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One of the questions from Bernard Pivot by way of James Lipton is, “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say at the pearly gates?”  That’s easy, “Play ball!”  Today, butterflies fly north for the summer, birds and bees have sex to John Fogerty’s Centerfield, and Carlos Quentin is already injured.  *slowly smells in a flower*  Ahh…Shin-Soo Choo!  Stupid allergies.  With spring in the air and baseballs in mitts, we’re back in the swing of things.  Literally.  Sadly, it’s not all good news.  With Opening Day comes the news that Clayton Kershaw is starting the year on the DL.  Aw, that makes me so sad.  Wait, that’s not sadness, that’s happiness.  Darn, my emotion detector needs recalibration.  My first Sell of the year doesn’t look so bad right now.  I feel like Ace Ventura right after he shows up all the other cops.  Yes, I have exorcised the demons!   The Dodgers are saying it was precautionary and Kershaw will be back shortly.  If you own him, I wouldn’t sell him for fifty cents on the dollar.  I’d take out my rosary beads and pray to the Patron Saint of Baseball, Ryan Church.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Kemp – Announced to the world he was ready to play.  And with that news, the Dodgers put him on the DL.  I’m not joking.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks and his 2nd start in 3 games of the baseball season.  Ryu’s now on pace for 47,000 scoreless innings, which would be a record.

Josh Beckett – Won the 5th starter job defeating Paul Maholm.  I wouldn’t be calling that cap feather macaroni, Beckett.

Carlos Quentin – Placed on the DL.  On Quentin’s tombstone, it’s gonna read that.

Chris Denorfia – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a batty call for me!  Should see an increase in playing time with Quentin sidelined.  Which is great for leagues where you can only own players that sound like they have girl names, and, with a P, Denorfia is pinafored, which is just sexy.  For other deep leagues, he’s fine for light power and speed that won’t kill you in average.

Seth Smith – 1-for-1 as The Lisper’s Nightmare went deep when he pinch-hit in the 8th.  Juth thuper!

Tommy Medica – 1-for-3 as he started in left field.  Looks like he could be in a platoon with The Lisper’s Nightmare, and maybe Denorfia too.  Medica has nice power and should fit in perfect in San Diego because he sounds like a Tijuana farmacia.  He might only hit for .230, but worth a look in deeper leagues.

Yasmani Grandal – Didn’t start and is returning from reconstructive knee surgery, but he got into the game and stole a base because OBPwulf gots shizz to prove!

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I decided I would just enjoy baseball this year and not get wrapped up in whether or not I owned guys, then the first pitch was thrown and that went out the window.  Get Cashner some runs!  Jesus!  Not Guzman!

Casey Janssen – To the DL with a back strain that he’s been nursing since the day before I told you to draft Sergio Santos on all your teams, which was about five weeks ago.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Janssen is out for a few weeks, returns, is ineffective and Santos is the closer for the season.   Those in deep leagues can also grab Delabar, which is also where Posdnuos keeps his kombucha.

David Hernandez – Torn UCL.  That usually means Tommy John surgery.  Or as Dr. James Andrews calls it, “Lamborghini lease payment.”

Chris Owings – Named the starting shortstop.  The Gregorius D.I.D. asked Kirk Gibson for one more chance saying he was “not only a client,” but the “player president.”

Mat Latos – Hopes to return mid-April, which will bump Alfredo Simon from the rotation.  Weird, usually Alfredo Simon is the one bumping people off.

Devin Mesoraco – Placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain.  Brayan Pena will be the everyday catcher, fresh off his hit PBS cooking show, “Brayan Can Cook, But Can’t Hit.”

Alex Presley – Astros will likely platoon Presley in right field with Hoes.  Sounds like a weird Vegas mash-up show.  All they need now is the Jabbawockeez.

Gordon Beckham – To the DL with a strained oblique.  His fill-in, Marcus Semien, is worth a look in deeper leagues.  He has 15-homer power and 15-steal speed, and contrary to his name won’t leave an unmanageable stain on your team.

Colby Lewis – Expected to join the rotation on April 11th.  At that point, Ron Washington will probably move Tanner Scheppers to the bullpen for a day, then back to the rotation, then Neal Cotts to 3rd base, then Yu Darvish to bullpen coach.

Yu Darvish – To the 15-day DL.  Yes, that’s the consensus top two starters in drafts on the DL to start the year.  Why does that make me feel so giddy?

J.P. Arencibia – Just Peachy is expected to act as an everyday catcher while Soto is sidelined for the next 3 months.  We’ll see if Arencibia’s offseason method acting classes payoff.

Shane Victorino – Won’t know until today whether or not he’s ready for Opening Day.  I’m gonna go out on a pretty sturdy limb and say if he doesn’t know if he can play until Opening Day, he’s probably not going to stay healthy for anywhere close to 162 games.

Tommy Hunter – Said he wasn’t told that he was the closer.  Hard to say if this is like when Ronald Reagan used to say he wasn’t the president during 80’s, only to have everyone laugh and say, “Ronnie, always the kidder.”  Or if this is saying that Hunter isn’t really closer.  This shituation in the O’s bullpen will probably get worse before it gets better.

Manny Machado – Will start the year on the DL.  He could be ready by the end of April, which translates to four weeks of you using the Hitter-Tron.  That’s right, it’s back and as horny as ever for metal objects.  “I’d like to impale that Impala.”  Okay, Hitter-Tron.

Omar Infante – Expected to start on Opening Day.  Omar’s comin’, yo!

Tim Lincecum – Took a line drive off his knee.  He was helped off the field, screaming, “Get me my bong!”  But, as serious as it looked, he’s supposedly fine.  He won’t miss a start, but, with the way he’s thrown the last few years, you might want him missing one.

Jayson Nix – The shortstop signed with the Phillies.  After the deal went down, Sandberg was heard telling Rollins, “You’ve been Nix’d!”

Jean Segura – Will play on Opening Day.  Our prayer octagon worked!

Jenrry Mejia – Hit on the arm by a comebacker, but the x-rays came back negative.  Jenrry was prescribed a little R&R, well, a little more.  The Mets threw caution to the wind and Dice-K, making Mejia the 5th starter.  That’s the first good move the Mets have made in the last seven years.  February Grey had ranked Mejia in the top 100 and Jenrry’s not someone for most mixed leagues yet, but is worth watching, and not in the ‘can’t turn away from this train wreck’ type way.

Jeff Locke – Placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury.  One thing Locke is is oblique.  Is he a good guy, a bad guy, the Smoke Monster?

Carlos Villanueva – Named the Cubs 5th starter.  Chuck Newtown isn’t worth owning anywhere, but might be streamer worthy at some point.  Stream-o-Nator, “You stream your mother with that mouth?”  Oh, that’s right, SON is back, too!

Franklin Morales – Won the 5th starter job on the Rockies, i.e., the starring role in, They Shoot ERAs, Don’t They?

Taylor Jordan – Him and Tanner Roark both got Nats starting rotation spots.  One of them will only be temporary since one is just filling in for Fister, and here I thought the only substitute for Fister was Strong Groin Punch.  The likely one out will be Taylor Jordan, which is unfortch since he might have a bit more upside.  Neither are that attractive outside of NL-Only leagues right now because A) Tanner has a pretty yawnstipating K-rate.  B) Jordan probably won’t be in the rotation for more than three starts. C) There’s no C.  For streamers, yeah, anyone’s worth an add if the matchup is right.

Nyjer Morgan – Will play vs. righties while Bourn is on the DL.  Meanwhile, Tony Plush will wave to the TV cameras from the dugout, conduct bizarre media interviews and smash cream pies into his own face after any game-winning hits.

Corey Hart – Will be benched today and for the near-future vs. righties.  Would’ve been nice if Lloyd Christmas McClendon said this about a month ago.  Sitting vs. righties just about kills Hart’s shallow mixed league value and weekly leagues.

Hisashi Iwakuma – Cleared to resume pitching.  Yeah, yeah, and I used to resume Harvard Medical School to sleep with girls.  Oh, wait, I’m thinking of a résumé.

Nick Franklin – Optioned down to minors.  Too bad, so sad.  Hello, Brad Miller!  How about you, me and Giancarlo rent movies and eat ice cream?  Baseball’s back, and I feel alive!

  1. frankgrimes says:
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    I’m so giddy to watch baseball and vape all day AuShizz!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: bombs and clouds

    • ANTONIO says:
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      @frankgrimes:
      can i have some roster analysis?

      C-McCann
      1B-Pujols
      2B-Canó
      3B-Beltré
      SS-Andrus
      LF- Yelich
      CF- Kemp
      Util-Abreu jose dariel
      RF-Puig
      BN-Markakis
      BN-Headley
      BN-Lionys Martin
      BN-carl Crawford

      SP-Anibal sanchez
      SP-M.Wacha
      SP-U. Jimenez
      SP-E.Ramirez
      RP-Nathan
      RP-Robertson
      RP-Clippard
      P-Hutchinson
      P-Roark
      DL-iwakuma

      i’m in a mixed 12 league, had 8th place in draft.

  2. Zar says:
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    I went from having no closers, to having tons! Listening to Grey prevents this like lack of saves and the pain of 1st round pitchers. I hope your Padres do well, but I hope the Giants do better. But I think we can agree, down with the Dodgers!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Zar: pretty much everybody agrees with down on the giants.

  3. henncoop says:
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    The power of prayer …go Segura!!!

    • Oz says:
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      @henncoop:
      Amen, I was praying too brotha

  4. johnny2k says:
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    baseballs back. feels good man.

  5. Tarman Got Him says:
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    I drafted Janssen in 2 leagues. I was at work and managed to snag him in 1 of 2 leagues where I own him and in another 1 where I needed him.

    Question is:

    I have a second priority claim to begin the season in ANOTHER league, I already own Perkins, Jones, and Frieri. Would you use it, assuming number one doesn’t get him haha.

    Wouk you buy low on Chapman?

  6. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Cashner.

    Best

    Hair

  7. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Would you pick up Gausman in a 14 team H2H points league, Grey? I’d be dropping Delgado.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: I’d imagine that it’s more beneficial to you to keep the pitcher who’s actually on a major league roster (Delgado) than to bother rostering the pitcher who is toiling away at AAA.

  8. gareth says:
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    Happy Opening day Grey!

    As a gift to you on this momentous occasion, I found the article and actual footage of the time Shelley Duncan hit a home run into the souvenir stand at progressive field.

    There’s a guy in the stand sporting a white Indians t-shirt and a clueless look as the ball bounces right onto the counter. That’s me. Embarrassingly, The bizarre incident made the espn top 10 list that night.

    Enjoy:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Souvenir-stand-serves-as-landing-spot-for-Shelle?urn=mlb-269983

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @gareth: cool to be part of that.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @gareth:

      a) that’s way cool
      b) what’s that you’re wearing around your neck ?
      c)
      d) where’s your cat ??

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @gareth: Nice! Do you post from behind your souvenir stand too?

    • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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      @gareth: awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Haha… Pretty funny, lucky than getting high-fived by Duncan, I suppose

  9. costaricanchata says:
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    biggest point-gainers in my leagues
    were teams with huston street on their rosters .

  10. Adam says:
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    Are you starting Teheran, Masterson and/or Tillman today? Streamer has them all pretty low $ value. H2H, 10 team, 40ip min each week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: I’m starting them

  11. Albert Pissoutmyassholes says:
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    How much faith do we have in Axford..?

  12. Can we talk about Kashner looking like one of the dudes from Duck Dynasty with the all-camo uniform and unrelenting mullet? Not a good look. (Or a great look? Your call.)

    Anyway, gonna be at O’s opening day today. Have Tillman on my team as what I think is my 6th option at SP. Start or Sit @ home against the reigning champ Red Sox??

  13. giantstep50 says:
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    Did my best Grey impression in my 8 team NL5x5 auction. Grabbed 4 tier 1 a and 2 starters in wacha, liriano, Teheran and samardjiaa and top him off with Alex wood. Had me Rosenthal and added senor Kimbrel

    Got the old infield of Utley, ARAM and Montero mixed with the young Wong, Adams and Rizzo

    C Montero

    1B Rizzo

    CI Adams

    2B Utley

    MI Wong

    SS Cozart

    3B Aramis Ramirez

    OF Harper

    OF Gomez

    OF McCutchen

    P Wacha

    P Teheran

    P Samardzija

    P Liriano

    P Wood

    P Kimbrel

    P Rosenthal

    U Hoover

    Reserves:
    R Bradley

    R Baez

    R Taveras

    Not a lot of runway if an injury occurs * Utley, ARam as i have 3 minor leaguers on my bench.

    Who do u cut or try to trade of these 3. Baez isn’t long for the minors and eligible at SS to replace cozart.

    Will Hoover grab the closer job while Chapman is out if not I can cut him before cutting my 3 babies.
    Thoughts on squad on OH mighty obi wan Canobi? Weaknesses to fix? GRADE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @giantstep50: Team looks solid, Utley and Aramis worry me, but for NL-Only it’s not terrible… I’d lose Bradley if for this year

  14. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    I don’t love keeping bench hitters, but we have lots of bench spots and most league mates try and fill every position daily, despite off days. Best bet for bench bat out of Uggla, Semien, Medica, Baez (stash).? This is an OBP league and I believe the eye surgery will help Uggla. Rest of roster below:

    C- Santana
    1B- Belt
    2B- Gyorko
    3B- Miggy
    SS- EverCab
    IF- Arenado
    LF- Harper
    CF- Cutch
    RF- Puig
    OF- Calhoun
    U- Krush Davis

    I want to stash Baez, but Medica could be nice if Belt falters… Thanks!

  15. Fungazi says:
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    Guy in my league went pitching heavy, drafting Kershaw, Yu, and Chapman in the early rounds.. oops.

  16. Oppo Taco says:
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    hey grey. daily league question for you. start Rizzo (vs LHP Liriano), VMart (vs RHP Shields) or Brad Miller (vs RHP Weaver). thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Did you look at the Hitter-Tron? I’d say Miller

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Start Verlander today? Ok thats an easy one, just easing you in slowly Grey!

    How about Kas(h)mir and Perez tommorow?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      Head on over to the Stream-O-Nator. Anyone at $8 and above is worth starting.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Eddy: the number cut off really changes per league size, a good number for 10 teamer is much higher than for 16 teamers. 8’s probably a good 12 teamer cut off. 10-12 might be better for 10 teamer. much lower for 16’s (maybe $5)

  18. Big League Choo says:
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    So mad i missed out on jose abreu in my main league….now im left with a corner shituation between Morneau and Hart. Also dont know how i missed out on wong everywhere, no homo. I hope he or brad miller get off to a slow start so i can trade/pick one of them up. 12 team H2H OPS, no Homers league Drop dee gordon for Jimmy rollins?

    There are like 8 other MI on the wire(Owings,Walker, Ackley, Mercer etc) feel like i should just wait and see how gordon does.

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @Wake Up: Nope…Dunn/Moreland/Freese/Dominguez….Its really ugly looking for a CI

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Big League Choo: Morneau at home vs RHP should be pretty tasty…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: thats a mile high munchie I’ll snack on

            • Principal Blackman says:
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              @J-FOH: Thing’s could get interesting at the Mile High Stadium concession stands if they bring in edibles.

              • Big League Choo says:
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                @Principal Blackman: should have picked up rollins….pretty sure the last grand slam dee gordon hit was at dennys!

  19. Yescheese says:
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    Opening day! Grey & Rudy & friends are here! Thanks Grey & Rudy & friends!

    Sign the petition to make this a national holiday. I got rosterbating to do!

  20. Tigres says:
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    Baseball is back!

    Better super-SAGNOF early season flier: Manny Parra or Daniel Webb? I’ve got two players on DL so can roll the dice, and sort out roster next week once the bullpen smoke clears.

    • Tigres says:
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      It’s the soundtrack that makes it awesome. That, and Yordano’s Ks.

  21. Travis says:
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    Hey Grey, thoughts on my team below. 12 team, 5×5, was an auto draft. Got hit hard with DL players, but I think it’s not bad?

    C-Lucroy
    1b-Hosmer
    2b-Kinsler
    3b-Wright
    Ss-Alexi Ramirez
    OF-Trout, Bruce, Beltran
    Util-Longoria
    Bench-Abreu, Fowler
    DL- Bourn

    SP-Sale, Shields, Hamels, Tanaka, Dickey, Fister, Wilson
    RP-Parnell, Axford

    I have atleast one roster spot free due to DL, thoughts on…
    Weak at SS, add Owings?
    Weak for closers, Hawkins, Santos, Qualls on waivers–or punt saves and offer my closers as trade bait?
    Another bat, add Wong?
    Another starting pitcher, some good options: Gee, Gallardo, Ventura, Tillman, Roark, Taijuan Walker

    Any other moves I should eye? Decent speed–might shop someone like Bourn? Maybe try and shop a corner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Travis: Add Ownings, Santos… Sure, try and trade Bourn

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: can only add 1 unless I drop someone (only 1dl slot)… Drop Wilson? Alexei?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Add Santos for now

  22. Eddy says:
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    Happy Opening Day, everyone!

    Here’s a little something I found during a bout of insomnia last night to enhance your fantasy experience. For Chrome users, google and add the extension “Fantasy Link”. It will put a small fangraphs and Baseball reference icon next to the players name. Something simple, but I know I’m usually searching FanGraphs on a bunch of players for the saber metric stuff as it is. Works for Yahoo, ESPN and CBS.

    Enjoy all!

    Time to go get all hit and bothered for Strasburg’s first start of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Happy Opening Day!

    • Eric W says:
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      @Eddy: That is a cool little feature, Thanks!

    • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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      @Eddy: That’s awesome! Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eddy: thats really cool. thanks for sharing

    • stumanji says:
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      @Eddy: FantasyLink is amazing. Thank you.

  23. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Not liking Parnell situation either.

    In NFBC, I have Frieri, Parnell, and Cody Allen for relievers. I lost out on Santos yesterday to higher bidder. Other elite set-up men like Carlos Martinez, Farquhar, Brothers, are owned. Allen depending on how he performs is first drop option. If I’m bidding on say Josh Fields next weekend or something better opens up among closers, who would you drop out of Ethier/De Aza if Cody Allen is still providing elite ratios?

  24. JP says:
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    Greymundo – can i get a little draft grade? 12 team mixed h2h categories, had 8th pick..
    C – Rosario
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Gyorko
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Segura
    OF – A Jones
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Bruce
    Util – Arenado
    Bn – Smoak

    SP – Teheran
    SP – Cobb
    SP – Liriano
    SP – TIllman
    SP – Cingrani
    SP – E Ramirez
    SP – H Santiago
    RP – N Jones
    RP – Hoover
    RP – Soria
    RP – Axford
    DL – Iwakuma

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Team looks solid, might be a little light on average and saves

  25. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    One RP add – J.J. Hoover or Sergio Santos?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Mike: Santos has better stuff, but I feel like Hoover has the job sewed up for a longer stretch. Also, Santos’s health has been a mess in the past. It’s close, but I’d go Hoover.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Mike: Santos

  26. de nachos says:
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    I think we’ve seen the end of Victorino’s steady stats days. But set your calendars for his Zombino season of 2016.

    First and last team I will post. Auction 13-team 6X6 with K/9-QS and OBP-SLG. Half-dozen drafts and I finally closed my eyes and fell back into your arms and “waited” on pitching. Although I could probably use one more SP or a need a regular stream, Innings Pitched is also a category. Went with $1 Jr. Lake over JFOH’s Dunn creeper for steals. Missed bidding up Cram’s boy Ventura due to a greasy clicker finger <-somehow sounds dirty.
    T d'Arnaud
    P Goldschmidt
    D Ackley
    A Beltre
    I Desmond
    H Ramirez
    A Pujols
    N Cruz
    T Hunter
    J Bautista
    N Aoki
    B Revere (R)
    J Lake (R)
    A De Aza
    M Brantley
    J Reddick (R)

    J Axford
    S Gray
    A Cobb
    S Cishek
    C Kluber
    J Masterson
    Y Gallardo
    S Santos
    G Perkins
    C Allen (R)
    J Benoit (R)

    • Grey

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      @de nachos: Hitting looks pretty well balanced, perhaps a bit low on average… Pitching looks like a bit of a mess, but maybe that’s Gallardo playing tricks on me…

      • de nachos says:
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        @Grey: hoping Gallardo is a hot mess this year, but he was a late grab innings-eater since that’s a stat. Perhaps my MR can make up for his WHIP blow-ups. Thanks for the reply. Looks like we’re shoveling out in NY for some afternoon baseball after all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. scottsteelers says:
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    So this is my team is 12 team H2H with 5 Keepers
    Gomes
    Pujols
    Hill
    Segura
    Arenado
    Puig
    Mccutch
    Bruce
    Util-Abreu
    BN-Calhoun, K Davis Springer
    SP-J Fernandez, Cain, Masterson, Bucholz, Peavy Tillman
    DL-Latos
    Rp-Street, Robertson, Soria
    I was offered J Zimmerman for Abreu… hold for now or pull the trigger?

    • @scottsteelers: I pull the trigger cause Calhoun may put up just as good or even better numbers than Abreu, and you could use 1 more top arm! I don’t like trading early, but I think this one helps you big time in the long run..

      I am curious to see what Grey has to say on this one!

      • scottsteelers says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: thanks man. Yea that’s what im thinking. Between calhoun, k davis and eventually springer to fill that UTIL spot I think I can afford to lose Abreu. Only concern is if Pujols continues to go in the wrong direction or gets injured and I have no backup 1b

        • @scottsteelers: Don’t jinx Albert, he will be fine and healthy all year cause for the first time in a long time i have him in one of my leagues..LOL…I think JZim is the best player in the deal and you should go for it.

          But give Grey a chance to express his MVO, most valuable opinion!!

    • scottsteelers says:
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      @scottsteelers: I got skipped Grey! Ha

  28. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey grey,
    I have moustakas as my only bench bat. drop him to add santos?
    My other relievers: allen, balfour, frieri, papelbon.
    I need allen for holds.
    Thanks

    • @Moscowitz: My take is I like Moose this year 25 homers 85 rbi. The other part of the equation is, Santos more than likely won’t keep the job when whats his name comes back from the DL..cheers

  29. Chris says:
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    Hello grey,

    Morning! With Victorino injury and could be a drag, which OF would you add from FA. I have a roster spot available: Aoki, Yelich, Eaton, De Aza, or BJ Upton?

    If I chose to fill the roster spot with a SP, would you drop Victorino in favor of one of the mentioned guys?

    thanks,

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: Melky Cabrera another option!?

      • @Chris: I like Aoki out of that group. I also like Upton to bounce back this year with at least a 20/20, now if K’s a re a minus in your league or you don’t like his sure to be low BA. Then BJ is not for you..I am not a Victorino fan at all.. just my 2 euros..lol..cheers

  30. Shibboleth says:
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    Grey, thanks as always for everything. Drafted 12 team 5-keeper 5X5 OPS/QS/Solds league. How’d i do?

    C: Wieters/Doumit
    1B/CI: Fielder/Morneau
    2B/MI: Hill/Miller
    SS: Segura
    3b: Alvarez
    OF: choo, kemp, Holliday, swisher, revere, Pollock
    Bn: polanco

    SP: Anibal, Cole, Wacha, Salazar, Kazmir, Porcello, Hutchinson, Walker,
    Rp: Robertson, Tazawa, Santos/janssen, frieri

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shibboleth: Hitting looks solid if Kemp bounces back, which I don’t have a lot of faith in… Pitching looks solid

  31. Allan says:
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    Grey, gotta sit one out of shields, gray, and teheran. SON says sit teheren you agree? Thanks.

  32. Crazy Carl says:
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    Grey,

    Keeper League w 8 keepers / year. I was just offered Carlos Gomez for Max Scherzer. Do I do?

    I’ve got Verlander and J Zimm as my other P keepers and McCutchen as my only OF keeper. Got Springer and Yelich as potential OF keepers also for next year.

    Gracias amigo

    • @Crazy Carl: Call me Crazy, Carl, oh wait that is you, anyhoo, why you worrying about next year Carl, when this year just started. i would not trade anyone until the season starts to shake out a bit. If you trade Max and Verlander or J Zim gets hurt you could be in trouble. I try not to make trade until June or so..Just my 2 eruos..lol..cheers

  33. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Have to sit either Henderson or Nate Jones because I plan on starting Bum/Julio/Gray/Master. Do I sit Henderson, Jones, or one of the starters? Happy opening day grey bush!

  34. brett says:
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    Razzball Nation. Start three of the following four today:

    Teheran @ Brewers
    Masterson @ A’s
    Grey vs Indians
    Liriano vs Cubs

    I know what stream’o says but I don’t like stream’o as much with no recent data to input. Thanks!

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @brett: I’m in the same dilemma actually. I’m sitting down Masterson. Couple of guys in OAK have hit him hard (Moss, Crisp, Reddick) that was enough to sway me.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @brett: Oh, and there’s some rain in the forecast out west, that’s enough to narrow it down to either Gray/Masterson for me.

      • brett says:
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        @MattTruss223: Thanks man, this is great info.

  35. Relsh says:
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    Starting to regret sacrificing my first-born son when that prayer octagon may have been sufficient….

    How great would it be if Omar Infante walked up to the plate with “The Farmer in the Deli” whistling out of the stadium speakers?

    So hype for baseball today. Great posts as always, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Relsh: Ha! Thanks!

  36. Al says:
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    Big perm grey,
    My highly upsided SPs have some whip/era concerns. I’m looking for some MR help to balance, innnings w/ ratios, dont need the big K guys… guys in the mold of Putz, Al Al, Joe Smith, etc… anyone tickle the grey bone…. cougar not included.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al: None of those guys really… Smith

  37. tyler says:
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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

    12 team auction keeper, H2H, with OPS and K’s for hitters, K/9 and K/BB for pitchers:

    C – Rosario
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Infante
    3B – Sandoval
    SS – Reyes
    CI – A-Gon
    MI – Andrelton
    LF – Dickerson
    CF – Puig
    RF – Heyward
    OF – Beltran
    OF – Aoki
    UT – Arenado
    UT – Avi Garcia (lead singer of a Jewish Grateful Dead cover band?)

    SP – Wainwright
    SP – The Adverb
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Cingrani
    SP – Haren (for now…)
    RP – Uehara
    RP – Holland
    P – Benoit
    P – C. Allen

    DL – Fister

    Thoughts? I like my pitching staff, and I think I’ve got strong AVG, OPS and K’s for hitters, but could use some more ribbies. I tried to dump Omar yesterday, but I wasn’t so lowdown as to disrespect a Sunday morning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tyler: I think your pitching is much better than your hitting, I think your hitting is low on just about everything…

      • tyler says:
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        @Grey: but low on K’s is a good thing! (duly noted…)

  38. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey! Arencibia or D. Navarro in AL-Only 6×6 with OBP and hits as categories? And by how much?

  39. Lville Jim says:
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    ODC, opening day chubby. That’s what I have.

  40. The Gregorious DIDI says:
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    Standard Yahoo 5×5 H2h drafting in the wonderfully enviable 14/14 slot. I think this went pretty ok (Jones at 14 was obviously a gift), even if I am banking heavily on SP being as deep as you guys think it is. What do you think?

    1. (14) Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
    2. (15) Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
    3. (42) Álex Ríos (Tex – OF)
    4. (43) Shin-Soo Choo (Tex – OF)
    5. (70) Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
    6. (71) Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
    7. (98) Carlos Beltrán (NYY – OF)
    8. (99) Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
    9. (126) Francisco Liriano (Pit – SP)
    10. (127) Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
    11. (154) Justin Masterson (Cle – SP)
    12. (155) Matt Wieters (Bal – C)
    13. (182) Tommy Hunter (Bal – RP)
    14. (183) Brad Miller (Sea – 2B,SS)
    15. (210) LaTroy Hawkins (Col – RP)
    16. (211) J.J. Hoover (Cin – RP)
    17. (238) Rick Porcello (Det – SP)
    18. (239) Tim Hudson (SF – SP)
    19. (266) Erasmo Ramírez (Sea – SP)
    20. (267) Mike Leake (Cin – SP)
    21. (294) Drew Hutchison (Tor – SP)

    Wieters
    Hosmer
    Miller
    Andrus
    Longoria
    Jones
    Rios
    Choo
    Beltran

    Sonny, Liriano, Salazar, Masterson, Porcello, Hudson, Erasmo, Leake, Hutchison

    Hunter, Hawkins, Hoover

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Gregorious DIDI: Looks fairly solid, I think you’re better off streaming than some of your pitchers…

  41. fri-guy says:
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    i was at the top of the prayer octagon for segura, technically making it a prayeramid. thank you fantasy gods!

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @fri-guy: A prayer ziggurat?

  42. Joeg414 says:
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    R.Ross or J.Chavez? Deep mixed daily 6×6 roto.

  43. KevinB says:
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    I have inherited a team this season … 5×5 Roto … that has Moustakas as its 3B. Frazier is on the WW and someone wants to trade me Seager. How would you rank/rate these player (Moustakas, Frazier, Seager)?

    • KevinB says:
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      keeper league*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KevinB: I ranked them in my rankings

  44. Pager24 says:
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    it’s opening day and I’m already rosterbating my C with Mesoraco going down- It feels good to be back! Here’s to my first Hitter-tron blind faith add of the season. I just hope I don’t go blind

  45. Steve D. says:
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    5×5 redraft, 5th OF spot: BJ Upton or Grady Sizemore (until he gets hurt)?

    (The rest of my OF is stacked: Rios, Choo, Holliday, Trumbo.)

  46. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Long-standing 13 team AL-only roto-league I joined recently. 4×4 (adding Rs and Ks next season)

    C: Arencibia
    C: Avila
    1B: B. Moss
    2B: K. Johnson
    3B: A. Beltre
    SS: B. Miller
    MI: M. Aviles
    CR: M. Machado (DL)
    OF: C. Beltran
    OF: M. Brantley
    OF: Y. Cespedes
    OF: C. Rasmus
    OF: M. Choice
    DH: Dirks (DL)

    P: Buchholz
    P: U. Jimenez
    P: Masterson
    P: Porcello
    P: E. Ramirez
    P: G. Richards
    P: Nolasco
    P: Axford
    P: K. Herrera

    MINORS:
    J. Gallo
    M. Barnes
    A. Sanchez

    There are no bench spots in the league, but I’ll sub in for the DL guys during the first waiver wire. Beyond that, what are your thoughts? Do I have any chance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Sure, you have a chance, your pitching is a bit wonky, I think you might have problems there… Hopefully some of your flyers work out… Hitting looks decent enough

  47. Phil says:
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    What do you think of Coby Lewis as a starter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Decent flyer for mixed leagues

  48. Frank says:
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    After using the streamer tool to moderate to good success last yr I thought I’d look at my lineup on hitter-tron. Now I knew rizzo was going to score poorly against lefties but his minus $7.9 rating has me seriously considering benching him for an empty spot. Is this getting too cute and do I need coaxing off the ledge?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Frank: too cute

  49. YouKnowMeAldo says:
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    Is it cuckoo to send Elvis and receive Sonny Gray and Brad Miller? I have someone to drop. 12 team.

  50. papasmurf says:
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    Last year I drafted Santos cuz Janssen was hurting. Turns out Santos was the one who hit the DL.

    This year I waited one round too long. Santos snatched two spots before I was gonna pick him. And this year, Janssen does hit the DL.

    That’s smurf luck for ya. Never fails.

  51. saggynoffy streamers says:
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    Great call on Santos. I am hurting bad for saves. How many saves will I need to stay in the running? 5×5 12 team.

  52. OaktownSteve says:
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    Looks like a fair amount of rain here in Oakland today. Might clear up but delays or rainout definitely a possibility. Would be a bummer.

    • Goose says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      A bummer indeed. Was (am?) so looking forward to my group’s annual tradition of cutting work early and enjoying several pregame adult beverages in the lot. This weathery uncertainty has thrown our proud tradition into turmoil. Turmoil!

  53. Final pick in my minor league draft for NL only league (The one where my team is crap). All unrostered players are eligible. Once I call them up to my roster. They don’t count as keepers and cost $1 for two years.

    Some of the guys I’m targeting. Medlen, Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke, Lohse, Taylor Jordan, Glasnow

    Who you think?

      • @Grey: Thanks! Medlen just too risky due to health or just a matter of knowing his upside?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Medlen won’t be back until next August, and even then he might have a setback…

  54. MattTruss223 says:
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    WAHOO!!

    That’s all, carry on.

  55. The Goldy Standard says:
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    Standard scoring league, and my OF/Util options are Giancarlo, Bautista, Cespedes, Billy Ham, Brantley, and Hosmer. What 4 should i play for the first week?

  56. Adam says:
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    Hey Grey…thoughts on this team? 12 team H2H 5 x5:

    Had 7th pick:

    Catcher- Gattis
    1b- Pujols ( got him at pick 58…felt that was a steal)
    2b- Gyorko
    ss- Andrus
    3b- Encarnacion
    Of- A. Jones
    Of- Puig
    Of- Upton
    Util- Rizzo
    Util- De Aza or Dexter Fowler

    Sp- Cobb
    Sp- Teheran
    Sp- Gray
    Sp- Liriano
    Sp- Porcello
    Sp- Wheeler
    Sp/Rp- Smyly
    Rp-Balfour
    Rp-Rodney
    RP- Parnell
    Rp- Hawkins

    • Adam says:
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      @Adam:

      FYI..that’s J Upton not BJ upton in the OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: Looks low on average , which is fine in H2H and the pitching looks solid, nice team

  57. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… I still only have 1 closer on my roster, Perkins, and I was about to hit the add botton on Santos but some guy grabbed him before I got the chance.. I was so pissed!! Anyway We have a DL spot in our league and I was thinking I can grab any guy off the wire on the DL without a drop. Do you think I should pickup Locke or I was looking for a closer on DL and I found Jesse Crain and they said he’ll be the closer when he comes back in 15 days.. Are any of these guys worth a pickup or are they not worth a roster spot?? Thanks!!

  58. Mauer's Horcrux says:
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    Wilson Ramos batting cleanup ahead of Harper and The Constant. Ramos just became the most interesting man in the world. Stay healthy, my friend.

      • fielder's fatties says:
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        @Grey: JINX – broken bone in hand!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like it’s not

    • Ramos' Horcrux says:
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      @Mauer’s Horcrux: #$%! he ALMOST lasted the whole season.

  59. Joe says:
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    Grey and Razzballers, your thoughts, I own Perkins, Henderson and Nate Jones is a 12 teamer with 8 player benches. This means, all closers and most second in line options are rostered. Daniel Webb and Josh Fields are no rostered and I have room for one. Should I go Webb and ensure that I have the White Sox closer or go with Fields and pray he gets the Stros job and that Jones holds the Sox job.

    Obviously, 4 closers is better than three, but it would really hurt to go from 3 closers down to 2 if Jones sucks and I miss Webb. Thoughts????

    • SAGNOF's Horcrux says:
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      @Joe:There’s no rush on those guys. If it’s not already apparently obvious, closers change all the time.

      No idea why others keep posting their entire drafted teams and expect responses of praise, like people have nothing better to do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Webb

  60. marti says:
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    Final draft yesterday. NL auction 260 budget keeper league. 1 catcher 5 of 2 utility. I asked you earlier in the week how much I should budget for pitching for the trest of my team so this is how it looks. Your thoughts are appreciateed. I only got stuck with 1 player I didn’t want.

    C Ramos 8 K
    1B Goldie 16 K
    2B Gyorko 11 K
    SS Desmond 26 K
    3B Frazier 11 K
    MI Furcal 1
    CI Rizzo 19 K
    OF Bruce 39
    OF E Young 7 K
    Of Marte 11 K
    Of Yelich 8 K
    OF Schierholtz 7 K
    U Lucroy 11
    U Ruggiano 6

    Bench A Guerrero, Rutledge, DiDi, Moran

    P Strasberg 23 K
    P Bailey 14 K
    P Cole 9 K
    P Henderson 6 K
    P A Reed 15
    P Hamels 12
    P Josh Johnson 1
    P Delgado 1
    P Melancon 1

    Bench Beckett, Stults, Erlin, Cumpton Valverde, Lecure

    Overall thoughts always appreciated. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @marti: No idea how many teams, but the team looks very solid for NL-Only assuming 10 team, your keepers don’t hurt obviously

  61. Frank White says:
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    I wanted to grab Tanaka from this guy.. Do you think it’s even if I give him Masterson and Samardzija or Jimenez?? If not then what about if I ask him to throw in joakim Soria??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank White: It’s solid for you, trade Ubaldo first

  62. Wake Up says:
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    “Thath thucked!” ~ Brian Wilson’s beard

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      So that’s two solid Ryu starts with no wins to show? Nice work Dodgers pen.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Oh yeah that’s right. For some reason I thought Jansen blew the save but he just got touched up.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah Ryu is rock solid…QS machine…reminds me of Zimmermann due to consistency…

  63. JDW says:
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    Grey, per your recent Kolton Wong post – he is hitting second today. Hope he can stick there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Yup!

  64. Commish Cauda says:
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    20-team, H2H-Points keeper league w/$70 cap, (salaries go up $1 per year)

    I’m looking to trade Alfonso Soriano $3. I have two different options. Which side?

    Anthony Rendon $1
    or
    David Freese $1 and Jon Singleton $1

  65. Ron says:
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    12-team 5×5 Roto with OBP – Villlar or Gordon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Villlar

  66. Eric W says:
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    Took the day off work, bought a giant box of frosted flakes (that will be empty by the end of the day) and a gallon of milk. Must be opening day!

    • JDW says:
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      @Eric W:

      Yeah – March Madness might be sports Christmas but today is New Years Eve/Day! Why the hell am I at work today!??? I should be at Taco Mac watching five games at once, pounding beers and yelling into my Ipad as my teams live stats are updated.

  67. Scott says:
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    I have 4 starters today so can only put in 3 of my RP. We have W L K ERA WHIP NSVH in H2H league. Top three of:

    Frieri
    Melancon
    Grilli
    Papelbon
    Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Not Papelbon, Melancon

  68. Lopes says:
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    With Janssens injury should I go on Santos to replace him or should i pick up Houston Street?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Street

  69. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey! Feels great to be readin’ your daily recaps. Have a question for you: Need a 3B to cover for Machado, it is a points league that penalizes strikeouts and looking mostly for counting stats (Hits, Runs, RBIs, HRs etc). Who would you go with?
    Middlebrooks? Moustakas? Headley? Freese? Dominguez? Asche?

    Thanks for another great read!

  70. Machado's Horcrux says:
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    Grab Middlebrooks…quicklike!

    Hey how do I get in avatar in here so if I post as a diff Horcrux each time that there is a consistent picture?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to gravatar.com and upload photo

  71. OldMIlwaukeePounders says:
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    Would it be prudent to drop Jansenn for Santos? I’ve got other closers in Perkins, Uehara, and Cishek. Good move or wait it out? No DL spot in thise league either and Holds is a category as well.

    Thanks for you awesome work and hilarious insight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Janssen there

  72. KillerB says:
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    Yo @Grey: Which waiver wire pitcher do you like as a full-season stud — Drew Hutchison, Erasmo Ramirez or Jenrry Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

      • KillerB says:
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        @Grey: What scares you about Jenrry — innings limit, run support? Or do you just think Erasmo is going to be the real deal? I like the pedigree and park in both cases and am leaning toward Jenrry until I see him falter — curious why you’re higher on Erasmo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I went over them in my rankings

  73. Bob says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Gordon Hitting 8th last night vs Wong batting second in the opening day lineup does it change your opinion on the ranking of the two. In a 6X6 Roto Categories head to head league? Standard Cat with K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers added. Who would you rather have on you bench at 2b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Gordon for steals, Wong for everything else

  74. Tom Emanski says:
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    Can someone explain to me the hype for Avisail Garcia? Nothing in his minor league stats suggests he’s sudden become a monster, yet everyone is buzzing about him. I mean, I drafted him late anyway, but what should I realistically expect?

    On the other hand I am impossibly geeked about Billy Hamilton. He has the top prospect pedigree, the potential to blow away the SB category, and he had a great spring. I’m looking forward to popping in on Reds streams (phrasing) every time he’s up.

    • Tom Emanski says:
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      @Tom Emanski: That should read “he’ll suddenly become”. I became a first generation Eastern European immigrant there for a second.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a solid, pure hitter… Think 20 homers, solid average, 10 steals…

    • Zander says:
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      @Tom Emanski: From what I read he could have a solid average but he’s not guaranteed the power numbers I think some people are expecting.

      And apparently he banged Prince Fielder’s wife.

  75. Zander says:
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    I originally offered my Goldschmidt and Porcello for his Trout.

    He countered with Trout, Cespedes, and Matt Cain for my Harper, Matt Holliday, and Jordan Zimmerman.

    I accepted. How’d I do?

    12 Team H2H non-keeper

    • Tom Emanski says:
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      You cleaned his clock. Why the hell did he accept that trade?

      • Zander says:
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        @Tom Emanski: I do not know, but I got a semi-cocaine rush when I clicked the accept button.

        • Tom Emanski says:
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          @Zander: It’s a great trade especially if it’s not an OBP league, in which case Cespedes hurts a bit, but otherwise you win big because Cain will very likely be great again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  76. Teddy Heater says:
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    The Segura prayer group looks like it may have worked! Now we just need one for Latos & Walker come on boys let’s get healthy.

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Octagon! Octagon!! Octagon!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  77. Joe G says:
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    Grey who would you put in utility this week aaron hil or kelton wong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill

  78. chisoxx22 says:
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    Hey Grey I could use some advice.. 5×5 roto scoring I have two utility spots and deciding between Prado, a. Hill, wieters, and Cruz.. which 2 would you sit? Thanks man

    • chisoxx22 says:
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      @chisoxx22:
      also have a. Ramirez in there too..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wieters, Prado

  79. Ghost Face Miller says:
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    Yo Grey, thoughts on my team? 12 team H2H keeper league.

    thanks man!

    C- Gattis, Grandel
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Gyorko
    SS – B. Miller
    3B – M. Carpenter
    CI – N Castallanos
    MI – R. Zimmerman
    OF – A Jones, G Stanton, D Ruf, Ozuna, Reddick
    U – Brandon Moss
    P – Kershaw, Scherzer, S Gray, C Tillman, Lester, Grilli, Carlos Martinez, Smyly, Mujica

    Reserves:
    Avisail Garcia, Chris Carter, Dustin Ackley, Smoak

    Pitcher Reserves:
    Rex Brothers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching looks much stronger than your hitting, which isn’t ideal… You look low on power and speed, not even sure why Ruf is on your team

      • Ghost Face Miller says:
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        @Grey: Unfortunate keeper from last season. I was anticipating some power from him this season. Not a good gamble.

        Ok, maybe i’ll make some trades… thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. The Thumb says:
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    Rajai or Kole Calhoun for last Util? Streamer has Raj at 16 which is surprising since he’s usually ass against righties and 2 for 14 against Shields. Calhoun is facing Felix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  81. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly standard mixed league. Messed up towards the end of the draft and took too many bench bats. Other than that, any glaring holes?

    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Gyorko
    SS – Desmond
    3B – Arenado
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Heyward
    OF – Crisp
    DH – Rizzo
    SP – Teheran
    SP – A Sanchez
    SP – Gio
    SP – G Cole
    SP – Cingrani
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Soria

    Bench Bats – Bogaerts, B Upton, A Garcia, Calhoun, Baez, G Polanco
    Bench Pitchers – Erasmo, C Martinez, Veras, Santos

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, looks solid… I like the hitting and pitching…

  82. Let ARoid Play! says:
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    Hello Grey and Happy OD,
    A question – do I start Ubaldo against the Sox or Nova against the Stros? I had Ubaldo in there until I saw that the Yanks had Nova slated for the second or third game instead of Kuroda or Tanaka (not sure which one got bumped). It seems like a tastier matchup, although I fully realize that Ubaldo is a better pitcher overall.

    Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks much Grey and enjoy!

    • Let ARoid Play! says:
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      @Let ARoid Play!:Grey,
      I actually checked SON and they have Nova higher, so I guess that answers my question.

      I guess you can let me know if you think otherwise.

      Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

  83. Big League Wood says:
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    Hey Grey, Santos and Soria are proof that paying for Saves s risky.
    SON not endorsing Martin Perez v the Phillies tomorrow.
    Leaning towards the start.
    Thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big League Wood: he’s not that good of a pitcher, if Kennedy, Eovaldi or Kazmir were available I would rather go with them.

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Was Considering starting Perez then immediately dropping him Eovaldi And streaming him for his second start this week. Kazmir On another roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d probably start him in most leagues

  84. Goose says:
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    Hittertron alert:

    Mike Carp, batting 5th today is a $30.3 value – ranked as the #6 overall hitter for today, behind Goldschmidt, ahead of Giancarlo.

    Carp-ay Opening Diem!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup, Rudy picked him up

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Goose: Wowee Zowee

  85. Mike says:
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    How do you feel about Scheppers and Samardijza starting today?

  86. Hola Grey –

    Good luck today, ese. May your imaginary dudes give ‘em hell…Asked Scott same question last night, curious your take on ‘Thor’ (Syndergaard)…as I think I want to add/stash him, especially if he’s called up by late May/early June.

    As you know, Noah’s stuff is pretty legit. Kinda like an NL version of Gausman… Granted, his CB needs work and he needs to develop his CU a bit more to make a heavy impact, but the FB is 96-97 mph with late life and movement. Park and league are also nice, so thats also a +. He makes me feel funny below too.

    In my deep – 14 team, 31 players redraft league… We start 12 P weekly, H2H – 4 SP, 2 RP, 6 P flex. It’s a 6×6 league, with holds…Here is my roster:

    SP (6) – Gio, Cobb, Salazar, Garza, Estrada, Roark
    RP (6) – Nate Jones, Santos, Rex, Carlos Martinez, Alex Torres, Drew Storen
    Bench – Skaggs, Archie Bradley, Kevin Gausman, Neftali Feliz

    Question:
    Given my staff above and that we roster 30 players total, with only 4 bench spots (all pitchers for me), do I add Thor? If so, who is the logical drop ….? Thinking maybe Feliz or Storen, if he starts slow? Or do nothing?

    http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/26271672/v28912231/2013-futures-game-syndergaard-turns-in-a-clean-first

    Gracias.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too!Drop Feliz for him…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  87. Spyre says:
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    hey Grey

    Hows my draft look? 12 team H2H points with holds. I know my hitting is solid (my keepers make it hard to suck there), but how worried should I be about my pitching? By round 5 (after keeper rounds) all the ace pitchers were off the table, so I waited until 8 or 9 when pitching value was higher.

    Also, which SP do you drop when Kemp’s off DL?

    C Rosario
    1B Rizzo
    2B Cano (K)
    SS Segura
    3B Longoria (K)
    IF Fat Adams
    LF Trout (K)
    CF Jones (K)
    RF Bautista
    OF Kemp

    SP Tehran
    SP Masterson
    SP Liriano
    SP Gray
    SP Archer
    SP Porcello
    SP Ventura
    SP Pineda
    SP Erasmo
    SP Skaggs

    RP Balfour
    RP Frieri
    RP C. Martinez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good, Spyre, I wouldn’t be worried about your pitching at all… The hitting is very solid too, because of nice keepers…

  88. LastPlace says:
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    Latest on Corey Dickerson Playingtime. NL-Only Draft is today.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a platoon guy on strong side

  89. Principal Blackman says:
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    Play Ball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam!

  90. knighttown says:
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    Matt Lindstrom is closing today apparently. Is there a reason? Desperate for closers. Drop Parnell, Qualls, Brothers or Hoover for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoover

  91. Will says:
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    Lindstrom named closer :(

    First Feliz, now Jones…not doing well on closers this year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks balls

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I read lindstrom closer for today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just today or you read it today?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I read it early this morning but they made it sound like he would be the one closing today and not committing to anything any longer. That’s why I didn’t rush to grab him…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Will: UGH! I have Jones in 4 leagues.

  92. Principal Blackman says:
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    This is the first time I’ve owned several former (and current) members of FBB royalty in the form of Pujols (3 leagues), Verlander (1 league), and Miguel Cabrera (1 league). Hopefully those first two don’t come back to bite me in the ass.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, Verlander looked fine in the 1st inning

  93. Jason says:
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    10 tm league, this is my rotation:

    SPs: Strasburg, Teheran, lester, Tillman, Porcello, Erasmo, Tijuan (on DL) will have to drop someone once he comes back)

    RPs: Romo, Perkin, Reed, Soria

    you think the SP will be competitive enough? Do I need another SP in pace of a RP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your SPs will be fine

  94. JDW says:
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    Maybe I should have known before drafting him – but Will Middlebrooks bats eighth or ninth?? What the frack is that??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks

  95. Jason says:
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    bah…desmond batting 6th? i don;t like that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not terrific

  96. knighttown says:
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    Get this in before you need to deal with the barrage of catcher questions that are bound to come now that they’re actually playing real games. Quick analysis of my squad in my 11 team-5×5 daily league?

    C- Gattis
    CI- Pujols, Zimmermann, Rizzo
    MI- Miller, Hill, Gyorko
    OF- A. Jones, Harper, Myers, Puig, Gordon
    Util- Napoli
    BN- Avisail

    SP- Cobb, Teheran, Liriano, Masterson, Kuroda, Yordano
    RP- Parnell, Qualls, Brothers, Hoover, Lindstrom

    How we looking oh mustachioed one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks solid, you look excellent on hitting, maybe a tad low on steals… Pitching looks solid…

  97. Joe says:
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    I need some higher quality grey matter on this:

    I have BJ Upton as my single bench player. My 2B is Aaron Hill. My rotation consists of Teheran, Cain, Salazar, Lynn, Kazmir, Porcello, Kluber, Wheeler.

    Fister (waivers), Pineda (waivers), and Wong (free agent) are all potentially available. Any add/drops you would do?

    Thanks!

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      Oh, it’s a standard yahoo 5×5, 12-team, H2H, non keeper, but with 21-man rosters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fister over Upton, DL him then grab Pineda

      • Joe says:
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        @Grey:

        Grey, you hate bench players. That’s what makes you Greyt.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  98. Jason says:
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    WTF Strasburg…IT’s the g-damn Mets for f’s sake!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

    • Will says:
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      @Jason: Yep, giving up a HR to a bench bat no less

  99. Sad Keanu says:
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    Would you start Erasmo this week in 10 team H2H? SON says no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  100. Scott says:
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    Grey, would appreciate your thoughts on this team? 12 team 5×5 Rotisserie

    C- Lucroy
    1b- Rizzo
    2b- Kinsler
    3b- Longoria
    SS- Castro
    Of- A. Jones
    0f- Puig
    0f- W. Myers
    Util- A. Gordon
    Util- Aoki
    Bench: Howard, Fowler, Reddick

    Sp- Scherzer
    Sp- J-Zimm
    Sp-Liriano
    Sp- Cingrani
    Sp- Porcello
    Sp- Smyly
    RP-Hawkins
    RP- Qualls
    RP- Janssen
    RP- Mujica

    Definitely will need to scower the wire for closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching looks strong, outside of relievers… The hitting looks decent, low on average and speed

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Agreed, I will need to sagnof it up in those areas.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  101. Cstinso1 says:
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    Please give me your approval Father Grey!

    (12 team mixed lg)

    C B. McCann
    1B A. Rizzo
    2B K. Wong
    3B N. Arenado
    SS B. Miller
    MIF C. Owings
    CIF J. Abreu
    OF A. McCuthcen
    OF G. Stanton
    OF K. Davis
    OF K. Calhoun
    UT B. Butler
    SP G. Gonzalez
    SP H. Bailey
    SP J. Smardzija
    SP A. Cobb
    SP G. Cole
    SP C. Kluber
    RP N. Jones
    RP R. Brothers
    RP D. Farquhar
    Bn C. Asche
    Bn M. Semien
    Bn M. Brantley
    Bn O. Arcia
    Bn A. Garcia
    Bn S. Miller
    Bn Y. Ventura
    Bn E. Ramirez
    Bn J. Paxton
    Bn W. Peralta
    Bn K. Gausman
    Bn A. Torres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones is done already, the hitting looks low on speed and potentially average… The starting pitching looks fine…

  102. Tom Emanski says:
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    Harper starts off the season by running into Eric Young’s shine. Wonderful!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

    • Tom Emanski says:
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      @Tom Emanski: Harper was safe at second, but got taken out of the game. Then Laroche hit a homer, but Harper didn’t get credit for the run! How does that work? Guhh, why did I draft Harper.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        He was out at second

        • Tom Emanski says:
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          @Grey: Phew, he came back in the bottom of the inning.

  103. knighttown says:
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    Two general questions:

    1. My MI spot is a question mark but definitely full of Greyvorites; Miller, Hill and Gyorko. I have Profar on the DL and am rostering Baez. Rest of the team is pretty solid…is Baez worth holding onto? Will he be a big enough upgrade on one of the others in an 11 team, daily 5×5?

    2. My three “weakest” bats are Avisail, Napoli and Rizzo. Do I just start Napoli and Rizzo every day and just use Garcia on the short days or are they close enough that I should look at matchups…like sitting Rizzo vs. lefties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Not worth it 2. Matchups

  104. Al koholic says:
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    this is gonna be awesome,now this feels like opening day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  105. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    *truffle shuffle*

    That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        @Grey: liriano looks perty… It is the cubs tho..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… Better than looking bad though

          • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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            @Grey: this is true..

        • Principal Blackman says:
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          @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: Liriano is cruising right now. Thank goodness (for Liriano owners) the cubs are in his division.

          • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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            @Principal Blackman: strikes out the side. Hes on point… And all i was thinking about when drafting him was the cubs! Haha just kidding… Or ammmm i?

            • Principal Blackman says:
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              @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: yeah, I drafted him just about everywhere, which is working out better than the fact that I also drafted Nate Jones just about everywhere.

            • Principal Blackman says:
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              The season’s over after today, right?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              YOU JINXED HIM! Gives up a hit to the lefty Nate and walks Darwin Barney. Expect a flaming bag on your door step shortly, Prez

              • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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                @Sky: pirates DEE!! Youre good man!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I’m still delivering that bag out of general principle.

                  • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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                    @Sky: i guess its only fair…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m nothing if not fair.

  106. Al koholic says:
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    they are hitting straus,hard hit balls,not cheap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  107. gareth says:
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    I just added matt lindstrom in my razzball league thanks to seeing the news on this post. Thanks nighttown and Will!
    I used my streaming spot to do this. Which bench guy / 5th outfielder is the most expendable to drop so I can free up a new streaming space:

    Ben revere, Rajai davis or dexter Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revere

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @gareth: good grab. Didnt even look in our league cuz i have alot of closers.

      • gareth says:
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        @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: thanks prez. I was targeting Nate Jones later on in the draft but missed out. Ended up with “latroy (only a matter of time before brothers takes over) Hawkins” instead.

        I have a question for you. I noticed kid A has drafted a ton of relievers and only 4 starters in our league. Is that a common strategy in the espn daily league format?

        • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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          @gareth: i did the same in that league since i knew not too many people would be doing it. The top shelf guys came to the strategy of basically all middle relief and closers early and streaming later when you need innings and / or wins. Im trying it for the first time, we will see how it goes.

  108. costaricanchata says:
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    is vmart’s the 1st home run of the year ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nope, Van Slyke

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, wait, Van Slyke… That’s right, good call, Sky

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I remember it well…namely because I picked him up and dropped him the same day for said HR.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Batty call!

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ha! It was beautiful

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Unlike Carlos Gomez’s running

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha, I have no idea what you’re referencing but given I have him in a league, I’m glad for this.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    He tried to turn a single into a triple

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Haha…slow golf clap for him.

          • Principal Blackman says:
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            @Sky: I also pulled this shenanigan off in one league.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Sky: and Trumbo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Gon in Australia

  109. Eric W says:
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    Always exciting when baseball is on ESPN, kinda surprised they don’t have a 3hr NFL draft preview today instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  110. John E. Depth says:
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    Burnett@TEX tomorrow? SON value @8$…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

  111. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    We are guys streaming in the first week!? Stop it!

  112. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Just did my first closer flip of the season. Picked up Lindstrom and 5 minutes later accepted an offer of Seager for him. Baseball season, and the closer carousel, has begun!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: wow, you got a top 12 3rd baseman for a guy who could easily become a less than average reliever in a few weeks (if/when he loses closer job) that quick!

  113. nick the dick says:
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    yo G,
    so i gotta say ventura has the best curveball in the game. and i mean robin. Liindstrom over nate jones??!! Wowza glad im quick to the draw to pull the ol’ switcharoo and grab Lindy! SAGNOF alert! HURRY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks for me

  114. Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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    Laroche batty call… Im back in form folks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicely done, was looking at him…

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        @Grey: always trust the old dudes to come out mashin..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, too bad Corey Hart’s not even playing…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I mean, too bad for me

          • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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            @Grey: haha yeah thats who gave me room for laroche… Heard hart wasnt starting so had to hit the wire.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I went with Matt Joyce… Still early!

              • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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                @Grey: still early grey!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope so!

  115. Long Bawls says:
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    I am already regretting every single decision I made leading up to my draft, except for drafting Liriano, which I am now worrying about jinxing by mentioning it. 6 more months of this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  116. gareth says:
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    How many leagues do you have nate Jones in grey? I noticed he appeared in quite a few teams you posted here on razzball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 leagues…

  117. John says:
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    Lindstrom…official closer Hunter… or part timer closer Parnell?? Who to pick up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hunter

  118. Long Bawls says:
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    Worth dropping Jones for Lindstrom? Or LaTroy for Lindstrom? Sort of like asking which dollar-store saltines are best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Now get ready to answer that question 77 more times.

  119. gareth says:
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    Salvador perez 2 for 2 with 2 doubles. His abuleta would be proud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  120. Beardcrabs says:
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    do i drop Nate Jones for Lindstrom, or just wait it out… no space to to hold Jones, and if i wait a couple more hours someones going to pick him up… 10 team H2H keeper…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him for Lindstrom

  121. Greyismyhero says:
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    Lindstrom or Qualls? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindstrom

  122. gareth says:
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    Lol @ Scheppers.

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @gareth: Washington is going to need a little Wolf of Arlington to get past this shelling.

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @gareth: no no no…. Lol @ rollins..

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @gareth: @gareth: Washington is going to need a little Wolf of Arlington to get past this shelling.

      You could also be this Dbag….leaves Liriano off his good play list and said Scheppers who has never started a game let alone an open day game was a decent play……its people like this you should stay away from listening to.

    • Goose says:
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      @gareth:

      Doh.

    • Goose says:
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      @gareth:

      And now Lee gets blowed up… if Scheppers goes two more, he’s in line for the W (67 pitches so far).

      Hooray baseball!

  123. bossmanjunior says:
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    Drop Nate Jones for Lindstrom, Hoover, or Qualls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindstrom

  124. Goose says:
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    Warning: real baseball comment –

    Kinda think the Royals are gonna be good this year. Shields is a legit #1 – he just gave up a leadoff double to Miggy, then went: V-mart groundout, Ajax K, Avila K. Lockdown. Royals have a superior bullpen, solid lineup top-to-bottom, good depth… A little help from their shaky 2-5 SPs and they’re a team no one wants to play all year long. I’ll take them to win the Central…

    Also, Sal Perez is 3 for 3 today – MVP!

    #MLB opening day appraisals

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      They were good last year. This year would just be a step forward for an already improving team but I hear ya.

      • Goose says:
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        @Sky: I feel like everywhere I’ve seen, everyone takes either the Tigers or Indians to win that division. So still feels like no one’s on-board with them…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ah, I don’t pay attention to that stuff so didn’t know that was the feeling. I think they’ll be in contention all year. Will be interesting to see if they can turn it into a playoff berth this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Royals don’t look bad hitting… Their pitching isn’t terrific…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: Kinda last-year-Orioles-y, perhaps…

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      @Goose: V-Mart just missed homering by a few feet after that Miggy double before he grounded out, cust sayin’

      • Goose says:
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        @Principal Blackman: Truth… but that didn’t shake him, either.

    • gareth says:
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      @Goose: Shields and Ventura are good and potentially good. The rest – Vargas, Guthrie and Chen don’t really scare anybody though.

      Their young hitting core is good but features the likes of Lorenzo Cain and alcides Escobar in starting roles.

      They are a threat for sure but id temper my expectations somewhat.

      I actually hope they stink this year after reading this revealing article (the royals bit is from the 14th paragraph onwards):

      http://www.hardballtimes.com/learning-the-language-of-the-clubhouse/

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @gareth: That was a great read. Thanks for calling attention to it, Gareth.

  125. FillyP says:
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    12t H2H 7×7 (OBP/XBH & IP/QS) keeper league. Would you pull the trigger on Cruz or Jennings for Liriano?

    My OF: Jones, Bruce, Rios, Gordon, Jennings, Cruz, Arcia
    My SP: Bailey, Tanaka, Tillman, Kluber, Burnett, Porcello, Smyly, Perez

    Seems a few people are hot on Jennings in my league. Wondering if I should move him early for another need.. with Machado out my MI/CI is weak. I’ve got Seager/Miller/K. Johnson/Villar. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Liriano for Cruz

  126. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Anyway to change the subscription election so it does not automatically enroll me in getting everyone’s responses? Always forget to uncheck that little guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t check it is the best way

  127. OaktownSteve says:
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    You must be giddy, Albright. Kershaw and Darvish out. Lee, Verlander and Strasburg scuffling a bit. Schadenfreude overload?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, would be loving life a bit more if my RCL team wasn’t 1 for 22

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Veras… Nice link under your name

      • @Grey: That a pic of some 5th grade lunch time perfection right there. Just need to crunch up some potato chips and put them inside and you’re good to go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  128. Wilsonian says:
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    Sure hope this Miller guy you’ve been touting is da shizznit… Picked Jones over Gyorko and was left with Miller for 2nd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: not cool. I flip flopped on Jones or Gyorko, of course went with the non-closer, and Gyorko was taken immediately after I made that pick. Miller fell back to me, but sucks that I wasted a pick on Jones. He deserves to be the closer. F you Ventura! F you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m not happy either

  129. Slim

    Slim says:
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    Alright I’ve got kind of a tough one for you…
    12er, 5×5, H2H, Y! standard
    Prince, Gyorko, Brad Miller, Longo, Bruce, Myers, Leonys, Pujols, Revere
    Greinke, Tanaka, Moore, Ryu, Gray, Archer, Ventura, Hutchison, Perez, Erasmo
    Soria, Santos, Lindstrom, Nate Jones

    Yeah I don’t have a catcher so someone needs to go for a catcher. I figure it will be whoever looks worst tomorrow out of Hutch, Perez, Erasmo. Bonifacio is available and I’m in need of runs, SBs and an infield backup. Who do I drop? Nate Jones cause I can trust Lindstrom to keep the job? Right… A 2nd of those 3 SPs? I like all of 3 though? Boni would be my only bench hitter… What to do?

    • Slim

      Slim says:
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      @Slim: Oh and Porcello is on waivers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  130. Mustachioed Man says:
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    Day one and my team is already playing like garbage…..Damn you baseball gods, why must you do this to me?!?!? *Relax, relax, deep breath, its a marathon and its only been 1.5 hours* Ahhh, my season is practically over already *Goes into fetal position in the corner and starts breathing into a paper bag*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, same here…. Ugly day…

      • Mustachioed Man says:
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        @Grey: It could be worse, You could have Cliff Lee on all your teams today. Thankfully your solid drafting strategy would make it very unlikely you have him anywhere.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I shouldn’t have him, but I do on an NFBC team

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: highest pitcher i have in any league (both from ADP and Grey’s rankings, and my highest numbered pick) is Anabell. I do have him in quite a few though. Cobb too. they’ve replaced last year’s Scherzer/Bailey

  131. Travis says:
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    Would you drop a mediocre closer like Axford or Cishek for a temporary like Santos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: not only that Cishek is a different kind of “mediocre”. Cishek actually kicks ass, but his save opps are bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  132. gareth says:
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    A big Ouch for all Cliff Lee owners right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @gareth: Finally time for his drop off? When they fall they sure fall fast…

      Why I’ve stayed away from Lee in all my drafts.

  133. Swfcdan says:
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    C’mon guys still haven’t got a homer yet. Get it done!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And why is Zimm batting 2nd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m right there with ya

  134. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H league with SV an HLD as separate cats. I’ve had success carrying 3 CL and 2 MR. With Jones not getting the job, I need to drop a MR for Veras. My RPs:

    Soria
    Axford
    Jones
    Allen
    Siegrist

    Only 20 moves/yr. Who’s the drop?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Sorry, replace Axford with Frieri–got my teams mixed up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, you can go with two closers and 3 MRs…

  135. Swfcdan says:
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    A heads up, stream ‘O doesnt work when you click on the guys for tommorow. Switches to TRON.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you clicking the hitter projections for tomorrow?

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Nope clicking Stream-O-Nator then clicking tommorows games, and it switches over to the Hitter-Tron.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I only see one link that says Tomorrow, it’s under Hitter Projections…

  136. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, what are your team names? I’ve always wondered but don’t think you’ve ever touched upon it….

    Hopefully one is something Merkin related….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razzball — Team Grey

  137. Eric W says:
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    I am not sure a single game played in Arlington this year is going a final score of under 10 total runs……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  138. Long Bawls says:
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    Haven’t seen a Lee handled so roughly since pre-Weightwatchers Jessica Simpson reenacted the Dukes of Hazard car wash scene with a 36-pack of Bojangle’s biscuits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  139. Swfcdan says:
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    Get up Seggy…damn nearly.

    Buddy started Scheppers in our money league….oh dear lol.

    I started him in a 16 team no-money league, but hey no money on the line so who cares!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  140. royce! says:
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    When will this godforsaken season end???

    RCL team is 2 for 18 and I own Lee everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… I hear ya… I’m 2-for-28

  141. Swfcdan says:
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    Williams batting order for WAS makes no sense. Zimm batting 2nd? Desmond 5th? Ramos cleanup? Bizzario, and not what I want to see as a Zimm owner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  142. Swfcdan says:
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    First blown save of the season, the closerpoclaypse is upon us!

    Time to pick up Valverde? Just kidding.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Swfcdan: I dub him Bobby Purell, for that is what his owners need now.

    • Game of Throws says:
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      @Swfcdan: @gareth: @gareth: Kidding? I’m thinking about it for real! Parnell coming off surgery… How about you Grey?

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Game of Throws: Heck I did it, only dropped Villar who I didn’t need.

        First saves chase of the season, you know the season has begun now!

        • Game of Throws says:
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          @Swfcdan: Ha! Me too. Dropped Nate Jones.

  143. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Nothing like Mets middle relief blowing my Gee QS and then Parenell blowing the save…..great start to the season.

  144. Carnac says:
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    I know it’s only the first day of the season, small sample size, etc., but the MLB.tv ads have improved over 2013’s head & shoulders campaign.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  145. Long Bawls says:
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    Bonifabulous! Good that he’s getting 4 of his 35 hits this year out of the way on day 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’d be outhitting my whole RCL team

  146. Fish says:
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    Is it bad that I’m already contemplating whether it’s worth dropping Smyly for Hutchinson tomorrow? Why do new shiny toys always grab my attention!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  147. Long Bawls says:
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    Wow, from adverb to gerund; guy put him on the trading block in my league and I’m gonna lowball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  148. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Cue the Boston hype machine, Grady Sizemore is 2-2 with a homer, this is the biggest thing to happen to the Red Sox outfield in the first week of the season since Jackie Bradley Jr. walked multiple times in a game……In other news the Hitter-tron, banged the Boston Hype machine and never called

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: That Bradley multi-walk thing was hillarious.

      Sizemore look good? Could find a worse OF pickup if hes hitting…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Swfcdan: The wind took it out to right at Camden, thought it was a double at first.

    • gareth says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I hear the green monster was jealous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  149. Swfcdan says:
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    Abreu hit in first US at bat, thats they way t do it kid, homer next time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  150. gareth says:
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    My favorite name of the day so far….

    Gus Schlosser, pitching relief for the braves.

  151. gareth says:
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    Opening day – when hot garbage is magnified and catches fire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  152. Game of Throws says:
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    Safe to drop Nate Jones? Pick up valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  153. Swfcdan says:
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    Phillies are crushing it 13-8 and Dom Browns….1-4 with a run.

    Wanna be first guy to say it this season….TICKER TEASE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • gareth says:
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      @Swfcdan: i am going to Gleefully tell my friend who drafted Dominic Brown and is currently living under a rock without internet access that Brown hit a 3 run homer today.

      Andrew Brown.

      For the mets.

      Sadly for me the Chris Davis impostor in Milwaukee did nothing for my team today.

  154. SteveNZ says:
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    Eff baseball if the rest of the season is going to be like this.

    #stillearly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Last in both RCLs!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Still early!

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @SteveNZ: Least you got a hot girl sat next to you!

          #silverlining

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Swfcdan: LOL

            #sohot

            • Swfcdan says:
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              @SteveNZ: Hehe

              #Westillneedpics

  155. ashtray says:
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    8 runs already for Texas? Surely their fancy new leadoff hitter has produced ample fantasy goodness already!

    Oh wait…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ticker tease!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: gotta own 8 of their hitters like me in one league where i’m named TEX. bad side of the coin is I also have scheppers and ogando….

  156. Swfcdan says:
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    Christ maybe another closer shituation already, K-Rod about to come in for the save not Hendo. Brewers comms have no idea why, thats useful…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Yeah, not sure, but I just grabbed him

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Ha me too. Gotta get on the closer fun early.

        Though I missed the new that Lindstrom is closing, Don Cooper said that we would see during the game, liar!

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Grey: If Henderson goes down, do you like Krod or Santos better? Have Santos but could still swap for krod if I’m quick.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @c0wfunk: brewers say krod is the closer while henderson “gets his stuff back”. Coulda told us that yesterday, or last week, couldn’t they?

          • Game of Throws says:
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            @c0wfunk: where did you hear that?

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @c0wfunk: Yeah I heard that too, left his suitcase at the airport that’s all. No big deal.

            • Game of Throws says:
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              @Swfcdan: HAHA!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Santos

    • Sad Keanu says:
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      @Swfcdan: FMFBL

  157. gareth says:
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    One day down and we’ve supposedly got three new closers already – lindstrom, valverde and k-rod.

    SAGNOF!

    • Eric W says:
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      @gareth: Being in a bunch of leagues that use holds really makes the Closer Apocalypse a lot less exciting

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @gareth: Yep, get those FAAB bigs, waiver claims in!

  158. The Marte Partay says:
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    Glad I didn’t pay for saves in my deep leagues and have multiple shares of Jones and Henderson. Jesus.

  159. Sad Keanu says:
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    Pick up Street over Henderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  160. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    wow, did anybody around here actually start Gallardo today? not me. damn.

  161. J-FOH says:
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    I don’t get all the streaming this early in the year, batty calls for sure, but streamers are too risky early

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @J-FOH: stop it people!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: nice call on LaRoche but really people, Scheppers? WTF

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @J-FOH:

          screw you, pal!

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @OaktownSteve: i’m in a 20 teamer where we have ONLY 5 SP and 7 RP. ogando and scheppers lit me up. good news is a had 8 of TEX’s hitters today too.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @OaktownSteve: oh hey there little buddy, sorry about your bad call on that, didn’t know you did that til now. I don’t like streaming til mid June at the earliest….not enough data.

  162. OaktownSteve says:
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    Reyes out with hammy. Yeah yeah yeah.

  163. Game of Throws says:
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    Pick up K-Rod and drop Qualls?

    • Game of Throws says:
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      @Game of Throws: Too early to lose Henderson for Valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  164. Long Bawls says:
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    Ramos broke a bone in his hand.

    I think his last name is actually two words, and the 2nd vowel is a “u.”

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Long Bawls: Mother f’er. Get ready for some catcher questions Cram.

    • Goose says:
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      @Long Bawls: Per ESPN –

      Updating a previous report, preliminary X-rays on Ramos’ hand came back negative.
      It was initially reported that Ramos fractured a bone in his left hand at some point during Monday’s opener, but it appears the Nationals are now backing away from that claim. We should have a clearer indication of Ramos’ injury situation after his scheduled visit with a hand specialist Tuesday. Look for an expected return timetable for Ramos to also become available after the meeting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he didn’t fracture a bone…

  165. Swfcdan says:
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    Expected a Verlander back to dominance 10K game today to shows he’s back. Yet got a measly 2K mediocre outing. Stuff didn’t look too bad though, worried if you’re a Verlander owner? Know you don’t draft aces but I’ve got him in a keeper.

  166. OaktownSteve says:
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    It is pouring in oaktown.

    • Carnac says:
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      FWIW, I think it’s supposed to clear up during the evening commute. (Which in the Bay Area is 3pm-9pm.)

  167. Carnac says:
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    It’s Asche Monday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  168. Oppo Taco says:
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    First day of the year, I don’t want to be the small sample size rules all type of guy, but is it time to think of grabbing Asche in a 12 team keeper? Possible drops would be erasmo, Tyson Ross, Pineda or yelich.
    Got MadBum cole Salazar masterson as my top 4 and gyorko is my 3b.. Not a CI league, Thanks grey

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Oppo Taco: asche was ranked higher than yelich already.

  169. gareth says:
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    I understand the valverde situation with Parnell still dealing with injuries, but why did Milwaukee give k-rod the save today? I assumed Henderson was one of those closers with decent job security in the 9th. Is k-rod getting the job now, or is this a one off?

    Parnell, Jones and Henderson owners must be pretty irritated today.

  170. gareth says:
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    Hey grey, You mentioned you added k-rod already. so you prefer him over lindstrom and valverde for prospective saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Valverde

  171. J-FOH says:
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    I just saw that Dunn has 8 opening day HR’s….adds even more credence to my Dunn creeper…c’mon you big ass Donkey

  172. Swfcdan says:
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    Radioactive lyrics by Imagine Dragons.

    I’m waking up to ash and dust
    I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
    I’m breathing in the chemicals

    I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
    This is it, the CLOSERpocalypse
    Whoa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU

  173. SteveNZ says:
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    With the day I’m having with relief pitching, I’m not sure I want to see Papelbon here.

  174. MB says:
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    Saves holds league, can keep 6

    Who gets the Axe: Hoover, KRod, Farquar, Brothers, Benoit, Balfour, Perkins

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Farquhar

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: more trust in Rodney than street eh? or maybe just like benoit better himself than farquar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  175. anarchy burger says:
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    yo- oaktown your boy meek is in a high leverage situation right now. im on his bandwagon with u. lets keep our fingers crossed on him.

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @anarchy burger: he just walked his second guy and they are taking him out. that was fun while it lasted

  176. Tom Emanski says:
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    0-3 on 3 Ks for Billy Hamilton. Yaaaaaaay.

    The announcers said he’s one of the youngest leadoff hitters on Opening Day in the last 100 years along with Frank Robinson, Pete Rose and another guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  177. AtlBravo'14 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I need help with a trade that I just was sent in a 10 team H2H league. We have 21 categories including extra categories like Total Bases, hits, hitter strikeouts, RBIs, singles, doubles, triples, OBP, Slugging, / Complete Game, SHutouts, Innings Pitched, Wins, Losses, HRs given up, ERA, and Whip; you catch my drift.

    My team is as follows:

    C – J. Castro
    1B – Prince
    2B – Jedd Gyorko
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF2 – Alex Rios
    OF3 – Bryce Harper
    Util – Pujols
    Bench: Nelson Cruz
    Bench: Brad Miller

    SP1: Alex Cobb
    SP2: Teheran
    SP3: Minor
    SP4: Sonny Gray
    SP5: Cashner
    SP6: Kuroda
    SP7: Tillman
    SP8: Estrada
    SP9: Kazmir
    SP10: Gavin Floyd
    RP1: Jim Henderson RP2: Jim Johnson

    I was offered Madison Bumgardner for my Justin Upton. Obviously, I could plug Nelson Cruz right in, but wanted to get your thoughts for injuries happen too often in baseball, but I can’t keep Cruz on bench. Thanks in advance.

    • stumanji says:
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      @AtlBravo’14: You don’t need MadBum.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  178. Steady says:
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    Had the draft the other day 8 team 5×5 H2h category league… I think i did alright but could use a second opinion on making moves or weak spots.. A lot of guys fell late in rounds and had to be snagged

    C Rosario
    1b AuShizz
    2b Carpenter
    SS Segure
    3b Longoria
    2b/ss Everth Cabrera
    1b/3b Rizzo
    OF Harper
    OF Bruce
    OF Marte
    OF Myers
    Util Jose Abreu
    Bench Middlebrooks
    Bench Khris Davis

    P F-Her
    P Bumgardner
    P Sale
    P Zimmermann
    P Cashner
    P Salazar
    P Wheeler
    Cl Perkins
    Cl Reed

    I landed those top three pitchers in rounds 4-6-7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t believe in top starters, especially not in H2H… Hitting looks okay though cause it’s a shallow league

  179. Swfcdan says:
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    One of my guys homered! Wright homered, don’t know when, but don’t care…I’am on the board in the homer column!

  180. gareth says:
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    Looks like everyone’s favorite sleeper at catcher is ok. Reports are Ramos didnt fracture his hand and tests came back negative.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @gareth: Whoops! I jumped the gun; sorry. Cross your fingers (not you, Ramos, do you want to hurt yourself even more?)

  181. emporers monkey says:
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    Ron Roenicke can go suck a fat dick and choke to death on it.

  182. gareth says:
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    More closer intrigue – Tommy Hunter in the 9th with a one run lead. Currently 2 on, 1 out……..

  183. Nightpandas says:
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    NFBC staff got a nice start today (Lester and Liriano) by left that fine piece of Asche on the bench for Sunglasses at night….

  184. Swfcdan says:
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    Big news:

    J.P. Arencibia drew walk…from Cliff Lee….details to follow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  185. Wake Up says:
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    Hunter = 1

    The Field = 0

  186. gareth says:
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    Boston lose. The Grady Sizemore statue unveiling in beantown has been put on hold.

  187. Swfcdan says:
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    Billy-the-kid looking pretty sucsceptible (no idea how to spell that word) to a Wainwright hook.

  188. bossmanjunior says:
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    Lindstrom or Krod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindstrom

  189. Travis says:
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    Hoover, Lindstrom, Hawkins or Qualls…. Who to pickup in place of Parnell? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindstrom

      • Travis says:
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        @Grey: Axford or Cishek droppable for Lindstrom? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  190. gareth says:
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    Cliff Lee owners take comfort in the win (just ignore the 14.40 era part).

  191. SteveNZ says:
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    Pat Neshek?

    Good heavens.

  192. Swfcdan says:
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    Valverde or K-Rod? Sorry had to do it, you know it was coming.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      K-Rod

  193. gareth says:
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    Hey grey, I know you’re not high on David Price this year but he looked pretty good today. Its a shame he ended a nice pitching performance versus a solid blue jays lineup up by giving up a 2 run homer to eric freaking kratz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, one game

  194. Oppo Taco says:
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    pineda and Brad miller or wacha? Have Segura and Hill for SS and 2B. No MI slot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

  195. Game of Throws says:
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    Sorry asked before… but asked 2 questions in one. One more time for clarity:

    Drop J. Henderson for Valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

      • Game of Throws says:
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        @Grey: Ok thanks!

  196. B.o.B says:
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    So is Henderson droppable now? I only have him and Santos (Janssen on my DL). Lindstrom is the only available current closer. What should I do???

    • B.o.B says:
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      @B.o.B: Meant to include some possible SP I could cut loose…Straily, Kennedy, Roark

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, lose Kennedy

        • B.o.B says:
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          @Grey: to confirm…drop Ian Kennedy for Lindstrom?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Henderson for Lindstrom

  197. Swfcdan says:
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    I love how everyone’s asking about dropping Henderson a few hours into the regular season already. Brewers just said Henderson had to “get his stuff back”, you never lost suitcase at an airport before?

    Oh the other kind of ‘stuff’…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  198. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Giancarlo – let’s get things started right…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Bust!

  199. Los locos says:
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    Saves a big problem. Need help!

    Henderson and jones not the closers for there squad need to drop both for who?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Los locos: Perhaps read up a bit to see whether that question’s been answered.

  200. Kid A says:
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    So I got a haircut and a shave today and told the barber to leave the stache, as sort of furry little good luck omen for opening day.

    Well after a tilapia lunch, a couple of drinks, and the thermometer hitting 110(for reals yo), this thing starts to stink and itch something awful. Don’t know how you walk around with one of these…

    So I finally get to a computer to check my teams and I see THIS:

    IP 9.2
    H 14
    ER 13
    BB 11
    K 7
    W 0
    SV 0
    ERA 12.10
    WHIP 2.59

    Panic! Tearing drawers out, looking for my razor.

    Then I realize it’s Oaktown Steve’s team.

    I look forward to 5 months with my new little lip mouth merkin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  201. Carlos says:
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    Grey,

    Yahoo 10 team, H2h. Standard. Shallow league, but somewhat deep benches to balance it out. Can change my lineup every day.

    SP- Cobb, Bailey, Archer, Grey, Porcello, Streamer (B. Anderson @ Mia tomorrow)
    RP- Reed, Street, Frieri, Veras, Soria
    DL- J. Johnson, T. Walker

    I am a little worried about my starting pitching. Thoughts on trying to trade a closer for a starter? Or should I keep working the waiver wire and see what shakes free?

    Also, who do you like ROS- Soria or Santos?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to be trading… Soria

  202. Carlos says:
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    Can anyone recommend an app, preferably free, that sends player notifications and news? I keep getting beat to the waiver wire.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Carlos: twitter

      • Carlos says:
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        @Kid A:

        Thanks for the response.

        Do you set up push notifications or something? I have to check twitter, whereas ESPN for instance sends me updates on scores. I am wondering if there is something similar that sends updates on players.

    • B.o.B says:
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      @Carlos: Rotoworld, theScore

      • Kid A says:
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        @B.o.B:

        Both those are good, absolutely.

        But really, if you’re following the right people on twitter, you should be able to hop-skip-jump ahead of the other managers.

        • Carlos says:
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          @Kid A: @Kid A:

          Any recommendations on who to follow?

  203. gareth says:
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    The Marlins have Casey McGhee batting clean up behind Giancarlo.

    I hate the Marlins.

    • Kid A says:
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      @gareth:

      What exactly IS a Casey McGhee? A brand of Irish luggage?

      I see you were scoping my team and remarked on me only having four starters.
      I only have THREE, thank you very much.
      Paga atencion, puss-puss.

      • gareth says:
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        @Kid A:3 starters. I apologize.
        I was just curious about the tactics you were using in regards to the use of relievers. Have you done this before with success?
        I was also scoping out teams as possible trade partners. I Noticed one of the teams have basically their entire pitching staff on the dl right now. Kershaw, darvish, latos, fister, minor, Chapman as well as matt Kemp. A tactic out of left field to buy low on players or just plain bad luck?

        • Kid A says:
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          @gareth:

          I don’t want to say more than I should, as we are in direct competition, so I will just say this: it works in this format.

          It requires a certain amount of time, speed, OCD, and attention to detail. I think Einstein had an equation for it or something.

          Simply Fred (the guy with the neck tumor) would probably be more than happy to fill you in on the particulars.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Most are indifferent

  204. Kid A says:
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    Fernandez doling out the pain right now. Flirting with 100 on the gun and 6 punches already.
    I think he is going to be alright.
    And I own him nowhere.
    Problem with pitching being deeeeep, and waiting, is you don’t get to own any of the fun guys.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Kid A: I expect a braying Jack any moment.

      • Kid A says:
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        @SteveNZ:

        A “braying JFOH” is the ultimate tautology.

        Indivisible, with liberty and jackass for all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be fun guys you got later one… Wait for Cingrani…

  205. Dani says:
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    Don’t remember you talking about Ian Kennedy.You like him as a streamer tomorrow at home vs. Dodgers?

  206. Fungazi says:
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    12 team H2H some guy dropped Dom Brown already. My weakest OF is Avisail, which I like his upside and not a Brown fan at all. Make the swap or let Brown go somewhere else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Swap them

  207. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team roto where we only get 100 moves a year (i’m up to 7 already)
    1.should i use 3 bench spots for 2 SP and 1 bench bat or different than that?
    2. With victorino out who should i replace him with. i already grabbed Arcia. this is rest of roster we have 3 utils / 2 extra IF/ 5 OF.
    rosario/napoli/altuve/asche/a.escobar/middlebrooks/gyorko/frazier (got STEAL!)/trout/harper/mccutchen/venable/avisail/gattis/moss
    other choices to replace victorino (how does this idiot say he’s ok as late as last night?)
    scooter/grossman/pollock/bourjos/krispie/ibanez/boneface/dickerson.
    or could just keep arcia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine 2. I wouldn’t use another move already on this, for right now

  208. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    So my 10 team league has a rolling waiver, meaning players are always on waivers, so guys like me who are quick with the news, are at a disadvantage because waiver priority rules as long as you get the claim in before 3 am.

    Other unique facet of our league is a 100 dollar budget ($1 per move through August 15th, $3 afterwards), so I need to keep moves to a minimum. So far I’ve already made 2 moves.

    Needless to say, I lost out on Santos last night but still need to attempt to replace Jones today. Closer options on the waiver wire are Lindstrom, Krod, Qualls, Hoover, and Valverde.

    Looking at my roster, would you just drop Jones for Lindstrom, or drop Jones and Aoki for Jones and Krod (I assume those are your preferred two options).

    My roster

    C Perez
    1B Pujols
    2B Hill
    3B Encarnacion
    SS Segura
    OF Jones
    OF Marte
    OF Myers
    UTL Rizzo
    BN Miller
    BN Aoki

    SP: Bailey, Cobb, Salazar, Samardzija, A. Wood, Kluber, Ventura, Kazmir
    RP: Robertson, Cishek, Jones
    DL: Fister

    So drop Jones and Aoki for Lindstrom and Krod or just Jones for Lindstrom? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, those two for Jones and K-rod

  209. scottsteelers says:
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    Trade Abreu (my starting UTIL)for J Zimmerman? I have Pujols at 1st. Calhoun, K davis Springer as bench and Latos, Cain, j Fernandez, clay Buccoltz, masterson, Peavy, tillman as SPs right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  210. Snake Hips says:
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    Goddammit Cliff Lee!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Snake Hips: yeah, that wasn’t good for any pitcher in that game. from comment below i had ogando and scheppers today.

  211. goodfold2 says:
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    league where i’m TEX and have almost entire TEX lineup. keep forever league. Originally i had grabbed M.choice thinking he’d be NA’d and I could stash him. Now i can’t and he only qualifes at util and does project to get DH time and backup OF time. we CAN’T have more than 12 total pitchers (to combat hoarding since it’s 20 teamer), hitting lineup is
    zunino/arencibia
    fielder
    gyorko
    beltre
    andrus
    leonys/choo/rios/stanton
    asche/avisail/choice/profar (DL)
    choice could be replaced by any of ozuna/grossman

  212. SteveNZ says:
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    They’re loaded for the big man…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: An infield single?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  213. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    After today’s closer turn of events…

    Hold Jim Henderson or drop him for Francisco Rodriguez?

    And what about Matt Lindstrom? He flew off the waiver wire everywhere today.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Henderson for Lindstrom is fine

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Mike: i’m guessing Lindstrom is first to implode in around a month or less. Jones is much better.

      • Mike says:
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        @goodfold2: Thanks!

  214. goodfold2 says:
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    choice vs ozuna vs grossman in keep forever league. one wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  215. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in 10 team H2H with deep benches and i have room to roster 4 RP a day (at most). saves only here. i thought i had 4 closers in jones/soria/frieri/k-rob. If I am already waivering 2 out of Gee/Smyly/erasmo/santiago/delgado and dumping Hart for EYJ
    1. is this about the correct rankings for these guys lindstrom/F-Rod/Qualls/Jones/Valverde?
    2. if this is right where should i slot the higher ranked guys in my waiver order, when compared to SP and bench bat. so top/middle/bottom out of the 3 types of claims?
    i know for a fact i probably won’t get lindstrom or f-rod anyway (i’m 7th out of 10). Jones appears to be best 8th inning guy (with good stats) that could close later anyway.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: in 2. forgot about santos. so is this right for long term this season (since i have 3 already) Santos/lindstrom/F-Rod/Qualls/Jones/Valverde.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Looks fine 2. Okay

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: and i’m guessing you meant that the closer claim should be at the bottom (worth less than getting my 8 SP and EYJ).

  216. Robby D says:
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    ESPN league: Was offered the following trade in a 10 team 8×8 stats w/ XBH,OBP,Hits and QS, Losses, K/9 (we keep 6 so Fielder would become a keeper)

    He gives up:
    Fielder
    Lohse

    I give up:
    Hosmer
    Teheran
    Porcello

    I immediately cancelled, but would you counter with:

    Fielder/Lohse for Hosmer/Teheran

    knowing that I have:
    Salazar
    Liriano
    Gray
    Kluber
    Porcello
    Cobb

    I would drop Lohse for a streamer spot, so basically it’s Fielder for Hosmer/Teheran.

    Thanks in advance.

    My other 1B is Pujols, so I’d have two studs at first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fielder

  217. frankgrimes says:
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    I very much dislike H2H haha
    his sale and waino vs my tillman n gee
    waiting on pitching is strangely like self deprivation
    watching jo fer price sale waino mad bum etc deal while waiting for one measly Hr from AuShizz
    my offense is the tits tho!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  218. Cole says:
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    I see the NFBC live scoring page put the “hot” emblem next to Cliff Lee. F*** those guys,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  219. Big League Choo says:
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    Cant wait for Sonny Gray start tonight…..so my team can have 20Ks between him and liriano :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

    • Slappy says:
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      @Big League Choo: Don”t jinx him and us. He’s already BB’d the first two and is at 29 pitches after 1.

  220. goodfold2 says:
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    seeing jeff baker’s at least hitting 2nd hole. have this twit in 30 man league. at least he’s high in order vs lefties.

  221. The Thumb says:
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    Who’s this ump in Oakland? Those were 3 straight strikes, you blind motherfucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Eric Gregg

  222. Wake Up says:
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    B Miller!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: false alarm…
      premature infatuation…
      Who’s this Trout guy though?
      He looks pretty decent???

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure, first name?

  223. E says:
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    Lose Parnell for Lindstrom?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  224. gareth says:
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    Sonny was a bit shaky there in the first. Way to take advantage of a two on nobody out situation Indians. “Sigh.”
    its always dangerous to waste opportunity early against a talented pitcher. Once they settle in, forget about it.

  225. Wake Up says:
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    Where’s SteveNZ now? He’s in first with one swing of the bat!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  226. Eric W says:
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    Some one fire up the Mike Trout Jesus fish bumper sticker machine…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seriously

  227. Wake Up says:
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    and Smoak rips a double!

  228. Carlos says:
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    I feel like there is a Donnie Brosco connection with Sonny Gray that I haven’t thought of yet.

    You got sent for by Sonny Red? –

    Did I say Sonny Red? Not Sonny Red. Sonny Black.

    Is Sonny Grey a friend of mine, or a friends of ours?

  229. Kyle says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey. Thanks to all you guys at Razzball for your hard work.

    Wondering what people would give up for Harper in a keeper league if you could reasonably keep him for the next 3-4 years? I kept McCutcheon this year, but he will probably cost too much next season for me to keep him again. Guy in my league said he’d consider Harper for Cutch…should I make the offer?

    • Kyle says:
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      @Kyle: *McCutchen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Harper there

      • Kyle says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…that’s my thought too. Feel like I trust Cutch more this season, but hard to turn down Harper for 3-4 more years. Happy opening day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  230. Wake Up says:
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    11 straight hours of baseball…check

    1 bottle of bourbon…check

    6 hot dogs…check

    6 pack of beer…check

    6 add/drops already made…check

    please remind me to NOT make any more moves til the morning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone take Wake Up keys away from him

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: HA!
        keyboard kkeys two?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • gareth says:
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      @Wake Up: may I ask – who were the add / drops?

      • Kid A says:
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        @gareth:

        Add: Cirrhosis
        Drop: Brain Cells

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Kid A: “I feel bad for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

          • Kid A says:
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            @Wake Up:

            Jeepers!

            That’s pretty deft, working your own name into a quote. And the King of Cool, even.

            let me give it a try:

            EHEM!

            “Boy, is that Kid A dick”

      • Wake Up says:
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        @gareth:
        add Parra
        add Joyce
        drop glass pint glasss…sweep up broken glass…cut finger…listen to dog luagh…

  231. Big League Choo says:
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    T plush hitting leadoff for the indians….i remember when i traded him and soriano for D price first full year and BJ upton…so nice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  232. Dumbmutt says:
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    RCL league. I have Eric Young in my Util where I need the Runs and SB. (I need potential 30SB ish) Should I keep Young but maybe grab another Run/SB guy since I’m not sure about Young’s playing time. Span-Almonte-Bonifacio-Pollock would be a platoonish with Young. I would drop my speculation for SV Josh Fields. (I have Perkins-Street-Santos/Janssen-Lindstrom-Valverde) I could just hold for the moment too. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Bonifacio

  233. gareth says:
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    I Saw that Madison Bumgardner gave up 4 runs already. So I checked the box score and saw his era was 0.00. Arrgghh. They were all UNEARNED. Curse those lucky mad bum owners!!!

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @gareth: Ha, we are far from lucky. That d screwed him, and us. Nothing good about only 4 innings and a WHIP of 2.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @gareth: Ha, we are far from lucky. That d screwed him, and us. Nothing good about only 4 innings and a WHIP of 2.

  234. AJ says:
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    Wut up Grey being offered Darvish for my Trumbo…. Whacha think??

    • Spyre says:
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      @AJ: I’d jump on that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Darvish

  235. gareth says:
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    C’mon Indians. 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.

    • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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      @gareth: get outta hereee!

      LETS.. GO…

      • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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        OAKLANDDDDDDD

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Preziiiiiiiiiiii: moobs…fart…dick…mipples…

          • Preziiiiiiiiiiii says:
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            @Wake Up: mipples, guadin, grab, jail..

  236. gareth says:
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    Dammit!

  237. gareth says:
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    One of the Indians announcers keeps pronouncing yeonis’ s last name as “cesspit dust.”

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesspit

    He also described one play as “a hot smash to the mound.” (Hehe)

    Its nice to have real baseball back.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: WE need to make Cesspit Dust stick.

  238. Trymore says:
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    Jose Fernandez and Rizzo for Harper and Belt….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

      • Trymore says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  239. gareth says:
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    And now Brantley is thrown out at the plate. What do the Indians have to do to score????

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: you’ll appreciate how badly i thought of SON’s Masterson hate today.

  240. goodfold2 says:
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    is this the best rank for if i simply need a starter at MI
    a.gonzalez/j.wilson (TEX)/furcal (DL, but when he’s back he starts, i have DL slots)
    depth charts had been bouncing back and forth on whether romine or alex g. are starters, at least it appears now he’s good platoon side at worst.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  241. MB says:
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    Happy Opening Day, thanks for all the help you will give this year.

    How much of my 100 bucks in FAAB is KRod and/or Lindstrom worth if it is a league of holds plus saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $2 each

  242. letsgobravos says:
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    Happy opening day! (night)

    My real job got in the way of enjoying all but the end of it. (worked till 930pm tonight) Watched the Angels/Mariners game though tonight which has been entertaining.

    On a non baseball note, they just showed the Angels hitting coach snap his femur while catching the ceremonial first pitch from Vlad G. He was crouched and went to get up and broke it, tried to take a step and made it a lot worse. What a horrible way to start your season as a coach.

  243. Frank Own uh... says:
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    Happy opening day everybody! Tanner Roark reference!! .or as Matthew Mcconaughey would say “Row-Ark”. Wonder if he’s related to Sandra Bullocks Roark that helped acquit one Carl Lee Hailey…”Of course they deserved to die, and I hope they burn in Hell!!” Chills ever time…Go Tribe!!

  244. SteveNZ says:
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    Jim Johnson is a prick. Ogando, Davis and now this. What a day.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: i just traded him in deep ass dynasty less than 2 days ago for melancon + hunter morris + low draft pick. I now have 0 closers but maybe soon he won’t be one anyway.

  245. gareth says:
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    Its about time. The Indians threatened all night. I had a feeling if we got to anyone it would be Johnson. Gray and that Oakland bullpen were tough.

  246. gareth says:
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    Axford is fitting right into the Indians closer mould.

    See – jose mesa, bob Wickman, joe borowski, Chris Perez.

    Lets go on an adventure!

    • Frank Own uh... says:
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      @gareth: ahhh yes…the joy of 9th inning Wahoo baseball!! I believe I saw Wickmen in the RazzGlossary…we unfortunately have known too many Wickmen! You only missed Danys Baez, and Kerry Wood (Remember that boondoggle???) At least we’re used to it!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @gareth: it’d be nicer if cody would’ve got hold and win.

  247. Alan says:
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    Yo,

    Which side in 7×7 with QS/W, OPS/AVG

    A: Homer/Cano for B: Kipnis/Price

    A: Cano/AGordon for B: Puig/Kipnis

    Thanks man

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