today ….who to drop?

    so Mostsuckas & Reynolds, who were sharing 3B or Arcia or M Saunders who are now all utility possibilities &/ or bench bats ….need to lose one. Seems one of the extra 3B would be my most likely drops since now they would be primarily just a utility option
    (Pujols is pretty much locked in @ CI)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

  162. ashtray says:
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    Start either of these guys today?

    Greinke @ COL $10
    Gray vs TOR $7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, they’re obviously very risky

  163. The Red Cyclones says:
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    Geez, when is Coco Crisp going to disintegrate? I was the benefactor of his career-high in homers in 2013 but this year I feel like I should’ve grabbed him for the $3 he went for in my league.

    Do you like Wilson Ramos at Catcher for ROS in a 16 team 6×6 OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      August 14th? Ramos is fine, no idea of your options

  164. Ryan says:
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    What do you think about Zunino? I can grab but would have to drop Cobb is he done? I picked him up a few Weeks ago but have just been benching him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Cobb

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: cool thanks for all the info that u give

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  165. smokedatkike says:
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    corey kluber or jon lester ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, love that it’s in pink

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: yeah. may have to grab one. should definitely have a “you know you f’d up” quote on the back…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Totally

  166. DomMattingly says:
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    Drop Granderson, Duda, or J Harrison for Forsythe?

  167. Gomez427 says:
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    Trade my Leonys Martin ($17) for Zack Wheeler ($1) (14 team H2H – Daily League)

    Current SP: Cliff Lee, Strasburg, Homer Bailey, Liriano, Kennedy, Hammel, Niese, Garza, Hutchison, Koehler

    Current OF (to fill 4 OF and 1 UTIL): Stanton, Gomez, Springer, Polanco, Dickerson, Martin

    My debate is getting another SP, but then potentially creating a mental block to streaming my last SP slot and keeping Martin as backup in case Dickerson loses PT or Springer just loses all value this year. On the other hand, Martin is basically taking up a roster spot while Wheeler would be rotated in my rotation and he is a potential keeper at $1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  168. John says:
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    Give pujols and say cueto or lester for CDavis and Scherzer?

    or maybe pujols and shields for Cdavis and Anibal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, 2nd one

  169. mike says:
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    hey grey, I got two offers:
    -freeman and iwakuma for bautista
    -b phillips and iwakuma for springer
    10 team league, I have fairly thin pitching and brad miller in my 2b slot..
    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      First one is okay…

  170. himynameis says:
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    i know SAGNOF. but casey jansen or cishek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cishek

  171. Don Majkowski says:
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    In a keeper, just dealt Strasburg DNorris & Chris Johnson for Machado, Carlos Santana & Alex Wood…Yay or nay?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  172. Crock says:
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    Arenado/Chris Davis/rosenthal or miggy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  173. Goose! says:
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    That panic when your closer doesn’t come in and you find out its because he just pulled 3 days in a row, I’d call it “distrested”

    • Goose! says:
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      @Goose!: Or maybe just distrest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I like vulture shock better

  174. John E. Depth says:
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    Start Home Milone against the Jays tomorrow at home?
    Other options instead are Miley vs ATL, Ubaldo@BOS, Harang@ARI, who sucks the least?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

    • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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      @John E. Depth: i forgot harang still was starting.

  175. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I’m going get deep, deep like the minds of Minolta…

    As a disclaimer, I’m hopelessly out of of contention in my 10-team H2H Keeper League and have been accumulating younger upside players, in addition to draft picks, in preparation for my glorious return to fantasy prominence next season. I recently acquired Rizzo, Teheran and a 6th round pick for V-Mart, C. Davis, Kipnis and Richards. That leaves me with a group of McCutchen, Harper, Cargo, Rizzo, Machado and Arenado (great pre-season call by the way) to consider for four hitting keeper spots (no restrictions). McCutchen and Harper aren’t going anywhere, but considering each of the other four hitters carry their own values position-wise, and as trade chips, who would you tie your bollard too as of right now? I’d be looking to deal the other two to contenders for either draft picks or a potential pitching upgrade (i.e., I have Sale, Teheran and Wacha to choose from for two keeper pitching spots).

    I appreciate your feedback, and as always, I thoroughly enjoy your daily posts and insight. Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem…. McCutchen, Harper, Rizzo, Arenado, CarGo, Machado, would be my ranking… So, CarGo, Machado last…

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was thinking. I always worry about Cargo (i.e., injuries, general wimp-like qualities, etc.) but he will fetch me something good once he gets off the DL. I have no problem letting him go. The Arenado/Machado question gets more difficult. I have time, so will just see how things play out between the two, but yes, I would choose Arenado over Machado going forward. Thanks bro…

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @Peter Nincompoop: Did I just say “thanks bro”? It must be the college town that I live in…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Machado and Arenado could change by next year, but Arenado has Coors

  176. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    I’m looking to deal a bat for an arm, I’ve got longo, arenado, Frazier, moss (au shizz starts at 1B) & Alex gordon.

    Possible targets are homer bailey, sherzer, wainwright, Lester.

    Out of that group, who are you targeting and who are you looking to deal?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo for Wainwright? Arenado for Scherzer? Moss for Scherzer?

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Grey:

        Does that mean you think Longo for Lester or Moss for Bailey is too much to give up (in a vacuum)?

        How do you rank Longo, Moss, Gordon, Frazier, Arenado going forward?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, too much… Frazier, Moss, Longo

  177. Henry says:
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    ROS Tyson Ross or Jesse Hahn? and Thoughts on Ross’ next two starts @COL, @LAD.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those are obviously terrible starts for him… Hahn if you’re looking 2 starts in the future, Ross if ROS

  178. Spammer Jay says:
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    Hey Grey,

    (leading most hitting cats including SB, need pitching bad)

    Trade Dee Gordon for Arrieta and Alex Wood? My SS spot would be filled by Ian Desmond.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should do better than those SPs, but it’s fairish if you’re desperate

      • Spammer Jay says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! It’s a keeper league, and Arrieta is just $5. You think you will rank him highish for 2015?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arrieta would need to do what he’s doing for another 2 months to even have a chance…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          i.e. unlikely

  179. Greyismyhero says:
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    I’m assuming it’s safe to drop Singleton now if I am only using him in utility and don’t really need a 1B? I can drop him for whatever hot schmo is going week to week. Non-keeper league…Approve?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Approve…Smoke it!

  180. Swfcdan says:
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    And to think Cram said he (Ross) was garbage when I was banging his drum in the preseason…

    Boxberger or Oviedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oviedo, coin flip

  181. smegma says:
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    Please rank Springer/Marte/K.Davis ROS. I’m trying to figure out which of them to offer a 1 for 1 for Cargo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, Springer

  182. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    drop wily p or mchugh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McHugh

  183. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    it’s finally come to pass that j. harrison is for reals losing playing time. 2 days in a row now. time to drop for any/all useful 2B/util types.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  184. goodfold2 says:
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    better deal (assuming they are all good for me). i have wright
    1. wright for bailey (maybe with bauer thrown in)
    2. wright and porcello for zimmerman (if this isn’t enough i could try wright and porcello for sale, but that almost certainly won’t work)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jordan Zimmermann

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: had to see if zimm was worth that much, i suspected so.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  185. Big Magoo says:
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    The sister-in-law is visiting for the extended weekend, so I’ll be hanging around and bugging you off and on. And drinking. Lots and lots of drinking. You still doing a buy/sell tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, sounds like fun! It’s already written… There will be a roundup too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oaktown is fine, right? Haven’t heard from him in a while…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Oaktown is fine. I checked in with him last week cause he hasn’t been active in the FCL recently. He’s just really busy right now and doesn’t have much time to spare for fantasy stuff. He should be back around the message boards in the near future.

        I’ve been reading the roundups on most days. Just don’t have time to comment much anymore. Great work as always. I’ve been working on the house in my spare time cause it’ll be on the market in the next week or two (moving for work within 90 days). I’ll be around this weekend though to spam your buy/sell once again!

        Been watching MasterChef?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice on OTS… Good luck with the house shizz… MasterChef is about all I have left that I’m watching with GOT and other shows in hiatus… I’m thinking it’s going to come down to Courtney, Big Willie, the Crazy British Guy and the Asian girl… I’m pulling for Willie, but think CBG might pull it off…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Thanks. Moving is a pain in the ass. I can’t wait until this whole thing is over with.

            It’s definitely slim pickings on TV in the summertime. Have you seen Cutthroat Kitchen? I usually DVR those. Pretty funny stuff most of the time.

            You like the Flock of Seagulls guy? Hmmm…. maybe. I thought that he was a flash in the pan at first, but he’s come up with some good stuff recently. The Asian girl seems to know what she’s doing, but I think her inexperience might trip her up during one of these challenges. I’m not sure that Big Willie has the chops to go all the way. He probably would’ve went home this week if the other guy hadn’t grabbed the wrong panna cotta. Christian is in the mix too. Same with the video game dude with the tats. It’s basically a total crapshoot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Alton Brown annoys the crap out of me (and Joe Bastianich doesn’t bother me, go figure)… If you have Netflix, there’s stuff to watch, but network is dead air… Oh, yeah, video game guy isn’t bad either… Willie just seems like good TV and someone they might want to give it to, I don’t think he’s the best person there, necessarily… Asian girl seems too inexperienced too, but they seem to like saying how young she is…

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: I can see that about Alton. He’s a weird dude, but he seems to fit well in that environment. In other stuff? Not so much. I caught a couple of episodes of Food Network Star and it was like one of those Highlights magazine “which of these things doesn’t belong?” type of deals. Giada still looks good though.

                I forgot about the other Francis. He looks like one of the frontrunners too.

                Any exciting plans for the 4th?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re going to a nice dinner tomorrow night at The Parker in Palm Springs, but no plans otherwise…Hang out by the pool… Answer comments from my chaise lounge chair… Food Network Star has lost all credibility because none of these people or past winners barring Guy are at all decent… Cowboy guy will prolly win, but he’s a joke…

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Nice. We’re probably going out to eat too. Pretty much the same deal for me, except for the answering comments thing. Take a day off, will ya?

                    How’s Rudy doing? Haven’t seen much activity from him recently.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rudy just had twins, they’re healthy, it’s his birthday tomorrow…

                  • Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Wow! Tell him that I said congrats. And happy birthday! At this rate, he’s probably looking at an offseason bi-monthly column…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, one for each kid

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He does contribute over IM to the roundups though…Some of these blurbs are his

  186. Fister asche says:
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    So was offered Moss for my Pujols and Morton. It is a keeper and would be able to keep moss as a 10th rounder. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Moss

  187. Johnny Podres says:
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    Beltran or Dickerson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  188. Matt says:
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    Which two in 5×5 OBP? Need CI and UT

    Kendrys, R Howard, Andrelton, Schierholtz (vs R), BJ Upton

    Thank you in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz, Morales

  189. Endershadow says:
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    I’m not crazy still holding onto Segura/Hosmer right? 11 team roto, shortish bench. I also picked up Mccann for trade bait.

    I have Alexei starting and platooning Morneau/Hosmer at 1B (Lind is available).

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not crazy, but I don’t know your options

  190. winnie-the-poo says:
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    pujols/pence for mccutchen… mccutchen right? is it very close?

    • winnie-the-poo says:
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      @winnie-the-poo: maybe if i throw in alex wood? idk going for mccutchen always feels like a lowball. THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take McCutchen…Sure, try to throw in Wood

  191. goodfold2 says:
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    best stream out of these: wins or at least not losses more important than K’s.
    quintana vs SEA
    santiago vs HOU
    volquez vs PHI
    tomlin vs KC
    miley @ ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  192. Bob says:
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    Who you got ROS in a 6×6 with QS?

    Peralta
    Koehler
    Hahn
    Odorizzi
    Stroman
    Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wily

  193. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in a league with 6 keepers and i already have arenado/b.hamilton/braun/rizzo/freeman/desmond/r.zimmerman/bumgarner i’m assuming i shouldn’t worry about dropping bogaerts over miller to activate arenado today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  194. Corey says:
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    Have Pedro Alvarez but Nolan Arenado is available on the wire (for a few more minutes, likely). What’s the call here? And how close is it?

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Corey: i would think that’s not close. somehow nobody else in your league feels this way however.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Arenado

  195. bossmanjunior says:
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    Come and close the door
    We’ve been waiting for you
    Where the saves aren’t his but his
    Threes Company Phew!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  196. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team league keeper (keep 5). yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    give- Madison Bumgarner, Michael Saunders
    get- Ryan Braun.

    I’m +50 in projected IP.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Davis. 2B- Walker. 3B- Machado. SS- Tejada. IN- Cron.
    OF- Cruz. OF- Crisp. OF- Calhoun. OF- Saunders. UT- Duda.
    BN- Joyce, Stubbs, Dyson, Parmelee, Nunez, Pederson.
    DL- Cuddyer. DL- Cabrera. DL- Blanks. 2B- Gyorko.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Kennedy. RP- Britton. RP- Oviedo.
    P- Boxberger. P- Santana. P- Ross.
    BN- Kuroda, Gausman, Nelson.

  197. Bob says:
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    For a utility spot, who do you like ROS in a 6×6 with OPS?
    Utley
    Belt
    Markakis
    Willingham

  198. Halkster says:
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    Is kris dAvis worth an add?
    Worth using my waiver priority on?
    My team looks like
    C McCann
    1 Goldschimdt
    2 Gordon
    3 aramis
    Ss Castro
    O Bautista
    O j upton
    O puig
    U Bruce
    U b Hamilton
    Bench holiday
    Sp teheren
    Sp kluber
    Rp uehara
    Rp rosenthal
    P soria
    P k rod
    P betances
    P Kennedy
    B Alex wood
    B w peralta
    B c Martinez
    B buchholz

    Who would u cut to add kris or stream? Leaning toward betances maybe peralta
    What to do w matt holiday?
    Desmond Jennings also on waivers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Buchholz for Davis

      • Halkster says:
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        Burn my waiver priority (3rd) on kris?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  199. goodfold2 says:
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    oh my shit, this rule in espn is such b.s. i think i have a trade in place for either opp’s sale or zimmerman for my wright + porcello. but it won’t let me send this offer since arenado shouldn’t be in DL slot. this trade MAKES ROOM FOR THAT! Now i have to drop Bauer or milone and hope nobody picks them up till i can reaquire. stupid shit. i think in yahoo you can get the comish to allow things like this since post trade the roster will be fine.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: wait, so drop milone or bauer to get this done? i will in 2 (3?) days grab again.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: i know to trade for Sale (or zimmerman if Sale is no go), the question was to risk losing bauer or milone while passing the deal through. 16 teamer and if one of those go away it’s back to the kendrick’s of the world. buchanon’s and such. eck

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          @goodfold2: just noticing in this league that bauer is ranked as the 157th SP (just ahead of matt cain hehe). even though he didn’t start for a long time. he’s probably the safer drop. now just gotta wait for other owner to answer emails.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s lame

  200. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    with this staff in NL only
    hahn/bailey/kennedy/haren/a.wood/carmart/ wily p/ beckett/chapman/ramirez/bastardo/walden/gee (DL)
    drop kennedy or haren for heaney? QS’s

  201. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Was really on the fence about starting Sonny against the Jays with the way he’s been going. I did it. Hopefully pans out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So far not terrible (not great either)

  202. goodfold2 says:
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    my friend will do wright for bailey str up. his offense is horrible. i would drop bauer to do this. is that better than my wright + porcello for zimmerman (or sale, but likely not sale)? bailey would become 8th keeper (along with anabelle as other SP keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, it’s not better

  203. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Some weird stuff going on in Oakland right now with the umps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  204. Madbum and Hosmer or Freeman and tendon?

    Much love to razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman side… Back at ya!

  205. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    after taking last week off (and getting walked about 8 times or more in 5 games played with 1 total base) Goldy is BACK! in other funny news that owner i tried to trade casilla/2nd closer of mine/lind for betances/arenado (this guy owns romo) finds it insulting that i offered that. that i can understand. but it’s funny he would think anyone would consider him anything other than a moron (or absentee owner, which i had to check with comish since he didn’t answer first email after 3 days and sent a 2nd one) since he’s STILL starting moreland (isn’t very good, hasn’t played since June 7th, and is likely out for ROS) in active roster slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Surprised he responded to your trade offer and he doesn’t check his lineup, that’s odd

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yeah, i mentioned that, that i wasn’t trying to be insulting, but how would he view the intelligence of somebody who leaves moreland in for almost a month hurt? also that of course my first offer would be the best one for me. i said i could move ANY of my closers, not just nathan with casilla. turns out he needs holds more than me and it probably actually benefits his roster to have romo be a holds guy. i’ll shop my closers elsewhere and keep casilla i suppose (he’s been very good all year of course)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, weird

  206. fausto says:
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    Ive been to san Francisco. There are a a lot of homeless people, but by far the highest paid bum is named madison. …. way to protect my .96 era and .73 whip for the week. …. im trading you for matt garza..I hope you read this.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @fausto: i bet garza wouldn’t make that trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  207. Ty says:
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    Man Grey I spit water on my IPad with that Leonys blurb… Damn you Siri!
    Watching the O’s Rangers game and Pearce is on fuego .. Can he keep this up? I’m wondering if I should drop Calhoun since he isn’t starting every day… Or should I just hold my horses

    Happy 4th Homey!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ty: who are you dropping him for? I think it’ nice knowing when he is or isn’t playing.

      • Ty says:
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        @J-FOH: I meant dropping Calhoun for Pearce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! Pearce won’t keep it up, but he should be owned, go with him now… Happy 4th!

  208. J-FOH says:
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    I was reading your conversation with Magoo and I agree on Next Food Network Star, they should call it Next Food Network Canceled Show. Who picks these people? I do like watching the Worst Cooks with my daughter. She overs her worst cookers. You still watching Chopped? I can handle that because I’m done with the people in an hour and never have to see most of them again.

  209. goodfold2 says:
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    this is gonna suck, this week i’m playing against trout/hamilton/kendrick, with my pujols. here comes runs and rbi’s all around me while i get groundouts and K’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  210. Dominican Power says:
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    Mesoraco for Tyson Ross?

  211. goodfold2 says:
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    z.wheeler or pena in 30 man league?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: clearly that’s not NYM wheeler

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: makes for a good nickname though, “doesn’t make us too zealous” wheeler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: got him and some dude named marwin for schumaker/pena.

  212. Howie says:
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    @Grey- I’ve got Wacha and assuming his situation continues to be bleak, would you opt for Cashner or Ross in an NL 4×4 the remainder of the season?

    Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Howie: considering that injury sit, i’d be surprised you’d be able to get either for wacha, but yeah, probably ross first, him being healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  213. L-Boogie says:
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    Brad Mills or La Stella ROS? 12 team 5×5.

    Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @L-Boogie: la stella.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller…Unless you really mean Brad Mills

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i gave him credit for meaning what he said. thought it was weird question, that’s probably why.

  214. goodfold2 says:
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    guessing it’s not a bad idea to simply bench keuchel for tomorrow to see if his wrist thing makes him suck or not? if he really sucks he might be the drop over mchugh? i have enough more starts this week over opp to win K’s easily anyway, but i am worried about picking up losses. i lose those almost every week and this week i’m barely winning them while also winning whip but not ERA (but Gray’s made it closer). i’m dropping Harrison for Milone’s start and don’t need Miller as Scooter backup for a few more days in that roster spot.

  215. God Shammgod says:
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    Glossary term: Relief Pipper

  216. iifsh says:
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    Every settle on a term for when your closer doesn’t come in? I like vulture shock. What about simply “reliever fever”?

  217. fausto says:
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    Don’t have a name for the panic but I have a name for the jordan walden save. CLOSEUR…EX; “Walden got the save but hes only a closeur, kimbrel went 3 straight and needed a day off”.

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