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Brandon Phillips isn’t the shiniest tool in the toolbox, but he hit two homers off Beachy yesterday.  He’s gone from a 30/30 2nd baseman to a 20/20 2nd baseman to now an 18/15 2nd baseman, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely screwed if you overpaid for him on draft day.  As long as Dusty hits him between Votto and Bruce, good ol’ Brandon should deliver above average R/RBI at a solid average.  He might not be as sexy as an Altuve or a Jemile, but he’ll probably be a better value the rest of the way.  BTW, even if you didn’t own him last night, the best thing about BP wrecking another Beachy was we didn’t have to sit through a celebrity telethon and Sean Penn’s sourpuss.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we get into the roundup, here’s the latest podcast. We talk about the Nats bullpen, Brandon Beachy and I read a poem I wrote for Gio Gonzalez.   If that’s not enough for you, Rudy references Lil Jon and drops an F-bomb, which isn’t as deadly as an A-Bomb, but nearly as effective.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup and podcast:

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Zack Cozart – He homered again yesterday for his second in two days because he wants to make it up to me for his early season struggles.  At least that’s what my ventriloquist dummy wearing a Cozart jersey told me.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I want everyone to promise me one thing.  If you don’t want to own Latos right now because of his ERA roller coaster ride, write it down somewhere that you won’t read until next March.  So when you see his 3.50 ERA from 2012, you don’t draft him and then want to drop him for the first 6 weeks of next season too.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  When asked in the clubhouse where’d these strikeouts come from, Dickey said he pictured all the batters were his childhood bullies who used to pick on him.  Must’ve been hard for a guy named Dickey who was a knuckleballer.

Frank Francisco – Pitched a perfect inning for his 11th save.  Only during the Closepocalypse could a guy with 11 saves and a 7.13 ERA appear good.

James McDonald – Had another great start (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks).  E I E I Own!

Kevin Youkilis – The Greek God of Limps has returned, and homered.  Opa!

Adrian Gonzalez – Comatose Red Sox Fan, “A-Gon is in the outfield?  So Ortiz is playing first and it’s interleague play?”  Nope.  “Our pitching is doing well, but we’re trying to squeeze in more offense?”  Nuh-uh.  “Please, tell me we’re at least in first for the Wild Card.”  You might want to sit down for this.  The A-Gonz outfield experiment is lasting beyond interleague as the Sawx are stuck with Middlebrooks and Youuuuuuuk at the corners.  Maybe while in the outfield, A-Gonz can reacquaint himself with the area behind the fences.  Not sure if he’ll play there enough to gain OF-eligibility outside 5 game leagues, but it can’t hurt his value.  Hopefully he can avoid the injury curse that is befalling all the Sawx OFs (Crawford, Ellsbury, McDonald, Ross, Kalish….)

Scott Podsednik – I’m gonna go out on a limb and say if you played any post-collegiate outfield, you could receive a call from the Red Sox.  This includes Matt Stairs’ Steak and Keggers Softball League.

Gavin Floyd – 3 2/3 IP, 9 ER pitching at home against the Twins.  Yowza!  Floyd is generally a safe 5th/6th SP in shallow leagues, but you just ask that he does this against a good opponent so you have a proper heads-up.  Party foul, Gavin.

Gordon Beckham – 3rd HR in 4 games (and Vernon Wells robbed him of a HR the game before that).  Not bad for the most British-sounding 2B since William Randolph.

Travis Wood – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, as he was recalled by the Cubs to take Volstad’s spot in the rotation.  Wood had a 4.57 ERA in Triple-A this year.  That’s depressing, until you think about how fortunate you are that you’re not the Red Sox outfield.

Bryan LaHair – Sat out yesterday because he’s in a 1-for-20 skid.  And here I thought he’d hit .400 this year.  I’m glad I didn’t request MLB to defrost Ted Williams’ head.  On May 11th, when I told you to sell him, he had a .384 average with 8 homers.  He now has 10 homers with a .315 average.  He could be a platoon player by June 15th.

Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-4 with his 4th homer.  At least he’s having the decency to hit so it’s not completely laughable that the Cubs will find someone to take him off their hands.  Kinda laughable, just not completely.

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-4 with his 3rd homer in… Let’s see how many times have I told you to own him in the last week?

Matt Carpenter – Left yesterday’s game with an injury to his side.  Just when you thought the oblique couldn’t get any vaguer, teams are now just calling it an injured side.

Michael Bourn – 2 homers yesterday.  That’s typically a season for him.  Did his 3rd round drafter Matthew Berry erase his memory and Bourn suddenly assumed a power-hitting identity?

Vance Worley – Hopes to pitch again even after visiting Dr. Freeze.  Here’s what frequent commenter, Cahhhhh-stanza, said, “Jo Anne’s son, Vance, went to see Dr. Freeze Monday for a 2nd opinion.  His first opinion?  Your mom’s best acting was on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.  His second opinion?  I think a 12-18 month vacation may be in your future.”

Roy Halladay – 6 IP, 5 ER.  I’m officially concerned.  Is this the beginning of the end for him being a number one?  Citizens Flank is obviously not the friendliest of ballparks for pitchers, but that hasn’t changed from the last two years.  Luckily, you didn’t draft him and just went with Anibal and Gio to anchor your staff like I told you.

P.J. Walters – The ex-Cardinal had a complete game victory vs. the White Sox – giving up 2 ER and 8 Ks.  That’s 3-for-3 in quality starts so far.  His minor league stats don’t hint at this being his breakout season, but maybe PJ’s turning into a sleeper.

Robinson Cano – 1-for-3 with his 5th homer.  Still off the 8 homer, Ian Desmond pace car.

Josh Bell – 1-for-4 with a homer.  He was hitting the feathers out of the chicken (that’s a saying) in Triple-A.  He was also striking out more than a beagle in heat (also, a saying).  I wouldn’t want him for the long term, but he has everyday playing time and might stay hotter than a camel riding a furnace (not a saying).

J.J. Putz – 3rd blown save last night with 1 IP, 2 ER.  Dickey and Putz’s fortunes seem to be going in opposite directions like Siamese twins connected at the back.  After Putz lived up to his name last night, it might be wise for his owners to handcuff themselves to David Hernandez.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners (6 BBs), 2 Ks.  Six walks and two Ks?  Did Francisco Liriano’s doctor do some ‘minor’ surgery on Ubaldo?

Tyler Clippard – Davey Johnson reached into his bag of relievers and pulled out Clippard to save the game against the Phillies.  Nice 1-2-3 inning.  Now get back in the bag, Tyler, before Davey Boy goes all bulldog on ya.  BB-Rod is safe to drop for Craig “The Pistol” Stammen, Sean Burnett or Tyler Clippard.  If I were picking them up, I’d do it in reverse order.  Unless you’re reading this in a mirror.  .tops dlab eht eciton neve t’nac ,doog skool riah ruoY

Ryan Zimmerman – Sat out yesterday with shoulder soreness.  I’m hoping it’s a coverup because Jordan Zimmermann pitched and they only have one jersey.

Alex Avila – Hit his 5th homer yesterday.  If someone grew bored of the .220-ish hitting Avila, he’s a decent guy to grab off waivers.  No reason to think he can’t get back to respectable.  That sounds like a title of an R&B album, Get Back To Respectable.  A soulful journey as one woman gets back on her feet after a terrible breakup, as sung by Grey Albright.

C.J. Wilson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (1 Hit), 7 Ks.  Of course, if you read any other site, the lead story is Pujols hit a home run.  Then twenty minutes of Bruce Harper, then what does Pujols think of Bryce Harper.

Elliot Johnson – 3-for-4 with his 8th steal.  Kinda annoyed I missed out on him in the RCL, but I got Cozart homering now.  Small booya.

Carlos Pena – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer as he hit leadoff.  …HA!  Sorry, tried to keep a straight face there.  The Rays are so good, Maddon can’t even Mr. Bungle them.  Luke Scott also homered.  As we know from past experiences, Scott and Pena only homer 5 times in a ten day span, never once.

Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-5 with 2 steals.  Now him and Reyes are red hot.  Or is that red-orange?

Brian Matusz – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks against the Sawx.  Tip of the hat for the huge nutsacked owners who started him in this matchup.  That includes those whose nutsacks are enlarged due to a medical condition and who happened to have Matusz in their starting rotation before going to the hospital.

Wilson Betemit – 1-for-3 with his 7th homer.  Sure, I should’ve went with Betemit over Ryan Zimmerman, but a lot of good that’s doing me now!

Adam Wainwright – 4 hit shutout against the Padres with 9 Ks.  We told everyone who listened to last week’s podcast to buy him as it only seemed like a matter of time before he Wainwrighted the ship.  We have one word for how that must’ve tasted

Yan Gomes – The Brazilian whacks another one!  Just an FYI to those of you who are getting sick of LaHair in that slot.

557 Responses

  1. beardcrabs says:
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    i was pretty sure Reyes and Wright were gay… Now I’m positive Reyes and Han-Ram are flaming-orange…

    So you guys are House DJ’s now… Delicious…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Move, drop your body!

  2. Enjoyed the one-jersey Zimmerman(n) comment. In Little League, twin brothers on my team who both usually played catcher shared one jersey. But it wasn’t because they had names on them but because they were both very tall and fat and there was only one XXXL available.

    Question: Is BB-Rod droppable even in a holds league? I mean, do you think they use him in the 7th or 8th? Or is he just destined for mop-up duty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Ha! Lose him…

  3. DrEasy says:
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    Wow, the Brazilian LaHair removal joke just came together perfectly! If only I had the talent you guys have, I would have come up with something for that Minor-Leake match-up a couple of days ago…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy, Hehe

    • @DrEasy, Thanks – fortunate that LaHair was struggling. Wanted to work Lind into the joke but kept wishing his last name was Bush…

  4. and1mcgee says:
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    so elliott johnson or cozart?? who do i pick up? jeeez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @and1mcgee, Depends on need… Cozart…

  5. What’s your take on Matt Moore’s performance last night. I didn’t start him but I tuned in and was able to watch the first couple of innings and he looked good. But then I woke up this morning to see he all ofmamsudden started walking people in fifth. Did you see signs of improvement?

    • @Enrique, Sorry for the typos: iPad issues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I thought ofmamsudden was supposed to be one word, I liked it… He looked fine, error and Maddon hurt him…

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Grey, we still holding onto Reimold in most leagues? No idea how long he’s meant to be out for, and thinking I might need the spot as my DL’s are already full.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Lose him

  7. Tony says:
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    Wainy, Jzimm, & James McDonald 22 innings of 2 run baseball with 19 K’s, then Effing Putz has to come in and give up 2 runs in one inning? CLOSERS ARE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE THIS YEAR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Yup

  8. Gavin says:
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    Worried about Krispie’s slow start back? Dump him while the numbers still look good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gavin, Depends what you can get for him…

    • @Gavin, I think he’ll be fine. It just takes some time to get back in the groove. If you can sell him for full or near full value, sure. But don’t undervalue him.

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Is it time to consider Beckham/Espinosa over Ackley short term? Hot shmotatos and all that, though worried in an OBP league they could hurt me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Espinosa

  10. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    What a terrible night. Not only is Bourne completely out-homering my team but Floyd and Halladay are doing their best to put me in an unfixable pitching hole……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yeah…

  11. appauling says:
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    Does dropping Dee Gordon and getting Elliot Johnson sound like a good move? Thank you thank you.

    • Hawk says:
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      @appauling,

      I wouldn’t. EJ may lose playing time when Longoria comes back which is soon-ish. Gordon had been beyond awful but he got benched, came back from his benching with two hits last night. You held out this long. Hold out a bit longer.

  12. I’m first in my 16-team league for saves, but after trading one closer away thinking it was a position of strength, Chishek (since dropped) never really challenging Bell for the job, dropping Burnett earlier this week in an exercise of bad timing, and now the demotion of BB-Rod, I’m left with only FrankFrank and Fuentes as my closers. So I don’t think my six-save lead in that department is going to hold up for long.

    I probably ought to drop Rodriguez for Hernandez. But Cook, Benoit, and Sean Marshall are also available. Which do you see as the best speculative pickup?

    And there’s no chance Rodriuguez works his way back in the mix with a solid couple of strong non-closing performances, right?

    • @Enrique, Walden, Cashner, and Cishek are also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Marshall might get a save a day after Chapman works… Otherwise Benoit, Walden…

      • @Grey, How does Hernandez fit in among those doodes? Is he above Marshall based on speculation that Putz might lose the job? Or is Putz still pretty secure despite everything?

  13. Adam says:
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    Voglesong,hammel,bass,dempster ROS?
    Need a starter badly!
    Thanks

    • Hawk says:
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      @Adam,

      Vogelsong, Dempster, Hammel, Bass in that order for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Dempster, Vogelsong, Bass

  14. Adam says:
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    Chris davis or Chris Johnson ROS?
    Need a pickup ASAP
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Davis

  15. chunk says:
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    Start both Samardetc @ HOU and Edwin @ PHI right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Samardetc

  16. papasmurf says:
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    Any truth to the rumor that Dickey’s first and middle name is Richard Annally?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Snopes

  17. nightpandas says:
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    ROS and Keeper:

    Rizzo vs Moore ?

    • Hawk says:
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      @nightpandas,

      ROS: Moore
      Keeper: Rizzo

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Hawk, moore both…

  18. MarioVanPeebles says:
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    You start Jarrod Parker today vs LAA in OAK?

    • @MarioVanPeebles, Parker is better at home than on the road, and LAA is worse on the road than at home. But their bats are perking up lately … For what it’s worth, I’d probably start him in a deep league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MarioVanPeebles, Yes

  19. kangaroo hops says:
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    Is it likely that any of these guys snake their way back into a closer role?: Walden, Balfour, Cishek, Cashner. Its like a bunch of bridesmaids on my team, and I need to drop somebody. Is Walden most likely? It’s a very deep dynasty keeper with lots of bench spots, so it wouldn’t kill me to keep one or two.

    Thanks, muchacho!

    • @kangaroo hops, Is Hernandez available? I’m in fairly similar straites (see question 12 above), though I can only pick one.

      • Sour Stilton says:
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        @Enrique, No, no one is available in my league. I’d be grabbing walden off waivers and dropping one of the others.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kangaroo hops, Walden

  20. kangaroo hops says:
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    By the way, have we officially coined 2012 as the Year of the Schmosers? Shlomosers? (schmohawk closers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kangaroo hops, Nope

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, I like “shlomosers” for other uses, and kinda wish it was part of my adolescent lexicon: “Ugh, mom, why did you have to invite those shlomosers to my Bar Mitzvah?! I’ve only met them once in the past 13 years and now they show up with a $25 savings bond, pamphlet about Sandy Koufax, and start lecturing me about proper hygiene. C’mon, this is lame…I just want to get hoisted up on a chair already!”

  21. I just think 2012 has had a lot more “sucking” going on than usual. I think thats the anomaly this year. Pujols is just a microcosm of the whole thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Could be

  22. What do you think of this trade?

    Giving up Cuddyer and Asdrubal / getting Cole Hamels, Aybar, and Carl Crawford in return.

    Here’s my team: H2H Points League.

    C: Aj Pierszynski
    1B: Votto
    2B: Aviles
    SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
    3B: Zimmerman
    OF: De Aza
    OF: Cuddyer
    OF: Fowler
    U: Middlebrooks
    Bench: Alex Rios, Dozier, Neil Walker, Luke Scott
    Minors: Matt Adams
    DL: Ellsbury, Craig

    SP: Jered Weaver, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Erik Bedard, Dempster, Matt Moore, Diamond
    RP: Sale, Anthony Bass
    Minors: Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Not sure how manyb teams, but trade doesn’t look good…

  23. Jamie says:
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    10 team H2H- trade James McDonald to get Michael Young? Or has McD finally realized his potential and is the real deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamie, I’d take Young

  24. chunk says:
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    Howard or Trout ROS?

    • @chunk, For me, Trout.

      • chunk says:
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        @Enrique, thats what im thinking, wondering about offering howard straight up for him where I have rizzo/adams at corner…

  25. Scott Luke says:
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    Minor or Nova in a 5×5 deep mixed dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Luke, Minor

  26. Scott Luke says:
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    my boy Luke Scott or Ichiro ROS in 7×7? (TB, OPS extra cats; meow)

    • Kangaroo hops says:
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      @Scott Luke, unless you have categories for Redneck Opinions and Gawdawful Facial Hair, I’d go with Ichiro.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Luke, Scott

      • Kangaroo hops says:
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        @Grey, Sigh. Why must you always fight The Ichiro? The Ichiro is your friend.

  27. pubscout says:
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    if you had to run with one for the remainder, who would you pick from the group of: mccarthy, macdonald, capuano, cahill, zambrano, dempster

    • Hawk says:
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      @pubscout,

      Macdonald

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pubscout, Dempster

  28. stoopid says:
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    1500 IP max, start Big Z vs COL today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Yup

  29. chunk says:
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    “I hope you have better on your team, but if not, then he’s the best you got.”

    Haha awesome Rudy. Podcast in general was excellent this week (content and sound quality) and keeps getting better. Get some Cramer style sound effects!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Ha… Thanks!

  30. Eddie says:
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    Which pitcher is a better stash in a keeper – Teheran or Shelby Miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Miller

  31. Scottie O. says:
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    So far after 2 days in my H2H league I have:

    4 Wins, 2 Saves, 30 K’s, 1.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 4 QS… and I’m losing every one of those categories!!

    So, now I’m looking for a spot starter today. Thoughts on:

    Pettitte vs. KC
    Feldman @ SEA
    Estrada vs. SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O., Feldman

  32. Pops says:
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    Grey,
    Anibal Sanchez and Logan Morrison for Brett Lawrie

    Lawrie would be replacing Chris Johnson, who is replacing Longoria. Traded for Samardzija to soften the blow of losing Sanchez.

    Would you make this deal? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pops, It’s fair, not sure why you’ll need Lawrie when Longo returns…

  33. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Can’t help but think there is a big trade on the horizon
    for the Sillies. No new contract for Hamels (so far), a west coast boy.
    And not enough playing time in the Angels lineup to make
    all those good bats happy.

    Two matters need to be cleared up before this deal could possibly
    happen. Worley’s health the ROS needs to be determined, and where
    does Oswalt wind up. If Worley is healthy, Sillies can trade Hamels
    to acquire a bat (rumored to possibly be Trumbo). Angels would
    probably have more interest in Oswalt as a rent-a-starter for the
    remainder of the season so they don’t have to lose talent from
    the 40 man roster. But rumors have Rangers kicking the tires on Oswalt.
    Either way, Oswalt looks to be a must add if you have room.

    For some of you, this is nothing new. Just thought I would state the obvious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, I don’t think Hamels is getting traded midseason… Would be big though… And surprising to me…

      • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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        @Grey, I would tend to agree with you. He is a product
        of the Sillies system, homegrown if you will.

        But the last few BIG contracts have not worked out for the
        Sillies, leaving them with no wiggle room for improvement.
        Plus the minor league system gems are 2 years away (high A or
        double AA first year players). Lee has almost an untradeable
        contract, as do Howard, Utley, Rollins. LF remains a gaping hole,
        and they are lacking middle of the lineup youth in order to
        remain competitive. If Hamels hits the market, 7 years at over
        20million will be the number, not sure the Sillies can stomach
        another one of those contracts!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya… Just seems implausible to think they’re trading from strength to build up their weakness…

  34. Wilsonian says:
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    Would dealing Doc for AGonz be a bueno idea?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Wilsonian,

      Muy Bueno

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Hawk, Made the offer. Guy has Konerko at 1st, too, so thought this might be a decent fit. Thanks for your input.

  35. Matt2 says:
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    Better grab at C on waivers…Lucroy or Avila?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt2, Lucroy

  36. Ben Cherington says:
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    @ Grey :

    for years , now , i’ve been reading about guys who spit coffee onto their
    keyboards (some through their nose) , and i’ve always wondered what kind
    of people these were , that couldn’t control their emotions , or bodily functions , sometimes over only slightly amusing stuff .

    but , listening to your podcast , i actually laughed out loud (rather loudly)
    when nick , talking about dusty and chapman , said “what the fuck does that mean ?” (34:30) …. such delivery !!

    and , of course , the wife was walking through the room , at that moment ,
    and asked ‘what was so funny ?’ .

    kudos .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben Cherington, Nice… Thanks!

    • chata says:
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      @Ben Cherington,

      that’s what i was going to say !

  37. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Guys in my 12 team keeper league where I could use batting average and HR help. should I punt one or both of Sean Marshall or HRod now that they have been demoted? Elliot Johnson is on the wire, I could use him in a UTIL spot……Boesch is there too, and has heated up a bit.

    The alternative to dropping one of the RP’s would be to punt Jerome Williams or Joe Blanton from my SP’s, or finally kick Rickie Weeks to the curb, which I cant bring myself to do.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, I’d lose the RPs

    • Rodger-Dodger says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, For what it’s worth, you and I have/had about the same issue/decision to make. If it matters to you, this morning I did drop HRod myself, and I picked-up E-Johns (cause he’s got the runs). I already had Boesch on my roster, and I also have Jerome W., and while I considered dropping him (because I wanted to pick-up a streamer), I decided he’s got the Marginers coming-up this weekend and I couldn’t pass that start up. It was these two starts that I picked-him up for in the first place. Rickie Weeks… eh… I’d probably hold him too. I’ve enjoyed him on my roster in the past. He runs hot and cold, a lot like Carlos Pena. I’d just let him ride the pine until he starts hitting, then “off to the races baby”… at least that’s what you hope. If you get Elliot J., then there’s your 2B/MI right there until Weeks gets it going. Good luck!

  38. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Paulino @ BAL Sunday?

    Also, Heisey or Espinosa ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yes… Espinosa

  39. nightpandas says:
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    scherzer vs alex gordon ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Scherzer

  40. mc serch says:
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    Morning Grey….would you trade Heyward for McDonald?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch, Morning… No

  41. Jared says:
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    Hola Grey,

    So every day I read the blog I feel I need to make a waiver move. Today, it’s a Vance Worley debate. I am no fan of carrying bench hitters, however there is some talent on the wire that will surely get scooped up soon. I still want to see what Worley can do with 4/5 of an arm left, however would you drop him to snag either Frenchy, Pena, Betemit, or Elliot Johnson as bench value? (DL spot filled by Pablo)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jared, Frenchy

  42. Wilsonian says:
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    Smyly or Bass in a Ks and Ks/9 league?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      Wow…just looked at their stats.

      Smyly – 1-1, 2.89 ERA, 1.19 Whip, 44 Ks, 9.07 Ks/9

      Bass – 2-4, 2.89 ERA, 1.15 Whip, 51 Ks, 8.66 Ks/9

      That’s pretty damn close. Maybe I should lose someone else for Bass, like Drabek. That looks too potato-potato.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, I prefer Bass right now, it is a toss up…

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Wilsonian, Hodgepadre!

  43. Grey's da man! says:
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    Hey Grey, couple questions for ya.
    1. will Chapman be getting every save opportunity or will it be a committee of sorts? Arredondo or Ondrusek worth owning (in a league desperate for saves) and if so which one first?

    2. David Hernandez going to be the new closer in AZ soon?

    3. JP Arencibia or Jesus Montero ROS? Is it close?

    4. Rollins or Hardy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, 1. He’s not pitching on multiple days in a row… Arredondp 2. Yup 3 Jesus, yup 4. Hardy

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Grey, I would caution that by saying that their will probably be times that Chapman pitches two days in a row but will almost certainly never pitch three days in a row. Just in the last week alone he has pitched back to back days on two separate occasions. He also usually pitches rather short and clean innings which would help his cause of going back to back when the situation arises. He got Monday off because he had pitched in 4 of the previous 5 games.

  44. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Let’s say two weeks from now Wil Myers gets called up. Whom would you like at your catcher spot in an OBP league?

    Doumit, Ellis or Myers?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Eddy, count me in on this question as well. Currently running Doumit out there, but can’t help but notice Myers is on a fast track to the Bigs with catcher eligibility at an OF position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Doumit

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Eddy, Ellis gives you nothing but a high obp and some runs. hr/rbi/sb useless. Even if his avg falls (it will, his babip is 398), he is currently walking 17% so his obp will still be well above average for the season.

      Doumit has some proven power, but his career obp is 338. But, at least you’ll get some r/hr/rbi from him…

  45. Grover says:
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    Who do you want in you CI slot in a 10 ten team H2H OBP league: Youkilis, Morneau, or Kendrys Morales?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grover, Youk

  46. Frank says:
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    Who has more value going forward: Tony Campana or Mitch Moreland

    • Kangaroo hops says:
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      @Frank, it’s completely category dependent. Campana is damn useful if you need steals or need to plug him in for a few days. Moreland for more power. Them’s apples and oranges.

      • Frank says:
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        @Kangaroo hops,

        Thanks. Yeah, I get that. Was offered a trade. With Campana starting almost every game and currently batting at the top of the order, I guess I am just weary with Moreland’s platoon situation if he will even reach 400 ABs this year.

        Given league size and injuries, I don’t have a deep bench right now, so not sure I’m huge on Moreland playing only 60-70% of the time.

        Overall though, I guess its pretty fair.

  47. Grey's da man! says:
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    Also, whose the best of this bunch? Buehrle, delgado, Dickey, Miley, Lincoln, Milone, Doubront, Millwood, Harang, Walters. Or should I just stream whoever has the best matchup?

    As a tag along, buehrle at home vs Giants in a few days – that a good place to start or pass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Best matchup… It’s a good pass to start…

  48. Anon says:
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    1. Please tell me you and Rudy really made that techno song
    2. Votto, Juancarlo, and Kenley or Hamilton, Napoli, and a brain freeze (Janssen, Downsyndrome, or Putz)?

    • Anon says:
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      @Anon, thayer also available as a throw in closer

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Anon, 2. Votto side in a landslide. Assuming Juancarlo is Giancarlo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anon, 1. Of course! 2. Votto

  49. MattTruss223 says:
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    Wow, there was a shit-ton of saves last night! All but three games finished with a save opp. I went into the day tied for second in my RCL, 3 behind first place, had a 3 save day and finsihed the day still tied for second and 2 behind the leader! Geez.

    Great podcast, I love when it’s posted in the morning so I can listen on my morning commute. Starts my day off right, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Thanks!

  50. Pat says:
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    In a redraft, all other things being equal, are you quicker to pick up Bauer or Peacock right now? Which one will be up first, and who will have more impact?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat, Bauer

  51. chuckster says:
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    Love the column, first time I asking advice. H2H league with standard scoring except that we subtract 1 point for batter K’s.

    My OF is weak with Ichiro, Reddick & Boesch starting and Pagan on the bench. I also own Matt Adams and Rizzo. We have 5 game position eligibility. Probably next week I’ll be able to shift AGon to the OF, Dunn to 1B and open the DH slot.

    1) C Davis, Franceour, Scott, Carp, and Fowler are available. Which would you add and who would you lose?

    2) Of the 2 bench guys and Boesch, who would you DH until Rizzo is called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chuckster, Thanks! Frenchy over Pagan… Scott over Boesch… 2) Frenchy

  52. El Gato says:
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    Hola! Was just offered Trout and Wainwright for Beltran/Gllardo – h2h keeper league (5 keepers per year). Got to say yes with Trout potential an Beltran knee issue – right? Right?

    Much appreciated….

    • Hawk says:
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      @El Gato,

      Yes, getting Trout in a Keeper is tremendous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Gato, Get Trout…

  53. Holmes says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Thanks in advance. I have been playing the SS carousel all season: I have JJ Hardy right now, and both Jed Lowrie and Z. Cozart and Elliot Johnson are out there right now. Any moves to make for any of these 3 moving foward? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, I’d hold

  54. xopchipili says:
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    10 team 6×6 (OPS, K/9)

    Been offered Tex and Capuano for Beltran and Sale.

    Feels like a good sell high for me, esp w the injury risks for both Beltran and Sale. I don’t expect Tex to become the Tex of old, but he’s gotta be better than he is now right?

    FWIW I’m badly in need of a 1B, been rolling Swisher out there lately (though Matt Adams just hit waivers), and my OF is a little overcrowded right now (and will be more so if DLlsbury ever comes back) so it makes sense position-wise.

    Having trouble pulling the trigger…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, It’s fair… Seems like a solid move for your team though…

  55. mrobs says:
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    great stuff rudy and grey… per usual. Looking forward to the podcast.

    Q: If you owned Cargo, Pujols, McCutch, and Cano would you trade any of them for Anibal and Aroldis?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs, Thanks! Nope

  56. Wilsonian says:
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    Been verbally offered this deal:

    I get – Grandy/Sale

    I give – Lawrie/Kipnis

    I would then have to pick up Beckham for 2nd base and would move Middlebrooks out of UTIL into 3rd. It is a keeper league, and Lawrie would be a keeper, so I’m not 100% sure about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Eh

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, I eh’d him, too. Told him no, especially after he tried to give me Ackley and get Vogelsong, too. Thanks for the input.

  57. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Seems like Doumit is fine after all. Drop Pierzy-poo for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, Sure

  58. OaktownSteve says:
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    Couple of buy low candidates on my team. Noesi going 8 strong with 7 ks against the might Tejanos. Hochevar finally finding his footing and surviving Yankee Stadium and mixing in 8 ks. Both trending upwards.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve, I was thinking the same thing about the skank razor. Seems like he’s aboard the post-hype train.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Wake Up, skank razor…nice

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @OaktownSteve,

      Hochevar a decent streaming option going forward, or do I drop a Delgado or Masterson for him?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Turk Wendell, Luke is pretty interesting. He’s taken some savage beatings. Definitely gives long balls. His second half split last year and his spring training numbers and also just the reports of the command and the stuff from scouts justify him being owned. Rest of the year I can imagine (without the use of purple microdots) him posting a sub-3.50, WHIP in the 1.20 range and a 7.5+ K/9 but it’s hard to know if he can be trusted. Second half last year he had by far the best fastball command he’s ever had and that carried through to spring but for some reason it abandoned him. I honestly think he’s a little mental. I don’t think he is one of those guys that’s all self-confidence and can go out there and let it rip. As such, he tends to wax and wane with his confidence level. I think last night’s start is a big boost for him, so I’d keep an eye and see if builds on it. Course, depending on your league he might be gone.

        • chata says:
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          @OaktownSteve,

          just scrolling through , now .
          always read your posts , but this , especially , caught my eye :
          “(without the use of purple microdots)…” .
          i don’t suppose this has the same meaning as it did 40-odd years ago .
          does it ?

  59. Wake Up says:
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    The only time you two and phillips screwdivers come into contact is when you are drinking too close to the radio…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, HA!

  60. mets fan says:
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    Grey or Rudy who would you rather have at mi Espinosa or Beckham?

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @mets fan, Espinosa. Beckham is hot right now but his highs aren’t very high and his lows are prolonged and terrible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mets fan, Espinosa

  61. mets fan says:
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    Also salty or gomes at catcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mets fan, Salty

  62. Joe says:
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    If you could only stash one ‘super hyped’ propsect on your bench, who would you go with, A. Rizzo or Matt Adams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe, Adams

  63. Niq Castro says:
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    Fellow razzballers!
    Currently I have Bass and Freidrich as back of the rotation guys. (Quite happy and surprised with Bass so far…)

    After Freidrich’s implosion vs Seattle (and his home starts…), I don’t think I like the uncertainty. Also, I’m man crushing on the available options (Paulino and Milone).

    Who are the two to own?

    Here’s my attempt at a ranking:
    Paulino, Milone, Bass, Friedrich

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, Paulino, Bass

  64. Mike says:
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    Which side of this trade: LaRoche & Ichiro OR Pujols?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Pujols

  65. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Speculating on Angels saves, Walden or Frieri?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Frieri

  66. Turk Wendell says:
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    Sounds like the Cubs could be leaning towards calling up Rizzo for interleague June 8 and then sending him down until either after the all-star break or later depending on super 2 limits this year.

    Worth hanging on to straight through?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Turk Wendell, the way LaHair has been slumping, I’d be SHOCKED if he goes back down. I’m pretty sure that when he’s up, he’s up for good.

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Wilsonian, Agreed. Once he’s up, he’s up for good. (George Herman LaHair has been atrocious, it was a nice run for him…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Yup

  67. aj says:
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    can you rank these guys:
    cahill, milone, drabek, paulino, bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aj, Cahill, Bass, Drabek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aj, Sorry… Cahill, Paulino, Bass..

  68. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, a little strategy question for you. If you’re at the top of your league are you trading to bolster your strengths and preserve the points you have or are you dealing from your strengths to address your weaknesses? Or maybe you’re just holding?

    If I’m dealing J. Zimmerman, which one do you like better (to tie in to the strategy question, I’ve got 54 of 60 possible points in pitching, leading league in homers and rbi, but middle of the pack in average and runs, 4.5 points in steals):

    J. Zimm + (middlebrooks, luke scott or crummy closer) for J. Bruce

    or

    J. Zimm for desmond jennings

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Holding unless something is obvious… I’d take Bruce or Jennings…

  69. B.o.B says:
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    Wow guy I’m playing has Waino, CJ and Latos (3 for 3 in W’s) plus Bell, Rodney and Perez (3 saves). That’s 27 innings and 2 earned runs for a 0.67 ERA and 0.63 WHIP. FMFBL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Ouch

  70. Grey —

    Generally, Jay Bruce is a guy I start every day, and I’m a big believer in letting the big bats bat in most circumstances. But Bruce is 1 for his last 21, with 13Ks during that time, and he’s facing Tommy Hanson, who he’s hitless against in 8 tries. He should sit, right?

    Right now, I’m planning to slide the hot hitting Jed Lowrie (on a 7-game hit streak; albeit 1 hit each in all but one of those games) in the UTIL slot in lieu of Bruce. I also have the equally hot Luke Scott available, but he’s only batting .180 against LHP and is 1-for-15 vs. Romero.

    I know Bruce and Scott are more interesting bats most of the time, but would you go with Lowrie today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I wouldn’t sit him ever…

  71. MortimerDuke says:
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    Thoughts on these buys/sells in a 12 Team H2H weekly points keeper:

    1. I give Tex/Gordon, I get Hosmer/Trumbo.
    2. I give Beltre/CYoung, I get Kemp/Sandoval
    3. I give Beltre/Dirks I get JUpton/(Kendrik or Bonifacio or Rasmus)

    Current OF: CYoung, Zobrist, Ellsbury, Gordon, Dirks, Trout, Harper,
    Current 1B: Tex, Rizzo, Adams
    Current 3B: Beltre, Moustakas, Aviles, Arenado

    I bet you one dollar none of these trades happen anyway…

    • MortimerDuke says:
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      @MortimerDuke, nothin huh? Are these trade ideas more or less unrealistic than turning a homeless person into a commodities broker?

  72. GTS says:
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    Bell over Putz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  73. Scott Luke says:
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    Start Luke Scott vs. Romero @ home

    or

    Start Eric Hosmer vs. Pettitte @ The house they built across the street from the house that Ruth Built?

    I know both guys suck vs. lefties but a pop fly to right is a HR at the bronx chrome toilet and Luke Scott should be in one of his 5HR in 10 games modes right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Luke, Scott — almost palindrome!

  74. The Cow says:
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    Galvis or Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Cow, Cozart

  75. IcyHotJockStrap says:
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    @Grey

    I trade Mark Texeira.
    I get back Bryan LaHair and Tommy Hanson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IcyHotJockStrap, Eh

  76. Ryan says:
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    would u start samrdzia tonight against Wandy on the road?
    Have a starts minimum so have to be careful
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Yup

  77. Ray says:
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    Need some help at 2B with Rickie Weeks peeing down his leg. Trade Reddick for Kendrick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray, It’s fair… Kendrick hasn’t been much better…

  78. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    Is Trumbo worth going after? I could offer Uggla for him? I need help in the OF. Will his playing time remain consistent?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Uggla’s too much…

  79. Mike says:
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    So you doing you like in what order?

    Alex Avila
    Jesus Montero
    Miguel Montero

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Jesus, Avila

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  80. Joan Chen says:
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    Great work Grey, Rudy. Question about a trade in my 10 team keeper, R, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, K, SB league. I’ve been offered Tommy Hanson and David Ortiz for my Adrian Gonzalez. I think its a little too much to give, and that Gonzo will turn it around.

    However, I have Dunn I could slot in at 1st, and have Matt Adams and Rizzo on the bench as well, so I could potentially move some people around. Also of note, Gonzalez is one game away from OF eligibility in my league, so i could slot him in and play Rizzo/Adams and/or Dunn with him in the OF.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joan Chen, Thanks! Don’t love it…

  81. Kangaroo hops says:
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    In a dynasty league, would you rather Stubbs & Sandoval or Wieters & Heyward? I have the latter, but I’m in need of 1B and considered sending this trade? Awful, or cuts the mustard?

    • Joan Chen says:
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      @Kangaroo hops, I would definitely want Wieters/Heyward side, not even close.

      • Kangaroo hops says:
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        @Joan Chen, Thanks. I guess I would too, but I’m so desperate to have a non-geriatric first baseman that I’m starting to lose perspective. Oh well, another week with Todd Helton commences.

        • chata says:
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          @Kangaroo hops,

          yep .
          sometimes you just have to play for next year .

  82. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Rickie Weeks for Chase Utley if you had Dustin Ackley as your 2B for now?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Sure

  83. frank says:
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    Keeper league inquiry. Would you part with Sandoval and Bumgarner to get Longoria in return? We only keep 3 each year so mad-bum’s long term keeper potential is limited.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank, Yup

  84. Herschel says:
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    @Grey, 12 team mixed roto. I currently have jensen, chapman, hanrahan and valverde and was offered dempster straight up for hanrahan. Do it or hold out for a better sp?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, It’s fair…

  85. Kratos says:
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    Peavy for Choo/Youk winner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kratos, Choo

  86. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Grey/Rudy

    12 team H2H, with doubles, triples and OBP as additional hitting categories. I give Lawrie and get Napoli. Yay or nay? I have Bautista and Longoria (DL) as well and currently playing Salty at catcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie Met Your Mother, Nay

  87. Curt says:
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    Should I overbid for Fuentes and cut Marshall?……I’m in the middle of the pack in saves with Myers as my other one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt, Yup

  88. Boomer19 says:
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    Hill and a brain freeze (maybe Thayer) for his Phillips? Or hold? Thanks. 14 team 5×5 roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boomer19, It’s fair… I’d take Phillips…

  89. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Josh Reddick for Jeff Francoeur?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Nope

  90. Mike says:
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    Kyle Seager – 2B,3B,SS
    or
    Jed Lowrie – 3B,SS

    In Yahoo Leagues?

    I do like the added 2B for Seager.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Lowrie

  91. Bombo Rivera says:
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    I just sent Dunn and Kenley for Pujols. I have a bunch of closers behind Kenley, though many are of the brainfreeze variety (League, Myers, Thayer, Downs, Soriano). The other owner only has one closer and is running ahead of the GS limit. My team is in greatest need of AVG and RBIs. It’s pretty fair on both sides, isn’t it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, It’s fair… I’d want Pujols…

  92. Project_Badass says:
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    5×5

    Good day Grey, phenominal article as usual…How would you rank these MI in a vacuum?

    Furcal, Cozart, Aaron Hill, Infante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Thanks! Hill, Furcal, Cozart

  93. EK says:
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    Pls rank these RPs for 12 team H2H pts ROS:

    Thayer
    Clippard
    Dolis
    Strop
    Arredondo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Thayer, Clippard, Dolis…

      • EK says:
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        @Grey, and Janssen?

  94. L-Boogie says:
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    David Wright 0-1 today! Sell!! Sell!!!

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha, almost posted about the lack of mention in today’s write-up. He was 0-4 (3 Ks) last night.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha. Youk with a homer last night and 1-1 with a run today! Buy!! Buy!!!

  95. azt says:
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    Cozart or Peralta (ROS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @azt, Cozart

  96. Chavo says:
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    Be Grey Mozeliak for a second and tell me how and when you get Shelby Miller into your rotation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chavo, Lohse gets hurt in July…

      • Chavo says:
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        @Grey, wish you could trade him in June..

  97. Jacob says:
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    Do u like Chris Davis over Seager??
    Need to pick one
    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jacob, Yup

  98. Prezii says:
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    skip tebow and stephan A in the morning along with a RAZZZBALLLL PODCASSTTTT, is a good morning.. i like the mentions of guys, some helpful stuff. Good shizz.. bet im singin the theme song all day.. but anyway..

    I mentioned this in the last post right before this one came up; wat are your feelings on danny hudson? Hes set to return this weekend sumtime against MIL.. reports are hes touching 97… Start him his first outing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha! Thanks! I’d start him…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, yee

        @chililalalalabuttfuck, lol if he has a good start ill throw brandon webbs old jersey on and let em touch me!!!

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @Prezii, Ha! I hear ya. Why the hostility though? Don’t see what I did to warrant the “buttfuck”, lol.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Chillmodious, naww no hostility man.. just jokin around! Long name, didnt feelin like reading it out word for word so buttfuck seemed appropriate. Lol u didnt think so? I did… No hostility my friend.

            • Chillmodious says:
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              @Prezii, Gotcha.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Chillmodious, “dont see what i did to warrent the “buttfuck”? Lets hope you never have to ask this in prison!

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Prezii, Who’s wearing 97 and why is Hudson touching him?!

  99. Jam405 says:
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    For a Util spot, would you rather have Lowrie or Frenchy?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jam405, Frenchy

  100. MattTruss223 says:
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    Zito w/a sweet 41 pitch first inning that included 3 BBs, a throwing error to first, 6 Runs (2ER)! What a mess.

    Anyone know why MIL lifted Estrada?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @MattTruss223, Estrada pulled up trying to leg out a double.

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Chillmodious, UPDATE: Right hip flexor strain. Likely headed to DL.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Chillmodious, gotchya, thanks for the update, that sucks. That’ll teach him to hustle!

  101. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey…please rank for me……duda, alonso, francoeur, viciedo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LagunaBobbyI, Frenchy, Viciedo

  102. herschel says:
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    @Grey: ROS capuano or dempster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, Dempster

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H Keeper. We keep 5. I was just offered the following (apparently this guy really wants Kipper and Lawrie):

    I get: Grandy/Ackley
    I give: Kipnis/Lawrie

    I could slide Middlebrooks into 3rd and Grandy would round out my Stanton, Jones, Stubbs, Reddick OF.

    Opinions? Think I should try for more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I’d want more…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, what if it was Kipnis/Middlebrooks for Grandy/Ackley? Still want more?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d do that…

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            the 2nd half of that equation remains unchanged .
            so , what you guys are saying is that middlebrooks is preferred
            over lawrie ?
            not sure that i’m buying in on that .

  104. The Hank-Rod Party Fun Time looks to be over, worth grabbing David Hernandez, Stammen or just play the stream game as I already have Kenley, Bell, Raf Soriano and Addison Reed in the bullpen.

    Guys like Norris and Pauliano are on the wire to stream with…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris

  105. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey,

    12tm mixed, currently sitting at 3 points for wins, and 5 points for both ERA and WHIP. my starters are

    Mad Bum, Latos, Gio, J. Zimmerman, Anibal and Edison Volquez.

    the league has a 200 GS limit.

    should i be looking to upgrade a this point, or hold tight. (I’m killing it with saves, but don’t get any bites on trades).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Your staff looks solid, I wouldn’t upgrade it…

  106. Eric says:
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    Alex Avila or Jonathan Lucroy who do you think has the better number by the end of the year?

    • @Eric, Lucroy…he obviously made a deal with the devil…just hit another homer!

  107. Hondo says:
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    Dump Rizzo for Nieuwenhuis vs SDP LHP Eric Stults or
    Boesch(or Delmon) vs Masterson for a spot start tomorrow?

    I’m probably dumping Dunn after tomorrow because K’s are a category in my 10×10 H2H(does have OPS though)
    I’ve got still Tex(who I hate and whose suckiness has me in this 1B quandry) Cuddy and Morneau for 1B.
    Any of those guys worth hanging on to as a 2nd bench guy until Boneface gets back?
    I keep having this hope that Dirks( who I traded last week) starts to get figured out by the leagueand starts to suck and Boesch gets the 2 hole back and mashes.Am I tilting at windmills?

    An alternative would be to use that spot after tomorrow to stash Bauer as Garza and Marcum are starting to worry me,not to mention I’ve got the Sale-Ventura funtimes going on.Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo, Not totally sure what you’re asking, but I wouldn’t dump Rizzo for either Nieuwenhuis or Boesch…

  108. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    How does a Peavy and LaRoche for A-Gon trade sound?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, Sounds fair… I’d want A-Gon….

  109. potus says:
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    For the next 3 years:

    My Delgado or his Smyly???

    Is this an NL vs AL thing or do we go with the better control.

    -YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @potus, Delgado… Could go either way, both very young…

  110. Tom C says:
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    @Grey: Is Howie Kendrick going to pick it up this year? Who’s better ROS: Kendrick or Craig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom C, Kendrick

  111. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Excellent podcast technically, makes it all the more enjoyable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Thanks!

  112. royce! says:
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    Niese or Parker in a league that counts K/BB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Niese

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @royce!, i like niese 7.7 career k/9… he’s at 8.2 right now not counting todays win…

  113. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Need AVG and RBI the most. Cozart, Aybar or Elliot Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, Johnson

  114. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side:

    A) Pujols/DHudson
    B) E5/Halladay

    Thanks.

    Yes, slow day at work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Tough call… A

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, thanks. I currently have offered Trumbo/Halladay for Pujols/DHudson. He hasn’t responded. Said I would consider throwing in E5 instead of Trumbo.

        My thinking is, I could put Trumbo in at 3rd for the time being until my BFF Evan comes back and Pujols would take Trumbo’s spot at Utility.

        It would also leave me with a rotation of Peavy, Bum, Latos, Scherzer, Lester, Norris, Sale, DHudson.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wilsonian, just like I planned it…mention I’m trading him and he hits a jack. Good work E5, good work…

  115. Horse says:
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    Who wins? Is it close?

    Give: A.Gone & Fellatio
    Get: Kershaw & Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Horse, Kershaw… Close enough…

  116. WhineSpritzer says:
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    Need offense. Woudl you take any of these for Morrow? Ortiz, Butler, Krispie…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Any of them… Krispie, Ortiz…

  117. Derrick says:
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    Morse is on the waiver wire right now. We only have one spot reserved for the DL and I currently have McCarthy on the DL with Storen and Jennings taking roster spots while not playing.

    Is it worth picking up Morse and dropping a Markakis considering the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Drop McCarthy

  118. Pokey Reese says:
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    If I can paraphrase some Bacon on this one… some trades are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

    I’m chewing a rough piece of bacon here and am jonesing for your wisdom on ranking pitchers from here on out.

    D. Hudson, Garza, Cueto, Tim Hudson, Marcum,

    Gracias muchacho!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pokey Reese, Mmm… Bacon… Cueto, Hudson, Garza, Hudson…

  119. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Yeah, of course Napoli needs a day off. He played a whole 2 games in a row.

    I’m thinking the best thing to ever happen to Napoli’s career was when his talent was “held back” by the Scosiapath.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Uh-oh… Sounds like someone who owns Napoli is getting frustrated…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, “Getting?”

        I guess I’m fine with the “setting” part, it’s the “forgetting” I have trouble with.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, We need to get Ron Popeil on the podcast…

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey, Easy there, tiger… you don’t start with The King. I’d see if Susan Powter is available first, then maybe move up to the Shamwow/SlapChop dude.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Awesomus Maximus, SlapChop and ShamWow are probably in cahoots. You mess them up, I’ll clean them up…Next stop, the world!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, the slap chop looks pretty amazing…. Cust kayin…

  120. Tom C says:
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    @Grey: Kyle Seager or Allen Craig ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom C, Craig

  121. Nico says:
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    Trade away Ryan Zimmerman for Lincecum? I’d start Middlebrooks at 3B (and if I didn’t trade a hitter I have to sit reddick, middlebrooks or zimmerman).
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Eh… It’s fair, I wouldn’t want the Lincecum headache…

  122. Ronkonkoma says:
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    C’mon, gimme my car keys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, No can do!

  123. dingbat says:
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    Is it worth dropping Walden for Clippard? How about dropping Walden for Benoit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, I’d go with Clippard…

  124. letsgobravos says:
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    Aceves with another solid outing for his 11th save. Went 1.1 w/ no hits and a K. Amazing how much he turned things around from his first few ugly outings. Hasn’t blown a save since April 21 and has given up only 2 runs in his last 15 outings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Agreed… Closers have settled in…

  125. letsgobravos says:
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    Frank Frank with another save also. No hits, 2 ks to finish off the bucs.

    Looks like these two guys at the center of the closerapocolypse are doing their best to calm things down…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Yup…

  126. With Kemp’s pending return next week, would you drop Rios, Boesch or Dirks? I do though have a possibility of dealing one of them to an impatient Matt Moore owner. Is that the order that you would offer? Unless Moore turns it around, I am hesitant to offer Boesch or Dirks. Thanks for the advice friend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, Rios… I’d trade all three for Moore…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, Together

      • @Grey, Ha. We’ll see. Thanks as always.

  127. JonnyT says:
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    Just how much value does LaHair still have? Is it worth accpeting a trade for either Moreland or Carlos Pena straight up for him? Or should I bid on Rizzo/Adams to replace him? Non-keeper, 5×5 roto. Thanks you guys are the best!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d take Pena, but they’re kinda tomato-tomahto… I’d take Adams and bench him too…

  128. jack says:
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    Hey Grey asked on the forum … how comfortable are you with R Soriano’s closer gig sustainablility? thinking of trading for him. alex gordon for him and c Crawford … yeah i am kinda desperate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, I think he’s as safe as any closer, maybe slightly more so… I’d take him and Crawford…

  129. Grey's da man! says:
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    how much would you bid on d hernandez?

    • Grey's da man! says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, $100 budget, 65 left

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey’s da man!, $1

  130. Slam says:
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    Who do you guys like more jemile or aaron hill? Also gavin floyd, McDonald or Paulino?

    Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam, Hill… McDonald

  131. Slam says:
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    Actually McDonald is off the board, so Paulino or floyd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam, Paulino

  132. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Already have Broxton, Fuentes, Aceves and Walden…who would you drop for Santos? I’m thinking Walden.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Walden

  133. Grey's da man! says:
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    SP consist of Bumgarner, Gio, J Zimmerman, Garza, D Hudson, Paulino, Bass and Cahill. Need to drop one to pick up a RP – I feel like it should be Cahill because I can afford some risk and take the chance on the upside on Paulino and Bass. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, You don’t need two guys for upside… Drop Bass…

  134. Trade Bandit says:
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    Am I giving up too much for Miggy/C.C. or trading for the best/most durable players?

    Agon/Strasburg/Santana for M Cabrera/C.C. Sabathia

    As always. Thanks for your time and the advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trade Bandit, I’d take the Miggy/CC side

  135. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Am I the only one acting like a complete dork over the impending release of Prometheus? I was just barely too young to catch Alien in the theater (okay, I was four, but my parents were extremely lenient), and I’m thinking this could be a worthy replacement (or dare I say, better) experience. And for me, there has never been a more perfectly directed film than Alien (many as good, but none better), so I don’t say any of that lightly.

    But seriously, I get chills when I watch the trailers. I booked a babysitter three months in advance. I booked a babysitter, period! Do you have any idea how much those bastards cost? Not to mention two adult tickets to the theater? That’s a serious commitment… like “limo, tux, boutonniere, and corsage for the prom” commitment!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I’m excited to see The Dictator… I’ve never heard of this movie you’re talking about…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, You’re just trying to push my buttons, right?

        • Niq Castro says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, LOL! Grey’s response is the ultimate foil for your intense excitement. Way too funny. (I am looking forward, btw)

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Niq Castro, I think I believe him, actually. Grey is pretty much out of the loop in terms of films… or what’s cool in general.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, Nope… Sounds lame… Like something they make Freshmen read…

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey, Oh, so now I’m your straight man. That’s what I need. Napoli sitting on his ass and you bee boppin’ and scattin’ all over mine!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Awesomus Maximus, Ha… My bad… I’ll take an interest… So Prometheus is Greek for prom?

            • Kangaroo hops says:
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              @Awesomus Maximus, fantastic bebopin and scatting reference.

  136. Eng says:
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    Howdie. Does Matt Adams have more upside for 2012 than Todd Frazier? Ta!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Yeah… No ta!

  137. Grey's da man! says:
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    Please rank for saves: D hernandez, Burnett, Arredondo

    BTW, I asked you about a month ago who would be better for saves, Aceves or H Santiago and you said Aceves. So I traded santiago for aceves straight up – that has worked out beautifully!! Thanks again

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I was actually going to ask this same question, thanks for making me not look like an idiot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, No problem… You ranked them…

  138. J Rich says:
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    Check it – with Longo and Sandoval on the DL, my hitting has been taking a dive. Meanwhile, my pitching has been stellar.

    Used Phillips two-homer night to swing a trade of Phillips and Johan Santana for good ole Krispie Young. (Riding Infante at 2B for now.) Am I a genius or an idiot?

    (My previous trades this year:
    1. Dealing Haren and Montero for Carlos Santana and Melky during the first week of the year = genius.
    2. Dealing King Felix for LaHair two weeks ago = idiot.)

    So this trade breaks the tie between genius and idiot. Which is it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Rich, Sounds solid…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Rich, Wait a second, did you just say you traded F-Her for LaHair?

      • J Rich says:
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        @Grey, Yes sir. I’m thinking that is the worst trade I’ve ever made in any fantasy sport ever. Good times.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @J Rich, You sound like you’ve bounced back nicely…

  139. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Would you drop Marcum for either Milone,Bass,Drabek or Detwiler?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Bass

  140. Poo Holes says:
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    A) A trade in my league of buddies just went down and it looked like this: Pujols AND Zobrist for ETHIER. I promptly told him he’s an idiot, and offered a trade of Phillips, Hart, and Motte for his Moose. Cutch, and Chapman and he said he’d think about it. (insert evil laugh).

    B) One of my other teams has a surplus of pitching (Adverb, Greinke, Wilson, J-Zimm, Hellickson). This is a deeeeep 12 team dynasty, and my outfield blows big time, so would Zimm for Bruce be good value in the long run? Think I’d need to throw in a sweetener like Belt?

    C)

    D) Haven’t given the podcast a listen yet, but I’m about to. Sure it’s grade A stuff as always, fellas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, B) I’d take Bruce. Throw in Belt if it makes a difference… D) Thanks!

  141. Rossy says:
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    was offered mike trout for brett lawrie. should i take it? 3 weeks ago was offered trout for pedro alvarez. said no…. just the worst!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rossy, I’d want Lawrie…

  142. Steve says:
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    Reed officially confirmed as closer.

    Yeah, I know. Big whoop. Needed an excuse to subscribe to the post…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha… Thanks for the heads up!

  143. Grey's da man! says:
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    J up and B Lawrie or Miggy and Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Upton

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        what ?

  144. agarthered says:
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    Man oh man, Kendrick and Cruz are killing me so far this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @agarthered, I hear ya…

    • Steve says:
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      @agarthered, @Grey, Howie with a hit! And a run!

      Gotta get your jollies where you can.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’ll take an AB from Ryan Zimmerman.

  145. jack says:
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    thanks for the soriano advice. gonna do it. Girardi was quoted at length on the closer situation (espn) and it appears the job is Rafs to lose. He has excelled in that role before and appears to be capable of getting better per his peripherals.

    Jarrod Parker! Haven’t started him yet, but think i might per matchups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Cool…

  146. Steve says:
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    Sorry Wilhelmsen owners. Need him to get clobbered here.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Got heeeem.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Ha… Wilheeeelmsen…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Need Pettitte to get some tap as well.

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, But without that level of run support. Sad face.

  147. aj says:
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    I have six crap closer and have been dropping like a brick…i want to trade a few. im in a 13 team 5×5 roto.
    Sould i trade Jonathan Broxton and Casey Janssen to receive Anibal Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aj, I’d take Anibal

  148. Ricky says:
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    I dont normally do this but I’m at an indecision…

    I was offered:
    Teix, M Young, Josh Johnson, Altuve

    For my:
    LaHair, Hill, David Wright and J Zimm

    I know its really player-for-player but Im thinking it could help me with depth since the FA’s are cleaned out and barely getting starts. Anyways, standard roto, no keepers… Which side has more talent? Thanks for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ricky, I’d take Tex.

  149. jonatin says:
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    Who to drop out of capuano, sale, zambrano…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cap or Z based on matchups…

      • jonatin says:
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        @Grey, for the rest of the year… I was thinkin on keepin caps cause of how terrible the NL West line-ups are…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jonatin, Sure, makes sense…

  150. chunk says:
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    Millwood is so good at suckering people into owning him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, You think people are still falling for this in mixed leagues?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Wish I’d streamed him today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Who are you streaming?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, No one. Decided yesterday to go with Delgado tomorrow instead.

            This was, of course after J-Zimm and Dubront went OK and when my Cahill left with a 6-1 lead.

            ‘Don’t need a streamer tomorrow’ thinks I…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yoda talk, you must… Yeah, I got Z going today…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Same here. Not streaming tho – I own him in the RCL. Have CarGo on two teams though so a bit conflicted.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He wasn’t owned in our RCL…

  151. Jon says:
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    How would you rank these pitchers ROS? Or top 3 bottom 3 or something?

    Cahill, Capuano, Paulino, Oswalt, Drabek, Milone, Skaggs, Minor, Stauffer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Cahill, Paulino, Oswalt…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Will have to check it out later… Thanks for sharing!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Steve, It’s crazy batters don’t try to put it down the 3rd baseline more. I love it when the Jays put Lawrie way out in right and he still throws the runner out at first.

  152. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    1) How would you rank these close situations in likelihood to change first (if at all): Angels (Downs/Walden/Frieri), Mets (Frank/Parnell), Diamondbacks (Putz/Hernandez), Astros (Myer/Lopez), Royals (Broxton/Holland), Indians (Perez/Pestano), A’s ( Fuentes/Cook), Marlins (Bell/Cishek)

    2) Gut Feeling: Frieri or Walden?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Diamondbacks, Angels, Mets… Frieri…

  153. Jon says:
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    Frenchy over Alonso or Heisey ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Heisey

  154. Jon says:
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    Frieri or David Hernandez? (I’m rolling with Putz, Jansen and Casilla right now…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Hernandez

  155. letsgobravos says:
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    Those of you who have MLB network, does the audio constantly get distorted for you? At least once per day, the audio gets all screwed up. You can’t listen to the audio at all when its messed up so its a huge pain in the ass. It lasts for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour plus. It doesn’t happen on any of my other channels so it seems like its something with the network and not an issue on my end.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, On Direct TV? Cards game was a mess yesterday…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, I have ATT uverse. I think the MLB network has some sort of problem on their end and its incredible they haven’t gotten it worked out. Such a pain in the ass…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @letsgobravos, I’m not sure I consider MLB a well-oiled machine that’s run well, so it’s not that surprising to me…

  156. later tater says:
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    hi grey, thanks for all the advice

    two things:

    1) trade, my j schaefer for their cuddyer? cool, right?

    2) need P in roto league to replace Floyd – need to drop era but keep K’s which are competitive. considering Bass, Smyly, Vargas, Volquez, Blanton? anyone else who is most likely unowned?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, 1) Cool 2) Bass or Smyly based on matchups…

  157. Pokey Reese says:
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    Is David Freese worth owning over Rizzo, M adams, or Berkman?

    I have R. Zimmerman at 3B and Trumbo is currently my 1B so when (not if) Zimmerman goes down with another shoulder injury I could shift the Trumbomb machine to 3B and employ Adams, Rizzo, or Berkman at 1B.

    • Pokey Reese says:
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      @Pokey Reese, This is a 10 team H2H points league FYI!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pokey Reese, Freese over Rizzo…

  158. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Bruce. Any chance of a contribution in the near future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, That would too much to ask for…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, he’s a H2H nightmare. He’s GREAT for a 10 game stretch, then he goes dormant for a couple weeks. Then he’ll be GREAT again. By the end of the season, he’s got the numbers. But he really kills you in H2H when he isn’t on because you can’t sit him, just in case he decides to reappear.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Is that a nightmare? He carries you for some weeks… You prefer a guy get one homer a week? I’m not saying I prefer one over the other, I’m just askin’…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, I guess “nightmare” isn’t the correct word. He’s more of a headache. I love the guy, don’t get me wrong. Just when he vanishes he VANISHES. I’d still like a happy medium. Not necessarily one HR a week. But a sign of life here and there when he goes dormant would be nice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Wilsonian, Most players run hot and cold… Some just don’t get as hot as him… I’m not sure I’m convinced a guy who can carry your team for a week or two every 6 weeks or so is a bad thing…

              • Wilsonian says:
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                @Grey, yeah, this is true. I’m not saying he’s bad. I’m not trading him, and am still happy I have him. I’m happy he fell to me in the draft (coulda had Cruz). Doesn’t change the fact that he can be a headache. He goes completely cold. And he does it for an extended period of time. I’d just occasionally like a sign of life during the dead zones.

                • Turk Wendell says:
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                  @Wilsonian, had to mention Cruz didn’t ya! I keep waiting for him to go on one of his “historic”* tears. And waiting… and waiting…

                  * Brad Evans

  159. Tony says:
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    GREY- you gotta pick one who do you throw:

    A) Samardjza @ HOU (wandy)

    or

    B) Sale vs MIN (diamond)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, B

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, what decides it for you? sales @ home (hitters park), samardjza faces a better opposing pitcher….? both solid matchups, i just cant afford to throw both, especially since I’ve got kershaw going vs HOU fri i believe….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tony, Twins aren’t good at baseball… Other matchup isn’t bad either…

  160. Jacob says:
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    would u trade Eithier for cliff lee?
    Need a starter
    he also has verlander,strasburg,mcdonald..
    Standard league
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jacob, Yup, friend…

  161. Ryan says:
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    do u like Dempster over voglesong,paulino,and smyly ROS?
    standard league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Over Smyly

  162. Steve says:
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    Hah. Big Z. “F*** you guys, I’ll do it myself.”

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, big Z.. ‘screw it ill walk the whole team!’

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii, Yeah – that too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, I love baseball for lots of reasons, but one big reason, he looks so far from an athlete… I’d be surprised if he could also bowl…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, He could also shave his head, throw on harem pants and be an Abdullah The Butcher impersonator on the Mexican wrestling circuit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Oh, totally… Ozzie, dressed as The Grand Wizard, sneaks him a razor and the whole nine (innings)…

  163. K!cks says:
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    Trade Jeter for Lincecum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K!cks, I’d take Jeter

  164. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Grey, got these two sitting out on the wire.
    Would like to stream one tomorrow.
    Which one, or neither?

    Delgado at Cinn, Vogelsong at Miami

    No home park edge since they are both on the road.

    Vogelsong lost to the Fish on May 3rd, but only gave up 1er with 4BB/5K over 7ip.

    Delgado had a ND vs the Reds on May 14, only gave up 1er with 3BB/4K over 6.2ip.

    Delgado has lost 4 of his last 6 decisions. Vogelsong has won 2 of his 3 outings.

    Leaning towards Vogelsong. Which way would you go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, Vogelsong

  165. Ferris says:
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    leaning towards dropping H-Rod in a deep nl-only league of save chasers

    any belief that H-Rod could end up with more than a couple more fluke saves over the next couple months?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him…

  166. Wilsonian says:
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    Which side:

    A) Trumbo/J. Montero/Halladay
    B) Moose/McCann/Beachy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Moose

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Kinda figured. I’m assuming same answer if it was Weaver instead of Beachy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Yup

  167. Steve says:
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    Bruce up – bases loaded. Let’s all hold hands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Mine are clammy.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Why am I not surprised by that outcome?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Wow, that Z start turned out poorly…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Nope. Not too flash.

  168. JMAC says:
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    What kind of future value do you see in Cespedes, Luke Scott, and Boesch. (Rank or Explain).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC, Scott, Cespedes

      • JMAC says:
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        @Grey, sorry, where is Boesch?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JMAC, Third

  169. Steve says:
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    Holy Alex Rios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Did he actually do something?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, 2-run jack.

        Hope my laziness in not dropping Hank-Rod isn’t going to bit me in the ass here…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, About time… Too bad I dropped him last week…

      • Turk Wendell says:
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        @Grey, 2 run shot. Resurgence?

  170. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Frenchy or Pena to platoon with stubbs at utility spot?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Frenchy

  171. Marty Funkhouser says:
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    Is it time to cut Lynn? He’s been pretty crappy his last couple turns and tonight’s start against the Blahdres isn’t going any better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marty Funkhouser, Damn… Not sure of your options or his next matchup, but this was due to happen…

  172. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Forgot to mention that I enjoyed the Bulldog Davey Boy Smith reference in the morning wrap. Made me chuckle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, That was Rudy…

  173. jack says:
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    Oh Lance Lynn, barely dodging total disaster against the AAA Padres. He just gets uncomfortable sometimes out there. Stuff is nasty, very few balls are hit hard … but my boy Tommy is emerging from the doghouse and you are going in it …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Yeah, not pretty…

  174. Steve says:
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    How on earth have the Tigers not taken the lead here?

  175. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    My kinsler and Rollins for Bautista? Am giving up too much?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Bautista

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, It is a bit much though…

      • Steven says:
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        @Grey,

        How about if I ask for Michael young or Daniel murphy with bautista? Does that make it any better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steven, Try Young

  176. Steve says:
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    The luck of my effing opponent. Streamed Paulino against the Yanks the other day. Streamed Pettitte against the Royals today.

    And got a win out of Lindblom yesterday when MY Cahill was robbed of a win by the shitty Diamondbacks bullpen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Should have him writing a Razzball streaming column…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Any opponent of mine could do that. Me and letsgobravos can do the ones to avoid. That is, the guys that we start.

        • chata says:
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          @Steve,

          i thought pettitte was an easy stream for today .
          lefty against kc … big city … that sort of thing .

  177. Hola Grey -

    Been stashing Reimold for what seems like 2 months now. Heard he’s getting another epidural on Friday, which will likely push his return back to late June… Do I hold on to this clown in my 14 team, 6×6, OPS league… looking for all around stats. Other available options:

    JD Martinez
    Mike Carp
    Seth Smith
    Roger Bernadina
    Todd Frazier
    Nolan Arenado

    Appreciate the sage advice, as always…

    • @El Burro…. and Alex Rios is an option too…

      Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Burro, Rios

      • @Grey, Was hoping you would NOT say Rios…

        If I can hold out for Reimold and he return in 3-4 wks – you prefer his stats to Rios, ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @El Burro, Reimold stats are findable on waivers, no reason to be stashing him all this time…

          • @Grey, Good point. I keep remembering the hot start and need someone to slap me. Gracias.

            • Hondo says:
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              @El Burro, The words “epidural” and the term “herniated disk-cervical spine” just don’t translate into power hitter for me.

  178. Turk Wendell says:
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    I’m pretty sure I should sit Delgado at cincy tomorrow, right

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, In most leagues, yeah…

  179. Prezii says:
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    Stupid zambino…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, That one hurt…

  180. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    This slump by Bruuuuce is killing me. Hoping he starts raking soon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21, BnY

  181. Jon says:
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    3 for 4 night for Hosmer. Very, very nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, About time…

  182. potus says:
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    looking for the yeast @ the bottom of the barrel who do you prefer?
    neither is not a choice

    jesus flores or kurt suzuki?

    -YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @potus, Flores

  183. Tom C says:
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    @Grey: Drop one… Cahill, Francisco, Thayer, Worley, Scherzer, McCarthy

  184. Wilsonian says:
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    One more trade idea. Which side:

    A) Pujols/Moore
    B) E5/Doc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, A

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. Making a play on it. Can then move Middebrooks or Trumbo into third while Longo is out.

  185. chata says:
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    @ BIG AL KOHOLIC :

    you’re not serious about your latest trade offer , are you ?
    (puerto rican perfume) .
    we can discuss it publicly , if you wish .

  186. Jacob says:
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    Would u trade Seager and Chris young for Peavy?
    Too much? Need a starter…
    Also would u rather have LEE or Strasburg ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jacob, Krispie for Peavy is fair, I wouldn’t do it… Lee…

  187. Schlitzy says:
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    Just watched the food network star premier. Douche. Chills. This team bullshit is obviously just a way for them to squeeze Giada’s big head into the show each week. Kinda glad rocker douche is sticking around at least another week so he can 1. Tell us 10 more times that he’s a rock star, 2. Remind us he’s a rock star by saying “I cooked this for my band,” 3. Tell us how much he loves his mom, and 4. Tell us a few more times that his dad died.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schlitzy, 5. Wear silver jewelry.

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        6. tell us he’s a rock star

  188. chata says:
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    @ Grey :
    hope you and the kiwi don’t have lilly going tonight .

    • Steve says:
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      @chata, I do. In two leagues.

  189. Hondo says:
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    Bauer has 5Ks,5BB and 2WP after 76 pitches in 4IP so far.He’s a wild ride,wish I had MiLB .TV

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo, Wow… Looks like Aroldis prior to harnessing…

  190. Steve says:
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    So. Lilly, Zambrano and Hank-Rod.

    Um, yeah. I knew my RCL pitching had to regress, but I didn’t expect it would play out in its entirety on the same day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Seriously

  191. Steve says:
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    The Dodgers are just waiting til the Arizona relievers get in the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  192. Chris says:
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    My Lynn and Putz for his Buehrle? or do you think I can squeeze lynn for Buehrle straight up?

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris, this is all pending if Lynn is done, I wasnt a fan of what he has been putting up lately, especially with what he did against the padres today. I am looking at Bass too as a relief pitching option, is he a better option throughout then lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It should get it done with just Lynn…

  193. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team mixed roto, rios, frenchy, rasmus or campana?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frenchy

  194. Herschel says:
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    Rizzo with his 16th tonight…what’s theo waiting for??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Herschel, he has nothing left to prove down there. Just wait until after Memorial Day. He’ll be up (especially with the way LaHair is hitting – or not hitting). And then you’ll be glad you snagged him.

  195. Steve says:
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    My RCL ERA was 3.25 before start of play today. As we speak it’s 3.51.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I took a beating too…

  196. Jobu's Rum says:
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    Back to my Crazy plan to trade away Hamels. Last time you were iffy on Hamels for Wilson & Aviles. With Bob Seager now 2B eligible that frees mE up. What about Offering Hamels & Adams for Ortiz & Wilson with a final offer of Hamels & Heyward for Wilson & Ortiz. Once Lonoria & Sandoval are back for me Heyward would be burried on my bench and Adams dropped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz and Wilson is fair… Not sure why you want to get rid of Hamels…

      • Jobu's Rum says:
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        @Grey, I traded Halladay for Hanley Ramrez a couple weeks ago and that’s worked out nicely (thanks). I guess the origional point was to dump Lincecum. Would you trade Lincecum for Romero, Lynn, Loshe or Holland?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jobu’s Rum, Romero

  197. chata says:
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    see .
    that’s the trouble with owning experienced pros like lilly
    (buehrle , et. al.)

    their managers leave them in longer , to take their lumps .
    they’re not as concerned with upsetting fragile egos as they are with some of their younger starters .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, That is a good point…

  198. Steve says:
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    With 1 for his last 11, do you think Viciedo is cooling off? Is the party over?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, probably… He’s a hacking machine…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Aww – that means I can get Yonder back in my H2H lineup. Been feeling really guilty not using him (emoticon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Ha… Was wondering why you didn’t scream bloody murder with Big Z, now I see you had CarGo…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Silent fury, Grey. Silent fury.

  199. Steve says:
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    Loney’s in the game. Everything will be alright now.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Come on Loney – cheer me up.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Hmmm. Need a little more than that.

  200. Steve says:
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    I guarantee you, if I picked up Saunders and started him next time out, he’d get flamed.

    • peter says:
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      @Steve, Well, if you or I picked up Saunders then for sure.

    • chata says:
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      @Steve,

      will pay you many euros to make that happened .
      drafted bauer 20th (out of 26) in my dynasty league , completely
      convinced that saunders would show his true colors and be cut .

      instead , saunders comes out on fire , and i’ve been holding bauer .

      p.s.
      who the heck is patrick corbin and how is HE keeping bauer down ??
      even though corbin is 2-3 , yahoo lists him as NA , and he doesn’t even appear on the cbs depth chart or roster for the dbacks !!
      must be that sterling 5.27 e.r.a.

  201. peter says:
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    Drop A. Hill, R. Roberts or Betemit for Matt Adams? Hill & Roberts may be headed towards a time share, but Roberts has been hitting reasonably well as of late. (Also, all are candidates to be dropped when Reynolds/Utley return.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peter, Roberts isn’t playing every day… Lose him…

  202. Poo Holes says:
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    My buddy told me he’s going to accept a trade of Krispie, Gallardo, and Jemile for Adam Jones and Gio. I’m a happy man, and my rotation now looks like Gio, Lester, Anibal, Fister, Capuano, and Minor (I’m just holding him cause he’s filthy and this is a dynasty league). Outfield will be Hamilton, Jones, and Blowjob Upton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Nice!

  203. Poo Holes says:
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    Also, it seems as though every time I look at the streaming options, Minnesota is sending out some guy I’ve never heard of. Cole DeVries? Who the fuck is that? Anyway, should I pick up Delgado for tomorrow or just start Anibal? I have him doubled up in K’s, QS, and wins, and I have solid ratios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Ha! Start Anibal…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, Just Anibal or pick up Delgado with my streamer spot and start both of them? Don’t wanna see him get blown up and ruin my ratios for the week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Poo Holes, Just Anibal…

  204. Steve says:
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    Gimme one for Friday if you please:

    Chen @ BAL
    Gee v SD
    Friedlich v CIN
    Cobb @ BOS
    Danks v CLE
    Ross v NYY

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Gee

  205. B.o.B says:
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    Can you rank these streamers for tomorrow?

    Vargas vs. LAA
    Humber vs. Minn
    Delgado @ Cincy
    Hefner vs. SD

    Thanks ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Vargas, Humber, Hefner

  206. chata says:
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    11 runs .
    kurt gibson sonuvabenched all of you krispie owners tonight .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Kirk… Yeah…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        oops .
        maybe as a long-time A’s fan , subconsciously i felt that if i started
        out spelling his name with k u , that i’d end up with a different 4 letter word .

        really , though , ecks was/is a complete freakin’ dolt .

  207. Steve says:
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    All that’s missing now is an enormous kazaam for Putz.

  208. B.o.B says:
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    Little interesting fact…

    The bottom 4 teams in the majors in runs scored for the month of May:

    SD – 61 duh
    Pitt – 67 no surprise
    ChC – 72 yup
    NYY – 72 wait what???

    The Yankees have scored less runs this month than the Twins, Mariners, A’s, Giants, Astros

  209. JR says:
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    There’s a guy in my league trying to dump Kennedy. What pitchers would you say would fetch Kennedy? Is Marcum too much or is that a decent offer?

  210. Jim says:
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    I drafted your buddy Hosmer. Last week I picked up Carlos Lee and benched Hosmer. Who do you like more to play in Hosmer’s place for the next week – Lee, Morneau, or Mitch Moreland? Thanks. Nice podcast again.

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