Greg Bird was called up by the Yankees.  I wonder if when Greg Bird dies his ghost will be harassed by a 1980’s black gang calling him Larry Bird.  But, more importantly, let’s pray Bird doesn’t wear ball-hugger shorts.  Whoever thought those 1980s shorts were a good idea?  They were so tight, you can tell which players manscaped.  When Marv Albert said someone was dribbling a ball down the court, I had to wonder which ball he meant.  Yes!  Bird, Greg that is, has done nothing but hit at every stop in the minors — 20 HRs in Single-A in 2013; 20 HRs in 2014 across three levels; 12 HRs across two levels this year with six homers in only 34 games in Triple-A.  He’s also not the type to strike out a lot and knows how to take a walk, and not like it’s a bad thing as, “Hey, take a walk!”  Bird started yesterday (0-for-5), but for now he’s a bench bat, but I get the sense the Yankees are going to start looking towards the future as of next year and Bird should be someone on dynasty and keeper radars.  And you know I have me some radar love.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brian McCann – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  On our Player Rater, he is now the 2nd most valuable catcher on the year behind only Posey.  Yes, I know, behind Posey is all ass.

Stephen Drew – 2-for-3, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  Or as I like to call him, “Vomit,” because if you own him, you’re bound to say sarcastically, “Just the way I Drew it up.”

Michael Pineda – Will make a rehab start on Sunday.  He’s coming back sooner than I thought he would and if he looks good in his rehab start, he may only be ten days away from a return to the majors.  If you have DL room, I could see stashing Pineda.  Or stashing candy in Pineda.

Brett Gardner – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Hasn’t had a three-hit game in almost three weeks, so hopefully this is Gardner coming out of his nearly month-long funk.  Would be about time and not like Stephen Hawking talks about time, cause I own A Brief History of Time and have started and stopped the first page about two dozen times.  Put some pictures in, Cousin Chairpants!

Trevor Bauer – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.35.  The most accurate thing I can say for Bauer is he’s reliable in how unreliable he is.

Yan Gomes – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .237.  He can’t McCann, but Yan can hit, right?

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-3, 2 runs.  Yup, he’s in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Like you had any doubts.

Lance Lynn – 2/3 IP, 3 ER (and 4 unearned runs for the box scare), ERA up to 2.95.  He’s usually straight money like how Ben Franklin used to take selfies of himself and sell them for $100, but he does occasionally have these insanely terrible starts.  I could’ve done without this one.

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  He was staked to an early lead and then took the free room at the W overlooking the Ivictory Coast.

Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17h homer.  Now has two homers in three games and is hitting near-.375 in the last week.  All brays to El Burro.

Yasmani Grandal – Out yesterday with a sore shoulder.  Hmm, I don’t remember reading that 18,000 word stanza in OBPwulf.

Mat Latos – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.81.  Well, it looked like he turned the corner, but he’s really just doing circles in the cul-de-suck.  It’s kinda sweet retribution for the Dodgers trying to buy a title.  I hate that shizz, and screw them with No Vaseline.  Sorry, I’m feeling particularly gangsta, after just getting home from a Straight Outta Compton screening with a Cube Q&A.  Apologies for the pic quality, iPhones suck.  As for Latos, I think you need to look elsewhere if he can’t shut down one of the worst road teams in Dodger Stadium.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .221.  Was beginning to think all J. Pederson was good for was exotic descriptions in his mail-order catalog.

Enrique Hernandez – 3-for-4 as he starts at 2nd base again.  Mean’s while, Jose Peraza and Alex Guerrero played an intense game of patty cake.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Has two homers in the last week while hitting near-.350.  Could be a small schmotato, but nothing eumongous.

Billy Hamilton – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (53).  Ha, 53 steals and guess how many runs.  12?  No, that’s an awful guess.  He has 54 after this big night.  Still pretty ridonkulous that he barely has more runs than steals.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3 and his 28th homer.  Oh, no, Auntie Em, it’s a Torenado!

DJ LeMahieu – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  This homer came in Metco, and every time DJ came up, every third seat had someone say to their friend, “I ever tell you about my friend who deejays in Jersey?”

Tommy Kahnle – 2/3 IP, 3 ER,  Kazaam!

Kelly Johnson – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I was thisclose to making him my batty call, but ended up going with Michael Conforto (2-for-3, 3 runs).  What does that say about me that I skipped over a batty call with a guy with a hot girl name for a Michael?  It says nothing, you judger!

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-3, 2 runs.  When Flores went up to bat, would be awesome if opposing catchers said, “Hey, I heard you just got traded.”

Juan Lagares – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Super, terrific, adjective, but it came as a pinch hitter, because the Mets hate Lagares and he’s platooning.  He was leading off on Tuesday and Wednesday because of matchups.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Because this is always a fun exercise (not fun), on our Player Rater, Granderson is in the top 20 for outfielders.  Yuppers.

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA is 3.07, his xFIP 3.08 and his FIP is 3.09.  Also explains why 3.06 is afraid of 3.07.

Greg Holland – 0 IP, 4 ER.  Infinity ouch.  Amsterdamn!  This was his 4th blown save, moving his ERA up to 4.15.  Haven’t seen Holland screwed that bad since they traded New Amsterdam for a pot of tulips.  Also, in this game, Wade Davis gave up 2 ER in 1 IP to raise his ERA to 0.96, but yesterday aside I think the Royals have to seriously start exploring Davis as the closer since Holland’s been on empty for a while.  Obviously I’d own Davis, and, even without saves, he should be owned anyway.

Garrett Richards – 6 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.55.  This is the 2nd start in a row he’s allowed three runs in six innings, which is cool and all, if he were a streamer.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and two homers in the last three games.  What, he thinks it’s the playoffs already?

Ryan Braun – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and two steals (17, 18).  All of last year, Jon Lester (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.21) didn’t attempt one pickoff.  That’s not a misprint, unless it’s a misprint from the source I cribbed it from.  Due to this, David Ross, Lester’s personal catcher, has started 31 games.  Anyone want to guess how many steals he’s allowed?  Too late, he’s allowed 31.  And Ross isn’t even bad with baserunners when catching a normal pitcher.  Because I went down the Steals Allowed rabbit hole, guess how many steals Cervelli’s allowed in 83 starts.  71!

Jean Segura – 2-for-5 and his 17th steal.  If he doesn’t miraculously get to 30 steals this year, it’s gonna be hard to like him again next year, and me not liking Segura is like me not liking Gyorko.  Just hard to fathom, as Jacques Cousteau never said.

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th and 8th homer.  I rarely embed videos, maybe like once every three years, because I don’t know how.  Plus, eff MLB and their copyright rules.  Way to adopt to the internet!  To this point, I tried to post videos of Schwarber’s homers, because I wanted to make sure people saw how effortless he swings.  He looks like Billy Butler with power.  No blimpotence for him.  It’s just sexy.  I’m like all Schwingber.  Yesterday, he tied Ron Santo for a Cubs rookie record for the most multiple multi-homer games in a rookie season.  It’s a Cubs sacrilege to say anything negative on Santo, but he did it in three times as many ABs.  Well, technically, Schwarber’s got no abs.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  He has two homers in the past week, but is also hitting around .240 in that time.  In other words, Wrigley in the heat of the summer is a nice place to hit for power.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 22nd homer.  It might surprise some people, but unless something weird happens, Rizzo will likely be penciled into my top ten overall for the next three years.  Not for 1st basemen, that’s for all players.

Sonny Gray – Scratched with back spasms.  So he missed a start versus the 1927 Blue Jays.  Smart kid, this Gray.  And him too.

Jesse Chavez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks as he got the emergency start on short day’s rest vs. the Jays.  Impressive considering the circumstances.  This was like being told at 1:55 AM that you’re the designated driver after five hours of drinking.  Chavez downed a Red Bull, a water and vomited out the side of the car, but got everyone home, even if he did run over a few lawn ornaments on the way.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.31.  Even if he looks good on the Stream-o-Nator, I wouldn’t pick him up.  Just one of those guys.  Speaking of which, when can we get a remake of this classic 80’s movie?  With Caitlyn Jenner in the news, the time couldn’t be more appropriate.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Lowercase yay.  Glad I finally got him back in my lineup.  Ugh, stupid ulcer.

Gregor Blanco – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 9th steal.  Shouldn’t his first name be Negror?  Greg or white is apples and oranges.

Maikel Franco – Likely to return this weekend.  Feels fast to come back from wearing a splint on his wrist, but he likely can only shake Prospect Mike when he’s on the field.

Phil Hughes – Hit the DL.  Can we backdate this to March and give back everyone the time and energy invested in him in this year?

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!  No, Plouffe won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you know I like to say when Plouffe hits one homer, he tends to hit another soon thereafter.

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 5 ER vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez, 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Ervin and Chi Chi need to return to basketball and golf, respectively.

Mitch Moreland – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Moreland cooled off like a witch’s areola, but this big day could go a long way to starting something, so that witch’s areola rubbed against a goblin that looks like Antonio Sabato Jr.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-4, 3 runs.  Thank you for hitting once a month; I appreciate it.

Josh Hamilton – Will undergo an MRI on Friday, and said his season has been extremely frustrating.  “Smoke crack in your 20’s and your 30’s ain’t a walk in the park.”  That’s a Nancy Reagan quote.

Cole Hamels – Scratched due to his groin on Thursday, but he said he can start on Monday since this ‘groin thing is pretty minor.’  Hehe.

 
  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Back when Kelly Johnson was schmotatoing on the Braves, I ragged on my league mate for having a pathetic 1B with a girl’s name. League mate, whose native language is not English, replied that he likes having “cleaners”. I was puzzled at first but then realized what he meant — Kelly Johnson was batting cleanup for the Braves. This is how he become known as Kelly Johnson: Cleaning Lady !

    • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: Man Ram!!! Miggy starts tomrrow yes or no

      • Manley Ramirez says:
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        @ROTO OVERLORD: What do I look like, Kevin from ESPN’s Get Him In Your Lineup Department?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: Asdrubal Cabrera has been the cleaning lady for Tampa lately… Maybe Asdrubal is Spanish for Sally. Any way, I picked her up when Howie Kendrick hit the DL.

      Housekeeping! Want me fluff your pillow?!

      • Manley Ramirez says:
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        @bigbear: I don’t think there’s much cleaning work to be done in the Trop. She probably needs to moonlight cleaning in Tampa’s most developed industry, strip clubs.

        • bigbear says:
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          @Manley Ramirez: Oh, now you’ve got standard on trampy batting lineups?! Tampa and Atlanta = bump. :)

      • Manley Ramirez says:
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        @bigbear: Tommy Boy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: But Kelly Johnson sounds more like a stewardess

      • Manley Ramirez says:
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        @Grey: that is a valid point. or maybe a PR exec.

  2. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Pick two Allen Rondon Davis ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: Allen, Rondon for saves…Allen, Davis for overall value

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: Khris Davis.

  3. twice on Muesaday says:
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    Re: Straight Outta Compton – DAMN, that shit was dope
    Seent that last night as well, great movie, just excellent

    Head 2 Head with walks for batters, ROS, Howard or Byrd?

    Grey, need to hear rapping some NWA on the podcast

    Never had dinner with the president.
    Never had dinner with the president.
    Never had dinner with the president.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @twice on Muesaday: Byrd

      Never had dinner with the president.
      Never had dinner with the president.
      Never had dinner with the president.

  4. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    drop soler or byrd in OPS league (12 team H2H) for either dom brown/avisail? K’s and BB’s added for hitters.

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: Soler is the new Avisail. Despite the youth, the hype and the impressive physiques they are mostly singles hitters with good lineup spots. Byrd is the opposite. An old man who gets no love yet just continues to mash. So don’t drop Byrd.

  5. The Theory says:
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    1. If you want the ideas of A Brief History of Time presented in a much more narrative-centric way, Brian Green’s book The Elegant Universe is essential. He does a great job of parsing big ideas down into something non-scientists can grasp. (Then with that as the groundwork, A Brief History of Time becomes pretty damned understandable.)

    2. I was waffling between Joc Pederson and Billy Hamilton in DFS; felt good about my Joc pick (in a still losing effort) until I saw the Hamilton blurb. Welp.

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @The Theory: I felt good about my Joc pick until I saw Reddick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Theory: 1. Nice, thanks for the recommendation! I’ll have to check it out. 2. Yup

  6. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    in dynasty with K/BB, QS over wins, i’d rather have j.ross + heaney vs my nola, right? this seems too easy. i could drop chavez or volquez or gose (3rd bench bat but hoped he’d help with net steals, as maybin/ellsbury aren’t doing much there)

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Love the write-up. Would love to be the ink in your pen.

    a. On the Kelly Johnson blurb, have a guy in our league with a team name that is wrong on many levels – spelling, syntax, grammar. Better Lucky then good thatRob. Anyway the guy is a racist and drafted a 98% ethnic European origin white team. His only exception is Cueto. Some of his current players…Pierzynski, Ziegler, Rusin, Yelich, Zobrist and he drafted Cishek, Lee Duda, Calhoun. Racist!! Of course he’s rocking a 5-12 record and is dead last in every category in our shallow H2H league.

    b. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘In Washington State, elementary school teacher Mary Kay LeTourneau pleaded guilty to having sex with a sixth-grade student…LeTourneau has been branded a sex offender, or as the kids refer to her, ‘the greatest teacher of all time’.’

    Bonus quote for y’all:

    ‘The child who was sexually abused by the convicted sex offender Mary Kay LeTourneau died recently only one year after the news became public. The cause of death? Excessive high-fiving!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Ante GALIC: two days in a row that these come from weekend update, i remembered both. good stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Ha! Love to be in your draft room when he’s drafting… B. Ha

  8. ashtray says:
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    If Joc Pederson seriously is catching fire for the first time in months on the exact day that I dropped him so help me god I’m taking a bath with a toaster.

  9. MarvPesos

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    Grey,
    1) what do you think of A Wood ROS? (Had some trade offers, one of them for Lackey)
    2) can you please rank these three pitchers: Latos, Corbin, Smyly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Got wood?: 1) I’d want Wood over Lackey, likely a toss up 2) Corbin, Smyly

  10. Robert says:
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    Better stash: Pineda or McCullers?

  11. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    wow, just saw that hanram only has 9 doubles all year in Smokey’s post. As a first time Tulo owner, who drafted him right around where Hanram sometimes goes in drafts (and by player rater OPS he was preseason ranked just next to him), but having never owned Hanram at all, i need to stop whining about Tulo’s season. I was really pretty close to drafting either of them. Also, with as many offspring as baseball players seem to have, does anybody else wonder about whether huston street has kids with names like Wayco Street, Auston Street, Dallass Street, Peris Street, Big Toona Street and such? if he did i bet his parents would be proud that he carried on their tradition.

  12. PK says:
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    Chavez blurb is gold.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @PK: Agreed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Thanks!

  13. RePete says:
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    The Schwar Machine can’t be stopped! It feels like Sano and Schwarber are competing for my last keeper spot with Sano hitting 2 HRs two days ago and Kyle answering him yesterday. I could keep both if I let go of Rendon who hasn’t shown much promise this year. Would you rank them both ahead of Rendon at this point in an OBP league? Thanks!

    • ByeFelica says:
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      @RePete: I would be keeping both. Sano is going to be one of the greatest power hitters. Legit 40 homerun power.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @ByeFelica: I’m hoping Sano tanks the rest of the season, so I can try to pry him from an owner in my keeper league this offseason.

        Rendon is a tough call right now… hard to give up on a 25 year old with last year’s season on his resume… at the same time… Sano/Schwarber are stellar… seems like you should be searching for a trade partner…

    • bigbear says:
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      @RePete: Rendon’s been hurt. He’s showed plenty of promise last year. You’re in a good spot with those 3 to choose from and it’ll be tough seeing one go. But don’t sweat that decision now. In the leagues I’ve been in, keepers are due until well into spring training. A lot can change between now and then.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Yeah, you can keep them both, more upside

  14. j says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Any insight on John Lamb who just got called up by the Reds?

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @j: It’s pronounced “Jake”

      • Cosart Sucks says:
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        @Cram It: the guy on CIN is spelled john for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @j: Looks like a streamer, #4 fantasy starter in BCS…Can’t imagine he’s anything this year other than in matchups

  15. The JoGarza says:
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    Awesome Jesse Chavez analogy, that was great.

  16. ByeFelica says:
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    Anthony Rendon is absolutely horrible!

    One hit wonder. . Better yet, NO HIT WONDER!

    • Cram It says:
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      @ByeFelica: I poop on your head. *poop*

  17. Pleasant odor says:
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    would you trade Snydergaard for Matt kemp?
    1b – belt/davis
    Of – belt , soler, c. Davis, Castillo, eaton (Stanton)

    Pitching staff of Gray, Zimmerman, j Garcia, samardzija, Quintana, Salazar

    Or would you rather do tex for Noah s. ?
    Or would you

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      That was supposed to say that I have those outfielders and those pitchers…And I have 2 trade offers…

      Noah for kemp and Noah for Tex ?

      Is either worth it with the current 1b and of situation that I have ?

  18. 740 says:
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    wsup Grey, great read! 10team h2h 5×5.

    pick up Joc for Eaton or hold?

    Thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Sure, try it, thanks!

  19. Phil of the Future says:
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    What up, BB?

    Jesse Chavez you beautiful son of a bitch.

    I know I’m not the first one saying this, but I loved that analogy, especially because I was one of the drunk idiots in the car needing a ride home. Thanks, Jesse. Tu el hombre.

    Pedro Alvarez, this better not be a tease. Get hot, you defensive liability, you. Give me two homers this weekend.

    I’m thinking we’re getting close for Baez. Castro’s been benched, Maddon has made clear his praise for Baez, and management has clearly shown they aren’t afraid to trust their rookies.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Thanks! Yeah, Baez has to come up soon, maybe within two weeks, hard to say with Maddon… I do think Alvarez is about to go off

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: BB!

        1. You’re welcome

        2. Has to.

        3. I think so too. I’m getting that tingle in the back of my knee I got right before Vogt fell off a cliff. Except it’s my other knee so I it means the opposite. I think.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How many knees you got?!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I have four. Something I should have mentioned, G. I’m a Centaur.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s all good, just wanted to know for reference…Have to start saying, gentlemen, five girl readers and one centaur

  20. Bob Barker says:
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    Piscotty or Conforto ROS and Dynasty?

  21. avery says:
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    16 teams 15 minor league spots. H2H Cats HR,RBI,R,SB,OBP,SLG/QS,SV,K,ERA,KBB,WHIP

    What kind of return could I get for Arenado in a dynasty league? I am really wanting to trade for Polanco. Would you do Arenado for Polanco and one of Kang/Brandon Crawford/Josh Harrison? I have 3B depth in Kyle Seager and Nick Castellanos

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @avery: An Arenado in the hand is worth 7 Poloncos in the bush…

      Castellanos is not 3B depth.

      Crawford will be a one hit wonder.

      there isn’t a package in the group of players you’ve listed that even come close to Arenado’s value.

      • avery says:
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        @CMUTimmah:

        Thanks for the reply!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @avery: You want to trade the best player in the deal away?

  22. CMUTimmah says:
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    Funny thing about your MLB.com copyright rant… I had this exact rant last week when baseball announced their partnership for internet content with the NHL. I figure now both leagues will have this garbage hindering the ability to attract fans with social media marketing..

    My team is hot garbage lately… pitchers going on the DL, just not taking their turns in the rotation… starting days of 1 for 20… it’s been ugly. I need a Giancarlo return, and some smelling salts for this team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: MLB is the most backwards run organization and I can only imagine hockey’s not far behind…

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: it’s not even close to as bad as baseball.

  23. KeeblerMN says:
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    Do you think Hosmer will be decent keeper value at $15 next year?
    12 team mixed, 6×6 h2h, 24 roster slots 1 minors, $250 budget.
    (For reference A Gon went for $27, Miggy went for $42)

    I’m also thinking I might try to flip him as part of a deal to bring younger keepers over. I’m eyeing Joey Gallo ($9), Harvey ($11) and Springer ($15). It will need to be one of those lopsided keeper deals though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN: Hosmer’ll go for about $20-22

  24. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    AL-only roto dynasty. I’m out of it, just taking flyers on guys for next year.

    Preston Tucker was dropped, and then Greg Bird is also available. Would you grab either of them, and if so, how much to spend of a remaining $25 FAAB?

    Ideally I’d also like to grab Marcus Stroman if/when he comes back and have him as a keeper for next season.

    Thanks!

      • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, forgot to stipulate that the minimum bid is $5. Still worth it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  25. StewZilla says:
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    Thanks for the updates…quick Dynasty Question:

    MY Garret Richards/Justin Turner for Lance McCullers/Blake Swihart?

    Richards seems to have reach a new norm (lower K’s-3 ER in 6 on the regs) and Turner is just a bench guy for me (albeit with nice positional flexibility in a daily change league). Should I believe that McCullers will be a better SP than Richards for the next bunch of years? And that Swihart is better than waiver fodder in a 12 team mixed for that same period?

    Sensei?

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @StewZilla: I like Garret Dicks side

  26. Joe says:
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    10 team OBP Keeper league, without posting rosters/potential keepers I was just wondering what side you’d take and if it’s close:
    A – McCutchen, Franco, Urias
    B – Bautista, Arrieta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Arrieta

  27. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league, the tulo owner has some interest in longoria from my team. I sent an offer of longoria, trevor story and marcus semien for tulo. The tulo owner sent me an email mentioning that it is a tempting offer and that he will think it over. I am kinda having second thoughts since tulo is such an injury risk. Am i overthinking this or should I just be glad that someone is taking longoria off my hands?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: You overthink every offer you post on here Ryan.

      • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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        @Cram It: it’s both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Tulo side

  28. McNulty says:
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    Are Carrasco and/or Salazar @NYY a recipe for disaster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @McNulty: You have to start them

  29. Double H says:
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    Grey look forward to your stuff everyday, keep up the good work!

    Please rank the following ROS in a roto with QS instead of W: A.Wood, E.Santana, C.Anderson

    Thanks!

  30. JAL says:
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    Sit Tyson Ross at Colorado? Alex Wood v. CIN? Thanks!

    • @JAL: Definitely sit Ross at Coors. I’d start Wood at home vs. Cici but it could be a tossup if you’re over your innings limit or if it’s a shallow league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Start Wood

  31. SallyCips says:
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    Can you have every Kahnle line be Kazam! regardless of whether he does bad or good? I just want to see the cascading outrage of not getting any other advice. ;)

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @SallyCips: didn’t hate it!

  32. Dkohn says:
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    Hey Gr~ey,

    12 team league, pitching wire is very bleak.

    1) Have to drop two, and in what order….

    Jake Lamb
    Justin Turner
    Logan Forsythe
    Stephen Piscotty
    Melky Cabrera
    Michael A. Taylor

    2) If I add these pitchers to the above hitters, which two would you drop, and in what order…

    Brett Anderson
    Raisel Iglesias
    Steven Wright
    Chris Bassitt
    Wei-Yin Chen

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dkohn: 1) Turner, Taylor 2) Bassitt, Chen

      • Dkohn says:
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        @Grey: You think I should drop Turner? I’m a little surprised by that.

        Also just to make sure #2 wasn’t misunderstood. I meant if I combined both lists, the hitter and the pitchers, which 2 players would you drop.
        Is that how you answered it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2) I answered which two I’d want

          • Dkohn says:
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            @Grey: I gotcha, well out of all those players which 2 would you drop?

            Sorry for the confusion and thanks again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wright, Rasiel

  33. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Excited to see what Bird can do when he eventually gets a full time role…

    1. Did I rank these OF correctly for ROS in an OBP league? 1. Fowler. 2. Polanco. 3. Granderson. 4. Hicks 5. NL MVP, Zimmerman?

    2. Would you try trading your Bruce Rodon and/or Wilson for Davis on the speculation that he becomes closer (and for the upgrade in ratios)?

    Thanks!

  34. Packers says:
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    I’m in 2nd place in a 10 team mixed league. The best cats for SGP are OPS, HR and average. Revere would be my drop and Beltran, Rusney, Colabello, K. Davis, Either, and Reddick are FA’s. Who do you think would help the most ROS?

  35. lb. sand says:
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    Pls rank Fowler, Eaton, Kemp
    ROS for pts leagues
    Thx

  36. Dommattingly says:
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    drop Latos for Pineda? Drop Khris Davis or Byrd for Gausman? Thanks!

  37. Jay says:
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    @grey, would you trade severino in a keeper league for posey? I wouldn’t keep posey. My pitching is solid and I have grandal catching now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: If it wins you this year, sure

  38. Brian McCann is second most valuable, but who do you like better ROS, McCann or Schwarber and his effortless swing? Great post, as usual…

  39. Chadaristic says:
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    In a 5×5 H2H league that counts QS instead of Wins, how would you rank the following for the ROS?

    Kyle Hendricks
    Jeff Samardzija
    Matt Shoemaker
    Justin Verlander

  40. Cheese says:
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    Standard 12 team league h2h 6×6 (OPS)

    I give Schwarber and Gordon
    I get Molina and Betts

    • Scott says:
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      @Cheese: Someone should arrest the other guy for trying to steal from you.

  41. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Not sure why anyone ever thought Ball Huggers were a good idea. I used to rock the spandex shorts underneath the BHs so it didn’t feel like I was playing in a diaper. Maybe it was Jordan, or the Fab 5, but I just remember high schools started getting longer shorts beginning in the early 90s. By the time I got there they were all knee-length.

    How was the movie? Please tell me better then Dre’s album.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: I don’t remember wearing ball huggers, but I remember seeing them, and they’re awful… Movie’s better than the album

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I imagined a young Grey to be all over ball-huggers. Show’s off the quad’s!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My quads come through in baggy jeans, shizz is so cockdiesel

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Grey: Makes sense.

  42. Corey says:
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    Reading a lot about the innings limit on Thor and how the Mets “won’t lean on” him and Harvey so that they can be available for the playoffs. But what about our playoffs? Do you think the Mets will shut down Thor just as I’m headed into my H2H playoffs? That’d be a bummer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Corey: Yeah, they might

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Corey: be pretty funny if they just miss the playoffs entirely.

  43. If Miggy is activated tonight, do you start him right away?

    The argument against: He didn’t go on a rehab assignment and so his timing is bound to be off, he’s 0-for-13 this year Minute Maid Field, and only 1-for-7 against Keuchel, who has been almost untouchable at home.

    The argument for: he’s Miggy.

    Am I over thinking this?

    (it’s basically a choice between Sano and Miggy for 3B)

  44. Clint says:
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    So do you like Gausman or Chavez more ROS?

  45. Nightmare says:
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    Happy Friday Grey-Lord! Wanted to get your opinion…….my trade deadline was last night. I made a couple of deals that I thought you would’ve done

    1) my pujols and archer for Lynn and Goldy
    2) my Chen and Nola for Hanley

    How’d i do Pimp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare: I like the 2nd better, but they’re all right

  46. David says:
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    Keeper league, Bautista or JD Martinez? Thanks.

  47. JoeG414 says:
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    For This weekend , Non Holds league : who’s a better pickup for K’s, Whip , …..

    Benoit , Strop , McAllister , Brach , Shreve.

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Benoit is @ Col , Strop @ CWS , McA @ Min. , Brach vs Oak and Shreve (lefty ) @ Tor.

      • Cram It says:
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        @JoeG414: Are you asking what MR to use for three days? Strop? Sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: I grabbed Strop in one league

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Boomer19 says:
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    After Holland’s implosion last night I got an offer of Holland for my Osuna. Do I take Holland or is ther too much concern with him? Thanks

  49. your mom says:
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    hi. preparing for the playoffs, 20 team h2h keeper (keep 8), here is my team:
    C- hundley, 1b-morales, 2b-c.hernandez, ss-crawford, 3b-beltre, 3 OF slots and 1 util- marte/soler/j.up/k.davis/c.gomez/headley.. SPs- stras/liriano/arrieta/hammel/w.chen/lewis RPs-chapman/melancon/c.allen..
    ive been offered:
    1. bum for gomez
    2. teix for any hitter and picks
    should i take any of these offers? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @your mom: 1. It’s fair depends on needs…You look like you need Gomez more 2. Huh?

      • your mom says:
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        @Grey: 2. the offer is teixeira for headley and picks. if i accept 2, is 1 a go?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Tex all day there

  50. Calogero says:
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    6×6 with standard categories plus K/9, how do you rank these guys for ROS?:

    Wei Yin Chen
    Patrick Corbin
    Jimmy Nelson
    Alex Wood

  51. omar says:
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    Thoughts on Sano’s potential for 2016?? Care to take a stab at a season long line for him? Any possible way he would be a keeper for 2016 over Abreu??

    • omar says:
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      @omar:

      Specifically in an AL Only Roto format that is….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @omar: Not over Abreu…

  52. IV says:
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    RCL League

    1)Better source of Average and Steals: Maybin or Burns ROS

    2) Offered Price and Michael Taylor for my Burns and Tolleson

    Trading Tolleson leaves me with Box, Miller, Giles, and Davis as more core RP and adds Price to my core staff of DeGrom, Scherzer, Kluber, and Carrasco. I still have 49 GS left and I a close second in saves. I have to make this trade, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IV: Burns…. Price side

      • IV says:
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        Thanks for [email protected]Grey:
        Thanks Grey. One more for you.

        Brantley or Puig ROS in RCL. Does the answer change with who provides more RBIs and AVG?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brantley

  53. Scott says:
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    So, might as well drop Mujica, eh?

    Start Shark tonight vs. Cubs?

  54. Scott says:
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    So, might as well drop Mujica, eh?

    Start Shark tonight vs. Cubs?

    Start Wood tonight vs. Reds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop Mujica if you don’t need saves…. I wouldn’t start Samardzija…Start Wood

  55. Carnac says:
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    Love the R<SB stat. It's really hard for a full-time player to pull off. 2008 Willy Taveras is the only other one that comes to mind. (64 Runs, 68 SB)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, I can’t think of anyone else… Did Ricky have more than 130 runs the year he stole 130 bags?

      • Carnac says:
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        Rickey did it two years in a row.

        1982: 119 Runs/130 SB
        1983: 105/108

        And Vince Coleman pulled it off his first two years in the league:

        1985: 107/110
        1986: 94/107

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, those steal numbers are insane… Brock never did it?

          • Carnac says:
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            Ohhh good call. Brock did it in 1974 (105/118). Aaaand He was 35 years old.

            Scrolling through these numbers is crazy. Rickey scored 145 runs one year. In 1996 he came SO close to scoring more runs (110) than he had hits (112).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Holy crap! He was that old? Wow, had no idea…More runs than hits over 100 runs is insane

              • Carnac says:
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                Given how sore I felt this morning for no reason, it’s 100% insane he did that in his mid-30s.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! I hurt my knee last night brushing my teeth

                  • Peter Nincompoop says:
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                    @Grey: It happens. I hit myself in the face flossing.

  56. Jack says:
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    Lindor over Cesar ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  57. JP says:
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    6×6 Roto, AVG, OBP, R, RBI, HR, and steals. Which side do you prefer Zunino, J Abreu, T Hunter for Phegley, Tex, Hayward and Smiley? Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  58. Jon says:
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    Sit/start?

    Karns @ TEX
    Shoemaker @ KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit both

  59. Spammer Jay says:
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    Start Hendricks today? @CHW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trust him for most mixed leagues

  60. Scott says:
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    Cracks me up. Rotowire called Montero’s absence from the lineup yesterday a “standard day off”.

    Hint: Jon Lester was pitching

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  61. Joey says:
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    Sano or Kris Bryant?

    What are the chances that Sano is just a UTIL guy next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Won’t be a UTIL guy for long if he starts that way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d still take Bryant

  62. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G, who do I lose to grab Hicks. Delino, Desmond, or Turner? The latterest, yes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turner works for me

  63. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Not sure if this just a Featherbottom pet peeve or not, but any chance you could have the web folks make the hyperlinks that appear on the page go to a new window, rather than going directly to the link’s site?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can look into it, Feathers

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Tanks mon. Hope you have a nice weekend. I’m going to do a little Lake Superior swim sesh and get ready for round 2 of softball playoffs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, you too!

      • Great White North says:
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        FYI. I crash in Firefox on this site constantly, so use IE instead.

        I miss IE, and feel special when I get to use it. So, thanks.

  64. SallyCips says:
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    I just traded Puig for Shields. I’d classify it as Good, Bad, and Ugly. Hopefully to a Morricone score.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  65. Scott says:
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    JoRam hasn’t stolen a base since back in the lineup. What’s that about?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully he gets on it

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @Scott: he’s only putting 100’s of pts on his earlier season’s average. give it time.

  66. KevBo says:
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    Reyes worth dropping for Escobar, Kang or Cesar if i needed R and SBs? Also have Turner coming off the DL, but since he has 1b/2b/3b/ss eligibility I’ve mostly using him as bench bat fill-in when another guy has a day off since I already have Goldschmidt/Altuve/Arenado at those spots

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  67. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Better stash- Pineda or Matz? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

  68. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. Since I have 2 catchers, I’m looking to move one of them. Right now I have wieters and wellington. Should I trade wieters for pence? I now have an open util spot to fill because I Just dealt longoria and story for tulo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Pence

  69. Jaymz says:
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    Nice post Grey.

    Do you think Bird is worth a stash in a 10-team mixed dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit too shallow there

  70. E says:
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    What’s Hamilton’s value in a keeper? Has he hit a ceiling or are we still holding out hope he pulls things together?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Billy? 75 SBs, .250 is what he is

  71. Scott says:
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    What Padres you got on your team right now, Big G?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yangervis, Venable…You?

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Those two plus Gyorko.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, I prolly should grab him, but I have Rendon, which I’m not sure is the best reason to not grab Jedd

  72. Zeus says:
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    Just one of the guys definitely won breast in show. That movie was on HBO pretty much everyday before we had Xvideos and redtube and we had to patiently wait for SSC and N and a softcore scene of Joan Severence.

  73. phil says:
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    Thank you for the good news on Davis. I want him on my team, and needed to feel good that he’ll right the ship.
    Who are your top 5 set up men in a 6 by 6 with holds ROS?

    Would you rather have Reyes or HanRam ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Betances, Storen, Clippard…Hanley, likely a toss up

  74. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    I am currently sporting an overall sad sack Outfield in our 10 Team H2H Points League of Calhoun, Grichuk, Cabrera, Parra and Pederson. I traded away Harper for Goldy. Anyway, I was thinking of adding Polanco for either Cabrera or Parra, but I figured I would run by you. I am hanging onto Joc as it’s a Keeper League and he cost me $1 (he will cost $5 to keep as that is our min.). Please let me know what you think.

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cabrera?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Yankee my Wanky!: he means melky very likely here, and grichuk is giving sick value in leagues such as that.

  75. Moistasskiss says:
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    In a keeper league, would you trade Jason Heyward and Jose Fernandez for Gerrit Cole?

  76. Grey

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

  77. tentyme says:
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    good afternoon grey !! I’m in a 12 team h2h al/nl weekly points league and would you drop holland for roberto osuna for ROS ? and one other question in our league a pitcher eligible at RP/SP is very valuable. Just about every one is rostered BUT Iglesias is available what do you think about him? it looks like the last month since he’s been put into a regular starting spot he has done pretty well. Would you roster him to use for 2 start weeks only in the RP role and drop either weaver, kholer, jungmann or rubby to do that ? thank you for the help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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  78. Grey

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

  79. Grey

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Use Chrome

  80. You’re welcome, those who’ve held onto your Jocs. I finally dropped him so he could start hitting again.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Hugman: me too, but it was about a week ago, after having waivered him in a 12 teamer.

  81. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    play which of
    lind vs morgan (Lefty, yet TRON says to do it but about just over $10)
    maybin vs ray
    d.peralta (coming off injury though) @ folty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Grey: i didn’t notice the “next post” till after, and then i’ve seen this answer there, thanks for double posting in case i’m really ignorant,esp since this had to be decided before 7 PM eastern. i got it in.

  82. Awesome Auger says:
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    If Schwarber keeps this up (or maybe 75% of this) how high does he rank next season?

  83. Erich Traum says:
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    Roto 6 x 6 (R, HR, RBI, SB, Avg, OPS QS, K’s, H, S, ERA, WHIP)

    I currently sit 3rd 6 pts behind the leader. Stats I can make up ground in are: QS, WHIP, K’s, RBI, HR, and Avg.

    Should I trade: Hosmer, Motte, and T. Walker for: J. Upton, Benoit and Lester?

    I have Rizzo, Abreu, Votto so I won’t miss the 1b, CI position that Hosmer provides.

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