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Scenario:  Jim Leyland has been a part of a clinical trial to prove cigarettes cause mental illness.  On off days, Leyland sits in a hotel room with a monkey and a scientist and they all smoke Camels.  All three of them wear nothing but tighty-whiteys and they order out to Papa John’s, which always takes longer than anticipated because they have the pizza man put the pie in a mailbox, so no one knows where they are.  After a few hours, Leyland is presented with a few different ink blotches that are clearly just innocuous butterflies.  The monkey tries to correctly identify the ink blotches, but the scientist shushes the monkey and waits for Leyland.  Inevitably, Leyland always says each ink blotch is Jose Valverde.  Second scenario:  The closer, who was ineffective last year, is given the closer job again because he’s the best arm in the bullpen.  Okay, which scenario seems more likely to you?  Agreed, Leyland has officially lost his crackers.  “Okay, I know I put some Saltines down on the bench.  Where are THEY?!”  That’s Leyland after losing his crackers.   Either way, Valverde will be joining the Tigers this week and Leyland says he’s the Tigers closer.  “Are those cracker crumbs on your jersey, Don Kelly?!”  When Leyland walks to the mound to change pitchers, he should just signal to the bullpen by twirling his finger by his ear — the universal sign for he’s crazy.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bruce Rondon – Recalled by the Tigers.  Da Bruce Rondon not gone, Da Bruce Rondon… Sorry, that’s still stuck in my head.  I could see taking a flyer on him in AL-Only leagues, assuming that doesn’t stand for the name, Al, and Al Alburquerque is available.  I wouldn’t expect Rondon to suddenly get saves unless Leyland gets ejected from the stadium in a straitjacket and is dunked into a milk can.  “I’ll Houdini my ass outta that milk can once I get some Saltines!”

Jon Niese – This was like the fantasy baseball equivalent to 127 Hours.  My fantasy team was looking death in the eye (Niese’s line 2 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K), then just when we needed it, his start was cut off short, which is easier than cutting off his arm.  A comebacker knocked him out, but he should be fine for his next start.  Unless he gets bumped back a day so he faces the Marlins, he’ll probably be on my bench for his next start.

Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Red Sox.  Green Monster meet the Green and Gold Monster That Smells Like Bad Farts.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-5 as the A’s scored 13 runs.  Ticker tease!

Seth Smith – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, now batting .377.  I kinda want to grab the Lisper’s Nightmare and only play him against righties as the A’s have been doing to great sathseth… Hmm, let me try again.  Sathseth… Okay, will just spell it Th-U-Th-Th-E-Th-Th… Ugh… Okay, how about this… Michael J. Fox therred in The Thecret of my Sathseth.  Got it?

John Jaso – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt is not my catcher and he’s not your catcher either so why are we singing about him?

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Reddick continues to hit the ball now that he’s shaven.  Welcome Googlers of shaven + Reddick.  Sure, you were looking for pictures of Josh Reddick.  Hey, no judgements here.  If you get some of the commenters drunk enough, you might be able to get those ‘shaven Reddick’ pics.

Manny Machado – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs.  I wanna be a Machado Machado Machado Man!  What?  Crushing too hard?  I wonder if Machado wants to hang outside Giancarlo’s house with me.   Nah, probably not!  Or you think maybe?

Chad Billinsley – Will have Tommy John surgery.  Put him on Rudy’s sleeper list for July of 2014.

Mark Ellis – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  I’m about as lukewarm as you can imagine.  I’m tepid, y’all!  But Ellis is a hot schmotato.  Grab ME if you’re desperate at MI.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs with his 3rd homer.  Whatever.  Wake me when Moustakas has three homers.  *someone shaking me*  Grey, you’ve been sleeping for two months.  Moustakas has three homers now.  Unfortunately, they all came in Triple-A Omaha.

Starling Marte – 2-for-5 with his 3rd steal.  “Hey, Grey, Starling Marte here.  Yeah, was just wondering why you ranked me above Machado in the preseason, but are now crushing on him so bad?  I’m hitting .321 with a homer and some speed.  I could understand if–”  Hey, Marte, I don’t have call waiting and Machado might call me. *click*

Jeff Locke – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks as Locke showed his fastball he’s dubbed, The Smoke Monster.  Locke had some decent minor league numbers (8+ K-rate in his last minor league season) and an under-3 ERA in his last year at Triple-A.  He’s a little old for the amount of time he’s had in the majors.  Maybe in the minors Locke got Lost, or maybe the writers just had no idea where the show was headed and started making up shizz as they went.  So far, Locke’s Ks have not translated at all, and I wouldn’t touch him in shallower mixed leagues, but he should be on radars in deeper than 14-team leagues.

Dylan Bundy – Seeking a second opinion on his arm from Dr. Freeze.  This can’t be good.  Dr. Freeze isn’t in the business of saying, “Your arm is fine, just give the receptionist your co-pay.”  It’s like going to a boob doctor and expecting to hear, “Your knockers are swell — don’t change a thing, Billy Butler.”

Jason Heyward – Placed on the 15-day DL.  He should be good to go in two weeks (and a day).  I mean, really, what’s the worst that could happen from an appendix?  *checking WebMD*  Oh, God, why do I ever read WebMD?

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks with the Win in Coors.   Sonavabench!

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Sonavadroppedtowaivers!

Reed Johnson – 4-for-4, 0 runs, 0 RBIs with 3 doubles and a single in the first game as he hit for the Charley Lau cycle.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-6 as he was activated from the DL, which forced .397-hitting Chris Johnson to the bench for the 2nd game so Juan-Fran could come in and hit his 4th home run as he hits .302.  Right now, the Braves could turn Jordan Schafer into a .400 hitter.  Oh, wait, he’s hitting .462.  The Braves are so out of their mind right now, they benched a guy who went 4-for-4 in the first game.  Kevin Correia would intercept transmissions to hear, “The Braves have too many weapons.”

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4 with his 6th homer.  He hit that home run for all the ski lift operators in Colorado who forgot where they put their keys yesterday and instead of looking for them, sat down and ate Cheetos while watching Cartoon Network (that’s all ski lift operators, by the way).

Justin Upton – 3-for-8 with his 10th homer in the 1st game and went back-to-back with his big bro in the 2nd game for his 11th homer.  Someone in Atlanta needs to get DMX to stop breeding dogs or whatever he’s doing and get him to do a remix… Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind Upton HERE, Upton here… Y’all gon’ make me go all out Upton here, Upton here… Y’all gon’ make me act a FOOL Upton HERE, Upton here… Y’all gon’ make me lose my cool Upton here, Upton here…

Tony Cingrani – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Cubs as he looked even better in this game than his 1st start vs. the Marlins.  Wish we could see him against a major league offense, and I’ll get my wish when he takes on the Nationals next.  Hmm, wish I would have saved that first wish.  Wait, is that my second wish?!

Chris Heisey – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer.  Batting a miserable .183, but that’ll come up.  Maybe this game will be the fire he needs burning in his belly, which is also what Sean Kingston says after eating spicy Thai.

Kevin Gregg – Notched his first save in two years and his first clean save in seven years.  I’m not sure it’s an indication of anything since Marmol had already pitched in the game.  Notice I didn’t say ‘pitched terribly,’ because that would be redundant like short dwarf.  Marmol was used in a save situation, and immediately blew it.  If I had to guess, I’ll say Gregg will get the next save opportunity.  Notice I didn’t say he’d convert the next save.

Carlos Villanueva – 8 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Deserved better than the ishkabibble that’s relieving him.  I’ve now told you to pick him up after every game he’s pitched and in a Buy/Sell.  What you do with this information is up to you.

Matt Garza – Shutdown due to a dead arm.  After Marmol got the Win and Gregg got the Save, glad to see the universe is back in order.

Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-4 with two steals.  Did the Cubs play this game in the Wayback Machine?

Edward Mujica – Mooheekalakalaka!

Adam Wainwright – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  After the game, he said, “I would’ve thrown a complete game but I remembered we paid a cab driver $2500 to take Mitchell Boggs to Florida.”

Ross Detwiler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.38.  His K-rate is under 5 and his men left on base is over 90%.  Yeah, he’s not this good.  Sorry if you’re related to him.

David Price – 8 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I just talked about him on our fantasy baseball podcast.  I did it like this, I did it like that, I did it with my nasally rap.

Evan Longoria – With his 5th homer.  31 more.  Might be there by August, then he can get injured the last month.  Kidding, don’t get any ideas, Longoria.

Phil Hughes – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Should you pick him up?  He has back-to-back Quality Starts.  Those are your Hughes clues.

Carlos Quentin – 1-for-3, 1 RBI as he returned from suspension.  Should be sent to a halfway house and forced to only start games in Petco.

Andrew Cashner – Padres announced he’s back in the rotation.  Why are you still reading this?  Go pick him up!  Now!  Seriously.  Okay, don’t.  Just keep reading this blurb about how you shouldn’t be reading it.  Fine, I’ll fix you.  I’ll stop writing.  Psyche!  No, seriously, go get him.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 13 baserunners, 2 Ks in Petco.  13 baserunners?!  Whoever wears Yovani’s earth skin during the month of April should not be allowed to pitch or drive a car.  BTW, I’ve been singing, Daft Punk’s newest song, Get Lucky, for the last 48 hours straight, so my thinking is a little shot, but I could swear the lyrics are, “Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Gallardo/Mexican, Moustakas/sucky.” See around minute 2:50.

Patrick Corbin – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Keep pitching like that and you’re gonna get traded.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Au Shizz!

J.J. Putz – 1 IP, 2 ER and his third blown save to go with 3 saves.  Putz is such a putz.  He’s also a candidate to go to the Disgraceful List at any moment.  I tried to grab David Hernandez in every league we’re in, but he was gone.  I suggest you do the same.  Don’t try, do, Yoda.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp!  SLURP!  Hisashi my dashi — slurp!  SLURP!  Is that sweeping the country yet?  Could we work on that?  Oh, and yes, you should pick him up, even if it’s just for home starts.

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-3 with his 2nd game in a row with a homer.  Love to see it against some real pitching, but he is hitting.  I suppose.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs with two homers.  Where were you 11 months ago?!

Todd Helton – Could be DL’d any second now.  This could be the chance Colvin needs to get back to the major leagues.  He was unceremoniously cut from the roster after Colvin tried to legalize drugs in Hamsterdam.  Make like a bunny, and hop to grabbing Colvin now.

Eric Young Jr. – 3-for-6 with a run, RBI and a steal.  I told you he’d be good! (3 years ago.)

Dexter Fowler – 4-for-9 with his 3rd steal.  At Home, in the Box, the field’s his Office, Dexter is killing it.  I think that was a haiku.

Jose Fernandez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Twins.  Hey, we had some good times.  We shared some laughs.  What I will remember most about Jose Fernandez is his stuff and the way he would fold the last sheet of toilet paper into a triangle.  Maybe I’ll see him again between classes or when he’s going to pitch vs. the Astros.  For now, I bid him adieu in most mixed leagues.

Joe Mahoney – 4-for-9, 2 RBIs as he started at 1st base for the Marlins.  Was John Doe busy?

Steve Cishek – Recorded his 2nd save.  If only the Marlins were in the Twins division, Cishek could have 15 saves this year.  Oh, wait, divisions don’t matter anymore.  Hey, maybe Selig did this because he owns Cishek in a keeper.  Hmm….

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-9 and his 1st homer in the 1st game of the doubleheader.  After the homer, he was moved up to the three hole of the lineup for the 2nd game.  Aw, the Twins are so cute, they want it to be 2016 so bad.

Kevin Correia – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins in Hubert H. Homerfree Dome.  I think someone might want to mention to the Stream-o-Nator that the Marlins are terrible.  SON, “I know, but my Maw-Maw lives in Miami and she said she’d write me out of her will if I go against the Marlins.  Love you, Maw-Maw!”

Justin Maxwell – To the DL with a fractured hand.  The Astros now can call up their prospect, Yitz Maxwell.

Alfredo Aceves – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER then was relieved by Steven Wright.  After the game, Wright said, “The coach said I can pitch during a blowout at any time.  I asked for a 9-1 game during the Renaissance.”

  1. a1r fann1ng says:
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    was Mooheekalakalaka your sleep away summer camp as a child?

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    why do you need to keep bring up that LOST shizz? I’m still not over that HACK job…

    • tenaciousdeucer says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      agreed

      soooo many wasted hours

      • supra says:
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        @tenaciousdeucer: thank God I never started… That being said, I still haven’t started The Wire.

        • JoeC says:
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          @supra: Then you haven’t lived!

          • supra says:
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            @JoeC: @JoeC: Thats what i hear… well with Apple TV and HBO Go I’ll be pulling the trigger soon…

    • scott says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: 120 43 minute episodes…. sooo everything was nothing and didn’t matter? Dead from the getgo eh? Awesome…..

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @scott: not dead, just what they came up with at the end to explain the clustf**k the created

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Grey: want to start a support group, we can call it…. LOST: coming to grips with Bulls**t

  3. Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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    I loved the Steven Wright in relief. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    how long till Ethier becomes dropable in a 12 team 5 OF league?

    I don’t want to Rios myself like i did last year…

    • sean says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: He can’t hit lefties. I wouldn’t waste a roster spot on some empty average over 420 ABs.

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @sean: you would think, but on the year he is hitting better, not just in AVG but also a 5/1 on XBH Lefty/Righty. Thats why I’m having a hard time with this one. when hanley comes back the order should provide him with more opportunities and better pitches to see. *crossing fingers*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I’d hold him for a bit longer, but he can’t steal, so a repeat of Rios is unlikely…

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Grey: I know, but those cold feeling and night sweats last year over Rios is a sickness I never…ever…never ever ever ever never ever want again! *charging out of office to go punch something*

  5. The badger says:
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    Any thoughts on the Shark @CIN?

  6. troy says:
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    in a obp league with ks as well who would you rather own dunn or carter? also what r your expectations of valverde? And do you think cingrani sticks around or does he get sent down he still needs to work on his off speed stuff obviously but looked much better in his 2nd start. thanks

    • Cabreralicious says:
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      @troy: I think Cingrani gets sent down but with the amazing streak of health that reds starters enjoyed last year, the laws of karma likely will another injury to a reds starter and another opening for Cingrani to get called up. I plan on holding onto him in spite of his impending demotion because you just don’t find that k-rate on waivers very often.
      I’d prefer carter. The astros lineup is worse, but at this point in dunn’s career, i think he’ll hurt you in k’s even more than carter. and i’d rather bank on the upside of carter’s power than hope for a delay in dunn’s already apparent decline. Also, I know it’s a small sample size but Dunn’s lack of walks this year is a little alarming. Even last year during his dismal start, Dunn was getting lots of free passes.

      • troy says:
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        @Cabreralicious: yea hes making a point to swing earlier in the count.. im from chicago so i know all about this dumb philosophy already its everywhere… i have a feeling he will go back to his old ways and i wont have to make a decision until eatons comes off the dl. its to tough to hold onto both of them with how much they strike out though… and im going to do the same thing with cingrani as well i think i really think he has great stuff and the k rate like u said is to good to pass up. Just added smyly as well for same reason great stuff good ball park and very solid k rate.

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          @troy: not coming from a baseball playing background this isn’t an opinion from experience; but if pitchers (and most do, and are taught to) try to mostly throw strikes on the first pitch to get ahead in a count, wouldn’t swinging at that strike be a good thing? We very often see 0-1 counts in mlb, due simply to NOT swinging at first strikes. The math clearly shows being behind in a count is a bad thing, at least for the hitter. Watching first pitches just because you were taught to seems like showing up for work late, as a rule.

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            @goodfold2: u would think that yes but actually all it’s doing is putting him in bad hitting counts very early in the at bat. Dunn has been a player that works the count sometimes it leads to the same bad hitting count but that’s also how he racks up 90-100+ walks a year where as this year he is on pace to walk about 30 times. For someone who will strike out 180-230 times a year that just can’t happen because you will see what we are seeing now, a sub .120 batting average because he is the type of player that doesn’t hit the ball to the opposite field so if he hits it its going into the shift. In theory it sounds like a good idea but it just isn’t working its failing miserably actually.

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @Troy: i’m guessing it works better with contact hitters (he’s the polar opposite) to not let first strike go by.

  7. Cabreralicious says:
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    Would appreciate any advice from any of you…
    Just got proposed a trade: Giancarlo Stanton for my Utley and Frazier. Should I be jumping on this? It’s an OBP league and my team so far seems extremely strong in the power department but lacking in obp and steals (although the obp problem has a lot to do with the cold starts of heyward, bj, ike davis, and reddick). If I do the deal, matt carpenter slides into my 2b slot. Lawrie becomes my third baseman (i’ve been benching him until he gets his engine going).
    A few drawbacks:
    This deal would add to my glut of outfielders (braun, bj, heyward, reddick, ruggiano with hart on the DL) although we do start 5 outfielders. I also lose considerable positional flexibility for this daily league with the departure of frazier and his 1b/3b/of eligibility and the relegation of matt carpenter to everyday second baseman instead of a jack of all trades 1b/2b/3b/4b etc. – is this trade still worth doing despite these negatives?

    • Adam Wainwright, III says:
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      @Cabreralicious: Jump on this like you were Kriss Kross listening to House of Pain in the Van Halen Bouncy Castle at the Pointer Sisters’ birthday party.

  8. joe says:
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    would you drop Detwiler for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe: Yup

  9. The badger says:
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    Also been proposed a trade

    Receive Stanton, price, chapman
    Give McCutch, lester, bailey, Henderson

    Which side would you like to have

    Thanks and keep up the great work

    • sean says:
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      @The badger: Dude, it’s three weeks into the season. Without any injuries in this equation, which side would you have wanted coming out of the draft? It’s as easy at that…

  10. The Guru

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    Upon hearing the news he had been sent back to AAA, Steven Wright told Boston reporters, “my psychic girlfriend should have told me about this, but she left me before we met.”

    • Carnac says:
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      @The Guru: John Farrell, “Wtf, Steven? You promised me you’d retire 11 batters if I let you pitch.” Steven Wright, “Yes, but not in a row.”

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @The Guru: HA….morning tears!

    • Frank Grimes says:
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      @The Guru: @Grey: @The Guru: funniest shizz I just spit my coffee up all over my girlfriends bagel and this is why I’m so happy to have found razzball and left all others for good!

  11. inertiatic says:
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    RE: daft punk

    All I hear is Mexican Monkey, moustakas sucky over and over again. Odd.

    Do they have Mexican Monkeys at the San Diego Zoo? I’m going there next week, I’ll let you know. Also, if they have any sucky moustakas’, I’ll fling monkey turds at them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @inertiatic: Sucky Moustakases have been swinging at turds since March…

  12. Fister Furbush says:
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    Should Cashner be picked up in all formats Grey? Like ALL formats? 10 team mixed league, @CHC next week. Somebody signal the STRAMONATOR.

  13. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Few questions for you today. 10 team h2h…

    A) Hold Cingrani (@WAS, @CHC, vMIL) or drop for Cashner (vSF, @CHC, vMIA (wow that’s a nice stretch)), Villanueva (@MIA, vCIN, @WAS) or Quintana (@TEX, @KAN, vLAA).

    I really like Cingrani but Im afraid he could be sent down after his next start which could be a tough match up.

    B) Do you think Fujikawa is the closer when he comes back? Is Hernandez the closest to a possible closer job?

    C)

    D) Who do I sit today:

    Altuve @ Saunders
    Gardner @ Cobb (0-0 2BB)
    Frazier v Samardxghgffbjja (2-4 HR 2K)
    Lowrie @ Lester
    Rutledge v Hudson (1-4 K)

    My gut is telling me Lowrie

    Thanks!

    • sean says:
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      @Bosmosis: Yes.@bossmanjunior: I like Lowrie, especially in that ballpark against a lefty. I’d sit Altuve or Gardner. You can always chase SBs later. Lowrie’s career OBP splits are .854 against LHP compared to .715 against RHP.

  14. ferris says:
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    2 brief questions

    1) moustakas or plouffe or very close

    2) aaron hill or ryan zimmerman or very close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris: 1) Moose 2)Zimmerman

  15. Bosmosis says:
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    You guys think Cingrani goes back down to triple-A when Cueto’s back? I know he’s just a temp but is there any chance they rethink that if he’s still killing it a week or two from now? I’m trying to decide whether to drop him to clear space for another pitcher for next week. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bosmosis: He still hasn’t faced a decent team

  16. Jamiehov says:
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    Reynolds or Machado to replace Zimm? Wish I would have listened to you on marte.. Thanks grey!

      • Jamiehov says:
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        @Grey:

        Done! Thanks !!

  17. Ulysses says:
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    Valverde or Hernandez?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Ulysses: valverde, apparently actually has the job. Some sources say Putz gets a long leash. Wonder how long. Also wonder how long Val’s is. Benoit walks a lot of guys, but he also K’s a lot of guys.

  18. Tom Thumb says:
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    Guy in my league proposed his Gio for my Anibal and Cingrani. For kicks I countered with Gio and McCutchen for my Jennings, Anibal and Cingrani. He accepted. Even in a keeper this is absolutely huge right?

    • sean says:
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      @Tom Thumb: You should be reported to the authorities.

    • danny says:
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      @Tom Thumb:
      Wow haha that’s a huge robbery. I think my Gio owner is getting impatient, I’m gonna offer Cingrani/maholm for him …

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Tom Thumb: I think you should look for a harder league to play in

      • Tom Thumb says:
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        @Jack Hearts Sky: Ha, you know the funny thing is I will propose some extremely reasonable and fair trades (like Shelby Miller for Greinke) and get rejected all day. Then a big deal like this goes through. Law of averages I guess?

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          @Tom Thumb: law of dumbasses, you have to wonder whats going through peoples heads. last year my buddy had to trade the dread pirate in his keeper, he was losing him at the end of the year if he did not trade him, for 75 cents on the dollar because so many thought it was a fluke, he also was “too black” for some of his league mates, my buddies words… It’s sad.

          at the end of the day, that’s a good snake for you, better go to church and say thank you Jesus

  19. JTR says:
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    Drop Fernandez for Villanueva?

    • chillmodious says:
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      @JTR: I did exactly that last night, in a 10-teamer. In another 10-teamer, I also dropped Jo-Fer for Quintana.

      I’m gonna miss the way he folded the toilet paper roll for me. Sigh.

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @JTR: thats a tough call, Jo Fer got two tough match ups, Cincy and an AL team @ an AL ballpark, I’m holding for his upcoming game against the Mets,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR: Yes

    • Goose says:
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      @JTR: They are scheduled to pitch against each other on Sunday – quien es mas macho?

  20. Jef says:
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    Careful, I predict you’re going to haze Butler into off-season liposuction a la Beltran vs. Neise’s nose. Then you’ll be stuck trying to crowbar a “Phil Mickelson moobs” reference into every write up.

    Anybody like what Drew Stubbs is quietly doing? Is he a roto-upgrade over the horribly disappointing now batting in the 7-hole Ben Revere?

    • sean says:
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      @Jef: It’s quiet about Stubbs because his line is replacement-level: 4/1/5/.259/3. Revere, who you obviously drafted for SB/R, has twice as many runs scored and nearly double Stubbs’ SBs while only managing a .241 OBP.

      • Jef says:
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        @sean: dispite your numbers making me feel dumb, thanks for the help!

  21. hankg says:
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    Drop Ike Davis to pick up any of the following: Villanueva, Cingrani, Gregg or Veras? Thanks.

    • sean says:
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      @hankg: depends on your needs, but Ike is going to come around and all of these guys are stopgaps

  22. Carl Spackler says:
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    Would you take Valverde over Cishek, Veras, Parnell or Bailey?

    • sean says:
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      @Carl Spackler: Bailey, Parnell, Valgreens, Cishek

    • Targaryan says:
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      @Carl Spackler: I think Bailey is over Val & Val over the rest.

      • Targaryan says:
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        @Targaryan: although Parnell is close. Not enough to drop him for the other

  23. Knighttown says:
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    I’ve got killer CI and OF to the point that I have to sit Ortiz or Marte every night in my 12 team daily 5×5. On the flip side Ryan Roberts and Marwin are playing every night in my MI slot.

    Targeting Pedroia.

    Who is the best first offer out of J-Up, McCutch, Goldy, Choo, Longoria, Austin, Holliday,Konerko, Ortiz and Marte?

    • sean says:
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      @Knighttown: I’m not sure you’re going to get Pedroia without giving up Choo or better, but I’m also not sure it’s worth it

  24. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Quintana or cashner?

    • sean says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez: Cashner all day. Better park, better matchups, better stuff

  25. papasmurf says:
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    On Monday due to snowout I started Soriano (I had him benched originally). He goes 0 for 6 despite putting the ball in play 5 times. Last night on the bench he of course has perhaps his final multi-steal game of his career and picks up 2 infield hits! Meanwhile, only a HR by BJ Upton kept it frm being an utter disaster. He still only went 1 for 9.

    Fantasy baseball is why I run around with in red pajama bottoms with no shirt on and don’t shave.

  26. c0wfunk says:
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    Benching Morrow against Bal? SON has it at $4.6..

    I went ahead with AJ Griffin on Monday against the Bostons. Whoops. Dropped him to ride the Pedro Alvarez roller coaster cuz Stanton still won’t hit no home runs. How many days til spring in the frozen midwest? Why couldn’t they give the Marlins a southern tour to start the season? Them Miami boys don’t wanna play in the snow. Pretty lame time to get your Col games in.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: ahem. Marlins don’t go to CO til July. Gone crosseyed and brainless from keeping up w/ all these games. Guess I was thinking about MN.. asdf

    • Targaryan says:
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      @c0wfunk: I’m starting him, but I’m also in a 14 team league where I have him & my Pitchers arn’t abundant, at least they are all in higher tiers

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Targaryan: I guess anything below Griffin’s ratio would be a help and the chance of a W or QS is there so I”ll go with it. Thanks!

  27. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop any of these for Hughes:

    Quintana
    Estrada
    Griffin
    Ryu

  28. SanFran1966@yahoo.com says:
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    Good moring Grey. Marte has been the bright spot on my brutal RCL team (features Kemp, Bruce, & Bautista)

    In my $$$ league, bench 5,6, & 7 slots are streamers Neise, H Baily, & Cobb in a 1,350 innings cap league

    Are Car-Ville (Dana/James) or Cashner better options?

    Also, Dropping Cobb at some point when Aybar is activated…

    Thanks

    Will probably need to drop Cobb when Aybar is avail.

  29. c0wfunk says:
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    oh also – Lilly’s high on the SON (10.7) .. probably just cuz v Mets in Bigi Field? I’ll certainly watch him pitch one before grabbing him, but are you watching with interest or meh on his prospects moving forward ROS?

    • sean says:
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      @c0wfunk: Lilly isn’t a ROS guy, but if you look ahead, he’s got a two-start week coming up

  30. EK says:
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    Drop A Bailey or League for Cashner? I can stash Hanrahan… H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Hold

  31. sean says:
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    I’ll have the pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment please

    • Q says:
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      @sean:

      Dude that was money! She smiled!

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @sean: got it Voltaire

  32. Josh says:
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    Rank em for me: Valverde, Mujica, Hernandez.

    Also: should I be worried about Gallardo? His April’s are usually bad but I figured against the Padres in San Diego he’d be a little better. Would you drop Cingrani for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: Mujica, Valverde… No and no

  33. JB says:
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    Please rank Luebke, Colby Lewis and Pineda as possible DL stashes. Also, lose Avila for Chooch, or hold for now? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JB: I ranked them in rankings, nothing’s changed… Go for Ruiz…

  34. Doorstop says:
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    Just went to get Cashner.

    He was unavailable.

    What do you suggest now Grey. WHAT DO YOU FUCKING SUGGEST NOW.

  35. Dingbat says:
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    Drop Jo-fer for Hug-hes?

  36. Salty Balty says:
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    Hola internet amigo. Great stuff as always. Question: drop Niese for Cashner? H2H 10 teams. My rotation is already pretty full – Price, Bumgarner, Sherzer, I. Kennedy, Peavy, and Fister. I’ve been rolling out 6-7 starters per week to win quality starts, ks, and wins.
    Its been working well.

    Other option would be to drop Niese for someone with upside to stash. Reddick was just dropped . . .Niese is just so blah, I can’t watch him anymore and hate having him on my team. In a 10 teamer, guys like him are generally available on the wire every week. Thanks as always.

  37. Steady says:
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    Estrada, Ryu, Villanueva, Quintana

  38. Frank Lynch says:
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    Morning Grey, Hey Bartola Colon has been killing it.. Is he a worthy pickup??

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      sorry you don’t have to answer… it’s part of my next question.. my bad

  39. Mustache Brother says:
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    Grey, I screwed up at 2B real bad during the draft and ended up with Kendrick, but I eventually dropped him for Matt Carpenter. Now I’m having second thoughts. Which guy has a better season the rest of the way? Thanks.

    • Targaryan says:
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      @Mustache Brother: Mr Grey was high on Kendrick last year & he disappointed but He has been killing it this year. I have him in my league where I have been playing him over Kipnes & he has bailed me out. Now, I’m staring down at Moustakas like an eagle to a field Mouse

    • troy says:
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      @Mustache Brother: you call that screwing up? try being stuck with gyorko, bonifacio and ackley for your 2 bag spot and mi spot…. what you have i would consider a luxury at this point…

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @troy: here’s one. try being in a 10 team with deep benches and have espinosa with having to pick up lombardozzi or grap valdespin/scutaro/even ellis is gone after last night. Valdespin probably gone after 4 rbi in 2 ab night.

  40. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Is it me or is Rotoworld’s smoking crack with this advice on Henderson saying he could lose his job back to Craxford?

    “Advice: It’s going to be interesting to see what the Brewers do here with John Axford turning in his sixth straight scoreless appearance tonight. Henderson has allowed just one run in 10 innings this season, so there’s no reason to make a change right now. Still, the Brewers may go back to Axford if he keeps it up for another week or two.
    (Rotoworld.com)”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: Bit crack smoking, but Axford will close again, may not be for 2 months…

  41. Relsh says:
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    I love the bunny Colvin reference, one of my favorite characters from that tremendous series. That gentleman should be enshrined as a role model for all budding Baltimore police lieutenants.

    I’m hoping this translates to some Wilin Rosario starts at 1st base during his noncatching days.

    Dat paper bag speech….

    • leftsideoverhere says:
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      @Relsh: Oh, indeed.

  42. ACME says:
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    Who wins this…Butler/Stanton for Fielder in a OBP League? Luke Perry rockin’ jorts is my 5th OF’er.

  43. Cole says:
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    Always love a deep Wire reference. Divisions still matter. I just quick looked and MIL plays STL and CIN 19 times each this year. It’s leagues that don’t matter. Accept in the All-star game. Because this time it counts!

  44. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    With all this Putz;ing around, I can grab Cishek, Frieri, or Hernandez off the WW. Which one ? Thanks!

  45. quimmy says:
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    Obp league. Billy butler and homer bailey for joey bats? What says you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @quimmy: It’s fair… Bats…

  46. Frank Lynch says:
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    I know I’ve been asking a lot about pitching but I just saw Villanueva, Hughes n Colon on your blog and I was wondering If I should make any add n drops with them or keep my pitching as is.. I know Putz has been horrible but don’t know if dropable yet? Any of those 3 Fit?
    Iwakuma
    dempster
    samadzija
    hammel
    AJ Griffen
    Latos
    Shelby Miller
    Putz
    Mujica
    Jim Henderson

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      I got offered Cain, Cingrani n Ellsbury for MCcutchen, castro or segura n Griffen.. What u think? My Batting is Fielder, Wieters, Castro, Segura, Altuve, Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, Matt Holliday, MCcutchen, Beltran, Crawford, Gardner so I think if I lose MCcutchen I still have a great lineup cause pitching is most of the points in this h2h points league.. What u think??

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Or I might Offer MCcutchen, segura or Castro, Putz n Griffen for Cain n Masterson??? I was gonna dump Griffen anyway and Putz probly too

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            Even Mccutchen castro n griffen for ellsberry Cain n cingrani? Don’t I need pitching? I got no ace’s and I’m getting no wins..

            • Frank Lynch says:
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              If not then should I drop Griffen or/n putz or Villenueva or Colon?

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @Frank Lynch: Aces do not equal wins. Your staff is fine. Stop trying to trade a top 5 hitter to get ‘wins’. You can’t predict wins, you can only draft good pitchers and hope for the best. Cain is a buy low and you’re trying to overspend for him.

                • Frank Lynch says:
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                  You the man sky!!! Of course Grey too.. You guys tell it straight up how it is… K irejected it.. How about the pitchers i mentioned from grey’s blog?? Are any of them worthy of picking up for AJ Griffen?

                • Men-in-Cleats says:
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                  @Sky: Griffin is definitely droppable for Villanueva and maybe Hughes. Look at Griffin’s projected starts for the next month and it isn’t pretty. Not sure why you say you don’t have any Aces when Latos, Samardzija, and Miller have all pitched like aces with the first two being unlucky in wins. In my RCL I have Scherzer and Samardzija who’ve combined for 2 wins but I’m not looking to trade away top 10 talents for pitching.

                  • Frank Lynch says:
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                    I hear ya!!! Thanks for the advise cause I was in panic mode at 0-2.. lol.. Tonight Arizona is in extra innings and Putz wasn’t even a thought. Should I jump the gun on him too? Mujica and Henderson have been doing great. Maybe Hughes for him or Herrera?

                    • jason batteiger says:
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                      @Frank Lynch: hernandez, being younger, can pitch in games more often. Putz can’t pitch 3 out of 4 days, thus Hernandez went today and blew 1 run lead. Job is Putz’s for now.

  47. rgp says:
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    Henderson for Mayberry?
    which side?

    What does Mayberry’s playing time look like when D. Young returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rgp: Henderson… Not great…

  48. Jon says:
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    Guy I’m facing this week had 7 SP go yesterday (JoFer, Dickey, Hamels, Villanueva, Price, Detwiler and Ogando… 7!) and none of them got a win. Ha! I’ve only had Doubront go so far and he got the win – double ha! Bad news is those guys start again for him on Sunday…

    Conclusion: probably shouldn’t chase wins.

    • Mike says:
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      @Jon: So glad I’m in a QS league.

  49. John Stamos says:
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    Yo! Grey!

    Villanueva is dominating right now, but his BABIP is .164 and his LOB is 100%! Don’t you think he will regress, and if so, what’s your end of the season outlook on him? Should I let him regress a bit, wait until his stats normalize, and ride him out from there (totally hetero)? My pitching staff just got Jack3d yesterday… No one on the MIA coaching staff thought it might be a good idea to tell J-Fer to NOT throw 3 consecutive first ball strikes over the plate..

    ..bad week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stamos: Yeah, he will regress at some point, won’t happen all in one game so he’s worth grabbing…

      • John Stamos says:
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        @Grey: This hurts my heart bc I could never picture breaking up with Pauly G, but I have a trade offer, Gallardo for Goldy. Guys on my bench that would replace Goldy’s production are N. Cruz or J. Reddick. My current pitchers: My Bumgarner is on your lips, Zimmermann, Niese, Milone, J-Fer (Hughes on Bench). My team is top 3 in offense thusfar, but I still think I’d be getting the short end.

        Thanks for all the help so far Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You think Gallardo and Goldy is fair?

          • John Stamos says:
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            @Grey: No, I think Goldy is more valuable than Gallardo, which should tell me my answer right there. However, when my pitching staff is struggling like it is, do I make a sacrifice? I told him no 3 times already, but wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Is that fantasy sexual assault?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Yes, it is… Tell him no again…

  50. PD says:
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    I’ve 2 offers proposed to me.. 2b is my biggest roster hole & runs are my need for stats.

    Deal 1 – Fowler for my Goldschmidt (have Edwin well)

    Deal 2 – Span/Kendrick for my Moss/Stubbs.

    I like deal 2 buy not sold on offer 1. Any thoughts?

    • Q says:
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      @PD:

      1. Absolutely not.

      2. I would do this one.

  51. The Wickler says:
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    Drop Fernandez ahead for either Cashner or Teheran?

  52. Sergio...from Rio says:
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    14 team H2H 5×5. I have:

    2B Chris Nelson
    SS (2B) BenZo
    DL Erick Aybar

    OF Bruce, Choo, Beltran
    Util Pence

    Closers: Valverde, Balfour, Mujica

    Is it worth offering a closer desperate team Pence+Mujica/JV for Pedroia? So really the question is Aybar + Pence + 3 closers vs. Pedroia + Hot schmotato carousel at utility spot + 2 closers?

    Bonus question: Kendrick or Cashner?

  53. Scottie O. says:
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    Cashner is still available, but I could use some help on who to drop. here’s my roster:

    c: Perez
    1b: Votto
    2b: ECab
    3b: Frazier
    ss: Castro
    if: Goldschmidt
    of: Adam Jones, Stanton, Starling Marte
    utl: Mini Donkey
    bn: Parra, Moustakas, Espinosa

    sp: MadBum, Moore, Zimmerman, Cahill, Milone, Bailey, Ryu, Cingrani
    rp: Rivera, Perkins, Henderson
    dl: Madson

    thoughts?

    thanks

  54. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Thoughts, I am carrying two catcher’s right now, been starting Gattis and have Lucroy on the bench for when McCann returns. Would you drop one of these guys to pick up Cashner? BTW, other catchers on the waiver include A.J. Pierzynski, Avilia, and Wellington Castillo. Btw, loved the secret of my success reference to Seth Smith!

    Thanks,

  55. jay says:
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    Any chance that Heath Bell gets a shot at closer and Hernandez stays set up…since he’s so good at it?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @jay: i would be scared to put bell out in anything but a losing or more than 4 ahead situation; have you seen him pitch this year/most of last year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jay: I’d hate to think they go that way, but it’s a possibility I guess…

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey: I know everyone’s been stabbed in the gut and left in a drainage ditch by Heath Bell before, but even counting his one meltdown to start this year, he has a nasty 0.52 xFIP, 16.7 K/9, and 1/13 BB/K rate in 7 IP. His 5.14 ERA has been inflated by a cray cray .556 BABIP … And after that first outing, he’s been dominant. Cust sayin’…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, just answered Jack Hearts Sky on this….

        • JoeC says:
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          @Goose: Do not buy it. At all.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @JoeC: i’m likely being snowed by my being from st. louis and watching jay (yep), i think it was kozma, and somebody else beat the living shit out of him in like 8 pitches for all 3 of those hits. Jay hitting homers to center field (as if he’s j-up) really doesn’t happen. That was the first start you’re referring to. Since it could be BABIP. He did ok today in late game tie situation.

  56. Kid A says:
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    “We’ll rub a mexican monkey.” Did they seriously toss in “Around The World” or are they gunning for that tres cool french irony? Two greatest tricks of the devil: Soze and these guys. Mehhh around the world.

  57. uncdrew says:
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    I’d like to see these three hurlers ranked:

    Corbin, Villanueva, Cashner

    I’m allowed to have two of them on my team.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @uncdrew:

      D’oh, add Cobb to that mix. My pitching is yawnstipating for sure.

      Corbin, Cobb, Cashner and Villanueva. Drop one.

      • Visionary1 says:
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        @uncdrew:
        Disagree with the reply to this question. Cashner has a higher ceiling and better strikeouts than Corbin. I’d rank it
        Cash, Corbin, Villanueva, Cobb

    • Joe says:
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      @uncdrew: Corbin is #1.

  58. Steve D. says:
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    Grey,

    10 team, 5×5, redraft league with 5 OF slots. Need to fill my OF4 anf OF5 (behind Harper, Holliday and Cespedes, once he’s back) with which 2 of these 3:

    Nick Swisher
    Jason Werth
    Josh Willingham

  59. fd says:
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    5×5 12 team standard pitching categories.

    Grey please rank the following SP:

    Jose Fernandez
    Tony Cingrani
    Tommy Milone
    Hyun Jin-Ryu
    Andrew Cashner (currently free agent)

    Mistake to drop one for a guy like Gregg if I need saves?

    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd: Ryu, Cashner, Cingrani…

  60. Adam says:
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    Rizzo or Lorenzo Cain for Utility spot ROS ?
    Thx!

  61. Mike says:
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    A trade hypothetical for you:

    Seager/Willingham for Austin Jackson/Jhonny Peralta

  62. Ryan says:
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    Would u drop Fieri for Valverde? Need saves
    Thanks

  63. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Who would you lose for Andrew Cashner as my options are limited?
    Patrick Corbin
    Ryan Dempster
    Homer Bailey
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    A.J. Griffin
    Tommy Milone

  64. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    In a 12 team mixed, my starters are Sale-Medlen-S. Miller-Kennedy-Minor-Niese-Ryu. My second UTIL spot is a platoon of Howard and Hafner depending on who is facing a lefty (my first UTIL spot is Marte). I also have Matt Carpenter on my bench as a super utility guy (or the guy who will eventually replace Lawrie if he doesn’t start hitting or Utley when he gets hurt). Anyone I’ve mentioned worth dropping for Cashner or should I hold?

    Thanks!

  65. Monsieur Bobo says:
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    Need help on saves. Heres my staff:

    SP: Latos, Kennedy, Zimmerman, Ogando, Lincecum, Bailey, Cahill, Masterson, Vogelsong
    RP: Cishek, League, Henderson, Fujikawa (DL)

    Who do I drop for Mujica? Thinking Vogelsong or Masterson, but open to ideas.

  66. Arrow says:
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    Yahoo Roto leage- Andrew Cashner or Tony Cingrani?

  67. Jack says:
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    I dropped Teheran for Valverde and immediately had indigestion. Prior to that I dropped Tillman. Earlier in the year I dropped Cashner. I also dropped a $100 million lottery ticket into a shreader. That’s just how I roll.

    Any of those previous drops worth picking up? I have four guys on the DL, but only two spots. I need to keep Hart, Cueto, and Weaver, but I’m beginning to wonder about Colby Lewis.

    12 team yahoo redraft league with 6×6 h2h scoring

    C: J.P. Arencibia
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Neil Walker
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    3B: Evan Longoria
    OF: Trout, Rios, Willingham
    UTL: Paul Konerko, Carl Crawford
    Bench: Starling Marte
    DL: Corey Hart

    SP: Jered Weaver, Madison Bumgarner, Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Matt Harvey, Mike Minor, Jeremy Hellickson, Jose Quintana, Patrick Corbin
    RP: Andrew Bailey, Edward Mujica, Jose Valverde
    DL: Colby Lewis

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack:

      Villanueva is also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Corbin for Cashner

  68. Matt says:
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    Should I start Morrow against Balt today or bench him till he plays better?

  69. goodfold2 says:
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    it appears lackey is getting aceves’s sunday start (barring some dysfunction in throwing practice). Would his stream value be better or worse than Aceves’s? By that day i may/may not need to stream that start.

  70. Butter says:
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    What is SON?

    • Targaryan says:
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      @Butter: Stream-O-Nator, Son.

  71. kyle says:
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    Gattis and Kuroda for Trumbo?

    My rotation: Wainwright, Latos, Harvey, Kuroda, Shelby Miller, Bailey, Cobb, Detwiler, Milone, and Jose Fernandez.

    Also, time to drop Jose Fernandez?

  72. Bacon says:
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    Drop Middlebrooks for Machado?

  73. Jeff says:
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    I am carrying Middlebrooks, Moustakas, and Rendon to fill 3B but could use a roster spot. Who would you drop?

  74. Question says:
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    Rest of year, Wade Davis or Jason Hammel?

  75. Shake N Bacon says:
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    That DMX remix would make my mother effin day! I just rediscovered DMX on pandora the other day. Best day of my life, I tell ya.

    So who would you rather…Niese or Villanueva?

    How would you rank these three – Chris Carter, Kendrys Morales, Tyler Colvin (assuming Helton goes on DL).

  76. Clubber Lane says:
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    Greystroke of genius…Is Valverde worth the gamble? I am low on saves.

      • Clubber Lane says:
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        Thanks young Mattingly look-a-like!@Grey:

  77. Vottomatic says:
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    Andrelton Simmons or Erick Aybar?
    and
    Grab Arcia?

  78. Jon says:
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    Would you trade Asdrubal for Masterson, Hellickson or Beckett? Or Ian Desmond for Latos, Sale, Lester or Moore?

    • Jon says:
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      And if yes to any, would you mind to rank what you’d ask for first of those? I have an extra MI and could use some pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Moore, Latos

  79. Jon says:
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    Better start today: Cobb vs NYY or Quintana vs CLE? Would you feel ok starting both if you need Ks this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Quintana

  80. John says:
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    Uh…I drafted Craig so he could be my RBI guy and now they have him in the 2 hole? Maybe I should rephrase that. Anyway, they gotta put him further back in the lineup don’t they?

    • Q says:
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      @John:

      Not to go all STATHEAD on you, but the Sabermetrics Pocket Protector Crew says that managers should bat their best hitters 2nd all the time. Over the course of a season, gets them a few more at bats.

      Not that I’m suggesting that Cavematheny is a stathead….but might not be so bad.

      • John says:
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        @Q: Yeah, but those managers don’t depend on RBI’s from Craig for their fantasy teams. Grey — any thoughts on when/if they move him back?

  81. HOFEDGE says:
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    I have Jose Fernandez…should I keep him or drop him for Carlos Vilanueva?

    Thanks!

  82. Chris says:
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    Glen Perkins last night with the perfect 3-K ninth for the save. I love those. So demoralizing and statistically delicious.

    Worth a glossary phrase?

    • Q says:
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      @Chris:

      Already has one, I think: A Kimbrel!!!

  83. Tom says:
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    Yeah, I heard the podcast, but that was before last night’s games finished – Price and Cain still not completely themselves. Can you do an updated projection and ranking for them or are you sticking with what you said preseason?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Yesterday’s game didn’t change anything from what I said right before it…

  84. Q says:
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    Hey Grey–

    My team is doing great this year, especially due to your recommendations of Choo and Matt Moore. Thanks!

    Hoping for your input for a couple of 2 start pitchers for my weekly pts league next week. Pick 2 of the following that you would trust most:

    Petitte Home v Hou/ Home v. Oak
    Quintana @ Tex/@ KC (the best pitcher, but @ Tex spooks me)
    T Hudson Home WASH/ Home NYM
    Wandy @ MIL/Home WASH
    Wade Davis Home CLE/Home CHW
    Hammel @ SEA/@ LAA.

    Leaning Pettitte and Hammel, what do you think?

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Pettitte, Hammel, yeah

  85. Targaryan says:
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    Do you like Henderson over street? More saves possibly? Small sample size…. Will he keep it? My league also scores for K/W ratio.

  86. Targaryan says:
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    Valverde is available but I don’t think I’m interested. His stats look like Shizzzzzzzzzzzz

  87. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Hold on J Fernandez or pick up Cashner ???

    • Jay says:
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      @Anthony: did you read what he wrote above or just click on comments?

      • Anthony says:
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        @Jay: No i didnt Jay i really dont read other peoples comments this is rare for me… I only check to see what grey says back to me thats all.

        • jason batteiger says:
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          @Anthony: what jay was referring to is if you want to start your own thread, like you did, simply go to very bottom of page to ask your very own personal question, otherwise it comes up directly under someone else’s question; it’s like putting a file in the wrong cabinet. Very easily fixable.
          Answer to your question. Cashner.

  88. Jay says:
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    Whew! at least Minor pulled out that W. Got a little something for it. is it possible we have WAGNOF?

    Dumped that Jo-Ker, Jo-Fer, and cashed in with Cashner….sorry it’s the Robitussin. I’ve either had the worlds longest cold or I really enjoy Robitussin.

    So I have Hosmer and Asdrubal Cab weighing me down. Looking for either a 2B or SS to plug in (I have Zobrist at 2B now). picking from what’s available is no fun task as therse are probably the most appealing choices: Daniel Murphy, Mark Ellis, Brandon Crawford or Cozart. Plus I would need to drop either Hosmer, Cabrera, or a guy i’d rather hang onto. I’m leaning towards dropping Hosmer but thinking maybe I might regret that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Ha! Hold for now

  89. OaktownSteve says:
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    Count me in as buying Valverde. Here are my data points. 97 on the gun at Lakeland.
    “Best shape of his life” story. Lost like 15 or 20 lbs. They saw enough that they skipped right through the scheduled AAA stop. Interesting that they came right out and said he’ll close. He’s got a career 87% save rate, 8th best among players with at least 100 saves on their resume since 2000. He’s 3rd on the active career save list with 277 behind Mo and Nathan. There’s a closers pedigree there. He had 75 and 71 appearances in 2011 and 2012 respectively. That is very heavy use. Not uncommon for relievers with that kind of workload to see their numbers diminish. The extra time off might have brought his arm back to life. There might be something else at work (some mother’s little helper perhaps). I think he’s going to be money.

    “Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.”

    -Steven Wright

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Nice quote… He could be fine for a few months… Kevin Gregg can be fine for 12 innings a month if used right…

    • JoeC says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m all-in. Plus it seems like Leyland just trusts Val Green. I don’t think he’s crah-hazy, I think he, and you, are right.

      Valverde will bust it (I mean that in a good way).

  90. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Starting Hammel tomorrow @Oaktown?

  91. Warren says:
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    was just offered Cain and Beltre for Harvey. I love Matt Harvey, but I HAVE to accept that right?!!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Warren:

      Heck yeah.

      • Warren says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Just accepted. I expect Cain should about match Harvey the rest of the way once he rights the ship, and Beltre is a lock for 20 more HRs and 80 RBIs.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Warren:

          yeah that’s selling high. Cheech and Chong high.

  92. Matthew Berry is a tool says:
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    I got questions Grey!

    1) If you were a Chris Johnson owner what would be your thoughts/gameplan/strategy with this platoon deal with Juan-Fran? Do Chris Johnson owners need to have Juan-Fran too?

    2) Who you like?
    Eric Young vs Tim Hudson at Coors
    Josh Reddick vs Jon Lester in Bahston

    3) When you tell me to stop what I am doing and go pick someone up I drop everything (including babies) and run (click) to my waiver wire. Would you drop Hammel for say Cashner or David Hernandez. (I already have Mariano, Perkins, Cishek, and Henderson)

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew Berry is a tool: 1) You need to be able to platoon him out of your lineup… 2) Different things… Young 3) Nope

  93. Daniel says:
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    Drop Cahill for Cashner in a 6×6 league with k/9

    • Daniel says:
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      @Daniel: this was a question, not a statement haha

  94. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    12 team 7×7 mixed league

    Are Pujols and Cain good buy lows thinking of offering to a guy maybe Bruce and Headly or Phillips and Headly would those be fair deals? I need 1B and Avg. Also should I be stashing Ike or his he becoming dropable?

  95. Lob Ball says:
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    Awesome column today.

    Please pick two for a 2 catcher roto league:

    Perez
    J Montero
    Gattis
    Ruiz
    Cervelli

    Thanks!

  96. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey, your comedic stylings were on point today, as per ushe, nicely done.

    I been attempting to solve my Rickie Weeks problem all week by trying to trade for a 2B so I can drop his ass (which is huge by the way! Very oddly shaped man). Thus far I can’t get a trade worked out…. I currently have Weeks at MI, Rutledge at 2B, and Espinosa at SS in my 10-Teamer. Should I just drop Weeks for Didi Smalls. and call it a day?

    Other options:
    Aybar (who won’t be ready till next week)
    Gyorko
    Infante

    Thanks bruh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project Merkin: Ha, thanks! Go with Smalls then switch to Aybar…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        I like it. Follow up query: I could probably do Latos and Gardner for Pedroia then pick up De Aza off the wire. I have enough SPs to deal with the Latos loss (I hope)….fair trade? Or you like the Smalls/Aybar option better?

        • Project Merkin says:
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          Anyone feel free to chime in!

          • troy says:
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            @Project Merkin: think its very fair especially because you can grab de aza who will get you around same steals but hit more homeruns for u and score more runs potentially. i say go for it and dont look back.

        • stumanji says:
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          @Project Merkin: Take Peds. The player not the drugs.

          • Project Merkin says:
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            Thanks for the inputs y’all!

  97. Adam says:
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    2 Options for OF today: Should I start Matt Carpenter or Allen Craig against Stephen Strasburg?

  98. JLeigh says:
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    Drop Jansen for Hernandez? Non-keeper

  99. Frank says:
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    Want to buy low on Giancarlo. Going to offer Rios + a decent closer: sound about right?

  100. RedRox says:
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    Trade Shelby Miller for Choo?

    • Eddy says:
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      @RedRox:

      Really love what Miller has brought to the table, but you’ve seen what Choo can do. With Votto and Phillips behind him, he’s primed for the big season Grey predicted. I’d pull the trigger.

  101. leftsideoverhere says:
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    Been offered Andrew Bailey and Chris Johnson for Evan Gattis and Victorino – figure my guys are both sell-highs at the moment. Would you pull the trigger? I’ve got Posey to catch for me, and Youk waiting to come back at 3B so I’m not worried about the positions. A chance Bailey gets the closer gig at Fenway sometime soon?

  102. aaron says:
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    I am going to start BuckBall-which well just be Razzball but I will convert all of Grey’s 90s rap references to country music references such as Toby Keith, Big and Rich etc.
    The glossary references will all be to Bass Pro Shops, post-Obama apocalypse survival, off-road vehicles, and Squidbillies.

  103. flanwagon says:
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    I have Uggla & Espinosa at 2nd and MI. Should I pick up Ellis for one? Drop uggla?

  104. kyle says:
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    Just was offered Price for Matt Harvey?

    Also offered Price & Trumbo for Harvey + Utley (have Zobrist and Pedroia)

    Prob could get Choo instead of Trumbo, but i need power.. what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Take Price/Trumbo

  105. Caruso says:
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    12 team (5×5 + holds,obp)

    My Carpender/BJ
    for
    his :
    Bruce/Whilemsen

    Stand pat or make the deal?

  106. Vacation says:
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    Grey and Rudy,

    The podcast this year is not nearly as good as last year. It tries to be too fancy and is too commerical. I much preferred last years’ version when it was just you two and Nick. Just my opinion. I like having the other writers’ content on the site, it just seems like you’re cramming too much into the podcast. The old podcast was mandatory listening and this year you’ve lost the magic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vacation: You should comment directly to Nick on the podcast post…

  107. Brendan says:
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    Would you do this trade? I give up Tim Hudson and receive Valverde. I really need saves.

  108. zzzzzz says:
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    Hughes over Jo-Fer right?

  109. chillmodious says:
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    Good morning, Grey. Enjoyed the podcast yesterday.

    I’m looking for some help with the back end of my rotations in two particular 10-team leagues.

    LEAGUE ONE

    1. Estrada is my SP6 and Villanueva is my SP7. Would you hold, or switch one/both of them out for any of the following?:

    Cashner, Hughes, Cingrani, Marcum, Jarrod Parker

    2. I also have 5 closers, and Cishek is at the bottom of the list. Would you rather have him or Valverde as your 5th closer for ROS?

    LEAGUE 2

    1. Estrada is my SP6 and Quintana is my SP7. Would you hold, or switch one/both of them out for any of the following?:

    Jon Niese, Josh Johnson, Ryu, Cashner, Jaime Garcia, Ervin Santana

    LEAGUE C

    There is no League C

    ———————————

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: 1. Hold 2. Valverde 1. Niese over Quintana…

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: curious about your overall ranking on those listed pitchers: Niese,Ryu,Garcia,Cashner,Santana,Johnson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Niese, Ryu, Cashner, Garcia

  110. Carnac says:
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    Adam Wainwright has a K:BB ratio of 37:1. Does anyone know if he’s married? Asking for a friend…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Carnac: It’s clear with those types of numbers he’s married to his job. He’ll never love you the way you love him, Carnac…

  111. Mike G says:
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    Does anyone have any real info on Bartolo Colon’s flatulence-level? I get the feeling that he’s been stereotyped by guys like Brad Evans because…I don’t know, he’s very fat, old, has a last name referencing the correct orifice, has a first name that rhymes with “Fartolo,” and maybe his nationality has something to do with it.

  112. Eddy says:
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    Standard league, H2H.

    I’ve been offered Austin Jackson for my Matt Harvey.

    Without Harvey, my SP would be:

    Scherzer
    Moore
    Niese
    Morrow
    Cingrani
    Zimmermann
    Shelby Miller

    Current OF/Util: Desmond Jennings, Stanton, Cain, Gardner, BJ Upton, Adam Jones.

    Would probably lose Cain.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy:

      Not sure if it matters, Jackson is 1 for his last 18 with 10 Ks.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Eddy:

        Same league: Which side is better: Choo or BJ/Janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Jackson

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Sky: after that stellar job he did in thats my boy, its good to see him get back to some humble roots

  113. Hollandaise Sauce says:
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    GreyMeister:

    What do you think of trading Derek Holland for Addison Reed in an AL Only 10 Teamer?

    Fair? I own Holland and trying to get Reed.

    My other pitchers are Scherzer, Kuroda, Wei Chen, Happ, W. Davis, McAllister and Colby Lewis in my DL spot.

    • Hollandaise Sauce says:
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      @Hollandaise Sauce:

      The guy who owns Reed is looking for a high K strikeout pitcher.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  114. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Last night I picked up Kevin Gregg.

    This is like waking up from the worst one-night-stand ever.

    With someone I have a long, ugly history with.

    In happier news, I’m going to start a website/support group for Tony Cingrani owners. All talk of overhype/favorable match-ups/over-reliance-on-fastball strictly prohibited. Just watching GIFs and drooling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: HA…. Just don’t forget what the next two weeks looked like the last time you slept with Gregg…

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

        Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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        @Grey: Wait, is all-caps HA better than Ha-exclamation-point? I can’t remember and it’s been awhile…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is slightly better…

  115. Q says:
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    Hey RUDY (or Grey or any successful user of SON):

    In a 10 team mix, what is the rubicon number you don’t cross? Do I sit anyone below $10? $5? $0?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: $10 sounds about right

  116. D Rich says:
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    haha i was reading this and then when i got to Cashner i had to stop everything and go grab him off waivers! he’s a beast and well marmol was easy to drop. good call on moving fast on cash…my work had never seen me move so fast…to bad it wasn’t for them haha

  117. Visionary1 says:
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    I was just offered coco crisp and barry zito for Mike Trout in an RCL. Is there some kind of police I can report this to? I feel dirty and violated.

    • Barney Fife says:
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      @Visionary1: I’m on it.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Barney Fife:

        best line of the day .
        kudos .

  118. BTD says:
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    16 team H2H keeper league…

    1. Pick up Dave Hernandez or ride out Joaquin Benoit?
    2. Julio Teheran or Wei-Yin Chen?
    3. Eric Young or hold onto Rendon or Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BTD: 1. Hold for another day or two 2. Chen 3. Young

  119. weldo says:
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    think it’s safe to start the shark today?

    my guy says no but…

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @weldo: 2:1 GB to FB ratio and the Reds offense hasn’t been very consistent. Shark’s an ace, go with him.

  120. Jon says:
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    Is Tillman ready to be trusted? I’ve had him stashed in a DL spot in my keeper league and I don’t have anyone pushing him out of that, but that @OAK start is tempting. Once I activate him I’d basically want to run him out there more times than not. What do you think? Continue to stash or go ahead and get him in the lineup? (I’d drop DHer from an RP spot to activate Tilly)

    • Jon says:
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      Or I could lose Quintana depending on his start tonight…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Sure

  121. Joe says:
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    Just made a trade I know was idiotic. I’m fishing for unexpected compliments here! I traded E5, Gio Gonzalez and Adam Jones for Justin Upton. Hear me out! I have a commanding 11 point lead in my 5X5 roto league with no indications of any weaknesses. This is a 10-team keeper league where we keep 15 with no restrictions. I had 19 CLEAR keepers AND Justin Upton is my favorite player! My team is so dominant I felt I could/had to. Here is my roster after the trade (punting saves). Anyone willing to absolve me?

    C – Napoli
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Wright
    SS – Zobrist
    2B/SS – Aaron Hill (Neil Walker while he is out)
    1B/3B – Chris Davis
    OF – BJ Upton
    OF – Justin Upton
    OF – Jay Bruce
    OF – Alex Rios
    OF – Jason Heyward (Wells/Parra while he is out)
    Utility – Who cares? (Parra/Wells right now)

    SP – Bumgarner
    SP – Latos
    SP – Zimmermann
    SP – Fister
    SP – Kuroda
    SP – Dickey
    RP – Medlen
    RP – Iwakuma
    RP – Ogando

    BE – Jarrod Parker
    BE – Wade Davis
    BE- Didi Gregorious

    Any thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Joe: Don’t think you’re gonna find absolution here. It was an extreme overpay on a sell high candidate. Unless you really believe he’s going to keep an 89 HR pace.

      • Joe says:
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        @Sky: I guess it’ll just be one of those trades I made knowing it was wrong!

        I however am convinced I will win this year and feel this puts me in same/better position for future considering I can’t keep them all! I see J-Up easily finishing 35/30 and by far the best player in the deal.

        Thanks for the response.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Joe:

          e5 and jones easily fit on a 15 keeper roster , with what you have .

          if you traded to the cellar-dweller , and it makes the league more
          competitive , then i won’t fault you for chasing your man-crush .

          good luck .

  122. Eddy says:
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    Burnett or Minor RoS?

    Also, what in the world is Ellsbury doing with 9 steals? I don’t own him anywhere so I haven’t kept track.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Minor, personally.

      It’s because you don’t have him that he’s doing it. Same for me and Justin Upton.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Sky: I actually went all in this year with Upton. Snagged him in three of four leagues.

        He’s actually a bit “unlucky” so far. Has a .279 BABIP, career .334.

        Sorry to rub it in.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          It’s ok, I’m sore from building a retaining wall. Just rub it into my shoulders, please. I’ll pretend it’s icy hot.

          • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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            @Sky: if you do use icy hot then don’t follow that by taking a leak

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              After what Leake did to me vs the Pirates, I’ll never stream a Leake again.

              • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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                @Sky: wouldn’t that be a Leake in a stream?

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  A Leake in my fantasy life stream…

                  • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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                    @Sky: he marked your team with his scent

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It smells like cat pee and fear.

  123. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Drop Cingrani and Pick up Cashner? 12team H2h, Keeper

    • Sky

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      In a keeper I wouldn’t unless you have someone better (or is that worserer?) to drop.

  124. Rixo says:
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    Espn 12 team H2H mixed league, Vogelson and Parker just got dropped. Who should I submit a waiver claim for? Or pick up W Davis

    • Sky

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      That’s dependent on who you’re dropping…personally I’d abstain from all three unless you have some real clunkers but I wouldn’t waste waivers on any of them.

    • Joe says:
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      @Rixo: I think all 3 of them are easily worthwhile in a 12-team. Vogelsong first. He still has it.

  125. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    I think Goldschmidt’s “au shizz!” exclamation should be converted to “Pau Schmizz!,” “Au Schmizz,” or just plain old “Schmizzzzzzzzzzzz.” The Schmizz fanboy t-shirt has a wall-street-journal-style hedcut of Paul Goldschmidt wearing a crown of thorns and carrying a bat that he whittled into a makeshift dreidel, which the team has recently been using for impromptu home plate celebrations after The Schmizz hits his bombs.

    • Project Merkin says:
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      @Rabbit: Ha

  126. Swat290 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Scherzer
    Cingrani
    Dickey
    Niese
    Miley
    Baily
    Lynn
    Verlander
    Cahill
    Parker (just picked up to stream tomorrow)
    —————————————————-
    League
    Henderson

    Who, if any, would you move to make room for Cashner? Hold? Is it worth having Motte in one of my DL slots still? Parker is in my streaming spot currently but I’d be willing to move him if Cashner is a long haul type of pitcher to hold on to.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swat290: Lose Motte… Parker…

      • Swat290 says:
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        @Grey:

        Done and done, now, whats your feeling on Cahill moving forward? SON hasn’t projected many must starts for him or for Miley so far, but I’m holding Miley for sure. Been thinking about opening another pitching spot for streaming purposes and Cahill would be my first choice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My feelings on him are in the rankings…

          • Swat290 says:
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            @Grey:
            Apologies for my ignorance…and laziness… considering I couldn’t find the donations even though it’s literally in front of my face on the main page… I may be beyond your help sir, but thanks for humoring me!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No worries…

  127. Whatever says:
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    Anyone notice how fat Kendrys Morales is now? He is competing with the Panda now.

  128. mhfella says:
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    Try Ruiz or Martin if I bench VMart? Thanks. Need all offensive stats.

  129. Less Moore says:
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    Trade Matt Moore for Billy Butler or Chris Davis? Which one will be better for the rest of the season? Butler or C.Davis?

      • Less Moore says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  130. scott says:
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    I see Fernandez faith has gone away… you still dropping him in a keeper league?

  131. alex says:
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    Best catcher rest of the year: a)buck, b)Perez, c) lucroy, d) arenciba, e)pierzynski? Can you rate them in order? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alex: Perez, JP

  132. Jon says:
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    Would you give Asdrubal for Hellickson or Beckett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Prolly not

  133. chris says:
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    Ogando is available in our league, but who do I drop in a keeper?

    Obviously not Strausberg, Moore and Kershaw.

    Do I drop Medlen, Morrow, Cingrani, Shelby Miller, I also have two closers Jim Henderson and Sergio Romo, but most guys have two closers so me starting one closer a week will most likely cost me save cat.

    On another note when should I pick up Beachy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Hold… Sure, if you have DL room

  134. SOP says:
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    10 team h2h. I’m stacked with bats and a guys is offering me some pitchers. Let me know which one is the best option.

    #1: I give: Tulo get: Gio and Moore. My backup SS is Jed Lowrie
    #2- I give: Frazier and get Matt Moore. I have Longoria

    My problem with Tulo and Longo is the injury risk.

    Bonus trade from another manager. At 1b I have: Allen Craig, Konerko, Frazier
    CC and Lowrie for Billy Butler and Heyward. Weak at SP already. I’m working on swapping Butler for Goldshmidt. Would you do it then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take 2

  135. Sergio...from Rio says:
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    More likely to come back down to earth: AJ Burnett or Jon Lester?

  136. in_ertiatic says:
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    10 tm h2h keeper league

    Should I drop didi G (I have Tulo & Evercab) or Rendon (I have D. Wright) for Cashner? I grabbed both for upside/sell high possibilities and they mostly ride the pine. I’m worries I’ll regret not getting Cashner… Deal or No Deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  137. sanfran1966 says:
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    as a follow up to my confusing prior question…

    Neise, H Bailey, Cobb, Cashner

    Is that the right order?

    Also, the SON like Cobb v NY tonight, do you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s right… I don’t like Cobb there…

  138. Evan says:
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    You guys should do the podcast twice a week! Or more ! I’m like a razz ball podcast fiend, 30 mins not enough need more!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How about 24/7/365?

  139. Pager24 says:
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    cashner over hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some match-ups, yeah…

  140. Fungus says:
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    starting Samardj at Cinncy today?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  141. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I too benched Minor and had dropped Teheran. Drat. Probably wouldn’t have pitched Teheran in CO even if I had him. You think he’s worth rostering again?

    I also too had Cingrani facing Villanueva and came away wtih no W thanks to the Great Carmol. Great pitching by both SPs though, so will absolutley take the numbers.

    And finally too, I did pick up Cashner, so there’s one for me.

    Thanks and well done Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold off for now… Thanks!

  142. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered trout for upton. Do I consider this offer? I am currently in 1st place and I am just worried Upton might outperform Trout this year.

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

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

      • Ryan says:
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        @Grey: btw what if I deal morse nick franklin for ellsbury?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds solid

  143. Longbeachyo says:
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    Ok guys, I have Harvey, Samardzijah and Scherzer all pitching today. What’s the over/under for K’s from these three? I’m gonna say 24.5! Anyone wanna get down on this action???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      30

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Longbeachyo: Scherzer is gonna strike out Moustakas at least 4 times… Any want any action on that?

  144. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: my post got skipped EH> Hold JFER or pick up STRAIGHTCASH ?

    • Jay says:
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      @Anthony: Interesting that We once again find ourselves in this positio.

      It wasn’t skipped, I answered it for you. Refer to what was written above:

      Andrew Cashner – Padres announced he’s back in the rotation. Why are you still reading this? Go pick him up! Now! Seriously. Okay, don’t. Just keep reading this blurb about how you shouldn’t be reading it. Fine, I’ll fix you. I’ll stop writing. Psyche! No, seriously, go get him.
      Jose Fernandez – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Twins. Hey, we had some good times. We shared some laughs. What I will remember most about Jose Fernandez is his stuff and the way he would fold the last sheet of toilet paper into a triangle. Maybe I’ll see him again between classes or when he’s going to pitch vs. the Astros. For now, I bid him adieu in most mixed leagues.

      and that’s me quoting Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

    • Prezii says:
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      @Anthony: when someone answers you and grey does not.. it just means grey agrees. Or he doesnt like you… But nobody is gonna like you if you keep asking the same questions thats been asked 58 times today.

      Not to mention plain as day in the blog. Cust kayin..

  145. Jay says:
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    In a keeper who do you like better?

    MadBum or Moore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

  146. B.o.B says:
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    Drop Griffin for Cashner in a 10 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks bud! What about Quintana today home vs Cle? Would you drop Jose Fernandez, Jason Hammel, or Griffin for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jo-Fer

  147. bossmanjunior says:
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    Grey,

    Need a little clarification. Earlier above, I asked if I should drop Cingrani for Cashner and you said “hold.” And that’s me quoting you. In other comments above, I’ve seen you rank Cashner ahead of Cingrani. So what am I holding on? See how Cashner looks Friday or if Cingrani gets hit hard by the Nationals? 10 team h2h mixed. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Cashner… Mea culpa…

  148. SabathiaWouldBeGoodAtTheEighthToo says:
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    Re Heyward “I mean, really, what’s the worst that could happen from an appendix? ”

    See Adam Dunn, 2011. Don’t rush the kid back. Let him take his time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  149. Wake Up says:
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    Weeks or Kendrick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  150. Jacks says:
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    Putz was even more of a Putz over the first part of last year. He blew 2 of his first 7 save opps and 3 of his first 9. His ERA was north of 6 during May. He settled down and pretty much dominated the rest of the way … and AZ signed him up for 2 more years in the offseason. I think he has a very long leash. He’s not getting rocked like Axford, he’s just making some critical mistakes and paying the price at the wrong time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, worth backing up if you can though…

  151. Wake Up says:
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    I was waiting for the Steven Wright to come out…nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  152. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Drop Chooch or Cahill for Cashner? I already have Posey but scooped The Suspension for trade bait- 12Team H2H.

    Side note, can we start calling the most recent returnee from suspension ‘The Suspension’ and then transfer it to the next guy because theres always someone new these days? Like Quentin could be The Suspension until Chooch comes back Sunday, I think all the kids could have fun with this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashill… Maybe the kids could, we’ll have to see… Up to the kids now!

  153. steve says:
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    Would you deal Minor for Machado? H2H, 10 teams, 6×6. I’m not stacked at SP and I have Rendon at 3b.

    • steve says:
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      @steve: Another option is Aybar for Machado however the owner wants to wait until Aybar comes off of the DL. I would have Rutledge at SS, Machado at 3B and Bonaficio at 2b/SS (with Jeter on the DL to replace Bonaficio, perhaps someday).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  154. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    Hold steady on Pujols in 12 team standard H2H? Or start shopping him around to owners unaware of the dreaded plantar fascitis disease? If option B, what would be fair market value for the rapidly aging ‘Bert?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shop

  155. Eric says:
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    Haha you have a lot of pitcher recommendations.

    After my latest trade I will have 2 free bench spots to add, I also have Valverde, Detwiler, and Fujikawa to possibly drop if I should pick up more than 2.

    On the Wire are….
    1) Tillman
    2) Cashner
    3) Wade Davis
    4) Villanueva
    5) Corbin
    6) Quintana
    7) Jose Fernandez

    Haha could you possibly just rank the pitchers that you like? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tillman, Cashner…

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick reply, so you wouldn’t drop Detwiler or Valvedre for any of the others?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Eric: Detwiler for Quintana

          • Eric says:
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            @Grey: Haha thanks, I suppose Villanueva will have to wait for now. Probably work a couple more two for ones haha HURRAH

  156. royce! says:
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    Morning, Grey. Padres called up Robbie Erlin. Should I drop Jo-Fer, Cingrani, Hammel or McCarthy for him in my 14 team h2h which counts k/bb?

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: Erlin’s been crappy at Tucson, but I think everyone is crappy there…Last year had a 12.38 k/9 and 2.92 ERA at SA.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is he gonna start? Doesn’t look like he has much mixed league upside…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Fer… is he starting?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Oh, I don’t know…I guess there’s no rotation spot for him, unless of course they started him instead of one of their ineffective SP, which would be everyone except Cashner…so my guess is they’ll probably return Cashner to the pen. Kidding. I guess he’ll just be bullpen depth. Doesn’t matter for my team anyway because he’s not in the yahoo universe yet. Der.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I’m going to the game tonight, so I would hope that they place Volquez on the Disgraceful List and start Erlin tonight…Erlin’s last start was on the 19th, so it’d fit his schedule…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You better have a SAGNOF sign in tow…

  157. mzyptlk says:
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    Drop Estrada for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  158. Warren says:
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    How would you rank these guys?

    Cashner
    Villanueva
    Kendrick
    G Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner, Villa

  159. JJ says:
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    I hate to sound like a broken record….
    but which of these SPs would you drop for Cashner? Keep in mind that this is a keeper league(we keep 10)

    HAMMEL
    BECKETT
    JOSE FERNANDEZ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  160. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mujica. He’d have the best BB/9 rate of the 126 relievers to record at least 30 saves since 2000 (1.51 for his career, 1.13 so far this year). Mo is second with 1.68 over that span. He’d have the 4th best first strike percent at 64.9%. However his 1.22 HR/9 would the 8th worst. Worse than Ryan Franklin! However, he’s kept it under 1 the last two years. His K/9 rate is sort of weird. Since 2008: 6.23, 7.3, 9.3, 7.46, 6.47 and 9.0. It’s unusual to see a guy have K rates bounce around that much. Interestingly, the 9.3 K/9 year, 2010 was also his worst HR/9 year 1.81. My gut tells me he’s going to nail this thing down, but I think it might be one of those things that is still in the hands of fate. Does the next fly ball get caught at the warning track or just scrape over the fence? Luck may be the story.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But he only has 3 saves not 30… Is it unusual for a reliever’s K-rate to bounce around? I know Chris Perez’s bounced around a little… I think Mujica will be fine, btw… Just conversating…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, I wasn’t trying to put him in the same company as those guys. Just trying to get a feel for his skill set as an emerging closer relative to guys who have closed over the last 10 or so years.

        You are right, I may have gone off half-cocked on the bouncing K rate. I look at a lot of numbers and I don’t recall seeing a guy who bounce around quite that dramatically a couple of different times, but that’s just anecdotal.

        Perez’ rate has been stable except one outlier year in 2011 and that looks like the beginning of some shoulder issues as he started to lose some velocity on the fastball. Mujica’s average fastball has remained the same. In 2010 he added a splitter and had a spike in K rate bu he’s continued to throw the split with the same frequency and he’s seen the K rate drift back down. There’s no surface, statistical explanation for the change.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t think he deserves to be in that company yet, but if he can secure saves for the next month, he’ll have some leash and should be the closer for the better part of the season and a Donkeycorn…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Other thing that makes me nervous is his strand rate isn’t real good. 75% for his career. But maybe that bodes well for a move to closer. He’s going to start a lot of clean innings rather than coming into jams.

  161. Mariner Mike says:
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    cashner or j-fer? Do you think putz has rope or hernandez coming . Have Ciangrini any chance he stays up with Reds? Thank you for help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner… Putz has some rope, yes… Cingrani needs an injury to someone to stay…

  162. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Drop Jo-Fer for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  163. troy says:
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    now that it seems like bonifacio is about as useful as a bag of dog shit would you drop him to stash nick franklin? he has to be up soon dont you think especially now that they have andino starting at ss… even with ackley starting to turn it around a little bit youd think itd be sooner rather then later right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin won’t be up until June at the earliest…

  164. Ryan says:
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    I have Rutledge and just picked up Rollins off the waiver(per your suggestion). Thinking about upgrading the position(eventually) and offering a trade for Reyes. He’s on DL for a while but I figured I could ride Rutledge til he comes back. Reyes owner loves Rollins. Worth doing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good trade

  165. hankp says:
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    Keep 3 (14 team 5×5 roto): Hughes, Villanueva, Hanson, Cashner, Gee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Hanson, Gee…

  166. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Got to think Torchello’s next start against Atlanta could be his last. Smyly worth a look?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try him…

  167. stumanji says:
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    Hosmer dropped in my 10 tm keeper league. With Pujols & Rizzo as my 1B/CI, is Hos worth a pickup to ride pine or is he bad at baseball?

    Also, I own Jo-Fer at $3. For reference, top pitchers sold for $25-35. I’m hesitant to let him go at that price. Hold him for cheap in a keeper or is he still a too far away from being worth $20ish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, stash Hosmer if you have room… I’d hold Jo-Fer in keepers…

  168. Dkohn says:
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    I read in the comments drop Cingrani for Cashner…for rizzeal?

    I like Tony, he’s been grrrrrrreat! He’s definitely going back down?

    (*humming* Machado Machado Man)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s probably going back down, yeah… If you want, wait for Cingrani’s start vs. the Nats…

  169. farcus says:
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    What do you think of my Homer Bailey and Grant Balfour for his Freddie Freeman in my H2H points league?

    I feel like it’s good value, but don’t think it really addresses my team’s needs at all. Is the value good enough to take it and try to work out another deal to improve later?

    It’s a keep 5 league.

    C Evan Gattis, Atl C, OF S
    1B Chris Davis, Bal 1B, OF, DH
    2B Josh Rutledge, Col SS, 2B S
    3B Evan Longoria, TB 3B, DH
    SS Didi Gregorius, Ari SS S
    OF Nelson Cruz, Tex OF
    OF Justin Upton, Atl OF S
    OF Jose Bautista, Tor OF
    UTIL Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF S

    Bench Jurickson Profar, Tex 2B
    Bench Kendrys Morales, Sea 1B, DH S
    Bench Dan Uggla, Atl 2B S
    PITCHERS
    SLOT PLAYER, TEAM POS
    SP Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD SP
    SP Ervin Santana, KC SP
    SP Barry Zito, SF SP
    SP Patrick Corbin, Ari SP
    RP Aroldis Chapman, Cin SP, RP
    RP Wade Davis, KC RP, SP PP
    RP Shelby Miller, StL RP, SP

    Bench Homer Bailey, Cin SP
    Bench Grant Balfour, Oak RP
    DL Zack Greinke*, LAD SP  DL15

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is fair, it doesn’t help you…

  170. Kid A says:
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    Scale of 1-10, level of frustration when clearly neither blog entry nor comments have been read and same question gets asked ad nauseum?

    1= Heightened, 5=Zen, 10= I Quit

    (Also, J-Fer or Cashner. TELL ME NOW.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! 5… Ohm…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Bullshit I say. You coy bastard.

  171. U Mad Bro says:
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    Is Lorenzo Cain a must own in a 12 team roto? thanks a bunch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  172. Joe says:
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    Owning Avila has become too painful.
    Arencibia (who will get ice cold after today) or the returning Chooch, who will apparently e playing on Sunday since Kratz is terrible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP

  173. Big Puma says:
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    Do you think Cashner sticks in the rotation? Drop Hammel, Hughes, Cingrani, or Villanueva for Cashner? Everyone but Hammel is looking good at the moment.

    • Big Puma says:
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      @Big Puma: I think there’s a decent chance Hammel sticks around on waivers if I drop him, so that’s a factor as well

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Just saw this Hammel comment, sure… Lose Hammel… He does have less appeal…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, until he’s injured…. Cingrani…

  174. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey,

    Do you like my Adam Jones and Latos for his Pedroia and Cespedes?

    Still trying to solve my Rickie Weeks issues (who I’ll drop for De Aza after this trade)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Depends somewhat on how deep the league. If it’s an RCL league, there’s pitching available to replace Latos. Or maybe he’s pitching deep already. Plus there’s going to be decent replacement value for Cespedes when he’s nicked up. He should be coming back with no issue. He’ll probably out steal Jones. Laser Show hits 3rd in a very good line up. He’s off to a slow start, but no reason to believe the numbers won’t be there. Seems like a very good trade for him to me.

        I assume your reasoning is not trusting Cespedes health.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah, it’s not a slam dunk either way, but Latos is a must-start every time out… Those pitchers are available but harder to come by… It does depend on the league, that’s why I said not really instead of nope or no….

          • Project Merkin says:
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            Thanks for the input guys! It’s a shallower league, and I’m stocked up on SPs as is, and could really use a 2B. I think I’m going to do it. Grey, give me your blessing!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You got it… But if it’s shallow… I bet you could find a 2nd base replacement…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Also I know you are a big Jones guy and I’m a huge fan of the Laser Show so a little bias in the comments.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, of course… Everyone has their biases…

              • Project Merkin says:
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                Trade proposed and accepted. THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY. Thanks for your help boyz.

  175. Jack Hearts Sky says:
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    I actually read the column and I know you said to grab hernandez if he is available, what about Bell? since the first week, 4 ER, he has been lights out and has lots of closing experience, not that you already know that, and hernandez has looked pretty human so far.

    I ask this because hernandez is gone and was taking a stab in the dark with Bell

    Hi Kid A

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, you can grab Bell, but I’d probably bench him… Too many Bell scars for me to put him in the lineup unless he’s getting saves…

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Grey: are you saying that Bell has DINGed you up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… Oh yeah… You listen to Kendrick Lamarr? So good, too…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: which tracks?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              All of them… Try B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: its aight, decent but not life changing, it’s a too over produced for me, some of his live videos on you tube I like better than the over produced album.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You crazy! Try Money Trees… Poetic Justice or Compton…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: already heard compton and poetic, listening to money trees. still think it’s too over produced, note I am listening this on headphones, so I’m hearing all the little nuances you don’t get through speakers. hey we don’t have to like all the same artists but we will always have our love of G I A N C A R L O

                    NOTE: if I was drunk and high and out partying with the homies then I might vibe to it, but thats circumstantial

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m listening to this shizz right now on headphones… It’s produced by Dre… You’re saying blasphemy right now…. Okay, one love under Giancarlo….

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Dre has made some of the greatest hip hop, but not everything he touches is gold to me. Maybe when I’m in a better mood I will give it a listen but right now I’m feeling like a cynical dick.

                    You seem a little upset by my words, we don’t need a fight club do we?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is this like when I beat myself up and the parking lot camera catches it?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: btw, thats a joke. Music is something never to fight over, now fantasy is another thing

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: That depends on if the other person professes a liking for Coldplay.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: yup, not as long as it’s not beating yourself off and the parking lot camera catching it…..been there

  176. Carnac says:
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    I find it absolutely baffling when a manager sends his pitcher back to the mound after they’ve already thrown ~100 not-at-all-dominant pitches.

    I’m looking at you, John Gibbons. What did he think would happen? And perhaps he’s interested in a bridge I have to sell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree, Morrow got shafted today…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: “The ‘low fuel’ light in my car just went on… but it’s been driving well so I’ll just keep going.” What a jackass.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Another 100 miles, let’s go!

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey: *John Gibbons and Alex Anthopoulos clutch their hands together as they drive off the cliff.*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good riddance!

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Carnac: I’m still waiting for my Carnac Kabob’s.

      • Carnac says:
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        @Jack Hearts Sky: Mmmm…. I grilled some kebobs last night. Recipe needs some tweaking. I’ll let you know once I figure out how to keep the sand out.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Carnac: I thought the grilled kabobs were grilling players like a kabob, but the other way sounds good too

    • JoeC says:
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      @Carnac: As a manager, Gibbons should immediately be disbarred due to his placing Kawasaki at the top of the lineup not once, not twice, but THREE times! This is completely unacceptable and is akin to spotting the other team a 2-0 lead.

  177. Dan says:
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    *Keepers League*
    Drop A.J. Griffin for Villanueva?

    5 SP spots – Moore, Zimm, Scherzer, Fernandez, Milone, A.J. Griffin (Villanueva), Cashner, and Teheran. Who gets the last two spots?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha thanks, which 2 of those starters joins the top 3?

  178. Hondo says:
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    Eff me in butt with Szjmaajazar’s bloody finger(latex gloved please). I guess there will be a blood in the water joke tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Explain please…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: @Hondo:

        He reached for a bouncer with his pitching hand.It looks like he tore a nail,not sure which one.There was noticeable blood.
        He batted and is back out there but it’s just a matter of time until it swells and he loses feel.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Hondo:

          Chances the announcers used the phrase: “football player mentality”? 99%? Higher?

          • Hondo says:
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            @OaktownSteve:

            Something similar was mentioned.

            They also said Greg Maddux was the best ever at NOT fielding the ball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, crap…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, but he’s still in the game?

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey:

            Yeah, the #8 and 9 guys got hits,then he struck out the next 3.

            End of 3rd

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just turned it on quickly… He looks fine… Nice hair too…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Let on a pair and then struck out the side. He’s a bad mutha.

            • Hondo says:
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              @OaktownSteve: @OaktownSteve:

              He reached for a grounder by Choo in the 5th,kinda pulled back his hand,stretched his arms out in a McNultyesque”What the fuck did I do?” manner and laughed.

  179. OaktownSteve says:
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    Altuve is hitting second today. Like it. He’ll still be green light on the bases but might get to drive a couple extra in. That little guy is solid, man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope he still steals…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t see why not…unless…yes wait…you don’t want to take the bat out of Brandon Laird’s hands!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t forget one of the Martinezii…Martinezes?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey: @Grey:

            mmmmmmmmmmm….Martinis

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: If you have the MLB At Bat app: In the ‘gameday’ (pitch-by-pitch) view, notice how the grey strike zone box is standard for every batter. Now look at it when Altuve’s up. Looks like a programmer has a sense of humor.

  180. the hungary hippo says:
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    Thoughts on Kendrick?

    Now those thoughts vs Cashner thoughts?

    Now thoughts on small potatoes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner, better upside…

  181. Gavin says:
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    I need a closer. Trade Adrian Gonzalez for Laroche and Jim Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • Q says:
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      @Gavin:

      NOBODY needs a closer that bad, dude. A Gonz is good and Laroche isn’t. Get Johnson for someone not as good.

  182. Dan says:
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    12 tm Dynasty (fairly deep)

    You say to not carry 2 catchers. I have Arencibia and Mauer. I’ve been starting both (Mauer at CI) would you recommend I trade one over the other? Whichever gets more return? Hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, trade Mauer, you’ll get more…

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: Mauer for Aoki in the ballpark?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really…

  183. airweino says:
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    Time to drop Puig for someone useful or hold on and hope for a Dodger OF injury?

    5×5 standard 10 team keeper league.

    potential pickups: Mujica, Valverde, Corbin, WandyRod, Gregorious, Cozart, BCrawford, Villenueva, ESantana…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica

  184. L-Boogie says:
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    According to baseballreference.com, as of yesterday, Votto had 103 PAs and 21 Ks (K every 4.90 PA) . For his career its 3167 and 583 (K every 5.43 PAs) I don’t know if that’s a significant difference but it just feels like he is striking out an awful lot this year, especially with men on base. On pace for a very Votto-unlike 160+ Ks. And he struck out once today in 2 ABs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not a 160+ K season pace…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: CBS has him on pace for 162 Ks this year so yeah, I was mixing my sources. Maybe my first mistake was believing CBS’ stats. Regardless, Votto seems to be striking out a lot, at least for Votto.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If he Ks 130 times this year, it’ll put him on par with his usual… He hasn’t gotten hot yet this year so I think he can cut his rate still and it’s early… I’m more concerned about his lack of pop…

  185. Warren says:
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    better buy low OF candidate:

    Bautista
    Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

  186. JTR says:
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    What are your thoughts on Allen Webster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was a spot starter…

  187. ROBHALLA says:
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    RUTTLEDGE JUST SENT ONE OUT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  188. Prezii says:
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    Start halladay in the rcl? Little ol pittsburgh on the schedule..

    • Grey

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

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey: hey, he was in the 15th round or somethin, okay!? dont judge me, im trying to change!!

        Ive actually managed his starts pretty well.. this will prolly be the one i eat my own words but hey… Live then learn..

        Ps. Is there room for me outside of stantons house with manny?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… No judgements here… No room, sorry! #562!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey: watever grey! Take all the young dark and handsome guys for yourself! I see how it is! Ill just go say wats up to madams..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re bronze, doode, c’mon!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: my bad… Dark-ish! Ahem, Bronze!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s cool, if you want, bring me some food while I wait for them to get home… I’m in the dumpster outside Stanton’s house…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: woah woah woah… im not just gonna bring you and macho food…. You gotta let me chill for a minute!

                    *squeezes in dumpster while MM and grey look at eachother in disgust*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      C’mon, seriously, at least close the roof, Tiger Woods’ ex lives next door and is gonna call the po-po.

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: okay were closed and i brought sandwiches!

                    *lets one rip*

                    :D

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re lucky it’s a dumpster.

  189. Keith

    engelbert says:
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    Heyward or Price ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  190. Hondo says:
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    Frazier with a 480 footer off Szjmaradazz,7th longest in park history.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow…

  191. ROBHALLA says:
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    ROS OF SEASON JED LOWRIE OR ALTUVE??

    TRADE WOULD BE ROMO FOR ALTUVE

    WOULD SLIDE RUTLEDGE TO SS

    I GUESS WHATS A BETTER COMBO RUTLEDGE/ALTUVE OT RUTLEDGE/LOWRIE

    WORTH GIVING UP ROMO ? MY OTHER CLOSERS ARE THE BARTNDER NATHAN FRIERI (FOR NOW)AND VALVERDE ,JUST PICKED UP

    THOUGHTS THANKS A LOT MAN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve…

  192. RedRox says:
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    Choo or Paul Goldschmidt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy…

  193. Jay says:
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    Really REALLY Zach Duke is “trying” to close out the Washington game. Zach Duke?

    ok nevermind DP to end it, WHEW.

    • Jay says:
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      @Jay: damn robitussin again…now I get it. I read the score 4-2 Washington not the correct way.

      i don;t know how Weezy functions on this stuff

      • Prezii says:
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        @Jay: wait weezy is functioning? Thats what you call functioning? Here, send me ur money, ill put on some skinny girl jeans and mummer over a clean beat about eating vag all day.. wayne fell off..

        • Jay says:
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          @Prezii: come on dood…”my tongue is an uzi, my d*ck is an AK” you know you have that joint bumpin when you ‘re getting ready to go out.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Jay: man ive been a wayne fan since hot boyz. But after about a year ago.. i cant even listen to him.. his lyrics are still clean even with half of it being about eating kucci, but his voice.. that high pitched singin shizz makes me just wanna turn it off. Same with drake… They just sing now.. on some i “this is for ladies” commercialized shit… Cant do it man!

            • Jay says:
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              @Prezii: i here ya. He’s got a couple tracks that I like, but overall, not really a fan. I still prefer the late 90′s east coast hip hop over anything else. and Eminem.

              other than that, I can;t really listen to hip hop with some of the garbage that’s in the radio now.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Jay: the block is hot? Classic! His mixtapes… Clean.. he just a drug addict now. im about the bay area underground shit nobody heard of. Haha i havent heard the radio in days.. which is how i like it cuz like you said its all hot garbage. Teenie boppers and shizz..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  194. Carnac says:
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    SON had Joe Saunders at $0.20 today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t even make a phone call for that…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Carnac: what an embarrassment..

      • Prezii says:
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        Not saunders, thats expected… Carnac ur fly is down and wei chang wang is out..

  195. Jon says:
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    Mujica looks like he’s really settled in. What are the chances he ends up a Donkeycorn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      40%

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey: I have him, Fieri, Street and Jansen as my RPs. Teams carry 3-5 in my league (10 teams). Am I doing ok or below average?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re fine… Better than fine, really…

          • Jon says:
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            @Grey: would you deal Rendon (who I don’t have a spot for him) for Rosenthal to handcuff Mujica, or don’t worry about it?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wouldn’t worry about it…

  196. Fister Furbush says:
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    Grey, Josh Johmson got dropped yesterday in my league, I hold the number 3 waiver wire pick..Would you use it to claim him? I’ve been waiting for the right guy to claim and it might not get better than this.

    Toronto’s pitching always scares me, but he has the stuff to go 200 innings and 200 k’s.

    My starting 5 pitchers are
    Medlen
    Gio
    Gallardo
    Iwakuma
    Peavy
    (Cueto DL)

    Thoughts?

    FF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Josh Johnson this year…

  197. Phil says:
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    Would you drop Lucroy for either Gattis or Montero?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montero

  198. Phil says:
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    Would you drop Lucroy for either Gattis or J Montero?

  199. The Thumb says:
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    Cingrani predictions ROS?

    Should I just drop him (or Quintana) for Cashner?

    10 team 5×5 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no ROS… He could be out of the rotation after his next game… Cingrani for Cashner…

  200. PistolPete says:
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    Grey do you think CJ Wilson is worth using a #1 waiver claim on in a 10 team league? Im pretty deep for SP but could drop abench bat like Dan Murphy. Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  201. alex says:
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    Parnell or frosti? Who do you prefer

    • alex says:
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      @alex: or should I drop cingrani/miller and keep both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

  202. Thrilla says:
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    Lose Milone or Tillman for Cashner in a K/9, QS league?

  203. zzzzzz says:
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    Drop Hughes or Vogelsong for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogel

  204. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, i want Cashner but i really have a hard time to drop anyone of my players. And: Please dont tell me to drop Rosenthal. I love this kid and i know he will end up closing for the cards and until then he can still get me the holds. I am an irrational Cards Fan and i am not gonna drop him. 10 team, 8×8, holds and saves count. Please tell me what you would do to get Cashner without dropping Rosenthal. I have no Bench bat.

    SP Beckett
    SP Peavy
    SP Johnson
    SP Miller
    SP Gallardo
    SP Shields
    SP Lynn

    RP Putz
    RP Hernandez
    RP Rosenthal
    RP Henderson
    RP Bailey
    RP Frieri

    DL Hanrahan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosenthal would be the one to drop…

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey:

        shit, i knew you would say that. Ok, its rational though thanks. I have another question if you dont mind. Cozart is ruining my avg. and OBP. Would you replace him with lets say Crawford, Ellis or Gregorios? ROS?

        Thanks a bunch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold…

      • Fister Furbush says:
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        @Grey: or Putz, I mean it looks like you have plenty of saves coming in. and Putz isn’t consistent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Putz…. Hehe…

        • Moscowitz says:
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          @Fister Furbush:

          Ah..i dont want to overreact. Putz is still a proven Closer. They might put him on DL or let him right the ship. However i own hernandez aswell so i am not concerned about this one. I think i will jump over my own shadow and drop Rosenthal ;)

  205. RedRox says:
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    Fred Freeman, or Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  206. Negatto says:
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    Beckett or Cashner ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckett

  207. Aero says:
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    Who do you guys think rights the ship better/faster, Cain, Price, or Gio? I’d like to try and ‘buy low’ on one of these guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio

      • Aero says:
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        @Grey: Think Chris Davis & Marte a reasonable offer? Opponent seems to need power and maybe a little speed. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Aero: Sounds fair…

          • Aero says:
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            @Grey: Thanks a ton!

  208. Schizer says:
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    Trade Rizzo for Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, as long as it’s Matt Cain…

  209. Negatto says:
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    I know you’re not high on Josh Johnson, but Johnson or Cashner ROS to replace Nolasco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson…

  210. alex says:
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    Bobby parnell or frieri(angels closer)?
    Or should I keep both and drop either cingrani (reds) or Shelby miller(cards)?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s frosty? Parnell… Hold Cingrani for now, but can probably lose him soon…

  211. Mike says:
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    Aceves should get some kind of award for his performance last night. Or a Razzball glossary entry at the very least.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’m all ears…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: Has to be something referencing his 3 (or was it 4?) balks. I haven’t seen something like that since they changed the balk rules back in the 90′s (I think) and every game was a giant balkfest (which is less entertaining than a giant boobfest).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Feels too specific…

  212. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Lagares starting in CF for the Mets tonight

    I never did the PayPal thing. Another thing I would have to sign up for? The reason I ask is ’cause I would like that SAGNOF shirt for wearing at the Orioles game on June 29. I will be in attendance with Chief Running Balls and Slic Ric. We will sign autographs for Razzball fans.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! I think you can use CC on PayPal, I have no idea… Interesting on Lagares…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: I think it means Cowgill has been knocked down to the very end of the bench and Valdespin is too undisciplined at everything to get consistent playing time right now.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson:

          I think the Mets should get their stuff together and figure out how to mold Valdespin into an everyday player. He’s one of the few guys with any raw talent they have to run out there. They aren’t going anywhere ever with the Byrdses and the Cowsgill of the world.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but they’re all still in a platoon until someone runs away with the job…

  213. Steve says:
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    Holy Kimbrel. There’s something you don’t see every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I shut my iPad off and turned it back on to make sure I was seeing right…

  214. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got a chance to get Gallardo, should I be trying to trade for him? Or should I be scared shizzless of him.

    Know he does this EVERY year but his stuffs down and hes looked terrible so far.Then again if he does turn it around he could be a bargain now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trade for him, but depends on what you’re spending…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Is Peavy to Gallardo even an upgrade?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  215. Eddy says:
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    So with Chris Johnson looking to be back in a platoon at 3B, I don’t think I can afford rosterting him anymore.

    Any of these names look better until Zimmerman and ARam come back across a couple of my leagues? Does your answer change depending on OBP/AVG league? If so, how?

    Josh Donaldson
    Luis Valbuena
    Yuniesky Betancourt
    Pedro Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarez… I’d try to bench Johnson on off days and platoon Alvarez and Johnson…

  216. royce! says:
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    Wtf happened to Kimbrel? I am holding a sleeping baby so I can’t check the video.

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: nevermind, figured it out. The MLB app made it appear as if he was pulled before throwing a pitch, but it has since corrected itself

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Got Fowler’d….

  217. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    I got offered Cain and a tenth pick for sale and a 6th. Pull the trigger and rub one out or put on the safety and tuck into waistband?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent…

  218. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Looking to upgrade my SP: Frazier and Arencibia for Hamels and S Perez was offered to me. Already have Wieters, so I think I’m okay at C. But, It means I’d have to play Ike Davis or C Carter at 1B.

    Take it? Other guy also has Darvish, ask for him instead?

    • Bernie Brewer says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: Whoa, never thought I was this popular…another offer just came in! Guy is offering me Gio for either Frazier or Zobrist (he could use either). Would that be a better deal than the one to get Hamels?

      Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Gio, I’d give Zobrist…

  219. Snake Hips says:
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    Did Marte really jus’ do that?! Ohhhh no he di ‘int!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yes he di’it!

  220. griff says:
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    In a roto dynasty, drop morrow for cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

      • griff says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Haha, is that a hold tight with morrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  221. Ciao Grey — Please rank each of the following two groups of three pitchers (14-team redraft 6×5 roto):

    1) Marcum, Cashner, Griffin
    2) Veras, Valverde, Mujica

    Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner, Griffin… Mujica, Valverde

  222. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Werth (on my team) or Morse (on the wire)?

    I thought it was easy at first, but Werth has been on a roll.

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks! I have morse on another league.

        I was thinking of trying for the following guys in order:

        Markakis
        Aoki
        Willingham
        Werth
        Cuddyer

        Any of those trades stupid on my part? Should I have a different order?

        Thanks…

        Mike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Mike: What trade?

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: sorry for the confusion. I meant to say trading Morse for any one of those five listed.

            Thanks…

            Mike.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Morse is tradeable? Cuddyer, Werth…

  223. Big League Choo says:
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    In a 12 team roto keeper league (keep 8) i offered Hosmer and Latos for Mccutchen…..is that a fair deal? Have Butler, Laroche and Matt Adams at 1B. My other pitchers r Moore, Samardzija, Morrow, Greinke on Dl and Corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really, but see if he takes it…

  224. mhfella says:
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    Swinging Kimbrel for Bailey to save a one-run lead. Hana-who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  225. B.J. says:
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    Hey fellas,

    I got offered his Cole Hamels for my Jordan Zimmermann in my 12 team H2H. Aside from Latos and Lester I don’t really have any arms that will rack up a lot of Ks. My other arms are: Ryu, Ogando, Shelby Miller and Cashner at SP and Holland, Betancourt, Parnell and Bailey at closer. Should I take it? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • B.J. says:
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        @Grey: Muchas gracias señor

  226. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Here is my current pitching staff:

    Homer Bailey
    Jake Peavy
    Jeff Samardzija
    Matt Harvey
    Matt Moore
    Mike Minor
    Kris Medlen

    Glen Perkins
    Tom Wilhelmsen

    ANd here is currently what is on the wire:

    Brandon Morrow
    Dan Haren
    Ian Kennedy
    Zack Greinke

    Huston Street

    Should I make any moves (either a straight up swap or the best addition) ?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey!

  227. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey, Didi was just dropped in my 12 team roto! Drop Melky Cabrera for him? or Ike Davis? Just picked him up to stash on my bench…along with John Buck who I know you said to drop, as I’m carrying Wieters at C (2 utility spots though) but I’m trying to trade Buck for something….anyything….before I dump him..

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: By the way, I have Jed Lowrie at SS, but like I said, this league is 2 util, so I could still start Didi..

      Also forgot to mention Chris Johnson (brave) is also on my team, who I just picked up, so I could dump him for Didi as well…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d dump Buck for Didi…

  228. crock says:
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    Better bench bat Krispie or Bourjos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie

  229. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit, Scherzer knocked around for 4 runs in the 3rd…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, pretty surprised…

  230. SteveNZ says:
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    Got a gap at Util to fill tomorrow in the ol’ 14 team H2H. Of the hotter guys that I could bring myself to roster, would you rather have Cain facing Verlander, or Alvarez facing the Adverb?

    Or perhaps Seth Smith facing Hammel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! One more. Same league – I drafted Espinosa, who sucked and was thus benched. Grabbed Lowrie off the wire for the SS spot and he’s obviously been great.

        Now, I see that Didi is on the wire. Would you flat out drop Espinosa and stash Didi? Or could Espinosa turn out to be better than both Didi or Lowrie?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Or is there too much of a question mark over Didi’s playing time?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t drop Espinosa for Didi…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i know espinosa’s getting super unlucky with BABIP, but upon the benching for Lombardozzi being mentioned, Rotoworld says,”yet it’s unclear if his power is going to come all of the way back while he tries playing through a rotator cuff tear. ” I really knew nothing of this rotator cuff tear or else i wouldn’t have drafted him sunday. So was grabbing Lombardozzi good sense since at least this way he can heal while i make sure i’m always starting whoever starts at 2b at WAS? Want to use Valdespin/K.Johnson here, but also really need someone to man 2b EVERY day.

  231. Hondo says:
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    Lowrie and Carpenter on my bench combined for 6-9,now even Ike gets a a hit? I need a smaller bench.The guilt is too much.

    Anyway 10×10 H2H where K/BB(K/9,ERA,WHIP,W,L,H,S,K,IP) is a category.Drop Quintana for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or just lose bench bats… Go to Cashner…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey:

        12 teams,thin wire.Anybody I dump will be gone.I kinda blew off saves for now(C’mon Kenley) to have a couple bench bats for matchups/offdays.I can usually steal a category or 2.
        Hopefully when the playoffs come around I’ll be relatively injury free and can slim down for streaming.Last year I had a lot of injuries and lost in the championship with nothing but smoke and mirrors.

  232. Carl Spackler says:
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    Grey Would you take Valverde over Cishek, Veras, Parnell or Bailey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Veras…

  233. Doorstop says:
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    Strasburg and Stanton

    or

    Longoria, Jennings and J Zimm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  234. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Crispie or Ichiro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie

  235. raul says:
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    just did Howard, Betancourt(closer), Detwiler for Allen Craig. Still have 3 closers if you count Baily. Was this a good trade for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  236. J-Lef says:
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    just did my Segura and CC for Tulo. I feel good. Can I feel good?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can, yes…

      • J-Lef says:
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        @Grey: MAKE ME FEEL GOOOOOOOD. Now, do I hold Aybar on the DL or pickup Didi as my backup SS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  237. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    What do you think is going on with the Cubs closer sitation? Do you think Gregg is the one to own right now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d own Gregg… Fujikawa will get the job back shortly…

  238. K76154 says:
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    I have Jose Fernandez to drop. Should I drop him for Corbin or Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: really, i just drafted quintana over both corbin and villaneuva. Not smart on me part. Me stupid. That unpossible. More worried about Corbin’s homepark. No good answer other than forgot Villanueva was still available then got outwaivered while grabbing valverde to leave me with some value while owning benoit.

  239. ROBHALLA says:
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    DESMOND JENNINGS BLOWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, really struggling…

  240. letsgobravos says:
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    V-Mart finally showing signs of life. 2/3, 2b, 2 RBIs tonight. Scherzer now with a 2 run lead. Only 53 pitches through 4 so hopefully he can pitch deep and offset the 4 runs he was tagged for in the 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Yep, unfortunately a rough start for Mad Max. Looks like he will get the W though so its not a complete mess.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Papa Grande will have a say in the win…

  241. Parker says:
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    Got offered Jordan Zimmerman and Sandoval for Allen Craig and Mariano Rivera, should I pull the trigger?

    I have Kimbrel and Chapman as well, and sandoval would be filling the CI spot that’s currently being manned by a platoon of Morneau and Rendon. Trading Craig would bump Morneau to first full time, but I might try and get Frazier to take over for him.

    Thanks in advance for the tips. you da man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Sandoval… No problem…

  242. Steve says:
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    Oh, Andy, Andy, Andy.

    The 9 Ks are nice though, I suppose.

    Now wishing I had Peralta active in my Holds league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  243. Long Bawls says:
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    Francisco Cervelli has been batting 5th for the Yankees. 5th! I guess they had to offer him something pretty good to lure him away from his day job, discovering Guam.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  244. Ron says:
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    Which DL stash pitcher you prefer ROS – Beachy or Garza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garza

  245. paulzone says:
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    Effin catchers, but anyway, I need to set it and forget. we have 40 transactions on the year only. so which one out of these options do I roll with (r, hr, rbi, sb, gidp, errors, avg, OBP):

    perez
    buck
    gattis
    ruiz
    ellis
    arenciabia
    ianetta
    cervelli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  246. Hondo says:
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    Grey- Now that it’s slow(except Kenley coming in soon) can you rank my current staff?Jzimm was my first SP, I traded for Hamels and reached for Harvey in the 10th(one guy was NOT happy about that,I guess he was targeting him too,but didn’t want to reach that far)

    Harvey,Hamels,JZimm,Shark,Estrada,Shelby Miller,Cashner (Beachy DL stash.I doubt Shelby will be there when I need him in the late playoffs)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your staff looks solid…

  247. mzyptlk says:
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    Castro/Latos for Tulo/Sale—which side?

    • Harkrider says:
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      @mzyptlk: tulo/sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  248. Trymore says:
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    Cingrani and Villanueva for Homer Bailey

    What side do you like more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  249. Harkrider says:
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    Thoughts on trading Jay Bruce for David Wright in a 5×5 keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs…

      • Harkrider says:
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        @raul: @Grey: we have 4 OF spots and I have Heyward, Bruce, Stanton, Gordon, Beltran and Aoki. I use 1 OF at UTIL. My current 3B options are Matt Carpenter or Chris Johnson. We don’t use a CI or MI spots

  250. letsgobravos says:
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    Here comes Papa Grande!

  251. Nick says:
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    Hey Grey,rank these waiver wires please; Cashner, Cingrani or Corbin, Colon, Leake, Chacin, Quintana, Wade Davis or stash Hanrahan?

    I have Verlander, Dickey, Miller, Estrada, Bailey, Villanueva, Hellickson and Josj Johnson. While RPs are Putz, Henderson & Janssen…so looking to drop some bottom feeder pitchers for prospects on the waivers, whata ya think?

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Add Guthrie & Detwiler to that available list…

      • Nick says:
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        @Nick: Oh & Veras! More saves? Maybe?? haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner, Hanrahan…

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey: I dumped J. Johnson for Cashner…I don’t think I have anymore room on pitching roster to fit Hanrahan, but my 3RPs are slackers…Putz, Janssen & Henderson…think I gotta hold with 11 saves, 2nd place that category…

        On offensive side, I really need Average/HRs/RBIs, would you grab Chris Carter, Pollock, S. Smith, J Francisco, DeJesus, Y Betancourt, B Moss, M. Ellis or B Belt?

        I have Chris Johnson to drop (as he does not seem to be a regular anymore..) as well as a sluggish Melky Cabrera and stashed Ike Davis…so do you drop 1, 2 or all 3 of my guys for options above??

        Also I have a waiver claim in for Didi, dropping J Buck

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carter over Johnson…

  252. Chris says:
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    Just found your website…love it…maybe I missed something but who is didi smalls?…you seem to love cashner….drop jarrod Parker for him?…..Matt Adams and Hafner are on our bench. Drop either for Carlos Quentin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Didi Gregorius…. Lose Parker for Cashner… I’d hold the two bench bats you have for now…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Although I still like your Gregorious D.I.D. better, I’m glad I confused a Razzbaby by saying Didi Smalls today. Piggyback!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice…

  253. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    we cool, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you and Kendrick Lamarr might have some issues though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, will listen to it later… In the middle of listening to Alicia Keys… Grey is on FIRE!

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: I like her, in more ways than one, if you know what I mean

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We agree on that…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: yo kendrick, lose the filters and show me your soul….he might hit me, but it will be worth it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  254. Enrique says:
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    Grey another trade question here, what do you think, H2H mixed points league:
    I get: giancarlo and cain
    I give: starlin, fowler and fister

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain side

  255. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Baxter with the hustle move of the night getting to 2nd on a dropped fly by Crawford. Hairston Jr. with web gem catch over railing. Then Wright drove Baxter home to tie game. First time I had League on bench this season. Did this because I had Harvey, Quintana, Estrada, Latos and Large Samarge starting. Also got a win from a reliever today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice move…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Grey: 4 wins tonight (Hernandez, Quintana, Latos, Parnell) and still have two in action (Estrada, Frieri). I will win the W category because of tonight.

        Drop Quintana now and get Corbin?

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: Thanks. I will do it. I almost always go NL over AL. Other than Shields I cannot think of any AL starters I targeted in drafts. I only drafted AL pitchers if I felt they fell far in the drafts. I had only picked up Quintana this week because Oaktown Steve went gaga over him in the forum.

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Wallpaper Paterson: Moore was my AL nookie this year, twice, I have Peavy on one and Scherzer on another too. I universally own Szmardja and Burnett. I love me some K’s

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                @Jack Full of Hate: I have Moore in one league. He fell in that draft so I took him. I have five leagues where I could have legit AL starters (NL-only and Razzball leagues do not count) and I was on auto draft in one of them. My auto draft team is loaded with AL starters and my pitching has been inadequate. Only 35 moves allowed and I made 9 already. Free league, won’t do it again.

                Anyway, other than Shields in multiple leagues (three or four of the five) and Moore in that one league might be it. I wanted Scherzer but could not get him anywhere. I have no AL West starters. I have Peavy in one league. Might be an RCL. That would be it though. Those three guys tops. I liked Shields this season because I had the Royals winning 83+ games and he is a durable. Figured 15-17 wins was a good shot.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Wallpaper Paterson: I wanted Shields on no teams this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  256. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In a 12team, H2H, OBP keeper league instead of avg. would you drop Berkman to pick up Lilly or Cashner? I have Goldshmidt at 1B and Carpenter on bench.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Edward Scherzer Hands: could do it for Cashner but not for Lilly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  257. letsgobravos says:
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    Papa Grande with a clean inning for the save. Gave up a couple of hard hit balls though. He’s sporting a very fancy two-toned beard with half dyed blonde.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked good to me…

  258. Thrilla says:
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    Victor Martinez over Ike Davis, Moose, or Benoit in a 12 Team H2h league? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Benoit