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Derek Jeter returned and went 1-for-4 with an RBI, run scored and left with a strained quad.  I’m not even joking about the injury.  The Yankees should just travel with an MRI machine.  Didja know 100% of the babies born in the tri-state area between 1992-2013 have a 98.7% chance of having Jeter as their dad?  I know, it’s not easy to look at your dad like this, but he’s old.  He’s not the same Pops who used to get drunk and tell you to sit in the closet while he hand feed your mother In N Out.  This is a different father.  This father of yours has the appeal of an old Prado and I’d rather be a suitcase than an old bag like you.  In a full season, you might, maybe, possibly get ten homers and ten steals.  In less than half a season, your dad could be replaced by, say, Nick Franklin.  Mom might think it’s weird, but it’s true.  I’d own Jeter if I needed an MI, but if you can use him as a sweetener in a trade then Splenda!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Erasmo Ramirez – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  So my double start of him and Ryan Dempster (3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks) didn’t go exactly as planned, which is like saying the invasion of Russia by Napoleon didn’t go that smoothly.  It’s like saying Tom Cruise’s furniture hopping wasn’t his best move.  It’s like saying WHY CAN’T I STREAM ANYONE WITHOUT IT BLOWING UP IN MY FACE?!  The Mariners looked listless against Doubront, then Dempster can’t get out of the 4th inning?  Are you kidding me?  I realized Erasmo was a risk vs. the Red Sox, but Furbush had to come in and let in inherited runs, too?  Ugh, so, this wasn’t the outcome I was looking for, but I’m holding Erasmo for another start or two.  He should get the Astros and Twins on the other side of the break.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  It was a leadoff home run off Erasmo, and I’d like to say it was downhill after that, but it wasn’t and I can’t stop thinking about Erasmo and when will the pain end?

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .289.  And this homer helped Erasmo get back in the game, and I thought he was going to cruise to a victory with some unearned runs coming against Dempster, and Erasmo looking fine, then I went to the chiropractor, and ran into a guy who I thought I knew but wasn’t sure where from, so I went up to read the sign-in sheet, which might’ve been a breach of doctor-patient privilege, and I saw his name was Chris Bauer, and I was like, “Chris Bauer, that doesn’t sound familiar at all,” and then I Googled him and I saw it was Frank Sobotka (!) and I was like, “I guess being a stevedore is tough on the back,” and he smiled awkwardly and tried not to make eye contact with me.  Why, Erasmo, why?!

Brad Miller – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI as he continues to hit leadoff.  You can wait until he’s mentioned again in this afternoon’s Buy, or just pick him up now.  It’s your choice or the aliens who are shaking us around in their giant snow globe.

Ryan Vogelsong – Threw a bullpen session yesterday.  Meanwhile, Bernie Taupin admitted Vogelsong wasn’t his best work.

Brad Ziegler – Diamondbacks announced they would be going to the dreaded closer-by-committee.  This move leaves me sideways….I am not drinking any f**king Merlot!  On one hand, I really need Bell’s saves.  On the other hand, Bell is a Pez dispenser for runs.  Every time he nods to the catcher agreeing on the pitch, he gives up runs.  On a third hand that is actually a Hulkamania over-sized foam hand, the Diamondbacks will be trading for a closer soon anyway.  Ziegler got the save yesterday, and I dropped Bell everywhere and grabbed Ziegler.  Hey, sometimes the first guy to run with the job, gets the job.  Think Mujica in St. Louie.

Wade Miley – 8 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t mind this start coming into the game, but liked Erasmo even better, so I’d be careful how loud you toot your own horn Stream-o-Nator.  SON, “I wish I could toot my own horn, I wouldn’t need to pay for escorts.”

Trevor Cahill – Could be out until August.  August Grey didn’t return my calls about Cahill, but I’m waiting by the phone for info.

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 8 ER.  What’s the matter, Ervin, no more *pinkie to mouth* magic?  About friggin’ time this guy got hit.  All hail the Regression Fairies when they’re not working against me.  May your green wings and psychedelic colors never be confused with the absinthe fairy.

Carlos Martinez – Called up to work in the bullpen.  He’ll have value as a middle reliever and this is the same reason I grabbed Sonny Gray.  Yes, I also grabbed Gray because it’s sex with someone I love.  Martinez could be a starter at some point, but for this year it doesn’t seem in the Cards (pun point!).

Matt Holliday – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring strain.  Too bad, so sad.  Grab Matt Adams right now!  Don’t stop at Go, do not collect $200, do not feed Matt Adams after midnight; he’s on strict diet.  Just grab him.  Use two hands and bend at the knees.

Carlos Torres – Will take over for Marcum in the rotation.  He’s been a starter in the minors and didn’t have the best results, so I’d hold off outside of NL-Only leagues.  In Metco, he’ll probably have streamer value, but Whitey Ford would have streamer value in Metco, and he’s 84 years old.

Josh Phegley – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer this week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  It’s a doozy to end all doozies!  It’s the ultimate doozy.  Its doozy takes a dump and that doozy doesn’t flush properly!

Alejandro De Aza – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  He’s giving the same season as Desmond Jennings.  I have no idea if that’s a compliment or an insult.  I think it’s a compliment.  Or maybe it’s a complement.  Or a complimint.  Or an accomplishment.  Okay, I’ll stop now.

Gordon Beckham – 2-for-5, 1 run.  No idea where I heard his name before?  Have I mentioned him every day this week?  Checking notes?  Nope, not me, but Ling-Ling and his 99 monkey friends have written some of these blurbs.  “Give me bananas!”  “No, Ling Ling!”  “It’s with a hyphen!”  “You’re the one writing this!”  Sorry about that.

Alexei Ramirez – Day-to-day with a leg cramp.  In Ted Kennedy’s voice by way of Mayor Quimby, “Al-Ra, there’s a town ordinance against leg cramping, Al-Ra.”

Anibal Sanchez – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  His ERA is still at 2.93, but he hasn’t looked as dominant since his shoulder concerns, failing to get out of the 6th inning for two straight starts.  Maybe the break will do him some good.  Or at least the break will be better for him than most guys with the nickname Anabolic.

Matt Tuiasosopo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer and 4th homer in the last five games.  He won’t start today, but the Hitter-Tron likes him over the weekend against two lefties.  Hitter-Tron says, “That back-to-back action is better then when I pushed the washing machine against the ice maker.”

Victor Martinez – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Holiday shoppers, there’s an extended run at V-Mart.  For the last week, we’ve been giving away hits, counting stats and Little Caesars pizza that will almost certainly give you botulism.

Wil Myers – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, hitting .277 with 3 homers.  It’s silly to prorate 20-something games over a 162-game season, but let’s be silly!  He’s near a 25-homer pace.  Good luck drafting him next year without reaching into the top 8 rounds of a 12-team draft.  Then the following year it’ll be good luck drafting him outside of the top 3 rounds.  Then the year after it’ll be “Why is Wil Myers so disappointing?”  Then the year after it’ll be, “Hey, Wil Myers, chance for a bounce back?”  Then–Well, you get the picture.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer.  We’re halfway there!  Only 18 more to go.

Matt Moore – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I think Moore is slightly better than Samardzija, but he’s a good example.  Five starts ago you weren’t sure Moore was worth owning with his 4.13 ERA and now he’s got a 3.44 ERA and five straight quality starts.  You need to be patient with your guys, young Jedi.  I only say that because you’re wearing those hairy ears.  Oh, those aren’t part of a costume?  My bad!

Luke Scott – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, hitting near-.500 this week with 2 homers.  This week’s creeper is looking good by our fantasy football muchacho, Sky.

Danny Salazar – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  So, this was the rookie I was supposed to be starting yesterday?  Pretty dazzling debut by the Indians 23-year-old as he took a no-hitter into the 6th inning.  His breaking ball might need some work, but his fastball and changeup looked major league ready.  His numbers are fantastic at Triple-A too — 10+ K-rate, under-3 BB/9 and a 3.40 ERA.  I’d be all over Salazar if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s supposedly going back to Columbus.  Am I the only one who sees the irony in that the Indians kill their chances by sending people to Columbus?

Michael Brantley – 1-for-3, 1 run and his 10th steal.  Should’ve never dropped him…Then again, I dropped him for Luke Scott, who’s been on absolute fire.  I need two UTIL spots and a hydrant!

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Not quite pitching like Willy Nil Runs from last year, but hard to completely argue with a quality start.  I can try though, if you like.

Rajai Davis – 0-for-3 and a steal.  “The King of SAGNOF doesn’t need a hit to steal a base.  I’m bestowed steals while I sit on the throne.  What, Leonys?  No, I don’t mean throne as a euphemism for toilet.  Be gone before I promote Engel Beltre to Queen of SAGNOF!”

Mat Latos – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Yesterday was get-away day across the major leagues.  As in, get away from all pitchers I own.  I used to have a flimsy theory that it was better to stream on Thursdays because there were day games after night games and hitters were already mentally checked out of their current city, anticipating a night of travel.  Well, it’s now two of the past three Thursdays my teams have been bombed, so my theory holds water like the Titanic.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 10th steal.  *covering up the right side of the box score*  I’m guessing he was facing a righty.  *moving hand*  Yup!  Choo’s splits are insane, over-the-internet friend.  He’s hitting .335 vs. righties.  Guess how much against lefties.  Nope, lower.  Keep going.  Lower still.  Okay, I’ll just tell you…. .165!  Yikes.  I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point very soon in his career he’s platooned.

Jason Heyward – Might be headed to the DL after hurting his hammy on a slide into third.  Great, terrific, sarcasm, Heyward Jablowme seems more apt.

Evan Gattis – Will begin a rehab assignment on Friday.  Well, sounds like they have an opening in their outfield.  See 1/8th of an inch above.

Justin Upton – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  He’s been slowly climbing my top 100 for the 2nd half that will be published next week.  Right now, I believe he’s in the 40′s.

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs.  Everything really starts clicking for the Braves when Upton is hitting.  That’s not B.J. Upton, he’s a lost cause.  You know how players spit out sunflower seeds and swat them with their hand as they’re falling?  B.J.’s cleats are littered with spit-out shells.  Right now, David Sunflower Seeds is working on a commercial filming B.J.’s cleats.  “One just fell on his laces, get a close up!”  That’s the commercial director.

Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Cards.  Even if you were expecting him to bounce back like I have been, you likely weren’t starting him here.  That’s the good/bad news.  The bad/good news is he might be going to the Rockies or the Diamondbacks next time out.  Good/bad news + bad/good news = Itzhak Perlman.  Wow, my math was way off there.  Was supposed to equal you can hold Jackson for now, but I wouldn’t start him the next time out.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  Maybe this will be the start of something, unlike the last time it seemed like the start of something but was the start of yet another cold streak.

Kensuke Tanaka – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 steal.  Get him on the All-Star team!

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  If it said this was his 1st homer in the box score, I honestly wouldn’t have blinked an eye.  I mean, I would’ve eventually, but not over his lack of power so far this year.  I can’t remember the last time he hit a long ball.  Was it May?  Okay, I’m gonna cheat and look.  It was May.  Wow.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, 3.02 ERA.  His ERA is probably even better on your team because his one big defeat came in Coors.  If you started him there, then Bummergarner.

Troy Tulowitzki – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Seemed to rush back from his DL stint, but when you have to fit 5 DL stints in one season, there’s no time to waste.

Miguel Gonzalez – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He’s not even a Clohse since he doesn’t keep his walks in check, or procházka if in Czech.  He does have a 3.48 ERA and 6 straight quality starts so he’s on a pumpernickel.  I mean, on a roll.

Chris Davis – 1-for-3 and another homer.  He has an outside chance at 200 homers by the All-Star break.

Ross Wolf – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  The Wolfman did his thing, where you at Team Edward?

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, 3.75 ERA.  I’ve carved up a thing or two with this melon ball before, but he’s fine as a streamer here and there, just lacks any Ks for your standard every-time-out starter in most mixed leagues.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks and out after 79 pitches.  Who is Davey Johnson?  The anti-Dusty?  Allow a bunt single in the first, “Sorry, kid, hit the showers!”  Good thing Zimmermann usually throws shutouts or, after his 19th start today, he’d have only 19 innings pitched.  “C’mon, Coach, let me finish the at-bat.”  “Sorry, kid, you don’t have it today.”  “But it’s only a 2-1 count on the first hitter of the game.”  “Too late, grab pine, meat!”  Oh, wait, Zimmermann left because of a sore neck.  Probably from Davey’s quick hook!

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Meanwhile, Salvador Perez went 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs, but also helped an old lady cross the street.

Ryan Braun – Placed on the bereavement list.  He’ll be attending the funeral of his career.

  1. fri-guy says:
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    I was talking with my brother on Monday about Braun’s return (we both own him in different leagues). Having owned him since his call-up, I told him I wasn’t starting him because usually winds up with some BS injury or reason to miss playing time and go day-to-day. I wound up benching him in favor of Gordon in my last OF spot. My brother started him.

    And it appears that CarGo is entering that time of the year again…I traded for him last year around mid-July last year and I can’t remember if he was ever healthy enough to start so I flipped him in the offseason. All it cost me was last year’s championship and the much coveted, but not awarded “first-half” trophy. Whatevs…

  2. RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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    Your fantasy baseball wit and knowledge is legendary. Keep doing what you do you are awesome man. Might as well throw a question in there..dropped JJ Hardy for Nick Franklin and then Franklin hurt himself while he bended at the knee to add Matt Adams. Is Brad Miller from the Sacramento Kings and now leading off for the Mariners a viable swap for Franklin or Daniel Murphy at my SS and 2b/ss spots or should i just stay put. I own Franklin everywhere and hes looked pretty Kipnis like during that hot streak.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen: Brad Miller – drafted by my Hornets! Love the bugs who can dish and shoot. Oh wait, yea baseball, I like Miller, he is leadoff, but Daniel Murphy is solid I’d hold Murphy, who could go 12/20 with 90 runs pretty easy. With the knee soreness I think Murph is a little safer, but Franklin a little more upside. Give it to Grey for loving Franklin a lot early!

      • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: yea but ive been holding erasmo everywhere for a month and hes magically been vanished from my roster I hired Gob to sink him to the bottem of the ocean. Im currently watching mid season 2. Between Erasmo and Josh Rutledge im still recovering from losses but im magically still 100-32-7. Traded for goldy and trout this yr in april in different deals, drafted chris davis harvey darvish sale all value picks and added Puigggg…but dropped Domonic Brown end of April so that offsets it all. Nick Franklin is a stud Ill give it to Grey there.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen: Well you hired the wrong guy! “Go back to the sea from whence you came!” No way dropping Dom Brown upsets all that goodness. But yea Grey called it, I was cold on Franklin, still a lot of ball left though

          • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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            @JB Gilpin: The Loose Seal has Erasmo now…everything Grey says is usually gold(schmidt – au shizz see what I did there…but really how the $&@# did he know?) He said Erasmo could be the Medlen of last year, I think he meant the Medlen of THIS year. I dont understand his spiking walks even his last 2 minor league starts hes walking like 4-6 guys and looks like hes going to be a risky whip guy going forward but heck do I know im only trying to be as good as you guys. Im trying to feel like im a part of the team responding to some of the q’s let me send in my resume with no blogging experience except for my undergraduate english courses and get a job responding to the fellow razzballer posts. I’ll take payment in a copy of grey’s e-book or the disclosure of his real name.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @RyuDunnIanMaJanssen: Haha touche. I am hoping he was tweaking his stuff. Red Sox is as tough as it comes though. That is his real name!

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    No offense to Nick, but I want Ray Donovan to do my voicemail.

    So what you’re really saying is that i should pick up Beckham? That Ling Ling is crazy, if it wasn’t for the crown I would think Ling Ling is kicking my ass http://0.tqn.com/d/animatedtv/1/0/x/n/DT_CarlosMencia-4.jpg

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: i was forced into grabbing beckham like 5 days ago (aramis and gyorko out, moving dj lemehieu to 3rd). I’ll take the constant 2 hits a day business.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jack Full of Hate: I don’t buy this pace, but he’s slightly altered his swing to get more in his crouch I think I head Ken Harrelson saying while he had to change his pants after screaming “Put it on the boaaaarrrrddddd Yes!” when Phegley hit a grand salami. THink he can remain solid.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: hahahaha! Glad you liked it…. but really Beckham….really?

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    I wonder if real life rajai knows he’s a king?

    I’d love to see a “coming to America” style movie where rajai and his “helper” bonifacio escape to the streets of toronto looking to get away from his father “king green light.” “When you think of sagnof, think of rajai!.” “The royals bases are clean!”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gareth: Attack the bases like Samuel L. Jackson tryin to rob ya

  5. Kevin says:
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    drop Morrison or Reynolds for Adams for my IF spot? 12 team mixed.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Yea I’m fine with either, probably LoMo and hope for another Reynolds hot streak down the road.

  6. MB says:
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    Dude why did they even make Lost World?

    Universal or Disney if I am 29? Or neither maybe?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MB: I’d say Universal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MB: Ha

  7. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    ” … I can’t stop thinking about Erasmo and when will the pain end? ”
    and ,
    “… but I’m holding Erasmo for another start or two. He should get the Astros and Twins on the other side of the break.”

    haha !
    sounds like a great way to relax during the asb .
    stare at this schmuck’s name on your roster for the next 2 weeks ,
    while waiting for your 1st shot at redemption vs the astros .

    good luck with that .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @costaricanchata: Or you could just not look at your fantasy team!

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        OR ,
        cut his azz and hope no one else picks him up during the break ,
        while they’re not looking at their fantasy team .

        and , if that fails ,
        pick him back up , after he gets rocked by the astros .

  8. Dominican Power says:
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    @Grey what do you think of Pierzynski/Machado for Posey?

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @Dominican Power: pierzynski isnt a factor its essentially machado for posey. Grey traded machado for david price I dont know why everyone is trying to trade him id just hold and add AJ Ellis or Wilson Ramos if you dont want AJ…I dont blame you there

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Dominican Power: If you have a solid 3B to slot in, maybe, but probably not

      • Dominican Power says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Beltre is my 3B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominican Power: It’s fair as JB says… I traded Machado for Price because I had Beltre…

      • Dominican Power says:
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        @Grey:

        I also have Beltre.

  9. ferris says:
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    what do you think of

    (1) nl-only — drop Rutledge for blake parker (or Antonio bastardo) or just hold Rutledge for the possible upside (my guess is he is on the wrong side of a platoon)

    (2) mixed — drop jhonny peralta for cingrani (I have asdrubal so peralta is primarily a 100%-owned backup but with asdrubal having shown some injury-prone-itivity, some concerns exist)

    graci

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ferris: 1 – Depends on saves need, but probably not, 2 – I’d try to trade one for something

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @ferris:

      Grab Cingrani

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @ferris:

      drop asdrubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris: 1) I’d hold for another week 2) Sure

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    did you really see sobotka at the chiropractor? That’s funny. He played a child molester in Devil’s Advocate. “You’re supposed to defend me, you swore you would!”

    • moldyforgoldy says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: im with aubrey….please confirm this actually happened grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Yeah, the receptionist was like he’s on True Blood, and I know I didn’t know him from there b/c I’ve never seen it

      • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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        @Grey: season 1 is pretty awesome Grey. True blood is a pretty cool show but there are a lot better ones out now. House of cards if you havent streamed yet!

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Good call. The Wire blows it away. Not in the same ballpark (or even the same sport). I had seen part of first season when it originally aired and it lost my attention. Then, while recovering from an ACL reconstruction recently, I watched seasons 1-5 to placate the boredom. I cannot endorse it.

        However, the portion with Lizzy Caplan is probably worth a viewing. Speaking of, check out “Party Down” if you haven’t seen it.

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    If Ziegler gets the next save opposite, would you drop Bell for him? Or make the move now?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: grey already dropped bell for him, use the little finger thing up up…. no more, up, yep, there it is.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yea I would, but be prepared for inconsistent opps

  12. Mike says:
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    Rizzo or Leonis Martin ROS?
    Thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mike: grey’s saying rizzo here for sures. yep.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Me dos

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Mike:
      The Rat!

  13. Mike says:
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    Franklin,Rendon ,or Castro ROS?
    Thanks!

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @Mike: Starlin castro

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen:

        Same three but add Hardy?? Have Hardy right now but castros available

        • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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          @Jamiehov: castro over hardy and its not close

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Disagree it’s not close, still Hardy actually for me for power, everything else still buy Castro

      • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: hardy power ive hit as many homers as him past few weeks. Hardy is an avg kill too Starlin has had a Heyward like season thus far but I think Starlin is finally getting hot and Hardy has an ailing shoulder but granted his power potential is greater. I like Castro over Hardy

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen: Hardy has always hit them in bunches. But agree it’s Castro unless just power need like I said

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    i would still think putz ends up doing this again unless he screws up the next chance. he’s been lights out ever since they demoted him to get his shit str, but yesterday he couldn’t get the save for pitching 2 days in a row before.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @goodfold2: I could see that, DBacks possibly in the market too, it’s a mess I’m avoiding in stand leagues right now

  15. I know catcher questions are taboo around these parts (along with anything involving gerbils) but it’s getting really difficult to continue rostering Wieters while Lucroy is sitting out there. Which do you prefer ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Dude Lucroy is on fire, fine with that move

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You’re saying dump Wieters for Lucroy? Obviously this makes sense on so many levels, but just the idea of doing that kills me.

        • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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          @Pete Nice: lucroy been the hot schmomato but I love the O’s so i wouldnt mind holding weiters and trying a few lucroy trade offers out over the weekend. Weiters could be better second half than lucroy but right now if u had to choose one u sadly need to pick lucroy although u prob wasted top 10 round pick on weiters

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pete Nice: Lucroy has the average and the power stroke going, all he has to watch out for is his wife with luggage…

          • Sixto Lezcano says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I wish I knew how to quit you Wieters!

  16. Dusty Bag Tagger says:
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    Hey Grey and fellow Razzballerz, Love this site!!!
    who wins this trade…..my Ellsbury for his (or hers)Myers and Kemp. I already accepted it but would just like to hear some opinions. I’m in last and have no chance of winning so thought I’d just do something for the sake of doing something, can’t hurt right??

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @Dusty Bag Tagger: you lose steals but the deal has upside if Kemp returns after asb and is healthy rest of way. Its fair.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dusty Bag Tagger: Thanks for reading! I agree, since you’re so far out, the upside is worth the gamble

      • Dusty Bag Tagger says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the quick response JB appreciate it. It’s great that you and Grey and the rest of the staff here take the time to read and respond to all of our questions. yes even the catcher ones ha.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dusty Bag Tagger: Haha the catcher ones don’t bother me, I just yell Lucroy at everyone! En fuego! Thanks man

  17. Boston Mike says:
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    Based on how bad Choo’s splits are do you like him or Josh Hamilton better for the remainder of this season? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boston Mike: With Hamilton heating up like a spoon, I’ll go him

  18. Lob Ball says:
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    Should I drop either- Dunn, Swisher, or Ethier for Adams if Holliday goes DL? Looking for RBIs and OPS.
    Have a great weekend.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lob Ball: Ethier only 28… Yikes! I’m fine losing him for Adams upside looking for those

  19. John says:
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    In a keeper league I was just offered Harvey and Puljos for Goldschmidt. The price tag on keepers goes up $5/season, so if I take it next year I get Harvey for $11 and if I hold I keep Goldy for $25.

    Right now, my best keeper options are Segura @ $6, Shelby @ $8, Corbin @ $6 – and I can keep up to 5 players.

    Any advice?

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @John: in a keep up to 5 i dont see miller or corbin as keepers. I own pujols in a keeper and have been trying to trade him now while hes hot. 33 year old former miguel cabrera of baseball now second tier 1b is losing his elite rank especially with plantar fasciitis lingering. Harvey is a keeper and for 11 thats a bargain but id probably want Goldy still and im a Mets fan. Maybe he’ll take corbin and some other pieces for harvey dont trade goldy hes stil a bargain at that price.

      • John says:
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        @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen: Its more the price on them than the overall quality of player. I have better players, but with the increase I’m not really too keen on Wright at $28, Braun @ $44 (obviously!), Jennings @ $20 or Choo @ $19 (though he was in the plan for a while) – and even if I made the deal there’s no way I’m keeping Pujols @ $41. The only other option I could see myself taking is Gordon @ $16.

        Either way, thanks for the input!

        • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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          @John: yea and zi wouldnt keep gordon either. You have the right idea. Id try to trade choo and braun. Wright at 28 pricey too. Goldy is your best player dont deal him bro. Add guys like Buxton Taveras Sano for cheap if u can to avoid overpaying for aging players/former elite keepers. Good luck man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: I’m fine with those young guns as keepers, but with those guys I’d want to keep a for sure bat with Goldy even though it will cost a little more.

      • John says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! That’s why I was hesitant to pull the trigger. Just needed a little confirmation.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @John: No prob!

  20. Samuel Deduno says:
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    Keeper league (15 keepers; no restrictions). Traded Chris Davis for Rios, Brandon Phillips and Allen Craig yesterday. Did I get enough? Looking for as much affirmation as possible!

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @Samuel Deduno: in a 15 player keeper you got 2 mid round keepers for a top 20 keeper in Chris Davis. Try to muster a veto.

      • Samuel Deduno says:
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        @RyuDunnIanMaJannsen: 15 keepers per team. I got 3 top 50 players, IMO. Gives me a much better chance of winning this year. Phillips replaces Weeks, Rios replaces Quentin and Craig replaces Crush. We saying I lost the deal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Samuel Deduno: I’m fine with it, looks pretty solid

    • stumanji says:
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      @Samuel Deduno: I would have wanted more, but it’s not terrible.

  21. Frank White says:
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    Morning Grey… Do you think I should drop, or hold onto Chad Gaudin for a little bit to see how he plays out??

    • Frank White says:
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      It says that Carlos Martinez could be thrown into the rotation at some point. Idk if it’s if Joe Kelly bombs or whatever reason. Should I keep him for a bit in my RP spot or would you drop him for Kevin Gregg??

    • Frank White says:
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      Oh, if I dropped him then I would have to find someone to replace him with like, Sonny Gray or someone you might mention on your buy/sell blog

      • Frank White says:
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        Damnn!! The last comment was meant about Chad Gaudin again

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Gaudin, sure, I think C-Mart is in the rotation fairly soon, cheer for a Kelly bomb this afternoon

  22. Jamiehov says:
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    The Moore blurb is much needed Samardzdja therapy. Between he and Erasmo my pitching has had a worse week than Lamar Odom

    My hopes, big second half a from Jupton, mccutch, rizzo, Hamilton and samarzdja.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Grey did the same thing as Odom last week at the cougar bar

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I just saw that on TMZ

        “Cougar questions set off Razzballs Grey Albright”

        It then has a pic of Grey smashing the paparazzis Andre Aggasi edition Canon

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jamiehov: Haha, that would be an awesome article

  23. Jake says:
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    Grey
    Do you still like Erasmo more than wheeler?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake: I’ll lean yes

  24. Jason says:
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    Start Eaton or Marte today?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Probably Marte, depends on matchups

  25. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Weiters… Should I drop Carlos Santana for him? Also could drop Aaron Hill, Locke, or Nova for him. THoughts?

  26. The Strolg says:
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    I was thinking when Kershaw takes the field they should play ‘When The Whip Comes Down’ and then put up this photo just to show how much more sexy a man looks with a stache!

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-evTbHnLkndI/TcH1RQ-VhcI/AAAAAAAAC3s/eOgHYouDvWI/s1600/watts.jpg

    p.s. when I googled stache I found this:
    A person who is genetically predispositioned to have upper lip hair. Usually accompanied by aviator sunglasses, police issue gloves and a pedophilia like stare…

  27. The Thumb says:
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    Guy in my league has a mega prospect crush on Franklin but fortunately I have him. He’s been offering me trades all year that have stunk but he recently offered Koji. In a saves + holds league so he’s very valuable. Only thing stopping me is the shortstops on the wire.

    Jeter, Miller, Grant Green are the mos attractive. With that in mind, keep Franklin or go?

    Thanks! Have a great weekend (sorry for the long post!)

    • RyuDunnIanMaJannsen says:
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      @The Thumb: Add Jeter and Miller and take Koji.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Redraft? Sure don’t mind it

  28. Pete Carlson says:
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    8 team H2H w/ 3 OF and 2 UTIL: I just got offered his Harper for my Scherzer. Team is:

    OF:
    Bruce
    Choo
    Heyward (DL?)
    Leonys
    Fowler

    1 utility spot occupied by Ortiz, so am usually starting 4/5 OF.

    SP:
    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Bumgarner
    Iwakuma
    Garza
    Medlen
    Parker
    DL – Peavy

    With plenty of streamable options consistently on waivers.

    Thinking I have enough SP to take the deal and then drop 1 of Fowler/Heyward/Martin (Martin?) to stream my 8th SP spot. What do you think and which OF do I drop?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete Carlson: I’d take it, why do you have to drop an OF? I’d hold them all, maybe offer 2 for 1 somewhere down the road, but Martin would be the drop if need be

      • Pete Carlson says:
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        Just the way I’ve been running my team all season. I’ve been holding 7 SP, streaming an 8th everyday (6 transactions/week limit), and holding 1 bench hitter. Because of the shallow nature of the league eventually I started streaming so many good SP that I didn’t wanna drop them, but I’m 99% sure the optimal strategy is to play the numbers game with my 8th SP by streaming rather than holding 1 guy.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pete Carlson: Gotcha, well you can make the trade, wait until the ASB, and shop heavily during IMO, and no biters on a 2 for 1 then lost Martin

          • Pete Carlson says:
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            Pretty reasonable idea. Thanks.

  29. Kris Benson's Wife says:
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    Danny Salazar still not rostered in Yahoo leagues!

    I’m about to go off!

  30. Lopes says:
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    I feel like whenever Miggy hits a homer, Crush Davis goes yard. Those two are stuck in a perpetual “Anything you can do I can do better” thing.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lopes: Sosa McGwire!

    • Aero says:
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      @Lopes: Man I hope they keep it up that way, too. I have both of them!

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    If you had Harvey would you still try and deal him for an established top tier ace?

    So Clayton, JV, Felix, Lee, Scherzer (his nos show hes an ace now), Stras, any others?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yea in a redraft I probably would for all those guys.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @TheNewGuy:
      220 Innings Cap. 130 down, 90 max to go (12/13 starts)
      Mets with nothing to play for in Sept.

      If this is going to affect your play-offs, definitely deal.

  32. Tigres says:
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    Grey – I feel your pain on pitching: Latos, Samardzija, Medlen, Gallardo and series of unsuccessful streams and kazaams have torpedoed my ERA and WHIP. Hold me.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tigres: I’ll let Grey handle those duties indeed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: C’ome here, Tigres

  33. KevinK says:
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    would you go with phegly over Arencibia the rest of the way? All he does is hit home runs…

    • KevinK says:
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      @KevinK: Or Ramos??

      • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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        @KevinK: AJ Ellis@KevinK: AJ Ellis

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KevinK: Like both more, Arencibia probably the best

  34. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points League

    Beltran or Howie Kendrick ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Commish Cauda: Positional need a big factor, vacuum taking that out, Beltran

  35. Tom says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5 each cat. Considering trading my Ellsbury for his Verlander? Barring injury I would probably win every pitching category every week. I’d have to find an OF or corner IF off WW to replace Ellsbury. If I can get half of his steals and 90% of his runs and average I should still win SB’s and R’s, AVG, HR’s and RBI will be close as they are today. Eaton and E. Young are available. Should I do the trade and if so, who do I pick up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: I’m good with that deal, Eaton

      • Tom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Any worries about Eaton’s PT with all of those outfielders and coming off an injury?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Tom: A little, but while Young is playing every day now, he’s already at a career high ABs in the Majors, I worry about a little wear on him

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @JB Gilpin: do not doubt the EY2! I just hope he keeps running like a wild man

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Haha yea the steals are nice! I think Eaton has a tad more upside if his arm doesn’t fall off

  36. smegma says:
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    He’s not the same Pops who used to get drunk and tell you to sit in the closet while he hand fed your mother In N Out….nice work I laughed so hard I spit my water out this morning!

  37. WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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    12-team H2H 4-player keeper (only players taken after the 1st 4 rounds), 50 moves limit (Im at 17)

    Use a move and drop Frazier for Adams? A little nervous about dropping Frazier because of Kung Fu Panda

    C- Rosario
    1B- Votto (NK)
    2B- Phillips (NK)
    3B- Sandoval (NK)
    SS- Reyes (NK)
    MI- Carpenter
    CI- Butler
    OFx5- Stanton (NK), Cespedes, Rios, Jennings, Marte
    UTIL- Nelson Cruz
    BN- Frazier

  38. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Hey Grey/JB,
    I’m in a 12 team H2H roto. I’m feeling pretty good about my team, but feel like I have a glaring hole at 3B. Do you think trading Gio + Leonys for Edwin makes sense? Can you think of any other moves to strengthen my team? Thanks much, next Daiquiri is on me!
    C: Rosario
    1B: Votto
    2B: Hill
    SS: Lowrie
    3B: Rendon
    1B/3B: AGonz
    2B/SS: Infante
    OF: Giancarlo, AJones, Hamilton, DJennings, Leonys, Byrd (Start 5 + Utility)
    B: Brett Lawrie, Eric Young
    SP: Scherzer, Gio, Liriano, JoFer,Cingrani, Hellickson, Erasmo
    RP: Rodney, Benoit, Parnell
    DL: Bucholtz

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Back-to-back Tobias! Love it. Yea I’d love that deal if you can swing it, I’d go ahead and offer. Would much appreciate a drink! Go team Featherbottom!

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. Trade was declined. What do you think would make sense for someone like Machado or Alverez?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mrs. Featherbottom: Well you have Lawrie coming back too, so I wouldn’t spend all your chips. With Hamilton hot, maybe him and someone could get Machado?

          • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Might just hold tight. Thanks for the help, grab an IPA or Appletini

  39. Chris says:
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    Hello grey+

    How are you.

    Want do you think of this trades:

    I have been proposed my Werth and Bourn for Carl Crawford and Jason Heyward?
    The other owner is growing tired of both of them.

    I am thinking of counter offering Bourn for Heyward since I don’t like that much Crawford.

    What do you think?
    Thanks or your help.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Hello Chris. I am well, thank you! Yea I like that deal even with Heyward possibly on the mend. Fine with the counter too. But I like the first deal, gotta like Crawford over Werth… But either are nice

      • Chris says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB. Do you prefer only HEyward for Werth? the other guy prefers Werth over Bourn.

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Chris: I still prefer Bourn, obviously dire power need Werth, but Werth can’t stay healthy and I think the avg regresees

  40. papasmurf says:
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    Yeah I had Emo Ramirez going too. No Dumpster, so I wasn’t killed as badly as you. Then again the day before I had Shark Ryu and Maholm…

    Did Suzyn Waltman cry? On Jeter’s first AB and then when she found out he was hurt again?

  41. Jeff says:
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    Hey Grey, would you give up Hamels for Longoria?

    Thanks For the help…can’t get enough of your website!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: Probably not, although I do like Hamels

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        what ?
        are you saying that Grey would rather have the pitcher ?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @costaricanchata: Huh? No I was just saying I like Hamels for a big second half. But not for Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: I’d take Longo

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Jeff: Longo side

  42. Bunny says:
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    Whoa, Henderson gave up 4 walks and a hit in the 9th last night? I’ve been holding him but I think I might as well pick up a MI with ratios/ks. Any of these stand out?

    Clippard
    Torres
    Robertson
    Rosenthal

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Bunny: Hate that guy, wanted to drop him for a while but had no one to pick up. Now he single-handedly killed my WHIP this week.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @Bunny: Rosenthal stands out.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: Yea Hendo had trouble, although the 1 hit was a semi-bloop and one walk was intentional to Goldschmidt. Stuff still looks good, and I think he will still close some games down the road. That said, I’m fine with dropping, probably Rosenthal, as he’s the best bet to turn it into saves possibly should Mujica get hurt or suddenly have a few bad weeks.

  43. G says:
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    Drop erasmo for Salazar or is the anticipated time Salazar will be up make it not worth it?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G: Keep Erasmo

  44. Serious ShortEyes Problem says:
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    Erasmo or Edwin Jackson ROS?

  45. Ray says:
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    Wheeler, Straily or Skaggs ROS?

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @Ray: Wheeler

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ray: Straily

    • Prezz says:
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      @Ray: flip a coin… A three sided one..

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Prezz: A trapezedial coin? OK I made up words…

        • Prezz says:
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          @JB Gilpin: sounds correct to me… Hey youre pretty good at this “act like i know wat im talking about” stuff! :D

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Prezz: Haha best trick in the world!

  46. brooks jacoby says:
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    Brad Miller, Jimmy Rollins, or Elvis Andrus ROS (I have to drop one.) I need doubles/avg/triples the most.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @brooks jacoby: Its hard to drop Andrus even thought hes been the worst of the 3…Id say let Miller go

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @brooks jacoby: Yea gotta be Miller

  47. WantsToGetFunkedUp says:
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    Sell Carlos Gonzalez for Ellsbury & Rizzo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WantsToGetFunkedUp: Hmmmm, I probably Wouldn’t yet but close

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      Ellsbury side

  48. The Fridge says:
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    Need to activate Tulo from the DL to MI or UT…Who gets dropped – Brad Miller, Mark Reynolds, Ike or Simmons.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @The Fridge: You dont need 3 SS’s so lose Simmons

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fridge: I still like Simmons, I’d lose MIller

  49. Dan says:
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    Stream-o-Nating Charlie Morton today (and starting Medlen). Feels ill advised but I’m going to trust in the Razzball Gods, both the old and the new.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: Do I count as a new?!?!! Haha. I wouldn’t touch Morton personally, coming off a bad game, don’t see it turning around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Nice

  50. Dkohn says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you pick up Melky if someone dropped him? Dropping say Cashner?

    I don’t really need a bench bat, just wondering if you’re expecting anything special out of him the second half.

    Thanks!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dkohn: Not exactly much but I’d make that move

    • Prezz says:
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      @Dkohn: melky will show you somethin special.. a magic trick, where he dissappears into the sunset…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Prezz: He’s starring in a western?!

        • Prezz says:
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          @JB Gilpin: yep, while riding into said sunset, he will shoot off water guns full of HGH…

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Prezz: Maybe that’s a Ryan Braun defense… “It was just a party with water guns, I couldn’t tell it was HGH” Although that sounded wronger than even that…

            • Prezz says:
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              @JB Gilpin: honestly… That sounds like 10x better of an excuse than “uhhh, the transporter of my urine messed it up!”.. the doodes job is to carry piss… Seriously,how can you fuck that up!? What job do you pursue after getting fired for improperly carrying piss in a cup!? Poor guy is prolly in some serious therapy right now..

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Prezz: Waitresses have trouble bringing over my Miller Lite all the time…

                • Prezz says:
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                  @JB Gilpin: yeah, at the quadriplegic bar…

  51. Prezz says:
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    Grey really loves randy wolf….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prezz: Who doesn’t!?

      • Prezz says:
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        @JB Gilpin: probably Ross…. since hes taking up all of his shine in the blurbs!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Prezz: Damn you RosssSSSssssSS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezz: Old friends, when he was Randy Cub

      • Prezz says:
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        @Grey: hahaha! *facepalm*

  52. Roman says:
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    Great Sideways reference Grey!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Roman: Oh Sandra… Oh

  53. RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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    Just dropped Erasmo for Chris Archer. I got no qualms, brother. And I own Corbin but I am thinking of selling…going after someone who should be on Grey’s buy column this afternoon and if not edit him in there GIANCARLO STANTON. Im waiting on the eruption.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RyuDunnIanMaJanssen: I would trade Corbin for Stanton too, don’t know you’d get it though

      • BERK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You really think Stanton will have a good second half? I want to trade him. I also have Sandoval, and am really hurting for offense with those two…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @BERK: Oh Yikes. Yea, at least decent enough especially only giving up Corbin who is already going to be pushed back a tad after ASB to keep innings down

  54. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Trade Choo for Dom Brown?

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: Choo got yourself a deal. Choo prob a better source of runs and avg but Dom is a big power source Id take Dom.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @RyuDunnIanMaJanssen: Yeah, Choo is great, but can’t play him against lefties. I’m also leading in runs scored by a silly amount for the year. I don’t need the steals either. Guess I’ll prop the trade and see what happens. Plus, Gardner is my only LF, so it makes sense.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: Yea I’m fine with that, the splits are worse than a possible 2nd Circ-du-Solei (I’m not looking up how to spell that) accident

          • Bunny says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I don’t understand why you’d get rid of a player with sharp splits. I think it’s an advantage actually. Play him vs righties and sit vs lefties and now you have a player with even better stats. Have a SAGNOF on your bench for the days he faces lefties.

            • Shawn of the livid says:
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              @Bunny: Its just better to have someone that can play every day. Especially if they have a high value like Choo. That’s why Dom Brown is a better choice for the OF spot.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Bunny: Well in theory that’s true, but if you need the innings or a positional guy in shallower leagues it’s more valuable having the roster spot

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Cirque du Soleil is my guess

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Grey: Yea as soon as I typed it I was sure it was “Cirque” but making it as wrong as possible worked fine for me haha

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @JB Gilpin: youse guys should see dom brown’s lefty splits, not good either.

  55. guidedbyvoices says:
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    I know you have your 2nd half rankings coming soon,but im sinking fast and I’m wondering what you think about Reynolds and Frazier….

    standard 5×5 league….

    C-Santana
    1B-Freeman
    2B-Seager
    3B-Micheal Young
    SS-Elvis Andrus
    OF-Harper
    Of-Adam Jones
    OF-AGon
    UTL-Aybar
    UTL-Matt Adams
    BN-Aybar
    BN-Frazier
    BN-Reynolds

    i could be grabbing some random hot schmotato types,like Cody Ross,Swisher,Wallace and a few more of that ilk.Reynolds is just as likely to go 2 for his next 40 as suddenly hit a dozen HR’s in the next couple wks,so….

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: Well they’re bench bats, and the guys on the wire don’t really have upside either, I’d hold/stream pitchers

  56. stoopid says:
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    10 team 5×5. We keep 7, no time limit.

    I’m in 1st place with 82 pts. 43 hitting, 39 pitching. Huge lead in SB’s. Worst cat is Wins.

    Thinking about offering Kemp & Andrus for Starlin & Shields.

    My keeper worthy players are: Posey, Fielder, Wright, C.Davis, JUpton, DomBrown, Marte, Kershaw, Scherzer.

    My MI is Hill, Andrus, Beckham, & Alcides.
    SP’s: Kershaw, Scherzer, Hamels, Burnett, Cingrani, Garza, & Nova.

    Think this is a decent trade? Buy low on Starlin and hope that the other guy is looking to rebuild, gain some keepers in Kemp.

    • stoopid says:
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      @stoopid: Just to add, 2nd place has 74 points, and then a big pack of people have from 50-60 points. So I’m fairly “comfortable” at the top. I dont think I HAVE to make a move.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stoopid: I actually think I would do that in your situation, it is selling Kemp really low, but you don’t really need him

  57. stoopid says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 (K’s).

    Phegley or Castro?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stoopid: Castro

  58. Jack says:
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    Stream O Nator likes Fister today…while I was thinking of benching him…

    Any thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack: Ugh, yea I’m benching

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: thanks, lets hope we are all wrong and Fister rocks it off the bench.

  59. WantsToGetFunkedUp says:
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    Give CarGonzalez, Votto, & Wieters for Miggy, Posey, & Bourn? Fair?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WantsToGetFunkedUp: Definitely fair, narrowly like Miggy side more

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @WantsToGetFunkedUp: Take Miggy and cut your losses on an underperforming Votto. Posey is a sweetener. Do it.

  60. Wake Up says:
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    I’m with you on the Merlot…let’s just go out and dance and drink some Pinot…oh, don’t forget your murse…you’re paying!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: You’ll have Pinot, I’ll have Crown and Coke and Grey will have his staple

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JB Gilpin: A daiquiri with a mini umbrella and moustache floating on top?!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: truth be told…I’m more of a Cisco when I’m dancing type real man!

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Coke doesn’t ruin the Crown for you? On the rocks for me. 7&7 hits the spot too.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Big Magoo: Coke has taken down countless kings over the years…Eagle Rare with a splash of water…usually somewhere around 52 1/2 degrees…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Wake Up: If I’m drinking something like Crown (or better), it’s either neat or on the rocks… 7&7 is a good non-premium option for those who prefer mixed drinks. Jim Beam manhattans too – cheap, smooth, and will give you a quick buzz… Never tried Eagle Rare. How much for a bottle?

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Big Magoo: bout the same as Crown…but it’s an actual bourbon…Crown is not actually whiskey but it’s just mixed spirits…not hating on it, as I drink it too…just some whiskey/bourbon knowledge dropping…salud!

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Wake Up: Yeah, I’m more of a bourbon guy when I do liquor, but I’m into anything decent from the whiskey/bourbon family… I’ll do Johnnie Walker and water sometimes too. Once in a blue moon, I’ll enjoy a good single malt… Man, I’m getting thirsty!

              • Prezz says:
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                @Wake Up: Takka Vodka… Its friday! Who cares if your feelin up a woman on a stretcher by noon!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Prezz: are you livin a What Would Gaudin Do day?

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: is there a better way to spend a friday? WWGD…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Prezz: @Prezz: homeless lady sleeping on a bus stop bench….Boob Opp!

                    • Prezz says:
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                      blind lady feeling her way through a crowd.. boob opp!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice

                • chillmodious says:
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                  @Prezz: Stretcher? I barely know her!

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @chillmodious: HA! Doesnt matter to Chad….

                    WWGD!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Wake Up: knowledge, I heard most mass produced whiskey’s are part actual whickey and part something else. You ever try Angel’s Envy?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Big Magoo: I actually love the taste, and I like Crown straight too.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: how can you ruin a delicious whiskey with Coke

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: It tasty – you hated on this when I had the banner up for the first time too haha. I like it

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: from my days of working in a bar the elder bartenders had the on running jack and coke joke. If I have to mix a soda in my cheap whiskey it will be a very tiny splash of seven because they never have lemon twists anymore, and the whole a little citrus brings out the flavors….like salt on my mom’s cokking

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Ron Washington, “How can you ruin delicious coke with a whiskey!?!?”

  61. Nate spurs says:
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    So what the cha is up with Yoenis? Should I consider dropping him for Eaton? I already missed out on Puigstakes because of him ( I figured two raftees on one team would draw too much federal attention for my liking).

    • smegma says:
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      @Nate spurs: Definitely wouldn’t drop him…on a related note, I wish the Cespedes owner in my league had much more deflated view of his value (see directly below).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nate spurs: No no no, don’t drop. Eaton is no Puig. Hah, yea way too much Depart of Immigration comin at ya!

      • Nate spurs says:
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        @JB Gilpin: He’s been difficult to own this season, thanks for the common sense guys

  62. smegma says:
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    @Grey & JB:

    Counter offer to me: My Crisp and Iwakuma for his Cespedes. I initially tried for Crisp/G.Cole for his Cespedes. 12 team h2h points redraft league. Trying to upgrade UT spot after using Crisp/Fowler/Aramis rotation. I’ve been starting Iwakuma at my RP spot all year so he has added value there but has been sliding recently. My other SP: Bum, Scherzer, Burnett, Kluber, G.Cole. Other RP/SP’s: Grilli, Santiago, Erasmo. DL: Beachy, Peavy. Would you do this deal or try to counter with a lesser pitcher?

    • smegma says:
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      @smegma: also start 4 SP’s and 2 RP’s per week.

      • smegma says:
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        @smegma: On a side note, do you like Panda or Cespedes ROS? Trying to buy low on a UT spot guy.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @smegma: Don’t love it, don’t hate it, I think Iwakuma will get it together and keep it in the yard, I think I’d try maybe Burnett. Think I still like Cespedes more with the speed

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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks for the reply JB – I’m trying to buy low on the guy but I get the feeling that I’m paying closer to his perceived value at this point than his actual value. He has been disappointing so far – would you rather target Panda ROS?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @smegma: Naw Cespedes, I still think it’s all there, lower average, but that’s about it

          • smegma says:
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            @JB Gilpin: I think it’s a bit much for Cespedes – do you like Burnett/Crisp for Cespedes and Ryu or Kuroda? Do you think Iwakuma>Burnett and Ryu>Kuroda?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @smegma: Iwakuma yes and Kuroda more. SO Burnett Crisp for Cespedes Kuroda would be awesome for me

  63. Wake Up says:
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    Complimint- You’re gonna have to keep swishing this Listerine til you tell us the truth, or til those beautiful sideburns fall off, Nick. Now you gonna cooperate? Or do you need some more complimint?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Complimint – for a fresher good feeling

  64. Gray says:
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    Looking at one last streamer to use to counter opponents 16(!) total starts this week in a 12 team H2H. Need IP and K’s. Who do you like out of the below:

    Gaudin @ SD
    Morton vs. NYM
    Haren @ MIA
    Quintana @ PHL
    Lannan vs. CHW

    Thanks, if there’s anyone else I didn’t mention, let me know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gray: I have no idea if there’s no one else you didn’t mention…. Gaudin

  65. chillmodious says:
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    Woke up this morning and one of my league members (who is in dire need of steals) offered me his Prince Fielder + a choice of VMart or Wieters FOR my Starling Marte + Brian McCann. I lead our league in steals and am middle of the pack in HR and RBI, so I’m pretty sure this is a no-brainer for me to accept. So… (a) I accept immediately, right? and (b) Do I go for VMart or Wieters as my selection to replace McCann?

    Only caveat is that Prince would be playing Util for me after the trade, as I am stocked up at CI with Miggy, Rizzo, and Goldschmidt already on the roster. I think I can afford to lose Marte’s steals based on the other speed guys I have. Aw hell, here’s the roster:

    C – McCann
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Jed Lowrie
    3B – Miggy
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Segura
    CI – Rizzo
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Des Jennings
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Starling Marte
    OF – Leonys Martin
    Util – Jason Heyward

    Bench – Wil Myers

    —————————

    Thanks in advance for the guidance!

    • Pope says:
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      @chillmodious: I feel like you’ve gotta take that trade, guess I’d take Weiters there for the power

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @chillmodious: Take that deal for sure. Wieters for power, VMart for average to replace McCann.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @chillmodious: I’d take it…with VMart…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: VMart is on fire, do it immediately with him for me too

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Pope: @Big Magoo: @Wake Up: @JB Gilpin: Done deal. Went for the blue (home) plate special at VMart. Thanks again all. Vaya con dios.

  66. Octavio Paz says:
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    I can only keep two: Adam eaton, Ike Davis, Matt Adams

    who’s the odd man out?

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @Octavio Paz: Ike faces 2 righties, Morton and Burnett today and tomorrow. See how that goes. Holliday reportedly thinks he is day to day and can return shortly after asb so one of Ike or Adams. Under the impression that Holliday was headed to DL, I actually dropped Ike for Adams last night. Hope that helps!

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Octavio Paz: If I remember correctly, Adams is a being platooned? So drop him

      • Octavio Paz says:
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        @Shawn of the livid: depending on the extent of Matt Holliday’s injury, Adams could see regular time at first for a couple weeks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Octavio Paz: Just read Holiday hopes to be day-to-day, hopefully back right after ASB, Adams

  67. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I just traded KRod and Markakis for Grant Balfour. Do you like it?
    The rest of my outfield is:
    Cargo
    Braun
    Cespesdes
    Dom Brown
    Mclouth
    EYJR
    Coco Crisp
    I figured I would get rid of some of my depth to upgrade my closing department, but did I pay too much for another reliever?

  68. Fungazi says:
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    Pedro Alvarez taking Cargo’s spot in the HR derby. Over/under on 5 k’s for Pedro during round 1?

  69. Honky Butturd says:
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    Wish it had been the Reds Jackson dominated, but sadly it was the Cardinals and nobody probably started him against them either.

  70. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Add one for Erasmo or hold:

    Wheeler
    Nova
    EJax
    Salazar

    I feel like Salazar was so good he has to stay up.

  71. Wake Up says:
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    Choo career AVG vs LHP .239

    Heyward career AVG vs LHP .223

    Those are the facts…I’m not making most of this up…As a former believer, I’m trying to help you friends…not owning Heyward this year feels fabulous!

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Wake Up: I’ve never been a Heyward believer (in fantasy). Goes through extended slumps and seems to be made out of glass. There’s a reason why Chipper was so critical of him…

  72. FMFBL says:
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    Do you think the seasons we’re seeing out of Carpenter or DomBrown are realistic going forward? Keeper league and I’m cooked for this year and can flip Carpenter for Brown. Am I crazy to pass on this and keep Carp as a cheap 2B going forward? He’s like a Votto-lite but Brown’s power/speed is sexy as hell.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @FMFBL: Both should stay solid rest of way. Both are top tier at their positions.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @FMFBL: Sure, take Brown

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FMFBL: Brown more so, I’d want him, Don’t think Carp ends up hitting over .300

  73. Wake Up says:
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    Braun: HA!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: your welcome!

  74. Zeke says:
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    Trying to decide whether or not to bench Hefner today. Seems like his luck has to run out at some point and Pit is tough. Points league, so hits, runs and a loss would all be negative….Thoughts? Thanks.

    • RyuDunnIanMaJanssen says:
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      @Zeke: Start him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeke: Start in all home games

  75. J Money says:
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    6×6 Roto with QS

    Nolasco and Kluber sitting in the FA
    Drop Erasmo for either of them?

  76. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    OBP league, would you lose Frazier for Matt Adams? I am platooning him and Rizzo at first.

  77. Psychedelic says:
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    Ryan Braun’s career is far from dead, he’ll be able to write a book about getting away with juicing and how baseball is better with juice and team up with John Rocker and go on tour!

    Sounds good to me.

  78. Psychedelic says:
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    Oh and Jeff Luhnow Astros GM said Jonathan Villar will get the call up close or after the trade deadline. He’s got some pop and good speed at the SS position could be a good stash.

  79. Principle Blackman says:
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    Someone dropped Fowler while he was on the DL, and I stashed him because I had that DL slot open. Now I need to figure out who to drop or perhaps seek a trade in order to get him off of the DL and onto my roster. Do you see a clear drop on my team?

    Yahoo – 12-team, 6×6 (OPS, K/9, QS replaces Ws, 1300 IP limit)

    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Beltre
    SS – Segura
    OF – Adam Jones
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Aoki
    Util – Rizzo
    Util – Reddick
    BN – Frazier, Starlin Castro

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Shields
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Kenley Jansen
    P – Chris Perez
    P – Huston Street
    P – Mike Minor
    BN Anibal Sanchez, Homer Bailey, Justin Masterson

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Not necessarily ‘clear,’ but Frazier looks like the odd man out.

        • Principle Blackman says:
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          @chillmodious: @Pope:
          I was leaning towards Frazier, but I was also considering dropping Castro since he’s been such a dead fish. Aoki has been good for Runs, Sbs and Avg. Thus far: 45/4/19/10/.300/.747

  80. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Who wins this one:

    A) Posey, Alex Gordon

    or

    B) Cano, Brantley, Pierzinsky

  81. Scott says:
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    Better second half – Choo or J Upton?

    • Scott says:
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      Also Masterson or A.Sanchez?

    • Principle Blackman says:
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      @Scott: I think it’s gotta be Upton, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Upton, Anibal

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Upton and Masterson. Scared of Anibal’s shoudler, although he did look good, just his very last pitch was the grand salami

  82. Steve Stevenson says:
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    JB, I know you love Kluber, but SON is kind of meh on him today vs KC ($9.9). I’m about ready to dump Lester for a streaming spot. Would you do it for Kluber? Other options today are Hefner @ PIT (Morton) or Gaudin @ SD (O’Sullivan). Or I could just hold, since I’m on pace with my IP cap anyway, and hope Lester turns things around, or dump him for speculative saves (Bastardo, Gregerson, Axford)–just getting agitated cuz I can’t buy a W lately, and am on the verge of falling out of 1st.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: Ah, I was thinking $10 was average on SON, but I see now it’s $8. Regardless, in an IP cap league I try to be judicious with streaming.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Mmmmm, Kluber! Sure, I would, Kluber looked great against the Royals then had one unlucky inning all on one pitch. The Hefner start is nice though too. I’d play Hefner today and grab Kluber after for ROS

  83. Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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    Grey scores with the Itzhak Perlman ref!

  84. One I'd Willy says:
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    Auction keeper $260 league. The # in () is years he can be kept after this year. We keep 4 plus up to 4 minor league guys from a minor league draft.

    I give Wainwright $29 (2), McCutchen $37 (2), Minor (0)

    I get Corbin (0), Ryu $5 (2), Pujols $40 (2), Myers $3 (2)

    I feel the 3 for 3 I lose on, but getting Myers for $3 and it doesn’t count as a keeper is hard to pass up.

    My keepers right now would be Lee $17, Scherzer $15, Wainwright $29, and hitter TBD. Minors keeper would be Profar, Tavarez, Zunino

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @Grey: thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @One I’d Willy: I’d hold then since you have no bats. Want your offense to build around McCutchen

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Bats my options are Stanton $40 Choo $15 Heyward $20 Altuve $1 Headly $7. Went a little stars and scrubs unintentionally. Hard not to get carried away at the auction.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @One I’d Willy: Hah yea I know the feeling, McCutchen still looks like the clear cut keep to me

          • One I'd Willy says:
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            @JB Gilpin: thanks!

  85. the hungary hippo says:
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    OMG is Clemens coming back?!? He’s a must add right in all leagues right?

    Love this… Makes fun of her, John Sterling, and Joe “I don’t give a..” Buck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzoG8rfC6U8

  86. WhiteRabbit says:
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    Dodged a bullet and sat Erasmo! Now – got a question for the Senor Albright … Is Ruf worth picking up if I have to drop one of the following: R. Brothers, Gregorson or Schierholtz? NL only – 10 team keeper – I guess what i’m really asking is what are the chances Brothers or Gregorson inherit the closer job the via trade deadline? They’re great for my whip and seem to have some upside… am i valuing them too much?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @WhiteRabbit: Nah I’d hold

      • WhiteRabbit says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB – unfortch i have Revere who just went down so now it looks like I’l be gettin my Ruf on

  87. Nate says:
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    Wilhelmsen blows up again last night… and he’s already lost and regained the closer role… who do you grab if you’re a Wilh owner? Oliver Perez seems logical but he’s also rumored to be shipped… thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nate: Stand pat with Wilhelmson and hope

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nate: probably not just rumored, as for 2 nights in a row perez was used in 8th inning while team was down either 8 or 5. That’s a getting shopped guy, not a closer-in-waiting guy.

  88. Michael Knight says:
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    In a Hoover… Beltran for Stanton. Which side ROS 12 team HTH?
    Happy weekend!

  89. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Grey, in my 12 team H2H league…only start 9 Offensive spots

    Is Ziegler a better own than Wilhemlsmen now?

    Also Aybar, Franklin, Dozier, Peralta or B. Miller over Jimmy Rollins at SS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Whiskey Diet: Nah not yet for me. Keep J Roll

  90. Ryan741 says:
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    Was offered a deal in my H2H points league. I’d be giving up Verlander/Allen Craig for E5/Weaver/Garza. I should probably take the deal, but it makes my OF a little shallow, although I use Hittertron for daily matchups anyway, so I do a lot of streaming for hitters. Our league favors stud SP a bit, so I don’t like trading them, but I feel like Weaver/Garza is good enough. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan741: Yea I’d take that, still believe enough in Weaver, you get the best bat, JV I think bounces back a little but not a ton

  91. Adam Meshell says:
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    I am as high on Matt Adams as you guys all seem to be. That said, out of the three, which two would you start: Adams, Luke Scott, Mitch Moreland

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam Meshell: Today? Probably sitting Luke Scott

  92. Project Merkin says:
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    Greybones, do you have any favorite entries on Rap Genius? Respect by Biggie is close to my heart, as it’s pretty hilarious and it’s actually how I found the site (that line about the “football team” and a “ruptured spleen” threw me for a LOOP and I needed answers!) I’m looking for something non-work related to keep my busy this afternoon….point me in the right direction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project Merkin: I love the site, but I don’t have any favorite entries… Hadn’t even known about the Respect one… Will check it out…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Just read In Da Club, hilarious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, will have to check it out

  93. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    Sup JB, sup Grey…

    12 team 6×6 roto OPS + Holds league (LF,CF,RF,OF spots)

    I was offered Desmond Jennings for my Mat Latos…

    My team lacks speeds so I have Revere in LF, Jones in CF, Giancarlo RF, Cuddyer in OF, with Aoki and Myers on my bench.

    Des would provide more power and OPS and wouldn’t kill my SB, but I think it’s more of a lateral move than anything? Thanks for being my Dr. Phil on this one ya’ll.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Billy B-Cup Butler: Sup man! Des wouldn’t kill your SB? That’s his best asset! I’m not in a single OF-specific league, I know Jennings is almost always CF, can you have anyone slot to left? If not you’re not having great PT for him. But if so, I like it

      • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sorry, should have mentioned, Des is LF and CF eligible. Here’s why I’m somewhat hesitant:

        2012 Aoki: 81R, 10HR, 50 RBI, 30SB, .288Avg, .788OPS

        2012 Des: 85R, 13HR, 47RBI, 31SB, .246Avg, .702OPS

        Des is WAY sexier than DJ Nori Aoki, but according to ESPN, numbers never lie…

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Billy B-Cup Butler: Ah cool, why I asked. I understand that comparison, but Aoki has 10 CS this year! Speed and his jump just isn’t working. Jennings is on the upswing of a career too. I do it.

          • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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            @JB Gilpin: too much sushi for sure. My potential trade partner also owns CarGomez…

            Do you like Gomez over Des?

  94. Ramesh says:
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    Was offered Butler and Samardzija for Josh Hamilton. Should I pull the trigger?

    Also is Ryan Howard worth stashing

    • Ramesh says:
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      @Ramesh: BTW I got pence, rios, marte, and dominic brown in the outfield and Frazier and Loney at 1b

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Ramesh: Oh yikes, yea dire need for a 1B… But Shark is tanking (womp womp) and Hamilton heating up, I might ask for a different pitcher around the same tier

      • Ramesh says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I know its a tough one. i dont wanna give up on josh right when he’s turning it around. I was thinking of picking up LoMo or nick swisher and dropping frazier and holding on to hamilton. What you think about LoMo or swish?

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Ramesh: LoMo right now… Yea tough to deal him on a tear right now, always been streaky

  95. HighHome says:
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    GREY! Some advice por favor..
    18 team Roto, mixed dynasty league, 23 active players, 12 reserves (so a VERY weak Free Agent pool) $130 team auction budget rather than the traditional $260.
    I inhereted a mediocre team with MANY needs…
    Thoughts on these offers:
    1) I give up Derek Holland at $10 for Matt Adams at $4 and his first round (11th pick) in our mid-season free agent draft next week… Free agent pool is weak, but I could pick up prospects.
    2) I give up Cuddyer $10 for Archie Bradley $4
    THANKS!

    • JB Gilpin

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      @HighHome: Yikes! Tough league. 1) Hmmm, so the 11th pick probably isn’t that great, but I thought you said auction? Is there like a reserve draft after budgets? Probably hold. 2) I really like Bradley, but that seems iffy too, I know Cuddyer is a year away from his AARP card. I might ask for a sweetener

      • HighHome says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks JB, and yes, I did say auction, but I was trying to detour the complexities! Auction with $130 at start of season, once a month after that, you can make ONE add/drop…ONE! Then, at mid season, we have an unlimited add/drop draft. Those added players are given a $4salary…
        At the 11th pick this year, I’m guessing guys like Randall DelGado, Sam Deduno, Tom Gorzelanny, Brett Wallace, Zoilo Almonte or prospects Frncisco Lindor or Addison Russell might be available. A tough league, for sure! AND that’s why I’m such an avid reader of your site!
        Remember this… CUDDY is the clubhouse magician. Never count him out!

  96. nathan says:
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    of these 4 which 2 would you start on a regular basis? rendon, myers, rajai, or eaton?

    • JB Gilpin

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      I’d always check the matchups, and depends on team need, right now Rendon and Rajai probably@nathan:

  97. black & white says:
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    No Eaton love today? I know you’re needing a pat on the back after the Erashole showing yesterday

    • JB Gilpin

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      @black & white: Am I allowed to be 50/50 on Eaton too?!? That was my Erasmo feeling

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      @black & white:

      Ha. I really had that one directed at Grey. Love that he actually put up some numbers last night.

  98. VinWins

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    If you have 16 minutes, this HBO Real Sports video from 2012 on Steve Delabar is pretty good.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @VinWins: I saw that in a tweet, haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I am gonna

    • Grey

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      @VinWins: Nice, will check it out. Thanks, Vin!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @VinWins:

      great video .
      thanks for sharing .
      certainly worth the time .

  99. Robby D says:
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    trying to iron out a deal where I get Verlander and David Freese for Cargonz and Cishek.

    I can afford to lose Cargo because I have Stanton, Cespedes, Bruce, Zobrist, Craig, Beltran, and Aoki who can all play OF among other things, and I’m not hurting for saves so I can handle losing Cishek. I’d like a top of the rotation starter because my starters are:

    Moore, Lester, Bailey, Garza, Iwakuma, Cashner, SON pick up when I can

    I also only have Frazier at 3rd and he’s killing my average, so having Freese would help there as well.

    Thoughts?

    Also for reference it’s a 6 keeper league (have to keep 6 each year so Verlander would obviously replace Cargo) and it’s an 8×8 with OBP, XBH and hits as the xtra hitting stats and K/9, QS and Losses as the additional pitching stats. Thanks for any input.

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey: What happened to thinking Cargo would be hurt in the 2nd half?

        I would be getting a true top of the order pitcher with not much downside and giving up an NL MVP contender with injury risks.

        I’m in first place in my 10 team league, but I constantly have issues winning on the QS/Wins/Losses/ERA/WHIP/Kper9

        SON helps me with counting stats like Wins/QS, but I don’t have one of those sexy high K guys with consistency (Matt Moore has been nice lately and the no-hitter from Bailey was sweet, but other than Iwakuma, no one has been consistent (especially not Lester, Cashner)

        • Grey

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          What do you mean what happened to it? I still believe it’ll happen

          • Robby D says:
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            @Grey: So then should I be shooting for more return for Cargo even if he may get hurt? I thought Verlander and Freese would be a decent haul for an OF that may not finish the season?

  100. Nick says:
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    I’m in a 10 team keeper league where you keep up to 8, and I already have 8 steady keepers.

    Thinking of dealing Puig for a pitcher. Am I safe dealing for Sale? Should I aim for better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Sounds safe

  101. sfsf2109345 says:
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    H2H Points league trade offer:

    I get Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Doumit. I give up Pablo Sandoval and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Should I pull the trigger?

      • sfsf2109345 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @sfsf2109345: Yea I probably would

      • sfsf2109345 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thank you!

  102. Jon says:
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    Rank ROS for me?

    Lawrie, Frazier, Alonso

    BJ, Reddick, Gardner, Leonys

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie, Frazier…Gardner, Reddick, Leonys…All depends on needs

  103. stumanji says:
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    Seems like a dumb question just based on sheer numbers, but I have been offered Goldy $12 for Price ($28, not keeping) and Aaron Hill ($3). I own Rizzo ($3, keeping) and am pretty much out of contention this year so losing Price isn’t a biggie. I countered with Price and Phillips ($17) because I wanted to keep Hill (2B is such a wasteland). 10 tm, 5 keepers, prices increase 120%, keep forever. What say you?

    • Grey

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      Take Goldy

      • stumanji says:
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        @Grey: Got him to agree to Price $28, Phillips $17, and JoFer $3 for Goldy $12. This way I can keep Hill $3 and I have other good SP keeper options like Gio $10, Cole $3, Medlen $3, although I probably would only want to keep 1 pitcher (Gio) since we only keep 5 guys.

        Since I got Goldy now (wooooooooo!), should I try to trade Rizzo ($3) for Harvey ($2) given my other SP keeper options?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, go for it…

  104. 2 Cups 1 Bran says:
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    Grey : QS league, Who would you lose Bell for until the closer shituations clear up before the deadline?

    Brad Ziegler or or scoop up another SP like Stults or Groping Gaudin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler

  105. nathan says:
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    who would you want to be your regular staring SS? asdrubal or Everth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

  106. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Why doesn’t Mclouth steal anymore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He never stole that much before either

  107. nathan says:
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    would you drop either Yoenis or Myers for erasmo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  108. T Moore says:
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    ***RAZZBALL NEWS FLASH***

    *** FLASH***

    *** FLASH***

    Deteline: MAGPIE HQ..
    Biff Barker reporting

    It is official the MAGPIES have struggled all the way back from the bottom of the heap to 2nd place in their Razzball league… Yes, the hold is tenuous a best… But, the flow is in the right direction…

    Co-Team Managers, Heckle and Jeckle, were quoted yesterday after the games,

    Heckle – “Yeah, our feathers were ruffled at the start of the year and the whole tiding (A group of Magpies) had a really bad take off… But, we’ve smoothed them out since; are now in flying in fine formation and ready to soar after All Star break”..

    Jeckle – “The Teal, Black and Gold Birds are back to flying high now, bady…”

    Heckle – “Yes, we will still be having a All Star Break “MAGPIE Top Gun” flight school .. “We’re tired on being on the bottom… It’s our for turn us to “Spot ” the rest of the league for a change, huh,Jeckle???”

    Jeckle – “HAHAHA … You got that right, Heckle… We’ll be honing our beaks on some advanced flight dive bombing and high level formation bombing runs” for a fun finish…

    Jeckle – “Hey, Heckle??? Have you seen the new Cadillac, yet???..”

    Heckle – “Yeah, I “Spotted” one yesterday, Jeckle … HAHAHAHAHA ”

    Who was the joke above stolen from ???? Old Guys??? – Hint – Gertrude and Heathcliff ..

    This is Biff Barker signing off.. And always remember – It makes no diff to Biff …

    *******

    Mr. Gray: Going with Tom Gorzelanny today..

    Pushing for 4 WINs in 4 days by spinning my Starter-O-Matic – pick the SP wheel.. The sizzling M. Gonzalves won yesterday (now cut)…. And Sale also finally won one for the first time in almost 2 months yesterday ( A big part of my no WINs problems of the past)…

    Tomorrow who goes – who knows??? Only the MAGPIE Starter-O-Matic Wheel knows for sure…….

    Meanwhile, Cepedes has been relegated to almost permanent bench duty along with Upton… Still, I loath to cut either of them — I may need their power in the end – if it ever comes…

  109. steve says:
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    5×5, h2h, redraft

    Trade Machado & Choo for Beltre & Jeff Samardzija?

    I have Longo at 3B and an OF/UTIL consisting of Trout, Adam Jones, Heyward, Giancarlo so Beltre would likely be in most days at UTIL (with Heyward as a fill-in)

    Thanks. Have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  110. Fermin's Last Theorem says:
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    Right now, I have Brad Miller on the bench with Segura and Starlin at SS and MI. 6×6 AVG+OPS, so I’m tempted to put him in over Castro, who never walks.

    Also, if he gets 2B eligibility, do you play him over Rendon? Probably a moot point since I have Gyorko coming back soon.

  111. Chris says:
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    esramo or nova?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

  112. Dan says:
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    How is Wil Myers near a 25-homer pace? If he was on pace to hit 25-homers right now, that means a normal season would consist of 783 at-bats. He has been disappointing so far.

    • Grey

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      You’re right, he’s on a 22 homer pace

  113. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    With Holliday saying he thinks he’ll avoid the DL, drop Adams for Kendrys?

    I need power and average

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. daniel says:
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    Randy Wolf or Ross Wolf pitched yesterday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops!

    • Prezz says:
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      @daniel: i dont think Grey even knows the answer to this… Its just random… Whoever he feels pitched, pitched.

      • daniel says:
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        @Prezz: the write up said Randy Wolf.. Grey knew what I was pointing out for him..

  115. AB says:
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    Are you starting Parker at O.co vs BOS? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  116. steve says:
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    h2h, 5 man keeper, 6×6

    Would you deal BJ Upton ($15, drafted) for Leonys Martin ($1, FA WW add)?

    I likely wouldn’t be able to keep Martin but I think it’s a good deal regardless.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  117. Chicken Dinner says:
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    What are the chances Koji stays the Sox closer all year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slim

  118. Lubey says:
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    Morton vs NYM

    Kaz vs KC

    Thanksss brotha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does SON say? Morton

  119. Spencer says:
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    Who do you like better for Sunday. League counts QS,IP,ERA,WHIP,K/9. Are these all really blah or would you for sure go with one?

    Blanton vs Sea
    Cingrani vs Atl
    Archer vs Hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does SON say? Archer

      • Spencer says:
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        @Grey: SON says Blanton 17.8, Cingrani 11.4, and Archer 10.1. Thats why I like to ask you guys on here!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Spencer: since it’s this year version inception, SON has loved Blanton. All year. Seemingly he is the one most easily noticed overvalued by SON pitcher.

  120. Moth says:
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    Happy Friday, everyone! Would you give Masterson/Dickey for Kinsler/Maholm? I have a massive need at 2B (Walker/Profar…UGH), but I’m not sure if my rotation can survive the downgrade (Holland, Fister, Ryu, Jo-Fer, Kluber, Porcello, Tillman, Gee and Quintana, excluding Masty and Dickey).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! I would

  121. Grey

    Grey says:
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  122. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: In a keeper league who do you think holds more value, Grienke or Matt Moore?

  123. lerryjee says:
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    You are the best writer in fantasy baseball.

    “Am I the only one who sees the irony in that the Indians kill their chances by sending people to Columbus?”

  124. Grey

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  125. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Koji/Colon for Morse.

  126. Grey

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  127. Juice_0321 says:
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    I own Puig in a dynasty league. I have a very good crop of OF talent that I have put together. Braun, J-Up, Ells, Choo, Gordon. I have gotten a lot of interest for Puig. Do I shop him in a deal for Lindor, Springer or try and land some arms? I also own Tulo, Profar, Trumbo, Fielder, buy my arms are not all that exciting. I own Jo-Fer, Price, Chapman, Bailey, Beachy. Thoughts?

    Thanks for the responses always and I f*ckin love this site!

    • Grey

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      Thanks! I wouldn’t shop him there…

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  129. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Straily Nova Ejax or Erasmo for last spot? Would drop Erasmo fro other 3

  130. Grey

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  131. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Greyjoy:

    i asked already but what do you think about Markakis and Krod for Balfour. Got cold feet now,
    but my oF is:
    Cargo
    Braun
    Cespedes
    Dom Brown
    Crisp
    Mclouth
    EYJR
    Markakis

    • Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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      Ziegler or Bastardo for open spot?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ziegler

  132. Grey

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  133. Ramesh says:
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    Grey, in need of some help. Should I trade Pence and Ervin Santana for Napoli. Pretty weak at catcher and 1B. Here’s the usual starting lineup.

    C-Montero/Ramos
    1B-Loney/Frazier
    2B-Pedroia
    3B-Miggy
    SS-Castro/evereth
    OF- Hamilton, Rios, Brown, Marte, Pence
    Also got headley

    Thanks for the help

  134. Grey

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