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While you’re taking time from your family to read this on this beautiful Fourth of July, I just want to say a few quick thank yous.  *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told Thanksgiving is the time for that thanking people crap and the 4th of July is for hot dogs, red, white and blue Jell-o shots and almost losing a finger when a fuse goes off prematurely — that’s what she said!  Huh?  You know what’s more apple pie (appley-er?) than the 4th of July?  A guy that was once lost in the abyss of self-despair and Fruit Loops making good– Wait that’s the intro for Celebrity Fit Club.  Okay, better than apple pie is a guy that looks like a stick figure and pitches like Adrian Adonis (in his heyday, obviously), and going into Coors and taming the mountain better than the Red Viper.  Zack Greinke threw 8 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners and 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.66.  His peripherals aren’t much worse either — 9.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and a 2.72 xFIP.  He’s pretty much a top five pitcher.  So, on today, when we celebrate flashes of color in the sky and a bunch of drunk white guys signing parchment 238 years ago, let’s raise our fruity, rum-filled concoction and toast Greinke.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Hanley Ramirez – 0-for-2 and left the game early.  Ah, the ol’ play one game so you can’t even backdate a DL stint.  Yeah, this is gonna end well.  Mattingly said Hanley will be in and out of the lineup until the All-Star Break.  Okay, let’s assume that Hanley can play and not further aggravate his injury.  Is five days off over the All-Star Break really going to be enough or is he going to let this injury linger into the 2nd half?  Not a rhetorical.  This is a simple question that Mattingly would’ve been asking himself if he never shaved his mustache.

Addison Reed – Kirk Gibson gave Reed the dreaded vote of confidence, saying, “He’s done a pretty good job for us.  We’ve had no discussions about removing him.  You might feel differently, but we don’t.”  Let’s break that down in pieces.  “He’s done a good job.”  In what world?  Opposite world?  “We’ve had no discussions.”  Is this a matter of semantics and they only talk by handing notes to each other?  Is Kirk and his coaches not on speaking terms?  Or is he simply saying that it’s so obvious Reed sucks that they don’t need to belabor the point?  The only other scenario I can think of is they have actually had no discussions because they are completely negligent.  If they were thinking about winning games, they’d at least discuss their struggling closer.  “You might feel differently.”  Don’t turn it around like this is all conjured up in our head!  Prior to even finishing Gibson’s quote, I picked up Brad Ziegler.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Move over, Rasmus, there’s a new short schedule sheriff in town!  Okay, in fairness, Peralta is hitting over .400 in the last week.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column that’s coming later today, but he could’ve been.  How’s dem apples?  Delicious!

Brandon McCarthy – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 5.01.  Nice blue jeans, bad pitcher.

Vance Worley – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, raising his ERA to 2.28.  Before you jump out of your inner tube and rip off your water wings, his ERA is in only 27 2/3 IP.  He has a 5.9 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9.  Those are, how do I say, not good.  He averages a 89 MPH fastball and… What happened?  I totally just dozed off.  Did I miss something?  Oh, Worley.  No, I didn’t miss anything.

Allen Craig – Sat out yesterday so Oscar Taveras (1-for-5, 1 RBI) could start.  Is it too late to sell Craig for pennies on the dollar?  Do kids under the age of fifteen know what a penny is?  Can we start saying “selling someone for bitcoins on the bitdollar?”  I have questions, y’all!

Carlos Martinez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Dustin Hoffman is running through Central Park alongside a pedaling Carlos Martinez, and…Carlos is peddling by himself, no training wheels…He’s doing it!  Then he falls off a jungle gym and Dustin Hoffman has to carry Martinez all the way to the emergency room.  Later, Meryl Streep uses that as a reason to not let Martinez live with Hoffman.  *Matheny shoots up in his bed, sweating*  Phew, Matheny’s dream is scarily similar to Kramer vs. Kramer.  Hopefully, Matheny gets over it and takes the training wheels off Martinez soon.

Jon Jay – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  I batty called the Federalist yesterday and he didn’t disappoint.  He always seems to hit Bumgarner well.  Maybe because he’s thinking of Dolly Madison.  That floozy!

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  While we wait for J.J. Hardy to have the season he’s supposed to, Peralta is having it.  Which is to say, the occasional homer and hitting under .250.  May your nipples be superfluous, but not your H’s!

Matt Carpenter – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Hot dog!  I wasn’t excited.  I was literally eating a hot dog.  God bless the United States of A and nitrates!

Yadier Molina – 3-for-4, 1 run.  With the holiday weekend, Molina has his brothers in attendance.  Unfortunately, about a thousand people lost their seats.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Burpgarner.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, lowering his ERA to 4.12.  He was the tough luck loser when Diekman blew the game.  Diekman is exactly the kind of contradiction that we embrace on this day of our independence, but speaking from someone who streamed Kendrick, “That’s bull, Diekman!”

Marcell Ozuna – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  OZUNA spray hitter; OZUNA score twice; OZUNA take nap.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-2, 1 RBI.  He had a ball playing against the Phillies.  His grandfather used to tell him about watching Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley and there they were.  In the flesh!  Golly!

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  He’s now given up runs in two of his last four games.  It’s likely just a blip.  That’s not Matt Adams.  That’s a blimp.

Logan Forsythe – Sat out yesterday because he’s hitting .458 in the last week, but he farted and wafted it into an elderly woman’s face, and Maddon’s just not having that.

Erik Bedard – 2 IP, 6 ER.  What a bomb.  More like Erik Petard.  When I wrote that, I said bam like Emeril.

Victor Martinez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  This is getting ridiculous.  I really wish a random journalist would accuse V-Mart of PEDs already.  Could someone from the Cleveland Plain Dealer at least start rummaging through the Tigers trash?

Torii Hunter – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  There’s obviously enough brain custard to go around for all Zombinos.  “Hey, V-Mart, you got a stain on your dirt casket.  Ah, made you look!”  That Torii is a prankster.

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-4, 4 runs.  Pays to have two Zombinos behind you; you can just walk home.  Literally, walk.   You don’t need to run.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Don’t look now — stop shielding your eyes, it’s a figure of speech — but Jackson has been leading off and is 5 for his last 10.  If he was dropped in your league, I’d give him a look.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I love Scherzer so don’t take this the wrong way, but the Rays aren’t good this year, and yesterday they sent out their B-squad.  Vince Belnome was their DH.  Vince Belnome is a meathead from Staten Island who is a contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen, he’s not a DH.

Ian Kinsler – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  My updates on Kinsler this year have been sparingly doled out for fear I will jinx him.  He’s doing well; let’s move on.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5, 1 run, hitting .347.  Beejeebus, he’s on fire.  Will someone please move his bat to a high shelf?  Rudy owns him and it’s killing me!

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That Shoemaker can sure cobble together a decent stream.

David Freese – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and a home run on Wednesday.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he looks like he’s starting a small hot schmotato session.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  Member when I told you to sell him when he was hitting .320?  He’s now hitting .254.  Yup.

Steve Pearce – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and 2 steals.  You can’t stop him.  You can only hope he gets gagged, put in a gorilla suit and shipped to Africa.   I just went over my Steve Pearce fantasy.  Yes, of course, you should own him.

Josh Donaldson – Missed two straight days with a stiff back.  In a reverse Inspector Clouseau move, Donaldson tried to get a massage, but the bell clerk just gave him a message.

Sonny Gray – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Toronto.  I hope you had the testicular fortitude to start my boy, Sonny.  Always trust in Gra/ey.

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  After more touch and go games than your pervy uncle, it looks like Doolittle was able to right the ship.

Colby Rasmus – Sat out yesterday with a wrist injury and it sounds like he’s going to be out for a few days.  It’s not clear how Rasmus hurt himself.  I heard it was from trying to get Lawrie to sit still.

Phil Hughes – 6 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  The Regression Fairies have sparklers left off from a random Tuesday night when they felt like being festive, the Regression Fairies are the ones that brought the Soyrizo to the BBQ and they will rip your heart out.

Yangervis Solarte – Demoted because he didn’t want to eat dinner at 4 PM.  Now the Yankees can go move around unencumbered, except, of course for their plastic baggies of vitamins and arthritis pills.

Zelous Wheeler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a homer.  Was called up to take Solarte’s place on the roster.  Zelous is the definition of a player that plays with great passion and enthusiasm.  Too bad it doesn’t show in his stats.  Maybe he’ll catch pitchers off guard, but he has middle infielder pop at 3rd base.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He’s been hideous so far in the big picture — no, that’s not a Zombino crack — but he has hit a bit better in the very short term (the last five games).

CC Sabathia – His knee swelled up and he’s headed for an MRI.  When he was fat, his knee would’ve just looked ‘normal.’  Too bad, he’s now missing out on The Perks of Being a Wallflowchart of Heart Disease.

Alfredo Aceves – Suspended for 50 games for marijuana use.  Why suspend him now?  He went to pot years ago.

From Around The Web

  1. Dominican Power says:
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    Rios/Mookie Betts for Harper?

  2. Robert says:
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    Which Cobb takes the mound today @ DET: good Cobb or bad Cpbb?

    • Dominican Power says:
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      @Robert:

      DET is red hot

    • @Robert: I wouldn’t start Cobb tonight.

    • @Robert: start Cobb, He will cool the Tigers off, on this hot 4th of July..

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @Robert: I’m benching him on all teams. He’s out of the circle of trust. Guy shit all over me the last few starts and I have good ratios right now.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Shawn of the livid:

        This is a big question for me today, too. Detroit lineup scares me and Cobb had pooped the bed a lot recently. Still, I think he’s got to turn it around and some point.

        If only my Albright the Grey would answer this for us.

        SoN no likey.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @SportiveTricks: check back around 12 eastern time…grey should have wiped the cold from his eyes by then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: Hopefully he’s fine, I’m starting him

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Grey works in mysterious ways. But I don’t think, I listen . . .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Slacker says:
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      Start with confidence!

  3. gareth says:
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    Happy America day everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: You too G1, 2 and 3

  4. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Leonys Martin or Desmond Jennings for Austin Jackson? Or leave it alone.

    I feel like the three are interchangeable at the end of my OF bench.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  5. Mike says:
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    Drop Starling Marte for Alex Gordon if you already have Billy Hamilton for steals?

    To me it is a dead heat between the two, so I need a push if I should.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Jef With 1 F says:
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      @Mike: You should be able to trade Marte not drop him.

      • Mike says:
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        @Jef With 1 F: I have tried – so here is the team …

        c – Carlos Santana, Wilin Rosario
        1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu
        2B – Jose Altuve, Martin Prado
        SS – Ian Desmond, Jose Reyes
        3B – Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval
        OF – Ryan Braun, Jay Bruce, Hunter Pence, Billy Hamilton, Starling Marte

        Can I drop anybody?

        Thanks!

        Mike.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Mike: not in the OF but you can lose prado

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mike: What one F said

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey and One F – I dropped Prado – there appears to be two or three 2Bs lying around in that league for pickup. may try to sell Marte again.

            Thanks!

            Mike.

    • @Mike: I hang onto Marte, that Pirates lineup is in for a big 2nd half..

      • I'm sent and Cano it says:
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        Why is the Pirates lineup in for a big second half?

  6. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    H2H redraft with OBP and SLG instead of AVG and limited moves.

    Drop any of Ozuna, Springer, Belt, Polanco, Holt for Pearce?

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Todd says:
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    With Hanley down, when do you think alex Guerrero gets the call? Would he be an everyday player?

      • I'm sexy and Cano it says:
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        He left the game early. See the Hanley blurb above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd: Guerrero could be up after the ASB, he’s no better than guys on your waivers, prolly

  8. J-FOH says:
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    The DFS articles are great for batty calls and streamers for the non reader of those. Shoemaker told dem Astros to go get their shinebox!

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    Completely true…

    Maddon organized a Tommy Tutone line up yesterday on purpose. Meaning the first 7 positions in the line up were 867-5309 with DH representing 0. I don’t know about Jenny, but the Tigers sure did have Bedard’s number yesterday.

    • Grey

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      @bossmanjunior: That’s hilarious, didn’t hear that… Wow, my man’s bonkers

  10. Flop Sweat says:
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    12 teamer with keepers and about 100 prospects owned via minor league roster.

    Do I expend #1 waiver priority on Domingo? Kike?

    He would be my first guy off the bench.

  11. Jef With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Its the fourth of July and im off.
    Wet Tail should be in the glossary
    Happy Fourth to all of you Razzballers

  12. Kas says:
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    “but he farted and wafted it into an elderly woman’s face, and Maddon’s just not having that.”

    Hahaha. Logan “The Farter” Forsythe. Has a nice ring to it, ey?

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Kas:

      Lets just hope “the farter” doesn’t turn into Logan’s “Runny” Forsythe

  13. goodfold2 says:
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    pretty ugly that zealous “i make nobody feel my first name about picking me up” wheeler is better add than pena. now just gotta hope k.johnson (was bid up to 13 mil for 3 years in this 30 man league by some F’Tard. 100 million per year budget in this league) gets benched again to see if zealous can go on some kind of streak like solarte party did for a (long) while. then i can trade zealous for something of value.

  14. I am bored and have nothing better to do at the moment so i thought I would share my pitching linefor the week so far for my H2H weekly points league:

    33.2 INN
    37 HA
    2 BBI
    23 K
    12 ER
    4 W

    I love only 2 BB’s so far…

    These are the SP’s that have compiled this nice start to the week:

    Fister
    Verlander
    Tanaka
    Kennedy
    Skaggs

    Have a happy 4th

  15. ashtray says:
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    Thanks for the encouragement to start Greinke and Gray yesterday. It may have saved my week.

  16. gordon shumway says:
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    Greetings Sir/Sirs…. in an OBP/SLG no avg league in which I could stand to improve my pitching, was offered Votto/A. Wood for Arenado/Laroche. Good or hold? If no good, would you give up either of my guys for A. Wood? Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

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      @gordon shumway: Sounds fair, Votto’s gonna struggle all year though, in an OBP league he still is solid

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @Grey: cool, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  17. your mom says:
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    Moss/anibal or j.upton in a keeper? Thanks

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @your mom: J. Up

      • your mom says:
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        @jef with 1 f: how bout alex wood for a 3rd round pick next year? 20 team league where we keep 8.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @your mom: if you don’t need wood this year I’d take that

  18. Bob says:
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    10 team H2H Roto 6×6 Extra categories being K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers

    Would you do the trades below? I think I can do it,. If i do both. Would you do both or just one?

    Sonny Gray and Tijuan Walker for Adam Jones

    Cory Kluber and George Springer for David Price

    C-Wilson Ramons
    1b-Paul Goldschmidt
    2b-Altuvie
    ss-Hanley Ramirez
    3b-Beltre
    OF-Braun
    OF-Carlos Gomez
    OF-Billy Hamilton
    DH-Edwin Encarnacion
    B-George Springer
    B-Kole Calhoun
    B-Anthony Rendon
    B-Carlos Santanna
    B-Nolan Arenado
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Tanaka
    P-Scherzer
    P-Zimmerman
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    RP-Robertson
    RP-Holland
    B-Tijuan Walker
    B-Sonny Gray
    B-Yordana Ventura
    B-Heaney
    B-Kluber

    • @Bob: I do have one question, where do you play Adam Jones?

      • Bob says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: It would be a rotation based on matchups/ who I playing. An opponent with not much speed I’d go jones Gomez Braun. And let Hamilton sit. And let altuvie and rest of guys take care of speed.

        One of the offers was actually sent to me. The jones deal. The price deal was just thrown out to me via email. So I’m hesitant to give up springer. Until I’ve for sure gotten jones.

        Also hate giving up on walker. Since I’ve held him all year.

        • @Bob: Ok, thanks for that..I would ask Grey for help onb this one..I like Walker as well and he may be better then Price in the 2nd half..you just never know..

          • bob says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: Thanks Ill take any and all help! Big Deals to be making

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Bob: 1. Yes….2. No

      • bob says:
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        @jef with 1 f: So you are saying do Jones deal only?

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @bob: yes..I don’t trust price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: They look solid for you

  19. stonepie says:
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    ajax and hunter are both on my wire, problem is i already have 6 outfielders and we only start 4 (moss, rios, choo, marte, calhoun, rajai). who do i drop, if any for either one of them? maybe i should make a move…

  20. Jonesy says:
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    Dude is offering me Votto, R. Zimmerman (or Moustakas) and Cliff Lee for Castellanos and Longoria. I’ve already got Donaldson at 3B so I think I can afford to give up Longoria even thinking through the keeper implications. I don’t have much chance this year, but is there any reason at all I shouldn’t take this, even though Votto and Zimmerman have been brutal? And if so, I’m assuming I go with Zimmerman over Moustakas?

      • Jonesy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, I think I have to as well. This may be a stupid question, but Zimmerman does scare me – take Zimmerman over MostSuckAss?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  21. Tigres says:
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    Happy independence day everyone! As our founding fathers once asked, “Should we start Archer at Detroit?”

  22. Lville Jim says:
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    Zealous Wheeler the Amish Roy Hobbs.

  23. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Can’t decide whether or not to start Keuchel against the Angels tonight. Any thoughts Grey/guys?

    HAPPY 4TH !!!!!!!

  24. jef with 1 f says:
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    Pick a side…Trout and cutch or Pearce and gyrko

    • JP says:
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      @jef with 1 f: Oh man, that’s close. I mean, Pearce is clearly the best player of the bunch (at least over the last week). Plus you can stash Gyrko on the DL. Depends on need, I guess.

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @JP: thanks for the help guys I was having a tough time with that

    • winnie-the-poo says:
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      @jef with 1 f:
      pearce side. you must be new to fantasy baseball

  25. Taylor says:
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    Two redraft Qs: Picked up Mookie. Can’t keep both him and Segura (can’t believe I took Segs in the 4th). And can’t deal them. Who to drop?

    Have also been trying to deal Springer (based on Grey’s advice and to make room for Cargo) Offers for S Gray and J-Z rejected. Is Alex Wood or Ryu too little to get back?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Taylor: Segura has been disappointing, but I would still hold onto him over Mookie Betts. Wood and Ryu for Springer in a redraft league? Meh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Taylor: You should get more for Springer, hold Segura

  26. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    G.M. Grey nice write up as usual. I just got offered C. Davis and Lonnie Chis for my Arenado . I’m not going to accept this offer, but it did make me think. If this offer was made in April I would have jumped at it laughing calling the other owner an idiot. Davis was the 8th pick last in the first round . In this league Davis is ranked 29th on player rater 1 basemen looking up at Dunn, Loney, Duda among others . How crazy is this shizz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Thanks! Yeah, in a redraft league, I may gamble on Davis turning it around, but I hear ya

  27. danny almonte says:
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    Think Hughes is a good bet for a quality start at Safeco? Or is his run over

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @danny almonte: Next Tuesday? SON says it’s a $2.6, soooooooooooo no.

  28. Crock says:
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    Chris Davis or Ellsbury?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Crock: Ellsbury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crock: Agree with Nincompoop

  29. DBo says:
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    @Grey Would appreciate some trade advice. 9 player keeper league converting to dynasty league next season. I have been offered two deals for Posey. 1st overall 2015 draft pick + Gattis….OR….Wieters + Kimbrel. Side note, I do not have any solid (top-4) closers to keep for next year. Thanks in advance!

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @DBo: I’d take the gattis offer

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @DBo: Agree with JeF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DBo: Agree with others

  30. pull the trigger?? says:
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    espn h2H (lots of categories)

    springer/castro/morneau
    polanco/hardy/hosmer

    which side wins?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @pull the trigger??: With such specific scoring categories, I’d take the Springer/Castro/Morneau side.

  31. kronuts says:
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    happy 4th everyone!

    help me bench two bats! i’m thinking i gotta go with the tron and bench gordon and cron right, right? h2h yahoo standard and already up by 5 hr’s and 9 rbi’s but it’s close in runs and sbs…

    (18) Votto vs. MIL (Lohse)
    (25) R. Davis vs. TB (Cobb)
    (36) Polanco vs. PHI (R. Hernandez)
    (42) Hosmer @CLE (Tomlin)
    (54) A. Gordon @CLE (Tomlin)
    (116) Cron vs. HOU (Keuchel)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kronuts: Happy 4th! Gordon and Cron, yeah

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @kronuts: rajai not in line up

  32. Crumpy says:
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    My Altuve for Braun? I also have Gordon, so looking to move speed. Fair?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Crumpy: Braun easy

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Crumpy: I wouldn’t call it fair, but if you can get someone to accept Gordon (i.e., I’d look to deal him as opposed to Altuve) for Braun, that’s a miracle on ice.

      • winnie-the-poo says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: if you have anything like the leaguemate in my league who has dee, you’re good to go. I tried trading for Dee and he demanded either goldy,miggy, or trout. i thought it was a joke until i realized he was serious…

      • Crumpy says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop:

        Yeah. Tried to deal Gordon to every team hurting for speed. I was surprised how little interest I could drum up. I guess people don’t trust he can keep it up and/or people don’t value speed from a one category guy, even if it might end up being 40 sb.

  33. ram says:
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    That is some funny shit, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ram: Thanks!

  34. Ping pong says:
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    Happy 4th of July

    16team h2h redraft

    Better ros rank order for last pitcher slot

    Cmart
    Skaggs
    Tomlin
    Evoldi

    Thanks

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Ping pong: Eovaldi, Martinez, Skaggs, Tomlin

  35. Jon says:
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    Sit/start? None are very good, but I’m behind in Ks and wins this week…

    Cobb @ DET $2.9
    Eovaldi @ STL $1.8
    Keuchel @ LAA $-1.9
    Stroman @ OAK $6.5

    • Jon says:
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      Ah poop. 11:05 a.m. start means my roster already locked for the day. Nevermind on this Q. They’re all going for me now… haha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Jon: Good luck!

  36. Jon says:
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    What level SP would you want back for either Kemp or Jennings? I have one too many OF and these are the two I could deal. Mind to name a few names? (I have both Cobb and Bailey… I know those are two popular bounce-back guys)

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jon:
      What type of pitcher to look for in return for Kemp or Jennings? Based upon JB’s “Pitcher Profile” I’d be looking for…

      Kemp = A pitcher between #25 and #40 (e.g., Wood, Ventura, Richards)
      Jennings = Anything that breathes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Agree with Nincompoop

  37. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great read my man keep up the good work. I’ve suddenly got a logjam of bats with scooping up Belt and Arenado coming back. I want to drop at least one of these guys and im thinking of picking up Pearce. Ryan Zman, Hosmer, Dickerson (hard to drop), Belt. I’m thinking keep Belt over Hosmer right? Belt appears to be the real deal and I’m trying to win now, Hosmer has been bad. Thanks man.

  38. BigFatHippo says:
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    The RegRession Fairies are my favorite characters, they remind me of the Nihilists.

  39. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Anyone starting Santana @Az SON 13.6 I want to stream him but this game makes me nervous

  40. EJ says:
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    Great work Grey (as always)! 14 team 5×5 roto:

    Cron or Belt (just off DL) ROS? I like Cron, but they sit him too much and he is my only 1B I have.

    Thanks!

    • EJ says:
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      @EJ: Sorry, Grey…I meant to ask about Hart, not Belt. Hart or Cron ROS. I have Trumbo in my DL slot so it could be just for a short period anyways.

      Grazie!

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @EJ: Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EJ: Cron over Hart

  41. Derrick says:
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    Trying to move Longoria so I can play Arenado at 3B. What about Longoria and Marte for Harper? Too much? Should I try Arenado and Marte first?

    Would have Bruce, Trout, Dickerson and Harper for 3 OF spots and a Util.

    This is a 12 team h2h league.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Derrick: I’d start with Arenado and Marte for Harper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick: Longo and Marte should get you more… Try for a #1 OF

  42. Jon says:
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    Tony Watson, Boxberger or Ziegler over Neil Ramirez? 5×5 league with saves

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jon: Not right now, but like Grey the Elder suggested, keep an eye on Ziegler over the weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Ziegler over Ramirez

  43. Fielder's fatties says:
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    Segura or Desmond ROS? Is that offer close?

  44. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Just came here to wish everyone a Happy 4th in the only way I know how…with indecency. Have a great 3 day weekend, y’all!

    Happy 4th of July Razzball

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @Skyha nice…you too

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Sky: You too Sky

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Ha, Happy 4th!

  45. English says:
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    In a 30 team contract league I’m in someone gave Solarte a $51 four year contract.

    OUCH

    • English says:
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      @English: #$51m

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: what’s the yearly budget though.

  46. Sam says:
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    Drop Nathan for Allen, Qualls or Melancon?

    • Sam says:
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      @Sam: Also would you trade Taijuan Walker for Oscar Taveras in a 10 team H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam: Hold on both

  47. Wilsonian says:
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    Sure glad I dealt Kinsler and VMart for Rizzo and Marte when I could have dealt Dozier instead of Kinsler. DAMMIT!!

    Oh well.

    Happy 4th, everyone!!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wilsonian: what was the thinking at the time you made it? should’ve moved dozier even back when he was hot. he’s simply not better than kinsler. (yes i would’ve said this back in april. i said brad miller was better than dozier back then, due to having a minor league track record. dozier never had that in power)

  48. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Didnt get to read all the comments so if this has been asked my apologies…..in a points league with weekly lineups….would you throw Tyson Ross out there with two road games against @COL and @LAD…..my mind and heart is telling me no but if he can throw 1 1/2 good games he would give me nice points out the RP slot.

  49. winnie-the-poo says:
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    with only 400 innings left to pitch for the year (in my league) i have 6 starters on my roster (not including innings from my relieft pitchers). assuming my relief pitchers make up about 80 of those innings the rest of the way, that leaves me with about 320 innings left.

    obviously i should start being a lot more selective with my starts.

    also, with 6 starting pitchers, i dont need all of them. should i deal lester/kluber for chris sale? my ratios have been killed by shields and bailey, so i need a fix.

    • winnie-the-poo says:
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      @winnie-the-poo:

      rotation is grienke/lester/kluber/shields/bailey/wood…. no clear ace besides possibly grienke..

      again i only need about 320 innings from these 6, so only 1/2 of their starts

  50. Big League Choo says:
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    got almost All-star break trade fever…..12 team H2H limited transaction, only 12 adds left

    Mccutch/Leake/Odorizzi or Crisp/Latos/Gio……also im in need of starts this week

  51. Watson says:
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    Happy 4th Grey – Starting Cobb @Det ($2.9) or Eovaldi @StL ($1.8) tonight? Thanks a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Cobb…. Happy 4th to you, Watson!

  52. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Happy Independence Day!

    Jed Lowrie or Xander Bogaerts RoS?

    A painful choice but I want some SS coverage.

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie…You too!

  53. Big League Choo says:
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    QS league….

    Dee/Leake or Josh Harrison/Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, it’s fair

  54. Random Collmenter says:
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    Am currently in first in a 5×5 roto league with QS and OPS.

    Was offered Posey for Sonny Gray.

    Currently my team is:
    R Martin
    Chris Davis
    Kipnis
    Pedro Alvarez
    Dee Gordon
    Bautista
    Stanton
    Polanco
    matt Adams
    BN: yelich, Rollins

    SPs: MadBum, Hamels, r

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Posey

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Random Collmenter: Well done being in 1st with both Chris Davis and Jason Kipnis. As a former owner of both this past season, I’m not even mad, that’s impressive. You need a bat. I agree with Grey’s advice in taking Posey.

  55. Random Collmenter says:
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    Sorry posted early.

    SPs: MadBum, Hamels, ross, iwakuma, Cole.
    RPs: Perkins, smith, Rodney.

    You like the trade? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  56. gareth says:
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    Have a roster crunch with Corey Hart being activated. My most obvious drop is Colby Rasmus, who just hurt his wrist but it doesn’t look serious enough for a dl stint otherwise I’d swap them out.

    Who would you drop, corey hart or colby rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Rasmus

  57. LanceB says:
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    Dee gordon and salvador perez for cliff lee? Which side

    Thanks!

    • LanceB says:
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      @LanceB:

      Have billy hamilton as well as waino and bum (zunino and ramos on waivers too) if you want to get a better idea of what my team would look like.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If you have Hamilton, I’d take Lee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, but it’s fair

  58. Hey Grey,

    I’m in a 5×5 roto and I need pitching. A guy said I could choose from either Latos, Gio, C. Lee, or Cobb for G. Polanco. Who would you choose, if any?

    Happy 4th and Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! I’d take Latos

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @mr. manager: Definitely not Cobb and probably not Lee until there’s a better estimate of his return, but I’d trade Polanco for either Latos or Gio (in that order).

  59. Fielder's fatties says:
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    Porcello or minor ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Fielder’s fatties: To quote Richard Sherman during his NFC Championship post-game rant, “this must be a joke, right?” Minor all day.

  60. gareth says:
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    I Grabbed scott van slyke for an extended batty call as the dodgers face all lefties in corrs. The Rockies then decide to bring up jair jurrgens for today’s start, meaning van slyke sits.

    FMBL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: glad i’m seeing this now. i did same thing in NL only, now i may just drop him and grab campbell again.

  61. gareth says:
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    Scott van slyke now gets time to practice his chimney sweeping and bad cockney accent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  62. iifsh says:
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    Ever settle on a term for when your closer doesn’t come in? I like vulture shock. What about simply “reliever fever”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like vulture shock more

  63. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time!

  64. happy4th says:
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    rizzo for altuve in a keeper. both are the minimum. i might be losing the trade in a vaccum, but with scooter holding down the 2b spot, and where i stand in my league… i think this might be advantages for me

    • Grey

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      I’d want Rizzo

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @happy4th: Au Rizz for shizz.

  65. Big W says:
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    Eovaldi can take a seat today against the Cardinals, yes? I know SON isn’t fond of this start. Whatya think Greysie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him

  66. Chris says:
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    CJ Cron or Steve Pearce ROS for 1B?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: well, good thing I chose Cron when you told me to take Cron over Pearce a week ago..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Things change daily

        • Big W says:
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          @Chris: Things change man… one week Romo’s job is secure as it can be and the next week he is no longer the closer.

          First month of the season Collabello was leading the leage in RBI and everyone was saying to grab him and the next month he is demoted to AAA for sucking.

          This is baseball man. Anything can happen and things change quickly. They aren’t playing 2 or 3 times a week like basketball… they’re playing 6 or 7 days a week so that’s why things can change so much from week to week.

          • Big W says:
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            @Big W: *league*

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Big W: Couldn’t agree more. Maybe I’m just filled with patriotism this 4th of July, or perhaps it’s the pound and a half of Von’s macaroni salad that I ate for lunch, but that response left me verklempt. USA…USA…USA!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Big W: most of us were not saying to grab collabello.

  67. SMLV1 says:
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    Four for the 4th…..BENCH 2 of em….

    (36) Polanco @Home facing R. Hernandez
    (57) Springer @LAA facing C. Wilson (Lefty)
    (82) Moss @Home facing Stroman
    (142) Rios @NYM facing Niese (Lefty)

    Thanks Grey and Have a great Fourth!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, Springer… You too!

  68. SMLV1 says:
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    Starting Ventura @CLE and E. Santana VS. ARI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

  69. Hondo says:
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    Dozier has been dozing lately,I offered Pearce for Rendon,got countered with Matt Carpenter for Pearce. Don’t need help at 3B,so that’s not a factor.
    At 2B,SS,MI I have Dozier,Elvis and Brad MIller somehow skulked his way back on my roster last week.. 8 team,28 man leagueH2H 10×10.
    Carpenter would be putting Dozier on the bench as a backup. Do it?

    Also,do you see any hope for Alex Rios?

    Happy 4th,glad you’re “working”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Carp… Not as much hope in Rios as I had in March… Hopefully a #2 OF, prolly a #3

  70. Karlj says:
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    Grey
    Happy 4th!
    Rest of season would you rather have Cron or Lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron, toss up

  71. Tyler says:
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    Trade Bruce for Homer Bailey? I have too many OF and need pitching help. Also have Bautista, Springer, Rios, Choo, J Hamilton, B Hamilton and K Davis.
    Should I trade one of these guys for Bailey instead or hold? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bruce, try for a better SP

      • Tyler says:
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        @Grey: he also has Hudson, Keuchel, Kluber, Lohse and Iwakuma. Would def like Iwakuma. Thanks for the help and I love the podcast/tv-show on the radio!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Tyler: I’d take Iwakuma for Choo…Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or trade Choo

  72. Mike says:
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    Got offered his Longoria for my Latos, I have decent pitching including Greinke, Scherzer, Zimmermann and Gray, I currently have Arenado and Seager as 3B and CI.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Longo

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Mike: I agree. Longo hasn’t been doing much at the plate and even though Tampa Bay looks hopeless this season, he’s too good not to turn it around at some point.

  73. A2K says:
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    Pearce or Arcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @A2K:
      A. Pearce
      B. Arcia
      C. Neither
      D. Create the “G Child”

      I’ll choose C, although D was pretty close. Always wanted to take my rap battling on the road.

  74. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Happy 4th Grey! ROS Yelich vs Leonys, who ya got? Jay Bruce, gotta turn it around soon, right? He a buy or sell right now?

    • Grey

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      Happy 4th! Yelich…Hopefully on Bruce, I’d buy him for the right price… He might have a knee issue from earlier in the year so hes no guarantee…

  75. gareth says:
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    Affeldt, Ziegler or Petricka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Affeldt

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @gareth: I know it’s sacrilegious to disagree with Grey, but I’d go Ziegler on this one. Casilla is fully capable of holding down the SF closing position until Romo figures out his shizz. Affeldt could get a vulture save here or there, but he’s primarily a Loogy. Is Petricka the capital of Kyrgyzstan? Jokes…stay away from him.

  76. Nucking Futz says:
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    Grey, always a pleasure to reading your shiz. Better SP target for my Zobrist (or Hold), Hahn, Chavez, Garza or Leake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hahn

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Nucking Futz: Hahn or Garza

  77. J Boy says:
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    Fair if I deal Votto for Brando Moss? Who else would you target? Votto is clearly hurt and as a result, stinks.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Moss

      • J Boy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – what about Hosmer or Morneau?

        • Grey

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          I’d take Morneau

  78. The Borzoi says:
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    Skaggs or Hahn ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahn

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @The Borzoi: Close shave Barbasol…again as Angels > Padres, but I’d ride the hot hand and go with Hahn.

  79. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Grey, 16 team keeper with .OPS as added cat…we can keep 5. My only true weakness is in LF. I have a guy who is talking to me about my Arendao for his Holliday. Arendao could be a keeper at base cost of $9…Hollday is too expensive. My offense is as follows and i’ll put in parentheses some keeper options and or noteworthy costs…

    C- Santana
    1B- Abreu ( $24 )
    2B- Murphy ( $8 )
    SS – Desmond ( $13)
    3B – Arenado ( $9 )
    LF – Willingham
    CF – Puig ($1)
    RF – Baustista ( $36)
    UTIL – Betts ( $1)
    Bench- Yan Gomes, De Aza

    I normally do not have 2 catchers…but I moved Singleton right when he got called up for Santana because I needed a 3B with Arenado hurt. Hesitant to drop Gomes because of the size of the league…but no luck trying to move him yet. Team is in first and has been fairly dominant all year…but shoring up LFis something I am focusing on now. Anyways, does Holliday bounce back and is this deal worth doing? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do that deal…Arenado’s a keeper, you should get a better LF

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: Was leaning that way myself..thanks for the input!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  80. gareth says:
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    Who’s the most droppable in the rcl – Matt Cain, Tim Hudson or Chris Archer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You still have Cain? I thought you were dropping him weeks ago…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: I think he turns things around second half.

  81. gareth says:
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    How much of a difference is there between yan gomes and Wilson Ramos? Its pretty marginal, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marginal

  82. Scott says:
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    Fed Up owner just dropped Kipnis and A-Gon in 10 team H2H. I have 1st waiver. I make a claim right?

    I do have Cano at 2nd and Pujols at 1st but I could always add and trade. What do I do?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      I’d grab A-Gon first

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Scott: How far Kipnis has fell…sigh. Yeah, A-Gon is the pickup there.

  83. King Andrus says:
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    Great Column Grey

    10-Team H2H Mixed 6×6(OPS,QS) Standard ESPN Roster

    I currently have Meso at C..someone dropped Rosario so I grabbed him since Meso seems to sit at least 1 game per week. I know you typically don’t recommend having 2 catchers unless it’s that type of league…Would you recommend dropping him for one of the following: Beltran, Lind, AJax, Lowrie, Hardy, Taveras, Betts OR hold and continue platooning him at Util & C?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      You can platoon them while Rosario’s in Coors

  84. Grey

    Grey says:
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  85. Sal says:
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    Would you drop utley for hosmer, Cain for Austin Jackson and put a waiver claim for Blackmon and drop taveras if successful? Thanks for the help

  86. Grey

    Grey says:
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