*takes a long inhale*  “You smell that, Roberta?  You, with the yellow-stained armpits and sweatpants, I’m calling you Roberta.  That’s baseball you smell.  In its infinite complexity and finite simplicity.  The foul lines whiter than any Lohan mirror.  The grass?  Manicured better than any Vietnamese lady could.  The object of the game?  Accumulate the most stats so I win my fantasy league.  Simple, yet complex.  Like trying to understand Jeff Foxworthy’s appeal.  From today forward, this is our Independence Day (from all that other shizz in our life).”  The preceding was Bill Pullman visiting the set of Field of Dreams.  To that end, Roberta and your long-flowing sideburns, if the idea is to win saves, that difficulty intensifies when you draft Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson becomes the closer.  That’s funny, because the Astros beat writer the other day said GILES IS THE CLOSER.  Caps his, not mine.  I know how to shut off my caps lock.  So, now that GILES IS THE SETUP MAN, I would GRAB Gregerson in EVERY league, though, if it’s competitive, he’s likely GONE by NOW.  No idea why Giles is NOT the CLOSER.  My GUESS is the Astros went OUT and GOT Giles withOUT their manager, A.J. Hinch, agreeing, so Hinch IS now BEING petulANT.  I’d prefer if he were petulANT with A closER I DO NOT OWN.  Hey, it looks like I’m typing this on a busted Smith-Corona.  Fun.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Garza – Won’t start on Wednesday.  The bad news for Brewers fans is he may start a game later in the season.

Domingo Santana – 2-for-5, 1 run as he hit leadoff.  The other day I said to my maid, “Graciela, if I wasn’t married, I would tryst it up with you.”  Graciela said, “Que?”  I said, “You make every day feel like a Sunday.”  Graciela said, “Domingo?”  I replied, “I love him too.  You follow baseball?”  Then we shared a glance.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-3 and his 1st home run.  You looking at the Brewers offense, “They’re really not that bad of a team.”  You looking at their pitching, “If they can win a lot of 11-10 games.”

Wily Peralta – 4 IP, 4 ER.  Fo’realsies, no Brewers pitcher could have an ERA under 4.50 ERA this year.  I still believe in a place called hope with Jimmy Nelson, but even he’s Iffy Pop.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-3 and his 1st home run.  Not saying this because I own him in one of my more important leagues, and am not saying this because I just bought 1,000 shares of Vespa stock, but I like Scooter.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks as he pitched with the flu.  It looked more like the balls had the flew!  Amiright?!

Matt Duffy – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Duffy was a weird one this preseason.  I didn’t think I loved him that much, but I ranked him on average about 50 spots before others, so you should be the recipient of that.

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Oh, and this guy I ranked about 100 spots before everyone else.  Belt or Bust!  Which is different than Billy Butler, which is bust touching belt.

Denard Span – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Just who I was expecting power from.  Now, c’mon, Chris Carter, steal a base!

Tommy Pham – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  Is it me or do you want to spell his name Thommy Pam?  Meh, it’s prolly me because no one else actually spells his name except for him.

Aledmys Diaz – Recalled to help man the Cardinals’ hole at short.  It’ll never fill the hole in their heart, only Jack Buck, Stan Musial, Darryl Kile, Oscar Taveras–Damn, the Cardinals are bumming me out.

Robert Stephenson – Will start on Thursday for the Reds.  I would’ve thought Robert Stephenson would’ve been a Pirate.  Or a totally normal doctor by day and a psychopath at night.  Though, I guess the latter could be true.  Who knows with white guys?!  I already gave you my Robert Stephenson fantasy.  I wrote it five months ago, but it’s still accurate.  Prescient, snitches!

Raisel Iglesias – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Looked like Aroldis on the mound, only when Raisel was throwing bullets, it was with his arm.  I watched the better part of this game, and Raisel looked like he could be every bit of the ace I imagined in the preseason.  Church!

Zack Cozart – 3-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI as he hit leadoff.  I go over Cozart in today’s podcast.  Stay tuned!  Or not.  Your choice.

Dalier Hinojosa – Phils manager, Pete Macktheknife, said that the closer could be one of five guys to open the season.  I love Macktheknife’s enthusiasm, but for the Phils to use five closers, it would mean they A) Have five relievers.  B) Have five games in which they lead.  C) There’s no C.  D) David Hernandez gave up three earned runs yesterday as he blew the save and is not likely to get the next save chance.  E) Learn how to spell Dalier Hinojosa.  F) me for not grabbing Dalier in more leagues for a cheap closer.  G) Cheap closer in French is Dalier.

Mark Trumbo – 4-for-5 and his 1st steal.  Great, now I just need to get power from Denard Span.  Hey, wait a minute!

Rougned Odor – 0-for-3, 1 run and his 1st steal.  Odor stealing bases stinks so good.  I’m gonna call him Lavender Odor.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks.  This matchup was billed by most major leaguers as F-Her vs. F-Him.  “I think Hamels is a good guy.”  That was Jonathan Papelbon, the lone voice in favor of Hamels.

Robinson Cano – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  Between this guy and Tulo, you can set your watch by when I’m gonna tell you to sell them in June.  Assuming you have a watch with a little hand that reads “Sell Cano” and a big hand that reads “Sell Tulo.”

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Seager’s likelihood to have 25 to 26 homers and between a .266 and .268 average is about 99.9%.

Drew Smyly – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Fifteen minute ump delay followed by Smyly getting crushed by a lefty.  Unrelated?  Please.  It was a tough matchup and Smyly’s lack of baserunners say I’m still buying.  I’m Buyly!  Hmm, needs work.

Danny Farquhar – 1 IP, 0 ER, and came into the 6th inning in a losing game.  That doesn’t scream Farquhar’s the closer.  It doesn’t even whisper it with dragon breath.  The hold on Colome got stronger.

Steven Souza – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  Play that funky music, Souza!

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-4, 1 run, one steal and his 1st decent game in three years.  Someone has to come out of nowhere and be a hot schmotato.  Still too early to say it’s Jennings, but he’s on the right path.

Michael Saunders – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st home run.  I have Saunders on one team.  I loved him last year; I liked that he looked good in the spring.  Still, he’s in a one-week-at-a-time holding pattern on my team.  This homer bought him his 2nd week on my team.

Josh Thole – 1-for-4 and his 1st home run.  Thole?  I thought he was just a writer for this site with a mancrush on Domonic Brown.

Tyson Ross – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  I’ll chalk it up to a bad outing, but a few more and Ross may become a chalk outline on my teams.

Chase Utley – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and one slide into home that didn’t cause any rule changes.  Everyone on the Dodgers gets a hit in a 15-0 drubbing and Utley is the guy I mention?  Well, as you’ll see, I tend to talk about guys that aren’t owned.  Adrian Gonzalez (3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) had a great game, but where is he not owned?  3-team leagues?  Utley hit leadoff yesterday, and could get a week or two of games while Kendrick is out.

Carl Crawford – 1-for-3, 1 run.  Establishing himself on the strong side of the left field platoon while Ethier’s out.  Establishing shot of Crawford’s bathroom sink:  Metamucil, fiber pills, a picture of Ethier’s leg with an X thru it.  Crawford evilly rubs his hands together.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Padres.  Lincecum would’ve no hit them.  Cust kayin’.

Zack Greinke – 4 IP, 7 ER vs. the Rockies.  This game wasn’t in Coors, which doesn’t matter for Arizona.  Chase The Pitcher Field is nearly as bad.  As I said repeatedly this preseason, it was not a year to get back in on Greinke.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his first homer.  He’s a baaaaaaaaahd man.

Jean Segura – 2-for-5, 1 run, which comes out of a spring when he hit over .500.  I’ve been a fan of Segura for a while with mixed results on my fandom.  Hitting leadoff in a great stadium with a solid team behind him?  Wouldn’t shock me if we see the Segura again that was the best shortstop in baseball.

Trevor Story – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and two home runs.  The last story with that many dongs and cruelty to the mound was Fifty Shades of Me.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st home run.  CarGo then sent the Vine of his home run to the Indians, titling the message, “Does Salazar, Carrasco or Kluber want offense?”

Gerardo Parra – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 1st steal.  Remind me again why I didn’t just draft all Rockies hitters.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st home run.  Even though last year I drafted him in the 2nd round and this year the first, it’s not as rewarding.  Why is that?  Where’s my Psych 101 terms when I need them?

Ben Revere – Day-to-day with a rib cage injury.  Dusty Baker said the injury wasn’t serious and that Revere could “probably throw 12 innings if we needed it.”  Michael Taylor would be the add if Revere is out a while, and a pretty sexy add at that.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3 and the first slam & legs of the season.  Is it 2029 yet so he can be overrated?

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Murphy added, “That’s a home run not a homosexual.”

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-5 and a caught stealing.  I know, whoopie-doo, but Rendon attempting a steal in the first game is a great sign.  Fun Fact!  Whoopie-doo is Shin-Soo Choo’s brother’s name.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks as he gave homers to Freddie Freeman (1-for-3) and Adonis Garcia (1-for-3, 2 RBIs).  Apparently, Scherzer missed the memo to avoid pitching to those two guys and focus on the other seven.  Hmm, do I pitch to Markakis who has, like, five homers in his last 12,000 at-bats or pitch to the guy with power?

Jason Grilli – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Fredi Gonzalez, the breaker of bullpen arms, said Arodys Vizcaino is his number one closer option, which, of course, is why he sent Grilli out there for the save in the ninth.  I own Vizcaino in a few leagues and Grilli nowhere, so I hope Fredo doesn’t turn on the SAGNOF family.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Could be his last season in the majors since Trump has said he will ban all Muslims and people with Muslimy-sounding last names.

Dexter Fowler – 3-for-4, 3 runs.  You ever get to about a game into the season and think to yourself, “Why didn’t I like that guy more in the preseason?”  Fowler always seems to elicit that response in me.

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  108 years down, 5 months and 30 days to go…

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  The Cubs hitters were impressed with Richards’s improved velocity.  When he was chased from the game, he went real fast.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His ERA last April was 5.32.  His three-average ERA in April is 3.84.  Sales heat up around Memorial Day.

Felix Doubront – Hit the DL with an elbow sprain.  Only a matter of time until Jesse Hahn returns.  “Oh goodie.”  Take it easy, Jim Bakker.

Rich Hill – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Don’t worry, if he reaches his seven-year-average for innings pitched in a year, he still has a good 34 innings in him.

Sonny Gray – Could potentially start today after being scratched yesterday with food poisoning.  For what it’s worth, Gray’s ability to keep it down did him no good with the seafood stew.

 
  1. Steve says:
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    Drop Hernandez or hold and see if he recovers with another save chance later this week?

    Other options:

    Soria
    Romo
    N Jones
    Herrera

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Steve: still better than those if saves are what is wanted.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    MLB is back! What a rush!

    a. In a seasonal H2H points league, who has more value this year?

    1. Doolittle
    2. Gregerson

    b. Here’s hoping Dalier gets the next save for the Phils (could be potentially in 3 or 4 weeks even though I think they could be better this year) and runs with the CL job. I need a lot of good luck in my RCL.

    c. Am with you on trading Tulo by June 1! I have him and am already trying to engineer something. Will depend on his health and stats on or around May 20 (aka roughly 50 games played). Gonna gone for a top pitcher and add something off the waiver wire.

    d. On MadBum, he battled. He was finished up the 4th and 5th more efficiently and think he’ll do better in his next start.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Doolittle B. Agreed C. Yup D. Yeah E. What happened with CSI?

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        Wow! Nothing gets passed you, huh?

        Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (April 4)

        Tripp: ‘It’s a mob hit, Horatio.’
        Horatio: ‘Yes, and we (queue the sunglasses) are going to hit back.’

        Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (April 5)

        Tripp: ‘The verdict is already in, Horatio.’
        Horatio: ‘The verdict is in Frank, but the jury (queue the sunglasses) is out.’

        There, all caught up! Thank you for caring.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Didn’t think you could drop the ball!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Ha! Thanks, jefe!

            a. Been fighting a bout of depression mixed with sadness but now MUCH better. I thought I screwed up our Bosch soft close stove (which is only something of material value). Ended up okay, i.e., stove is okay.

            b. I have a problem. I have good intentions and a good heart, but that’s not enough. Outcomes and results are more important and it’s missing in my repertoire. I’ve been scouring the web for self-help in this regard. Any and everything you know about the subject would be great.

            c. Long story short, my father was a shepherd, his father and his grandfather too. Me? I was born in a concrete jungle and wish I was a shepherd. Unfortch, am just a baller. How to sons of shepherds cope better?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. Glad to hear your stove is okay, I was praying for it B. Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People C. What does your shepherd dad think of Jake Lamb?

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: Haha! Has no clue. He is the anti-Christ of sports except the national soccer team and hockey. Everything else is for the birds. I guess he’d like him if he were a baller. Why not?

                Thanks for the book idea. I have it some where, never read it. Am on it like herpes and the clap.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “For the birds” is classic dad talk

  3. newbvick says:
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    start martin perez v.s. SEA in a 20 team h2h league?

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @newbvick: 20 team? I’d say hell ya. I’m starting him in a 12 team just for shiz and giggz. Love that little Venezuelan bundle of joy

  4. Darreillo says:
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    How much do you like Vizcaino?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Darreillo: ALOT! Just needs the opportunity to close. If you play in a deeper rotisserie he should be owned for his K/9 and ratios alone.

  5. Gareth-come-lately says:
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    “I think Hamels is a good guy.”

    True story time. After Hamels was outduelled by Matt Cain in game 3 of the 2010 NLCS at AT&T Park to give the Giants a 2-1 series lead, a buddy and I retired for refreshments to a hotel bar.

    A while later I saw a guy who looked like that afternoon’s starting pitcher at the bar. Lo and behold, it was indeed Hamels. I got chatting with him and he could not have been nicer in a goofy teenager sort of way. He was a sweet guy, but a bit dumb and a bit odd. Kicker is that I bought him a Jack. Why am I buying the guy with a gajillion dollar contract a drink? An enduring mystery.

    • Moneyball says:
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      @Gareth-come-lately:
      You didn’t have to stop the story there but we can read between the lines.
      Hamels pitched twice that night and you’re telling us you got to be a catcher.
      So… how was he?

      • de nachos says:
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        @Moneyball: If I saw Cole Hamels in a bar I might go full Ben Stiller on Don Henley, too. The H…is O.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Moneyball: Hah! I would totally receive some heat from the left side coming out of ole Rustin Cohle Hamels *swoon*

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with holds and relief appearances and relief wins and K/9. team is based around TEX (and glad i grabbed diekman earlier today as last RP, he went ahead of dyson, and even kela today).
    giles/tolleson/diekman/robles/kela/salas/hatcher. drop anybody for farq, recently dropped?

    2. 12 teamer redraft, it appears grilli already lost his job, stick with him or grab one of: jumbo, madson, romo, farq, quack, maurer, hino. i have allen/osuna/casilla/grilli
    this looks like time to pull a hino.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I’m in a similar situation with an almost all Texas team in a 15 team AL only dynasty with saves+holds. Hold on to Diek! Bannister is gonna use him anytime he’s scared of a lefty (in this case, Cano who had homered earlier)

  7. Like Jordans on Tuesday says:
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    Joined a league that was thrown together quickly…

    7×7 (usual stats) plus total bases, OBP, holds, and K/Walks IP ratio

    Ideas on roster management for this team? Should I drop Park on my bench? Other thoughts are stream the “nola” position? Depending on my opponent, I may need to grab holds or other pitching categories

    C- realmuto
    1b – abreu
    2b – odor
    3b – donaldson
    ss – seager
    OF – marte, yelich, dickerson
    Util – puljos
    Uitl – castro
    bench – deshields, piscotty, and b. park
    SP – cole, carassco, matz, rodon, walker, ventura, nola
    RP – robertson, f. rod, rodney, o’day (holds)

    Free agents are Nicasio, colome, heaney, aaron sanchez
    thanks!

    • Like Jordans on Tuesday says:
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      12 teams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Like Jordans on Tuesday: You can lose Park, you can stream Nola, you need to matchup to your opponent, team looks fine for now

  8. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Would you start Sanchez versus the Rays today or just keep him on the bench? Shallow 10 team league. Actually going to the game today and I have both Sanchez and Odorizzi in different leagues. Should be nerve wrecking!

    • Hawk says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      If you’re not starting Sanchez against the Rays then why is he on your roster at all?

  9. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    12 team dynasty keep forever, 6th with ops the added category. Which side?
    Iglesias, Rendon, and Mazara or Jup and Solarte. Thanks and I enjoy the daily round ups.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Cram It: Mazara is gonna be a perennial MVP

        • Cram It says:
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          @Old School Brother: That’s what I’m being led to believe. You’re the Texas guy. What about Brinson? Seems like a 20/20 Michael Brantley type?

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Cram It: Everyone is really high on Brinson too, although i think his biggest contribution will be his CF defense. He does have the speed for 20/20, and had a great spring. Rangers are so stacked with minor league outfielders that he’s starting the year in AA, but he should be ready by September. Now if we could only dump Choo and roll with DeShizz in left Brinson in Center and Mazara and right

            • Cram It says:
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              @Old School Brother: Yeah they’re doing some good things over there. By the time that young offense comes together though, they might have no pitching to support it.

              • Old School Brother says:
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                @Cram It: Gonna be a sad day in Arlington if Yu signs a mega deal somewhere else

  10. EazyE says:
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    Poetic, as USUAL young G.
    I’m EazyE I got pitchers galore, you might have bad pitchers, but I got much more….
    I’m starting to worry about Tyson Ross… I had enough of this crap last year! Think he can turn this around?
    Also, what are the odds Porcello turns out around? I was forced to take him in a trade list seasom, but I can drop him now.
    I’m in a 12 team h2h points league, thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EazyE: Thanks! I like the flyer on Porcello, but real short leash

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    Wow what an opening day! Story mollywhopping Grienke like that, my goodness. Looks like there’s another quality shortstop in town, gah I never got him anywhere!

    Murphy doing what I expected, he changed to become a power hitter last year, I fully expect 20+ bombs this year so lucky me.

    Start Stephenson on thursday against the fightless Phils in a 12 teamer? Same league is Rickard even worth a look as a hot schmo?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Swfcdan: Murph will not hit 20 HR’s.

      Sure, start Stephenson.

      Sure, look at him. Anyone hitting is worth it.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Cram It: You got a bet Cram if you’re still reading this. What we betting?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      If you’re carrying a pitcher and not starting them vs. the Philles, why are you carrying them at all? I’m starting every pitcher I carry against:
      Phillies
      Rays
      Braves
      Reds
      Padres

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’d wait and see on Stephenson and Rickard in 12 team leagues

  12. Tigres says:
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    Baseball is back YAY! I had Hernandez as a RP yesterday. Less yay. 8th inning + ineffective = dropped already. Oh, and btw, TREVOR STORY! Looking forward to all the recaps this yr Grey!

  13. Bringdaruckus says:
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    Do you like Segura better than Ketel Marte and Trevor Story ROS? Fowler over Priscotty and Alex Gordon? Thx!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Bringdaruckus:

      Story, Segura, Marte in that order for me

    • Moneyball says:
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      @Bringdaruckus: What is this… amateur hour?!?

      Me quoting me from Magoo’s Treasure/Trash post:
      “Some of these questions be crazy!!! Jose Reyes isn’t in the picture at all right now. You don’t trade a Rockies Shortstop for some crummy closer or go with Jean Segura or Brandon Crawford or Stalin Castro over him. You’ll see.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bringdaruckus: Story over them, Fowler and Piscotty are a toss up right now, Fowler will likely end up being more valuable

  14. Fantasy Newb says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I’m in a H2H points league, where we award 2 points for putouts (although -2.5 for errors). Am I wrong that this makes first baseman insanely more valuable? For example, Chris Davis would’ve had 2 points yesterday, but he had 8 putouts so he ended with 16 points. I have a 1B slot, a 1B/3B slot, and a UTL slot, should they all be filled with first basemen? Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: That’s stupid scoring. But sure, why wouldn’t you?

  15. Ryan T Swizzle says:
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    Lavender Odor ?? that might stick.

    Couple of questions, do I need both Marte and Starlin? Segura is also available people seemed scared of him.
    Pick 2 from Maeda, Ventura, Lackey, Shields, Gio, Zimmerman <—- season long. We have a max for drafted SP's so the first few weeks everyone scrambles to set up their starters. 10 starts a week.

    Thanks always great!

  16. Robert says:
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    So you were saying arrieta was a bust???? You are like the only man on earth that said that

    • Donslaughtonslaught says:
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      @Robert: you showed him! It was truly a great 2016 season that wrapped up yesterday.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Donslaughtonslaught: Plano East High School mothaaaaa Arrieta is god

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert: I never said that

    • Scott says:
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      @Robert: Don’t be putting words in his mouth, um article, whatever.

  17. ebudz says:
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    10 team ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Posey
    (1) 1B: Abreu
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Correa
    (1) 3B: Seager
    (3) OF: Trout, J.D. Martinez, K. Davis
    (1) UT: DeShields
    Bench: (n/a)

    (1) DL: Brantley

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Matz, Rodon, Walker
    (3) RP: K. Jansen, Familia, Gregerson
    Bench: (R. Iglesias, Odorizzi, Corbin, Ventura, Severino)

    Is it too much of an overreaction to drop Khris Davis for Story? Or make any other moves for that matter?

    Available Bats: Story, Ozuna, Myers, Murphy…

    • Cram It says:
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      @ebudz: I think it’s an overreaction. Hold.

    • bigbear says:
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      @ebudz: I would drop Davis for Story. Then shop Story and player X for an upgrade elsewhere.

    • Moneyball says:
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      @ebudz: Has to be a fake league if Story is sitting on waivers.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Moneyball: No, it’s probably a standard FREE league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: I’d try Story over Davis

    • ebudz says:
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      @ebudz: Thanks, I appreciate all the input dudes! I figure Davis probably won’t get picked up by anyone anytime soon so I quickly grabbed Story. I almost picked up Story a week ago and was surprised he was never picked up! My league obviously isn’t the brightest bunch and thankfully no one in my league reads Razzball! And believe it or not, this is a paid league… only $25 buy in but I’m going for my 2nd consecutive title in this 2nd annual keeper league.

  18. Low Energy Jeb! says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up once again… you’re a funny guy just like me! Please clap…Any how, just drafted in my 10 team H2H Category League and looking for your approval…

    C-JT Realmuto
    1B-Albert Pujols
    3B-Kris Bryant
    CI-Eric Hosmer
    2B-Schoop
    SS-Addison Russell
    MI-Brett Lawrie
    OF-Giancarlo Stanton
    OF-J.D. Martinez
    OF-Starling Marte
    OF-Gregory Polanco
    OF-David Peralta
    UT-DeShizz!
    BN-Piscotty, Semien
    SP-Strasburg
    SP-Jose Fernandez
    SP-Wainwright
    SP-Patrick Corbin
    SP-Carlos Rodon
    SP-Lance McCullers (DL)
    RP-Roberto Osuna
    RP-Papelbon
    RP-Brad Ziegler
    RP-Jason Grilli

    What do you think Grey, does it at least merit a painfully awkward high five? Also, Castellanos and Ozuna available on waivers, worth a pick-up over any of these?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Low Energy Jeb!: I’d awkwardly high five the hell out of that…Ozuna over Piscotty

  19. Jason says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you prefer Fowler or Choo in a dynasty league with the following categories:

    R H HR RBI BB K SB AVG OPS TB

    I need a CF since AJ Pollock got hurt and I’m looking to acquire a new CF…go for Fowler or stand pat with Choo?

  20. papasmurf says:
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    Fowler really slipped in my draft. I took Eaton more than 100 spots before Fowler finally got taken after he signed with CHC… Smurf regrets. Yep, first world probs.

  21. Sayzar says:
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    Am I crazy for dropping Yelich in a 10-team mixed for pitching? He’s a bench piece that I won’t use unless someone gets hurt. Other bench bats are Delino and C Hernandez, who I’m wanting to hold as my Story back-up.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Sayzar: Yelich over Hernandez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sayzar: Agree with Chicken

  22. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    A lot of people don’t know this, but “Correa” means “Belt” in Spanish. So, you know, it’s probably no coincidence that Brandon Belt is going to have a big year.

  23. bigbear says:
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    Thanks Grey for the hard work you put into this site/community!

    I watched the O’s/Twins game yesterday and have a few fantasy takeaways… I’m not saying run out and grab him, but Chris Tillman had 5K’s in a row in 2 IP before getting pulled after the rain delay. And Adam Jones batted second, while Davis batted third. Buck said he wanted to get Davis some more AB’s, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Davis stick in the 3 hole. If Rickard can continue to hit, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him hit #1, Machado #2, and Jones batting 4th or 5th. JJ Hardy seems like his back is healthier than it’s been in a few years, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see an uptick in power.

    Anyone else have some local news with a fantasy perspective?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I’m watching Rickard closey

  24. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    By moving Trumbo from OF to CI instead of Lind I could add either Burns, Inciarte or Sunday Santana to OF. It’s a 12 teamer with 5 outfielders. Who should I roster of the 4, Lind, Santana, Burns or Inciarte?

    • bigbear says:
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      @I’mgettingsomeHeadley: I think Santana, Burns, or Inciarte are all improvements over Lind. It depends on your needs. Burns for speed. Santana for upside. Inciarte for highest all-around floor. I would probably go with Santana this early in the season.

      • I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  25. Cram It says:
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    Baaaaah!

    • knucks says:
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      @Cram It: Gonna have to lose my streaming spot on my to scoop him up. But I’m not upset about that. Cram, your boy was looking as advertised from Day 1. Nice sleepy pick.

      • Cram It says:
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        @knucks: It’s only one day, but it’s a start!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @Cram It: Baaaahhhh!! Against Rockies Pitching.

          • Cram It says:
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            @The Great Knoche: Hey they play Colorado 20x this year. That’s 20 HR’s right there!

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Cram It: Could be! Didnt realize I never reset lineup in Scout after the first time right after draft. Think Michael Brantley is earning me anything this week?

              • Cram It says:
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                @The Great Knoche: Haha. That’s the worst in a weekly. I didn’t start Story. So we both are experiencing immediate regrets.

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Cram It: Feel much better now!

        • knucks says:
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          @Cram It: Just like the bats he is surrounded by and get ‘that feeling’ about him. Which, through the years, I have learned to take that flier and act on this early in a roto season. I’m sure you can relate to that easily and appreciate you talking him up in here.

          • Cram It says:
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            @knucks: Yeah that offense should be really good. I’d want a piece of it wherever I can.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh, so baaaah. So baaaah it’s good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m baaaaaaah, I’m baaaaaaah, jam on it!

  26. bigbear says:
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    @Jason: Forgot to ask: Byuong Ho Park or Adonis Garcia? 12 Team H2H, standard cats.

  27. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    The Trevor Ending Storyyyyy
    The Trevor Ending Storyyyyy

  28. BravesfanintheUK says:
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    14 team 5×5 roto (OBP). 23 spots.

    First ever win last year (after discovering this site in June…!)

    Late auction draft, team below.

    IF: (Grandal DL)Hundley, Rizzo, Lawrie, Duffy, Correa, Segura, Pujols
    OF: Upton, Polanco, Pillar, Peralta, Polanco, De Shields
    UT: Morales
    Bench: Pillar, Rosario

    SP: Syndegaard, Matz, ShMiller, Severino, Kazmir (Darvish DL)
    RP: Familia, Perkins, Ramos, Grilli…

    2 questions: Is that pitching too light? Any obvious weakness?

    Do I replace Rosario with any of Michael Saunders/ Jorge Soler or Karns/Roark/Berrios. Or hold?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BravesfanintheUK: Yes, the pitching is too light… Saunders…Karns over Kaz

      • BravesfanintheUK says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Fab, thank you kindly!

        Confused why Kazmir ranking seems tone plunging suddenly?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kazmir ended the spring and it seemed like he was hurt

          • BravesfanintheUK says:
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            @Grey: ah ok, thanks. I will monitor closely. Kazmir did well last night, shame I had Shelby Miller to balance out my ratios a bit…..

  29. toneDEAF! says:
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    Hinojosa or Colome?

  30. Zeus says:
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    I have Fowler in every league. The lead off hitter on a top 3 offense in baseball w power and speed? Yeah I’ll take that in round 12. Or for $8 in an auction. Pillar too though with his OBP im worried he might be pulled from lead off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Yup, agreed

  31. Salazar Slytherins says:
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    What do you think of my team? Are there any categories I should be trying to target through free agents or trades?
    12 Team H2H Most Categories 6X6 (Average, OPS, Runs, HRs, RBIs, Steals) (Wins, ERA, WHIP, Ks, SV, QS)

    C: d’Arnaud
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Castro
    SS: Lindor
    3B: Castellanos
    2B/SS: Schoop
    1B/3B: Longoria
    OF: Betts
    OF: Springer
    OF: Gomez
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Khris Davis
    Util: Lamb
    BE: Ozuna
    BE: Shaw

    SPs: Archer, Salazar, Tyson Ross, Hamels, Rodon, Kennedy, Iglesias, Nicasio
    RPs: Perkins, Casilla
    DL: Darvish, Ryu

    I normally only carry one bench hitter, but I have hopes for both Shaw and Lamb, but I’m not confident in Longoria or Castellanos giving me the production I need from my corner infield spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Salazar Slytherins: Team looks good, I think your bench bats are fine for now to platoon and see if one sticks, but at a certain point you’re gonna start falling behind in other categories

  32. Giremelli says:
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    Pick two, Lindor vs price, story vs Shelby Miller, Brito vs hale,Khris Davis vs Quintana

  33. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    S’up brutha Grey! You make my morning bathroom breaks a little brighter (and well worth my legs falling asleep ).

    Would you drop Colome for Hinojosa? No benefits for holds in the league I own Colome.

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Between Giles getting the high-hat and Grilli shizzing the bed on Day One, my scrubs-and-scrubs saves strategy has taken a major hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m holding tight on Dalier and Vizcaino right now, I could be in your shoes by tomorrow… Your shoes are big on me

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: giles wasn’t scrubs ranked closer.

  35. Shin Soo Choo Train says:
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    Which 3 OF to start today from these guys:

    Cespedes
    Span
    Cruz
    Braun
    Granderson

    Bonus question: Would any of the non-starters above be better than starting Hosmer at Utility?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shin Soo Choo Train: If you don’t care who they’re facing….Cespy, Cruz, Braun

    • Cram It says:
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      @Shin Soo Choo Train: If you’re going to have this struggle every day, I’d invest in Hitteron.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Cram It: agree, hittertron is well worth the price of admission

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Shin Soo Choo Train: go the fanduel $10 route, in which you get EVERYTHING for $10, needs to be new account made through razzball link.

  36. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Allen, Tolleson, Vizcaino, Rodney, Colome

    Loaded up on closers late until the dust settles.
    Do you like Hinojosa over anyone?

    Also have an extra roster spot atm.
    Thinking about grabbing a bench bat. Looking for some power.

    Who do you like out of:
    Yasmany Tomas, Adonis Garcia, Michael Saunders, Jake Lamb

    thanks!

    • J says:
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      @J: Throw Domingo Santana and Eduardo Escobar in the mix

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @J: Rather use empty spot for streamers BUT if that’s what you want Domingo.

    • Cram It says:
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      @J: I’d stream the spot, because 3 days from now you’ll just be asking again who you’d rather have on the bench. You shouldn’t be holding the same bench bat all year. I’d roll with Saunders while he’s healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Hold what you have…. Domingo

  37. The Great Knoche says:
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    What a great opening day. Having the Rockies in JBs dynasty is going to be…interesting.

    Other thought…man is the Padres lineup bad, and not just because they faced Kershaw.

  38. Scott says:
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    On Span, thank you for that comment. Catharsis!

  39. Jon says:
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    Sit/start for some of my fringy SPs?

    Nelson vs SF
    Leake @ PIT
    Fiers @ NYY
    Conley @ WAS

    Thanks!

  40. They Might Be Giants says:
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    After the NCAA buzzer beater, I clicked over to the Cubs and Angels. To my surprise I saw Soler and Schwarber in the line up. Thoughts? Hearts? Fade? Would you want Soler over Avisail?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @They Might Be Giants:
      Soler was DH cuz that thing called inter league games

      • de nachos says:
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        @FrankGrimes: Soler is a vs. LP batty call until the Cubs discover that Schwarber is really Joe Blanton.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @de nachos:
          Ha yep. I hate shitburger this year.

  41. Luvdarooks says:
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    NL DEEP– because after 23 starters we have 15 reserves. 11 teams & 10 KEEPERs/year.( $260). SO OBVIOUS HIGH INFLATION. (McCutch went for 41 & Kershaw was 38 in’14)
    Minors stay the salary till activated while all others get a $5/yr raise.

    5 X 5 standard roto

    Need some Pitching & Want to win NOW- Have a 10 Bryant 15 GolDy- 6 Grishuk & 20 russell.
    Should I trade my 10 PEDERSON and a 5 Piscotty For a $2 Story/17 J Fernandez and an 8 Corbin ? ( he also has 10 Matz -R Ray & Eikoff & 15 Familia)
    Is this lopsided-YES? Then what is a beter Trade?

  42. bombsaway says:
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    cozart or neil walker ros?

  43. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo, BB.
    I’ll just be over here resisting the urge to panic. Don’t mind me!

    Richards actually looked okay, hit 99 on the gun a couple times, fooling guys with his secondary stuff. Just lost the strike zone a bit. I’m still buying.

    (locks door, downs bottle of xanax, gets in fetal position).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: All of the players haven’t even played yet, need to chill, Phillie

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Can’t. I’m too High Energy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And I love that about you!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: And I love that you love that!

            BRB, need more coffee

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Grab me some!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey:You got it, bud. Now I just have to figure out how to get it across the country before it gets cold….

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, we should’ve figured that our before you got the coffee

  44. Jon says:
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    Ken Giles was dropped in a shallow league. Would you rather have him over McGee or Perkins?

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Jon:
      not at the moment

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Hold

  45. FrankGrimes says:
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    anybody else experience MLB.tv problems
    on iPad last night?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I always have MLB TV problems at the start of every season. ON IPAD and PS. Last night no exception

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: I’ve never not had a problem with MLB.tv

  46. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Somehow I ended up with 4 solid-elite closers in my 10 team daily lineup h2h home league–usually I just sagnof, but at auction they all went super underpriced (or they were snagged off the wire after that).

    Currently my closers are Jansen, Familia, Gregerson, Miller. Operating under the assumption that I’ll be able to find a SAGNOF eventually, would you trade Jansen for Archer?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, both! Trying Gregerson for Pineda. Might be reaching a little too much, but we’ll see!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Larry David says:
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    I traded Cano and Longoria for Pollock in the off-season because I could. I want everyone to feel sorry for me.

  48. 'Saul Gooood, Man says:
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    Church!

    The early doubles and bomb he gave up were a little scary, but he settled down and looked good overall with that 7:0 K:BB. Let us hope we see an ace transform in front of our eyes.

  49. Steve D. says:
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    Story is sitting on waivers in my league because ESPN got rid of prize-eligible leagues and it’s a crappy free league and more than half the teams are not paying attention. So I might as well beat them while they sleep… I’m only doing ESPN this year because it’s my 20th season doing FLB with them, but I’m likely done after this year.

    That said, who should I drop for Story? All set at SS, but you don’t leave value on the wire. 5×5, redraft.

    C Travis d’Arnaud, NYM
    1B Joey Votto, Cin
    2B Josh Harrison, Pit
    3B Manny Machado, Bal
    SS Troy Tulowitzki, Tor
    2B/SS Corey Seager, LAD
    1B/3B Maikel Franco, Phi
    OF Mookie Betts, Bos
    OF George Springer, Hou
    OF Mark Trumbo, Bal
    OF Gerardo Parra, Col
    OF Joc Pederson, LAD
    UTIL Freddie Freeman, Atl
    Bench Billy Hamilton, Cin
    Bench Jonathan Schoop, Bal

    DL Evan Gattis*, Hou

    And I have JJ Hoover on this team – should I swap him for Gregerson?

  50. Old School Brother says:
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    Odor’s stolen base had my hyphy up in the nosebleeds. Dude behind me was cracking me up, wearing a black wife beater covered in tattoos (one being a red sox B by his eye, another being the red sox socks on his neck). Dude came back with a beer, took a sip, kicked it over. Went back down, waited in the concession line for 30 minutes, then proceeded to kick the new beer over for a second time. winning

  51. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo Yo Grey! Great write up as usual. Its freezing here in NYC so hopefully Springer doesn’t pull a hammy or get frostbite at the Yanks opener. This year, I ride with Springer, and I die with Springer.

    I was a little disappointed in Belt’s ticker-tease yesterday. 12 runs and he only had an RBI. Still a very good day out of hime, but I want more, more , more. And Bumgarner got so damn lucky to get our of that first inning with only allowing a single run.

    Question, am I an idiot for holding onto Snell & Glasnow on my team? My pitching is awful (Rodon, Upside Down Smyly, Severino, Fiers, V Velasquez, AaSanchez, and Pomeranz), should I drop one or both of these shiny twinkling stars full of wishes and hopes, for someone like a Hinojosa or some MR pitchers to pad K’s and maybe ERA/WHIP?

    • Cram It says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: Your K’s should be fine. If you want to, grab a good ratio MR, if you don’t need saves. I don’t think Snell or Glasnow can save that rotation.

  52. Eric says:
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    ROS: Drop J Harrison for J Pillar?

    Rank order ROS: Karns, Velasquez, Pomerarz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Sure… Velasquez, Karns

  53. JoeG414 says:
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    Batty Call today at 2b.
    Utley vs Shields
    or
    Marwin Gonzalez vs Tanaka

  54. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Neither…….Marwin

  55. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you think Giles will become the closer this season?

    Or Ok to drop?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Yeah, he should

  56. Rising Son says:
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    Always a great read! I have too many hitters on my bench, would you drop Para, Pence, or Grichuck for Cashner or J Ross? (Have Harper and Puig. 3 OF spots 12tm h2h with ops)

    Thanks!

  57. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    anybody throwing :

    Martin Perez v Seattle @ Texas
    Michael Wacha v St. Louis @ Pittsburgh

  58. Munnyshooter says:
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    Drop Herrera for Michael Taylor?
    6×6 roto w/ OPS
    Thanks

  59. Joe says:
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    Should I make the following offer in a 12-team, h2h, 5×5 non keeper? (Would you tweak it in some way?) Is it realistic? My opponent has Beltre at 3B and a slight pitching surplus (he owns Strasburg, Archer, and Price).

    I give: Frazier, G. Richards, Cishek
    I get: Strasburg/Archer (either/or), Polanco, Britton

    I would then pick up Valencia to play at 3B or move Machado to 3B and pick up Alcides.

    My team: C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Odor, 3B – Frazier, SS – Machado – OF – Martinez, Heyward, Belt, Util – DeShields, Bench – Pederson; SP – Carrasco, Richards, Corbin, Kazmir, J-Zim, Smyly, Wood; RP – Rondon, Cishek, Rodney, Chapman.

    • Joe says:
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      @Joe:

      I thought about asking for Beltre and just doing a swap, but despite my OF depth I like Polanco and really dislike 37yo Beltre. Unless you think I’m crazy here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Seems unrealistic

  60. The Hungary Hippo says:
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    Bryce Harper owners (like myself) are going to hate Dusty Baker. Then again so are Nats fans. Why are you trying to steal with Rendon in front of Harper?!? Dusty is going to take off 30 RBI from him!

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @The Hungary Hippo: ummm, this same thing will get HARPER MORE STEALS YOU TWIT! and easier RBI’s when a guy gets to 2nd, he’ll only need singles. and since guys only generally steal when they make it 70% of the time or so, this is overall better for you.

  61. FrankGrimes says:
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    Who you pick for SnGs today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Hicks

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        josh phegley!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s too SnGs for me

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            HA

  62. Jason Morgan says:
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    Would you drop Buxton to pick up Pillar or Justin Turner? It’s a keeper points league, but Buxton is not going to be a keeper since we can only keep 5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Grey: It is close or a no brainer?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do it

  63. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    In general, would you add Vizcaino for Joe Ross?

    Pitching is Strasburg, Britton, Robertson, Ventura, Taijuan Walker, Raisel, Rodon, Jeffress, Gregerson, Matz, and McCullers (DL). One other guy right now has four closers (and they’re better/have safer jobs) so to win saves I need 5. Also last year I won saves easily and traded closers in August for starters.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Also I just read J-FOH’s post and I like Sam Dyson too.

        Would you rather have Vizcaino or Sam Dyson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vizcaino

          • Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  64. I’m liking Michael Sauders as well Grey. In in a funky league with ops and Is as offensive cats. 7×7 h2h.

    Which on if these bums would you boot in place of Saunders

    Vmart… Ryan Zimmerman… Carlos Santana…. Wil Myers. What I’m lacking in is power. I believe with health Saunders a 20 HR guy if not more.. Your thoughts grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VMart

  65. Joe says:
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    Alright, would you:

    A. Offer Frazier straight up for Strasburg, Archer, or Price? (Pick up Valencia or Alcides)
    B. Offer Frazier and maybe a throw-in for Sale? Pick up Valencia or Alcides)(too unrealistic?)
    C. Offer Frazier + J-Zim + Pederson for Franco + Liriano (too unrealistic?)

    Thanks Grey man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Nah B. Why are you trading for a top SP? C. Sounds okay

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joe: Why don’t you just try the offers to the other manager? What’s the worst that can happen, he laughs at you?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Cram It:

        So in other words, apply the bar pick up strategy.

        • Cram It says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Exactly. Be bold! It only has to work once. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the condom.

          • Joe says:
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            @Cram It:

            Well, it first helps to know it’s an offer I should even bother to make!

  66. RIP Phife says:
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    Any preference between Hinjosa, Jefress, Hoover, Rodney?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress

  67. Mike says:
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    Who’s your batty call for today? Got an open Util space

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Family Ties

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Night Court for the block.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s Happening Now?!

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                Good Times

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hogan’s Family

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Lockwell!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s what I scream when Cougs and I are kissing, “We lock well!”

            • knucks says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Had hicks for yesterday but dropped him for Panik vs. Nelson today. And that has more to do with my 2B slot open with Schoop being off than Hittertron being gaga for Giants again today.

  68. Spyre says:
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    delinio deshields or dominigo santana as my OF5? points leage, -1 for ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delino

  69. John Holden says:
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    Hey Grey, in a keeper league someone just offered me M. Tanaka for my Story. My short stop is boegarts and my starting pitchers are..
    Kluber
    Carrasco
    Iglesias
    G. Richard’s
    McCullers
    Nola
    Lackey
    Should I make the trade, or hold
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  70. JJ says:
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    Should I drop Lawrie for either Schoop or Castro?

    thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can try Schoop if you want, nothing’s changed since the preseason

  71. OaktownSteve says:
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    Tweeterer says Greinke was sick as a dog with the flu. MadBum too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He would’ve had a .100 BABIP with 100% LOB last year with the flu

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: He was on Fangraphs before the game checking his xFIP and falling FB velocity…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  72. Theo says:
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    OBP Keeper league. Thinking about 2017 and beyond.
    Dee and Lester
    or
    Upton and Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  73. Alex H says:
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    How much do you take into effect a pitcher’s spring training usually? Mike Leake struck out 24 in 20 innings and walked only 2. I drafted him over Cashner late in my draft hoping STL works out for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Usually just look at velocity and health, maybe if a guy learned a new pitch… I liked Leake in the preseason, which had nothing to do with ST

      • Alex H says:
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        @Grey: That’s good to hear, and maybe he did? he’s still relatively young so that’s encouraging.

        So my draft strategy this year was to draft bats early and leave pitching towards the mid to later rounds. Unfortunately a lot of the guys I’d been targeting came off the board earlier than I expected. Is my staff dooomed?

        SP- R. Iglesias, P-Corbin, K-Hendricks, M-Leake, M-Fiers, A- Heaney, E-Volquez, R-Ray
        RP- K-Janssen, T-Rosenthal
        NA- B-Snell

        • Alex H says:
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          @Alex H: it’s a 12 team H2H

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it’s not doomed

  74. Hotlanta says:
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    Yo G

    Story, O arcia or d swanson

    Can you rank these in a dynasty – hr/obp league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them

  75. Dommattingly says:
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    I have 9 SPs…
    Keuchel
    Cueto
    Verlander
    Odorizzi
    Wacha
    Gio gonz
    Bucholz
    Kennedy
    Karns

    Drop any of them for Michael Taylor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Gio

    • knucks says:
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      @Dommattingly: Prob yes over a few in the bottom third of your list, but # of teams and your hitter construction would help to know. Heard Revere could be back as early as tomorrow, but who knows for real ATM.

  76. Ron says:
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    Pick 2 – Familia, Perkins, Gregerson.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Greg

  77. Ron says:
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    In a H2H points league with -0.5 for strikeouts and 4 open bench spots who are you taking?

    Wil Myers, Souza, Semien, Fowler, Melky, Mauer, Segura, S. Castro, Pedroia, Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler, Segura, Parra, Souza

  78. Reckless and Wasted says:
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    Another great writeup! Who gets the better end of this deal Trumbo/Moustakas/Rodon or Longoria/Dude/Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Matz

  79. Tom says:
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    It is just one game, but do you see Buxton sticking in the majors all year? Looks like he could maybe use some more seasoning according to the box score.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubt they send him down, but if he hits .125 for a month of two it could happen

  80. Only 2 days in and I still feel like opening day, so pumped baseball is back says:
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    Grey, 10-tm H2H keeper (keep 12) balanced stats
    Need additional pitching, I’m going to try and trade but there is still good outfield on the wire.
    A) need to possibly drop one of these outfielders:
    LF- Blackmon
    CF – McCutch
    RF- Braun
    Util – Pence
    BN- DeShields, Eaton, H. Ramirez, Trumbo,

    B) Who would you grab from these pitchers(pick 2 or 3 please):
    Cashner, Nelson, Kennedy, A.Wood, H. Santiago, R.A. DIckey, J.A. Happ. Gibson, C. Tillman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Eaton…None of these SPs are worth owning right now… Cashner, Wood, Tillman

  81. Jimmy says:
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    Drop Chris Owings for Joey Rickard or Scooter Gennet?

    • Jimmy says:
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      @Jimmy:
      R, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, K AVG
      C Cervelli
      1B Rizzo
      2B Panik
      3B Arenado
      SS Segura
      OF Pence, Betts, Cespedes
      Uti Zimmerman
      Uti Morales
      Bn Trevor Story, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Owings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

      • Jimmy says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks for my daily cup of Grey :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  82. Pita pan express says:
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    Grey
    Many thanks for your belt / polanco recs!
    Would u trade J upton + familia for Carrasco? I have Allen and Britton as RP so it’s really upton for Carrasco / thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  83. herschel says:
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    @Grey: youre not dropping giles for dalier yet are you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  84. Schwab says:
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    Hey Grey,
    8 team H2H point based league. Dynasty league where each team keeps 15 players. Was just offered Goldy, Strasburg & Jose Fernandez for Harper. I already have Miggy & Hosmer at 1B. I’m sure I could trade one of them, if needed. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side

  85. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    David Wright or Trevor Plouffe RoS as a 3B backup?

    T me – they are about the same – but I cant be sure Wright will survive the whole season.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plouffe

  86. Alexei says:
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    Hey Grey, Happy 2016 season! Thoughts on my team? Thanks!

    10 Team H2H 5×5 AVG HR R RBI SB OPS ERA K EHIP QS K/9 SVHD

    C Wellington Castillo (223)
    1B Goldy (8 – K)
    2b Rougned Odor (78)
    3b Kris Bryant (18)
    SS Starlin Castro (163)
    LF Randal Grichuk (123)
    CF Lorenzo Cain (63)
    RF JD Martinez (23)
    UTIL Nelson Cruz (43)
    UTIL Gregory Polanco (83)
    BE Nick Castellanos (183)
    BE Brett Lawrie (198)
    BE Steven Souza Jr. (218)
    BE Will Myers (243)

    P Ken Giles (103)
    P K-Rod (138)
    SP DeGrom (38)
    SP Gerrit Cole (58)
    SP Tyson Ross (98)
    SP Michael Pineda (143 – Was Desmond, traded for Pineda)
    SP Rasiel Iglesias (118)
    RP Jake McGee (178)
    RP Joakim Soria (238)
    RP Tyler Clippard (203)
    BE Yu Darvish (158)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitting looks a bit weak, pitching looks solid

  87. They Might Be Giants says:
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    does anyone know if/when there will be an option on mlb tv to watch in market games for extra $$$?

    • knucks says:
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      @They Might Be Giants: Maybe make the move to Istanbul?

      Hah nah, I dunno that we will ever see that. Just ask a Dodgers fan how awful this can be. And if that’s you, then I highly recommend Istanbul if you ever want to see an LAD game again.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @knucks:

        Let’s give credit where due…to The Four Lads

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  88. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    Grey, following is a team I drafted in an action draft with guys who were doing an auction for the 1st time. We all paid 300 bucks to play and all these guys have played fantasy for 20 plus years, but just didn’t do an auction before. It’s only 9 teams with 2 players at each position and 10 pitchers starting. The reason I’m posting this is because Prince and Fowler are FA.

    Belt
    Davis
    Odor
    Walker
    Castro
    Crawford
    Franco
    Seager
    Blackmon
    Hayward
    Pocono
    Jul
    Eaton
    Realmuto
    Darnall
    Felix
    Carcassonne
    Salazar
    Richards
    Quintana
    Chen
    Ordering
    walker
    Lira no
    T. Ross
    Allen
    Rosenthal
    Britton
    Dude
    That is 29 players, 4 are reserves, got lucky having Richards and Ross on reserves. People spent there money and there where several $1 buys. No trades and transactions cost $3 to go in the prize pool. There are no any pitchers worth grabbing now. Do you see any drops to pick up Prince or Dexter? I grabbed Belt and Davis in case they get 10 games in the outfield. Hence Duda.

  89. OaktownSteve says:
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    The email crew and I had a lot of debate over Kluber this off season. I was anti-Kluber. In a nutshell, and this is also my anti-FIP argument, I don’t think HR% always regresses to a league average. I think some pitchers do have the ability to supress HRs and some have a propensity to allow them. I Kluber’s case, I think his achillies heal is that he has a very average MLB fastball in terms of movement, velocity and command. It’s very hittable. I ran all his numbers on Brooks and it bears out that he allows almost all of his homers on FBs and at a high rate. He’s still a good fantasy asset. The secondary stuff, esp the unhittable slurve cutter, is off the chart. But when he falls behind, when he loses the sequencing battle, he gives up home runs. Hard to project him for lower that 3.40 ERA in my opinion. Still a good mid tier SP2 but feels like he was over-drafted this season.

    How can you not love Mookie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So what was that Cy Young year? Total aberration?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yes. Outlier. Career year. If you look at the two years bookending that year his HR/9 rate was:
        .92
        .53
        .89

        Just luck that year. Probably a couple of just missed homers or he hit his spots a little better. Or because the league hadn’t seen quite as much of the slurve he was able to sequence a little differently.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Wow. I just made a bet last night that Kluber would end the year as CLE’s number three.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Wake Up:

            It’s possible. I like Carrasco better for sure. I’m not a huge Salazar guy. He’s a nibbler. Overall his stuff grades out better than Kluber, not sure he’s got the same pitchability. How was that last sentence for dork cliche mania? I’m trying it on for size.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @OaktownSteve: HA…possibly add something about arm slot and command vs control…

              I would consider it a bold prediction, and I got great odds.

        • Cram It says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Still better HR rates than some top tier guys perennially.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Cram It:

            If you remove 2014 it’s on the high end. A couple of the guys who are in a comparable range have higher K and or GB rates. As well. Don’t get me wrong. Kluber is good. He’s solid. He’s going to strike some guys out. Whip should be solid. Just don’t think we’ll see anywhere near a 2.44 again from him. He’ll be 30 this week. Just think he was slightly over drafted. Other guys I prefer around him. Don’t think it’s a draft killer if you took him.

            • Cram It says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Oh I don’t either. I’d expect around a 3.25 though, a shizz ton of K’s and a low WHIP. If he’s getting drafted as a high-end #1, then yeah, maybe a little over drafted.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Cram It:

                12th SP off the board. I’ll take the over on 3.25. We can revisit in September.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: Sounds about right. I’m feeling top 15. Revisit we shall!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    BTW, a top 15 SP isn’t bad, even if you have to draft him top 12

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Grey:

                      I’ll take the over on top 15.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Grey: Agreed, I’m pro-Kluber here. I don’t see a return to a sub-3.00 ERA, but that’s not easy to achieve in the AL anyway. I’ll take everything else he brings to the table.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, exactly… It’s only gonna be so wrong

                    • Wake Up says:
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                      @Grey: I didn’t mean it so much as anti Kluber as much as I did meaning pro Salazar as much as I did…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pro Carrasco? We all agree

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Guess it could be, he just looked so unlucky last year, that might’ve been hiding deeper issues

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I mean you have a year with a 3.85, a year with a 2.44 and then a year with a 3.49. Luck will play a roll. I’d be shocked, SHOCKED, I say. If he went under 3.

            Maybe shocked is too strong.

            Carlos Gomez with a sombrero to open the season.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Shocked too strong or not too strong? Give me something to pin to you!

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                World’s Mediocrest Dad medal?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, Best 4th Grade Student for May 2012

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    PARTICIPANT!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was watching Real Sports (Gumbel is an awful person) and they were saying how every kid gets a trophy now and it’s doing more harm than good

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      It’s funny. On the one hand you have the “every kid gets a trophy” crowd. On the other hand you have the “8 year olds are playing year round travel ball, throwing sliders and doing showcases for scouts”. I can’t decide if we are a nation of pussies or type A douches. PUSTADS?

                      I think the main problem with kids is they never get to be kids. I turn mine loose on the neighborhood. The rest of the parents give me the stink eye…but their kids are watching out the curtains as soon as we pull up there’s a gang of little rascals.

                      “Can we play over here?”

                      “Yes but let’s try not to start as many fires today.”

                      Basically grown ups suck and the project all their bs all over the place on kids. Every study shows just let kids play with other kids as much as possible.

                      Bertrand Russell was reputed to have doled out the following advice as part of his dying litany of sage advice: Never help your children.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I live under the principle, you can only get right or wrong so much… Maybe 5%? The rest is nature…. Like your son has any chance of not playing fantasy baseball? Please

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      I don’t think the boy will be into FBB. He’s an IRL kid. The girl is into it though. She’s my brainiac.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Give him time

  90. OaktownSteve says:
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    Keuchel with 4 BBs. Starting 8/25 last year he walked 6 guys total for the remainder of the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope he fails

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I don’t think he will. Think Cliff Lee from 2010 to 2013

  91. Pete says:
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    I have one more add this week in my H2H points league. Worth picking up Martin Perez or Bassitt and dropping Rich Hill which both look to be 2 start pitchers? Streamonator is equally meh on both, but again it’s a points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  92. Jaymz says:
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    “Dude, Grey.. easy on the ads man!” – my computer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your computer needs to buy Cougs dinner when I’m spending 10 hours a day answering comments

      • Jaymz says:
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        Touche

  93. SF says:
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    Drop Buxton for Saunders?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  94. Jaymz says:
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    Thoughts on Kiermaier? Ownable in a 10×10 mixed dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, # of teams means as much

      • Jaymz says:
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        ha, right. thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. ThE sHiT says:
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    Anybody else having problems with the ESPN Fantasy Baseball app?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haven’t opened it this year yet, wouldn’t surprise me though

  96. Anthony says:
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    @grey: h2h 12 man

    My Belt/Dickerson for Betts ?

    Which side

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Anthony: Betts

  97. Nico says:
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    Just stopped in to say Hey! Also, kinda bored, so figured I’d recap my draft right quick. Essentially, some dude pulled some bush league ish and drafted 5 SP’s in the first 5 rounds! Like, this aint no mock draft busta! Meanwhile, I stockpiled bats while others chased pitchers. Anywho, 10 team yahoo w/ 20 transaction limit, here’s what my staff ended up as:

    Syndergaard, Matz, Pineda, Samardzija, Ventura, Nola (Eovaldi, Darvish on Bench), and ended up going against my will and yours and going back to back high tier closers while everyone was sleeping on em (Jansen/Familia). Thinking about stashing Wheeler too, thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your staff looks pretty legit even with that guy pulling bush league shizz… Don’t see why you wouldn’t stash Wheeler…

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Cool beans. Hope all is well. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  98. nick the dick says:
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    Offered a free ticket to Yanks opening day and couldn’t go due to an exam for class. Miss out on Correa’s first slam and legs of the year, bleh!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Nico: You’re telling me! Shoulda said screw my career

        • Wake Up says:
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          @nick the dick: “I wouldn’t screw your career with my dick,” ARod’s girlfriend…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Wake Up: I wouldn’t screw ARod’s girlfriend with my own dick…depending on which butch gal he is galavanting around with

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re in high school?!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: EMT classes. Don’t let me catch you unresponsive and not breathing with a bone poking out of your skin while in cardiac arrest!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d act unresponsive in a second for you!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: I’d be right there for some beard to stache resuccitation

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, I wish I was dying somewhere near you!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: “He’s not breathing, get me a bag valve mask and hook up to 15 liters of vape juice stat!”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “You hold back his stache!”

  99. Dommattingly says:
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    Can you rank M. Taylor, Brito, L. Martin, and Brad Miller for me? Thanks. Miller is OF eligible in ESPN.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brito, Leonys

  100. Mello Yello says:
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    CORREA BOMB!!…and leggz boyyyyyyyyy!!

    I heart Nate Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Mello Yello: Double dem legz baby!

  101. Wake Up says:
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    “I always thought Pap was a solid teammate…and Cole is just B.E.A. Utiful!” ARod’s mirror

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  102. OaktownSteve says:
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    Final 2016 Fantasy Rankings:

    1. Harper
    2. Correa

    • nick the dick says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Mookie, Mookie, Mookie, Mookieeeee. Mookie, Mookie, Mookie, Mookiiiiiiii

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taking two guys that were collectively top 6 picks and putting them 1-2, c’mon!

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Oh I know. It’s not bold. Not bold at all. But damn those guys are good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We could move furniture out onto this limb!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Me: Took Harper 1st.
            You: Kind of tough to screw up the draft on the 1st pick, but you nailed it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I didn’t mind my Betts 2nd rounder either

  103. OaktownSteve says:
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    One guy I would not mind seeing fail this year is Kimbrel. No shares. Be good to laugh at the Sawks for backing up the truck for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Red Sox went from the smartest (smahtest) organization to the dumbest in like 3 years ( I know Theo)

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: Hey now I talk like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, Toe Knee, that’s my talk!

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Grey: I’m either blessed or cursed with my thick Boston accent depending on ones view point.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Blessed, definitely

  104. OaktownSteve says:
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    Giles shows he’s got a closers mentality. In other words, pitches like crap in non-save situations.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Ha… Should help him down the road!

  105. Pete says:
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    What do you think about Niese today at home v. St. Louis in a 12 team 6×6 w/QS? Stream says -$7.8.

  106. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ortiz homers. Guess he just missed one earlier against Kluber too. Got blown back by the wind. Magoo loves Papi. Own him everywhere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was going for a decent price, like he retired already

  107. OaktownSteve says:
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    Brian McTaggart [email protected] 5m5 minutes ago

    GREGERSON IS THE CLOSER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, bad call by him

  108. GOOD WIL HITTING says:
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    spangy or scooter for my weak 2b slot? 10 team NL only h2h points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

      • GOOD WIL HITTING says:
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        @Grey spank you very much! as a Pads fan, I just need to let go…can’t wait till javy guera is done cookin’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Javy Guerra’s a slow roast, never finishes

  109. knucks says:
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    Tyler white HBP ( i think in the hand? ) during AB late in the yanks game… not sure how serious. Maybe we’ll get Reed up earlier than anticipated. Although it would prob make more sense to wait a few weeks for those BS Bryant-like implications.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be sweet (not for White)

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @knucks: Xrays negative the red dtd shows up.

  110. knucks says:
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    That was a really intense first half of the 1st for Thor. Alcides gets first laugh, then… Hammer Time!

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: Gah, I hate that I’m missing it. Thor for Cy!

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: this local blackout thing is so damn annoying. Next year MLBTV will let you watch your local broadcast if you sign in with your local provider I think

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hammer Time!

  111. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – still working on that trade of excess closer for upside SP in my 10 team H2H league which counts QS in addition to W.

    Would you give your Gregerson to get Pineda?

    Other closers are Jansen, Familia, Miller, and all handcuffs + Boxberger are out there on the wire…

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: The other possible flip is his Kluber for my Familia. I wouldn’t typically think that trade would fly, but maybe small sample size / Kluber’s start today makes it more feasible. Either way, curious on your thoughts for both trades, if possible. Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pineda

  112. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Gregorius for power , Arod for speed and Bentances to screw up your ratios. Of course I own Bentances YAY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, just the way you drew it up

  113. Wake Up says:
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    How in the wide world of wikipedia did I miss the Mipple Venn diagram?

    PS I also like exoRBItant!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  114. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Looking to build OF depth (drafted a ton of injury prone guys). Available guys in a 10-team league: Souza, K. Davis, Domingo, Saunders, Kiermaier, Brito, Hicks, JBJ. All of these guys feel like they are the same. I’m leaning Domingo, but I like Kiermaier’s average potential.

    Thanks for the morning roundups (among other things).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Domingo

  115. Cram It says:
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    HR’s for my Scout team: Walker, Panik, Lamb.

    Rest of team: “You got this 20th rounders!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Do you have Hosmer? In my stats for him he has an ERA

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: No, haha. WTF? This app is jacked, can’t find standings. Or my team totals. Can’t tell if anything is accurate. This is fun.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can’t even see what I’m supposed to be seeing

  116. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    With Bracho sent down . Own J Smith Would you take Clippard over Smith. Zieglers not that good and Street is potato chip fragile Not dropping Quack because Rodney sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Clippard

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

      Ziegler is not bad. Not great, but he’s been a surprisingly reliable closer.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Chasing saves is a pain in the ass. I feel like I’m chasing a carrot on a stick and I don’t really like carrots.

  117. Gh says:
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    Socrates batting 2nd vs Betis or Khris Davis 5th vs Quintana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Socrates

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Everytime I see this name
        It reminds me of
        bill n teds excellent adventure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m reminded of the philosopher

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @FrankGrimes:

          SO crates. Righteous

  118. Pamela's says:
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    10 team keeper league

    On my bench, drop one .
    Soler
    Hinojosa
    Vizcaino
    Rodney
    Gomes (posey is starter )

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  119. mr sparkle says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I have two trade offers don’t know if I should take one or not.
    First is my Sale and Elvis for Grenke and Story.
    The second is my JD Mart and Elvis for Seager and Tyson Ross. Its a keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  120. jody mac says:
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    Would you trade Gio for Brandon Belt.
    I have a lot of pitching but Belt would be either a bench player or platooned with Deshields.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  121. Maximumxpower says:
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    Uhhh, So am I dropping Giles for Cishek, Jeffress, or Hoover? Or do I wait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cishek

      • Maximumxpower says:
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        @Grey: Thank you kind sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  122. dem ribbies says:
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    lol. Tyson Ross hit the wire this morning. It’s a H2H 10×10 OPS instead of AVG, QS instead of W.

    I’m thinking about dropping Khris Davis (Have Cutch, Chris Davis, Cain, Blackmon and DeShields)
    or
    Jason Hammel (have Stras, Carrasco, Salazar, Liriano, Severino, Chen & Jaime Garcia)

    who would you drop of those guys above, if any?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Davis for him

  123. SteveNZ says:
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    What’s happening in Miami? Is it raining?

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @SteveNZ: they just introduced every person on the roster it seems

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @mauledbypandas: Understandable. Both teams coming off such great seasons.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t see that far out my window

  124. Greaat Staart!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  125. muskysmell says:
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    Odorizzi is so money at home…

    I have O to the Izzi and Dirty Sanchez both going today, I hope it’s a pitcher’s duel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, me too

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, I have put the Moa-hex on Odo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have Sanchez going, so I’m fine with that

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @SteveNZ: @Grey: Can you Moa Hex THe Verlander no-hit bid?

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @The Great Knoche: I’m afraid it would not be in my interests to do so.

  126. muskysmell says:
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    duuuude watching the game and Aaron Sanchez looks really good.
    I know it’s early, but damn…
    – 96+ EASY on the gun, the extra 25lbs he put on is nicely distributed on his pitcher’s body…should bode well to handle starter innings
    – filthy movement on everything
    – good poise. gave up a knocker to dickerson and quickly retired the next 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, can’t believe I grabbed him off of waivers today

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        drop joe Ross for him right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t ask JB though

  127. The Great Knoche says:
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    Also Jedd Gyorko!!!! Batty Call!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice… Freakin’ Gyorko

  128. Ok, Ok, Ok…beer is almost gone…

    Gaard storms castle, torches Royals…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  129. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Hi Grey,
    H2H NL-Only. The team I’m playing has Harvey, Scherzer, and Wacha. So far, I’ve got a decent cushion.

    I’m thinking of picking up Finnegan since it’s the Phillies, and SON likes him. I’m also thinking of following SON and sitting Nicasio against STL. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        AuShizz on the board! Goldy Goldy Gone!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Au Shizz!

  130. Don’t look now, it’s the Man in the Iron Mask in MIA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  131. Alps says:
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    Grey
    Would you drop Colabello for Desmond Jennings, Aoki, Justin bour, Michael Saunders or
    Michael Taylor
    Thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders

  132. muskysmell says:
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    welp, Sanchez’s night is done…12 straight retired to end his outting…89th pitch was 97mph…just struck out the last 2.

    7 innings, 8 Ks, no walks, 91 (!) efficient pitches
    WTF…
    Coupled with the spring training performance and this first start, I am officially on the Aaron Sanchez Bandwagon.

    MUST ADD IN ALL LEAGUES until further notice imo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love him!

      • @Grey: I do t love Cecil the Deisel coming in and plunking the 1st guy he sees in a 2-1 game.

        Man, if only the Jays had someone in the bullpen that could lock down the 8th…someone like….oh, crap!

        Lol – he had a great day though – psyched I got him in the 29th/30 rds. Pulled at 91 pitches it appears they’re watching his innings for sure.

          • muskysmell says:
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            @Lucky Dog:

            AND NOW THE BULLPEN BLOWS THE WIN….UGHHHH YOU BASTARDS

    • @muskysmell: must add? Drafted him – welcome to the bandwagon!
      :)

      • muskysmell says:
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        @Lucky Dog:

        you drafted him?? damn, good call.
        what round?

        • @muskysmell: 29th of 30.
          :)

          I had a draft sheet 200 deep in a 20 man league with targets set for every part of the draft.

          Added them all to my yahoo queue in the 30 mins before and for once I didn’t forget to draft any of my sleepers because they were right there in the queue.

          Easier to draft Sanchez with a deep bench though…

  133. Bobbo says:
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    Start or sit Matt Moore at home against Toronto? standard 5×5 scoring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit

  134. Au Shiz with the tater! Welcome to the team, Mr Shiz.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Lucky Dog:
      AuShizz!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @FrankGrimes: AuRizz!

  135. Blaster says:
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    Hinojosa or Farquhar assuming Colome bungles this save?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hinojosa

  136. The Great Knoche says:
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    Wow. The slide rule costs Blue Jays the game. Not even an aggressive take out. Wussification of baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @SteveNZ: Lol agree. Still a dumb rule. If you slide and can touch the base it should be legal to break up a double play. There’s no concussion worries like there was with home plate collisions.

  137. FrankGrimes says:
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    thank you new slide rule!
    Phew.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are you, Ruben Tejada?

  138. Story time!

    Woooohoooooo!!

    • @Lucky Dog: Hundly making me feel,good about waiting untill the last round to take a C

  139. Aaaaand Francisco Rodrigues eats the whole Enchilada with a 9th inning implosion. Thankfully I have 0 shares.

    Who’s second banana in DET?

  140. SteveNZ says:
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    Hundley!

    • @SteveNZ: love that dude – I took him as the 13th C off the board in a 10 team league. <3

      Him & Story feeling pretty solid – 2 games, I know, but that pace tho!
      :D

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Lucky Dog: Grabbed him off the wire in a 14-teamer when Grandal hit the DL…

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @SteveNZ: Those new pitching acquisitions in Zona not looking so hot…

      • @The Great Knoche: lol – I was just thinking the same.

        And I was so mad when I missed Grienke & Miller in my draft, too. Whew!

  141. HeMan says:
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    Vizcaino or colome? Thanks

  142. Cano sure is washed up. ;)

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Logan Forsythe got a homer today too. I think we have a 2B home run chase on our hands.

  143. SteveNZ says:
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    Another one from Giancarlo, please?

  144. Heaney my only blemish so far. Can’t fault a dude for giving up a HR to Rizzo. Lots of SP will do that this year. :(

  145. SteveNZ says:
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    Down(town) goes Frazier! Down(town) goes Frazier!

    • @SteveNZ: I missed him in my league – had zero chance.

    • ThE sHiT says:
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      @SteveNZ: yeah baby, the TODDFATHER!!!

  146. letsgobravos says:
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    The Story developing on Story is pretty crazy. He isn’t even the Rockies best SS prospect. #7 ranked prospect in their system according to BA. He’s never hit more than 20 HRs in the minors. Where are we putting the over under on HRs for him this year after 3 in 2 games?

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