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First Stanton, now Joey Votto.  I got two good knees.  Take my knees.  Please!  I take my knees everywhere and they always find their way home.  I will attempt to put into words how distraught I was over losing Votto, but Autocorrect tried to change put into pout, so even it knows this isn’t going to be easy.  When I was five years old, I had a Yorkie by the name of Lollipops.  Lollipops was about four pounds.  We were thick as thieves.  Every baby picture of me has Lollipops right by my side.  One picture I’m even holding it up to my face pretending I’m a baby with a mustache.  That dog was the best damn dog in the entire world.  Until it was eaten by a German Shepherd right in front of me.  Occasionally, Lollipops will come to me in my dreams.  Last night, he did.  We were at Friendly’s — that was his favorite — and sharing a Fribble.  When Lollipops got up from the table, I saw he was wearing a Reds Jersey and the last name on the back said Votto’s Knees and the jersey’s number was 666.  We’re all screwed!  Why can’t I have anything beautiful?  Ugh, so the Reds said Votto would be out two weeks, then they actually consulted with a doctor and changed their estimate to a month.  Here’s to a nice September with no setbacks.  For the love of Lollipops!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Bautista - Joey Bats left yesterday’s game after injuring his wrist on a swing.  As commenter, Slappy Pappy (real name!) said, “Bad day to be a Joey.  Blossom is in a prayer circle for Mr. Lawrence right now.”  Initial tests showed no break, but a tendon problem.  Resident Razzball doctor, Dr. O. Bleek said, “Tendons can be tough things.  You ever try chewing on one?”  I’m sure we’ll know more today after tests come back, but when a hitter hurts themselves on a swing, it usually means a 15-day DL stint.

Anthony Gose – With Bautista probably going to the DL, the Blue Jays are going to bring up Anthony Gose.  His name sounds like what a drunken person running into Anthony Edwards at a urinal would call him.  In 91 games in Triple-A this year, 29 steals.  Year before — 69 steals.  Well, hello there, beautiful.  Though, he may not hit over .240 as his Ks are a bit silly.  If I were in the need… the need for speed, I’d grab him.  Anthony Gose, SAGNOF me or lose me forever!   Burp!

Adam Lind – 1-for-3 with another homer.  Everything I let go of turns to gold!

David Ortiz – Hurt himself running the bases on A-Gon’s 3-run homer.  Papi must’ve been so shocked that A-Gon hit it.  Or maybe A-Gon was only supposed to hit 6 homers all year and, in a Final Destination-type twist, fate took Papi’s Achilles.  It’s definitely one of those two.  Ortiz will have an MRI on his Achilles today, but Bobby V. doesn’t expect him to miss more than a few games.  Bobby said just wrap it up.  Makes everything better.

Carl Crawford – 1-for-3 in his return to the lineup then was lifted for Nava late in the game.  Aren’t you glad you held him since March?

Pedro Ciriaco – 3-for-4, now batting .464 in his short stay in the majors.  Does Pedroia have to return on Thursday?  I’m not asking for me.  I’m asking for my fantasy teams.

Dylan Axelrod – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Sure, go absolutely full turd against other teams after I say I like you, then dominate the Sawx.  Makes perfect sense!

Kevin Youkilis – 3-for-4 and a run.  It was far from a successful return to Fenway with a hit up the middle and two doubles.  He meant to foul every pitch off into the Sawx dugout.

Brett Gardner – Going for another MRI.  I hope he got the stamp card!

Mariano Rivera – Hoping to return in September.  He credits his speedy recovery with positive thinking and staying the hell away from Brett Gardner’s doctor.

Phil Hughes – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Blue Jays in the South Bronx, South, South Bronx.  The Ks weren’t dazzling in this game, but they’re nice on the season (8+ K/9) and his walks have been solid (barely over a 2 BB/9).  Next March when he’s 26 years old, I might just have to go all-in.

Juan Carlos Oviedo – UCL sprain in his elbow.  He’ll try to rehab through it or he’ll get Tommy John surgery.  Weighing his options will go like this.  “On one hand, I could rehab.  On the other hand… Well, I can’t pick up the other hand.”

Michael Dunn – Recorded the save yesterday because Ozzie’s dart missed the “Who’s going to close tonight?” dartboard completely and instead hit his Adam Dunn voodoo doll.   “Puta, make me a bigger dartboard!”  That’s Ozzie talking to Joey Cora.  I wouldn’t rush out to grab Dunn, but continue to hold Cishek.

Hanley Ramirez – Got the ol’ slam (13) and legs (13) from the five hole, which is a porn director’s shorthand for the left ear.

Zach McAllister – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  McAlkaseltzer!  You haven’t listened to me to buy him for the last couple of weeks and he’s now 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA.  You know that once you do pick him up, he’s gonna explode.  You know that, right?

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-3 with a homer.  ESPN’s news about him was he’s just not having good at-bats right now.  How was that homer at-bat, ESPN?  Good enough for ya?

Juan Nicasio – Needs knee surgery to remove loose bodies.  Ya know, I liked the Closepocalypse so much better than this sudden outbreak of Kneerosis.  And what’s with all the loose bodies in people’s knees?  It’s like a knee morgue up in here.

Ian Desmond – Says he hopes to play on Tuesday after taking some anti-inflammatory medication and receiving treatment from a massage therapist.  Ah, a happy ending for Desmond and his owners.

Edwin Jackson – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K.  The wheels looked like they came off in his last start (@COL, 8 ER), but that was explained away with the mile high air.  Well, the wheels are off, rolling down from a mile up and careening outta control like Vin Diesel’s ego in the early naughts.  I wouldn’t drop Jackson right now, but he’s becoming more of a matchups guy.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-3 with another homer.  Who do you want me to drop so they get hot?  Just give a name and I’ll see what I can do.  You want me to drop Hosmer?  Say the word!

Ryan Howard – Homered yesterday.  Sell!  Sell!  Sell!

Chris Tillman – 2/3 IP, 1 ER and 6 unearned runs and a Ticker Shock that had his owners doing a Redd Foxx “I’m coming, Elizabeth!”

Jim Johnson – 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Kazaam!  The Orioles gave up 19 runs total to the Twins.  Guess the Orioles can cross off “Get f**ked by Twins” from their bucket list.

Joe Mauer – 2-for-5 with his 6th homer, Ben Revere went 4-for-6, 3 RBIs and his 19th steal, Denard Span went 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and Justin Morneau went 4-for-5, 3 runs.  Only one not getting in on the action was Ryan Doumit, who went 0-for-4.   That’s what he gets for being last man in the turnstile on “First 8 Twin hitters have a season-high game” Night.

Rick Porcello – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  It’s weird that some pitchers like, say, Fiers had to battle through their organization system for-effin-ever (which is also the name of a group that used to open for Evanescence), while Porcello probably should’ve been in the minors another two years at least and the Tigers don’t seem like they’ll ever send him down, even though he has a 4.50 career ERA and that’s artificially deflated by a lucky rookie year.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-3 with his 5th homer.  That’s in 17 games.  Yup.

Jonathan Sanchez – 1 1/3 IP, 7 ER vs. the Mariners.  You can call him Filthy Sanchez or you can call him Smellie Fingers.  Giving up seven earned runs to Mariners in one and a third is more difficult than A) Shutting out the Mariners. B)  Trying to convince someone who works at a Genius Bar that they should switch to a PC. C) Mating a unicorn with Sloth from The Goonies in a B&B that’s located in the Bermuda Triangle.

Dustin Ackley – 2-for-4 with his 6th homer, because someone’s going to point it out anyway, the above blurb wasn’t factual.  I mean, not just inaccurate in the obvious ways.  The Mariners are actually solid on the road.  Guess what Seattle ranks for runs away from home?  *taps finger, scratches chin, accidentally pops zit, dabs chin with inside of shirt*  They’re third!  Behind the Yanks and Cards.

Justin Upton – 3-for-4 with a steal.  Probably playing extra hard so the Pirates trade for him.  Man, that sounds weird.  It makes my sarcastic radar malfunction.  My lower case yay-dar, if you will.

Michael Fiers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks and lowers his ERA 2.01.  I’m not going to tell you to pick him up again.  I’m going to break into your house, log onto your fantasy team and pick him up for you.  I’m like Kris Kringle without morals and even more free time!

John Axford – Blew his 6th save in 22 opportunities, giving up 3 runs, after being asked to protect a 2-run lead.  In a related story, K-Rod invited his father-in-law to hang out in the clubhouse dressed as a water cooler.

  1. DrEasy says:
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    I went to look up Gose on ESPN and the first name it returned was “Tuffy Gosewisch”, and I’m not joking. Apparently a catcher for the Phillies.

    • Prezii says:
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      @DrEasy, oh i just swooped him up! Tuffy is a beastttt!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Prezii, Ha!

  2. No mention of Lance Lynn huh…….I bet if he had pitched bad there would be something written

    • JB says:
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      @Steve B, Grey told several people to start him in yesterday’s comments

  3. JashFath says:
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    I went to cry on Votto’s shoulder when Stanton went down, and apparently the pressure of my melon caused Votto’s knee to blow out too. All my team needs now is for Adam Jones to break a knee so that I will have absolutely no offense left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JashFath, We all blame you…

  4. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Can you drop J upton, gonzo, and castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Nope

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @Grey, How about just Castro?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ManuteBologna, I’ll have to consult with Rudy.

          • @Grey, Nope. Unless maybe you’re in a league w/o MI. I’m still regretting letting Neil Walker go in RCL…have Rutledge in COL in there now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Sorry!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, Now I’m confused…I know you own one of those guys somewhere

        • @Jack Full of Hate, We own J-Up in an NL-only league.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Rudy Gamble, I have MI, I just drafted the all take a dump all over my team this year. I’m losing to a guy that drafted Dunn, Hart, Encarnacion….It hurts losing to the lucky than the good.

  5. Prezii says:
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    Dont drop hosmer.. id question your loyalty if you did that!! You could drop lincecum… *checks notes* wait, im the only one who still has lincecum?? Darn… Well dont pick him up! Drop tuffy gosewistch! Hes about due for a hot streak…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha! Tuffy it is!

  6. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    I guess I’m lucky I stashed Berkman on the DL with Votto going down. Kinda wish he went on a rehab assignment rather than playing 3 days a week and platooning. Ugh.

    1) Votto replacement: Rizzo, Lind, or Goldy

    2) Sit or Start Bauer and Anibal tomorrow?

    3) Pick 2: Granderson v. Cecil, Jennings v. Tomlin, Reddick v. Oswalt

    Thanks Hombre!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Rizzo… Start start… Grandy… Jennings

  7. Oscar says:
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    Off topic a lil bit, i have a problem, I have a trade on the table for my team,
    Miggy and Shields for C.C., Verlander and Konerko.
    I have Mauer as 1B as well and 3 catchers Avila, Rosario, and Mauer. Pitching wise I need pitching.
    Yes or No?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oscar, It’s solid…

  8. nightpandas says:
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    Nice work last night bullpen….Johnson and Betancourt

    start all 4 today?

    Lester vs CWS
    Oswalt @ Oak
    Sanchez @ ChC
    Niese @ Wsh

    • @nightpandas, I actually think those are 4 solid matchup’s. I would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nightpandas, Yup

  9. Oscar says:
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    Off topic a lil bit, i have a problem, I have a trade on the table for my team,
    Miggy and Shields for C.C., Verlander and Konerko.
    I have Mauer as 1B as well and 3 catchers Avila, Rosario, and Mauer. Pitching wise I need pitching.
    Yes or No?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oscar, Feels familiar

  10. Mdgross says:
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    Holy crap, sorry to hear about Lollipops. I have this cat now where I have this terrible fantasy that a huge dog breaks into the house and eats her. Then I replay it over and over where I have a Glock 9mm and am savaging the dog’s head…..OK, that was probably TMI. Anyway, I hope I never feel your pain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mdgross, Ha… Thanks!

  11. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Don’t shortchange Tillman… he went TWO thirds of an inning. Haters gonna’ hate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, My bad

  12. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    Choo and Dickey for Lee and Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, Choo… It’s fair…

  13. Wallpaper Patterson says:
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    Darn. Let me try this again.

    Choo and Lee for Dickey and Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Patterson, Dickey

  14. Chubby says:
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    Cozart or Rutledge?
    Hosmer or Lind?

    Razzball – stinks less than you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chubby, Cozart…. Lind… Thanks!

  15. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Well, well, well. My old nemesis Billy Butler got himself 1B eligibility. Finally out of the DH-only pit.

    If Country Breakfast hits near 30 HR with an almost .300 avg that’s bascially what you were hoping for from Adrian Gonzalez except with huuuuuuuge…..tracts of land.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Famous Burrito, HA

  16. frank rizzo says:
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    Were the 4 BB’s any cause for concern for Fiers or are we just crediting St Louis for their patience? I’m holding Fiers but I fier he’s going to blow up one of these starts soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Ha… He will get worse… He’s not a 2.00 ERA guy, but walks are no concern for him…

  17. Jon says:
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    Do you like Gose, Span or Fowler over LoMo, Belt, Chris Davis or Kendrick for an OF spot ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, They give different things… Do you need speed?

  18. Jon says:
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    Would you own Cishek over Romo or Casilla, or wait until the SF closer situation settles down? (Has it already?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Over Romo

  19. Dirty Jersey says:
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    Week 1: 1b= Votto, UTIL=Hosmer “wow… I am stacked!!!
    Week 10: 1b= Votto, UTIL= Rizzo “fingers crossed!!”
    Week 15: 1b= Rizzo, UTIL= Hosmer “FMFBBL”

    I can see it now…. Like a terrible 80’s movie (where Hosmer plays Chuck Norris) the hero who you thought was dead, but at the end busts down the door and starts “white-boy ninja-kick”ing the his way into the arms of a big-boobied woman…. Or just my good graces….

    ICE: anyone link me to instructions of how to kiss one’s own @$$ goodbye?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirty Jersey, Ha… You’ll be okay, Jerz.

  20. Dexter says:
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    Remember when we were being told to thank you for drafting annibal? His era is over 4 now. I know, I know, if he has two shutouts in his next two starts his numbers will be good…or, i can throw out his bad starts and his numbers are good. Dan Haren has been pretty good too. Just throw out his starts against Cleveland, Toronto, dodgers, Arizona, Minnesota, KC….or we can say that if he throws 33.6 consecutive scoreless inninings his numbers are on par. Grey, I like this trick. Let me try again: if we exclude all the games McCuth has homered in, his numbers look pretty weak….or if he goes 0 for his next 100 he looks like a much less appealing Adam Dunn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dexter, Ha… Anibal’s WHIP and Ks aren’t bad…

  21. Lob Ball says:
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    Please rank the following for ROS roto: Boesch, Colvin, Hunter, Stubbs.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lob Ball, Hunter, Boesch, Colvin

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    What do you think the odds are that Votto a) doesn’t have a setback and actually comes back in 3-4 weeks, and b) comes back to his normal level of performance quickly? Got a decent offer for him in a H2H (Beltran and Moobs, with some pitching on both sides), but if he’s back to being Votto come playoff time the deal doesn’t make sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, I’d take Beltran and Moobs there… I think Votto should be fine, but anything can happen…

  23. Sawx10 says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you rather roll with to fill in for Votto: Berkman or Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sawx10, Zimm

  24. Jenkies says:
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    What do you think of this trade? 10 team mixed league, standard categories, plus OBP and K/BB.

    I give up: Cliff Lee, Latos, and David Wright.

    I get: Holliday, Sandoval and Dickey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jenkies, Sounds decent

  25. kfed says:
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    ike, lind, or laroche to fill in for votto? also, i’m starting to get a beachy vibe from fiers. too optimistic? probably. damn this void you left beachy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kfed, Lind… Too optimistic for now… Ha…

      • kfed says:
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        @Grey, soooo you’re saying there’s a chance haha. someone dropped morse this morning. try and pick him up or still lind?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Morse

  26. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    1) Votto replacement: Brandy Moss or Casey McGehee?

    2) OF transaction: Gregor Blanco or Justin Ruggiano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Far Beyond Driven, Moss… Ruggiano

  27. Tbone says:
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    For the love of my team…drop Hosmer posthaste.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tbone, Okay, will do!

  28. Drop Beckett for McAllister? I could use the K/9 help and Beckett hasn’t given me a useful start in a long time. I’d also like to drop Franklin Morales and pick up either K-Rod or Bobby Parnell. Yay or Neigh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John H, Go for it… Parnell…

  29. Captain Kirk says:
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    @Grey

    Dude in my league is offering Strasburg & Brett Myers for Lance Lynn & Huston Street.

    Closers aside, would you do this trade, Strasburg for Lynn?

    Do you think Strasburg will be shut down?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Captain Kirk, I’d do that trade…

  30. TheBravesWear Prado says:
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    What are your thoughts on Joe Blanton? I know he has been the definition of average throughout his career and his ERA doesn’t look great but he has 102 Ks to only 16 BB this year. I’ve been using him over the last month and he’s been a solid back end guy. I’ve been enjoying the K’s and good WHIP. I think he’s had some favorable matchups but still that K/BB is sparkling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheBravesWear Prado, Yeah, he has been incredible… He stole Cliff Lee’s shtick. I don’t trust him, though.

  31. dingbat says:
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    That stat about the Mariners on the road made my head spin. But then I looked it up and saw that the Ms have more away at-bats than any other team. Still, not bad for the team with the worst offense in baseball! If only they weren’t batting .196 at home…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dingbat, More ABs or more Plate Appearances?

      • dingbat says:
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        @Grey, Both, but the difference in At-Bats is starker. I guess they walk a lot on the road?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess, I was just wondering…

  32. Just Say No to Waves says:
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    Who do you like better; Travis Wood, Scott Diamond, Ben Sheets, or Carlos Villanueva?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Just Say No to Waves, Sheets

  33. Bermuda Triangles says:
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    A Bermuda Triangle reference!! Finally!!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bermuda Triangles, You’ve been name dropped!

  34. Abell says:
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    Bringing sabathia back tonight. Would you drop niese or Cahill? Or I could drop de Aza/Ike as one of my bench spots?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abell, Cahill

  35. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Starting Niese tonight?

    Also, time to drop Cody Ross?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, I’d start him… Depend who you’re dropping him for…

  36. The Wickler says:
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    In a ten team H2H points league and Edwin is getting on my last nerve. Would you drop him for any of Span, L Cain, J Vargas, or W Rosario? He seems like he is streamer level given the depth of the WW…thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Wickler, Cain

  37. supra says:
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    With no trade interest around the keeper league, I just dumped Krispie and Kendrys for Gose and Gyorko, so get ready for a huge 2nd half from the Ks.

    It sounds like Headley might be on the move soon, good time to grab Jed right? Marte is also out there, but with limited moves I grabbed the kid closer to the show in Gose…

    I might regret choosing to keep Seager around, but plays everywhere and his counting stats are the same whether he hits .290 or .209. Have you noticed his production of RBIs over hits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Yeah, have noticed that on Seager… Jed?

      • supra says:
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        @Grey, Sorry, I meant Jedd… Gyorko. I read that a good 6 teams are in on Headley… they have Gyorko playing 3B now, so I would assume a trade facilitates a call up and he’s killing AAA right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, then he’ll play in Petco. Yonder Alonso seemed enticing too at one point…

  38. Holmes says:
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    Hi Grey, as usual, love the blog even though I don’t have Stanton or Votto now, but was wondering whom you would rather have between Altuve or Hill? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Holmes, Thanks! Hill

  39. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    To tell the truth, I kind of missed the “…if you were f*cking Michael Fiers!” joke.

    Anibal at Chicago Cubs; Trevor Bauer at Cincy: Start one? Both? Neither?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, Ha… Thought I’d hold back on the Fiers… I’d start Anibal…

  40. Jamiehov says:
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    This really sucks! Hoping for just two weeks

    Who would you guys pickupntonreplace Votto:

    Freeman and his new goggles
    Hosmer
    Berkman
    Craig
    And last, another run at Adam Lind…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov, Lind

  41. Ooof Votto and Papi…knew I shouldn’t have talked shit about leading my league at the break…bad Hoodoo. Any way, Two quick questions for any/all today.

    ROS: Holland or Fiers?

    In a OPS added to normal 5×5 league, still holding onto Krispie but injuries now making me scared…drop him for any of these mopes? Casper Wells, Boesch, Chris Carter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, Fiers… Boesch

  42. Adam says:
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    Doing well in all the hitting categories in a 6×6 (w/ OPS) roto. Just looking to add and keep the most dynamic players I can.

    I can only hold 2 of these flier speed OFs: Rajai, Cain, Gose. Who gets the boot? Doesn’t bother me that Gose might only be in the bigs through early August, I’d deal with that when the time comes.

    Kinda want to get rid of Rajai, but he’s probably the “safest’ of the bunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Rajai, Cain…

  43. agarthered says:
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    Can you see Kendrick bouncing back ROS?

    Or do i drop for espinosa? (for a second time)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @agarthered, I could see him bouncing back…

  44. Steve McQueen says:
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    So, Michael Brantley has gotten to the point where he appears to be worth owning in a 14 teamer and he’s just sitting there on waivers waiting for me to make a move this morning. Do we realistically think Brantley could be a .290 to .300 hitter with decent counting stats and modest speed? I notice his BABIP is a little high at .326, but, from what I understand (admittedly not a whole lot), that isn’t uncommon in fast-ish guys like him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve McQueen, It’s not uncommon and he can hit around .285

  45. Gern Blanston says:
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    Better fill in for Votto:
    Butler or Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gern Blanston, Rizzo

  46. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Thanks for the shout-out in the Joey Bats blurb! I was all like, “Whoa! I just got a shout-out in the Joey Bats blurb!”

    A.) Votto or A-Gone ROS? There aren’t many options on the WW for 1B (hello Adam Lind!), so trading Votto for A-Gone makes sense, right?

    B.) And is it just me, or are Aoki’s stats about the same as Altuve’s, allbeit as an OF?

    C.) If this C was a 3, there would be no 3.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Pappy, Ha, no problem… A) A-Gon B) It’s not you

  47. Jankees says:
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    Is that parallel line still goin strong? Right in the middle of crunch time too…damnit

    Betancourt, Reed or Valverde ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jankees, Hold me… Valverde

  48. mac says:
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    3 trade questions Grey…

    12 Team H2H

    #1
    I get : J.Zimmerman
    I give: Craig

    or

    #2
    I get: Weaver or Cain and De Aza
    I give: Reddick,Craig and A. Sanchez

    and the other trade thats on the table is:

    #3
    I give: Elvis
    I get: MadBum

    Do I make any of those deals?
    My lineup is:

    C: Aj
    1B:Prince
    2B:Cano
    3B:Middlebrooks/Freese
    SS:Elvis
    OF:Dread Pirate,Grandy,Reddick,Craig,Crawford

    My rotation as of now is:
    Hamels,Lester,Hughes,Sanchez,Bauer,Moore

    Thanks in advance Grey, love your site!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mac, 1. Zimmermann 2. Eh 3. Do this one No problem…

  49. L-Boogie says:
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    So everyone at ESPN, SI, Yahoo, etc is telling me to sell high on McCutchen. His BABIP is one of the highest in baseball. His power jump this year is unsustainable. Blah, blah, blah. Is it time to sell high if I could get a stud hitter in return plus a good pitcher?

    I’m looking at deals where I give up McCutchen maybe with Peavy for some combo of Upton/Cargo and Wainwright/Price.

    Sell McCutch before his regression or hold?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, He needs to ride the boogie for only another two months… I wouldn’t sell him for Upton, but I would take CarGo and Price…

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey, There’s no way he would do McCutch for Cargo and Price. But he might do McCutch and Peavy for Gargo and Price. Watcha think of that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I meant, yeah… Put in Peavy…

          • L-Boogie says:
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            @Grey, Cool. My only fear is Cargo’s injury history. Only thing worse than living through McCutchen’s regression would be trading him and having Cargo wind up on my DL.

            Thanks a lot.

  50. MikeZ says:
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    Can you put these OFs in order for ROS performance? Torii Hunter, Desmond Jennings, Ben Revere, Nick Markakis, Ichiro, Delmon Young.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MikeZ, Jennings, Hunter, Revere

  51. Purewater says:
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    Aviles or Hardy ROS, not ROY :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Purewater, Ha… Aviles

  52. RTP says:
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    Brantley, Colvin, Boesch, or Lind ?

    Too early to pick up K-rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RTP, Brantley… I own K-Rod in a few leagues…

  53. Wake Up says:
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    If only he didn’t have such a delicious name…maybe he wouldn’t have gotten himself et…but, who doesn’t like lollipops…I mean, seriously…seriously…

    Anyways, it’s been awhile…just got back from Abu Dhabi…deer husbandry gig….don’t ask…well, ask if you like…but I can’t tell…honestly, you probably aren’t that interested in deer anyway, are you?…alright, if you really need to know just email me and I’ll give you some tips, but I can’t let you in on the whole thing…let’s just say it’s good to be back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, So true… It was my fault for naming him…And letting him go play with a rabid dog 1230 times his size. Ha, welcome back!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, Apologies, if it was a true story…I assumed it was a parable involving a 2.5 ton shepherd named Heinz…and how Votto was lacing his cleats in Gordian knots…

        PS I haven’t checked in on our boy Longo in awhile…how is his MVP run going?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wake Up, He’s going to hit 40 homers in Sept. for the MVP title. You wait and see!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, That’s good news because I was starting to feel like he violated my trust worse than that chick from the Real Desperate Housewhores of the O.C. section of Jersey’s Teen Moms!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Glad I could pass it along…

  54. fyodor says:
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    Grey,

    Who would you say has the best chance for ROS production: Brantley or Boesch?

    Thanks once again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fyodor, Boesch

  55. Curtis says:
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    LoMo, Todd Frazier, Casey McGahee or Justin Morneau as a replacement for Votto?

    I’ve notified Longoria that now that Votto is out, I need him back in my lineup ASAP. You’re welcome.

    • Curtis says:
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      @Curtis, You can tell how deep each league is by the caliber of replacement options. Saw Brandon Moss in another post – he’s also on my wire.

      Thanks Grey. Love me some Razzball (baseball, football and basketball – who needs work?)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Curtis, Ha, thanks! Morneau

  56. AlmostTooGood says:
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    Everyone cares about Votto, but Joey Bats bothers none?
    Lost Jed Lowrie and Joey Bats while that bum Longoria is still on the DL.

    Should I pick up Seager, Middlebrooks or Alvarez?

    and… Should I replace Goldshmitty with Rizzo?

    Muchos Gracias Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AlmostTooGood, Middlebrooks… Sure, you can go with Rizzo…

  57. Grey's da man! says:
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    Just traded Braun for Votto and Kipnis – dammmmnnnnnnniiiiitttttt.

    anyway- only 2 DL spots. currently have Longo and Bailey there. Light on saves and Bailey is actually throwing now..drop him or keep a DL guy in my bench spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Hold him on your bench if you need saves…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, dude you got it worse than lollipops…

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    What’s the take on this deal that just went down in my league from the last place team to the fourth place team (who happen to be brothers).

    4th Place team gets: Sale/Papelbon
    4th Place team gives: BJUp/Youk

    Just wondering opinions. I think it’s entirely lopsided, but that’s just me. I don’t really find collusion (they’re both good friends of mine), but it does seem a little shady. I made an offer for Sale and his response was that he was going back and forth with his brother, so he was giving him first shot. No counter or nothing. So yes, I’m slightly bitter, but wondering some opinions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I had someone deal Dee Gordon for Craig Stammen, tell me that doesn’t side ridiculous. Deal’s in Sale’s favor, but it’s not that bad…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, Yeah. It’s more because they’re brothers. It does nothing to help the last place guy. And does everything to help the 4th place guy. That’s basically my issue. If one team needed pitching and one team needed hitting, then fine. But the last place guy is like 40 games out of first. He’s got nowhere to go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, the trade of Gordon and Stammen was from 1st to last… Whenever the last place team trades with anyone it’s tough…

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey, yep. Guess I’ll just have to deal with it and make some moves on my own.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Wilsonian, it doesnt seem THAT bad. Sales gettin shutdown anyway so sorry 4th place team! But watch those brothers man.. haha the 4th place team is the older one i suppose.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Prezii, yeah, like I said…it wouldn’t be that bad if they were both in it and each really needed what they got. But the last place team dealing to the guy still in the hunt kinda bothered me. And it was actually the older one helping out the younger one.

  59. EG says:
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    12 team H2H, need help in runs and steals from my OF (would love avg help, too). Have an offer on the table to acquire Jennings, with me giving up a mid-round pick for next year (could potentially also keep Jennings, but would be highly unlikely). Question is whether Jennings is worth paying for given currently available players (see below). If not, who do I grab from the FA pool? Thanks.

    Ichiro, Maybin, Markakis, Aoki, Pierre, Ruggiano, Berry, Jay, Crisp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG, You don’t need Jennings with all of those waiver guys… Markakis for now…

  60. Goose says:
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    Goodness gracious great balls of fire!

    Joey Bats has lost that lovin’ feelin’…

    Morrow’s gone below the hard deck…

    Lind will slam the brakes, they’ll fly right by…

    O-Mav-izquel thinks it’s time to buzz the tower…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goose, HA!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll be your wing man any time!

  61. Rabbit says:
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    I know the Razzball Glossary is supposed to be for Fantasy BB-related terms, but I think “lower-case yaydar” deserves an entry. I also think that opens up the door to other “aydar”-related words. For example, an ability to sense big budget action movies with lots of explosions and little plot would be Michael Baydar. A cat’s ability to sense that something bad is about to happen to its junk is spaydar. I’ll let you come up with what Greydar would be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Awesome…

  62. Grey's da man! says:
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    Sheets or Leake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake

    • DrEasy says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Does Leake on Sheets follow Wood?

  63. jack says:
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    Grey is getting kind of ambivalent about Lind. Let me break out some batted ball knowledge: Linds 2012 even with this bad start is paralleling his awesome 2009 season. 2010 and 2011 parallel each other. His contact rate is up 10% (even higher than 09), his zone contact % is a career high 94% (up 10%), he is swinging at balls outside the zone 10% less but making contact 10% more. His swinging strike rate is down 40%! He’s whiffing even less than he did in 2009.

    So you have a guy who has remembered how to be selective (he swings only at 43% of pitches, just like in 09, 51% in 10 and 11) and is making contact like he did back in his monster year.

    I got him this past weekend and I think he will be THE pickup of the second half. 17/50, high average potential here ROS.

    • Goose says:
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      @jack,

      Nice. I drafted him, dropped him, picked him back up. I hope this holds double-true, if he can keep it up AND (bc of Joey Bats’ injury) be hitting clean-up behind Lawrie-Johnson-Encarnacion…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so… I like him, he just never showed he liked me…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, I should have said “contact rate knowledge” not batted ball … these kind of large changes in contact rates are I think the most reliable stats to look at when assessing breakout viability, especially when he has demonstrated in the past what kind of numbers he produces with that highly selective high contact low whiff approach. More insightful than batted ball profile etc. Guys can change, or in Lind’s case, recall, their approach.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Interesting… Good stuff to know!

  64. fyke62 says:
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    Thanks for the tip on Perez, been money when they play him. upgrade over former catcher and between him and AL Pierzynski, a nice 1-2 in the position.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…

  65. bobby says:
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    Fowler or Brantley ROS? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  66. Niq Castro says:
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    Hellickson’s peripherals/indicators/whatever look horrible. So disappointing. (Looking back at last year, lots of warning signs!)

    my questions:
    a) Beckett and McAllister rank ahead of him by quite a bit at this point, right?

    b) my ranking: McAllister/Beckett/many others/Hellickson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B… I never liked him…

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Grey, How does Sheets fit in there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Niq Castro, In between McAllister and Beckett while healthy…

          • Niq Castro says:
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            @Grey, HA… sadly that might be soon. (or maybe Sheets traded Gardner for some fresh elbow parts… ?)

  67. Keter Ping says:
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    10 team H2H points

    Should I trade Kennedy or Lester for Tulo or Longoria?

    (there are 8 weeks left in the regular season. Four teams make the playoffs and I have a two game lead on the 4th place team)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy for Tulo

  68. fyke62 says:
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    Sorry, AJ. LOL, long weekend

  69. Son of a Beachy says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts and possibly ROS projections for Anthony Gose? I know he’s a high-end prospect, but wasn’t expecting to see him this soon with Joey Bats already on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3 homers, 12 steals, .240

  70. aj says:
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    13 team 5×5 roto…would you start either Bauer at Cin or Niese at Wsh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese

  71. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    Still starting Bauer in a 10 team format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit him in Cincy…

  72. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    lost Votto in my NL only and Bautista in my AL only. FMFBBL!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Dah!

  73. schlitzy says:
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    lost Stanton, Votto and Bautista. Not a good day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @schlitzy, Nope

  74. Deadwoods says:
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    Please rank SP ROS, Thanks:

    Cueto, J. Zimmermann, Latos, Dempster, Vogelsong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Cueto, Vogelsong, Zimmermann, Dempster

  75. Kid A says:
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    First time writer, long time creeper.
    I can’t wrap my head around the absolute disaster that is JJ Hardly.
    With options like KellyJo, Scutaro, Espino, Peralta, Aybar, Seager, and Ciriaco on the wire, is it time to just walk away from the orange duck once and for all? And if so, which do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A, Hey! Hardy’s wasn’t much prior to last season and isn’t much in the grand scheme of things… I’d go with Aybar for steals, Johnson otherwise…

  76. Kid A says:
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    First time writer, long time creeper.
    I can’t wrap my head around the absolute disaster that is JJ Hardly.
    With options like KellyJo, Scutaro, Espino, Peralta, Aybar, Seager, and Ciriaco on the wire, is it time to just walk away from the orange duck once and for all?
    And if so, which do you like?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A, Making up for lost time?

  77. ManuteBologna says:
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    Two days in a row off the bench for Ruggiano : ( Sign of things to come now that BoneFace is back?

    I need any everyday player as my fill in for Stanton

    Stick with Ruggiano? Michael Brantley, Cody Ross, Aoki, Lorenzo Cain?

    Top 4 in RBI, HR, and SB
    Bottom 4 in strikeouts (for batters), OPS, and R

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ManuteBologna, Yeah, things aren’t good for Ruggiano… Cain

  78. Kid A says:
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    …and just like a stinking rookie I double post. Crud.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kid A, Ha

  79. Deadwoods says:
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    Please rank SP ROS, Thanks:

    Cueto, J. Zimmermann, Latos, Dempster, Vogelsong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, I did above

  80. Theguarantee says:
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    Bauer still a sit in 14 team leagues with votto out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see starting him there…

      • Postini says:
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        @Grey, what about Bauer in a 12 team league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d sit him…

  81. Stan Yelnats says:
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    I made three big trades this week. Let me know what you guys think please.

    Trade 1:
    GOT:
    Angel Pagan
    Starlin Castro
    Matt Joyce
    GAVE:
    Josh Hamilton
    Tyler Colvin

    Trade 2:
    GOT:
    Carlos Gonzalez
    GAVE:
    Matt Holliday
    Jason Heyward

    Trade 3:
    GOT:
    Kendrys Morales
    GAVE:
    Eric Hosmer
    BJ Upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deal #2 isn’t bad, #3 isn’t good at all, #1’s not great either

  82. Tony says:
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    Grey- whats up man, been busy, so i own votto in two leagues, and in one i was tossing out some trade offers, some guy being a dickbag offers me johan santana saying “thats all he’s worth now hahahah”, then i counter my votto for his Ryan Zimmerman thinking he’ll auto-decline and he accepts?

    Whatdya think? he thinks he got over on me? LOL zimm’s been the #13 ranked player in yahoo for the past 30 days? hell im happy, and this is a guy i have a side bet with for $100 and im chasing in the standings?!?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you did well… Votto’s probably not back until Sept and who knows what he’ll be this year for the final few weeks…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, thats my thinking, hell i was going to make some offers out there and take less than a ryan zimmerman, im sitting 8 pts outta first the guy i made the deal with is in 1st? LOL we have a $100 side bet on who finishes higher in the reg season…. com’n ryan zimmerman!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully, he helps you more than he helped me…

  83. EK says:
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    Pls rank:

    Hochevar @ SEA
    Morales vs CWS

    Also pls rank for the ROS:
    Edwin Jackson, Morales, Quintana, Bailey, Estrada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hochevar… Jackson, Bailey…

    • DrEasy says:
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      @EK, Hochevar is pitching at home though, not in SEA. Still worth a shot?

  84. DonnySimms says:
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    I Got offered Konerko for Votto but I should be a lock for playoffs, take the trade or no? (h2h)
    my 1B right now are Rizzo, Morse. On the waiver wire are Hosmer and LInd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it…

      • DonnySimms says:
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        @Grey, do you like Billy Butler better since hes hitting better than konerko lately?
        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  85. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Do you like Lind more than Hosmer now to fill in for Votto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In shallower leagues, yeah…

  86. nightpandas says:
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    Cahill or McAllister ROS? Need K and K/9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McAllister

  87. Wilsonian says:
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    With Bats out, who would you rather have man third:

    Moustakas, Aramis, Pedro, Middlebrooks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  88. Adam says:
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    Kyle Seager for AJ Burnett is a win, right? I hate trading for pitching, but my offense is much better than my SPs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is a win…

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey, I thought so, but being a Mariners fan has really clouded my judgement. “What? An average offensive MI? SUPERSTAR!!!”

  89. Hats for Bats says:
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    Darvish – seems like he pitches to his level of competition – plays the Marginers and it becomes walk city. Plays the Crankees, lights out. WTF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Interesting observation, not sure what the deal is…

  90. Wilsonian says:
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    Bum for Encarnacion?

    I need some pop after losing Bats. My pitching isn’t THAT great, but I could pickup Hughes to replace Bum to kinda stop the bleeding a little bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s fair…

  91. why votto, WHY?!?! says:
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    Cahill has one of those faces I’d like to punch. His yahoo profile picture smiles at me mockingly every time I click to view his terrible stats.

    Should I cut my ties with him, and if so would you recommend picking up britton vs the twins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t go near Britton…

      • Hats for Bats says:
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        @Grey, @why votto, WHY?!?!, isn’t that called a fantasy smugshot?

  92. Deadwoods says:
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    I give: Kinsler, Cruz, Rizzo (I’m keeping Butler at 1st), Scherzer

    I get: J. Zimmerman, Latos, Plouffe (he still has at SP afterwards: Vogelsong, Dempster, Cueto, Gio Gonzalez, Shields, Hughes, Cahill, Liriano)

    Asking too much, to little, equitable? I’m 5th out of ten now (.532 pct) but soon dead without pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good…

  93. Sal says:
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    Konerko and Johan (who has been on a downhill of late) for Trumbo I have no third basemen since i just lost Bautista and we need two in this league so i now have two holes at 3rd.

    I have morse and berkman if this happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade’s fair…

  94. quimmy says:
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    I received the ultimate cross hook combo last night when I lost Joey Bats and Papi in my 14 team keeper league.

    I put Bautista (3rd rd pick 1 yr left on contract) on the block. Best offer was Carl Crawford (3rd rd pick 3 yrs left on contract).

    I am in position to win this year and could actually use the speed.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not good…

  95. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Offered Gallardo for N. Cruz…decent OF for SP swap? Could I do better for Cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s decent…

      • Bernie Brewer says:
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        @Grey, I’m thinking of countering with a Plouffe for Nova swap. Would that be better/worse for me than the other deal?

        Thanks! Always nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of…. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Bernie Brewer, It’s kinda meh… No problem…

  96. JTR says:
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    Hosmer just hit waivers. Could use some pop and RBI’s if he can figure it out. What should I bid for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $2

  97. agarthered says:
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    I posted earlier about having kendrick (hoping for bounceback)

    I’ve been offered Lawrie/Altuve for my De Aza and Sandoval

    Thinking of doing it, yey or ney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s decent….

  98. ThomasR says:
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    Willingham or Hosmer the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer, total toss up…

  99. Hi Grey — Would you start Matt Moore at home against CLE/Tomlin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  100. JTR says:
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    Drop Hosmer for either Berkman or Crawford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  101. agarthered says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Last one, thanks for advice.

    Once i do trade and get altuve, im thinking of dropping kendrick to waivers for Lind/Morrison(like his outfield eligibility) or Ruggliano

    who do you like most for my bench spot? Im leaning Lind.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  102. Tony says:
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    grey- which side:

    A) Tex and Austin Jackson

    OR

    B) Adam Jones and James McDonald?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tex, depends on needs…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, well i’d be getting the tex side, its a 10×10 yahoo h2h league, i’d still have Kershaw, Sale, jor-Zimm, wainy, hanarahahan, cook, motte, and putz, …. the offense would be helpful….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Then it’s good for you…

  103. DaddyAoki says:
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    Aviles or Howard Kendrick ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aviles

  104. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H, which SP would you be more inclined to part with in a trade: McDonald or Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Darvish, but I could see either side… Darvish might be slowed in Sept.

  105. Rob says:
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    Jumped from 11th to 3rd over the past 3 weeks, and feelin revitalized.

    My SP’s are Bumgard, Anibel, Latos, Dickey, and Zimmerman. Feeling like I might need an upgrade bc I am struggling in W’s and Quality Starts. Unfortunately i missed out on Fiers bc i was in Vegas livin it up at Tao, but trying to find the right target.

    Though W’s are hard to predict, i dont wanna pick up a Clayton Richard or Tommy Milone bc they have the worst chance at helping me there. Any other buy low SP targets or WW pickups?

    Fister is out there, so is Bud Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fister’s not bad… No idea who else is on your waivers… Cliff Lee is a buy low…

      • Rob says:
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        @Grey, minus the question mark after norris haha

        • JLeigh says:
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          @Rob, Im Ron Burgundy??

  106. Wilsonian says:
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    Who is fair for Cruz out of these SPs:

    Bum, Peavy, Stras, Doc, Lester, Moore, Neise?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy… Less fair but good for you: Lester, Moore or Niese…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, thanks. That’s kind of what I was thinking. Assume this deal goes down…do you then drop Lind or Freeman for Hughes, McAllister, Fister, Norris, or Kuroda?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lind for McAllister

  107. Henry says:
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    I’m giving up for the year and can’t keep Price/Gonzalez. Which returns do you like better? (5×5 league)

    1. Kipnis ($11 to keep) and Shields ($18 to keep) for Price, Gonzalez, and B. Phllips ($23 to keep)

    2. Stanton ($17 to keep) and McDonald ($6 to keep) for Price and Gonzalez

    3. Justin Upton ($17 to keep) and Hanson ($19 to keep) for Price and Gonzalez

    4. Hosmer ($11 to keep) and Wainwright (11 to keep) for Price, Gonzalez, and Lester ($26 to keep next year).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2

  108. Jay says:
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    Hey grey I was offered Grady and tex for cargo. But Im set at first I could try to flip one to them to the votto owner though. Take the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  109. radiohead says:
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    Grey, in a 10-team/non-keeper/H2H/NL-only league, would you drop any of D. Gordon, Ruggiano, Frazier, Bailey or Richard to pick up Gyorko now? A week from now? I’m just trying to get a sense of how good this guy is. Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Ruggiano for him if he continues to not play…

  110. Wilsonian says:
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    And last trade question for the day…

    Is Bum for Pence fair if I need some offense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is fair….

  111. JLeigh says:
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    So I know this is open ended Grey, but what speedy OF do you think is the best value to try and trade for ROS? I was thinking Jennings is up there because of the awful average

  112. Dexter says:
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    McCallister or Leake?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McAllister….

  113. Dynamite Dan says:
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    1. Santana or Perez?

    2. A Escobar or M Young?

    Thanks!

    • Dynamite Dan says:
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      @Dynamite Dan,

      1. Santana or Perez?

      2. A Escobar or M Young or T Frasier…

      Thanks again…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Perez… Young

  114. Keter Ping says:
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    10 team H2H points

    I give Dempster and I get Longoria.

    I have R. Zimmerman at 3B, Trumbo at 1B (3B eligible), and Crawford at Utility. Will Longoria return in time for Crawford’s inevitable tommy john in a few weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Longoria for Dempster

  115. Sagnof Specialist says:
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    someone dropped altuve, who wud u rather at util?

    altuve or lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

      • Sagnof Specialist says:
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        @Grey, thanks!
        tho altuve is batting .224 over last 30, I too have faith he’s gna turn it around

  116. Derrick says:
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    I have Pedroia and I got offered Hanley for J. Upton and N. Walker.

    I just lost Bautista and have no 3B. Should I do this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  117. Carnac says:
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    Grey: Did you by any chance drop Mark Reynolds the other day? Just want to know if last night was a blip or the start of something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him about a week ago, must’ve just got the memo…

  118. The Trade Bandit says:
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    Is my Agon, Casilla and Verlander enough for his Miggy C and Sabathia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be

  119. Grey's da man! says:
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    Rather have Votto or Lind from this point on?

  120. Steve says:
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    Bruce out of the lineup tonight. Means I can start Konerko instead.

    Oh goody.

    • Feeding the Abscess

      Feeding the Abscess says:
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      @Steve, Cincy’s bad enough against RHP (worse than the Giants and Padres and even with the A’s), now no Votto or Bruce? Bauer’s looking like a start tonight

  121. letsgobravos says:
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    According to closernews, Axford is out as the brewers closer and K-Rod is the new guy.

    • Carnac says:
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      @letsgobravos, Nice heads up!

  122. Carnac says:
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    Drop Heath Bell for K-Rod? Other option would be Colvin. Already have Cook and Casilla. Maybe hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, Lose Colvin if he’s a bench bat… Otherwise lose Bell…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Thanks, friend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  123. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ***Axford’s finally out….

  124. swaye says:
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    who do you like more – fister or romero?
    standard 5 x 5 league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fister

  125. Chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m in a funk after last night’s injury barrage (Damn you, fake baseball! Stop messing with my emotions!). Please help me sort this roster out:

    C – Ruiz
    1B – Youk
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Moustakas
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    MI – Kipnis
    CI – Rizzo
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruuuuuce
    OF – Howie Kendrick
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Frenchy
    Util – LoCain
    Util – Denard Span

    DL – Joey Bats

    SPs – Greinke, Hanson, Anibal, Lynn, Milone, Bauer, Cahill
    RPs – Perez, Casilla, Wilhelmsen, K-Rod

    DL – McCarthy

    ———————

    1. Better DL stash for my team: McCarthy or Jed Lowrie?

    2. Make any offensive moves with the following FAs available?: Anthony Gose, Krispie, Boesch, Ciriaco, Belt, Jemile Weeks, Juris Doctorate Martinez, Wil Myers, Starling Marte

    C.

    4. Thank you ever so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lowrie 2. Boesch over Cain… Ciriaco over Espinosa, though when pedroia returns might be moot… Then can go to Weeks or someone else though…

  126. Giant JJ says:
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    Pick up Adam Lind or Lorenzo Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind, friend.

  127. blairtch says:
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    Drop Kendrick for Walker? Walker sitting on waivers 99% owned, I figure if I don’t scoop him up I am the 1%. Still sticking with Howie?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Walker…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Especially if it’s Paul Walker, he’s handsome.

  128. Jon says:
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    Add KRod over Casilla, Cook or Cishek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  129. Jon says:
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    Add Lind over Chris Davis or LoMo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Davis

  130. Prezii says:
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    Lawrie in the 3 hole! Davis leadin off.. awww shiggidy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sookie sookie?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, wtf, is it switch ur line-up up day?

        Stutterer!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Prezii, It is it is

  131. Steve McQueen says:
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    Anyone know what time players are usually REMOVED from the DL on Yahoo? The Rays activated Matt Joyce a day early and screwed with my short term plans. Any chance he’ll still be on Yahoo’s DL at 3 AM EST (12 Pacific) and I’ll be able to make a move for the following day without activating him? How about 7 AM ish (4 Pacific) so I don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night like some sort of fantasy baseball obsessed madman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve McQueen, When they get around to it…

  132. thegreater says:
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    Ok, so mlb’s website shows Votto as DL’d, but ESPN fantasy still has him DTD. When exactly will this update so I can put him on the freaking DL and get someone?

    sorry…just venting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @thegreater, Yeah, Rudy was just complaining about that on IM…

  133. Sam says:
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    Hey Grey, keeper leagues, $10 Napoli for $26 Jordan Zimmerman? My first base is Freeman and my catcher is Mauer. I just picked up Lind as another 1B. Is it worth the upgrade?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, I’d hold

  134. Steve says:
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    Good news, Rasmus owners – I’m benching him in one league. Never mind that he’s facing CC and is 1 for his last 17, he’s going to go off.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, swinggg and a miss!!

  135. DjlanceRauch says:
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    In need of saves. Should I pick up Storen and hope he gets his job back? Do you think he will close again this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, Clippard would need to blow a few games… So possible at some point…

  136. Paranoid Android says:
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    Whose more valuable now, K-Rod or Valverde?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valverde

  137. MJD Took A Knee says:
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    Trout just have my kids

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @MJD Took A Knee, He’s goyishe Ryan Braun. That HR was ridiculous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get in line!

  138. Where is Paul Lo Duca? says:
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    Three rapid-fire questions:

    Travis Wood or Ben Sheets as a final starter?

    Anthony Gose over Michael Brantley in a keeper?

    Why is Hank Blalock still in the Yahoo player pool? Is he even still alive, much less playing baseball?

    (Okay that’s technically 4 or 5 questions but still)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sheets… Brantley… Blalock is a good luck charm, he’s my starting 1st baseman in a 15 team league…

  139. Jason says:
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    I am thinking to trade Paul Konerko for Roy Halladay . worth taking the risk before we see him pitch tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it is…

  140. royce! says:
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    Benched Dunn b/c he was facing a lefty and I need SB more than HR. Need to remember that Salty throws out like negative one billion percent of baserunners… or something under 20%, whatevs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He does the old fetch with a doggie trick where you go to throw and throw it behind you…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, And Dunn runs around in circles in the outfield, sniffing the grass…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sniffing Rios’s butt…

  141. fitz says:
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    Bauer looking sharp. F@&K!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is?

      • Slappy Pappy says:
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        @Grey, Not at all. Bounced at least three breaking balls in the grass. Amost hit Ludwick on the pitch before the HR. I think he was a little pissed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, didn’t think so…

      • fitz says:
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        @Grey, Sarcasm on the internet, dammit!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re ruining what Al Gore created for us!

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, The Prius?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Chillmodious, No, the internet and the ozone layer!

  142. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Ok if Carl Crawford is going to hit and steal bases I’m going to use him in my lineup…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get it while the gettin’s good…

  143. Steve says:
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    Yoooouuuuukkkkkkkk!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yay, a happy Steve!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, It’s still early…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… I know…

  144. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Grey,

    Taking the logic from earlier (Aoki=Altuve) a bit further, would you send Altuve for Cuddyer (1B elgible) if you needed a Votto replacement and had Aoki to replace Altuve at Utility?

    2nd in my 12-team HTH, and I want to keep Votto for the playoffs.

    Bauer = 4R (3ER), 2 WP, 5BB, 4K, 3IP, against a Votto/Bruce-less Reds lineup. Is it safe to drop him?

  145. jack says:
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    Grey you seem kind of down on Latos … Was somewhat surprised to see him at #17 in fangraphs ROS rankings for SP, seven ahead of Bum! I am contemplating a Votto trade and a likely trade partner values Latos a lot lower than Bum. I could get $2 Latos AND $25 Cano for $13 Votto and a small part or Bum and some good but not great bat.

    If I trade Votto, I really need to be getting back a autostart starter … is Latos not even close in your mind? Ks not counted, 4X4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos was great for what four starts? 3 of them were against terrible teams… I wouldn’t trade Votto in a keeper league, if that’s what it is…

      • jack says:
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        @Grey, that’s why I ask! thanks. I do think Latos is a different pitcher in that ballpark vs Petco, and people seem to harken back to his now irrelevant Padre days when valuing him.

        The other Votto deal I am thinking about is for a $37 Fielder, $7 Weaver and $9 Bourne. I would have to include two other players, seeing if I can get away with $30 Crawford and $15 Duda.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a better deal if you’re playing for this year…

  146. Poo Holes says:
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    Haven’t read through all the comments like I normally do, so I don’t know if anyone has asked this yet, but what’s the trade value for Howard? I have Pujols at first so he’s just a utility bat for me. I don’t want to list out my whole lineup, but I could upgrade at 2B (Ackley and Seager) or OF (right now a platoon of Rasmus, Revere, Bone Face, Gose, Swisher, and LoMo with Bautista on the DL). Could always go for a pitcher cause mine are trash (Gallardo, Anibal, E-Jax, Capuano, Milone, Fister, and Pomeranz).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Uggla? Possibly Austin Jackson?

  147. pipa says:
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    Should I do J Upt for Trumbo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…..

  148. DaddyAoki says:
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    Who should I start tomm, Liriano vs Orioles, Richard vs Stros, Blackley vs Rangers? I really need a W! Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richard at home…

  149. EK says:
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    Berkman or Colvin ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berkman

  150. Eddy says:
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    Ryan Braun left the game with a right abductor strain. And I also have Holliday.

    FMFBBL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, crap… Is the Braun thing serious?

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey, It’s exactly what CC just came off the DL with.

        So, I need a guy to produce in the mean time. Out of these names, valuing OBP and runs, whom do you like?

        Torii Hunter
        Doumit
        Mourneau
        Kendrick
        Frazier
        Barney
        Espinosa

        • Eddy says:
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          @Eddy, And Ben Revere

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hunter

          • Eddy says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. We can only cross our fingers with Braun. He’ll probably get an off day tomorrow followed by the team’s off day on Thursday. If he doesn’t go to the DL, I don’t think we see a SB out of him for about a week.

            Bleh.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Doesn’t sound as bad as CC’s…

  151. EK says:
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    Valverde or Jim Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  152. Thrilla says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What start do you like better tomorrow?

    Wandy @SDG
    Richard HOU

    Appreciate it ese

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richard

  153. Ethan Stein says:
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    In a 10 team keeper league I got an offer of Puljos for my Votto. If I’m in it to win it this year, do I do the trade? I’m in 5th place in last in HR’s, RBI’s, Runs, and Ave – all that with Votto. (Great in everything else). I picked up Adam Lind already (although I don’t need a 1B necessarily). Should I ask for Adam Jones instead, or get a throw in or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s the keeper situation? Votto very cheap?

      • Ethan Stein says:
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        @Grey, 5 Keepers. I right now have Prince, Votto, Pence, Bumgardner, and maybe Jennings, Greinke, Zimmerman, Phillips.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Take Jones…

  154. Chillmodious says:
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    Dah! Dropped Cain for Boesch before tonight’s games, Cain didn’t start, and I wound up with an 0-2 as Cain went 1-1 with his first HR. Sonovadrop!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Chillmodious, what if you had him, seen he wasnt in the lineup and switched him for a bench guy? Sonovapinch!

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Prezii, That, or a “pinchslap.”

        “I thought he was out for the night, but my ‘daddy’ showed up out of nowhere and pinchslapped me way hard until I learned my lesson.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, cause the stupid Royals didn’t start him…

  155. Prezii says:
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    T&T…. They’re DYNO-mite.. im not even excited cuz its becoming a sure thing every game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yup…

  156. Steve says:
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    A – Heyward

    B – Cespedes + Janssen

    A is looking for a bit of an upgrade at OF, while B could do with a few more Saves.

    Whaddayareckon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, royce! wins! I’m getting B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice get royce!…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Hey!

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, I’m cancelling the trade.

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Thanks buddy!

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!, Oh please.

  157. royce! says:
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    What a funky introduction of how nice Fife is…I should call my mother. Maybe I’ll just send her a telegram…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @royce!, So would that make you an Energizer? Either way, you’re on point.

  158. Steve says:
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    That was a lucky effing save, you Hanrahan owners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it was…

  159. Steve says:
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    Pays to keep ol’ Franklin Morales active if you have room. Never know when he’s gonna pop up with some useful little contribution.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and Lester’s probably going to the Disgraceful List the way he’s pitching…

  160. Steve says:
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    Wouldn’t mind seeing Belisario in the 8th here…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Attaboy, Don.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, OK, he’s got the Hold. Get him out of there!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, OK – now get him out of there. I can afford the ERA hit if the runners come round to score. The Hold is all I care about…

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, Phew.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Would’ve been nicer if he still had a mustache…

  161. Wilsonian says:
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    Would just like to mention that my 8 team H2H league team has 1 HR since last Friday. Plus I lost Joey Bats. That is all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  162. Steve says:
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    Do you give Griffin a whirl at home against the Yanks, or try Harrell in Petco on Thursday?

  163. Thrilla says:
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    Grey man, I got one more question for you,

    Frazier
    Chipper
    Callaspo
    McGehee
    Alonso
    Smoak

    at 1B/3B slot in 12 Team ESPN Roto league? Who will mess up the least?

    Cheers

  164. JR says:
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    Hey Grey, I know you’re about to post another one of these so I probably won’t get this answered here, but i’m gonna give it a shot. I was just offered Votto for my Longoria in a keeper league. I have Hanley at 3b and would use Votto at IF in place of Dunn. Thoughts on that?

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