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Andy Pettitte managed to shut out the Rays yesterday for 7 1/3 IP with only 4 baserunners and 10 Ks.  No wonder why he returned.  He was probably sick of beating his kids at MLB 2K12.  “Dad, we don’t mind you playing our video games while we’re at school, but could you stop spitting tobacco onto our all-terrain robot?”  That’s Andy’s kids after a powwow about how to address the problem.  I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see this coming.  He wasn’t even that good before he retired.  I guess he just needed 26 months between starts.  If he retired again tomorrow, he’d throw a no-hitter in 2016.  Or he’d win that perfect game contest that MLB is doing with their video game.  Enough with the commercials already.  I liked baseball better when they were a conservative game without the cheap gimmicks.  Bring back the Spiderman web-covered bases!  So, can Pettitte keep this up?  Seems doubtful.  He’s about a 3.75 ERA guy that pitches his home games in not one of the more forgiving parks in a tough division.  But, you know what, he looks no worse than what I’d expect of Oswalt and you’re stashing him, so he’s definitely worth owning.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into today’s roundup, wanted to draw attention to the contest we’re holding.  We’re giving away a fifty-five inch LG 3D TV.  The TV comes with a remote control that has a mustache glued on top of it.  I’m kidding.  The mustache is glued on top of the TV.  Go ahead and enter.  It’s free and there’s a chance your significant other might be less inclined to get annoyed with you when you check your teams on a romantic date if you just won a TV.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Colby RasmusWatch out Mr. Lewis – you aren’t assured to be the #1 Colby on the year-end Player Rater.  Rasmus went 5-for-5 with a Double, HR, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs.  All he was missing was a triple and a SB for the vaunted slam and legs w/ a side of cycle.  For those of you who stuck by him in his mediocre .232/9/3/11/1 were rewarded with a .237/11/3/10/2 in May.  Hmm, that doesn’t sound right.  Well, they’ve been rewarded prior to this game with a 1-for-10.  Damn, guess the reality is just that Rasmus is talented, has been mediocre, and that this big game is a fluke or a harbinger of big things to come.  Only one thing to do – take a flyer for a week and don’t make him into a hitting streamboat if he struggles.

Edwin Encarnacion – Took a day off as he recovers from the bruised hand from the Sunday HBP.  The difference between that and his usual DH duties is that he can grip his bat without having to get off the bench.

Mark Trumbo - 4-for-4 with 2 HR and 4 RBIs.  I got a Trumboner!  Glad that he wasn’t blacklisted by The Sciosciapath like Napoli for being an all bat, no field player.  “Now if you keep hitting, we’re gonna play Maicer Izturis at 2nd base and left field simultaneously.  He could pull off that Maicer, he’s an all-fielder!”  That’s Scioscia yelling outside of Trumbo’s bedroom window.  Scioscia doesn’t believe in man-to-man convos or man-to-phone.  I don’t know why, ask him.

Garrett Richards - A very good first start of the year for the Angel rookie – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 K.  Some prospects put up great minor league stats and some arrive based on scouting hype.  Richards is the latter as he hasn’t managed 8+ K/9 above single-A and has shown a lack of control as well.  But he throws 95+ MPH so if he can figure things out, he could be very good.  I like him only because his name reminds me of two of the hottest characters in 70/80’s TV – Mary Richards and Ms. Garrett.  Maybe he can make it after all and be a (house) keeper.

Hank Conger – Being called up by the Angels to replace Bobby Wilson, who was hit by a foul tip to the mask.  You know who took too many off the mask?  Rocky Dennis.  Conger’s an offensive minded catcher so there’s no chance The Sciosciapath plays him.  I’m joking.  Or am I?  I think I am.  Conger has 10-ish homer power and some very slight speed (3-ish).  Outside of AL-Only leagues, look away, baby, look away, Chicago.

Tim HudsonShutout the Marlins, giving up 8 baserunners and 3 Ks.  This is on the heels of a great Zito start.  To top it off, Mark Mulder struck out his 12-year old neighbor with a nasty Wiffle Ball ‘riser’ that he learned from Chad Bradford.  Guess some guys are mad that they’re not mentioned in Moneyball.

Russell Martin – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs with his 5th homer.  He’s been pretty horrific so far this year, but he has raised his average thirty points in the last ten games.  As the terrier says to the shoe while standing on Go, it’s a start.

Daniel Bard – Red Sox sent Bard down to Triple-A.  To really mess with him, they should have him work outta the bullpen in the minors.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Made throws from 90 feet.  Great, let him play center field from 2nd base.  He’s got the wheels!

Dustin Pedroia – Sparky Anklebiter made it back into the lineup today going 0-for-3 with an RBI in the loss to the Orioles.  He wasn’t supposed to play but he ran on the field and the Red Sox coaching staff couldn’t catch him.  Bobby Valentine was then guilted to let Pedroia start when the crowd started chanting ‘Let him play.’

James Shields – 5 IP, 7 ER.  Sometimes Shields is a raging river, sometimes he’s just a brook.

Javy Guerra – Will miss the next 6 weeks with knee surgery.  Mickey Mantle never needed knee surgery.  Just drink a stronger whiskey!

Felix Hernandez – Due to his back, he will miss his next start, but the DL isn’t being considered yet.  If it is, you will hear about it first here after I read about it elsewhere.  Noesi will go on short rest.  He’s not related to Jon Niese.

Michael Saunders – 3-for-4 with a homer.  All he does is hit homers!  If you thought the preceding was a false statement, you’re right.  You’re like Brooks Robinson of the obvious.  Nothing gets by you.  Saunders does have two homers in the last four games and he’s hitting near .450 over the last week.  It’s called a hot schmotato.

Huston Street – Activated from the DL and got the win.  Dale Thayer, see ya layer!

Carlos Quentin – 3-for-4 with two solo homers.  You know how people would get real excited on daytime talk shows in the 90’s and throw chairs and say, “Oh, no, he di’int.”  Quentin’s got me “Oh, no, he di’int” excited.  It’s like the first nice thing I’ve had all year in the way of offense in the RCL.  Don’t tell me where he plays his home games.  I don’t care.  But if you want to hear me talk about where he plays his home games and why we should keep expectations in check, listen to this afternoon’s podcast.

Andrew Cashner – Could be moving into the rotation at some point in the season, says the Padres GM.  To speed up the switch, he blew yesterday’s game.  This only really matters to NL-Only’ers at this point.  Hey, NL-Only’ers, say hello to your mother for me.

Anibal Sanchez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks was not his line, but it’s what I wrote on a piece of paper and stuck under my pillow.  Stupid, Fantasy Baseball Fairy.  His line was 6 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Ugh.  He exited and watched runs scored on his line because the Marlin relievers don’t like me.

Dan Uggla – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and 2 homers yesterday as he visited his old stomping grounds.  Strike that.  He never played for the Marlins in this stadium.  Okay, as Uggla returned to The Stadium They Built Around Unicorn Vomit.  “Mr. Loria, where do you want the new stadium?”  “There will be a sign from above where it should– Did that unicorn just vomit?  We’ve got our sign!”

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Only one walk in this start, but gave up two homers and some untimely hits.  YoGa, you’re supposed to relieve stress.

Tim Lincecum6 IP, 8 K, 6 baserunners….and 4 ER because he had another bad inning.  If you look up bad inning in the dictionary, you won’t find anything because it’s an infrequently used phrase.  Except if it’s the Tim Lincecum Dictionary – Second Edition where it’s right before the phrase ‘bad pick in LABR by Grey and Rudy.’

Ryan Theriot – 2-for-5 with a steal on Monday — old news!  3-for-3, 3 RBIs and another steal yesterday — new news (almost stutterer!).  In the grand scheme of things, it’s not exciting, but neither are most MI options.

Angel Pagan – 2-for-4 with his 11th steal while batting .321.  Haven’t talked much about him, but that’s just wrong, you hear me?  Wrong!  He’s kinda having an unheralded, not showy Victorino type year.  I will call him Plain Victorino.

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I can’t do it.  He could throw a no-hitter against the 1927 Yankees on Old Timer’s Day at the Stadium and I won’t do it.  Maybe I’ll reevaluate in the offseason if he strings together three months of quality starts.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-4 with a homer.  Guess how many homers he has?  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *taps finger, picks nose, looks for place to wipe finger, chooses underside of desk*  Only 6 homers.  I bet you guessed higher.

Dayan Viciedo – Member how four days ago people were like, “Grey, your mustache is a gift of the Gods, but Viciedo will never get cold ever.  He’s a new hitter!”  He’s now 1 for his last 16 with 6 Ks.  He’s streaky, y’all.

John Lannan – Nats are talking to the Dodgers and Rockies about Lannan.  Oh my God, someone just take him already!  Can he write?  We have an opening for our Friday at 10 AM slot.  We’ll take him.

Jaime Garcia – 2 IP, 6 ER and he admitted his elbow was still hurting.  That would’ve been something to mention before the start.  Cust kayin’.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 2nd homer, or in Fatt Adams’s case a *pinkie to mouth* roundtripper.  I was all set to drop him because of Craig stealing his PT.  Now, I’m scared they’re both gonna hit and cause a frustrating platoon.  I’m so conflicted.  Wasn’t that an Avril Lavigne song?  If it was, I apologize.

Homer Bailey – 3 IP, 6 ER.  Talk about pulling the ol’ rope-a-dope with fantasy baseballers everywhere.  He pitches solid for a month, then, just as his fantasy ownership numbers peak higher than they’ve probably been in three years, he faces the Pirates, in what seems like a perfect matchup.  And this.  It’s sadistic.  Did he only pitch well the last month because it was all a part of the lure?  He’s a predator and I wouldn’t let him within 500 feet of my fantasy team.

Alex Presley - Triumphantly returned to the Pirates major league lineup with a HR and a triple.  Then again, I’m not sure he ever left because the MLB Transaction page had said they sent Aalex Presley to the minors.  I think he was just hanging out in Kalamazoo to clear his thoughts.  Anyway, he won’t provide a ton of HRs or SBs so, um, he’s not a great option, except in deeper leagues.

Stephen Drew – Diamondbacks owner said Drew should be back from his ankle injury already, calling into his question his integrity and desire to play.  J.D. Drew was never accused of such things.  He was much better about faking his injuries.  I imagine before their kids could take care of them, Momma and Papa Drew had a lot of worker comp cases.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and when it hits the ground it twists its ankle and misses 90 days of work.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Kennedy must’ve got all hyped up hearing about the return of Oswalt.  Still think Kennedy was overrated coming into the year due to Wins and is around a 3.50 ERA pitcher.  He’s at 3.93 now with solid Ks, so there’s room there to be better than he’s been.  Though, he’s not yesterday good.

Aaron Hill – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  It came out of the eight hole (which is Thai massage code for your left ear lobe).  I’d say this big game might move him up the order, but Parra led off with a 4-for-5 night and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Member how hot Parra got for about two weeks about two months ago?  Worth picking Parra up to see if this is the start of another one of those streaks.  And tell your waiver wire Grey sent you!

Jason Kubel – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer as the Diamondbacks scored 10 runs and Justin Upton sat.  Holy sit!

Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Oh, no, him and Bailey are working in cahoots!  They’re co-conspirators!  One does poorly so you want to drop him and then the other one does well.  No way, I’m not gonna fall for the ol’ banana-in-the-tailpipe trick.

Cliff Lee – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks as he took the loss.  Baseball Writers of America Association issued a statement saying, Lee just doesn’t have the stuff to win games.

Roy Halladay – Received a 2nd opinion that said the same as the first opinion — out 6 to 8 weeks.  This got me thinking.  If a doctor had an office in a cave, his patient would get a 2nd opinion seconds later.  Deep Thoughts with Grey Albright.

  1. Brody says:
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    ‘banana in the tailpipe’ — A+ movie reference

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brody, Hehe

  2. beardcrabs says:
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    “say hello to your mutha for me” is that from Marky Mark on SNL…

    • Bristol says:
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      @beardcrabs, Biff Tannen in Back to the Future

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Bristol, why can’t it be both?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @beardcrabs, It’s probably been around longer than Biff. It’s basically the old “say hi to your wife and my kids” line — i.e. guaranteed to make me laugh no matter how many times I’ve heard it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Marky Mark is what I was thinking of…

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Is J.Upton going the route of Adrian Gonzales, most likely hiding an injury?

    I own both and seem to be drinking more than usual and wondering if fantasy baseball can lead to a minor drinking problem. I’d tell this to my therapist but I used all my duckets for my money leagues and scratchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Glad you’re here, we’re a free fantasy baseball therapy clinic. We take all HMOs, PPOs and beer.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, import or domestic? hopefully not micro brews

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, since its not wise to mail beer I’ll just have to drive out to the west side and buy everyone I see with a moustache a beer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’ll do! Take follow ups to the newest post…

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Mary Tyler Moore and Charlotte Rae…..Yeah I’d do that 3 way

    I wouldnt mind taking a spin with Erin Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Have you seen Hollywood Treasure? She was on there… I saw it on Netflix streaming… Um, sad?

    • ErinGraywasHOT says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, good call on EGray

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @ErinGraywasHOT, buck rogers was my fav, silver spoons gave me some weird riding her on the mini train thing going on

  5. chata says:
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    a) isn’t it “MLB 12 after 2K” ?

    b) oswalt , in no way , puts up the pettitte-type numbers .

    c)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, A) Yes! C)

  6. Giant JJ says:
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    Would you trade Ryan Zimmerman for Tim Lincecum? 20 teams

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Giant JJ, No

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Giant JJ, Yes! Anything to get rid of Zimmerman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, I would…

  7. Giant JJ says:
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    You guys must have fixed the iPad problem. I’m not getting bounced off today. Great

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, Sweet!

  8. Prezii says:
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    Mauer, sale, morrow for miggy. Pull the trigger? Or too much?

    • Prezii says:
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      Im assuming i have NONE of those 3 by playoff time.. And Cabrera would round out my offense nicely.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Prezii,

        Do it immediately. Don’t walk. Run.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Prezii, I can’t believe you are even asking that, run like the wind

    • Bottom Feeder says:
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      @Prezii, i gave up shields, reddick and A-gonz for miggy. you’re robbing the blind in your deal. do it!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Bottom Feeder, @ Jack Full Of Hate, @hawk, lol yeah i did before i went to bed! Ive been tryin to work a deal with this guy for weeks! Guy might have been drunk tradin cuz ive sent him way better deals than that.. I dunno.. thnx for the input tho guys!! Miggy and prince back to back? I definitely like!

  9. Steve says:
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    What do you think of Leake v PIT on Thursday? He’s been decent lately but I’m a little wary of Reds pitchers who have been decent lately going against the Pirates…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, It’s h2h as if it needed saying…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I wouldn’t trust him…

  10. Ciao Rudy, Grey, everyone. In my 16-team one-year roto league where I’m in second place due mostly to pitching, I’ve got four marginal OF/Util types. Please help me rank them, as I’m almost certainly going to have to drop one or in the next week or so.

    Luke Scott
    Delmon Young
    Anthony Rizzo
    Colby Rasmus (who I had on the bench last night!)

    (The rest of my OF/UTIL options are Victorino, Stubbs, Bruce, Kendrick, with Berkman on the DL)

    Also, I’ve got Jesus Montero in the C slot in the same league. Is it worth dropping a second from among the names above to grab a hot C like Rosario or Ellis so I can sit Montero on the days he faces tough RHP? Montero’s overall line looks fine, but I was surprised to note he’s hitting only .199 against RHP and probably around .160 against decent RHP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Ciao, Enrique! Drop Young…. I wouldn’t carry two catchers…

      • @Grey, Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, That was Rudy…

  11. HKevo says:
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    Grey-
    Picked up Vogelsong to replace Halladay, thanks, now I wanna heed your advice about Haren and get rid of him, would Gallardo be a good trade target in exchange for Haren? I love Gallardo and feel he’s a good buy low candidate, especially after his last start.
    My rotation right now:
    Cain, Wilson, Haren, Dempster, Morrow, Vogelsong and Halladay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HKevo, I’d take Gallardo…

  12. Adam says:
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    Paulino and/or Scherzer tonight?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Adam, toss em both.

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Wilsonian, I second that, both have been throwing very well lately. Ride the wave…

  13. Tony says:
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    grey- H2H, the guy im playing has 25 of his 32 innings in and a .71, hudson and kennedy throw great games last night after being SHELLEDDDDD for their past how many….yep im about screwed, anyways, would you throw wainy vs HOU or is wainy a bench vs. a Little League team right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, I’d start him…

  14. papasmurf says:
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    My team was within 1.5 pts of first entering last night. A good showing from the trio of Anibal, Homer, and Holland could push my team over the top… Twas all a pipe dream… dropped 4 pts right back.

    Punted Bailey already. Got one excellent start and one ugly one. Sanchez continues to get singled to death for the most part. And I read somewhere that Holland’s velocity was down in the middle innings? Worrisome if true.

    Got Paulino going tonight vs. MIN in what seems like a good matchup on paper… kinda has the setup of an implosion. Hope not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Oh no, Smurf… Surprised you still had Holland after his previous drubbing…

  15. MattTruss223 says:
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    Thanks for another great write-up gents! I had a nice night last night, watched my boy Uggla deposit homers onto a couple Marlins Park gimmicks. He put one in the Clevelander and put one dead nuts into the middle of the unicorn vomit. Watching the game with the wifey who said, “Anytime someone bounces one off that thing “Pinball Wizard” should automatically start playing”. I concur.

    Then I got a trade accepted. In my Y! Pro League where I have an excess of corner men I upgraded; sending Morse and Middlebrooks away for Sandoval. Thoughts? I’ve got Hosmer and Trumbo manning the corners now. Pablo will go to first and Hosmer will hit the pine while I try to move him. Middlebrooks wasn’t cracking my lineup these days with Trumbo playing everyday and his inconistant PT was killing me anyway, I almost dropped him.

    If only Cliffly could’ve gotten a win, what a crapshoot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Thanks! I concur too… Ha! I like the trade, hopefully it works out…

  16. Abell says:
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    Sit or start capuano tonight at Philly? I gotta find a streamer this week if it’s a sit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abell, Start

  17. TheNewGuy says:
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    Need speed but noticed Rasmus’ huge game and he’s available on FA still. Drop a 7th starter in Scherzer/Paulino or a speedster in Berry to pick him up?

    Leaning towards one of the pitchers, I don’t need 8 starters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Drop a 7th starter or an 8th? Lose Paulino if 8 SPs…

    • Hawk says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      Unless you are hurting for speed, I’d definitely take Rasmus over Berry. I’d also take Rasmus over Paulino if you can do without the pitchers.

  18. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Feel your pain on Anibal, certainly would have been nice to pull him after 6 and the QS/bleeding would have been held in check.

    Also, Shields and Lincecum would make a great couple as both always have an inning of self-destruction. Last week it was the 6th against the White Sox where he was blown up for 5 ER in the 6th and yesterday was the grand slam to Martin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yup… We should fix them up!

  19. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:I feel ashamed to even be considering these two,but-12 team h2h,K’s and K/9-which SP would you p/u right now?….Zito or Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oilcan Giuseppe, Zito

  20. Topher says:
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    TO CATCH A PREDATOR

    STARRING: Devin Mesoraco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Topher, HA!

  21. John says:
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    To be fair Cespedes did miss all of may with his hand injury. Right now he’s homering every 21ab which would put him roughly on pace for about ~20 homers. I’m predicting a line of .240/45/23/84/12 this season for him which would be good for a guy going around the 200th pick.

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      @John, I agree. Points deducted for the low blow to Yoenis! His current stats extrapolate to .252/69/29/123/20 over a full 162-game season. I wouldn’t kick that out of bed in the late rounds of a draft.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Guess I could see how it’s a low blow… I just thought it felt like he had more homers…

  22. Eddie says:
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    I hate Gallardo, and his problems aren’t just the product of bad luck. His 3.82 xFIP isn’t exactly Ace level production. He’s got a BB/9 over 4 for the first time since 2009 and it’s killing his production.
    So damn frustrated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, I hear ya…

  23. AP says:
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    Re: Rasmus last night…….

    SONOVABENCH!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Dah

  24. ABabyinmyDojo says:
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    Trumbo needs 2 more games to get 3rd base eligibility. When do you think this will happen, or will it happen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ABabyinmyDojo, Fingers crossed it happens during interleague…

  25. TheNewGuy says:
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    Starting Wieters at C today and Salty at Util, first time starting 2 catchers since 2010. Feels kinda dirty but Salty’s been red hot.

    As for Salty, hot schmotato, baha man year or is this breakout for real?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Breakout…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, still like JP over him though?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey’s da man!, I’d take JP over Salty and Doumit…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, I hate playing musical catchers, but… Salty over Doumit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Carnac, Eh, I’d hold if I had Doumit, but I do like Salty slightly better if that makes sense…

  26. CT Old School says:
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    Rocky Dennis…outstanding!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT Old School, Thanks!

  27. Ray says:
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    Drop Valverde for Casilla?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray, Casilla

  28. Brian says:
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    If there is a God in heaven who loves watching baseballs fly like angels through the sky at Coors Field, then he will cause John Lannan to be traded to the Rockies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, HA! So true…

      • Brian says:
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        @Grey, I think Lannan should be made “permanent pitcher” for the opponent at Coors Field. Like the kid in your neighborhood who couldn’t run, but always crushed the tennis ball over the roof so you made him “permanent hitter” for your team. CarGo would hit 80 home runs in that setup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Brian, Or ‘run and get the home run balls cause we only have one to play with’ kid…

  29. Dan Pants

    blairtch says:
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    I give Cruz and Morrow for Pedroia, is it worth it considering Dusty’s injury concerns?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @blairtch, I probably wouldn’t do that even if there weren’t injury concerns.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @blairtch, I’d want Cruz…

  30. harkrider says:
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    Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you. I was in 9th place with 42 points 3 weeks ago. Now I’m in 2nd place with 76 points in a 10 team roto keeper league. This has been due to good recommendations from the draft, free agency and trades from you and Rudy.

    I drafted Uggla and Bonifacio due to your rankings. Since I had Uggla I was willing to trade Cano.

    Fielder, Cano and Werth (pre injury) for Votto, Lawrie, and Jennings

    Since I drafted Bonifacio I was willing to trade Reyes

    Reyes and Ubaldo for Price and Rios

    Then I was able to pick Trumbo up off of waivers and last week trade

    Trumbo and Price for Bautista and Hanson

    These trades in addition to my early pick ups of closers and SP’s such as McDonald (due to reading your recommendations) have allowed me to turn my season around.

    Thanks for ALL the recommendations and helping me build my team to dominate.

    Do you see any other glaring holes in my team??

    Posey, Votto, Uggla, JJ Hardy, Lawrie, CarGo, Bruce, Bautista, Jennings, Craig, Youk, Heyward, Rios (Bonifacio on the DL)

    Hanson, Hudson, Marcum, Morrow, McDonald, Matt Moore, Broxton, Reed, Pestano, Clippard, Casilla

    150 starts limit, NO MI or CI, 4 OF and 2 UTIL starters

    Thanks for the help

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @harkrider, I’d like an ace in that rotation. Probably wouldn’t have made that Trumbo/Price deal.

      • harkrider says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, I would like an ace too. However, Verlander is down, Weaver and Halladay are injured, Lincecum is struggling, etc. so I decided I would rather have a hitter as a keeper (Bautista) than an SP (Price).

        Marcum, Morrow, and McDonald have all been much better than some aces this season.

        • WhineSpritzer says:
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          @harkrider, Hey you asked for holes. Sure a lot of guys have been better than “ace” Lincecum. Just think you have mostly unproven guys pitching over their heads right now. With all that offense, I’d go after an anchor like Kershaw, Lee, Cain, Hamels, etc. But you said you’re dominating, though not in 1st? So I don’t know where you really stand. Maybe you don’t need it.

          • harkrider says:
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            @WhineSpritzer, I definitely appreciate the recommendations. I was just explaining why I went ahead and traded Price. Any thoughts on a trade for those type of anchors?

            • WhineSpritzer says:
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              @harkrider, You might be able to pull something like a Youk/Marcum deal for a solid anchor like CJ Wilson or Bumgarner. Or a Bruce/Morrow for a stud like Lee or Kershaw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, No problem… Glad it’s worked out… I’d take CJ Wilson or Bum… Agree you could use an ace…

  31. Jack says:
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    Would you trade Yadier Molina, LaHair, and Romero for Weaver, Jansen, and AJ Pierzynski? Would you do it if they asked for Hosmer instead of LaHair?

    Yahoo 12 Team Standard 6X6 H2H
    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: Will Middlebrooks
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Adam Jones
    UTL: Bryan LaHair, Desmond Jennings
    Bench: Eric Hosmer
    2SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    2RP: Addison Reed, Jim Johnson
    4P: Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Matt Moore, Jamie Garcia, Derek Holland, Roy Oswalt, Felipe Paulino, Clay Buchholz
    DL: Evan Longoria, Sergio Santos

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Jack, Yes and yes.

  32. OaktownSteve says:
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    Kirk Gibson on Justin Upton:

    “I think he’s over-thinking. I think he’s over-trying. Things aren’t coming naturally to him. He’s tried a lot. He’s a little bit lost in who he really is. And he’s really frustrated as you can see.”

    He’s a little bit lost in who he is? So this is now an existential crisis? Perhaps Kirk Gibson and the coaching staff can stage an all male cast version of No Exit for him in the locker room. Maybe they can get him a beret and send him to Paris to drink Pastis and smoke a bunch of Gauloise at Les Deux Magot while discussing Camus’ refutation of suicide as a viable philosophical response to the absurdity of being.

    Justin for his part is playing the classic role of pouty superstar to perfection:

    “It’s hard to expect anything around here. I really don’t know. I’m going to come in here tomorrow and wait until the lineup pops up on the screen just like everybody else.”

    You have to love the passive aggressive energy contained in the phrase “hard to expect anything around here.”

    Classic red ass manager story arc in progress down there in Zona. Team over-acheives and reverential praise is given to the tough but fair manager and the talented young MVP candidate. Year later and Gibson’s just another dinosaur a-hole and Upton is little boy blue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Great comment, couldn’t agree more… Pouty’s better than hiding injury though if that’s all it is for Upton… At least I think it’s better, but maybe there’s a more obvious cure for the injury…

  33. Chillmodious says:
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    This might be next-morning overreaction, but Jaime Garcia was sliding a bit even before news of the elbow/yesterday’s stinker…so do I drop Jaime in a 12tm H2H for Felipe Paulino (who I would then start today)? I’m tempted to take the “morning after (bad start) pill” and rid myself of the worry, but I can’t tell if I’m too deep in the forest to see the trees (or some other clichéd metaphor that suggests I may be overlooking something).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, I’d drop Garcia at this point… Paulino’s fine…

  34. Dominic says:
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    So who is this Drew Hutchinson fellow, looks like he has strung along two good starts and hasn’t been really noticed. I picked up Bailey before he got rocked in this last start, should I drop him for Hutch?

    Also I love the shout out to Kalamazoo, go Broncos!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic, Drew Hutchinson is an AL-Only type pitcher at this point…

  35. Grey's da man! says:
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    I got some tough matchups this week. Gio G at Boston. Latos home vs Detroit. CJ wilson at Colorado. Anibal home vs Rays. This is where drafting NL guys sucks lol.

    My opponent has pretty good matchups lined up so its gonna be hard to sit them..what do you think? I’m guessing Gio and Latos are must sits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I have those matchups too… Can’t sit them…

  36. Grey's da man! says:
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    Would you drop Scott for Chisenhall or Kubel?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Kubel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d go with Chisenhall

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, hmm..just saw Rays start a series in NY to play the yankees today. maybe try to wait until after the series? or just take chisenhall now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey’s da man!, Sure, let Scott play in New York, makes sense…

  37. Poo Holes says:
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    Is it fair to offer Bautista, BJ Upton, Garza, and Capuano for Cutch, Hamels, and Stanton? This guy really likes Upton and Garza and has been trying to get them for a few days now. He has a big drop off in starting pitching after Hamels. Would YoGa or Lester be more fair instead of Capuano?

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Poo Holes, IMO feels like you’re giving too much. I might make that offer in a keeper league, though.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @shibboleth, It is a keeper league, actually.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Poo Holes, I’d much rather have the Cutch side in the first offer. Replacing Capuano might do it though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Yeah, need to give more… Lester or Gallardo, offered in that order…

  38. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thinking offering a reverse of the Morse for Zimmerman trade I made at the start of the year (I currently have Zimm). He prob won’t do it now but I don’t care, gotta try, Zimm has been a trainwreck and must be hurt.

    Only thing is id be left with EE the rest of the year at 3B. Is he reliable enough in a 10 teamer? Try it anyway and worry later? Morse would slot in my CI spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Try and worry later…

  39. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Alright I’m going to start letting my dog pick my spot starters.

  40. Wilsonian says:
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    Keeper league:

    JUp/McCann for Stanton/Salty

    Which side?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, or:

      Kemp/McCann for Stanton/Salty?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, Kemp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Upton

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, what if McCann doesn’t fall in line with keepers (so it’s really just this season for the catcher slot, and this season plus forever for the OF)?

        • Grey

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          Then I could see taking Stanton…

  41. Uranus Gas Giants says:
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    What are your thoughts on Youkillis and Wandy Rod for Melky? 14 roto 7×7 with slug/obp and qs/holds. I’m in first by a wide margin and my pitching is keeping that margin from widening further.

    I give Melky, by the way.

    • Uranus Gas Giants says:
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      @Uranus Gas Giants,

      My outfield lineup currently Consists of Braun, Holliday, Quentin, Craig, Campana and Melky with Cody Ross on the DL. I would take Campana out of UTIL and put him in OF with Youkillis on UTIL.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Now seeing your outfield, I’d go ahead…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs…

  42. Macgregor says:
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    Good stuff.

    What’s the deal with Brad Lincoln? Is he returning to the bullpen after today or is he going to waste my time starting another game?

    Adam Dunn and Jaime Garcia for Wainwright and Venable?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Macgregor, Thanks! Lincoln should stay in the rotation for the time being… Dunn….

      • Macgregor says:
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        @Grey, Dunn…..? I just have this fear that he’ll stop hitting home runs and become good for nothing but destroying my average.

        And Lincoln…. what’s ‘time being’? I know he was scheduled to make two starts this week, so they’re going to continue through next week? I’ve been using him for ERA and WHIP support as he’s got SP/RP eligibility. If he’s going to be starting for more than a week I think I’d probably let him go.

  43. Ethan Stein says:
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    Taking your advice, I traded Chris Sale for Hosmer. I hope Hosmer doesn’t cause me the same convulsions as you over the next few months.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Ethan Stein, Hosmer has turned Grey into a troubled man. It’ll be a movie someday, with Robert Downey Jr. finding Grey on skid row and seeing a glimpse of ‘pert. He writes about Grey’s story in the LA Times and, with all the positive attention, Grey is able to overcome his troubles and start a podcast.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Carnac, HA!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Ethan Stein, you put that evil on yourself, ricky bobby!!

  44. TheNewGuy says:
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    Mad-Max or Paulino today, which is the better start.

    Both high K, risky whippercrappers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Scherzer…

  45. Ethan Stein says:
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    Right now I’m holding on to Cahill, Oswalt, and Pettite as my 6th starter in a ten team league (with Anibal and Yovani helping my ERA yesterday). While I have no one to pick up at the moment, in what order do you keep them should i need to purge one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ethan Stein, Pettitte, Cahill…

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Ethan Stein, If you’re not making a move right now, I’d wait to see if there’s a clearer picture. But if you had to drop one tomorrow I’d lose Oswalt first and Cahill last.

  46. PythonFactory says:
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    Thanks for taking the time to write all these great articles. It makes my mornings at work that much more bearable (and my friends’ mornings too since I’ve shared your site with them)

    Quick trade question for a league with 12 managers, 35 players each (5OF, MI, CI league), and 28 keepers (no restrictions). I have a slew of inconsistent 1b/3b (Smoak, Pedro, Mark Reynolds, LaHair, Chris Davis, LaRoche) and am looking for a stud. I’ve been offered David Wright and Dillon Gee for my Chris Sale, Chris Davis, and Bryan LaHair. Would you do that? My team is currently in the run for first place so I’m not super worried about trading youth for an older guy. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PythonFactory, No problem, thanks for the kind words! I’d take Wright…

  47. kratos says:
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    Beltran/Santana too much for Verlander?
    I have hamilton, stanton, Jennings, Stubbs, frenchy, and Quentin as OFer’s.
    Have Jesus at C and Felix,Bum,Greinke and Peavy for sp’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kratos, Not too much…

  48. Deadwoods says:
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    Vargas or McCarthy for Parker or hold?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @Deadwoods, You mean lose one of them for Parker? Or lose Parker?…I’d rather have Parker.

      • Deadwoods says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, Yeah, who would you drop for Parker, Vargas or McCarthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Parker over Vargas…

  49. fyodor says:
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    Grey,

    On the return of the Panda, which CI would you drop–Billy Butler or Chris Davis?

    Thanks.

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @fyodor, Davis

  50. higgins42 says:
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    Offered Brantley and Gallardo for Quentin and Craig. Need starting pitching and picked Quentin and Craig up off of waivers recently. Good trade?

    • WhineSpritzer says:
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      @higgins42, Eh, I would cut out Brantley and get more than Gallardo.

      • higgins42 says:
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        @WhineSpritzer, thanks. Will do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @higgins42, Agree with Whine…

      • higgins42 says:
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        @Grey, great – I’ll upgrade to Jennings and Bumgarner, and see if Youk and Quentin will get it done. I need steals, as well.

  51. smegma says:
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    Trade Tex for Braun or McCutchen?

    Other team wants OF help…he also has A.Gonz at 1B. 12 team H2H league favoring power bats (no penalty for k’s or avg).

    My team bats:
    C: JMontero
    1: Konerko
    2: Kinsler
    SS: Jeter
    3: Lawrie
    IF: Freeman
    OF: Braun
    OF: McCutchen
    OF: Trout
    UT: Swisher
    B: LaHair, D.Jennings

    Not sure this helps my team as Freeman/Konerko are doing well if they can stay healthy. However, I do have Jennings coming back to add to my OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Either if you can get them…

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey,

        Sorry if my question was confusing – I have McCutchen and Braun. But based on your comment you would not trade Braun or McCutchen for Tex. Would you do McCutchen for A.Gonzalez or hold?

  52. must...trade...cant...stop says:
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    Beltre/Gordon for some combo of Jennings/AJackson/DeAza? Could also try to add RZimmerman to that equation if anyone thinks he’s going to turn it around…12team, H2H, weekly points, keeper

    I have Mous/Aviles/Arenado remaining at 3B
    I have Ellsbury/Zobrist/Trout/Harper/CYoung/QBerry remaining at OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Beltre for steals… You have too many already…

  53. J-Bird says:
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    RCL League…

    Which “hot hand” to go with for UTIL slot…

    Beckham or Parra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Bird, Parra

  54. Horse says:
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    Which side:

    F-Her / J. Upton / Freeman / Posey

    or

    Gio / Adam Jones

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Horse, F-Her

  55. Hats for Bats says:
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    Liriano – he was dominating in Spring Training and then failed. Could this have just been some much needed mechanical fix like when “Dont Call Me Mike” Stanton moved his hands 4 inches and went on that May tear. After two great QS, is it time to take a flier?

    • Carnac says:
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      @Hats for Bats, Those two starts were against KC and Oakland. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hats for Bats, I wouldn’t touch him…

  56. Shmael says:
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    12 Keep Dynasty League

    Pujols, Lincecum, Papelbon, D’Arnauld
    for
    Tulo, Peavy and Jesus Montero

    Which side? Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shmael, Pujols

  57. Derrick says:
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    Price and Kendrick too much to give up for Cano?

    He originally offered me Cano for Justin Upton and Kendrick. I can’t do that, can I? Even if I have a plethora of OF’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much with Price… Too much with Upton/Kendrick…

  58. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    I currently have Felipe Paulino (after dropping Jaime Garcia) in my rotation and Trevor Bauer in my only reserve spot. Someone in my league just dropped Matt Garza and Jarrod Parker is also available.

    How would you rank these 4 pitchers moving forward? (12-team – head-to-head points league): Bauer, Paulino, Garza, Parker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza, Paulino, Parker…

  59. Chavo says:
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    I Threw Jaime, Anibal and Homer yesterday. Picked up Buchholz to even things out..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  60. Grey

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

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Grey, really I thought you would of said ruiz

  61. JashFath says:
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    Instead of a cycle, they should start calling it a “triple, double, single…. that smooth homerun.” – Rasmus Girl

  62. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    grey, for some dumb reason I have Carlos Ruiz and Miguel montero and hate having both, If I was to consider dropping one who would you suggest. Ruiz is having the career year at an advanced age while Montero is a solid option every year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Montero… Take follow ups to the newest post…

  63. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you had alot of love for howie Kendrick in the pre season, whats your outlook for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take follow ups to the newest post…

  64. Hi Grey — In a 16-team roto league with daily lineup changes, what do you suggest with Rasmus? All things being more or less equal, I generally go with the hot hitter. Rasmus is coming off the huge game last night but facing a southpaw tonight, and he’s hitting .170 vs. LHP. Do I start him or wait until he faces a righty again (which is tomorrow: Peavy)?

    I’ve got other options for the three OF and one UTIL slots (Victorino, Delmon Young, Bruce, Luke Scott, Stubbs) but I don’t want to miss another huge night.

    And a couple of quickies: Are you still high on Rizzo? I was hoping he’d be up by now and it now seems like it could be three more weeks.

    And when you have a good hitter whose struggling to find his groove (i.e., Krispie, Morse) do you take a multi-hit performance like yesterday’s as proof that they’re back? Or do you need to see more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take follow ups to the newest post, friend…

  65. jack says:
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    Derek Holland has lost 4-5 mph recently cuz he is battling a stomach virus that has caused him to lose 15 lbs. Wish he had told us sooner!

    Holland is not injured, he’s just not feeling well. Holland has been battling — and pitching through — a stomach virus for about two weeks. Holland said he has lost between 10 and 15 pounds.

  66. Grey

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

  67. JJ07 says:
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    What do you guys think?

    Is Reimold or Dirks the better player to stash on DL (standard 12-team 5×5 roto)?

    Also, would you keep Thayer (in case Street gets reinjured or traded) or pick up Camp (who could well emerge from that cluster@&#@# in Chitown as closer)? <-16-team 5×5 roto

  68. Abdoozy says:
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    There should be a glossary term for “dropping a pitcher, who goes on to have a suck day, and congratulating self for the wisdom of the move, until the sudden realization that said pitcher was replaced in your lineup by a pitcher who had an almost identically horrid outing.”

    ref: me replacing Garcia with Bailey.

  69. NyJacobs says:
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    Grey:
    What 2 do w/Jaime Garcia? hold/drop? If Drop, who would you add in a 10 Team Roto already have Gallardo, Shields, C. Wilson, Romero, Scherzer, Colby Lewis and stashing Bauer.

    Available : zambrano, burnett, doubront, niese, ubaldo, cahill, matusz, bailey kuroda – are available?

    Could use qs, wins and more ks.

    Thanks.

  70. KarlJ says:
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    Just traded Lahair for Zobrist.
    I need another good SP ( ugh Garcia) and someone just offered me Lance Lynn for Zobrist.
    Kipnis is my 2b so Zobrist is riding my bench.
    No brainer???

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