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As I discussed recently with a good friend, I just missed my musical times growing up.  I started getting into the rock of the early 90’s.  Y’all can call it grunge, I’m cool with that.  Don’t really care what you want to label it as but I enjoyed my Alice ‘n’ Chains and Soundgarden in my Middle School years.  And just as high school began, the good music started to die.  I got stuck with the fallout of all the Mouseketeers becoming music stars and invading my audio living space.  Gone was ‘Burden In My Hand’ and in was ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  It was a jolt, to say the least.  I finished out my High School years going backwards musically, exploring all the bands that influenced the bands I loved growing up so I could avoid the complete and under dreck that was on the radio every day.  Of course, that does not make one immune to it.  Hell, even people who admit to hating Journey can probably sing a few bars.  When Thong Song hit my ears, I thought it was a joke.  I mean, it quotes Ricky Martin’s ‘La Vida Loca’.  Who does that if they’re trying to be taken seriously?  Sisqo I guess.  And no, Sisqo, I won’t look up how to make the weird mark above the ‘o’.  You’re just not worth it.  But more to the point, ‘If Loving Kolten Is Wong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right’ has been used so I decided to bring upon you the pain of my late teen years to make a title.  Sorry about that (ok not really), but I thought you’d like the song (ok, not really again).  Of course, I bring to you this conversation about Kolten Wong because he hit 2 homers Thursday night to go along with a steal and now has 9 HRs and 17 steals on the year over 251 AB.  Stretch that out to 500 AB and you have an 18 HR, 34 steal season at 2B.  To put that in perspective, Daniel Murphy is on pace for 13 HRs and 17 steals in 656 at bats this year and is the 7th best 2B on the year, according to Yahoo.  Like I told Nick on the podcast over the All-Star Break, I think Wong turns some teams around down the stretch run.  Given that it’s his rookie year, I’m willing to look past the up and down that his been this year with Kolten and realize his .247 average is masking something that could be great in 2015 and beyond.  That Wong, wa-Wong, Wong, Wong!  In other news for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Javier BaezWent 3/4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs.  Why wasn’t he the lead you ask?  To quote Albright ‘I’ve talked about him enough.  Besides, I don’t want your articles getting more hits than me and we know everyone will be searching for Javier after that monstrous game’.  At least he was honest in his vanity.  I shall now call him Dorian Grey.

Ian DesmondWent 2/5 with a HR and 3 RBIs to go with 2 runs and a walk.  He’s on pace for 25 HRs and 17 steals at short.  Why is everyone calling it a down year.  He’s only hitting .247.  Oh, that’s awesome!  Stay under .250, I want more value in 2015!

Shane GreeneSpun a beauty going 8 scoreless with 5 K for the 1-0 victory over the Tigers.  All his peripherals suggest he’s pitching up to his ability to this point…which is kinda sad because his ability is that of a 7 K/9 with a 3+ BB/9.  Fun fact, when I went to look him up I accidentally typed Shawn Greene and got confused as to why a Yankees prospect was 42 years old but then realized they typically trade for guys like Ichiro Suzuki to get younger and then it all made sense.

Chris CarterMr. K’arter double mint fresh with the bat, slapping 2 bombs while going 3/4 and has now been hitting .314 since the first of July with 11 HRs to go along with it.  To test the waters, I went and checked what his highest average was in any month from 2013: .258 in September.  Hrm…normally don’t bite on numbers like this but he’s 27 and many a masher before him took a long time to settle in so this could be a thing.  If it’s not clear yet, all my teams are terrible and I’m scouting for 2015 and abusing your reading time doing it.

Bryce HarperFun fact!  Bryce was my lead but then Kolten went double wong and he got bumped.  Here’s a synopsis of what I said but if read from a telegram.  Bryce Harper hit a hr (stop) he’s had a down year (stop) some have even called for him to get sent down to the minors (stop) but he’s young and has played hurt this year (stop) I think he’ll be a value in 2015 (stop)

Homer BaileyBailey’s year, by ERA: April 6.15, May 4.26, June 3.35, July 2.67, August 1.29.  Remember that buy call from Grey back in May?  After 7 shut out innings and 8 K on and your 5th straight mediocre start from Josh Beckett, I thought it was a good time to remind you.  I’m like an iCal over here!

Caleb JosephProvided the only offense the Orioles needed, going 1/3 with a HR and by ‘only offense needed’ I meant the actual team.  The rest of us who own Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, and Adam Jones are still waiting…and waiting…

Miguel CabreraWent 0/1 as he came in as a pinch-hitter late in the game.  Obviously, you can never tell how things will tumble out but if the Tigers extend their AL Central Division lead again, they could give Miggy plenty of rest down the stretch for a playoff run which makes so much sense it might actually happen.  That goes doubly true for your 2014 Zombino of the year, Victor Martinez.  In H2H redraft leagues, this could be a threat to keep in mind.  You have been apprised…what, Nick from Razzball Radio has his thing, I have mine.

J.A. HappThe man who gave up a HR to the backup catcher of the backup catcher of the Orioles actually had a solid night, going 8 and striking out *gasp* 12.  Now before you go all ‘J.A. stands for Jim-Dandy Arm’, realize the Orioles have the lowest team wOBA and the second highest K% in the major leagues over the last 30 days.  Don’t know what wOBA is?  Well clearly you haven’t been reading DraftKings content on here!  I’ve been streaming against the Orioles since before it was cool because of all that Daily Fantasy jive.  Now where’s my PBR?

Denard Span4/6…seriously, he did nothing else.  That’s kind of the life of owning him.  He’s rarely exciting but by the end of the year, he’ll have 100 runs and around 30 SB.  Then you’ll draft him next year and get bored again.  You’re probably the type that buys the same cereal over and over and complains that there’s never anything good to eat for breakfast.  You sicken me a little bit, if we’re being honest.

Carlos GonzalezFinished the night 0/3 with a walk and a K.  He’s been dinged up and off all year.  Only one of those things was to be expected.  But on the flip side, at least you didn’t draft Chris Davis.

Jenrry MejiaPitched a clean inning despite having calf problems.  Why deal with the calf when you can get the milk for free, Mejia.  What?  Never the less, in case this issue persists, Jeurys Familia is in line for the blown saves if you’re stumping for some.

Roberto HernandezWas traded to the Dodgers on Thursday.  What?  It’s not a trade?  If it works like a trade and exchanges players like a trade, it’s probably a trade people.  Why not just extend the damn trade deadline until August 31st?  What is this waivers business?  You put guys on waivers in my league, you get what else is on waivers to replace them.  Just in case, I’m gonna go pick up and waive Roberto Hernandez and see if I get 2 supplemental draft picks in 2015.  Ooph, sorry for the tangent.  Back to the real news: Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers isn’t news.  Done!

Alex RiosCleared waivers so that he can be given to a team in yet another trade that’s not a trade.  Can’t wait to see where he goes.  Will he hit 2 more HRs on the year or 3 for the mystery team?  The suspense!

Alex GordonHit his 10th HR on the year and is well on his way to underwhelming anyone and everyone who drafted him in the top 100.  This might get some flak but it needs to be said: boring guys who give you most of their value in the RBI/R/AVG department are guys I’m most likely to avoid on draft day because they don’t have as much control over them as they do HR/SB.  Can we just treat him like an OF4 next year please?  Then I can understand the love.

Melky CabreraLeft the game early after getting hit in the elbow by a pitch.  X-Rays were negative.  No word yet on what they did to those x-rays to put them in such a foul mood.  If Melky is out for an extended amount of time, Nolan Reimold probably gets a shot to play every day.  And by ‘every day’ I mean ‘four games until he goes on the DL after injuring himself trying to find his car keys in his pocket’.  They’d call it a strained oblique.  It’s all the rave in sports medical circles.

Collin McHughStruck out 8 over 7 while giving up 1 ER and walking none.  Due to injuries and a lack of wins, pretty sure no one is gonna believe in Collin next year but the xFIP is on point with his ERA and his K/9 is better than Max Scherzer’s this year.  All that said, you’ll probably go and draft guys like Jered Weaver over him next year.  But that’s none of my business.

Vinnie PestanoMy cousin Vinnie goes to the Angels in exchange for a signed silicone Pam Anderson boob and a book on how to alienate yourself from a young power-hitting catcher, signed by Mike Scioscia.  I only mention all this to 1) talk about silicone and 2) the Angels bullpen got sexy in a hurry after struggling earlier this year.  Officially a bit of a daunting team past the 4 and 2/3rds C.J. Wilson goes.

Wily PeraltaWent 6.2 IP, struck out 9 and gave up 1 ER en route to his major league-leading 14th win.  To put the ‘wins are stupid’ argument into perspective, there are at least 40 starting pitchers with better ERAs than Peralta on the year, his K/9 of just over 6.5 doesn’t even register in the top 50 and you’ll still draft him over Collin McHugh next year.

Ryan HowardOne for four with a GS.  Remember when I said ‘Chris Carter might be a late bloomer’?  Ryan Howard’s breakout year came in 2006.  Granted his was 58 HRs followed by three consecutive 40+ HR seasons.  I could see Carter mirroring Howard’s 2011 line when he hit 33 and batting .253, though.  Just not the 116 RBIs.  That would require the Astros to be good offensively in 2015.  And if you really wanted me to talk more about Ryan here, all you had is dead as he is dead.  Marry another.

Edinson VolquezESPN player rater tells me he was second best player yesterday so I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mention him: 7 innings, 7 K, 0 ER, 1 hit and 3 walks.  There, he’s been mentioned.  Moving on…

Dustin AckleyAfter a 2/4, 4 RBI night with a HR, I think it’s safe to say my Dustin Ackley Sleeper post deserves a mention here.  And by ‘sleeper’ I mean ‘I’m sleep doe’ cuz man, even with the average over .350 since July 1st, he’s still not in the top 20 for 2Bs.  But what a nice ride it’s been for those who’ve streamed him.

Robinson CanoHE HIT A HR!  Congrats, you got your 1 HR per month early, Cano owners.  Talk to you again in September!

Endy ChavezBasically the Mariners offense last night as Kyle Seager hit one as well.  If you were a Mariner and you didn’t hit a HR last night, you’re just gonna have to wait for the next solar eclipse during a leap year.  Them’s the rules.

Giancarlo StantonHit his 27th HR on the year and is on pace for his 3rd 30+ HR season of his career.  He’s only 24.  What have YOU been doing for us, Bryce?  Clearly you need a stint in the minors!

Jon LesterTossed a complete game shutout against the Twinkies along with 8 Ks.  The move to the O.Co looks to be doing wonders.  BTW, am I the only one that looks at ‘O.Co’ and sees a weird ‘shock face’ emoji with a lazy eye?  No, just me?  Carrying on…

Stephen VogtWent 1/3 with a 2 run HR.  He’s dramatically cooled off of late, entering the game on an 0/23 slump.  But if it’s between Stephen or d’Arnaud having a better rest of the season, you can hand me my Chad now.  I vote for Vogt.

Cole HamelsReportedly grabbed off waivers by the Cubs.  You know what a young, up and coming club needs to do?  Take on a huge salary for a 30 year old pitcher and exchange away all the young talent they’ve accumulated to do it.  That was your ‘see if you can spot the sarcasm’ blurb of the day.

Masahiro TanakaContinued his rehab attempt to avoid TJS by playing long toss in the outfield from distances of 60 and 90 feet.  Trevor Bauer scoffed.  I’m still not believing the whole ‘let’s rehab our way out of Tommy John Surgery’ story but if someone in your league is, now would be a good time to try.

David OrtizDidn’t play on Thursday because of a ‘wet playing surface’.  As a grown man, you know the wetter the surface, the better the play, Papi.  I’m of course talking about slip and slides.

  1. Zar says:
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    Thanks Grey for reminding me how drafting CarGo was a mistake, but at least I didn’t grab Chris Davis…I feel much better now! At least Stanton 3rd round made up for it!

    Great write up. Would you grab Chase Anderson to start tomorrow? I’d be dropping Stroman for him most likely. Or do I hold Stroman.

    Thanks!

    • troy says:
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      @Zar: it wasn’t grey…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @troy: Grey was lower on Cargo 1 than most places.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @goodfold2: Another “skip the reading straight to the comments”. He was in such a hurry to be ” first”. This guy didn’t even look at the picture.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold Stroman

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Zar: I’m not dropping Stroman for Anderson in most leagues.

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team roto with holds/net saves/k to BB as extra cats.. i used to have too many closers (since i’m in 2nd in net saves with 96, up 11 on 3rd, down 1 on first), now after dropping melancon and nathan i’m down to papelbon/perkins/britton (in SP slot)/casilla. also in other RP slots have morris/clippard/a.miller. tied for 7th in holds (down 19 off of first) with 41. somebody just dropped walden (probably since ATL has been horrible for a while now). drop perkins or papelbon for any of walden/cotts/joba/fien? perkins has been putting quite a few guys on base lately (so has fien) so i’m thinking he would be drop here. my thinking is walden is fine and ATL won’t be this bad forever.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Perkins and Pap

  3. jo jo!!! says:
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    lynn and heyward for kazmir and arrieta? can kazmir keep this up, or do i see regression fairies aorund his head?

    • jo jo!!! says:
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      @jo jo!!!: i’d be receiving kazmir, btw

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure if you need the pitching

  4. costaricanchata says:
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    interesting stuff .
    you ought to do one of those e-books :
    “who is sky ?”

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  5. The Theory says:
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    Normally I’d be looking at Alex Gordon in my OF thinking, “I need moar production!”, but then I was the genius who also drafted Choo and Rios and Harper, so suffice to say my whole outfield is a debacle.

    Wait, I got two home runs yesterday!? Never mind! Championship 2014 here I come!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • james says:
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      @The Theory:

      I do not get the Gordon hate. He is doing pretty much exactly what we expected him to do. He is 30, so a slight regression was actually expected by most people.

      Career .269 hitter, topped at at 17sb (3 years ago), hit 20 Hr twice in his career. and hope for 90 runs and 80 rbi. Right now, .273, 7sb, and 10hr. Factoring in that he would not likely put up career numbers, those are all in line- he is a .270/15hr/10sb player. the runs and rbi are on a 82/74 pace, so really not all that disappointing (3rd highest total for each in his career).

      this is the same trap many fell into valuing Markakis . Markakis is the same profile, had a higher peak point, and ironically the same age.

  6. costaricanchata says:
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    a) wonder if miggy gave a thought to what happened
    to goldschmidt , as he approached the plate for his pinch-hit appearance .
    my guess is that some of his fantasy owners were a bit concerned .
    b) honey-nut cheerios , yo .
    c)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looking forward to all of next year’s “Miggy regression” hoopla

      • james says:
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        @Mike:

        you mean that this year was not his big regression year.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          he’s 31 and I’d put my money on him playing hurt this year

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Fish: I just ate a big red candle

  7. Kyle "I am not Kyle Kendrick" Hendricks says:
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    Not one kind word for Hendricks after throwing an 8 inning gem in Coors? Haven’t seen many pitchers cruise through a start at Coors like that this year. It was impressive.

    Actually once Hendricks got past a bad 1st inning in his major league debut vs the Reds he’s been on a great roll (.9 whip/1.35 era over his last 33 innings). But, that Cub infield defense is a bit scary for a guy who gives up a lot ground balls. So kind of a sleeper alert!/buyer beware! message here.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He thought you were Kyle Kendrick

  8. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, i really hope yr not right about carter actually ‘figuring it out”, i dropped him about 1 day into his over month long streak due to not knowing that week just before all star break was 10 days. we have pretty high innings minimum in that 20 teamer, and didn’t think due to beckett getting DL’ed that i’d make innings (which i easily did with extra 3 days that week). carter was the one dropped. had i kept him even 1 or 2 more days i’d still have him over vargas/juan f as 1B. previously i was rocking pearce/carter in this dynasty league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he’s en fuego

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    you explained nicely possibly just why hutchison had such a great SON rating a few days back even though he was at home and that BAL start was i believe only his 2nd good home start all year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agreed

  10. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    The Cubs do need pitching if they’re going to contend any time soon, though. If they trade a prospect or two for Hamels and sign Scherzer or Lester in the offseason (or even both, their payroll for next year is going to be low), and if even 1 of their prospects makes waves next year, they could easily contend for a playoff spot. If both Bryant and Baez hit better than league average, and if they get starters like that to pair with Arrieta, you can see why they’d go for Hamels now.

    • Mike

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      agreed….seems like Cubs might go after somebody. I figured on offseason tho

    • james says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop:
      it all comes down to when Amaro will be told to shut up and just get what he can. The cubs may be offering enough that ownership is telling Amaro to just pull the trigger.

      Casual fans seem to be totallly unaware that trading is of contracts not players. Hamels is a great player with a pretty good contract. He is not going to land 3 top 25 prospects (like aramo thinks). If a team wants an ace, Lester and Sherzer are FA this offseason, and will sign for similar money (20-25m per), and return similar value.

      I could see the cubs offering redundant playres like Vogelbaugh (the player i see as the centerpeice of a trade, not a throw in like many others seem to think), and maybe a very good young raw international guy like Eloy (who is so far from the bigs he likely does not represent much value over what he signed for- a little under 3m)

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY!
    There are 293 ways to make change of a dollar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sub fact: money can be exchanged for good and services

  12. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Nothing like waking up to a double dong from wong to save my night.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he’s the best

  13. bossmanjunior says:
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    Start which 3:

    Beltran v Bauer
    Marte v Kennedy 1-3 HR K
    Werth @ Santana 3-13 HR 6K
    Segura v Hernandez 2-7 K
    Baez v Archer

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Beltran, Baez, Werth

  14. papasmurf says:
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    Poor McWho. he will never win another game this year. I’ve been screwed so many times in fantasy baseball but that HOU game pissed me off like never before. In a tight 3 way race for the title and need wins in the worst way possible…

    4 run lead with 6 outs to go. What a bad pitch on 3-2 on Howard. Low and in suicide fastball with no movement. Catcher was setting up outside.

    Doesn’t help that CHC scored extra runs and took away an also critical save from Rondon. And offense hitting below .200 for AUG.

    Must sniff smurf shrooms now! LOL

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      bummer

  15. Chris says:
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    Hello Sky,

    All other playoff teams are loading up on pitching, should I drop Austin Jackson or Beltran to add Collin Mchugh (who I recently had to drop for a trade to go through) or add Hellickson?

    Or should I continue with Beltran and Jackson alterning as OF/BN, and carry one bench.
    If I do this, should I still add Mchugh/Hellickson and drop Burnett/CJ Wilson?
    H2H, Mix, 12 teams.

    Thanks

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: My OF are: Stanton, Holliday, Austin Jackson, Beltran (we only play 3).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you could probably lose AJax in that outfield if you want to carry another arm

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Chris: McHugh (McWho?) is underappreciated due to his lousy club and dreadful bullpen. On a real MLB team he would have about 8 wins now. Same story as Shark. (I happen to have both Shark and McWho in what has been a bullshit year for wins… but I digress)

      So it all depends on what you need. I personally would choose McWho over Hellickson in a heartbeat due to superior Ks and likely superior ratios. Rays don’t figure to give Hellickson much runs either, but that TB pen is 800 times better than HOU’s. So Hellickson a slight nod for Ws and McHugh for other stats.

  16. KK says:
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    Wong or Gyorko

    • KK says:
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      @KK: or Ackley, OPS

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong

    • Aero says:
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      @KK: I just made the switch. It is looking like Wong brings about the same power possibilities as Gyorko, but with some decent speed as well.

  17. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hi Sky
    Who do you like better ROS in h2hh categories obp league Pujols or T Frazier?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Frazier

  18. Count de monetball says:
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    Sky!!! I thought of your Ron Burgundy clip you posted when prospect Scott Evans was comparing Javier Baez To Miguel Cabrera months ago as Javier was blasting hr’s yesterday! Btw I’m I Wong or is 2nd base deep this year?

    • Mike

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      haha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Count de monetball: Count! The only position I was extremely worried about coming into the year was 1B and that has proven to ring a bit true. I do agree 2B was deep this year, relative to the last few years.

  19. your mom says:
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    In a 20 team league, who is the better keeper? Altuve or j. Up? Would you give up j. Up and p. Hughes for altuve and samardzija? Thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @your mom: Id rather have J.Up

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      I would

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Altuve

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @your mom: yea i take that back..samardzija pushes the deal over the top…somehow i missed that

      • your mom says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: yea thanks guys! if it were odorizzi instead of hughes? my keepers would be tulo, upton (altuve), moss (?), brantley, cueto (?), lester (?), street (?), rosenthal (?)..
        is there anyone from my team you would keep instead of the ones listed above?
        zunino, alcantara, jerko,kennys vargas
        venable, freese, butler, davidson, soler
        porcello, odorizzi, matt moore, heaney, syndergaard
        THANKS a lot razzball nation

        • your mom says:
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          @your mom: oh add castellanos to that group. also, this is a 20 team h2h keep 8 and we could keep them forever.

          • Sky

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            @your mom: would prefer to keep Odorizzi if I could but I don’t stay married to my pitching, even in keepers; I’d still take the Shark side. Not really hip on keeper closers but I guess in a 20 team it makes a little sense.

  20. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Trading Jer Weaver for Frazier. Good deal?
    I had Zimmerman at 3B (dead) and have Rutledge (stinks) as a replacement.
    Weekly h2h, can only start 5 SPs where I have: Yordano, Richards, Stroman, Wheeler, deGrom, Bauer, McHugh

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: thats a great deal..DO IT

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      No brainer. Hit the button before the other guy sobers up

    • Adam Jonesin says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: I offered it. I thought it was good for me, then I started questioning myself because he accepted within 30 seconds!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: frazier has been crap for the last 5 weeks but weaver sucks so its definitely worth it

  21. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    with Neil walker hurting again, him or wong rest of the way in h2h ops league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Walker when he’s healthy, but if you don’t want to mess with his DTD stuff go with Wong

  22. tank1 says:
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    In a keeper league, is Hamilton/McGee too much to offer for Goldschmidt? Both Hamilton (23rd) and Goldschmidt (18th) are great values next year. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nope, I’d grab Goldy

  23. Paul says:
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    Here’s hoping no one else notices mchugh! Hahn or mchugh ros?

    • Mike

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      Hahn…on an innings limit though I think

  24. Charlie says:
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    Already own Arismendy and Neil Walker at 2nd. Do you think I should drop Walker for Wong? 6×5 league including obp. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Walker in a vacuum but Wong is healthy and playing

      • Charlie says:
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        @Mike:

        You think I should make the switch?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure. Walker had back issues last year too. If you’re in contention you need healthy players getting at bats.

          • Charlie says:
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            @Mike:

            Ok. I’m in 1st but only by a game. Me and the second place team keep flipping between first and second every week. Seriously, every week we flip back and forth. My team is extremely streaky which worries me for the playoffs.

  25. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… Who do you like better for Monday, Peacock vs Correia(MIN) at HOU or Niese vs Buchanan(PHI) at PHI?? They both are well like on the SON, Peacock is one step higher but Niese has better numbers besides the $ part

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Niese

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx Mike!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Frank White: Id say niese too but be careful…watching his last start, something doesnt seem right with him. Velocity was down and pitches were flat.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: I’d try to avoid if I could. Phillies aren’t a great hitting team but oddly have a fairly high wOBA against lefties this year. It is the best of the two starts, though.

  26. FilthyRich says:
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    points league – Wong or Dozier for ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dozier, but it’s a coin flip at this point

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @FilthyRich: dozier easy…In the last 10 weeks wong has only had 3 weeks where hes went over 10 points…hes a better roto player.

  27. Steeve says:
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    Jorge Soler, call up this year? Compare him with other cubans players, is it the same categorie like Puig, Abreu, Cespedes?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe Sept. but more likely next spring I think

      Some folks down on him for makeup and health issues , but when he’s on the field he mashes.

      I personally love Soler

  28. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5.

    I’m out of this season, looking at 2015+.

    is this something that would help me more 2015+
    give- Nelson Cruz. (34 years old)
    get- Dee Gordon. (26 years old)

    right now I think my 5 keepers would be..
    Madison Bumgarner, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, Corey Dickerson.

    if I traded Cruz for Gordon my 5 keepers could be..
    Madison Bumgarner, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Dee Gordon, Corey Dickerson.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good. I’d take Dee there

    • kim says:
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      @SpecialFNK: why the heck would you keep Davis?!?!

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @kim: its a 16 team league and maybe this is just a down year for davis and he returns to form next year

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @kim:
        he has had a disastrous season, but coming into this season there was debate whether he was the 3rd overall pick. he is only 28 years old and even if he can’t get back to 2013 I think he should still be able to be similar to what he was in 2012.

  29. Charlie says:
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    Have Frazier, Morneau, Duda and Napoli as my first basemen. Do you think I should drop Duda for Carter? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

      • Charlie says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks!! Made the switch.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Charlie: Never drop a DUDA..especially when its hot

      • Charlie says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        He’s cooled off a bit. If you think Duda is hot then what do you think Carter is? He’s killing it!! And he’s been doing it for a bit longer too. His 7/14/30 day spread is very impressive. Bests Duda in every category.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Charlie: I agree you should take carter but Morneau would be the guy id lose

          • Charlie says:
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            @JeF With 1 F:

            Gotcha. My thinking was Morneau offers a high avg, obp whereas both Duda/Carter offer lower avg, high hr numbers. So I can plug and play either type of bat depending on what my need is.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Charlie: duda always has a high OBP home or road…Morneau isnt the same player on the road

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: I take that back his #s arent that far off home and away but id still prefer Duda..his OBP and Power are legit

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            all these hot corner infielders and so little roster space

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: Duda is 7/17 over last 30 and carter is 7/20 over last 30…not a big difference

            • Charlie says:
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              @JeF With 1 F:

              Yeah, not much diff at all. I guess I guess what sold me is Carter’s been doing it with a higher avg/obp throughout. But both are close in value.

  30. Spencer says:
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    I want to roster 2 of these SP for my 10 team H2H with IP,ERA,K/9,WHIP,QS. Which 2 do you see as the best options:

    McHugh
    Ventura
    Liriano
    McCarthy
    Wheeler

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ventura and Wheeler

  31. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Hamels and Dom Brown for Bryant, Soler, Baez and Tseng. Seems like a no-brainer. They can throw in a stud closer like Papelbon and maybe the Cubs can kick back Russell.

    Make it happen Amaro!

    [exhales crack smoke]

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Mike: Puff Puff Pass Mikey

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Someone say crack?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Sky: Nice

  32. Corey says:
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    Brett Gardner or Matt Holliday ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Holliday. Gardner chips in the steals, but if you don’t need those I’d go with Holliday for a handful more homers and RBI.

      • Corey says:
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        @Mike: It’s like I know what the right thing is to do but I need you to tell me to do it…

        I just traded away Springer for Scherzer, so I need to make up the difference in HRs. I know I gotta drop Gardner for Holliday, I’m just so enticed by Gardner’s high overall rank and the fact that they both hit the same # of homers in last 14 days.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Corey: I agree with mike..gardners homers wont last

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            yeah, some of that high rank might be coming from the value he brings in steals as well

            • Corey says:
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              @Mike: Thanks, gents. P.s. The trade was Springer/Pederson/Wilson for Scherzer/Liriano/Sano in a keep-5 league. Happy with it as I’m playing win now and already keeping Stanton and Puig in my OF and I’ve lost Fernandez and Lee this year. Too bad Sano is dead weight til next summer, if then.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha I get that. I’m always bouncing stuff off people too.

          It’s not huge difference…Steamer has Holliday pegged for like 2 or 3 more homers ROS. The difference is more in the averages and RBIs. Then obviously Gardner has the big advantage in steals. You can’t go wrong with either player really.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Mike: i got bets down RIGHT NOW on anybody that actually wants to bet the under on 4 holliday homers ROS! 4 would break even. dude’s got like what, half of his homers since all star break.

  33. Charles says:
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    12 team points league. Drop Howie Kendrick and pick up Wong?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think Kendrick will warm back up, but sure.

  34. Enzo says:
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    12-team limited keeper, tracking 11×11 stats (basically obp+ops & pitch ratios).
    I’m in first and I’ve been offered Javy Baez for my fister. Perv.
    I could keep Baez for the next 2 seasons at low cost.
    Fister isn’t a keep able player.
    Rest of rotation: King Felix, gray, archer, stroman, degrom, liriano
    Would ya pull te proverbial trigga?! I’m top of all the ratios, and fister has been a part of that. But damn I want Baez for the next 2 years. Or should I ask for more?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, I’d do that

  35. Bob says:
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    Which two would you start today?

    Nick Markakis home against righty Masterson

    Alex Rios at HOU against lefty Oberholtzer

    Denard Span at ATL against righty E Santana

    Starling Marte home against righty Kennedy

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Span, Markakis, Rios

      • Bob says:
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        @Mike: What if I added Josh Reddick home against righty Kirk Gibson? Still Span Markakis Rios in that order? And thank you as well.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. I might start Reddick over Markakis

  36. Buck Merdock says:
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    Hey Mike, here’s my pitching dilemma for the weekend. My league counts pitching starts, and I can only start 3 more. But 4 out of the 5 starters I have are playing each other this weekend. Normally it would be a no brainer, but i’m losing my games right now…. Obviously, i start Scherzer and Kershaw, but who is the other?

    Eovaldi vs CIN
    Scherzer vs Stroman
    Kershaw vs Jimmy Nelson

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Eovaldi vs CIN

      • Buck Merdock says:
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        @Mike: thanks, Mike.

  37. doubledongwong says:
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    Is there a term for when a guy gives you a slam and legs, or is that the term?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Sky: Are all these pics of your neighbors? I never been to Wisconsin

  38. Bob says:
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    ROS (next month or so I guess) in a 6×6 with OPS Which two do you like best?

    Dustin Ackley
    Carlos Beltran
    Will Venable
    Nick Markakis
    Angel Pagan
    Adam Eaton
    Austin Jackson

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Pagan and Beltran

  39. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I’m really at a loss on my last trade of the season. Guy I’m trading with wants a pitcher and I’ve got a bunch of (in my brain at least) really comparable pitchers, any recommendation as to who the most expendable of this list is? (i.e. the one I should include in the trade)

    P. Hughes
    A. Wood
    M. Shoemaker
    D. Smyly

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wood and Smyly could both see an innings cap

  40. G says:
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    Would u drop Khris Davis for carter??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nah

  41. Venezuelan Winter Leaguer says:
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    Which ones do you like better for holds. Pitching categories: W, L, QS, SV, HD, K, BB, ERA, WHIP, BSV.

    -Neal Cotts
    -Ryan Cook
    -Will Smith
    -Kelvin Herrera
    -Siegrist

    Thank you razzballers!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Cotts and Smith

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Mike: @Fish: 60% of the time, Grey writes these every time.

  42. Charles says:
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    Thank you for the quick replies each and every morning. One of the things that really sets Razzball apart.
    12 Team points league. Alex Gordon and Starling Marte are on waivers. Should I drop Torii Hunter (bench depth) for any of these two? My OF are Puig, Brantley, C. Gomez and Werth (util)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem

      I’d take Gordon for pop and Marte for speed. Kind of depends what you need

      • Charles says:
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        @Mike:
        So Torii is not a hold given that he usually bats 5th in that Tigers lineup?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d be fine with either Torii or Gordon. Depends what situation your team is in and whether you can deal with Hunter sitting once in a while

  43. Phil says:
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    Would you start Bauer today at yanks?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  44. John Gibbons' Speech Coach says:
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    Morning,

    Gio or Lohse ROS?

    Sandoval or ARAM Ros?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gio, Sandoval

  45. los locos says:
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    you trust jon niese’s starts next week? – stream like him vs Chicago and Philly.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

  46. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm H2H, W, L and QS count. Would you start Wily P (@CHC-Hendricks, @LAD-Ryu) or McHugh (vMIN-Pino, @BOS-Kelly) next week? Or start both, which means benching Anibal vPIT and dropping Gio?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peralta

  47. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Just traded my Hamels for his Brantley based on those ROS rankings. Good call?

    Ventura, McHugh, Hahn, Odorrizi, etc. are all on the wire.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Meant to say that this was prompted by trying to replace Goldy…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good arms on the wire and you’ll get more production from the bat at this point. seems like a good call to me

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Mike: Thanks! That was my thinking too. I like a lot of those guys. Trying to see if I can swing a Baez/Ryu trade before the deadline today, but if not, still plenty of options.

  48. osnam says:
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    I was offered Lester for my Nelson Cruz and Weaver. Should I take the deal? Thanks as always.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, assuming you have a bat to replace Cruz

  49. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, I am somehow losing to the abandoned last place team. Unless the Pirates come to their senses and DL McCutchen, I may have to lose a bat to stream on Sunday. Who’s the drop out of Bruce, Kipnis and Reddick? Currently using a combo of those guys for my last OF and Util, with one bench bat (have Cano at 2B). If Odorizzi gets shelled in Wrigley tomorrow I’ll drop him, but would rather not as I’ll need SP for a tough matchup next week.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hate when that happens. Bruce is warming up, so I guess Reddick

  50. Roger Anderson says:
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    Send:
    Yu Darvish and Cody Allen

    Recieve:
    Joe Mauer and Cory Kluber

    I love Mauer and am not so hot on Darvish this year. Trade would take place AFTER Darvish and Kluber starts but I face the recipient next week. Hard to trade into a faceoff.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends on needs since you’re trading away a closer. I prefer the Darvish side actually. Not a big Mauer guy here

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Mike: Currently for closers I have
        Jansen
        Britton
        Franky (KRod)
        Casilla
        and
        Allen – 2 days off next week for CLE

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          seems like you’ve got saves covered then…trade should work for you

          • Roger Anderson says:
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            @Mike: Thanks – trade accepted
            SPs:
            Kershaw,
            Tanaka (DL 365?)
            Roark
            Strohman
            and now Kluber
            (had Cole, & Wacha but they’re done for the year)

  51. los locos says:
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    what are your thoughts on verlander next drawling @ PIT and Sea? Think he’s over that 1st season hurdle and going to pitch much better now.?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @los locos: His K/9 is still below 7. He’s streamable in the right matchups which those two are but I don’t think he’s ownable in most leagues at this point.

  52. hifi says:
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    Picked up Goldy off the wire in a keeper for a bid of $26 (2014 draft price was $47). Thought for sure that was not going to get it done but couldn’t afford more. Keeper rules are 10% + current salary so will keep for $29. Will have him for 5 seasons before he costs what he did this year 29/32/36/40/44.

    I guess my question is should I celebrate with Champagne or Tequila?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @hifi: Ha! I hate champagne. Gimme a shot of that 100% agave nectar

  53. Bye Felicia says:
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    I can’t even get this guy to trade me Stras ranked #109 for Pujlos #39 He wants my entire team. LOL Idiots…everywhere. No wonder he’s 42 games out! His pitchers Stras,Cueto,Sherzer,Kubler, His 1st baseman Mike Morse & Justin “I hit my head” Morenu. DOH!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Welcome to the world of the people who overvalue pitching. Sucks to be them!

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Sky: Here’s my core Cobb,Richards,Tehran , Streaming
        Do you think that’s enough to win it all?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          as long as you stream right, I don’t see why not. Good nucleus

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Is there any pitcher I listed worth a top 20 bat? Sorry that was my question. I’m scufflin here….
      Examples Stanton, Bats, Melky,Altuve,Rizzo (he wants rizzo & Baez for Stras HAH

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        The person you’re trying to trade with doesn’t want to give you a player at an appropriate value. Check in with someone else or email them and see if they’re interested in making a move at all.

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @Sky: Well he’s the only one wanting to trade. But he’s a nit. He wants the world. You’re right….I’m not going to be able to squeeze any kind of value from this turnip. Thanks Sky

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Bye Felicia: if you are using “nit” in the poker sense, that’s what you want to be. i was called a “gambler” preseason for trading asscab and a-jax for puig AND dee gordon in one league. at this point it looks like trade rape if i got EITHER for those 2 schlubs. if the poker metaphor holds i was the “nit” in making that trade in the first place.

  54. Adam says:
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    Who do you like better ROS? 6×6 (HR,R,RBI,STEALS,OPS,AVG)
    ***Need Avg, OPS, and Steals most

    Dustin Ackley, Trevor Plouffe, Billy Butler, James Loney, Lorenzo Cain, Chris Coughlan, Scooter Gennet, Brock Holt, Connor Gilaspie

    These are all the best bats available on the waivers in my league^^^

    Or any under the radars that could get called up during the stretch?

    Thanks Guys

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If all of them are available, you don’t need a ROS choice. Just ride the hot bat. Go with Ackley for now. Billy Burns might get called up in September. Could help with steals.

  55. Jizzle says:
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    Have Kinsler at 2B and Castro at SS, Just picked up Baez who will be SS/2B eligible soon. Would you trade Kinsler or Castro, Kinsler would bring in better player of course, to upgrade somewhere else? Or just keep Baez as a utility/bench player (or Castro)? Redraft, 12 team league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Try Castro unless you’re really deficient somewhere else.

  56. Bas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    2 potential deal for my 5×5 12 team keeper league (keep 7)

    I give Carlos Santana, Wright, Justin Upton, Duda and Calhoun and I get Tulo and Longoria. My other keepers for 205 are: Yu, Chapman, Kimbrel Cutch, Fielder and Alutuve.
    That makes 8 but I’am looking to do another 2 for 1

    In the other deal I just get Tulo and I keep Justin Upton.
    So who you like better for 2015 and beyond. Justin Upton or Longoria (also looking at my keepers so far)

    many thanks for the help!!!

    Best, Bas from Holland

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bas: Hi Bas!

      Longo vs J-Up: top50 players who may have already had their big years and won’t have them again. I don’t see a huge line between them at this point.

      Too much pitching for a keeper league,especially with 2 of the 3 arms being closers. Would prefer to keep more bats. I’m fine with the big trade; can’t take it all with you into 2015

  57. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Just wanted everybody to know I killed Danny Santanas and Josh Reddicks hot streaks by picking them up this week and will drop one to add C.Carter for next week so expect him to K at least 18 times and hit maybe one single all week.

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: Oh, I thought it was me because I also seem to have nixed Coghlan’s hitting.

      Thanks for clearing that up.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Roger Anderson: I dropped Coglan before they boarded the plane leaving Coors

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Roger Anderson: lol no prob…it was me.

  58. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Ortiz being Utility eligible only really messes my team up…its either start or sit with him.

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend:
      When you “sit with him” does he say much or is he the silent type?

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Roger Anderson: he pretty much just shrugs his shoulders all the time

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Such is the life of being an UTIL

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: I’m wondering how long it will take Ortiz to talk Cepedes into the half hour hr trot

  59. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    bench 2. could use steals the most.
    longo @ wada (Tron loves it)
    arenado @ anderson (Tron hates it)
    duda @ burnett (so so)
    rios @oberholtzer (about same as duda)O
    andrus @ oberholtzer
    first time all year i’ve even had choice of benching andrus, now with baez (last 3 days i suppose)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Sit Rios/Arenado

  60. Wacha Wacha says:
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    10 team h2h categories OBP league Who is the best add based on the rest of my team?

    C Santana
    1B Abreu
    2B Altuve
    SS Desmond
    3B Miggy
    OF Stanton
    OF Bautista
    OF Pence
    Util Pujols
    Util Rizzo
    Bn Polanco

    There are some good bats in free agency though and I can add 2 R Davis, K Wong, K Calhoun, S Marte, Taveras

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Wong/Calhoun

  61. Bob says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Alex Gordon. Would you drop one of these guys for him or hold?

    Nick Markakis
    Josh Reddick

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gordon over Sparkakis, but not by much.

  62. JY says:
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    Would you pick up Porcell, deGrom, or Keuchel for the rest of the year?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If they’re all out there, you don’t need to pick them up for the rest of the year. Just stream.

  63. Scooter G says:
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    Which side of the trade do you like?

    Gio and F Freeman or Kluber and Arenado

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I like the Kluber side

  64. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    Who’s the god of Cape Cod who’s higher than Hyannis,
    Who could get away with murder from money and simply vanish,
    Suit jacket in a casket, lookin so fantastic,
    Sweater vest fresh, posin’ with a tennis racquet,
    So classic,
    So tragic,
    Camelot was formed in Black Magic,
    There’s lots of sinners, eating lobster dinners,
    With some mobster figures, selling lots of liquor,
    Hair slicked back, three piece suits and shoes polished,
    Martha’s Vineyard mansion and an Ivy League college,
    Secret societies and a sick fascination,
    With accidental deaths and planned assassinations,
    The birth of a nation, erasing the line that’s drawn,
    To define God and Satan,
    It’s Jack, it’s Bobby, it’s even Teddy,
    Reversed on my enemy’s
    The curse of the Kennedys

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Grey would appreciate this. I’m not as big of a rap guy.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Sky: yup i know, i post one a day and you were here today so i tossed it out there

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Word. I appreciate some old school stuff but my rap game is weak, son!

  65. hifi says:
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    Gotta drop one of these 3. keeper league.

    Quintana, Cole or Tanaka.

    Tanaka and his mystery elbow have zero trade value in my league. Cole didn’t help his value either being blown da F up in AAA (and contributing very little all season) and I like Quintana but he’s like a top 40 kind of guy and not hard to replace in a 10 teamer.

    Kind of leaning toward cutting bait on Tanaka. I think Cole/Quintana could help me more this season.

    what do you think?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @hifi: ROS, I think you are making the right choice but again, I’m not buying the whole ‘rehab your way out of possible TJS’ story myself so I might be in the minority.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: you probably ain’t getting much out of cole either. depends on what you think about RO their careers.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I’d say we see Cole ROS and we won’t see Tanaka. That’s what gives him more value in my book.

  66. Kevin says:
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    Which 2 do I keep in 12tm Roto: Stroman; Gausman; Cody Allen; or C.Owings. *I can keep Cody Allen for next 2 years if keep this year. Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Kevin: 12 team, I don’t see keeping a closer as a good idea. Stroman/Gausmann

  67. The_Red_Mist says:
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    Ros would you prefer…
    Rollins, or Segura?
    Kipnis, or Wong?

  68. Gator says:
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    Would you keep Wong over Pedroia for 2015? Any thoughts on Pedroia ever being great again.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gator: Yes

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Cram It: wong is hawaiian pedroia, and much younger.

  69. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Pls rank for H2H weekly pts at util:
    Wong
    Marte
    Butler
    Revere
    Pagan

  70. Lopes says:
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    Trying to recoup until encarnacion comes back for first base, should I roll with Napoli or belt? (10 team h2h keeper)

  71. stonepie says:
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    does anyone who plays H2H punt wins and k’s? ive had to change my approach this year because of injuries but it seems like having a few top starters and closers matched with a few stud hitters works well if you can platoon the rest of the spots. i know alot of people hate bench spots to hitters but the way i see it, maximizing quality AB’s for hitters is more important than pitchers in a 5×5. 4 counting stats for hitters vs 2 for starters.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @stonepie: I play in a 9×9 h2h league. I never chase wins.I use quality relievers to keep my ratios . I will what i deem quality starts and i also stream hot bats. k’s/9 is a stat in our league if you keep pitchers that have ks and pick out the right streamers you can get enough ks to be competitive.

      • stonepie says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: i used betances earlier to help lower my ratios, the K’s were nice as well. i like your idea as im finding hot bats are plenty available in a 10 teamer WW

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @stonepie: That was supposed to say i stream quality starts and if i don’t see any i like i just grab another reliever try to get innings. Tony Watson for example is great to grab he is second in wins on the Pirates with 8

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @stonepie: More inclined to punt saves so I have a shot at winning 4 out of 5 since it’s harder to gauge when you’ll get saves from your guys but H2H lends itself to punting categories that come in bunches like steals.

    • Snacks13 says:
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      @stonepie: I’ve been using this strategy lately… Deeper hitting bench, 4 closers, Wade Davis and 2-3 SPs. I usually only start one starter per week based off match ups. It gives me a great shot at ERA, WHIP and Saves and keeps the roster spots for pitchers to 7 instead of 10.

      A few teams in my league do the opposite – use a ton of SPs and 1 or no closers to guarantee category wins of Wins and Ks

      • Stonepie says:
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        @Snacks13: yea most guys in my league do the opposite as well, targeting wins/k’s. Im going to try your strategy next year.

  72. frankgrimes says:
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    Yo Sky which round are you targeting Steven Jackson this year?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I see the cut of your jib, sir.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Sky:
        No offense to jay but
        your absence on football side is evident
        I’m in your rcl
        I finished in top 5 overall last year
        don’t be scared Ha

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @frankgrimes: I was overwhelmed my first year, Jay might be experiencing it a bit himself. It’s no easy task, that’s for sure.

          I’m scared but I won’t run away!

  73. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Whats your thoughts on Trevor may starting against Oakland on Saturday.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Don’t like the walk rate and Oakland is a patient team. I wouldn’t roll him out there, personally.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Sky: Thanks, as i usually wait to see rookies pitchers. I was just curious he’s not on Son yet. Btw very nice write up .

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Gotcha and thanks!

  74. Bunny says:
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    Drop Chris Davis for Chris Carter?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Bunny: ugh…I wouldn’t simply because we know Davis can catch crazy hell fire down the stretch. But I understand the sentiment.

  75. osnam says:
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    Ok.. would you trade away Nelson Cruz, Kinsler and Jered Weaver for Crush Davis, Daniel Murphy and Jon Lester? Thanks as always for the advice.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @osnam: Not a terrible trade. Both Cruz and Davis are slumping, just one’s more evident than the other. Like the arm upgrade and don’t think there’s an extreme enough difference between Kinsler vs Murphy for it to be a bad idea.

      • osnam says:
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        @Sky: what side would you rather have?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @osnam: my bad, Lester side

          • osnam says:
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            @Sky: thanks

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              no prob

  76. nick the dick says:
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    12 team h2h i dont think i wanna have gyorko anymore. I have kendrick, zobrist and wong already and had mendy and dropped him and hes just sitting out there. Was thinking drop jedd, stream a few pitchers to cover me for the rest of the week and then grab lind or cuddyer for util for when they come back, that sound decent? Right now im rockin the vogt and singleton at 1b and CI so i could use lind as an upgrade.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Gyorko has been steamy mcdreamykins of late but it sounds like that’s the best move for you. Go for it.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Sky: i mean he had a homer in those 2 straight games, one of which i had him for, but then 3-18 since with just 2 rbi. Idk maybe you are easily steamed but i suffered his dry spell all year, im a bit sour. Now that Wong really gets me hot!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I own him in multiple leagues. Like I said, I think you’re making the right choice, just sounds like there is a lot of talent in your FA pool.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Sky: oh and of course i have baez, my new true love, for MI as well

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Swoon

  77. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Do you agree on ranking de SON:
    A Wood v WAS (13.9)
    Miley v COL (11.0)
    Gio @ ATL (8.8)

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Braves have been pretty bad of late. I’d probably put Gio at top billing there, Wood/Miley follow

  78. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    5×5 H2H Roto with OBP in place of BA – Ackley, Reddick or Crisp as a 3rd OF fill-in while McCutchen is on the mend?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Reddick for the power, Crisp for the speed. Depends on needs.

  79. Jack says:
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    Roll with Duda, or take a chance on this Kennys Vargas beast?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Don’t hate Duda but I like Vargas ROS more so he’d be my call.

  80. SMLV1 says:
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    BENCH 1 –

    (32) Baez @Home facing Archer
    (58) Moss @Home facing Gibson
    (75) Rios @HOU facing Oberholtzer (Lefty)
    (84) Polanco @Home facing Kennedy

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Rios

  81. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Did Grey pass out in a van last night an accidentally wake up in Phoenix?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not at liberty to discuss these things

  82. nick the dick says:
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    Anderson vs col or worley vs sd today. Close on SON

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Anderson

  83. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Cubs acquire Jacob Turner should be official today. Cubs fans rejoice!!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m sure they’re jumping up and down in the aisles

  84. Bobby says:
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    In a 12-team standard mixed roto league. Currently in 4th place. Here is my current roster:
    C – Rosario
    1B – A-Gon
    2B – Cano
    3B – Machado
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Brantley, Pence, Carter
    UTIL – Taveras
    BENCH – Yelich, Hunter, Aramis Ramirez
    SP – King Felix, Zimmermann, Bailey, Peralta, Odorizzi, Jimmy Nelson
    RP – Street, Doolittle, McGee

    My team lacks power (near the bottom in my league in HR and RBI). Which player do you think gives me the best chance of raising my power numbers for the rest of the year?
    C Carlos Santana
    1B Victor Martinez
    3B Edwin Encarnacion
    OF Ryan Braun
    OF Matt Kemp
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Nelson Cruz

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Encarnacion

  85. ryanoger says:
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    My SPs are Zimmermann, Hudson, Weaver, Peralta, Keuchel, and Stroman

    Liriano and McCarthy are available do I hold or make an add?

    I have Wade Davis, Clippard, Reed, Kimbrel, and Holland as my RPs

    thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d drop Davis/Clippard

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Sky:

        And not worry about getting Holds then? Drop them to pick up Liariano and McCarthy then?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @ryanoger: You didn’t say it was a holds league..if you need K’s, I could see dropping Weaver/Peralta for those two. If your ratios need work, though, you should probably just hold.

  86. nick the dick says:
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    Yo sky i could drop taveras instead of gyorko in reference to the above comment since its just for util spot, which one would you rather lose?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @nick the dick: If it’s not a keeper, I’m not all that Wild about Oscar ROS (see what I did there?)

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Sky: oh sky, you clever son of a beast!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @nick the dick: I knew my english major degree would be worth something some day!

  87. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    I’m running neck and neck with my H2H opponent this week, and he’s in 1st with me in 3rd. So, every tiny bit counts. I’ve got Stroman and Liriano rostered. Just dropped Ororizzi for Giles a couple days ago, but I’m having second thoughts because of Stroman’s matchup with Scherzer and Odorizzi’s recent success. Should I add Odorizzi and drop Soria and start one, two, or three of the above? Which ones? SON loves him this week, and I really wouldn’t ask, but Liriano gives me a terrible case of the willies! I won’t have any trouble making my innings because I’ve got Kershaw and Cueto going on Sunday, but I always like to add solid stats and get ahead of the game when I can. I wouldn’t be afraid to bench all three if I weren’t in such a tight race with this guy.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Give me the matchups and I’ll have a better take on the situation. For now, I’ll say that I at least want Odorizzi over Soria at this point.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd: you really didn’t ask a “drop soria” question till now. drop drop. he ain’t closing and he’s only had 1 non-awful inning i’m pretty sure in like last 2 weeks (maybe longer slightly)

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: of course this could depend on league size. i’m not simply dropping him in 20 team dynasty with 7 RP slots, that seems silly.

  88. jim says:
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    Please rank the following SP in terms of value ROS: Locke, Kyle Hendricks, Peavy, Stroman, Joe Kelly, Milone, Henderson Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarez, Hendricks, Kelly

  89. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Soria had already been set to drop at ~3am when Odorizzi came off waivers. The question was about which of the three should be started. Sorry if I was unclear or perhaps too wordy.

    Liriano vs. Padres, Stults ($22.1)
    Odorizzi at Cubs, E. Jackson ($9.3)
    Stroman vs. Tigers, Scherzer ($9.1)

    I’m inclined to at least bench Stroman because of Scherzer but not sure about Liriano or Odorizzi or both.

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