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The Oakland A’s called up their prized prospect, Daniel Straily, to start tonight.  Their prized prospect that no one even heard of before this year.  Is that egg on your face, Keith Law?  “Actually, it’s a sous vide’d ostrich egg with fleur de sel.  I harvested the fleur de sel from the sweat on the back of a flamingo’s neck, so it was extra pink.”  Oh-kay.  I looked up how to pronounce Straily and somehow that led me to Wikipedia, which led me to Charlemagne’s page.  Did you know he was the inspiration for the King of Hearts?  You lose 3 hours on the internet in no time… Damn you, Al Gore!  In Double-A this year, Straily went through it like a hot knife in I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter:  85.1 IP, 11.39 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 and 2.57 FIP.  In Triple-A, it was more the same — 11.38 K/9, 2.38 BB/9, 2.20 FIP in 53 innings.  I’m just a flibbertigibbet (Sounds Like A Made Up Word of the Day!) trying to acquire him in all my leagues.  The downright beautiful thing here, fellas and four lady-ellas, he Ks people and doesn’t walk them.  From all scouting reports I’ve read, he commands the strike zone with an effortless delivery that he can repeat adverbially.  I’d pick him up in every league. (Once ESPN and Yahoo add him to their waivers — seriously, how do they not have every player in their system like CBS?  For redraft mixed leagues, it’s not a huge deal, but you want people to play keeper and dynasty leagues with your service and you don’t have the minor league strikeout leader?  So now waiver claim order is deciding whether someone will have a player for the next ten years?  Here’s ESPN’s top secret algorithm on how players get in their system:  Jack Daniels(Radio Shack calculator)²= Players In System.  Or if you’re to believe Berry’s latest article at ESPN, Straily’s not in the ESPN universe because Anne Hathaway is hot or a good actress or some nonsense he’s talking about between congratulating himself on creating fantasy sports and saying he can’t write an article in the middle of writing one.  I should use douchequotes around writing, because he really hasn’t written an article in 4 years.  That dross he put up about Trout yesterday was easily one of the least interesting articles ever written in the history of words, and I’m including all novels written by Lauren Conrad.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Podsednik – Just traded from the Red Sox to Arizona, but the Diamondbacks released him, saying, “We were disappointed when he told us that his wife liked Boston and was staying there.”

David Ortiz – Said his Achilles is at 50-60%, so it’s still a little illes.

Josh Beckett – Questionable for his next start.   Okay, so someone ask him if he’s gonna start.

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Twins, losing to playwright and novelist, Samuel Deduno (6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 1 K).  I told people in the comments yesterday that if you weren’t starting Lester vs. the Twins, you shouldn’t own him.  The thing is, as I’ve been saying, I don’t think you should own him.  There’s too many pitchers on waivers in most leagues to be dealing with him.  (Oh, and since someone will be wondering, Deduno is a Do Not Touch in all but the deepest of leagues.)

Barry Zito – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Oh, no, he’s got Lincecumydia.  Take 1200 milligrams of Vitamin D, stat!

Ronny Cedeno – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs.  He credited this big game to marrying in New Hampshire under his alias, Johnny Cakes.

Chris Young – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Since our inception (not the movie that I slept through; am I awake now?), we’ve called Chris B. Young, Krispie, and the pitcher, Cristall Young, to differentiate the two, but I’m beginning to think they might just be the same two guys.  Ever since Krispie disappeared, Cristall’s been pitching.  This can’t be a coincidence.  Seriously, I don’t believe in coincidences; I think they’re voodoo.  Well, whatever the case.  Cristall’s barely a streamer.  Stream-o-Nator, “I’ll be the judge of that.”

Jayson Werth – 1-for-3 with an RBI as he returned from the DL.  His ownership numbers were down due to his lengthy DL stint, but if he’s out on waivers I’d give him a little how’s your father.  I wouldn’t expect him to save my season though.

Ross Detwiler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Hasn’t done a lot of wonderful with his Ks so far, but his 3.02 ERA and 1.21 WHIP more than make up for it.  Okay, not more, but make up for it.  Now has seven starts since he returned to the rotation and has lowered his ERA from 3.09 to 3.02 in that time.  He’s still only owned in 19% of ESPN leagues, which is slightly crummy with crackers to me, but then again maybe ESPN owners aren’t sure if he’s in their system yet.

Adam LaRoche – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 20th homer.  As a Native American shaman who plays fantasy baseball would say, “LaRoche’s August wheelbarrows bring a feast for a thousand head-to-head coyotes.”

Ryan Dempster – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  See, Dempster, in Arlington the wind doesn’t blow out, the balls do.  If the American League is the Junior Circuit and the National League the Senior, there should be some kind of elderly laws with Seniors coming in.  Member when he was traded a few days ago and I said he might be droppable in a few weeks?  Can I amend that?  And now he gets the Sawx and Yankees next.  Welcome to the show, kid.  I wouldn’t start him anywhere until I saw at least a good game from him.

Mike Olt – 1-for-3 as he started at first base and then was replaced by Moreland.  Rangers are saying Olt’s for lefties, which is ludicrous since he’s fine vs. righties.  I’d continue to hold-slash-pickup Olt.  All he needs to do is hit a few homers and the Rangers will be playing him every day.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, Hamilton got 4 RBIs, Young got 2 RBIs… Well, let’s just say even Geovany Soto knocked in a couple yesterday.  Arlington’s August game time temperatures are “hot and no humidor.”

Corey Kluber – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Geez, compared to Kluber, Fister’s a romantic dinner date.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  I hope he gets his average up to .260 with 20 homers, so some poor stooge drafts him way too early again next year.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-5 with a slam & legs.  I avoided him this year because I didn’t buy into his 2011 at all, so I honestly wasn’t sure how poorly he was doing, just that he was doing poorly.  This was his 6th homer and 5th steal.  That is the new blech.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Hey, it’s like we just met.  And this is crazy.  But here’s my number.  Call me maybe.

C.J. Wilson – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER, 13 baserunners, 7 Ks as he faced his old team.  His walks are up a decent amount this year and his Ks are a bit down and he might be closer to a 3.50 ERA pitcher than the under 3.00 you had for the better of this year, but I’d still roll him out against everyone.  And that’s meant to hush your fuss.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-5 with his 3rd homer in the last three games.  On one hand, I want to say he’s finally back.  On the other hand, Arlington is Coors South.  On the third hand that is actually Thing from The Addams Family, Kendrys is worth playing now to see if he can continue to coast on good vibes and bad farts.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  After the game, he said he lost the game because that’s the ‘old school’ thing to do.

Mike Minor – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K as his start was shortened by rain.  Obviously, someone who owns Minor was going Head-to-Head vs. the Native American shaman.

Ross Ohlendorf – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Worst ‘dorf performance since Tim Conway phoned in “Dorf on the Couch.”

Chase Headley – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and now he goes back to Petco.  Buh-bye.

Cameron Maybin – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  I have four words for you that should be three:  Great American Ball Park.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games since I dropped him.  *sigh*  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  Hint:  He ain’t a sell.

Nate Eovaldi – 2 IP, 6 ER.  Eovaldi is obviously Italian for “You-a screw my-a NL-Only team like my sister’s mustache screw up her face.”

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks in Coors.  You got some cojones if you started him here.  Sometimes those man sacks get you into bar fights, but sometimes they pay off.

Yadier Molina – Sprained his right thumb and will get X-rays on Friday.  X-rays will be taken by his brother, Doc Ock.

Josh Rutledge – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I don’t have to tell you again to pick him up, right?  We’re good?  Cool.

Derek Jeter – Someone hacked the Yankees Facebook page yesterday and said Jeter would miss the rest of the season due to a sex change operation.  The real loser here is A-Rod.  He was gonna be all over Minnie Mantlez like a bow and arrow on a Centaur.

From Around The Web

  1. The badger says:
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    ROS Olt or Hosmer for the CI?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The badger, Hosmer

  2. Cory says:
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    Ive always found it ridiculous the sheer luck of coming into a player like straily or even olt yesterday just because they arent in the system until a completely unknown and arbitrary time. In our league we changed it to a manual system in these cases where you can drop a player and make a post saying drop morneau add straily as long as you keep the roster spot open for the time until straily is available

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Cory, Not sure if it’s arbitrary, if their not “in” the system then so be it. E$PN has most, Yahoo has a setting that you can choose when they are called up to be added or when mentioned in the articles, unfortunately they lied, always seem to leave people out even though they appear in an article. You will notice you can’t click on their name in said article. I hate to burst your bubble but this game is 50% skill and 50% luck and that’s just the way the ball bounces…..strange fantasy elitist system you got there

      • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, I actually think thats a cool idea. I mean, it’s one thing to miss a player on the wire because someone else snatched him up, but another to look for him on Wednesday night, then wait for some clown w/ a higher waiver pick to find out about him late Friday night and put the claim in. Kudos to your league there. And dude, do some reasonable math, 50% luck? You sound like Yogi Berra, there’s certainly luck involved, like minimal injuries and such, but it’s a lot more than luck to build a good team over a full season.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @BoneFace n Harmony, In my many years I have watched some very mediocre players have their season in the sun to never compete for a league title again. There are always players that have career years in MLB that makes everyone wonder what PED they took. At the end of the day we don’t swing the bat and can’t control the outcome of others stats. I use to think like that too, and I will always be competitive, but you can only do so much. For Example, if you drafted J Upton, Longo, and Lincecum in the first three picks then your team is going to suck when some other douche drafted Encarnacion and Dunn and looks like a genius. Its not that those guys aren’t ownable, but who saw their years coming and if you honestly did you have a delorean and I want a ride. Think about it some more.

    • mopar1498 says:
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      @Cory, In all football leagues in which I am commissioner, we have no waiver system and also will allow owners to post on the website for a player they want to pickup as long as they designate a player to drop. The catch is, you can’t change your mind if the guy you want ends up getting injured, etc.

      I feel the waiver system itself is ludicrous. Why should an owner get first dibs at a player just because he has the worst team in the league? Why should a guy that logs on for 5 minutes once a week just to set his roster get the best free agents over another owner who is actively involved and trying to improve his team? The hardest working and most involved owners should have the advantage.

  3. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    Who gets the cut? snider, olt, or wallace?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Prospects Anonymous, I’m in the exact same boat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prospects Anonymous, Wallace

  4. alex says:
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    Alex Gordon is admittedly not having a tremendous roto season but he has been a very solid overall baseball player in the AL

    • top20 says:
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      @alex, agree, it depends on your format I guess. Doesn’t seem like he’s doing all that much and yet he’s just outside the top20 outfielders year to date in my 12 team mixed H2H pts league at #21.

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got Straily in my keeper league farm team but, he’s STILL not in ESPNs database for me to pick up in my 16 teamer. Seriously what do these guys do all day? They must be so glued to the olympics theyve forgotten what their job entails or something.

    He must be added by tonight, surely…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @TheNewGuy, They probably never heard of him til yesterday, if your not in their top 100 prospects then you just don’t matter.

      • YoMommaSoUggla says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, The funny thing is, or not so funny, Straily was mentioned in an ESPN prospect article a couple of months ago. Unreal that he still isn’t available

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @YoMommaSoUggla, ha ha you read E$PN articles

          • YoMommaSoUggla says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate, I like to compile info from multiple sources. I also find it helpful to do the complete popeye of what Karrbell and Berry say.

  6. Jasper says:
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    Apparently, Yahoo! does not add players who aren’t on the 40 man roster (like Straily) until after their first big league start. Same happened with Matt Harvey.

    Oh, the agonies of a fantasy baseballer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jasper, It’s not true, there’s players who aren’t on the 40 man roster…

      • supra says:
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        @Grey, That used to be the reasoning until about 2-3 years ago… then they greatly increased the player pool… now there is no rhyme or reason to missing players.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya…

  7. Parsnip says:
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    I’m thinking of making Josh Rutledge my new deity of choice. Seriously, where did this guy even come from? Can anyone even prove he existed prior to July 13th? And how lucky do you have to be to get a call up to the big leagues from double-a AND you get to play half your games at Coors Field? Now if he could just magically grant himself 2B eligibility in Yahoo (and stay on a 45 homer, 27 steal pace with a ridonkulous average)…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Parsnip, Maybe Tulo didn’t leave us…

  8. nightpandas says:
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    Love the Berry roast, in my pre Razzball days I would actually attempt to read his shizz or scroll through the first 90% of it looking for something remotely related to fantasy baseball advice…

    You asked for more info yesterday on what players are going for in FAAB in my league, here is the question again….Got 99/100 FAAB bucks left. How much would you spend on Olt and Strailey (drop Anibal and Estrada). Olt would sit on my bench but potential keeper as I keep 7. Strailey could help ROS. It is a 15 team league, here are some FAAB prices:

    Harvey $68
    Middlebrooks $45
    Stubbs (was dropped early) $99

    I’ve got a 7pt lead on the field, so winning this year is priority 1, thinking Straily would be the add if I could only get one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Yup…. I wouldn’t drop Anibal in a 15 team league… Olt: $21, Strailey: $51

  9. Shitbird says:
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    God, Berry is such a tosser. I USED to listen to their podcast before the Razzball one and would pray that Berry would be on vacation. Ugh. Also, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles is his doing.

    @Grey: when you gonna bless us with a movie? And if you had to choose one of Olt or Straily for a keeper league, which would it be?

    Thanks as always for the laughs and fantasy advice. I’m hopelessly in last place but still read every day for the laughs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shitbird, Yeah, I know… Something’s supposed to go in production in October…We’ll see… Olt… Thanks for the kind words!

  10. Chris J says:
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    Farking ESPN making Grey angry. Haven’t the tards over there ever heard of Bruce Banner or Dr Jekyll?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris J, Ha

  11. Chris J says:
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    So when is Dylan Bundy getting called up…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris J, September? Next June?

  12. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: Drop Anibal, Niese or T-Huddy for Strailey, or is that allowing the hype machine to get too out of control? Whip/era are needed most. You the man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Situation, I’d drop Anibal in some leagues…

  13. Hi Grey — Deep league questions (16 teams, 5×5, redraft, roto).

    Someone just dropped Minor and Iwakuma is available … should I make a waiver claim for Minor or pick up Iwakuma? My other SPs are Bum, Matt Moore, Anibal, Gio, Garza, Medlen (I’d have to drop someone to make space … if it’s Anibal, I can afford to wait to see how he does tonight).

    Also, with Berkman’s knee acting up again, is it worth dropping him for Ludwick? If Ludwick’s gone by the time you answer, the other options are Olt and Ruggiano and Scott Hairston.

    Thanks!

    • @Enrique, for the Berkman question, Jon Jay is also available….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I’d grab Olt, Ludwick or Ruggiano…

  14. Dingbat says:
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    Ugh. Curiosity got the best of me so I read the Berry column you mentioned. He’s like the anti-Grey! His fantasy insight is pedestrian, his jokes are lame (and he makes them even lamer. Y trying to explain why they should be funny), and his grammar is sloppy! “Football is the Trout so football writing I shall”? Ten demerits!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dingbat, Ha

  15. derek says:
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    I was hoping you were going to mention that Berry piece of garbage. you know, the one where he claims to be writing an “old school” blog post?

    Anne Hathaway and Matthew Berry deserve each other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @derek, Yeah, exactly… Hathaway? Really? Really? Ridiculous…

  16. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hey sweet! Straily is available on ESPN….after a 3 day waiver period.

    Just in time to miss his first start.

    But hey, at least we got some quality Tebow coverage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Famous Burrito, Yup

  17. Charles says:
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    Berkman hurt his knee again plus he’s struggling and getting benched vs lefties. I need a 1B or 3B to pair with Miggy while Pablo works his way back from the DL. Would you drop Berkman for any of these guys?

    Frazier
    Headley
    Lee
    Morneau
    Pena
    Robot Jones
    Morales

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Kendrys, Frazier, Jones…

  18. malacoda says:
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    That Berry article was a huge turd. So was the fact that Straily wasn’t available, although ESPN had a nice article about him to make sure that every dickhead with a better waiver pick than me is fully informed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malacoda, Yeah, exactly…

  19. RussB says:
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    Grey
    Who do you see being a better Closer option in a 12 team H2H league for the rest of the season? Ryan Cook or Derek Holland?

    Ive got Cook now and only 6 more moves until I reach our limit on the year. Is it worth making a move?

    Thanks!

    Russ

    • chunk says:
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      @RussB, Cook. Unless you mean Greg Holland, in which case it’s still not worth making a move.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RussB, Hold

  20. KT_NOVA says:
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    What do you recommend doing with Carl Crawford? I’m in a 10 team league and I already have too many OFs (Elsbury, Bruce, De Aza, Revere (for SBs) and Rasmus). And I’m in desperate need of SPs. No one will come near Crawford in terms of trading, esp with rumors of TJ surgery. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KT_NOVA, I’d lose him…

  21. BERK says:
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    I’m trying to make a run & also plan for some good keepers… Drop Moustakas to grab Olt? Moose has been kind of meh. Middlebrooks is on waivers as well…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK, I’d go with Middlebrooks

  22. Racehorse says:
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    Grey,

    As a Capuano owner, do I take his pre all-star break numbers and be happy while trying to swap him with Straily via the waiver wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse, Yeah, could see that…

  23. Turk Wendell says:
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    As a paisan, I should be offended by the Eovaldi line- but I was laughing too hard.

    So what do you think about starting Anibal vs CLE today? The SON gives him a score of 114 but I just don’t feel safe sending him out there.

    Do I just buy into the mysterious juju that Rudy has wrought with the SON or do I sit him and not need to take my blood pressure meds today?

    Grazie, amico

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Ha… I’d starting Anibal, might be our last start together…

  24. Tony says:
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    straily or olt as a better prospect, deep 18 teamer?

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony, btw pitching is pretty heavily favored, i know, thats lame….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Straily for this year, Olt long term…

  25. Van Hammersly says:
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    Grey: in a vacuum (RCL-style league settings), which side do you prefer: Greinke/Markakis or Stanton/Latos? As always, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Van Hammersly, Greinke… No problem…

  26. LaserShow says:
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    Looks like its borderline from the SON stats but are we starting Lannan against the fish tonight?

    Need help in all offensive categories, who are we starting in one OF spot today? two games from Carlos Lee, Tori Hunter or Carlos Gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LaserShow, I wouldn’t start him… Gomez

  27. DaddyAoki says:
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    Straily or AJ Griffin ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DaddyAoki, Straily

  28. J Money says:
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    Pick 2 for util in a H2H league:

    Stubbs
    Konerko
    Bonifacio (double header with atlanta today)

    • J Money says:
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      OPS is a stat if that makes a difference in deciding.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Money, Not Bonifacio

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually, sit Stubbs out there since Bonifacio has a DH…

  29. Wake Up says:
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    Yesterday I googled “Improving short term memory” and ended up discovering that the red horned tobacco worm turns into the beautiful butterfly moth…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

      • supra says:
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        @Grey, He couldn’t even remember what he was searching for for 5 mins. classic.

  30. Booya says:
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    Venters or Broxton in holds league ROS?

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Venters

  31. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Bumgarner @ COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yup

  32. harkrider says:
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    trade advice. 10 team, 5×5, keeper league (we can only keep players for 3 seasons)

    This manager will not be able to keep Adrian Gonzalez (so he is interested in getting a keeper back)

    Adrian Gonzalez and (Matt Cain or Felix Hernandez)

    for Bautista and ??????

    Who else should I add to the deal to get it done?

    Here is my team

    Hitters – Mauer, Pujols, Votto, Neil Walker, Boneface, Alexei Ramirez, Lawrie, Heyward, Bruce, Bautista, Rios, Jennings, Olt,

    RP – Reed, Marmol, Phelps, Kimbrel, Clippard, Casilla
    SP – Ian Kennedy, Moore, Hanson (DL), Morrow (DL), Fiers, Fister

    We have a starts limit, so I am using Phelps at SP to help my numbers but not increase my number of starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Kennedy? Jennings? Moore?

  33. Brian says:
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    Grey,

    When you and Matthew Berry run into each other at Fantasy Baseball events, what happens?

    He must know by now that you are his #1 fan…. :-)

    Rgds,

    Brian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian, BFF

  34. harkrider says:
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    Headley, Chris Johnson, Olt, Ludwick, or Morales for ROS – UTIL spot

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider, you can add Wallace to that list too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, Johnson, Kendrys, Olt…

  35. RosterDoctor says:
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    Need some roster help with Stanton coming off the DL, 12team H2H keeper

    1. Who gets dropped to make room for Stanton:
    Mike Aviles, Salvador Perez, Mike Olt, Mitch Moreland? I’m leaning Aviles

    2. Pick two to start next week at 2B and U out of Harper, Zobrist, Kipnis.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RosterDoctor, Aviles…. Not Zobrist

  36. Miley Cyrus says:
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    Hey Grey – a couple questions for you:

    Play Ludwick vs Pit (Wandy) or Ruggiano @Wsh (Lannan/Gio DH)

    Start Anibal vs Cleveland tonight? I’m erring on the side of giving him another AL game to settle in before I play him.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miley Cyrus, Ludwick… I’m starting Anibal…

  37. Brian says:
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    I know I’m going to get killed for this, but I really think Berry knows the game, but he’s had to dumb it down so much for ESPN. You get glimpses occasionally when he talks about his original leagues with old school Roto rules. I think its easy to bang on ESPN (they deserve it most of the time) but he has to write everything towards Mixed 10 team leagues which is barely palatable if you ask me and I’ll bet in private moments Berry says the same thing. Just a thought. Carry on.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Brian, He’s an objectively poor writer and completely self-aggrandizing despite his dogged assertions that he’s “just a regular shmo,” to paraphrase. I mean, he *is* just a shmo…but his constant reminders to that effect actually underscore the ceaseless ego-stroking. He borders on Rick Reilly-level pithiness, if not exceeding it at times. I only look at his shlock because I’m in an ESPN league where everyone is probably reading the ESPN ‘pert shizz, so it is a necessary evil to know what my foe knows. Of course, I only check it out via “no-follow” links so he doesn’t get the pageviews/clicks. I’d call him a douchenozzle, but then I’d have to find all the douchenozzles in the world and apologize for besmirching their name. So, probably, I’d just buy him another box of his favorite breakfast food instead:

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ha1zrBJcxPE/S7-VVfuiFBI/AAAAAAAADPw/RadHYPPbOPs/s1600/assclown2520cereal.jpg

  38. MrHappyTime says:
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    You starting F-Her in NY today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Yup

  39. jaw says:
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    would you still use #1 waiver on olt over straily with the news hes only gonna hit vs lefties for the time being? im in a 10 team h2h keeper. i have michael young at 3b now with longo on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, I’d go with Straily…

  40. L-Boogie says:
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    12-team 5×5 roto league. This may be tomato/tomahto (or t’mayda as my dad says in his best Brooklynese) but regardless of position, who’s better RoS:

    Kemp or Pujols?

    Looking to trade for one. Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Kemp

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tough call though

  41. Booya says:
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    I have Cain and Olt at Util right now and Werth coming off the DL. Which of the 3 would you drop in a redraft league? Would your answer change for a keeper league?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Werth… Yes…

      • Booya says:
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        @Grey,

        Ha, alright who would you dump if it was a keeper league then? Just weighing my options since I want whoever is going to be best for ROS but I also don’t want to dump someone that will be a solid keeper…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Booya, Olt

  42. Sam says:
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    Allllll year Ive struggled with stupid 3rd base. And now all of a sudden there are 3 pretty great options out there!?!?!?!

    Please rank Johnson, Frazier, Olt and Plouffe ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, You ranked them…

  43. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I Am currently the 7th seed right now. I am thinking of trading longoria sano and wheeler for bautista and melky. What do you think I should do?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf michael morse
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util travis snider
    bn jordany valdespin
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p brandon lyon
    p jared hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Sounds decent…

  44. TheBravesWear Prado says:
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    I just traded Diamond and Wandy for Lincecum. Both of those guys were close to being dropped from my team anyway so I feel like its a low risk possibly high reward trade. Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheBravesWear Prado, Sounds like a solid gamble…

  45. The Burghler says:
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    12 team h2h 7×7 with ops/ks

    C Santana
    1b Miggy
    2b Kinsler
    3b Encarnacio
    Ss A. Ramirez
    Of Grandy
    Of Trout
    Of Victorino
    Util Bj Upton
    Util ?

    Options are Crawford, Morneau, Garret Jones, Markakis, Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Burghler, Jones

  46. Chillmodious says:
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    Grey,

    I know I asked you a derivative of this question yesterday, but I’d really appreciate your guidance with my rotation:

    SPs – Greinke, Anibal, Hanson (no DL space), Lynn, Minor, Detwiler, Samardzija
    RPs – Perez, Wilhelmsen, Casilla, Holland
    DL – McCarthy

    —————————-

    When games lock today, I’m dropping Samardzija for Medlen (who throws Sunday). BUT, Straily clears waivers at midnight tonight and I want to claim him (assuming I land the claim). I’m holding the line on Anibal and Hanson will take McCarthy’s DL space when the latter is activated. I also need my closers, so I can’t cut Casilla unless he’s clearly no longer getting save ops. I’m thinking I’d have to drop Detwiler or the freshly-picked-up Medlen for Straily. Please guide me through this fog! Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Anibal if his start goes poorly tonight…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thank you…but I’m completely stubborn on Anibal…if you take him out of the equation, then what?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Detwiler

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, Thanks a bunch dude. Also, hope you’re in better spirits today. My family recently lost a member nearing 130 years, and someone sent me this, which I thought was both helpful and wonderful:

            http://www.eoneill.com/texts/blemie/contents.htm

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks, man!

              • Chillmodious says:
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                @Grey, No worries. It’s a little hokey, but it helped me and I hope it helps you too.

  47. Project_Badass says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS), moves limit of 50 (Im at 32), 4-player keeper (only players after the 1st 4 rounds)

    Who would you drop to pick up Straily?

    C-Doumit
    1B- Fielder (NK)
    2B- Kinsler (NK)
    3B- A-ram (NK)
    SS- Espinosa
    MI- Bonifacio
    CI- Butler
    OFx5- Rios, Jennings, John Jay, Marte, Domonic Brown
    UTIL- Youk
    BN- Chris Young, Olt

    SP- Kershaw, Bum, Garza, Peavy, Fiers, Lynn, Holland, Cahill, Estrada, Medlen, Cecil
    RP- Soriano, Cook, Frieri, Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Estrada

  48. Charles says:
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    Whom should I sit this week (pick 1):

    Greinke @ CHW
    Anibal v CLE
    Bumgarner @ COL
    Latos v PIT
    Straily v TOR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Latos

      • Charles says:
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        @Grey, Would you sit Latos v PIT or Medlen v HOU?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Latos

  49. Charles says:
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    FYI- Stream-O-Nator lists Marquis’ team as MIN. He plays for SD now, right? I’m not sure if that factors into his score at all, but being a hodgepadre never hurts.

    • Grey

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

  50. Ray says:
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    Could you rank Olt, Ruggiano and Todd ‘Tiny Donkey’ Frazier ROS? In a league where OPS is added as a stat. Thanks in advance good sir(s)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray, Frazier, Olt

  51. The Real McCoy says:
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    Berkman is making me puke. Can’t believe I dropped the then ice cold Reddick for him (who just went off yesterday)

    Its a 12 team league H2H really need R, Avg, and Steals.

    Reddick (has to clear waivers), BJ, Chris Young, Ludwick, C. Johnson, J. Jay, Cain, Hunter, Davis, or Altuve – (can move Craig from 2B to ULT)

    Current Roster
    C- Ruiz
    1B- A Gon
    2B- Craig
    SS- A Escobar
    3B- Beltre
    IF- Encarnacion
    OF- Hamilton, Willingham, Revere
    UTL- Rizzo, Berkman
    DL- Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Johnson

  52. The Real McCoy says:
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    Also,

    Is it time to drop Milone, and/or McDonald??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Milone

  53. Anthony says:
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    Does anyone know when straily will be added to yahoo/espn ??? If he goes to waivers ill never get him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony, Waivers

  54. The Dude says:
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    I see that this question has already been posed in several different ways, but I have a slightly different wrinkle to add…

    With my #3 waiver priority, should i be submitting a claim for Olt or Straily?

    The wrinkle is that neither will help my team this year since I’ve packed it in for the season already, so this decision needs to be based on value from an 8-man keeper league (that uses OBP instead of AVG) perspective on the 2013 (and beyond) season. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Dude, Olt

  55. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m obviously sending Gio out against the Marlins, but what do you think about Vogelsong in the rare air at Coors and Anibal against the Indians?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Starting all three…

  56. Thrilla says:
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    Who are my bottom 2 starters in my 12-team H2H Y! league 7×7 w. k/9, OPS?

    J. Santana
    M. Garza
    A. Sanchez
    D. Holland
    M. Estrada
    M. Leake

    Which two are most droppable?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thrilla, Last two

  57. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Just completed a trade, and I can only keep one one for the rest of the season: Krispie or Stubbs. Team is a little speed heavy (Reyes, TROUT, Jennings, Kemp). Head-to-Head.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident, Stubbs

  58. Hank says:
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    I may need to pick up a catcher with Molina hurting. Who would you pick up out of the following: Salty, Soto, Avila, Martin, or Perez?

    Also, who would you drop of the following: Anibal, Gregerson, B. Lincoln or D. Phelps? Note that my league counts holds and I use relievers to help out with my ratios.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez… Gregerson

  59. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Straily, Corbin or Griffin over Garza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…

  60. Turk Wendell says:
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    Apologies if you’ve answered this earlier, but Does Frazier lose playing time when Votto comes back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably…

  61. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: U Have seemed to lost hope in mccalister. Would u drop him for medlen or franklin morales? H2h 12 man pts league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen

  62. kratos says:
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    Drop Pedro for Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  63. herschel says:
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    @Grey: assuming giancarlo makes his return on tuesday as planned, is he an immediate start in weekly roto leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah…

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey, pull out the trapper keeper…its almost back to school time!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, right? Where’d the summer go?

  64. Turk Wendell says:
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    Drop
    Cody Ross for Span

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need steals…

  65. Jon says:
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    Berkman, Jones or Frazier ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  66. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @ Grey

    Need to pick one to start today…

    Reddick v. Cecil
    Jennings v. Hunter
    Granderson v. Millwood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandy

  67. mhfella says:
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    Intrigued about Strailey’s stats and the je ne sais quoi about young Oakland pitchers this year. I have Harvey and Sheets. Stand pat with those two? I note that starting 8/31 if he stays in the rotation Strailey’s matchups include Boston, two against the Angels, Yankees and two against Texas.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  68. EK says:
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    Pls rank ROS H2H pts:

    Detwiler
    Corbin
    Diamond
    Blanton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detwiler, Corbin….These are kinda dependent on matchups…

  69. Grey

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

  70. JB says:
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    I’m loving all the Berry bashing up in this piece. I have no idea how anybody can stomach reading any of his material. He’s a Bill Simmons (who himself gets worse every year) hack who gives terrible advice – both fantasy and dating alike. And honestly, who would take dating advice from a guy who looks like Alfred E. Newman??

  71. jaw says:
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    is jarrod parker droppable in a 10 team mixed 5×5 keeper?

  72. Charles says:
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    12-team h2h; is Sandoval plus Latos for Bautista a fair offer?

  73. Jr says:
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    How would you rank these ROS? Ruiz, M. Montero and pierzybski? I can get Ruiz and arod for montero. Have Hanley playing third and Espinosa at short, but when arod comes back would move Hanley to short if I traded for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take the trade…

  74. JTR says:
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    Start Vogey tonight @ COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, for better or worse…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, I started Lance Lynn last night at Coors without realizing who/where St. Louis was playing. Worked out for me, but I’d be lying if I said I had the stones to throw him at Coors.

        • Chillmodious says:
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          @Chillmodious, ooh, pun point!

  75. mopar1498 says:
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    I agree totally with your comments about how ludicrous it was for ESPN to not have Straily and others available on the waiver wire. I sent 5 emails and finally made a call to them for an explanation. After 5 canned responses, the human being I finally talked to stated that they pnly place highly rated prospects on the waiver wire at the beginning of the year and apparently Straily wasn’t rated high enough. What a load of crap.

    I completely disagree with you about Berry’s articles though. Regardless of what most people think of his writing style, he has a ton of readers, including you. And that’s the whole point: To get people to read your material.

    Keep up the good work though. Razzball is a great site!

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