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The trade to the White Sox couldn’t have worked any better for Kevin Youkilis.  Now he can just chuck all of his clothes in with some bleach.  I imagine him and Ventura will get along thick as thieves.  They can bond over how they were both publicly beat up.  Ventura by Nolan and Youuuuuuuuk by the Red Sox.  Talk about a club turning on one of its biggest fan favorites.  I hope Bobby Valentine has the decency to help Youuuuuuuuuk pack up his locker in an easy-to-carry pita.  The Greek God Of Limps could see a boost in value if he can stay healthy.  That if is the size of Mumbai’s population.  Maybe the motivation of showing the Red Sox they shouldn’t have hurt his feelings will help him pick up his batting stick and mollywhop for old time’s sake.  Though, it seems real doubtful.  Fenway wasn’t exactly a pitchers’ park and he hasn’t been good since 2009.  If I were youuuuuuuuuuuu, I wouldn’t get too excited about him.  This will mean Middlebrooks no longer has to play 3rd base on egg shells.  “Hey, Youk, if you want to go throw the ball around the infield while the pitcher warms up, you can.”  That was Middlebrooks during one of their awkward conversations.  Middlebrooks has 20+ homer power and a good average, basically, what Youuuuuuuk was.  Middlebrooks, watch your back in eight years.  That is all.  Anyway, here what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Anthony Rizzo – When asked about Rizzo, the Cubs went mum, not the British mother.  Though, that reminds me.  I had another money making scheme that I’m just putting out there for someone else.  A line of t-shirts for adults that have the same sayings on them as toddlers.  “My Mom’s Hot,” “How would you like I pinched your cheeks?” and the always popular, “Pooping in Progress.”  Cut me in on my usual 10% if you do the shirts.  Back to the Cubs, they’re not saying anything, but the Chicago Tribune said Tuesday’s the day we see Rizzo.  Last Friday, I said it would happen this week.  Now’s the time.  He’s done marinating in the minors.  It’s go time.  T-minus 24 hours.  If you’re gonna own him, no time like the present.  He’s about to go from future tense to present.  Liam Gallagher said today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to Rizzo… Okay, you catch my drift.  He’s got 23 homers in 66 games this year with a .355 average.  He could do the same in Chicago….Or!  — Damn you, Or. — He could bust again this year like he did last.  Though I’d prefer him do it on my team than someone else’s.  You need to take the gamble.  Not Rudy.  He’s taken.  Sorry, four ladies.  For the rest of this season, I could see Rizzo giving a line of 30/17/45/.280.  There’s a chance for more — a lot more.  There’s a chance for less.  Want to read more of my Anthony Rizzo fantasy, click that thing-a-ma-goobiewitz.  Grab him, in the non-sexual way right now.

Joe Saunders – Landed on the DL.  Never has a nation of fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) been so interested in Joe Saunders’s health.  Maybe because we’re all one family of humans concerned with each other that is beautifully illustrated in the films of Michael Bay.  You are Josh Harnett and I’m Liv Tyler and Joe Saunders’s shoulder is an asteroid.  If we don’t band together… If we don’t stand as one… If not us, then who?  Yeah, that’s hogwash; people don’t care about Saunders.  They want to see Trevor Bauer.  Thursday looks like the day we will finally see him.  If you have room, there’s no time like the– Well, see the cliches from the above blurb.  I’ve gone over my Trevor Bauer fantasy.  If he’s out there, I’d grab him in all leagues.  Yeah, even that one.  He’s been flat-out beautiful in the minors, which autocorrect wants to change to minarets, and maybe he’s done well in those too, because when looking at his numbers there’s definitely no way to mosque his brilliance.  111 Ks in 90 1/3 IP, and only 46 BBs.  Giddy up, you crazy sums-a-snitches!

Wade Miley – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Keep pitching well if you want now, Miley, it don’t matter, you can’t hold back the Bauer anymore.  BTW, if you had the under for 2.20 ERA by June 25th for Miley, you’re a time traveler and that’s not fair you’re betting.

Cody Ross – 2 HRs, 5 RBIs as he hit cleanup.  Code Rossi looks like he returned right where he left off (he homered the last two games before his monthlong DL stint).  Different positions, but to throw an aforementioned name at you, Rossi will have a better season than Youk.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-3 with his 6th homer.  A-Drain shows life just as the coroner is about to place the foot tag.

Andrew Bailey – Had a setback during his rehab and… Well, I wasn’t completely confident he was ever returning or if Aceves was gonna lose the job anyway, so there’s that and that.  If you’re stashing Bailey and Storen and you need saves, you should go to the casino and bet the opposite your intuition tells you.

Clay Buchholz – Landed on the DL with a gastrointestinal illness.  Too bad interleague’s over, they could’ve had Buchholz *hitting out of the two hole.

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!

Josh Willingham – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  ‘Member when Minnesotan women buckled their Mary Janes on what Morneau and Mauer did?  Now they’re all about porkin’ The Other White Meat, you betcha.

Matt Capps – Probably should’ve been put on the DL last week when he first had shoulder issues, but the Twins were hoping to avoid a Cappsizing (and they wanted to build up his trade value).  Well, boo for them and Capps owners.  Perkins or Burton should get the saves in the mean’s while.  I’d go with Perkins first just because he got the first two saves in Capps’ stead, but Burton is the righty and could see some, too.  It’s basically a closerousel shituation of the ugliest order.

Ryan Zimmerman – May need a DL stint for his shoulder.  I think he could use some bouncy rubber balls corked into his bat, but what do I know?  I’m just a poor llama farmer with a fantasy baseball blog.  My knowledge ends at shearing llamas.

Drew Storen – Damn, that’s a wrench in my ol’ DL stashing bidness.  The Nats are saying Storen won’t be the closer when he returns.  I see no reason why A) They’d lie. B) Not let Clippard continue since he’s done well. C) See D.   On a somewhat related note, ‘member when Davey said Clippard’s too valuable in the 8th inning to close, then went a month and a half with the wrong guy just to save face?  Basically, the reasons why you don’t like your boss extend to the majors.

Frank Francisco – To the DL and Bobby Parnell, who, according to Google, is not the little black kid from the movie Role Models, will close games in place of Frank-Frank.  Since I’ve lost Capps, I hope Parnell has the closer role for a very long time, but I think it’ll probably only be a couple of weeks.

Aroldis Chapman – Has now given up two earned runs in back-to-back appearances.  This past weekend we felt an aftershock from the Closepocalypse.  Aroldis is about to be Aroldwas if he doesn’t get his shizz together because Dusty’s about as good with patients as Dr. Kevorkian was.  I grabbed Sean Marshall, then snort-laughed like Don Knotts, because I’m cool.  And, for those keeping score at home, between the last blurb and this one, I’ve added Parnell and Marshall.

Adam Lind – Recalled by the Blue Jays to DH and play 1st.  In 30 games in Triple-A, he hit 7 homers and .400.  Wily Mo Pena and Dallas McPherson were very impressed with his adjustments.  If you need to take a shot on power, I’d give Lind a flyer.  Shoot, I did already.  To recap my manic waiver wire activity, I picked up Parnell and Marshall, and dropped Boesch for Lind.  I’m like Bubbles and the waiver wire is my crack.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-4 with his 11th homer.  I hadn’t realized this, but Heyward hurt some feelings while he struggled in May. Last week, when I said Heyward could have the season you’re still hoping you get from J-Upside, the Hatewards came out in full force.  To incorrectly quote the dated saying, don’t hate the game, hate the player you own on your fantasy baseball team.

Jose Altuve – Left yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring.  Looked like Altuve would need a DL stint.  Tough break (strain?) for a guy that was earning the Sparky Anklebiter nickname.

Dallas Keuchel – On Saturday, he threw a 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks gem.  That is, if you’re looking at a cubic zirconia and thinking it’s a diamond.  He’s having a run of, “Hitters don’t know I only throw 87 miles per hour?  This is awesome!”  I’d be careful about picking him up, even in NL-Only leagues.  And that’s word to Big Bird, that’s not cheese that’s curd, you heard?  (A saying that is long overdue for the spotlight.)

Chris Johnson – 3-for-4 with his 6th homer.  Hitting near .400 over the last week for the guy whose name sounds like the command an old man screams into the urinal.

Lance Lynn – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, pushing his ERA to 3.23.  It’s a long, lonely journey to 4.00 ERA when you had an under 2.50 ERA.  I bet a lot of you thought I was slightly bonkers for telling you to sell him for a month straight when he was going well.

Michael Fiers – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  When he was first called up, I pointed out that I liked Fiers for the short-term because of his age and K-rate.  We’re still in the short-term, eff why hoo.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks with the aging-starters-that-no-one-wants-to-add-but-have-been-valuable losing Bartolo Colon, Buehrle has picked up the torch with a 3.55 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.  He’s also been carrying the oddly-placed-H torch for Jhonny Peralta and Khalil Greene.  Quite the burhden.

Carlos Pena – In the first game of the doubleheader, he hit a homer out of the two hole, which sounds like good news you’d report to your gastroenterologist.

David Price – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks didn’t outpitch Hamels (7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks), but it felt significant that the Phils lost.  If I were the type who knew how to make a diagram, I’d say the Rays were the ascending line and the Phils the descending line that intersected at the 2008 World Series.

Chase Utley – Could return on Wednesday.  I scheduled Thursday on my iCal as the time to talk about Utley’s newest injury.  I keed.  Kinda.  I wouldn’t expect much from Utley.  He’s hitting .172 in High-A with one homer and a steal.  Wouldn’t be surprised if he only goes four days a week for the Phillies.  This is not your slightly older brother’s Chase Utley.

Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-5 with a slam (7) and legs (12) in the first game of the DH.  Hopefully when Utley returns it does’t tip the Phils’ old person karma and force Rollins mysteriously to the DL.  To give you an obscure real world example, it’s like when Night Court’s old lady bailiffs kept dying, then they went with a younger black woman and that killed Harry Anderson and Larroquette’s career.

Cliff Lee – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks to push his record at 0-4 while his xFIP is under 3.  Fangraphs Database is on 24-hour watch until Lee gets his ERA down and wins a game.  Pray for it.

Quintin Berry – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and the slam & legs.  Sat out Saturday so he could run to the store and get Leyland a pack of smokes, but HeRun has been playing nearly every day and has four steals in the last ten games.  Imagine Quintin Berry is a Snapple flavor, then under his cap it says SAGNOF!

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Right after I endorse you, you go and do this?  You Benedickey Arnold!  Hopefully, this was just a temporary glitch in the matrix.

A.J. Griffin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Nothing more than a MediOAKer.

Derrek Norris – 1-for-4 with a homer yesterday and 2-for-5 on Saturday.  He’s now started three of the last four games for the A’s.  If this is a timeshare with Suzuki, Kurt’s paying the resort fees while Norris enjoys the amenities.

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers.  Not at the same time, that would’ve been a record.

Eric Hosmer – Sat yesterday so Butler (who homered) could play first and Brayan Pena (2-for-4) could DH.  Sadly, that actually makes sense.  I think I might pick up Matt Rizzotti, the Twins prospect, just so I can pretend I have a Rizzo on my team.

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-5 with a Freedom Fly.  He went into a deep, dark funk that only Aronofsky could properly capture, but Freedom might be coming out of it now.

Nolan Reimold – Will undergo season-ending surgery on a bulging disk in his neck.  When they made Nolan’s neck, they broke the Reimold.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  You know how they have that Matt Wieters Facts site that is simply a ripoff of Chuck Norris Facts?  Can someone please start a Clarke Peters Facts site?

Ross Detwiler – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Basically, anyone the Nats put in the rotation is gonna be an ace.  I grabbed Detwiler in an NL-Only league and would look at him in some mixed leagues.  Here’s what I said about Detwiler right after Humber’s perfect game, “Prior to the 2007 draft, (Detwiler) was considered the 2nd best lefty behind only Price.  Shizz got derailed, or Detwilered.  At one point, he had a 9+ K-rate and solid control.  He might be a really late-bloomer.  I’d prefer that than a guy that has never been anything, but had one great game *cough* Humber *cough*.”  And that’s me coughing me!

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4 with a steal, but what technically happened was, Harper was leading off 2nd base and third base went to get his autograph.

Brandon McCarthy – To the DL with right shoulder soreness.  His left shoulder then told his right shoulder about universal healthcare.  Then his right shoulder called his left shoulder a lame-a-crat.  Then his left shoulder said the right had the corniest nicknames for the left.  And the two shoulders were still so far apart.

Jose Quintana – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Combined with Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, they gave up a combined 1 earned run in 33 IP in the last 8 days over 4 starts.  Their collective record: 1 loss, 3 no-decisions.  The 1919 White Sox hit better than this in the World Series.  Did they let the actors from Eight Men Out hit this week?  Everyone but Cusack is on the take!

  1. Jason says:
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    Dude tip #22
    Don’t read razz ball, buzzed, and in bed with your wife…you’ll laugh too much, wake her up and be forced to hide under the covers like this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason, Hehe

  2. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Past couple of days picked up Bauer, Parnell and Middlebrooks, so I’m obviously feeling good.

    1) Should I be happy I never got around to dropping Reddick (RojaPinga?) yet? Had a big series against the Giants and could be heating up again. Continue to hold or drop for Rizzo, Belt, Plouffe, Goldy, Alvarez, Ike or Moose.

    2) Starter for tomorrow, went with Cobb over Liriano. Right choice? Sox did a number on Kershaw so…yeah.

    3) Parnell over Perkins?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, RojaPinga, nice! 1) Hold 2) Cobb 3) Parnell

    • Steven says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel,
      How the heck was Middlebrooks still available???

  3. Jake says:
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    @Grey

    Two questions:

    Hultzen or Peacock?

    Belt or Niewenhuis?

    Thanks!

    • Marqo says:
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      @Jake, Hultzen or Peacock? Are you serious? What a question…

    • @Jake, C’mon, Marqo…it wasn’t a clown question, bro…

      Definitely Hultzen over Peacock as Peacock has had a tough year in AAA and it’s clear the A’s are in no rush to get him major league experience. Grey and I both thought he’d make the rotation out of spring training but how many A’s pitchers have a GS now – 8 or 9? And Braden and Anderson get rotation spots if/when they are healthy this year. I’d drop Peacock in most formats.

      If the M’s had the same injury issues as the A’s, I think Hultzen would’ve started already. I think Hultzen starts for the M’s in July and gets shut down end of August. So maybe 6 starts? Unfortunately, his first AAA start didn’t go so well – http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2018513333_taco24.html

      And I’d go w/ Belt over Niewenhuis but it’s close to a toss-up – whichever has a better playing time outlook.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, zing and too obvious

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Rudy, oops hit reurtn ala accidente. To Jake, Peacock may not even appear before September and the bean counter has his own way to play and it got nothin to do with fantasy.

          Rudy, don’t you think Belt has the better playing time outlook since the Mets have 6 OF when healthy and Belt just has to deal with Huff’s self esteem issues. It also seems like Collins likes to sit Newie vs. lefties sometimes. I think the kid should play every day regardless, but Collins does do some strange things.

  4. TakeItSleazy says:
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    @Grey
    Drop Pedroia for Rizzo? He’s a giant drain on my roster and his thumb trouble worries me.

    8 Team H2H Points Mixed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TakeItSleazy, Nope

  5. ferris says:
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    quick rank for ROS

    ubaldo jiminez
    roy oswalt
    jarrod parker
    jon niese
    dillon gee
    trevor bauer

    graci

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris, Bauer, Parker, Oswalt

  6. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Start which two: Jennings v. Hochevar (nuetral handed splits but awful at home), Reddick v. E. Ramirez (lefties hit better @ pitchers park), or Middlebook v. Alvarez (tough on righties @ hitters park)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Reddick, Middlebrooks

  7. Prezii says:
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    Hey grey, you should ask nick if that hosmer for price deal is still on the table..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Yeah…

  8. Bender says:
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    Please pick 6 SPs for ROY:

    Bauer, Cueto, Dempster, Gallardo, Johnson, Lincecum, Parker, Sale, Wainwright

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bender, Cueto, Gallardo, Sale, Wainwright, Bauer, Johnson

  9. Piranhaman says:
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    mediOAKer?

    oh, c’mon.. i’ve seen lots of better ideas on the reply board.
    i like hodgepadre and marginer but this mediocre ‘mediOAKer’.

    it should be changed!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Piranhaman, To what?

  10. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Is Plouffe the sound that French dynamite makes?

    I’m glad to see A-gon is trying to get off the milk carton, could I conspirasize(desperately pray) that Yuk was the problem for his drought?

    Is it me or are the men on next food nextwork star wearing too much lipstick and blush?

    When E$PN makes the Bryce Harper breakfast cereal, what will they call it?

    • Turk Wendell says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Clown Question Br-Os. Now with more Frat Boy douchiness!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Turk Wendell, drunk questions “bro”, and no i don’t pay for my friends, just my strippas. what should I ask… yeah grey I’m in an ultra competitive 8 team and I can’t decide between starting McCutchen and Stanton on Monday. On my bench is Ethier, Hamilton, and Cargo. Any help would be appreciated, these decisions are so difficult.

        I think you need to go back and sit on Turks Wendell

        • Turk Wendell says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, *cereal name.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Turk Wendell, I caught that Bryce’s O’s. E$PN’s new white lebron. Br-O’s cause he’s our Ho!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Justin wears a lot of lipstick, but I thought that was his (lip) schtick.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, Zing!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, The Hawaiian guy has been getting a little more every week. He looks like a fat doll

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    No mention of Bauer? He’s up folks, thursday start, welcome to the big leagues kid.

    Time to enjoy the ride! Bauer watch will be crazy come thursday.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Oh and do we throw him out there and pitch him first time out Grey? 16 team H2H

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @TheNewGuy, He’s in the Saunders blurb.

  12. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Morneau vs. chris nelson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Morneau

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, Morneau vs Lind?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, Morneau…..

  13. Steve says:
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    Ah, Dallas McPherson. Only seems like yesterday you were the late round CI Razzmock flyer. I wonder if him and Mike Jacobs hang out together…

    Elsewhere, any of:

    Blackley @ SEA
    Vargas v OAK
    Chen v TB
    Estrada @ CIN

    worth a spin in the ol’ H2H on Tuesday?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Steve, always bet on black….ley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha… Yup…. Blackley

  14. Jake says:
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    Picked up Bauer, start him over Anibal vs STL, or Zimmerman @ COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jake, Zimmermann

  15. TheEvilEmpire says:
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    Benched Moustakas and C.Ross yesterday! Woohoo for me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheEvilEmpire, Oops

  16. Jon says:
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    Would you start both Milone @ SEA and Cobb @ KC tonight?

    • Hats for Bats says:
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      @Jon, @Grey, A MediOAKer versus a Marginer. The San Diego HodgePadres called and said they are jealous

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Milone

  17. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Fiers or Detwiler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack the Ripper, Detwiler

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Garza getting not run support yet again from the crappy Cubs…only had 1 win since I traded for him.

    If there ever a guy that’ll benefit from a trade and frankly deserves a trade it’s him. Doods got great stuff (hitting 95 in the 7th yesterday) and could have a massive upswing in value 2nd half if he’s traded to the right team…he must be so pissed right now knowing that no matter how well he pitches he won’t win.

    Heard many trade rumours? I’m like Steve hoping he goes somewhere like the Tigers, Angels or heck even NL West like Dodgers or Giants, or even Cards. Lots of good possible destinations for him…

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      @TheNewGuy, He won’t go to the Cards. Theo isn’t a fan of trading inter-divisionally (if that’s a word). Especially to a rival. I’m a Cubs fan and hope he gets dealt for his sake.

  19. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Moobs only needs one more appearance at 1B to gain 1B eligibility on ESPN. We live in exciting times.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @El Famous Burrito, Just as interleague ends, too.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Grey,

        They played him there yesterday in their home park so I guess there’s a chance.

        Hosmer only needs to take one day off…

  20. JamieB says:
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    There needs to be a hodgepadre type term for a random lefty facing the indians

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JamieB, Always open to suggestions, but that seems like too narrow of a niche…

  21. papasmurf says:
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    I drafted Bauer and then dropped him to make a roster space. So I am hoping he’s not a monster right out the gate.

    He will definitely be a plus in Ks, but I am not sure about the other categories.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, Could be a monster with walks too…

  22. Hats for Bats says:
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    Here’s my roster: 8×8 with triples, OBP, Ks against, CG, Holds

    C – Mauer
    1B – Carlos Lee
    2B – Pedroia
    SS – Han Ram
    3B – A Rod
    OF – Cespedes / Braun / Stanton / Reddick / Quentin
    BN – Goldschmidt / Plouffe
    DL – Ryan Howard

    SP – Bauer / Wainwright / Miley / Doubront / Darvish / Price / Big Z / Tim Hudson / Peavy
    RP – Benoit / Padilla / Romo / K-Rod / Perkins
    DL – Bailey /Capps

    I lost out on saves and am dominating holds. Can I afford to drop Hudson or Big Z and grab Rizzo. Should I? Any suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hats for Bats, Z for Rizzo…

  23. Deadwoods says:
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    Good morning Grey. Drop any of these this week for Worley or hold: Kuroda, Gee, Masterson, Parker, Scherzer? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Morning… Kuroda

  24. Jack says:
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    Back in May: “Clippard won’t keep the job once Storen returns…” And that’s me quoting you!

    I knew Clippard would keep the job — he’s too damn good! I had to resist shipping him off at what would have been his peak if Storen were to reclaim the role around the AS Break.

    $5 in draft cash for Broxton/Clippard — straight to #1 in saves!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Nice

  25. LadyScorpio says:
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    Good article as always! Gotta get my daily dose of Razball!

    Wanted to inquire about potentially adding Rizzo. I’m presently in 1st place in my 10 team league. My squad currently consists of…

    C – J. Montero
    1B – Votto
    2B – Craig & Altuve
    3B – Beltre & Moustakas
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Hamilton, Holliday, Stanton, Rasmus & Quentin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LadyScorpio, Thanks! And this is a five outfielder league? Then I see no room for him…

  26. Schizer says:
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    Weekly H2H league. Which 5 SPs do I roll with this week?

    Bumgarner, Lincecum, Latos, Doubront, Oswalt, Anibal, Worley, Samardzija

    Also, which two of Axford, Kenley, our Huston Street for RP for the week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer, Bum, Lincecum, Doubront, Worley, Oswalt… Kenley, Street

  27. LadyScorpio says:
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    Wow! So my message was somehow magically sent before I finished what I was asking. To continue…..

    U – Morse
    SPs – Bauer, Bumgarner, Kennedy, Sale & Strasburg
    RPs – Clippard, Wilhelmsen, Jansen, Parnell & Francisco (DL)

    Should I bother adding Rizzo? I could drop Quentin. He hasn’t been the same since his 1st week back from the DL. Also, do you think my team could take the gold?

    Thanks for reading and sorry about the 2 separate posts.
    LadyScorpio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LadyScorpio, Ha… Drop Quentin, sure…

  28. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Going to lose League as he looks like hes not leaving the setup role. Would you grab Perkins or Oswalt?

    • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, Grey : I actually grabbed Perkins but would you lose Daniel Hudson for Oswalt?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @2 Cups 1 Braun, Sure

  29. chata says:
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    @ Grey :

    ” C) See D. ”

    why does the simple-minded stuff amuse me the most ?

    • Hats for Bats says:
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      @chata, C – There is no C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Ha, not sure… Me too, though.

  30. Kubrick says:
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    Lind or Ike Davis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kubrick, Ike

  31. Cheese says:
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    Butler and Uggla for Miggy? Too much for Cabrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cheese, Sounds fair…

  32. Dominic says:
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    So I picked up super prospect Rizzo but it puts me in a tough spot with Pujols and Konerko filling up my 1B and one util spot. I offered up:

    Konerko and Myers

    for

    Dickey

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dominic, It’s fair…

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Dominic, So what happens if Rizzo stinks up the joint… I would wait to trade…

  33. Farnsworth is safe to drop right? Need the DL spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Yup

  34. QQ says:
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    1. 2 start Cobb vsDET/@KC over Lynn vsPIT, Diamond vsKC, or Leake @SF?

    2. Stanton for Kipnis 12Team H2H keeper?

    3B already put that autograph on Ebay…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @QQ, 1. Lynn, Leake 2. Stanton — HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WhineSpritzer, Worley

  35. LobBall says:
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    Who should I drop to make room for Stubbs coming off DL?

    Rajia, Coco, or John Jay

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LobBall, Rajai or Coco, flip a coin…Rajai…

  36. The Wickler says:
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    Should I roll with Rizzo at 1b for the week or drop one of M Harrison, Altuve (Any word on his Hammy?), Romero for Brandon Belt?

    Do you see much of a difference btw Harrison, Romero, Gee and Parker RoS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Wickler, Harrison for Belt… Not much…

  37. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Let’s hope this B McCarthy DL stint is the coming of PEACOCK!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Hope so

  38. OPS & barley says:
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    Since the 2 start week got a little murky since your post, can you briefly weigh in on the viability of these:

    Arroyo v. MIL, @ SF
    Cobb @ KC, v. DET (will he get 2 starts? so long between the last 2)
    DHud @ ATL, @ MIL
    Leake as a stream @ SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OPS & barley, Little murky? What do you mean? Cobb (I don’t know), Leake

      • OPS & barley says:
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        @Grey, not a big deal, but a few options layed out in your post over the weekend changed. Leake went from 2 to 1, Cobb went from 1 to 2, for example, making me consider other guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @OPS & barley, Oh… I didn’t write it…

  39. Morsiep00 says:
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    Who would you start today Morse vs Francis @ COL or Choo vs Kuroda @NYY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Morsiep00, Choo

  40. uncdrew says:
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    Harper stole third base because he was leading off second and third went over for an autograph.

    Well done. Too funny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @uncdrew, Thanks!

  41. fd says:
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    12 team 5×5

    Rasmus or Lind?

    ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd, Rasmus

  42. SpiralArchitect says:
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    Grey, nice Night Court reference. Love it!

    What do you think of trading Strasburg and Willingham for Cliff Lee and Nellie Cruz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpiralArchitect, Thanks! Strasburg side…

  43. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Grey, I have to punt someone when Drew Stubbs comes off the DL, here is my roster:

    C Posey
    1B Fielder, Morales
    2B A Hill, R Weeks, N Walker
    SS Andrus
    3B HanRam
    OF Bautista, Cudduyer, Soriano, Crisp

    SP – Grienke, MadBum, CJ Wilson, Niese, D Hudson, Samardzija, D Gee (just picked him up for his 2 starts this week), Doubront
    RP – Casilla, J Johnson, Frieri, Parnell, D Robertson

    Also, I have a guy who is down to move either Beltre and/or Melky in some sort of deal for a SS. I have HanRam killing my BA and Andrus who is about the only guy on my team hitting over .300 right now, would you consider moving HanRam in some sort of deal for Melky and Beltre in a 12 team 14 keeper league, or is he too valuable to part with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, Crisp… No, I wouldn’t move Hanley there…

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        @Grey, would you consider a Melky for Andrus swap? I can move Joey Bats to 3B and HanRam back to SS if I did that.

        • TualatinTwoStep says:
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          @Grey, the guy who wants to move Melky also wants SP’s, I just dont feel good about moving any of my top 3, which is what he would want.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @TualatinTwoStep, Sure, I can see the Andrus swap…

          • TualatinTwoStep says:
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            @Grey, Thanks man, I appreciate it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I appreciate you too.

  44. supra says:
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    I was thinking this over the weekend… maybe we need a glossary term for when you have a pitcher lined up to take the mound for you on Sunday and then either gets scratched or pushed back a day.

    In weekly lineup leagues, leagues with limited moves, and leagues with moves that only happen for the next day (yahoo)… this is a swift week-end kick in the nut satchel.

    Maybe not the best example, but I thought I had Buchholz lineup up for Sunday in 2 leagues and the next thing I know he’s vomiting blood or whatever. Do you get the feeling that when Francona’s not in the booth Sunday nights, he’s spending the summer in a undisclosed highschool locker room with a big bucket of KFC and and sixer of Pabst just laughing is mother fucking ass off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Ha! Yeah, there’s room for a term there, just need suggestions…

  45. linkinpaak says:
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    Grey, if anyone thought you were bonkers for saying to sell Lynn then they were bonkers. The problem is most people, just like you, put no value on Lynn even when he was owning so there were no good trades out there unless you were lucky enough to find a schmuck. I’ve been trying to sell him since May to no avail.

    • Kangaroo hops says:
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      @linkinpaak, Agreed. I tend to have a lot of undervalued pitchers that I swore to my leaguemates would be good in value, but inevitably they are not appreciated for what they are– not flashy, but steady enough to get you there. The Buicks of pitchers. So I keep them, and it works out ok. Dickey, Chens ( both Bruce and Wei-yin), McDonald, etc. I doubt I could really ever include Lynn in a trade except as fodder.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @linkinpaak, Yeah, probably true in some leagues…

  46. M AND M says:
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    Who wins in this trade?

    A. kershaw-kubul

    B. Peavy-Trout

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @M AND M, if it’s a keeper league, I’m taking the Fish. And actually, if it isn’t a keeper, I might take the Fish, too. Kershaw seems to be dealing with a foot issue.

  47. JMAC says:
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    Morrow out until mid-August in 10 team H2H league. Any reason to keep him if I already have Tulo using my DL spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC, Nope

  48. Futureman says:
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    Points league with limited moves.

    Belt or Ichiro rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Futureman, Belt

  49. Hot Sauce says:
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    Is Middlebrooks’ ceiling always going to be only 20-ish home runs and a solid average or was that just your 2012 projection? I have him in a keeper league and have received some offers for him. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hot Sauce, This year….

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Middlebrooks or Moose for 3rd?

    Currently playing Plouffe at SS. Have Quentin sucking it up in the OF. Would you lose Quentin for Aybar (who is hitting .326 for June) and use Plouffe as a super sub in the OF and at virtually every other position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Moose… Sure, if you wanna lose Quentin…

  51. Rick says:
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    I was storing Storen!

    Should I drop Storen for either Steven Drew or Chris Carpenter?

    Any other great stashes out there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick, Carp

  52. Shmael says:
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    5×5 Roto, I have lots of flexibility so can choose:

    Choose 3 please (need one MI):
    Hardy, Espinosa, Colvin (home Col games!), Ike, Morales, Rizzo, Blanco

    Hardy could get back on track at home and Espinosa has a Colorado series as well.

    Leaning towards Hardy, Espinosa, Colvin as I don’t know for sure if Rizzo is coming back or if Ike is healthy enough to play all week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shmael, Ike, Hardy, Espinosa

      • Shmael says:
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        @Grey, Thanks! Rizzo’s confirmed call-up change things at all?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          With what?

  53. Turk Wendell says:
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    Chris Nelson, Aybar, or Beckham to replace Altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Turk Wendell, Beckham

  54. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Looking to add Rizzo. Would Duda be droppable for him?
    (I also have Hosmer, Belt, Butler that can play 1B)

    In my other league I’ve been holding Utley but I have
    Kipnis and Kelly Johnson at 2B already. Belt is still available.
    From my bench who would you cut for Belt: Utley,
    Morales, Ichiro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons, Yup…. Ichiro

  55. Earl Campbell says:
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    Using Newinhaus/IKEA on my bench as a back up. Drop him for Lind? I have Hosmer at 1st. Im sure you know how that is going.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl Campbell, Go with Lind…

  56. Niq Castro says:
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    Assuming all are healthy ROS: Hellickson, Beckett, Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Niq Castro, You ranked them

      • Niq Castro says:
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        @Grey, thx

  57. Yoshi says:
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    Fowler, Stubbs, or BJ Upton?

    • Yoshi says:
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      add Pagan to this list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yoshi, Upton, Stubbs

  58. supra says:
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    Deep Keeper: Is E.Santana an obvious replacement for any of my Pettitte, Wandy, Doubront, Hultzen? Or with limited moves, should I just monitor this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Hold

  59. Wake Up says:
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    “Liam isn’t just pretty, he’s extraordinary looking. Actually, you could describe him as beautiful.”

    -Pete Townsend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, HA!

  60. B.o.B says:
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    We starting Gallardo @ Cincy tonight? That really scares me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, I am

  61. ruah says:
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    I have both Laroche and Rizzo but Youk and Lind are available. Make a swap in any way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ruah, I’d hold

  62. TheNewGuy says:
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    As much as im looking forward to T Bauers debut, im more interested in seeing what 24 pun Grey uses in the blog before his start!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Hehe

  63. Herschel says:
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    @Grey, start chapman in weekly roto league this week? Alternative would be to start Marshall or replace him with a starter (oswalt vs det or burnett @ phi)?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel, Start Chapman

  64. I would like to send Matt Moore in a dynasty league in a trade for –
    Mark Trumbo and
    Max Scherzer

    I like Max K’s and I need more power and that is tough to come by

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball, Sounds good…

  65. aj says:
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    AVE-letic…an average Oakland Athletics pitcher who pitches well at home. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @aj, We already have one.

  66. Jim says:
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    10 team standard league. Jesus Montero is my catcher. Available catchers include Pierzynski, Salty, Rosario, Doumit, Arencibia, and Avila. Who would you go with? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim, Doumit

  67. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    Grey BnY!

    I’ve been trying to sell Utley and as predicted, I can’t get anything in return. I was offered scott diamond for him and I do need pitching. Would you take this trade or do u feel I can make out better. 12- team, H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21, BnY…. I’d take it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tggq21, BTW, I sound confident, but I don’t really like Diamond either…

      • Trevor

        tggq21 says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I agree. That seems like the only thing I can get in return… oh well, thanks!

  68. Grey's da man! says:
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    Can you please rank: Goldy, Ike, Reynolds

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Goldy, Reynolds

  69. Jon says:
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    Start 2: Hosmer, LoMo, Espinosa

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Espinosa, Hosmer

  70. DjlanceRauch says:
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    10 team roto. Here’s my pitching staff.
    Weaver
    Gio
    Wainwright
    Peavy
    McDonald
    Moore
    Worley
    Should I drop a pitcher for Bauer? Or drop one for Parnell? I’m leading in almost all pitching catagories, but 5th in saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, You have no one to drop.

      • DjlanceRauch says:
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        @Grey, or should I lose Chris Davis, or Rajai for one of them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @DjlanceRauch, Lose both…

  71. Derrick says:
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    Start Gallardo @Cin?
    Start Dubront against Tor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Derrick, I’d start both…

  72. Random Collmenter says:
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    Gosh Johnson or Gallardo ROS?

    Would you trade either of those guys + Dee Gordron for Andrelton Simmonds + Hamels?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Random Collmenter, Gallardo… Sure, Johnson…

  73. Watson says:
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    Cuddyer or Rizzo at 1B ROS? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Watson, Cuddyer

  74. Grey's da man! says:
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    Any of these good spot start options?

    Gee at Cubs
    Blackley at Mariners
    Kelly at Mia
    C Richard at Houston

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Gee, Blackley

  75. AP says:
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    Hey Grey…….I am currently holding both Valverde & Benoit in an eleven team roto league. I am getting completely tired of riding the closer carousel in detroit. I feel like I’m getting awful ratios (valverde)with not a lot of saves (benoit). Do you think it’s crazy to dump both of those schmohawks, and just go to waivers and pick up some combination of Cook/wilhelmson/Parnell instead? Thanks. As always love the site and love the podcast… keep up the good work.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @AP, Cook and Wilhelmsen are both better than Benoit and Valverde. Take both of those guys and move on from those Schmos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Thanks! ^Agree

  76. Adam says:
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    Goldy or Belt ROS?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam, Belt… Tossup…

  77. Mike says:
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    Would u start Parker on wednesday or pick up Bauer to start Thursday?
    Have one spot open…debating to pick up Bauer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Bauer

  78. surfer says:
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    Grey:

    I have been offered Josh Hamilton for a 1st and 2nd round pick in next years draft. This is a 10 keeper league so it is really an 11th and 12th round pick. Seems like a no brainer accept for me but I may be missing something. Did the Mayan calendar say anything about Josh Hamilton? Is his career on the rocks again?

    • royce! says:
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      @surfer, Hamilton has been kinda meh over the last 30 days- batting .211 and has K’d nearly 30% of his PAs. Since he’s been slumping it’s not entirely a no-brainer, but I’d still take it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @surfer, Take Hamilton

  79. crock says:
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    Frieri for Swisher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Frieri

  80. Jack says:
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    My pitching staff consists of these bums:

    2SP: Jon Lester, Yovani Gallardo
    2RP: Addison Reed, Jim Johnson
    4P: Ricky Romero, Max Scherzer, Matt Moore, Roy Oswalt, Danny Hultzen, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tom Wilhelmsen, Glen Perkins, Bobby Parnell
    DL: Holland

    I just picked up Perkins and Parnell, but should I drop Perkins for Bedard, Cashner, Floyd, Eovaldi, Dice-K, Estrada, Peacock, Blackley, Archer, or Westbrook?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack, Hold for now

  81. LT

    LT Murray says:
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    I want eric hosmer shot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LT Murray, You gotta find someone that doesn’t own him to do it so it’s not obvious…. Maybe a Ryan Zimmerman owner…

  82. B.o.B says:
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    Rios, Cespedes or Kubel RoS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.o.B, Rios

  83. fd says:
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    5×5 12 team mixed, Tori Hunter just dropped.

    Worth picking him up and dropping any of these?

    Rios
    Harper
    Rasmus

    ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd, Hold

  84. Gen. Patton says:
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    Im facing this line up this week. I’m looking for a recommendation of a plan of attack to defeat this machine of death.

    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Bos C
    1B Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B
    2B Marco Scutaro, Col SS, 2B
    3B Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B, DH
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Cle SS
    LF Mike Trout, LAA CF, LF
    CF Josh Hamilton, Tex LF, CF
    RF Carlos Beltran, StL RF
    UTIL Andre Ethier, LAD RF
    Bench Michael Bourn, Atl CF

    I was thinking going heavy power, rbi, walks and batting, and forsake runs and stolen bases.

    Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Gen. Patton says:
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      @Gen. Patton, batting = BA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gen. Patton, I’d go for steals, batting and walks…

  85. Art Vandelay says:
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    Would you rather have Oswalt or Bauer as waiver wire pickup in a standard 5×5 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Art Vandelay, Bauer

  86. Poo Holes says:
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    Is BJ, Howard, Lester, and Garza too much to give up for Pujols and E-Jax when your starting first baseman is a combo of LaRoche, LoMo, and Swisher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, Nope

  87. jack says:
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    Lance Lynn: I felt the regression coming so benched him for his 12K beauty the week before last. And of course started him last week for his two disasters. Do I run him out at home this week vs Pit? 2 great starts against them already this year and he’s better at home. Other option would be Shark at home vs Mets (think he is about to turn it around). Pretty set on benching Haren at Tor and Anibal vs STL. But which one would you play, Lynn, Shark, Haren or Anibal? All strugglers …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack, Think you gotta start Lynn vs. the Pirates…

  88. Nico says:
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    Trade Rizzo for Middlebrooks? I’ve been changing waiver wire 3B the last few weeks since trading away Zimmerman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nico, Sure

  89. Jason says:
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    way in the back of my roto

    Who should I start: Hudson (vs. AZ & vs. Was) or Grienke (@CIN). I’m leaning towards Hudson because I’m afraid of @CIN and Grienke might be due.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason, Greinke

  90. L-Boogie says:
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    12-team, 5×5, weekly lineups

    1) which 2 to start this week: Duda, Middlebrooks, Belt?

    2) K Johnson or Aybar at MI? Does a week of awesomeness make up for a season of garbage?

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Belt, Middlebrooks… Johnson

    • L-Boogie says:
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      @L-Boogie, One more, por favor…

      3) Start Bauer for his one start or Gee for 2 starts (Cubs and Dodgers/Kershaw)?

      Thanks again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @L-Boogie, Gee

  91. TheNewGuy says:
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    Am I crazy to consider Ryan “The Riot” in place of R Weeks/Ackley for my 2nd base spot? Would have to cut one of those guys, Riot has a .360OBP and 7 steals last 30 days.

    2B has been awful for me this year, Jemile in my other league…yuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d hold

  92. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey, drop Lynn for one of these guys? I am looking for a solution for the rest of the season or atleast a mid term solution. Thanks

    Parker, Niese, Archer, Cobb, Oswalt, Santana, Liriano

    • Moscowitz says:
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      @Moscowitz, Please give me your first three in order. Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker, Lynn, Oswalt….

      • Moscowitz says:
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        @Grey, well…then i’d keep him for now…thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. L-Boogie says:
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    Panda and Bruce for Braun? I have Middlebrooks to take over at 3B.

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Braun, it’s fair…

  94. Schizer says:
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    Which side?

    Pence, Moobs, Cuddyer for Lee, Hart, Hudson.

    Could possibly add R. Weeks or Kendrick to the Moobs side and add Quentin to the Lee side….

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence

  95. Lubey says:
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    Hey Grey

    Your prob tired of Rizzo questions and this may be a dumb one but…..

    Is Rizzo an definite grab? I could drop LoMo, Mayberry, or Belt to get him.

    Thanks broski

    • Lubey says:
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      @Lubey, BTW im leaning Juneberry

      • Lubey says:
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        @Lubey, *a definite grab

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Mayberry

      • Lubey says:
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        @Grey, ty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yw

  96. MattTruss223 says:
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    I went down to Fenway for the game yesteday. I give Sawx fans a lot of crap for being pink-hats, but they’re pretty legit. The standing-o they gave Youk during his first AB was pretty impressive. I don’t know that you see 36,000 doing that in many other ball parks. Clearly everyone had an idea that it could be his last game with the team. When he was pulled for pinch-runner Nick Punto everyone got the sense a trade had gone down, that and the way the players were reacting to him coming off the field. I joined in the second standing ovation that demanded a curtain-call. It gave me chills. Good to see a player like that leave on a high note from the fans. I thought it was a pretty nice middle finger to Bobby V for how he’s handled the situation also. It was the right move for the team and was gonna happen no matter who the manager was, Middlebrooks has earned the spot, it’s a business, but Bobby V is a clown. Youk, when healthy, was pretty fun to watch. You always got the sense he was trying his damndest to get on base, make a play, leg out a hit. Good stuff. A guy like that deserves some respect after 8+ years with a team. A phone call or some communication to a player like that is least you can do. It’s obvious Youk and Bobby don’t get along and Kenny Williams made a comment that Youk had “an edge to him” on the phone and that “he’s looking forward to proving some people wrong”. Good deal for the White Sox, low-risk, high reward. Overall, I left impressed and glad I made the trip despite the fact the Braves got trounced. ALL MIKE MINOR DOES IS GIVE UP HOMERS!!

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      Oh yea, I have a theory from the game on Code Rossi’s hot bat also. He had a swing where he let go of the bat and it flew into the crowd. A guy caught it and was showing it off when a Red Sox official swooped in, took it right out of the dude’s hands and ran off with it back to the bat boy. Normally an official comes by and begs someone to return a bat and at least some sort of compensation is given. This official got booed like crazy after it happened. My conspiracy theory: corked bat. That’s why they were in such a hurry to get that bat back. I offered this theory up to those sitting around me and was just met with smirks and head shakes, but I think I’m on to something.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Could be… You’re a Code breaker…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice recap… Ha!

  97. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Which SS is hottest right now? Looking for a fill-in for the next few weeks until Boneface returns. Currently have Hardy, but he has been cold as ice this month. Chasing Runs, Steals, Power, in that order. Drop him for any of the below?

    Seager, Scutaro, Cozart, or Escobar.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  98. anarchy burger says:
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    i have trout keepable for the next 2 years pretty late. i’m going for it this year. is granderson, kershaw and wieters enough of a haul??? wieters replaces soto. i could use an ace. its not a slam dunk because i don’t know if it will lock up the league for me. i’m leaning towards keeping trout. do u guys think i should pull the trigger? its hard to part with my boy……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s plenty fair…

  99. The Wickler says:
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    FYI all, Rizzo left the Iowa game today in the 4th and is officially en route to the Majors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giddy up

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @The Wickler, oh HELL yes!

  100. Poo Holes says:
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    It’s official, Rizzo called up to the Cubs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw sookie

      • The Wickler says:
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        @Grey, Thoughts on this trade…Haren and Morrow for Gio? Would use the extra roster spot to pick up Belt

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gio

  101. stoopid says:
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    Kendrys was just dropped for, get this, Ryan Kalish.. Yeah my league is based out of Boston.. Anyways..

    Do you like him over Ike, Belt, Lahair, Lind (just re-acquired) or Markakis for a UT/5th OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Markakis

  102. Mevs says:
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    Why wouldn’t the Nats let Storen go back to closing?

    Yea, I mean other than Clippard has been basically nails in the role. C’mon man.

  103. Jon says:
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    Would you trade JRoll for any of these pitchers?

    Wade Miley, Matt Harrison, Diamond, Worley, Parker, Masterson, Volquez, Latos

    Keeper league – won’t keep Rollins with Tulo and Desmond on my team, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  104. TheNewGuy says:
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    No DL spot left, Perkins over S Santos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  105. Moscowitz says:
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    Grey is there a chance for Archer to stick around or will he go down as soon as Helickson returns? I like this guy. I watched him pitch against the Nats and i saw some real sick balls thrown by this guy. kind of a weird late movement on that fastball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably go down…

  106. TheNewGuy says:
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    New kid Derek Norris over godDoumit?

    16 team H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  107. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Who gets the boot out of the MI group?

    Andrelton, Ruben Tejada or Alcides.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, 14-team AVG and OPS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tejada

  108. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Keeper league and need to make some tough decisions for Rizzo. Only real option is to lose a pitcher and that would be Ian Kennedy. Do it or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  109. Brian says:
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    Would you start Hudson at Atl and Mil this week or start Hanson against just Ari this week?

    Hudson would be my 4th 2 start pitcher (the guy I am up against has 3 two starters, two of them are Strasburg and Gio) I have a feeling Hudson might get lit up in both outings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanson

  110. jack says:
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    Lynn it is, thanks. Rizzo worth grabbing now? Have only 3 picks left. Will need a power bat at some point … I guess right now my top candidates would be Rizzo, Frazier, Heisey, Lind. I’d wait on the last three, but would have to jump on Rizzo now before leaguemates do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  111. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Grey – 12 TM AL only Dynasty league, need saves bad (only closer i have is B. League – who’s not a closer).

    Offered a guy a trade for Broxton, and he countered with

    I get:
    Broxton ($15), Kendrick ($24), Humberto Qunitero (throw in player)

    I give
    Carlos Santana ($17), Brian Matusz (who cares), Irving Falue (who cares) and Michael Pineda ($17)

    do i pull this trade? I’m contemplating it, Santan isn’t doing much for me. but i think he can turn it around next year (we keep players for 3 years).

    thoughts?

    I was thinking about doing it but trying to keep pineda

    • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, thinking now that i can get a lot better closer than Broxton for Santana in a dynasty keeper league.

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, ha scratch that completely. i rejected it.

        I offered $17 Pineda and $5 justin Grimm for $2 Ryan Cook and Chris Getz.

        hopefully he takes that. I don’t have much trust that pineda is going to come back full steam next year. and don’t mind losing Grimm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy about it…

      • The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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        @Grey, not crazy about the Cook for Grimm and Pineda deal?

        I’m not even considering the Santana deal anymore.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Pineda for next year… It’s fair…

  112. Turk Wendell says:
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    @Grey, My Howie Kendrick for his Cuddyer. Good deal? Gotta be, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it

  113. Abdoozy says:
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    Damn this is a frustrating game.

    After struggling all week to make headway against the first place team (14 team espn h2h), the two time defending champion, by Sunday afternoon I’d eked out a 6-5-1 lead.

    I had the luxury of being able to bench Dickey; he could only hurt my ratios.

    The only way I could not win the week was if Soriano closed out a win for the Yankees Sunday night.

    Whoever said “a tie is like kissing your sister” has never seen my sister. But it’s better than losing. I guess.

  114. Curt says:
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    I get F her and Gardner for M.Moore and Lahair……I can keep gardner as a round 17……he gets Moore at 23…….F-Her is expiring and i’m in 2nd place…….Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  115. herschel says:
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    @Grey: which side do you like in redraft roto league? darvish/hill for kinsler?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler, but it’s fair…

  116. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Thanks for the response to #98.
    1.) Is Cody Ross legit? He seems a little old for a breakout. Like the spot in the order though.
    2.) Does he stick if/when Carl returns?
    3.)
    4.) Over/under 15 HRs ROS?
    5.) Please rank at Utility: Ross, Duda, Craig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Under… Craig, Ross

  117. Switch Hitter says:
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    11 team NL only keeper league, $260 cap:
    Which side would you prefer for the rest of the season?

    Rizzo ($10), Ludwick ($7B) and S. Drew ($6) or Gordon ($10B), Upton ($34B) and Pachecho ($10)… needing steals primarily, what do you think?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  118. Horse says:
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    1st year reading Razzball. Great stuff.

    I am still learning the SAGNOF principles.

    14 team is this trade just SAGNOF vs. SAGNOF?

    Which side:

    Victorino or Casilla

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Victorino… It’s fair…

  119. L-Boogie says:
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    I’ve had Bauer, Middlebrooks, and Rizzo sitting on my bench for weeks and blam-o! What the hell do I do with them now? I can’t fit them all on my active roster. I smell a flurry of trades coming…

  120. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    Remember that huge league I am in? Some guy just dropped Aubrey Huff! Is he worth picking up? I need outfield help.

    Other DL eligible players that are available and interest me include:
    Chris Getz
    Ryan Sweeney
    Mike Baxter
    Collin Cowgill

    • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, oh and I just picked up Leonys Martin. I would rather have him sitting on my bench, I have him starting today, than having Ka’aihue filling up my DH spot. Hopefully Lind starts at DH soon and I will finally have a DH player that actually plays! Having 20 teams with a DH spot is rather silly.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        None of these guys are worth anything but I don’t know who you’re dropping for them…

        • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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          @Grey, Candidates to be dropped include
          Omar Quintanilla
          Ryan Raburn
          Steve Pearce
          Luis Valbuena

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @Mennonite Sports guy, Lose Valbuena for Sweeney

  121. Prezii says:
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    Just dumped zobrist for rizzo… I would have came here and asked first… But you might have told me to hold. And when it comes to zobrist, the only thing i wanna hold is myself back from throwing up!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  122. Horse says:
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    Which side?

    Hellickson / Krispie for Dunn

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dunn

  123. Starsburg says:
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    For the rest of the year at INF, 10 man h2h, Aviles, Moustakas, Goldschmidt, Hill, or Aramis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aramis

      • Starsburg says:
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        @Grey, any question in your mind? I have Braun too…and 2 other pairs of teammates (Votto/Bruce and CarGo/Cuddy).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Braun doesn’t change anything…

  124. joe from pt pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    12 Team H2H Points League, 15 start weekly max

    Planning out my pitching for this week, and here is how it looks (everyone tries to get to 15 starts to maximize points):

    1 Verlander @ TB (Price)
    2 Strasburg @ Atl (Minor)
    3 Strasburg @ Col (Francis)
    4 Parker @ Sea (Millwood)
    5 Santana @ ChC (Wood)
    6 Santana @ LAD (Eovaldi)
    7 King Felix v Bos (Beckett)
    8 Bauer @ Atl (Jurrjens)
    9 D-Hudson @ Mil (Gallardo)
    10 D-Hudson @ Atl (Hudson)
    11 Latos @ SF (Zito)
    12 Latos v Mil (Gallardo)
    13 Volquez @ Col (Francis)
    14 Quintana @ NYY (Sabathia) <– man he's throwing well
    15 Stream

    It goes without saying that matchups 13 and 14 are not optimal , however there's not much out there on the waiver wire. Below I've listed the top available streaming options for this week.

    – Grimm v Det (Porcello) <– he allowed 9 er in 1 ip last time he faced Tex
    – Blackley @ Sea (Vargas)
    – Harrell v SD (Richard)
    – Kendrick v Pit (Burnett)
    – Keuchel v SD (Marquis)
    – Grimm v Oak (Milone)

    Which streamer you would use for my 15th start?
    Would you use any of the other streamers over Volquez or Quintana?

    Thanks Grey!

    • joe from pt pleasant says:
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      @Grey:

      And sorry for the long post, I sent you a small donation for all the hard-work and great advice.

      Thanks again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackley and Keuchel… Over Volquez

  125. Goose says:
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    thinking of taking action for my open MI spot today.

    which plan would you endorse?

    (plan A)
    – drop AJ Burnett (next start is Wed @ PHI; he’s been not-great on the road).
    – pick up Ruben Tejada (at Wrigley, vs LHP Wood; batting .413 ‘gainst LHP).
    – then drop Tejada after games start today and grab Worley (or if Worley gets swooped upon, then Niese)

    (plan B)
    – hold AJ and roll w him Wed (and in his next-next start, at home vs HOU = tasty)
    – keep an open MI slot tonight and suffer the feeling of emptiness that accompanies this…

    (plan C)

    (plan D)
    see plan C.

    i’m sorta reluctant to cut bait on Burnett when he’s been so dialed lately. but it’s worth it to fill the MI spot and maybe Worley (or Niese) is a better SP for me anyway?

    thanks, hermano!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

      • Goose says:
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        @Grey,

        word.

        but – a-ha! – there was a plan C, after all. here it is.

        – drop Aoki for Tejada.

        my OF is Braun, Bruce, Hamilton, Revere (play 4), with Aoki as my UTIL. i just picked up Lind. i figured i’d watch Lind for a few days before slotting him in at UTIL — or would you drop Aoki, put Tejada in my empty MI for tonight and start rollin’ with Lind at UTIL straightaway?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Goose, Drop Aoki

  126. #1 contenda says:
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    greyman,

    can you rank dese 1b – rizzo, lind, Ike

    and is mccarthy done bro? or worth holding?

    respeckt/.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, Ike… Doesn’t look good for McCarthy

  127. Mzyptlk says:
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    Lowrie or Cozart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie

  128. potus says:
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    Rodney or Clippard?

    This year:

    Are both or either closing games next year?

    TIA

    -YHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither next year… Rodney…

  129. kingadrock says:
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    yet another “…for rizzo?” question sorry… so here it is: Morneau droppable for izzy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  130. Chillmodious says:
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    So I’ve already got Rizzo, which means I don’t have to ask you if I should pick him up. (Yay!) However, I do now need to decide who to bench (or drop) in order to play him beginning tomorrow. (Boo!) Here’s the offensive roster:

    C – Ruiz
    1B – Youk
    2B – Espinosa
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    3B – Joey Bats
    MI – Kipnis
    CI – Jed Lowrie
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruuuuuce
    OF – Howard Kendrick
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Brandon Belt
    Util – Moustakas
    Util – Mark Reynolds

    Bench – Rizzo
    —————————————–

    Due to positional flexibility, Rizzo could replace just about anybody on the active roster. I was thinking play Rizzo and bench Reynolds. Then it occurred to me that it might be a waste to carry a bat on my bench when that spot could be used for an extra SP/RP like the available Ivan Nova and Glen Perkins. Sooooo…. [Dennis Hopper voice]… What do you do, Jack? What. Do. You. Do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, Bench Reynolds…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Thank you. I will bench Mini Donkey. But I hate him. Thoroughly. Even more than Adam Lind. Yuck. Short staccato sentences. Etc. I should have taken a cue from Prezii above and just dropped him before asking you the question, so that it would have been too late if you told me to hold. Argh!

    • chata says:
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      @Chillmodious,

      carry the extra bat , for now .
      work up a trade , to take effect right after the asb .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Awesome!

  131. Sam says:
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    Another Stubbs coming off the DL question… Drop De Aza or Seager? Or just drop Stubbs? It’s a 12 team points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, De Aza

  132. Howard says:
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    Should change the name of the site to ‘Rizz’ball! It’s been a long time comin’!

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Howard, Grey dubbed Opening Day “O’Jennings Day,” so Tuesday, June 26th should forevermore be known as “O’Rizzo Day.”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chillmodious, Ah, those were the days…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Ha!

  133. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Niese, friers, or ubaldo?

    My gut says ubaldo, my brain says friers, and my heart says Niese.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Niese

  134. Matt says:
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    Wanting to try to buy Morse or Hosmer. Okay to send Halladay for one of them? No keepers affected.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Sure, Morse…

  135. Steve says:
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    I don’t want to be here if Rizzo goes 0-5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Ha!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, i doubt hes gonna be a factor out the gate.. people have to expect a few 0 fors in the early weeks..

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii, He only singled. I’m dropping Rizzo for Casey Kotchman – don’t anyone try to stop me!

  136. Chillmodious says:
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    Yeesh, J-Bay just needs to disappear and stop reminding me that I drafted him last season and held on for three months as though he was going to do anything other than crap all over my expectations. This, today, from RotoWorld:

    “Jason Bay (concussion) was cleared to ride a bicycle Monday.”

    Really? In other news, my 3-year-old niece was also cleared to ride a bicycle Monday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chillmodious, HA!

  137. Ranger Danger says:
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    If Morrow is now out till aug 11th or so, is he worth continuing to stash, since he may need a few ramp up starts to get back on track? I could use his DL spot to claim Gardner or V-Mart. What would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ranger Danger, Grab Gardner

  138. Schizer says:
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    Start stubbs over cuddyer this week? Rizzo over Billy Butler?

    Lawrie for Cliff Lee seem fair?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer, No…No… Yeah…

  139. Commish Cauda says:
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    Oswalt vs DET (Fister) or Jordan Zimmermann @COL (Outman) this week in deep H2H-5X5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Oswalt

  140. harkrider says:
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    SP questions. I have Morrow out, now Marcum is out. Is Morrow worth hanging onto? Is Halladay worth trading for in a keeper league?

    Is Jay Bruce enough for an injured Halladay on a team that can’t keep him next season?

    • harkrider says:
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      @harkrider, I could drop Morrow for Bauer, too risky?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @harkrider, In some leagues, drop Morrow for Bauer… Bruce for Halladay is fair…

        • harkrider says:
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          @Grey, any thoughts on Ervin Santana and Gee ROS? Drop Morrow for either?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            For Gee

  141. Commish Cauda says:
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    Mark Reynolds, Gregor Blanco or Quintin Berry this week in deep H2H-Points league (KO=-1, BB=1, SB=3)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Berry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Cool, will have to check out when I get a second…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Cool…

  142. Commish Cauda says:
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    Pick the best THREE this week in deep H2H-Points League, (W=7, L=-5, CG=5)

    Edwin Jackson @COL (White)
    Lance Lynn vsPIT (Bedard)
    Anibal Sanchez vsSTL (Kelly)
    Hochevar vsTB (Cobb) & @MIN (Liriano)
    Matusz vsLAA (Wilson) & vsCLE (Masterson)

    My opponent has 9 starts this week. If I sit Hochear and Matusz, I’ll have 6.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit the last two

      • Commish Cauda says:
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        @Grey, thanks…you like Fiers vsARI (Miley) any better than the top three?

  143. Steve says:
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    Norris set to come of the DL and start Thursday.

    I only mention this because I grabbed him in my H2H league after he got dropped when he got hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice….

      • Commish Cauda says:
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        @Grey, in light of this news, go with Bud Norris vsSD?, Mike Minor vsWAS (Strasburg) or Fiers vsARI (Miley) this week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Norris, Fiers

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, good grab. Not like he hurt his arm or anything.. fat ass just ran too fast!

  144. Random Collmenter says:
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    dempster + andrelton simmons for dee gordon + santiago casilla?

    other RPs are betancourt and soriano.

    other SPs are Johnson, Gallardo, CJ Wilson, Capuano, Burnett, Wade Miley, Leake…

    i need average help big time and dee gordon has been a total avg drain. and maybe simmons will start stealing bases like he did in the minors?

    AND casilla has been sucking – any chance he loses his job soon?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon side… Anything’s possible with closers…

  145. Steve says:
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    Grey – we have a nice test for Steve Magic this week. My H2H opponent has Ryan Zimmerman.

    And Rizzo…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Oh – and Bauer too.

      I think this guy thinks he’s cool because he knows all the ‘prospects’…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dierkes is picking up everyone I’m dropping in the RCL…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Grey Magic!

  146. Martin says:
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    @grey- thats a pretty nice line your giving Rizzo. If i can swing Fielder for Rizzo and CC should I do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, there’s downside though…

  147. Prezii says:
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    Mr albright, how do you feel about avila? He was just dropped and ive been rotating catchers week to week. Do you think avila solves my C problem? Or just leave em and keep pickin up catchers?

    Also, i hear Vmart’s season may not be over after all. You think he makes it back in time for the fantasy playoffs?

    Thanks for letting me pick that nice lookin brain of yours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      V-Mart might make it back, but whatever unless you have DL room… Don’t know who you’re dropping for Avila…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, yeah i got DL room.. 1 spot.. but id be droppin perez for avila.. i just picked him up and dipped salty.. like i said ive been rotatin catchers. Salty, jp, rosario… Bums like those.. avila better than that?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just hold… Avila’s out today with knee soreness…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, yee.. thank you for the input!

  148. Carnac says:
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    Lind not in tonight’s lineup. I can only assume it’s because John Farrell wanted to get Ben Francisco’s terrible bat back in the lineup (at DH) tonight, saving Lind to fail tomorrow against a lefty. I love it when a plan comes together, Hannibal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Ridiculous…

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Carnac, f*&^ing ridiculous. Why the hell do you bring him up to sit him?

  149. Hi Grey — A quick question for my squad in a 16-team redraft roto league.

    Now that Mayberry’s starting to cool, is he worth dropping for Michael Saunders, LoMo, Franklin Gutierrez, or newly-minted creeper Garrett Jones? Ike and Lind are also on waivers but I already have Miggy and Rizzo for my 1B/UTIL slots so I wouldn’t be able to slot them in every day unless Rizzo flops. Or should I stop micromanaging and just stay put for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stay put for now…

  150. DexterHol says:
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    @Grey Which of these should I drop : Francoeur, Moss, Viciedo, Morneau, U. Jimenez, G. Floyd, in order to get one or more from : Rizzo, Parnell, Bauer? I’m on a Head to Head Points league. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss, Floyd, Ubaldo

  151. Bryan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I got offered Roy Oswalt for Anthony Rizzo. Would you pull the trigger?

    Thanks!
    Bryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  152. Any thoughts on Aybar at SS? He started embarrassingly slow but seems to be playing better lately … where would you rank him among other SS and 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Decent one week flyer to see if he stays hot…

      • @Grey, Is he still below the Lowrie/Desmond level? Is he better than, say Theriot? Drew?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique, Yup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Enrique, Better than Theriot

  153. Carnac says:
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    Remember a couple years ago when the Cubs promoted a bat from Iowa? In ~200 PAs, he was hitting .409, 17 HR, 53 RBI, 21 BB/31 Ks. I mean, wow, just tearing the cover off the ball…

    In related news, today the Pirates released Jake Fox from their AAA affiliate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, Ha… Yup

  154. Steve says:
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    Ras. Mus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Don’t have him anywhere… Boo.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Boo, indeed.

        Physician heal thyself.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, And you love him too he is always the answer everytime a question on here involves him.

        I thought you were nuts with your love for him, totally being justified bro. Oh well least you can take solace youre helping loads of Razz readers win…%*$¥ that, you wanna win yourself!

        • Prezii says:
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          @grey, damn i know man.. grey is the main reason i have rasmus.. and you dont even own him?? Sadface…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @TheNewGuy, Yeah, can’t have everyone I’d like to have… I have to balance it with some guys I wish I didn’t have…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Wishing I didn’t have Cobb right now…

    • chata says:
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      @Steve,

      you guys are Grey’s lab rats .

  155. WHIP it good says:
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    Goldy or Rasmus ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rasmus

  156. later tater says:
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    hey grey

    std yahoo 12 team 5×5 roto league

    i need pitching help in era and whip

    opp wants catcher santana; his best p’s are j johnson, garza, masterson and lincecum

    trade for any of these p’s?

    (opp would also trade catcher martin – i have lucroy on dl)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, Carlos for Johnson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, Actually Garza then Johnson…

  157. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Only one DL spot currently occupied by Brandon Morrow, recently found out he could be out until mid August. My rotation has been ravished by injuries lately (Morrow, Beachy, McCarthy, Norris) and currently stands at Gallardo, Darvish, Sale, Zimmerman, Anibal, Bauer and Cobb. Another possible starter I could stash on the DL is Carpenter. Hitters on the DL include Berkman, Werth, and Crawford. Offensively, I could use more homers and rbi. Suggestion? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stash Crawford, Carp…

  158. Cyr says:
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    Latos looks to have a serious case of Scherzophrenia..

    • Goose says:
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      @Cyr,

      Finally drop his ass and this is the thanks I get? Mat Hate-os!

      • Cyr says:
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        @Goose, Yeah tolly, he was supposed to be La-toast from my team, but now… I’ll probably still cut him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figures

  159. JMAC says:
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    10 team H2H standard league. Would you stream Eovaldi @SF? What numbers do you see him putting up tonight?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  160. knighttown says:
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    I’m trying to understand these Saberhagenmetrics a little better. I see a name like Mike Leake in the Top 10 of xFIP. Is this just noise or is this a guy I’m interested in as a 6th SP in my daily, 12 teamer?

    Comments from anyone (about Leake or the use of advances stats) would be great.

    • Carnac says:
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      @knighttown, It’s not a silver bullet, but it’s more than noise. Leake may be a matchups guy (next @SF), but someone to keep an eye on for more. 6th SP in a 12 team league? Sure.

  161. AlmostTooGood says:
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    Dempster and Marcum on the DL (for what looks to be very short term)
    Is either worth dropping for Parker, Buerhle, or Trevor Bauer? If so, who?

    Gracias Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marcum for Bauer

  162. Carnac says:
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    Yes, Ryan Braun DID run in the wrng direction on that Bruce “double” to left. You’re killing your mother/Yovani, Ryan!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened? He think it was caught?

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Liner to left, Braun broke forward to his left, before turning to run back (and to his right) as the ball hit off the bottom of the OF wall. Nothing totally agregious, just a boneheaded play that was ruled a hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Carnac, Damn, too bad… Might’ve helped Latos…

  163. knighttown says:
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    My team’s been sinking like a stone, dropping from 100 points and 1st to 70 and 5th in my 12 team, daily league.

    9-11 (good) in Saves, Runs and SB
    6-8 (average) in HR, WHIP, ERA, Avg
    <6 (poor) in RBI, Wins (2.5), K

    Just completed two deals:
    1. Moved Hosmer/Utley for David Price
    2. Moved Gallardo/Scherzer for Giancarlo Stanton

    Left with:
    C- Rosario
    CI- Konerko, Lawrie, Rizzo (Mayberry-BN), Longoria (DL)
    MI- Uggla, Andrus, Espinosa (Evercab-BN)
    OF- Hamilton, J-Upton, Adam Jones, Stanton, Harper

    SP- Price, J-Zimm, Anibal, J. Johnson, Latos, Parker, Leake, Hultzen
    RP- Myers (in SP slot), Reed, Wilhelmsen, Benoit

    So…
    1. Patience- the cream will rise to the top OR
    2. Perfectly good team if your goal is to finish 4th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like solid deals…

      • knighttown says:
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        @Grey,

        Thanks. But do you see any other holes or would you hold for a bit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @knighttown, Your team looks solid… Maybe trade Rizzo for a SP upgrade… Not necessary though…

  164. wilsmithsomiam says:
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    Hey all,

    Any thoughts on a Middlebrooks for A-Gonz trade? The twist is that its a keeper league where Middlebrooks can be kept indefinitely (starting at $10 next year) and Adrian cannot be kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take A-Gon if you’re pushing to win this year… Deal could really come back to bite you though…

  165. Steve says:
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    Things looking Grimm already in Arlington…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Ha…didnt take long that one.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, you were crazy if you started him there.

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii, Don’t even own him. Just a cheap gag at his expense.

        Sorry, Grimm-ster.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve, yeah pretty laughable.. anyone who streamed him there needs to be laughed at as well tho..

  166. paulzone says:
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    rank top two sp’s to grab for bulcholz and morrow:

    bauer, gee, quintana, lincoln, chen, fiers, richards

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, Bauer, Gee

  167. DiscoD says:
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    Should I drop Clippard or Soriano for Broxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiscoD, Neither

  168. Steve says:
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    So much fun to own Rasmus right now (sorry Grey – not rubbing it in), yet I’m scared any hitless at-bat could be the start of a paralysing slump…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Ha dont be man, most of us picked him off the scrapheap after his owners abandonded him. Im just enjoying the ride right now.

      Gotta always be ready to bench him though after a frw 0 fers though youre right.

  169. ManuteBologna says:
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    Start any of these guys tomorrow as streamers? Missed out on the Bauer call up : ( and I’m currently left with only Gallardo, Aniballsack (of late), MadBum, and Moore since I traded away Sale and Cueto to get Stanton and Zobrist. I’m left to stream. I’m currently 5th in BB, 2nd in K, 3rd in W, 4th in ERA, and only 7th in WHIP, so I only need to start them if they will be positive in WHIP and BB + other categories.

    Dillon Gee @ChC
    Archer @ KC
    or sit pat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ManuteBologna, Ha… Gee

  170. Steve says:
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    Was hoping for better than this, Cobb.

    My last kernel of hope has disappeared, however.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, At least he hasn’t walked anyone…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Or K’d anyone…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Holy shit. Just went to heat up my lunch assuming he’d be gone. But no, he’s still crapping all over my ratios.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, had him in one league for his 2 start week… Belch…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Friend-of-Razzball Jason Collette informs me that the Rays pen is gassed so a long outing for Cobb was always on the cards…

              • Steve says:
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                @Steve, Jinxed him.

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, And I’m up against Latos.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Constant thorn in our side…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Nothing that a home start from Milone won’t fix.

          What’s that you say?

          Oh.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha… Hope’s a good thing…

  171. Martin says:
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    @grey- Belt or Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Martin, Belt

  172. Martin says:
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    Also, would you drop mccarthy or carpenter in a 12 team H2H League if you need a roster spot (I’m not playing a catcher)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Martin, Carp

  173. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Henderson Alvarez left game with an injury. Jays will now be switching to T-Ball.

    In the 3rd he twisted his back, but stayed in the game into the 6th. Pointed at his elbow before leaving.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Ha!

  174. letsgobravos says:
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    Dangit, Rasmus was facing a lefty so I left him on my bench. Of course he’s 2/3 with a bomb and 3 RBIs. The ugliest dude in baseball is on fire and I’ve learned my lesson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Geiger, let’s go!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos, Fuck. Make that 3/4. Just singled and Mr. Bats drove him in with a bomb.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, might’ve overmanaged there…

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @Grey, I guess so. He’s batting .200 against lefties though and Doubront has been pretty solid. When a guy is this hot, I guess you just have to leave him in regardless of their splits.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @letsgobravos, Yup

  175. Steve says:
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    Effing Zimmerman just drove one in, too.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Ha so you have the cursed Zimmerman too then. Suprised we haven’t heard more grumbing and swearing at him from you by now! ;)

  176. Vince says:
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    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    My SP staff : Gio, Bumgarner, J-Zimm, Anibal, McDonald, Capuano, Latos, Niese with Marcum on my DL

    My RPs : Rodney, Perez, Broxton, Myers

    I’d like to pick up Bauer (who apparently would start on Thursday for Ari) and Hultzen. Which pitchers would you drop for them (I could be dropping 2 SP or 1 SP + 1 RP)

    Thanks again for your help !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese for Bauer

      • Vince says:
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        @Grey, thanks!

  177. letsgobravos says:
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    Stubbs 2/3 w/ a SB. Nice to see he appears to be healthy. Don’t think I could handle another “minor” injury like Brett Gardner’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, Yeah, for serious.

  178. Steve says:
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    Holy Heath Bell.

    What’s worse is that Cishek and Mujica have probably been worse lately…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Wow, what an ugly Kazaam…

  179. Steve says:
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    C’mon Trevor.

    Plouffe one.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Sac fly? More of a plouffe than a bang.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Plouffe goes the fuse…

  180. Steve says:
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    Can’t be too many 8-0 games where both pitchers throw a CG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So true…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty crazy indeed…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, nice on the use of august…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Thanks. Those years of doing Latin at school finally pay off.

  181. Steve says:
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    Looks like Eovaldi is getting a visit from the regression fairies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nooooo

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, lotta bad luck tho… A couple of those were dee gordon specials, although no errors were given. And pagan hit a crazy 2 hopper that hit the 1st base bag and scored 1 from 2nd with 2 outs. It wasnt all him.. but im pretty sure he was crying in the 1st.

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii, Ah, gotcha. Interesting to see Pagan at cleanup too, especially as he’s done four-fifths of f***-all the last little while.

        Own him, so not complaining ;-)

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve, yeah me and my buddy were laughin at that .. thats the boch for ya..

  182. Steve says:
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    I’m worried that Leyland is looking at this as an ideal opportunity to ease Valverde back into action…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope not, wish I would’ve benched him…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Rest easy, friend. Benoit finished off.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Yup, saw that right after I commented…

  183. Jake says:
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    16-team H2H points league. Which side would you rather have?

    Mayberry, Jr. and Beltre OR Alex Rios and Moustakas

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios

  184. Ranger Danger says:
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    Still Perkins or should I say screw it and decide the Twins are going by committee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ranger Danger, Committee or Burton…

  185. Hosmer's Ho's says:
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    Don’t understand anyone dropping Latos. I mean, what SP could you possibly pick up that would have more upside the rest of the way? Why would you not ride this out?

    Latos was pure filth tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hosmer’s Ho’s, Cause he had a 5+ ERA

  186. chata says:
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    huston street is still my favorite closer .

    hook ‘em
    huston
    hook ‘em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chata, Hehe

  187. Steve says:
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    Being ticker-teased by Brandon Belt. Everyone hitting around him is really cashing in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, And I

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Maybe this time?

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, No.

    • Steve says:
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      @VinWins, Always good to be reminded that these guys aren’t just a collection of stats for us fantasy baseballers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins, Thanks for sharing!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @VinWins, Sickening story, feel for mad-max.

  188. Steve says:
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    Love me some Milone, but this Ramirez fella is putting on a show of his own.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, Yeah, Oaktown Steve was saying that elsewhere on the Razzball Campus (forums).

  189. chata says:
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    ichiro has lost a step / step and a half
    in the past 2 years .
    probably costing him 20-25 hits/year .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not surprising…

  190. Carnac says:
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    Jamie Moyer signs a minor league contract with the Jays.

    I saw a bit today, don’t remember where, that called Jamie Moyer the Willy Loman of MLB. Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, or the Simpsons parody of him Gil…

  191. Kratos says:
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    My Castro for his Dunn/Vogelsong? 10 teamer

  192. Mark says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the help so far. One more?

    Garza okay to trade for Hosmer? a fav of y’all

    What about Dickey for Edwin?

    I would be trading the SP for a bat

    Thank you

  193. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Headley or Youkilis for the rest of the season? Headley having pretty decent year in SD but plays half his games in Petco. Youkilis batting in a nice spot in a (IMO) loaded lineup in a pretty good park,1st place team, and no more pressure knowing he has the job.

    I’m running out of free moves in my league. Would this change be drastic enough to use a move or should i just stay with Headley?

    Thanks so much

  194. Kratos says:
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    M. Montero or Santana? 1 catch league. Thx.

  195. SuchAHosmer says:
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    Got a middle of the night trade in a ten team h2h keeper league with 12 keepers
    Granderson
    Longoria
    Freeman

    For my

    CarGo
    Lawrie
    Rizzo

  196. ruah says:
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    Give Bonifacio for Andrew Bailey?

    For SBs, I have Revere, Berry and Boni

    For SVs, I have Capps, Rodney and Janssen

  197. Grey's da man! says:
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    putz was just dropped in my 12 team roto league, something I don’t know? How much should I bid for him? $45 left out of $100 – I have a couple closers but don’t want someone else to get him..

    • chata says:
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      @Grey’s da man!,

      22 $$

  198. Steven says:
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    Grey-

    Pick 2 SP’s from this group please. (W,L,Ks,CG,Era,Whip,QS)
    Fister,Parker,Niese,Volquez,Hughes,Cobb,Westbrook,Detwiler,Buehrle

    Thanks

  199. Thrilla says:
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    Looking for the best 1B/3B option in a standard roto ESPN 12-teamer while I wait on Longoria…

    T. Frazier
    C. Nelson (COL)
    T. Wiggington
    C. McGehee
    J. Smoak
    L. Chisenhall
    P. Polanco

    Thanks Grey

  200. jaw says:
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    drop maybin or arenado to free a roster spot for utley? both are bench hitters for me. 12 team h2h keeper.

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