“Hello, Proprietor of a Milliner, I understand your trade is hat-making. I was wondering if you could make this Dairy Queen sundae helmet into a normal-sized head helmet…Right, right, I get that. Yes, I guess I could just buy a helmet from the John Olerud collection, but I’d like this exact Kansas City Royals sundae helmet. It’s for Opening Day for the 2021 baseball season, Mr. Milliner–Wait a second, I’m seeing news come across my ticker…Adalberto Mondesi has an oblique strain? Forget it, Opening Day is called off. Goodbye.” How do you strain your oblique on the one day without baseball between now and July? Was he reaching up to get a suitcase out of overhead baggage? Well, I too have baggage, but I push my baggage down until I randomly start crying at red lights! Why, why whywhywhy…Well, I guess, Happy Opening Day! It feels less happy now with Mondesi news. The Royals recalled Nicky Lopez, which is objectively just funny. If you have late drafts, like after Opening Day, I updated top 500 for Mondesi, conservatively removing 100 at-bats, which is roughly three weeks to a month. It seemed like a big stretch to have Mondesi hitting 3rd in that lineup. Obviously too big of a stretch for his oblique. Hopefully, he can get back soon, because it’s Opening freakin’ Day! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy baseball:

Kyle Isbel – 24-year-old prospect is favorite to see the strong side of platoon in the Royals’ right field, and, since the Royals have very little interesting depth, Isbel could just win the full-time job. By the by, Kyle Isbel sounds like a runner-up to win American Idol. “I always say no one should try Whitney Houston, but, Kyle, you’ve proved me wrong and would’ve made Whitney proud. You’re through to the next round.” Isbel is a some speed, some power, some contact hitter. 50 grades for all three. For now, I’m interested in 15-team or deeper leagues, and he’ll be in Friday’s Buy/Sell, which is already available on Patreon.

Austin Nola – Will start year on the IL, i.e., no Nola, which sounds like music teacher correcting scales.

Trent Grisham – Will start year on the IL. Didn’t adjust him in my top 20 outfielders ranks, because he won’t be out long, and more bluntly *coughs through a cloud of smoke* I ain’t drafting him or anymore.

Andrew Vaughn – Made the White Sox Opening Day roster, which was assumed for a while now. Yes, of course, he’ll be in this Friday’s Buy column. Though, he is sitting on Opening Day because Tony spilled scotch on his lineup card.

Eloy Jimenez – Second opinion confirmed that he needs surgery. *dissolve to five months from now*…Eloy’s going for surgery after the White Sox received a 434th opinion. Kidding, he had surgery and is out 5-6 months. Good stuff. *Tommen falling out the window*

George Springer – Hit the IL with an oblique strain, but the Jays said he could be back as soon as next week. Speaking of backs, that will be the next thing he injures. Hey, blame the crystal ball, pardner.

Tony Watson – Signed with Angels. Also, Steve Cishek signed there. Signing Watson and Cishek can only mean one thing, Maddon is trying to discover DNA.

Shohei Ohtani – Pulled from a start with a blister. Thought only his fantasy owners were getting blisters.

Franchy Cordero – Activated from the Covid-19 list, and about to go 19/19/covid! Wait, that makes no sense. Franchy about to be a late sleeper that I touted all preseason, after not drafting him once. Let’s go!

Kyle Lewis – Hit the IL with a deep bone bruise and I have a deep bruise of my soul. Fantasy Baseball Overlord, why do you hurt me? I await your answer. The Mariners said Lewis could’ve played on Thursday, but he will be sidelined for a few weeks. How, please take the time to answer me this, do you go from being able to play today but can’t return for a few weeks? Alas, Taylor Trammell and The Gypsy Kings’ Marmelejos will play more, and Tee-Tee is in Friday’s Buy.

Ji-Man Choi – Undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. That’s what happens when you’re demonstrating how to make banana splits out of the ice cream parlor. Nah’mean? I removed Ji-Man from the top 20 1st basemen, but didn’t up anyone like Tsutsugo, because you prolly don’t want that noise, and, yeah, draft season is done. Finally.

Todd Frazier – Re-signed a minor league deal with the Pirates. Todd, you’re embarrassing New Jersey, and that’s a very low bar.

Dustin May – Will start the year as the 5th starter. Horny time, party for one. Made a slight adjustment to him in my top 80 starters, failing to move him up as high as I had him before the Bauer signing (around 40th starter overall). Still can’t imagine him staying in the rotation for longer than 12-15 starts, but oh, what a glorious 12-15 starts they shall be for The Human Carrot.

Steven Souza – Signed with the Dodgers. Souza has a better chance of getting time in the brass section of the LA Philharmonic.

Sixto Sanchez – Will start the year in the alternate camp, where they listen to KCRW. So, Sixto went from the Fish to Fishbone. I wasn’t drafting Sixto this year, so I’m pretty whatever on this news, but it’s not value-crushing news. The Marlins just don’t need a fifth starter yet, and Sanchez isn’t throwing a full season anyway.

Kyle Garlick – Made the Twins’ roster. A Kyle Garlick implies the existence of Kyle Halitosis.

Yu Chang – Announced as Cleveland’s Opening Day 1st baseman with Jordan Luplow in center. Time can Chang Yu, but Yu can’t Chang time, nor expect anything from anything from Cleveland’s hitting.

Mike Soroka – Hit the IL as he returns from Achilles surgery. “Hey, I thought my doctor was operating on my Achilles, not…Well, why is he wearing a toga?”

Odubel Herrera – Reassigned to minor league camp. After adding ODB to the top 100 outfielders late and–Well, I shouldn’t add anyone late! Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley will share center field duties, and, hehe, I said duties. Roman Quinn is in the top 100 outfielders, and Haseley was usually modeled by Anjelica Huston, and I will monocle, but his projections are around 12/8/.255, which would have Haseley saying, “Huston, we have a problem. Uh, Anjelica.”

Hector Neris – Announced as the Phils’ closer. How long does that last? One week or two? Or does it last four months and you wish it ended after one week?

Jose Leclerc – Underwent Tommy John surgery. There should be some kind of fine for teams who have pitchers go down in March, needing Tommy John surgery. How you mfers get through the entire offseason to only realize someone’s elbow is janky in March? You’re telling me Rangers’ GM Chris Young couldn’t see this coming? He can see everything coming, he’s eight feet tall!

Rougned Odor – Didn’t make the Rangers. Like one who dealt it, I feel the need to defend Odor. He sucks — with a defense like this, he’s gonna be doing 25 to life — but the Rangers went with Charlie Culberson and Brock Holt instead. They’re like getting the benefit of Tommy Edman’s position eligibility with nothing else, and, since the Rangers are in a real baseball league, and not a fantasy one, I’m not sure they need a guy to qualify at a position. Ha, my defense of Odor was about as good as “No, sweetheart, it was the dog.”

 
  1. Glad I refreshed. I was thinking I needed another Grey article to truly end the baseball preseason.

    Let’s hope this year goes off without a hitch my friend. After drafting the perfect draft™? in 2020 only to have the world come to a crashing half, I for one could use some normalcy.

    So I shall wish the Razzball community some luck. May your squads stay injury-free, may your pitchers always get ahead in the count and may your bitters all have double songs.

    Here’s hoping we all get to grow playoff beards, and yes that includes the 5 women Razz readers.

    Love & hot sauce
    <3

    Scott

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Agh – autocorrect!
      “May your batters all have double dongs”!

      :::shakes fist::::

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Shakes fist on double dongs? Or for double dongs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About that hitch…I have news from you from the future

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        I refreshed one too many times & jinxed it.

        Also I just named my team Double Dongs.

        :::shakes songs:::

        Ps – looks like just a rain delay in Boston. Yahoo loves to jump the gun I guess.

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          I hate you autocorrect & lack of proofreading.
          :(

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          Autocorrect ruining my funny. That and my strict vow to never ever proof read anything.
          :(

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn you autocorrect!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Double Dongs!

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            Catchy, right? My league mates hate it. That’s how I know it’s real.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, it’s good

  2. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Now tomorrow’s post will be something I’m already looking forward to. Busy night for u I’m sure .Play ball and don’t get hurt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Opening Day!

  3. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Had my final draft earlier tonight. Would like to get your thoughts on it. Per the war room totals and how it played out, I think this was the best of my 4 drafts this season.

    1. (7) Juan Soto (Was – OF)
    2. (18) Francisco Lindor (NYM – SS)
    3. (31) Rafael Devers (Bos – 3B)
    4. (42) Luis Castillo (Cin – SP)
    5. (55) Yordan Alvarez (Hou – OF)
    6. (66) Lance Lynn (CWS – SP)
    7. (79) Ketel Marte (Ari – 2B,SS,OF)
    8. (90) Matt Olson (Oak – 1B)
    9. (103) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (Tor – 2B,OF)
    10. (114) Trent Grisham (SD – OF)
    11. (127) Zac Gallen (Ari – SP)
    12. (138) Dinelson Lamet (SD – SP)
    13. (151) Franmil Reyes (Cle – OF)
    14. (162) Shohei Ohtani (Batter) (LAA – Util)
    15. (175) Frankie Montas (Oak – SP)
    16. (186) Shohei Ohtani (Pitcher) (LAA – SP)
    17. (199) Joakim Soria (Ari – RP)
    18. (210) Trey Mancini (Bal – 1B,OF)
    19. (223) Leody Taveras (Tex – OF)
    20. (234) Aaron Civale (Cle – SP)
    21. (247) Jonathan India (Cin – 3B)
    22. (258) Elieser Hernandez (Mia – SP,RP)
    23. (271) Mitch Garver (Min – C)

    Picking 7th here after being 8th in my other 2 yahoo pro leagues, I figured I would end up with Story for a third time, but was pumped to have Soto fall to me. Lindor in the 2nd was the best I could have hoped for there. As good of a start as I had, it was almost even better as Bellinger fell to one spot ahead of me in the 3rd. Wanted to take Alonso in the 4th, but he was taken just ahead of me and the next power bat I liked was Alvarez who I was pretty sure I could get in the 5th so I went with Castillo. Made a similar decision in the 6th with Lynn as I was looking at Marte there, but thought I could get him a round later. War room totals for this team were better than my 3 other teams with 130% on runs, 175% onr HRs, 136% on RBIs, 68% on SBs and 101% on AVG.

    Pitching staff will start off a little weak with Gallen and Lamet on the IL. Once they are DL eligible, hopefully I can find some good options to fill in. Took one bat more than I planned on, but after hearing your thoughts on your FAAB bid for India, figured he was worth a late round pick.

    One of the non razzball podcasts I listen to is huge on Ohtani being a potential difference maker available late so that’s why I grabbed him both as a hitter and pitcher. If he turns out to be a bust this year, I will blame them and remember not to listen to anyone other than you from now on for draft prep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks fine, you’re pitching is very risky…I don’t see why you’d take Lamet and Gallen, wouldn’t take one at this point, let alone both — hitting looks solid tho!

      Here’s to Ohtani busting!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Thanks Grey! With Castillo and Lynn, I figured I could afford to take some risks on higher upside guys who might not have innings issues late in the year if they miss time early. A lot of the guys on your “pitchers to target” list have been going undrafted so I planned on looking for those guys once Gallen and Lamet are on the DL.

        Means, Dunning, Devi Garcia, and Kikuchi are available from your target list. Montgomery, Heaney, Canning and Mize, are also available.

        Going by your top 500, Means and Montgomery would be the top 2. Would you stick with the rankings or is there someone else you’d grab based on upside or early matchups?

        • Grey

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          Those two work for me

          • letsgobravos says:
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            Good deal! Your late pitcher targets have been money over the years. I consistently end up with one of the better pitching staffs in my leagues despite going heavy on offense the first 10 rounds. Here’s to another year of you picking out next year’s highly touted starters a year early for us.

            • Grey

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              Hopefully!

  4. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    The Royals strictly prohibit players from “handling luggage”. Salvador Perez approves this message.

    14 team h2h league. Allowed 4 SP this week-

    Today:
    Bassitt vs HOU
    Maeda @ MIL
    Gausman @ SEA

    Friday:
    Yarborough @ MIA

    Saturday:
    Lynn @LAA

    Who do I sit out of this group?

    Thankyou, I look forward to your daily insight

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      Yarbrough

      • molina bros bbq says:
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        No way. Sit Bassitt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Agree with 1 F

      • molina bros bbq says:
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        Noooooo! Hahaha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Missed the daily write ups! But this one has a lot of soul crushing news I have to admit! Haha.

    In a keeper league, would you trade your Sale $1 IL stash for a $0 India? Or would you wait for him to get closer to returning and hold out for more?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ugh

      Closer to returning, better return

  6. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Just finished our draft tonight! Nothing like waiting till the last minute… Wanted to run my team past you for any feedback or areas I should look to improve (besides closer, which I’m sort of punting until that situation starts to clarify around the league):

    (ESPN, 12 teams, H2H, 6×6; AVG, HR, RBI, R, OPS, SB / ERA, WHIP, K, QS, W, SV)

    C- Christian Vazquez
    1B- Eric Hosmer
    2B- Dylan Moore
    3B- Rafael Devers
    SS- Fernando Tatis Jr.
    OF- Luis Robert
    OF- Michael Conforto
    OF- Eddie Rosario
    UT- Bo Bichette

    B- Austin Riley
    B- Ryan Mountcastle
    B- Andres Gimenez
    B-

    SP- Brandon Woodruff
    SP- Kenta Maeda
    SP- Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP- Dylan Bundy
    SP- Kevin Gausman
    RP- Drew Pomeranz
    RP- Anthony Bass

    IL- Noah Syndergaard

    Thinking of grabbing Andrew Vaughn on waivers to fill that empty bench slot and maybe swapping some of my offensive bench guys for hitters/pitchers from the wire.

    Available waiver hitters include: Josh Naylor, Franchy Cordero, Ramiel Tapia, Garrett Hampson, Tyler O’Neil, Hunter Renfroe, and Austin Hayes.

    Available waiver pitchers include: John Means, Sean Manaea, Elieser Hernandez, Jordan Montgomery, Nate Pearson, Zach Eflin, Jake Odorizzi, Aaron Civale, Dane Dunning, and Nate Eovaldi.

    Thanks, Grey! Loved reading your stuff as always to prep for the draft!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good to see you! Your team looks stacked on hitting and pitching…If I had to nitpick, you might be low on AVG — love the pitching, but you need another SP — grab Elieser

  7. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great report!!!

    a. IL’d Mondesi in two leagues (signed up McMahon (MI) in one league and Kike in the other upon consultation with Hittertron). IL’d Lewis in two leagues (signed up TT in one league and Chad Green in the other where TT was not there). ‘Nuff said.

    b. Marx brothers quote of the day

    ‘No my friends, no, money will never make you happy. And happy will never make you money,
    that might be a wisecrack but I doubt it.’

    Groucho Marx (as Mr. Holder), The Cocoanuts (1929)

    c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day

    ‘The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    preseason.

    Let’s hope this year goes off without a hitch my friend. After drafting the perfect draft™? in 2020 only to have the world come to a crashing half, I for one could use some normalcy.

    So I shall wish the Razzball community some luck. May your squads stay injury-free, may your pitchers always get ahead in the count and may your bitters all have double songs.

    Here’s hoping we all get to grow playoff beards, and yes that includes the 5 women Razz readers.

    Love & hot sauce
    <3

    Scott

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, hey, Ante! Didn’t recognize you behind that username — happy opening day, awesome quotes!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      You could’ve at least fixed Double Dongs. Heh

  8. aardvark says:
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    Don’t hate me gray but I’m rolling the dice with Joc pederson. Won’t hesitate to drop but he could put it all together right? Hopeful wishing.

    • Cram It says:
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      I own him multiple places. Think he’s gone fairly overlooked.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love to see it, even if I don’t own him — think we know what he is at this point tho

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Agreed.

        One of my league-mates is friends with his dad. I guess he’s a Bay Area kid.

        So naturally my buddy reached for him by 6 rounds in our draft.

        Prediction: he’s marginally better than he has been, just more of it. He’s never been able to hit lefties well so any improvement there could probably make him startable in 10-12 teamers as a 4th OF/Util?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, makes sense

  9. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    Happy opening day Gray! As an Adalberto owner, was not stoked to see the ticker yesterday. In other news, my students have been working on digitizing features found on historical maps and one of them digitized a “Jeweler and Milly” business the other day – so I too, now know what a millinery is!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy opening day!

      Have them make NFTs! Smart!

  10. Homer's got the Runs says:
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    Hey Grey, perplexed by this. I dont like having too many shares of one player who was drafted in the first round and i have a few shares in Soto. What do you think of this offer? I trade Soto, Swanson, Vaughn and Domingo German for Vladdy, Albies, Hampson and Ian Anderson.

    12 team keeper where we keep 14 players in h2h league. OBP is a category.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I think it would be foolish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  11. William Hung says:
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    The Mets really got a contract done with Lindor… I’m in disbelief but also excited! LGM!

    • Cram It says:
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      I thought I woke up dreaming.

      • William Hung says:
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        Got him to agree to 10 years and no opt outs so he’s going to be a Met for a loooooooong time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now the Mets just need to stop Mets’ing

  12. Mex says:
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    Happy Opening Day….Finally.

    Working out the end of my roster. I currently have Hays, Naylor and Hampson at the end of my
    lineup or on the bench. Would you swap out any(or all of them) for any of the guys below?

    Tellez, Chasholm, Trammell, O’Neil, Pache

    Gracias in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy opening day!

      Trammell, O’Neil, Hampson

  13. BronxBombers says:
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    I have one free spot, Hays, Dalton Jeffries, or Vaughn?

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      Vaughn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  14. Racehorse says:
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    So in all the leagues I’m in, I made sure get Paul DeJong as either 2nd or 3rd shortstop …

    Heck, in one free yahoo league (that I auto-drafted), I ended up with Trea Turner, Bogaerts and Tim Anderson, and I still scooped up DeJong post-draft.

    Playing fantasy is my hobby — collecting shortstops is my hobby inside a hobby!

    However … yesterday … in my ONE money league … I still needed a catcher so I dropped DeJong because I have Bogaerts and Mondesi …. and …. [email protected]#$^%#$VERYY!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  15. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Happy Opening Day, Grey! Unfortunately gave up having nice things for Lent, so I’ll be starting Ryu vs. the Yankees and Marquez vs. the Dodgers today. Goodbye, everyone; I’ll remember you all in therapy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! See ya there, Buttlicker!

  16. Curious George says:
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    Happy opening day! You starting means at BOS?

    • molina bros bbq says:
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      Not me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! Nah

  17. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Which two sit on opening day? Flaherty, Gausman, Ryu, Bundy or Means?

    Welcome back, Razzballers!! Cheers to a fun season ahead, Grey

    • NUX says:
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      The Balt/Bos game got nixed, so sit Means and start tomorrow if you can. Or sit him tomorrow too, that matchup is kinda worrisome for me. Not sure the other one to sit, so will let Grey pick or you could check the SON

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Thank you for the heads up on the PPD, Nux.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        My east coast brethren is saying it’s just a rain delay, not actually PPD. Hmm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      I don’t know the matchups

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Flaherty @ CIN

        Bundy home vs. White Sox

        Gausman @ SEA

        Ryu @ NYY

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start them all….If you have to bench, Bundy

  18. Cable says:
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    why isnt F Valdez on the IL asking for a friend

    • RicoSuave says:
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      oh man… I have the same issue with Framber, Gallen and Pearson… I hope they do all those transactions before my lineup locks…

      • molina bros bbq says:
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        You know that teams will not make the move until right before the games start… Then the fantasy platforms won’t update their IL statuses until after games start. So brutal.

    • Grey

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      Predator blood

  19. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey –

    Happy Opening Day! Drafted my last 12 team H2H league, 6×6 w/ OPS and QS, last night:

    C – Vasquez
    1B – Cron
    2B – Moore
    SS – Bichette
    3B – Devers
    CI – Dalbec
    MI – Semien
    OF – Acuna
    OF – Alvarez
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Verdugo
    UT – Ohtani
    UT – Senzel

    SP – Maeda
    SP – Berrios
    SP – Lopez
    RP – Chapman
    RP – McGee
    P – Mahle
    P – Means
    P – Kikuchi
    P – Skubal

    Bench – Votto, Webb, RichRod
    IL – Carrasco, Severino, Sonny Gray

    Since I’m about to have 3 IL-eligible guys, do you see clear categories/positions I should address with the 3 remaining bench spots?

    • Grey

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      Looks like you’re low on AVG and maybe runs — solid pitching!

  20. LOLmets says:
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    keller seems like a great stream today even tho hes dogshit. the rangers lineup is laughable and keller been great at home. you streaming this chump today?

    i may need to change my name after this lindor extension

    • LOLmets says:
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      also keller has great batter vs pitcher numbers (small samples) vs the rangers batters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a good stream

  21. Ghost Ride the Whip says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Happy Opening Day!
    In a 6×6 OPS 11 day weekly league who would you pick up to start
    Hilliard (likely in a platoon but 7 games at home)
    Fuentes
    Jonathan India
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      Hilliard

  22. moses mashers says:
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    So do we just have to guess what Nationals players are out on quarantine? Why can’t they just tell us?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Game was PP’d

      • moses mashers says:
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        I see that now. Guess that makes it easier???? And by easier I mean not easy at all!!! Hahaha. What to do with these players on a short week one lineup

        • Grey

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          Ugh I know

  23. Old School Brother says:
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    Not only did Odor not make the roster of one of the worst teams in baseball, DeShizz suffered the same fate.

    Every time I see Chris Young around Dallas at first I think to myself is that the moon? *obi wan voice* that’s not moon…

    • Grey

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      HAHA

  24. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Which Nationals’ player tested positive for the Vid? Why are they making me wait for this information?? HAHA. I’ve already lost Springer, Voit, and Lewis to start the year. If it ends up being Soto that’ll be a pretty deep hole to dig out of!

    Welcome to Opening Day 2021!

    • Marty the Celery Salesman says:
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      Related: Grey, would you roll the dice of an iffy Strasburg, who AFAIK hasn’t even been announced as the starter Saturday and who now may or may not be one of the Washington 5? 4-day short week; rosters lock at 1pm.

      [email protected] vs Stroman-NYM
      or
      Webb-SF vs. [email protected]

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure Nats play tomorrow either, they might be banged for a few days

        • hondo says:
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          They aren’t playing tomorrow,Saturday at the earliest. They aren’t saying much.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not surprising

    • NUX says:
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      I think we would know by now if it were a big name, it prob would have gotten out if it were Soto. I think its prob one of Gomes/Avila, since they just called up some other catcher last night.

  25. *** Youkilis broken wrist out for the season ***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, adjust your lineups

  26. JC says:
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    WW: Votto, Andrus, Candelerio, Eaton, JD Davis
    Team:
    C – Garver
    CI – Freeman, Chapman, Abreu
    MI – Albies, Turner, Polanco
    OF – Springer, Winker, Pham, Kepler, Robles
    Bench/Util: Wong, Taveras, V Reyes

    Any swaps?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not right now

  27. BSA70 says:
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    Ready to roll – Glad to ‘see’ you Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! Hope you’re well!

  28. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Already a PPD!? Waaaaaah

    Come on nature!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Rain too?

      • Cram It says:
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        And locusts in Chicago.

  29. G says:
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    Someone already dropped Leody Taveras. Really want to snag him although my teams pretty high on speed with Trea, Merrifield, and Tapia.

    My drop options are Tapia, Dunning, Workman (my league counts holds and I have Kimbrel who has been shaky), and Renfroe. I just added Hunter Renfroe since I seem slightly lower on power despite having guys like Arenado, Olson, Cron. Any thoughts?

    • NUX says:
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      Can drop Dunning for Leody and come back for Dunning later. He is tandem for now, so not sure exactly what the deal is with him. But I’d bet he or someone similar will be on the wire for you later, when you need another arm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  30. NUX says:
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    Out with one Kyle (Lewis) in with another Kyle (Isbel)

    https://razzball.com/luke-skylimper/#comment-3000037

    Glad I didn’t cut him already!

    Enjoy the games today. Hope the Yanks don’t do the same thing that Boston just did. Tomorrow will be nicer, so they postponed? Hearing from Boston buds that its not really all that bad out and they would prob play the game if it were any day that wasn’t opening day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

      Happy Opening Day!

  31. Wake Up says:
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    Means @ EVOO Rain out !

    Not looking good in the Bronx either… check your lineups

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      EVOO made me think of A.C. Green

      • Wake Up says:
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        The Ripken of olives!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  32. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    BAL/BOS was ppd, and I have Bo Bichette (0-6 lifetime with a K vs. Cole). Do I play him today or pick up Amed Rosario vs DET

    • NUX says:
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      Start your studs, especially on Opening Day

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        wake up says the weather is not looking good in the bronx

        • JDB says:
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          There may be a delay in the Bronx but they should get the game in – weather is supposed to be fine after 1/2pm or so.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        i received a trade offer last night in my keeper/auction league and am on the fence about it.

        I give up Alex Bregman/3B/HOU ($21)
        I get DJ LeMatheiu/2B/NYY ($26)

        I have Bohm, J-Ram, and Josh Fuentes to play 3rd. I also have 5 of the Astros lineup. Altuve, Alvarez, Brantley, Bregman and Tucker.

        I also have Altuve, and Madrigal playing 2nd.

        Would you make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Nux

  33. Dr Sauce says:
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    ESPN, 12 team, 5X5 roto. Injuries have forced me to start one of the following for opening week (11 days);
    Kiki Hernandez – 3 vs Baltimore, 3 vs TB, 3 @ Baltimore
    Hunter Renfroe – 3 vs Baltimore, 3 vs TB, 3 @Baltimore
    Taylor Trammall – 3 vs SF, 3 vs CWS, 3 @ Minnesota
    Justin Upton – 4 vs CWS, 2 vs Houston, 4 @ Toronto
    Gregory Polanco – [email protected], [email protected] Cin, 3 vs Cubs

    Not looking for any specific categories just overall value. Thanks in advance and enjoy opening day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trammell

  34. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff Grey!

    16 team H2H weekly points league…
    who to start for this 11 day week.

    OF spot
    Carlson 3x @CIN, 3x @MIA and 3x vs MIL or
    Tapia 4x Vs LAD, 3x Vs ARI and 3x @ SF

    Util spot
    Franmil Reyes [email protected] DET, 2xVs KC and 3x Vs DET or
    CJ Cron 4x Vs LAD, 3x Vs ARI and 3x @ SF

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Tapia

      Franmil

  35. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Luplow hitting leadoff. Glad to see that Tito’s embracing the spirit of the day, but can we keep the April Fool’s stuff off the field?

    Bohm is hitting 5th so that Rhys can move into the two hole. Eloy, Mondesi, Lewis. Might want to make an offering to the fantasy gods, GA.

    • Wake Up says:
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      Haha …make it a double Tito’s rocks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha — I saw on Bohm, hoping he moves up to 2, where he belongs

      • Old School Brother says:
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        I bet Bohm gets moved up. the man is sexi

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, for sure!

  36. leon says:
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    thoughts on john gant? is he someone you are interested in? deep or shallow leauges.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In NL-Only leagues

  37. Frank says:
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    Hey there Grey
    12 Team Roto
    Drafted yesterday morning, thoughts on how this team looks?

    C – Sean Murphy
    1B – Cody Bellinger
    2B – Dylan Moore
    3B – Rafael Devers
    SS – Javier Baez
    MI – Andres Gimenez
    CI – Yoan Moncada
    OF – Christian Yelich
    OF – Luis Robert
    OF – Wil Myers
    OF – Kyle Lewis
    OF – Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
    UTL – Josh Donaldson
    BN – Hunter Dozier

    SP – Jose Berrios
    SP – Dylan Bundy
    SP – Lance McCullers
    SP – Chris Bassitt
    SP – Tyler Mahle
    SP – Marcus Stroman
    RP – Matt Barnes
    RP – Hector Neris
    RP – Daniel Bard
    RP – Anthony Bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on AVG and maybe runs, not a bad hitting team tho…I love the pitching, looks solid on RPs too

  38. Yaz Mantle says:
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    pick up matthew boyd off waivers and start him today v, bieber? SON likes it.

    if ‘yes’, who do i get rid of: minor, bassitt or smyly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  39. The Great Knoche says:
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    The Souza blurb was great.

    How many leagues to you own both Mondesi and Lewis?

    Happy Opening Day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      I don’t think I own them both in any leagues, I have Lewis and Eloy in a league and Lewis and Springer…Those hurt

      Happy Opening Day!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Why’d you have Miggy so low!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  40. William Hung says:
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    I hope Rotowire is being drunk with their expected lineup for Seattle tonight: Dylan Moore is slotted 7th behind Tom Murphy and Trammell

    • Foxman says:
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      Are the Mariners still announcing all of their organizational information at the local Rotary Club?
      Maybe Rotowire attended last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck

      • William Hung says:
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        Dang Moore is batting 6th – bigger shocker, Yordan batting 6th… I thought Moore would be within the top 3 and Yordan would be cleanup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          With Lewis out too…Hmm…

  41. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS QS Daily Redraft

    Was just offered McCutchen/Kimbrel for my Santander/Garrett. That’s a no for me. I think he is high on Santander..

    Acuna, S. Marte, Santander, Mancini, and Moore are currently covering my 3 OF spots.

    I currently roster Lynn, Bundy, McCullers, Morton, Mahle, Gausman, Means, and Webb.

    Thinking of countering Santander/Means for his Burnes or perhaps just Santander for his Ohtani or Vaughn. Perhaps I should hold for now.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Burnes

  42. Turd Wendell says:
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    Sup G, Happy Opening Day to you, my friend! Catcher question!! In Yahoo Zack Collins is eligible..Would you dump Carson Kelly for him? I have Varsho on NA waiting for the call up so not sure to the roll dice on another young player. 12 Team dynasty

    • Turd Wendell says:
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      *Collins is C eligible* sorry for the grammatical nightmare.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      I’d keep Kelly for now

  43. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league: Looking to pick up Logan Webb, would you drop either Alzolay or Keuchel for him or stick? And in another league, same format would you drop Justus for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Dallas

  44. Cohen says:
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    Grey, did my other 12 team roto last night
    Please critique and tell me how u think i did?
    C-Kelly
    1B-Olsen
    2B-Solak
    SS-Bichette
    3B-Devers
    MI-Swanson
    CI-Croneworth
    OF-Acuna
    OF-Castallanos
    OF-Lewis
    OF-Santander
    OF-Tavaras
    Util-Alveras
    BN-Wong(can move around lineup while Lewis out)
    SP-Castillo
    SP-Ryu
    SP-Gray
    SP-Gausman
    SP-Elfin
    CL-Montero
    CL-McGe
    CL-Bass
    CL-Gallegos
    CL-Bush
    CL-Kennedy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have 3 aces, but it hasn’t hurt your hitting too much, you might be a little low on power, but HRs are findable off waivers

  45. BAC says:
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    5×5 11 team OBP and Saves+Holds instead of saves.

    C – Posey (27)
    1B- Alonso (3)
    2B – Biggio (5)
    3B – Muncy (7)
    SS – Anderson (4)
    IF – Bellinger (2)
    OF- Harper (1)
    OF- Gallo (9)
    OF- D. Moore (11)
    OF- Schwarber (15)
    UTIL – Vaughn (13)
    UTIl – F. Reyes (18)

    SP – Lynn (6)
    SP – Berrios (8)
    SP – Bundy (12)
    SP – Gausman (16)
    P- Yarbrough (20)
    P – S. Gray (10)
    RP- Pomeranz (14)
    RP- J. Hicks (17)
    RP- Crochet (19)
    RP- T. Antone (26)
    Bench- Eovaldi (23)
    Bench – Trevor Rogers (21)
    Bench – T. Gonsolin (24)
    Bench – Jazz Chisholm (22)
    Bench – JD Davis (25)
    Bench – Framber Valdez (28)

    What do you think? I am short (possibly woefully short) on speed but I kept getting sniped at every turn there.

    When Framber DL’s, pick up Myles Straw, Adbert, Pineda, Canning, Tarik Skubal, Justus Sheffield, Pache, Lorenzo Cain, or Rowdy Rowdy Tellez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t look awful on speed, maybe a little bit…You look about right…Your pitching looks solid too, I like the team! I’d prolly flyer on Skubal for now

      • BAC says:
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        Awesome. Thank you so much for all the work you and team put in and thanks to Rudy for responding to my war room questions.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Brett says:
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    11 team daily moves runs hr rbi sb avg and ops are our categories. I need to sit one of tatis Lindor Baez machado alonso Guerrero bohm. Which one is your bench bar most days?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bohm

  47. Kingslayer says:
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    AL Only 11 Day Week 1 5×5 Standard Categories-

    Start Alejandro Kirk or Max Stassi?

    Side Note: You’re the man Grey! People still say that right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stassi

      Thanks! Happy Opening Day!

  48. Vash says:
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    Yes, one day Mondesi will be healthy…just not today, or this year…sigh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sigh

  49. nickyk13 says:
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    Grey would you mind grading this team I just drafted? I drafted it it in your honor.

    ESPN 12-team Auction draft ($260 budget) 5×5 OBP

    C J. McCann $1
    1B M. Olson $16
    2B M. Muncy $13
    3B A. Riley $1
    SS T. Story $51
    MI B. Bichette $30
    CI J. Walsh $1
    OF Lou Bob $27
    OF R. Laureano $6
    OF N. Solak $2
    OF Kike Hernandez $1
    OF J. Kelenic $3
    UTIL Y. Alvarez $19
    Bench G. Lux $1
    IL E. Jiminez $2
    IL K. Lewis $4

    SP B. Woodruff $28
    SP S. Gray $12
    SP P. Corbin $2
    RP J. Hader $25
    RP E. Diaz $11
    SP C. Bassitt $1
    SP J. Means $1
    SP E. Hernandez $1
    SP N. Eovaldi $1
    Bench N. Wittgren $1

    I never usually spend up on closers but it actually felt kinda good. Oh and the team is named Boba Chette.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have made me proud…I love the pitching…Looks like a great hitting team too…If I had to complain, I’d say I worry about Walsh’s PT, Kelenic needs a replacement and you look low on speed

  50. southside dom says:
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    Thoughts on this squad? 12 team H2H 5×5. Didn’t mean to draft the entire M’s outfield…

    C – McCann
    1B – Abreu
    2B – K Marte
    3B – Chapman
    SS – Bichette
    CI -Muncy
    MI- Semien
    OF- Robert
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – Dylan Moore
    OF – Austin Hays
    OF – Taveras
    U -Gimenez
    BE – Kelenic
    BE – Tellez
    IL – Kyle Lewis

    P – Ryu
    P – Gray
    P – Gausman
    P – Plesac
    P – Lopez
    P – Eflin
    P – Mahle
    RP – Romano
    RP – Neris
    BE – Bassit

    Happy Opening Day!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I did that too in a league…Um, yeah…I like the hitting, you look low on RBIs and maybe power and AVG…It’s decent tho, I like the guys you have…Pitching looks solid

  51. Vash says:
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    I know Yu Chang has some of the hardest Max velos this spring. I know, but keep an eye on him. In his previous stints, his bating eye was good if I were to look at his k/bb and I am no expert. He didn’t look lost at the plate and did seem to have a plan, plus he’s Asian.

    I am not a Razzzie expert, but there seem to be some underlying positives for Chang.

    I wonder about your sleeper Cordero. I want to believe as I also own players with a similar profile in my minors, but only thing stopping me from really picking up Cordero is he has no eligibility and I think Razzball stated he’s slated for RF, and I desperately need a CF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m gonna be watching Chang, he’d be a nice cheap get on waivers if he does something, so that’s good

  52. Vash says:
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    I am curious, is Calhoun that bad that the Rangers will never put him at 2b again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think he can play 2B, plus he’s hurt

  53. sportivetricks says:
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    HEY to the HEY, GREY!

    Mostly just excited to get to chit chat with you, so I needed to get in some kind of post.

    The Springer thing makes me real nervous. Do people really get grade 2 oblique injuries and swing wooden bats at 97 mph fastballs two weeks later??? He dropped in my draft, so I took the risk, but I’m worried the dude’s gonna end up being an expensive IL stash.

    Also, look at me! Saying “IL” instead of “DL” with ease.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! Good to see yoy!

      Not usually on Springer, I’m worried too

  54. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I received a trade offer last night in my keeper/auction league and am on the fence about it.

    I give up Alex Bregman/3B/HOU ($21)
    I get DJ LeMatheiu/2B/NYY ($26)

    I have Bohm, J-Ram, and Josh Fuentes to play 3rd. I also have 5 of the Astros lineup. Altuve, Alvarez, Brantley, Bregman and Tucker.

    I also have Altuve, and Madrigal playing 2nd.

    Would you make the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman side

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        are u saying if i trade bregman the guy getting him wins the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Bregman

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            so hold on to bregman

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                i just hate having so many hitters from the same lineup

  55. Matty says:
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    I was able to avoid Eloy’s injury (barely, someone thankfully ignored my trade offer for him).
    But did get lots and lots of shares of Mondesi and Lewis, so I’m starting off the season on the waiver wire.
    Wanted to pop in here and thank you again for the brilliant pre-season insights.
    Here’s the last team I drafted for the year. Keep up to eight. 12 team H2H, 5×5 OBP and SV+H instead of AVG and SV.
    C – Kiner Falefa (Y! still has him as a catcher)
    1B – Olson
    2B – Moore
    3B – Giminez
    SS – Lindor
    OF – Soto, Ozuna, Alvarez
    UT – Conforto, Riley
    BN – Walsh, Solak
    IL – Kyle Lewis, Grisham
    SP – Ryu, Luzardo, Sonny, Lopez, Eovaldi, Means, Stroman, Dunning
    RP – Gonsolin, Kennedy, Clase, Petit, Joely Rodriguez

    I like the pitching a lot, and felt like I was trying to find speed throughout the draft but ended up with enough. Plenty of power. OBP is a crapshoot beyond Soto buoying the rest of the squad.

    Thanks again. Play ball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, whew!

      Thanks! Happy Opening Day!

      Your pitching looks great, exactly how I’d draft a staff…OBP with Soto should be fine…And Ozuna, and Lindor…You should be good…I like this team overall…I have nothing to complain about

  56. toolshed says:
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    Per buster Olney, mets and nats will be postponed b/c of covid issues. Can’t even start the season and this $hit is happening already.

    • hondo says:
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      And the Orioles are rained out. It’s a grand and glorious day to be a baseball fan in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.I’m gonna need some beer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! and crap

  57. Fred says:
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    Utility spot for today: ohtani (vs giolito) or Cron (vs Kershaw) (@ coors)

    Outfielder spot – joc pederson (vs. Kuhl) or Dahl (vs Keller)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani

      Joc

  58. Sal says:
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    Start ryu vs the yanks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  59. Herb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who would you drop out of Stroman, Christian Javier, and Elieser Hernandez?

    They’re all pretty close in your rankings.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Javier

  60. Lucky Dog says:
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    Aaaaaaaand of course the WAS / NYM game is postponed due to COVID.

    How is it possible that these players can’t follow protocol?! How are they not vaccinated?! Agh!

    Between that & the Boston postponement I just lost like 5 players today. Gah!

    • david says:
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      Is it going to be one game or the entire series.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Now I’m hearing it’s just a rain delay.

        TBD

        Maybe Yahoo playing an April fools joke?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day! And ugh

  61. Matt says:
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    who’s the better stash in a NA spot: Adell or Kiriloff?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kiriloff

  62. Keeks says:
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    Happy Opening Day!!! Finally!!

    Drafted yesterday… How’d I do?

    Hitting (HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG)
    C – McCann
    1B- Alonso
    2B- Muncy
    SS- Lindor
    3B- Devers
    OF- Bellinger
    OF- Gallo
    OF- Nimmo
    UT- Franmil
    UT- Ke’Bryan
    Bench- Adam Vaughn
    IL- Kyle Lewis

    Pitching (QS, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Sv+Hld)
    SP- Lynn, Bundy, Gausman, Musgrove, D. May, Peralta, Webb
    RP- D. Williams, Fairbanks, T. May, Diekman, Reyes, Duffey

    Thanks for your posts everyday, makes mornings at work more tolerable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Opening Day!

      I would draft a pitching staff very similarly….Your RPs are fun for Holds too, really solid staff….Your hitting looks fine, good on SLG hopefulyl okay on OBP and low on SBs

      No problem!

      • Keeks says:
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        My league mates didn’t adjust well to Sv+Hld instead of saves. Hader went 3rd round!! and Most of the top closers went before pick 75. (12 teams).

        I got williams around pick 105, and all my other RPs I got round 18 or later. EZ money.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, nice!

  63. Savoy Special says:
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    Catcher question – so sorry..

    How would you rank the following? Thanks!

    – Mitch Garver
    – Danny Jensen
    – Wilson Ramos
    – Jorge Alfaro
    – Wilson Ramos

  64. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    Grey, would you pick Fuentes (Rockies) or Vaughn?

    • HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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      Or Jay Bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vaughn

  65. RicoSuave says:
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    Rosenthal to IL with shoulder inflammation…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So surprising

      • ERad says:
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        Diekman the pick up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  66. Will says:
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    Bud Black benches McMahon for Chris Owings on day one. You called it, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHAHA

      • Will says:
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        I swear that other than Trevor Story I am done with Rockies hitters. Bud Black is sure to play whatever washed up vet he can ahead of Hampson, McMahon, Hilliard et al. Worst manager in all of baseball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya, but Story will get his stats

  67. Jr says:
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    I know you’re not the prospect guy, but still want your take on this. I’m in a 10 team h2h dynasty league where prospects and rookies are extremely valuable (most team friendly tags). What do you think it should take to move Wander Franco? Would you even entertain offers to move him at this point?

    My team is likely a year or two away from competing, but might be able to make a run if I got a good enough haul for Franco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want a top 15 bat right now for Franco

      • Jr says:
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        Would you move Franco and Marquez for Yelich? I have Arozarena, Gurriel jr, Franmil and Frazier for my 4 outfield spots.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

          • Jr says:
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            I thought so. Just so hard to do. I traded Baez for tatis before he broke out so I’m terrified I make that move and regret it as soon as next test

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  68. RicoSuave says:
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    16 team h2h weekly points league…

    I was offered German or Kluber for my CJ Cron… (I have Olson as well)
    what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German

      • RicoSuave says:
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        and the guy chickened out… :(

        thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  69. Ducks in a row – lineups ready LFG! Have a great day G-man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!

  70. aintlifegrand says:
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    Happy Opening Day! Though the unbridled excitement has been somewhat tempered by a Nats COVID outbreak.

    Weekly lineup lock, long 11 day 1st period, any chance you sit Pete Alonso for Jared Walsh or Solak with the Mets maybe missing a full series against the Nats?

    Thanks as always and glad to have baseball and your sage back advice in my day!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EDIT: No, not for a 11 days

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Hitting cleanup! Woooo!

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Edit?! What wizardry is this?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One perk to answering 400 comments a day

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            :::shakes dongs::::

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dongs up!

  71. Lucky Dog says:
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    RIP Trevor Rosenthal for at least 10 days. Shoulder. Always a good sign.

    Dilemma the SAGNOF grab? Maybe CBBC

    Also Sixto with a shoulder issue too. “Discomfort” which is how all of the owners of these two feel, I imagine.

    How do so many guys get hurt between March 31 & April 1st?

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Not dilemma. Diekman!

      I blame all of this on the 2nd Moderna shot yesterday. Hits like a truck.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  72. FireRobManfred says:
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    Ok I have multiple college degrees and the Watson/DNA joke almost flew over my head. I haven’t felt this amused and also puzzled since Dennis Miller was on a Cubs broadcast complaining the Diamondbacks ‘A’ logo looked like “an airport runway at Chichen Itza”.

    Is it better to stash Sale or Pearson on the IL? I’m thinking Pearson right?

  73. CentralCoastCali says:
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    Grateful Morning Meister Grey,

    A) Listening to ‘Touch of Grey’ reminds me of an old friend who made my childhood the greatest and now another that is making my mid life crisis years the greatest. That doesn’t mean, I want to touch Grey:). Once again, thank you for your words of wisdom, your ferocious funny’s and your Semi-God like baseball knowledge. If I were ranking fantasy baseball writers, you’d be in a tier all by yourself. You’re kind of the only one I read so, your tier could be like five or six or seven…..

    B) I don’t have any questions, just listening to your written word is enough but enough of the mushy sh-tuff, thank you and the beginning of my day just got soooo much better:).

    C) There is no C :):):)!!!

    CCC

  74. pugs slugs says:
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    Cancelling the Mets/Nats game most certainly sucks! I was really looking forward to an Official Opening Day matchup of deGrom vs. Scherzer. More importantly (because it pertains to my team), I most certainly will have to face deGrom twice in week #2 instead of once. At least one of those starts is in Coors *lower case and 2.5 font “yay”*.

    Happy Opening Day Everyone!!!

  75. Gigorilla says:
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    Grey — the covid cancelled games will be made up, and MLB has been clear on player protocols —
    10 days out positive test, 7 days close contact quarantine.

    But what about reporting what players are out from this, and will they be put on a
    “Covid IL” to allow for replacements? Have you heard? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t

  76. Cohen says:
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    Whos the drop if i pick up Diekman?
    Neris
    Bard
    Garrett
    Bush
    Castillo
    Crichton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crichton

  77. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    thoughts on benching Edwin Diaz for the Thurs-Sunday week this week in lieu of Ian Kennedy? Idea is that Mets might not play many games due to COVID cancellation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, makes sense

  78. ERad says:
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    It took me way longer than I’d like to admit to figure out the title

    I am not a smart man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  79. Thundershoe says:
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    Opening Day, let’s goooo! Thanks again for all the ways you’ve helped everyone get prepped for the season.

    I’ve got a trade offer on the table in 14-team H2H points league: my Giolito for Yelich.

    I like the deal, but it’s a keeper/auction draft league, and I was able to keep Giolito for $13, while Yelich was kept at $50. Even though I think the trade would put me in a better position to go for the chip this year, I’m not sure about that huge gap in keeper value. For reference, Aaron Nola went for $44 at auction, so I like the idea of potentially having Giolito at a low price and spending the savings elsewhere. Again, that’s obviously next year, and we’re not playing for next year’s chip! How to think about this situation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LFG!!!

      Sounds fair, I’d take Yelich to win this year, but can understand passing

      • Thundershoe says:
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        Gotcha – I’ll mull the trade over a bit more.

        One more trade I’d like to get your take on: my L. Castillo for Arenado (would be looking to upgrade from E. Escobar – the 3B waiver wire is super thin). Is that the right amount of return for Castillo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

          • Thundershoe says:
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            Safe to assume you’d like Devers better as a target in exchange for L. Castillo?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

              • Thundershoe says:
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                If I were to try to upgrade 3B via waiver wire, would you drop Escobar for India?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure

  80. delace2021 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Hoping I can get your opinion on this glorious day.

    12 team H2H league.

    I was offered T Bauer and Xander B for Jose Ramirez and Chris Sale. My current shortstop is Swanson and my top three pitchers are Greinke, Snell, Gausman.

    I have Urshela on the roster as well.

    Sale would be a 20th round keeper next year Ramirez 12th round keeper. Bauer 13th round keeper next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander side

  81. Lucky Dog says:
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    Why would the Rays start Yoshi Tsutsugo at lead off? He didn’t show well last year & couldn’t hit a lick this spring.

    Perplexing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Our boy Guriel with the 1st RBI of the year. Woot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          LFG!

          • toolshed says:
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            The rays are not exactly conventional. Tsutsugo did habe good walk rates, hitting a different story.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Yoshi’s not lasting at leadoff tho, is my guess

  82. The Flayed Man says:
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    Another great read.

    Had my main draft last night
    10 team keeoer yahoo 6×6 roto QS, OPS, Saves/holds

    C. C. Kelly
    1B. M. Olsen
    2B.K. Hiura
    3B. M. Muncy
    SS. F. Tatis K
    MI T. Turner K
    CI. D. Moore
    OF. Acuna K
    OF Soto K
    OF Luis Robert K
    OF Laureano
    UT A Riley
    UT. T. Edman
    BN. L Taveras
    BN. A. Vaughn
    IL Kyle Lewis

    SP: Bieber K, Bundy, Luzardo, Mahle, Eovaldi, Means, Montgomery, Singer IL Syndergaard

    RP: R. Rodriquez, Holland, Melancon, Kooech, Tyker Rogers

    NA: Kelenic, Torkelson, Devi Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think your pitching looks solid, I’d be a little worried about your RPs…Your hitting looks solid, too…I can’t find anything to complain about except your RPs

      • The Flayed Man says:
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        Thanks. I kinda waited till end of draft to start grabbing RP. Nice thing is I can grab middle relievers since holds count.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      With 4x 1st rounders (arguably the 1-2-3 in Acuna/Soto/Tatis) + Robert, you shouldn’t have to worry about hitting for a while. Like, a generation.

      That hitting looks good for an 8-team league.

  83. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Don’t look now, but after 1 inning, Bieber has an 18.00 ERA and 3.00 WHIP.

    Good times! Happy baseball everyone.

    Jolt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him so…well…

  84. Eddie says:
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    Pumped for opening day. Thanks for all you do from you and the crew.

    10 team Wins saves Era WHIP K/BB K/9 QS league

    Current Roster is
    Sp-Castilllo
    Sp-Bundy
    Rp-Jansen
    RP- Diekman
    P- Wittigren
    P- Bassit
    P-Means
    Pomeranz
    Snell
    Paddack
    Mahle
    Paxton

    Thinking about adding Skubal Would you drop any of these guys for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

  85. Lucky Sog says:
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    Like the Rays situation, I don’t get Senien as a lead-off bat. He makes more sense than Yoshi, but not by much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s solid contact guy, don’t agree

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Semien that is

        But Springer will replace him

        • toolshed says:
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          Not sure what antone’s role will be and where he sits in pecking order while in the pen. I play in a s+h league. Would you rather own antone or soto from Det for s+h. Soto looks like the closer in Det. They qualify at sp. Ratios are important too. A bad team doesn’t mean there won’t be saves so I don’t mind owning a rp on bad team as long as the other pitch stats are good. Thanks

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Antone

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          Yeah, you’re probaby right on both counts – I just have this gut feeling about him this year.

          That said, you’re spot on about Springer, if/when his oblique settles down. God I hate that injury for any of my hitters. They can rehab for months, come back & jack it up again on 1 swing.

          Don’t look now, Fried is settling down. That was a naaaaassssty curveball.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah

            • Lucky Dog says:
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              Have I mentioned I hate Bill Miller? Harper K’s twice at the bottom of the zone & Miller calls both balls, despite that being a strike earlier in the AB.

              And maybe his name is spelled Mueller, but I hate him too much to GIS if I’m spelling it wrong.

              • Lucky Dog says:
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                Maybe it was Realmuto. Mueller still sucks.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

  86. toolshed says:
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    Not sure what antone’s role will be and where he sits in pecking order while in the pen. I play in a s+h league. Would you rather own antone or soto from Det for s+h. Soto looks like the closer in Det. They qualify at sp. Ratios are important too. A bad team doesn’t mean there won’t be saves so I don’t mind owning a rp on bad team as long as the other pitch stats are good. Thanks

  87. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ke’bombin!

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      Gonna be a fun guy to watch

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        My most owned player

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ke’HRyan!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Missed him by 1 pick. D’oh!

  88. OaktownSteve says:
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    Donaldson didn’t even make it to the bottom of the first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know, he’s a 85-game player at this point

  89. Dancin Homer says:
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    HAPPY OPENING DAY GREY!!!!

    Just heard Alex Reyes will be the closer in STL over Hicks (expletive). Is Hicks still worth holding onto in non-holds leagues?

    Also, have room for 1 IL spot, who do I stash, who gets dropped:
    – Framber Valdez
    – Luis Severino

    Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAPPY OPENING DAY DANCIN HOMER

      Can lose Hicks in shallower leagues…. Severino

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        thanks for the advice; do you like A. Reyes or Taylor Rogers better for saves now?

        .. and just got the alert Lamet hit the IL today… I now have 3x IL slots with the following guys all on the IL. Damn terrible drafting apparently:

        – Springer
        – Lewis
        – Lamet
        – Valdez
        – Severino

        so, i’ll either need to stash 1-2 on my bench for a bit or cut loose.

        at least we have real baseball!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reyes

          Yup!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Just swooped him for Fairbanks. Thanks for the tip! I hated having to play best guess with TB closers.

  90. Play Ball says:
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    Which side – Teoscar or Dansby?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dansby

  91. Richard says:
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    Ginkel Soria or crorchton with most D’Back saved?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soria

  92. Stl Squat Cobblers says:
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    Not sure what the over/under on Donaldson getting hurt was, but…whoever had Game 1 wins!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  93. mcstarrs says:
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    Hey dad.

    Your Mondesi Lovin, SP Puntin, Son of a gun reporting.

    I have been balls deep in fantasy hoops, trying to catch up to baseball. Would you recommend having a balanced attack with pitching? Or a focused attack either going for Ws & Ks, or Saves, ERA & WHIP?

    I love strategy talk, if you couldnt tell already.

      • mcstarrs says:
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        I’m confused. Is there an article that talks about pitching strategy that I missed?

        • mcstarrs says:
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          This is for a 12 team, 5×5 categories standard yahoo public league.

            • mcstarrs says:
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              woof nevermind, my apologies if i’ve offended you in some way

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No offense, you’re just asking me to go over 3 months of material

                • mcstarrs says:
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                  Heard, I need to work on my communication. Will try to ask better questions in the future.

  94. toolshed says:
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    Nothing like having your whip and era destroyed in one inning by your best pitcher. Luis Castillo. Oh boy. Btw, Suarez not look at that smooth at SS.

    • toolshed says:
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      Not looking all that smooth

      • hondo says:
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        What is their backup plan?Cause he really sucks.

        • toolshed says:
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          He just had another throwing error that led to a run since goldy took 2nd base.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Suarez sucks

  95. Richard Scott Olcott says:
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    Happy Opening Day, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too!

  96. SteveNZ says:
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    Pitching pillow-fight going on in KC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lots of feathers

      • SteveNZ says:
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        Naturally my boy Dozier is the only Royal not to reach base so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Stevebermetrics!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              Hosmer unaffected so far though!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  Just the eight stranded by Dozier today.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

  97. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    First saves of the year go to Gregory Soto and Julian Merryweather. Just like we expected.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto looks yuck

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        That bullpen is a mess. As are many bullpens, to be fair.

        Doesn’t look quite as bad as the Reds defense though. Oof. What’s worse – Suarez at SS or the Indians trying to shoehorn Rosario in CF?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Suarez has to move back

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            Curt and definitive. Are you a Castillo owner? But yes, I agree. It was a stupid idea to begin with. Should’ve just kept Iglesias from a couple of years ago.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am in a league or two, I think…It’s super early, I’m trying not to panic, but Suarez made an error in every inning, so that’s not great

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                It’s hard to see this experiment lasting too much longer. Might be better to try India at SS. That at least has a chance of working.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take that at this point, and I don’t know anything about his defensive abilities, but Eugenio just can’t

  98. birrrdy! says:
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    BREAKING NEWS: Angels trade Steve Cishek to Pirates for Kyle Crick to make Grey’s DNA joke even more appropo.

    • birrrdy~ says:
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      err, I mean apropros.

      Crick and Watson just sent me a nasty text re: spellchecking.

      Happy Opening Day all!

      (and boo the Nats for ruining my Scherzer-DeGrom starts today)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, but you take what you can get

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, fingers crossed

  99. SteveNZ says:
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    Wait, so Bellinger was robbed of a homer by… Turner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s what I’m hearing

    • birrrdy! says:
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      Any time you pass the runner in front of you, I think it has to be your fault…

      So Bellinger robbed of homer by… Bellinger!

  100. letsgobravos says:
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    Rough start for the lower end aces I drafted in the 4th-5th rounds. Castillo, Woodruff and Flaherty have all been varying degrees of trash.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      Castillo’s fastball was extremely hittable today. Wasn’t fooling the Cards or missing bats at all. The Reds defense looks like garbage too. I’d be a bit concerned with him. Not so much with Woodruff or Flaherty though. Just mediocre starts in less than ideal matchups.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        Thanks for the heads up. I was watching the Dodgers/Rockies. Castillo fell to me in the 4th in the late 30s. Thought I was getting a steal there so hopefully he won’t turn out to be a dud this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not great

      • William Hung says:
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        The weather may have been a factor

  101. letsgobravos says:
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    Colome with the blown save after Rogers pitched a clean 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • letsgobravos says:
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        How short of a leash do you think Colome will have in the closer role?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A few weeks maybe, he was signed to close

  102. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Gr~ey,

    Happy Opening Day!

    1) Could you pick your top 3 out of these for the week?
    Tarik Skubal, David Peterson, Adbert Alzolay, JT Brubaker, Anthony DeSclafani

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at their matchups

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        Word, I did make a list from the Streamonator, I hear what you’re saying *thumb’s up*

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        Word, I did make a list from the Streamonator, I hear what you’re saying *thumb’s up*

  103. letsgobravos says:
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    Ended up with Ketel Marte at 2b on all 4 of my teams thanks to Grey having him well ahead of ADP in the top 500. 4/4 with a homer is a nice way to kick off the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love him!

  104. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Reyes or Pagan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes

  105. Joe Shmoe says:
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    My adds for Sat: M. Cabrera, Owings, A. Cabrera (my opening day batty call! yes!), M. Taylor, TShaw. (This list keeps getting longer…)

    Seriously, maybe there is a correlation between these older pitchers who don’t have high heat who know how to use what they have to succeed, to some of these older hitters who keep on keeping?

    BTW, I am panicking and dropping all my picks…They were all a mistake.

    Opening Day! Yes!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha — Except Bumgarner

  106. ERad says:
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    Would’ve been nice if someone would’ve told us Freddy Peralta was gonna pitch today!

    Come on Counsel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  107. Rick Brown says:
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    Any idea why Freddy Peralta was pitching out of the pen today? 2 innings,6 k’s! But I bet most people had him on their bench,like me!
    Diego gets the first save for Tampa and looked good doing it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly needed work

  108. Lucky Dog says:
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    08:00 AM, “Happy opening day! What a glorious day it is for baseball, love is in the air and hope springs eternal!”

    4:00 PM, “I hate this F’n game. Stupid Darvish with 2-2 coins with a 5 run lead 1 out from a W & he does that?! GAH!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly

  109. Lucky Dog says:
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    *count

    Ya know whatV F it. Tomorrow is a brand new day. At least Alfaro swiped a bag & Meadows hit a tater.
    :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Owings stole two, haha

      • captain obvious says:
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        Yeah, watching the end we (Rockies) just won but of course they played that bum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bard, tho

          • SteveNZ says:
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            Made it interesting (greiited teeth emoji). Though if Gameday is to be believed he was throwing some serious smoke…

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              Bard hung a slider to Muncy for a lead triple. Taylor I think had a real good at bat drew a walk on close pitches. He hit Smith on a pitch that was barely inside. Smith let it hit him on the elbow guard. Bard looked pretty good. Triple digit heat. The slider was effective against righties. Got Mookie to end it

          • captain obvious says:
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            Yeah that was getting out of but like Oaktown said…. Who am I kidding? I’m going to try to find someone else on all teams with him.

  110. The talented mr. dope man says:
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    how much would you bid on Ian Kennedy in a 12 tm al only? My only other reliver is hendriks

    $270 FAAB budget

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need him huh? Maybe $16

  111. Crazy J says:
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    Yeah Boooooyd!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  112. OaktownSteve says:
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    Holland is not good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, was just watching that…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        I added Wade Davis in RCL almost immediately. He looked pretty good. Good velocity, sharp slider.

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Might as well get the first one of the year out of the way… I hate F’n closers!

  113. SteveNZ says:
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    I just had a nap (for reals) and woke up and saw that Longoria and Posey had homered and now I don’t know what year it is.

  114. letsgobravos says:
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    Lou Bob coming through already with a run and a steal!

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      Not wild about him hitting 7th, but yeah. Garcia should be behind him, at least. But love the speed.

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