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Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times in one game.  Have you people forgotten he walked three times…IN ONE GAME!  Yeah, that’s old news for the Sons of Sam Horn.  They have a new fish to park in Harvard Yard.  There’s going to be a new man in Bo’ town soon.  The master of no disaster, the king of that’s a purdy swing, the man who once impregnated a lady by looking at her while he was in the batter’s box, Mookie Betts.  Oh, you better, you better, you Betts!  I usually don’t get caught up in the thrill of the rookie chase (Ha! Of course I do, I’m a damn fool!), but this one looks like he might be mollywhopping like, well, a middle infielder and stealing bases like, well, a middle infielder.  Now, now, no deflating.  He does look like he can be special and should have middle infield eligibility, which ups the how’s your father just a bit.  He stole 22 bases in 54 games in Double-A, but he was completely overmatching people there.  Okay, in Triple-A, he’s doing the same.  He’s putting up Atari numbers everywhere he goes in the minor leagues.  Hard to imagine it continues in the majors, but, if it did, he’d be a 15-homer, 35-steal guy.  Sounds like another Red Sox middle infielder from once upon a time ago (no, not dyslexic Ramon).  The one that they shipped off to Florida (Hanley Ramirez).  If Mookie is available in your league and you have room, I’d stash him.  It sounds like he could be up in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adam Lind – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, batting .342.  It’s not like it’s April 4th and he’s three-for-something-that-would-make-his-average-.342.  Lind, uh, got stats so why look at him, thinking, “You’re no good.”  Will he continue to hit around .350?  That’ll be the day!  Could he go on a power tear at any moment?  It’s so easy!  He’s being benched vs. lefties, but it’s better for his numbers in the long run.  There’s no reason why you shouldn’t platoon him in daily leagues.  Roy Orbison would even say he’s a better Blue Jayou than he ever was.

Jose Reyes – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .267.  I haven’t seen him get this hot since that 12-game stretch between DL stints in 2009.

J.A. Happ – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, because he’s Happ.  I hope that song annoys you as much as me and now it’s stuck in your head.

Adam Eaton – Left yesterday’s game with cramps.  Whenever I’ve been around anyone that’s dealt with cramps, they usually just eat a ton of ice cream, watch Scandal and cut out of magazines outfits they want to buy.

Hanley Ramirez – Had an MRI before last night’s game.  Then, around game time, he was seen in street clothes, so people naturally assumed the MRI was bad news.  Those same people don’t know Hanley’s got the motivation of a slug.  His MRI came back clean.  He was in his street clothes because that’s how Hanley do.

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Josh Beckett (7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks).  One guy has an ERA of 2.01 and one guy has an ERA of 2.11.  Can you tell which is which?  It’s a trick question.  It doesn’t matter, both of their ERAs are insane.  Bring back steroids, please!

C.J. Cron – Yesterday, he sat out.  In his last five games, he has three homers and is hitting over .400.  *shakes fist at sky*  The Sciosciapath!  I own Cron, but if he sits too regularly vs. righties, I will need to reevaluate.  For those that don’t think Scioscia will bench him that much, Scioscia regularly benched Napoli for five years.

Ernesto Frieri – 2/3 IP,  3 ER.  He had his best game of the season yesterday.  Not because he looked good, but because he made a save opportunity out of a five-run lead for Joe Smith.  Thanks, Ernesto!

Albert Pujols – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd steal.  Pretty torn on the steals.  They’re nice and all, but if it’s going to put undue stress on his foot, ankle, knee, back, arm, hip, groin, oblique or the hundreds of other nagging injuries I’m hoping stay at bay for the season, then I could do without the steals.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd steal.  He’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Why?  Because he’s flippin’ awesome.  Act like you know, MC Lyte!

Daniel Santana – Day-to-day with a knee bone bruise.  Twins have a plethora of options to fill-in for him.  Like that one guy that had that hit once, and that other guy that looks like that one guy but hits like a minor leaguer.  Hey, here he is now…

Jorge Polanco – Twins called up their 20-year-old prospect.  Usually when I write about a 20-year-old prospect being called up, they must be good, otherwise why call them up?  Then you have the Twins.  Oh, Twins, you poor, misguided team.  They called up a guy that most prospect people say shouldn’t be up until 2016!  Polanco did have five homers and eight steals this year.  In High-A!  Doode’s one step removed from your fast-pitch after-work league.

Joe Mauer – 3-for-5, 1 run and 3 RBIs.  Really starting to hit his stride now!  His 25 RBIs on the year ties him with Hector Sanchez for 140th overall in the majors.  Only one more RBI to catch Ryan Hanigan and Jed Lowrie!

Chris Parmelee – 3-for-4.  Just another day in the park!  Seriously.  That’s where they play baseball.  How did you not know that?

Mike Leake – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks.  The Leake Inherits The Earth.  There’s your title, if you thought Leake was going to get the lede today.  Maybe he should’ve but I got all jazzed on Betts.  You better, you better, you Betts!  It won’t get out of my head and I don’t want it to, ever.  Leake did pitch outstanding.  No dur.  He has a 3.41 ERA on the year and a 3.33 xFIP and a 6.98 K/9 and a 1.91 BB/9.  What that means in plain English?  That was English.  I don’t speak another language so it must’ve been.  Could you check again?  See, English.  Without the fancy numbers, it means he’s a solid fantasy number three.

Adam Duvall – 1-for-4 with a home run as he was called up.  Hey, it’s Tom Hagen.  Hey, Tom Hagen.  Say hello to your mother for me.  Duvall’s numbers at Triple-A are bonkers.  He had 23 homers in 67 games.  Yes, that’s as crazy as it sounds.  Then again, it was in the PCL where it’s like hitting with aluminum bats on the moon.  He also might hit .220.  In NL-Only leagues, I’d grab him for some power, but when Pagan returns, Duvall’s probably gone like Jimmy Caan.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Fifteen more to go!

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer.  Do you ever say his last name really fast in a Latin accent and pretend you’re in West Side Story?  Hmm, guess it’s just me.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer.  OZUNA eat homer for dinner, OZUNA take early evening nap, homer filled with carbohydrates.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, raising his ERA to 2.84 as he took on Tom Koehler (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks), lowering his ERA to 3.70.  This was a matchup billed as Cole vs. Koehler, the Irregular Adjective showdown.  One has been good, one has been better.  One has come far, one has come further.  One knows how to pitch, one is a pitcher.

Chase Utley – 3-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Cougs took me out with one of Mother Cougar’s friends the other day and she told me about how one of her friends’ daughters is married to Utley.  Let’s just say I didn’t relay this Utley anecdote.

Ben Revere – 3-for-6, 1 run and his 21st steal.  Must be weird for Rollins, Howard and Utley to have Revere on their team since they played against his dad, Paul.

Bud Norris – Hit the DL with a right groin strain.  How many groins does that man have?!   Norris will only miss two starts, but it will give Kevin Gausman another few starts to show he should not be the odd man out of a rotation that Showalter was willing to go to a six-man for with Johan Santana!  This still makes no sense to me.   Signed, Perplexed in Los Angeles.

Wily Peralta – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Not terrible for a game in Coors.  Oh, they were facing the Rockies in Miller Park.  Oopsie.

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Hitting over .450 in the last week with three homers.  Of course, he was in Coors part of that time and facing Rockies pitching just about the whole time.

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, a pinch hit-homer.  It’s so disgusting that Roenicke ever benches Gennett.  Sure, Rickie Weeks hit a homer yesterday too.  But I don’t care!  It’s ridunk.  Grey out (to next blurb).

Nolan Arenado – Will take batting practice on Friday then go out for shakes afterwards.

Krispie Young – Homered three times in last two games, so, of course, I grab him for the batty call and Terry Collins benches him for the returning Juan Lagares (1-for-4).  Damn, I wish Terry Collins wasn’t trying to get fired.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4, and his 12th homer, 4th homer in his last seven games, 2nd in last two games, 3rd in last four games.  Okay, he’s hit like 17 homers in the last 24 hours, so, yes, he will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you don’t need to wait for that.

Francisco Liriano – Threw a 30-pitch bullpen session.  Said he felt good.  Oh yeah?  And how did you feel about ruining fantasy owners ratios for two months?  Did you feel good about that?  Well, did you?  Never forget!

Vance Worley – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Mess.  Well, the Mets seemed like they got hot there for a second, but then hard habits are hard to break.  Was that a Chicago song?  I’m not sure Worley is staying in the rotation with the return of Cole; I’m not sure you should care anyway.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (4).  Seriously, never heard of him!  Is this guy supposed to be good?  Who is he?  Any relation to Placido PolancoJeff Keppinger who is Blanco Polanco?  Tsuyoshi Nishioka who is Pracido Poranco?

Rick Porcello – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the 1972 Rangers.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t love yesterday’s start for Porcello, nor is it crazy about his next one.  I only go to SON for him because I really don’t think you can trust him.  No matter the results yesterday.

Miguel Cabrera – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  He’s looked almost human this year, and, sadly, as I said in the rankings five months ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last time we see Miggy as the best player in baseball.  Oh, he’s not bad (.325, 13 homers).  Just not Miggy Miggy.  No stutter, different inflection.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.50 as he was soundly beat by Jarred Cosart (7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks), whose ERA is at 3.60.  So, my question to you is who do you want on your fantasy team:  Verlander, Matt Cain and Minor or Cosart, Keuchel and McHugh?  That’s a riddle for the Sphinx!  I wasn’t being facetious.  If there’s someone in Egypt, please ride your camel over to the Sphinx and ask it.  I await its answer.

B.J. Upton – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 12th steal.  If only there was a spot in the lineup above leadoff for Fredi to put Upton, he so deserves it!

George Springer – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  I was reading in my copy of The Atlantic monthly about globalization and how the world got smaller and I thought about how there’s someone in Chile right now talking about how Jorge Primavera homered yesterday, but when they put this blurb through Google Translate it changes Jorge Primavera back to George Springer and they have no idea who George Springer is.  Deep Thoughts with Grey Albright.

Matt Dominguez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, but 0-for-20 coming into this game.  Aw, shucks, I thought Dominguez only hit homers on Sunday.  Guess he would’ve been the batty call to make.  Yes, I’m still stuck on that, leave me alone!

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4, 2 runs and 2 steals (29, 30).  On his 2nd steal, he actually overran the base by twelve steps.  Luckily, his steps are only a half centimeter each.

Jon Singleton – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting .208.  Damn, Singleton should be filming a re-remake of Shaft called, Cut Your K-Rate In Haft.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Ruggiano and Parmelee did well on the same day?  Sorry, I won’t go there, that’s cheesy.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .291.  For those of you in the back row who don’t pay as close attention as others.  I’ve loved Rizzo since early December and I said in the rankings, “Wanna find a guy that could be Au Shizz this year?  Here’s your guy.”  And that’s me linking and quoting me!

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-3, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Get him in your lineup!”  I’ll add quickly, because he will get injured again by Sunday.

Bryce Harper – Aiming to return on Monday.  Hide your fences and put away your first row of seats now, Nationals, or Harper will run into them.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, raising his ERA to 2.83 vs. Travis Wood (6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks, lowering his ERA to 4.52).  With Fister vs. Wood, every guy in the stands watched the game with their legs crossed.

From Around The Web

  1. Allan says:
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    Grey nice write up as per usual. Best streamer tomorrow: Gausman, Shoemaker, Tillman, Bauer, Kendrick, or Workman? Sorry for the long list, shallow league only the best are taken. Thanks for all your work guiding us through the season.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Allan: i forgot to add workman to mine, but this answer def isn’t kendrick.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gausman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: Thanks! Gausman

  2. The Great Zombino says:
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    Nelson Cruz had Cuban-style picadillo and visited an animal shelter yesterday if anyone is interested… the question is, did he eat the picadillo in the shelter? Its really anyone’s guess.

  3. Puig's Poutines says:
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    you guys have a setup.exe prompting an install when you goto razzball.com…kinda lame

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: somebody else mentioned yesterday, i’m assuming Grey is getting computer guy into it.

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: It was mentioned about a week ago, also. Might be some dickhead fuckin around.

    • John Rubino says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: I had that issue last week but haven’t seen it since.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: yup, getting it on my home and work computers. My malware/anti-virus keeps catching it, but I obviously don’t want that shizz infecting my stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines: It’s being look at, it’s one of the advertisers, trying to figure out which one…

    • The Great Zombino says:
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      @Puig’s Poutines:

      I’ve gotten it too. Make sure to completely delete the setup file. I’ve had to search my computer to find and delete it. A couple of times my anti-virus caught it.

  4. Free Max B says:
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    In a 12 Team, H2H Keeper League, with OPS and QS:

    Is is worth shipping out Billy Hamilton (8th round) for Alex Wood (16th round)?

    C- Lucroy
    1st- Goldschmidt
    2nd – Kinsler
    SS – Andrus
    3rd – Longoria
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – Khris Davis
    Util – Dickerson
    Util – Beltran
    DL – CarGo
    BN – Belt

    Pitchers: Cliff Lee (DL), Zimmermann, Fister, Cobb, Heaney, Hughes, Cain, Smyly (streamed), Walker (NA), Doolittle, Soriano, Smith, Davis, Grilli.

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Free Max B: I think Id keep ol’ Billy Baroo around for now. Wish I had him.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Stick with Hamilton

  5. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Here are my numbers for the season of starters that I have picked up for one and done purposes in a 10 team mixed:
    19 GS
    4 Wins
    99 k
    5.05 ERA
    1.38 WHIP
    3.73 FIP
    3.94 xFIP
    .326ish babip (I didn’t want to go back and count sac flies)
    72ish LOB% (didn’t want to count how many guys my spot starters plunked).

    Rolling out the likes of Burnett, Kaz, Richards, Beckett, Cain, Bailey and guys of that ilk. Moral of this story, I’m starting Gausman today. You’d be wise to find other sources of spot starting entertainment for the day because, apparently, I’m cursed. Carry on.

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: Shit! I’m starting Gassy, too. Damn you! *shakes fist*

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Inglourious Dirty Ol’ Basterd: SON ranks Nuno higher 5.2 against Boston than Gasman 3.6 against T.B. if it makes you feel better.

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    best stream tomorrow.
    gaus vs TB
    odor @ BAL
    shoemaker @ KC
    tillman vs TB
    mccarthy @ SD

  7. Wheezy says:
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    Would you drop matt cain for carlos martinez?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Wheezy: No

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with JeF

  8. SMLV1 says:
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    BENCH 2 –

    (10) Choo @Home facing Correia
    (24) Rios @Home facing Correia
    (46) Polanco @Home facing deGrom
    (62) Rizzo @Home facing Roark
    (68) Moss @MIA facing DeSclafani
    (73) Springer @Home facing Verlander

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      68 and 73

  9. Moosebiscuit says:
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    12 team mixed league

    3B Seager
    OF Polanco
    OF Jd Martinez
    OF Bruce
    Utl K Davis
    Utl C Davis

    Bautista on bench with hamstring. Suggestions on what to do when Arenado comes back? Thanks!

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @Moosebiscuit: This must be a fair warning speech directed at Mr. Seager to not get too comfy.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Moosebiscuit: Drop JD, Move K.Davis to the OF and Arenado to Util….or try and trade JD now while hes hot…send him with someone else for an upgrade somewhere to free up a roster spot

  10. frankgrimes says:
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    that top 2o from 2008 has some real shit bricks on it
    I actually read the whole thing
    “coincidentally Cano took a number two all season” haha

    ps my pop did the same thing utley did to me once

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha, it’s def fun to look back on those

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Mike: I forgot BJ was a 2nd baseman at one point in time. And forgot that Cano was complete shiite for one season (this one not included).

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @frankgrimes: Ummmm…yuck?

  11. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Who would you rank Brandon Belt next to upon his arrival/revival/rearrival, possibly sometime next week?

    Shtanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      rankings / ROS rater should be working while you wait for Grey to arrive :)

  12. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    Your post has my prospect pants going crazy. Would you drop Arenado, Ozuna, Khrush, Stroman, or Gausman to take Betts? I’ve got Miggy, Belts, Xander, and Arenado to watch 3rd and Cespedes, Marte, Springer, Bruce, Choo, J. Ham, Ozuna, and Khris in the outfield. So, I’ve got plenty of redundancy in this keeper league if he’s worth the stash, and I’ve been watching him a while. Just paid $12 to steal Xander away from my buddy who bid $10. Otherwise, I’d prolly drop him for the 3rd time this season. I guess I could dump him again, but it feels so dirty and wasteful.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Xander for Betts in a keeper.

      I actually wouldn’t drop any of those guys for him.

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Mike: I wouldn’t either, dammit, but I want him because I wanna say, “Mooooookie” every time he does something awesome! Grrrr…

  13. HudsonRiver says:
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    Mike/Grey,

    I got offered Miggy for my Polanco and Wright. Would you take it? 6×6 12 Team

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes

    • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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      @HudsonRiver: Don’t look back!

  14. JB Gilpin

    JB Gilpin says:
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    YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST PORCELLO! Haha

    • Sherm says:
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      @JB Gilpin: Here’s what’s crazy. I almost picked him up because I thought it said he was pitching against HOU yesterday. Then looked around Razzball etc. and found out it was TEX. Oh, no, I thought, not against the Murderer’s Row of Beltre, Rios, Andrus, Choo, and Hamilton! Little did I know the Rangers are all of 2 games ahead of Houston in the AL West. Some stereotypes die hard.

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        @Sherm: Yeah, you’ve got about two years to catch up on. I’m assuming you had been frozen in carbonite and transported halfway across the galaxy?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Sherm:

        hamilton hasn’t played for the rangers since 12 after 20 .

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @JB Gilpin: From now on I hear “Porcello” with the same emphasis Rocky put on “Adrian”. POOOORRRCCCEEELLLLOOOOOO!!!!!

      • Pete Nice

        Pete Nice says:
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        @JB Gilpin: @Grey: @Mike While I have you all on the line has anyone had the thing in Yahoo where you bring up your team and guys who were injured earlier in the year suddenly have a DL next to their name? Then if you refresh or log out and back in, it’s gone. This is horrifying!

  15. bossmanjunior says:
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    Is Betts even available in ESPN? Can’t find him anywhere.

    • philthebluntman says:
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      @bossmanjunior: me too. I dont think hes been added to the player list yet which seems ridiculous considering all the hype hes getting.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Couldn’t find him when I looked last night…

  16. Big League Wood says:
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    Hey Coach Grey.

    In my 12 team 5 x 5, I am on schedule to hit a 200 start limit. 60 moves left. Holding 7 starters right now and the last 3 are Eovaldi, Wheeler, and Heaney.

    Are these guys all worth holding playing matchups? Using 1 bench bat. Could add a fifth RP (Andrew Miller) or Betts.

    Who to lose or hold. I am leaning towards holding…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hold

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Mike & Grey. Ya’ll enjoy the games this weekend

  17. Jay says:
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    Would you move sonny gray and heyward for Teheran?

    Also coukd pair with de aza.

    Is that enough to Teheran?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would hold Heyward but De Aza sounds fine

      • Jay says:
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        @Mike: thanks.

        We keep 8 in that league. I’ve had heyward for about two years now and just tired of waiting for that breakout from him. Other keepers are goldy trout segura Brantley machado gray g cole and then either heyward or melky or someone I trade for.

  18. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    A twit is the technical term for a pregnant Goldfish.
    In related news a twat is the technical term for a pregnant woman.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      seriously? i’ve been using that word wrong then. Both, actually.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha nice!

      So what’s Twitter?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Cross between a twat and a sh*tter?

        • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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          @Mike: Lmfao! Nice

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: The Fish or person that got the Twit or the Twat Pregnant

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: solid Jef i like it! Judging by my wife after she just had my second son two weeks ago, id say twat is just any woman, pregnant or not.

  19. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Greetings.
    I’m in 5th place with a team chocked full of underacheivers. I stream starters on the daily, but sometimes I end up keeping guys and dropping others. I’ve ended up with the following lineup and the need to drop someone and resume streaming. Help?
    C-Norris
    1B-Cron
    2B-Altuve
    3B-ARam
    SS-Desmond
    OF-Rios, Heyward, Bruce
    UTIL- Seager, JD Martinez
    Bench-Singleton
    SP-Kazmir, Arrieta, Keuchel, AWood, Alvarez, Richards
    RP-Rodney, Perkins, Britton, Smith, Betances, Davis

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If it’s a redraft you could move Singleton for another pitching slot to stream

  20. Anustart says:
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    12 team league. Pick one to drop. Cain, Heaney, Mchugh

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      McWho

  21. hotsoup29 says:
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    weekly lineups in a real deep league. who should I start this week ender inciarte or david peralta? to me theyre the same person

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peralta

  22. frank rizzo says:
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    Lets revisit Cosart, Keuchel and McHugh in August/September when it matters. Then we can decide who we would rather own. All that matters is how you finish, not how hot your pitchers can be before the break.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure thing

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @frank rizzo: does anybody own cosart to even wonder about him? he was droppable in my 20 teamer a bit ago.

  23. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Other than sports I have never heard the name Mookie before. Made me think there is prolly less kids named Buckner. Just sayin

  24. Steve the Rabbi says:
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    Hey Grey….whattup…loved 2 of your posts today

    Ben Revere – 3-for-6, 1 run and his 21st steal. Must be weird for Rollins, Howard and Utley to have Revere on their team since they played against his dad, Paul.

    Lucas Duda – 1-for-4, and his 12th homer, 4th homer in his last seven games, 2nd in last two games, 3rd in last four games. Okay, he’s hit like 17 homers in the last 24 hours, so, yes, he will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you don’t need to wait for that.

    HAHA on the Revere reference…The thing about Duda’s Homer is that it was opposite field in PNC…that’s left field in PNC….that is a smash…a smash by a hot scmotato….Sounds like a new rock band “SMASHING SCMOTATO”S…. keep up the GREAT work…later

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

      • Steve the Rabbi says:
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        hey Grey…I need your expert advice…I’ve given up on venable…finally….a guy in my league NL only keeper 9 team 5X5….has Jay-1 attached to arenado-5…arenadi=o is due back soon….he also has Homer Bailey (who has been pitching like Homer Simpson this year) I could use Jay’s BA & Bailey’s potential to turn it around (Will he??)…ok I’ll cut to the chase…My Staff is good

        Grienke-24 Hamels-5 Hudson-6 Simon-5 Cole-5 Arrieta-5 Chase Anderson-1 & I have Kimbrel-28 Jansen-26 & Papelbon-13 as closers…I am 1st in K’s 2nd in W’s,midlle pack in saves & moving up…middle packin WHIP but last in ERA… I’m also right at our salary ceiling…do I make this offer

        Venable-7 (Last yr of contract) & Simon-5 (good for 2 more yrs)

        for

        Jay-1 & Bailey-7(last yr of contract)

        hoping to gain BA and hoping that Bailey will outperform Simon the rest of the way..IS SIMOM FOR REAL OR NOT…if he is REAL then I keep ‘em…can’t offer Hudson-6…can I???

        • Steve the Rabbi says:
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          after tonights gem vs SF I’d be nuts to trade simon…right??

  25. Yescheese says:
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    Man I am on fire streaming in the RCL this week!! Timmy freak, H Alvarez, Mike Leake, Jared Cosart, Jake Arrieta, Yovani Gallardo, damn!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  26. Bob says:
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    ROS which two are decent as bench bats for OF?

    Holt
    Span
    Duda
    Calhoun

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer the last three

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sorry, you said two…Span and Calhoun

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Bob: funk a bench bat

  27. Matty says:
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    Another obligatory Mookie question:
    Ten team keeper, currently sitting on Baez as a 23rd rd keeper and Alex “Holyfield” Guerrero in the 24th. Waiver move for Mookie would make him a 15th rd keeper.
    Also have Krush Davis as a potential dropee.
    What seems to be the best long term move?
    Thanks as always. Have a sparkling weekend.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t drop Khris for him. Maybe Guerrero.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matty: Lose Guerrero

  28. JeF With 1 F says:
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    See you mention Mookie in the same breath with Hanley and look what you’ve done.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  29. McSmitty says:
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    Greetings from Chile (seriously) where Jorge Primavera is kind of a big deal. If only your buddy played 2B, and played poorly- Utley could have won pun points for the sloppy seconds offering

  30. mike says:
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    Im currently in 4th place, clobbering the 2nd place team 8-1-2. Now that im done patting myself on the back, im top heavy in rookies. I currently have Springer(some tool box picked him up then dropped him after the first two weeks), Polanco, and I recently dropped Singleton. Ive good balance with Goldy, Cargo, Ortiz, Prado, Holt, Mauer ect.

    Am I overdoing it with eyeing Mookie?

    • mike says:
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      @mike:

      My pitching is very “rookie” oriented….Gausman, Stroman, Cole, Morton, and Gray.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not overdoing it if you have room for him…

  31. Mike says:
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    Is Juan Lagares worth a pick up in a 10 team league? I had him bf the DL stint. If I were to pick him up I would have to drop one of these three…

    Brad Miller…heating up
    James Jones…great for steals
    Michael Saunders…activated today?

    Thanks Everyone

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      10-team…not really. If he plays everyday he might be better than Saunders

  32. Chris says:
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    Part of my staff includes:
    Niese
    Archer
    Heaney
    Gausman
    Arrieta
    Ventura
    Should I loose any of these for Taijuan Walker?

    I also have K-Rod, Janssen, Doolittle and Britton for closers. I could loose Britton instead of a SP. What move should I make? H2H Pts league.

    Thanks.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Chris: NIESE…DO IT

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with JeF

  33. MattTruss223 says:
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    Only 1 K from Fister yesterday, defense kinda let him down and fog was an issue, but 88 MPH on the “fast”ball and I think we’re done here…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes

  34. Nightpandas says:
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    I think the answer is yes but do you trade Hahn for Beckett in a K/9, QS league. Partial keeper but doubt either would be considered.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: good luck with that. pretty sure when erlin comes back hahn’s spot isn’t even set. plus who’s giving beckett for him anyway.

  35. Fireball Feliz says:
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    There should be a new term added (if it doesn’t already exist) for when your super old injury prone home run hitter steals a base. You aren’t kidding anyone fat albert, you’re 47 years old and held together with duct tape. STOP STEALING

  36. YoMammaSoUggla says:
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    Quality write-up, as usual. Trade Advice request, again

    Being offered Miggy (to plug into my 3B) for Donaldson, Springer, J.Hammel and Kaz. I have a Major Rookie boner for Springer and expecting those steals to start happening, and it’s not like Miggy has been a whole lot better than Donaldson.

    My Team: 12-team, Weekly roster. 5 SP, 2 RP

    C Mike Zunino
    1B Justin Morneau
    2B Dee Gordon
    3B Josh Donaldson
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    OF Mike Trout
    OF Giancarlo Stanton
    OF Matt Kemp
    OF Khris Davis
    OF J.D. Martinez
    UTIL Jason Heyward

    Bench Curtis Granderson
    Bench George Springer
    DL Mark Trumbo

    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Scott Kazmir
    SP Jake Arrieta
    SP Taijuan Walker
    RP David Robertson
    RP Tanner Roark

    Bench Mike Minor
    Bench Josh Beckett
    Bench Jason Hammel

  37. chris says:
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    Grey mentions Mookie Betts and Kole Cahoun. I have only bench spot Oscar Taveras, do I drop Tavaras for one the those guys? My outfielders are pretty deep. My league is a 10 team keeper; odds of me keeping Oscar over other players I have. I just dropped Pearce for Duda, because I feel I am lacking in 1st base production, HR and RBI. I just traded away next 4th rd pick for Todd Frazier. I am currently in 3rd place 2 out from 2nd and 10 out from 1st. Also is my pitching enough to get me in the playoffs or should I get another arm?

    Starters:
    McCann, Brian(1B,C) NYY
    Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Bench
    Duda, Lucas(1B,OF) NYM
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Chisenhall, Lonnie(1B,3B) CLE
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Taveras, Oscar(OF) STL
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL

    Active Pitchers
    Beckett, Josh(SP) LAD
    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    Hammel, Jason(SP) CHC
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Doolittle, Sean(RP) OAK

    Gausman, Kevin(RP,SP) BAL
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET
    Wheeler, Zack(SP) NYM

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Calhoun

  38. sniff test says:
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    Would you? Could you? Austin Jackson or De Aza over Willingham?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh…it’s close. I could see AJax there

  39. Wilsonian says:
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    1. Looking for hot bats for my UTIL slots. Picked up Howard and JD last week. Howard has now gone ICE COLD. Do I dump him for another hot bat in Napoli, Cron, or Lind?

    2. I gotta quit picking my catcher scab, but Rosario – who looked like he turned it around – now has a stiff back. Perez, Zunino, and your boy Mauer are available. Stick with Rosario Dawson? I honestly DOUBT that anyone would pick up Rosario in this shallow of a league.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. yes, Lind
      2. Perez

  40. Oppo Taco says:
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    Better grab scooter or Mookie? I have hill and segura for 2b/SS with no MI slots

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Mookie

  41. Harris says:
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    I am in a 10 team h2h league with no dl. Waiver wire is always stacked. I am holding onto Kipnis waiting for him to break out. I have Utley at 2b, but I only have one reserve position player and that is Cargo. So do I drop Kipnis for a guy like Ganett? Second question, should I drop Dan Haren? He has 2 starts next week, but one is in Col. I already am rolling Beckett and likely Greinke out there next week. 3 starts in Colorado could be ugly. I could grab Smyly or Eovaldi who are both around. I need to do something. My 6-0 start is now a 7-5 swoon, and its really because of pitching issues. Thanks in advance, and thanks for the great column. You are a very talented guy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      -no, don’t drop Kipnis for Gennett

      -drop Haren for Smyly

  42. Tucci says:
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    Which is worth waiting on more: Javier Baez or Mookie Betts?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Tucci: Baez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tucci: In keepers Baez

  43. El Jefe says:
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    Drop Kazmir, Keuchel or Lackey for Joe Smith? Well stocked in both SP and RP, but locked in a tight battle for position in the saves rankings. Sensing one of these three SP may be about to turn into a pumpkin again, not sure which (Oh please Lord, not all three though).

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @El Jefe: Hold

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like all three arms. Agree with JeF

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @El Jefe: Lackey for Smith

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @El Jefe:

      great user name .
      the wife gave you permission to use it ?

      • El Jefe says:
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        Shhhh. Don’t ruin it.

  44. DancinHomer says:
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    Been keeping an eye on Betts and now with your writeup, I’m wondering if now is time to pounce. I’m a 12-team redraft (w/ OPS) league and below is my current roster. Who would you drop for him (if anyone):

    C: Gomes
    1b: Rizzo
    2b: Dee Gordon
    SS: segura
    3b: Longo
    IF: Pujols
    OF: Trout, Polanco, Springer
    UTL: Rajai Davis
    BN: Bautista (hurt) & Singleton

    SP: Tanaka, Gray, Bailey, Cobb, Ventura, Wheeler, Peralta, Bauer, Heaney, Taijuan
    RP: Perkins, Allen, Belisario, Neil Ramirez

    On a side note , for a 12-team redraft league, the FA SP pool is pretty shallow.

    Cheers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you already have a deep bench it looks like. I wouldn’t sweat him in a redraft. Nice team.

    • Jason says:
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      @DancinHomer: I’d drop Bauer or Ramirez (Ramirez if your league doesn’t count holds).

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Jason:

        nope, only counting saves. I picked him up a little over a week ago hoping he’d be getting the saves.

        Thoughts on Singleton the rest of the year too? he still worth a roster spot in 12-team leagues?

  45. Clive says:
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    10 team keeper – drop either Wheeler or Heaney for Betts?

    Have plenty of SP: Kershaw, Felix, Iwakuma, Ventura, Gio, Cole, Bailey

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Clive: Flip a coin

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Heaney

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Clive: Trade Gio or Cole for Altuve if you need MI. Hold until Betts is called up in shallower leagues.

  46. Just Busted says:
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    I LOVE THE SMELL OF MOUSTACHE WAX IN THE MORNING!

    I am getting mixed messages about Zobrist this season and feel like a schizophrenic dating someone with multiple personality disorder! What is your take for ROS? If I trade, for what? Do I keep? For how much longer? Do I drop? I could use some pitching, so do I pair for ace? My pitchers are McHugh, Richards, Fister, Cobb, Kuechel, Tanaka, Wilson, Gray. I list them because I like my hitters but think I can tweak here. Otherwise, I am thinking hold or drop. Then we have a whole other list of trade Q’s when Yelich returns off the DL. See…schizo/MPD love! Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      pair him with McHugh for a better arm

  47. AdamH says:
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    Who is most likely to regain their closer role (or don’t waste my team stashing any of them?): T Hunter, Frieri, Axford, Balfour?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t sweat it

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @AdamH: Frieri

  48. Hoog says:
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    Need help setting my lineup for today. Need to pick 2 of the following:
    D. Jennings in double header
    M. Holliday vs. Ryu
    R. Zimmerman vs. Hammel

    Thanks!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Hoog: Jennings, Holiday

  49. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey pick two best starters on 6/28 (W & QS league)

    Samadardzija vs WAS (SON $17)
    Cain vd CIN (SON $15.3)
    Cole vs NYM (SON $14.5)
    Gray vs MIA (SON $13.7)

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Shark, Gray

  50. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    First and foremost, I want to stress that I enjoy and appreciate this site. However, I don’t get the SON or any deference to its oracle-like powers. In my experience, it’s like a bad weatherman who tells you to stay home out of the rain only to have it be 75 and sunny. Then, when it says blue skies, there’s a tornado. For example, it recently loved Alex Cobb and hated Volquez. Cobb was lit up, Volquez pitched a shutout.

    I know I’m picking a nit here, it just irks me a bit to see a blurb like the above on Porcello where his actual performance is discounted as well as a future performance based on a tool that was incorrect to begin with. Again, I know it’s everyone’s choice to use it or not, I just have issue with being referenced as a reliable source.

    P.S. Thank you for the well-written, daily free content which I just complained about.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha fair enough

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: I agree with you 110% about the SON. I rarely, if ever, look to it for much guidance. I really only look at it to see matchups, and then make my own determination. Just because SON loves or hates a start doesn’t mean I have to. I played Arrieta a couple starts ago where people like Harang were ranked much higher (I think Arreita was a 4.something). Arrieta proceeded to have 11 Ks and the other guys got lit up. I think it is a completely unreliable tool and would actually like it if it was thrown by the wayside accept to view matchups. It’s an algorithm which can’t take actual human performance into account. It only looks at numbers, which is about 10% of what is necessary to determine a good start.

      It does not, however, take away anything for me from this great site. The amount of work that Grey and others put into this is incredible. It is the first website I visit every morning, and leave it open all day at work to continually catch up on things when I have a free minute. I just don’t like the SON.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: Ha, Rudy has done tests on it, it’s not 100% correct, but it’s also more right than it’s wrong…

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: I have no doubt that there’s thought put into it. In fact, that’s why I initially referenced it so much. You guys should be praised for all the effort and a willingness to make specific predictions in your commentaries and the tools you’ve developed. Just wanted to contribute my two cents. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries, I understand…

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Lincecuminmypants: yr right, i’m sure we should simply go anti-SON, just trade Cobb for Porcello (because since SON is clearly “incorrect to begin with”) . Your league mates will love you. You seem to not understand that what science is about isn’t making rules that are 100% infallible (go join a religion for that), science is about making the % play, i.e. the thing that is likeliest the case going to happen.

    • frankgrimes says:
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      Blasphemy!
      Sky’s gonna have you banned yo!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @frankgrimes: GRIMEY! Eh, free speech is fine by me. And I don’t have banning powers; I don’t know if anybody does. If it were a thing, Grey’d have already banned me.

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: I like the SON and use it daily. I mix in my own judgements along the way, but it’s a great starting point for me.

  51. goldirocks says:
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    Thoughts on Jarrod Dyson while Aoki on DL vs someone like De Aza as a temporary replacement off FA list in the OF while my Pagan is on DL?
    12 team 5×5 ROTO keeper, 10 players total bench pitchers/bats…
    I’d have to drop cold bench bat Arcia, or other bench bats Duda or Garrett Jones to make such a move…But have a need for SB’s…
    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dyson is absolutely somebody I would add if you need steals

  52. booya says:
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    Is R Zimmerman dropable in a 12 team H2H keeper? I have Bruce, Rios, Brantley and Moss with Zimmerman on my bench. Been contemplating dropping Zimm for Betts the past week and I feel like if I don’t do it now I may end up missing out on him…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think you should drop Zimmerman

  53. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Wilin Rosario sucks – I’m not asking if I should pick someone else up because really, who is there on waivers? And I won’t trade anything for a catcher. But he sucks. Would it be so crazy to have a league with no catchers on the roster? You can put one in a utility spot if you want to but no requirement. Next year – I’m doing it. No middle infielders either – this is going to be awesome.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no pitching while we’re at it…

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: There’s data out there that shows that the raw number of AB’s is the single most consistent predictor of success for your offensive categories. I read that on this site pre-season.

  54. Bj Upton. More of the same? or an improved second half?
    Gut feeling?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @LastPlace: More of the same

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      more of the same but now with glasses

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Mike: HA!

  55. Lee says:
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    If you could trade either Springer or Polanco now for the same return, and have the other to keep for next season, who would be the better one to keep for next year?

    • Lee says:
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      Sorry, forgot to mention – 5 x 5 using OPS instead of BA, 12 teams.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Polanco

  56. Memnon says:
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    Really weird question, because I know the answer, but just getting verification because it’s my first trade offer of the year and I am still caught off guard…

    16-team 6X6 with QS and OPS

    C Vogt
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Kipnis
    3B Alvarez
    SS Desmond
    MI Miller
    CI Morales
    OF Puig
    OF Choo
    OF Dickerson
    UTIL Ortiz

    B Ozuna
    DL Arenado

    SP Hernandez
    SP Strasburg
    SP Greinke
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    SP Gray
    SP Bailey
    SP Walker
    RP Chapman
    RP Jansen
    RP Soria
    RP Romo

    DL Lee

    I was offered the following:

    Freddie Freeman
    Yordano Ventura
    Jake Arrieta
    Devin Mesoraco
    Jhonny Peralta

    for

    Felix Hernandez
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Stephen Vogt
    Kendrys Morales
    Ian Desmond

    I’m giving up way too much right?

  57. BauerOutage says:
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    Need some depth at SS with Xander struggling lately have 6 OF with 3 OF spots and 2 util spots. Looking at picking up B. Miller or A. Cabrera who should I drop I have B. Hamilton J. Hamilton Cespedes Granderson Marte and Khris. Segura and Aybar are also available at SS

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura

  58. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    “Pracido Poranco.” I know I should not laugh. But I cannot stop.

  59. Jimbo says:
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    5×5 ROS Mixed

    Andrew Heaney or Taijuan Walker?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Jimbo: Heaney

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s a toss up. I prefer Walker

  60. SportiveTricks says:
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    Morning, fellas.

    First off, Grey, dude. You are turning the corner from funny to mean with Jose Altuve. Just think if that guy were to read this. Maybe he would even cry little tiny tears.

    Second, I regularly need a spare UTIL since I bench Billy Hamilton against upper tier lefties. Right now I am running Denard Span out there, but, egads, I’m thinking maybe I should pick Brad Miller back up. At least for the short term. I’ve got lots of other options on waivers, so not worried about losing Span to another owner. That said, having Miller to back up 2B/SS seems real nice, especially if he is what we thought he’d be.

    Love yas!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

      sounds good on Miller

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @SportiveTricks: And she said you’re not the only one but you’re the best Bradley, bom bom!!

  61. Morning everyone! Looking for some moral support…

    I play in a 5×5 H2H 12-team non-keeper league and had one too many MIs and no viable 3B. So, I traded Jose Reyes for Todd Frazier.

    Is Frazier the new David Wright or are the regression fairies looming and I just gave up my 3rd round draft pick for him?

    • Shawn of the livid says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: Here’s some support. Don’t waste your 3rd round pick on a SS. Reyes will be hurt and on the bench soon enough and you’ll feel fine about making the trade.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: That’s gonna work out for you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice trade

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @WNWDOTCOM: Frazier’s is legit. BA might regress to .250ish, but everything else looks sustainable.

      • @Whirlaway: I appreciate the support guys, I feel much better about it. Just looking at ADPs kinda freaked me out.

  62. Max says:
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    10 Man H2H standard 5 cat. With Tijuan coming up (and off my NA) should I drop Eovaldi or Arrieta? Also to replace my NA with Betts, Alcantara, Bradley, Gray, or Syndagaard? Thanks

    C- Rosario 1B- Goldy 2b- Kipnis SS-Andrus 3B-Longy OF-Cutch OF-JUpton OF-Springer Util-Adams Util-Khris Davis Bn-Polanco;
    SP-Yu, Anibal, Kluber, Bailey, Sonny, Eovaldi, Keuchal, Wood, Arrieta RP-KRod, Doolittle, Qualls, Balfour NA-Tijaun

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Max: Eovaldi and Mookie

      • Max says:
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        @Mello Yello: Would you rather have Betts than Oscar T?

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @Max: ROS Mookie, Long-Term: Taveras

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Mello

  63. Clint says:
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    Just been offered this trade in my 8 team (10 keeper) h2h pts league. Should I accept, counter, or what?

    I’d be getting Joey Bats and David Price
    I’d be giving up Springer, Arrieta, and Wacha

    I’m in 2nd place and really hurting for offense last few weeks.

    My roster is:
    C: Rosario
    1B: C. Davis
    2B: Altuve
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Segura
    OF: Rios, Puig, Bruce
    Util: Springer, Morneau, Freeman
    SP: Fister, Teheran
    RP: Keuchel, Smyly
    P: Burnett, Cobb, Eovaldi, Ventura
    Bench: Minor, Arrieta, Bailey, Shark, Gray, Colon
    DL: Liriano, Wacha
    Prospects: Taveras, Cingrani

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Clint: Hold

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Bautista side

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Clint: Take it. You’re getting the two best players in the trade.

  64. das coffee frau says:
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    how do you rank these doodes in a keeper?

    springer, polanco, betts, machado, rizzo, bogaerts

    thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rizzo…Machado/Bogey…Polanco/Springer…Betts

      • Whirlaway says:
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        @Mike: Agree but would swap Springer and Bogey. Springer is looking like a 30HR guy.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @das coffee frau: Rizzo, Polanco, Springer, X Man, Machado, Betts

      • das coffee frau says:
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        @Mello Yello: at least we agree on rizzo! i guess its a crapshoot on the others, but i hope i dont deal the wrong guys. lol

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @das coffee frau: Haha yeah GM Mike knows about MI scarcity so probably why he reversed the order (assuming Machado plays SS at some point like we’ve all been led to believe)

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            haha…nothing to do with scarcity…I just like those guys better in keepers

  65. Charles says:
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    12 team points league. Drop Hosmer and pickup Duda?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold Hosmer

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Charles: Nope

  66. In a deep redraft roto league where I’m in contention and am desperately trying to make up ground with saves via free agent pickups, my relievers are Doolittle, Joe Smith, Belisario, Neil Ramirez, and McGee.

    I know that generally speaking a bad actual closer is better than a good closer-in-waiting, but I can’t keep rostering five relievers ( need a 5th OF) and am thinking Belisario’s the drop — both because he takes a hammer to my rations every time he touches the ball and because his hold on the job seems more and more tenuous. What do you guys think?

    Also, for another league, who do you like between Ramos and Martin at C?

    And if it does turn about that Cron gets platooned — I’d wait a few days to make sure last night wasn’t a one-off thing — would you drop him in favor of a smaller-upside 1B/UTIL who at least plays ever day, like Kendrys or BButler?

    Thanks! And have a good weekend.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Enrique: It’s not that Belly’s job security is questionable…he just kinda sucks. Between him, Ramirez, and McGee, he probably gets the most saves though. I guess it’s really a question of are you that desperate?

      I’d go Ramos and Kendrys if Cron does indeed get platooned, but definitely wait a few days to see how the Scoisciapath plays this one out

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold Belisario and drop one of the guys who isn’t the closer right now

      I prefer Morales

      you too!

  67. Cram It says:
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    Betts or Baez for this year?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Cram It: Betts…Baez may not get the call until September

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      still Baez IMO

  68. ashtray says:
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    12 team H2H 7×7

    Had to drop a player in order to make room for Cole coming off DL tomorrow so I figured I’d overpay a little on a trade. What are your thoughts on this:

    Give Weaver/Keuchel/McHugh

    Get Marte/Machado

    My remaining SP would be Sale/ Greinke/ Cole/ Bailey/ Gray/ Ventura/ Archer/ Wood

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @ashtray: Given your situation, I like it

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice!

  69. The Flayed Man says:
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    Greetings,

    In a 12 team Dynasty Roto.

    My Adams for his Heaney.

    I have Goldschmidt and Rizzo.

    My staff is :

    Bailey, A.Wood, Ventura, Cole, Keuchel, Bradley, Gausman

    Thank you

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @The Flayed Man: Yeah, it sounds like you have your 1B situation figured out, and he will most likely go for that

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good to me

  70. Charles says:
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    Thanks for the prompt replies! 12 team points league which SS should I pickup to slot in when Hanley needs a DIVA day off? Can’t believe that I have to hold a backup SS as a Hanley owner. Actually as a first time Hanley owner I’m hit with this realization.

    A. Escobar, E. Cabrera, A. Simmons, Betts (when he is called up), B. Crawford, B. Miller, C. Owings,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Escobar

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Charles: Escobar or Mookie…Escobar now because he’s actually playing. Can’t go wrong with either

  71. Mello Yello says:
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    Only 500 adds for Mookie so far? Let’s go people! Time to get caught up in Mookiepalooza!! You better Betts your life!

  72. booya says:
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    Is R Zimm and Wheeler for Latos a fair deal in keeper league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  73. Pope says:
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    Would you rather start Gausman today vs. TB or Eovaldi Saturday vs. OAK? 12 Team H2H 5×5

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gausman

      • Pope says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Pope: Gause pad

  74. Jizzle says:
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    Was offered Chapman/Rios for Kluber/Blackmon. I looove me some Kluber, but I gotta take it right? I have great SPs and my only closers are Allen & Doolittle. Rios & Springer would share my 3rd OF spot.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, sounds good

  75. Beastman says:
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    Morning all. Deep, 16 team keeper league with no streaming and minimal FAAB. Trade question for ya.

    My starting pitching has been very spotty with Bailey, Cain, Nolasco, Lincecum, and Pomeranz (injury) giving me problems and searching for consistent SPs (also have Kluber, Duffy, Hughes, Heaney, and lottery tickets in Jimmy Nelson and Alex Meyer). Seems like a big staff but for reference, there are no SPs at all in our free agent pool. Deep league, like I said.

    Have Frazier at 3B for cheap so shopping 2-year keepers Arenado and Baez. Been offered Alex Wood (also 2 year keeper), CJ Wilson, and Shoemaker for Arenado, Baez, and Tillman.

    Fair deal? I know Arenado and Baez have excellent upside the next 2 years but I’m trying to win this season and Wood + Wilson would help firm up my inconsistent staff.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I know you’re trying to win this year, but I wouldn’t trade Arenado and Baez for pitching help.

      • Beastman says:
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        @Mike: Not even for Wood, who everyone–me included–loves now that he’s probably a starter for ROS? Arenado and Baez will be good (Arenado already was before injury…) but I couldn’t even play them in my current lineup (hope I just didn’t jinx it and Frazier breaks his finger tonight).

        I just don’t want to fall into the trap of overvaluing young keeper studs for quality SPs who could have more impact this year. Maybe an Arenado for Wood swap is easier to swallow?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure, makes sense if you have no room for Arenado

  76. Clint says:
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    I’m starting to get quite a few keeper deal offers in my 2 leagues. Will Razzball be doing an initial 2015 keeper ranking article/list around the All-Star break or so?

  77. WalleyWorld says:
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    Deep keeper league. Was just offered danny Duffy for my roenis Elias. Seems like a wash, but who do you prefer long term?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Duffy

  78. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    I’m pretty sure the most asked question on this site has been “Can I drop Hosmer for…?”

    I’m out on Hosmer. I can’t keep waiting for this liability. 1B is easy-ish to find on waivers anyway.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      fair enough. He just got dropped in one of my 12-teamers

      • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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        @Mike: Sure, he could get hot in the 2nd half. But anyone can.

        I’ll take my chances on Cron or Kendrys or whatever new variation of Steve Pearce pops up on the radar

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, depends on what’s available out there

  79. Wilson says:
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    Need to bench one of them who are hot recently, which one to bench?

    Seager vs CLE (Bauer)
    Teixeira vs BOS (Workman)

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seager

  80. Durkin says:
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    would you deal rios and heyward or werth for gomez, to clear room for harper to come off DL?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

  81. Matt says:
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    Have to drop 1 to pick up Cain, Arrieta, Heaney? Good Idea? 5×5 Standard ESPN Roto

    SP: Hamels, Ryu, Iwakuma, Gray, Fister, Latos, Bailey, Hughes, Richards
    RP: Janssen, Melancon, Britton.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think they are much better than what you already have…

  82. Wild Thang says:
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    Thoughts on Roenis Elias? …….Giving up a lot less than a hit per inning with a decent K/9. Seems like he’s limiting walks now and even dominated the Tigers that one time. Sample size is getting pretty big and has good velocity and a sick curveball. Kid reminds me a lot of Jose Quintana, who is also age 25 and lefty, which is primarily good.

    P.s. God, I love Todd “The Todd Father” Frazier.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he’s solid, I just had to cut him in a 12-teamer though. he’s still a streamer type IMO

  83. Brian says:
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    Pick up Leake and drop Heaney?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Heaney

  84. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey.. I got offered Justin Upton for Homer Bailey. Would you accept??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup

  85. FunkeTown says:
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    I need saves – trade Springer for Doolittle? (redraft league)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  86. Bunny says:
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    Starting Roark (6.4) at Cubs today?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yes

  87. WalleyWorld says:
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    Any reason why Duffy over Elias? To be honest I don’t know much about either of them, but I was lucky to pick Elias off the waivers and he’s been solid for me, but also unspectacular. They are both the same age and I feel like I always see Grey writing about how Duffy is due to regress and his peripherals don’t match up to his stats. Anyways, just hesitant to pull the trigger on this one, looking for a little more convincing I guess. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      the question was long term, right? I don’t think Elias is any more sure of a bet to sustain. It’s a preference, but I also see better K-rates in Duffy

      • WalleyWorld says:
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        @Mike: yes, I’m more worried about long term as it is a keeper. But I’m also in a decent position to make a run this year. Thanks for your help

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. I’d go for the K’s in Duffy.

  88. puigleague choo says:
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    ha, I had a friend who went to Long Beach Poly with Utley. He said that whenever it was time to smoke a blunt at a party, Utley would show up and roll one, but mix his green with cocaine. The early 2000s were so cray.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      wow

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey:

        This is on the internet, so it must be true. Awesome

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: even crappier versions of mix are cool though. not time indicative.

  89. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    I keep asking .. Balfour is frustrating me!! Do you replace him with joe smith considering frieri sucks? Or do you look at guerra the white sox closer ?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: Smith…he may give it back to Frieri, but not anytime soon

  90. MikeZ says:
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    So I can keep only 3 of the following pitchers on my team (12 team 5×5 roto with no bench– starters have to start every game). Taijuan Walker, Henderson Alvarez, Eovaldi, Smyly, Stroman. My gut says to hold on to Walker and the marlins guys, drop Smyly and Stroman — Agree?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @MikeZ: Walker, Alvarez, Stroman

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  91. JustanUncle says:
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    who should I bench?

    Seager v CLE (Bauer)
    Zimmerman v CHC (Hammel)

    Great read today!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seager

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @JustanUncle: Zim…Seager is, dare I say, en fuego

  92. uncdrew says:
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    Recently overheard at the ESPN cafeteria:

    “Hey Nate, why all the searches on ‘Betts’ this morning?”

  93. JustanUncle says:
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    Verlander for Homer Bailey…Thoughts as to why this is a bad trade?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Bailey

  94. The Borzoi says:
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    Rank order ROS: Gausman, De La Rosa, T Walker. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Walker, Gausman

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @The Borzoi: Walker, Gaus, Rubby

  95. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Segura or Aybar for 12 team H2H pts?

    Also how would you rank for util spot:
    Duda, Scooter, Lind, Aybar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura

      Lind, Aybar

  96. 740 says:
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    wat up Grey! great write up. couple questions, do u think Hunter will regain closer job? also cut Grilli, Frieri for Rondon, Mejia. or hold?

    Thanks alot!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s possible

      Frieri for Either

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Thanks! Grilli

  97. JustanUncle says:
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    Frazier for Alvarez…thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Frazier

  98. Benny the Jet says:
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    Start/sit:

    Jon Lester @ New York Yankees
    Roenis Elias @ home vs Cleveland Indians
    Jose Quintana @ Toronto Blue Jays

    Thanks!

  99. james says:
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    In a dynasty league is it time to cash out on miggy while i still can pull in another first round talent plus for him… or is he the type of guy you ride till he dies… I just do not want to be the guy who gets stuck with him (like Pujols) when he goes from top 3 player to top 50 player and refuse to trade him since “he will rebound to an elite player…. just wait…”

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends what you can get. Nobody on my team is untouchable…

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @james: Yeah if you are targeting players like Goldie and Puig…someone younger, in the top 10, whose ceiling hasn’t quite been reached. You would also likely be able to get a quality bat/arm along with them if you were so inclined

  100. Mello Yello says:
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    Buchholz just got dropped…this must be a song by Cracker because I’m buying Low! #90sOneHitWonders

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  101. snarf says:
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    Mike Minor or Alex Wood ROS? Patience is wearing thin on Mike Minor. Thank your for your time.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      they’re going different directions but I’d still stick with Minor

  102. FACTOID OF THE DAY:
    Some fantasy baseball days are just better than others..

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey:

        Seriously. On good days I can’t wait to wake up and scroll through Grey’s write-up. On others – I despise this site, no offense Grey.

  103. WalleyWorld says:
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    On more question for ya! I for some reason drafted Erasmo Ramirez in my dynasty league. for years I’ve been hearing how he is someone to watch and hang onto, but he has been just trash for me. I know he is still young, is he some sort of future ace or am I being stupid here. Also any thoughts on odrisamer despaigne?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think Erasmo is a future ace. Depends on the depth of your league whether you want to hold onto him.

      Despaigne had a decent K rate in the minors but it was a super small sample size (SSSS). I wouldn’t go nuts over him in dynasty since he’s already 27yo

      • WalleyWorld says:
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        @Mike: it’s a 20 teamer with average size rosters. Just can’t find anything in what Erasmo has ever done to support my hanging onto him. My pitching staff currently looks like this. Latos, Zimmermann, Porcello, cashner, pomeranz, r. De la rosa, de grom, Elias, Erasmo and drew Hutchison. Brett Anderson on DL. Also not much as far as waivers to pick up. Only interesting name I could fine was this odrisamer fella.

  104. your mom says:
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    what is cron’s keeper value? cespedes or a.gordon for cueto and cron in a 20tm h2h keeper? thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I could get behind Gordon for those two in that format

      • your mom says:
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        sorry, just to clarify i own cueto side. you would do the deal for cespedes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @your mom: Cronhas no keeper value if he gets benched vs. righties at all… I’d want Cueto side

          • your mom says:
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            @Grey: last question, whoshould i target if i were to trade cueto?thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A top 10 OF

              • your mom says:
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                @Grey: thanks man! i liiied, this is my last question: my ryu and cron for a.gordon?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gordon side

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yup, Cespedes

  105. kev says:
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    Hey Grey,

    great stuff as always. i need some help on who to drop. With Wilin hurt, is it OK to drop Bogaerts for another Catcher? It’s an 8 team league, Miguel Montero is on the wire and my middle infielders are Castro, Philips and Rendon. I also have Harper coming back, so should I just stay with wilin and drop boagerts for Harper? Or drop Bogaerts and Archer for a catcher and harper?
    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d grab another catcher in an 8-team league and drop Bogaerts for Harper when he comes back

  106. Believe in Steve says:
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    Was offered Kipnis/T. Hudson for my Strasburg. Fair?

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Believe in Steve: Strasburg. Keep your team consolidated. No need to turn one solid piece into two decent pieces.

  107. Maxi says:
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    Trying to make room for Cole’s start tomorrow (and hopefully the beginning of a ridic 2nd half to the season) gotta drop one of James Jones, Holt, Arcia or Singleton.

    12-team keeper league, no AVG, added SLG and OBP.

    Betts has been in my NA spot for the last month, but I made the sad realization today that my top 2 SB leaders are hilariously Jay Bruce and Ryan Braun with 8 apiece, hence my hesitance to drop Jones. I also have Dickerson and Céspedes in the OF.

    Here’s hoping Betts gets called up ASAP, thanks!

  108. blindnuts says:
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    Mookie or Singleton ROS?

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @blindnuts: Mookie is in the minors… Singleton

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @blindnuts: Mookie for speed, Singleton for power

  109. Hoog says:
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    Great article Grey. I have a question about Desmond jennings. Is he a guy you can drop or would you hold him? In a 3 of league and my outfield is Jones, holliday, zimmerman marte and jennings. I would drop him and use the spot to stream pitching…I could pick up pagan and stash him on my dl also with the drop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hoog: Thanks! You can drop him

  110. J-FOH says:
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    Betts as the lead in? is this the buy before the storm?

  111. Steve D. says:
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    My Panda for Melancon. (Have Donaldson and Aramis, but only 2 closers on my roster.)

    Too much? Too little? Just right?

  112. I've only had my friends spicy chilli once,...but then again, I've only really shit my pants once... says:
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    Grey,
    10-team H2H cat (9 hit, 8 pit) KEEPER(keep 12)
    With Cashner on the DL, for a bit, is betts the pickup ? I also need pitching (along with MI)
    Waiver guys avail.
    HIT – M. Betts, J.D Martinez, Scooter Gennett, K Davis, Brad Miller
    PIT – D. Duffy, Rubby Rosa, J. Odorizzi, M. Stroman,

  113. J-Dubber says:
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    Better streamer for today:

    CMart @ LA

    Gausman vs TB

  114. It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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    Was offered chapman and werth for Polanco yesterday and didn’t pull the trigger. Should I? I have a man crush on Polanco after his hot start I don’t want to give him up but werth and chapman a decent haul for him. Should I accept or aim higher? Prefer werth or choo?

      • It's Enrico Pallazzo says:
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        @Grey: you said that yesterday and I couldn’t accept before game time. Was happy! Might get him to throw in bailey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @It’s Enrico Pallazzo: Redraft or keeper? Redraft: No, Keeper: …close call. In any event, Werth over Choo

  115. Adam says:
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    Trade G.Polanco for M.Latos and J.Zimmerman? Polanco is likely not one of my 3 keepers (trout Miggy cutch).

    10 team h2h (3 keeper)
    C Perez
    1b Pujols
    2b Altuve
    3b Cabrera
    Ss Andrus
    Of trout McCutchen Brice
    Utl Abreu polanco

    Sp Teheran Cobb Bailey keuchel ordozzi eovaldi wheeler
    Rp romo Robertson Rodney smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: I’d take Latos side

      • Adam says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey. would you rather have hamels or cliff lee? What 2 player combination would u prefer. Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hamels

          • Adam says:
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            @Grey: so hamels and Latos or hamels and Zimmerman. Sorry if I am being confusing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hamels, Latos

  116. George Zip says:
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    I need to start 3 pitchers, who would you start?

    Carlos Martinez @LA vs Ryu
    Jesse Chavez @ Miami vs DeSclafani
    Stroman @TOR vs CHW Sale
    Lester @NYY vs Tanaka

    thanks!

    …and remember, we’re all counting on you

  117. Sky

    Sky says:
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    So they’ve diagnosed Danny Santana with a bone bruise of his knee. He was running the bases, rounded 1st, didn’t hit the ground and bruised his knee running? Did the Mets doctors mover a little further west?

  118. Mello Yello says:
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    It’s Gausman time! (no jinx no jinx)

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: Because I’m all excited and I for whatever reason got the day off (a chef getting a Friday off is kinda like Billy Hamilton hitting three homers in a game…I mean sure it could happen, but get the eff out), so I finally get to see him start for once this year…so all this anticipation could be bad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Where do you cook at?

          • Mello Yello says:
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            @Grey: Suntower Hotel in Fort Lauderdale

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sweet!

  119. brett says:
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    Grey,

    Traded Smyly and JD Martinez for Bailey. Thoughts? Have Harper returning to replace JD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett: Sounds fine

  120. fausto says:
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    Thank you kind sir…so i just traded The DreadBrave (Santana), for Mookie Bettsawk. I get way too hyped about rookies. Especially ones that have mi/of elig and get the SB’s…This leaves my SP a Franken-elbow disaster.
    Bullfrogo Colón is now my SP4 instead of a streamer and sitting right next to “Rarely-Slick- Rick” Porcello…..only a 10 teamer so there are FA that can replace Ervin’s stats. He’s been a bit of a whip nightmare…..so im not losing much. Im still loving the Rizzo call – laughed at during the draft.. now getting trade offers for him. I guess the silver lining is that i can finally drop Austin Jackson even though i planned on it anyway as he lost his starting gig.
    Write up was great as usual but you already knew that.

    BulletPoint RE: Upton. As a St. Louisan ive watched Larussa bat the pitcher 8th for 3 or 4 years and with his law degree im sure he could find a loophole in the system that would allow him to bat Upton “0.5st” *not sure how to say that, “Halfth” or “Pointfivst”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ha!

  121. LAmont says:
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    You guys think Allen Craig will begin getting platooned or spot started later this year for Taveras or is Craig’s job safe? Have some offers coming in for him and was thinking about moving him..thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Craig’s job is safe

  122. Spring Blake says:
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    Keep 2: Heaney, Gaus, CarMart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarMart

    • Spring Blake says:
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      @Spring Blake: Also, worth keeping both singleton and cron, or would you drop one? (Both bench bats)

  123. Sully says:
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    Stick with Danny Santana as bench depth, or drop him for Mookie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Mookie

      • Sully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  124. herschel says:
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    @Grey: talk that betts may get the call as early as this weekend or next week. if he is called up by then, what are you bidding for him in a $250 FAAB redraft league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $31

  125. Bombo Rivera says:
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    I suppose it doesn’t matter much, but would you rather have Singleton or Morales?

  126. jaw says:
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    drop garrett jones for one of adam laroche, lind, ryan howard, duda, moose? 10 team 5×5 h2h

  127. David says:
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    Grey,
    Mulling over a trade scenario in my head. In a 5×5 10-team keeper league.

    Offering Pujols, Ozuna, Motte (throw-in) for Doolittle, Alcides, Votto

    My current roster:
    C = Gomes
    INF = Pujols, Pedroia, Alvarez, Aybar, Holt, Encarnacion
    OF = McCutcheon, Cespedes, Springer
    DH = Jennings, Bruce
    Bench = Everth, Ozuna, Gyorko, Belt, Taveras, Kris Davis
    SP = Beckett, Kennedy, Kluber, McHugh, Sanchez, Arrieta, Cashner, Cobb, Odorrizzi, Porcello
    RP = Soriano, Nathan, Qualls, Motte (don’t know why I’m still holding him)

    Looking for improvement in SB, S, and OPS from this deal.

  128. Regan says:
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    Time to bail on Singleton? Looking like he is getting exposed at this level. It’s a deep league but the closerpocolypse has striken down all my closers and all the sudden Joel Peralta is looking like he needs to be on my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he’s a bench bat, sure

  129. Sully says:
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    I will probably get ripped a new one for this trade, but try to see past The Fish (Trout) and look at it as a whole. I give Trout, Votto, Utley, Koji, and Duffy for Harper, Yelich, Segura, Chris Davis, and MadBum. Here’s my starting lineup after the trade. FYI it’s a head to head points league and HRs and steals are heavily favored in our scoring system. Let me know guys!

    C Gattis or Mesoraco
    1B Hosmer
    2B Dee Gordon
    SS Reyes
    3B Seager
    MI Segura
    CI Chris Davis
    Start 4 OFs & 1 Utility: Billy Hamilton, Springer, Harper, Yelich, Polanco
    Start 5 SPs Yu, MadBum, Samardzij, then will stream remaing 2 spots ROS
    Start 3 RPs Chappy, Kenley Jansen, Doolittle, Alex Wood, Gausman, Martinez

    Wow, crazy long, my bad! Nobody will read this and…checks will not be honored!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Trout side

      • Sully says:
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        @Grey: Shit, balls, and cock!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  130. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Heaney for – T. Walker, Hahn, T. Ross, Arrieta, Peralta, Stroman or Odorizzi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

    • @SMLV1: I’d go Walker, the regression fairies are circling Jake, just a matter of time..Walker is elite..

  131. los locos says:
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    10 team keeper league.

    drop tavaras for Calhoun or Mookie?

    McCann, Brian(1B,C) NYY
    Napoli, Mike(1B) BOS
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Duda, Lucas(1B,OF) NYM
    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Chisenhall, Lonnie(1B,3B) CLE
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Taveras, Oscar(OF) STL
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun

  132. Mello Yello says:
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    Dude after 10 straight balls I thought I was finished, but Gaus got out of it…they are freggin making him work for it today man

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @Mello Yello: a lot of those pitches weren’t remotely close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wonky there for a bit

  133. Regan says:
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    I’m kinda worried about Andrus, Rios and Choo. I have them on a lot of teams. Moved a few of them but i really thought Texas was gonna money so still have alot of exposure. Seems like without the power behind them to drive them in their values are all diminished considerably. Time to sell semi cheap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to sell Choo about 6 weeks ago… I traded Andrus, and haven’t been real impressed with Rios…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: you also picked about the only time of the year that rios has been bad. (except for homers, which he’s been very bad about all year). his triples are way up though. he has been 0-18 with 5 K’s this week though. pretty F’ing terrible.

  134. Springer and Britton for Greinke?

  135. Joe says:
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    Grey i have a very close matchup and Iam winning in 5 category in the pitching but i need to take care of my era and K9 and whip which starters that i have would you start in a close matchup?i have Jason hammel vs Washington , julio Teherán vs Philadelphia , gerrit colé vs mets, sonny gray vs Miami, Zack grienke vs cardinals, Gio González vs cubs,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran, Cole, Gray, Greinke

  136. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Throw strikes Gausman. Some dire shizz here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

  137. Bob says:
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    10 Team H2H roto categores with K’s for hitters and QS for Pitchers added

    A guy is offering me Adam Jones for either Sonny Gray, Anibal Sanchez, or Carlos Santanna
    Would you bite? Or should I just drop Chisenhall for Dickerson.
    I do seem to need some RBI’s weekly. I have to start Altuive and Hamilton for their speed.

    OF on waivers
    Dickerson
    Jay Bruce
    Kole Calhoun

    P on waivers
    Smyly
    Hahn
    Duffy
    Shoemaker
    Leake
    My Current OF We start only 3

    Braun
    Hamilton
    Kemp
    Bench-George Springer

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldschmidt
    2b-Altuvie
    SS-Hanely Ramirez
    3b-Beltre
    DH-Encarnacion
    OF-Braun
    OF-B.Hamilton
    OF-Matt Kemp
    B-Springer
    B-Carlos Santana (C,1b,3b,Dh)
    B-Lonnie Chisenahll (1b,3b,dh)
    B-Antony Rendon (2b,3b)
    Dl-Nolan Arenado
    P-Tanka
    P-Bumgardner
    P-Annibal Sanchez
    P-Sonny Gray
    P-Jordan ZImmerman
    RP-D.Robertson
    Rp-Holland
    B-Ventua
    B-Heaney
    B-Taijuan Walker
    B-Klueber
    B-Kuechel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Chis, those trades are terrible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, I read it backwards… I’d take Jones for Santana… It is terrible for the other guy though…

      • Bob says:
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        @Grey: Even with the Stat correction happening for Carlos? And all his flexibility. Since you have to be DH eligible to play dh in our league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s not close for Jones… I’d send any of those guys… If you prefer to send a pitcher, send Gray

  138. Dkohn says:
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    Gr~ey,

    Start Shoemaker today at KC (-1.3)

    I streamed him last week, and still have him on the bench.

    Thanks

    Also I can’t wait for the next time my friends want to play boggle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, I’d stream him

  139. The Thumb says:
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    Man this Gausman stream is a shitshow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve seen better

  140. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Just ran into John Daniels (Rangers GM) at lunch. Told him not to beat himself up too much over the Prince trade, and that I thought at the time it was a smart move. A single tear shed from his face, everyone in the metroplex is out for his head haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Rudy and I actually did run into him in spring training… He seemed so happy then

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: I was at this same lunch. Petroleum Club. FWIW.

  141. mike says:
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    Drop Carlos Martinez for Betts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  142. john says:
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    trying to get rid of an arm or ill be dropping one, is kenley and Jansenn overkill pointless for Kimbrel? i would then be iving the top team 2 solid closer to make 3 total and i would still have best 3 closers. Good idea? 10 t h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, hold

  143. Jack says:
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    If Miller is really coming around, grab him or hold onto Asdrubal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Grab him

  144. Grey

    Grey says:
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  145. Bobby says:
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    Which 3B would you rather have ROS? – Machado, Ramirez, or Holt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

      • Bobby says:
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        What about Ramirez vs. Longoria. Is Longoria worth giving up a second round pick in next year’s draft?

  146. Dan says:
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    In a 10 team redraft I’ve been offered Homer Bailey for Yordano. Should I take it or hold? He has kipnis sitting on his bench should I try to get him too.

  147. Jay says:
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    Gausmam what a waste of a pick up.

  148. Grey

    Grey says:
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  149. papasmurf says:
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    Who or what does Mookie Bett on?

    The Sociapath really pisses me off. You can win with that ANA payroll and roster even if you put a goddam dirty ape in his position.

    Btw, Cron has far better numbers vs. righties than lefties so far this year. Doubtful the Sociapath looks at stats. Which is nuts since he’s such a “great” matchup guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Scioscia’s a damn fool

  150. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Bucs just traded Grilli to the Angels for Frieri….Grilli gonna close for the Angels?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:
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  152. Philip says:
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    My goodness, Grey. You are a treasure. Excellent timing on the Betts headline. Dozens (hundreds, thousands?) of Razzball readers like myself owe the warm fuzzy feeling they will enjoy all weekend to you.
    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  153. AD says:
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    Xander or Mookie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie

  154. Brett says:
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    Betts or Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  155. Mike says:
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    Bogaerts is my lone option at SS should I drop Chisenhall, Pedro Alvarez or Taijuan Walker for Betts? Or drop Bogaerts for him outright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

      • Mike says:
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        Who should I drop Chis, Bogaerts, Alvarez, or Walker for Betts?

  156. Grey

    Grey says:
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