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This morning’s rant is for all the owners who took it up the ace on Sunday.  It’s one thing when your ace is pitching @TEX or @COL but home against Cleveland where David Price gave up 8 ER and 13 baserunners in 5 IP?  Ouch.  Home against an Ortiz-less Boston offense (RA Dickey – 4.2 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners – the first 5 runs coming before an out was recorded)?  Damn.  Home against the Kansas City Royals (Cole Hamels - 5.2 IP, 8 ER 13 baserunners)?  Oof!  Home against a Holliday-less Cardinal team at one of the pitching-friendliest parks in baseball (Matt Cain3.2IP, 9 ER, 9 baserunners)?  C’mon, that’s just cruel!  For those of you in H2H leagues, consider yourselves lucky.  At least these starts are expunged from the record.  As for Roto players who own these guys, not much you could do now except turn down the perfunctory ‘buy low’ trade offers.  Price, Hamels and Cain all have great track records so you have to assume these games were anomalies.  Dickey….who the hell knows?  Knuckleballs are like snowflakes – I don’t really understand either of them.  Why wouldn’t snow fall in balls or, at the very least, in a uniform shape?  (Rhetorical – please don’t explain this phenomenon).  On to the other events of the weekend….

Will Middlebrooks - 4-for-5 with 3 HRs, 4 R, 4 RBI with the first 2 HRs off of Dickey and the 3rd off of Bush.    The Jays figured it out by his final AB and kept French-Canadian Jean Balzac in the ‘pen.

Stephen Strasburg - Almost made the lead paragraph but his name is less punny and he managed to give up only 6 ERs (albeit 13 baserunners) in 5 1/3 IP @CIN.  He was great in his first start….but that was against the AAAstros M-AAArlins and he only had 3 Ks in 7 IP.  Put him on a pitch count!

Jered Weaver - Yet another blech ace (5 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks) but at least he had the excuse of pitching @TEX.  He may have strained his elbow during the start and he can ill-afford to lose any velocity or control.  Maybe 2013 will finally be the year I feel smart for not drafting Weaver.

Jose Fernandez5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, and 8 Ks in his first major league start @NYM.   “That’s some Miami Heat” said the retired Daily News backpage titler to nobody in particular at the Boca Raton Waffle House.  (Here’s Grey’s ‘buy’ post on him from Friday – that’s on J-Fer not the Daily News retiree, btw).

Justin Upton – J-Up on Saturday with his 4th and 5th HRs on the year (the latter a walkoff against Marmol).  J-Down on Sunday with 4 K’s in 4 ABs.  I can think of 29 teams that could live with that tradeoff.  I just wish I played in a fantasy league against Josh Towers and Kirk Gibson.

Greg Holland – The Phillies smoked the Dutch Masters with a Marmolesque blown save 3 ER (3 BB, 1 double) and then a couple of 2-out hits that brought the winning run to the plate on Sunday (and Kelvin Herrera into the game).  It wasn’t a great sign of support that he got yanked on Sunday while they still had the lead but I think Holland will be given more rope (maybe 2 more blown saves) before Yost pulls the closer switch.

Kelvin Herrera – As mentioned above, Herrera got the save bailing out Holland.  Too bad he wasn’t around when Eurozone bailed out Greece.  He’s a solid MR to handcuff with if you own Holland as he flashed a solid K-rate (8 K/9) and control (~2 BB/9) last year.  Will take a few more Holland blown saves before Kelvin turns the temperature to a boiling 373 degrees but his chances of getting saves this year are definitely greater than absolute zero.

Jose Bautista - Missed Friday through Sunday with a sprained ankle.  C’mon, Canadian health care system, can’t you bandage up a sprained ankle?

Trevor Bauer - Got the start on Saturday and settled down okay after walking the first 4 batters on the Rays (2 hits, 3 BBs in 5 IP after that albeit with only 2 Ks).  The Indians were surprised as his bullpen session was great – he was hitting the LF right in the chest during his warmup tosses from RF.

Ryan Braun Missed Friday through Sunday with neck spasms.  Can someone do the ‘Brady Bunch test’ to make sure he’s not faking?  I wonder if it came from looking over his shoulder at the MLB main office.

Jon LesterLester’s luster has returned though I’m not sure how much of that is due to good fortune vs. the return of his pitching coach John Farrell.  Starting the year @NYY and @TOR sure sounded a lot worse in February.  After a solid start @NYY, he pitched a beaut against the Bautista-less Blue Jays (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks).  I steered clear of him this year after he anchored (in the bad way) a few of my pitching staffs last year but he sure feels like a solid ‘bounceback” draft pick right now.

Albert Pujols - The plantar fasciitis is still impacting his running but he showed positive signs with the 2 HRs on Saturday (he didn’t hit his first HR last year until May) and 7 walks in 6 games (3 of those intentional) after seeing his BB rate crater over the last two years.  Maybe the arrival of Josh Hamilton has taught him to loosen up and have a good time.

Lance Berkman - Hit his first HR of the year on Sunday and is rocking a .400+ AVG and .500+ OBP after 6 games.  Fat Elvis lives!

Jeff SamardzijaAnytime he K’s more batters than letters in his name, you know you’ve gotten a good start.  The 13 Ks are sweet.  Too bad they came without a win or a QS for that matter (5 2/3, 4 ER, 8 baserunners).  The oddest part about the 13 strikeouts wasn’t the opponent (the Braves will probably end up top-3 in MLB in K’s) but that he managed to do it without striking out BJ Upton.  That’s like dining at Taco Bell and managing to only eat the meat and avoiding all the filler.

Brett Anderson - Struck out 10 Astros on Sunday, managing to make contact with at least 13 of their batters’ bats (they might’ve had some foul balls).  Maybe having the Astros in the division will inspire him to clear 100 IP this year.

Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp - Both A’s hitters homered Saturday and Sunday while Reddick and Cespedes went a combined 0-for-14.  That’s exactly what we predicted would happen in the preseason (um, no need to look through our rankings and projections and posts….)

Josh Reddick - Sprained his wrist against the Astros.  May miss a couple games.  He also scraggled his beard but isn’t expected to miss time because of that.

Mark Reynolds - Rapped 2 HRs on Sunday to give him 4 for the year.  He’s a must-own in OBP leagues (he has solid walk rates) and in leagues fueled by wind power.

Carlos Santana5 for 5 with a double,  HR, 3 Runs, and 3 RBIs against the Rays on Sunday.   Raye como va!

John AxfordWhy did we draft this schmohawk on so many of our teams?  He now has 4 HRs in 3 appearances – that’s a bad sign even for a starting pitcher.  The Brewers don’t have a great plan B (the Muppeteer Jim Henderson) so Axford will be given a few more chances.  At least he was throwing the ball in the mid-90′s yesterday after dipping to 92 MPH a couple days ago.  I definitely wouldn’t release him but I’d stash him on the bench if your team isn’t desperate for saves.

Freddie Freeman - Hits the 15-day DL with a strained oblique.  Freeman voiced over his wishes to keep playing but, at the end of the day, Atlanta owns his rights.  Hopefully the Braves’ warden isn’t obtuse about his oblique and grants his pardon.

Fernando Rodney2 ER on 3 hits in 2/3 of an inning when the Rays were down 11-0.  Kazaam!

Yu Darvish - Got the win after a so-so start (5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks) cut short due to a blister issue.  Luckily it was a night game as Darvish might’ve gone wild otherwise (or wilder…he had 4 walks).

Dexter Fowler - He hit his 4th HR of the year on Sunday (albeit netting 5 RBIs) and managed his first SB of the year.  If you can convince someone he’s a 30/30 candidate, trade him before his performance gets fowler.

Justin Masterson - Held Tampa scoreless in 7 IP with 5 baserunners and 8 Ks for his 2nd win of the year.  He’s never going to have pinpoint control but I like him a lot for streaming matchups (particularly at home).  I’m just glad he didn’t go the sitcom acting route like his brothers.

Adrian Gonzalez - Went 3-for-4 on Sunday with 4 RBIs and is now hitting .400 on the year.  Until he shows any sort of real power (he has 0 HRs so far), I consider him a glorified Lyle Overbay (when Overbay was in his prime).

CC SabathiaBounced back well from a bad opening day start to throw 7 scoreless innings @DET.  If I had to nitpick, I’d mention the 4 Ks and that he still isn’t throwing at his normal speed.  If I had to nitpick, I would choose a monkey vs. a person since nits are lice eggs and monkeys have a harder time opening mayonnaise jars than humans.

Josh HamiltonThe Texas homecoming didn’t go so sweet (3 for 13 with a double) but he did manage to break his 5-game K streak on Sunday.  Take that, booing Texas fans.

Billy ButlerBilly had a buttload of RBIs (7) on Sunday off 2 hits – the big hit being a grand slam off Hamels.  I think he just heard the Denny’s waitress wrong when she was mentioning the breakfast meat options.

  1. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Al Al’etc or Herrera? Standard with k/9

    • Tigres says:
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      Herrera. FWIW, I watched Al Al vs Yankees and he wasn’t coming close to the strike zone. Benoit looked good and has Leyland’s vote of (lukewarm) confidence. For this week ,anyway.

    • @Giant Gigantes: Agree with the above. I’d say Al-Al has the K-rate advantage but Herrera has the BB-rate advantage and a cleaner path to Saves. I dumped Al-Al in RCL.

  2. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Hey would you start Latos against the card’s tomorrow he’s not an ace so should be okay right?

  3. d2bnz says:
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    Brilliant …a Shawshank reference on a day when those of us in Roto leagues with previously mentioned aces are hiding in our cells with the lights out.

    • @d2bnz: Yeah, I somehow avoided it despite being in 9 leagues. Worst ‘hit’ was Verlander’s merely human start vs. NYY (have him in RCL). Have Sabathia on a team or two so no complaints with that game (except how did Verlander not strike out at least 8 Yanks?)

  4. Chunk says:
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    How does a knuckle ball work? How’s a rainbow made? Why are boobs good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk: They’re all connected through the unicorn…

  5. Piranhaman says:
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    there’s a funny story.

    1. a jerk had a fantastic day.

    2. his Pitchers are killed by Cardinals 2 days in a row. (Vogelsong and Cain)

    3. it might be extended to 3 days (he’s got Latos too.)

    4. he benched Middlebrooks and Kendrys instead of Ike Davis and Evan Gattis yesterday.

    5. and the jerk was me.

    6. is it world’s end? haha.. hmmm..

  6. Hondo says:
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    Me likee Fowler.Will not trade.

    • Hondo says:
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      @Hondo:
      I’m a little worried about my post Valley Fever Ike Davis though.I was hoping he’d come through as my Util guy.
      Oh well,time will tell.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Hondo:

        Really glad I passed on Ike and drafted Frazier 5 rounds later.

      • @Hondo: I’m high on Ike Davis. I put Ike 10 HRs above Frazier by end of year. He’ll be fine.

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @Rudy Gamble:

          Im not arguing that at all. Davis is probably the better hitter. However, I loooooove the fact Frazier is eligible at 3B, 2B, and OF.

  7. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    You need to get a Strasberg pun when he fails….. Crash and Berg…..Stop the Burn….Bergs and Strausen….the last one is a play on lawn mowers, but what does that have to do with pitching? I don’tknow, I’m just slinging shizz at a wall

    • chunk says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I hear Carlos Zambrano used to know his way around a lawn mower…

    • @Jack Full of Hate: It was tough enough getting 4 pitchers in there. Was so pissed when I wrote one for Cain/Price/Dickey and then saw that Cole got bombed as well.

      Not worth investing too much in a pun for Strasburg’s bad starts. That’s like coming up with a HR call for Emilio Bonifacio. I’d go with “Emilio says, In De Facio”

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Ha, I like the Emilio pun, file that one. I didn’t give you the proper props on that title, bravo Mr. Gamble, bravo

    • Robby D says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      Woudn’t a lawn mower reference be for a good start: I rode the Bergs and Straussen to 14K’s yesterday and my K/9 rate is finely manicured as a result

  8. bossmanjunior says:
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    So glad right now, knock on morning wood, that I drafted Lester in all of my leagues this year. Rudy, what is your impression of Beckett so far this season, besides being a douchebag of course? If I remember correctly, you were pushing for him this year. Looked decent in his first start, but it was against the Giants. Worth holding in a 10 teamer or use spot for streaming? Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @bossmanjunior: It really depends what else is there and how deep the benches are. If there is a nice upside pickup like Shelby Miller or Jose Fernandez then I would. I think Beckett is going to be either a nice solid 3 or a tolerable 4. The hard part of trying to stream Beckett is it may be pointless if he goes 2 at home followed one in San Diego and another in SF. What are some FA names?

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate:

        My staff right now is Bumgardner, Zimmerman, Peavy, Lester, Harvey, Beckett, and Miller. Some FA options include Milone, Miley, Maholm, Buchholz, Chen, Griffin. What do you think, Jack?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @bossmanjunior: those guys are all streamers, is fernandez gone?

    • @bossmanjunior: I like Beckett but probably not for 10-team ownership. I’d stream the hell out of him @LAD though.

  9. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Reynolds is looking pretty hot in Cleveland….You could say he’s a Cleveland Steamer putting on a mini-Donkey Show

  10. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Will Middlebrooks – SUNUVABENCH! I lost in HRs by ONE. I knew watching his first AB that he’d hit a HR. Just because he was on my bench and he gets upset about that sort of thing. Look for a his stock to plummet (beginning tonight against BAL) as he is now a lineup fixture for me. Sorry Josh Reddick/Josh Rutledge/Kyle Seager/Carlos Gomez.

    Which leads me to my next point/question (non-rhetorical): I’m in a 10 teamer H2H (No, not HGH. Sit down, Ryan.) and I need to drop someone from my bench because I live to stream. Take your pick out of the 4 aforementioned gentlemen and lemme know something.

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        @Grey: I don’t know man, I saw him back in 87, and the guy can rock. Wait Kyle Seager. NVM, carry on.

  11. Bar-nuh-kul says:
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    Shelby Miller or Fernandez, either a better bet for QS?
    Have Middlebrooks and depth/crowded OF, try to trade Kemp for David Wright and a mid-round pick or is Middlebrooks for real?
    Thanks.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Bar-nuh-kul: I don’t think miller or Fernandez is a good target for qs.. Both will be on strict pitch count leashes.. Grab them for ks and maybe whip n era if they stay in control. Wins and qs will likely be evasive for both.

    • Grey

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      @Bar-nuh-kul: Agree with c0wfunk on the starters… No reason to trade for Wright with Kemp if you have Middlebrooks…

    • Hawk says:
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      @Bar-nuh-kul:

      Rookies – even talented ones – are tough for QS leagues because even the good ones tend not to last through 6 IP on regular basis. I like Miller more than Fernandez just based on experience – until yesterday, Fernandez hasn’t pitched over A ball !

      • kaiser soze says:
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        @Hawk: In that case would y’all go Tillman or Griffin over Fernandez in a QS league? We also count K/BB but I should be okay in that category…

        • Hawk says:
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          @kaiser soze:

          Tillman and Griffin will probably get you more QS over course of season but Fernandez may help you more in other categories over short term. Overall, it’s probably an about even call.

          If you have a few other “upside” kind of pitchers (i.e. lottery tickets), go with Tillman or Griffin. If you have a bunch of stable but ok pitchers, go with Fernandez

  12. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Gomez or Seager, I’d rather blow off speed or blahness for the upside of the other two, but thats just me

    • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Thank you, kind sir. So are we non-believers in Seager’s HR from last year? That’s the only thing keeping him on my team. That, and I’m scared to death that Rutledge will tank and leave me optionless at 2B.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: I didn’t realize it was Yahoo, I like him, just not in love with him. I put Gomez first because i like him least. , I feel you on the Rutledge issue, I like to keep a breakout insurance policy around

        • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: @Jack Full of Hate: I just wish Gomez would bat higher in the order. Of course, I could punt all of them and grab Segura and a streamer. Yeah?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: I think Segura is hurt, but I like his upside, if you need the speed i would grab Jean, but Seager would be good for power-ish needs. We are talking about spots on your roster that you should use for schomatos and streamers. i like to have that flexibility of at least two fluid spots on my roster so i don’t miss the boat on this years Dickey

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        @Bump Bailey’s Ghost:
        I’m in the same boat with you on Rutledge.He’s my backup to some guy named Cano who can’t get a pitch to hit because the rest of his team sucks.

  13. Fister Furbush says:
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    Wade Miley or Ryan Vogelsong going forward?

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Bonafacio is killing his chances,striking out like dunn,and made 3 errors at 2nd base the other day,no steals yet either,whats your thoughts on him,its hard to roster him once Lawrie comes back unless he cutts loose real quick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Agreed, struggled the first week and could be a bench player when Lawrie returns…

  15. Dem Bums says:
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    Which two-start pitcher should I pick up: P. Humber (Saunders, Wilson), K. Correia (Santana, Harvey), J. Saunders (Humber, Ogando), or C. Richard (Beckett, De La Rosa)?

    Or should I bother…I don’t have love for any of them particularly but one league I’m in is a weekly, with pitching highly valued.

  16. chunk says:
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    15 team Pts league W=8 L=-8 SV=4 HLD=2 K=1
    Chacin or Wood?
    Henderson or Robertson?
    ROS
    All opinions welcome, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk: Chacin, Henderson…

  17. Jim says:
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    In a ridiculously deep 20-team league with deep benches (1500-inning cap), would you stream Joe Saunders against the Astros?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Jim: i would

    • Jays suck says:
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      @Jim:

      I’m doing it on a 12 teamer.

    • @Jim: i am starting him this week in a 15-team league

      • Dem Bums says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        Would you start him in a weekly (knowing he would have to be kept in for his second start too, against Texas)?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Jim:

      I start any pitcher against the Astros until they put together a few good games. Period. They might be the worst baseball team since the ’62 Mets (including that Tigers team that lost 119 games).

      • @Hawk: I think they are real prone to the K right now which means a lot of famine. But I do think they will have some feast days with that middle of lineup power. Those Tigers had nothin.

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          @Rudy Gamble:

          IIRC, those Tigers had one guy who was hitting over .200 by August (Brandon Inge, I think). They had some HR hitters though.

          I’d start any pitchers against the Astros until they warm up. That’s the easiest call in the fantasy baseball world right now.

  18. Tigres says:
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    I have both Hamels and Dickey in RCL so got hit hard by yesterday’s “startpocalypse”. Way too soon to ask how much leash to give Dickey… but how much leash should we give Dickey? His 2012 game log also shows an April clunker just before he went all Walter Johnson on the NL.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @Tigres: last April he definitely had some struggles. Bounced on and off waivers for a while in my league. I dropped him after the 5hr or whatever it was he did in the rain in atl. Then without warning he became the super ace. Trouble is, before may last year he was wildly unpredictable. Always seemed just as likely to give up 8 as to shutout and strikeout 8.

      I fear what the no wind or humidity dome does to his game. We shall see..

    • Hawk says:
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      @Tigres:

      If you have a bench, keep him on it until he has a good start or two. It’s better to miss one or two good ones than absorb bad ones.

  19. sanfran1966 says:
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    these are not Happy Days,,,

    I like Ike. My bike likes Ike. Sit on it,,

    WTF to do with Ike Davis? make him sit on it, bench, keep him in the lineup ???

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @sanfran1966: you cant drop him unless its an 8 team league,and his floor is better than most replcements ceiling,if you have roster room to sit him for a few games to a week great,if not you almost have to ride him out

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        @AL KOHOLIC:

        He’s a long-term guy, imo, just sux right now…

        Benched him for Berkman in a weekly start last PM & Frazier in a daily.

        Vacillating in another daily league for bench player M Carpenter.

        He is my power guy…

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      @sanfran1966: I’ve been wondering the same thing about him. I’ve got him in an 8 Team league and have been debating on dropping him for a flavor of the week guy. I have Frazier and Middlebrooks to fill in at UTIL, so Ike is a little redundant, but I don’t like the idea of cutting him so early.

    • Hawk says:
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      @sanfran1966:

      He’s facing Halladay today. If he’s going to come alive – today’s the day.

    • Men-in-Cleats says:
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      @sanfran1966:
      I had this dilemna with Ike last year at the beginning of the year. I dropped him and shortly thereafter he decided to make it is singular mission to make me regret it as he dropped 30 HR’s over the remainder of the season. It’s one week into the season, if he’s struggling end of April consider your options but goodness gracious, unless a person is a sleeper that isn’t getting the p.t. you thought or is looking really overmatched with no track record, it isn’t time to cut bait yet.

  20. c0wfunk says:
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    “I’ve been in jail. I’ve been shot at. I’ve been in the water. I’m not scared to face David Wright. What can he do?” –jose Fernandez

    This kid’s a b.a. Here’s hoping he can keep it up.

    • Riff Raff says:
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      Probably what jail, bullets, and water cant do…..hit a bomb 445 ft

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Riff Raff: well… yesterday he walked twice and then 0/2 with a k… I’m sure they’ll have another chance at each other. I love Wright.. I’m also glad to see this kid is so confident.. We’ll see how it holds up!

  21. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5, keeping 5
    c-Perez
    1b-Ike Davis
    2b-Rutledge
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Reyes
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Cahill, Ryu, Teheran, Gee
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland
    dl-Garza

    Should I look at dropping a SP for Kelvin Herrera or another closer in general? Teheran or someone else?

    Thanks!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @stynyr: 10 teams need 4 closer teheren or gee would go for me,but he doesnt have the job yet,but in a 10 teamer you can waiver wire a sp anytime

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        @AL KOHOLIC: Okay, here’s what it’s down to:

        I have Gee and Teheran. Probably would drop Teheran.

        Cishek is available but for how long?

        Herrera is available. Not the closer but looks like a damned closer if I’ve ever seen one.

        Another manager expressed interest in Teheran. He has five closers: Papelbon, Romo, Street, League and Madson (DL).

        Offer Teheran for one of those closers? Drop Teheran and pick up Cishek? or Herrera and just wait it out?I really like Teheran as my last pick but his first start was ugly…

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          @stynyr:

          I meant Cishek is available but “how long will he be the closer.”

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            @stynyr: trade

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    4 aces who got shelled in the opening title….brilliant intro! One of the best I’ve seen on here.

    It really was one helluva crazy day, one you dont expect to see again all season.

    Who’s the best buy-low candidate for those of us who don’t have these guys in some leagues. Hamels? He’s been rocked both times out so far.

    • Grey

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      @TheNewGuy: Sure, if you can get him and in a league where guys throw the last 5 years out the window after one bad week…

  23. Drew says:
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    @Rudy – nice read, though its gotta be said that the link for Jose Fernandez is broken. Friendly heads-up

  24. Snake Hips says:
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    Please rank for custom points H2H. I need someone that will have best ratios bc we get penalized for BB’s and ER and Hits. Save chances are nice too, so guys who could get those too. I don’t necessarily NEED saves…

    Herrera, Robertson, Fujikawa, Henderson

    • Riff Raff says:
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      @Snake Hips: herrera, fujikama easy. dont waste time picking these guys up. they are both studs

  25. joe says:
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    drop brandon belt, teheren or jason hammel? have to cut 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: Belt

  26. c0wfunk says:
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    Start kuroda today v cle? Says his finger still hurts… My gut says let him play, my mind says leave him benched and my heart says “thump a thump thump a thump”.

    • Hawk says:
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      @c0wfunk:

      If you have to ask the question, bench him. It’s better to miss one good start than absorb a bad one.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Hawk:

        And by that I mean, you know he’s hurting before you start him so you’ve already got doubts. Your gut is prompting you to ask the question. If you start him and he gets lit up, you’re going to want to jump off a bridge.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @Hawk: Still before breakfast so hunger is probably what I was feeling from my gut more than anything ;) .. benched.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @Hawk: gave up 3 in the first..

  27. Jim says:
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    Boca Raton, I’m guessing, doesn’t have a Waffle House. It’s more of a swanky bagel-shop-in-a-strip-mall kind of place. You’d probably have to drive to Fort Lauderdale for a Waffle House.

  28. Scottie O. says:
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    Looking for that “next in line” closer. How would you rank the following:

    Henderson
    Herrera
    Benoit

    Thanks in advance.

    • Riff Raff says:
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      @Scottie O.: Herrera and forget bout everyone else

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Benoit

    • @Scottie O.: I think all three are decent bets. I’d rank ‘em Benoit, Henderson, Herrera for the next month or so. Maybe the opposite order over the course of the year, though that’s a shot in the dark.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Scottie O.: Benoit already has the job, Herrera has better skills than Henderson…

  29. Did you see anything in Hamels performance that leads you to believe that his shoulder issue from early this year is to blame?

  30. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    13-team 5×5 roto with OBP: at MI, keep Cozart or Scutaro? Need to open a spot; am leaning Scutaro since Cozart’s pending .295 OBP is intimidating; agree/disagree? strongly?

  31. Frank Lynch says:
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    Morning buddy!! Hey Do you think Mark Reynolds is A good pickup, Since I have 7 Outfielders?? I can drop maybe Reimold or Gardner… What U think

  32. Hunter says:
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    Might as well ride Fowler as far as he takes you. Nobody’s gonna pay you for him like he’s a 30/30 with a .300 avg, or even pay you like he’s a 20/20 with a .270 avg.

    Don’t see the benefit of trading him for what may only be a minor upgrade when there is a nonzero chance Fowler is actually having a breakout year.

    • @Hunter: i agree it is doubtful someone will overpay in a good league.

  33. who should i start for the week?
    5×5 roto

    Gee – @Phi
    McCarthy – Pit
    Wood – Mil SF

    Thanks.

  34. AA says:
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    Should trade Verlander and Austin Jackson for McCutchen and Matt Moore in a 5 player keeper league? I currently have Pujols, Trout, Cano, and Miggy. My other pitchers are Latos, Morrow, and Samarzdja. My offense would be sick with Dread Pirate while still having a solid pitching staff.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @AA: i would quickly

      • Hooverville says:
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        @AA: @AL KOHOLIC: AA and AL Koholic having a conversation… Have you guys met before? Hehe

  35. Gavin says:
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    Machado or Matt Carpenter as a DL replacement @ 3B?

    • Gavin says:
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      @Gavin: P.S. Great ‘Shawshank’ reference. I don’t know why I love that part so much: “How could you be so obtuse?”

  36. Schizer says:
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    Awesome write up, Rudy!

    Which 2 get the start this week? Jennings, Cruz, Rizzo.

    Weekly H2H. I’m leaning toward benching Rizzo.

    Thanks!

    • @Schizer: Thanks. Tough call there. Rizzo is home all 7 days. To me, the tie-breaker is that Rizzo and Cruz’s teams play 7 games while TB plays 6. So I’d rank them Rizzo, Cruz, Jennings and bench Cruz if you need the speed (only 3 of his 7 games are at home).

  37. Watson says:
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    If Estrada gets banged up again this afternoon against the Cubs would you drop him for Fernandez? Thanks.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Watson: I’m surprised Fernandez is still hanging around in the pool. I’d nab him now.

  38. Drew Chainz says:
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    Wasn’t strasburg’s first start against the MAAArlins?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Drew Chainz:

      Ha..you beat me too it (see below)

  39. Justin Up says:
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    Start Cahill at home vs. Pit?
    Start Marco Estrada @ ChC?

      • Justin Up says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy! Looking forward to the Stream-o-nator and Hitter Tron, so I won’t have to keep bothering you guys.

  40. smegma says:
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    Have 2 DL spots full with Jeter and Beachy but A. Ramirez just went on DL. Would you drop Jeter or Beachy to put Ramirez on DL or just hold (12 team H2H points league w/6 bench spots)? My SS is Rutledge so picked up Jeter on ww to stash in case Rutledge doesn’t pan out. Our ww for SS consists of Cozart, Scutaro and Aybar – after review I think I just answered my question that Jeter is in same level as replacement level so just drop him from DL. Agree?

  41. Vince says:
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    When will the stream o nator go live?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Vince:

      Ditto.

    • @Vince: I was gearing for today but had some coding and stat calculation setbacks. Got some guidance from my statistical consigliere (J Cross from Steamer) and should be back on track. Hoping for April 15th….

  42. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    It should be noted that Jered Weaver strained his ‘left’ elbow yesterday. Normally this would be of little concern, but it’s probably the arm he throws hardest with at this point!

  43. JackInTheBox says:
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    So I picked up Ubaldo last week just in case he found his 2010 mojo but start Ubaldo vs NYY?….(12 team H2H)

  44. supra says:
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    Aybar or Cozart at SS?

  45. HOFEDGE says:
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    I have Teheran…do I drop him for Jose Fernandez?

    Thanks!

  46. JG Wentworth says:
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    @Grey and everyone else;

    14 tm 5×5 roto….weekly lineups

    Who would you rather start this week? Wainwright vs MIL (w/o Ramirez) or Scherzer @ OAK?? Can only start 1 unfortunately.

    • Tio says:
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      @JG Wentworth:

      I’d go Wainwright…Milwaukee has been horrible and the Cardinals are red-hot.

      I will probably get banned from the site for disagreeing with Grey.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Tio: MIL was one of the highest scoring teams especially at home, OAK is a pitchers park without reddick…

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @JG Wentworth: those are 2 top tiered SP’s in a 14-team why not both…

  47. OaktownSteve says:
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    Strasburg’s first start was actually against the mAAArlins, not the AAAstros.

    I’ve noticed a lot of folks in the comments asking about dropping Ike Davis. I’m wondering if it’s time to cut Giancarlo Stanton. He hasn’t hit a home run or even driven one in. It’s been a week; I think I’ve waited long enough!

    Scouting Shelby Miller. His fastball was 91-92 most of the day. He could reach back for 94, but his mechanics really broke down when he did. I was not impressed with the arm slot or the repeatability of his delivery. He tends to throw across his body and also yank on the fastball a little, especially when going for a little extra. You saw that in some of the walks and the inability to spot his pitches.

    The fastball has a tailing action back into right-handers, but the movement is predictable and only on the horizontal plane. It’s what they call a very flat fastball. It did seem to get on guys for 91; there were some late swings. I expect there’s a little deception in the motion.

    The breaking stuff was a little better than I hoped for though. The curve has a tight rotation and some good late drop and the change up looks like it’s not far from being a legitimate third pitch, which is a very good sign in a young guy. The arm slot and action did seem to differ from this fastball delivery though and I think that’s going to make it easy to pick up as he makes a second tour through the league.

    I liked the level of competitiveness I saw. Didn’t seem afraid of the stage and stayed cool with guys on. All together, I didn’t see a clear #1 down the road. The stuff wasn’t electric. But I see the makings of a good three pitch guy and a potential solid 2 with some growth. For this year, I’m hoping for an ERA just below 4 and a whip under 1.3 with 165 innings, 150 Ks. Lack of command could suppress the innings total a little as it’ll be hard for him to keep pitch counts down. I would definitely keep an eye on him though as I could see him going through some growing pains.

    • mc serch says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Thanks for that insight OS. Miller’s riding my bench at the moment and I will likely have to make a drop/add decision on him in a few weeks. I’m hoping he gets his legs under him by then and becomes a reliable SP for me…
      I agree with you re: I. Davis, but have to admit that I wish I had fully researched him before the season instead of just jumping on the bandwagon. Had I done so I prob would not have drafted him in the 8th round because his left/right splits from last year are pretty atrocious…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @mc serch:

        Ike hit .265 second half even with the bad splits. FWIW his one homer this year is against a left hander. You draft Davis looking for a guy who will hit 35 bombs and be in the clean up spot. You have to account for some average risk in your roster construction with him. Just hoping he can hit .250+

        • mc serch says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Don’t I know it…I benched him that day! After that happened I decided to play him everyday till May 1 and then reevaluate….my only other avg-challenged hitters are Desmond Jennings and E. Cabrera, so I should be ok as long as Ike can stay close to .250…

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Giancarlo’s been brutal. I’m taking solace in the fact that he’s had rough Aprils in the past.

      With what you saw from Miller would you hang onto him at this point? I’ve got Jose Fernandez too and I liked what people are saying about his weekend much more. Seems having both is a bit risky.. The rest of my staff is Bumgarner, Gallardo (rough time so far but historically bad in April too), Niese, Morrow, Kuroda and Beckett.

      Belt, David Murphy, and Drew Stubbs have already been dropped in my league or I could grab Dominic Brown or even Will Myers or Kelvin Herrera to stash. Losing Reddick (and his 0foreverything start) has me thinking drop Miller and grab Brown.

      ahh early season moves.. seem so little but later in the season can bring some serious facepalms. The tea leaves are still moving…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @c0wfunk:

        I didn’t see Fernandez throw, but I have to believe the upside is higher. I’d hang on to Miller if the numbers I gave him above are useful to him but wouldn’t count on much more. I think I’d drop Miller for Brown. Depends on league setting and roster needs of course.

        • c0wfunk says:
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          @OaktownSteve: pulled the trigger and went with Brown over Miller. I’d be surprised if someone else picks up Miller at this point so I could grab him back if I have an injury most likely and I think my pitching’s strong enough without him. Thanks!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @c0wfunk:

            I think it’s a good move from the little you’ve said. Like I said, I see Miller as useful in a deep league where SP gets thin (I have him in a 15 team mixed with deep bench) but he’s not a game changer in shallow.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Nice write up on Miller, always enjoy a good, intelligent break down of a guy.

          Fernandez looked very composed. A lot of negatives you mentioned about Miller, Fernandez nailed. Nice arm slot, very repeatable delivery and a variety of offspeed pitches.

          His FB was low to mid 90s and several times with 2 strikes on a batter he dialed it up to 96-97 with what looked like ease. Very fluid, effortless motion. It’s got some nice movement too, running in on the hands of lefties, same as his 87 MPH change-up.

          The curveball was tight and he was nailing the corners with it. I thought he hammered the strike zone pretty well. He displayed a slider now and then too, the one I remember most he used to strikeout Marlon Byrd.

          The guy is big too, looks like a pitcher on the mound, you know? I’m no scout, but the kid didn’t look like he was making his first major league start. I was impressed.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @MattTruss223:

            Nice. I’m thinking about dumping a boat of FAAB on him. He’s going to go 100+ in most NFBC leagues though (out of 1000). Good to have an eyewitness account. Good write up.

            • MattTruss223 says:
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              @OaktownSteve: If you didn’t notice JB just posted a break down of Jose’s start that goes into much more detail then I did.

      • @c0wfunk: I’m worried that Stanton’s woes are at least in part tied to the fact that pitchers can nibble around the edges in hopes he’ll make weak contact or pop up and if they walk him (the famous unintentional intentional walk), then they take their chances facing (shudder) Greg Dobbs, with Stanton on 1B. Small sample size yada yada yada, but he’s walked once per 5+ at bats this season compared to once per almost 9 at bats for his career. He did start slow last April (not this slow), but he’s already been walked more this April than last April and it’s only the 8th. I hope I’m wrong, but it’s a worrying trend ….

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Enrique:

          yep. What I am hoping is that right now, all the games matter. Every team thinks they are a contender (most every team). As the season drags on and games become meaningless, guys just challenge Stanton more. There are more crappy pitchers out there without the ability to execute the UIBB even if they want to. I said in my “Bold Predictions” post in the forums. that Stanton would hit 15 hrs in August. I was kind of thinking along those lines. I think it’s going to be an exercise in patience. What would be sweet is if in the meantime he could turn some of those walks into bags.

  48. Keter Ping says:
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    Kevin Towers… Unless you are talking about the former Blue Jays right hander.

  49. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Guys in my ESPN league (not an RCL) are complaining about the threat of someone hacking the league and changing stats. WTF? I am a Yahoo fantasy baseballer normally. This is my first true year at ESPN (filled in as replacement owner in one ESPN league late last year). Anything to this hacking stuff?

    • Hunter says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson:

      Is the league even for money? Does ESPN even host money leagues? Why would it be worth someone’s while to hack into the league?

      At any rate, I played at ESPN for a few years and never had a problem with hacking. I think you’re playing with nut jobs.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Hunter: It is a money league. Several red flags have been raised.
        1.) Commish drafted three teams. He drafted for two owners who could not make the draft. Weird in many ways. Why would a commish want to do that? Why would the draft dodgers trust somebody else to select their players in a money league? Why didn’t the commish delay the draft to another date?

        2.) Three days into the league, the commissioner decided to put a cap on the number of starts made by SPs.

        3.) Two days later somebody brings up this hacking business.

        Luckily, the due date for entry fees has not yet passed and I did not pay yet.

        • Brewtown says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: I wouldn’t call it hacking, but rather you might have an untrustworthy commish. Drafting for two other guys is fishy, but changing rules after the draft without any discussion by the league would be the end for me. Get out now before you pay; can you really trust this commish to not change the rules again, force a roster move outside of the normal window, etc?

          • Beardcrabs says:
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            @Brewtown: call out the commish and see how he reacts… if he seems like a douche than just leave…

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Beardcrabs: Thanks, Beardcrabs and Brewtown. I will email the commissioner tonight.

              If I have to leave this league, then I will get to work pronto on a new keeper league for 2014 which will be run by me. I don’t mess around with this silly stuff. Integrity is important.

  50. Tom says:
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    Please pick 1 start Hanson vHOU (Norris) or Cahill vLAD (Beckett)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Hanson

  51. Jon says:
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    Drop Chris Carter for Chris Young? (This is for a bench spot – and most likely whoever it is will get cut when Lawrie returns, anyway)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sure

  52. Howie Met Your Mother says:
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    @Rudy

    Fiers or Masterson in a 12 team non-keeper?

  53. EGod says:
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    Need to drop one of these pitchers from my yahoo 5×5

    Scherzer
    Moore
    Halladay
    Jarrod Parker
    Mike Minor
    Ryu
    Jose Fernandez
    Hughes

  54. Todd says:
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    Grey,

    This weekend Chris Tillman whispered in my Right ear that he was going to have non committal relations with my teams ERA and WHIP, and Mike Fiers whispered in my Left ear that he was going to have non consensual relations with my teams ERA and WHIP. SAD FACE!

    Going forward, I know it’s one game but what do you make of Tillman and Fiers? Who the better player this year and in the future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Tillman, it’s not close…

  55. Wilsonian says:
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    Who should I cut to stream SPs in my 8 Team H2H:

    Ike Davis or Ryu?

    I have Frazier, Middlebrooks, Desmond, and Ike for 2 UTIL slots.

    Also, do I cut the other guy (out of Davis or Ryu) for Herrera when I have Holland now?

    Ks/9 league, bee tee dubya…

  56. MagicTerp says:
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    10 team NL-only h2h.
    Have opportunity to use #1 waiver priority on Dillon Gee.
    He was prematurely dropped and my rotation sorely needs another SP.

    Thinking he’s good ROS to start for me and produce good numbers.
    Thoughts?

  57. Chris says:
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    Drop 1: jackie bradley jr, sergio santos, or trevor rosenthal…assuming Equal depth at both positions
    Thanks

  58. zzzzzz says:
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    Street over Holland?

  59. Hi Rudy — Quick trade question: Which side looks better Billy Butler for Torii Hunter + Kendrys Morales?

    This is in a 14-team 6×6 roto league. I’d be getting Butler, which would allow me to use AGon (my current starting 1B) in the OF or UTIL spot. With the extra roster spot I could pick up a hot bat (Krispie Young or Parra or Saunders) or stream a pitcher or grab an extra holds guy. Does it make sense?

    Thanks!

  60. Chris says:
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    In my 8 team league I’m stacked at the corners, currently filling my spots like this:

    1B Prince Fielder
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    1B/3B Paul Goldschmidt
    UT Todd Frazier
    BN Ryan Howard

    I really want to free that UT up for Howard or Rios or Fowler and I need pitching.

    I want to trade Zimmerman for Matt Cain and play Frazier at 3rd. Is that a good move?

    Also maybe Prince for Verlander and Harvey, but I don’t really want to move Prince.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Sounds fine…

  61. Brock says:
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    Add Fernandez? I would have to drop Hughes, Iwakuma, Dempster or Estrada..Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dempster

      • Brock says:
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        @Grey: Hmm not who I would have expected, fure sure woulda thought a stay put or Hughes/Kiwakuma.. Its also head to head just fyi but thanks for the input

        • Beardcrabs says:
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          @Brock: Grey never liked Dumpster, aging reliever turned started, not his steez…

  62. L-Boogie says:
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    In a weekly league, I’m keeping Holland in this week and not starting Herrera off my bench just yet, right?

  63. RaisinGirl says:
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    @Grey, Rudy, etc. 12 team H2H, OBP instead of AVG. I’m getting bites on Dexter Fowler. Here is what I have right now:
    Ianetta and C. Santana (2 C league)
    Fielder, Kinsler, Cozart, Moustakas, Jed Lowrie at MI and Konerko at CI
    We start 5 OF: McCutchen, Heyward, Bautista, Fowler, A. Jackson
    I’ve been starting Lorenzo Cain in my UTIL spot. Gyorko is on my bench.
    My SP: Greinke, Brett Anderson, Niese, Morrow, Ogando, Kuroda, Beckett, Estrada

    I was offered Fiers and Adam Eaton for Fowler. I don’t like that deal but wonder if I should stay put or counter. Here are the owner’s other SP: Buchholz, Matt Harvey, Peavy, Mike Minor, Samardzija, Gallardo, Teheran

    Should I counter to pick up a different starter or just stay put with my team where it is for now?

      • RaisinGirl says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey for the quick response!

  64. Anthony says:
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    Yo Greycarlo, I need a last minute opinion. For next week in my h2h mixed points league we start 4 SP. I’m starting Latos, Morrow and Harvey all with double starts. Not sure what to do about the last guy between Waino at home once vs Milwaukee or Cahill twice at home vs Pitt & Dodgers. I’m torn because Waino is my ace and Gallardo usually blows up vs the Cards but Cahil gets a no hitting Pirates team and the Dodgers who he’s 4-0 with a 2.43 lifetime against. Also worried about the weather, a big storm is comimg to the midwest and if two Cards games get washed out Waino’s Sat start will turn into no starts for the week. Thanks brother.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would start Wainwright…

  65. flanwagon says:
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    Uggla just dropped… I have Tula at SS, Esinosa at 2nd and Cozart at MI. Is he worth stashing? I could drop Reimold…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  66. Rabbit says:
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    Great Brady Bunch test reference. I can just picture Ron Roenicke sneaking up behind Braun and throwing his briefcase on the floor. Next up, using a Tiki Idol reference. Maybe have David Price grow a scraggly beard and go around shouting “Tiki is Tabu!”

    • @Rabbit: Did Roy Halladay grab a Tiki doll somewhere along the line?

      • Rabbit says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Apparently he did. And he is holding on to it because he is convinced it’s his lucky charm and is saving him from even worse shellackings than he’s getting.

  67. c0wfunk says:
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    Master Greyseph – If Belt passes through waivers would you take him over Domonic Brown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  68. RedRox says:
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    Jed Lowrie, or Erick Aybar at SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie

  69. dsimon says:
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    In a one catcher league with deep bench space, do you think it’s worth holding both Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki and shuffling between them depending on who’s starting? I’m a Nationals fan so I’m watching the games and aware of what’s going on anyways.

    My current C is Alex Avila. Alternatively to Ramo-zuki, Tyler Flowers is available.

    Standard 5 + OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Avila

  70. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, so Rudy like Latos at the Cardinals today, but the guy has always been hit well by the Cards and he’s been hot garbage at St. Louis. Plus they’re unveiling another Stan The Man memorial! Do you think about benching him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  71. Derrick says:
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    Drop Harrel for who out of Edwin Jackson, Derek Holland, Bauer, McDonald, Hughes or Ervin Santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  72. Big Magoo says:
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    Left Middlebrooks out of my lineup in one RCL and CC in another. Sonavabench! On the plus side, most of my offense #s from yesterday looked like they came straight out of ’98. Wonder what Victor Conte’s been up to lately…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just thought of a great idea… Hire Conte to ‘bump’ into all members of my fantasy team…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Oh yeah, he can “bump” into the players and then release his “cream” all over them. Ummm, wait a second…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Exactly!

  73. Jon says:
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    With the SON delayed, mind to do a few sit/starts for me this week?

    Gee @ PHI
    Doubront vs BAL
    Cobb @ BOS
    Hammel @ NYY

    • Jon says:
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      How about Milone @ LAA, too?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d start Milone…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, sit, sit, sit…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: which 2 would you feel safest about?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Milone, Hammel

  74. Tio says:
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    Deep 12-team mixed league… Sleeper for steals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Don’t know who’s available in your league…

      • Tio says:
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        @Grey:

        Ruggiano, parra, Mclouth, Heisey. Not many people running yet so far this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Parra

  75. sul says:
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    Am i dropping Teheran or veras to make room for freese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Veras…Depends on need…

  76. Frank Lynch says:
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    Do you think I should drop Hughes out of my rotation and pickup either Zito, imajuki or maybe Herrera for Holland maybe cause i hear he might take holland’s spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now…

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      Sorry i meant Iwakuma…:

  77. Brendan says:
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    I’m looking to add some guys to my lineup but don’t know who, if anyone, to drop. Here’s my team in a 12-team Yahoo Rotisserie league.

    J.P. Arencibia (Tor – C)
    Adrian Gonzalez (LAD – 1B, OF)
    Rickie Weeks (Mil – 2B)
    Mark Trumbo (LAA – 1B, 3B, OF)
    Erick Aybar (LAA – SS)
    Matt Kemp (LAD – OF)
    Josh Hamilton (LAA – OF)
    Josh Reddick (Oak – OF)
    Wilin Rosario (Col – C)
    Trevor Plouffe (Min – 3B, OF)
    Yonder Alonso (SD – 1B)
    Jhonny Peralta (Det – SS)
    Hanley Ramirez (LAD – 3B, SS)
    David Ortiz (Bos – 1B)

    Jered Weaver (LAA – SP)
    Tim Hudson (Atl – SP)
    Casey Janssen (Tor – RP)
    Jim Henderson (Mil – RP)
    Ian Kennedy (Ari – SP)
    Lance Lynn (StL – SP, RP)
    Max Scherzer (Det – SP)
    C.J. Wilson (LAA – SP)
    Ryan Madson (LAA – RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league…

      • Brendan says:
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        Gerrado Parra
        Jean Segura
        David Murphy
        Franklin Gutierrez
        Justin Ruggiano
        Colby Rasmus
        Omar Infante
        Pete Kozma
        Denard Span
        Adam Lind

        Jose Fernandez
        Shelby Miller
        Miguel Gonzalez
        Ryan Cook
        Jose Valverde
        Jhoulys Chacin
        Dillon Gee
        Eric Stults
        Joe Smith

        • Brendan says:
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          @Brendan:

          Also Brandon Moss, Salvador Perez, and Michael Saunders.

          • chunk says:
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            @Brendan: drop a catcher and add jose

            drop a bench bat for shelby

            trade CJ wilson and lance lynn for whatever non marmol axeford closer you can get

            see where that takes you

            • Brendan says:
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              @chunk:

              Which Jose – Valverde or Fernandez?

              I’m not sure it’s worth trading two pretty good SP for one RP.

              • chunk says:
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                @Brendan: fernandez sorry

  78. Vince says:
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    Should I drop Bud Norris for Jhoulys Chacin, JA Happ or Josh Collmenter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  79. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I had some good numbers in one of my RCL”S this week, it scares me, I feel something bad must happen now. Here are the stat lines

    offense: 58/20/66/4/.326
    pitching: 81/5/3/2.84/1.07

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that is a huge week on both sides… You’re in 1st, right?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: oh yeah, by 8 points,I malso in first in another RCL but with this line:

        45/14/48/11/.312
        71/5/5/2.80/1.06

        same place, way different stats. Its all relative!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, true… I’m in first in the expert league too… Let’s keep it going!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: In the 2nd league, with Prezzi as commish, I’m in 1st place with a 14 point lead.

            Going to pick up my prayer candles today

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice… I think we’re in 1st in two other leagues… Tout and a CBS one…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: Whoop Whoop grey’s in first place. Whoop Whoop in all youz face!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sing, baby, yeah!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: All you experts need to be put in check
                    Grey is coming strong this year, he will cut your neck
                    Slahing side to side, like the stat line he will dominate
                    A dictator in the league there will be no need to nominate

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You best protect yo league…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: word to yo mother….not yours, I’m sure she is a wonderful lady, It’s those other guys in the league mothers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mother Albright is here playing WWF…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: WWF? like the wrestling league?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, she just bodyslammed my dog… Ooh, a rake of the eyes!

                  • Frito Balldito says:
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                    @Grey: Is it Rowdy Mama Albright or Mama “Superfly” Albright?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      She just smashed a coconut on the dog’s head, so you tell me…

                  • Frito Balldito says:
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                    @Grey: Piper

                    Grey “the hammer” Albright

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mr. Wonderful!

                  • Frito Balldito says:
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                    @Grey: Ravishing Jack Hate

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      New Jack Swing Full of Hate

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: sounds kinky

  80. Blushing Pansy says:
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    Need some help and still no Stream-o-nator. Guthrie vs. MIN or McDonald at ARI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McDonald

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I chose Guthrie because of Chase field, after looking at splits McDonald has a 6.48/1.20, which tells me he pitched well and melted down at the end.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s a coin flip… Neither are great…

  81. Tio says:
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    Points league…lose points for K’s.

    Have Neil Walker at 2b. Do you think Uggla is an upgrade?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Tio: no

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really…

  82. Grilled Cheese Please says:
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    Fellas (& the one female reader)….is there any chance in this pre-apocolyptic world that you would trade Longoria for Middlebrooks straight up? I see Middlebrooks having a year on par with Longo and the lineup around him seems to be better. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Grilled Cheese Please: no, if you want to make that deal, get more players in return. I don’t think he gets what a healthy Longo does

      • Grilled Cheese Please says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: that’s my concern. whether or not Longo stays healthy. He’s burned me bad a couple times and I keep going back.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grilled Cheese Please: you should be able to get a package of players for Longo to get Middlebrooks. I have no problem doing what you go to do to get the guy you really want, but don’t give the farm away to get a horse, have him throw in some pigs and cows.

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Grilled Cheese Please: no, middlebrooks is injury prone himself… and there are 4 girl readers…

  83. Bernie Brewer says:
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    P. Alvarez and B. Belt have been awful so far as my UTIL/bench players…ride it out or look to the waiver wire? (10 team H2H, if that matters)

    M. Reynolds, M. Saunders, and J. Morneau are still out there and someone just dropped Adam LaRoche (use my #1 waiver spot to get him? Or, wait until he clears waivers and try for him?)

    Thanks!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: Alvarez has always been a streaky sink or swim bat, same as Reynolds. I would waiver LaRoche and drop Belt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds over Belt for now…

  84. Double_A Ron says:
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    Nice use of the Kelvin scale

  85. Fungazi says:
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    Great work with the pitcher ratings. I went 10-1-1 across my two H2H leagues in the first week and would have swept all cats if it wasn’t for a work in progress closer situation. Only 6 more months to go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  86. Wake Up says:
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    You’re such a hippie Rudy…you expect all things sold as “food” to be actual food? You expect food-like items sold as “meat” to contain mostly meat? Do you expect a snowflake to form in the same exact way season over season? Do you expect A.J. to be able to catch a snowflake as it falls without melting it or needing to chase it to the backstop? Do you expect to see a double rainbow every time a fat man cries? trim the fro and put some shoes on……wink……

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: Do you expect to understand why I wrote A.J. when the reference clearly would have made more sense if I had said J.P…………….

  87. Always Wright says:
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    in an yahoo 12 team H2H (no Hr) TB and BB, Qs and L (no Svs or holds) league

    i sent an offer of my jay bruce, gee for Hamels and prado….is that a fair offer at least on my side.

    My OF are Harper, Bautista, Choo, Bruce(util)….also have ortiz on my dl

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Always Wright: bruce is streaky but will end up 37-90-90-10-260,but your of looks good,can you afford the hr loss

  88. Cole's Mustache says:
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    12t H2H Keeper (up to 3 SP max) 7×7 with IP and QS.

    1) Drop Fiers for any of the following? Guthrie, Chen, Griffin, Pettitte, Mendoza?

    2) If not, would you start or sit Fiers Friday @StL? My opponent this week has 8 SP and I’m running 7.. though he does have Kuroda, Cole, and J. Parker.

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    chris young over cain correct,ride the hot guy or are we scared he wont get enough abs

  90. RaoulDuke says:
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    With Aramis to the DL I grabbed Matt Carpenter, but could pickup mini-Donkey or Gyorko. Any opinion on the best fill-in option for now? I know Reynolds is a hot schmotato right now, Carpenter has some nice multi-pos eligibility. This is an OBP league btw.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @RaoulDuke: if they are all available now then its a shalow league,id ride the hot hand and switch if he cools,so reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    league looked real good the other night,kenley,henderson,herrera in that order?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  92. trick dad says:
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    any fears of Ackley’s PT turning into a timeshare? there’s no 2b available but i could trade for one. am i jumping the gun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  93. Jay says:
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    Matt Cain single handedly won my week 1 matchup! Thank Matt. and the best thing about it is that I traded Cain to this team in the offseason. His implosion won me ERA and Whip for the week and Sunday Morning, I though I had zero chance there.

    Question – My OF consists of Braun, Morse, Fowler, Marte and Werth with Corey Hart on the DL.
    I also have Freese on the DL, but am reading that he should be back soon. Have someoone interested in Longoria. Was thinking about asking for Heyward or Ellsbury in return and then putting Freese at 3rd.

    I don;t have complete confidence in my OF over the season, but it’s deep enough make additions throughout the year.

    So do i hold onto Longo here or make the move for an OF?

    other owner originally offering Felix…which would make my SP pitching VERY good (Verlander, Stras, Moore, Minor, Bailey, Iwakama, Jo-Fer).

    Right now he wants Longo and Jo-Fer…going to reah and ask for either Heyward or Ellsbury and Harvey.

    Thoughts?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Jay: Longo for Heyward or Ellsbury is a losing deal for you. Freese is one of the most injured players in the bigs. He gets hurt repeatedly every season. If you’re dealing Longoria, you need to have a more steady replacement at third and would need more in return than Heyward or Ellsbury. You’re trading a 1st/2nd rounder for a 4th rounder in the second week of the season. Hold off a bit.

      • Jay says:
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        @Wilsonian: Thanks man – I was concerned it was too early. however if I could swing Longo/Marte/Jo-Fer and get back Heyward/Felix (which is in play here) I might be able to get by with that. but it really just changes the need to fill OF all season to 3B and 3b isn’t nearly as deep as OF. But my pitching would be near dominant for H2H.

        I kinda have to wait to hear back from the other owner to see how bad he wants longo.

  94. Jacks says:
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    Need to pick 2 out of 4:
    Matt Moore at TEX
    Cobb at Bos
    Haren v CHW
    Griffn at LAA

    leaning Haren and Cobb … would be Moore’s first time in TEX.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore, Griffin…

  95. zzzzzz says:
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    Shelby Miller over Beckett or Hughes?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @zzzzzz: becket and hughes,id look for easier schedule

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    in an rcl where saves are real hard to come by,do we dump marmol?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: I’ve called my last four dumps, Marmols….

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wake Up: I call mine Berry’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would…

    • Steve says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Have you forgotten the Original Recipe rule?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I thought the rule was make up a phony commenter name and ask the questions then… Emoticon…

  97. Vlad says:
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    I have Will Middlebrooks as my starting 3rdb Trevor Plouffe and Mike Young as back ups, a-rod on the DL, should I look to trade high on Middlebrooks after yesterdays game or is this just the beginning for what could be an All-Star career? Any feed back will be most welcome.
    Thank you,
    Vlad

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you’re selling him for…

      • Vlad says:
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        @Grey: Hanley Ramirez and Ernisto Frieri for Middlebrooks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Middlebrooks…

  98. johnnyblowhole says:
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    should i drop pierzynski for lucroyin a 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  99. Shibboleth says:
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    Oh that title… Stupendous!

  100. Kid A says:
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    Do you guys like Perkins or Boggs more for the ROS?

    • Tio says:
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      @Kid A:

      Perkins…. better pitcher, secure job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perkins

  101. OaktownSteve says:
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    MLB.com reporting Axford demotion imminent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not surprising…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Did you know Yeats wrote a poem about closers?

        Turning and turning in the widening gyre
        The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
        Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
        Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
        The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
        The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
        The best lack all conviction, while the worst
        Are full of passionate intensity.

        Surely some revelation is at hand;
        Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
        The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
        When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
        Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
        A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
        A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
        Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
        Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
        The darkness drops again; but now I know
        That twenty centuries of stony sleep
        Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
        And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
        Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, awesome…

  102. Tio says:
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    Okay… give Melky Cabrera and get Jason Kipnis? Current 2b is Neil Walker. A bit thin in the OF right now with Morse, J. Upton starting. Torii Hunter reserve. Eaton Dl’d. This is a keeper league as well and Kipnis has a pretty good price tag for future seasons.

    12-team league but with daily moves could probably mix/match in the OF if needed.

    Points league format so Melky grades out much higher than traditional leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kipnis….

  103. Principle Blackman says:
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    Should I put in an FAA bid on Michael Fiers in my 12-team, 6×6 (K9, & QS replaces W) league? Or do I hold right now? I tried to draft him at our auction, but I was hamstrung by my budget while he was on the board.

    My team: Bumgarner, Shields, Mike Minor, Anibal Sanchez, Jason Hammel, Homer Bailey, Julio Teheran, Huston Street, Glen Perkins, Chris Perez, Kenley Jansen.

    Thanks as always for the solid advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  104. herschel says:
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    @Rudy, @Grey: better start this week? weekly mixed roto league.

    bailey @ stl
    parker @ laa, vs det

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  105. TheNewGuy says:
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    Anyone the fish could turn to as an alternative for saves for us diggin deep? Got Cishek but im slighly worried and the other save chasers (Herrera, Fuji, Benoit) are gone.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy:
      And with the news, is Henderson for the Crewers worth the no1 waiver claim? Presumably hed take over the gig.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, not right now…

  106. ken plane says:
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    MI spot, Dump Walker for Nunez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you need speed…

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @ken plane: No.

  107. Vince says:
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    Was just offered Jason Hammel for Eric Hosmer.

    I have Hosmer, Aoki, Ike Davis and BJ Upton on my bench.

    Should I take it or counter with Aoki?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Hosmer… I’d want Aoki too…

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey: Should I start Hosmer or Ike Davis over Chris Davis?

        …Bj Upton or Aoki over Frazier?

        Montero, Jesus(C) SEA
        Davis, Chris(1B,OF) BAL
        Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
        Longoria, Evan(3B) TB
        Castro, Starlin(SS) CHC
        Harper, Bryce(OF) WAS
        Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
        Stanton, Giancarlo(OF) MIA
        Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN

        Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
        Aoki, Norichika(OF) MIL
        Davis, Ike(1B) NYM
        Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL

        Bumgarner, Madison(P) SF
        Chapman, Aroldis(P) CIN
        Harvey, Matt(P) NYM
        Milone, Tommy(P) OAK
        Ryu, Hyun-Jin(P) LAD
        Street, Huston(P) SD
        Zimmermann, Jordan(P) WAS

        Happ, J.A.(P) TOR
        Teheran, Julio(P) ATL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No and no…

          • Vince says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

  108. Jacks says:
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    Braun in starting lineup today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice….If you have him…

  109. C.O.C. says:
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    So I picked up Chris Davis in a 10 teamer, but do I shoehorn him in in place of any one of Braun, Matt Holliday, Alex Gordon or Pablo Sandoval….or just leave it alone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Holliday…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        That’s crazy talk! Or is it? Hard to say. Can’t say I like the call on the surface. Could get 5-10 extra homers and give up 50 points of BA.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I read the comment as in he’s gonna play Davis over Holliday for the time being, but not dropping Holliday…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            That’s why you’re the boss.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You could be right, not 100% sure…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Also I would want to hear that Braun is able to turn his neck if you’re right and he’s just looking for short-term fill in and not a drop.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, true…

                  • C.O.C. says:
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                    @Grey: Absolutely meant just for the week…..all things considered…(like Braun’s neck)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Braun looks fine today… I’d go with Davis over Holliday for a few days….

  110. zzzzzz says:
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    Pick up JP over Avila?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fine…

  111. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I know this is apples and oranges, but in a redraft mixed league, who’s the better stash- Kelvin Herrera or Jose Hernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Herrera… I don’t know why you’d stash Jose Hernandez in any league…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob:

      Must mean Fernandez.

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yes, Fernandez.

        • Schmohawks Bob says:
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          @Schmohawks Bob: Sorry for that brain fart. Any thoughts on which one of these kids is worth stashing with one extra spot I’ve got?

          • Beardcrabs says:
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            @RaoulDuke: @Schmohawks Bob: if you need saves: obvi Herrera, if your rotation is solid already: Herrera, if you don’t need one of your bench bats: Both…

  112. royce! says:
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    accidentally posted this in your last post…

    Morning, Grey and Rudy. I hope this comment finds you well. Someone dropped Rasmus in my 14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH. I already have Heyward, Ajax, Ethier, Frazier as OFs and Berkman at UTIL, along with Brown and C.Carter on the bench. Should I drop Carter for Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw… I’d go with Rasmus…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks buddy! Home opening at Petco tomorrow…Padres in some great company at the bottom of the standings–HOU, MIA, PIT and SD all 1-5. Keeping the faith!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I bet they beat the Astros and Marlins… Pirates, though, they might be tough…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: yeah, too bad their division is not them, HOU, MIA and PIT…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’d have a fighting chance…

  113. zzzzzz says:
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    Lohse over Hellickson, Harrison, or Hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Hellickson

  114. chillmodious says:
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    New week, new way to try and lose Marte: drop him for Krispie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  115. Be The Ball says:
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    Someone dropped Nick Swisher, would you drop Brandon Belt for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  116. letsgobravos says:
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    So, 14 hour ago, Braun’s neck was so bad he couldn’t pinch hit in the 9th inning when his team was down 1 with 2 men on base, but today he can start? I own him on both of my teams so I’m glad to have him back, but either their doc is too cautious or he was being a pussy yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, good point… Hopefully he’s just better if you own him…

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @letsgobravos:

      HEAR that antler spray & the clear does wonders for neck injuries

  117. Fungazi says:
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    Trying to establish my closer group – would you pick up J Henderson and drop Chisek or Valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Henderson over Valverde…

  118. Pfitty says:
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    Start Halladay in a 12 teamer vs. NYM tonight?

    • Grey

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

  119. Beardcrabs says:
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    Streaming Correia vs. KC: sit or start…

    10-team Keeper, deep rosters, my rotation is legit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  120. Otaku91 says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Maybin? Droppable on a 12 team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends for who, but prolly…

      • Otaku91 says:
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        @Grey:
        Dropped from my bench for streaming pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, if you need them…

  121. Beardcrabs says:
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    I didn’t realize E S T R A D A’ s fastball was 88-90 mph, but his change is pretty filthy… I have him almost everywhere…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E S T R A D A ! ! !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh… Stupid Wrigley with the ball blowing out…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Man, Estrada loves to flip flop between locating his pitches perfectly on the outside corner and serving up 88mph meat pellets right down the middle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he needs to stop with the effin’ HRs… Guy’s killing me…

          • Project Merkin says:
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            He’s been dealing since then. Wind was definitely a factor in the HR and the Triple, everything else hit off him has been pretty weaksauce. He’s just got to remain calm for 1 more inning.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, real nice start from him…

    • Beardcrabs says:
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      @Beardcrabs: and as i type he pipes one to Wellington…

  122. stumanji says:
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    Grey & Rudy, You guys ever decide on the glossary term for Fowler (skinny guy with sneaky power)? Last I checked “Strawberries” was the leader in the clubhouse, I believe.

  123. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10 tm H2H, shallow rosters, big $$. 20 roster moves per year (and I like to have 5 or so in pocket for the playoff weeks if possible), so they’re precious. I’ve had success in our format rostering 3-4 passable closers and 1-2 elite MRs (svs and hlds count). Currently have Wilhelmsen, G. Holland, League and Boggs getting me saves and Jansen getting me holds. With Freeman hitting the DL I have an open roster spot. Do I use a precious move to pick up Herrera or Henderson, or hold until I really have a need? If Holland is deposed and Motte comes back, I’ll need more saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now…

  124. Wake Up says:
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    Hey Grey, who took Cain, Hamels or Price anyway? I was taking bats when all those high-priced SP’s were coming off the board. Weren’t we all taking guys like Waino, J-Z, Moore, Niese??? J essin bro, j essin….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly, esse…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nice work!

  125. Wake Up says:
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    ……and there’s the Ax for Axford…Muppet Master in…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That actually hurts a bit…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: uh huh

  126. bossmanjunior says:
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    If Jed Lowrie stays healthy all year, he could be a top _ SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      8

  127. Wake Up says:
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    If my mom and dad were both six inches taller, I wouldn’t be a midget?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: only in Asia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isn’t that that song?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: you mean this hook. I copied and pasted, but I knew who it was

        I wish I was little bit taller,
        I wish I was a baller
        I wish I had a girl who looked good
        I would call her
        I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat
        and a ’64 Impala

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA… Yeah, that one…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        you wish you were like 6’9″ so you could get with Leoshi cuz yo she don’t know thee but yo she’s really fine.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Sky: break it down

  128. fd says:
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    Hyun-Jin Ryu just got dropped in my 12 team league.

    Drop Fiers and put in a waiver claim for Ryu?

    SHURIUKEN!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @fd: right away

      • fd says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: ty Jack. I could also keep Fiers but drop Marmol, which would still leave me with Boggs, Perkins, and Soriano at RP. If you think Fiers is worth holding. Clutching. Tightly.

        HADOUKEN!!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @fd: tough call on Marmol, I know he is universally hated, but I would hold him for another week and see how this Chicago pen settles out. On the flip side it is a 12 teamer and you have 2 1/2 closers so its really up to you. Is Kelvin Herrera available? if he is i would drop marmol for him and Fiers for Ryu

          • fd says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Ryu was dropped in favor of Herrera haha. Full circle!!

            I can afford to sit on Marmol for a few weeks and let him fester on my bench. Will go ahead and drop Fiers for Ryu. thx again.

            • fd says:
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              @fd: Alternatively, I can forget to bench Marmol, and see what kind of damage he can do to my whip and ERA this week. Which is what I have done today, ugh.

              a double, 1K, a walk, and a wild pitch so far…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @fd: I’ve kicked myself in the nuts too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  129. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    In honor of Bukowski ” Ham on Ryu”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  130. Kid A says:
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    Crapiest built Suzuki I’ve seen since those Samurai’s that would flip after a hard sneeze.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  131. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    10-team, H2H, 5×5, keeping 5
    c-Perez
    1b-Ike Davis
    2b-Rutledge
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Reyes
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Cahill, Ryu, Teheran, Gee
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland
    dl-Garza

    Trade Teheran for Street?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  132. marbles says:
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    12 team h2h points league – drop Ethier for Reddick or hold? Could also drop Kendrick, but then I’d have 2 bench bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  133. OaktownSteve says:
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    Brewers got themselves a new closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, they do…

  134. Trevor

    tggq21 says:
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    BnY,

    Are we benching hellickson at Texas today??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  135. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Cano. Why this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because I have him and he loves me…

  136. Steve says:
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    Yikes. The Royals have the lead in the bottom of the 8th. Wonder who comes in? Bound to be Holland, given that I benched him in one league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope it doesn’t get ugly…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Maybe our Sal Perez can take the closer out of the equation…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve: Or maybe he won’t. Pppfffttt.

          • Frito Balldito says:
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            @Steve: does FB give you an ulcer?

            • Steve says:
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              @Frito Balldito: If not for the constant whining I do here cleansing my gut, it probably would do.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Steve:

          And it’s Aaron Crow. I think just because the other guys have been used a bunch. Getting pretty interesting though.

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Herrera and Holland were given the day off because they both pitched back to back. So Crow gets the save. Blech.

            • Frito Balldito says:
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              @Schmohawks Bob: YES! I have crow in my 20 team, its a holds league

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @Steve: Crow? Seriously??? The ONE Royals reliever I don’t have?!?!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I have 8 Royals on my RCL team… 4 relievers…

        • Steve says:
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          @OaktownSteve: @L-Boogie: @Grey: Of course I’m up against the guy who has punted Saves… but owns Crow.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Steve:

            You need to pour out some rum or burn some chicken bones or something.

            • Steve says:
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              @OaktownSteve: This is the league where I’m relievers-only, so I should be OK for winning saves, but I might be sweating a bit if I go for a few days without one. Was looking at a Perkins opp for a while there…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Their relievers are pretty good though. That’s one thing I didn’t like about Holland is short track record and three legit closer arms behind him.

          I’m Royals heavy too. Escobar, Sugar, Herrera and short term fill in Getz in the deep league.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, was just writing that for tomorrow’s roundup… They’re all very good…

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              Collins is a nasty little lefty. I think they used to say the same thing about Stalin.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                And the Royals are practicing socialism with their saves…

  137. stumanji says:
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    10 tm H2H. Currently carrying Romo, Frieri, C. Janssen, and K. Jansen at RP. Henderson & Veras are the two official “closers” available (Herrera, too). I like keeping Kenley around for his K’s & ratios and the high upside if he takes over in Dodgerland.

    Would you drop Kenley or a bench bat (Kubel or Rutledge) for Henderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have enough saves…

  138. Cole says:
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    So I got the bright idea to stream Jimenez today. Ubaldo ubastardo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, nothing good can come of that…

  139. royce! says:
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    What’s the take on Crow? Still third in line? I already grabbed him in the RCL (so no, Steve, this isn’t breaking the first rule), but was considering dropping Carter for him in a league where I have Holland and no other closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just dropped Carter for Crow in F&F… He’s still 3rd but he’s good on his own so no harm no foul…

  140. Steve says:
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    Broxton up in the pen for the Reds if they take the lead here… (it says on Twitter)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I almost streamed Florimon…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Was this a 20 team AL-only league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, it’s in the RCL where I’m in first place… Where you at?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Climbed back up to 6th after a rough first week rolling around in the 10th/11th spot. It’s rough going against Tehol’s Todd Frasier…whoever that is.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm… Never heard Tehol mention him…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I think you’ve just blocked his twitter account then.

  141. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mujica or Salas the Rosenthal handcuff? Boggs living on borrowed time.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Epic meltdown in progress.

      • Steve says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Not helping that Rosenthal gave up a run too…

        • Kid A says:
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          @Steve: it’s the Hindenburg smashing into the Titanic. Glad I own Boggs everywhere. Will be very interesting to see the fallout from this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salas, I guess… It’s a mess…

  142. herschel says:
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    swapped out holland for boggs this week in my weekly league. sorry for the late warning…

  143. stumanji says:
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    10 tm H2H keeper (keep 5). I have Phllips ($17), Aaron Hill ($4), and Rickie Weeks ($5) all starting for me right now. Looking ahead to when I need to activate Headley and Hanley and my team is stacked so I don’t want to flat-out drop anybody, I want to try to trade one of these guys in a 2-for-1 package to a 2B-deprived team. Considering their relative prices (for reference, I kept Hill at $4 this year), which would you try to deal first? Phillips is too expensive to keep but I think he’s my best bet to help me win this year so I prob want to hold him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks

  144. bossmanjunior says:
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    Henderson or Veras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Henderson

  145. fry-guy says:
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    the close-pocalypse is one again upon us. boggs just drank bacon grease after downing a quart of coffee. unfortunately, he was standing (sans pants) over my clean sheets. i need a new house.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Kid A says:
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      @fry-guy: christ, that is really funny!!!

      • fry-guy says:
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        @Kid A: thanks, here’s his line (before ringing up the loss): 29 PC, 0.1 INN, 2 HA, 4 BBI, 6 ER

        that’s my closer! irony enough i just cut holland b/c he f’d up my spare bedroom last week.

        • Goose says:
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          @fry-guy:

          162.00 ERA! Unreal.

  146. Steve says:
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    Pitched more like Wade Boggs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  147. Frito Balldito says:
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    Interesting Marginer tomorrow with Bedard vs. Maurer, i like Bedard, what about you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maurer, sure…

  148. chillmodious says:
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    Drop Boggs for Henderson or Fujikawa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fujikawa

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. If Fujikawa is unavailable in one league, I grab Henderson, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  149. Steve says:
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    Chris Perez is coming in? WTF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a Closepocalypse… Crawl under your desk!

  150. Steve says:
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    Pardon me Roy, who was that the catcher that you threw to?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Damn! Ruined it. Who was that catcher that you threw to…

  151. Long Bawls says:
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    Something tells me Mitchell bloggs about anything but this…Fernando gonna toss his salas. Luckily, I have both Boggs and Holland on my team, so it’s fair and balanced.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  152. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wow that mustve been muthafuckinugly from Boggs.

    Grab Rosie? Surely there can’t be another change in the closerpocalypse already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d grab Rosenthal…

  153. herschel says:
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    mitchell….mitchell….mitchell boggs, gets the gas face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indeed

  154. EmporersMonkey says:
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    In my main league I have Axford, Chisek and Boggs.

    Is there a place where I can buy voodoo dolls in bulk?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @EmporersMonkey: Somebody beat you to it.

  155. EmporersMonkey says:
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    Oh yeah, the best part is 90% of the runs they have allowed have come in non-save situations :)

  156. charlie batch says:
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    jose fernandez or dickey?

      • charlie batch says:
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        @TheNewGuy: thats not a stupid question

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickey

  157. TheNewGuy says:
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    Herreras still the guy over Crow right? Or is it still Holland?

    Sheesh, friggin closeragita…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland, Kelvin, Crow…

  158. bossmanjunior says:
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    Not sure what’s going to happen to Boggs so which two of these three would you pick: Boggs, Henderson, Veras? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boggs, Henderson…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        So you would take Boggs over a guaranteed closer in Veras? Maybe Im overreacting, but Boggs’ line was turrible today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Veras is garbage… At least Boggs could get a save chance… They’re close to a toss up though…

  159. Kid A says:
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    Torched every team with Boggs. Rolling out Saunders next, just to get that early season Slim Pickens riding the bomb crap out of my system.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t compound the ugly…

  160. Goose says:
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    Per Paul Sporer on Twitter:

    Boggs needs 20 scoreless innings to get back under 3.00 ERA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Goose: Hillarious

  161. TheNewGuy says:
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    Kelvin or Rosie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelvin

  162. EmporersMonkey says:
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    Jason Heyward is looking pretty good so far, glad I have him on most of my teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  163. Long Bawls says:
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    Can’t spell closer w/o “loser.”

    Of course, can’t spell Samardzija, period.

    • EmporersMonkey says:
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      @Long Bawls: Ha ha, true. My starters have combined for a sub 2.00 era and thanks to my “closers” my season ERA is above 5.

  164. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Matt Harvey almost pitchslapped Halladay on a 3-2 count. Just foul. I pray for you Doc drafters, I really do…

  165. ThE sHiT says:
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    Some schmo dropped Middlebrooks. Is he worth a grab if im dropping either Reimold or Moose?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @ThE sHiT: Drop Reimold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Reimold

  166. ROLFAMLO says:
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    rank plz: bourjos, ruggiano, joyce, hicks, garrett jones… or chris johnson/juan francisco

    for util, obp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bourjos, Joyce, Hicks… Different things… Johnson…

  167. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    the annoncers are all over halladay,saying something is wrong,on his warm up pitches he threw one so far left the catcher didnt even touch it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His line looks like it…

  168. letsgobravos says:
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    Jesus Christ Boggs, are you fucking kidding me? 6 runs? WTF?

    I own him on my RP heavy team and this clown single handily blew up any shot I have of winning ERA this week. Is he a drop grey? I already have 4 other closers? Its a holds league though so should I stick him on my bench in hopes he turns back into a good pitcher when he’s removed from the 9th? Rosenthal is available so I could grab him instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him…

  169. Long Bawls says:
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    Damn, Roy is getting rogered…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  170. Steve says:
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    Justin Upton. Good gracious me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: He can’t stop hitting. 4/4 now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish I owned him on more teams…

  171. Snake Hips says:
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    I hate Roy Halladay.

  172. Frito Balldito says:
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    My bottom three are Beckett,Miller and Fernandez, I like fernandez better than Miller and have 8 starters total. would I be crazy to drop Miller to grab other pieces I need?

    Bone face is killing me in the OF

  173. Chris says:
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    I don’t want to overreact but I want to drop Halladay. He’s my 6th starter, Jo-fer being my 7th. It’s H2h so I’d rather have the streaming spot. Hold onto him longer or cut ties?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t have drafted him, I’d bench him for now…

  174. a1r fann1ng says:
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    john buck a top 10 catcher this year or just a hot start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a week…

  175. Wilsonian says:
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    So I have a bug bucket of sh*t for closers aside from Hanrahan and Parnell. Boggs and Holland take the other two spots. Do I lose Boggs for Henderson or Rosenthal? Herrera was just snagged.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Boggs…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: I got a little over anxious and cut him for Henderson. Probably shouldn’t have, but those are the breaks with an itchy fantasy trigger finger.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, it’s prolly not a big deal…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: yeah, thanks man. Probably not a big deal with Motte on the horizon. Really no other closers available unless Soscia goes all like himself and puts Madson back in the role when he comes back.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, things will change still…

  176. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    anyone,saunders or reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds for now…

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Grey: gracious

  177. charlie batch says:
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    matt f***ing harvey

  178. Jon says:
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    Stanton 0-1 with 2 BBs. I know it’s early, but are you any more worried about him in that lineup?

    On a happy note, Matt Harvey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not worried…

  179. bossmanjunior says:
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    Thank god for Harvey and Maholm helping out my ERA after that Boggs mess earlier. Down to 4.40 on the day. Hopefully Bumgardner doesn’t screw it up. With a decent solid start, could actually get my ERA below 4.

  180. ThE sHiT says:
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    Lawrie, Middlebrooks, Machado, Moose the way you rank em?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @ThE sHiT: ROS – Middlebrooks, Moose, Lawrie, Machado but thats just me. i don’t like that Lawrie will be batiing 7th or 8th, if he moves up in the order then he goes up. Moose and Middle should be about the same and I think Macho will break out but it won’t happen till May or June.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks about right…

  181. Carl Spackler says:
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    H2H Drop Dom Brown or JBJ for Matt Carpenter?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carl Spackler: I wouldnt yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bradley

  182. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would you stream Miley versus the Pirates at home in a 10 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  183. L-Boogie says:
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    Chris Carter has 23 ABs and 12 Ks. That is all.

  184. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    My bottom three are Beckett,Miller and Fernandez, I like fernandez better than Miller and have 8 starters total. would I be crazy to drop Miller to grab other pieces I need?

    Bone face is killing me in the OF

    I think you missed this question above

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Beckett first… Can always stream what he’d give you…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: true

  185. letsgobravos says:
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    Justin Upton is on a mission from Xenu to carry one of my braves to the world series and my fantasy team to similar glory. MF’er is white hot.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: My only gripe for fantasy purposes being that his brother needs to get on base so that JUP can stop hitting so many solo jacks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hell yeah!

  186. Steve says:
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    Woot, woot. Hunter Pence.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy will appreciate that…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: And he’s not the only one! I have Grudy Gambright teams this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, awesome!

  187. Chris says:
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    Drop Torii Hunter for Jim Henderson? I don’t want to, but we’ve only got 4 OF spots and I’ve got J-Up, A-Jones, Shin Shoo, Rios, and Strong Bean Fowler.

    I just don’t have use for Torii.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Chris: do it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  188. Steve says:
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    The Wandwagon has pulled into the pits and is being pushed into the garage…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bad huh?

  189. Wake Up says:
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    Do we need to own the whole Royal bullpen? If so, would that be a Royal Flush? Or, Royals….flush…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  190. Howard says:
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    Anyone, 16 team league. Could really use an offensive upgrade, and have some closer depth with Romo, League, Henderson and Rosenthal. Would you deal Henderson for Dom Brown or David Murphy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown

  191. Steve says:
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    Sacks full for Goldy…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: The sac fly is such a letdown…

      • Eric W says:
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        @Steve: I have had a rough offensive day in most leagues I will take the RBI

        • Steve says:
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          @Eric W: Truth. Have had plenty of those myself.

  192. Long Bawls says:
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    Wane-dy Rodriguez! Woundy Rodriguez?

  193. Eric W says:
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    Great day to be a Mujica owner, kinda like a reverse ticker-tease after seeing the score and hearing that the Cards bullpen got blown up during my car ride home.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… True…

    • Eric W says:
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      @Kid A: He is no Jose Canseco…

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Kid A: Haha, good thing he’s hitting the cover off of the ball or else he could lose playing time with craptacular plays like that. Is center field really that much tougher than right or left?

      • Steve says:
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        @letsgobravos: Yikes. If you can’t catch those, you can’t catch. That is one instance when, referring to the shortcomings of a major league, I am confident that I could do better.

        9 out of ten cricket players (of which I was one) could catch those without the need for a glove.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

  194. Herschel says:
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    With neimann goin on the dl and possibly out for the season, anyone grabbing archer? How long can fausto or whatever his name is last as the number 5 starter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s bad, forget him…

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: what about archer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be a solid upside guy, but he’s not moving into the rotation with this news… Roberto Hernandez is the Rays 5th starter as of right now…

  195. letsgobravos says:
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    Wow, Godly misses the granny by only a couple of feet. Backed the OFer all the way up to the wall.

  196. Wake Up says:
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    After seeing that, I can now hear Morgan saying, “Chin Shoe Chow…uh….Shin Sow Cow…oh…uh…Sin You Do …Chin Show…Shin Choo ….well, the guy sure makes it look interesting…good thing he’s hitting!”

  197. Wake Up says:
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    The MRI on Lackey came back positive for douchebaggery…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  198. Wake Up says:
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    (yes, i am drinking…..a lot)

  199. Ro_Bauti says:
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    Hey Rudy, someone is offering Kemp and Bucholz for my McCutchen and Iwakuma. What do you think? It’s a keeper league, 5×5.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Ro_Bauti: I say pass on that deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kemp…

      • Ro_Bauti says:
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        @Grey: Pulled the trigger. Here’s hoping Kemp gets back to full strength soon.

  200. letsgobravos says:
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    Nathan with a messy save, giving up a run. BUTTTT it cut my ERA for the week from 162.00 (thanks Boggs!) to 48.00 so that’s pretty awesome!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: …Also worth noting, the Ump rang up Zobrist on one of the worst calls ever. Pitch was in the dirt and the home plate ump hesitated and then called him out. Maddon went ape shit!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank god for tomorrow…

  201. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: which pitcher do you like best for a dl stash? Garza, Beachy or Pineda? Thanks.

    • Ro_Bauti says:
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      @Herschel: Beachy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  202. L-Boogie says:
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    Come on Bum. Just hold on a little bit longer…

  203. Descarte Before The Horse says:
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    New name. Almost went with Tracy Sheckle is a Whore. Anywhoo, in need of saves badly. Axford just dropped, worth the #1 waiver over FAs Rosenthal or Marmol? Also, Halladay was just dropped. Yeah, he might be done, but worth the #1 waiver as a 6th starter or hold? 12 team ESPN. Valverde would be the drop for both. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username… Eh, I’d hold for now…

  204. Wake Up says:
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    (should probably give this girl her phone back…since I didn’t even ask her if I could use it…….and I don’t even know her…………and her man is not looking very happy…….and I’m drunk posting on a FBB blog)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Run away with the phone. Now…

  205. Wake Up says:
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    (trying to explain to her that I just tried to stream Ubaldo…..I have Boggs….I just had to cut Marmol and Al Al….I missed out on the Muppet Master….and Adam Dunn is leading my team in steals…Adam DUnN!)

  206. Steve says:
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    Carter!

    Got a hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miracle!

  207. Kid A says:
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    Saunders doing a pro job of excising some of that Boggs tumor. That High School team in Houston really makes opposing pitchers look like golden gods.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yup…

  208. Steve says:
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    Look at Cuddyer chipping in with a steal. Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good… I have him on an NL team…

  209. Kid A says:
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    Why would that tub of lard Sandoval try and stretch to a double? Did he think second base was a marshmallow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  210. Steve says:
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    Come on DBacks – need you guys to get into the lead here…

    • Kid A says:
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      @Steve: I concur, and would also like to apologize in advance to whatever gods Steve has pissed off in the past so that it can be made so…

      • Steve says:
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        @Kid A: I’ve probably annoyed most of them – and several times a day during the fantasy baseball season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any Goldy goodness?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Not of the big fly variety. Ah well. Still a run and and an RBI today though.

        If Wilhelmsen can’t save this, we might as well all give up and go home…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think one of us could save a game vs. the Astros…

  211. DiscoD says:
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    Need to have my 2 streamers in line to pick up for the week. Pick the 2 best matchups

    Doubront – (Fenway) vs Hammel
    Haap – (Kauffman) vs Mendoza
    Iwakuma – (Safeco) vs Darvish.. Battle of the blisters
    Ryu – (Chase) vs Kennedy
    Wei-Yin Chen – (Yankees) vs Pettite
    Teheran – (Nationals) vs Detweiler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iwakuma, Ryu

      • DiscoD says:
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        @Grey: should I own Ryu or Iwakuma in a 10-team league or are they both just streamers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ryu

  212. Steve says:
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    Panda hit by pitch. Feel sorry for the pitcher there. Be harder to NOT hit Panda with a pitch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam!

  213. Steve says:
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    .500 AVG and .529 OBP in the ol’ H2H today. Not used to this…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve: wow, classic humblebrag, humblebrah!

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!: I’m as much about celebrating success as I am about whining.

        Actually, not quite.

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!: Who do you like better for Holds –

        Robbie Ross, Jesse Crain, or Jared Burton? They’re the guys with the most holds thus far and have the best ratios…

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!: Throw Carter Capps in there…

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve: I’d say Capps if you can take on some risk ( the M’s actually having a lead) and Crain if not… which is to say, I’M ALL CAPPS,

  214. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    The Louisville cards win the NCAA championship,ill drink to that,im not into womens b-ball but it would be cool if they win it all tomorrow also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s always an occasion for drinking, right?

  215. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Rosenthal was dropped before today’s game. I own Boggs. Worth dropping Cashner or L Martin for him? Also, in general, is Martin worth hanging on to in weekly leagues? Doesn’t seems like he will get regular ABs…

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Herschel: Martin might still come on at some point,but he was given the opportunity and didnt do anything with it,kind of like bonafacio in Toronto,so i see no need to hold onto him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner if you really need saves…

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