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The afternoon started with Matt Harvey.  He pitched a stellar 7 innings with 13 Ks, but Terry Collins sent him out there in the 8th after throwing 110 pitches, which lead to two singles and a walk, three runners that the bullpen let in.  After the game, Collins said, “I felt bad for Duda (who blew a chance for a Harvey no-hitter by not covering first base on Heyward’s infield single).  I couldn’t let Duda make the only Metsake of the game.  I was going to keep pitching Harvey until he screwed up.  He’d have started the nightcap, if necessary.”  Fortch, it wasn’t necessary, as the nightcap brought on Zack Wheeler‘s debut with a line of 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks.  To summarize, it was shaky as all get-out at first.  He looked like he couldn’t hit the broadside of Precious.  Then he either calmed, or realized something — if he could locate, no one could hit him.  He can easily be as good as Harvey, but I’m guessing it won’t be until next year.  Last night was the best you could’ve hoped for.  To summarize that summary, he was shaky, then solid.  To summarize the summary’s summary, Zack good.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan Gattis – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  No one is sure how it happened or where it is, so they called it oblique and moved on.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-7, 1 run and 2 steals.  He was about the only one who looked like he had Wheeler figured out.  Obviously, Wheeler should’ve lined his cap with aluminum foil so Simmons couldn’t read his mind.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 0-for-3 as he was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.  He missed his plane, so Trevor Bauer threw him to Cleveland.  Chisenhall is fine for AL-Only leagues right now, but so is Brandon Barnes, so we’re not talking a huge vote of confidence.  Lonnie’s good for some pop and a flop on average.  The ol’ pop and flop, isn’t that a basketball move?

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I nearly went with the Stream-o-Nator for this start (it was $5), but didn’t have the gumption.  Ya know, streamers are like a box of chocolates…

Ervin Santana – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, 2.64 ERA.  Hasn’t been a 2.64 ERA good, I mean, only about 4 pitchers are that good, but Ervin hasn’t been that far off.  He’s around a 7 K-rate and well under a 2 walk rate.   How has Ervin cut his walks so dramatically?  I don’t know, maybe black Magic.

Chris Archer – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks.  The only surprising thing about this rookie pitcher start is I didn’t have him on my team for it.

Alex Colome – Rhett Miller’s favorite starter is returning to replace Cobb.  Colome will get the Yankees, then if he stays around, he’ll get the Blue Jays.  Alex will be Colo during those starts.  You know, without me.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks in Fenway.  Maddon said, “When we play two, Jake’s our man.”  Not hearing the comma pause, everyone yelled, “Please, no, that’s a terrible movie,” but Maddon was just saying this was a spot start due to the doubleheader.

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-3 and a homer.  I literally dropped him five minutes before he hit his homer.  I’d say bomb voyage, but he was a sonavabench!  The Rays are filled with players who need at-bats now that Myers is up.  I wouldn’t necessarily drop Johnson in all leagues, but I was carrying four middle infielders, and Rudy refused my trade offer of Kelly Johnson for Huston Street.  Yeah, it’s bad form to try to trade a guy you’re looking to drop, but what am I, a tennis pro?  What do I care about form?

Wil Myers – 1-for-7.  Let’s just say this was a terrible day to own any Rays hitters and move on, shall we?

Clay Buchholz – Placed on the DL with a strained neck.  He said, “My neckholz, my neckholz!”

Alfredo Aceves – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 2 Ks.  I bet you a million dollars if he had pitched another inning, he would’ve gave up at least 3 runs.  Too bad there’s no way of knowing, I just had the money laundered and everything.

David Ortiz – 4-for-8, 3 RBIs.  There’s some angry Corey Hart owners over their choice of draft DL stash.

Andrew Bailey – 1 IP, 1 ER, but was the escape goat.  He’s now blown two of his last 4 saves and has given up runs in three of his last four games.  Bailey doesn’t give up runs…when he’s healthy.  Ergo, therefore, vis-a-vis, henceforth…What was I gonna say?  Oh yeah!  Bailey could be hurt.  I grabbed Tazawa where I could.

Felix Doubront – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I liked Doubront in the preseason, but then his ERA was around 6 and a half and Doubront was to me The Walking Dead on The Green Mile.  He now has about a month of decent, but not great starts and gets the Tigers next.  I’ll be watching him like a cyclops with a monocle, but not picking him up yet.

Rafael Betancourt – Threw in the bullpen and looks on schedule to return at the end of the month and regain the closer job from Rex Brothers.  For now Rex’s in effect, and all he wants to do is zoom zoom zoom and a poom poom.

Josh Rutledge – 0-for-4.  It’s almost like Walt Weiss is personally challenging me by batting Rutledge leadoff.  “Here, you handsome mustachioed man, let’s see how many 0-for-5’s you can handle.”  That’s Walt Weiss as he longingly touches his face where his mustache should be.

Esmil Rogers – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Got the early run support and then cruised to the free room at the W.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, batting .268.  Toronto’s North of Buffalo Hot Edwings!  What?  No good?

J.P. Arencibia – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Random Razzball Commenter, “Hmm…Maybe I should pick up Arencibia after dropping him two days ago.”  Random Razzball Commenter in three days, “You think I should drop Arencibia?”

Brandon Morrow – Experienced a setback.  I’m experiencing a flashback.

John Buck – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer.  Homered in the first game then his backup, Anthony Recker homered in the 2nd.  That’s one-two Recker with the boom boom boom and a boom boom.

Marlon Byrd – 5-for-8, 1 run, 1 RBI and a steal.  The caged Byrd does sing!  No, he’s not good in the big picture, but he’s currently a hot schmotato.

Omar Quintanilla – 3-for-7 with 3 RBIs.  He must be in Terry Collins’ doghouse, because he’s now batting 8th, which is death for NL.  At least he’s not being made to clean the doghouse like Valdespin, who only saw two pinch-hit at-bats in the entire doubleheader.  Valdespin should just apologize for sleeping with Collins’ wife so they both can move on.

Eric Young – Mets acquired him.  The Mets now have more 4th outfielders than the Yankees have 4th decaders.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 with his 17th, a walk-off number.  Au Shizz!

Randall Delgado – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  Let’s see it again against a major league offense.

Nate Eovaldi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  As I said yesterday, I like Eovaldi and he gets the Giants next.  There’s about as much chance for a win with the Marlins as there is Jeffrey Loria tracing his lineage and not seeing a connection with the devil, but I could see an Eovaldi stream (which they then bottle and charge $7 for).

Brandon Crawford – Left the game with sprains to his index and middle fingers.  Gonna have a hard time giving peace a chance.

Gregor Blanco – 2-for-3, run, RBI and steal.  Blanco has one color, that’s SAGNOF!  Which is an off-shade of apricot.

Matt Cain – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Ship’s around, full steam ahead!

Jesus Guzman – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs vs. his old team.  I knew it, Guzman has spitey sense.

Logan Forsythe – 2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI and a slam (2) and legs (1).  Damn, was about to get jazzed on him, but he hasn’t done much since his first game back.  Though, he’s worth watching for a Logan’s run, which they’ll rename to Hunger Games.

Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  The Chooch train rides again.  Or simply Chooch Chooch.

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I’m running out of adverbs for The Adverb.

Michael Young – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting over .300 in the last week with nothing else to show for it.  This must be how Burt Young felt with that surname for the last 60 years.  Is Burt Young alive?  He’s gotta be like 130 years old.  He was old in the 70’s.

Starling Marte – 2-for-5, run, RBI and steal.  If you drafted him, you’re looking pretty S. Marte.

Russell Martin – 1-for-3, run, RBI and steal.  The Mar- vista looked pretty good going from 1st to 2nd yesterday.

Charlie Morton – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks, and Morton stole one for the Pirates but no bases.  You need the, “Ai-Ai!”

Jayson Werth – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last four games.  Could he be a rising Zombino?

Jeff Samardzija – 8 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Cards.  Nice bounce back from his recent troubles as he went into The House of Cards and said “I’m gonna make you look as bad as the Netflix show of the same name.”

Cody Ransom – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  Cody’s a decent guy if you can platoon him in and out of your lineup for when he plays, but don’t let Ransom hold you hostage.

Yadier Molina – 3-for-3, 1 RBI, hitting .367, which leads the major leagues in average.  He’s also the top rated catcher on our Player Rater.  He also has an obscene BABIP, and according to our AVG vs. BABIP chart, he should be hitting around 80 points lower.  If his average falls and he continues on a ten homer pace, it’s not gonna be as pretty.

Jordan Lyles – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  So, what you’re telling me is this was the Astros streamer to go with instead of Norris?  For serious, Lyles has been terrific for about a month now.  Rocking an under 2 ERA in the last 30 days; under .200 BAA; incredible K to walk ratio; superlative; superlative; superlative.  He gets the Cubs next; yup, I’d grab him.  Damn, blew out my semi-colon key.

Matt Dominguez – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs and his 10th homer.  This is the first thing he’s done of note in about two weeks.  You’d think Dominguez would at least show up every Sunday.

Carlos Pena – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBis and his 7th homer.  If anyone’s followed Pena’s career (from a distance, it smells — damn, a semi-colon would’ve been nice there!), Pena will hit another homer in the next four days.  He could hit 5 homers in the next 7 days.  Nick, the Podcast Host, voice, “You have been advised.”

Juan Francisco – 3-for-4, 1 run and he hit a homer on Saturday.  It could be his turn to get hot.  Your deity of choice knows he’s taken forever.

Alfredo Figaro – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER vs. the Astros.  Figaro’s more like The Barber of Shitsville.

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks in Arlington.  I’ll say it for you, sonavabench!  Wanna hear the world’s worst consolation?  At least you can start him confidently in his next start.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 13th homer.  He’s out of his mind right now, and he was this week’s Creeper.  Well played, Sky, now go thank him at our fantasy football blog.

John Jaso – 1-for-4 with a homer, batting over .350 in the last week.  John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt is your hot schmotato and he’s mine too!

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA is up to 3.72 and WHIP is 1.35.  Verlander was out-dueled by Zach Britton (5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K).  Britton?  He’s not even from this country!  Has the nearly 270 innings per year finally caught up to Verlander?  He’s not exactly a spring chicken at 30 years old.  He’s also not on a spring roll, which is what Iwakuma has been on.  The good news, he’s been unlucky and should be pitching better.  The even better news, if you don’t own him, you could trade for him cheaply.  There is no better news if you own him.

J.J. Hardy – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  He reminds me of a young Dan Uggla.  I will call him Dan Wearing Uggsla.

Matt Kemp – Running at 75%.  One coach wanted to say he was running at 73%, but he was overturned when the other coaches accounted for headwind.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-5 with a homer as he was activated from the DL.  He’d look better for fantasy if he were Justin Smoak-n-mirrors.

Raul Ibanez – 1-for-5 with his 14th homer.  Ready to blow your mind?  He’s been about twice as valuable this year as Josh Hamilton.

Oliver Perez – Came in and threw a solid inning.  Unfortch, that inning was in the 7th, then Wilhelmsen dropped a turd in the 8th, giving up the lead.  Perez didn’t do anything to lose the possible ninth inning job, but it was only possible to begin with.  Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush have also been good, but I wouldn’t speculate on more than one guy at this point.  Perez got the first save, Yoervis got last night’s, so flip a coin and grab one.  Remember, if either Perez or Yoervis were flipping the coin, it would likely go wide right by three feet.  For now, I have Perez.  This could go a few different ways as it’s a total shituation.

Michael Morse – Sat out with a quad injury.  Member how good he looked in Spring Training and the first week of April.  Ah, the laughs we had.  And you with that snort.

Joe Mauer – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Wanna get laid in Minnesota?  Tell a girl your jeep has Mauer steering.

Paul Konerko – 4-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  The mirror under Konerko’s nose finally fogged up!

Gordon Beckham – 2-for-4, 1 run.  Now has at least two hits in 4 of his last eight games.  I’d say I don’t want to make too big of a deal of this because he hasn’t shown any power or speed, but it’s impossible to make a big deal about anything Beckham does.

Kevin Youkilis – Needs back surgery and will miss three months.  Brucely, I’m surprised by all of these Yankee injuries.  Putting together a kickass 2004 team wasn’t a good idea?  Weird!

Mat Latos – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  For someone who has a 3.14 ERA over the last 12 months, he’s probably the most challenging guy to own.  He seems to hover between you wanting to sound off on him and then he becomes lights out.  Unlike his wife who seems like she’d be lights on and sound off.

Joe Blanton – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks.  That turned the Stream-o-Nator into the Cream-in-Pantser.

Josh Hamilton – 0-for-5, 3 double plays with Trout on.  He held Trout back so blatantly he should be called Hamiltoe.

From Around The Web

  1. Matthew says:
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    So did my R Zimmerman and Harvey for Kershaw and Cain pay off? Haha.

    Couple things:

    I have Mujica Holland Janssen and Whilhelmson

    Putz is available, what would you do? I hve 1-2 b players in each league, this particular league has IP and I’m finding it hard to stream cause I dunno who to drop. My 2 UTIL include Freeman ad Markakis and my bench is Donaldson, Frazier, and Myers, I have Reyes DLed but will release Cozart when Reyes comes back. Very hard to trade in my league, release Myers? Release Frazier? This will help me stream.

    Sorry for the long write but I’m hesitant to drop yet I have these guys sitting on my bench doing nothing.

    Thanks Grey great read.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matthew: If you needed the extra pitching I’d say so. I think yo-u can hold off nabbing Putz a day or two and stream, I’m not convinced he gets into the role right away if at all. Rather drop Frazier than Myers for upside, but both should probably be held

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matthew: No problem, I’d release Wilhelmsen there, can grab Putz — hey now! — but won’t help you stream, unless, well, yeah…

  2. DP says:
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    good morning———like to pull this one off today- ——–was offered trade in NL only 5×5 10 teamer- I lead in SBs, Avg , W —- the other owner leads in SVs, and HRs———- he wants one of Pence , e Cabrerra , or Revere ——— and offering Grilli and position player , he would also want a SP , which would be Pettibone —-and depend on which postion player i seek, may take pence or cabrerra for grilli and pos plyr (2 for 1)———————————which of the 3 do I sell high, and not regret ? and If I ask for D Brown as positon player to be in deal, am I asking too much? I need homers, he also has Uggla, (whom I had last year uggg), he also has Stanton (off limits i am sure) Fowler and Duda for position players that interest me……….I like your opinion, as i am partial to some players more than others, and dont want the “favortism” to bash me out of a good trade for my team .-thnx for your time -dp

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DP: Hah morning! I think Cabrera for Grili and Dom Brown might be a good place to start since he needs steals but I doubt you get it. Rather trade him than Pence, like ECab for Grili and Fowler too

  3. Troy says:
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    You have talked about Eric young and liked him all season long for his speed. Going off your comments are you now not a fan? He should have a shot to start with the mets do you think he does and runs with it? Could be a solid lead off hitter and obviously he can run. Is he worth a pick up in deeper mixers

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Troy: What Collin Cowgill isn’t a good leadoff hitter?!?!?! Hahaha, yea I think Young could be a solid add

      • Troy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I already replied to what you said in my reply to grey but just wanted to tell u jb I needed that. I woke up and saw that and it made me laugh pretty damn hard thank you! Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: I like Young, it wasn’t a great landing spot unless the Mets suddenly decide to play three and only 3 outfielders… I’d grab him for SAGNOF to see how it shakes out…

      • Troy says:
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        @Grey: ha I dunno cowgill had his moments I mean remember that game he had 1 hit and only struck out twice? That’s impressive, and yea I have to agree hopefully he can get majority of the playing time but honestly terry Collins might be the worst manager in baseball right now so honestly who the hell knows what he will do. As a Harvey owner it makes me sick seeing how he handles him… That quote you had from him basically sums up every negative feeling I have towards that guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  4. chunk says:
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    As a Henderson owner, would you rather have Ollie P or Dor-K? Points league, holds are 2, saves are 4, Ks are 1

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chunk: Hold Hendo

  5. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team, 5×5, non-keeper.

    Just traded for Rizzo and I could use pitching.

    Would you do Pujols for Verlander?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Haha so angry! Rudy is more like, “uhhhhh hi”

      • There is an avatar of Rudy- we’ll show it soon. Good stuff but it’s hard to capture the undetectable beauty of my current avatar.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Rudy Gamble: I like it just the way it is

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @Rudy Gamble:

          It was either that (boondocks) or Afro Samuria

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Rudy’s not that angry, couldn’t have raised Kyle Blanks into such a fine, giant-standing adult, if he were…

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    If im currently playing Altuve at 2B every day but have Hill coming off the DL very soon (.333 BA so far in rehab), would you recommend fielding offers for Altuve? I doubt I could get as much in return for Hill right now. Brucely, I was a big Hill fan coming into the year and thought he could come close to repeating. Looking for a closer or starter in return.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yea I think you can nab something, and Hill’s injury was flukey so I think he’s just as good a bet to play everyday as Altuve.

  7. Matt Pascale says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop Mini-Donkey for Moss over the long haul?

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Matt Pascale: Reynolds right? Nah I’d hold him

      • Fungazi says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I thought mini-donkey was Chris Carter. Or is he mini-howard?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Fungazi: Mini-Viking? Hah yeah I wasn’t sure, if it’s Carter, I think he’s droppable for Moss. Haha Chris Carter dropped for Moss…

          • chunk says:
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            @JB Gilpin: not nice making jokes grey won’t get! but yea mini D is reynolds. mini mini donkey is also someone but I don’t remember who….

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @chunk: Altuve?

              • Carnac says:
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                @JB Gilpin: Ian Stewart, MMD

      • Matt Pascale says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Yes, Mark Reynolds. Thanks!

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    1. I liked House of Cards!!
    2. Start Kendrick Vs. Nationals? The nats bats have been, well, underwhelming to say the least. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: 1. I haven’t seen it so I’m out on this one. 2, I think I probably would without any innings limit concerns

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: 1. Spacey is talking to the camera right now saying, “I don’t even like this show.” 2. Sure

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Grey: But Dood, Kate Mara.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yello!

  9. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    3. Wheres the love for my boy Cashner? He’s been pretty consistent lately and put up another QS last night.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: A lot of baserunners though, and a Pablo-less SF lineup is an average 50 points lights, both in BA and weight

  10. Jamiehov says:
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    Damn Grey, after the wait Ibthiught you would have been more excited about Wheelers performance. Was expecting a similiar blurb to Giancarlo’s from yesterday

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jamiehov: Another instance of the computer getting wet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov: Probably cause I watched it, that start was about a hair away from getting ugly numerous times…

  11. JayBet says:
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    @Grey – in 12 team, 12 keeper dynasty league 5×5 roto. Overloaded at 1B and need pitching- thinking of dealing Encarnacion for Hamels. (I already have Goldy & Votto) thinking maybe a good chance to buy low? Thanks for yor thoughts.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JayBet: Seems to fit your needs and I agree Cole bounces back, I like it

  12. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    I traded Heyward for Bumgarner… whatcha think? Leaving my outfield looking like this
    OF-Mccutch
    OF-Stanton
    OF-Cespedes
    Util-Puig
    Now pitching looking like this
    Bumgarner
    Latos
    Bailey
    Wheeler
    J fernandez
    Kluber
    Hansen
    Stults
    DL-Burnett, Beachy, pineda
    Good upgrade?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Yea Heyward probably doesn’t crack your roster too often, like it!

  13. Narbish says:
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    Reyes, Puig, Sheilds for A-Gon, Moore and Teheran..who wins? Btw totally non bias on the trade, commishing the league. The dude wanting Reyes has Peralta at SS so I kinda get it

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Narbish: I like the left side

  14. Bubba says:
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    I’m so over Josh Hamilton…this dude has been a massive black hole in my lineup and nobody wants him in my league…even as a small part of a trade. Can I just drop this “anti-au schizz” MF’er already?? I’ve never been one to think I had to hold a player on my roster if they suck no matter how much I paid in an auction draft…they’re worth what they’re worth that year and the draft is long gone.

    On our wire is Bourjos, Carp, Konerko, Belt, Moss, Dunn, Dominguez, Carp, Schierholtz, Reddick, Cain…(not big on Reddick)….I can go 1B/3B or OF.

    Any choices there or should I hold the “anti-au schizz”? I lead the league in runs and rbi…second in HR…middle of the road in SBs and avg..

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bubba: A black tar heroin hole? Kinda sounds like “anti-Auschwitz” which I think everyone can agree with. I think you gotta hold out hope there, unfortunately.

    • Bubba says:
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      @Bubba: FYI…Jaso and Hosmer are also available in my standard 5×5, 12 team, keeper league.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Bubba: Hosmer is close, at least the avg is there, still keeping Hamilton tho

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bubba: I wouldn’t drop him, I’d trade him for next to nothing…

  15. Mike Adamson says:
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    Zack And Matt Make A Porno? Ewww.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike Adamson: Mets fans would still watch it…

      • gbaked@facebook.com says:
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        @JB Gilpin: we would watch it, over analyze it, and then blame Terry Collins for something.

  16. Doorstop says:
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    Lyles more than a streamer? Ownable in a 14 team mixed roto?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Doorstop: I still don’t think so, but full disclosure I wasn’t able to watch him pitch last night even though I catch a lot of Brewers action

  17. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    So is it safe to drop The Bartender in a 10-team redraft? He’s been awful for like 2 weeks now.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bump Bailey’s Ghost: I think so, I’d hold him over other SEA RPs but I have no problem with dropping for someone else

  18. steven says:
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    Grey
    Looking to acquire Santana. Samardzija sound about right?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @steven: Sounds even-ish but I would rather the Shark

  19. Own Uggle, Peralta and Rutledge (reaquired post Profar) and despite Rutledge’s early season under the radar production and Peralta playing over his head in that line-up, that trio of middling infielders collectively leaves me wanting so much more daily. Thought Weeks may be coming around, but he’s not playing full time and other choices include Aybar, Rendon and Beckham. Would you recommend swapping any of the above? Or ride out the present three.
    & my two cents a day late on your new cartoon likeness? I do prefer the ol’school photo booth gray Grey, but not opposed to the change. Not sure if anyone mentioned, but it’s a little Gabe Kaplanesque which is not a bad thing. Underrated commedian. Saw him years back and he tore some Horshack heckler to shreds. Rudy best not get jealous of your attention and change his though. Best player shot ever. Pop culture personified. & from what I’ve heard, a remarkable resemblance. Thanks guys, keep up the outstanding work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zombie: Haha, well mine is me, which is infinitely less interesting, although most people don’t know the He Hate Me reference, and I still have that jersey. Anyway, I think riding a hot Rendon (keeping up with the theme of the title) would be fine over Rutledge right now. Don’t think there will be a scramble for Rutledge unless league is super deep, but with those guys avail, doesn’t sound like it

    • Grey

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      @zombie: Thanks for the feedback! Rudy’s is hard to let go of… I’d hold the MI trio…

  20. papasmurf says:
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    Thought I would never say this about Simmons but… sonnuvabench! Rut-ledge is now 1 for 18 in my lineup. Insult to injury, Simmons tacked on an 0for 4 yesteday for me the day Rut-ledge didn’t play. Now my SS lineup choice is something else: dog poop or dog poop?

    Goldsmurf about to go platinum!

    Will be interesting to see Wheeler’s progression. Harvey also had unimpressive control numbers in the minors but whatever adjustment he made in the bigs, it works.

    Can’t believe The shark was made to go out there for the 9th after more than 100 pitches thru 8. Predictably he falters and Gregg comes on anyway. Why not just let your closer start the inning clean with a 3 run lead instead of throwing a tired pitcher out there and needing to bring the closer in anyway, with the tying run at the plate.

  21. Nick nice says:
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    Victorino or aoki??? Rest of way

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick nice: Ugh Victorino probably for the counting stats, but don’t feel great about it.

  22. LastPlace says:
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    NL Only.

    Would you trade Bumgarner for Kemp/Lincecum/P. Alvarez ?

    I need pop, but not sure if Kemp/Alvarez do it.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LastPlace: Yea I’d do that that’s a big haul to get in return

  23. ML says:
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    Yadiers babip could probably come down more than that and he’d still outperform that poor preseason ranking you put on him. Good job.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @ML: Yeah Grey had him lower than I would’ve but I’m not too high on him either. If the AVG drops like you both seem to agree it will and he finishes .310 with 10 homers at the end of the year, that’s not exactly a terrible rank.

  24. vohnie says:
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    Jean Segura / Jason Heyward Chris Davis / Bryce Harper

    Would that be a fair trade? My team is hurting for power and I can make up some speed by grabbing Aybar and Revere from free agency.

    On a side note, do you think Aybar will start stealing again, or is he still being cautious with the hamstring? Thanks guys.

    • vohnie says:
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      @vohnie: Ah, my little arrows didn’t show up. It’s the two on the left for the two on the right. My bad.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @vohnie: I think Aybar is a little hamstrung but still kinda like him for what he is, I like the left side pretty far and away more.

    • Paul C. says:
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      @vohnie: Fair. I’d take the Davis/Harper side for the upside. Segura will be mainly good for SB from here on out, and the Aybar pick-up will help there. Just note that your batting average will probably take a hit and there is the Harper injury risk (current one lingering or a new one), so the Segura side might be safer.

  25. Nick nice says:
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    Drop the bartender for Vera’s Rex brothers or Jim Henderson??

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Nick nice: Yea definitely Hendo

  26. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Didn’t see it mentioned, so here it is, the long awaited return of Carlos Zambrano is almost upon us. Baseball bats, water coolers, and gatorade machines beware.

    Yes, I picked him up in my 20 team league… (embarrassed face)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoshO: Ugh, I mean, worth the flier in 20 team, but yea, ugh

  27. Gary says:
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    Is Porcello a start/sit today v Bal? SON is rating him at $7.3.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gary: I’m starting him

  28. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Pick two the rest of the way: Pocello, Kluber and/or Jarrod Parker?

  29. Chris says:
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    “Figaro’s more like the barber of Shitsville.” HAHAHAHA. Now down to business. Who do you project to have more of a fantasy impact moving forward this season and beyond: Will Myers or ManBearPuig?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Chris: Yea, sigh, I like Figaro for that start last night, effing Carlos Pena. Puig – speed and Avg upside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Hehe, agree with JB

  30. Pat says:
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    How would you rank these players ROS: Howie Kendrick, Kyle Seager, Jedd Gyorko?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pat: Seager Howie Gyorko

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pat: I take that back, Howie #1

  31. Frank White says:
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    Morning guys… After picking up Erasmo, Kluber Gregg n Henderson, I’m now back to my normal lineup of pitchers. The thing is that I always have a streamer but now I don’t have one and I have to many Hitters. Who would you drop, Peralta, Castro, Donaldson or Lind??? I’d like to trade any of them but nobody will give anything worth even looking at. . I have 3 SS’s when Reyes gets back and I hate to do it but I feel like I have to get rid of Castro cause everybody else is battin over .300.. It’s a 10 team h2h mixed points.
    Wieters
    Fielder
    Altuve
    Peralta/ Castro bench/ Reyes DL
    Zimmerman
    Justin Upton
    MCcutchen
    Holliday
    Lind
    Donaldson/ bench

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Frank White: Wait until Reyes is back and readdress, but I still think Lind is more droppable than Starlin. Try to trade package a SS with someone

      • Frank White says:
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        I tried dude.. these guys don’t wanna give me ISH… I even put Reyes on the trading block and the only offer I got was for Arroyo.. I need a streamer cause I’ve been winning by no more then 25 points each week and that’s where the streamer comes in to play. The same guys sit on the bench.. Castro n Donaldson.. I can’t bench Zimmerman or now Peralta.. Ya know??

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          Idk I guess I’ll wait but I’m gonna probly lose in the mean time cause Erasmo isn’t even playing yet.. This week I Love Kasmir on the Stream o nator but I can’t grab him.. Unless you think Henderson was a bad move but I you liked him and so do I…

          • Frank White says:
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            Whats so good about Castro for me?? I have Reyes and Perelta and he’s sucking ass.. I would never dump him in a normal lineup but in my situation I feel like it’s better to part ways.. You agree maybe??? Lol

            • Frank White says:
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              Just answer this for me JB please.. Do you like Peralta better then Castro?

              • JB Gilpin

                JB Gilpin says:
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                @Frank White: I like Castro ROS more but marginally. Dropping Castro wouldn’t be the end of the world in your situation but you still have a little time before Reyes is back. Adding Hendo wasn’t a bad move.

            • Maglia Rosa says:
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              @Frank White: I am in a similar situation Frank. Castro sucking, Rollins playing, and Reyes coming back. I cannot unload Castro on anyone. Since I play in a 10-man league, I’m going to drop Rollins when Reyes comes back and see where Castro is in a month (then drop him or trade him depending on his performance). Reyes could also suck when he returns, so Castro would be a backup.

              • @Maglia Rosa:

                Lind is RAKING. I wouldn’t even think about dropping him until he puts together two 0-fers in a row, which hasn’t happened in a month.

  32. Jon says:
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    Are you starting any of these guys today?

    EJax @ STL
    Milone @ TEX
    Tillman @ DET

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jon: Nah I don’t think so

  33. Moose Out Front says:
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    Best thread title ever.

  34. JDW says:
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    Your description of Arencibia is EXACTLY what I did after his 0 for 314ABs over the last few weeks! Dropped him for Zunino. Zunino promptly hits one out. Arencibia promptly hits three in four games. DAMNIT!!! So Emergencibia is back on my squad where he will go another 3 for 50. Blame me. I’m the jinx and, with my having added him back again, I’d advise you NOT to.

    Random Razzball Commenter, “Hmm…Maybe I should pick up Arencibia after dropping him two days ago.” Random Razzball Commenter in three days, “You think I should drop Arencibia?”

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JDW: Hah you are that commenter! Tough guy to own, but he’s the fringe catcher power guy these days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JDW: You’ve been blamed

  35. Gbuscaino says:
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    Drop wilhemson for chisek? Have Perkins and Veras already. Thanks guys

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Gbuscaino: Yea I think I would

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Gbuscaino: I would pick up Cishek and would rather own him than Wilhemson at this point. That said I would hate to drop Wilhemson just yet.

  36. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    I just acquired Porcello and I’m nervous about starting him against Baltimore. Tell me to start him with confidence, or that it’s okay to start him, or don’t start him….just tell me something!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I’d be okay with that. Deal.

    • Paul C. says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: My only hesitation is that he faced Baltimore fairly recently, and repeat starts in a short time frame can be dangerous. He’s generally safe these days though, the move to the first base side of the mound and increased use of the curveball are working wonders on his K-rate.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Paul C.: If it was in Baltimore, I’d sit him. But I’m gonna roll him out there.

  37. DudaDuda says:
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    Great stuff. Quick question: who do you choose out of Eric Young Jr, Gregor Blanco, and Jayson Nix?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DudaDuda: I’d probably take the upside shot on Young

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DudaDuda: Thanks! Sure give Young a whirl

  38. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    Shop Smarte, shop S-Marte.

  39. The Thumb says:
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    Master JB or Overlord Grey,

    What side?
    Fowler/Cole or Rizzo

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Hah I think I take Rizzo side unless I needed speed

      • The Thumb says:
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        @JB Gilpin: thanks! Kluber is still available and I want to squeeze any possible trade value out of Cole that I can. Fowler’s hand and past is worrisome.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Thumb: Oh nice, yea that makes the move even nicer I love the Klub

  40. Teddy says:
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    I hope you enjoyed some fruity drinks on me last week! Just got Goldie & Kinsler for Pujols & Ryu I’m team stream right now, I lost Peavy and currently have Utley on DL and Burnett taking up a spot. I’ve been trying to move Utley, but no bites. Should I cut bait on Burnett or power through, arms are shallow

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Teddy: Recent stuff coming out makes it seem like it’s at least a month, I think he’s cuttable if you need the spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy: Thanks! Agree with JB

      • Teddy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Dan says:
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      @Teddy: Burnett (calf) is hoping to return for the Pirates’ two-game trip to Seattle, which begins June 25, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  41. LL says:
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    Pick 2 1B for ROS: A.Dunn, A.Laroche, Daniel Murphy, N.Swisher, Justin Moreanu?

    Thank you. :)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @LL: I’d probably go Morneau and LaRoche, unless only seeking power, slot Dunn over Morneau.

  42. Al says:
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    14-team, mixed h2h, 6×6 OPS/QS. I’m in first by 12 games. Gearing up for 5 weeks of playoffs at the end of the season.

    ·Longoria, Evan
    ·Tulowitzki, Troy
    ·Kluber, Corey

    for my…
    ·Rendon, Anthony
    ·Price, David
    ·Machado, Manny

    My team is below. Thanks for all you guys do…love the site, makes me laugh every day even when my team is blowing it.

    C Lucroy, Jonathan
    1B Votto, Joey
    2B Rendon, Anthony
    3B Machado, Manny
    SS Segura, Jean
    MI Hill, Aaron
    CI Sandoval, Pablo
    OF Ethier, Andre
    OF Puig, Yasiel
    OF Trout, Mike
    OF Upton, B.J.
    DH Carter, Chris

    Bench
    Chisenhall, Lonnie
    Hamilton, Billy
    Walker, Neil
    LaRoche, Adam
    Taveras, Oscar
    Granderson, Curtis
    Pitchers
    P Grilli, Jason
    P Harvey, Matt
    P Lyles, Jordan
    P Moore, Matt
    P Romo, Sergio
    P Santiago, Hector
    P Strasburg, Stephen
    P Tillman, Chris
    P Wheeler, Zack
    Beachy, Brandon
    Price, David
    Wacha, Michael
    Burnett, A.J.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Al: Hah, yea I think you do that one, you can shoulder the Tulo injury and healthy Longo and Tulo in Sept should crush for ya

  43. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Start or Sit:

    Tommy Milone @ Tex
    Porcello vs. Balt

  44. Meegs says:
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    Trying to trade for Rizzo.

    Thinking of offering either Dexter Fowler, Matt Moore, Hardy, or Yovanni Gar. Can you rank these 4 in terms of overall value? Is it the order I have them listed in?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Meegs: Order looks pretty good to me, don’t know if any 1-1 will work though

  45. I’m not a big fan of benching pitchers unless you’ve got a week locked up and can only hurt yourself in ERA and WHIP. If a dude is not good enough to start for you every time out, he shouldn’t be on your staff. He’s a streamer, not a keeper. Just my opinion.

    Also, the Rutledge Saga is a sad story indeed. It pained me to finally admit my mistake in drafting him way too early. At least J.J. Hardon is easing that pain.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: Yeah I very rarely bench guys that stay on my staff more than that one day I stream them, but I benched Kluber at Texas and wish I hadn’t! I also have a massive JJ Hardon

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: I share your philosophy. It’s very helpful for making decisions on roster moves. You own a guy that “should” be owned, but you keep benching him depending on match-ups? Screw it; drop him for that streamer you’re eyeballing or for that Mariner closer speculative roster spot.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Moose Out Front: this should also depend on the depth of your league. in 16 or bigger leagues rosters of say 26 or so there simply aren’t often decent pitchers at any given time. I benched Kendrick/Niese/Milone over stretches of time, if i dropped them, they would be picked up and I wouldn’t see them again. This is likely a bigger problem in H2H, where in many weeks you simply need decent starts just to keep up in wins/k’s.

  46. Schlitzy says:
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    Need to add a top SP in a deep league with power to spare. Trade Chris Davis for verlander or yu?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Schlitzy: Sure like both, since you have the power to spare I don’t mind Verlander for him

  47. Rodney says:
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    Asdrubal and Iwakuma enough to offer for Verlander in a keeper league? Too much? Too little?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rodney: Probably will be too little but not an insulting offer by any means. Unlike getting a Puig for Trout offer. Wanted to slap him.

      • Rodney says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Hahaha.

  48. Rodney says:
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    I’m in 1st place, have punted saves and traded all my elite SPs for elite hitting. My starters are Cobb, Bailey, Kuroda, Porcello, Kluber, Fister, Kennedy, Iwakuma, Medlen, Cashner and Ogando. Is this enough to compete going forward or should I try to get an elite SP again? 5X5, 10-team, keeper league.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rodney: Meh, I like Iwakuma a lot and Porcello and Kluber a ton, it’ll be interesting with that staff but I think it’s competitive enough

  49. One I'd Willy says:
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    What’s everyone’s take on Oswalt? Taking a shot or waiting to see? I assume pitching at home in Coors he’s a spot start at this point?

    I’m planning to drop Axlerod for him since the pitching WW is quite thin in one of my leagues, but axelrod draws KC next.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @One I’d Willy: I think Oswalt might be worth it, interesting flier spot start tomorrow at Washington vs. a struggling offense, but I don’t know if I’d shoulder that risk

      • One I'd Willy says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks, Big Biscuit. That’s pretty much where I’m at. H2H so, less risky. I’m gonna roll the dice.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @One I’d Willy: Agree, sounds like a plan man!

  50. Pete says:
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    Was offered Bailey for Cashner in a 12 team H2h points league. I already have Jansen, Janssen, Rodney, and Bell. Keep Cashner?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pete: Eh close, might be losing Bell as a closer, if you’re not running away with saves I might do that

  51. MattH says:
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    I just dropped Goldschmidt for Carlos Pena……………just kidding. But I did pick-up Pena. I didn’t even look at his stats.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MattH: Stupid Pena sitting on a crappy pitch from Figaro… Frustrating

  52. JoeG says:
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    Should this trade go through? Jacoby Ellsbury, Sergio Romo,Huston Street for Justin Upton and Cliff Lee. Seems a little one sided towards the Upton side.

    • JB Gilpin

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      @JoeG: I agree but the Upton side is probably desperate for saves, I don’t think it’s vetoable unless some sort of collusion to stack the other guy’s team.

      • Drongo McReddickbeard says:
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        @JB Gilpin: It’s a dumbass trade, and most folk don’t have access to the SVU: Collusion investigators. I might not actually veto it either, but my trigger finger would have an itch – I’d be a little pissed if the Lee/Upton was ahead of me..

  53. dr drew stubbs says:
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    Should I trade Segura for Edward Mujica? I have Jose Reyes coming off the DL in a few weeks.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @dr drew stubbs: Probably not, but if you need saves, you need saves.

  54. Jason says:
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    Start Bailey v. PIT at home? How about the recently ERA killing Moore @NYY who cannot hit lefties?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: Yes to Bailey, I think Moore has to be benched right now

      • Jason says:
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        Thanks, I was leaning that way, just needed to hear it from someone.

        • Jason says:
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          You do know that since I’m benching him he’s going to pitch lights out. If I start him he’ll suck balls.

          • JB Gilpin

            JB Gilpin says:
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            @Jason: Haha yea that’s how it goes… But I don’t see it going well for ol’ Tommy

  55. Red Barons says:
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    Morning! I have a couple questions.
    1. I have a waiver claim to drop Peavy for Cobb, but it’s looking less and less likely that Cobb will come back sooner. Should I keep the waiver claim?

    2. My closer situation now is Janssen, Wilhelmsen, and Henderson. Is Wilhelmsen really going to get the job back? Ditto with Henderson? J.J. Putz is out there; should I grab him for one of these guys? I don’t mind holding onto one of them if they will get the job back soon, but I can’t be juggling two.

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Red Barons: Yea I like Cobb more than Peavy so I’m fine with that, hopefully Cobb can return close to form. I think Hendo is pretty much the closer, just no save opps because my Brewers blow right now. Think I narrowly would rather Wilhelmson over Putz.

  56. Moth says:
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    Ha! That Figaro reference is absolutely hilarious. Moving on… is there any reason to be concerned over Derek Holland’s recent struggles? His peripheral numbers still look alright to me.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moth: Ugh yea tough for me, I like Figaro so much just a one-pitch ruiner… Anyway yea Holland just can’t put a consistent season together, still not walking anyone in the past two, I think it’s just two of those games… PS sorry neither Grey or I bought Lyles… Made the Brewers look bad. Ugh I hate my team, thank god for fantasy!

      • Moth says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Oh, don’t worry about the Lyles call! I was leaning towards benching him anyway. That said, I’ll probably start him against CHC this weekend.

        • JB Gilpin

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          @Moth: Yea he’s gotten enough into a stride where I buy that too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moth: Thanks! Agree with JB

  57. Greg says:
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    Hello Grey,

    For one, I really appreciate how you take the time to respond to almost ALL of your commenters on here. For two, I think it’s especially impressive that you actually answer questions about specific fantasy teams that might be from leagues in which the payout will be exclusive right to asking Sarah Kliebowitz to the Junior Prom in November.

    Since I actually asked one of those questions yesterday, I’m going to try to ask a question that furthers the value of this board for ALL of its readers, not just me. (For real).

    I think we share a feeling of “chubby” for Alex Colome, (who currently owns an MLB career line that looks exactly like Wheeler’s except with a lower WHIP). That said, it’s hard to see any kind of recommendation here. I kind of want to grab him, but I don’t know about the Yanks and BJs. His AAA numbers have been kinda meh, and I’m not sure if he’ll feel about the yanks and BJs if I grab him. I took Katie Flynn to the Junior Prom in 1993 and she wasn’t down with that when I grabbed her, either.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Greg: Hah, yea Grey is the man, and whilst he beauty sleeps I handle a tad until he hath return. I actually saw Colome on Monday, nice velocity, but a lot of baserunners. Was also distracted since it was a group thing – but yea got pulled early with upcoming work. I agree, I’m not risking him against those teams just yet, but in very deep leagues worth an add. Unfortunate she wasn’t down for that, tell her it’s prom baby, let’s go!

      • Greg says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        I guess I was actually thinking of Homecoming if I said November, huh? But scrizzew it, a young lady should be comfortable with yanks and BJs, even if we’re not comfortable with Alex Colome and yanks and BJs.

        Anyway, hope you had fun at the game. I love minor league games, especially the AA level where young kids play their butts off and you can get a ticket and a beer for less than $10. Back to Colome, AAA performances are really difficult to judge a player on, don’t you agree? Sometimes guys get bored at that level, and both batters and pitchers could be working on who-knows-what. That is, do you think maybe Colome was locating badly because he was trying to nibble somewhere on purpose? Work on particular pitch? Shit, he might have been trying to get runners on to work on pitching from the slide.

        See why I prefer AA?

    • Grey

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      @Greg: I actually know a Katie Flynn, she’s the daughter of someone famous but she didn’t take her Mom’s last name… I wouldn’t start Colome vs. the Yanks, but I could see grabbing and benching him to see…

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Jane Seymour. The Original Cougar.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • Greg says:
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            @Grey:

            Is she as sultry-smoky-hot as her Mom?

            Speaking of chubbies, I guess I’m not using a roster spot on Colome just yet, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on him and might just have to roster him at the end of the year in my keeper league.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No comment…Cool, keep an eye on Colome…

              • Greg says:
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                @Grey:

                Just google-imaged her. I’ll take her to my PhD program prom for sure.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

  58. Oppo Taco says:
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    Own wheeler and Harvey in my keeper league and watching them yesterday was better than porn. Would you trade miggy montero and gerrit cole for joe Mauer? Thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Well that top of the 8th was brutal for Harvey I went on several twitter/text rants. I would indeed do that for Mauer

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @JB Gilpin: would you rather wheeler or cole going forward in a keeper?

        • Wheeler in the sky says:
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          @Oppo Taco:
          Grey has said Wheeler numerous times even before his encouraging (for the most part) first outing.

  59. The Thumb says:
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    “He looked like he couldn’t hit the broadside of Precious.” – new favortie slogan. Thanks Grey!

    Anyway, how about a fun game of over/under to help my fantasy team for anyone interested?

    AGon – 21 homers
    Choo – .280 avg
    Bruce – 30 homers
    Greinke – 3.50 era

    Thanks! Hope that was fun for y’all.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Thumb: Haha, love this game! I recommend for everyone commenting early in the AM. I’ll go Over, Over, Under, Under

  60. Wheeler of Fortune says:
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    I have Reynolds in my IF spot, and it has been a rough go as of late after his hot start. What do you think about the following options:

    A). Bench him, move Lind from Util to IF spot and bring Wil Myers from bench to UTIL.
    B). Drop him for a waiver wire pickup with pop, candidates would be Brandon Moss, Morales, Belt, Dunn, Carp, Blanks, Hosmer (If this option seems best who should I pick up out of the bunch?)
    C). Hold

    It is a tough decision because I know at any moment he can go on a tear. Thanks for your advice in advance

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wheeler of Fortune: I like option A right now. If he shows signs of love move to C

  61. Ziggy says:
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    Should I drop Middlebrooks for Iglesias? I have been waiting for Middlebrooks to come around and not sure how long Iglesias will keep it up and get PT

    • Ziggy says:
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      @Ziggy: Middlebrooks is on the bench right now and I haven’t dropped him cuz it’s a deep league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ziggy: Meh I don’t think so, so much more upside

  62. hard taco guy says:
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    any reason why alexei ramirez is so high on the “rest of season” player rater?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @hard taco guy: Probably the SB rate and if he can get power back to career norms…

  63. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:
    Straily @ SEA
    Vargas vs PIT
    Cueto @ ARI
    Lohse @ HOU
    Cole @ LAA

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @EK: Cueto, Straily, Vargas, Lohse, Cole

      • EK says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thanks. Where would you put Hanson vs SEA?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @EK: Probably below all those guys, I don’t buy him with the velocity drop

  64. Travis says:
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    Hey JB–so based off last night’s performance from Wheeler, I’ll reask my question: Rank JJ, Garza and Wheeler. Right now, I grabbed JJ and Garza–should I pick wheeler back up in place of one of them (assuming no one else beats me to him off waivers)?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Travis: Hmmm, definitely closer, I mean Wheeler did walk 5 free swinging Braves that has me nervous and technically is back in the Minors although it’s a formality. Still think I’ll steadfast with JJ and Garza ROS, don’t love Wheeler at Citizen’s Bank if he pitches where he would if in the rotation, then if he stays on schedule would be a nice play in Citi vs. Washington. For now I like your guys.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Wheeler goes to White Sox next…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Grey: Like that more, I went 5 days ahead for that Sunday game, but I see that now too

        • Travis says:
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          @Grey: True but Garza gets HOU this weekend, not quite the whitesox, but close–so thats why I’m looking more ROS.

          Like, should I stream Garza through the weekend then grab wheeler back (if still there) before whitesox, or just hold garza.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Go ahead and grab Wheeler

            • Travis says:
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              @Grey:
              Think I should grab him now, and just bite the bullet on streaming Garza this weekend? What you think the odds are that someone else will pounce on Wheeler in a 12 team league?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Depends how good your league is, Wheeler should be owned already…

                • Travis says:
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                  @Grey: He was–by me. Dropped for Garza after garza’s last good start (and thinking to myself the braves would light up Wheeler in his first start).

  65. Malarkey says:
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    How would you rank these ROS… Porcello, Wheeler, Shelby?

    Also, what’s your take on Puig ROS? This pace is obviously not sustainable, but is there a cliff coming? Would you take him over Myers?

    Thanks in advance!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Malarkey: Shelby Procello Wheeler, in pretty distinct tiers IMO. Definitely want Puig over Myers, think the average and HR rate fall (kinda a duh there haha) but like his speed potential

  66. Maglia Rosa says:
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    Can anyone opine about Putz’s chances of regaining his form from last year when he returns? Were his early season struggles attributable to the injury that led to his DLing?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Maglia Rosa: Slim to none. Old guy with two TJs out with elbow soreness. Probably a little bit of the issue, but I think it’s wearing down for him.

  67. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Start 1 of the 3
    Mccutch vs Arroyo (.053 in 19 ABs)
    Heyward vs Marcum (.083 in 12 ABs, but Marcum has sucked)
    Carpenter vs E Jackson (never faced him)
    Thanks again!

      • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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        @JB Gilpin: so mccutch over heyward then? Only can start 1. That’s why I’m happy I traded heyward… too many daily choices on hitters, now just plug and play.. after the trade goes thru of course

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Oh I thought it was two, yea stick with McCutch. I think the trend has to buck soon on Arroyo.

          • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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            @JB Gilpin: yea me too. Very suprised at those numbers

  68. Ian says:
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    Hey guys, i’m in a H2H mixed 12 team league and unfortunately currently in the middle of the pack, striving for a 3 or 4 seed to make the playoffs. Here is my squad and i was looking for any advice/thoughts on what you guys think and where i could potentially improve to make a midseason push (and yes i am a diehard braves fan and i punted saves early):
    C – Brian McCann, 1B – Freddie Freeman, 2B – Omar Infante, 3B – Anthony Rendon, SS – Hanley Ramirez, 2B/SS – Jed Lowrie, 1B/3B – Anthony Rizzo, OF – Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Bryce Harper, Coco Crisp, Kyle Blanks, Brandon Moss, UTIL – Adam Lind
    SP – Max Scherzer, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Andrew Cashner, Wandy Rodriguez, Brandon McCarthy, Brandon Beachy, Jacob Turner, Hector Santiago, Tommy Hanson, Erasmo Ramirez

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Ian: I think you could use a little more consistency with your staff but like it overall, don’t see any real great sell high guys though, I think you’re fine

  69. Sammy says:
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    yesterday i traded reyes for shields/homer bailey. today i got an offer of segura for sherzer, which I’m rejecting (right?). I think that’s too much. Sherzer for Segura fair? Otherwise I’m going to counter with Shields. That gives me Segura over Reyes who I had yesterday, basically giving me the better SS plus homer bailey for free.

    If he doesn’t do that, should I consider Segura for Sherzer or hold. Rockin’ Alexei Ramirez at SS now.

  70. Maglia Rosa says:
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    Pick up:

    Putz,
    Benoit,
    or Tazawa?

  71. Bryan says:
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    Lee too much for Wright?

    Remaing SPS
    Bum
    Bailey
    Garza
    Teheran
    Medlen

    I would be replacing Aram with Wright
    H2H league

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: I don’t know that I’d do that one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: I’d take Wright

  72. vomitus says:
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    just a side note, the original british “House of Cards” kicks total ass. Is there a current FU playing in MLB?

  73. zachc says:
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    Hanley Ramirez for Carlos Gomez and Andrew Bailey?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zachc: Take Gomez

  74. OaktownSteve says:
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    You know who looks really cooked is Berkman. I can’t recall seeing a guy with less bat speed. It’s like he’s swinging under water. He looked feeble against Parker. Nice .124 ISO. Score one for Grey in the Grey v Rudy prognostication war. It’s always possible something turns around; these things can happen with no warning. But there’s nothing I saw last night to suggest that’s happening.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      You’re right about Moss, too. He’s locked. Since the beginning of last year, he’s hit a home run in 6.43% of his plate appearances. Only Chris Davis and Adam Dunn have a higher percentage. The power is legit. Another A’s bargain bin find.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        It can be so tough to know when an outlier on a players statistical resume is a fluke and when it represents and improvement. One of the most striking outliers from last year was McCutchen’s 19.4% home run to fly ball rate. It trended up from 2010-2012 but 2012 was top 20 in the league. There was always the risk that we’d see a return to the statistical baseline (aka regression). He’s sitting at 9% and 7 homers for the year.

        Billy Butler has had an almost identical progression. His 19.9% last year was almost double his previous career high. Now he’s at 8.9% and 5 homers.

        For some reason, these things tend to go season by season rather than month by month. In other words, I kind of don’t expect to see a power surge from either one of them this season, but wouldn’t be surprised to see one or both of them ratchet it up next year again. Though, when you look at both of them they do really seem like line drive, gap to gap guys.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Yea I agree, when you’re in a groove one year you stay in a groove also possible lingering very minor injury vs. staying good all year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I do like to look at HR/FB in the preseason, can be a great indicator… With Dread Pirate and Butler specifically, I thought they might be making a new baseline for themselves… Maybe not as high as last year, but closer to that then previous years…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            It was a reasonable assumption. That’s kind of what I’m saying. It’s so hard to know if it’s a change in the player profile or statistical anomaly. I think in the case of McCutchen I was inclined to think outlier just because the guy has that slighter build. With Butler, you think big guy is going to mash.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, but I looked at it like that for Butler and with McCutchen in that he has such easy power with his swing… Still think there’s time for either to get hot and suddenly be near preseason paces…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Of course it’s possible. You just never really know.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed

  75. Bryan says:
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    Is Hanley worth trading for?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Bryan: Eh, if he’s an upgrade over what you currently have. I don’t think he’s a great buy-low candidate.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bryan: Agree with Cram, depends on price and where he’d fit in your lineup

  76. Wake Up says:
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    anti retro bbiral bboodoo dolls…

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Wake Up: new age barbies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Wasn’t he a Cubs middle reliever? Dolis?

  77. The Waffle Mafia says:
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    Should I feel S.Marte if I drafted Marte and then dropped him as he struggled early? And how about if I didn’t re-acquire him when he was available about a week later as he was heating up? And then had another owner grab him and gush over what a great player he’s been?

  78. Dkohn says:
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    GreyB

    I can’t decide what to do with Cashner. I think you said something of the same one week, that you think he might just be a Hodepadre. Do you want Cashner on your staff?

    Also I miss my Tony Cingrani. Wasn’t it just last year when you could have picked up Mike Leake and Homer Bailey at anytime during the season? WTF REDS?!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dkohn: Haha GreyB… Casher is a bottom end guy for most teams IMO. Yup sounds about right, and all the sudden they’re gold (Bailey) and silver-ish but almost fool’s good but still nice enough (Leake)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: Agree with JB… Cashner is a definite home start then a bench 70% of the time on the road

  79. Wake Up says:
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    a little too cavalier Clay…lil too cavalier…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: You and Grey with your references! I know that book but haven’t read it, did like Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Final Solution though.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Ha! Yeah I’m a big fan of The Final Solution…wait, umm… should probably re-phrase…

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wake Up: Yea I really like how that book resolved, but yea, not something to type too often with the NSA collecting data on us…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Kavalier and Clay is his best, you should read

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Grey: Yea I know, just haven’t gotten to it yet, I’ll bump it up the list

          • Dkohn says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Woah this is crazy, I literally just finished that book last week. Awesome read.

            Actually looking for my next one if anyone has any strong suggestions…

  80. Rudacious says:
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    Someone just dropped rafael soriano which kinda surprised me.

    Is he any type of upgrade over alex rios or brett gardner. They are my 2 weakest outfielders. I can’t roster another oitfielder without dropping one. Soriano over rios or gardner? Im thinking stand pat but i had to ask.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Rudacious: Rafael Soriano the closer?

        • Rudacious says:
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          @Rudacious:

          Alfonso!

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Rudacious: Ha. Yeah that makes more sense. I would Rios and Gardner.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @Rudacious: I meant hold. Hold your guys.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Rudacious: I’d stand pat

  81. Anthony says:
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    I’m so frustrated with Justin Upton, vie owned him for about 2 years now in our long term keeper league. I’m trying to deal him for another star or soon to be one. I tried Stanton and failed..with that said, who are some players you think are good targets to acquire for my top teasing talent?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Anthony: Wow you couldn’t get Stanton? I feel like that’s about right, don’t tale much less than that. E5 maybe? Meh I don’t even know about that one. Prince? Might get lucky?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I offered him and Jennings for Stanton that got denied. I thought I was OVERPAYING and got nothing. I can’t get rid of the guy. He’s terrible.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Wilsonian: Ugh yea that sucks… Seems like a great deal for the Stanton owner but must’ve been after those monster shots Monday

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Anthony: Harper while he’s still on the DL???

      Manny Machado if you need a 3b and it’s a keeper league. Probably could get another player along with Machado for J-Up.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Anthony: There’s Goldschmidt too.

      I’m sure he’ll pick it back up soon. If at that point you still want to trade him, that would be the best time to do so. People only want players when they are on a hot streak.

  82. Carter, Rasmus or Moss (is he still platooning mostly?). Or is there another power-hitting OF on that level worth snatching up. Thanks!

      • BTD says:
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        @Sixto Lescano: Yes, Moss is platooning. He sits vs. lefties. And mashes vs. righties…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Sixto Lescano: Probably go Moss right now, stream like above said v Righties

    • mraccoe says:
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      @Sixto Lescano:

      The A’s also are scheduled to face like 12 more righties in a row, so don’t need to worry about a platoon for the next couple of weeks. I believe after Saunders last Friday, it was supposed to be 16 straight righties.

      • mraccoe says:
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        @mraccoe:

        I haven’t checked, but that’s what they were saying on the broadcast.

  83. stumanji says:
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    I own Jo-Fer, Cole, and Wheeler in a keeper for $3. Trying to package one of them with a big bat for Verlander. How do you rank them ROS and next season, i.e., who should I try to trade first?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @stumanji: I’d trade JoFer probably with the innings limit

      • stumanji says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Welp, I neither landed Verlander nor traded JoFer. No discount for JV despite his recent struggles (he was asking for Pujols/Sandoval/Wheeler for JV…even with my deep roster that was way too much IMO). Thanks anyway for the suggestion!

        I got Gio ($10) for Sandoval ($13) and Wheeler ($3). I have Headley & Hanley to man 3B and freed up a roster spot (need to make room for Kemp, A. Hill, and Price eventually and didn’t have many droppable guys). Staff is now Gio, Medlen, H. Bailey, YoGa, Cashner, Cole, JoFer, Garza, Price (DL), Thoughts?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @stumanji: Nice I like it! Fills your need and like GIo a lot more ROS than Wheeler obviously

  84. Mike says:
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    With Myers coming up and my recent trading for Machado I only have space for one.

    Who should I keep (in my Util spot), Who should I drop Colvin or Freese

    Who should I pick up to Pitch or for my Util? Jordan Lyles, Castro, Jaso, Schierholtz

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Probably Colvin is the drop, tough to know your innings limit situation, but Lyles has a good start vs. Cubs

  85. BTD says:
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    Thanks SON for the Blanton recommendation!

    Also, I saw part of the O’s-Tiger game… Verlander was barely hitting 91 MPG. That’s pretty pedestrian. Of course his change up was about 84 MPG.

    Who should I float out there in a trade for Matt Cain in a 16-team H2H 3-keeper league?
    Kipnis, Matt Carpenter, or Rendon
    Which one would he pull the trigger for?

    • BTD says:
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      @BTD: And I’m streaming Tommy Hanson vs. SEA based on SON’s advice.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @BTD: Might do Kipnis; doubt he’ll do Carpenter or Rendon

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @BTD: Yea that’s not good to have your change that close to the FB… Agree with Cram Kipnis is probably the only one that’ll bring him in

  86. Brick says:
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    Great read as always!

    So I’m in a bit of a bind, League is 16 teams and pretty deep.
    2B – Rendon,Walker
    SS-Cozart, Rutledge
    Bench – L Cain (OF-Jones, Trout, Brown)

    Cozart or Rutledge at SS for the future? I feel like I should hold Walker in case rendon doesn’t pan out, I know rutledge has better upside, but I need to drop one of those guys for a waivers pitcher to hit my start limit this week.
    I’m leaning towards dropping cozart, any reason not to?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Brick: Probably Cozart for me, I think Rutledge is the drop, but wouldn’t blame the Cozart drop

      • Brick says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, they’re both pretty rough. I might wait a few days and see if rutledge does anything more than 0-5’s and then stream on Sunday. It’s been shitsville for me at SS this year since I drafted rutledge and then had to deal with the whole demotion thing. Thanks for the answer!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brick: Thanks! I’d go Rutledge

  87. GettinPuigyWitIt says:
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    Someone sent me this trade this morning that intrigued me. It was basically me trading away evan longoria jurickson profar and jorge soler for jean segura adrian gonzalez. FYI this is a keeper league where we keep out whole team every year.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @GettinPuigyWitIt: Hey Ryan changed his name so he can ask more ridiculous trade offers involving Evan Longoria! Spammer!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @GettinPuigyWitIt: Close for me, love Segura but I hold

  88. Wilsonian says:
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    Are we dropping Rutledge for Aybar yet?

    And is ANYONE throwing Moore @ the 2004 Yankees tomorrow? I’m so tempted because that lineup is old and depleted, but damn Moore has been bottled up hot garbage lately.

    Side note: I feel like these catcher related posts (see: Arencibia, J.P. above) are pertaining to me. Probably just my paranoia, but if not, my apologies. I’m Popeiling J.P. from now on, until he goes 0-75.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: oh, another question: who would you rather have between Middlebrooks and Blanks for the ROS? I need an SP and Gee and Lyles are available, so I’d like to snag one, if not both, of them.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Wilsonian: Probably MIddlebrooks but don’t feel great about it, obviously Blanks right now

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @JB Gilpin: if my bottom 3 bats are Middlebrooks, Blanks, and Heyward, would you drop both Brooks and Blanks for Lyles and Gee? I need some rotation depth. And I hate having all the bench bats.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yea I’ve given JP as my pick to a lot the past week despite horrific inconsistency. No faith in Moore I’d bench. I’d be fine riding Aybar and hope to resnatch Rutledge if he gets hot in a few weeks.

  89. JFK says:
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    Streamers getting released back on the wire – any of them worth picking up and holding, as I’m fast-approaching my transaction limit? Plan is to pick up Lohse or Lackey and EJax, unless one of these guys looks better: Cashner, Stults, Lyles, Eovaldi
    -Current rotation: Verlander, Iwakuma, Masterson, Lester, Porcello, Straily, Wheeler, Ogando*

    Drop Rutledge for Simmons?

    Pick up Tazawa as a speculative add?…in desperate need of a closer, but that transaction limit looms.
    Other option is Madson, but worried about another setback and not certain if he wrests the job from Frieri even if he comes back healthy in the next month.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JFK: Think I might go Cashner over Lackey… but close. Yea I like SImmons. With limit, I hold on those two

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Hahaha I knew I’d get it. Look up Isis. Another good one. But yea I’ve done pretty well with spot starts lately, you’re always bound to miss a few. And at least he only killed your ERA, got a few Ks and not horrible WHIP. Stupid Carlos Pena

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I started Lyles to spite you, which is a good thing because it shows I care. I’ve been following you on Twitter for a while, I’ll make sure to throw some pitching questions at you as long as they are same league matchups

  90. Spencer says:
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    My SV category is struggling really bad right now. I have Holland, Parnell, and Wilhelmsen currently. I have only had 9 saves in the last 2 weeks combined, 6 of those from 1 guy! Would you drop any of them for these FA guys?

    Cishek
    Putz
    Pestano
    Veras

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: I think Wilhelmson for Cishek is a good move

  91. Mike says:
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    Justin Upton sucks. Last 30 days 1 hr and batting less than .200. Thank God I have him benched.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Yea been rougggggh

    • Hondo says:
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      @Mike:

      Since I got with Puig,I also snatched Moss.The only Jup will see daylight is when Moss is benched against a lefty.

      I think either he and his brother are partying to hard or the thumb is bothering again.

  92. Dropping a Monster Duda says:
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    Chooch or Saltalamacchia? Now and ROS.

  93. FMFBL says:
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    what’s your take on Upton? after a crazy April he’s hit 3HRs, 13RBIs, stolen 2 bags and batting .210 in May & June *combined*. do you think he even gets close to 30bombs this year?

    Do you foresee another monster month where I’m caning myself for even asking this question? Guys like Rios and Pence are currently putting up better counting stats than jUp.

    • FMFBL says:
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      @FMFBL: just saw the post above. the frustration is rampant.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @FMFBL: I do think he gets close and warms up, doubt another month like we say at the beginning of the year.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @FMFBL:

      The crazy thing about Upton is Freeman has been red hot since he came off the DL. It’s not like teams can just pitch around him. Though maybe teams are trying to pitch around him and he’s getting himself out. I almost feel like there’s a lag in league adjustments. When a guy comes out as ridiculously hot as Upton did, the book is “don’t let this guy beat you.”

      Some not too dramatic but possibly telling numbers. According to pitch f/x, his rate of swinging at pitches in or out of the zone is in line with his career averages, but his contact rate with swings is at a career high, his contact rate with pitches in the zone are at a career low and he’s at a career low LD%. It kind of seems like it’s a pitch selection problem. He’s also at a career high walk rate, k rate and at the upper end of his pitch per plate appearance range. I almost wonder if the Braves are preaching a more patient approach and he’s lost some of his aggressiveness. Throughout his career he’s destroyed fastballs, but this year his numbers against fastballs are way way down. Maybe he needs to attack some of those first pitch fastballs rather than getting into deeper counts and seeing more offspeed stuff.

      • MattH says:
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        @OaktownSteve: wow, nice rundown on Upton. Thanks for this.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @MattH:

          This should read…

          “According to pitch f/x, his rate of swinging at pitches in or out of the zone is in line with his career averages, but his contact rate with swings at pitches out of the zone is at a career high”

          I other words he’s hitting pitches out of the zone, missing the ones in the zone. Hence the weaker contact reflected in the LD rate.

      • JB Gilpin

        JB Gilpin says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Hitting ones out of the zone and missing the ones in… Man that’s a head scratcher

  94. Mike says:
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    Adam Lind or Todd Frazier ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Mike: Never been a big Frazier guy, but all his stats outclass Lind except average so I’ll go him

  95. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    I like Lyles. He’s a former 1st round pick and he’s only 22. I think he’ll be draftable/rosterable next year.

  96. knighttown says:
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    Starting Milller vs. Texas or Ryu @ Yankees? SON likes them OK (didn’t realize Yanks struggle against lefties)

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @knighttown: I’d go Miller over Ryu like both starts tho

  97. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    You should write a post solely devoted to catcher lineup decisions, then just link to it anytime anyone has any catcher questions. Example – for JP, have a blurb that explains to start him against lefties or mediocre righties and bench him against elite righties, when Dickey’s pitching, or if he’s in the middle of an extended cold spell. That way, you can focus on the Brantley or Parra questions rather than the JP or Lucroy questions. Problem solved!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Big Magoo: Haha nice idea, but then those posts will get questions, then have to be altered some and more questions and it’s nothing but catcher questions!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Sounds like we have a volunteer to me. JB’s on catcher duty!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      Or have one of the minions do a weekly catcher column.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: True. A weekly catcher column would almost certainly be assigned to the writer with the least seniority. JB? Sky? Tehol? Step on up!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’ve heard Tehol’s prowess with being the catcher is pretty renowned. I vote him.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Sky: Ha! Well played. But who’s on the other end of that battery? Hmmm…..

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: classic ha ha

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              I was given the set up. Not taking it would mean I’m above my fellow man and I am of the people.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: I envision that “Ha” being wearily breathed out in the middle of a sigh as you curse the catcher position…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  98. Wake Up says:
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    Hamiltoe and Mousknuckle both so oddly disappointing this year!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Yeah Hamilton is the bigger shock to me, whiff Mcgoo

      • Wake Up says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Shocker! Trout and Starfish…it’s a buffet…a seafood lover in paradise!

  99. Spencer says:
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    Sorry one more question! ROS who do you like better at 3B? I currently have Aramis, but his sitting out games is killing me. Would I be better with Freese?? League counts HR, RBI, SB, SLG, OBP, R.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Spencer: I think I rather Aram and backup if possible

  100. Wake Up says:
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    Oaktown –

    We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life.

    not that I’m a Kafka fan, but I keep seeing it everywhere now…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Where are you seeing that? Pretty long ass bumper sticker

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      What’s not to like about Kafka? The Castle and The Trial are required reading for coping with the absurdity of contemporary life.

      “Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.”

      -William Blake

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: didn’t thank i would seeing Blake quotes this morning, only OTS can bring the madness, or so they say, of Blake to the Razzball coffee table….I need my coffee

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @chillmodious:

          No Exit is chronically underrated.

          Freud and Kafka is a great pairing. I bet it was pretty interesting. Both Freud and Kafka are essentially philosophers working in a different medium. They both use narrative (one literally, the other the narrative of nascent “science”) to create an extended philosophical stance. Not unlike Nietzsche in that way.@Jack Full of Hate:

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: and people say the humanities are pointless

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate:

              They may or may not be useful, but certainly not pointless.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @OaktownSteve: I don’t think so. Learning to think in so many different ways is under appreciated.

          • chillmodious says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Yup…it was a thick, existentialist tapestry I wove whilst fueled by a cocktail of illegaly-obtained of psychotropic drugs. I pretty much had to immerse myself in the tenets of psychoanalysis, then proceed (touching on everyone from Feuerbach to Kierkegaard to even Bertold Brecht) to use Freud’s early lectures as a basis and medium for interpreting various works by Kafka–his Letter to the Father and The Judgement were most prominent. I also went super deep (this was an honors thesis for a dude double-majoring in History and Philosophy, after all!) and dissected Kafka’s diaries that Max Broad published for him posthumously–despite Kafka’s explicit directive to the contrary.

            Ah, the days when I actually thought I could make a life/career out of force-processed literary dissections of existential minutiae. Sigh.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @chillmodious:

              That’s some good stuff right there. Tons and tons of material. Kafka was a noted collector of pornography and erotica. That’s right down Freud street right there. Then there’s the whole Jewish tie in.

              Nice. And yes…I feel that sigh right with you.

      • chillmodious says:
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        @OaktownSteve: +1 to you sir. I still get sideways looks when I’m asked about college and have to explain that a “Freudian analysis of Kafkan literature” was a perfectly legitimate topic for my honors thesis. And yes, ever the fan of existentialist ennui, my senior quote was indeed, “Hell is other people.”

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @chillmodious:

          Sorry…my above was meant for you here.

          • chillmodious says:
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            @OaktownSteve: No worries. I replied above.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @chillmodious: I love that quote

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Nice. I have a print of “The Lovers” hanging on the wall.

        Just saying if I’m going on that cruise…I’m riding with Kierkegaard or Sartre…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Wake Up: Sarte!

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Wake Up:

          wonder what sarte would say about this community .

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: looks like I opened up a can of bookworms…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          I like days when the Razzcommenter book club convenes.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I like boobs and nachos too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @OaktownSteve: nietzsche’s whole writing career is attempting to rectify how this quote would be applied to all learned people, for those who want and/or need both.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: the blake quote, that is.

  101. Descartes before the horse says:
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    Trade advice:
    Side A: Car-Go, Werth, Lynn
    Side B: M. Holliday, De Aza, J.-Zim

    Thanks!

  102. jared says:
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    Need to make room for everth Cabrera on my dl. Should i drop Corey hart or Brett lawrie. 12 team h2h obp league. Or should I try and hold on until one can make it back?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @jared: In a 12 team I think I hold on

  103. DP says:
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    was just offered grilli for E Cabrerra– do i take it or ask for duda along with grilli for ecab ?

    • DP says:
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      @DP: NL only 5×5 ten teamer

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @DP: Depends on dire save need I might ask for Duda too to start there

      • DP says:
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        @JB Gilpin: the team offering Grilli is way ahead in saves, and the rest are in the middle of pack- how long will E cab be out ? not desperate for save, but will be once bell gets the boot . only leaving papalbon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @DP: 15-20 days

  104. Cooper says:
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    AL only Keeper league. Trading Longoria for Andrus and Bogaerts fair value?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Cooper: Nah I think I’d still want Longo

  105. MIKEY BOY324 says:
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    Grey looks like John Stossel in that pic LOL

  106. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Drop Brandon Morrow for Oswalt or Lyles in a H2H points league?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Yea I would do that for Lyles right now

  107. Moe Bigsley says:
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    Thought I had a solid Tulo replacement in Rutledge, but not sure anymore. Would you pick up Alcides or Scutaro over Rutledge?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Moe Bigsley: I’m sticking with Alcides

  108. bb says:
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    kluber and erasmo ramirez for holliday? league has k/bb and ops. thanks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bb: Yea I would definitely get the hitter there

  109. chillmodious says:
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    Hey there, Grey…

    For today only…start one: Brett Gardner (vs.LAD in a double-header, but against two lefties in Ryu/Capuano) OR Desmond Jennings (@BOS, facing a righty in Dempster)?

    Also, Chris Perez or Jim Henderson going forward?

    Thank you!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @chillmodious: Think I go Gardner, then Hendo for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: Hitter-Tron says what? Gardner… Perez… Toss-ups, really…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Actually, I was all set to go with Gardner, but Hitter-Tron did not approve of him over Jennings. Thanks for the extra push. I’ll have to go find some brillo-pie for Hitter-Tron so he forgives me. He’s fickle with his emotions when you offer up some metallic sex. (File under: Things that wouldn’t make sense on most websites, but which could get you arrested on some)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  110. Steve Stevenson says:
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    OBP league, need a 2B until Gyorko’s back: Forsythe, Dietrich, Sogard, Elliot Johnson or Ciriaco? Speed and OBP are bigger needs than power right now, but this’ll probably be a short term option anyway.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Steve Stevenson:

      Dietrich is the only on of those that I think is pretty much going to be a lock to play every day. Padres will give super sub-Amarista some of Forsythe’s ABs and the OF is crowded.

      Dietrich currently has a .250 BABIP so a little correction could lead to a hot spell. 6 HRs in 134 ABs not bad and he’s got 2b/ss eligibility in ESPN.

      I kind of liked the kid’s swing. It’s a little long, but he showed me some good extension. Looks like more than a slap hitting MI.

  111. Vibrating jockstraps says:
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    Trying to pull mccutchen from this team. Willing to give him choo and an sp and wondering which of these SPs should I offer or not offer? I plan to originally offer him choo and cole and suspect he will shoot it down. Of those I have considered for follow up offers along with choo are wheeler, porcello, Cobb, and minor? Thanks. Btw I also have sherzer and samardjia who I am not willing to package but to give you an idea of what my remaining sp staff would be.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Vibrating jockstraps: I wouldn’t go there. Rotation is kinda thin already, I wouldn’t want to lose one.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Vibrating jockstraps: After this Wheeler start, a Choo Wheeler from McCutchen would be a huge bargain. Like a package with any other of Porcello Cobb and Minor too

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Yeah, I don’t think Cole, Porcello or Cobb will get it done. I’d start by offering Wheeler and be willing to go up to Minor, depending on how confident you are about plucking SPs off the wire.

  112. zzzzzz says:
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    Which side? Greinke/Freese for Cliff Lee?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @zzzzzz: Lee

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zzzzzz: Lee indee…d

  113. Malarkey says:
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    Who do you like better ROS: Puig or Dom Brown?

    Thanks in advance!

      • Malarkey says:
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        @Grey: so then which side of this trade do you prefer: Shelby/Wheeler/Lucroy for Rizzo/Brown/Porcello?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rizzo

  114. Wilsonian says:
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    Need some help at SP and don’t like hanging on to a bunch of bench bats. Have these guys holding down 2 UTIL slots and 3 bench spots: BJUp, Joyce, Heyward, Middlebrooks, Blanks.

    I’m not dropping any of the first three, but would you drop Middlebrooks and/or Blanks for Gee and Lyles?

    16 Team H2H league. H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG, W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

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      Yup, both

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d lose Blanks for probably Gee, especially since yeah Blanks is playing aight but he’s on your bench.

  115. Pager24 says:
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    how do you feel about Grienke and Gallardo for Verlander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pager24: Def want Verlander

      • Pager24 says:
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        @JB Gilpin:
        what about hamilton cain and frieri for Greinke Rivera Aoki

        Thanks!

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Pager24: Hmm that’s an interesting one, think I might lean right ride, think Greinke bounces back, best closer, and so out on Hamilton.

  116. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    I think Porcello is due to get his tits rocked today. Cmon Machado lets turn those doubles into jacks

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Goldschmidt On Her Chest: Don’t put that out there! He’s pretty skinny, I think he can keep his tits in order…

      • Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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        @JB Gilpin: well I don’t think I just hope, going against him in 2 leagues. Hoping he leaves titless

  117. zzzzzz says:
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    Lee/Ryu or Greinke/Moore?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @zzzzzz: LeeRyu. Not to be confused with Liriano

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I don’t know how Ryu’s name is pronounced, but one of the O’s announcers (I think Jim Hunter) pronounces it Reeee-oo, with the drawn out Ree and it’s funny every time.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Then you’re missing Manny Machado swing the bat, and that’s a shame.

  118. AA says:
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    Which side do you prefer ROS…Wainwright for Myers.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @AA: Def Wainwright

      • AA says:
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        @JB Gilpin: How about in a keeper league situation?

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @AA: Still I think Wainwright don’t think Myers becomes an elite hitter

          • AA says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Who would be a pitcher I should target to get a deal done for Myers?

            • Zenyatta says:
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              @Travis: @AA: Samardjiza

  119. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Does Hitter-Tron fluctuate throughout the day? Could sworn Uggla was in the negative this morning for today, now he’s positive…

  120. Schwab Stumped says:
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    Team Razzball,

    Give up Wil Myers for Ellsbury in a 10 Team Roto Keep 5? Currently in second and need to win steals (everyone is close at the top). Potential Keepers below with a $200 budget for next year:

    Adam Jones ($29)
    Cliff Lee ($20)
    Adam Wainwright ($21)
    Paul Goldschmidt ($19)
    Anthony Rizzo ($16)
    Wil Myers ($3)
    Jacoby Ellsbury ($18)
    Jean Segura ($10)
    Yasiel Puig ($10)
    Oscar Taveras ($2)

    Make the trade or would i definitely not be keeping Myers next year? Wouldn’t listen to anyone else but you guys. Keep up the excellent work!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Schwab Stumped: Thanks man! Yea I think I take Ellsbury then you have to invest nothing in steals next year. Like your value better on Taveras, think Myers slight BA risk

  121. Wake Up says:
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    btw…The Ruby Yacht is the fifth story arc from the fifth season of Rocky and Bullwinkle (originally titled The Bullwinkle Show). It was broadcast on NBC during the 1963-1964 television season. The name is a pun on The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam…I couldn’t let this one go…

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wake Up: Wanna join my group for trivia next time out?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, really? That’s impressive…

  122. Maglia Rosa says:
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    Am I really throwing Porcello out there vs those homerun hitting Os?

    • Hondo says:
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      @Maglia Rosa:

      Since I overslept and didn’t set my roster,I guess it’s too late.This after Verlander last night..
      Peter Angelos revenge for the bad things I’ve said about him over the years.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Hondo:

        Eff me,the way my stomach feels ,it’s more like Montezuma’s revenge.

  123. zzzzzz says:
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    Would you take Verlander and give up Adrian Gonzalez if you needed K’s? Worried about Verlander’s WHIP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzzzzz: Yeah, it’s fair…

  124. I'm still hard on rut says:
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    Myers or Marte ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marte

  125. Duke says:
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    It’s pretty hard times for saves in our league. I have Valverde as my fourth closer, but would you rather own benoit at this point? I could still grab him and dump Valverde. I’d rather not burn a spot holding both for one eligible RP spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, I’d own Valaverde

  126. B.o.B says:
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    SON gives Stults a $2.6 today @ SF…seems a bit low IMO. What do you think? Man’s been hotter than a baby in a microwave

    • Grey

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      Seems like a decent start…I’d give it more than $2.6

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @B.o.B:

      Might be based on the fact that the Giants hung a five spot on him in 4 innings earlier in the year. Not sure if SON has an input for track record against a particular team. He’s got a career 5.34 in 11 starts.

  127. jim says:
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    Was offered McCann and Leake for Y. Molina. Gut says no…right?

    • jim says:
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      @jim:

      I’d be dropping Lohse to make room for Leake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  128. Jacks says:
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    Grey, Latos was lights out after a strange first inning. The ump wasn’t giving him the corners so he walked two, started sulking, almost got himself thrown out of the game, then gave up a lucky 2 run hit to Alvarez … with two strikes, Alvarez just poked his bat out there trying to foul a pitch off and and it wound up a long, fair fly ball near the LF line that the OF couldn’t track down as they play him to pull. One of those innings …

    After that he K’ed nearly everyone else he faced and gave up no further hits.

    No mention of the resurgent Jarrod PArker? Handled TEX AT TEX for second time in 4 weeks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I mentioned Parker for about four starts in a row, including last night’s…

      • Jacks says:
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        @Grey: Oooops. you sure did!

  129. Rodney says:
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    Keeper league. Gio Gonzalez or Dom Brown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brown

  130. Jason says:
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    I’m thinking of starting Lind today but do not know who I should bench if I did. It’s between J. Upton, A. Gordon, or S. Marte, Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  131. Mike says:
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    Drop McLouth for Myers? Thinking thats a Yes but wanted a discount double check

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  132. Rudacious says:
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    I was just offered gyorkp for my freese.
    Should i take it? Is it a real good trade for me?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a wash, unless you’re desperate for a MI…

  133. Nathan says:
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    Here I was considering sitting Ryu vs the Yankees today. Now I’m looking at the Yanks lineup… who the hell are these guys? Thomas Neal? David Adams? Chris Stuart? Jayson Nix batting 2nd?

    Yeesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  134. t Moore says:
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    Mr Gray: Your headline caught my porn driven eye… (A frowned on baiting technique on most upright FBB websites.. One more reason, I like yours – it is so kinky)

    Had Duda for the day on a hunch… A bad hunch… I had cut him before reading your thread today… Duda is a microcosmic view of my RazzBall season – uncovered bases, dropped balls, missed ABs and a pitching staff that does not even know what a WIN is ..

    I WANT JOYCE BACK!!!! .. Another bad MAGPIE hunch this year…

    f0#!@!)2-y3 hh29y22y4^%#@ 4jfn n))@#!!@ c8c9rr#@^x8r2r2rjjf >>> (Sorry, that was me hitting my head on my keyboard)

    On Weeks… You were right, Scooter seems to be the man of the future.. (Yes, go ahead – smirk and tell me, I told you so)

    ????? Will Weeks be dealt??…

    Here’s an idea.. The A’s and the Brew Crew combine the Weeks brothers in a huge 3 way deal with the Braves.. Atlanta seems to be in the bad brother business these days…

    Not a bad, huh??? The only problem I see with it, is the HUGE part of it…

    The A’s have handled YU this year… I took a hit on all my FBB teams and loved every minute of it… GO A’s

    I miss Mr. Jay Wrong… You’re gone,.. But, not forgotten, laddie.. You are truly a Princess of Kink in FFB, Mr Jay Wrong… YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I actually write the posts by hitting my head on the keyboard…. Told you so! Yeah, Weeks will be dealt, along with K-Rod and anyone else the Brewers can trade away… JayWrong is actually posting today in about thirty minutes…

      • t Moore says:
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        @Grey:

        YIPPEE!!!

  135. chris says:
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    When will Aaron Hill be available and should I drop Josh Rutledge or BJ Upton for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hill over Rutledge… Hill will be back in about 3 days…

  136. Arevus says:
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    What kind of SP would you ship Reyes for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aim high, settle for Shields-ish

      • Arevus says:
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        @Grey: Dude interested has Kershaw, then talent drops off to Cueto, Masterson, Buchholz.

        I feel like packaging a guy like Homer Bailey/Cobb/Cahill would be too much..am I wrong?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Kershaw, i9t wouldn’t be too much with any of them, start at Cobb then Cahill…

          • Arevus says:
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            @Grey: @Grey: So I made that offer; I’m just not sure how its fair..

            using the Razzball RoS numbers, Kershaw is worth ~$28, whereas Reyes is worth ~$9. and Cobb ~$6..why is pitching seemingly undervalued so much, that Kershaw for Reyes/Cobb would be a decent trade?

            Anyone care to offer any insight?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Kershaw, it’s not really close for your side

              • Arevus says:
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                @Grey: Ah okay. What pitcher would make it close on my side?

                Thanks for your help

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  @Arevus: It’s not close in your favor… I’d want Kershaw

                  • Arevus says:
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                    @Grey: Haha I think am being misunderstood! Or maybe I am being dense..

                    My Reyes/Cobb for Kershaw and it isn’t close, means whoever is getting kershaw is getting the better deal by far right?

                    But you say its not close in my favor which means I’m overpaying?

                    I feel like the slow kid in math class..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d want to get Kershaw in that trade

  137. Give up on Wilhelmson as CL in favor of SP Kluber? Or do you think the closer eventually figures his shizz out and regains old form? Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would try to hold him in most leagues, but it depends on other factors…

  138. Brooke says:
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    Hi Grey, Did you ever end up dropping Gallardo? I held last week and he looked really good. Has your opinion of him changed after those 2 good starts and what do you expect of him ROS. Thank you dear!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I dropped him, but wish I hadn’t, so hold tight…

  139. Fish says:
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    Shelby Miller or Matt Cain ROS? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cain

  140. t Moore says:
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    Mr. Gray: Almost forgot, your moniker picture of a lounge lizard is a perfect fit..

    A “Lounge Lizard” Video is forthcoming, soon…

    • t Moore says:
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      @t Moore:

      LL video = link

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        My bad, JayWrong’s post goes up at 12 PST

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yes!

  141. Bill says:
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    Cashner or Gee ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  142. AJ says:
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    Im being offered lee for puig…puig is getting bites!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lee

  143. mhfella says:
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    Man, you are now a dead ringer for young Groucho. Dropping Bell, still have 3 closers. Need saves and wins. Replace with Cishek, Kluber or Tazawa? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Kluber

  144. Ziggy says:
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    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the position rank for players?? Ryan Raburn rated #14 out of all the OF. I better drop Bautista (#19) right now and pick him up!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what you mean

  145. Wilsonian says:
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    Who are we starting today (pick 2):

    JUp v. Marcum
    Brown v. Gio
    Pedro @ Arroyo
    Jennings @ Dempster
    Myers @ Dempster

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does Hitter-Tron say? Brown, JUp

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: the ‘Tron has JUp and Pedro out of those gents…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s how I’d go too

  146. EK says:
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    Rank at 2B for H2H pts ROS:
    Hill
    Johnson
    Carpenter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp, Hill

  147. Maglia Rosa says:
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    In hindsight, it was stupid to start Porcello vs the Os. Don’t start anyone vs the Os. Na ja….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Jones with the effin’ ticker tease so far…

  148. Project Merkin says:
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    Dah Porcello.

    JB! I’m going to mail you my used merkin for this.

  149. Wake Up says:
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    CD with his 100th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C’mon, it was 77.

  150. Big Dog says:
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    Thoughts on J-Upton rest of the year? Just dealt Alex Gordon, Colon, and Kenley Jansen for him. I needed more HR/RBIs. Don’t need closers anyways and just kinda selling high on that fat piece of ish, Colon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade sounds decent…

      • Big Dog says:
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        @Grey: You think he’s gonna pick it up though? Just a cold streak?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he will, yeah

  151. Hotrod says:
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    Man, Porcello really has it figured out…LOL…getting taken to the shed her in the 4th

  152. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I’m really wanting to grab EYJ where I am in dire need of runs and bags but I would have to drop ollie or colvin. I can’t do it can I?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Colvin if you need steals

  153. Scott says:
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    Still looking for a good replacement for Tulo. Trade A. Simmons and A. Cobb for Castro? Pick up N. Franklin or Rendon (moving Zobrist over to SS) and drop Simmons? Side note – What is the outlook for Cobb? Is he out for a long time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just went over Cobb… I’d take Castro there

  154. Mr. Glass says:
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    if you could get Cueto for Reyes (his SS is Drew) would you do it i have Segura so i dont need 2 shortstops or is there someone else i should be aiming for

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  155. EK says:
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    Franklin or Lowrie at SS
    Pts league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin

  156. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks, Rick. Now you’re forcing me to start Moore since my ratios are shot for the week!

  157. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Soooo….Rick Porcello….

    I’m going to be mad at you and JB for the day. Or at least until Jo-Fer pitches a gem tonight to ease the pain.

  158. Wheeler of Fortune says:
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    Everth just went on the DL. Who should I pick up? Neil Walker or Nick Franklin, hittertron is digging Walker maybe because he is playing in Cincy, your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin

  159. Wilsonian says:
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    Why does it seem like Prince Fielder sucks this year? His Ribbies are solid. His average is solid. But his HRs are pretty weak for a former 50 HR guy.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Wilsonian: “Sucks” is a little harsh. He’s on pace for more than “solid” RBI’s.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        A kinder/gentler Cramhole?

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Sky: Ha! And I just broke up with my GF so my demeanor is extra impressive today.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Or maybe that’s what led to your good mood! As one child very wise beyond their years once wrote, ‘Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.’

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Sky: Maybe!

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: I didn’t say he sucks. I said it seems like he does. His numbers, other than HRs, are great. But it seems like he’s just “meh” this season.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Wilsonian: I don’t know why they seem that way. He’s 7th in the majors in RBI. You must be looking at them upside down.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole: it just seems like whenever the Tiggers are scoring, he isn’t involved. I guess it’s much worse in H2H. He doesn’t do enough from week to week to carry you, but doesn’t really hurt you. It’s like he’s never gotten HOT and hit 5 HRs in a week with 10+ RBIs.

            • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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              @Wilsonian: Gotcha. Guess H2H, yeah, it’s like a different player

  160. chillmodious says:
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    Sob. Porcello. Sob. Sob.

    Wait…what’s that? Hmmm… it must be my knee jerking in reaction to the pitching line that just showed up on my team page!

    So, um… drop him for Teheran in one league? And Cole in another?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, hold on both

  161. Mitch says:
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    Rick Porcello hanging out w/ Valverde on the team plane? WTF!

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Mitch: Six earned runs, but hey, no walks!

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @chillmodious: Didn’t destroy the WHIP either. One very bad inning.

  162. jackrussel terrier says:
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    Team a or b for next year
    A: rd 1, votto, rd 2 a. Jones, rd 3…?

    B: rd 1 cano, rd 2…?, rd 3…?, rd 20 Harper

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @jackrussel terrier: If I’m reading that right….B by a mile

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  163. Teblow! says:
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    Hello Grey. A trade question if I may.

    I give Minor, Segura and Wheeler and I get Cano and G. Cole. Am I giving enough or too much?

    I am looking for offense and this other Owner really wants Segura.

    It is a 12 Team Yahoo H2H Keeper League with Holds and OPS.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  164. Wilsonian says:
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    I know there’s a lot, but how would you rank these guys for the ROS:

    Lester, JJ, Dickey, EJax (man those two names probably shouldn’t be put together), Porcello, Kluber, Straily, Leake, Milone, Locke, Gee, Lyles

    W, QS, Ks, Ks/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester, Porcello

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: does that then mean that the rest of those guys fall in line with the way I put them down?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, they’re all streamers based on matchups

  165. Wake Up says:
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    Hey Gray,

    You rock! Drop Porcello for Joe Blanton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  166. Black Wing says:
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    Hey man, great stuff as always. I enjoy reading your commentary.

    Quick question.

    My minor for his Romo.

    I only have Rivera right now. 12 team roto 6 keepers..

    Thanks a bunch, man.

    Like the new avatar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Minor side

  167. Bryan says:
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    Total points league…

    Ryan Zimmerman for Cespedes? Which side is better for remainder of season?

    Thanks,

    • Bryan says:
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      @Bryan: also, what about Zimmerman for Puig? Or Zimmerman for Beltran?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Zimmerman for both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cespedes

  168. Gareth says:
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    My Gut told me Porcello was just hot and would go back to being Rick Porcello.

    Best avoid those two starts Versus Tampa and The Angels next week, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, those are good starts for him

  169. Ryan741 says:
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    H2H points league, what side do you prefer? Mauer/Josh Johnson or Napoli/Garza? I’d be getting the Mauer side, if I accept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer

  170. Wilsonian says:
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    Look at Hanley getting three hits in the opener today. Man, what that guy could do if he gave more than a 40% effort.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: tacks on a HR for a 4/4 day. Who is this guy?

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Wilsonian: Trying to make a good impression on an overpaying team that needs a SS

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Fungazi: or making a good impression on me. I hate the guy, but I just swapped Cobb and G.Holland for him and Gregg after Tulo went down.

  171. JJ says:
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    Ok. Still trying to fix my squad.

    Any of these guys worth adding over M.TEIXEIRA, M.REYNOLDS?
    A.LAROCHE
    J.GYORKO
    C.HART
    J.REDDICK
    B.REVERE
    J.WERTH
    P.KONERKO
    J.LOWRIE
    J.RUTLEDGE
    K.JOHNSON
    L.BERKMAN
    M.CARP

    My squad
    C-.W.ROSARIO
    1B-A.LIND
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    3B-H.RAMIREZ
    SS-JJ.HARDY
    OF-D.FOWLER
    OF-J.WILLINGHAM
    OF-C.CRISP
    UTIL-E.HOSMER, M.REYNOLDS
    DL-M.TEIXEIRA, B.LAWRIE, C.GRANDERSON, M.KEMP

    Maybe Crockett and Tubbs could help solve this conundrum.
    A golden Daiquiri to the best response
    Thanks again

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @JJ: I’d take Reddick for Tex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick, Revere, depends on needs

  172. EK says:
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    Hold Porcello in a 10-team H2H pts league or stream the spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  173. jaw says:
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    drop melky for any of these guys? revere, rasmus, belt, quentin, eric young jr, willingham, konerko, swisher, ethier, werth, torii hunter, lorenzo cain, viciedo

    10 team 5×5 h2h. thanks.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @jaw: Willingham, Werth, Cain, Rasmus, Revere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revere, depends on needs

  174. OaktownSteve says:
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    One thing for sure, Ichiro does not like Koreans.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  175. Otaku91 says:
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    12 team mixed, first in HR and RBI and way ahead in saves. About to pull the trigger on giving Rendon/Balfour getting Zobrist.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid

  176. Oppo Taco says:
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    Grey I offered up miggy montero and gerit cole for joe mauer in our 12 team keeper league. My weakest category is avg and my rotation is pretty solid. He countered my offer with Mauer and a 5th round pick next year for my gerit cole, miggy montero and my 3rd round pick next year. I’m playing to win this year but I want to stay competitive every year. Is this too much to give up? Every team keeps 7 players. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Grey: would you pull the trigger if I gave up a 4th rounder and recieved a 6th coming back? Losing cole isn’t a huge loss for me since he doesn’t look like he’ll be kept beyond this year and his lack of K’s is frustrating in an innings cap league. My pitchers are MadBum, shields, Harvey, Zimmerman,
        Ogando, wheeler, erasmo , cole

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  177. Thadeez says:
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    need help badly…
    h2h points league just got offered

    D.Wright & A Jones for A. Gordon & C. Kershaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, it’s fair…

      • Thadeez says:
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        @Grey:

        Figured… gonna have to take a long, hard, dump to figure this one out… I feel comfortable streaming ROS and really don’t want to lose Jones. If Headley was playing better I’d probably make the flip.. These decisions that try a man…

  178. goodfold2 says:
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    valverde appears near done, he’s in down 6 at home in the 9th.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it’s actually worse than boggs. This twit’s gonna cough up a 2.5 era lead and likely lose era for week. so far 4 runs, no outs, and the hits get stronger per at bat. Porcello’s 7 hit inning didn’t help in the other league, also wrecking 2 decent days.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Dropped

  179. Gareth says:
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    Cozart, Aybar or Rutledge?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge

  180. goodfold2 says:
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    something’s wrong with robertson 8/9 pitches balls so far.

  181. dillbert says:
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    Just curious but who is the best OF you would trade straight up for Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edited — Oops, misread: Around a 3rd outfielder… Think McLouth-ish

  182. jason batteiger says:
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    as a valverde/wilhelmsen/perez owner, should i just drop valverde and grab medina? It’s cool i got Putz coming back soon.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: it april again, with the det closer cartel. 4 Latinos and some Coke. Not really, as i don’t have Benoit this time. Al Al back anytime soon, or Rondon?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Benoit is the only one I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go ahead

  183. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Is it too early to start stashing Taveras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: thats what I wanted to hear, because i am stashing him….i don’t trust this bizarro avatar, I would believe souless Grey over good time grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: you should use this avatar to let us know you are on vacation

  184. Prezz says:
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    Wrong guy Bum! Ur suppose to hit Quentin ya big goat breeder….

  185. The Thumb says:
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    Bad day to own Porcello/Valverde. Good day to own McLouth/Machado/Davis.

    Do we have a term for that? Where your hitting kills your pitching or vice versa.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We used to… F**king your step sister

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Grey: LOL that’s awesome haha

        • JJ says:
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          @The Thumb:
          Well I guess that I got f**ked by my step brother then cause I only own Valverde and Porcello

  186. Swat290 says:
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    Among all active and eligible SS’s, where do rank Billy Hamilton for this year. Next year?

    • Swat290 says:
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      @Swat290:
      Bah, sorry guys meant to post in the other article!

  187. mraccoe says:
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    Was offered Segura straight up for my Wil Myers in a 12 team, 6 keeper 5×5 league. Have Andrus rotting in my lineup. Accept?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura side

  188. tangtoe says:
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    Puig and Wheeler for Latos….which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  189. Tehol Beddict says:
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    PAPA GRANDE??!?!?!?!!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poopie Grande

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Tehol Beddict:

      What’s irritating is that I’m sure they are trying to “get him some work” or help him figure stuff out, which is beyond pointless. The guy is running solely on desire to close games. He’s either a closer pure and simple or nothing else. If you don’t think he can close, let him go. If you put him in non-save situations, you can pretty much bet that without the adrenaline, this is what you’re going to get, morons.

  190. SetPhaserstoDL says:
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    Rutledge or Rendon for the rest of season? Rutledge has been frustrating to own so far but the category juice is oh so sweet and enticing.

    • sanfran1966 says:
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      @SetPhaserstoDL:

      I lost Rutledge and have been cruising with Rendon & Franklin…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge

  191. sanfran1966 says:
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    How does one fix Valvede’s valient effort after an already brutal week. Went from 1 to 4 in ERA and 2 to 5 in WHIP this week…
    Add guy like Rosenthal/ Uehera/ Cecil for a few weeks????

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cecil

  192. Thadeez says:
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    I’ll revisit….

    How about D. Wright, J. Hamilton, & Z. Wheeler for C. Kershaw & A. Laroche

    Appreciate your service sir, drinks on me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright side, it’s fair…

      • Thadeez says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks again, does that mean you’re declining free drinks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who declines free drinks?

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey: p

            What if they’re mint flavored?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like mojitos, but mint julep or anything with creme de menthe is pushing any male under the age of 70’s limits unless you’re at the Derby…

  193. Travis says:
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    What’s the deal with porcello? His trend gonna be one crap inning for every 4 good starts? Crap starts 4/20, 5/23, and today–each with 4 good. If I’d known that today was start #5, I’d have sat him today. But does this pattern continue and we can expect another solid month out if him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold him

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: dude, he was money for a WHILE, 1 bad inning. I didn’t believe the “money” part, till it kept coming for a much longer while. It became to the point where “we knew it”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  194. booya says:
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    Please rank Cozart, Aybar, Gregorius, Hechavarria ROS

    Thanks

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @booya: Correct.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  195. mark says:
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    Hiya, Grey/others:

    Am I overpaying for Manny Machado by giving up Ryan Zimmerman and Wil Myers?

    Thank, M

    • mark says:
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      Sorry, should have added:

      12 team, keepr, mixed, points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A bit

  196. Gareth says:
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    Kurodo seems to go unnoticed every year. Which is odd because he’s played under the bright lights of LA and NY. Dude is awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  197. Thadeez says:
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    What’s the answer to the forum bot question?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      baseball

  198. Al Bundy says:
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    Got Porcello’d like many others today.
    What’s the outlook on Fister vs BoSox?
    Don’t think I can handle another stinker this week.

    • Al Bundy says:
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      @Al Bundy: Also, how does Scutaro match up to Rutledge in a points league?

      Rutledge obviously has the power upside, but Scooter has only struck out 17 times in 236 at bats. Does he keep up the avg with busted up fingers?
      -1 strike out penalty in this league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Fister

  199. Ryan Doumit says:
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    Lookin’ to deal Puig in a 12 team Head to Head (11 Offensive Categories/14 Pitching):

    Puig, Utley & Lester for Cano & Ichiro

    My 2nd Basemen are Utley, Seager or M. Young
    OF is L. Cain, Jennings, Morse, Puig, Myers, L. Martin, Cuddyer

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Ryan Doumit: I’d take Cano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  200. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    So I see that Cahill was hit by a line drive and left after 1 inning. I think this is the third time that this has happened to me when streaming someone (Gast pitched 1 inning and got injured, and someone else that escapes me as well).

    Do we have a term for guys using your GS (ESPN specific I guess) but only pitching like 1 inning then getting injured and leaving? Cleveland Streamer doesn’t work because they’re only crapping all over your GS, not your other stats.

    I’d call it flushing your hopes and dreams down the toilet, but that’s just me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think we have a term for that, but all ears…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: One-hit wonder?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t think that works…

  201. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Grey-Dog, any chance of Rondon being called up to close games ASAP. grande era at 6 now and benoit is their 8th inning specialist and Coke blows. im sure they’d like to trade for someone but rondon could be the answer. will they make this move and is valverde droppable at this moment

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, yeah

  202. Hankg says:
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    Trade Matt Holliday for Aroldis Chapman? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  203. Wilsonian says:
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    If I need help at SP, would you deal Mujica for Latos? I could pickup Cishek or Henderson to take his place.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: who you picking up? Cishek or Henderson? They’re the best available. I guess maybe Benoit who should get the gig in Daytwah.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Benoit

  204. SteveNZ says:
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    I know it seems silly to even ask this, but do I start Reddick or J-Up today at RF? I know the Tron has Upton way ahead, but he’s been terrible tlately. Reddick is a solid $12.50 himself and is in TEX against crappy old Grimm…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

    • Hondo says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      I finally got fed up and have JUp on the bench,so that pretty much guarantees an explosion.

  205. Juice_0321 says:
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    Am I crazy to be actually entertaining trading my franchise player The Dread Pirate for a fresh Chris Davis with full keeper eligibility?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  206. TheFarm says:
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    I spit my drink everywhere when i read “Cream-in-Pantser.” Good shtuff Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That one was Rudy…

  207. costaricanchata says:
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    josh hamilton dropped to 7th in the batting order for tonight’s game .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  208. SteveNZ says:
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    Benched Hernandez in my relievers-only H2H where I don’t expect Wins but have two already this week. Waaaahhhhhhhhh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least you don’t have Bell

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I do actually. Benched him too.

    • Kid A says:
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      @SteveNZ: Bell lights a bag of shit on your front porch and runs off cackling.

  209. JJ says:
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    OK. So Valverde has got to go.
    In light of the recent biogenesis scandal, I would like to take a quote from a certain famous “juicer” of years past.
    Thats all i can stands and I cant stands no more!
    Should I drop him for PUTZ?
    Other available pitchers include
    J.BENOIT
    J.TAZAWA
    O.PEREZ(gulp)
    or SPs like
    C.KLUBER
    J.LYLES
    J.NIESE
    K.LOHSE

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        V.Pestano is available as well

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grab him

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks. Appreciate the help

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  210. MasterofGrond says:
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    GODDAMN IT BELL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

    • Birdog says:
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      @SteveNZ: filled with small particles. Small particles of what!?!!l

  211. royce! says:
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    Damn, Porcello mushroom clouded my week in h2h. Looks like the rough times aren’t over…

    At least I don’t have to decide whether or not to bench Valverde tomorrow because no one in their right mind would let him pitch. Perhaps this is a sign that I should not own him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!: Goddammit and I own Bell everywhere. I’m going to the bar…call me when this season’s over…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Give me the directions

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @royce!: Wash it away with a gallon of Green Flash.

        • royce! says:
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          @SteveNZ: Will do! And maybe I can come up with a good reason for yesterday’s gallon…

  212. Clint says:
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    Only have one roster spot to burn. Whom do I fill it with: Oliver Perez or Tazawa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  213. HeatCheck3 says:
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    I watched Wheeler’s start last night. The fastball was lively, but he clearly had very little control. Would it be a good idea to sell high, since the result was pretty good (for people who didn’t watch it). And who would a good trade target be?
    Holiday? Markakis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Holliday…. Markakis would be about the bottom of what I’d take…

  214. team x says:
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    would you trade encarnacion for giancarlo stanton? 10-team keeper league
    Thanks!

  215. gareth says:
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    I just added aaron hill. Now I have a 2b surplu$. Was thinking of trading one of the infielders for a badly needed solid starter. Who would you trade out if these guys and what kind of starter should I expect in return?

    Hill
    Utley
    Rendon
    Rutledge

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @gareth: Why would another manager trade for one of your schmohawk MI when they could’ve picked up Hill themselves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not getting much for any of these guys… Utley…Maybe Fister?

  216. Nightpandas says:
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    Would you trade Rendon for any of the following: L Cain, Melky or Torii. (Keep 9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  217. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Super MI RoS – Josh Rutledge, Nick Franklin, or Marco Scutaro? Is there a good order?

    Also – drop Simmons for Asdrubal Cabrera now or wait?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: Of course Simmons is a backup SS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franklin, Rutledge…. Sure, drop him if you’re not playing him

  218. MasterofGrond says:
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    Remember when people were talking about Bell earning himself a committee when Putz came back?

    Me neither.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  219. ferris says:
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    would you agree with these decisions in the near-term in a daily league assuming all players are playing and facing similar pitching matchups (or what I like to call setting my lineup when i am going to sleep through the announcement of the starting 9s)?

    1. rendon over r weeks at 2b

    2, cozart over Rutledge at ss

    3. belt over all of the above 4 at Util

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Nope 3. Eh…Sure

  220. CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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    Whelp, valiant effort by Jo-Fer. Freaking Dunn had to tack on the 2 ER’s to his line, but it still makes up for the Porcello F you. You’re off the hook.

  221. DP says:
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    I just traded E Cab and Paul for Grilli and Duda———–NL 5×5 10 teamer– he needed SBs and i can always use saves—and yes owner was aware of possibility Ecab goes on a DL stint.– —–good trade for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  222. Eng says:
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    The new South Beach avatar had me confused at first, but it is growing on me. Google seems to disagrees though, and still uses the old Rebel Without a Cause Grey.

    Could you please rank these 2Ba ROS?: Weeks, Rendon, Rutlidge.

    Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, cause it’s pulling it from my Google+ profile…. Rutledge, Rendon…You too!

  223. SteveNZ says:
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    Rutledge batting 9th. Hard to believe the home run is the only hit he’s had since being recalled…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: babip luck.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: 0/14 on balls in play since call up. k rates trending up though too, 7/22.

  224. Slob on my Cobb says:
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    @Grey

    What do you think about my E5/Longoria and Wheeler for Trout and Kenley?

    Which would you rather trade, E5 or Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side… Edwin

  225. Slam says:
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    @Grey

    Would you give Adam jones to get latos and Moore in a league that counts obp, slugging, and QS if you were weak at pitching and had Dominic brown, choo, Bruce, heyward, Jennings and blanks? Jones would be under 20 to keep next year so he’s definitely a value keeper and latos and Moore are both over priced. Sorry such a long winded question.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  226. SteveNZ says:
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    Of course Ethier, who I grabbed on two teams for the double-header, is the only one missing out on this first-inning fun. FFS.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 0/10 start to the day. Votto and Phillips both stranding two. Awesome.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You don’t have Jennings?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: On the team I own him, he’s benched in favour of Marte. The Tron didn’t like him today.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: And now Joyce. Jesus.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: @SteveNZ: Ethier breaks up the no-hitter. 1/15 now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: 2/20

  227. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow. Just seeing on Twitter that James Gandolfini has died.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, my mom called with the news… The Italian side of the family feels like they lost one of their own…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: that really sucks….sound mama albright my best

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, the whole family is calling to send condolences like we knew him…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: wouldn’t that make all Italians inbred?

  228. The Ghost Of Mike Moustakas says:
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    Are we starting Thomas Milone @ Tex?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope