Went over our NL-Only team already that was also hosted by Scott White of CBS.  To refresh your memory, it was the post that you didn’t read and skipped to the comments to ask questions.  No, not that one.  The other one… Yeah, that one!  If I had my druthers, and if I were using the word druthers correctly, I’d do an NL-Only league instead of an AL-Only league.  You think NL-Only was shallow?  NL-Only makes AL-Only look downright vapid, by comparison.  To give you an idea, the best starter available on waivers right now is Vicente Padilla.  That would be great if Ugly were a category.  The best 3rd baseman available is Jayson Nix.  I’m not sure if his mom, Jayne, would even draft him.  The top five best shortstops had 5 homers combined last year.  Democratically, divvying them up one each.  If you lose a player, you’re basically done.  With that said, I wrote this post right after I drafted the team and now we’re in first place (it’s still early; I know).  Anyway, here’s our 2012 fantasy baseball team with thoughts on different draft picks:

For sake of clarity:  12 teams, AL-Only, Roto, 5 x 5 — C, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, BN, BN, BN — P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

C – Jose Molina $3
C – Chris Iannetta $9
1B – Justin Morneau $7
2B – Alexi Casilla $9
3B – Evan Longoria $33
SS – Alexei Ramirez $21
MI – Brendan Ryan $7
CI – Mark Reynolds $19
OF – Nick Swisher $20
OF – Michael Brantley $13
OF – Eric Thames $8
OF – Nick Markakis $19
OF – Yoenis Cespedes $7 (guessing on $ amount, he wasn’t in CBS when we drafted)
U – Alberto Callaspo $4
Bench – Ryan Kalish $0 (free round)
Bench – Jarrod Dyson $0 (free round)
Bench – Jermaine Mitchell $0 (free round)

P – Justin Masterson $13
P – Brad Peacock $4
P – Aaron Crow $3
P – David Robertson $5
P – Jim Johnson $12
P – Ivan Nova  $8
P – Chris Sale $12
P – Jake Peavy $8
P – Brian Fuentes $6
Bench – Kevin Gregg $0 (free round)
Bench – Matt Lindstrom $0 (free round)
Bench – Tyson Ross $0 (free round)
Bench – Dylan Axelford $0 (free round)

ACCORDING TO EVERYONE, OUR PITCHING’S TERRIBLE

By everyone, I mean Rudy and myself too.  Our pitching staff has one ace… If the league only used Cleveland Indian players.  Yeah, not so good.  If Peavy surprises and Sale does what I think he’s capable of, then the staff won’t be the worst in the league.  Maybe only 11th worst.  Our saving grace is our hitting isn’t terrible… Only slightly bad.  (BTW, to give you an idea of how early it is in the season.  We’re in first place because of this pitching staff… HA!)

ACCORDING TO EVERYONE, OUR HITTING IS SLIGHTLY BAD

I don’t mind our outfield.  Though I think it says a lot when Nick Swisher is your most expensive outfielder.  I think, in fact, it says, “What the hell were you doing?”  Our 2nd highest get on the whole team was Alexei Ramirez.  Huh?  That’s egregious with a side of vomit.  We need about ten players to play over their head and then some luck on top of that.

IS THERE ANYTHING TO LIKE ON THIS TEAM?

After a few drafts, we decided to go all in on Oakland A’s raftee, Yoenis Cespedes.  He went for half the price he should because people were worried he wasn’t A) Starting the year in the majors.  B) Worth the hype.  C) There’s no C.  As for A), I knew Beane wouldn’t spend that kind of money to send him to the minors.  Makes no sense.  As for B), there was surprisingly no hype in drafts.  He was falling all over the place.  As for C), well, that’s self-explanatory.

MORNEAU? REALLY, GREY?  I DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE INTO MASOCHISM?

No, Rudy’s into sado-masochism, because he drafted Morneau.  If you heard our first podcast, you already know this story.  I was on IM with Rudy and I asked him to take the controls for three minutes while I went to pee.  It takes seventeen steps from my office to the bathroom.  I counted.  I don’t draft with pants on, so I didn’t need to unbuckle anything.  I live in my own place so I didn’t need to lift the toilet seat.  I don’t even wash my hands after I pee!  In approximately three and a half minutes, I returned to see Morneau on our team.  Next time, I’m peeing out my office window.

 
  1. Hot lunch says:
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    Which closer to pickup – Lidge or Aceves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aceves

  2. Why do you guys have Alexei on practically every team? Does he have dirt on Rudy’s family or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Elijah, Was the only SS that was going for cheaper than his market rate… It’s far from thrilling…

      • @Grey,

        The guy(s) that no one want(s) often become(s) valuable I suppose. That’s how I ended up with Masterson, Hudson, and Berkman.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Elijah, Yup… How we got Colby Lewis on a bunch of teams too…

  3. Blue Crew says:
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    Grey,

    Mike Adams was just dropped in my 14 team 10×10 league where Holds count.

    Its a 4 RP league. I have Javy Guerra, Waldon, Melancon, and Chapman. Is he worth dropping Melancon or someone else for?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue Crew, Drop Melancon for him…

  4. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:
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    At least you got the craptastic AL-Only draft out of the way before the high stakes AL-Only draft. It appears you guys learned a thing or two, because I like the high stakes team approximately 1000x more than this one.

    Peeing out your office window almost made me pee in my office chair!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Hehe… Thanks!

  5. Bed Devils says:
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    An Office??? I thought you lived and did this site from a mustache car…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bed Devils, That’s my office.

  6. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H keeper. I’ve got the Vogelsong coming off the DL for Sunday’s start. The bottom of my pitching rotation goes a little something like this:

    Chacin, Nicasio, Filthy, Milone. I’m leaning drop Chacin…am I crazy?

    Also, would Grady *cough* *cough* Sizemore be a decent DL stash, or would JDLR be a better one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, I’d stash Grady… Sure, drop Chacin…

      • chata says:
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        @Grey,

        you paint a rather obscene picture ,
        not that there’s anything wrong with what you and
        grady do behind closed doors .

  7. peter says:
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    Milone’s past K/9:

    2010: 8.8 (158 IP, AA)
    2011: 9.4 (148.1 IP, AAA)

    Why is he projected to have such a poor K rate in the majors? Do soft-tosser’s Ks translate to the majors that poorly? Just curious…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just more of a control specialist… I don’t think he’s going to get zero Ks… Probably close to a 6 K/9…

      • peter says:
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        @Grey, Gotcha. Although, apparently maybe he WILL get zero Ks.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @peter, I wonder what the record for number of innings without a K is…

  8. T.J. says:
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    I’m in a $260, 4×4, 14/9, 11-team NL-only league. Draft, due to birthdays and holidays, is next weekend, the latest we’ve ever drafted.

    I’m in an unusual (for me) situation. I have a solid freeze list (one team is ridiculously good, but I think I’m second-best), but my only offensive freezes are four decent-but-not-great OFers. Freezes are:

    Chris Young, $9
    Logan Morrison, $5
    Chris Heisey, $1
    Will Venable, $2
    Ian Kennedy, $7
    Daniel Hudson, $8
    Javy Guerra, $5
    Jordan Zimmermann, $6
    Brandon Beachy, $5

    Unlike a complete redraft league, my freezes are going to have a huge effect on the positions of the hitters I’ll be drafting. So, how much of a positional adjustment do I make? The top seven hitters available (in positionally-unadjusted inflation $) are CarGo ($52), Votto ($50), Tulo ($48), J-Up ($48), HanRam ($41), Bourn ($40), and Zimmerman ($39). So far, I’ve just subtracted $2 from the OFers ($3 for Bourn; I don’t like expensive speedy slap-hitters: SAGNOF!) and added $2 to the other positional players. Enough? Too much? Should I do something slightly different, like cheating the $10-$25 OFers, but keeping the top OFers at inflationary par, since I don’t have a top OF? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Since you have some OF cheaper than their price, I’d try and get a top hitter outside of OF. Could see going to $ for those infielders, wouldn’t draft Bourn for anywhere near $40, more like $25…

      • T.J. says:
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        @Grey, OK, but HOW MUCH do I cheat the top- to mid-range OFers Other than Bourn)? 10% 20%? 30%? At some point, I can discount them too much, and the prices for the players at other positions get too high. $65 for Votto, $62 for Tulo, or $53 for HanRam, for example, seem like recipes for destruction. Their salaries are already inflated 30%+ before making positional adjustments.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have to build your team, you’re not drafting 6 outfielders just because they’re cheap…

          • T.J. says:
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            @Grey, Thanks!

  9. Rob says:
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    11 team mixed keeper league with OBP instead of AVG

    Which side is better for 2012 and beyond:

    Jayson Werth (12 – can’t keep in 2013 for this owner) and Nick Swisher (14)
    for
    BJ Upton (21) and Mike Minor (4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rob, Werth side, but it’s fair, depends on needs…

  10. ETMcgee says:
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    had my first ever auction draft, would love a little perspective. It is my only team this year (3 per season prior), going to be able to keep 4 players (at +$3 draft cost). 10 team + standard positions + CI, MI, 4OF (total), 2U (total), 3 bench, 6×6 (ops + QS). $280 to spend.

    C- Posey $7, Avila $6
    1b- Tex $27
    2b- Kipnis $2, aviles $1
    ss- Dee gordon $8, Jeter $6
    3b- arod $19, lawrie $22, Freese $3
    OF- braun $46, bruce $25, Adam Jones $12, Melky $2, Gardner $2, Harper $4 (bench)
    SP- Lester $22, Dhudson $9, Zimmermann $10, Marcum $2, Luebke $2
    RP- Papelboner $7, Hbell $5, League $5, Walden $3

    It has a slightly higher innings cap (1450 ip), so i feel a little light on starters and obviously i should have solid RP (i figured for a total of $20, those 4 should prove worth the cost). There are plenty of decent options out there due to the short benches.

    i think i may try to move arod for a good starter, who should i target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ETMcgee, I think you should move A-Rod for a better 2nd baseman… Team looks stacked, but it’s a very shallow league so a lot will have to do with waivers…

  11. PastaMan says:
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    $6 on Fuentes? Really?
    Kevin Greg? Double really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PastaMan, We drafted about 6 weeks ago before Johnson and Balfour had the jobs…

  12. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Grey I’m trying to unload Pineda in my 12 team keeper league, is Bourjos too paltry of a haul to pull the trigger? I need OF help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TualatinTwoStep, A bit…

  13. Steve says:
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    My closers are starting to realize that when you get people out, good things happen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve, About time…

  14. BobbyI says:
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    @Grey

    Please rank (5×5 mixed roto):

    Ethier, Hart, Werth

    and

    Bourjos, De Aza, Rios, Duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BobbyI, I ranked them in the rankings…

  15. MattTruss

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    Could you please rank Heisey, Jon Jay, and Nieuwenhuis? My team is laking pop. Muchas Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Nieuwenhuis, Heisey… They’re not every day starters…

      • MattTruss

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        @Grey, NL only league. I realize it’s scraps, but it is what it is. We do RF/CF/LF/OF/OF, this is for the CF spot. Jay’s the odd man out then huh? Thanks.

        • Grey

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          @MattTruss223, I assumed it was for a bench, platoon OF, if you’re starting them then Jay, Nieuwenhuis… But Jay has little to no pop…

          • MattTruss

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            @Grey, ugh, tell me about it. This team’s a mess. Too bad Dusty won’t stop playing Ludwick. We have 2 BN spots in this league too, so stashing isn’t really an option. Oh well…

  16. Myk says:
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    Have Furcal. Considering dropping him for Infante. Any sense of better short term/long term choice here? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  17. Ronkonkoma says:
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    With Jesus Guzman batting 4th on the Padres, where does he fit into your rankings?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ronkonkoma, He’s a flyer that you hope gets hot…

      • Ronkonkoma says:
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        @Grey, who would you rather have at CI in a H2H points league? Belt, Gamel, or Guzman?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gamel

  18. Chunk says:
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    What is the soonest you think we see Rizzo? Worth stashing in a 16 team keeper, where prospects tend to be snatched up? Should I drop brantley, my only bench hitter, for him or either of FA hitters Reddick, Bernadina?

    Also, can you put a draft master list link in the 2012 rankings? That would be sweet. Also, any links you have for the leagues that are publicly available would be awesome.

    Great stuff as always, and congrats on your fast start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chunk, June… I’d hold for now… Thanks! Will add the master draft list in a few…

  19. Goose says:
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    Can someone explain to me how Josh Hamilton currently has a higher AVG than OBP? As of today, he’s batting .500 with a .471 OBP…

    **brain explodes**

    • Pokey Reese says:
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      @Goose, from The WIkipedia

      “For small numbers of at-bats, it is possible (though unlikely) for a player’s on-base percentage to be lower than his batting average (H/AB). This happens when a player has almost no walks or times hit by pitch, with a higher number of sacrifice flies (e.g. if a player has 2 hits in 6 at bats plus a sacrifice fly, his batting average would be .333, but his on-base percentage would be .286).”

      • Goose says:
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        @Pokey Reese,

        Huh, interesting. Thanks, Pokey!

  20. BILLY JACK says:
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    jesus guzman or ross

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BILLY JACK, Guzman

  21. Holmes says:
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    I am in a 10 team H2H league, and drafted Goldschmidt as a late round flyer, I don’t know what it is about him, but I just am not a fan, and doubt I going to get much trade value out of him. Can I drop him or not so much?

    • Chunk says:
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      @Holmes, I have to think that someone is willing to take a chance on him in a trade. Depends on who you would add for him.

  22. Tony says:
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    I love my tribe inking Carlos Santana for 5 years at $21 million, STEAL.

    Grey- i dont think you ever answered this from this mornings post: would you rather have Henderson Alvarez/Tommy Milone over Liriano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, over Liriano…

  23. Jim says:
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    In a H2H league that uses QS instead of WHIP (dumb, I know):

    Edwin Jackson or Lance Lynn?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lynn…

  24. longbeachyo says:
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    Drop Aaron Hill for Infante?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…

  25. Swinging Todd says:
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    If given the chance would you trade P. Fielder for J-Upton? Fielder has gotten off to a pretty nice start, but I am in need of SBs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it’s fair…

  26. royce! says:
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    “Gray” (or Grayson- is this your full name?) is one of the hottest new baby names. I’m not going to link to the article because I want to pretend that I didn’t read it, but the writer seems to have missed the inspiration for the increase in babies named “Gray.”

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, How about that Millone we drafted?

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, Did we draft him? If so, whoopee! But I also remember we drafted Ike Davis (who I also own in our RCL), so I guess I should temper my excitement.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Well, I told you to draft him, but we win as a team and lose as a team.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, Thank you for your magnanimity. Would’ve been nice if we went Balfour instead of Fuentes, and it would be really nice if the Twins were to get into a save situation… were you able to pick up any of the new closers?

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!, Yeah – got both Henry and Hector.

              • royce! says:
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                @Steve, Nice, well played.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coincidence?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Rhetorical?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @royce!, Yeah, that coincidence was for the popularity of my name… I sent that comment while in the steam room next to an 80-year-old naked Asian man…

          • chata says:
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            @Grey,

            big of you ??

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Not really. royce! was kind enough to draft my 14-team keeper for me (with me looking over his sholder). We’re kind of like you and Rudy, but less hirsute.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, Bwahaha…

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, I think Grey was asking rhetorically if it is a coincidence that one of the hottest new baby names is “Gray,” or “Grayson.”

          Regardless, it probably is just a coincidence that we drafted a player that has actually done well…

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!, Oh. Context fail.

            • royce! says:
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              @Steve, I think you may have gotten the first “Bwahaha…” on this site, though. I think it resides between “hehe” and “ha!”.

  27. Steve says:
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    White Sox-Indians postponed. Adjust your lineups accordingly. Or, like me, curse the gaping holes in your lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Steve, why? Because it was going to be a shitty game anyway?

      • Steve says:
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        @Wilsonian, It’s a short-schedule day for my H2H roster anyway and now I have lost two important players (I only carry one bench bat) when my opponent has his roster virtually full.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Steve, yeah, I lost Kipnis, Santiago and Thornton, with Espinosa getting the night off as-is. So I feel your pain.

  28. Nonstoptalk says:
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    @Grey I’m involved in a 20 Team NL Only H2H Auction tonight. Usually Im a stars/scrubs guy. But with the possibility of stars going for $60-$70 or more and the fact that $1 will end up being more like -$5 players what do you think the best draft strategy would be? I’m leaning toward stocking up on middle level offense and then maybe grab one stud SP and the rest middle relievers and some speculative save guys. (14 inning weekly min) Think that could work?

    28 man rosters so 20×28=560
    I believe the player pool on yahoo is just over 600 so it’s ridiculously deep.

    • Grey

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      I’d go for mid-level guys…

    • @Nonstoptalk,

      Whatever you do, don’t draft Josh Collmenter! Apart from sucking, he may not last the month…

  29. Jordan73 says:
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    I know it’s incredibly early, but how soon is too soon to be concerned about my pitching staff centered around Cain, Bumgarner, Hanson, Beachy, D. Hudson, Luebke, and Matt Moore?

    • Longbeachyo says:
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      @Jordan73, that’s a good squad I think. You’ll be fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About a month in…

  30. Longbeachyo says:
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    Or ryan raburn?
    I have aaron hill… Drop him for infante or raburn???

  31. Eng says:
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    Would you use #1 Waiver priority on Cordero or do you think Santos gets the job back after the baby thing? Thanks in advance for the input on this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santos gets the job back…

  32. Chunk says:
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    Any matchups this afternoon you’ll be paying closer attention to?