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For all you Jersey kids out there, yesterday’s game title is, “Holland Tunnels Yanks.”  For all you Jersey kids out there who have been stuck in traffic in the Holland Tunnel on a hot day, “Holland Dutch Ovens the Yankees.”  For all of you history nerds, “Holland Takes Back New Amsterdam.”  By the way, I’d be surprised if I was the first person who thought of this, but I’ve never heard it before, so here goes:  What is New Jersey shaped like?  Kid from Kid ‘n Play.  It is totally rocking the flat-top.  Right?  Damn, I totally would’ve failed me a Rorschach test.  So Derek Holland put two peaches together yesterday and made a plum of a start with the line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs and 7 Ks.  Holland is what he is, which is a decent 3rd to 4th fantasy starter.  The Stream-o-Nator predicted this beaut.  Know why?  The Yankees aren’t good usually (23rd overall for OPS), but are hideous vs. lefties (27th overall).  These aren’t your slightly older brother’s Yankees.  Right now, George Steinbrenner is rolling over in his grave, though that is partially because he was facing Billy Martin.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jurickson Profar – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  As he gets his first start in a week.  The Rangers hate themselves some upside.  They threw Chris Davis to the wolves, refuse to promote Olt, letting Profar hang out to dry.  If you’re not going to play Profar, send him to the minors so he can at least play.  That doesn’t sound like rocket science.  Jurickson?  More like the Rangers are Jurickin’ him some?  Amiright?  Rightrightrightright?

Brett Gardner – Didn’t start due to a head cold.  His fever was always burning since the germs been turning.  Foreign Mets, July 31st brings homeless vets, Rolaids, bat crack, Chris Getz!  Hypodermics in Braun’s butt, McCourts under martial law, rock ‘n jock, bullpen wars, I can’t take it anymore!

Phil Hughes – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Just 20 more starts like that and I’ll trust you.  Shoot, I shouldn’t give him any smart ideas.  Now he’s gonna pitch well for two months just to sucker me in to an explosion.

Mike Trout – 4-for-5, 1 run.  I was watching BBQ Pitmasters the other day and Myron was talking about how you have to inject the meat to keep it moist.  I started thinking about what I’d like to inject in Mike Trout.

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Tigers.  Damn, he’s money, right?  Yeah, I don’t think so.  I haven’t liked him in about two years.  I wonder if off of the strength of this start you can trade Jered before he takes his over-sized pants back home to face the Cardinals.

Peter Bourjos – Didn’t start another game, that’s four in a row now.  You know who doesn’t mind this?  J.B. “Don’t Give A” Shuck.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  That’s not quite as good as you want from him, but a whole lot better than you were expecting.  Confounding expectations, which is the name of my high school band when I went by the moniker General Gist and dressed up like a soldier with an ascot.  What?  It was the 80’s.

Joaquin Benoit – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks.  In case we’ve forgotten that he’s the closer because it’s been almost two weeks since his last save, Benoit was used yesterday in a tie game as a closer would be used (9th inning at home).  This was brought to you by the Committee To Keep Papelbon Out Of Motown.  Or K-Poom, who is not related to K-Fed.

Jose Valverde – Accepted his Triple-A assignment.  He’ll be working the 8th inning behind Kenny Powers.

Taylor Jordan – Will take over Haren’s spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.  Like some of you, the first thing I do when a prospect is called up is search the site to see what Prospect Scott said.  Rarely do I find a guy who hasn’t been covered or the info is dated.  So, when I searched for Taylor Jordan, I found a mention of Michael Taylor by Scott and I found mentions by me of Julie Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, the country Jordan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jordan Sparks, which I spelled wrong.  At least I stay on topic!  There’s a good drinking game in there, choose a random word — let’s say kerfuffle — and as many posts that show up is how many shots you have to do.  (BTW, you wouldn’t even get buzzed from kerfuffle.  Search schmotato and you’ll have alcohol poisoning.)  So, I gotta go it alone with Taylor Jordan since he wasn’t mentioned at all as far as I could see.  In that alone tells you something, he wasn’t well-regarded in the minors.  He was virtually unheard of for fantasy as of this March.  Last year, he had a 4+ ERA in Single-A with a 6+ K-rate, but he was returning from Tommy John surgery.  This year, he’s ripping the tag off the party and waiting for someone to call the cops.  He has a 0.83 ERA in Double-A through 54 innings with a 7+ K-rate.  He looks like a guy that could surprise for a few starts (especially his first vs. the Mets), but I don’t think he’s a long-term answer for fantasy or the Nats.  The nice thing is his downside looks minimal because he posts sub-2 walk rates.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d bid a few dollars and hope for a nice ride; in mixed leagues, it’s on a need a streamer basis, but I’d give him a whirl vs. the Mets, definitely.  And this is just about the longest blurb I’ve ever written about– There it is!  A new world record!

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks with a 2.41 ERA on the year, but was out-pitched by Patrick Corbin 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks with a 2.22 ERA on the year.  If you saw that coming in March, you’re a time traveler.  I demand you go back and sell my Boston Market stock in the summer of 1998.  Now!  Go!  I’ll give you 20% commission.

Adam Eaton – Resumed rehab and could return sometime soon after the All-Star Break.  Siri, could you remind me to pick Adam Eaton during the All-Star Break?  “Grey, there are four Tandoori restaurants in your vicinity that you can eatin’ at.”

Aaron Hill – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer and first homer since his injury.  Been looking pretty solid since his return.  Good to see since hand injuries can be tricky — it’s an illusion!

Juan Francisco – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer and third in the last three games.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but if you need to wait to see him there, you’re probably not picking him up anyway.  So why do you waste my time?  Oh, come here, I can’t get mad at you.  Let’s air hug.  There, that better?

Carlos Gomez – Supposed to return today.  He’ll know for sure after batting practice.  Have to see how it Gomezes.

Wily Peralta – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Whoa, not too shabby–Oh, he had 4 more unearned runs.  Yeah, he’s hot garbage on the back of a camel in the Sahara.

Josh Beckett – Began a throwing program, but it’s still possible he gets shutdown for the year.  Bad year for Jeters, the real one and Red State Jeter.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Send me a sign when you’re going to start pitching up to your potential, because this is frickin’ ridiculous.  Or simply fridiculous!  The Phils are not this good and you’re in Dodger Stadium?  13 baserunners?  With those kind of numbers, you gotta strand more people than Oceanic Airlines.  And a 3.94 ERA on the year?  I could’ve got that shizz from Jonathan Effin’ Pettibone!  Someone play that crappy Coldplay song, I Will Fix You, so Greinke gets himself right.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and 2 steals.  You will do, Not Puig, you will do.

John McDonald – The Phils acquired him from the Indians.  Phils management said they wanted to get younger.  I didn’t think they meant compared to Charlie Manuel.

Delmon Young – 4-for-4, which comes after a 2-for-4 game with a homer.  He’s around a 15-homer, .270 hitter on the year, which is death for the whole year, but nothing says you can’t grab him now while he’s doing well.

Chase Utley – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  I will say this in his favor, when he does play, he hits.

Corey Kluber – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Wait a minute, why did I wake up in a bathtub of ice?  Oh, God, what is that smell?  Why is my anus pulled out of my body and watching Montel?!  WHY MONTEL?!?  Damn, Kluber, you got me good.  Well, it obviously wasn’t the kind of start you wanted, but he was singled to death, very few balls were hit hard and he gets the Royals next.  Yeah, I’m holding him.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He is hitting near .375 in the last week, but this is his first homer since being recalled and he can’t hit lefties (.087).  That’s below dead on arrival, which is .187.

Miguel Gonzalez – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Should’ve went with this schmohawk over Kluber.  Gonzalez now has five straight quality starts, and has better all around numbers than Greinke.  Damn you, Quentin!  I thought for a long time I’d have written on my tombstone, “I told you I was ill,” but now I might just have, “Damn you, Quentin!”

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  He’s hitting close to .500 in the last week with 3 homers.  Hot schmotatoes are completely without prejudice, unlike Paula Deen.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Had it been that long since his last big game?  Well, he did hit a homer the other day, but he was 1-for-16 this week, so there ya go.

Samuel Deduno – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Has a barely 5 K-rate and Deduno’s is a pizza place that makes you violently sick.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer.  I wouldn’t believe it either if I didn’t see it with my piercing brown eyes that are said to mesmerize.

Jeremy Hefner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  You can’t stop Zack Wheeler from getting called up now!  (Though I kinda wish you could’ve for his last start since I didn’t need what Wheeler gave me.  The Mets said Wheeler was tipping his pitches.  Yeah, sure, before each pitch he was yelling, “This is gonna be a ball; don’t swing!”)

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Would’ve been a real nice batty call yesterday, but he was also hot about a week ago so it wouldn’t be insane to get a little bit of a battachment going.

David Price – Scoreless in rehab game.  He says he’s ready to pitch for the Rays.  I say, “Save me from Greinke being my ace, please.”

Brad Miller – Mariners called him up to take over for Brendan Ryan, but Ryan had a good UZR!  Miller is the Nick Franklin of shortstops.  Here’s what Prospect Scott said, “Miller can hit.  Since debuting as a pro in 2011, the 23-year-old has hit .341/.414/.513 across Low-, High-, and Double-A.  Folks spewed the same doubts about Allen Craig a few years back (about his defense), but the bat always finds a way, my friends.  Miller’s bat will play in the bigs.  It would also play well by hitting Grey’s melon.”  Hey!  What’s the big idea?  Miller was tearing up Triple-A this year (.350 with 5 homers and 2 steals in 25 games), which came after churning through Double-A (.294, 6 homers, 4 steals in 42 games).  He looks nearly identical to Franklin bat-wise.  I grabbed Miller in a mixed league, and I suggest you do the same if you’re hurting at middle infield.

Chien-Ming Wang – 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Little Miss Chien-Ming Wang sucks.  You can’t Spin Doctor those first starts otherwise.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, but left the game with a jammed hip when he slipped off the mound.  He said he didn’t know what happened, but there was this patch of suntan lotion on the mound.

Clay Buchholz – MRI showed inflammation in his shoulder’s bursa sac.  When someone told him to sack up, he took it literally.

Drew Pomeranz – Will take over Nicasio’s rotation spot.  Pomeranz had a 4.20 ERA in Triple-A, and now heads to Coors.  If you pick him up, you have nuts in your coconut.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-4, 1 run, batting .351.  Meanwhile, Helton’s hitting .240 and playing 1st base when Cuddyer could be playing there and saving himself from possible injury.  Someone should tape Helton’s mouth, put him in a gorilla suit and send him to Africa.

Tyler Chatwood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, 2.13 ERA.  Well, it’s obviously time to reevaluate since it looks like Tyler Chatwood is more than a gay porn star that can tie things with his tongue.  His K-rate is just below 7 and his walk rate is just below three.  Shorthand:  He’s a usable streamer.  Longhand:  At one point, he was a well-regarded prospect, but that got derailed for a while in the minors.  He’s obviously found himself like a hero of a Young Adult Novel, The Perks of Being A Young Pitcher, anyone?  No?  Okay.  At 23 years old, he could be more than a usable streamer at times this year and could even take a step forward to be shallow, mixed league ownable.  It’s just very hard for me to recommend a Rockie starter, so I’m not grabbing him anywhere.  I’m glad we had this Chat…wood.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 7th steal.  I don’t want to say anything for fear I might jinx it, so I’ll write it instead.  Castro’s been on fire since his benching.  Sveum is a genius!  (I wonder if Sveum needs the spellchecker to spell out genius like I do.  Hmm…)  Castro still has a long way to go, but at least it looks like he’s headed in the right direction.  Castro, keep drinking from the catch-up bottle!

Dioner Navarro – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  I don’t even want to look to see if Navarro or Salvador Perez are higher on our Player Rater because I don’t want to depress myself.

Ryan Sweeney – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st steal.  Strange Prediction of the Day!  *flashy graphics announcing the SPotD, people cheering, wearing crazy college-themed face paint screaming SPotD*  My SPotD:  Sweeney is 10 team mixed league viable by August.

Matt Garza – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks.  It’s an extravaGarza!  Cubs have to be extremely happy with this start.  Right now, they’re seeing if Alfonso Soriano can fit inside Garza’s suitcase.

Kevin Gregg – Also, being shopped by the Cubs, which would make James Russell the closer, unless he’s traded too, then Joe Pepitone would become the closer.  Theo Epstein said yesterday, “Everyone is for sale–*muffled* See, if you can fit Soriano in Gregg’s tote bag.”

  1. RalphW says:
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    Jose Bautista or Matt Kemp

    • Piranhaman says:
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      @RalphW: sadly, Kemp couldn’t be better than Joey Bats. he still has a shoulder issue.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Miller or Sweeney ROS for Util

  3. RalphW says:
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    Taylor Jordan isn’t on the yahoo roster yet

    • Jason says:
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      @RalphW: nor CBS

  4. Thurman says:
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    neither is brad miller :(

  5. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    6×6 (OBP, QS)

    Brad Miller or Cozart?

  6. Heraldo says:
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    Yahoo 10-team Redraft league question:
    Rendon, Profar, or Brad Miller at 2B?

    Thanks.

  7. Yeshcheese says:
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    Saw C Hamels for P Corbin yesterday. Didn’t even care, it actually seemed fair…

  8. Matthew says:
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    Great Coming To America reference.

    2 things. Usually Yahoo posts the player whose called up if they haven’t already been or aren’t preseason ranked the day they’re officially called up.

    Also, I have Andrua at SS and Lowrie at 2B because Rutledge didn’t work out because the call down, since being called up, meh. So would you drop Rutledge for Miller OR keep Lowrie at 2B, bust Andrus at SS and pick up Leonys for a Bench/UTIL spot.

    Amen.

  9. VinnyCora says:
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    Which one of these groups of players would you take home and introduce to Mama Grey and which would you make put on a pair of heels and face the corner? Trying to win a bet.

    Shelby, Ryu, Dickey, Estrada, Segura, Holliday, Craig, Puig, Zobrist, Arenado, Alonso

    or

    Harvey, Price, Cobb, YoGa, K-Jansen, Stanton, R Zim, Castro, Heyward, Didi, Eaton

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        ” oh , Grey , honey , if you’re going to show Giancarlo your bedroom ,
        leave the door open , please . “

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  10. Chump Change says:
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    Jedd Gyorko for my Matt Garza?

    I already have Pedroia and Rendon in my 2b and MI slots, would Jedd be an upgrade?

    • Josh O.

      JoshO says:
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      @Chump Change: Depends on needs. Relatively fair in a vacuum. Gyorko may be slight upgrade on Rendon. But if Garza is useful on your staff, I probably wouldn’t do that.

  11. chunk says:
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    miller or rutlege?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @chunk: I’ve waited all morning for this question

  12. c0wfunk says:
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    Woud ya Keep Rutledge or arenado to activate gyorko when ready?

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: meant which would you drop? Or keep? Or either… Insomnia has damaged communications..blah.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @c0wfunk: keep Arenado

  13. Iguy says:
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    Aaron Hill or Howie Kendrick going forward for Roto?

  14. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Trade Wil Myers to get Garza?

    • Birdog says:
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      @malamoney: boy I sure would

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Birdog: Really? Would you sooner give up Austin Jackson? I am trying to get Cole Hamels from him instead.

        H2H points league.

        • Birdog says:
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          @malamoney: Would love to hear Grey or JB’s thoughts. If it’s me, I prefer your first trade, giving Myers for Garza. In their last 3 outings, Garza has an ERA of .82, a WHIP of .91 and more than a K per inning. Hamels’ ERA in last 3 outings is 5.21, WHIP of 1.42 and slightly less K’s. I also would keep Jackson over Myers if it were my team. Proven commodity. I like to grab prospects and trade them for proven guys as soon as they have their first hot streak, not keep them and hope for a Bryce Harper repeat which rarely happens.

          • malamoney

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            @Birdog: Thanks for the insight. Something about Garza that I just don’t like. Guy has good numbers and it is likely will be traded to a contender, but I would just rather have Hamels.

            The guy I am negotiating with has a loaded staff: Kershaw, Shields, Grienke, Hamels, Garza, Ryu and he just acquired Nat-Gio. We only start 4. He needs a 4th OF though. He hasn’t started Garza once this season.

            Would love to hear Grey’s and JB’s thoughts.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Birdog: you mean Trout…I prefer a Braun to tab my rookies

      • malamoney

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        @Grey: It’s a keeper league. We can only keep 4. I wouldn’t keep Garza and I don’t think he would keep Myers. Is Garza enough/more than enough for Myers. Should I hold out for Hamels?

        • Grey

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          I’d want more for Myers

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @Grey: Would you mind naming a starter or two that you’d target.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why are you selling Myers in a keeper league?

  15. griff says:
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    Grey,
    In a dynasty roto, would you drop viciedo and pick up leonys martin?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @griff: depends on need

  16. ChooChoo says:
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    “With those kind of numbers, you gotta strand more people than Oceanic Airlines” Laughed my Mother #$%@%$? @55 off!.

  17. ChooChoo says:
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    P.S. Would you start Phelps against the O’s tonight? That line-up is pretty nasty and every time Buck Showalter plays the Yanks he has that “I wanna rape your first born” look on his face.

  18. mauledbypandas says:
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    The Rangers gave Chris Davis like 900 something ABs over 3 years to succeed. I think they may have given up on him a little too early, but threw him to the wolves? meh

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @mauledbypandas: good point, I think this is more an indictment of their inability to develop hitters within….

  19. cubjet says:
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    Excellent column as usual!!

    I want to grab Erasmo.

    Would you drop Cashner and wait for his callup?

    My other option is I have a logjam of 2B/3B

    2B:Altuve, Carpenter, Rendon

    3B:Carpenter, Rendon, Headley, Frazier

    Would you drop Frazier, Headley, or Rendon?
    Thanks in advance.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @cubjet: Scott has got everyone jizzing over Erasmo. Is he really that good?

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @TheNewGuy: he’s pretty filthy

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Terse: When do we see him in Seattle?

          • uncdrew says:
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            @malamoney:

            Perhaps today. Not on the mound of course, but you might see him at Pike’s Market watching them toss fishies around.

      • jim says:
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        @Grey:

        Would it be fair to drop Cole for Erasmo after today?

        K’s are suffering

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  20. Brett says:
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    Would you trade garza and cashner for grienke

  21. Ernie says:
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    Only one spot to hold. Who is best: kluber santiago chatwood? Thanks

  22. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Kerfluffle
    I don’t have Sally Perez in an roto leagues, but in points leagues he’s been a top 6 catcher for the last 2 months.
    Kerfluffle
    And that includes his 12 day funeral kerfluffle.
    Kerfluffle
    (I’m gonna get someone drunk early!!!)

  23. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    So true about Siri. Just about the most overhyped useless piece of crap software ever.

    • farcus says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: I dunno, Siri’s kinda like a handy, nice to have when you’re driving, but otherwise you’d probably rather get things done a different way.

  24. Phil says:
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    should I drop josh Rutledge for brad miller?

    • shibboleth says:
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      Kerfuffle is a great word. @Phil: watching this space closely… I had such high hopes for Rutledge and all he’s done is pull my underwear over my head and give me a wet willie

      • malamoney

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        @shibboleth: I feel like he ate my Eggo! I too am wondering if I should drop Rutledge for Miller. Rutledge seems to sit every few days as well. He save me last year when Tulo went down, but doesn’t appear to be able to repeat this year…

  25. FMFBL says:
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    What’s your take and predictions on this Arcia kid on the Twins? Looks like the power is legit. Great stuff as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: Thanks! His power is legit, nothing but a 5th outfielder this year

  26. The Thumb says:
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    Are you benching Greinke until you see anything hopeful?

    His next starts are @COL, @ARI, vsCOL.

  27. TheNewGuy says:
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    YoGa, Hamels, now Grienke. What has happened to these aces of old! How have they all started to majorly decline despite not even reaching 30 yet?? Talk about an early decline, shows you never know what youre getting with friggin pitchers.

    Oh yeah and Verlander aint been nearly as dominant either.

    Like you sure am looking forward to finally getting Price back!

    Bench Leake I presume when the Reds head to Arlington, but would you start Latos? At least hes been acelike like (stutterer!) youd expect this year.

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Greinke is like Lincecum. They both stopped throwing their Slider (mostly) for longevity. They didn’t want TJ at 29.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d start Latos everywhere

  28. Monkey?! Monkey?! I’m an ape you f**king clown! I know, I know Beeks got sent to Africa. Cuddyer is taking care of business!

  29. Carns says:
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    “We’ll see how it Gomezes” wow Grey

  30. Hondo says:
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    Offered Medlen and Reyes for Strasburg.
    Yo estoy muy stupido or no? Or meh?

    Nats fan here and also can’t stand sitting Franklin and need to clear a spot for Price.

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      @Hondo: Went to my first game in Nationals Park yesterday. What fun. We sat six rows up along the right-field foul line and got peppered by foul balls off of late swings on Strasburg’s heater. He was only throwing 95-97, yow. Great game, too bad they lost. They need Harper back in the worst way.

      Nats radio said afterwards Stras is getting 2.2 runs of support this year. I like the guy, but for fantasy baseball I’d want someone more likely to get that (curly) W.

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        @Sherm:

        Make sure you check the seating before you go.I went a game last year in August when it was 100 degrees.Everyone’s shirt was soaking wet from sweat
        Make sure you get a seat in the shade,the place gets Hellish when the concrete heats up and makes it about 120 degrees on a day like that.
        They say you can only bring in 2 bottles of water,but they’ll cut you a break on a day like that.
        I effed up by checking the afternoon seating,but that was from a weird starting time of~ 3PM,instead of where the sun was at a 1:10 starting time.
        I wound up in Hell.

        • Jason says:
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          @Hondo: it’s not that bad. Don’t be a cry baby. It’s not you were in Oakland.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Jason: i’m not sure about when you leave the stadium, safety-wise(wsox, possibly det, maybe Was,bal) but there’s no way oak’s humidity is worse than say atl,stl,bal,was, possibly kc,the overall heat (likely dry heat though) in tex,ari. tb’s probably pretty bad too.

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    When Jerko comes back could I trade Hill and McCann for Cano? (have Castro whos basically similar to McCanns production) .Or aim lower for someone like Pedroia/Kinsler, or even Phillips.

    Who do you think I could realistically get.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: You won’t get Cano. But you can try!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: You won’t get Cano. But you can try!

  32. Hondo says:
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    Also have Beachy on the DL and kinda flipped a coin about what happens there.

  33. Ian says:
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    Thoughts on trying to deal Justin Upton? I love the dude but am getting very impatient and he doesn’t seem to be turning it around anytime soon.. do you think I could still get a fair price for him?

    • Ian says:
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      @Ian:
      I’m not getting much love on offers i’ve sent out because he’s been in such a slump, but was offered Desmond Jennings and either Mike Leake or Eric Stults for him.. is that a decent deal?

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Ian: I would hold. You missed your sell window, so I’d wait it out rather than take .50 cents on the dollar.

  34. LastPlace says:
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    NL Only

    T. Wood, J. Fernandez or Maholm?

    Is it close?

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @LastPlace: do you need W, K, or ratios, and do you need them now or September?

      • LastPlace says:
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        @Yeshcheese: just looking for quality starts and Ks

  35. Wake Up says:
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    The best thing for trout is a highly flavorful saline solution…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: this just in…Paula Deen says to pour butter on the skin and inject with butter inside, rub butter on your blubber and then you shake it all about…you can finish with shaved truffles…allegedly, she does not condone using the black ones…

  36. Ray says:
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    How reliable is Rendon ROS? If I can get Bautista for Phillips, pull the trigger and roll with Rendon?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Ray: might lose his job at some point, they still have Espinosa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: I’d take Bautista

  37. Malarkey says:
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    Tough week for the Razzball faithful. In trying to improve my pitching staff I picked up Kluber, Porcello, and Smyly… This last week has been rough!!

  38. shibboleth says:
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    Kerfuffle is such a great word

  39. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just traded Hamilton for the red-hot Cuddyer and dont feel bad about it at all.

    Hamiltons been a schmuck all year, and when he does have a big game (his 2) they were on my bench. So glad to be rid of him!

    Plus Cuddyer can be kept for just 8 bucks next year. Gotta be happy with this right?

  40. Maglia Rosa says:
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    Interesting what you said about the Yankees being hideous vs lefties. I only look at runs scored as that’s what’s going to count vs my pitchers, and when you do that the Yankees are actually one of the highest scoring teams vs lefties:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/31

    But I see that at the same time their OPS ranks 28th.

    Why do you think the OPS stat is more important than runs?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Maglia Rosa: Runs= what has happened…OPS= what will happen…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wake Up: hey now!

    • AJA says:
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      @Maglia Rosa:
      1. Runs include unearned runs
      2. Teams with more ABs against lefties are likely to have more runs (sort by ABs and the Yankees are towards the top)
      3. The runs stat gets distorted when a righty starts the inning, puts on runners and the lefty reliever lets them score

      Moreover, their best hitter(Cano) hasn’t hit a lefty in 3 years and would be more effective as a platoon player (can’t wait until some team gives him 200 mil this offseason)

      I am streaming lefties against this team all year.

      • Maglia Rosa says:
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        @AJA: Excellent. Thanks for this. I wasn’t really seeing results the way I was doing it. Left Moore on the bench vs Yanks cuz of it.

  41. Tom Thumb says:
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    Grey,

    Good stuff, as always. Thanks. It seems SoN doesn’t like Delgado today. He seems to be a decent option against his former team. His ratios are crap so far but he doesn’t walk anyone and he should rack up the Ks today, no? Start or sit?

  42. pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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    Gotta hate the Kluber Fluber. I’m talkin about Kluber’s pitching performance not when a hot chick falls on the dance floor. Serves you right hot chick for turning down my offer at the bar to buy you a Zima.

    So the Kluber got dropped in my league. In terms of ROS, should I drop Santiago (bc Jake Peavy will bump him), Stults (bc I just can’t trust him), or Erasmo Ramirez (bc he’s an unknown) to get my grind on at the Klub?

    • David says:
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      @pb&j with a baseball bat: I’m sure you’d prefer expert advice, but roll with Kluber over Santiago.

      • pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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        @David: I was leaning towards switching for Santiago also. I’m just worried he pitches well enough to stay in the rotation even after Peavy comes back…. Thanks for the reply.

      • pb&j with a baseball bat says:
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        @Wake Up: They love it even more than you and I. I’ll pick some up for the both of us when I’m traveling back in time to help Grey out with those Boston Market stocks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Wake Up: Zima still exists?

  43. David says:
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    I’m wheeling and dealing the week in an effort to restart my losing team,
    In an OBP and SLG 6×6 league, who wins:

    Papelbon, B.J., and Ceuto for Iwakuma, Zobrist and Lohse

    And

    Moss, Cozart for Headley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: Zobrist side, Headley

  44. Jalen Rosen says:
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    Segura for Pence? I have Asdrubal, would have to drop Rutledge. Thoughts.

    • Jalen Rosen says:
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      @Jalen Rosen: Segura for Pence? I have Asdrubal, would have to drop Rutledge. Thoughts.

      Correction, I would give Pence up for Segura.

  45. Crotch Potatoe says:
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    In a league with both lifetime and 5-year keepers.

    Have Weaver for life, should I be trying to flip him for 3.5 years of Medlen or Cobb?

  46. JoeG says:
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    Who wins/would you trade: Moreland and Ryu for A.Jackson, Jansen and Morneau.

    • JoeG says:
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      @JoeG:
      Sorry the deal is I give Moreland and Ryu for A.Jackson and Morneau. I could use a upgrade at OF.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JoeG: Jackson, it’s fair

  47. Wake Up says:
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    Doubtful on James Russell due to his sinister nature…he is more likely to be creative, be an artist, enjoy a drink and get elected…celebrate August 13th, with Hitchcock…but, like Nader, largely ineffective vs righties…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Nice roll

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: *tips hat*

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: thanks….*walks out of the room like Costanza*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  48. supra says:
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    If we’re gonna watch 30 mins of these jokers prepping and cooking dishes and then FOX is gonna show the judges tasting 3 out of 12, WTF are we watching for??

    Also, can anyone on that show take a bite without chewing the fork? Do they have the judges teeth mic’d up? Are they using George Lucas to overlay sound effects on their canines? Nails on a chaulkboard… that is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: You watch for Graham tasting and looking at the heavens…

      • supra says:
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        @Grey: Ha… Bob’s Bigger Boy

  49. silentjim says:
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    Anyone think Chris Davis can keep this up all season and moving forward? In a 20 team dynasty league I was offered Ryan Braun for Chris Davis in a league that counts OPS. Getting Braun seems like a great idea, but with the PEDS scandal, the injuries, and Chris Davis just having a monster year, I’m not sure its close or even worth considering. I’m already stacked at 1B with Pujols, Hosmer, and even Dunn.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @silentjim: Davis.

  50. B.o.B says:
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    So someone in my 10 team league has way too much pitching and (surprisingly) the worst offense I’ve ever seen. Their big dogs are Kershaw, Felix and Gio and are looking to deal ASAP. I have some offense to give.

    OF – Jones, Beltran, Rios, Marte (3 OF, 1 Util league)
    3B – Beltre, Encarnacion
    1B – Goldy, Encarnacion
    Rest of offense is Rosario, Cano, Asdrubal

    My P are as follows: Bumgarner, Cueto, Kuroda, Ryu, Gallardo, CJ Wilson, Gee and Peavy on the DL with Grilli, Romo, Jansen and Janssen as closers.

    Would you go after 1 of their pitchers? If so what do you feel are some fair trades you would do involving them and my offense? Or would you just hold? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B: Beltran, Rios or Edwin for Felix

  51. Ghost of the Purple Porpoise says:
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    I was just offered Lind for Ike Davis, thoughts?

    This is strictly a bench/utility move as I have Goooooooold at 1st base, but I was stashing Ike Davis for the upside…this is a 5×5 OBP league

  52. Wake Up says:
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    Coldplay reference reminded me of this documentary that I was advised that I would like to see by the better half…I did actually end up enjoying it…http://youtu.be/G-e8LGMPTtE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Aw, you have a sweet side… Yeah, that was a great doc…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Yep on the right…but I’m a lefty

  53. Birdis says:
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    Been waiting for Mini-Donkey to start another hot streak and it’s not happening. Has he become droppable for hot schmotato streaming?

    I’m in the top 10 at every offensive category except average, so he’s hurting me there any anyway. Currently sitting at 5th in average hitting .266…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdis: He’s droppable

  54. Dave says:
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    ROS-Seager or Philips Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Phillips

  55. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Should i pick up lackey or wait for erasmo? Keep up the damn fine work.

  56. JDW says:
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    I want to have Chase Utley’s baby.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: Just don’t let the kid play anywhere it can get hurt

      • JDW says:
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        @Grey:

        Oh, he’d have eyes on him the entire time. How else could I ransom the baby back to Chase for millions of dollars if the baby got hurt?

        :)

  57. AP says:
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    Happy Friday, Grey. Kluber or Maholm ROS? I’d be looking to make some headway in K’s, but not kill my ratios either and I need to pick up a SP today. Also, in a related note, I know I am a few days (weeks?….months?) behind on this, but today is the day I finally kick Middlebrooks to the curb. Today was a good day…..

    /bassline

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: You too! Kluber

  58. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a 16 team keeper league. I’m in contention right now but I have a ton of good keepers. I am keeping profar and Carlos Martinez as my rookies and I can also keep 5 veterans. I have tulo, freeman, bruce, bumgarner, moore, j zimmermann and iwakuma. I’m trying to trade a few to make a push for the playoffs, any thoughts on who to trade? I was thinking tulo because I’ll have profar next year at ss but I need another opinion

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Matt: I’d like to keep Freeman there. But anyone should be tradeable.

  59. Maglia Rosa says:
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    Still no JB, I see, after another “klubbing”…..

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Maglia Rosa: He’s clubbing in the woods.

  60. smegma says:
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    I know you saw this coming…the coveted ss question (12 team h2h points league w/4pts per HR and 2 for SB):

    ROS:
    Franklin, Escobar, Miller, Rutledge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: Franklin, Alcides

  61. smegma says:
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    I know you saw this coming…the coveted ss question (12 team h2h points league w/4pts per HR and 2 for SB):

    ROS:
    Franklin, AEscobar, Miller, Rutledge

  62. Alex says:
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    With Harper coming off DL Monday, drop Kluber, Leonys Martin or Jimmy Henderson? Need the bats.

  63. Lopes says:
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    Two possible trade scenarios, my marte and cole for his cc and mccan or do I replace marte with cargo and try to get Harvey/ Corbin instead of cc?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Lopes: I wouldn’t do either. But, if you’re desperate for pitching….The first one I guess.

  64. Dubs says:
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    Re: Brad Miller. Would you consider owning Rutledge “hurting at mid infield.”

    Think I’m guna drop The Ledge and grab a Miller. Get it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubs: Go for it

  65. Giac says:
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    Can’t seem to pull off a trade in this league. Other teams so reluctant to trade but dont want to overpay. Anyway. I am looking to get darvish and wondering if the following offers look ok and wondering which of the two you would rather make:

    I give either choo/Lind/wheeler for darvish

    Or

    Choo/Napoli/wheeler for darvish (Perez and arencibia on waivers as if now)

    I would have 3 OF and a utility spot consisting of cargo, jones, marte, leonys, and Rutledge on bench (and Lind if offer second deal)

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Giac: Eh, I doubt either will work. To get a Darvish, you’ll have better luck trading an impact player instead of 3 pieces. But to answer your question, if I were you, I’d rather get away with Lind.

      • Giac says:
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        I agree but his team is so offensively bad plus he’s a mets fan and hoping he values wheeler much more than I do. Thanks for feedback though

        • Giac says:
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          @Giac:

          When u say get away with Lind do u mean for me to retain him or get away with that deal?

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Giac: Do that deal instead of Napoli. Naps more valuable as your catcher than Lind as a Util

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Giac: But again, either deal you win.

  66. Colin says:
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    I think Pomeranz has some value, his peripherals are not that bad. If you need ks I think he’s a solid add….he pitches in then PCL…which is probably worse than Coors since every park is a hitters haven. Ill take a shot against the Giants and see what happens.

  67. T Moore says:
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    Dr. Gray: I was glad to see M Byrd’s name on the list today… He deserves it..

    He was such a highly touted MiLBer.. The classic bad info hype story… He was one of those that turned me off to prospect tout pages and the year’s away players those wankers pump out at you over and over and over…

    His K #s rate predicted adjustment problems… I should have known better… One of my worst selections ever… It had a golden lining though… He really began changes in the way I approached reserve round drafts and prospects in general..

    He has had only one or 2 decent seasons in a long career – surprisingly.. I had to look his age – it’s 35 YO… wow… And this could become his career year!!! It goes to show you, this game is often more about “Getting It” than talent..

    Yes, M Byrd is having a season… I couldn’t believe his numbers at first… Then I tapped into my NAWness… And since then – he has been berry berry good to me for the past 10 days or so….

    Almost cut him yesterday.. Then changed my mind.. Glad I didn’t..

    You have a nice weekend.. Make some pre ALL STAR GAME non FBB time for the wife and kids… And take the time to call your mom just to tell her, I you love, mom – Moms are the first round picks of our lives.. Bet, you have been ignoring her lately too…

    Me, I’m beating the heat… 100s + forecast for a week starting today… Going to go visit my brother on the coast… I really find, I enjoy his company more when it is hot where I live – go figure??

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @T Moore:

      Apropos of nothing: Byrd played two years of college football at Georgia Tech.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @T Moore: Are you Omar Minaya? You don’t have to say if you are…. Nice hold off on the NAW… Thanks, you too!

  68. WhiteRabbit says:
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    Got a spot on my 10 team – NL only keeper league. Taylor Jordan or John Hellweg worth a shot? will they stay?

  69. Jack says:
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    I will have to drop one of Gyorko/Rendon when Gyorko gets healthy. My team needs more RBI/HR than Runs, so I’m thinking I should keep Gyorko. Thoughts?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jack: Gyorko is more of a power hitter than Rendon.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jack: I’d keep Gyorko

  70. shabazz says:
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    someone offer me pablo, yoenis & chris perez for kemp… its and 8 team h2h, non keeper…take it?

  71. Mike says:
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    Would u trade Baumgartner for Marte? Is that too much?
    Thx

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Mike: Fair

  72. OaktownSteve says:
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    Streamer advisory: 5:10 eastern start for Game 1 of the CHW-CLE rare-ish Twi-Night double header.

    “All games at night, streamers delight. Games in the morning, streamers take warning.”

    -Oaktown Steve

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Good luck to Hector this afternoon.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @OaktownSteve: hot balls go boom boom, cold balls go zoom zoom

  73. FillyP says:
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    Drop Rutledge, Cozart, or Escobar for Miller? I hate Rutledge..

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, so I’m an idiot.. Rutledge is my only 2B eligible player. Still trying to work a trade for Hill or Utley. Anyway, drop Cozart/Escobar for Miller? I could also lose Willingham or Moss.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, hold for a few games

          • FillyP says:
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            @Grey:

            Just offered Gordon and Chatwood for Hill and Marquis. Take it?

            • FillyP says:
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              @FillyP:

              Upgraded to Gordon + Chatwood for Hill + Cahill. Going to pull the trigger. How’d I do?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

  74. Ray says:
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    Gallardo and Dom Brown for Greinke?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ray: Gallardo. But I think Greinke’s pretty meh.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Ray: too much, especially in a keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: It’s fair, depends on other factors

  75. malamoney

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    Please rank these guys ROS in a H2H points league:

    Hamels, Garza, Grienke, Bumgarner, Gallardo and Masterson.

    And which of them would you give up Myers for and which would you give up Marte for?

    Thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @malamoney: You said yourself you would give up Bum for Marte and he’s the best out of those options so logic would have it that we would trade any of those guys for Marte.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum, Greinke, Hamels… Those three I’d give up Myers for… Marte for Bum…

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Grey: I would be giving up Myers or Marte. I need pitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get cheaper pitching…

  76. L-Boogie says:
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    Just read that the Rockies and Rangers are both scouting Garza. Hopefully the Cubbies take my fantasy team’s ERA into consideration when entertaining trade offers. “Mr. Epstein, I have Josh Byrnes on the line for you…”

    • Birdog says:
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      @L-Boogie: awwwwwwwwww! I was hoping for a NL pitcher-friendly park.

  77. FrankGrimes says:
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    It’s time to give up on Frazier?!? I can’t take it anymore. In H2H he is even worse. Arenado over Him? Domiguiz?
    I was offered Marte for Ryu? down goes Frazier down goes Frazier

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @FrankGrimes:

      Arenado.

      Grimey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can look elswhere… Arenado… I’d take Marte

  78. Matt says:
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    gran bigote blanco: shin-soo or nelson cruz for rest of season? OPS league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  79. nathan says:
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    i was just offered kemp & garza for my wainwright? my gut says take it but i don’t think i could find another pitcher as good as wainwright… what’d you think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, depends on needs

  80. Jon says:
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    Whaddup Grey? I’ve known this all season about the yanks, and ive been spot starting every single somewhat-decent lefty on the WW when they face the yanks, and with TREMENDOUS success…

    anyway, who would you start in a H2H points league ROS (in order please)?

    rickie weeks
    elvis andrus
    erick aybar
    nick frankin
    jedd gyorko
    neil walker
    anthony rendon
    jose iglesias

    i was preparing for the worst since MI’s usually a barren wasteland when it comes to free agents, but i was pleasantly suprised when i realized there are good middle infielders popping all over the place this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin, Andrus

  81. Ron says:
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    Todd Frazier is a bench bat for me right now and has yet to light ANYTHING on fire.

    1) Should I drop him for any of the bats listed below?
    2) If yes, who are the top 3 pickups?

    Chris Carter
    Eric Young
    Brantley
    Rendon
    Belt
    Danial Murphy
    B. Moss
    S. Perez

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ron: Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young if you need steals

  82. It's Me! It's Me! says:
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    Thoughts on Pat Corbin? My OF is loaded and have Heyward on my bench. Thinking of offering Heyward for Corbin to improve my pitching. Yay or Ney?

  83. Dan says:
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    I need to drop a player so that I can get Perez out of my DL slot and make some moves, but I think everyone on my team should be owned.

    1. Would you recommend just dropping Perez if I have Reed, Perkins, and Parnell?

    2. Where can I look to improve my team through trade? I want to make room for some guys (Erasmo, Arenado, Bourjos/Willingham, Yelich when he gets called up) so I am going to need to make some deals. The problem is, no one in my league wants Puig, no one believes Lind will keep it up, and Hamilton/Franklin/Hosmer/Cole/Kluber/Castro/Closers have no trade value in my league whatsoever. I just traded for Zim and I want to keep him so I have some security at the position. That leaves Kipnis and Asdrubal as the only players I can really trade.

    3. Do you think Kipnis will continue to be an elite 2b option or should I sell high? If so, what should I be trying to get for him?

    C: Castro?
    1B: Goldy?
    2B: Cano?
    3B: Zim?
    SS: Asdrubal
    2B/SS: Kipnis?
    1B/3B: Lind?
    OF: Cutch?
    OF: Heyward?
    OF: Puig?
    OF: Ajax?
    Util: Hamilton?
    Bench: Franklin?
    Bench: Hosmer?

    SP: Felix, J-Z, Bumgarner, Greinke, Latos, Cole, Kluber?
    RP: Perkins, Parnell, Reed
    DL: Perez

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Dan: I’d lose Hosmer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Bench bats are probably droppabel since your league looks shallow, I have no idea though… 2. No one is going to trade you for Lind in a shallow league if that’s what this is 3. Depends what you can get for Kipnis… I’d trade Asdrubal though I’m not sure what you need

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: @Grey: 10 team, 8×8 including XBH, OPS, OBP, QS, K/9, K/BB. I am in first place and either 9 or 10 points for every batting category. My pitching didn’t start out so hot so I am not doing as well in that, but it is improving.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dan: What are you going to get for Asdrubal in a 10 team league? Not much is my guess…

  84. Token Female #3 says:
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    I hate to take advantage of the free advice here (want a dollar?), but this trade offer is vexing me. Pre-season, it’s do that six ways to Sunday, but I am risk-averse from 1st place.

    I was offered Heyward + Straily for Iwakuma. The Straily piece is relevant because it’s a H2H with daily changes, so having SP bulk helps. My team (OBP league):

    C Rosario
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Phillips
    3B Longoria
    SS Castro
    OF Bautista
    OFJennings
    OF Marte
    UTIL Willingham
    BN Lowrie/Alvarez/ Moss

    SP: Latos, Samardzija, Harvey, Minor, Iwakuma, Anibal Sanchez, Cashner, Ryu, Porcello
    Janssen, Frieri

    Pro: Obvious. A pre-season #1/2 OF for a 22nd round SP, when I have, to date, the best pitching in our league by a mile. And Straily has a ruggedly handsome beard.

    Con: I’m already struggling with who to bench every full day (1st place problems!). Because it’s an OBP league, Willingham, Moss, and Alvarez are more solid than they seem, and I just have one util spot to handle them. Heyward projects to basically be Willingham ROS, plus a few steals, which given the H2H thing, matter less. Losing Iwakuma means I absorb fewer pitching implosions with his sexy .7 WHIPs.

    Ain’t broke, don’t fix it? Or take the risk that Heyward and Iwakuma regress in their separate ways? Maybe relevant: this trade partner is the closest to catching me.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Token Female #3: I think you’re SP is strong enough to handle the trade. That said, I would hold and not take the risk with Heyward. If you start freaking out that your offense is slipping down the road, I would move one of your SP’s for a clear upgrade in the OF.

      • Token Female #3 says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Thanks! Appreciate the assist. I know it’s very difficult to care about anybody’s fantasy team. :) Question officially crammed.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Token Female #3: You bet. You only need to cram your catcher questions!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Token Female #3:

      There’s a chance Straily loses his rotation spot if he doesn’t start pitching a little better. A’s have a solid prospect by the name of Sonny Gray making a push at AAA. A’s sent Straily down but just because they have days off this week and will go with a 4 man rotation in the short term. If Straily doesn’t pitch well in his AAA stint, there’s a slim, maybe 10% chance, he doesn’t come back.

      In reality this is really an Iwakuma vs Heyward trade. Anything you got from Straily would be gravy. Your team looks a little light on speed. Especially if Marte slows down a little from his first half. You’re pretty stacked on offense otherwise.

      Your pitching is loaded but I would say the downside risk is: Porcello becomes unusable, Cashner is mediocre, and Sanchez goes under the knife. If Iwakuma is gone, suddenly looks a lot less deep. Iwakuma will probably not repeat his first half but he should be solid to solid plus anyway. I think all things being equal Iwakuma for Heyward isn’t a bad risk, but tactically it may not be a fit.

      • Token Female #3 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: You and I are on the same page: I see this as a great, in theory, but maybe not the right fit for me trade, which is why I am struggling.

        I know the deal with Straily but figure he’s safe enough, plus I’m an A’s fan, and Heyward’s owner knows my weakness. Porcello would be the guy on the chopping block if I took the trade, since I’d need to drop someone. But yeah, my big fear is that I’ll need the pitching depth to weather whatever second-half normalizing takes place (light a candle for Anibal). I forgot to mention I have Eaton — fingers crossed? — coming off the DL for some speed. But if that doesn’t pan out, I love the analysis. Really appreciate it!

        Anyway, this is fun. I’m a little scared that the almighty moustache dissents, but I am leaning toward holding for now.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Token Female #3:

          I like your thinking. Eaton is a nice stash (not to be confused with nice ‘stache). Could be just the thing you’ll need second half. Since it’s a daily league you can use him as he won’t start every day. If you platoon him with Willingham, say, you basically get a Heyward anyway. Maybe a Heyward+.

          • Token Female #3 says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Good call; an Eatonham platoon does sound hard to beat. Wow, do I sound fat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Heyward

      • Token Female #3 says:
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        @Grey: Nice try, Mrs Heyward. Get off Grey’s computer. (Thanks :))

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Token Female #3: I would try to trade with someone that isn’t in 2nd place behind you, if the trade blows up in your face, it’s better with someone that can’t take away first place, I’d hold and see what else you can put together.

      • Token Female #3 says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: I suspected that tidbit might sway opinions. Also, his pitching is legitimately not good. Helping him there could be in direct conflict with my interests if it doesn’t come with a huge upgrade for me, which in this case is pretty questionable.

  85. bossmanjunior says:
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    They did a break down on how Wheeler was tipping his pitches on MLB Tonight. Apparently for breaking pitches he holds his glove close to his body and away from his body for fastballs. Shouldn’t be too hard to fix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guess we’ll see

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! No problem!

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @The Guru: thats a bad ratio if the meese want to take over

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        World War Meese!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @The Guru: first they will take your lobsters and next they will take your soul’s……

  86. tom says:
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    Just need W’s in H2H for rest of this week. I can only pick 2 of the following and only 1 from a day to stream (SON W rating listed):

    Friday:
    Capuano .40 v Phl (Lannan)

    Saturday
    Gee .41 v Was (Jordan)
    Blanton .38 a Hou (Lyles)
    Kennedy .36 a Atl (Hudson)

    Sunday
    Jackson .39 a Sea (Bonderman)
    Morton .38 v Mil (Lohse)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Capuano, Gee

  87. bossmanjunior says:
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    Did anyone watch Kluber’s start? Like Grey mentioned, it looked like he was singled to death.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, first few innings, I’m holding him

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I did. I’m holding too.

  88. mrobs says:
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    Dear General Gist,

    Laroche or Hosmer ROS?

    I’m liking Hosmers speed and pop combo lately

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LaRoche

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Yeah, I was in the desert for the last few weeks… It was hot as dog balls… Couldn’t go outside…

  89. Vince says:
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    Good morning Mr. Albright ! Good stuff, especially the “Wheeler tipping his pitches” blurb … hahaha

    Fowler has just been dropped in my league, who would you drop for him ? My OFers are McCutchen, Jones and Cespedes with Heyward at Util and BJ Upton on my bench… And my SP staff is Lee, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Garza, Teheran, Dempster, Porcello, Kluber and Wheeler (12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper)… So drop BJ Upton or a SP for Fowler ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! BJ…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Vince: Wheeler or Porcello.

  90. The Flayed Man says:
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    Great stuff.

    12 team keeper roto

    Cespedes/gallardo or Marte/ryu

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Marte

  91. Crumpy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    is it time to drop Cain for Dyson, since Dyson is taking his starts? Hard to tell how permanent this trend is.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  92. bb says:
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    in a k/bb league and matt moore is absolutely massacring my ratios. would you sell him for 60 cents on the dollar at this point? thinking of trading him for a good closer (have a bunch of other good starters, need saves) or him + aoki for heyward… i know the value isn’t great but he seems unstartable right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it

  93. danny almonte says:
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    Need a streamer for tomorrow, Kyle Gibson vs KC, Jacob turner vs SD, Blanton @ asstros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner

  94. Jalen Rosen says:
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    Pence and Machado for Hanley. Who wins, is that too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  95. Queso Grande says:
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    I have Evercab coming back so can drop Blanco. Pick up Suzuki, Ibanez, Parra, BJ or Schierholtz? Could use some power/RBI’s. Also Cozart/Kelly Johnson/Aybar ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schierholtz… Cozart

  96. Sal says:
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    If you had to stream one who would you pick

    Blanton against Houston
    Turner against the Padres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner

  97. Nathan says:
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    So I’m in 1st place in my 12 team roto league, leading in R and SB, competitive everywhere else except for my 1.25 WHIP which is good enough for 2 points, mostly thanks to Grienke and Gallardo. This despite the fact that my ERA is a very manageable 3.68, and my K rate is close to the best.

    I could trade Segura for Latos, Bumgarner, or Sale. Would you do that in this situation? Kelly Johnson would replace Segura in the short term, and Gyorko would replace him in the long term.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  98. Grey's Goatee says:
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    Keeper League

    Kemp, Segura, AJax

    or

    Cespedes, Puig, Freeman

    Have Franklin/Bogaerts to potentially replace Segura down the line.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Grey’s Goatee:

      freeman
      not even hand grenade close .

  99. JFK says:
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    Rondon called up for the Tigers…what does this mean?!
    Run and grab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t see why they’d suddenly start using him, but I guess if you’re desperate for saves I could see it

  100. The Cutoff Man says:
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    Thanks to you Grey, I just coaxed a kid in my league to trade me Trout. It’s been a long, arduous process but I convinced him by giving him my secret to my success this year. That secret….

    Razzball

    Daiquiris coming your way very soon!

    (his Trout for my Scherzer, Alex Gordon, and Wheeler in a 12 team OPS redraft league. I assume its good with Latos, Moore, Sanchez, Teheran, Erasmo among others on my staff)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice…

  101. james d says:
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    With the White Sox looking to blow up their roster, do I need to be selling Alex Rios? I still think of him as a low-end OF1 but I’m afraid he’ll fall from his 97r/90rbi or so pace if he’s moved.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to sell him because he would go to a better team?

      • james d says:
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        @Grey: Well he’d presumably move from the 3 slot to something else. It may be a dumb question but it’s one I was pondering

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @james d:

      i sat rios for one day … one day … on june 21st … because he was up against my
      streaming guthrie , and i wanted guthrie to have a good day .
      of course , rios went 2 for 4 , scored twice , and had an rbi … (and guthrie got crushed) .

      since then , rios has gone 2 for 15 , with one run scored , and no rbi …. over the course
      of 3 games .

      after what i’ve done to him , getting traded to another team is the least of his troubles .
      mea culpa .

  102. bb says:
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    one more matt moore question – would you give moore + pedroia for cano? k/bb, OPS league and i need power. thanks, have a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I wouldn’t… You too!

  103. Ron says:
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    Please tell me the truth….do you actually ENJOY fielding hundreds and hundreds of questions a day about other peoples teams? Is it just cause you are in too deep now? Started something and never expected it to grow to this size but now have no way out without blowing your cover?

    I 110% respect and appreciate what you do but often wonder how you have the motivation day in and day out to keep this thing going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind it, I enjoy helping other people, I guess… A real mensch!

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: no comment….?

      • Ron says:
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        @Ron: Thanks for the reply. Glad to hear that. Again, thanks for all the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  104. Pope says:
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    Grey, great stuff man. Would you give Pedro Alvarez to get Cole Hamels? I’m feeling pretty good about it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d gamble on Hamels there

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Cool thanks broseph

  105. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    With possibly 2 or 3 more starts left. Is garrett cole worth holding?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you’re dropping him for

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: trying to boost strike out to inning and was grabbing rondon

  106. Grey

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

  107. Cam says:
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    Add Rondon for:

    jesse crain
    josh reddick
    daniel nava
    Rex brothers
    Vinnie Pestanzo

    I have to activate Perez soon too…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crain for Perez, hold on Rondon for now

  108. Grey

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

  109. Grey

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

  110. JFK says:
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    My Iwakuma (15th rounder/3 more years) + Myers (21st rounder/3 years) for Darvish or Strasberg (N/A) + J-Fer (21st rounder/3 years).
    Giving up too much down-the-line for this year? (Can’t recall if J-Fer is facing an innings limit.)

    Iwa and Myers were potential keepers for me, which would reduce me to keeping J-Fer or Pence (12th rounder/3 years).

  111. Ron says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 with Total Bases and Quality Starts added.

    C: Napoli
    1B: A-Gon, Rizzo
    2B: Carpenter
    3B: Longoria, Frazier
    SS: Alcides
    OF: Bautista, Bruce, Harper(DL), Cespedes, Holliday, Fowler, Bourjos
    NA: Taveras

    SP: Sherzer, Lee, Bailey, Iwakuma, Garza, Dickey, Moore, A. Sanchez (DL), Beachy (DL)
    RP: Henderson, Putz (DL)

    1) Should I go with Cozart, Simmos or Yunel over Alcides ROS?

    2) Only have 3 OF and 2 Util spots. Baustista, Bruce and Harper when he comes back will take the 3 OF spots. How would you rank Rizzo, Cespedes, Holliday, Fowler and Bourjos for the Util spots?

    3) What do you see as my biggest weaknesses?

    4) Which player(s) should I be looking to trade to help this team improve?

    Thanks for your help!

  112. Duke says:
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    Who would you try to buy-low on out of Kemp, Cespedes, and Hamilton ROS, if any?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Duke: Not Hamilton. Yoenis on pace for well over 30 HR’s. Not much buy-low there.

      • Duke says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Yeah, this is an OBP league so Cespedes doesn’t look too great there, not really running… I get yr point though, sort of a bad question. I was thinking of trying to move Cespedes for Kemp, my team is #1 in HR, middle of the pack in steals…

  113. Grey

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

  114. Hondo says:
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    Kind of a repeat you must’ve missed.Traded Reyes and Medlen for Strasburg.Need to clear room for Price(real soon it looks like) and actually prefer Franklin over Reyes at Asphalt Stadium.

    Thoughts?Would you have done it?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Hondo: Well he’s gonna miss it again because he said ***new post for follow-ups*** 4 times, that you must’ve missed

  115. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    2 questions related to things mentioned earlier in reference to RP.
    1. Just why won’t Crain become closer wherever he’s traded? No 3rd pitch? no pedigree, or experience? I, of course ask these things right when he just got picked up by opp in the 16 teamer as i am out of pickups for like another 2-4 hours. Gonna drop either smyly or robertson for Ollie perez at that point.
    2.People seem to think parker’s getting cubs job when/if gregg gets traded (and he seems more likely to get flipped than papelnuts or crain anyway); why not chuck newtown? i’ve heard you say russell’s likely as well. Parker just got picked up in same 16 teamer.
    3. why is Smyly a better drop for ollie than Robertson? possibly related to age of rivera? (reason i drafted robertson as a rivera owner was this handcuffing reason) Smyly seems likely to either get SP spot if Porcello keeps doing like he’s been doing (also own him too) or even a closing gig if benoit gets hurt.
    4. so, going forward what’s the save chance order of these guys
    robertson/smyly/bastardo/crain/russell/villanueva/parker?

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