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You wanted to sell R.A. Dickey, but no one was buying.  Seeing last year as a fluke.  Said he couldn’t do it again.  Said you had too much fruit in your tapioca for even drafting him.  They told you go fly a kite with Dickey, but not around children or it would be weird.  Then Dickey throws a two-hit shutout yesterday with 6 Ks and you showed them that the only good thing that ever came out of being a naysayer is horse whispering.  Or did you?  Do you know anything more about Dickey than you did two days ago?  He says he’s been dealing with cold weather and a sore back and he’s blaming the WBC.  Excuses are like Alcides Escobar, everyone has one and they all smell.  Did Dickey’s back suddenly clear up?  Because he gave up six earned in his last start.  Was the weather in his last start cold and Dickey shrunk up?  This shutout was against the Rays, who are now 10 for their last 99 against him.  They see Dickey and immediately go limp.  Finally, your Dickey looks to be pointing in the right direction, but I wouldn’t start writing his name on your underpants just yet.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Reyes – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  His owners are just happy to have him back.  Now if he can steal 32 bases tomorrow, they’d be happier.

Adam Lind – 1-for-4 with his 11th homer.   He’s no Puig, but Lind or truffles?  Both delicious.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4 with his 22nd homer.  E5 needs a new nickname.  Edwin-Powered?  Hot Edwings?  Not Juan Encarnacion?

Roberto Hernandez – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  You ever have a guy that looks good every time you look at him, yet he’s hot garbage?  Roberto Hernandez is that guy for me.  I look at his pitching lines for what feels like every fifth day, but obviously I’m missing something because he has a 4.98 ERA.  Roberto Hernandez, who are you?  And don’t say Fausto Carmona!

Dexter Fowler – Sat out with a sore wrist.  He tweaked it on Tuesday.  Here I thought Kluber was the only tweaker.

Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  That’s about as surprising as Donald Trump talking favorably about himself.

Michael Cuddyer – 2-for-4 and two solo homers, hitting .344.  Far from exciting, but more valuable than Prince Fielder, Pujols, A-Gon and a host of others, according to our Player Rater.

Clay Buchholz – Underwent an MRI on his trapezius, but everything checked out.  Doctors found some springs, four leg stands, and a high-wire guy above it.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks, 2.99 ERA.  As I said last time he pitched, his peripherals look like he’s usable in all leagues, even if I Lackey enthusiasm for him.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Shane Victorino – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .298.  Better yet, he wasn’t injured yesterday, though I went to sleep around 11:45, so can’t account for the last fifteen minutes.

A.J. Griffin – A two-hit CG shutout with 2 walks and 7 Ks.  This was his first career shutout.  His ERA is now down to 3.56.  Would be awesome if it stayed there all year, then we can call him Oaktown’s 3.56 and sing, “A.J.’s gotcha crazy!”  Alas, that dream will probably end when he takes on the Cubs in his next start, which is favorable, especially since it comes at home.  In fact, the Stream-o-Nator likes his next start better than today’s (and liked today’s a lot).  A.J.’s gotcha crazy…gotcha crazy…gotcha crazy!

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  2 more and he gets a Donaldsonnet.  (Assuming it’s within the next two weeks so I remember.)

Jeff Mathis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Guarantee you Mike Scioscia just switched his fantasy catcher.

Placido Polanco – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  I hope they returned the ball to him.

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 14th save, ERA down to 3.24.  Someone knows how to get the heck out of Miami.  WHOA!  Buster Olney just tweeted this:  Yanks talking to Marlins about Cishek, will send them Vernon Wells and $240 million.

Raul Ibanez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 18th homer.  Lock your doors, close your windows, maybe close your windows first.  It’s Raul Ibanez and he’s a Zombino!

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks vs. Pittsburgh.  F-Her has been manhandling everyone in his career, but Pirates have been especially bad.  Easy, GLAAD, there’s no hidden message there.

Yoervis Medina – 2/3 IP, 1 ER.  Is this a point in Oliver Perez’s favor?  Am I really rooting for Oliver Perez?  Yes, yes I am.

Neil Walker – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  He usually gets as hot as a pitchfork in hell, and has two hits in three of his last four games, so it’s worth noting this could be the start of something.

Jeanmar Gomez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Fun fact!  Saying his first name gives me phlegm.

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 0 ER and got the save.  Clint Hurdle announced that Grilli wouldn’t be used in this Mariners series due to his 28-pitch Sunday.  Geez, Joe Torre threw some pitchers for twice that amount in back-to-back games.  Hurdle’s really using kid gloves with Grilli.  Or maybe that’s oven mitts.  Things could go either way here.  Grilli could pitch on Friday (or the next day a save opportunity presents itself) and get shelled again and Melancon takes over immediately, or Grilli’s fine.  I’d stash Melancon now just to be safe.  Just shows you the Pirates are serious about winning and won’t hesitate to remove their 1-something ERA closer with their zero-something ERA middle reliever.

Jon Niese – Hopes to resume throwing next week.  Could get pushed to ten days if he sees his nose shadow.

Ruben Tejada – Will begin a rehab assignment later this week.  Hopefully, it’s not a media zoo.

Shaun Marcum – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  After Tuesday’s huge offensive explosion, it was back to the dead ball era yesterday across of baseball.  This was best illustrated by Marcum pitching against the White Sox the way that Wheeler was supposed to.

Eric Young – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  Young has 97 ABs on my RCL team.  He’s hitting .320, that’s nice.  He only has 3 steals.  Not so nice.  It’s ain’t AGNOF, man.  C’mon.

Tommy Hanson – Headed to the DL with forearm tightness.  Tommy was playing too much of that mean pinball.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-3, 1 RBI.  Don’t cha wish your outfielder was hot like this?  Don’t cha, don’t cha.

Chris Perez – Will be activated today.  His dog, Brody, who was busted with a large package of marijuana, wishes he could see it, but he has terrible glaucoma.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, woof*

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-3 as he was activated.  Big day for returning shortstops, huh?  MLB must’ve got their infieluenza shot.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  A bit of a spirited debate yesterday in the comments about Kipnis.  Who is Jason Kipnis?  A 20/30 guy?  Well, right now he’s on pace for way more than that…Okay, not way more, but more.  I don’t buy the 30-steal speed from him or the 20+ homer power.  Remember, he got to the All-Star Break last year with 11 homers and ended the year with 14.  We’ll see.  Or not.  Your choice.

Scott Kazmir – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 1 BB, 4 Ks but left the game with back spasms.  Or return to sender spasms as is the case with him.

Torii Hunter – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Looks like he’s enjoying his time vs. the Angels.  Spitey man, spitey man, does whatever a spitey man can, but less than a spitey Puig.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer as he hits .370 to go along with his 78th RBI.  Only 51 more RBIs than Josh Hamilton.  Pfft!

Jose Alvarez – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  The Angels carved him up just as he turned into pumpkin.

Drew Smyly – 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  That shizz ain’t funny.  Stop your damn smiling!

Erick Aybar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer and 4th steal for the ever-delicious slam & legs.  This comes a day after I highlighted him about his hotness.  It’s almost like he’s winking at me.  Not in a weird way.  Like in a, “Good blurb writing, kid,” way.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th steal.  His last name is a fish, but he seems like a mammal.  You know, a G.O.A.T.

J.B. Shuck – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Aw, Shuck, I think Bourjos’s has now been Pipp’d.  It’s not completely bonkers by The Sciosciapath as Shuck is hitting .583 in the last week and has two steals, 6 RBIs and 8 runs.  Sufferin’ Shuck-atash, he’s not bad at all.  We got a live one, y’all!

Yovani Gallardo – 4 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Ah, there’s the poison pill I dropped.  Finally, I get some relief from YoGa.  They should have bikram schadenfreude.  Sit in a sweaty room and laugh at others’ misfortunes.

Norichika Aoki – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and 2 steals.  About time he showed some signs of life.  Aoki usually gets hot — not bikram schadenfreude hot — but hot.  If someone got fed up with him in your league, I could see grabbing him, in a non-sexual way.

Juan Francisco – 1-for-4 and his 2nd day in a row with a homer.  I wrote off Tuesday’s homer or rather I didn’t write about it, because everyone homered on Tuesday, but Juan-Fran could be showing signs.

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Think it’s the first time I’ve watched him this year.  Doode got old.  He looks like a shell of his former self.  Like someone pushed a giant piece of Silly Putty against his head, pulled it off and put it on a mannequin.

Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer and third in the last ten games.  Getting no love from the Hitter-Tron, but that’s because Sweeney doesn’t have a metal tuchus.

Jake Peavy – Played catch for seven minutes.  It was with one of his fantasy owners after the bottle landed on Peavy.

Paul Konerko – Sat out two days in a row due to back soreness.  If you drafted Konerko, you probably feel like a Paul-bearer.

Alexei Ramirez – 2-for-4 and his 18th steal.  Damn, Alexei’s running around like a commie in a John le Carré novel.

John Danks – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Mess.  Danks?  No Danks.

Billy Butler – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  I watched him run from first to third on Sitting Shiva Perez’s double and this was what Butler was mouthing around 2nd, “Pick ‘em up, put ‘em down, pick ‘em up, put ‘em down…”

Salvador Perez – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and stranded at 2nd base three times because the Royals are batting Hosmer third.  Are you kidding me?  Move Perez in front of Butler, you jackholes!  Is it that hard to fill out a lineup card?  You have your best hitter at leadoff, one of your worst at 2nd and third and then your good hitters again at 4th and 5th?  You’re seriously playing Miguel Tejada?  You trying to get yourself out of innings?  You trying to get in more commercials?  Fix your lineup!

Alex Gordon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  That’ll help him drive in…Miguel Tejada?!  Seriously, is this a joke?

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .357.  Confession time!  In one league where I mostly drafted the team, we’re battling for first.  Rudy was on IM, but I have a lot of my fingerprints on the team; I think he’d agree to that.  Any the hoo!  I left at one point during the draft to go tinkle and when I returned Rudy had drafted Yadier.  I was annoyed at the time.  I don’t mind it as much right now.

Allen Craig – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer and his 2nd in as many games.  Considering he’s on the slowest crawl to a 20 homer season, it’s about time he started to show some power.

Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks and his 11th win.  Yawn, he’s awesome, yawn.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .354.  He’s now hit in eight of his last ten games.  Hasn’t shown much much power or speed, but he can be around a .300 hitter as of right now, so this isn’t completely fluky.  It’s partially fluky — we’ll call it flartially — that he’s hitting fifty points above .300.

Wade Miley – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Nats.  Damn, I almost streamed him here, but after the Nats explosion on Tuesday, I got cold feet.  Maybe that’s my tight socks though.

Jedd Gyorko – Has a setback during his rehab.  He was removed after aggravating his groin.  I missed a good year or two in middle school, aggravating my groin.

Robbie Erlin – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He made Prospect Scott’s top 50 fantasy prospect list.  He also said, “The 22-year-old isn’t flashy, but his command is top-notch, and his approach to pitching is simply wonderful like the Carvel ice cream cake I special-ordered with Grey’s face and a baboon body.”  Hey!  That’s not cool.  Erlin is unlike many young pitchers in that he doesn’t have the huge upside, but also doesn’t have the big downside.  He could definitely settle in as a very usable Hodgepadre once he’s up for good, which probably isn’t yet.

Cole Hamels – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks in Petco.  Ugh.  If he comes out in September that his shoulder has been bothering him all year, you should demand the Phils pay for your fantasy league fee.

Tim Lincecum – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Maybe Lincecum didn’t get a haircut but that really is k.d. lang pitching for him.

Buster Posey – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last two games.  Not a far cry from his MVP season, but a far-ish cry.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-4.  No homers or steals?  WTP?!

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I don’t draft number ones, but Rudy doesn’t mind it and drafted Verlander for us.  Man, I wish he defied me with Kershaw instead.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal.  Making it look effortless.  Oh, wait, it is.  Luckily, the seams of insouciance aren’t showing yet.

Dylan Bundy – Headed for TJ surgery, which is a fitting donkey punch to his keeper owners.  This will knock him out for about 14 months.  To preemptively answer your question, he won’t be relevant in fantasy leagues until June of 2015.  By then, I’ll be writing this blog from the inside of my flying car.  See you then, future boy!

Leonys Martin – 1-for-4 and his 13th steal, and his 5th steal in the last 11 games.  I’m crushing a bit on Martin.  He so crazy!

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  For those of you who have been longtime readers know that I didn’t want anything to do with Beltre for a few years, but this year I own him and love him, so there’s hope for anyone, even Mike Moustakas.

Ichiro Suzuki – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (12).  This is his third homer in the last week and third steal.  Don’t expect 240 hits and teenaged Asian girls fainting when he passes them (unless he’s wearing a Bieber-Hello Kitty combo t-shirt), but he’s hot.

Mark Teixeira – Headed for season-ending surgery on his wrist.  Uh-oh, I feel a rhyme coming on… About Tex’s wrist, can’t be that pist, you knew there were risks, I got multiple fur coats — minx!

Alex Rodriguez – After he tweeted that he was cleared to play in rehab games, Cashman told him to, “Shut the f*** up!”  Cashman is now getting Melky’s cousin to build a social networking site called Fuglr that at least limits his messages to muscle-bound females.

959 Responses

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Bundy going to TJ, Sky is going to love this

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: the Pujols for Bundy deal in one of his keeper leagues, it’s the hot sauce in the eyes

  2. kyak says:
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    was offered Moore for Lester and Cruz. I need the pitching help is that fair? Or do you still like Lester.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyak: I don’t like Lester… The trade is fair…

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) It was reported today that Wheeler was tipping his pitches on his last two starts. Apparently after his last start, the Mets received multiple emails and texts pointing this out. Said they will fix this flaw before his next start.

    2) Watched Dickey’s start and wasn’t overly impressed. Still doesn’t look like the same Dickey that dominated the Rays last year. Didn’t see many swing and misses as I did weak contact and over aggressive swings early in the count. The BABIP gods smiled down on Dickey yesterday.

    3) Need to replace Pestano: Medina, Tazawa, Gregerson, or Melancon? Need saves or potential closer replacement. Not sure if I missed any other good ones.

    • MrMojoRisin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: The only good thing about the Mets, besides Harvey and DW, is their announcers. They spotted him tipping his change-up immediately. He slows down his motion considerably. Ron Darling was calling out his change-up the instant Wheeler would start his motion.
      They also saw the tipping of his breakers to but that is less noticeable. He’s a little closer to his fastball on his slider and curve, but even I could see the difference when what to look for was pointed out by Darling.
      How do the Mets minor league managers/pitching coaches not see this? They have former MLB players in those spots. Are they willfully ignorant? Or maybe just blind?

      • Fenway Fungus says:
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        @MrMojoRisin: Is it reasonable to think he can fix these problems in an instant? I dropped him but am desperate here….

    • Tio says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      The key to Dickey yesterday was his ability to get ahead of hitters. Encouraging day for those who have stuck by him through the nasty season. But he was unhittable yesterday.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Call me crazy, but getting through the entire game on just 93 pitches while facing just two batters more than the minimum impresses me.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @jaywrong: I’m with you. I was very impressed. And although he’s had a few rough outings lately, aside from a few bad innings here and there, he’s looked good in those starts, too. It may be wishful thinking, but I think he’s at least turned a little bit of a corner. No way in hell are we getting 2012 R.A., but something close would be incredible.

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey

    Sit/Start (10 team h2h):

    Garza @ MIL
    Kluber v BAL
    Lester v TOR
    Bumgardner @ COL

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @bossmanjunior: it’s Kluber @ BAL.

    • Tio says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Depends on the matchup you are in this week. I would be most concerned with Kluber as the Orioles offense has been solid all year. If you need K’s though, I would start him. IN a 10 team league I am assuming there are other good starts available the rest of the week or streamers on the wire.

      If you are leading ERA/WHIP, I would probably sit him.

      • Tio says:
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        @Tio:

        I’d also think twice on Lester, he has been really inconsistent and the Jays are surging.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Tio: yep, i’m in both the good situation and not using him in a 10 teamer, but the opposite and def using him in a 16 teamer.

    • BTD says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Tough choices… Not sure what SON says, but I’d go: Garza, Bum, then flip a coin between Lester/Kluber. But check SON.

  5. Randy N says:
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    Good read as usual, Grey. Please help on this trade I got offered!! Thanks

    I get: Josh Hamilton and Cliff Lee
    I give: Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Moore

    League settings: 12-team mixed, H2H, 7×7 (Total bases, OPS; Quality starts, L)

    My team:
    C. S. Perez
    1B. P. Goldschmidt
    2B. B. Phillips
    3B. A. Beltre
    SS. M. Scutaro
    OF. G. Stanton
    OF. Y. Puig
    OF. D. Brown
    UTIL. D. Jennings
    BN. T. Frazier
    BN. N. Arenado
    DL. C. Crawford

    P. J. Samardzija
    P. Z. Greinke
    SP. M. Moore
    SP. M. Scherzer
    RP. G. Perkins
    RP. S. Romo
    BN. S. Miller
    BN. H. Ryu
    DL. B. Beachy
    DL. M. Pineda

    • TheTruth says:
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      @Randy N:

      Do you really want Josh Hamilton? He has been awful.

    • Tio says:
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      @Randy N:

      I’d prefer the Stanton/Moore side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy N: Thanks! Eh on the trade

  6. TheTruth says:
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    Lind or Laroche ros?

    • Tio says:
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      @TheTruth:

      Uhhh… I have these guys ranked about equally. LaRoche is a proven commodity but you have more upside with Lind.

  7. Brooke says:
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    Morning Grey. I may finally have had enough of Gallardo, he sat on my bench during his 21 innings of no ER, until yesterday. I nearly barfed up my Double-Double watching him get lit up by the Cubs, although it could have been due to listening to Bob Brenley on WGN call the game…..How did that clueless Dbag win a World Series?

    Anyhow, Gallardo goes twice next week @ Wash, & vs Mets. Griffin is on waivers and he goes twice vs Cubs, & @ KC. Should I finally do myself the favor of dropping Gallardo for Griffin? Thank you!

    • @Brooke:

      I’ve been a Griffin believer all year. Through good times, and bad times, I’ll be on his side forever more.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Brooke: Brenly does D-Back games now, he isn’t on WGN anymore.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Brooke: Come again girl reader!

    • Tio says:
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      @Brooke:

      First off – Brenly was canned last year, so it wasn’t him calling the game.

      Second – Gallardo has pitched like crap all year. His velocity is down this year which has been the main reason for his decline. I also think the Brewers defense is horrible as evidenced by multiple errors yesterday that would have gotten YoGa off the hook early on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brooke: Morning… Ha… Yeah, go with Griffin…

    • jim says:
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      @Brooke:

      I just wanted to interject and say that’s the hottest thing I’ve ever read.

      • Brooke says:
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        Opps, well Brenley or whom ever he was, was annoying. I was tuning in to watch Gallardo and after he barely made it through his 4 innings I turned it off. If YoGA could have lasted longer than a bus boy with a Cougar maybe I would have noticed.

        Thanks Grey, I’m number 5 on the wavier list so I hope I can free myself of YoGA for Griffin!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Brooksie…

  8. Ernie says:
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    With trade talks heating up regarding Nolasco (LAD?), is now a good time to pick him off the wire?

    • Tio says:
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      @Ernie:

      Depends on the league but sure… he is a serviceable pitcher even in FLA but it sounds like he is bound for the NL West to a TBD that will pickup his ROS salary. Or to the team who comes in second on Matt Garza.

  9. Helpme Please says:
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    Im in first but I have an itchy finger

    I give: Napoli, Hanley Ramirez, and JJ Putz
    I get: Buster Posey and Sergio Romo

    Doesnt feel right…but is it??

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Helpme Please: It all depends on needs for this one, I’m personally burnt out on Hanley as he’s screwed me the last two years. If you’re set for SS and 3b and need a catcher I’d probably do it.

      • Helpme Please says:
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        @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I have Napoli as catcher and Headley and Frazier as my3b. My ss is Evereth Cabrera

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Helpme Please: Seperate your first name and we might help you…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Helpme Please: I think you need to stick with Hanley @ 3b

    • Tio says:
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      @Helpme Please:

      You are giving up way too much.

      Hanley is a top 3 SS/3B when healthy – just look at his stat line this past week.
      Napoli is not a huge dropoff from Posey.

  10. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Kluber @ Baltimore, I should start right? I just figure the Orioles will go off at some point in this series and it could be tonight..

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Fuck you Hamels, fuck you. After Gallardo and Baileys stinkers I wake up to find Hamels could even right the ship in Petco. What the eff is up with this guy???

    Terrible, terrible pitching today (though it seems nearly ever other pitcher I dont own threw a shutout).

    Do we stick with Hamels or try and shop him? I heard earlier in the season that he was throwing his cutter far less this year, any idea why? Could check it on fangraphs but im too peed off right now by these clowns! Gotta be benched until further notice.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Scratch that, I did look and he’s actually using his cutter MORE and his change-up far less, also throwing more fastballs. Therin (is that a word?) lies the problem, he’s throwing by far his best pitch, his bugs-bunny changeup much less, presumably because he doesnt have great command of it all of a sudden.

      And he’s also throwng less curves, so guys are just sitting on his fairly average fastball and punishing him. Analysis over, Hamels you know what you need to do, start throwing more offspeed stuff again!

      Worrying signs though, im benching this guy for now and gonna try and trade him, this could be the real Hamels unless he can command his change again. Hey I did the work for you!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @TheNewGuy: Or maybe its just that I own him this year. Only owned him 2 years, ’09 and ’13, go check his stats.

        FMBBL Hamels.

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @TheNewGuy: That’s JUP’s move with me.

    • Tio says:
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      @TheNewGuy:

      Hamels is this year’s Cliff Lee…. pitches well but gets no run support. Gallardo’s performance should come as no surprise and Bailey faced the A’s (IMO – the most underrated offense in the game today). His only mistake was a 3-run jack to Donaldson.

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @Grey: @Tio:

        Run support has nothing to do with his 4.58ERA/1.3 WHIP.

        I bought low on him because the guy who owned him offered me him straight up for Dexter Fowler, but I need stats, not sweet value trades! Get it together Hamels

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fowler wasn’t that low…

          • ManuteBologna says:
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            @Grey:

            Really? I thought it was a nice steal for Hamels. Thinking it less now that the Padres touched him up for 4 in cavernous Petco : (

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s been touched in more than one start this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I think his shoulder is injured as I’ve been saying all year

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: If his shoulder is injured why is his velocity actually slightly UP from last year? Unless its showhow affecting his changeup, or maybe his overall command. Either way I hate the guy and am shopping him.

        You probably won’t see this now mind.

  12. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    16 team league
    1. drop erlin for blanton in few days, or hold, because he was really good (erlin) also own the terrible porcello/milone (terrible lately)
    missed blanco while waiting for leonys martin to come off of waivers. if i had more pickups left for week after getting erlin i would’ve picked up blanco and contingently dropped him only if i could’ve got leonys. crappy thing is i dropped leonys sunday night for arcia, but i guess arcia (other than steals) could end up being better anyway.
    Left with super disappointing Colvin, with all the K’s and lack of playing time. weakest in rbi/avg/total bases/homers, in that order.
    2. drop colvin for any of Ransom/valbuena/mercer/sweeney/carlos ruiz (have zunino already, but this last spot is bench/util anyway). could also stash like yelich or somebody of that ilk.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also add wallace to that list. he’s actually made contact with a baseball multiple times a day since back, and gotten his avg up to .094

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i’m guessing colvin’s upside higher than those guys if he can just get the k’s under control?

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: i would’ve thought ransom (with ability to platoon) would make him higher on totem pole, but today he didn’t even play against a shitty right hander, in wily yoga. Mercer even when hot doesn’t seem to get many rbi’s. I’m guessing just for hope’s sake to keep an eye on Wallace? Similar to at draft day, for the last round.

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    add grandal to that list. he’s gotten a lot of walks and doubles lately.

  14. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    with all of the awful catcher garbage i’ve dealt with all year, i’m guessing cervelli is an immediate add whenever he gets off DL. I’ve trucked out avila/both cin guys/flowers/kratz (that was a great …..week)ruiz/zunino.

  15. Clint says:
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    I manned up and grabbed Martin to fill in for the disgraceful listed Braun in a little streaming action but I was nervous when the add button mysteriously linked to Seinfeld’s “The Suicide” episode w/a meme of Gina Gallego mocking me saying “You are not a man! You are afraid of Mar-teen!”

    @Brooke I feel your confusion. I named my team after Yo Yo so dropping him seems sacreligious but on the other hand, I wanna finally win something and the Rest of the Season Rankings have Peavy & Griffin ahead of both him & another of my starters so it’s been harder to resist dropping them than avoiding a Pepperidge Farm Cheesecake Cookie.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Clint: or a Drake’s Coffee Cake.

  16. Terrence Mann says:
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    Haven’t really given you credit, but great writing all year. Good job on leaving out how your groin got strained. We’ll just assume it came from one of those middle school teachers finishing their prison sentence.

    Also, I’ve owned Griffin on all six of my $ teams since draft day. I cut him on all six teams this week for Edwin Jackson and Westbrook.

    fmfbbl

    I think I’m going to now drop my whole staff and pick up Blanton, Kasmir, Saunders, Nolasco, Oswalt, and let them carry me the rest of the year. For good measure, I’ll pick up Porcello next week after all the other suckers cut him Saturday.

  17. gareth says:
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    Pick 2:

    Benoit
    Parnell
    Uehara
    Gregg
    Street
    Betancourt
    Veras

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @gareth:

      i’ll take gregg and veras .
      i’m already rostering those other guys on my teams .
      thanks !!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @gareth: Betancourt and Veras

  18. JP says:
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    Lenoys Martin or Gregor Blanco?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @JP: martin

  19. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Jacob Turner a solid saturday streamer vs Padres?

  20. Elwood Blues says:
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    What if I did both of these trades.. W.Castillo, EverCab, Nicasio for Stanton, Ruiz, Gallardo.. And. Trade Gio, Cutch (free agent), Medlen (fa) Lincecum, for Pierre, Harper ($15 for 3) Melancon $1, Fife and EJax.. That would leave me with a pitching staff of Gallardo, Cashner, Cole, TravWood, Ejax, Fife, Dunn, DHern, and Melancon. NL Only 11 team 4×4.. Where I am buried in pitching and currently 6th overall… 1st seems out of reach.. But top 4 win some sort of cash.
    Do both? Or Just the Stanton trade?

  21. Terrence Mann says:
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    Also, ALSO# I wrote Dickey, Johnson, Wang on my underpants.

    After my girl did my laundry, I noticed she added, ” Buhrle can tell. Wherefore art though, Romero? Perhaps on the Morrow I’ll find out.”

    (she writes small, hehe)

    Should I just put it in her boneface one last time, move out now, and Lind. her enough to go away? I mean, I’m not cash man.

  22. gareth says:
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    He’ll always be fausto carmona to me. I always thought it sounded cool. Faust oh car moaner.

    Roberto Hernandez sounds like the fake name. Its like he combined roberto alamar and keith Hernandez to make a boring latin baseball player name.

    As a tribe fan it was tough to watch him after he had that breakout 19 win season in 2007. His stuff was nasty but more often than not he would lose his control, get into jams or just plain suck. It was wierd because Minnesota were having the same sort of issues with francisco liriano at the same time and they kind of mirrored each other for a while there.

    I’ll say this though. “Fausto” provided 2 of the best memories I’ve had as an indians fan.

    I was lucky to be at The alds “bug game” against the yankees in ’07 to see him pitch through the swarm of cleveland midges that had come off the lake. Between innings you could see the yankees dousing themselves with bug spray. Which was funny because whatever they were putting on was attracting the bugs even more. Joba chamberlain was so flustered his wild pitch helped us tie the 1-0 game and then we go on to win the game and go up 2-0 in the series . Fausto kept his head throughout and pitched well inspite of the conditions and situation.

    The other moment was when a brawl ensued when fausto hit gary sheffield with a pitch when the indians faced detroit one night. Sheffield charged the mound and as a fan I though “uh oh, fausto’s in trouble here.” But Carmona just calmy put gary sheffield in a headlock and started pounding his face. It was awesome.

    He’ll always he fausto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Pretty cool you were at that game… Ha, Sheff!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: that story is awesome. I also completely associate those 2 supposed high upside, and for many years, shitty pitchers.

  23. Natural Born Champs says:
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    High,

    Posey or Bumgarner in keepers league?

    Thanx

    • Natural Born Champs says:
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      @Natural Born Champs:
      My SP:
      Felix, Latos, Ryu, Price, Club-er, Garza, Fister, Erasmo, Ca$hner, Wheeler, Bauer, Feliz and Bum.
      My C:
      Polish Hammer and Zunino.

  24. John says:
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    Odd note on Kershaw, that was his first win all year while allowing more than 1 run.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @John: it would be odd for most pitchers, but if you’ve followed how bad that LAD offense has been during the entirety of the kershaw tenure, it’s been mostly like that. I used to parlay (not str bet, line was too high for that terrible of offense) kershaw games with other likely favorites and have to sweat their games last (west coast team).

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: same goes for felix.

  25. Tommy Gunn says:
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    I might trade cano for kinsler and either Shelby miller or shields. Fair deal if I can use speed and pitching? If so which pitcher should I take?

    • Tio says:
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      @Tommy Gunn:

      Fair trade and I would take Shelby.

  26. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Rendon or freese ros? I’m tempted to go rendon just because he’s 2B/3B eligible. Wouldn’t mind seeing some power from him though.

  27. Someone dropped Matt Joyce. Drop one to get him:

    Moss, Carter, De Aza

    Or would you not bother?

    Thanks as always!

    • Tio says:
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      @Sixto Lescano:

      Not a huge difference but Joyce will get you a few more steals…. I would can De Aza… the Sox are going nowhere this year.

  28. Dan says:
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    Grey, yesterday you said that trading Cano and Greinke for Scherzer, Hill, and Yadi would be fair, but you wouldn’t do it. Would you do it if I could also swap Lind/Hosmer for Freddie Freeman? If so, should I try to trade Lind or Hosmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: I’d take Freeman for Lind and Hosmer

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: I meant would you trade Cano/Greinke and either Lind or Hosmer for Scherzer, Hill, Yadi, and Freddie?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  29. Birdog says:
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    True story. After Wheeler, Porcello and Milone murdered my pitching stats on Tues, I picked up Smyly to help with my ratios. His first outing for me was yesterday. I’m no statistician, but I doubt a 20.25 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP are going to help my ratios. I’m going to hold onto Him for now, but I’m not smyling about it.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Birdog: hope you didn’t have to drop a catcher for him…

      • birdog says:
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        @Wake Up: hells no, bra. Dropped darvish. I’m pretty sure he’s overrated and I like to stay one step ahead of everyone else. Still have all 5 catchers in my one-catcher league. Thanks for asking!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @birdog: asking would have ended with one of these “?” but you prolly wouldn’t know that unless you are one of the elite…

          • Birdog says:
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            @Wake Up: thanks for hoping, then. Busted. Now you know I’m not really one of the elite. Oh well, off to my next fantasy baseball site to try to break in with the cool guys. Peace out, Hippies!!!!!!! (Should hippies be capitalized?)

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Birdog: Hahaha

  30. MattDamonFace says:
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    Encarnasty!

      • VinnyCora says:
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        @Grey:
        I’ve been calling him ‘Edwin the Terrible’ for what seems like close to a decade, and can even get by with just ‘the Terrible’ sometimes. No sense in changing now. Baseball enthusiasts are so fickle. Sticking to my guns.

  31. fitz says:
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    D. Brown, B. Phillips, Braun for R. Howard, Kipnis, Gio Gon

    Which side do you prefer?

    • malamoney says:
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      @fitz: Braun

  32. Ian says:
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    Who do you think is more valuable and would make for the best waiver wire pick up for the rest of the fantasy season?
    Kyle Blanks, Dustin Ackley, Eric Young Jr, Jarrod Dyson, Oswaldo Arcia, Yasmani Grandal, or Ichiro Suzuki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian: Suzuki

  33. Kc says:
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    Knowing that I am in need of saves a manager has offered me Ryu and Frieri for my Minor and Myers. Should I take it? Am I giving up too much?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Tio says:
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      @Kc:

      NOOO…Frieri has been a train wreck this year and only closing because of no better options.

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @Tio:

        Since when is a 3.21 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season a trainwreck if he’s getting you saves? Sure the WHIP isn’t awesome but he K’s a decent amount and people certainly roster worse to get saves

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Kc: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!! Don’t even think about that. Get saves MUCH MUCH MUCH cheaper.

  34. Squidblob says:
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    The return of the “any THE hoo” joke!!! YES!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!

  35. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    Need some Stachely advice this morning…

    In a holds league Melancon has been my go to guy. Now IF he and Ollie Perez take over the closer gigs, then I’m left with 5 closers (along with Henderson, Cishek and Putz), and no holds guys.

    1. Please rank ROS: Walden, Tazawa, Clippard and McGee.
    2. Drop any of the 5 for a setup guys?
    3.
    4. Drop Kennedy or Arcia for one?

    Thanks as always!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Cutch’s Dreads: drop kennedy for pretty much anything useful at all.

      • Cutch's Dreads says:
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        @goodfold2: can’t explain why I’ve been holding him…just taking up a bench spot at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cutch’s Dreads: Cross the Holds bridge when you come to it… They’re still getting Holds as of now…

  36. Tigres says:
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    stream Cashner @ MIA or Griffin vs CHC?

    • Tio says:
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      @Tigres:

      Cashner.

  37. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    Tommy Milone was just dropped in my league. Like him better than any of the following for ROS, with QS:

    Cashner
    Tillman
    Kluber
    Henderson

  38. LL says:
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    Offer Matt Moore for Cole Hamels? How do you like this idea?

    • Tio says:
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      @LL:

      Moore side.

  39. Wake Up says:
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    “It takes courage (and a shorter swing) to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E.

    “The most wasted of all days is one without a homer.” E.E.

    “Unbeing dead isn’t being alive. Feeling alive is getting the chance to punch Brett Lawrie square in the face. Not a glancing blow ethier[sic], I’m talking solid contact here, when the eyes immediately start to water and you can feel your heart beating in your ring finger.” E.E.

    • stumanji says:
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      @Wake Up: More like, e.e. RUNnings, amirite?

      I’ll show myself out.

  40. nyjacobs says:
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    grey – do you like crisp or aoki rotw? roto league.. i would be dropping crisp.. other potential drops are wil myers, or L. martin. thanks

    • nyjacobs says:
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      @nyjacobs: ended up dropping martin thanks anyway

  41. Schlitzy says:
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    Dump Jed or Franklin to activate Reyes ?

    • Tio says:
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      @Schlitzy:

      Yep….Tough call…Lowrie gives you higher average & OBP, but I think Franklin more power and speed. So I would go with what your team needs from the role.

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

    looking for SB.

    give- Desmond Jennings, Mitch Moreland.
    get- Everth Cabrera, Melky Cabrera.

    I also have this offer proposed to me from a different owner. but I’m not sure, because I get Ben Revere and I noticed 3 days in a row now he hasn’t started. I think I’m leaning towards passing, and would prefer the other trade instead.
    give- Chris Carter, Clayton Kershaw
    get- Ben Revere, Madison Bumgarner.

    MY TEAN.
    CA- Wieters. 1B- Votto. 2B- Dozier. 3B- Beltre. SS- Cozart. CI- Fielder. MI- AlxRamirez.
    OF- Jennings. OF- Carter. OF- Viciedo. OF- Blanco. OF- Quentin. UT- Moreland.
    BN- Span, CYoung, EYoung, Montero, IDavis, Gyorko.
    SP- Kershaw. SP- Scherzer.
    RP- RSoriano. RP- Parnell. P- Benoit. P- Hamels. P- Kennedy. P- Arroyo. P- Colon
    DL- AJBurnett. DL- Putz

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @Grey:
        both those trades?

        what if in the first one I switch Moreland with Chris Carter?
        Jennings and Carter for Cabrera and Cabrera?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @SpecialFNK: These trades aren’t good…

          “Jennings and Carter for Cabrera and Cabrera?”

          Huh?

          • SpecialFNK says:
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            @Grey:
            the first trade I mentioned was Desmond Jennings and Mitch Moreland for Everth Cabrera and Melky Cabrera.
            if that trade isn’t good, then what if I switch Mitch Moreland and put in Chris Carter? I think Moreland should have a higher value than Carter. both can have power, but Carter will have a bad AVG. plus Moreland is in a better lineup should have better R/RBI?
            so I change the first trade. Desmond Jennings and Chris Carter to get Everth Cabrera and Melky Cabrera?

            would it make a difference if I change Melky Cabrera and asked for Torii Hunter instead?

            thanks for the help.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @SpecialFNK: With Hunter sounds better, yeah…

  43. Cheese says:
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    16 team H2H 8×8 (H, BB, SLG) start 2 catchers, no bench

    I was just offered Cano and Brantly for my Zobrist and Wieters

    I could use the power boost, and I’m sure I could play the waivers until I find a formidable catcher. However, although Zobrist’s average will drop some, he’s putting up good counting stats… Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Tio says:
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      @Cheese:

      I’d do it… Cano is the best player in the deal.

  44. Kraftster says:
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    Love the ‘You So Crazy!’ Martin Lawrence reference.

  45. JP says:
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    20 team keeper with no Utility or CI spots. (H2H 6×6 with OPS & QS). I have both Rizzo and Davis, but Davis won’t have OF eligibility next year so I can’t play both. Thinking of trading for pitching, which I’m very light on. 2 offers on the table for Davis: 1) King Felix and Leonys Martin, or 2) Gio Gonzalez and Choo. Are either of these enough for Crush Davis and which is better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: 2

  46. Rodney says:
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    Keeper league. Segura + Harvey or J-Up + Cobb?

    • Tio says:
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      @Rodney:

      Segura/Harvey… and not close.

      • Rodney says:
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        @Tio: What about Minor + Segura for J-Up?

  47. pubscout says:
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    Grey-

    Kluber, Colon or Nolasco the rest of the way?

    Sorry for that belch worthy menu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @pubscout: Not really rest of the way guys… Kluber

  48. Wake Up says:
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    Hanson is never going to be able to pitch with that stupid delivery!

  49. Wake Up says:
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    I just like totally like hope that they are able to like teach Puigmalion to like talk right…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: like totally

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha! Are you reciting She’s All That the baseball edition?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nice. Totally!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Like I knew it!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: She’s like a lady and she’s like totally like fair and she’s like mine..,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              There’s like totally Nazis too…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: wow, i like totally like Ike….Oh my god, i just like totally rhymed

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  As if, like I know!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you like know, how lame are you, knowing know stuff

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t know know nothing…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: gag me

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      George Michael is so hot!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: grey has Faith

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotta

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Nazis are like not kewl…lol

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They lqqk dum!

                  • Neon Dullsum says:
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                    @Grey: They’re like not hot! Who wears a brown shirt to the beach?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      People who worry there’s no toilet paper in the public restrooms…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Neon Dullsum: stream of conciousness you dumbass….hence gun show? don’t throw rocks at people with boulders

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Neon Dullsum: you are a small sad little man….why didn’t you go after grey?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: wait. What? I love my sleeveless brown t-shirt for the beach….gun show

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: that’s why I always wear double socks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, see you got your own tricks!

  50. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Start

    Kluber @ Baltimore and
    Jered Weaver @ Detroit

    Thnx.

    • shibboleth says:
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      @The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas: I’m inclined to bench both. Baltimore can deliver a horrible inning in no time, (especially at OPACY) and Weaver’s xFB approach is bad news against that Tigers lineup.

  51. jose says:
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    i need an OF should i trade pablo sandoval and asubral cabrera for mat holliday?

    • Tio says:
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      @jose:

      Pickup a hot guy off the waiver wire like Nate Schierholtz… then dump him for a new hot guy when he gets cold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: It’s a bit much

  52. Ray says:
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    Need some back end pitching help (especially in the WHIP and QS departments) and have both Rendon and Phillips at 2B. Was offered Tim Hudson for Phillips. Keep searching?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Ray: stay away from Hudson…

  53. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Kluber vs Balt scares me… you doin it?

    • Tio says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest:

      I am doing it because I need the K’s… behind in ERA/WHIP and can take a loss.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: I’m waiting til game time…see what lineup is out there…feel what’s in the air with the stadium 1/4 mile from my apartment.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Will do. Hopefully I won’t be half in the bag by then, so as not to impair my air sensors.

      • shibboleth says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: 1/4 mile… Fed Hill? One thing I don’t miss about Baltimore is the summer heat/humidity. Hope you endure it better than me.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @shibboleth: Yup! What’s funny to me actually is how people here complain about the humidity/heat. I lived in NY most of my life. It gets so disgustingly humid there, you can’t see 100 feet in front of you.

            • shibboleth says:
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              @Birdog: decent smattering of lefties, which is Kluber’s strong side, but the O’s still carry a hefty hurt stick.

              McLouth, Markakis, Davis, Ishikawa and Flaherty bat lefty

              Machado, Jones, Wieters, Hardy bat right…

              • shibboleth says:
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                @shibboleth: I might bench… everyone hyped this Kluber guy up a week ago and my adding him is almost always a death knell…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: yr gonna smell their sweat from that close. so you would actually know some of those wire scene locations? cool.

  54. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Which streamer do you like more for Friday? Nolasco against SD or Capuano against PHI?

  55. Pager24 says:
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    would drop Wheeler for Griffin?

    • Tio says:
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      @Pager24:

      Redraft league… sure. keeper league, no way.

  56. JTR says:
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    If I trade my Sandoval for Liriano am I losing too much? I have E5 and Headley at third with Rizzo at 1st. So, I think I can give up Sandoval as I am in need of a solid middle of the rotation guy.

    • AJ says:
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      @JTR:

      I personally think you’d be giving up to much, I don’t trust that liriano guy & think you can get a better return for him.

    • Tio says:
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      @JTR:

      I’d think Panda could get you a better SP than Liriano.

  57. AJ says:
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    Hey – have been browsing around for about 2 years here @ razz all
    Thank you & the rest of the razzball writers & staff for these articles.

    I have Jean Segura & Reyes @ SS. & might pick up S.Castro to use Segura or Reyes as trade bait.

    C- V. Mart
    1B- P. Goldschmidt (Hosmer)
    2B- Kinsler (Profar)
    SS- Reyes (Segura, Castro?)
    3B- M.Trumbo
    OF- Adam Jones
    OF- Ryan Braun
    OF- W. Myers
    OF- D Jennings
    OF- G. Stanton

    SP- F. Hernandez – C. Hamels – K. Medlen – J. Teheran – C. Lee – J. Hernandez – E. Ramirez – B. Beachy

    RP- E. Frieri – J.Johnson – R.Soriano – C. Janssen

    What kind of return do you think I can get for Segura or Reyes . & where do I need the most help at? Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Thanks! You need an OF if Braun is sitting in there… Reyes should get you a Holliday type

  58. thoughts on Michael Pineada says:
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    When will he be up and will he be worth the pick up now to hold him on my bench?

  59. Henkels says:
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    Picking two of three who do you like better the rest of the season? Rickie Weeks, Asdrubal Cabrera, or Nick Franklin.

  60. Matt says:
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    Grey,

    I just traded D. Brown/Wheeler for Harper/Weaver..good deal? Its a keeper league but I’m in 1st right now.

    • AJ says:
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      @Matt:
      Very good deal IMO

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Matt:

      ugh

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        oops .
        read that backwards .
        harper’s a steal !
        sorry .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: I don’t like Weaver, Harper’s a nice get though

  61. Spencer says:
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    League counts R, SB, HR, OBP, SLG, RBI. Who would you rather have ROS at SS?

    Jimmy Rollins
    Erick Aybar

    • Tio says:
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      @Spencer:

      Rollins

  62. Deck says:
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    Hey Grey! Whats up man! Ordered a Roar sample pack from your suggestion.

    I want to shake up my team a bit, I’m 5 out of 12 and have been there for like 4 weeks, starting to feel like a 5th place team and I would rather gamble and miss the playoffs then stand pat at 5th.

    Thinking about offering:

    J Upton, Darvish, Cashner
    for
    McCutch, Gio, Gallardo

    Is this fair? Is it a good move for me?

    Have decent power, low steals, horrible OBP, good runs and rbi.

    My top 4 pitchers would be Gio, Shields, Gallardo, Garza after trade…thoughts?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Deck: It’s fair, but I wouldn’t do that. If you’re gonna gamble, I’d buy low on someone underperforming, and you’re giving that guy away instead with Upton

      • Deck says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Problem is I have no one to trade for a buy low. I have Kemp, Cespedes (1 more keeper year) Upton, A Jones, Aramis, Ian Desmond, Altuve, No mentionable 1b, Wilin Rosario. So I have no one to trade.

        My best guys are buy lows, my other guys aren’t worth trading for. I didn’t draft a single overachiever.

        • Deck says:
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          @Deck: 3 OFers, one utility, Rendon and Rutledge as my bench, and we only keep 1 guy and Cespy is my only eligible so I can’t trade him.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Deck: Yeah tough spot. Hope your OF resurges. Darvish is a nice chip. Trade you SP off and hope for some luck streaming the rest of the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deck: I should be gettign a commission from those mo-fos… I don’t like the trade

      • Deck says:
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        @Grey: He did say the Pear Tea flavor is not that popular except for some reason California loves it…Conclusion: you are supporting his Cali biz

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Surprised to hear that, it’s my favorite out of about 50 different flavors I have…

          • Deck says:
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            @Grey: Yeah i just ordered a Best Sellers sample pack.

            On my team I guess since I’m antsy do you think my offense stands a chance in a 12 team as a hold?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Team should work, just need the right guys to get hot… Let me know if there’s any good flavors in there…

  63. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Would you add Miley and drop Porcello?

    Thanks,
    Chris

  64. killer joe says:
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    12 team 7×7 H2H keeper league

    A dude in my league is selling OFs. He has Trout, CarGo, Harper, Ellsbury, Puig. I am tempted to go after one of them and I would like to dump Shelby Miller before he hits a wall or gets shut down (also would like to get something for Lester, but that seems much less likely). My OF is McCutchen/J Upton/Choo/Myers, but we only play 3 OF slots.

    Should I go after one of these guys? I feel like Miller for Harper would be a solid trade, and probably the top OF I could get from him. On the other hand, I am in first place by a lot, and my pitching staff would be Scherzer, Hamels, Peavy, Lester. My league counts losses and ER in addition to ERA, and K/9 instead of K’s, so I usually only try for 3-ish starts per week based on matchups. Losing Miller would definitely weaken my staff, and I can’t decide if it’s worth it.

    Thoughts? Advice?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @killer joe: You think you can get Harper with Miller? If so, get Harper

      • killer joe says:
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        @Grey: Is that an unrealistic expectation? Would you do it for a Puig?

          • killer joe says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha. I made the offer for Harper, will see what his counter is. Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  65. jose says:
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    i have votto in 1st and encarnacion 3rd…. in the bench i have pablo sandoval, curtis granderson, jason heyward, billy butler, ben revere, brett garner, asubral cabrera, which package of 2 players you recomend me to send the owner of matt holliday since i need one more solid OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Grandy and Butler? Grandy and anyone?

  66. sMuT says:
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    Dickey or Miley for the rest of the season? h2h k/9

    • BluePulaski says:
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      @sMuT: Dickey…easily

      • sMuT says:
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        thanks guys

  67. ManuteBologna says:
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    Someone dropped Wilin Rosario 10 days ago and I was able to free myself of my Perez yawnstipation. Salvadoration!

    There should be a term when you get rid of a yawnstipating guy. Something in like with Lineup exlax

  68. papasmurf says:
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    I have to admit, I can’t tell Edwin and Juan Encarnacion apart. Did they both play for the Reds? It’s like Fisty Smurf and Feisty Smurf. Tomato tomahto. Yet it’s an important distinction cuz you don’t wanna be picking up mushrooms when Fisty Smurf is behind ya.

    Rendon may just be the anti-Hosmer and anti_Lawrie, not wowing you with the power or speed from the getgo but steady as can be.

    So in a 16-team keeper league, would you keep him AND Phillips? Or him over Phillips? His lack of power makes me a little hesitant to keep him as a 3B especially since Phillips is a 20 HR guy with no speed now…

    • Tio says:
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      @papasmurf:

      Nobody loves Wilin Rosario more than Hitter-tron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Feisty Smurf sounds like a all-girl band name… Not over Phillips… So AND

  69. thoughts on Michael Pineada says:
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    What do you think of him ROS? Should I pick him up now? When will be called up to the majors?
    Thanks!

  70. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Who would you drop from this team for Aramis Ramirez, if anybody?

    The league is CBS, so I have to keep the two Cs.

    I only listed the batter, I want to leave the pitchers alone for now.

    J.P. Arencibia – C
    Ryan Doumit – C,OF
    Albert Pujols – 1B
    Billy Butler – 1B
    Brandon Phillips – 2B
    Martin Prado – 2B,3B,OF
    Ben Zobrist – 2B,SS,OF
    Alcides Escobar – SS
    Erick Aybar – SS
    Evan Longoria – 3B
    Pablo Sandoval – 3B

    Adam Jones – OF
    Alejandro De Aza – OF
    Carlos Beltran – OF
    Josh Hamilton – OF
    Matt Holliday – OF
    Nick Markakis – OF
    Shin-Soo Choo – OF
    Yoenis Cespedes – OF

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mike: No one, maybe Aybar? Can’t tell who’s on your bench. If Longo is your 3B and Panda the backup, do you need 3 3B?

    • In says:
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      Prado

  71. MattTruss223 says:
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    35/8/30/4/.285 Seem fair for Rendon ROS, assuming he’s the starting 2B ROS & batting 2nd? Trying to accurately gauge his value as I’m looking to fall backwards into his arms and move some other MIs in a trade.

    Also, over/under 11.5 HRs for Arenado ROS? He’s sitting at 7 right now. I think you said he’d hit ~17 when he got called up.

    Thanks Grey

    • Wake Up says:
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      @MattTruss223: less than 8…over…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Wake Up: 5 Probably more realistic there? Altuve type power.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @MattTruss223: sounds about right…I’m being optimistic on Arenado…

          • MattTruss223 says:
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            @Wake Up: I think he goes over as well. He’s got 7 through 214 ABs. He should get about 300 more and he hasn’t really “gotten hot” at all yet. Summer time in Coors, he could have back to back 6 HR months in July/August easy enough. I’m telling myself that anyway…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @MattTruss223: Hope you’re right!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: ~17 still seems about right… Obviously if he has one huge game or week that can be eclipsed… Looks pretty right for Rendon…

  72. FillyP says:
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    Sup Grey? Trying to target middle infidel.. I offered Gordon for Hill, owner says it’s “fair” but wants to know if I’m interested in Infante or Murphy. Out of the two, who would you target? And who would you move to get him from either side (pick two) – J. Will, Moss, Brown .. Kluber, Santiago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FillyP: Neither…Hill or bust tell your friend

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @FillyP: Don’t let him control the discussion. Go get Hill. You don’t target guys like Infante, you get them off the wire.

  73. AB says:
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    Trying to upgrade 3B. What do you think of
    Ryan Zimm and Kemp
    For either
    Beltre OR Wright OR E5

    • AB says:
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      @AB: Only start 3 OF, 1 UT and I have Kemp, Jones, Cruz, Puig, Hamilton, and Carl Crawford (DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AB: Too much

  74. Brennon says:
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    Wow, I totally got sidetracked on what I was going to write, guess it was the wind in the background…
    Wait, nvm that was just a braves highlight on SC.

    Whiff!

  75. JoeG says:
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    Is giving up Moreland and Ryu too much for A.Jackson and K.Jansen? I don’t mind giving up Ryu, but I think Moreland could have a big 2nd half. My other 1b’s are Howard, Freeman, Hosman whom all would have to start. Deep mixed daily roto.

    • Tio says:
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      @JoeG:

      If you need speed, steals, I think this is a good trade for you.

      • JoeG says:
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        @Tio: @JoeG:
        Would Cespedes, be a better pickup than A.Jackson. I could use a little more power.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @JoeG: Agreed. Apples and oranges.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG: Not too much

  76. KCC26 says:
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    how close are napoli and lucroy ROS? Napoli has that very cushy lineup spot, but the 30%+ K rate worries me…I know hes probably due for a homerun binge, but he’s actually striking out MORE than last year when he was terrible (and up from 19% K rate the year he was awesome) Im holding both right now hoping that one or the other builds some trade value

    • Tio says:
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      @KCC26:

      Napoli… Boston is a much better team than Mil.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: Not that close

  77. Cam says:
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    Need steals and AVG. Add Eric Young for Josh Reddick or Daniel Nava?

    It’s for my Bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cam: Reddick

  78. In says:
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    Would u trade straling Castro for hosmer to fill a U spot??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @In: Nope

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @In: Nope

  79. shibboleth says:
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    Grey, I traded my Moore & Chapman for Pedroia and Pestano . (OPS, QS, SOLD league) Did I do good?

    c-Wieters, Gomes
    1b-Votto (Belt, Morales)
    2b-Pedroia (Rutledge)
    3b/ci- Longoria/Alvarez (Rendon)
    ss/mi- Segura/Cozart (Andrus)
    of- Jackson, Markakis, Gardner, BJ, Martin (Carp)
    sp- Anibal, Corbin, Garza, Porcello, Gee, Kluber, Santiago
    rp- Romo, Papelbon, KRod, Pestano

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @shibboleth: Your pitching looks pretty weak now

  80. Wilsonian says:
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    I’m possibly looking to deal Prince and move Davis to 1st. How would you rank these trade offers and would you stay away from any of them?

    1) Prince for Stanton
    2) Prince/Wheeler for Stanton/Medlen
    2) Prince for F-Her/Puig
    3) Prince/Wheeler for Kemp/Sale
    4) Prince for Bautista

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: man, my counting is off. Should be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

      8 Team H2H Keeper – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d take the right side in every one. Except 5 is a wash to me.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Wilsonian: Are you conjuring up hypothetical trades you’re thinking about offering that probably won’t get excepted because you’re bored?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: is that the official 1-3, or 1, 2, 2, 3? Ha.

  81. Nick says:
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    Justin Upton or Adam Jones for ROS and the future in a keeper league?

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Nick: J-Up has the higher ceiling and more time to reach it

    • Tio says:
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      @YARS YARS: @Nick:

      Justin Upton has been worthless outside of April. His K’s are single-handedly burying my points league team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Agree with shibboleth

  82. Cam says:
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    Jurickson Profar was dropped, is he worth picking up? I mean he’s never batted over .300 at any level,.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cam: Depends on you’re dropping there guy.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cam: I meant, it depends on who you’d be dropping there, guy.

    • Tio says:
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      @Cam:

      Should be playing regularly with nice position eligibility and upside… definitely worth a pickup.

  83. stonepie says:
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    you expect much out of vogelsong when he returns?

  84. KCC26 says:
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    please rank ROS:

    Moss, Moreland, Swisher

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: Moreland, Swisher

  85. john says:
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    Carlos Martinez:
    1) will be called up within next 2-3 weeks, right?

    2) Percent chance he stays in rotation till at least 9/1? He has 48 innings in right now, he pitched 104 in 2012. 134-48=86. 86/6 (inning/start) = 14 starts. 14 * 5 = 70 games. I think he makes it easily if he is their 5th starter coming out of the break, right?

    3) Him or Wheeler ROS from time CM comes up if I need K’s and W’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @john: 1) After the All-Star Break 2) Could be 3) CM

  86. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: BEDARD!!!! BEDARD!!! BEDARD!!!! BEDARD!!! BEDARD!!!! BEDARD!!! BEDARD!!!! BEDARD!!!

    HE’S BACK!!!!

    The MAGPIE fans everywhere where living large and shouting his name last night.. Like Erik was the Saviour risen from the dead… Well, in a way, he has risen from the dead – the living dead anyway …

    What did you call it, a Zomboni or something odd like that??? Isn’t that an ice rink surfacing machine too??

    I sure would like to get the name of his Voodoo sangoma … Thinking, top Voodoo healers might do geriatric wellness regimes too…

    I have to start doing something proactive about my incontinence, memory loss, arthritis, flatulence/constipation, other strange odors, weird growths etc . Before, they get worse and new bad stuff starts popping up.. You get the picture.. I know… Too much information…

    But, Mr. Gray, being old is not all it is cracked up to be and the 60s is most certainly NOT the new 40s – hogwash, that..

    What website am I on??? O yeah, RazzBall…

    Nice to see Butler (our favorite) coming out of his slumbers… I was beginning to think, he had joined the living dead too.. Personally, I think, he has been spending way too much energy on his “full figured man” male modeling career.. The old owls and eagles syndrome here.. He has been putrid in June…

    Nice to see you are on board the Oli P. special… Got him on all rosters… Seattle has not had a save opportunity for almost 2 weeks now or so it seems – since his save. Frustrating, waiting to see if he gets the ball in the ninth for this long…

    A Ram2 is a mini force this year… I have cut him and picked him back up over and over this year for need … Never been snagged by other team in many leagues???… He is one of the SB leaders in the AL too.. Go figure… Is this his best early start BA wise since his rookie year – got to be???… As it warms up his power should show itself too… He did hit near 30 taters in a short Cuban season one year…. Had a feeling about him this year… I was One with my Nawness with A Ram2..

    Speaking of Favs… See your boy, Cowgill, was shipped off to the Angels this week in a RazzBall hush ??? Wonder what the Angels had to give for him??? And in fairness, if you can get excited about Cowgill, I see no reason why I can’t do the same about Bedard…

    Before I forget, again, you wouldn’t know happen to know of a good Voodoo healer would ya, Mr. Gray??? My gas is really bad today… I’m actually gagging as I type… I had better open some windows before the house explodes…

    • Tio says:
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      @T Moore:

      Is this an essay? Did you accidentally post your homework?

      • T Moore says:
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        @Tio:

        Tio: Sorry, if I’ve broken some tweet length rule on here…

        I guess, I’m not a product of our logo-cryptic tweeter age.

        Do you know that in 1950 the average USA high school graduate knew and had a command of 25000 words in the English language.. By, 2000, the total was down to under 10,000 words… That total has to be continuing to nosedive towards an even lower figure today… A stunning indictment on Just How Modern Are We..

        Betcha, they know a bunch of rock band song titles and are ONE with those O”-so-important logos though.. COOOL MAN..

        In the 50s, people could conjugate verbs – Can you believe that… And even do basic math… They could read, be held and “understand” critical thought that was longer than a paragraph in length…. And find their city on a map too.. WOW!!!

        Keep on tweeting, America!!! It’s good for ya..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: re: Butler — HA! Yeah, frustrating on Perez… Yeah, Al-Ram hasn’t looked this good since he came up… You just have to eat since beans and you’ll be fine…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Mr Gray: Did you study medicine before you became a FBB expert???…

        My doctor tells me the same thing… I listen him under normal circumstances – but, he has bad gas too …

        HANDS OF CUBA… Al Ram is not bad… He has, in the past, never started to play before June is all.. Think, his internal clock was off… He seems to be running on Central Time now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Either that or someone flipped his Far Side calendar ahead two months…

          • T Moore says:
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            @Grey:
            Dr. Gray: Far Side Calendar – Very very good!!!

  87. supra says:
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    Got Rutlege.
    Aybar, Alexei available… time to bail on summer in Coors yet?

  88. malamoney says:
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    Dude turns down the following offers in a H2H points league:

    Marte for Gio
    Butler for Gio
    Choo for Gio
    AJAX for Gio

    And then accepts VMart and Wheeler for Gio.

    Is VMart and Wheeler really that much better of a deal?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @malamoney: It addresses two positions, maybe a catcher need. Maybe he just doesn’t like you.

  89. malamoney says:
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    Any hope for Dan Haren this season or ever?

    Would you rather have him or KD Lang, I mean Lincecum?

  90. KCC26 says:
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    Sorry, I’m being quite demanding today. Would Cuddyer/Perkins for A. Jones be a slam dunk? Part of me feels like Cuddyer isn’t really a hugely inferior player, just a bigger injury risk. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KCC26: I’d take Jones

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @KCC26: Jones

  91. john says:
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    encarnacion or rizzo for next 3 years?

  92. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    Would you trade longo for posey and arenado it would help me have a real catcher not stream them which moved cost money in my league I’m cheap I want a huge win margin… Also I would have freese and arenado at 3b. 12 team mixed

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @Grey: Is there a catcher that would be good to go after with say a freese or a cruz?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Santana

          • The Dredd Pirate says:
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            @Grey: What do you think about going after Iwakuma? whats his value guy who has him wants seagura from me I think I should get more right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should get more

  93. Fungazi says:
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    I miss middle school.. you didn’t need to wait long at all to re-aggravate your groin.

  94. Schizer says:
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    Great, as always, Grey! Made this trade the other day, wondering what you think of it. Gave Pedroia, Cruz, & Kluber for Cano, Moore, & McCann. 12 team H2H categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer: Thanks! Sounds fair…

  95. YARS YARS says:
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    SP—CHASIN or SANTIAGO??? WHO TO ADD TO THE ROSTER

  96. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Would you rather have Bautista or Puig?

      • Devil in a New Dress says:
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        @Tio: What about Gonzo/Bautista for Prince/Puig?

  97. Al Bundy says:
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    Who rankles ye olde points cache least worse?

    Fister’d
    or
    Kluber’d

    SoN likes Fister more than I do after last week. He’s “this close” to being thrown back into the stream. Maybe won’t dump him if he just poops on the bench.

    Showed Porcello’d what I thought of his performance by dropping him for Blanton. Fister and left mouse button scared now.

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @Grey: Nice call, Grey.
        Next mission: Threaten Josh Rutledge with Neil Walker.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          On it!

  98. supra says:
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    Goldschmidt, rd 17
    or
    Granderson, rd 11
    Greinke, rd 5

    12 team keeper – I’ve got Rizzo – rd 21 too
    What’s my cheap Goldy worth? He’s also got Harper – rd 1, Strasberg – rd 7, Harvey – rd 21

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: This trade isn’t close…Why do you want Grandy?

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: Don’t really, was offered that. Just wanted to see if it was close at all.

        My team is lacking a bit in both offense and pitching. Was wondering if I was willing to deal Goldy, what would make sense?
        Harper/Harvey? Harper/Stras? I doubt he’d do it, but would it take something like that to make sense for me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Harper/Strasburg or with Harvey… Yeah, seems doubtful…

  99. Jon says:
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    Great read! love reading your articles first thing in the morning, Grey…keep up the amazing work!

    anyhoow, what’s your take on this deal? im in a 10-team H2H non-keeper

    I receive Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Quentin, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ryan Dempster
    for my Matt Holliday, Yasiel Puig, Yovani Gallardo, and Gerrit Cole

    im pretty sick of gallardo and it’s not everyday you get an offer for the best fantasy player too…im just not sure if giving up holliday and manbearPUIG would be worth it…

    • Yankee Doodle says:
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      @Jon: IMO, you win that trade and it’s not even close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Thanks! Miggy side

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jon: Seriously, not close brah. I’d trade all 4 of those guys for Miggy.

  100. Fenway Fungus says:
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    DL stash: Peavy or Beachy?

  101. Yankee Doodle says:
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    Kevin Gregg drawing interest from multiple teams. Assuming he gets moved who is best stash to handle 9th inning after he gets traded? James Russell?

  102. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Saw what you wrote on Pineda earlier. So you think he will have a set back or just yankees will be extremely cautious with him? I saw you said it will be august and only a handful of starts. He’s kinda my ace in the bag. Drafted him and been sittin on my DL so I was just curious. Cause that would suck. I was hoping to have him for the 2nd half and playoffs. Any insight is appreciated, thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: If that’s your ace in the hole, you need an exit strategy. He hasn’t pitched in almost 3 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: He hasn’t pitched in a major league game in how long? He’s not going to come back and throw 100 IP this year… Yanks could pitch him here and there for 5 innings at a time, maybe 6… They’re not going to let him get injured again…

  103. Yankee Doodle says:
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    better stash: Carlos Martinez, Taijuan Walker, Erasmo, Beachy. Please rank.

  104. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Machado or Segura long term?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, simply because of position

      • Josh O.

        JoshO says:
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        @Grey: You believe Segura’s power stays? I’m wary. Also, Machado’s doubles would have to start turning into HRs at some point right? And lastly, I’ve heard once Hardy’s deal is up, Machado may slide back to SS… Just looking for your opinions on those things

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @JoshO: It doesn’t have to for him to have huge value. 50 SB’s, +.300 avg, tack on 15ish HR’s….sound like someone?

            • Josh O.

              JoshO says:
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              @JoshO: Maybe Reyes? But I’ve heard a lot of Machado-Arod comps

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @JoshO: Haha. He smells like Jose Reyes’ good years. We’re saying, to have what he can bring, at SS, it’s first round value compared to if he played the OF. That said, I’d rather have Machado if you’re talking the next 5 years and beyond. Next 2 or 3, I’d lean Segura.

              • Josh O.

                JoshO says:
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                @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: I’m talking this year and the next 4. Have Franklin currently to plug in to SS and maybe long term (hopefully can keep that eligibility) and Aramis is at 3B but have zilch long-term at 3B right now in my dynasty league

                • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                  @JoshO: It’s splitting hairs to me. Machado’s RBI vs Segura’s SB. I don’t think Franklin is much of a long term solution at SS. You know who you’ll be able to draft at which ever position you’re lacking.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could move to SS, no guarantees… Segura is 15/40 player… Machado is a 25/15 guy who has 5 homers…

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Grey: Oh I’m guaranteeing it! $5000 OTI that Manny’s at SS by 2015. I agree with you on both those lines for the future. Manny’s 5 HR’s are stupid non-sensical.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be on the SS move…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Grey: @JoshO: Machado will be the O’s shortstop when Hardy’s gone, which should be end of next year at the latest.

  105. Sideshow says:
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    Stream Bauer v the WSox Fri or too risky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too risky

  106. Csifu says:
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    Would you trade Fowler for Ryan Zimmerman or Machado? Thanks.

    • The Flayed Man says:
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      definitely

  107. The Flayed Man says:
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    What’s up?

    12 team keeper roto:

    Jordan Zimmerman (Costs a round 9 next year) or Puig who will cost a round 12.

    Could also offer Moore a round 4 keepee for Puig.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Offer Moore

  108. FillyP says:
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    Better DL stash – Ogando or Peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando

  109. farcus says:
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    Uggla has been a lot more ugh than la for too long now. Fine to drop him for LeMahieu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  110. Wake Up says:
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    Insane in the Brain came out 20 years ago. Insane!

    PS You’re old

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I thought I was old when it came out… Eff me…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You trying to make me feel old? Dah-da-nuh-da-nuh-da-nuh!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: I used to lay around in diapers listening to these…bobbing my head, spitting up all over my shirt, drinking my bottle, shizzing the bed…actually not a whole lot has changed in 20 years…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sadly, I’m right there with you…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Except for the diapers of course…sadly, I’ve considered it…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Go with sweatpants and line them with shoe insoles, you won’t be sorry…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Ha! Thank you sophos.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *bows, stands, hits head* Dah!

  111. Sharky says:
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    Quick trade question:

    Side A gets Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Veras
    Side B gets Prince Fielder

    Even deal in a 10 team Yahoo league?

  112. Sharky says:
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    Quick trade question:

    Side A gets Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Veras
    Side B gets Prince Fielder

    Even deal in a 10 team Yahoo league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prince, it’s even

  113. T Moore says:
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    O Steve: MINI SWEEP!!! GO A’s…

    Donaldson is blowing my mind… I wanted them to trade for Headly (think, they tried and Billy came back with Parrino instead)… I’m glad we didn’t now..

    SWEEP THE RED BIRDS!!!

  114. T Moore says:
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    O Steve: MINI SWEEP!!! GO A’s…

    Donaldson is blowing my mind… I wanted them to trade for Headly (think, they tried and Billy came back with Parrino instead)… I’m glad we didn’t now..

    SWEEP THE RED BIRDS!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wonder what JayWrong says about all of this…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Dr. Gray: Sorry for the double comment, your site has got the slows for some reason today.. Probably, on my poor puters end though..

        HANDS OFF MR JAY WRONG – the real star of the show…

        By the way, have you seen the Ethel Merman-esque “Everything Coming Up Roses” video MJW and I have produced for his page??? Absolutely, stunning stuff…

        MJW looks great in it… And can he belt’m out… A multi talented man that MJW

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is that the video where you two are wearing nothing but skivvies and he’s pelting you with grapes? Interesting stuff!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Splitting image!

  115. Vottomatic says:
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    Got VMart J Upton Choo and Samardzija for McCann Zobrist Fowler Minor. Like it? I know Upton hasn’t been the player he was in April but I got him for relatively cheap plus I love Choo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  116. Pager24 says:
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    im kinda desperate for saves would you drop benoit for
    Krod, Perez, Melancon?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  117. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    When does Erasmo come up and do you think he’s on an innings limit??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two weeks hopefully… Probably an innings limit…

  118. Mike says:
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    Who do you want in a dynasty.. Rendon or Trevor Rosenthal? Same
    rnd value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  119. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Bench Homer Bailey during day starts? Trade him instead? The splits are maddening, and it’s now going on 3 straight years…driving me nuts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

  120. Jon says:
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    Sit/start for Sunday?

    Tillman vs NYY
    Bumgarner @ COL
    Jackson @ SEA
    Cashner @ MIA
    Milone vs STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Jackson, Cashner

  121. The Thumb says:
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    Leonys out of the lineup after getting blue balled last night. haha

    Anyway would you start Fister against LAA today? (SON $10) Even though he’s facing Weaver, LAA has been getting hot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  122. ChrisH says:
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    Ok, so 10 team league, probably more on the shallow side. Current closers are Grilli, Papelbon, Balfour, Jannsen, Perez. And I’m up 10 saves on the next best save team in my league.

    Just got offered Price for Grilli. Should I take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Price

  123. AJ says:
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    Who you like Ros? Hellickson or Santiago?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Santiago

  124. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    due to a nonstop pitcher streamfest in my daily mixed league, my hand has been forced to start streaming new bums daily to compete in wins and strikeouts. which of these bums is the best start for tomorrow?

    Capuano vs Phillies ($11.2 on SON)
    J Williams @ Houston ($8.5)
    B Norris vs Angels ($4.4)
    Quintana ($2.6) or Santiago($4.1) vs Cleveland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capuano

  125. TheNewGuy says:
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    You in favour of using an excess OF I have to try and upgrade from Zimm to Longo/Miggy? Pretty substancial upgrade really, Zimms been mediocre this first half again- is a monster 2nd half coming?

    Can you rank these OF’s for ROS to help me decide who to shop:

    Kemp, A Jax, Puig, D Brown, W Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm could be great in the 2nd half, it’s happened before… You ranked them…

  126. Tom says:
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    Please rank Gyorko, Hill, Rendon, Franklin ROS from time Gyroko is back? I don’t need steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill, Gyorko, Franklin

  127. Big AL says:
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    I dub E-5 E-CARN. Let be said,let it be done ! That saying goes way back when your mom was a girl and had fantasies about bald headed king’s. Yul Brenner in The King and I. R A Dick head fell to me this year in 2 league’s and I stayed with him tip the end of May through the bad and the worst. Got A Cabrera for him and thought it was a steal. Please bad mouth Joey Bats for me. I need him to catch up with E-Carn this month. How long do we give Puig,before we dub him the 2nd coming of St. Trout ? Dusty says Hi. We never talk ,but I know he like’s you. Not sure in what way, but who really know’s Dusty. Cozart is still batting 2nd. Why ? See what I mean.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Another 3 months…

  128. Rocky says:
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    Grey

    Trying to pry away Marte and Strasburg for Gyorko/Corbin/Wheeler.

    He’s weak at 2nd and 3rd (Mark Ellis at 2nd, though he does have Rendon manning 3rd who could slide over) and strong at SP (Stras, Wainwright, Ryu, Garza).

    I’ve got Gyorko/Prado/Weeks at 2nd
    and
    Hanley, Headley, Prado and Gyorko with 3rd eligibility

    He likes Gyorko but it is obviously hesitant to part with Strasburg. 1) How do I get that deal closed and 2) do you like all four of his pitchers over Corbin for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That trade’s not close

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Rocky: For reals yo

  129. The Thumb says:
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    Positions don’t matter.

    I took your buy low advice on JUp and gave away AGon.

    Did I win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d take Upton

  130. Neon Dullsum says:
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    Excuses are like Buchholz everybody has one but you can wash your with running water indoors with the lights on unlike the Penn Dutch ya know the people you hate for some reason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  131. Kratos says:
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    Asdrubal or Rollins for MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

  132. AJ says:
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    Mat Latos or James Sheilds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  133. Jon says:
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    Guy offered me Panda/Straily/Rasmus for Marte/Street in a keeper league…

    I don’t have room for Rasmus (even trading Marte) so I want to counter with Marte/Street for Panda/one of his pitchers: Maybe YoGa, Garza or Kluber?

    Thoughts? Or hold Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like this trade

  134. john says:
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    Nolasco is a top ___ pitcher ROS if he gets traded to LAD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      50

  135. Hector Sanchez Dirty Spitballer says:
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    Trade Headley for Alfredo Jettucine? I have E-5 and Donalson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can do better, or trade Donaldson for someone better and play it out with Headley

  136. AJ says:
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    Being offered Yu Darvish for Puig/Pence..but heard Yu may have limited pitching and has been getting hit hard lately …hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s fair, depends on needs… Yu is fine moving forward…

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: do you think Darvish is a better choice then Verlander?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • AJ says:
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            @Grey: Grey so this is my redraft team..kinda torn on what to do..I can always try to offer up Lind and or Brown for Latos or Shields or acquire Darvish now..what you think is the best move? Thanks
            C Matt Wieters
            1B Freddie Freeman
            2B Nick Frankilin
            3B Manny Machado
            SS J.J. Hardy
            2B/SS Jose Reyes
            1B/3B Anthony Rizzo
            OF Adam Jones
            OF Hunter Pence
            OF Yasiel Puig
            OF Wil Myers
            UTIL Domonic Brown
            UTIL Adam Lind
            P Stephen Strasburg
            P Craig Kimbrel
            P Rafael Soriano
            P Bobby Parnell
            P Francisco Liriano
            P Gerrit Cole , might get sent back down so I hear
            P Matt Garza
            P Corey Kluber
            P Miguel Gonzalez, streamer
            Bench J.J. Putz
            Bench Carlos Beltran
            Bench Matt Moore
            DL Ryan Braun
            DL Anibal Sanchez

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure, try and offer for Latos

              • AJ says:
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                @Grey: yea way safer..thanks appreciate it

  137. B.o.B says:
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    Who you like out of these FA in my 10 team league?

    Kennedy
    Gee
    Lester

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  138. OaktownSteve says:
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    I wasn’t a real big fan of Rutledge coming into the season and didn’t draft him anywhere. But I just picked him up after having a look at some of his numbers. His GB% is at 52.2%. High GB% will generally lead to a higher BABIP, but he’s sitting at .223. It’s by far the lowest BABIP among players with a 50% higher GB rate. His K rate is slightly down, walk rate is slightly up. But his ISO is pretty bad at .114. It looks like what’s happening is he’s making contact but not hitting the ball real hard. But even still, it doesn’t look like he’s gotten his share of seeing eye singles or swinging bunts. ZiPS regresses his BABIP to .315 for the rest of the year and that brings his BA back up to around .269.

    I know a lot of y’all have been watching him closely. What’s the story? What’s going on that’s not necessarily reflected in the numbers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He got d*ck around by his BABIP and his manager, might be in his head… They demoted him when he had a .300 average in the previous two weeks… He’ll be fine eventually, but he needs to relax and just swing at everything, like he’s wont to do…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I have a funny feeling he’s going to make a surge here pretty quick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, especially since Rudy picked him up…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            How’s Rudy’s luck?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Better than mine in the RCL

          • @Grey: i haven’t picked him up yet in rcl. not sure he can crack my sterling MI trio of Infante/Alcides/Neil Walker.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Rudy Gamble:

              I dumped Alcides. 29 runs and a .251 ain’t going to cut it. Rutledge has scored 3 more runs in 100 fewer ABs. Escobar’s 11 steal aren’t that hard to replace.

              • Man, I almost did the same exact thing today. Dropped Infante instead for Rutledge in the faint hope that Alcides remembers he could steal. Detroit’s solid lineup never materialized in R/RBI for Infante (didn’t help hitting 8th but he sucked when hitting at top of lineup).

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Grey’s owning him is a BIG jinx .
      the kid just can’t catch a break .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I dropped him

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Grey:

          picking him up tomorrow .
          getting off your end of the see-saw .
          ha .

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @costaricanchata:

            wait .
            where’s Steve ?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sleeping? It’s early there, no?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Here now, snitches.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

  139. guidedbyvoices says:
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    Grey….standard 5×5 ROS….Pujols or Bautista?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista, toss up

  140. Juice_0321 says:
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    Blockbuster trade on the table. Do I trade my Wainwright who can be kept for two more years without penalty and a couple more non keepers in a deal for fresh Ever Cab and a fresh Iwakuma? Also are you high on the Wrench if you could keep him for two years without penalty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Waino

  141. Remy says:
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    who would you rather have ROS?

    JUpton or Kemp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  142. Carnac says:
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    Had no idea Brad Hawpe was still playing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned that the other day EDIT: Or think I did…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: “Yeah, I don’t read all of your stuff. HUGE fan, though!” (<– me practicing for an upcoming trip to LA)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac: I thought he was in Japan with spillboroughs?

      • Carnac says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I’ve been meaning to tell you, my father in law looks frighteningly like the iron sheik (except maybe 100 lbs less). It’s been an ongoing joke in the family for a few months now. Though, unlike Carnac, he is not from the desert but a small town in Mexico.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Carnac: there is quite the similarity between old mexican men and old men from the middle east. They both can be super scary. I am lucky the baby’s mama has no father to contend with but i do have to deal with the uncles and cousins. Dios mio!

          • Carnac says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: My father in law isn’t scary, just totally bonkers. Apparently 3 decades in the U.S. doesn’t remotely take the small Mexican village out of a man.

  143. Carnac says:
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    “Jeter runs outdoors with no problems.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, ridiculous

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Carnac:

      he’s gotta run a mile and a half … just to get outside of his house .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Carnac:

      getting in shape to start the all star game .

      • stumanji says:
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        @costaricanchata: Thought this was a funny joke, until I looked up the voting and Jeter is currently 5th at AL SS.

        GFY, baseball fans.

  144. hankp says:
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    ROS in a 5×5: VMart and M.Young or JP and Headley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

  145. AB says:
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    Kemp and Zimmerman for Miggy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a lot, but about the price tag… I’d take Miggy

  146. Ron says:
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    1) Would I be crazy to trade Dexter Fowler to get Holland or Perkins?
    2) Who do you prefer of those two closers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Yeah

  147. VANCOUV3R says:
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    Encarmashion?

    Grey, I want to be just like you when I grow up. Thanks for the laughs, the tears, and sharing your wicked stache homie!

    So, I’ve got Franklin, Rendon, Asdrubal, and Headley… really fighting the urge to dump Dudley. Thoughts?

    Have a cool summer! Don’t ever change!
    Van

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I like that… No problem… I wouldn’t dump him yet…

  148. Jail says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Another GM is doing hitting for pitching trades and I’d like to target Nelson Cruz. What caliber of pitcher do you think it takes to get him?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A low number one, prolly a number two… Try for Latos…

  149. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    MrGreystach – Haven’t seen much talk about Cobb since he took one off his cornhole…I think I got that wrong…anyway you losing Cobb for an upside play such as Erasmo Ramirez or maybe Carlos Martinez given the general state of uncertainty around cornhole injuries? I did it again…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I went over him about five times… I’d drop him

      • ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  150. x-wing says:
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    Should I trade Ryan Howard for Dominic Brown? I could use an outfield/util backup player but don’t really like Brown in the NL East. Won’t take the trade unless you say it is a no-brainer.

  151. costaricanchata says:
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    yay .
    nix … with the short-schedule sb .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn,was gonna grab him, had no one to drop

  152. Jacks says:
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    Do we think Putz’s elbow holds up ROS? You expect him to be an effective closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, prolly not

  153. Grey -
    Ryan Braun being offered up in my 14 team, 6×6, OPS redraft league.

    I’m in 1st by about 10 games. Would you do this trade given risk of a Braun suspension, plus no production and a lingering thumb injury for 3-4 weeks. I’m not sure I have the offensive horses to wait, curious your take:

    GIVE my alex gordon / low end SP (SP6 type – kyle gibson, cashner)

    GET his ryan braun

    rest of my offense: c – rosario, 1b – freeman, 2b – seager, 3b – machado, ss – prado, ci – butler, mi – gyorko, of (5) – adam jones, cespedes, heyward, marte, gordon, util – arenado. bench – tavares

    thanks for the take.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take the Braun gamble there

      • @Grey:
        you think I can sustain enough?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know what you mean

          • @Grey:

            sentence was truncated, lo siento.

            i meant do you think I have enough offense to sustain the loss of Gordon, while waiting for Braun for a month? Im replacing that OF slot with the likes of Arcia ,Saunders, Bonifacio…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh…Yeah, I do…

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @EL Burro: I would say yes, since he said to do the trade. Besides, sustain what? The crush of a risk in your 5th OF spot?

  154. GR says:
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    Hey Grey
    20 Team League would you trade Carp for Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  155. costaricanchata says:
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    it’s real early yet , and the angels are 10 games out of 1st place in their division ,
    but ,
    is it possible that they sweep the season series from the tigers ,
    and then get to face them in the play-offs ??

    still ,
    nothing could compare to last season’s end of regular season play in the A.L.
    (longoria’s home run , etc) .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was 2011

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        tempus fugit .
        (and takes with it my memory .)

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          as an A’s fan , i know they won the world series back in the 70′s ,
          but it would take some sort of major event for me to remember when it was that
          they last won it .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh c’mon, you remember their championships…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  156. three says:
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    Points league. Please rank ROS.

    Moreland, Arcia, Rendon.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moreland, Rendon

  157. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Who got more value in keepers league?
    A.cabrera or E.andrus?
    Thank You

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

  158. Cam says:
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    Add Jurickson profar and drop Reddick, Nava, Jesse Crain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  159. OaktownSteve says:
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    Engel Beltre?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      got his 1st hit , today ,
      and is supposed to be fast … real fast .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Leonys is being rested

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I wonder if Engel is short for Engelbert?

  160. cwsrocks says:
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    10tm 5×5 2 catcher league, drop Dumit or Montero for VMart: M Montero or R Dumit, for VMart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doumit

  161. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    Jennings, Alex Gordon, and Wheeler too much for Cutch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  162. costaricanchata says:
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    picked up marlon byrd for the one-game shot in coors tonight ,
    but dropping him for tomorrow’s start … as the team flight arrives back in nyc at 4 am .

    hey matt harvey (who’s already back in nyc) :
    how’s your confidence in team defense ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice batty call

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      ahh , the good old days … red-eye express and greenies .
      (we used to call them christmas trees) .

  163. LA Sound Guy says:
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    ROS – Franklin or Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin

  164. Grey's Goatee says:
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    Keeper league

    Trade

    1.) Myers for Machado

    2.) Kemp for Puig

    3.) Reyes for Segura/Hanley

    Do you like any/all of these?

    Thanks

    • Grey's Goatee says:
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      @Grey’s Goatee:

      Forgot to include

      4.) CarGo for Trout

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Grey’s Goatee: I’d 3 in a heartbeat

      • Grey's Goatee says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        What about McCann for Jason Castr……..just kidding! haha

        Thanks. I just offered it up to the Segura/HanRam owners. If I can get the Segura owner to bite, I’ll be the happiest.

      • Grey's Goatee says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        What about McCann for Jason Castr……..just kidding! haha

        Thanks. I just offered it up to the Segura/HanRam owners. If I can get the Segura owner to bite, I’ll be the happiest.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Grey’s Goatee: Ha. Well he shouldn’t accept if he knows what he’s doing. Better off trying #1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Machado 2) Kemp 3) Segura

      • Grey's Goatee says:
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        @Grey:

        What about 4?

        And sorry for that double post.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Grey’s Goatee: Mike Trout is the keeper of all keepers. He’s not going to do that deal.

          • Grey's Goatee says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

            Yeah, I figured. But it’s not an insult of an offer, so it’s worth a shot.

            Thanks for the help, guys.

            Here’s an e-$100 bill for each of you. Now don’t spend it all in one place.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was answered by Cram… It’s Trout

  165. weeklyheadache says:
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    ROS for MI/CI:

    MI: Escobar, Profar, As Cabrera, Abyar, Franklin

    CI: Frazier, Belt, Konerko, Morales

  166. weeklyheadache says:
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    ROS for MI/CI:

    MI: Escobar, Profar, As Cabrera, Abyar, Franklin

    CI: Frazier, Belt, Konerko, Morales

    Can use MI as Util if 2 are better than CI options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal, Franklin, Alcides, Frazier, Konerko

      • weeklyheadache says:
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        @Grey:

        MI’s rule the day – u rock Grey!

  167. Chicken Dinner says:
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    It’s looking like Fowler may hit the DL. With Kolvin thinking K/9 is a good hitting stat is Dickerson going to get enough playing time to make him rosterable? I know how the Rocks tend to shuffle that line up. Have they no respect for fantasy!

    Also, Sweeney’s relishing PT for the Cubbies. Batting forth no less. ROS on him?

    Lastly, Kazmir, Bedard, Danks, or Taiwan ROS. Yes, its a deep one……….No, Not you honey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not enough playing time for all leagues… Kazmir, Bedard…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, that’s too bad…

  168. costaricanchata says:
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    today’s low scoring games are making me re-think my decision to sit kluber tonight .

    stepping … away … from the … computer .

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @costaricanchata: Haha. It’s currently pouring here in B’more, so all this consternation might by for nothing.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: @costaricanchata: Sun’s back out. Re-commence consternation. I’ll post a more reliable outlook closer to game time. As a Kluber owner, I DO hope it gets rained out. I don’t want to start him, but probably will. I feel like I’m playing with house money since I dodged the Porcello bullet/Atom bomb.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Pray for rain so he can get the White Sox tomorrow…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey: I’m doing a rain dance around my Orioles hat right now

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Every little bit helps!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            A) Was the site running slow this morning B) Is it running better now?

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: yes really slow, seems like it, I’ll check again

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Grey: the hamster wheel looks like it’s fixed

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Cool, thanks!

      • Go against SoN at your own risk! The devil will come for Kluber’s soul soon enough. Then he’ll get Kyle Kendrick’s who made the same deal JA Happ did a couple years back.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: @Rudy Gamble: so are we saying that SON can see through all the deals the devil makes? How does SON feel about Michael Bay?

          • SoN sees down to the pitcher’s soul and looks at proof of ownership.

            SoN hasn’t found Michael Bay’s soul but is willing to agree to a suspension of disbelief on that.

  169. sanfran1966 says:
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    is Drew Smyly a prudent acquisition for ratio help & Ks

    or is he just another dude having a decent first half

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks Grey !!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Than k you, San Fran!

  170. Warren says:
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    Kipnis and Mujica for Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, friend

  171. bossmanjunior says:
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    Would I be crazy to start Lester today? He has a 2.84 ERA at home this year, blue jays are in the lower third in wOBA the last week, away from home and versus LHP, and Lester has very good career numbers against every single Blue Jays regular.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, a little

  172. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Freese or Frazier ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  173. EK says:
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    Cole or Griffin?
    H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Griffin

  174. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s up with Hughes pitching well against the Rangers? Who is this guy?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wilsonian: shit happens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hugh Phils, his brother…

  175. Eric W says:
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    Looking to upgrade my power should I try and move Alex Gordon for Zimm or Rizzo? Leaning towards Rizzio.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d go Rizzo first…

  176. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    This one is tough for me since I am a Cubs fan at heart and only see a handful of good players on the team, so I like those guys.

    Tim Lincecum (I have) or Matt Garza (on wire) for RoS?

    I would go Garza just because I see him more often and he may go somewhere better before the trade deadline.

    Thanks!!!

    Mike.

  177. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Where did all this Kluber madness come from? I know JB LOVES him. Does Rudy? You? SON pisses on him. I don’t know I got sucked into freaking out about whether or not to start him tonight, or why I even own him. Someone wake me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I started liking him about two weeks ago… His K-rate and walk rate are solid…

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Prezz: @Grey: Haha. Oh no! That can’t be good. I actually read something about his strand rates being really low and BABIP high for abnormal lengths of time in his minor league career. So maybe it really is all coming together. But the Gareth thing gives me paws. Ba-da-boom!

        • Prezz says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: JBetsy encouraged me to grab him in a deeper league. Kluber, that is. And yeah the recommendation from Gareth isnt purrfect, by a long shot.

    • Prezz says:
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      Our buddy Gareth loved him…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezz: the red headed step child?

        • Prezz says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: hehe, thats our Gareth! Red headed mutt of the litter..

    • ha. i don’t like kluber and neither does SoN. his K-rate increased for a few starts which maybe shows he’s got more skills than he’s projected for. SoN might give him an $8 valuation at home against a weak opponent. But starting him @Bal is just an unnecessary risk in deep leagues. I benched Masterson @BAL in my NFBC 15-team league and Masterson is a better pitcher than Kluber.

  178. tb says:
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    Trade Bailey and Cespedes for Scherzer. 1st place in a eight team league. Prado would fill in for cespedes and I’m second in hr, rbi. 1st in runs, 4th in BA, and last in wins and third to last in ERA and WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need pitching

  179. tb says:
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    Trade Bailey and Cespedes for Scherzer?

    1st place in a eight team league. Prado would fill in for cespedes and I’m second in hr, rbi. 1st in runs, 4th in BA, and last in wins and third to last in ERA and WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  180. Mr. Glass says:
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    Segura & Panda for D. wright to much or to little to obtain D. wright i have Reyes or zobrist i can plug into SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

      • Mr. Glass says:
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        @Grey: what should i look to get back for (A)Segura or (B) Reyes i dont need both and would like to get either a Starter or some power in the outfield need some help cause im in a pickle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A number one for either… Reyes would fetch more on name value…

  181. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wow that was fast, didnt expect an offer to be accepted so quickly.

    Had a glut of good OFs so just dealt R Zimm and Puig for Longo. Solid deal? Zimms been pretty meh all season.

    Normally post before I accept so im hoping to hear I did good here!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: He accepted or you accepted? Or you didn’t expect yourself to accept it that quickly. That would be weird.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: I sent out some feeler offers and this one got accepted right away. Hope the offer wasnt too good on his side…

        I just still feel Puig could slump as great as hes been, and if he does once Either comes back, he’ll be sent to the minors for a while.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Oh, cuz you said you normally post before you accept accept so that was confusing. Anywho, agree with Grey. Right now it looks good, especially if Puig was an odd man out with your glut.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid, bit of risk with the unknown of Puig, but I think you win it…

  182. Tio says:
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    Grey.

    In a keeper league and had to activate Zunino….we have minor league slots that don’t count against the active roster. We only have 7 bench slots… would you drop Zunino? He can be kept for cheap next year…. considering adding Arcia and dropping Zunino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  183. LordaMercy says:
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    Holy hell, so many comments. Big time.

    Willie Myers or Moreland? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      William

  184. letsgobravos says:
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    Interesting article on why Cashman went off on A-Rod. Theory is that the yankees don’t want to send him on a rehab assignment because they think they he will say he’s unable to play and thus be able to retire and keep the balance of his contract. The yankees want to wait for him to be suspended so they can void the contract and keep the cash…

    http://www.cbssports.com/general/blog/gregg-doyel/22549092/why-did-cashman-tee-off-on-a-rod-he-had-114-million-reasons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but that’s just ridiculous… Like he’s just gonna retire…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, this is the first I had heard of this theory. But if he thinks he’s going to get a really long PED ban and have to forfeit the rest of his contract, it would make sense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, no way it happens in any scenario…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @letsgobravos:

      Is there a less likable figure in sports than AROD? Armstrong is a double class A douche but he at least did something with his foundation.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I’m pretty down on Aaron Hernandez right now…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          I haven’t been following that. I’m gonna go read up. I quit the NFL a couple of years ago.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Precis – star tight end on one of the most successful franchises of the modern era charged with murder.

            It’s not OJ Simpson level, but it’s not far from it.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @SteveNZ:

              his mansion is about 2-3 miles fro where i’m sitting (son’s house) .
              obviously weei has been talking about him … big time .
              pats may have no receivers this year .

              and , oh yeah , lot’s of jailhouse humor on the airwaves , now .

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @costaricanchata: If there is anyone who can find a receiver where there appears to be none, it is The Hoodie.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @OaktownSteve: And it’s seemingly getting worse.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: But I take your point.

  185. Leo says:
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    Which side would u hav in h2h.
    Waino or kinsler+shelby?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

  186. Jon says:
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    Would you own Gregerson, Thayer, McGee or Blake Parker over Tazawa?

    If it makes any difference, I own Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  187. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’m sensing a change in the commentors demeanor, the summer heat will bring out the beasts

    • Prezz says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: fuck you! What do you mean dick head!? I think everything is dandy you shmuck! Ur such a prick!

      • Birdog says:
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        @Prezz: loud noises! I’m not sure why we’re yelling!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          WHY IS EVERYONE YELLING? Whoa, did I have caps lock on?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: some of us are trying to nap in our insole filled sweatpants over here…what gives with all the yelling?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For sleeping, you want to tape insoles to the sides of your head by your ears…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: not touching these insoles at this point…you were right…they did the job!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Leave them on the patio to dry, you can re-use those…

        • Prezz says:
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          @Birdog: im pissed off cuz i went to drop bautista and accidently dropped a catcher… Looks like im losing this league now…

          • Birdog says:
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            @Prezz: depends on which catcher

            • Prezz says:
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              @Birdog: john buck! My best one .. i know, you dont have to tell me… Im screwedddd!

              • Birdog says:
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                @Prezz: not necessarily. I originally thought it might be someone important, like Hundley or Navarro. You should be fine.

                • Prezz says:
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                  @Birdog: thanks for the encouragement! I wish i still had hundley… Man, i traded him for marmol a week ago! We all make mistakes, i guess..

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Prezz: you should drop harvey. He’s about to crash and burn

                    • Prezz says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: been trying to trade him for weeks… Gonna end up getting sweeney for him by the end of it..

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Prezz: how I bout I give you two goats and a cock JABRONI

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezz: I love pitching batting practice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh-oh

    • Prezz says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: i think you made a new enemy above.. legend in your own mind? :D

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Prezz: that guys an amateur… You don’t fire bombs without understanding context. He’ll learn if he wants to keep sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Unlike you I’ll call it straight up hate style….that’s why you love me. I ain’t going to go tell oaktown about french philosophers or wake up about stream of consciousness humor or you about dick and fart jokes. We got our things

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: I hear you…I think I got called an elitist earlier for laughing at someone’s joke…like Prezz always says, I’m here for the laughs…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Wake Up: you bring a special brand of humor to the razz that if you don’t follow your posts you won’t get it

            • Prezz says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: you bring a special brand of dickhead to the razz that if you dont follow your posts, you would think you were an ever bigger dickhead..

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezz: keep talking one who likes toothpicks in his mouth all day, you are only making football be worse for you

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezz: that did make me laugh though…

        • Prezz says:
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          @Wake Up: always fun when someone awakes jacks anger issues..

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezz: thats not me being angry…. that’s me dealing with a little piece of s*t on my shoe…wait till the homestretch in RCL and football season, then you will SEE ANGRY

  188. Lines says:
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    12-team H2H, keeper league, 6×6 (QS & OPS, no Wins or BA).

    Sitting on an abundance of offense, desperate for pitching (Beachy, Niese & Morrow on the DL, Lester might as well be…). For reals, I’m like 1st in every offensive stat but SB, in which I am 2nd. I am middle of the pack in almost every pitching stat.

    Might be able to get back F-Her + Choo for my CarGo. I realize that’s not a huge haul for a 1st-rounder, but I also have Adam Jooones and FishMike in my OF, so I think I can survive. Plus I have Matt All-Starpenter as my utility guy, so I can just throw him in the OF. Maybe I throw in a lower-tier starter (Cashner? Westbrook?) and get back a closer too.

    Sound reasonable? I don’t trust CarGo to stay healthy, and I really need the pitching help.

    What kills me is that I already know you’ll say you’d prefer the good hitter + lesser pitcher side of the deal. You almost always do. But I have to ask, Grey. I mean, who else can I talk to about this stuff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take F-Her there

      • Lines says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I love that I can write 4 paragraphs, you can respond in 4 words, and everyone gets what they came for (assuming that you came to read an essay about my fantasy team).

        I have a follow-up question. Strong feelings on who to keep ROS: Hosmer vs Swisher?

        Swisher has a wonky shoulder, which makes me nervous, but Hosmer’s just kinda “ehhh” this year, with nothing to indicate he’s ready to break out. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… Swisher… Neither are great and like Hosmer for upside more, but I’d like to actually see that upside at some point

  189. red says:
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    10 team keeper

    Who gets better deal? Verlander and Beltran for Cole and Miller and 3rd rd pick.

    Current team below:
    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Altuve, Jose(2B) HOU
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL

    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Lind, Adam(1B) TOR
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Seager, Kyle(3B) SEA
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL

    Active Pitchers
    Cole, Gerrit(SP) PIT
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Miller, Shelby(RP,SP) STL
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Cashner, Andrew(RP,SP) SD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Romo, Sergio(RP) SF
    Beachy, Brandon(SP) ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltran for this year

  190. Wilsonian says:
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    Fielder/Wheeler/Kluber for Kemp/Greinke/Lester (could have Lackey or Kennedy in Lester’s place)

    Which side?

    H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP – H2H league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp side, kinda fair I guess

  191. Tom says:
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    Guy in my league needs pitching and I might me able to upgrade a hitting spot as a result. What do you think of these potential offers? Which to try first?

    My zobrist and j.parker for his Pedroia

    My d.jennings and garza for his Adrian Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia side… A-Gon side… Try A-Gone first

  192. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    To those invested, doesn’t look like Cleveland/O’s will be getting rained out tonight. Whip your Kluber’s out, if you dare.

    • Birdog says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole: I dare not. I’m stopping with Garza’s numbers for today. The guy I’m facing this week has crappy ratios too, so if I’m careful I can still lower my era/whip enough to beat him. I’m fine on k’s.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Birdog: Head to head I understand. Different beast.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh boy

  193. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m streaming Chatwood today. 95 at game time in Colorado and I’m streaming Tyler Chatwood. SoN had it as a negative $ start.

    Paul Bunyan vs the Chainsaw

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Is this one of the weakest looking line ups (on paper) you’ve ever seen:

      EYJ
      Quintanilla
      Daniel Murphy
      Byrd
      Satin
      Lutz
      Lagares
      Recker
      Hefner

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Mets win! Chalk it up!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yes

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I picked up Byrd for the day…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          I can see why you would have

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: good luck vs everyone else but him…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: worked out pretty well for both of us…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck, friend

  194. Jason says:
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    ROS

    Alvarez or arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  195. Adam says:
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    Not to stir up another Kipnis debate but what makes you think that Kipnis doesn’t have 30 SB speed when he did so already last year despite tanking in the second half. Just curious what your insight on that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He has Pence-ish type speed, not a 30-steal type… He’s like Wright…He can steal 30, he has stolen 30, but I wouldn’t expect 30 steals…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Adam: SB’s can be fluky too. The most he had in the minors was 12.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Adam:

      He kind of reminds me of a young Utley

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: @OaktownSteve: I’ve seen that comp before, and it does make sense. Same position, similar size, similar skill set. The biggest difference to me is the hand speed. Kipnis can turn on an inside fastball, but Utley’s hand speed is unreal. At his peak, it seemed like he was still bouncing the bat off of his shoulder when the pitch was halfway to the plate, and the ball ended up in the right field corner or over the wall. Still impressive to this day.

  196. Birdog says:
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    “I’m not sure when I can come back,” A-Rod is said to have told general manager Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine on the three-way call. “It could be in July. It could be in August. It could be I won’t be able to play at all this year.”
    So, there you have it. It’s a report. We can’t be certain if it’s true, but it’s in direct contradiction to a tweet from A-Rod himself this week.

  197. SteveNZ says:
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    From a fantasy point of view, could Arenado’s at-bat there have gone any worse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not

  198. Alex says:
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    Need some help. 7×7 with obp and slg. If avg is not a part of it, how would you rank these for util?

    Aoki, Chris Carter, Ichiro

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki, Ichiro

  199. SteveNZ says:
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    There’s a depressing inevitability about every Rutledge at-bat at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s like Moustakas in April…

  200. royce! says:
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    I don’t like what Joyce has been doing to my team for the last couple of weeks but I don’t want to drop him outright just yet. So I’m thinking of losing Kelly Johnson for someone else to fill in at UTIL. Who you got?:

    Blanco
    Dominguez
    Arcia
    EY, Jr.
    Plouffe
    Stubbs

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @royce!:

      been a joyce owner for a few years now .
      seems like he always has a better 1st half .

      • royce! says:
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        @costaricanchata: Makes sense. He also seems to have better stats when on the wire or on my bench.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @royce!: eyj or arcia. Dominguez at home

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Wow, I had never checked out Dominguez’s home/road splits. That’s nuts. He must be agoraphobic, so he feels more comfortable at a HOU game…

        Since I can’t make daily moves in this league, I’m going Arcia for now, unless Grey wants to chime in…I have nothing to show for all the times I’ve owned EY over the years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Kelly for Young if you need steals… Dominguez otherwise…

  201. costaricanchata says:
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    2 minutes to game time .
    what’s the final kubler tally ?
    i’m sitting him .

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @costaricanchata: I’m starting the other geezer.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: And already wishing I didn’t.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          dang .
          missed the entire 1st inning .
          i see each team had 2 hits , though .

          what’s the over/under on total runs ? 12 ??

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @costaricanchata: I’ve put in a request for a 1-0 Baltimore win, with Hunter getting a Hold.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @costaricanchata: depends on league size, and yr situation of week if it’s h2h.

    • royce! says:
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      @costaricanchata: If I could have moved him off the bench I would have because my peripherals are shot, but I’m in a weekly moves league so I’ll just enjoy watching him shutout the Orioles, I’m sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I started him

  202. goodfold2 says:
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    yahoo is right now showing capuano on the DL. This is just some low paid (hopefully) idiot’s joke or typo, right? I just picked him up for tomorrow’s start.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: yeah, it’s gone now, that was weird. almost like a str glich.

  203. David says:
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    Hi Grey. What’s your take on Starling Marte over the next 2 years? Is he as good as he’s going to get, improve, or regress somewhat? Thanks and I love your blogs! Keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s got a nice future in front of him… Looks like what we wished from Jennings…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Are you giving up on Desmond? Say it ain’t so…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  204. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    streamers going crazy in my 10 teamer. gee/nolasco/jimenez all picked up in last 2 hours. 2 of them by my weekly opp. I’m guessing this means i jump immediately, like late tonight when the guy you drop still counts for tomorrow’s stats to drop capuano for eovaldi. Orignal plan was to also get gee for sat, but that’s out.

  205. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    kluber ain’t out of it yet, but he’s getting the luck he simply wasn’t early in the year.

  206. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thoughts on taylor jordan? apparently getting the call to start this weekend and may stick? solid k/bb in aa. worth a grab or wait and see?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer vs. Mets in mixed leagues, grab in deep leagues…

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Bah, Jordan still not available in Yahoo leagues.

  207. costaricanchata says:
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    @ CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole

    are you the guy who lives next to camden yards ?

    how about Mr. Bill’s Terrace ?
    quit the joint , eh ??

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @costaricanchata: In walking distance yeah. Never heard of Mr Bills.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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          @costaricanchata: Actually now that I looked it up, I was there once very soon after I arrived here. It’s out in Essex and there’s no reason to go to that area except for good crabs, which Mr Bills obliges. Good call.

  208. goodfold2 says:
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    i see you think wacha gets back up in august. what about c-mart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe late-July

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Taijuan expected up around either timeframe?
        Worth a grab over one or the other (or both)?

        Was able to snag Erasmo after he got dropped back on the wire – sounds like you like him ROS over the three above?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do like Erasmo the best… Even if Walker comes up, he’s gonna get shut down after a few starts…

          • JFK says:
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            @Grey:

            And you like C-Mart over Wacha ROS, right?
            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  209. goodfold2 says:
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    @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: again with kluber putting first 2 guys on to start inning. let’s just GET Chatwood right here. bases clearing double.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @goodfold2: It’s been kinda fluky. He got squeezed against Davis and Weiters. No on’es really squared him up. I don’t know where Kipnis was playing on that Flaherty dribbler. His stuff is moving

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      @goodfold2: i got the opposite the low K guy with bases loaded gets the K, i get F’ed both ways.

  210. goodfold2 says:
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    wang’s in the runnin for one of the worst innings of the year. 2/3 of inning. 7 runs. 6 hits 2 walks. even got a double play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  211. Tommy Gunn says:
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    ….. And there goes my hope of a decent Kluber line. Oh well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So dramatic….It’s only the 2nd inning….

      • Tommy Gunn says:
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        @Grey: ok if he can repeat his 3rd inning in the 4th 5th and 6th I will stand corrected and proclaim my love for him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Tommy Gunn says:
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            @Grey: Uh, still too early to be dramatic? He and Porcello killing me this week. and the kick in the balls is Napoli riding pine in that rout. Best thing about fantasy is that tomorrow is a new day.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and he won’t fly in helicopters…

  212. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Everyone chill on Kluber! He’s pitching well. No on’es hitting the ball hard. He got squeezed a couple of times. I think because his ball is moving so much, it’s confusing the umpire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  213. Big Magoo says:
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    Doesn’t it feel strange to see Giambi hitting cleanup in 2013? Or is it just me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, very odd

  214. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    I need some help here. Is this trade veto worthy? 16 team, h2h, .OPS and Holds are added cats. Justin Upton is $43 bucks, and can go up as much as $5 next year…so I doubt he is kept at that price…but not sure that matters here when it comes to how I see the deal. The deal is Upton/Downs for Jansen/Mujica….I just can’t wrap my head around trading Upton for a closer, especially in a h2h league. Is this veto worthy? My initial reaction is yes…but these managers have been around for a years and have earned respect. I rarely veto and usually give the benefit of the doubt in this league. But man…this trade looks bad to me. Thoughts?

    • royce! says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: I don’t think it’s veto worthy. Jansen and Mujica could be top 5 closers ROS, and Upton has been crappy lately, so I can see both sides. I think it’s egregiously stupid, but there are no rules against stupidity in FBB (or else I would have been kicked out of my league for dropping Brown).

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: if your gut says veto then hit the veto, I would, tell them to re-work the deal

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: Yeah Royce, I am trying to see the other side. Closers for me take an ever bigger hit in h2h when it comes to value…as does pitching in general. But, not everyone views things that way of course.

        Jack, I couldn’t veto it myself…we have a voting process, just trying to decide how I want to cast mine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a terrible trade, I wouldn’t veto it…

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, it is bad. Leaning towards not vetoing at this point. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, have the owner’s head examined who took the closers

  215. The Gipper says:
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    With Bundy under the knife, ranks these waiver wire wonders:
    Garza, Kluber Parker, Stultz, Holland, Carlos Martinez

    Also with Hart likely out for the year, ranks these 4 as his replacement:
    Ichiro, Leonys Martin, Oswaldo Arcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did on the SPs… Martin…

    • Birdog says:
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      @The Gipper: holy shit balls! Go grab Garza now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I missed Holland… Garza, Holland, Kluber

  216. SteveNZ says:
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    F*** off Chisenhall. You’re ruining my day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You streaming against Kluber? Oh, SteveNZ…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Don’t start in on me, I’m already simmering over Rutledge and Arenado…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Oh, okay….

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I’m zigging. Or zagging.

            Depends what you guys think you’re doing.

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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              @SteveNZ: EVERYONE STAY CALM!!!! -George

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Prolly zigging, yeah