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You walking out of your H2H draft, “I might have overspent on Tulo but, as long as I have him in September, I’m fine.  Now where are those cigars I’ve been saving for the birth of my firstborn?  I need a stogie up in here!”  You might’ve just got your wish.  Troy Tulowitzki is gonna have arthroscopic surgery on his groin.  And I just crossed my legs.  The good news is he didn’t need microscopic surgery on his groin, because that would’ve been embarrassing.  The bad news, he’ll be out for another 6 weeks, at least.  To get to the heart of the matter, that’s a shot to the nuts for him and his owners.  I think Tulo will probably return in September because he’s the type to get back for his club.  That’s based on 1 part science and 99 parts my gut talking.  In most leagues, I’d stash him, to wit.  Or Stosh, to witzki.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brandon Beachy – It’s official; he’s going to be out 12-14 months with Tommy John surgery.  Tommy John could have a portfolio of properties if he would’ve trademarked that name.  Probably for the best, we don’t want him on every episode of House Hunters.

Tommy Hanson - 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks and 4 homers allowed.  Yesterday, balls were carrying better at Yankee Stadium than at a Fruit of the Loom factory.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  Now has 10 homers and 10 steals, which prorates to around 22/22.  If I may be so bold, he hasn’t even been that hot for an extended period of time.  If he catches fire and puts up a 27/20 year, he’s right around the year you’re praying you’re still gonna get from Justin Upton.

Brian McCann – 0-for-5 as the Braves scored 10 runs and hit 5 homers.  Ticker tease!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Looks like his index finger is fine.  Though pointing that out is rude in some cultures.

Mark Teixeira – Didn’t start yesterday after taking a line drive off his heel, but got into the game as a pinch-hitter.  He should be able to go on Friday.  On an aside, I have a new money-making scheme.  Socks that have a picture of a wrestling villain by the heel.  Can easily match up your Rowdy Roddy Piper socks or mix-and-match a Roddy Piper and a Captain Lou Albano.  Or tag team your socks with Afa and Sika.  The choices are endless.  Is this the next karaoke cab?  I’m not sure, but take the idea; it’s yours!  Just give me my 10% cut.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-4 with his 11th homer.  He dedicated this homer to the men and women who had to live through his hair frosting stage.

Phil Hughes - 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  He’s like MC Skat Kat.  He takes two steps forward, he takes two steps back.  Maybe that’s why I find him the opposite of attractive.

Krispie Young – 1-for-5 with a run as he hit leadoff in a game the Diamondbacks scored 14 runs.  He’s condensed Anna Nicole Smith’s entire career in the last three months.  In April, he was white-hot on the cover of Playboy.  Right now, Krispie’s hanging out with the other Howard Stern and stretching out Betty Boop’s “Boop-boop-de-doop-oop” into a fifteen second ramble.

Justin Upton - 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer before leaving the game with cramps.  He just needs a pint of Häagen-Dazs and some Sex and the City reruns.

Miguel Montero – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer.  San Miguel looks like he’s trying to upstage Jesus Montero in what could be the worst baseball holy war since Jesus Alou asked the Astros to not play Peter, Paul & Mary’s Right Field when he came to bat.  As Jesus said, “It teaches a good lesson about self-esteem, but I prefer something that doesn’t make me want to Puff on the Magic Dragon.”

Dustin Ackley - 0-for-3.  Who are you, Dustin Ackley?  I know Kyle Seager (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last two games).  I know Aaron Hill (2-for-4 with his 3rd homer in as many games).  I even know Ryan Roberts (2-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 5th homer).  I do not know you, Dustin Ackley.

Jake Westbrook – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The Dave Duncan fairy dust Westbrook bought off eBay is working out nicely.  Just don’t tell him it’s really someone’s nana’s ashes.

Allen Craig – Left yesterday’s game in the ninth after appearing to injure his wrist.  Matheny said lifting Craig was for defensive purposes, so…then Craig went to get a X-rays on the wrist to try out the new X-ray machine?  See if they can find that coin Craig swallowed?  Craig’s got a crush on the X-ray technician?  Turned out that Craig was fine.  He said, “I think I got lucky.”  Maybe it was the X-ray technician reason.

Tommy Milone – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Milone, you magnificent homeschooler, I read your splits!  I drink them up!

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (20) and legs (12).  I wonder if FedEx couriers didn’t draft Ryan Braun as a sign of solidarity.  I also wonder if DHL couriers drafted him first overall.  Finally, I wonder if there’s any leagues which pit DHL couriers vs. FedEx couriers and, if in those leagues, they tell the guy at the draft who finished last the previous year to “stop mailing it in.” I’m inquisitive!

Corey Hart – 1-for-3 with the slam (15) and legs (2).  He plays a lot better in day games when his sunglasses aren’t a hinderance.

Glen Perkins – Recorded the save yesterday.  Sure glad Capps would be ready to go on Tuesday.  Guess they meant he’d be ready to go on Tuesday, but not Wednesday.  Twins are now saying Capps will be ready to return by Friday after throwing a bullpen session yesterday.  We shall see.  Or not.  Your choice!

Franciso Liriano – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Pirates.  That’s nice; I still trust him as much as a drunken gypsy selling me a tambourine.

Brett Lawrie – Left yesterday’s game when his knee tensed up on him.  He needs it to take a chill pill.  He should be good to go again on Friday.  Or as he said on Twitter, “#yabuddy #knee #okay #it’slikeIhavehashtagTourette’s.”

Jonathan Broxton – Recorded his 18th save yesterday with a 1.57 ERA.  It’s like the Closepocalypse ignored the terrible closers thinking they would take themselves out and, lo and behold, Broxton and Fernando Rodney are now Jack and Ben Linus.

Anthony Bass – Left yesterday’s start with shoulder inflammation.  MLB, “Sorry, kid, there’s only room for one fish.”

Everth Cabrera - 3-for-4 with his 11th steal without being caught once.  That’s all in 107 ABs.  If he had 500 ABs…Well, you can do the math.

Danny Hultzen – Was called up to Triple-A.  I think we see him right after the All-Star break.  Rudy thinks we see him by June 26th.  I already went over my Danny Hultzen fantasy.  I wrote it while making an ice sculpture of Q-Bert.

Dillon Gee – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He now has 83 Ks in 90 2/3 IP.  That’s really good.  He also has a 1.24 WHIP.  Prettay prettay prettay good.  Under a 2.50 walk rate.  Like the quarter of Harrison Ford that is Jewish, not too shabby.  What’s our favorite letter of the alphabet?  K, but Gee ain’t bad.

Justin Masterson – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  We got sonavabenched pretty bad in one league.  In another league where we’re currently in 1st, we had him started.  That is also the team I said in the beginning of the year would need a miracle because our staff is Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Ivan Nova, Andy Pettitte and Justin Masterson.  Maybe my breakfast before that draft of a piece of toast with Ron Shandler’s image did have mystical power.

Yu Darvish – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Not much to say here, but Rudy just traded for Yu Darvish in our RCL league. The price he paid?  Santiago Casilla, the guy he got off waivers a day after I dropped him and a day before Wilson was deemed done for the year.  Yup.

Jerome Williams – Hits the DL, which means Garrett Richards will stay in the rotation.  Though, as I said the other day, “I still wouldn’t go near him in mixed leagues, unless it was as a streamer in an H2H league.  He has 17 Ks to 11 BBs in 21 IP.  Against a legit offense, he’s going to get bombed out.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Chris Nelson – 2-for-4, and a homer.  With Tulo hurt and Nelson hitting (2nd homer this week), he should see everyday ABs, which makes him worth a looksie in NL-Only leagues.  Just pray he doesn’t play anything off his After the Rain album.

Roy Oswalt – Will start Friday for the Rangers.  Because we spare no expense for you Razzballers, Rudy went out to Round Rock on Sunday to see Oswalt’s last minor league start.  Here’s his eyewitness report, “Watched his last start in Round Rock – his first minor league start that looked halfway decent (6 IP, 2 ER, 5 K).  He was hitting 90-93 MPH on the fastball, but he wasn’t very dominant.  There were some hard hit balls that were right at his fielders. And, bear in mind, this was the Astros’ AAA squad.  The only hitter he faced with any promise is Jimmy “I couldn’t beat out Chris Johnson” Paredes.  Oswalt might have some gas in the tank, but I’d steer clear of starting him his first couple starts.  Do you think there’s any money in Razzball’s budget to go to Friday’s Rangers–”  Oops, we lost him.  Oh, well.  Thanks, Rudy!

Ross Detwiler – Wang heads to the bullpen as Detwiler moves back into the rotation.  Detwiler was a decent backend rotation guy for NL-Only leagues, but should be left to matchups for mixed leagues.  When Wang was asked about his role being reduced, he replied “It’s shrinkage!”

Jose Valverde – Tigers confirmed a wrist sprain that will force him to miss 3-4 days.  Leyland was sympathetic, saying that he had a wrist sprain for a week once and he couldn’t ash his Marlboro, instead he had to hold the cigarette in his mouth and shake his head really fast.  Benoit should see the saves in the interim.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks as he took Hellickson’s spot in the rotation.  In Triple-A, Archer had a 10+ K-rate but also 5+ walk rate.  Basically, this Archer’s not hitting the apple on top of your head.  Sounds a little like he’s better suited for relief.  Since the Ks are muy delicioso, I’d take a flyer in AL-Only leagues where you need to gamble on upside, but he looks like a good candidate to roofie someone.

Ben Zobrist – 0-for-4 to lower his average to .229.  Belch.  But as frequent commenter, Carnac, said, “Answer:  Zobrist, Reddick.  Question:  Two things a mohel is known for.”

Joel Peralta - After being ejected on Tuesday night for a significant amount of pine tar on his glove, MLB is investigating the issue.  I think prior to adding more instant replay, MLB should consider adding an extra umpire.  Only not a human, but a pine tar-sniffing Bloodhound.  Could put him in a little umpire uniform with a little corn cob pipe.  Or if the dog doing its business on the field becomes an issue, MLB can go a different route.  A midget breeded to 1) Smell pine tar from within 200 feet and 2) Have the same facial expression and gait as George Brett when his HR was DQ’d for having too much pine tar.  Also, they can dress him like a pirate.  I’d call him Pint Arrr!

384 Responses

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    I know you have been raped by Liriano in the past but I seem to remember theory revolving around him not being able to pitch when it’s cold.

    What if that’s true and he just had a shizz year in 2011?

    Since he’s come back out of the bullpen, he’s had 4 very nice starts (throw out the Cubs game).

    Cust kayin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, So it was cold all of last year?

  2. DrEasy says:
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    Waddayamean only one fish? This year we have a Bass, a Trout, a Carp, and even a Conger! And they’re all fresh from the Pacific, just like the old Salmon!

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @DrEasy, There can be only one!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DrEasy, Ha

  3. Jessegeeeee says:
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    What a beach, just had to drop Brandon.

    Is Hultzen worth rostering, I need to make a second half run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jessegeeeee, Sure

  4. chata says:
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    just finished the latest pod-cast .
    interesting …. rudy stole my ian snell comparison .
    not interesting …. peter king .
    really not interesting …. peter king telling me what’s interesting .

    • @chata, stole is a harsh word. maybe subconsciously borrowed? :)

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, all lines,cracks or jokes used on here are subject to be borrowed

      • chata says:
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        @Rudy Gamble,

        am flattered that you deemed it appropriate .

  5. Eng says:
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    Thanks for another great daily rundown. Would you rather stash James Russell or Bobby Parnell? I’m thinking BP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eng, Thanks! BP…

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Detwiler or Friedrich?

    Kalish or Mayberry?

    Holland-DL or Norris-DL?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse, Detwiler…. Mayberry… Norris…

  7. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    before the yankees broacast michael kay was jabbering on about how “phil hughes is pitching as good as anyone in the majors”; meanwhile, yes network regaled viewers with a graphic that exhibited hughes’ sterling mid-four ERA. if a brief recollection of the season-to-date couldn’t fix that hack’s cognition, i hope the gopher ball huges was playing yesterday did. and even if that didn’t work, i guess he has the wise and knowledgeable yankees fanbase to fall back on at the end of the day anyhow…

    on another note, the trevor cahill start took me back to the days when i didn’t have a problem balling the big girls–she may not be a looker but she get it done…

    • HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, new razzball dictionary term? “Ballin a big girl”???

      Seriously though, let’s go ahead and take the past tense out of that statement… who you fooling? ZING! just kidding

      • ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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        @HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatballs, hahah zing indeed! and yeah, you’re right. but just cos i like something to try and wrap my arms around doesn’t mean i can’t save face in from of the razzball nation.

        ….. me = pwned

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight, Nice

  8. Giant JJ says:
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    I’ve punted Ks. Would you trade Edwin Jackson for Buehrle and Denorfia? 20 teams. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, No

  9. stoopid says:
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    Hultzen, Liriano, or Gee?

    I’ve dropped from 1st to 3rd in the last few weeks due to my Pitching being sub-par.

    It’s a keeper league but unless Hultzen is ridonkulous I wouldn’t keep him over Hamels & Kershaw.

    • supra says:
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      @stoopid, Gee if you need someone now, Hultzen if you can wait a few weeks.

  10. nightpandas says:
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    Cobb over Nolasco ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Yeah

  11. junker23 says:
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    From May 12th to June 12th, Heyward was frustrating as hell. (Hit .224/.283/.378 w/ 3 homers and 1 steal. Bleh.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @junker23, Yup

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Is Zimmerman worth trading for Morse?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Good article on ESPN btw detailing these guys struggles, Zimmerman still seems hurt.

      • Tony says:
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        @TheNewGuy, i think zimms trash, if we’re talking about ryan. I’d get rid of him if you got him.

        • supra says:
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          @Tony, Both their value is down right now… I’d try to get a bit more than Morse at first, but if you couldn’t and have 3B covered… yeah, I’d rather have Morse ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d take Morse

  13. MrHappyTime says:
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    Cespedes or Belt rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Belt

  14. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: I’m one of the unfortunate owners that have Brett Gardner…..Has anyone ever successfully come back from an injury because they used platelet rich injections…..should I just drop the guy I need the roster spot.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Rick Dempsey, I think Bartolo Colon had the platelet rich injections. But they probably went into a giant roast he was making.

      • Cyr says:
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        @Carnac, Yes, he was trying to avoid internal bleeding after attempting to save time by feeding himself the entire thing through a peg tube

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Dempsey, Drop him

  15. MattTruss223 says:
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    Just listened to the podcast on my ride in this morning. Fantastic gentlemen. I enjoyed the Peter King interview.

    One question I came away with though: Grey, what are you favorite Keurig varieties?

    I’m pretty throughly addicted to my Keurig as well. I’m in love with the Coffee People brand. Both Black Tiger and Jet Fuel are my prefered choices. I enjoy a Green Mountain – Black Magic now and then as well. Big fan of the dark roasts.

    • supra says:
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      @MattTruss223, It’s summer, grab a box of those “Iced Half & Half” of black tea and lemonade… its like a new Bieber song for your lips…. Ahhh.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @supra, Good call. I’ve never really used the Keurig for iced stuff, but I love me an Arnold Palmer. I’ll have to track some of those down.

        Speaking of the Bieb – Anyone know what kind of bet Bryce lost that he’s walking to the plate to a Bieber tune during this homestand? Pretty funny

        • supra says:
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          @MattTruss223, Oh yes… the Arnold Palmer. The only sports figure to create a better food item than Bobby V. And vastly superior to Luis Sojo’s classic “hot dog in a taco shell” idea. Can’t believe that one never caught on.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @supra, I’m gonna have to jump on the half & half train. Never had it before, but it sounds pretty incredible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Thanks! I go with donut something and sweet iced tea…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey, Donut Shop perhaps?

  16. frank rizzo says:
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    Hey, let me know if you’ve heard this one before. ROS….Montero or Montero at catcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Ha… Jesus…

  17. Mike says:
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    Tulowitzki is on a competitive but middle of the road team in my h2h redraft league. I am in first place by a fair margin.

    My limited knowledge tells me 6 weeks = 2nd week of August. But time tables for injuries are never guaranteed…

    Is Tulow guaranteed going to be around for h2h playoffs?

    Go get em? or forget em?

    • supra says:
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      @Mike, I don’t think you can trade for him in a redraft and expect him to carry you thru the playoffs. Supposed to be out 8 weeks… and then even if he takes 2 weeks to get back to form, season’s over. But if you have DL space and could get him for 25 cents on the dollar, go for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Depends who you’re giving to get him… I’d give next to nothing…

  18. Robert says:
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    I have offered Duda, Heyward, Latos, Doubront for Justin Upton and James McDonald. I am sick of Latos. I think Upton should outdo Heyward in the 2nd half. Is this a decent trade or am I giving up too much?

    • Steve-O says:
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      @Robert, You aren’t giving up enough. Not sure the size of your league, but the guys you are offering have underperformed (Heyward, Latos) or are uninspiring. McDonald is probably the best player in this deal and Upton was probably the player that cost the most in the draft/auction (not that it should matter at this point, but to the owner you are trying to pry Upton away from, it probably does).

      Also, Upton has hit over .300 since his benching a few weeks ago. If the owner is active, he is aware of that is unlikely to give up on Upton just when he is finally starting to show signs of life.

      • Robert says:
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        @Steve-O, Would Heyward, Butler, Latos, Harrison get it done for those two. The other guy is in 11th place out of 12.

        • Steve-O says:
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          @Robert,

          Depends on your league and your trading partners needs. Is it keeper? Butler is a nice addition, not sure he would need Harrison. I don’t have a very high opinion of Heyward, but he might. Latos is pretty much useless in all leagues at this point IMO. Can’t imagine someone trading for him.

          • Robert says:
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            @Steve-O, OK. I will see if I can make it work. Thanks.

    • @Robert, Agree with Steve-O. Your classic quantity for quality trade. McDonald’s the deal and I doubt the Upton owner would bail on his expensive pick now.

    • supra says:
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      @Robert, These guys are right. You’ve got the start of an offer with Heyward, but you’re going to need to offer 1-2 other good guys or underperforming/hurt top guys to have a shot.

  19. Steve-O says:
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    Heyward is horrible, his production comes in very short spurts. It is waaaay more likely he slides into another 6-50 slide than he embarks on a prolonged hot streak. He also hasn’t stolen a base since early May. If he goes 27/20, I will streak down Park Avenue.

    • supra says:
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      @Steve-O, I agree man… if I owned him in redraft and could get a Choo/Ethier/Victorino for him I would take it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve-O, Park Avenue – deal…

    • mc serch says:
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      @Steve-O, he’s also hitting .207 ag. lefties, I traded his ass a month ago…

      • Steve-O says:
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        @mc serch,

        I dropped him a month ago. Ten team league, only 5 bench spots. Way better ways to use that spot than on a frustrating player like Heyward.

  20. Bhoner says:
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    Hey Grey, Give Cano for Phillips and Andrus? Andrus will replace Alexi R. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bhoner, Sounds fair if you need steals…

  21. EK says:
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    Pls rank at 2B ROS H2H points:
    Beckham
    Aviles
    R. Roberts
    Ackley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Beckham, Aviles

  22. EK says:
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    Who would you rather own 12 team H2H points:

    David Robertson
    Sean Marshall

    • supra says:
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      @EK, Robertson… they are both setup guys at the moment, no imminent role change, and D-Rob’s numbers are superior.

  23. Cheese says:
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    Loved the Allen Craig blurb this morning!

    I know you’ve been blech about Latos recently, but what about this offer? Fielder and Latos for Butler and CJ Wilson? Is this a good deal? If it’s not, I can swap Wilson with one of Anibal or McDonald.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Thanks! I’d take Wilson…

  24. Jack says:
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    Santos still worth stashing? I’m beginning to think he is out for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, I’d stash him if I had the DL room…

  25. Dudley says:
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    David Murphy or Mayberry? H2H 10-team w/ OBP no AVG.

    Also, keep Daniel Hudson or drop him and stream some other flavor of the day? No one in particular on the wire, but Hudson seems bench-only right now. I haven’t actually seen him pitch, so not sure if there is any bad luck in his horrendous outings recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dudley, Mayberry… I’d hold Hudson…

  26. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Felipe Paulino is available and about to come off the DL. Would you drop Marmol, Liriano or Millwood for him?

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Hardcore Midget, I would drop Millwood.

    • supra says:
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      @Hardcore Midget, would drop Liriano or Millwood… might as well ride the hot hand and dump KW for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hardcore Midget, Millwood

  27. my name is kendrys says:
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    In a deep bench 10 team keeper league, who wins in this trade? Dickey for de Aza.

    • supra says:
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      @my name is kendrys, Def Dickey… in a 10 team league there must me plenty of replacements avail for De Aza… Dickey is easily a top 20 SP at this point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @my name is kendrys, RA

  28. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    What can we expect from Jacob Turner tonight and the rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, Hopefully he’s better than he was in AAA, cause he wasn’t good there this year.

  29. weas says:
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    What level of hitter is Gio worth? Trumbo too much/too little?

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @weas, Get more than Trumbo. Aim for a top bat.

      • supra says:
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        @ThE sHiT, way too little… you’re talking about a top 10 SP in Gio… you should be able to get at least a top 30 bat… think Kinsler/Konerko/Castro/Beltre/Stanton type guy at least.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas, I’d want a top bat…

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job bossman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC, Thanks!

  31. Hans 'Kelly' Gruber says:
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    Any advice comments on the following deal…

    I trade
    Adrian Gonzalez

    for

    Broxton
    Willingham
    Goldschmidt

    seems good to me, but not sure on AGon return to form?

    • supra says:
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      @Hans ‘Kelly’ Gruber, If you’re in the bottom half of standings and need to make moves, I could see it. If you already in a playoff spot, I would hold and look for a 2nd half rebound for Adrian.

      Either way I’d rather see you get a better pitcher in the deal.

      • Hans 'Kelly' Gruber says:
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        @supra, thanks for that… as I finished writing that I had another offer of Trumbo and Cueto for AGon and think thats a far better offer. AGon seems to have lost his power

        • supra says:
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          @Hans ‘Kelly’ Gruber, again not terrible… but it doesn’t tickle my balls. I’d hold, unless you REALLY need the SP… classic sell low buy high here.

        • chata says:
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          @Hans ‘Kelly’ Gruber,

          cueto and trumbo is a no-brainer .
          do not hesitate .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hans ‘Kelly’ Gruber, Cueto/Trumbo

  32. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Start Lincecum tomorrow or bench him till a good start?

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez, @Oak….. definitely start.

      • supra says:
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        @Niq Castro, I have no problems sitting him at this point until we see something positive. He’s muffed good on-paper matchups this season already.

        • Niq Castro says:
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          @supra, Totally understand that point of view. Personally I’d continue to start him. I know he’s getting hit hard, walking a lot of batters and whatnot, but his peripherals are good and zips is optimistic. That’s good enough for me.

          Also he has been fantastic in three starts in Oakland (22IP, 10BB, 30K, 1HR, 1.23ERA/WHIP) – not that his past year stats OR this meaningless sample actually factor into whether or not this will be a good start.

          (I AM benching Latos at this point so I do have some limit to my frustrations!)

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez,

      Most will be surprised to hear that the A’s have scored the most runs in the majors in the month of June. I could see them getting after Timmy

      • bean says:
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        @OaktownSteve, Pretty interesting stuff.

        Scored 40 runs in a 6 game span @ Colorado and Arizona.

        See how they do against Kershaw today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I’m Keith Hernandez, Start

  33. supra says:
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    When The Wrench came out of the x-ray tech’s room and said he ‘just got lucky’ was he zipping up his pants?

    I have Sabathia, CJWilson, Halladay, Anibal, Parker, Hultzen, Buccholz, Doubront, Pettitte, Wandy, Bell in my deep keeper.

    Recently dropped Paulino & Lilly and also E.Santana, Gee are FAs.

    Mostly could use a closer, Janssen, Bailey, Perkins, Benoit, K-Rod, Holland are FAs.

    We have limited moves and already thru 60% of them… anything immediately jump out at you? Or just monitor for a another turn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Ha… Yup! Hold your moves…

  34. Niq Castro says:
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    How do you guys rank the following for ROS: Dan Hudson, Beckett, Paulino, Gee, Parker, Niese

    • Niq Castro says:
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      @Niq Castro, and Hultzen.

      • supra says:
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        @Niq Castro, Hudson, Parker, Paulino… Niese/Beckett/Gee = would base on matchups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, Parker, Hudson, Paulino

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Grey, Also, is Latos an absolute drop in a 12 team?

  35. AJ says:
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    On Zobrist, take a look at his home/road splits for both 2012 and 2011. I’m starting to think we need to take those seriously.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ, Gotcha

  36. Mario Mendoza of commenters says:
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    Tulo injured too low on his torso?

    • @Mario Mendoza of commenters, I checked with our factcheckers and your proposed title edit. Evidently, the groin is low on the torso. I thought the torso might end at the waist but it extends until you hit legs. But Too Low To Be Risky kind of rhymes with Tulowitzki and does hint at the Rockies’ caution in getting TuLo the surgery. But I do like the rhyme and anatomical correctness in your suggestion…

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    The Peralta blurb made me think:

    I used to be able to name every nut that there was. And it used to drive my mother crazy, because she used to say, “Harlan Pepper, if you don’t stop naming nuts,” and the joke was that we lived in Pine Nut, and I think that’s what put it in my mind at that point. So she would hear me in the other room, and she’d just start yelling. I’d say, “Peanut. Hazelnut. Cashew nut. Macadamia nut.” That was the one that would send her into going crazy. She’d say, “Would you stop naming nuts!” And Hubert used to be able to make the sound, he couldn’t talk, but he’d go “rrrawr rrawr” and that sounded like Macadamia nut. Pine nut, which is a nut, but it’s also the name of a town. Pistachio nut. Red pistachio nut. Natural, all natural white pistachio nut.

    • @OaktownSteve, B.I.S. Cust Kayin’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Nice

  38. Grey's da man! says:
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    Is richards a good streamer option in a 12 team roto league? home vs mariners.

    In another league, who is the best option:
    Richards home vs mariners
    Samardzija @ Dbacks
    Paker homvs vs Giants

    • supra says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Parker

    • bean says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I just picked up Richard in my 12-Team NL Only league but I am not sure how good of a play he is in a mixed league.

      I am starting him any time he is at home cause he is pretty dominant at Petco. Add the Sub-Mariners to the equation and its party time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d stream Richards… Parker…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, sorry, maybe there was some confusion there on my part. It is Clayton Richard, not Garrett Richards..same answer?

  39. Nonstoptalk says:
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    Can’t believe my pitching staff is so bad that I need to ask questions like this but between Bucholz/Hughes/Latos who is the drop when Paulino comes of the DL? Or should I just drop Paulino?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nonstoptalk, Latos

  40. Beau says:
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    Rest of the season…Youk or Zimmerman in my rotting 3b slot (bad image)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Beau, Youk

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Beau, Holy crap that is one damning insult on zimmerman

  41. bean says:
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    I am tired of waiting for Bluto to implode while his supporting cast implodes as well. Drop Cishek for one of the following?

    Randall Delgado or Ronald Belisario?

    Current Pitchers: Cain, Gio, Vogelsong, Lincecum, Casilla, C. Richard, D. Her, and SeaSick

    (NL Only 12-Team Roto)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bean, Delgado

  42. Matt says:
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    7×7 roto with obp and slg too, no keepers

    Austin Jackson or Angel Pagan?

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

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Jackson… I’d take Desmond

  43. Art Vandelay says:
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    11 team shallow mixed league with 5×5 roto scoring. I have Sandoval, Lowrie, and Castro for SS and 3B, so am looking to possibly move one. Thoughts on dealing Lowrie and Wandy for Morse and Wainwright? Make that deal or still too worried about Morse? Thanks!

    • supra says:
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      @Art Vandelay, If you have that deal of the table, click yes right now. Highway robbery… or at least robbery on a country road in a non-residential zone.

      And you wanna be my latex salesman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Art Vandelay, Do it

  44. Wake Up says:
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    Just wondering if Desmond Jennings is still circled in hearts on your trapper keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, He is… TK is getting filled up with Trout and Stanton too…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, Might have to make some room for Colby Lewis…just saying…

  45. Schwab Stumped says:
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    Would you trade Yovani Gallardo for BJ Upton?

    12 team standard HTH. My SPs would consist of MadBum, J Zimmerman, A Sanchez, Samardzija, Lincecum and AJ Burnett. Would pick up Parker or Milone to add to depth…

    As always, you guys crack me up!

    • supra says:
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      @Schwab Stumped, Not sure your league size… but I wouldn’t be mad at a BJ/Parker offer for my Gallardo in a 12 team. Go for it if you need the bat.

      • Schwab Stumped says:
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        @supra, yeah, its a 12 teamer… my entire offense is relatively weak and could use the counting stats. Trying to shoot for Castro by pitting the 2 owners against each other. At least I know I can accept the BJ. Ha!

        I appreciate your insights!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab Stumped, Thanks! Trade looks fine… Milone (at home), Parker…

  46. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop Niese, Doubront or Scherzer for Masterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Niese

  47. Tony says:
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    Grey/Rudy: What do you think of Heyward for Chris sale?

    Would i be selling a little short on sale? or are you guys worried about his arm/innings still?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, I’d take Sale… Little short…

  48. BERK says:
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    So last night I had a dream that JP Arencibia was a clever anagram for something. It sort of does read like it’s from a book where the author makes a wacky name which anagrams into something normal (like Laeddis in Shutter Island. Oops! Spoiler!). I forget what exactly JP’s name anagrammed into, but in my dream I told Grey about it & he said it was cool. Just thought I’d share.

    Possibly the anagram was “I be Panic Jar,” but that doesn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re Jamaican. And a Panic Jar.

    • supra says:
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      @BERK, that’s not fair… I haven’t had a dream with Grey in it yet. =/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BERK, HA! Don’t remember having a co-dream with you… Did you wear the head of cabbage on your head before bedtime? Cause I slept in my so we’d have co-dreams…

      • BERK says:
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        @Grey, The cabbage is supposed to go on your *head*?? My bad…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @BERK,
      Awesome. Some possibilities:

      I Pi Crab Jean which would make a wonderful surrealist bumper sticker

      I Ran Epic Jab which sounds like you had your own rap label

      I Pic Jean Bra I think that one speaks for itself

      I Bi Jean Crap which sounds like something a sexually confused Russian with limited english and a hated sister named Jean would say

      • BERK says:
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        @OaktownSteve, Ha! That last one killed me!

  49. 976DAVE says:
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    David Robertson is unowned in my keeper league. We don’t reward Holds. Is there any upside if I use my empty roster space and a three year contract on him? Will he be traded? Will he eventually close? Seems too good (when healthy) to be a perpetual setup man.

    • supra says:
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      @976DAVE, Soriano has the experience and the short pre-injury time D-rob had the job it didnt go smoothly (not that he couldn’t have settled into the job nicely). With Mariano back next year and Soriano signed thru 2013, I don’t see Robertson getting too many saves or being a keeper. That being said, his ratio’s and K’s are phenominal. If you have an empty roster spot and no other needs at the moment, he will help your cats nicely each week in a H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @976DAVE, Plenty of upside for his Ks and ratios…

      • 976DAVE says:
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        @Grey, not a ratio league. need him to get saves somewhere to be useful in this 12 team keeper mixed H2H. Just thought he might be traded or Soriano would.

  50. K!cks says:
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    Drop Latos for Gee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K!cks, Yup

  51. Buying into Moss yet? In case he’s for real, is he a better choice than any of Belt, Seager, or Morneau? Thanks.
    & conceptually love the Grappler Heel Tube Sock premise. Sharpied a couple of Samoans on mine this morning as a sort of test run before throwing monetary support at it. If the day goes well, 10% is yours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie, I’m not buying him long term, but I’d take him over Morneau… Great, let me know how many compliments you get…

  52. Hello Grey or Rudy or fellow frequent commentators:

    In a 16-team redraft roto league I’ve got both Ian Desmond and Jed Lowrie at SS … usually I play one or the other or I slide one in at UTIL if they’re both hitting well and have juicy matchups. But the guy in my league who lost Tulo is desperate for a replacement (he’s been using Theriot).

    My team is weakest at SBs and Rs, the two categories where the other guy leads the league.

    So my questions are: A) who should I offer between Desmond and Lowrie?

    B) And who should I shoot for between Bourn, Austin Jackson, De Aza?

    C) Or should I just hold tight? My team is strong (2nd place and striking distance of 1st), I just picked up Campana for some SBs, I’ve got Stubbs coming off the DL soon (he wrote optimistically), I traded for Victorino three weeks back. I’ve also got plenty of OF, and as is I have at least two guys eligible for every position except C.

    If I make a trade with this guy I want to make a good one: he’s the dominant team in the league, though floundering this year. And he’s known for bettering other managers in most trades.

    Here are my hitters for context:
    C Jesus
    1B Miggy
    2B Aaron Hill, Howie Kendrick
    3B David Wright
    SS Lowrie, Desmond
    OF Jay Bruce, BBelt, Rasmus, Victorino, Campana,
    DL Stubbs, Berkman
    NA Rizzo

    • supra says:
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      @Enrique, I’d be happy to swap Lowrie for prob any of those 3… and in the order you have. You’re OF looks strong now, but could look very different in 2 weeks… if you could snag Bourn, thats a real solid OF addition.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Lowrie… For any three…

      • @Grey, @supra. Many thanks for the input.

        The conversation started with Desmond … if he won’t bite for Lowrie would you trade Demond for any of those three? Or is it too risky going with Lowrie as my only SS over the rest of the season?

  53. anarchy burger says:
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    would u guys deal addison reed for ryan cook and haren? reed has a pretty good keeper round on him. is haren hurt or does he just stink???
    5×5 12 team mixed

    • supra says:
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      @anarchy burger, I’m a little worried about Haren, since he usually has better 1st halfs… but closers come and go. I think Cook will stick in the role at this point, so that’s closer for a closer/top20 SP… a real nice haul for Reed.

      • anarchy burger says:
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        @supra, kind of what i was thinking to. the guy i’d trade reed to loves the white sox. i just wish he had someone besides haren. he dumped and has nothing left.

        grey what do u think about haren???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anarchy burger, I’d take Haren for a closer… I do worry a bit about Haren though as said on the site from time to time this year…

  54. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Which side do you like in this trade?
    Hill/Willingham for Aviles/Lynn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Hill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Actually, I lied… That’s pretty low of return on Lynn… I’d take Lynn…

  55. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    1) rank these streamers for tomorrow : Bailey v. MIN, Richard v. SEA, Foster @ PIT

    2) Hold onto Reddick or drop? Hasn’t done much of anything the past month. Could drop for ARam, Rasmus, Belt, Ike, Kubel, Goldy, Plouffe, or Hunter.

    3) Do you think the Indians would pay me to pray for all of Masterson’s starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Richard, Bailey… 2)Aram 3) Prolly

  56. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Here is my team in a 6 team H2H league. Daily Lineup. Currently 3rd in standings and trouncing the competition lately
    Scoring as follows R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP

    C Carlos Ruiz
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    2B Brandon Phillips
    3B Mark Trumbo
    SS Starlin Castro
    OF Austin Jackson
    OF Trevor Plouffe
    OF Brandon Moss (I just dropped Bryce Harper for him)
    U Colby Rasmus (just added him and dropped Allen Craig)
    BN Buster Posey
    BN Mike Trout
    BN Jason Kipnis

    Pitching
    SP R.A. Dickey
    SP James McDonald
    RP Jonathan Papelbon
    RP Craig Kimbrel
    P Fernando Rodney
    P Joel Hanrahan
    P Aroldis Chapman
    BN Ryan Vogelsong
    BN Johan Santana
    BN Andy Pettitte

    2DL free

    Should I drop any of my players for any of these guys on the waiver wire.
    Tulowitzki
    Aaron Hill
    Rios
    Goldy
    Kubel
    Crisp
    Mayberry
    Pedro Alvarez
    Justin Masterson
    Colby Lewis
    Brandon McCarthy
    Matt Harrison

    • supra says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, no offense, but I could never imagine playing in a 6 team league. Thats like playing MLB on the PS3 and forcing all the other teams to trade their best player to you. Fun for about a day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Hill over Posey

      • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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        @Grey, LOL. I figured you would say that. I would rather keep Posey as a backup catcher. Every once in a while he seems to get some pop to his bat, usually right when I need it.

        @supra, Maybe. Although it could be an easy way to go out on top this year, I have decided to retire after 10+ years playing fantasy sports. I won a football championship after surging in the weeks leading up to the playoffs this this year. I also won a Basketball league this year. Both of those leagues had twice the amount of teams as this crazy league. 3 weeks ago I was at the bottom of the standings watching my team get destroyed every week.

        • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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          I also am in a league with 20 teams. Each team has 37 active players and 3 DL slots. So, I have the best of both worlds. LOL

          • supra says:
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            @Mennonite Sports guy, ahh ok… yeah I’ll shut up now… I’ve never done more than 14 teams. Wow, a league with 740 active players is for REAL men.

            • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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              @supra, Not just active players, it is an ESPN league that has most of the Farm players.

  57. Joel says:
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    Grey: I can trade my lynn and choo for shields and cruz. I have to do that, right?

    • anarchy burger says:
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      @Joel, hurry before he changes his mind

      • supra says:
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        @anarchy burger, def do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel, Yup

  58. Balogna says:
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    Jarrod Parker or Paulino ROS?

    • supra says:
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      @Balogna, parker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Balogna, Parker

  59. Lob Ball says:
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    Do I go with Moore against Gio in 100 degree heat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lob Ball, Yup

  60. Grey's da man! says:
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    Trout a good return for Gio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, It’s fair

  61. Grey's da man! says:
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    Also, in one league I have votto and prince, with a weak MI (Espinoza/alexei). Would you trade prince for cano or Kinsler?

    • Grey

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

  62. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Paula Abdul wants you to know that opposites do attract. And that’s why everyone who wants to win their league is asking about Liriano.

    Also, Krispie and Frenchy were both dropped this week in my 12 team HTH league, worth dropping Duda or Craig for one or both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Pappy, Ha… Hold…

      • Slappy Pappy says:
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        @Grey, Thanks friend!

  63. stoopid says:
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    Follow up to a question asked earlier. Just saw Paulino was still a FA.

    Gee or Paulino?

    Staff is Hamels, Kershaw, Anibal, MacDonald, Capuano, & Burnett.

    Drop Burnett or Benoit (already have 4 other RP’s)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stoopid, Paulino… Benoit

  64. Euroalien says:
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    12 Team Keeper 5 x 5 Plz rank the following going forward:

    Brandon Moss, Matt Adams, Raul Ibanez, Nolan Reimold, JD Martinez & Ben Revere.

    Trying to figure out if I should drop any of these for Moss (or is he just a hot schamato?)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Euroalien, Revere for speed, Moss for a hot bat…

  65. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Billy Hamilton | SS | CIN
    “Hamilton was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday hours before the High-A All-Star game, the Reds’ official site reports.
    Spin:
    Despite the experience, Hamilton still played in the All-Star Game, where he was named the Most Valuable Player.
    Rotowire”

    So the guy who has stolen 80 bases this year alone gets robbed at gunpoint. hmmm…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Wow!

    • potus says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, Why didn’t he just run away?

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @potus, HA! That was my first thought too. He can obviously outrun a speeding bullet!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @potus, Ha!

  66. Grey's da man! says:
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    start j zimm at baltimore tomorrow (12 team roto – 1500 inning cap)

    • Grey

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

  67. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    ok . i’ll admit to being team-biased .
    probably because i’m lazy .
    maybe because it’s just easier to follow my guys by
    limiting how many teams that i have to watch on my mlbtv package .
    but , these box scores from yesterday certainly don’t help to dissuade me :

    seattle …. 10 r , 14 h , 0 e
    arizona …. 14 r , 16 h , 0 e

    st. louis … 3 r , 12 h , 1 e
    detroit …. 1 r , 5 h , 1 e

    i , currently , don’t own any players on these four teams . (coincidence) .
    but , why the heck would i want to own cardinal players , if all they can
    muster is 3 runs on 12 hits ?

    cust .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Bit of a small sample size

  68. OaktownSteve says:
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    Not a lot of talk about AL player of the week Brandon Moss. He hit a bomb last night against funky lefty Elbert. Solid front side on a hanging breaking ball. Seems like the A’s find these guys and get a couple of solid weeks out of them and then they hit the wall like a Greek woman turning 40. My theory is that these this crazy motivation/focus that kicks in where guys go here’s my first/last shot at big league playing time and they go nuts but it’s always unsustainable of course.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve, One other note. Archer became the first pitcher not drafted by the Rays to start a game for the since 2010!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Interesting on Archer… Yeah, Moss could be a 40 year old Greek woman… I like that theory…

  69. #1 contenda says:
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    yo grey man,
    medlen get a chance at rotation? or jurrjens stickin there yo?

    respeckt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @#1 contenda, Jurrjens looks to be sticking for a few starts at least…

  70. MattTruss223 says:
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    Could you rank these CIs for me: Belt, Middlebrooks, Mayberry, Lonnie.

    I need to lose one now to grab Paulino and lose another when/if Longoria comes off the DL someday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, You did…

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  71. Horse says:
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    14 team, hurting in HR & RBI. Does anyone like this:

    Give A. Gon.
    Get Dunn / Chris Davis

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Horse, Go for it

  72. Pokey Reese says:
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    Would I be a doofus for trading away Dustin Pedroia for David Price and heading over to the FA pool and slotting Aaron Hill at 2B?

    • @Pokey Reese, I kinda like that move…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pokey Reese, Nope

  73. Fantastic work as always Mustachioed One. Really top notch stuff. What advice do we have for Krispie? Drop him? Hold out hope…

    In first place but lead is a bit shrinky dink over the last few days and still holding onto the Rizzo Messiah which now just seems excessive, but what the fack…

    Options in OF on the wire are pretty meah…Parra, Murphy, Moreland, Viviedo…and Campena and Schaffer for SAGNOF which is the one category I need most, but running with Revere now. Anyway, There Will Be Blood references never get old.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, Thanks! I’d hold Krispie with those options…

  74. azt says:
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    I have Tulo and need a SS and have been offered this trade:

    BJ Upton for JJ Hardy.

    I currently have Scutaro as my SS. I also could just pick up Alcides Esocbar instead if that would be better.

    Current OF:
    Shin-Soo Choo
    BJ Upton
    Trout
    Rios
    Desmond Jennings
    Cespedes
    Kemp (I have had the worst luck (Kemp, Tulo, Beachy)

    Some how still in first!

    Let me know what you think on the trade. My team has plenty of speed.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @azt, I don’t like it…

      • azt says:
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        @Grey, Thanks, I thought the same.

  75. Mrobs says:
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    Afternoon Grey… Giancarlo/Worley for my McCutchen. Who you got?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrobs, Afternoon… Stanton

    • Mrobs says:
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      @Mrobs, What about McCutchen/M. Reynolds for Giancarlo/Worley

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mrobs, Eh… McCutchen

        • Mrobs says:
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          @Grey, Got the first one. McCutch for Stanton/Worley!

          Thanks!!

  76. Poo Holes says:
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    So here’s another mini-rant about The Commish, once again. If anyone didn’t know before, The Commish has an offense that’s loaded. His starting lineup is all top guys and he has Kemp, Tulo, and Longoria on his bench. Last week, he traded Pujols and McDonald for McCutchen. Obviously this is an example of overpaying for a player you want, especially when he already has Votto and loves Hosmer. So, now that Tulo is likely done for most, if not all of the year, he’s starting Lowrie at shortstop. A few weeks ago, I traded Kinsler and Hamilton for Bautista, Reyes, and Garza.

    I got an offer from The Commish last night of Jesus Montero (bad enough I already have 2 catchers), Lowrie (I had owned him and dropped him when I got Reyes), Jennings (don’t need another underperforming outfielder when I have Krispie), and Wade Miley (his flavor of the week pitcher) for my Reyes. Aside from maybe Latos, those are all his worst players.

    I’ve put a lot of effort into trying to build this team when I took it over at the start of last year. I started at the bottom and worked my way all the way up to third. I’d hate to let this team go, but this guy and his team are pretty ridiculous. Anyone have any more thoughts on what I should do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Is this a keeper? Cause then I’d do that for Reyes… Otherwise, it’s fair, but it doesn’t look like it helps you at all…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, It is a keeper, but a 4-for-1 trade means I need to drop three guys and I’m not really upgrading anywhere. It may be fair but it’s hurting me a lot more than it’s helping me. With that logic, shouldn’t I be able to trade Pierzynski, Seager, BJ Upton, and Capuano for McCutchen or Mike Trout?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Poo Holes, I’d want the one player, definitely, but in keepers some times you need depth… Plus, if you’re hurting at 5 positions but have one superstar (yeah, I called Trout a superstar), then that trade might make sense…

  77. The Burghler says:
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    12 team head to head 7×7 with ops/ks

    Reynolds or Krispie for util?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Burghler, Reynolds

  78. #1 contenda says:
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    grey man, won more question. ranking in keeper.

    plouffe, middlebrocks, rizzo.

    peas.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @#1 contenda, Rizzo, Middle, Plouffe

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        ^Agree

        • #1 contenda says:
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          @Grey, aight. thank

  79. Grey

    Grey says:
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    **Hey, do people like that lineup chart on the right side of the page?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Grey, don’t see it man. Other than Rotoinfo…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilsonian, How about below that?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Grey, no sir. Still don’t see it. I have an old ass work computer, don’t know if that matters at all.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Wilsonian, Below my Who Is Grey Albright? ad?

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Grey, I see it!! I see it!! Well done. I can dig it…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                @Wilsonian, Nice, Shaft…

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Grey, I got nothin’

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Grey, I got it! It’s muy bueno! (That’s Spanish for “very bueno”)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        **Yeah, it’s below my melon…

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @Grey, Ah, I see now, it’s under “Who is Grey Albright” and blended in with the links over there. Very cool. I’m constantly refreshing rotoinfo for the line-ups and refreshing Razzball to read comments, that just eliminated a window! Very bueno indeed

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @MattTruss223, Yup

    • bean says:
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      @Grey, Very nice…..makes being lazy that much easier!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @bean, All about making lazy a good quality…

    • chata says:
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      @Grey,

      yeah .
      i’ve been using that source for some time now .

      by the way ,
      thanks for removing that norwegian cruise thing .
      appreciate that .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @chata, No problem…

    • royce! says:
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      @Grey, Nice! Razzball is like Fred Meyer! <- for all the northwesterners.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @royce!, Yeah, don’t get it…

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @Grey, it’s a NW grocery/department store/gas station/etc chain now owned by Krogers.. the ad tag line for years was “your one stop shopping center”.

          • Prezii says:
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            @Abdoozy, you northwesterners/eastsiders dont even have a jack in the box… Cmon man!!

            • royce! says:
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              @Prezii, Are you making some sort of reference that I’m missing? Because the Northwest most definitely has Jack in the Box. I had way too many $1 Jumbo Jacks before taking the last bus back home from bars in Seattle many, many years ago. Then again, my memory of most of that time is pretty hazy…

              • Abdoozy says:
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                @royce!, what we don’t have is Chick-Fil-A, or In-N-Out.

                On the other hand, we don’t have to pump our own gas, or pay sales tax… At least not in Oregon.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sounds like Jersey… Always fascinated me why some states make pumping their own gas illegal…

                  • royce! says:
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                    @Grey, I think Oregon and Jersey are the only places you can’t pump your own gas. In the northwest, there was what I think was an urban legend that a lawmaker’s son died in a gas station explosion, so he pushed for the law. It’s probably just a remnant of the late-40s or early-50s when the safety equipment was not as effective and everyone constantly smoked, so the there was good reason behind the laws.

                    This boring factoid was brought to you by All-Bran cereal. Keep it regular! And now, Andy Rooney…

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Abdoozy, no in and out? Screw jack in the box, in and out is the shit. They even have a secret menu… Dont tell anybody.

                  • Abdoozy says:
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                    @Prezii, Double Double Animal Style, fries and a strawberry shake.. I could live on that diet, at least until my arteries clogged to a halt.. But no, the closest InO is in Redding.

                    On the other hand, microbreweries and Voodoo Donut.

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Abdoozy, hell yeah you know about it! Animal fries no onions. If im really feelin fat i get the 4×4, animal style… Haha that will clog ya some arteries! Hands down best fast food though…

              • Prezii says:
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                @royce!, i definitely meant northeastern.. haha i think its only on the west. People say “a place where you can get burgers AND tacos!!?”.. they’re missin out!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah… Had no idea… Never been up there…

    • potus says:
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      @Grey, Thumbs up on the lineup chart

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @potus, Cool

  80. Prezii says:
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    #im#prolly#gonna#get#roofied.. haha

    Dude just offered me frenchy and the dread brewer for my allen craig… Decline of course, but now i know he likes craig.. how do you feel about bourn for craig? Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha… I’d take Bourn…

  81. Prezii says:
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    Andd hell yeah on the lineups… I use to use rotoworlds lineup and
    weather posts everyday, but this is good.. sooner or later this will be the only site i use!! Keep it up guys, its only gettin better!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, If you just scroll over them, you see them without clicking…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, eh im on a droid.. i call him r2-e5.. i cant scroll over! But im fine with clicking.. this gonna be an every morning thing i suppose??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Prezii, We’re hoping it auto-updates with every team lineup… Will know better tomorrow when there’s a full slate of games…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, sweet… Hope it all goes well!

  82. BigFatHippo says:
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    Nice sneaky “There will be blood” reference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BigFatHippo, That was kinda Rudy…

  83. Deadwoods says:
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    Dubront or Gee

    • Deadwoods says:
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      @Deadwoods, I mean Doubront

  84. JungleMike says:
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    Rasmus or Reddick in a ROTO league?? I’ve had Reddick for quite some time, but it seems like he’s cooling off…the other option would be Morse. Thoughts ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JungleMike, Rasmus and Morse over Reddick…

      • JungleMike says:
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        @Grey, Nice, thanks Grey. Rasmus over both?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  85. Hi Grey — a followup on a question above. Would you trade Desmond for Bourn, Austin Jackson, or De Aza? Or is it a bad move to trade Desmond if it would leave me with Jed Lowrie as my only SS?

    This is in a 16-team redraft league where my weakest categories are R and SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, I’d take any of them…

  86. royce! says:
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    Are you excited that Jeff Kent might be on the next season of Survivor? He seems made for reality tv.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Are you serious? He’s gonna be on there? I just sharted if that’s a good thing…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Rumor has it- saw it on deadspin. Would make for good teevee.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds wonderful…

  87. Harley says:
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    @Grey: please rank for the rest of the season (wins, losses, era, whip, k/9) – gallardo, lester, scherzer, garza, hanson.

    Also, assuming you agree with me on hanson being last, thoughts on moving heyward and hanson for 1 of the others plus a closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley, Yovani, Lester, Garza, hanson… Not crazy about that trade, it’s okay…

      • Harley says:
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        @Grey, you like Scherzer the least out of all of them? what about just yovani or lester straight up for heyward?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m kinda fed up with Scherzer… I’d take either straight up for Heyward…

  88. Donkey Show says:
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    @Grey: Which side you want in Fielder/Trout for A-Gon/Cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Donkey Show, Fielder

  89. Deadwoods says:
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    Sorry if I was confusing above, so I’ll try again: Doubront or Gee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Gee

    • Prezii says:
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      @Deadwoods, doubront. You gotta be a little more specific there buddy.. ros? Spot start? Take out to dinner? But id go doubront over gee on any of those.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Deadwoods, or you could listen to grey.. lol wat do i know?? Im just a guy who wants to take doubrant on a dinner date..

  90. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    What are the cons of streaming Fister tomorrow? PIT has the lowest WOBA against RHP In baseball and its a pitchers park. Just curious. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Are there cons?

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey,

        Well in a previous post you listed Richard and Bailey ahead of Fister, yet I like him the most. Richards is second for me mainly because he faced the mariners 2 starts ago (albeit a very good one). Bailey a clear 3rd for me due to ballpark.

  91. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    You said regarding Ellsbury coming back soon “And Brett Gardner was the one with a minor injury.” I never thought Gardner’s injury was ever considered Minor. Was it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was day-to-day when it first happened…

  92. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    I have a few questions on guys returning. Wondering if they should be on my radar.

    When Utley returns, is he more valuable than Espinosa or R.Weeks in a 12-team OBP?

    In addition, should we be stashing Carl Crawford?

    Finally, Salvy is doing well in rehabs. Wilin Rosario over him or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Doubtful on Utley… I’d stash Crawford… Rosario over Salvy…

  93. Steve says:
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    My opponent is streaming Blackley. Can’t say I expected this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha

  94. Jack says:
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    Who should I pick up between Bedard, Delgado, Paulinio, Cashner, Floyd, Eovaldi, Dice-K, Fiers, Ervin Santana?

    12 team 6×6 yahoo league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Paulino

  95. MagicTerp says:
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    No more Beachy for me and slim pickings for starters in NL only. Marquis, Wolf, Happ, Lincoln, Correia, Thornburg, Fiers (is he even starting any more??)… ugh. Any of this crap worth rostering? Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wolf

  96. scott says:
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    with total bases as a category, who would you rather have ROS?
    reyes or trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  97. Goose says:
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    AJ Burnett has a 1.27 ERA at home this year.

    That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeppers

    • Chris says:
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      @Goose,

      Milone has a 0.99 ERA at home….

      Some of these guys have some crazy splits.

  98. Jon says:
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    At some point would you lose Milone, Cobb or Pettitte to activate Oswalt? If so, right away or wait and see how Roy handles himself? (he’s in a minor league spot for me)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yeah, Cobb… I’d wait to see Oswalt in a start or two…

  99. Jon says:
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    Will you start Paulino Monday night vs. TB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, In most leagues, yeah…

  100. Steve says:
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    That was Rollins’ first at-bat on my H2H team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good shizz?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Boo and, indeed, yah.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, I see now… Indeed…

  101. Chillmodious says:
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    Good evening Grey,

    Doing this from an iPhone so my apologies if this has been asked/answered above…

    Drop Mini Donkey for Mayberry?

    Junior is on fire and Reynolds loves to give me a whole lot of nothing every time I pick him up. I call it FDS–Frustrating Donkey Syndrome. And I’ve got it bad. Do I suffer through or give in?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good evening, Chillmodius. I’d want Reynolds…Though I do like Mayberry…

  102. Cahhhhh-stanza says:
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    Adding the daily lineups is a nice addition to the site Grey.
    Also, good podcast this week. Never miss MMQB during football season.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Thanks!

  103. Wilsonian says:
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    Better spot start tomorrow:

    Burnett v. Det OR
    Bills @ LAA?

    Better UTIL bat:

    Middlebrooks, J. Weeks, or JD Mart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnett…. Middlebrooks

  104. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Chris Davis or Carlos Lee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  105. Steve says:
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    This time, CarGo…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Tough to be too hard on him, but not a run, HR or RBI so far this week. Really?

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, What about you, Plouffe?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And Nick said he was underrated, pfft!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey, Not to be confused with plouffed.

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, CarGo?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah… You didn’t listen to the Peter King podcast?

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Not yet. I suppose he could be a little underrated. Mind you, if you’re not Bryce Harper or Matt Kemp, no one is talking about you.

              Owning a guy in H2H really skews your perception of what it’s like to own him. His overall numbers are awesome, but this week he’s done next to nothing.

              I want my guys producing big, all day every day!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You’re tough! We gotta get you on Skype for a podcast segment… Steve Magic: Who did you drop this week?

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, That’s not a silly idea. Though I have to say, I’ve done a lot of damage to my ‘cooler’ reputation’ lately. Some of the guys I’ve picked up recently…

                  Belt, Hill, Rasmus, Plouffe, Alvarez. Streamed Richards on Sunday, Grabbed Max in time for his last start…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You’ve lost your mojo! Or is it you’ve gained your mojo?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Eh – give it a week and I’ll be bemoaning my ‘misfortune’ again.

                      Man – feel uncomfortable when Aceves comes in with any kind of lead, much less a one-run lead.

                  • chata says:
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                    @Steve,

                    so , if Nick offers to trade you a kilo of canadian bacon ,
                    what do you have to offer in return ?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @chata, That’s a good one. Maybe some NZ lamb – or some whitebait perhaps.

                    • Steve says:
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                      @chata, Or a case of wine perhaps.

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, If nothing else, ya’ll could have a good laugh at my accent…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    True… And your colloquialisms…

  106. Steve says:
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    What do you mean baseball is finished for the day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right? So weird…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I mean, what am I supposed to do until Friday night drinks get underway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drugs?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Nah. Did a little work and listened to some music.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, getting old…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, *picks up ear trumpet* What was that?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! Speak into the hearing device, kid!

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, What do you mean you can’t see my pig?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’ll look at your pig whenever you want me to…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Mind you, one of the tracks was Lloyd’s ‘Dedication To My Ex’, so I am down with the kids.

  107. later tater says:
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    hey grey,

    end of the day, little baseball today

    just thinking,
    what discount would you try to get if trying to trade for matt kemp? for example, is he worth a melky or matt holliday or like one step lower?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holliday doesn’t sound bad… I’d give Melky but seems unlikely…

  108. Ronkonkoma says:
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    If and when Wil Myers gets called up, would he be a better play at my Catcher position than Jesus? Montero has been kind of disappointing thus far. The only reason i still have him is because he gets more at bats than all of the rest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Myers will be better…

  109. EG says:
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    Please rank (12 team, h2h, util spot): Reynolds, Rasmus, Krispie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rasmus, Reynolds…

  110. Horse says:
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    Add Mayberry or Pedro Alvarez or both over Ike, Frazier or Krispie?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mayberry over Reynolds…

      • Grey's da man! says:
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        @Grey, reynolds?

  111. Tony says:
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    grey- Miggy/Kimbrel or Beltre/Sale?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  112. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Gee, Parker, Masterson, Milone, or Hughes? This is for the next few weeks until a hot rookie makes a splash (already stashing Bauer). Cahill is out there still but i cant bring myself to pick him up. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone at home, Parker, Gee…

  113. stuff says:
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    So I’m going to try to get Belt off waivers. I know nothing about him. What should I expect? Dropping Cameron Maybin because he’s not good at baseball (at least not right now).

  114. Poo Holes says:
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    Sorry to get back to you so late on my rant from earlier, I actually just got back from the Sox-Marlins game (WILL MIDDLEBROOKS BABY!!!). But yeah, that bogus trade from earlier needed to be rejected. The one I brought up in the comment (Pierzynski, Seager, Upton, and Capuano for Cutch or Trout) would be one that I offered to him, meaning I’d get the one guy. Obviously that’s a trade I would do because I would be upgrading. However, there’s no chance in hell he’d do that and that’s why I hate this league.

  115. Grey's da man! says:
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    Hill or Craig at 2B?

  116. Dude says:
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    Grey, a little late, just wanted to say this post may be my favorite ever. Packed with genius. Amazing.

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