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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the latest Cuban raftee, is set to sign with the Dodgers.  Hey, I’m no Quicken magician, but with the money the Dodgers spent on Yasiel Puig and Gonzalez, couldn’t they just have bought the island nation of Cuba and had all of their baseball players?  Shoot, for an extra million in designer green camo fatigues, they could have Castro too.  “I like the green camo fatigues that Heidi Klum wears in Munich.  But no fur hood!  If it has fur hood, you Marxist down the price.”  That’s Castro consulting with his fashion police.   Gonzalez’s repertoire consists of a mid-90’s fastball, changeup, curveball and forkball.  Anyone that’s seen him believes he’s major-league ready now, but M.A.G.’s will probably be sent to the minors for at least a few weeks, so it’s doubtful he makes any real impact this year for fantasy.  Maybe we’ll see him start two, three or six times in September, depending on how bad the Dodgers need a starter.  If nothing else, this signing will give Puig someone to commiserate with on why there’s so much Gulden’s on Cuban sandwiches made here.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Kemp – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer as he was activated from the DL, then he left the game with a minor ankle injury.  If Hollywood ever gets around to doing a Bubble Boy remake, I got a kill two birds with one stone solution for them.

Yasiel Puig – Mattingly benched him for an outfield of Ethier, Crawford and Kemp.  Mattingly is also being studied by a group of UCLA doctors to see if a mustache can make people smarter.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  For a moment yesterday, when I saw Kemp, Hanley, Kershaw, A-Gon and Crawford, I thought how the Dodgers are gonna be tough to beat, then Kemp got hurt again and I remembered how Crawford would get hurt again and Hanley would stop playing and — goddamn, homey, my mind’s playin’ tricks on me.

Carl Crawford – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal.  Managing to find playing time every day between all of the Dodger options if they stay healthy will take Carl being a Crawfjord.

Jordan Zimmermann – 2 IP, 7 ER, and the shortest outing of his career.  What kind of fantasy baseball ‘pert would I be if I smugly pointed out that I just told you to sell him?  Exactly the kind of fantasy baseball ‘pert you’ve always been?  Yeah, that’s probably true, Random Italicized Voice.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-3 and two solo homers off Kershaw.  When he sees a pitch to hit from a Dodger, Jayson ‘anjoys’ jumbling up Clayton with a “C LA?  Y not?”

Wil Myers – Missed yesterday due to a sore wrist.  Owners pist.  My shizz is so messed up, I lost my battleship playing Risk.

Luke Scott – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (1).  He’s still hitting, so, yes, I would and do still own him.  It’ll be apparent when it’s time to drop him.  See the last few days from Leonys on what a guy looks like that should be dropped.

Kelly Johnson – 3-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Let’s take, say, Asdrubal, and look at his numbers.  Okay, now try to remember those numbers for a second and look at Kelly Johnson’s numbers.  Now look at which one you have on your team.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3 and a homer.  16 more to go!

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  What happened to the Ks?  Did he FaceTime with Gerrit Cole?  Archer goes to Yankee Stadium next, and while the Yanks lineup makes me think of the salad days of Mel Hall and Luis Polonia when all fans under the age of 17 got more than a free Yankee calendar, I wouldn’t trust Archer there.  Not worth the aggravation in most leagues.

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, 4.75 ERA.  The answer is, “Yes.”  The question is, “Can I find someone of equal value to Dickey off of my waivers?”

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Just in time to get suspended again!

Alex Rodriguez – Was supposed to join the Yankees early this week, but now that’s not happening because he’s having an MRI done on his sore quad.  *New York Post copy editor opens cabinet with Rodriguez nicknames, writes on a piece of paper Ail Quadriguez, closes cabinet*

CC Sabathia – 5 IP, 7 ER, raising his ERA to 4.37.  After the game, CC tweeted #ramjs jabds thismyfoothelp87a9a.  His Twitter profile reads, “The Yankees throw me for too many innings so sometimes I tweet with my toes.”

Mike Napoli – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  Gotta be his proudest day since he was photographed with his mom’s nipples showing.

Jonny Gomes – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  Proudest day for Jonny since seeing Napoli’s mom’s nipples.  Oh, and Gomes hit a homer on Friday and he rarely stops at only two homers when he starts hitting ‘em.  Know what goes next to a hitting streak?  A streaming hot schmotato.

Carlos Gomez – Sat out yesterday with a sore elbow.  He should talk to one of the Milwaukee racing sausages, they have to have some extra elbows (or asses or lips).

Wily Peralta – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His next start is in Coors, which is blech, but after that he gets the Cubs, Giants and Mariners, which is yes, please and thank you.  Also, he was a preseason sleeper by our fantasy football soothsayer, Sky.  Go see if his sayering is similarly soothing for football.

Ryan Braun – 0-for-1 as he entered yesterday’s game as a pinch hitter.  Someone should point out that it’s cheaters never prosper (in the long term).  The parenthesis is as important there as (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.

Paul Konerko – His back withstood rehab games and he will be activated today.  Guess whose back is back again?  Konerko’s back, Konerko’s back, Konerko’s back.

Alex Rios – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 20th steal, and on Saturday he went 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 12th homer against the Braves, a team he was rumored to be dealt to.  The Braves must’ve figured they had an extended version of Rios in Terdoslavich.

Jose Quintana – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks.  When I saw this line, what was the first thing I did?  No, I picked out a wedgie second.  First thing I did was look at what the Stream-o-Nator said about this start.  It said burp, and other than the low earned runs it was burp.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and has played (and hit) in all the games since the All-Star break.  I just thought of the perfect song for him to walk up to the plate with — “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen).”  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  He’s walking up to the plate and there’s some strange voice talking behind him.

Mike Minor – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  About the only Braves starter I haven’t heard potentially going to the bullpen for Brandon Beachy or Alex Wood.  Sounds like Beachy is finally ready to rejoin the club.  There was even whispers that he could take Thursday’s start from Maholm.  Or maybe the Braves are just one of those low talkers.  I’m staying away from the Beachy circus in all of my leagues.  In his rehab starts, his walk rate is over 5, and while that hasn’t hurt his ERA in the minors, if he gives up five walks per nine innings with the Braves, he’s going to get hurt.

Matt Holliday – Ended up hitting the DL which makes room for Matt Adams.  Well, Holliday hitting the DL and the carpenter removing the door frame made room for Adams.  Matt Adams brings the same to the plate as Billy Butler.  Seriously, that wasn’t a fat joke.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and hitting .400 since the break (yes, that’s 4-for-10).  I keep going back to Freese, because I have to believe some of that Cardinal fairy dust that has given a bounty of counting stats to every Cardinal hitter has to find Freese at some point.

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, moving his record to 13-5, and 2.44 ERA.  Is it too early to talk about Cy Young?  No, probably not since he’s been dead for 57 years.

Martin Perez – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I’ve been saying since he was called up that I don’t trust him.  Do you think this start helped or hurt his case?  Okay, I’ll give you another guess.  *slyly shaking my head to lead you to the answer*

Chris Tillman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.84 and moving his record to 12-3.  All he does is win!  Well, except for three times.  Tillman, unlike Perez above, I like.  He gets Ks, can be hurt by walks and homers but gives you a chance for a win (except those other three times).  Unfortch, he gets the Red Sox next, but after that it’s the Astros and Padres.

Henry Urrutia – Called up on Friday to platoon at DH.  He played Saturday (1-for-4 with an RBI) and sat on Sunday with a lefty on the mound, even though Urrutia was a switch hitter in Cuba and he throws right-handed.  If you can figure that out, give me a heads up, cause it makes no sense to me.  Urrutia pounds balls up the middle, and coincidentally his name translates to urethra.  He looks like a solid average guy with some pop and little to no speed.  Think 20-23 homers, .300 average and 3 steals over the course of a season.  The problem is the O’s want to sit him vs. lefties (even though he is a natural righty!).  I like him, but you need to platoon him in and out of your fantasy lineup.

Tommy Hanson – Will be activated on Tuesday to start vs. the Twins.  That’s the good and bad news all in one big ball of wax like when you clean out your ears and now can hear your woman.

Ryan Ludwick – Will start a rehab assignment on Wednesday.  Ludwick said, “You thought I was retired all year?  Nah, I was injured.  Am I worth stashing in most fantasy leagues?  No, I am not.”  Gotta love when players really get to the heart of the matter with their comments.

Homer Bailey – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Was cruising through this game until he got Dustied when he gave up two runs as he was approaching 120 pitches.  I was thinking the word dusty is like the chicken or the egg.  When someone leaves something out too long and it gets dusty, is that because of Dusty or is the Reds manager named Dusty because of that?  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.

Jeff Locke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks in Cincy, moving his record to 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA.  Well, I got sonavabenched by him here.  Little did I know that the key to Locke is letting the chips fall where they may.  Or the key to Locke is letting the chips fall where they may in bed, if you’re reading in a Chinese restaurant.

Garrett Jones – Two days in a row with a 1-for-3 and a homer.  Walks like a hot schmotato, talks like a hot schmotato, is a hot schmotato.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  What 2nd half slide?!  The one you kept saying was coming.  I know, Random Italicized Voice, it’s a figure of speech.  What 2nd half slide is a figure of speech where?  Mississippi?  Forget it.

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 0 Walks, 8 Ks vs. the Twins.  Came within a hit of the seldom-discussed seven inning no-hitter.  Nice start, but in the Hubert H. Homerfree Dome just about anyone is startable.  Jair Jurrjens, “Even me, Grey?!”  No, not you Jar-Jar.

Brad Ziegler – Got the save.  On behalf of Ziegler’s owners, I’d like to send a strongly-worded letter to the Diamondbacks organization that they don’t need K-Rod, but postage is a fortune and if I buy those forever stamps, is there a guarantee that the postal service stays in business?  Forever is a long time.  What’s the contract look like for forever stamps?  Do I get a refund if I outlive the postal service?

Randall Delgado – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, 3.43 ERA.  Has been far from dominant in any of his starts, giving up at least 2 runs in six of seven starts, but he gets the Padres next, and you don’t have to be a worker on rockets person to know that’s good.

Martin Prado – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  It’s like Prado never went on break.  Maybe because he took all of April and June off.

Jeremy Affeldt – Hit the DL.  Luckily, Affeldt has Aflac.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  If you look at your waivers and Byrd’s still there after I’ve told you to pick him up for the last month, open your office window, toss your computer out the window, tell the homeless person it hits in the head your fantasy password and have them manage your team.  You lost the privilege.

Juan Lagares – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and 7 for his last 13 since the break.  Sure, his name sounds like one of the islands mentioned in Kokomo — Aruba, Jamaica, Juan Lagares — but he’s swinging a hot bat right now.  Power isn’t usually a part of his game.  Or it’s apart from his game.  He does have solid speed and shouldn’t kill you in average.

Matt Harvey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, 2.23 ERA.  For all of you like me that wanted Harvey this year but didn’t draft him, let’s form a prayer trapezoid and hope he gets shut down in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks in Metco.  Oh.  Huh?  Wait, in Metco?  Maybe Lee thought he was in Mexico instead of Metco and wanted to go Cliff diving?  Yeah, I’m stretching here.  I have no explanation for this start.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, 3.90 ERA.  As I mentioned Friday, there’s a chance that Fister has a 2nd half comparable to Zimmermann.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Andy Dirks – 2-for-4 and a slam (7) and legs (7).  Damn, I almost picked him up yesterday because the Hitter-Tron liked him, but the Hitter-Tron was also fondling my coffee maker at the same time, so I had some pause.

Miguel Tejada – 1-for-3 with his 3rd homer as he hits .280.  He’s having a better season than three-quarters of the Royals infield.  The Royals might consider fielding their Old Timer’s team in the 2nd half.  The Over-the-Hill’er B’s:  Brett, Biancalana and Balboni.

Yoenis Cespedes – Sat out all weekend with a sore wrist because the Home Run Derby is cursed.  I’m kidding, it’s not cursed (it is cursed).

Brandon Moss – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  A rolling Moss catches no moss against righties.

Bartolo Colon – 9 IP, 0 ER,  5 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his record to 13-3 with a 2.52 ERA.  Sure, you could’ve drafted him instead of Verlander, but then everyone would’ve laughed at you, and now you’d be laughing at them.  And those that laugh last come off as pricks, so you don’t want that.

Jonathan Villar – The Astros called him up to play shortstop.  Your brain, “Yawn, moving on!”  I hear ya, your brain.  But Villar has some solid potential with his bat and legs.  Or bat legs, if they’re skinny and hairy.  He has 8 homers and 31 steals in 90 games this year at Triple-A.  Everywhere he’s gone in the minor leagues he’s struggled to hit for a good average due to his Ks, which will help him fit right in with the Astros.  If you need some sweet, sweet SAGNOF at MI and can afford a guy that might hit below .250, I’d give him a whirl.

Nick Franklin – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer.  In case you haven’t read the site in the last 6 weeks, that’s 7 homers in 45 games.  I’m officially in love.  Mentally, I have already drafted him in every league next year.   Nick and I are gonna make babies and name them Giancarlo and Scherzer.  Open a B&B in Nicaragua and make arroz con pollo for our guests.  I do kinda wish he’d pull up on the throttle a tad so he’s not on radars too much next year.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-4, 1 run and 2 RBIs.  You might ask yourself if you need to pick up Ackley.  Not yet in most mixed leagues.  You may also find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife.  Cool stuff, David Byrne.

Brad Miller – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and two homers on Friday, which came after I highlighted him in the Buy column.  You might also recognize him from posters all over your city that say, “I am Brad Miller, teen speed/power runaway.”

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, and 6 for his last 14 since the break.  You know the people who wonder if they should pick up Yonder?  They’re the same people who have never owned Yonder.  If you owned him, you’d be *pinkie to mouth* over Yonder.

Starlin Castro – 4-for-5, 1 run.  Don’t you want to add an apostrophe at the end of Starlin?  Eh, maybe it’s just me.

Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  That’s right, Edwin, sing it… FIP don’t kill my vibe.  FIP don’t kill my vibe.  He gets the Giants next, and that’s a Edwin-win situation.

Rafael Betancourt – Hit the DL with appendicitis.  Here I thought the Rockies swollen appendix was Helton.  Betancourt will probably miss just over two weeks.  This means Rex Brothers will get saves in his stead.  The Rox trading one injured RB for another healthy RB reminds me of the time Arby’s offered to switch out my sandwich when I found a Band-Aid.

  1. Brooke says:
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    Morning Grey! I just accepted a trade offer in my H2H points league. I receive Verlander and give away Matt Carpenter. I wanted to get your opinion. I know on the surface, if we just look at names it seems like a no-brainer but it was a difficult decision for me looking at the numbers.

    Carpenter is cute, he has been unreal awesome, and eligible at 4 positions. Verlander has been pitching like Gallardo all year (The version of that POS Gallardo every time he was in my line-up). My gut was screaming ACCEPT, ACCEPT, ACCEPT, but my brain was saying REJECT. My gut won this battle, but since it has a poor history of success I wanted to see what you think? Thank you!

    • troy says:
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      @Brooke: easy accept especially if you have a 2 bag to fill in

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brooke: Agree with above, if you have a solid 2B to move in I’d go with the gut.

    • longbeachyo says:
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      @Brooke: you definitely need to inspect this gut feeling a little deeper, Grey. As soon as the cougar leaves for work, invite Brooke over to see what’s really going on. =)

      • Dingbat says:
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        @longbeachyo: Don’t be that guy.

      • Nathan says:
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        @longbeachyo: No, but seriously, don’t be that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brooke: Morning, you! Trade seems fine, worth a shot at accepting…

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    if this week i have 18 starts and opp only has 8, which are the best benches? . 16 team league
    Milone @HOU
    cole @WAS
    medlen @METS
    erasmo vs CLE
    Hefner vs ATL
    Peavy vs DET
    kluber vs TEX
    Bailey @LAD
    milone vs LAA
    Gee @WAS
    cole @MIA
    medlen vs STL

    I’m thinking the weakest games are Hefner (benched until he looks good again?)/milone’s road game/ Medlen’s STL game/ Gee on the road and at home vs ATL/ and maybe even Peavy vs DET
    so that’s 6 benches, leaving me with still 12 starts to Opp’s 8. I can always just put em all in if I’m getting killed in era/whip.

    also, need more bench bats and extra pitching spots are about to be taken up by ziegler (still open in 16 teamer!) and bastardo. 1. who is first drop
    cole/hefner/milone/gee/eraser? i’m guessing cole.
    does that change if eraser gets messed up tomorrow? I’m grabbing Saunders as 4th OF due to needing rbi’s but not runs (instead of span)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also could drop smyly or robertson but smyly counts as SP, so he’s valuable since we only have 2 RP slots, 2 Any pitcher slots, and 3 SP slots. So with smyly i can play 5 RP everyday instead of 4. except days where a lot of starters are going.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also, kluber’s tex game, milone
      s LAA game, and Cole’s @WAS game. But put Peavy back in that would be 8 benches with 10 starts left. Should still win K’s this way too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Agree with those worst matchups and bench as you go. Keep an eye on Kluber, left with a tight hip, may miss a turn. I think the Hefner vs ATL and Peavy vs DET are scariest two for a huge blowup. Yea Cole is prob 1st drop, Gee a close 2nd. Too many walks and dwindling Ks but did do better last game. Would hold tight on Erasmo even if another bad one.

    • Brooke says:
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      OMG. How does that not get caught before hitting the air? And this bimbo reads the names. How funny is that!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Prezz: Yea they clowned that on the Daily Show I think. Yea what a bizarre no-no he had, but was at 111 pitches and was about to turn into Erik Bedard again. Still had a WHIP close to 1.00!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezz: Ho Lee Fuk, oh man…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Prezz: Seriously she’ll read anything we put up on the monitor…watch this…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Prezz: Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. Nice. Shouldn’t the captain have known that there was sum ting wong?

      • Prezz says:
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        haha!! Ron Burgandy, anyone? they are gettin sued big time… people are so sensitive! but she takes the cake for dumbest broad of 2013, for sure.. give her the award now, no contest..

  3. Choice says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m in a 16-team H2H Standard 5×5. We keep 10 with no restrictions.
    Question is simple. I’d like to compare my 10 with your 10.

    Evan Gattis(Atl – C,OF)
    Mark Trumbo(LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)
    David Wright(NYM – 3B)
    Jhonny Peralta(Det – SS)
    Matt Kemp(LAD – OF)
    Mike Trout(LAA – OF)
    Andre Ethier(LAD – OF)
    Chase Headley(SD – 3B)
    Nick Markakis(Bal – OF)
    Xander Bogaerts(Bos – SS)
    Álex Rodríguez(NYY – 3B)

    Stephen Strasburg(Was – SP)
    Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
    Justin Masterson(Cle – SP)
    Jeremy Hellickson(TB – SP)
    Yovani Gallardo(Mil – SP)
    Iván Nova(NYY – SP)
    Jonathan Papelbon(Phi – RP)
    Kenley Jansen(LAD – RP)
    Ernesto Frieri(LAA – RP)

    Please and thank you!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Choice: stras/greinke/boegarts/jansen/kemp/trout/wright/kinsler.
      last 2 are harder, probably headley and 1 of masterson/trumbo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Choice: I’d say definitely Trumbo, and probably Masterson but if Headley heats up, maybe him

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    already used 2 of my pickups for phegley and bastardo. This week i’m playing a guy with only 1 closer in Rodney, vs my Rivera/perkins. Ziegler is still out there but i’m guessing he won’t close for long. I’m gonna need a 4th OF and i probably want to drop beckham for Miller as well, or beckham to DL. I only have 3 pickups left for week and will probably win saves this week anyway; if Ziegler doesn’t last long it’d be silly to use last pickup of week on him, esp since it’s likely this week (and first 3 days or next) other closers could get flipped and i’d miss out on ROS closers if I didn’t have any more pickups left. Lindstrom/Crain/Cisnero/Strop/ all are open if Reed/Veras/Gregg get flipped. So which of these pickups is least important?
    1. saunders as 4th OF for Choo lefty days/util guy for scott lefty days, really am weak at rbi’s but strong at runs
    2. ziegler as likely short term closer
    3. Miller as Util/2b (1 more start)/ss either starting or backing up gyorko/aybar/dj leme
    Since i’m playing the worst team in the league i probably can go without a 4th OF as well, of course choo would play against all lefties that way (he does have 3 hits in last 2 games against lefties) and anytime anybody had a day off it’d be a empty roster spot.

    good call on the luke scott train. that dude had a great week. thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Ugh yea Luke Scott and his rat tail… Least important sounds like 2, Rodney’s been struggling anyway and you should win saves

  5. TarmanGotHim says:
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    12 Team H2H 6X6 includes IP and BB’s

    Had Myers dropped and available.

    Who should I pick up or not pick up?

    Myers OR Byrd

    S Perez
    Goldschmidt
    Rendon
    Zimmerman
    Reyes
    McCutchen
    Choo
    Gordon
    Freeman
    Donaldson
    Markakis

    Bungarner
    Scherzer
    Kuroda
    J Turner
    Cole
    Cingrani
    Erasmo
    Doubront

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Myers for Cingrani

      • Moose Out Front says:
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        @JB Gilpin: That’s pretty low on Cingrani. Not that it really matters once you’re sorting amongst the WW fodder.

  6. Yeshcheese says:
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    Thank you Jordan Zimmerman for that gem. Why oh why did I start you?? We are all Trayvon

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: I don’t get that one…

      • John says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It means that he got killed by Zimmerman, just like Trayvon. I normally wouldn’t say this, but that falls somewhere between “too soon” and “not at all”.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @John: Oh I get it now, side with “not at all”

    • PhillyBoy32 says:
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      @Yeshcheese: awful but Hilarious. awfully hilarious.

    • Prezz says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Ha!! really testin Razzballs sensitivity today.. i like it.

  7. Yeshcheese says:
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    Also looks like the Vote Pedro (Alverez) Train got derailed over the ASB. Just in time for Lawrie’s return!

    Anybody actually think Pedro doesn’t hit .100 for the next fortnight?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Yeshcheese: many forkthnights maybe.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Hah nah he’ll top that, but could be a bumpy 2nd half.

  8. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey,

    Just a question about Harvey. I drafted him around Rounds 15-20 in 3 out of my 4 leagues. I have taken your advice as Razzball is the greatest things that’s happened for me with fantasy sports and has truley brought me to a new level as a fantasy sports manager. I appreciate everything you guys do for us!!!

    I do have one q about Harvey though. You suggested selling him awhile back, I did.

    Harvey for Braun – literally 3 days before the PED Situation and completely being nonexistent.

    Harvey and R Zimmerman for Kershaw and Cain- Happy Camper

    Harvey for Latos – Harvey is better but can’t complain with Latos.

    My q is, you liked all the trades, I did and do for the most part too, do you retract selling Harvey? They said 180 IL, then 200-210 or something like that. You think this will stick? If it does, does it have an affect on Fantasy playoffs? If so, it’s a win in the long run obviously.

    Sorry for going on but I just wanted to know your opinion with this situation, cause my pitching without him in my league pretty much leads in WHIP ERA ETC as I own Scherzer Bumgarner Kuroda and guys like that in all my leagues. Without him im still good but I feel like I may have made a mistake.

    Thanks!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Harvey is unreal. That said all 3 of those trades are fine, not in love with the Latos one, but I’ve never been as big on Latos as most. There’s just no way he makes his last start or two, even if going for the Cy, so that’ll help your last week or two of playoffs.

  9. The Dutch says:
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    Best guess: Is Matt Cain going to be worth anything in the 2nd half. I can trade Alex Gordon for him who has been sitting on my bench all year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Dutch: Yes, and would try to get more, but don’t mind it since he’s on your pine.

  10. TheNewGuy says:
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    Claim Leonys and drop Fatt Adams or Smoak (and mirrors)?

    Got the need for speed.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hah Smoak and mirrors. Kinda sums up his career? I’d drop Adams, the retroactive date on Holliday isn’t that far away.

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Gregerson or Rosenthal? Best overall value.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Rosenthal

  12. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Tonight is the last chance I’m giving Ryu to produce a QS and maybe a W, but at least a QS. You think I’m being impatient or what? His production has slowly been going down for his last several starts. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Tough game for that ultimatum at Toronto with the DH. Don’t mind a drop, but I’d bench and hold

  13. Mike says:
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    Rendon or franklin ROS?
    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Tough to pass on Franklin

  14. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Gyorko and pick up Headley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yup

  15. G’morning, Grey — Three questions I’d like to ask for help with (all for a 14-team redraft, roto league … biggest needs: WHIP, power, saves).

    –On paper, Garza’s start today is just OK ($5.7, according to the SoN). Do you think the trade rumors swirling around him would change that much? I could use a good start, and I was thinking the trade stuff could go either way (he ups his game to make a trade more likely, or he’s distracted and pitches badly).

    –Juan Francisco has faced a series of positive match ups since the ASB, but has gone 1-for-13 (albeit with a homer for his 1 hit). If he puts up another 0-fer tonight, despite the good matchup ($13.3; vs. Cashner), would you drop him for Gomes, Saunders, Smoak, Ruf, or Lagares? Or does Francisco deserve a longer leash?

    –I have Bastardo hoping he lands the closer gig after a Papelbon trade. Am I better off with Axford or Strop?

    Many thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Enrique: 1 – Nah I don’t buy into that, he’s been solid lately I think you play him 2 – Francisco is so terrible at defensive… sigh just a rant… the one homer he didn’t even connect on right either, I think stream that spot – like Smoak the most right now, whoevers hot 3 – Bastardo right now

  16. Frank White says:
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    Hey man… Should I pickup smoak over Matt adams?

  17. Jamiehov says:
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    Should I drop Ramos for Gattis or Perez??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Everything logical tells me Perez, but I would Gattis and if playing time goes down, move on

  18. I’ve valiently attempted to uphold the draft’em & leav’em alone mantra at catcher this season; most especially in this limited moves league. But the only thing more pathetic than his boohoo’in over his Meemaw, has been Sal P.’s production all season. There, I said it. Again, dangerously ahead of schedule in the add/drop department, so is it worth it at this juncture to give Sally a comforting hug as I show him the f’in door for any of the following (that I may really have to finish the season with): Gattis (future PT?), A.J. (just a tough dude to root for), or Montero (looks to have been coming around)??? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zombie: Disagree it’s dangerously ahead of schedule, we’re plowing throught he year at this point! Would nab Gattis then as said above, stream the spot if PT goes down

      • @JB Gilpin: Sorry to not be clear, but I have precious few moves left. So, my backstop selection will likely have to remain there for the ROS. That being the circumstance, is the Gattis playing time too uncertain to maybe choose Montero or AJ? Or maybe continue to endure this infertile ride with Sally P? thank you kindly for your assistance!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @zombie: Ohhhhhh got ya, yea I see the limited moves thing now, I would rather Montero then, he at least has some upside.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @zombie: Don’t waste moves on catcher… Just hold

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @zombie: other than homers the counting stats problem is entirely with Mr. Manager over at K.C. land. The first week back from getting his mom smuggled into the country he hit 3rd and got runs/rbi’s all week. Since then he’s down at 5 again on a terrible offensive team so nobody ever drives him in. Early in the year he was batting 7-9th. He has cooled down a lot though lately. I just dropped him in a 10 teamer where somehow lucroy was available.

  19. Sniff Test says:
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    I’m in a race to get the last playoff spot in my league (last 2week period starts today) SON has some racy high hopes in Blanton and Haren. Are the worth streaming in place of the likes of Douchebront, Kluberingus or Private’s Loshe? Also in terms of holds, is Thornton toast or is he just trying to find his place in this world? Is Matuz worth adding to throw in an SP holds gatherer? Lastly, how much longer will Mark Reynolds suck nuts? He even sucks at sucking nuts.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Like all three other pitchers more, but Kluber has a hip issue and pitches against TEX, yea he’s been good against them, but that one start is a little iffy. More faith in Matusz, seen some bad Thornton blowups. Just who Mark Reynolds is. 30 power, 2.10 average. If you need the spot, lose him

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Sniff Test: Ha! Great names.

  20. bool says:
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    Puig being sued for 12 million dollars. I’m sure Dodger ownership has his back. Should he just buy Cuba himself, and cancel out the lawsuit? It has to be difficult to concentrate on hitting when you may have to buy a country so you are not deported to it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bool: Wow that story is wild

  21. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Erasmo or Nova ROS?

  22. Sanfran says:
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    Would you start;

    Lincecum home vs Cincy
    Ogando home vs Yanks
    Shark road vs D’Backs

    Also, is KRod a closer or set-up guy when he gets traded?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sanfran: Yes no yes. Depends on where he goes, most likely set-up.

  23. james t work says:
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    who has the more immediate upside??? Tommy Hanson, Gallardo, Porcello or E. Ramirez???

  24. JohnnyBaseball says:
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    Good Morning Razzball Nation!

    Should I trade Jean Segura for his David Price in a 12 Team Head to Head League?
    My offense is loaded- I have Elvis Andrus and Derek Jeter to fill in at SS. Need SP help: Hamels, Shields, Samardjiza, JJ, Wheeler, Kluber, Erasmo.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JohnnyBaseball: Morning man! I think I would ask for more, I like Price but he did have a mysterious injury that scares me a little.

  25. ashtray says:
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    I have the misfortune of owning both Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn. Are either of these guys droppable in a 12 team H2H? Lynn has been just plain awful but I have a little hope for a Miller rebound.

    Possible pick-ups are: Matt Adams, Byrd, E Young, Doubront, Miley, E Jax, Gaudin, Straily, Jacob Turner, and then some potential closers to stash (Ziegler, Strop, Parker, Axford).

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ashtray: Nah you gotta hold, I’d try to trade Miller, don’t know what Lynn will bring back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: I wouldn’t drop them

  26. Lopes says:
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    In a H2H points match up pick two to start:
    CC vs TB
    Latos @ LAD
    Gallardo vs SD
    Hudson @ Mets
    or Wheeler VS ATL

    Looked at stream-o-nator but i dont trust it for CC’s start…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lopes: Yea I don’t trust CC either. But I don’t like any of your other options much better, CC and Latos

  27. loate says:
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    do u like Peralta as a long term add? I don’t have the moves to stream anymore

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @loate: Doing a pitcher profile on him now, leaning no, depends on who’s out there

  28. Bunny says:
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    Starting either:

    Ryu @ Toronto
    Moore @ Boston

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: No and yes

  29. Kap says:
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    How high should we value Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in keeper leagues? Who is a good SP comparison that has the same keeper value?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kap: I wouldn’t get too crazy. Not sure who would be best comp – maybe like Cingrani right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kap: Around a #3 starter… Ryu

  30. Bunny says:
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    Need RBIs/HRs. Better bench bat:

    Werth
    Byrd
    Uggla

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: Werth

  31. mUshi says:
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    freeman and scherzer for my votto and lynn?

    • Allen says:
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      @mUshi: Easy. Scherzer.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mUshi: Disagree that’s easy, would narrowly lean Scherzer side as well though

      • mUshi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks! other guy initially offered freeman and king felix for votto and lee. wasn’t so sure about that so i countered with this one

      • Allen says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Freeman has missed over 2 weeks of the season (early season DL stint and reason thumb injury) and has 20 more RBI than Votto and only 4 less HR. Their averages are similar as well. Obviously I dont need to waste time comparing Lynn to Scherzer.

        • Allen says:
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          @Allen: recent* thumb injury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mUshi: Scherzer side

  32. Paul says:
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    Hey JB, need some advice. Power outage big time on my team. I just have to hope and pray that J-Up and Cespedes can somehow live up to their draft position. Salty has been awful. Sal Perez can’t ht a fly ball. Weeks hit a HR over the weekend so hopefully he will do a repeat of 2nd half 2012. Pedro is now on one of his patented cold streaks. I did follow the site’s advice and picked up Scott and Smoak. I have Ike and Morse on my bench. I guess there is hope since the season is not yet over, but it has been beyond painful. Had to get that off my chest.

    Now to my question. Scott is facing a bunch of lefties, but I still kind of like him and Ike has been ridiculously bad. Stick with Scott and keep Ike riding pine?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Paul: Ugh yea, J-up has been rough. Yea I’d stick with Scott. Monster homer yesterday.

  33. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Which of these are you starting today: Blanton, Ryu, Garza. SON likes all but Garza.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: I’d differ from the machine, I’d go Garza and not the other two. Blanton’s start early this yr vs. MIN didn’t go well.

  34. Bunny says:
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    Is Putz out of the running now? Drop him for Ziegler?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: I would, but don’t think he’s out of the running

  35. Allen says:
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    In a vaccum, pickup one of the following for ROS….

    Frazier, Erasmo, Porcello

    Thanks guys.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Allen: As in Todd Frazier? Probably Porcello, but apples and oranges.

  36. Scottie O. says:
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    Better DL stash for the rest of the year:

    Halladay
    or
    Morrow?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scottie O.: Morrow, but don’t like either

  37. bf says:
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    Yu coming off DL…need to drop (in keeper league, 1000pt budget, so stars going at 150+):
    Cosart (@7 – waiver wire pickup)
    Sonny Gray (@1 – same)
    Dickey (@1 – waiver wire)
    Cashner (@1)
    C. Martinez (@ 4)
    Who would you drop to bring Yu back up? I’m in 1st – been there most of the year…a bit shy on W’s

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bf: Probably Gray, he won’t be starting any time soon, back in AAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bf: Gray

  38. Jon says:
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    Alonso, Loney, Lind, Moss, LaRoche or Reynolds over Frazier?

    • Jon says:
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      LoMo would be another option

      • Jon says:
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        or even Matt Adams

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: LaRoche- hoping for his usual big 2nd half

  39. Steve says:
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    Please rank in order:
    1-Wheeler
    2-Gaudin
    3-Santiago
    4-Turner
    5-Arroyo
    6-Danks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: ROS? 4, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

  40. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H:

    1.
    Miley vs CHC (8.2)
    Straily vs LAA (7.5)
    Nicasio vs MIA (3.0)

    2.
    Kluber vs TEX (9.6)
    Jackson @ SF (6.5)
    Delgado vs SD (6.0)
    Tillman vs BOS (2.0)

    3.
    Wood @ SF
    Santiago vs KC
    Porcello vs PHI

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: 1. Nicasio Miley Straily 2. I like that order 3. Wood Porcello Santiago

  41. Scott says:
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    Who to stream – Gaudin vs Cinc (at SF) or Turner at Col.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Gaudin

  42. Spencer says:
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    I need a little help with a couple pitching match ups i see in the next couple days. I checked the SON but these 2 are either too close to call or something looks amiss on the SON, not sure. Here are the guys I am considering and their SON rating. My league counts only QS, IP, ERA, WHIP, K/9

    Tues
    Cingrani vs SF 16.3
    Chacin vs Mia -2.4 (can that be right??)

    Wed
    Kazmir vs Sea 13.3
    AJ Griffin vs Hou 13.2

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: Wow – yea not sure I play Chacin. Like Kazmir more – just talked him up for the upcoming podcast, think he’ll have a solid 2nd half, surprisingly.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Spencer: Chacin has won four straight starts at home, and has given up more than two runs in only one of his last seven starts overall. Disagree with the SON on this one. Start him if you can.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Spencer: @Big Magoo: My syntax was brutal. “Wow – yea not sure (re – SON). I play Chacin.” What I was going for there to clear it up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spencer: Chacin, Kazmir, they’re all good starts

      • Spencer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys! CIngrani and Chacin are both looking good tomorrow, but I was a little confused on the rating from SON on Chacin.

  43. Ralph Lifshitz

    Dad Boner says:
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    Grey would you make this deal? I was offered Segura and Kimbrel for McCutchen and Nathan. It’s a H2H with the normal 5 categories +OPS. As you can see below I have decent outfield depth and have been playing Peralta at SS.

    Pierzynski
    Goldschmidt
    Utley
    Longoria
    Peralta
    Choo
    McCutchen
    Justin Upton
    Puig
    Byrd
    Eric Young
    Chris Johnson

    My closers are
    Nathan
    Frieri
    Parnell
    Veras

  44. Steve says:
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    Waiver pick up – Carpenter or Beachy? Is it close?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve: Yea they’re close, but Beachy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Not close, Beachy

  45. SHarkie says:
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    Jayson werth or marlon Byrd at CF?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHarkie: Werth

  46. Lob Ball says:
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    Looking for RBIs but don’t want the batting average dragged down. Who is my best bet over the next few weeks?

    Matt Adams
    Ethier
    Garrett Jones
    Konerko
    Luke Scott
    Smoak

  47. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Hey JB/Grey!
    I’ve been trying to swing a trade for EE. I offered AGoz, JoFer and Leonys for Edwin and Fister. I’m in first place now, and am guessing that JoFer is on an innings limit, so I’m trying to sell high. Dude said he’d pull the trigger if I swapped out Leonys for Liriano. I was also contemplating offering Desmond Jennings, Gio and Liriano for EE/Fister. What cha thinkin? Am I giving up too much?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Morning Mrs. F! Oh wait that was Mr. F…. Definitely not too much. I’d go AGon JoFer Liriano and do that in a heartbeat, still think Liriano could fall off a cliff, and JoFer with the innings.

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Cool. Agonz has been yawnstipating, and there are quite a few SPs on the waiver wire. Thanks!

  48. Principle Blackman says:
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    I have my last supplemental draft coming up on Wednesday in my 15-team keeper/points league. This is in my league that doesn’t allow any add/drop/waiver moves. I’m trying to make a push to finish in the money, and I’ve tentatively agreed to a win-now deal in exchange for 2014 draft pics. I’m wondering if I did as well as I think I did?

    I give my 4th, 6th and 11th round picks in next years draft in exchange for Trout (can be kept with a 10th round pick next year), Carlos Santana, Jose Reyes, Kuroda, & Corbin. I think I did pretty well, and if I can try to move either Reyes or Segura for an impact bat at 3B, then I think I’ll have done really well and might be able to make a legit run at first place.

    I still have to figure out who to cut to make room on my roster for the trade. I’m thinking Amarista, D’arnaud, Cain, Estrada, and Fiers, and then I’m also thinking of maybe dropping Moustakas or Plouffe for Rendon or Arenado at the draft.

    My Current Roster:

    C Sal Perez
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Philips
    SS Segura
    3B Chris Johnson
    CF McCutchen
    OF Bruce
    OF J Upton
    DH Erick Aybar

    BN D’Arnaud, Plouffe, Amarista, Moustakas, Lo Cain, Ike Davis

    SP Scherzer, Minor, Peavy, Archer
    CL Casey Jannsen
    RP Tony Cingrani

    BN Hammel, Wheeler, Doolittle, Estrada, Fiers

    Thanks for taking a look at my team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Principle Blackman: Love that deal, pretty much anything that doesn’t decimate your team to get Trout in the 10th is a winner. Yea Amarista would be my first drop, then agree I’d make a run at both Rendon or Arenado in the draft, probably losing Moose.

  49. Clint says:
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    So, was Dirk Ziegler getting another save last night just a prosthetic Johnson of a day off for Putz and/or Bell or is he a real bright shining SAGNOF star in the desert until they trade for a real closer at the deadline?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clint: That trade will be coming right around the corner, but for a few weeks, sure SAGNOF star

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Ziegler and Hernandez have been the closers

  50. Rich says:
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    ROS Eric Young junior or Leonys Martin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rich: I’ll go with Martin

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Rich: tough one, but I would go with Young because he will play every day. Martin has a much better home park and lineup though. tomato schmotato

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Rich: Young

  51. Frank Lynch says:
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    In a 10 team mixed league how do you feel if i traded Hollidayfor Harvey and Rizzo?? Or instead of Holliday, Latos??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I’d do that

    • Frank White says:
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      Right now my batting lineup is
      Weiters
      Altuve
      Fielder
      Reyes
      Zimmermann
      MCcutchen
      Justin Upton
      Holliday
      Alex Rios
      Smoak
      Do you think I can get rid of Holliday or is the trade better for me??

      • Frank White says:
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        Sorry I wanted you to see my lineup first and see if you would still do the trade

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Frank White: Holliday straight up for Harvey and Rizzo is a winner, not with Latos though

        • Frank White says:
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          Sorry JB for all the questions but is Rizzo doing good or has he been doing bad, ROS question?? Is he almost equal to Holliday

          • Frank White says:
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            oh also, I have to drop a pitcher to get Harvey and I don’t have much to get rid of and I don’t want to get rid of my streamer so I would have to drop Cole or Erasmo.. First, Which one would you drop? Second, Should I maybe add one of them in the trade and try to get Gordon instead of Rizzo or are they equal??

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Frank White: Yea Rizzo and Holliday aren’t that far apart, much rather Holliday for the runs even though he is DL right now, but then you get Harvey. Probably drop Cole. I would start with Gordon maybe get lucky

            • Frank White says:
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              he said no.. what about offering erasmo for getting Gordon instead of Rizzo.. is that worth it or is Erasmo too much??

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Frank White: Worth a try

                • Frank White says:
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                  So real quick, I have to drop one, Porcello, Archer, Cole, Gaudin, or I can role with one RP ( Mujica) and drop Uehara.. Cole right??

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You walking out the door? Cole

  52. frankiejay says:
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    20 team, 8×8 rotisserie (won’t bore you with all the details)

    We’re at the point of the year where I realize I have 10,000 oft-injured players and want to move all of them. Also I’m looking for 2B help, speed, and pitching.

    So…

    I give up: Giancarlo, Crawford, Neil Walker, Aramis Ramirez and Shelby Miller
    I get: Brandon Phillips, Marte, Schierholtz, and Strasburg

    Yea or nay?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @frankiejay: I actually think I like that one, your sneaky placement at Strasburg at the end of what you get made it seem not good at first

  53. Tom says:
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    Grey & JB: I have a large lead in my H2H 5×5 each cat league so I am preparing for the playoffs. Cards and Rockies hitters and Braves and Tigers pitchers both have great schedules during that period. Boston and Texas pitchers do not have good schedules. I’m thinking about 2 possible trades. Please comment on both in terms of my advantage and whether the league will think it’s fair:

    1)My Rios, Hosmer and Lackey for his Holliday, Fowler and Minor.
    2) My Lackey and Garza for his Verlander (to someone who need pitching depth)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: 1 – Seems fair, might not do it though 2 – Would do it in a heartbeat, not sure if league will be happy, but I’d try for that one.

  54. Flanwagon says:
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    Kelly Johnson or Rickie Weeks moving forward?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Flanwagon: Ugh – Terrible one, on one hand Johnson doesn’t have PT every day, Weeks should but is brutal. I’ll lean Weeks

  55. the tone ranger says:
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    grey, what round is nickie franklin looking like for next year?
    is he a 20/20 guy next season? or do you think thats optimistic?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @the tone ranger: I think that’s optimistic, but Nicky F is Grey’s boyfriend. Late round pick in 10-teamers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the tone ranger: 120 overall, unless he hits another 15 homers in the final two months…

  56. Flanwagon says:
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    Should I drop Hefner or hold. Wheeler avail for stash?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Flanwagon: I’d pick up Wheeler and go for the upside

  57. Mike Mustachio says:
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    Thoughts on a trade of Shin-Soo Choo… in order to get Kenley Jansen?

    I have a surplus of OF talent and a top closer should help pass a few teams in the saves category, so from a need standpoint it fits well for me. But I never value closers as highly as a top bat so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger.

    Talk me into it… or out of it.

    Thanks Razzballers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike Mustachio: If it fits your needs and Choo isn’t going to a main contender that could take you out, go for it

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Mike Mustachio: I’d try to get cheaper saves first. If you’re set on trading Choo, start at Kimbrel and work down.

  58. Jeff says:
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    Would you drop Medlen for Wily Peralta or Eric Stultz (18 team league) or hold tight??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: Hold tight

  59. YNKEH8R says:
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    Please pick 2 for ROS… running low on transactions (HR,R,SB,AVG,OBP,SLG)

    Altuve, Victorino, Alejando De Aza, Nick Franklin, Marlon Byrd, Reddick, Eaton, Leonys Martin

    Thank You

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @YNKEH8R: Altuve and De Aza stick out the most to me

  60. Jaelen Rosen says:
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    Pence for Puig, who wins?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jaelen Rosen: I’d still want Pence

  61. Sniff Test says:
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    Mulling a trade.. Matt Carpenter for Kemp…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Kemp in a vacuum but a MI need, have no problem with it

  62. chopy says:
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    What to do or think about verlander?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chopy: Hold, think he is useful, but not worth trading at a discount

  63. MattTruss223 says:
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    How does the room feel about Matt Moore getting a Win tonight?

    I’m in a sadistic H2H pts league where wins are +7 and Losses are -7. So that’s all that really matters with pitcher scoring. Ks are nice (0.5 per K), Earned Runs are only -0.25.

    So, he’s facing Workman in Fenway. I’m scared, what do you guys think, can Matty Moore beat the Sawx tonight?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattTruss223: 39%. Think he pitches well, but Wins are crapshoot. Yikes at that league. I’d start him though

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha! SON has it at 36%.

        Yea, the league’s both incredibly frustrating and a lot of fun. We only have 1 SP spot too, so if you guess wrong that day…yea, frustrating is the right word.

        Thanks man, into the lineup he goes! I’m benching him in my roto leagues though. Too scured. Fingers Crossed

  64. hankp says:
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    Lester just got cut in my 14 team 5×5, limited transaction league. Would you cut any or Erasmo, Kluber, Griffin or Beachy for him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hankp: Wow in 14-team… Yea probably, would like to see a Beachy start first but probably him if you had to do it right now

  65. airweino says:
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    Which side you like better in a 10 team 5×5 mixed keeper league?

    Braun, Cole, Kennedy, Swisher, Ozuna, & W. Castillo
    for
    A. Gonzalez, Shields, Ibanez, Saltalamacchia, Desmond

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @airweino: Braun side

  66. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I know Zeidle got the save, but he did allow two base runners and a unearned run, not spectacular, how long does he hold this spot with some Borowski-esque pitching play?

    Good morning JB, razzball’s resident Giant

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Hah morning man, it is a great day to tower over the world… I think he holds another few weeks unless blows up. PS – got you a shout out in today’s Pitcher Profile

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: is that a good thing or a bad thing…..wait there is no such thing as bad press

        the people at the big and tall store must salivate when they see you coming. I have one by me that tailors the clothes you buy for free.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: It’s just a funny thing… Yea I’m a salesman’s dream there!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: well thank you sir, you are getting added to the Christmas card list

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: A closer will probably be traded to the desert in the next week…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: Arizona is taking the cake ass the king of the shituation

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Should clear up shortly with K-Rod or Papelbon…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that Rey Mysterio? BTW, the Donut Man in Glendora was featured on the Next Food Network Star last night, all about the strawberry donuts…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Strawberry Donuts man it’s a thing man…it’s a thing….can’t wait till fresh peach are in season

                Speaking of next star, what do you think of this season, I have not been a big fan and have been missing episodes. Why the hell do they have a chick whose restaurant was saved on Restaurant Impossible? you know the show with your favorite host Robert Irvine

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh wow, I had no idea Poon-Kinney was on Impossible… Yikes, was her place a mess? Rat infested? Did she drop boogers in the food? NFS hasn’t been good so far this year because the personalities are lame, and not lame like, “I can’t take my eyes off the train wreck that is happening.” Pie Man seems like Guy Frieri with marbles in his mouth…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I saw him on the Nealey’s a couple years back. I can’t remember what was wrong with her spot, I think she had a huge lame menu and used crap ingredients. Her decor was strange and had no “flow”. The personalities are the worst, I have to wonder why they even do this show anymore, only Guy has been successful and the rest are barely on the air, the only one I watch is the chick from a while ago that has a show on the COOK channel, I think her name is Kelsey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Kelsey had perk… Their percentage of good vs. lame people to come out of this show is like 10% and dwindling every year… I just Yelped Poon Kinney’s restaurant in San Diego and it sounds like it was decor and menu like you said… She comes off so phoney, and her Donut Man video was grating… She has got to go!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Bitch has got to go *snaps finger with arm in air* i didn’t see the episode and now I do.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, you need to see the Donut Man… The other team butchered a pizza place over by me… Massacred it, no one would want to go there after they ‘highlighted’ it.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: just checked the guide and it’s on Thurday night. I will watch it knowing the train wreck that is coming

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I felt bad for the Donut Man, he got stepped on, yo… All right no more spoilers…

            • Prezz says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: Thats a joke right? that cant possibly be their mascot… tell me its a joke, Jack..

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: of yeah that’s for real. I kinda like the joke it is that symbolizes a lot of MLB today

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: thats ridiculous… Arizona out of all places. aahaa! thats like MIA’s mascot becoming Fidel Castro… in a wrestling outift!

  67. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    1) Drop Kluber or Wei-Yen Chen for Erasmo, or hold?

    2) Which of the above are streamers, if any?

    Thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: Hold, think Chen and Erasmo are both streamers in 10-team.

  68. the hungary hippo says:
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    Drop Cashner for Ogando?

  69. stumanji says:
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    Matt Kemp, LVP.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stumanji: Over Ike Davis?!

      • stumanji says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Maybe, but I didn’t trade for Ike. I traded Wainwright & Holliday for Kemp & Gallardo in April. Thought I was soooooooo smart buying low on both guys :/

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @stumanji: Yikes yea that is no bueno right now… Sorry!

  70. stantonovation says:
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    Drop Wheeler, Erasmo, Dickey, or Kluber

    for Santiago, Porcello, Ogando

    or Hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stantonovation: Like Porcello over everyone except Kluber

      • stantonovation says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, rank order of drop?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @stantonovation: Dickey 1st, sadly, then Wheeler then Erasmo

          • stantonovation says:
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            @JB Gilpin: thanks, I may have to shed a tear for my Dickey

  71. SHarkie says:
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    Rank these guys ROS, Brad miller, howie Kendrick, Anthony rendon. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SHarkie: Kendrick, Rendon Miller. I like Miller, but not over those guys yet

  72. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: “Take a look out your window!!!”

    HANDS OFF CUBA!!!

    VIVA FIDEL!!!

    LONG LIVE RAUL!!!

    FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM!!

    SMASH CAPITALIST FBB!!!

    RAZZBALL IS THE BLACKWATER OF FBB!!!

    RAZZBALL OUT OF CUBA!!!

    (Police sirens in background)

    (Mr Gray, Mr Rudi and the gang race to the door and down the stairwells with their industrial sized MACE backpacks strapped on_)

    “Hey, Mr. Grey??? Isn’t that the same group that was demonstrating for Mr Jay Wrong’s return last week”??? – Says JB

    “Yeah, you’re right!!! “That’s them, all right”… After we spray the shit out of these peaceful demonstrators, remind me to send a memo to Mr, Wrong, would ya????… I’m sending him one of my famous Fear of the Gods memos!!!.. Replys Mr. Gray

    “Mr Gray..” “Are you sure you really want to do that??? “Those Fear of the Gods memos of yours are pretty devastating”..- Says Rudi

    “Yes, It’s my way or the highway around RazzBall… And it’s about time Mr Wrong understands that – the Star of the Show or not!!!””” … “Hey, you know what, gang???… We’ve got to start working out … These backpacks are heavy and I’m out of breath and we’re only running down the stairwell… – Replys, Mr.Gary

    “””OK RazzBall men, make sure you wait until the police have them all secured with snap ties before we let them have it this time … Remember, the last time they took the backpacks away from us and sprayed us instead… Couldn’t see my computer screen for a couple days””” after that”””…

    “””Look, the police have them all snap tied up already!!! Bless, those boys in blue”” …. Are you ready, gang???… OK!!! Mr. Gray continues

    FOR RAZZBALL AND FREE ENTERPRISE!!! …. CHARGE!!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @T Moore: Huzzah! All your “Mr. Grey”s remind me of Dreamcatcher. Then I realized you spelled “Mr. Grey” three different ways… I’m a fan of “Mr. Gary” The glove! We love you Mr. Gary

      • T Moore says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        My puter keys are sticky… Got the virus again .. The virus is VISTA OP-SYS..

        The MS wankers are not updating it anymore.. Planned obsolescence…

        I wanted this puter to last until I died…

        Spelling has never been my strong suit… In fact, I don’t have a strong suit..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought the suit of iron was your strong suit

          • T Moore says:
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            @Grey:

            I’ll have to post a photo of me in my crotchless suit of iron, I wear at all fantasy drafts… The suit’s squeaks really throws off the other owners timing on the cadence of the auctioneer…

            Not to mention, when I scream after I pinch me tackle between the plates… OUCH!!!!

            Use that as excuse all the time to withdraw bids too HAHAHA..

            “”I didn’t bid… I just pinched meself”, I say

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Could work in many facets of life… “Excuse me, waitress, I can’t reach my wallet to pay the bill… OUCH!!” “It’s okay, sir, it’s on us.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: I will bobby pin your eyes open and make you read the Fear of Gods memo…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Mr Grey: ANYTHING BUT THAT…. PPPPLLLLEEEEAAASSSEEEE!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too late!

  73. Mitch says:
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    Thoughts on this offer I’m thinking of making. Offering my Matt Carpenter and McCutchen for his Edwin Encarnacion and Wainright. I would use Eric Young (my current bench player) as my last starter to replace the lost steals from McCutchen.

    I gain HR, RBI and pitching which I need. Lose some BA and runs.

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mitch: Looks solid to me

  74. Jackie says:
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    Thoughts on Aramis Ramirez? Is he worth a stash?

    Arod of Aramis ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jackie: Yea definitely and Aramis

  75. GrandMaMa says:
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    Start a suddenly on fire Wily Peralta this week @COL, or a 2-start Skaggs? Start the injured Beckham over the absent Rutledge?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @GrandMaMa: Just wrote my Pitcher Profile on Big Wily, not stoked for the COL start, would go Skaggs. Still Beckham, hope his wrist gets less limp

  76. Jon says:
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    Would you trade Victorino, Fowler, Jennings or Gardner for Panda (keeper league and 2 of those 4 OF would be kept)? Or is there another CI, possibly, who is due for a good second half that I could target?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: I would Victorino, esp. since keeper. Aramis was mentioned above, I think he’ll be solid

  77. anthony says:
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    @grey: mccallister will be activated tomorrow for his start. would you drop him or drop one of these guys for him:

    cole
    erasmo
    kendrick
    cashner
    gee
    doubront ???

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @anthony: Nah I’d hold all of them

      • anthony says:
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        @JB Gilpin: sooo drop mccallister and hold the others? what di you think grey ???

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @anthony: Yea that’s what I meant sorry, drop McAllister

  78. nathan says:
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    i have everth as my starting ss, & asdrubal as a back up bench guy, someone dropped franklin, would you pick him up to replace asdrubal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: I guess I’m ready to hop off the Asdrubal train. No prob with it

  79. Fish says:
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    H2H Yahoo + hits + OPS do I take his Heyward/Prado for my Phillips?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fish: League size? if not very deep probably not, I’d want to keep best MI

  80. redfed says:
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    Harvey/Stanton/Medlen for Kershaw/Cespedes/Tillman…which side would you rather have?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @redfed: Kershaw side

  81. LOTW50 says:
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    So I am in a league with no available closers, with the trade deadline coming up wondering if someone could give a top 5 list of guys who may become closers after july 31.

    Thanks

  82. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Weekly points league, have to set my lineup by three(have to go to work). Do I take a chance on Kemp or Cespedes or pick up Martin, Young, or Eaton?

  83. Jaw says:
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    Who gets first crack to close for mil once krod is traded. Henderson or ax?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jaw: Hendo – it would be Hendo now if KRod wasn’t pitching unreal and getting heavily shopped, IMO

  84. Gabe says:
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    Prince fielder and Jordan Zimmerman for Evan longo cole hamels and mat garza

    • Gabe says:
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      @Gabe: it could be Edwin encar instead of longo.. Which would you rather have?

      Positions don’t matter they would fill utl spot

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gabe: Right side, like it either way, probably E5 for safety

  85. DMurph says:
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    Great article, Grey. I have been travelling and have just got my Razzball fix for the first time in two weeks!

    P.S. Pondering hard on selling Puig…value seems to have taken a slight hit so I’m going to wait a little. What would you say is good value for him? No specific needs but always could add SP or a Closer.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DMurph: Welcome back! Hope it was a blast. I would trade Puig now if hoping to sell. Things unravelling. Pretty close to the tier after the aces for SP or top RP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DMurph: Thanks! I’d go for a low number one to number two… Around Latos-ish

  86. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    JB, I finished 157 out of the almost 2500 Midsummer Classic entries in Draftkings. Banked $350. That’s some fun shizz. I assume they do something similar at the end of the year?

  87. Schizer says:
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    Is it crazy to consider sitting Lee (@ Det) for Lohse (v SD)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Schizer: No not at all, but I wouldn’t do it

  88. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Chris Carter or Luke Scott?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Yooooooo Scott right now, then stream if possible.

  89. Theodore Donald Kerobotsos says:
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    Add Fat Adams for Luke Scott or hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Theodore Donald Kerobotsos: Nah hold, Holliday’s retroactive date is way back there, he’ll be back soon

  90. Bay of Puigs says:
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    Do you like Phegley or Perez behind the plate for ROS in H2H? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bay of Puigs: Still Perez there

  91. G says:
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    Have both Yu and Bova going against each other tonight. Just start Yu?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G: You mean Nova? Depending on innings limits or lack thereof I would just go Yu most likely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I wouldn’t start Nova

  92. Scott says:
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    Just out of curiosity, why’d you compare Kelly Johnson to Asdrubal when Asdrubal plays SS and Johnson plays everything but SS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Scott: Just a MI comparison I’d think

  93. dave says:
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    I need wins..,.wily peralta, skaggs, pineda, or erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @dave: Ugh – Erasmo probably, think he can be most consistent.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: Weird, never thought of that… But to your point that’s why there’s the Darwin Awards too!

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Good point! But an individual who “earned” an award still could have offspring, no? Need more of a preemptive strike…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: Better than falling meteors…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: In FBB terms, who is the tv and who is the meteor? Ike Davis and Matt Kemp, respectively? Wait, that doesn’t work… the tv would miss the child by five feet then…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or the TV would hurt his shoulder falling…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Rihanna might ignore the meteor and hurt his feelings…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds like Rihanna lyrics…

  94. Abe Froman says:
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    Cespedes or Justin Upton for the rest of the season?

  95. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Who wuld you rather have – Alfredo Gonzalez or Carlos Martinez? It doesn’t appear that Yahoo has Gonzalez as a Free Agent yet.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Teblow! says:
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      @Teblow!: What the hell is “wuld” by the way? Relative of Sam Fuld? Meant to say “would.”

      By the way, I was sonofabenched with Samardjiza this weekend. Two horrible outings and heading into Colorado? Then he throws that game? What the f?

      Thanks again Grey.

  96. Harbinger says:
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    Rank for saves ros? Ziegler, Henderson, Brothers, Bastardo

    Thanks!

      • Harbinger says:
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        @Grey: Rationale? I was thinking Henderson first since Brothers is seemingly a fill in.

  97. Bunny says:
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    does Henderson get the closer role back if FRod is traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bunny: I think so

      • Bunny says:
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        @JB Gilpin: well then, which of these 3 would you own now?

        Zieg
        Henderson
        Putz

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Bunny: Hendo

  98. Kratos says:
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    Franklin or Miller for MI?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kratos: Franklin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin

  99. Jay says:
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    interesting debate I heard on local radio this morning…

    if strting a franchise today which 2010 draft pick do you take first:

    Harper machado or Harvey…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: Interesting… I’d go Harper still

      • Jay says:
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        @JB Gilpin: i lean towards Machado with the hope that he develops into more of a power hitter and Baltimore comes to its senses and moves him back to SS.

        Harper is a beast but the injuries concern me.

        Harvey is a beast as well and looks to be a bonafide ace, but pitching is so unpredictable.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jay: Yea it’s between the two hitters for me, I think Harper would bring more people to the stadium and develops into a better hitter – but Machado is close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  100. Jay says:
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    Pedro Alvarez….

    Currently slotting him in as my IF. Have Altuve on bench. OF is Cespedes, Stanton Heyward and Soriano with Eaton on bench.

    Possible deal would net me Rios for Alvarez. thoughts?

    If i can get it done, then could then drop eaton and hope that heyward breaks his funk and have a good problem. or look to move heyward.

    We keep 5 and currently Heyward is on the outside looking in..(Votto, Longo, Stanton, Strasburg and then either Cespedes/Heyward/Grienke/Cliff Lee)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jay: I’d take Rios in a heartbeat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rios

  101. Vottomatic says:
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    Trade Choo for Chapman?
    I’m first in runs in in the middle for avg, rbis and hrs and my outfield is incredibly crowded with Braun, Bautista, Stanton, Upton, Gomez, Choo, Myers and EY2. So getting rid of an outfielder would be nice
    On the other hand, I’m 2nd to last in saves but to even gain 1 roto point I’d have to get 20 more saves, so it’s not pretty likely that i could gain that many points with Chapman. Would you do this?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Vottomatic: I’d shoot for a more pivotal position that you need

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem to make any sense for your team

  102. I am now in 4 different leagues this year — all very deep dynasty leagues. The two leagues I care most about, I tend to be unlucky. The two leagues where I basically “wing it”, I’m quite lucky (and have very good teams). Is this just me, or is it a fantasy baseball phenomena?? And at what point to I finally start caring more about my teams that are consistently winning? lol.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mollyleekba: Well fantasy baseball is the hardest fantasy sport to “wing it” so you’re probably giving yourself less credit than is due. I think you gotta keep your head in all 3 as best you can!

      • @JB Gilpin: Well, overall, I am pretty studious when it comes to baseball. But in the leagues I care most about, I will watch the game if I have a starting pitcher, and agonize over every pitch, often resulting in nightmares.

        And in the leagues where I “wing it”, I will just check the boxscores later, and think, “hmmm, my pitchers went 23 innings and allowed only 1 run tonight. Cool.” I also spend far less time with my draft lists, and tend to make risky trades without an after-thought.

        I agonize much more over trades/drafts in my “main” leagues. And after dealing away both Chris Davis & Jean Segura recently, it isn’t going to be much better in the near future. lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s like the stages of denial… Your final hurdle is caring and doing well…

      • @Grey: I have been in one league for, like, for-ev-er, and it’s on my Bucket List to someday DOMINATE all those men. Then I join a start-up dynasty league, drafting from scratch, and quickly have nearly ALL the pieces perfectly in place … and I’m like, ehhh. (Well, that’s an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. lol.)

        Thanks for all you do, Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem…

    • Prezz says:
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      @mollyleekba: at what point do you start coming to razzball more often? you have been M.I.A… and thats not cool. cuz nobody likes MIA.

  103. Gareth says:
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    “Matt Adams brings the same to the plate as Billy Butler.”

    Double Entendre Par Excellence!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gareth: Haha yea that was a winner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  104. dave says:
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    i can tell by the lack of comments that urrutia is flying way under the radar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @dave: Your thoughts on him, dave? I know little about him…

  105. serch says:
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    Hola Muchacho! We starting Moore, Garza and Ryu tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  106. Mike says:
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    Are either Lynn or Homer Bailey droppable in standard 12-tms? I know they have moments, but both are really frustrating me. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not droppable

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: eloquent as always

  107. Rocky says:
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    Trying to take advantage of an owner who needs pitching starts and pry away Kershaw. Trying Corbin/Ryu/Belt for Kershaw/Alonso and would appreciate your opinion, but it brings to me a larger strategic question. In a 10-team NL-Only where literally every SP is already owned, stashed or pounced upon quickly after promotion, is it more desirable to own a sure-fire stud like Kershaw or two 2nd/3rd tier pitchers who are going to take their lumps occasionally but ultimately accumulate innings and W’s on good teams? Kind of a quality vs quantity argument

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s pretty terrible for the other person, but can try it

  108. RudyCorrales says:
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    Jason Werth or Alfonso Soriano

    non keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth

  109. ManuteBologna says:
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    Longoria + Matt Moore for Cabrera?

    One – would you offer it?
    Two – Any chance it gets accepted?
    Three – There is no three

    I could use some extra power and though I have been hurting in pitching I just added Darvish and Hamels a few weeks before him. Moore is nice, but I’m in a league that counts BB against a pitcher (in addition to having WHIP) so Moore’s BB on top of an already high BB staff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, try it

  110. Andrew says:
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    Drop Nori Aoki for Marlon Byrd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  111. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to start 3 of the following. who do you like? SON values in parentheses…

    garza – @ ari, @ sf (not sure if he gets traded before this start) (16.3)
    miller – vs phi, @ atl (26.9)
    parker – @ hou, vs laa (13.1)
    erasmo – vs cle, vs min (17.3)
    teheran – @nym, vs stl (20.2)
    jz – vs nym (14.6)

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza, Miller, Teheran…Tough calls

  112. J-man says:
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    Utility Spot. Melky, Eaton or Lawrie ROS? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  113. You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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    Have A-Gon, Fielder and Pujols at 1B, and willing to sell low on Albert. Trading for an SP…would Greinke be too low? If so, what sort of starter should I reasonably expect to get?

    Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too low, can try higher though… Check m,y 2nd half rankings for SPs near Pujols

  114. redfed says:
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    Harvey/Stanton/Medlen for Kershaw/B Phillips…..which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey, it’s fair

  115. Jasen says:
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    Hey guys. I have to figure out who to drop to get Kemp off of the DL.
    I play in a 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10)
    Here is my squad
    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-JJ HARDY
    3B-H.RAMIREZ
    OF-D.FOWLER
    OF-C.CRISP
    OF-J.WERTH
    UTIL-A.LAROCHE, B.LAWRIE
    DL-J.GYORKO, M.KEMP, C.GRANDERSON

    SP-M.HARVEY
    SP-M.BUMGARNER
    SP-C.HAMELS
    RP-A.CHAPMAN
    RP-C.JANSSEN
    P-K.UEHARA
    P-J.BENOIT
    BENCH-J.FERNANDEZ, K.MEDLEN, M.GARZA, Z.WHEELER, G.COLE, E.RAMIREZ

    I Would actually have to drop 2 guys since Gyorko has been activated as well.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where are you playing Gyorko? Lose LaRoche for Kemp

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        Gyorko is still in my DL slot even though he has been activated. Hardy had been slumping so I was waiting to see which of Gyorko or Lawrie came back hitting after their injuries.

        Im fine with dropping Laroche but need to drop 2. Cant decide who else to drop. Gyorko has value in our league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d lose Hardy then

  116. Steve says:
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    Who do I sit for this week between Adam Jones, Braun, Myers and Justin Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun

  117. AA says:
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    I’m in a 5 player keeper league. Which 5 would you keep for next year.

    Trout, Miggy, Cano, Verlander, Pujols, Segura, Latos, Myers.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout, Miggy, Cano, Segura, Pujols

      • AA says:
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        @Grey: Would it be wise then to trade Verlander for some combination of Locke, Tillman, Iwakuma, or Travis Wood?

        Does Verlander still have “ace” value in a trade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  118. redfed says:
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    Stanton/Medlen for Cliff Lee….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, it’s fair, depends on needs

  119. Mr. Rickey says:
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    In a 12 team roto 5X5 league, I have Trumbo at 3rd and Segura at SS. I also have Reyes, who I picked up while he was on the DL. I was just offered Beltre for Reyes and Wilhelmson (I don’t need saves). Seems like a no brainer for me to accept. Agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Beltre

  120. Spike Owen says:
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    So after getting burned yesterday (J. Zimmerman and C. Lee – ouch), I am desperately trying to preserve some semblance of order to my pitching staff.

    I’m scared of starting Ryu (@TOR) and Moore (@BOS), yet I see Grey is starting both…why? Is it worth it if I have innings to spare (i.e., am above the innings pitched pace)? Or are we supremely confident these guys will deliver the goods? Granted, I thought Lee in Metco and Zimmerman vs LAD were worthy of supreme confidence…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, it’s not worth it if you’re over the innings limit, you can hold out for better starts…

      • Spike Owen says:
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        Thanks Grey – I’ll fill up my bench…maybe take a whirl on Porcello tomorrow vs ChiSox instead…

        @Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  121. Moose Out Front says:
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    Cashner has 2 bad starts this week @Mil, @AZ. Time to drop him?

    If yes then choose one:
    Erasmo
    Gee
    Straily
    Chen
    Turner

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  122. the hungary hippo says:
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    Benching Cashner today @ Milwaukee? Does last night’s 1-0 barnburner vs Marlins affect your decision?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him

  123. B.o.B says:
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    Gardner, Victorino, De Aza, Byrd, Crawford, Soriano…can you rank the top few of these? OBP instead of Avg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza, Gardner, Victorino

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks bud!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  124. redfed says:
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    David Ortiz/Teheran for Cliff Lee….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  125. chris says:
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    should MIG be picked up in keeper leagues?

    Garza, Matt(SP) CHC
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Kluber, Corey(SP) CLE
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop here yet

  126. redfed says:
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    Harvey/Goldschmidt/Medlen for Kershaw/Brandon Phillips/Lance Lynn…which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  127. Mr. Glass says:
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    thinking about trying to flip Puig while i still got a chance looking for pitching and was going to try and grab one of the three Anibal Sanchez, Latos, or Greinkie are those three a reach and which one would most likely get done..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shouldn’t be a reach… Go for Latos

  128. Gareth says:
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    Below is my pitching staff. I’m thinking of benching Gallardo, Lynn and Bailey in their one start weeks (SD, PHI, @ LAD).

    Jarrod Parker is on the wire and has two starts – @ HOU and Home to LAA.

    My bench is Asdrubal, Rendon, Cespedes (wrist) and Heyward.

    Who would you drop for Parker? or would you just stand pat and play one of the One Start guys?

    Thanks for your help!

    P Benoit, Joaquin
    (P) DET 1.602 1.0424 2 50 9
    P Burnett, A.J.
    (P) PIT 3.066 1.2208 4 118 0
    P Fernandez, Jose
    (P) MIA 2.752 1.0796 5 103 0
    P Frieri, Ernesto
    (P) LAA 2.764 1.1339 0 64 24
    P Gonzalez, Gio
    (P) WAS 2.888 1.1471 7 125 0
    P Hernandez, Felix
    (P) SEA 2.426 1.0853 11 147 0
    P Holland, Greg
    (P) KC 1.703 0.8919 2 61 24
    P Lynn, Lance
    (P) STL 4.131 1.2705 11 116 0
    P Teheran, Julio
    (P) ATL 3.345 1.2301 7 94 0
    Bench (P) Bailey, Homer
    (P) CIN 3.837 1.1628 5 133 0
    Bench (P) Gallardo, Yovani

    (P) MIL 4.575 1.4167 8 96 0

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Gallardo for him

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: He seems to be turning it around though. I have a good feeling he’ll have a nice second half. Dudes also a top 25 pitcher going into the season. He’ll be claimed for sure.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then lose Rendon

  129. Ralph Lifshitz

    Dad Boner says:
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    Guys,
    Two quick questions first should I drop Zack Cosart for Brad Miller?

    Would you deal Jordan Zimmerman and Carlos Gomez for Robinson Cano and James Sheilds? I need a 2b

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Dad Boner says:
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      @Dad Boner: Oops Cozart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… Yup…

  130. Gareth says:
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    Bret Lawrie is on the wire in my league, so If I dropped Rendon and he was picked up, I can always grab Lawrie if my starter (Seager) goes on the DL.

    Do you like Rendon? The only thing that gives me pause is his 2B/3B dual eligibility. Otherwise he’d be gone.

  131. Gareth says:
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    Should I play Puig in m Weekly ROTO this week? I’m worried about his regression and losing playing time until the Glass Outfield shatters again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him but I don’t know your options

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: C Mauer, Joe
        (1B,C) MIN 0.3196 51 8 34 0
        C Santana, Carlos
        (1B,C) CLE 0.2707 42 11 43 1
        1B Votto, Joey
        (1B) CIN 0.3167 68 15 44 3
        2B Utley, Chase
        (2B) PHI 0.2786 44 13 36 7
        3B Seager, Kyle
        (3B) SEA 0.2865 57 16 46 3
        SS Cabrera, Asdrubal
        (SS) CLE 0.2465 42 7 34 5
        MI Hill, Aaron
        (2B) ARI 0.2727 19 4 15 1
        CI Goldschmidt, Paul
        (1B) ARI 0.3094 62 21 78 9
        OF Choo, Shin-Soo
        (OF) CIN 0.2917 68 13 31 11
        OF Gardner, Brett
        (OF) NYY 0.2802 54 7 34 16
        OF Jones, Adam
        (OF) BAL 0.2941 68 20 69 9
        OF Puig, Yasiel
        (OF) LAD 0.3688 28 8 19 5
        OF Stanton, Giancarlo
        (OF) MIA 0.2365 23 10 27 1
        U Bautista, Jose
        (OF) TOR 0.2521 63 22 58 7
        Bench (3B) Rendon, Anthony
        (2B,3B) WAS 0.2800 22 4 14 1
        Bench (OF) Cespedes, Yoenis
        (OF) OAK 0.2248 46 15 43 5
        Bench (U) Castro, Starlin
        (SS) CHC 0.2469 45 6 29 8
        Bench (U) Heyward, Jason
        (OF) ATL 0.2271 35 7 21 2

        I think I’m sitting cespedes, Puig, Castro and Rendon. Am I right?

        • Gareth says:
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          @Gareth: SORRY – Heyward, Rendon, Cespedes sitting. I then have to choose between Asdrubal, Puig and Castro for the final bench spot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  132. Scott says:
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    In 7×7 redraft, (BB and Hits), would you:

    1) Drop either De Aza or Aoki (CF) for Marlon Byrd?

    2) Drop Gyorko for Kelly Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki… Sure…

  133. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Junior Lake or Villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  134. Goose says:
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    How do we feel about streaming Gorzelanny today? Home vs. SD.

    – Two starts since moving into rotation: 12 IP, 11 H, O ER (4 R), 1 BB, 12 Ks
    – Pads batting .220 against him as a team.
    – SON says… $3.1

    Hmm…

    Could also go with:
    – Blah-nton vs. MIN ($20.2)
    – Haren vs. PIT ($15.4)
    – Jimenez at SEA ($9.6)
    – Gee vs. ATL ($9.3)
    – Feldman at KC ($1.4)

    My main area of need-help is WHIP – so I’m a bit wary of all these schmoes. Could just not stream at all today – but where’s the fun in that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blanton would be my choice

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey:

        Well, it’s a moot point now that RonWash again left Profar out of the lineup today (damnit) – so I nabbed Villar. Was hoping to wait til after the stream, but had to swoop…

        And BTW, how’s Profar looking for next season? Top 150? I wonder about keeping him as one of my 6 keepers. He was Mr. OMG preseason this year – and though he may be scuffling for now, is his ultimate ceiling like, what, Top 20 overall?

        I also have Starlin Castro and (if they keep up like this) I will prob stare long and hard at those two names all offseason…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Castro is still above him… Profar is around 150, yeah… If he’s guaranteed a starting job…

          • Goose says:
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            @Grey:

            Die, Kinsler, die!

  135. Gareth says:
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    In my head to head I need to drop someone as Victorino is no longer DL stashable.

    Santana
    Goldy
    Cano
    Longoria
    Segura
    Cespedes
    Trumbo
    Choo
    Ortiz

    Bench

    Lowrie
    Crisp
    Frazier
    Jennings
    Puig
    Victorino

    Who do I drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  136. Fister Furbush says:
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    1.Byrd or A.Soriano this week?

    2.Pick one

    Fister vs Phil

    Lynn vs Phil

    Sanchez @ CHW

    Hellickson @ Boston

    Thanks Grey,I appreciate it

    -Josh

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Fister Furbush:

      Nix the first question

      Pick one for a points league

      Byrd
      Werth
      Soriano
      De Aza

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        De Aza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd, Fister

  137. Bunny says:
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    Grey, how much do you love Werth?

    Would you prefer Laroche over him in your util slot?

    (Of course I mean that in a non-sexual way.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth over LaRoche

  138. L-Boogie says:
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    12 team, 5×5 weekly league. I really need quality ERA and WHIP. Ks slightly less important. Wins way less important (in first by a bunch).

    No idea who to start this week. SON hates many of these starts. Need 2 of:

    Garza @ Dbacks and @ SF
    Haren vs Pitt (SON loves) and vs Mets (SON loves even more)
    Burnett @ Wash
    Liriano @ Wash
    Jo-Fer @ Col, vs Pit

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza, Haren

  139. herschel says:
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    @Grey: have an open dl spot. any of these guys worth a stash or just keep it vacant for now? bj upton, mccarthy, brett anderson, halladay or berkman…no real winners out there i guess….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  140. Doc says:
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    I give Jed lowrie/Matt Harvey
    I get Jedd gyrko/Craig Kimbrel

    Thoughts? I’m trying to address my needs for saves without overpaying too much. I like the rest of my starters and am currently projected at over +25 on my innings cap. I was thinking that wouldn’t be much too worry about with Harvey (and possibly shelby miller/patrick corbin) potential innings limit, but I can address a need for saves here as well as play gyrko at 3B if Pedro Alvarez falls into a slump. I’m currently playing Alvarez at 3B, brad miller at SS, and lowrie at MI with Uggla on my bench. Pretty unnactractive looking infield and if you can’t guess already I’m dead last in average. If I do bench Alvarez and slide gyrko at third I’d have to start Uggla. Just a matter of who I want destroying my average!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  141. Chris says:
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    You fellas starting Moore @ Boston tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In most leagues

  142. Gareth says:
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    Crisp or McClouth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp

  143. Gareth says:
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    Victorino 4 @ Fenway, 3 @ Camden

    OR

    Jennings 4 @ Fenway, 3 @ Yankee Stadium

    Head to head points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

  144. J says:
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    I’m trying to trade Locke high for a hitter. What are some hitters that would be an even swap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any hitters in my top 100 for the 2nd half

  145. Schlitzy says:
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    Which side – Greinke and Braun or cliff lee and de aza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee, it’s fair

  146. G says:
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    Need to drop one of kluber, nolasco, and nova with yu coming off my dl. Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      nova

  147. Wake Up says:
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    played at a Winery last night…I had fun, drank too much wine…the crowd, was there too, I guess…she said on the drive home that they mi—ight not have you back…as I peed my pants in the car and smiled…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Prezz says:
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      @Wake Up: WWGD?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezz: i should’ve worn that shirt!!!

  148. Bunny says:
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    start one:

    Werth vs Morton (5.5)
    Puig vs Josh (25.1)

    Seems obvious to go with Puig especially since he’s on the road, but he’s been cold while Werth’s been warm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  149. herschel says:
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    @Grey: apologies if you already answered this, but thoughts on alex wood? apparently being reported he is starting on thursday. worth grabbing in 12 team mixed redraft leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, in Metco he’s worth it…

  150. Mike says:
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    What’s your take on Alex Wood, Grey? Worth streaming at METco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  151. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit! Garza to the rangers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  152. SteveNZ says:
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    Just want to give the big thumbs-up to the lineups site that you guys are linking to as one of the gameday tools:

    http://www.baseballpress.com/lineup.php

    It’s ace. There’s an Android app too, if you’re part of that ecosystem…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet

  153. mrobs says:
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    Grey you like Grimm in the NL?

    Think Mike Olt going to play immediately? Make an impact this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope and nope

  154. herschel says:
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    @Grey: now that garza is shipped, need a replacement in my weekly league. who do you like more?

    parker – @ hou, va laa
    erasmo – vs cle, vs min

    im thinking parker but SON like eraser.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  155. Jon says:
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    Add Alex Wood over Cashner, Porcello or Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Quintana

  156. Eddy says:
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    Braun suspended for the rest of season without pay. 65 total games.

    He acknowledged use of it and accepted the suspension, so there will be no appeal.

    I know we were supposed to ignore that talk in the preseason, but I’m really glad I stayed cautious and avoided him everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WOW!

    • Prezz says:
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      @Eddy: holyy shitt..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

  157. letsgobravos says:
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    Braun suspended for the rest of the season and not appealing. Admitted he “made mistakes and apologized.” Fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: And of course Marlon Byrd was picked up an hour ago so I can’t pick him up for Braun. FUCK.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: notice nowhere in his acceptance speech does it mention steroids, so later he doesn’t have to claim usage.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s bonkers

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He fell to #5 – what was I supposed to do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing you could’ve done

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Could have drafted Pirate, I guess. Or Votto – but I have ended up trading for him anyway…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, this outcome didn’t seem likely at the time, no way of knowing… Rudy got stuck with Braun too…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Eh, I knew I was taking a pretty big risk – was a pick borne of hope, Grey. Of hope!

                I still have Goldy, Votto, Panda and J-Up on this team so hopefully they can have good second halves…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I think what you got from Braun in the 1st half can be found in almost all leagues….

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: And that’s the thing. I’m still solidly in a playoff position even with the little he gave me. And the talk is that his thumb hasn’t really got any better so he may not have been much use in the second half either.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m assuming that played into the no appeal… He couldn’t play…

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: same thing i did, grabbed him at 5. then traded him around 6 weeks ago, not from this thing, but the thumb/neck/back things. Notice the complete lack of homers/steals since like may 1st or so. Upton’s thumb thing last year got me scared of thumbs forever, like Kramer with clowns.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah, Braun goes down. Trade him to some idiot that hasn’t heard. If not, then that sucks.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Terse: thats a messed up douchebag scumbag move

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Terse: @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah, I couldn’t do that. I tried to trade him a couple of weeks ago but no one was biting.

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @SteveNZ: @Jack Full of Hate: Guys guys, I kid. He’s actually an interesting play in keeper leagues, though. Will be in eff you mode all season, and will ahve the slate wiped clean.

          If you can spin it and spar the spot, I’d make a play. I am.

  158. MasterofGrond says:
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    AND BRAUN

    IS

    OUT OF HERE

    • mrobs says:
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      @SteveNZ: HA!

  159. The Thumb says:
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    Preseason Grey lied!!!!!!!!!!! ;(

    Well whatever he’s been pretty much useless all year anyway and at least now I have someone to drop for Byrd…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it up with January Grey

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i think he said “if the only evidence they have is some guy who could mouth off” then it’s like one in 1000 chance of this happening. But if Braun is simply giving up and not even appealing, that rat must have some real evidence, like tape recordings/video/signatures etc. Lesson to be learned, don’t buy your own steroids, don’t leave any bank/wire transfers connecting to yourself at all. Scumbags do get caught, and they rat when they do. Pay in cash, and have a friend buy it.

  160. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H:

    Gee vs ATL (9.3)
    Gorzelanny vs SD (3.1)
    Haren vs PIT (15.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Haren

  161. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    with Olt going to the Cubs, should we see him soon or is he still a season away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t heard their plan yet, I’m guessing rosters expand in September… Should be now though with what they’re playing…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: yeah a platoon at third makes as much sense as a mustache on a chick

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          GAPs take offense to that… (Greek American Princesses)

  162. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In NL only keeper league, which would you pick up to replace Braun: Logan Schafer, A.J. Polock, or Ruf?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruf

  163. Eric W says:
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    I am most upset not by the fact that Braun is a cheater but the fact he is a quitter! COME ON! make a fake website, pay off some Doctors, play the anti semite card, or at the very least ruin another poor guys career over his use of fedex. I hope your contract gets voided….asshole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  164. Carnac says:
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    Someone should go over to JB’s house. He shouldn’t be alone tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Carnac says:
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        The Brewers are such a mess. I heard Mat Gamel was so shocked by the news he fell out of his barcalounger and re-ruptured his other ACL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  165. bossmanjunior says:
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    Need to drop someone for Erasmo tomorrow.

    C Perez 1B Goldschmidt 2B Hill 3B Longoria SS Franklin OF Stanton OF Jones OF Heyward UTL Choo BN Altuve BN Gardner

    SP Bumgardner, Harvey, Garza, Miller, Lester, Ogando, Parker, Kluber, Erasmo, Buchholz

    RP Perkins, Street, Ziegler

    I picked up Gardner for the weekend but now im wondering if it makes more sense to drop Altuve instead. Either hitter would be playing in the UTL spot when not on the bench.

    Pitcher wise, Parker and Ogando are the weakest options. However, im interested to see what a healthy Ogando can do. Further, Parker has two starts this week at the Astros and home against the Angels.

    So drop Altuve, Gardner or a pitcher?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Ogando

  166. chillmodious says:
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    Tomorrow only, pick one to throw…

    Erasmo (vs. Cle, SON $8.0)
    Lester (vs. TB, SON $8.7)
    Ogando (vs. NYY, SON $3.7)
    G. Cole (@ Was, -$1.0)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo…it’ll be another prayer rectangle…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: those who aren’t religious call those circle-jerks. Just kidding, i’ll be there too.

  167. johnny drama says:
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    12 team espn h2h 5×5

    Which Side?
    A: Beltran/Greinke
    B: Choo/Price

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  168. Pops says:
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    Bye Bye Braun.
    Good news for Keeper Leagues though.
    Only the rest of this year, which he wasn’t helping anyhoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great that you can’t DL him though

  169. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Re Braun who has cost me a chance to ThreePeat in my NL only dynasty league and cost me my one great current Jewish athlete card; At least he sort of admitted it and kind of apologized. Compare and contrast with Barroids Bonds. That lying scumbag holds the most tainted records in sports and sleeps like a baby.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he took his medicine…About 18 months after the first sign that he was cheating…

  170. Carnac says:
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    Braun, “I’m going to use my time away from the game to regain the trust of Brewers fans by designing some sick new t-shirts.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “Now where did I put Uggla’s phone number?”

      • Carnac says:
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        Haha… those guys still do like 5 minutes of “WHAZZUP?!?!” when they call each other.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then 15 minutes of “Douchesnozzle says what?”

  171. Big Magoo says:
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    Braun got off easy. I’m shocked that MLB agreed to those terms. Oh well. The good news is that Milwaukee just became a more desirable team to stream against. The bad news is that a high percentage of bar mitzvahs in the coming months will now feature dim lighting and death metal music.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brewers didn’t have Braun in their lineup for two months

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: good for us who traded him over a month ago. bad for us who still use aramis.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: He actually missed about five weeks, but I was considering the cumulative effect of not having to worry about Braun, Hart, and A-Ram (for the most part) for the rest of the year. That lineup on paper used to be a “sit” for any left-hander.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that team’s been a mess all year…

  172. Pops says:
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    Garza to Texas.

    What do you think?

    I have a couple shares.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over it in tomorrow’s roundup

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Pops:
      Pro: better win potential due to (likely) increased run support
      Cons: move to AL to face better lineups/DHs instead of opposing pitchers, Texas in the summer heat = launching pad

      Might get 2-3 more wins from him at the expense of higher ratios. Moderate decrease in value.

  173. ROLFAMLO says:
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    hey guys barry bonds got caught using steroids

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @ROLFAMLO: It’s so annoying that we’re still dealing with the same problems as when Bonds was playing. I HATE this crap.

  174. griff says:
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    Grey,
    What’s the deal with Sabathia? All I am CCing is him throw bp and blow up my era. You think he will turn it around or has the heavy workload caught up to him?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @griff: He’s throwing meatballs and is getting shelled. Every start it’s an adventure of hard-hit balls and hoping they’re at people. I think he’s still suffering from some arm problems.

      I think it’s caught up to him. And, as a Yanks fan, it’s really really tough to watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t liked him since February, he had offseason elbow surgery

      • griff says:
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        @Grey: hyun jin ryu is available on waivers. Not sure why he was dropped. Should I drop CC and pick him up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  175. pooonhunter says:
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    Hello Grey,

    I am offering J.Zimmerman, Domonic Brown, Carlos Quentin for:

    Jose Bautista, CJ Wilson, Justin Masterson

    Want to upgrade some SP. Good deal for me?

    Thanks man!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  176. goodfold2 says:
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    if i had 18 starts this week vs opp’s 8, so i can bench a LOT of starts if i want to, should milone be one of those today? 16 teamer. other SP
    peavy (possible bench vs DET later in week)
    cole (don’t bench today
    bailey
    scherzer
    gee (play today’s start, bench road game @WAS later in week)
    hefner (probably benched this week until he shows good start after that last one?)
    eraser (play tomorrow, bench later in week if tomorrow sucks)
    medlen (play tomorrow @NYM but bench against STL later in week)
    kluber (bench agasinst vs TEX)
    this would still leave me with 11 starts.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: forgot about cole’s @WAS. should this be one of the benches? Cole at MIA isn’t getting benced obv. If i need a 4th OF who gets dropped first
      cole
      milone
      gee
      hefner
      smyly (counts as a SP, we only have 2 RP, 2 any P, 3 SP slots, so with him i can start 5 RP everyday instead of 4)
      robertson

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure, bench Cole @WAS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason to start Milone

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: 16 team league, so milone’s first dropped out of those guys? eraser could also be dropped, but that’s not a good idea yet.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: if only scott still counted as OF like last year in yahoo, i could get away with only 1 bench hitter, but i need 4th OF with rbi’s (saunders or dejesus, or prospect yelich) for choo lefty/scott lefty days. Somehow scott isn’t bad at all vs lefties this year, in 64 at bats .297 /.352 /.484

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Milone, yeah

  177. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H:
    Hanson v MIN (14.0)
    McAllister @ SEA (9.9)
    Erasmo v CLE (8.0)
    Porcello @ CWS (3.0)
    Wood @ ARI (-1.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo, Porcello…

  178. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    I wonder if we will ever hear just what this evidence Braun is so afraid of (more specifically, his lawyers)? Signed documents? Video or audio evidence? It can’t just be the hearsay of a guy with his head in a noose and great reasons to say stuff, in order to get his charges lowered.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Baseball’s been out to get him for a while. Always a chance that, because no appeal says that he’s guilty, MLB told him they’d lower reduce the penalty if he doesn’t appeal.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Terse: They want him to go down ignominiously.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Terse: yeah but if i was braun i’d appeal and fight every little bit, unless i knew they had real evidence. (a guy saying he sold you drugs is not real evidence). See watch this, hey terse sold me drugs. See how easy that was. Not true at all.

          • Terse

            Terse says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: ha yeah. There are obviously goings-on that we have no idea about. I’m really anxious to find out what they are, but don’t really feel too optimistic that we ever will.

            Definitely something, though, for him to give up just like this. He’s a no-good meanie :(

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Terse: @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I wonder if releasing the evidence against Braun could compromise other ongoing Biogenesis-related investigations. Talk on Twitter that they are going after A-Rod even harder, with a suggestion that he may have obstructed HIS investigation…

            • Terse

              Terse says:
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              @SteveNZ: Jesus. If you’re Arod and get suspended, do you call it quits? I can’t tell if his refusing to retire would be perceived as selfish, or if it’d be some sort of “respect because he still has something to prove” kind of thing.

              Most likely selfish.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, must’ve been serious…

  179. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    my friend Mr. Commissioner of my 10 team league will NOT be happy with his mccutchen/wilhelmsen for my braun/rivera now. Dread pirate’s hit 4 homers in last 8 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  180. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Thoughts on trading Scherzer for Strasburg in a keeper league? It’s hard to trade Scherzer, but does youth give the edge to the Strasborg the edge, even with his past elbow surgery?

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      too many edge’s in that last post. I’m losing my edge.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Strasburg has the edge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Strasburg

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I think I do too. Gracias!

  181. Dave the Barber says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Remember when you told us to sell Chris Davis and Matt Harvey? Oh well, Harvey for Jay Bruce wasn’t the worst trade of all time I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’re still outperforming anyone’s idea of a breakout, but what can do…

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Grey: Sorry I’m a hater. I will now point out that your advice has won me two leagues and I’m in first now, by a lot.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  182. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey…so with Braun out what you think about trading Stras straight up for Bautista? SP Stras,Anibal,Liriano,Garza,Moore,Fister,Latos..OF Jones,Beltran,Bourn,Aoki,Myers,Pence,EYJ,Puig…good deal or hold? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: Decent huh? sounds like a hold to me LoL…..ok ok what about Stras/ Hardy/Pence for Bautista and Glassowitzki?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bautista

  183. jason batteiger says:
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    it’s pretty unlikely that ziegler holds this closer job for that much longer right? I didn’t pick him up in a 16 teamer where long term i need closers, but this week i’m only playing against Rodney vs my rivera/perkins. I could have this morning but it would’ve handicapped my pickups, now somebody else grabbed him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, unlikely

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @jason batteiger:

      Aloha. Afternoon baby nap razzball check in. Ziegler is interesting. Said this here before, but say it again. He holds the record for most consecutive scoreless innings to start a career and during that time he was the A’s closer. When he’s been given a shot, he’s closed. Can’t be worse than what they’ve been running out there. There’s a a non-zero chance that he hold the job. If they run him out there and he gets it done, they run him out there again. So far so good. I think one thing in his favor is both Gibson and Towers don’t give a shit what anybody thinks about them and they’re willing to go with the guy that does the job. Lot of teams would be to scared of the perception if they go with the funky submariner rather than the power arm.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: you might be right about those 2, see j-upton.

  184. Pops says:
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    Grey,
    Here’s my choices to replace Braun. 5×5 plus TB-H-and OPS. (Utility Spot) H2H

    R H HR RBI SB TB AVE. OPS.
    54 102 7 34 17 155 .280 .775 GARDNER
    42 80 17 56 1 150 .277 .841 BYRD
    45 101 14 55 0 165 .280 .797 MORALES
    42 85 16 48 0 155 .262 .808 RASMUS
    42 78 13 43 3 133 .247 .750 LAROCHE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Gardner or Byrd…

      • Pops says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  185. Dani says:
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    SON has some weird love for Haren..

    • Pops says:
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      @Dani: He’s not afraid of the Dreaded Pirate. Or he’s stupid. You Decide

      • Pops says:
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        @Pops: I picked Haren up for this and just realized he’s terrible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  186. hankp says:
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    Pick a side in a 5×5: Cliff Lee and Matt Joyce or Matt Gaza and Adam Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  187. dk says:
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    De Aza – does he get to 20/20 and keep up his 275 average & 440 slugging?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  188. goodfold2 says:
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    gee’s got a 1k no hitter through 4.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: darvish with the (less hit by pitch guy) perfect game through 4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he kills the Braves

  189. SteveNZ says:
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    0/11 in the RCL. Who will break up the no-hitter?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Prince.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m 2/13, bleh

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Jesus, I’m 0/15 in another league…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            2/15

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Across my 4 teams, I’m 4/50.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, you win!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: And going against Moore in H2H…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Jesus, Sonavabenched by Moore in the 10-teamer. Was nervous about starting him against the Sox…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn

  190. OaktownSteve says:
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    Streaming Kentucky Joe Blanton tonight. Been on a good roll with my streamers lately.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      We’ve got a Giancarlo Stanton sighting. Functional.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, nice

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Let’s hope it continues…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have the guy going against a no-hitter right now… Not bad, just being outpitched…

  191. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Who’s a better target SP for the ROY? Anibal Sanchez or Homer Bailey?

  192. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Snarky…classic Grey. Had to scroll down there a ways. So you’re saying be a Homer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal’s shoulder is a bit questionable

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks bro. Long live the mustache…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  193. Long Bawls says:
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    He shoulda been smarter about it. The again, nobody ever called him Ryan Brain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  194. OaktownSteve says:
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    Grant Green still stuck on triple aught. Sleeper. As in deeply asleep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any time now!

  195. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    that a baby vallir – SAGNOF……sonofabench Matt Moore – screw you SON

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doing work out there vs. Workman too, oddly enough…

  196. SteveNZ says:
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    Man, what the effing eff has happened to Brett Cecil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure, but dropped him about ten days ago when he started giving up runs every outing.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: The two runs were unearned, it turns out. So there’s that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish Delabar’s were… What a mess…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: it’s almost like mr.manager over at TOR land put janssen in just to reassure himself that at least 1 of his RP’s still have anything going.

  197. Heyward is a Freeman says:
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    Grey,

    Need some trade advice for a 8×8 12-team keeper league. Im in the running 2 games out of 2nd place and have a lot of possible keepers yet we only get to keep 5. Im thinking of tading a few to bolster my lineup for a playoff run.

    I would give Sale (Keep in 22nd for one more year), JoFer (Keep in 23rd for 2 more years), and Myers (Keep in 21st for 2 more years).

    I would get 3 non keepers in Pujols, Stanton, and Strasburg.

    Whatcha think Grey? I value your opinion as you’ve led me to the finals the past 2 years. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do it…

      • Heyward is a Freeman says:
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        @Grey: Am I giving up too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  198. SteveNZ says:
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    Looks like Justin Upton is going to go an empty 2-4 every few days just to keep his owners thinking that he’s going to turn it around.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And is Reddick ever going to do anything this year?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It would be nice

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: About damn time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  199. Charles says:
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    Would you trade Moore to get any of Ellsbury, Cespedes, or Puig? I’ve got Eaton and Leonys alternating at UTIL2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  200. SteveNZ says:
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    Sounds like Yelich is being called up. Are we excited about this? I just grabbed him where I could…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, definitely worth grabbing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pulled due to weather

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: so we should grab yelich ahead of saunders or span (span hit 7th again, much better spot for rbi’s which i need way more than runs)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, you mean from before? Yelich’s not coming up…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: ok, before when he said he’s coming up you’re response about the weather meant he wasn’t. thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, my bad…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, he is being called up… My bad… Yeah, grab him over those two…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: you typed this while i still was, ok drop milone for yelich. got it. milone didn’t look terrible today. but it was lastros.

  201. Nightpandas says:
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    Who do you like in a keeper……

    J Zimm or H Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  202. poop says:
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    Would you trade JUpton/Crisp for Stanton/Cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  203. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    damn gyorko with runners at 2b and 3rd with his 2nd K in a row.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: even guzman drives them in. those should’ve been gyorko’s rbis, at least 1.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: gyorko’s now 2-26, which was mostly babip problems as he’s putting the ball into the outfield damn near every at bat, except today when he struck out 3 str times. goldy’s homer draught at 12 games, longest of the year.

  204. bossmanjunior says:
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    Time to sell high on Garza?

    My Garza for his S. Castro?

    Currently have Franklin at SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Castro, it’s fair

  205. SteveNZ says:
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    You know, a DL’d Jayson Werth was just sitting on the wire in my H2H league and I never got around to picking him up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oofa

  206. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh good heavens. What is Janssen doing out there?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: that’s his first good inning when he never should’ve been out there in a while. I think the last 3 times that idiot manager put him out there in useless opposite of high leverage spots he looked bad. it was 1-2-3 inning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew…

  207. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    anybody notice miggy’s hurt. Grilli just got hurt too, after looking terrible. Grant green STILL has no hits.

  208. SteveNZ says:
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    Not watching but according to the talk on the Twitter, Grilli’s injury looked arm-related and he was in a lot of pain…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SteveNZ: I saw it…looked like an elbow…not good!
      Grab Melancon…oh, yeah Melancon is not available anywhere…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: they had a short mlb network update, he looked bad, then hurt. too bad melancon’s been gone for a long time in the 16 teamer. somebody did just drop him in 10 teamer, but he won’t clear waivers, or will he. If we have both jans(s)ens,wilhelmsen,uehera,bastardo should we drop bastardo for melancon?

  209. Wake Up says:
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    Lincecum looking cooked just as I suspected!

  210. SteveNZ says:
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    That really fucks me off. Votto and Philips both strand the two runners. Then Bruce, of all people, draws a walk – and Frazier then drives them all in. #pissedoff

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: at least choo got in somehow. I’m no longer playing against votto and phillips like last week. funny thing is, by this point anybody still starting frazier’s likely needs the rbi’s really bad.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Look at everyone getting in on the act – apart from Votto and Phillips.

  211. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,

    Are we starting J. Fernandez tomorrow at Coors? Had Moore go yesterday in a 5×5,H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  212. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick 2 for speculative saves: Hernandez, Bastardo, Axford, McGee, Parker, Gregerson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker, Bastardo

  213. SteveNZ says:
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    Fuck you too, Blanton. Jesus.

  214. SteveNZ says:
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    There’s Choo. Sonavabenched in one league though.

    What a day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, extra crappy luck today for ya…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: why bench choo today, no lefty, and he’s hitting like over 400 for the month. Must be one of those not back to computer in time things. i hate those.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @goodfold2: Have a surplus of OF in one league and the Tron had him at something like $2 today.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: tomorrow’s weird he faces a righty and a lefty.

  215. stynyr says:
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    Are we all sure Gyorko is a better option at 2B than Lowrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip on who’s hot, Gyorko will be better long term

  216. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Trade my Felix & Werth for his Verlander & Aroldis in a 14-team roto dynasty league? We keep 5 pitchers and I would end up keeping both Verlander & Chapman. Werth is not one of my hitting keepers. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  217. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Sick catch by Heyward to end the game…too bad then means nothing in fantasy. Another weak day from him, and he was 8/19 off Gee for his career coming in…don’t see the turn around coming. Sure, he is only 23, and has potential to turn it around, but I can only tell myself that so much this year. All I care about is right now, and right now it sure ain’t even close to happening.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully that catch will light a fire under his bat

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Maybe so…but I have given up hope on him, for this year at least. It’s probably because I have watched him a ton this year…bounce, bounce, bounce, regrip, regrip, regrip…swing…miss, groundout…leaning on my front side and not loading on my back leg, yet again…pop up…and repeat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I watched him today vs. Gee, looked bad… Upton didn’t look much better…

          • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, both have looked bad. Maybe fire Greg Walker, idk…but something obviously needs to change.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Worked today getting rid of David Eckstein’s brother in Washington

  218. Mrobs says:
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    Grilli just went down…. looked real bad. Pick up Melancon everywhere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  219. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, Blanton. Clete Thomas?

  220. stynyr says:
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    Would you trade Braun for Machado?

    5-tem, H2H, 10 team, Keep 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  221. SteveNZ says:
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    Me and the SON are not too good right now.

  222. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m fairly certain that to have a beer or 10 with New Zealand Steve while watching every MLB game would be about the best time I think I could have watching baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Wilsonian: @Grey: It looks worse than it is. I’m at work so this is my only outlet for FBB-related frustration.

        If I was at home, at least I could throw a tantrum without anyone knowing.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @SteveNZ: oh, I meant it with all due respect. I seriously think it would be fun. Reminds me of my Italian relatives watching soccer/football.

  223. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    yelich has arrived

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, grab him!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: two leagues, some jack ass nabbed him in another one last week

  224. goodfold2 says:
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    dropped zunino for phegley early this morning but got a nice goodbye present. double/homer. that’s all it is though, right, phegley’s the way at this point.

  225. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    what about this Marisnik kid they called up too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him a lot

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: enough to add cause yelich was gone a week ago and asa back up to the sitting on the bench Eaton?

        The two top Marlins prospects get called up the same day, if this was a porno it would start with an unconventional bass line and two female nurses enter the room

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, over Eaton, may as well…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: platooning with Eaton.

            The baby’s mama told me that after watching Next Food Network Star her friend and husband were going to drive out for strawberry donuts from Culver City. I find this amusing because, A) they would, and because B) baby’s mama has taken donuts to them from there before but not Strawberry ones, even though I told her the three times prior to take them. Nobody trusts Jack

  226. SteveNZ says:
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    And now Votto and Phillips are pinch-hit for in the 6th? Bloody hell.

  227. Jason Katnip says:
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    add Melancon and drop braun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  228. SteveNZ says:
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    Run, Goldy. Run!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes!

  229. Wilsonian says:
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    Went kind of crazy earlier just because I think Gregg isn’t long for a closer’s role (assuming he gets dreamt in the next two weeks), dropped him for Melancon. It’s in my shallow league where I have Mujica, Parnell, and Benoit. Crazy or good speculative move?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wilsonian: crazy ballsy but I like it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice move

  230. The Thumb says:
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    Huge OF. Bruce, JUpton, Choo, Fowler, Byrd, McLouth, EYJ, AJax.

    Add Yelich or stay put? Who to drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  231. Derrick says:
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    Anyone see that catch by Robinson to save Arroyo’s shutout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, missed it…

  232. Gareth says:
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    Please rate in order the following two starters below. I would be dropping my current streamer (Parker) and maybe others (Gallardo, Lynn) for these guys.

    Locke, Jeff SP PIT
    7/30/13 vs. STL Lynn, Lance SP STL
    8/4/13 vs. COL Nicasio, Juan SP COL

    Santana, Ervin SP KC
    7/30/13 @ MIN Pelfrey, Mike SP MIN
    8/4/13 @ NYM Hefner, Jeremy SP NYM

    Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL
    7/30/13 vs. HOU Norris, Bud SP HOU
    8/4/13 vs. SEA Saunders, Joe SP SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wei-Yin, Locke

  233. Mike says:
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    Eaton had been struggling since his call up. Should I drop Eaton Outright and scoop up Yelich? How wide is the talent margin between these two guys? Who projects to be the best value?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Mike: I’d go Yelich

  234. ROLFAMLO says:
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    In a keeper, should I drop Chris Archer to stash Kevin Gausman if I’m borderline out of it this year? Just lost Braun, so I’m thinking about stashing a bunch of prospects at this point. I have Yelich and Erasmo. Guys like Bogaerts, Taveras, et. al are all taken. Gausman is the highest on sharkey’s list that hasn’t been picked over yet.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @ROLFAMLO: I would, did you grab marisnick too? could be an interesting breakout.

      • ROLFAMLO says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: he got scooped up, wish I did though…

  235. Zac says:
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    What type of player, preferably pitcher should/could I expect for Tori Hunter, and Werth? Want to trade while they’re hot, because my team is awful and looking good for the future and want younger talent…

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