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The name YoGa conjures peace, calm and sneaking looks at girls in yoga pants.  On the mound, YoGa conjures stress.  Starting him is like asking him to be your designated driver.  You really have no idea what you’re going to get.  He’s become more predictable as of late, but not in the good way.  Every game this year he’s looked like someone put him in the fridge for an hour, then poured Magic Shell over him, then chiseled him out and left the fake-choco shell on the mound.  I was already to drop him.  I had hit my brink.  So, how does he reward me?  Does he pitch terrible and allow me the freedom of dropping him?  You think anything’s that easy with YoGa?  Yesterday, Yovani Gallardo was regularly hitting 93 MPH, and looking the part of the guy that finished 11th in Cy Young voting two years ago and won 16 games with a 3.66 ERA last year.  A guy that has been a solid number two fantasy starter for the last four years.  He threw a near-flawless 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (1 BB), 4 Ks game.  Of course, it was against the MIA Marlins and only 4 Ks.  Still, I can’t drop him after that, but I also can’t start him for his next game in Great American Ballpark.  So, for now I’ll hold a guy that I can’t start or bench confidently.  Ugh, more stress!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jason Heyward – 2-for-5 with two homers.  I don’t know, I thought for sure he was done.  That he should be packing up his stuff and relocating to Burma.  That there was no life left in his bat.  That the best was behind this 23-year-old.  Oh, wait, no I didn’t.  I told you to buy him low two weeks ago.  Hmm, weird.   Because we also put our fantasy money where our mouth is, a day or two before I told you to buy Heyward, we traded Howie Kendrick and Marco Estrada for Heyward and Chris Perez.  I’m sure once Perez stops taking hits from the bong that will look even more ridiculous.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 5 ER, 6 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks in Petco.  You look great for a month-plus then this?  In Petco?  That makes me crazy!  Are you happy?  Now I’m in a strait jacket.  I’m typing this behind my back.  Yes, that is a pretty cook trick…pretty cook…Where’s the ketter after K?!  Well, Teheran might’ve just made it easier for when Beachy returns.

Ryan Braun – Out of the starting lineup with soreness in his right thumb and could sit out the whole Marlins series.  Right now, RB’s horsey sauce tastes like mildewy socks.  Go to the DL, you schmohawk!

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-5 and his 5th homer.  He should always play down in Miami Beach.  Not because it’s a good stadium, but he just needed a Scooter to get him going.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th steal.  Gomez likes to defy me, so if you own him, you really want me to keep harping on how he can’t keep this up.

Jonathan Lucroy – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  He doesn’t usually get hot as much as less cold.  I will call him Jonathan Lukewarm.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL.  I’m glad he’s back on the field, but I will miss our afternoon chats.  Whenever he hocks a loogie, it means he’s thinking of me.  That’s our secret.

Ricky Nolasco – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Whatever, you shouldn’t own him anyway.  What I wanted to mention is this is the first time I’ve witnessed the Marlins between innings fish race.  What kind of acid are they on down there?  That one in the back looks like Chester Cheetos or Snookie after being in the tanning salon too long.  Are they wearing Zubaz?  That shark in the front — if it is indeed a shark — looks like a blue Tyra Banks.  Dial back the forehead!  Is there a work release program to design a costume and run in this race?  What is going on here?!  Did the taxpayers pay for this spectacle?!

Derek Jeter – Took swings and fielded grounders.  Talked up three girls.  Got laid five times.  Just a normal Monday for Jeter.  What did you do?

Curtis Granderson – Probably will return in about 3 weeks.  Yesterday, he played catch from 90 feet.  Not quite as good a day as Cap’n Jetes.

Will Middlebrooks – 1-for-7, 1 RBI as he returned from the DL.  If someone dropped Middlebrooks in your league, I’d pick him up, then email the person, “I watch you undress.”  That’ll freak them out.

Clay Buchholz – Questionable for his next start.  Should give him time to get some color on his pasty white arms.

John Lackey – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Assuming he stays healthy, he gets the O’s, Tigers and Blue Jays next.  You got larger huevos than me if you start him for all three of those.  While you cowboy up to your huevos rancheros, I’ll be streaming.  Stream-o-Nator, “I feel used.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 4-for-7, 3 RBIs after homering twice on Sunday.  It feels like just yesterday Ryan Doumit was the catcher hot schmotato.  Boo to you, yesterday!  It’s Salty’s time now.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-6, 1 run and 2 steals, his 25th and 26th on the year.  Member the days Ellsbury would steal 60 bases?  If you don’t, you should get your head checked because you’re living them right now.

Andrew Bailey – 1 IP, 2 ER with the blown save, but he was the escape goat.  Don’t think there’s anything here, if Bailey is healthy.

Zack Wheeler – Sandy Alderson hinted that Wheeler would be called up to start on June 18th.  Sandy hinted by motioning with two fingers, then pulling on his ear, then made a charades movie gesture.  The other person asked, “Sounds like…a movie?”  Alderson shook that off for five minutes finally blurting out, “I was reeling in a fish…Sounds like reeler!”

Wil Myers – Jim Bowden said this weekend that the Rays were a week away from promoting Myers, but the Rays denied that report.  There’s egg on Bowden’s face, but that’s more because of the part-time job he picked up working as a chef at Benihana.

David Price – Felt good after throwing a bullpen session.  Nbdisanx  Sorry, fingers were crossed.

Matt Joyce – 1-for-5 with his 11th homer.  He’s one of the Hitter-Tron‘s favorites this week.  Joyce and a Popular Mechanics mag HT hid under his mattress.

Ben Zobrist – 5-for-7, 1 run, 1 RBI.  I just said yesterday that I was praying his Sunday homer was the start of something.  Looks like my prayers are answered!  No, I’m still not buying Zobrist’s wife’s Christian rock CD.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-7 with his 11th homer.  Only 25 more to go!

James Loney – 2-for-5 with his 8th homer, hitting .327.  I’ve said this before in some way or another, but it’s crazy how these Rays teams keep getting solid years from these adrift 1st basemen.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Alex Cobb – 4 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  There was no huge red flag that a big regression was coming for Cobb, but The Regression Fairies must’ve missed their plane out of town after the hurting they put on Moore.

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Got himself in some early trouble, but went on to throw the complete game after he Doug himself out.  High-five self!

Miguel Cabrera – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Yawn.  Wake me when you’re hitting .400 or 50 homers.  Amiright?  We’re hard on Swiggy.

Jeremy Guthrie – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 0 Ks.  His season K-rate is now below 5.  Without any Ks, that’s a thans, but no thans.

Josh Lindblom – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  You have a serious case of Zimmermania if you’re considering Lindblom.  I suggest some chicken soup and watching some Jon Lovitz sketches on YouTube.

Scott Feldman – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Watch the Harry Hanukkah sketch, in particular.

Lance Berkman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Feels like forever since I’ve talked about this guy.  Then you look at his 5 homers and .270 average and you’re like, “Yeah, there’s little to concern your ‘stache with here.”

Jeff Baker – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs with his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s a lefty killer that Rudy streamed per the Hitter-Tron.  In fact, Rudy streamed four hitters yesterday with excellent results.  He’ll be talking about that on the podcast later today.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!

Tony Cingrani – Will start today for the Cincinnati Red Stockings.  Did you know their name originated because their team was once comprised of only burlesque dancers?

Homer Bailey – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Great game, but it definitely didn’t hurt they played the first half of the game in 1880’s London.  At one point in the fog, I think I saw Jack the Ripper chatting up Alfonso Soriano, which is totally ridiculous since Soriano was merely an infant when Jack the Ripper was alive.

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 10th homer as Phillips put the screws to the Cubs.  Take it Cincinnati Enquirer, it’s yours.

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 3 runs.  You know the top guy on your waivers that gets picked up and dropped by everyone?  That’s Cozart.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, raising his average to .216.  You ain’t so bad now Vernon Wells?!  I don’t mean that as an insult.  I mean, Vernon Wells really isn’t bad compared to Hamilton, but Josh is finally closing the gap with the 10-homer, .238-hitting Wells.

Peter Bourjos – 2-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Not a bad flyer for SAGNOF if you’re hurting for steals.

Jered Weaver – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  You know that guy in your league that reads ESPN and watches ‘Krukkie’ break down players?  I’d sell him Weaver, cause only on ESPN would they announce something like “one of the best pitchers in the game, Jered Weaver, just didn’t have his stuff last night.”  He hasn’t had his stuff in three years.

Adam Jones – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs with his 13th homer.  I know how well he’s doing on our Player Rater, but I’d be the happiest ‘pert in this whole giant spinning ball if he went on an insane streak where he hit 5-7 homers over the next two weeks.  I’m greedy, y’all!

Nate McLouth – 1-for-4 with his 22nd steal.  Hold onto your bowler for this one:  McLouth is on pace for 50 steals.  By the way, nice bowler, who are you, Oddjob?

Matt Kemp – Setback on Sunday obviously wasn’t that bad since he’s aiming to rehab on Friday and return to the Dodgers early next week.  He’ll be returning to a team where he was the star, now he’s gonna have to puiggyback on someone else’s fame.

Hanley Ramirez – MRI came back and said Hanley can play in a few days.  Hanley said, “Aw, geez, well, I guess I can.”

A.J. Ellis – D’Ellis could return on Friday.  Did the Dodgers decide to make an entire month’s worth of announcements in one day?  We get it, you got news.  Leave us alone.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-4.  Early in the day yesterday, Mattingly said moving Puig down to the cleanup spot is, “Something I’m looking at.”  So, then, of course, Puig hit cleanup last night.  Is Mattingly on medication?

Brandon League – 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Speaking of medication that Mattingly is either on or should be on, let Kenley close!

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 1.88 ERA on the year.  Seems like that hip is holding up okay.  *slowly tiptoes out the back door*

Mark Ellis – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  Ellis rarely gets three hits in a game without it leading to a hot streak.  Yes, I realize he also rarely gets three hits in a game.

Wade Miley – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks with a 4.89 ERA on the year.  Miley Sigh…bust.

Tyler Skaggs – Was optioned to the minors.  Hopefully, Skaggs returns at some point and pitches well so Kevin Towers can trade him.

Cody Ross – 3-for-5, 1 run.  Still only has 2 homers, but that has to change.  I can’t imagine it stays anywhere near that.  Even in a healthy bad year, he’s going to get 20 homers.

Jedd Gyorko – Hit the DL with a strained groin.  The doctor advised Gyorko no namesake activity for 15 days.

Logan Forsythe – 2-for-2, 2 runs and his first homer.  Swing Logan, sweet Padriot!  Will take over for Gyorko, and he’s a low power, low speed guy, but he could be a hot schmotato right now.

Will Venable – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He is overdue for one of his 10-game hot streaks.  You heard it here first!  Read it, I mean.  Stop with the semantics.

Dale Thayer – 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he got the save because Gregerson hasn’t done anything great and was prolly tired.  Then go take a nap!  If you want to vulture saves for another few days, Thayer might get one or two until Street returns on Friday.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!

Aaron Hicks – Placed on the DL.  Is swinging and missing now considered an injury?  Hmm…  When I used to leave singles bars, I should’ve yelled out, “I’m headed to the DL!”

Jake Westbrook – Expected to return Friday and will bump Tyler Lyons from the rotation.  *fingers crossed Michael Wacha pitches well enough in his next start to not be the one bumped*

Dylan Axelrod – 4 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 1 K.  Hope Axelrod’s last two solid starts didn’t have you falling for the ol’ banana-in-the-tailpipe trick.

Adam Dunn – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and 2 homers.  In related news, Domonic Brown was seen in a fat suit in Chicago.

R.A. Dickey – 5 IP, 7 ER, 11 baserunners, 0 Ks vs. the White Sox.   Gave up a few quick runs, then the rain came.  Looked like he might get let off the hook, but he trotted back out there after an hour-plus delay and looked as miserable as when he started.  The White Sox had a .236 average coming into this game and he didn’t strike out one hitter.  I hate to say drop him, because the nature of the knuckler is so unpredictable, but you really can’t start him.  At this point, he’s a poison pill.  What I mean is, someone else will definitely pick him up and then he’ll kill their team.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and two homers.  I’d say something like I wish he had 25 homers by now, but Joey Bats is a made man, it means he cannot be touched.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer.  Seriously, every homer of his comes on short schedule days.  It’s uncanny.  It’s without can!

Brandon Morrow – Cleared to throw a bullpen session today.  Morrow said, “Everything feels great, as good as I can hope for.”  He went on to apologize for not saying that with an exclamation mark, but he’s afraid of hurting himself.

Chien-Ming Wang – Signed a deal with the Blue Jays.  With Dickey and Wang in their rotation, Toronto will be shortening their name to the BJ’s.

From Around The Web

  1. troy says:
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    what do you think of this trade? kinsler, howard and niese for rizzo prado and cj wilson? not to high on wilson but think prado can be a lot better and really need to get rid of niese and howard your thoughts?

    • troy says:
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      @troy: or would it be better with carter instead of niese? that place is basically a throw in

    • RudyCorrales says:
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      @troy:

      Cj wilson is poison

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @troy: Yea I’m all out on Niese, I’d rather Carter/no one and pick up a pitcher. I like the Rizzo Prado side, Rizzo > Howard, Prado playing > Kinsler not playing and possibly slowed by injury/off days with Profar playing.

  2. Matthew says:
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    Mentioning Josh (very Jewish first name) Lindblom, Scott Feldman, then Lance Berkman in order was deliberate, no?

    Great read.

  3. Mr. Fister Furbush says:
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    I feel the same way about Wacha Grey!
    i’ll be on the edge of my little bed praying that he does well enough to stay up.

    if he succeeds you’ll find me drinking beer, eating chicken and possibly engaging in koitus, dude

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mr. Fister Furbush: Please tell me the koitus isn’t with the chicken!

      • Swat290 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        Coitus. Do you like it?

        I was talking about my rug…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Fister Furbush: Ha! I have like 5 rookie pitchers going today… Me and you in coitus together!

  4. Kevin says:
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    Start Cashner and Cole tomorrow?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Kevin: Yea I would for both

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Does BJ’s stand for Blue Junk?

  6. Matthew says:
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    I picked up Douchy, he pitches a gem against SF, and Monday has ruined my entire ERA and WHIP for the week along with Bailey. There is such thing as a Fantasy Baseball slump no?

    I’m not used to having losing weeks. Anyhow, drop OR bench the REAL Asshole?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matthew: I’ve been saying try to trade for a shitty closer if you can, but if not drop

  7. Fish says:
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    what’s your take on Kelly Johnson’s recent struggles? Cause for alarm?

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @Fish:

      He sat out a few days with some soreness and probably just needs to get his rhythm back. Still hitting third in a good line up and I think he’ll come around. However, with Wil Myers looming, if he or Luke Scott continue to struggle, they could be the ones to lose every day AB’s.

    • RudyCorrales says:
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      @Fish:

      Get rid of him. Try to trade him, but good luck with that. Go with the hot potato on the wire.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Fish: @bossmanjunior: @RudyCorrales: I think you hold, he’s been slotted at LF, DH and 2B this year, will be in the lineup more often than not. Probably doesn’t have much trade value, but not droppable. Although I’d try to bench him tonight, he’s 0-12 lifetime against Lester.

        • HWY71 says:
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          @JB Gilpin:

          Trade Greg Holland for Kelly Johnson? Is he worth an elite closer?

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @HWY71: Maybe not elite, but if you needed a MI and you have lots of closers I do it

    • Sherm says:
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      @Fish: That’s one for and one against. Anyone else? Grey?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Fish: I don’t understand why people freak out when a solid player has an off 7-10 days. Hold him!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: really, so when some shmohawk has a great 20 days or so he’s now a solid player? This was the 17th or so ranked 2b preseason we’re talking about here. Other than in steals he was massively outperforming expected performance. People were having problems dropping neil walker during his early streak and seriously had to ask to do it.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @goodfold2: Schmohawk? He has a track record of high teens/20 HR power and double digit SB’s. You can scoop that off the WW at 2B any day of the week? He had a low preseason ranking because he wasn’t guaranteed playing time.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: he was to play against all righties and lefties 75% of the time. I owned him for first 2 weeks or so while waiting for gyorko to get 2nd base eligibility. And he was waivered at the time, even in 16 team league. Yr right though, when he was hot, those stats weren’t waiverable. This is in league of avg and total bases as cats so bad avg hurts worse, unless he’s pure power hitter like dunn/uggla. Not saying i want Dunn, though, as i’m sure .170 avg cuts into total bases too much to make up for homers. His steals are real of course, cause he’s done those every year.

  8. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Whatcha think of J Upton Molina for S Perez Tulo?

  9. J-Lef says:
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    I think if there’s one thing we can all agree on it, it’s this: Jason Marquis knows how to win.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @J-Lef: Hah

    • stumanji says:
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      @J-Lef: Is that you, Rick Sutcliffe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Lef: Murray Chass?

  10. bossmanjunior says:
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    For what its Werth, there was a lot of speculation during Cobb’s start that the Sox were stealing signs. Cobb was hitting his spots and making good pitches, but the Sox were hitting his pitches like they knew what was coming. Rays broadcasters said you’d be crazy to think there wasn’t something going on. After the first time through the line up, Cobb pitched 4 scoreless and would have continued if not for his pitch count.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Hmmm interesting, I wasn’t able to watch the early parts of the game but wouldn’t be surprising to see a Boston-area team doing some sort of spying, is it?

      • uncdrew says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I was watching the game virtually (meaning watching the little red squares move around the bases on the fantasycast thingie) and was stunned how Cobb’s first inning looked like batting practice.

    • FMFBL says:
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      @bossmanjunior: his stuff was up in the zone in the 1st and he was pretty unlucky on a few hits. the ball that skipped under Loney’s glove, Salty missing a foul ball (albeit, also missing a HR) by 4″. elsburry’s hit up the middle wasn’t really well hit. i would attribute his first inning to a mix of bad command, luck, and the sawks seeing him for the 3rd time this season.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @FMFBL: Just sounds like one of those games even good pitchers have

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: if signs were being given out, which should be the proper way to put it, not “stealing” as whatever sign is put out is visible and thus competitive property open to anyone smart enough to know what it means, why was every inning after the first a regular Cobb start? Did they change their signs so as to be “unstealable”?

  11. Hondo says:
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    1-WTF does Nbdisanx mean?
    2-“The doctor advised Gyorko no namesake activity for 15 days.” = hilarious(Hey,my Dad is sick and I don’t get out much)
    3-Puig!!
    4- God please make the rumors of Mattingly taking over the Nat next year be a false rumor.I”m just now finally recovering from TLR syndrome.It took a lot of therapy.
    5- Umm,I guess that was all.As always,thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Hondo: If Mattingly goes to the Nats, Bryce Harper’s hamstrings will cringe in fear.

      • Hondo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I’m more worried that he might decide to use Bryce Harper as his 8th inning setup guy.LOL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo: 1. My fingers were crossed. 2. Thanks! 5. No problem

  12. and1mcgee says:
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    I want to know what guys I should be targeting in trades right now… DIRECT ME! GUIDE ME, PEOPLES! thanks.

    • RudyCorrales says:
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      @and1mcgee:

      Jason Heyward
      Rick Porcello
      Will middlebrooks ( buy low)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @and1mcgee: Might be a few days too late but Zobrist. If deep deep league Cory Kluber. Cole Hamels

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @JB Gilpin: f’ya Kluber. But seriously, bench him today.

  13. “(Rickie Weeks) should always play down in Miami Beach. Not because it’s a good stadium, but he just needed a Scooter to get him going.” Classic, Grey!!

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey

    Just a few questions for you. I got questions, ya’ll!

    1) Who do I sit today: Choo @ Garza (1-10 3K), Stanton v. Peralta (0-2), Willingham v. Hamels (9-31 3HR 12K)

    2) Did you see Stanton today? Looked very timid at the plate.

    3) Trust Stanton enough to play every day and drop Willingham? With Stanton back, Willingham is my second bench bat (along with Frazier) and I want to drop him when I feel comfortable playing Stanton every day.

    4) I have 5 or 6 more starts this week than the team im facing, so I can afford to sit a starter or two. Any of these sits:

    Harvey vSTL
    Garza vCIN
    Lester @TB, @BAL
    Bumgarner @ATL
    Cingrani vMIL

    5) Hold Gregerson till Friday? Thayer is currently on waivers.

    6) How soon could Chris Perez be back? Someone dropped him in my league and I currently have Pestano holding down the fort. Wondering if I should pick him up or wait until more information on his situation surfaces.

    Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for your response!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: 1) despite good numbers, Willingham. Peralta is soo effin terible despite throwing 97 all the time. 2) watched most of the Brewers game but mostly focused on O. He looked a little timid in the field too. 3) I’d hold Willingham, how many times have we seen players go down with hammies mere days after coming back. 4) Cingrani would be my first choice, second time facing them, if it’s deception giving him success, we’ll know pretty soon. 5) Meh, I’d hold Gregerson over Thayer. 6) Wait on more info. If the MLB can suspend 20 players for possible steroids use without positive tests, but can’t suspend Perez for ordering a brick of weed, then something is wrong.

      • Hondo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Yeah, they should have sent it to my house instead,but I don’t have a dog with a mailing address.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hondo: Haha true!

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @JB Gilpin: don’t let the turtle eat it.

    • Hondo says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      Choo has been kinda cold lately,but vs Garza(RHP) with the wind blowing out straight to center,I’m probably going to do it.

      Not going to bench Puig for him though.LOL.

      I hate to bench LaRoche at Coors, but he’s 2-10 vs Chacin.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Hondo: Hah true, I think that’s the right play

  15. RudyCorrales says:
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    Grey. I traded Beachy for slick rick procello from detroit. Do you like the trade or did i jump the gun?

  16. ferris says:
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    12 team mixed

    consider dropping dickey or teheran for a stream spot (or hold)?

    • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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      @ferris: For what it’s worth, I just dropped both of them for middle relievers to help my ratio’s recover from their awful outings. I’m done with them!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ferris: Hah, I woulda held Teheran, but don’t fault the moves

  17. Jef says:
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    Geiger…let’s go!

    Lubing up my work gloves to give Hitter-tron a handie for the Rasmus for the sitting-D Brown batty call. Then I dropped him for Boston’s Good Will in RCL. Middlebrooks or Freese ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jef: Good Will Hunting, huh? I like Freese better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jef: Ha, nice! Agree with JB

  18. Max says:
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    I just traded Yasiel Puig for Giancarlo Stanton. I took advantage of the hype or I’m underrating Puig?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Max: Yea um, no you’re not, awesome trade

  19. Dude says:
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    Dickey, Wang…. Don’t forget the limp Josh Johnson. The whole rotation is a sausage factory.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dude: Rickey Romero’s Dawn of the Dread(ful rotation)

  20. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great stuff as usual. I have Cingrani, Garza and Cashner. Would you start them all? Also, I have Franklin on my bench because I had him filling in for Phillips last week. Drop him for Middlebrooks or hold?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: I’m a little hesitant on Cingrani, I think I snatch up Middlebrooks, I think he has better upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Thanks! I’m starting them all… Go Middlebrooks

  21. Sherm says:
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    Grey: Is it time to be so over Todd Frazier? In the UTIL spot, I could drop him for Rasmus or Dunn. Thanks, diamond guru.

    • Slim

      BuddahLovaz says:
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      I’m in the same boat. My options are Loney, Rendon, Middlebrooks, Lind. I want Frazier to be better… I’m in 1st and willing to wait. What say ye?

      • Slim

        BuddahLovaz says:
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        I’ve got a black hole at SS. His name is Franklin. My other options are Cozart, Alexei, Aybar, or Yunel. I’ve got Reyes who I am hoping will come back healthy so I’m just looking for June stats I think… i hope…

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Sherm: @BuddahLovaz: Luckily I wasn’t a big Frazier guy and have no stock in him, I think riding a hot bat is the way to go. If you’re in 1st though Buddah, I think waiting is fine to see if he ehats up in the next few weeks. Then for your SS, Alexei if you need speed, Cozart for pop.

  22. Tigres says:
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    Don’t tell my boyfriend… but I’m giving up on Dickey.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tigres: Don’t blame you! Glad to see you’re now bi-curious

      • Hondo says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        You never know,Tigres could be the 5th female member.

        Oops,I didn’t mean “member”.I should have said forum participant.

        But then again,if that’s the case she would be a lesbian.Cool if I can watch.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Hondo: It’s not gay if it’s a 5-way?

  23. Chonoso says:
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    Great stuff, Grey!

    Adam Jones for Braun straight up?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chonoso: I’d still want Braun

  24. Jesse says:
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    Do I pickup Middlebrooks if it means dropping Lorenzo Cain?

    • Jesse says:
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      @Jesse: I ask this since LoCain has been solid as they come as a spot starter, when my lineup in a 12 team H2H is as follows :
      C McCann
      1B Goldschmidt
      2B Carpenter
      3B Trumbo
      SS Franklin
      OF Adrian Gonzalez
      Of Carlos Gonzalez
      OF Fowler
      OF Hamilton
      UT Puig
      UT LoCain

      DL Reyes
      DL A Hill
      DL A Eaton

      LoCain will be on my bench soon when Hill comes back. Pick up Middlebrooks and hope he gets hot then trade him for pitching which I need? Or stick with Cain who will be reliable as an extra outfielder?

      Thanks

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Jesse: I would stick with Cain

  25. Lob Ball says:
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    Need to drop someone to make room for Stanton.

    Arenado, Franklin, or Lind?

    Position doesn’t come into play.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lob Ball: Franklin

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lind

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @JB Gilpin: lind

  26. Raul says:
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    My Longoria, Reddick and Cozart for his Braun, B. Phillips and T. Frazier? Making this trade will mean having to start Frazier at 3B, but upgrading MI and OF spots. My brain tells me this is a no-brainer, but my heart tells me it will go on.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Raul: Haha, Yea I like the Braun side. You get best player, huggggggge upgrade at MI

  27. ManuteBologna says:
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    I just had Moore and Cobb regress all over my face two nights in a row. I guess I was expecting it was happy, but getting tagged team on back to back nights was rough.

    I’m still sitting second in my league so I can’t complain, but I’m top 3 in all hitting categories but dead last in WHIP with my ERA starting to climb

    My rotation is Moore, Medlin, Samardzija, Cobb, Wheeler and Gerritt Cole (those two just picked up) with Chapman, Frieri, Parnell and Bailey at closer. I just lost Peavy to the DL. I’d like to get a reliable pitcher and I have a boon of 1b and OF.

    Would something like Pujols for Felix or Wainwright be reasonable? I have Goldschmidt at 1b and could slide Frazier who has been riding the pine into the 1b/3b slot. If Felix isn’t available if Cliff Lee enough for Pujols?

    OF is Ellsbury, Cespedes, Puig, Markakis, Cruz, Fowler, Crawford (DL) so I could also go for a lesser starter for one of them

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ManuteBologna: Yea I think Pujols bounces back some, but any of those pitchers is a fair offer and fits your need. You might be able to swing Puig for one of those guys too selling high.

      • ManuteBologna says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Nooooooo, not Puig!!!!! Grey, talk me out of it. Who else can I unrealistically expect to hit a homer every night? Seriously, I shake my head on his 3 for 4 no RBI nights

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ManuteBologna: I agree with JB, I’d take Felix for Pujols, would throw in Puig if I needed the pitching…

  28. coco krispie says:
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    Middlebrooks, Seager, or Headley ROS 6×6 (OPS)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @coco krispie: Sticking with Headley

  29. Would you dump Howard for Swisher or Morse?

    • @Sixto Lescano:

      Or Alcides? Could also try and trade him for BJ Upton.

      You see the common theme here: Unloading Howard. That knee, which he hits off of, is not going to get any better.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: Not particularly a fan of any of those guys, but Morse has the most upside, I might nab him.

      • @JB Gilpin:

        I’m tempted to get Morse back (I dumped both Swisher and Morse and no one grabbed them) but he has been crapola. Very low RBIs for having 11 dongs, and that has been typical for his career.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sixto Lescano: You definitely would think that many dongs would (re)produce more… But like I said he has the best upside IMO

      • @Grey:

        Thanks ya’ll. Could be my frustration, as a Phillies fan, contributing to my impatience. I’ll hang on until he gets shut down for surgery.

  30. piv says:
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    Grey you forgot that the Blue Jays already had a Dickey and a Johnson… now they have a Wang, a Dickey and a Johnson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @piv: Ha, that’s right, how could I forget…

  31. Grizz says:
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    Hey guys,

    would you look to flip puig at this point? Is puig and didi for fowler and zobrist do able?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Grizz: I would and I like that trade

  32. George says:
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    SP question for 3 year QS keeper league: drop either J. Parker &/or B. Anderson for M. Pineda or R. Porcello? Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @George: I’m over Anderson. Drop him for Porcello. Would hold Parker.

  33. MattH says:
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    Hey, Grey. I make it a point to start Rasmus on short schedule days. Thanks!!!
    Nice recap. Should be an interesting night with Cole, Wacha, and Cingrani going.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattH: For sure, if only I had time to do more pitcher profiles!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Yup, I have them all going… Pray for me…

  34. golfnut says:
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    10 team yahoo head to head……..

    I trade Jean Segura, Choo, and Gardner……I get Kipnis, Heyward, Elvis Andrus.

    upgrade or status quo??

    Santana
    Goldy
    Kinsler (dl)
    Lowrie
    Longoria
    segura
    upton
    choo
    mc clutchen
    Rollins
    victorino
    Frazier
    Joyce
    mcclouth

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @golfnut: I like your side better, I’d hold

  35. Bet Twice says:
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    Non-keeper. Getting offered Cespedes for Puig – thoughts?
    Puig can’t possibly stay this hot……right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bet Twice: Yeah I’d want Cespedes

  36. DansUggla says:
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    Minor League Question, all input appreciated:

    I have first pick this year in our minor league draft, these fellas are available:

    Jorge Soler
    Addison Russel
    Brad Miller
    Every person drafted in this year’s MLB Draft.

    For fantasy purposes I would much prefer to take a bat here, who do you guys like?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DansUggla: Probably Soler, although you have to look out for assaults

    • Dave says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC:
      @DansUggla:

      Soler, Russell, Bryant (3B picked by Cubs) in that order IMO. See if Gregory Polanco is available. He hasn’t gotten the pub yet but his upside is on par with Soler’s IMO.

  37. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ha! Hillarious blubs this morning, particularly the Gyorko, YoGa and Bailey ones.

    Start Cole today in his debut? Or is that a bit too risky/rookie nookie.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I would, he’s pretty refined, don’t think he gets rocked.

  38. Jason says:
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    I have Marrow & Porcello available in my league. I have currently Teheran, Bailey, Moore, Greinke, Corbin, & Ryu as starters. Should I try for both one just one? And which one? Last in the league in ERA and my K’s to inning pitched is not what I was hoping.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: I think you gotta stand pat with your guys, Teheran for Porcello is close for me.

  39. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Morning.
    Would you play or sit Ian Kennedy against the Dodgers?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: I’d sit. Don’t trust him at all right now

  40. Yager says:
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    Did I pay too much….

    I give Matt Moore, Gattis, and Zach Wheeler

    I get Strasburg

    I know it is a lot, but I have Vmart at catcher who is turning it around, and my OF is solid with Choo, Holliday, and Stanton back. I just wanted to dump Moore as there is an innings cap in a 20 team mixed redraft league and I also have Cliff Lee, Fernandez, Wacha and two spots for streaming (one held by Edwin Jackson right now, who gets the Mets next) . I just want to know if I was ripped off, some of my league mates are looking to veto the trade based on the fact that I got ripped off. Am I missing something here? I am trading a waiver pick up, someone who hasn’t logged a MLB inning, and a turd sandwich! Your thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yager: Huh they think you got ripped off? Hmmm, you get a Cy Young contender (well probably not anymore with injury) for a guy struggling horrifically, a not everyday player, and a guy who hasn’t made a Major League start yet. I love the deal, your league mates are ridiculous.

      • Yager says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the reply. It is exactly what I thought, now hopefully they will not get the votes they need for that veto! This league is all I have left to keep me busy during the season, as our Brewers are struggling so horrifically. There are trade rumors swirling on Yo, what are your thoughts on that as a Brewers fan Gilpin?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Yager: I have been off Yo for the past 3 years, his fastball is straight as an arrow and his breaking stuff isn never consistent for long stretches of time. If we can get 2 solid SP prospects, I’m all for it. Plus we’ve traded well, look at what we got for Greinke, and no one in the Sabathia deal turned out to be a star, even though Brantley is solid.

          • Yager says:
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            @JB Gilpin:

            I had the same feelings regarding Yo for a while, and thought we should have looked at dealing him, Corey Hart, Gamel, and Fiers when we had the chance. Hopefully Yo’s value hasn’t slipped too much, we can probably still get a nice haul. I really think we should look at offers for guys like Peralta, and Aramis Ramirez this year. Even in a horrific year, we could still create some excitement with some high level prospects.

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Yager: I like Hart where we have him, a few more years if he can have healthy off seasons will be good money. I don’t think Peralta will have any value though, but he needs some minors time at some point. I really hope we don’t, but can’t disagree on Aramis. But we’re hot now! Maybe we can creep towards .500 this month

              • Yager says:
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                @JB Gilpin:

                Best team in baseball over the last four games! 4-0, and the longest winning streak in the NL currently.

  41. Dave says:
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    Your thoughts. My Cargo for his Adam Jones? Worried about knee.
    Trade Cueto? Again injury concern.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dave: Like Cargo more, but Jones is safer. Probably wouldn’t do that unless solidified in H2H playoffs or something like that. I’d hold Cueto until he returns and try to deal then, ups his value

  42. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Morning Grey,
    I am kind of in a pickle when AJax returns as I’m unsure who to drop. I am in an OBP keeper league. Who would you lose when he returns?

    Frazier – round 24
    Rizzo – round 24
    Prado – round 4
    McLouth – FA/round 24 and only source of steals

    My only other choice would be to trade on of the above for a middle tier pitcher and lose one of my RP like Parnell.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: I don’t think Prado will be a keeper but you can’t drop him, Frazier is probably my choice.

  43. JP says:
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    firstly… thank you so much for the guidance on that braun trade last week… i ended up not going with it and you probably saved my team (as always).

    trade chris davis / desmond jennings / zack wheeler to get justin upton and madison bumgarner?

    pick up salty and drop mccann?

    10 team yahoo H2H mixed league:
    C – McCann
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Kendrick
    SS – Peralta
    3B – Longoria
    OF – A Jones
    OF – Brown
    OF – Davis
    Util – Pujols
    BN – Pence

    SP – Greinke
    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Lee
    SP – Ryu
    SP – Wacha
    SP – Wheeler
    SP – McCarthy
    RP – Papelbon
    RP – Wilhelmsen
    RP – Perkins
    RP – Bailey

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JP: Nah I think I hold on that one too. Davis is legit and I think is equal to Upton, if not better. Plus your rotation looks pretty solid, even though Bum would def help

      • JP says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        thx… what if i did pence/brown/wheeler for the same return?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @JP: I think I like that one, not a big pence fan, selling high on Brown.

          • JP says:
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            thx dude.. going to see if pence/brown gets it done.. you like salty over mccann btw?
            @Grey: you like the davis trade if i cant work brown into the mix?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @JP: I’d take Bum/Upton and hold McCann

              • JP says:
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                @Grey:
                you the man now dog.. threw out the brown/pence offer, if he doesnt bite i’ll give up davis.
                @Grey @JB Gilpin:
                next question/final one for the day. different league: Brown for Cliff lee? 10 team H2H yahoo
                V Mart
                Goldschmidt
                Kipnis
                Miggy
                Peralta
                A Jones
                Brown
                Gardner
                B Upton
                DL: Kemp / Reyes

                Greinke
                Cashner
                Waino
                Gausman
                G Cole
                J Fernandez
                J Johnson
                Milone
                Samardzija
                E Jackson
                Nathan
                Perkins
                Wilhelmsen
                DL: Pineda

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take Lee

  44. Iron Lamp says:
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    My patience finally ran out and I cut Miguel Montero yesterday for Ryan Doumit. Someone else dropped Jonathan Lucroy. How would you rank Montero, Doumit and Lucroy ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Iron Lamp: All back in on Lucroy, then Montero then Doumit

  45. James Skrmetta says:
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    getting Longo for Cobb and Kemp…..thoughts?

  46. uncdrew says:
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    “We traded Howie Kendrick and Marco Estrada for Heyward and Chris Perez.”

    How does one argue on the side of getting Kendrick and Estrada on this one?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @uncdrew: Ummm, not too well, I guess with we don’t have any faith in Heyward and Perez might be arrested, so we took what we could get if there’s a worse case scenario on both guys.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @uncdrew: Seeing some of the ridiculous trades reported here by commenters….no justification needed.

      • uncdrew says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        :-D

        True, but if this was a trade Gray made in a Tout league or whatever the “experts” play in, I’m just curious who made the trade. Well, I’m more curious about the why.

        But JP makes a good point, Perez is just a closer and not even that great and gets dog poop shipped to his house (or something). And Heyward could be a Kemp-type story, though I’ve certainly thought he’d bounce back fine and soon.

        • uncdrew says:
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          @uncdrew:

          Ooops, meant JB. Have a good friend named JP. Freudian slip. JP is a boy. Ruh roh.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @uncdrew: Haha why do people think I’m a chick, is this a real thing going on?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @uncdrew: This trade went down before Perez was injured let alone arrested, but he’ll be back and I don’t understand it from the other side, it was offered to us, we took it…

  47. The Thumb says:
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    Not to ask a vague question but, what’s with Todd Frazier? Dude’s been horrible since about the third week in April. I’m hoping this is just a case of the sophomore slumps and not the next victim of Hosmeritis. I’m sorry but in other words, the Toms River native “makes me feel so young. “

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: I think it’s closer to Hosmeritis unfortunately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Thumb: Ha…I’m hoping it’s just a prolonged slump…

  48. Sniff Test says:
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    Would you rather roster Bonafacio or Bourjous as your “this guy is gonna get me some steals” guy?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sniff Test: No position considerations, I want Bourjos. A little better pop, and if back atop that lineup will produce well

      • Sniff Test says:
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        @JB Gilpin: No position considerations…not to complicate things but I noticed Rickie Weeks has been dropped. Would he be worth a waiver claim? I need steals, but could use a stick too. Does Weeks have priority over Bourjos?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Sniff Test: Nah I like Bourjos

  49. Byron Buxton says:
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    c. Victor Martinez
    1b. Albert Pujols
    2b. Jason Kipnis
    3b. Martin Prado
    ss. Starlin Castro
    ci. James Loney
    mi. Howie Kendrick
    OF: Cargo
    OF: Braun
    OF: Cespedes
    OF: Mclouth
    OF: Markakis
    Utility: DOM BROWN
    Bench: Nava

    P: Scherzer
    P: Hamels
    P: Jered Weaver
    P: Alex Cobb
    P: Casey Janssen
    P: Kevin Gregg
    P: Rex Brothers
    P: Vinnie Pestano
    P: K ROD
    Bench: Tommy Milone
    Bench: Straily
    Bench: Wheeler
    DL Perez
    DL: Henderson

    Looking to add more speed, and maybe another more reliable starter. Would trading Milone for Cocoa Crisp be adviced or does it just make my OF to crowded? Could also try Markakis and Milone/a closer for Ellsbury.

    • Byron Buxton says:
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      Thinking bout offering Casey Jansen and Markakis for Ellsbury.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Byron Buxton: I think either of those trades would be solid for ya

  50. Dkohn says:
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    Grey, JB,

    We agree with SON’s 11.9 on Cashner vs ATL today? Start him?

    Also please tell me they’re gonna stop playing Scooter soon!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dkohn: Haha, I think it’s at least another week or two of platooning and Weeks producing that Scooter will be out. I would start Cashner

      • Dkohn says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks!

        Ya growing on me JB!

        P.S. Whats the penalty for messing up Grey’s coffee order? Does he make you do cursive on a blackboard, “I don’t pick up Matt Joyce, because I like my mustaches Grey.”

        HISASHI MY DASHI!!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Dkohn: Thanks man! It’s sort of like the scene from Zoolander. He throws it on me and stares at me awkwardly with distinguished guests present.

  51. ZDC says:
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    With Gyorko on the DL, is it time to pick Weeks back up? Other options are: Franklin, Walker, Infante, Raburn. 10 team H2H.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ZDC: Rather have Walker unless the Brewers send Gennett back down/Weeks is almost every day again

  52. Jose says:
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    Who would you drop for Kenley Jansen? Or stay put…

    Parnell
    Valverde
    Wacha
    Garza

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jose: Depending on saves need probably Wacha.

  53. I'm Keith Hernande z says:
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    Cingrani or beachy?

  54. Jacob says:
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    Shelby Miller and Jean Segura for Longoria and Dan Straily in a 20 team dynasty.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jacob: Miller

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jacob: Like Miller and Segura

  55. The Fridge says:
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    I have been offered the following trade in my 10-team roto keeper league:

    I give: Harper ($7 next year) and Puig ($13 next year)
    I receive: Cargo ($51), Longoria ($45), Chapman ($16)

    Am I crazy to turn this down?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fridge: No not crazy at all, you’d have a lot of budget locked up, given you only can keep a certain amount of players

  56. Iron Mike says:
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    Hishashi my dashi, slurp slurp!!

  57. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Brandon League for Huston Street now and hope he returns from the DL soon?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Ugh tough one, I think I indeed do that

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks – I think I will do that. Mike.

  58. Steve D. says:
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    Middlebrooks, Arenado or Rendon ROS at the hot corner in a redraft?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steve D.: Middlebrooks but close

  59. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Another question or two –

    Do you drop Dickey for Beach and hope for the best? Dickey got lit up in the fog, and if the White Sox (and Dunn) can still hit him in that, there has got to be something going on.

    If not Beachy, then maybe drop him for Wheeler?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • I’m@Mike:

      I dumped Dickey. I felt like I had a diamond in the rough because someone else got frustrated and waived him earlier in the year … but now he’s killing my team. The sporadic gems are great, but then the stinkbombs are too frequent and disastrous.

      That being said, since I just dumped the Dicker, he might go on a tear.

      • Mike says:
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        @Sixto Lescano: I picked him whenever I saw him dropped and he has torched my team repeatedly.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Since both are out there I give Dickey one more start on your bench and readdress then

      • Mike says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ok – I will try to be patient with Dickey. Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: I’d drop Dickey for Wheeler

  60. Obmij76 says:
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    Hey Grey, which 2? Stults, Nolasco, Kluber or Phelps going forward? IP is a category in a 12 TM H2H. I have Wainwright, Miller, Bailey, Scherzer and Porcello. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Obmij76: Kluber and Phelps for me

  61. Comatose says:
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    Anyone actually watch Teheran’s stinker at PetCo? Was it as bad as the line makes it look?

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Comatose: Actually, no, it wasn’t that bad. He got touched up for 2 ER in the 1st inning and then looked ok for a while. He doesn’t walk anyone–that’s more than a trend at this point–and his Ks were low last night. All told, I thought he looked better than the line he produced. Unfortunate that it happened in Petco, but I’m still holding him. I think he’ll bounce back against the Giants this weekend.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: @Comatose: Sounds good yea I don’t think you let teheran go yet, as some seem to want to do

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Comatose: Yeah, it was better than the line… Low WHIP, high ERA… Not good, not terrible…

  62. Bernie Brewer says:
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    I’ve been struggling all year in my pitching categories (15team 5×5). Through trades and/or timely pickups, here’s my current staff (which I think is finally solid):

    Bumgarner, Hamels, Lester, HBailey, Cole, Wheeler, Wacha, Liriano, Grilli, League, (DL – Beachy)

    The reason I bring this up is because both Porcello (your boy, JB!) and Parker are FA in my league and I’m wondering if I need to pounce before they’re gone. I’ll probably drop one of the rookies when I have to activate Beachy, and I only have 2 bench hitters (Lind and Hart <- is he ever going to get healthy?!?!), so I don't know if I want to drop one of them for yet another pitcher.

    No one seems to want to trade for any of my guys (plus trades take 3 days to process in my league – stupid veto/review time), so those guys may be gone before I'd have a spot open to grab one.

    Any advice?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: My boy indeed! I’d grab Porcello over Wacha, and then wait and see how Beachy does in his first start before activating him. If he’s terrible you can cut or leave him there and not make moves.

  63. chillmodious says:
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    Stream Colon today (in O.Co against the Yankees)? I’m mighty tempted.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: I probably won’t anywhere, but not a bad call

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Well, seeing as though I threw Cobb and Teheran last night in the league in which I’m contemplating using Colon, I’m a bit emboldened right now. Kind of how I threw caution to the wind in my last matchup after Matt Moore blew up my ratios early in the week. I’m liking the thought of a Colon ratio-cleanser, but hope he’s a redundant colon instead of a descending colon (science point, snitches!).

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @chillmodious: Hahaha dude that blows…I could see it being a cleanser, but risky

  64. smegma says:
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    Trade Aramis for Zobrist? Other team lost Gyorko as 3b on DL so might be interested. I have A.Escobar at SS so could use upgrade. H2H points league.

    • supra says:
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      @smegma: Yes, as Aramis isnt playing everyday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @smegma: I would, he’s heating up

  65. Bryan says:
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    Would you drop Cole or Teheran for Garza?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: I’d want to see Cole’s first start, not Teheran yet either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: Cole, but tend to agree with JB, can’t you wait for his start tonight?

  66. supra says:
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    Hey Grey, missed the blog while on vacation with ZERO internet. No clue what’s happened over the last 8 days. Thanks for taking notes.

    Was offered Kendrick for my Fister. Not sure I can afford to lose Fister’s reliability. Your thoughts?

    C – Wieters
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Aramis Ramirez
    SS – Simmons
    IF – Rizzo
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Choo
    OF – AGon
    UTIL – Arenado
    UTIL – Joyce
    BJ Upton
    Rutledge
    DL – Eaton
    DL – Hart

    SP – S.Miller
    SP – Bumgarner
    P – Medlen
    P – Gallardo
    P – League
    RP – Wilhemsen
    RP – Janssen
    Haren
    Fister
    Cingrani
    Beachy
    Bauer

    I want his Profar – not likely. He also has guys I like in Panda, R.Zimm, Zobrist… thanks for the advice as always Greycarlo.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @supra: Love Fister. I hold him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra: Agree with JB, hope you had a nice vacay…

  67. chillmodious says:
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    Grey, here’s one to test your YoGa dexterity…

    Porcello or YoGa?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Respectfully, I’m going to defer to Grey here (though he may well agree with you). I think you’ve been emotionally compromised by Porcello and are unable to render an impartial decision. I also assume you’re a Tigers fan, being from the Mitten and all, so that’s like double jeopardy… or something… I dunno, I fell asleep during that Ashley Judd movie! Anyhoo… thanks for weighing in. I still think you’re the bees ankles.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @chillmodious: Thanks man! Grey – wonder your thought too. But I am a Crew fan, but a sucker for a guy with great K:BB ratio, would have unreal numbers throwing out the Angels distaster (which I know you can;t play revisionist history) and featuring a tinkered repitoire (throwing sliders and a new[er] curve)

  68. Dan says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve made 3 trades in the last 5 days and I want to know what you think. First I traded Teheran and Adam Jones for King Felix. Next I traded Pedroia and Shelby Miller for Cano. Last night I traded Price and Craig for Latos and R.Zimmerman. This is my current lineup in my 10 team 8×8 roto league with XBH, OBP, OPS, QS, K/9, and K/BB.

    C: Victor
    1B: Au Shizz
    2B: Cano
    3B: Zimmerman
    SS: Franklin
    2B/SS: Kipnis
    1B/3B: Arenado
    OF: Cutch
    OF: Heyward
    OF: Hamilton
    OF: Puig
    Util: Lind
    Bench: Ajax
    Bench: Rendon
    Bench: Hosmer
    DL: Asdrubal

    SP: Felix, Zimmerman, Bumgarner, Latos, Greinke, Wacha, Cole
    RP: Perkins, Parnell

    My pitching staff was doing terrible, but with the moves I made, I think I should definitely win my league.

    Also, I have:

    Greinke vs. Diamondbacks
    Wacha @ Mets
    Cole vs. Giants

    We have a starts limit, but I am under pace so I could start all 3 or just 1 or 2 of them? Who should I start? Thanks!

    • Dan says:
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      @Dan: Cingrani is available. Should I pick him up and drop one of my bench bats or Wacha/Cole? Rank Wacha, Cole, Cingrani ROS. Thanks

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Dan: I think Cole Wacha Cingrani, I stand pat there

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dan: Not a big fan of the first trade, but overall I think you improved your squad so nice moves! I would start all 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: I’m starting all three…

  69. Sonofa Pitch says:
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    I’m bringing up Cingrani in an NL only keeper league. My drop options are Gallardo, Marcum, Niese, or Wood. Gallardo is driving me nuts, but has the most upside I guess. Marcum hasn’t won a game, but has decent ratios for the past 4 weeks. Niese isn’t bad, folks seem to like him over Marcum. Wood has been a pleasant surprise, but there’s a lot of talk about regression.

    I need help and insight… Which of these four do I dump?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sonofa Pitch: Niese. K:BB rate is just brutal

  70. Spike Owen says:
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    Same situation as others with Dickey.

    Current starting staff is: Moore, Dickey, Zimmerman, Ryu, Cole, Wheeler
    Also have six “closers” (quotes are because League is one of them): Mujica, Holland, Gregg, League, Bell, Gregerson

    Rick Porcello is out there in the FA pool for pickup. So is Hector Santiago. I also could use some bats as Sandoval and Braun are both missing some time.

    So, do I drop Dickey, League and Gregerson? Who do I pick up? Porcello first then Santiago? Or do I drop Cole?

    Already significantly up in saves, so I don’t mind losing the closers. Despite my best efforts, I can’t get anyone to give an offer on Gregerson or League (not that I can blame them).

    Thoughts?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spike Owen: I’d hold League until closer switch is official, lose Gregorson for Porcello. Well, since you lead saves, League for Santiago for this awesome month of matchups too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spike Owen: I agree with JB, but also lose Dickey for Santiago…

  71. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    So, Starlin Castro has been like a sick combination of the Marlins and Astros, except they tricked us by changing their names! The .091 BA over the last 14 is killing me. I know he’s going to get a positive regression here shortly, but are there any sneaky SS pickups you might recommend as a “just in case.” Best ranked SS on the wire is Jhonny Peralta, but his BABIP is over .400… so that’s not good.. I’m kind of looking for high ceiling guy, not a you-know-what-you’re-getting kind of guy. There may not be one, but I figured I’d ask. Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Stamos: Peralta is a great JIC, his end numbers might be close to Castro, shockingly. Stephen Drew could be hot and play his way into everyday maybe?

      • Nico

        John Stamos says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’ll keep an eye on both! My league has a transaction limit, so I may just keep them on the watch list, and hope Castro defects from his slump. Once he does, he’ll be a top 10 SS. Thanks for the advice!

  72. FMFBL says:
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    Great stuff, thanks for doing this!

    Please rank these OF options ROS 6×6 roto – H, R, HR, RBI, OBP, SB:
    De Aza, LoCain, Joyce, Blanks.
    Anyone that might be flying under the radar with depth like that?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FMFBL: Cain, De Aza, Joyce, Blanks. Bourjos available? Takes a fair amount of walks, a little pop, obvious speed. Like him now back from DL

  73. crock says:
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    Seager or Uggla for 2b?

    • FMFBL says:
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      @crock: even as a braves fan i like seager as the better hitter but when uggla connects he hits them a long way. uggla’s value is elevated if your league plays OBP and you need power but i think at the end of the day i don’t’ think the power difference will make up for what you’re missing with uggla.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @crock: Seager

  74. Morgan says:
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    Middlebrooks over Profar?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Morgan: No position concerns, yes

  75. JDawg says:
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    “Stop with the semantics.”
    You and your anti-semantic rants.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JDawg: Semantics run Hollywood!

  76. PD says:
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    Looking for thoughts on Segura.. Is a regression coming or is this what we can expect moving forward? Current owner wants strong starting pitching for him.. I rejected Scherzer straight up as I’m not sure segura can continue his pace.

    Zimmerman, Ryu, Scherzer, Baily, Hughes, Liranio & Cigrani are my current starters..

    I should add that my MI consists of Didi, Kendrick, Emilio all 3 start & Emilio is the obvious weaklink.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @PD: A tiny bit of regression, but I think he’s for real. Maybe counter with Ryu or Bailey? Never been a big Scherzer fan so I would’ve probably done that, but can’t blame a reject.

      • PD says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks.. will look at alternates.. I should’ve noted that this is QS league & not wins… important distinction

  77. Wake Up says:
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    fyi…Joyce took a pitch to the middle of the back…might be a little sore for a few days…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      That was a classic bit of baseball yesterday. Lackey is kind of a red ass in general. Joyce hit a long one. Then in the next AB he put a little bat flip on an upper decker that went foul. Next pitch Lackey put one between the two and the oh. Then Joyce and Salty dance a Tango and there was a big jamboree. How many times in the history of baseball has this same scenario played out? Thousands.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah. I was watching the game. Same old, same old. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if Fausto caught Big Papito with one today! Speaking of Faust-o…“All theory is grey, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.”

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Malick paraphrasing Goethe.

          “It’s hard to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.”

          -H.L. Menken

          …or fantasy baseball, for that matter.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: True enough…but, Mencken and Twain would be!

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wake Up: @OaktownSteve: Hah yea I thought that was awesome. Definitely some easy to read “That’s Fertilizer” as Scully said about Kemp when Greinke got hit.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @JB Gilpin: Don’t know if the Hitter Tron can factor that in yet…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Lackey is such a douche, but Joyce went into Reggie after a homer mode even after hitting a foul ball…

  78. Fenway Fungus says:
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    drop Brothers or Gregerson for Kenley?

    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: Gregerson, love me some Kenley!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Fenway Fungus: Yea I agree, Kenley needs to be owned, Greg

  79. Buck says:
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    Should I go with Weeks or Uggla until Kinsler gets back?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Buck: Uggla

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Buck: Uggla

  80. Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Drop Jeremy Hellickson for Pineda (deep 14 team league)? Rest of the staff looks like this:

    Shelby Miller
    Max Scherzer
    Matt Moore
    Gio Gonzalez
    Andrew Cashner
    Joe Nathan
    Edward Mujica
    Sergio Romo
    Jim Henderson
    Zack Wheeler

    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!!: I’m not high on either, I think I hold Hellickson and hope before I wanna burn a spot on pineda

  81. Vottomatic says:
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    Drop any of these guys for Gallardo?

    Rendon, Maybin, Aoki, Simmons, Dominguez, Beachy

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Vottomatic: Yea I’d drop Dominguez, followed closely by Beachy, so either one as your roster dictates

  82. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Drop Arenado for Middlebrooks or hold?

  83. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you drop Rendon for Middlebrooks or Maybin?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: No position concerns, like Maybin the best and Middlebrooks more too, and he would be the guy if needed only power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Agree, drop for either, but depends on needs…

  84. Descartes Before the Horse says:
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    Johnson, Wang, & Dickey, the BJ’s pitching staff or the cockiest law firm around?

    1.) Puig for Ellsbury or McLouth if you need SBs?
    2.) Wheeler or Matt Cain ROS?
    3.)
    4.) Gio or Price ROS?

    Thanks buddy!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Descartes Before the Horse: Very cock-y! I don’t think I’d do it for McLouth, but definitely for Ellsbury. Rain ROS. Is this #3 being blank a running joke I don’t know? Someone else did that! 4) Gio ROS

      • Descartes Before the Horse says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Grey always leaves number three blank (Not really sure why. Idiosyncratic stylistic innovation???). I guess I (we?) follow suit as an expression of our appreciation for the creativeness/entertainment value of his writing. Shot in the dark there.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Descartes Before the Horse: 1. Cain not Rain* haha. 2) I get it now! Never had seen that before. 3) 4) Eh I had nothing else there just wanted to play along…

      • Descartes Before the Horse says:
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        @Grey: Muchas gracias mis más de los amigos de internet!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  85. supra says:
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    Cut candidates: Haren, League
    Options: Blanks, Dunn, Phelps, Porcello, Hughes, Pettitte, Parra, Doumit

    Grey, you making a move here?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @supra: Porcello for Haren, probably holding a few more days with League, but don’t really want to haha

  86. joe says:
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    Three offers from the same owner in a H2H keeper league: Miguel Cabrera for Edwin Encarnacion and Hanley Ramirez, Posey for Carlos Santana and Altuve, and Cargo for Pujols and Martin Prado?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @joe: I want the left side in all of those.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @joe: Agree with other comment, want left side

  87. Chris says:
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    Bear with me Grey, got a few for ya today. One catcher league ROS : Grandal or Castro?

    What do I do with Matt Moore? Think he will rebound or is it time to start looking to trade him?

    When we finally see Wil Myers, does he make a bigger fantasy impact than ManbearPuig ROS? Who would you rather have on your fantasy team?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Probably Castro, wait for a few good starts then flip, tough to say but I think Puig’s impact will be tough to bear, rather have Puig who is doing it now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Castro…Myers won’t be as dramatic as Puig on arrival… Depends what you can get for Moore, prolly hold…

  88. shibboleth says:
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    Grey, would you trade Markakis for Myers? Could keep Myers for up to 2 years in round 14 assuming he delivers. I worry that it’s maybe too much too soon? Deep 12 team OPS league.

    c- Wieters, Gomes
    1b- Votto
    2b- Rendon (Rutledge)
    3b/CI- Longoria, Alvarez (Belt, Morales)
    SS/MI- Andrus, Segura (Cozart)
    OF- BJ, Ajax, Gardner, Markakis, Murphy-TX, Krispie

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @shibboleth: Can you keep Markakis? I think that’s a solid deal if you’re OK taking a risk 2nd half of this season

      • Shibboleth says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, JB! Could keep Markakis in which case h slots into round 9. I think I’ll roll the dice!

  89. Adam says:
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    Hey God,

    I’ve been offered Adam Jones and Neil Walker for Robinson Cano….

    On paper, Adam Jones’s stats almost mirror Cano’s with more Runs and Total Bases, but also more strikeouts and less BB’s.

    What do you think? Trade or hold?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Adam: God here. Cano.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Adam: I’d want Cano, but won’t proclaim to be a deity

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: It’s close, I’d side with Cano b/c of position…

  90. Ryan says:
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    Longoria nick franklin or shelby miller segura in a dynasty league?

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Ryan: I’d side with Longoria, who is a 40hr threat if healthy. I’m crushing on Segura but you’re getting MI upside with Franklin, too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ryan: I want Miller and Segura. Both are spring chickens. Don’t buy much into Franklin

  91. mc serch says:
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    JB pushing Porcello hard, which I’m respecting …is he any better than Wheeler, Garza or Parker, who are my bottom 3 SP?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @mc serch: Thanks! Rather have him than Wheeler, other two close, but if you were to drop one its Wheeler for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mc serch: I’d go with Pocello over Parker just to see Wheeler’s upside…

  92. Mitch says:
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    I made a flurry of trades/ww moves in the past 2 weeks and think my roster is now loaded for the 2nd half. thoughts?
    c- Napoli
    1b- goldschmidt
    2b- cano
    3b- headly
    ss- alexie ramirez (w/ Reyes DL)
    OF- McCutchen
    OF- J. Upton
    OF- Stanton
    U- J. Heyward
    U- Bautista
    SP: latos, scherzer, price, beachy, cashner, porcello, delarosa, cingrani, santiago
    RP: kimbrel, bailey, reed, betencourt

    cant stop here though! where should i try to improve next? 12 team standard 5×5 league.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Mitch: Back end of your rotation. Are any of the hot rookies available–Wheeler, Cole? I think Cingrani can be ok, but he only has one dominant pitch right now and will be pitching in Cincy a lot. Santiago could also stand to be upgraded. Same with Cashner–just a Hodgepadre in Petco. And George of the Rose has a Coors problem (which is different from Miggy’s “Coors problem”). Still a really solid squad, but starting pitching is where I’d focus if looking to improve.

      • Mitch says:
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        @chillmodious: Yep 100% agree. Wheeler/Cole not available- my league is very competitive and those guys were picked up about a week ago. Wound up trading Greinke/Moore earlier this season to help upgrade my offense. I was considering offering something like Porcello/Cingrani for Strasburg. Very hard to trade pitchers for pitchers though, and I really don’t want to touch my offense right now. Unless I go SP/RP for an upgraded SP. Not sure what else I can do.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Mitch: I like that deal but don’t know if you can land it. Love Santiago’s stretch of opps this month, maybe you can move him if he stays hot like I think he will with someone. A little worried about Cueto’s health but like the deal

  93. Pete says:
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    Is Eaton worth hanging on to in a 12 team H2H keeper league DL slot? 4 OF’s, 2 Utils. I drafted and kept him this long so what’s another few weeks or month? Also holding Pagan and Moreland but they look like they’ll be returning relatively soon.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Yea you’ve had him this long, why not. But if you need a spot, I have no problem dumping any of those guys

  94. EK says:
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    How would you rank these ROS for H2H pts:
    Masterson
    Porcello
    Tillman
    Kendrick

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Porcello, Master, Till, Kendrick

  95. Boomer19 says:
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    Do you think Oswalt is worth a grab? Apparently he is hitting 95 on the gun and is stretching out to return. 14 team roto. Thanks.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Boomer19: Ignoring the whole “depends who you’re dropping” preface, sure.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Boomer19: I read that and was like “wahhhhhhhhh”????? He’s been so far off my radar I hadn’t seen any of that, but I would want to see a start first in the MLB

  96. El Guapo says:
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    Grey,

    Is Daniel Nava a 90 runs, 20Hr, 90 rbi, .275, .380 obp and 120 k batter?

    Im in a 7 x 7, 13 team mix league. On batters the stats are: R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, K…

    Nava have a .396 OBP and “only” 43k ¿Do you belive in the OBP and K’s?

    The BABIP vs. AVG Comparison Tool says he is a .275 avg batter (wich is fine for me)…

    ¿Do you think he is a 20 HR guy?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @El Guapo: Don’t buy the homers but buy the rest on Nava mostly – OBP down a tad, a few more Ks.

      • El Guapo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks… I accept the trade for Alcides Escobar (I got Castro at SS).

  97. Dan says:
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    Dillon Gee or Trevor Cahill for rest of the season? (6X6 league with k/9)
    I’m liking Gee recently, but I’m worried he could be the odd man out when Wheeler arrives…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Dan: Hefner should be the odd man out. Either way, I’d rather have Cahill.

    • shibboleth says:
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      @Dan: Gee put together a few nice starts and the K’s are showing up… there were high hopes for him pre-season, maybe he’s worked out the gremlins. I’m watching for another solid start before pouncing. Still, Cahill is better.

      • Dan says:
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        @shibboleth: Yeah. I’m loving the 6 QS so far and the 2 strikeouts he gets me per game! Hard to replace that….

        • Dan says:
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          @Dan: But on a serious note, it’s a 14 team league where Gee is the top waiver option currently. He isn’t going to last out there till his next start. I’m thinking to sit him on my bench and see what happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: These guys are streamers… Cahill…

  98. Jiggy Nits says:
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    I’ve been trying to squeeze out Trevor Cahill in a YoGa swap… Not sure if bad idea. How do you feel about Cahill ROS?

    • Stantonovation says:
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      @Jiggy Nits:

      I think Hefner goes to long relief since he’s been there before, gee never has, and that was the plan coming into the season

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Grey: I WANT TO BELIEVE!! Thanks for nothing… just kidding… thanks for everything.

  99. D Rich says:
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    I started Nolasco and Feldman yesterday trying to get cute….haha that went well. How long until Kenley is the closer and how many saves you think the rest of the way? Hoping that stashing him all year will finally pay off!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @D Rich: He should’ve been the closer 2 months ago, so I have no idea… Maybe 15 saves for him this year…

  100. EK says:
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    Jansen or Rosenthal?
    H2H pts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Jansen

  101. Gray Elbright says:
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    Trade Casey Janssen for Kenley Jansen? And add Rick Porcello and drop Tommy Milone, or Straily?

  102. zzzzzz says:
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    I have tons of OF and could use another pitcher. Deal Choo for Minor or try to get more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz: Try to get more

  103. VegasVic says:
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    “RB’s horsey sauce” is what Braun bought from Biogenesis.

    • VegasVic says:
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      A “Ha” from Grey on my first-ever comment! I can die happy.
      @VegasVic:

  104. Fecal Matters says:
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    Didn’t Wade Miley’s dad sing “Achy, Breaky Heart….?”

  105. Tom says:
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    12 team 6×6 Roto (OPS and QS) – In need of Ks, is this too much for Scherzer- Jordan Zimmerman, Fowler, and Nick Franklin for Scherzer and Perkins? I currently have Hanley, Hill, Castro, and Scutaro for my MI positions (if they ever get healthy) with Cespedes, Gordon, Puig, Fowler, Heyward, De Aza, and Aoki as OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Yes

  106. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    Is greinke a top 20 SP ROS? Is trading him for butler a good idea if I’ve been using a combination of Reynolds Laroche and K. Morales at 1B or should I stand pat? Thanks!

  107. JDW says:
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    I try not to pepper these threads with questions because I hate having the boys feel compelled to answer dozens of questions each day.

    But what the hell is the fascination with Zack Wheeler?

    I keep hearing about “stuff”. But most of us play the numbers and the kids numbers don’t jump out at ANY level. Even on his triple A team he’s the second best starter if numbers should mean anything. Yeah, yeah, he’s in the PCL. That’s a hitter’s league. Well, he’s also walking people to the tune of something like 2.5 K/BB with a plus 4 ERA and a 1.35 Whip.

    Why the hell am I the only guy NOT excited and expecting him to come up and kill your whip and ERA?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @JDW: Because your average fantasy baseballer does not have any perspective when it comes to rookie nookie.

      Average Razzballer: “Kevin Gausman? Never heard of him, but X said pick him up so I’m going to drop Jason Heyward for him in my 6 team league.”

      • JDW says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        Heh! I confess, I’m easily taken with the next great thing and went in early on some dudes. Just don’t get it with Wheeler. But I agree completely with your assessment.

  108. EK says:
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    Pls rank H2H pts:

    Rodney
    Janssen
    Perez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Janssen, Rodney

  109. tim says:
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    would u trade chris davis for cliff lee and kensley jansen?
    trying to sell high on davis
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tim: Yup

  110. Vottomatic says:
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    I am thinking about proposing this trade, do you think it might work. Besides the possible suspension for Braun I am worried about his wrist as well, it’s bringing up bad memories of Justin Upton last year.

    Give; Braun, Holliday, Cobb
    Get: Jones, Gordon, Latos

    It’s a gamble but I think it could pay off for me.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Vottomatic: Yeah it could pay off for you….because you’d be getting the better end of the deal. As with any trade involving Braun right now, depends what the people you’re dealing with think will/won’t happen.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: you could make the argument that each player in yr deal is better than corresponding opp’s player. Jones>Braun ROS with Gordon>Holliday and Latos>Cobb for sure.

  111. Mitch says:
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    trying to improve back-end pitching. I’m considering offering cashner/delarosa for cueto. buying low and hope he gets right. good move or try for someone else? making same offer for strasburg but doubt it gets accepted.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Mitch: I’d do it if you can wade the lost starts.

  112. Iceman says:
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    Maybin or bourjos ROS? I lead my league in HRs, looking for the best combo of SBs, Runs and AVE.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Iceman: Bourjos if he plays everyday

  113. Carns says:
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    Thank you for the “Krukkie” rip. I cannot stand listening to ex-players talk about current players. Mitch Williams, however, is worse. He is the Sultan of the Superlative. I can remember when he talked about Nick Blackburn “unleashing” his fastball, or how Adam Dunn has “perhaps the best left-handed swing in baseball.” I swear to God he said that about Dunn. It was within the last year, too. Every f***ing pitcher’s stuff is “just flat-out filthy” or for every up-and-comer “this guy has all the tools to be the best (insert position) in the (insert American/National) League.” He is the Human Hyperbole and he makes me want to vomit.

    • mc serch says:
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      @Carns: nice rant…agree on Wild Thing, he is a buffoon…Plesac though is kinda growing on me…

  114. kalone says:
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    Drop any of these guys for Edwin Jackson?

    David Phelps
    Hector Santiago
    Tony Cingrani
    Zach Wheeler

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Iceman: @kalone: Eye’d drahp felpz

  115. Hal Incandenza says:
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    @Grey – Every year, I let a player or two beat me up for too long. Well, I’m going Farrah Fawcet with the bug spray on Gallardo and tying him up in the fireplace.

  116. Reginald Denny says:
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    I just dropped R.A. Dickey. And then changed my team name to “I Cut My Dickey.” Please rate both moves.

  117. Gray Elbright says:
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    More saves ROS Kenley Jansen or Casey Janssen?

  118. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    I just got offered Dom brown for Cain and marte. I have a pretty strong pitching staff. Is brown the real deal?

  119. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Where have you gone???..

    You and your sites charms are based on your accessibility IMO…

    Anyway, Iglesias (another Cuban ) and Carp have been carrying Boston for a week or more… They deserve mention..

    Middlebrooks, better not stumble and get himself over the Mendoza line fast … Iglesias is on fire … And his glove demands PT too… Middlebrooks could find himself in a platoon or worse situation if he does not produce…

    Carp, like Inglesias, is making the most of the opportunity created by Ellsbury’s abd Victorino’s absences…

    Carp, now a young MLB 27 YO, after years of mini hype (Yes Years!!! He was held to be a something a few years back by the touters) ) and 2 other orgs is a classic case of the FFB blog/expert Hype machines over-amped way of looking at young players – a real disconnect from MLB reality and winning FBB – by the way.. He was tout charted back in the mid 2000s…

    Now, he is doing what Donaldson did last year… He has returned to the radar of FBB from the forgotten or round-filed… When in MLB, he had never left it… He was just learning his trade and awaiting that “chance”..

    Will he be a success??? Who knows… But at this point, he is a bird in the hand…

    One thing, he certainly has achieved, even at this point, is surpass many of the over hyped 18 – 23 YO starlets – the inbred touter’s rated favs… Starlets who may never even get a cup of coffee in MLB, ..

    Go Carp!! You are hot hot hot this week in MLB and FBB.. And you are a man not a boy…

    l

  120. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Where have you gone???..

    You and your sites charms are based on your accessibility IMO…

    Anyway, Iglesias (another Cuban ) and Carp have been carrying Boston for a week or more… They deserve mention..

    Middlebrooks, better not stumble and get himself over the Mendoza line fast … Iglesias is on fire … And his glove demands PT too… Middlebrooks could find himself in a platoon or worse situation if he does not produce…

    Carp, like Inglesias, is making the most of the opportunity created by Ellsbury’s abd Victorino’s absences…

    Carp, now a young MLB 27 YO, after years of mini hype (Yes Years!!! He was held to be a something a few years back by the touters) ) and 2 other orgs is a classic case of the FFB blog/expert Hype machines over-amped way of looking at young players – a real disconnect from MLB reality and winning FBB – by the way.. He was tout charted back in the mid 2000s…

    Now, he is doing what Donaldson did last year… He has returned to the radar of FBB from the forgotten or round-filed… When in MLB, he had never left it… He was just learning his trade and awaiting that “chance”..

    Will he be a success??? Who knows… But at this point, he is a bird in the hand…

    One thing, he certainly has achieved, even at this point, is surpass many of the over hyped 18 – 23 YO starlets – the inbred touter’s rated favs… Starlets who may never even get a cup of coffee in MLB, ..

    Go Carp!! You are hot hot hot this week in MLB and FBB.. And you are a man not a boy…

    l

  121. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Where have you gone???..

    You and your sites charms are based on your accessibility IMO…

    Anyway, Iglesias (another Cuban ) and Carp have been carrying Boston for a week or more… They deserve mention..

    Middlebrooks, better not stumble and get himself over the Mendoza line fast … Iglesias is on fire … And his glove demands PT too… Middlebrooks could find himself in a platoon or worse situation if he does not produce…

    Carp, like Inglesias, is making the most of the opportunity created by Ellsbury’s abd Victorino’s absences…

    Carp, now a young MLB 27 YO, after years of mini hype (Yes Years!!! He was held to be a something a few years back by the touters) ) and 2 other orgs is a classic case of the FFB blog/expert Hype machines over-amped way of looking at young players – a real disconnect from MLB reality and winning FBB – by the way.. He was tout charted back in the mid 2000s…

    Now, he is doing what Donaldson did last year… He has returned to the radar of FBB from the forgotten or round-filed… When in MLB, he had never left it… He was just learning his trade and awaiting that “chance”..

    Will he be a success??? Who knows… But at this point, he is a bird in the hand…

    One thing, he certainly has achieved, even at this point, is surpass many of the over hyped 18 – 23 YO starlets – the inbred touter’s rated favs… Starlets who may never even get a cup of coffee in MLB, ..

    Go Carp!! You are hot hot hot this week in MLB and FBB.. And you are a man not a boy…

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      Sorry, for the triple post… It was not coming up and having a conniption … Must have been the server here… Weird!!! I rebooted and rebooted and the comment was not there …

      O well… That’ll teach Mr Gray not to answer his own threads.. HAHAHAHA

      JB, my snipe at Mr Gray is not directed at you and your good work.. But the fact is, you do not originate this thread.. It’s now coming off as 2nd handed IMO..

      I know, things change… And I’m sure Mr Gray is a busy man… I have had my say – is all this is about…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @T Moore:

        The rant so nice it posted thrice.

        Go A’s.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @T Moore: I’m here, I’m on the West Coast and JB has been helping so I don’t need 3 hours when I wake up to catch up…

  122. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    I just got offered Dom brown for Cain and marte. My pitching staff is pretty strong. Is brown the real deal?

      • Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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        Sorry about double post. My state of badness.

  123. JImbo Jones says:
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    José Bautista, Chris Davis, Ryan Zimmerman for Andrew McCutchen, Félix Hernández

    My concern is I am losing to much power from my line up. Check out my line up and give me your thoughts. With Stanton off the DL i think i would be alright

    12 – Team, H2H – Points R/HR/RBI/SB/K/TB/AVG/OPS W/L/CG/SV/K/ERA/WHIP
    18 Man Roster

    HITTERS:
    Lineup:
    C – Wilin Rosario
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Kyle Seager
    3B – Ryan Zimmerman
    SS – Jean Segura
    OF – Jose Bautista
    OF – Shin-Soo Choo
    OF – Chris Davis
    Util – Manny Machado

    DL – Giancarlo Stanton
    DL – Aaron Hill

    PITCHERS: (Lineup: 2 SP, 1 RP, 2 P)
    SP – Cliff Lee, James Shields, Mike Minor, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Shelby Miller, Zack Wheeler
    RP – Sergio Romo, Jose Valverde, Ernesto Frieri

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @JImbo Jones: You are giving up WAY too much dude. I’d scale it down to a 1 for 1 for Felix or any other ace for that matter.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @JImbo Jones: You’re right. Pull the trigger.

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @JImbo Jones: Dude I told you were giving up too much. Giving up Davis and Zimmerman for McCutch…you don’t think that’s too much? But you want to convince yourself it’s a good deal so I’m done with you.

              • JImbo Jones says:
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                @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: Your done when i say your done! If your gonna comment try giving a reason for your answer. By you saying “You are giving up WAY too much dude” That doesnt help anyone… Heres an answer that actually helps..

                Feels like you are giving up too much. McCutchen is probably the best player in the deal but then I would put Bautista and Davis ahead of Felix with Zimmerman not that far behind. I think you should be able to get another player in the deal or tweak it some how.

                And yes I do think you are giving up too much power as well. Stanton isn’t a sure thing to get his power numbers back to last season. Stanton was having problems before he got hurt and I am not sure that has been solved.

                You see the difference? Now Im done with you

                • Prezz says:
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                  @JImbo Jones: did you just give analysis to your own question?

                  Btw… I think ur giving up too much..

                • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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                  @JImbo Jones: Well it should help. Youre giving up too much = do not do that trade. I’m a bottom line guy….son.

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: yet another person who forgot that stanton was destroying the ball for around a week and a half before he got hurt.
                    Giving your own analysis for a question is a good idea, it opens up debate and allows the reader(s) to see the thought process of the questioner.

  124. Jason says:
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    I’ve got Kinsler coming back soon and I’m leaning toward dropping Rendon. With my current line-up the only other option would be Maybin or Marte (which are both recent waiver wire pick-ups) or drop a pitcher. My league has holds as a category and I recently picked up Smyly, Wilson & Uehera to help with my terrible ERA and to hopefully get me back in the holds race only to see Wilson & Uehera drop huge loads on me the other day.

    Carlos Santana(C,1B)
    Prince Fielder(1B)
    Kyle Seager(2B,3B)
    Anthony Rendon(3B)
    Jean Segura(SS)
    Justin Upton( OF)
    Cameron Maybin(OF)
    Starling Marte(OF)
    Paul Goldschmidt(1B)
    Manny Machado(3B)
    Ian Desmond(SS)
    Nick Markakis(OF)
    Alex Gordon(OF)
    Ian Kinsler(2B) – DL

    Drew Smyly(SP,RP)
    Homer Bailey(SP)
    Zack Greinke(SP)
    Sergio Romo(RP)
    Greg Holland(RP)
    Bobby Parnell(RP)
    Edward Mujica(RP)
    Koji Uehara(RP)
    Justin Wilson(RP)
    Julio Teherán(SP)
    Patrick Corbin(SP,RP)
    Matt Moore(SP)
    Hyun-Jin Ryu(SP)
    Jake Peavy(SP) – DL

    Thoughts on who I should drop?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jason: Maybin, Desmond or a holds guy

  125. Eddy says:
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    I’ve made some dumb mistakes this year in fantasy baseball. In one league I dropped EverCab, Lynn and Miller in the first week. Somehow I’m still first there.

    But the worst was one before the season even started.

    Choosing Dickey over Matt Harvey as a keeper (weeping emoticon)

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Eddy: And you’re still in first. Don’t know if that’s a testament to you or an indictment on the league you’re in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: Damn, that’s prolly my bad

  126. Buster says:
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    Jordan Zimmerman, Wainright and Puig, or Trout, Marte and Corbin?

  127. Jon says:
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    Drop Hammel for EJax?

    Steamer likes Jackson ROS, not that either guy is necessarily ROS material. I’ve held Hammel this long, though…

    • Jon says:
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      I assume no one is starting Hammel vs LAA tomorrow, correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I’d go Jackson…

  128. Psychedelic says:
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    No one gives Homer Bailey any love even when he pitches 8 innings of no run ball, his Fip is 1.50 points lower than his ERA, he’s got the strikeouts, he’s on a good team. This guy is legit. And it wasn’t just the fog because Feldman pitched in the same fog and got lit up. On the field it wasn’t even that bad. That’s just a cop-out statement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Psychedelic: I liked him coming into the season, still like him…

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @Grey: oh it seemed like you were dismissing last nights game or something, haven’t seen anyone really talking about him anywhere else either, he could finish as a top 25 starter if he keeps this up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I think he will too…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i have bailey in all my leagues. he was high value everywhere at his adp. I was ripping on feldman last night but he really only had one feldman-type inning.

  129. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League

    Trade Frazier & Beachy FOR Heyward?

    Freese is my 3B. Frazier is on my bench.

    My SPs are Greinke, Harvey, Sale, Bailey, Tillman, Parker & Feldman (Start 5)

    I’ve been stashing Beachy all year, but I think the upside of the Say Hey Kid is worth it. What say you?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Commish Cauda: Do it.

  130. Jay says:
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    Alfredo Figaro @ Miami

    SON seems to disagree with the notion of streamin’em in Crayola Canyon.

    Do you dare roll the dice and go against SON?

    and Also SON LIKES Bonderman, but not sure I have the conjones to make that add.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: I wouldn’t start either

  131. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    So its decided to drop dickey I was thinking I pick up porcello his name is being thrown around a lot or should I go Cashner?

  132. Scott says:
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    10 team mixed league so pretty shallow.

    If I have Chris Johnson and Pablo Sandoval, is it worth picking up middlebrooks? I realized he’s got a lot more power than Johnson but his other stats don’t seem all that impressive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: If you have room for him…

  133. Pete says:
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    Ok to drop Estrada and pickup Kluber in my 12 team H2H points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: Eh, I’d hold

  134. ernie says:
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    one DL spot… who is worth to stash? Peavy or Ogando?

  135. Jack says:
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    Blanks or Morales?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morales

  136. zzzzzz says:
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    What tier SP should I aim for if I offer Choo? Lee or Shields or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lee

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @zzzzzz: Sure, why not?

  137. One I'd Willy says:
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    Kyle Kendrick or Wandy worth a spot on a 12 team roster, or are you cycling them for streamers? Aside from 2 weeks, Kendrick has been solid, but ROS projections say he’s streamable. Wandy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cycling them…

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’d ask you if I should stick with my wife or cycle through some cougars, but I’m afraid of the answer . . .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Variety is the spice of life…Next caller!

  138. Colin says:
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    Still think Nolasco should be owned, especially in NL only. When he gets traded his value will skyrocket and being a free agent after the season, starts like yesterday will be rare rather than the norm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming your NL-Only league keeps players on your roster after he’s traded to the AL… Not all of mine do…

  139. Roy says:
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    Was offered Mauer and Rollins for Jupton

    Doumit and Gregous are my current C and SS
    Also have Pence, Bruce, Choo, and Giancarlo (nee Mike) Stanton

    Good deal or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton side…

  140. Braves are seriously discussing sending Medlen to the pen. One of the reasons being his inning count is getting high compared to last year. Ask Strasburg and the Nats how limiting and micromanaging innings worked out. If dudes are gonna get hurt, they’re gonna get hurt. Go ahead screw my team ya jerks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally ridiculous…

      • @Grey:

        I mean, I get being enamored with Teheran and his big arm, and Beachy showed flashes in the small sample of games in which he’s been healthy in the last three years, but picking both over Medlen? Is it the flat cap bill? Can he claim discrimination? Can I file on his behalf?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Flat-Billed Pitchypus has never had the easy road towards respectability.

    • Prezz says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: doubt it happens.. they are just scrambling a little since beachy is about to return. If anyone should go to the bullpen, its teheren. Hes been solid enough to not go down to AAA.. but not enough to overtake anyone in the rotation.

  141. Andrew says:
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    With Sandoval going on the DL later today, i am in need of a 3-bagger…12-team points league, keeper (11 keepers)

    Options are Arenado, Plouffe, Alvarez, M. Young, Moustakas…please rank them?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Alvarez

  142. OaktownSteve says:
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    Vin and I have been talking a little about the vagaries of wins as a category in our league. Well worn fantasy topic. Noticed this morning that Jason Marquis has 8 wins on the season. More than: Iwakuma, Kershaw, Miller, Harvey, King Felix, Strassburg, Lee, Anibal, Sale, Ryu, Darvish, Shields, Kuroda, Latos…you get the picture.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s totally arbitrary… But luck plays into average and ERA and WHIP and lineup position plays into runs and RBIs, so ya know, you do what you can…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It feeds back into the conversation of how much of winning at fantasy baseball is luck and how much is skill. Anecdotally, over the years it’s been obvious that some people are better at FBB than others and tend to be near the top of the standings. But it’s also become clear that luck plays a role (especially injuries). The very best you can hope for is boosting your odds over a larger sample size. It’s also become clear to me that player evaluation is almost irrelevant. It’s really about exploiting the particular format you’re in and paying attention.

        Wins are hamstringing me right now. I need to do some functional winning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! I think you can draft the best team you can through player evaluation, but then when luck enters the picture you need to do the best with what you have… Try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater in a lot of instances too, that helps…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            There’s an old quote about chess from some grandmaster basically says 99% is tactics, 1% is strategy. Tactics in chess is the process of saying, if I go here, then he goes there then I go there etc. in your head until you figure out your next move. I think it’s similar in FBB. You look at your team, you look at the standings, you look at the player pool, you look at the schedule, you read the news and the tea leaves and then you move. The more time you spend on this crap, the better your chances.

            • Grey

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              Yup, but then you have your first round player get injured and you bang your head against the chess board…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Then you say, “chess is stupid anyway” and you go outside and say “my god it’s bright out here…has the sun always been this bright?”

                • Grey

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                  Sun? What is this word you speak of?

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      @OaktownSteve: What do Iwakuma, Kershaw, Harvey, Felix, Sale, Lee, Ryu and Shields all have in common?

      Of the group you listed only Miller, Sanchez, Darvish, Kuroda and Latos are on teams above .500 for the season.

      Of course Marquis Value is on a losing team as well. Still, I’ve generally found it easier to get Ws from pitchers on teams that don’t suck. Felix didn’t get his CY with a losing record for nothing. Cust kayin’.

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        @abdoozy:

        I think what they really have in common that’s relevant (and of course these two things are correlated) is not that their teams have losing records, but that they are putrid offensively.

        And 5 on good teams versus 8 on bad on my list is not a huge split. I could have cherry picked the list a little more to skew the results toward unpredictability. Hard to argue that wins are easier to come by on better teams, but the point remains that it’s the most luck driven of all the categories.

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          @OaktownSteve: Agree wrt luck, that’s what makes Ws stupid. As for them being “putrid offensively”.. well, most teams that are offensively putrid have losing records. I think.

          I tried to get our commish to replace Ws with Holds this year, and RBI with doubles, no luck.

  143. Prezz says:
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    Are we getting grey and rudy this week? Cuz im getting sick of protesting over here…

    • Grey

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      You get them both, but you’ll need a sound designer to cut us together…

      • Prezz says:
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        @Grey: i guess that will slow my protesting.. you and rudy need to stop beefin! Take it from lil dicky!

        • Grey

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          We need a relationship counselor… Maybe T Moore…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            If you you go to TMoore for counseling you’re going to end up domestic partners. I think we’ve all assumed it would come to that eventually anyway.

            • Grey

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              Reminds me, I should get T Moore to marry Cougar and I…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                at the end of the ceremony instead of mazel tov, everybody could yell “ESTRADA!” and then you could stomp on a champagne glass with the words ERA and WHIP written on it.

                • Grey

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                  HA! Awesome

  144. Aero says:
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    Looks like Dickey is still battling stiffness (of his back – get your mind outta the gutter!) as reported by Fangraphs, via Rotowire to ESPN (that’s how I like my news, yo, convoluted!). So, since the BJ’s seem bent on not sending him to the Disgraceful List, I think I have to part ways. Guys on the wire are Teheran (clears waivers Thurs), Santiago, Edwin Jackson, Wacha, Archer. I’m guessing Santiago for his month of cake walk?

    Also, better catcher to popeil: Castro, Sitting Shiva Perez, or Salty Schmotato?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago… Perez

  145. Nick nice says:
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    Headley aramis or middlebrooks ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        He’s been miserable. Hope he finds a little somethin’ soon.

        • Grey

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          Agreed

  146. Nick nice says:
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    Weiters or McCann ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weiters

  147. Nick nice says:
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    Weiters or McCann ros

  148. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Will Taillon debut in majors this season? Future ace or more likely nr 2, 3 starter?
    Thank You Sir!

    • Grey

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      Prolly an ace, maybe in September, most likely next year…

  149. Anal Herschiser says:
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    Hi! I can get Segura and Wil Myers with me giving up S. Castro, Puig and Moreland. Good deal, or too much to give up for an upgrade at SS? Castro has been killing me, I have Goldy in front of Moreland and I have a surplus of OF.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Segura

  150. Morgan says:
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    Do you think Middlebrooks over Mark Reynolds? Reynolds is killing me right now.

    • Grey

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      I’d hold for right now

  151. Gareth says:
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    Please rate in order these 2 start options for next week:

    Leake, Mike SP CIN
    6/17/13 vs. PIT Liriano, Francisco SP PIT
    6/23/13 @ ARI Kennedy, Ian SP ARI

    Cashner, Andrew RP SD
    6/17/13@ SF Zito, Barry SP SF
    6/22/13 vs. LAD Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD

    Quintana, Jose SP CHW
    6/17/13 @ HOU Norris, Bud SP HOU
    6/23/13 @ KC Davis, Wade RP KC

    • Grey

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      Cashner, Quintana

  152. GREYISMYDUDE says:
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    Grey, oh masta,

    Please rank ROS:
    Lackey, Porcello, Santiago, Tillman, Hughes and Cahill

    • Grey

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      Porcello, Santiago

  153. Grey

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

  154. AJ says:
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    Looking to reel me in a BIG fish!! I dunno like a Miggy Meal for example..who would you offer from my lineup in a 2 for 1 offer or am I all good no need to go fishing for a Miggy? I was thinking Machado and Jones or Stras…Braun be gone??..I’m pretty Big for Puig!! Gracias

    C Matt Wieters
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Nick Franklin
    3B Manny Machado
    SS J.J. Hardy
    2B/SS Daniel Murphy
    1B/3B Anthony Rizzo
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Hunter Pence
    OF Domonic Brown
    OF Yasiel Puig
    UT Ryan Braun
    UT Carlos Beltran
    Bench Wil Myers

    P Stephen Strasburg
    P Craig Kimbrel
    P Rafael Soriano
    P Anibal Sanchez
    P A.J. Burnett
    P Bobby Parnell
    P Heath Bell
    P Francisco Liriano
    P Gerrit Cole
    Bench Rick Porcello
    Bench Jarrod Parker soon to drop for Demps or Santiago maybe…
    DL Jose Reyes
    DL Jedd Gyorko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Braun and Rizzo? Take followups to the newest post

  155. Grey

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

  156. Whiskey Diet says:
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    Still G.R.Ey:

    Which side do you like in a 12 Team 7×7 OBP SLG – QS K/9…

    A. Scherzer / Pujols or CarGo / Lincecum

    B. Pujols / Homer Bailey or Cargo

    Either of them fair? Cheers

  157. Grey

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

  158. Philsfan76 says:
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    Any and everyone,

    needing to improve my 3B, last week I traded YoGa and M.Young for Donaldson and Ethier. Ethier was basically a throw- in and YoGa was riding my pine. Who wins in a 12- team points league (4 keepers)?

    This is my team as of this AM: BTW i’m 17-2-1 and tops in my league thanks to the good folks at Razzball.

    C Gattis, Evan(C,OF) ATL
    1B Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    2B Phillips, Brandon(2B) CIN
    3B Donaldson, Josh(3B) OAK
    SS Hardy, J.J.(SS) BAL
    MI Cabrera, Everth(SS) SD
    CI Howard, Ryan(1B) PHI
    OF Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    OF Maybin, Cameron(OF) SD
    OF McCutchen, Andrew(OF) PIT
    OF Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    DH Franklin, Nick(2B,SS) SEA

    Bench (2B) Johnson, Kelly(2B,OF) TB
    Bench (OF) Bourjos, Peter(OF) LAA
    Bench (OF) Ethier, Andre(OF) LAD
    Injured (DH) Harper, Bryce(OF) WAS

    P Cingrani, Tony(P) CIN
    P Cole, Gerrit(P) PIT
    P Corbin, Patrick(P) ARI
    P Lee, Cliff(P) PHI
    P Lynn, Lance(P) STL
    P Mujica, Edward(P) STL
    P Wacha, Michael(P) STL

    Bench (P) Cashner, Andrew(P) SD
    Bench (P) Kuroda, Hiroki(P) NYY
    Bench (P) Lincecum, Tim(P) SF
    Bench (P) Reed, Addison(P) CHW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to the newest post

  159. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Heyward looks great lately, and that second HR he hit to center was a thing of beauty. Bought low on him a keeper recently ( traded Morelane/Ryu), and he has been on my team since last Monday. So far so good!

  160. chris says:
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    Greg Holland or Kenley Jansen?

  161. Brooklyn Bomber says:
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    Just made 2 big trades on my 10th place team that ranks probably 1st in the 12-team league in pitching and last in hitting. Needed 2b, SS, 3b and another closer. Traded Shelby Miller for Machado and Kinsler. And traded Harvey for Segura and Greg Holland. Since it fills all my gaps (including saves) and since I still have Strasburg, Gio, Minor and Cueto, I think I did okay. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did good, go to the newest post for followups

  162. charlie batch says:
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    Dont forget Johnson. Dickey, Wang, and Johnson.

  163. Rich says:
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    I was offered Manny Machado and Shin Soo Choo for Jean Segura. I would have to drop Dexter Fowler or Josh Donaldson or Martin Prado. What to do?

  164. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Would you drop a $1 Wheeler for a $17 Gallardo in a keeper league?

    Bench isn’t particularly deep so if Wheeler comes out the gate stumbling, I can’t keep him on the bench long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  165. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey, in a 16-team dynasty league. What do you think about me giving up G. Holland for Garza? Should I counter with G. Holland for Cingani?

    I have a bunch of non-quality closers, Frieri, Gregerson, Brothers, Cishek, Veras and could use some SP help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Garza

  166. Tack The Kack says:
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    Hey Grey, what do you think of me giving up A Jones for Pedroia? WIth Gyorko out I could slot A Gonz into my outfield (to go along with Choo and McCutch) and play K Morales at first. Or should I just hold onto A Jones and wait for Gyorko (I have Infante until he gets back). On a side note, I rejected pedroia for segura because I don’t have another ss and didn’t want to trade a hole at 2B for one at ss, would you have done that deal? Thanks for all your work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Jones

  167. Travis says:
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    Hey, I unfortunately got weaver in an autodraft league, and held him through his DL stint. Who you think I could get for him in trade–hitter preferably, but even SP for SP.

    • Grey

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      Zimmerman type? Latos maybe? Holliday?

  168. David says:
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    In 10-team keeper league, roto 5×5 w/ OPS

    Got some pitching dilemmas and I’m not liking where my staff is headed. This is my situation as it stands (keep in mind I have 1750 innings limit for the season). I’ll be close to 700 innings by end of the day and my team k/9 is at 8.12 which needs to improve.

    SP: Sanchez, Zimmermann, Medlen, Cobb, Fernandez, Cashner, Cahill, Dickey
    RP: Mo, Grilli, Balfour, Robertson, Smyly
    DL: Beachy, Morrow, Putz, Strasburg

    I see JB touting Pocello and Santiago right now and I agree they are an improvement to some of the dead weight I have right now. Should I pick em up? Need some assistance in making such a tough decision.

    Who do you recommend I drop, if yes.

    I’m thinking Cahill and Dickey. At this point Robertson and Smyly are outperforming them and agreeing with you, Dickey will have more value for me on someone else’s team than mine right now. And I just can’t trust Cahill also, he’s on the downswing and can’t get a penny for him.

  169. MPC says:
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    Grey …Need to drop one…wacha, wheeler, or cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha

  170. KW says:
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    Was offered Middlebrooks for either Balfour, Corbin, or D. Holland. 3b is my weakest position…..is Middlebrooks worth either of those guys?

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