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The night was humid in San Diego.  Some fans in the front row brought their own Chardonnay, a mix of floral and fruity notes, which could’ve also described the crowd’s apparel.  Tommy Bahama as far as the eye could see.  One Padre fan stood up, three glasses of wine in, screaming to let Templeton play.  Most of the fans that night were there for a picnic that was billed as ‘the best picnic mom’s ever packed.’  One thing these picnickers never expected was to become a part of history.  Whispers amongst the Padre fans began in the 1st inning.  “It was going to be a long night.”  Not because of Tim Lincecum, who began his quest to throw the 700th-something no-hitter in the last ten years.  Tonight would drag for these Padre fans because the picnic brie was forgotten at home.  Tonight these Padre fans groaned in the first inning because when Lincecum took the mound they thought the game was being preempted for a k.d. lang concert.  So, Lincecum wasn’t economical in his 148-pitch no-hitter, walking 4 guys and K’ing 13.  He’s the first pitcher to throw more pitches in a no-hitter than he weighs.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Lincecum doesn’t look bad in his peripherals this year.  His K-rate and walk rate are pretty close to the numbers he put up when he had a 2.74 ERA in 2011.  He didn’t make the top 100 for the 2nd half that is coming tomorrow, but I considered it for a long time (about 25 seconds).  The unknown right now is whether or not the 148 pitches is going to tire his arm.  Obviously, he’ll have the All-Star break to rest and I wouldn’t be against giving Lincecum a chance on my fantasy team.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ben Revere – To the DL with a fractured foot.  Probably will miss six to eight weeks.  With Revere on the shelf, who’s going to warn people when Zach Britton comes to town?

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  If you were to throw out his first two starts of the year, he has a 3.55 ERA on the year.  And if you were to throw out the time you divorced your wife, you’d still be married.  So, it’s a slippery slope cherrypicking, but there is something that Hamels has settled down as the season has progressed.

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer, hitting over .400 in the last week.  Alejandro’s hot like Mexico!

Alex Rodriguez – Met with MLB on Friday and heard he’s facing a 150-game suspension, then A-Rod went AWOL and Cashman just shrugged, AKA STFU, you shouldn’t have BYOB’d your own steroids.  Now it’s CYA wouldn’t want to BYA, while everyone else, including Berry Gordy’s son, LMFAOs.

CC Sabathia – 4 IP, 3 ER, but 8 total runs with 5 unearned runs.  That’s a box scare like Einhorn…Finkle…Finkle…Einhorn…

Ichiro Suzuki – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I don’t need to watch SportsCenter because I have the MLB package and watch the games, but yesterday, for the first time all year, I watched a part of it.  You’d swear that it was 2001 with how they give you Yankee highlights.  “CC just didn’t have his best stuff today…”  He has a 4+ ERA on the year.  Today?  “Ichiro continues to (insert corny pillow is too hot metaphor).”  Ichiro’s pillows haven’t been hot in 4 years!

Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K, 6.45 ERA.  You have nuts the size of Mr. Peanut if you started Gibson anywhere.  You know, between his legumes.

Chris Archer – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Astros.  There wasn’t much more of a sure thing than a guy who strikes out hitters, but struggles with his command going against a team that swings at everything.  To literally put the cherry on top, the Astros batted Carlos Pena leadoff (I’m not joking).  Note to Astros management:  when your fans aren’t sure where your eighth, ninth or leadoff hitter will be in the lineup, there’s a problem.  I don’t mind Archer in certain matchups, but I have no idea who he’s facing next, so open mouth, insert grain of salt, close mouth.

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .268.  And the ESPY for Outfielder That You Kinda Wanted To Drop A Few Times In The First Couple Of Months But Ended The Half As A Fantasy Number Two Outfielder goes to… Desmond Jennings! Hopefully you were able to read that better than the athletes struggling to read the teleprompter at the actual ESPYs.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4 and his 2nd steal in as many games as he bats third.  Steals aren’t a huge part of his game, but he’s young, aiming to please and not Won’t Myers.

Denard Span – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs as he hit 7th with Bryce moving to the leadoff spot.  Who am I to question a baseball team’s decision?  Well, actually, that’s exactly what I do.  I’m 96% snark, 4% question irrational decisions by baseball teams.  Denard Span batting seventh is ludicrous, Harper leading off is about as infuriating as Alex Gordon doing the same for the Royals.  Is it that hard to fill-out a lineup?  Fast Guy, OBP Guy, Run Producer, Run Producer, Run Producer, All Or Nothing Power Guy, Catcher, Defense-First Hitter, Pitcher.  That’s it!

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 3 ER and a blown save.  That makes it easily for Loria to sell low, his specialty.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, batting .218.  Looks like the Marlins finally found a 2nd baseman to replace Uggla.

Yadier Molina – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .341.  He shouldn’t be hitting .341, but I wish I had him hitting better than he should be on every team.

Allen Craig – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Cardinals are like the A’s of the NL.  Not sure where it’s coming from in their offense, but it always be coming, which sounds like a line from the porn production of Glengarry Glen Ross.  They’d call it Glen, Garry Femme Sauce.

Matt Adams – 2-for-6, 1 RBI.  We own Holliday in two leagues, but I still kinda hope Adams gets a chance for a few weeks to show stuff.  Brucely, he needs at least two weeks to show all his stuff.

Darwin Barney – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer.  The Purple Evolutionist isn’t much with the bat on most days, and it’s hard to say if he’ll still be hot after the break, but he does have two homers in the last week and tends to get hot for a week or two at a time.  You’d think he’d get hot for three or four weeks, due to evolution.

Jeremy Bonderman – Signed on with the Tigers.  Toby Harrah wasn’t too please, but Leyland assured him that Harrah would continue to pitch batting practice.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 3 BBs, 3 Ks, 3.50 ERA and his 10th win.  Left with a tight quad, but should be fine to go on the other side of the break.  Still think he has an outside chance to have a sub-3 ERA by October and make all his 1st half struggles seem minor in the big picture.  Big picture as in whether or not you’re going to win your fantasy league, not big picture as in there’s 2% of the population controlling 99% of the wealth.

Torii Hunter – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and his 7th homer, hitting .315.  If Tony had the kind of protection Hunter has in the lineup, the Sharks never would’ve messed with him.

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .303.  Solid 1st half conclusion for Superfluous H, but he did enter the game hitting .222 in July and he’s nowhere near the hitter he showed in May when he hit .362.

Martin Perez – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  I could sit here and say, “See, I told you not to trust Perez,” but this game was against the Tigers, so of course, you weren’t trusting him here.  Plus, I’m not sitting.  I’m standing.  Right behind you.  Hey, what’s for lunch?

Chris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 37th homer.  He’s gonna be absolutely shocked when he finds out the Home Run Derby hasn’t started yet.

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .296.  Ended the half as the fourth best outfielder on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  Here’s what I said in the preseason when I ranked him as the 7th best outfielder and in the top 15 overall, “I lurve 27-year-old hitters entering their prime.  Big time lurve.  My lurve doesn’t have a painting of the Mona Lisa, it has a painting of Adam Jones.  Here’s what we know for absolutely sure.  Over the past two seasons, he’s averaging 28 homers, 14 steals, .284 average and 156 games.  He is now in the prime of his career.  Even if we only got an “average” year from him, you have a number one outfielder.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 8th steal.  Third steal in the last ten games, which is a good sign that his ankle is feeling good, but three steals every ten games the rest of the way takes him to about 19 steals in the 2nd half.  It’s a’ight.  Not a’ight a’ight and not what people think of with Reyes.

Josh Johnson – 6 IP, 7 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, 5.16 ERA.  Having J.J. on your team is like exploding your ratios with dyn-o-mite.

Ian Kennedy – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 5.42 ERA.  Kennedy legacy hasn’t taken this big of a hit since…Well, choose any time the Kennedy family’s been in the news in the last 50 years.

Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Now has only given up one earned run in July in 21 1/3 IP.  He should take on the Padres in his first start on the other side of the break, which is a start I’d gamble on in some leagues.

Jean Segura – 3-for-3, 1 run.  He’s now batting third for the Brewers, which actually makes sense for how good he’s been.  Guess where Segura is gonna be on the top 100 for the 2nd half that is coming tomorrow.  Nope, think higher.

Logan Schafer – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Could be an interesting name if Braun is suspended for an extended period of time and The Heblew Hammer actually takes his punishment.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th steal.  He’s now hit in nine of his last ten games, but it’s been a one-hit per game type of streak.  Cain…Sugar! has also been benched for Dyson on occasion and homers have been only on special ‘zo Cain-sions.

David Lough – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd steal, hitting .294.  I’ve probably talked more about Lough than any other fantasy baseball ‘pert because I know he has solid speed somewhere in there.  Then yesterday, it appears — Lough and behold.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-2, 1 run, 2 RBIs and five for his last five.  One of the guys I’m most interested seeing in the 2nd half, and whether or not he can continue his first half.  To be continued or not to be continued, which is also how HBO ended Carnivale.

Joe Blanton – 4 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t immediately return my phone calls about this Blanton start.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, 3.02 ERA.  Hisashi my dashi is hot again!

B.J. Upton – Hit the DL with a strained groin.  Makes sense since he’s been playing like a total jack-off all year.

Freddie Freeman – Decided he wasn’t going to play in the All-Star game after jamming his thumb, and thumbing his nose at the fan vote.  They should pick one lucky fan and let that man, woman, boy or girl choose the entire All-Star team.  If it’s a 12-year-old girl, then let them choose who they want.  Doesn’t even need to be players.  Let their 5th grade teacher play first base and Carly Rae Jepsen pitch.  It’ll make it fun!

Evan Gattis – 0-for-4 as he was activated.  With the Braves outfield a mess with injuries, I’d grab Gattis for some power and his catcher eligibility.

Julio Teheran – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Julio got schooled, downed by the ball going yard.

Dan Uggla – 1-for-4 with his 2nd day in a row with a homer.  Where you at now, Derek Dietrich?!

Jose Constanza – 0-for-5, playing in place of Heyward.  Constanza has crazy speed, but hasn’t done much with any opportunity in the major leagues.  His name translates to Joe With Poem so here’s one in his honor.  On my team, I’m playing Eric Young/Boy, that man can run/I’m sick of saying, Heyward, I need help here/Barbara Billingsley used to yell the same to the boys’ overseer.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  Just be careful about telling him, “You’re out of this world!”  He could take it as a command.

Jay Bruce – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Know how your mom used to tell you to frost all the cupcakes and you used to eat all the icing, then regurgitate it onto the cupcakes?  In the end, the job got done.  That’s Bruce.  Huge valleys and peaks, but the cupcakes get frosted at the end of the day.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 13th homer.  Hint to Braves organization:  get a lefty for your playoff series vs. the Reds.

Dillon Gee – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  His home ERA is below 3, and the Mets start the 2nd half at home, then go against a few junky teams on the road then go back home.  I.e., own Gee!

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  I tried to stay away from saying this or that guy was hot today, because there’s about to be a break and guys can go cold during that time, but Byrd’s been hot for about a month straight.  He wouldn’t go cold on a cross-country flight sitting next to David Freese.

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Not a hideous start, but you can find this kind of start off waivers.  For instance, Eric Stults (6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks and the win) yesterday was a better start than Cole.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Imagine the pressure this year is putting on Josh Donalddaughter.

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  This was his 3rd homer in the last ten days.  Is this a Quentin that you should say yes to?  Once in your life, maybe tonight, I’ve got a Quentin for you.  Sure, Rhett Miller, if you need some power.

Nick Hundley –  3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Meanwhile, Salvador Perez left a message on his mom’s voicemail that he would be 15 minutes late.

Will Venable – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  The Padres offense on Sunday was like what Chris Elliott warned Ben Stiller about and why you should always flog your dolphin before going on a date.

Michael Cuddyer – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .330.  So asinine that the Rockies are playing Helton at 1st base rather than protecting Cuddyer from injury at 1st.  Those Rox are in Walt Weiss’s head.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I’d own and start him in road games.  On a unrelated note, this weekend I went to a party where I had a conversation with the best celebrity sighting of my life.  I’ll give you what the celebrity said and see if you can guess.  Me, “You look good.”  Her, “Boo-boo, I haven’t eaten in two days.  I’m training for a flamenco show.” Me, “My family used to watch The Love Boat just for you.”  Her, “Coochie coochie coo!”  That’s right, I was at a party with Charo!  You better watch out, Cougar.  I’m eyeing the Cougaracho.

Zack Greinke – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.49.  I wasn’t aware of this until I looked yesterday, but benching him in my 12-team league when he’s had less-than-favorable matchups (two starts in Coors) has produced a 2.89 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 74 2/3 IP for my team with 7 wins.  Looking at that, I’m not even sure why I was ever stressed by Greinke.  His ERA is below 3 outside of Coors.  What’s the problem?

Yasiel Puig – Sat out this weekend with a hip issue that happened on July 3rd when he ran into a wall.  Thank God Bill Veeck’s revolutionary glass fences never caught on.

 

From Around The Web

  1. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: trying to trade wilhelmsen for a sp to a team in need of a closer. Do you like any of the following for him? Lackey, nolasco, t wood?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Herschel: Not in love or hate it either way, would go Lackey if choosing the 3

  2. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I have Choo in 2 leagues and I noticed your lefty comment the other day, so I benched him for Markakis in one of my leagues, and guess what? He goes 2-4 w an RBI.

    Haha. No biggy but thought it was funny.

    Anyways, thanks for a great first half, excited for what the second half has to bring.

    Any sleepers for the second half?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: that was i think the 3rd day on the whole year where you would’ve gotten mad at yourself for benching choo against lefties. I intended to bench him, but couldn’t due to arcia getting benched 2nd day in a row (even though they still are playing hicks and thomas) then later demoting him/j-up getting injured/me out of pickups till mon (22nd). Uglier story is choo plays lefties on both coming fri and sun.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: Platoony Tooned! If Carlos Martinez gets that starting role, I like him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: It was the exception to the rule with Choo that he got a hit vs. a lefty, not the rule

  3. The Flayed Man says:
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    Good morning.

    Dynasty roto 12 team;

    My McCutchen/Segura for his Stanton/Rizzo. Currently have Ike Davis at 1B and Profar on bench with SS eligibility. Looking to add power to my lineup.

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Flayed Man: Eh, I still don’t think I’d do that, I’d try to get more.

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you watch the E$PY’s? *chuckles*

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    Archers next 3 starts: @TOR, @NYY, vSF

    Ehh…I dropped him. Same with Hellickson. Those road starts scare me a little. Dropped him for Dickey. Good move?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I don’t like Dickey very much. I probably woulda held Archer

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    What’s your take on the Dbacks closer situation? Think Ziegler keeps the job until Putz is deemed ready?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Well Ziegler isn’t great against lefties, Bell sucks all the time and Putz looked awful he’s first save opp, I’d avoid, best guess Putz gets the most saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: They’re going to trade for someone… I own Ziegler as of right now

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whod you like more long term as a keeper:

    Encarnacion, signed through 2014 ($8)

    Or Kipnis, resignable for 1 year ($9), 2 years ($12), or 3 years ($14)

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @TheNewGuy:

      lock up the 2nd baseman , long-term .

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Agree Kipnis long term is who I like

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Thanks man. Youre slowly becoming a valuable member of the Razzball community!

        Loving these morning responses. Bet Greys liking it (more sleep) too!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Haha thanks man! Really appreciate it and love doing it for you readers.

  8. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    Having J.J. on your team jokes?

    ….is like having the fat kid run the last leg of your relay team

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hamilton or Cuddyer ROS?

    • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: cudd

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’ll still go Cuddyer too, since both have injury risks

  10. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    Charo!

      • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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        @Grey: you mentioned this over the weekend, I could of never imagined that the woman responsible my perception of what a woman should be, latin and loose, would be your celebrity run in…..I would of had her sign my belly and had it tattooed permanently

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She was a total goof too… Like a Spanish hummingbird chatting up everyone about her upcoming flamenco show…

          • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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            @Grey: that’s great, I met Charo and she made me a little uncomfortable

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, you met her too? Charo gets around!

              • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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                @Grey: that was me quoting you….I think I got a case of random italicized voice….or is that a multiple personality disorder?

  11. chunk says:
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    Who to lose when Peavy returns?

    My staff is
    Ryu, Liriano, Samardjzia, Fernandez, E. Santana, Erasmo, Kluber

    • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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      @chunk: kluber

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @chunk: i’d lose Erasmo.
      i still think he’s totally unproven. people reacting too much for him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chunk: Agree Erasmo, but I’d wait and see a Peavy start first while he’s on your DL

      • Birdog says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I like that idea.

  12. Snake Hips says:
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    Gattis over sal. Perez? No need for any particular category. Just need some production in my points league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snake Hips: Nah still Sal

  13. Piranhaman says:
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    nice article Grey.
    i can’t wait for tomorrow’s 2nd half top 100 list.

    i wanna comment something about Shin-Soo Choo.
    originally, he had not been awful vs. lefties.
    since he was hit and broken hand by f***ing Jonathan Sanchez in 2011, something was going wrong.
    it’s like ‘Lefty-Phobia’. he’s hitting sub .200 vs lefties since 2012.
    (even though horrible 2 years, he’s still career .240 hitter for lefties)

    but he’s hitting very good against southpaws as well, lately.
    i think it should be worth monitoring. this might make Choo’s greater 2nd half than 1st.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Piranhaman: Yeah if he can be decent and left in every time out, could be solid

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman: Thanks! Lately meaning? Last ten at-bats? Honestly asking, not being sarcastic

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Grey: i meant in July. he hit 5 for 18 vs. Lefties this month. it’s not fantastic, but much better than he has been. he hit over Javier Lopez, Zito, Minor, Luis Avilan.. etc.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Yeah, step in the right direction…

  14. Knighttown says:
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    Looking for saves in my 13 team daily league. Would you move Choo for Kimbrel?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Knighttown: Sure don’t mind it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knighttown: I’d get cheaper saves, but it’s more than fair

  15. Eric says:
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    What SP would you drop to pickup Adams for a stash?

    Hefner or Chacin?

    Also, Adams or Konerko a better stash?

    Ty

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eric: Konerko I think still has more upside despite age, I’d lose Chacin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Agree with JB

  16. TheNewGuy says:
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    No takers on Harvey and im sure he wont reach our H2H playoffs. Currently in 1st place, would you be willing to drop to the next tier of starters (Grienke, Mad Bum, Gio etc) and offer him up for them?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Wouldn’t love doing it, but for either Bum or Gio don’t mind it in H2H

    • Pops says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Pops

      I traded Puig for Harvey in a H2H. We’re only allowed to carry 8
      sps. If Harvey is benched for my playoffs, I will then have a spot to Stream.

  17. costaricanchata says:
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    ” … Chappaquiddick ” .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Just about every time the Kennedys were in the news for the last 50 years

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Think Shelby will last the season? Love the guy but need to decide whether to offload him if not, as I won’t have him for my H2H playoffs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I thought he would, but some recent bumps have me a little worried, if he looks sharp outta the ASB, yes

  19. chopy exp says:
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    carl crawford or d jennings- ros?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chopy exp: Jennings

  20. Benny says:
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    Do you think Shelby Miller will be on an innings limit this year? I have him in a h2h league and am trying to figure out if I should trade him if he’ll be getting starts skipped during the playoffs.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Benny: I think it depends on how he looks after a breather in the ASB. Since he looked like he was wearing down, if he still isn’t sharp a couple starts post ASB, I think a break could happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny: Yes, he will be

  21. Alex says:
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    Salty or Sal Perez ROS? Time to cut bait on Sal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alex: Yea but not for Salty IMO

  22. jimbo says:
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    Need avg, runs, sb, wins, era, whip…

    Dealt:
    Adam Jones/Joe Blanton
    for
    Adam Eaton/Justin Verlander

    Good deal, or at least fair?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jimbo: Definitely fair. Narrowly like Jones side a little better, but not a bad move.

  23. Harbinger says:
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    please rank these outfielders for the rest of the season.

    ichiro, Reddick, Myers, Brantley

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Harbinger: I like what Brantley’s doing… But I’d say Reddick, Brantley, Ichiro, Myers – but could change every week they’re all around the same value

  24. SpecialFNK says:
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    better in the 2nd half.
    Desmond Jennings or Jean Segura?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SpecialFNK: I’ll lean Jennings for raw production, but Segura more valuable at MI

  25. mUshi says:
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    votto or stanton ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mUshi: Votto

  26. The Strolg says:
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    Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for money shot only. You think I’m $#%&ing with you?

  27. Buge Hoobs says:
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    After sitting on top for the better part of the first two months of the season, I now find myself in a deep, dark hole at 9th in my 10 team 5×5. Down on myself, I’m All-Star broke! For the first time ever, I’m on the cusp of becoming one of those managers that just gives up (for the year anyway). However, there is a hefty penalty for coming in last place that I NEED to avoid. Looking at my team, who needs to be upgraded?

    Infield: Santana, A-Gon, Kinsler, Pablo, Escobar
    Outfield (4): J Up, Stanton, Gordon, Reddick, Frazier
    Pitching (any 7): Zimmerman, Bum, Masterson, S Miller, Bailey, Erasmo Ram
    Romo, Janssen, Wilhelm

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: Keep the faith man! All your pitchers will go on Medlen runs! And yea, you gotta keep playing so you don’t finish last! No glaring holes, MI could use come help, and you’ve just got slumping OFers. I think you turn it around

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @Buge Hoobs: most of your guys are looking good excepting Frazier. i drafted and owned him for 2.5 months, so i was watching so many his games. he couldn’t be a good hitter without any luck. forget him. you can find other 3B options because you are in 10 teamer.

  28. Mike

    Mike says:
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    That lineup from the Span blurb needs to be laminated and superglued to the desks of every major league manager. BJ to the DL was kind of like having the nice but annoying girl you don’t have the balls to break up with come to you and say “it’s over”…thank god

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I’m doing my Pitcher Profile on Chris Archer and Carlos Pena was hitting leadoff for the Astros!

  29. No mas pantalones says:
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    Have Lynn who is ranked just below 1000 over the last 30 days and erasmo who is ranked in the mid 1300’s, though about 8 spots higher than Lynn over the last 2 weeks. Gee’s available but there’s a chance Lynn could pitch like he did for the first 2 months or Erasmos 1 start isn’t bad enough that the premature ejectors will send him back and he’ll actually pitch well

    Long story short:erasmo, Lynn and gee; pick two ros
    thank you for the help

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: sounds like overall for last 30 days on somebody’s player rater.

  30. Sniff Test says:
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    Would dropping Mark Reynolds for Luke Scott be a bad move? Also who would you rather have ROS, Kluber or Erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Not bad, I still wouldn’t do it though. Kluber

  31. chunk says:
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    cutch/prince for miggy?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chunk: A little steep

  32. Dracula says:
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    The rankings are tomorrow as in Monday or Tuesday? Looking forward to it!
    Who has the worst raw numbers (ignore position) rest of season: C Santana, Napoli, Swisher?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dracula: I’d say Napoli. Yup excited to see where Grey has everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dracula: Tomorrow’s Tuesday, yeah…Swisher

  33. stynyr says:
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    I have Lowrie at 2B and Reyes at SS and Gyorko in a DL spot. Drop Lowrie for Gyorko?

    Also, what should I do with Braun? I have Matt Joyce as a UTIL OF whom I would drop if I activate Braun from the DL. Not sure I want to do that if he’s just going to be suspended for the rest of the year. Keep him on the DL? or drop Joyce and put him back in the lineup?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stynyr: Nah I wouldn’t. Braun’s suspension won’t just happen overnight, there will be appeals and he’ll play, gotta activate him

      • stynyr says:
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        @JB Gilpin: What about Gyorko and Lowrie?

  34. Fireball Feliz says:
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    A couple of weeks ago I traded Derek Holland for Ben Zobrist. I needed the MI help bad and have a rotation of Mad Max/Greinke/Shark/Minor/Burnett. Zobrist should show some power 2nd half right? Good trade on my part?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Yeah I like it, and I think so.

  35. Snarf says:
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    speaking of Hamels…in a 15 team keeper league (3 year contracts, 5×5+XBH, OPS, K/BB)
    I just gave Hamels (last year of contract), Kenley Jansen (non keeper) and Nick Franklin (non keeper) for Clay Bucholz ($1, 1st year of contract), Jean Segura ($6, 1st year of contract) and Andrew Cashner (non keeper).
    How’d I do?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snarf: Fantastic I’d say, love Segura

  36. Eng says:
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    Howdy! Drop Gallardo? Thinking of adding Carlos Martinez. BTW, Profar 1 start from being 2b/ss/3b/0f eligible in yahoo for next year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eng: Yea Profar will be the new flashy Prado. I’d have no problem dropping Gallardo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng: Drop him

  37. Sherm says:
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    Grey, I know you’ve got to snark it up but I’ll be the one to get serious for a sec: Lincecum pitched awesome, the defense was awesome, and the stat-o-nator said there are only 4 pitchers who have no-hitters, 2+ WS titles, 2+ Cy Youngs. That’s Koufax, Gibson, Palmer, and Lincecum. Not bad for a stoner.

    And yes, I own him and traded for him last year. Stupid, but I’m loyal.

    OK, I’m done now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sherm: Pretty unreal what Lincecum has been able to accomplish, and I think he’ll still be a solid starter for a while.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that 2nd cy young was only won due to carpenter and wainwright being on same team, leading pretty much all writers (those guys who determine the vote for these things) to make sure not to vote both carpenter and wainwright numbers 1 and 2 that year. Effectively Carpenter/Wainwright cancelled each other out, as Timmy got more 2nd place votes than he deserved and still barely beat Wainwright that year. Although this wasn’t nearly as bad as Kemp not getting the NL MVP that year (even independent of Braun’s cheating that year), as Kemp had better stats, not his fault his team didn’t make playoffs.

  38. Pager24 says:
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    how do you feel about Kluber ROS? The ROS rater hates him at -5. Would you take Kluber over Doubroant (+5)?

    also, would you drop Krod or Benoit for Bastardo or wait a longer?

    Thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Pager24: Why would you drop Benoit? He’s been dominantly closing on a great team.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pager24: Kluber is my boyfriend. Yes, I’d take him. Then I would wait right now.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Pager24: Watch out for the IP estimate for Kluber. I think it was around 37 IP for the ROS which didn’t make sense to me. Is he supposed to be shut down or just because he hasn’t played a full season yet, it messes up the stats. I dunno.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Fungazi: It’s gotta be because he just wasn’t projected to pitch this well

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Pager24: The predictors over at Fangraphs (SIERA, xFIP) are very high on Kluber… I’m starting to drink the Kool Aid

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @shibboleth: I feel like I was one of the original Kool Aid makers!

  39. Jon says:
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    Are you still liking Erasmo over Archer ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Doing a pitcher profile on Archer right now, I like what I see I might take Archer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Depends on matchups for now

  40. Fungazi says:
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    H2h Strategy question – L & QS are extra from standard 5 cats

    With 7 SP, would you dump the back 4 of the rotation for mid-RP guys that will solidify ratios and not add losses? Basically to punt W, L & QS. It seems like a lot, but I’m only 4 – 8 in those over the past month anyways. And only 2-6 in ratios, but have overall won all 4 matches. Streaming is hard also with limited 3 adds per wk.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: Meant punt K’s not L. The L would be in my favor.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fungazi: Interesting. Yea with losses a stat I think I like that strategy.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I know Grey hates punting anything, but my position is that I’m already giving up on those categories each week just not admitting it yet.

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      W. Chen or Samardijza good return for Janssen or Benoit in QS, K/9 h2h league? 1 for 1 trade

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure, Samardijza for Janssen

  41. chris says:
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    3 weeks left, 4 games out from 1st, 3 games out from 2nd… Had a disappointing week, was winning all week and 1st and 2nd team were getting slammed until Friday, my team decided not to pitch well. The girl twerking distracted Strausburg and he went to shit.

    Now do I go all in and trade some draft picks or just hold.

    5th and 9th for Cuddyer and Garza, not sure what picks I could get back.

    2nd for Beltre, probably getting a 7th.

    My thoughts were to get Rizzo out of my lineup, not consistent at all, but worth a keeper. Keep Heyward on the bench too, his not good at all.

    Beltre to 3rd, move Hanley to SS and Zobrist to OF with Beltran and Craig

    Team Below:
    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Beltran, Carlos(OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Hunter, Torii(OF) DET
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL

    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rios, Alex(OF) CHW

    Active Pitchers
    Hefner, Jeremy(RP,SP) NYM
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Kluber, Corey(SP) CLE
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Ogando, Alexi(RP,SP) TEX

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @chris: &^%$#!

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Prezz: I’ve actually cut back on reading comments immensely, hence my lack of comments myself, as I realize it’s best for every one.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: Not exactly sure of your question, moving Cuddyer and Garza in that range seems best bet

  42. nathan says:
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    i was offered everth & samardja for my verlander? fair trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nathan: Depends on MI need, but I would ask for more

  43. Brewerfan says:
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    Is it a good time to buy low on Medlen? I can’t imagine he will lose his spot in the rotation. Is it worth offering Homer Bailey & Erasmo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brewerfan: Like him more than Erasmo, and yea it’s a possibility, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brewerfan: I’d hold Bailey and Erasmo

      • Brewerfan says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey & JB!

  44. G says:
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    Drop cole for archer?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G: Yea I think I would

  45. SenoreRossi says:
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    Looking forward to the TOP100 tomorrow, I expect half my team to be in the TOP25 ;-)

    Keeping it simple:

    Maholm, Nova or Lincecum?

  46. Clint says:
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    Anybody have suggestions on any improvements I need to make to my pitching staff to get over the hump & move from middle of the pack to elite in ERA/WHIP for second half? Here’s my current staff:

    SP’s: Scherzer, Price, Hamels, Gallardo, Samardzija, CJ Wilson
    RP’s: Romo, Perkins, Henderson, Brothers, Melancon

    I’m in top 2/3 for K’s, Saves, and Wins but can’t seem to make solid gains in the other two. Only guy I know’s killing me but I’d rather not deal is Gallardo because I named my team after him. I’ve held steady at 1st/2nd place in my roto league so far.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clint: Hah, yea i Was gonna say try and package him or Wilson and a closer for a SP

  47. Allen says:
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    Tip of the ole cap for the Paul Simon reference on Teheran — nice work.

  48. mrobs says:
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    “I trust Grey… I’m going to draft Adam Jones in the second round of every league.” And thats me quoting me!

    Thanks Grey!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mrobs: He’s been unreal. Everyone on the Orioles!

  49. chris says:
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    I was offered:

    Cuddyer and Garza for my 5th and 9th.

    Beltre for my 2nd.

    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Beltran, Carlos(OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Hunter, Torii(OF) DET
    McLouth, Nate(OF) BAL

    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Rios, Alex(OF) CHW

    Active Pitchers
    Hefner, Jeremy(RP,SP) NYM
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Kluber, Corey(SP) CLE
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD

    Griffin, A.J.(SP) OAK
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Ogando, Alexi(RP,SP) TEX

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chris: First one seems good to me

  50. Spyre says:
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    Drop Cingrani or Erasmo for Gee, Porcello, or Doubront?

    I’ve got Harvey, so it looks like I’m gonna need pitching help in September (H2H points leauge)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spyre: I’m still a Porcello guy. I’d lose Cingrani for him at some point, but ride him now while you can. Cingrani will be in the bullpen in September

    • Whiskey Diet says:
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      @Spyre: Porcello’s xFIP is 3.07, good for 7th in the Majors. A full 1.73 below his ERA of 4.8. Could argue he’s the best ground ball pitcher going right now, right there with Masterson, and his LOB% looks unlucky-low at %65. I think Porcello should be owned, but not sure who the drop is because I love Cingrani and Erasmo’s upside. Anyone else you could drop?

  51. Miami mike says:
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    Which side do you like better

    Manny machado & mad bum
    Or
    Tulo & Ian Kennedy
    Keeper league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Miami mike: Definitely top side

  52. So Sayeth I says:
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    Dead last in a 14 team keeper league and decided to blow it up for next year. Already traded McCutch (who would cost a 1st and a 4th rounder to keep) for a late 1st round pick and Eaton (11th to keep). I was offered Harvey (10th) + Myers (12th) and a mid round pick (probably around 10 depending on my negotiation skills) for Harper (a 1st rounder to keep) and a reliever.

    This seems like a good haul for Harper but I’m tempted just to use my late 1st rounder to keep him. Would you expect Harper to go in the late first round of a 14 team keeper next year? Think I should pull the trigger? My league slightly favors hitting and I’ve already loaded up on young pitching hoping to hit paydirt (my staff is Shelby, iwakuma, Wheeler, Erasmo, Archer, straily). Plus Harper is bound to have an MVP season one of these years…. Hopefully in 2014

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @So Sayeth I: In a keeper? Definitely. I even think he’ll be in first rounds next year with the name value. Since your league favors hitting and you have a solid staff, I like it

  53. Ryan741 says:
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    Need a trade opinion in a keeper H2H points league. I’m sitting in 4th place and have pretty much made the playoffs. I’m debating selling either Strasburg or JV to upgrade my roster for the playoffs to a team that is out of layoff contention. I can get more for Strasburg since he has a better keeper value compared to JV (8th round vs 1st), but I don’t completely buy my teams chances since the top 2 teams are have been dominant this year. With that in mind, am I better off selling Verlander for less of package and take my chances in the playoffs, or sell Strasburg for more better my chances?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan741: I would hold both, rather sell Verlander with price if you feel you have to

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: The biggest reaso. I’m debating trading one of them is that we can only keep 2 starting pitchers, and I have Kershaw also, so I am for sure keeping him. Just not sure if I got 2-3 players for Verlander would be enough to put me over the top anyway, but I’ll lose him at the end of the year. But with SP being so important in our H2H matchups, not sure it’s worth trading JV and just getting 1 or 2 SP who are a step or 2 down from him will actually help.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan741: Ohhhhh, that makes more sense. Yea sell JV then if you get the right offer, I would want to keep Kershaw and Stras as your aces and Stras is great value. After this great last start, I think you can get close to draft day value which should bring you a good haul

  54. …and pitching. Am currently in last place in dynasty league. So I am rebuilding for 2014! (Which sounds better than sucking in 2013.) I have an open roster-spot. Who from below should I pick up, Prof. Grey Matter?

    Ivan Nova
    Corey Kluber
    Jon. Pettibone
    Hector Santiago
    Scott Kazmir
    Sonny Gray
    Ed. Murjica
    Alex Torres

    ????

    Many thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fanthead: I like Kluber, not that young but still a rookie and good times ahead

  55. My headline was supposed to read:

    DESPERATELY SEEKING GREY…AND PITCHING!

    thanks,

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fanthead: Hah, you’re not secretly one of those cougars are ya?!

      • Hey, if I can have Grey all to myself I will consider switching sides. Thanks Grey and Gilpin for your advice re: my desperate pitching situation.

        Quiet Alex Torres, who, doesn’t look like an obvious player to covet, has nonetheless gotten my attention because of analysis here and at John Sickel’s website.

        Despite Kluber’s appeal–and Gilpin’s own analytical powers–Grey’s recommendation has also the power of superstition going for it. The last time I ignored Grey’s advice I traded away Bryce Harper for Jonathan Sanchez. I forgot the year but Harper was still in high school. And while I would not have won the crown that year without Sanchez–I needed his Ks and consistency and won the league by only one point–I have, as you could imagine, felt pain ever since….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sanchez and consistency? Wow… Long time ago there

  56. papasmurf says:
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    Can’t seem to punt BJ Upton. About to drop him but he now becomes eligible to put on DL.

    I ended up kicking Lawrie to the curb. You’re so 2011 dude.

    Andrelton actually took Chapman deep. He has talent for sure, but the approach needs work… him and almost all young hitters.

    Quentin missed a second homer by a few feet; lined one off the wall for a double. Playing pretty well now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: I’ve maintained Simmons is still pretty solid for a MI compared to a lot of scrubs beings thrown around in his tier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Agree on Quentin…. You dropped Lawrie instead of Upton? Wow, you are loyal…

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Upton woulda been a goner but since my league allows DL slots, I did not have to drop him. Meanwhile Lawrie was activated so had to make a roster move

        I already have Rendon and Headley to play 3B. I tried to trade Lawrie for anything but no one wants him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  57. uncdrew says:
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    I loved Gary Templeton, and his blond surfer brother from a different family — Tim Flannery.

    I keep trying to convince my wife who grew up in St. Louis and loves the Red Birds that Ozzie Smith is in the Hall of Fame as a Padre.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @uncdrew: Ugh… Cardinals

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    1) 16 Team H2H (5 player keeper) – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    Blow Job is on the DL. Picked up Gattis. Also have Heyward, Francisco, Scott for two UTIL and two Bench spots. Would you drop any of those four for Lo-Cain?

    2) 8 Team H2H (5 player keeper) – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    Utley is my 2nd baseman. The other day you told me to pick up Franklin and drop Utley, but Franklin’s wonky knee made me hold off. Utley hasn’t done shizz in July, but I’ve been Popeiling him just because the rest of my team is pretty sick, but it’s getting tougher by the day in such a shallow league where guys are producing.

    Do I lose him for: Franklin (who got back in the lineup over the weekend but did nothing), Uggla (who keeps mashing but nothing else – and I’m ok with a shizz avg), Beckham, Altuve, or just hold tight for now. He doesn’t seem to be killing me, I’m just impatient.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: If you’re hurting in steals, sure, like him moe than all those guys except Heyward. I’d nab Altuve if you need a few steals week-to-week, if not, hold

  59. Wake Up says:
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    at Prezz

    Just finished making my fantabulous ASB spectacular shirt…oh, and this message is for Prezz and Grey only…nobody else should continue reading this…NOONE…yes, not even you…well, since you’re still reading, even though I asked you politely not to continue…help me out here…is noone one word or two? It feels like I was about to write nooner, but got distracted…and this afternoon I just might, depending on if the batteries are still dead in the air pump, as always…she might give me the ole “O” face, literally…alright guys, huddle in closer…this is gonna be huge and I don’t want it to somehow get out on the interweb and next thing you know all the 15yo girls will be posting it to their Facepages…and nooner wants that! Anyway, how do you guys like my new shirt…it’s a mugshot of Anna Benson…but instead of her dead, cracked-out eyes…I’m letting my mips crack through her face…so for the bashful shoulder showers who still want to feel inappropriate, you got your shoulders covered, check…but you feel semi-topless still since you got your mips poking through where Anna eyes used to be…

    PS JB can read this too

    PostPS now I’m wondering why someone who shows…shower…is spelled exactly the same as the thing I avoided in gym class

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Good thing I skipped to the bottom, I almost stopped! No one. Hah. Love the shirt, what’s the price??? And it’s because you’re a shower while taking a shower. Duh!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: You can’t buy them…you can only win one by shouldering over Carlos Quentin!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Nah…I’m drawing each one individually using shades of Anna’s lipsticks+tears…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Perfect, no reason to cut them in on your profit!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Yeah we’re investing it all back in the business right now? We’ve been in talks with Marc Cuban actually? Well, his name is actually Marco? But, he does have a delicious sandwich shop up the block? They, like squeeze the bread together? So good!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Marco Cuban sandwich? He’s very supportive of small businesses…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: But he is very insecure….that’s why we always have to talk like everything is a question around him…and raise our voices up high at the end?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You need to go sing-songy, it’s the only way to talk to HIM?

                  • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                    @Grey: it’s 2 words. Otherwise we’d get confused and think no one rhymed with daniel boone.

    • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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      @Wake Up: I peeped

        • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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          @Wake Up: No Hablo Ingles

          • Wake Up says:
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            @All or Nothing Power Guy: You didn’t speak to Ingles? Good. Don’t! Don’t tell nooner in that little house. In fact, don’t tell nooner on the prairie. Everyone of them on that Doggam Prairie has got a big mouth!

    • Prezz says:
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      @Wake Up: HAAA golden!! Also, if you are of the matt adams build, her eyes will be bugged out like after a line of that moonrock.. and ill alter my own and put a pic of Gaudins face on the back giving the “thumbs up”..

      WWGD!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezz: Awesome!

  60. Rags says:
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    This question comes in multiple parts, because my team is falling to pieces. Same league for all three. NL-only, weekly moves, OBP, no bench for the day-to-day but unlimited DL.

    Part one (catchers): Yorvit Torrealba, Wil Nieves or Jeff Mathis?

    Part two (pitchers): Available are Chris Carpenter (I’d have to keep him on the roster for a week before DLing him, but this would be the week to do it), also available are Lannan, Pettibone, Carlos Torres, and Capuano. There are also an abundance of Maybe-Closers hanging about. Ziegler in Az, Bastardo, and Strop.

    Would you go Carp, Ziegler, Bastardo, Strop, Lannan, Pettibone, Capuano in that order? I’m going to be dropping Zito to make room for one of the starters, and sending a guy down to the minors for the reliever.

    Then, finally (utility spot): Satin, Sappelt, Lucas, Schafer, Frandsden (does Young get dealt?), Tanaka or Frenchy. Is that order right? Need OBP and HR.

    Thanks for the help!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rags: Ugh. Torrealba I guess. Depends on need, kinda like the Carpenter stash this week for ya, if the DL has a spot open. Your order looks about right. Yeah looks good, do you have room to DL both Carpenter and Schafer? I think Satin would be your add out of those past that.

      • Rags says:
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        @JB Gilpin: My bad, not Jordan Schafer, Logan Schafer on MIL.

  61. J-Dubber says:
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    Rios and Freese for Ryan Zimmerman

    Which side you like?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-Dubber: Probably left side, I still believe enough in Freese to be useful, but close. Depends on team needs if the Zim side needs extra room

  62. Andrew says:
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    10 team 6×6 roto, I’m in first place and winning every offensive category by a good amount except runs

    Do I trade Braun for Matt Holliday?
    Alex Gordon?
    Gordon+Zobrist? (I also have E. Cabrera as my #2 SS so some depth might be needed)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Andrew: Like the bottom one the best, might do that

  63. Champion says:
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    Side 1: Adrian Gonz and Choo
    Side 2: Longoria, Latos, and Tori Hunter

    Who wins the trade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Champion: Longo side

  64. Wake Up says:
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    So just run at that guy as fast as I can…then turn and crash shoulder to shoulder…and I’m in your San Quentin gang, Carlos…the old 97’s…doesn’t sound that gangy?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Pretty Gangy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha! Nice…and gangy…

  65. Josh says:
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    Woke up this morning to an interesting trade offer from my leaguemate. He offered me Tulo for my Castro, Choo, and Kuroda. Kuroda is my #3, but I have Burnett now and Peavy on the DL. I feel like I should pull the trigger, but Tulo’s injury woes concern me, as well as Grey naming him a sell a while back. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Josh: That cursed Grey! I think I might take that

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey: @JB Gilpin: If he throws in Eaton so I have a replacement for my Choo, should I do it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s the whole trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: I wouldn’t, but it is fair

  66. Terry and the Pendletons says:
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    When Licncecum records a K at AT&T, wouldn’t it be funny if they played over the PA the South Park clip “Mebala blebla Timmmaayyyy!!!”

  67. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Those little stitches woven into the leather of the baseball aren’t red vines, CC. Laces out!

    Here’s another classic “box scare” (clean): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXBTqS_Vu30

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: Haha laces out Dan! Love Naked Gun

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Grey: I know! This isn’t another soup/C&C snafu, was just making a new reference :)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Phew! Another CC: Close call.

  68. Oz says:
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    Who do u like more both short term and long term? Willy Peralta or Martin Perez? Also is Chad “the groper” Gaudin worth dropping over Tom Gorzelanny? My league is points and VERY pitcher heavy. Thx.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oz: Never been a big Perez guy but I’ll still take him, then Peralta long term. Oh big Gorzy… I’d hold Gaudin

      • Oz says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Ok, but do you like Gaudin over Peralta? Peralta’s last few games have been good, I drafted him late in like Round 36 but dropped him when he sucked.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Oz: Yea he was awful… Might stay Peralta there, for upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: Peralta… Groper or Gorzelanny are streamers based on matchups

      • Oz says:
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        @Grey:
        Damn, I need to drop an SP to pick up Peralta (I’m at the 20 SP max. Drop any of the following for Peralta or hold? Keep 25/38, h2h points. The Groper is still listed as RP/SP so he doesn’t count towards my 20 SP limit right now.

        Danny Salazar
        Jared Cosart
        Martin Perez
        C-mart
        Erasmo
        Straily

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t you drop Gorz?

          • Oz says:
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            @Grey:
            Yeah but Gorz is rp so he doesn’t count towards the 20 sp limit. Any SP above to drop or hold? Obviously not gonna drop C. Archer after how he’s pitched latley.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What SPs?

              • Oz says:
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                @Grey:

                Starting Pitcher and Relief Pitcher are categorized differently.
                My league has a 20 SP Max.

                • Oz says:
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                  @Oz:
                  Sorry I misinterpreted your question Grey. The SP’s I’m I might drop for Peralta are Perez, Cosart, Salazar, C-mart, Erasmo, Straily.

  69. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Trade Braun for Waino?

  70. Rags says:
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    Everyone welcome to respond. I’m looking for thoughts on a trade that just went down in our league. It’s NL-only and OBP. All these guys could be kept at their prices unless listed otherwise.

    Papelbon @24
    Beltran @23
    Ethier @21
    Tulowitzki @ 33
    Homer Bailey (can’t be kept)
    Latos @ 29
    LaRoche @ 16

    for

    Rizzo @ 10 (next year +5 for each additional year kept)
    Jordan Schafer @ 8
    Melancon @ 1
    Aoki @ 8 (next year +5 for each additional year kept)
    Skaggs @ 10
    Cahill @ 9 (next year +5 for each additional year kept)
    Brian Goodwin (who can be kept in the minors for free as long as he’s down, then @ 10 when he comes up.

    We’ve had dump trades before, it’s a keeper league that’s been around forever, and everyone understands trading current value for keeper value. But this is the biggest the league has ever seen, and the guy trading away his keepers for stars managed to hang on to both his supplemental MiLB picks, Oscar Taveras and Billy Hamilton.

    We don’t think it’s collusion. But is this deal so imbalanced that it’s worth complaining about? Several team owners independently were very unhappy with what went down. Making things worse, the owner who got the better end of the deal is the commish, and there’s no formal protocol for trade reviews beyond commissioner approval, although we do have a Council of Elders that has nebulous oversight powers.

    Do we a) let it go? b) let it go but make really bitchy passive-aggressive comments on the message board c) bring it up with the commish in an informal manner? d) gather the Council of Elders and ask for a review of this trade with an eye towards modifying it somehow.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rags: Just tell the commish it’s questionable, but besides Tulo it’s not that much star power. Always sucks when there’s a dump trade and does look fishy. Ask him what’s up, see what he says, then consult thy elders

      • Rags says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Even taking into account that it’s an NL-only? Latos and Bailey have been pretty solid pitchers. And closers are like gold in our league format.

  71. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Oh sure, I get ragged on about Wily Peralta when he’s terrible but when he gives a good run, you’re mum on my sleeper piece. You’re dead to me…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sky: I love you still Sky. Peralta has great stuff, just needs to be consistent, hope he has a consistent second half!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Mini YoGa!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Pinkie to corner of mouth, mo’fo!

    • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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      @Sky: the red headed step child of razzball

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        The drapes don’t match the carpet, though.

  72. chisox22 says:
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    12 team roto. Adam jones for cole hamels.. which side you rather have?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chisox22: Jones

    • Wake Up says:
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      @chisox22: me thinks you should scroll up to the Adam Jones part…

  73. Wake Up says:
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    from Urban Dictionary: lurve

    A play on the word love, often used by the people who TMI on Facebook that you want to punch in the face.
    Girl who should be shot: “I lurve my bf soooo much!”

    Me: “Shut up dickweed”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Isn’t that close to the French art museum? Or is that Lourve?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I believe the French Art Museum is where they all gather to stare in awe at the shower…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wake Up: Pierre the shower! Now there’s a name for a French royal/model for ya

          • Wake Up says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Please show her to the shower, Pierre, you shower…and after you show her the shower…feel free to shower you shower…

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Wake Up: And you especially need to shower that specific shower, you know, the one that showed people how to pitch a tent

    • Prezz says:
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      @Wake Up: last night i tried to say “i love my mipppless!” But it came out lurve cuz they were being twisted… I am now that girl on facebook… *sad emoticon*

  74. Tom says:
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    I’d like to hear both of your opinions if possible – I’m thinking about upgrading my pitching by trading Lackey and Hosmer for Minor. Do you think Lackey wears out towards the end of the season? Inning pitched 2010 = 215, 2011 = 160, 2012 =0. What are your thoughts about Lackey and the trade?

    I need runs (not SB’s) and can replace Hosmer with E. Young, B. Miller or A. Eaton, which of those do you like ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tom: I think I’d hold there, Hosmer is really heating up. I’d shoot for a better pitcher. I do think Lackey wears down some but will be usable. I’d still go Eaton ROS, Young a close 2nd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Not good

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Thanks to both of you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. JRO says:
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    Drop Crawford for arm or hold.

    Gee straily doubrant

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JRO: Hold and/or try to trade

      • jro says:
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        @JB Gilpin: other OF braun beltran rios stanton dunn crawford

        either trade for arm or drop and pickup.

        only current offer with these stingy guys is iwakuma for beltran

        Im worried about Braun getting his head out of peds or ass. if i trade beltran and braun goes not great scenerio.

        • jro says:
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          @jro: 10tm h2h. OF fairly deep. Maybe i trade stanton for even higher grade arm. Guys in my league are playing the beltran injury card which I can fight with although i am not too worried.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @jro: Yea moving Beltran or Stanton would be fine too, Iwakuma is close.

  76. Big League Choo says:
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    just sent out an offer of my Bautista, samardzija, edwin jackson and skaggs for Posey, Choo, cole, roboerto hernandez in an ops league….good trade or terrible move?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big League Choo: Seems fine to me, and I know you want Choo haha

      • Big League Choo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I had him earlier in the yr, traded him to this team just as he started slumping

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Big League Choo: You traded your namesake!?!?! Ha

  77. Gator says:
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    Is Miller a top 20 starter in 2014? Above or below Moore?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gator: Kinda depends on the second half, probably below but we’ll see how he finishes.

  78. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Add Chris Archer or Bastardo and drop IVan nova?

  79. Jason says:
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    Just flipped my Cingrani and a mid round pick for Austin Jackson. Could you rank my OF for the ROS….. Adam Jones, Wil Meyers, Jackson, Cespedes, Crisp and Granderson.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Nice move! Love AJ. Jones, Jackson, Cespedes, Crisp, Myers, Granderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Cespedes…

  80. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Gattis or Frazier?

  81. Heisenberg says:
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    Pick two ROS. Straily, Erasmo, Cashner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cashner

      • Heisenberg says:
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        Thanks!

        Hold Aybar or pick up Miller?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miller

  82. MattTruss223 says:
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    So…have the Chris Davis steroid allegations started yet? Cuz this doesn’t pass the straight face test.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna ‘bump’ into him just so he’s off my opponent’s team…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @MattTruss223: “You shut up! You shut that mouth of your’s right up! Shut it. Shut it Shut it.” – Bill James

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Wake Up: Saldy, THIS is how PED’s have truly tainted the game. Now, no one can make substantial improvements to their game without being labeled a cheat. It’s the first thing we all think. Pity, those who work hard me never get the credit the deserve.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: This is more than just a “substantial improvement” though. He’d never had more than 33 HRs in an entire season, now he’s got 37 before the break. It riases eyebrows is all. Doesn’t pass the sniff test, ya know?

  83. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Do you think it’s Zieglers job to lose in AZ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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        @Grey:

        Whats the deal there then, who should be first owned?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Between who?

  84. Zach says:
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    Hey Grey. A trade question for ya. 10 team H2H.

    My Ian Desmond/Matt Moore for his Mike Trout. Fair? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  85. TheNewGuy says:
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    Morning Grey, Kipnis or Encarnacion straight up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  86. MB says:
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    So how crazy in keeper is it to get Miggy for Braun and Cano?

    What about trying to get chris davis, stanton, prince or J Up for Braun?

    Got me worried with suspension thumb and aging

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Second set of deals isn’t crazy… Those guys are much better than Braun

    • Jason says:
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      @MB: it’s crazy to think you can get anything substantial right now… i cant deal Braun for anything so far. I even tried Raf Soriano for my Braun and got Mutumbo’ed!

  87. WillieMaysHayes says:
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    12 team H2H points league:

    Altuve has been pretty bad the past few weeks. Any chance Beckham, Franklin, B. Miller, or Prado are better options at 2B for ROS?? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin could be but I wouldn’t switch them yet

  88. Allen says:
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    Id like to thank razzball for the postive first half influence on my squad…sittin right where I belong in first. I just proposed a trade…what do u think?
    I give lynn and shark and I get shields and v-mart.
    Also I just snagged heyward off waivers, thoughts on his second half potential? Or is he a lost cause this year?
    Thanks Grey/JB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Worth stashing Heyward for the 2nd half… That trade is fair…

  89. Rodney says:
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    Pence or David Ortiz? ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Toss up on needs

  90. Duke says:
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    Hope you all enjoy the break and thanks for the hard work … who would you look to stash for saves because the guy ahead of them likely gets traded? Bastardo #1? Anyone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Bastardo… Yeah, solid stash

  91. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    I’m sure you posted this already, but I didn’t see it. When & where will you be posting your top 100 for second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tonight at midnight

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Sweet!

  92. FrankGrimes says:
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    what your thoughts on Felix and Frazier for Adam jones and Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones… Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: Even if Matt Cain doesn’t turn things around this is good deal for me right? I also have jzim minor and Corbin.
        Jones would then replace Felix as my keeper? it’s a 12 team H2H points.
        We keep three players so I’m in second place this year and my keepers next year would be AuShizz Adam and hmmm not sure yet either prob Rizzo, JUp or Kemp.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s good for you… Jones is a top ten bat

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey: I will miss Felix tho. just curious if I could snag Stanton instead of jones who would you prefer for this year and keeper wise?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stanton’s better in keepers, Jones for this year

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey: ok thanks you rock! good luck in Vegas.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks, Grimey!

  93. Whiskey Diet says:
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    W. Chen or Samardijza good return for Janssen or Benoit in QS, K/9 h2h league? 1 for 1 trade

  94. Jail says:
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    I want an off-season compilation of all the Sal Perez blurbs. That is all.

    Enjoy the break guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, thanks! You too!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: it could be a split book, with the zimmerman stuff from last year being the first half. Like every year Norm had the running weekend update joke
        1.as everybody knows germans love david hasselhoff.
        2. who’s responsible….. you guessed it frank stallone.
        3. OR SO THE GERMANS WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE!

  95. the hungary hippo says:
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    Have this deal on the table right now… my Choo, Braun, Locke for his Stanton and a SP…

    Which SPs of his do you like to complete the trade?

    His SPs are Darvish, Zimmermann, Iwakuma, Holland, Kuroda, Ryu, Kluber, Tillman, Parker, Jimenez, Westbrook, De La Rosa, and Pettibone.

    10 man H2H league… R, H, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG, IP, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, S

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton and Darvish or Zimmermann

      • the hungary hippo says:
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        @Grey: Wow ok. No one lower? I guess this all really ties into what you think of Braun going forward… which is really hard to judge

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start with those, then maybe go lower

          • the hungary hippo says:
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            @Grey: K. Thanks. What would be your bottom on his SP?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kuroda

  96. royce! says:
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    Ugh, the opening blurb, which is hilarious, makes me bummed to live in San Diego. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… No problem!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I second that! Though reading it did give me an enormous headache in my eye…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s two of us!

  97. Homerj24 says:
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    Pick a SS for ROS. You can only have one and it’s locked in (Waive move limit).

    5×5 (OBP instead of Runs)

    1. Alcides Escobar (Currently on roster)
    2. Nick Franklin
    3. Brad Miller
    4. Andrelton Simmons
    5. Johnny Peralta
    6. Asdrubal Cabrera

    Are any of these options worth dumping Escobar for? I don’t trust Ass-dribble Cabrera & I doubt Peralta continues pace. I have 7 add/drops remaining.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

      • Homerj24 says:
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        @Grey:

        Concerned at all with his elevated K%?

  98. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    1. I am gonna gloat that I bought low on lincecum 2 starts ago just looking at the numbers thought he would have some good streams maybe big second half. And then I got a no-no so amazing.
    2. A guy want to trade Verlander for my McCutchen not enough right?
    3. Different guy wants to trade Straus for marte and cruz what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nice! 2. Nope 3. I’d want Stras

    • Prezz says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: look at his numbers against the padres… If he played them everytime, he’d have the cy young every year!

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @Prezz: Yeah I would even take pretty much any team in the division at home for him or at Chavez Ravine or just the padres… Also thanks grey your awesome but your mustache eclipses you.

  99. Sideshow says:
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    Just got offered Medlen for Archer. Stay w the hot hand or sell high & buy low? Tough 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Medlen

  100. Jason says:
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    I just traded Kenley for Choo so I want to squat on a closer now, which one you think…

    Bastardo (PHI) , Brothers (COL) , Parker (CHC), anyone else… ?

    Thanks as always Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bastardo

  101. Bryan says:
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    Send Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B from UTIL to WET
    Send Madison Bumgarner, SF SP from SP to WET
    Receive J.J. Hardy, Bal SS from WET to Bench
    Receive Matt Harvey, NYM SP from WET to Bench
    Receive Ricky Nolasco, LAD SP from WET to Bench

    Which side wins this deal, in total points league…?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bumgarner

      • Bryan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. FMFBL says:
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    who you keeping next year, Carpenter, DomBrown or E5? i’m loaded with young talent, segura, harper, macho so I’m leaning to E5 for the consistency.

    thanks!

    • FMFBL says:
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      @FMFBL: this is Matt Carpenter at 2B…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  103. Big League Choo says:
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    Ian kennedy or Edwin jackson ROS….both have been unlucky, kennedy plays for the better team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  104. Homerj24 says:
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    5×5 (OBP instead of Runs)
    $260 keeper (+$5 to salary to keep – unlimited years)

    I’m in 1st. Destroying the world in pitching (Kershaw, Harvey, Shelby, Wainwright, Strasburg, Kluber, Kimbrel, Perkins & Balfour), but could use some offense with Kemp, Cespedes & Harper underwhelming thus far.

    I give: Strasburg $17 & Cespedes $15
    I get: Trout $16 & Wei-Yin Chen $6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trout

  105. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I an vaccum where you have two exta OFs and one is De Aza and you are short on SP, would you offer De Aza for Matt Cain? Am I insulting the other owner? Should I be offering Cespedes instead?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not insulting, I’m not sure I’d take Cain

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: So Cain is really the mess I think he is and not somebody ready to come out of it second half?

        Thanks…

        Mike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could turn things around, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of signs of that… Comes with a bunch of risk…

  106. sanfran1966 says:
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    Why is Raj Davis on the bench the last 2 games? Lawrie at 2nd and Boni in left?

    I am using the (1) Util Spot for steals/RBI. Have Frazier on bench and just added Gatits,

    Thoughts on dropping Davis for Eric Young.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a 4th OF… I’d go with Young

      • sanfran1966 says:
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        @Grey:

        done did

        thanks Grey !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  107. ficklechip says:
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    Was just offered Clayton Kershaw for Chris Davis or Goldschmidt….Should I accept? If so would you rather trade Goldy or Davis?

    My bats:
    Goldschmidt
    Chris Davis
    Longoria
    Stanton
    Harper
    Adam Jones
    Aaron Hill
    Starlin Castro
    Leonys Martin
    Rendon
    Jason Castro

    My Pitchers:
    Madbum
    Harvey
    Latos
    Zimmerman
    Medlen
    Chapman
    Peavy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do it for Davis

  108. Buzzdainer says:
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    Nate Schierholtz or Gerardo Parra in a keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz

  109. bill says:
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    Got offered Segura for my Gonzo and Lowrie. Its a keeper league and I’m out of it this year. Just not sure if Segura is legit but gonzo isn’t getting any younger, should I accept?

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @bill: Yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Segura

  110. Prezz says:
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    Listen… I know everyone here hates the all star festivities and its in Messco so it brings back bad memories but…… If you arent watching cespedes swing for yard tonight, i dont know WHAT you are doing with ur fantasy baseball life…

    WWGD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Hopefully it doesn’t mess him up even more…

      • Prezz says:
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        @Grey: at this point, it could only help..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True!

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Prezz:

          that’s the theory !

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Prezz: speaking of the ASB…here’s Yahoo’s note…

      “but these stats will not count toward your league scoring totals. The All-Star Game points will be cleared in an overnight update”

      thanks for clearing that up…Cespedes has been struggling a little bit at the plate but he did get me 17 HRs tonight on my FBB team…so…that’s pretty good…

      • Prezz says:
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        @Wake Up: psttt.. who does he think he is, chris davis?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prezz: looks like Chris Davis got me 22 HRs last night…sounds about right…

  111. Alex says:
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    Which Closer do I trade for Miggy Montero in dynasty?

    Frieri, Soriano or Romo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frieri

  112. bees knees says:
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    grey,
    1. can you put these guys in ROS type order
    markakis, crisp, eyoung, quentin

    2. also these guys?
    porcello, masterson, lackey, bucholz

    spanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp, Young, Markakis… Lackey, Masterson, Buchholz

  113. sanfran1966 says:
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    Is Moreland or Lind worth a roster spot as a hedge Frazier stays cold?

    Figure time to drop Fat heath Bell…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Moreland

  114. Eric says:
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    I am in a 12 team keeper league and was offered Cano Wright Reed and Lynn for Miggy. Is it a no brainer that I should take that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cano/Wright

  115. Dave says:
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    I think we should take a moment to reflect on Grey’s remakrs on Chris Davis in the preseason.

    95. Chris Davis – I think we should start taking bets with the over/under for his projected .251 average, then at the All-Star break we can start figuring out how far above .350 he has to hit in the remaining games to get his average back to .251. 2013 Projections: 66/28/82/.251/2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… *overexaggerated bow* But, c’mon, can’t say I was the only one thrown by this season of his…

      • Dave says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t think anyone projected him to this level. I was merely amused by the All-Star break reference and the fact that he’s already out-produced those counting stat projections. I wish I owned him in one of my leagues!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally

    • Prezz says:
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      @Dave: ouch… Heres to 0 homers over the ROS..

  116. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Sorry about the format the other day. Here is my team…

    Starters:

    Salvador Perez – C
    Adrian Gonzalez – 1B
    Dustin Pedroia – 2B
    Ian Desmond – SS
    Evan Longoria – 3B
    Adam Jones – OF
    Alex Gordon – OF
    Ryan Braun – OF
    Mark Trumbo – 1B,3B,OF
    Ben Zobrist – 2B,SS,OF

    Bench:

    Matt Wieters – C
    Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
    Elvis Andrus – SS
    Pablo Sandoval – 3B
    Austin Jackson – OF
    Norichika Aoki – OF

    Matt Cain is on the wire and I was wondering if I should drop any of the above for him?

    My pitching staff is the following and I am already down one SP due to injury:

    Glen Perkins
    Sergio Romo
    Anibal Sanchez
    Homer Bailey
    Jarrod Parker
    Matt Garza
    Tim Lincecum

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mike: Andrus or Longoria.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Mike: I don’t know, those 3rd backup SS’s come in handy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Perez for him and play Wieters

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: I like this idea better. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  117. Jon says:
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    I can only hold 3 of these guys (as minor leaguers) in a keeper – who do you prioritize?

    Gausman, Archer, Skaggs, Erasmo

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jon: Do you have to choose now?

  118. smegma says:
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    Which trade offer do u like better:

    My Rizzo and Iwakuma for his Stanton and N.Cruz or Werth
    OR
    My Fowler and Iwakuma for his Cespedes and D.Jennings

    12 team H2H points league looking to upgrade UT position – sorry for rehashing this but unfortunately the other teams aren’t wiggling much yet in counteroffers.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @smegma: I think a non-counter offer means they’re just flat not interested. The right side is better in both of those offers.

        • smegma says:
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          @smegma: and by JB I meant cramyourcatcherquestionupyourcramhole. Also toying with idea of my Chris Davis for Trout as a third option as Trout owner needs a 1B. Do you like that over the other 2 or not?

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @smegma: Depends on needs, but if you’re doing the offering, I don’t think either one will get accepted.

            • smegma says:
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              @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: My Rizzo/Iwakuma for his Stanton/Werth is currently agreeable to the other owner. JB or Grey? Could use some help on this one. Don’t really need the trade but always looking to upgrade the team, especially UT position.

              My team:
              C: Salvador
              1b: Goldy
              2b: Pedroia
              ss: Franklin
              3b: Machado
              IF: Rizzo
              OF: McCutchen/JUpton/CDavis
              UT: Fowler
              B: Crisp, Aramis

              SP: Bum/Scherzer/Burnett/Kluber
              RP: Iwakuma/Grilli
              B: Cole, Santiago, Erasmo
              DL: Peavy, Beachy

  119. Theodore Donald Kerabatsos says:
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    Hey there Grey

    Balfour
    Janssen
    Perez
    Henderson
    Ziegler

    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Kluber
    Weaver
    Lackey
    Nolasco
    Nova
    Cobb (DL)

    Add Bastardo or Archer for NOVA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bastardo if you need saves badly… Otherwise, I’d hold for right now… Until pitching schedules are nailed down at least

  120. Greyismyhero says:
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    And at the break, I would just like to say….

    Your still my hero!!! Smoke the green!! Puff, Puff, Pass!!! Yummy good!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Thanks, bro!

  121. Wilsonian says:
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    Zeigler or the Bastard?

    Heed to heed 16 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler

  122. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    Pretty funny that Morse and Giancarlo have almost identical numbers at the break

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny as in sad?

      • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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        @Grey: yes, funny as in doing the crazy laugh and pulling your hair out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly… That was one of the saddest comments ever…

          • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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            @Grey: Bringing everyone to my place one comment at a time

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Thanks!

  123. Greyismyhero says:
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    Whats your best guess for when Papelbon gets traded?? I hope its not over the break. I need saves and messed up by using up my last move for the week on Ziegler with Basty still on wire…I forgot about him!! I hope they wait until transactions reset next Monday..Am I screwed? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, you’re not screwed… Papelbon might not go until the last possible day…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: sure hope so, due to being in league where i need saves the most while being out of pickups till 22nd. Probably drop Putz in a 10 teamer just before that and one of cole/smyly/robertson/carmart (likely carmart, except today metheny didn’t give any kind of clear answer as to his status as starter, but the statement did include the “we like him as a starter”; sounds like one bad kelly start away) in the badly needing saves guys’ 16 teamer.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: so me and grey is hero are in same boat in my deeper league, i could drop putz for bastardo now in 10 teamer.

  124. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Trade season is heating up (via rotoworld):

    Rockies acquired RHP Armando Galarraga from the Reds for RHP Parker Frazier.
    Galarraga had posted a promising 2.98 ERA and 62/34 K/BB ratio through 84 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season for the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. He will have an easier path back to the majors with the Rockies than he would’ve with the Reds, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the 31-year-old right-hander is destined to pitch in the bigs this year. He was assigned to the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.
    Jul 15 – 12:42 PM

    Reds acquired RHP Parker Frazier from the Rockies for RHP Armando Galarraga.
    Frazier, a lanky 24-year-old right-hander, has posted a 4.93 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 35/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs. The former eighth-round draft pick probably isn’t going to have a very bright future.
    Jul 15 – 12:47 PM

    Each of these blurbs make it sound like a true blockbuster deal. Kind of like a one-for-one swap of Oddibe McDowell and Gregg Jefferies rookie cards.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  125. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Verlander and Wieters OR Kluber and Posey?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Posey

  126. Dkohn says:
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    Archer or Nova ROS?

    Thanks guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nova

  127. Chicken Dinner says:
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    My Longo/Aoki/Shelby/Koji his Trout/Black Sabath.

    H2H weekly points. Too much? CC seams to be just a name at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  128. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    Does Butler bounce back in the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he fell anywhere, he’s gotta bounce… I don’t have huge expectations for him… Even in the best scenario, what’s a good half for him? 12 homers and .310? It’s all right…

      • Prezz says:
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        @Grey: hahaha wow..

  129. pager24 says:
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    hmmm i don’t know about this one? Is this trade voteable?

    Pujols for Zobrist? kinda sounds fishy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem fishy at all…

    • stumanji says:
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      @pager24: Carp for Trout would be fishy. That trade is fine.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @stumanji: I traded Bream for Salmon once. It was delicious.

  130. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    Markakis for Uehara? Am I giving up too much in Markakis? would Grilli be too much to ask for? I just don’t believe in over paying for saves, it’s such a volatile position

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much… I’d take Grilli first but I’d gamble on Uehara too

  131. Jamal says:
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    14 Team Dynasty

    No limit on how long you can keep a player

    Which side would you want in a vacuum and is it close?

    Taveras or Segura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, not close right now

  132. Mark says:
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    So this guy in 14th wants Addison Russell and Lewis Brinson for Alex Gordon (I am in first) in dynasty.

    Do the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure if you need an OF…

  133. Wake Up says:
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    Here are a few questions that would have seemed absurd in March…

    Who would you draft first out of Segura, EverCab or Tulo?

    Who would you rather have as your 1B Votto or Matt Carp.?

    Cuddyer or Bautista?

    • Prezz says:
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      @Wake Up: cant wait for the “grey, really need to win this week in the playoffs.. drop davis for manny? Davis has been killing me lately. Thanks, great stuff as usual!”..

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wake Up: the 2nd question is and likely always will be a ridiculous question.

  134. chillmodious says:
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    Grey… I’ve been doing my best to parse your responses to “This Pitcher OR That Pitcher” from the past 24 hours, but does this look right to you for a 2nd half ranking?:

    Nova, Hefner, Archer, Nolasco, Gerrit Cole

    (I own some of these guys (and some are available) in various leagues I’m in, so it’s not just about figuring out the ‘top two’)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks about right, depending on matchups

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! The Archer situation is funny to me. I grabbed him as a stream only because I loved the matchup against the Astros, so at game lock I dropped him for Nova. I was all happy, thinking about how Nova is going to come out in the 2nd half throwing CG 4-hitters with 11 Ks every time he takes the hill. Then Archer did his thing and now I’ve got that streamboat love! All of a sudden, I’m doubting Nova and thinking about how he’ll lose his rotation spot after a few shaky turns. I still have Nova, but damn if the grass doesn’t seem greener on the other side of the waiver wire. I always find stuff like this hilarious–even when it’s happening to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, but Archer’s matchups might not be great after the ASB

          • chillmodious says:
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            @Grey: Yup. In my leagues in which he’s available, I’m coming out of the gate with Hefner (3 leagues) and Nova (1 league) as my last starter/streamer. Also, and maybe it’s just my Doyer-love thinking for me, I think Nolasco will have a nice 2nd half.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think he can too

  135. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 16 team keeper (keep 5).

    giving- Addison Reed, Adam Lind.
    getting- Everth Cabrera, Garrett Jones.

    MY TEAM-
    CA- Rosario. 1B- LaRoche. 2B- Gyorko. 3B- Machado. SS- Rollins. IN- Rendon.
    OF- Choo. OF- Dunn. OF- Blanco. OF- Ruf. UT- Lind.
    BN- Hardy, LScott, JFrancisco, Perez.
    DL- Willingham. DL- Bourjos. DL- Blanks.
    SP- Price. SP- Bumgarner.
    RP- Reed. RP- Jansen.
    P- Delabar. P- Zeigler. P- Gregerson. P- Liriano.
    BN- Milone, ERamirez, DeLaRosa, Arroyo.
    DL- McCarthy.

    I’ve also been talking with someone about a deal around Hardy and Ibanez. I’ve also been talking with someone about a deal around Choo for Rios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  136. SteveNZ says:
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    This no baseball stuff stinks. And I couldn’t give a shit about the HR Derby or the ASG.

    I just want baseball, or how am I supposed to get through the work day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya

    • Prezz says:
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      @SteveNZ: we are here for you steve! Granted,thats like me handing you a windbreaker in an igloo, but hey!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @SteveNZ: You get to work whilst watching baseball? So jealous of you man.

      No wonder you seem so annoyed at times though, ha.

      Just watch the HR Derby during work now!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @TheNewGuy: Heh, not so much watching as following along online. Which probably makes it worse…

  137. KING TROUT says:
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    My Harvey for his Holiday and Samardzija. Good trade. Currently second overall and worried about innings cap on Harvey. I am in a 16 team keeper league (3 bats, 3 pitchers). Thanks and your doing a fantastic job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks for the kind words!

  138. pager24 says:
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    I want to double down on Segura ROS- Understandably the owner wants a lot. After several trades my OF and SP are pretty solid
    (start 5+ Util) McCutch, J Upton, Cespedes, Stanton, Heyward, Victorino, Eaton
    (start 9) Hamels, Scherzer, Burnett, Moore, Gio, Peavy, Kluber, Erasmo, Rivera, Betancourt, Benoit, Krod
    I’m needing to start selling off starts anyway since I’m at 58% of my start limit. Any extra spots would just be filled by MR
    how does this sound?

    Wright and Segura for Andrus Longoria Burnett Victorino Peavy

    or do you see a better offer? Thanks!

    • pager24 says:
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      @pager24:
      or I was thinking
      Segura for Andrus Burnett Peavy?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Either deal, I’d take with Wright first

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you

  139. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Thoughts on Chris Carpenter this season? Any value?

    Which two would you rather have on your bench between Carpenter, Danny Salazar and Jarred Cosart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No value… Danny and Jarred

  140. Andrew says:
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    14 Team Keeper League ( No limit on how long a player can be kept)

    Better Keeper moving forward BumG or Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp

  141. AJ says:
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    ROS Bourn, EYJ, Eaton is he plays FT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bourn

  142. Sir says:
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    Who would you rather have NEXT YEAR (keeper league and I’m not doing well this year), Harper or Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  143. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    looking more and more like Garza is going to the AL, how bad does that hurt his value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t hurt his value…

      • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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        @Grey: really, I would have to disagree there, if he goes to Arlington, his home starts suck, and having a DH to face vs. a pitcher and the “defense-first hitter”, to use your words, doesn’t spell less K’s and a higher ERA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the slight boost in ERA will be offset by value with possibly more wins… Plus Wrigley is not a good pitching park…

          • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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            @Grey: true, I guess I am always looking for reasons to hate pitchers, I really really hate these frustipating ball chuckers that make my life miserable

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I hear ya… 2nd half is a great time to focus on streamers… I’m going with Price, Greinke and streamers in the RCL…

              • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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                @Grey: I’m going with Max, Burnett and Samardjiza and then streamers, I would love to go max and Jeff, but I don’t trust him yet and no one will give shit for Burnett. the rest is all bullpen on this RCL team. The other two teams are built way different

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, see how Burnett does in the 2nd half, if it’s anything like the first then you should be fine with those three… I have every conceivable reliever on my RCL team….

                  • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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                    @Grey: I know I told you this the other day, but I’m running DOR-K, Melancon, Bailey, Bell, Hernandez, Allen, Bastardo, and Thayer

                    McGee, Strop, Peralta, Ramos, and Clippard available and who the hell is Louis Coleman?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nice… Louis Coleman is a designer, I think I was just at his place in the Bellagio…

                  • Grey's Goatee says:
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                    @Grey:

                    In today’s episode of “When Punting Saves and Excessive Streaming Pre-ASB Goes Wrong”

                    My RC:L pitching staff:

                    Corbin, Ryu, Chapman, Mo Rivera, Melancon, Rosenthal
                    Delabar, Ziegler, Paco Rodriguez, Bastardo, and Clay Buttholes

                    Do I have you beat? Is this even something to be proud of?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That is definitely something to be proud of… I have Holland, Ziegler, Melancon, Clippard, Gray, Brothers, Delabar and Greinke and Price…

  144. Zoltan says:
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    Would you rather have Lackey, Porcello, or Hellickson ROS?

    -Also, what do you guys think about this trade, there have been mixed reviews about it in one of my leagues. Stanton/Gio/Reed for Pence/Corbin/Teheran/Nathan ……Thanks a lot and great article!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s fine, better for Stanton side… Lackey

  145. TheNewGuy says:
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    So, who ya got guys?

    Got a bet on my boy Crush Davis, can see Bryce putting on a show too.

    Just hope Prince doesnt win it all again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone win already? I’m in the car driving to Vegas…

  146. costaricanchata says:
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    where’s waldo ?

    @ Grey :

    if your memory serves you well ,
    you’ll remember that you’re the one
    who called on them to call on me
    to get you your favors done .

    skip ahead to the 12 minute mark :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFgyD3Uk1JQ

    my best to uncle bob .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in the car with junky reception… Can’t get YouTube right now…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        vegas ?

        are you getting one of those rooms that has a hot-tub
        shaped like a martini glass ??

        you know , i always wondered ,
        if the maid walks into the room while you’re tubbing ,
        can she see up the crack of your azz ???

        that would be embarrassing .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a Greytini! The maid is cleaning the bottom of the tub right now, but there’s lots of bubbles… It’s all good!

  147. Al Bundy says:
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    The Gerrit Cole love has left the building.

    Cole said some teamspeak BS after his first start like ‘he was trying to save the bullpen’ and threw less offspeed stuff to work on spotting his fastball which (led us to assume) resulted in fewer K’s. His K% and K/9 are almost half of what they were in A ball.

    Do you see him continuing the 5.40 K/9 path the rest of this season? It seems that all he really needs is another 2 or 3 strikeouts a game to reach the next level.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The odd thing is he throws 99 MPH which should generate Ks… So he should get them but might not be until next year or the year after when he figures out how to do it…

  148. Deuces Wild says:
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    Trade Garza for Harper? Do you think Garza continues his hot streak when he’s traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Harper, not really close

      • Deuces Wild says:
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        @Grey: So I’m guessing if I throw in Myers you still want Harper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Deuces Wild says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  149. TheNewGuy says:
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    No Erin Andrews? Gah, shes the best part of the Derby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      She can hit home runs?

  150. Moth says:
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    Would you own Gee over Chris “All Star” Tillman and/or Maholm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee over Maholm

  151. Tulo-Frisky says:
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    Trade pending; my P. Corbin and J. Fernandez for his B. Phillips and S. Strasburg… did I win?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely

  152. GrandMaMa says:
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    We start 2 IFs at each spot, and I’ve got Avila/Montero at C and Segura/Franklin/Lowrie at SS. Would do a deal like Lowrie/Avila/Gausman for Cozart/J. Castro to improve at C? Not sure I need to include Gausman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would do it…

      • GrandMaMa says:
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        @Grey: I’m even getting cheeky thinking about offering Lowrie/Avila/Beckham/Gausman for Cozart/Castro/Altuve. Not sure it would go, but if so, would you prefer Kendrick or Altuve? I need power more than speed, but I’m worried Kendrick may be in for big slide.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kendrick, but it’s a toss up on needs…

          • GrandMaMa says:
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            @Grey: If I have to play Cozart at SS in place of Lowrie, is that too much of a dropoff for what I get at 2B (Kendrick over Rutledge) and Catcher (Castro over Avila)? We have a rookie spot, and I’ll likely be swapping between Hicks and Franklin.

  153. BlinULDHC says:
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    Btw, my buddy and I were talking about Everth Cabrera, since the looming Biogenesis scandal could shelve him.

    Cabrera has 34 SBs in 79 Gms, with a .373 OBP — technically on pace for a 70+ SB, .370+ OBP season

    Which begged the question: When was the last time a hitter stole 70+ bases and put up a .370+ OBP?

    Seriously, try real hard to think of who it was and when it happened. It’s really, really difficult, and those seasons are very, very rare. Guys like Juan Pierre, Willy Taveras, Podsednik, Carl Crawford, T. Womack have/had the requisite speed, but couldn’t get on base enough. Guys like Caflos Beltran, Shane Victorino, Dave Roberts, Bobby Abreu, Rafael Furcal could get on base, but couldn’t quite burn 70 SBs.

    And then you have the mix of both OBP/speed, like Ichiro, Jose Reyes, Jacoby Ellsbury…. and still, no one. So, who was the last player to do it? (I’ll list it in my reply, just to give time/space for reflection and a guess).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say Henderson…

      • BlinULDHC says:
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        @Grey:

        That was my first thought! Rickey was a beast.

        Henderson most recently did it in 1989, with 77 SBs and a .411 OBP for the Yankees and A’s, as a 30-year old. (Btw, Rickey averaged .412 OBP, 46 SBs, 126 games between ages 31-40 (59 SBs per 162) surpassing .400 OBP, 45 SBs 5 times after age 31; nowadays, I don’t think there’s anyone who comes close to .400+ OBP and 50 SBs in a career year, let alone an average year).

        THE ANSWER?

        The most recent was Kenny Lofton in 1993, who put up 70 SBs and a .408 OBP as a 26-year old 2nd-year player. TWENTY YEARS AGO! I don’t own Everth Cabrera, but I hope he doesn’t get suspended. Obviously, it’d be difficult for him to maintain a .370+ OBP and that 70+ SB pace, but I’d love to see him do something like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, kinda crazy it was that long ago… Lofton was a beast when he was young too… Before the casino bus… Was there anyone who came close in the last 20 years? I’m curious. Will take my answer off the air.

          • Schmohawks Bob says:
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            @Grey: I owned Lofton in an AL only l4 category keeper league. I spent 50 bucks on him and the next day he was traded to the NL. Season was over before it started. I loved Kenny back in the day.

            • Schmohawks Bob says:
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              @Schmohawks Bob: damn iPad. Meant to say 4 category.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice…. I remember owning Lofton on the Indians and it was one of my first tastes of SAGNOF!

              • BlinULDHC says:
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                @Grey:

                If you look at Lofton, he actually delivered beyond the normal SAGNOF schmo. And he got a late start (was a 25-year old rookie).

                His 1st 10 seasons w/ CLE (ages 25-34), he averaged 135 games, .303/.379/.428, 104 R, 9 HRs, 55 RBI, 48-12 SB-CS, 4.1 oWAR, 5.3 WAR. Per 162 games, he was at 125 runs, 58 SBs, 12 HR, 67 RBI.

                Basically, for 10 years he put up Carl Crawford + 40 OBP points every year.

          • BlinULDHC says:
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            @Grey:

            Not too many players have come close to .370+ OBP and 70+ SB.

            There’ve been only seven 70+ SB seasons since 1993 (Lofton 70 in ’93, 75 in ’96, Brian Hunter 74 in ’97, Womack 72 in ’99, Podsednik 70 in ’04, Reyes 78 in ’07, Ellsbury 70 in ’09).

            Lofton had a.372 OBP in 1996,.408 in ’93. So, the last .370/70SB was 1996, my bad. Other than Lofton, Reyes did have a .354 OBP/78SB, Ellsbury a .355 OBP/70SB, and the others had terrible OBPs (.310-335).

            The Top 5 closest to .370 OBP 70 SB:
            1998 Rickey Henderson – 66 SB, .372 OBP
            1999 Roger Cedeno – 66 SB, .396 OBP
            2000 Luis Castillo – 62 SB, .418 OBP
            1997 Chuck Knoblauch – 62 SB, .390 OBP
            2003 Juan Pierre -65 SB, .361 OBP

            Btw, they averaged 101.9 runs scored and 3.5 oWAR. Even Rickey scored 101 R despite hitting .236.

            I need these guys in my OBP/OPS league.

            • Grey

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              Wow, look at Roger Cedeno getting in there, wouldn’t have guessed that in a million years…

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      @BlinULDHC:

      That obviously should be corrected to Carlos Beltran, the famous MLB switch-hitter, which is different from Caflos Beltran, the infamous switch-hitter who peruses downtown.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  154. AJ says:
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    Gyorko or Lawrie ROS? need to drop one thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko, really just a toss up at this point

  155. All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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    I give Markakis and Burnett for Marte or Ellsbury? too much, not enough, guy has tons of bags and runs and has horrible staff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a second… I’d take either, depends on need for straight speed with Ells…

      • All or Nothing Power Guy says:
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        @Grey: but is it reasonably fair for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really

  156. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I don’t know if you discussed previously but do you think Biogenesis will cause any players to miss time this season.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob:

      1) hold
      2) depends on needs
      c)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, probably a handful… Maybe or maybe not on Braun… He could appeal it for a few months…

  157. listen to the voices says:
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    what do you think of dom brown/carlos gomez/anibal for crush/logan morrison/ervin santana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown side if you need depth… Davis if a shallow league…

  158. Fenway Fungus says:
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    How would you rank these for roto for the next 2 months (till Jose gets shut down)?

    Kluber
    Jose Fernandez
    Cingrani
    Ryu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu, Kluber

  159. Rocky says:
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    Grey

    Thanks for all your great columns thus far this season. It is greatly appreciated. Wanted to get a little all-star break wisdom. In a competitive 10-team NL-Only league. Currently sitting at 10-5 and riding a seven game winning streak into the break… Greinke and Peralta put up a combined monster 116.5 for me last week.

    C – Rosario
    1B – Belt
    2B – Weeks
    SS – HanRam
    3B – Headley
    OF – CarGo
    OF – GoGo
    OF – Cuddy
    U – Prado
    Bench – Adams

    P – Greinke, Samardzija, Corbin, Ryu, Miley, Gee, Peralta, Wheeler, J. Turner, Jansen, Romo
    DL – Halladay, Luebke

    I’ve turned Hamels, Eaton, Gyorko, and Kubel into GoGo, Ryu, Jansen, Headley and Halladay (as a DL stash) thus far, most of which I’ve run by you first. (Thank you for the crazy quick responses, by the way).

    Who are your top 4 sell candidates on my team? My list is Corbin, Cuddyer, Ryu and GoGo. I’ve been trying to unload Corbin for the last week+ but not going to just give him away. He just keeps on producing. Already has more points than Samardzija did all year in 2012. Targeting Stanton, Bryce, Marte, Rizzo, AJ Burnett, Cain, Liriano, Minor, Homer and Gio.

    Also, a hypothetical: If Holliday goes down for any serious time, where do you slot Adams in your 1B rankings? I think he can outperform Craig if given the opportunity.

    • Grey

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      That sell list looks about right… Don’t think you can get much for Ryu or Cuddyer, can try obviously… Adams would be a nice corner man for a short period of time, but Holliday says he’s fine…

  160. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: in Vegas for your bachelor party or just taking advantage of the down time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taking advantage of down time…

  161. goodfold2 says:
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    1. ROS top 2 out of Cole/willy P/cosart/salazar/porcello/. I have cole/porcello in 16 teamer.
    2. Sal perez still ahead of Lucroy ROS?
    3. ROS top 3 out of willy P/cole/eovaldi/porcello/miley/santiago/capuano/cosart? 10 teamer here where i have cole only.
    Have a good time in vegas, find the free (good) drinks and good cheap food.

  162. jason batteiger says:
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    I saw you now have Miller over Aybar ROS? Not worried about him starting all the time? He’s hitting half of his hits for extra bases, with normal Babip, low average. The league in question has Hits/avg/total bases/steals/homers/rbi/runs as offensive cats. Aybar’s been doing pretty ok for 16 teamer. Their total bases per at bat and runs/rbi’s per at bat are similar. Miller’s hitting in better part of the order, if that stays steady. I’m guessing Miller would eventually hit more homers. Neither have much steals, but Aybar has steals history. Average is very different with both.

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