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If you’re squeamish, don’t watch the video of Tim Hudson getting hurt.  That’s what they say.  This is like saying, “Your Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus) presents are under the tree (Star of David, Star Jones, pole) and they’re unwrapped, but don’t look at them.”  Is there anyone in the history of mankind who’s ever heard the phrase “don’t watch this because it’s too gruesome” and has actually stopped watching it.  That sentence is brain crack!  It’s like your brain neurons suddenly start moving around like a Roomba in a closet, bumping into the sides, trying to get out.  So, with that said, I wouldn’t watch it.  Hudson will need surgery and is out for the year.  Well, if Eric Young was gonna step on his foot like THAT I wouldn’t have been speculating for two months who was going to get bumped for Brandon Beachy.  I’ve been saying for the last two months that I don’t own Beachy.  I think he’s going to give a lot less than what you’re expecting.  Tommy John surgery causes most pitchers to lose control when they first return, and Beachy has a 5+ BB/9 in the minors.  That would be near the worst in the major leagues.  Edinson Volquez looks at that walk rate and says, “Whoa, pardner.”  You know the guy from Shadesville at the horse track who goes around picking up discarded race tickets hoping to find a winner, if you pick up Beachy, you might resemble that guy.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  He hits every single ball hard.  Again, with extra emphasis on the douchey… Every. Single. Ball. Hard.  He hits ropes.  He doesn’t foul balls off.  He effs balls up.  I picked him up.  Yes, I’m currently carrying two catchers, but I’m playing Gattis in the outfield until he either stops hitting or Upton returns.

Dan Uggla – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer as he bats .203.  True story:  Uggla was shopping at the mall for some new Ed Hardy shirts and he got lost, so he went to the security guard and asked for his dad to be paged, and when they did that Adam Dunn came to get him.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Looks like we got a hot schmotato, y’all!

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4.  I just got off the phone with January Grey and told him I’ve mentioned Byrd about 20 times in the last month and he didn’t believe it.  Then again, he was high on Valium and in a Nicaraguan jail.

Neftali Feliz – Almost ready for a rehab assignment and could return in September.  Feliz said through a translator, “I’m happy.”

Josh Hamilton – Got a cortisone shot in his ankle.  He’s now my first pick in my fantasy kickball league.

Jered Weaver – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (2 hits), 9 Ks vs. the Twins.  This was an easy matchup, but his ERA is now down to 2.98.  All I’m saying is one day the FIP Gods will pay him a visit, probably when they’re done giving Matt Cain swirlies.

Ernesto Frieri – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 BBs, 1 K and the save.  He looked hella shaky if anyone under the age of 35 who isn’t trying to sound younger than they are says hella.  Think the Angels have too much riding on this season to not at least try to improve themselves at the trading deadline and one area that could be is in the bullpen.  Cust kayin’.

Ryan Vogelsong – Will begin a rehab assignment on Friday in High-A San Jose.  Won’t be the first time someone’s took out the RV from San Fran to San Jose looking for a high, eh?

Chad Gaudin – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Geez, can’t remember the last time he looked that bad.  Oh, wait, I know!  When he was sexually assaulting an ER patient on a gurney.  That’s right!

Hunter Pence – 5-for-5, 1 RBI.  This gangly freak bird will out hustle your grandmother for hard candies.

Brett Anderson – Threw a bullpen session and could return in about a month, assuming there’s no setbacks.  Though, Anderson and setbacks are like pees and poops.

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-4 as he returned to the lineup.  Can’t believe he’s still batting .227.  It’s the Curse of Marla Gibbs!  As I’ve said many times before, he should be hitting better than that, so I’d still go after him.

John Jaso – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer, but left the game after being hit in the mask.  After the game, his mom played by Cher, tended to him.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer.  Coco Crisp is sweet, but he’s no breakfast treat like this.  I’m about to change my donate button to me nom-nom-nom’ing on that.  Grey nom-nom!  Grey nom-nom!  Grey, well, you know.

Alfredo Jettuccine Griffin – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Alfredo matched his season high for strikeouts, but it was against the Asstros, so anything less wouldn’t have been acceptable.  Since he’s going home next, he has another solid start, according to the Stream-o-Nator.  And me, FWIWerth.

Ryan Cook – Notched the save yesterday, but it doesn’t mean anything moving forward, except he’s obviously the handcuff in case something happens to Balfour or if you’re just into some kinky shizz.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4 and a slam (4) and legs (24).  You know that expression “short arms and deep pockets?”  That’s a real problem for Altuve.

Jonathan Villar – 0-for-4.  Drop him!  Kidding.  Or am I?  Yeah, I am.  Though, strikeouts are going to be a problem for him, and, in addition, ergo, forward-thinking, henceforth, so will his average.

Bud Norris – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Pretty marginal 12-team mixed league starter thus far this year with a 3.93 ERA, no matter how many times Lincecum tells us this Bud is good.

Carlos Corporan – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Don’t you always want to call him Sergeant Corporan?  Eh, maybe it’s me.

Domonic Brown – Out with concussion symptoms.  I wish I could sit here and say this is a nice breather for him — and I am sitting — but, when I heard the news, I briefly considered dropping him immediately.  Not only do players not return from these stupid concussions in the allotted 7-day DL time, they sometimes take years to recover.  We’ll find out on Friday how serious it is.  Form a prayer octagon with me.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  The party will come to an end for Adams with Holliday returning on Saturday, but in the mean’s while you can hold this Rubenesque beaut.  That’s not Ruben Studdard.  But he would count, too.

Prince Fielder – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Prince’s owners are like, “Don’t rush back, Miggy!”  Miggy’s owners are like, “We’re coming back tomorrow!”  Then that goes back and forth until both are exhausted.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer.  Crazy how excited I was about him in April, then an injury derailed the g’dness.  Hopefully he can finish strong.  Like 259-for-260 with 40 homers and 40 steals.  Too much to ask for?

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  With the departing of Jonathan Sanchez, I think Anibal should get the Filthy Sanchez nickname passed down to him.  All those in favor say, “Aye.”  The ayes have it!

Alejandro De Aza – 3-for-4 and his 12th steal.  If only players you wanted to trade started turning on the gas like that.  I’d be like, “Jimmy Rollins, Salvador Perez, player who fills in at MI that I’m about to grab off waivers I wanna trade you.”

Dayan Viciedo – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  Two homers in the last three games.  Grab him right now.  For serious.

Brandon Morrow – Will have his forearm reexamined.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think his forearm was working with Dr. James Andrews to bring in more patients.

Michael Bourn – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He hit it off the one they call Noesi.  Jon Niese, “Hey, I wasn’t even playing!”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He’s hitting .251 on the year with 5 steals, which obviously makes for a yawnstipating year thus far.  He isn’t getting unlucky and his peripherals don’t scream that he should be doing better, so there’s no guarantees here, but I would think he’s got at least one extended streak in him.    (BTW, who else has added to their computer spellcheck yawnstipating, sonavabench and schmotato?  Just me?  Figured.  BTW II, why on earth isn’t spellcheck in the spellcheck?  You messing with me right now, computer?)

Carlos Santana – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs.  He has 11 homers on the year with a .272 average.  Slightly crazy how low he is for catchers on our Player Rater.  Quite a few names there above him that you wouldn’t think.

Scott Kazmir – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (1 hit), 7 Ks, 3.96 ERA.  His start could’ve warranted a lede today, but I gave him one already and not much has changed since then.  He has solid matchup potential here and there, but he’s still very risky every time out.

Matt Garza – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks against not-your-slightly-older-brother’s Yankees.  I’m not sure how Garza was able to get through the meat of the Yankees lineup with Overbay, Wells and Eduardo Nunez at 4, 5 and 6.  Luck, I guess.  It’s Murderer’s Row, as in you wanna murder someone if you’re a Yankee fan.

A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Okay, if he was in Texas, then who’s this A.J. Pollock in Arizona?

Jacob Turner – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks in Coors.  Is it me or did they depressurize Coors Field this year?   Jorge de la Rosa (6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks) has a 2.97 ERA on the year, and there’s solid game after solid game being thrown in the city on the hill that is a mile above that other hill.  I’m too programmed to not bench every single guy throwing in Coors, but I could see loosing up that credo in H2H leagues where stats revert on Monday and you need to gamble.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 1-for-5 with his 7th steal.  He’s hitting over .400 in the last week and has three straight games with a steal.  He’s usually hot garbage under the hood of your car in the summer, but he is hitting now.

Donovan Solano – 3-for-4 and 5 for his last 8.  He lost his starting job earlier in the year due to being shoddy with a chance for meatballs, but in the preseason he was a guy that had some modest promise with his light speed (not speed of light), light power and modest average skills, and with Dietrich gone, Solano has a chance again.

Bryce Harper – Missed yesterday’s game due to treatment on his knees and it might not heal until the offseason.  I added the last part, but I think it’s fair to infer a little.  But when you infer a lot, you make an in out of a fer-a-lot.  Huh?

Ross Detwiler – Out a month with a pinched nerve.  The noive!

Stephen Strasburg – 8 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 12 Ks, moving his ERA to 2.85 and his win-loss record to…wait for it…here it comes…hmm, where did I put it?…is it in the glove compartment?…oh, crap, when I got in the car I left it on the roof and drove off…turning around…pulling to the side of the road…stop honking!…here it is…Strasburg’s record is 5-8.  Um, Strasburp?

Jayson Werth – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer and fifth homer in the last four days.  I liked him better when I didn’t own him and his wrist was hurting.

Francisco Liriano – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, 2.23 ERA.  I definitely could’ve trusted him a lot quicker this year.  Oh, well.  Win some, pray Jeff Locke keeps his ERA at 2.11 all year in others.

David Price – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks in Fenway.  I’m not ready to say I won the trade of Machado for Price after his 41 IP in July and 1.76 ERA, but I will if he’s got two more months up his sleeve like that.  N8nbdsncs…Oops, sorry, will cross my fingers when I’m done typing.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th steal, hitting .322.  If each homer knocks him up 7 spots in next year’s draft, each steal has to add at least 3 spots.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  You know how every year you draft Wieters and you’re like, “He was good in the 2nd half last year, so he’s gonna break out this year,” then he does nothing until July?  I’m beginning to think he’s a 2nd half hitter.  Elementary my dear Razzball reader!

Wei-Yin Chen – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and a 2.78 ERA, and he’s owned in 13% of leagues.  Y’all are taking too long to add him.  Cat got your arms?

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and two, yes, TWO homers.  Don’t look now but someone’s having a star mitzvah.

Ervin Santana – 8 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, 3.06 ERA.  And I drafted Gallardo for my third starter… *coats body in marshmallow topping, lays down in a giant red ant farm*  Have at me!

Matt Kemp – Placed on the DL.  Hey, at least he’s cementing a solid reason why you lost your league.

Mark Ellis – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Yesterday, I pointed out how he’s hitting over .500 in the last week.  Today, I point you to what I said yesterday.  Tomorrow, Egypt!  Or whatever that expression is.  (Is it an expression?  Hmm, maybe not.)

Andre Ethier – 4-for-6, 2 RBIs, but what about PUIG-interrobang-interrobang-interrobang.  Ethier will keep playing until Kemp gets his lady parts checked out, so he could be a nice short-term add.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  I don’t want any part of going against the Dodgers right now either (Ethier?), but I would start Latos today.  Gotta roll your top guys out — ride or die!

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Au Shizz!

Nate Schierholtz – 3-for-6, 5 RBIs and his 13th homer.  I grabbed him yesterday thanks to the Hitter-Tron, and I only had to let the horny robot fondle my microwave for that advice.  Win-win!

Junior Lake – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Due to Domonic Brown being sidelined, I’m actually bummed Lake doesn’t have outfield eligibility.  That’s right, I’m not happy with shortstop eligibility.  I’m greedy, y’all!

Nick Hundley – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer and 2nd in as many games.  The unrelated Todd Hundley would be so proud.  A chip off the ol’ not-block!  That’s what Todd would say.  I’d grab Nick in deeper leagues if you’re struggling at catcher, but he’s nothing but a temporarily hot bat.

Kyle Lohse – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Padres.  With a no-Braun lineup taking on the Nadir Bupkis-led Padres, let’s just be glad someone was able to score and finish this game.

Jim Henderson – Got the save yesterday to silence his critics.  Better than shushing really loud, I guess.

Norichika Aoki – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his third straight game with a steal.  The best thing to ever happen to Aoki was Braun getting suspended.  Suspend Carlos Gomez (4-for-4, 2 RBIs and a steal) too and Aoki will light up the world.  Aoki obviously relies on the ancient Japanese art of play-vicariously-through-kakke.  Which doesn’t sound good when pronounced aloud.

  1. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Well done!
    Also…
    Carlos Gomez (11$) & Mujica (10) vs Eric Young (10) and Everth Cabrera (7$).

    Carlos Gomez (11$) vs Everth Cabrera (7$)

    Which side do you like more?! NL only roto keeper 5×5.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Like left side more in both

  2. ferris says:
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    (1) do you expect beachy to be worse than medlen going forward?

    (2) are you dropping grilli in 12 teamers?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @ferris:
      1 with the walk rate and recovery from surgery likely not.
      2. No. If the injury is only a few weeks you’ve just thrown away a top 5 closer. Unless you are in the kind of league where
      a. you really are in trouble right now in standings where short term gain is way more important than long term.
      b.have extremely valuable players already on DL that you would need more when they come back
      c. the waiver wire has other closers on it most of the time.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ferris: 1 – No 2 -Yes if you have really good players on the DL, no if you have the DL spot or deep bench.

  3. Snag says:
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    16 team keeper league, I have excess of pitching. Offered either de Aza or Nava for Matt Cain. Is it enough?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snag: Yea I would think you could get either with the right person, I like De Aza more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Snag: Take De Aza

  4. Ryan says:
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    Gattis or Ramos ROS? Leaning toward gattis, thanks in advance.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: Yea I agree, Gattis

  5. Yeshcheese says:
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    So 2 days ago I dropped Gattis, Andrleton and Pedro Alvarez.

    What’s the glossary term for watching your waivers explode with HR knowing you’ll lose the waiver claims on day 3 and even if you do win back your waiver, they’ll just go back to .200BA??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yeshcheese: Hah, dunno why you dropped the latter two though!

  6. gareth says:
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    Nice reuben studdard reference. Whatever happened to him?

  7. Snake Hips says:
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    ROS catcher? Perez, wieters, or gattis?

    • Snake Hips says:
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      Edit: wieters or Perez ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Snake Hips: Wieters

  8. goodfold2 says:
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    Is that breakfast sandwich just a pop-tart with like an inch of butter inside it. That can’t be really something a restaurant sells. It’d be like the Good Morning Burger from Simpsons.

    yesterday while asking if I should bench upton for yelich until upton makes me look stupid doing so I also speculated that maybe upton’s leg injury sustained just before the break was the at least semi-cause of his suckitude since he came back since he was hitting really well just before the injury. You said “yup”. was the yup to the benching or yup to the leg being the cause?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Snag: for some reason this response has made me realize that the yep could also apply to both. thanks…. maybe.

        • btd says:
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          @goodfold2: You got your yep and yup mixed up…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @goodfold2: Yup. Hah, I would play Yelich against righties right now

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @JB Gilpin: so yelich over upton, but only on yelich righty days, which are every day except fri this week.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @goodfold2: Yea unless Upton has a good day, might be the spark – you just never know when/if a big month is coming.

  9. gareth says:
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    So that claim went through in my joke of a league. I acquired both hamels and the shark while dropping parker and frieri. I chose to drop frieri over asdrubal based on your endorsement of melancon.

    And the fact that Frieri is michael j. Fox in an earthquake.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @gareth: Nice! Yea Frieri had no control yesterday as I cringed thinking I lost my Weaver win. Luckily he got out of it.

  10. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    How replaceable is Alex Gordon? What is an example of a likely free agent player you’re looking for? Just looking for an upgrade, no specific category. Thanks.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Also, would you drop Rafael Soriano for Uehara? I don’t think Rafi is that good of a pitcher and the Nationals can’t beat AAA teams right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Not very, I like Gordon – he’s streaky but the season end numbers always look good. Probably rather have Uehara

    • Fungazi says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Take a look at this:

      51- 9- 49 -6-.274
      44-16-49-0-.265

      Alex Gordon & Colby Rasmus. Gordon blows, first time I drafted him and was pleased to ditch off for Jim Johnson.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Fungazi: Yea Gordon outproducing everywhere except homers. And will trend up while Rasmus’ average will trend down.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Yup, I wasn’t saying that I would add Rasmus. In fact, it would probably be impossible since I would have already puked on my keyboard just thinking about it. I meant I would trade Gordon for whatever I needed since I find his numbers can be replaced easily.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Fungazi: Haha. Made me laugh, but I know what you’re saying, it’s a good point, I am biased and love Alex

            • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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              @JB Gilpin: Big thing is do you think closer job is Uehara’s the rest of the year? Soriano has some job security..

  11. Fister Furbush says:
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    Is it time to give up on Billy Butler? Shallow h2h points league.

    He’s been in my utility spot while he has hit .274 with a .770 OPS…9 home runs…about as many walks (52) at this point than he did all of last year though…I can’t decide

    De Aza, Gattis and Torii with two i’s Hunter are free agents (who should be owned, but it’s a shallow league.)

    Pick up and start one of these guys in my utility and bench/drop Billy Butler? Name value doesn’t score points.

    Thanks guys

    -Josh

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Never been big on Butler… But I think you hold, unless you’re losing steals a lot, might grab De Aza

  12. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    2 days back i had asked about whether or not aybar or miller should be owned in 16 team h2h leagues. Now i own both of them, as with one more start Miller will also be 2b eligible, and way down the road 3rd also. Yesterday I saw you rank both Villar and Miller over Aybar. For steals or homers this would be believable, but my largest weakness is in avg/hits/total bases. All 3 of those are cats in this league. I already am near top of league in runs, and i’m sure miller-villar as leadoff guys will get more of those. Aybar also has no chance of losing job, and is probably more likely to get sucked up if dropped.
    All of this being the case
    is aybar/miller best of 2/3 to own or is one droppable for Villar?
    thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I saw two Villar at bats yesterday and wasn’t impressed. I think you hold.

  13. Jimmy mac says:
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    I’ve had Ryan Cook all year, keep hoping Balfour leaves a game in pain at some point.
    Fantasy baseball makes us bad people.
    Trade qn, 5×5 redraft with obp. About 9 in all hitting cats, but 5 in runs. It’s all pretty close and and changeable.
    My OF:
    McCutch
    Stanton
    Puig
    EYJ
    Brantley
    Quentin
    Bench/utility are Ike and Weeks, solo prayer square for 2nd halves like last year.
    Only 2 faab left.
    1. Been offered Fowler and Raul Ibanez for McCutch. How close is that?
    2. Given state of my of/util which 2 of these would you take for McCutch (if any) :
    Fowler
    Ibanez
    Byrd
    Crawford
    Borne
    Suzuki
    Gardner
    3. Or Sandoval and one of the above for D. Wright? Who?
    Thanks as always

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jimmy mac: 1. Not very, Fowler has had injuries and Ibanez could disappear any moment. 2. Yea I don’t think any two of those are worth Cutch. 3. I’d hold Wright too. No prob!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy mac: Ha! Agreed… With JB on 1 and 2

  14. Jason says:
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    I’m not sure if I want to start Peavy today against DET. My ERA is getting closer to crawling out of the cellar and him going against Verlander dosen’t sit well with me. Thoughts?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jason: verlander has nothing to do with what could likely happen to yr era tomorrow if you play peavy. these guys might have something to say about it though
      Miggy (65% or more of the time)
      prince
      jackson
      avila (this guy doesn’t have much to do with era problems for anybody)
      hunter
      honny the homicidal SS
      infante’s replacement
      anywhoo peavy’s recent history is to have his ass torn up by these guys. concensus round these parts is to sit, unless you really need K’s bad or have a huge era lead.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: forgot about a waking up v-mart

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Pulling a Grey – what does Stream o Nator say? I’d probably play him.

    • Serch says:
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      @Jason: I’m sitting him, unless someone convinces me otherwise by using big words and numbers with important-sounding acronyms…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Serch: JB say he play! (oh wait I used a very not important acronym and small words…)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Serch: His FAT-VAG doesn’t actually look too bad…if you look at it upside down…but 64,000 Old Antidisestablishmentarianismists could be wrong…after all his SIERA does rise to Mt Whitney, which is over 174,000 inches…

        • Serch says:
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          @Wake Up: thanks for talking some sense into me…it is just that sort of irrefutable logic which keeps me coming back day after day…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Serch: hahaha…three things: 1. I don’t really have Peavy on my radar so that’s the best I got, and 2. I’m feeling extra weird today…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Serch: the good news is, I did manage to squeeze in a Duke Ellington reference…

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Wake Up: combined with the $64,000 Question…

              • Serch says:
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                @Wake Up: I didnt know the Duke was a FAT-VAG kinda guy but it doesn’t matter, I still sonuvabenched Peavy…Que SIERA SIERA…..stay weird Ponyboy, stay weird

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Serch:doh…Nice!…nothing weird can stay…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: What’s the best outcome? 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks and a win? The worst? 5 IP, 5 ER, 2 Ks… Not much upside there, I’d bench

      • Serch says:
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        @Grey: you pretty fkin well nailed that line, didnt ya? Will be interesting to see where Peavy goes….maybe ATL now with Hudson injury but unfortunately BOS makes more sense than other teams mentioned…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Red Sox is my guess…

  15. Eddie says:
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    A-Jax needs to split those stats with Heyward. That dude owes his owners like a 10 HR week.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Eddie: Hah

  16. Frank White says:
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    Hey guys… Is Gaudin still a keeper??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Got ya on mine

  17. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just watched the condensed game of Strasburg’s start last night….NASTINESS.

    That is the Strasburg we all (well a few of us) drafted.

    Don’t need to care about wins in a quality start league!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: That was a super quality start!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha. JB the deviser of a new fantasy category…super quality starts. Where a guy must go 8 innings and give up 1 run or less…there ya go!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Whooaaaa we’re on to something here!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, in quality starts he’s filthy

  18. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams- would you trade Panda and Delmon Young for Rollins and Maybin?

  19. Joe says:
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    Thoughts on a few trades:
    My team in a 12 team standard 5×5 keeper (keep any 7):
    C – Rosario 1B – Freeman 2B – Franklin SS – Miller 3B – Wright OF – Trout OF – McCutchen OF – JUpton UTIL – Machado BN – Gyorko BN – Profar DL – Jeter DL – Kemp
    SP – Verlander SP – Bumgarner RP – Chapman RP – Holland P – Samardzija P – Jose Fernandez P – Jim Johnson P – Cole BN – Wheeler BN – Milone BN – Cashner NA – Pineda

    I made one trade last night where I sent JUpton/Cole and received Kinsler. It’s very tough to trade in this league (I’ve been looking for a SS/2B for a while and offered some huge deals but kept getting turned down) so I probably had to overpay. I then dropped Miller for Eaton.

    I was also offered a deal of Wright/Profar for Ellsbury/Rivera/Kuroda (I’d drop Milone). I have to make that deal now, right? Or do I pass on it and try to do something else with Wright? Look to make some other type of move entirely? I have Machado going forward so I can flip Wright at this point.

    That would give me:
    C – Rosario 1B – Freeman 2B – Kinsler SS – Franklin 3B – Machado OF – Trout OF – McCutchen OF – Ellsbury UTIL – Eaton BN – Gyorko DL – Jeter DL – Kemp
    SP – Verlander SP – Bumgarner RP – Chapman RP – Holland P – Samardzija P – Rivera P – Jim Johnson P – Jose Fernandez BN – Wheeler BN – Kuroda BN – Cashner NA – Pineda

    Keepers would be something like: Machado, Trout, McCutchen, Kemp, Verlander, Bumgarner, Fernandez

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe: Oops, that should be Jim Henderson not Jim Johnson!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Seems steep but understand it. With Machado at UTIL and can move there, yea I think I take that.

  20. Lob Ball says:
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    Now that Kemp is on the DL, would you drop Luke Scott for Ethier?

    • Lob Ball says:
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      never mind. Ethier was just picked up. So now would you drop Scott for any of the following: Lake, Viciedo, David Murphy, or Yelich? Need RBIs and Ave.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lob Ball: I’d hold Scott, good matchup tonight

  21. Mattw says:
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    Start or sit for the following:
    1. Peavy vs. DET
    2. Kuroda @ TEX
    3. Lackey vs. Rays
    4. Wheeler vs. ATL

    Have room for all, and am in a H2H league where I’m behind in Ks and ERA, and just barely ahead in wins and WHIp

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mattw: 1. Yes 2. Yes 3. Yes 4. No

  22. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    One question: SON has two good buys that are available for 7/27, but one is more than a little scary: should I go JJ vs. the Stros or Milone at home vs. LAA?

    Four observations:
    1) Thank you to the SON for Kazmir last night. I streamed, and it was amazing.

    2) Gattis son-of-a-benched me. Or rather I son-of-a-benched him. Doh!

    3) In Yahoo, Lake is a 3B/OF, and doesn’t have SS eligibility. Odd, but then again not considering the 5 million glitches we’ve seen this year (Nickmundo topping the list).

    4) Thanks for another great column chock full of amazing advice!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: 1 – Kazmir was awesome! I think it was my endorsement on the Pod… 2 – Yikes! 3 – Yeah Yahoo took like 3 days to add Brad Miller too… 4 – Grey to almighty!

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Would you touch either of those starts – JJ vs. HOU or Milone vs. LAA?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sixto Lezcano: Johnson’s stuff looks good and HOU has more trouble with righties than lefties. I think I might risk that one.

          • Sixto Lezcano says:
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            @JB Gilpin: You’re up in the Great North so I’m guessing you’ve been watching him eh? Because I’ve been watching his Game Logs and he looks like doodie.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Sixto Lezcano: I’m not in the Great North! Well great North Carolina… so I guess that’s true. I just saw his stuff v. Dodgers, still good velocity, mowed em down the first like 4-5 batters, then just couldn’t keep it going.

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                @JB Gilpin: Right that’s what I meant, yeah, that’s it.

                Man I just don’t know. I hear what you’re saying and it is the Asstros, but I’d really like to hear Grey’s thoughts on this as well.

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: Thanks and more on Gattis: I don’t know about RCL or any of your other leagues, but in Yahoo Gattis only needs one more start at 1B to be eligible. How toit would that be.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I have Goldy as my 1st baseman across lots of leagues so don’t really need it, but nice…

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks. With the departing of Jonathan Sanchez, I think Anibal should get the Filthy Sanchez nickname passed down to him. All those in favor say, “Aye.” The ayes have it!

    Aye! 96 at times with that filthy splitter, dude looked nasty. Maybe my trade of Harvey for him wasn’t so bad after all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hah nice love it!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Then say aye!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Aye!!!!!!!

  24. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Would you drop any of these guys for Gattis (Carlos Santana is my catcher)? Morales, AHill, or Headley

  25. fitz says:
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    Should I trade Asdrubal/Latos or Greinke for Ian Desmond / Hosmer ?

    If yes, would you prefer to give up Latos or Greinke?

    Thank you.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @fitz: Prefer to give up Greinke, yea I’d do Greinke for Desmond,

  26. BobSacamano says:
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    What do you think of these trades (I’m giving Marte & Cain)

    Marte/Cain for Kemp/Hamels

    Also was offered Marte/E. Santana for Kemp

    • BobSacamano says:
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      @BobSacamano:

      Guy just offered me this trade officially..

      Marte/Cain for Kemp/Gattis/Hamels..

      Thoughts?

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @BobSacamano: Love that deal, accept button awaits

        • BobSacamano says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Giiiddddy up

  27. TheNewGuy says:
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    Turner or Leake? Leake’s had a solid season, but something about him just screams meh…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yea I know what you mean, but I’ll still go Leake

  28. Racehorse says:
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    Gaudin’s next start is at Philly.

    Time to drop him?

    Or should I hang in there for another start to see if he can correct himself?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Racehorse: Meh, I’d stream the spot

  29. Birdman says:
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    Start or sit?
    Peavy vs Tigers
    Kuroda vs rangers

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Birdman: Starting both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdman: I wouldn’t start Peavy

  30. TheNewGuy says:
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    Joyce or Melky? OBP league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’ll go Melky… but don’t feel great about it.

  31. Tits Magee Kenyon says:
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    12 team keeper H2H 6×6 league. Currently in 1st and winning all 6 offensive categories but my pitching needs improvement. I have been offered Kemp, Scherzer, and Molina for Puig, Skaggs, Sal Perez. Do I make this trade or do I try to win in with my current roster and keep Puig long term? Is Scherzer worth $25 for the next 4 years?

    Current Roster:
    C: Perez
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Pedroia
    SS: Segura
    3B: Cabrera
    2B/SS: Simmons
    1B/3B: Longoria
    OF: Trumbo
    OF: Jennings
    OF: Werth
    OF: Cargo
    OF: Victorino
    UTIL: Puig
    Be: Reddick
    DL: Jeter

    P: Wainright
    P: Shelby Miller
    P: AJ Griffin
    P: Archer
    P: Skaggs
    P: Quintana
    P: Teheran
    P: Holland
    P: Ogando
    P: Bucholz
    RP: Jansen
    RP: K-Rod
    RP: Parnell

  32. El Guapo says:
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    My Cole or his Medlen? Or My Dickey or Medlen?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @El Guapo: Melden for both still. Less rotation concern now.

  33. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Starting Peavy vs Tex?

    Straily vs LAA?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I’m always leery starting a guy in the second game in a row against same team. So Peavy yes Straily no

  34. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Yeah he got the win, but I got pistol WHIP’d by Leake last night!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: Yikes! Well wins are the hardest stat to get and somehow still only the 1 earned.

  35. CL says:
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    “Hunter Pence – 5-for-5, 1 RBI. This gangly freak bird will out hustle your grandmother for hard candies.”

    YOU WIN! That’s the funniest thing you’ve written to date.

    Also, you I picked up AJ Griffin and started him last night… you holding him? I feel like my staff if full of guys that could implode at any given moment… who you holding here (dynasty league):

    AJ Griffin
    Liriano
    Lackey
    Locke
    The Eraser (keeper?)
    G. Cole (I’m holding)
    Shields (I’m holding, but fuck you KC)

    Man, my staff is ugly. How did this happen???!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @CL: Haha, yea Pence is out of control. Probably holding all those guys, Griffin is a streamer probably

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CL: Ha, thanks…. I’d hold all, including Griffin

  36. Jason Katnip says:
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    Chris Perez and Rex Brothers for Homer Bailey, which side?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason Katnip: Depends on saves need, probably take Bailey

  37. Sniff Test says:
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    I have had Beachy stashed on my dl all season…am i crazy to start dangling him around for trades? Maybe with Hudson broken owners will buy in to the Beachy hype! Beachy for Dom Brown too much? I could really use an upgrade at 1st base…who should I target?

    • fitz says:
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      @Sniff Test: Might not be a bad idea. If I were a Dom Brown owner I would never do that deal normally but with Dom Brown showing concussion symptoms I might be nervous enough to pull the trigger. It’s a gamble for both of you although I don’t see big things for Beachy this year anyway.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: I would take Brown in a heartbeat for Beachy, I would take the risk of waiting for his first start, hope he throws like 5 innings in 90 pitches and strikes out 8 then sell sell sell.

  38. Mjh says:
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    Trying to fill in my Braun DBrown desperation gap.
    ROS OF Free Agents (redraft, asking alphabetically)
    Eaton, EY2, Lake, Marisnick, Reddick, Yelich

    Thanks dudes, keep fighting the good fight.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mjh: Reddick, Yelich, EYBreaks ankles, Eaton, Lake, Marisnick. No prob thanks!

  39. Arevus says:
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    Need era and whip. 10 team 6×6 w total bases and qs.

    Give votto
    Get gio, price, headley.

    Move crush to 1b and headley util.

    That sound ok?

    • Arevus says:
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      @Arevus: @Arevus: sorry it’s also a keeper league. I would keep votto, prolly wouldn’t keep any of those guys

    • CL says:
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      @Arevus:

      I’m not selling Votto.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Arevus: Yea sounds good, just means you’re playing to win this year.

  40. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Since Blanton was dropped from the rotation, who is the next streamboat on the Stream-O-Nator? I”m hoping it is either Tommy Hanson or Chris Capuano. Can we get a glossary name for this? Maybe Rudy’s Wet Stream? Blantoned?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Rudy’s Wet Stream…. wow. Hopefully it’s an Indian, maybe Scott Kazmir, and it can be a Cleveland Streamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: Hehe… Rudy just plugs in data, he’s not actually altering anything… I do like the idea of a term for the SON’s #1 love…

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Agreed! Scrub-O-Boner!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  41. TheNewGuy says:
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    What has happened to Josh Hamilton…I had him last year and he was awesome, so I kept him for a year and he’s stunk (managed to trade him a month ago for Cuddyer).

    Is this one of the biggest fantasy baseball drop offs in history?

    Could, just could he actually become a sleeper next year as a bounce-back candidate? Surely he’s not totally done at like 30 (guess)…but its not like he’s gone to a new league so wtf has gone on with him this year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Dunn in 10 straight years being production and coming off 38 HR .260 to all the sudden hit 11 and .159. That one was worse.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: True, true. That was abominable.

        But I remember drafting Dunn the next season for dirt cheap and he put up a solid (in OBP leagues anyway) 41 HR, 96 RBI season.

        Could the same happen for Hamilton?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Yes and yes. Could totally see that going down.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Sleeper alert for 2014 then!

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @TheNewGuy: For sure! No one is gonna want to invest.

    • Bubba says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hamilton is a steaming bag of…..potential…and yes you could insert the other word if you like…to me they’re one and the same.

      I hate the word “potential” because we all know what betting too much on potential (rooks, sleepers, and so on) does to real and fantasy managers alike…it gets them fired and/or out of the playoffs.

      I just wish the Angels would put this guy on the DL already. Wrist issue + Ankle issue + Head case issue = the DL in my book…but…I never was that great at adding things up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: He was swinging too much last year, he’s still doing it and not getting lucky last year

  42. lonestar says:
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    Currently battling for first place in a non-keeper. Rocking Hardy at SS, but drunkenly pulled the trigger on Bogaerts last night and dropped a pitcher.

    Did I jump the gun on this prospect for what he will add to my team for the remainder of the season?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @lonestar: I don’t know how much he’ll add this year… but seems like a fine stache

  43. Clint says:
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    I was hoping I wouldn’t have to decide this until the deadline but given how crappily Gregg’s been pitching the Cubs may force my hand. Do you see anyone I should drop from these RP’s to snatch the soon-to-be-Cubbies-Closer whomever it may be (Sveum says Strop but I’ve also hear Russell and Parker mentioned elsewhere):

    Romo, Perkins, Henderson, Melancon, Brothers, Ziegler

    Also, haven’t heard you guys mention Ryan Ludwick much. You see any potential there as he nears a return in Cincy? With Braun gone & Kemp DL’d, I’m rotating Quentin and Eaton in my last OF spot so I’m curious.

    • fitz says:
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      @Clint: I don’t think I would drop any of those guys for Strop maybe Ziegler. How many RP spots in your league? Having 6 closers seems excessive.

      • Clint says:
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        @fitz:

        2 SP’s, 2 RP’s, and 4 P spots I’ve been filling with relievers where I can. I’m leading the league standings right now depending on the day but I figure if I can jump from my current 9th place in saves to 11th, it could solidify a championship for me. I’m neck and neck in the top of all the batting categories and with my stacked lineup, even losing Braun, I think I can create some distance there unless my team falls off in the second half. As stands now, here’s my roster:

        C: V-Mart
        1B: Goldy
        2B: Kendrick
        SS: Han-Ram
        3B: Wright
        3 OF’s: Bruce, Harper, and Ellsbury
        2 Util’s: Kemp (got Lake filling in right now), Aoki
        Bench Hitters: Quentin, Eaton
        SP’s: Scherzer, Price, Hamels, Iwakuma, Gallardo
        RP’s: Romo, Perkins, Henderson, Melancon, Brothers, Ziegler

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Clint: Ludwick could be interesting but not too excited. I think you hold your RP there. When/if the Dbacks trade for someone would be a good drop Ziegler for Cubs hot name.

  44. Ralph Lifshitz

    Dad Boner says:
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    I thought January Grey was your hot bitchy younger sister that no one at her job likes.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dad Boner: No one “likes” but everyone “likes”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dad Boner: She just doesn’t like to hang out with her work friends, it doesn’t make her a bad person.

  45. The Jabronis says:
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    Who wins this trade and why?

    Papi or J-up and Frieri?

    I have Papi.

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Jabronis: J-Up and Frieri, J-Up and Ortiz are close because of Upton’s upside and you can not have to use your UTIL on one guy and you get a closer outta it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Jabronis: Scratch the UTIL part, didn’t know he was 1B eligible in Yahoo now (and assuming most other places)

  46. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Who sits?

    Werth
    Puig
    Stanton

    I’m afraid it’s gotta be Stanton, who’s just not getting it done this year. Maybe sit him till he gets going again?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: I’d play matchups. Usually Werth sitting looking at ROS but no problem benching Stanton right now

  47. Taylor says:
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    In points league… Drop Eaton for Yelich? Also for stream today Miley home v cubs or straily home v angels? Both 7.8 on SON. Thanks for the help!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Taylor: Yup. I don’t like either.

  48. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    with all of this being terrible hovering around frieri is downs good stash (coello still not spotted for a while)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Interesting, yea I could see that happening, Frieri’s control was awful yesterday.

  49. Shake 'n Bake says:
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    Apparently Alex Wood will be limited to 90 pitches today…much higher than what I initially expected. Who do you like more for ROS….Erasmo or Alex Wood?

    Also, please rank: Uggla, Gyorko, Brad Miller, and Nick Franklin for ROS.

    6×6 h2h scoring

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shake ‘n Bake: Well much lower and they might as well not start him… I think it’s 90 if the situations are right, probably goes less. Franklin, Uggla, Miller, Gyorko – Jedd doesn’t look right. First 3 are close though right now.

  50. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Wilin Rosario… is it me or does he get benched more often than most catchers. Should I carry a Romos, M. Montero, JP, Martin, or Ellis type on the bench since Wilin is starting to be sat every third game? We have total bases as a category and I hate having wholes in my lineup.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PB&J with a baseball bat: I don’t think so… He seems to play a lot and only sits every 5th unless night/day game sched. If you have the roster space, sure.

  51. Mark says:
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    Hey, guys:

    I’m in a mixed, points, keeper league and we get two rookie-eligible keepers at the back end of our draft: 24th and 25th picks. I’m holding Travis D’arnaud. Do you think I should try to make a trade for Gattis? Both are eligible.

    I like the idea of a strong catcher locked away in my 25th pick. Who’s got upside?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mark: I’d take Gattis, McCann seems to always have trade talks around him, if he’s not with the Braves next year Gattis will have a ton of hype.

  52. RTY says:
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    Werth is still hanging around on waivers in my league, but probably not for long. Is it time to cut bait on Heyward and grab Werth?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @RTY: Wow – yeah it is, surprisingly

      • RTY says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Werth is still hanging around on waivers in my league, but probably not for long. Is it time to cut bait on Heyward and grab Werth?

        Thanks, JB. Get ready for the Heyward turnaround.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @RTY: Haha

  53. Harbinger says:
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    Franklin, Aybar, Simmons ros?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Harbinger: I’ll go Franklin, but barely over Simmons

  54. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Where’s the link yo? I love video’s of people getting hit by cars and decapitated by machetes with my morning coffee.

    Anyone have a link for a who’s hot/who’s not? Or for what every batter’s done for the last week, 2 weeks, etc?

  55. Bombo Rivera says:
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    My RCL team has gone into a bit of a tailspin lately. Braun getting suspended didn’t help, but neither did my decision to start Travis Wood and bench Cole and Lester the other day. Anyhow, I’m chasing wins. As you know, we have a games started limit, so I hate it when two of my starters face off. In the past, I’ve started one of the two hoping to guess right on the winner. usually, both guys get shelled so I haven’t been burned by those past decisions. I have Latos vs Greinke tonight. Given how well the Dodgers have been playing, I’m thinking of sitting Latos. I’m right on pace for starts, so I don’t really need both starts today. What would you do?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bombo Rivera: I’d play them both, but if really had to choose one, I’d play Greinke, great career stats vs. Red – faced them a lot with Brew Crew

  56. Z says:
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    Yo Grey, a few questions

    1. What do you think of Medlen’s ROS prospects now that Hudson is out? What about Alex Wood?

    2. Who do you like more ROS and beyond — EY2 or Viciedo or Jr. Lake?

    3. Rex Brothers got the save last night — Does he emerge as closer this year because of where the Rockies are in the standings? Meaning — does Betancourt get traded or just demoted for the Rox future-look? And do you see Brothers as a strong sleeper closer for start of next year?

    Please and thanks. Slaps and tickles.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Z: 1. Think he’ll be solid, think Wood will be bumpy and not go very deep (hey oh!) 2. EY2 3. If Betancourt stays there ROS, he’ll close, I don’t think Brothers will be much of a sleeper, everyone will be on him bc Betancourt most likely will be gone by 2014. Slap hands

      • B says:
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        @JB Gilpin: how good do you think ey2 is after this year? Top 150 OF for the future or 4th OF on the mets after a moderate/robust hot stove offseason?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @B: Depends on Mets offseason moves, I could see him being a top 150 OF next yr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Z: Agree with JB…No problem

      • Z says:
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        @Grey: Top 150 player or top 150 OF? I haven’t played since little league, but I may be a top 150 OF. ;)

        Essentially I’m wondering if at $1 he is worth keeping going into next year for speed/runs upside? Or if he’s waiver wire fodder and I’m better of dumping him for Marisnick, Quentin, Saunders, Smoak, Wallace, Brad Miller, Matt Adams or even stash guys like Singleton, Springer, Sano, etc.?

        Also, Grey, you think Medlen starts ROS and beyond now that Hudson is gimped to the nines?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Z: No idea what you mean… Is who worth keeping? Yeah, Medlen will stay in the rotation now

          • Z says:
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            @Grey: Sorry for the confusion — I meant EY2 — I was responding to JB’s comments on EY being a top 150 OF or player.

            Basic question is — do you thin EY2 is worth holding for next year at $1 (is he likely to be a top 150 player based on SB/runs/avg a la bourn/revere)? Or is he likely to be a 4th outfielder for the mets, on the losing end of playing time, and not as valuable to hold going into next season as players like: Marisnick, Quentin, Saunders, Smoak, Wallace, Brad Miller, Matt Adams or even stash guys like Singleton, Springer, Sano, etc.?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              EY is not a keeper

              • Z says:
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                @Grey: How would you rank the rest of those guys I named in order of who you would keep at $1?

                Marisnick, Quentin, Saunders, Smoak, Wallace, Brad Miller, Matt Adams, Singleton, Springer, Sano

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Adams, Marisnick, Miller

  57. Dan says:
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    Trade Fielder/Myers for Votto/Rivera?

    Currently have 4 outfielders for 3 spots. Other three are Fowler/Rios/Gomez

    6×6 league with OPS

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: Yea I think I do that one in redraft

  58. Parnell's Mom says:
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    Those Yahoo! guys sure are good friends of Razzball, to include basically lifting the Matt Garza blurb and putting it in Closing Time.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Parnell’s Mom: Hah yea it was similar, but just same thoughts of that game. I’ve spoken with Scott a few times, he’s a good guy and good writer, he probably didn’t even see Grey’s round up.

  59. Alan says:
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    Rest Of Season Catcher Rankings.

    AJ P, JP A, S Perez, R Martin

    I been juggling them all season.

    • Alan says:
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      @Alan:

      who has the best 2nd half grey?

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Alan: You should probably continue to juggle/play the hot bat.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Alan: Haha with the As Js and Ps. I go AJ, JP, Martin, Perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alan: Why stop juggling now? Perez

  60. Curtis says:
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    I have both Greinke and Latos. I’m terrified of tonight’s matchup and am seriously tempted to sit both of them. Both of those teams are raking.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Curtis: I’d play both, Greinke is solid vs. Reds

      • Sherm says:
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        @JB Gilpin: This is how bad it was at AT&T– the Reds looked like they were throwing BBs, and the Giants looked like they were throwing slow-pitch grapefruits. And the Giants got hit in the eye with the juice every time. I’d throw Greinke out there but I wouldn’t be surprised at a 5 IP 5 ER performance.

  61. AA says:
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    Which side would you prefer:

    Masterson and Liriano for Verlander and Ajax

    Ajax is a bench player right now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AA: Def Tigers side, even if Ajax is on your bench.

      • AA says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Does adding Garza to the deal make a difference? So, I’d be giving Verlander and Ajax for Liriano, Masterson, and Garza.

        • B says:
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          @AA: nope. One verlander worth more than 3 guys who could crap out at any moment.

          • AA says:
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            @B: You mean “crap out” like Verlander has done all year?

            The league is a 5 player keeper league and Verlander isn’t going to be one of my keepers.

            My OF is Trout, Choo, Marte and Myers. Should I replace Ajax with Choo or Marte?

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @AA: I would play matchups in your OF, but AJax should get lots of love in there. I would still hold your Tigers

              • Z says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Garza is now in Arlington. That should either be OK or terrible, but I don’t foresee a Cy Young. Liriano has been great, but extensive injury history tells you it could crumble at any moment. And Masterson is good pedigree, but also shaky history… Verlander is one of the best in the game and unless he’s playing through injury, he’s a guy you want on your squad in August/September.

  62. chillmodious says:
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    Sorry in advance for the ROS-ness of these questions…

    1. I’ve essentially been Popeiling Jed Lowrie at 2B all year, refusing to bite on pickups like Nick Franklin and Aaron Hill (when he was on the mend). Well, now Prado is available if I want him. And I’m not sure I do because of how yawnstipating he’s been. So, do I ride it out with Lowrie, or lose him for Prado?

    2. In other Popeil-news, Sal Perez has been my catcher all year. I’m thinking his dead granny could offer more counting stats. Meanwhile, Sal Perez is sitting somewhere, nodding his head in agreement. Then today’s rundown comes along and I get totally snookered in by the Gattis blurb. Sorry to ask the dreaded catcher question, but Sal or Gattis going forward?

    Thank you!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @chillmodious: Y’know what… Make that 2nd question include Pierzynski. So Gattis, Sal, or Pierzynski from here on out.

      Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: I’ll lean Prado – just won’t get any speed any more. 2. Hah np, I go AJ ROS

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Prado with steals in back to back games just to spite you on that comment. haha.

  63. vohnie says:
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    Drop Heyward or LaRoche for Gattis? Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @vohnie: Nah I wouldn’t

  64. Lob Ball says:
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    Should I pretty much give up on Bastardo becoming the closer in Philly?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lob Ball: I woudn’t give up, but there’s better options waiting in the wings.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it was mentioned weeks ago that the papelbon thing could take till end of deadline. who’s left would likely depend on league size/other owners. 16 teamer he’s likely best option, unless we can hope for a frieri implosion

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @goodfold2: Frieri is well on his way to that!

  65. LastPlace says:
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    Choo or Holiday?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LastPlace: Choo right now, I’d guess Holliday has the better ROS once he’s back though.

  66. TheTruth says:
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    I got outbid on seager and carpenter at thuird base. My options now are prado/freese/headley/lawrie/kell johnson/chris johnson

    Who ya got ros?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheTruth: You could honestly make an argument for all of those guys. I’ll go upside of Lawrie

  67. One I'd Willy says:
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    Nice article as always.

    Keeper auction league:

    You would keep Homer Baily at $5 over Iwakuma at $8 or Ryu at $5, right? That’s also the ROS ranking, right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @One I’d Willy: I think I’d take Iwakuma for this year ROS, but like keeping Bailey.

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Interesting, Thanks. If I could trade for Samardzja at $6 where would you put him? Behind Homer ROS and still keep Homer?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @One I’d Willy: I dunno, Shark is going to be very high on my draft board next year, might take him over Bailey for next year as a keeper

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Also, FWIW your pitching talk was my favorite part of this week’s podcast. You should do a 2nd 1/2 pitching article. Either a top 30 SP for the second half, or 10 SP to target at the trade deadline or something. Love your pitching insight.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @One I’d Willy: Thanks man! Interesting might have to see what I can do, really appreciate it. So far so good on my pitchers I buy – strong starts from Porcello, Kazmir and Corbin, Cain was meh but got a W.

  68. Racehorse says:
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    16 team dynasty league. I’m looking to do some dumpster diving.

    Who’s a better stash in my DL spot?

    Cameron Maybin, Zolio Almonte, Ross Detwiler.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Racehorse: Maybin

  69. Joe says:
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    Right now I’m sitting in 6th place out of 10 in a H2H OBP keeper league. My team can easily be knocked out of the playoff race so I’m trying to make a move to help give me a boost, even if it’s a Hail Mary type thing. Here’s my team:
    C – Santana
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Franklin
    SS – Castro
    3B – Alvarez
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Harper
    OF – Heyward
    UTIL – Gordon
    UTIL – JUpton
    BN – Rendon
    BN – Donaldson
    NA – Taveras

    SP – Hamels
    SP – Moore
    RP – Rivera
    RP – Jansen
    P – Gregg
    P – Burnett
    P – Medlen
    P – Fernandez
    BN – Ryu
    BN – Archer
    BN – Lester
    BN – Parker

    Would you go for a move like: Upton/Rendon/Ryu for Holliday/Cain?

    I won’t have room next year to keep Upton and I’d like to move Ryu before he starts doing poorly. The other owner is pretty much out of it so I thought he might like having Upton/Rendon for next year. I don’t know though, too much? Too little? Good deal? There are a few top prospects somehow still available that I’d then pick up and hope they get the call in August/Sept to fill out that last spot.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Joe: Yea I think I might do that, it’s selling Upton a little low but if he doesn’t go on a little run soon, he’ll be tough to trade.

  70. Killer-Danger-Rah says:
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    In a 12-team H2H league with 5×5 + OPS, I was offered Adam Jones (can keep for 1 year after this) for Segura (can keep for 2 years). My OF this year is Holliday/Jennings/Trumbo, so I’m tempted. BUT Segura has been an anchor of my team, which is in 5th and fringe-y for the playoffs. Does this make sense? Would it be reasonable to ask for more than just Jones?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Killer-Danger-Rah: You can always ask for me, but seems pretty even

      • Killer-Danger-Rah says:
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        @Grey @JB Gilpin: Thanks to both of you — will see if I can get anything else really good, but probably hold…

  71. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Luke Scott, Morse, or Smoak?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: Morse ROS, Scott right now. Probably can just ride hot bat

  72. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Thoughts on Junior Lake?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JASON KATNIP: Think he fizzles out a little, will have some playing time inconsistencies.

  73. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Thoughts on Junior Lake?

  74. papasmurf says:
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    The last thing I need is Simmons catching fire in the last two months and make consider him for keeper (cuz the rest of my roster stinks: two clear keepers in Goldy and Stanton and that’s it)

    It’s pretty frustrating trying to trade as the seller too. When I used to have contending teams, I wouldn’t mind overpaying a bit if the trade helped me gain points in critical categories, but these guys only want to give you recent waiver pickups even if they have surpluses and huge leads in certain categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Simmons is in the conversation for keeper on your team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @papasmurf: Your league is a bunch of Smurf Nation enemies of the state!

  75. JASON KATNIP says:
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    And start Lackey today vs. TB?

  76. JASON KATNIP says:
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    And start Lackey today vs. TB?

  77. J says:
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    For a reserve outfielder position for the rest of the season, should I pick up Gattis and drop Yelich or keep Yelich and ignore my love for Gattis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  78. Fenway Fungus says:
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    With Miggy sitting today, would that change your mind about starting Peavy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not worth it in most leagues, but it depends on your situation…

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Grey add Mind Reader to your resume I was just about to ask this same question. Nice

  79. Al says:
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    Any way I could shop Beachy before his first start to an owner expecting too much and get a ‘useful’ return? Any ideas for a pitcher or OF that would be a fair target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any pitcher in my top 100?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Kuroda?

  80. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Frazier’s getting HOTTTTT!!!!! I feel it. Here it comes. He’s gonna be so hot we’re not gonna know what to do with all the tossed salad and scrambled eggs he brings the fantasy world.

  81. JASON KATNIP says:
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    Ricky Nolasco and Chris Perez for Homer Bailey, side?

  82. Braundo says:
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    Would you trade Braun for Verlander in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, for this year… It’s not terrific moving forward though

  83. Jasen says:
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    Should I start Wheeler today vs. the Braves?

    • EK says:
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      Gattis or Rosario?@Jasen: too late now…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @EK: Rosario

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jasen: I wouldnt

  84. EK says:
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    Napoli, Gattis or Rosario?
    H2H

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Napoli

  85. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hey Brat,

    Heyward and Wheeler for Prince in keepers league. Thoughts?

      • Natural Born Champs says:
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        @JB Gilpin: it means brother in polish :] Grey knows whats up lol
        Thanks Brat

  86. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick one for their next couple starts in H2H–W, L and QS count: Kazmir v CHW (Peavy), @ MIA (Eovaldi), or Kluber v CHW (Quintana), v DET (Ani-pal)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I love Kluber, but take Kazmir for those string of starts

  87. George says:
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    Heyo- first off, great call on Kazmir yesterday. Solid work.

    What are your thoughts on this offer? My Holiday/Carl Crawford for Cuddyer/Yelich? Crawford is always an injury risk and I’m a huge fan of Yelich.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @George: Thanks! I think that was at me… Seems a little too much to give up to me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cuddyer side, but it’s just fair, Cuddyer’s an injury risk too, could end up biting you in the ass…

  88. Harbinger says:
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    lance lynn a good start vs Phillies? SON is not loving it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Harbinger: Not a great play but I’d let him roll

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  89. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Opponent in my NL-only league was able to use AL pitcher M. Garza against me the other day. Why are these American League fartknockers allowed in such a league? This is nonsense and cannot stand.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  90. Kyle says:
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    12 team standard 5×5 roto keeper (keep 10 guys):

    Giancarlo Stanton and Lance Lynn
    for
    Asdrubal Cabrera, Adam Wainwright and Julio Teheran

    Really I guess it just boils down to what do you think Teheran can become in the next few years? I would love to have the Stanton side in exchange for Cabrera, Waino and 2012 Teheran. However, if Teheran truly can become a Cy Young contender in the future, I’m a little hesitant to trade 2 Cy Young guys for Stanton with his injury history. My team is dying for power though, only really have Encarnacion as a legitimate 30+ HR guy and already planning for next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo side, it’s not close

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Kyle: Teheran a future Cy Young contender? Who said that?

  91. Jay says:
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    in a keeper which side you like Strasburg or Machado/Jofer.

    It’s a H2H 10 tm lg. keep 5 currently in 3rd place currently keeping Votto, Longo, Stanton, Strasburg and either cespedes or Heyward.

    if i make the trade i lose stras burg but still have Cliff Lee, Greinke, Hamels, Minor, Homer Bailey, Nova, aad would add Jofer.

    Wold than keep Votto, Stanton, Machado, Longo, and one of Heyward?Cespedes?Jofer. Or could look to move Longofor some early post keeper round picks.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg

      • Jay says:
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        @Grey: For some reason, I’m surprised you say Stras.

        care to explain your thought process on this one? I lean towards Machado side.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You only keep 5 players, I’d want a guy that could be a top 3 arm in the game for the next 5 years…

          • Jay says:
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            @Grey: no worries about injures with him?

            I think Jo-fer could follow a similar path as Felix making him a candidate for a top 5 arm soon, possibly. plus getting Machado who is a big time stud in the making.

            I appreciate your thoughts on this, just trying to talk all the way through it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Machado and Jo-Fer, but you’re trading a top 5 arm now for potential in a league where you only have 5 keepers… Your trade would be better in a 10+ keeper… You don’t trade one piece for two pieces unless you need more depth… You have Longo, what’s Machado for?

              • Jay says:
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                @Grey: that’s a good point. was thinking about moving Longo for early post keeper picks. plus I am in no way convinced that Longo puts together two healthy seasons in a row before Machado totally breaks out.

  92. Mariner Mike says:
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    Do you like Lester going forward picked him up on a hunch? Have had Butler as utl. and haven’t played him in a month would you consider a drop on him and pick up Either or DeAza need SOME production. Also have Hill,Rosario, and Marte batting like Mario Mendoza god you got to love fantasy baseball! Finally do you like Miller at SS ROY just picked him up me thinks he might be good. Thank you for the thoughts, have a great day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just wrote about Lester…De Aza

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Grey: Must have missed the novel on Lester sorry sorry You must have missed the inquiry or comment on Miller.

  93. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatBalls says:
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    Who do you like better out of Alex Wood (SP/RP-ATL) and Joe Kelly (SP/RP-StL)? It seems like both have a good chance of finishing the seasons in their rotations… Who do you think is better for the rest of the season?

    Thanks, Great stuff as always

      • Oz says:
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        @Oz:
        Ignore that 1st part lol. Can’t edit comments. I was gonna ask if Curty Granderson is droppable for me. I don’t plan to keep him (keep 25/38 players) h2h points. I have Taveras, Hamilton, Bautista, Trout in my outfield for next year. I doubt I can get ANYTHING of value for him cuz everyone loves SP in our league.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither are rest of the season options…

      • HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatBalls says:
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        @Grey: fair enough

  94. JoeG says:
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    ROS top two or please rate : Miley, Kazmir C.Torres or Gee? mixed dailey roto 6×6

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Kazmir

  95. THE SNOZZ says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Rank ROS season:

    Looking for solid outfield help in 10 team ROTO. Who would you rather have for ROS :

    Ethier, Frazier, Yelich, J. Lake. (OF in yahoo)

    Currently have DESMOND Jennings, Starling Marte, Craig, Cuddyer. Marte in a bit of slump.

    Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  96. Kawasaki MVP! says:
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    Which side wins this trade?

    Choo, Kendrick, wily peralta

    For

    Kipnis

    Keeper league

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kipnis

  97. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Geeze, 5 errors through 5 innings between the two early games already. I always thought it was easier to see in the day light.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Prez, what is that avatar? Is that a frozen Pac-Man?

        • WWGD? says:
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          @Grey:HA! I have no idea.. googled prez images and found a whole mexican webtool site called “Prezi”.. who would have thought!? Good call on the pacman tho.. haha

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Member that Super Pac-Man game? Was the best game in the history of games?

            • WWGD? says:
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              @Grey: its a classic… Then mario came out and pacman was left in the dust! I would get so friggin mad at pacman.. it got so tough the higher the level. They all sped up and i would panic! Then you get cornered and die to hear the good ole “whompp whompp whompp” haha man i wanna play now..

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Super Pac-Man was like on another plain though… Member how he’d get crazy large, like the size of the screen? I think I liked it better than the original…

                • WWGD? says:
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                  @Grey: hol-lee crap… Haha ive never played that one!! I youtubed it tho and wow thats insane… He gets friggin huge! Pacman on steriods! Im on the ps3 store looking for pacman right now.. look what you started!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    He gets bigger than the screen = mind blown!

                    • WWGD? says:
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                      @Grey: $10 for regular pacman.. i passed… I could play it for a quarter at the hot dog place down the street!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You passed on life!

  98. Buddy Biancalana says:
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    If you’re walking down the north side of Arizona between 3rd and 4th in Santa Monica, there’s a very, very large poster of Tim Hudson receiving an award. He looked so happy then.

    When you’re done, make a left & right and have pint at Ye Olde Kingshead. Tell Raoul I said hi.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  99. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Tomorrow ????

    W Peralta ( a repeater) or Chatwood at Colo. or both or let the game pass by unmolested..

    Colorado is where ERA/WHIPs go to die still, right???? ….

    The last 2 weeks before this one, I had great luck fishing the puddle for SPs… Then, this week I hit a wall… YIKES!!! Really stinky poopoo stuff!!!

    I believe, it was driven by going again (repeating) with the same pitcher e.g. Gaudin and that the fella from the Brewers whose name means, “Screw You T Moore” in Deutsch…

    I have a bridge to far syndrome this year… Must lay off it… I’m starting to feel like Lee at Gettysburg on the 3rd day or Grant at Cold Harbor or Burnside at Fredricksburg or Haig at the Somme or Paullus and Verro at Cannae … Must learn to know when enough is enough …

    The war is not lost – but, a few more SP weeks like this one and it will be…

    TIA

    GO MAGPIES GO A’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let them pass… Gorzelanny, he’s a bad person for having that name…

  100. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: One fella who has really helped my team as a pickup, has been M Byrd…. He is having a great bounce back year since the start of June… First picking him up in early May, I cut him a couple times before June in rough patches… Then always picked him back up… He had to work to earn his spot… And he has won it… He has become an everyday fixture now on the MAGPIES and one that more often than not rewards me..

    I know, you mention him sometimes… But, he was ignored in all my leagues.. He is proving, one has to be able to overcome preconceived notions in this game to succeed…

    This is one of the strengths of this site… The recognition of those who are preforming well at a given time…

    I just wish, this type of thinking could be extended on RazzBall to the wonderful treasure of a FBB tout, you have in Mr. Jay Wrong… Sure, he has his rough patches – very over grown ones. – – but, don’t we all…

    Bring Back Mr. Wrong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd deserves the Magpie distinction, he’s earned it… Wrong disappears by his own accounts, I have nothing but open arms and an understanding heart for him…

  101. Big Magoo says:
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    Bidding war anyone?

    According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves, Orioles, Reds and Rangers are scouting Jake Peavy’s start Thursday vs. Detroit.
    It’s a tough matchup for the veteran right-hander, but it should provide those scouts from contending teams with a nice look at Peavy’s ability to navigate a dangerous lineup. Peavy, 32, has a 4.19 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 69/15 K/BB ratio in 73 innings this season with last-place Chicago. He’s highly likely to be moved next week. Jul 25 – 1:39 PM
    Source: Jayson Stark on Twitter

    C’mon Cards, Dodgers, or Braves. Daddy still needs some ratio relief.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  102. THE SNOZZ says:
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    Thank for the above advice.

    ROS at SS? 10 team ROTO.

    Castro, A.Cabrera , J.Peralta. J.Lowrie..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  103. RTP says:
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    Pick two for the rest of the week: Headley, Ethier, Viciedo, Scott

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ethier, Viciedo

  104. Steve says:
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    2 questions:
    I have DBrown. Should I trade him for 70 cents on the dollar? or should I wait till Friday?

    If I could trade him straight up for Trumbo… do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like Brown could be fine… I’d take Trumbo though…

  105. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I could use another OF. If I traded away Liriano, would getting Myers, Cuddyer, or Gardner be good value? Is that the right order (just need better all-around stats)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cuddyer

  106. BrewerFan says:
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    Is Greinke&Kenley too much for Strasburg? I feel like Stras is going to be lights out down the stretch

    • BrewerFan says:
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      @BrewerFan: i also have Mujica and Uehara so I have plenty of closer depth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  107. Curious D says:
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    ROS – Dempster or Ogando?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando

  108. A-Ram Baller says:
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    2 Trades were veto’d in my league and I would like your thoughts if they should of been.

    McCuthen, Reyes for Latos, Ortiz, and Alex Gordon
    &
    Ian Desmond for Bumgardner

    These are trades are not outrageous right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re not vetoeable

  109. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Grey: How many roster moves do you average in a season..

    Here on RazzBall, I’m running very high at about 180 so far this season because of need due to early injuries… Think I’ll hit about 250 plus here this year… (((It has generally worked out well as I’m in position to have a shot winning the league now… In 2nd with a lot of IFs in the tables ) (The team in 3rd [whom I've been battling for 2nd with] will be doomed to a drop for having burnt his GS started as are many teams in the league)

    Even on Yahoo, I’m always well over a 100 or more…

    How many for you on average??? Just guess!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RCL leagues are higher than most… I average a lot usually (208 so far in RCL), but in deeper leagues you need to let your guys play more… I have a few leagues where we have about 50 moves…

      • T Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        Glad to hear that…. It is how to play this format IMO… Now if everyone did it???… Then a more conservative approach might be called for at times…. But until the rest figure out what you here at RazzBall are really on about… It is the best way to play -loose and dirty…

        I find it strange that so many teams with modest “O” players (players that have close equals to in the puddle) keep them and run short rosters on travel days… These are the days that Win the Yoohoo shower IMO… Or to refuse to cut these same fellas when they are not going to play for a few days over a niggling injury or another birthing of one of their way to many already rug rats…

        ***** NOTE (MLB players should be fined for birthing in the regular season

        MLB should put saltpeter in their food year round to prevent in season Birthing interruptions…

        MLB must find a way to deal with the MLB male Libido issue before it ruins the game…

        I see it being the Big One after the PED problem has been dealt with —

        I can see Selig in front of Congress now… Beseeching those very merry toe tapping Congressman about MLB’s need to have an exclusive exemption from certain BoR guarantees of its players and their union- in regards to restricting conjectal activites and birthing of its married and extending even unto single players and the institution of a forced sterilization program for repeating offenders…

        The NO SEX clause will dominate the 2020 headlines of MLB sports —- You heard it here first )

        What was I talking about… I forgot… The NO SEX part is the important part anyways…

        • T Moore says:
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          @instututingT Moore:

          *** Instituting not institution – Spell check button error

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Saltpeter is a good idea, you should run it up the ladder… Wouldn’t’ be surprised if A-Rod can’t have sex anyway due to steroid abuse…

  110. Curious D says:
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    Thanks for the speedy reply on the first one. Any hope for Josh Johnson ROS? Had some bad luck with HR% so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t wait around to find out…

  111. Hey oh! says:
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    Start Lackey today against Tampa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  112. FrankGrimes says:
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    one rookie keeper next year yelich or bogaerts? I also have cole but usually don’t keep pitching
    trade deadline is Sunday so since I can only keep one maybe try to flip the other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich and Bogaerts

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: I can only keep one who would you keep?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In that order if only one hitter… Grimey!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey: got it…grey!

  113. mauledbypandas says:
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    EY2 hurt knee… noooooooo!!

    • WWGD? says:
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      @mauledbypandas: its cool, he runs on his hands anyway..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know…

  114. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Ok guys which offer is better:
    Heyward and Wheeler for Prince or Kemp?
    Keepers league.
    Thanx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Princve

  115. AJ says:
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    Great my speed machine EYJ is DTD with what they are calling right knee pain…hope it’s nothing too serious…

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @AJ: I’ll join your prayer circle, though speed guy and knee problem does not make me optimistic.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it sucks

  116. Mr. Glass says:
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    im seriously think about seeing what i can get for Verlander, maybe a straight swap for Price or Straus hes been so reliable this year its frustrating..
    When I drafted Verlander, Yoga, & Brett Anderson definitely did not see all 3 sucking and have Shelby Miller & Homer as my best drafted pitchers (Rant Over)

    • Mr. Glass says:
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      @Mr. Glass: *unreliable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

  117. steve says:
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    6×6, h2h, 27 player rosters; only keep 5 league

    Keeper value is the lower of either the ‘average of ESPN value at draft time and original player price’ or the ‘ESPN value alone’

    Who wins?

    I deal Puig ($1) & Cespedes ($11)
    I receive Cargo ($38) & Segura ($1)

    I have an excess in my OF at the moment (Stanton, Adam Jones, JUpton, Marte, Puig, Cespedes, BUpton on DL, Leonys Martin, Yelich 1b/of). Current SS is Aybar, but Profar is not far off from getting ESPN SS eligibility and perhaps Bogaerts arrives soon.

    I am in the lower third in the standings so it’s more of a keeper question.

    My current keepers – in my opinion – are: Machado ($2), Puig ($1) & JoFer ($4), Marte ($1)
    Options for keepers include: Wheeler ($1), Profar ($2), Bogaerts ($1), Yelich ($1), Cespedes ($11), Stanton ($24), Adam Jones ($27), Cole ($1), Erasmo ($1)

    I realize this is a lot of information. Thank you for your help :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trade away a $1 Segura… Trade a $38 CarGo for one of those other OFs

      • steve says:
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        @Grey:

        I would deal a $1 Puig and $11 Cespedes for a $1 segura and $38 cargo (likely not to be kept). Does this mean that you would do the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh! Sorry, flipped it… Yeah, I’d take Segura

  118. Gareth says:
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    “A source told CSN Philadelphia the Phillies have recently talked with second baseman Chase Utley’s representation about a contract extension. Sources also said the Phillies are not listening to trade offers for Utley, who will be a free agent after the season.

    General manager Ruben Amaro wouldn’t say Sunday whether or not the Phillies were in negotiation with Utley.

    “We wouldn’t discuss it even if we did,” he said.”

    Ruben Amaro realizes they won’t contend, right? In a buyers market why not flip him to a contender for a Legit prospect then resign him in the offseason?

    How does this guy rate in the “worst GM’s in Baseball” discussion?

    http://philly.barstoolsports.com/files/2013/07/Ruben-Amaro-Barstool.png

    Terrible photoshop, but oh so true.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, really bad Photoshop…

  119. AJ says:
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    Looks like Bourn may be turning it around 2nd half yes? Steals soon to come yes?….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  120. fitz says:
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    Completely irrelevant but just stumbled upon this. Imagine batting .310 with 123 runs scored, 124 RBI, 42 homers 46 SB and finishing 9th in the AL MVP race.

    ARod in 1998

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was a crazy time to be doing steroids…

      • btd says:
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        @Grey: Alfonso Soriano has some similar craziness..

        2003 – finished 20th in the MVP race with 38 HR, 35 SB, .290 BA, 114 R, 91 RBI (playing 2B).
        2006 – finished 6th in MVP race with 41 HR, 46 SB, .277 BA, 119 R, 95 RBI.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, insane…

  121. Mike says:
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    If you had to drop a pitcher ros who would it be?

    Cain or samardjza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin…Samardzija

  122. Nation says:
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    Desperately need some advice as my co-manager is out of town and out of touch:

    offered two trades in one league by same manager:

    Trade 1)

    We give- Torii Hunter
    We get- Joe Nathan

    Trade 2)

    We give- Puig
    We get- Mujica and Iwakuma

    Really want to pull the trigger on the 2nd one as the guy we would trade puig too can catch the 2nd place overall team in hr’s and rbi’s.. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You better tell your co-manager to book trips in the winter… I’d take Nathan if you need saves… Hold Puig unless you’re desperate for a starter and in a deep league

  123. Gareth says:
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    Need to bench 3 for next week:

    Benoit, Joaquin
    Holland, Greg
    Burnett, A.J. (stl, col)
    Fernandez, Jose (CLE)
    Gonzalez, GiO (@DET)
    Hamels, Cole (sf)
    Hernandez, Felix (@BOS)
    Samardzija, Jeff (mil, lad)
    Teheran, Julio (col)
    Bailey, Homer (@SD)
    Gallardo, Yovani (@CHC, WAS)
    Lynn, Lance (@PIT, @CIN)

    • btd says:
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      @Gareth: I’d bench Julio. And prolly the other 1 starters just because… Maybe Lynn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn, Gallardo, Teheran

  124. steve says:
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    Grey….

    6×6, h2h, keep 5 league

    Trade a $1 Puig away for a $1 Segura? I would receive Segura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

  125. AJ says:
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    Why am I so afraid..sweaty…shaky…more sweaty.. hold on here comes the stink (ewwww)…more shayayayayaky…haaaaaa so scared to start my Latos man vs my Puiggy thing, is he a thing or just a cute little Puiggy?…I dunno …but one thing i do know hes part of the Mighty Los Angeles Doyers!!!…someone hold me please…on another note…I am really starting to hate the Nationals!!! Ruined my save OPP with their 8th inning scoring aaaaagaaain!!!! Damn

  126. Long Bawls says:
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    Wow, amazing to me that Verlander is one more start like this away from being droppable…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  127. Mike says:
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    Any hope Josh Johnson can turn it around the second half? Ok stream vs. Hou on the 27th? How about JJ or Edwin Jackson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay to stream I guess… I’d want Edwin

  128. anthony says:
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    @grey h2h redraft league – uggla or rendin @ 2b ? rendon just gets me avg nothing else really hes been boring and uggla is always a guy that gets hr rbis runs and low avg – but seems more appealing thoughtssss???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uggla

  129. AJ says:
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    Lmao so the Nats score in the 8th….save situation out the window…then old man Davey Johnson still brings in Soriano just to stink it up…why do I feel like I’ve seen this before? Deja vu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazaam!

  130. Wake Up says:
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    Wow. Am I losing it, or is everything starting to feel a little squishy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, it’s real humid.

  131. Kyle says:
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    Thinking of benching J. Upton and Marte during thier slumps for Byrd and Eric Young… Especially for the mets double header tomorrow but I’m thinking maybe beyond until they get back on track… Good move or keep riding the supposed to be best players? (If Young isnt going to miss time..injured and left the game vs Atl) thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Kyle: Play the hot bat if someone’s slumping. That’s how one manages a team well. It’s about numbers, not names.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young is hurt

  132. yoz says:
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    If my league uses OPS or OBP and plays 6×6 with QS next year can I still use your draft board?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  133. Jake says:
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    Grey, would you trade Latos and A. Cabrera to get Eric Hosmer and Ian Desmond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  134. Aero says:
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    oh man, that was a bad outting by Soriano. There go my ratios for the week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  135. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. was offered gio/aoki for my pujols/teheran. current pitching is darvish, jz, garza, peavy, miller, shields, parker, straily, teheran and ejax. just recently traded for darvish and shields, so my pitching looks decent, but i still have a good amount to gain there. would replace pujols with rizzo (who was dh’ing) and have aoki or other schmotato DH.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Pujols

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: is it close? not that it really makes any difference, but he said hed take pujols/parker as well…im just scared of the wheels falling off of pujols. literally.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s close

  136. Mike says:
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    asked you earlier in the season who you like more for Dynasty leagues Puig or Profar… still take Profar over Puig in a dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would, lot will be decided this offseason if they can move Andrus or Kinsler…

  137. poop says:
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    Would you rather trade Fowler for Mauer or Crisp for VMart as one piece in a trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer

  138. Goose says:
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    Peavy with the classic, “Get me on a new team asap” start…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  139. Big Magoo says:
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    Peavy thrown 111 pitches through seven solid innings. His team has a four run lead. He’s almost certain to be moved before the trading deadline. So….. why was he sent back out there to start the 8th?

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @Big Magoo: And a leadoff homer, right on cue. Then he’s pulled. These managers drive me f’n crazy sometimes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  140. nathan says:
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    someone offered me Machado & peavy for either of my Beltre or Encarnacion… would do a trade for either of them?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  141. AJ says:
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    Looking to deal my Stras/Soriano in a package deal for a solid 2nd baseman…don’t wanna be part of the Natitude fan club no mo…ha …anyone you would target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: oh yea!! You read my mind!! Ill send off the proposal

  142. anthony says:
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    @grey h2h ros alexei or brad miller @ ss ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexei

  143. Carnac says:
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    It’s almost as if Robin Ventura likes to see pitchers get hit.

    • Carnac says:
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      “You’ve pitched a great game, kid. Now go back out there because I need to take you down a notch.” That’s Robin Ventura. Also Robin Ventura, “I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  144. poop says:
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    Cargo got pulled from the game with finger injury. Anyone have news? Selfishly, would it help or hurt Fowler’s fantasy value in lineup was changed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t change Fowler’s value

  145. Tbone says:
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    JC…I dealt Moore for Verlander when Moore was going bad and Verlander makes bigger messes than my dog. Deal Verlander straight up for Latos in 6×6 weekly with L as additional category?

    He isn’t striking people out lately which troubles me the most.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Latos

  146. Nyuk Nyuk says:
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    in terms of keeprs you like Cespedes and Strasburg or Machado and grienke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes

  147. Grey's Goatee says:
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    So CarGo is at 26 HR, and he just went down…

    Oh Wizard Grey, can you tell me tomorrow’s lottery numbers?

    But seriously, let’s form a prayer trapezoid and pray for for him and Dom Brown (since I know you own him and he just got placed on the dreaded 7-day DL).

    I need you for the playoffs, CarGo!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but did he hit the DL?

  148. birrrdy! says:
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    @Grey: Great article as always. Your humor makes the work day bearable.

    Need some trade advice. 12 team, 5×5 NL only keeper league. 13 hitters, 10 pitchers, no reserve but a DL. Empahsis on elite players as we keep 8 each year at 90% of a listed magazine price, then take what’s left of our $300 into an auction draft. If a player is traded to the AL in-season, we get rights to incoming players. If it happens in the off-season, we get nothing. (important for this discussion because of Choo)

    Other side offering Stanton/Medlen/Blanks/G.Cole. Asking for Strasburg/Choo/McCarthy/Coghlan. I’m in 3rd this year, they are in 1st right now and looking to lock down a win. I probably can’t catch them either way. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Stanton

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Is there a chance Stanton goes to the AL in the offseason by what you’ve heard? Any chance Choo stays?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t heard of that, but it wouldn’t surprise me… Marlins are willing to trade anything over the age of 23… Choo’s prolly gone

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Sorry to keep pinging, but I must be popular right now. The #2 team in the league is also trying to get my Stras. THey’ve offered:

        A. Kemp(DL)/Tanaka/Valbuena/Morton/Cueto(DL)/Marisnick for Stras/Choo/Adams/Alonso.

        Comparing that to:

        B. Stanton/Blanks(DL)/Medlen/Cole for Stras/Choo/McCarthy(DL)/Coghlan(DL)

        C. Cole/Blanks(DL) for Alonso.

        Whew!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. is Kemp/Cueto for Stras/Choo/Adams/Alonso…The rest is garbage… I wouldn’t… B sounds the best still

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @Grey: They have a smaller offer on the table as well Cole/Blanks(DL) for my Alonso.

      I’m screwed this year because of Braun (and Taveras’ slow arrival), but my current keepers for next year would be: Braun/Wright/Choo(if in NL)/Taveras/Stras/Wheeler with the last 2 spots going to 2 of Matt Adams/Uggla/Cozart/A.Soriano(if in NL)/Alonso/Olt/Revere/Locke/Beachy/C.Martinez. Post trade, I guess I’m looking at Braun/Stanton/Wright/Taveras/Cole/Wheeler + 2 of the same.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Cole there

  149. JASON KATNIP says:
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    GREYSON_

    Christian Yelich, Junior Lake, Rasmus, Joyce, Quintin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  150. Carnac says:
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    Carlos Zambrano released by the Phillies… He’d pitched reasonably well but management was upset over an incident – a misunderstanding, really – in which Zambrano was told to “hit the showers!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  151. Ryan741 says:
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    Need an opinion in a H2H points league. Right now I’m in the playoffs but limping to the finish line. I’ve got a good team, just lots of injury issues. We are also a keeper league, we can keep 4 guys. Right now I’ve got Kershaw as 1st round value, Strasburg as an 8th and Harper as a 9th for next year. I’m debating trading Hanley who I’ve got as a 7th for next year for multiple pieces from the last place team. I could trade Hanley/Wheeler and 3 droppable guys for Prince/Holliday/Alfonso Soriano/Romo/Papelbon/Frieri. I’m torn since I’d have to fill in SS from waivers or trade for someone. But I’d be filling multiple positions since I’ve got Kemp and Granderson on the DL, so I’ve been using Hitter Tron for a lot of spot starts. Not sure I want to lose Hanley either when I have him in the 7th round next year. Not sure what to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Prince side

  152. Ole Yellich says:
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    start Minor vs STL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  153. SteveNZ says:
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    7 more innings like that thanks, Buehrle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He’s mowin’ ‘em down! Just what I need.

        Oh – and a win.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  154. Tony says:
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    Grey & razzers, need some quick help.

    Deep 18 team keeper.

    Looking to BUY, i’m going for it, pitching is huge, I’m pretty solid already, BUT I can get JEFF LOCKE and a couple other pieces that will help me.

    Is LOCKE a candidate to be shut down early? Because he’s young, skinny, and threw what 40 innings last year? I’ve gotta give up some picks and stuff so I’m worried I’m just not getting a pitcher thats even gonna help me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trade for Locke

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey: I’d be dealing a cheap beachy, cheap pineda, and then a not bad Hosmer…. i just can’t get a deal to go down when a couple other guys who had good teams dealt “prospects” for absolute studs….. i agree, Locke’s not worth it. thanks just needed some confirmation

  155. Jason says:
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    Are we done with Hefner or use him next week?
    vrs. KC and @MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Use him there

  156. SteveNZ says:
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    Sox-Rays is PPD. Will be made up on Monday (it says here)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up, still screwed since the early games locked lineups…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, why do they lock players in a PPD game into lineups… So frustrating…. Does this make any sense?

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Grey: No, I hate it…very frustrating. Needs to be changed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s no purpose to this… They’re just too lazy to reprogram it… It goes to Locked and it changes to PPD then it goes back to Move, that’s it…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: No. It really pisses me off, especially when it happens before I wake up over here.

        If the game never starts, you should be able to swap them out for someone else if you can.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I have Franklin on my bench and Scott in my lineup for a PPD game… Franklin hasn’t started yet, how does this make any sense?

          • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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            @Grey: I hear ya…I have Zobrist and Jennings in one league…not too happy about losing 2 games there in a tight h2h match up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s the worst!

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: i couldn’t put in miller for scott, same probelm. already have dead spots at c with phegley off and at 3rd with gyorko off. getting beat 9-2-2 by a garbage squad who will miss the playoffs but throw me into tie for 7th with such one week all stars as
            wieters (hits 240 but WILL get another 2 hits today)
            ethier (slugs 382 till monday but will hit at least 2 extra base hits today)
            viciedo (gonna get half of his this year homers this week while hitting almost 200 pts higher than season average)
            alonso (who’s in 2 days got his career totals from previous seasons)
            buehrle (who always has a 12 K rate with a .4 whip)
            lynn (this guy has been great for the last 5 starts, right?)

            meanwhile i’m benching peavy. era was bad, but whip/k/wins improvement probably could cost cats at end of week, hitting 1/12 today even with finally benching Upton.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: it’s a shame buehrle only gets to face me twice a year. Looks like cy young candidate to me this week.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  And the Astros

  157. SeanMcD says:
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    Sit/Start?

    Hamels @Det
    Kluber vs Tex
    Masterson vs Tex
    Lester @Bal

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, Start, Start, Sit

  158. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Soriano scratched…word is deal to Yanks in place…just waiting on his formal waiver.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  159. Hi everyone: who’s better between Wei-Yin Chen and Archer? Based on match ups (Chen faces HOU and SEA while Archer gets NYY and SF) Chen seems like the better pick. But it still seems Archer has more upside. Any thoughts?

    Desperate for saves and holding onto Bastardo and Axford in hopes they might end up in the closer role. Is Strop or Gregerson, Downs, Russell, or Blake Parker a better bet than either of those guys?

    Streamer suggestion: after Soriano and Storen imploded in consecutive nights and with the Nationals playing two tomorrow, Clippard may be a good pickup for a possible vulture save.

    • @Enrique: Stop was just picked up, but Gregg was dropped. So for the saves question above, are any of Gregg, Gregerson, Downs, Russell, or Blake Parker a better bet than Bastardo or Axford?

      The Archer vs. Wei-Yin Chen question is still valid (I have Archer now).

      And grab Clippard if you need saves! I have a feelin’!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen… Gregerson over Axford…Nice on Clippard…

  160. Jason says:
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    Nicasio a buy after today for next week? He goes @ATL and @PIT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  161. Jack says:
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    Does the fact that ATL has the easiest hitting competition and he’ll be pitching in mostly Neutral-Pitcher parks change your mind on Beachy? Assuming he does start next Monday he is a top ___ pitcher ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know why that would change my mind… He’s pitching in the minors and not looking good… Top 50 SP, maybe

  162. Fenway Fungus says:
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    Start one:

    Choo vs Grienke
    Puig vs Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  163. David says:
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    10-team keeper league w/ OPS. Setting up this dump deal so I can secure a championship. my category concerns are r, sb, k/9, era, whip, wins. Those are the ones I’m not in 1st place in but doing decent enough to be in 1st place overall right now.

    what package of players would you rather have although both are pretty substantial?

    encarnacion, mccutchen, pence, altuve, soriano, verlander, weaver, nathan, perkins
    (trading machado, marte, fernandez, 4th, 8th pick for this package)

    or

    votto, fielder, bautista, kipnis, lee, moore, iwakuma, mujica, melancon (I have grilli), veras
    (tentative machado, 3rd, 6th, 12th and possibly another keeper for this package although still in negotiation)

    they will be added to studs like goldy, miggy, trout, bruce, zobrist, strasburg, scherzer, zimmermann, sanchez, mo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good

  164. C.O.C. says:
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    Innings cap on wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  165. OaktownSteve says:
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    I don’t understand why anybody plays h2h fantasy baseball.

  166. OaktownSteve says:
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    I don’t understand why anybody plays h2h fantasy baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it sorta defeats the point of what baseball is…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: @Grey: In my case, it was my introduction to fantasy baseball, and I guess for a bunch of people in New Zealand playing for the first time, it was a relatively easy format to understand – and we’ve just stuck with it I suppose.

        It is my only H2H league, though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You enjoy roto more now, yeah?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah. As we’ve discussed before, it’s a lot less random.

            It’s annoying to lose a match-up just because some guy (I’m looking at you Myers and your stolen bases last week!) does something that he’s never done before and will rarely do again.

            Seems to me also that you get value for all your stats in roto, whereas in H2H you just need to be one ahead of your opponent in each category. You don’t get anything extra for winning HRs 15-6…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I remember now… Something about you wanting to quit your H2H league last year…Winky emoticon….

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: You mean every year for about the last four…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: But as JMM says below, both formats have their good points. And I do keep getting drawn back to H2H, though that might be because it’s a long time since I won that damn league…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, it’s fun, but a whole lot more frustrating for reasons you’ve stated…

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I do both…I like the match ups and shit talking that goes along with the h2h. The h2h leagues I am in have been going on for years…lots of chatter…it’s a good time. Roto I have fun with as well for different reasons…I guess I just like to mix it up.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache:

        Cool. The arbitrary nature of it would drive me ’round the bend.

        • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah…sometimes it does make me wanna punch babies.

  167. Dan says:
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    Hamilton and Reed for Pablo Sandoval?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo, but it’s fair, depends on needs

  168. SteveNZ says:
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    Buehrle!

    The last time I had a stream as good as that, I dropped him right away (and like this year, I was relievers-only in my H2H league and needed ratio help) and he went on to win the Cy Young.

    T’was Cliff Lee…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that was the stream of all streams… Very nice…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Benched Bastardo at the last minute for another reliever – those 2 perfect innings and 3 Ks could have been useful…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I got him in my lineup… Helped balance Alex Wood’s crap and Greinke

  169. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    hope ohlendork, chatwood and delgado get lit up tomorrow, so as to have my opp’s era come down from the greatness of today’s buehrle/lynn/likely greinke. i’m now losing K’s, soon to be wins when greinke gets 1. Bastardo looked good at least.

  170. AJ says:
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    Hey Grey so i offered up Stras/Soriano for Cano…he countered with Reyes/Latos for Cano…accept or no deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you can take the hit on pitching

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: this is my pitching…think I’m safe? Kluber is available on the wire too and Simmons, Miller, Villar to play short
        P Stephen Strasburg
        P Craig Kimbrel
        P Rafael Soriano
        P Anibal Sanchez
        P Bobby Parnell
        P Francisco Liriano
        P Matt Garza
        P Doug Fister
        P Mark Melancon
        P Matt Moore
        P Mat Latos

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you’re safe

          • AJ says:
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            @Grey: sweet thanks…welcome Cano…so who would you pick up from Simmons/Miller/Villar/Aybar/Crawford to take over SS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Miller

              • AJ says:
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                @Grey: coo coo thanks

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  171. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, Sal. That was horrible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? His whole season?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Nah (well, kind of), just a feeble GIDP. I expect more when I tune in live.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s the least he could do

  172. Dan says:
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    Hosmer and McCann for Yadier? I can replace Hosmer at 1B/3B with Lawrie or Yelich and I can slide Pablo in if a trade goes through, which I think it will.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCann side

  173. SteveNZ says:
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    Not getting on Goldy, but it’s always a little annoying when your guy does nothing in an inning, and then just about everyone else coming along behind gets in on the fun…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: yes, esp when 1/3 of roster is benched or trapped in by yahoo/rain and are hitting 2/17 today.

  174. Dan says:
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    I am in first place in a 10 team 8×8 league. I am doing well in all categories and I have a 12 point lead on second place. I know my team is solid, but everyone in my league is making deals and that is one of my favorite parts of fantasy baseball. Any players you would recommend trading or positions you would recommend upgrading?

    C: McCann
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Cano
    3B: Zim
    SS: Asdrubal
    1B/3B: Hosmer
    2B/SS: Kipnis
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Ajax
    OF: Puig
    OF: Heyward
    Util: Hamilton
    Bench: Lawrie
    Bench: Franklin
    Bench: Yelich

    SP: Felix, Bumgarner, J-Z, Latos, Greinke, Medlen
    RP: Reed, Perkins, Parnell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with a good thing…

  175. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    In need of a stable bat in CF…Samardzjia for Jackson fair? Jackson has been kinda bad ( still tons of runs though), but so has Shark…watching him last night was painful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Jackson, definitely

  176. SteveNZ says:
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    Franklin! I traded him and Dom Brown to a guy for Phillips (who has been so-so since I got him).

    Then the guy dropped him and I picked him up again. How cool would it be if I could trade him to someone else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin was the guy I couldn’t get into my lineup because of the PPD

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Oh. *sits back down again*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  177. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    there’s grey losing a 3run homer and me losing a 1 rbi double due to yahoo’s stupid shit. I really need bases like that here, and rbi’s.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: hey but i did get an Aybar single. YEAH 2-17 now today!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @SteveNZ: earlier there was a post about retarded yahoo is with when a game gets delayed before starting time the player gets locked in. then later when the game gets cancelled that becomes a useless roster spot for the day. this happened to scott (or any other players on TB or BOS) owners.grey couldn’t get franklin in for him, and i couldn’t get miller in for him. thus Grey loses 3 run homer he should’ve had, and I lose 1 run double, at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So effin annoying

  178. EK says:
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    Rank:

    Kluber
    Porcello
    Gee
    W Chen
    Kazmir

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber, Chen

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: wow, i’m about to own every one of those guys but chen.

  179. mike b says:
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    Love the site, always entertaining and informative!
    Question: inaugural season of a 10 team 10 keeper mixed. I have a good mix of keepers and current contributors (puig marte segura shelby JoFer etc.) but I am still looking for 1 more prospect-type keeper. Unfortunately, 2 teams tanked early and have gone into rebuild mode early stashing most of the Oscar Taveras’s’s (Elaine Benes confusion) and Xander Bogaerts of the world. I added George Springer hoping to have some future value. Waste of a roster spot as I sit in 3rd place, or legitimate slam and legs potential to be called up this season and/or make me check an Astro box score in coming seasons? Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! He’s solid for next year after June, but in a ten team keeper, I doubt you need to stash him now… You can if you have empty slots to fill…

  180. goodfold2 says:
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    with goldy i’m now 2/18 today. at least hill has woke up after being terrible for nearly 2 weeks. this can’t hurt goldy going forward.plus i have hill in a 10 teamer.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @goodfold2: Be nice if Goldy joins the fun today…

  181. SteveNZ says:
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    Which of these clowns is most likely to give me a win and some Ks tomorrow? Yeah, they’re all crap, SON has them all pretty near the bottom. 14 team H2H…

    Ross Ohlendorf v NYM
    Jenrry Mejía @ WAS
    Jerome Williams @ OAK
    Henderson Álvarez v PIT
    Jordan Lyles @ TOR
    Scott Diamond @ SE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia..>May as well go for upside with that pack of turds

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: How about most likely to win? SON likes Alvarez for that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Williams

  182. Mitch says:
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    Can someone please change J-Upton’s calendar so it says April? I couldn’t be more frustrated with this guy. Time to start Yelich over him I think. I just know the day I bench Upton is the day he’ll go 4-5 with 2hr 6RBI.

    Anybody else benching him moving forward?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Mitch: I think I’m going to have to. He’s been so bad, whatever he’s giving us (and more) can easily be found on the wire

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: But that said, he’s the only LF option I have on my H2H team (and I need to use the 3 adds I have left for the week to try and stay ahead in Wins and Ks) so I guess I’ll have to keep using him…

        • Mitch says:
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          @SteveNZ: Well rest assured… I’m benching him tomorrow (makes it easier when he’s facing Wainwright), but that means he’s going to go off for everyone else. I’ll take one for the team.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Mitch: Cool.

            I benched him the last time he hit a home run…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @SteveNZ: i benched for yelich today, but tomorrow scott/miller/choo/and yelich all play lefties. i have play either two of those guys or one of them and upton.

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @goodfold2: I can use Morse when he comes off the DL – anyone know when that’s likely to happen?

  183. SteveNZ says:
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    What’s Votto swinging at that for? Sheesh.

  184. JFK says:
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    Just traded for Verlander a few weeks ago, but since I have no idea what to expect from him at this point, wondering what fair value would be?

    A couple speculative trades include:
    1) Carlos Gomez (18th round keeper) + Mariano Rivera (N/A) + 8th round pick + (2) 11th round picks for AJax (20th round keeper) + Verlander (N/A) + 13th round pick + 15th round pick + 17th round pick, or
    2) Goldy/Tulo for Freeman/Verlander/Iwakuma, or
    3)

    Would you trade him straight-up for Scherzer? Or would you have to give or get more?
    Or hold? What do I do with him?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Goldy, I’d take Scherzer, in that order

  185. ROLFAMLO says:
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    Should I drop K-Rod for Brian Wilson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  186. goodfold2 says:
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    losing to 2nd worst team out of 16 is really gross. I don’t mind losing to teams that should be competitive. this guy has only made 8 moves on the year, 2 today to get ohlendorf and delgado since he realizes he’s actually got a chance to crush somebody. hope what he really does is lock up losses/era/whip for me if they get rocked. throw in chatwood for the hex tomorrow as well. i’m 2-8-3 now but will likely win 4 or 5 at least, eventually. after monday i was murdering him in most things. since i’ve hit 19/86 while he’s hit 33/93, picking up 26 total bases. So he’s now over 60 pts higher than his season average after 122 at bats.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: upton and mccutchen (since his 3rd at bat of the week, right after those 2 homers to start monday) are almost the same
      one single in 16 or 17 at bats. wow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks…

  187. AJ says:
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    Thougts on stras and soriano for tulo? what side you liking?

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: or everth cabrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras

  188. goodfold2 says:
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    and aybar is my abba zabba today. on base 3 times. 2 singles. also gotta hope pujols doesn’t get third hit. Ethier may have turned back into himself again though, instead of cargo or whoever he thought he was starting on monday. That may give me a chance this week.

  189. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Villar, Miller Lake, pick 2

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: i’ve seen that exact question asked at least 4 times last 2 days. i’ve asked it too. I think it was miller/lake at this point. Unless you need 3rd/OF. I’m going aybar/miller, lake’s gone though.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: i’m sorry, unless you DON’t have room at 3rd or OF. then it’d be miller/villar.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @goodfold2:@goodfold2: uh, it’s E$PN and Lake has SS eligibility, haven’t read any comments today

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Jack Full of Hate: oh yeah, i forgot that espn and yahoo are reverse on that part. weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Villar…Really a coin flip with Miller though…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: that’s my thinking about that, I think I’ll see how the weekend goes for Villar and Miller and revisit it Sunday

  190. Jason Katnip says:
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    Start or Sit:
    Cole Hamels @ Det
    Corey Kluber vs. Texas
    John Lackey @ Balt

    Thanks

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Jason Katnip: i know the first 2 went sit, start. i would think the 3rd is also sit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, Start, Start

  191. AJ says:
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    so up above you have kluber starting…looking for a streamer as well, kluber vs TEX, Peralta vs Rocks, Chatwood vs Brew Crew or Quinatana vs KC?

  192. goodfold2 says:
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    @Grey: so even though k-rod is setup man now he’s in better shape than fear the beard, who looked “Good” today? Must not have much faith in BAL allowing Johnson to have another shitty spell. that’s the spell that witches put on people to make them smell. kinda like the stink palm, except you don’t have to sacrifice your own hand. even if it is only a small price to pay.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @goodfold2: looks like new crop of RP’s has started to possibly open up for saves out of these guys i’m guessing the rankings are now
      bastardo(own)/clippard/downs (somebody else at LAA if Freieri keeps sucking)/K-rod (if johnson messes up again)/cisnero (if veras is traded)

  193. TarmanGotHim says:
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    2 serperate Rendon questions 2 different leagues.

    1) Rendon or Morse ROS (would be bench player good matchup hitter)

    2) I’ve mentioned this many times to you before, In This league I’m in 2nd place it’s a 6X6 H2H 12 team and I’m winning 11-1 this week (week is not over obviously) and 1 game out of first. I punted 2B and ended up with Scutaro, dropped him When he got injured for Rendon whose been playing great until recently.

    So, drop Rendon for Scutaro? Trying to trade for a 2B let alone trade in this league is becoming really impossible.

    One team has Pedroia AND Kipnis, I’ve offered him like Freeman and 2 closers and he rejects. (I somehow own 6 closers)

    Thanks Grey!!!

  194. TheGoods says:
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    Grey!

    Better Utility spot holder, Luke Scott or Smoak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in the wrong post

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