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First clue I’m human, when I overheard an old woman tell someone she showers while sitting on a stool, I shivered.  Second clue, I used to wear Z. Cavariccis.  First clue Justin Verlander is human was last night.  He had the worst outing of his career with 2 2/3 IP and 8 ER.  Verlander looked like Kate Upton, if Kate had Rosie O’Donnell’s head.   Sorry, that’s a visual you won’t get out of your head for a long time.  It’s like two girls, one shower stool.  Can’t you just take a bath?  Please tell me this isn’t old age…. Speaking of which (watch how I tie this loosely into fantasy baseball), Verlander is thirty years old and… Still lights out.  This was one bad start, don’t panic.  C’mere, let me massage your shoulders and…  I just pick-pocketed you!  You gotta be careful with that.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Don Kelly – 1-for-4 with his 1st homer.  That’s LL Donkey to you.

Matt Cain – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  3rd…Or is it the fourth clue — maybe it’s the fifth clue… I don’t know, but there’s been a lot of clues lately that Cain is human.  He looks downright Lincecrummy.  It’s like the will of 20,000 sabermetricians are all channeling their energy to have Cain finally have an ERA above his xFIP.  By the way, the energy of 20,000 sabermetricians is equal to a light bulb with acne.  He’s throwing his slider a lot more this year, but his velocity looks close enough to years past, so I don’t think there’s an underlying injury.  The only thing I can ascertain is he’s not locating with his fastball so he’s going to his slider more which is making it less effective.  Plus, his luck has gone the way of the doodie, or whatever that cliché is.  He’s been able to get a tad lucky with homers allowed in the past and now that has reversed the other way.  He should be better than he’s been with just some luck coming back to him.  I would trade for him, but I wouldn’t pay a lot.  Luckily, his owners prolly won’t ask for much.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  I’d grab him since he’s hitting near .400 in the last week, but if you grab him and get an erection for longer than four hours, you should see a doctor immediately.

Marco Scutaro – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting near .500 in the last week (can you tell the Giants were on the road?).  I’d say Marco Scutaro is gonna be in this afternoon’s Buy, but he’s not.  He’s here now, don’t make me come back here!

Todd Helton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 3rd homer.  I went to look at his recent stats, saw his picture with his muffbeard and had to close my browser window.  Sorry.

Wilin Rosario – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Unless something bad happens (which has all but assured something bad will happen by me saying this), Wilin’s a top three catcher this year and next.  BTW, ESPN re-ranked their players yesterday, and they are much closer to how I ranked…In January!  Which I actually wrote in December!  What a joke.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  I’m getting the sense from comments that people are getting antsy looking to drop Arenado.  Three words:  Summer in Coors, yo.  Yo doesn’t count.

Hector Noesi – 4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Fun Fact Alert!  Noesi is what they used to call a pre-nose job Jon Niese.

Michael Morse – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Beep boo boop.

Alexi Ogando – To the DL with biceps tendinitis.  Rangers will go to Cory Burns for his roster spot and Josh Lindblom to replace him in the rotation.  Or as the Rangers media guide lists them:  Cory (bullpen stock) and Blom.

Yu Darvish – 8 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  It would be cool if the only English he knew was, “Yu want some of this?”  Granted, if you had to live with him that would get old.

Mitch Moreland- 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  That’s not a hot schmotato.  THIS IS A HOT SCHMOTATO!

David Murphy – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting near .400 in the last week.  See what I said about Arenado, but replace Coors with Arlington and change yo to homie.

David Price – Rays made it official today that he would hit the DL with a strained triceps.  Ogando with his biceps, Price with his triceps, anyone think maybe the ceps wanna roll solo?  Just thinking aloud here.  Rays still haven’t announced Price’s replacement, but more people are speculating on Odorizzi today, after Archer’s start yesterday.  Could go either way.  Price is supposed to only miss three starts.  Please, your deity of choice, let that be true.

Alex Cobb – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Big Biscuit just broke down Cobb and there’s none of those nasty husk hairs left on him.

Fernando Rodney – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners.  Whoa, he blew that one like Pete Rose had a gun to his head and $10,000 worth of autographs riding on the Red Sox.  BTW, $10,000 worth of Rose autographs is about 10,000 autographs because of basic supply and demand.  A blown save like this erases a lot of the goodwill Rodney accumulated from last year.  I’d speculate on Joel Peralta immediately.

Ryan Roberts – 1-for-3 with his 3rd homer.  Honestly, I couldn’t tell if the Rays announcer was joking when he said that Roberts tattooed the ball.

Francisco Liriano – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I can’t shake past feelings on Francisco Liriano.  Not past past like more than four years ago, but for the past four years he’s been atrocious.  He has a cumulative 5+ ERA since 2009.  Then, I watched him yesterday as he kept the Brewers uncomfortable at the plate like they were Ethiopians with Ménière’s disease.  He looked solid, but there’s no way I’m gonna tell you to pick him up (unless, of course, you ask me something like “Grey, your mustache is my morning, noon and night, who you got Liriano or Kevin Correia?”) If you want to ride the roller coaster for a while until the guy in front of you gets sick, I can understand it.  It won’t be me with Liriano.

Juan Pierre – 1-for-5 and Pierre with his Juan bomb!  Great timing for his new HBO film.  A gracious fan retrieved the home run ball and returned it to Pierre.  Here’s him posing with it.

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Jo-Fer is doing about as well as can be expected considering the team he plays for and how the Marlins are using kid gloves with his pitch counts.  Dusty Baker, “Kid gloves are for baby goats!”

Steve Cishek – 1 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Unlike Rodney above, Cishek is on a team that doesn’t have much hope so there’s really no reason to speculate on other relievers here.  Yes, that’s sad.

Mat Latos – 8 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Should’ve got the win, but he made the mistake of going into the ninth in a 2-1 game with only 85 pitches thrown.  Dusty sharpens his toothpick on such fools.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting near .400 in the last week with two homers.  Looks like he’s finally coming out of his early season slump.  Maybe he could bring Todd Frazier with him.

Joel Hanrahan – Had Tommy John surgery.  Dr. James Andrews was overheard saying, “I call this Mercedes my G-Wagononononononon.”

Felix Doubront – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His Ks are so tantalizing… So hard to resist… Must find strength… Or drink heavily to forget…

Dellin Betances – Yankees promoted him for bullpen depth.  If he were promoted three years ago, he would’ve arrived with a whole lot of hype and would only now be flaming out in the majors.  You know, like Hughes and Joba.

Derek Jeter – Close to having his walking boot removed.  That’ll be a fun addition to a girl’s gift basket who just won’t leave him alone.

Andy Pettitte – Left start yesterday with tightness in his trapezius.  Wasn’t the same thing Joba was bouncing on when he got hurt?

Curtis Granderson – 3-for-4, 1 run and his first steal, hitting .364 since his return.  That won’t continue, I know this much is true, huh huh huh hu-uh huh, Spandau Ballet.

Aaron Harang – Was scratched due to a stiff back.  I would not wanna be the one scratching his back.

Jonny Venters – Had his 2nd Tommy John surgery.  Hope he got his card stamped.

Josh Hamilton – 1-for-4, 1 run.  A lot of Ham has gone bad this year, J-Ham, Willingham, Hamels.  They should’ve cured it.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  You’re gonna look up in late-June and Pujols will have 15 homers, hitting .280 and you’ll be like, “Well, he’s not Goldschmidt, but he’s still pretty good.”

Ricky Romero – Gave up six walks in his Triple-A start.  RR might want to stop being so sloppy with his cursive R’s.

Roy Halladay – Had surgery and will now rest for two months.  He hopes to be back by the end of the year.  You put his hopes in a flour tortilla and you got a burpritto.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer as he returned to the lineup.  After the home run ball cleared the fences, the ball let out a sigh of relief.

Adam LaRoche – 1-for-3 with his 5th homer, this one in Petco.  Just yesterday, I said he was about to catch fire.  Can’t make that up.  Okay, you can, but it would be pretty easy to check.

Stephen Strasburg – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Can’t Selig realign the Nationals to the NL West?  Washington D.C. is the District of Coronado.  C’mon!

Carlos Beltran – 3-for-4, 1 RBI vs. the guy whose nose job he paid for.  Maybe it was all a ploy so there wouldn’t be any funky shadows on the field.

Jon Niese – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I’d like to punch him repeatedly in his newfangled nose until it’s worse than his oldfangled one.   If I had a nickel every time I used the word oldfangled, I’d take that nickel and buy Niese with it.  I didn’t see the game because I was out at lunch with Cougar and Mother Cougar, but I have to believe balls were hit at people since he didn’t have any Ks.  He gets the Reds next and I look forward to watching him get rocked.

Bobby Parnell – Got his fourth save yesterday, which is worse than Veras, Heath Bell and Cishek.  He also has 16 Ks in 17 1/3 IP, 4 wins and a 1.04 ERA/0.75 WHIP.  That’s a valuable closer in every league; SAGNOF is coming, as said by Lord Donkeycorn and the Warden of the Bullpen.

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and 10 for his last 16.  He’s not in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell because, brucely, I don’t really like him, but that’s not why.  He’s owned in more than 50% of leagues to even warrant it.  So I get to point him out here and aren’t obligated to there.  I make the rules here, Buckaroo Banzai, and is anybody out there not having a good time?

Ike Davis – 0-for-5 with 4 Ks.  That translates to 3-for-4 with 2 homers if he were standing in the batter’s box.  I wonder if his standing five feet too far from the plate translates to other aspects of his life.  Like he rides a motorcycle to the stadium, but sits in its sidecar and his wife tows him.  Or he gets an aisle seat on the plane and sits in the aisle.  Or he showers while standing in the toilet.

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  1. gareth says:
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    Bench or start gallardo at home for two starts versus kershaw and wandy?

  2. Coitus Granderson says:
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    Rest of the season – Price or Cain?

  3. Sticky says:
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    Thanks grey, would you trade Desmond Jennings for medlen straight up in a 12 team h2h with r,2b,hr,avg,ops,RBI,sb and era,whip, ks, hrs allowed, saves, and qs, I have a loaded outfield Braun trout kemp a bnd a solid infield, but my pitching is average. Thanks for the goldy pick,choo, and Frazier. Choo and Frazier helped me get Braun and trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sticky: Sure, it’s fair…

  4. MasterofGrond says:
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    Nelson Cruz with another 1-for-4 with a HR night.

    Is that just called a “Nelson Cruz” now? Seems like he has half a dozen of them on the year.

  5. costaricanchata says:
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    yahoo’s match-up rating
    gives nolan arenado 5 stars vs bumgardner
    stating :
    that he’s “slugging .727 in 11 AB’s against left-handed pitchers in the top tier
    since last season ” .

    a closer look reveals that his career stats vs ALL left-handed hitters are as follows :
    22 AB’s … 5 hits , including 3 doubles , a home run , and 5 rbi .
    however ,
    his BA is .227
    his OBP is .227
    his Slugging is .500
    and his OPS is .727

    apparently , this translates into a 5 star play vs bumgardner tonight .
    yahoo – wise .

  6. DrEasy says:
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    I’ve never been this bad in fantasy – dead last in my league by far, and I don’t know how to adjust my strategy. My WHIP and ERA are so bad (thank you, Dickey, Price, et al!) that I’ve decided to take more chances with my streams and match-ups, but they keep blowing up in my face making things worse. This long intro just to ask: in my situation, worth starting Jorge of the Rose at home tomorrow?

    • gareth says:
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      @DrEasy: the opposite of the humble brag right there.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @gareth:

        Stumble drag?

    • Eric W says:
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      @DrEasy: If I learned one thing after losing about 150 dollars in a game of cee-lo to an overweight women wearing cheetah pants behind a Best Buy at like 3am on black Friday waiting for the store to open to purchase an Ipod that was discounted like 50 bucks never go double or nothing. AKA do not throw garbage out there because you got burned earlier it is a looooooong season.

      • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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        @Eric W: Agreed, especially if you are in an innings cap league, just slow down, play matchups and add middle relievers to help your ERA/WHIP. I’m in an innings cap league (i.e. max 1,250 innings) and anytime my ERA/WHIP begin balooning, I just slow down usage and give my pitchers some time on the pine to get things going. You may miss starting a pitcher who throws a gem, but well worth it in the long run IMO.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Eric W: that’s pretty funny

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Eric W: sounds like you need a better system then the martingale I prefer 22 inside on the craps table

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: You’re in deep man. Get out while you can. Stop the streaming.

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        just one last stream man. then I’ll quit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re losing control, Moose!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @DrEasy: no need to chance @ Coors vs MadBum…

  7. troy says:
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    i to would love to punch niese in his big freaking nose… screw that guy… lol anyway are any of these guys worth a pick up slash stash over cingrani and or wheeler? josh Beckett, colby lewis, wie yin chen, james mcdonald, daniel hudson, edwin jackson, or even bartolo colon and bud norris. thanks grey and let the niese hate continue cant wait to watch him get CRUSHED lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @troy: I’d hold for right now… We’ll know on Cingrani probably Sunday

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    Worth mentioning Garza could be activated as soon as Tuesday. Pitched 6 scoreless innings with 2 singles, 0BB and 6K in likely his last minor league start. Looks like Villanueva could be pushed to the bullpen.

  9. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Grey, I am being an idiot carrying two catchers right now (Ruiz and Doumit). Doumit was rockin but has cooled off a bit and I have been waiting for Ruiz to get his “schwing on” Tell me which one to dump please. Btw, thanks for the Spandau Ballet reference, I am going to have that in my head all day while thinking about The Wedding Singer “Just me and you, Robbie and Juuuuuuuuuliaaaaaa”

    • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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      @Sorryano Northsiders: Also, since the first week he was called up, Dee Gordon has gotten to first base less than the 40-year-old-virgin, is it safe to drop him. I have Jimmy Rollins and he seems to be warming up, although I really need steals so had been starting gordon.

      Thanks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Sorryano Northsiders: Ha… Yeah, you can drop Gordon… Don’t carry two catchers, lose Doumit…

  10. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey Grey nice read. I need some help here, I can only start two of these pitchers: Harvey @ Wrigley (thinking yes), Bumgarner @ Coors (Hard to sit him but if there was ever a game to I’m thinking its this one) or Ryu @ Atlanta (not a great matchup either). Also, should I pick up Daniel Murphy for Kelly Johnson? I know Murphy isn’t great but I hate platoon players. Any input would help, Thanks.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: Ryu or Bumgarner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bumgarner

  11. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff as usual. Which of these would you start tonight – Ubaldo, Ryu, Cingrani – leaning toward sitting Cingrani and rolling with the others.

  12. SpecialFNK says:
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    I thought I would go ahead and share some Francisco Liriano statistics.
    according to baseball-reference these are Liriano’s career interleague numbers (with AL vs NL).
    117 IP, 92 H, 126 K (9.7 K/9), 39 BB, 3.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP.
    maybe now in the NL he can be this years AJ Burnett.

    and as Will Ferrell’s character Buddy the Elf says, Francisco! that’s fun to say!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpecialFNK: Ha… Yeah, could be, I wouldn’t pick him up though…

  13. Ray says:
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    Trade Reynolds for Bourn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Sure, if you need speed

  14. c0wfunk says:
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    Wow..Z. Cavariccis there’s a group of letters I forgot all about. The real question though, did you wear skidz??http://www.inthe80s.com/clothes/skidzpants0.shtml. I rocked the green plaid giant one size fits all version when I was 4’4″. Man I was cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @c0wfunk: Skidz! Hells yeah I rocked them… They were off the charts terribly awesome!

      • mc serch says:
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        @c0wfunk: @Grey: I rocked multiple pairs of skidz back in the day (not at the same time)….so much more comfy than skinny jeans, no? I mean they were basically pajama bottoms that you could get away with wearing outside the house…whats wrong with that?

  15. KO says:
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    Surprised to not see Travis Snider in your report. A homer and a steal with 3 hits. The “free Travis Snider movement” continues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KO: Oh, yeah, forget him… Eh, he’s a platoon player for NL-Only leagues…

  16. Grey, When ESPN’s new top 250 came out I wasn’t surprised to see them revise upward a number of ranks that you nailed at the beginning of the year: Goldschmidt (You: 19, them 25, original them 70), Adam Jones (you 13, them 17, original them 33), Choo (34, 33, 75), Pence (71 , 74, 122), Chris Davis (93, 68, 165). Of course, you also ranked Ike Davis 57– but they weren’t far behind at 91. Would go on, but need to actually spend some time on something other than fantasy baseball today. Have a better one!

  17. scott says:
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    Mcalister was dropped. Should I scoop him up and lose Cingrani?? Will he really be demoted?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: I’d hold for now…

  18. Backstopping says:
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    MMontero or Choooooch? MIggys been struggling but Chooch has seemed a bit rusty.

  19. Blue says:
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    Neil Walker, Josh Ruttledge, Dee Gordon. Pick two noting that this question only exists cause I’m struggling with steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Rutledge, Gordon

  20. John says:
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    Keeper trade question:

    Would you trade Segura for B Phillips?

    The way the keeper league is set up I would either get to keep Segura for $6 vs BP for $18. I’m tops in the league for steals, 8/12 in RBI, and top 3 in all other hitting categories.

    Thanks!

    • Spartytildeath says:
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      Mornig grey,

      I received an interesting trade proposal today. I’d be sending marte and receiving Alex Gordon. Normal 5×5 with ops instead of avg. I feel like this would be a decent sell high on marte. Would dip a little in steals, and maybe runs. I’m top in both of those categories currently. What say you?

      P.s. thanks for giving me something to do in between surgeries. The hospital can get pretty boring. I usually just tried to talk to the nurses about swiggy and nobody had any clue what I was saying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: I’d hold

  21. BrewerFan says:
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    Matt Garza had a great rehab start and probably his final one too. Hopefully he doest get traded to an AL team for fantasy purposes. Thoughts on his return? Potential 3/4 Starter with solid K’s?

  22. Cardsfan57 says:
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    What do you do with J Rollins? Time to let him go or keep hanging on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cardsfan57: He’s hitting near .400 in the last week…

  23. Byron from Austin says:
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    re: Ike Davis

    Exactly. I also envision him pulling up to fast food drive-thrus and not being able to reach the cashier. Also on his driver’s lisence, you can only see half his face.

    yeah I dropped him for Yelich.

  24. Jon says:
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    Peralta or DHer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Peralta

  25. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup Man… Which pitcher do you like better for tomorrow Feldman vs NYM or McAllister vs SEA???

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        The thing is, early this morning I grabbed Feldman then after I found McAllister and I’ve used 5 of 6 player adds for the week and my league is week to week points. Me and this guy are neck to neck like last week and he keeps grabbing an extra pitcher everyday cause pitchers get most of the points ( 20 per win and a point a inning and K) so with him grabbing more pitchers might push him ahead of me. Should I use my last plyer add to grab mcallister over feldmen or should I keep Feldmen, drop him tomorrow and use it to grab another pitcher for Sunday?

        • Moose Out Front says:
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          My opinion would be to just roll with Feldman today since you already burned the roster move and then stream another tomorrow (McCarthy @ MIA?).

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            Thanks Dude!! Idk if your in a league like mine, A 10 team h2h points but if you are do u do the same thing? I feel like you gotta do what you gotta do to win every week except, you know, don’t mess with the everyday players you roll with ya know. The tips I get off this site are insane and I get guys off the wire that are later hot enough to trade but when I have these guys I gotta drop them sometimes cause my lineup is great and set so I drop n pickup pitchers week to week to get more points instead of having guys that get points but are benched.. You feel the same way bro or is that bad???

  26. Sparky8 says:
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    Please rank Jesus, Ruiz, Grandal ROS prease.

  27. Steady says:
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    Morning Grey..

    Im trying to target Adam Jones, Cargo, or Mccutchen for my OF… I have Carlos Gomez and want to sell high on him

    When trying to land one of these players if I paired him with Kimbrel am I trying to hard or does that sound about right… Id be able to pick up wilhelmsen to fill his spot

    If that works for you ROS which one do you like best and would the reverse order be the easiest to target? Keeper League

    Thanks Grey

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      @Steady: he is considering cingrani instead of kimbrel as well… either way win win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steady: Either way works for me… McCutchen, Jones…

  28. MrMojoRisin says:
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    ESPN re-rankings may be closer, but they are still a joke!
    Manny Machado was ranked around 100 and that was with Karabell bringing up the composite ranking by having him at like 31 in his personal rankings.
    I’m sure there were other catastrophic rankings, but that one caught my eye.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: Yeah, that’s ridiculous… Machado is more like a top 40 player…

  29. Cartman 4evs says:
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    Bailey, Ryu, Corbin, Gallardo. How do they stack up to each other going forward? Can Corbin and Ryu keep this up?

    • danny says:
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      @Cartman 4evs: I have ryu, I’m worried about him too

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Cartman 4evs: i’m a south korean, so i’ve watched Ryu’s full career. he can easily reach 200 innings, has got nasty breaking-balls, control somewhere between good and great. his FB velocity tends to expolde at summer. even though this is his fisrt MLB season, i have confidence that he should be great fantasy 4th SP ROS. go with him with no fear. :)

      • Cartman 4evs says:
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        @Piranhaman: Thanks!

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        thanks for the input regarding his IP limitations, or lack there of.

  30. Dan says:
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    Should I start Mad Bum @ COL and/or Maholm vs. LAD? I am in a roto league and can start one, both, or none.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Start both

  31. booya says:
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    Would you want Uggla or Espinsoa at MI?

    Would you drop Ubaldo and take a shot on Odorizzi or just hold?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Espinsoa… Take a shot at Odorizzi

  32. ashtray says:
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    Trade Craig for Wainwright?

    I have Goldschmidt at 1B so Craig has been one of my OF. My league only has 3 OF spots and my others are Braun, Choo, Heyward, Stanton (DL), Saunders and Eaton (DL).

    So if Goldy stays healthy and my OFs return and bounce back modestly I will end up having too many and thats even if I use the two UTIL spots.

    Thanks.

    • Steady says:
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      @ashtray: yes absolutely, im my opinion… especially with so much OF reserve and craigs injury prone.. wainwright has been filthy and couldnt be happier trading for him before the season started

  33. Mike says:
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    Just offered Hamels for Matt Moore (I have Moore). Who do you like ROS?

  34. MrMojoRisin says:
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    As a Mets-ochistic fan, I watched the whole Met game and the answer to your musing about Niese was that he threw a lot of ground balls.
    I will point out that he also had the best control of the year and against a lesser team those K’s would’ve risen.
    If it wasn’t for Harvey every 5th day I would be having revolting flashbacks to the horrid early-mid 90’s Mets of Jeff Torborg…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: Thanks for the heads up! That makes siense…

  35. Nelson Santovenia says:
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    Start Kuroda home to Blue jays, and Garcia home to Mil tonight?

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Nelson Santovenia:

      i’d be a little hesitant to start kuroda, as toronto has put up double-digit runs in the past 3 games. i’d prolly lean towards jaime…

      • Nelson Santovenia says:
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        @Byron from Austin:
        I keep getting sonofabenched with Kuroda, Iwakuma and Garcia! They seem to do best against better offenses in bad parks

  36. Dan Pants

    blairtch says:
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    Drop Michael Young for Eric Chavez?

  37. Wake Up says:
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    Any thoughts on Ryan Howard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: He’s kinda chunky… He looks like he’s gotten old… Swing has slowed tremendously… Might only hit 27 homers this year in 550 ABs…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Ha…thanks…is he good enough for a 12 team H2H 6×6 (OPS, QS) as 1B?

        • Grey

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          Sounds be fine, yeah…

  38. Dani says:
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    25 max moves. 1 used thus far.

    Current SP:
    Scherzer
    Peavy
    Samardjiza
    Niese
    Ryu
    Estrada
    Griffin
    Doubront
    Gee
    TIllman

    Someone just dropped Beckett. Drop one of these guys for him?

    • JohnnyFive says:
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      @Dani:

      Beckett looks lost. I like all of those guys more than him for the rest of the year. Just absolutely no faith in his ability to get back to passable.

  39. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Who wins in this trade?

    Rizzo and Todd Frazier for Alex Gordon and Matt Carpenter?

  40. elvin alvin a go go says:
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    J. Gomez a good spot start tonight anyone???

  41. papasmurf says:
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    That HR got to Pierre’s head! He was trying to hit 3 out in the game! LOL

    I wonder how many of his career HRs are inside the park. I figure he has to have at least 1 given his speed and how big Coors is.

    • Grey

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      @papasmurf: Yeah, he’s definitely got at least one… I’m sure some site lists that…

  42. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Another quick one and pretty random. Who do you like more going forward: Matt Carpenter or Saunders (the OF)?

  43. mhfella says:
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    I was planning on starting Harvey tonight at Cubs and sitting Ryu tonight at Braves. ‘Nator seems to be suggesting the opposite (Harvey $5.10 and Ryu $8.90). What do you recommend? Thanks.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @mhfella: yeah go ahead and bench one of the best pitchers in baseball…

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @mhfella: Agree with NewGuy. I would totally listen to the computer and sit Harvey.

  44. TheNewGuy says:
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    Need 2 from these CI + Util shizzsters (OBP league):

    Morales, Middlebrooks, Freeze, Hosmer, Mousuckass.

  45. The Dread Pirate says:
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    16 team auction, my pitching has been bad. A guy really wants Kinsler, how about Kinsler and Cain for Phillips and Schzerer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: Yeah, they’re a joke too

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        thankfully. creates market inefficiency.

  46. Dan says:
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    Would you trade Shelby Miller for Yadier Molina? My only weakness is catcher, I have ruiz starting. My other SP are Mad Bum, Zimmerman, Greinke, Price, Maholm, Kennedy, and Lincecum.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Dan: No. At least get more if you’re going to do that.

    • The Fridge says:
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      @Dan: Definitely not. What catchers are available off of waivers?

  47. Al Bundy says:
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    I’m only carrying 2 closers, so is snatching up Bailey before he gets activated Monday a better move than squirreling away Wheeler?

    The payoff on holding out for a good starter for another week or two would really bolster a decent, but mediocre rotation. The only problem with the stash is that I can’t stack as many streamers for next week and my lineup suffers a little more during days off.

    Standard H2H 5×5
    DL: Reyes
    Bench: Cuddy 15 day
    Bench: Streamer
    Bench: Wheeler

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Clint says:
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    Oh mustacioed one, what should I do with Brandon Morrow and V-Mart? They’re behaving like the hot chick you find out’s lousy in bed after you’ve invested the weeks to get there with them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Ha… I’d lose Morrow and Popeil Martinez…

  49. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I’ve been rolling with G. Jones and I now have Belt (just dropped Ike to the curb…that felt good!) at 1B. If I could get Encarnacion for A. Jones, should I do it or hold? (I’d still have Marte, Zobrist, McLouth, and Heyward for my OF)

    Thanks!

  50. chillmodious says:
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    Morning, Grey…

    Should I sit any of these guys for their next start, or throw them all?:

    1. MadBum @ Colorado (Today)
    2. Peavy @ LAA (Sunday)
    3. Dickey @ NYY (Sunday)

    —————————

    Obviously, these are all guys who should pretty much never sit, but the road matchups they have this week could be dangerous. Appreciate the guidance. Thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @chillmodious: you weren’t benching dickey during his terrible starts? i just traded for him 2 starts ago and his 2nd to last one was just good enough for me to start him in the last one, which was great, but i would definitely not have started him for most of the bad ones just cause he had been terrible.

  51. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Nice try with the imagery of a Butterface Upton there but I’d still hit it. I’d just hide my face in those beautiful tracts of land and never come out. If I suffocate to death, so be it. Twas a good death.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Sky:

      Reminds me of an old WC Fields line: Drown in a vat of whiskey….death where is thy sting?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @OaktownSteve: That quote reminds me of an old Sam Kinison line: “We don’t WANT to drink and drive … But there’s no other way to get the fucking CAR back to the HOUSE!! How are we supposed to get fucking home??!”

      • Sky

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        Ha, nice.

  52. Steve D. says:
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    Kyle Seager or Will Middlebrooks ROS?

  53. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey I always get aggravated cause I pick up all these guys that you recommend and mostly always work out that are real good but then end up trading or dropping them like Beltran, Mark Reynolds, Scutaro, Segura etc… Well Segura I had to trade cause I have Starlin Castro n Jose Reyes. The point is that These guys are killing it for the guys that have them but when I had these guys on my team they were all benched guys because my team is full of guys that can’t really be benched over them like –
    Wieters
    Fielder
    altuve
    starlin castro
    Zimmerman
    MCcutchen
    Justin upton
    matt holliday
    Carl Crawford
    Donaldson( but just had him fill this spot after a trade)
    So if you had this lineup and had all these other guys on the bench all the time like the guys I mentioned, why should I have them on the bench doing nothing, Except for like 1 day every other week or an injury happens which is unlikely. I can just have more quality Pitchers that will all start for me every week at least trying to get me points. Do you agree? If I had a Scutaro or Mark Reynolds then I would want to play them but can’t. I’m not gonna bench Fielder, Zimmerman or altuve for them right? If I’m not gonna use them then why have them when I can have Quality Pitchers starting every week. What u think?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I think not playing Scutaro over Castro is the right move.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        I don’t mind keeping one batting bench if that cause I got Reyes on DL but am I in the right mind setting playing fantasy baseball the way I am by thinking of winning week to week would be better having more pitchers then keeping guys on my bench that I’ll use about once every 2 weeks cause of my lineup? At least all of my pitchers wil start and get me points instead of having sitting ducks. I’m just sick of having good players on my bench that I can’t use when I can be dropping and picking up those couple pitchers every week that are hot and getting me points.. IDK, am I looking at this totally wrong or do you agree Grey?

  54. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) Frazier @ Lee (1-5 2B, .171 ba vLHP) or De Aza @ Wilson (0-5 1K, .360 ba vLHP)

    2) In his career, Badbum has a career 3.53 ERA @ Coors, including a 3.57 ERA in 3 starts last year and 0.00 ERA in 1 start in 2011.

    If its close in K’s and Wins, and I have a decent cushion in ERA in a H2h league, should I start him?

    • Jef says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I dropped you this morning, Bossman Junior, so feel free to start hitting now that Heyward is back so I can stick my head in the oven.

  55. Piranhaman says:
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    hi Grey,

    1) Lawrie or Middlebrooks ROS? and would you drop Frazier for one of them?

    2) Kubel is sitting out recently. hold or drop him?

    thanks. :)

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Piranhaman: ah, one more question!

      Carlos Ruiz, Russell Martin and Jesus Montero ROS, rank them please. hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: 1) Lawrie 2) I don’t know who you’re dropping him for 3) Ruiz

  56. Wait, what? says:
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    G’day Grey, Moving forward do you like D Gordon, Andrelton or B Crawford at short? Great write up today! and looking forward to the Buy/Sizzle

  57. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    With Bailey set to return from DL on monday (maybe earlier?). Who would you drop to activate him?

    M. Saunders
    A. LaRoche
    Moreland
    T. Hunter

    2 of these guys are bench bats. I have no Pitcher to drop and i fear i’d have to drop Saunders although he is a good baseball player. I have to think long term. What do you think?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Sorry to jump in here, but I have a related question… I own Moreland as my Util and LaRoche is on the wire. Based on this answer, it looks like you prefer LaRoche to Moreland. Should I make that switch myself? (It’s hard to think about ditching a guy playing as well as Moreland, especially for a guy who’s been as yawnstipating as they come all year, so your opinion matters greatly to me here. Thanks.)

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Grey: Many thanks.

  58. Moscowitz says:
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    Oh btw, this one is a shallow league (10 teams) which means dropping a player like Saunders probably wouldnt lead to him to be grabbed immidiatley.

  59. Kyle Kendrick Lamar says:
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    De La Rosa today, Hector Santiago tomorrow, Tillman tomorrow, Locke Sunday, and Bud Norris Sunday? Pick 3 please… or less if you don’t think three are good plays!

  60. Nate says:
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    How is it everyone jokes about how Ike Davis is standing so far away from the plate and yet his batting coaches can’t see it? I’m flabbergasted at how obvious the fix seems to be and I have seen no evidence that he’s trying to fix it.

    On another Davis note, someone offered me Maholm and Choo for Samardzija and C. Davis… I have to take this right? Love Samardzija, but that’s too good…

    • farcus says:
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      @Nate: yeah, unless you really need power i think the choo side wins. i don’t think it’s as lop-sided as you seem to though. i think we’re all expecting some regression from davis, but are you expecting a major regression?

      • Nate says:
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        @farcus: I guess I am. I mean I picked him, so I expected the 30 homeruns, but I thought of him as an Ike Davis type 30-35 homeruns, 95ish RBI and a batting average south of 250… so I expect his pace to slow and his average to come down substantially which will bring his RBI and HR totals closer to his pace last year.

        • farcus says:
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          @Nate: his patience is improved, he’s 27, he’s really more of a .270 hitter. . . I’m optimistic about Crush. Not, like, Bill James optimistic. . . but still.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nate: That’s not too good, I’d hold…

  61. Hot Sauce says:
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    Been holding onto Andrew Cashner the past 2 years in a keeper league. While he’s been useful in the starts I’ve played him, I was really hoping for more K/9 out of him. The 10.1 was awesome last year (albeit with crap ratios), but it looks like he’s done a 180 in those 2 departments. It’s only been 38 innings, but is this new 6.4 K/9 going to be the norm for Cashner? Or will he emerge and become a top 30 or 40 starter the rest of the way?

    • Whatever says:
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      @Hot Sauce:

      Doubtful on Top 30-40 starter the rest of the way. I own him in a keeper league but he was not a keeper, just picked him up off waivers.

      He will be very useful in streaming but I would not trust him yet as a regular starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hot Sauce: Too early to be concerned on the K-rate…

  62. flo-g-money says:
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    Trade harvey for hamels?

  63. shibboleth says:
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    Happy Friday, Grey! I’m dead last in Solds and just about done with Hughes’s shennanigans. Would you take one of Downs, Matusz or Dunn over Hughes?

  64. MartI says:
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    Valdespin or paredes for Roy.

    Rank odorozzi liriano j Parker for Roy

    Any chance nick Franklin or sano get called up this year or make an impact next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MartI: Hold… Liriano, Odorizzi… Probably not… Guessing on what your first two questions were…

  65. Dirty Mike says:
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    What are you expecting from Matt Garza when he returns? Everyone in Chicago is banking on him performing along his career norms for a month or so and then being shipped to a contender. In a keeper league, would you use a roster spot lottery ticket on him for a few Cub starts and hopefully a lot of starts on a better team or on Julio Teheran and hope that he turns it around? It’s a standard 5×5 roto 12-teamer, and I am in 7th place in every pitching category strangely, so I could use help anywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Mike: When he’s healthy he’s a solid #3… Go with Garza…

  66. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Would Jaime Garcia and Arenado be a fair offer for Scherzer?

    Other guys I could work into the mix include:

    BJ Upton, Morse, Gyorko

    • Whatever says:
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      @malamoney:

      If i was the Scherzer owner, i would want more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malamoney: I’d take Scherzer… Can add any of the other three guys too…

  67. Whatever says:
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    First clue that I am a regular reader of Razzball?

    I immediately picked up Joel Peralta last night after Rodney blew the save in chunks.

    I was thinking “WWGD” the whole way. Thanks for getting in my head, Grey-san.

  68. Lickity Split says:
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    Do you think we see Yasiel Puig in 2013? And if so, will he hit the ground running? The resident Razzball prospect expert has kept Puig off of his prospect power rankings for awhile now, but I am inclined to keep Puig rostered in my keeper league even if he only plays for a month or two in 2013.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lickity Split: I can’t imagine where Puig is playing this year without a major injury…

  69. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, 5×5 12 team mixer are you running Cingrani out there against the Phils at Citizen’s Bandbox?

  70. Sniff Test says:
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    Regarding your comment on Arenado…I picked him up when Hanley went on the dl…and picked up Quentin when Heyward went to the dl…now Heyward is coming back and I must drop either Arenado or Quentin…D Gordon is a drop option too but I need steals and would hate for someone else to get those feet. I feel that I would have the most remorse of dropping Arenado to have him be awesome for someone else…where Quentin is probably going to just get hurt and be good for a stretch and then suck for a stretch and then get hurt. What do you think?

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Sniff Test:

      Man i wouldnt even hesitate to drop Quentin in this case. Its an easy one

      • Sniff Test says:
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        @Moscowitz: Thanks…surprisingly I have been advised to keep Quentin several times…its messing with my decision making.

  71. Kyle says:
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    Aramis Ramirez or Nolan Arenado ROS? Aramis always heats up big time when the weather heats up, and I can’t wait to see what Arenado does in a Coors summer. On the flipside, Ramirez already shows some signs of aging and Arenado is surely in for some rookie struggles.

  72. Leon Black says:
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    ROS Please rank: Weeks, Espinosa, Ryan Raburn, Kelly Johnson, Bonifiacio or Profar.

    Thanks Grey, You’re the best! Around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!

  73. Grey –

    Can you rank ROS: Saunders, Viciendo, Konerko, Arcia, Ozuna

    Also: I think I’ve passed on Helton because of his Vag-face 100 times over the course of his career, regardless of whether he’s been hot or offered in an uneven trade. This guy has also always scared me off:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6279

    Thank you!

  74. Sniff Test says:
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    What are the chances that Farnsworth is the speculative add in Tampa? He had the job before Rodney but was hurt. Peralta is good in his role now…similar to the situation in AZ. The set up formula is too important to mess with Hernandez holds guys Bell to close. Tampa Peralta stays holds guys Farnsworth to close if Rodney falters.

    • Grey

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      @Sniff Test: Peralta’s next in line is my guess, but you never know…

  75. Rachet77 says:
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    Not 1, but 2 cases of premature congratulations last night… Thanks Rodney and Ardolis! This game of FBB can very frustrating! But I keep coming back for more every friggin’ year and I love it.

  76. Swat290 says:
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    Niese… BENCHED
    Verlander… STARTED

    Me… Confused… and crying in the corner.

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @Swat290:
      I Kennedy v ATL – BENCHED
      Jo-Fer v CIN (2nd Time around) – BENCHED
      P Hughes v SEA – STARTED
      C Hamels v CLE – STARTED

      I hear you!!!!!!!!!

  77. Jon says:
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    Lynn+McLouth for Cobb+Marte in a keeper – thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Marte

  78. chillmodious says:
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    BREAKING NEWS: AP–Kinshasa–According to sources familiar with the matter, the Stiff-necked American Citizen and professional baseball player, Aaron Harang, has been apprehended and detained by local authorities. Harang, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday, was found late Thursday evening during a raid on a Kinshasa banana-peeling factory, and representatives could not be reached for comment. A photograph of Harang was released by Reuters and made available to the AP early Friday morning. The chilling image, taken moments before his arrest, reveals Harang in a state of confusion, desperately trying to scratch a persistent itch on his lower back: http://www.mongabay.com/images/indonesia/kalimantan/kali9214.JPG Authorities did not issue a statement, but district magistrate Bobo Okabobo speculated that a strong urge to scratch his back and inability to find a willing backscratcher may have been to blame. No foul play is suspected, but please check back throughout the day as further details become available.

  79. Watson says:
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    Could you help me pick 2 of these OF to play every day or should I use match ups?
    Desmond Jennings
    Melky Cabrera
    Domonic Brown

    Thanks in advance.

  80. Phoenix Rising says:
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    Looking for some trade advice..Do you like sending away Holliday and Pujols for McCutchen and Cain? 11 team roto league..

    Thanks!

    • Phoenix Rising says:
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      @Phoenix Rising:
      Current Lineup:
      Buck, Pujols, Rutledge, Zimmerman, Lowrie, Segura, Goldie, Choo, Gardner, holliday, Pence, Rios and Frazier.

      Bailey, MBum, Khill, corbin, grimm, moore, jofer, chapman, C janssen

  81. Loyal Atl fan says:
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    Love the blog as always. I need to open a spot for pitching and am currently running this team out every day:
    Salvador-Catcher
    Edwin-1B
    Zobrist – 2B
    JPeralta – SS
    Longoria -3B
    Joey Bats – Of
    Braun-OF
    Choo-OF
    Util- Moreland/Frazier/Morneau/D-Jennings

    Who can I drop outta my util?

    Thanks in advance.

  82. chillmodious says:
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    A thought on Cishek… He only has one blown save, and his ‘bad’ games have only come in non-save situations and appearances where he’s asked to go more than one inning. Maybe Loria’s favorite movie is Kazaam? Wouldn’t be surprising, what with his taste.

    Anyway, I know it’s hard to put lipstick on that pig. On a related note, which closer for ROS?: Cishek or Veras

  83. farcus says:
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    I’m still rolling out Gattis at Catcher. Is it time for me to move on? I could grab Doumit, Ruiz, Ellis, Montero. . . any other garbage catcher. It’s a points league, if that matters.

    Also, in this 14 team keep 5 league Ike Davis was dropped. I have Chris Davis at 1b, but I’m tempted to grab Ike. It would cost me a pitcher streamer spot.

  84. Chris says:
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    16 team H2H dynasty league, was offered J Parker/Moustakas for Iwakuma. Can I do better?

  85. 5×5 roto. Thinking of offering Pence for either Latos or Cain. Which one would u rather have for ROS?

  86. The Fridge says:
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    I have been offered Tulo + Scherzer for Stanton + Wil Myers (currently on minor league roster) + Estrada….

    Which side do you like? Who’s stays healthy ROS, Tulo or Stanton?

  87. booya says:
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    How would you rank Hosmer, Belt and Moose?

  88. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: If odorizzi is called up hes not really worth it is he? I mean he will be up for 1-2 starts max… a waste of a move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: In a limited move league, I’d hold off

  89. Wilsonian says:
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    Emily Boneface or Dee?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir, that’s the way I was leaning.

  90. ashtray says:
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    Expectations for Heyward today? Give him some time on the bench or start him right away in 12 teamer?

  91. ashtray says:
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    Is Nick Franklin worth an “NA” stash over Billy Hamilton if I’m currently running Prado and Rutledge out there?

  92. ashtray says:
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    Why you acting like all I wanna do is zooma zoom zoom in your boom boom?

  93. bauerspeed17 says:
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    Goldschmidt and Cliff Lee

    for

    Matt Kemp, Cole Hamels and Lance Berkman?

  94. paul says:
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    start Cashner vs Washington this Sunday in Petco?

  95. Hola Grey:

    Happy Friday. Few quick questions:

    1) Thoughts on Colby Lewis? I may have missed a post or two on him… Worthy of a spec grab in a 14 team, mixed – redraft?

    Twitter reporting Colby is likely coming off DL in a few weeks (in light of recent tricep set-back) — saying first week of June. If so, would you expect about 100 ip / 7-8 wins/ 3.80 era / 90 k’s?

    2) Do you agree with the ranking of these injured arms (taking into account their injury status and when they are likely to debut). I realize this is tough to answer, but here’s how I have them:

    Colby Lewis, Pineda, Luebke, Hudson, Duffy

    SIDE NOTE: I drafted Garza, so didn’t include him in list above. However, sounds like he may make his triumphant return to the mighty Cubbies next week. Stay healthy, Matty – get traded!

    3) not knowing your music taste, here’s a great little jam I’m ‘addicted’ to heading into the weekend, thought I would share —http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlZtvEM5mf4

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EL BURRO: 1) Yes 2) Yes 3) Cool, will check it out

      • @Grey:
        Thanks. Enjoy the beats. Chorus is addicting as shit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, I love that…

        • Moose Out Front says:
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          Cool song. thanks for posting.

  96. Frank Grimes says:
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    BJUpton su su su su suuuuuuucks I know this much is trrrruuuuuuue so why do grey keep say ho ho ho hold?

      • Negatto says:
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        @Grey:

        He is sucking so bad even for my bench spot. How long is everyone waiting on him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d give him a few more weeks…

  97. Fish says:
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    Is it worth offering Torii to get BJ Upton and hope he turns things around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: It’s a risky gamble but could pay off huge

      • Fish says:
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        @Grey: I have McCutchen, big upton, and choo as my other OF, so I guess I can take that risk?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure…

    • chris says:
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      @Fish: in the words of the MIZ, Really? Really? Really?

  98. Shane Flaco says:
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    My team has been hit with injuries to Price and Detwiler. Could use a few names to scour the waiver wire for.

    Appreciate it.

      • Shane Flaco says:
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        @Grey: Just a general question really… if you need scale… active 12 team league that is required to carry 7 starters per team. So that is 84 pitchers off of the boards, tack on about 6-8 more being used as replacements for other DL’d starters. 3 or 4 names that could be out there would help.

        Hope this gives you an idea of what I am looking at.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, still have no idea…

  99. RJM says:
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    Great article. PTS league, Can only start 2. Dunn (@LAA, Wilson), Rizzo(@ChC, Harvey) or Seager (@Cle, Jimenez)? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJM: First two

      • RJM says:
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        @Grey: you’re a great fantasy baseballer Grey. thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  100. Tim says:
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    Would u start Gomez(Pitt) at home vs Astros today??
    Thx!

  101. Tim says:
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    Would u start Mcarthy tom night at Marlins ??
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  102. chris says:
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    Is it time to let go of Fowler? Pick up Moreau?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  103. Poo Holes says:
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    Gotta dump someone to activate Heyward and it’s looking like one of V-Mart, Sal Perez, Berkman, or Arenado. Thoughts there?

    Also, I have an offer of BJ for Victorino. Seems like Victorino could head to the DL at any minute for trying to imitate Bryce Harper, but the upside on Upton is still there. And I could come up with some hilarious Upton Brothers/Kate Upton team name! Oh, the possibilities!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez… I’d keep Victorino…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey: Cool beans. Now I have an open DL spot so I’m looking for someone to ‘stache. I mean……….stash…………yeah………

        Beachy, Garza (won’t be on the DL long though), Werth, Hart, or Eaton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Werth

  104. chris says:
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    ROS – Cashner, Morrow, Tillman. I’m trying to get a draft pick for Morrow instead of dropping. Also, how the stream work?

  105. uncdrew says:
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    I’m looking forward to seeing Ike Davis in your “Buy” this afternoon.

    I bought him for $17. I didn’t get any change.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… He’s more of a drop, unfortunately…

  106. Wake Up says:
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    Don’t know if you caught BP’s post-game interview…he was asked about J-Fer…he said his stuff was nasty and….he ain’t going out like Willie Lump Lump…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… Yeah, his stuff is great, I watched him a few times…

  107. golfnut says:
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    In a 10 team h2h in yawhoo……where do you think I could upgrade and who to trade to get the upgrade? Thanks a million…..been on your site for over 3 years and use it everyday.

    C
    Carlos Santana

    1B
    Paul Goldschmidt

    2B
    Ian Kinsler

    3B
    Evan Longoria

    SS
    Jean Segura

    LF
    Justin Upton

    CF
    Andrew McCutchen

    RF
    Shane Victorino

    Util
    Shin-Soo Choo

    Util
    Todd Frazier

    Util
    Nate McLouth

    SP
    Hyun-Jin Ryu

    SP
    Jordan Zimmermann

    SP
    Matt Cain

    SP
    José Fernández

    RP
    Sergio Romo

    RP
    Huston Street

    P
    Jim Henderson

    P
    Jeff Samardzija

    BN
    Jimmy Rollins

    BN
    Brett Gardner

    DL
    Adam Eaton

    BN
    Tony Cingrani

    BN
    Shelby Miller

    BN
    Marco Estrada

    DL
    Matt Garza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You need to consolidate players… Upgrade RF… Trade Miller for a top one…

  108. Carnac says:
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    Ike Davis always sits on the edge of his seat.

    • Carnac says:
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      Ike Davis always has to get out of his car at toll booths.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha… Someone said something similar above…

      • Carnac says:
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        Never go into a bathroom after Ike Davis.

        • Carnac says:
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          Every morning, Ike Davis wakes up on one side of the bed and pointlessly flails his arm in the direction of the alarm clock on the other side.

          • Grey

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            HA!

            • Carnac says:
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              @Grey: What’s worse, when on the road he shares a room with Jonathan Niese – who sits in bed chucking things at the alarm clock and not even coming close. But it’s cute that they can share the same really large nose hair trimmer. Of course, Ike only ever gets about half of it trimmed.

              • Grey

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                Though toothpaste all over the bathroom sink, which really annoys me…

                • Carnac says:
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                  @Grey: Ha!

                  *Ike holds toothbrush and paste 1 foot from each other, focuses intensely, then squeezes* “Damn it!”

                  • Grey

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                    Then when brushing his face looks like the scene in Liar, Liar when he battles a magic marker…

                    • Carnac says:
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                      @Grey: Oh wow, nice…

                  • Carnac says:
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                    Next to him, Niese holds his brush in one hand while squeezing the toothpaste with the hand he’s waving above his head.

                    • Grey

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                      I got a perfect scenario…. A fly lands on Ike’s nose and he punches Niese in the face…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome…Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  109. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I am not certain if I can be confined by RazzBall any longer…

    It is not that RazzBall is chopped liver or a pedestrian corn-syruped Big Gulp pushing corner convenience store of a FBB website… Au contraire!!! It is the cat’s meow… It is the top drawer of the carriage trade in FBB … The place be …. The purveyors of only the best for the best in FBB…

    However, there is this FBB and creative gravity pulling me towards a need of expressing myself on a grander scale… Yes, even grander than Razzball…

    I am being drawn to write the great novel of FBB…. The need to tell all – in a comprehensive social manuscript that paints our passion and these FBB times with the written word on a scale like never before…

    Think???? Ala Les Misérables – Hugo… It will be filled with digressions … If I want to write 60 pages on the Battle of Waterloo – when only 2 pages worth of the writing should/could have sufficed or have anything to do with the novel – so be it… Or 30 pages on the sewer system of Paris – why not??? … This great work, to be, will be like reading Razzball – only a grander scale…

    Why not a FBB Moby Dick??? …. I like the thought of a “neo-gothic novel” for FBB… It fits…. In fact, I was thinking of the a spin-off title here.. “The Seven Pillars of MooB’s Dick…

    ***** Yes, I am planning on weaving an autbiographic texture in to the novel too.. I could become, the Lawrence of FBB ….

    I see many correlations in the RazzBall staff and commenters at work in a Moby Dick theme…

    You – the Dark Ahab – who only stalks the deck at night on his ivory leg… always twitching and clearly, fatally damaged by his obsession..
    Rudy – the true, thoughtful and intellectual Starbuck…
    JayWrong – Pip – prancing with his tambourine – who spends longs hours in Ahabs cabin.. We may finally find out what goes on in there – it is the 21st century after all..
    Jack FoH – Elijah… The grim prophet – who warns all while lurking on the docks behind stacks of cargo… A public masturbate-r would make a nice new twist…
    Joe C – Happy Stub..
    Oakland Steve – Father Mapple .. Climbing the rope ladder into his prow pulpit.. His version of a FBB Jonah will be not a lesser one…
    Still casting Queequeg ??? The White Whale ??? and the many, rest of the Crew… The visions of the wives roles half a world away at the cataclysmic moments will be tough… Ideas???

    Oh!! Almost forgot….. Call me, Ishmael…

    I can see, I will have to serialize even this post on my novel… Proof RazzBall cannot hold me and my art…

    To be continued..

    PS.. It is your inspiration (blame) and that of the the Rudy-s and Mr Jay Wrong -s of RazzBall that have lead me in this direction..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Threes words: Ha! Father Mapple… I look forward to the next chapter…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        yeah .
        you should definitely sign him up to write his own column .

  110. Mike says:
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    Should I be starting Cingrani tonight @ Phily?

    What about Ryu tonight @ Atlanta…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both

  111. Moose Out Front says:
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    laughed out loud at Niese comments. of course he had a good start last night. of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  112. D Rich says:
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    Grey, Brandon Belt his available (as he should be) in my 12 team mixed league. Is he worth taking a flyer on? I already have a horrible avg this year because of ike, weeks, etc so i dont care about a 250 avg. that actually helps my team unforuntley haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him

  113. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey

    Fujikawa or D. Hernandez if you were speculating on saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      D-Her

  114. zzzzzz says:
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    Trade Cingrani for Garza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  115. Rye or the Kaiser Soze says:
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    Marte or Nelson Cruz? Fair?

    Gracias el Bigote.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte, it’s fair…

  116. Jay says:
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    Any word on Daniel Hudson time frame on returning? Have an open DL slotand was thinking about putting him in there. Chris Carpenter a consideration as well.

    any others you would consider stashable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colby Lewis

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Lewis over both I mentioned?

  117. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey:

    head-to-head pts league: should I drop Howard for Belt? Is Belt really going to score that many more points than Howard the rest of the way???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold…

  118. nycs10011 says:
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    12 man roto, Ubaldo Jimenez gonna blow up or be a decent option? Stream-o-Nator seems to like him okay…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him if I owned him, I don’t own him anywhere…

  119. zzzzzz says:
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    A-Gon or Peavy? Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon

      • zzzzzz says:
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        @Grey: I’m working a trade real-time. How about give Peavy/Lohse/Cashner/Frazier for Cain/A-Gon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain side

  120. Warren says:
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    Drop Cingrani and Grab Garza, si?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  121. Hondo says:
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    So since I just woke up(damn Nats west coast trip and having to give my Dad his morning meds meds) I’m kind of catching the drift that you’d drop Moreland for Laroche?Hot schomtato vs 2nd half stud is your reasoning?
    As always,thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Hondo says:
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      @Hondo:
      Meds Meds would be a good band name,but probably not the best typing.
      This is how I arrive at rare genius moments like trading Harvey for Price,and I’m not the one on meds.
      Save me Grey.

      My lack of Nats other than JZimm makes me want to do this.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo:

        Got it,thanks again.

  122. Grey

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

  123. Greyismyhero says:
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    12 Team standard H2H:

    Drop Rutledge for Peralta?
    Drop Kazmir for Liriano?

    Smoke it up!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Greyismyhero: grey would say no, it doesn’t matter which peralta yr talking about. 2nd question could be yes.

  124. Grey

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

  125. Happy Friday. Who would you recommend take Garza’s spot on my DL? Pinieda, J. Johnson, or Anderson? Thank you kindly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  126. Grey

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

  127. Just making sure... says:
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    He gives Carlos Gomez and BJ upton for my Machado and Kipnis.

    You think thats a pretty good deal for me?

    or should i keep pushing for:
    Kipnis for BJ upton Which seems like a steal for me…

  128. Rob says:
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    Trade Niese or hamels for Parnell? Nl only league. Standard 8, no k’s

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