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Will Middlebrooks was called up to step between his brother, Donnybrook, Bobby Valentine and Youuuuuuuuuk.  Youuuuuuuuuk said, “Ow, my back hurts, I need the DL,” Valentine said, “Just wrap yourself in lavash, that makes everything better.”  Donnybrook erupted in a public place because of needling from Sawx fans and Will Middlebrooks hits a lot of homers in the minors.  Hello, Will, you be staying for dinner?  I’ve prepared a nice spot at the corner spot.  Please disregard the Rays embossed flatware that I have there; it was for someone else.  This year in 23 games in Triple-A, Middlebrooks hit 9 homers and stole three bases.  Last year, he hit 18 in Double-A in 96 games and 7 in 17 games in the low minors.  Yesterday, he went 2-for-3 and stole a base.  He strikes out way too much currently with little to no walks for him to come close to putting up a good average over the long haul.  But long hauls are why you pay movers on Craigslist.  You’re looking at short term if you lost Longoria and, for that, I say grab him in AL-Only and deep mixed leagues.  If you’re in a league where you can grab Alvarez or Chris Davis, then I’d go with them right now.  And, no, I never thought I’d be saying that a month ago.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh Beckett – Beckett will only miss one start due to his lat soreness.  Lat’s all, folks.

Mark Prior – Signed by the Red Sox.  Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent desperation.

Mat Gamel – Just when he was finally proving that with playing time he couldn’t hit, he torn his ACL and will miss the season.  Mark down 2013 as the season Gamel can truly disappoint.  With Travis Ishikawa, the Brewers planned for the worst with their 1st base backup, and by that I don’t mean they planned ahead, I mean they literally planned to have the worst backup.

Corey Hart – Due to their aforementioned planning, the Brewers hit grounders at Corey Hart, acclimating him to first.  He said, “I might sneak in there…”  What are you a ninja?  Weeks throws it over to Ishikawa– Bam!  Corey Hart just snuck in and grabbed the throw.

Ryan Braun – Might need a day or two rest after leaving yesterday’s game with a sore Achilles.  Hopefully, he doesn’t have a doctor who stutters because instructing him that he needs to “heal heel” could get confusing for all parties.

Anthony Rizzo – Cubs have discussed internally how to get LaHair and Rizzo in the same lineup.  Razzball Exclusive!  Here’s the Cubs’ inner monologue, “Well, if we agree to off Chone Figgins for the Mariners, and they agree to off Alfonso Soriano, then no one will suspect a thing.”

Bryan LaHair – He hit his 6th homer yesterday.  Hey, Cubs, don’t comb over LaHair yet!

Jeff Samardzija – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yeah, you should pick up Samardetc.  Yes, you.

Cory Luebke – Lands on the DL with elbow soreness.  I want to think good thoughts here and say he’ll be fine when his DL stint is up and he’ll only miss a few starts, but I can’t say that because he’s a pitcher with pitching elbow soreness.

Chipper Jones – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Glass Chipper said yesterday that it’s a daily decision on whether he can play or not on his knee.  And here I thought he woke up on Thursday and said, “I think I’m gonna have a sore knee on Tuesday.”

Brett Gardner – Shutdown from baseball-related activities for a few days.  No spitting or grabbing your crotch for you!

Ryan Zimmerman – In case you missed it, Zimmerman’s return date was bumped from Sunday to Tuesday.  Here’s Zimmerman at the Genius Bar, “Hey, for some reason I marked my iCal down to give me a reminder to have an injury setback every day at 2 PM, and it’s not showing up until 4.”

Roy Halladay – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  That’s like the pitching equivalent to what Pujols has been doing for the past month.

Carlos Ruiz – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 7 RBIs and his 4th homer.  7 RBIs is more than some of my teams have combined all week.  I will now squeeze myself into an industrial-sized microwave.

Kyle Seager – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  In our AL-Only team where we lost Longoria, we had Seager back him up.  With back-ups like that who needs front men?  Am I right, last man standing on Blake Shelton’s team from The Voice?  Though I’m simply rooting for “anyone but opera guy” to win.

Jed Lowrie – 3-for-4, 3 runs after hitting a homer yesterday.  You say potato, I say hot schmotato.

Chris Johnson – 4-for-4 as he DIV/0#x’d his HR total with his first 2 HRs of the year in a 6 RBI game.  He is a fantastic 3rd base play 8 times a year.  If he could concentrate that in 1 week and give me a heads up, it would be appreciated.

Kelly Johnson – It was a good day to be a Johnson as Kelly hit his 6th HR while hitting leadoff for the first time this year.  In retrospect, it’s odd that Bobby Cox hated this guy given their surnames are equally phallic.

Brett Lawrie – 0-for-4 as the Blue Jays scored 11 runs.  Ticker tease!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 9th homer.  Coincidentally, this was the 9th time I sighed this season saying, “Why didn’t I draft Encarnacion?”

Jake Arrieta – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Been having a hard time coming around on O’s starters, but Arrieta, like a true love or a really good sandwich, is giving me something to believe in.  Two weeks ago, he was in the Buy, two and a half years ago Stephen wrote about him.  Member Stephen?  His picture looked like Alf blowing a bubble.  Anyway, grab Arrieta.  It’s good for your pancreas (and fantasy baseball team).

Nick Markakis – 2-for-5 and his 3rd homer.  Sparkakis!  Never has such a good rallying call been so wasted.

Matt Harrison – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, 10 baserunners.  My sweet lord that sucks!  Hope Harrison found some inner peace while owners’ ERA and WHIP gently weep.

Jonathan Sanchez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks as he outdueled Verlander, but Crow blew the win as retaliation for Sanchez’s bullpen-taxing short outings and his pranks in the bullpen that show an odd appreciation for Rollie Fingers.

Brennan Boesch – 1-for-4 with his 4th Boesch and bomb!

B.J. Upton – Should be fine after leaving yesterday’s game with cramping.  Not the first time I’ve heard a B.J. pulling up short due to cramps.

Chris Schwinden – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. the Astros.  In the first row at Minute Maid Park was Barbara Bush or as Schwinden would call her Babraham Lincoln.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 6th and 7th homers of the year.  Yeah, and Matt Kemp poops out 6th and 7th homers for breakfast.

Jeff Suppan – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Does Hodgepadre’ing know no (stutterer!) bounds?  Apparently not.

J.J. Putz – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd blown save.  Call me when he’s got 4 blown saves like every other closer!

Justin Upton – 1-for-3 with a slam & legs.  One of the Upton’s knows how to satisfy his owners and surprisingly it’s not the one named B.J.

A.J. Burnett – 2 2/3 IP, 12 ER vs. St. Louis.  Don’t mess with the Cardinals now that they got that Albertross off their team.

Carlos Beltran – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 7 RBIs with his 6th and 7th homers.  Looks like Berkman bit Beltran and now he’s the new Zombino.

Brian Fuentes – Recorded the save because Balfour’s been ineffective and just threw 29 pitches the day before.  I speculated on Ryan Cook, because at least he’s been good, but the A’s look like they went with a known (if crappy) commodity in Fuentes.  Eh, Fuentes is just a dog with different fleas and if you think he’s good, you’ve been in the monkey house too long, as Tim Gunn would say.

Heath Bell – Zero recorded outs, blown save, ERA balloons to 11.74.  In the next week, one of two things will happen to Bell:  Cishek or Mujica will take over the closing job or he will be traded to the Red Sox.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-5 with his 3rd homer which was a walk off homer to give my man Henry Rodriguez a win.  Like I needed more reason to like Ian Desmond.  C’mon, you tantalizer!

Stephen Lombardozzi – 1-for-3, hitting .293 in the two hole.  Hold on, I wanna call Ms. Cleo of the Psychic Friends Hotline.  “Hello, Ms. Cleo?”  “Hey, child, how you doing with your fine moo-stache?”  “Good, Ms. Cleo, question for you.  What do you see happening next week with Espinosa and Lombardozzi when Zimmerman returns?”  “What a good question from such a handsome, young man!  Next week, Zimmerman will return and Lombardozzi will take over 2nd base and Espinosa will be sent–”  Sorry, I had to cut off before I was charged the extra $1.99, but she was about to say he’d be sent down.  I think Ms. Cleo’s on to something.

Jered Weaver – Threw a no-hitter with one walk and 9 Ks.  It was like he was facing nine Pujolses.

From Around The Web

  1. ruah says:
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    I grabbed Casilla the other day for some MI help but Aybar was dropped and coming off waivers tonight. Make the swap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ruah, Sure

  2. wakeNbake says:
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    no mention of my boy Giancarlo? The beast has awoken!

    Any chance that Middlebrooks (if he hits) could stay with the club when Youkilis returns?

    • longbeachyo says:
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      @wakeNbake, Uhhh, earth to wakenbake…! Obviously we are ignoring the elephant in the room in hopes of not jinxing, said elephant in the room… duh!
      —–Please disperse, there is nothing to see here——–

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @wakeNbake, Could stay with the club (and play), but I highly doubt it.

  3. JMAC says:
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    I have a dillema. I’m trying to stream a pitcher for tomorrow and have gotten the choice down to Voglesong V. Miami or Detwiler V. Arizona. They will be pitching with BrandonMorrow who ive locked. The other two are potential streamers for this spot.

    Im on ambien probably nonsensical. Vogelsong, Detwiler, Neither. Need to decide tonight.

    • Prezii says:
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      @JMAC, smyly?

      • @Prezii, Smyly’s interesting but he’s on Friday. I think JMAC is in a league where he can still pick up streamers for Thursday.

        I think Vogelsong and Detwiler are both good streamer choices in a deep league, esp. since both are better at home. But in my gut I think I’d go with Detwiler. Unfortunately, neither is available in the deep league where I need streamers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC, Voglesong

  4. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    @grey: is a know-squeeze like the junior varsity version of sentimental masturbation? (see Carlos Ruiz, [i]supra[/i]] and do you need an industrial-microwave-sized receptacle to do it into, or would a dixie cup suffice? just a question…

    also: good podcast. you should sing more often.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Ha, thanks!

  5. AJ says:
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    So Mike Stanton with his 3rd homer in 4 games. Can we all relax now?

    Sub .700 career OPS in April.
    .900+ career OPS across all other months.

    • longbeachyo says:
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      @AJ, *IGNORE*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ, Hope so

    • bean says:
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      @AJ, Shhhh! Mike is a frightened creature who tries to hide in plain sight by changing his name and wearing loud colors.

      Do not spook him back into hibernation!

  6. ‘morning Grey –

    Given the developments of the last couple of days, who do you think save speculators should focus on between Hernandez, Shaw, Cook, and Mujica? (Cishek and Fuentes are gone in my leagues).

    Can you give me a first and second choice in case one is gone?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Mujica, Cook

  7. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, anibal at the giants is an easy bet, but are you starting vogelsong opposite anibal in 12 team mixer, 1450 ip limit?

    Are you dropping Lind, rasmus or coco for Pedro Alvarez?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, I’d start Vogelsong… Coco…

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Any worry about Hanley? After his hot streak his average has been dropping steadily again. Guy looks healthy his swing though just seems too damn long…leading to lots of punchouts.

    Would you shop him for 2nd round talent if I can still get it, or do you see a hot streak around the corner.

    • Hawk says:
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      @TheNewGuy,

      Miami looks like they are on the verge of waking up as a team. I’d give Hanley some more time before shopping him.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        You concerned about Hanley though Grey? Still think he can produce the numbers you projected for him?

  9. timSTi says:
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    I have 4 DL guys (Howard, Cain, Santos, & Luebke) and only 2 DL spots. Drop Luebke for Arrieta?

    Rest of my staff is: Kershaw, Hamels, Annabell, Volquez, & Scherzer.

    10 team 5×5 keeper 1500 IP max 27 man rosters..

    • chata says:
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      @timSTi,

      drop cain , as well .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @timSTi, Drop Cain…

      • timSTi says:
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        @Grey, I was about to grab Arrieta and saw that Floyd, Capuano, & Samardjzia are available too. Who should I grab?

  10. ASAOK says:
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    Not sure if it has been mentioned, but Sandoval left last night’s game with some sort of hand injury. Sounds like it could be somewhat serious.

    • Bean says:
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      @ASAOK, Might even be a wrist injury but they will know more later today. He had a major injury recently in his right hand but this is his left now. He didn’t get XRays last night but was seen with a wrist brace…….seems like good news he did not immediately go for XRays after the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ASAOK, Yeah see that now…

  11. Joe says:
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    Trying to figure out whether to give Cozart some more time in a 10 team OBP league. Here are some FAs, take any over Cozart or wait it out?

    Alexei Ramirez, Furcal, Lowrie, Scutaro, Drew (could wait for him), Desmond, Yunel Escobar

    • artie says:
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      @Joe, I have Cozart too, but much deeper league. In a 10 teamer, I’d ride a the hot hand… Like Lowrie

  12. MisterMister says:
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    Yesterday a friend remarked that Schwinden must be German for “batting practice.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MisterMister, HA!

  13. Muchacho says:
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    12 team mixed roto 5×5:

    Do you start Bedard tonight against the Cardinals, after last nights drubbing of Burnett? Bedard has been great but Cardinals look like they might be on a roll.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Muchacho, I wouldn’t own Bedard, but if I did, I’d start him…

  14. Grey's da man! says:
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    Ruiz, Soto, Ianneta or AJ?

    • Grey

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

  15. Mike says:
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    Trade N. Cruz to get H. Ramirez? I would have Wigginton or (insert waiver-wire OF here) to play OF until Morse comes back. I currently have Gordon at SS…love the SB, getting annoyed with everything else.

    Trade, hold, or other?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Mike,

      Cruz is perenially injured. I’d say you’re selling high on Cruz and buying low on Hanley.

  16. Chunk says:
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    Chris Johnson or Lind? Thanks grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Johnson

  17. Jeff says:
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    Jeff Samardzija, Tommy Milone, Drew Smyly, or Jarrod Parker for most wins this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff, Smyly

  18. Mike says:
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    I think I had more production out of Jed Lowrie yesterday than I had out of Erick Aybar the whole year to date!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Yup

  19. Alex says:
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    @Grey
    12 team 7×7 mixed, offensive k’s are counted (unfortunately)

    Espinosa is killing me at IF. Do you think it’s time to drop him?
    FA options include: Murphy(NYM), Seager, Liddi, Walker, Escobar, Belt, Casilla, Getz, Lind, and Francisco.

    • chata says:
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      @Alex,

      (see above)
      Grey’s telling you that even his own team might cut him .

      • Alex says:
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        @chata,
        Ah yeah didn’t even see that in the Lombardozzi post.
        With that prediction in mind, which of the guys I mentioned or Lombardozzi would you choose?

        • chata says:
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          @Alex,

          you’re better off asking someone else .
          all i know is that getz doesn’t play every day , and
          though liddi does bat 4th , he does strike out a good bit .

          are you in a daily league ?
          maybe , with all of those (schmohawk) options available ,
          you should consider playing match-ups .

          my own experience with MI (including espinosa) has almost
          convinced me to draft a good MI before a power-hitting CI ,
          next year .
          but Grey , i suspect , will tell you that’s just crazy talk , and
          would recommend drafting a MI real late …. (like just before you
          draft a catcher ) .

  20. Hawk says:
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    Grey…

    What’s the deal with Shin Soo Choo? .300/20/20/90/90 up til last year. Since the DWI and injury, he looks like he’ll never buy another homer.

    Am I gonna have to put up with this all year? Should I cut bait on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk, Yeah, I feel ya… I’m concerned about him…

    • mrobs says:
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      @Hawk, I dropped him yesterday for Campana… but i only took him because he fell a bunch of rounds in my draft.

  21. Tony says:
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    more worried about Braun or Pablo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Pablo

  22. Steve says:
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    NEED HELP EVERYONE!

    I’m getting offered

    Hosmer & D. Jennings
    for
    Adrian Gonzalez

    I could certainly use the additional OF…I’m starting Campana/Crisp (platoon-style). Should I pull the trigger???

    • Cole says:
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      @Steve, I like it, especially if this is a keeper league

    • Hawk says:
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      @Steve,

      I’d do that in a heartbeat and in a half a heartbeat if it’s a keeper league.

  23. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Ruiz or Salty?

    Drop Espinosa (2B/SS) for: Tejada, Peralta, Walker, Andino, Casilla, Lombardozzi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Ruiz… Lombardozzi…

  24. Cole says:
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    Man the Friars have had a lot of injuries this year. Now that Jeff Suppan cemented his rotation spot yesterday I wonder if they will see about Dave Burba’s availability for Luebke’s spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, HA!

  25. Mike says:
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    Trumbo,Saunders,reimhold(if healthy)
    Off of waivers
    Need OF
    Standard league
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Reimold

  26. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @grey, I”m feeling pretty obliqued in the ass this year by owning Morse, Lubeke, and Mad Max. Glad I passed on Longo. I guess this is more of a statement then a question…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, I don’t like the opera guy either. I’m feeling very Jamared right now about my team. I think that is more fitting for how I feel. You know being better than most and getting screwed because you ended up on/with the wrong team.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        Jack Full of Hate, wow when I read my correction/update, it makes it look like I’m having a conversation with my self, how crazy is this guy.

        • beardcrabs says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, shouldn’t be mad about Luebke, he’s been solid so far…

  27. CL says:
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    Grey:

    Lost Longoria this week. Thought I was super clever to be sitting on Sandoval… any word on what has happened to him now?!

    Am I staring at Jed Lowrie… really?! Chipper is on the wire…?! Polanco?! aye, aye, aye… who would you grab?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL, No word yet… Lowrie…

    • CL says:
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      @CL, By the way, Middlebrooks and Davis are already owned.

      So, Chipper? Lowrie? Polanco? Kyle Seager??

  28. Jack says:
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    Gallardo sucks. That is all.

    • Steve says:
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      @Jack, Amen. And I thought to myself, ‘Oh Gallardo is a nice safe pitcher here”

  29. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Grey. Who would you rather have in a 10 team AL-Only league with limited roster moves: Middlebrooks or Viciedo? Positional scarcity isn’t a factor in this case.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto, Middlebrooks

  30. Jay says:
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    Trying to acquire a mid-tier SP – looking at Anibal – what do you think from here on out for Anibal? And is he worth dealing someone like Cuddyer for?

    • artie says:
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      @Jay, mid-tier? Sanchez has been fantastic. And that park makes him that much sweeter.

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @artie, anibal currently has the highest k/9 out of all SP’s… might need to give up a little more…

  31. Matt says:
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    Is Lance Lynn for real or should I try to sell high? I got offered Tommy Hanson for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, He’s not a 1.50 ERA SP. I’d take Hanson, though don’t love him.

  32. Sweeney says:
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    I have traded Stanton, so don’t worry about the jinx. Anti-jinx has been applied.

    Longoria to the DL, no good CI options available (no davis or alvarez), and an excess of SBs on my team thanks to one Jason Heyward. So I traded Stanton, Stubbs, and C Santana for McCann, Freeman, and Pence. I lost the trade unless Stanton’s knee and the Miami ballpark turn out to be a problem, so rest assured he’s fine.

  33. Booya says:
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    Cishek or Thornton?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Cishek

  34. OutWithTheOld says:
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    Give Beltre + Headley, get Lawrie + ACraig/Choo/KMorales? 12team H2H keeper points. I have Moustakas/Aviles/Arenado left at 3B and Boesch/Gordon/Werth/Zobrist/Harper/Trout/Ellsbury/Young in the OF. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OutWithTheOld, Lawrie

  35. Chillmodious says:
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    WTF?!?! Usually I expect this kind of headline-stealing douchebaggery from ESPN, not Rotoworld, but did you see the headline of their lead column from this morning? (Published AFTER this post, I might add):

    http://rotoworld.com/articles/mlb/40460/13/stuck-in-the-middle-with-youk

    This Patrick Daugherty character should just go intern for Matthew Berry.

    Viva La Razzball! (or “El” Razzball, for the non-4-girl readers)

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Chillmodious, Awesome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Hehe

  36. Denys says:
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    Samardjia, Capuano, Miley (Wade), or Gavin Floyd for the rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Denys, Capuano

      • Denys says:
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        @Grey, that’s what i figured too… miley and floyd are really afterthoughts, it was between Samardjia and Capuano. Glad you confirm my suspicions.

  37. chata says:
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    until Grey shows up , let’s list our non-injured disappointments .

    i’ll start :
    hosmer
    maybin
    cano

    hopefully , by doing this , some karma-krap will be lifted .

    • Jack says:
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      @chata,

      See my pitching staff.

      Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Marmol, Max Scherzer

      • chata says:
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        @Jack,

        not sure that there’s enough anti-karma-krap in the universe
        to help you out with marmol .
        but , it’s worth a try .

    • RK says:
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      @chata, Giancarlo and Reyes

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @chata, Lind, Phillips

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @chata, POO HOLES.

      • mrobs says:
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        @Poo Holes, Pujols, McCutch, Cano, Votto…

        So bascially all my number 1 and 2 picks in both my cash leagues.

    • LJ says:
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      @chata,
      Bautista
      Lind (but I dropped him yesterday)
      Choo
      Stubbs
      Cruz

      and on the pitching side:
      Latos

      Ugh.

  38. Kevin says:
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    I picked up Middlebrooks yesterday but had to take Seager out of my lineup and then drop him to do it.

    Son-of-a-Ditch!!

    • Steve says:
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      @Kevin, +1 for sonofaditch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin, Ha!

  39. Jack says:
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    Ozzie seemed to indicate that Cishek would be taking over closing responsibilities.

    http://www.sulia.com/channel/baseball/f/e7669dbb-b7b8-481f-982b-907eba134917/?source=twitter

    Who should I drop for him, or stand pat?

    h2h 12 team with yahoo scoring
    C: Yadier Molina
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Hanley Ramirez
    3B: Chris Davis
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Desmond Jennings, Adam Jones
    UTL: Mike Trout, Bryan LaHair
    Bench: Paul Goldschmidt, Evan Longoria
    2SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    2RP: Carlos Marmol, Jim Johnson
    4P: Matt Moore, Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Jamie Garcia, Justin Masterson, Derek Holland, Jarrod Parker
    DL: Chase Utley, Brett Gardner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, I’d lose Utley

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Grey, he didn’t actually say Cishek is taking over… My hunch after watching last nights game is Mujica will be the closer… Cishek’ stuff isn’t very dominating, looks more inclined to producing groundball’s and getting out of jams…

  40. RK says:
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    I still can’t get excited for any Oriole. Remember last year, two weeks into the season, ESPN proclaiming ex-Seinfeld extra Buck Showalter a miracle maker after they started off actually winning a few games? How’d that work out for them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RK, Yup

  41. Jesus Montero for Mike Trout – Dynasty League

    would you make this trade Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, It’s fair… I’d prefer Trout.

  42. Jon says:
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    Own Cishek over HanKRod, Casilla?

    Own Arrieta over Cahill, Lilly, Scherzer?

    Keep three of Chris Davis, Ike Davis, Luke Scott, Reimold, Rasmus…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, No… Maybe over Lilly… Not Ike or Reimold…

  43. Raoul Youk says:
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    ” Stuck In The Middlebrooks With Youk” – Best part of Youk going on the DL. Thanks Grey.

    12 man QS roto league: Bertard @ Stl today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raoul Youk, Rudy came up with the title. I’d start Bedard if I owned him.

  44. Holmes says:
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    Pedro or Chris Davis? Personally, I drafted Pedro last year, and he was a debbie downer, but I think I’d like some redemption from him. Or is Davis to hot right now? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Davis

  45. Wilsonian says:
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    Cishek or Hector?

    And like some others above, stick with Crash or vote for Pedro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Hector

      • Hardcore Midget says:
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        @Grey, Crap. I just pulled the trigger on Cishek, dropping Santiago, figuring he was about to lose his job to Reed or Thornton. Ah well, SAGNOF.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s fine…

  46. mc serch says:
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    Dooooode…..morning…..we starting Bedard ag. Cards tonight? I’m thinking not as Cards are mashing….
    Also, Volquez, Capuano and Cahill (hereinafter “parties of the first part”) are giving me the parade wave on waivers (hereinafter “parade waivers”) and I’m rocking Bass, Detwiler, Milone and Niese (hereinafter “parties of the second part”) at the ass end of my starting rotation (also known as “the majority of my starting rotation”)….should I drop any of the parties of the second part for any of the aforementioned parade waivers who comprise the parties of the first part?
    Yours etc.
    Serch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch, Doode, morning. HA! Volquez, Capuano and Cahill over everyone but Milone…

      • mc serch says:
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        @Grey, wow! wasn’t expecting to take on the whole float of parade waivers! Thanks!

  47. Chupacabra says:
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    Drop Daniel Hudson for Jeff Samardzija?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chupacabra, No

  48. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    12 tm nl only league… you’re not dropping espinosa for lombadrozzi are you? i paid a shit ton of $$ for him in our NL only auction.

    if i wait till he gets sent down, i can reserve espinosa and then hopefully pickup lombadrozzi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, I’m not…

  49. Booya says:
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    Trade Scherzer for Drabek in keeper league?

    • Booya says:
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      Or wait to see if Scherzer has figured something out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, I’d make that trade, but could go either way, no slam dunk.

  50. Pefacommish says:
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    Cishek update from AT&T Park:

    Heath Bell came into the game to close out a 2-0 game and left leading 2-1 with runners on first and third with NO outs. Cishek may have the BS otter his name in, but he was brilliant. The tying score came on a perfect squeeze bunt Gregor Whiteo. After Giancarlo lasered one into the bleachers, Cishek closed out a perfect 10th with 2 Ks and a weak pop fly.

    Has the Bell been wrung?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pefacommish, Nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, Hmm…

    • Feeding the Abscess

      Feeding the Abscess says:
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      @Cahhhhh-stanza, I don’t know, man. Doc’s velocity is down, and he’s not throwing a mix of four-seam, two-seam, and cutter anymore. It’s pretty much just cutter now. If you’re going to lose 2 MPH you can’t also become more predictable.

  51. FD says:
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    Rudy/Grey,

    Best podcast ever last night, the Longoria sequence had me laughing non-stop!

    kudos!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Thanks!

  52. TBone says:
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    1) Does Kendrys get to the point this year where he plays day in and day out? I’m weighing a deal of him for Berkman (since dual eligible at OF). I know the alleged depth of the Angels and the need to keep Vernon Wells’ bat is an issue for the Sciosciapath.

    2) Was I the only one that cringed when Morales got into the post game “celebration mob”? The Angels need to file a restraining order restricting him from being within 500′ of those things.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TBone, 1) Nope 2) Ha!

  53. Pochuker says:
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    VENT: Holy Crap! I feel like my team was the victim of a terrorist attack the last two days! Longoria and Luebke one day followed by the dreaded fllood of “red marks” last night! Braun,Upton,Sandoval in one night? Oh did I mention Morse hasnt played this year yet? There I was sailing along kicking everyones ass in my big money league –now its survival time! Got to love
    Fantasy Baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pochuker, Nice rant…

  54. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. Injuries have decimated my team. I figure this year is looking pretty bleak. Anyway I just got offered anibal sanchez for my ubaldo and motte. Sucks losing motte, but i am barely winning that cat anyway. Do I take this deal?

    c jp arencibia
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b evan longoria
    inf prince fielder
    lf carlos lee
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of vernon wells
    util mat gamel
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    Bn leonys martin
    dl carl crawford

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp jason hammel
    sp ubaldo jiminez
    sp jon lester
    rp jason motte
    rp matt throton
    rp matt reynolds
    rp matt capps
    p scott downs
    p brad peacock
    bn aaron harang
    bn scott downs
    bn garrett richards
    bn blake beaven
    bn brian matusz
    dl cliff lee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, I’d take Anibal

  55. airweino says:
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    Need to replace Olivo as my #2 catcher (Avila is my #1). Who do you take from the best options available:

    AJ Ellis
    Nick Hundley
    Josh Thole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @airweino, Hundley

  56. J-Bird says:
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    First of all… Amen to “rooting for anyone but opera guy.” That comment was simply awesome. I wish I voted for Christina’s creepy girl Bon Iver performance… it was awesome… but it is not awesome to vote for a reality singing competitions. It is awesome to watch and still be too awesome to vote.

    On to baseball… which is the awesomest.

    H2H League (10 Teams)
    Bat Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    The lack of power and number of caught stealing attempts from Rios this season is making me wonder if he’s worth it. Drop him for Luke Scott or hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Bird, And it’s still awesome to talk about watching a reality singing competition too! I’d hold Rios.

  57. Josh says:
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    When is it time to consider dropping Youk? These back injuries seem chronic. I managed to pick up both Alvarez and Davis (since my previous 3B and UT were Youk and Morneau). My bench is pretty much entirely filled with DL’d guys and in weekly H2H leagues I’m losing Ws and Ks because i don’t have enough bench pitchers. My DL has Howard, Krispie Young, Youk, and Santos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh, Can lose him in some leagues.

  58. Turk Wendell says:
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    Great podcast yesterday. Seriously the highlight of my fantasy week.

    Are you starting Masterson today v White Sox?

    • mrobs says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Agreed! The podcast has become my favorite part of Razzball!

      And I don’t usually listen to podcasts… but when I do, i choose the Razzball podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, @mrobs, Thanks!

      @Turk Wendell I’d start him, but his time is just about out.

  59. The Real McCoy says:
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    Do you start Dempster today @ Cin?

    Do you bench Gallarado until he preforms or start shopping him? What can I get for him at this point?

    Also I currently have Berk and ELong on the DL. Picked up Bryan LaHair and Luke Scott. Who else should I pick up for 6-8 weeks of insurance? Goldschimdt, T. Hunter, Reimold, or Lowrie

    Thanks, Gray
    – your BJ Upton observation made me spit my coffee out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, I’d sit Dempster… Gallardo was terrible last April and he still had a good season. Hunter… Thanks!

  60. The Real McCoy says:
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    Grey,

    Chris Davis is also available….See above

  61. mrobs says:
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    Good morning grey, do you think it’s smarter to handcuff Fuentes to Balfour or drop one of them for Cishek? And if so, which one?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs, Lose Fuentes for Cishek…

      • mrobs says:
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        @Grey, Spanks!

  62. bean says:
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    Thoughts on this trade……

    His Justin Upton/Brandon Crawford for my Ethier/Torres/Lohse

    Need a SS and wanted Upton and have Cain, Gio, Vogelsong, Westbrook, Lincecum as my remaining starters with Casilla, Cishek and D. Hernandez as RP.

    12 team NL Only Roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Upton side…. It’s not close…

      • bean says:
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        @Grey, Should I feel bad about him accepting it? Feel like I should donate $5 to the march of dimes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  63. nycs10011 says:
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    Grey,
    Unending saves headache continues. Who you think is a better bet: Cishek or Thornton?

    Thanks for all the advice!

    • nycs10011 says:
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      @nycs10011,

      Just saw you answer this one above.

  64. Purewater says:
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    Better side of this this trade?

    Halladay/Pierzynski or Greinke/Posey

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Greinke

  65. The Vaporizers says:
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    In a league with limited moves and limited bench space because IP is a category so I keep zero bench hitters. My utility spots have been a weakness for me with Logan Morrison and Pedro Alvarez currently filling the void. Allen Craig is available and Mike Trout was just dropped. Which 2 out of those 4 players do you like best for the ROS knowing that they will have to be in my lineup everyday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Vaporizers, Trout, Morrison…

      • The Vaporizers says:
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        @Grey, Thanks, friend.

  66. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Boesh, Alvarez, Goldschmidt or Reimold for a UTIL spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boesch

  67. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    in my question above, its h2h where ks are bad

  68. wctip says:
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    Downs and (Thornton or Reed) for Latos or Colby Lewis

    Any thoughts on Latos and Lewis for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Latos…

  69. Ace says:
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    Is it Derrek Lee time in Brew-town? Any value there — he sure hit well with the pirates to close out the year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh

  70. Jared says:
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    Would you drop Rios for Luke Scott? Rios is my backup OF in a 12 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s close… I wouldn’t…

  71. Jay says:
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    @Grey what do you think?

    • Jay says:
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      @Grey Question is Cuddyer for Anibal? Similar value?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Anibal…

  72. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Maybe the reason why Hallday left an upper-decker on my team last night?

    Roy Halladay (personal) is expected to return Friday.
    Halladay was excused from the Phillies following his Wednesday night start to attend to a private family matter. But he won’t be gone for more than 48 hours. The 34-year-old right-hander has registered a 3.40 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 29/10 K/BB ratio across 42 1/3 innings this season. He’s scheduled to take on the Mets on Monday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yeah, could be…

  73. schlitzy says:
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    On the podcast when you were talking about getting a sound bite of “SAGNOF” in a sultry voice, I got a great idea. SAGNOF cologne – “what does speed, scrappiness and no power smell like? SAGNOF.” Think about the endorsement possiblities, bourne, pierre (for the older crowd), campana (for the Italians) – the possibilities are endless.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @schlitzy, This reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s line about the new “Yankees Cologne” the other night: “It’s a cologne made up of the best parts of all the other competing colognes.” Classic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, I like it! SAGNOF — “When you ain’t got no face.”

  74. Rags says:
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    Is there a razzball fanduel this week? You guys are always hiding those links.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags, When they get it to us, we get it to you…

      • Rags says:
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        @Grey, K. cool, thx. Really enjoy them.

  75. Eric says:
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    which pitcher do you like more out of Jeff Samardzija, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano, Joe Saunders, Danny Duffy, Jason Vargas

    W ERA WHIP K/9 QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric, Samardzija

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey, thanks added samardziji had an open roster spot. Would you drop Mike Minor for any of the other starting pitchers. Maybe im over thinking with him but he didnt look very good last start against pitt

  76. Ferris says:
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    Tommy Hanson or Lance Berkman in an NL-only vacumn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ferris, Hanson

  77. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey Hey now, I own copyrights to that term until it’s put in the Glossary! <————you know which term

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigFatHippo, HA! That’s right… Need to add it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigFatHippo, Added!

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, No worries, but cool!

  78. Jon says:
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    I’m setting my pitching for the weekend… sit or start?

    Drabek @ LAA Sat
    Scherzer @ CHW Sat
    Cahill @ NYM Sun

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Jon says:
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      Actually Max is at home vs. Chicago. Not sure if that really makes any difference…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Start, sit, start

  79. JD says:
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    would you drop sergio santos for steve cishek at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JD, Nope

  80. GTS says:
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    Which side? Lincecum for Anibal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Anibal

      • @Grey, Wow, I didn’t realize Lincecum’s stock had fallen so low. Good for me, though … I don’t own him and I do have Anibal on both my teams.

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, wow really… thats interesting. I like seeing your take on things like this more than anything, kinda why i browse peoples questions.

        Is it more of how high you are on anibal or how you think linces value has declined?

  81. Grape Soda says:
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    Hey God!!

    Got offered 2 trades today:

    Trade #1:
    My Grandy Man for:
    –Goldschmidt
    –Kuroda
    –Aceves

    *I am in need of saves and holds, but I also REALLY don’t want to lose a power bat. My pitching is pretty good without Kuroda.

    Trade #2:
    My Tabata for:
    –Morneau

    *Morneau is coming off inflammation injury, and I am brutally thin at OF. Is this even a consideration?

    Also should I start:
    –Dempster @ CIN (Bailey)

    Thanks man!!

    • K!cks says:
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      @Grape Soda,
      trade 1: yuck
      trade 2: lateral leaning blah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grape Soda, Hey, not God, #1 — not good, #2 No — I’d sit Dempster in his first start back…

  82. jaw says:
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    drop reimold for one of these of? 10 team 5×5 h2h. jon jay, parra, tabata, ross, wells, presley, kubel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Parra

  83. ChillmanCometh says:
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    Do I drop Milone or Bass to pick up Samardjiza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChillmanCometh, Bass

  84. royce! says:
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    Read that Braun’s injury was actually sustained on Tuesday night when he was sliding into a base, so probably nothing to worry about.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Ha… Yeah…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @royce!, Yes it was sliding into second. Almost identical to Longoria’s slide. Caught the back leg on the bag. But, didn’t get tangled up with the SS like Longo. We need to go back to the Pete Rose head first slide in order to avoid injuries…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up, Or have a cardboard cutout of Ray Fosse at each base to cushion slides.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Grey, There is no off-switch for the Hustle Machine. I still say it was a clean play. I actually just got Rose’s autograph a couple months ago…pretty fair price too…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wake Up, He’ll work with you on a price…

            • paddytwotimes says:
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              @Grey, Burn.

  85. Who’s your pick as a streaming option in a 14-team 6×6 roto league between Smyly (vs. CHW, Peavy), Vargas (vs. MIN, Pavano), and Bass (vs. MIA, Johnson)? I’ve got a pretty good pitching staff but have so far been weak in Ws, Ks, and ERA.

    Also, how nervous would you be about Tim Hudson @COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Vargas… I wouldn’t start Hudson at COL.

  86. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Dan Haren and HankRod or Phillips and Rios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nuke LaDouche, Phillips, but fair…

  87. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @ grey, I need to add a starter and am very intrigued by Anthony Bass, any thoughts

    with Reimold uncertain and Crisp headed to the DL for an earache (I have Morse on the DL now with Lubeke DL’d and only one DL slot) I need to drop one of the three, Reimold, Crisp, or Boesch, also I lead my league in steals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Hodgepadre… Lose Crisp…

  88. Project_badass says:
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    5×5 roto, non-keeper

    Lost Youk at my CI spot, out of these scrubs, who would you pick up:

    Lind, Belt, Hannahan, Middlerooks, Polanco, Seager, Liddi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_badass, Middlerooks

  89. bats says:
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    Drop C. Lee for AuShizz?

    Drop Reimold for Alvarez?

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bats, Eh… I’d hold on both…

  90. Crumpy says:
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    Hey,

    5×5 12 team roto

    would you drop JD Martinez or Cody Rasmus for either Reddick or Parra? I have Morse and Gardner on the DL, so this move is short-to-mid-term.

    Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crumpy, Rasmus for Parra…

  91. bean says:
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    Pablo confirmed to have a broken bone in his hand. Hamate bone connected to the DL bone.

    Last year he missed 6 weeks with the same injury.

    psssssstttttt………..sound of my team deflating.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Wow… Dropping like flies…

  92. Ciao Grey — Goldschmidt and Ike Davis were both just dropped in my 14-team roto league. Would either be an upgrade for me at the UTIL slot over Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, No

  93. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Now, with Sandoval’s injury, I’ve lost Longoria in three leagues, Panda in three also, and Gamel in five leagues, including all three of them in one league. All in the last few days. FMFBBL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo, Damn

  94. B.o.B says:
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    Castro finally puts one over the wall they put up in the outfield prior to the game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Ha!

  95. mrobs says:
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    Goodbye panda, hello pedro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrobs, Yup

  96. WhineSpritzer says:
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    How’s everyone doing with your Nate Schierholtz mania? That 1 for 25 patch making you all feel savvy? Ha!

  97. jaw says:
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    longoria in one league and pablo in another, fml

    which of these to replace pablo

    chris johnson, seager, wiggington, valencia, ian stewart, ryan roberts, morel, betemit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, Johnson

  98. Wilsonian says:
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    BJ Upton claiming that his leg isn’t tight anymore and he could come off the bench today, and fully expects to play tomorrow. Meaning he’ll probably hit the DL as my team is going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Ha

  99. OaktownSteve says:
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    Break up Bryan LaHair!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, HA!

  100. Wilsonian says:
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    LaHair!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Nice

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Wish the Cubs would put someone on base ahead of him. I’ve got a steep mountain to climb this week facing Beltran (stupid Zombino) and CarGo.

  101. Adam says:
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    Matt Moore,lohse,or billingsley ROS???
    Need to keep one
    Thanks

    • Sam Tingey says:
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      @Adam, Moore

  102. FuzzyD says:
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    who you think is gonna fill in for Panda? Arias? He worth a pickup for Gamel?

    • FuzzyD says:
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      Or maybe Giavotella? (Have CI covered kinda)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FuzzyD, Maybe Arias… He has some steals, but not very good…

  103. Ryan says:
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    Jd Martinez or Cuddyer ROS?
    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Cuddyer

  104. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    I fucking hate Bryan LaHair. I was 2 minutes away from grabbing him on Sunday before his game went off and locked my roster. Sure enough, he gets taken the next morning by the guy Im playing this week and has homered freaking 3 times already.

    • jaw says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, lahair has a 35% hr/fb% which he wont be able to sustain but definitely sucks missing out on him while hes raking

  105. FD says:
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    More saves rest of season,

    Downs or Cishek

    Is it even close?

    ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Cishek, it’s close right now…

  106. MIke says:
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    Matt Moore.Josh Johnson or Lance Lynn ROS?
    THanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MIke, Moore

  107. 3FingersBrown says:
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    @Grey, Looks like Panda will be out for 6 weeks with the broken bone in his hand. Sad Panda!

    H2H counting AVG and OBP who do you like to fill in at 3B?

    Seager
    C. Johnson
    Wiggy
    Crapolanco
    MMD

    I’m leaning towards Seager.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Arias is around too but I need pop more than speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Wiggy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, Full disclosure, Rudy just picked up Seager…

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. The more I think about it, the more I agree with taking Wiggy. He’s hitting the ball well and has a better home park. Plus Seager may see a hit in playing time with Carp back.

  108. Sam says:
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    Down goes Pablo… Should I drop Lowrie or Alcides Escobar to make room for Alvarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, Escobar if you don’t need steals…

  109. pseudokiwis says:
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    I need to drop one, so who is likely to get the fewest saves over the course of the year (K9 instead of K):

    Iwakuma
    Perkins
    Downs
    Crow
    Strop
    Howell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pseudokiwis, Iwakuma

      • pseudokiwis says:
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        @Grey, thanks!

  110. Chunk says:
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    soto or pierz ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Soto

  111. Wake Up says:
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    I’m surprised there wasn’t more of a mention of Weaver’s no-no. I’m happy for him. But, I’m more happy for his Dad’s mullet. It seemed so shiny and happy and proud!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, It did seem to go under the radar, not just here… Maybe cause it was so late PST.

      • 3FingersBrown says:
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        @Grey, I was watching the (Hockey) Rangers in that 3 OT playoff thriller… NBA playoffs are going on too. Flipped over to the Angels game after the Rangers won, saw the score in the 8th and turned it over to the SF game – not realizing he had a no-no going.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @3FingersBrown, Ha… Oops…

  112. OaktownSteve says:
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    What is the deal with the Cardinals and this ’27 Yankees act they’re putting on daily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, They lost the Albertross.

  113. mauledbypandas says:
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    Rank these SS for standard 12 teamer (RCL) ?

    Desmond, Cozart, Hardy

    Also, did I totally miss the podcast post yesterday or is there not one this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mauledbypandas, You missed it… Scroll down… Cozart, Desmond…

  114. captainpyper says:
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    need to drop one of these four…Maybin, Wells, Jaime Garcia or Drabek?

    OFs pence, zobrist, melky, reddick, sparkakis

    SPs Cain, Yu, Shields, Sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @captainpyper, Wells

  115. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I have Rios on my bench. Should i drop him and his boring production for someone like Seager to plug in at SS while Cozart figures shizz out, or grab someone like Goldschmidt, Parra, Alvarez, Johnson, Saunders, Boesch, Joyce, Scott?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Boesch

  116. FD says:
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    These rankings correct?

    Parker, Nicasio, Milone, Scherzer

    Scherzer worth owning in 12 team 5×5 H2H?

    ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FD, Milone, Scherzer, Parker…

  117. Tony says:
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    wow dealing pablo sandoval on sunday along with beachy for Braun, is turning out alright…. it was good before, now its a great move (pats self on back)….. get healthy braun braun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Nice

  118. harrrr says:
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    werth/nathan too much for Jennings, am i right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harrrr, I’d want Jennings…

  119. Chunk says:
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    ichiro or jesus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Montero

  120. Schwab Stumped says:
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    Grey – longtime reader, first time commenter here! Need some help at corner infield with injuries to Youuuuk and Longoria.

    Trying to buy Hosmer, but is Huston Street and Lance Lynn too much to give? I like Lynn but no way he keeps this rediculous pace, right? Street is bound to hurt himself brushing his teeth in the mornings too!

    Keep up the great work guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab Stumped, It’s not too much to give… Thanks!

  121. Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL) says:
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    Read my horoscope in the LA Times today and my lucky numbers were 1 and 2.

    Steve Lombardozzi wears #1, and bats in the 2-hole. It is an omen. I picked up SL.

    Grab him fast in all your leagues. 3B/2B eligible and may get 25-30 steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fuij (Fausto or Roberto? RCL), Ha!

  122. Guy in my friends league still eagerly trying to move Tex, now he wants an OF Guess his Met-fanness is coming out. Desmond Jennings is pretty hot right now and in that league (its HtH and OPS is a cat) his speed isn’t as big a factor, thinking of offering him. I’m kinda sick of Michael Young as my 1b tho I suppose he’s doing better than a lot of em. It would leave me a tad light on OF but if Krispie can come back in a few weeks I’d be fine there. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Sounds decent for you…

      • @Grey,

        Thanks, sent off the offer.

  123. charlie batch says:
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    what are your projected jerome williams stats ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @charlie batch, 4-ish ERA, bleh…

  124. higgins42 says:
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    Drop Hansen for Hellickson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @higgins42, Eh

  125. Kaiser Soze says:
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    Bruce or Dread Pirate for RoS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kaiser Soze, Bruce

  126. Poo Holes says:
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    Apparently Ryan Webb is being thrown into the Marlins closer shituation, for those who haven’t picked up Cishek Cishells by the Cishore.

    Now time for a mini rant, if anyone wants to throw in their 2 cents: My pitching staff isn’t all that horrible. On paper, Gallardo is my top guy. Somehow I’m first in wins, second in strikeouts and dead last in ERA. I technically can’t use the “it’s still April” excuse, but does anything need to be done here? I have Gallardo, Shields, Romero, Beckett, Minor, Drabek, and Milone. My relievers are Valverde, Rodney, Jansen, and Cishek. It’s a 10 team keeper so I also have Shelby Miller and Jameson Taillon stashed, and there are the usual suspects on waivers of guys like Kuroda, Buchholz, Liriano, McCarthy, etc. Package a couple guys to get a #1? 1500 IP limit and I’m projected to be about 50 over at this point. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Nice rant… I think you can use April for Gallardo, he was bad last April too and you still drafted him as your top guy. Shields, Beckett and Romero I had problems with in the preseason, still do, see rankings…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, @Grey, Actually, I didn’t even draft him, ha. Picked him up in a trade last year and the other guys were just kept from the year before. Somehow I swept all the pitching categories except saves, which I came in second. Would you sign off on offering two of those guys for St. Rasburg or Price? Too much? Not enough?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Poo Holes, I’d take Price or Strasburg, in that order…

  127. The Real McCoy says:
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    DEMPSTER YOU SONAVABENCH!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Damn…

  128. wctip says:
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    thoughts on this trade in a keeper league.

    Fielder and Cano for Lawrie and Votto

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @wctip, I’ll take the Fielder side. Cano will come around.

      • wctip says:
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        @3FingersBrown, I agree that Cano will come around. I also have Uggla to slide in to my 2B spot. I lose Fielder after this season and I can only keep Cano for 1 more year. This way I get Votto and Lawrie for 3 more years. Does that change anything or not?

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @wctip, In that case, I’d take Votto and Lawrie. 3B is tougher to fill.

          • wctip says:
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            @3FingersBrown, what about changing it to

            Fielder, Cano, and Werth

            for

            Votto, Lawrie, and Desmond Jennings

            My other OFer’s are (CarGo, Bruce, Heyward, Campana, and Rios)

            • 3FingersBrown says:
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              @wctip, Jennings > Werth

              • wctip says:
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                @3FingersBrown, he offered

                Fielder, Cano and Werth

                for

                Votto, Lawrie and Morse

                Any thoughts?

              • wctip says:
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                @3FingersBrown, another thought

                Fielder, Cano, and Thornton

                for

                Votto, Lawrie, and Hanrahan

  129. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Bedard kinda looks like Phil Anselmo, former Pantera singer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @3FingersBrown, HA!

  130. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thoughts on giancarlo? sell high or sigh of relief?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @herschel, Sigh

  131. Steve says:
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    Effing Homer Bailey. I don’t think I’ve had a single good start out of that guy.

    Ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, I hear ya… Keeps pulling you back in…

  132. Eddy says:
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    I love it when a manager has as much a hard-on for a player as his fantasy owners do. Bryce Harper is batting third.

    Grey, rest of season, whom do you like: Josh Hohnson or Lance Lynn (or JJ-LL for short)

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, Josh Johnson*. Hohnson sounds like his honky-tonk brother from Nebraska.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Johnson in most leagues…

  133. Eddy says:
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    Also, MarmLOL is at it again. Gave up one run, bases loaded no outs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yikes

  134. Eddy says:
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    Aaaaaaand McCutch suffered some sort of injury. Will update ASAP.

    This makes the Pirates 100% stream approved.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, What happened?

  135. schlitzy says:
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    Dolis on the way in to replace Marmol who is just awful. Surprised I am not stuck with him on one of my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Yeah, total mess…

      • dingbat says:
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        @Grey, Stupid Dolis couldn’t have lost the game in the 9th inning instead of the 10th? Cost me a win for Marshall!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @dingbat, He doesn’t like you. Don’t kill the messenger!

  136. Steve says:
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    Heh. Not so much as a Hold for Marmol. My opponent has him, you see…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Hehe

  137. John says:
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    Marmol straight up sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Terrible

  138. Daniel says:
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    Pick up dollis over cook or cishek

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Daniel, Over Cook

  139. dingbat says:
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    Another ball PAlvarized!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, HA!

  140. Mantis Toboggan, M.D. says:
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    Per Twitter, McCutchen left game with stomach flu, so all you Dread Pirate owners waiting to exhale may go ahead and do so. Except you, Whitney.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan, M.D., Well played…

  141. Wilsonian says:
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    I can’t take it anymore. I have to have Pedro. I heart him with all my, er, heart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Get a room!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, he fell in love with another. I was too late. Damn work and having to go talk to prisoners.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Damn…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, It’s ok. No hard feelings. He knew I already got Edwin and Crash to cover for Longo. He felt his love was better served elsewhere.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Wilsonian, Ha…

  142. MattTruss223 says:
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    Dropping D. Murphy for Lombardozzi, cool?

    I gotta get this guy out of 2B spot, his 7 Runs and 7 RBIs just aren’t cutting it.

    Other viable options are Andino and Ruben Tejada. I need Runs and HRs more then SBs, but, it’s better then the nothing Murph is giving me, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, I said to drop Murphy the first week of the season… I wouldn’t own him… I’d grab Lombardozzi for now…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey, Ugh, tell me about it, there’s literally been nothing worthy of making the change. Raburn and Ellis are the only 2B that have been grabbed off the wire, yuck. Well, and I totally missed on Infante.

        Plus, I convinced myself him+Mark Reynolds would equal some respectable stats. Now that I’ve rid myself of Reynold’s stink, Murph is dead to me. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @MattTruss223, No worries…

  143. Goosta says:
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    @Grey,

    Hey Grey, what’s the chance that Pedro Alvarez has a breakout like Jose Bautista did two years ago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goosta, I’d love that since I grabbed him… But I talk about him in the podcast… He Ks too much…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, plus he tucks his ears into his hat…not cool…not cool

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, Not cool at all!

  144. Tony says:
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    Just lost the Panda, do I pick up Davis, Carp, Scott or Carpenter?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Tony, Davis

  145. Crazy to drop Stubbs for Pedro Alvarez? Points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Yeah

  146. B.o.B says:
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    Ozzie still sticking with Heath “We’re a better team with Bell closing. There’s no doubt. That’s what we want. That’s what I want.”

    • Wake Up says:
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      @B.o.B, Big commitment = Long leash

  147. Grey's da man! says:
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    dollis already picked up..james russell worth an add over mujica? or wait and see how both situations play out first?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Svuem just announced that Marmol might be pulled

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Grab Russell

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, ok, I can drop Cook as well. Drop cook or mujica?

        • Grey

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

  148. Sambo Jenkins says:
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    Is Bryce harper a must start now?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Sambo Jenkins, while he’s batting 3rd

  149. Kevin says:
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    Patrick Daugherty’s headline over at Rotoworld’s Daily Dose:

    “Stuck in the Middle with Youk”

    Grey- I know your blog is the first one to come out every morning. This is a rip-off!!

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Kevin, they always be biting his shizz….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin, Ha… Yeah…

  150. Grey's da man! says:
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    Davis, Scott, Parra, Laroche or Lowrie until to fil Util until Pablo returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Davis, Scott, Parra… All kinda interchangeable…

  151. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey:

    Marmol: ERA/WHIP inf

    How long do I hold this bum chum? Forever?
    Any idea why S. Marshall did not get the save?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Marshall pitched the ninth. It went 10.

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Wake Up, Saw that after. Thanks though. Worried for a min.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Can lose Marmol in some leagues…

      • paddytwotimes says:
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        @Grey, I feel like Theo, that bum, may keep trotting him out there hoping he shapes up. Any idea how the rest of the bullpen is? My investigations have lead me to think they are not much better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @paddytwotimes, Nope, not much better…

  152. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Offered Prince for my Bautista. Whaddaya think?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, do it

    • Sambo Jenkins says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, do it

      • Buge Hoobs says:
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        @Sambo Jenkins,

        Currently have Bautista at 3B and combo of Trumbo / Lind / Carp as 1B and CI

        if accept:

        Prince at 1B and drop Lind for (Lowrie, C Johnson, Roberts, Ty or Reynolds) and Trumbo / Carp at CI

        Still?

        • Sambo Jenkins says:
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          @Buge Hoobs, Lowrie while he’s hot. Prince will be more productive ROS than Bautista it doesn’t matter where you start who

  153. Mike says:
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    Pedro Alvarez or Alex Rodriquez ROS
    Standard league
    Arod looks old
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, A-Rod

  154. crush says:
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    appreciate all the advice, thanks! two things:
    a) ton of people on DL, need some temp help: tabata, para, belt?
    b) who would you take walden or marmol?
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crush, Parra… Walden…

  155. Jared says:
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    Lost Pablito today, I’ve got a trade on the block of Zobrist/Reynolds for C Davis/Infante. I understand Zobrist is the best player here but if Davis stays hot until Sandoval is back I’m good, and I’ll have Altuve at 2B w Infante backing up. Solid plan or panda flop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jared, Sounds fine…

  156. crush says:
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    c) i see above you like ianetta over ruiz, aj, and soto – i’m assuming you like him more than hundley too, even though hundley is batting clean-up most nights? ianetta, really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crush, I do like him more… These are toss ups though… Soto hit a homer today, so go with him to stay hot for a stretch….

  157. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Brooks Conrad called up to replace Gamel. Looks like he might fill in at 1B. Has 2B eligibility in ESPN/RCL. Slugging .821 with a 1.303 OPS in AAA.
    cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred, Cust gotcha.

  158. Grey's da man! says:
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    Would you trade either Lynn or Cahill for Stubbs or Hart or Laroche or Trout?

    Or would you trade either of those pitchers for all of those hitters (1 for 1 obviously)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Sure… Hart, Trout, Stubbs…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, Matter which one I trade? Lynn probably has more value, but not positive about that either since he’s newer to the fantasy world

  159. Goose says:
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    Grey,

    just lost Panda. (hangin’ on fer dear life here with Braun and Hamilton… make it through, fellas! you’re alright!)

    so now i have Larouche at my 1B and Swiggy at 3B, with Linda (<—- he hits like my aunt Linda) moving from my Util into CI. oof.

    Helton, Carp, and Matt Carpenter all got dropped recently and are avail on waivers. there are no other CIs out there, and with injuries all over the emmeffing place, other managers in league are definizzly going to put claims on one or all three of them. thanks to my Latos claim earlier this week, i'm sitting last in the waiver order.

    so my question is:

    would you drop Linda for any of these three? all three? what order would you put a claim for these guys? like, would you go Helton #1 claim, then Carp with #2 claim, but don't put a claim in on Matt Carpenter bc you still like Linda better than him…?

    14-team 6×6 keeper – with OBP instead of AVG, and TBs.

    thanks, hope this injury wave passes SOON.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goose, For Carp, Helton…

  160. Ethan Stein says:
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    I was approached for a CI. I have Pedro Alvarez and Moustakas. He offer Montero as a possibility and a pitcher. Do I want Montero over Alvarez? Do I try for Zimmermann or Matt Moore instead? Do I part with Moustakas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ethan Stein, Yes, Montero and Moore… Can part with Moose…

  161. Cole says:
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    Got a trade offer

    Hamilton for Encarnacion

    The side trading Hamilton has 3 solid OF’s and lost Sandoval, the one trading Enc has Betre and Miggy to slot at 3rd, but needs OF. Do you favor either side? Points league.

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Cole, Hamilton, hands down.

      • Cole says:
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        Worried about his back injury?

        • Poo Holes says:
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          @Cole, It’s the price you pay for owning him. When he’s healthy he’s dangerous. I have E5 too and love what he’s doing right now but you have no clue whether he can keep it up. That’s what she said.

  162. Grey's da man! says:
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    Rather have
    A- C: C Santana
    1B: Carp
    B- C: Soto
    1B: Hosmer

    • Grey

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

  163. EK says:
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    Pls rank for a spot start:

    Buehrle @ SD
    McDonald v CIN
    Dickey v ARI
    Milone @ TB
    J. Williams v TOR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Buehrle…

  164. Wilsonian says:
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    Drop Marmol for Cishek, Mujica, Dolis, Russell, Fuentes, your mom, my mom, the dude next to me’s mom, or just drop him and leave the spot empty because that would be better than having Marmol?

    • chata says:
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      @Wilsonian,

      thought that you dropped him yesterday .

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @chata, had the unfortunate luck of having him in two leagues. One being an 8 teamer and one a 16 teamer. He got dropped yesterday in the 8er, looks like he’s going today in the 16er.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Dolis

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, thanks bra. You sure I don’t drop him for the dude’s mom? Or just for an empty spot?

  165. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team roto. Would you drop Lynn or Worley to pick up either Smyly or Samardjiza? Need K’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, I’d hold…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Actually, can lose Worley for Samardzija…

  166. xopchipili says:
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    14 team 6×6 (OPS and K/BB, with QS instead of W). Was just offered Stubbs, Aramis and Vogelsong for Worley.

    I think Aramis and Vogelsong are basically schmohawks, but I’d be insane not to take this deal, right? Am I missing something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, Take it

  167. paulzone says:
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    best of the worst pablo fill-in (5 + obp):

    seager, chris johnson, ransom or lombardozzaorwhateverthefuck

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, Johnson

  168. C.O.C. says:
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    @Grey: So I have a guy in the midst of trade talk in my 16 team H2H points league, and he has two pitchers of the level that I’m trying to trade for. I know how you felt about these guys going into the season, but has anything changed about your perception of Hellickson or Cueto? Of the 2, I should target Cueto, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @C.O.C., Target Cueto… I still think they’re not quite what they’re showing…

  169. Steve says:
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    On Saturday, between Leake @ PIT and Richard v MIA, you’d go Richard, right? 12-team H2H, etc etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, Richard…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Cool – thanks. Now if you’d be so kind to rank these guys on Sunday?

        Porcello v CWS
        Nicasio v ATL
        J Williams v TOR
        Wieland v MIA
        Noesi v MIN

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Wieland, Noesi, Porcello…

  170. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @ Grey:

    So I assume that a no response to my # 153 above means that you agree with Wake Up and Sambo Jenkins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buge Hoobs, Yeah, definitely….

  171. Derrick says:
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    Anyone watching Riveria being carted off right now? He apparently injured his knee shagging fly balls. He can’t even walk on it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, Wait, what? Mariano?

      • Derrick says:
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        @Grey, Yes. It looked bad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Derrick, Ugh

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, yep. He messed it up shagging fly balls. Had to be carted off. This closer stuff is RIDICULOUS!

        Hudler said (on the KC Broadcast) that he immediately went down writhing in pain and holding his knee.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, and as sad as this is…who’s the next guy in NYY? Yes, I’m the ambulance saves chaser…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, same ? gotta be K-Rob right?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wake Up, gotta be. I’m picking him up now.

          • Steve says:
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            @Wilsonian, He’s available? I hope this is your 8-teamer…

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Steve, yep He’s LONG gone in my other.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wake Up, I guess it could be Soriano too. He’s got experience there. K-Rob is the better pitcher, though.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Wilsonian, I’d go K-Rob…Soriano hasn’t been very popular at all in NY.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wilsonian, Yes, K-Rob

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Grey, That’s who I went with. It’s gotta be him.

  172. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    Grey,
    Need a replacement for Pablo. Really need power/RBIs also need some BnY

    Best Pickup?

    Jed Lowrie
    Chris Johnson
    Kyle Seager
    Ty Wigginton
    W. Betemit
    S- Rod

    Thanks in advance ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, BnY… Wiggy

  173. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    add Will Middlebrooks to that list

  174. PunxsutawneyPhils says:
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    Who would you rather have right now? Fuentes or Thornton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PunxsutawneyPhils, Fuentes

  175. Steve says:
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    They wouldn’t throw Soriano in to close, would they? Can just hear them saying that Robertson is so good in the setup role blah blah blah…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Maybe… But seems crazy… Then again…

  176. BigFatHippo says:
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    Do we start Peavy @Detroit? discuss amongst yourselves…………..

    • Steve says:
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      @BigFatHippo, I am in an H2H league. He’s been so good you really have to I think.

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Steve, I know, was leaning towards sitting him but my innings are back to normal so what the hey…………

    • Wake Up says:
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      @BigFatHippo, Agreed. He’s been too good to sit.

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Wake Up, Yer no help, you just woke up:)

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Wake Up, I never remember how to get this thing in there——-> :)

        • Wake Up says:
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          @BigFatHippo, I’m at my best when I just woke up.

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @BigFatHippo, I’m just looking at what Smyly did to them last week. Ride the hot hand until you regret it! #YOLO

  177. Yer Yang says:
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    Hows about a look at yet another have-to pick up for 3B!! Got some great guys(and maybe 1 girl) to choose from for a Longo & Pablo replacement. I was able to get CDavis and my choices are now Alvarez,CJohnson, Lowrie, and the guy at the convenience store down the street. Mr. Obvious says Alvarez but his AVG hurts, Lowrie is also SS eligible but he kinda stinks anyway. The guy at the store has no upside but(J-Lo sized) he plays a mean whiffle ball. Let me know what you think Grey(or anybody else)

    Thanks in advance for the thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yer Yang, Davis

    • BigFatHippo says:
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      @Yer Yang, You and i already have Davis apparently, I took Alvarez based on his last 14 days.

  178. Chunk says:
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    Cruz or Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Jones

  179. jwalkerus says:
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    my keepers are votto/reyes/hosmer/stanton/mccutchen

    have been offered bj upton/trevor cahil and papelbon for my mccutchen and heath bell

    my team is struggling in saves. have only motte and heath bell

    SP are really struggling.

    im just so apprehensive dealing mccutchen. really see him being really good over the years. im not that big of a fan of bj uptons low average.

    whir. point me to your post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jwalkerus, Not crazy about giving up the best player in a keeper league… Find cheaper saves elsewhere…

  180. Wake Up says:
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    Cut Luebke to DL Panda? Or just hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Hate to cut him…

  181. Steve says:
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    Wow. Duffy hitting 99 on the gun, apparently.

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Steve, Wow, really? Kinda only thought he could get up into the mid 90s. Nice

  182. Joel says:
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    Grey: in my 6×6 h2h league, I’ve been offered Texiera and Choo for AGonz and Alexei Ramirez. I already have Furcal and Hardy as SS. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, It looks okay…

  183. Bill S. Preston, Esq says:
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    Couple trade possiblities

    1. Pujols or AGon?
    2. Beltre/Greinke or Halladay/Youk/Street
    3. Beltre/Garza or Halladay/Street

    Sorry to be that guy, but I’m stumped on some offers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill S. Preston, Esq, 1. Pujols 2. Beltre 3. Beltre

  184. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    BnY,

    Would you drop Espinosa for A. Hill or continue to hold? I was being very patient but this is getting ridiculous.

    Write back ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tggq21, Grab Hill… BnY

  185. Steve says:
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    Frieri traded to the Angels. Pretty decent MR, but can he do it away from Petco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Solid bullpen arm, but I don’t think he’s much of anything to consider in most leagues…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah. Even in Petco he was nothing more than Random Holds Guy.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Smarter people than me saying Frieri’s a flyball guy who’s better at home, so might not be so effective in Anaheim.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Yeah, could be…

  186. Chillmodious says:
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    Oof, I hate closers. RoS, who should I drop for K-Rob (assuming Mo is gone for a long while–it looked that bad):

    Chris Perez
    Santiago Casilla
    Hector Santiago
    Scott Downs
    Francisco Cordero
    (Santos on DL)

    Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Santiago

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thank you. Apparently I was too slow in making that revision before someone responded. Story of my night.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Chillmodious, Strike that. Was about to make a move and K-Rob got snatched between the time I selected him and pressed “confirm.” Sigh. Not speculating on Soriano, but if he happens to get the next save chance I’ll rush to grab him….if so, who’s the drop on that list?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chillmodious, Still Santiago

  187. Yer Yang says:
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    Pedroia for Konerko. Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yer Yang, Pedroia

      • Yer Yang says:
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        @Grey, Pedroia, Gio for Miggy. Fair?

  188. EG says:
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    Brian Fuentes or Rafael Soriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, Soriano

  189. Rob says:
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    Grey:
    Would you drop Farnsworth (would move Gardner to DL) tp speculate on a reliever (Soriano or one of the Cubs dude..what is this about Frieri getting traded”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob, Sure, Dolis…

  190. Rob says:
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    ..or even drop Marmol?

  191. Jam405 says:
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    After the debacle by Burnett last night, I’m trying to figure out which starter to drop him for. Who would you grab from the following? Thanks
    Colon
    Samardja
    Arrieta
    Volquez
    Capuano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jam405, Samardzija

  192. Chillmodious says:
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    Holy balls! Frieri traded to Angels. The Season of the Shit Closer continues.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Chillmodious, I should clarify: I know he’s not a closer (yet), but I think Sciosiapath will wind up putting him there when Downs goes downs and Walden’s form is still the same.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chillmodious, I don’t think he’s going to get saves… But Mike’s cray cray so I guess you never know…

  193. Wilsonian says:
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    Frieri there to take over as closer or set up?

    • Steve says:
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      @Wilsonian, Can’t see it. He wasn’t even the No.1 setup guy for the Padres.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Steve, Yeah I hear ya. Just seems like an odd deal for a middle innings reliever.

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Wilsonian, It’s a nice move for the Angels to get a little ‘pen depth, regardless of when they use him. Just picked him up in a deep league. Just in case…

  194. Steve says:
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    Be nice for Konerko to do something this week…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, A walk? That’s OK. We count OBP.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Same goes for you, Rios.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, This time perhaps.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Or this time?

  195. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    I’m not sure Halladay’s struggles can be attributed to personal issues. He’s lost 2+ MPH in velocity, and he’s no longer throwing a near-even mix of 4-seam, 2-seam, and cutters; it’s pretty much just cutters now. If you lose that much velocity and also become much more predictable, you’re just not going to be as good as you were before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, Yeah, I think you might have something there…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, Yeah, I’m a bit worried about him. Don’t want to sell him for pennies on the buck, but I’m actually thinking of exploring options.

  196. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Aaaaand Lombardozzi just endes Harper’s night. UGHHHHH

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, What do you mean ends it?

      • Ronkonkoma says:
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        @Grey, he grounded into a dp. Bryce was up next….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ronkonkoma, Oh, geez… Killing me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Pappy, Ha… Yeah, not pretty…

      • Slappy Pappy says:
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        @Grey, FWIW, I’ve seen a couple guys tear their knees up firsthand (Softball+beer=ACL Tear), and it looks a lot like that. Sad if it ends that way.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, doesn’t look good…

  197. Steve says:
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    Will Phelps be on a pitch count? Going against him this week…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Not an extreme one, I wouldn’t think…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, *Waves farewell to Phelps*

  198. paulzone says:
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    pitch morrow against LAA? (5+gidp, losses)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you gotta of you own him…

  199. nightpandas says:
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    marmol dropped already….worth a pickup? (I cringe as I say that)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on league size…

  200. Steve says:
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    Sat Morrow in a 9-teamer. Am I crazy?

  201. 3FingersBrown says:
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    Is it me or is Masterson extremely unlucky? That or the Indians D just sucks. So many seeing eye hits…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but he relies so heavily on the ground balls…

  202. nick m. says:
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    I have a guy interested in Harper in a 12-team H2H points keeper league. You can keep 4 players for up to 3 years…I grabbed both Trout and Harper last week, so they can be kept for 21st round picks (very shallow benches which is why they were available). He has Holliday (3rd round) and Stanton (4th round) and seems willing to trade either for Harper straight up. Which one? Or hold Harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  203. paulzone says:
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    samardaja or milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Milone…

  204. Cole says:
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    Hey I heard Axford slipped on a banana peel in SF today. Oh shit another one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  205. Steve says:
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    When your RCL team is hitting .249, the last person you’d expect to come to the party is JP Arencibia, but it’s a funny old game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My team is hitting like .251… Thanks Hosmer!

  206. paulzone says:
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    would you trade weeks/pierz/worley for uggla/zimmerman

    i’d play ramos at catcher…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  207. Steve says:
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    C’mon Royals – I need a Broxton Save.

    So tack on a couple in the 8th….

  208. Steve says:
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    Dunn! *shakes fist at sky* Don’t want a save opp for Perez…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Come on Rios. Show us what you’re made of.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How’s this week’s matchup going?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Up 7-5 but he’s now 3-1 in Saves. Though he has Marmol so shouldn’t grumble I guess.

        *sings* I can’t complain but sometimes I still do…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, And now I’m gonna sweat bullets over this Broxton save. Who’s with me?

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, It’s OK. It’s only the top of the order…

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Oh good grief.

              • Steve says:
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                @Steve, *Exhales*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Steve, Ha… Nice…

  209. Wilsonian says:
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    Kipnis/F-Her (or Grienke) for BPhillips/Doc

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta go Halladay but could work out the other way… Tough call…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, I went ahead and made the offer for F-Her. If it was turned down, would you gamble and make the same offer for Greinke?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, I wouldn’t…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. We’ll see if I hear back on the F-Her deal. Tough break on Mo. Here’s to hoping my ambulance save chasing ability worked out for me. I need something good for this team. We’re down in the dumps.

  210. Steve says:
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    Oh for crying out loud. The two guys ahead of them get aboard and Bautista and Lind BOTH strike out.

    FFS – I have a lot riding on those two in the RCL.

  211. chata says:
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    broxton vs a-rod was good baseball .

    • @chata, A-SLOW ROD – he can not get down the line anymore

      • chata says:
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        @Mr Baseball,

        a closer on the come-back trail , throwing 99 mph
        vs a hall of famer .

        could have gone either way (and yes , 1st base was open) , but
        broxton flat-out beat him by making him top the ball into the turf .

  212. Steve says:
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    Mariano Rivera has a torn ACL. I’m not a doctor but that’s not good.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, He’ll see team doctors back in NY, but sounds like he’s done.

    • @Steve, who reported than stuff

      • Steve says:
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        @Mr Baseball, Bryan Hoch, the Yankee correspondent for MLB.com, via Twitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Wow… Ouch…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Some ESPN NY geezer on twitter saying that Giradi says it’s not season over necessarily, but he’s surely going to be out a long time.

        • Grey's da man! says:
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          @Steve, robertson already owned in all leagues, most likely he is the closer or you think Soriano has a decent chance at getting the job?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey’s da man!, Gotta be Robertson doesn’t it? Or do they go out and trade for one maybe?

          • @Grey’s da man!, Who came in the 8th tonight is all you need to know – The future closer of the New York Yankees has now got the job

            • @Mr Baseball, Robertson is lights out

        • @Steve, Hey does anyone know if Rivera made the catch

  213. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Yes. It was riveting.

    • Simply Fred

      Simply Fred says:
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      @Simply Fred, Broxton/Arod matchup.

      We love you Mariano!

  214. Bean says:
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    Tomorrow the day Lohse reveals himself to the world. @ Hou?

    Free souvenirs in the Crawford boxes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bean, Ha

  215. Steve says:
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    One more hitless AB from Pujols and his average drops below the Mendoza Line (it says here).

    • 3FingersBrown says:
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      @Steve, I don’t know who looks worse, Albert or Joe Bats… Unfortunately both are my big ticket items in my money leagues.

      • Steve says:
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        @3FingersBrown, And Bautista and Lind have both just struck out AGAIN with Johnson and Escobar on board ahead of them. Unbelievable.

        • 3FingersBrown says:
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          @Steve, Bautista leads the league in bad body language.

  216. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Pujols Dunn. :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simply Fred, Hehe

  217. Grey's da man! says:
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    Jed over Cozart? If so, how much would you bid for him ($100 budget)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, $3

  218. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Drop Ramos for Soto, Ruiz, or hold tight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nuke LaDouche, Hold

  219. Prezii says:
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    Get em morrowww!

  220. Hey does anyone know if Rivera made the catch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Ha

  221. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    sitting on wright , lawrie , and moustakas

    who do you target ?
    lester or price ??

    who do you offer ???
    do you include a dl’d bret anderson to sweeten the deal ????

    keeper league .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Moose for Lester with Anderson…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        i know that you’re holding out hope that they move the home run
        fence @ citi field to 20′ behind home plate ,
        but , being old , i went with the younger guy on both ends of this deal .

        so , it was wright for price (and i threw in anderson , who i’m not high on).
        in addition to the 2 years , that lester’s clubhouse bothers me .
        and , old man wright’s back concerns me .

        so , my real question revolves around this evaluation ==> do you see
        moustakas’ up-side equaling wright (career-wise) …. or maybe it should be “rest of career” ??

        thanking you , in advance .

        • chata says:
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          p.s.
          a new season of ‘sweet genius’ has begun .
          this guy is freakishly cool .

  222. Lubey says:
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    Yo Grey

    Who do you think is now getting saves in NY??

    Soriano or Robertson?

    I can only pick up one.

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey, Robertson

  223. chata says:
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    somewhere in the archives , you’ll find that i predicted that mariano
    wouldn’t finish out the year , and probably not make it past the all-star break.

    i’m not bringing this up , now , to toot my own horn nor to convince you that i have super-natural predictive qualities .

    but , to those of you that are convinced that i “get lucky” from time to time,
    i am telling you this :

    it’s ok to count on christmas , as usual , and to even make plans for your new year’s eve celebration .

    them mayans don’t know shizz .

    • bean says:
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      @chata, Did you predict it would be from shagging balls in BP? Not really a pitching related injury Ms. Cleo.

      People have been predicting this for the last 3 years.

      • chata says:
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        @bean,

        i get it .
        i’ll save the postage on your invite to my new year’s eve party .
        sorry , you can’t make it .

        • bean says:
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          @chata, Damn……..I was looking forward to it. Can I at least have a noise maker and one of those poppers?

  224. Wake Up says:
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    “Even worse, it was his pitching leg.” Rudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, HA! Well played.

  225. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Hoping your read this before the 3am cutoff time Eastern Time
    3b slot to fill

    12-team mixed (R,2B,3B,HR,RBI,SB,TB,AVG)

    Alvarez,Aviles,Johnson,Lowrie, or Wigginton

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Alvarez

  226. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    I think Jeter may be past Zombino status… entering into The Hitting Dead, perhaps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Hehe

    • chata says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus,

      ‘zoned in’ taking on new meaning , here at razzball .

  227. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Steve is pissed about Morrow’s CG SHO.

    • Steve says:
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      @Feeding the Abscess, Awwww, don’t despair. Started him in a couple of leagues :-)

      • Feeding the Abscess

        Feeding the Abscess says:
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        @Steve, Nice!

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