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Julio Teheran held the Pirates to one hit yesterday with 11 Ks in 8 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.30, making Teheran victorious vs. the Pirates.  Which sounds like it was a battle of hostage takers.  “You give us Wandy’s forearm!”  “Okay, you give us Uggla’s Ed Hardy-clad booty.”  “Um…What?”  “You heard me, those jeans are hot on the black market.”  “So, you just want the jeans or his actual booty?”  “Enough questions, infidel!”  Only these weren’t like Somalian Pirates, they were more like The Pirates of Penzance.  Zing, high-five self!  As Obama and New Jersey work tirelessly to restore Beachy to its former glory of cigarette-scented arcades, frozen custard and teased-out hair, Teheran is making the Braves job difficult for what happens when Beachy returns.  Do you think the Braves bump Teheran?  Maholm?  Hudson?  I got a question broken up into three parts, y’all!  Maybe Maholm will get hurt.  He did, after all, throw, like, 17,000 sliders last year.  Well, time will tell unless the Mayans stop the planet abruptly.  I’d obviously hold Teheran until the situation resolves itself.  I.e., I’d take Teheran hostage.  Zadow, fist pump self!  Anyway, here’s what else happened yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer.  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this is the best year for a player that was sleeping in a dumpster last year.  Gattis went from off the grid to off the chain.

Carlos Gonzalez – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 6 RBIs with 3 homers.  For the last homer, he wore a cape and an S on his chest, then DC Comics filed a cease and desist order but he explained to the judge he was making a corny escargot joke.

Nolan Arenado – 4-for-6, 3 runs.  Sonavabench!  Even worse, I could’ve had him in my lineup, but I didn’t know Kelly Johnson wasn’t going to play.  Is this too much about me?  Weeeell, sorrrrry!  I’ve noticed a lot of people are asking about dropping Arenado.  I can understand it, he’s been miserable.  It would be nice to hold him through his next homestand vs. the Padres to see what he does.

Troy Tulowitzki – 5-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and two homers.  Yesterday, it was definitely the Arenado, Tulo, Gonzalez show, which also sounds like a show your DVR accidentally tapes.  Wait, where’s my MasterChef?!  I need to hear awkward fork-clattering-against-teeth from Graham?!  No, not The Arenado, Tulo, Gonzalez Show!

Johnny Cueto – To the DL with who cares grab Cingrani!  Kidding, I don’t care about Cueto, but you might.  Good for you, sucker!  Grab Cingrani!  Pedro Villareal started yesterday, but Peter Realtown isn’t the answer for the long term and the last time Cueto was sidelined with this issue it took him a month to return.  Cingrani should be back by this weekend.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Yes, the power has disappeared temporarily, but he’s hitting near .350 in the last week and has two hits in each of his last 5 games.  Be patient, young Razzballer, the power will come.

Jake Peavy – Out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured rib.  Pitching coach, Don Cooper, blames it on Peavy’s penchant for flashing the Mafia Crip gang sign across his chest after striking guys out.

Hector Santiago – Will move back into the rotation.  He had an around 4 ERA when he was in the rotation earlier this year with solid, but not great Ks.  Basically, exactly what Peavy was doing.

Stephen Strasburg – In what was inferred here first after reading shizz elsewhere, Strasburg was DL’d.  It was a smart move by the Nationals.  No reason to risk him and now he should be ready to go on June 16th when he’s eligible.  Clubs making smart moves reminds me of my youth when managers would get fired after 5 days and all of baseball was on cocaine.  Ah, the good old days.

Marco Estrada – Hit the Disgraceful List.  Glad I didn’t own him on all my teams…. Only 10 of 11.  Nice job, Estrada.  That’s why Larry Wilcox was always my favorite. (Oh, who am I kidding, I needed IMDB to even know his name.  Larry Wilcox sounds like a polarizing Councilman in the city of Los Angeles.  Stop polarizing my people!)

Tyler Thornburg – Called up to replace Estrada.  Here’s what Scott, our prospect writer wrote about him, “Wrote a brief scouting report on Thornburg during the season, so check that out here for a closer look.  The gist:  he’s an undersized flamethrower with a filthy change, a solid curve, and control issues.  If he can command his plus stuff, he’ll miss plenty of bats and could be a nice option in all fantasy formats, except fantasy formats where the dwarf from Willow runs around saying, ‘I’m Grey’s son.’”  Wow, didn’t remember reading that at all.  Tyler is probably most famous for Richard Chamberlain playing him in The Thornburgs.  He sounds like a Trevor Bauer-type to me.  So, that’s high risk, high reward.  Definitely grab him in NL-Only leagues, but be careful in mixed ones for right now.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 5 ER.  He’s supposed to be bad in April, then correct himself.  Well, he’s drunk if he thinks I’m holding him while he tries to fix things.  Scratch that.  Bad scenario.  He’s officially the next man off my team.  If it wasn’t for his next start coming vs. the Marlins, I would’ve dropped him already.  After that start, good or bad, I’ll probably drop him just for the hell of it, just for the yell I get.

Ryan Braun – Sat out yesterday.  I picture him at his house, cutting through a bag of drugs and flushing it down the toilet while his wife sticks a gun in her panties.

Brandon Moss – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer and 2nd in three games.  I almost picked him up on Monday because of the Hitter-Tron, and he’s continued to swing a hot bat.  Moss, not the Hitter-Tron, who swings a hot metallic bat.  Bee tee dubya, Rudy has a small-ish post about this coming, but now on the Hitter-Tron there are stats for the likelihood a player will start.  This is based on percentage of starts in the last 30 days vs. the type of pitcher he’s facing (righty vs. lefty), other highly classified math done by Rudy and which direction his daughter flung her poop.

Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I realize I would’ve been better off with Colon instead of Gallardo.  No need to point that out.  We’re on the same page, and that page is the last page of my manifesto titled, “Why Gallardo Should Watch His Back In Dark Alleys.”

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .332.  He was the 5th most valuable 3B going into the game according to our Player Rater — ahead of David Wright, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Zimmerman AND Nick Punto.  His expected average based on projected BABIP is .268.  The Buysellatops smells trade meat, and the Buysellatops usually can’t smell anything due to the use of aerosol cans.

CC Sabathia – A shutout, 9 K victory against his old team, the Indians.  Actually, he shut out the sun and gave up four earned runs.  He’s now 5-1 in 7 home games and 0-2 in 4 away starts.  Somebody likes home cooking!

Travis Hafner – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, also against his former team.  Is it not bad enough that the Yankees take everything nice from the Indians, but then they have to rub it in their face too?  Obviously not.  But then after the game when Hafner littered, well, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst Indian fans.

Brett Gardner – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, to go along with his 9 steals, 31 runs, 26 RBIs and .265.  One of these years I’m not going to only love Gardner but own him.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs as he hit his 6th homer of the year, his first in June after a solid $9 May (3 HRs, 11 RBIs).  Not a bad catcher to play in daily leagues (especially vs. LHP) or as a hot schmotato pickup at catcher.  Just be glad he doesn’t play for the Yanks as John Sterling probably would be all, “It’s Yan Gone!” every time he hit a homer.

Corey Kluber – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He still has an outstanding xFIP (under 3) and K-rate (over 9).  The 4.56 ERA shows a pitcher that isn’t worth owning anywhere, and he goes to Arlington next.  Oh, well, we’ll leave it to DJ LeMahieu to appreciate all of Kluber’s trance beats.

Daniel Hudson – Had a setback in his rehab, and may not be back until late-July now.  Here’s the problem with stashing these guys (Beachy, Lewis, etc.) as illustrated by Pitcher Injuries R. Crummy.

Josh Beckett – Mattingly said he’s unsure if Beckett will return this year after Beckett was shutdown for 4 weeks.  The doctors then informed Mattingly that the season was longer than 4 weeks and Don said, “Huh.  Any ideas who I should use for the ninth inning?  This is so much harder without Torre managing for me.”

R.A. Dickey – 8 1/3 IP, 4 baserunners, 0 ER, 5 Ks vs. the Giants.  Look at the reigning NL Cy Young showing why he won the award — pitching to weak offenses with pitchers hitting in pitchers’ parks.

Brett Lawrie – Ankle has yet to show any improvement.  It’s swollen, painful, talking about how it wants ice cream.

Adam Lind – 3-for-4, hitting near .400 in the last week.  Hot schmotatootatomhcs toh!  That’s a paLINDrome.

Jason Vargas – 5 IP, 5 ER, 13 baserunners, 4 Ks.  That’s so JV.

Howie Kendrick – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, while he bats .317.  I told you he was gonna breakout (14 months too soon).  FMFBBL!

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (14 and 15).  Well, sure, he’s got Josh Hamilton protecting him.  Shoot, I cut and pasted that from a March article.  Oops!

Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-6 and his 7th steal.  That’s the same amount of steals that Kemp and Desmond Jennings have too.  Whatever, I don’t sweat Soriano.  *screams into pillow*  I’m fine.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Sitting Shiva Perez is finally back!

Jeremy Guthrie – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Twins.  Sonavanotbigenoughballs!   I should’ve totally streamed him for this start.  Gah.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer as he bats .237.  Had it been ten days and five 0-for-4′s since his last homer game?  I hadn’t noticed.

Jason Castro – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  On the surface, he’s been better than Wieters.  Below the surface too.  You name the surface.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  Look at the Astros spark plug getting in on the action!  “I’d plug that spark,” says the Hitter-Tron.

Matt Dominguez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Pretty much everyone on the Astros hit a homer yesterday.  BTW, I was about to say Dominguez has been better than Moustakas, but I don’t even remember a Moustakas.  What’s a Moustakas?  See?

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  He’s got it back…Oh, it was against the Marlins.  The Marlins that have Ed Lucas batting 2nd.  I’d say that’s bizzonkers, but you can’t even name who they have third, fourth or fifth without looking it up, so who’s batting 2nd is inconsequential.  The Marlins manager could just pull names out of a hat.  “Today, batting cleanup is… New Era?”  That’s the Marlins manager accidentally pulling the tag out of the hat.

Domonic Brown – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Roger Maris’s family better start making road trip arrangements.

Jacob Turner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Too bad Carlos Ruiz was sidelined for this game, would’ve been nice to see Turner vs. Chooch.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Au Shizz!

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I was at a Japanese restaurant recently and I was chatting up the waitress, who complimented me on my mustache, when I heard someone behind me scream out, “Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!”  When I turned around, it was the guy from Gangnam Style and he was selling imaginary horses.  Totally untrue story.

Kyle Seager – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He’s hit in the last 9 straight and near .330 in the last week.  What he lacks in excitement he makes up for in reliability.  Wow, I just sounded like a Jewish mother.

Nick Franklin – 1-for-5 with 2 steals.  Watching this game, I realized the 2009 Nick Franklin was playing 2nd base for the other team, Gordon Beckham (who went 4-for-7, 1 run and 2 steals).  If you can remember back to when Beckham came up there was some Franklin-like buzz and he seemed capable of the same type of stats.  Hopefully if Franklin is ever compared to Beckham again it’s because he just married a Spice Girl.

Dylan Axelrod – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  As the Mariners tied the fantasy owners to the WHIPping post but spared the Axelrod.

Alex Rios – 4-for-8, 1 run, 2 RBIs and is possibly the most valuable yawnstipating player in fantasy.  I’d get Prince Valium to give him the award.

Addison Reed – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Thornton will probably be called on today for the save.  Just the facts, four ma’ams!

Dan Haren – 4 IP, 5 ER.  Pickled Haren and it smells rancid.

Dillon Gee – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Okay, Wheeler’s coming for you, so stop faking the funk and go back to being un-crunk.  2001 called, they want their lingo back.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  On the year, he’s been more valuable than Josh Hamilton.  HAHAHAHAHA… Breathe, Grey, breathe!  Whoa, I lost consciousness there for a second…and it was awesome!

David Wright – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  His great grandpappy, Orville, would’ve watched the trajectory of his homer and thought, “Why did I draft Hanley?”

Jason Marquis – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He was great for 5 innings with no-hit ball.  Like flipping a coin 15 times and tails each time.

Scott Van Slyke – 1-for-3 as he homered yet again.  His 6th in 19 games played.  Sure, it’s doubtful that he’ll keep it going, but so what?  Grab him now.

David Price – Will throw a bullpen session on Friday.  If it goes well, he could be in a rehab game next week.  If doesn’t go well, I’m gonna need a 24-hour watch.

Alex Cobb – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Tigers.  After the game, he tossed Moore a Coca-Cola and said, “That’s how an ace pitches, kid.”

Doug Fister – 8 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Any baseball historian will tell you Fister never had a chance against Cobb.  He’d sharpen his spikes on a Fister’s head.

Alexi Ogando – 5 2/3 IP. 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he returned from the DL.  If someone dropped him because of his DL stint and because the RCLs only have one DL slot (who came up with these rules?!  Oh, wait, that would be me.), I’d take a gamble on Ogando to pitch well while healthy.

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-3 but left with a hamstring injury and is headed back to Texas for an MRI.  As frequent commenter, Carnac, said, “Moreland has to fly all the way back to Arlington for an MRI?  They couldn’t do it in Boston?  Thanks, Obama!”  Hopefully, Moreland’s not out for too long because it looked like this season might have been his star mitzvah.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer as he returned from his hamstring injury.  Yo Adrian, you did it!

Jacoby Ellsbury – Missed his 5th straight game after stealing five bases in one game.  Lucky he didn’t steal 100 bases in that game.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, 2.79 ERA vs. the Rangers.  Guess it’s time to re-evaluate my no likey, no Lackey stance.  His xFIP and K-rate are solid, right around where his rates were when he had career years in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim.  There’s gonna be some hideous match-ups for him down the road, but I’d give him a whirl vs. the Rays for his next start.  *shudders*  Makes me feel dirty saying that.

Wandy Rodriguez – Left yesterday’s game with a forearm injury.  DL stint looks forthcoming.  Gerrit Cole time?!  Nah, Wandy’s likely replacement will be Charlie Morton.  He’s worth his salt!  But Jeanmar Gomez is also down.  Now it’s Gerrit Cole time?!  Nah, James McDonald or Vin Mazzaro or Andy Oliver… Hmm, then again, maybe Gerrit Cole is coming.  If Cole’s brought up, it would be a gutsy decision like when Prince Fielder decides on dessert.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Likely out for a month.  This is a major coup for Aviles, which is like the avian coup dream I keep having where Big Bird takes over the country and I’m forced to make baked goods for Cookie Monster, only this coup involves a player with little speed and power to take over the full-time job at short while Cabrera’s out.

Chris Perez – Wasn’t arrested for marijuana, but came close when the house he was in received a large package of it.  He said he was just doing a YouTube webisode called, ‘Dude, Where’s My Closer?’  I wonder what tipped the cops off — the mullet, Chief Wahoo running into 7-11 to buy Perez Cheetos, hot boxing the bullpen cart or Perez getting bummed whenever the Indians played on artificial grass.  This might explain why Perez kept asking Terry Francona if he knew where he could score some Franco-American Macaroni with Cheese Sauce.

  1. Kevin says:
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    Starlin will be a top _ SS for the rest of the season.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Kevin: Yes, batting 7th in the vaunted Cubs lineup has top player at a position written all over it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: The rest of the season? 6th-7th

  2. Mike says:
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    Lucroy or Castro ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Lucroy’s looking great, I’m going him

  3. Burgundy says:
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    Lmao at the Braun blurb! Outstanding writeup again, Grey.

    • Steve D says:
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      Turner vs Chooch was real funny too. Good stuff grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Feeling a little itchy triggered fingered tonight and grabbed Cole and Castellanos,on a scale of 1 to 10 on the crazy meter, where does that fall?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: How big is your league? I think Cole could be useful in 10-teamers but not a big Castellanos fan. I’ll give you a crowd pleasing 5

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thats what the ladies give me to….on a scale of 1 to 20….

        12 teamer, I like anyone who can come hit in Detroit, in dead last and stashing players that actually might get called up this month

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I appreciate the harsh criticism….did you wake up with chest stache?

  5. Kyle says:
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    I have to replace Cabrera. Fortunately (although this year, not really fortunately, he’s been garbage) I can shift prado to shortstop and put any player into the utility. I have hart and Myers stashed as this is H2H so I just need a good short term option

    These are my options: Alexie Ramirez, Todd Frazier, Adam Lind, Aviles. Chris Carter.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kyle: Given even needs, Lind. He’s the hottest, ironically, in Canada

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hmmm… would that be coincidence or irony?

  6. MJ says:
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    10 team 5×5 roto, Got offered Braun for Votto, picked up Rendon yesterday and have Middlebrooks and Corey Hart on the DL. Would be moving Encarnacion from CI to first. My other outfielders are Ellsbury, Joyce, Kelly Johnson, Kemp and Trout. Should i accept? Votto has been much better this year but i’m really tempted by the prospects of having a Kemp, Trout Braun outfield. Trying to deal Kipnis/Closer but he won’t take it and 1B is really thin

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MJ: Nah I don’t think I’d do that even with chances not exactly high the suspension goes down.

  7. Recktall Brown says:
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    I watched the Altuve game. He not only went 2-5 with 2Rs and a homer, his three outs were two robbed infield hits due to Machado brilliance and a broken bat fly to deep left that still nearly made it out. He’ll be fine.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Recktall Brown: I never thought he was more than an AVG hitter myself with a little speed, and that be what he do

  8. DrEasy says:
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    So are we going to go with S-Cargo now to tell him from Carlos Gomez?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DrEasy: Look at that S-Car-Go

  9. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Spaceball’s reference, oh shit there goes the planet!

  10. Chris J says:
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    My team is despicable at the moment so I’m looking to the future. 5 keepers, with Votto and Aroldis already earmarked, which of these shoud I keep (3) with a long view.

    Alex Cobb
    Zack Wheeler
    Dylan Bundy
    Jose Fernandez
    Gio Gonzalez
    Dan Straily

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris J: Bundy, Jo-Fer, Gio

    • danny says:
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      @Chris J: how many teams do you have? That sounds horrible if those guys are in your top 5 keepers unless its a really big league

      • Chris J says:
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        @danny: 12 team FP but it’s geared massively towards pitching.

    • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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      @Chris J: Wheeler bundy Gio. I like Jo-fer but with the Marlins never gets the W

  11. negahawk says:
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    Here’s a good one. Just offered Cingrani for Wheeler. Who wins? Also, I traded Nelson Cruz and Evereth Cabrera for Teheran and Rendon in a panic move. What do you think?

    Also, another great piece. It blows my mind how you can come up with this stuff.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @negahawk: I’d probably take Wheeler, just because I think he makes more starts. I think that was a little panicky, a shot Teheran goes down with Beachy up, but tough to do that after yesterday!

    • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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      @negahawk: Cingrani will be sent back down when Cueto gets back, Wheeler is there to stay if he pitches well. I have both, but if I had to choose would go with wheeler. no comment on the second trade

  12. Iguy says:
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    Lucroy, M Montero or J Castro going forward in a non-keeper points league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Iguy: Luuuuuuuuuuuuuucroy

  13. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi Fellas,
    Would you offer D.Brown for Mad Max?
    Keepers league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Natural Born Champs: I’ve never been a Scherzer fan. I’d keep Brown.

      • Natural Born Champs says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Okay man how about this one:
        Brown and Fister for Price.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Natural Born Champs: I like Fister and this injury to Price scares me. I think I hold off on that one too. Brown for Price might work though

          • Natural Born Champs says:
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            @JB Gilpin:
            Thanx man!!

            • Natural Born Champs says:
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              @Natural Born Champs:
              Great another offer from that guy:
              Brown and g.cole for price.
              Your thoughts on Cole?

              • JB Gilpin

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                @Natural Born Champs: Been a little inconsistent in Minors, won’t be elite but could be solid in Majors. Rather try that trade than for Max, even with injury scare to Price. Riskier though.

                • Natural Born Champs says:
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                  @JB Gilpin:
                  Accepted. Thanx man.

      • Shawn of the mostly living says:
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        @JB Gilpin: How could you not be a Scherzer fan? High K’s low walks, gets run support. Whats not to like?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Shawn of the mostly living: Of course right now WHIP is good, but I think it sinks and a 4.00 ERA. Ks are awesome, but I think he regresses some.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @JB Gilpin: lots of signs point to scherzer already having had bad luck this year. era’s regression will make it go lower, not higher.

  14. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I’m not doing well in a deep league and I’m ready to gamble. Would it be foolish to offer Holliday for Braun? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @2 Giant rings: Foolish? No, but I don’t think you’d get him.

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    R.Crummy. good stuff.
    i asked this late last night, but it turns out i need 2 guys benched. with this being the obv today lineup in 10 team h2h
    1st fielder
    2nd profar or gyroko (both in good hitters parks today)
    3rd wright
    ss rollins
    OF A-Gon
    OF Braun
    OF Dom.Brown
    2 utils machado/headley/gyorko/doumit/perez/profar
    C Perez or Doumit
    Earlier you said one of the benches would be Doumit. Cool, who would the 2nd out of machado/gyorko/headley/profar be. SD hitters are at COL. Profar’s against lefty. Thanks. Got 6 pickups till sunday and am in heated battle for K’s, i’ll likely get mid RP for tomorrow out of doumit’s spot, niese for sat, then either another streamer or RP for sunday.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Prob Gyorko

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: didn’t realize there were early games today, so machado and profar were benched, not doumit; worked out, as machado only went 1-5 with single and nothing else.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  16. SpecialFNK says:
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    Addison Reed went 3 innings, with 55 pitches. do you think his arm will be totally fine, or should one be concerned going forward? he had never even gone 2 innings before prior to last night.

    I’ve been looking to trade a closer for offensive help, but would rather have traded Valverde instead of Reed. I’m now thinking of trading Reed instead. I know an owner who has been more interested in Reed than Valverde.

    is Carlos Gomez good for Reed? or maybe I should be targeting higher?

    MY TEAM
    CA- Rosario. 1B- Butler. 2B- Gyorko. 3B- Machado. SS- Rollins. IN- Konerko.
    OF- Choo. OF- Willingham. OF- Wells. OF- Ozuna. UT- Saunders.
    BN- Lind, Perez, Moustakas, Rendon, Bay. DL- Bourjos.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Lirinao.
    RP- Reed. RP- Valverde.
    P- Gregerson. P- Jansen. P- Tazawa.
    BN- Milone, Wacha, Straily, Hammels.
    DL- Price. DL- Carpenter. DL- Baker.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @SpecialFNK: Ummm, if you got Carlos Gomez for Reed that’d be a steal. No way you get anything higher.

  17. Silky says:
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    My Choo, Jennings and Garza for his Braun and Sale. Is this a good trade for me?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Silky: Definitely!

  18. nightpandas says:
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    8 moves left for the year….

    Looking for some power: Van Slyke or Ike over Konerko or Quentin over C Johnson. Do you like either

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: Could also drop Archer for one of the above (15 teams, keep 9)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @nightpandas: see if archer gets replaced by colome for his start.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nightpandas: With only 8 moves left, I let those schmohawks sit.

  19. Casey Jones says:
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    I have Straily and Kennedy as starters today. I’m confident in Straily, but uncertain about Kennedy against the Cardinals. He beat them earlier in the year, and seems to be getting some of his control back over the past two starts. Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Casey Jones: Kennedy has had some rough rough games, but I’m on the fence. Probably let him roll.

      • Casey Jones says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Gotcha. Thanks for the reply.

  20. Justin says:
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    Good morning Grey and fellow razzballers. This question ia for anyone all advice is welcome. The curious case of lincecum has me baffled in a 12 team keeper league. Qs are an extra cat standard cats apply as well. Is lincy droppable? My Sp are as follows cain iwakuma ryu parkdr garza feldman lincy and cingrani.

    Also with news of middlebrooks possibly being demoted upon his return is he droppable in the same league. Or should I hold seei.g as how its a keeper… thank you to all who respond.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Justin: 12 team, probably holding onto Lincecum and trying to avoid the tough road starts. If Middlebrooks is sitting nicely in a DL, I keep him there, but if he’s burning a spot he’s droppable.

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      @Justin:
      Feldman’s getting pretty lucky, he will probably end up needing to be dropped at some point. Timmy is useable in home games against lesser opponents. Not a big deal if you drop him and use it to stream though. He’s not ever going to be a do not drop kinda guy again IMO.

  21. Mike says:
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    Jimmy Rollins was just dropped…..I have alcids Escobar and starlin Castro….
    Would u drop either one for Rollins?
    Thx!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yea, Escobar

  22. scott says:
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    I need to drop one with Stanton coming back. I have 4 closers which most of league has 2 or 3.
    Holland
    Balfour
    A. Bailey
    C. Janssen
    Also I have 3 young pitchers on innings limits who someone will have to go eventually cause come playoffs ill be hurtin
    J. Fernandez
    Wheeler
    Wacha
    Its a 12 team keeper league keeping 5 players. With my other keepers ill only be able to keep one of these 3 realisticly or possibly none of them. So who goes in your opinion?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @scott: Probably Wacha for me, better parks for other 2.

      • scott says:
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        @JB Gilpin: that’s where I’m leaning. I keep thinkin about losin a closer and keeping those 3 but I can’t pull the trigger

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @emporersmonkey: HAHAHAHAHA awesome. Sorry kid, you gotta hold onto the ball when some crazed adult hit sticks you

  23. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Would you give up Segura for Machado in a 10 team 6×6 keeper league? Segura fits better on this year’s roster, but I’m wondering what would be best long-term.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: Wow, love both. So close that if you feel you need speed long-term Segura, power/RBIs Machado

  24. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    prospect scott said if cole has one more good minor league start he may get called up.

  25. Sniff Test says:
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    Would you drop Parker or Maholm for Cingrani or hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: Hold, no idea how many more starts Cingrani makes, other 2 pretty cemented in rotation

  26. BrewerFan says:
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    @Grey,

    I was offered AJax for Yovani Gallardo. Any signs that you have seen from him that would suggest Yoga will turn things around? And is this a good deal? My outfield is stacked so its really just a bench swap

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BrewerFan: I definitely would want AJax.

  27. Jamiehov says:
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    Great write up!

    JB, should I be considering a Hardy pick up and benching Castro?? Is the drop on the order permanent??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Um I don’t think the drop is permanent, but I think I’d play Hardy right now, a hot hitter the past month and much better line-up he hits 3rd in sometimes.

  28. MattH says:
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    I like the Braun blurb. Nice write-up, Grey. Reed and Gregg have scored more wins than almost every pitcher I own this week. I’ll take it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattH: Reed go a BS, a W and a S! Well not really the last one, but was kinda interesting.

  29. Birdog says:
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    Please rank: Garza, Cashner, Cingranni, Wacha. Thanks, brotha-man!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Birdog: Garza, Cash Money, Wacha Wacha Gonna Do, Cingrani Me Timbers

      • Birdog says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks JB.

  30. Adam says:
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    This might be a dumb question…but…use #1 waiver priority on Cueto? Would be dropping Garrett Cole or Paul Maholm.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: No such thing as a dumb question! But yes, and I’d drop Cole, he has more upside, but isn’t up quite yet and you never know how prospects will pan out.

  31. KB says:
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    16-Team, 5 Keeper: Currently stashing Myers/Taveras, but someone just dropped Hamilton. Drop Taveras for Hamilton? Hamilton seems more likely to be called up within next month or two, whereas Taveras seems to have higher ceiling.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KB: I think I keep the two you have. I’m skeptical on Hamilton, he could be Dee Gordon.

      • KB says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks! – That’s definitely a valid concern w/ Hamilton, plus he will likely only have OF eligibility next year. Not as appealing as SS.

  32. Bango Dodds says:
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    offering up bautista and longo for trout and wright?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bango Dodds: Definitely would want Trout and Wright, doubt that team would let em go for that

    • stumanji says:
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      @Bango Dodds: As a Trout owner (in a keeper), I can’t imagine any package of just two players that would force me to trade him alone, let alone in addition to a top 3B like Wright. Unless you can clone Miguel Cabrera and have him on your team twice.

      • Bango Dodds says:
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        @stumanji: not a keeper obviously

  33. MrMojoRisin says:
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    As I hit my late 30′s my grasp on current pop culture is slipping, but usually google can fix that. But I can’t for the life of me figure out “Hisashi my daschi, slurp slurp”
    It sounds like an oral sex reference, but I’ve never heard it called anything like that and I’ve invented terms for that trying to get chicks to do it to me!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: Haha “invented terms”. Might be the problem :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrMojoRisin: You’re misspelling the word that is tripping you up in Google… Try dashi…

  34. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Isn’t being compared to Gordon Beckham and marry a spice girl today equally bad? Those broads are Ruf nowadays!

  35. Jamiehov says:
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    Last question today, I promise

    Cingrani or Wheeler??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: No problem ask away! Wheeler, I think he makes more starts, better ballpark.

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks! Ill be less needy once I break out of 9th place!

  36. Ian says:
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    Nick Franklin or Anthony Rendon the rest of the way? and do you think it’s time to start thinking about picking up Taveras, Yelich and Cole? I’d really like to be the one who has taveras when he finally gets the call but can’t really tell when that may be..

    • Ian says:
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      @Ian:
      and what do you think about Rickie Weeks? he just got dropped in my league but has been coming alive a little as of late.. worth a flier to see if he can get hot?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ian: First on Weeks, the Gennett callup plus Jeff Bianchi playing everywhere is going to take some games even with him hitting a little bit. I’m letting him stew on the wire in 10 and 12 teamers. Like Rendon more. I think Taveras is the best but had that ankle injury. Unless I had a completely dead roster spot, I wouldn’t spend too high/drop someone too great on any of those guys.

  37. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Hey Guys,

    Great work, really like the Salt ‘N Pepa quote, though I wouldn’t want to see any of them yell.

    I’m looking to move Medlen, he had a nice start last week and I am kind of worried he might be put into a relief role with the return of Beeyotchy. Move Kirssy for AJAX, Prado or Headly?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: I think I’d rather have all those hitters over Medlen, think the latter two bounce back

  38. JMT says:
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    Grey- Drop Bonifacio for Beckham at MI? I’ve owned Beckham at least once on all my teams the past 3 years, and he hit a cumulative .020 for me, so I’m reticent, but Bonifacio blows and is only playing about 60% of the time.
    Also, Lucroy or Castro for the rest of the season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JMT: I don’t like either, speed I keep Boni, power take a shot on Beck. Like Lucroy.

    • Sniff Test says:
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      @JMT: Toronto was on some crazy week-long NL schedule which had them doing creative things to get all of their big sticks in the line up. Bonafacio and DeRosa seemed to be splitting time at second during this stretch. Now that they are back in the AL…I hope they return to a regular line up with means more PT for Bonafacio. As longs as Lawrie is out, there is room for both DeRosa and Bonafacio…at least I pray there is. I need the swipes. Beckham is an utter dissapointment. He is the Ryan Leaf of second basemen.

      • JMT says:
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        @Sniff Test: Yeah, was thinking Beckham was a possible post-post-post hype sleeper, but think his track record is long enough at this point to leave him alone. Agreed, hopefully Bonifacio gets regular PT and can hit better than .210 going forward.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @JMT: with this, i may replace pena with derosa as bench bat, due mostly to playing time.

  39. Ryan741 says:
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    Would you trade Pujols/Garza for Adam Jones in a daily H2H points league? Worried about Pujols going on the DL at some point. Already have Bryce, Strasburg, Hill, Austin Jackson on the DL plus Ellsbury and Morse that I haven’t been able to use and just sitting on my roster. Debating dropping Hill to use his DL spot since we only have 2.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan741: I’m not as worried about the DL, but I think I like that trade

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Is Hill worth dropping for an extra roster spot? I also have Pedroia at 2B, but I was hoping to move either him or Hill when he gets back. Just crushed with injuries right now, although I’m sitting in 2nd so maybe I can wait it out.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ryan741: I really like Hill, I think I’d hold on, hope he starts hot, then shop.

  40. centerfieldballhawk says:
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    Planning on rolling with Evan Gattis in a few league. Has he earned Ron Popeil status at this point in the season? Is he really andifferent than a guy like Wilin Rosario?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @centerfieldballhawk: Much rather have Rosario, despite Wilin slumping. But they’re really not that far apart indeed

  41. Colin says:
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    I really wish that POS Terehan would have done this back in April so didnt have to drop his dumb ass when he was throwing BP.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Colin: Haha, trudat!

  42. Moth says:
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    Another great read, Grey! I’m looking to fill out the back end of my staff, and have the following “talent” to choose from: Chris “I have a FIP north of 5″ Tillman, Doubront, Turner, Gee, Hammel, Kazmir, Blanton and Roberto “Don’t call me Fausto!” Hernandez. I can pick 2 – leaning towards Doubront and Kazmir for the Ks. What do you think?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moth: Yuck. I think I’d rather take a shot on Turner with that ballpark but little W potential, then probably Tillman, but meh. I stream with those spots afterwards if possible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moth: Thanks! Agree with JB, they’re streamers

  43. ichirosan says:
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    I have Peavy in my RCL, with already Kinsler and Utley injured. Should I give him das boot or wait until he comes back?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ichirosan: Duke of Pee Pee! Let him go

  44. Greymilio says:
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    Bonjour !

    Garret Jones, J.D. Martinez or Leonys Martin ROS ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Greymilio: Jones for the pop, Martin for the corn (well speed, but it sounded more fun that way)

  45. Sarah says:
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    Hi, Grey and others:

    I’m hovering at/near last place in my 12 team, AL/NL, keeper, points league. It’s not looking too hot for me this year…

    Someone with a better shot at winning has offered me Zach Wheeler and Starlin Castro for Kris Medlen. Do I do this?

    Sarah

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sarah: Yuppers

      • Dave says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Without question. Better for you this year and the future.

  46. Her? says:
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    5×5 with a very low season transaction limit that I’m currently slightly over-pace for: add Cingrani knowing I will have to replace him later or just pick up Porcello for the “long haul” instead?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Her?: Man, I can’t believe this, but Procello and hope this latest K binge can somewhat keep up.

  47. Mitch says:
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    Starting Cash Money Cashner today at Coors? I’m fearing a Tulo/Cargo encore. May have to be a wussy and let him ride the pine. Agree or disagree?

    • Birdog says:
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      @Mitch:

      I agree. Be a Wussy like me. I’m benching him.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mitch: It’s not a wussy if you’re right! He’s not startin for me

  48. j-bird says:
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    Dom Brown a sell high candidate, right? Need a really good SP and was wondering what type of value or what tier of SP he might bring me? No worse than Iwakuma? Try for Harvey? Thoughts? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @j-bird: Yea I like those two, shoot high for Harv, then Iwak would work too. Love him.

  49. JoeG says:
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    Do you think Braun was seeing helicopters all day driving around?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG: The trick is, to cut the steroids so thin they liquify in your blood

      • JoeG says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        I say Braun hits another 25 homers the rest of the way

  50. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Start Cashner @ Coors? Yesterday you said bench Cobb but I made the executive decision of rolling with him, simply because he’s a stud, and you don’t bench studs. Now Cashner has been average at best, and doesn’t K anyone. I think I’m sitting him at Coors, what you say ?

      • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        After facing the gaunlet that is the Tigers @Detroit and not allowing an ER with 7 K’s, I think it’s safe to call him a stud. 2.39 ERA in 75 IP, 3.54 FIP, 8.24 K/9, walks down K’s up, 2.98 SIERA. Been a solid #2, but that’s just like, my opinion man.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Ghost of Mike Moustakas: Yea stud so far, but for the whole year, a definite maybe haha. has to do this all year, IMO :)

  51. OldCrow says:
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    Thinking of trying to buy Braun from a panicked owner and I need pitching as well. What do you think of this offer:

    I give Stanton/Frazier/Nava for Felix Hernandez/Braun.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

  52. Futureman says:
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    Grey,

    Rest of season in a points league.Position scarcity not a factor. Kemp or Reyes?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Futureman: Kemp

  53. this induced coffee spit-take: “But then after the game when Hafner littered, well, there wasn’t a dry eye amongst Indian fans.”

    my caffeinated computer screen thanks you

  54. papasmurf says:
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    I drafted Teheran and picked up Gattis off waivers. Both are long gone off my roster. Gattis looked like he didn’t have a place in the lineup when McCann came back. (Not surprisingly he went cold and looked like pitchers had figured him out when he was on my roster. Hit under .200.) Goddam could use him now. Having him start at C would look so nice now…

    Goldy and Sal Perez are hitting .300+. My team BA is .256… It’s the Goldy and some loser smurfs show.

    • papasmurf says:
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      @papasmurf: PS, amazingly Rendon didn’t go 0 for 4. Started him vs. Mr. G while Headley was facing Kershaw. So of course Headley has his best game in a week. 1 for 3 with 2 BBs and a R isn’t exactly lighting the skies up, but his recent game log has more 0s than a Dungeons N’ Dragons convention.

      I do nothing, it backfires. I make a lineup move, it backfires.

      I hope Rendon’s good so I can just get rid of Lawrie. Can’t stand him anymore. Short stint in 2011 made me think he was good, just like Hosmer. What a disaster, both of them.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @papasmurf: Don’t turn blue on me Papa! Oh wait…

  55. Will says:
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    Start Greinke vs Atl? SON likes him but I’m nervous after his past few starts.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Will: I’m starting him, hope his K stuff gets Ks from K swingers.

  56. Birdog says:
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    Grey said he was gonna start him. Maybe cross your fingers and hold your breath, tho.

  57. The Hersch says:
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    Which side?
    1: Verlander and Chapman
    for
    2: Bruce and Samardzija

    Thanks Grey!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Hersch: Depends on saves need vs. hits need. If one side addresses the need of your team, I like it.

  58. Doog says:
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    Dynasty points league – do I move Profar, Billy Hamilton, and Jeter for Tulo?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doog: Hmmm, as a non-Hamilton fan and Jeter is obviously done-ish… I still think I might stand pat because Tulo is always hurt and I like Profar’s upside for a decade is nice. but if you could use a few roster spots, I like it

  59. Byron from Austin says:
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    better speculative add today, assuming no needs: gerrit cole, mike dunn, or christian yelich?

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        thanks jb, i think so too… i grabbed dunn yesterday morning cause i own cishek and he won’t stop sucking, but omg does it feel stupid to roster two miami relievers.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Byron from Austin: Haha, and there’s rumors Dunn might be traded…

  60. Jef says:
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    Wow, I can’t believe how bullish we are on Braun. I guess I haven’t been able to step back from the blaring headlines yet and get some perspective. Soooo, my Domonic Brown/Austin Jackson for his Braun is a no-brainer?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jef: Ummm, I don’t know if that’s a no brainer, I like both your guys. Very close, probably do it.

      • Jef says:
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        @JB Gilpin: My OF/U is Bautista/J Upton/Heyward/D Brown, so barring another injury A Jax is the odd man out when he returns. I need to do a two-for-one somewhere and this looked like an opportunity. Thanks, you’re doing a great job on the comments today.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jef: Thanks man! Yup that makes more sense then to consolidate.

  61. kalone says:
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    Drop Phil Hughes for Hector Santiago?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @kalone: Santiago has looked good, yea I like the upside of that move.

  62. Dan says:
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    I am not sure what to do about my 3rd base situation. I currently have C.Johnson, Rendon, and Arenado. There are 3 3rd base guys I like on the ww: Aviles, Youk, and Middlebrooks. Are any of these guys upgrades over my current 3B? Out of these 6, is there anyone who you see being a top 10 3B from here on out. I would prefer to only have 1 3B, 2 max, but it is my only glaring hole at the moment and I feel like I should wait it out.

    • Dan says:
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      @Dan: I am getting sick of having JP and his terrible AVG on my team. Would you drop him for AJ? Also for the question above, Ogando is available, should I roster the top 2 3B you name and add him?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: I like Youk more than both Rendon and Arenado. Just injury risk. Johnson and Youk might have a shot. Never been a big Ogando fan, but if one of those guys is always on your bench, I make that move. Like AJ more.

  63. Big Steve says:
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    What do yout think about giving up Stanton and Mad Max for C Lee Altuve and Corbin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Steve: I’d stand pat

  64. Metzkabob says:
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    10 team h2h 6×6 auction keeper league

    trade offered to me

    get molina $5 hamilton $24 rollins $17 milone $2

    give mauer $14 (not keeper eligible) morales $1 kemp $43 sanchez $13

    upgrade at catcher nd he is keeper eligible
    upgrade (sort of) at SS over peralta and escobar

    do the deal?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Metzkabob: sanchez is anibal right? I think I stand pat, a little tough to evaluate though, but close

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Metzkabob: I wouldn’t. You’re giving up the two best players.

  65. Pete says:
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    Sal Perez or Adam Lind in a H2H points league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: No position concerns, Lind

  66. KCC26 says:
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    Which side: Cuddyer or Kendrick?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @KCC26: Cuddyer

  67. Hi Grey!

    Two potential trades for your approval/ disapproval

    1) I give: Kipnis/ Moore/ Howard; I get:Rios/Votto/Scutaro

    2) I give: Moore/ Reynolds; I get: Goldy/ Yan Gomes

  68. MikeZ says:
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    Grey: 12 team 5×5 league with no bench and 2 DL spots. I currently have austin jackson, kinsler, granderson and peavy injured — trying to move some of them. Someone offered me swisher for granderson. Thoughts? Do you think I could get BJ Upton for granderson?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MikeZ: Neither is too great, I think I’d rather Swish so you don’t have to painstakingly see so many 0fers from BJ. But getting someone playing is worth it, I think Peavy is droppable.

      • @JB Gilpin:

        Trying to find some excuse to get rid of Swisher, so I dunno about this.

  69. Hawk says:
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    5×5 standard roto keeper league. Just dealt CC for Matt Kemp.

    Even trade?
    Good for me?
    I get hosed?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hawk: I like getting Kemp, CC doesn’t look right a lot of time, don’t like him in divisional matchups.

  70. Rjames says:
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    Is Dylan Bundy gonna pitch in the bigs this year? What do you think of Charlie Morton, worth the pick up?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Rjames:

      Bundy’s health issues probably kicked his debut back to September call up or next year. Charlie Morton is a below league average pitcher. In a 12 teamer, he’s waiver wire fodder (i.e. grab when pitching against the Marlins).

      • Rjames says:
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        @Hawk: good advice, thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rjames: Damn this Hawk, saying the same things I’d say! Def would pick someone else up.

  71. Dan says:
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    Chase Headley or Todd Frazier?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: Headley. Think he bounces back.

  72. Commish Cauda says:
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    Another Goodfellas reference…take THAT you Tarantino fans!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Commish Cauda: where’s the disjunct between tarantino/goodfellas. i’m sure tarantino thought this movie was great.

  73. MattW says:
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    Grey and others, is Teixeira and Miller too much to offer for Price in a 12team H2H?

    Also, Grey, why does Price not show up in the Rest of Season data set?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattW: Non keeper? I don’t think I do that. Not sure about other Q

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattW: Agree with JB… 2nd question is for Rudy, ask at the bottom of the ROS PR

      • MattW says:
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        @Grey: Can you guys clarify, you wouldn’t trade that much for Price, or you wouldn’t give up Price for that little? It is non-keeper.

        Put differently, what SP would you need to lump with Teixeira to get Price in a fair deal.

  74. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Which 2 of 4 are the best the rest of the way: Cashner, Dempster, J. Parker, and Straily?

    Pick 2

    Thanks!

  75. Adam says:
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    Rest of season in a 6×6 league with both AVG/OBP –

    Aybar or Drew? Don’t have a particular need, just want to go with the better overall player.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Adam: Drew, when he plays

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: I think Aybar, will play more games.

  76. chillmodious says:
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    1. For today, stream Tim Hudson (@LAD, SON $3) or Ian Kennedy (@STL, SON $6), or neither?

    2. For tomorrow, stream Jo-Fer (@NYM, SON $15.2!) or Travis Wood (vs. PIT, SON $7.6), or neither?

  77. blarp says:
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    please have a look at my team. advice/recommendation wanted. (standard roto 5×5/re-draft/12 team/)
    C-McCann..1B-A.Gon…2B-Gyorko…3B-M.Cab…SS-Segura…MI-R.Weeks…CI-Konerko…5OF-Trout, Choo, Bautista, Craig, BJ.Upton…UTIL-I.Davis….BN-Reddick, C.Carter, Viciedo
    SP-C.Lee, Scherzer, Latos, Grienke, Cashner, Teheren
    RP-Rivera, Rosenthal, Uehara, C.Allen, Cishek, D.Hernandez
    DL-Jeter, C.Perez
    FreeAgents-Dav.Murphy, J.D.Martinez, Duda, AViles, Gee, Locke, U.Jimenez, Porcello, Madson, B.Anderson, Cingrani
    thanks :)

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mike@blarp: Looks good.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @blarp: Kinda like Murphy for Weeks if Weeks struggles a few more games, as he’s losing playing time.

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    coles strikeout total is 6.2 per 9 this year but he has only given up 44 hits in 68 innings,isnt he projected as more k,s

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Probably, helps he will be new right away

  79. Man of Troy says:
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    You outdid yourself today, Grey! Probably the funniest set of blurbs of yours I’ve read in a while.

    Anyways, would giving up Chris Davis and Dom Brown for Trout be too much in a H2H redraft league?

    I have Goldy at 1st and my OF would be CarGo, Trout, Gordon, Holliday, Gardner, and Crawford (2 Util spots).

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Man of Troy: I don’t think so, you get the elite guy with a guy to fill in at 1st, like it

      • Man of Troy says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, brochachos.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problemo

  80. Comatose says:
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    Arenado or Rendon?

    • Colin says:
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      @Comatose:

      That’s tough, depends on you’re needs. ROS if you need homers and RBI I would go Arenado, if you need Avg. and OBP go Rendon. Depending on your league Rendon will get 2b eligibility in a few games which is a huge boost to his value.

  81. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Tim Lincecum for Rafael Betancourt in a vacuum? I do need saves, but Lincecum helps with the Ks.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: I think I would given saves are tough-ish to come by and all closers owned

  82. los locos says:
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    parnell or holland?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @los locos: Hmmm, Parnell but don’t feel great about it.

  83. raul says:
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    Posey + Craig for Santana + Edwin Encarnacion? I have a .286 average and the closest guy has a .275

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @raul: I think I like your original side better

  84. Booya says:
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    Lucroy or Arencibia?

    Pick 3: Santiago, Phelps, Locke, Hughes

    Cingrani or Gausman in a keeper?

    Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Booya: Lucroy, leaving out Locke despite strong so far, Gausman for 2nd part of this decade, Cingrani this yr

  85. MattDamonFace says:
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    Is it just me, or can anyone else totally see a situation where one of those MTV True Life “I just had a baby at age 14″ shows has an episode with a girl who names her firstborn son “New Era” Johnson, because the baby’s father was obsessed with fitted hats and the mom always loved the way the name sounded. Except, it’s spelled Nuerra instead. “Now batting cleanup for the Marlins, Nuerra Johnson!”

    Sometimes I hate this country…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattDamonFace: Kinda close to anuery ramirez, or however you spell his name haha

    • JJ says:
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      @MattDamonFace:
      Thats hilarious.
      And YES…..I sadly can

  86. Pipa says:
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    Puig for Sherzer and La Roche is a no brainer, right?!?!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Pipa: Scherzer

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pipa: Yea I like getting those guys

  87. bobbo says:
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    Drop YoGa for Jarrod Parker? Lackey? Porcello?
    Waiting for him to figure things out is getting old…

    Also rank at 2b for rest of the year: Weeks, Jed Lowrie, Rendon

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bobbo: I know it’s no fun, but I hold. Lowrie, Weeks, Rendon

  88. Booya says:
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    Pestano or Melancon in a SV + HLD as one category H2H league?

    I feel like Pestano might be more consistent from here on out?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Booya: I like Melancon, pitching better, racking up HLDs

  89. EK says:
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    Who would you pick up for the short term based on projected schedules for H2H pts:

    Niese
    MIA, CHC, @ATL, @PHI

    Santiago
    OAK, @HOU, @MIN, NYM

    Cahill
    SF, @SD, MIA, @WAS

    Also pls rank them for this week.
    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: I’m all in, Santiago for all

  90. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    we starting lester tonight

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Probably, not feeling good about it though

  91. Chump Change says:
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    Should I trade Wacha for Cozart and replace Alexei?

    My SS is Jimmy Rollins and my MI is Alexei Ramirez (11sbs), can he reach 30sbs?

    I have Emilio Bonificio at 2nd base until Rendon gets 2nd base elgib, it looks like Bonificio might lose some PT with Raja Davis back, plus, he has not been stealing bases like I hoped.

    So, should I drop Bonificio and Alexei and go with a roster of…

    2nd – Rendon
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Zack Cozart

    or

    2nd – Emilio B.
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Alexei Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B, I wouldn’t trade for Cozart…

  92. Crumpy says:
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    Agonizing a bit on this. Drop Gausman, Ian Kennedy or Parker for Cingrani (keeper league, but mainly worried about ROS)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Crumpy: I just said Cingrani for Gausman above, but I’m on the fence because we don’t know how many starts he’ll make… I think I stand pat, unless you can stream freely

  93. Red Barons says:
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    ROS, please rank:
    Ogando, Wood, Wacha, Milone
    Thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Red Barons: Hmmm, good one, Ogando, Wood, Milone

  94. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Still love Gallardo enough to give em a chance, might try n toss Jose Veras for em in a 12 team mixed n hope for the turnaround, worth the gamble? Can afford to bench for a while if need be

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BoneFace n Harmony: Yea I think so, Veras has a shot of being traded too

  95. Chris says:
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    Grey, suppose Cingrani stays up now ROS, even if Cueto returns. Do you like him more than Wheeler? H2H categories, K, ERA, WHIP, QS, S

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I would, but that supposition I don’t see come to fruition

      • Chris says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah I’m with you on that one. Such a shame Dusty like the vets so much.

    • Dave says:
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      @Chris:
      Wheeler is way better than Cingrani IMO. Clearer path to starts as well. Cingrani will be exposed eventually (poor off-speed pitches), he’s super overhyped right now. More middle-back end starter type. Wheeler should be an ace.

  96. mUshi says:
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    i was offered adam jones, betancourt and anibal for holliday, a-gon and cliff lee.. i need saves but is this trade a good option? i know betancourt is hurt, but he wont be gone for too long right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mUshi: I think thats too little

      • mUshi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks. if i counter with chapman instead of betancourt, would that be enough?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @mUshi: Much closer, but I still don’t think quite enough

  97. Joe says:
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    Gray – Given that Hisashi’s FIP is nearly a point and a half higher than his ERA, is he an ideal sell-high candidate? Or does his lack of a longer track record make him one of those guys who you’ll probably not get enough of a return for?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: I love Hishashi, I’d hold unless blown away by an offer

  98. Jon says:
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    I have Archer, Skaggs and Gausman as “minor leaguers” – promote any and drop Hammel, Tillman or Cashner?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: I don;t think I would yet

  99. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered puig carlos gomez for profar jennings. Do I consider this trade?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p joe blamton
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Definitely consider…I almost do it, the thing that gives me hesitation is profar will be a staple in your IF for a decade and you don’t have much there, so I don’t think I would.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ryan: Sure, consider it.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ryan: Sure, consider it.

  100. Mariner Mike says:
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    Not happy with Weiters production this year,do you think Castro would be an upgrade at catcher. If you think Castro why? Thank you for the help.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Castro is not an upgrade

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mariner Mike: I’d stay Wieters

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thank You JB

  101. Adam Wainwright, III says:
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    Hi, Neil Walker or Nick Franklin? OBP league. And is it close?

  102. The Vaporizers says:
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    ROS: Brandon Belt or Adam Lind?

  103. peely says:
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    Would you play Holland against Boston today? And miller against dbacks?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @peely: Yes to both, I always play my closers

      • peely says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Derek Holland and Shelby miller( not closers lol)

        • peely says:
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          @peely: so play these 2 SPs?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @peely: Ohhhh dooohhhhh, blanked on that one, I knew you meant Shelby just blanked on Derek and thought the Royals were there for some reason. I think I still roll him out there, even if it’s a little ugly, might get the W

  104. jro says:
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    Trade off D Brown and W Myers for Ellsbury and maybe a throw in arm, perkins or locke. 10 team redraft h2h league.

    I dont want to give too much power upside but the rest of my OF are Braun Rios Mcclouth BJ, Hart myers and Brown. I would probably frop Mcclouth over time if BJ starts playing but initially would keep.

    Other sources of power on team are Ortiz Goldy, Aram, Wilin.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jro: I do that for sure, Brown’s power will slow down and you got a big chunk of it

  105. Brett says:
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    Want Rendon as my current 2b is Weeks.

    Would you cut weeks and go 10 games w/o a 2b until Rendon gets 2b eligibility? Or I could cut Hosmer and play rendon at util and then cut weeks for a util. Or I can cut Ian Kennedy, Cingranni or Cashner. My staff is Kennedy, Strasberg, Wheeler, Cain, Cashner, Minor, Garza, Cingranni, Bailey.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brett: I would want Rendon, but not at the cost of losing 10 games, I think I cut CIngrani just because I don’t think he stays in the rotation

  106. John says:
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    Drop Melky for Myers when he comes up?

    Hart or Howard from time Hart gets back?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John: I’d keep Melky, and I’d guess Hart, but want to see him play soon for god’s sake! Ugh stupid Brewers

  107. matt says:
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    I was offered his Choo & LaRoche for my Braun… take it?

    10 team roto – R HR RBI SB AVG OPS W SV K ERA WHIP QS
    C – S. Perez, Ruiz
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Phillips, Prado
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Hanley, Segura, Rollins
    OF – J. Upton, Braun, Pence, WIllingham, Joyce
    SP – Gio, Scherzer, Gallardo, Dickey, S. Miller, Cashner
    RP – Papelbon, Wilhelmson, Janssen, Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: I’d take Choo

  108. Eric W says:
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    Lackey is such a buthisname every thing looks good but his name.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric W: HA, totally… Should be in the glossary…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Grant Balfour, finstance.

  109. scott says:
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    Lose A. Bailey or C. Janssen?

  110. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Warning Warning…Boring catcher question!

    In a keeper league, which side do you like more:

    Wilin Rosario
    Adam Eaton

    for

    Carlos Santana

    The rest of season playa rata has Wilin as the second best catcher, not too far behind Posey. Santana is half the dollar value of Wilin. Regardless of what Eaton does, it looks like Wilin for Santana is good for the person getting Wilin. Correctomundo?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Hey now, I put a disclaimer up there :) Adam Eaton was involved in it too. At least it wasn’t a question regarding Lucroy vs. Jason Castro…

        I’m hungry…could go for a breakfast burrito with green chile. Anyone making a burrito run soon?

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: The only reason I responded was that it wasn’t a complete catcher question. Otherwise, I’d have passed it over completely.

          But seriously, I’d prefer the Wilin side by a good amount.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Muchos gracias. Now lets hope Wilin gets out of his slump. It’s a bit depressing seeing the Cargo/Tulo show from last night and then Wilin goes 0-5.

  111. trick dad says:
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    10 team yahoo league, trade Choo for Lynn?

    C Lucroy
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Zobrist
    3B Longoria
    SS Rollins
    LF Jennings
    CF McCutchen
    RF Stanton (DL), Choo, Puig
    UTIL Adam Jones
    UTIL Granderson (DL), Seager, Frazier

    SP: Scherzer, Zimmerman, Iwakuma, Ryu, Dempster, Cahill, Liriano, Cingrani

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @trick dad: I am a notorious Lynn hate for some reason, i stand pat

  112. Keter Pings says:
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    Trade Choo & Minor for Headley and Heyward?

    12 team yahoo that would leave me with Zimmerman/Scherzer/Miller/Ryu/Cashner @ SP where Headley would be replacing the junk of a Belt & Ike Davis platoon at UTL and filling in for all the off days A-Ram takes.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Keter Pings: Choo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Keter Pings: I like getting the hitters back, especially since it fits a bigger need. Think both bounce back

  113. The Thumb says:
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    I have Skaggs but I benched him vs the Cards so do I keep him against SF or drop him for Teheran, Cingrani, or Lackey?

    ERA, WHIP are fine but I’m in the bottom half for K’s if that means anything.

    Thank you Grey and the rest of Razzball nation!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @The Thumb: I’d want Teheran there. If you think he’ll still be available on Sunday, then throw Skaggs and lose him for Teheran right after. If you don’t want to chance it, then make the swap. My $0.02

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: I agree with Chill’s 2 cents and add my 2 cents giving you 4 Teheran cents

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Damn, 4 Teheran cents… that’s like 491 Iran Rials.

        • The Thumb says:
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          @chillmodious: thanks guys!
          I figured Julio the pirate against SD is safer than Skaggs against SF anyway.

  114. FillyP says:
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    I’m down with the Kluber. That K:BB ratio is filthy and if he can get the long ball under control, I think he can be very good this year. Think I’m going to ride him out and sit him in Arlington next week. Also planning on nabbing Porcello once Peavy is officially shelved.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: I nabbed Kluber a few starts ago and lovvvvvvvvving it. Sure bad ERA last game, but bouncing back with 1 out in the 2nd with the bullpen warming up to go 4 2/3 filthy was great yest. BUt I will be benching him at TEX

  115. The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Cobb
    Weaver
    Milone
    Straily
    Wheeler

    Gregg
    KROD
    Broasauraus Rex
    Pestano
    Casey Janssen

    Daniel Nava

    Drop any of these for Cingrani?

        • The Ghost of Mike Moustakas says:
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          @Shake N Bacon:

          He’s trolling

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: with milone and k-rod and straily on there it isn’t that stupid of a question, but the question maybe could’ve had only the possible drops listed instead of whole pitching roster. But that gives possibly needed context.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Ghost of Mike Moustakas: I think K Rod. Henderson should be back Sunday and I think in the role right away. As good as K Rod has been, my Brewers don’t have a set up guy and have a big need there too

  116. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Better stash: Cole or Ramirez or both if possible.

    Did J.B. lose a bet or is willingly coming into grey’s world and dealing with your lackey’s?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Hah, I came Josh Willingham-ly to deal with these Colons. I keed I keed. I like Cole as the stash

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Colons is dead on we are so full of shit in here. I really think Ramirez is still 3 weeks out, I ned to stay ahead of the curve, too many guys getting info during the day when I’m balls deep at work

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: JB’s helping in the morning so I can get some shizz done… Thanks, JB! Agree, Cole…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: working on a pilot? treatments? script? got to get some married dollars y’all

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Film thing

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: I’m always available for the pitch posse….cause thats how you roll. “who is that writer with the posse? You, don’t know? That’s Grey ‘mother f**kin’ Albright”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA… “Um, Grey, could your posse wait outside?” “Nah, we roll together. Now tell me what jokes you want punched up.”

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Posse: “We got jokes, you like my jokes” *taps baseball bat on palm*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA… Have you met Mr. Full of Hate?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Both knuckles have HATE tattooed on them. “why do you have hate tattooed on both knuckles” me “I don’t believe in duality”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! My knuckles say Hate – Moustakas. Two letters on some fingers…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: you know it says GIAN CARLO

                    C is on the thumb

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, true

  117. Jeff says:
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    OBP League with walks

    Got offered Cole Hamels and Yoenis Cepedes for soon to return hero Giancarlo Stanton

    I’m thinking Hamels is washed up? Or would you buy really low?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jeff: You’re getting Hamels and Cespedes, right? Then I take that.

  118. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Is there a reason Peavy is not being put on the DL? Are they just taking their sweet ass time?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: They’re moving at the same pace that Adam Dunn’s career AVG is moving. Wait, I don’t know if that really works…. Same pace as Viciedo going after a fly ball? Better?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: better, I thought he rolls to the ball?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: It’s like Violet from the original Charlie and the Chocolate factory out there!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: we shall call him el violeta

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: My opponent has him, he’s on the DL in Yahoo.

  119. Beastman says:
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    DUSTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

    Cingriani NOT being called up. What the hell is wrong with Dusty Baker, and why does he still have a job managing a professional ball club?

    • Jeff says:
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      @Beastman: I think Cueto stratched at the last minute and they had to call up the Triple A starter that day because Cingrani pitched recently

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Beastman:

      Isn’t it Jockety that makes that call?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Beastman: MIght be readdressed though, who knows what’s going on there!

    • Prezz says:
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      @Beastman: chill out man,i want to confuse those fantasy baseballers…

  120. I heart Matt Carpenter says:
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    Not looking so hot for this year. 6×6 roto keeper who you cutting?
    jUpton
    Harper
    Segura
    Rizzo
    Macho-man
    Encarnacion

    Thanks!

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @I heart Matt Carpenter: What’s the 6th hitting category? Runs, RBIs, HRs, Average, SBs and _____

        Those are some nice keepers btw.

        If it were me, I’d hold onto J-Upton, Harper, Rizzo and Macho-Man. But what do I know???

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @I heart Matt Carpenter: I concur with the shotgun wielder.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @I heart Matt Carpenter: I’m not really sure with Segura. Right now, yeah I think he regresses. I don’t believe the power. I see him as having little more pop than Altuve, same speed, better offense.

            The obvious ones are J-Up and Harper. I like Rizzo over Encarnacion because of age. Everything I’ve read about Machado is he’s going to be a beast. He may be the lowest ranked player out of that bunch at the end of the year, but in two years could be the highest ranked player out of those guys. It’s a tough call. If Segura ends up going 15-40, then it’ll be even tougher. But I’m not expert. Grey and JB will have a better idea.

            • I heart Matt Carpenter says:
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              @Shake N Bacon: cool, thanks for the advice!

              • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                @I heart Matt Carpenter: Yes, believe you me, Machado will be a beast.

                I also see Segura as an Alcides Escobar with a little more pop. Which is great, just not comparable to the other guys you can keep.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @I heart Matt Carpenter: Are there any costs or limits? If not I think it’s Upton, Harper, Machado and Segura. Regression for Jean sure, but he looks like a star and the average and speed are for real. Gives you a stacked left side of your infield

      • I heart Matt Carpenter says:
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        @JB Gilpin: there is, it’s passing on next years draft picks in the round before you took them. so segura was a waiver pickup i lose my 21st round pick, Machado my 9th, Harper and Upton went round 1 and 2 so I’m thinking Rizzo and Edwin are gone at 4th and 6th and I can replace some of that power in the draft with guys like a Mitch Moreland. Thanks again!

  121. malamoney says:
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    Middlebrooks or Arenado in H2H points league?

    Would be a bench backup player.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Arenado right now, until we see Middlebrooks back and hitting something haha

    • Eric W says:
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      @malamoney: Middlebrooks has probably a 75% chance on ending up stuck in AAA after his rehab,

  122. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Drop Tim Hudson for Lackey in a dynasty?

  123. JoeG says:
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    Who to play for tonight: Scott Van Slyke -home vs Hudson. Or Cameron Maybin vs Col in Denver.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG: Definitely like Maybin more ROS, but Van Slyke tonight, Maybin needs to settle back in

  124. Birdis says:
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    My offense is very strong but early pitching issues have a created a major uphill climb for me in the standings (RCL League)… I’ve made some recent moves and have Greinke back now (even though he’s been not-so-good since returning) and my pitching staff currently looks like this:

    Starters: Greinke, Lynn, Garza, Wacha, Cingrani (just picked up this morning)
    Relievers: Papelbon, Romo, Janssen, Benoit, Smyly
    (Currently own Benoit & Smyly to try and help build some Ks and help lower my ERA/WHIP without starts.)

    I’ve started 64 of my 180 games and am sitting with a horrific 4.63 ERA and a 1.3 WHIP… and only 376Ks (last in all 3 of those categories.)

    Should I be dealing offense for another solid starter(s)? Or do I roll with what I’ve got for awhile now that I’ve made some recent moves and see what happens? Also, some notable starters on the wire: (Maholm, Lincecum, Milone, Griffin, Dempster, Niese, Johnson, Jimenez)

    ANY advice appreciated. THANKS!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Birdis: That’s a pretty weak rotation. You either gotta trade some offense or lose the MR’s for streaming.

      • Birdis says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Any of those names on the WW look worth a grab for my MRs right now? Otherwise, I definitely plan on streaming as it makes sense.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Birdis:

          Don’t lose the MR. Middle relief are RCL gold. They don’t add to your GS, but they give you Ks, vulture wins and ERA/Whip lowering deliciousness.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Birdis: Idk how the RCL works, but I don’t know how far 3 above average starters can take you. I’d much rather have a Milone home start then a couple weeks of a MR’s counting stats.

    • Birdis says:
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      @Birdis: Gee and Tillman also out there on the wire.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Birdis:

      Lose everybody but Greinke, get 8 relievers on your roster and stream everyday. That’s your only hope. It is really the best RCL strategy anyway, but for you in particular it’s what you have to do.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I agree that it is an ideal strategy in an RCL, but it’s not an easy thing to commit to mid season. If you can handle it that’s my suggestion too.

        Also, I’m not sure how much Smyly’s 1.24 WHIP over the last month is helping really. He was great early on this year, but there have to be better MR out there to help with ratios/K’s.

    • Birdis says:
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      @Grey: You there, Grey? Any thoughts on this one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdis: I agree with Cram and Oaktown

  125. stumanji says:
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    Rutledge finally dropped in my 12 tm roto league. What’s the story on him getting called back up at some point? MI is pretty thin so if he’ll be back up I think he’s worth a stash.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stumanji: I think it will be a while barring injury. I don’t think he’s a stash

  126. OaktownSteve says:
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    Whizzonator doesn’t look kindly on Straily today. I’m streaming him.

    Astros have won 8 of 10. They are not that bad. Castro is a nice player coming into his own. Astro fans should be real excited about Dominguez. If he can hit at all, he’s looking at a handful of Gold Gloves down the road. Having a guy who can hold his own at the plate an play super defense at 3rd pretty tough to find these days.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Yea his defense is absolutely incredible. Never was a fan of his swing but he’s crushing this past month. Playing him today as a fill in with off days as a stream hitter, wish me luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m streaming him too… Can we join hands? Feet?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Grey: Siamese Grey/JB! Our conjoined limbs make us a human pretzel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can we call ourselves Wetzel?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Grey: Only when it rains…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BTW, call your Auntie Anne!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        So here’s how you do it:

        Rhythmic chanting: Let’s go Oakland
        Five claps: clap clap clapclapclap

        Repeat.

        Occupy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Didja know I was a huge A’s fan from the late 80′s into Bash Brothers? My allegiances followed Reggie to Oakland…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            A’s are the most fun team to be a fan of which to be a fan. I couldn’t back out of ending in a preposition there…sorry.

            More enormous dorkiness…the one and only time I’ve ever called a sports talk station was last year I called Mike Ferrin (who is good) and Cliff Floyd as they were bashing the O dot Co and told them it was the best baseball venue bar none. Had them laughing pretty good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s awesome… You have it on an MP3?

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I wish. Didn’t think to record it. Made a pretty good case though. Cheap, ample free parking, no crowds, great fans that do show up, no exploding scoreboards or Disneyesque crap. A’s baseball is just baseball. And pies.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And the Bernie.

  127. I heart Matt Carpenter says:
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    who’s side: Tulo for Castro and Greinke OPS league

  128. pooonhunter says:
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    Hello! My Reddick and Scutaro for Mclouth? Have Cano and Simmons and Reyes in the wings.

    Thank you

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @pooonhunter: I probably do that, don’t like Scutaro and I think McLouth, shockingly, is the best player in the deal haha

  129. FillyP says:
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    Aviles over Weeks? I’m concerned about the playing time. Who the F is Scooter? I’ve also got KJ with a bad back…

    Also available is Iglesias. What do you think about him? Swinging a very hot bat right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FillyP: Yikes, lots of schmohawks right now, yeah I think streaming whoever is hot, but don’t buy Iglesias, probably roll Aviles

      • FillyP says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I’ve had the worst luck at MI this year. Rutledge being demoted.. now Weeks losing playing time to some schmo as soon as he starts to hit. Blah.

  130. Comatose says:
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    Brown for Segura?

    • Gray Elbright says:
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      @Comatose:

      Depending on needs, Segura

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Comatose: Segura

  131. JD says:
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    Is Samardzija enough for Justin Upton? Is Scherzer too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JD: Neither are too much, try Samardzija first

  132. KevinK says:
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    Would you drop Morrow for Gausman or Skaggs?…

    Rendon or Gyorko at 2B?

    I’ve held Berkman this year at DH.. Like the fact that he is 3 hitter for Rangers. Also, our league has OPS and BA categories— Owned him 2 years ago when he had huge season. Drop Berkman for either Rendon or Soriano..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KevinK: Skaggs…Gyorko… Hold Berkman

  133. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Grey,
    Assuming that Gerrit Cole will be called up in the next few weeks which two of these three young phenoms would you want to be rostering:

    Cole, Wheeler, Jose Fernandez

    Thanks!

  134. Fish says:
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    standard yahoo + QS k/9, trying to add cingrani, do i drop garza or medlen or neither?

    • MasterofGrond says:
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      @Fish: Neither.

  135. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I feel like playing a little Jeapordy this afternoon.

    “It’s like somebody’s sticking a knife and putting a lighter at the same time”, Albert Pujols talking about both his knee and foot.

    Hmmmm

    What are, words you don’t want to hear coming out of Albert Pujols mouth the day after you trade for Albert Pujols?

    Ding, ding!

  136. Dkohn says:
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    First off, JB you stay the hell away from my comment. It’s bad enough that I have to sift through your responses to get to Grey’s, but your picture for some reason infuriates me. Grow a mustache and put it on display, and then maybe I can take you seriously.

    Now where was I, oh yea, Hey Grey!!!

    Grey I’m confused as a mofo, I got questions!
    1. Best pickup, Lucroy, Jason Castro, Brandon Moss, Corey Hart, Torii Hunter, Chris Carter?
    2. ROS Leonys Martin or Ben Revere
    3. Franklin, Infante, Rendon. (Have Kinsler, Weeks, and Rendon right now)
    4. I saw you say yesterday you like Franklin over Rendon. Not a believer in Rendon?

    Basically I can’t decide if I should go SAGNOF with Revere (I have Leonys), backup catcher/utility player with Lucroy/Castro, or power with Brandon Moss/Corey Hart/Chris Carter.

    Thank Grey!

    Oh and JB another thing…ya momma! (Got into an argument with a guy in a bagel store one day, and that’s the last thing he said to me, still makes me laugh to this day)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dkohn: Not a He Hate Me fan? Schwatev, you get my comment anyway, have fun sifting with yo granmomma

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: 1. Hunter 2. Revere 3. Franklin 4. I’ve devoted three long posts to Rendon in the last two weeks…

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Haha to be honest JB I didn’t put the He Hate Me thing together, which I’m embarrassed about, but is pretty ironic about my feelings towards it. Haters gonna hate!

        Sorry about the open ended question Grey, I knew that, WHY CAN’T I REMEMBER!!! Helen. That’s nice, you look like a Helen.

        To make up for it I have a joke…

        Guy walks into a bar, sits down, sees a sign hanging behind the bar that says, ‘Ham Sandwich – $5.00, Turkey Sandwich – $5.00, Handjobs – $5.50’.
        So the guy waves the bartender over, and she’s one of the most beautiful girls he’s ever seen in his life, he asks her, “Um…are you the one that gives out the handjobs?”
        She smiles at him and says, “Yes I am.”
        Guy goes, “Well wash your fucking hands I want a ham sandwich.”

        P.S. Dom Brown for Carlos Santana and Mike Minor, what side?

        Stay gold Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brown… No problem

  137. MasterofGrond says:
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    I did it, I did the one thing I swore I’d never do again. I picked up Gordon Beckham (because otherwise I’d have no 2Bs today, DAMN YOU KELLY JOHNSON’S BACK).

    Don’t let me down, Hitter-tron.

  138. peely says:
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    grey hopefully you answer this time, do I play D Holland and s Miller tonight they’re playing good offenses

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peely: Bench Holland

  139. Jay says:
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    Egads!!!! hitter tron has Hosmer ranked for the highest dollar amount who is available in my league.

    What does Grey think about that? worth a shot?

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: or go with Venable in Coors?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Give Hosmer a shot

  140. scott says:
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    Janssens lingering shoulder soreness no concern? Doesn’t seem to be a big deal but I’d hate to cut bailey then janssen ends up needing surgery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: I wouldn’t cut either… Bailey is no guarantee for health either

  141. Fecal Matters says:
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    Big dog, I got tired of Matt Cain’s and Gallardo’s antics, panicked and traded them for Samardzija. I’m in the thick of things in my competitive, 10-years-running, roto keeper league and don’t have time to see if they get back on track or not. History says they will, but they have been awful,….they’re injured or drunk, or both. Yeah, I sold extremely low on both counts. Thoughts?

    • Fecal Matters says:
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      L.Y.L.A.S, S.S.S (sorry so sloppy)

  142. One I'd Willy says:
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    Which side:
    Kershaw, AJ Griffin, Puljos, Reynolds
    or
    Wainwright, minor, Stanton, Zunino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @Grey: Cool. That’s what my gut said, but the ROS player rater gave the Kershaw side $76 and the Wainwright side $47. I’m glad I can trust my gut. At least on this.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @One I’d Willy: that may be because of zunino not having much projected playing time and the stanton injury. Looking at those players, if this is a keeper, i don’t even think it’s close. If it’s this season only that gets harder.

  143. Hotrod says:
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    My OF is solid (Stanton, Cespedes, Harper, Holiday,Puig, Revere, Martin) We start 5.

    Ship Holiday for Felix?

  144. Eddy says:
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    Grey, in a 12-team roto, I just landed Kershaw.

    An owner desperate for pitching is offering Goldy for him, which I’m keen to do, but he also wants Janssen. It’s not an unfair trade, but I feel like I can get more from him.

    First: Goldy for Kershaw/Janssen, which side?
    Second: Goldy/Stanton for Kershaw/Joe Nathan/Gardner

    Side note: RoS pitcher projections have Janssen above Mo and Nathan. Disagree or agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree with RoS…. I’d take the 2nd trade…

  145. MattW says:
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    Grey,

    What are your thoughts on Gio ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worried about him… Something’s off…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @MattW: He’s a good looking man, but he’s a little hippy for my taste.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @MattW:

      Walk rate up, K rate down. Velocity down a little. But the over all numbers aren’t too bad. But he’s pitching like a fantasy 3, not a 1. But a 2 or 3 is kind of what he always was before last year.

      • MattW says:
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        @OaktownSteve: would you trade teixeira straight up for him?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @MattW:

          Totally depends on context. I don’t love Teixeira this year. Also I think he looks like Billy Zane and that bugs me.

  146. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Need to free a spot and wonder if I should drop Peavey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I’d have no problem dropping Peavy

  147. Andy says:
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    Estrada, straus and cueto to the DL in the same hour. SWEET. i also have medlen and teheran. Any insight to who gets the bump for beachy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Read the article… Teheran

  148. scott says:
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    I got stanton comin back so its either Bailey or Janssen or even Wacha. Would u drop wacha over either of them? I have 4 closers and 7 SP as of now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Bailey if it’s H2H and there’s closers on waivers… Can you give me more info?

      • scott says:
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        @Grey: h2h 12 teams no closers on waivers. Only 1 other team has 4 closers. You can keep 5 players. I already have fernandez wheeler and wacha. Only be able to keep 1 of them more than likely and I don’t wanna get stuck with 3 guys on innings limits come playoffs ill have to lose them anyway. So that’s where my wacha thought comes in, cause eventually he’s probably leavin anyway

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Fernandez

  149. bash says:
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    Since u told me to hold segura at basically all costs I’ll try to trade hanley

    Hanley for Latos
    Hanley for hill/heyward
    Hold

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take either… Depends on needs…

  150. The Thumb says:
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    Grey, as a fellow Zack Attack owner, I’m guessing we have to see something moderately good before trotting him out there? Aka he’s riding pine against ATL no doubt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him and praying…

    • @The Thumb: I’m sitting him. He’s been struggling, and look down the list of how Braves hitters are doing against him. I’ll be thrilled if he takes a step forward, but he’ll do it from my bench.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Enrique: what zack is this?

  151. Catcher Hatcher says:
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    NL Only.
    SS. A. Simmons or B. Crawford?
    Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Simmons

  152. Dan says:
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    My OF: Cutch, Jones, Heyward, Hamilton, Puig, Ajax, also have alan craig
    My SP: Greinke, Zimmerman, Bumgarner, Miller, Teheran, Wacha, Price

    I know my pitching will improve, but I am doing terrible in almost every pitching category in a 8×8 with QS, K/9, K/BB.

    A team with stacked pitching wants to make a trade involving one of my OF. He has Felix, Lee, Weaver, and Samardzija. He would also be interested in taking a pitcher back.

    I want to keep Cutch and I don’t want to trade Heyward or Hamilton because they are only going to get better. I need Alan Craig and Puig/Ajax are more valuable to my team than they are in a trade. I am thinking about trading him Adam Jones and possibly one of Price/Miller/Teheran and get at least one of Felix, Lee, Weaver, and Samardzija. His only bat that I would be interested in including would be Hanley. What kind of deal should I offer him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones for one of those is enough… I wouldn’t give a pitcher that you need too…

  153. J-Lef says:
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    DET radio announcers marveling at how Ben Zobrist has the highest combined WAR over the last 4 seasons…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a brand new day

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @J-Lef:

      The Detroit radio team is usually pretty old school. Surprised they know that WAR is something besides Lee Oskar’s band.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, totally dorking out there…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Nerd!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, yup!

  154. Duke says:
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    Great post as usual. Any read on the Colorado closer situation as far as a scenario where Brothers keeps the job? I just finally figured out the Au Shizz entendre

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Betancourt will take it back when healthy

  155. MasterofGrond says:
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    Did VMart just do something? Or have I just become crazed and am having a psychotic episode?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened?

  156. The Marte Partay says:
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    Hey Grey, where would you rank Denorfia going forward? Guy in my league wants to deal him and I could use the OF depth and a batting average bump, just trying to figure out what’s fair to give in return.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth about the price of an MR…

  157. Yu be so mean says:
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    Hello Grey, would really appreciate any advice you give me.

    My Jose Reyes for his Shin Soo Choo? I traded for Ian Desmond when Reyes got hurt, i also have Jed Lowrie and Nick Franklin on the bench. I’m not doing well in steals(4 points, 8th place) but Reyes will be out for 2 more weeks at the absolute minimum, do i pull the trigger because Choo’s production during that time will make up the difference between the players?

    I’m not that desperate in the outfield either, even though i only have one bonafide outfielder in J.Upton guys i’ve done well by picking up guys like Joyce, Brantley and Domonic Brown before they people even knew they had value.

    Do i pull the trigger or hold and look for more value for Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Choo

  158. bigLepowsky says:
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    Stras, Beachy, Evereth, Ozuna or Price, Corbin, Puig, J peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras

  159. JTom says:
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    Pick 1 ROS: Rendon, Franklin, Walker, Cozart Need HR/RBI’s w/o killing AVG. I assume Asdrubal Cabrera is still better than any of these when he comes back, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin… Yes, better…

  160. Mike says:
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    Mr Grey! Once again seeking your expert guidance. With Victorino coming back from the DL I can only keep 3 OFs: Shane, Gordon, Marte, McLouth.
    Have to drop one, what say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shane

  161. Dan says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS, Verlander or Yu? And would you give up Jones and either Miller/Teheran for one of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander…. Sure

  162. did not have time to read above so this may have been covered.

    Dropping Estrada and Niese for Cingrani and Hector Santiago. Should I be picking up Colon instead, concerned about suspension?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Colon

  163. costaricanchata says:
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    @ OaktownSteve :

    check out castro’s (astros) 1st inning double .
    got his right foot down too early , yet still manage to stay behind
    and slap the ball into the left-center field gap .
    pretty neat piece of hitting , imo .

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      I like the guy. I mentioned him in the comments quite awhile ago. Albright gave me a “blech”?

      Who’s laughing now, Albright, you magnificent bastard? I read your book! (Not literally yet…Patton)

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        yeah .
        not sure , but i think Grey stole that “blech” from a.e. neuman .

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          Loved Mad magazine. Copy of Mad, Dr. Demento on the radio and a two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper…ah to be young again.

  164. OaktownSteve says:
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    Break up the Astros! Jumping out in front again today. I’m a fan. Bo Porter is going to have a good career there.

  165. smegma says:
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    Which one of these 2 start streamers next week (sorry SON not up yet for 2nd starts):

    Guthrie (Det, @TB)
    Miley (@LAD, @SD)
    Axelrod (Tor, @Hou)
    Gonzalez (LAA, Bos)
    Gee (StL, ChC)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley, Gee

  166. jaw says:
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    drop todd frazier for maybin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  167. ShidestheLimit says:
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    …and your favorite player Matt Carpenter went 4-for-5 with zero R, SB, RBI and HRs raising his AVG to .333 and his OPS to .897! I have a man-crush, but we I usually have to settle for 1st base.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  168. Gray Elbright says:
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    Grey Cashner @ Coors thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  169. Crackrockcandy says:
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    Sal Perez or J. Castro ROS in a points league?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sal

  170. Dan says:
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    Felix or Cliff?

    • Dan says:
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      @Dan: Also would you trade Miller/Ajax for one of them? What about Miller/Hamilton?

      • Dan says:
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        @Dan: Sorry one last question. Would you trade Jones/Teheran for Felix. My team has an excess of OF and a need for pitching

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Miller/Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

  171. The badger says:
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    Maybin has been activated. Is he a play in an 11 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

  172. Gray Elbright says:
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    How bout that Scherzer? Early canidate for Cy Young, he was one of your boys right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  173. Be The Ball says:
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    What are your thoughts about Corey Hart moving forward in a keeper league? I am debating about whether to drop him for Cingrani. I have a pretty solid group of SP’s (Price, Zimmerman, Harvey, Samardzija, Gallardo, Cashner, Beachy, Wheeler, Wacha and Teheran) and am waiting for a few hitters to recover from injuries including Stanton, Granderson and Hart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Hart once he’s back…

  174. EK says:
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    Gregerson or Brothers
    H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson

  175. Booya says:
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    Which side would you want in a H2H 10 team keeper….
    AJones and Gallardo or Stanton and Latos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  176. Goose says:
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    Grey et al-

    What’s the story with Michael Saunders? I liked him as a breakout 20/20 doode – and guy was rolling there for a bit earlier this year, then has done bupkus in the last 30… I looked at peripherals and they look a’ight – improved walk rate, higher LD%, nice steals.

    Anyhoo, I just picked him for a stream today, but wondering about longer term value – if he “looks good” and maybe a bit unlucky, or if he’s a not-so-hotty-schmotatty after all.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he should be much better, worth holding him if you can

      • jacks says:
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        @Grey: Very painful to hold this guy, but I’m not ready to give up either. Miserable month. He obviously still has things to figure out at the plate, he’s particularly feckless against Lefties. With a better OBP he likely would be a 30 plus SB guy. And he’s shown real pop. But I wonder if what I’m really holding onto is a left handed Drew Stubbs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya, he looks totally lost, but the speed could come out in a huge way at any moment…

  177. Sal says:
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    rotation of

    Bumgarner
    cobb
    anibal
    latos
    ryu
    bucholz
    teheran
    grilli
    rex brothers
    pestano
    and beachy in the DL slot

    would you drop pestano now seeing how perez is coming back soon? and who would you pick up wheeler or cingrani. also thoughts on bud norris another solid start going right now and has been excellent past few starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler, forget Norris…

  178. Gray Elbright says:
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    Moreland to 15 day DL…

    • Gray Elbright says:
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      Replace him with: Arenado, Adam Lind, James Loney, John Mayberry, Brandon Betl, Scott Van Slyke at CI ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lind

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • @Grey: JUSt traded him away. I get an immoral joy when I trade a guy and then he gets hurt.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique: What did you get for him? A Brain Freeze?

      • Gray Elbright says:
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        @Grey:

        Damn what?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Gray Elbright: brain freeze is lowest level of closer.

  179. stumanji says:
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    Need a little pitching help (12 tm roto with Felix, Bumgarner, Minor, Cashner, Straily, Morrow (DL)). Are we selling high on Strong Bean Fowler? I’ve been offered Anibal and one of Beltran or McLouth for Dexter. Woudja doit and if so for whom? My roto stats are all over the grid…I’m 2nd in RBI but only 10th in HR, 6th in Runs, 3rd in SB, 8th in OPS). Beltran’s health frightens me but he’s been very solid, and I can’t seem to wrap my head around McLouth being a fantasy contributor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, take Anibal and Beltran

  180. Mark Bellhorn says:
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    Would you trade away Ellsbury/R. Zimmerman for Machado/Scherzer?

    Need pitching bad, my hitting is bad at everything except R and SB

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  181. The Thumb says:
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    Machado/Aoki for Heyward?

    I would have Frazier take over 3rd base and Ajax to later replace Aoki’s production.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado side

  182. Brewerfan says:
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    Gallardo & Harvey for Latos & AJax?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  183. Booya says:
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    Minor and Bailey for R Zimm in redraft H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, it’s fair, depends on needs

  184. Hi Grey —

    A couple of OF questions in two different 14-team redraft roto leagues:

    –Who is a better pickup for a team that needs HR and RBI? Choices: Reddick, BMoss, Quentin, Ike (or keep Rendon, who I have now … but without much need for a backup 2B/3B).

    –And which is a better 5th OF for all-around production between Scherholtz, Pagan, Werth.

    In both cases, is it close between the top couple of choices?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick…. Werth… Closish, I guess, depending on who is hot at any given time…

  185. Pete says:
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    Start Cashner tonight in a H2H points league under any circumstances?

    • @Pete: In some circumstances, yes. For example, I’d start Cashner if there was a threat of violence against me or someone close to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  186. OaktownSteve says:
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    Stanton going to be doing some functional mashing come Monday.

    Harper to Dr. Andrews…yay. Some sorta bursa sac (isn’t that the Italian thing you carry wine in in which wine is carried?). Harper tried to jog underwater…it didn’t say whether the jogging was light or functional.

    • Kid A says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      “carry wine in in which wine is carried”

      Sticking with the Goodfellas theme there, Stevie Two Times?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Kid A:

        I keep almost ending a sentence with a preposition and rather than retype it I just keep on typing like the rambling moron I know I truly wish to be.

      • gareth says:
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        @Kid A:self appointed head of the grammar police, kid a.

        • Kid A says:
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          @gareth: The write-up referenced Goodfellas. In it, there is a character named Jimmy Two Times. Says everything twice….ehhhh forget it, you dense fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes… BTW, you watching the Astros game? Flaherty nearly hit a homer and they cut to some board execs in a board room.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        What the hey? I’m not even sure what you mean. Like a glitch in the coverage?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it was hilarious… “Whoa, long drive down the line and it’s… *cut to* Hey, have you downloaded the new Word program?” Men walk around in a back office in Houston.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Too bad the cut didn’t capture a naughty boardroom moment or something.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it was just two guys checking email… Really weird…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Well Carl, as you see here we’re not leveraging all of our core competencies.

                I see that Lenny. Perhaps we should use gamification to try and push our satmetrix scores?

                *makes pretend shoot self in head gesture*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “Wait, let’s call Grimey in here.”

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Grimey!

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: We need to leverage those potential synergies going forward while simultaneously picking the low-hanging fruit.

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @SteveNZ:

                    Our boss thinks Orwell’s 1984 is a how-to book.

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: it is, for controlling people.

  187. Boomer19 says:
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    Was sent an offer for Shelby. It is Shelby and Gomes for C. Santana and Gregg. 14 team mixed 5×5 roto. Is Santana a big enough upgrade over Gomes at catcher? Stupid two catcher leagues. I am 1st in pitching but my hitting could use some help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Santana

  188. Pete says:
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    Lind or Youk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  189. Mariner Mike says:
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    Willin just hit waiver wire,I have Weiters is this pretty much a wash or Willin an upgrade? Pros, Cons ? Thank you in advance for the reply!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s basically a wash….

  190. MattW says:
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    Last one: Would you trade Medlen and Teixeira for Price in a H2H redraft league? The guy with Price offered it up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm.. Tough call, I probably would if Tex was my UTIl

      • MattW says:
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        @Grey: Tex is my util, I have machado, miggy and aushizz as my corner men…I might be able to push Tex and Miller instead of Tex and Medlen…is that a big improvement for me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for Miller first

  191. Kid A says:
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    SpineNose with a cortisone shot to the wrist. Will be back in minutes…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  192. SHarkie says:
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    Should I drop Melky for Alfonso Soriano? I need a LF. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • SHarkie says:
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      Or go with Nava?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @SHarkie: Nava.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure, grab him

  193. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey. Looking for a couple of back end starters. How do you like best out of this group? J.HELLICKSON, S.FELDMAN, T.CINGRANI, K.KENDRICK, A.PETTITTE, R.PORCELLO, R.NOLASCO, H.SANTIAGO. R.BROTHERS is also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello, Cingrani

  194. chillmodious says:
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    Is Aaron Hill worth stashing on my DL if Jed Lowrie is my current 2B? I want to DL Moreland, but Huston Street and Aaron Hill are using my two slots. If I do that and lose Hill, I’d probably grab another starter in Teheran. Which, on a related note: is Teheran worth hanging on to for a while, or is he just a streamer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Moreland between him and Hill… Teheran could lose his job when Beachy returns…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm… interesting. I’m worried about Hill because all these reports keep indicating that his hand hasn’t healed right. Just sounds like one of those deals where, even if he does come back in a couple weeks, he may not be very effective.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be, hard to say

  195. Hotrod says:
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    Latos, BJ, Aybar or Shelby, Cruz, Howie Kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  196. Andrew says:
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    I’ve been offered Evan Longoria and either (Travis Wood, Ervin Santana, Mike Leake, or Ogando) for Altuve, Holliday, Nelson Cruz.

    Should I take the deal? And if so, which pitcher should I take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo and Ogando

  197. Be The Ball says:
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    Which side do you like better: Segura/A. Jackson or Castro/Granderson/Teheran? 12 team H2H keeper. Also, start Cashner at Coors tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura…No

  198. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy I hope you have some heart in the trade i’m about to do.. First thing, in a 10 team h2h points league the batters I have are
    wieters
    fielder
    altuve
    castro ( Reyes on DL)
    Zimmerman
    mccutchen
    Justin upton
    matt holliday
    Crawford
    Donaldson
    Ozuna
    I’m giving this guy MCcutchen for Puig!!! I’m doing it cause I’m sick of waiting for Cutch to come around, I need power in my lineup and I feel like he’s the next Albert Puhols .. Am I completely crazy?????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s not good

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Frank White: You should get a week’s long Razzball Ban from asking questions for that.

    • sange-da-man says:
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      @Frank White:
      If those are the deals you like, I’ll give you Kevin Maas for Fielder…..it’s a steal for you!!

  199. OaktownSteve says:
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    ‘stros got a rally in ‘em against Johnson?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          some un-PC stuff in that one. Different time.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @OaktownSteve: It’s the 7th here of course, but a big day in 20th Century history, no two ways about that.

            And yeah – old Starchie Bunker. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore. Much.

            I think my favourite Don Martin sound effect was the guy being hit on the face with the saw – Foinsap!

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @SteveNZ:

              and @ OaktownSteve :

              can one of you guys find an appropriate spy vs spy
              for when JackFull and prezz(ii) start going at one of their trades ?

  200. sul says:
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    Got offered Gio for my Gordon, accept the deal? Or do I worry about biogenesis? Im top three in offensive categories, middle of pack in pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for someone else, but it’s fair…

      • sul says:
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        @Grey: what kind of names can you throw out there? This owner that offered me the deal only has matt cain who i am mildly intrrested in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should do better… He’s worth a low number one… Trade someone else if this guy doesn’t have anyone…

  201. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Bat tonight:

    Teixera vs Harang
    Gardner vs Harang
    Ibanez vs Hughes (3 for 3, 2 HRs)

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: The constant Gardner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tex

  202. Kid A says:
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    When do we start submitting our player nominations for the mid-season Fail-Star break RaZZZies?
    Because I am stuffing the shit out of the ballot box with Rickie Weeks this year.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Kid A: Would Giancarlo count, or do injuries act as an exemption?

      • Kid A says:
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        @chillmodious: Count Everything. Democracy Rules. Tyranny of the Majority. Pitchforks and Torches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Can Moustakas get a piece?

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Screw the Fail-Star Break, he gets an early nod into Pooperstown.

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Kid A: He can hold hands with Hosmer while walking in. Incidentally, Pooperstown only has one entrance–through the back door.

            • chillmodious says:
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              @Prezz: Ah yes, Spanish for “The Oh El!”

              • Prezz says:
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                @chillmodious: The Oh The… Im trying to say Toyota i just have a speech impediment..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Hope he gets Mat Gamel to induct him and Gamel drops his plaque…

    • Prezz says:
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      @Kid A: lawrie is definitely in this convo… And i thought i was getting a bargain.. pfttt

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        In my keeper, I traded him away in the off-season for E5 without asking any questions; I’m sure leaguemates were a tad surprised. He’s just always hurt. He’s like the anti-Hanley Ramirez. You almost want him to STOP playing so hard…

        • Prezz says:
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          @Sky: kinda like bryce… Or just watch out for ya know… The warning track!! Geez.. but i traded lawrie for sugar.. cain in the rcl… Not great but i just wanted to get him off my team at the time… lawrie did absolutely nothing for my team.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, I suffered through him last year. His swing induces so many groundballs unless he’s on; swings over so many pitches. I told someone he reminds me of Alex Rios a bit from his Toronto days; he’s gonna be hard to figure out over the next few years. Just glad he’s not my rubik’s cube to figure out.

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Sky: eh sky, can i get in that league where somebody gave you edwin for lawrie str up? Must’ve been a canadian homer giving up edwin here? probably give up kershaw and miggy for votto or somesuch shit.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Keeper league. Edwin is now 30, Lawrie is 23 and let’s be honest: no one saw 2012 coming from E5 last year and he wasn’t exactly ranked as a top 20 player anywhere I looked in 2013 so it wasn’t assumed he was gonna repeat or even come close to doing so. Trade made complete sense in January of 2012 for both sides; I think you’re assuming this is a redraft league by your statements.

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Eh that should read ‘made complete sense in January of 2013′ but I’m sure you got that.

              • Prezz says:
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                @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: it was a league with podcast nick, where he knows all the inside scoop on blue jays..

            • Prezz says:
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              @Sky: he’ll get there one day.. hes in toronto, he already looks like hes on roids.. hes due for a 60 homer season!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yeah, 23 is a hard age to write a guy off at. He still looks good in the field; maybe the only thing with his swing that needs tweaking is a bit more quiet time. He looks like he’s trying to rip a 5 run HR every time he steps to the plate.

  203. Mariner Mike says:
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    Was just offered trade he would send me Bautista and Machado for my Cuddyer and Rhu(dodger korean pitcher) Kind of like it as my piching is stacked. One blip though I have Longo at third. I like the trade what are your pros and cons on it. Thanks in advance for your help!! Could open up some other transactions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Machado

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thank You for the reply,am taking the trade!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  204. Hondo says:
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    Nats almost a definite rainout tomorrow and possibly tonight FWIW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  205. sange-da-man says:
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    2 quick questions …..

    Better trade for me in 12 team points keeper league? I’m sitting as the 4th seed as of now with solid pitching and lots of nice pieces and kepers ( Bautista, Longo, Rios…..Carlos Gomez, Gyrk-Store, Marte, Franklin, ) Got a nice stable of MI options that guys are asking for (Kipnis, Gyorko, Franklin, Starlin)
    Swap my Kipnis and Marte for Adam Jones OR
    swap Kipnis and Marte for Bruce OR
    neither

    and better short term fix for Mitcha-palooza Moreland? Lind or Belt?

    Thanks brother. Great read and great advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Jones… Lind…

  206. Andrew says:
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    Who would you rather have for the rest of the year: Ian Kinsler or Josh Donaldson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        possum in your crawlspace.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nope

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Even I’d say Kinsler there.

            • Prezz says:
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              @OaktownSteve: i would have said you were fosse in disguise if you said josh there…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Prezz:

                Fosse’s pregame interview style is amazing. Here’s a made up sample of him talking to Donaldson:

                “Josh you’re having an outstanding season so far. Talk about what it’s like having made the transition from catcher to third base and how you’ve been able to go out there every day handle the position and yet still be able to consistently put together solid at bats, taking that good opposite field approach and now more than a third of the way through the season and having an outstanding season talk about how you’re been able to have the success that you’ve had.”

                • Kid A says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: Good God, that’s spot on. Can you do the voice too?

                • Prezz says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: after the interview, he blew josh kisses and twirled his mustache hairs..

      • Andrew says:
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        @Grey: Kinsler back by the end of the month?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so

  207. SteveNZ says:
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    Hoping for a good send-off from Dom Brown, it being his last day on my team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bomb voyage!

  208. jim says:
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    I want Rios off my team. Thoughts on this:

    Rios+Pedrioa for Heyward+Phillips

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  209. Chris says:
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    is Milone worth a spot on you roster all year or is he just a pick up and stream type pitcher for home games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He goes through stretches

  210. Mitch says:
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    Cespedes j-heyward for Bautista? Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes side

      • Mitch says:
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        @Grey: what about heyward price for Bautista? Still too much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Bautista, but it’s fair

          • Mitch says:
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            @Grey: Actually got him for Cespedes and Nava. Picked up Nava 3 days ago off ww. Have Stanton coming back so will fill the slot short-term. Stanton and Bautista now on my team. BOOM!

  211. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i know you said you hated him last week, but SON again (even more so this time) likes figaro tomorrrow at home against PHI. Now PHI is hitting much better lately with Kratz/Brown (own both of them) to decent extent Rollins as well. Still not rosterable in 10 team h2h land where i need K’s/wins/not losses? Also Jordan FREAKIN’ Lyles has had 4 good or at least decent starts in a row and plays at the pretty bad KC team’s house (also known as the house next door to a barbeque stand where you can hang out with bums on good terms). SON doesn’t like Lyles at all. I’m guessing you’d say that picking up a RP like Cecil/Hunter for one day is likely safer than one of those 2 guys but just checking in on that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Figaro

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: so lyles or mid-RP for tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mid RP

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: damn both got home too late, and doumit kicks too much ass lately for this to happen, plus opp had chacin/kennedy/straily today all starting.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: doumit’s spot would’ve been the RP spot. but he hits either a homer or double every day, plus now i’m actually sweeping stats, esp era/whip.

  212. hankp says:
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    Wheeler is still available in my 14 team league and I can’t bring myself to let him sit there any more, particularly with just about my whole starting staff disappointing. Rank these guys ROS: CC, Greinke, Kennedy, Garza, Haren, Estrada, Wheeler, Lohse,Miley (standard 5×5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Estrada for him

  213. goodfold2 says:
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    now that we’re getting close to 24 hours before Archer’s start tomorrow and i still have him in 16 team land (can’t believe they haven’t brought colome back up or announced torres for tomorrow based on how terrible archer was last time out and how good the other 2 were). With 2 roster pickups left for week, and not needing starts in this league since opponent has few pitchers, should i just dump archer’s spot for cole now? I’m worried 1 or 2 other managers (one is the guy i traded odorizzi to) may beat me to torres/colome if i’m not at computer right when it’s announced. Got beat to wacha/wheeler/gausman in this manner. I’ll be benching archer tomorrow anyway, as he was terrible last time out, and i’m doing well in era./whip/wins/losses/k’s this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it

  214. Sam says:
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    10 team H2H, who do I drop: Garza or Wacha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

  215. BigFatHippo says:
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    I miss the Sad Saga of Salvador so much that I added him in the RCL.

    Maybe he’ll include me in his thank you cards………..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ll get a picture of his grandmother next year saying “I’m still here…In your and Salvy’s thoughts.”

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey: I will cherish it if he hits 20 homers the rest of the way in her honor. ABUELA VIVA!!!!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The spirit of Salvy’s grandmother has taken over my body and she’s eating hard candies and blowing kisses.

          • BigFatHippo says:
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            @Grey: But now you smell like mothballs and your left blinker is always on.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love my rear window hanging thing though!

  216. SteveNZ says:
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    Sitting Kennedy in the RCL – right move?

    • BigFatHippo says:
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      @SteveNZ: Hope so, I sat him in the money league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: It has the added benefit of being a reverse jinx on Goldy.

        I fully expect the DBacks to pile it on and for Kennedy to cruise…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Or maybe it just straight jinxed him. Ugh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feels like the games are piecemeal today, right?

  217. Clive says:
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    I was offered D Brown for S Miller, thoughts? Would give me Bautista, Brown, Pence, Puig, with D Jennings in Util/bench.. I guess I’m wondering who you think is better long-term, both would be late round keepers next year. Should I hold out for someone better? Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Brown

  218. C.O.C. says:
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    So I am trying to move Braun in a league in which I had Peavy go down. I know when I say the guys names, you will tell me I should get more, but it’s just not going to happen. So I’m going to mitigate the damage by trading him to a last place team. I just need to know A) how sure you guys are about Heywards ascension from the depths that he has been in, and B) how likely is it that Iwakuma sustains his current production.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @C.O.C.: who are you trying to trade braun for?

      • C.O.C. says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Iwakuma and Heyward…current arms: Peavy, Greinke, Sanchez, Cobb, Samarzdjiadisiaidididisid, Straily, Gausman, Wheeler, Cingrani, 16 team H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Likely B) He’s a 3.50 ERA pitcher on a poor team with decent Ks.

  219. costaricanchata says:
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    over the past few weeks , i’ve heard JackFull and prezz(ii)
    try and negotiate an rcl trade or two .

    this seems to capture the spirit :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxMWqwwT0JE

    pick a side .

    • Prezz says:
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      @costaricanchata: ha!! Exactly… But we will never come to a deal… We just throw random bogus trades at eachother until one of us gets too drunk and accepts.. or in jacks case.. too drunk and sends!

      • Kid A says:
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        @Prezz: yeah, Im curious what his drunken offer was the other night that you refused to take because he was three-sheets…

        • Prezz says:
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          @Kid A: i wont put him on blast… If he wants to discuss, we will discuss.

  220. Jacks says:
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    wow, Ian Kennedy is one hot mess of a pitcher right now. Everything is grooved right down the middle. Kind of looks like he doesn’t care. This could turn into an 8 R shellacking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: THERE IT IS! 8 ER. He is totally mentally checked out. Should have been out of the inning with only 3 runs across and he threw the ball to the wrong guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then how does Goldy have nothing?

  221. Hoog says:
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    Hey gray, quick question. In a keeper league, who would you rather have? Votto or Goldschmidt. Could keep both for about 4 years…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: thank you oh wise one

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  222. costaricanchata says:
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    haha .

    have 2 straileys and 2 quintanas going tonight .

    am rooting for , what many would consider ,
    9 innings of boring baseball !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

  223. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Who do you like Aoki or Parra ROS? Either one worth Everth or Hanley? Or worth one of these closers Romo Reed? Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki… Everth for Reed

  224. OaktownSteve says:
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    De Aza just swung at a 1-1 slider that bounce 4 inches in front of the plate. Straily seems to have found a little extra hop on the fastball recently. Helps set up the nasty slider.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Kid A says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Ive seen him pitch his last two starts in person and I think he passes the smell test against softer opponents. I ran him out there on every team I could tonight, then dropped him, as I think he gets abused by the Yanks/Rangers in his next two.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened?

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Steve decided to blow the goddamn Straily trumpet and the bed got shit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn. *shakes fist* Steve!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Hey! Not my fault this one. People were tooting the Straily horn for a couple of days before this start.

            Still early!

            • Kid A says:
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              @SteveNZ: not you this time, buddy… rocket surgeon steve.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Kid A: Ah, though I am prepared to accept that my starting him may not have portended well…

                • Kid A says:
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                  @SteveNZ: dynamic duo of destruction when the two of you cross streams.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, my pitching is in the dumpster yet again… Two steps forward, one step back…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yoenis doing his best to pick him up.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, be nice to get the win at least…

  225. Jason says:
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    Hamels and Braun
    Or
    cespedes and cliff lee

    Fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee side

  226. crumbelievable says:
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    Die-hard Braves fan here, just wanted to throw out my two cents on Teheran, and they are this: Unless he completely implodes, there is almost zero chance he’ll get sent down. It’s much more likely that Beachy goes to the pen. The Braves let Minor take his lumps in the first half last year, and now, well, obviously. They’ll keep Julio up even if he throws a couple of bad starts in there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully you’re right…

  227. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Anyone else having MLB.tv problems? I feel like I lost my puppy.

    • Al Bundy says:
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      @Grey:Was earlier for the AZ/STL game.

      I’m on a crappy 12meg DSL connection and find that turning off (nuking from computer) the eternal POS ‘nexdef’ solves most problems.

      I just wish MLB.tv would move away from their equally crappy Flash player. Not sure if it’s worse than the Silverlight debacle, but it’s close. WMP was the best, back in the MLB.tv early days.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This sucks

  228. Hondo says:
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    Eff you MLB.TV,this is getting way to old.Every single night it sucks,and tonight it isn’t working at all.Their support forum says they are aware of the issue and are working on it.

    Yeah right,the pricks are pickpocket dicks.

    Oh well, at least my mini-rant kinda rhymed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, glad I’m not the only one….

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey:
        I just posted this on their support forum-”I have a suggestion.Pay for my flight,hotel,per diem and my standard rate of $150 an hour and I will get this issue resolved within 3 days.

        Have any of you ever had any technical training or graduated from 6th grade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: @Grey:
            @Grey:

            Thank God the Nats were rained out.Now at least I can read a book or play my guitar or something without getting to PO’d. No wait,I’d still be PO’d.

            Seriously though,I really wanted to watch Strailey pitch.Now I’m gonna cut him out of spite instead of the MLB.TV techs. LOL.-It’s cool,I’m harmless(usually)

            • Hondo says:
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              @Hondo:
              I don’t know why there are 4 @Greys on my last post.

              Maybe the MLB techs suck so bad it’s synergizing across the entire internet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  229. Howie says:
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    @Grey- I’m a Crawford owner and the news regarding his injury seems to be getting worse with respect to his DL stint. Is replacing him with Puig stupid in a 4×4 NL for the remainder of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  230. Jack says:
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    Sorry for the slew of questions, but I’ve got six guys currently unplayable (Hart, Crawford, Moreland, Cueto, Wheeler, and Cingrani). 12 team yahoo league with 6×6 (OPS) scoring.

    I have 6 players that are currently unplayable. In addition to that, Marte has been worthless for the past 30 days and Escobar has been equally bad. Oh, and Arencibia has been awful as well.

    So, do I drop Crawford and Marte for any of the following OFs:
    Aoki
    Nava
    Ozuna
    Ibanez

    Do I drop Escobar for:
    Edmunda/Nick Franklin
    Stephen Drew

    Do I drop Arencibia for:
    Doumit
    Grandal