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Ryan Zimmerman went Yardo Montalban as he Tattooed the ball three times.  Da plane, da plane…is flying right next to Zimmerman’s homers!  My dear guests!  I am Mr. Albright, your host.  Welcome… to Fantasy Baseball!  Smiles, everyone, smiles!  No, seriously, smile, you paid a lot of money for those caps.  Since it was a game between the O’s and Nationals, they shared announcers (since they share channels).  So, the O’s announcers said everyone’s crazy for Machado, Jones, Zimmermann and Harper and not Ryan Zimmerman or Nick Markakis much anymore, after they were the stars of their respective clubs.  Then the Nationals announcer says, “I can’t say I know much about Markakis myself.”  Burn!  I’d play that over the clubhouse speakers before every game.  Not to motivate Markakis as much to mess with him.  Oh, and Zimmerman!  Right!  Yeah, he had a huge game, and you might remember he goosed me in my nethers last year when I dropped him, because he hit 10 homers in July of 2012.  Might be the start of another special run.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bryce Harper – Now his weekend outlook is cloudy.  I’d get a new Magic Eight Ball.

Danny Espinosa – 1-for-4 (infield hit) and 1 run as he hit ninth in his return to the lineup.  Pretty sure you can’t heal a broken wrist with six days of rest, but when you’re hitting .166, no one notices.

Roger Bernadina – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  Eh, eff it in the coolie hole, I love Bernadina and don’t care how many times he’s burned me.  Granted, he’s always hit the O’s well, but I’d still grab him.  Keep in mind you will need to platoon him, which makes sense due to our Platoony Tunes chart, which is currently in court battling a trademark case.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 7 ER.  It’s like the universe can only have one successful Zimmerman at a time.  That’s also why it took Bob Dylan fifteen minutes yesterday at a Starbucks Drive-Thru.  “Sir, could you please enunciate clearer?”  This was the first time Jordan didn’t record an out after the sixth inning all year.  His ERA goes all the way up to 2.37.  Quit your moaning, Zimmermann owners.

Chris Tillman – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Yeah, the Nationals don’t seem like they’re struggling on offense any more.

Adam Jones – There were 8 homers in this game and Jones goes 0-for-4.  Ticker Tease!

Nick Markakis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 6th homer.  Sparkakis!  Take that Nats announcer!

Chris Davis – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers.  Someone better check Crush Davis’s urine, I bet he’s drinking illegal amounts of Fanta.  At some point he’s gonna stop yodeling and fall off the cliff.  I do wish I was going up the cliff with him.

Dustin Pedroia – 1-for-3, 1 RBI.  Has been playing through a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.  Sparky Anklebiters eat pain for breakfast if someone gets pain off the top shelf for them.  Regarding the torn UCL, Pedroia said “It is what it is.”  When I just miss out on a parking spot, I say it is what it is.  If I had a torn UCL, I’d say, “Holy hell, that hurts, tie my shoelaces for me, Cougar, please!  I can’t stand the pain.”  Pedroia went on to say, “My mindset is if I’m nicked up, I have to find other ways to perform.”  In related news, Ken Griffey Jr. once missed time when his protective cup slipped and pinched his testicle.

Clay Buchholz – Could be skipped again due to collarbone discomfort.  What have ye wrought, Carlos Quentin?!

Daniel Nava – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer as he hits .288.  He gets no respect.  Nava, Nava, Nava damn bit.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA is at 2.96.  I wouldn’t own him with your team.

Xavier Paul – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s got a nice speed/power combo that makes Little Grey perk up.  I’m still concerned he could find himself on the bench against lefties, but I’d add him if you can move him in and out of your lineup.

Justin Masterson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Looking for the guy that is going to be in the top 25 for starters that people still don’t trust and you may be able to steal away in a trade?  Look no further.  It’s a figure of speech, read on.

Vinnie Pestano – 1 IP, 1 ER and the Kazaam!  He may be the closer technically, but in a close game he’s going to cough up the win and then Captain Joe Smith is going to move in for the save while the Indians hide their women.

Michael Young – Placed on the bereavement list.  I never knew he was related to Salvador Perez.

John Lannan – To start rehab assignment in about a week.  That gives the Phillies about a week to assume a new identity so Lannan can’t rejoin them.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and the Yum-Yum Fantasy special, double slam (13) & legs (3).  He’s hit mostly sixth this year, but when asked about moving him up in the order, Charlie Manuel replied, “Can’t ride your tractor without a clutch, but you need hay to move.  Without hay to move, you’re riding hee-haw on the sun trail.”

Ryan Howard – 1-for-4 with his 7th homer.  He dedicated his homer to a sick kid he visited in the hospital by the name of Chase Utley.

Erik Kratz – 1-for-3 with his third homer in the last four games.  Meanwhile, Salvador Perez made small talk with his grandmother’s bingo friend.

Kyle Kendrick – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Rudy and I had a discussion about Kendrick the other day.  We talk, y’all!  He was saying that Kendrick is about the worst starter he could see rostering in a 12-team mixed league, and wouldn’t really want to own him because, what’s the best you get, 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks?  He’s a 3.70-ish ERA, 150 K pitcher with not a whole lot of upside.  I see his point, I do think there’s a place for Kendrick, but you need to roll with some middle reliever with a good K-rate to boost your overall staff if you have too many Kendrick-types.

Angel Pagan – Out four straight days with a sore hammy.  Can’t he get an albino dressed like a monk to rub it for him?  What, Dan Brown’s the one that started the weird albino fetish thing!

Tim Lincecum – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Well, at least he’s pitching better than last year when he had a 5.18 ERA.  This year he has a 5.12 ERA.

Brett Lawrie – Placed on the DL.  He hits the DL faster than you can say, J.C. Penny made a Hitler tea kettle?!

Casey Janssen – Got the save.  Guess he’s healthy.  Should’ve known with a last name that sounds like a piece of Ikea furniture he’d be durable.

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Not only did he get one steal, but he attempted another one.  I immediately looked to see if he was available in my leagues.  He could go on a crazy SAGNOF spree.

Brandon Maurer – Optioned to the minors because he was on the suck train longer than one should be.  The Mariners haven’t announced yet who will take his spot.  Taijuan Walker?!  Erasmo Ramirez?!  Danny Hultzen?!  Probably Bonderman.  Bummerman!

John Danks – 4 IP, 3 ER.  A’la Wayne Newton, “Danks is shizz…Danks, Danks, Danks is shizz.”

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 steals (his 9th and 10th).  You could ask for more from his power this year (1 HR, 10 RBIs), but the average (.283) and steals have been there.  Alexei’s power outage reminded me of that movie about the power outage in the country of Georgia after the fall of the Soviet Union.  I think I might’ve have been the only one to see it.  It’s terrific if you ever get a chance to check it out.  Speaking of which, I went to see The Great Gatsby this past weekend (belch; hey, Baz, how about you direct more and set design less?), but I was looking at movie posters in the lobby when I realized I’d never know if Ebert would’ve liked any of the new movies.  Cust lamentin’.

Jordan Walden – Activated from the DL.  I wonder if the shoulder inflammation he was dealing with will enjoy being coached by Fredi Gonzalez.  That’s my On Walden Ponder.

Brandon Beachy – On track to return on June 18th to face the Mets.  Beachy’s aim is to return three days before the summer officially begins to see the devastation that Hurricane Sandy Alderson has left.

Kris Medlen – 2 IP, 3 ER, but left yesterday’s start with a calf contusion.  He said it was barking.  Isn’t that a puppy contusion?

Colby Lewis – Had another setback and is now eying a possible mid-July return.  Good time to point out that Beachy, Daniel Hudson, Luebke, Feliz and Lewis are all wild cards at best.  Remember what Wainwright gave last year?  A 3.94 ERA.  That’s the most realistic expectation from any of these guys.

Alexi Ogando – Could return around this time next week.  He should just go by one name, Algando.  I fixed you, you’re welcome.

Ian Kinsler – Diagnosed with a stress fracture of his rib cage and is out an extra 2 weeks.  I’d hope to see him healthy by the All-Star Break.  Eff the beef, Kinsler, I miss you, and that’s just me being real with you.

Jered Weaver – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks in his return from the DL.  Real nice start back, but he did get to face that bum, Matt Kemp, three times.  I wouldn’t mind Weaver so much if he continued to K more guys than innings he pitched, but if the last 6 of 7 years is any indication it’s unlikely.

Ernesto Frieri – 1 IP, 2 ER, as he got the save with the Marmol.  Two homers allowed is about as ugly a save as you can get.  Scott Downs has been his solid, but he has the aptly named Scott Downs’ Syndrome.  Coello has been good, but his usage has been sporadic at best.  I grabbed Coello; this shituation could go a number of ways.

Josh Sale – Suspended by the Rays after saying on Facebook that he threw fifty cents at a stripper and, “Your a stripper. Be thankful. Hoe.”  Rays said, “His conduct was detrimental to the organization, and it’s ‘you’re,’ moron.”

Alexander Colome – Will get the start vs. the Marlins today because Cobb had a fingernail issue.  Teach him to go to someone other than his normal manicurist.  I grabbed Colome for today’s start because I’m a glutton for punishment with rookie Rays pitchers vs. the Marlins.  Colome is also filthy, and filthy as in good, not filthy as in, “Did you just eat rancid tuna?”  So far this year in the minors, he’s had a 9+ K-rate and a 2.60 ERA.  He has the kind of stuff grizzled scouts say would work as a dominant reliever.  They say it while spreading cream cheese on a complimentary bagel.

Roberto Hernandez – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  Fausto made a deal with the devil, then through some laborious paperwork, it was transferred over to Roberto.

Curtis Granderson – Had minor surgery on his pinkie, but he’s still expected to miss a month.  With Grandy, Youuuuuuuk, Te(i)x, A-Rod and Jeter, the Yankees are filled with a bunch of child stars.  Their names conjure memories of when they were good, but they’re all in rehab.

David Phelps – 1/3 IP, 4 ER vs. the Mets.  You let Ike Davis hit you?  The same Ike who hasn’t hit anything since he wanted more treble in Proud Mary?

Brennan Boesch – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Boesch and…bomb!

Jeremy Hefner – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Don’t impede Zack Wheeler’s path to the majors.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  And this Byrd you cannot cage!

Ike Davis – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs with two singles!  Damn, he should hang out with Josh Sale.

Eric Stults – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA is at 3.86.  If you started Stults every time out instead of Yovani Gallardo or CC Sabathia, you would’ve been better off.  I’m not saying that so you pick up Stults, I’m saying that so you cry.

Chase Headley – 1-for-4 with his 5th homer.  Isn’t it weird how for some people last year’s stats don’t seem that long ago, but for Headley they seem ancient?  Eh, maybe I’m just smoking too much dope.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Ah, the Less Than Fun To Watch Sanchez, which is also the black market title of the Screech sex tape.

Neil Walker – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer in as many games and 3rd homer in the last 5 games.  His end of the season numbers aren’t going to be that exciting, but now is the time to own him.  Get him to 100% owned, pronto quick-fast, we don’t know how much longer Walker will last.

Marco Estrada – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins.  That’s one of those pitching lines that you can’t make heads or tails of.  7 IP, 4 ER, 5 Ks is in the dictionary as, “What do I do with this?  It’s okay, I guess, but…Dah, I don’t know.”  It’s right before, “What should I eat for dinner?”

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-4 with a solo homer, as Matt Holliday went 1-for-4 with a solo homer.  They also had identical batting lines the night before with 2-for-4 and a homer, but Beltran had 2 RBIs to Holliday’s one.  Whew, I could almost hear Tim Kurkjian’s dolphin squeals.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, his 2nd day in a row with a homer.  We are moving Hicks from yellow to orange on the hot schmotato alert.  Next is red, then Brown, Domonic.

Trevor Plouffe – Was activated from the 7-day concussion DL.  Plouffe said he was glad to be back, safe and sound in 1955.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, 2.12 ERA.  He’s not this good.  He’s actually very bad.  But with his name he could make a transition to porn pretty smoothly.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-5 and his 5th steal.  On our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, he’s better than about a dozen other 1st basemen you think are better than him.  Go ahead, look.  I’ll wait.  Psyche, I ain’t waiting!

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  Every day he’s healthy is a good day.  Remember that on all the bad days.

Kyuji Fujikawa – Will have season-ending Tommy John surgery.  Getting a tendon replaced is just offal!

Scott Feldman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator nailed this start.   SON, “And you know this, man!”  Awkward beat.  SON, “Whatever happened to Chris Tucker?  Did Bono kidnap him?”

Dioner Navarro – 3-for-3, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and 3 homers.  A Navarro hasn’t scored that much since Jane’s Addiction broke up.

  1. Jacks says:
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    Boney Face would have had the second steal if not for an insanely quick and accurate Mccann throw. It was one of those 1 in 10 catcher throws that are perfect. I liked seeing the infield hit. Boney’s problem this year has been too many fly balls and not enuff GBs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jacks: Thanks for the heads up! Hopefully this is the start of something with him running more frequently…

  2. Matthew says:
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    Scott Feldman HAS to be Jewish.

    In the B9, I said if Pence gets on bad he will 100% steal his 9th base to match his 9th HR, but a DP ruined that. Pence is probably obsessively compulsively driving himself out of his mind.

    I just traded Harvey for Braun somehow in a 12 5X5
    HR S R AVG RBI W S K WHIP ERA

    Then flipped Torii Hunter for T Woood

    I think I could use another pitcher and I’d be willing to trade J Upside. Would you for a Moore, Darvish tier?

    C – Perez
    1B – Votto
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Machado
    SS – Prado
    OF – Braub
    OF – J Upton
    OF – A Jones
    UTIL – Cuddyer
    UTIL – Scutaro
    B – Swisher
    DL – A Jax

    P – Scherzer, Peavy, Wood, Kuroda, Niese, Bumgarner, Miley
    RP – Holland, Perkins, Mujica, Valverde, League

    Thoughts???

    I’m currently in 1st as I took your advice on 2 of 4 leagues (own him in 3) to trade Harvey,, flipped him for Latos in another.

    Thanks Grey!!!

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    I bet it’s the Cougar who took you to see Gatsby. The movie got better as it progressed, but still…

    I picked up Colome since I have nothing to lose. Still dead last (by far) in WHIP and ERA (thanks, Tillman).

    As for Headley’s stats, I hear ya.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Could it get worse? I think everyone should pick up Colome so we can join internet forces and watch him succeed.

  4. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey, well I pulled off the trade I mentioned yesterday. I gave away Wainwright, Butler and Mujica and I got Votto and Bumgarner. I felt so good about it that I bought a bottle of red wine and a bag of weed to celebrate. I should be celebrating, right?

    • Anthony says:
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      Smoke it up girl, I say you did well!

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Brooke: Oh wow, there really is a girl reader. I thought Grey was joking when he says 2 girls.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Evil Grey: Well, it *is* the Internet, so you don’t really know until the hotel meet-up!

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @JoeC: Luckily that mix-up’s only happened to me once. But, when in Rome…

          • JoeC says:
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            @Evil Grey: Hah! As a friend once said to me “a hole is a hole”.

            Needless to say, I did not agree with this philosophy (and neither did he… he was just joking… I think!).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brooke: You did well, girl reader #4.

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: 4? holy shizz, razzball’s on a roll. Sincerely, Guy #23581778

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  5. DrEasy says:
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    Also, assuming Teixeira and Youk come back Friday, can you please rank these corner infidels: Te(i)x, Youk, Morneau, Berkman, Lind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy: Berkman, Morneau, Tex…

  6. Dan says:
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    Rank Freese, Middlebrooks, Moustakas, Rendon ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: You did

  7. Anthony says:
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    Yo Greycarlo, the Sal Perez references have me rolling. So much so that I’m praying he misses todays game because I can’t wait for more in tomorrows column!

    • Matthew says:
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      @Anthony: I have Sal Perez in all 4 of my leagues, if it weren’t for strong teams I’d be struggling all this week. Hence, I hope he comes back regardless haha.

      • Anthony says:
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        I’ve got him too Matthew and I had to start him this week, but reading Greys digs on him the last two days are more enjoyable to me than getting him back tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony: Thanks! I hope he’s back too though

      • Mark Robinson says:
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        @Grey: Why only digs for Sal – who’s been picking fresh flowers in the clover near where Ma-Ma lays?

        Speaking of “digs”, has Tommy Hanson put his shovel down yet? Of course, no one in fantasyland cares if he stays away – going on 3 weeks away from his deceased step-bro.

        Did they share the same blankie, Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, Hanson thing is A) No one cares B) step-bro was probably young(ish) and not as funny

  8. Fister Furbush says:
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    1. Andrew Cashner @LAD, @COL

    Or

    Kyle Kendrick VS MIA, @MIL

    2. Kendrys Morales

    Or

    Adam LaRoache

    Thanks

      • Black & White says:
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        @Grey:

        Would you start Cashner against the Dodgers at least? I’d have a flawless ERA this week if it weren’t for Vinnie “Just got dropped on his ass” Pestano

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          @Black & White:

          Question still stands, even though I just saw he’s throwing against mighty Seattle today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  9. Dave says:
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    I just had to say these Charlie Manuelism’s are hysterical man, this one had me rolling for over a minute. Tip of the cap to you sir.

    • CJ says:
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      @Dave:

      I cracked up reading that one too. It so perfectly approximates his analytical outlook. Just brilliant.

  10. bossmanjunior says:
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    After trading J. Zimmerman for Heyward last week, J-Hey has been garbage for me. I have to admit though, seeing Zimmerman’s Starr yesterday did make me smile a little.

    Man, yesterday was a shitty day for streamers. I was deciding between Phelps, Estrada, Milone and Tillman. I obviously got the worst of the bunch, but they were all pretty sucky.

    Random tidbit of info, Alex Colome is actually the nephew of former reliever Jesus Colome. I have a feeling you already knew that though haha.

    Actual question…

    Who am I sitting today:

    Choo @ Kazmir (3-10 HR 0K)
    Frazier @ Kazmir
    Willingham v. Lohse (0-6 2K)
    Heyward v Dickey (5-19 5K)

    Thanks!

  11. Jake "The Snake" says:
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    Jennings, W. Myers, Veras, T. Wood

    For

    Scherzer, Lawrie, Middlebrooks

    Pick a side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    i dropped Profar for Lowrie after reading Kinsler would be back on time and Profar would be sent back down,ahshizz

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Nice post for breakfast!I grabbed Reddick in a couple of leagues,is he better than Luke Scott,or would you rather Aaron hicks

  14. Sticky says:
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    Hey grey thanks for the great work. Trade question. I’m in a 12 team league 6×6 I have been offered the following trade I get Felix Hernandez, jason heyward and nick Franklin I give Latos, garza, and fowler. I currently have aybar at ss, my outfield/ utility is trout Braun kemp Jennings fowler and Austin Jackson, 3 util spots. My other sp’s are Moore, scherzer, Corbin, wacha, latos garza, Feldman, Locke, jarrod Parker, chacin. Would you accept this trade or hold. Thank you for your time

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    Re: Chris Davis – I just watched the highlights on Sportscenter, which is the miniscule sample size from which springs my baseball ‘analysis’.

    I remember reading something written by the great British Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart (no relation to Ian), who said that when he was driving at his fastest, everything around him seemed to be happening really, really slowly. He could pick the line into every corner clearly and deliberately, and the line out, because he was doing it all in slow motion.

    I don’t know which HR it was but Davis swung so slowly at it, that it must have come at him in super slo-mo. I doubt he even felt it come off the bat. As we used to say when playing cricket, he is seeing it like a pumpkin.

    He’s in the zone, yo.

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      @Steve: so funny, I was thinking the same thing on that home run swing last night. He looked like he barely swung at it, completely effortless. That is the swing of a guy who is locked in right now. Lower K rate, higher BB rate, swings like that, he is definitely in the zone right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Definitely! Hitters and pitchers both go through periods where they’re seeing everything well, Domonic Brown has 5 homers in five days… He’s not going to hit 162, but hopefully he will get to 30…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I’d rather you didn’t mention Dom Brown.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mea culpa!

  16. cheerio says:
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    Verlander and Alex Gordon

    Or

    J. Upton

    Thanks.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @cheerio: Verlander

  17. ohbilly2134 says:
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    OUCH!! SONburned by Lincecum last night. Damn!!!

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: SONburned is an instant glossary addition, nice work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was already bandied about in the forums…Guess I could add it…

  18. Powerslave says:
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    Should I drop Giancarlo or Hamilton for Navarro, my Guitar Play sucks…., also my team..

  19. stoopid says:
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    Come here for fantasy baseball news, leave with “whats the difference between me and you” looping through my skull..

  20. Dough BOY says:
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    Grey,

    Who wins?
    Choo and alicedes Escobar
    Or
    Cespedes and andrus

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Dough BOY: No one. No one wins.

  21. Chaz says:
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    “7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins. That’s one of those pitching lines that you can’t make heads or tails of.”

    Tails: He gave up five hits to the first seven batters. His line was .2 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 0 Ks on 31 pitches. I was about to throw my remote at the television but then realized I was watching on my phone.

    Heads: He finished the game 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks on 75 pitches, and my kids were wondering why I stayed frozen in a throwing motion all night.

    Marco. POLO!

  22. Beastman says:
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    Grey who I did NOT see in Brooklyn, please lend me your mind (not your brain, that would just be gross). Other readers are welcome to chime in.

    I have a rotating poo-poo platter at 2B with Mark Ellis, Bonifacio, and soon-to-be-demoted Profar. Optimistic about Bonifacio’s recent play, but not counting on it all year. Pondering a couple offers for a steadier replacement:

    1, Adam Jones for Pedroia
    2, Shelby Miller and AJax for Pedroia
    3, Shelby Miller for Daniel Murphy and Hellickson or Stults

    I have OF depth (Jones, JUpton, AJax, Cuddyer) in our 3 OF league, but think Jones is too much for Peedy, manly as he is with the lingering UCL issue. Offer 2 seems fair, but I’m considering 3 the most, even though there’s not a huge improvement from current 2Bs to Murphy.

    What say you?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Beastman: profar will be staying a bit longer

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Beastman: I wouldn’t do Jones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beastman: How can you be sure?! Profar… These aren’t great deals…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Beastman: I just dealt Matt Moore and Utley for Pedroia in one league, but that’s because I have a deep pitching staff in that league. Be careful not to overpay for him. From rotoworld:

      Dustin Pedroia has been playing through a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
      It’s believed that the injury occurred on a headfirst slide into first base on Opening Day against the Yankees. While the normal timeline for such an injury is about eight weeks, Pedroia didn’t miss any time. In fact, he has played in every game with the Red Sox this season. “People shouldn’t know if you’re 100?percent or not. It is what it is, and it’s my responsibility to perform well,” said Pedroia. “My mindset is if I’m nicked up, I have to find other ways to perform. That’s the way I think about it. Maybe I’m crazy.” While one could argue that the thumb has impacted his ability to drive the ball, he’s still batting .332/.422/.444 through 53 games. The Red Sox and fantasy owners will have to hope that he can tolerate the pain and delay the possibility of surgery until the offseason. May 29 – 9:07 AM
      Source: Boston Herald

    • CJ says:
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      @Beastman:

      Don’t go with #3.

      Depending on the size of your league, Hellickson & Stults are marginal upgrades from waivers, and one more solid start from Shelby and his value (before he last two mediocre ones) will be back to near-elite. While Murphy is solid, his lineup is pretty anemic, and any one of the 2Bs you mentioned getting hot will be a fair approximation of his value. In the end, #3 looks like giving away a top-flight pitcher for next to nothing.

      • Beastman says:
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        @CJ: Agree CJ, I’m likely going to hold for the moment. Bonifacio keeps hitting, amazingly.

  23. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Would you lose T Milone for Chatwood or maybe Eovaldi when he returns? Milone and his 5ER every outing is killing my ratios.

  24. Brett Anderson says:
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    Hey Grey, am I worth holding onto in a deep 10 team league? Bench spots and DL spots are at a premium.

    Thanks

  25. Duke says:
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    Grey, how would you order these Ps ROS? Cueto, Lynn, Iwakuma, Minor. If Kemp goes DL do we see Puig / Pederson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Duke: Pederson… Minor, Cueto, Lynn

  26. I really didn’t need to hear that about Kinsler…and was that a Price is Right reference I heard? Does that mean you hope David is coming back?

  27. Lakitu says:
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    Grey. First of all, I want to gloat.

    I had a guy in my league, trade me Adrian Gonzalez for Grant Balfour straight-up.

    You would think that someone who would offer a trade this one-sided would be doing poorly, but NOPE, he’s currently in first place in my 7×7 (holds, QS, hits, BB) 12-team work-league. But basically, I now want to parlay my good fortune into a power-play for Trout.

    A guy in my league wants to give me
    Mike Trout & Starling Marte
    FOR
    Adrian Gonzalez, Kelly Johnson, and Joaqin Benoit (holds league, so he is actually worth something)

    Is this giving up too much? Or is the deity Trout pretty much priceless?

    • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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      I would make the trade, it leans your way in my opinion. Hook the Trout@Lakitu:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lakitu: Nice… Take Trout

    • Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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      @Lakitu: That kind of trade is the reason for the “veto”.

      • CJ says:
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        @Drongo McReddickbeard:

        Definitely agree a well-wielded veto power would have been appreciated there.

        That said, you should absolutely do the trade. Even in a holds league, holds are always available. And even if Johnson stays hot, you’re still selling high.

  28. papasmurf says:
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    Estrada gave up 3 runs and 5 hits in the first inning, including 3 two out hits in a row to score 3 runs. Then he gives up 1 run and 2 hits the rest of the way. Homer to Hicks scored the 4th run. Go figure. Story of his life, I suppose.

    After the extra inning game the night before, I was afraid MIL would leave him in to eat innings. It really had the feel of a 5 IP 10 runs 13 hits kind of stinker. Luckily and miraculously he found his groove. Dunno if this is glass half full or half empty.

    Kratz… I had no idea what he was doing. Got a little lazy over the last week with travel and general disgust of the crappy team I have. Ate 5 games of 0s with Sal Perez still in the lineup. Watch Kratz’ streak end now that I’ve added him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: I wanted that on Estrada too so Gallardo would get the Twins… Yup on Kratz…

  29. Shawn of the mostly living says:
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    I might be able to trade Choo for Kemp. Choo is solid, but Kemp is better if heathly. So, anyone too worried about Kemp at the moment to risk a trade? Trade Choo for Kemp right now? (he may be on his way to the DL with a Hammy issue, plus his shoulder is always a problem)

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the mostly living: I’ve been trying to trade for him for 2 weeks. But now the hammy thing, I just pulled my latest offer off the table. I’m done messing with him.

    • CJ says:
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      @Shawn of the mostly living:

      Chalk this up to a lost year for Kemp and ride Choo the rest of the season.

      Choo is stable and productive (at a very high level), and Kemp’s expected value at this point looks a lot lower.

      But- If your team is currently out of the playoffs and you think you need a hail mary to get back in, that’d be about the only reason I could see to make the trade. Even then though I’d have more than a half a mind to keep Choo.

  30. JDW says:
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    No one cares about Konerko but the decision to bench him last night was “the stupid!”

    ESPN notes “Konerko owns a .983 career OPS over 26 plate appearances against Cubs starter Scott Feldman, but with the White Sox playing a day game following a night game…Konerko will get a day off.” But the game the day before WAS POSTPONED!! So he didn’t freakin’ play!

    You’d think a guy struggling at the plate might enjoy hitting against a guy he’s owned. But, nah!! Let’s give him a rest after the previous days strenuous…day off.

  31. Will says:
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    Struggling right now at 2B…Weeks or Bonifacio ROS? 6 x 6 Roto w/OPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Bonifacio

  32. Monsieur Bobo says:
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    Please, somebody tell me, in no uncertain terms, without qualification, to drop Lincecum. I keep him on my bench, waiting for him to turn it around, because I am an idiot and need to be shaken and for someone to say “aaaaahhhhh what are you doing??”

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Monsieur Bobo: Sweet, I can call someone out on here without getting reprimanded. “Drop him you idiot! He’s not going to ‘turn it around’. Idiot, idiot, idiot”

      • JoeC says:
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        @Evil Grey: How did that feel?

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @JoeC: Invigorating! I feel like I can pass right over catcher questions and Gareth observations without being irked.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Evil Grey: Heh. You shouldn’t let Gareth get to you. He’s harmless!

            Is it the cat avatar? :)

            • Evil Grey says:
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              @JoeC: He doesn’t get to me. The cat doesn’t help, but it’s more of the annoying little brother effect. All good!

  33. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop C.J. Wilson for Beachy now?

    I have been observing a run on Beachy at the wire lately.

    These are the current starters on the team:

    A.J. Burnett
    C.J. Wilson
    Jeff Samardzija
    Matt Garza
    Mike Minor
    Yovani Gallardo

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Mike: he is gone in my 3 leagues

      • Mike says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: But would you drop Wilson for Beachy?

        Thanks…

        Mike.

  34. 50shadesofIikeDavis says:
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    Grey — Love your stuff.

    Who wins this trade in a 12-team keeper?
    Posey/Altuve vs. Mauer/Zobrist

  35. Schizer says:
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    Sandoval or Machado ROS? This is a H2H league where 2B, 3B, BB, & KOs count…

    Do you think Giancarlo is jealous that his name has been replaced in your trapper keeper with Manny’s?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Schizer: Machado, by a lot….xtra base Macheen.

      • Schizer says:
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        @Evil Grey: that’s my opinion too but the player rater has Panda worth way more ROS….

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @Schizer: Maybe in standard 5×5? Idk, I don’t look at that thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer: Machado… Ha, yup…

  36. joe says:
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    Was wondering why the cardinals sent Martinez down to stretch out? Simply precautionary orr would they prefer him start over Lyons or wacha? I noticed wacha has not pitched that many innings in the.minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: Over Wacha maybe… Not over Lynn

  37. Evil Grey says:
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    Shelby Miller/Altuve for Matt Moore? Redraft

  38. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Grey
    Are we starting Andrew Cashner vs. Seattle ? Here is my outfield:
    Cargo
    Braun
    Cespedes
    McClouth
    Markakis

    Would shopping Markakis and Pestano for Starling Marte be a good deal? Vinnie and Kakis are pretty Yawnstipating, and Marte has speed, but I cannot see Marte batting .300 all year.

    • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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      Also: Add Neil Walker and drop John Lackey?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @The Ghost of Mike Moustakas: 1. Start Cashner (I asked about this yesterday and Grey concurred); 2. I would take Marte; 3. ANYONE over Lackey.

      • Concussed Morneau says:
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        @Grey:

        @Chillmodious LMAO why do you guys hate Lackey so much?

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @Concussed Morneau: Why like him? He’s had ONE good year in his career. He’s not going to maintain whatever he’s doing right now.

          • Concussed Morneau says:
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            @Evil Grey:

            I understand the skeptism on everyones behalf, I am too. but for a 7th spot starter, I can’t see why he’s not worth a spot. Also from 2005 to 2007 he was good and definitely worth starting in fantasy.

            • Evil Grey says:
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              @Concussed Morneau: 6 years ago, that’s a lifetime in baseball. Depending on your league size, IP settings, fine. I mean anyone could be a 7th SP, as a spot starter. Have at it.

              • Concussed Morneau says:
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                @Evil Grey:

                Stories like this is why we all watch baseball though isn’t it?

  39. Stan says:
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    would u go Craig+Cueto for Goldy and use torii hunter at utility or just try and shoot for a 1 for 1 on cueto?

    • Stan says:
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      @Stan: err 1 for 1 as in my pitcher for an OF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stan: I’d want Goldy

  40. bb says:
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    Machado/Jzim for Headley/Aroldis in an OPS and K/bb league? I know this seems like a unwise trade but I’m about to slide out of first as I’m doing badly in saves and Ks. Also Aroldis is a $2 keeper and I have Goldschmidt and Segura as other keepers on my team ($260 auction, 3 keeper maximum).
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bb: It’s not good… Get cheaper saves…

  41. Rodney says:
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    Rickie Weeks, Daniel Murphy or Neil Walker ROS?

  42. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Here is an OF group, starting five:

    Andrew McCutchen
    B.J. Upton
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Jason Heyward
    Ryan Braun

    And you have a spare OF in Martin Prado.

    Do you drop B.J. Upton for any of these and do you have a preference/order?

    Corey Hart
    Nick Swisher
    Angel Pagan
    Brandon Beachy

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Mike: Hold

    • CJ says:
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      @Mike:

      Drop him for any/all of them.

      Swisher, Pagan, Hart, then Beachy. Depending on your league’s playoff schedule, Beachy could be worth more as the Braves have it pretty good this year.

  43. Q says:
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    Like any of these guys better than Wilhelmsen:

    B League
    H Street
    R Betancourt
    E Frieri
    Parnell
    Heath Bell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Nope

  44. Spencer says:
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    Would you start Homer Bailey against Cle today? My league only counts QS, WHIP, IP, K/9, ERA.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Spencer: Sure

  45. Yariel Rivera says:
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    I don’t like my chances this year. Is it too early to give up on the year and start trading away big names with high prices for cheaper keepers? I’m currently 3 games out of 1st and only 1 out of the playoffs but I really don’t like my chances compared to the other contending teams. One offer I was considering making was my Braun- $46, Kemp- $41, and Pujols- $41 for his Harper- $27 and Goldschmidt- $21. How is that deal for next year?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Yariel Rivera: It’s only May and your throwing away the season when you’re 1 game out of the playoffs? May. Takes all kinds.

      • Black & White says:
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        @Evil Grey:

        Well, he is loaded with Kemp, Braun, and Pujols

      • Evil Grey's eviller twin says:
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        @Evil Grey: I say give up if you feel like making your team stronger for next year. I think you could give up just Braun and Kemp to get Harper and AuShizz, depending on how much the budget $$ if for next year. However, Harper ain’t right from that wall crash a few weeks ago and who morneaus how long that will take to truly recover from. Concussions can be a bad time, esp when the player and team pretend that’s not what happened. I realize the $ savings is tremendous, but you are giving up Braun, who’s easily worth more than Goldy, even if the Kemp salary dump helps and it’s not like you’re locked in to keeping kemp or pujols after the season. Leave in braun and pull out one of the other 2 and make the deal.

  46. Revenge of the NNNEEERRRRDDDDDSSSS says:
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    5×5 QS mixed 13-teamer: which side do you prefer?

    Side A: Aaron Hill + Zack Wheeler

    Side B: Zack Greinke

    I guess both sides are full of risk, right? Injured, rookie pitcher, and a mess, respectively. Is spreading risk across two guys better than consolidating the risk in one player? Could probably find a less-riskier alternative…

    • @Elijah:

      Ok Its Derek Holland, sue me. I’m still working on my first cup of coffee here.

  47. Joel says:
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    What sort of player would you get in return in a 1 for 1 for Masterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: The kind of player you can’t get with Masterson

  48. Oppo Taco says:
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    Apparently joc pederson is getting called up for the dodgers. Is he a must add? Would you drop any of rendon, haren or Gausman for him? Thanks

  49. Ron says:
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    Do this trade or pass?

    Give: Gordon, Iwakuma and Bell
    Get: Butler and Jroll

    I have Alcides at SS right now.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Ron: NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  50. Tio says:
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    Mitch Moreland or Dom Brown ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Brown

  51. 5×5 roto and I need pitching. A guy wants RZimm from me and has Sale, Gio, C. Lee, Kuroda, Grilli and Chapman. Any one of those guys worth dealing Zimm for?

    Thanks.

  52. Junior Ortiz says:
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    I don’t have a question, I just wanted to say I appreciated the subtle Tyler Chatwood/porn reference, and I don’t even live in LA!

  53. Ron says:
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    Holliday, Gordon, Iwakuma
    For
    Cano and Butler

    Which side you taking?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Ron: Cano

  54. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Grey I’m in need of steals, average, and could use some power. Would you grab any or more of the following? Nava, Gattis, Joyce, Hafner, Dejesus, Venable, Alexi, Pedro Alvarez, David Murphy, Aaron Hill, Gyorko…

    Guys I could drop: Nick Franklin, Profar, Belt, Frazier, Brantley, BJ Upton

    Thanks for all you do! I live on this site.

    • ChiliCheeseConey says:
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      @ChiliCheeseConey: 5×5 standard Roto, 12 teams, I have 65 points in 5th place.

  55. Greg says:
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    Any thoughts on Neil Wagner getting called up into the mess of a bullpen in Toronto? He’s been a dominant closer against AAA hitters this year (which is sort of like being a dominant MMA fighter against strangers on the street who have stopped to tie their shoes). Any thoughts? Is he worth loosing my iron grip on Brandon McCarthy for a few days to see how things play out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: Ha…Iit’s not that messy… Janssen has been fine and if healthy he’s the closer… I’d hold for a few…

      • Greg says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah. Seems like I mostly just wanted to use my witty line about AAA closers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  56. Pete says:
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    start or sit?

    Scherzer @ BAL
    Garza vs ARI
    Shelby Miller vs SF

    thanks…

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Pete: All. I know you can’t sit Scherzer, but the O’s at home…tread lightly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: Start all

  57. Dan says:
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    Need a second catcher. Lucroy is on waivers. You see him picking it up? Castro also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Castro

  58. mrobs says:
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    JC Penney? More like SS Penney…. am i right?

    Haha the Jzimm / Bob Dylan line is hilarious. Good work today (as everyday) Grey!

  59. Milo says:
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    Bell wasn’t suppose to hold closer job and he’s still there…I’ll stick with Pestano

  60. Hey Grey -

    Close to pulling the plug on De Assa. I love the multiple cat action but how is he any better than Saunders or even Ruggiano at this point? You seem to have faith in him ROS, no?

    Thanks as always.

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    So I’m benching the non-bashing Upton brothers. Picked up Dom Brown to play for BJ and Sparkakis to play for J-Up. Would you rather have those guys in your lineup with Kelly Jo playing 2nd or pick up Walker, play him at 2nd, and stick Kelly Jo in the OF in place of Sparkakis or Dom?

  62. giant-eer says:
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    Very middle of the pack team, falling behind in SBs and could use a boost in all hitting.
    Dropping Viciedo or Moreland for Cain? Trading my Lynn for his Aoki?

    Thanks man, appreciate it.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @giant-eer: I’d do that trade.

  63. JoeC says:
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    Boneface finally listened to me as I yelled at my computer screen after he got on base: “Run, you bastard! Run!” I said that with an Irish accent. I’m not sure if it helps, but I do think it sounds better!

    Speaking of stereotypes (were we?), I’ve known two native Irish in my life, one a girl, the other a boy. Now I know not everyone in Ireland is a sussed-up drunk, but I must say, both of these rust-haired laddies were professional drinkers. They’d get as red in the face as any Asian allergic to alcohol, but they’d still put ‘em down one after the other and drink you far, far under the table.

    And the girl at least was violent, even though she was truly leprechaun-sized. It was a sight to behold, I tell you, when she got her druthers up! I was never the receiver of her violence, but she was definitely one you wanted on your side in a scrum.

    Which reminds me of the movie “Braveheart” where, in the big battle, the English King “Longshanks” sees the Irish contingent of his army go over to William Wallace’s side. The King just says one word ruefully, which sums it all up: “Irish”. Yep!

    • T Moore says:
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      @JoeC:

      Way to go JoeC, Make Mr. Gray pay for bringing up the movies…

      By the way, that is ginger not rust hair…

      My team is sucking, again – after a real nice run to 3rd. last week. Think the 2 in front are going to cruise…

      I simply cannot buy a Win

      • JoeC says:
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        @T Moore: Hunh, I didn’t realize your team had escaped the lower reaches of the atmosphere and passed me by. Temporarily, of course, as I’ve now reasserted Order in the Universe by hopping over you into 4th place.

        I don’t really pay attention to the overall standings, just my team and its points total. I still think my team will wake up offensively and make a run, but my pitching is keeping me in it until that happens.

        As for the top two teams, I’m not too worried about big leads in May/almost June. I’ve seen plenty such leads evaporate in the heady days of summer. Butte does look pretty solid, but shizz happens. We sill have a shot!

        I admire the fact that you’ve made about a move-and-a-half per day. 90 transactions! You are more than double me and 30 ahead of anybody else in the league. This is the way OaktownSteve did it in an RCL league I was in with him a few years ago. Just absolutely streamed us all to hell.

        But, of course, neither you or I are OaktownSteve, so we’ll just have to muddle through as best we can!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC: Ha… Nice…

  64. anchovies says:
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    so i was offered my kinsler for his h. kendrick/m. prado.

    wasnt really considering it until todays news that kinsler is on the shelf. still weary.

    whatchoo think?

    thanks!

  65. Kid A says:
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    No mention of Kemp Hammy and the potential Pederson/Puig call-up? Scoopy-Doo, where are you?

  66. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I have nothing to say.much about BB right now..

    Let’s do books and film….

    Gatsby was nothing but a privileged git – one , whom I will never be interested in film or print … The novelette was not Great??? IMO…

    It’s like getting excited about a woman of the patrician class becoming a CEO of a Major or a Senator and calling it a victory for women’s rights… Then she is subsequently caught toe-tapping in a restroom of a bus station in her home state attempting to use lumpen class women for her strange sexual pleasures… I’m supposed to get excited about that??? Wait a second, that sounds better than the Gatsby by light years!!!!!.. Still, that’s not saying much though

    The Legend of Bagger Vance was a better book and story about another privileged git… The movie sucked though.. At least, it’s kinda a sports book…

    The Gatsby and The RazzBall… WoW!!! That is like mixing used toilet water and 20,000 miles old crankcase oil…

    Fantasy baseball for the MAGPIES is in the doldrums no matter what I do… SP is mostly to blame… Come to think of it, this site isn’t helping much either…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: HA! Nice comparison… T Moore you surprise me with your vast array of knowledge… Bagger Vance was one of the worst movies I had seen that year…

    • JoeC says:
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      @T Moore: Jay Gatsby was not a privileged git. He grew up poor and made it to where he was by pure guile and ambition (and the law be damned!). The barriers to entry into the patrician class by the “old rich” is one of the themes of the novel.

      Daisy was the privileged git and it was Gatsby’s tragedy that he fell in love with such an unworthy user.

      The entire story is about his doomed quest to pull her into his orbit. He believes that, now that he is as wealthy as anyone she would deign to be seen with, that she will have no reason not to be with him.

      What he doesn’t realize (because all of us are usually blind to the illusions we weave for ourselves) is that, over the years, he has built her up into a caricature of “the perfect woman”, one she is nowhere near capable of matching. In short, he’s in love with a dream of his own creation that has little to do with reality and that’s a metaphor for the American character writ large.

      There’s more to it than that, but as you can see, I think it’s a brilliant novel and it’s my personal favorite. I haven’t seen this latest film adaptation, but judging by the director’s other work, it’s probably more flash than substance. That’s fine… I’m not averse to new interpretations of old works. But one day, I would like to see Gatsby adapted to film correctly. I suppose I’ll have to become a millionaire, buy the rights and hire Greycarlo to write the script. :)

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @JoeC: Thanks for saving me some writing, I was prepared to rant as well. The novel is a personal favorite of mine too. Haven’t seen the flick, but what I’ve seen of book adaptations, it won’t come close to being as good. There’s no way to fit the detail and subtle notes into a 2 hour movie.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @JoeC:

        Nice breakdown, JoeC. There’s a class of American novel that encompasses GG, probably On The Road and Catcher In The Rye. They are at their core works of style. Each endures, in part, because the craft of putting sentences together is done both well and freshly.

        The center of each is not the narrative propulsion but something in spirit. That’s why they tend to show up on young adult reading lists. They are about the journey of young people trying to make sense of the world and their place in. In each there is a strong sense of an American place against which the story is written. One walks away from these novels no so much with a strong sense of story, but a feeling. But none qualifies as a great and timeless story arc. Maybe a much more sophisticated example but in the same mode would be Bellow’s Augie March.

        There are others, but those are the first three that came to mind.

        • T Moore says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          The Gatsby is a millionaire git – living in a Long Island mansion… I don’t care how he got his money… The mini-book is way overrated IMO..

          If it is the height of American literature we’re in trouble..

          • T Moore says:
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            @T Moore:

            I forgot… I really believe it is popular, because, it is so short and decadent…

            I can think of 100 better American books of more substance and import…

            No one is going to win this argument… I simple did not find it compelling

            • Grey

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              I hear ya, T Moore… It’s bullocks.

          • JoeC says:
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            @T Moore: Well, you’re entirely missing one of the central points of the novel: that Gatsby wasn’t your typical millionaire git, as the narrator, Nick, points out by saying, when everything is crumbling down for Gatsby,: “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together”.

            A typical millionaire git wouldn’t give the time of day to someone like Nick Carraway. A typical millionaire git would give a shit about the “stuff” that comes from being wealthy, but Gatsby can give two shakes about it. A typical millionaire git wouldn’t have taken the fall for Daisy. A typical millionaire git doesn’t actually fight in a war like World War I.

            But the main reason Gatsby wasn’t a typical millionaire git is because he wasn’t born or raised that way. Whatever wealth he had accumulated in life, it still didn’t make him anything more than one of the noveau riche, which is another fundamental point of the novel.

            Gatsby was more decent than the other rich people in his circle precisely BECAUSE he was born and raised poor. Fitzgerald is making a point here and actually agreeing with you, TMoore, when he writes: “The very rich are different than you and I”. Yes, they are, and the fact that Gatsby is not “one of them” is one of the reasons that Daisy, in the end, decides to stay with her rotten, but comes-from-a-rich-family, husband.

            Fitzgerald had a very jaundiced eye towards those of great wealth, which you seem to have as well TMoore, thus it’s ironic that you dislike the book because the main character is rich. You seem to be stuck on that surface attribute without seeing the subtle points that Fitzgerald is communicating, about Gatsby specifically, but about the American rich in general.

            Gatsby is rich, but that’s only a vehicle for him to achieve his dream of landing Daisy. He cares nothing about the wealth itself. It’s only a means to an end. He knew that if he was poor, a girl like Daisy would never be with him. The power this obsession had over him, the way he clawed and scrapped and fought in order to acquire the wealth necessary to even have a chance at Daisy, this also is one of the main points of the novel: our dreams (and illusions), while perhaps ultimately destructive, can drive us to do some incredible things.

            As well “The Great Gatsby” is considered a “great book” because it captured a time and place in amber. When you read the book, you feel like you are there, in 1920′s New York/Long Island. You get an idea what it was like to live in those times, the changing of social mores that was occurring, and the not-so-subtle foreshadowing that the Roaring 20′s were about to come crashing down with the Great Depression. America is heading for a reckoning, and Fitzgerald captured that.

            Of course, to each their own… opinions/assholes, everybody has one, etc., etc. There may be better books, but I doubt you could truly say that there are more multi-layered books (maybe James Joyce’s Ullyses?!). Gatsby operates on so many different levels and there are so many themes and metaphors and little mysteries (what does the “valley of ashes” signify? Who does the billboard that depicts the eyes of a watchful doctor truly represent? Where exactly *did* Gatsby get his wealth from? How much of a “fraud” is he really?), that I believe it’s one of the richest works I’ve ever read that rewards repeated readings.

            Your mileage certainly varied from mine, but I truly believe it to be one of the finest novels ever written (and I read… a LOT). :) I hope you give it another chance one day.

        • JoeC says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I’ve never read “Augie March”. Just picked it up on Amazon. I’ll check it out and let you know what I think.

  67. chillmodious says:
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    Re: Chris Tucker…

    The last three times I’ve seen or heard about him (save for this morning’s blurb) have been in the context of NBA All-Star Weekend and the annual “celebrity game.” Pretty much the only time he can get on camera these days, and he embraces it to the max. He’s basically become Bill Bellamy. Which, incidentally, is hilarious given that Bellamy has kinda sorta returned to “acting” (he’s in a TV show with John Lovitz and Tim meadows, if that counts as acting in any epoch other than the mid-90s). And to extend this out even further, have you taken a look at Bill Bellamy’s IMDB page? The list of shows/films he’s appeared in is hilarious… I completely forgot about The Jamie Foxx Show and Def Jam’s How To Be A Player. Bless you, IMDB. You house the most fantastic Hollywood skeletons.

  68. chillmodious says:
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    Grey… I enjoyed your run-down this morning. Here’s mine:

    :-)

    1. Dropped Rutledge last week. I’d like to settle on a 2B and avoid further rosterbating. I have Lowrie right now, but Bonifacio and Neil Walker are available. Who is my best 2B bet for ROS?

    2. Today only, play Jason Heyward (in Atlanta vs. Dickey) or Mitch Moreland (in Arlington vs. McCarthy)? The Hitter-Tron values them both highly today, but Heyward has been slumping and Moreland has generally killed right-handed pitching in Arlington. Plus, it’s a day game. I’m leaning Moreland. What say you?

    C.

    4. Start Dickey (@ATL, SON $6.9) today?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: 1. Walker, there’s no reason to settle unless you’re going out of the country 2. Heyward 4. Yup

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey:

        1. My friends keep saying that about my fiance.

        2. Watch me put Heyward in my lineup for today (plays an evening game), only to see Moreland go off in his early game, and then get the news around 3 PM Pacific that Heyward is out of the lineup tonight. Book it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Ha 2. Yup

  69. MattH says:
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    I could get used to that Betran/Holliday line every night.

  70. Andrew W says:
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    Would you trade Jose Altuve for Gallarado? And can we expect anything out of Matt Kemp to make him a good buy-low target for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew W: Nope… I’d be careful on Kemp if he’s injured

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        cbs prod-cast pros are calling an altuve for goldschmidt trade a wash .
        do you concur ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not close

  71. Rodney says:
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    Bonifacio, Neil Walker, Rickie Weeks or Daniel Murphy ROS? Anyone stand out?

  72. Booya says:
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    What do you think the chances are of Colome staying in the rotation?

  73. quimmy says:
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    My Goldy and Guthrie for his Wright and Anibal Sanchez?

  74. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Please stop mentioning K Johnson… I really screwed up dropping him early… The worst thing I did this year after selecting H-Ram..

    I was so positive on KJ in the pre-season as a fast starter… Then he stumbled out of the blocks and I fell flat on my face by cutting him.. (pounding fists and feet on ground – tears streaming)

    I hate FBB

    • JoeC says:
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      @T Moore: Heh. I also cut him early on. Oh how I rue that day!

  75. RTP says:
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    Pick one C for ROS: Lucroy, Grandal, Gattis, Castro

    OF for ROS: Mike Morse or Reddick

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP: Castro… Morse

  76. scott says:
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    Heyward ever gonna come around? Gotta start one
    Marte vs Fister
    Heyward vs Dickey

  77. scott says:
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    Heyward ever gonna come around? Gotta start one
    Marte vs Fister
    Heyward vs Dickey

  78. raf says:
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    AL-only, hurting for bats and talking to team interested in SP. Do I offer Matt Moore for E5 or Matt Moore and Hosmer for E5 and one of Stubbs/Murphy/Joyce? Or none of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @raf: Edwin

      • raf says:
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        @Grey: So you don’t think one of those OF would be an improvement on Hosmer? I have little faith in him turning it around. Or you think making it a 2 for 2 is asking too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @raf: Joyce is about equal to Hosmer, probably a tad better, but I’d do the 1st deal…

  79. jeff says:
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    Can you have your IT person add your podcasts to podtrapper so we can automatically download and listen. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jeff: I’ll look into it

  80. Big AL says:
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    Rudy called last night. Yeah we talk about you. Me and Rudy be tight. He’s going on bereavement leave. You need to write his blogs for the next 3-7 day’s. You been moaning and groaning so much about Perez that he thought someone died. Didn’t know who ,but close enough to go on bereavement leave. Yo ! You have to have a clutch to drive the limo grandma’s in to get to the cemetery. Guess who ‘s driving grandma Perez ? Yup Rudy ya all. Him and Sal be back on monday unless gramps Perez doesn’t come out of his funk. And then it’s back on the bereavement leave train. Groaning and moaning effects…………………

  81. Wake Up says:
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    “To be awake is to be alive.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: So philosophical this morning

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I’m deep yo! I’m being moderated now? Is it the beard?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think it was a temp issue… Looks fine now…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Sure that’s what the N$A said to me too…

            Your intern, “I’m not detecting the usual amount of sarcasm here…something…wrong…does not compute…I’m afraid I can’t do that”…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My intern better start flagging your comments to moderate… Come on, T Moore!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: HA

  82. J Money says:
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    Drop Ike Davis or Danny Espinosa for Lind?
    12 Team 6×6 Roto (OPS) Both are currently on my bench

  83. smegma says:
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    Tried to buy low on underperforming Starlin Castro after losing Rutledge…other owner keeps replying with outlandish offers. First he wanted my Machado, then Pedroia, and his latest is my McCutchen for his Castro and Middlebooks (DL)?!? Other owner basically traded away Trout for Harvey earlier so I was hoping for a decent deal here. Anyways, would you counter with my McCutchen for his Bautista and Castro or just decline? His only decent bat is Bautista and not really interested in any of his other players.

  84. JTR says:
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    Shelby and Cain go head to head @ STL tomorrow. I have both. Start Cain? SON loves Shelby… Cain not so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR: I’d start both

  85. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Trade Chris Davis for Max Scherzer?

  86. Tio says:
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    I need an OFer in a points league…

    Would you trade Ian Kennedy for: Heyward or Bruce? Rudy’s projections have Heyward projected for 30 more points the ROS than Bruce. Due mostly to K’s by Bruce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Bruce

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Tio: I wish I could get Heyward for Kennedy.

  87. Cyr says:
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    Grey/anyone,

    I’m out of the loop on Rendon. Is it still thought he’s gonna be called up to replace Espinosa at 2b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cyr: Yeah, there’s a chance of it… Hold until next Monday…

  88. Ham update please says:
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    I mean a Billy Hamilton update please. How close is he?

    Should I pick him up and drop Gerrit Cole??? (I do have a minor league spot)

    Thanks

  89. Peter says:
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    I am in last place. Weekly H2H 10-team, pretty active league.

    I am streaming pitchers constantly, though I usually have my pick of streamers each week. The only pitchers I’m not dropping regularly are:
    Jeff Samardzija
    Matt Garza
    Ian Kennedy
    (soon) Josh Johnson
    (I traded away Moore and Bumgarner earlier in the year for bats)

    My closers are:
    Nathan
    Perkins
    Bell
    (Cishek, Gregg, Veras are all FA)

    Trade offers came through:
    Me: Nathan Him: Latos

    Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Latos

      • Peter says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

  90. Big Magoo says:
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    How the hell is a Nats announcer not familiar with Markakis? Where do they find these guys? Also, the headline – Rudy or Sky? Or are you becoming a pigskin fan? Where are my pants? It’s a confusing day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was Rudy… Rudy does 90% of the titles… I write 90% of the posts…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Dig it… Are you watching this season of MasterChef? If so, no spoilers from this week’s episode – it’s still waiting for me on the DVR…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s like a top 5 show for me, so hell’s yeah… I’d watch it if only to hear the awkward tooth on fork clatter from Graham…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, it’s a must-watch for me too… Did you see Graham hop on that pogo-stick the other week? I just about fell off the couch when I saw that…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Graham can do no wrong… He’s got T-Rex arms, I mean come on…

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Except when there’s food on the other side of the table – that’s when he breaks out his Go-Go Gadget arms…

        • @Grey: My wife@Big Magoo: My wife met Graham at an Austin food+ wine thing. Said he’s a good guy. Then Joe Bastianich came by, pinched her butt, showed no emotion, and then walked away.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I don’t find that funny…I find it extremely funny!

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Hahaha… That’s exactly how each of them come across on the show too.

  91. Hotrod says:
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    Keeper

    Latos & BJ or Shelby & Nelson Cruz

    I would be getting Shelby & Cruz…My pitching is very strong & could us some power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade Latos for a better, more dependable OF…

      • Hotrod says:
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        @Grey: well, I kind of like this deal, and it is on the table in a leage where making a deal is like pulling teeth…which side do you prefer?

        Also, Please Rank ROS (OBP)

        Kendrick
        Lowrie
        Aybar

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cruz side… Kendrick, Lowrie

  92. mraccoe says:
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    Need a replacement for Kemp in a 12 team 5×5 h2h.

    Available: Leonys Martin, Venable, Rasmus, Span

    Need to drop one of: O’day, Milone, McCarthy, Maholm

    Who gets picked up and who gets the boot?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin… O’Day

  93. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    grab Pederson and drop Joe Smith, Pestano is garbage right now, but the question for me is how stubborn is Francona?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not as stubborn as Bobby Valentine.

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Grey: zing!….but really drop Smith or hold for a couple of days, was reading they might run a mix bag if it’s for a couple of days, if Kemp goes DL, then they have to make other moves to get Pederson up because he’s not on the 40 man roster, where Puig is…..cust katin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just grabbed Smith…

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Grey: where?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              RCL

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Grey: surprised he was available….I was trying to make a really bad joke, like where on his body did you grab him?…..I need my morning wake juice

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m vaping Unicorn’s Blood right now… It’s a’ight… Pom Tea is the bomb tea…

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Grey: unicorn blood gets old fast, I’m still on Uncle Junk’s Betty White, I’ve been mixing 2 parts 12 with 1 part zero and it is delicious. I get to puff it more and get those heavy clouds of smoke that make me feel cooler.

                    I want some tea flavors, but all the local shops I got to haven’t got any in yet. I know I can order online, but I want to try some first.

                    Does the coug not like that you vape?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s real old, yeah… I kinda hate it already and it’s only my 2nd tank on it… Coug loves it… She was the reason I started it…

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Grey: you should stop at one of those vape stores on the way home, uncle junks is the bomb. *making thrusting motions at computer*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m gonna… On Saturday is the plan…

  94. Ryan says:
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    Longoria or Segura? Who would u rather have in a h2h dynasty league and why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  95. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10 tm H2H, 15 pickups left this year. I’m struggling at LF (Frazier/Moss platoon) and am middle of the pack in most of our 10 offensive cats (biggest needs are H, HR, TB, BB, SB). Give Harvey, get Harper? I’d then have SPs Lee, Waino, Greinke and Bailey, and need to use a pickup on Cahill, Estrada, Niese, Parker, Miley or Cashner. W and L count.

    OR

    Just use a pickup on Crisp or McLouth, and keep Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harper

  96. Fish says:
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    Should I be selling Kelly Johnson or will his production keep up?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Fish: I’d sell if i got a good offer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don;’t think you can sell him for anything worthwhile, but I guess it depends if you can…

  97. Jay says:
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    Grey – are you originally from jersey? What part, when did you graduate high school? did you graduate high school? stop me when this gets creepy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Elizabeth, New Jersey

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: no wonder why you moved! I love Jersey but Elizabeth isn’t the best part. but you do get a great view of the airport and how can you beat that…

        good idea to stash Freese?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup… Sure…

  98. B.o.B says:
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    Can you rank these streamers for tonight?

    Griffin @ SF
    Vargas vs LAD
    Nolasco vs TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  99. Jay says:
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    Kendrick
    Kennedy
    Parker

    Better pick up after dumping Gausman for dumping on my team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker (at home), Kennedy

  100. Wake Up says:
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    Sit Homer today…

    • Jay says:
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      @Wake Up: SON kinda disagrees. you have some insider info?spill it or we’ll find you and shave the beard…leaving the mustache of course

      • Prezz says:
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        Hehe

  101. Rye or the Kaiser Soze says:
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    Senor Bigote -

    1. Garza: streamer, starter, or chopped liver in 10 team mixed league?

    2. Pls rank: Leake @ PIT, JoFer vs NYM, Niese @ MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Starter 2. Niese, Leake

  102. harkrider says:
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    Votto, Heyward, and Grienke

    Or

    Trout, Hosmer, and Kimbrel

    Which side?

    10 team 5×5 keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  103. JackInTheBox says:
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    Zimmerman, Davis and Miggy are all on my opponents team this week…f me in the a.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Jay says:
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      @JackInTheBox: Yeah dude in my league has them plus Trout. I can see the sawdust leaking out of his opponent’s team’s a$$.

  104. giant-eer says:
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    Dropping O’day for Smith or Jarrod Parker?

    • giant-eer says:
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      @giant-eer: EDIT: Dropping O’day or Smith FOR Jarrod Parker

      • Evil Grey says:
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        @giant-eer: O’Day

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Drop O’Day

        • Mark Robinson says:
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          @Grey: Only drop O’Day is you can’t get a session with his good-looking wife, FOX News reporter Elizabeth Prann.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nice

          • Prezz says:
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            @Mark Robinson: holy hell, Dusty needs a moment to himself… I gotta start watchin fox news!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need… Parker

  105. boston strong says:
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    any word on Segura he took one off the wrist and it didnt look to good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guess he’s fine since I haven’t heard anything

  106. Big league Choo says:
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    12 team roto keeper league keep 8 forever

    Just traded my corbin and laroche for Reyes

    My remaining sps Latos, moore, Samardzija and Greinke

    Replacement bats Snider, David Murphy, Venable, Seth Smith, Lind and Belt

    good deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s okay

  107. airweino says:
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    Need to make a drop in a 10 team 5×5 keeper league…

    Drop Cishek or Garza?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @airweino: Cishek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chisek

  108. Jay says:
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    adding one of the following available bats, which one that’s the question…
    ranked in hittertron next 7
    Howard
    Morales
    Alvarez
    Freese
    Lind

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Howard

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Sorry left off Gattis, so Howard over Gattis as well?

        • Jay says:
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          @Jay: and Walker is out there too. Sh!t i gotta come prepared….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  109. Principle Blackman says:
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    Who wins this trade in your opinion?
    12-team, (No MI/CI, 3OF, 2Util) 6×6 ops/k9/QS instead of Ws

    Team A gets: Andrew McCutchen, Matt Carpenter, Lance Lynn

    Team B gets: Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, Anibal Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

      • Principle Blackman says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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    I can’t blame you for the push to start Phelps yesterday, I would’ve done it anyways. But it was a pretty expensive 1/3 inning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  111. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    When t f is Corey Hart coming back? I drafted this guy in a RCL and thought he would have been back by now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Another two weeks or so

  112. Eric W says:
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    No wonder they suspended him, a real Rays prospect would have thrown a bat at her not quaters well that or atempt to get her to do meth with him in the back room…

    Anyways what value do you put on corey hart for the ROS been clogging up my DL all year starting to hate seeing his stupid face next to his rehab updates. Thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! He’s about the same value as Tex…

  113. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Would you trade a barely-waking-up David Freese for any of the following pitchers? Have Macho Man Machado ensconced at third:

    A) Lance Lynn
    B) Brandon McCarthy
    C) Julio Teheran
    D) None of the above

  114. lerryjee says:
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    Who to stash in a 6×6 Yahoo (W, L, K, BB, ERA, WHIP) 12 teamer with my one DL spot:

    Beachy
    Ogando
    Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando

  115. Pete says:
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    Drop Moreland and pick up Neil Walker in a 12 team points league for my IF slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  116. J-Lef says:
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    Was offered Torii for Corbin, countered, asking for Marte – only categories I’m soft in are runs and sb’s. Marte side or Corbin side?

    Danke!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  117. Matt says:
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    Just traded Aoki and Griffin (A.J. not Peter) for Heyward. Little late to ask, but is it worth the risk? Is Heyward gonna turn it around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward side

      • Matt says:
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        Damn you answer a lot of questions. You really need to outsource this shizz.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hello, this is Grey, I am in Mumbai, how may I direct your team question?

          • Matt says:
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            …I do not know who this “Miguel Cabrera” is you speak of? I am drafting the most talented Sachin Tendulker number one all over the place.

  118. Gareth says:
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    I dropped Weeks for Walker.

    I want to grab Adam Laroche as his schedule for June is very hitter friendly: Mets, Twins, @ Rockies, @ Indians, @ Phi, Rockies, Dbacks, @ Mets.

    Drop which extra Reliever for him?

    Holland
    Frieri
    Parnell
    Street
    Betancourt

    Guys like Pestano/Smith, League, Gregg, Veras and K-Rod are on the wire if I needed to grab a 5th reliever down the line.

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Gareth: I don’t think it matters if there are available closers just hanging from a tree. SAGNOF.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Evil Grey: Quite the Image. I imagine Heath Bell would break the Branch though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frieri

  119. chillmodious says:
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    Two follow-ups about the 2B question I asked earlier…

    1. I will heed your advice and avoid settling, which means I’ll be losing Lowrie for Walker today, but how do you rank the guys I asked about for ROS — Walker, Lowrie, Bonifacio — is that right?

    2. More of a comment than a question… It’s becoming a clusterfukudome at 2B for me with all of the rosterbating. When Rutledge went down I wanted to grab Walker, but he wasn’t yet doing much, so I grabbed Bonifacio. I got nothing from him and then dropped him for Lowrie. Meanwhile, Bonifacio hits a HR and steals a base, and Walker gets hot, all while I own Lowrie. ($1 (that you can’t collect) says that Lowrie will heat up THE MOMENT I lose him for Walker.) This is why I asked about “settling”–because I sorta want to find the best overall of that bunch and Popeil it at 2B in order to avoid the frustration of “awww, that shmo could’ve been on my team but he’s sitting on waivers teasing me.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lowrie, Walker 2. I hear ya

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thank you. Everything was so happy and calm until Josh jumped off the Rutledge and turned my fantasy baseball life into a David Lynch movie.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya

  120. AW says:
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    Which side would you rather have – Jose Altuve/Moreland vs. AJ Burnett ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  121. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Kennedy or Ogando ROS? Points League

  122. ChooChoo says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Whats your take on Dan Straily? I keep hearing a lot of analysts speak very highly of him but I look at his numbers and I just can’t seem to justify dropping Kyle Kendrick for him. My league has a 50 inning min a week so the wire is fairly thin. Would you advise that move? Thanks…

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @ChooChoo: I would. His WHIP is low, K rate solid, other ratios are there…that ERA will come down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick Straily up

  123. Concussed Morneau says:
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    When is Zack Wheeler coming up Boss?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Next week

  124. Trish the dish says:
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    Is Ortiz really playing 1st tonight? Any help would be appreciated since my alternative is Moreland and he has a day game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Play Ortiz

  125. airweino says:
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    Deal Oscar Taveras $5 for Alex Gordon $13 in a 10 team 5×5 mixed keeper league?
    Current OF: Braun, McCutchen, Swisher, Willingham, Pagan, Hicks

    Or should I look to deal him for Darvish $13

    In second place by 14 points – trailing leader by 7 points in both Offense and Pitching -could probably use Wins, HR, Runs, Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for Darvish

  126. Jon says:
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    Trade Frieri for Brandon Morrow?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Jon: Negative

      • Jon says:
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        @Evil Grey: why’s that? Frieri is no lock to keep his job and Morrow has a ton of talent. Of course both could be not ownable shortly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You read the site?

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: Try to as much as I can. What did I miss?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Morrow is been a drop for about two weeks… He’s hurt and has been terrible for the entire season…

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey: haha ok ok! Stupid question. Thanks for taking the time to call me out on my idiocy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

        • supra says:
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          @Jon: That Morrow sucks this year.

      • Prezz says:
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        Damn, grey… You just went JFOH right there… Im impressed! And whats with all these lose heyward questions? Sleepin on that man.. ive been trying to buy buy buy… These heyward sellers are nowhere to be found in my leagues..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Felt like Evil Grey for a second… I love y’all!

          • Prezz says:
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            @Grey: we know, grey! We know…

          • Evil Grey says:
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            @Grey: What an outburst!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I lost my shizz there for as moment.

  127. Concussed Morneau says:
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    Napoli for Milone, Fair? I would get Naps

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Napoli

  128. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto redraft. pujols/grienke for darvish/segura? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish, it’s fair

  129. MasterofGrond says:
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    Instead of work this afternoon, I’m going to be sitting in AT&T park watching Zito implode again. There are few things I enjoy more than getting paid to watch live baseball.

    On the subject of fantasy, CAN BURNETT GET SOME GODDAMN RUN SUPPORT, CHRIST

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @MasterofGrond:

      Let’s go Oakland *clap clap clapclapclap*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Enjoy!

    • Kid A says:
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      @MasterofGrond: If I find you, I’m throwing a soda at you. Make you use some of that paycheck on your dry cleaning bill, you braggard.

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @Kid A: thats a ten dollar missle

          • Kid A says:
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            @Prezz: Worth every goddamn penny if it finds a giants fan as a target. Best deal at OCO is fully loaded nachos for 5.50, washed down by sock-smuggled cans of suds.

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Kid A: that might be difficult if you are aiming for a real one and not the bandwagoning types. Seek out the guys in the Mitchell and Clark jerseys…..

              mmmmmhhhhhh nachos

            • Hondo says:
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              @Kid A:

              Black engineers boots.You can get a 6 pack of tallboys in that way.

              Might get in a couple biker fights though.

              • Kid A says:
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                @Hondo: There is a Super Walmart on Hegenberger where I head for pregame purchases. I usually end up with hipster-doofus PBRs.

                • Hondo says:
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                  @Kid A:

                  I heard about the PBR yuppy price thing.

                  My late redneck Uncle must be spinning is his grave about now.
                  Damn,I wish he would have hung out long enough for me to have pounded a few with him,but alas, he left the world when I was 12 so we never got there.
                  If he could’ve only hung for 2 more years it would have been a done deal.LOL.

                  Friggin’ cancer sucks balls(not the kind you’d trade Ike Davis for)

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Prezz: I can only assume, you couldn’t pay me to go there for a game

            • Prezz says:
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              @Juan Lleno de Odio: i dont blame you Dodger dog. You must admit,it is a beautiful park tho. Besides the orange and black everywhere.

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Prezz: I really could care less about the beauty of a park. I just want to watch a game. I like the minor league view at the Quakes games

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Juan Lleno de Odio: you cynical bastard, you! Haha i feel ya tho…

            • Kid A says:
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              @Juan Lleno de Odio:

              A story:

              I stubhubbed a pair of my memorial day tix and these two cholo giants fans bought them and ended up sitting next to us. We talked shit the entire game, and the one guy Gabriel, says he is going to go stretch his legs at the start of the 8th. I told him to enjoy our lovely stadium and he turns to me, pinches his fingers together, and says: “Your stadium is THIS much better than San Quentin.”

              And he wasn’t kidding.

              • Prezz says:
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                @Kid A: i woulda said “touche, pedro… Touche…”

                Our stadium is a downgrade from SQ.. but agreed on the nachos! Makes my mouth water as i type..

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Kid A: simón

              • JoeC says:
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                @Kid A:
                O.co, you’ve been mighty swell to me,
                You’ve held me since I was a baby,
                I’ve seen good teams come and bad teams blow,
                And the reign of Bob Geren left me a little cold…

                O.co, I used to love every inch of you,
                Crazy George, the Wave and the drummers too,
                I saw champion teams and the best base-stealer that ever was,
                But Mr. Davis returned and fu*&ed it up real good…

                Mount Davis what good do you think you do?
                A pile of concrete that blocks my East Bay hills view,
                And all built for a man now dead and gone,
                But his concrete mausoleum still lingers on,

                O.co may you rot and burn in Hell,
                May the Raiders move back to LA where everything was swell,
                May the Giants give up their territorial rights,
                And a new Coliseum rise under San Jose lights…

                O.co, you’re now living hell to me…

      • Prezz says:
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        @Kid A: back in he day my buddy chucked a just purchased large soda at manny in left when he was a red sock.. no joke, landed a foot away from him.. he somehow didnt get caught either. I dont encourage this type of fan play, but it was manny.. coulda been a brick for all i care.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Prezz: I dunno, Prezz(i). Seems kind of chickenshit to me.

          Good thing it wasn’t Milton Bradley or he might’ve visted you guys in the stands!

  130. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Who you got tonight? Heyward v. Tor (Dickey) or De Aza @ ChC (Wood). Oy..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  131. Juice_0321 says:
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    Reynolds or The Donald today? I like Josh’s chance against Zito, plus he’s been hot, but then again Donkey Jr. has been putting up some good power numbers with an occassional side of legs.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        That had to sting. There’s a possum in your crawlspace.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just keeping it real!

  132. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    liriano got dropped in 10 team land. any of these droppable for him. Leake/Cashner/Milone?
    Also, Dickey is a sit tonight, no matter how bad Heyward and both Upton’s have been (in Justin’s case, lately only) the rest of that team: both 3rds,both catchers,freeman etc, have been scary good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Leake… I’d start Dickey

  133. D Rich says:
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    Grey, quick question: Would you start Brandon McCarthy at Texas Rangers this morning? I normally don’t sit guys but im in a tight head to head matchup this week. If he had more strikeouts i could at least see that angle…please advise

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  134. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    is van slyke getting kemp’s at bats if he goes out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They might bring up Pederson

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: pederson any good. Van Slyke’s been messing up baseballs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s very good

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: damn, he’s not (pederson) in yahoo’s database yet. There’s 2 guys named peterson, but not that spelling and those 2 aren’t on dodgers.

  135. Jay says:
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    Current pitchers are Verlander, Stras, Moore, Hamels, Minor, Homer Bailey, Wandy, Kennedy, Wacha

    guy in my league REALLY likes Moore. Would you move Moore for Felix. It’s a keeper, but we only get 5 so i would have to throw one of Felix, Verlander, Stras back at the end of the season as I am keeping Braun Longo and Votto as well.

    I would try to trade one of them but I intend to win this thing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Felix

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: Cool, but hen which of the three do you throw back? Verlander, Stras, Felix?

        I know it’s early to be thinking that way but I have to pick 5 out of Braun, Votto, Longo, Heyward, Verlander, Stras, Hamels, Felix (assuming I get the deal done). Good problem to have but i hate making choices like that.

        Which 5 do you keep?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Braun, Votto, Longo, Strasburg, Felix

  136. Mike says:
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    I guess Adrian Gonzalez must be hot since I was just offered Strasburg for him. I also have Votto, but Gonzalez gives me 1B/OF flexibility. Konerko, Hosmer, and Berkmen are on the wire and I could drop Lincecum for one of the them if the trade goes through.

    Should I take the offer?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Strasburg

  137. JVH4 says:
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    Was gonna ask you to rank a few guys ROS, but the ROS tools are awesome!

    So, I’ve been rolling with Daniel Nava in a 12 man and have been happy. Streamer ROS says he’ll regress to being un-ownable. You agree with that? Obviously I don’t think he’ll continue his 85R 21 HR 100 RBI pace, but do you think he’ll be better than WW fodder the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree…

  138. John says:
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    Wondering about Napoli’s hip, He was hot early but slowed down a lot the last 30 days. If I need HR/RBI’s and can give up AVG should I take the risk and trade my Mauer for his Napoli if I can?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Napoli if I needed power…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @John:

      It’s not the hip. It’s just a natural up down streak every player goes through. The prognosis on the Napoli hip thing is that is degenerative but not chronic. So he’s not really experiencing any performance issues but the more he plays, the more chance of a major injury that’s going to require surgery. If he avoids that, he should be fine. You definitely want a catcher who plays everyday and hits 5th or 4th in an AL East line up.

      • Kid A says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Aren’t you supposed to preface this with your usual “I’m not a doctor, but…” Or did you Doogie Howser an M.D. over the weekend, you mad genius?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Kid A:

          I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

          I heard Napoli interviewed on XM preseason. Basically just rehashed what he said.

  139. Kid A says:
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    Alex Wood finally called up. Got any skinny on the kid?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Finally? Were we waiting on him? He’s a pen arm…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Holds league where we are like truffle pigs for mid-relievers…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha! Gotcha… Yeah, he’s got outstanding stuff and would grab him in a Holds league…

  140. supra says:
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    Who wins for this year and who for beyond?
    BJ Upton, Gallardo, Medlen
    or
    S.Castro, Price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro, both this year and beyond

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: The ‘stache has spoken. Thanks as always

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  141. Josh O.

    Big Time Timmy Jim says:
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    Who do you like more, Kennedy or Ogando ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy

      • Josh O.

        Big Time Timmy Jim says:
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        @Grey: By a lot or just a little?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It can go either way

  142. JackInTheBox says:
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    Pick 2 corner baggers to start tonight (blasphemous but not sure I trust the Hitter-Tron recommendation):
    Rizzo vs Peavy
    Reynolds vs Homer Bailey
    Aramis @ PJ Walters
    Belt vs AJ Griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Reynolds

      • JackInTheBox says:
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        @Grey: Maybe they combine to hit 5 homers and I get to return the favor to my opponent for last night

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • Prezz says:
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      @Kid A: is that the homer cam in Cleveland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  143. Derrick says:
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    Drop Tillman for Straily, Arroyo, Pettite or Quintana.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily

  144. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team roto redraft. yu/tulo/a jones for cargo/longo/straily? which side?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @herschel: Yu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones

  145. Jason says:
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    Is josh Hamilton finished? Or Is he gonna be worth something ROS? Buy low on the 12 stepper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think he’s finished

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: maybe finished was too harsh…

  146. L-Boogie says:
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    Kubel or David Murphy until Austin Jackson gets back?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  147. Kid A says:
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    Clock struck 12 and Eric Chavez just turned back into a busted pumpkin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well… Was mildly fun while it lasted

  148. NotDonMattingly says:
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    Fella in my leage wants B.J. Upton for his Chris Sale.

    Any good reason not too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Sale

  149. Tom says:
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    From the time he comes middlebrooks is back from his back him or Freese? I know Freese will hit for better AVG but how many HR’s will I be giving up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks

  150. Flanwagon says:
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    Grey are you stashing Daniel Hudson yet? When?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not I

  151. Tulo or Hamilton ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo

  152. Evil Grey says:
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    Smokey’s got Cody Allen next in line in Cleveland. Does he have insider info? Whatta you think?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Evil Grey: maybe you should be asking this question to smokey

        • Kid A says:
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          @Evil Grey: Maybe you should let me be the one that mouths off to Jack.

          • Evil Grey says:
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            @Kid A: Maybe I should, his new avatar frightens me.

          • Prezz says:
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            Maybe you guys should put on womens underwear and poke eachother with sticks..

            • Evil Grey says:
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              @Prezz: You bring the toothpicks.

              • Prezz says:
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                @Evil Grey: hehe.. deal! I have plenty to go around!

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Prezz: you would like that you sick bastard….can I borrow a pair of yours?

              • Prezz says:
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                Hehe, if you guys are going to bicker like broads you might as well wear their clothing?

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Prezz: nobody asked EG to the party, I just pointed out that he was asking Grey a question for Smokey and never bothered posting it in Smokey’s column.

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @Juan Lleno de Odio: its like an iron triangle of hate between you 3..

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Prezz: EG is jumping on the KID A bandwagon. He should go back to picking on Gareth….which is kinda f**ked up to begin with

          • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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            @Kid A: it does feel like you called dibs on me…..besides your smack is far more educational and better than EG

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Evil Grey: no you didn’t when you asked the first time and now you piggy back mine

          • Evil Grey says:
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            @Juan Lleno de Odio: Yeah I know I didn’t, that’s why it’s funny, ya stickler. Start incorporating periods into your run on sentences, then we can talk. See what I did there?

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Evil Grey: Prezzi, add EG to the Grammar hammer list…..douchebag

              • Prezz says:
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                @Juan Lleno de Odio: camper fell into the river last night… Strong winds… My grammer hammer list was in there…

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Prezz: sorry to hear that, going to live in the impala now?

                  we know who they are…

                  • Prezz says:
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                    @Juan Lleno de Odio: yeah we can remember! The imp could house a family of 5! Thing is a boat…

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Evil Grey: it lets me know everything else I need to know about you, so yes

              • Evil Grey says:
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                @Juan Lleno de Odio: That I speak English? Good I’m glad we’ve got that straight. Keep calling me names, says all I need to know about you Spaniard.

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Evil Grey:you must be new in here, names, thats not name calling, it’s classification. We went over this months ago. Nice attempt at a flip though, work on it and get back to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joe Smith would be my pick

  153. costaricanchata says:
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    oof .
    pollock misplays a routine line-drive (right at him) into a
    stand-up double for nellie cruz .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knew something had to be up for Cruz to do something

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yeah he’s playing me in the league, his owner is winning this 16 teamer.

  154. Jay says:
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    Corbin and Miller too much to give up for R Zimm if i have currently have Arenado at 3B?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @Jay: A tad too much, but

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  155. costaricanchata says:
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    mccarthy saws off profar .
    a close-up of the broken top of the bat reveals a taper
    reminiscent of those short red whiffle ball bats that kids used
    when they couldn’t hit the ball with the long slim tan ones .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  156. FillyP says:
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    Jennings for Bumgarner?

    • Evil Grey says:
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      @FillyP: Bum

      • FillyP says:
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        @Evil Grey:

        If you’re Evil Grey, does that mean regular Grey would rather have Jennings?

        7×7 H2H Keeper with IP/QS and OBP/XBH.

        • Prezz says:
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          @FillyP: nahh, you want bum there. Shoot a snot rocket and do it!

        • Evil Grey says:
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          @FillyP: No I’m not that evil. I try to be helpful…with a side of snark if I feel it’s warranted. Grey’s super nice, I am not.

          • FillyP says:
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            @Evil Grey:

            Gotcha. While I have you attentions – what do you guys think of Medlen? His peripherals are kind of ugly and his FIP is a full point higher.. is Jennings for Medlen too much?

            • Evil Grey says:
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              @FillyP: Are you the one with Medlen? You could take Jennings there.

              • FillyP says:
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                @Evil Grey:

                Nope, I’m with Jennings.. stacked in the OF and looking for SP help.

                • Evil Grey says:
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                  @FillyP: Oh. Guess Bum didn’t fly? I still like Medlen, it’s fair, so you could do that.

                  • FillyP says:
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                    @Evil Grey:

                    No response yet, but his owner has been pretty blasé this year. His OF is Gardner, Suzuki, Fowler, Pierre, and DeJesus with Werth on the shelf. By comparison… I have Upton, Jones, Gordon, Jennings, Willingham, Brown, plus Craig with 1B/OF.

                    My pitching isn’t horrible, I’m just looking for an edge and I’m stacked at OF. The Medlen owner is interested…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Jennings for Medlen?

        • Grey

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

  157. costaricanchata says:
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    mccarthy’s regression is now in full swing .
    exposed !

    • Hondo says:
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      @costaricanchata:
      I wish I had dropped him last night,instead of this morning.

  158. Zach says:
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    Who do I offer with Profar for Altuve? Ryu, Cashner, Garza, Lackey, Gausman? Someone better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them…. Start at Lackey, Gausman, Cashner…

  159. Stephen says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I have the following hitters and am thinking of giving up this year… what are your thoughts on these guys having any sort of value going forward?

    Starlin Castro
    Josh Rutledge
    Brett Lawrie
    BJ Upton
    Michael Saunders

    Thanks for your help!

    Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders doesn’t have much value going forward, the rest do to varying degrees…

  160. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 12 team. non keeper.

    giving- Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick, Michael Saunders, Jose Fernandez, Salvador Perez.
    getting- Max Scherzer, Desmond Jennings, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Young, Miguel Montero.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Wieters. 1B- Votto. 2B- Gyorko. 3B- Beltre. SS- AEscobar. CI- Fielder. MI- Kendrick.
    OF- Trumbo. OF- Pagan. OF- Viciedo. OF- Saunders. OF- Carter. UT- Moreland.
    BN- Quentin, Venable, Span, Cozart, Perez.
    SP- Kershaw. SP- Hamels.
    RP- RSoriano. RP- Valverde.
    P- Parnell. P- Benoit. P- AJBurnett. P- JFernandez. P- JDelaRosa.
    BN- Anderson. DL- Putz. DL- CLewis.

    HIS TEAM.
    CA- Montero. 1B- Butler. 2B- Weeks. 3B- Alvarez. SS- Simmons. CI- Hosmer. MI- ARamirez.
    OF- Harper. OF- Jennings. OF- Gordon. OF- Heyward. OF- Gomez. UT- Lawrie.
    BN- Young.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Sale.
    RP- Reed. RP- Romo.
    P- Gregg. P- Axford. P- Scherzer. P- Harvey. P- Bailey
    BN- Parker, Masterson, Teheran, Wacha, Gausman.

    • Prezz says:
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      @SpecialFNK: thanks for the heads up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  161. steve says:
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    Hey Grey…nice column today.

    5X5 redraft league (3 OF spots & a UTIL)

    Looking to cash in on Shelby Miller to get a SP upgrade. I have a stacked OF/UTIL consisting of Trout, Adam Jones, CarGo, Choo & Machado (& Stanton on my DL)

    I am thinking of packaging Choo & Miller for a front-end SP; would SP targets like Verlander, FHer, Kershaw, Lee be fair? I’m not sure that any of the owners will go for this but season stats (to date) suggest that it’s fair (esp. if it’s to a team that needs hitting stats). Agree or disagree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They would be fair, but I doubt the other people will go for it…

  162. Kid A says:
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    How big of a boost to Johnson at the hot corner for Atlanta now that Francisco is demoted?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice boost, grab him…

  163. bees knees says:
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    drop tillman for kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  164. Dingbat says:
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    Better DL Stash: Luebke or Lewis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lewis

  165. herschel says:
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    peavy with a gs to the pitcher. when its bad, its real bad…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barf

  166. John says:
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    Teix or Konerko or Howard ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Howard

  167. Comatose says:
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    How’s Austin Jackson as a DL stash? Just nabbed him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  168. Prezz says:
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    Yo grey, need rbi help… Drop kemp for travis wood? Great column as always!

  169. B.J. says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have a chance to trade for Cole Hamels and Joe Nathan in my 12 team H2H league, the Hamels owner wants two SPs in return. Which two from this list would you trade to get the duo of Cole and Joe: Ryu, Lester, Medlen, Cashner, S. Miller? Ideally I’d like to move Medlen as part of the deal.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen and one of the guys after Medlen… Cashner first…

      • B.J. says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey. He accepted Cashner and Medlen. Hopefully Hamels can turn it around.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  170. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    I can’t access one of my RCL teams it gives me this message when I go to my team page:

    getBeanAccessor: invalid bean

      • Kid A says:
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        @Juan Lleno de Odio: I’m hacking your shit man. Gimme that Chris Davis.

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Kid A: if you ain’t cheating you ain’t tryin

  171. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Almighty G,
    SON has Masterson at $5.3 next week @NYY vs Phelps. He’s coming off a strong outing & facing an ailing team just swept by the Mutts. For my 7th P in my weekly, start Masterson or Janssen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Masterson everywhere until he’s unstartable…

  172. AW says:
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    Jose Fernandez or Jon Lester?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  173. Howard sitting today (again). Drop him outright for Chris “Finally Full Compliment of ABs” Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  174. Kid A says:
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    Niese just got replaced for his start against the Marlins. This season feels like a twilight zone episode.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Kid A: Ugh. Why can’t I have anything nice this week? Or anything Niese, as it were.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Kid A: Ugh.

  175. DP says:
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    Hey sunshine , how you rate C Johnsons value now that Francisco isnt around to leach at bats ? Dude was awesome when playing full time, when Freeman was down. Is Johnson str8 up for heyward good deal ? maybe justin heyward would be a better chase ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Heyward better than Johnson…

  176. chillmodious says:
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    EFF ME IN THE EFF HOLE! http://razzball.com/rz3/#comment-1985966

    Moreland is 1-for-3 with 2 runs, 1 HR, and 2 RBI so far…. and the Braves just announced that Heyward will be out of the lineup tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doh

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: At least Jed Lowrie (whom I should’ve already dropped for Neil Walker, but didn’t, because I’m afraid of success) got me a steal today. Woo!

  177. Jacks says:
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    Thought Cashner at home vs SEA would be easy. Day game tho and those two HRs got out only by inches. Heavy marine layer air at night probably keeps them in. Still, Cash is sketchy …

    Starting him next week @LAD AND @COL could be pretty scary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very scary

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i’m doing only the @LAD, f’going to COL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  178. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    I wish more people would reference and/or see “Screeched”, he gets so many points and taught me so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a kind, giving lover.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: You think those are the best hookers he could afford or he knew it would be hilarious to get some nasty hookers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          been there, done– Wait, what?

  179. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Start Cashner against the Mariners, they said. It’s a favorable matchup, they said…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oy

      • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s okay, I realized he pulled a Sampson and cut his beard, which was actually his strength. He’ll be good for the future once it returns.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully

          • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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            @Grey:

            You own Cash?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, I would though… Just a rough outing…

  180. MattTruss223 says:
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    oo, oo, oo, Is Chris Johnson now a decent enough upgrade over Hosmer in a H2H points league to do the old add/drop even if I have limited moves? Or should I continue to hold Hosmer’s sorry arse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  181. EK says:
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    Start Minor vs TOR or go with:

    J. Williams vs HOU
    Buehrle @ SD
    Marcum @ MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marcum

  182. Watson says:
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    Which side wins?
    Zobrist, Bourn, A. Sanchez for Castro, Melky, Minor

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  183. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Jean Segura is in Thursday’s lineup against the Twins.
    Good news. Segura took a fastball off his hand in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday night, but stayed in the game and will not have to miss any time. The 23-year-old currently leads the National League with a .360 batting average.
    S

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: good news for his owners, not those playing against one of his owners.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: that’s a relief…
      btw is that Gravatar Ellen Degeneres?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Wake Up: ha,sorry to say i dont frikin own him anywhere,this dude Grey,he not to bad at this shizz is he

        • Wake Up says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: yeah…it looked like it could be bad…glad he’s back

      • Prezz says:
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        @Wake Up: ha! Nice comp Wake…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prezz: your gravatar is still making me laugh everytime!
          Big fan of her work on Roseanne…

          • Prezz says:
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            @Wake Up: i promised Steve id join the cat club but this just seemed right… Sorry steve..

            Wait, Dusty was on Roseanne? I could see that..

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Prezz: Nah, you’re OK. I was thinking y’all have probably seen about enough of Milly anyway. Don’t have any new shoes to post, so will have to come up with something else…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whew!

  184. HWY71 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Awesome post, as always.

    Darvish for Donaldson & Cespedes in 5×5 roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! It’s fair, I’d take Cespedes, depends on needs…

  185. goodfold2 says:
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    damn opponent went from 0 steals to 3, just ahead of me, all today, with crisp/lowrie/parra.

  186. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Giancarlo Stanton – OF – Marlins
    Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) is backing off his rehab program due to sore knees.

    • Prezz says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: i told grey this would happen if they didnt switch up their positions… Youre the giver, grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah

  187. Jay says:
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    I just want to give out a big FU to the rays for moving Moore’s start from MIA to CLE. Do they not understand i have a fantasy title to contend for?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jay: Maddoning…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  188. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Is Alex Colome going to stay up if he performs?

  189. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Is Alex Colome going to stay up if he performs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Until Price returns at least

  190. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    you never answered this question, what does this mean?

    getBeanAccessor: invalid bean

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s an ESPN error, usually fixes itself in a few…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          First one… Short wicks…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, those are exactly the bottles I use… I have about 30 of them all over the house… I don’t get much mess though, the biggest pain is doing it while driving…

              • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                @Grey: better than thirty empty packs of cigarettes around the house

                thats why I have 6 different tanks, I have bought a lot of different types but the two picks i posted are my favorites, the wicks are cool on the go. My buddy uses syringes to re-fill, it’s pretty funny

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, nice… Yeah, I don’t really have any problems other than the occasional time I’ll suck in juice which is nasty as shizz…

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Grey: I hate when that happens, i bought what I thought was a good tank that turned out to be CRAP. The hole in the cartomizer was too big and over saturated the middle. there’s 15 bucks down the drain. I try to blow it out each time I re-fill and that seems to work.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, but they’re so cheap in the grand scheme of things… I was telling the guy at the store that he could charge about twice as much for most of his stuff…

                  • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                    @Grey: tell me about it, if you don’t mind paying a few extra bucks then go to the Rancho Cucamonga spot. Very not in the ghetto. Have some good equipment and a decent selection, just need your own tip. Too bad the quakes are on the road this Saturday, you could of done the daily double.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Compared to cigarettes, it’s all cheaper…

  191. Josh Freeman says:
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    Grey: How better an option is Freeman than Howard here on out? Enough to cost me at another position if I make a trade that’s been sent me? I need it to be more than just a minor upgrade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Much better

  192. steve says:
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    Pederson or Yelich the better stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  193. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Cashners a better slump buster than a drunk desperate Cougar. Why does’t he get SO’s he throws 95?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, one of the biggest mysteries of the world…

  194. yo says:
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    would you start Minor, today? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  195. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    ah,franklin gets his 1st hr

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: son of a bench….I didn’t realize Lind was sitting again and had franklin on the bench…..did you see it? was it beautiful? tell me….please?

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: and I hope he gains 2nd base eligibility in E$PN too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make it two… booya!

  196. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Straily/Kazmir/Cashner. These are three different guys I have streamed or have owned/started vs the Mariners in the last few weeks. Basically, just ask me if I’m starting a pitcher against the M’s: do the opposite of whatever my answer is.

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Sky: so this is like football through the first 8 weeks this past season

      BTW, another great podcast, but I’m bias cause….well you know *blushes*

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ha, pretty much!

        It really was a great podcast. There was me and Nick…and me…*makes A-Rod kissy face in mirror*

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Sky: grey was good too, he didn’t sound like a stoned 13 year old trying to reach puberty, Jaywrong was just being cocky

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            He was just angry about being part of the ‘we’re idiots’ piece. He just needs to learn how to embrace his inner-idiocy. Grey still sounds stoned, though, just not 13 year old stoned. A more mature, washes the dishes after dinner and makes the bed type of stoned.

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Sky: I’m more productive doing menial tasks when I’m on weed. When he laughs at a party people look around to see who brought their teenage son

              • Jay says:
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                @Juan Lleno de Odio: I’m great at eating Cocco Puffs when stoned. probably the best I know.

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Jay: we all are…we all are

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ha! I’m worthless when I’m stoned which is a pretty big drop off from mostly worthless like I normally am. So I leave the devil’s lettuce alone.

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Sky: so you quit smoking after week 7 last year?

                  I got your worthlessness beat by a mile, I do about 10-20 minutes of actual work everyday….on a good day. I was thinking we can blame our mothers for all this and be absolved. This new generation has an excuse for everything, why can’t we? I told my dad the best thing he could of done for me was kick me out on my 18th birthday, he countered with you were in the midst of a potential trial for a felony. I hate to say I couldn’t argue with that logic. And then 3 years later I payed off my attorney and only had to hear about that for the next 5 after that from my mom.

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Tough love is real love. I had to tell my sister she’s a screw up and to not contact me until she gets her shit together. She thinks being supportive is letting her go through her lumps and to be accepted the whole way through and coddled. Coddling only makes people think they can keep getting away with it. She’s of the generation that blames everyone else for their problems. When you’re 12 or 13, it’s partially true: you’re not in entire control of your life. But eventually, say 15 on, you start to notice you have more control of what you can and can’t do. You keep fucking up, it’s on your head. ‘It’s not my fault’ is a phrase I don’t take too kindly to at all. Sounds like your dad is pretty kickass.

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: he has given me some free passes, he wasn’t that hard on me when I might of gotten locked up for a while. And dealing with all my brothers health shit and how that affected my life and psyche, he gave me some passes too. He still does, but tells me it’s because i got dealt a real crappy hand of cards and doesn’t want his granddaughter living in some ghetto. But it’s cool, I easily handle the tough things normal can’t and stumble miserably with the simple things…like tying my shoes.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh sure, wasn’t saying people don’t deserve a chance. But you get to a point…my sister’s 21, had a child when she was 18. Had the audacity to tell me I’m blowing her off because of ‘that mistake’. My response was ‘no, I’m blowing you off because you’re a liar, a druggie, a terrible mother, and you’re compounding your mistakes with further idiocy’. But on the plus side, I get more turkey at the next Thanksgiving dinner!

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: A man after my own heart is a man that thinks with his stomach.

                      That’s a tough one. Everyone has a different path/ride to go on and no two roads are the same. At some point you need to randomly throw her a bone and see what she does, maybe she will decide to grow up at some point and you can mend that. She’s just so young at 21 that she doesn’t even know any better. Maybe when she stops being angry with herself she can stop being angry at you. Usually by kicking the drugs and changing the things in her life your family doesn’t like will lead to your family miraculously coming back around. I’ve seen that alot. There is a kid involved

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Trust me when I say my road was pretty rough too – actually rougher but I don’t hold that against her – so I’m not without sympathy. When she told me about the kid, we had a good long talk. Me being the only male role model she really had, she was scared to even tell me. I told her I wasn’t angry (I wasn’t) and that I had faith in her that she could do it and take care of herself. I told her she’s just made life tougher but it doesn’t mean she couldn’t be successful. So she drops out of high school, doesn’t get a job, parties most nights and leaves her kid at her mom’s for days on end when she feels like it and lives off of food stamps and the kindness of fuck buddies. Not really a place to throw a bone, especially when she still says that it’s not her fault. I’d take her kid in a heartbeat but then she wouldn’t have her meal ticket so of course she’d never let us legally take her off her hands. Problem is she’s a liar to both herself and to others. When she really wants help, I’m there. Until then, she really just wants to get away with everything she does without consequence and for that I’m not on board.

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: it might not be that hard to get that kid from her, depends on Oregon laws. She probably doesn’t even realize that she is ruining that child and his probability of being a societal problem too just increases every year she continues this non sense. Hopefully her mom, I assume it’s not your mom but same dad’s? Is doing right by that kid when it’s with her. Someone needs to beat the crap out of your sister in the hope that whatever chemical release the brain makes to cope will make her see the light.

                    • Sky

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                      Same mom and they live in WA. The mom’s an enabler and keeps threatening on getting child services involved but never does. The mom does ok, but it’s a shituation really. I broke the cycle, my sister’s repeating her mistakes. The jury’s still out on what my little bro will be like. Tried to get him to move down here, he said he didn’t wanna leave mom. He’s old enough to make his own decisions so not much I can do there. At least he’s not into drugs and attending school and wants to go to college.

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: he doesn’t want to move to a college town where everyone likes to get drunk, hike and f**k? He sounds really confused. How does the wife feel about the family?

                      Oh same mom, yeah my mom is an enabler, always threatens to do something but you pull out the gun and she buckles fast. You should be a hero to your brother, maybe if he came for a visit then he would see how good it could be

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hard to get that to happen. He thinks it’s not his decision. Eventually you learn it’s your life. He hasn’t learned that yet. Scared to think what he’s gonna be like when he’s 18/19/20. So much self to learn at this point and he doesn’t seem to be doing it at all…

                      Wife wants to help but we’re both of the same mindset. Not gonna grab a concrete block and strap it to our backs. If you wanna sink, you’re gonna sink. Can’t keep you afloat if you don’t wanna stay afloat.

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: oh, gotcha, I thought your little brother was already 18, give it time, he should be able to figure it out, he is half you

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Hopefully but so is my sister. Hard to break cycles.

  197. Wilsonian says:
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    Would I be insane to trade JUp and Garza for Bruce or Harper and Harvey in a keeper?

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Wilsonian: if you get Harper and Harvey you scored, but who would be that dumb?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: @Juan Lleno de Odio: yeah, don’t know if anyone would really be that insane to do it. I’m just looking at making a switch and thought with his wonky knee maybe someone would bite.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy for Harper…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: what if he threw in Shelby or Price instead of Harvey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take either…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: I sent the orignal offer of JUp/Garza for Harper/Harvey. He countered with Heyward/Medlen for JUp/Minor (the all Braves deal) which I politely declined. Then sent him an offer of JUp/Garza for Harper/Price and played the injury card. Both guys are hurt and who knows what will happen when Price comes back.

  198. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Is something named Corey Klubar on your watchlist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Kluber

  199. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Saw that you were from Elizabeth. I was born there. Grew up in Cranford.

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: I grew up out here with lots of kids that moved from jersey to California, the hot chick from Cherry Hill always made us giggle in jr. high

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Union County represent!

  200. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Is Andy Petite worth picking up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belch

  201. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Drop Cashner for Kluber, Hudson, Leake, or Parker, or hold?

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  202. Jon says:
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    Like trading Cobb plus Marte for Kemp in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on Kemp’s injury now

  203. Jay says:
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    So you do not endorse Minor’s start tonight. I ask you this though…In a H2H league where I am losing ERA and WHIP already (courtesy of Gausman) by: ERA me 7.62 bastard I am up against 4.46 WHIP me 1.62 bastard 1.21 – - still recommending not to start Minor?

    or do you think it’s close enough that I can make it up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, may as well roll the dice…

  204. Sky

    Sky says:
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    The Mariners have 5 HRs today @SD; one by Endy Chavez, 2 by Nick Franklin and 1 by Brendan Ryan…MOVE THE WALLS BACK OUT IN PETCO!

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @Sky: c**ksucker motherf**ker shit f**k f**k F**K F**K F**K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        As a Mariners fan, I want to be happy but I had Cashner in two leagues so…no, I’m not.

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @Sky: I couldn’t swap Lind out for Franklin because E$PN denied me access to my team page for a while today.

          I could of taken my 17 homer lead to 19….I’m going to go punch something NOW….literally

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You couldn’t find a bean distributor either? Make sure it’s a used car salesman. They all have it coming.

            • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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              @Sky: there is the taco stand down the street from my office, but that would of been offensive….right?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Ha, taco puncher!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                And now I realize you were talking about beans and not who you’d punch…you racist bastard!

                • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                  @Sky: I’m a kinda bean…self nut punch *drops to the ground in satisfying pain*

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    So you’re part legume? Pinto? Lentil? Soy? How bad are my legume racial stereotypes?

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: frijoles blanco

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      So you’re an albino? Jack Full of Powder?

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: oh no, just a light skinned version of something, my dads parents were very spanish and southwest native american. You could say my dad’s side of the family is very confusing looking. When he had a beard he looked lebanese, when he had a stache he looked very Spanish/ portugese, and now that he’s old I don’t know what the hell he looks like anymore. My mom’s family are the whitest people I know. They always kinda had a unsaid resentment for my mexican baby’s mama. Never pronounced her name correct once…..Once!

                    • Sky

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                      Creepy, sounds a lot like me. I had a beard for a while in South Korea, people asked if I was from Saudi Arabia. Got called black when I was in China because ‘I don’t look like my two white friends’. I proudly say I’m a mutt. Muddled family tree. Full-blooded Spaniard Great-Grandfather, some Native American and some German. Makes quite a confusing mix!

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: my good brother numsi!

                      My moms mother was full blooded Bohemian Czech. Were not that far off.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha, Golden Child reference! Not enough of that in this world anymore. Yeah, ‘what are you?’ is a common question for me and my answer is ‘a mutt’.

                    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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                      @Sky: when people ask me my nationality I tell them I’m American, when i ask them did they mean ethnicity, I tell them it doesn’t matter, I’m Jack and my ancestors heritage has absolutely nothing to do with who I am, unless you’re hot and me being Spanish turns you on then yes, lets talk about it. Usually I’m just a dick about it….like lots of things.

                      I always hated the kids that would tell me they are part Irish and thats why they like to drink alot, no dick, you like to drink alot because you like to drink alot, not because Grandpa was a drunk

                    • Sky

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                      Yeah, nature and nurture play a small role but eventually it comes down to ‘what do you decide to do?’. Just because it’s hard to break a pattern doesn’t mean you can’t. Like everything in life, some things are harder for you than they are for others, some things are easier. Can’t pick and choose how you decide to handle those situations based on that alone.

  205. MattTruss223 says:
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    One more Chris Johnson question, assuming he’s everyday 3B for the ROS (I’d hit up ROS player rater but it’s got CJ at like -$14), is this the right ranking ROS?:

    Johnson, Kendrys, Hosmer, Hart(someday), Belt, Lind

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrys, Johnson

  206. goodfold2 says:
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    now that niese is gone for at least 10 days,should we drop Archer (guessing he isn’t brought up soon) or niese, for 1 of
    rest of week, which streamer, already losing era pretty bad (thanks peavy/odorizzi/milone)trying to lock up wins/K’s and expecting to lose losses anyway. Only have 1 pickup left after wasting? one on Archer as soon as i heard odorizzi was sent down.
    pick 1, or 2 with rank of those 2.
    Slowey vs NYM (against Harvey, eck)
    Eovaldi vs NYM
    Porcello at BAL (probably not this one, even with last start)
    Gomez vs CIN
    Unknown SEA P (sun)at MIN
    Axelrod at OAK
    Cloyd vs MIL
    Fiers at PHI
    Diamond vs SEA
    pretty sure it’s not going to be axel,cloyd,fiers,diamond

    I already have these starts for rest of week
    bailey at CLE
    Scherzer at BAL
    Kluber vs TB
    McAllister vs TB

    but opponent has
    wainwright vs SF
    Hanson vs HOU
    Corbin at CHI (maybe they can go crazy on him like on peavy today)
    de la Rosa vs LAD
    the other option is to pickup mesoraco to make sure i get as many at bats as possible (have hanigan, they seem to split 60-40), as of right now i’m winning hits by 1 and losing total bases by 3. I’ll likely win k’s without picking up streamer anyway (up by 11)

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      @goodfold2: Archer will start SAT at CLE. Cool, so i’ll have both starters in that game. This simplifies previous question.
      I have one roster spot open due to 3 to 2 trade getting me aybar/medlen. should it go to mesoraco for at bats, or one of those streamers.

    • Grey

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      Axel, sure… None are good though

  207. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    On a scale of 1-10 how sweet would the team name, “Flushed With Cashner” with a team pic of Cashner and John Ralphio from parks of rec photoshopped together?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: 7.8

        • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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          @goodfold2: John Ralphio would also be holding a lot of cash and the Cashner pick would be of him in all Camo.

  208. SteveNZ says:
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    Of course I started Didi ahead of Franklin at SS in the ol’ H2H. Of course I did.

    That is six HRs I’ve left on the bench this week.

    Six.

    • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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      @SteveNZ: at one homer per beer plus the daily two for stress and then add the friday end of the work week beers and steve gets a 12 pack!

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        @Juan Lleno de Odio: Going through one of those phases in this league where every move I make is the wrong one. Was getting most of them right early in the season so hopefully this is just a little correction.

        Can’t tell me that a team with Braun, Votto, J-Up and Goldy isn’t going to be in contention by the end of the season…

        • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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          @SteveNZ: Ok, i own Goldy and now i know you do, I’m trading him, that guy is going to be cursed…I kid I kid…..but seriously, you deserve a 12er, if I had a paypal account i would buy you one

    • Grey

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      That’s insane…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Certainly driving me insane.

        Didi did go 2/5 with a run, so there’s that…

  209. Matthew says:
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    Grey!!!

    I need help w this offer

    12 team H2H

    AVG R HR SB RBI
    W S WHIP ERA K

    I got offered my
    R Zimmerman
    Choo
    Harvey

    For

    Kershaw
    Cain
    Markakis

    My team
    S Perez
    Goldschmidt
    Lowrie
    Zimmerman
    Andrus
    McCutchen
    J Upton
    Choo
    Machado
    Gardner
    Didi

    Medlen
    Peavy
    Harvey
    Jose Fernandez
    Bungarner
    Wheeler
    Ogundo

    I’m in 1st in 2 and 2nd in 2. My teams are stacked, but my pitching in this league in particular is not what I wanted to be, I drafted Scherzer Bum Kiroda Peavy Harvey Niese etc in most my others and my p is good, here I need help..

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kershaw with your team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting…

      • @Grey:

        I posted this in Scott’s column as well — curious your take.

        With Odorizzi optioned and Price due back shortly, is there any chance that the Archer promotion sticks? I know Colome throwing today too,which could further complicate…. But, assuming Price, Moore, Hellickson, Cobb all healthy — can only really see Roberto Hernandez or Hellickson as the 2 likely demotion candidates, and that just doesn’t seem like its gonna happen yet — Roberto keeps barely hanging on to his job. Am I missing anything here or are both Archer and Colome simply streams for this week/ weekend and then sent back down to the farm again?

        • Grey

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          Roberto’s not going anywhere… He’s in no danger of losing his job right now… Archer and Colome are up as temp fill-ins…Barring another injury…

          • @Grey:

            yup; thats what i thought as well… only a small pee stream.

  210. Gareth says:
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    Starlin Castro 0 for 5. Again. Cubs score 8 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks.

    What’s up with this guy? No homers all month, and players like Everth Cabrera and Jean Segura playing like HE should be.

    • JoeC says:
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      @Gareth: Dude has an attitude, in my book. Don’t know if he has the work ethic to be a true star. I avoided him in all drafts.

      • Prezz says:
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        Agreed. Kids just young and dumb… Needs to realize hes in the bigs and things are expected of him. Cant just slack off…

  211. TheNewGuy says:
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    Chris Davis has an OBP of .447, 50 ribs and 19 jacks. He is INSANE right now…

    Possible Joey Bats-like ascent to 1st round fantasy greatness next year?

    • Grey

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      Maybe

  212. henncoop says:
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    Time to consider dropping Haran?
    My other SPs are Darvish, Lee, Lester, Minor, Cobb, Leake, Teheran, Cashner, & Porcello
    Quite a few SPs but not too much out there for RPs
    I was considering Colome tonight but not sure who to drop or just hold & play my studs & matchups for the rest.

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      @henncoop: Haren, Leake, Teheran, Cashner, & Porcello are borderline streamers, depending on the the size of your league.

      You can afford to play with match ups as Darvish, Lee, Lester, Minor and Cobb is a very nice starter luxury to have.

    • Grey

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      I’d lose Haren…

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it …done …picking up Colome just to see ….

        • Grey

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          Cool.. Watching and hoping…

  213. danny says:
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    I added Archer when I dropped Odorizzi…. Play vs Cleveland?

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      @danny:
      One more… Drop one, Archer, Gausman or Niese?

    • Grey

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      Sure

  214. Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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    Ethier starts in CF today, maybe he gets a case of the Mike Trout’s and starts hitting with the shift……Maybe Ethier’s problem is he was pouting because the stupid manager wouldn’t let him play the position he wanted to. Reminds of a kids book my daughter likes to read

    http://jacketupload.macmillanusa.com/jackets/high_res/jpgs/9780374360962.jpg

    then when he gets kissed and he becomes this

    http://us.macmillan.com/uploadedImages/FSGBYR/News/happy_pout(5).jpg

    I’m thinkin it was written by an angel fan

  215. Aero says:
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    With Franklin’s performance today, I think I need to consider running with no 2b until he gains eligibility in ESPN (gah, stupid Kinsler injury!). Think it’s crazy to do so over whatever semi-hot schmotato 2b? I don’t really have anyone to drop other than my fill-in 2b except maybe Maholm? I’m open to advice from the field. Thanks razzers!

    • Grey

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      Lose Maholm

  216. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Good Afternoon Grey.

    Which trades do you like/don’t like.
    All trades are being made to teams 15 or more games out of 1st place in a 14 team head to head.

    1. Beltre/Andrew Baily for Cargo/Jose Veras

    2. Beltre/Davis/Andrew Bailey/Glen Perkins for Cargo/Yu Darvish/Jose Veras

    3. Beltre/Corbin for David Price/Derek Holland

    4. Corbin/Perkins for Wainright

    5. Justin Upton/_______(how much more?) for Trout

    A. Which trades do you like/don’t like?
    B. In which trade do I receive the highest return (which trade should I overpay)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      I’d 1 and 4, assuming you are getting CarGo or Wainwright… 5. Maybe a great closer… 4 is the best…

  217. SteveNZ says:
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    OK, Dom Brown owners should stand by for lift-off. Had him in my lineup fro Votto (going against LHP) until a few minutes ago, until I saw sense.

    Could try him for J-Up, but Hitter-tron really likes him against Dickey…

    • Grey

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      Ha… Hoping so!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: So far, benching Brown and starting Votto has been the WRONG move.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Of course!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Bleurgh. Line into a double-play, why don’t you?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Gareth: People have too much time on their hands. Don’t these people know about p*rn?

      Tell ‘em, Jack!

      • Juan Lleno de Odio says:
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        @JoeC: I only have 2 devices going at once so its FBB and Porn, shits and giggles are an after thought….cool pic though

    • Prezz says:
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      @Gareth: all i want to know is.. what the hell were you looking at to find this? Haha better yet… I dont…

  218. Gareth says:
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    Looks like a 2 start Week in the Cards for Cobb:

    Rays pitcher Alex Cobb, who was scratched from his scheduled start Friday with a fingernail issue, will likely start Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Cobb is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA.