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If I were the type to gloat, I’d say I told you to not draft David Wright.  I’m not that type of fantasy baseball ‘pert though.  Nah, I simply get satisfaction from not owning him anywhere and watching as teams that do own him scramble looking for replacements.   ….Okay, it’s similar to gloating, but it’s not the same thing.  With his sudden proneness for injuries, Mets fans may reflexively be chanting ‘Larry’ when he comes to bat now, which may not be for a while since he has a fractured pinkie.  He’ll need to wear a splint and the Mets are saying he’s out indefinitely, but we’ll know more later today.  In the meantime, the Mets pitching coach will be teaching Wright how to throw a splint finger.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Morse – Shutdown after having renewed pain in his lat.  There’s no timetable for his return.  Real World Situation Alert:  Your boss at Shakey’s says he appreciates the way you put the “Happy Birthday” messages on the giant billboard out front, but there’s no timetable for a promotion.  How does that make you feel?  Okay, now how do you feel about Morse?

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I miss owning him.  That is all.

Andre Ethier – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  I’m not saying he’s not bouncing back and I’m not yelling fire in the theater of Razzball, but he did hit .385 last April.  Things that make you go hmm…

Austin Jackson – 1-for-2 with a homer, now batting .563 with a downright weird BABIP over .750, which has Jackson’s owners saying keep Austin weird.

Neftali Feliz – 7 shutout innings (6 baserunners, 4 Ks) in his first start (albeit against the Mariners).  The Rangers convert relievers better than missionaries convert natives.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-3 with the home run and 2 steals, which I guess is a slam and legses.  Legii?

Kyle Drabek – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  With starts like this he should stay in the Blue Jays rotation, but remember he’s got potentially-yet-to-be-unrealized-potential-that-might-not-be-potential-anymore potential.  The potential is there, though.

Matt Moore – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (5 walks), 4 Ks. You have a team that has a leadoff hitter hitting over .500, Miggy and Fielder hitting over .400 and you give 5 walks… Yeah, I’d be happy with only two earned runs too.

Dustin Moseley – His MRI revealed that his shoulder has extensive damage.  And that’s how one goes from a Hodgepadre to an “Oh Fudge” Padre.

Carlos Beltran – Hit his 3rd HR of the year.  Must be the combination of knowing he’s not a Met and won’t have to face Wainwright’s curve ball.

David Freese – 3 HRs and 10 RBIs now in 6 games.  He’s going to be pissed with that hypnotist when there’s no champagne in the clubhouse after their next win.

Lance Berkman – Says he has a tender calf.  Aw, ain’t that sweet?  He should sing it lullabies.  He also said he should be ready to go by Friday.

Sergio Santos – Cordero will get saves until Saturday because Santos has been excused to attend the birth of his first child.  I hope his wife’s not counting on him to save any mementos from the hospital.

Daniel Bard – 5 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Just when Sale and Feliz get you excited about converted relievers… On the plus side, he only walked one and struck out 6.  If he keeps his walks down like that, he might actually pitch some quality starts.  Of course, he won’t get any wins because the bullpen will blow them.

Kyle Lohse – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Member what I said last week about him being a solid pitcher in April and May?  Yup.

Jayson Werth – 4 for 5 against the Mets.  3 singles, 1 double.  Must’ve been his brother Laynce in the stands that inspired him to such heights.

Ross Detwiler – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He was recommended in our two start pitcher post on Saturday.  The blurb about Detwiler made me laugh, too.  My loud high-pitched annoying laugh that you’ll be hearing more of later today with our newest podcast.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4 with a homer.  His owners probably can’t wait until he cools off so they can drop him.

Chipper Jones – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a homer in his first game back.  Otherwise known as the game before he’s injured again.

Tyler Pastornicky – 1-for-3 with his first home run.  Aren’t you glad you punted shortstop and grabbed Pastronicky or Cozart late?  Yeah, I know.  Thank me later.

Lorenzo Cain – Left yesterday’s game with a groin strain.  Usually when one of my guy’s gets injured I get sullen — despondent even! — but, uh, guess who gets more at-bats if Cain is injured?  The ultimate in SAGNOF — Bourgeois!

Blake Beavan – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  That’s nice; I wouldn’t go near him.

Jordan Schafer – 3-for-5, 2 runs and 3 SBs in 5 innings against Hanson-McCann.  The last time someone stole that much from a Hanson was this chick who stole the Hanson drummer’s virginity during the MMMBop tour.

Chris Narveson – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Chris Narveson isn’t just The Noid’s Christian name, he’s also a pitcher who I like for certain matchups.  Should be good for a 7+ K-rate and a just-under 4 ERA.

Edinson Volquez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  I wouldn’t say I like Edinson for matchups.  I’d say I like him for all leagues.  He’s in a terrific pitching park where his walks won’t haunt him as bad, get on board!

Derek Jeter – 2-for-6 with a homer the day after going 4-for-4.  Looks like someone’s hitting the Carrow’s for the Early Bird Special.  Minka used to love his enlarged pro stats.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (1 hit), 8 Ks.  Granted, it was against the A’s, who have hitters that their own mother wouldn’t draft, but Duffy looked solid but wild.  That is his downfall as of right now, “solid but wild.”

Vladimir Guerrero – In police custody after a bar brawl in the Dominican Republic.  Guerrero said he had nothing to do with the inciting argument and that he was just the designated hitter.

  1. Giant JJ says:
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    If Joe Wieland is called up to start Saturday for the Pads would you pick him up right away in a 20 team league, or wait and see how he does? Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant JJ, I’d pick him up and bench him…

  2. Steve says:
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    What do you think of Bass for his start on Thursday at home against Arizona (Kennedy)?

    Worth hooking him up or will he just get grilled? It’s or the ol’ H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, It’s worth a shot…

    • dingbat says:
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      @Steve, I see what you did there!

  3. Carlos says:
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    Volquez over Sherzer in a 10-team league, w/ K/9, QS, WHIP, ERA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos, Scherzer

  4. My Finger Hurts!! says:
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    Frustrated Wright (Price is Wrong, B*%#$!) owner in 10 team mixed league who idiotically didnt draft/pickup 3b insurance. Headley, Glass Chipper, Figgins on wire. Any slightly positive feelings on any of these or a darkhorse sleeper suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @My Finger Hurts!!, Grab Chipper while he’s healthy…

  5. Rob says:
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    Thoughts on Trevor Cahill’s performance tonight?

    • Rob says:
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      @Rob…and also just your thoughts in general about whether or not he’s worth holding onto for a prolonged period time in a 10 person league rather than just picking him up for the occasional stream? Definitely spooked by his next game at Coors

  6. Bubbles says:
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    It was 40 degrees with snow flurries during the game and you could actually see the snow falling at times on the broadcast. It was a pretty uncharacteristic start from Moore, yet he still managed only 2er’s against the tigers.

    Maddon also showed his brilliance by walking Cabrera after Moore got into a 2-0 count… Why give Miggy an obvious fast ball, when you can just face fielder who has a lesser avg against lefties…..Moore got Prince to fly out.

  7. cbo says:
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    Justin Upton came into the game tonight as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the eleventh – thumb can’t be too bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cbo, Cool… Was asleep by then, missed it…

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Grey, Did Mark Grace’s annoying commentating put you to sleep? Sorry, I know you like him but he drives me insane. Thank goodness for mlbtv home and away broadcasts

  8. a1rfann1ng says:
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    after an abysmal spring, any chance laroche’s resurgence is legit? can he get to 20 hr 90 rbi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @a1rfann1ng, Sure…

  9. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    Is it me, or is Feliz’s delivery an absolute train wreck?

  10. ritzer says:
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    Is Bryce Harper more likely to get an earlier call up with Morse on the ??day DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ritzer, Seems doubtful before June at the earliest…

  11. Tony says:
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    berkmans calf held up for that triple, awesome, in my league that counts individual hits, a triple from berkman is like a triple from prince fielder….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Ha

  12. Henry Hendrickson says:
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    I’m curious who you like better in a 14 team keeper that is trying to win now but not completely discount the future. I have a bit of a Mike Leake fetish (really, who can resist a shoplifter making 6 figures?) and am currently running him out there on the back end of a solid staff (Gallardo, Bumgarner, Marcum, Pineda, Cahill, Worley, and Leake). I’m moderately intrigued by both Danny Duffy and Kyle Drabeck do you like their future potential better than Leake? I can probably afford a slightly less than stellar season for any of them to shore up the future, but more than likely I’ll just ignore the given advice and keep Leake…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Henry Hendrickson, I’d hold Leake for now…

  13. Bas says:
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    I think it should be “Slam and Lego”. But what do I know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas, Ha

      • larryjoebird says:
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        @Grey, Two-legged slam and legs? This way you can adjust for when Dee Gordon hits his only home run of the year to “three-legged slam and legs.”

  14. Bsw says:
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    Which 2-Niese, Lynn, Volquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bsw, Niese, Volquez…

  15. Steven says:
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    Grey,

    I knew what I was getting into by drafting Mark Reynolds (owned him last year too) but after seeing this blue jay lineup would you consider encarnacion as a replacement?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steven, Nope

  16. Dan-o says:
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    I don’t mean to be a negative nancy, but didn’t you rank DW as your third best 3B man and 25th pick overall?

    “… if I haven’t taken Longoria or Bautista, which is a possibility since they’re the only 3rd basemen in the top 20, then I’m grabbing Wright” ~Mustachio Mustachington

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Dan-o, Then once he got banged up and didn’t play in spring training until mid/late March he said stay away.

      • Dan-o says:
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        @Wilsonian, ahhhh. I drafted early-march then went on vacation. I missed that. Fair enough.

        I drafted longoria anyway.

      • Scottie O. says:
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        @Wilsonian, Damn I wish I had my draft post-grey-hate on Wright. I, too, listened prior to him getting hurt in ST and drafted him in the 3rd round expecting good things… stupid early drafts

        • Tony says:
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          @Scottie O., it shouldn’t have taken spring to NOT draft wright, a BROKEN BACK last year was enough for me to say “there’s other options”.

          Why gamble in rounds 1, 2, & 3 on maybes.

          • Scottie O. says:
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            @Tony, I, along with many others (including Grey) saw Wright as having a great bounce-back year.

            And heck; even after his ST & before this recent injury, he was 7-12, so he was looking pretty good.

            • Tony says:
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              @Scottie O., ya im one who owned him last yr, BURNT, i just looked at wright, his health concerns, that field (even if they were moving the fences in some, that line up, and the other options in the 2/3rd rounds of the draft and said I’ll draft another 3B.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Scottie O., he’s absolutely got the potential to be a top 10 player. It’s his injuries that are the problem. And, while this may not be a long stint on the DL or just out of the lineup, this is the kind of stuff that people have to worry about and expect with him (among many others). He’s high risk/high reward…and this is the risk.

        • The optimist says:
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          @Scottie O., This David Wright stuff is making me sick. Only one in his career did he play less than 144 games and get less than 535 at bats, so to call him injury prone just isn’t accurate. Then, the site recommend not drafting him because he had an abdominal issue and they were sure it would hinder him all year. Not only did it not hinder him, but he looked as good as he ever has. Then he jamms his finger (a complete fluky, unrelated injury) and all I see is “I told you so”…”I avoid him”…”I ranked Sandoval higher”…blah blah blah. Everyone please, use your brain. If you drafted wright based on the rankings then take some responsibility. It wasn’t a bad pick anyway (like the braggers are saying)…but you win some, you lose some. Its not the sites fault gou drafted him, just like the site isnt always right. I’d still rather wright than this sites man-crush McCuthen.

          • Tony says:
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            @The optimist, i agree optimist, but i will say its a risky pick, therefore bad, where grey had wright ranked is much higher than I woulda went. And I was higher on Pablo, whether people like that or not. You can say wright isn’t injury prone, which I dont believe he is, but a broken back? That’s not normal, and i’m not spending my 2nd pick on that….

  17. Dan-o says:
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    Also, you should sell tee shirts with the picture from the “who is grey albright?” banner add.

    I’d buy one.

    • The optimist says:
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      @Dan-o, I’ll sell you one of my shirts.

    • the grate one says:
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      Grey said he wont make more shirts! But i think a ton of us would support the shirt idea if he found a new vendor.

      Make it happen greyman!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan-o, The t-shirt people reneged and never paid us anything, so I’m not dealing with them anymore…

      • Tony says:
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        @Grey, wow that’s dirty….

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey,
        We should gather a Razzball Goon Squad to go pay them a visit.

      • Dan-o says:
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        @Grey, Bum deal. I’ll assume its not copywritten and make my own. I’ll write Razzball on it somewhere.

  18. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Damn you Grey for cursing Wright with all your preseason hate. Just when I thought I got a steal in the 5th round of my keeper league as Wright was producing, he decides to give the shocker and injure himself.

    Aside from losing him and Berkman in the same night, I have 2 questions for 10 team OBP/QS league.

    Hold on to Duffy or drop him for Milone?

    and

    When Wright is DL’d who should I replace him with?

    Encarnación
    Willingham
    LaRoche
    Schafer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Encarnación

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Grey, Hold Duffy or drop him for Milone?

  19. Coach B says:
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    My first basemen is Morse who is on the shelf. My backup is Trumbo who is only getting into half of the Angel’s games. I was offered Morneau for Chris Perez. My other closers are Axford, Brian Wilson, and Aceves. Should I trade for Morneau or grab Laroche or Looney off the waiver wire until Morse comes back

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coach B, Grab LaRoche

  20. Project_Badass says:
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    12-team 6×6 H2H league, 50 moves limit (I used 3)

    Ive been looking for a pitcher to pick up because I have Cecil stinking up my bench. Is Drabek, Godfrey, or Duffy worth an add with my moves limit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Project_Badass, Drabek

  21. Hi Grey or anyone else who cares to weigh in — I’m one of the ones who ended up with Wright. He was just too tempting as the first pick of the 3rd round in a 16-team league.

    Luckily, I also have Miggy Cabrera, who starting tomorrow is eligible at 3B. And Gamel, who, starting today, I can play at 1B (but not 3B), though so far I’ve only started Gamel against LHP. So the question is, can I find someone on waivers who is an upgrade to Gamel at either 1B or 3B until David Wright is back? The list of available options is below:

    1B LaRoche, Loney, Juan Rivera, Jesus Guzman, Huff
    3B Chris Johnson, Betemit, McGehee, Scott Rolen

    I’m (probably/hopefully) not looking for a long-term solution … more someone to fill in until Wright is back and I can slot Miggy back at 1B. Who’d you pick?

    • Dan-o says:
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      @Enrique, Throw bones on Brian LaHair?

      • @Dan-o, LaHair isn’t available in my league, and he’s also not 1B eligible yet.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Enrique, easy…LaRoche.

      • @Wilsonian, Yeah, I was leaning that way as well. Especially given how hot he’s been. Juan Rivera was the other one I was looking at.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Enrique, if you’re just looking for short term, I think you have to go with him. Especially with Morse being a ? now, he won’t lose any playing time.

  22. DP says:
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    Grey, you don’t ever update your rankings and half your readers are scrambling to replace David Wright. Cust sayin’

    • artie says:
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      @DP, Ummm.. How do you update rankings when the injury occurs in season? Aren’t they “pre-draft” rankings?

      • Dan-o says:
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        @artie, The claim is that there is a potential “i told ya so” hanging out there on drafting DW. If he was a bad draft call then the pre-rank should reflect. Or, so the argument goes.

        Course, constantly shuffling the rankings would be a nightmare to maintain.

        • Evan says:
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          @Dan-o, Maybe a solution would be to put asterisks next to guys like Wright when sh*t goes down in the preseason… I noticed he did go back and cross some guys out.

          My fault was not paying attention to Razz until just before my draft and then basing draft strategy largely off of Grey’s ranks. Needless to say, I own Wright.

          • Dan-o says:
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            @Evan, I took Han-Ram second overall last yeah. It happens.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @DP, but like I said above, once he got hurt and sat out for much of Spring Training, Grey said steer clear of him. And like Tony said above, dude had a broken back last year, he’s injury prone as it is, so why waste an early round pick on a question mark like that? Grey also said that one of the deepest positions this season was 3B.

      • Tony says:
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        @Wilsonian, ya i was higher on Pablo Sandoval than Wright this year.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Tony, Grey even said that Moustakas has the potential to have a Wright-like year, assuming Wright gets injured. Luckily my two leagues are keeper leagues and I had Lawrie and Longo already. Dealt Wright last season for McCutchen when Lawrie came up.

      • DP says:
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        @Grey, I understand you draped Wright in caution tape. I’m simply suggesting you update your rankings a few times in March next year. I know how much you care about the quality of your product. I’ll take a few more lines of free fantasy baseball advise now, please and thank you.

  23. MattTruss223 says:
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    Laroche, Gamel, or Mous a better fill-in while Morse recups? Have Laroche right now while he’s hot, just not sure I buy it being legit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Gamel

  24. weas says:
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    I want to drop Espinosa for Cozart for my MI slot, are these the same guy? Rookie nookie is so hot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas, Hold for now…

  25. LT says:
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    Somebody dropped Youkilis in my league — I can drop Ike Davis or Mark Reynolds in the 3B spot or drop Jesus Montero in my UTIL stop for him – I was hoping I could move Montero into my Catchers spot when eligible
    in place of Soto.

    Should I make a move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT, Jesus…

  26. Kane says:
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    Drafted Liriano, but considering dropping to avoid the headache. Volquez, Sale, and Samardzija are available. Sit tight with Liriano or which guy should I pick up? Thanks.

    • Tony says:
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      @Kane, im in the same boat, i was a click away from booting him last night, i held tight, i know he’ll throw 9 scoreless innings the instant i boot him, but im pretty sure I wont own liriano all yr, last yr shoulda put me over the edge. I think sale or voltron are good options if they’re out there, i’d probably go Sale. Voltron will get no run support even tho his stats will probably be decent in petco.

  27. Todd says:
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    In a keeper would you roster Duffy over the likes of Mike Minor or Dexter Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd, Fowler

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    According to Rotoinfo Phillips will be out the next 3-4 games. I snagged Infante to cover for him. Would you stick with him or go with Kipnis, JWeeks, or Kelly Jo?

    • Grey

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      @Wilsonian, I’d hold…

  29. Grey's da man! says:
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    Richard @ LAD
    Lohse home vs Cinc
    Sanchez home vs. Indians
    Detwiler home vs. Cinc

    pick one please

    • Grey

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

  30. chata says:
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    tender calf ?
    veal .
    yum .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha!

  31. Curt says:
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    Lynn or Homer Bailey??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curt, Lynn

  32. uncdrew says:
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    Vladdy as the designated hitter. Ha ha. *golf clap*

    I come for the baseball updates; I stay for the humor.

    • Grey

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      @uncdrew, That joke was Rudy…

  33. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Bench 3B in a deeper mixed: Morel, who’s not doing much but is starting, has a good lineup spot and closed 2011 strong, or McGehee, who’s on the wrog end of a platoon, but is ripping XBHs and only has to beat out Alvarez?

    • Grey

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      @Steve Stevenson, I'[d stick with every day ABs…

  34. chata says:
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    jordan schafer …. flying high around those bases .

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @chata, how fast do you think he’d be if wasn’t stoned to the gourd?

  35. Grey, It looks like Joe Wieland is being called up to start on Saturday. What are your thoughts for the Hodgepadre?

    • Grey

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      @Kid ‘n Play, Grab him, but I wouldn’t start him in most leagues…

  36. Ted's Reanimated Corpse says:
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    10-team 5×5 H2H, should I drop Espinosa to add Cordero? I have Pedroia clogging 2B and thin in saves due to injury…Kipnis, Johnson, and Hill are all FA’s so it is hard to find buyer’s for Espinosa. I know Gray loves Espinosa’s potential this year but I can’t find room for him to start in my line-ups. Could also cut Colby Lewis, Worley, Bourjos..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted’s Reanimated Corpse, Sure, if he’s on your bench…

  37. B.J. says:
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    Grey,

    I was approached by the Granderson owner in my 12 team daily 5×5 H2H league and he is looking for RBI and average in return. He seems to really like Andre Ethier and I’ve already told him I am unwilling to move McCutchen and Bruce. Would a Ethier/SP for Grandy move be a good move to make? I could use the extra speed that Grandy offers and the power is always helpful.

    My team
    C- Doumit 1B- Votto 2B- H. Kendrick SS- Andrus 3B- A. Beltre
    OF- McCutchen, Bruce, Ethier U- E. Hosmer
    Bench- Jesus Montero

    SP- Bumgarner, J. Zimmermann RP- Marmol, Balfour
    P- B. Myers, R. Romero, D. Hudson
    Bench- J. Santana, A. Sanchez, F. Liriano, Bud Norris, C. Lewis

    His team
    C- R. Martin 1B- G. Sanchez 2B- K. Johnson 3B- Sandoval SS- Peralta
    OF- Kemp, Granderson, A. Jackson UTIL- M. Joyce
    Bench- Cozart, Furcal, T. Hunter, Francoeur

    SP- D. Price, Wainwright RP- Axford, Betancourt
    P- Lohse, Nolasco, Jurrjens
    Bench- H. Alvarez, L. Lynn
    DL- Vogelsong

    Is Ethier/Romero enough for Grandy or would I need to kick in a better SP? I’d use the free spot to grab either Sale, Niese, Volquez or Bud Norris.

    • Tony says:
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      @B.J., if he’ll take eithier/romero i’d do it then grab sale, im suprised sale’s available in a couple commentors leagues.

      I’d defly buy low on grandys slow start.

    • The optimist says:
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      @B.J., So he wants to move grandy but you won’t move any of your best players. What he should do is walk away from you. Grandy is better than Bruce or McCuth do I’m not even sure where you’re coming from with that. You’re overrating your own players. Your pitching is too bad to offer one up in a deal.

      • B.J. says:
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        @The optimist,

        I do agree that I am slightly overrating my guys and maybe I am being a bit of a hard ass by saying Bruce or McCutchen aren’t available but it’s a starting point. Obviously he came to me because someone on my team grabs his attention now it’s just seeing who that person(s) is.

  38. Carl Spackler says:
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    Morning Grey, Wow my Royals pitchers are looking like the shizz so far this early season. Leake, Duffy, Capuano, Samardzija. I know it is early but how would you rank these guys going forward?

    Also, I have Rios and boy oh boy that guy looks like he is picking up where he left off. Take out the gopher ball Nathan gave up to him and it looks even worse. David Murphy or Schafer better OF options going forward or should I hold?

    Have a good one

    • The optimist says:
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      @Carl Spackler, I’d find a player whose 2/3 on the year and replace rips with him

  39. MrHappyTime says:
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    @Grey, when are we going to be blessed with another Buy/sell column?

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @MrHappyTime, Friday afternoon. That’s its usual time slot…

    • @MrHappyTime, Buy/sell comes out every Friday afternoon.

  40. The optimist says:
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    I absolutely love the non-objectivity with evaluating your guys:

    I know (insert player the site pumped) is 1 for 18 with 17 strikeouts so far…but it’s so early and he was only 4 for 17 to start the year last year and that’s only three more hits and a few of his hits this year could’ve fell in and he’s still hitting .500 at home with runners in scoring position after the 6th inning. Hold!

    Or

    (insert player the site said AVOID) Is 3 for 18. I TOLD YOU SO. I said AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Here’s the link xxxxxxxx. I hate to say I told you, BUT I TOLD YOU. I said avoid wright because of his abdominal issue and said he wouldn’t be able to hit with it and it would hinder him too much…then he shot out of the gate hitting .500, but I KNEW HE’D SOMEHOW JAM THAT PINKY!

    • LJ says:
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      @The optimist, Grey admits to being subjective, but I still think his advice is valuable.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @The optimist, here’s my take on it:

      I ask Grey a bajillion questions, I admit it. I don’t always take his advice. It always depends on the league, and sometimes I’m just looking for someone to justify my move to make me feel a little less crazy when I add/drop someone.

      Grey obviously has his favorites. Does he hit on everything? Hell no. But he does a great job of giving advice. And it’s usually more sound than the guys that give advice by asking monkeys, who in turn respond by flinging shit on the wall. And he even admits he’s much better at projecting pitcher’s stats.

      I pretty much read every comment, and not once have I heard him write anything about “I told you so” regarding anyone’s slow (or fast) start. This comes from him posting numerous times to avoid Wright once he started off Spring Training injured. And this just goes with the Mets’ track record with injuries, as well as the fact that he missed most of last season with a broken friggin’ back. He didn’t ask his crystal ball about when Wright would break his pinkie. He just assumed that at some point he would miss time with injuries of some sort. And additionally, the running joke is that when someone on the Mets say so and so will miss 2-3 games, it turns into months. And I’m pretty sure that is more the point he was trying to make with Wright here. They said it is not significant, but if he can’t grip a bat for 2 months, you think he’s playing?

      He doesn’t force you to draft or pick up players, if you don’t like the advice, don’t take it.

    • JoeC says:
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      @The optimist,
      Here’s an idea. Stop reading Razzball. You obviously find the advice laughable, so go read a Matthew Berry article or something.

      In other words, GTFO.

  41. Atherton32 says:
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    Off subject but I’ve heard Trevor Bauer has had 2 great starts in the minors. When do you think Arizona will bring him up?

    • @Atherton32,

      I would not be at all surprised if Tyler Skaggs is brought up first. It’s really kinda a coin flip as both guys are superb prospects who could be aces down the road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Atherton32, June 1st

  42. Po says:
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    Grey,

    You were big on Ian Desmond last year and I rolled with him all year, unfortunately. He had a good first half last year in the steals department. If he holds that leadoff spot he can do some damage. Did you see enough last year to jump ship so quick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Po, Not sure I follow, but I’d ride him while he’s hot, then reevaluate…

  43. jimbo says:
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    @B.J.,
    I’d give him a choice on the pitcher. Ethier is the main piece…to get that deal done see if he likes one of your SP not including MadBum, Zimm, DHud, Anibal.

  44. OaktownSteve says:
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    Bard pushed the runs o/u and wiped out the BBs. A lot to like. .471 BABIP and he FIPped 0.78 for that start. In other words, lots of seeing eye dogs and parachute drops. One walk, only one extra base hit. Youk and Punto did him no favors and the last two runs scored while he was in the shower (metaphorically speaking). He’s going to be good. Mark it down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Gotcha… Was podcasting during part of it…

    • JoeC says:
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      @OaktownSteve, Who else were you pushing as a sleeper this year? Was it Ian Desmond?

  45. Eddy says:
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    The Vlad blurb made me laugh quite a bit.

    Good stuff, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, That joke was Rudy…

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey, I’ll be sending my props to Rudy via FedEx then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Eddy, Braun-style, I like it…

  46. RealMcCoy says:
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    Feelings on Vogelsong? Worth a waiver pick-up and stash?? Do you still hold to your old projection 10-9/3.75/1.26/140?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RealMcCoy, Yeah, can stash him… I still like him, has no upside though…

  47. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: Drop Lynn for Volquez?

    The rest of my staff is:
    Lester, Gio, Latos, Hudson, Chacin, Cahill
    Santos, Marshall, Aceves, Capps

    I’m a little afraid to pair Volquez with Gio, Chacin and Cahill for WHIP purposes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Situation, I’d go with Volquez…

  48. xopchipili says:
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    better pickup to fill in for Wright – hot bat LaRoche or Glass Chipper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @xopchipili, LaRoche

  49. John says:
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    My annual H2H league just upped the number of teams from 12 to 14, and I am having trouble assigning values to pitchers. Scoring categories are W, L, CG, SV, K, ERA, WHIP and K/BB. I am pretty content with my staff, but I’d like to upgrade if possible. Currently I have the following pitchers:

    Wainwright
    Hamels
    Gio Gonzalez
    Brandon McCarthy
    Gavin Floyd
    Sean Marshall
    Javy Guerra
    Matt Capps
    Henry Rodriguez

    I’d like to replace a RP or maybe Gavin with another pitcher who may help in CG (although next year we’ve talked about replacing it with another category).

    Would Zito, or Lance Lynn or Clayton Richard (or maybe a sleeper) be an upgrade over Gavin or Henry? Lidge is available, but I’d rather not have both guys.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Lynn

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @John, CG is a crapshoot, esp. in H2H. You’re better off ignoring it. Your format is weighted toward relievers. I’d dump Floyd for Lidge or a flamethrowing MR who has a shot at saves down the road.

      • John says:
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        @Steve Stevenson, Any suggestions on MR? A lot of setup guys have been taken in bullpens where closers are not concrete…

        Thornton, Addison Reed, anyone know enough about Cory Wade?

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @John, I don’t know if you’re saying Thornton and Reed are available or taken, but those are good options. Also Cashner, D. Hernandez, Romo, Adams.

          • John says:
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            @Steve Stevenson, All of them, even the ones you sited, are available.

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Guys not in the lineup today already:

    Rios
    Beltran
    Berkman
    Freese
    Rasmus
    Lind
    Salty
    Phillips
    Rolen

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, add Hart and Braun to the list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Great list, thanks!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, no problem. Just figured I’d chime in since there were so damn many.

  51. GTS says:
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    Presley over Tabata or Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GTS, Over Cain

  52. moses says:
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    Who would you rather own? Matt Harrison, or Lance Lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @moses, Lynn

  53. mauledbypandas says:
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    Rasmus a buy low, or a start worrying?

    • moses says:
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      @mauledbypandas, Worry. He hasn’t been good for a WHILE now. I had him last year, never again. never.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @moses, I said that about D.Wright, but I succumbed on one team. I will never learn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mauledbypandas, Agree with Moses… But I’d give him a bit more of a leash…

  54. jeffjam says:
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    Since Crow got the save in Broxton’s absence, I guess it is safe to drop Holland, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jeffjam, Yup

    • Chunk says:
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      @jeffjam, Crow pitched in the 7th and then the game was called, giving him the “save.” Holland is still the number 2 guy.

  55. mauledbypandas says:
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    @Grey, @moses, I’m not sure I can stomach the average drain, but due to some injuries I am scrambling for power on one team. I hope you’re listening Brandon Belt!

  56. John says:
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    14 team H2H – Nova or Lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Go with Lynn…

  57. John says:
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    Out of the following OF’s, which 5 are worth rostering in a 14 team H2H league? Scoring includes the typical categories including K, BB and OPS…

    Carlos Lee
    Michael Morse
    Allen Craig
    Melky Cabrera
    JD Martinez
    Francoeur
    Lorenzo Cain
    Juan Rivera
    Dejesus
    Presley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John, Morse, Melky, Frenchy, Presley, Cain…

      • John says:
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        @Grey, I have to ask… why not C.Lee? Just because the players around him are pretty much unproven / may be terrible?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @John, And he’s pretty terrible…

          • John says:
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            @Grey, He’s a career .287/.340/.492, last year was the first year under 20 hr, low strike out rate, good number of walks…

            I’m missing something. I know he’s getting older, but still, terrible?

  58. Jon says:
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    @Grey, 10-team H2H – do you like Leake or Milone better? There are a few bats available right now, too: Fowler, Presley, Smoak, Alonso. I have room for a pitcher and a bat (if I drop Pedro Alvarez). Anybody you’d add? Keep Pedro? Thanks for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Leake… Presley for steals…

  59. Wilsonian says:
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    Hellickson was carted off the field today after being hit in the head by a ball during BP. Wow…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Yikes

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, apparently he was conscious and answering questions, but he was taken as a precaution. Sounded kinda nuts, took a HR right off the side of his head above his eye.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Wilsonian, I’m surprised his cap didn’t protect him.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wilsonian, So much for being lucky with Balls in Play

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up, Well played…

      • beardcrabs says:
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        @Wake Up, LOL…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Wake Up, Nice!!

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    And apparently Dr. Freeze checks out strained lats, too…since it looks like Morse will be going there with his buddy Storen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, He sees anything that has an indefinite timetable…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, so he works for the Nats and the Mets?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Wilsonian, Ha… Yup…

  61. Hawk says:
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    Grey…

    10 team 5×5 keeper. Danny Duffy or Luke Hochevar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk, Duffy

  62. Graveyard Duck says:
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    Grey and anyone else smarter than me, who do you like most to give me outfield help: Schafer, LaHair, Rivera, Reddick, Reimold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Graveyard Duck, LaHair

  63. Graveyard Duck says:
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    forgot: 12 team H2H

  64. frank rizzo says:
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    Holy hell, when is Jesus Montero actually going to catch a game? I’m struggling with keeping a straight Utility guy on my roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank rizzo, Yeah, frustrating…

  65. Carl Spackler says:
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    5×5 h2h Leake, Duffy, Capuano, Samardzija. I know it is early but how would you rank these guys going forward?
    Also, I have Rios and boy oh boy that guy looks like he is picking up where he left off. Take out the gopher ball Nathan gave up to him and it looks even worse. David Murphy or Schafer better OF options going forward or should I hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carl Spackler, Leake, Samardzija, Capuano… Rios…

  66. Strugaling says:
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    Love the site Grey! Long time reader first time poster.
    Concerning Ed Encarnacion’s slam & legii yesterday, maybe achieving a dong plus two bags should be glossed “the full package”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strugaling, Thanks! Not bad…

  67. KaplerforPresident says:
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    Grey, pick two for a 5X5 with OBP league:

    Pastornicky, A. Escobar, Scutaro, S. Rodriguez, Beckham

    • KaplerforPresident says:
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      Ooops, should have added Infante to that list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KaplerforPresident, Pastornicky, Alcides…

  68. Colby Rasmus says:
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    Grey,

    You overhyped me as a sleeper and now I am hitting .095 I cant sleep, my dog hates me and I am yelling at anything not named “Daddy”.

    Why did you put the Sleeper Razzball curse on me?

    How can I remove this curse, Oh Razzball Swami?

    Your Favorite Reader,

    Colby

    • tlr says:
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      @Colby Rasmus, I told you you were a spoiled brat and your Dad is a doofus. You don’t deserve to own dogs. Or kitties. I love kitties.

      tlr

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Colby Rasmus, Listen to Geiger’s video on repeat 17 times… Curse lifted…

    • royce! says:
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      @Colby Rasmus, I was going to post something about this yesterday- it’s very early, so small sample size yadda yadda, but Rasmus has only struck out 13% of the time, and has a 21% LD rate and a 47% FB rate, with no IFFB and a 0% HR/FB ratio… Yet he has a BABIP of .105. If he kept up the LD and FB rates, and had anything near his career HR/FB ratio (which is okay, 10%), he should hit for a fair average with around 20 HR, with a chance for upside. So I’m holding on to him, and was considering pursuing him in the league in which I don’t have him, but by brother in law owns him and I don’t want to fleece him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @royce!, Interesting, hadn’t looked at his peripherals… A ray of hope!

  69. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey

    Standard 5×5 Roto 12-teamer.
    Scutaro or Pastornicky?

    I didn’t see Scutaro in your rankings but he’s gotta get something batting leadoff in Colorado right?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ, Pastornicky…

  70. K76154 says:
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    Stubbs has been dropped. Use waiver 1 and drop Mat Gamel for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @K76154, Sure

  71. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    I hate the freaking Mets.

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team won’t make a decision on David Wright (finger) until Friday.
    Wright was diagnosed Tuesday with a small fracture in his right pinkie finger. He’s listed as day-to-day right now and can resume baseball activities as his condition improves, but a DL-stint is still a possibility. Ronny Cedeno and Justin Turner figure to split third base duties in the short-term.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Not great…

  72. Boesch.0 says:
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    Drop Nicasio or Duffy for H.Alvarez? I’m liking Duffy over Alv for his matchups vs non-Tigers AL Central opponents.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boesch.0, I’d prefer Alvarez over Duffy…

  73. Chunk says:
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    I’m thinking about packaging Kendrys and Santiago for a stronger bat. Who would be a good target? Ethier? Cespedes? Should I aim higher/lower?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, Either isn’t bad… Ethier…

  74. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Schafer or Span?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ThE sHiT, Schafer

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, He might be one of those post-hype sleepers, i hope…

  75. polczek5 says:
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    save speculation: Thornton or Cordero? I’m not desperate for saves in the short term, but always like to stock pile the closers for trade bait.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @polczek5, Cordero

  76. Scott says:
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    I’m in full rebuilding mode in 14 team dynasty league but looking for some young players rather than go full prospect.

    Which side do you prefer

    Garrett Richards and a 2nd round pick (last year 2nd round picks ranged from Nolan Arenado, Taijuan Walker, Mikie Mahtook, Trayvon Robinson)

    for

    John Danks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott, Richards…

  77. ChillmanCometh says:
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    @Grey, What is it that scares you most about Duffy?

    During his adventures in the minors he’s always had high K/9, has gained greater control with walks dropping every stop along the way, and has never been the beneficiary of an overly generous BABIP.

    Plus, the AL Central doesn’t look especially frightening outside of the Tigers, so his schedule doesn’t look particularly scary…

    It all looks so good Grey! Tell me what I should be afraid of…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChillmanCometh, His walks…

  78. B.o.B says:
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    Braun out with tightness in his chest/ribs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Thanks for the heads up!

  79. 14 team, mixed, 6×6 (with HOLDS). How would you rank the following middle relievers:

    Bryan Shaw
    Mitchell Boggs
    Jesse Crain
    Glenn Perkins
    Franklin Morales

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crain, Perkins, Shaw…

  80. joel says:
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    Grey: been offered Panda and Darvish for Bautista. I could keep Panda for one more year after this, and Darvish for 2 more after this. what do you think? I could really use a strong sp. what do u think of darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t do it…

  81. Raja says:
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    Ike Davis and Goldschmidt are available in my league, you like either one more than my Lind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re all close… I’d hold for now…

  82. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Grey –

    Would you drop Mike Adams for Addison Reed? Standard 12 team roto settings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…

      • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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        @Grey, Good because I missed out, lol. Someone added Reed 20 mins ago.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.****

  84. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    What is the concensus strategy on handcuffing relievers, is it better to have insurance for your own closers, or gamble on someone else’s? Basically, I have Street, and I’m holding Adams and Pestano. Should I drop one of those two for Cashner?

    • Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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      @Bill S. Preston, Esq., Oops, I’ll repost under the new post.

  85. Mike says:
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    Grey your the only fantasy expert worth a salt. You and Pianoman from Yahoo. You guys kick ass 24/7.

  86. letsgobravos says:
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    Just lucked out with a waiver claim for JJ Putz. Someone dropped him for Kyle Lohse…wtf? 12 teamer and I had #6 waiver priority so I lucked out to grab him.

    Have 5 closers now though. Debating dropping Broxton or Marshall. Thoughts? Should I drop to shop those guys first?

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    hmm, drop boujos or rasmus for de aza?

    • moses says:
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      @ThePoonTycoon, I’d drop Rasmus for him. Rasmus hasn’t done anything since 2010. He’s been bad for a while now.

  88. princerudynasim says:
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    Jordan schafer was running a 4.3/40 this offseason even after putting on like 15lbs

  89. moses says:
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    Grey,

    Would you accept this?

    Offered Matt Moore and Lorenzo Cain for my Rickie Weeks/Matt Harrison.

    (I have Kendrick also who I’d slide to 2b).

    H2h Points 14 teamer

  90. moses says:
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    or how about

    giving up CJ Wilson/Rickie Weeks for Jered Weaver and one of these guys (Laroche, Lorenzo Cain, Borjous)

  91. Slam says:
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    Keep getting offers for Miguel Cabrera. My pitching staff is wonky as can be, garza and Anibal are my aces unless Ubaldo and liriano suddenly go back to being studly. One guys offered me Brandon Phillips, Kendra morales, Dan haren and volquez. Another guy offered me Hamels, Hanley and werth. I need help pitching but I have an excellent outfield and aybar Reyes Espinosa at middle infield w utley on my dl. My other CI’s are Reynolds A Rod and Lind at util. Do you like either of those trades? I’m skeptical

  92. Christian says:
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    Grey-

    NL Only 10 teamer, my last Utility spot is currently taken up by jack of all trades, master of none Ty Wigginton (Bench is minor-league heavy with Bryce Harper, Pomeranz, and Brett Jackson, w/De La Rosa on my DL). Don’t recall seeing any love/hate for Ty recently (I hate, but think he may be vauluable at some point this year). Thinking about dropping Ty for Captain Kirk Nieuwenhuis with Torres reportedly not progressing well with his calf strain. Any thoughts on this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for Kirk…

  93. Dwayne Buice says:
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    the Impaler wasn’t really involved in the argument, but you now him: he’ll swing at anything.

  94. mike says:
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    just got offered Bruce and Cliff lee for kershaw and lincecom..giving tims early struggles should I do it???

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