163 pitches, 16 Ks, 7 BBs, 1 H.  That’s what Nolan Ryan used to do before going to chop some wood and bulldog some steer.  The only pen Ryan ever needed was to house his horses.  Yesterday, that was, how do I say this, an interesting start by Trevor Bauer.  He went 6 IP, 0 ER with 11 strikeouts.  He didn’t allow any hits, but he gave up five walks in 111 pitches.  I feel like I should get half-credit for Bauer’s start on teams where I drafted Danny Salazar.  Can I call him Tranny Bauerzar or will that upset my LGBT readers?  My new favorite spring training stat that means nothing:  Bauer’s 26 to 1 K to BB ratio.  Bauer looked unhittable for the whole game.  Depending on whether or not the Astros hitters decided to swing, it resulted in a strikeout or walk.  It was like Randy Johnson in his early years when if hitters swung, they’d strikeout.  If they sat there, they’d walk.  The “Do You Feel Lucky…Plunk” approach to pitching.  I’ll demonstrate as a hitter’s inner monologue, “I’m feeling lucky…Gonna step into this one and drive it… Jesus…That almost plunked me, I’m gonna swing wildly and get back to the dugout.”  This approach can also be found in most Little League games.  If Bauer’s unowned in your league, I wish I were in your league!  Grab him!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Brantley – Out again with back stiffness.  He did get into the game at one point.  Not the baseball game, the game of Good Wince vs. Bad Wince.  That’s the game that’s played every time Bauer pitches.  Way outside…Bad wince!  Outside but a swing and miss…Good wince!

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (1) and double legs (2).  Considering he has 10-homer power and 20-steal speed, I’m not surprised.  And to think I was gonna drop him.  No, I wasn’t!  It’s three games, guys and four girls!  Chillax!

Asher Wojciechowski – 4 IP, 4 ER.  His last name in Polish translates to “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

Brett Cecil – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks.  For you cinephiles, he’s now Cecil B. DeMoted.  Gibbons replaced him as closer with the dreaded closer-by-committee.  Cecil didn’t look good in Wednesday’s game as I said yesterday, but I’m surprised he was replaced this fast.  Gibbons is overreacting faster than a fantasy manager!  One inning?  Really, Seth Myers?  Oh, well.  I wouldn’t drop Cecil just yet because it’s still early and could get the job back in two weeks and still get 30 saves this year.  Miguel Castro (1 IP, 0 ER and the save) looks likely to replace him.  Roberto Osuna (1 1/3 IP, 3 Ks yesterday) looks devastatingly nasty, but is very raw at 20 years old, which seems to be everyone’s drawback for him.  Um, yeah, Castro is a whole month older than him.  *shrugs*  Meh, what do I know?

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Hey, rub up against Bautista, would ya?

CC Sabathia – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Looks like throwing him for 250 IP for five years in a row wasn’t a good idea.  Guess Michael Lewis will have to rewrite that chapter of “Spending Moneyball,” where the Yankees build a rotation out of a bunch of overpriced, overused arms.

Alex Rodriguez -1-for-3 and his 1st homer, and in this game Mark Teixeira also homered.  Next thing you know Craig Kilborn’s gonna make a comeback.

Billy Hamilton – 0-for-3, 1 run and two steals (5, 6).  Rudy texted me yesterday, “It’s fun to own Hamilton.”  I agree.  It’s like owning a guy that homers every day without getting any RBIs, runs or hits.  It’s like eating candy for dinner.  I love Hamilton’s empty calories and I want more candy!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with a home run and two Ks.  Okay, Jay Bruce quit wearing Votto’s uniform.  Not funny.

Anthony DeSclafani – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  In my very deep leagues, I grabbed DeSclafani because he had a 9 K-rate last year in Triple-A and an under-4 xFIP for the Marlins while always maintaining solid control (1.4 BB/9 last year in Miami).  At this point, I’m still only in on him for deeper than 14-team leagues, but depending on matchups on Stream-O-Nator, I could see jumping the gun.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  He’s started every game so far this season and Corey Hart has one at-bat.  Corey Hart might be embarrassed, because I always see him wearing sunglasses.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal.  Mean’s while on all my teams with Marte:  *raspberries lips*  Yup.

Yasmany TomasDiamondbacks manager, Chip Hale, said Yasmany needs to get in better shape.  Yasmany said, “Then stop reminding me of chocolate chip cookies!”

Ricky Nolasco – Went for an MRI on his elbow.  He wasn’t feeling anything out of the ordinary, but the Twins were hoping to find something.

Kyle Gibson – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Kyle Gibson is to pitching as Bob Gibson was to crocheting.

Shane Greene – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins.  I like Greene a lot, but before we start giving each other a reach around, let’s see him do it in some less favorable starts.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  I wonder if he secretly shortened his first name, Jew Don, dropping a G from Don.  Wouldn’t be the first Jew to do that.

Anthony Gose – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 1st steal.  If you’re hurting for steals and Gose is available in your league, get your shizz together and grab him!  He’s worth it if he steals 35+ bases and bats leadoff in only two-thirds of the time.

Domonic Brown – Began a rehab assignment.  Say hi to Josh Hamilton.

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  I’m sighing in relief that I don’t have to tell people to hold Bogaerts for another whole three days.

Justin Masterson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He’ll prolly back his way into twenty wins this year.  Not even joking.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4 and a steal after homering the day before.  Salvador Perez (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) homered yesterday after stealing a base the day before.  It’s the Memento slam and legs!

Edinson Volquez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Someone owes Ray Searage a nickel!  Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start vs. the Twins, but it’s the Twins and I could see streaming him there.

Ian Kennedy – Left yesterday’s game with a strained hamstring.  Suspects include Cliff Lee, Matt Harvey and Roy Oswalt.  Kennedy was then suspiciously replaced by a Cuban.

Tim Hudson – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Keep pitching like that and the Yankees are gonna give Hudson a ten-year, $200 million contract.

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Yeah, I should’ve been higher on him.  Like in the top 10 SPs.  Oh well, shoot me.  Not you, Dick Cheney!

Michael Taylor – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .308 and leading off.  I’ve looked to pick Taylor on multiple occasions, but nagging on the back of my craw is the fact that he’s going to be out of a job soon.  Not sure why that’s stopping me since half my team will cease to exist soon, that’s if you’re like me and assume players not on any of your fantasy teams no longer exist.

Stephen Strasburg – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His line looks much worse than it was.  Strasburg had a ton of junky hits tagged onto his WHIP because of a routine play bobbled by Ian Desmond.  Desmond has caused more unearned runs than Olestra.

Nick Martinez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  A little behind the scenes glimpse at the Fantasy Master Lothario.  I don’t clear my browser history during the season, so I can type a few letters and get taken right to a player’s page.  I can type “Tu” and have Tuffy Gosewich’s page pop up.  It makes for some embarrassing web searching if someone’s watching me.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo.  I tell you this now because there hasn’t been one time since December, when I started writing the rankings, that I looked up Nick Martinez.  Now that I get there, I see why.  He had a 6+ K-rate in Double-A and an under-5 K-rate last year for the Rangers in 140 1/3 IP.  Yuck.  Hopefully that’s the last time I look at Nick Martinez’s page.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 1st homer as the Rangers beat up on opposing pitcher, Graveman.  I thought The Undertaker was supposed to keep balls down.  Literally!  This was Odor’s first hit of the season.  Phew, that stinks!

Ryan Rua – 3-for-5, 1 run.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell column — that’s right, it’s back! — but I could see cyclops’ing Rua.  There is some talent here.  Sky also gave you his Ryan Rua fantasy.

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  He’s been on absolute fire.  *looks at his stat sheet*  He’s hitting .200.  He’s on fire for him!

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  When it rains, it pours for the Rangers, but most days it looks like the Rangers hitting will have massive pores like Manuel Noriega.  (That rhymed in my head.)

Kendall Graveman – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Graveman sure is coffin up a lot of runs!

  1. The Great Knoche says:
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    Tuffy or Nick Martinez, more searches ROY?

  2. Jumbo Diaz's Fries says:
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    What the heck is going on with Salazar? Why cant’ I find any info on how he’s doing in the minors?

  3. Mark says:
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    Man those nolasco and tomas lines had me laugh out loud. Good stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Thanks!

  4. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey- Watched the end of Jays-Yanks last night. Cecil looked better, was hitting 90 mph (up from 87-88 night before), a couple good breaking pitches and a couple weaker ones, still did not inspire great confidence. This was vs Yanks 4-5-6-7 hitters which, alas, is not exactly murderers’ row. Castro hitting 96-97 on fastball, also had a good breaking pitch – looks worth owning for Ks and ratios, regardless of role.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Tigres:

      As a Castro owner, it’s gotta be him going forward. Who wants a geezer lefty as a closer?

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @uncdrew: The Jays might, if only because Castro will be much cheaper when he’s up for arbitration if he isn’t a closer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: Osuna’s nasty too, they have two guys better than Cecil

  5. Giant Gigantes says:
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    Someone offered me Graveman for Iwakuma lol.
    Anyway, currently own D Santana. Someone dropped Bogaerts and also Segura, Ramirez are unowned. What to do?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: depends on need, Bogarts for power, Segura for speed. Both are fine over Santana

    • Cram It says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: I’d take Boegarts. I would hold over those other guys.

  6. Tommot says:
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    Votto for Gomez and Bauer
    Davis for Gomez and Bauer
    J Upton for Gomez and Bauer

    Which sides are you on?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tommot: Gomez side for all of them

    • piranhaman says:
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      @Tommot: Gomez who? CarGo Lite? No way..

      • J-FOH says:
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        @piranhaman: I would assume he’s talking about Carlos Gomez

        • piranhaman says:
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          @J-FOH: me too. I think no one give up Gomez for all of them. Even +Bauer.

          • Speedy McGreedy says:
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            @piranhaman: Might want to take a look at Gomez’s money in the bank power plus speed combo. That plus Bauer easily makes this package worth any of Votto, Davis, or Upton…. easily.

            • uncdrew says:
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              @Speedy McGreedy:

              I take Gomez in all of those, even without the add-on player.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Tommot: Gomez first 2 and Upton on the last one

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: why would you take Upton over Carlos Gomez and Bauer?

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Because you took Gomez for all 3 so i wanted to be different….I learned that by watching you

          • J-FOH says:
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            @JeF WiTH 1 F: see thats the difference between you and me, among others reasons, I do it based on analysis that I can back up and you just give your one word responses based on how you think someone else will respond.

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: Yeah ok… i respond with how i feel about the question and i look at numbers as much as the next guy. My response doesnt have to be long winded to be valid….I know your always looking to discredit anything i say so im good and expect it at this point. We all know the commenters you like…Lucky them

              • J-FOH says:
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                @JeF WiTH 1 F: You assume I disagree with you because I dont care for your gimmicks, but since you feel a duty to answer every question in here do you think there might be times out of all those many answers I don’t agree? Don’t be so vain. I answer every question honestly and with a thoughtful attention to the needs of that commenter, if extra info is needed I ask them more about their league. So to question my integrity in here really shows who you are more than what I am. I take this very seriously and want to help people get better at this game and win their leagues.

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @J-FOH: I just analyzed your opinion…….It Sucks

              • K-DOGG says:
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                @JeF WiTH 1 F:

                Jef with 1 F and JFOH with 1 F, you guys are hilarious! Maybe it’s the avatar synergy…

  7. Punk says:
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    Question for you, Grey. 12-team mixed, 5×5. My Dozier and Tillman for his Samardzija and Odor.

    Rationale: I’m trying to unload Dozier early on before people realize he was way over his head last year and his pull-everything strategy is not sustainable (and Odor replaces most of the value). Trying to trade high on Tillman. For Samardzija, I don’t think he’s as good as his ADP, but I think he’s better than people’s overreaction. I also have Kipnis. What say you, FML? Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Punk: If you have Kipnis I’d take the Shark and Odor. Is this a keeper?

      • Punk says:
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        @J-FOH: Yes, it’s a keeper. Dozier was my 6th and last keeper this year (keep forever, snake draft). I agree with the others – I think I can use Dozier to get more than Samardzija, so I am going to hold. Thanks for the help.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Punk: not sure how much of a better arm you can get, if an arm is what you want

    • Speedy McGreedy says:
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      @Punk: I agree that having Kipnis allows you to unload Dozier if you must, but I think you can do better than Samardzija and Rougned. I’m holding on Dozier myself. I don’t think he loses much on the power but takes a step forward on avg and sb.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Punk: Eh…Not really feeling that trade

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @J-FOH: Years ago, I won the lottery for Daily Show tix. Unfortunately, the date I got was for Kilborn’s last week rather than Stewart’s first.

  8. Moustard says:
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    Have Bauer in all my three leagues (two of them Keeper). Could kiss you for that.

    Have Salazar in two of them. Still holding on. Could kick you for that.

    Let’s see how my feelings for you will be in 4 weeks. Hopefully less shizo and less kicko, too!

  9. piranhaman says:
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    Hi Grey.
    Would you start these guys today?

    Derek Holland vs HOU
    Mike Fiers vs PIT.

    I think Holland needed more starts in ST. And i don’t trust Fiers totally because of his soft velocity. Just sit them and watching first starts or start them with no fears?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @piranhaman: Im starting both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @piranhaman: I wouldn’t own Holland, but would start both if I did

      • Fireball Feliz says:
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        @Grey: Oh ye of little faith

  10. Jonas says:
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    What did you think about Daniel Norris yesterday against NY?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jonas: I thought he was just okay. Nothing getting me excited there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jonas: Nothing worth discussing yet, he needs another start

      • Jonas says:
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        @Grey: Is this how you are also approaching Archie Bradley?

  11. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fun stuff, man!

    The following players were dropped in my league.

    a. Carrasco

    I dropped Norris to put in a waiver claim.

    b. Kipnis

    I dropped Devon to put in a waiver claim.

    c. Hamels

    I dropped Hahn to put in a waiver claim.

    I’m 9/10 in the order, will let you of any results. If I get all 3, I’m set for the season.

    Please rate these drops in order of craziness with 10 being the craziest. I won’t tell you the players that were added to drop these studs because it’s bad enough they were being dropped.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: WTB kind of league do you play in where guys drop those kind of players?

      Is there any openings?? LOL

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @JoeC: @Malicious Phenom: MP!!! No openings, this is a seasonal re-draft H2H points league which was drafted (snake draft) end February of this year. Seems like a panic move, do not understand and all three moves from the SAME team!!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Speedy McGreedy says:
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          @Ante GALIC: In my leagues, we call that tanking, and the team that does it gets its manager replaced and all recent moves reversed.

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Speedy McGreedy: If their is money involved you are a lucky man.

    • Jordan73 says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Side question – will there be any openings in your league next year?

    • JoeC says:
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      @Ante GALIC: If you don’t win this league, you should quit fantasy baseball.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Ante GALIC: I assume thus is the league where CarGo got drafted in the 18th round?

      Bragging about this league does not make you look good.

  12. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Why no mention for Evan “DOUBLE GOLDEN SOMBRERO” Gattis.

    That is correct, doode has now struck out 8 times in a row…

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: And the Astros traded TWO of their top 10 prospects (out of a loaded system, so not scrubs) for this guy!

      That team will be sniffing mediocre this year, but I’m streaming away against them as they’ll K a TON. The 2-5 of their order has been Springer-Valbuena-Gattis-Carter, with Rasmus at 7. That’s easily 5K/gm for the opposing pitchers, and that’s not even accounting for the scrub 8/9 hitters.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: that feels a little over reacting for the results against 2 studs and a rising stud. It’s one series against great pitching

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @J-FOH: I am sure Gattis will be fine, he’s also adjusting to being a DH for the first time..

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: I dont see what DH’ing has to do with it

            • Malicious Phenom says:
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              @J-FOH: Gattis said he is adjusting to sitting around all game as opposed to playing the field and he just doesn’t feel comfortable, sitting around just to go up and hit every few innings..

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Malicious Phenom: sounds like a cop out on his part

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @J-FOH: No really. I felt that way going into the season, and while your points about the SSS opposition are true, they certainly don’t change things.

          Just quick and dirty, if you take the 162-game avg for those 5 guys (from baseball ref) you get 857 Ks over a full season, or 5.29/G. Now of course none of them are playing a full 162, but barring injury they’ll be in the lineup most days, Gattis will definitely play more than he has due to not catching, and even on their off days the replacements will K some. And they aren’t even the bottom of the order guys. Certainly seems like opposing starters are looking at a high K floor against this team.

          • Steve Stevenson says:
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            @Steve Stevenson: Not saying they’ll K 12x/G like they have, but I could see them challenging their 2013 record for Ks in a season, which’d put them well over 9/G.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Steve Stevenson: we knew coming in the Astros would K a lot. That line-up is all boom or bust on any given day. It s just too early to write off the Gattis deal after one series. They have the deepest system in baseball and made a move to help them now.

            • Steve Stevenson says:
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              @J-FOH: I like Gattis just fine, but even if he hits 35 bombs this year that was a bad deal.

    • Evgeni Eckhart says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I was wondering the same thing.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: now THAT’s dumpster diving

  13. Shoop da Whoop says:
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    Before the season started, I was bummed I ended up with 0 shares of Pineda. After watching him sit at 88-89 after the 1st inning with his fastball, I’m okay with not carrying him anywhere.

    Shane Greene, however… wow. I know it came against the Twins, but that was a clinic yesterday. He was ahead of every hitter. It was like watching Phil Hughes if Hughes could make people miss.

  14. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    FACT of THE DAY:

    In the state of Arizona it is illegal for Donkeys to sleep in bathtubs

    • My Wood is LONGoria says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: Where was the factiod 6 months ago when I needed it?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: I like this one.

    • PK says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: What if they’re just resting their eyes?

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @PK: May be a loop hole

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @PK: This got a legit LOL outta me.

    • Happy Vegans says:
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      @JeF WiTH 1 F: What if the donkey is walking by an old bathtub near the junkyard and passes out into the bathtub because of the heat in AZ? What if the donkey wandered into AZ illegally and decides to hide from la migra in said bathtub. He doesn’t fall asleep but takes a catnap? What if he’s trying out for the Diamondbacks and instead of living in a van (down by the river), he decides to live out of a bathtub? What if he only dreams of sleeping in a bathtub? What if he sleeps next to a bathtub but has one hoof draped over and into said the bathtub? What if it’s an emotional support bathtub? Can AZ really ask him not to sleep in it then?

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Happy Vegans: Donkey + Bathtub = Illegal

  15. Swfcdan says:
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    You sure Castro and Osuna arent the same person? I mean they are the same age, look similar and probably come from the same place. Anyway greyt stuff, made me laugh this morning, god im glad baseball and these blurbs about actual baseball are back.

    Hot schmotatoes or the real deal, pick one arm going forward:
    Buchholtz, Masterson, McAllister, my nan (i.e none of them)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Swfcdan: Bucholtz…but better off streaming that spot

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Swfcdan: I remember Keith Law being pretty high on your Nan, I’d take a flier on her.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Swfcdan: They DO NOT look similar.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Cram It: They probably all look the same to this guy. They aren’t from the same place either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Yeah, seem like they could be…. Stream

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Glad someone agrees with me, and your opinion is the only one that matters anyway. Thanks will do.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  16. BambooLounge says:
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    Grey – I was banking on the Dannys Antana regression and now I’m hoping he re-regresses to the mean after this start to the season.

    When are you cutting bait, if at all? He’s currently in my MI slot and Devon Travis/Jace Peterson/Iglesias/Lawrie/Valbuena are all on waivers.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @BambooLounge: I would pick up Danny Santana if someone dropped him. Too early IMO to give up on guys you drafted to be starters. He did face Price, Sanchez, and a gem by Greene.

    • BambooLounge says:
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      @BambooLounge:

      Meant it more as a general, when do people cut bait?

      I’m not looking to drop him for any of those guys, but will still pick up one of them as a bench bat option (likely Travis) and dropping someone else.

      • Cram It says:
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        @BambooLounge: There’s no general ‘cut’ time. Every player is different, every fantasy team is different, everyone’s options are different. You can pick up Travis at start whoever is hotter or until Santana gets going, if he ever does.

  17. dickerson's jock...strap says:
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    Please pick one jose to rule them all for MI…. ramirez or iglesias

      • dickerson's jock...strap says:
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        @Jason E.: he missed all of last year… when you say the norm your talking about 2013 at the end of the year? you dont think things can change in over a year?

        • Jason E. says:
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          @dickerson’s jock…strap: I am just saying he’s not a .545 hitter. He has never stolen more than 13 bases (including the minors) so his two early steals are misleading. He hits at the bottom the lineup, albeit a good one. He is an injury risk, and has little to no pop. I love his glove, but I do not think he is more valuable than even a guy like Jose Ramirez who has more speed, or likely the guy who you would drop to pick either one up.

          • Jason E. says:
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            @Jason E.: League size also matters too so I apologize that I was so willing to write him off before knowing size. But if it’s a 10-12 team league, I would assume there are some slightly better options.

  18. poundsand says:
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    Drop Odorizzi or Quintana for Bauer?

    • Cram It says:
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      @poundsand: Not Odorizzi

    • Moustard says:
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      @poundsand:

      Both

    • Hawk says:
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      @poundsand:

      Bauer is the 2nd coming of AJ Burnett. AJ Burnett 2.0, if you will.

      Tantalizing. Amazing. Infuriating.

  19. Fastpitch says:
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    The Kennedy and Odor lines made me laugh. I’ve been offered Blackmon and Castellanos for either Longo or Donaldson. It’s a 11 team dynasty league with 2 players at each position and 5 outflders, so 15 hitters. I think I can get him up to Dickerson. When I countered for Dickerson and Castellanos he started adding pitchers which I’m all set. So Dickerson and Castellanos for Longo or Donaldson a good deal for me? I figure Longo in that TB lineup not the best for him. I would also be getting younger players.

    • Fastpitch says:
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      @Fastpitch: Oh, I would have to waive or reserve either Fowler or Arcia from my outfield.

      • uncdrew says:
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        @Fastpitch:

        Bye bye Strong Bean.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fastpitch: Id take Dickerson deal for Longo…wouldnt do the deal with Blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fastpitch: Thanks! Kennedy line was Rudy’s… Hold

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Grey: Wow, Lee Harvey Oswalt and a mysterious Cuban. Brilliant Rudy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fastpitch: Oh, yeah, Dickerson for Longo works, not sure why that Blackmon deal was mentioned

      • Fastpitch says:
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        @Grey: That was his 1st offer. I countered.

  20. Dave F says:
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    Grey,

    I’m looking to snag Bauer, but I’m not sure I can drop any of my SP for him. I have:

    Felix, Samardzija, Fiers, Shoemaker, Greene, Tijuan, Paxton, Pineda.

    Would you drop any of those guys for him?

    If not, I also have Choo, Avisail, Arcia, and Khris Davis – and only two slots to play them in. Should I drop one of them for Bauer?

    Lastly, is it too soon to be looking at Danny Santana as a problem? Both Jose Iglesias and Jose Ramirez are out on the wire in my league.

    • uncdrew says:
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      @Dave F:

      Greene has one good start against a lousy team. He might go back to mediocre very soon…

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Dave F: Id hold

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dave F: I don’t how deep this league is that you need 9 SP’s, but I’d drop Arcia.

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Dave F: @Cram It: I agree with Cram…I missed that part of your ?…Arcia can go

      • Dave F says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I just got offered Machado for Choo. Am I missing something or should I be throwing my grandmother out of the way in order to hit the accept button as quickly as possible?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Machado

  21. keeperleague says:
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    grey, asked you what side of the trade i completed you liked more yesterday but didn’t ask the question right. heres what went down:

    in a keeper league, what side would you want:

    $32 bryce harper, $13 Pablo, $4 Krod, $15 Archer FOR $10 matt harvey, $20 chris davis, $10 wil meyers, $10 kenley jansen…

    the only real keepers in my mind is harper and harvey, but those were their auction values this year.

    1) if trying to win this year, which side ya like
    2) for the future, which side ya like

  22. Joe Shmoe says:
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    The return to Coors! Dropping my entire team for the cubs-rocky weekend fest…l’ll catch up to the leaders by Monday! It’s a legal high!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: I’m just happy that I have Rizzo and Dickerson for the weekend. Hopefully Weiss doesn’t Weiss Dickerson and bench him.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Wilsonian:

        My guess is Stubbs plays for Blackmon and Rosario plays for Morneau.

    • Catcher Fever says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: Special thanks to the rainout that moved Hammel from a matchup at home to starting in Coors.

      (deep, weekly roto league where you must start 6 SP)

  23. M att says:
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    I’ve missed the daily run down…thanks as always.

    What do you expect from Andrew Heaney?
    Worth a pick up in a 14 team/25 player keeper league?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @M att: Id expect ups and downs…in a 14 teamer hes worth a shot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M att: Agree with F

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: I agree you and F need to get a room!! HA!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @M att: depends what you’re dropping and who else is available. Angels gave all the we like this guy talk

  24. Mac says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thank you for the great site. One quick question. Would you drop Latos for Shane Greene? He looked pretty good last night.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Mac: If your Latos Intolerant i would do that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mac: Thanks! Sure

  25. Pat says:
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    Leonis Martin or Polanco, who you starting?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Pat: Polanco A DAY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pat: Polanco

  26. Phil of the Future says:
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    Sigh….Kendall put my ratios in the grave, man.

    And I thought I was sooo clever….

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Phil of the Future: You made up for it with your post.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: Thx. I wish it worked that way.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Make the pain stop Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          C’mon, bring it into a hug

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Thx, man. I’ll take a hug.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Watch your hands!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Sorry! I get a little handsy when I’m depressed. You’re not gonna tell anyone are you?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I already have, it’s in your best interest

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Wait, what’s that noise? (Goes to window, sees cops approaching door) Grey what have you done!!????
                    What if I can’t change my lineup in prison?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes you can… Half of our readers are in the prison and other half are on the can…

  27. Gus Pike says:
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    Jose Ramirez or Chris Owings at MI?

    Have Gyorko and Boegarts at 2B and SS right now, with Rendon whenever he decides to play again, so this is only long term if either of the first two guys stinks this year (looking at you Jedd).

  28. JFK says:
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    Ahoy, Greycarlo!

    Yes, it’s only the first week, but my bats are off to an atrocious start and I’m itching to make a move in a 7×7 league with R / HR / RBI / SB / K / AVG / OPS:
    C – Lucroy
    1B -Big Papi
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Seager
    SS – Bogaerts
    OFs – Jones / Kemp / Pollock
    Util – Daniel Murphy
    Bench – Cuddyer / Lamb
    DL – Pence

    I picked up Jim Johnson and Hatcher for speculative saves, but what are your thoughts on dropping one of those guys for any of (speed generally being the recurring theme): Brad Miller, Eaton, Micah, De Aza, Pagan, Gose, Crawford or Jace?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFK: Johnson for Gose

    • K-DOGG says:
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      @JFK:

      Agree with Grey.

  29. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Was thinking there’s a missed opportunity for a new glossary term.

    The opposite of a hot schmotato? A fringe player who you picked up when he was going well BUT if he’s still on your roster is now killing you?

    A “Gosewich.”

    E.g. “Jose Iglesias is hot right now, but in a week he could turn into a Gosewich.”

    As in, “Go switch that guy out for someone else right now!”

    Eh?

  30. sniff test says:
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    In a 12 team league, would you consider Porcello just a streamer?

  31. uncdrew says:
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    I’m proud of myself, and didn’t stream pitchers all season until today.

    Go Haren. You can do it!

    • Mike says:
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      @uncdrew: Haha right there with you! Go Haren!

  32. PK says:
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    Page title is currently “Trevir Bauer”, FYI

  33. dscottncc says:
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    “It’s like owning a guy that homers every day without getting any RBIs, runs or hits” Kind of an unfair critique, considering he should top 80 runs this year in that lineup.

    Love owning him, in fact I might even trade away some speed in the league where I roster Bham.

  34. Joeg414 says:
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    To start the season I have 5 different pitchers with Saves :Peralta -drafted, Hatcher – fa, Miller -drafted, Box-drafted and Castro -fa. And still waiting on Clippard. Now how many will keep the job ?

    Just a crazy first week.

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Well, I hope its at least 3 out of 4. I know those two won’t stay as the Dodgers closer.

  35. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Tranny Bauerzar….Great

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I should have known….Ha ..JK

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  36. Wilsonian says:
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    Wow. That Kennedy line was fantastic. Well played, sir. Well played.

    Would you drop Kennys or Khris for Gose? Those guys are both bench bats. Could possibly use a little speed, but not sure since Gose probably won’t start everyday.

    16 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

  37. Ty says:
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    Classic! Cecil B. Demoted and reach arounds…I love my morning fish wrap..nice work.. Grudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty: Thanks!

  38. Mr Hand says:
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    Evan Gattis? I’m pretty sure thats not me swinging and missing 8x in 8 at bats…. where is this guy headed?

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @Mr Hand: He just needs to have a Peyote trip and visit Gatti’s Land, then all will be zen and aligned

  39. Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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    Any word on Byron Buxton coming up?

    • MattTruss

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      He’s starting the season in AA, the AA opening day was yesterday…

      Assuming you’ve seen this stab at an ETA:

      https://razzball.com/2015-top-50-fantasy-prospects-2/

      He’ll have to rip up AA and get a bump to AAA during the summer would be my guess. Getting in a healthy season is priority number one for him right now, no matter what level it’s at.

      • Rob Don't Want to use my last name because others in the league read you says:
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        @MattTruss: Thanks for the news.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @MattTruss: I love good answers, I dont think we see him til the earliest September and that would require a monster year at two levels.

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @J-FOH: Then dont read your responses

  40. Blint says:
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    drop Oswaldo Arcia and pick up Lorezo Cain? Do you give your blessing for such a transaction Grey?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Blint: I do…assuming you need some speed more than power

      • Blint says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F:

        Thank you :) Its too early actually for me to judge what I need. But I was a big Cain fan for a while now so did not want my bias to come into it

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Blint: I think Arcia is NA anyway so yes DO IT!

  41. Five-On-One says:
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    Early season panic setting in. Dump Gyorko for any of Jose Ramirez, Brad Miller or Devon Travis? The Gyork was only $1 at auction, so no real investment to speak of.

  42. Clos says:
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    Good read grey.. Want to pick up Marco Estrada Gibby said he’s gonna close for the jays just don’t know who to drop for him.. Need some saves..
    Kluber
    Cueto
    Aaron sanchez
    Osuna
    Fiers
    Yordano
    Hutch
    Familia
    Would you drop any of these guys for Estrada if saves were a need

    • Clos says:
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      @Clos: sorry castro*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clos: Thanks! Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clos: Osuna if you mean Castro…I thought you said Estrada

      • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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        @Grey: he did say that, this must be alternate universe JFOH from a month ago here.

  43. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league
    C darnaud
    1b pujols
    2 b Walker
    3b Santana
    Ss Hanley
    Of Brantley
    Of marte
    Of Gordon
    Utility Harrison
    Utility Blackmon
    Bench a Escobar
    Bench Blackmon

    If Brantley is DLed, what’s my best pickup for a points league?

    Cain, lind, Markakis or lamb?

    Also what’s your view on having too many guys on the same team. I’m a little royals and pirates heavy…or is it a nice stack on decent offensive teams? It’s not like I’m rolling with 4 Twins or Rays….just curious.

    Thanks!

    • Sange76 says:
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      Sorry. Blackmon-ed twice. That should be Buxton on the end of the bench…

      Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sange76: Wait until he’s DL’d

  44. VamosALaPetco says:
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    Dozier has been killing me so far. Sit him today vs. Noesi (.167 in 12 career ABs) and start schmotato Jose Iglesias instead?

    • Cram It says:
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      @VamosALaPetco: Sure. Or flip a coin.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @VamosALaPetco: Sure…although its only been a few games

      • VamosALaPetco says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Sorry, I should have mentioned it’s a weekly H2H league. We’re very close on steals and I’m liking the Tigers line-up a little more this week.

  45. Oppo taco says:
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    Thoughts on Devon Travis on the jays? Pop/speed looks legit but obviously hitting 8 hurts. Worth a pickup? I have gyorko at 2b and jake lamb/lawrie at 3b. I had gyorko last year so………Id be dropping one of : lawrie, lamb, pagan.
    Thanks !

  46. SallyCips says:
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    Too much talk of folks dropping players after less than a week on here. In 12 teamers, I’d be holding tight on anyone you drafted to be a starter. The Twins enmasse are stinking up the joint, but I believe in Dozier and Santana, as well as guys like Wong. My team collectively has started cold despite a few bright spots, but my SPs are keeping us respectable.

    Grabbed Bauer in both my leagues early yesterday in a move that I’ve wanted to make for days. Nice rewards there.

    I think I’m giving up trying to trade for Arenado, Grey. Not getting anywhere, and by the end of it he’ll have my whole team. His bat is amazing, but 3b not really an area of need. Still want his Perkins, though, and may target his LFs now as I only have 1 in Gardner.

    Would you give Ross/Garcia for Pearce/Perkins?

    Also debating a Shark for Sal Perez deal.

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @SallyCips: I’d hold shark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SallyCips: I wouldn’t trade this early either

  47. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Goin out to Arlington at noon and getting Texan wasted with the yokals before 3pm first pitch. Cowboy boots: check. Feliz jersey: check. Camo cargo shorts: check. $14 nosebleeds: check. The best part of Rangers opening day is walking up to the huge tailgates and telling the guy serving the BBQ ” Hey, I’m Randy! Buddy of Travis! Howdy!” (There’s always a Travis in every crowd of Texans). Then you eat their BBQ and walk down to the next one, rinse and repeat.

  48. Hawk says:
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    “Next thing you know Craig Kilborn’s gonna make a comeback.”

    Now you’re talking crazy!

  49. Colonel Angus says:
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    SON has Chase Anderson as #7 today against the Dodgers. Are you scared to make that play over say….Jason Vargas v LAA? Vargas has the experience of pitching in LA and has a record of 9-3 at Angel Stadium with a 5-4 record and a 3.02 ERA against the Angels. I really need a pitcher start today…

  50. osnam says:
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    good morning. so Josh Hamilton is on my waver wire. should i try and figure out a way to roster him or should i leave him on wavers? thanks as always

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @osnam: If your desperate for an outfielder id take him…other than that i wouldnt touch him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @osnam: If you have an open DL slot for 6 weeks

    • Greetings from the Humungus says:
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      @osnam: Be still my dog of war! I understand your pain.

  51. Fo' Shizzo My Rizzo says:
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    Bauer is available in my league. My SPs are currently: Cole, Ross, Hughes, Hutchison, Shelby Miller, Taijuan Walker. Do I have room for Bauer? Who gets the axe? It feels early for this move.

  52. Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Hahn or Greene?

    Thanks.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Wizard of Oz(una): Hahn right now, but i could see that changing

      • Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: Thanks

      • Sange76 says:
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        @GhostTownSteve

        One mans opinion but I agree with Greene.
        Hahn goes up against King Felix this Sunday in Oco. Lots of lefties on the Ms too…
        Greene gets Pitt on Tuesday, which may have a shot to be a 2 start week.
        I like both. Both good possible breakout guys this year. Shouldn’t be on waivers…

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Sange76:

          Magoo and I own Greene. If you’ve followed any of his stuff (which has been excellent) you’ll know he uses a process of running a leaderboard of metrics and then setting thresholds for each metric (K rate above x, BB rate below y, GB% abvoe z, etc.). Then he’ll see who meets the thresholds across all metrics. I’ve used a similar process for years (I call it the Kahneman algorithm). Greene showed up on a bunch of Magoo and my short lists through that process.

          • steven says:
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            @GhostTownSteve:

            Nice comments GhostTownSteve. Much appreciated.

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @steven:

              You bet.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: I love having you back in here every day!!!

            • GhostTownSteve says:
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              @J-FOH:

              Thanks my friend. It’s good to be back.

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @J-FOH: Wheres the numbers…thats one word…Hmm …oh wait you read steves post sorry

        • J-FOH says:
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          @JeF WiTH 1 F: and you keep getting smaller

  53. phil says:
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    I have both Walker and Pomeranz, they face each other today….which would you start?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @phil:

      Can’t start both?

  54. hanklongball says:
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    It’s only been four days, but all the help from Razzball has me in first place. A deal is a deal… you get to name my team!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: Hank’s Danglers.

    • Jack says:
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      @hanklongball: New team name is “Buy a Razzball Subscription”.

  55. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you start Eovaldi against the Sawx today in a RCL? Normally I would be starting all my pitchers this early, but it seems like the Sox have been putting up runs like someone who ate recalled hummus. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nuke LaDouche: Bleh, prolly bench him… I’d look at SON

  56. Mikey Boy324 says:
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    Grey would you drop any of these pitchers for Masterson?
    Pomeranz
    Daniel Norris
    Hahn

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Mikey Boy324:

      That’s a really tough call. I’m in the minority but I’m not really sold on Norris this year. Home park, league, command issues, youth. He has the stuff but not the polish. I am fully ready to accept that I might be wrong. Pomeranz I have some concern about his ability to put up 180+ innings. I think of the four you listed he puts up the best rates and has healthy Ks. Hahn I think will settle in around 3.40/1.20 ish with 8k/9 being a target.

      Masterson is really tricky. 2013 was a huge step forward for him and it was all because of the slider. It sets up everything else he’s going to try to do. His career wOBA against v LHB is .350 but in 2013 it was .316. That year he was throwing what they call a back foot slider very effectively to left handers. It’s a pitch that starts in the K zone and breaks very late right at the hitters left foot. In 2013 he threw the slider 26.9% of the time. In 2014 it was 18.9%. Yesterday it was 38.5%. If he’s healthy I like him. Form 2010 to 2013 he averaged close to 200 innings. He’s a big dude and he probably has it in him to go deep into the season again.

      I said in a “bold prediction” I thought he’d win 17 games and I drafted him in the NFBC so I’m kind of a believer, yeah.

      • Mikey Boy324 says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Thanks I feel the same but I am torn right now as Grey said to hold. I have the #1 waiver claim and he’s on waivers until Sunday, I am going to see how Pomeranz pitches tonight and go from there I guess.

  57. EDGEHOF says:
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    Hey Grey-

    Who, if any, should I drop to pick up Bauer…?

    Mike Fiers
    Andrew Cashner
    Colin McHugh

    Thanks, Man!

      • Hoosier Daddy says:
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        @Grey: I know your preseason concerns about Cashner’s loss of velocity, but he seemed to have that back this week (not sure what else is wrong with him). Even if the velocity is back, are you still sour on Andrew?

        • Grey

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          Didn’t he get killed in his first start?

  58. Phil says:
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    Currently using Danny Santana as an outfielder. Do you drop him for de Aza?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Phil: Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Agree with F

  59. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking to stream one of these two. SON has them nearly identical. Looking for best chance at Ks, W, ratios in that order.

    Gallardo vs. HOU
    J.Nelson vs. PIT

    Nelson has never faced the pirates. Rasmus, Valbuena and J.Castro are the only Astros with good numbers vs. Gallardo.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @The JoGarza: Im going nelson even though its the worse of the two matchups

  60. smegma says:
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    Offer my Latos for his Smyly?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @smegma: Yup

  61. Hawk says:
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    Wow, did Graveman’s rose lose its bloom fast or what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: I was never a big fan

  62. Thank god your article ended with Graveman – a quick recount, and yep – you were at your pun quota.

    “More runs than Olestra” is an instant classic by the way.

      • @Grey:

        Love it.

        Quick aside – when I dealt for NetFleaz it was a counter – the owner initially tried to hock the Spring Cy, Graveman to me.

        thank god I needed SV more than SP or I woulda been saddled with yesterdays shellacking.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  63. Grant says:
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    Well 5 days into the season, and I still have 2 guys on my team without hits. Danny Santana, and Gattis. But that would be about expected with the domonance of the Indians rotation, and also the Tigers. Hopefully the weekend treats me better than the week has so far.

  64. phil says:
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    is Nathan Eovaldi a good start today ?

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @phil:

      There are some leagues where you just gotta start your guys. Only leagues or real deep leagues where you just need innings all year and you have to trust your evaluations. In shallower leagues I think it won’t kill you to wait and see. Even if Eovaldi goes well, do you see him putting up a shut out with double digit Ks vs Boston? And I guess if he did you walk away happy for the ROS possibilities.

  65. JAV says:
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    12 team h2h keeper league with big-ish rosters, 6×6 with OBP, QS, and WHIP split into bb/9 and h/9. My teams offense is probably above league average in everything but SB and maybe OBP, but not going to lead any category. Strong starting pitching and playing the WW for saves. Couple pick up questions:

    At C – Zunino, d’Arnaud

    SS: Flores, Iglesias, Miller, Ramirez

    3b: Plouffe, Arod, Lamb Moustakas, Iglesias

    Util: Any of the above guys or Granderson, Markakis, Aoki, Snider

    RP: for long term saves prospects pick 3 – Castro, Romo, Familia, Ottavino, Mujica, Osuna

    Thanks Grey and all! This daily post and my coffee are what really get me up in the mornings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAV: No problem… Castro, Familia, Ottavino… Not sure what else you’re asking

      • JAV says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, I realize I definitely was unclear there. Out of the C’s, SS’s, 3b’s, Util’s pick which one you would roster. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JAV: d’Arnaud…Ramirez…Lamb…Snider

  66. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I am maybe more excited for baseball today than I was for opening day. First full slate. So many things I’m eager to see. Want to see McCallister try to tame the Tigers. Big challenge for a guy who has quietly built some expectations coming out of spring. Had that double digit K game late in Az and hitting 95-96 on the gun?

    Here’s a crazy thing but I have a weird feeling Travis Wood is going to pitch well against the Rockies. I think there are a lot of dead red hitters there and sometimes soft toss lefties with some craft can get it done. The wild card could be Rosario. Be interesting to see if the Rockies are going to auto-start him vs lefties, especially at home.

    Always fun to see the Yankees and Red Sox get it going. Eovaldi and Miley are both guys I have some interest in. I didn’t end up with Eovaldi anywhere, but I’ve followed him for a long time. Like to see if the splitter if for real.

    Found it funny to see the Dodgers/Diamondbacks probable listed as: B. Anderson, C. Anderson. In this instance there is a “C”. Just no “A.”

    Walker versus Pomeranz is juicy. Especially two teams who expect to compete for the division. Giants Padres are kind of a mirror image of that match up with two aging guys hoping to rediscover (or in Morrow maybe just discover) the magic.

    Plenty of day baseball and an eff off Friday mode at work here on the left coast.

    • Hawk says:
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      @GhostTownSteve:

      I wouldn’t judge Miley too much on this start. The Yankee offense has been…well..offensive. They’ll turn anyone into Cy Young right now.

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Hawk:

        Yeah I think we have a decent idea who Miley is. I happen to own him so there’s my interest. Similar feel as to Masterson in that innings + sawks offense = Ws

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: That is funny with ARIZ/LA…. Can’t wait to see Walker and Eovaldi…

  67. Smell The Glove says:
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    Which of these stiffs do I kick to the curb first, Gyorko or Gennett?

  68. Dan says:
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    My favorite part of baseball season is reading your daily recaps. Glad to see you still got it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Thanks!

  69. Scott says:
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    So satisfying to see these underowned players’ ownership rise over the season, while they are on your team!

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: Thanks to you Razzballians!

  70. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    An impatient owner in my 11 team roto league has dropped Kole Calhoun, would you prefer him as your 4th/5th OF over AJ Pollock or Khris Davis?

    My roster makeup is: d’Arnaud, Edwin, Wong, Arenado, Bogaerts, Gyorko, Rizzo, Dickerson, Harper, Billy Hamilton, Pollock, Davis, Alcides.

    I can rationalize dropping him for either for different reasons, would just appreciate your pert input.

    Thanks!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @OldMilwaukeePounders:

      Prefer Calhoun to both. Like Pollock slightly better than Davis but for your team might make Pollock the drop.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @GhostTownSteve: Thanks, GTS. My only concern is that I hate relying on just one guy for a whole category (Hamilton). Dropping Pollock’s 20ish steals in favor of Calhoun’s 8-10ish steals isn’t too much of a trade off i suppose. Davis could push for 30 dongs, and I hate to pass that up.

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders:

          You’ve also got Wong and Escobar. Plus Harper should kick in a few. Plus if you’re in a league where Calhoun is waiver fodder, you can find steals later.

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @GhostTownSteve: Yeah, good point, I forgot to factor Wong in to my initial thought process there. I don’t get the owner’s choice to drop him here at all myself. I’ve to a fairly low waiver priority, so we’ll see if others are as reactionary as his original owner.

        • Hondo says:
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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Pollock might be good for 20 steals if he plays full time,but that is shockingly looking like it might not be the case.He fell a little in a draft and I forgot my”do not draft anyone on any team run by scosia” rule .

  71. futureman says:
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    Hahn or Quintana ROS points league?

  72. Sean says:
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    Castro vs. Osuna as closer:

    Osuna is a future starter, but he’s off Tommy John and they will want to limit his innings. Makes sense to use him in multi-inning scenarios and manage his innings to 100 or less. If there weren’t inning-count limitations with him he should be starting in the minors.

    Castro only has two good pitches and is a reliever all the way.

    This is my guess as to why they go to Castro to close and not Osuna, but I’m not a mind-reader :).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: Castro is the guy as I wrote above… Osuna had TJ? When he was 12?

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Grey: HA!

  73. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    Is it me or does this feel like last season when every day it was a drop Gyorko question, now its just Santana instead…only took 3 games

    • @JeF WiTH 1 F: Actually there are still going to be the daily “do I drop Gyorko?” questions, so it’ll be double the pleasure, double the fun.

      Batting 7th, and not playing every day – I was actually pretty hyped for a Gyorko post-post-hype discount – I know it’s only a couple days in but he looks lost, hits at the bottom of the order and plays in a cavernous ballpark.

      I’ll keep him on my “player to watch” list, but for now I’m going with Mancrush Miller (and he gives me SS/2B as a bonus).

      • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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        @Lucky Dog: I agree, i have Gyorko on a rebuilding Dynasty squad that i know cant win this year…hoping for the turn around

  74. Hot Rod

    JimmyBond says:
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    This is the best part of my day. That and actually watching the games. Thanks for the writeups, awesome stuff.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @JimmyBond: You need to take a look at your life…I love this shizz too but if this is the best part of your day…..Not good

      • Hot Rod

        JimmyBond says:
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        @Grey: Ok Jef let me clarify – this is the best part of my internet reading and surfing of the day. sitting on the bus to work chuckling at the quips while picking up tips, that is awesome.

  75. Fungazi says:
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    I forget is Coors bad for pitchers all year round or less of an effect in the spring? Sitting cubs pitchers this weekend right?

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Fungazi: All Year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: I wouldn’t mess with it

  76. EA says:
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    Bauer or Archie Bradley? GO

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @EA: Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: Agree with F

      • EA says:
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        @Grey: Would you start Archie tomorrow against LAD? I was gonna snag Bauer but he got picked up this AM I guess

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

        • Steve says:
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          @EA: After Graveman yesterday, give him one start before you trot out a rookie, especially against the Dodgers. It’s not a great match up for him.

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Steve: some differences, graveman is a guy who never had a high prospect ranking, nor really has any high K stuff. Archie is both a VERY highly ranked prospect with high K stuff. One start bad or good won’t refute or prove my point here either, but the above is simply the accounts of pretty much entire scouting community.

  77. prime_time says:
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    Grey, I currently own Cecil. We only have room for two RPs. I have Cody Allen as well. We score K/9, ERA, WHIP.

    So with Cecil’s situation.. I will definitely need a closer. Who should I choose from the guys below?

    Castro
    Miller
    Casilla
    Peralta
    Feliz
    Gregorson
    Perkins
    Boxberger
    Rodney

  78. quimmy says:
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    JUP and Greinke too much to give up for Trout?

    • Hawk says:
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      @quimmy:

      Not at all. I’d give them up to get Trout and I wouldn’t think twice about it (presuming my pitching could take the hit and something useful is avail on the wire)

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @quimmy: DO IT

  79. Mr Hand says:
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    Hey Grey, any help on my lineup, needs?
    I’m in a 12 team H2H Keeper

    What am I, on DOPE??

    C-GATTIS
    C-C JOSEPH
    1B-K MORALES
    2B-GYORKO
    SS-FLORES
    3B-SEMIEN
    MI-B MILLER
    CI- J LAMB
    U-B MOSS

    OF:
    A JONES
    G STANTON
    J UPTON
    A POLLOCK
    OZUNA

    BENCH
    J PERALTA
    VALBUENA
    K WONG

    P-SCHERZER
    P-HARVEY
    P-LESTER
    P-FIERS
    P-LIRIANO
    P-TILLMAN
    P-PAXTON
    P- B MCCARTHY
    P-G HOLLAND
    P- W DAVIS
    P-HATCHER
    P-C MARTINEZ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Hand: Your pitching is stronger than you need and your hitting is weak

  80. Eric Bateman says:
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    Good stuff as always Grey, you touched on Cecil(ok that sounded dirty lmao) but here’s my dilemma. I got burnt trying to add a 4th closer, traded Danny Santana for Cecil a day before he gets demoted. I was able to add Castro on waivers but had to drop SP D. Norris to do it. So here’s my roster:
    This is my roster: ESPN 12 team HTH mixed 5×5 OBP instead of AVG
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS A.Ramirez
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Soler
    OF Betts
    Util Pollock
    Util Avisail Garcia
    Util Lawrie
    Bench Semien

    P Kluber
    P Wainwright
    P Cole
    P Walker
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP S.Greene
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench RP Castro
    Bench SP McCarthy
    Bench RP Cecil

    As you can see I’m a little pitcher heavy with only one bench bat. So do I bet on Castro and drop Cecil(despite your advice to hold onto him), should I reacquire Norris(really struggled with dropping him for Castro), or do I add one of the following bats from waivers based on my teams construction above: Gose, Jose Ramirez, Jake Lamb, Pagan, De Aza or D. Jennings. Thus far I’ve struggled with power and speed in this weeks HTH match up. It seems to me that I have to choose between Cecil and Castro but if you see something I dont by all means feel free to point me in the right direction. Any advice would be greatly appreciated after my Santana for Cecil blunder.

      • Eric Bateman says:
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        @Grey: So Keep Castro and drop Cecil for Gose? Just making sure we’re on the same page after my trade blunder lol.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Eric Bateman: Keep Cecil and Castro, you dont need Norris

      • Eric Bateman says:
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        @JeF WiTH 1 F: So you’d stay pitcher heavy and keep both rather than add Gose?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold Cecil and Castro for now

          • Eric Bateman says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey and regarding my staff I dont know why I have Wainwright listed I have Odorizzi not Wainwright on my staff. Decent team as constructed iyo?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, looks fine for now

              • Eric Bateman says:
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                @Grey: Thanks man, glad I checked here first before I compounded my mistake by dropping Cecil.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

        • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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          @Eric Bateman: Yes I would…no need for a bat to sit on your bench unless you feel you need some insurance somewhere

          • Eric Bateman says:
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            @JeF WiTH 1 F: Thanks JeF I guess I was concerned I didnt have enough speed and my power has yet to materialize but I think I have decent bats. So I take it you think my staff is solid and wouldnt sweat dropping Norris?Does the fact that I dont own Wainwright but Odorizzi instead change that at all for you?

            • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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              @Eric Bateman: Yeah your staff is fine, Norris has upside but you dont need him right now….Not having waino doesnt change anything for me

              • Eric Bateman says:
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                @JeF WiTH 1 F: Thanks for the feedback man.

      • Eric Bateman says:
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        @Grey: So you’re saying hold instead of drop Cecil for Gose? Sorry for all the questions and I really appreciate the feedback. I’m usually pretty decent at making trades, I guess if there’s a silver lining all I lost was Danny Santana in the Cecil fiasco and Semien will have SS eligibility soon. so he’ll serve as my backup to Alexi Ramirez.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Eric Bateman: Id want to improve that 2nd utility spot and I could see going Gose over Semien

          • Eric Bateman says:
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            @J-FOH: Thanks J-Foh. What says you on my staff, you agree to hold on to Casto and Cecil? Thought I was flipping SS Santana for a 4th closer and then Cecil got the bench. Still feel like dropping Norris will come back to haunt me if he breaks out this year.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Eric Bateman: Id hold Cecil, Norris will be a roller coaster for a while. Want to see a little more before I pass judgement. His approach looks good. I like the thing about him being a surfer, great mindset for a starter.

              • Eric Bateman says:
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                @J-FOH: Yeah the guy seems pretty cool, the whole living out of the van thing trips me out. Thanks for the response and the feedback.

  81. Boomer19 says:
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    Morning. I traded away Cole and Archie Bradley for Iwakuma and Paxton last night. Win, lose or draw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Draw for now

  82. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Dickerson
    Tulo
    Arenado
    Cargo
    Rosario
    Stubbs
    Hundley
    Matzek
    LeMahieu

    Pretty sure Walt Weiss walked over to Madden and asked him to fill out the line up card for him.

  83. phenomenot says:
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    Who to play at INF spot

    Gyorko v. Lincecum @ SD
    Headly v. Miley @ NY

    ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headley

      • phenomenot says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks!
        Should I drop Gyorko?
        Kidding. He’s my herpes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  84. ryanoger says:
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    Bauer or Greene?

    thanks
    Ryan

    *just signed up to access the ‘Tools’!
    Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Bauer

  85. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Garcia cleaning up in CHW line up today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good things from him this year

  86. Jason Morgan says:
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    Rank these three in points leagues: Cain, Souza and Lamb

    Also, who would you be stashing for saves: Giles, Ottavino, Marshall or Osuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked the bats…. Ottavino

  87. dem ribbies says:
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    Rumor has it that Tomas will play RF in his AAA starts. Probably worse to be blocked by Trumbo than by Lamb, I would assume. You think we see Tomas before Sept and if so, do you figure he’ll get enough PT to make a difference?

    • Grey

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      Depends on a lot of factors… Trumbo could get hurt tomorrow and he’s called up

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: worth a minimum bid stash in a keeper league?

        • Grey

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          If you have room

  88. Henry says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Laroche and Wong just got dropped in my 10 team h2h obp league.

    Either of them worth a #3 waiver spot? Id be putting them in the util. Id be dropping either Avisail or Eaton. Or both if you think Wong and Laroche are better?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong over Eaton

  89. MadMax210 says:
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    Hey Grey! Owner in my 5×5 Roto league is offering me to get A. Rendon & Bauer for Soler & Archie Bradley. …which side u like better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

      • MadMax210 says:
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        Thanks Grey!! Is it close in your opinion? @Grey:

  90. prime_time says:
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    Cain, Gose and Igelsias and Hosmer on waivers…

    Do I drop K Davis or Yelich for one of them?

    Current Team Below:
    C Yadier Molina C | STL
    1B Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    2B Rougned Odor 2B | TEX
    3B Carlos Santana 1B,3B | CLE
    SS Ian Desmond SS | WAS
    OF Yoenis Cespedes OF | DET
    OF Jason Heyward OF | STL
    OF Justin Upton OF | SD
    U David Ortiz U | BOS

    Bench
    1B Steve Pearce 1B,OF | BAL
    2B Devon Travis 2B | TOR
    3B Pablo Sandoval 3B | BOS
    OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    OF Khris Davis OF | MIL
    OF Christian Yelich OF | MIA
    2B Anthony Rendon 2B,3B | WAS – DL

    Pitchers

    Pos Players
    SP Sonny Gray SP | OAK
    SP Cole Hamels SP | PHI
    SP James Paxton SP | SEA
    SP Max Scherzer SP | WAS
    SP Julio Teheran SP | ATL
    RP Cody Allen RP | CLE
    RP Andrew Miller RP | NYY

    Bench
    SP Jason Hammel SP | CHC
    SP Wily Peralta SP | MIL
    RP Carlos Martinez RP,SP | STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis for Hosmer

  91. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Brantley for Ventura/Moss

    OBP and QS league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

  92. Det. John Kimble says:
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    Drop Wilson Ramos for d’Arnaud? Or wait a little longer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  93. Wilsonian says:
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    16 Team H2H – W, L, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    Lose Snydergaard for Greene?

    Snyd is N/A right now, and we don’t have an N/A slot. It is a 5 player keeper, but unless he comes up and just flat out dominates and my other 5 keepers die, there’s no way he’s kept.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  94. Fungazi says:
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    Did D. Travis boink Gibbons’ wife? He’s still 9th spot hitting behind all-star hall-of-famers, Pompey, Navarro, Smoak and Kevin Pillar??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • phenomenot says:
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      @Fungazi: he’s got speed on is getting on base ahead of reyes, martin, encarnacion

      • Fungazi says:
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        @phenomenot: Is he a base stealer? I saw he runs them well, but is he going to steal? He could hit in the 2hole.

        • phenomenot says:
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          @Fungazi:
          Travis not an elite base stealer (and Blue Jays are conservative with baserunners), but he will move around the bases with the top of the order coming up right behind him. Bases.

          I don’t seem him moving up to the 2hole. I’d rather see Saunders there when he’s back in the lineup.

          Reyes, saunders, bautista, e2, donaldson, martin, pompey, —, travis

  95. Blevin says:
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    How do I stop a guy who’s stacking speed and pitching? His pitching staff is unreal and he’s going to win at least SB every week:

    C: Stephen Vogt
    1B: Joe Mauer
    2B: Micah Johnson
    3B: Jace Peterson
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    OF: Ben Revere, Leonys Martin, Rajai Davis
    Util: Lorenzo Cain, Anthony Gose
    DL: Denard Span

    SP: Michael Pineda, Matt Harvey, Scott Kazmir, Jordan Zimmermann, Zack Greinke, Sonny Gray, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale
    RP: Mark Melancon, Drew Storen, Huston Street, Joakim Soria
    DL: Kenley Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beat him in power and saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  96. ERad says:
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    Dickerson leading off in Coors – Yeah boy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah!

  97. J-FOH says:
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    I love this over reacting time of year. All the crazy evaluations and people making trades off the performances of one series. I dont think Minnesota is this bad nor is Houston, they just ran into some great pitching. And for all the hating on Minnesota, I’m looking at you Santana, I’d like to point out that Vargas is their third best hitter so far going a studly 2 for 9. Houston is a streamers nightmare just waiting to happen. Be careful with the flyball arm against the ‘stros

  98. Jacks says:
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    I picked up Osuna early yesterday because Gibbons said the day before Osuna (not Castro) would have closed if the Jays had the lead. I think he’s likely giving both a shot but Cecil can regain the job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, Castro appears first in line though

  99. sasquatch sluggers says:
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    Awsome advice Grey and Guys.Help please before I do something else stupid(not suicidal). 3rd year Keeper basic 12 team league where everyone(and me) is grabbing too much off wire and too scared to drop em….or more correctly too stupid to know who to drop. I feel I cant wait on certain players or they’ll be gone ie. Carlos Rodon and Buxton went two days ago. Dropped Stroman…someone grabbed him next day!
    These are still out there…Bundy, Correa, Gallo, Glasnow, Lindor, Russell, Franco, Syndergaard + Sano.
    Willing to drop and pick (on your advice) anyone to fine tune my team for 2015-2016. ie Before I lose Bundy etc. Of course I have to 2 more in order to free Jansen and Sale. Thanks a lot…last resort.
    C Vogt
    1st Vargas
    2nd Gyorko
    3rd Lamb
    SS Segura
    OF McCutchen
    OF Upton
    OF Marte
    OFDickerson
    OF Yelich
    OF Pederson
    OF Myers
    OF 3rd Yasmany T
    OF Castillo
    2nd SS Baez

    Samardzija
    Teheran
    Wacha
    Taijuan Walker
    Bauer
    Heaney
    Sale (DL)
    Mujica
    Boxberger
    Giles
    Kenley Jansen (DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s your question

      • sasquatch sluggers says:
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        @Grey: OK…would you stash Sano and/or Bundy and if you did who would you drop? Thanx again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t stash them yet

  100. Big Magoo

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    Goin with the Rockies mini stack batty call blue light special of Rosario/Stubbs in a couple of RCLs today. Think they’ll be looking to take advantage of some rare PT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, almost picked up Rosario, but don’t really have anyone to bench

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Did you employ a draft-and-hold catcher strategy in an RCL? I feel like I don’t know you anymore…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know! I kinda like Zunino, maybe I’m wasting my time

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: He had a big spring and should hit around 20 homers this year. I get it. Just shorten that leash!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t shorten it this much yet

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: thats what sh….oh wait! what?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      I mentioned above I have a weird and perhaps unjustifiable feeling that TWOOD pitches well. Perhaps a cosmic offset to the TWOODS who can no longer golf.

      • Big Magoo

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        @GhostTownSteve: Does that mean that Travis strikes out with the ladies?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Big Magoo: only with his short game

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @J-FOH: Travis’ short wood

    • Simply Fred

      Fred Barker says:
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      @Big Magoo: streamin’ both!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Fred Barker: Nice! Let the LHP mashing commence.

  101. Jr says:
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    Hey Grey, with Nolasco going to the DL and May being recalled, is he worth an add in a keeper league? Would be dropping Niese for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, over Niese, but neither are very good

  102. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Dannys Antana sitting.

    The Twins have the second longest stretch to start a season without scoring an earned run in history, is what I’ve heard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m going with Crawford in the league where I own Santana until further notice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

    • MattTruss

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      Ugh and Jose Ramirez back in the 9 hole. Why can’t Jose get traded to MIN so he can hit leadoff there? Is it so much to ask for a middle infidel to consistently hit high in the order and actually hit well on occasion? One of these guys needs to make it easier for me decide who to play on a regular basis.

      • Grey

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        I hear ya

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @MattTruss:

        add Wong to the buried in the order group.

  103. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10 teams, H2H, my transactions are limited so i kind of have to think long term

    Would you drop Latos for any of these guys?
    Hahn, Bauer, Paxton, Porcello?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton

  104. El Jefe says:
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    Yo Grey!

    What the f do I do with Latos? Hope that was an anomaly or cut and run?

    Have room for one more starter even if I keep him. Hammel or Greene?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene

  105. Sky

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    Not only is Corey Dickerson in the lineup today against a lefty, he’s in the leadoff spot, directly followed by Tulo, Nolan, then Cargo and then a guy who’s getting his first start of the year: Rosario. Walt Weiss has gone from stupid to crazy. I’ll take it!

    • GhostTownSteve says:
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      @Sky:

      And the pitcher is hitting 8th

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        He’s gone full Goof Troop. I LOVE IT.

        • GhostTownSteve says:
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          @Sky:

          I wonder if this is the first game ever where both pitchers batted 8th.

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            and neither team has a connection to Tony La Russa which makes it even stranger.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Sky: Rosario is starting cause it is v a lefty..

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You shouldn’t give out such proprietary information freely…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Sky: HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy like a fox!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        If he keeps doing this, he’s sexy like a Silver Fox in my book.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: he’s zigging himself

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I don’t care if he’s Ziggy Stardusting himself, I’m happy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or Redd Fox

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Blackmon owners getting heart attacks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re prone to heart disease… What? It’s science…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Albright goes Mr. Wizard

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Or Fox News: Fair & Balanced

  106. Malicious Phenom says:
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    rotoworld update:

    Trevor May is expected to be recalled to start on Monday against the Royals.
    He’s taking Ricky Nolasco’s (elbow) spot in the rotation. There had been some thought that the Twins could push Phil Hughes back to Monday’s home opener, but Hughes will stay on turn Sunday. It’s not clear at this point how long Nolasco will be out, but there’s certainly a chance May will be in the rotation for a while.

    Is May worth a flyer?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Never mind, looked at May’s MLB numbers from last year..ouch

  107. james d says:
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    Any of these trades acceptable?
    My braun/calhoun his kershaw
    My braun/Cole/calhoun his kershaw/jd mart
    My Braun/Cole his kershaw

    12 team h2h 5×5 league with 2 util.
    C: Vogt
    1b: Abreu
    2b: Wong
    3b: Seager
    SS: Tulo
    Of: Brantley
    Of: Braun
    Of: Calhoun
    Util: Pollock
    Util: Pederson
    Bench: Vargas

    Sp: Cole; Iwakuma; Shoemaker; Fiers; Eovaldi; Carlos Martinez; Jimmy Nelson
    RP: Chapman; Melancon; Gregerson; Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

      • james d says:
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        @Grey:
        Which would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Send Calhoun

  108. prime_time says:
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    Daily League.

    I could use saves this weekend and was thinking of picking up Castro or Peraltra and dropping CMart.. Should I hold or pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  109. bigwormsherm says:
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    Gose or Pollock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  110. GhostTownSteve says:
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    April 15, 2008 Braden Looper hit 8th for the Cardinals in a game against the Brewers in which Dave Bush also hit 8th.

    Also discovered in the course of research…in 1955 pitcher Don Newcombe had a 1.028 OPS and 7 HRs in 117 ABs

    • J-FOH says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: love it….buttermaker talking about the Looper

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @J-FOH:

        The NFBC team Magoo and I share is called The Tanner Boyle All Stars

  111. Malicious Phenom says:
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    FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that Ian Kennedy (hamstring) will “likely” be placed on the disabled list.
    Kennedy suffered a strained left hamstring during his season debut Thursday. While the strain is considered mild, the Padres will be cautious here. They have a capable fill-in in Odrisamer Despaigne, who should slide into the rotation next week. Kennedy will likely only miss a couple weeks.

  112. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Szczur batty call?

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: I was mulling this over, but I’d rather Olt if you have to choose a readily available Cub.

  113. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    C’mon Molitor don’t sit Dantana against Noesi. Perfect candidate to get him off the snide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

  114. Hondo says:
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    Since you haven’t had many questions about Danny Santana I thought I’d fill the void.

    Had him last year and know about the BABIP being ridiculous,grabbed him kind of late for the Yahoo dual position.Since I have Dozier as my starting 2B,I couldn’t stomach 2 Twin starters and dropped him for Iglesias and moved Zobrist to SS for now,but I don’t like to pin Zobrist down to one position since I usually only carry 1 bench bat(or none depending on needs).
    Which of these 2 headed frogs do you prefer?
    Iglesias-batting 9th and was out all last year
    MIller-a Miller crushes grain and fantasy hopes,also bats 9th and Taylor is looming,but I’m still hoping
    Crawford-I don’t really know much about him except cold,hard stats
    Lowrie-big wheel back in Houston,but I’ve been burned by his health issues before
    Herrera-like the soon to be 3 position Yahoo eligibilty but he’s unproven and a Philly
    Flores is also available.
    In a vacuum which few of the above do you like for now?No particular category.I just don’t want to get anemic bleeding out of my 6 hole.

    Also,I grabbed JJ Hardy of the WW and DL’ed him,but I don’t know much about his shoulder problem(and I’m an O’s fan.)
    After I fix the short term mess(please rank a few of those guys),would you go with him if he looks normal?

    Or would you crawl back on your now uncaffeinated knees and hope nobody grabs Santana when he comes off the wire tomorrow?
    I hate having multiple guys from the same team in H2H,especially on one that bad.A rainout will kill you and I also hate having a lot of guys in the same division if they’re geographically close,I’ve got 2 White Sox.At least I checked and the Twins and CWS don’t meet during the playoffs.
    Hope that made sense.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Hondo: grab d. santana, he’s best available MI.

  115. Harold says:
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    Drop Gyorko and Peavy for J.Ramirez/Aoki/Ottavino/M. Taylor/J. Nelson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez, hold Peavy there

      • Harold says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. Kiss a Bum says:
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    Billy burns was dropped in a 20 team league. Is he worth a pickup and stash? Hank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  117. the tone ranger says:
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    grey, is d. santana (yes another d. santana question) still over segura? or would you go w/ mean jean?

    also, who do you like better now that we saw something out of greene that we had seen a lot in away games last year (i.e. not in yankees launching pad) greene or fiers?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes…Fiers hasn’t even pitched yet

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: understood, but i guess i still felt like its a pertinent question to ask as i dont know if I should hold fiers or grab greene since hes definitely not going to last in my league.

        • Cram It says:
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          @the tone ranger: He’s lasted this long in your league.

          • the tone ranger says:
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            @Cram It: and now he wont, so whats the answer cram?

            • Cram It says:
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              @the tone ranger: Now now? Or earlier when you originally asked ‘now’? He pitched last night and no one picked him up, so when will now be? Can now wait until after Fiers pitches?

              Either way, I’m holding Fiers right now now now. Find another option to drop if you want Greene that badly.

              • the tone ranger says:
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                @Cram It: when will now be then? soon…
                appreciate your help!

                  • the tone ranger says:
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                    @Cram It: when now? or now now?

                    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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                      @the tone ranger: jesus. fiers was ranked 30th overall SP when assumed healthy, if he still is i’m betting he’s still liked better.

  118. abax says:
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    Who here would you drop for Trevor Bauer (Wins/Saves/Holds league)

    SP-Arrieta-Samardzija-Iwakuma-Carrasco-Latos-Fiers
    RP-A. Miller, A. Reed, C. Hatcher, M. Castro

    • Cram It says:
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      @abax: Kershaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Latos

  119. Big Magoo

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    Did you see the Phillies starting lineup today?

    1. Ben Revere (L) CF
    2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
    3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    4. Darin Ruf (R) 1B
    5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
    6. Grady Sizemore (L) LF
    7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
    8. Andres Blanco (S) 3B
    9. Jerome Williams (R) P

    There’s gotta be a few triple A lineups that are more formidable than this…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eff, I gotta get Howard out of my NL-Only one

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: that looks like a men’s beer league lineup.

    • Oaktownsteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      Harvey gets them next week

  120. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS******

  121. Voss says:
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    Bauer or Paxton? Can get both If I drop McCarthy, Cashner, Ryu, or Archer.

  122. Voss says:
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    greene is also available

  123. Mr bean says:
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    Hey grey! Seeing if you’d add any of the following bats (& which bat or bats to drop?) & same with pitching which to add & which pitcher(s) to drop?

    It’s a h2h pts weekly lock with ESPN .

    Here’s my bats:

    C- yan gomes

    1b- Anthony rizzo

    2b- Daniel Murphy

    3b- Matt carpenter

    SS- Elvis andrus

    IF- Joey votto

    OF- mccutchen

    OF- Adam jones

    OF- Ryan Braun

    OF- Carlos Gonzalez

    DH- Chris Carter

    Utility – Leonys Martin

    Bench- justin Morneu,

    DL: Hunter pence

    P- Madison bumgarner

    P- Johnny cueto

    P- Jon Lester

    P- craig kimbrel

    P- Tyson Ross

    P- Julio Teheran

    Bench- Huston street, anibal Sanchez, Zach Britton.

    Now that you see my roster here are available bats :

    Jose Iglesias , angel pagan, Travis snider, Brandon Crawford, Derek norris, Carl Crawford, mike moustakas, Devon Travis, Adam Lind (1b/DH), Lorenzo Cain, oswaldo arcia, Brett lawrie (2b/3b)

    Now for the pitchers:

    Drew Hutchinson , Cj Wilson , john lackey, Brandon McCarthy, ra dickey, Kyle Kendrick, Tim lineceum, Chris Tillman , Trevor Bauer.

    Thanks grey! Keep up the awesome work!

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