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Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with his 21st homer yesterday, and now has five homers in his last 4 games. On the year, he’s batting .371. For s’s and g’s, I went back to look at April comments about McCutchen when he had zero homers and only 7 RBIs through the first month. Y’all are ridiculously fickle. Or refickulous, if portmanteaus do it for you. BTW, if anyone out there wants to open a store selling pickles, I’d go with the name, That’s Repickulous! Gotta have the exclamation mark, too. Some of those comments from April go like this, “I don’t understand this site’s man crush on Andrew McCutchen. He’s not worth where you ranked him, and this comment is written by a man who actually appreciates your feathered hair as much as your mustache!” There’s about five dozen comments in that vein. One person totally lost their shizz when I recommended The Dread Pirate over Granderson. It was like they had a guinea pig named Granderson and I ran him over. Then there was the guy who said Carl Crawford would be back in a week and be better than McCutchen. He also claimed to have invented the wrap sandwich and went by the handle, Bobby V. If I remember next March, I’m going to assemble some of the best April overreaction comments from this year. “Grey, should I cut bait on Gallardo?” Refickulous! Oh, and McCutchen is wonderful. You’re welcome! Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

A.J. Burnett – 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks. Okay, but if you remove this game, that Cardinals game where Burnett got roughed up, that other game and half of that other other game, A.J.’s having a great year!

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks after being tattooed so badly in the All-Star Game he looked like Justin Salander.

Austin Jackson – 1-for-3 with his 10th homer. He was ranked all the way down at 90th in the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2012 fantasy baseball, but I think he’s going to be much higher than that for me next year. I’ve come around on him in a big way. You cut your Ks and up your walks and that’s what happens.

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, but the big story is Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are both back with the Phillies. Wait, that was last week’s big story. This week’s story that no one that owns them wants to talk about is they’re not playing enough or doing anything when they are.

Darwin Barney – 1-for-3 with his 4th homer. That’s four more than Charles Darwin ever hit. We are evolving! If that’s evolution, I don’t know. I’m not a science teacher with an ink stain in my shirt pocket and a bad combover. Usually The Purple Evolutionist gets hot for a few days at a time, i.e., last time he homered he hit another two days later and went 7-for-10 over the the next 3 days.

Yoenis Cespedes – 4-for-5 with his 2nd homer in as many games, which gives him 11 homers on the year and a .283 average. He hasn’t been bad, but whoever made his recruitment video with him outrunning a jackalope and pooping out a whole midget should get an Oscar.

Jonny Gomes – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games. Something no one talks about is Jonny Gomes is West Coast Ty Wigginton (which made it so odd when they had that East Coast-West Coast beef because Ty recorded that song, Who Shot Ya…Was it Cliff Pennington?). Gomes could run off a streak of 5 homers in a 10 game span.

Chris Carter – 1-for-2 with a homer. Too bad Chris Carter wasn’t around when Mulder was pitching for the A’s. Then they could’ve had Scully call the game. Chris Berman looked at his stats and says, “All Chris Carter does is hit home runs!” which means he’ll kill your average, won’t steal bases, and probably won’t help your runs and RBIs. In the past, he’s been compared to Ryan Howard. That was meant to be a compliment. Right now, he’s crazy hot. Has 5 homers since his call-up in only 9 games. He’s platooning right now with Brandon Moss, but the A’s need to figure out a way to get both bats in the lineup.

Heath Bell – Dealing with a sore calf. That never happens in the Nippon League as all calves there are generously massaged.

Juan Carlos Oviedo – Headed to get his sore elbow checked out. Only he calls it his knee.

Ricky Nolasco – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks. C’mon, doode, you’re supposed to be good in July. Or maybe he was pronouncing it in Spanish as in Youlie.

Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 14 Ks to lower his ERA to 3.59. Oh, yeah, that’s the reason why we draft him and endure a terrible April every year.

Chipper Jones – 2-for-4, and he’s hitting around .420 in July. Pothead! I grabbed him in one league, and imagine he’ll be injured by Wednesday, so that’s when I’ll drop him.

Ben Sheets – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Metropolitans. I’ll tell ya what, he looked better than Oswalt’s looked. I was probably too hard on this integral member of the Bennis Carpensheeters. As the definition for this states, “A pitcher who is effective when healthy but isn’t effective at staying healthy.” Right now, Sheets is healthy, so I could see taking a flyer on him. BTW, if you just went to the Razzball glossary for Bennis Carpensheeter, you might’ve saw this but if not, the glossary now has some pronunciations. Click the little Victrola by a word. I think you’ll enjoy Sparky Anklebiter.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-4 and he was cleared in the sexual assault case. Judge ruled she should feel special given how hard it is to get pandas to mate. “Is that a bamboo stalk in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

Melky Cabrera – The All-Star Game hero is out a few days on paternity leave. I hope they name the little one, Half Pint.

Matt Harrison – 9 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks. Geez, the way he’s beating his xFIP he may as well be sleeping with Fangraphs Database’s sister.

Chris Capuano – 6 2/3 IP, o ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks as Dodgers errors tagged 4 unearned runs on Capuano’s line. Ticker shock!

Chase Headley – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games, but now he goes back to Petco so… *raspberries lips* In all seriousness, why don’t they move in the fences in that godforsaken park? Do they want their top homer hitter getting 17 homers on the year all on the road? It’s like old Yankee Stadium out there when the monuments were in the outfield, only they have a Randy Jones statue, because of their rich history. If they’re too lazy to move the fences in, just remove them. Think of the fun when sharply hit gappers go into the picnic section. “Maybin’s retrieved the ball–No, he just threw in someone’s apple!”

Chad Billingsley – Scheduled for an MRI. Aren’t we all?! Even if the MRI on his elbow comes back straight as an arrow, he’s probably headed for the DL.

Jed Lowrie – To the DL with a sprained ankle. Glass Chipper Jr. made it a good three months before his latest injury. Baby steps, Lowrie…. Okay, try baby crawl. Replacing him the last few games is Marwin Gonzalez (2-for-4 yesterday). He’s terrible at, uh, baseball. He should come to the plate with the song Marvin’s Room playing though. That would be awesome, since it’s the best song ever with a shizzload of spoken words, usually those type of songs are tizzerrible. “Baby, you like mustaches and you like fantasy baseball. When I dream, I’m like Marlee Matlin’s translator reading your signs.” That’s me writing a spoken word R&B song.

Bud Norris – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners (6 BBs), 6 Ks. I just have to look at Bud and I belch.

Sergio Santos – Undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery by the seashore. Janssen becomes a mid-tiered Donkeycorn.

Carlos Villanueva – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks. I actually like Chuck Newtown as a deeper league flyer, but he gets the Sawx and Tigers next, so blah.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4 with his 5th steal. Oh, and on a side note, why did I get a magazine with a naked Jose Bautista on the cover? Now when I see my mailman, he’s flirting with me. He’s a handsome guy. I’m flattered. But still. Does ESPN even know their audience? Why do I need to see male athletes naked? Did this come out of a focus group they did with Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman and other actors who are posing as straight?

Jason Hammel – Will miss a month with knee surgery to remove a piece of loose cartilage. Did you know in Lancaster, Pennsylvania they call a promiscuous Amish girl a loose carriage?

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer since I told you to buy him. For those keeping score at home, Te(i)x is the third week in a row I’ve told you to buy someone and they’ve homered twice that day. Also, for those keeping score at home, how do you mark it when I get one wrong? You write an opposite down G?

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 6 ER. That’s an opposite down G.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4 with his 25th homer. More like a G on its side, but it’s leaning on its head and about to tip over. And I’ve taken this as far as it will go.

Erick Aybar – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer, and remarkably only has 5 steals. Though, he continues to keep his hot bat alive. But what did Mike Trout do?!

Mark Trumbo – 3-for-5 with his 24th homer. He’s The Rally Honkey!

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks. Okay, I really think he’s going to suddenly get shutdown and we’re gonna miss a good 6 weeks of him, but in all seriousness, I’m so glad we own him in an AL-Only league.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4 and batting .400 in the 2nd half of the season! As I tell my girlfriends, it’s not the size of the sample, it’s the angle you’re looking at it from.

Mike Aviles – 2-for-4 with his 10th homer. He also has 9 steals, but most of that goodness came early on in the season (5 homers, 3 steals in April). He has hit in five straight and .400 over the last week, so this could be the start of another good month or so.

Carl Crawford – Will be activated on Monday. He would’ve been back sooner, but it was Youkilis’s fault said Bobby Valentine.

Josh Beckett – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. James Shields who went 5 IP, 6 ER, 14 baserunners, 5 Ks. Shields and Beckett now both have a 4.44 ERA. Funny enough (which means this is not funny at all), I compared Beckett and Shields in the preseason when I told you to not draft them. Here’s what I said, “Shields and Beckett are tomato-tomato with a different emphasis. Good Ks, all over the map with their ERAs. What I’m looking for from starters is the most trustworthy names I can find (even if Gallardo and Greinke don’t feel trustworthy). Like a 1800’s soldier who just saw his first gun fired, I just don’t trust Shields.” And that’s me quoting me!

Jairo Beras – Suspended for one year for lying about his age. Luis Polonia wonders why there’s a double standard when women lie about their age.

  1. Howard says:
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    @Grey I liked the Salander reference! Without Stanton am currently rocking Bruce, Trout and Colvin in my OF. Would any of: Cespedes, Markakis, Frenchy, Krispy or Viciedo be better than Colvin? 3rd in HR/RBI/AVG, 6th in R, 5th in SB. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Cespedes

  2. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    M.Montero,Salty, or W.Rosario for the ROS???

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Wilin

  3. trent says:
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    Grey, should I start Lynn today? (vs. MIL) Thanks

    • Vacation says:
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      @trent, I wouldn’t. I’m on the fence with Fiers there. Miller Park is dangerous. (See comment #8)

      • Simply Fred

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        @Vacation, this will be an interesting one to track. Lynn (last 30 days) sports a 4.27 siera (below average), 16.7% HR/FB (13% is awful). So, we are a little worried about his ability to keep the ball in the park at MIL. The strong plus is his headsup vs. MIL earlier, 1 ER @MIL (yeah, it was a HR). We are finding headsup very strong so will be watching this one closely, with Lynn on the bench for this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @trent, Yup

  4. Jack says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on dropping Marcum (out until August at least) for Neise, Estrada, Liriano, Masterson, etc?

    And is it too early to stash Wil Myers in 12 team standard?

    thanks brah!

    Jack

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Niese… It’s too early…

  5. nightpandas says:
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    been working this Dickey trade for a while in my 15 teamer:

    Dickey & 10th pick

    for

    Rizzo & 3rd pick

    Rizzo a bench player for me but a potential keeper

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, It’s fair, you could end up regretting the trade for many years…

  6. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Drop Griffin or Shields for Halladay coming off DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Griffin

  7. Tim says:
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    Aviles,Seager,weeks,amarista for 2B?
    Seager is now eligible
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tim, Aviles

  8. Vacation says:
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    Grey:

    Start Fiers at home versus redbirds and Lance Lynn? Miller Park scares me (See James McDonald’s last start there).

    Oh, and was that Rudy’s son providing the glossary pronunciations?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vacation, I’d start both… Awesomus Maximus’s kid…

    • Simply Fred

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      @Vacation, Ah Fiers, a far different bird than Lynn. No headsup, but he sports a 0.00% HR/FB-EXCELLENT compared to Lynn’s 16.7%; a 2.78 siera-EXCELLENT (compared to Lynn’s 4.27). Fiers hasn’t given up a HR at home in MIL in his last 4 there. Would think he would be the much better play.

  9. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    The same people who hate on the Dread Pirate via comments are the same people who hate on my sexy oblique area via comments. A scary correlation to be sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaywrong, Everyone wants my lucky charms!

  10. Rags says:
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    NL-only 11 teamer with no bench except for DL or minor league. Also, there’s a transaction fee so streaming is out.

    Delgado was sent to the minors but probably back up for the double header saturday. I’m sending him to my minors and putting in a claim for sheets but probably won’t get him. Would you do Joe Kelly next? Does it matter that I already have Waino, Lohse, and Motte?

    Other options are Maholm (who’s got a string of nice starts going) or Blanton.

    Is there a chance delgado stays up after his re-promotion or is he back down to the minors until injury or expanded roster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags, I’d do Kelly next…. Delgado might be gone again…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rags, Should say probably gone again until injury or September…

  11. Johnson says:
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    Is Jason Hammel worth a $3 keep for 2013 in a 12 team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johnson, Could be, but seem doubtful…

  12. elwood blues says:
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    I have Brett Jax stashed as a prospect ($5 over the next 2 years he’s up and you can decide on a contract after that) I am worried that his strikeouts aren’t going down.

    Trade him for Minor ($5 with a contract decision)? I was just offered this trade. NL Only 4×4, looking towards next year. Or do I wait to see if he gets called up and see what happens, though I am reading the Cubs aren’t too happy with his progress either.

    And the thing is, I already have a ton of potential keepers at pitcher. (Gio $17, Anibal $12, Latos $19, Medlen $1, Brothers $3, Cashner $3, Storen $10, Cole $5minors.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, I wouldn’t trade him for Minor…

  13. Tommy says:
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    You think Sale will get shut down even though they’re in 1st place and in the middle of a pennant race? I think Strasburg definitely will, but it seems like there is a deeper pitching staff behind Stras than there is Sale… just saying

    • thefaketom says:
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      @Tommy, Lannan is still in AAA as far as I know, so you have an arm with Major league experience just hanging out. (big drop off in production, but it could be worse…like keep pitching him and watch his arm fly off [that isn't to say I agree with their decision, let the kid throw])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tommy, The White Sox can trade for a starter…

  14. elwood blues says:
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    Just traded for Grandal $5(similar to the BJax thing above), and now I have someone offering me Meso $5 for Latos $19 and Soto $12. (2 catcher league)

    I’m looking ahead to next year, but do I want to protect 2 catchers going into next year?

    We protect at least 7 and up to 15 on a standard $260 salary cap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @elwood blues, Why are you trading pieces to build your catchers? Trade’s fair, I’d want Mesoraco more than Grandal, just not sure why you’re trading for catchers…

      • Elwood blues says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, building a team around
        Catchers is not a way to win.
        I’d rather grab OF’s. Just not
        A lot out there in our league. Not trying
        To acquire catchers, just happening that
        Way with offers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  15. YoungAndRestless says:
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    I can’t play the what could have been game any more, Krispie, we’re through!

    Come on down Matt Joyce? Viciedo? Casey McGehee? Aybar?

    Please pick one to start this week, H2H points: Leake vsSTL, Volquez vsHOU, two start Fiers vsSTL @CIN?

    Thanks! Stay cool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YoungAndRestless, Joyce… Volquez… You too!

  16. Gary says:
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    O.k….. I am in a very active keeper league…14 teams…12 hitting and 13 pitching categories. I am 1.5 games out of first (and this is with Longoria, Gardner and Morrow currently on DL). One owner has coveted Trout who is on my team (drafted in the 19th round). Here is his offer..I give up Trout, Altuve and Masterson for B. Phillips, Beltre, G. Stanton, Z. Greinke and A. Craig. Current 3B is Moustakas til Eva mans up…rest of offense would be upgraded for sure. Other pitchers in my rotation are Gio, Gallardo, Harrison, Lester, Fiers. Keepers lose 2/3 of their round value each year. This could put me over the top this year but obvious downside is I lose a guy I could build my team around for years to come with minimal draft round loss. Help me, Obi Wan!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gary, I’m sure a lot of owners covet Trout… I’d take the deal and win this year… Plus, can’t you now keep Stanton and Greinke too?

  17. Peter says:
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    With regards to Ben Sheets, I am glad you are finally embracing him. I want to rub it in and say you were wrong, short sighted, and prejudice – but I won’t :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter, Ha… Thanks!

  18. Robert says:
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    It’s a Tony Gwynn statue out in the picnic area.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert, Tomato-overstuffed tomahto…

  19. Stream Dreams says:
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    Hurting for some decent starts. QS league, Jason Vargas @ KC today?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stream Dreams, Sure

    • Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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      @Rudy Gamble, Hey Rudy, just went to look up how Justin Ruggiano fared in the latest Player Rater, and saw it has him loisted as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. No biggie, just thought I would let you know.

      • @Cahhhhh-stanza, cool, fixed it. thx.

  20. Booya says:
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    I have Berkman and Halladay coming off the DL and need to drop 2 guys, which 2 would you dump?

    Nova, Reddick, Morse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Nova, Berkman

  21. Purewater says:
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    How do you rank these M.I. ROY? Espinosa, JJ Hardy, Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, ROY is Rookie of the Year… ROS is rest of the season… Cozart, Hardy

  22. mc serch says:
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    Morning Grey….we starting either of Hughes or Vargas today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch, Yup, in some leagues…

  23. L-Boogie says:
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    Garza @ Cards or Peavy @ BoSox this week?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Peavy

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thanks for recommending drafting Dread Pirate Grey, I wasn’t worried about his slow start as I had him last year in a different league too and he started slow then.

    Killing it for me this year, you da man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, YTMND!

  25. I feel like Ozzie is sketchy at best with this Closer shituation, so I am holding onto Bell still with Cishek rostered, just in case. Please say Bell is safe to drop…

    Even though I know he isn’t…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, He’s not safe to drop if you need saves…

  26. Itshiptobesquare says:
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    Grey, your thoughts on Danny Hultzen? for ROS is he worth keeping over Volquez, Nolasco, Minor, or sheets?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Itshiptobesquare, Yeah, over Volquez

  27. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Would you cut Laroche/Jackson/Rasmus loose to pull Berkman off the DL? If so, which one?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I wouldn’t! LaRoche if you’re feeling itchy, but I’d hold.

  28. Mr. Rickey says:
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    I have Cahill as my 5th starter – any of these a better option ROS:

    Beckett
    Shields
    Masterson
    Niese
    Diamond
    Wood
    Arroyo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Niese

  29. T.J. says:
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    I’d be careful with the sexual assault jokes. Hasn’t worked out well for Daniel Tosh as of late.

    11-team NL-only 4×4. Tied for 4th, middle of the pack in the offensive categories except for steals (first by 13). Current OF is:

    Victorino
    Campana
    Ruggiano (just picked up)
    Venable
    Chris Young

    LaHair (Corner) and Cuddyer (1B) can also play OF. Rizzo is Ut. Berkman and Maxwell are eligible for activation. Who would you cut?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T.J., Ha… Ruggiano for Berkman

  30. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I just deal goldschmidt for profar and zack wheeler. I was thinking longterm and this maybe the only time i get profar at a cheap price. Anyway even though i dealt goldschmidt, i still believe i may have a chance to compete this year. I am in 8th right now. I am thinking of maybe dealing one of my arms for a realiable bat. Anyway i was thinking of dealing:
    Sano wheeler and lester for scherzer morse and crisp.

    Or Simmons sano mccalister for morse

    Which trade should I do?

    c jp arencibia

    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf chris johnson
    lf peter bourjos
    cf tony campana
    rf justin upton
    of carlos lee
    util casey kotchman
    bn andrelton simmons
    bn travis snider
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl carl crawford
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp jon lester
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p aaron harang
    bn zack mccalister
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, I’d take Morse in both…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey, Don’t you think long term my team takes a hit? I’ve been readin up on wheeler and apparently he had Kershaw Strasbourg upside. So is morse a good option for a dynasty league and why?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ryan, So then go with the other trade that Wheeler’s not in…

  31. Oye Como says:
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    someone dropped Salty, would you hate me if i parted ways with Carlos Santana for him?

    Thanks, love the site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oye Como, Thanks! Nah, sounds fine…

  32. Oye Como says:
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    someone dropped Salty, would you hate me if i parted ways with Carlos Santana for him? OPS league, my only hesitation.

    Thanks, love the site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oye Como, Thanks!

  33. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Yeah Amish gals on rumspringa are quite loose. It is shame how many broken down Stallions think it is ok. Carriages often stay in the oats once the Colts break free of their harnesses after learning about the whip of a unborn Foal in one of the Seats. Then the Stallions have the gal to excommunicate the Carriages from the Stadium….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Ha!

  34. Long Bawls says:
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    Howzabout CHIPSing in some love for Marco Estrada? 10+/K/9, 6:1 K/BB, 1.04 WHIP. Sure, he gives up about 2 HR/9, but even Erik Estrada had problems with hits after 1983.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Long Bawls, Ha… Nice…

  35. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    I did hear on a Padre telecast a while back that they plan to move the fences in next year. Could this be the end of the Hodgepadre?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Public Enemy #1, Didn’t work for Metco… They need to remove the fences altogether!

  36. Dr Hocker says:
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    If you were Justin V would you rather have a 1 in 10 shot with ate of Kahe dyed upstairs hair or a 1 in 1 with Lizbeth of the dyed pubes?

    So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Hocker, Tough call…

    • eric says:
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      @Dr Hocker,

      what in the hell are you talking about…

      • Dr Hocker says:
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        @eric, easy there my Viking conqueror. With a name like yours one would have thought that MAYBE you’d be familiar with the Swedish authored “Girl w/the Dragon Tat” series?Grey seemed to have no trouble following me–read his Verlander post.

  37. Dr Hocker says:
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    > Kate of the <

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Hocker, Yeah, figured…

  38. MikeZ says:
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    I asked a similar question last week… wondering your thoughts. 12 team 5×5 league with no bench spots, 2 DL spots. I have Frank Francisco and Longoria on the DL and right now Stanton is active. (I was able to pick up Parnell when Francisco got injured, so I’m getting the Mets saves for now.) Given Frank Frank’s latest injury, should I drop him, move Stanton to the DL and grab a replacement for him? Drop Parnell or Marmol and make Frank Frank active, move Stanton to the DL and replace him? Or stand pat with Stanton not generating any stats in one of my 2 U spots for another week? What do you think?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @MikeZ, cut Frank Frank. Put Stanton on the DL and pick up a replacement for him. Frank Frank isn’t coming back anytime soon, and Marmol is actually looking remotely decent right now, so no sense in cutting him for an injured closer that isn’t really any good anyway.

  39. H.Stencil says:
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    Hi Grey,

    In a 9×9 league H2H (H,BA,HR,RBI,R,SB,BB,OPS,XBH) + (K,ERA,WHIP,W,L,S,BAA,INN/GS,QS/GS) + $80m salary cap + 5 no cost keepers (1 rookie, snake draft). We start all positions + U, 6 pitchers (RP+SP), and have bench of 8 + 1DL + 1ML.

    1. In second, very probable for play-offs. Like to compete, don’t like mortgaging the future for now. Just offered: Sale + De Aza for Price + Rizzo. Concept: Sale innings-capped, Price established and pitching for rest of season, but pricier in the long-run, while De Aza having a nice season but Rizzo potentially better keeper (I have plenty of OF – J.Upton, Hart, Harper, Cespedes, De Aza). Right offer? Need to sweeten with Marte? Trading partner is done for the season.

    2. In general, struggling with who my keepers are, and therefore who to try and trade: team is Wieters, Dunn, Cano, Encarnacion, Andrus, Hart, De Aza, Cespedes, Harper, J.Upton, Dan.Murphy, Marte (ML), Grandal + Haren (ugh), Sale, Hammel, Parker, Milone, Pettitte (DL), Scherzer, Street, Betancourt, Casilla, Romo. At this point, I would say it is out of: Cano, Harper (rookie), Upton, Encarnacion, Andrus, Sale, with De Aza, Cespedes in consideration. I’m thinking it is two out of Encarnacion, Andrus and Sale. Right call? If Price and Rizzo came through, would things change?

    Love your guys stuff, and just started listening to the Podcast. Have you seen: http://www.advancedfantasybaseball.com/2009/05/which-fantasy-baseball-expert-is-your.html

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that poll… It’s pretty old… 1. I like that original offer for you… I wouldn’t sweeten it…. 2. Yeah, Edwin and Sale as of right now… Yeah, it would become Price, Rizzo, Cano, Harper, Justin Upton…

  40. kaiser soze says:
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    Is Mike Trout way more valuable in an OPS league? I just traded him and am already regretting it. Speed guys who don’t hurt OPS are pretty tough to find…

    What grade do you give it?

    Trout and CJ for Adam Jones and Verlander

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kaiser soze, Trade sounds fair…

  41. Wilsonian says:
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    Annabelle was just dropped. Take a ride on that headache train and drop The Grind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I’d want him over Niese

  42. Wilsonian says:
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    J-Roll or Ass-dribble while my main squeeze Tulo is still out there in no man’s land?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Asdrubal

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, BTW, how was your vacay?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Grey, Thanks! It was good. Aside from the fact that as soon as we got back we had to pack our house an get moved out. And then closed on our house on Friday, so it’s been a cluster the past couple weeks. Trying to maintain my fantasy teams is tough with just this damn iPhone app and Safari.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Congrats on the new house!

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Grey, Thanks! Sorry I’m a bit slow on the uptake.

  43. Chavo says:
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    Who would you stream tonight? Happ in SD? Arroyo at home against the Dbacks? Porcello at home against the Angels? None of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chavo, None

  44. JLeigh says:
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    Stubbs or Lorenzo Cain ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JLeigh, Cain

  45. Mike says:
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    Goldshmidt or middlebrooks at utility ROS?
    Goldy is hurting against righties…middlebrooks rakes when starts.
    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  46. Grey's da man! says:
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    Currently have espinoza at 2B. Kendrick just dropped. FAAB – have $55 left. Add him and if so how much to bid?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, sweet thanks. In the meantime, should I have Kelly Johnson, Jemile Weeks or D murphy over espinoza?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Johnson

  47. Mike says:
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    Goldy or middlebrooks at utility ROS?

  48. nightpandas says:
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    same question as earlier today but swapped Boneface for Rizzo in my 15 teamer:

    Dickey & 10th pick

    for

    Boneface & 3rd pick

    Like this one better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Dickey, it’s not close…

  49. Tim says:
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    Freese ,fowler,or middlebrooks ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freese

  50. Mike says:
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    What do u do with Lester….bad year..now in 6 man rotation..
    Do u drop if bad again tommorrow and stream his spot..
    Has been killing me all year..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends how deep your league is… But I’d probably hold…

  51. Booya says:
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    Would you give Morse and Parker for Dickey in H2H 6×6 12 team league?

    My current team is

    C Ruiz
    1B Votto
    2B Kinsler
    3B Beltre
    SS Rollins
    OF Bruce
    OF Pence
    OF Reddick
    UTIL ARod
    BN Morse
    DL Berkman

    SP: Lee, Peavy, Halladay, McDonald, Lester, Parker, Morales
    RP: Motte, Putz, Wilhelmsen, Robertson, Downs (holds league)

    It is a keeper league and Dickey will probably be too expensive for me to keep, but I’m also contending this year in 4th place so I’m torn. What are your thoughts?

    I’m leaning towards Dickey.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d make that trade…

  52. Ray says:
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    Wainwright or Lince ROS? 6×6 league with QS added

    • Carnac says:
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      @Ray, Wainwright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright

  53. Carnac says:
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    Middlebrooks/Edwin Jackson or Chipper/Anibal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks, it’s fair though…

  54. jack says:
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    Grey, a little help with my weekly starters por favor! As mentioned before I have terrible luck with Lance Lynn. Still digesting that sh-t sandwich (benched for the 2 gems, played for the 3 turds in between). But here he is again, ready to serve me … do I play him @MIL and home vs CHC this week? He handled MIL well earlier this year, and I think the time off does him well … I looked into his turds and noticed a velo drop visavis his gems. My other choices aren’t great. Harrison is rolling but walked more Mariners than he Ked, so he may be in for some regression @LAA. Holland is @LAA too … LAA is muy peligroso. Also could run out Garza @stL.

    So who you got? 2 start lynn, Holland, Harrison or Garza? thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I still owned him, I’d start Lynn…

  55. Hi Grey — For the first time ever, I’m in first in both of my leagues at the same time, as of this morning … in no small part because of your advice. Thanks for all the help!

    My questions:

    After Sheets’ performance against the Mets, how do you think he stacks up against other possible FA starters in my most competative league, a 16-team 5×5 redraft league?

    The other candidates are: Villenueva, McAlistair, Arroyo, Jair, Tillman, Bud Norris, Franklin Morales, Pettite, and Blackley. Which are your top three? And do they deserve a roster spot in a league like mine? Or are they mostly streamer candidates?

    (My weakest pitching category is Ks, where I’m 10th, with Ws and WHIP also weak-ish as well)

    Also, for tonight, same league, I picked up McAlistair @TAM (the Rays are only hitting .225 in July and are weaker at home than on the road, plus he did well against them last week … though back-to-back starts against the same team can be a bad thing) but nearly went for Arroyo vs. ARI (Arroyo’s pitched v. well lately and the Diamondbacks don’t hit for much power on the road). Too late for me to do anything about it now, but was that the right choice? I’m having buyers’ remorse.

    • @Enrique, I was just reading the comments and answers below … I’ve got Marcum taking up a bench spot in this 16-teamer. I should hold onto him in a league like this, right? Or is he worth dropping for one of the guys mentioned above? How about FrankFrank?

      I was planning to hold onto both and to drop a hitter to make room for the pitcher but should I consider dropping Marcum or FrankFrank instead?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go with McAllister over Marcum…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, nice! I’d grab Sheets… I would’ve gone with McAllister…

  56. Jay says:
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    Offered this trade in 12 team / 5 keeper league:
    Wright for N Cruz/A Jones….accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Adam Jones…

  57. Mike says:
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    If I drop Lester after Tom….guys on waivers are garza,dempster,millone,fister,morales,Niese,Buerle,Fiers,Hellickson etc..
    He has been so bad…but holding for Tom
    Thoughts on guys on waivers to replace him?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  58. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    It sounds like Ian Desmond may miss more than a game or 2. This oblique thingy could cause some playing time issues. Not good.

    Just pulled off the FHer, Jansen and N. Walker for Cano, Moore and Fiers trade (I get Cano side). Here we go!

    Finally, I too followed your advice on Cutch and am loving this run.

    Thanks Grey and excellent work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Yeah, Desmond’s not great… Cano trade is nice though…

  59. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    I was just proposed two trade offers. What do you think?
    I get victorino/capuano for my cj Wilson or victorino/shields for my cj Wilson. My outfield currently is cutch/Bruce/Harper and staff if Wilson/Lester/bum/gio/Lewis/niese/Hughes/Parker.

    Thanks

    • Steven says:
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      @Grey

      I’m hearing victorino Is first big name that’s going to get traded to a contender. Does that change anything?

      Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, These aren’t good…

  60. herschel says:
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    @Grey: based on wins (impossible, i know) and k’s, who do you like best for this week?

    burnett vs mia
    leake vs ari
    milone vs nyy
    oswalt @ oak

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnett, Oswalt, Leake…

  61. Joel says:
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    Grey: in our 12 team h2h, the bottom 4 teams just sold off alot of players for draft picks next year. Because of that, my SPs are CC, halladay, Weaver, Bumgartner, hanson, Vogelsong, worley and masterson. I’ve been offered Trumbo for Weaver. I’d put Trumbo in my IF position, which is currently manned by Aramis ramirez. What do you think? THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, your pitching is definitely stacked anyway, so I’d go for it…

  62. Just Say No to Waves says:
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    would you drop McCarthy for Fiers, Sheets, or Villanueva?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

  63. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Yeah, I was one of those unlucky bastards that traded Cutch for Granderson because I needed power. Somehow picking up Trout around the same time made it all ok. Anyways …

    1) Better DL stash right now for a starting pitcher: Morrow, Feliz, McCarthy, or Garcia. Sounds like Felix could be back the soonest but I only want him as a starter.

    2) Stream Detwiler v. NYM or Britton @ MIN or stay away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, 1) Morrow 2) Detwiler

  64. airweino says:
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    Cishek? I need to make a DL move and could use some saves although I just acquired Clippard to go with Betancourt, Johnson, and Kimbrell. Worth speculating on? Not much else out there – Romo also available.

    Or do I go a completely different way, and look at picking up Starling Marte instead and speculate on him producing something positive the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Cishek

  65. HotRod says:
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    Need runs & steals from final OF spot…Revere or Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  66. Mikey Boy324 says:
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    Grey pick 2 out of 3 for mi: J weeks,espinosa,peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta, Weeks

  67. WHIP it good says:
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    Pick up Buehrle, Niese, or Milone?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone

  68. Grey,
    Should I drop Heath Bell or does his contract/Ozzie’s lack of cognitive ability ensure him a third opportunity?
    Thanks,
    DTB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll get another opportunity, so I wouldn’t drop him…

  69. jaw says:
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    would you trade kemp for trout in a 10 team h2h keeper league? same keeper cost, no limit on how long guys can be kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold….

  70. knighttown says:
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    Rizzo/Espinosa for Kinsler in a stanard 12 team, daily league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler side…

  71. Random Collmenter says:
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    Was offered Trumbo for The Adverb….

    Trumbo would be a keeper in the 15 round next year. Cliff would be a keeper in the 4th round.

    Thoughts?

    My outfield is not great – Melky, Berkman, Heyward, Quentin, Ichiro.

    My pitching is decent – Sale, Latos, Garza, Moore, Bauer, Worley…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trumbo…

  72. Quick lineup question for the short schedule day:

    In both my 14- and 16-team roto leagues I’ve got exactly one hitter who I can start today and it boils down to starting Berkman (hitless since coming off the DL, but facing Michael Fiers, who is allowing lefties to hit almost .300 against him (assuming Berkman will bat lefty)) or Kendrick (who only seems to hit singles and who is 2-for-12 against Porcello).

    Which would you start?

    I’m tempted to start one in each league, so if one of ‘em goes 3-for-4 I’ll at least reap the benefits somewhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try both… It really is a tossup…

  73. Jon says:
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    Hey Grey, if you can put on your crystal ball and look into 2013… I’d guess most of if not all of these players end up in your pre-season top 100, but whereabouts? Assuming 10 teams, what round would you predict they go in?

    AGon, Hosmer, Lawrie, Zimmerman, Rollins, Jennings, Lester, Zimmermann

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a lot of season left… AGon 4th, Hosmer 8th, Lawrie 3rd, Zimmerman 8th, Rollins 10th, Jennings 9th, Lester 9th, Zimmermann 10th…

  74. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Slappy Pappy at March Draft: “I’m not sold on Grey’s Dread Pirate analysis, so I’ll wait on Morse.” Slappy Pappy today: “Literally kicking yourself is somewhat hard to do.” Luckily I went Votto/Kinsler in 1st/2nd, so we’re still in good shape over here (No whammies, no whammies).

    Please pick one for ROS, 12 team HTH, 5×5 + 2Bs and OBP:

    Allen Wrench (Episode VI: Return of the Puma scares me)
    Y. Cespedes
    A. Lind

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Craig…

  75. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Trying to trade one of Jennings, Berkman or Reddick (2 of 3 ride the bench). Already tried to get Wainwright but was rejected. Please rank all of these pitchers that you would trade for one of my three hitters:

    • Melvin Emanuel says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel,

      Ignore this post, sorry.

  76. quimmy says:
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    2 starts Fiers (STL, @CIN) or Liriano (BAL)? We have inn as a category so the 2 starts is nice, but I don’t know why I think Fiers might get lit up this week. What says you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Fiers… It is a bit risky…

  77. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Trying to trade one of Jennings, Berkman or Reddick (2 of 3 ride the bench). Already tried to get Wainwright but was rejected. Please rank all of these pitchers that you would target for one of my three hitters: Parker, Capuano, Fiers, J. Santana, Dempster, Vogelsong, Haren and T. Hudson.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogelsong, Dempster, Johan…

  78. frog says:
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    karstens @ colorado: sit or roll the dice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

    • HotRod says:
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      @frog,

      SIT

  79. Eric Riptide says:
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    Allen Craig has cooled off somewhat. In a weekly league, which 1B should I start this week?

    Allen Craig or Chris Carter. They say Carter is part of a platoon, yet he has played every game since the All-Star break.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Craig

  80. jack says:
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    Ok boss, going with Lynn! Garza might throw a gem but it is vs Stl.

    I’m going power heavy this week … I have been sticking with Quentin and getting burned. Had him on bench for his good weekend. He almost went deep yesterday too (robbed at fence). So I think he is coming out of his slump. He is home for 7 games but has many juicy lefties to feast on. Would it be dumb to play him instead of Reddick or Rizzo? Which would you bench for CQ? Reddick is tuff cuz he does steal … or would you strongly argue against starting CQ? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t play Quentin at home over those guys…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, you’re right. he’ll probably ride the pine at least one and maybe two of them. And continue to fly out deep to left and right center. Shame on me for missing his HR and 4 Rbis in away games over the weekend! I’ll play him when they are on the road.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup….

  81. errydayi'mhustlin says:
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    hey Grey,

    what do you think of Crawford and Joyce coming back from the DL? I already picked up Crawford and I’m looking to drop one of either Ruggiano or Colvin for Joyce.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colvin

  82. Jim says:
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    There are reports of another setback for B. Gardener. I have Stanton, Tulo, Haren, and Gardner all on the DL with only two DL slots. Is it time to just give up on Gardner for the year or wait to hear more news on this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Gardner if he just had a setback…

  83. Ehos says:
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    De Aza vs Cook @ Boston or Ruggiano vs E-Jax @ Miami?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza

  84. Sam says:
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    Drop Stubbs for Berkman, Cain, Brantley or Frenchy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berkman

  85. Knighttown says:
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    Elvis, JUp, Addison and Harper for his Cano, Bautista and F-Her. Wich side and is it close?

    Hamilton, Lawrie, Rizzo and Uggla for his Beltre, Austin Jackson, Beltran and Kinsler. Same question but not an either or.

    Both are 12 team daily leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano, it’s close enough… Hamilton, also close…

  86. Rick Grimes says:
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    Berkman just came off the bench. Who is my next DL stash for a competitive 12 team.

    McCarthy, Stanton, Longoria, Lowrie, Werth, Pedroia, Francisco, Sabathia, Morrow, Feliz, Joyce, Tulow, Hudson, Halladay, Danks, Marcum, Lewis, Gardner, Bay, Hammel….are all taken.

    Could you list a couple guys? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s available?

      • Kyle says:
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        @Grey, Haren just got dropped…..but other than him it looks like Dee Gordon, V-Mart, Drew Storen, Zach Britton or Nothing at all…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gordon

  87. Kyle says:
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    Bud Norris and Phil Hughes were dropped.

    Who do I pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  88. jack says:
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    Votto getting knee surgery! Out for two weeks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah!

  89. Sawx10 says:
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    Just traded ARod for Nelson Cruz. Can move Hanley from SS to 3B, Castro from IF to SS, and picked up Goldschmidt for my IF. Good move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid…

  90. Simply Fred

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    Streamer alert! I’m gonna run Tillman tonight. He only has the one sterling outing vs. SEA. Min tough home #7, but weak vs.RIGHT #22. Of course he has good periphs given the one outing:31.7% 0-Swing%, 0.00% HR/FB, 3.47 siera (above average). Had him in that one so maybe playing my heart a little. WIND IN @ 13mph, rather than the 11 out the other day. STREAM.

    @Grey, what you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good!

  91. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    “Sparky Anklebiter” is one of the better pronunciations thus far. I also love the emotion in “Sonavabench!”

    B the dub, traded Prince & J. Parker for Miggy last night. Prince is available as a keeper at $30 next year, but I’m still pleased with that swap… especially since I could use a boost to HR and OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice swap… Sparky Anklebiter!

    • Steve says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Yeah – the inflection in Sonavabench is just about perfect.

  92. JLeigh says:
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    Give Pujols for Weaver and Rasmus? 12 Team H2H, and Butler just became 1B eligible (lost Stanton so trying to make up) –Rizzo would slide to UTIL

    • JLeigh says:
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      @JLeigh, And thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t love it but it’s fair…

  93. Steve says:
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    Would it be wrong to bench Rasmus for Bonifacio tonight? He (Rasmus) has been scuffling of late.

    Or do you think he tees off on Hughes in that park?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d play Rasmus, but they’re tomato potato…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Left Rasmus in there. Of course Bonifacio just singled and stole second. Steve Magic!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doh!

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, *Shakes fist at Rasmus*

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Left Youk on the bench too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… Steve Magic!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, As Youk goes 3-3.

          Not that I really had anywhere to put him. Could have benched Konerko I suppose.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Benching Konerko might not be a bad idea, if for no other reason to get him to start hitting for the millions of other people that own him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, And again.

  94. Eddy says:
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    I see the rumor floating about Votto and knee surgery, but no one has confirmed it.

    And if it’s true, why does he have to do it in such a ninja-like fashion?!

    In any case, Adam Lind better stick around and Berkman better get back to doing his thing.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, OK, Reds have confirmed it. I’m really skeptical about the “about two weeks” recovery, but I can only hope it’s true.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, someone mentioned above…

  95. Hi Grey — thanks for your help in the forums earlier. I had a couple of followup questions and it seemed easier to ask here:

    For speed, how’d you rank Stubbs, Revere, and Cain in a non keeper league?

    Is Berkman a better bet going forward than Ruggiano?

    And who do you prefer between McAlistair and Sheets?

    Grazie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain, Stubbs… Yes… Sheets

  96. Jon says:
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    @Grey, I definitely get that there’s a lot of season left (in reference to my question about keepers/rounds above – #74) so I promise you won’t hold you to this! Haha. Regardless, mind to take a stab at where a few more players go (again, assuming 10 teams)?

    Berkman, Belt, Anibal

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      10th, 20th, 12th

  97. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I need a replacement for Votto while he is out. Grab Lind, Robot, Hosmer, Freeman, Ike, LoMo, Carter, or LaHair? Which are your top 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, Freeman, Lind

  98. Last question, Grey ….

    Who’s a better streaming option for tomorrow between Detwiler, Jair, and Tomlin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detwiler

    • Awesomus Maximus

      Awesomus Maximus says:
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      @Enrique, There are no good streamers tomorrow. I’d avoid streaming tomorrow unless you are very desperate.

      • @Awesomus Maximus, Heh heh. Good point….

  99. Off the Cliff says:
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    @Grey: I just got offered Choo-choo for One Win Lee. Fair deal?
    Great site. Thanks for all your time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! If want Lee

  100. Keter Ping says:
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    Which three would you recommend to start in a H2H points league.

    Weaver vs TEX
    Lester vs CHW
    Bucholtz vs TOR
    Kennedy @ CIN
    Dempster @ STL

    Gracias!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weaver, Dempster, Lester

  101. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Hold onto Ruggiano or drop him for someone like Brantley, Delmon or any of the other 1B from my post above (#98)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Saw that Middlebrooks and Joyce are also available, who’s the add?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Middlebrooks

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey, Thanks! Last question…Please rank Burnett, Bauer, Latos, Garza, Anibal. I need to drop one of them for Hosmer.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Garza, Anibal, Burnett, Latos…

  102. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Konerko has been terrible lately. Hard to believe he’s still hitting well over .300.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hitting .380 through May didn’t hurt…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks…

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Freakin Stanton, and now Votto…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a sad month.

  103. letsgobravos says:
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    Son of a bitch…where did this Votto knee surgery come from? I watched the Reds play on yesterday and Votto was raking.

    My first place team that went 8-2-2 in the first half just lost Stanton and now Votto. Shades of the Krispie, Berkman, Gardner cluster fuck that happened earlier this year. In closing…FUCK!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t get it… Was he ever sore?

      • knighttown says:
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        @Grey,

        5th place guy just made what everyone thought was a moronc trade moving Votto to the first place guy for Hart and Janssen. Did he know something?

        Prolly just an idiot who got lucky.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome that it backfired on the 1st place team…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Apparently happened on a harmless looking slide into third. I think it is safe to say that Rudy’s charmed RCL season is no more.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Rudy’s bitching to me… Tell it to the Marines, Rudy… I’m starting Robot Jones and Ruggiano and Jon Jay in the same outfield… Oh, wait, none of them are playing…

  104. agarthered says:
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    Furcal or Jeter ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeter

  105. EK says:
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    Pls rank for tomorrow?

    Detwiler vs NYM
    Kelly @ MIL
    Lyles @ SD
    Friedrich vs PIT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detwiler, Lyles

  106. Collin Martin says:
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    Votto goes blotto. FMFBBL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna get blotto to numb Votto’s pain…

  107. Steve says:
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    Tillman owners suffering an incredible case of ticker shock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was just about to post that…. Wow, did they get lucky…

  108. Tele says:
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    “Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks after being tattooed so badly in the All-Star Game he looked like Justin Salander.”

    I love you, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding my hands in a shape of a heart for you.

  109. Steve says:
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    Joe Mauer. Didn’t really expect that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mariners and Twins > 7 runs… Weird day already…

  110. Steve says:
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    I’ll be incredibly pissed off if my opponent gets away with starting Francis in Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s super annoying…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, He has 5 active players and he’s 6/11.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sounds like my RCL team… I had what I thought was a full team but no one’s playing…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, I’m at work, about to go postal.

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, Even Ichiro is hitting. F*** him.

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, And now he gets a home run from Hart. F****** unbelievable. His five active players are 9/17 with 3 runs, a dinger and 4 RBI. .529 average, .556 OBP. Plus Francis…

              And I’m 3/28.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m having a huge night with only a handful of players going too… Are we sure we’re not playing each other?

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, I hope not, because I’ve called you some very bad things.

  111. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Joey Bats is down. Doesn’t look good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wha’ happened?

      • Slappy Pappy says:
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        @Grey, Left wrist?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Looked like he might have hurt his wrist sliding into home. Then Then hit a long foul and immediately went down – wrist or forearm.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That doesn’t sound good at all…

          • Slappy Pappy says:
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            @Grey, Bad day to be a Joey. Blossom is in a pray circle for Mr. Lawrence right now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

  112. KP says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can I ask a favor? Can you launch a tirade against Rickie Weeks similar to your roasting of Ryan Zimmerman a few weeks back? It seems to have awoken the Zimmerman of old, karmatically speaking of course. Is it even worth rostering Weeks at this point? What is his second half upside really…Maybe 8 HR, .270, 7 SB? God I hate him so. Not as much as a I hate Tulo though. That is an animosity that goes deeper than Weeks could ever achieve.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, freakin’ Zimmerman… That sounds about right for Weeks…

  113. Steve says:
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    And of course the Sox score one run more than is needed for a Save opp. Jesus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s all coming up Steve Magic…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Shall we hold hands for the top of the 9th in Detroit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t even want to watch… Hold hands and I’ll close my eyes…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, He struck out Mike Trout? Doesn’t happen every day.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or ever!

  114. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Ibanez grand slam. I picked him up for 1 day. Unfortunately, that was yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  115. Jon says:
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    AGon, Zimmerman AND Jennings homer tonight? WTH??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two of those don’t surprise me…

  116. swaye says:
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    odd year – best players are on the DL, which two would you keep of the following: AGON, Ike Davis, Berkman, and Logan Morrison- standard 5 x 5 leauge – 12 team, shallow. is it time to jetison Krispie? is j, shields done or just bad luck? can beuhrle keep it going?
    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie and Lomo…

  117. Turk Wendell says:
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    I can’t believe how much fantasy baseball hates me.
    Votto, Longoria, Stanton. FMFBBL!

    Do you like Perez or Grandal over Arrencibia?

    BTW the pronunciations on the Glossary page are awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed… Perez

  118. knighttown says:
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    Move Konerko for Kinsler? I’d probably slot Colvin in at CI.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair… Colvin at CI isn’t great though…

  119. Derrick says:
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    Justin Upton and Matt Moore for Chapman and Cueto in a H2H, 10-man, 5X5 league.

    Which side do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  120. MeanMachine says:
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    Would you trade Liriano for Ernesto Frieri? It’s a points league. Can i trust Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  121. MeanMachine says:
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    Drop Colvin for Lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it…

  122. Wilsonian says:
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    Might need some help now that Joey Bats may be down for a bit (just add him to Longo and Tulo). I can replace him with Jennings (who sucks) or Rasmus (who sucks just as much). Do I drop Rasmus in an 8 teamer for any of the following (not dropping Jennings – I have more faith in him) (I use too many parentheses):

    Yoenis
    Middlebrooks
    Lind
    Boneface
    Aramis
    Swisher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind if you really need a CI…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Well I really need someone with some pop. Especially if Bats hits the DL. Rasmus has been fine, but I think he’s over stayed his welcome in an 8 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Gotcha…

  123. Wilsonian says:
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    What do you think of Ricky Ro for the rest of the year? Him or Annabelle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  124. Prezii says:
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    Wow i leave baseball for ONE day and j bats is down, votto (wtf!?), ortiz… I dont own any but damn! Crazy day i guess…

    • Prezii says:
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      Oh and minnAAAsota has 19 runs….. Mauer had a power hour…. Wtf is goin on here?? 12-12-12 the world ends!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA… Yup…

        • jack says:
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          @Grey, Funny day. I’m in first. Votto goes down. Guy in second celebrates and then HIS Joey goes down. Guy in third starts feelin good then Papi goes down! Karmic justice, finally …

          BTW, thanks for convincing me to roll with Lynn. He was exceptional. Rest is everything for him. I dug into his charts … all his good games he gets his FB to peak over 95. His bad games, it’s stuck below 94.

          Got sonuvabenched by Revere! Never would have thought I’d get a 3 RBI game out of him. And RBIs are what I need the most. damn

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @jack, No problem…

  125. Eddy says:
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    Grey, if Anthony Gose gets called up, do you prefer him or Rajai?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, It’s official, Gose called up.

      But now I’m thinking they bat Rajai leadoff and Gose ninth (move Lawrie down). So who becomes the add for SAGNOF?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Eddy, they would be stupid to move lawrie out of the leadoff spot now.. although gose would be nice in that spot i doubt they do it..

        • Eddy says:
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          @Prezii, I don’t know, Lawrie can at least provide the pop that they’ll miss with Bautista. And hitting in the 3-hole wouldn’t be too shabby in that lineup.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Eddy, i agree.. but he seems to have settled in that leadoff spot, so it seems kinda dumb to mess with it. Its a tough call man.. maybe set gose low and if he produces change it up. Im just glad im not mr. Farrel right now..

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Eddy, I read he WILL be called up if Bats is on the DL. He hasn’t been called up yet that I’ve seen.

        • Eddy says:
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          @Wilsonian, He was pulled from AAA. Looks like it’s a done deal. Just saw he has horrible splits against lefties. I’ll heed Grey’s advice and stick with Rajai.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Rajai

  126. swaye says:
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    sorry, let me get this straight – you would keep LoMo and Krispie over AGON, Berkman, and Ike

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @swaye, Nope… Opposite… I’d lose Krispie, Lomo…

  127. Slam says:
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    Couldn’t get Michael Fiers if you was FUCKIN MICHAEL FIERS
    !!!!!

    • mhfella says:
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      Sorry Fiers. You have Axford as a closer. No win for you.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Nice…

  128. Westly says:
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    Grey, got big trade offer was wondering what you thought. 16 team Dynasty H2H Cats with all the usuals except Holds for Whip. Was offered Verlander and Jim Johnson for C.C., Dylan Bundy and Oscar Taveras. My rotation has Kershaw, McDonald, Waino and C.C. right now, with Nathan as my only closer. I lose saves frequently. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Verlander, but you really don’t need pitching…

      • Westly says:
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        @Grey

        I was thinking of Verlander being 3 years younger than C.C. as well. Your probably right about it not being a big need but felt maybe Johnson would help in saves which i struggle in. I’m rock solid in my batting lineup. I’m kind of in win now mode, been to title game 2 of last 3 years and lost both. Thanks for the advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Westly, No problem…

  129. Steve says:
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    Not even Capps can blow this one.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, lol you sure?

  130. L-Boogie says:
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    Aaaaaaaaaand Axford blows another save. 3 ER in the 9th with the Brewers up 2-0. Every time I have a good performance from a SP (McAllister in this case) Axford shits all over my team.

    • mhfella says:
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      Axford 40.5 era and 7.5 whip tonight. And no Ks. And no save. Why exactly am I playing him?

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @mhfella, I ask myself that every week. Probably because he always seems to have a save on a Sunday and I think “This is the week he turns it around.” And then he kicks me in the nuts and sleeps with my sister.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure why the Brewers are either…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a bad person…

  131. Steve says:
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    Holy Jim Johnson. And to think I just traded him away…

    But, seriously WTF is the deal with bringing him into a game like that? Yeah, I still have him on another team…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, And on the same team I have Johnson, I also have Capps…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wow was that an unnecessary Kazaam for Johnson…

  132. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I saw that the Blue Jays might call up Gose if HGH Joey goes on the DL, what do you think about that? With Lawrie batting leadoff, then he probably ends up 8th or 9th, hopefully 9th, could be solid SAGNOF and help in leagues with XBH or TB, but I don’t see too much else. Now if he plays well and raja gets traded then we could have something there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe some steals…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, did you catch yesterday’s food network star?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did… I think Justin will get his own show, but I don’t trust America to choose him as the winner…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, Yeah America did pick that back-up singer on the Voice who was nothing special or unique. You never know, its been Justin’s to lose for the last month. I have to wonder if they will fix it so he wins. Even though I think he is a better fit for the COOK channel. if not him then it will be Marty’s Farty Party. The dikey New England Broad and the Yvon won’t win.

            Out of curiosity I looked at the voting part and you had to do it on Facebook. That was pretty lame, now all your facebook friends will know you voted for food network star…back in the day my friends would of probably punched me in the arms a bunch of times and made fun of me for the next two years. What happened to our secret lives.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate, Yeah, they’d vote for Marti because of the tears and her story about this being a lifelong dream… I would never do anything that linked through Facebook like that, I’d never hear the end of it…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, word up to that

  133. Ale says:
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    Alcides, aybar or A Ramirez at SS?

    My J Zim for his freeman Okay? Lost Stanton And Joey bats, have sale, dickey, doc, garza and yovani at SP

    Thanks and I miss the p

    • Ale says:
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      @Ale, p = Podcast

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar… It’s an okay trade, yeah… Podcast will be back this week… We took ASB off…

  134. Steve says:
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    Is it raining in Coors?

    Does Betancourt come back or does he get me a Hold?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Looks like it’s a Hold. I guess that works. Be nice if the Dodgers could score three right about now and give Belisario a shot at one.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Holy shit.

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, Or maybe that Pedro HR was so epic that it flew in slow motion…

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Killed the win for my opponent’s Francis, but I won’t be best pleased if his Hanrahan ends up with a save opp…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Hmmm. Not sure I want to see Belisario here.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, But if you’re gonna come in, might as well strike out the side.

          Is it greedy to ask for a vulture win?

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Must be that they called a delay to save the television viewers from the aggravation of watching Betancourt’s tics and twitches…bound to happen some day.

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Did you see my email about the t-shirts? A right mixture…

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Just checked it… So that Beaver Rooter shirt’s not gonna go over well at your daughter’s friends’ birthday parties?

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!, I think it probably gets worn for mowing the lawn, and not a lot else.

            • royce! says:
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              @Steve, Fair enough…you should send it my way. I don’t do much else than mow the lawn anyway. I’m downright domesticated! Been spending my Sundays fixing things that I broke, and breaking things I fixed, the week before.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Steve, you made shirts that say Beaver Rooter, where can I get one of those?

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Steve, what does it mean where you are from, and where is that?

              • Steve says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate, I’m from New Zealand. Rooting is better known as a slang term for having intercourse with someone.

                • royce! says:
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                  @Steve, Gives a whole new meaning to roto rooter (a plumbing/sewer company here).

                  • Steve says:
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                    @royce!, Quite.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Steve, makes sense, I should have known that hangin with a bunch of Kiwi’s when I lived in London.

                  I was thinkin what royce was saying, guys here refer to laying pipe like a plumber

    • Carnac says:
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      @Steve, Thank you both for this thread; I now have a lead on some badly needed new t shirts.

  135. Poo Holes says:
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    Gose worth a pick up if Joey Bats hits the DL? If so, would you drop any of Ben Revere, Kyle Seager, Garrett Jones, LoMo, or Pomeranz in a dynasty league?

    Also, I have Axford and Jimmy John on the same team…fuck them and their monstrous ERA’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, I’d lose Jones for him now…

  136. Eddy says:
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    I don’t think it’s gone past anyone just how amazing the Dread Pirate’s last month has been, but the difference between him and Braun is just five HR and two less SB. Both are equal in RBI and runs (not including today).

    Jeebus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yeah, fo reals.

  137. Steve says:
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    If Rex Brothers ever gets a stranger win than that, I’d sure like to be there to see it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha

  138. Derrick says:
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    Lost Votto and just got offered Adam Dunn for Tyler Clippard.

    I have to do this, right?

    • Derrick says:
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      @Derrick, Let me rephrase….would you deal this deal, or just pick up Berkman off the wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just pick up Berkman

  139. Chillmodious says:
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    Ugh, my team’s stars are dropping like flies and my DL is already full with “undroppables.” Joey Bats will have to ride the pine, I guess, while I drop Romo for a bat. Help me out here: please rank your #1 and #2 out of the following three: Span, Cain, Gose

    Thank you.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Chillmodious, PS: Tomorrow’s header should be, “Bautista Goes Down, Anthony Gose Up”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hehe… Nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Where would Frenchy fit on that list? (thank you again)

  140. Matt says:
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    is my zimmermann (sp) overpaying to get his berkman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope… It’s fair…

  141. Derrick says:
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    Who would you drop to pick up Berkman out of Edwin Jackson, Cahill, Cisheck, Moore or Aceves?

    Thanks.

  142. K!cks says:
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    Ben Sheets or Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sheets

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