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Yesterday, Krispie Young had a double side of slam and an order of legs.  Sorry, I’m hungry.  And Krispie’s making me hungrier!  Krispie creams the balls and my eyes glaze.  Hungry for what, Grey?  Shut up, Random Italicized Voice.  Outside of China, Krispie flies could only mean one thing — someone’s hot or stealing Salty’s signs.  Why do I feel like my cholesterol is going up just writing this?  You know, I’ve never had my cholesterol checked.  I’d go if the cholesterol checking doctor gave out a stick of butter like dentists give Dum-Dum lollipops.  You think anyone knows what the Mystery Dum-Dum flavor is?  I mean, anyone at all or is it just some leftover guck from the lollipop machines that happens to fall on a stick?  The thing is, and there is a thing, young prematurely balding man, when Krispie gets hot he could hit ten homers and steal ten bases in the matter of two weeks.  If you don’t like that sorta thing, you got high standards.  Me?  I’m wearing sweatpants for the last 230 days straight and picking up Young.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Alex Cobb – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks to lower his ERA to 1.82.  Yum, a Cobb solid.  Here’s what I said previously about Cobb, “Cy Cobb?  Nah, probably not.  Last night though, pretty.  Let’s look it how The Tampa Bay Peach got where he is.  Earlier this year, The Tampa Bay Peach hit that sweet spot, deciduously ready and he dropped to the ground, rolled about sixteen feet into the River Styx as “Come Sail Away” was playing in the background.  Then a little Persian boy, picked him up and said, “Ah, Ma, peche.  This is better than Momofuku.”  Before he could bite into him, he held him up to the Fruity God, who likes to wear tight rainbow spandex, but no one talks about that, and the Fruity God said, “That’s not a peach; that’s a pitcher, let’s put him through the minor leagues.”  And so it was done.  That’s a tale that Jason Collette tells his nephew when he can’t get him to go to sleep.  Cobb hasn’t reached his K-rates of the minors and with his barely 90’s MPH fastball it may not happen.”  And that’s me quoting me!  That was said last August after a terrific start vs. the A’s.  It still applies perfectly.  Cobb’s stuff isn’t amazing, but stuff-schmuff, he’s pitching great.  Sky also agreed in the preseason when he went over his Alex Cobb fantasy.  I definitely wish I owned him.

Brett Anderson – 4 IP, 6 ER.  He’s either hiding an injury or the A’s will hide an un-injury and put him on the Disgraceful List.  There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to the un-injury.  It’s prettier than an actual injury and it’s grown right out of thin air.  The un-injury…  *crazy Trinidadian man laugh*

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, run, RBI and his 1st steal.  You think his dad is Josh Donaldfather?  Prolly not.  Donaldson’s hitting over .300 in the last week.  It’s not much, but it’s something, as I tell the ladies.

Robbie Erlin – Was called up by the Padres for their bullpen.  He’s worked only as a starter in the minor leagues, and should eventually do the same in the majors.  This year his stats were weak sauce but prior years he was bauce.  I’d chuck a dollar on him in NL-Only leagues to see if he makes the rotation in the landmark case of Sooner vs. Later.  Also, I have a new Topps novelty card for you.  Erlin and Everth Cabrera in shell toe Adidas and dookie phat gold chains.  Titled, “Robbie and Stealin’.”

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-4 as he homered off Marco Estrada.  *shakes fist at the heavens*  Quentin!

Marco Estrada – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Well, it was in Petco, but at least he looked better than Gallardo.  Am I trying to convince myself?  Yes, I am.  Is it working?  Yes, it is.

Mark Teixeira – Won’t be ready for May 1st.  Probably looking closer to the 2nd or 3rd week of May, depending on setbacks.  He said his wrist is just too stiff.  Too bad the Yankees can’t make a amalgamation of Tex’s hips and A-Rod’s limp wrists.  That sounds like a diss from a fan of Shakira.  I never thought I’d miss Xtina in any instance ever in my life, but The Voice with Shakira is lacking.  Is it me or is Shakira coaching singers but she can’t sing herself?  Rather than Usher put his foot on his chair, he should put in her mouth.  Oh, man, that just sounded like a pissy comment on Perez Hilton.

Curtis Granderson – On pace to return the first week of May.  That news comes Curtisy of the Yankees.

Andy Pettitte – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks vs. the Rays, ERA is at 2.22.  Roger Clemens’s beefcake wife just punched Roger saying, “I told you if you just admitted it like Andy, you’d be able to keep pitching.”

Francisco Liriano – Set to make his debut with the Pirates on May 10th as he returns from a broken humerus bone, which isn’t the medical name for the funny bone.  F-Lir has a 5+ ERA in four of the last 7 seasons with his last usable season coming in 2010.  That gives him an outside chance of being the Pirates best starter.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer this week.  Pe-Al is the chemical compound for Mercurio.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and 2 steals.   Why does it feel like every guy I liked in the preseason is doing well?  I’m foxy!

Yu Darvish – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  I wish I had Yu.  Not you.  Don’t get excited.

Josh Stinson – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  He’s not much of an option for fantasy leagues, but Stinson does have a huge collection of cowboy hats.

J.P. Arencibia – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his American League-best 8th homer.  Next year my catcher rankings are gonna be:  1. Buster Posey, 2. Whatever  3. There’s no 3.  4. Etc.  5. You get the idea yet?  6. Try #2.  7. See previous entries.  8. Um….  9. There’s no 9.  10. John Buck.  Then we can debate flip-flopping Um…. with Etc.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-5 with his 5th homer.  Member those concerns I had for a few years about Bautista not really being a .280+ hitter?  Since July of 2011, he’s hitting .244 in 558 at-bats.  Look at me doing actual math!  Call me Mathy McMathstein.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4 with his 4th homer.  What if I said I think Encarnacion will have a better season than Bautista?  Would that be crazy?  Should I wear a paper bag over my head and call myself the Unknown Fantasy Baseball ‘Pert?

Emilio Bonifacio – 0-for-5, hitting .169.   At some point Emily Boneface will get hot, but right now he’s hot garbage in the middle of a carved out durian fruit.

Brandon Morrow – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His start was better than his final line.  He should’ve never came out for the 7th inning and then Loup gave up one of his inherited runners.  I still don’t think Morrow has totally righted his ship (yacht?  He makes a lot of money, so probably.), I’d be careful for his next start.

Manny Machado – 2-for-5 and an RBI triple.  The ball he hit for a triple landed right on where I drew a heart on iPad.  I wonder if he did that for me.  You think he might’ve?  Swoon.

Nate McLouth – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI.  From the files of Season Is Still Really Young, Yo:  McLousy has a .423 OBP.

Jaime Garcia – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Strasburg and the Nats.  Jesse Jackson started Garcia in his fantasy league, saying Washington is a total Jaime town.

Edward Mujica – Mooheekalakalaka!

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His loyal fans that call themselves, the House of Strasburg, who dress up in early-1900s, Austrian officer uniforms, look forward to him getting his ERA under 3.  They wait patiently with an Austrian wine they can’t pronounce.

Roy Halladay – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He deserved a better outcome than a no decision, but he’s making twenty million dollars this year so I ain’t crying for him.

Chase Utley – 2-for-5 with his 4th homer.  Four ladies and gentlemen, do I smell a Zombino?

Jose Quintana – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks and the win.  Not a bad start, I suppose.  I’m moving on from him since he gets the Rangers next in Arlington.  Chuck Newtown gets the MIA Marlins next.  Come with me, and you’ll see a world of pure imagination.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4, 2 steals, hitting .170.  His third steal in the last two games.  Didn’t love Kipnis coming into the year, but there might be an opportunity to buy low here.  Since Kipnis also sounds like a type of Jewish deli nosh, a bargain on Kipnis is exactly what bubbeleh ordered for her mishpocheh.

Jon Lester – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post, but got the win to move his record to 4-0.  After three terrific starts to begin the season, let’s form a prayer rectangle that this start was just a blip.

Alfredo Aceves – Optioned to Triple-A.  Red Sox manager, John Farrell, said Aceves seemed to lack focus.  One reporter thought he said Scott Farkus and was fired.

Shane Victorino – Left yesterday’s game after tweaking his back.  I’d hesitate calling him The Tweakin’ Hawaiian because that nickname is already taken by a guy that Dog the Bounty Hunter captured.

Craig Kimbrel – 1 IP, 2 ER with his first blown save since August of…I’m not even sure what year.  Whoa, Kimbrel with a Marmol?  The world is upside down.  Do I put my pants on one arm at a time?  Do I sit on my head?  Am I talking out my ass?  I don’t know anymore!

Juan Francisco – 2-for-4, a run and RBI.  I understand Chris Johnson is in a platoon (and hitting .397!), but in a 12-inning game Johnson can’t even get an at-bat?  For serious?

Michael Cuddyer – 1-for-5 with his 5th homer as he hits .333.  I’m only disappointed I didn’t grab Cuddyer in more leagues.  He was coming at a silly discount like people didn’t understand what he could do healthy in Coors.  I blame myself and you for not setting me straight.  I blame you more.  Sorry.

Josh Rutledge – Hit his 3rd homer.  No idea where I heard his name before.  Oh, I know!  I have his name tattooed inside my eyelids.  Every time I blink, you’re on my mind.  Yes, those sound like Justin Bieber lyrics.  So?

Aramis Ramirez – Could return by the next home stand that ends on May 8th.  He says he can’t wait to get back and that he’s sick of everyone walking around him sniffing coffee beans.

John Axford – Could get the closer job soon.  Ron Roenicke said, “I think Henderson is doing a nice job.  But, Ax, the way he threw (Tuesday), he could win every ball game he went in if he throws that way. I was really impressed with him.”  He then added he wasn’t being sarcastic.  I’d continue to hold Henderson, but at the slightest hiccup, the Brewers could turn back to Axford.  They really want Axford to be the closer, so I’d definitely grab him if someone dropped him in your league.

Lorenzo Cain – 0-for-3, but whatever.  The Royals put up a chyron that Cain was an “Unsung Hero” with the stat, “.455 BABIP — 4th in the majors.”  This cracked me up.  It’s like the TV producers had a meeting, “Okay, the kids want these newfangled stats like BABIP and LMFAO, let’s give it to them!”  Next they’re gonna be touting Greg Holland’s 9.00 BB/9.

Jose Valverde – 1 IP, 0 ER with the save.  Not only did he get the save, but he looked good, hitting 95 MPH.  Don’t walk or run but click to your waivers and grab him.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-5, 1 run with 2 doubles.  When he’s swinging the bat, he looks like a left-handed Justin Upton.  Obviously, he’s doesn’t have that kind of power, but the long swing is reminiscent of him.  Oh, and, yeah, you should pick up The Gregorius D.I.D.

David Hernandez – With Putz unavailable, the Diamondbacks went to Hernandez for the save.  And he blew it.  Yay.  Well, that’s one way to make Putz feel more secure.  Another way would be to wear really tight underwear.  Kirk Gibson said Putz is still his closer.  I believe him, but that doesn’t mean Putz will remain in that position (without the tight gotchies).

Brandon Crawford – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He was in last week’s Buy/Sell.  There, I said, “$5 says he was named after his mom’s favorite 90210 character.  Five more dollars says his brother, ALF, was named by his Dad.”  That’s was illuminating.  If you’re struggling at MI, I pardon you like Oskar Schindler and allow you to own Crawford.

Ted Lilly  – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  Fun Fact Alert!  The DL was originally started by Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of baseball.  He used to go around and say “One day I’m gonna marry my Shetland pony,” then he’d have to tell people “Don’t laugh” which was shortened to DL.  As for Lilly, meh.  He’ll have some value in match-ups, but there’s probably about 40 guys I’d look at before him in most mixed leagues.  I’d wait for the Stream-o-Nator to like him.  SON, “Yeah, you will.”

Matt Kemp – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his first home run.  He’s taking this whole “Prove Grey wrong for saying to sell me” really serious.  Good to see that pumped him up more than losing a girl to a guy that hit her.

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Yeah, good try, this was Ken Harvey.  No way was this Matt.

Juan Lagares – 0-for-2 then gave way to Count Jordany Valdespin, who hit a grand slam.  The Mets outfield actually wouldn’t be so bad if they were to just choose one guy and give him ABs.  They’re like fantasy baseballers with their catcher.  The Mets need to hire Coach Ron Popeil to learn to “Set It and Forget It.”  Lagares is a source of speed — SAGNOF! — not much else.  He had a solid average in the minors but– Oh, who are we kidding?  The Mets aren’t going to play anyone every day in the outfield, except for Marlon F**kin’ Byrd.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He cut his finger early in the game trying to grab a bouncer.  Teach him, bouncers are there for your own protection.  Maybe next time you go to a club where you’re not on the guest list… *checking notes*  Oh, that kind of bouncer!  Um, yeah, he should be fine, since he was still popping the mitt with 98 MPH stuff after the bouncer incident.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-2 with his 6th homer.  All this love I’m doling for Machado Machado Man, Rutledge and Goldschmidt and I haven’t said much about my other preseason crush, Frazier.  Yesterday, he hit the 7th longest homer in Great American Ballpark history and the longest in the majors this year.   It went 480 feet.  Which is twenty feet shorter than I’m required by law to stay away from Giancarlo.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Ready for some more math?  Of course you’re not.  Too bad!  In his last 214 innings, he has a 2.90 ERA (that’s removing last year’s April).  That’s pretty good, over-the-internet friend.

Michael Roth – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER as he started for the Angels.  The Angels spent $580 million on their offense and they have Portnoy’s Complaint’s author starting for them.  Nice.

Brandon Laird – 3-for-4, 4 RBI and his 2nd homer.  Guess where he hit in the order?  Ha!  You don’t even know what team he plays for, do you?  Okay, he plays for the Astros.  So, guess where he hit in the lineup?  Yup, third.  Astros might be the only team in history with a revolving door in the heart of their order.  They’re like a banana republic that changes heads of state every 7 days.  “Hey, let’s overthrow the country for my uncle, he’s gonna make it legal to kill dictators then we can get rid of him too.”  That’s you convincing your guerrilla forces.  Laird isn’t anything special (as if being on the Astros didn’t make that abundantly clear).  The Astros said they’d love to trade for Gerald Laird, but they just don’t have a uniform for him.

Chris Carter – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer as the Astros exploded for ten runs.  Whoopee.  Going to see the Astros vs. the Mariners is like sitting next to Ted Striker when he’s reminiscing.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-4, 1 run.  I know, he’s about as exciting as walking in on your grandmother putting on her hosiery, but he’s now 7 for his last 12.  Schmotato, you hot?

Justin Smoak – Hit his first home run of the year.  Todd McFarlane bought the homer ball for forty-five cents.

From Around The Web

  1. Matt says:
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    Someone dropped Jose Fernandez. 7×7 with Ks. Pick 3 from these ROS.

    Fernandez, Ogando, Miley, Cashner.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Ogando, Miley, Cashner.

  2. Weeza says:
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    I’m feeling like it’s time to give up on Espinosa. Can you rank these exciting MI options for me?

    Espinosa, Crawford, Hardy, Cozart…some guy named Marwin? Ya this sucks. Thanks.

    • Curtis says:
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      @Weeza: I’m doing the same thing. I’m currently bidding on Didi first, Crawford second. I’d take Hardy over both of them though. Cozart, not sure where to rank.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Weeza: Espinosa, Cozart…

  3. Matthew says:
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    Yo Grey,

    I am doing very well I. All my leagues even with a couple small injuries. I did have a serious q.

    I have 1-2 bench players in most leagues, 1 I have none because I continue to snag closers and SP ala Cingrani, Bailey, Valverde, Hendo, etc.

    Should I grab bench players? Tori Hunter went on waiver for example.

    I hve Kuroda, Harvey, Bumbarner, Estrada, Peavy, Miley, Cingrani, Scherzer, Niese

    Would you drop any of them for Hunter? Or am I fine without a bench? I’m losing a couple ABs a week w day offs and player day offs.

    Thanks for any suggestions

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    Grey; nothing to do with your column, which was of course of the highest standards, but my wife (your 5th reader) and I thought that you would enjoy:

    Under the “you can’t make this stuff up” file:

    The pitching matchup tomorrow between the Dodgers and Mets tomorrow is:

    Hyu – Hefner

    • chunk says:
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      @Paulie Allnuts: Actually I’m pretty sure you made that up. Ryu – Hefner is more like it.

      • Birdog says:
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        @chunk: Yeah, Ryu Hefner, Hugh’s adopted Japanese brother. Started the famous “Playboy-son” magazine in Tokyo. Psssst, they don’t really go sideways over there, ya know.

      • Malarkey says:
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        @chunk: It’s Hyun-Jin Ryu… so he meant to say Hyun-Hefner

        • danny says:
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          @Malarkey: I think he meant to say Hyun-Jeremy. Either way, joke fail haha

  5. leftsideoverhere says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks again for saving me the effort of actually watching the games.

    Couple of things I’m pondering. Grateful for people’s thoughts.

    1. Carrying Alexei Ramirez and Andrelton Simmons at SS. Hold both, or speculate on Didi who’s free in that league? Other options would be Sogard, Descalso or Stephen Drew, all FA. Standard 5×5 H2H.

    2. In an 8-team (it’s a UK thing, there aren’t that many of us…) points H2H, my weakest pitching contributor is Papelbon. Given there’s only 8 teams, there’s talent washing up on the shores of Free Agency all the time: Niese, Grilli, AJ Burnett, Valverde, Alex Cobb and Ryan Dempster all catching my eye right now. Honestly, playing in an 8-team league is like being a skint kid in the world’s largest sweet shop. Do I drop Pap, and if so, who for?

    3. Got Gio lined up for tonight against the Reds. He’s making my ERA and WHIP look ugly in a 19-category H2H league (pitching: W, CG, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, RW, QS). Do I trust him, bench him or fire him for the available Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte or Kevin Correia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @leftsideoverhere: 1 Didi 2. Eh, I’d hold 3. I’d start Gio every time out until further notice…

    • Paul C. says:
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      @leftsideoverhere: If you need K contributions from a closer, Grilli has been outstanding so far this year. Not sure if Papelbon is the right cut, but give Grilli a serious look. Dealing right now.

  6. SenoreRossi says:
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    Another nice read…and happy I took Kemp for cheap :)

    a) Fair trade offer? Pujols/Kennedy for Beltre/Medlen

    b) Got 5 Closers, one too much for my taste. Who to drop? Valverde/Parnell/C. Perez/The Grillmaster/ A. Bailey

    c)Who would you rather have in your lineup? Aoki or Michael Young?

    Thanks Grey!

    • T-ball hero says:
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      @SenoreRossi: Trade one (or more!) of the closers. Don’t give them away to waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SenoreRossi: Thanks!a) it’s fair b) trade a closer c) Aoki

  7. Alex says:
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    If I have gattis at C, do I pick up Ruiz right away? Or wait until Gattis completely falls off since guys like doumit and jesus are on the wire?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Wait until he falls off

  8. Targaryan says:
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    Yo man, do you ever sleep. The stache needs rest. It’s starting to get that curl. I like my chicken extra Krispie Mr Sanders

  9. Nick nice says:
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    Drop Ike Davis for hosmer??

    • emporersmonkey says:
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      @Nick nice: At this point I would rather have an empty bench spot than Ike Davis.

      • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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        @emporersmonkey: shun the non-believers. If you don’t have the stones to start him now, just let him rot on your bench until the second half. He WILL hit 30+ bombs this year.

      • Paul C. says:
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        @emporersmonkey: I kind of agree with Billy B-Cup that he will improve substantially. Bench him for now and play him only against mediocre RHPs, where he will be serviceable, and when he finally comes around you will be glad you kept him.

  10. woodz says:
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    hi Grey,
    did you know, there are actually some austrian Fantasy-Leagues. And yes, we all dress up in Habsburg uniforms not only on draft day.

    gonna finish my bottle of Grüner Veltliner
    servus

    ps.
    drop scherzer for gio or halladay? (h2h points)

    • aaron says:
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      @woodz: Dropping Scherzer in an Austrian league! Don’t do it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @woodz: Ha, what Aaron said…

  11. Somehow ending up drafting Yu while not knowing how=Dancing in the Streets (extra-disco version)

  12. emporersmonkey says:
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    @Grey: “Going to see the Astros vs. the Mariners is like sitting next to Ted Striker when he’s reminiscing.”

    For a second there I thought you meant Jeff Stryker, I suppose that would apply here as well.

  13. bossmanjunior says:
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    Frazier @ N@ Gio or Gardner v Buehrle (5-9 2B HR 0K)

  14. Terry says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Drop any/all of Homer Bailey, Ryu, or Masterson for Villanueva, Quintana, Iwakuma, Estrada, Cashner or Dempster ROS. I’m in a weird 9 team league so it’s really shallow, and I’m used to scraping the bottom of the barrel so I’m not sure what to do with so many decent options. I also have no bench slot, lineups are weekly, and a $100 free agent budget with $5 min. bids so streaming isn’t very feasible. I’m basically prioritizing consistency because I’ll have to take a pitcher’s bad match ups with the good. Stats are standard roto and I could use some WHIP help at the moment, though I think that’ll even out eventually.

    • Matt says:
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      @Terry:

      Consider dropping Masterson or Ryu for Iwakuma he’s extremely underrated

  15. Birdog says:
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    Start Cahill against Colorado today?

  16. JRBizzle says:
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    Two questions:

    1. Drop Andre Ethier for Krispie?

    2. Would you trade Adam Jones for Adrian Gonzalez straight up?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JRBizzle: 1. Eh 2. In some instances, I guess…

  17. G money says:
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    Drop Espinosa for notorious d I d? Not many other options. 5 man bench spreads the wire pretty thin….

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Krispie or Cain – high risk for Type II diabetes here.

  19. Tigres says:
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    480 ft for Frazier? I got to check that one out on video… Picked up Sheriff Chuck for his start vs MIA, thanks for the heads up! Am thinking of offering Willingham for Scherzer – thoughts? I love the Ks. Would then move Belt to the lineup.

    • chunk says:
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      @Tigres: Not enough for Scherzer…

  20. The Strolg says:
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    Check it bleed Bro was on! Didn’t trip. But the folks was freakin’, man. Hey, and the pilots were laid to the bone, Holmes. So Blood hammered out and jammed chips.

    • Prezii says:
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      @The Strolg: huh? Wrong website?

  21. EK says:
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    Pls rank these closers for H2H pts:
    Holland
    Axford
    Perez
    Bailey
    Gregg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Perez, Holland…

  22. jc says:
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    Got offered kipnis and Brett lawrie for matt holiday, middlebrooks, and cj Wilson. I have plenty of outfielders, should I pull the trigger and hope kipnis and lawrie come around or stay where I’m at?

    • Steady says:
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      @kyle: @jc: id hold until they show something… they are both batting well under .200 and coming off injuries… middlebrooks may be struggling but holliday is playing well

  23. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sup Man!! Is Herrera A relief pitcher in the middle of the game and a closer??

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Frank Lynch:

      Not sure thats possible unless you come in and pitch like 3 innings to seal the game. Wonder who the last guy was who did that?

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Hey man.. couple questions.. Do you like Justin Grimm? Who would you rather have on your team, Ethier or Brandon Moss? Oh also, who would you rather keep, Castro or Segura?

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Frank Lynch:
          Hope theyre not for me. Well if they are:

          1. Never heard of him
          2.. Surely Ethier but not owned him in ages now
          3. There is no 3
          4. Cmon man Castro not close, Castro is what Segura dreams to be.

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            How do you like, segura, beltran n putz for Cain, grimm n ethier?? Keep in mind that i have Castro n Reyes too and i have two other Rp’s, Jim Henderson and Mujica. Would you take it? Oh Grimm is a SP for texas

              • Frank Lynch says:
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                Should I do the trade?

                • Frank Lynch says:
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                  yeah sorry, when I showed you the trade, I have segura beltran n putz for those other 3 and I’m the one with castro n reyes and mujica n Henderson. I really didn’t make it clear and I was telling you the other guys to let you know the guys i’m getting rid of already have replacements on my team… My Bad

              • Frank Lynch says:
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                does that mean you like the side with Cain better?

                • Frank Lynch says:
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                  sorry I didn’t see that u replied

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oi dont diss Shakira. Ha on the Yu joke, such an easy one to pull off.

    Am I wise or crazy trying to buy low on Gallardo? With Andersons impending trip to the Disgraceful list I really could use another good starter. Would you send Mini-Cargo, Freeze or maybe Hosmer for him…of any of them? Think id rather keep Cargo of the 3 as at least hes shown some upside, the other 2 have been real yawnstipating so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d send Hosmer, Freeze or CarGo, in that order

  25. donmaggio says:
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    trade Carlo Santana/Pence for Hamilton/Napoli?

  26. Jamiehov says:
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    Is the Rutledge tattoo an Aesop Rock reference? If so bravo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: Ha… No, I do get your reference though…

  27. MrMojoRisin says:
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    Just turned Alex Cobb and John Buck into Jason Heyward late last nite.
    When I offered the trade three days ago, it was just an opening volley at a team hurting for SP and C’s, now after last nite, did I just trade a Cy Young candidate for an injured Saberhagenmetrician?

    • uncdrew says:
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      @MrMojoRisin:

      Wow. I have Cobb and Buck and would get laughed outta the room if I offered them up for Heyward.

      • Aero says:
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        @uncdrew: yeah, I turned N. Cruz and Griffin into Heyward and Rollins. :-)

  28. yeshcheese says:
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    Will the real M Trumbo stand up???

    Is Trumbo at the peak of sell high now, or was last year’s 2nd half an aberration?

    I’ve got a rusty trumbone

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @yeshcheese: Same question, Starling Marte. Dude is rocking a 4/22 BB/K, but his fantasy stats have been so huge…

      Stop starling at my trumbone!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @yeshcheese: Ha… Depends what you’re getting for either of them…

        • yeshcheese says:
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          @Grey: M Trumbo for M Moore? It’s a 5×5 roto keeper, 12 team.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Moore

  29. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Morning!
    Thoughts on Hosmer? Worth stashing in 10 team h2h keepers league?
    Id have to drop Domonic Brown for him.
    Thanx
    Btw last night i teaded j.zimmerman and profar for Bruce and Ryu. Eh?

  30. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    Thoughts on starting James Shields vs. Detroit today in a 10-team 5×5 yahoo roto league? SON gives Shields a $5.8. Goes up against Verlander… Thanks Grey!

  31. johnny 5 says:
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    Grey in a streaming league where good starting pitchers are available,thoughts on trading harvey and ellsbury for justin upton and carl crawford ,thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnny 5: I’d take Upton, I think anyone would…

  32. I’m glad I live in New York so I can appreciate all of the David Chang related humor.

  33. MattDamonFace says:
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    Momofuku? Ma Peche???? Grey lives within 50 miles of NYC??? Will you be my roommate? We can brush each other’s mustaches before bed. 100 strokes. One for each HR Mancarlo Stanchado will hit this year (but only 10 less than Longoria based on my current projections, which are based on dart boards, which are based on some cardboard a homeless guy was using as a bed and I drew circles on in Sharpie).

  34. Dkohn says:
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    Your new magician stage name….The Great Greychado!!!

    Actually that’s just a good nickname, anyways I have Mariano, Perkins, Cishek, and Henderson.

    Only have 2 bench bats Eric Young and Chris Johnson.

    Would you drop either of them to pick up stupid ass Axford?

    Thanks Greychado!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Ha…Johnson

  35. rgp says:
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    Cingrani or Detwiler for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rgp: Detwiler

  36. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    What do you think of Michael Saunders? What is his value in 5×5 12 team Roto Standard?

  37. chunk says:
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    jennings or marte?

  38. Fungus says:
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    So what do we think of Vernon Wells this year in the Yankee lineup? He’s been moving around the order but sometimes hits 2nd.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Fungus: He looks solid…(It hurts to say that or even think it)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungus: Looks okay for now… It’s April… We’ll see…

    • JoeC says:
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      @Fungus: Do not buy it. He will golden shower you soon enough.

  39. scott says:
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    Anyway you can justify droppin Sal Perez for Ruiz? Or hold? Had Ruiz last year and I enjoyed him. Also if Porcello shits the bed again tomorrow and Smyly becomes a starter…. would you grab him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @scott: Nope…Yup…

  40. Fungus says:
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    Best bench bat for the next month:

    Wells
    Marte
    Machado
    Hafner
    Gardner
    Nava
    Krispie

  41. Ben says:
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    Dropped Pedro for a hot Chris Johnson. Now Pedro hot, Johnson is out.

    So, drop Johnson for Pedro, Donaldson, or Juan Francisco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Pedro

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: I hate shallow leagues like this. Arencebia is available but I have Mauer. What the shit

  42. papasmurf says:
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    According to some internet folks who saw the Lester game, he was better than the line indicates. He was hurt by some bad ump strike-calling and defense. It was still impressive that he got away with just 3 runs allowed despite holding a no-vacancy policy on the bases.

    BJ Upton another 0fer 5. He is probably the only BJ you don’t wanna have. My team is hitting about .125 this week. Goldy is the only bright spot in my lineup. Somehow my skin is turning bluer and hair whiter by the day.

  43. Warren says:
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    Just received an offer:

    Gio for Desmond Jennings and Jordan Zimmerman. A bit steep but a decent chance to buy low on Gio though, right?

  44. booya says:
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    Ike or Krispie at Util?

    Werth or Krispie?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @booya: Krispie… Werth…

  45. Hackensack Bulls says:
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    OBP League – UTIL Spot / Need Steals & HR’s

    Krispie or Chris Carter (who has put on some weight since he created the X-Files).

    Hold Anthony Rendon over either one of them?

    What was the deal with the black ooze and the Cigarette Smoking Man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hackensack Bulls: Nice username… Carter… Lose Rendon… I never watched X Files…

      • JoeC says:
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        @Grey: I saw some XFiles episodes, but didn’t watch it religiously and lost interest pretty soon in. To me, it kind of seems like “Lost” in that they initially threw out some intriguing premises and you wondered how it was gonna all be explained… and then: aliens. Orlly? Boring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if it was on Instant Streaming I’d watch, but not going out of my way for it… Feels dated…

          • brewtown says:
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            @Grey: I think X-files is on Netflix streaming, but I’d rather waste my time watching the Highlander tv series, also on streaming. Takes me back to my mid-90’s, college student, staying up all night baked as hell TV watching days. Maybe it was just the time of day and state I was in, but Highlander was better TV than it had any right to be.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, neither really sound appealing to me…

          • Hackensack Bulls says:
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            @Grey: You’re right… It was a 90’s thang. Kind of like the usage of the word “thang.”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s my thang!

  46. Wake Up says:
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    Can’t Estrada make a call? Get a tortoise and some glue? Friggin’ Jesse…am I right?

  47. kyle says:
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    Utley & Panda for Cruz & Headley

    Pedroia for Headley?

    Harvey for Price?

    Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Panda…. Pedroia… Price…

  48. Cruisinkc says:
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    12 team roto keeper league. Trade just offered to me:
    I get B.J. Upton
    I give Hunter Pence and Wade Miley

    Currently Im rostering 7 starting pitchers and Miley is probably my 4/5 SP.

    Should I pull the trigger?

  49. Jef says:
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    What would Kipnis have to do for me to NOT drop him for Profar the second he’s called up? Or do I have stars in my eyes for certain-to-struggle-not-play-every-day prospect?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jef: …that aren’t even hitting AAA pitching….

  50. JK Smiles says:
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    Start or sit Parker versus the O’s in the favorable confines of O.co? He looked alright versus the Rays…

  51. boognish says:
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    lulzers RE: L Cain!!

    Furthermore, Francoeur’s 1.5 BB% is third in the MLB to only Wainwright & Colon!

  52. Can I drop Konerko? I already have both Edwin Encarcion and Todd Frazier, and really don’t need him, but just need someone to push me over the edge to do it. I have salvador perez at catcher, who i will keep, but think i can use JP Arencia or another Util guy like krispie. Thanks in advance.

  53. Hotrod says:
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    Next couple weeks: Soriano or McClouth

  54. Schizer says:
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    Great write up this morning, Grey!

    Got a trade offer of Rizzo for Peavy. I’m on the fence about it. Rizzo pisses me off and I need SP but I feel like I could do better. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer: Thanks! I’d take Rizzo… It’s fair…

      • Schizer says:
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        @Grey: thanks! I ended up countering w D Jennings. Trying to use Rizzo to pry Gio or Cain from another guy in the league…

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Who do you like better ROS? Cain Sugar or Starling Marte?

  56. BenDover says:
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    Ted Striker…. Funny & thanks for the visual…

    Manny Mota, Mota, Mota….

  57. Killer-Danger-Rah says:
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    Is Trumbo a sell-high candidate? Say, for Stanton? My other OF’s in my 3 OF league are Holliday and Jennings. My #1 pick (Pujols) worries me.

  58. uncdrew says:
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    Yay! Jose! Val-ver-day!

    “Hey, why don’t I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What’d ya say?” — Happy Gilmore

  59. Dollabill says:
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    I’ve got 6 starts left for the rest of the week, and I’m wondering which pitchers I should bench. Any help would be appreciated. Here is what I have left for the week:
    4/25: Shields @Det, Hellickson @CWS
    4/26: Johnson @NYY
    4/27: Miley v Col
    4/28: Hamels @NYM, Fister v Atl, Minor @ Det, Masterson @KC, Cingrani @WAS, Villanueva @MIA

    I’m thinking of benching Johnson and Cingrani, but who else? Minor? Fister?

      • Dollabill says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I think that’s the no-brainer sit of the group. I need to sit 3 other starts. Any advice on who they should be?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cingrani, Masterson…

  60. Wake Up says:
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    Matt Adams pulled his right chesticle…….a dairy-like substance oozed out…………all over the bench…that is all

  61. JoeC says:
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    Poor Boneface. He’s never been a stellar average guy, but he’s not *this* bad. Even the balls he nails are being caught (somehow, there’s a crucifixion joke in there that I’m not clever enough to make).

    Time to go against the trend and say: now’s the time to buy low on Boneface. Hell, he’s probably on your waiver wire. Once the hits start falling in, he’ll steal bases like the Rocketeer stole Jennifer Connelly’s big-breasted heart.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @JoeC:

      Ah young Jennifer. We’ll always have the first few minutes of Mulholland Falls.

      • JoeC says:
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        @OaktownSteve: May I recommend to you the Dennis Hopper-directed movie “The Hot Spot”? Jennifer and the girls are prominently featured in that flick (and it’s actually pretty good besides that).

        • Steve says:
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          @JoeC: Seconded. So hot.

          • jason batteiger says:
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            @Steve: ass to mouth…. ass to mouth!

            • jason batteiger says:
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              @jason batteiger: wait, i’m thinking of a different movie. i meant “ass to ass..”

  62. J Money says:
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    12 team roto 6×6 (OPS and QS)

    3B: Freese
    2B: Espinosa
    Only bench hitter: Gyorko

    Drop any of them for Alvarez who is a FA?

    • J Money says:
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      Only pitcher I’d consider dropping is Cishek. I have Valverde, Parnell and Perkins.

  63. JoeC says:
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    Ha! “Jaime town”!

    It was at that point, in my very young life (at the time!), that I said to myself “Self, Jesse Jackson is a huckster who should be ignored whenever he opens his mouth”.

    One of the best decisions I ever made.

  64. Sideshow says:
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    WTF do I do w Espinoza? Is he cuttable in a deep league or just bench him for now?

  65. OaktownSteve says:
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    I have a sneaking suspicion that last night might have been the beginning of the end for Brandon League. I know it’s his first blown save, but he’s also walked the wire a couple of times. He’s never been a big K guy, but he only has 2 Ks in 8 innings this year. Also his average fastball is at 93.3 after never having been below 95 in his career. He’s historically been a guy with walk trouble and he’s been good so far in the small sample of 2013, so maybe he’s pitching to contact, but his GB rate has been declining and the LD rate creeping up. The profile suggests that the .243 BABIP he’s sporting right now probably won’t sustain. A few more of those line drives are going to find homes as David Wright’s last night on a ball up and right down Peach Tree. Something to keep an eye on.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Agreed. Time to bring in Kelvin Herrera….

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Wake Up: btw…I do agree with you on League…the Kelvin part, someone pointed out last night…from another site….who was that?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Wake Up: it was me, yeah, it was from a rotoworld blurb that i saw as one of the little info boxes on yahoo. They are paying people to invert set up men. Let’s scab this out, as i’m sure i could do that job for half the money, just like poker dealer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Wouldn’t shock me, League isn’t the best guy for the job by any stretch

    • JoeC says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I agree in the macro sense, as in Jansen has better stuff and would probably be a better closer than League, but I have to disagree in the micro sense.

      Yes, League did blow the save last night, but Crawford *could’ve* caught that leadoff double. And giving up a single to David Wright is something a lot of very good pitchers are guilty of.

      And maybe it’s just serendipity, but the data tells us that you want your best relief pitcher to come in at the most critical situations, which is usually not in the 9th inning, but earlier, which is exactly when Jansen is pitching. Whether the Dodgers are actually that smart I will leave up to the jury.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @JoeC:

        Whether or not the Dodgers are that smart or not, they will not have the nuts to resist moving Kenley to the closer role if League is failing. It’s the conservative nature of baseball. There’s a certain amount of caving to public perception that happens with most teams.

        I agree with you that there is no current grounds for League’s dismissal. It was more just my spidey sense saying that this is the beginning of the end.

        • JoeC says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I actually drafted Jansen in 2 of my leagues (pun…ish!) in anticipation of League sucking. Since I live in Seattle, I’ve been exposed to League’s “abilities” enough to know that he’s sort of chopped liver when it comes to closing.

          Jansen, meanwhile, despite those blown Saves last year, looks to me like a center-cut filet mignon!

  66. I-Man says:
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    What up Grey,

    With ROS in mind, drop Henderson for Axford, Mujica, or Cishek? 10 Team H2H standard scoring.

  67. Carns says:
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    Are we still Ron Pompeil’ing Salvador Perez? Got Buck sitting out there, but I look at his career slashes and they kind of remind me of Christopher from Winnie the Pooh. Still very early, but as the days pass, it gets harder…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carns: Didn’t he get two hits yesterday?

  68. Kenny Powers says:
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    Yo Grey! What’s your thoughts on Bio, I mean Gio Gonzalez? Buy low canidate or stay away?

  69. Fratstar says:
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    Cobb or Estrada for a weekly league next week? Both have 2 starts

  70. Jay says:
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    Grey –

    Cashner or Corbin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Cashner

  71. Wake Up says:
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    on Lester…Farrell said, “mm mm mm mm ha! oh wah hey hey wah! wah wah mm mm mm ma mama oh oh oh oh ha! When she gets mad, she starts to cry. I don’t owe him nothing. nanananana mmmmmmm pedapeda hah!”…..Then he pulled his dinner from his pocket and asked… “Have you seen my wig around?”

  72. JoeC says:
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    I think the Lester start was a blip (although he was due for regression anyways after those first couple starts). The ump was squeezing him, especially low in the strike zone.

    Mr. Whipple did not approve.

  73. stlshawgo says:
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    I feel like this is a stupid question, but:

    Drop Zito or Straily for Cashner?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Zito

  74. SmellTheGlove says:
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    OK commentariat…am I crazy to consider trading King Felix and Rios for Giancarlo and Todd Frazier? I have pretty good SP depth with Cliff Lee, Anibel, Hellickson, Weaver, and Josh “Fat Tits” Beckett. I am really hurting for power and at middle infielder, where I’m saddled with Moustakas, Rizzo and Rickie Freaking Weeks as my starters. (I predict at least two of these turds will be in the minors in a month.)

    Anyway, what say you?

      • SmellTheGlove says:
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        Thanks Grey! Im’ma do the deal. It’s so fab to have your advice! *Squee!*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  75. Thrilla says:
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    When I saw you worked Ken Harvey into the post, I considered retiring from fake baseball forever. Don’t see how it gets better after that. I felt hopeless. That lasted 90 seconds then I got bored. Then fapped. Now I’m here.

    12 Team H2h league (SLG, OBP – K/9, QS)

    9 Off. Starters: C. Santana – A. Pujols – I. Kinsler – E. Longoria – J. Rollins – A. Jones – T. Frazier – H. Pence – B. Lawrie

    Bench – I. Davis, Moose, B. Moss (A. Eaton)

    Scherzer – Zimmerman – Niese- H. Bailey – Ryu – Milone – Marcum – Cashner – Willhemsen – Janssen – Mujica – Benoit – Henderson (B. Beachy)

    Add any of these available guys:

    K. Morales
    V. Martinez
    Krispie Y.
    De Aza

    B. Colon
    C. Tillman
    D. Haren
    K. Kendrick

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thrilla: Welcome back! De Aza over Moss, Tillman over Marcum

  76. Andrew says:
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    Grey- Do you still say hold on Suckspinosa and strIke Davis or should I make the jump to Krispy and Didi? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andrew: I’d hold for now

  77. Mike says:
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    Good Morning Grey,

    I sometimes wish people did not pitch everything to the wire.

    My choice today – keep Werth or pickup one of the following twp – Willingham or Victor Martinez?

    Would you do both and if so which would you prioritize?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

  78. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    So because the Brewers are dying to give the Ax another shot at ruining Estrada starts, im trying to flip Henderson ASAP. Thoughts on giving Hellickson/De Aza/Henderson for Price/Reddick?

      • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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        @Grey: damn, I didnt think so, guess I really am overvaluing the 5+ era right now, still gonna send it because hes the league rook HAHAHAH (that was the Thriller laugh btw)

  79. mhfella says:
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    Would like to add Cashner (looks like next 3 starts are SF, Cubs, Miami) but only pitcher I can really drop is Ryu. Should I? Thanks.

  80. Charles says:
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    Please rank (Losses are also a category):

    Moore @ CWS – Floyd
    Hamels @ NYM – Niese
    Peavy v TB – Hernandez
    Ryu @ NYM – Hefner

    Any hesitations with anyone?

  81. vohnie says:
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    A bit of a conundrum here. I have a fair amount of both Nationals and Reds players on my team.
    WSH: Gio, J-Zimm, Soriano, Rendon
    CINN: Bailey, Cingrani, Choo, Frazier

    With a four-game series looming at Nats Park, would you recommend benching any of these players this week? The main reason I ask is that Choo and Frazier have provided a good chunk of my offense thus far as Giancarlo is still warming up and JHey is on the DL. I’m currently in 1st place, but ERA has been a weakness. I do have a comfy lead with K’s, though. Gio, Zimm, Bailey, and Cingrani are my only starters this weekend (Bumgarner, Morrow, and Estrada went yesterday).

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vohnie: I don’t know why you’d bench them

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @vohnie:

      Nats have score 2 runs or fewer in half their games. Washington is a neutral park at best. Generally thought of as kind of a pitcher’s park. Can’t see why you’d bench any pitching.

      I could see sitting Rendon if you have another option, but otherwise, those look like players you play every day regardless.

      • vohnie says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Ok, sounds good. I wasn’t sure if Having so many players from both sides would produce negative impacts. Thanks for the advice, guys.

  82. Sean says:
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    What’s this? is Grey finally coming around on my mancrush of the past decade, Chase Utley. Has all of my comments and pestering and secret love letters (oops they were meant for Chase) finally convinced you that he is a top 5 Fantasy 2nd baseman when healthy, which it looks like he finally is after 2 years of looking for a rehab and strengthening program that finally worked to help his knees. Yes it had been a sad and lonely last 2 years when he could not stay healthy and was in and out of the lineup with injuries and the lost power from his shoddy knees and lack of strength in his lower body (no not that part of the lower body, that part was just fine, trust me ;) ) was very apparent. Well I knew it was only a matter of time my friend, it is hard to ignore a MI hitting 3rd in a decent lineup with a .300+ avg and the counting stats to go with it, don’t want to say I told you so b/c it is still early in a long season but………………………yeah I won’t say it there is still a long way to go, but consider him an official Zombino until further notice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Not official yet, he smells of Zombino for now.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Sean:

      Grey has always been a fan of chase utley (except when hurt) .
      it’s espinosa that he’s 2 years late in jettisoning .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks for remembering, Chata…

  83. John says:
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    Chances of Braun, Melky, Cano getting suspended? Are the chances different for each of them — for example, is it possible that Melky gets some consideration for time served?

  84. T Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: I have problem… Yeah, yeah, no mean comments from the peanut gallery… This is serious!!.

    It is all about this better FBB through the Kaballah thingy you got me started on a couple weeks ago..

    As they say, “In for the penny in for the pound.”.. I’m “all in” now…

    Here is the situation… I have had a telephone pole with a small (regulation size Pole-Sitting Asso.) pallet on top of it installed in my backyard… I have had power run up it for me puter, have got my previously mentioned Kaballah reading materials up here, a small reading lamp and a framed picture of Madonna – the one from her Kaballah book in that enlightened pose wearing those pointy metal cone tit covers of hers… You know the shot..

    Well, I am in my 6th day up here – needless to say, in the nude.. Haven’t been down at all … Yep, that’s right for anything… The neighbors are starting to complain about the odor and the anti public nudity ones are having a ^*&%$ field day.. Some folks will complain at anything given the chance..

    I’m constantly reading and studying the Kaballah books… Meditating and I am in constant contact with the Madonna book’s conduit spirit… And of course, reading all your threads and following your every FBB instruction sent both in print and telepathically to the letter…

    I’m not complaining.. The views great… Made some new bird friends – they pop in all the time to say hello… It’s a whole different way of life up here…

    What’s bothering me is my FBB teams have gone from really bad to worse during this period… I just wanted to touch base with you, to see if you think if I’m doing anything wrong??? Or should I just give it more time before expecting positive results in the FBB standings???…

    What is really tearing it for me is that the neighbor 5 doors down on his sitting-pole is having a great FBB season… He’s doing the Gurdgieff ‘s Fourth Way FBB Method.. Can’t stand the guy… Always singing/chanting nonsense, hippy dancing around up there with his love beads swaying and shouting to the world, every time his teams cranks another tater outta a ballpark somewhere.. The *^$*%# cultist…

    That stained white robe of his makes me sick… I look the other way most of the time, so I don’t have to look at him…

    He has the nerve to call himself St. Simeon of FBB and his teams, the Stylites… Hope, he falls off during one of those crazed pelvic pumping dances of his and breaks his scrawny neck…

    What make it all worse is the neighbors don’t bother or complain about him and they are calling a me a copycat… I’ve tried to explain to them that there is a significant deference between the Kaballah and Gurdgieff FBB pole-sitting methods… They won’t buy it… I must admit this “copycat” thing is really getting under my skin.. I know it shouldn’t – But, it does..

    Help me, please…

    Got to go … Approaching another higher level of consciousness (chapter 13) soon here… As you know, they are as tricky as streaming SPs or Punch and Judy MIs…

    K A B A L L A H !!!!!

    • T Moore says:
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      @T Moore:

      Difference not deference = SP Check error.. Not surprisingly, it’s harder than usual typing up here… Kinda a knack isn’t it,… One that I haven’t mastered yet… It amazes me, how well you do with all the typing you do from up there on your sitting-pole..

      Thanks again..

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @T Moore: Wow, you outdid yourself today… I think it’s all the kabbalah in between your ears…

        • T Moore says:
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          @Grey:

          I’ve gone anti Stream and have picked Parker of the A’s … Hoping for a May righting of his boat…

          Have had to suffer the loss of other fast starters due to huge injury queue on bench… Bummer…

          Valverde or Rondon ??? Who will win out in the end???

          ESPN Closer Meter now at 43… Valverde was delayed a week by passport issues… He was ready in the week once back…. Boggs finally replaced on there

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Valverde

  85. Tom says:
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    Keppinger, Peralta or Gyorko till Hill gets off DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: None? Gyorko

  86. zzzzzz says:
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    Why is S-O-N so low on Peavy’s start tomorrow? Should I bench him? I’m in 10 team H2H 6×5 and I’m ahead in K, ERA, WHIP, and W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz: It’s like asking The Wizard a question… No idea… Rudy, might know, I’d ask on the SON post… I wouldn’t bench Peavy…

    • H2H I’d definitely start him. It’s not super low – $9 is still solid. US Cellular is a good offensive park. TB is a solid offense. That’s clearer when you see Hellickson is in the negative.

      • zzzzzz says:
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        @zzzzzz: @Rudy Gamble: I figured you don’t bench Peavy unless there’s something wrong with him. Just curious why he’s single digits. Thanks for the info!

  87. Wake Up says:
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    btw…. type in “Villanueva” on ESPN in the “find a player” and look at the three options…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Funny you say that… I did that the other day and found this Charlie Villanueva character… He is funny looking!

  88. booya says:
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    So you’d rather have Chris Carter at Util instead of Ike or Krispie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  89. seymour says:
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    Thanks to razzball, I’m pretty flush in closers ATM, having picked up a couple vultures:
    Rivera
    Romo
    Nathan
    Perkins
    Mujica…kakakaka
    Valverde
    Could use some SP help – have a lot of mid-to-back end guys:
    Grienke – DL
    Latos
    Scherzer
    Bailey
    Niese
    Estrada
    Miley
    Griffith
    Ryu
    Zito
    Who would be a good SP to target? Thinking of offering Nathan up, given injury concerns. Gio, Peavy, Anibal might be options…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give Nathan for any of them… In that order…

  90. chillmodious says:
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    Reddick is my current Util. Would you cut him for Krispie, or hold? Reddick will get scooped off waivers if I drop him, so this would be a ROS-type move. Thanks for the input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  91. Poo Holes says:
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    Was gunna drop J-Fer in an 8 team h2h for a closer because I only have Perez and Holland. Available are: Street, Parnell, Hanrahan, Cishek, Valverde, or Marm-LOL. My guess would be Valverde, but I owned him on a team last year and he scared the poo out of me.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Poo Holes: See, I read that and was thinking Street. But I own Street this year and his performances are just… strange. He’s getting some save chances and converting them, but he’s also pretty much given up an ER in each outing.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @chillmodious: 5 earned runs and 9 hits in 7 innings pitched, but 3 saves? He gets hurt too frequently anyway. He’s overdue.

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Poo Holes: Yeah, not sure what’s going on with him. He hasn’t blown any saves, but he’s taken a loss and has been Kazaam’d a few times. He’s definitely been very hittable, though. Plus, a lot of those hits have been solo HRs.

          I have faith he’ll get better and think that by the end of the year we’ll look back on him as having been a solid option. But I also have faith he’ll injure his quad/oblique/neck/extremity-du-jour and miss a month at some point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parnell

  92. Descartes Before the Horse says:
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    So does that make Coco Crisp the equivalent of original recipe?

    Beckett, CJ Wilson, and Cashner…

    1.) Pick two for Friday.
    2.) Pick two for the foreseeable future.
    3.)
    4.) Rank Axford, Valverde, and Fujikawa for saves.

    Please and thanks!

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Descartes Before the Horse: I think he’s still a breakfast cereal

      Its a toss up based on matchups, sam as FF

      Val, AX, Fuji

      • Descartes Before the Horse says:
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        @Jack Hearts Sky: Does Michael “Colonel” Saunders get a nickel every time Krispie goes for a slam and legs?
        SON has them 15.3, 16.2, 17.2, respectively, but not sure any of them should be that high. Well, except for Lincecum, but that shizz is legal in California anyway, so who can really say.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yup… 1) Beckett, Cashner 2) same 4) Valverde, Fujikawa

      • Descartes Before the Horse says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  93. Jack Hearts Sky says:
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    Ok Mathy McMathstein, whats the square root of a million?

    Giancarlo has not got the restraining order on me yet, I will send over the video footage I get from my hat cam. How is Manny? still having the morning protein shake and oatmeal.

    I have to still disagree that it’s too early to drop Jo-Fer, besides the guy has the cubs next

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that like ginseng root? Me no follow… Yeah, Jo-Fer could be fine in some matchups, but in most leagues he’s a streamer on the Marlins…

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Grey: so little faith in Jo-fer

        No follow? when you have been stalking the Macho Man is he still having the same breakfast

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He eats pancakes every meal. Morning, noon and night…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: he needs the carbs as he is a growing boy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too…When I think about him!

              • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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                @Grey: hey now!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Rawr!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  94. mike says:
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    krispie or hang on to oscar tavarez in a keeper roto 5×5 league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Krispie

  95. Gattis or Buck at C?

  96. NyjersInParis says:
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    Pierzinsky or Ruiz for C? or… Garrett Jones or Ruiz for my Util? Not too high on Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruiz…Jones

  97. Frank Grimes says:
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    BJ and DesJenning too much to offer for Stanton?

    • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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      @Frank Grimes: do you have more bags on your roster to take that hit and is there a big need for HR’s, are you at the bottom looking to shake things up. Thats a big move

      • Frank Grimes says:
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        @Jack Hearts Sky: it’s 12 team H2H points so I have Bruce J Up we start 3 OF and 2 U. I’m sitting one of Jennings Rizzo BJ Fraizer every week.

        • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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          @Frank Grimes: then get some Giancarlo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  98. LOTW50 says:
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    12 team keeper league h2h , k & BB are 2 of 8 offensive categories

    Which 2 of 3 would you want on your roster:

    Marte (free agent, would only spot start if I had him)
    Myers
    Puig

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Puig

  99. Be The Ball says:
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    1) Trade Scherzer and Ryu for Price?

    2) For my last roster spot who would you take (it’s a keeper league and assume a good balanced roster between hitters and pitchers): Cashner, J. Parker, Axford, Krispie, Miguel Montero (my other C is S. Perez), Adam Eaton, Teheran or Straily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Eh 2) Cashner or Axford depends on needs.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Be The Ball:

      I’ve come around on Scherzer. Or maybe he’s come around on me. My big complaint with him is that his arm slot was all over the map and he was very inconsistent with the fastball command. I saw him pitch live in Oakland a couple weekends ago and was really impressed. He had control of all his pitches and the delivery was very fluid and repeatable. I think he must have made a few mechanical tweaks. Probably a side by side gif out there somewhere that would show it. But I don’t think the upside on Price is high enough to justify a two for one and in fact it’s possible Scherzer ends the year with better numbers.

  100. VUVUZELLER says:
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    I would like to upgrade my pitching. I haven’t had any luck with trading my bench bats for pitching.

    Is my lineup strong enough to trade Chris Davis? If so what kind of Pitcher should I target?

    Montero, Jose (C) SEA
    Goldschmidt, Paul(1B) ARI
    Hill, Aaron(2B) ARI
    Longoria, Evan(3B) TB
    Castro, Starlin(SS) CHC
    Harper, Bryce(OF) WAS
    Jones, Adam(OF) BAL
    Stanton, Giancarlo(OF) MIA
    Davis, Chris(1B,OF) BAL

    Hosmer, Eric(1B) KC
    Aoki, Norichika(OF) MIL
    Davis, Ike(1B) NYM
    Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL

    Bailey, Andrew(P) BOS
    Bumgarner, Madison(P) SF
    Chapman, Aroldis(P) CIN
    Cingrani, Tony(P) CIN
    Harvey, Matt(P) NYM
    Mujica, Edward(P) STL
    Zimmermann, Jordan(P) WAS

    Milone, Tommy(P) OAK
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(P) LAD
    Villanueva, Carlos(P) CHC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure… David Price?

  101. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m streaming EJax at Miami today. Maybe that’ll get Giancarlo going. They call him EJAX…the foaming cleanser…babababababumbum.

    You changed your tune on Valverde pretty quick there, Albright. Funny, I was all geeked up and then I tempered a little bit after seeing him. All three outs were pretty solidly struck. I want to see him throw something besides the fastball. I want to see him out of the stretch. The most positive take away was that he was mostly down in the strike zone and there was a little bit of late life to the pitches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Yeah, he did only throw a fastball, but hitting 95 has me figuring he can get 3 outs against most teams and Leyland wants him there… He’s there until September…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Hope so. He looked like he kept his cool. Little less with the histrionics, little more with the getting of the outs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally…

    • JoeC says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’m also streaming Jackson in my two RCL leagues. It’s Miami… what’s the worst that could happen? They score 4 runs off him? :) The Ks alone should make it worth it.

      As for Green Valley, I like him because Leyland likes him. In general, I think he’s a crappy closer, as has been demonstrated once he gets to the playoffs and ruins the Tigers’ dreams. But during the regular season, he’s been pretty solid and has racked up the Saves. Gotta go with that.

      His outs yesterday were all solidly struck, but I take solace from the idea that his control may take a while to catch up to his speed, but his speed will generally be “good enough” for the most part.

      Plus he looked like he went on a successful diet so he no longer looks like Fatolo Colon’s pot-bellied brother.

  102. smegma says:
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    Grey,

    Thinking about trading Ethier for a SP because I like having only one bench bat and A. Ramirez is coming back next week. Would you trade Ethier for Grienke? Maholm? Think he’ll go for either? My other OFers are McCutchen/J.Upton/Fowler and Chris Davis at UT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure… Maybe, no idea what he thinks of Ethier

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Thanks! Other team also has Gio…would you rank those 3 ROS as Gio/Maholm/Greinke or switch Greinke and Maholm? My SPs are Bum/Peavy/Neise/Scherzer/Burnett/Villanueva/Beckett/Pettitte/Cingrani/Iwakuma. Not sure I need another SP, but like having flexibility with streaming and I’d have to drop someone once Ramirez comes back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gio, Greinke…

  103. c0wfunk says:
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    Up above you advised dropping Gyorko for Alvarez who I’ve already added .. I’m starting to wonder if the bloom is off the rose for the Gyorko, who seemed to be on everyone’s sleeper list this year. I know, PCL power, etc.

    So I’ve got Rutledge manning 2b right now and that’s starting to look pretty nice. And at 3b I’ve got Frazier, Zimmerman (DL), and now Alvarez in a pinch.

    So the question is .. would you drop Gyorko for any of:

    Reddick (I just dropped but he cleared waivers), Duda, Chris Young, Parra, or Seth Smith or maybe a pitcher: Colon, Guthrie, or Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  104. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    I know you’re not a fan of JJ, but if I could land Alex Cobb for Josh Johnson straight up, does that seem like a fair swap? Am I selling too low on Johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cobb

  105. Ollie says:
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    Grey! Started using the site before the season started and it’s been a lot of help so far. I have a question for you though.

    First trade of the season got offered to me. I give Jordan Zimmermann and Henderson for Cole Hamels and Alfonso Soriano.

    What are your thoughts on Hamels? Has his start just been bad luck? I know his last loss was a 2 run, 8 inning effort, so that’s encouraging. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Trade’s not good… Worried about Hamels…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Shoulder rumors plus poor results equals Tums.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mylanta, thank you.

  106. Evan says:
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    I’m in a 16 team dynasty league, I was offered Josh Rutledge for Cingrani and Mark Reynolds. Is this lopsided or should I ask for a fringe guy with Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rutledge…

  107. glitto says:
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    I’m pretty sure Josh Donaldson’s dad would be Donald Joshfather.

    Or the ABC news anchor whose eyebrows could take out Sam Waterston’s at ten paces.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not sure, but I’d like to get to the bottom of it…

  108. mooseknuckles says:
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    Freaking hilarious reverend Jackson line, had me rolling!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  109. g-money says:
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    any reccomendations on making a trade? Currently in first place but would like to know some thoughts on strentghing or if I should stay put. have a surplus of closers. who should i try to unload first? and for who or what position?

    C- Gavis
    1b- goldshmidt
    2b- phillips
    3b- pablo
    ss- rutledge
    mi- espinosa
    ci- hosmer
    of- trout
    of- adam jones
    of-jupton
    of- choo
    of- ruggiano/ any weekly waiver pickup
    ut- machado
    ut- hafner
    injured- ryan zimmerman

    p- j. zimmerman
    p- neise
    p- bailey
    p- shelby miller
    p- cingrani
    p- chris perez
    p- edward mujica
    p- cassey jannsen
    p- cishek
    bench- jose fernandez
    bench- cashner
    bench- millone
    bench- jose valverde
    bench- beckett

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade Perez for Kipnis so you can bench Espinosa?

  110. Buzzdainer says:
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    In my 20-team keeper league, I’ve been offered Kipnis and Garrett Richards for Zobrist. I declined, but my fellow manager hinted he’d be willing to offer more. Would you trade Zobrist for Kipnis and, say, Mujica and Cingrani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  111. Project Merkin says:
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    Closepacalypse has really done a number on a guy in my league, and in a panic move, he traded me Shields for Jim Henderson. Trade was processed this morning, and I just picked up Axford. Not that I love Shields but, good fleece job?

    Grey, speaking of Shields, risky start today? Don’t worry, I’ve read the comments, you did say start him above, but you wouldn’t be worried just a bit? Or you just wouldn’t have drafted Shields so it’s a non issue?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade for you… I wouldn’t have drafted Shields, but if I had him, I’d start him until further notice…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Than I will, shirley.

        Thanks duuude.

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Project Merkin: Dayum. You should at least send that guy a complimentary merkin with “no hard feelings” monogrammed on it.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Ha. Monogrammed Merkins. The perfect gift for him, and her.

        • chillmodious says:
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          @Project Merkin: Seriously. You could be the next Vermont Teddy Bear:

          “Merkins for all occasions… and, coming soon, the new Jumbo Merkin with sleeves! It’s like a snuggie for your junk! Now through Mother’s Day, be sure to enter promo code “CROTCHBLANKET” in the checkout box before completing your order, and you’ll receive your next merkin order for 50% off!!!”

  112. scott says:
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    Current Of/util. Cespedes, Mccutchen, Heyward, Stanton. Bench Lorenzo Cain, Starling Marte. Would you trade Heyward for matt cain if you were in my shoes? I could use a pitcher..

  113. scott says:
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    Current Of/util. Cespedes, Mccutchen, Heyward, Stanton. Bench Lorenzo Cain, Starling Marte. Would you trade Heyward for matt cain if you were in my shoes? I could use a pitcher..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  114. Jay says:
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    I know he’s nothing exciting right now but Kipnis was dropped. Ihave Hosmer, Morse or Asdrubal Cab.

    would you drop any for Kipnis? Adding kipnis would allow me to move Zobrist to SS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

    • Kid A says:
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      @Sky: You’re just begging for a cunt punt…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I want to see it filmed and I want it to happen in a mud wrestling pit.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Kid A: First time I’ve heard that term. Of course now I plan on using it incessantly.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Sky:

      Her vocational aptitude test came back: Drill Sergeant or Madam

      Please tell me all of you were turned on reading that and it wasn’t just me.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ha! I’d be afraid she’d punch me in the face during coitus.

        • JoeC says:
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          @Sky: Average face. Tight bod. I think those bangs are hiding a huge, glowering forehead.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            If we had to choose categories, though, she still goes into the ‘poke-able’ bin. And you have sharp knees.

            • JoeC says:
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              @Sky: I have to respectfully disagree. Normally I’d be all over that like peanut butter on jelly, but judging by her deleted Twitter account, she’s a racist ho-bag and that makes my penis sad:

              http://imgur.com/a/bAJhA

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’d like to open her eyes to ghetto malls.

                • JoeC says:
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                  @Grey: Ghetto malls and Grey’s balls!

                  There’s a song hiding in there somewhere!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HA!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Quote: You call it morning wood, I call it breakfast in bed…you’re telling me you can’t fall in love with a girl like that for one morning? You’re right, though. Crazy eye isn’t something to mess with.

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                @JoeC: Oh and I was talking about Mia from Californication there. Yeah, Rebecca can go have breakfast in bed with someone else.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Sky: definite Catholic!

              • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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                @Wake Up: I’m thinking Mormon

                • Wake Up says:
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                  @Jack Hearts Sky: you added an extra m in the middle…

                  • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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                    @Wake Up: or did I?

                    • Wake Up says:
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                      @Jack Hearts Sky: true…they do go hand in hand…

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I took me three trips to the bathroom to get through that thing

    • Jay says:
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      @Sky: THAT’S FUCKING AWESOME

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Sky: I thought they were suppose to suck

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I’m pretty sure she’d bite if you let her try.

        • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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          @Sky: just a little nibble….I hope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: Am I the only one that was really turned on?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: Sounds like you and Oaktown Steve have similar taste in women. Makes me think you’ve both streamed episode one of Californication a few times to see that cowgirl punch scene with Mia

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never saw that show…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            But now you will. At least until about the 22 minute mark streaming on Netflix…not that I remember this type of thing anyways…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Dude…see my comment above. I won’t even comment (inappropriately) on the picture.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, after I commented, I saw yours… I can’t comment on the picture appropriately either…. Let’s meet back in the comments after a cold shower…

  115. Kid A says:
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    Gif of Darvish 5 pitch overlay:

    http://i.minus.com/i3SXAH4AAxtWS.gif

    How he is able to get all that movement from the exact same release point is fascinating.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Two people mentioned it above…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: I like mine better because it isn’t a dudspin link. Also, I don’t read the entry or comments: I just post. Cingrani or a sack of marbles????

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly marbles after his next start, but I guess we’ll see…

  116. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Given what you said about catchers this morning, J.P. or Sal Perez ROS? Thanks as ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Damn you, confirmation bias!

        I keed, I keed. I’m all in with you and Popeil on SalPer this year, and every time someone in one of my leagues picks up a catcher who’s producing, I grit my teeth a little harder. Yes, I own him everywhere. Just throw me a HR (or two?), Sal. C’mon, you know you want one! (Or two!)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… That would be nice, right?

  117. crock says:
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    Trade Jennings for Machado for utl? Jennings can be kept next year at 6th rd and Machado at 15th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually… More of a meh… I could see doing it if you’d keep Machado…And I have no idea what 15th round is…

  118. costaricanchata says:
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    i like it , on these short days , when the pirates make the decision for me and sit g. jones
    against tough lefties like cliff lee .
    more often than not , i would opt to play him and take the 0-4 , rather than go with the
    dreaded empty spot .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap, gotta change my lineup… Thanks for reminding me!

  119. supra says:
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    Guy wants a SP for Kipnis. I have Pedroia, but one of them could help me land a SS.

    Grey, what guys would you be comfortable with sending for Kipnis in a keeper?
    Bumgarner
    Medlen
    Gallardo?
    S.Miller?
    Fister?
    Cingrani
    Teheran

    FA’s: Colon, De La Rosa, Villanueva, EJax, Chen, Hughes, Lilly, Wood, Bauer, Straily

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani, Teheran…

  120. Steve R says:
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    Hey Grey – Axford is a FA in my league. Should I drop Jose Fernandez and grab him? My pitching staff is deep (Price, Moore, Harvey, Samardjiza, Niese, Estrada, Quintana, Villaneuva… Bailey, Valverde)

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  121. Ryan says:
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    Someone just dropped Middlebrooks..
    Do u like Rizzo or Middlebrooks for utility spot ROS ?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  122. Adam says:
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    Cain or Nava ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  123. Fungus says:
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    Wells is 23/47 career vs Buehrle with an OPS of 1.264. I gotta start him tonight, but that means sitting one of:

    Choo vs Gio
    Stanton vs Edwin
    Ortiz vs Humber
    CarGo vs Cahill

    Or leave Wells on the bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  124. Boomer19 says:
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    Trade Mike Minor and Jo-Fer for Gio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  125. High Cheese says:
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    Thanks for the many years of advice, knowledge and laughs. You’re one of my go to sites throughout the day.
    (h2h, 5×5 plus BAA & K/BB)
    Pick a side:
    Price/Voglesong for Cain/Scherzer

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Matt Cain

  126. herschel says:
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    @Grey: have some pretty stinky sp matchups for next week. 5 x 5 weekly roto. which 3 do you like best?

    bailey @ stl
    peavy @ tex
    zimmermann @ atl
    gee @ mia
    quintana @ tex, @ kc
    teheran vs was, vs nym

    or grab any of these guys off ww:

    volquez @ chc, vs ari
    slowey vs nym, @ phi
    pettitbone vs mia

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Zimm, Bailey…

  127. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league trade. Round value is next to player. Who wins? Pedroia(2), Kennedy(8), for Middlebrooks(27),Tillman(28). THanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks

  128. Gavin says:
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    Can I get support that this pending trade is ridiculous? Or is fair enough? Bailey/Laroche/Dunn for Miggy/Morneau.

    • Jay says:
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      @Gavin: that’s a bullsh!t trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty bad

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Gavin: Mike Dunn or Adam Dunn?

  129. Jay says:
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    So I picked up Cashner not realizing that Chuck newtown was floating out there. Ideally I get to start Cashner and then pick up good ole Chuck. However, it’s a pretty active league – do I chance and go with Cashner and hope to get Chuck or just go with Chuck?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just go Cashner

  130. AA says:
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    Your thoughts on the following trade in a keeper league:

    Verlander and Austin Jackson for Cargo and Shelby Miller

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander… Guessing which CarGo

      • AA says:
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        @Grey: CarGo from Colorado…

      • AA says:
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        @Grey: CarGo from Colorado…

  131. MikeZ says:
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    Drop Moustakas for Duda or Chris Young?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  132. Pat Listach says:
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    Rest of season: Brandon Morrow, Ian Kennedy, or Jonathon Niese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese

  133. Gareth says:
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    Some players in My league have made some befuddling drops this week.

    Check this out:

    4/25/13 11:46 AM ET Trout fishing Mujica, Edward RP STL – Added
    Holland, Greg RP KC – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/25/13 11:44 AM ET Trout fishing Rodriguez, Wandy SP PIT – Added
    Ogando, Alexi RP TEX – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/25/13 11:40 AM ET Trout fishing Young, Chris CF OAK – Added
    Carter, Chris 1B HOU – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/25/13 7:26 AM ET pr pelicans rh Quentin, Carlos LF SD – Added
    Cabrera, Melky LF TOR – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/25/13 7:23 AM ET pr pelicans rh DeJesus, David LF CHC – Added
    Maxwell, Justin CF HOU – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/25/13 3:14 AM ET swishmas Cobb, Alex SP TB – Added
    Lohse, Kyle SP MIL – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/24/13 11:40 PM ET Diamond Czars Colon, Bartolo SP OAK – Added
    Fernandez, Jose SP MIA – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/23/13 10:42 AM ET Trout fishing Escobar, Alcides SS KC – Added
    Hill, Aaron 2B ARI – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/23/13 10:40 AM ET Trout fishing Schierholtz, Nate RF CHC – Added
    Gutierrez, Franklin CF SEA – Dropped 4/29/13
    4/23/13 3:37 AM ET swishmas Morrow, Brandon SP TOR – Claimed off Waivers
    Vogelsong, Ryan SP SF – Dropped 4/29/13

    I am the player called SWISHMAS and already swapped out Vogelsong and Loshe for Morrow and Cobb already this week.

    OGANDO, GREG HOLLAND and MELKY are Peaking my interest out of the newest drops. However my team is pretty stacked. Can you please advise me who you would swap out for these guys.

    Its a 2 catcher, MI, CI, UT, 5 outfielder 10 team CBS weekly ROTO with 6 total bench spots for hitters and pitchers . Here is my team:

    C Santana
    C Mauer
    1b Votto
    2b Weeks
    3b Lawrie
    ss S. Castro
    of Stanton
    of Jones
    of Choo
    of Gardner
    of Reddick
    ut Swisher
    CI Goldshmidt
    MI Utley

    Bench
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Aramis Ramirez

    Starters

    Felix, Gio, Gallardo, Estrada, Lincecum, Cobb, Lynn, Morrow.

    Closers

    League, Betancourt, Street, Frieri.

    What moves would you make if you were me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop.

  134. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Corbin or Hughes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  135. No one wanted to trade for one of my closers in the RCL, I guess they must read this site too. Also I think there was the realization no one really wanted my team to get stronger. Decided with 32 saves already booked and 6 closers rostered I could afford to gamble a bit and found one of the bottom teams with nothing to lose and traded Romo for Granderson…Already 2nd guessing the idea but I don’t see any reason why he can’t get me 25 HR’s in the shortened season and I just needed an OF a lot more than I needed a 6th closer.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Elijah:

      good trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a bad gamble with so many closers…

      • @Grey: @Grey:

        Yeah, and as good as Romo has been out the gates, he throws so many sliders his elbow could explode at any time, never know.

  136. Cyr says:
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    Hey Grey/anyone,

    I’m kinda out of the loop on Cingrani, but it seems like people have cooled on him. What can we reasonably expect out of him ROS? Is he about to be shipped back to minors?

    Should I drop him for Cashner in a 12 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s no ROS, he might not be in the rotation for another two weeks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, grab Cashner…

  137. Nameless & Silent says:
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    Grey,
    Ike Davis for Jason Heyward…which side you like ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  138. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Jhonny Peralta, Kelly Johnson or Espinosa ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

  139. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Drop Ethier for Saunders?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh

  140. Dkohn says:
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    No question here, just always send my Oriole fan friend anything you write on Machado, he had this to send back, figured I’d share…

    When I looked at Manny Machado’s stats with runner in scoring position with two outs, I had to do a double take. But there it was staring back at me on my computer screen.

    When he bats with runners in scoring position and two outs this year, Machado is batting .750. He is 6-for-8. But he doesn’t just deliver clutch singles in those spots. He has a double, a triple and two homers along with 11 RBIs. That is good for an OPS of 2.653.

    Turns out this kid is pretty good. Wonder how good he’ll be after he turns 21?

    In the seventh inning yesterday, Machado came to bat with the Orioles trailing Toronto 5-4. The count went to 0-2 and Nate McLouth stole second base. Another chance to drive in a runner in scoring position with two outs. But the count was already 0-2. Machado was able to work the count full and then ripped a triple – the Orioles’ first this year – into right center to tie the game. Key spot, key hit and Camden Yards was rocking.

    The night before Machado delivered a clutch two-run single against R.A. Dickey. Yep, that one also came with two outs.

    On the year Machado is batting .276 with two homers, 14 RBIs and a .759 OPS. He had just one RBI his first seven games and now has 13 over the last 14 games.

    By the way Machado also has strong numbers when batting with RISP overall, meaning not just when there are two down. He is 9-for-22 this year for an average of .409. He batted .367 last season with RISP.

    His career average now with RISP is .380 (27-for-71) with an OPS of 1.070. Is there anything this kid can’t do? Well he never struck out Adrian Gonzalez like Chris Davis did, but then again he’s never gotten the chance. With that arm, he probably could.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve watched nearly all of his at-bats, not telling me nothing I don’t know, though I do appreciate you sharing it with the rest who don’t seem to understand my love for him… He’ll be a top 3 rounder in fantasy within two years…

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: Ha forgive me lord Albright, did not mean to presume to be imparting baseball knowledge.

        Just a humble servant of House Grey.

        What would be House Grey/Albright’s words…October is coming?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Awesome…

        • JoeC says:
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          @Dkohn: I think it would be “January is coming”, since we all wait with bated breath until the first month of the new year when Grey starts to release his projections. ‘Tis a magical time.

  141. JTR says:
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    Do I win if I trade Medlen for A. Gonzalez? My staff includes Cain, Shelby Miller, Buchholz, Neise, Cashner, Fister, and Cingrani. I could use the 1B offense (I have Rizzo right now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @JTR: slam dunk in my imo. Get AGon if indeed you can.

  142. Wake Up says:
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    I don’t see any reason why Espinosa still can’t go 17-17 w/ a low average….which is exactly what you are hoping for from Rutledge…just sayin ya’ll…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Wake Up:

      well , if he stays off the dl ,
      he might well put up those numbers in the minors .

      cust .

      • Wake Up says:
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        @costaricanchata: true…that is if he isn’t injuried

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      There’s still some worries with him playing through his torn rotator cuff. Plus the stats speak of someone not driving the ball right now which is not good for hoping on that 17 HR side. To his credit, April/May have never been his best months but it could be the Nats are getting tired of the slow starts and when he gets ‘hot’, he only hits between .240 and .260 anyways. I’m personally holding but I’m not holding out huge hopes.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Sky: the Nats know he’s a low avg guy…not that worried about being Pipped by Lombardozzi…the injury concern is real though I agree…the stats also say that he cut his K’s in half…I’m hoping that it’s just that he’s been beating sliders into the ground…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Oh sure they know; I get that but I do think he’s the first to go if they start shifting around the infield. I did notice the decrease in K’s and they did mention over spring training he was working on his approach to cut down on the strikeouts. Given the low LD rate, I’m worried he’s just making contact and not actually driving the ball. Time will tell; I do hope they just give him a few days off to get his head right and then he’s back in. Considering I own him everywhere this year, it’s gonna hurt if he’s not back in there and hitting his usual .240

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I agree, not sure what’s going on with him… Seems like people didn’t know what they drafted…

  143. Nico

    John Stamos says:
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    I offered Alex Gordon for Chris Sale in return. Looks like Sale is historically a slow season starter, so I thought I’d buy low. It looks like the other owner is ready to pull the trigger. Do you have any concerns with Sale? Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, since I don’t often watch him pitch. All seems okay when I read the FanGraphs though.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, I have concerns, see my rankings…

      • Nico

        John Stamos says:
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        @Grey: Ah, I see. I mainly used the war room for my rankings since I stumbled upon the site so close to draft day… Well this is interesting…

        Other SP’s he has are Kershaw (off limits), Pettite, Lester, Anibal Sanchez, Brett Anderson, Hudson, Iwakuma. He definitely wants Alex Gordon from me. I considered a lot of these guys, but I doubt he’d be willing to trade most of them bc they are overperforming at the moment. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He has no one else there…

          • Nico

            John Stamos says:
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            @Grey: Appreciate it, Grey!

            • Nico

              John Stamos says:
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              @John Stamos: It must be trade day. Sorry to extend these comments endlessly. (GIVE)Cruz + Niese for (RECEIVE)BJ Upton + Latos. I feel like I worked out something very good for myself.

  144. Mariner Mike says:
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    Going forward Estrada or Cingriani? Also your thoughts on Cashner good for pitching rotation? Once again thank you for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada.. Yes, I like Cashner…

  145. riseUP says:
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    10 team pts league

    I’m in need of a 3b/Util guy and also wanting to buy low on Gallardo

    How does

    Fowler / CJ Wilson for Machado / Gallardo

    sound for my team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good for you

  146. Ben says:
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    @Grey,

    Util spot. Drop Reimold for Krispie?

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: Oops I should add its a 7×7 league, OBP/SLG count which may tilt the scale away from Krispie back towards Nolan a little. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: Im tard. Chris Yougn is gone in my league, it was the Eric young I saw left. hold on reimold I guess?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, unless you need steals…

  147. coco krispie says:
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    5×5 obp replaces avg, which side

    Tulo, Choo, Aoki or Braun, Rollins, Werth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      braun

  148. Jacks says:
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    Pretty psyched I wound up playing Cobb v NYY, tho my other option, Garcia, performed well. I think Cobb can pull of a Hellboy 2011 type year. He has more stuff than Hellboy and shares his pitching IQ/maturity, command, team defense and park factors. He’s in full control on the mound and rarely does command elude him. Brilliant pitch sequencer …

    I picked up Krispie yesterday but sadly had to drop Reimold. I’ll hopefully invite him back at some point.

    BTW, all this Cashner love, I assume it’s muted somewhat for a 4X4 league that doesn’t count Ks?

    • Ben says:
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      @Jacks: HAha, I just posted asking if I should drop Reimold for Krispie. My league has OPS which may give Reimold a little more value than standard leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, muted a bit… That would be Cobb’s most realistic scenario… Command and good defense supporting him…

  149. myrataghem says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m new here, just barely found the site earlier this week, and love the info and analysis you and your cohorts put together for us fantasy junkies.

    I’m in a 12 team keeper league 8X8 with R/2B/3B/HR/SB/AVG/OBP and W/L/CG/SV/K/ERA/WHIP/QS

    28 players on each roster keep 15. Love my pitching staff for the future but am lacking a true LF.

    I’d like to offer Kershaw, A-gone, and Beltran to a Dodgers homer for King Felix, The J-Hey Kid, Nelson Cruz and Starling Marte….what do you think? here is my line up…

    C – Yadier Molina
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Chase Utley
    3B – Chris Johnson
    SS – Jean Segura
    LF – Justin Ruggiano
    CF – Adam Jones
    RF – Carlos Beltran
    OF – Adrian Gonzalez
    UTL – David Ortiz
    UTL – Garret Jones
    BN – Rajai Davis (streaming LF)
    BN – Yonder Alonso
    BN – Aramis Ramirez
    BN – Wil Myers
    DL – Derek Jeter

    Pitchers – Kershaw, Strasburg, Harvey, Cobb, Jaime Garcia, Cingrani, Miley, Teheran, Edwin Jackson, Charles Bronson Arroyo.

    I have Beachy on the DL and Bundy in the N/A slot

    Chapman and Nathan are my only relievers.

    thanks again for all the work you do…I along with everyone else appreciate all the time and effort…my gut is telling me to stand pat but wanted to hear someone else’s opinion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d hold on that trade…

      • myrataghem says:
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        @Grey:

        F/A’s available – I have had Reimold rostered like 4 different times…

        Duda
        Chris Carter
        Venable or Denorfia
        Michael Saunders
        Reimold
        Snider
        Heisey
        David Murphy
        Matt Joyce

        Would you drop Rajai for any of those players mentioned, or should i keep platooning Davis with Ruggiano?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis and Carter would be my platoon…

  150. Jay says:
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    would you trade Marte for Carl Crawford?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  151. Project Merkin says:
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    Anyone watchin the Tigers game? Why the hell did Shields cut that ball off with Prince tagging up from 3rd? He was like 4 feet from the catcher. Unless your Manny, you can’t be doin that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t see it…

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Nice call on starting Shields btw Grey. Probs won’t get the win but very solid. You warming up to him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, but if I had him I’d start him every time out unless something were to happen down the road…

    • JoeC says:
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      @Project Merkin: That wasn’t Shields, it was Hosmer. Shields was behind the plate backing up the catcher as he was supposed to be. Hosmer should not have cut off the throw and Shields was upset that he did.

  152. Carnac says:
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    Pitchers are throwing ‘away’ to Ike so much it’s almost cliché.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Carnac: AND HE KEEPS CHASING THEM.

      I’m going to write to the Mets and tell them to have Ike not swing unless it is DEFINITELY over the heart of the plate. Don’t swing at anything else.

      And they’ll look up to Carnac and shout ‘save us.’ And I’ll look down and whisper ‘no.’

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ike moved up closer to the plate after an 0/2 start a few nights back. Finished 2/4 with 2 HRs. Now he’s slid back out again. Mets need to put strong magnets in his shoes and under the ground on that side of the plate to help this stunod despite himself.

        • Carnac says:
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          Keith Hernandez: “It looks like Ike’s struggles have only worsened here in May…”

          [Cut to Ike Davis taking his AB from the on-deck circle.]

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            In June, he’ll be in the stands….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey: Was offered Carlos Santana for my J-Z(imm). What do you think? Current catcher is Avila… Rest of my staff is Wainwright, Peavy, Cahill, Iwakuma, Morrow, Jo-Fer, Garrett Richards/spot starter.

        • Carnac says:
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          @Carnac: 12 team, h2h

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, don’t like it…

  153. stoopid says:
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    10 team 1500IP 5×5. 7 keepers, lifetime.

    Got offered Cobb for my Pence.

    My OF/UT is loaded (5OF & 2UT) with Kemp, J-Upton, C.Davis, Crisp, Marte, Soriano, Pence, Alvarez & Duda.

    Cobb would be my #4 behind Kershaw, Hamels, & Scherzer.

    Gotta do it right? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t…

      • stoopid says:
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        @Grey: Hmm I wonder why not? I’m loaded with bats and have to bench 2 of those guys daily which I hate to do. Just looking for a little further explanation if you don’t mind??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cause Cobb is a streamer in your league… Pence is more valuable…

  154. lil evil says:
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    Hilarious and illuminating as always.

    Couple questions…

    1. Drop Reddick for Marte?
    2. Drop Andrelton for one of Didi, Mark Ellis or Crawford?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Marte for steals… I’d hold Andrelton…

  155. Watching the Tigers game and Justin Verlander is rockin’ perhaps the league’s tightest pants. Just for comfort, or borderline exhibitionist?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe he misinterpreted when the catcher called for the high, hard one…

      • @Grey: hahahaha. I knew you’d be the guy to ask….

  156. Kaiser Soze says:
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    Trade Matt Moore for Nat Gio in a K/BB league? Wish I would’ve looked at Moore’s walks before drafting cuz he’s killin me in that cat. Thanks bru!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio’s been a mess so far, I wouldn’t make that trade…

  157. Fish says:
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    What’s better than a pointless Catcher question?!?!?!

    Take your pick: V.Martinez or Sal Perez

    (The answer to the first question is: Many, many things)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Perez…

  158. Grey –

    6×6 OPS, redraft league– would you do this trade?

    (his) Ike Davis FOR (my) Manny Machado? Machado in my util spot and just thinking Ike will heat up eventually. I know you like Manny, and Ike seems to be regressing and now sitting part-time versus lefties. Curious on your take.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  159. UncleLarryWalker says:
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    So my team is dead last in steals (*6 total), but I’m otherwise THRILLED with their output. I drafted a fairly slow team – Miggy, Matt Holliday, Gyorko, Josh Hamilton, Todd Frazier- but I tried to address my speed in different areas – Victorino, Brett Gardner, Goldschimdt – should I be snagging someone off the FA wire, or just trust that Victorino & Gardner will start stealing some bases?

    FA Top SB guys:
    McLousy
    Krispie
    Raji
    Valdespin
    Gentry

    I’d hate to jam these guys in there to screw up my ratios for a few SBs. Thoughts??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know you’d be dropping but Gardner/Victorino will get steals…

  160. booya says:
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    Would you want Cain over Chris Carter?

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  161. Ben says:
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    Grey, Do you still like Luis Jimenez? Youk is supposed to be back tomorrow and Jimenez looks like he has a very low ceiling. Worth holding onto as insurance/backup or consider him expendable at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose him…

  162. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Would you trade Adam Jones for Matt Moore straight up? I have a pretty loaded lineup he is my OF #3 (Cutch and Justin Upton), I know Moore has mega-talent but am slightly concerned that he is off to a hot start and can’t sustain. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  163. Manimal says:
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    15 team 7×7. What’s the best of three bad choices: Gattis (giving up Teheran), Ruiz (free agent), or Jaso (free agent)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ruiz

  164. Hondo says:
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    Ike of my bench,I hate you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe he hates you too… Don’t shoot the messenger!

  165. Nathan says:
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    Alright. We’re almost through the first month of fantasy baseball and I am leading by a decent margin in Runs and SB and dead last in both HR and RBI. Middle of the pack in OPS. 12 team roto.

    C-Perez
    1B-Goldschmidt
    2B-Rutledge
    3B-Beltre
    SS-Segura
    OF-McCutchen, Adam Jones, Jennings
    Util- Nava, Krispie (just added)
    BN-Ike, Starling

    Do I look light on power at this point? Should I look to trade Jennings or Starling (who is only on the bench because I’m chasing HR and RBI)? Do you like Encarnacion as a trade target for power?

    Guys like Morse, Vernon Wells, Chris Carter, Hafner, Duda, are on waivers… grab one of them and pray?

    Or should I just grab one of the guys from the “hits well in May” post and see what May brings?

    • Nathan says:
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      @Nathan: Ha, or is it finally time to take Ike off the bench??? That would certainly be nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you do like a bit light, but not terrible… I like Edwin… Carter over Nava

  166. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I made the following offer. I give Morse and get back Carpenter or Rutledge. They replied saying they want BJ Upton instead of Morse and that it would have to be for Carpenter.

    Even though this would give me roster/positional flexibility, I think BJ is too much for Carpenter.

    OF: Braun, Gordon, AJAX, Marte, Morse, BJ and Wil Myers (start 4)

    The motivation behind my offer is that I am looking for a backup for Kipnis. He “might” be starting to come around, but I’d still like to have another bench option.

    Thoughts? H2H points league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s too much

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Grey: Is a BJ too much for Rutledge too?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bit…

  167. RedRox says:
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    Choo or Panda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  168. Jason says:
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    Moustakas and Anderson were dropped (13 teams). Right now I have Zimmerman and Fraiser at 3B. I’m thinking to use my waiver priority for Anderson (drop Doubront). Any advice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Moose before Anderson…

  169. TREX1024 says:
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    Peavy for Stanton

    I’ve got Peavy, might be able to get Stanton with him. Obviously worth it… right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side, it’s not close…

  170. Mike says:
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    I find myself with one closer (Nathan) in a 14-team league where most people have 2-3 and there is fierce competition in the waiver wire auctions for saves. Should I (1) hold and hope to pick something up via the waiver/get lucky with setup men, (2) attempt to acquire a second closer through a trade, or (3) attempt to trade Nathan and give up on saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up a waiver wire one when it happens…

  171. Hank says:
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    Just traded Adrian Gonzalez and alexi ogando for Frazier and schrezer. Did I do alright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  172. Gareth says:
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    AU SHIZZ! Thanks for the recommendation Grey. I would have passed this guy over when I drafted but after taking heed of your enthusiasm I grabbed him over guys like Craig and Adrien Gonzalez. I now have the good fortune of having This goy on my Head to Head AND Roto team.After Checking my head to head today, I noticed how simular Au Shizzes stats were to my second baseman Robinson Cano so far…….

    1B
    Paul Goldschmidt
    1B/U
    26/79 hits
    .329
    15 R
    6 2b
    0 3b
    4 HR
    16 RBI
    13 BB
    0 SB
    0 CS
    88 points

    2B
    Robinson Cano
    2B/U
    27/83 Hits
    .325
    14 R
    6 2B
    0 3B
    6 HR
    14 RBI
    7 BB
    1 SB
    0 CS
    88 points

    Dayum!

    In celebration, Here is my new them song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntG50eXbBtc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice song…

  173. Nathan says:
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    BTW, I actually do know what the mystery Dum-Dum flavor is. In their factories, they only make one flavor at a time, so they’ll make a huge batch of lemon, and then a huge batch of sour apple, etc etc. When they are nearing the end of one flavor and getting ready to add the ingredients for the next flavor, the two tend to blend together inside the machines for a little while before the next flavor becomes “pure”. The lollypops that come from those blended “transitions” are the mystery pops.

    The more you know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s interesting…. So it is kinda the guck left over…

  174. Gareth says:
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    On a more boring note, would you drop Brandon League for Greg Holland? Surely the K’s upside is worth it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  175. Tiki Torchaz says:
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    Keeper with 6 cats, L added

    Drop any of these dudes for Cashner:

    Wandy, Parker, Cahill, Cingriani, Haren, Jansen……………………………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill or Wandy, wait until tonight’s games…

      • Tiki Torchaz says:
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        @Grey: wait, why? Wandy already went…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cahill’s going tonight… If you want, drop Wandy…

          • Tiki Torchaz says:
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            @Grey: but WANDY been gud. Sub 2 era. My mind say no, my body… Still say no. What Wong with me?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s why I said wait until tonight to see Cahill…

              • ROLFAMLO says:
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                @Grey: OMFG LOGIC

  176. Gareth says:
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    Drop Brett Gardner for Melky Cabrera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ope

  177. Gareth says:
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    Drop Estrada for Ogando?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  178. mrobs says:
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    Good Afternoon Grey! I was offered Fowler, Cobb, and Anibal for my Pedroia and Estrada

    which side you like?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bueno afternoono… It’s not good…

  179. Tiki Torchaz says:
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    Are you starting Cahill & Parker tonight btw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  180. BrewerFan says:
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    @Grey:

    Was offered Kershaw and Sandoval for Frazier, Hanley, Lester, & Harvey.
    Is it worth it? Or am I better off countering with no Sandoval and no Harvey in the deal?

    Kershaw-Frazier,Lester,Hanley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The 2nd deal is better for getting Kershaw… Unlikely, but better…

      • BrewerFan says:
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        @Grey: Unlikely as in, he won’t go for that offer?

        • BrewerFan says:
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          @BrewerFan: And where would you rank Matt Harvey in terms of the season? Top 20 for the remainder? Thanks again Grey

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @BrewerFan:

            Might be the best pitcher in baseball. Filth.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Harvey’s not top 20, top 40

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Grey:

              A comment you will rue, Albright!

              • JoeC says:
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                @OaktownSteve: Rue… that’s the base of a great gravy, right?

                So Grey makes the gravy, I’ll make the mashed potatoes… what are you bringin’ Oaktown? The medicinal marijuana, I would suppose?

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @JoeC:

                  See the “what else is there” forum. Eerily, my post there preceded this one.

                  • JoeC says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: Perhaps we’re just both hungry?

                    BTW, what are you doing cooking all this food? I thought you had a wife?

                    Myself, I’m single (by choice, natch) and thus I get to experience all the “Joy of Cooking”.

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @JoeC:

                      Wife does the books and pays the taxes. She’s a financial genius. I’ve done a lot of restaurant work…chief cook and bottle washer.

                    • JoeC says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: God damn, you’re Anthony Bourdain, aren’t you?!

                      I knew it!

                      Do you only pick French players for your fantasy teams? Francouer (which I always spell wrong… stupid Frenchies with their vowel placement!) would be your first round pick, I would assume? Juan Pierre your second?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right

  181. Eric W says:
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    Have been holding Eaton on my bench (have Hart in my dl slot) for a few weeks now, need help bad in my 4th and 5th of slot. But now that Heyward is out for 2 weeks do I drop one of them or just suck up 2 weeks of no production? RCL (slim pickings on the wire)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Eaton

  182. griff says:
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    I have Gyorko and Moustakas on my roster? Is it time the pull the plug on either of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  183. OaktownSteve says:
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    League with another so so save today. Homer to Ike not a good sign. The car’s still running but there’s oil leaking on the driveway.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Sounds good to us Kenley owners. Once he got dialed in today his 95mph was unhittable. So much cut too.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @TheNewGuy:

        Yep. Counting the days. According to Pitch f/x Kenley is throwing 96% cutters. The new Mo?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Exactly. It’s not even really a cutter…it’s just his natural motion just like Mo.

  184. Jason says:
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    hold or drop Avila for …
    AJ Pierz
    Iannetta
    Cervellie

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  185. TheNewGuy says:
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    Minor for Cain a realistic sell-high/buy-low offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try it…

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: Peavy for Cain?

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Jason: hey this is my question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain

  186. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Just got offered Bautista and BJ Upton for my CarGo. Very tempted…Upton would replace Revere in my lineup.

    What do you think?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it…

  187. Steve says:
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    I know I’m really late to this, and only the 729th person to point it out, but Matt Harvey – my goodness.

    The last two nights on Sportscenter are the first time I’ve actually seen him pitch. (remember I don’t get to watch too much actual baseball) Haven’t seen too many guys who can throw that hard with so little apparent effort. And you can see by the way the ball gets to the plate, how hard he’s throwing (you know what I mean)

    Mighty impressive, even to this infrequent baseball observer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed… Hopefully he avoids arm injuries… At least until I get own him a couple of times…

  188. emporersmonkey says:
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    Helton goes to the DL and they call up Tyler Colvin…….no wait, they call up Ryan Wheeler??!!?

    What the fuckin fuck? Nice to see Weiss is taking full advantage of the legalized cannibus in Colorado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  189. Fister Furbush says:
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    Wade Miley or Cashner ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley

  190. Mike says:
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    CarGo + Hanson for Pujols + Wandy
    Fair trade or Who’s ripping off who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo, it’s fair…

  191. herschel says:
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    @Grey: is eyj a safe start in weekly roto leagues while helton is on the dl or is he still platooning?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Platooning

  192. Grey — On the team below (6×5 roto, redraft, 1300-inning limit) there are several potential waiver pickups. The team’s in the top third across the board except for the bottom third in RBI and Ks, and mid-pack in ERA and WHIP. Please let me know if any of them are clear upgrades from what I’ve got:

    hitters: Adam Dunn, Krispie, EY2
    starters: Daniel Straily, Arroyo, Kendrick, Griffin
    relievers: Valverde (probably would cost No. 2 waiver priority)

    C Salvator Perez
    1B Ike Davis, Eric Hosmer
    1B/3B/OF Todd Frazier
    2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Danny Espinosa
    SS Zach Cozart
    3B Evan Longoria
    OF Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Juston Upton, Starling Marte, Peter Bourjos
    SP Jonathan Niese, Max Scherzer, Tommy Milone, Andrew Cashner, Shaun Marcum
    RP Glen Perkins, Rafael Soriano, Edward Mujica, Jose Veras
    DL Zack Greinke

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick over Marcum, depending on match-ups… Valverde’s better than Veras…

  193. Wake Up says:
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    this is still bugging me…didn’t someone say last night that they were going to bring in…Kelvin Herrera for League? where was that?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up: nevermind…i found it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… That was you, man…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: No…it was goodfold…but they fixed it on RW…I was only half alive last night…got the 151 black rum for the dark and stormies…I do NOT recommend doing that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not a huge drinker, but do enjoy me some dark and stormys… Me lights are out!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Hahaha…they are good! But, I had the Lobster bisque with em…took some pepto when I got home and woke up to a hot pink love seat…my girl was not happy this morning….she was all “O” and I was like what? and she said, “O” and I go just shut your mouth I can’t deal with your shizz today…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              She was giving you the O face… Go back and apologize!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: I almost popped her…but ended up just sticking her in the closet…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope she’s fed…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: prolly fed up…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA… Throw her a piece of stale bread at least…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: sorry babe…just made a panzanella…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA!

  194. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    Greydaman!

    In a 12 team, H2H, standard league, I was offered Wainwright for JoFer, Cingrani, and Glenn Perkins.

    My other pitchers include Scherz, Ryu, Lester, H. Bailey, AJ Griffin, Millone, Cahill, Mujica, A. Bailey, and Wilhelmsen. (I had only drafted Scherz, Homer, Lester and the mediOAKers)

    Pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you…

  195. Wake Up says:
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    I see SON likes the Large Intestine vs BAL…..do you concur ya’ll?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that what’s going against BAL?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: OK…that Fat Intestine?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          OH! Yeah, I wouldn’t touch Colon…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: OK good…I went Wood instead

  196. Jon says:
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    Would you trade AsCab for Morrow?

    And complete this: my Marte + (Cobb, Qunitana, Cashner or Hammel) for his Heyward.

    Both Qs keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal… All of those pitchers… It’s a bad trade for the other guy but you can try…

  197. TheNewGuy says:
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    Buying Docs resurgence to be a buy-low candidate too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

  198. Kid A says:
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    Greinke scheduled to start throwing next week. apparently xanax is the curer of all ills.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t I know it!

  199. Kid A says:
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    Spot start Travis Wood @ Miami? He has been peppy lately. SON gives it $2.70. Curious where you side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  200. Charles says:
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    BJ and Cole or Austin and RA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RA

  201. AC says:
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    I’m in a 12 team h2h league that only starts 1 2b and 1 SS and is limited to 8 free agent pickups throughout the season. I’m currently throwing Rutledge and Richie Weeks out there and have Stephen Drew and Bonifacio sat firmly on the bench. Should I buy into Brandon Crawford or Gregorious for the ROS over these guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drew is terrible, Crawford, anyone over him…

  202. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey… That trade is goin thru and thank you again for the advise. Just wondering, lol.. What is Grimm all about? Is he a prospect that just came up from AAA? Also R u a fan, like is he supposed to be really good or just an average pitcher???

  203. Derrick says:
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    Got offered Andrew Bailey for Mujica.

    Weird trade. Should I accept it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mujica

      • Derrick says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: What about countering with Uggla and Mujica for Kipnis and Bailey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair I’d take Homer’s side…

          • Derrick says:
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            @Grey: Sorry, should have clarified that it’s Andrew Bailey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t want either really, but I’d take Kipnis…

  204. Frank Grimes says:
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    grey do u have a fav team? I’m die hard SF fan myself. Also I bought a cushpad to watch MLB on the ol iPad this year and its pretty sweet. It looks retarded but has been so much better than anything else I tired to stand the iPad on like a couch or bed or whatever…cust kayin’

    Parker tonight is at home last chance? I was bout to dump him for Cashner (weekly league) I could also dump Tillman or AJ Griff meanwhile I picked up Villanueva and Corbin for this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grew up a Yanks fan, now more of a baseball fan… I’d start Parker tonight, it’ll be his last chance in most leagues…

  205. Ben says:
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    We can Ryu if we want to… We can Ryu your Ryus behind.
    Cause your Ryus dont Ryu, and if they dont Ryu
    Then they’re no Ryus of mine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  206. Steve says:
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    Ugh. Nasty, I mean NASTY, sonavabench going on at the hands of Espinosa right now. Solidly ahead in all my H2H hitting categories (and maybe nowhere to slot him in truth), but still stings a little.

    Be good if this is the start of a turnaround of course…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hopefully it’s a good sign moving forward…

  207. a1r fann1ng says:
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    should i package chris davis with role players for giancarlo, or hold off?

    read about him not seeing any pitches in the strike zone because of weak lineup of miami. should i just stay away?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Giancarlo…

  208. Wake Up says:
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    …..and right on cue….Espinosa is 2 for 2 with a HR…good sign Sky!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think that whole ‘Lombardozzi will now see regular ABs’ shook him up a bit. Hopefully he keeps quaking in his boots then…I like it.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Sky: i freaked out (not as much as some people who just dropped espinosa) and grabbed lombardozzi, and due to braun/headley having day off, played both. 2-9 with double/homer 3 rbi’s as a tandem. Rendon was the benched one.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Nice! Yeah, Espinosa looks like he’s been scared back into greatness…or at least his version of greatness. I’m thankful.

  209. cgsf says:
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    drop i. kennedy for cashner or corbin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  210. Monte says:
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    Grey, got a trade offer this morning. Should I trade Tavares for Machado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Machado

  211. Project Merkin says:
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    Greyseff, better option for MI ROS, Aybar or Espinosa. Who ya got?!

    Espinosa been suckin but having a good night tonight, might be a turn around.

    Aybar could be activated tomorrow, but no guarantee (that I know of) to bat lead off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Espinosa

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Yeah sorry I just noticed all the Espinosa chatter that’s been going on tonight. I like him as well. Wooho!

        You starting Homer against the Nats tomorrow? He pitched them really well last time, but looks like the Nats are starting to hit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start him…

  212. Huge Caulk says:
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    What do you think of this lineup, H2h HR R RBI OBP AVG SV…drafted completely using your and Rudy’s rankings!

    C MARTINEZ
    1B GOLDY
    2B ELLIS (Hill on DL)
    SS ESCOBAR
    3B MIGGY
    OF HOLLIDAY
    OF GIANCARLO
    OF BELTRAN
    UTIL KONERKO
    UTIL VICTORINO
    BENCH AOKi
    BENCH SEGURA
    So far getting killed in home runs right now, AVG & OBP are near top, all other stats middle of road in 12 team league…Pitching saving my bacon thus far…

    1)Using your strategy of using tons of pitchers? Currently have 14. Is this overdoing it, should I grab another bench bat?

    2)On that note…Drop any of the above for Duda, saw he’s been hitting cleanup now..Smith and Young for OAK are also available but not sure if my bench is deep enough to handle platoon players. Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your team looks solid, you’ll be fine in homers once Giancarlo comes around… You don’t need more bench bats, you’re fine…

  213. Wake Up says:
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    How bad did COL want to call up Arenado instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem like that badly…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: just didn’t want to start the clock right?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Wake Up: or is Wheeler for real?

  214. Beardcrabs says:
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    any chance Rajai gets regular AB’s… He gets his every year as the 4th OF, I’m thinking of having him as my lone bench bat in RCL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, not without injuries…

  215. ILLmjdINI says:
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    Grey – Which side would you rather have in a Giancarlo – Hamilton trade in a 5×5 roto redraft? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo

  216. anarchy burger says:
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    i offered a guy matt harvey for andrew mccutchen. 5×5 12 teamer. mccuthen would replace stubbs. i think he might take it. am i getting enough??? harvey is keepable next year in the 8th round and mccutch is not keepable………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You are…

  217. anarchy burger says:
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    beachy for gee????? 15 team 5×5 league. no keepablity involved. i could use an sp. i figure beachy won’t be himself till next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  218. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Morse for Gardner?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I needed steals…

  219. Bar-Nuh-Kul says:
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    Grey-

    I’m benching Fowler currently due to depth, been offered Medlen for Choo. Could always use starting pitching, would you accept, you like what you’re seeing from Medlen?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair…

  220. Bucky Tomsen says:
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    SON pretty high on Garrett Richards. Anyone else drinking the kool-aide?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him… God help us all…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Me too. Lets all hold hands.

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve: im in that boat as well.. why is your hand so sticky?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why am I more nervous now? Hehe… Just kidding…

          • Prezii says:
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            Steve is going to be a good luck charm… Watch!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We’re having a four-way Thelma and Luise here going over the cliff…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey: we need a steve – o – nator…

                This is where he will list all his players so we can avoid. AND it will list his opponents players, so we know who is about to get hot.

                We will call it… Wait for it…

                The STON.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahahaha… All right, who’s STON saying to start tonight…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey: STON would have prevented this…

  221. Panti Jose says:
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    Dropping Jo-Fer for Hughes or Cashner, with no bench. Have to start the guy at home and on road. Who to choose?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

      • Panti Jose says:
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        Hey G@Grey: Thanks Grey. I guess I just don’t understand how Jo-Fer and Cashner are different: power stuff, strikeout potential with pitch count limits, bad offenses limiting wins. Why is Cashner an upgrade?

        Not saying he’s not…just need a little nudge in his direction.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jo-Fer’s a rookie and could be more susceptible to ‘rookie mistakes’… Cashner could be on a pitch early on, but shouldn’t stay on a super strict one… Padres aren’t as bad as the Marlins, though close…

  222. Prezii says:
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    Giancarlo whiffed by Marmol to end the game after he put the first two on… Wasnt he suppose to serve up the walk off bomb? What the hell Marmol…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Prezii: I saw it…he looked really bad too

      • Prezii says:
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        @Wake Up: you could tell stanton just wanted to get it over the fence and wave goodbye.. he was hackin.. kinda like you on the love seat! :D

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prezii: HA! yeah, we both knew it better to just get it over with and move on…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  223. Steve says:
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    I know I moan (a lot) about the good fortune my H2H opponents enjoy, so in the interests of full disclosure, I feel I should point point out that with virtually 4 days of the week done, this opponent is hitting .133 with an OBP of .214…

    Just to be clear, I’m winning those two categories…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: 1/13 myself today, however.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve: And Scheppers not helping on the pitching front…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve: Double phew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re jinxing yourself too…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Hah, yeah, maybe. Not such a good hitting day today. Still 10-2 up tho.

  224. Steve says:
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    Richards owners need a double play here…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve: thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, just got home from dinner… Not a bad start (assuming it’s over), would’ve loved to see a bit more…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Another double play needed. Tying us to the WHIP-ping post a bit now.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Blech. Has given up hits to some pretty shitty players tonight. Not even the silver lining of a SEA save opp either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, crap… I just said to remove him… GD!

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: Perfect innings from Holland and Robertson soften the blow a little, but coulda done without that last inning…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that was so effin unnecessary…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: What the f*** was the point of sending him back out there?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Holy effin eff… Is Scioscia effin kidding me…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Eff that in the eff hole. That wiped out just about all the points I gained in the RCL today.

                And my opponent has Seager. Of course he does.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That was real effin BS…

                  • Carnac says:
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                    @Grey: ‘member our thread yesterday re: idiocy sending Morrow back out? This is that x10.

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                      @Carnac: he’d thrown 105 PITCHES

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Steve:
                  *pulls out little black book, writes seager*

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                I’m glad to see I’m not the only one getting boned by Scioscia…

  225. ROLFAMLO says:
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    If I don’t want to drop any pitchers (Parker, Cahill, Wandy, Cingriani, Jo-Fer my “worst” SP), would dropping Bonifacio be okay for Cashner if it’s for a IF spot (Moustakas would take his place, he’s currently been riding the pine until he gets his head out of his ass)?

    • ROLFAMLO says:
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      @ROLFAMLO: Keeper…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure…

  226. Frank Grimes says:
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    goldy! TV guy “thats stupid power”

    • chunk says:
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      @Frank Grimes: aka Lennie Small power?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, TVG!

  227. kratos says:
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    Cashner over Bid Erv? Long time Halo fan sees a little 2008 in Erv.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you want to stick with Ervin, go for it… I’d go Cash…

  228. OaktownSteve says:
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    Parker is probably now dropable in all but AL only, really deep or keeper leagues. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do a tour in AAA. He’s got no feel for the fastball at all right now. He’s basically a two pitch pitcher anyway, so he’s going to need to go work on the mechanics and maybe develop the breaking ball. I like him long term. The arm is live and the change is still a plus pitch but with the fastball so inconsistent it takes the change away. Did not look major league quality at all tonight. Straily time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’ve been saying… Parker’s been a mess since ST… I think it was the IP last year…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Could be. It was a real struggle tonight. His arm slot was all over the place. Not a fluid delivery at all.

        Markakis has turned into Bucky Dent. He’s shortened up off the knob. He might not hit 10 homers this year.

        You seen those tequila commercials that the guy from The Sopranos does? Classic cheese.

  229. emporersmonkey says:
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    Why does every Angels pitcher look exactly the same? Tall, lanky, pale, goblin face and disgusting dishwater blonde mullet.

    There must be a dirtbag machine that produces these dudes near Anaheim.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  230. Ron says:
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    I need some help here. This is the list of pitchers I have:
    Verlander, Dickey, Sherzer, Moore, A. Sanchez, Bailey, Iwakuma, Quintana, Villanueva, Garza(DL)

    Beachy(DL) is available on the wire.

    Who are the first two pitching options I should consider dropping for Beachy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None

  231. Steve says:
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    14 team h2h, OBP and AVG, could you see picking up McLouth until Jennings gets his shizz together?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Went ahead and did it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  232. ROLFAMLO says:
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    Jarrod Parker needs to be sent down to AAA to work on shit. Yet, I have to keep him on my stupid roster because of that big K next to his name.. that’s right. Keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

  233. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to drop one of Parker, Quintana and Teheran. Assuming Parker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parker

  234. gomie says:
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    start Cashner tomorrow?

  235. ThE sHiT says:
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    Looks like the buy-low window on Gio closed after his performance today.

  236. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Need a bench bat until Rizzo can at least make contact. 5 x 5 weekly roto, who do you like? Krispie, reimold, Vmart, Quentin, Carter, nava, mcclouth or Rasmus. Thanks.

  237. DM says:
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    Drop Parker or Hanson for Cashner?

  238. Grey's Mom says:
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    Trade Wandy for:

    1. Gyorko
    2. Gattis

    Obp keeeper, bench spot

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