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Colby Rasmus took the Miller Park crowd and said, “How ya like me now?!”  Then they said, “We don’t really know you, because the Blue Jays/Brewers rivalry extends only about an hour or so, unless you count that time Rance Mulliniks said this town was nothing but a bunch of Lenny and Squiggys.  That Mulliniks character has a bit of a mouth on him.”  Rasmus may not have the mouth of Mulliniks, but he’s got the bat (though Mulliniks did get named to the 1984 Sports Illustrated Dream Team as a utility fielder — this was before Dream Team meant beating other countries in a sport they don’t play).  Last night, Rasmus hit two bombs to give him six on the month.  Bautista added in two of his own dingers for 22 on the year.  The now-seasoned pro, Lawrie, peppered the stands with another one, for his 2nd in as many games and Edwin Encarnacion showed everyone long balls aren’t just for elderly men at a urinal.  What does all this mean for fantasy?  I’ll tell you, clunky expository sentence!  Rasmus should be owned everywhere and we are finally seeing the guy that could be good for a 25/15 season, actually give it the ol’ college try at the University of Got It, which makes more sense when it’s abbreviated U. Got It.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

PSYCHE!  Before we get into today’s roundup, I just wanted to say you should stop by later this afternoon because we have a very special guest on this week’s podcast.  No, not the little kid from Family Ties!  Why would you even think that?  Anyway II, here’s today’s roundup:

Tyler Thornburg – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  He’s a pitching prospect out of the Brewers system with solid Double-A numbers — 8+ K-rate, 3.00 ERA, but he’s got a tendency to leave balls up in the zone.  Yesterday, he gave up 4 homers.  Tendency meet Reality.  Tendency, “Hey, Reality, get real.”

John Axford – 1 IP, 2 ER with two homers allowed to blow the game.  If the Brewers had any manners, they’d let him claim an injury and send him to the DL.  I picked up K-Rod in one league (the same league I picked him up and dropped him last week, if we’re keeping tabs).

Jayson Werth – His original timetable called for an August return and now he’s targeting a late-July return.  Whatever, I wouldn’t even update my iCal for that shizz.

Jeremy Hellickson – To the DL with shoulder fatigue.  To misquote a Project Runway contestant , if your shoulder’s tired, then go take a nap!

Scott Kazmir – Expected to sign with the Sugarland Skeeters.  This is how the MLB gets involved in the Skeet Movement.  I’m not sure what that makes Kazmir.

Fernando Rodney – 20th save to go with his 1.10 ERA.   If you would’ve told me in March Rodney would be this good on June 19th, I would’ve asked where’s your backless hospital gown and do you need a ride back to the funny farm.

Carlos Pena – 6 for his last 11 and he homered yesterday, as he bats 2nd.  Ha!  Joe Maddon, “My skin is thinner than my dark-rimmed glasses, and I’m gonna cave to all of these critics questioning why I have Pena batting leadoff… So I’m gonna bat him 2nd, even though I have a lineup that has literally seven leadoff or two hole hitters.  Now, excuse me, I have to go pick up my Peggy Sue for the Buddy Holly lookalike contest.”  I’d grab Pena if you’re hurting for power, because of the crazy homer streaks he usually goes on.

Chien-Ming Wang – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Wang, you are no Dickey!

Ian Desmond – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  He now has 11 homers and 8 steals with a .264 average.  *shrugs*  Probably better than that other guy you got at middle infield.

Mitch Moreland – Strained his hamstring.  You know who’s hamstrong?  Mike Olt!  I’m teasing, I don’t think he gets the call for all you Oltphiles.  I think Oswalt will get called up (that youngster!) when Moreland is DL’d and Young will play 1st base.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 6th homer as he bats .240.  Whatever, that’s yesterday’s news (according to my Mayan calendar).  I had much love for Logan Morrison in the preseason.  If you want to read it, I’m sure someone can snarkily copy what I said in March about Morrison into the comments.  I don’t think this one good game means he’s out of the woods, but he’s got a flashlight app and he’s found some moss on the side of a tree.

Gaby Sanchez – 0-for-4, to lower his average to .187.  There’s gonna be some fantasy baseball ‘pert next year that’s going to point at Sanchez as a possible sleeper with nothing to back up their argument, except a gut call.  And that might be me.

Kevin Correia – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I still wouldn’t lift the fantasy embargo against Correia.

Andrew McCutchen – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (14) as he bats .332.  The Dread Pirate is making a case to be the first Pirate in the first round next year since Normal-Sized Headed Bonds.  Bonilla just read that and spilled his coffee on his laptop… E-9.

Josh Harrison – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 2nd homer and 4th and 5th steal for the slam and legii.  He’s youngish with 5-ish homer power and 15-ish steal speed.  Without an everyday job, it’s not worth it in mixed leagues.  Or to go Sephardic, he’s Ish-mal.

Carlos Marmol – Recorded the save yesterday as he threw a perfect inning.  Okay, he had a walk, but only one for him is perfect.

Travis Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Through 41 1/3 IP, 29 Ks and 19 walks.  4.14 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with a .224 BAA and one win… yesterday’s.  What does all that mean?  He’s going on the list of guys I’m watching closely for next year.  Right now, you can probably do better in mixed leagues.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-3 with two singles.  I pay you to hit homers! (I don’t pay him.)

Billy Butler – 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer this week.  One for each of his luscious moobs.

Michael Morse – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  He must’ve heard the “Frankly, I ain’t happy with what you’re doing and don’t call me Frank Lee” in the comments yesterday, because it felt like people were getting ready to slash the prices on Morse.  You’ve been staved!

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Aw, for all of his owners that got an under 3 ERA for the last two and half months, I’m gonna go bid a penny on eBay for the world’s smallest violin, then if I win it, I’ll play it for you.

Aroldis Chapman – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and has now given up 6 runs in his last five and a third innings.  Welcome back to another installment of… As the toothpick turns!  When we last left Dusty’s toothpick, Aroldis was safe in the 9th inning with a 0.00 ERA.  Now, Sean Marshall’s converted the last Reds save and has an ERA under 3… As the toothpick turns!

John Mayberry Jr. – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer in 5 games.  Mayberry BFD!  Get involved with your local fantasy community’s waiver wire process and pick him up.  It’ll make for a better day (for your team).  Grey Albright approves this message.

Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer (first in June).  Chooch took a power sabbatical for about a month as he rediscovered his inner Choochiness.  Sorry, I just learned he likes to be called Chooch and now all I wanna say is Chooch.  Isn’t that what Hispanics call their grandma?  Hey, what’s that smoke behind home plate?  Oh, Chooch is just making some arepas.

Freddy Galvis – Suspended 50 games for testing positive for Clostebol. I don’t know what that is, but if it makes hitters perform like Galvis, I’d avoid it.

Ike Davis – 0-for-3.  Hmm… What if I pretend I didn’t pick you up?  Can you hit again then?  Purty please, Mr. Davis.

Lucas Duda – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  One way to stay on the top of fantasy waivers is to hit 3-4 homers per month without ever getting crazy hot.  At the end of the year, we’re gonna say Duda was a solid third outfielder with his 25 homers.  Then we’re gonna take a nap because it’s not the most interesting factoid.

Johan Santana – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Whatever, when does Dickey pitch again!?  You know, I heard there was some controversy about Dickey.  Turns out he has acne on the back… Of his knuckles!

Jordany Valdespin – 4 for his last 8.  Oh no, it’s the guy with the evil Harry Potter name!  I thought Lord Valdespin was only going to be a regular fixture in the Mets’ lineup during American League park interleague, but he’s now started the last two games in Metco.  I wouldn’t drop anyone too worthwhile, but Lord Valdespin has some interesting minor league numbers (15/33 in Double-A last year) if he gets a shot to play (which he should; seriously, Mets, make the right call and go with the rookie for once).

Coco Crisp – 2-for-3 with 3 steals.  Because it should be in your head.  Cooooooco Crisp… Coooooco Crisp… 2nd base is what he toooooook…

Brandon McCarthy – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Pretty annoyed I don’t own him in any league.  Even more annoyed because he was on waivers before this game.

Mike Trout – 4-for-4 and, because he stole 3 bags on Monday, he decided to go with 4 runs yesterday.  Tonight, he will hit 5 homers.  I hope they don’t change the rules of baseball to make it more difficult for him.  Like move the pitcher’s mound in ten feet or allow the catcher to Charley Horse him before every pitch.

Mark Trumbo – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs.  Trout and Trumbo are gonna start a band.  Trout’s gonna play the bones of a fish like a xylophone and Trumbo is gonna play the trombone.  Their first single, “Quiet: Fishing,” will be a mashup of two instruments you don’t hear a lot of and the sound of a man walking in rubber boats.  It will go platinum in less than a week.

Edinson Volquez – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Bad, Hodgepadre.  Bad.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Comments, brace for “Belt or Goldschmidt” questions.  I repeat.  Comments, brace yourself!

Aaron Hill – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  For what feels like the first time in his career, he’s not being completely lucky or unlucky with homers or balls batted into play, but, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “You make your own luck.”  I’m guessing he said that before he killed himself.

Daniel Hudson – 4 IP, 7 ER.  Um… Yikes?

Kyle Seager – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs with his 9th homer.  Wasn’t it Dustin Ackley we were supposed to get excited about?  C’mon, Mariners, hype the proper prospect please (say that fast 117 times!).

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 5 ER.  Wha’ happened to the rediscovered changeup?  He change it up?  Change it back, ‘holz!

Mark Prior – In Triple-A, he’s K’d 19 batters in only 8 IP.  Not too shabby since he’s been doing all his pitching in a bubble to avoid his amathophobia.

Cody Ross – 1-for-3 with a homer as he returned from his month long injury leave.  When’s he gonna follow Kendrys and Giancarlo’s lead and change his name to Code Rossi?

Dustin Pedroia – Left Tuesday’s game because he was fearful he was injured.  He’s taking this audition for the remake of Fear Strikes Out way too seriously.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Been out with a dislocated shoulder, but the Garmin worked and he took BP at Fenway.  He’s targeting a return to the Red Sox lineup before the All-Star Break.  And Brett Gardner was the one with a minor injury.  FMFBBL!

Josh Beckett – MRI found no damage to his shoulder.  Though it did find a half-eaten chicken wing and a Pabst.

Jose Valverde – Hurt his wrist warming up and is headed for an MRI.  If it’s anything like Beckett’s MRI, he’s in for a real treat!  If Valverde can’t return and continue to pitch rather mediocrely, then Benoit would slide into the closer role.  Yesterday, the Tigers only went to Coke because of a sponsorship deal.

Jeremy Guthrie – The Colorado Springs Convention drew up four treaties that establish the standards of law for the humanitarian treatment of Rockie pitchers.  Before the Rockies had to pay reparations to Guthrie’s family, he was removed from the rotation.

Josh Outman – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  He should check Ancestry.com to see if his family name was once Can’tGetAnOutman.

From Around The Web

  1. Andy says:
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    Pick a side: Trumbo, Ryans Zimm and Dempster v. Kershaw, Casey Jannsen, Samardzija

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andy, Kershaw

  2. chata says:
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    Kiwi Steve would make for a more interesting guest on your pod-cast
    than anyone that you’ve featured so far .

    Think about it .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, True…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        in addition to Nick asking questions about him ,
        Steve may ask you questions that Nick might “over-look” .

  3. Mike says:
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    Do we think Aroldis is out as the closer? What should we be dropping for Marshalls. Oh if I only was still carrying Ross (and if Marshall actually had an “s” on the end of it)!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Mike, Surely they’re not gonna go to someone else, he’s only had a few bad games.

      Mind you it is Dusty so nothings certain…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Don’t think he’s out…

  4. Stoops says:
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    Is Andy Pettitte for real? Haven’t seen much about him. Who would you choose between him and Vance Worley, old vs. young? Both are around 60% owned in Yahoo leagues…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stoops, Pettitte

  5. JD says:
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    Drop downs for k-rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JD, Yup

  6. stoopid says:
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    Belt or Goldschmidt? Just kidding..

    No, seriously..

    Belt or Goldschmidt?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @stoopid, Beltschmidt

      • stoopid says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Goldschmelt?

    • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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      @stoopid, Boldschmedt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Geltschmidt

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, ala old jewih guy, ah-haaa!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, HA!

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        it’s unanimous !

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    I see on the MLB.com highlights Rasmus and Joey Bats go back to back and so I think “yes!” (I have Rasmus) and I see them do it in something like the 4th….but then they go back to back again in the 9th!

    That Blue Jays team can mash, loving having the likes of Lawrie, E5 and Rasmus right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yup

  8. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    @grey or any comment junkie. What do we make of Mornope? Is he a long term answer? did he re-create his game as a Canadian Luke Scott? Does he really not want to be traded and is making him self less attractive every day?

    Just picked up Pena and have had Belt for the last week. I figure he might Rios me and wait till I drop him so he can go on a major season turnaround.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Huh

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey,I know I was kinda tequlia drunk last night but what the f is a huh?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, I was comparing Morneau to Rios

        • chata says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate,

          the reality is that target field favors right-handed hitters .

          morneau’s own stats will back this up : 2 HR’s @ home , 8 away ,
          in roughly the same # of AB’s .

          and then there’s the righty/lefty matchups :
          2 HR’s vs lefties , and 8 vs righties .

          don’t know if that answers your question , but if you’re still drunk ,
          it might make sense .

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @chata, Ive read the splits and they give me the trots.

  9. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    Please rank rest of season-
    Daniel Hudson, Randall Delgado, Edinson Volquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, You did

  10. Walker, Texas Ranger says:
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    Would I be crazy to sit Yovani vs. the Jays?

    • stoopid says:
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      @Walker, Texas Ranger, Not at all. They just molly whopped 6 HR’s last night, and that wasn’t an out of the blue occurrence for them. Gallardo has been less than stellar. My math says bench him.

    • Manute BOLogna says:
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      @Walker, Texas Ranger, I have the same question. My gut tells me to sit him

      • JLeigh says:
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        @Manute BOLogna, Im startin em, but solely because I follow the ‘Dont Bench Your Studs’ method (even if GMan hasnt been completely studly)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Walker, Texas Ranger, I’d start him

  11. Grey forget fantasy baseball advice: when are you going to give us advice on how to grow that mustache?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Michael, Buy Chia Pet, don’t apply chia to pet, apply to lip…

  12. Jermo says:
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    Choo, Zobrist, Cuddyer. drop any of them for Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jermo, Zo

  13. Tony Starks says:
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    Goldschmidt or Rizzo? Re-draft. Also who do you think will fetch more value in a trade right now? The good ol’ 2-for-1 special. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony Starks, Goldy

  14. Knighttown says:
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    Who gets more saves for a few weeks? Benoit of K-Rod? Or neither…I’d be dropping EverCab in a 12 team daily league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Knighttown, Benoit

  15. malacoda says:
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    Technically, the Goldschmitta had a slam and legs, and should be credited with such. 6 sb in 195 ab. Not bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @malacoda, My bad

  16. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Lose Krispie for Rasmus? Seems like Krispie has some things to work out with his old lady as his head is all effed up!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Took that same plunge last night. Felt good. What does Krispie possibly provide that Rasmus isn’t already? They’re basically the same player, just Rasmus is producing while Krispie is on hiatus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Yeah

  17. Coco Krispie says:
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    Been offered Nelson Cruz for Lawrie in my 6×6 league (OBP) I don’t need a 3B so who has better numbers/value the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coco Krispie, Cruz

    • Tom says:
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      @Coco Krispie, Lawrie is getting hot (with power) not sure if i would trade him for Cruz right now…(shouldnt he be getting a DL stint soon?!)

  18. nightpandas says:
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    Drop JD Mart for Mayberry Jr or Crisp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Mayberry

  19. Vlads 8 Kids says:
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    Lance Lynn clearly slept with Grey’s sister.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vlads 8 Kids, Ha

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @Vlads 8 Kids, I’d think that would equate to a perfect game or at least a Dickey one hitter!

  20. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Marcum, Cahill, or Hughes for the foreseeable future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Cahill, Hughes… Marcum has an injured elbow…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, BTW, went to the pizza place the other day… But stopped at Two Boots instead… Pretty tasty…

  21. Kubrick says:
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    Grey, why are you so full of hate for Lance Lynn?

    • chata says:
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      @Kubrick,

      a) missed opportunity
      b) jealousy
      c)

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Kubrick, He also has a career 4+ ERA in the minors and an K-rate under 6/9 innings. So it’s more of a shock and not seeing this last, so sell while the selling’s good.

      • Carnac says:
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        @Wilsonian, ^Agreed. Also, I think he had a unsustainably high LOB% (before yesterday). Glad I sold a couple weeks ago. It’s not that he’s going to regress into a terrible pitcher, but his value will never be higher (before yesterday).

        • Kubrick says:
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          @Carnac, I get all that and agree, I just dont understand why Grey has nothing but love for someone like Dickey, who at age 37, has all of a sudden transformed himself into a high-k, cy young contender, but he cant wait for Lance Lynn to fall flat on his face.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Kubrick, it’s more the sheer impressive-ness that Dickey is pitching with right now. If I had him in a league, and someone offered me Miggy Cab for him, I’d do it in a second. But you can’t help but notice how well he is pitching. Lynn isn’t pitching quite that well. He’s been great, but not Dickey-great. Does Grey, or anyone else for that matter, think that Dickey continues this? Hell no. But ride the Dickey while he’s hot, and trade him now while he’s waaaay over his head. That’s the same shizz he’s been saying about Lynn. Yes he’s been great, but he isn’t that good. Deal him while his value is at it’s absolute peak. He isn’t a Cy Young quality pitcher. He’s a middle of the road 4 or 5.

  22. Deadwoods says:
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    Good morning. Which one of the following pitchers would you drop, if any, for McCarthy: Kuroda, Niese, Doubront, Scherzer. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Kuroda

  23. Random Collmenter says:
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    In my league I get to keep Trout in the 10th round next yr (wouldn’t get to keep him after that).

    Was just offered Jupton AND Lester for Trout (neither of whom I’d keep).

    It pains me, but obviously I have to accept this, right?

    (sigh)ned,

    Trout Lover

    • chata says:
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      @Random Collmenter,

      don’t do it ,
      unless ,
      a) you’re in contention for the title , this year ,
      AND ,
      b) you’re weak in pitching ,
      AND ,
      3) you think lester MIGHT turn his season around .

      otherwise , trout’s value will only increase and will probably
      net you more ‘value’ for next year .

      imo , trout will be a 2nd-rounder in the 2013 draft .
      ellsbury-type drafters might even trade you 1st round value for him .

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @chata, Thanks. But isn’t Jupton first round value???

        • chata says:
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          @Random Collmenter,

          imo , j-up is 3rd round value , who will probably be over-drafted
          and be gone by mid 2nd round .

          like you , i’d be interested in Grey’s detailed opinion on the
          subject .

          my wife will tell you that i’m usually wrong more often than i am right.

          • chata says:
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            upon further thought ,
            if j-up doesn’t get his act “in gear” soon ,
            he might not even be a top 50 pick , next year .
            at some point , consistency counts and actions speak louder than words .
            what if he finishes 2012 with 15 HR’s and 20 SB’s ?
            now what ??

        • JLeigh says:
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          @Random Collmenter, not next year the way this year is going

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Random Collmenter, I’d hold…

  24. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Choo + Wilhelmsen for Jennings?

    • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, yes

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, if your getting jennings side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Jennings

  25. B.o.B says:
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    Milone home vs. LAD or Eovaldi @ Oak?

    • B.o.B says:
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      @B.o.B, Also, Cespedes or Rasmus RoS?

    • Carnac says:
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      @B.o.B, Milone’s home ERA of 0.98 practically makes him a must-start.

  26. Miley Cyrus says:
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    Thanks for your help yesterday Grey. Today’s question(s):

    Herrera or Valdespin to fill in for Furcal?
    Worth picking up Ubaldo for his start against Houston on Friday?

    • Miley Cyrus says:
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      @Miley Cyrus, Please also include Andrelton and Theriot with Herrera and Valdespin. Can you rank them?

        • Miley Cyrus says:
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          @stoopid, Finally, a little recognition! Sleeveless hoodies are back in a big way, amirite?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Miley Cyrus, Herrera… I wouldn’t miss with Ubaldo

  27. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Grey, you are a King of Kings.

    Dude is hoarding SS in my league. hes got Asdrubel, JRoll and Tulow! (He needs 3b and OF help)

    Which SS do I target?

    and Mike Young + a _______ tier outfielder should get the job done…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dynamite Dan, Thanks! #3 for Asdrubal or Rollins…

  28. Jr says:
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    What do you think about Bruce, Moose, and Marcum for Fielder and Jennings?
    12 team h2h keeper league. It’s a 3 of/1util format and i currently have grandy, bruce, and pagan in my outfield and Morneau/Moose switching at util. Also have stubbs and L. Cain on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jr, Fielder

      • Jr says:
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        @Grey, Thanks grey! He changed it up a bit. I add McDonald and he adds morrow and McCarthy. Steal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jr, Do it…

  29. Tom says:
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    Rajai Davis vs Coco Crisp?

    Need steals but wondering which would give me the better counting stats besides. OBP league.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Tom, Rajai’s been hitting low in the Jays’ lineup, giving him decent RBI output for a SAGNOF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, Coco

  30. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    iPhone changes “jersey” to “heresy” when typing. #auto-judgement

    • Carnac says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, HA

  31. Turk Wendell says:
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    Hey Grey, are you still down with Elliot Johnson? Drop Kendrick for EJ?

    I’m a little hesitant as Kendrick has hit something like .340 over the past 2 weeks, but it’s been pretty empty (1 R, 4 RBI and 1SB). Worth hanging onto Kendrick if they move him up the order or drop this albatross and run to Elliot and engage in some awkward man-hug action?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, I’d hold Kendrick there…

  32. TheOne says:
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    hows it going guys…..this one might be obvious but Aaron Hill or Brian Roberts?

    • Tom says:
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      @TheOne, Hill Hill Hill!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheOne, Good… Hill…

  33. Bsw says:
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    What do you expect from Morse ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bsw, 15 homers, good counting stats, .270

  34. Mike says:
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    Where is Chris Carpenter at in his re-hab. And when would be the best time to pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, He threw to batters recently…

  35. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I can’t believe I read a Rance Mulliniks reference in 2012, man that’s awesome. I eagerly await a Junior Felix or Kelly Gruber inclusion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, Ha

  36. Carnac says:
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    A: Colon or Asdrubal?

    Q: Topics of dinner conversation at Bubbe’s house.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, HA!

  37. Morty says:
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    I didnt play fantasy last year so I have no context how good/bad Steven Drew is.

    Will he be better then scrubs like Scutaro and E-cab ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Morty, Better than Scutaro

  38. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey – Masterson,

    you like this trade: 12tm AL only keeper

    I give: $28 Ichiro, and $2 Jarrod Parker

    I receive: $24 Cespedes, $10 Ryan Cook

    ( i need saves badly, already have Peacock sitting in reserves).

    • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, also i’m leading the league in SB’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, I like it

  39. The Real McCoy says:
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    Willingham, Rasmus, Craig, Revere for 4-5 outfield spot (PICK 2).

    Keep in mind that in a 10 team H2H league you are:

    8th in Runs
    2nd in HR
    2nd in RBI
    9th in SB
    4th in Avg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Rasmus, Revere

  40. bean says:
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    I have an addiction to mediocre OFs and it appears I am hoarding them. Now Mayberry is out there and I feel like the cat lady who thinks one more stray cat wont be that bad.

    Mayberry worth picking up over any of these guys……..
    Blanco, Campana, Nieuwenhuis

    Current Frustrating Starting OFs: Ethier/Stanton/Upton/Bruce

    NL Only 12-Team Roto 5×5 (redraft)

    • bean says:
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      @bean, Add one more wrinkle to this……..

      With 1B eligibility I can use Mayberry in replacement for Garrett Jones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, HA! Over Jones…

  41. JB says:
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    Should I drop Aoki, Presley, Revere or Moss to pick up Mayberry, or just hold? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB, Aoki

  42. Steve D says:
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    @Grey,

    I currently have Mauer and have been offered Greinke & Ruiz or Matt Moore & Ruiz. Which deal is better in your opinion? Or is neither worth it (walks count and Mauer has 1B eligibility)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D, Greinke

  43. Bristol says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Cashner. He looked good the other night in Double AA. Is he a good candidate to stash until he comes back in a week or two? I’m in a HTH league and his RP eligibility is an added bonus on two start weeks.

    • @Bristol, I would take 5 innings 9 K

      • @Mr Baseball, Dont forget Mark Prior I heard his curve is nasty and is throwing 90mph plus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bristol, Good for Ks, not ratios or wins… I’d stash him…

  44. Ryan says:
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    Should have dropped aviles for hill..ugh!
    Do I hold aviles and drop for hill?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan, Drop for Hill

  45. stoopid says:
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    Drop Kendrick for Benoit?

    Kendrick is a bench bat and I already have 4 RP’s and we can only start 3. I’d mainly be doing it to dangle him as trade bait if he takes the job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Sure

  46. PSYCHE! Before we get into today’s roundup, I just wanted to say you should stop by later this afternoon because we have a very special guest on this week’s podcast

    ITS GOING TO BE MR BASEBALL AS THE SPECIAL GUEST

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, This is true… Hello, Mr. Baseball, how are you doing?

    • bean says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Tom Selleck?

      Outstanding mustachioed master himself……can’t wait!

  47. stoopid says:
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    RPs: Wilhelmsen, Putz, Jansen, FrankFrank

  48. TheNewGuy says:
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    Should we be interested in Cameron Maybin anymore? He’s hit the wire in my 16 team league, guys been pretty brutal but man, is he being unlucky or does he just flat out suck?

    Wondering whether I should bother making room for him, only guy I can drop is probably an end of rotation guy in masterson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d hold for now…

  49. Tom says:
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    Hultzen has been promoted to AAA. How long do we think till he hits the Bigs? I really cant afford a roster spot for a speculative pickup if he doesnt come up for a while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom, Couple of weeks…

  50. ThomasR says:
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    Start Vogelsong @LAA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThomasR, Yup

  51. Giant JJ says:
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    I’m punting strikeouts. Would you rather have Fister or Edwin Jackson if Ks don’t matter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, Fister

  52. Tchaikovsky08 says:
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    I know you said you’d stash Cashner above. My question is, who’s more worth a stash: Paulino or Cashner? Leaning Cashner at this point….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tchaikovsky08, Paulino

  53. JLeigh says:
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    Trade Chris Davis and Miguel Montero for Napoli? Davis is expendable w Pablo seeming ok. Another route would be to give Chris Davis and Doug Fister for Wainwright…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JLeigh, Trade seems okay… Try it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JLeigh, Sorry, meant for Wainwright… Napoli trade seems fine too, I’d take Waino first…

  54. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: chapman owner, better pick up – krod or marshall? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, Marshall

  55. B.o.B says:
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    Can you rank Goldy, Cespedes and Rasmus RoS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Rasmus, Goldy

  56. nightpandas says:
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    start Nolasco at Bos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Nah

  57. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    1- I’d still pick Wilhelmsen over Benoit as Leyland is loyal to his closers and as long as Valverdes injury is not a serious one, he will be back closing games pretty soon. Agree?

    2- Hill or Seager ROS?

    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moscowitz, 1. Agree 2. Hill

  58. nightpandas says:
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    Dunn/WY Chen vs Latos/Belt. (keeper league)

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas, and could you rank ROS as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Dunn, Belt, Latos… Belt side… It’s fair…

  59. paddytwotimes says:
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    @ Grey

    How dare you hate on the Dream Team. You should be hating on the fact that Christian Latener was on there. Even if every team in the world was playing ball they would not have beat the USA. /end of rant.

    PS good shizz as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paddytwotimes, Thanks!

  60. Pokey Reese says:
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    I am in a H2H league and was offered:

    Freese, Bucholtz, and Bruce for Gallardo and Ellsbury?

    The 2010 rib injury is burned into my memory.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pokey Reese, Bruce side

  61. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, I’m currently holding Perkins to back up my Capps, do I drop him to pick up hernandez (to back up my Putz) or K-Rod as a spec play? I could hold two of those guys if you thought two of those guys wereuch better than the third.

    You’re really starting Vogelsong on the road? These are the Mike Trout Angels we’re talking about!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcesto, Hold Perkins for now… Ha… Yeah, I’d start him…

  62. El Gato says:
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    Time to put Furcal out on the scrap heap?

    I’ve got Espinosa, E Cabrera, Peralta, and Theriot as best options available on waivers.

    Ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Gato, Espinosa

  63. Chillmodious says:
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    I think I know the answer, but should I start Tommy Hanson @NYY today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Nah

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey,

        Thanks.

        Ugh. I didn’t start him, which was the right decision, so of course he’s 2H 1BB 1ER 3Ks 2.25 ERA 0.75 WHIP through 4 IP and in line for the win with a 5-1 lead. FMFBBL. (I don’t regret sitting him though. It’s just hindsight that’s a mutha****er).

  64. Jr says:
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    Hey grey, so I think I got a steal. Above I told you about my Bruce, moose, and marcum for his fielder and Jennings. Well he wants to make it my Bruce, marcum moose and McDonald for his fielder, Jennings, McCarthy and morrow. I shouldn’t even be hesitating for that one, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jr, Do it

  65. Sagnof specialist says:
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    Need me some sagnof goodness…

    Drop krispie for crisp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sagnof specialist, Eh… I’d hold there…

  66. Grey's da man! says:
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    capuano just dropped, how much would you bid on him in a 12 team roto league ($100 budget)? Or let someone else take him?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, well last time i got a hot cappucino it cost me like 4 bucks and since capuano sounds like cappucino and is a solid number three at this point in the season and the guy that dropped him must be an idiot then I would say 12 to 18 dollars depending on what you have left out of your 100 bucks. But I would probably listen to grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, $4 sounds about right… Depends how much you need him… Up to $6 if desperate for a starter…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, yeah don’t really need him, but might as well grab him. Maybe bid like 2-3 and then be happy whether I get him or not lol. Thanks as always

  67. L-Boogie says:
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    Just read an insightful article on ESPN from yesterday. It took the writer 1000+ words to conclude that Dickey’s hot start might continue… or it might not. Great advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Ha!

  68. Grey's da man! says:
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    crisp or revere?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Revere

  69. azt says:
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    I need to drop one 2B to make room for Belt.

    Neil Walker or Howard Kendrick

    or I could drop Ike instead.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @azt, Walker

  70. A-GonOOOO says:
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    A-Gon vs Jurrjens on Friday or Choo vs Harrell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A-GonOOOO, A-Gon

  71. Lubey says:
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    Senor Grey

    Which side do you like better?

    Lynn, Miley, Parker

    or

    Doubront, McDonald, Billingsley

    Im thinking for the rest of the season. Do you think any of these pitchers will be on a pitch count for the rest of the year/get shut down early?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lubey, Lynn

  72. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    not an add/drop question but would you rather have desmond or cozart the rest of the year as your MI. I had desmond earlier and now have cozart. there have been a few in between.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, I’d hold… It’s a tossup on who’s hot… Desmond will probably have better numbers…

  73. Ciao Grey — Do you think Wilton Lopez’s DL stint changes the calculus regarding the most likely replacement as Houston’s closer of Myers is traded? Would you rather stash Lopez or Lyon?

    Also, any gut feeling on what’s going on with Valverde? Is your best guess that he’ll be out for a while?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I’d stash no one in Houston right now… Next month, maybe Lopez… Guessing Valverde will be out for 3-5 days…

  74. Grey's da man! says:
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    Just dropped Freeman and of course he homers on the first pitch he see’s today lol. You think now that he has had time to heal his hand he goes back hitting like he started the season? Or leave him on waivers for now (over saunders)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Damn… I’d own him over Saunders…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, or drop reynolds for him?

  75. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Time to drop Kendrick for Hill? KJ also available. 10 team h2h redraft yahoo. Thanks and looking forward to the podcast!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, I’d go with Hill… Thanks!

  76. Grey's da man! says:
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    which side:

    Prince and Lester for Dunn and Trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Prince, it’s fair…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Actually, could see going the other way on reflection… Yeah, Dunn/Trout probably better, slightly more risk…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, Lol, I’m doing the same looking at! I have Dunn/Trout, will try and get more. Thanks for confirming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey’s da man!, I’d hold…

  77. Public Enemy #1 says:
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    I’m being offered MBourn and Harper for Cliff Lee. I can keep Harper as a 25th rounder next year to go along with Trout who I already have and can keep as a 27th rounder.

    In a vaccuum I have to do this deal, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Public Enemy #1, Do it

  78. Nico says:
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    Would you trade Stanton for Lawrie and Melky Cabrera if you needed speed and a 3b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Nope

  79. weas says:
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    Is this pitching staff strong enough in 10 team H2H that I can trade a pitcher for a bat?

    CJ Wilson
    Gio
    Lester
    Marcum
    Zimmerman
    McCarthy
    Worley
    Miley
    Fister
    Oswalt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas, Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Ha

  80. Andrew says:
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    Better Closer ROS: Clippard or Reed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew, Reed

  81. UrgentMirth says:
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    Rodney/Victorino/McCarthy for Ortiz/Gio in a standard 5×5 league where every save, backup save and assistant to the backup save is owned?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @UrgentMirth, Ortiz

  82. Tbone says:
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    Thoughts on a Lowrie/Cueto for Zobrist/Adverb deal? Have Pedroia buzzkilling me. If it comes down to it: Lowrie can be kept in 18th, Cueto in 6th…Lee not, Zobrist 11th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tbone, Lee side

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS***

  84. I asked you this yesterday and you said Hughes. Can you try again please? Ha.

    Cobb, Worley, Hughes, Samardija, Harrison (addendum, get Latos back? And add McCarthy to this list)

    Concerned only with ERA/WHIP only as I’m dominating K’s (12 team roto)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy

  85. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS**

  86. Chris says:
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    How did you not mention that McCutchen’s HR came off a raid on Jeff Manship!

  87. Carlos says:
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    Drop Hardy or Lowrie for Plouffe or sit tight?

  88. Carl Spackler says:
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    Someone dropped Yoooooouk. Do I drop Fowler or Maybin for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  89. R.P. Angstmann says:
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    14 team keeper. I have a lock on the saves cat and need a SP with K’s in a league where they’re like gold. Am I nuts to consider trading Perez,Soriano, or Motte for Dempster or Lincecum?

  90. Matt says:
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    Belt, Laroche, LoMo, David Murphy or Ike over the next week?

    Okay to trade Joyce for Ian Desmond? Have Kyle Seager only at SS.

    Thanks

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