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Trevor Plouffe is returning from the DL and that’s big news because it’s big news.  If you would’ve jumped out of a DeLorean back in March and told me I’d actually be writing a lede for Trevor Plouffe, let alone just a lede because he’s returning from the DL, I would’ve told you there’s no way Plouffe would warrant a lede and this is the information you bring back from the future?  You couldn’t find anything more inane?  Like how about you tell me what day the barista doesn’t leave enough room in my coffee for milk?  As my bumper sticker says, “I love black people, I don’t love black coffee.”  Trevor Plouffe has 19 homers and he’s owned in 41% of ESPN leagues.  I’m guessing a few thousand of those leagues are one owner with nine alias teams so they can collect virtual trophies, but there’s really no excuse to not own Plouffe.   Hey, I’m all about the Breanny Segolt-Jacksitterado’s of the world too, but how about you grab a guy that has actually produced already this year?  Rhetorical!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Stephen Strasburg – Nats are saying exactly what everyone knew already, that he will be limited and miss two or three starts.  But we have a Razzball exclusive!  Overheard in the Nats front office this weekend, “We’ve sold as many tickets for September as I think we’re going to, may as well make the announcement… “Maybe he can just miss road starts?”  “Or we can do a giveaway, say, Bryce Harper Bobblehead Day.”  “Is that a Bobblehawk?”  “Yes!  I like that!  Trademark that, Rizzo!”  “How about the Bobblehawk comes with eye black?”  “Great!  Maybe with an accompanying reporter dressed as a clown?”

Ross Detwiler – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks.  How do you give up 4 earned runs in 4 and two-thirds with only 4 baserunners and no homers allowed?  Honestly, I didn’t see any of this game, so if someone did and would like to share in the comments, by all means.

Lance Berkman – Has cartilage damage in his left knee because he was overcompensating for his surgically-repaired right knee, i.e., he’s on the DL with “Getting old sucks.”  He hopes to return in September.  Assuming he doesn’t try to compensate for both of his knees by walking on his hands.

Matt Carpenter – 4-for-6, 3 RBIs.  Unfortch, he’s not playing every day.  Even with Big Puma prowling on his hands.

Jon Jay – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and he’s this week’s Creeper.  Pleased to meeper.  Hope you gets Jon Jay.  But what’s puzzling you.  Is the nature of Jay’s game.  Average, some speed and light power.

Phil Hughes – 4 IP, 7 ER.  To quote the TV-edited version of yourself, “I HAVE HAD IT WITH THIS MONKEY FIGHTIN’ HUGHES!”

Derek Jeter – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  When Jeter hit 4 homers in April, everyone was like, “Ooh, it’s The Great Zombino,” but it turned out to be an Early Bird Special that gave you Enlarged Pro Stats.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-5, a run, 5 RBIs and his 33rd steal.  Not bad for a guy that was probably just a Willy Waiverez for SAGNOF!

Moises Sierra – 3-for-5, but still not playing every day, so he’s more of an AL-Only hitter.  Ruben Sierra and Moises Alou must still be proud.  BTW, I would’ve thought Ruben would’ve been the mom.  Or give the kid a hyphenated last name.

Edwin Encarnacion – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer.  I bet when January Grey returns from sailing around the world in a barrel, he’ll be writing an overrated post for Encarnacion for 2013.

Chris Capuano – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Well, it doesn’t make any sense to make a deal with the devil and say I only want to be good April through June and August through October, but there ya go.

Wade LeBlanc – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He’s finally stretched out enough to be a legitimate starter to stream.  I mean, if the Stream-o-Nator says so.  Sorry, S.O.N., didn’t mean to step on your toes.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Seems like old times, Charles Grodin.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Really seems like old times, how on earth was Charles Grodin a comedic actor?  Doesn’t that seem completely unbelievable now?  Top five actors who were once comedic actors and now it seems implausible:  5. Charles Grodin. 4. Ron Howard 3. Barbra Streisand 2. Jerry Lewis 1. O.J. Simpson

A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 23rd homer.  Okay, Carlos Beltran’s season feels like Lance Berkman’s 2011 season.  But Beltran’s been here before.  He’s done it.  He’s no supreme Fantasy God (which is a Fantasy God with sour cream), but he’s been terrific in the past.  Like really3 good.  Where on this green earth that Al Gore is fighting for every day so he stays relevant is A.J.’s season coming from?  This is like Brady Anderson’s sideburnavelous season.  I mean, seriously dubya tee eff?

Jonny Gomes – 1-for-4 with his third straight game with a homer.  G:  Gomes O: is One M: Magically E: Excellent S: hot Schmotato.

Bartolo Colon – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Picture this.  Your Ford Escort is your fantasy team.  You decide you want to take a hike.  Bear with me, we both know you don’t exercise.  Okay, so you park your Escort at the national park right in front of a sign of Bartolo Colon, get out of the car, but leave your windows open.  Your ratios are the picnic basket in the backseat.

Grant Balfour – Saturday’s roundup covered the Brewers and Padres closer shituations, so been there, you read that.  In short, I’d grab Henderson and Thayer or Gregerson, in that order.  In Oakland, Cookie’s melted under the August sun and the A’s said, “Yo, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t close games anymore.”  Balfour is the pick up and I’d grab him everywhere, except in elevators, that would be weird.

Brandon Belt – 4-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Every time I think I’m out, you pull me back in!

Chris Sale – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  A commenter mentioned that the White Sox said they don’t plan on shutting Sale down.  As I told the commenter, this is crackers.  Do you risk losing a guy for all of next year so you can get an extra 30 innings from him this year?  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Jean Segura – 2-for-4 and 4 for his last 8.  Looks like he’s starting to hit.  Too bad I dropped him already for Machado.  Oh, wait, that’s not bad.  That’s wonderful.

Norichika Aoki – 2-for-5 with 2 steals.  Get this, guys and four girl readers, Aoki has gone hitless in four games since June 23rd!  Norichika chika boom boom!

Neil Walker – 5-for-5 with his 14th homer.  Rudy and I agree a lot on fantasy baseball.  One thing we don’t agree on is players like Neil Walker.  He’s the stereotypical Rudy player.  Solid counting stats guy that has no upside.  I like my MI (stutterer if you don’t say em-eye) with upside.  I probably could’ve used a Walker instead of a Cozart this year, but I’ll be right there chasing upside again next year for MI.

Chris Denorfia – 1-for-4 with a homer.  I dated a Chris Denorfia in high school.  I don’t think it’s the same person.

Brooks Raley – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Every time I see his name in the box score listed as B. Raley, I think it’s Boo Radley.  And that’s neither funny nor interesting!  As for fantasy, there’s nothing to see here.

Ryan Ludwick - 1-for-4 with his 21st homer.  If you’re not sitting down, you may want to for this next bit of information.  Ryan Ludwick is having a better season than Jay Bruce.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a homer.  At least that’s what the box score said.  I Googled “Jay Bruce homer video 8/12″ and Google said, Do you mean Jay Bruce the hitter who doesn’t homer for months at a time and you’re wondering how he has 22 homers?

Jon Rauch – Bobby Parnell pretty much blew whatever chance he had for saves.  Frank Francisco tried to give away yesterday’s game and has looked shaky at best lately.  Yesterday, Jon Rauch got the save.  Only time anyone says “top shelf” and Rauch in the same sentence is when they need him to get something down, but if you’re really hurting for saves, I’d grab Rauch.

Jesus Montero – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers.  Now has 12 homers on the year.  Because of the nature of the catching position, if he gets up to 17 homers on the year, he’ll probably still be a top ten catcher for the year.  Even if he’s no A.J. Pierzynski, who’s obviously the cream of the crap this year.

Jason Vargas – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  ERA’s now at 3.56.  Fun fact!  His family name was shortened from Varoomgas.

Erick Aybar – 2-for-4 with his 2nd steal in 3 games.  He’s finally stealing bases… Mazel tov!  I’d grab him in case he decides he want to get to 20 steals before the season is out.

Yu Darvish – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 8 Ks and the Win vs. the Tigers.  I don’t own him, but I’ll say it for you… Sonavabench!

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and the slam (32) and legs (7), and has 99 RBIs on the year, which is roughly 77 HRs/180 RBIs in street value.

Patrick Corbin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He gets the Astros next.  The Astros have one major league hitter.  What are you looking at?  Grab Corbin!

Eric Young Jr. – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and 5 for his last 10.  Not sure where the steals are, but he could steal 4 in a game and 10 in a week.  SAGNOF!  What’s SAGNOF in Spanish?  That too!  BTW, there are SAGNOF shirts.  They’re 99% cotton and 1% fun!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Also, in this game, Nick Markakis homered.  Greece lightning!

Manny Machado – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer.  You don’t have to believe in reincarnation for this but “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who once played minor league ball for the Reds, Cards and White Sox, never got to live his real dream, to be a major leaguer, so he’s returned as the Orioles young prospect, who will now be known as Macho Manny Machado. Okay, I guess you do have to believe in reincarnation for that to work.

341 Responses

  1. Lemming says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m considering dropping Brett Jackson. We have available:

    Segura
    EY Jr.
    Jon Jay
    Vitters
    Dominic Brown
    Todd Frazier (I have votto fwiw)
    Garrett Jones
    Denard Span

    Who do you like most for the next month or so?

    Thanks!

    • Lemming says:
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      I forgot to add: on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being desperate and 1 having trout, my need for speed is around a 4.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Lemming, Jay

  2. The Hungary Hippo says:
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    “Hey Zeus” Montero is lightning in a bottle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Hungary Hippo, Ha

  3. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I Have 2 offers on the table. Which one do i take and 2 why?

    I get Braun Sandoval Bourn Aybar Jordan Zimmerman for my Longoria Morse Profar Sano Wheeler.

    I get tulo for sano wheeler straily.

    Does this move hurt me in the long run or am I good for the foreseeable future

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf Evan longoria
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of Michael morse
    util travis snider
    bn Carlos lee
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p Dan straily
    p Jared Hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Tony says:
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      @Ryan, wow take the Braun Jordan Zimmerman side…. now. Why? because brauns an absolute beast, and Jordan Zimmerman is a stud…. it sucks losing Longoria but I think you’re getting a better deal because in the past brauns been healthier than longo…. And as for the prospects? they’re prospects…. they might never pan out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Braun

  4. Simple Jack says:
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    wow, i stayed away anytime I saw that Ludwick was hot, had no idea he would of led my RCL team in jacks. I view him and Willingham as the same guy, diferent parks of course. I bet if you checked all flights they took in the offseason that Toronto came up. Bautista must have taken them with Encarnacion to see his dealer/the devil to make their deals.

    • @Simple Jack, i latched onto Ludwick as a Coors Correction flier and just never managed to dump him. Pretty crazy. Comparing him to Willingham is too generous – Ludwick has had one above average year in the pros where Willingham has been a very good hitter when healthy throughout his career.

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, True, I am still stuck in the perception of Willingham being a high injury risk every year. Once you get burned you stay away from matches. Ludwick is really like the B-Movie version of Willingham to me. The Ludwick add is nice, I like when those 3 days of fun turn into something more. Everyone is Bichetter with Coors!

  5. OaktownA's says:
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    ESPN h2h weekly points league. Which pitcher would ya start? Corbin @ hou, medlen vs sd, or c richard in the almighty two start @atl, vs sf? Nl only. Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownA’s, Richard

  6. Samardzija! says:
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    Is Plouffe a good dynasty league (14 team) get. I know he’s fairly young and displayed decent power and disipline in the minors, but i kinda just assumed he’d revert back to a borderline rosterable .240 hitter with 15-20 hrs and he’ll be without MI eligibility going forward. Everyone else in my league thinks so too, so i could get him for practically nothing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Samardzija!, If you could get him for nothing, it’s worth doing it…

  7. Project_Badass says:
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    10-team H2H league
    Pitching categories: K, QS, W, ERA, WHIP

    I need to start 3 of these 5…Who would you start, I am thinking Norris, Sanchez, Cahill?

    Anibal Sanzhez @Min
    Bedard @STL
    Cahill @STL
    Norris @CHC
    Samardzija @CIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Anibal, Cahill, Norris

  8. Project_Badass says:
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    12-team roto league

    Drop Perkins, Cishek, Affeldt, or Wilton Lopez for Thayer and/or Rauch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, I’d hold for now…

  9. derk says:
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    I’m really starting to have legitimate feelings for Patrick Corbin, not only for the ‘stros next start, but long-term as well. ::blushes::

    Why has nobody been talking about him? Please Grey, tell me this guy won’t break my heart… 2nd round pick, you think his upside is legit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @derk, I’ve gone over him in the past in more detail… He could be a number 3 starter…

  10. Tim says:
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    Need 2 pitchers to stream today
    Samardzia vs hou
    Fiers vs col
    Cobb at sea
    Minor vs SD
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim, Cobb, Minor

  11. Scottie O. says:
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    With the current closer shituation, I’m down Casilla & Street, and only left with Reed as a closer. For the rest of the year how would you rank:
    Thayer
    Balfour
    Henderson
    Gregerson
    Casilla

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O., Henderson, Balfour, Thayer…

  12. BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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    Have both McDonald and Liriano at the back end of my 12 Team H2H rotation (and still won ERA this week!), is it time to lose one or both for any of the following:

    -Beckett, E Santana, Holland, Cobb, M Gonzalez, C Richard, Marquis, Harrell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoneFace w/ no Harmony, McDonald can be dropped for a streamer…. Cobb’s got a good matchup this week…

  13. I think moises alou threathed to piss on ruben sierra R kelly style if he counldnt be the mother of moises sierra LMAO.

    Real quick 12 team h2h keeper league ops and QS are extra cats. Which side would you want? keep 7 at years end.

    beltre/lester/10th round/12th round

    for

    Granderson/crawford/15th/17th next year.

    My SP is weak with cain/wainwright being my only 2 solid starters. Thanks in advance grey. BTW id love to work for razzball, hire me to work full time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin, Ha… Grandy… No problem…

  14. Jamiehov says:
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    Starting Gio and Anibal today, should I press my luck with Peavy @tor?

    Also, Should I drop Rasmus for Jay, Cespedas, markakis or Garrett Jones?

    Write up’s make my summer. Thanks for your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov, Peavy’s a start everywhere at this point… Markakis… No problem…

  15. Sean says:
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    I was hoping that “Mancrushado” would catch on for the new anointed one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean, Macho Manny Machado!

  16. uncdrew says:
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    Thanks for the Jake Westbrook advice Mr. S. O. Nator. Appreciate it. Next time you’re in Atlanta and need a place to stay, I’ll recommend a nice Holiday Inn for you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @uncdrew, Ha

  17. TheTinDoor says:
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    Re: Detwiler & 4 runs w/ 4 baserunners…

    2nd inning: Goldschmidt reached on an error, and scored on another throwing error (unearned)
    3rd: Krispie doubled, Kubel HBP (baserunner but not a BB or H), Goldschmidt doubled to score them both
    4th: Krispie walked. Hill doubled to score him. Detwiler left game, Stammen gave up a single to Goldschmidt to plate Hill.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheTinDoor, Thanks for the heads up!

  18. Chris J says:
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    Formal request for Rudy Rating of MIs for next years ranking.

    • chunk says:
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      @Chris J,

      1. Altuve

      end of list

    • @Chris J, I need the offseason + stat projections from people smarter than me to start ranking for 2013. As you may know, I think MIs tend to be overvalued in the first 5-6 rounds of drafts and that the bargains don’t start usually until after the 10th round. This year, Altuve has met expectations, Weeks killed 2 of my teams, and Neil Walker has met expectations (but I dumped him hastily in RCL).

      • Chris J says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, oh gawd I don’t mean now (but damn that would be sweet), just hoping you can whip something up when you guys do the rankings next season. I’ve noticed that in my FP league I love the consistent, no upside guys, because I can just leave them be. Asdrubal and Walker fit that classification. When I go for upside players it rarely works and I have massive roster churn.

        • @Chris J, I hear you. We ended up with Asdrubal on one team but reached for him. Surprised how little he’s stealing this year.

          Oh, sneak preview. Cano is #1 going into next year :)

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Chris J, 2B has been an achilles many times for me, they are either boring as hell, declining or getting exciting but never really delivering what you want. Rudy was spot on with Altuve and high round 2B, I took Kendrick in the 7th this year and painfully watched my team suffer until I finally admitted I had a hope problem.

  19. Lob Ball says:
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    Aybar or Escobar ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lob Ball, Aybar

  20. chunk says:
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    own cook and frank frank

    available are thayer and rauch

    What moves do i make?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk, Lose Frank for Thayer…

  21. Peter says:
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    Its crunch time for me. I am hanging on to 7th place just out of the wildcard by 1 point in my H2H league.

    Aaron Hill was just dropped. I have Kipnis on 2B and Bonafacio on my DL. Out of those 3, who would you prefer to own for the ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter, Kipnis

  22. Brandon says:
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    Keep 2 of 3 for rest of season?

    Corbin, Straily, Harvey?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brandon, Not Harvey

  23. Barnacle says:
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    Time to consider dropping Harper in non-keepers for hot schmotato du jour, or does he get it back on track for the stretch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Barnacle, Depends who you’re picking up, but I could see dropping him…

  24. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Lose De Aza, Altuve or C. Johnson to make room for Plouffe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Johnson

  25. The Real McCoy says:
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    Who do you want ROS (for Runs, SB, Avg)?

    SS- Aybar or A. Escobar

    OF- Jay or Revere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Aybar…Revere

  26. Heisenberg says:
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    Have to drop one: Ruggiano, K. Morales, I. Davis, Moustakas, Jay.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Heisenberg, Ike

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    Both of my teams keep slipping, slipping, slipping…into 2013. I’ve gotta get some hot bats in my lineup (team hit 3 HRs last week). The expendable characters are these guys:

    Headley (got him after he ended his HR binge – hence the 3 HRs last week), Marte, LaRoche

    The available hot bats are:

    Ludwick, Crisp, Rajai, Morneau, Ruggiano, Sparkakis (off waivers on the 15th).

    I’m also thinking about picking up Lester to see if this is the start of something purdy.

    I’m thinking of cutting all three for Ludwick or Morneau, Crisp or Rajai, and then snagging Lester. What do you think?

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Wilsonian, I hate how my teams have been slipping into darkness too. I would hold on to LaRoche and I think Marte has got alot of Schomato in him through the rest of the year. Headley for Ludwick or Morneau…I picked up Lester for the stream and have not thrown him back in the pool yet.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Simple Jack, yeah, I actually dropped LaRoche for Lester. I figure no one else will pick him up (real shallow league). I’m trying to work a deal that will make this an exercise in futility. I also agree on Marte. He seems like the kinda guy that could get some pretty solid counting stats over the course of the last month and a half. I also think I’ll stick with Headley while he’s not in PetCo. Then I’ll lose him for the hot bat. Now if only Bruce could get the ball rolling…

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Wilsonian, ouch…Bruce, his playing me reminds me of the movie They Call Me Bruce, poorly made and comical.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Ludwick, Rajai, Lester…

  28. Schizer says:
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    Need to pick 2 for my remaining OF spots, H2H weekly:

    Pence, David Murphy, Stubbs

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer, Pence, Stubbs

  29. Howie says:
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    @Grey: With Ruiz on the DL I need to backfill (NL 4×4). Do you like Lucroy or Grandal better the rest of the way? I’m assuming Ruiz will be out for awhile…at least according to some of the reports I have recently read regarding this foot injury. Do you concur with a long DL stay for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howie, Lucroy… Sounds like Ruiz is out for the year…

  30. charlie hustler says:
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    Does anyone think that Kameron Loe might take the closer job and run with it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @charlie hustler, Nope

  31. Hank says:
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    Should I hold on to Straily for another start or drop him for someone like Maholm? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hank, Hold

  32. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Marte or EY, Jr.? Is it EY if you need steals and Marte overall?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheBravesWearPrado, Yup

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @TheBravesWearPrado, I had the same dilemma last night during weekly waivers. Went with EY for his 7 games @ Coors this week and I’ll probably swap them out first thing next week.

  33. bobbo says:
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    Rudy / Grey, I have a keeper dilemma as we approach the trade deadline that I could use your help on.

    10man roto league 6×6 (R,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG & W,SV,HLD,K,ERA,WHIP)

    We keep 5 offensive players and 3 starting pitchers. I have the following to consider:

    Off: Trout, CarGo, Hanley, Wright, Stanton, Heyward, Butler, Utley
    SP: Felix, Gallardo, Moore, Hanson, Bauer

    There is a player who is out of contention for this year with a lot of excess pitching (Halladay, Price, MadBum, Wainwright) who has been actively shopping Halladay. Do you think Stanton is worth giving up? Should I try Heyward for MadBum? I doubt he’s interested in giving up Price, but would Stanton be worth that?

    Oh, and by the way, I’m currently in 2nd place but have snake eyes in ERA and WHIP because my pitching has been awful this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo, Don’t give up Stanton… Heyward for MadBum works…

  34. Herschel says:
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    @grey: need to start two of these three in weekly roto league:

    Frazier (3 vs nym, 3 vs chc)
    Ruttledge (3 vs mil, 4 vs Mia)
    Plouffe ( 3 vs det, 3 @ sea)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, Not Frazier

  35. ABC says:
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    12 team roto league. What do you guys think about this trade between the guy who I have been trading first place with on a daily basis and the guy in last place that is so far behind he could never catch the guy in 11th place:

    1st place guy gives Wilhelmsen and Edwin Jackson and gets Felix Hernandez and Scott Diamond in return.

    I’m crying foul. To add insult to injury, the guy in first is also the commisioner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ABC, Pretty terrible trade…

  36. HotRod says:
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    Please rank the following as keepers going into next year, thanks…I can keep 6 of these 7, which would you leave behind.

    J-Up
    Strasburg
    Lawrie
    Des Jennings
    Moustakas
    Hosmer
    Machado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HotRod, Not Jennings

  37. **Stream-o-nator update **

    I mentioned last week that SON should have 5 games’ worth of starts going forward. Unfortunately, the feed i use to update probable starters is sporadic – it seems to add the 5th game in the afternoons after I’ve done my morning updates.

    So consider seeing a 5th day like a bonus – it’ll usually be 4 days…

    • Dynamite Dan says:
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      @Rudy Gamble, Hey Rudy. Ive commented a lot to Grey about how great the Stream-o-nator is to Grey but I just wanted to say thanks to you considering it’s your baby. So….a sincere thank you sir.

      Just a thought. If there were one day we could ask for 5 games’ worth of starts, it would be on a Friday so we could see The Stream-o-nators Monday and Tuesday scores. This would help plan for 2 start streaming in the following week…

      Having said that, 4 days seems like plenty and is more than we deserve.

      Thanks again.

      • @Dynamite Dan, Your welcome and thanks for the kind words. I hear you on the need to plan for weekly leagues – i’m just beholden to when the data is updated. If the 5th day is regularly updated in the afternoon, i’ll do what i can to update it…

  38. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: 12 team dynasty league, just sold high on Macho Man Machado and swapped him for Justin Upton. Feeling good about the deal! Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh, You did well…

  39. Seventy Two says:
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    My season is over and I’m thinking keepers. I have an idea of who im keeping, but input is always nice.

    These are my best options, can you weigh in on which 6 I should keep in a standard scoring dynasty h2h? The round they would be drafted next year is in parentheses.

    Beltran (5)
    Shields (6)
    Carlos Santana (15)
    Freeman (15)
    Rasmus (15)
    Dempster (16)
    Liriano (16)
    Alcides Escobar (18)
    Seager (18)
    Straily (18)
    Altuve (22)
    Pedro Alvarez (24)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Seventy Two, Rasmus, Altuve, Carlos Santana, Freeman, Pedro, Seager

  40. Paranoid Android says:
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    Kipnis or Kendrick this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paranoid Android, Kendrick

  41. TheNewGuy says:
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    Re Ruben Sierra, lol I thought of those guys as soon as I saw his name too.

    Was sure he’d be on the Mets with that name.

    Who do you like more ROS: Sheets or Medlen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Ha! Sheets, because I don’t think Medlen stays in the rotation ROS….

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, re: Grey Reply:
        August 13th, 2012 at 9:07 am

        @TheNewGuy, Ha! Sheets, because I don’t think Medlen stays in the rotation ROS….

        You don’t think they’ll go to a 6 man rotation when Hanson gets back?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t see why…

  42. Ishrogh says:
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    Drop Headley for Plouffe or wait to see how Plouffe does and hope someone else doesn’t pick him up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Plouffe…

  43. Futureman says:
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    Points league rest of year.

    Kendrys
    Belt
    Eric Chavez

    Who you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Futureman, Kendrys

  44. smegma says:
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    Pick 1 for this week…trying to hang on in points league:

    D.Jennings (3@Sea, 4@LAA)
    Swisher (4vs.Tex, 3vs.Bos)

    Jennings has been hotter but playing away all week whereas Swisher has been making contact but not much power lately at home all week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Jennings

  45. L-Boogie says:
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    In my league, the last place team has to pay extra. Incentive to keep playing even though your team in in the toilet. Had a deal in place to get Kemp from the last place team in a 3-1 for Peavy, Minor, and Rutledge. I said how about just Peavy and one of them. He says no, all three. I say fine. My pitching staff is great (thanks again, Grey). He needs offense. He needs pitching. He needs everything. The other owner e-mails me late last night that he wants to accept my offer, but he didn’t want to catch me off-guard right before Sunday night waivers are run. Thanks. Didn’t read the e-mail until early this morning but I still picked up a few SoN darlings for this week just in case he accepted my offer. So I’m rarin’ to go on this trade. And hour later I get the e-mail that he’s pulling out. Why? Because I changed the deal? Noooooo. Because the players I’m offering had bad weekends? Nope. Why? Because he picked up Manny Machado last night. Manny freakin Machado is going to save his fantasy baseball season. The guy is starting Jeff Keppinger at MI and Carlos Gomez at DH, and he think Manny Machado is going to keep him out of last place? Manny Machdo??? Seriously???? He’s rolling out Trevor Cahill, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland every week, and Manny Machado is the answer??? Manny Machado. Manny Machado is keeping me from getting Kemp and streaking towarsd first place. Manny Machado…. unbelievable…

    Yeah, I’m bitter. Thanks for listening.

    So now I’m left with WAY too many pitchers, all with great matchups and/or 2 starts this week.

    Starting Bum and Gio x2. NEED 3 MORE OF:

    Peavy @ Tor, @ KC
    Smarjidizijidiza vs Hou, @ Cincy
    Minor vs SD, vs LA
    Cobb @ Sea, @ Angels
    Medlen vs SD
    Westbrook vs Pit

    SoN LOVES Medlen’s start (128) and Cobb’s (114) and Samrblahblahblah’s (118) first start. Not sure about the 2nd starts.

    SoN likes, but does not love Minor’s (102) and Peavy’s (102) first starts.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Damn, that sucks… Peavy, Minor, Samardzija…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @L-Boogie, I think the guy was smart to pull out, he would be better off streaming than making that deal, it was a really low-ball anyway….last place paying is whack, seen that before and never agreed with the practice, I get the motivation angle, but I could see people just blowing the league off and never paying up.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, League has been in place with the same basic group of guys for 13 years (7 for me). Live draft, we all know each other. To my knowledge, no one has ever not paid up. As another added twist, the last place payment goes to the team that improves the most in the second half. Incentive to keep active if you’re in the middle of the pack.

        And he’s the one who proposed this particular offer. I was going even lower and he insisted on this one.

        Still bitter…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @L-Boogie, wow 13 years, I know people who have been married then divorced then married again and then divorced in 13 years. you guys really know committment

  46. charlie hustler says:
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    Two-start options:

    Anibal Sanchez (BAL – Chen, @MIN, Deduno)
    Jarrod Parker (CLE – Masterson, @KC – Guthrie)

    I know you’ve been wary of Parker recently. Would you start him over Sanchez, or over one-start Dickey, Burnett or Gallardo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Parker…

  47. Shidesthelimit says:
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    Trade Deadline is this Sunday for my league. Here are my players and the stats our league uses. Sitting in 3rd, Head-to-Head league, 5 games back from 1st place. Anything I should trade for or do you like the squad as is?

    Categories: 9 X 7
    Hitting – H, BB, HR, SB, R, AVG, OBP, RBI, SLG
    Pitching – W, L, S, HR, K, ERA, WHIP

    C-Salvador Perez
    1B-Billy Butler (Anthony Rizzo)
    2B-Allen Craig (Howie Kendrick)
    SS-Hanley Ramirez
    3B-Evan Longoria
    OF-Giancarlo Stanton (Carlos Quentin)
    OF-Jacoby Ellsbury (De Aza)
    OF-Andre Ethier
    Util-Rotating
    Util-Rotating

    Pitchers

    Zack Greinke
    Josh Johnson
    Yu Darvish
    Matt Moore
    AJ Burnett
    Jon Lester
    Shaun Marcum (DL)
    Kris Medlen
    JJ Putz
    Rafael Soriano
    Tyler Clippard

    *Also two rotating bench spots for streamers/pickups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea how many teams, but if it’s around 12 it’s a great team…

  48. Nice tribute to The Macho Man, Manny’s got a lot to live up to. Thought I had that type of upside with Kendrick this season, but as you are well aware, he’s performed like SD Jones. In a league with limited moves, is it time to tag in a different option like K. Johnson, R. Roberts or Beckham? Damn 2012 2B is pathetic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Johnson…

  49. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Morning Grey.

    Home Stretch buddy…

    12 person OPS/QS league…

    A) Pick 1. Corbin, Detwiler, Cobb, or Henderson (I have Wilhelm, Reed and Holland at RP)

    B) Pick 2. Jay, Aybar, Young Jr, Chavez, Ruggiano, Aoki, Crisp. – (With an emphasis on Run and Avg)

    C) Would you drop Rizzo or De Aza for the 2nd batter you picked…

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Corbin B) Jay, Young C) Nope

  50. Spaceman says:
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    Grey good sir,

    I hope the summer has been treating you well of late! Haven’t written in awhile, but have been reading religiously, of course. That said, my bullpen is a mess right now and I need to ditch a few of these arms…

    Out of; Andrew Bailey, Aceves, Ogando, Wilton Lopez, Jim Henderson, Affeldt and Thayer, which 2 do you ditch? I’m chasing saves right now primarily, so whom of the above do you see getting saves ’till October?

    Thanks a ton and all the best!

    Spaceman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too! Lose Ogando, Thayer

  51. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Aybar or Rutlegde ROS? I currently own Rutledge.

    Thanks much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  52. Shmael says:
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    Trade offer that I am considering in order to ‘go for it.’

    Trade Garza for Fiers and Maholm

    Need W’s, K’s, and ratios though not much upward mobility in those. 2nd place but 14 points down.

    12 team dynasty, 12 keepers

    Other ‘keepable’ pitchers for next year: Latos, Lester, Moore, Peavy, Darvish
    rest of the staff for context: Lynn, Medlen, McAllister, Tillman

    I’m worried about Fiers ‘innings limit’ that was currently spoken about. Is this enough to give up Garza?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Fiers, but he’s not going to give you much this year, this trade is for Maholm…

  53. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Who gets the boot for Plouffe in a 12-team OBP?

    Frazier or Chris Johnson?

    Also, we’ve been telling ourselves we’ll let McDonald have one more start for a while. First it was SD, then HOU and now he has LAD next. Cut bait before then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier…. I’d lose him in most leagues…

  54. Combo says:
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    Pick 2 for this week. Could use help at HR and SB.

    Dan Uggla, Omar Infante, Erik Aybar, Eric Chavez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla, Aybar

  55. Thrilla says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my 12 team Y! H2h 7×7 league with league with OBP & SLG:

    I have Hanley (SS, 3B) and trying to figure out the best 3B/SS option for wherever slot Hanley isn’t occupying…

    C. Johnson (ARI)
    E. Aybar
    M. Scutaro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

    • Thrilla says:
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      @Thrilla, Ignore this one if you would Grey. Accidentally double posted. Stupid iPad discriminates against fat fingers.

  56. MikeZ says:
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    I’m Wary of 2 start Chen vs. BOS and @DET in my 12 team 5×5 roto league (no bench). Drop him for recently pretty good Iwakuma at home vs. MIN? Bronson Arroyo vs. CHC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Iwakuma

  57. Thrilla says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In my 12 team Y! H2h 7×7 league with league with OBP & SLG:

    I have Hanley (SS, 3B) and trying to figure out the best 3B/SS option for wherever slot Hanley isn’t occupying…

    C. Johnson (ARI)
    E. Aybar
    M. Scutaro
    D. Espinosa
    J. Peralta

    Any stick out out or is it just needs?

    Thanks amigo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs… Johnson…

      • Thrilla says:
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        @Grey, Capiche.

  58. Prezii says:
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    Call me crazy.. but im thinkin im gonna run Milwood out there VS TB.

    Why? Cuz the nator would never lie to me… I trust the nator..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No trust issues there…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, yeah, were tight like that. *daps streamonator*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  59. Rabbit says:
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    On Charles Grodin being a comedic actor, you have to watch him in Midnight Run. Fantastic comedic performance of dry, understated humor, in a movie that has held up really well over time. The thing I find more unbelievable about Grodin is that he played a heavy in the 1977 King Kong. Though that’s not quite as unbelievable as Jeff Goldbloom playing a Hispanic street thug in the original Death Wish (1974) (it’s true–check it out).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Almost as good as C. Thomas Howell’s Soul Man performance…

  60. Rick Grimes says:
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    You worried about Anibal tonight?

    Mr. Stream O Nator has his score at 94 for tonights start…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course I’m worried, it’s why I dropped him two weeks ago…

      • Rick Grimes says:
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        @Grey, WOOOOOOOOOO *Free Roster Spot Dance*

  61. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Need help in average and stolen bases. Dump Hosmer for Aoki?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

    • DjlanceRauch says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, also thinking of dropping Marte for Pagan.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @DjlanceRauch, Sounds fine…

  62. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Fill-in for this week in an OPS league: Frazier (v NYM, v CHC) or Carter (@ KC, v CLE)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

  63. Vinny says:
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    Pick 2:

    Fiers @COL, vs PHI – ugh tough matchups
    Medlen vs SD
    Jansen 7 games

    Its a pts league & a QS win is worth around 30pts = 3 saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen, Jansen

  64. Carlos says:
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    Drop Lance Lynn for Scott Diamond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it….

  65. MikeZ says:
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    Can you put these closers in order for ROS? Marmol, Perkins, Balfour…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marmol, Balfour

  66. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Better start for this week:

    Carlos Lee (3 v. Phi, 4 at Colo), Justin Morneau (3 v. Det, 3 at Sea) or Anthony Rizzo (3 v. Hou, 4 at Cincy)

    Points league with -2 per K.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  67. jack says:
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    Just got Fiers last week. @COL could be bad … do I leave him on the bench in favor of a RP (other starter options are worse unless you think Lynn or JMac are gonna suddenly rebound) or roll the dice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Fiers for @COL…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, Weekly lineups and he has a second start home v Phi. Still bench? Thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t want him in Coors just for a 2nd start vs. Philly…

  68. the hungarian hippo says:
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    Bruce Goose (or Spruce Bruce) barely getting off the ground this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  69. TheNewGuy says:
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    For overall production ROS, pick 2 outta 3:

    Revere, Snider, Swish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Snider

  70. Brian says:
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    @Grey, Razzball Dudes:

    Your Stream-O-Nator tool is the bomb!! Helped me a lot with some of my questionable starters. So far, very positive results.

    Brian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad you’re enjoying it, it’s Rudy’s baby…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, ahem, Rudy’s OTHER baby. Don’t tell Mrs. Gamble!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, right! My bad…

  71. Jermo says:
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    Do you think jonny gomes will continue to pick up HR’s this week or should i pick up alex gordon. Not really thinking long term on this one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Gordon…

  72. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Best use of my UTIL spot until A-Rod returns (soon, hopefully!): BJUpton, Werth, or Hosmer? Or, pick up a hot schmotato like Jay or Snider?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jay

  73. ThE sHiT says:
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    Plouffe or Moose for 3B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  74. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    Is James McDonald droppable in a 12 team league?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is…

  75. I’m playing in a 14 team espn total points for the season wins league. I’m having trouble deciding who to play at my utility spots this week. Hopefully you can help me out.

    I have two utility spots and the following players to choose from:
    -Salvador Perez (currently in)
    -Manny Machado (currently in)
    -Ike Davis (benched -tired of his streakiness)
    -Howard Kendrick (benched -he’s consistent enough to stay on my roster but doesnt produce enough to start often.)
    -Travis Snider (bench – plays 7 games this week but might not start all of them)
    -Chris Carter (Bench – like is skill but I havnt been able to work him into my active roster yet)
    -Trevor Plouffe (bench – 0-8 in rehab? I think I’ll wait a week to see if he’s still got any of that pop left in his bat)

    I also have some questionable starts:
    -Arron Hill (2nd)
    -Todd fraizer (IF)
    -Carlos Gomez (OF)

    Who would you start at my 2 utility spots, and would you bench any of my boarder line starters for a bench player?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Perez, and hold… Basically, I’d keep it as you have it…

  76. Jon says:
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    Carter or Hosmer ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  77. Jon says:
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    Lose just one: Anibal, Hughes, Lester, Maholm…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, lose Hughes…

  78. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Great write up as always. Worth staying up until 4 am eastern time to read it, versus waiting until the morning. Sorry for all the questions ha

    1) Hold Rutledge or drop for Plouffe?

    2) Henderson, Lopez, Affeldt, Romo, or Thayer?

    3) Rank Chavez, Moose, Johnson, Frazier

    4) Drop Alexis Ramirez for Aybar, Aviles, Furcal or Cozart?

    5) Stash Gordon or Bonefacio?

    Thanks, buddy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1) I’d hold 2) Lopez 3) Moose, Johnson, Frazier 4) Aybar 5) Bonifacio

  79. stumanji says:
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    My pitching staff is craptacular in my daily roto league. I’m dead last (by a lot) in ERA and WHIP in my league, so I’ve reverted to streaming SPs to try to rack up some IP, Quality Starts, and Ks. So far I’m 0-3 with nary a starter even getting out of the 5th inning:

    Wei-Yin Chen (4.2 IP, 7 ER)
    Marco Estrada (4 IP, 4 ER)
    Ross Detwiler (4.2 IP, 4 ER)

    I’ve got Cobb @ Sea, Maholm vs SD, and Corbin @ Hou lined up this week. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, FELLOW RAZZBALLERS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the warning!

  80. jaw says:
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    are you starting dempster vs the yanks tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t….

  81. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Please rank at Utility. Batting average does not matter -

    Jay, R. Davis, Revere, EY2, marte, crisp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  82. I’ve just been offered Clif Lee straight up for Matt LATOS.. In a perfect world I’d accept this in a heartbeat but Phillies aren’t the phillies but the Reds are legit. What to do what to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Lee…

      • @Grey, thanks Grey the Reds fan in me made that tough..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  83. L-Boogie says:
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    5×5 roto

    1) Cargo or Kemp ROS?

    2) My Gio for Cargo or my Peavy, Minor, and Fowler for Kemp?

    Pitching staff includes:
    Bum
    Gio
    Peavy
    Minor
    Samardijzidijaza
    Cobb
    Medlen
    Westbrook
    and soon enough, Marcum

    And I love to weekly stream…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Kemp 2) Peavy, Minor, Fowler…

  84. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Anibal tonight? Minor, Cobb both good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Minor and Cobb…

  85. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Thoughts on this trade:

    Justin Morneau, Tim Lincecum and AJ Burnett

    for

    Kendrys Morales, Cliff Lee and Dan Haren

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee side…

  86. exactly says:
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    Hey grey, need to start 2 out of these 4: Corbin, Colon, Beavan, Capuano, Freddy Garcia…

    I’m leaning Beavan (2-starts) and Corbin.

    Here’s a wrinkle, I could start 3 and bench wilton lopez because corbin is sp/rp in cbs.

    So basically, should I also bench lopez for one of those starters?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Lopez for Capuano if you don’t need the saves…

      • exactly says:
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        @Grey, so you like beavan corbin capuano? – and not colon home against Cle?

        Yeah, don’t need saves, points league…thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know all the matchups off the top of my head… Colon at OAK vs. CLE sounds tasty…

          • exactly says:
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            @Grey, yeah, it’s Beavan (TB, Min), Colon (Cle against some goober named Kluber), Capuano (@Atl – Sheets), Corbin (@Hou – Lyles)…i’m conflicted…

            Corbin and Capuano are coming off great starts, Colon isn’t but that matchup looks sweet, and Beavan’s got 2 in Seattle

            Right now I’m starting Price (@LAA), Wainwright (Ari), McCarthy (@KC), Cobb (@Sea, @LAA)…

            Sorry to keep bugging you, but which 3 do you start?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Beaven, Corbin, Colon…

              • exactly says:
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                @Grey, word!

    • exactly says:
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      @exactly, by 4, i meant 5

  87. Wake Up says:
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    Boooooo! Raley back down to AAA…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice…

  88. Simple Jack says:
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    I have nothing statistical to back this up, just my gut, but I think Tyler Greene might have a good week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Compared to who?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, matt adams..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Prezii, Ha, yeah, probably…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, i could just put matt adams in ANY comment reply and it would be funny… Not sure why that is..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, true…

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Grey, Michael young, he will out-perform him. Fat Adams gut may be better than mine.

  89. Prezii says:
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    Razzball Football Podcast? With a new song? WOW!

    Gonna be a lil wierd without cha grey! But excited none the less..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a rap interlude in the song — wow…WOW!

  90. Justin says:
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    What do you think is the chance that Andrew Bailey reclaims the Closer’s role by the time the playoffs role around?

    My chief rival has Aceves and it would be a double swindle if I got a new closer as he lost one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About 20% chance…

  91. Chillmodious says:
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    What’s up, King Greyamehameha!? (Still on the islands, clearly, but I’m coming out of my stupor) Who’s the better own ROS, LoCain or Aoki? Playoffs are around the corner and I’m trying to shore things up a bit while sitting on the beach. (pun point!)

    Mahalo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Cain… Mahalo!

  92. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    With Panda coming off the DL, need to drop one: Uggla or A Craig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla

  93. Steve says:
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    12 team H2H, counting OBP as well as AVG (let me know if I need to stop mentioning this each time), do you drop Howie K for any of these guys:

    E Young
    M Young
    Lombardozzi
    Keppinger (can’t believe I just typed that)
    Roberts

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E. Young

  94. herschel says:
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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are considering calling up prospect shortstop Jurickson Profar.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @herschel, Sweet! Probably so they can not play him like Olt. Or maybe they just don’t want Olt feeling lonely on the bench. Jon Daniels likely has Machado-envy after experiencing Oswalt shrinkage.

      • royce! says:
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        @Chillmodious, Your response was sarcastic but accurate. From what I’ve read, TEX has been going with a 3-man bench lately, and Washington wants a 4th- one that can cover 2B and SS. So if he did get called up, it would be for a bench spot.

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @royce!, Yup, my thoughts exactly. It was certainly sarcasm, but I am admittedly excited too. Let’s call it sagasm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be more insanity…

  95. Chillmodious says:
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    Oops, one more… If Anibal struggles again tonight, I’m swapping him for a 4th closer in Henderson. If he does well, however, would you still make that move or hold him for another start?

    Pitching staff is:
    SPs – Greinke, Anibal, Lynn, McCarthy, Minor, Medlen, Detwiler
    RPs – Perez, Wilhelmsen, Holland
    DL – Hanson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold if he goes okay…

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey,

        So much for that!

  96. JTR says:
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    Pick two the rest of the way: Lester, Detwiler, Niese

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester, Niese

  97. the hungarian hippo says:
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    Are the braves going to a 6-man rotation? And I’m thinking of overpaying n trading Aramis for Medlen, since I also have Headley n Longoria. But I’m worried about Hanson coming back. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like they are going to a 6 man rotation…

  98. Kratos says:
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    Weekly league Panda or Plouffe? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Panda

  99. herschel says:
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    @Grey: rutledge is out of the lineup today and dealing with a sore quad (although apparently not serious). in a weekly roto league, worth sitting him for plouffe? tough to sit him with all of his games at home this week, but need players who are starting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go with Plouffe…

  100. L-Boogie says:
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    The ‘nator likes David Phelps tonight against Texas in the Bronx. I think the ‘nator will be pleading temporary insanity on that one.

    • Steve says:
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      @L-Boogie, The SON disproportionally favours guys who have spent a lot of time as relievers (or have not pitched much), because in most cases their FIP is much lower than guys who have started regularly over a longer period of time.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Steve, @Grey, 5 inn, 2 ER, 6 hits, 1 BB. About as good as you could hope for with that matchup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not bad at all…

  101. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Just read that Rangers are thinking about calling up Profar.

    Made me wonder, in a 12-team OBP league where you keep some three years in the round they were drafted with three-round inflation per year(FA are 23rd), who is the better keeper 2013-15, Machado or Profar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado in that time frame…

  102. Steve says:
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    C’mon Ethier. Sheesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My whole RCL team needs a pep talk… Might need to call a team meeting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it bad that Pierzynski’s my best hitter? Yes, yes it is…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, The top hitting team in the RCL had 23 hits (in 45 ABs) yesterday. You and Rudy together were 17-for-99.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You trying to make me feel worse?

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey, Hey, you had 9 hits to Rudy’s 8!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Today’s not much better… I think my team all went terrible together…

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey, The new Moises hit a HR tonight. Even a part time Blue Jay is a good add.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Dwayne Murphy is a miracle worker…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If only had 12 A.J. Pierzynski’s!

  103. nightpandas says:
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    offered Tex and 6th for Rizzo and my 1st next year…(15 teams, 7 keepers). Tex would go in my util spot bumping AJax as Pujols is at 1st and Kemp in CF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it…

  104. herschel says:
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    Is there a glossary term for when you are bored at work so you make a bad coaching decision simply so you have someone to track/watch….whatever it is, dempster just did it to me (or I to him?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, I know what you mean though… I’ve done that plenty…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey, dempster plus fiers. i need to get busy at work…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I tried to steer people away from starting Fiers in Coors…

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey, why i cant stand my weekly league. so hard to pass up on two start pitchers….

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @Grey, How did I miss this.. I read everything you write.. Well almost, I don’t know what’s on your grocery list (but could guess)

            I shoulda known better. On me. Fortunately my playoff spot is locked up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Giancarlo is on my grocery list…

              • Abdoozy says:
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                @Grey, no Trout for dinner?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I have it every night…

  105. Wake Up says:
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    I’m watching Dempster and wondering what the Rangers were thinking? I’m sure 90% of us could have told them that he wasn’t going to be able to pitch in Texas. I know that they are infinitely smarter than I…but some of these moves just blow my mind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… So true…

  106. nightpandas says:
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    only 4 moves left and weak in LF, do I dump Snider for Jay, Belt, or Boesch or stash L Scott and drop Snider when he comes back or just plain hold for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t waste a roster move on that if I had only 4 left…

  107. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Should I bench Fiers @ Colorado?

    • royce! says:
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      @VinWins, You couldn’t bench Michael Fiers if you were f**cking Michael Fiers!

      Anyhow, sorry you didn’t bench Michael Fiers.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @royce!, Ha. I figured it wouldn’t be worse than my Sunday numbers: 12 ER/10.1 IP. I was wrong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I make bad pitching decisions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very impressive…. Casey McGehee just can’t get a break…

  108. Wilsonian says:
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    I was starting to dig Minor, but he has looked mediocre at best lately. Couldn’t even hold down the Pads. Time to cut him for a streamer in an 8 team H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, no reason to hold tight in that shallow of a league…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, thanks. Kinda thought so. I just did a deal to try to win now. Dealt Bautista and Stras for Hamilton. Totally overpaid, but need the bat and I couldn’t keep Stras next year anyway. Figured I swapped Hamilton for Bats in the keeper pool and got a live, albeit hungover, bat in my lineup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not terrible if you couldn’t keep Strasburg…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, kinda my thought. Like I said, I was well aware that I was overpaying. I really needed a bopper in my lineup with me banking on J-Up and Bruce FP actually produce out of that spot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya…

  109. slew says:
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    What can I expect to get in return for Casey Janssen in a 14 team dynasty? Would Reddick be too much to ask for? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try for Reddick, seems a bit high, but if they need saves, it could happen…

  110. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Delabar 4 Ks in the 10th inning.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins, 2 more in the 11th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow… More than Ben Sheets got in last win…

  111. Steve says:
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    So that big trade I was offered in the 9-team keeper has gone through.

    I dropped J Montero to make room for the incoming guys. Of course Napoli right away goes on the DL. Should I grab Jesus back once he clears waivers or perhaps go with AJ Ellis, Castillo, Doumit or Sal Perez?

    Also – would you rather have Stubbs or Revere for the rest of the season? Don’t have room for both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Perez… Stubbs….

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Doumit: Not so fast!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I almost said Doumit, so if you wanna go that way, I wouldn’t hate it… Perez has been very hot lately though…

  112. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    I was browsing the waiver wire this morning in one of my leagues. I discovered that some idiot had dropped Cole Hamels! He was one of my three starters tonight! :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How shallow is this league?

  113. Matt2 says:
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    I can only keep 3 of the following 4 closers, who should go?

    Balfour
    Lopez
    Thayer
    Henderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Balfour

  114. Chillmodious says:
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    Wow, Anibal. I’m not even mad. The line he put up was so awful that all I could do was chuckle. Obviously no Vin Mazzaro, but when that’s the first guy who comes to mind when you see a pitching line, the situation is definitely fubar.

    I touched on this earlier, but is it time to cut Anibal for a 4th closer in either Henderson or Wilton Lopez?

    I also own Minor, but I think Anibal might be first on the chopping block.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Chillmodious, Guess we were thinking the same thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose him for Lopez…

  115. Wake Up says:
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    Is Anibal droppable in a 12 team H2H?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup….

  116. Steve says:
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    I’m sure Cobb enjoys getting the run support, but it must be hard sitting in the dugout all that time waiting to pitch again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, better that than Anibal…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, He’s not having to wait as long as Gio.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah… Blech…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, In terms of losing focus, too much time to think about things etc.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ah, gotcha…

  117. Matt2 says:
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    Given that he hasn’t won a game in 6 weeks and I’m not gonna keep him next season, is CJ Wilson droppable at this point? I need his roster spot to pick up either Corbin or another pitcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…..

  118. Tony says:
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    best night ever, my teams 19-44 hitting, and my nemesis threw Fiers @ coors and he also threw vogelsong tonight….. i’m not even playing him but i’m chasing his ass down…. loving it, go WASH! go COL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Vogelsong was crushing for me…

  119. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Rank ROS for
    Utility-LaRoche,Ruggiano,Fowler,Joyce
    3B-Johnson,Moose
    SP-Detwiler,Niese,Medlen,McCarthy

    Thanks for all your help this season

    • Steven says:
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      Grey-
      Lester in that SP group..

      Thanks a bunch

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Before McCarthy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LaRoche, Ruggiano… Moose… Medlen, Niese, McCarthy… No problem…

  120. Chillmodious says:
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    Minor or Corbin, ROS?

    I just dumped Anibal-lechter for Wilton Lopez (almost went Thayer, maybe should have) after he ate my ratios with some fava beans and a nice chianti. Now I’m wondering if Corbin is an upgrade over Minor.

    Thanks for all your help today…things are getting tight in my league as we zoom down the stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d hold Minor, unless you can grab Corbin for his next start and go back…

  121. Steve says:
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    Look out – here comes a vulture win for Affeldt. Woo-hoo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! That’s hilarious… So close!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Robbed! It’s been that sort of year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought he was gonna get it too…

  122. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    thinking of rolling the dice on myers, worth the two week desperation hold?

    What no comment this morning on my first post? I thought I was getting called in the principal’s office, which is equally frightening and kinda an honor at the same time, when I saw that Rudy commented on my comment. He schooled my ass on my poorly thought out comparison…its kinda cool.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, that was as Simple Jack, but you probably already know that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw that on Rudy… Don’t make him come back there… Myers is fine for Holds, nothing else…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, wil not bret

  123. Zach says:
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    Yo grey – if you could pick one from each list for ROS and beyond @ $1 for 1 more year before contract

    Brett Jackson, EY2, Chris Carter, CarGomez, Jay, Billy Hamilton, Profar
    Pat Corbin, Wei-Yin Chen, Iwakuma, Wilton Lopez, McAllister, Taijuan

    Who do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar…. Corbin…

  124. Steve says:
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    Solid enough day for Howie – give him another shot or go for EYJ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I really like Young right now…

  125. Steve says:
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    And LaRoche didn’t leave the game because of injury did he?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so… I think because it was a blow out…

  126. EK says:
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    BJ or Kendrys? H2H points

    • EK says:
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      @EK, Pls rank them along with Rajai, EY, and Jay, thanks

  127. P Lamb says:
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    MI is my weakspot in a 5×5 roto 12 team keeper.

    What do you think of this trade offer?

    I get Machado and Pedroia
    I give B Harper, Cozart, Rosario, and Miley

    thanks

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